Diary of a Christmas Shopper + Event Cinemas Merry Movies Giveaway

3.30 pm – Sunday 17 December

Oh my God! Oh. My. God! Where did I put that Event Cinemas Merry Movies Gift Card? I put it in the bag with Mum’s present. I’m sure I did. Christ. Where is the freaking gift card? Oh my God. It’s not there. Well that’s $50 down the drain.

*Throws self dramatically on the bed and lies in child’s pose while attempting to reign in the crazy.*

It must have fallen out in the car. What if it fell out while I was in Seed? That child was screaming in there and I couldn’t wait to get out. I’ve such a headache, I can’t think straight! Oh my God! I’ve just wasted $50. I should have put it in my handbaaaaaggggg!

*Races downstairs two at a time and flings the car boot open to find Merry Movie Gift Card lying there.*

Oh thank you! Thank you, Jesus. Thank you.

4 pm – Sunday 17 December

*Pours a well-deserved glass of wine and eats body weight in French cheese.*

Earlier that day …

As I strolled into my local Westfield Shopping Centre at 9 am to finish off my Christmas shopping, I was feeling super in control.

I’d told Dave that I was taking the whole day out for Christmas shopping. Not that I’d need it, mind you. I had seven people left to buy for and had done my research. I was well-prepared, smug even. The day had already started off on a high with me driving straight into a car park right near the entrance. I was winning at life. I was totally going to smash this Christmas shopping out of the park.

I kicked off my Christmas shopping adventure in Kmart. I thought I’d get the girls some knickers to pop into their Christmas stockings. I took my sweet time as I carefully considered which child would like which design and cut. Mmm, yes. I was a very thoughtful mummy and totally owning Christmas shopping that morning.

Next on my list was Mum. I knew exactly what she wanted. The only problem was I couldn’t find what she wanted anywhere. I texted her and she kindly gave me another idea. The alternative however was almost as tricky as the first option.

When my sister called me two hours into my shopping expedition, I’d not bought one single present … unless you count the six pairs of undies I bought the girls.

If it wasn’t just eight sleeps until Christmas, I would have called it a day. Instead, I gave myself a pep talk and soldiered on.

Next on the list was accessories … for several people. Hmm accessories. Not very specific there, was I? I think I went into virtually every store three times. Even the staff at Lovisa didn’t come near me the third time. I’m sure I looked like a woman on the edge. Hunger was setting in. My head was pounding. I felt dizzy. Christmas was kicking my butt.

1.30 pm Sunday 17 December

*Devours Garden Goodness burger at Grill’d while online shopping at the same time. Snap. I was back in the game and shopping Like A Boss!*

After I refueled, I popped over to Event Cinemas to buy a Merry Movies Christmas Gift Card for my brother (who hopefully isn’t reading this blog post). I bought him an Event Cinemas gift card last year too, but I know it is something he and his wife can enjoy and use to take time out for themselves.

I could choose from gift cards ranging from $25 – $200, all in cool Christmassy and blockbuster film designs. Within in five minutes, I crossed my brother off my list and gave myself a massive high five.

If only the rest of the people on my list were as easy to buy for!

3.25 pm Sunday 17 December

*Arrives home from a hectic day at the shops and dumps presents on the bed.*

Oh yes, Mum will love that. Ahh yes, I’ve really done well. She will love that too. Now … where’s that gift card. I’m sure I put it in that bag …

How are you going with your Christmas shopping? Do you have an Event Cinemas Merry Movies Gift Card on your list?

Let’s face it, a movie gift card is the perfect gift for anyone no matter whether they are aged five or 95. You can shop the latest Event Cinemas Merry Movie Gift Cards here.

Event Cinemas Merry Movies Gift Card Giveaway


Thanks to my friends at Event Cinemas, I have two double pass Event Cinema e-vouchers to giveaway to two lucky readers.

All you need to do is tell me in the comments the hardest person you have to buy for this year and why a Merry Movie gift card would be the perfect gift for them … or maybe you want to treat yo’self!

Terms and Conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Saturday 23 December 2017.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Saturday 23 December 2017.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

This is not a sponsored post. Mummy, Wife, Me did not receive any compensation for this post. I simply wanted to share the love this Christmas. Thank you Event Cinemas.

