Archive for December, 2011
Time-saving tips. I wish I had a minute for every time I’ve seen that phrase on the cover of a magazine. In fact, I’d be happy just to reclaim the time spent reading things written on how to save time, because saving time isn’t like saving other things. If you save something tangible like rubber bands or butter containers, eventually you’ll end up with more than you can ever use, but try to save time all year long and come the holidays, you’ll still won’t have any leftover.
Every holiday as I try to have a perfect holiday mindset despite having too much to do, I wonder if this is how Santa feels. Does he worry that maybe Mrs. Santa won’t like her present or does he just sit back while the elves feel the pressure? All I want is enough time to be able to relax and enjoy the season, instead feeling like the holidays is just a series of December deadlines.
Because of this I’ve given up some of the things that used to be the preamble to Christmas. I gave up sending Christmas cards, because it was too time-consuming to write every friend a personalized note and an inefficient waste of wood pulp & postage, to send cards with only a signature. I have also given up mall-shopping. Whereas, shopping used to find me wandering in retail wilderness like one on a vision quest, spending until everyone was crossed off the list, I now rely on the internet to deliver the perfect item for each person, while I stay home. The old me would have still been shopping on December 23, but the new me is already putting the presents under the tree.
If you are still looking for some last minute gifts, here are some of my picks. You’re running out of time, but fortunately many online retailers are will still guarantee delivery by Christmas.
For the iPad and Kindle users, Novel Jackets are mock book covers designed to protect your iPad or Kindle and available in more than a dozen title designs to suit your tastes. $39-49. Available from Herrington.
Got a wine lover on your list? These stainless steel bottles are ready to go on a picnic, to the slopes, or any where carrying a glass bottle isn’t practical. Trekker Wine Carafes available from Sahalie.
For the girl who has everything, but doesn’t want it all showing, the Hip-T is simple, but brilliant. This is the perfect little stop-gap for that space between the low-rise jeans and a baby doll t-shirt, eliminating bum cleavage and muffin top. Available in many various colors and patterns, priced at around $20. from My Hip-T
From budget to spendy, Smoking Hookah offers many unique backgammon sets, like this one inlaid with exotic woods.
With so many fabulous items a click away, it’s easier than ever to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.