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Holiday Shopping for the Travelers in Your Life

Black Friday is upon us, and with it comes the full-on onslaught of pre-holiday madness. The racing from store to store in search of the perfect gift, the hours spent in the checkout line, the anxiety of hoping that you found just the right gift the recipient. Well this year, I’m not doing it. Nope, I’m boycotting Black Friday. While some people I know love the ritual associated with one of the craziest shopping days of the year, I hate it. I even hate the name: Black Friday. Nothing about it sounds fun, and for me, nothing about it is fun.

This year, I’m doing all my holiday shopping online. I’ve got a list (a few lists actually), I’ve checked it twice, and I’m taking the easy way out. No getting up at the crack of dawn and hoping not to get trampled by rabid shoppers, no hours spend meticulously wrapping all those gifts and then schlepping them to my hometown on the train, and no stress. Instead I’m combing through our gift guide for travelers in search of the perfect gifts for the travelers on my holiday gift list: an instant cellphone charger for my mom, who travels on business and always seems to have a dead battery, a baby care travel kit for my expectant cousin, and compression packs for my world-traveling, mountain-climbing father-in-law.

One day into the holiday shopping season and I’m already halfway done with my list. No muss, no fuss. Gifts bought, wrapped, and on their way to the recipients, all with no stress for me. Now I’ve got time to search for some great Christmas travel deals or plan a last-minute getaway after the winter holidays. And that makes me merry indeed.

Photo by Alice Harold