It’s a well worn phrase around this here blog, but this week really has gone by in a flash. I *think* I can remember Tuesday starting and suddenly, it’s Friday night. I’m sure it won’t be long in that I’ll blink and Wee Man will be visiting with his grandchildren. 🙂
It was the Ever Lovely Mrs Jones’ birthday just the other day and that, of course, meant shopping for pressies. Funny, but I do tend to worry a little when shopping for others. Yes, I do buy my nearest & dearest a fair bit, but it’s not a scatter gun approach. There is a method to the proverbial madness: keep an eye on what they’re using, listening out for wishes or spotting where their eye lingers in shops. Sometimes I even remember to write it down. 😉
In some ways it’s interesting- at least to me – in seeing the evolution of shopping and present buying. I don’t mean early ones lacked thumbs, more than when we earned less, birthdays and Christmas could be tricky. You did have to think carefully over which gift you wanted to give. Shops or brands that would have been sought are either passed by, or are simply not there. I guess that as our collective wages have increased, so has the choice available to us. Perhaps it is the level of luxury that’s been raised.
Do material goods make us happy? Sometimes, yes. Not so much the love of sparkly items, or ‘no expense spared’, but the fact that you’ve made an effort. Equally, shopping within a budget is more fun because you have to be creative. You simply can’t throw money at the problem and when you do fall on the perfect gift, it’s all the more satisfying.
On that materialistic note, I hope the weekend is kind to you.
[ Today’s lyric: Happy Birthday by Altered Images… and if that’s not a suitable title for a crossdressing shop, I don’t know what is 😉 ]