Only one weekend until Christmas

@boiboing (12524)
Northampton, England
November 28, 2015 11:43am CST
No, don't think I'm stupid. I know that Christmas is still a few weeks away but today it suddenly hit me that I need to get my skates on because I have only one free weekend between now and the big day. Next weekend I need to knuckle down and make some progress. The weekend after I'm off the Essaouira in Morocco for a long weekend. We only have hand-luggage tickets so there won't be too many gifts coming back with us. And then the weekend after we're in the Netherlands staying with friends. I have a few gifts sorted. Both my parents' main gifts are done and my sister's partner's and one of my friends. My sister needs both a birthday and a Christmas present which is always a challenge and my three old lady friends will need something too. There's a long way to go. The biggest worry is that I don't have anything at all for my husband and he can't think of anything he wants. Neither can I.
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@Juliaacv (23240)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
We celebrate with my in-laws on the 12th, and I need to have everything ready before that because I have to work full time for the week following that. Time is getting short!
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
Oh that would really make me crazy.
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@xFiacre (10495)
• Ireland
28 Nov 15
I have a friend whose husband invited his parents to stay with them over Christmas for 8 weeks without asking her! There's a little frostiness in the air!
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
@xFiacre That's on a par with my colleague whose husband offered his boss and her family the run of his home during the Open golf and then went away and left his wife to look after them.
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@valmnz (13162)
• New Zealand
28 Nov 15
My husband and I no longer exchange gifts. We do often buy something joint we both want, or spend the money on going out for a more expensive meal than usual.
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@Drosophila (16858)
• Ireland
28 Nov 15
Essaouira in Morocco sounds great! Men are notoriously difficult to buy presents for. Maybe you could get something both of you can enjoy together. Like another weekend away somewhere. OR! Get something he and his mates will be enjoy doing. Let them get on with it, whilst you're off doing something else. He'll be the envy of his friends for life. xD
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
Actually this year my step-father's presents were really easy and we had him sorted first of all. But we are so lucky that we can pretty much afford to buy what we want when we want it and so we don't tend to have much in mind when it comes time to think about Christmas.
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@Drosophila (16858)
• Ireland
28 Nov 15
@boiboing Yep I have that problem with my Dad. It's like not another pair of socks!
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
@Drosophila Does he have a shed? We've bought a solar shed light as one of my step-father's presents. I got one for my husband back in the summer and he loves it.
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@marlina (62309)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
You scared me for a minute here! I thought I had missed some weeks.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
Take a deep breathe and relax......but not too much, there's shopping to be done.
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@gudheart (12796)
28 Nov 15
@marlina me too LOL
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@paigea (21209)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
My husband and I are buying a new chair for the living room. I hope he doesn't get me anything else.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
Now I'd love something like that. My best ever birthday present was a log cabin for the garden.
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@paigea (21209)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
@boiboing it's time we completed the living room, so it's a good idea. And the chairs we like are not cheap!
@sueznewz2 (9381)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Nov 15
I hope you have a nice time on your trips... and a gift idea might present itself while your away......
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
Something will come along, I'm sure.
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@xFiacre (10495)
• Ireland
28 Nov 15
@boiboing Yes just 28 more days, and 29 till it's over. Sounds like your husband is as awkward as my wife to buy for.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
I'm just as bad. We just refurbed two bathrooms. I'm tempted to say that's our present to ourselves but I know we'd be sad if we don't do presents.
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• United States
28 Nov 15
You are lucky to do so much traveling! You'll get it all done I'm quite sure.
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@gudheart (12796)
28 Nov 15
You got me worried then...I had quickly glance at my calendar LOL!!
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@Vivenda (609)
• Portsmouth, England
28 Nov 15
For once, I have a present for my husband. It's all the others I haven't bought yet!
@paigea (21209)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
My husband is hard to buy for. And I usually shop for him last
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
@paigea well our husbands have the most important gift already - us!
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@paigea (21209)
• Canada
28 Nov 15
@boiboing I will tell him that
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
29 Nov 15
Men can be so hard to buy for unless they are really into hunting or fishing.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
29 Nov 15
Oh thank goodness I don't have that problem. I couldn't buy stuff for someone to go out killing animals.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
1 Dec 15
@boiboing Neither could I. People have had pictures up all over facebook where they have killed a deer and it just breaks my heart.
@k270585 (161)
28 Nov 15
I'm quite pleased with myself as I've done most of my Christmas stuff and wrapped it. Even have my cards written. This has to be a first for me.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
Congratulations.
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@k270585 (161)
28 Nov 15
@boiboing just got to make sure I stay organised and things don't just sit there until a week before Christmas!
@cindiowens (3923)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
28 Nov 15
Like @valmnz I was going to suggest dinner out at a nice restaurant.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
Was that for me and hubby? It's a hard choice because I eat out a lot for work so it's not such a treat for me and he's a bit intimidated by really swanky places.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
28 Nov 15
@boiboing yes, for you and hubby. Well, maybe a movie or date night, or a couple's massage?
@much2say (35424)
• United States
28 Nov 15
Wow - you'll be having a traveling December! This week will certainly be a time to focus on all the shopping - for us too (not that we're traveling, but I won't want to deal with the last minute crowds!). It's easiest for me if I take a list with me - that's what I will work on this weekend. Oh, I have no idea what to get Hubby either - but we're happy if we can just go out for a nice family dinner after the holiday rush - maybe in January.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
It's actually worse than I wrote as I have to be in Germany this coming week.
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@much2say (35424)
• United States
28 Nov 15
@boiboing My goodness! Find a one stop store and do all your shopping in a day!
@MALUSE (32880)
• Denmark
28 Nov 15
My husband and I are also not into the exchange of presents.
@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
28 Nov 15
I guess the time will come when we get like that too but I'm not quite ready just yet.
@garymarsh6 (12164)
• United Kingdom
29 Nov 15
LOL this is so weird. I totted up last night and the next free weekend I have is the weekend before Christmas. With the best will in the world I can not spare that weekend for anything apart from getting final bits and pieces for the big day! We are ridiculously busy this time of year! The sad thing is though is we never learn!
@sofssu (14735)
29 Nov 15
I hope you get them all their presents.. maybe you will find something soon for your husband too.
@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov 15
We're beginning to find it hard to buy for each other. There is really nothing we need and little that we even want. I might settle for really nice chocolates.
• United States
29 Nov 15
I had to look myself, you had me worried for a second, I know what you mean about time, things are coming too quickly..
@slund2041 (3494)
• United States
29 Nov 15
Sounds like you have a lot to do with only one weekend. I think I would be nuts if I thought I only had one weekend before Christmas to prepare.