Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Can You Do All Your Holiday Shopping Online?

This year I decided to do a little experiment. It's called, "Let's see how much of my Christmas shopping I can do online." Mostly because of this:



And this:



So I started early...as you MUST do if you shop online. Otherwise, around December 20th you start doing this all day:



I did a big chunk of it on Black Friday. For the next two weeks, I ordered and ordered and ordered until my handy-dandy little Christmas shopping app told me everything was purchased:



There are some things you can't order online without paying way too much. Things like this:




And this:



And this:



So you have to head out to the store at some point. You'll also need to go to the store to buy these, especially if you want to get them all in one place:



If you order online, you have to be prepared for daily visits from various mail services...multiple packages will be dropped on your door every single day.




After a while, the postal people will get fed up and start throwing your packages at the porch. At least that's what I think was happening to us...we have a Ring doorbell with a motion sensor. I was getting notifications that packages were delivered but no motion sensor had gone off. When I checked the porch, packages were strewn about. Somehow they'd managed to get the packages onto the porch without setting the motion sensor off.



But all in all, it beats dealing with long lines and crowds. As someone who does all her grocery shopping online and picks it up at the store, it would be crazy if I Christmas shopped the old-fashioned way, right?



Do you do any of your Christmas shopping online?

76 comments:

  1. All of your posts are soo fun and relateable, and I love them! I don't buy lots of gifts, so the only on-line shopping I do is normally book-related. I tend to shop early, early morning or late at night(though I did Black Friday this year!), so I can take time to find the right things. Great post! p.s. - I can't even believe that I'm the 1st person to comment! You're so popular that I get in there at around 30 or 33 normally - lol Hugs...RO

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    1. Aww, you're so sweet! My dog woke me up at 1 a.m., so I'm just glad to have finally reached an hour that other human beings are up to communicate with! If I do non-online shopping, my goal is always to shop while everyone's at work...but you have to wait until rush hour is over, which is about 9am...and then lunch traffic starts at 11am, so there's only a two-hour window! And many stores don't even open until 10. I've been fighting that 10-11 time crunch for errands since I went full-time freelance in 2013.

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  2. I've done almost all of my shopping online for the past five years. Most things you can get so much cheaper and even if it's not, it's worth it not to hassle with crowds.
    I think my wife has invested in a lifetime supply of wrapping paper, so we're good there. And gift cards can be purchased at the grocery store, which is the one store you can't avoid anyway.
    Talented delivery guys if they didn't set off your motion detector.

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    1. Actually, since I buy my groceries online now and they bring them out to my car, I can avoid that one store! But you can't buy greeting cards or wrapping paper that way. So I've been going into the store to pick up cards, paper, and Purity egg nog. For some reason neither Kroger nor Walmart will bring Purity products to your car. I haven't figured out the politics behind that, but I'm guessing brands pay extra to be included in online shopping and Purity isn't willing to do that? Just a guess.

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  3. I do a large chunk of it online mostly because I feel like it's a wider variety and you can play with coupon codes! But, I also use Target Cartwheel which you can't cash in online. So every week I went and bought the toy they had 50% off with the Cartwheel app at the store. :)

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    1. That is definitely true! I didn't know that about Cartwheel! On Thanksgiving, Target had employees in stores filling local online orders before they opened their doors to Black Friday shoppers, though. That way online shoppers got first shot at all the deals. They were trying to compete with Amazon's two-day shipping by having items shipped from local stores.

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  4. I love shopping online. I usually hit the mall once though, during a slow period, hopefully. Yesterday I was at Kohl's making returns. Do you ever shop impulsively? I'm also done, which is better than last year.

    And I actually have baked & froze enough cookies for the season. I'll be defrosting them next week.

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    1. I don't really shop impulsively...I'm too much of a planner! I only had to return one thing of all of the online stuff I bought (although we'll see how many have to be returned AFTER the presents are opened!). That one return was at Kohl's and it took me about five minutes, so definitely worth buying everything on line. Good for you on the cookies. That's great!

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  5. As wheelchairs, a grumpy husband who hates shopping with a passion and Christmas crowds don't make ideal bedfellows we have taken to shopping online. Not a problem except for the dreaded deliveries but even that I seem to have getting down to a fine-art .... apart from the present with the promised 3 day delivery but only if I lived in China, any further (IE me in England) and it may well not arrive until the 23rd/24th December, a mere journey of 4 weeks.

