CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING IN 2008: Are you giving more or less this year... and will you shop early or wait until the last minute?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 11, 2008 2:17 PM GMT
    Can you believe it? Christmas lights and decorations up in the stores. I can't believe its almost mid November. So will the sad economic situation
    cause you to spend less this year? Do you shop early or late?

    For me, I had several gifts purchased by the end of spring. 2 are already wrapped, I'll be at least half done by Thanksgiving. I hate wandering around aimlessly on December 22 looking for gifts for someone and I'm clueless....
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    Nov 11, 2008 2:24 PM GMT
    I'm only buying 3 gifts this year. one for my mom/stepfather, one for my brother and his wife, and one for my bf. I plan on going on Black Friday, cause with the shitty ecnomy, I bet itll be the perfect storm of low prices
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    Nov 11, 2008 2:37 PM GMT
    I'll spend less this year than last. The economic downturn hasn't affected us at all, however. In fact, I have more money this year.

    But last year I bought hubby a new car for Christmas, which he doesn't need this year, and I can't think of anything of comparable value that he requires or wants.

    So I'll prolly just get him lots & lots of more modest gifts, to pile around the tree, their numbers making up for their lesser combined value compared to a car. He doesn't like extravagant personal things, so no gold Rolex watches or anything like that, either.
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    Nov 11, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    I LOVE chrismas! but between living in FL and going away durrining christmas. I feel lack luster this year to celebrate, but my family said they would celebrate it again with me when i get back in march ^_^
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    Nov 11, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    OMG - I need to get in gear. I've got some major decorating to do - 10 trees. I know... it's an obsession!

    I will be spending a bit less this year, but I did manage to pick up a few things earlier in the year, so the kids should be happy. Which reminds me, Call of Duty is released today.
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    Nov 11, 2008 3:21 PM GMT
    I am buying the same amount of gifts as ususal. But everyone is getting the same. I work for a University so everyone is getting the university sweat shirt. Im on a budget. My boyfriend is the only one that will get other gifts.

    I also I will be giving everyone a Janet Jackson "Discipline" cd as a stocking stuffer.
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    Nov 11, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    As I'm still recovering financially from a devastating divorce, I'll be giving no gifts this year except for labor and talents (such as they are) to help the less fortunate. The one thing I shall do for myself is put up and decorate a tree for the first time in 4 years.
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    Nov 11, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    I will be buying less, buying on sale and I've already started. Also, a major reduction in the number of Christmas cards being mailed.
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    Nov 11, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    We're doing alright in my house, but some members of my family are feeling the pinch. We decided to do a moratorium on gifts this year so that no member would feel awkward about the holidays. We'll concentrate on spending quality time with each other.
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    Nov 11, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    less and i'm a last minute shopper.
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    Nov 11, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    Hopefully I'll be getting more than last year. Anything can beat getting nothing icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 11, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    I've got one of my moms gifts. Still need to get a couple gifts for her and dad and then i'm buying for 4 friends.. My sister and I have never bought for each other..
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    Nov 11, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    Went through my closet last week and located the 16 gifts I bought last year AFTER Christmas. Tapped into some incredible sales. These are for nieces and nephews, godchildren, women friends and inlaws etc. Teenagers and women are the easiest to shop for sometimes. I'm not a bit embarassed to say it, I love to save 90% off retail.

    Beyond that, I don't know. I don't go overboard and don't have a bf at present to spoil. icon_cool.gif My dad is always high on my list, and usually it's books for him, or something he'll enjoy snacking on.

    This year I think I'm either taking close friends out to brunch or dinner, or making a dinner party for them. It's a good time you might not otherwise have, and you don't have to find room in your apartment for it later ...

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    Nov 11, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    I'll be buying something for everyone on my list, I just won't be spending as much as I have the last couple of years.
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    Nov 11, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    I'll be shopping as normal. I'll prolly be spending as much if not more as I did last year.

    I love buying people gifts its fun. Correction buying people gifts who are easy to buy for.
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    Nov 11, 2008 5:52 PM GMT
    I'll probably spend about the same. No more, no less.

    When I lost my job this summer, I envisioned that I might not buy any gifts this year. But I've just taken a job paying more than I've ever made, so that won't be the case.

    I have a large family and it's easy to overspend for Christmas, so I set an overall budget for gifts and stick to it.
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    Nov 11, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
    This year's spending will definately be less than last years. My Partner's business is doing very well - but mine is in the toilet and I'm the one who usually does the shopping, decorating and cooking. I think we will just have friends and family over for dinner/gathering and skip the presents this year.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 11, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    I'm spending more on my bf this year, his mp3 player needs replacing so I am buying an iPod.

    For the first time, the adults in my immediate family aren't exchanging presents. We are doing a (politically incorrectly named) Chinese lottery. We set a target spending for $100, and each person that wants to participate will one gift for that amount - no cash or gift cards, though.

    We'll draw numbers, and #1 gets first pick of the presents. They open it, then #2 gets to pick a unopened present or steal #1's present. If they steal #1's, #1 then selects another present. #3 can then steal either #1's or #2's or pick from the unopened. If #3 steals #2, #2 can steal #1's again or pick a new present. The process keeps going until they are all unwrapped.

    No present can get stolen more than 3 times, and no present can be stolen directly back.
  • sandiegovince

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    Nov 11, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    I guess I'll be shopping for a boyfriend so I have the privilege of buying him some Christmas or Hanukkah presents...LOL
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    Nov 11, 2008 7:04 PM GMT
    A lot less I usually spend about $1000 a year all things considered, but being in college without a job this year means I simply can't prioritize it.

    Flying back home across the world already put a dent in my savings. So seeing me is the present for most of my family.

    Disappointing as it's my youngest sisters last childhood Christmas
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    Nov 11, 2008 7:05 PM GMT
    Macaroni and yarn necklaces for all!

    Merry Christmas. ;-)
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    Nov 11, 2008 7:48 PM GMT
    I'm pretty much giving the same as last year. 8-)
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Nov 12, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidCan you believe it? Christmas lights and decorations up in the stores. I can't believe its almost mid November. So will the sad economic situation
    cause you to spend less this year? Do you shop early or late?

    For me, I had several gifts purchased by the end of spring. 2 are already wrapped, I'll be at least half done by Thanksgiving. I hate wandering around aimlessly on December 22 looking for gifts for someone and I'm clueless....



    Chris, are you not going a little bit ahead of yourself icon_question.gificon_confused.gif
  • farfle

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    Nov 12, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    I'll be spending less as I don't know how much longer I'll actually have a job. Just buying for my mom and brother this year (and, of course, my dog!). I've got some shopping done with a bit more to do.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Nov 12, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    Duck4life saidI'll be spending probably about the same on my family, maybe less since i'm not asking for much from them. However, if it helps bring my special someone back to me for christmas (best christmas present ever), i'd be willing to spend more for that.


    I hope that happens icon_smile.gif