Last night my daughter and I finished our shopping...sales abounded everywhere, but there really weren't too many people out there. We had both been avoiding the mall and were pleasantly surprised by the lack of shoppers. We decided to go completely different this year and buy a "couple" gift for the grandparents...we were both drawn to this pattern of stoneware...Romancing Provence...and bought luncheon plates, bowls, and the footed mugs. Very cute. I found some coordinating fabric to make placemats and napkins...a new look for the new year. After a quick pass through the men's department and ladies' apparel (sweaters, of course!), we were on our way back home...2 hours door-to-door. Not bad for the shopping experience we had both been dreading. More wrapping to do, but we are officially DONE!