Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Utilize Boy Scout Thinking!
I know better — yes — all of my holiday shopping was completed well in advance – weeks ago even, but the problem arises when someone unexpectedly drops off a holiday gift – and it’s a rather nice one – BUT you never considered them gift-worthy so you hadn’t obtained a present for them this year. Oops!
Now it’s the day before X-mas and you’re forced to return to the mall to get that last annoying surprise gift (or is it the “guilt gift”) The thought of the parking, the crowds, the whole mishagas (Yiddish for: big to-do) – that’s why you did all of that shopping Online weeks ago – to avoid the hassle (and the tax – err umm OF COURSE I declare it in April…ahem….)
Well there’s all sorts of countermeasures to eliminate this difficulty… the best one? Emergency Back-Up Gifts
The best E.B.U.G. and the most versatile? the GIFT Card. Think about it… you purchase four of these babies, in $25 denominations, and keep them pretty universal: perhaps 2 for Home-Depot; 1 for Best-Buy; and 1 for Borders Books… and then if you want to be extra prepared – Boy-Scout Prepared – you even get a whole bunch of blank cards – so you’re ready for anything: “Happy Birthday” “Merry Christmas” “Happy Anniversary”(VITAL!) “Sorry About Your Loss”… even: “Mazel Tov, Happy Bris!”
Remember: FAIL TO PLAN – PLAN TO spend the rest of the week in the doghouse because you didn’t get that distant Aunt a present for the holidays even when she got you an animatronic dancing flower in a plastic pot…