I kinda like day-after-Christmas shopping. It seems so much better than Black Friday shopping. There’s lots less pressure to find stuff and the sales are tons better. So this year, my mother-in-law and I decided we should go take advantage of all the deals out there. On this year’s list: wrapping paper and new stockings for Baby K and our visiting family, because the Dollar Store ones we’ve been using are falling apart and aren’t big enough to hold all our Christmas treats.
We started off at one of my favorites stores, Target. I had very high hopes for Target because I seemed to remember seeing wrapping stuff I really liked a few weeks ago. But I’m sad to say, I was a little disappointed in Target this year. Primarily because of their wrapping paper. Even their “Premium” paper didn’t seem as thick as it was last year, though maybe it was. I don’t know. All I know is that I can’t stand chintzy wrapping paper. It always rips and that really bothers me. Plus, it’s hard to cut nicely. Anyway, all their premium wrap was $5 for 25 sq feet (unless it had glitter, in which case, there were only 20 sq ft) and 50% off. After much deliberation, I decided to pass on the wrapping paper because I know it will all be 75% off in another day or two and I just didn’t love anything. I did find a cute stocking and a couple bags. And my MIL made out like a bandit with holiday paper plates and napkins.
After Target we went home to feed the baby. And ourselves. Then we decided we needed to look for more sales, so we got all the men and drug them to the mall with us. And that is where I hit the jackpot.
First stop, Pottery Barn.
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree: $14.69 (my friend got one on clearance last year and I felt like I needed one too)
Faux snow to fill my apothecary (which I still cannot pronounce) jars: $4.99
SUPERFIND!!! Beaded snowflake stocking (without Isabella’s name): normally $40, on sale for $15.59!!
Needless to say, I was thrilled with my purchases, especially the stocking!
After PB, we went to Hallmark to look for wrapping for paper. I love Hallmark wrapping paper–it’s thick, it’s cute and it has grid lines on the back so you can cut straight. I love cutting straight lines. Anyway, their sale was SO much better than Target’s. Their rolls of premium wrap were all 40 sq feet but were also $4.99 and on sale for 50% off. The truly amazing part though….it was buy one 1/2 off, get one for $0.99! So I ended up with 6 rolls of wrapping paper (240 sq ft) for just over $11. It seriously made my whole day.