, 41, of Cordova is the exception and one of only two men who wrote to the The Commercial Appeal
about their early shopping habits.
As someone who wouldn't dream of shopping on Black Friday, he
does enjoy "jumping into the madness of the day after Christmas." "It's always been just me so I've been doing it since college," said Culver, public affairs specialist with QSource Center for Healthcare Quality.
With a short list of fewer than 10, he
Christmas-shops from the day after Christmas until Halloween, always looking for bargains.
"My mother collects," he
said."I found this year something that she'll like at 75 percent off.I got her
three of them when I could have only gotten one."
That was in July. Culver
took an Alaskan cruise this year and bought some gifts while on vacation.
"A friend has that rustic decor, and I got something that will fit in with that theme."
During the Arts in the Park festival last month, he
bought a birthday gift to be given next September.
And in the closet where all of his
gifts are stashed in holiday gift bags (Culver doesn't wrap) is a baby gift for a child who, as far as he
knows, has yet to be conceived.
"Somebody at work or church will have a baby," Culver
said."It was a very good deal, and I couldn't pass it up."
Last year, Culver
spent Thanksgiving with his
family at his
brother and sister-in-law's home in Knoxville.
On the day after Thanksgiving, they went to the mall to see a movie, but nobody bothered to shop.
"Then all of us adults over 30 (including his
parents) had our picture made with Santa," he
is on a train with a friend heading for New Orleans.
He'll probably shop there, but it definitely won't be at a mall for Christmas. Culver
thinks of himself as a mall retailer's "worst nightmare."
"I don't go to malls anymore," he
looks only for deeply discounted items or specialty items that you can't buy just anyplace.
"I think I'm able to give people a nicer gift by doing it this way," Culver