Christmas Shopping = Kimberley Fail

Last weekend I tried to do some Christmas shopping but ended up buying myself a pair of jeans and shirt plus the things I actually needed (2011 Moleskin diary and random bits and pieces).

But I did predict this fail. I usually create a list of gifts and then go about getting them either online (preferable) or doing the research and finding out where I can get it. Sometimes I will even phone ahead and ask them to put the item aside for me to pick up.

Instead I thought I would approach it from an angle many people I know use and succeed at: set out and browse according to a broad idea of the interests people have. But this just does not work for me.

I felt flustered and kept walking back and forth up and down Bourke Street and then to Melbourne Central … where I did not even enter for feelings of overwhelmingness (so much so that I made the word up). And so I headed home with new clothes for me and nothing for everyone else.

My mission this week is to decide what to get, devise my approach and carry out my mission in the week leading up to Christmas. My saving grace is taking leave on 23 and 24 of this month for last minute purchases although this is something I hope to avoid as I know everyone else will be using this time for the same purpose!

Costco – oh yeeeeeah!

Last weekend I became a member of Costco. This may seem like an uneventful, even mundane activity to do on a weekend but those of you who know me will understand my excitement.

There is such a diverse offering from TVs to diamonds to fresh food, pre-prepared and packaged meals, alcohol, outdoor settings, snack foods, frozen food, clothing, books, DVDs, stationary and more. The brands are a mis of recognisable household brands and some US labels in the mix to keep things interesting.

The main idea is to buy in bulk which means a lot of the items are fairly cheaper. For someone living in a household of one this offering is kind of useless except that I have lots of storage space and friends who will split some items such as the 40 rolls of toilet paper.

When I went last weekend to become a member I took the tram so this limited my purchase to bulk mints, a pack of nectarines, 1 kg liquorice (about $5) and tuna (12 cans for $15). Next time I go will be by car so I can make a serious purchase. After signing up I collected my giant shopping trolley which was discarded soon after.

I will be going back for the big bags of frozen veg and berries, fresh food, bread to freeze and alcohol that is marginally cheaper. Most exciting for me is their availability of the best vodka. Ever. CÎROC.

They also have a diner-style cafeteria where you can buy giant pizza slices (each piece the size of a whole pizza), ice cream and other fat-laden heart-attacks-waiting-to-happen. No wonder Americans are fatty boombahladas.

Definitely the most fun you can have with a $60 membership.