I know these things can vary regionally, but my Target has a good sale this week on the kinds of chocolate gifts I'd buy for teachers, mail carriers, bus drivers, etc., if I hadn't decided to go the gift card route instead. Like, they have the hard plastic Christmas-tree-shaped and rectangular boxes of Ferrero Rocher, $4 down from $5.99, or maybe it was down from $6.99, in any case it was down to $4. And so were the pretty metallic cardboard triangular boxes of Lindt truffles. I stood there agitating for a lonnnnng time: So pretty! And so yummy! And such a good sale! But I'd already decided to do gift cards! Should I do candy AND gift card? No, too expensive. And they'd probably prefer the gift card. But the chocolate is exactly what I would have chosen if I didn't want to do a gift card. And a $5 or even $10 gift card really doesn't look like as much as a $6-7 box of chocolate. And maybe I should rethink the whole thing? Agitate agitate agitate.
Then Edward wanted to buy ME one of the boxes of Ferrero Rocher for Christmas, and I suggested he should go shopping closer to Christmas with Daddy instead, and he declined that idea, and I suggested a little more forcefully, and he DECLINED! THAT! IDEA!!!1! So...win for me, especially since both Paul and Edward are likely to forget all about it and purchase me ANOTHER gift from him.
It is time! to! shop! This year, as every year, I am going to try not to over-buy. I love gift-shopping so! much! and what happens is I keep seeing little things for everyone, and really it works better to have a few big things than a thousand tiny ones, and so then I cram the tiny ones into the stockings, and then THOSE are overfilled, and gah. So this year! I will try to be better! PLANNING is required. (But spontaneous buying is so fun!)
I just ordered holiday stamps. This is one of my favorite things, and even better now that I do Postcrossing. I go online so I can take a long time to make up my mind and so I don't have to make the clerk impatient and exasperated. Some of the clerks even act as if it DOESN'T MATTER what the stamps look like! I KNOW!!
For my own holiday cards I ordered Holiday Evergreens. For Postcrossing I ordered one book each of all the holiday ones: a book of angels, a book of Hanukkah, a book of Kwanzaa, a book of assorted (reindeer/snowman/nutcracker/gingerbread), a book of Madonna and child, a book of holiday evergreens, and a book of the ones that say CELEBRATE. Most international postcards need two stamps (plus a 10c stamp), so I like putting a combination: like, if I use a Christmas postcard, I put on a Kwanzaa and a Hanukkah stamp. If the card is more winter-holiday-neutral, I pick whichever two look nicest with it.
I think I am going to buy a new fake tree. We have one I bought on sale at Target for $16.99 ten years ago, and it bothers me every year: it's 6 feet tall (if the single branch at the top sticking up a foot above the rest counts) and it's "slimline" so it hardly holds any ornaments, and although it DOES look pretty when heavily decorated so you can't see the metal parts sticking out, I want BIGGER and more room for ornaments. Every year I wait for trees to go on clearance, but by the time they DO, I'm not in the mood to buy one. AND, I'm picky.
AND, remember when I finally DID buy one on clearance, and I put it away for the next year, and when we set it up the next year it gave me vibrating electrical shocks? and Target handled the situation super-suckily so that I felt not only cheated but also put-upon and "I WILL NOT BE IGNORED"-ish? So this year I think maybe I'll buy one just on SALE, so I can set it up right away and see if Target is trying to kill me (AGAIN). Sure, sure, I shouldn't buy it from Target, I should vote my dollars and etc., but the thing is I like their trees best so there it is. And then I can give the old one away on Freecycle BEFORE Christmas, so someone else can use it.
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