I think the thing I often forget is that the extra time I take shopping takes time away from other things I should or could be doing. And it makes an interesting comment about what I value. Specifically, the value I put on "things" and pleasing others.
Yesterday morning, I had one last gift to purchase for my mom for Christmas. It's actually her only gift because it's a big gift. I looked for about fifteen minutes and then went to check with my husband about whether what I'd found was okay. He had a suggestion about what might be a better choice, so I went back to the drawing board and started looking around at three other websites. I found about ten options and started narrowing them down. After about thirty minutes, I settled on my choice and picked it. I picked one that was guaranteed to arrive by Christmas (with free shipping) at a store that had a better and easier to deal with return policy in case she doesn't like it.
I'm thankful for internet shopping because of my kids. It's easier to shop online for a few minutes than get in and out of the store (which I did six times with my kids yesterday in the span of three hours) for a single gift especially when I'm trying to think about it and don't know exactly what I'm getting. But, I do hate how the time adds up!
I think it all comes down to something a friend of ours said--that with more choices comes more unhappiness. If you have a lot of choices, it's harder to choose because you think you might be happier with something else--even after you've chosen. I think that unhappiness is a potential consequence whether you're purchasing something for yourself or someone else.
I think my Christmas shopping is almost done. I have one gift that I need to buy on Friday without my children, one gift card to mail, and one more gift for a family member. Yay!