November 30, 2010

The Christmas Hermit

I started and finished my Christmas shopping on Saturday night. All it took was a laptop, an internet connection, a few beers and a willingness to ignore the large red number labeled "total."

This isn't really new holiday behavior for me. I've been doing the majority of my Christmas shopping online for the last two or three years. I think it's a little wacky to wake up early, fight traffic, stand in line and tussle with other stuff-hungry people for the privilege of paying money for something.

The internet lets me be the hermit I've always wanted to grow up to be. And, frankly, all I was doing was hanging out watching crappy 50's sci-fi movies waiting for one or both of the kids to beckon me for whatever reason.

Let me ask you a couple of questions in a somewhat unscientific poll:

- What percentage of your holiday shopping will be done online?
- Did you participate in the Black Friday or Cyber Monday madness?

Posted by Chris at November 30, 2010 6:50 AM

I never go out on Black Friday...too much mayhem and I don't like crowds. Also, I don't really do gift exchange, just for my daughter. I did my shopping on Amazon. :)

Posted by: jessica at November 30, 2010 7:06 AM

Black Friday = insanity and appalling behavior. I actually took a vacation day earlier in the month, armed with my debit card, a stack of coupons ranging from 20-40% off, and my best friend and we both completed nearly all of our Christmas shopping in a 6-hour spree that was full of laughs and free of crowds. Couldn't ask for anything better. I'd say only about 20% off my shopping was done online this year.

Posted by: Traci at November 30, 2010 7:29 AM

I did not go out on Friday. Do I look stupid? No, I am a born Hermit! I also didn't go nuts yesterday either. Most of my shopping has been online over the last few months during sales and special promotions. Just have a few things left to get. Will do that online as well.

Posted by: Maribeth at November 30, 2010 7:50 AM

1. Um, probably around 75%?
2. No, didn't participate. I did go to a craft store on Saturday because I desperately needed yarn to forge ahead with my plan to knit two horse heads (homemade hobby horses!) and two Christmas stockings in less than 4 weeks. And I was really glad that I wasn't shopping for anything else. Oy.

Posted by: Sabrina at November 30, 2010 7:51 AM

I do at least 50% of my shopping online. I like the term Christmas Hermit Monday better than Cyber Monday!! I refuse to participate in the Black Friday shenanigans. I think the people who do that do it for a social activity. Is it seriously worth $20 to get up at 3am and stand in line for an hour for another piece of worthless crap? But, I think there are people out there who call that Fun. Not me.

Posted by: Debbie at November 30, 2010 8:00 AM

I'm so far behind the times! This year is the first that I've done a lot of shopping online. It's convenient for sure, but there's something about going in a store and touching the things you want to buy. It's like reading a real honest to god book and why I can't bring myself to buy a reader.

Black Friday was fun! I went to Toys R Us Thanksgiving night and had a blast! I got a lot of really good deals too!

Posted by: Lisa at November 30, 2010 8:04 AM

I did not participate in Black Friday. I don't like shopping to begin with, so to make me shop, EXTRA early, with 8 billion other people. Not a good thing.
I would have participated in cyber monday, but I don't get paid till regular wednesday. And my husband and I have made a NO CREDIT CARD CHARGES pact for this holiday season. So as hard as it was to NOT shop, I managed to restrain myself. Just wait till wednesday tho! It will be me, my laptop, my internet connection and my debit card. Stand back everyone, I haven't started my shopping yet!!!

Posted by: Kim at November 30, 2010 8:27 AM

See, I don't mind doing my Christmas shopping in a store (I'm one of the weird ones that actually likes the crowds, especially for people-watching). I've done Black Friday before, but I just don't like getting up that early. The problem is that between online specials, free shipping, and limited stock in stores, I've found myself doing all my Christmas shopping online this year. Heck, I work right across the street from a Barnes & Noble, but since that location didn't stock the book I wanted, I turned to their website instead. As much as I appreciate the experience of examining a product first hand before buying, it seems that more and more large retailers try to push the customer online and out of the brick-&-mortars.

