Which raises another issue. I live in a building that doesn't have a doorman, so sometimes receiving packages can be a bit tricky. If no one is home to sign for a package, UPS, FedEx, or the post office leaves a note. After three delivery tries without a response from the package recipient, the shipping company takes the package back to its store. (Is it actually called a store? Warehouse?) Anyway, I have to pick up the package, which can be a pain because I have to walk all the way to the post office (3 blocks) or UPS (10-minute subway ride), or FedEx (less than a mile, depending on which location). And I'm a big baby.
This Christmas everything I order online is being shipped to the Mail Boxes Etc. in Greenwich Village. It will cost me, though: $5 for envelopes, $10 for boxes up to 44", and $15 for boxes larger than 44". True, it's almost the same as picking up my packages at the shipping locations (except that's free, actually), but I like the fact that MBE will call me when it arrives, so there'll be no back and forth, "Oh, I tried to deliver, but you weren't home" nonsense. Plus, I won't run the risk of my husband intercepting the packages and discovering from where I ordered his gifts, thus ruining the surprise of Christmas. (He's lucky: He ships my presents to his office. Since I'm self-employed, I have no office.)
At any rate, holiday shopping is annoying. I'm trying to get it out of the way early to spare myself a ton of bah-humbug moments.