Holiday Shopping Struggles

Holiday Shopping Struggles

The truth is, I don’t think about Christmas shopping until Thanksgiving hits and my cousin is texting me saying, “What do you want for Christmas?” Who cares about what I want? I don’t want anything. I want no student loans, a full-time job, and a stable relationship. Can Santa fit that in his sleigh?! Nope, I don’t think so…unless he got a Christmas bonus this year. I think I’ll just focus on getting gifts for my family. But, here’s my dilemma: I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO GET THEM.

My mom buys everything for herself (shout out to Bath and Body Works for those “incredible” sales she just can’t resist). And my Dad, well he’s a simple man. I get him a family size Reese’s bar for pretty much every holiday, including his birthday. He likes peanut butter, what else would I get him? A jar of Peter Pan? He probably would take a spoon to it, honestly. Sometimes I throw in a manly magazine for him to read while he sips his coffee at dinner time. And my sister…she can barely handle wearing a pair of stud earrings, and let’s just say her wardrobe is a real life version of Pam from The Office. Therefore, I can’t get her anything cute, because she simply won’t wear it.

WHAT DO I DO?! What do my parents need that I can give them? I have a limited amount of money that I need to use to bring holiday joy. Maybe I’ll make some cookies? But my mom is a health nut and will probably say, “I’ll just have a half of a cookie,” and leave the rest for my Dad to binge on for a couple days. Maybe I’ll buy my mom a fun piece of wall art for the living room? Oh, wait, I did that before and it sat in the kitchen under the microwave for a solid year…. Maybe I’ll get my Dad a Le Moyne long sleeve shirt, but he’ll probably just let it sit in his dresser with the tags on for the next four years. Maybe I’ll get my sister a gift card to Old Navy? To buy herself some “non-Mom clothes,” but she’ll come up with some excuse saying, “Ugh, I don’t have time to take myself shopping, Abbey. I don’t buy things for myself all the time like you do.” Well, excuse me for having a sense of style. I GIVE UP.

Although, there is one person I can ALWAYS please at Christmas…. Shout out to my Grandma for being the easiest person to buy gifts for. She wears every piece of jewelry I buy her, lights every candle, and reads every book. She even hung a piece of wall art I bought her the DAY I gave it to her. What a go-getter, that woman. This Christmas i’m just gonna buy a bunch of gifts for my Grandma.


FYI- I do love my family. And I will buy all of them gifts.