Yes I have but this is mainly as I work in an Op Shop and have had a few things come through that I bought.
I buy very few Christmas presents and will only be buying a few for my grandchildren - one of them gets my computer which I just replaced with a brand new one and I have really finished my Xmas shopping unless I see something else that I really want for one of them.
Yes. I buy most of my presents throughout the year. Also, the rest I buy from Boxing Day to New Years until New Years Day when all the sales are on. Some sales are on throughout the month of January. I keep my ears open throughout the year and buy when interest is shown for a particular item. I get a lot of gift vouchers. You can't go wrong. I usually go and buy these at the shops or get these online. I really have all my gifts. I just need to get a few more gift vouchers. I have given my husband his gift. He wanted a new wallet, so last time we were at the shops, he chose one ( he is easy to please) and I paid for it. I have also gotten him a gift voucher for his favourite mens store. Massages or day spa vouchers for daughters in law. Very easy. I must check the gift box to see what I already have. I might get a couple of little things for a couple of the ladies I visit. Dad is always hard to buy for, but I might give him a clothing voucher at Gazman. Mum doesn't like me giving him lollies or a Christmas cake as he is diabetic. I can go round the shops in one afternoon and pick up these vouchers (some I have already ) and its all done.
I have had to start a month ago, for friends and family...otherwise it just gets to be too much.
Picking up a bargain here and there, and really I feel some shops know this, so offer amazing discounts, if you shop ahead of time.
Plus: It really has little impact on my money when Dec rolls around.
I have told people it is not an expensive gift, but one well thought out.Plus, I will be giving a lot of my hand made hearts to some of my girlfriends :)
I am always VERY organised when it comes to gift buying! I start when the sales are on straight after Christmas!! Last year I bought fabulous gifts so cheaply for my little niece,and I gave some to her for her birthday,while keeping some for Christmas this time around!! I do not buy gifts for many people at all.It is mainly my little niece who I give something special to.and my son,parents,and a lady I have known for over 25 years who is like a mother and sister all in one wonderful woman. I DO send a lovely special card to my dear overseas friends though, as it is a nice surprise when they see the Australian stamps on the envelopes!! I far prefer to give gifts for no reason whatsoever,than for Christmas! Also,I used to MAKE my gifts but with my hands not working as well as they used to,I am not able to do this anymore. This really does sadden me greatly as I enjoyed doing it so much!
Oh Yes!!!~ The Un-Birthday Song from Alice in Wonderland was a firm favourite in my family when I was little,and it still is all these many years later!! Christmas was NEVER the big event for us at all. Birthdays were ,and are the PERSONAL celebrations which hold any importance to us. But the gifts which mean the very most to me and always shall,are the gorgeous
Un -Birthday ones which are always a total surprise!! In fact,last week,which happened to be the birthday celebrations for 3 of my very nearest and dearest all on the 7th and 8th Nov, ended up being extremely special for ME as I received 2 wondrously unexpected parcels in the post containing a selection of very precious(to me,anyway!) gifts!!! Although Christmas is known as the Season for Giving, I am more for the totally special ,and non-commercial style of gifts! I have a very dear friend who lives very far from me who often sends me surprise parcels of the most exquisite books, and these warm my heart and soul more than any Christmas Gift EVER could! I feel so blessed and humbly so!!
We don't have to buy for many people, just our daughters, their partners, & grand-daughters, (who we shop for during the year.) I also buy presents for 3 friends, & my self, & my husband, if there's anything he wants!
Now only for 1 daughter & her partner, & everyone else listed! I must have written the above 3/4 years ago, before we fell out with our eldest daughter, the fault of her partner. At least we still see our grand-daughters, but that's another (long) story!