The Holiday Season. I love everything about the holidays – the music, the extended family, the gift giving and the delicious meals. Not on my list is deciding what to give my loved ones and friends. Most of my stress of holiday shopping comes not from the malls or the actual shopping, but deciding what to get for everyone on my list. When deciding what to give, sweat beads form across my head. Most recently, I have noticed wish lists that not only make my decisions easier, but are painfully specific. This is a blessing – that is unless the store I was asked to shop at goes against every grain of my being.
I often write about the fury I feel when I see children clothing shops that pad their bathing suits tops, or have jeans cut so that the child’s rear is exposed and even more upsetting – the way too suggestive comments written on the clothing ( “bite me” – really?!?!?).
Here lies my dilemma. I received a specific gift list that strongly suggests I shop at above mentioned store. After much thought, I decided to follow the strong suggestion and swallow my pride. No sooner had I made my decision did I notice the insane cost for the clothes. For what I was planning to spend, I could barely purchase an outfit!
In the end, I purchased everything on this list in various colors and styles but from a different store – a store I purchase my children’s clothes from – and saved the gift receipt.
Since my purchase, my stress has not just returned but multiplied. Was I inconsiderate to have purchased the items from a store not suggested? Should I take the parent aside and let them know my reasoning? Should I simply return to the suggested store and simply purchase one overpriced item and swallow my pride?
I certainly miss the days of purchasing dolls, games and toy trucks!
This is an original post for Jersey Moms Blog by CC Fowler a New Jersey mom. For more on her juggling motherhood and career, catch her on centraljerseyworkings.com