We’re 11 days away from Xmas now, and I have yet to pick up a single thing for anyone. That’s pretty bad. But something tells me I’m not alone here ;) When you all find yourself in this pickle, what do you do? Does it end up costing you more in the long run, or do you get even MORE clever as the days fall behind you?
Personally, I think I get more clever. And also more decisive. Last year I remember buying 1/2 of all Christmas presents 2 days before the big event. Know where I shopped? Kohl’s ;) It’s amazing the amount of things you can find for everyone there! Haha… We also threw in TJ Maxx, Target, and Best Buy. Best Buy is the only one that probably definitely cost me more waiting to the last minute. Oh, and also Starbucks for gift cards and Safeway for lottery tickets… no Xmas is right w/out ’em!
But I watch my wife scour Overstock these days, and every time I get stressed a little bit more ‘cuz she’s on top of it and I’m slacking. And then she tells me things like “Free Shipping during Xmas!” and I wonder if a) that’s true? (it is) and b) Why the hell am I not DOING IT then?!! That should be an automatic butt-kicker. That and Free Shipping Day which, I believe, comes out December 17th. On the other hand, if you wait until the last minute there’s no way possible for these gifts to arrive on time anyways, so what does it matter? :)
Oh, but back to the clever part. It reminds me of writing term papers the night before they’re due @ college. It’s like all of a sudden you’re in overdrive and you turn into this highly passionate and MOTIVATED rock star, and nothing’s stopping you from your one and only mission. It’s awesome. And there’s a part of me that likes it. It’s during these times that you have more of an open mind and really ask yourself HOW you’re going to get it done. You make decisions faster, and you tend to get much more crafty and resourceful, prompting you to make more things. Small things :) Like cards, mix cds, anything you can pretty much do from your home (and late at night) when you forgot to pick up all 18 items on your list 2 hours ago. I’m pretty sure that 75% of all things I ever made for Xmas were concocted in the last 48 hours, and with lots of speedy love. That’s gotta count for something.
So here we are. 11 days out and plenty of time to get it together. I’d like to say it’ll be different this year, but I’m not even gonna try and kid myself. The fact of the matter is that I’m up to my eyeballs in “hustle” work, and I honestly have no desire at all to start the whole process (maybe it’s a guy thing?) Organized or not, Xmas always comes in the end :)
How are you all doing this year?
PS: Oddly enough, just came across this poll by Visa – “What kind of holiday shopper are you?” It seems there’s a word for people like me: “Cruisin’ Caroler” – what are you?
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Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!