Now that Thanksgiving is over, I immediately start turning my attention to holiday planning and shopping. Honestly, though, I can't remember the last time I went to an actual store for Christmas gifts. I typically shop online exclusively. I especially enjoy online shopping from the comfort of my couch, and tend to avoid Target and all malls for several days beyond Thanksgiving! In fact, I have not given myself mental permission to go back to Target yet, five days later.
By all accounts, Cyber Monday spending is growing by leaps and bounds each year, so obviously I'm not alone. The insane volume of emails from online retailers also speaks to this trend, however annoying it may be.
I mean, I love the IDEA of Christmas shopping in an actual store. I envision myself wandering around an outside shopping center, drinking a cup of coffee, wearing a scarf, gazing at holiday decor, and finding the ideal custom gift for each person on my list. Just look at this pretty tree (I took this at our local outdoor mall the day before Thanksgiving, getting one last mall visit out of the way before the holiday craziness!):
For me, though, the reality is that the parking lots are crowded, lines are long, and (let's be honest here), I'm easily irritated. So, to the internet I go!
I'm really interested in what YOU do. Do you do all your shopping online, or do you hit up brick & mortar stores (on or after Black Friday)?