13 comments on Diary of a Christmas Shopper + Event Cinemas Merry Movies Giveaway

  1. Kathryn
    December 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm (1 year ago)

    I would loooooove to win a giftcard to the movies! I dont even remember the last time I went to the movies….well…actually….I do…It was The My Little Pony movie so ive tried hard to block those crazy flying animals from my mind. Before that..no idea…maybe Pitch Perfect #1…or maybe it was The Breakfast Club ..its been a few years but I’m sure it had Molly Ringwald in it 🤔😂😂😂
    I’m a recently single mum & I usually spend my money on the 5 year old love of my life..I do however have every Sunday free for 6 hours so if I win a gift card I’m saying Merry Christmas to me and taking myself on a date! Lol 😁😁👌

  2. Tania
    December 17, 2017 at 8:18 pm (1 year ago)

    The hardest person to buy for is my husband… he Always wants random things like thermopens, back packs with very specific specs, and t shirts with limited colour options… he’s very picky. I can tell instantly when he likes it or doesn’t…. anyway thought I’d share it’s 8 days till Christmas and I have nothing for him… I’ve got one morning set aside tomorrow … wish me luck 😳

  3. Bec Senyard
    December 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm (1 year ago)

    My dad is the hardest to buy for. He says he doesn’t want anything. But I still want to get him something. Every year I usually resort to buying him new slippers because he wears those as his shoes most days. So they usually need to be replaced once a year.

  4. Michelle Buckley
    December 17, 2017 at 9:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Love the post, I feel your pain, I too was doing the Christmas present shopping today and came home with nothing 🙁 7 more shopping days to go, yikes. The hardest person to buy for are my girls actually. Every year it is a game, clothes or craft. This would be something different, something they would never expect.

  5. Karen Temme
    December 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm (1 year ago)

    My husband will be a bit tricky this year. He is working overseas and will miss Christmas with us but we hope to catch up late January. A movie date would be a great surprise and the grandparents can be booked in as babysitters. Maybe we can watch the movie in another state, for about a week?!

  6. Leanne white
    December 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm (1 year ago)

    My Nanna at 89 she has everything!
    When you have lived a long and happy life you don’t Want for much ! She does like to watch movies with her gal pals st the nursing home

  7. Fiona Turner
    December 18, 2017 at 7:16 am (1 year ago)

    My husband, he will never give me any suggestions, some how because we are married I miraculously know what he wants. He has answered, “don’t you know what I want? “

  8. Maxina collins
    December 18, 2017 at 8:07 am (1 year ago)

    My teenage boys are hard to buy for as they rather money then undies and shirts! Life of mums of boys argh first world problem. Gift cards to the movies will save their sanity or mine.

  9. Maya Michel
    December 18, 2017 at 8:30 am (1 year ago)

    He asked for a gourmet razor, I spent $150 on it and six months later he told me that he couldn’t figure out how to use It. He still has it, in the box, three years later. The next year he asked for an electric toothbrush. I bought the good one. Earlier this year I found a box of his things in the garage with the toothbrush on the top. In the box. Last year he asked for a Ninja so he could make healthy smoothies. The Ninja, still in the box, was sitting next to the toothbrush. Every year he asked for expensive things because he’s sure that this one particular thing might turn his life around. He never even gives tham a try. Hmmmm… a movie can be life changing. Something like “Wonder” might give him a clue about what is really important. I am broke, I have no intention of buying him anything seen on TV again, ever. I will, however, either take him to see “Wonder” or he can take me. This… you gorgeous creature who thought this up… THIS would be the perfect gift. Two birds, one stone, inspiration.

  10. claire evans
    December 18, 2017 at 9:58 am (1 year ago)

    my daughter as shes almost 12 everything is so tricky to buy for unless its clothes or make up. we ended up on experience zoo vouchers as she loves animals – time to monkey around

  11. Jade O
    December 18, 2017 at 1:10 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m struggling to find something for my mum, what do you get someone who has absolutely everything. Plus when I ask her she is no help. She’s massive movie fan and is always buying her faves on DVD, so what better way to treat her than with a gift card so she can see all of the latest releases!

  12. Karly
    December 20, 2017 at 1:21 am (1 year ago)

    My dad is impossible to buy for. Previously, for every birthday Christmas and Fathers Day, we’ve bought him a gourmet food hamper full of cheeses & dips & meats & olives. But this year he’s gone all healthy & a boiled vegetable hamper just doesn’t seem right.

  13. Suzy Scott
    December 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm (1 year ago)

    My son-in-law, Adam, is the hardest to buy for. He’s fussy with clothes, not into particular music, doesn’t play an instrument, not into sport…..
    Unless I get told exactly what to get, I struggle big time!


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