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what I learnt about last minute Christmas shopping

Those ideas you thought would spring to you last minute?  They won’t.  Pressure doesn’t help one bit.

Some people will always be absolutely frickin IMPOSSIBLE to buy for.  And you will be just as clueless now as you were 6 weeks ago, funnily enough.  (Ideas for a 15-year-old boy anyone?  Anyone?  He won’t read this anyway so seriously, any help would be gratefully received).

You will feel sorry for the people working.  Unless you work in retail over Christmas yourself.  I salute you!

Choosing between 6 almost-identical items never was more difficult.  So similar but so very different and omg what if you don’t choose the best one and regret it?

You will receive a text from someone else asking you to choose stuff on their behalf too.  Just to make life that little bit easier.

‘You know who would really like that?  Me.’

You will umm and ahh over an item, decide there will be something better next door, there won’t be anything better next door, and you will walk backwards and forwards having an internal debate with yourself.  Getting nowhere.

Any excuse to procrastinate will do.  Coffee break is 100% necessary.

You will curse yourself for not doing this earlier.

Shops will package anything as a bauble and call it a ‘perfect gift’.  Literally anything.  Marketing people are really trying to pull a number on us.

Candles.  Everywhere.  EVERYWHERE.  The British population really likes candles evidently.

You’ll feel guilty for whining because hey, you should be very grateful that you can give and receive presents and what a bad person you are for complaining, such #FirstWorldProblems.  But it’s still a nightmare.

You will find every possible reason why ‘there’s still time’.  It’s only Christmas Eve Eve Eve.

You’ll vow to be one of The Organised People next year.  (Spoiler: you’ll fail, again.)


Guess what I’ve been up to today?!?

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    23rd December 2015 at 2:51 am

    15 year old boy? You have left that a bit late. The only thing I can think if is a food-based-related gift. Not a mug!! Maybe you know what he likes to eat. My little daughter asked Santa to give her mint chocolate. My sister is getting shortbread, cheese, dried sausage, and wine.

    • Reply
      lily kate
      26th December 2015 at 4:28 pm

      I managed to find some bits and pieces in the end, including food! Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and the girls had lots of fun!

  • Reply
    23rd December 2015 at 10:33 am

    Hey! How about a card with some cash to spend by himself? I don’t know how it’s called–you just go in a store and buy a card with some money on it, around £15-20 should do the trick and he can buy whatever he wants with it, like books, DVD, Beats headphones or whatever a guy his age would like, haha.
    It would be easier for a girl: some yarn, circular needles and a Christmas movie and you can make a headband in no time!

    Anyway, I hope you got all of your other presents! Good luck! xx

    • Reply
      lily kate
      26th December 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Gift cards are always a good idea! Why do boys have to be so difficult to buy for?
      I received a book with a knitter as the main character and knitwear weaved (lol) into the storyline – from what I’ve read so far, you’d love it!

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