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    1. Ugh! The worst one this year was Bed Bath & Beyond. A full week after I'd made my purchases, it still was showing on FedEx's website as not even shipped yet. Finally I got a notification that it had shipped and would arrive on the 17th--two weeks after I placed the order. Good thing I ordered early! Amazon has been the absolute best, as always, and everyone else was okay. Kohl's told me a week after I'd placed my order (on Black Friday) that one of my items was out of stock--which made me think a) Why hasn't that shipped yet? and b) Was it out of stock on Black Friday or did they just wait a week to even check and see if they had it?

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  6. Ah, the art of Christmas shopping all in one post!! Nice job, Stephanie. This has been my routine the past 2 Christmases and all I can say is thank goodness for Amazon Prime. :D

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    1. So true! I have learned that you have to start early. I tried to order something for my Christmas village last week and saw that Amazon is pretty much a mess right now. Everything is taking longer than usual...it's getting harder to find things you can get within two days, especially if it's Christmas related.

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  7. I'm still old fashion and don't like to shop online except the things that I can't get in stores. I don't do much shopping for Christmas but buy gift card for the older grandkids and family members. I'm always a last minute shopper simply because I hate shopping, period.

    9 more sleep and it's all over for another year.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Yeah, it's not that I enjoy online shopping over stores...but I just can't do the crowds anymore. Maybe it's because I work from home and I'm not used to being around super-annoying people? But I have very little patience for rude people and crowds make me feel like I can't breathe. Now, give me Kohl's on a Monday morning when the whole store is empty and I'm a happy camper...but that doesn't seem to happen at Christmas. I stopped by Hobby Lobby to get something for my Christmas village yesterday and got a small taste of it. Even getting in and out of the parking lot (on a Tuesday at 10 am!!!) was a nightmare.

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  8. I still like the real deal, but only for all the Christmas decorations in the shopping streets ;-)

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    1. I love that part of it! But I see plenty of it on my way to run other errands. I love going out to eat on weekend nights in this city where I live because they've decorated all the street lamps with such beautiful decorations.

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  9. Girl I did almost all online. Military Husband makes an Amazon wish list and I go from there!! Xxoo

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    1. I can't get anyone but my mom and my sister's family to make a wish list. That would make life so much easier. Everyone else just says, "I don't need anything" so you end up having to guess.

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  10. I avoid Christmas shopping in bigger cities but I love to meander round my home town. It's never too packed and the atmosphere is calm and festive. Happy Christmas, Stephanie.

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    1. Ahh that would be nice. Seems around Nashville you have two extremes--either you're near tons of shops and traffic is crazy or you're in a town where there's nowhere to shop but an IGA grocery store!

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  11. at least those nasty weasels from the postal service bring it to your door. In my city our local postman will act as if you weren't home, even though you were, and will just leave a message that you should come to the post office and pick it up yourself!

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    1. LOL YEP, that happens here. That's funny that it happens over there, too! We used to live in a neighborhood with community mailboxes and if the big mailboxes at the bottom were full, the postal person would just leave one of those notes because he was too lazy to travel a few feet to drop it on our door. We work from home so we were always there...and there were days when I knew I was home 24 hours straight and I'd still get one of those notes. I told the woman at the post office but she looked at me with an expression that said, "Why are you bothering me with this information?" Can't beat that great government service. (Sigh.)

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  12. I do most of my shopping online, but when I do venture into the brick and mortar stores, I go as early in the day as I possibly can, when there are less crowds.

    Packages seem to arrive in all sorts of ways anymore - via USPS/mailbox, UPS, Fed Ex, some other company in between - and most of the time, the delivery people don't ring the bell or knock. I just make it a point to look outside a few times a day now.

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    1. Isn't it crazy? You don't know who's showing up to bring which item! USPS has done most of mine this year--I guess that must be what Amazon uses primarily. I'm still amazed when the postal truck shows up on a Sunday! 90 percent of the time the item could have waited 'til Monday, so I feel bad! I wish we could choose "Monday delivery" at checkout to give those guys a day off.

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  13. Ha, ha. Love this. I do most of my shopping online too. Hate crowds. A lot of the stores have free shipping too, which is nice. For the teens I send money. Who knows what a teen wants these days? Not me.

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    1. We just do gift cards. That way I make sure they spend it on themselves and not gifts for their friends! Of course, then they could lose the gift cards, but hopefully it's important enough that they'll keep up with it.

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  14. I shop online when I know for sure what I'm getting someone. Otherwise, I have to wander around stores until I get an idea.

