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when do you start?
it's early september mate!
Always plan to start early but inevitably end up running round the shops like a headless chicken on Xmas eve.
What's she got?
She sounds like a good mum.
I like it.
Its easy with kids as you control what they buy. Its quite hard with adults as they have like MONTHS to buy it themself.
You know how I feel about this. Remember the Christmas confectionary at Halloween last year?
and you've reminded me how much I can't WAIT for christmas chocolate.
(I wasn't looking it made itself known) that I want to get you for Christmas. You'll love it.
I bloody love Christmas sections.
But I don't want to wear them out.
Don't buy anything for the next three months
I think my irony meter may never work again. :(
(out of stock) for her birthday back in August but turned up last week. That's her done. Happy fuckin Christmas.
pack last winter to wear on one cold morning, she wasn't having any of it.
then I usually just put in one order to Amazon
So yeah, I'll start about 3 weeks before xmas and finish a day or two before. I start off dead organised but every year without fail it descends into chaos.
Spread it out between a couple of paydays and then have a bumper xmas bonus to use up when I'm not at work
Once Halloween is over; that's when I get my Christmas on.
I mean Guy Fawkes.
but Guy Fawkes was over years ago.
Those were the offenders last year. I had to warn Charlie about this the other day.
Its not about spreading the cost over a few months. Well it kind of is. I'm not buying presents for people every month so its going to eat up a part of my wages and thats a fact. If you think it doesn't affect your wages at all, you're a moron or you are pretending you get paid so much you won't notice £100 gone.
Its also about being organised and not leaving it to the last minute. Its about finding the right present for someone and not something very last minute from Boots.
The two things don't add up. I'm struggling to see what your issue is other than `Christmas is for losers LOL`.
For someone who likes to get a bit chippy with others, the logical foundations of your own posts leave a lot to be desired.
We're saying we like to take time to find the perfect gifts and spreading the costs over the months as we can't afford it. You said you get a bonus so you don't notice it but you still spend the money.
Do you have a partner to buy stuff for?
who doesn't buy your parents presents out of "principle". Its the thought that counts and even if you took them a bottle of wine or something like that, they'd appreciate it.
I agree that some people spend so much on really thoughtless gifts but the point of a gift for me is buying something for someone they wouldn't normally buy themselves and something they will love. I'm not just going to go an buy them an iPad because yeah, it might make them happy, but won't make them feel that lovely feeling you get when someone gets you or makes you a really nice thoughtful present.
I'm not getting pissy with you. Spending a day with your family costs nothing but I spend time with my family anyway so buying them something special that will make them feel good, as well as spending a day with them, is going to make them really happy.
you just go round there and eat their food. Thats fine but you're doing nothing in return, and you don't strike me as someone who is amazing company.
And don't call me a bellend.
With you. Pigfoot.
I'm not even sure who you are.
But name calling? Not very nice, really.
I'm going for a Twix.
What if you saw something in a shop the week before Christmas that you could afford and you knew your mum would love, you wouldn't buy it for her?
I understand and am with you on not bankrupting yourself but it's nice to give gifts to the people you care about.
I'm going to stockpile
I couldn't afford to do that no matter how much I spread it out, even if you're being really prudent it is still a time of the year when you're spending is abnormally higher than usual so it makes sense to pre-empt that by spreading it out a bit.
and waterstones, sometimes hmv, one for my dad so whenever. might do my christmas shopping now
I start in October and accumulate presents over a couple of paydays.
If I'm buying presents for people, regardless of whether or not I agree/disagree with the ideological framework for doing so, I make sure I do it properly and buy things with care and that they will like. Invariably, this leads me to spending a fair amount of money.
I take present buying seriously, whatever the occasion. And I take financial management seriously too. The two things combine to glorious effect.
but by having the basic foresight to begin purchasing gifts a few months in advance, that cost spread out is easy to deal with, instad of blowing $200 in one month.
do it in november
I'm on a very tight budget this year so when see perfect gifts on sale, I snatch them up!
how can it be too early? you just buy something when you see it, put it in a drawer somwhere. few months later, you've done brilliant christmas shopping and you barely even tried.
probably end of october? Just to spread the cost out over three pay days (and because the fortnight before christmas is usually hectic enough without shopping worries)
Only buying for the other half and my mum this year as my siblings finally realised as we're all adults now, wasting money on presents was stupid.
'oh, x would probably like that for Christmas' when I see something they'd like. I don't know when exactly that happens but it's still 'oh, x would like that, I'll have to tell them about it' or 'oh, x would like that, I like them enough to get it for them for no particular reason' right now. The shift is definite but imperceptible.
I only buy presents for my mum, dad and sister, £20 on each. Nowt more. Might buy presents for a friend or two on occasion if I feel they deserve it. £60 max spend, easy.
Then she told me she had some mini eggs the other day. Disgusting.
I want me some
I shant assist.
people that do this ruin christmas.
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i'll get mine around the 23rd of December, like most normal people do.