Do you plan your christmas shopping or just pick things up as you see them?

December 5, 2010 3:47pm CST
Im a bit of both, I plan the main presents, but then as Im going around I see the odd gift that I get as an extra. I only have to buy a few more gifts now but I know roughly how much they will cost me. So how do you do your shopping, do you go out with a list and stick to it or do you just wander the shops hoping for idea's?
9 responses
@allamgirl (2145)
• Philippines
6 Dec 10
I usually start my Christmas shopping way before the holiday season. I start around September or sometimes even earlier. That way, I don't spend money all at once. This year though, I've been sick so I got busy. During my days off, I usually have blood work done or I have to go to my check ups. Before I know it, November's come and gone.So now, i have no choice but to plan it.
7 Dec 10
Starting it early is good when you can, but yeah sometimes things come up and you cant always get it done as early as you would like to! Hope you manage to get everything you want!
@allamgirl (2145)
• Philippines
10 Dec 10
I got gifts for everyone, but I'm not sure I got everything I want. I always feel that way when I hurry the thing I do.
10 Dec 10
Dont worry, if you have managed to get gifts for everyone then they wont know what you originally planned to get them, they will just be thankful that you got them something!
• United States
12 Dec 10
I am a bit of both. I will make a list who to buy and what I would get them and my price range since I am pretty broke (a college student). When I'm out shopping I'd think of what to buy people I am getting for Christmas. Happy Holidays!
12 Dec 10
Your a bit like me when it comes to shopping then, I start off with a list but then pick things up as I go around!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
6 Dec 10
i do a lot of both. i also shop throughout the year as well. i am often at a loss on what to get people though.
7 Dec 10
I think its a good idea to shop throughout the year, by the time christmas comes you have most of it done then!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
6 Dec 10
I make a list. I try to do some making of gifts in advance, and then I spend some time in December shopping. People usually have lists of things that they would like, and I pick an item off the list; it's easier that way.
7 Dec 10
Thanks for responding, it is easier if someone had made a list, when you say make do you mind if I ask what kind of gifts you make?
@jugsjugs (13045)
6 Dec 10
Thankfully i have got all my shopping done as well as it is all wrapped up and some of it i have passed on to the people who i got it for as a gift.I tend to get all my gifts during the year as that way i have nothing to much to get when time gets here.I get vouchers throughout the year so i have extra money to get things that i would have to buy out of my purse/bank.
7 Dec 10
Wow you are very organised!! Ive got most of mine but I dont like wrapping so will leave that untill the last minute!
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
6 Dec 10
I do have a list of things I want to get for someone. Like my DIL....she likes scrapbooking so I get her supplies and things she needs...my son picked his out....new hunting boots. Well I would much rather have them tell me and they get exactly what they want for Christmas!
7 Dec 10
Yeah at least if you know what they want then you know they will be happy!
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
5 Dec 10
It depends actually. This year I will have a list as money is tight and I am not sure of how we are going to buy things anyway. I prefer to make a list but I also like to pick up items through the year as I find them. I am thankful that I did do some shopping early as it has helped now that I am not sure how we are going to afford to buy anything.
5 Dec 10
Sometimes it does help to pick things up early, but if you have a list Im sure you will be able to stick to it! Thanks for responding!
@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
5 Dec 10
I always try to get the kids something they have asked for, and I always try to think of something they can use or need (we all know kids and their logic during the holidays) so I guess I too am a little bit of bit of both. This year the kids are only getting a couple gifts from me (spending like $20.00) on each of them, and then all other gifts are hand made. We will be sure to have a lot of fun doing different activities rather than focusing on gifts that were bought.
5 Dec 10
Hand made gifts sound great! Yeah kids dont really think about what they can use or need! What types of gifts are you going to make? If you dont mind me asking!
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
5 Dec 10
Like you, I might have one main present figured out for each of my children. But, the rest I just kind of decide as I'm going along. This year, I have a few main gifts in mind, and I'm on the prowl for some great bargains for the rest.
5 Dec 10
Have you started your christmas shopping yet? Hopefully you will be able to get some good bargains!