    Wrapping paper, though, isn't an issue. Shortly before I moved out of Buffalo 11 years ago, I bought several roles of wrapping paper from a dollar store. It was nice, thick, pretty paper and the rolls were thick. I am STILL wrapping with that paper. I have also bought more when I see it on sale (it's something to get AFTER Christmas, anyway). I realized this year while wrapping some gifts that I am probably going to have to leave wrapping paper to my daughter in my will one day, I have so much. lol

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    1. That's quite a stash! I'm still getting used to having storage. Until May, we were in such a tiny house, there was nowhere to put extra wrapping paper, so I'd try to only buy what I'd use. That's hard to plan, too, because you don't want to run out when you only have two gifts left to wrap on Christmas Eve!

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    2. It all fits in a wrapping paper thing that hangs in a closet. It sounds like it takes up a lot more space than it does. These particular rolls were super cheap and there was so much of it! I'm slowly using some of them up.

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  15. Ugh, lines. I will put something back that I really want if there's a line a mile-long. Especially if I have the kidlet in tow. Not worth the hassle! I bought four presents online this year.

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  16. I buy everything I can online. If Amazon doesn't have it, do I really need it bad enough to fight the crowds? Usually, the answer is no. I haven't tried the online grocery shopping thing yet, but it is becoming more and more appealing each day.

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    1. I keep seeing positive things about Amazon Prime Now...but I think it's $5. Kroger's pickup will cost $5, though...and I'd rather have it brought to my house if I'm going to pay $5! We're too far out in the sticks to get Amazon to bring it to us, I guess. :-(

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  17. I usually just get stuff I want online, rarely ever a gift except for my wife

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    1. Whether it's for me or someone else, it's probably going to come from an online store if I buy it!

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  18. This year I did almost all of it online. I detest malls around Christmas time, and online shopping is MUCH less stressful! (Except I did wait a little too long on a few of the things).

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    1. Someone was commenting that the mall wasn't as bad as they thought...people were theorizing it's that more people are shopping online now. There are only a few malls left in our area...the rest of it is all spread out among various shopping centers. So it's possible that the crazy mall traffic we remember from the 80s is still there...it's just less centered in a couple of locations in town since there are so many shopping options these days. Still, the Saturday before Christmas will be crazy at our big mall, Opry Mills--it takes a half an hour just to get off the exit where the mall is!

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  19. I did a lot of Christmas shopping on line. Here you have to make sure you're home on delivery day. Too many thieves here and the packages won't survive on the porch for long. We lucked out and got all the packages we ordered. California is a nasty place to live in many areas.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. The Ring doorbell has been amazing. Everyone who steps in front of it is captured on video and the footage is saved. We work from home so someone is usually here, but if we weren't, watch out thieves...their image would be captured! Amazon has started setting up options in some cities where you can have your packages shipped to a nearby store that's open later hours than the post office. They hold it for you in a storage locker and you go by when you can and get all your packages. There's also "Amazon Locker," where you pick it up at a locker somewhere in town, but I'm sure that's only in the usual five big cities.

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  20. Most of my shopping is done online!

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  21. Yay, congrats on being done with your shopping (minus all the little things you still want to get)! LOL I did half of my shopping online and the other half...I have to go visit a store. I hope to be done soon. Next year, I'll try doing it all online! And earlier too. I have a terrible habit of waiting until the last minute.

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    1. This happens every year...I always have those last few items that keep me from being officially done. It's annoying! Even if I ran out right now and bought everything I would think it would take to be officially finished, there would be at least one more thing that would pop up!

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  22. Last year was the first year I did most of my shopping online and I loved it. However, I've been very disorganised this year and as my friend is coming up to visit me on Saturday for my birthday we decided we'd go old-school and brave the crowds....on the last weekend before Christmas. I don't know what possessed me to agree. I do have a shopping list though, and fingers crossed it'll turn out okay! I'm also a huge fan of doing my grocery shopping online now - I think it's cheaper and as I'm fairly anti-social, it suits me ;). I'm actually waiting for a special grocery shop to be delivered tonight, of all my Christmas baking ingredients :)

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    1. One word: DRINK! I met a friend one day for lunch and we had drinks at Friday's, then did our shopping. The crowds were MUCH more bearable!

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  23. I don't shop online...yet, but friends of mine do. As for the bows and tags, dollar stores are great to get these items!

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    1. They are! You can get some really good deals on them.

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  24. I did indeed do some of it on-line. And am waiting (not very patiently) for it to arrive.

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    1. It does seem to take forever. The final thing I was waiting for arrived today.