Posted by: J at November 30, 2010 8:45 AM

I'd say I do 50-75% of my shopping online. I generally refuse to leave the house on Black Friday, but this year I did venture out with the family to buy a tree. I didn't buy anything yesterday either. I'm behind a bit this year! I'm trying not to buy a bazillion toys (games, artsy-crafty stuff, and puzzles don't count as toys) so I'm still not sure what to buy.

Posted by: Elizabeth at November 30, 2010 8:48 AM

Well I have to admit that I did indeed go out on Black Friday. I got up at 2 a.m. and was in store by 3:30 a.m. Got a new Wii for 149.00 with 2 games, a new Blue Ray disc player for 69.00 (a magnavox) and a new GPS Tom Tom for 59.00. That is all I bought and got home around 7 a.m. Will just pick up little things along the way. I don't do much cyber shopping at all.

Posted by: Trish V at November 30, 2010 9:29 AM

A lot of the stores had sales on Friday online, so I did all my shopping on Friday online, I am not a fan of black friday, no deal is worth getting tossed around like a ragdoll by the general public. I was done friday, so I didn't participate on Monday and I heard Monday the internet service was super slow that those who did participate, one guy said that he'd get all the way to the shopping cart and then it would time out. I guess it was super frustrating.

Posted by: Dee at November 30, 2010 9:31 AM

- mine will be done online. My wife's is done in the store.
- No. My wife went out on Black Friday though. She loves that stuff.

Posted by: Brad at November 30, 2010 10:09 AM

We did a bit of the Cyber Monday insanity. But mostly I shopped on Etsy after the fiasco. Other than that, I'm making our presents this year.

Posted by: alektra at November 30, 2010 10:20 AM

Black Friday - I'd rather have a root canal thank you, or at least shop in peace and happily pay full price for the privilege.
I'm with you on the online shopping bandwagon - Hermits United!

Posted by: LaineyDid at November 30, 2010 10:33 AM

There isn't enough money in the world to get me out of the house on Black Friday. So far your comments are running about 3 to 1 no so I wonder where all the crowds come from.

I do a little online shopping but not much. The kids will get gift cards and Ray already has his present (Box set of Harry Potter from Amazon for only $30.)

Posted by: Ann Elizabeth Adams at November 30, 2010 10:59 AM

I did not go out on Black Friday. My husband was out the door before 3 AM though. He loves that stuff. He didn't even buy anything, he just went out for the fun of it.

I have developed the bad habit of using my year-end bonus to do my holiday shopping. This is a bad habit because a) we don't get bonuses every year, and b) when we do, we don't get them until about December 22. So there's no time for online shopping. I spend about half a day shopping in real stores and that usually covers it. I don't have many people to buy for. Luckily.

Posted by: Becky at November 30, 2010 11:38 AM

I do pretty much all of my shopping, Christmas or otherwise, online. Also, I don't do Black Friday madness. Our first order of business the day after Thanksgiving is to get a Christmas tree. We used to go to the mountains and cut our own, but now we go to Home Depot because fir trees don't grow in SoCal.

Posted by: Brooke Habecker at November 30, 2010 11:50 AM

I've been kind of been shopping on line. I've been buying up Groupons and other social networking coupons (such great deals) and using them to buy gifts, or give as gift certificates. It's awesome. I bought a Body Shop groupon for $20 for $40 worth of stuff - amazing.

Posted by: meanie at November 30, 2010 11:56 AM

Black Friday is a family tradition and I love it!! Not so much the sales or the crowds, but spending time with my cousins and getting help shopping for their kids as they grow up and I become clueless!! (Barbies don't cut it anymore).

I do minimal shopping online; in fact, I only bought those things I couldn't find in a store. As you can see, there are a lot of people who avoid the stores on Black Friday...making the crowds not as bad as you think they'd be. In fact, I stood in one line all day...and that was for coffee! ;-)

Posted by: Krush at November 30, 2010 12:27 PM

I haven't set foot in a mall to do Christmas shopping in years. I too do most of it online. I also pick up at grocery stores and a few specific stores but never would I enter a mall during the black Friday weekend.

