I spent hours shopping online yesterday. HOURS. Oh, every ten minutes I was wiping up strings of snot, but then it was right back to the computer. (Don't worry. Phillip took the day off so Jackson wasn't having to eat paste for breakfast or conking his head on the floor because his mother was too distracted to catch him.)
See, due to the fact that we lost one entire income this year AND because we chose to spend Jackson's college fund on a Big Ass Television, we have exactly $3.61 to spend on Christmas presents this year. That means I must choose very wisely. It also means I should stay far away from the malls as malls mysteriously remove my common sense. Sort of like the Haitian who takes your memory. (Did you guys see Heroes last night? It's a Claire and Veronica SMACKDOWN!)
There's so much cool stuff online anyway. I had vague ideas for a couple of presents so I started looking at Etsy and online children's stores and I fell very much in love with a sushi set made out of felt. But the price was about 40 times what I could spend on my nephew, so I started shopping around for cheaper sushi sets. By the time I gave up (you get what you pay for when it comes to felt food) it was next week.
I do this every year. I intend to scale back. Buy cute simple presents. Not go all out. Not agonize over every single stupid gift. Is it something they need? Want? Would never buy for themselves? Is it tied somehow to a personality? A thing? An event? An inside joke? I'm the kind of person who despises registries and wishlists because every fiber of my being wants you to know that my gift is meaningful. I want it to scream I PUT THOUGHT INTO THIS! NOW YOU BETTER BE MY BEST FRIEND!
Even though I know there's a ton of fun stuff online, it's often hard to find it. I relied on a bunch of gift guides to at least steer me to some good stores. I used to keep track of stores I liked in delicious, but now I can't remember where the dots go in delicious. I should figure that out. My favorite gift guide was this one (and I SWEAR, I had never heard of mighty girl when I was dreaming up names for my website. HONEST. You can be sure, if I were going to rip off someone's URL I would not have included my own stupid name.) I also liked the Cool Mom Picks gift guide and pretty much everything posted on Oh My That's Awesome! (Did you know about this store? Attention people who want to give me presents- and who wouldn't? I will drool over anything that comes from this store, especially this. See how I like to make your lives easier?)
I also spent a long time tooling around Etsy, although Etsy is totally overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking for. There are thousands of pages of bags, for example. And I shouldn't have been looking at bags because I'm pretty sure the only person I know who wants a handmade bag purchased from the internet is me. (Again with the easy!) And I spent entirely too much time fawning over felt hair clips and baby blankets and bibs backed with velvet. I had $3.61! Total! And, like, two babies on my list! Who are boys!
And even though I waste too much time searching for the best shipping rate and agonizing over if I should buy BPA-free bottles with my Amazon gift certificate or use it for Christmas presents, I still think it's better than going to the mall. I love going to the mall- the hustle and bustle! Dressed in holiday style!- I shouldn't buy anything there. Just plop me in the middle with a latte and let me people watch.
However. After my hours and hours of searching I ended up buying four things, one of which is a birthday present and two of which go together. So that is two Christmas presents total. Not a great start, if you ask me.