I am not a shopper period, and it doesn't have anything to do with the season or time of the year. I just hate to shop! If I have to go I want to know what I'm going for and the approximate location it can be found in the store before I even leave the house. I like to go in, find what I'm looking for and get the heck out. If it were not for my very understanding wife I would not have a stitch of clothes to wear that was fit for public viewing. The only thing she makes me go and try on before buying are my shoes, and believe you me I have tried to get her to buy them for me as well. Well as you can imagine, this should make for a difficult time when it comes to picking out Christmas, Anniversary, and Birthday gifts for my bride, not at all! For about the first 5 or 10 years of our marriage I would try to think of something that Shelley might want her gifts and for the first 5 to 10 years of marriage I failed miserably. It was a normal annual occurrence for me to go buy something and her to take it back and exchange it for something she really wanted. Finally, I wised-up! After the last go around with her gift and she told me that she was going to take it back I made the suggestion that from now on, you go, pick out what you want, buy it, wrap it and put it under the tree. It worked for her and now for almost 25 years it has worked for me! Now, before any of you start hating on me think about our arrangement, think about this; I will never over spend because she is the family bookkeeper and knows what we can and can't afford to spend. I will never pick the wrong color, size or style because she always gets what is appealing to her. It's a win-win situation I don't have to shop and she always gets something she wanted! Now with that being said, if she ever said Dale I'm not going to buy my gifts anymore then I would pick-up where she left off and probably pick-up where I left off 25 years ago. Oh BTW this year I got her a beautiful set of diamond earrings, not bad for a non-shopper!
For my politically correct readers my friend Buck posted this on his blogspot today and it really hit the nail on the head! http://exileinportales.blogspot.com/2010/12/worth-passing-on.html
Have a Very Merry Christmas y'all!!