I've got a pile of cardboard boxes piled in the corner of my bedroom as a result of my determination to get my holiday shopping out of the way. I spent an afternoon on the Internet and managed to put a big dent in my list.
While I will admit that I am happy to have some of this task completed, it is a little sad to me how far removed this is from the vision of personally selecting unique gifts for the special people in my life, holding them in my hand and picturing how thrilled the recipient will be when they receive it. While I never enjoyed shopping, per se, I did like visiting some particular stores where the staff knew me and could give me personal assistance with some of my more challenging gift queries. The Internet really removes the personal touch from the whole shopping experience.
However, I recognize that shopping online also removes the MS-related fatigue and logistical challenges from the shopping equation, as well. For that, I am grateful. I guess I will continue to plow through my list online, happy to be avoiding crowds and the resulting need to take an hour-long nap after each outing.
What about you? Do you primarily do your holiday shopping online or do you still hit the stores? Share your tips for getting holiday shopping done in the comments section below.