Well it is official....I have started Christmas shopping...

@lilybug (21148)
United States
August 17, 2009 8:49pm CST
I officially began my Christmas shopping this evening while I was out running a quick errand. I picked up a stocking stuffer for each of my kids. They were on clearance and I could not pass it up. Have you bought anything for Christmas this year yet? When do you normally start shopping?
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
31 Aug 09
i shop all year round for christmas. i usually have at least half of my shopping done by now but alas, due to financial issues don't have near as much as i wish i did. i have some stocking stuffers and a couple of other things already but have to start seriously looking now. now is when sales are on!!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
31 Aug 09
I don't normally like to shop too early because what they like could change by Christmas at this age. Like my daughter, last year it was all about Dora and now it is Hannah Montana and iCarly.
18 Aug 09
I started my christmas shopping a few months back now, mainly because its my daughters birthday the week before christmas so i need to try and spread the cost out across the year otherwise it will end up costing me a fortune. I just pick little bits and bobs up when i see them on sale and stuff and keep them hidden under the bed.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Aug 09
My kids birthdays are 2 and 4 weeks after Christmas, so I always have to make sure I have some money leftover for birthday gifts as well. Not that I spend a lot on them anyway, but I am usually broke too.
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Congratulations! I have started yet (just getting back for vacation). I usually start Christmas shopping in September and try to finish no later than November. I cannot stand to be out there with the mad mall crowds pushing and shoving not and don't say anything about the insane traffic jams. I don't have that many family members that I shop for, so that makes my shopping more fun and less expensive.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I normally wait till the last minute anymore, but these things I knew they would like and they were cheap.
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Holy Caramba sister.....lol! Every year I make all the normal promises to myself that I will start early so I have it done and the expense is better controlled.....you know all that good stuff but it seems that everytime and every year soemthing comes up that causes that not to happen. Almost like there is some sort of supernatural force that just doesn't let me seem to do the smart thing. Now though that I am on my own again, I'm learning that without a lot of added stress (like 190 pounds of it), hehe, I just may be able to do that this year. It may not be a lot of big gifts because money is very tight until I can get a job and get the divorce done. But I may also try a bit this year and I really believe next year finance wise I'll know where I'm at and be able to do it because I want to and nobody can tell me I can't. Good job though and keep on going:)
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
19 Aug 09
Hopefully losing that horrible 190 pound cyst you had will help you be more in a good mood around the holidays. I am sure you will be able to manage just fine in getting gifts for your family.
• United States
10 Nov 09
I almost always start in August. Target has some great markdowns right now, but they claim free shipping on over 50 dollars, not true, trust me I tweeked my cart 5 times, and still could not get the free shipping.
• United States
10 Nov 09
I have already bought the ornaments I am going to paint as well as the books my niece and nephews had asked for. I still have to buy empty baskets for the gift baskets I am making and a Christmas Wreath. I also have to shop for my husband (the biggest child of all). I am not sure what to get him. I hope I can make enough money to get him a few things. I am currently unemployed and my husband works part-time.
• Malaysia
18 Aug 09
I normally start my Christmas shopping in mid-December. Thts the time I get good bargains and more choices. It is also the time I get the most from my salary and I have the power to purchase too. Before December I simply do not have the buying power.
@smileonstar (4013)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Hello, it is good to do early shopping but for me, I like to do sometimes in October. I dont know why but I love to do thing in winter
@imsilver (1668)
• Canada
18 Aug 09
Wow are you ever on the ball this year. I used to be all gung ho about christmas and start my shopping right after Hallowe'en but the last couple of years I've procrastinated and rushed around last minute to get everything together. I'm not sure how it's gonna work this year but I can tell you that until I read your post I hadn't even considered Christmas yet. I'm still working on the going back to school in a couple of weeks shopping. :)
@dbabcook (390)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I used to start all of my christmas shopping around july so that I could be finished by september but that hasn't happened in the last 2 years. I have actually pushed myself to the christmas deadline. I do alot of clearance shopping for stocking stuffers and sometimes I find some really nice gifts as well. I am actually hoping to start my christmas shopping here in the next few weeks with the hopes of being done before thanksgiving.
@preema723 (119)
• United States
18 Aug 09
People always think I am nuts when I tell them I start my Christmas shopping in the summer. I find that if I start very early, I can spread out the Christmas spending a little bit and not feel it so much at the end of the year. I definitely wait to get some good holiday bargains, especially for the stuff I know will go on sale, or that I can get any time of the year. But other stuff, I get it when I see it, if i have a coupon, even better, and onto the basement shelf it goes until holiday time. I also tend to have more free time in the summer to really think of gifts for people and where to get them, so it is a little less running come December.
• United Kingdom
18 Aug 09
That's really early! I guess it's good to get it out of the way though in terms of buying presents. Some people leave it until the very last minute, I fall into that category! Christmas is definitely for the kids though I would say, I don't have any kids and I live alone! Christmases can be pretty quiet for me but I must admit I do love the repeats that seem to appear every Christmas in terms of tv shows and the like. I think that, come Christmas I do tend to splash out on myself, it's nice to treat yourself well if only once a year! Andrew
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Wow, good for you to shop early when there are sales and not the holiday rush. But be sure to hide them or the kids will take a peek LOL. HAven't thought about Christmas shopping and all about it really. I always do think of Christmas when the "ber" months come. But I saw on TV about Christmas in July shopping.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I try and keep an eye out for clearance stuff throughout the year. I figure it's easier on the pocketbook to spread it out some lol. Last month I got this kid's winter outside game for my grandson. It was marked $15 bucks off and I only paid a few bucks for it. That was such a great bargain, and I know it's right up his alley. I keep a big box on my top closet shelf and as I get stuff I stick it in there along with a list of who what is for. I like grabbing the deals when they come up. The only thing I don't really get too early is kids clothing, they grow too much too fast! Happy shoppin'!!
• United States
18 Aug 09
I actually bought a Christmas gift for my mother the other day so I definitely know how you feel about already starting to buy things for Christmas. I usually start buying things whenever I see them on sale or whenever I come across something that I know would be a great gift for someone I just go ahead and buy it. That may be early in the year or I may be completely clueless until Novemeber or even early December.
@aprces (1082)
• China
18 Aug 09
Wa~you are so earlier and hardworking,we have enough time to get ready for shopping for christmas.in china,christmas is not the biggest festival day,but with the changeable century,more and more chinese began to enjoy the christmas day especially some youngsters but we have Spring Festival just like your christmas,as the biggest festival day in china,everyone gonna be happy in that ceremonious traditional day,i think many foreigner in china will feel it in that day each country has his own traditional festival day which is established by usage for a long time