Christmas is almost here, guys! For some of you it’s plain sailing until the big day because *obviously* all of your thoughtful gifts are bought, wrapped and waiting patiently under the tree. For the others though, it’s a mad dash to the shops in between crazy bouts of 12am internet shopping. The present struggle is real. But which one are you?
The ultra-organised one
We all know one: you message them on the second week of December with the standard “arghhh I’ve still not got my gran anything, and not even thought of anything for dad!” or similar, only for them to (smugly—you can tell just by the WAY she’s typed it) “oh, I’ve already wrapped all of mine, they’re under the tree ready 😊”. *Deletes number*
The last-minute one
Which leads us, neatly, onto the leave-it-till-the-last-minute one. We’ve all still got a few presents left to get come mid-December, but there’s always one *cough, my brother, cough* who is out there on Christmas Eve rushing around, madly looking for something vaguely resembling a gift, only to end up giving IOUs. Might as well wait ‘till the sales now, mate. Every. Single. Year.
The super thoughtful one
These sorts of people, to me, are the flukiest individuals in life. They’re never stressed—outwardly calm, feet pedaling (or rather, brain cogs turning) like mad underneath the surface. They’ve got their shit together. For them, it’s a one-stop Christmas shop: they get in, they get exactly what they’d planned carefully to get, and they get out. And it’s always so much better than anything you could’ve thought of. Hmph.
While I’m all for the giving part of Christmas—that feeling of getting someone a perfect present that you know they’ll love, almost tops receiving one (almost)—but we all have that one friend who seems to do several trips and buys multiple gifts for everyone they know: 10 gifts each for their immediate family, one for every member of the extended family, the dog, that nice teacher at school, their nan’s neighbour’s cat…
Now, I’ll just do a quick disclaimer here: spending lots of money does not equal kind and thoughtful giving. One of the best presents I’ve ever received was a pair of hand-knitted mittens from my mum’s friend, in colours I loved, because she knows how hard it is to find gloves for my inhumanly small hands. The problem here is not money spent or size of gift—you know what I’m talking about: that one grumpy old aunt who gets your birthday wrong every year and sends a Christmas present that looks like she’s found it under her bed. She probably has tbf.
The whizz kid
This has probably only become more common with the likes of Black Friday (shudder), and if you can do it, fair play to you: this one buys everything—everything—online, simultaneously avoiding the shopping mall crush, queues and cheesy tunes, while getting someone else to wrap it for them with the mere click of a button and extra £2.99. Double win.
The gradual buyer
This I vow to do every year. This year, I even got as far as making little notes in my phone under names when I saw things certain people would like—when I came to buy that cool thing I spotted back in June, though, it wasn’t in the shop anymore. Obviously. What some (pure geniuses) do, is get things as they go along. It’s a mum thing to do, if you don’t mind the stereotyping: gathering little gems of thoughtful gifts as and when you spot them, like a magpie. Not only is there no December rush, but you space out the spending, too. The winning tortoise, in a race of hares.
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