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2013-12-16 05:00:27 PM
1) Say to yourself, "Christmas is supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, and so if they're mad at me for not getting them a present and don't want to spend time with me, then it is THEY that are ruining the holiday, not ME!"
2) Throw away your gifts-still-to-buy list
3) Be mad at anyone that doesn't get you a gift.
 
2013-12-16 05:00:34 PM
Funny, I've got all mine done. You're just a slacker, subby.
 
2013-12-16 05:15:12 PM
""Crowds thin out as the holiday nears..." Ah whut?  Where does this farkin macaroon live? Not anywhere near me; that's for sure! Subby needs to up his game... get in there Arnold style in Jingle all the Way!  Festivus for the Rest of Us!
 
2013-12-16 05:24:10 PM

Swampmaster: ""Crowds thin out as the holiday nears..." Ah whut?  Where does this farkin macaroon live? Not anywhere near me; that's for sure! Subby needs to up his game... get in there Arnold style in Jingle all the Way!  Festivus for the Rest of Us!


Yeah, that's patently false. The top-selling days of Christmas are the days right before Christmas.
 
2013-12-16 05:27:33 PM
1. Always go up in diameter on sex toys. If it's too big, they'll be flattered. If it's too small, they'll have a project for those cold winter nights.
 
2013-12-16 05:28:41 PM
Fark. Got it backwards. No wonder I never get invited to the party at the rectory anymore.
 
2013-12-16 05:34:46 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: 1. Always go up in diameter on sex toys. If it's too big, they'll be flattered. If it's too small, they'll have a project for those cold winter nights.


This must be a new definition of the word flattered that I am unfamiliar with. I would assume most women don't appreciate the assumption that they have a huge and cavernous lady part.
 
2013-12-16 05:36:41 PM
1. Give the gift of experiences rather than tangible items
2. Consumable gifts (related to #1)
3. Amazon Prime
 
2013-12-16 05:42:12 PM
Avoid the whole Christmas shopping mess: convert to Islam.

You're welcome.
 
2013-12-16 05:49:59 PM
About 20 years ago, I completed all my Christmas shopping in September. It was awesome. Bought everything on sale. I swore I'd never not do it again. I've never done it since.
 
2013-12-16 06:05:47 PM
When my brother and I were in HS/college, we did all our shopping in 2 hours on Christmas Eve.  This is the pre-Internet shopping era, of course.

Park at one end of the mall.  Get there about 4pm.  Have a list of big-ticket items that you need to compare prices and features on.

One person takes point to negotiate the best path through the crowd and spot the speciality stores with the big-ticket items.  The other looks from side-to-side for opportunity buys -- people on your list that you haven't decided on a specific item for.  Take notes as you go.

When you get to the end of the mall, your list should be complete, and you know exactly which stores have the best prices on what you want.  Turn around and buy everything on the way back.  Get in the car, drive home, and wrap presents in the den from 8pm to 9pm.
 
2013-12-16 11:22:02 PM

FrancoFile: Have a list


If I had a list there wouldn't be any problem at all.
 
2013-12-17 01:09:52 AM
Remember:   Dec. 24, national Men's Shopping Day.
 
2013-12-17 05:40:37 AM
buy your gifts on the internet; most places ship for free (or a reasonable fee) and you can direct the item to that person's address. For the rest, you just get it at home and give it to the person at some point before christmas. There is no need to be last minute (unless for an office party, maybe).
 
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