When do you plan to buy Christmas gifts?

@aseretdd (13731)
Philippines
September 3, 2008 11:28pm CST
I know it is still a little too early for some... but here in the Philippines... it is common knowledge that the Christmas season begins during the "ber" months... and since it is already September... i can now hear some christmas music being played... some malls starting to display Christmas trees for sale... and Christmas lights can already be seen at night... So... when do you plan to buy Christmas gifts... i think i will do it as early as September 15... every payday... i will make it a poing to by an item or two... i plan to give T-shirts this year... since i gave away money instead of gifts last year... and starting early with the Christmas shopping would certainly be a way to avoid the christmas rush... and would also be less financially stressful... Will you start with your christmas shopping now... or would you rather wait till december?...
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@Shaun72 (15964)
• Palatka, Florida
4 Sep 08
I always start my Christmas shopping in October but I might start it this month in September. getting a head start is a really great idea. I have bought my neice her birthday preasent for the 18th of September she turns six.At the same time it never hurts to get started ahead of time. this year has went by really fast that is for sure.
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
Time sure did go by so fast... it was only yesterday that i realized it is already September... a few months away from the new year... i agree... it never hurts to start ahead of time... there are a lot of benefits into doing the christmas shopping early... Thanks for the response...
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@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
4 Sep 08
[i]Hi aseretdd, Hmmm...I am trying to imagine how exciting is this for everyone..I want to start shopping also little by little this time because I don't like to be stress by December...LOL! I will make a list and then try to plan what is best for a particular loved ones! Last year, I had my Sister who helped me so, this year, I will try to coordinate to her so that we will just come up with one gift to a relative so that also we can save, since it is very crisis this time! LOL! Hmm..I am thinking to play Christmas song today..I miss the "pinoy" songs![/i]
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
With the current world economic crisis... it will be wise to think of ways were we can save... this is why i am waiting for mall sales before i buy my gifts... and that usually starts during September... i hope you brought cd's of Filipino christmas songs... that will surely ease some of your homesickness... Thanks for the response...
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• United States
5 Sep 08
[i]Yea...I am looking really for that, wish they have new songs for this year and I love also to listen to the old ones! ANyway, I agree with you, waiting for huge sales is very very ideal! I remember before, I was even getting "ukay-ukay" items for some of our neighbors! It was affordable and a great quality too! [/i]
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
SM malls are starting their mall wide sales now... and i can't wait for the one here in my area to have one..
@roniroxas (10568)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
when i get to see a sale on the start of september i slowly buy what i need to give. this friday september 5 there is a mall near us that will be opened. i will love to take a look and i am sure there are some sale products around. i am a wise spender and i have four children so i really cant afford expensive gifts. for the thoughts that counts.
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
That is a very good idea... it is never too early to start Christmas shopping... and we have to take advantage of sales in order for us to save or buy more... i am waiting for the malls in my area to have their grand sale so that i can start buying... that usually starts September... Thanks for the response...
@roniroxas (10568)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
yes, slowly i will buy what i need and plus i have four children that they need also to give their friends gifts.... i buy slowly and before the end of november i am or we are almost settled with the gifts. all we have to do is to buy gift wrappers and wrap it. it is happy to wrap gifts with my children helping.
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
Gift wrapping is also fun... but when there is only one person doing it... it can be very stressful... i just buy those ready to use bags... the cheap ones of course... no point in using the expensive ones if they will just get torn apart during christmas...
@juhi06 (1850)
• India
4 Sep 08
obviously dear aseretdd the buying starts during the peak season!! around a month or so in advance we start planning and going to the market selecting and finding out the rates and the suitable things . and then according to the funds and the budget whatever is the best is purchased!!
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
I wish i started earlier... there was a mall wide sale in my area... but i was not able to buy some cheap but cute t-shirts because i did not bring any money... hopefully there will be another one in another mall this month or next month... Thanks for the response...
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• United States
4 Sep 08
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@minnie_98214 (10558)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Its never too soon to start shopping for christmas. I startred my shopping the day after christmas I love to buy the after christmas sale stuff like candles everyone loves candles and the christmas gift sets you can get them for cheap and just save them for the next year.
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
I thought about buying gifts right after christmas... but i spent most of my money during new year and christmas... that even though the sales were quite tempting... i had no more money to use... so Christmas shopping for me always starts during September... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
Yeah, Christmas spirit are really here in our country, I also hear some Christmas musics in the malls and some people are starting to prepare their decorations and such. I think I'll started to buy gifts around October or November. I agree, that starting early with the Christmas shopping is practical and stress free. I am planning to do that around mid-October but for now, while waiting, I'll start to save money every payday.
