With Thanksgiving in my rearview mirror, I am now turning my attention to one of the most dreaded tasks of the holiday season—shopping. Don’t get me wrong; when it comes to dropping some bills on myself, I’m a pro! I can spend hours perusing the deals at Nordstrom Rack and J. Crew, keeping my eyes peeled for the best sales to complete my wardrobe. But when it comes to buying presents for others, I’m a hopeless mess! Will they like it? Is this the best value and quality? What can I get that will stand the test of time and not simply be re-gifted or shoved to the back of the closet?
As I try to wade through this dilemma, I have decided to turn to a trusted source for help—the Library! ConsumerReports.org, accessible with my MCPL Access Pass (Library card), is the perfect place to compare and contrast all types of products—from toothbrushes to tablets. So, for example, I can find baby products for my new niece that are safe and helpful for my sister and brother-in-law but are also budget-friendly and guaranteed to hold up over time. Score!
My parents always present (see what I did there?) another great challenge. As salt-of-the-earth people that enjoy the simpler things in life, it’s always tough to find something that they’ll use and enjoy. They work hard to acquire the things they need on their own dime, and always respond to my requests for gift ideas with the same answer: “Oh, honey, we don’t need anything! Just save your money and spend some time with us!” Sweet…but not helpful! However, this year, I think I’ve found something that is meaningful AND creates an opportunity for quality time together—a Library Lovers membership!
My mom and I are both already Library Lovers, but I can easily renew her membership and purchase another for my dad. The intro level is only $25, and membership can gain us access to members-only events like author visits that we can enjoy together. Plus, they love to support the Library (and me!), so this gift makes them feel good too.
As for my honey, I think I’ll just check out The Meat Lover's Slow Cooker Cookbook and try a few new recipes. Thankfully, making his spirit bright is as easy as cooking up a hearty roast and potatoes!
What holiday shopping tips do you have? Share with us in the comments section!
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