November 30, 2006

If this is Thursday…

Then this must be The Axis of Weevil Thursday Three, the World’s Most Popular Internet Question and Answer Blog Filler and Time Waster!

What probing inquisitories do we have for you today? Well, seeing as how we are now officially into the Unspecified-Holiday Shopping Season, our seasoned team of university-based question writers wants to know the following things about you and your gifting habits.

Remember that anyone is free to play along by leaving your answer in the comments below or by leaving a link to your very own festively-decorated blog!

So, here we go:

1. Are you good at letting others know what you might want or need?
2. Are you good at shopping for others?
3. How much of your shopping this year (purchasing or looking) is being done online?

Now then, put down your packages and get to work answering those!

As for my answers...

1. No, I'm terrible at it. I don't like to feel as though I'm begging for something. Second is that everyone who asks seems to be very disappointed when I am finally hemmed into giving suggestions that turn out to be very prosaic. Shirts, socks, toothpaste, stuff like that. No one wants to give that stuff for Christmas, but I like getting it anyway.

2. Pretty good for a guy, although the last few years I haven't been as successful with stuff for Reba. Clothes have to be tried on, she has so much jewelry (obviously not precious gems and stuff) that it's all over the place and she doesn't know where half of it is, she doesn't wear perfume, and like me, she generally doesn't wait to get something she wants until Christmas, preferring instead to go ahead and get it when she sees it. She's a lot better at gift-picking than I am, however. She puts a lot of thought into it.

3. A good bit--maybe up around 10 percent or so of purchases, with a lot more looking and reading reviews for stuff I'm thinking about getting.

So there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at November 30, 2006 08:11 AM

1. Like you and Miss Reba, we typically buy something when we want or need it. My kids won't listen, but a pair of gardening gloves is always welcome.

2. Not really. But I haven't had a lot of practice at it in recent years. We give the boys money, and they think that's a great gift.

3. We do almost all our shopping online, regardless of the time of year.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 30, 2006 09:32 AM

I like money, but my sister just can't stand to do that, so she pesters us for months about what we want, then pesters us for months afterward asking us if we REALLY liked it or not.

Silly girl.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 30, 2006 09:35 AM

My family gave up exchanging gifts many years ago. We'd go broke.

Posted by: Janis Gore at November 30, 2006 09:37 AM

My turn.

Posted by: Sarah G. at November 30, 2006 11:21 AM

I'm late but I'm finally UP .

Posted by: jim at November 30, 2006 12:56 PM

No, no, by quantity or value?

Posted by: charles austin at November 30, 2006 09:21 PM

Either or, Charles--it's entirely up to you!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 30, 2006 09:32 PM