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Old 07-25-2012, 05:58 PM   #91
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I started shopping a few weeks ago .Disney.com had Mickey candles from 19.99 marked down to $5.99 .Bought 3.Also I love giving Hallmark ornaments and bought 8 so far from their preview weekend .Happy shopping and planning .
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Old 07-25-2012, 08:10 PM   #92
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I'm so happy I found this thread. I love Christmas! Yes Christmas will be smaller this year. We just moved from Orlando to Richmond this past April. Dh is currently not working, long story short, he's a pilot and was in a motorcycle accident last October in Daytona. He had ACL surgery in Nov. My job relocated us (found out in Dec but got to move in April). DH messed up his knee again during the move and he is awaiting some tests to make sure he's ok to fly again.

But since we are in a small apartment this year, we can't go all out like we did previous years. But this year we don't need to do our Christmas light display or put up two trees. We usually do a regular tree and a Disney Tree. I start buying early on when I see deals.

DS turns 2 in September and DD4 will be 5 in January. DH's B-day in January as well. So far I ordered some Disney shirts online for each childfor their b-days and Christmas, and I figured she would be popular this year a Meridia doll for DD. She is just starting to really get into dolls. She does not have a favorite and Meridia was so cute. DS is delayed (he has low muscle tone) so I will ask his therapist for some good toys for him. DD is also delayed but in speech.

We go to Disney in 1 1/2 weeks so I will get some things there, like their custom ornaments.And I'll see what DD has her eye on.

I apologize for this being so long.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:07 PM   #93
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We have a few things done so far. I don't have many people to buy for.

I have DS7, DD4, my mom, my dad, MIL & FIL. We have more family but we don't really exchange with them.

MIL - sports team ornament she will love & calendar with kid pics
FIL - calendar with kid pics
Mom - calendar with kid pics, "grandma" photo frame, nice wine opener set, slippers (all bought on clearance because I thought she would like them - except calendar)
Dad - calendar with kid pics, "grandkids" photo frame, still need something else
DS7 - I have some CARS lego sets for him that I got at last year's Target clearance and some board games. He is really into Star Wars right now, so I may get him some of that, whatever he is into at the time. I also just found some Paper Jams @ Target for a few dollars each so I got the guitar, drums, and two amps.
DD4 - I have a few things for her from the Target sale this past January. Polly Pocket roller skating thing that is more like a roller coaster, and a barbie type RV, she will love those. Then my friend was selling the Disney Castle set for $40!, like this: http://www.disneystore.com/disney-st...atchallpartial

So, I got that and she will love it. I also have a Cinderella and Tiana playset that I bought before this at half price. I may return the Cinderella one since it is so similar to the castle one.

So, good start so far.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:48 PM   #94
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I got my new Family Fun magazine yesterday and saw an ad for this site www.ajscollection.com. I think I will be getting my mom a necklace with all the grandkids names on them (and I'm going to email my DH and drop a big hint for myself too ).

I also stumbled on the reuseit.com website while fiddling around on pinterest and a few people might be getting the reusable grocery cart size totes!
I've used AJs twice, once for my mothers day gift 2 years ago and just this week for my soon to be 13 year olds birthday. Both are gorgeous, love them! My mom and MIL are each getting necklaces for Christmas as well. Woot!
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Then my friend was selling the Disney Castle set for $40!, like this: http://www.disneystore.com/disney-st...atchallpartial

So, I got that and she will love it. I also have a Cinderella and Tiana playset that I bought before this at half price. I may return the Cinderella one since it is so similar to the castle one.

So, good start so far.
I'm sure your DD will love this castle. My DD loved hers and played with it for years. It's stored away now and I will never get rid of it, I just can't bring myself too

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I've used AJs twice, once for my mothers day gift 2 years ago and just this week for my soon to be 13 year olds birthday. Both are gorgeous, love them! My mom and MIL are each getting necklaces for Christmas as well. Woot!
YAY! Glad to hear a positive review. Sometimes you just never know! Thanks.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:31 AM   #96
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I only have 4 gifts to buy. The family does a $200 swap. I HATE IT! It takes the good feeling of buying a gift completely out of christmas. Everyone writes what they want. Whats the point! I suggested that everyone has to spend $200 on them self wrap it up. Then open it together to show off what you got yourself.

My oldest daughter is at an age that she would rather have one big gift then a buch of small stuff. I think she is getting a computer.

My wife and I spend about $100 on each other and its mostly stuff we need.

So the only fun person to shop for is my 7 year old. I want to buy her the world because its only a matter of time...

I start getting super excited when bfads.net starts listing the ad scans.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:36 AM   #97
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Last year I thought I'd get my Christmas shopping done early, but every time I'd see something the kids wanted, I'd buy it. Then I end up getting into the Christmas spirit and buying more and more. I had WAY too much for them by the time Christmas rolled around. I am making myself hold off until Black Friday. But I am looking here for ideas

Also, I want to suggest ZINGO to anyone who has a 4-year old (up to maybe age 8 or so) and does not have it yet. My 3 year old got into it and LOVES it, and it seems to be the only game they play consistently: http://www.amazon.com/Think-Fun-7700...keywords=zingo
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:58 AM   #98
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Hi all!! to all the newcomers!!! As you know yesterday was 5 months until Christmas..so the countdown 'is begun'!! 21 weeks!!
Loved the castle playlet too!! That's sooooo cute!!! I will have to look at that ZINGO game,...never heard of it!!
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My list is HUGE for Christmas....would love gift ideas for in-laws!!!!!

I've not heard of Zingo, but we love the game Farkle for family gatherings!
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I just got an email this morning about the sale on Holiday Decor at the online Disney Store, and the ornament I wanted to get for my parents is already sold out
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:56 AM   #101
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We have a cooking competition each year with my immediate family at Christmastime. The winner gets their name put on the Santa trophy!

Last year we picked the name of a country out of a hat and had to prepare a dish from that country. The year before it was simply "desserts". This year it is "something with apples".

Does anyone have a killer recipe with apples in it?
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:35 AM   #102
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If you have kids are grandkids still into toys you might want to check out the Target toy clearance. A lot for 70% off today. I got quite a few things.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:42 PM   #103
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I am heading there after work. I have several near me so I am trying to determine which one to hit first.
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Well thanks to the Target Toy clearance, I can now say I am officially done with Christmas shopping, yay!

All I have to do is make the calendars with the pictures in them and I'm good.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #105
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I got a decent start today. I hit several Targets and came away with birthday presents for my nieces and nephew, as well as a decent start on my son's Christmas.
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