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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?!

BankerMommy2010 Mon 02-Sep-13 07:35:15

Ive started mine, mainly for DS the problem I have is the earlier I start the more I buy :/ I love buying gifts for people and putting effort into wrapping them NNice, I like to be finished shopping wise by November, we do lots with DS in December so we don't have time to shop. I do save wrapping for December though as I am one if those strange people that enjoys wrapping presents and it makes me feel all festive.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 30-Aug-13 22:21:58

grin I have to hide/curb my ridiculous OTT Christmas excitement until December.
My DH is a bit hmm but he's used to me by now and knows better than to question.
I'm sure he's grateful when Christmas happens . I'm not saying it's seamless but hopefully it's smooth.

My DS has a December birthday.
The shopping centres are the Seventh Circle of Hell in December.
If it snows, everything grinds to a halt.

When I went out last year (end November) I shopped and took stuff back to my car at least three times. It's easier to shop alone than have DC or DH following me like Velcro.

DH and I do an adults only shopping day on a Friday in December to get the bulk of the presents without the DC.
We order online alot.
I use my Nectar points for Christmas food shopping (and sadly that is one of my favourite bits of the preparation) blush grin

We don't buy the DC presents till December, it's impossible to know what they want.
But when they go back to school I'll start buying the Stocking Gifts then the Christmas Eve Hamper.

And I love Costco Christmas stock

starjules Fri 30-Aug-13 21:59:04

I've nearly finished, done my LO and her birthday is on 23rd Dec so have to spread it out. We also have a big party (40 people last year) mid december where everyone gets a present and I've done all that too along with DM, MIL and FIL, in fact the only ones I need to sort out is OH and Me LOL! I always wait until the tree is up to wrap and write cards with a big glass of baileys and xmas film on in the background. Love Love Love Christmas.

starjules Fri 30-Aug-13 21:54:29

no need to appologise for waffling fuzzpig, its great to hear what everyone is doing!

SoWorriedPleaseHelp Fri 30-Aug-13 08:00:34

I have so far brought:

Diary Wimpy Kid Calender from American distributor via Amazon - cheaper than over here and plenty of time for it to arrive.

David Walliams children's books from ebay

Pre-ordered Skylanders swap force via Tesco as get 500 extra Clubcard points

Pre-ordered the new Diary of a Wimpy kid book from Amazon as on offer

1kg diary milk chocolate bar from Cadbury World

fuzzpig Tue 27-Aug-13 10:10:35

YANBU. We have done this for a few years now.

For me, the main motivation isn't saving money, but avoiding the rush. I have social anxiety and going to the shops when they are crowded with stressed out shoppers is a guaranteed meltdown for me.

I do a lot of it online although I am going to make more effort to support a local independent toy store this year. But for online stuff, I will try and have it done by December 1 so I'm not worrying about snow, postal strikes etc. I keep wishlists on amazon for present ideas.

The main disadvantage of starting early, for me anyway, has been the risk of overbuying because I see more things that they'd like as the months go by. I have had a huge change in mindset this year though and it will effect Xmas - basically for the last few years we have gone overboard due to guilt (DH injured, me becoming disabled, basically a really shit couple of years) and while our DCs do appreciate and play with their toys, our house is just too cluttered and we are making a big effort to simplify our home, and not have so much Stuff coming in, so we will be more selective.

Although actually we have got their main present already as I found out that playmobil won't be making the pyramid anymore, and DD is fascinated by ancient Egypt. I am also putting together a big craft stuff kit so I will keep an eye out for stuff to put in (eg going to the fabric shop for remnants rather than end up paying over the odds for precut foam shapes in ELC, etc.) - I am quite excited about doing this blush

So far the DCs don't really ask for anything particular (they don't see adverts on tv as we only use it for DVDs) and we can just choose a few things we know they will love. We don't have a big family so basically they only get gifts from us, DSCs and my parents (but the latter is chosen by us anyway as they don't like choosing).

I don't wrap until December as I found it gets tatty if I do it earlier, and plus I love wrapping on my own with some carols playing etc. But mostly I want December to be free for lazing, cooking, carol services, crafts, walks in the woods collecting pine cones, and our new pre-Xmas tradition of a family trip to the movies and then a pizza lunch (did it with just DSDs and DD last year but now DS is old enough he and DH can come too).

Sorry for waffling blush

IsaacCox Tue 27-Aug-13 07:06:45

Yanbu. I started in January. I have a cupboard that is slowly filling smile

Bullygirl Tue 27-Aug-13 06:49:12

Gully I missed the brilliance of the Christmas lay buy so much when we lived in England. Dd's and dn's Christmas is sorted. I've been putting stuff away for the few family and friends I but for for the past couple of months and will start buying alcohol next month (alcohol is MUCH more expensive in Australia than it is in the U.K. MUCH!). That leaves me with money in December for cherries and prawns. grin

Isetan Tue 27-Aug-13 06:28:26

Way ahead of ya. I make a budget (this is imperative otherwise you can easily overspend).

