DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: My wife is one of those people who has her holiday gifts bought and wrapped by mid-October. That’s the system that works for her.
What she never gets is that I work differently. I prefer to wait until the last minute because 1) there are great deals the days right before Christmas, and 2) it usually is my job to take care of the last minute gifts guaranteed to pop up every year.
Last minute is how I work best. I hit the stores and websites with what I am comfortable is enough time to get what I need to done.
Why can’t I convince my wife of that? --- I GOT THIS
DEAR I GOT THIS: I know of many couples for whom there’s a similar discrepancy in the sense of urgency when it comes to holiday shopping. You may never convince your wife that your way is the right way, and that’s just how it’ll stay, provided you can both make peace with your disparate approaches.
I say let her do her thing, and you do yours. But you might want to continue gently and politely reminding your wife of what you claimed above — that you’ve got your checklist well under control, despite how it looks from her differently organized mental perspective.