post off: what type of gift shopper are you?

I like to think I’m a pretty good gift giver; I try to be both thoughtful and timely whenever I’m giving a present. However, I’m always impressed by those individuals with the foresight to purchase a present months in advance of giving it. (I tend to pick up gifts at the last minute.) I’m sure there are some people out there who have already finished their holiday shopping, and I think it would be wonderful to not have to deal with the inevitable December shopping madness. Shelterrific readers, are you way ahead of the game when figuring out gifts, or do you pull a present together just hours before giving it? –Erica P.

From our partners
Tiffany S.

I have to tell my friends and family that I’m not trying to be smug by sending my gifts out before Thanksgiving – it’s just that I really can’t bear the lines that start everywhere the day after Thanksgiving.

This year we knocked everyone down to a $20-25 limit and that made shopping incredibly easy. We still ended up getting great gifts (cool folding reusable shopping bags, Harijuku girl perfume, desk organization items, signed books, tea that donates a percentage of proceeds to Breast Cancer reseplace, dried fruit from the PNW). I’m actually more excited about the gifts this year than I have been about other years.

Anyway, most gifts were purchased by October. Last night I ran to Pier One and found some great “last-minute” (meaning pre-Thanksgiving) holiday gifts so I guess…I’m all…done. I’m a little sad about it but at least I won’t be standing in line.

(Did that sound smug?)

Michelle

Funny, I’m a shop-way-in-advance type, while my husband is a last-minute type. More often than not, he wants to play a role in getting the gift, but is unwilling to even think about it until a few days beforehand.

I try to make the process less stressful by buying a bunch of cool non-personal things as I see them in stores, and then we go “shopping” from the stash when an occasion comes up. I feel kind of bad to give such generic gifts, but the alternative is no gift at all.

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[…] 1. Some of you have already finished your holiday shopping! Tiffany S. writes: “I have to tell my friends and family that I’m not trying to be smug by sending my gifts out before Thanksgiving – it’s just that I really can’t bear the lines that start everywhere the day after Thanksgiving. Most gifts were purchased by October. Last night I ran to Pier One and found some great ‘last-minute’ (meaning pre-Thanksgiving) holiday gifts so I guess…I’m all…done. I’m a little sad about it but at least I won’t be standing in line.” Tell us how you handle the holiday shopping scene here. […]

Dana

We always shop in advance. my husband hates crowds, and he refuses to go to any store more than necessary from mid-November to January. Fortunately we usually go to our local farmer’s market right at 6:30 am when it opens, and my husband has recently found a grocery store that opens at 7, so at least I don’t have to stock up on 6 weeks worth of food…

Jaymie

I too am done shopping. I was done except for 2 photo gifts I ordered this weekend, but had been done for about 2 weeks prior to that. I am a plan WAY in advance person. I have a hard time dealing with the stress of last minute no matter what it is.

Tiffany S.

Thank you all for making me feel much more normal … you can’t believe the seething looks I get from people who know I’m all done! Sounds like I’m in GREAT company!