Dearest Eulalia might be a short book, but Betty didn't skimp when it came to the description of Christmas shopping:
'They went shopping in the morning and Eulalia, at Aderik's quiet direction, bought silk scarves, exquisite handbags, gloves as supple as velvet, earrings for his mother, thin gold bangles for his sisters, books for his brother, before having a cup of coffee while they decided what to get Katje, Ko and Mekke. Soft fleece-lined slippers for Ko, whose elderly feet would be glad of them at the end of the day, and silk-lines gloves for Katje. As for Mekke - a quilted dressing gown in one of the bright colours she loved...'
They make it sound so easy - but I suppose it helps that they are probably shopping in rather more upscale stores than I generally frequent...and NOT on Black Friday.