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Is Shopping A Girl Thing?

November 29th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Yesterday I ran a post on my other blog asking if everyone had their Christmas shopping done yet.

Since I know a lot of people in my face-to-face world who went out on Black Friday, bought everyone’s gifts, and wrapped them – I kind of thought that I would get a lot of people saying things like, “yes, we’re done” or “we just have one more gift to buy.”

I didn’t mention gender at all, and I thought it was a pretty simple question.

Imagine my surprise when I found that a fellow writer (and friend) had linked to my post with another post titled, It Must Be A Girl Thing. His post went on to describe how his wife had taken care of all the Christmas shopping at their house.

What’s your take on it? Is shopping a “girl thing?”

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 a writer's woolgatherings // Nov 29, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    While I don’t think shopping is a “girl” thing, per se, I believe it’s the degree to which you want it done properly that motivates women to complete the chore. If I left Christmas up to my husband, he would either go WAY overboard on wacky purchases or totally forget until the 24th! It’s much easier just to do it myself. 🙂

  • 2 Laura // Nov 29, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Well, my husband’s favorite stores are Radio Shack and the Sharper Image. He would spend hours there if I let him. He’s not too interested in anyplace else though.

  • 3 Matt Keegan // Nov 29, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Laura!

    To clarify — shopping itself isn’t a “girl thing” just the way we shop shows some important gender differences. My wife enjoys visiting a store and spending time examining items, comparing prices, and taking her time. I go shopping for a specific item and when I find it I make my purchase and leave.

    Thankfully, the internet has made it possible for so much shopping to be done online. I really hate malls!

    I agree with your first respondents answer — we tend to go crazy over things that we like (big purchase items) and we can wait until it is almost too late.

    There are exceptions to these generalities as I am sure someone will gladly point out.

  • 4 Laura // Nov 29, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for coming by and clearing that up!

    I do think that there are a lot of women shopping on the Internet too, though.

    It will be interesting to see the responses. This blog has a different readership, so I thought that I’d throw it out for discussion here.

  • 5 Dana // Dec 7, 2007 at 4:07 am

    Oh my. My husband can take hours going from store to store, comparing prices and deciding if this is really “just right.” I know what I want, get it and leave.

    It drives me nuts to make joint purchases because it means an hour of second-guessing and seeing if another store has it cheaper. At the end of it, we end up back at the first store with a great deal less gas!

  • 6 Laura // Dec 10, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Well, my husband can take a long time in certain stores. Radio shack is one of them.

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