Christmas shopping

I’ve been making my list, checking it twice, heading out to the shops and coming back after an hour of strategic elbowing with nothing. Christmas shopping is hard work and takes time, so I was tempted to do it all on line this year.

I have been amazed at what some of the shopping sites are throwing up as potential gifts; pasta makers worth nearly $300, earphones worth over $200, it is just insane. I hope that people aren’t looking at these extravagantly priced items thinking it is the norm for a Christmas gift! It is not!!!!

I also have a solid belief that anything over $50 should probably be selected by the future owner. What you think they want and what they actually want could be two very different things, and you don’t want to go $200 into debt over something that will frustrate them every time they use it.

I know I have a future (hopefully) vested interest, but if you don’t know what to get someone, get them a book, there are millions to choose from. Give them something you have read and loved. Something on a topic you know they are interested in. It doesn’t have to be a romance novel that they will never read, and it won’t break the bank.

Christmas presents are about showing your loved ones you thought of them, and a well-selected $20 present will trump a $200 present every time. You just need to make that list, check it twice and then… end up in a bookshop.

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