Our shopping has been done for a while, so I keep getting surprised as we are out and about: I see a million cars in the lot and I say “MAN! What is going on at the mall?! …oh, right. Last minute Christmas shopping.”
If the last minute isn’t here already, it’s close. What does that mean to you? How do you tend to get caught up in the Last Minute? For us, it’s less about putting it off, and more about surprises. We find out that somebody already got the same gift for someone on our list, and somehow it is always more convenient for US to return it and get something else. Or, “I didn’t think her boyfriend would last until Christmas, but he did, and now we have to buy him a present!”
The Last Minute can be stressful, and mistakes can be made. Here are a couple of links to illustrate…
- Bamboozled: Beware of last-minute shopping mistakes: Including shopping scams, fake eBay and Amazon sellers and shady return policies
- 7 Sneaky Tricks Credit Card Companies Play at Christmas: Because about now is when you have likely blown your gift budget and whip out the credit card to make those final purchases.
And on a more helpful note:
- Great last-minute tech gifts under $50: Including tablets, media devices and Bluetooth accessories
- Last-minute deals for holiday gifts: A bunch of good links!
So, don’t get stressed and don’t feel bad. Look around you – you aren’t alone! In fact, 17% of us waited until the last week! How about you? Is your shopping long done, or are you reading this on your phone while standing in line at Bed & Bath? Let us know over at the MindField Online Facebook page!