Top Ten Things Not To Do When Shopping at the Last Minute for Christmas

Here is the 25th installment of Ten Top Lists of What Not to Do by Marie Ann Bailey of 1WriteWay at http://1writeway.com and John W. Howell of Fiction Favorites at http://johnwhowell.com. These lists are simu-published on our blogs each Monday. We hope you enjoy.

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10.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not battle another for a parking place. If they are similarly crazed, you may just lose the front end of your car while the other driver yells “Tawanda!  Tawanda!” at you as if she is Kathy Bates in Green Fried Tomatoes.

9.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not take your children with you. At best, they will get in the way; at worst, they will be a witness to your stepped-up aggressive behavior when you Taser another parent for the last remaining iPod Nano.

8.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not leave home without a list. If you do, at best, you will no doubt forget something or someone. At worst, you will be tempted to grab armloads of stuff with the rationale what doesn’t work can be returned only to find out after Christmas that you were wrong.

7.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not think you are going to get anything on sale. If you think you will, at best, you will be disappointed. At worst, you will be afraid to go home given what you have spent.

6.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not forget sizes on your list. If you do, at best, you may just misjudge. At worst, you will get your mother-in-law an extra-large and you’ll never hear the end of it (even if it is the right size).

5.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not think expensive will take the place of thoughtful. If you do, at best, you will spend too much and become every one’s favorite gift giver.  At worst, none of your gifts will be appreciated and all of them will be returned for cash.

4.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not have everything giftwrapped at the store. If you do, at best, it will appear as if you did not put your heart into the gifts. At worst, you could be accused of giving gifts you bought for someone else.

3.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not buy gifts that you yourself would not want to receive. If you do, at best, you might just get it back someday. At worst, the gift might be as tasteless as you thought it was and now you are the embarrassed recipient.

2.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not stop until your list is complete. If you do, at best, the person you left off will give you the best gift ever and you’ll have to admit that you got them nothing. At worst, your excuse of running out of time will be the straw that broke the camel’s back since you had a year to make it right.

1.  When shopping at the last minute for Christmas, do not stop humming your favorite Christmas song. If you do, you might break out in tears and nobody likes a crier this time of year.

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22 Responses to Top Ten Things Not To Do When Shopping at the Last Minute for Christmas

  1. Excellent holiday list. I’m always surprised when I hear about people using a taser during this time of year.

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  2. I once thought I could get stuff giftwrapped after years of do it myself. Man what a disaster. Target does a lousy job. Nice Marie

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  3. sknicholls says:

    I do most of my Christmas shopping online now…when they guarantee it will arrive before Christmas, they mean minutes before your party 😦

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  4. Great advice at this festive time of the year. 🙂

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  5. Excellent advice. My only addition would be, “Do not DO any last minute Christmas shopping. It’s dangerous out there!” 🎁

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  6. Great advice, Marie! I hope your list is complete and you’re home relaxing. Ah, Fried Green Tomatoes…one of my favorites! Merry Christmas!

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  7. I am with you on the online shopping.

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  8. All sage advice – I online shop but made the grave error of stepping into a store last night after work… I’m still a little shell-shocked by the whole experience 😉

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    • 1WriteWay says:

      Oh, my 😉 We’ve been having to do a bit of driving around (fortunately, though, not for gifts), and we’ve noticed people driving around like they’re confused and lost. I think there’s a fair amount of sensory overload going on out there. Cheers!

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  9. ericjbaker says:

    There was a holiday?

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