Where's that list of inspired gifts that I started last January, and forgot by May? Are all of my favorite shopping sites still bookmarked? Where's my calendar so I can begin carving out shopping time?
Watching shoppers, I observed that buyers seem to come in two categories: intentional and unintentional. Well, duh! The noticeable distinction seems to be their walking pace. Intentional buyers walk in the door with a list, or at least an idea of what they're shopping for. The more specific the item, the faster the pace. Have you noticed that in yourself or other shoppers?
Of course, there's the shoppers who may start out as browsers, but become unintentional buyers. They casually stroll into the store, slowly meandering by displays. And then it happens! Something jumps off the display and grabs their "Gotta have it!" wallet.
The browsers frequently look like they just walked through the looking glass. One minute they're minding their own business ambling about the mall, gazing into store windows with merchandise commitment nowhere in sight. The next minute, the browsers are sucked into the store by the buyers's energy.
The interesting thing about bonders is they may double as browsers or buyers. The best thing about bonders is their main purpose is getting closer to someone they care about. You might see them in pairs or droves, but they all have the same goal in mind, purchases optional.
With the holiday shopping quickly advancing in our direction, maybe this year I'll actually stop to consider what works for me. You may recall that I'm big on lists. What also works for me is to start scoping out gift ideas in advance online and in stores, and budget, budget, budget.
But what works for me any time I'm shopping, and including the holiday season, is deliberately take advantage of opportunities to show kindness to strangers. That clerk who's been waiting on endless lines of customers. The mom with three shopping bags and two kids. Or the elderly gentleman staring blankly at a rainbow display of scarves.
What do you say? Whether you're a buyer, a browser or a bonder, how much fun can we have this season of shopping? Let the shopping and kindness begin!
I'm linking this post to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.