Owen Badillo, 35, certainly never thought of buying shoes as gifts for others in the past. But this season he bought two pairs of $30 Asics running shoes for his 28-year-old sister, who’s a mother of two small children and a runner.
Badillo said he’s more confident in his gift this year than last year when he ran around trying to pick up clothes for his sister, not really knowing ‘‘what she wanted.’’ This year, he said it was clear what she needed.
‘‘Her shoes are all torn up. So I am focusing on what she really needs,’’ said Badillo, who lives in Oklahoma City and works at an oil and gas company.
AP Writer Ashley Heher in Chicago contributed to this report.