Materialism Alert, with Apologies to Madonna
I do love shopping and the material world. If you don’t lust for material goods for yourself and don't get pleasure out of shopping for others, then maybe you should stop reading this post right now. In fact, you may not want to bother reading the next 3 posts because they'll all be about food and cooking-related holiday gifts – the cute (under $10!), the useful (but not boring), and the cool (without breaking the bank.) Everyone else - read on!
Online shopping is all the rage these days. Efficiency and price are understandable drawing cards for using a mouse instead of your feet. But there is nothing like browsing in a “real” store. When you need inspiration or advice, a knowledgeable sales person is more precious than gold.