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‘Tis the season to be gifting

December 16, 2009

I spent three hours in the shopping mall yesterday. Well, two and a half hours in the actual mall – I’m sure I lost a half an hour circling the parking lot in search of a spot. When I finally got inside it was more of the same – weary shoppers circling aimlessly, a glazed look in their eyes. It may be more blessed to give than to receive, but deciding what to give can be downright stressful.

Generally, I think shopping is more stressful for women – particularly for the perfectionists among us who labour to find “just the right gift.” This particular stressor does not seem to affect the average male – or the particular kayaker I live with. Most men don’t seem to mind leaving their shopping till the last minute – or  letting their wives take the lead in gift decision-making. I’m pretty sure the three Wise Men wisely let their wives do the shopping for their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Perhaps some men are great gift shoppers; I can only comment on kayak guy. I once mentioned to K.G. that – hint hint – I was hoping for a better lighting system for my dark closet. Kayak guy’s nicely-wrapped gift?  A dive lamp. Yup. Here it is.

Track Lighting??

Me: A dive lamp??
He: Yeah, it’ll be great.
Me: I was picturing something along the lines of a track lighting system.
He: But you can shine a dive lamp into the darkest corners. It’s  more flexible – and extra bright!

Yes, if a shark is lurking there in back of my cardigans, I can now aim my dive lamp right at its eyeball and blind the sucker before it swallows a mouthful of angora. Those of you with screwed-in-place track lighting systems remain at risk of predators. Come to think of it, I am at equally at risk, since I currently need to replace the batteries in my dive lamp. But I’m not going to mention that to K.G. – you recall what happened previously (if not, see You Got Me What?).

Finding the perfect gift is always a challenge. Good luck with finding just the right gifts to fit those on your shopping list – and remember that, when it comes to love and laughter, one size fits all!

How do you manage the Christmas gifting? How about your mate?

© Judith Millar 2009. All rights reserved.

P.S. Thanks to all who voted for MillarLITE in the 2009 Canadian Blog Awards. We placed sixth in the “Humour” category. Unfortunately only the top five contenders go on to the finals – it’s done strictly by vote count – so MillarLITE  just missed the mark. But we had fun, and that’s what it’s all about!