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SeanmanjiGrey
post Oct 1 2017, 03:52 PM
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I know we are only in October and not even passed Halloween, but thought this would be a good poll to start. I was discussing Christmas with a colleague this week (shes pretty keen on it) and she was horrified that I hadn't started my Christmas shopping so I'm interested to see what the prevailing opinion on here is for those who celebrate Christmas.

Poll question - when do you start your Christmas shopping? Do you start in the January sales? Do you leave it until the last minute on Christmas Eve or do you shop four months in advance with all your wrapping done by November 1st? Are you among the sane who start shopping last week of November with their final bits being purchased on the second week of December?

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post Oct 1 2017, 03:55 PM
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I had no idea that people did their Christmas shopping as early as September until a woman from work experience said she was planning to do all of hers this week laugh.gif It's a sensible idea I guess because retail at Christmas time is utter chaos, but I still leave Christmas shopping until December every year oops.
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post Oct 1 2017, 03:55 PM
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I've voted September/October.

I'm not overly obsessed with Christmas, but I am an absolute lover of the wrapping process with all the tags, ribbons, bows and all the glam to make the presents look great before they're then demolished kink.gif that said, I usually start end of October to allow myself enough time to put money aside for last minute bits and bobs and time to wrap everything. I will confess that my perishable presents such as biscuits or alcohol are usually bought as close as possible to Christmas as I have been known to end up purchasing, wrapping, opening and eating them when peckish kink.gif
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BiLLYx
post Oct 1 2017, 03:55 PM
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I started mine last week, purely because if I left it til November then I'd only have one wage to do it all and I'd end up without any nights out in December, which is obviously not appropriate.
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post Oct 1 2017, 03:56 PM
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December, usually about the 15th when I begin to panic that I haven't bought anything yet.
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post Oct 1 2017, 03:59 PM
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QUOTE(Jade-o-Lantern🎃 @ Oct 1 2017, 04:55 PM) *
I had no idea that people did their Christmas shopping as early as September until a woman from work experience said she was planning to do all of hers this week laugh.gif It's a sensible idea I guess because retail at Christmas time is utter chaos, but I still leave Christmas shopping until December every year oops.


I'm so glad someone else has said Christmas in retail is absolute chaos! Everyone seems to forget that for those in retail it can be insanely busy and absolutely hellish - this is my first Christmas not working in retail in about three years and I am so excited I won't be working Christmas eve! laugh.gif

I will confess I did buy my first Christmas present this week though and broke my October habbit whistle.gif whistle.gif I originally purchased a set of Paper Mate pens in the Wilko sale for myself, got home and thought my Mum would love them so it wasn't an intentional plan kink.gif
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:00 PM
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QUOTE(BiLLYx @ Oct 1 2017, 04:55 PM) *
I started mine last week, purely because if I left it til November then I'd only have one wage to do it all and I'd end up without any nights out in December, which is obviously not appropriate.


That's why I usually start at least two months before because of parties and what not coming up!
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:03 PM
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Heathens, its OCTOBER!


Christmas begins on December 24th and shopping is done online in the week preceding it.
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:21 PM
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I actually bought my first Christmas present in July this year drama.gif

But that was because the opportunity presented itself then. Besides the Doctor Who Experience closed down about a month ago so I couldn't exactly wait.

Usually I do it all in November. December needs to be left free for buying other Christmas related things like food, etc.
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:34 PM
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September/October for me. If there is something on the shopping list that is out of stock, there is still time for it to be ordered by the retailer.
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:35 PM
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There's nothing better than getting all your shopping done on a hot summer's day in July.
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:37 PM
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December.

Doing or even thinking about it doing it any time before is somewhat depressing!
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:39 PM
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I’m so excited. It’s my first year buying Christmas presents with a decent budget!!

Booked off the last week in November to do the shopping!
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:41 PM
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I agree somewhat with Silas... aside from the online shopping bit... I couldn't do that, such a soulless way to shop for presents!
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post Oct 1 2017, 04:49 PM
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Omg also just realised that I’ll only have one wage to buy everything in November :/

Idek when we get paid in Dec
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post Oct 1 2017, 05:01 PM
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My family buy all the stuff needed for Christmas like crackers and stuff in the January sale, but when it comes to presents I just pop round all the charity shops a couple of weeks before tongue.gif (I have bought my sister a keyring already though bc I can't think of anywhere else I'm going and she's not)

Up until 3/4 years ago though I used to do ALL my Christmas shopping in the summer holidays at the gift shop at the caravan site in Anglesey we stayed at every year (and yes, that meant someone ended up with a token Buddha pretty much every year as well heehee.gif )
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post Oct 1 2017, 05:13 PM
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I always try and start late November so I can be done by the start of December but it just never ends up happening and I always end up frantically searching on amazon for gifts at around the 15th - 20th of December. Btw anyone who says November is too early to start thinking about Christmas can be quiet thanks.
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post Oct 1 2017, 05:36 PM
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I start in October ish, but in terms of wrapping I always wrap everything on Xmas Eve.
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post Oct 1 2017, 05:53 PM
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December most likely but I might be trying to think of ideas from now until then. It might be a gift card again.
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post Oct 1 2017, 07:57 PM
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Had planned to post this topic last week but decided to use it as a FF question instead laugh.gif

So what do you buy for Christmas as presents?

Do you go all out and buy new decorations every year?

I’m prob the kind of person who will spend all their money on Xmas shit tongue.gif I know this thread is early but there’s already a Christmas topic up so why not laugh.gif

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