I had my second ankle surgery in the beginning of December...which means that I wasn't exactly in the best shape to go out and do any Christmas shopping. For the past few years I've done a lot of shopping online because I suffer from chronic pain. I feel like online shopping was made for me and don't know what I would have done if this was thirty years ago and we didn't have everything at the click of a button.
3 places I find it easy to order from:
I've ordered Christmas presents to granola bars on Amazon...they have almost anything you need. I even ordered my wheelchair off Amazon. And because I have Amazon Prime, I get most of the stuff I order in two days.
When you need to order things that are specialized or out of the ordinary, Etsy is the answer. Before my second ankle surgery, I ordered a cast sock to keep my toes warm while I was in my splint. I didn't know if I would be casted like I was with my first surgery, so this purchase was for “Murphy insurance”....like when you take your umbrella out just to make sure that it doesn't rain.
Recently I ordered clothes and rugs for my kitchen. Anything that doesn't fit, or I don't like, can easily be brought back to a JCP store (you can also ship items back, but I find it easier to return them to the store).
Of course, the best packages to open are ones that you didn't order. Surprise gifts in the mail! :) A friend of mine recently knit a hat for me right before Christmas. With all the snow we've had this winter, I've gotten a lot of use of that hat. Thanks D!
So if you're not in the habit of ordering stuff online, give it a try. The convenience is fantastic and it helped me feel a bit more normal. I was able to order gifts for my kids for Christmas, which made me feel like I contributed some.
Do you order stuff online often? What site is your favorite online store?
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