Sunday, July 31, 2011

Yes Virginia, I am thinking about Christmas shopping

   I am trying to get a jump start on Christmas, especially since 3 of our daughters have winter birthdays. Their birthdays are 12/22, 2/8 & 3/4. 
   I will wait on most things for the older girls since their choices will change as they see stuff being released. I know some video games, movies & such I will get. 
   I am going back & forth about getting them MP3 players. We would have gotten them iPod Nanos but do not like the new design, we have an older generation that we love. I am not willing to put out over $250 a girl for touches. We do have 2 iPhones that will turn into touches but we will not want them carrying those around with them.
  Our youngest will be 1 in early March. The problem is after your 4th girl you run out of things to get that you don't have a version of all ready. I have a few things on my amazon list for her. Our oldest will be 12 1/2 by Christmas & just at that awkward stage to buy for. Our soon to be 11 year old still wants to be into things that I feel as getting to be to young for her. It is not that I want her to grow up to soon I just want to get things that will grow with her.
   I have talked to my sisters & they said our brother wants a PS2 for Christmas. I guess his ex wife threw his away or something like that. We are looking into getting him a used one from Gamestop. I am using my points from Myview survey site to get a $25 gift card to there to put towards it.
   I am saving my change to cash in at coin star for amazon codes for my sisters & mom. I also know we will take our points from our debit card & get gift cards for my dad & in laws. That just leaves my sister-n-law & her husband to figure out. 
   My mom & FIL have late Dec birthdays too plus my dad has a late Nov birthday. That time of year hits hard.  Starting in early Oct until March we have 10 birthdays not including all holiday spending.
   I also have to make our 6 stockings. DH is the worst to shop for. He is one of those people who basically wants for nothing & gets what he wants when he wants it. I am the same way. I do love makeup, books,  bath things, movies & video games though. That gives me lots of choices for my stockings. I end up getting DH things I know he will use (hair gel, body wash, gum, tylenol & such)


  1. Yay, I'm not the only one who is getting started! We have a really tight budget so I'm trying to start early for sales and such. I love Christmas :)

  2. Hi!! I have already lay-by'd the gifts for our kids, now I just have to pay it all off :)
    You can never start too early I say!
    I love Christmas as well... :)

  3. Hi just calling by from the Alexa Blog hop. I think it is a great idea to plan for christmas now so it is not so stressful. I understand about running out of things to buy as we have 3 boys and 2 girls. The girls are pretty seperated in ages but the boys are a bit closer so it has been harder to sometimes work out what to get for them. My oldest is 13 and we tend to just give money so he can go shopping now. Good luck. Be sure to come by and say hi and join my Making Goals Monday Blog Hop Sarah

  4. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

  5. Hopping on by from the Alexa Hop. Good to know I'm not the only one thinking of Christmas already. I was thinking of starting my Christmas wish list for my son. He's going to be 1 on 12/21, so I know things won't change. My 7 year old is another story. I'll have to wait to make his wish list.


  6. Good for you! I love getting it all done early, and stressing less when the holidays actually come along! Visiting and following via Alexa Hop...hop over to my blog and follow back if you like!

    Jessica K

  7. You are so organized and have just inspired me to get ready for Christmas!!

  8. I need to think about Christmas shopping sooner this year too. Hopefully I'll have it all done before December!

    I'm stopping by from the Alexa Hop from - would love for you to stop by my blog :)

  9. My head hangs in shame. You have it all planned out, what a great strategy! I haven't even begun to consider xmas-I'm a terrible procrastinator, I'll probably start 'thinking' about shopping in November.