Christmas shopping.

6 Oct

With all things Pinterest infiltrating my brain I can not help but begin thinking about Christmas shopping.  Gasp.  Ack.  Holy cow.

It will be here before we know it.

True to form, we have a busy few months ahead with numerous business trips, Halloween, Gia’s birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Luke’s birthday.  We do not live within 200 miles of any relatives read: shipping.

So I am working on my Christmas list.  This is how I do it:


  1. I am making a list of everyone that needs a present.
  2. I categorize my list with (this is going to sound awful) by obligatory or thoughtful presents.
  3. Obligatory presents have a price limit as do thoughtful ones (with a few exceptions i.e.: RT, Mom, etc)
  4. Obligatory presents I will find with one Google search, one click, pay for gift wrapping and shipping and be done.
  5. Thoughtful will take more time.  I think there will me more Pinterest-ing to help find ideas.
  6. I try to have everything picked out by black Friday and purchase on cyber Monday.
  7. Then, DONE.
  8. I keep a Google Doc of all my addresses over the course of the year and update it as I obtain new addresses.
  9. Christmas cards are ordered from Hallmark where you upload your address list and they mail them.  For free.  For real.  That easy.
  10. I try to have at least one egg nog latte from Peet’s while doing each of the above items which usually adds a good ten holiday pounds. (“This is really a lie, I am not sure why I just lied to you about that.”- name that movie but I do love egg nog lattes and I do tend to gain holiday weight.)  Trying to avoid that this year.

Is anyone else already thinking about holiday shopping and all that goes into it?  The holidays were never stressful when I was growing up and I hope that feeling along to Gia and Luke as well.  I also want to focus on doing good during the holiday season and not just mindless consumption.  What is your mode for the holiday season.  Plan and do early or Christmas eve frenzy?

8 Responses to “Christmas shopping.”

  1. Laura Valle October 7, 2011 at 1:36 am #

    I have a hard time with this. This year, I really want to give homemade, thoughtful gifts but then I worry what will people think and if they will not like them or think they are cheap since they are not store bought. I’m just tired of the commercialism, really. I like the idea of the Netherlands where on Sinterklaas day you make a homemade card and gift and it is meant to be quite elaborate and creative. Then you exchange just 1 nice present on Christmas eve. I felt that way of gift giving was so much nicer and more relaxed! Thanks so much for the tip on Hallmark! I never knew they did that and that will save me heaps of time as writing Christmas cards is always the vain of my existence over the holidays!

    • bullandchina October 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

      Can’t wait to chat with you. Maybe we can noodle it together and come up with a great solution!

  2. Tonia October 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    You’re right, Christmas is just around the corner. I can’t believe it’s October already! What is Pinterest? I’ve never heard of it. I clicked on the site….does it just give you ideas and such? You know I’m behind the times in technology and anything cool! 🙂

    • bullandchina October 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Sign up, sign up, sign up! I just sent you a link!

  3. Elizabeth Bass October 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I like my mother’s take on Christmas shopping–she looks year-round for gift ideas. Of course, sometimes that conflicts with birthdays, but it leaves me a bit more open to possibilities. Sometimes something will just reach out and say, “So-and-so NEEDS this.” I do a good mixture of online and in-store shopping, mostly to save time and delve into a greater variety of stores. I just began using Pinterest, and I have a feeling it will help direct some of my gift browsing and purchases.

    I had no idea about Hallmark’s mail service! I’ll have to look into that with my husband’s large family. Thanks for the tip!

    • bullandchina October 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Baxter- be warned Pinterest will suck up every last moment of free time that you have! Great to hear from you!

  4. Elizabeth Berger October 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I have totally been thinking about Christmas and Pinterest has put me in the mood for christmas shopping too! Thanks for your list, I am going to try it out. Lord knows I need help not waiting until the last minute and prioritizing!

    • bullandchina October 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Liz- the Hallmark thing and I could not live without either!

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