This was the year I took the plunge and did the bulk of my Christmas shopping online. And I'm here to tell you...I love it. Most of the stuff people wanted consisted of DVDs, CDs, books, art prints and the like, so we got the majority of our stuff through various e-tailers. About the only thing we actually had to go out and buy was clothing, because if my wife is buying somebody apparel, she likes to see it in person. (Frankly, I think she's right.) The only hard thing was getting everybody to tell me what they wanted for Christmas in time for me to order it and still get it delivered for Christmas. Because I placed my order Dec. 14, I had to forego the free "super saver" shipping (which would've taken several days longer) and pay for standard shipping. It was still worth it not to run to a whole bunch of stores, use lots of gas, fight crowds and stand in lines. I have to admit, I was a little nervous that the last part of my order hadn't arrived as of yesterday, but that's where UPS tracking comes in. I checked the link at Amazon, and yesterday afternoon the last of my stuff was at the UPS depot in town, and today it was on my doorstep. So I gotta tell you...this is the way to go. I'm doing it this way every year from now on.