Christmas Shopping, Confirmation Emails, and JUNK!!!!

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So, I'm not allowed to go out shopping for more than 1-2 hours at a time, which is hardly enough time to do any actual shopping, so I've decided to utilize the interwebs and shop online.

First off, I can't find many small business vendors that I know I can trust--locally, I know who rocks, and who to avoid--and I wanted to avoid big business this year.

Second, EVERY time I sit down to shop, I get distracted on fb or com for at least 30 minutes each, then I'm burnt out on looking at the screen so I go get a snack, read a book, or do some other highly unproductive activity.

Third, I'm terrified of closing the checkout screen until the confirmation email is in my Inbox and they are taking FOREVER today to send them.....well, forever being 10-15 minutes, but still--It's a long time when you are ready to close a window.

Fourth, my husband is DONE. Not only finished shopping, but everything is gift wrapped and sitting under the tree. It annoys me because I haven't started and don't even know where to start with a couple of people....namely my parents, and sister. Why can't they be easy to shop for like John's family.

Fifth, There are a TON of gifts under the tree. I'm sure I don't want half of them and I dread the week after Christmas when I'm forced to figure out where to put it all in our microscopically small house (Love the house, hate the stuff)

Sixth.....I should be shopping, but I'm here typing a vent instead. Yay me.

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Aww, Christmas is so commercialized now it makes it really tough when families don't have much to spend. I always start the season saying I'm not going to get sucked into the commercialism, but I always do.

I am still trying though--I'm drawing a picture of my dad & J for my dad (and putting it in a yard sale frame--I love yard sales). And I found a box of old sentimental stuff John & I had collected when we were young, but had packed up to make space for J. I'm pulling a few out and wrapping them up for him--I haven't thought about this stuff in YEARS, I'm sure he'll get a kick out of it, and it's free too :)

When we were kids, my mom always made our Christmas toys. I still have a rabbit she made for me out of an old tee shirt and socks. We were poor growing up, but the Christmases that we celebrated were really great because mom always focused on the celebrations, the gifts were really just an after thought, you know. Maybe you could make some things but focus on the celebration.

Sing Christmas carols with them, make ornaments out of home-made clay (You've probably got the ingredients on-hand), make Christmas cookies, take evening drives to look at Christmas Lights, go to church pageants (most are free) that's what I remember most. Mom also made us volunteer at a nursing home (Yes, we were homeless and we still had to volunteer to help those less fortunate). Take the kids and just visit the old people, let them tell your kids stories. I still do this with J today, We plan a Christmas party for them. It is something I have always and will always do--it's just not Christmas without cheering up the old people! lol

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Aniesha - posted on 12/07/2011

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I did most of mine on ebay this year, and the rest of it at secondhand baby & kids markets. I have to say I absolutely LOVE online shopping!

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Totally with you on that, Emma--I never know what to buy people, so why not just let everybody shop for themselves :P Then we'd all get what we want!

J gets a ton from the grandparents too, so I usually only get him a few things--I try to get him the bigger things we wouldn't normally buy. He doesn't get much throughout the year because apparently I'm mean and feel like at his age, new toys should be earned or given only for special occasions. This works well for us, but my parents HATE that I am not constantly buying him everything he wants.

Katherine - posted on 12/07/2011

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Yard sales are the best. You can find things (clothes) with the tags still on them. I freecycle too and this lady gave me a bag full of clothes and half the stuff still had the tags. Can't beat that.





ETA: At least I know my girls are going to get a BUNCH of crap from my ex's side of the family. Not that they NEED it.

Stifler's - posted on 12/07/2011

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i just got all my nieces and nephews really cheap shit this year, i don't care, we're broke.

Stifler's - posted on 12/07/2011

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I hate christmas shopping. I only like shopping for myself. at least i know what i want and need.

Katherine - posted on 12/06/2011

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LOL. Try not to stress. I get to the check out and then wonder if I should actually buy it. Then I decide not to and have to start all over.
Sounds like he went over board. At least he cares though!
Being a single mom with no income, it was really hard for me this year to get the girls gifts. My ex doesn't give me any money so I basically had to borrow from my parents and I got a $10 gift card from Kohl's, whoop dee do. At least I can buy one thing. My older one has way more stuff than my younger one so I feel bad about that.
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