I think this was the easiest Christmas shopping season ever. We did a mix of local and online shopping, and I feel in control and not stressed about at least this one thing at this point in the holiday season.
I threw myself on the mercy of Vicki at Ann Arbor’s funky, fun store Heavenly Metal and she set me up with great gifts for the hard-to-buy-for – my sister-in-law and my stepfather. Plus she showed me something nice and something local to give to a work colleague – al dente pasta from Whitmore Lake, MI.
A twitter friend, Keith Burtis from MagicWoodworks.com, made my gift for my mother-in-law, and I’ll be knitting my gift for my mother (though I’ll need another trip to the local yarn store and a bit of time to finish it before Christmas!).
My sister and I decided we would contribute to charity in lieu of purchasing presents for each other, and she helped me choose clothes and toys for her kids.
We did a little online shopping to round out the list, but I feel that I was able to get some personal and unique presents this year with a minimum of stress.