I have to say that I was astonished by the amount of people I knew that got themselves out of the house and to the stores by 4 AM the day after Thanksgiving. I'm a shopper, I'm a deal hunter, but SLEEP takes precedent over it all. Also, I'm not so much interested in risking my life to save $5 on a Barbie doll.
I take gift giving very seriously. While the old adage states that it's the "thought that counts," that is only true IF there really is thought put into the gift. We are in a recession, everyone has pulled back and budgeted and is thinking about how much they are spending - but are they actually thinking of WHAT they are spending money on? To me, a good present is one that matches a person perfectly - from personality to color to likes. When you see it, you know that present was meant for that person. Can that really be accomplished at 3 AM when you are bum-rushing a Wal-Mart and trying not to get trampled in the process?
To me shopping is an art. It takes time, patience and you need to know where to go and what to look for. But I guess that doesn't matter when you have kids and all they care about is the Fashion Fairy Tale Barbie and a Fushigi ball. But I too love a good deal, and that's why I'm planning on hitting up the Internets tomorrow in search of some deals.
That is, after my TV appearance...
Theresa from RockOnMommies and I are going to be on San Diego Fox 5 sometime between 8:30-9:00 AM talking about where we'll be shopping online tomorrow. Lauren from Buy With Me set it up, and just a hint, if you are looking for the PERFECT gift for me anyone who loves pampering, check out BWM tomorrow for their steal of the day.
Now, I need to figure out what I'm going to wear.