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December 14 2014 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: Shopping???  
I went Christmas shopping yesterday. Every other month we drive about an hour away, to a much bigger citty where they actually have shopping, to stock up on things we need and just to some general shopping though our main objective is visiting my honorary Grandmother.

The thing is shopping in December is always insane. It doens't matter if it is the weekend before Christmas or two weekends before, there are people everywhere.

When I was a kid, my dad would take us to the mall on Christmas Eve to get a gift for my mom. He waited until then to do it which my mom would always say was insane, and now I know why. He also never put thought into it so he's not a rolemodel of any kind.

Despite the numerous amounts of people at the malls and grocery stores, I actually love Christmas shopping. I love going through the stores and finding the perfect gift for someone and an occasional one for me.

What really helps me is an iTunes app called GiftPlanner which will keep track of not only all your Christmas present but all the presents you need to buy throughout the year for birthdays. I have everyone I buy for enter into this app with their birthdate. It will tell me whose birthday is coming up and what year they'll be. I can have a budget set and keep track what I've already purchased for them.

A Christmas time this is extremely helpful because then I know what I need to still get and what I've already purchased. Plus I can mark whether or not my package has been purchases, shipped, received, wrapped or given. So I'm also keeping track of what to expect in the mail and what I need to wrap up or remember to take to an event.

I think there is an Android equivelant.

Do you like Christmas shopping? Do you like being part of the crowds? Any shopping traditions every year?

Days Until Christmas: 11
 
 
 
Jo Ann: Logo: Amazonyeuxdebleu on December 15th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC)
Christmas shopping is pretty easy for me. I don't exchange gifts with any family members because they're all out of state, no longer living, or we're not close enough to get involved in gift exchanging. Hubby and I decided when we bought this property that it was all we could ever want and agreed to no longer exchange gifts. The only people I give gifts to at Christmas are some of my on-line friends, the mailman, the road agent and the UPS delivery man. I do all my shopping on line and love it...no crowds, no hassles, no going out in inclement weather. I can sit in my warm, cozy house, in PJs with a cup of tea or coffee and shop to my heart's content at the computer. Long live amazon.com!!!
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Jamie Frasersireesanwar on December 15th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
I do love Amazon when I'm purchasing (not so much when I'd dealing with them as a Vendor).

Yeah, I've got a lot of people to buy for: best friends, siblings, my secret santa pull for the extended family, nieces, etc. So I do a lot and sometimes going out and shopping is all you can do.

I do love buying online though because I can just do it and then have it all come and not worry about it most of the time.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 15th, 2014 08:36 am (UTC)
Nice, I guess there are apps for everything now :D

I don't buy too many presents, but I like to put thought in the ones I do. I just wish people would appreciate it more.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 17th, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
There really are. I need to create one and make a bunch of money. LOL

My problem is that I have a good amount of people to buy for and birthday presents throughout the year so I pick things up as I find them and can never remember what I bought and how much I've spent. The app helps me with that. Phew!
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 17th, 2014 08:40 am (UTC)
Hehe, yeah, any ideas yet? *g*

Ohh, yes, forgetting what you got for someone already. I'm good at that :D Or forgetting where I put it :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Nope. Every time I think of something it has been taken. I mean if I had the knowledge I could improve on some of the apps I've gotten... like a pantry app so you know what you have and what you need. The ones out there are so limited.

My mom is bad about where she puts gifts. I have a large wood chest that I put everything in. Can't misplace it that way. LOL
Phoenixburned_phoenix on January 5th, 2015 09:03 am (UTC)
Great idea :D I should just put names on the stuff I buy for people. I just found something that I forgot to put into your package! :s
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 5th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
I just got that package... I posted.

That is okay. Maybe save it for the next time you feel so compelled to spoil me. I wish I could send you stuff. I'll have to see if I can something flat as shipping to Europe from here is outrageous!
Phoenixburned_phoenix on January 6th, 2015 10:36 am (UTC)
Ohh, I'll check it out :)

Shipping is expensive, but I thought, if I pay it anyway, I can use all the space and weight they allow :D
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 7th, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
It is true.
tracyj23: Blue cookiestracyj23 on December 15th, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
I love to shop too, but I prefer doing it in about October. Any time past the middle of November is crazy time at the stores. It is such fun to find gifts that people will love - I could easily spend 5x what I do on everyone I buy for, the hard part is restraining myself to one or two things because that's all I can afford. :)
Jill aka Jo: Happy: Calvin Smilesireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
I always start early so I can pay for everything but I see your point. I like going at the beginning of December when things aren't as bad as they can get and there are decorations everywhere.

Yes, restraining the gift giving is hard but sometimes I save things I find for birthdays. I'm so bad.
tracyj23: Holiday - Snoopy/Woodstock Christmastracyj23 on December 20th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm bad too. I always spend more than I plan to. :) I just love getting things for people - I can't wait to watch them open their gifts and see the smiles when they love it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 22nd, 2014 10:32 pm (UTC)
It is so true and often times I will just buy something else because I now someone will want it.
Angelserenitysangel on December 15th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I enjoy gift buying but don't like the Christmas crowds so a lot of my gift buying is done online. Hate the crowds! No shopping traditions either.

Love the idea of the app so useful!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2014 11:12 pm (UTC)
I like to buy online too because sometimes it is just more convenient and sometimes you can have things delivered to people far away and I like that. But a lot of the time I go out and do the shopping. Just feels more fun to me.

I love that app. It is sooo useful.