Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Present Woes

I really love Christmas, and I love shopping for presents. This year however, I am not loving it so much. I have had a hard time getting people to tell me what they want. I think when you get to a certain age you have everything. Most of the people in my life are at that certain age.

R has always been difficult to shop for. I had thought about getting him that Powermat. If you aren't familiar with this thing, it's a cordless mat that resembles a small surfboard. According to the commercial...which they have been showing over and over on just set your electronic gadgets on it and it charges them cordlessly. Since he has two phones and a Zune I thought this would be perfect. It wasn't perfect though, it's a lie.

I went to Best Buy yesterday and was thrilled to see they had quite a few of them. It retails for 99.00. So I grabbed one and charged up to the counter all set to buy it. I asked the guy if he knew anything about it. He said yes, what did I want to know? I asked it if was compatible with all brands. He said as long as you have the holders for those items. Holders??? What holders? The ad didn't say anything about holders. As it turns out you have to buy the holders for each individual item you want to charge at 29.99 a pop, and they only have them for a few things. The only thing I could have gotten one for is his work phone. His personal phone and Zune don't have holders available for them. Needless to say I was a bit unhappy. This borderlines on bait and switch if you ask me!

The other thing I wanted to get him for Christmas is proving to be even more challenging simply because I can't find any available.

I just wish he would tell me what he wants...and not 3 days before Christmas like usual! My step dad and mom aren't really being forthcoming with what they would like either. Sigh~ Wish me luck, I am not sure I am going to survive this shopping season.


Carmen Wing said...

I don't know what it is this year. I'm usually so excited too but I'm just not. I finally started Christmas shopping online today but my heart isn't really in it. I'm usually finished by now. I told my OH I think it's partly what you said - everyone has everything and partly that it has got just so commercial - I actually feel sickened walking round the shops this year.

So we decided to just buy token gifts for each other this year and we are donating the money we would have spent to a childrens charity. We are going to do the same next year and I have told our own kids that I am going back to basics. Starting in January I'm making presents throughout the year and that's going to be what the majority of people will get - they, bless them - seem very excited by the idea. I'm sick of badgering people to do wishlists etc for things they probably don't particularly want or need. That's not what Christmas is supposed to be about. I'm not religious at all but I do believe it's about being together and being thankful for what we have already.

Ooh blimey - bit of a waffle there eh? ;)

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

I am right there with you. I don't even find it fun anymore. I sound like a grinch, but I would be happy with the decorating and eating and leaving the presents out.

Heather said...

Honestly, If I had someone with your talent in my family, I'd be secretly hoping and wishing every Christmas for a handmade creation!

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