Why I Dislike Christmas Shopping

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I always used to love Christmas, and I might feel differently if I had children of my own, but lately, I have really disliked the entire Christmas season and I think I've narrowed it down to why - Christmas shopping.

Now, don't get me wrong - I love the holidays in regards to spending time with friends and family, but I wish the whole gift giving experience wasn't a part of it.

I am always so stressed out while Christmas shopping. I'm a perfectionist so I always think I need to find the perfect gift for someone, and that if it's not perfect, they won't like it. I can only attribute this to my perfectionist personality, but it makes the whole Christmas shopping experience so stressful. I just wish I was a mind reader and could know what somebody wanted.

This year, I made one of my November goals to get all of my Christmas shopping done by the end of November. I'm making extremely good progress in this regard and am nearly finished. The only person I have yet to purchase a gift for is my father in law.

And this year? I have not done any shopping in a store. I ordered all of our gifts online - and earned cash back while doing it through Ebates, which is an awesome little bonus.

My husband, mother in law, brothers, sister and brother in law, and all the nieces and nephews are done! I am quite impressed and hoping that this will allow me to relax a little bit more and spend more time actually enjoying the Christmas season, instead of rushing, stressing and feeling overwhelmed.

Have you started your Holiday shopping? Or, are you almost done, too?


  1. I enjoy Christmas shopping less each year too. I meant to start early this year but of course I didn't ugh. Still hoping to get lots of shopping done online. And I love ebates too!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

  2. I never like the crowds. I always stick to online shopping. This year I'm doing 'clutter free' gifts which means a lot of gift certificates and baking at home, but I think I'm on track to have everything done in time!

  3. Well done that's fab I am pretty much done with mine too. Got to get two more and my secret santa for work now although one of them is for my trainer and I'm not too sure what to get this year!

  4. I am slightly ahead of the game and have patted myself on the back but it could be better! And yes to Ebates!

  5. I made the same goal, sadly I am not nearly as successful. I wish Ebates was automatic because I remember it .031 seconds after I submit my order and I do a lot of shopping on my phone. I love the concept of gift giving but I understand the stress it is trying to find a gift that is just right.
    Happy Holidays!
    ~Madylin @ smilesnmiles.com

  6. I am so with you! Not a fan of the holiday rush at all. It is such a hassle getting to the stores, finding deals, waiting in the lines all while battling cold snowy weather and planning shopping trips around all the holiday festivities and family events. I try to get it all done by Thanksgiving, and aside from two people I'm all done. Glad you've had success shopping too!



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