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Do You Shop Early For Holiday Gifts?

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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5 Unexpected Places to Shop for Kids' Holiday Gifts

Posted by Lindsay Mannering

presentYou know how each year you promise yourself that you're not going to procrastinate shopping for Christmas gifts, then, without fail, you find yourself screaming at a little old lady in a parking lot on December 21 because you were waiting for that spot, too, goddamnit? Well, this year's going to be different. For real! This is going to be the year when you have all your shopping done by early December, leaving you free to drive by the mall and laugh at all those miserable assholes who waited 'til the last minute to buy their kids something awesome ... as if something awesome was still available. Here's how you're going to make it work. 

You're going to shop in these 5 unexpected places and you're going to feel calm, cool, and drunk with power (and bourbon) as you toast the completion of your to-do list on December 5.

Start looking at Pinterest now. That place is an ideas goldmine. Search for subjects that interest your kids, like, say, "soccer" or "playing dress up" or "mac 'n' cheese" and see what comes up. At the very least, it'll get the creative juices flowing, and best case scenario, you'll find a link to purchase a cool, unique present for your little ones.

Check out Etsy. If you have any tweens on your list, Etsy is a great place to shop for them. You can find all kinds of trendy clothing and jewelry on the site that looks great and isn't too expensive. There's also plenty of adorable and handmade baby and children's clothes on the site, as well. I mean, I'm fairly confident your kid needs a Christmas tree hat this year.

Don't forget Craigslist. Search for a specific item you're looking for or just browse categories that could yield some presents, like "toys" and "bikes," and if you're raising a little Einstein, then "puzzles."

Fall flea markets. Since fall and flea markets go together like horse and carriage, take a poke through one this season and see if you can resist buying all that nautical stuff for yourself and look, instead, for holiday gifts for those on your list. Maybe Jimmy Jr. would love a tin full of little Army guys and maybe Lil Sally would like that vintage kitchen set for her play area in the basement. What's great about flea market gifting is that you can get your kids the real thing, albeit old real things, instead of those crappy plastic replicas.

Your friend's house. Although I would love to suggest going over to your friend's place and robbing them blind, it's just not a good idea. Instead, talk to your friends and neighbors with kids about a toy swap or clothes swap. I'm sure they'd love to get rid of some stuff just as much as you would. You know what they say -- one man's bag of ignored toys is another man's treasure!

So hop online now and by early next month, you'll be alllllll done. How great would that be?

Do you shop early for holiday presents?

by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM
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by Queen25Princes on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Not usually, but this year I did. I am almost done with shopping for my kids.

I became a Mary Kay Independent Consultant this year. I bought Mary Kay Christmas gifts for my mom, mother in law, sister, and two sisters in law this year. It was like pushing the Staples easy button. I ordered everything online, no shopping at store to store, fighting the crowds, and not getting a parking space. So easy!
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by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Yes, I always do. I can't deal with not being prepared.

by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

 Not usually. Every once and a while I'll find something that's just perfect and get it early, but that doesn't happen often.






by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM
Very early. I buy a lot of items with our tax return. I also buy clothes at the end of each season, when they're on serious clearance, and just buy a size or two bigger.
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by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I am about half way done shopping for my kids. Dh and I ordered legos and a few other things for them online.  I am going to go out next week and purchase outfits for my kids to wear to school, and get them some pjs.  My kids out grew all their pjs, and sweaters from last year. I also want to finish shopping for my nieces.  The rest of the family is pretty easy.  I plan to order a gift basket for my brother and sil and have it shipped to their house.  The rest of the extended family is getting gift cards.  I never  know what to get anyone, and most of my family members are picky when it comes to clothes.

by Bronze Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

almost done!

by Mikki on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I always say I'm going to but never happens.

family in the van   Mom of four

by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 6:23 AM
My kids are about done. The only problem with starting early is I keep seeing things on sale I want to get them. DF is almost done all I have to do is check out online but want to get giftcards first. I still need to get my secret santa, dds school gifts, my brother and sister, 2neices and my nephew...but those will b very easy.
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by Jenna on Nov. 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM
I started already. Not done. Oldest is close to being done. Youngest I only got a few things so far.
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by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Yes, I always shop early. I'm almost done for ds now.

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