Is it just me, or are people buzzing about Christmas way earlier this year? I feel like an old fuddy duddy saying this, but when I was a kid, I really thought the Christmas rush didn't start until after Thanksgiving. Maybe I am just more aware now.
At any rate, I recently started putting together a list of what I need to buy for Christmas in an attempt to start buying now and buy gifts gradually. This will be really helpful for my bank account, I hope. It will also give me more time to find things I really like for people. As much as I hate spending the money, I do enjoy the process of finding gifts for others (and hey, for myself!) and I'm told by a lot of people that I have great taste, so hopefully they like what I pick. Of course, there are the standard hard-to-buy-for people on my list. I have just learned to coax such people into telling me about SOMETHING that they want! Anything!
This Christmas, I'm really going to make it a focus of mine to buy gifts from small businesses as much as possible- through etsy and through online websites. It is so easy to support small businesses from wherever you are these days!
I am definitely noticing some trends in potential holiday gifts. There have been some wonderful DIY ideas floating around on pinterest. Everything from jolly rancher-infused vodka to homemade hand and foot sugar and salt scrubs. In the past, I've gone for homemade baked goodies as gifts for people and I still may do that this year.
Otherwise, I'm really feeling monogramed gifts this Christmas. I'm sure I'll post some ideas about what's on my list when I figure that out! I'm trying to make more effective use of pinterest as a tool by "pinning" great gift ideas that I find online so I don't lose track of them.
Are you ready for the season yet?
Oh yes- and for posterity's sake, congratulations to my newly engaged best friend, Miss Courtney! I'm sure her wedding happenings will be well documented on this blog... eventually!