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I Do My Christmas Shopping Online

Last night I clicked a handful of time and did almost all my Christmas shopping online.

The days of standing in long lines and braving the mall for me? They’re somewhere in the painful blue past. In their place I keep a list in an app on my phone, a bunch of things sitting in an Amazon cart, or a few emailed links. This is where I’d usually say that I can’t imagine shopping any other way, but the truth is that I have shopped the other way–and to the crazy rigmarole of hitting store after store in the ice, slush, and through baby tantrums, I say “No! I don’t want to!”

How do you deal with those surreptitious Internet shopping packages, anyway? My kids cannot be trusted, so their gifts will go straight to my parents’ home until I can pick them up. And this time of year, when the packages seem to arrive constantly, the kids get grumpier and grumpier because so few of the items are addressed to them, and they aren’t allowed to open the boxes, period.

I will still shop locally this year. I love my local craft bazaar for small friend and neighbor gifts. Meeting the local shop owners, and my townspeople, out and about is truly a delight of the season. But you can’t make me head to a mall, park a zillion feet from the doors, spend hours (if not days) picking   through over-priced nonsense goods, wait in some terribly long and senseless lines, fight a crowd of people writing checks, and then deal with those proliferating plastic bags. And that’s why I do all my Christmas shopping online.


Over the next 10 days Today’s Mama will be featuring a gift list a day to help you choose the perfect item for your loved ones. All of our editors have contributed, so you’ll get a variety of ideas. Hopefully you’ll find a couple that will make your Christmas shopping that much easier!

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  2. Nellie 11/29/2011 at 9:59 am

    After seeing recent black Friday videos of people stampeding I was put off bargain shopping for good. I got my first shopping on line fix on the Tracfone Website where I got a free phone every time I bought a phone card plus I got free deilvery and I thought, great now I’ve got some phones (at no cost) to give as christmas presents for the kids. Since then I was hooked on on line shopping, it’s a treat to have everything delivered to you without setting foot out of the door. I also think that sometimes things are cheaper on line.

  3. Jenny 11/28/2011 at 4:04 pm

    It’s the people writing checks that make me want to never spend money in public ever. Drives me bonkers!

  4. Carina 11/28/2011 at 12:21 pm

    We’re going to have ninja tips for hiding those packages from kids tomorrow!

  5. Rachael Herrscher 11/28/2011 at 10:40 am

    I love doing my shopping online! The only draw back is being ninja enough to always catch the delivery man to hide the proof!