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CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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6/19/13 8:21 A

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 ;)

KITTY20 Posts: 8,209
6/19/13 7:58 A

No, I have often done so when I would go on vacation.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
6/19/13 7:02 A

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.

NISSANGIRL Posts: 23,899
6/19/13 6:25 A

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!

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
6/19/13 6:00 A

Yes, not me!

KAYAHSLOANE1 Posts: 10,478
6/19/13 5:55 A

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~

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,583
6/19/13 5:47 A

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.

WELLNESSME09 Posts: 7,634
6/19/13 5:40 A

I always start my shopping in December!

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (244,886)
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6/19/13 3:27 A

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.

WENDIBUGG Posts: 674
6/19/13 2:00 A

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.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (264,287)
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6/19/13 12:38 A

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...

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
6/19/13 12:30 A

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.

GYPSYROVER Posts: 3,240
6/19/13 12:27 A

I used to start early. Not so much now.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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6/19/13 12:25 A


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (563,511)
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6/18/13 11:50 P

Not really!!!!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,449
6/18/13 11:28 P

I don't really start shopping until two to three months out. That way the person still has time to return the item if they don't like it.

Its happened before. I think they will absolutely love it but they are 'men' so I give them the gift receipt to return it with my blessings. Get something they really like or want.

ANARIE Posts: 13,184
6/18/13 10:43 P

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.

6/18/13 10:21 P

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!

PAMLICO-DAZE SparkPoints: (46,810)
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6/18/13 10:10 P


SARRARAZ Posts: 157
6/18/13 10:04 P

save $$$

AGITATOR1 SparkPoints: (3,885)
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6/18/13 10:00 P

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

HAPPYTUHA SparkPoints: (16,381)
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6/18/13 9:45 P


HAPPYJAY SparkPoints: (17,353)
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6/18/13 9:44 P


TERRI77 SparkPoints: (398,969)
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6/18/13 9:37 P

I Christmas shop all year long!

TERESAMUS SparkPoints: (0)
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6/18/13 7:51 P

No, I start shopping early. When I see something I buy it.

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (317,348)
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6/18/13 7:50 P

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.

6/18/13 7:01 P

I am shocked so many other people are like "yeah me too.." emoticon haha

ZIGGY122 Posts: 2,198
6/18/13 6:58 P

Omg! I always wait for the first snow to get in the mood for Christmas Shopping. I also love the crowds and my Son and I have a tradition on going shopping to finish up on December 24th. emoticon

ALLYALLYT Posts: 9,468
6/18/13 6:52 P

no this is the time of year i start shopping!

6/18/13 6:50 P

Yes - the earliest time I've heard to date

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/18/13 6:49 P

I don't start shopping til December.

The less pre-planning and out-of-season involvement, the more I enjoy the actual Christmas season when it rolls around.

MOMMAGPLUS11 Posts: 2,669
6/18/13 6:14 P


BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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6/18/13 5:46 P

I think it is weird NOT TO start Christmas shopping in June. I start from about February on -- those end of season sales are fabulous.

SARAHEGILROY SparkPoints: (13,225)
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6/18/13 5:30 P

I don't think so. I try to start in August. That way it is easier on the budget. A gift here and there, before you know it everything is done!

6/18/13 5:11 P

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.

emoticon Merry Christmas (Happy Holidays!) to all!

CATIEBELLE Posts: 7,742
6/18/13 4:55 P

I have done it especially when I find bargains.

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
6/18/13 4:47 P

I think it would be great to have it all bought before the holidays so you can relax!

6/18/13 4:20 P

absolutely not!

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6/18/13 4:09 P


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6/18/13 4:08 P


LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 2,507
6/18/13 4:08 P

I'm done

MADEIT3 Posts: 2,586
6/18/13 3:52 P

No although I always start August 1.

SHAUNTESEAN2 SparkPoints: (2,715)
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6/18/13 3:52 P

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.

JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,231
6/18/13 3:50 P

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.

KENAMORA SparkPoints: (191,508)
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6/18/13 3:49 P

Yes, it is!

BLUEEYES371 SparkPoints: (1,207)
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6/18/13 3:46 P

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!

6/18/13 3:40 P

Question: Is it weird to start Christmas shopping now?

Answer: Yes.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,361
6/18/13 3:30 P

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. emoticon

Edited by: SHERYLDS at: 6/18/2013 (15:32)
DLDROST Posts: 8,082
6/18/13 3:15 P

I always start now

6/18/13 3:11 P

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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