Christmas Shopping – online or at the mall?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How do you do your holiday shopping?
    Head to the Mall : (2 votes)
    2 %
    Online all the way : (41 votes)
    41 %
    A little of both : (49 votes)
    49 %
    Everyone gets gift cards : (4 votes)
    4 %
    I don't give Holiday presents : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I donate to charity instead of buying gifts : (0 votes)
    none of the above : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I do probably 90% of it online for people who I mostly know what type of thing I want to purchase and I want to explore hundreds of quality and pricing options. For the kids in my family (those are usually the only ones I have no clue about) I go browsing at Target in the evenings after work and see what pops out at me. I do vastly prefer online shopping, though.

    Post # 4
    266 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    FI and I actually just discussed this last night. As an experiment we have decided to try to get ALL of our Christmas shopping done online.

    We both hate the mall etc though so this is a fun challenge for us.

    Post # 5
    6666 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I do it all online.  I am actually already done and wrapped.

    Post # 7
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I do most of it online, but if I do go to the mall it’s before shopping season. I don’t wait til Black Friday.

    Post # 8
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I switched to doing most of it online.  With free shipping and great online sales I never have to get out of my PJs.

    Post # 9
    5518 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Im an avid shopper but I absolutely loathe malls before christmas, so anything that can get done online absolutely does.  If I cant, then yes I will go to a store.  Part of it could be because the closest mall to me is the largest in the country.  Its absolutely chaotic

    Post # 10
    11604 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I do most of it online, and a few in the store if I have ideas.  I like to avoid the lines and chaos of holiday shopping if I can!

    Post # 11
    2460 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’m going to do as much online as I can. The malls are ridiculous already and I don’t have the patience for the people or the parking lot!

    Post # 12
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @eeniebeans:  wow! I haven’t even thought about what I am buying anyone.

    I try to do as much as I can online. I do like going to the mall during the holiday season, but it is more enjoyable when you are just browsing and don’t actually HAVE to find a gift for someone.

    Post # 13
    1259 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I would like to start doing more of it online. I usually head to the mall though! I also like giving gift cards. Everyone I know likes getting them.

    Post # 14
    739 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I love the mall atmosphere… for about 15 minutes. Then I just get annoyed with all the hustle and bustle and parking a mile away and carrying a zillion bags. So usually I try to get as much as I can online and the rest from the mall or local stores. I haven’t even started thinking about holiday shopping yet, but I think we’re going to keep it rather low-key this year. 

    Post # 15
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MsGinkgo:  I will buy online if I have a bunch of stuff to get. The mall is always so busy and you can barely find a parking spot. It is so stressful in that respect, and I would rather avoid the stress of something that should be fun. It kind of sucks to not support local businesses, but sometimes it just isn’t worth it.

    Post # 16
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    I always like to go to the mall at least once during the holidays just to see the decorations and have the experience.  But afterwards, I always just go back online and finish my shopping there.  I don’t like fighting through crowds and screaming children to get the same things I can get online with no sales tax and free shipping 🙂

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