This year, I am getting involved at the church the Fianc&eacute and I are going to have our wedding at next July. St. Matthews adopts 31 families for their Christmas giving. Each family has on average six members, and they aim to give each member 5-6 gifts.

You do the math on that one.

I didn’t pick up gift tags the first weekend they were set out, since the table was crowded. I figured I could be laidback about it and wait until next week since there were so many gifts to buy. This was a poor choice. All the fun gift tags were gone the next weekend, like toys or baby clothes. So I basically panicked and called the Fianc&eacute and said “I don’t want to find a set of Hannah Montana pjs for a little girl!”

With his encouragement, I picked up four diverse tags, all for different people and families.

Here are the gifts I bought the traditional way: walking into a brick-and-mortar store.

Lady dress (any color) size M – $39.20 at Filene’s Basement

The day before I picked up the gift tags, I had been shopping at Old Navy where they had tons of cute dresses for $20. Unfortunately, it’s kind of a hassle for me to get to Old Navy (I have to ride a bus) and none of those dresses were featured online. Therefore I ran to Filene’s during my lunch and grabbed an aubergine sweater dress and a two pack of tights.

I’m a little uncomfortable with this purchase for two reasons:

1. I don’t find the quality of merchandise at Filene’s to be high enough to purchase for myself to wear.
2. The dress was $29.99 which was oddly more money than the outfit I had on that day while shopping in the store.

But this kept me from going to Macy*s with their evil coupon programs. I’m calling this even.

Hair straightener – $19.32 at Nordstrom Rack

Leopard. Pink. Done.

In an effort to help the volunteers at St. Matthews with the 1000+ gift wrapping challenge, I decided to wrap my gifts before returning them to church. Please note the recycled pink ribbon from one of my birthday gifts on the box with the dress.

Next: online efforts

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