Last minute shopping for Christmas --- do you do this or shop way before?

Philippines
December 22, 2009 12:41am CST
Christmas is one of the holidays where department stores and malls are trooped by people for their shopping needs. Stores are always crowded with shoppers during this time. The cashier's counters are having long queues of paying customers. Even restrooms in malls have long queues, too. Do you do your Christmas shopping way before the stores are crowded? Or are you one who does it at the last minute?
6 responses
@meapas (2435)
• India
22 Dec 09
Though we know during such times the rates are jacked-up but the fun of taking the children out during this period is really electrifying. I just enjoy the fun with them.
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Hi, Meapas. It is surely a different feeling of fun taking the children out to dine or shop in malls. It was always our weekend activity when the children were still small. We allowed them to be at the children's activity center to play as long as they wanted. I have observed though that during these times, malls are not so crowded although some store owners have become more enterprising. This must have something to do with the global economic situation.
@meapas (2435)
• India
22 Dec 09
Yes very much true. Things are very different now due to recession. But it is always fun to take children out during festival times.
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
Well, sorry to say but i am a last minute shopper. Maybe i am not that excited with Christmas but i hate to go to supermarkets during peak hours. I usually go very early on the 24th so that there's no long queues yet. This is the time when i get excited and i get to think what food to prepare. Oftentimes, i prefer buying ready to eat foods than those that needs cooking.
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
I do my grocery shopping for Christmas earlier to avoid the long queues and the crowd. Sometimes, it happens that there are really emergencies that need to be done for something that is lacking or something that we just thought we need to have or cook before Christmas. That is what makes me both types of shopper, lol. Yes, we sometimes gets lazy to cook and we prefer to buy ready-to-eat foods. The roasted pig and chicken which we can readily buy or order for the season are so convenient for us. Sometimes, I also order a few dishes from restaurants.
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
22 Dec 09
I have never been a last minute shopper. The only exception would be if I forget someone or another person gets added to my list at the last minute.
• Philippines
23 Dec 09
It is always good to plan and shop ahead of time. Because you have the luxury of time, you are relaxed to shop. You do not get stressed having to rush to buy things when time is running out. And, most of all, you still have time to add some people on the list as soon as you realize you left out some of them. It is so crowded in the stores when everyone shops at the last minute.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
22 Dec 09
I have to say I brought some gifts early like in August but today was my last day for shopping. I went out on Saturday and today and both days there were no long lines and the store (walmart) was not even crowded at all. It was a pleasure to shop this year. I thought for sure on a Saturday afternoon the weekend before Christmas the stores would be jammed pack but they weren't at all. I guess its because people just don't have the money.
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Hi, Lelin. You are early to start with your shopping, too. It is always a nice feeling to know that you have started to shop for presents and that only a few are needed to be accomplished. I, too, started my shopping for gifts earlier. I still had time to go back my list and check if there was someone that I left out. Also, I had time to carefully choose the gifts and compare prices. Yes, I have noticed in our place, too, that not too many people are shopping this time. I am sure everyone is affected by the economic crisis.
@DOLLYBABY (2536)
• United States
22 Dec 09
well sometimes i shop at the very last minute,cause sometimes thats when i got the money to go shopping.
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Hi, Dollybaby. That cannot be prevented. It is good to wait for the time when we have money than force ourselves to purchase on credit. I always believe that we are always at a loss if we buy on credit. We are always burdened with the additional cost of charges and penalties, if we are delayed in our payment. Shopping at the last minute may not be as thorough as when you shop early. Because you do it at the last minute, you tend to pick up items you see at first glance, without the opportunity to choose and compare prices.
• Canada
22 Dec 09
I am doomed to domy shopping at the last minute atleast for the next 2 years. My semesters ends very close to christmas and I only start my christmas shopping afterwards. I have actually grown accustomed to this because I like seeing the malls filled with people in my situations for whatever reasons. It gives the holidays an excitement that complets the holidays for me, and dont even get me started on boxing day, love it.
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
Hi, Farside. I know you have been used to it and surely you aren't affected by any stress that is usually felt by others doing the same thing. It surely adds excitement and fun of the season for you. This has become a part of the season for you. I admire you for that. As long as it is comfortable and as long as you don't find any problem with that, then go for it. It all depends on one's being used to doing things, really. Season's greetings to you and your family!