Anyone started Christmas shopping, or even thinking about Christmas yet.

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by LovesTimone, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. LovesTimone

    LovesTimone Christmas Day 2017

    Apr 29, 2009
    I can't believe that I have even started thinking much less shopping for Christmas already... its crazy hot and humid here, but I have found some items for Christmas with really great prices. One big gift for our daughter, and some smaller gifts, and some stocking stuffers....

    :santa:So anyone else started thinking about or shopping for Christmas.?
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  2. ShyMiss

    ShyMiss Mouseketeer

    Nov 13, 2010
    I picked up lots of Disney related stocking stuffers for teen DD from the Target colab. Not too many other things yet but we promised to go smaller this year since Disney is part of our Xmas gift.
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  4. mmbrad02

    mmbrad02 DIS Veteran

    Feb 4, 2006
    Pre-kiddo, I shopped year around. It was a combination of that's the only way we could afford to do it, plus thrill of the deal. Once she came along, it was easier just to save more money and do it closer to Christmas because I didn't get in stores to browse as much. Now she is 7 and I do get out a little more often so I'm not opposed to buying if I see something that suits someone. So far I have bought a mug for my BIL that says something about being the best uncle, because he is very sentimental and loves that sort of thing. I found it in the hospital giftshop of all places, when visiting another family member.
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  5. davper

    davper DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2015
    Talk of Xmas is forbidden until the day after Thanksgiving, in my world.
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  6. Bethislucy

    Bethislucy DIS Veteran

    Oct 14, 2009
    I'm thinking about it but i haven't bought anything yet, but i was watching Christmas movies on hallmark yesterday. :rolleyes1
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  7. kymom99

    kymom99 DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2008
    Stop it :crazy:
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  8. verleniahall

    verleniahall DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2013
    Mostly Done already - We did an aggrement with my parents that we weren't going to do a ton of gifts (both us and my parents REALLY don't need anything) - we told them we would like Disney GC or money towards a flight for vacation.

    For "family" christmas - we do one gift for each neice/nephew - those are done
    My brother/SIL get 1 gift - GC is purchased
    my other brother only wants t-shrits - ok fine - done

    Family exchange gift we won't get until closer to time - we get those "yard of candy" things every year

    Between the Dh and I - we both agreed to a $200 budget becuase in 2021 we are goign to the 50th for WDW and I want to fly first class, so we are saving money towrads that expense
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  9. Chrislovesdisney

    Chrislovesdisney Mouseketeer

    Apr 16, 2017
    Disney is the big gift, but at ages 2.5 and 5.5, their interests change weekly so we will hold off for a bit on shopping of little stuff...
  10. DreamIsaWish

    DreamIsaWish DIS Veteran

    Jan 21, 2014
    I've already been shopping for months! I pointed out some things in the WalMart clearance aisle that would be good for my kids to buy for grandma/grandpa and aunt/uncle and they thought I was nuts to even consider that already. But I'm trying to teach them how to stretch their budgets (and maybe save my sanity if I don't have to help them do all their shopping in December).

    I find Christmas is so much more enjoyable if I have the bulk of the shopping and wrapping done before December even starts. Then I can focus on being more present and enjoying the season.
  11. tink89

    tink89 DIS Veteran

    Nov 13, 2017
    Nope. We are doing Christmas at Disneyland staying at DLH we will be going with a group of 14 and will only do maybe white elephant or something but no other gifts. Feels good.
  12. Bluejn

    Bluejn Earning My Ears

    May 21, 2018
    I wish I had a clue what to get everyone, but I have started, i agree with dreamisawish, it's much more relaxing and enjoying to have it all done before december.
  13. morgan98

    morgan98 DIS Veteran

    May 29, 2010
    The Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts next Thursday if you have a Nordstrom card and they have some really nice stuff at more reasonable prices during the sale.

    I would be lying if I said I have not thought about one of two things for my mother....

    I really don't buy for many people, but since the sale focuses on fall/winter and year round items there are some things she would not splurge on for herself.

    For everyone else, not a chance!
  14. aunties

    aunties Mouseketeer

    Jul 7, 2002
    A ride-on Lightening McQueen is parked and ready for my great-nephew as well as a few stocking stuffers because of the closing of Toys R Us. I pick up stocking stuffers all years, especially if I have coupons. My brother-in-law is a huge Christmas decoration person. I often get things for him right after the previous Christmas.
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  15. la79al

    la79al DIS Veteran

    May 24, 2005
    I haven't started yet (hoping to come up with the perfect 'not more stuff' idea for my girls) but we are going to the beach next week and I am going to be taking a lot of pictures of all the grandkids together. My father is getting a calendar for Christmas!
  16. wenrob

    wenrob DIS Veteran

    Apr 14, 2008
    I have an idea list but won’t start shopping until mid September unless I run into a really great deal for one of those ideas. I’ll pick up some stocking stuffers in the parks on our trip next week most likely.
  17. QueenIsabella

    QueenIsabella DIS Veteran

    Jan 17, 2016
    Just a few Christmas items here. Mostly because we just got back from a big trip to Europe, so I picked up a couple items early. Sadly, I will not be returning to Europe between now and December.

    I might pick up more things early, if I happen to see a good bargain on something that can wait. I won't start actively looking for a while, though.
  18. Lvsdisney

    Lvsdisney DIS Veteran

    Aug 30, 2015
    Target has a ton of toys on clearance right now (they did last year this same time as well). I picked up a few small toys as stocking stuffers for DD.

    Not sure what we're doing for the kids this year, but I'm not going to buy as much stuff as I normally do. Maybe a trip or two...
  19. Skippyboo

    Skippyboo DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2017
    My work does a toys 4 tots drive at Christmas. I hit the Toys R Us bankruptcy clearance sale this spring to stock up. Have a spare room full of toys now.
  20. TwoMisfits

    TwoMisfits DIS Veteran

    Feb 21, 2002
    I haven't started, either...I have 2 kid birthdays to get through before I think on Christmas...

    I do know that this is the year my oldest will get a cellphone (I have a family plan, so adding her will be cheap) as either her single big birthday gift or one of three Santa gifts. And I know my kids said the Switch games will be awesome this fall, so those are easy Santa pick ups. Other than that, I'll wait for what they want. It's probably gonna be a lean year, b/c of our bathroom remodel, but thankfully, other than the phone (which will be an older generation Samsung, I think, so under $150 is the goal), I'm not expecting any presents to be more than $ that helps...
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  21. clh2

    clh2 <font color=green>I am the Pixie Stick NARC at my

    Jul 15, 2003
    Found a perfect gift idea for my 24 YO DD. A wooden puzzle from Liberty
    Puzzles. (Saw that brand of puzzle at a store that sold Dr. Suess works of art I. Chicago). Dad isn’t into Dr Suess, so none of the puzzles in the store jumped out as good options. The puzzle website has several Eiffel Tower options, (she was on Paris for part of her honeymoon earlier this year). We ordered online, it came today.

    Need something fun for our son-in-law, something of a date-night for them, and that will about wrap up Christmas, except for stocking! Light on presents, since we anticipate helping with a house down payment.

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