Author T.J. Hamilton.
Author T.J. Hamilton.

OPINION: Leaving it all to the last minute

WITH Christmas less than a week away, I was interested in looking at the different personality types when it comes to your Christmas shopping.

Considering I haven't even started my shopping yet, I know I'm definitely an "all-in-one" who borders on the "last minuter" personality types. I've always been this way, though.

Because I have an adventurous son who always tries to stay one step ahead of me, I've learnt to leave things until around a week prior the big day, to keep the presents from being undetected.

I've never really stressed about the idea of a last minute shop because I have a pretty clear idea of what I need and always seem to manage getting it done in a day.

According to studies in the UK, there are eight different personality types when it comes to Christmas shoppers.

The All-in-one

The Last-minuter

The Scrooge

The Done-by-September

The Recycler

The Maker

The Cop-Out

The Online Shopper.

I have family members who are pretty much one of each of these types of shoppers, but with an extended family as large as mine and my husband's, it was bound to happen.

We have so many members in my husband's family that we now do a 'secret santa' for Christmas when we're all together, to keep the cost of gift-giving down.

The recycler is my favourite gifter - they're always good for a laugh.

There's also The Maker amongst family too, but those gifts are always memorable, for the right reasons.

But the one shopper that really frustrates me is the "Done-By-September".

I know there are plenty out there and a few of my friends love to tell me when they're done by the end of September. This is definitely not within my personality type, even if I didn't have my son to blame.

Then of course we cannot forget the gifters who love their wrapping paper more than the gift itself! Their presents are like a work of art.

I also think there is another type of shopper that they left of the list, and that's The "Way-Off-The-Mark" gifter.

There have been a few red herring gifts that I've got that definitely make me raise an eyebrow.

But at the end of the day, the true gift is getting to see family. I hope everyone gets their presents in time for next Friday.



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