Last night I started my Christmas shopping. Yes, really.
A few years ago after Tom’s Dad died and my parents broke up I really couldn’t deal with well-meaning shop assistants asking me, “How are yooooo today?” when most days I was barely holding my shit together so I did most of the Christmas shopping online. It was brilliant – I wrote a list of the people I needed to buy for, trolled websites and had everything delivered to my front porch.
Buying online is also a great way to avoid spending extra money because you don’t feel the frenzy of other shoppers and don’t fall into the trap of buying presents for yourself too.
This year I’ve decided to try and make a good effort to do a lot of my shopping on Felt – a website of glorious handmade and designed New Zealand products. I’m not sure I can find something for everyone on there but lots of the people I buy for I can.
What also makes it easy is that Felt has put together a Christmas shopping guide. An actual useful guide where the prices are reasonable and the products are good-looking. My main problem now is to find the sweet spot between buying too early and missing out on later-released Christmas stuff and waiting too long and missing out all together.
In another fit of enthusiasm I thought I might also sew drawstring bags for present wrapping instead of using paper. We’ll see how that goes…