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Holiday Shopping

Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I'm one of those annoying people that starts Christmas/winter holiday shopping months in advance. This year, I started about 3 weeks ago when I saw the Hallmark ornaments for sale in the mall and wanted to get my boyfriend this year's Superman before they sold out. I do this for two reasons: it takes major financial stress off of me in December and it allows more time at Christmas for baking, decorating, and simply relaxing.

Does anyone else do this? Has anyone else started yet?

Also, does anyone do any Christmas shopping on EF? I've started a Christmas Shopping wishlist because there are a couple of people in my life who will be receiving sex toys this year.
08/31/2010
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Jul!a Jul!a
I'll go yes and yes with you on this. Last year I started my Christmas shopping in July I think, and just added little bits and pieces here and there. The latest thing I bought was tires for my fiance's motorcycle, and even those came in early November I think.

And I'll totally be doing some Christmas shopping on EF. I've got a few things in mind and I'm actually buying my sister's birthday presents tomorrow and having them shipped to where she's staying at school, lol
08/31/2010
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
For the past couple years I've gotten my holiday shopping done WAY early, like before Thanksgiving. It feels so good to get it out of the way.

I do most of my shopping online because it's easier, more time-efficient, and the sky's the limit as far as selection.. But as far as EF goes, I've only ever bought my sister Christmas presents here. I don't really have anyone else who I'm that close to.
08/31/2010
Sir Sir
I do it early sometimes, but this depends on who the gift is for. For my partner, I wait until I see something that I like for her. For others, like friends and family, it really depends.

That's a good idea, though, that you do this. It allows you to enjoy the holidays a LOT more, no?
08/31/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I'm sliding into doing it early this year while I have a bit of cash - I usually do it the first week of December when I worked. I've already found a Jeff Dunham 'Peanut' doll that my cousin would go nuts over (he idolizes Mr. Dunham). ^_^
08/31/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I think about it August-Sptish, but don't get anything until Black Friday. I'm notoriously hard to shop for, if I see something I want I get it.
08/31/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Sir
I do it early sometimes, but this depends on who the gift is for. For my partner, I wait until I see something that I like for her. For others, like friends and family, it really depends.

That's a good idea, though, that you do this. It ...
Oh, like you wouldn't believe! I have everything purchased and wrapped a couple of weeks before Christmas so that there are no last-minute rushes in my house. And when I was married and did all the shopping for my family AND his, things could have gotten really hectic if I hadn't planned ahead. Doing it early gives me time to bake, time to put though into holiday cards instead of writing them out like an assembly line, and time sit on the couch, drink cocoa, and watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation about 90 times
08/31/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
I'm sliding into doing it early this year while I have a bit of cash - I usually do it the first week of December when I worked. I've already found a Jeff Dunham 'Peanut' doll that my cousin would go nuts over (he idolizes Mr. Dunham). ^_^
The financial aspect was always part of my reasoning but is now a necessity as opposed to a preference... if I buy a gift or two out of every paycheck, I don't notice it too much...but if I try to do it all at once I panic, not having a lump of cash lying around.

Another advantage of starting early is that nothing is sold out, if things are backordered it's ok, and I can take advantages of 4 months of sales and coupons!
08/31/2010
Sammi Sammi
I start the first of the year . If I see something that's on sale that I know will be great, I'll pick it up. Sometimes it gets used for birthdays, but typically I hang on to things till Christmas. I also start crafting in August and September to get things done. November/December is reserved for making candy and cookies, so I never have time to shop then!
08/31/2010
Sir Sir
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Originally posted by Tori Rebel
Oh, like you wouldn't believe! I have everything purchased and wrapped a couple of weeks before Christmas so that there are no last-minute rushes in my house. And when I was married and did all the shopping for my family AND his, things could ...
That sounds absolutely wonderful, like a very nice holiday indeed! Good for you, that you found something that works well for you!
08/31/2010
Apinkjellybean04 Apinkjellybean04
I wait for black friday before i buy anything.
08/31/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Sir
That sounds absolutely wonderful, like a very nice holiday indeed! Good for you, that you found something that works well for you!
Thanks, Sir
08/31/2010
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
I start in August, too! I like to buy my husband masses and masses of presents. I like it when his eyes get excited and delighted X-mas eve looking at all the pressies I bought him.

My husband and I are atheists, so for us, x-mas is about presents, santa, and food. Not religion.

I've already got pressies wrapped in x-mas paper even, under the futon in my work room. SSh! Don't tell him.
08/31/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Red Vinyl Kitty
I start in August, too! I like to buy my husband masses and masses of presents. I like it when his eyes get excited and delighted X-mas eve looking at all the pressies I bought him.

My husband and I are atheists, so for us, x-mas is about ...
I tend to overshop for my boyfriend too...I met him when he was 40 and he'd never been really spoiled so the first Christmas we were together, I bought himabout 20 presents AND the big Beatles CD box set that came out a couple years ago (I hid that one behind the tree for the end), and even stuffed a stocking for him and watched his eyes light up like a little kid - he said it was the best Christmas of his life We've already said we're not going too crazy this year because we want to take a trip together after the holidays instead but I doubt I'll be able to reign myself in too much.

We're pretty liberal Christians so it's definitely religious for us but we don't take offense at all (or obviously even avoid) being very present-y. A celebration is a celebration in my book - enjoy it to the fullest! You're ahead of me on the wrapping though! I haven't gotten that far!
08/31/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
I tend to put off holiday shopping until the last minute. I'm not sure why... maybe I'm subconsciously trying to stop myself from overspending? So I end up with really odd gifts for people. One year in high school I tried to get away with not getting anyone anything... yeah, Cynthia the Scrooge, that's me! I'm slowly getting better at planning ahead for the holiday season, really!
08/31/2010
Avant-garde Avant-garde
In my family we don't make a big deal out of the holidays, we keep everything simple. I usually start Christmas shopping in December and get it done within days quite easily.
08/31/2010
Lavender*Moon Lavender*Moon
I'm right there with you. At least for the planning part. This year, my husband's making a decent amount of money so starting this friday we're going to start buying presents and decorations. I HATED leaving everything to the last minute. The kids always complained about the toys mom and dad bought b/c "Santa" was the only one that could find the gifts on their lists (most of which ended up on the top 10 list of the year). Honestly, I think it would be WAY easier if I could just buy all the adults stuff off EF. It'd be way easier to pick out things they'd like...
09/05/2010
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