News reports tell us that 120 million people purchased stuff on the Internet today, presumably for Christmas. According to GOOGLE, in 2015 the US had a population of 321.42 million people. Figure that 74.2 million are children under 18, that means that almost half of all adults in the US were buying online today.
Was I one of them? Absolutely.
In fact, I started in the early morning hours of Monday because I couldn't sleep on Sunday night. My favorites are Amazon for my grand kids and Macy's for the females in my family. And the discounts are fantastic, at least that's what they tell me.
But mostly, it's an efficient way of buying presents especially if they have to be mailed out. They do it all, and when you purchase over $25 worth of merchandise, mailing is free. You just can't do better than that when you are a busy real estate broker.
I must admit that buying online takes the "romance" out of Christmas shopping, though. I remember Christmases Past where I would rush out the day before Christmas and frantically trying to find that perfect present for someone.
Oh, wait, that still happens.
In fact, it never fails that there is SOMEONE who gives me a present and I need to return the favor. What to do? Mostly in Carmel-by-the-Sea that is not going to be a problem this year. Several boutiques opened up including a specialty chocolate shop or two. And, if that someone has pets, there are stores for them as well. And, if all else fails, there are at least a dozen wine tasting rooms where you first taste the wine, then buy the one that really appeals to you.
So, this year, I will do a combination Cyber and brick & mortar shopping. No need to lose ALL the romance when Christmas shopping.