I know. I'm surprised, too. Usually I cram in all my shopping in December—not on Christmas Eve like a guy, but close enough to the mark that I sometimes buy too much because I'm slightly panicked.
This year I started picking up things here and there in my travels and in addition to my regular Amazon orders. I need to drop off gifts for three needy kids at my Soroptimist meeting tomorrow, so that spurred me to action as well.
That brings me to wrapping paper. I got a pitch email from a company called Minted a couple of weeks ago. They're an online stationery store that features the work of independent artists and offers a lot of customization for their truly lovely paper products, including holiday photo cards and my favorite, wrapping paper.
I happen to have some nice black and white photos of my husband and me taken earlier this year as part of the Roadway Studio Project, so I'm excited about getting some of them incorporated into a gift wrap design. Here's a look at what I've put together so far. The dotted lines show the areas where I've customized.
I've included some pet photos as well because...it's me. I'm also considering getting the recipe design customized with one of my cookie recipes.
For the last several years we haven't exchanged gifts in my family except to get presents for the kids. This year my aunt urged us to go back to a more traditional holiday celebration, so that gives me about a dozen people to shop for if you include a couple of friends with whom I generally exchange gifts. It's actually kind of fun, but I can guarantee you won't see me out on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
Disclosure: In exchange for the mentions of Minted and links to the site, I have been offered store credit.