Destination Panic


Have you completed your Christmas shopping yet? Or should the question be: have you started Christmas shopping yet?

I haven’t. I’m already feeling the panic settle in. My husband has generously offered to do the shopping for me. I really appreciate it, but I want to feel that Christmas shopping rush! Ah well, we shall see.

How do you shop for Christmas presents? Do you just wing it when you’re at the mall or do you carry a list with you?

A friend of mine used to plot all her Christmas gifts for friends and relatives on Microsoft Excel. Each worksheet was labeled with a year, with a list of presents she had gotten them that year. This was her way of making sure she didn’t give someone the same present she had gotten him the year before. How’s that for smart, organized and a tad O.C.?

I have to figure out how to feel a little of that Christmas rush. If I don’t, I’ll just arm my husband with my Christmas list. I hope he knows what he has gotten himself into!

12 Comments on Destination Panic

  1. rowie
    December 17, 2009 at 10:34 am (13 years ago)

    Wahh, I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet either. I was able to buy a few things two days ago, but I’m not even halfway done. :( Hirap pag may baby, ‘no? Haha. :)
    .-= rowie´s last blog ..Breastfeeding stress, and how to deal with it. =-.

    Ginawa ko sa isang tuhog!!! I shopped at only one store for everyone. Hahahaha!

  2. abby
    December 17, 2009 at 10:56 am (13 years ago)

    yikes tell me about it, i have nothing, as in nothing bought yet. parang ibo-boycott ko nga ata ang gift giving this year, except for the kids. i have this weekend to get some shopping done, kung wala pa rin, bahala na, merry christmas and kiss na lang! 😀
    .-= abby´s last blog .. =-.

    And how was your Christmas shopping ? 😀

  3. krn
    December 17, 2009 at 1:36 pm (13 years ago)

    Did my shopping early, like in late November pa lang. But for my gifts for my ofcmates, i baked abt 200+ cookies and distributed them in ziplock bags na lang. Everyone was happy!

    Wow! Sana ako rin may cookies from you. Hahahaha! Padala mo kay Dennis!!! Hehehehe.

  4. Em Dy
    December 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm (13 years ago)

    I do mine really early. I usually start May and buy some when I travel abroad. And yes, I also do the Excel bit but don’t get to complete it when it gets crazy during the last few days before Christmas!

    Wow! I should do that. Shop in small doses so I don’t get overwhelmed when the season arrives.

  5. aggy
    December 17, 2009 at 10:45 pm (13 years ago)

    this year since i knew i was giving birth in december, i tried to do it early…i simplified by giving family gifts instead of individual ones…what i gave my relatives: a big ceramic christmas bowl filled with drinks the family will enjoy during the winter(mexican hot chocolate, starbucks coffee, herbal teas), i baked a pumpkin loaf for each family then sprinkled candy canes and chocolates inside the bowl, i also added 2 christmas kitchen towels before wrapping the whole thing w clear cellophane…i actually felt like i saved money this way…and i know they will appreciate and use the gifts
    .-= aggy´s last blog ..rennie’s bday 2009 =-.

    That is a very creative and thoughtful present Aggy! I’m sure your recipients appreciated it very much!

  6. J.
    December 18, 2009 at 3:37 am (13 years ago)

    I’ve made the crazy decision to make most my Christmas gifts this year. To save money, I’m using materials I already have on hand. So my Destination Panic Place isn’t so much shopping for gifts, but finishing them all! I’m sewing every night after work (tote bags, lavender sachets, scarves, you name it!, and falling asleep with thread and bits of cloth in my hair. Kind of chaotic, but at least I’m enjoying myself! :) Good luck with your gifts!
    .-= J.´s last blog ..Book Bites =-.

    Oh to be a receiver of your crafty goodies!!!

  7. Gene
    December 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm (13 years ago)

    I haven’t even made a list of Christmas gifts. I am so doomed.
    .-= Gene´s last blog ..Kuha Mo: Take a Picture. Take a Stand. =-.

    Haha the season is over. I hope you survived it!

  8. aloi
    December 19, 2009 at 1:40 am (13 years ago)

    heehee. i am like you. i swear i make a list every year and resolve to do things early. but never do.

  9. renin
    December 19, 2009 at 1:51 pm (13 years ago)

    Two hours more to go, then I’m off to do my christmas gift shopping. ^_^
    I am a panic buyer too. I don’t make list (but I’m sure I don’t the same gift year after year). But I already scouted malls and stalls weeks ago (I now know where I will buy these and that).

    Hay, for sure I’ll be caught in a heavy traffic after shopping… *sigh*
    .-= renin´s last blog ..Pussy moment # 1: Like you, I am hungry =-.

  10. MrsLavendula
    December 20, 2009 at 2:21 am (13 years ago)

    i started really late this year…i don’t know the holidays are just not the same…but we’re finally almost done. im hoping we will finish by tomorrow…good luck to all of us!
    .-= MrsLavendula´s last blog ..Dinner with Good Friends…Buenisimo! =-.

  11. ruth
    December 21, 2009 at 6:43 am (13 years ago)

    I like this topic toni but i never done yet my xmas list all i have to do is to dig my attic and look the vintage things that ive never use for ages and i found a few things that possible for gift giving idea with less cost. i bought a basket bread last year and a xmastree plate decor and i’m thinking adding mama sita powder cooking mixed is a nice give away.

    This monday maybe i add some for children gifts to my filipina friends in here. i guess the SALE time is a perfect midmonth of december to shop.
    I got crazy every time i went to the shopping mall, i thought i will shop for giveaways then after a 3 hours of vagabond i ended buying diapers that is in a big sale promo and milk.

    nakakaluka ang pasko! goodluck for your wise shopping list.
    .-= ruth´s last blog ..Joy of our heart =-.

  12. witsandnuts
    December 24, 2009 at 2:08 pm (13 years ago)

    I am not yet ready for Christmas but I have to, kase few hours left na lang. Haha.

    This is Timmy’s first Christmas and I am excited for you and your family. Happy Christmas!


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