Totebaggers are thinking of holiday shopping, including what to buy and smart strategies for finding good values. Today we’re combining three submissions, with slightly different takes on this topic. Let’s break the Internet with our shopping discussion!
Black Friday by Finn
With the upcoming arrival of Thanksgiving also comes the arrival of Black Friday and the extended shopping season into which it has evolved.
What are your shopping plans for the extended Black Friday season?
Please share whatever shopping strategies you’re willing to share, as well as any particularly good deals that would appeal to your fellow totebaggers.
Are you looking for something in particular? Bring it up, and your fellow totebaggers are likely to have suggestions and guidance for you.
Christmas Gifts by Louise
Totebaggers – post your favorite gift suggestions. Websites, pictures and links are welcome. Recently I’ve had good luck with www.Etsy.com. Some of the things I have purchased include hand-made ties and glass ornaments. These are a few of their kind pieces and the recipients of these gifts have received compliments on them.
Totebaggers share your gift suggestions. If it is too late this year, we’ll take notes for next year.
Holiday Shopping Ideas by saacnmama
It’s that time of the year when we wrack our brains for something our loved ones don’t already have but would really like that is in our price range. Have you started shopping yet? Here’s where I am so far:
Big-ticket item for the kiddo: a support structure for his basketball hoop/backboard
Fun “side” gifts and stocking stuffers: I clearly need help, and hope that some of the engineers or people close to engineers on here can give me suggestions. He is oddly not interested in Arduino, maybe because we haven’t found the “right” project for him yet.
My sisters: Clothing tends to be a hit, because I get their sizes and styles right, but it’s hard to find good clothing in our gift price range of $20-$30. One sister loved the candle lanterns I got her. I’ve lost weight using a Fitbit this summer/fall, and recently saw an article about the launch of a $12 fitness tracker that supposedly has all the features of the higher-priced ones. I’m considering it for the other sister, but don’t want her to feel insulted by the insinuation (even though it is obvious) or by the price.
Nieces & nephews: My Christmas gifts to college-age relatives are care packages. I am clueless for the early teen girls. One has a minimalist sensibility, and the other loves hair accessories, make-up, and similar things that make me uncomfortable. They both play soccer…
My parents: Recent hits include visitor cards with Midwestern contact info on one side and Florida info on the other; wine accessories including a stopper that is linked to my dad’s profession and a “Corksicle”; a pen holder decorated with seashells, from the brides’ section of a stationary store–it is displayed with the guest book in their snowbird home; a small Bluetooth speaker they can use at the pool; books related to their interests. Most of those things are idiosyncratic and directly related to a need I saw. Darned if I can figure out anything they need now! Maybe I’ll get them iPhone cases with chargers in them, but that isn’t very exciting.
For me: The one thing I know I want is a massaging chair topper from Brookstone, but I can’t think of anything in “sister” or “auntie” price range.
Where to shop? I’m planning to do my shopping either at local stores (there is a FB group of them, and they are having a fair-type event where many of them will be represented, making it easier) or at the stores on the right side of this page http://www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2014/10/29/what-stores-are-closed-thanksgiving They will all be closed on Thanksgiving Day, which I want to support.
So Totebaggers, where are you in this? Does your family exchange gifts at this time of year? If so, have you started your shopping? What are your best “finds” so far, and who are you still looking for something for? Are you requesting things for yourself? Let’s exchange ideas and maybe help each other out a bit with the shopping. Happy Holidays!