Grumble, grumble, grumble, Christmas shopping, grumble, grumble.
To be honest, I think I am a bit late starting the Christmas shopping. Normally I try and get a few bits over the year, and the end of summer sales are often a good chance to pick up a bargain. I have slipped a bit this year.
This week I have started, though. The big thing is bear. Bear's birthday is just a few days after Christmas so I am effectively buying two lots. However we are faced with the awful truth that bear is spoiled. He has far too much. I am certainly not going to spend the amount we spent last year that included a computer!
I have just put in an order for books from the Book People online. Not only did I get a code which meant I got £8 off if I spent over £50 (far, far too easy!) but I went through TopCashBack and got 3% back, which is a lot better than nothing. The order is a big one, but it includes books for bear, a book for father for Christmas, a present for a lovely friend of DH's, DH's Christmas present to me and a gluten free cookbook. Book People online are definitely worth a rummage, and if you like academic or popular non fiction books it is also worth looking at Postscript which do lovely, interesting and intriguing books at a very reasonable price indeed. I shall be raiding that for presents as well.
I will be raiding the charity shops and pound shop on the run up, but to be honest there isn't that much to get. For most people I either get a subscription to a magazine, something 40% proof or some money in the card. I will be making chilli vodka again for Nice Mr Next Door. I will get candles for Nice Mrs Next Door and I will get a huge tub of sweets from Makro for the next door kids.
Bear is likely to get lots of little things so he has a pile of wrapped presents on both days, but they are likely to be the books (sets individually wrapped), pens/pencils/stationery/colouring books from the pound shop, small bits and bobs that I have scrounged from ebay etc. I can see me calling in The Works and Wilkinsons. I suspect that we are coming up to the last few Christmases when it isn't all about the big ticket items.
Bear is likely to get Christmas money from more than one person, and he saves his pocket money. I am making a mental calculation. Even if I insist on him banking half of his Christmas money, will he still have enough stashed for an X-box? All I can say is that even if he does have the money, he is still not getting one!