Barefoot by the Sea: Shopping during "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shopping during "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"

It seems to happen to me every year, I'm in target or some other random store and realize "they are playing Christmas music".  I know it's definitely not unusual for the Christmas music to be playing before Thanksgiving these days but for whatever reason it seems to surprise me every year. So yesterday, I was completely taken aback when there was a huge cardboard cutout of Santa and all his reindeer hanging from the ceiling as I walked through the door of Target. The dollar section, full of all sorts of festive treats and trinkets… which of course does what every retailer wants to accomplish, makes me nervous! I feel like I'm way behind even though it's not Thanksgiving. Seriously, what's the rush? For me, I think the rush is that I want to make sure that my shopping is one thing I don't have to worry about as December approaches. In theory, I want to enjoy a wonderful and stress free holiday. I'm not sure if there is such a thing but that is always my goal.

In the years past, I purchased gifts all through the year and an effort to reduce the stress, only to tuck things away and forget that I purchased them… I've also been known to wait as long as I can so that I don't spend as much money but by the time I get to the store everything I wanted is out of stock. Not sure if there is one correct way to tackle Christmas shopping, but online shopping seems to be one of the easiest ways for me. This year, and focused on trying to buy gifts with more meaning. I'm trying to start a little earlier and also really think about the particular person I'm shopping for.  What would they love that they might not buy for themselves?  I also am looking for more handmade items and artisan made gifts.

Soon I'll be launching my 2014 holiday gift guide which again will focus on some of my favorite items, companies and gifts for 2014.  I hope that it's a fun journey that you'll join me on, one where you'll get some new white gift ideas and we will throw in a couple giveaways too !  So visit often to see what we're featuring!
In the meantime, what is your Christmas shopping strategy? Do you tend to buy the bulk online?  Do you fight the crowds on Black Friday? Do you shop locally? I would love to hear!


  1. When we went shopping for Halloween costumes at the beginning of October and all the Christmas stuff was out, I figured that was a little early. However, it seems to me that it is becoming more mainstream to start all things Christmas even earlier...and I am not sure I would be upset with that! I could use a bit of a longer Christmas season!

    I buy a lot of my stuff online, but I do love to go out on Black Friday and see the "deals." However, I rarely stand in the lines to get something, unless it is something amazing that I think I have to get for someone (or myself!). And I do love Small Business Saturday!

  2. Ahhhh, I keep getting my comment deleted for some reason :( Wahhhh! Anyway, I am definitely looking forward to your series, I'll just leave it at that!

  3. Looking forward to it.
    I am making many of my gifts this year.

  4. Looking forward to your series!! I usually give at least one homemade gift. Last year I made calendars for everyone! That was fun. Still trying to get inspired on what I will create this year.


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