CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Which are you?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 25, 2007 4:55 PM GMT
    Christmas Shopping Scene: Well here we are, time to get out there and spend money and shop. Which category do you fit into, based on your past experience?

    1) Ahead of the Curve: You already have most shopping done and even have some gifts wrapped

    2) Go with the Flow: You have looked, maybe bought a gift and will have all but a gift or two done by the week before Christmas

    3) Procrastinator: Don't like shopping, don't like the scene and do it because you have to toward the end of the season.


    I about half #1 and #2: I actually had a gift bought and wrapped on December 27, 2006 for this year. I'm about half done at this moment. It isn't something I really enjoy, but I want it done.

    Do you have much shopping or do much?
  • sandiegovince

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    Nov 25, 2007 6:04 PM GMT
    I hate shopping any time of year and the Holiday Season magnifies my disdain.icon_mad.gif I'm not one who likes to go around and around in mall stores, taking an hour to vacillate between choosing the Tickle Me Elmo or "Coke-head" Barbie to give to my niece, nor do I enjoy circling the parking lot like a vulture trying to find prey or maneuvering through hordes of shoppers just to fight a little old lady over the last medium-size crew-neck sweater in Navy blue. I look at shopping as a reconnaissance mission--go in, get the job done, and get out.

    Thank god for the Internet, where I can shop in my boxer-briefs and bunny slippers and have the gifts delivered. No fuss, no muss! If I do have to go into a store,I check online of the item's availability, so I don't end up making a needless trip just to hear some Paris Hilton wannabee that "Sorry, we're sold out"

    BTW, I usually wait until the end to see how low prices will go before I buy.

    Vince
  • Timbales

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    Nov 25, 2007 6:19 PM GMT
    Not only haven't I started my Christmas shopping, I need to go shopping for my boyfriend's birthday present.
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    Nov 25, 2007 6:21 PM GMT

    #3 with a sprinkling of #2. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • GQjock

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    Nov 25, 2007 6:40 PM GMT
    I'm mostly a 2...
    but by the end of the shopping season I usually convert into a 3
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    Nov 25, 2007 9:20 PM GMT
    A mix of #1 and #2. My nephew was taken care of... two months ago. I just finished up the rest of the shopping, aside from my sister and a few friends, on Friday.

    All that's left is to get them all wrapped up.
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    Nov 25, 2007 9:29 PM GMT
    None of the above?

    I honestly don't have much shopping to do, and I've got a couple of shops in the neighborhood where I can always find something nice. One day in the next couple of weeks, I'll pop in on the way home from the office and pick up the few gifts I need. The lower the pressure, the happier the holiday. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 25, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    #3

    That is, if i buy any presents at all. icon_redface.gif

  • mv03

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    Nov 25, 2007 9:44 PM GMT
    Mix of 2 and 3...Mostly 2...It's hard to get in the spirit when it's just dark, cold, and grey without any snow. Plus I hate shopping by myself, and no one will go with me...Anyone wanna go?
  • liftordie

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    Nov 25, 2007 9:54 PM GMT
    being a libra i need to plan ahead so shopping will be done by december 1st. the best part is gift wrapping each one myself!! yes fellas, i can even make a bow!!

  • Timbales

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    Nov 25, 2007 10:04 PM GMT
    I love wrapping presents.
  • liftordie

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    Nov 25, 2007 10:22 PM GMT
    that is the best part of it!!
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:14 AM GMT
    It's easy.

    Magazine subscriptions.
    Books
    Flowers

    You don't have to leave your desk to buy any of these. You ain't gotta wrap 'em. You can just have them shipped direct. Fuck the malls.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 26, 2007 2:20 AM GMT
    I should volunteer for a charity that does gift wrapping at the mall.
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:37 AM GMT
    OW nailed it very well..."fuck the malls". #3 here and proud.
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:39 AM GMT
    I'm jumping on the bandwagon with Thecure: 4. none of the above. Any gifts that I give are usually handmade, outside of maybe a couple things. Screw Christmas consumerism.
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:53 AM GMT
    "I should volunteer for a charity that does gift wrapping at the mall."

    A wrap artist. Kewl.
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    Nov 26, 2007 2:59 AM GMT
    #4, definitely. Except I bought the Golden Compass books for my nieces months ago... so that I could re-read them myself, of course, lol.
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    Nov 26, 2007 3:02 AM GMT
    OW, that hurt my eyes reading it.

    And yes Timberoo, you should.

    Not a big fan of shopping as an all day excursion. I figure out what I want and then try and track it down. Have to say though..even with the gazillion people, Christmas shopping in New York was great for the 13 years that I lived there.
  • BizzQuik

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    Nov 26, 2007 3:09 AM GMT
    I fit into #2, I really don't mind shopping it can be fun, but last year I went with a horrible cold, and was a jerk to my brother, because I was just plain crabby. I love to buy items for others, and to put thought into a gift. I also love wrapping the gifts. I am a perfectionist with gifts.
  • Salubrious

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    Nov 26, 2007 6:35 AM GMT
    3, but I can be a 1 I suppose. I usually don't get any shopping done untill I get home (about the 20th of December) but I'll pick up stuff that I know one of my family members would like months in advance if I know what they want.
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    Nov 28, 2007 2:22 PM GMT
    A little of it all when i actually do it. Some years i forgo it... this might be one of those years cause i'm poor.
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    Nov 28, 2007 2:25 PM GMT
    Already done. Gift cards in a nice wooden box this year for everyone.

    Now I'm on the lookout for sales for me.


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    Nov 28, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    #4, Anti-lemming (although the whole story about lemmings is patently untrue. Lemmings don't collectively herd themselves over a cliff and into the sea.)

    I'll buy simple things here and there but generally avoid christmas season shopping like the plague.

    Jesus is the reason for the season, get your jesus at Wal-Mart for $7.82.

    We'll have a nice little pagan holiday with a pine tree, glittery lights and decorations on it. There won't be a huge amount of boxes under the tree, but there will be several simply because I like to give my bf things and the holidays are a masked excuse to give him several things without him feeling awkward.
  • DiverScience

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    Nov 28, 2007 3:19 PM GMT
    I cheat.

    I make almost all my gifts by hand. Thus I avoid the crowds completely. I do usually end up working on those gifts until the last minute though.