*poked head in, shuffles in quietly*

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notamonkeysuncle Fri 25-Apr-14 19:06:29

Ive done it.....ive started Christmas shopping!
My local Primark seem to of found a whole load of winter stock and are selling it off very cheap.
I got 2 Minnie Mouse onsies and a Micky one £6 reduced to a pound and a kids hat, glove and scarf set reduced to 50p.
I then came home and wrote a list of what for who and began the Amazon Christmas wishlist.
Ive never been this organised!

ILoveChristmas01 Mon 28-Apr-14 11:18:03

It's never too early to think about christmas.... This is the Christmas forum after all..... :D
I've already got christmas cards, christmas crackers, christmas clothes (courtesy of next sale!), wrapping paper, new christmas decs, new christmas cake tins...... I did lots of shopping in the jan sales ;) I will be back at work from mat leave in September and working full time with 2 young children so want to be as organised as possible so I can enjoy December with the kiddies x

Aww I went back to work in the Sept after DS was born .
I still get a grin when the Lakeland Limited Catalogue comes through my door in late September now (though it's all online now, not the same)

But the little gold tree on the cover...........ahhhhh (DS will be 15 this Christmas)

Marmaladecat1 Tue 29-Apr-14 07:59:02

70! There you are! When are we hardcore bargain hunting again?
I'm under a different guise at the moment but regular on the bargain thread last year.

Marmaladecat1 Tue 29-Apr-14 08:02:38

Good work i love Christmas
I have cards, need wrapping paper.
Not sure where we are spending Christmas at the moment, weirdly might be my first away from home in about 29 years...pass the brown paper bag whilst I practice deep breathing

notamonkeysuncle Tue 29-Apr-14 08:27:50

Marma do we have a bargin thread yet this year?
I'm always interested in bargin, especially as ive started out buying bits with massive savings

Marmaladecat1 Tue 29-Apr-14 08:35:07

We had a blooming amazing one last year, I think it kicked off in July maybe?
What do you reckon 70?

DownstairsMixUp Tue 29-Apr-14 08:38:21

I think this is a brilliant idea! I have another DS due in september so I'll be really short of time/not fancying shopping with a 3 month old so I might start picking up bits and bobs as I see them as well...

nickdrakeslovechild Tue 29-Apr-14 10:48:36

The bargain thread is active. Can't link as on stupid thing, but if you look on the Christmas page it's there.

notamonkeysuncle Wed 30-Apr-14 09:29:30

oooh lots of babies due in the run up to Christmas. Congratulations ladies smile
So yesterday I had a good ebay rummage and found some brilliant girls stocking fillers, they'll be imported from China but I got 7 items for £3.76 as well as a beautiful scarf for my mum.
Im a roll now and very pleased

sunshinemmum Wed 30-Apr-14 10:09:14

I am well underway. I do some shopping on line in the January sales actually I started last December.. I can't abide the crowds, cost and hassle of the seasonal crush and like Christmas to be about Christmas smile

ValiumQueen Wed 30-Apr-14 16:19:01

I have lots of things already, but need to get a list going so I don't forget it all. I have everything in a couple of big bags. I love Christmas, but need to get Birthdays out of the way first. My youngest will be 2 in October, and there will be no more babies, so I am finally feeling as if I am beginning to get ahead again.

Marmaladecat1 Wed 30-Apr-14 17:55:22

Is it? I just thought It was last years one!
Excellent, thank you, I'll see you over there smile

3 yrs ago M&S had Christmas cards reduced to 25 cents a pack in January. I bought so many that me, my mum, and my sis haven't had to buy any since... (smug)

DownstairsMixUp Wed 30-Apr-14 18:41:40

I got given some free Xmas cards at work today as we won't be selling them this year, yay, freebies!

CalamitouslyWrong Wed 30-Apr-14 18:43:51

Arf at the Christmas topic starting up already.

ValiumQueen Wed 30-Apr-14 20:16:15

The Christmas topic never shuts down gringringrin

The Christmas Topic isn't just for Christmas <<taps side of nose knowingly>>

Marmalade I start my Christmas Shopping in July when QVC do Christmas in July ( DH works out our leave so I always engineer it so that I have the day off-though QVC are extending it to 24th/25th July now- and tell the DC "The telly in the back room is mine " )

I know there were brilliant threads for bargains on here last year, I'm sure there will be again this year.

ValiumQueen Thu 01-May-14 06:29:03

70, I have heard of that but never seen it. Is it full of bargains then? I imagine it to just be a day of singing Santas and other festive bits and bobs. Is it just to get you in the mood, or proper bargain hunting territory?

DownstairsMixUp Thu 01-May-14 07:58:28

I hate it when people come on here to moan about xmas starting early. For some of us it's such an expense you really don't have a choice but to do it all year round. sad

Blondieminx Thu 01-May-14 08:20:28

<proffers plate of cinnamon cookies and large pot of coffee>

I have started too grin ...it's never too early! I bought wrapping paper and cards in the January sales, and some Christmas jumpers in the next size up. I'm also writing lists! I didn't know the bargain thread was active again, will head over! thanks

elQuintoConyo Thu 01-May-14 08:25:33

^^ Christmas all year round.

grin

I think I've found my new home!

I have already made two sofa cushions from fleece that look like Christmas puddings smile and will be making DS a cuddly gingerbread man.

A group of us friends did Secret Santa last Christmas which was an overwhelming success, so we shall continue.

My best friend and I start rabbitting on about Christmas at the beginning of September, mostly sewing things and exchanging recipes. I scared her with my Chridtmas Folder of organisation grin

Oh, did anyone buy those 'finger lights' (I think they were called) that featured heavily on last year's bargain thread? Would you recommend them? I have 4+8 yo niece/nephew, would they be appropriate? And wtf are those plaque-showing purple 'sweeties' called and where can I get them? Thanks in.advance.

I have a box full of already-written birthday cards for every birthday this year - only took.me an hour or so with wine so I feel very organisd this year - hopefully Christmas will go without a hitch!

Dontwanttobeyourmonkeywench Thu 01-May-14 08:33:38

I bought the the finger lights last year for all of the DC and they loved them (21-4) grin and the plaque disclosure tablets from amazon.

notamonkeysuncle Thu 01-May-14 08:38:45

downstairs im in the same boat as you. I have spent £5.97 this week on stocking fillers and im pretty proud of myself for making a start.
Although I am known to be finished by June, which was the year before last when tax cresits decided I'd been under paid for the year so gave me a nice one off payment.
Stupidly I didnt venture to the January sales this year which I really should of.
quinto I know adults who love the finger lights so im sure they'll be a hit with children

HermioneWeasley Thu 01-May-14 08:40:56

OP and others - you have to link to th bargains you find y'know. It's the LAW

Pimpf Thu 01-May-14 08:41:44

I'm not sure whether to admire you or hate you!

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