WINTER IS COMING....DON’T FORGET THE GIFTS
How many people accept the fact that they wait ‘til the last minute every year to buy a less than memorable present for at least one friend or loved one? Probably more than will admit to it. I’ve wandered down aisles (sometimes THE day of a get together) in panic mode plenty of times. The truth is, no matter how much we like to think we’re on top of things, most of us procrastinate at some point or another. Especially this time of the year. It’s not like our regular lives get put on hold just because of the holidays. We still have to go to work, pay bills, grocery shop, etc. Life has a pesky habit of getting in the way of the fun stuff. So it’s not my fault that you ended up with a turtle chia pet that one year. Deal with it. Plant some basil or something.
First things first, set an attainable goal for yourself. As a seasoned procrastinator, I know ordering yourself to have everything done by a certain time doesn’t work. I understand the drill. This time you’re determined. You'll get it done no problem...then the excuses start. You had to work late. You get a call to go out for a few drinks with friends (who can say no to that?). Whatever. Next thing you know it’s the day of the party and you have no gift and no clue what to do about it. So, be realistic in your expectations. Don’t try to buy all your gifts at once because you’ll stress yourself out and throw in the towel. On the other hand, don’t space out buying gifts too far apart; you’ll lose track of time and end up getting $5 gift cards for everyone on your list. Set a schedule. Write each person’s name on a certain day of the calendar. It doesn’t need to be one day right after the other. In fact, do it every other day or every few days. The point is, don’t allow yourself to cop out. You can do it!
Next, don’t let time (and money) get the better of you. The longer you wait to buy a gift, the more it will cost you. So budget. Budget budget budget! Think ahead and plan a strategy. Know exactly who you are going to buy for and what you what you want to spend on each person. These are the people you love, and who love you. They don't need extravagant presents from you to be happy. Good company is the best gift imaginable. The old saying still rings true today: It’s the thought that counts. Don’t strap yourself financially just to put a brief smile on someone’s face. You’ll remember it long after they do, and not in a good way. There are so many gifts that don’t cost a bundle that people love.
Another thing to remember: the internet can be your friend. You’re on here everyday anyway, so why not do something useful for your friends and family? Many times you can find good deals online that you can’t get in the store. Typically, sites like Amazon will have free 48 hour (and sometimes 18 hour) shipping as long as you order a certain dollar amount. They will even guarantee delivery by that special date AS LONG as you order a week or so in advance. So take a few minutes away from gaming and peruse Amazon, eBay or any other site of your choosing. Who knows, maybe you could find that perfect gift for Great Aunt Tilly while you’re waiting for your lives on Candy Crush to fill back up.
One last thing: DON’T PUT IT OFF! I know I mentioned it before, but I must say it again: Do not make up some totally lame excuse why you couldn't buy a present for someone. You know the only person you’re disappointing is yourself. Well, you and the person you were supposed to buy a gift for. But, you know what? This is not even about them (well, it kinda is, but for arguments sake...). Without getting too existential about it all, it depends on you. Know your limits. Know your budget. Know your timeline. And know that you WILL do it.
What I'm listening to now: A Wintery-type tale