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Chutz
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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
This might light a fire under some folks for even mentioning it but...I was at Costco last Wednesday (in Washington state where it all began) and I saw Christmas papers and ribbons out for sale! The middle of August and already they are pushing. As the 'back to school' items sell the Christmas things come in their place.

I know most of us don't want to even think of the holidays yet but I thought I'd bring it up because of what I saw. I try to get things done early but the past couple of years I just can't seem to keep up and am doing some last minute things...which I truly detest! So my question for you today is... For the holidays, are you a last-minute shopper or do you shop well ahead of time?

I make PJ bottoms for all of the boys (grandsons) and often fun pillowcases for each of them. They just love it! They are all into Playstation stuff and computers so I was a bit hesitant when I started making soft, cuddly PJ's for them but they loved the flannel and the fact that I use fun fabric that has 'cool' things on it. I used sports theme for one, music for another and this year I'll be making some for the little ones with tractor themes. It's nice when they still love homemade things.

So are you someone who plans for the holidays well in advance or are you the last minute type?
Chutz smilewinkgrin
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vestabula
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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Well, we just shop for the grandchildren now and because they are 2,4, and 6 years old, it's hard to figure out what size they will be wearing and what 'theme' they will be into by Christmas.  It was Dora last year and now it seems the Pretty Pony phase is still alive but waning.  My husbands grandkids have everything under the sun, so we just send them gift certificates now.  Unfortunately, all of them live across the country so we rarely see them on Christmas.  So...Last minute for me!

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ Meds: valium Advil

Reach out and touch someone. If they don't touch you back it's because you still have brownie batter on your face.

GSDgirl
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   Posted 8/24/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
For me it all depends on when I have the money and how much I have. I try to buy the grand kids some things that they can leave here & their parents usually get gift cards.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 

crazykitty
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   Posted 8/24/2010 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Last year I shopped online...loved the convenience and free shipping. yeah

hugs, Robin smilewinkgrin


sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
We only buy for our grandson now so its usually around the first of December.
Gentle Hugs
Shirley
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sobermommy
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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Uhg...Christmas shopping already?? I would love to be shopping and stocking up all year but sad to say I need to cancel Christmas this year...no room in the already damaged budget for extras...can barely afford rent and food. Wow...that is sad to say out loud.
Trying to keep my focus...

Fibro, deg/bulg discs in neck, rotator cuff tear, exteme nerve pain in hands after carpal tunnel on both, multiple foot surgeries with pain still, IBS, tension headaches, (Lap band)

Savella, MS contin, Vicoden, claritin, prilosec, flonase, vitamins, calcium

getting by
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   Posted 8/24/2010 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
If I didn't think it would be too impersonalble, I would do gift cards for all the grandkids, it would be so much easier for me, but when the holiday season comes, I usually start shopping. I am more of a last minute shopper, unless I see good deals on something and actually remember Christmas. It is kind of a thing that I play by ear. I have a baby shower coming up for my niece and I think I will get her a gift card. Then she can get what she wants for the baby.

Hugs, Karen
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 8/24/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been done for about 6 months now and only have to do my son's "survival box". It's a collection of TP, paper towels,
deoderant, soaps, toothpaste, etc. I usually find different cocoas and at least one "taxi" item. He's a taxi driver and
this year I found a tricked out Matchbox taxi car. I already found the Buffalo Bills stuff for one son and Pittsburg
Steeler stuff for the other. All grandkids are done, too.

Nana Monster

Dagger
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   Posted 8/24/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't shop until the last minute. If I shop early, I can't find half of what I bought. Or I end up buying the same thing twice. Lists don't help and I live in a small apartment so you'd think everything would be easy to find. Putting everything in one place doesn't work, I end up with 4 or five places.

I've decided to give in to my nature and wait until around Thanksgiving.

GSDgirl
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   Posted 8/24/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanamonster--------------GO STEELERS!!!! yeah
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 

Nana Monster
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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Dagger....I used to be like that but I fixed that problem by getting bins and labeling them with the families they
belong to and sorting them likewise. Then all I have to do at X-mas is get out a bin, wrap and drop off. I usually
shop clearance racks at the end of the season so I save TONS of money. I can do so much more for a fraction of
the price.

GSDgirl...My son defineately agrees. I find a lot of unusual stuff at a small shop on Ft. Drum. I have the guy's
phone number. I've gotten night lights, fleeces, liscense plates covers, hats, gloves, key chains, steering
wheel covers and whole bunches more.

Acheybody
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   Posted 8/24/2010 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm with you, Dagger - I love the idea of getting it done early but forget which "clever" place I put things in! Or, I look at it and think, "WHY did I buy this??" and end up going out all over again at the last minute anyway. :(

Debbie
...fibromyalgia, hearing loss, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting (back), arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, cancer surgeries (face).......I take Nortriptyline & Clonopin daily, and Darvocet as needed
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