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
My in-laws are already playing christmas songs... so the Christmas spirit is definitely in the air... and you have a good plan... save this month... and shop next month... mall sales are quite frequent during October... so that is a good time to start Christmas Shopping... Thanks for the response...
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@jammyt (2822)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
I actually bought some items from multiply last February and the months after. half of our 13th month salary is given in May so I usually use some of that. When I see some items, I start buying. I always have a hard time buying gift for my guy cousins. This year I also don't know what to give to my couple cousins and uncles.Last year we gave pasta and and pesto. I wonder what we should give this year. Hmmm... Not ton mention that I have more than 20 godchildren!!!! Sheesh! Mine alone! My husband have about 10! Good thing most of my godchildren are not in the country so there you go. LOL!
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
Oh my... with 30 godchildren... you should really start your christmas shopping early... i only have around 15... and most of them... i do not see anymore... but when they suddenly pop up... i always have those cripy bills ready... just in case... Thanks for the response...
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@drannhh (15237)
• United States
4 Sep 08
Actually, our most important Christmas gift recipients will be getting their gift early this year, but as they know about this site, I probably shouldn't say too much about it here.
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
It is always nice to receive christmas gifts early... because if it is something that can be used or worn... they can be a part of ones clothing or accessory during Christmas day... i always do that... especially when i get something i really like... Thanks for the response...
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@austere (2814)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
guess, ill have to wait until december before buying any christmas present..hehe well, it's because i still dont have money to do my early christmas shopping..hehe well, guess i have to do real good with my online money making sites so that i could buy good gifts for my family.. and friends.. and god children.. i have 3 now.. weeeee!!! and of course for my baby.. well, i dont mean baby, like baby.. i mean, baby, my boyfriend..hehehe i love my boyfriend so much.. and he loves me the same way.. he gave me a real cool and heavy metal and stone figurine for christmas last year.. and this year, without any occasion, he gave me a PSP slim!hehehe i am thinking of buying something really nice for him this christmas.. any suggestions?ehehehe
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
It is good that you only have 3 godchildren... i have almost twenty... so i really need to start with my christmas shopping early... you really have a thoughtful boyfriend... and a generous one too... i can't think of a gift to suggest... it would have to depend on his hobbies... Thanks for the response...
@austere (2814)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
yep..hehe guess having 3 god children is something to feel happy about!hehe i know a friend who has almost 10 god children and she buys them christmas present as early as november!hahaha well, am truly grateful and happy and inlove having having him.. i still cant think of any gift.. hmm.. guess i'll ask his brother or maybe give him a charcoaled portrait of us.. he'd luv that!hehe
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
the charcoal painting is a great idea... you just need to find a really good artist you can do the painting...
@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I usuallay would start in July but this year just now started. I have been watchign the DVD movies on sale for $5-$8 at target and Amazon.com. Picking up some of the classic movies and tv shows. My son is a John Wayne fan, my husband named him after John Wayne, so in previous years, I had collected all the movies on VHS, but with VHS on its way out, I have been watching for the sales to get them all on DVD. Have picked up several for $5 each. But I am going with gift cards this year. My kids are hard to buy for, what they want, I can't afford and since their tastes and mine are so opposite, for the last 2 years I have gotten them gift cards to a store that they like but can't afford often - for instance.. I get my daughter a $35 GC at Starbucks. She loves it but can't afford it so this way, I am able to get her exactly what she loves! My son - loves the western wear store, so I get him one there. Also, the fast foods - both are constantly on the run so to get them a GC to their fav place...just makes them think of me when they buy! I think I am even going to get my GD one from her fav stores - Old Navy and The Pencil Store and a accessories store. She loves to shop and we are trying to teach her about spending nad saving and not over spending and all so I think this is a good way to teach her the value of money and making good choices, all the while covering christmas gift and getting her things she wants.
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
The Gift Certificate is a good idea... i plan to do that maybe next year... since my cousins are all teenagers... and i am sure they want to be able to get stuff that they really like... and that would also be an opportunity for them to just go to the mall and enjoy themselves... Thanks for the response...
@coffeebreak (17811)
• United States
9 Sep 08
That was the other reason I went with gift cards - my daughter loves to shop and our tastes are literally opposite. Yes, I could go buy her someting I don't like and know she'd love it, (and I mean that literally!) but since I dont like shopping that much and she loves it, if I give her a gift card I not only give her the gift of hte item, but the fun day of going shopping!
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
That is like hitting two birds with one stone... but in a very good way...
• United States
14 Sep 08
I have not even thought of Christmas yet. I usually try to make my gifts from canning foods to knitted items.
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
15 Sep 08
That is great... personalized gifts are always the best because i always consider them as a result of one's "Labor of Love"... well, in my country... most people start counting down to christmas when september sets in... so people start their shopping early... Thanks for the response...