Christmas decorations and cards bought in January when they are practically giving them away. Presents for people are purchased when what I want is at least 50% off.

I make a picture of the inevitable food waste from the previous year and stick it to the budget and food list for this year (rarely tempted to overspend now).

I store DD's presents (Christmas, advent/stocking and birthday) in a crawl space that is a known spider hang out, DD hates spiders. This onsite present store has come in handy when I've had to get presents at short notice for forgotten birthdays.

I have never understand people bankrupting themselves over Christmas.

Dawndonnaagain Tue 27-Aug-13 00:33:30

I have just hHad my m&s points through, so Christmas chops and biccies will be purchased tomorrow.

SecretLimonadeDrinker Mon 26-Aug-13 23:51:36


I love Christmas and have whispers just finished my Christmas spreadsheet.

Couchpotato I am in awe of your Christmas planning. This year will be our first year hosting both families for Christmas, the lists keep me sane

LimitedEditionLady Mon 26-Aug-13 23:22:23

I feel im spreading the cost as i find things that i know the kids like on offer throughout the year.I have a lot of children i buy gifts for and it can be a bit stressful trying to buy ten kids at different ages a gift in december plus i dont wana just get a generic xmas promo gift for them i want them to know i thought about them.Also i like buying presents,i get more joy buying for than recieving.

ShakeAndVac Mon 26-Aug-13 21:23:03

I'm usually one of those who leaves it until the last minute to do Christmas shopping, but I have actually started to get a few stocking fillers for the kids.
Mainly because they take so long to fill up and find decent things to go in (as well as all the bits and pieces adding up cost wise!) that I've started to get a few things now as I see them so that there's not as much to get nearer the time.
Not made a start on the main things though!

raisah Mon 26-Aug-13 21:12:26

I remember last year people complaining about the celebrations tin shortage last year. So I thought I'd let you all know that Tescos have got tins of Celebrations, Heroes & Roses for £5 now.

ipswichwitch Mon 26-Aug-13 19:58:24

However, I won't be buying chocolate til the last possible second, since I can never hide it from myself and end up eating it all, several times over

OliviaMMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Aug-13 19:56:15

We will shortly be moving this to our Xmas topic

ipswichwitch Mon 26-Aug-13 19:51:06

I have started buying for DS and will aim to be done by beginning November. I'm pregnant and due 14th December and there's no way I'm schlepping around the shops with a bored toddler and newborn.

<stealsjakesmommys themed gift basket idea>

DontmindifIdo Mon 26-Aug-13 19:49:39

Oh and as well I have my dads birthday in October, DHs in November, and DSs in December, so often I generally buy them things and give some for birthday and others hold back for Christmas.

DontmindifIdo Mon 26-Aug-13 19:45:57

Not starting this early, I will not do Christmas until I've put away the summer clothes and started wearing winter boots. However, I do insist on all Internet purchases being done by mid November since the disaster that is known as "the year Amazon ruined Christmas" (about 8 years ago now, the year that everyone realised amazon existed and they couldn't cope with the massive demand, I think it snowed as well, so we only had half the gifts until mid jan).

I do get the "spreading the cost" thing, I'm on mat leave now and I put aside a little from my last two preSMP pay days to cover the costs, hate going into January with a big credit card bill.

MamaBear17 Mon 26-Aug-13 19:43:03

YANBU. I am starting mine next week (after pay day!!) I have been writing lists and working out budgets for the next four pay days so that I can make Christmas lovely for my family without overspending or getting into debt. I absolutely love Christmas and everything that goes with it. We are taking our dd to see Santa for the first time this year as she will be almost 2 and a half so will hopefully be old enough to enjoy the experience. Christmas rules!

Yonionekanobe Mon 26-Aug-13 19:30:14

I'm expecting DD2 on 30 December so have most of DD1's presents, just in case...

bronya Mon 26-Aug-13 19:27:41

I'm doing this, as my salary will decrease from October, and we can pick up things that are on offer now. Have already got DS's presents, am on the hunt for DF's (v specific but difficult to find!), will get gift cards for relatives' children so just need to put money by for those.

SlobAtHome Mon 26-Aug-13 19:14:20

Glad to see so many Christmas folk around. I love it! :D

SarahAndFuck Mon 26-Aug-13 19:09:23

I started mine about three weeks ago OP.

We do a combination of saving and buying early. We put money away so we can by things closer to Christmas but if I see the perfect thing for the perfect person a few months early I will buy it and put it away.

I tend to buy cards in the January sales and put them away in the present cupboard.

londone17 Mon 26-Aug-13 18:59:46

I've almost finished mine including food and cards.

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