I’m a planner, so naturally when it comes to holiday gift buying I plan and I start early. My planning begins anytime of the year, but mainly right around and after Halloween. As I think of gift ideas, I keep a list. Later on, when it comes time to wrap those gifts I like to check things off the list and cross things out, to make sure everything is accounted for.
Most of my shopping happens between Halloween and Thanksgiving. I like having most of it done before the stores get crowded (although it’s definitely not as crowded in our area as it is in urban areas). I usually get about 95% of my shopping completed prior to Thanksgiving, and this year was no exception. That way, after Thanksgiving, I don’t get stressed about buying gifts and can enjoy time baking, watching holiday movies, listening to holiday music, and doing other Christmas traditions. I also like being able to take my time wrapping Christmas gifts.
I put a lot into wrapping my gifts, and like them to look good. That definitely takes some time since I’m not a very crafty person!
When do you start your holiday shopping? when do you start planning for your holiday gifts?
Do you do most of your shopping in stores or online? Sadly, mine is mostly online now. It’s just so convenient!