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• United States
20 Sep 08
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@ailema4ever (2668)
• Finland
26 Sep 08
Well, since next month we're going to Indo (now we live in Finland) and Singapore, if I find something nice there, I'll definitely buy it for X-mas gift. It'd be great if I can find more than one thing. But I don't have to buy too many gifts, so I don't have to be too frantic even if I try to find X-mas gifts near X-mas he he...
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
27 Sep 08
I am sure you will find great christmas gifts in Singapore and Indonesia... there are a lot of nice and affordable items there... you are lucky you do not have to buy too many gifts... unlike me... but i enjoy the shopping... i already started two weeks ago... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
i already started buying some items for christmas.. you cannot say they are gifts but things we need during the holidays.. it think i will only start buying gifts only during november.. that time many electronic items have their prices reduced.. at least i'm hoping so..
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
That is a good idea... i plan to make fruit salad on chirstmas... not too many because i am not expecting any visitors... but just in case... my daughter and i usually spend Christmas eve at my parents house... and christmas day at my in-laws... so no need for me to cook anything... Thanks for the response...
@chiyosan (30208)
• Philippines
8 Sep 08
whoaaa i actually havent planned on this yet.. might as well start with it already, huh ??
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I think you should start planning now... if you do not want to go through the Christmas rush... with long lines and crowded people in malls or department stores... that is what i want to avoid... so i always start my Christmas shopping early... Thanks for the response...
@gr8life (6252)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 08
Hello aseretdd, I think you plan it right. If you start earlier, you won't be in a rush and it is hassle free, stress free and you can plan your shopping too. I read in bestre's discussion too that Christmas celebration starts early in the Philippines. There are certain things that I like about Christmas sale You know I love perfume and that's what I am going to buy first... People think about others and I think about myself!
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Well, it is not a sin to think about what you like first... since we also need to love ourselves... i am not too crazy about perfumes... but i think i will buy myself a nice t-shirt with the ones i will give away this year... Thanks for the response...
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@marisriel (1157)
• Philippines
6 Sep 08
oh my, i would really love to start buying gifts as of this moment. the problem is i still don't have a budget for it. September is the perfect month to buy gifts since there are sales all around the city. The malls are still not too crowded too. The best thing about it is if you shop in advance, you will still have enough time to shop if you are not able to find nice things to give as gifts.
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I agree with you... a lot of malls start their mall wide sales during September... but there is nothing we can do if we have no money... in my case... i set aside some of my salary fo buy gifts... not expensive ones of course... just those that i can afford or within my budget... Thanks for the response...
• India
5 Sep 08
i started preparing to buy gifts to all of my friends and my family because iam not a christian eventhough i like the activities gone for the christmas celebrations ...iam waiting for the christmax to come bye to all mylot friends .......keep rocking
@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Christmas is not exclusive for Christians only... everyone can participate in the activities... so i am glad that even though you are not one... you still give gifts to your friends during the season... Thanks for the response... and welcome again to mylot...
@ehlsie (730)
• Philippines
5 Sep 08
Here in our country..(philippines ofcourse0 we start our christmas on the month of septber as the -ber month started and ends after the three kings... Last month i'm a last minute christmas shopper that time..(coz i'm a graduating student on that time and i hope no time to shops for my christmas gifts...now i think i'll start buy christmas gifts this month...I have a dozen of godchildrens!!!!So i think i should start to buy early before the month of december come so i'll not be in hurry and rush...
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
I can't imagine what you had to go through just to buy those gifts last year... the christmas rush can be frustrating at times because of the long lines and crowded mall... so good thing you will be able to do your shopping early this year... Thanks for the response...
@sid556 (30986)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I have already started picking up little things. I try to get it done gradually. You are right...financially it only makes sense to pick up a couple of things per week. Our family isn't real extravagant in the gift giving aspect of it all so that so that helps.
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
My family is also not extravagant... and my cousins, niece, and nephews will certainly appreciate small or big gifts... so it is wise to start accumulating the gifts early... for financial strategy and to avoid the rush in December... Thanks for the response...
@whittby (3072)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Actually, you have a good point starting on Christmas shopping now. I was so financially strapped last year, I went into debt at Christmas. I did buy two Christmas gifts, although haven't started thinking about doing it purposefully. The local grocery store had all their summer stuff 75% off. I got a really cute bobble head frog for my daughter since she collects frogs. And no, I like to do a little shoppign in December but am not one of those folks who love the crowds in the stores.
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@aseretdd (13731)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
The bobble head reminded me of the one my father got for his van... but they were dogs... and my daughter loves them... seems like most of those who responded to this discussion are starting their christmas shopping early... just to avoid the rush in December... Thanks for ther response...