Tiffany > CVS > 7-Eleven

On December 23, I was in the neighborhood near Tiffany's, so I stopped in to get my broken key necklace repaired. The place was an robin's egg blue disaster zone, with men at every jewelry counter shopping for their loved ones and frantically grabbing all the heart-shaped lockets and key chains they could get their hands on.

Perhaps the place you do your last minute Christmas shopping denotes your social status? For some, it's Tiffany & Co. For my family, it's CVS. At least for my dad - it's a holiday tradition of his. The whole family will be in the car, driving home from Christmas Eve church service and he'll say, "I just need to stop by the CVS for a minute." And we all know what that means. Santa's going to be stocking up on bargain candy and other fine drugstore gifts.

Hey, it could be worse. I also noticed that the parking lot of 7-Eleven was quite busy at 9 p.m. on Christmas eve.