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So how are you coming along with your Christmas shopping?

Asked by Kardamom (30955points) July 28th, 2016

I always buy Christmas presents throughout the year to avoid the panic and drama and huge bills coming at me all at one time. I also keep a running list of what I bought for whom, so I don’t repeat or over buy.

So far I have completed my shopping for 10 of the 13 kids, and an 11th is almost done. I still need to get something for two 12 year old boys.

I have most of my mom’s gift(s) ready. She’s easy to shop for because she loves books and kitchen stuff.

I usually get my dad’s present in December, because he likes candy. I’ll get him a few little “dad” trinkets too.

I still need to get something for my best friend and her boyfriend.

I have a couple of close friends and neighbors who will get baked goods, so that has to wait.

At our family Christmas party, we each buy a $25 gift card and draw from a hat, so I’ll still need to get that when it’s closer to the time.

Pretty much everyone else will just get cards, which I still need to buy. Usually I buy cards on sale right after Christmas, but last year I was too busy so I didn’t get any.

Those of you who exchange holiday gifts (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus or Kwanzaa) how far along are you?

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chyna's avatar

I have bought 2 big presents so far. Pretty much done.

ibstubro's avatar

I just bought a gift for a friend yesterday.
Which I will give her the next I see her.

I’m done, too.

zenvelo's avatar

Nope. Too much changes between July and November on what people really want. we go on the “wish list” basis so that we can choose what each other will like.

Seek's avatar

Criminy. It’s July. I have a birthday party to plan in three weeks.

Ssssshhhhh about Christmas.

ragingloli's avatar

Bah. Humbug.

Pachy's avatar

One more shopping trip and I think I will have bought the last of last year’s gifts.

ucme's avatar

Ahem, we have staff for that

marinelife's avatar

Congrats to you, @Kardamom! Would that I could do that, but I am never ready.

Aethelwine's avatar

I only have my children to buy for and their minds are always changing. I’ll shop online in December.

Brian1946's avatar

Since my Xmas shopping only involves regifting my brother the Target gift card he got for me last December, I was done with my Xmas 2016 shopping about 7 months ago. ;-)

flutherother's avatar

It’s still July over here.

SmartAZ's avatar

Last Christmas my sister wanted to draw names for gift giving, so I bought a jeweled back scratcher for the name I drew. If it happens again, I am prepared with Shakespearean Insult Bandages.

YARNLADY's avatar

I’ll wait until November or December for the two little ones. All the rest are grown up now and just get money.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Everybody gets gift cards, and most of those will be to Amazon.

SmartAZ's avatar

I would never give money for a gift. That is saying “I don’t care enough about you to pick out something. I only give a gift because it’s expected.” Even a gag gift is better.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Amazon prime will put all the shit I need to buy at my doorstep about the 2nd week of December.

Coloma's avatar

I only buy for my daughter, her boyfriend and one friend and I will do that in Dec. Right now I am trying to survive a 100–105 degree, 5 day heat wave. I fucking wish it were December right now. lol

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I’m actually loving these 95+ degree days. Screw the cold, gray, short days of winter. Let the sun shine!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The SO is the only person who now gets a gift. We are toying with the idea of purchasing a (or part of a) truffle. Neither of us have tasted one before, so it would be a treat.

Kardamom's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer That is an excellent idea. Believe it or not, I’ve never had one either. I’ve also never tasted a Morel. They’re supposed to be super yummy. I love mushrooms, though, so I’d probably like both of these things.

AshlynM's avatar

I don’t shop for any holiday.

SmartAZ's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me I buy all kinds of stuff, even cat food, at amazon.com (not Prime) and it usually arrives in less than a week, no charge for postage.

ibstubro's avatar

This was perhaps the worst year ever for Morel Mushrooms, @Kardamom.
In a year of abundance, I could be your contact guy.

I cannot, however, find anyone willing ot part with wild black raspberries, at any price.

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