"I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet.”
“Yeah, me neither.”
The above conversation is currently being echoed throughout Adelaide's workplaces and homes. With only eleven days until Christmas, online shopping is out of the question. So it's time for plan B. IRL shopping.
Everyone knows December is the worst month to hit up the mall. The crying babies, the car park fights, the queues; it's all just a little too much. Some of us will have to rely on the last minute Woolies dash to grab a box of Favourites. Or maybe not.
Here are a few tips to get you through the next two gruelling weeks:
Adelaide Metro is Your Friend
Stop the Adelaide Metro hate! Yes, taking the bus has its downsides. They are always late and you have to squeeze your shopping under your feet. If you want save a couple of dollars on parking in the city (more like thirty) leave the car at home.
Walk Very Very Fast
Christmas shopping isn’t a leisurely stroll. You have to get in and out of there FAST. Wear sneakers if you must, so you can overtake those slow walkers.
Also, do your Christmas shopping alone. Other people are distracting and you’ll be stuck in the home wares section of Kmart for way longer than necessary. Kmart addicts, they exist.
Always Make A List
This seems like common sense, but unless you have a super human mind, you will walk into the store and immediately forget everything you need to buy. Resist the temptation to purchase that overpriced dream journal for yourself.
Rundle Mall Vs. The Suburbs
The ultimate question: do you brave Rundle Mall and the stampedes or do you spend an hour driving around the car park of your local Westfield? The decision is up to you, because no matter where you shop, you will be stressed.
Avoid Eye Contact At All Costs
Do not look anyone directly in the eyes. This could result in a shouting match over the last half priced juicer. Especially DO NOT make eye contact with that guy yelling into a microphone in front of David Jones. Does he even still exist?
Finding the perfect gift is just way too demanding. So if you must accept failure, go with the classic socks and jocks combo. Sorry Dad.
Header image via Phil Palmer on Flickr