I really truly do love giving. I love searching high and low for the perfect gift; I love the look on the gift recipients face when they open my gifts; I love wrapping gifts. This presents a problem as I tend to overspend and this year our budget is tighter than ever. Herein lies the problem.
So, I've already "finished" my shopping for the kids - the kids being Oscar, Miles, and my niece Ella. This is where the majority of our holiday spending goes and it's gone. But. See, I've found a few more things I'd like to get for the kids and I'm having a hard time restraining myself. I've made the boys gift lists on Amazon (they are sub lists under my list, if you're maybe wondering what to get them...) to contain my spending and spare my wallet. I've rationalized that once I finish shopping for everyone else on my list, if my budget is not totally depleted, I will buy each of the three kids one or two more gifts. Each year, we do a "main" gift of each kid, then several smaller-type gifts.
So, who remains to be shopped for? At least 50 percent of my list. I think that's not bad given there are still three and a half weeks until Christmas.
Where are you on your holiday shopping? Are you a pre-shopper or a last minute shopper and do you love or hate it? I'm actually a bit of both, if I'm being honest, and I mostly love it. Also, do folks do a "main" gift-type thing for their kids, or is this just a tradition in my family?
I can't wait to hear about your shopping!