I am feeling a little frustrated with my Christmas shopping list this year. I'd call it a Christmas conundrum. I have no good ideas of what to get anyone! The smallish ideas I do have don't excite me in the slightest. I feel like Austin Powers when he lost his mojo. I have lost my Christmas mojo.
Christmas shopping for me is generally a breeze, and I have it down to such a science (and dislike shopping that much) that I can usually just go into a store head directly to what I want to buy, buy it and get out of there. I mean, think about it. I know about all the stores out there, I can pretty much think of everything that Target sells. Going to the store to look around is such an unnecessary task for me usually. This year I may have to actually spend a good deal of time in a mall or something because I feel so uninspired.
I play to win at Christmas. I don't know why I am so competitive about some things and apathetic with others, but Christmas is one of the things I want to win. When I say 'win Christmas' I by no means mean outspending everyone 5:1, but I want the gift I give to you to be your favorite gift that you received that year. It is just a weird way of showing how much I love you I guess, lol?
So my normal formula of finding the perfect gift includes consideration of the following:
Have you mentioned wanting something in the last year? (it is good to pay attention!)
Is there something you've been needing that I have noticed? (like your purse is all beat up looking, for example)
Do you enjoy any hobbies?
Where are your favorite stores to shop?
Then I brainstorm ideas that fit within the price range I am trying to stay in.
The problem I am having is that I have exhausted many of my top notch ideas in prior years. I can give the same gift twice, that is so uncreative!
My Mom never gives us much of an idea of what she wants, I have already given my brother every Houston Texans football themed thing under the sun, Aaron buys everything he wants himself the instant he wants it. I am at a loss here. Nothing I can think of gives me the feeling that I will win Christmas. Maybe I can give gifts in hopes of the person picking up a new hobby so that gift giving in the future will have more options. Like getting my brother a violin, or a pottery wheel?
I don't know what to do! What do you do when you don't know what to give someone??