Christmas shopping....when do you start?

United States
September 10, 2008 8:31pm CST
I have a rather long list of people to buy gifts for, so I have already begun my Christmas shopping. I end up buying gifts for about 25 people each year, so I like to start in the early Fall. I know several people who cannot even think of doing holiday shopping until the stores are all decorated and full of holiday music. Some other people I know NEVER do any shopping until the 11th hour. Where do you fall? Are you one of those last minute shoppers, or are you more like me...preferring to get a jump on things?
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• China
11 Sep 08
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• Singapore
11 Sep 08
Wow, you sure have a great business mind.
@anne12d (676)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I go to have some christmas shooping... a month to a few weeks before christmas... I do sometimes ended up on last minute shopping because I forgot to buy a gift for somebody... But I really love shopping ans I need to budget my money for shopping and for give aways...
• China
11 Sep 08
Christmas shopping will begin from two weeks before
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
11 Sep 08
Like you, my wife and I also have to buy gifts for 20+ people. My wife enjoys the Christmas shopping to buy these gifts each year, but for me, it is not a very relaxing activity especially when it get closer to Christmas Day. Sometimes we can shops around but can't find what we want to buy, so we have to end up shopping even more. Most of our gifts are usually purchased in November or December. That's the time most shops are having Christmas sales. We do buy some of our gifts overseas during our year-end holidays. Well, this year we have started earlier, and as at now we have already purchased five of the presents. That will give us some relief when the year-end comes around so we don't have to run around that much to buy the remaining gifts.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
11 Sep 08
Sorry for the poor English tenses...I typed too fast there and didn't check before posting. The 2nd and 3rd lines should read: "My wife enjoys the Christmas shopping to buy these gifts each year, but for me, it is not a very relaxing activity especially when it gets closer to Christmas Day. Sometimes we can shop around but can't find what we want to buy, so we have to end up shopping even more."
@bowtieguy (5927)
• United States
16 Sep 08
I will usualy start around the last week or so of september. I like to get an early start so I can get all ym shopping out of the way before the hoards of people hit the stores. Also I can save money by not spending so much money at one time.
@belk89 (1103)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
Normally i shop on the month of december but since this year i know there is a whole list of people i need to give a gift i plan of buying there gifts as early as november. I usually dont make a list but this year i will start doing a list of things that ill be giving to my parents and my relatives. When it comes to decoration i might probably buy decoration as early as october. In that way i wouldnt have to rush buying a gift and decorate the house at the same time. I think that would be easier for me than buying all those stuff on the same month.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Sep 08
I don't usually start until around Thanksgiving but lately it seems I get going later and later each year! I have a sister-in-law who is already finished. Sickening. lol
11 Sep 08
I usually start doing my Christmas shopping in October, and buy things as I see them and can afford them up until the second week or so in December. If I see something earlier in the year that I think someone would like as a gift, then I'll buy it and put it away for them, or save it if it's online. That said, I have had a couple of years where I've realised I've forgotten someone, and had to go and buy something on Christmas Eve!
@Luvxoni (135)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I'm usually start in November, "black Friday" to be more specific. I'm making most people throw blankets this year, so I'm starting in October. By the time November comes around the only thing I have to buy is a bunch of video games, and a ipod for my nephew. I'll also buy all my mothers gifts in November too. That's it. I'm always done before December. Put them away in a closet and Lock the door.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I'd like to get through my birthday and my sons birthday first I think LOL then sometime around the Canadian Thanksgiving I'll start buying things and making things as well....
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I do my shopping year round. I start in January buying all my wrapping paper at the 90% off sales. I also buy plain colored paper to use throughout the year for wrapping birthday and other gifts. I also make a lot of my gifts and will buy materials and make them through the year. This year my BF is going to get a quilt for his bed. My sister wants a crocheted cat that I showed her the pattern for. I also make teddy bears (that's my business) so special people get artist teddy bears. My two mini Dachshunds will be getting fleece coats (Plus I am making them to sell at Christmas Craft shows.)and the cats are getting new beds. I hate crowds, so I don't get into the after Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas melees! I usually have everything done and wrapped and under the tree around December 10th. Then I might venture out to find bargains for goodies for me. This year I promised me a "ME" shopping spree where I will buy myself a bunch of new clothes, accessories and other goodies. I have had a tough year and I deserve a "ME" shopping spree.
@abhichin (159)
• India
11 Sep 08
It's always great to go for shopping, and when it's christmas, it's a day which comes only once in a year. Well i start my shopping for christmas in december only, as i dont have much time..
• United States
11 Sep 08
I gather things all year long and keep them in a gift closet. If I find a good deal I know my child will like it saves on the shopping in the long run.
@my2boys (821)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I start as soon as i can. As soon as i have some extra money I will start. Hopefully I will be able to start in October.
• United States
11 Sep 08
Every year I TRY to start after Thanksgiving. Every year, it's the same thing...I find something better or the thing I bought goes on sale for cheaper, or my kid's christmas list changes. I really don't know when to start. Especially this year, with budget cuts and all we'll be lucky to have presents under our tree at all.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
11 Sep 08
i start immediately after christmas. here in canada we have boxing day and a lot of the stores are open and most stores have amazing deals, so i do start buying then and then throughout the rest of the year, i keep my eyes open for sales. this year, i am making scrapbooks for 4 of my nieces (3 down, 1 to go) and collages for an aunt and my 2 daughters, so i am pretty busy (but i have about half my shopping done already!)
• Bulgaria
11 Sep 08
I bought a gifts already to my family,my girlfriend and my friends I like to buy gifts beforehand so I can stay undisturbed... ;)
• Bulgaria
11 Sep 08
I bought a gifts yet to my famyli to my girlfriend for everyone ;) I preffer to buy gifts beforehand because I can stay undisturbed
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Sep 08
Oh no! I have a husband whose birthday comes up in October, and two sons whose birthdays are in November, so I have to buy for them before I do any Christmas shopping and now I have six people to get presents for and if we get visits from relatives there will be more. I usually allow $50 each person, and that will be quite hard since I have to spend at least $450.00 this year. I will have to start looking for bargains.
@bellaofchaos (11550)
• United States
11 Sep 08
I want to start christmas shopping next month at least to give me a head start. I'm tired of running around at the last minute to finish up on my shopping for christmas. LOL!!!
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
11 Sep 08
I am thinking of starting earlier this year as I have more than 50 people to give gifts to .