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To have started my Christmas shopping..

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insummeritrains Mon 26-Aug-13 12:10:04

Am prepared for a flaming grin

Every year I leave my Christmas shopping till the start of December. Inevitably I end up stressed and running around in a packed shopping centre and buying stuff without a lot of thought.

This year, I've decided to be a bit more organised and started picking up a few bits and pieces and can't believe the good stuff I'm picking up in the sales. Will end up saving an absolute fortune!! Got me thinking that this is the way stress and cheaper, more thoughtful presents. What's not to like?!

Selks Mon 26-Aug-13 12:19:31

YANBU to do your Christmas shopping whenever you like.

YABU to remind us of Christmas in August however! grin

wtf1981 Mon 26-Aug-13 12:22:54

4 months til Boxing Day...


haggisandneeps Mon 26-Aug-13 12:23:46

I have finished totally for my DS and only a few more bits for DD and DSD. Everyone else is gift vouchers so I'm pretty much done and dusted.

Love being finished by September/October at latest!

LimitedEditionLady Mon 26-Aug-13 12:25:27

I started mine a month ago too.Got ten kids to buy for besides my own and i hate rushing around and end up desperately grabbing kak presents!just makes me feelmore chilled about it all!

CaptainCapybara Mon 26-Aug-13 12:28:57

I've got a couple of things for DD, not for anyone else yet though.

pianodoodle Mon 26-Aug-13 12:30:08


Just reminded me to do the same! DC2 due Christmas Day so better not assume I'll have the weeks beforehand to shop smile

Dawndonnaagain Mon 26-Aug-13 12:33:02

Almost finished mine. I tend to do it during the January/Summer sales. Will be starting on the wrapping in a week or two!

Tapirbackrider Mon 26-Aug-13 12:35:41

YANBU - we started at the end of June; there were certain things we wanted to get and the deals being offered were way too good to pass up.

I loathe and detest shopping during the xmas rush, and much prefer to have it done early and smugly watch dh run around like a headless chicken grin

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 26-Aug-13 12:42:26

YABU! I have most of mine planned. I'm going to start shopping next month. I like to have it all done by Halloween; it makes the whole affair much less stressful : ) I actually don't go into shops in December at all.

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 26-Aug-13 12:42:39

Sorry, YANBU. Duh.

HappyMummyOfOne Mon 26-Aug-13 12:43:20

I like to be all done by November so i can enjoy December. Started in January sales and set aside an amount every month to cover DS's presents. Dont wrap until December though so that i still get a christmas feeling.

ThreesyDoesIt Mon 26-Aug-13 12:49:11

We're planning a marathon shopping trip to start the 3dds tomorrow, I always like everything bought early can't abide being disorganised and risking dds being disappointed if I can't get something because I left it too late. I like to have dds done by end of september, every one elses by November, leaving end of November/December to by surpises for dds

Also their wish list's are growing by the day

TeaAndABiscuit Mon 26-Aug-13 12:55:39

Yay! I heart Christmas.
I've done fair bit too. You can get more for your money if you shop all year round for them and pick up some different gifts-not all the stuff targeted as Christmas gifts.

monkeymax58 Mon 26-Aug-13 12:56:55

Am sooooo glad that I do not do Xmas. smilesmilesmile

(((Goes back to reading in the sunshine)))

insummeritrains Mon 26-Aug-13 13:26:25

Ah, glad to see I am not alone in my festive buying smile

Christmas and the build up is without doubt my favourite time of year but because I'm usually racing around for most of it, it usually passes by in a flash and I feel I haven't made the most of it.

Hopefully this year being more organised I can just sit back and watch too much tv enjoy it all grin

Beastofburden Mon 26-Aug-13 13:36:51

I have a thing about doing things in season, so I would never start before December on any of it. But I manage the cost/ headless chicken thing by giving smaller presents etc.

I do see that it is sensible t buy things in sales, but as the UK seems to be one big perms-sale at the moment, I'm not sure that I would save much, given that if I start buying earlier, I always buy too much.

YANBU but I personally don't want to do it.

jakesmommy Mon 26-Aug-13 13:40:21

YANBU, I have bought everything for my 2 sons apart from chocolate and their clothes and have finished my 2 nieces and nephews.
Have started putting together my 2 brothers (and their partners) gift baskets, I am doing a cinema gift basket for one and wine tasting experience basket for the other.
Bought my husband his main present so just need to get him some small bits and pieces, just need to start my parents and Mother In Law.

Beastofburden Mon 26-Aug-13 13:44:18

Like the gift basket ideas, classy.

Elsiequadrille Mon 26-Aug-13 13:44:30

I bought my first Christmas presents this month, too.

specialsubject Mon 26-Aug-13 13:48:10

wow. Glad presents are kids only round here.

ShabbyButNotChic Mon 26-Aug-13 14:11:47

Yanbu, i have a folder on my bookmarks bar labelled 'christmas' from about july usually. I like to really think about peoples gifts, and also like to spread it over a few paydays. Christmas is on the same day every year, yet people seem shocked when it quickly comes round!

I have a shitload of gift ideas bookmarked, and will start properly wading through them in the next couple of weeks. If i see something i think someone will love, it gets added. So much simpler than trying to remember what you saw/what they mentioned they liked.

This is also brilliant for me as i hate shopping!!!! Online all the way..... My postman usually hates me from about october smile all that carrying!

Mojavewonderer Mon 26-Aug-13 14:23:25

I'm starting mine on Friday!

Gullygirl Mon 26-Aug-13 14:26:02

Started mine in June!
Here,in Australia, the shops have huge toy sales in (our) winter.
You can put it all on lay buy, then have until December to pay it off. huge credit cards bills come January, best of all,it is all stored at the shop,so less chance of my kids finding their presents before the big day.

daisychain01 Mon 26-Aug-13 14:27:24

I buy things all year round - if I see the perfect pressie in Jan, then I buy it - would be daft not to! These days, shops need to stop ripping us off with sub-standard gifts at Christmas. So it is beating them at their own game ... So YANBU at all

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