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  25. Stephanie, this was so fun! I did all my shopping online. Before, Black Friday even. I got a Kindle Fire for each of my Grandchildren and as a bonus they gave me one free for myself! Gotta love Amazon! :D <3

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  26. I always make a point of trying to do all my shopping online. I get rather peeved if I have to looking for a present in an offline store! As for the package delivery, it's the best part of the day for my dog. She gets to bark ferociously at the delivery guys, who drop the packages and run back to their trucks!

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  27. I had to chuckle at your post. I've been an on-line Christmas shopper for years. And because of awesome Current, Inc's semi-annual clearance sales I stock up on the the bows, paper, tags, cards, etc for fantastic prices and shipping costs. I still haven't managed with some gift cards, though. Still have to go out and get them.

    As a reviewer of books, I have very trained mail carriers. They know they can walk to the foot of our steps, pile the packages in the niche by the door without coming all the way up. They know they are carrying books so packages do get tossed like Frisbees on occasion. It's the extra folk that are added to help with holiday deliveries that, if I happen to be home, I can hear wheezing on my porch and dropping boxes.

    I still am curious to try on-line grocery ordering. :)

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  28. You sound like a very organized person! I don't do a lot of online shopping, just a bit. My daughter does more, it might be generational.

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  29. You go, girl! I do at least half of mine on line. It's sooo easy. The only down side for me is returns.

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  30. I like shopping online but I also like walking around the stores this time of year enjoying the decorations and the Christmas music. Early in the morning. When no one is there :)

    Last year I did most of my shopping online and this year I only did about 10% online. Most of it is/will be at the stores. For some reason I'm totally unorganized this year, scrambling during the last few days. I used to be so organized!

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  31. I do as much of my Christmas shopping online as possible. (I pretty much buy all my clothes online, too.) And the two gifts I bought way early have still not arrived (although one's tracking number shows that it should arrive tomorrow).

    Ah well. That other gift can by the boy's birthday gift. It might be late, but he'll like it anyway. (He may be turning 10, but he's understanding about things like this. Especially when he sees what it is.)

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  32. Unfortunately, I may have to buy a book online for my sister to wrap and give to me. It all depends on whether I can find it in a Barnes & Noble this weekend.

    In the pictures, the expression on the blonde woman in the upper right says it all.

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  33. I don't do online Christmas shopping. I've been pretty good at store shopping, simply because I do all of my shopping in the early afternoon roughly one week prior, and since 99% of the time it's for gift cards, it makes things that much easier.

    G.B. Miller

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  34. I did about half of my shopping online. My delivery guys never ring the doorbell either. I hope they're not throwing the packages on the porch, though! I order wrapping paper through my son's school fundraiser, so I didn't have to go anywhere to get it. :)

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  35. I also shop online now for small things, but to be honest its not as satisfying as the real thing :)

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  36. I used to do most of mine online. For some reason this year I'm in the stores again--which I'm not exactly excited about. I definitely don't enjoy dealing with the other customers and crowds.

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  37. I do as much of my shopping online as I possibly can. Definitely the way to go!

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  38. More and more people are turning to online shopping. But the little things will have to go to the local stores. I dislike last minute shopping especially with crowds.

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  39. I would prefer online to mall shopping...malls are too busy.

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  40. I think I've done about half and half this year, half online and half in the shops. Actually, I've cut down a lot this year from the amount I usually buy.

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  41. I'm a shop-a-holic. But I have to admit, when I'm in the actual store, I tend to spend less. If I order online, money seems to be no object. Funny how that works.

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  42. What a fun post! I do a lot of online shopping, and since I'm an Amazon Prime member, shipping is free

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  43. I go about an equal amount in stores and online. Wish me luck because I'm going shopping this weekend. Eek!

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  44. Online ordering is a billion times better... even if the parcel man always comes over when I pop out for five minutes... hehe

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  45. Out of all our deliveries I've only heard the doorbell ring once.

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  46. I do some of it online for things that are hefty and big and harder to find in store. But the rest I do in store and it is okay here because people don't tend to go too crazy with the shopping. And I can only do it in small amounts at a time because I cycle everywhere I go!

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  47. Oh yes, I do about 90% of it online because I can't stand the crowd and queues!

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  48. I love shopping on line! My daughter and I went to the JCP's last week -- the store was worked! Everything was everywhere. You couldn't find a size if you life depended on it!

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  49. I do a combination of online shopping and shopping in the stores. If I know exactly what I need, getting it online is helpful but sometimes I just like to go and have a look at the shops myself!
    Think I'm all finished shopping now - well apart from food that is!
    Merry Christmas :)

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