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Peer Review: A3314729 - Christmas Shopping and How to Survive It.

Post 1

Granny Weatherwax - ACE - Hells Belle, Mother-in-Law from the Pit - Haunting near you on Saturday

Entry: Christmas Shopping and How to Survive It. - A3314729
Author: Granny Weatherwax - ACE, Let's All Nag 2Legs into buying a CO Monitor - U140245

A few hints and tips


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Post 2

sprout

A good start this, and well timed for Peer Review readers! Of course by the time it gets to the front page, people will be able to apply it to Easter Shopping...smiley - winkeye

I think it could do with a few links to other hootoo entries, and a bit of beefing up on the 'solutions' side of things - there must be other ways to sail calmly through the mayhem!

smiley - cheers

sprout


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Post 3

Kerr_Avon - hunting stray apostrophes and gutting poorly parsed sentences

There's always the guerrilla style approach which I employ each year, which involves going out with a list of relatives, and marching into suitable shops announcing to shop assistants 'I need perfume/whatever suitable for a woman in her 70s, priced around £20, fetch.'. You can get the whole lot done in a few hours, and because you haven't gone out looking for specifics, you don't have to deal with the not being able to find what you want problem.

smiley - ale


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Post 4

Granny Weatherwax - ACE - Hells Belle, Mother-in-Law from the Pit - Haunting near you on Saturday

smiley - cheers for the comments & ideas smiley - run


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Post 5

Kat - From H2G2

Ma'am you do know that this won't go through until, as said, Easter right? That's not a problem with you is it?

Good start. How about general ideas for presents for certain people? Such as suggetsions for...aunts, grans, nephews, friends you haven't seen in years and would find it embarassing to get them something big but they ARE close to you...

I'm just not sure if it's not a bit short currently you see.

Kat
(now scouting for you)


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Post 6

Nonentity

Very good start.
smiley - ok

A couple of technicalities, though:

"Then the Christmas imps call in the gremlins and you are faced with........" >>

"Then the Christmas imps call in the gremlins and you are faced with..."

(An ellipsis should be just three dots.)

Also, as your ordered list contains complete sentences, they should each end with a full stop.

The content is good. With your solutions, instead of referring back to the item numbers (which involves a lot of scrolling up and down) it might be a good idea to write them as a bulleted list of helpful hints. That way, you may think of some additional nuggets of information that would 'bulk out' the entry.

Otherwise, an enjoyable read - very well observed!

smiley - biggrinsmiley - crackersmiley - holly


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Post 7

Granny Weatherwax - ACE - Hells Belle, Mother-in-Law from the Pit - Haunting near you on Saturday

I've had another smiley - run through it & added a few more things, thanks for all your suggestions.

Sprout, were there any specific entries you had in mind to link to? I could only really find one which I've used.

smiley - cheers


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Post 8

Kat - From H2G2

Ahhh now this is looking impressive!

I snooped and found...

A478127 (homemade presents)

and
A738623 (shopping centres and malls)

Not sure if either of those would be useful.


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Post 9

echomikeromeo

About the young males aged 11 to 17 - none of the ones I know would go for whoopee cushions, paper airplanes, etc. That's more the younger set. I always get my cousins skateboarding-related stuff, and a gift certificate to the local music store always goes over well.

On the whole, though, nice suggestions. I intend to implement them!

Happy/Merry Christmas smiley - hollysmiley - mistletoe


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Post 10

Researcher 825122

Very nice. I'm getting in the mood smiley - cracker (have to take a look a my saving account smiley - 2centssmiley - sadface. Any suggestions?


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Post 11

Mort - a middle aged Girl Interrupted

I buy things for people and then when I get them home I wonder what on earth made me buy them smiley - erm I have things left over from last year that are 'failed' presents!


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Post 12

echomikeromeo

If you have 'failed' presents you should save them for the next time round - then maybe you'll find someone new who would make a good recipient.


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Post 13

flyingtwinkle

sometimes exachange of gifts we do not want is also good


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Post 14

Researcher 825122

I always buy presents I would liked to have given myself as a present by somebody else.
Presents I've been given and I don't like, I save for the birthdays of people I don't like. It's so easy. smiley - smiley


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Post 15

AlexAshman


Two pieces of advice on Christmas shopping -

Eating lots of smiley - choc will make you sugar-high to the point at which you just don't care how irritating shopping is. Alternatively a little smiley - ale may help.

If you receive a bottle of alcohol you don't like for Christmas, then you can use it next year. This is known as 'recycling', and as these drinks have long shelf lives they can travel far and wide without actually being drunk. smiley - laugh


Alex


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Post 16

Runescribe

Just one thing - rosin=resin.

For the 'gifts in kind' idea, you could mention the trick of writing the gift out and putting it in a card as if it were a book token. You know the sort of thing:
'This is a BABY-SITTING VOUCHER. This voucher entitles the bearer to free babysitting for two evenings in the next year.'
It give the recipient something to open on Christmas morning and means the gift comes as a surprise.

A very nice entry.


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Post 17

Kat - From H2G2

Nuhhuh it IS actually rosin, Granny is right. Rosin is a type of resin smiley - smiley


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Post 18

Runescribe

Oh, OK. The stuff I use on my cello bow is called resin, but maybe what it actually is, is rosin, and we just call it resin? Or maybe it's the West London accent?


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Post 19

AlexAshman


http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=rosin


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Post 20

echomikeromeo

I play violin and viola, and all my life I've been told 'rosin'. Is it a British/American thing, perhaps?

smiley - dragon


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