Mini asked me yesterday how I do Christmas shopping. Do I have a budget? A spreadsheet? Um. Good question. Is 'I-play-it-by-ear' a bad answer?
Of course she asked this in front of Curly. I have yet to update my internal settings: it's OK to talk Santa-related topics in front of our youngest, recently-stopped-believing child.
Curly says it was the ping pong table that clued her in on the no-such-thing-as-Santa deal. She will be 13 in a few weeks, so I think it was time.
Once the dancing competition is over each year, I switch to gift-buying mode. (I should also start decorating, but I'm always late to join that party). Tank's bday is Dec. 5th. Curly Dec. 19th. Reggie Jan. 9th. No rest for the tired Irish Dance mom.
My shopping: I vowed this year not to buy Mini ANY CLOTHING. Her closet is a disaster and lately she seems to rotate between a sweatshirt from our trip to Creighton, one from our visit to Eddie, and maybe one more.
I'm weak. I bought her a few clothing items. I saw her closet last night and wanted to kick myself. No more clothing purchases. I swear. I made her pack her summer stuff in a bin today . . . it being December and all.
Curly uses my old iPad for her dancing classes on Zoom. The kids also use it for Irish music lessons. It can barely hold a charge anymore. I thought we'd replace it for Christmas. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH AN IPAD COSTS? Here I go again, acting like an 80 year old.
Since I enjoy a good deal, I decided to scour the internet for good used options. If you are interested in a time-suck, used-goods shopping might be for you. Still haven't purchased one, not that I haven't devoted half of my waking hours to this 'hunt.'
Speaking of being almost 80 (OK, it was a whole paragraph ago, sue me). I always buy my mother a very nice article of clothing. She has good taste. This year, I've decided against that. She's 78. They don't go many places - even in normal times. She has plenty to wear.
I googled what to get an elderly woman for Christmas. The list that popped up included things like a chair that assists elderly people in using the toilet while wheelchair bound. Oh. Wrong list.
My mom drives a jag. (Refuses to use the built in GPS). Doesn't embrace technology IN THE LEAST. No cell phone. Prides herself on never having sent an email. Wouldn't even consider planting an Alexa on her countertop. She's a sharp dresser who goes for long walks even in the cold - so long as there is no ice. She won't drive in the snow. Doesn't like crowds. Has enough legit real jewelry to sink the Titanic, again - slight exaggeration. She doesn't drink coffee, has never tasted beer. Doesn't enjoy traveling. No longer reads books. She bakes, but wouldn't embrace anything like hip-new cookie sheets.
I had no idea what to get her, so I bought her a wellness mat thing from William-Sonoma to stand on in the kitchen. It is supposed to make standing more comfortable. I'm thinking she can use it when she bakes, or prepares all of my father's meals. If she isn't home, he waits for her to make him a sandwich. (Don't get me started).If I had to guess, she'll probably say that she is afraid she'd trip on it.
I am NOT the kind who comes up with amazing, thoughtful gifts for people. (other than the thing I found for Reg which I will describe in a later post). Do you find gift buying easy?
I do love to shop, but I'm not great at shopping for people who already have good stuff. One of my godson's who is 13 has everything. Literally. I had no idea what to get him. I went with a hammock and lighting strips to decorate his room.
Someone on your list tough to buy for?