However, the Monday after Christmas, it's a tradition that my boss and I take a nice long lunch and go bargain hunt at Macy's in Downtown LA. LOL.

Posted by: oakley at November 30, 2010 12:34 PM

I do 100% of my shopping online, all year long, and have for years because I am a card-carrying hermit. On-line shopping is so much easier...maybe TOO easy. I'm having a hard time finding a stopping place this Christmas! My grandchildren will be spoiled, but they are worth it.

Posted by: Pat at November 30, 2010 12:38 PM

I really love Christmas shopping because I love giving people presents but honestly I am far too broke this year to pull it off. None of my sisters are really into gift-giving this year, and we haven't done any birthday presents or anything...and Mum's giving us money, like she always does. (w00t!) (And stockings, I hope...I know we're at least getting our chocolate initials, because if we did not, it would be so.very.wrong.)

Posted by: Heather at November 30, 2010 12:38 PM

I don't participate in either black friday or cyber monday, making it a point to avoid the rampant consumerism that seems to be misdirecting our country. I can't think of a worse way to spent my time, except maybe by going to IKEA on any weekend. Not that I don't shop. And I do much of it online, but also like to do some at local, small, owner-run businesses.

Posted by: pvz at November 30, 2010 12:39 PM

For the first time, the majority of my shopping will be done online this year. I did not do Black Friday, but I did take advantage of a couple of Cyber Monday deals yesterday. Love all the free shipping with no minimum purchase this year -- that's made a big difference for me.

Posted by: Sandy at November 30, 2010 2:19 PM

Oh you are so lucky with your online shopping! I WOULD do 90% of it online if I still lived in the US. But here in Australia, online shopping is not up to par. Think 10-15 years ago ... I know, very depressing right? It is getting a little better but nowhere near as easy as it is in the States. The shipping costs are just ridiculous. Sigh...I still have to do Christmas shopping like a cavewoman!

Posted by: Danielle at November 30, 2010 3:03 PM

I did 100% of my shopping online, as opposed to about 90% online last year. I was done before Thanksgiving, which was nice. I did NOT venture out on Black Friday except to get a Christmas Tree at Lowes. That was not bad, as we didn't go until late afternoon, so all of the hard-core shoppers were done.

Posted by: Charlise at November 30, 2010 5:10 PM

I have done my shopping over the past few months, all online.

I did have a Groupon for a store that I thought was in the mall close to my house, but instead it was in the mall across town. I braved that excursion last Wednesday afternoon, and that's all the real-time shopping I intend to do, tyvm.

Posted by: bacioni at November 30, 2010 7:41 PM

I do about 95% of my shopping online and LOVE it. Not only is it usually cheaper, but it also saves me from having to schlep or ship gifts to my family in MI myself. Two thumbs up. (My parents have instructions not to open boxes with my name on it, and then I just wrap it all up when I get home for the holidays. It's a beautiful system.)

I avoid the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness, mostly because I just don't care that much. If I wanted something VERY specific that I knew was going to be on a huge sale, it might be different, but that almost never happens.

Posted by: Dawn at November 30, 2010 9:40 PM

100% of my shopping will be online.

The one place I shopped online during Cyber Monday didn't have a deal. I was holiday travelling and visiting family during Black Friday. Even if I hadn't been, there's NO WAY I'd ever go to Black Friday in NYC. Nuh uh. NOPE.

Posted by: Poppy at November 30, 2010 11:06 PM

I am doing 95% of my shopping online. The only things I go to a store for are stocking stuffers for the kids.

Posted by: Kris H. at December 1, 2010 9:43 AM

One hundred percent of the shopping will be done online. I can't imagine wasting my time shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. My time is worth way more to me than any amount of money I might save by lining up at Wal-Mart to shop at 3 a.m. If I went to Wal-Mart. Not because I wounldn't, but because there isn't one near me.

Posted by: Foggy Dew at December 1, 2010 2:27 PM

approx. 75 %

: )

Posted by: english thorn at December 2, 2010 10:05 PM