My Christmas shopping irony

Last year, I did the majority of my Christmas shopping online. I got the convenience of not having to brave the crowds in December, and could have everything I wanted shipped to home, or work. It seemed like such a good idea at the time. But, at the end, what actually happened was that I ended up spending more than I had planned for, not a huge margin, but noticeable, and I still had to go out and do a bit of brick and mortar shopping less than a week before Christmas, which is not a pleasant experience. So this year, I thought I'd buck the trend, and try to buy most of my gifts the old fashioned way, by actually going to a store and buying them. I am on holidays from work this week, so I decided I'd spend the day, go to West Edmonton Mall, and get everything done. Granted, this year I have fewer people to buy for than I did last year, so that also makes it easier to get everything done at once

That's a good plan right? Well, as it turns out, I came away from the mall with only about 2/3 of the gifts that I wanted to get. There were a few items that I scoured the mall for, but no store actually carried them. I looked in every related store in the mall for those items, and they simply aren't there. So what do I have to do? Order them online.

I find it quite ironic that I, the guy who loves technology, but actually made the conscious effort to not buy any Christmas gifts online this year, now has to go and buy about 3-4 things online, because the brick and mortar stores let me down. Go figure.