This year I made a little pact with myself. I sat myself down and said, "self, you are not allowed to go to the mall this year. You don't want to go to the mall for many reasons, but dear forgetful self, let me remind you of a couple of them.
1) You hate crowds
2) You hate impersonal mass produced cheapery
So far, so good! I'm almost completely done acquiring Christmas gifts for my loved ones and I've yet to step foot in a single noisy crowded shopping center.
So... be a deer and buy handmade!