- Something involving food that I won't purchase until next month.
- A check written to their favorite charity.
- Something made by me.
- Something that I simply haven't gotten off my lazy ass and bought/ordered yet.
In another example, I know what I'm getting my father for Christmas, but people I refuse to shop for him until a week or two before Christmas. Given his precarious health, I will not jinx anything by shopping too far in advance. I'm not superstitious, nor do I believe in Murphy's Law, but I will not fuck with karma where my father's health is concerned.
As for the residents of Jenworld, I'm done with Pete except for his stocking stuffers. He won't be getting a kick ass hand chair like last year, but I'll still manage to do right by him. (If you click on the link, scroll down until you see RED.)
(You hear that honey? I am DONE. Do you even have a list of gift ideas for me yet?)
We have a good start on the girls' gifts. It's surprisingly tough to shop for them because:
- We're not big on plastic crapola, which eliminates much of what's on the market. Instead we tend to buy the girls books and toys that aren't going to end up in a landfill within 60 days.
- The girls have not given us lists for Santa. Even when they do, they'll probably be really short. The girls do not see any TV ads, so they're not bombarding us with requests for the latest piece o' crap on the market. And I intercept the mail before the girls get home, which means the evil My Twinn catalog goes straight into the recycling bin (buried deep, I might add) before the girls can see it. So the girls' lists for Santa tend to be modest and realistic. (Well, except for those times that Graceful has requested a puppy or a new sibling, but those are never going to happen.)
I can't tell you what a relief it is to be done with that particular part of my shopping, not to mention how hard it was for me to find just the right gifts. I was seriously wondering if Santa was going to leave a note by the fireplace that said, "Sorry I just couldn't think of anything. Here's $100 for each of you. Don't blow it all on Webkinz." Luckily the girls had pointed some things out to me while we were at the local boutique toy store a couple weeks ago blowing their allowances, and I took note of everything that made them squeal in delight.
What else is new?