Not to brag, but I have to admit that I feel close to 0% stress about holiday giving this year. I've planned, thought, bought some, and I'll absolutely be ready to go at holiday time. This happened for a few reasons:
1) My mom (notoriously the hardest person to shop for in the World) wants a camera. Done. No more thinking about it.
2) Jonathan and I are going to buy a book for eachother, that's it. (But it's much less boring than it sounds: he's getting a new computer and some new work clothes [stuff he needs], and I'm getting stuff I want from the rest of my family, and will hopefully also get a new computer soon. Also we'll be at the beach, which never really has the pressure of giving/receiving a ton of presents.)
3) My dad/stepmom have implemented a new rule that if we buy stuff for my half brother & sister, we shouldn't get them stuff. This is key because the kids are relatively easy to shop for, whereas my dad is not.
4) I've been keeping a little running list of stuff that I want. It sounds silly that it would stress me out to ask for presents, but it does. Like, when I don't put thought into what I want, I end up telling people silly little things they could get me ("well, pajamas would be nice"), but then I feel tons of regret because I think there are certainly things I want (and that I wouldn't buy for myself), but then I've lost my chance to get them.
On my list this year are the following:
1) A new winter coat (there are a couple at JCrew that I like).
2) Black pumps for work.
3) A cute apron from Anthropologie.
So instead of being crippled with stress and/or lack of funds, I feel awesome about this year! I can't wait to give presents and I can't wait to receive them. And we're going to be at the beach!
Are you guys feeling on top of your holiday shopping/receiving or are you approaching major stress? (I think I might experience abnormal holiday stress, so maybe you guys don't have any and you haven't even bought anything yet...