Really, it is. It's less than 3 months away, so it's time to get a move on.
I usually start shopping in July, but the move this year took my attention away from my typical obsessive compulsive habits and focused it on other, more expensive, obsessive compulsive habits. One can only worry about so many things at a time: countertops, cabinets, custom furniture, vent covers, window repairs, oh, and then the dishwasher broke. No joke. We are not even close to a fully functioning kitchen yet and already are suffering setbacks. Cross nothing off your list, folks, it's all fair game until I say "done."
The kitchen lights also do not work. But if I get into that I may end up divorced. So let's just say that the path from almond to white outlets and switches is not an uninterrupted one.
So, having hit a bit of a snag in the kitchen, having the bathroom remodel in a limbo of sorts while waiting for the final contract and samples, and the roof (oh yes, did I not tell you we are also replacing the roof?) all scheduled and set...well, I'm at a loss for emails to reply to and calls to make for the next few hours. So...Christmas.
Immediate and heart-felt kudos go out to those who keep updated Amazon wish lists. I always do, since with far flung family, and a hatred of useless clutter, I find it best to give direction. But for those who provide no list, the early start is perhaps even more important. If I dawdle and wait to buy for, for instance, my niece in Denmark, I will end up paying a premium for something that I don't love, and then I will pay premium shipping as well. Memories of spending $35 to ship a Little People School Bus ($14.95) still sting. But, given the time to think, and explore and consider, and ship ground...I feel like I give better gifts. I also like to wrap things myself. Call me old fashioned,but I rarely utilize Amazon gift wrapping. It's so sterile.
So today, I began. I bought my US-based niece a puzzle game she mentioned wanting, and I ordered the Teen Vogue Handbook for my the budding fashionista in Denmark. I also ordered some really cool stencils I found for a few other nieces and just to have in the 'ol gift closet*. Then I found some Hape cars for a steal and got those for a young racer I know. I also found a cool book about boxing for my step-nephew, in case he shows up this year. And I made a list of tentative purchases for a few other people.
All in all, a good start. I typically mail the overseas stuff just after Thanksgiving, and I wrap the other shipping items around then, too. Basically, I hate to scramble. I avoid all actual malls and I like to have time to wrap and mail and feel good about it all, rather than rushed.
So, happy 3-months before Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
*The gift closet is up and running, but it a hot mess until the master closet can start carrying it's own weight.