How do you shop at Christmastime?

How do you shop at Christmastime?

By Jim Bucher
 

’Twas a few days before Christmas and all through our house, no presents were wrapped, I feel like a louse.
To be honest, I procrastinate. I don’t know if it was being in the TV news business for so long and always hitting deadline or what. It seemed like I did my best work under the gun.
When I inquire how my awesome Dayton City Paper readers shop for the holidays, I find that I’m not alone in the last-minute department
“I will answer this tomorrow,” Eric writes.
And Doreen adds, “I’ll tell you later…”
A couple of wise guys, but everyone seems to have their own way and timeline to get things done before Santa comes. Here are some of the many ways to handle holiday shopping in Dayton, from the mouths of our readers.
Bryan says, “I don’t. It’s not a hum-bug thing—it’s just no longer relevant.”
And Jeff? “Christmas isn’t about presents, so I don’t participate.”
Lorrie writes, “I shop until I drop every weekend until Christmas! P.S. [I] love this time of year!”
Like a wise man, Brian sums up the guys: “A man is not man, unless he waits until Christmas Eve to do his Christmas shopping.” I’ll shop to that.
Janis writes, “Local shops, local owners.” I like that way of thinking, Janis!
Paula is all about “malls, gift shops, home improvement stores and department stores.” “[I] love getting out in the crowd so I try to wait until mid-December to start. I worked at Children’s Palace when I was younger, and I loved the crowd back then.” Wow, I do remember, but it was “Childrens” with the “r” backwards.
Janelle likes “Spice Paradise Dayton, BRIM, Feathers Vintage Clothing, Blue Turtle Toys and Amazon. I keep it local and small as much as I can.”
Lorrie is a “blue lighter.” “I love K-Mart!”
Connie prefers doing everything at “Target!” Think you hit the bullseye there.
Cheryl says, “Amazon, mostly. Gift cards at Kroger to get money off on gas.” Not a bad idea, the gift that keeps giving.
Janean is an early bird: “I was done with all my shopping in August. Bam!”
Tina writes, “I like to shop at small businesses. I avoid the mall. I do some online shopping as well.”
Cheryl is all about Amazon. “My front porch is a prize patio every day!” she says.
Amy hates the crowds. “Online mostly,” she says. “[I] can’t stand trying to find a parking spot and trying to get out of the mall. Oh, hell no!” Now, now. Be nice, Amy. It’s Christmas, after all.
Anna is like me. “I’ve been known to wrap the gift on the hood of the car on my way to the gift exchange,” she says. “Is there a prize for procrastinating?” No prize, Anna. But you’re in the Buch Club.
Jennifer is another keeping it local. She recommends “that Music Place in Springboro, Cinderella Organics (teas, soap, skincare), Second Street Market, Esther Price and local restaurants, micro-brews for gift cards.”
Juletta loves the way Jennifer shops. “May I be on your list?” she asks. “Gosh, dark chocolate … those on your Christmas list are blessed.”
Anne writes, “DLM [Dorothy Lane Market], mainly gift cards. Also Town & Country and then online.”
Rev. Lawrence is practical. “I don’t shop,” he says. “I give my family money, then they get what they want.” I like you’re way of thinking, Reverend. And Wanda agrees, too.
“I shop at the bank,” she explains. “The color and size is always just perfect.”
Lori chimes in with, “Online, comfortably at home and I can find what I want, while searching for creative ideas. I do enjoy Town & Country Shopping Center,” she continues, “because it’s not congested, and Griffin & Co. is an amazing store for every holiday.”
Jennifer likes the do-it-yourself route. “It’s less expensive,” she says. “I can maintain control of the product, it’s better for the environment, it’s less time consuming and I deal with less of the crowds.” Gosh, I love it!
Steve sticks close to home, in Tipp City.” “Fantastic shops, great restaurants,” he says.
Ange has a great idea for nosy family members, “Shop online,” she advises. “[It’s] the only way to go. Easier to hide in brown boxes.”
Melanie has the final say. “Last minute here! I usually hit the Dayton or Fairfield Mall and wrap it up in one or two days,” she says.
So, there you have it—a nice sampling from our fine readers on their holiday shopping routines. And to some of you, see you at the store on Christmas Eve—the gift card section, of course.
Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Buch

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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