Monday, 9 December 2013
I Love Online Christmas Shopping
It's 3 o'clock in the morning and the kids are all in bed. I am staring at the ceiling in my bedroom and I can't sleep. If only it was sugar plums that were dancing around in my head. Sadly my mind is a buzz about homework, what's for dinner tomorrow, how do I get the kids out on time in the morning and thoughts of what to get my kids for Christmas.
I give up! I can't sleep. What should I do? I could read but I am peeved at the current book I am reading. I could do laundry but the washer and dryer are so loud. So I head to my good old friend, my computer. I check my mail and I see that my mailbox is filled with coupons, offers and flyers from retailers. I start glancing through them when I see that one of them is advertising watches. I remember that my son had asked me for a wind-up pocket watch for Christmas. I had been through three whole malls and had no luck at all. I found pocket watches, but they were all battery operated...and they were all quite expensive.
I open up Google and type in "wind-up pocket watch." Instantly I have a few thousand watches pop up. I glance through the first two pages and I see that there are several on Amazon and Ebay, but I check the independent retailers first. As I check these first sites out I see that there are so many options for wind-up watches...antique, steampunk, polished, skeleton, etc. I get excited. I never knew that there were so many different types of pocket watches. I realize that I won't just have to settle for whatever I can find...I will be able to find the perfect pocket watch. I am so thrilled. I had spent a whole day futilely searching three shopping malls without any success, and within just a couple of minutes the possibilities grew immensely.
I took me about half an hour to pick out the perfect wind-up pocket watch for my son. I purchased it for approximately 1/10th of the cost of the battery operated watches that I saw in the mall, that weren't even half as nice. With that huge feat accomplished I was able to get back to bed and get some well-deserved shut-eye.
I saved time and money and found a present that was far better than anything I could have found in a physical store and I was able to do it all in my pajamas. Now all I have to do is find a Sonic Screwdriver for my younger son and a sock monkey onesie for my daughter. I won't waste time looking for those in stores and I will head straight to the internet and I will have my Christmas shopping all done before the beginning of December!