Christmas Shopping in 2018

It keeps getting easier and more convenient.

I didn’t do as much Christmas shopping on Amazon this year as I have before for a few reasons.

  1.  I’m not buying as much this year because the kids are older, and because I’m fighting commercialized extravagance.
  2. I found what I was looking for on other sites and in local stores.
  3. I spent many hours on my feet baking many varieties of cookies to give.
  4. A nearby Super Target now has Drive Up service! Have you discovered this?!
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Let me tell you about my first experience with Target’s new Drive Up service because I was that impressed!

I received an email when my order was ready. As I was about to leave my house to go pick it up, I opened the Target app on my phone and tapped “I’m on my way”. It asked the type and color car I’d be in (SUV/gray). You have the option of turning on your location or tapping “I’m here” when you get there. I turned on the location feature so they knew I was there before I even pulled into the designated parking spot.

I checked my app once more after I parked then turned to the right to look at the store doors. When I turned around, the Target employee was at my door! Unlike King Sooper’s Clicklist, Target offers this service for FREE.

I didn’t stand in any long lines this year.

I don’t shop on Black Friday, and I avoid peak shopping hours on the weekends (if I shop on weekends at all). I plan scattered vacation days in December for Christmas shopping and shipping so I can do these things on weekdays.

Before leaving your house, prepare yourself mentally for your shopping adventures. Things are better now than they were four years ago at least!

  • Take a deep breath. You can do this!
  • Be patient. Remember that no matter how many excuses you might come up with, when you shop for Christmas gifts is a choice. Unless you are buying things typically have great sale prices after Thanksgiving, there’s no reason you can’t start shopping early or shop online (many places offer free shipping now).
  • Be gracious. If someone bumps into you or is in your way, let it go. There are too many people who are completely oblivious to the fact that they are not the only shopper in the store.
  • Be courteous. If someone is in your way, use your words! Say “excuse me”. How you react to annoyances and inconveniences is your choice. Make good choices!

If Christmas shopping is too much for you to handle, then consider shopping before Thanksgiving next time.


Featured Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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