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I was actually having this internal dialogue just last week! I usually make a list with everyone's name on it around this time of year and keep it in my wallet. When I see or think of a perfect item, I write it on the list. I usually start shopping in September. I don't think there's anything wrong with shopping now, although I think I would have a tendency to misplace items stashed around the house ;)
Well, when my children were young, I used to shop for books and things on sale all year, and keep them either at work in a cabinet or at home in a rubbermaid bin.
I did not, however, shop for clothing, as they would have outgrown it in the months prior to Christmas, similar to shopping for school in August and having them do a growth spurt, and outgrow them before they could even wear them.
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never too early! in fact it's a great time to start, then u don't have to go crazy when everyone is in panic mode!
I don't shop for Christmas because I don't consider myself a believer and the season is much too commercial anyhow. If I want to gift someone I do it with a personal act or make them something etc...
No, its never to early to Christmas shop in my view, if you find a perfect gift than pick it up~
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It depends. I used to start Christmas shopping in December, but that was when I needed to buy several presents for people I didn't know that well. Now I would only buy if I saw something that I knew would be just right for somebody. Otherwise I'd start in October.
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back when we still did gift exchanges, my Christmas shopping started Dec 26. Anybody still on the list at Thanksgiving was DH's responsibility.
when the economy took a downturn we stopped exchanging gifts. Only buying for the young children. I didn't like it at first, because I always enjoyed my year round Christmas shopping. I was pretty good at finding the 'perfect' gift.
Now I LOVE it. Christmas is more about family and fellowship. We are much less stressed (as are our bank accounts).
I do a 'stocking' for sis & mom. Pick up something for sis' grandkids and her youngest (he's 14). That's it.
I take a few months off from Christmas shopping after Christmas then start. If I buy all throughout the year I'm not rushing around at the last minute. I try to have all of mine done before Thanksgiving because I hate crowds.
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Wow. I can't imagine! I think in terms of if I can just make it through today. And then tomorrow. And hopefully the week...
I think it's smart if you have the money to buy things that you might see on clearance or a great sale to buy them now. Especially in this economy, believe me if I had the money to do it now I would to.
I gift shop all year. If I have a place to store things, I'll get some of my 2014 Christmas presents in 2013. If I see something I know a friend or relative will like and I have the money for it, I'm going to get it even if I already have something for them. That's especially true if it's someone who's normally hard to shop for.
And it's absolutely normal in our family to go out on December 26 or 27 and get half of the next year's shopping done! At Christmas dinner, somebody always says, "Oh, I thought those dancing Santas with the Christmas light necklaces were so cute, but my store ran out" or "but they were just too expensive for a seasonal decoration." So the next day, Dancing Santa at 75% off is going in the cart and then into the closet with the card already made out so we remember who wanted it.
weird, hate, stupid, awful, are all descriptive words in the vernacular and I like to give people the benefit of the doubt that they can sift the benign from the informative and "get" what I'm saying rather than take what I say literally.
I have flair when I write, don't judge!
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Why use the word weird? Smart would be more appropriate. Sure it would be smart depending on what you are buying. Off season items could be big savings
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I Christmas shop all year long!
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No, I start shopping early. When I see something I buy it.
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No, I don't think it's wierd to start shopping now. If you have the opportunity, take advantage of it. As Christmas approaches you'll be glad you did. Some of the stress of the season weill be lifed off your shoulders and you can concentrate on other tasks.
I shop all year round for Christmas because things are less expensive and because if I see something that I think someone would like, you can be assured that I will never find it again once I start looking for the same items. Those who snooze, lose. The best part is that I can avoid the Christmas rush when things are really expensive, and focus my time on having a relaxing holiday.
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I always start Christmas shopping right about now lol. That way I don't have to wait last min to get everyone's things and you can do a little at a time and not have to spend lots of money all in one shopping day.
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No I shop all year round and my husband whole-heartedly endorses this idea. Last year I had to shop early as we were going to St. Thomas from December 12-22nd and had no time when we returned. Same on Christmas cards that year. It was no trouble, and shopping early makes it so nice not having the frenetic pace near Christmas. You can enjoy your holidays.
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LOL! I have also started Christmas shopping. If I find a good deal and can't pass it up I buy it and save it for Christmas. But when it comes time for Christmas I have to remember where I stashed it!
Most of the gifts I've received from people who shop that way, were items they found on sale, while on vacation. People love to shop early when they find a place with lots of outlets...and Freeport, Maine can vouch for that.
It's the thought that counts...and it made someone happy when I gave it to someone else. I would not be surprised if it is still being re-gifted somewhere. Who knows, I may get it back someday.
My gf & I were at Pennys the other day when she saw a nice blouse on sale (more than 50% off) and she said it was the right size for her oldest daughter and that she'd give it to her for Christmas (along with other stuff, too). I thought to myself, "CRAP! Am I BEHIND ALREADY!?"
Surely no one else does this, right? Not me, there's nothing wrong with shopping the day before Christmas Eve I always say.....
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