That's right, you should not go shopping on Christmas Eve, but. . . things happen. So you can find yourself on your way to work on the 24th with one or two or all the gifts on your list still inexperienced, and the thought of the crowded mall that presents itself in your mind as the ghost of Christmas past.
It does not have to be like that. There are many places for shopping that are quiet, even peaceful, on Christmas Eve. You can do your shopping without breaking the bank. How can I know? I visited a dozen outlets on Christmas Eve between 10 am and 4 pm. Here is what I found.
First, you will have to give up the idea of finding the perfect gift for anyone – but on Christmas Eve, you probably have already done it. Tell yourself firmly that it is the thought that counts and try one or more of these places.
- Movies: Many theater chains sell passes. Give someone a gift at a good time.
- Fast food restaurants also sell gift certificates – just make sure to hit them outside of meal times.
- Thrift stores are usually not full of Christmas shoppers – the parking lot was almost empty to the one I borrowed. Of course, it takes a little time to find the right things, but they are still there somewhere – and, like in other companies, you can just buy a gift certificate if you are in a hurry.
- Hardware Stores are not just for people who want power tools for Christmas. I found a table fountain and a silk tree to add some serenity to our home, and I also saw framed art works, poinsettias and, of course, a lot gadgets.
- Things for your friends' favorite animals – and the one I visited also sold nice cat-themed cards that could be framed for the wall.
- In a specialty food store you can find plenty of things to fill a gift basket.
- Travel agencies are almost deserted Christmas Eve. You do not need to buy tickets for Paris (although that would be nice). These places also sell practical things, like silver belts and inflatable pillows, which make traveling easier.
- Hair Salons are not busy either. If you can buy someone a certificate for a haircut or a manicure without insulting them, go for it. And keep in mind, making yourself a haircut can also be a gift for the people around you.
- Our local library is open only until 3 pm. Christmas Eve, but she is still so quiet and sells postcards, mugs and tote bags.
- Video stores may be crowded, but they are open late and they sell as well as rent.
- Gas stations are, at this stage, only for the really desperate. But they sell sunglasses, wireless accessories, lottery tickets, flowers, sweets and logs. (These last three sounds sound more like Valentine's Day gifts, remember that a few months later.) If someone really needs it and will not be offended by the gesture, consider getting a card – gift for a tank of gasoline. 19659009] Finally, do not forget your computer where gift certificates, e-books and music files can be purchased and delivered by e-mail.
And then, you can say with pride, with the late Stan Rogers: "Finally, I'm ready for Christmas, with nearly two hours to go!"