I have a confession to make. I am every marketing executive’s dream. I notice immediately when Starbucks starts advertising their peppermint mocha, feel excited when Target throws up all the Christmas advertisements, and Black Friday?! Don’t even get me started.
Here’s why: my love language is definitely gift giving. I dream all year of what my family members would want for Christmas, then imagine them opening their gifts and squealing with excitement that “THAT-IS-EXACTLY-WHAT-I-WANTED!”.
Here is the problem: I don’t have a job. I am a stay at home momma. My husband is pumping away hours at his job (He is my hero, I have mad respect!)- to provide for me and our lil’ pumpkin.
No money=No Christmas presents.
Or so I thought. Where there is a will, there is a way!
I am determined. I am getting people something. So guess what? I am one of those weirdo’s who hoards gift cards. I hate using them because it seems like such a commitment. So I have gift cards from my wedding, baby shower, and other events (sorry friends, I have used most of them, I promise!). I have a few left, so I pulled those puppies out and checked the balances. Just enough to get everyone a little somethin’. Hopefully;).
I also have some old workout clothes I barely used. Lululemon tanks, Victoria’s Secret Sport- stuff like that. I am selling them on Ebay! They are never going to fit me again, unless I starve myself, so good riddance!
Here is my plan:
1. Use gift cards for some gifts.
2. Utilize Black Friday and Cyber Monday- but only for places I have gift cards, a list, or a strategy. I have already found some amazing buy one get one free deals. The places I am hitting? Victoria’s Secret (they are supposedly giving away freebies at 6am and are selling hoodies for $25 bucks!), Bath and Body Works, Charlotte Russe (for cute scarfs), Sephora, and Target. Cyber Monday I am hitting Woot, ThinkGeek, and Zazzle, and Amazon for the men in my life. My goal is to get stuff for SUPER cheap- and am using gift cards!
3. I WILL NOT SHOP FOR MYSELF! Thankfully I have been getting used to this, so I am OK I had to make up my mind early on that good deals do not equal shopping for me. If I buy myself ANYTHING that is one less gift for someone.
4. I have a list, and it is in permanent marker. I already even have the items I want picked out.
5. I have a budget and cannot go over it.
6. If all else fails, which it might, handmade gifts or thoughtful letters are just as wonderful.
See, in the end, my family and friends know I adore them (at least I hope!). Gifts are icing on the cake. My prayer for this season is that I can stay grounded and sane, and live within my reality. Christmas is about Christ coming to give us the greatest gift ever- a restored relationship with God and a new heart! Everything else is just for funsies. I hope I can maintain this perspective and not be one of those crazy people in the Wal-Mart parking lot screaming profanities on Christmas Eve for someone cutting me off for a parking spot (you all know what I mean!).
What are your Christmas shopping guidelines? Are you as excited as I am to give gifts? Anyone have any neat handmade or thoughtful gift ideas that are inexpensive? 🙂
Cheers to the Christmas spirit!