It is absolutely not weird to start Christmas shopping now! In fact, it is smart!
My Christmas shopping begins on December 26-27 with the early after-Christmas sales. I pick up decorations, gift wrap, ribbon, and sometimes a few gifts.
Many gifts are purchased in January/February with the winter sales. The rest are gathered during the year as I see things at discounted prices for people I know can use them. Yesterday (June 18,2013) I purchased 2 dozen Yankee candles at 50-75% off for Christmas decor but mostly gifts. Normally costing $110, my purchase was under $50. Wow!
I put away Christmas decor on about January 5, when I start the bulk of my Christmas shopping.
Canning is in September, and this is part of my Christmas gifting. I add bread, salmon, cookies and oranges to plates to make lovely food gifts for anyone who has it all! Everyone needs food!
I use an Excel Spreadsheet to keep track. (This idea came from an article in Real Simple magazine.) All recipients are listed down the left column. The headings of rows are as follows:
gift idea - source - regular price - sale price - % discount- purchased yet? -- where stored --wrapped --- shipped/delivered date
If you shop early, you MUST keep track of what you get for who, and where you store the gifts. Otherwise I would forget where I put it! We send out about 70 gifts per year and I would be totally lost without my spreadsheet to keep track.
On Black Friday I pull out the spreadsheet and lay out all the gifts and wrap them. It takes almost all day. By Friday night, I know who I have left out and then scheme what to purchase for them, or start ordering if I know what to get. My gift wrapping, shipping, deliveries are usually all done by Dec. 15, leaving me time to bake cookies and decorate the house. By that time almost all of the gift wrap and ribbons can be put away for the year!
How does anyone else manage Christmas if they don't start early, and plan ahead? I get about 30- 50% discounts on 90% of my gift wrap, decor, and gifts all combined due to this method. I started shopping early about 35 years ago. I wonder why my mom didn't do it!
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