Last night I posted about my plans to join SFT's Christmas shopping in November plans. The aim of this is to have ALL of your Christmas shopping done by the end of November.
I have set myself a budget to do this. I have the money in my account I just need to spend it! Here is my Christmas list
Dylan- wants some beats headphones, also needs knick knacky bits
Stephanie, all knick knacks done- would like a new bike
Grandparents chn make a calender of pictures from our year for them, Stephanie is also making clay pots
Nephews x5, 3 will get some money/vouchers as they usually put it together with other money to buy the latest must have game. The second to youngest need to talk to my sister about, the youngest loves spider man I have seen a spiderman car I am planning to get him
Neices x3, 2 bought for they have a crafty present each the oldest one will get money, same logic as nephews except she usually goes clothes shopping. I wont even pretend to be able to choose something she would actually wear.
secret santa for work, not sure who I have yet so will have to wait for the draw hopefully that will happen soon. We have a £5 budget for this.
I don't as a rule buy for any others in the family as it gets too expensive. I often shop on boxing day for my siblings. It has become a big of a tradition as my children go to their dads on boxing day I wander around the shops and get any bits that I can put away for next year (wrapping paper, crackers etc) and find a little present for my brothers and sisters. We set an agreement years back that we would no longer buy for each other- when you have 3 sisters and 3 brothers and then the nephews and neices start appearing Christmas can become a real issue. Instead we try and focus on having fun and enjoying our large family.
So there you have it, half of my Christmas shopping is done already, can I focus enough to get the rest done in the next 27 days? I certainly hope so as I really like the idea of a no shop December. We can then spend December being Christmassy and doing things such as enjoy the local Christmas festival that kicks off Decemdber each year, going to Winter Wonderland my sisters are all joining us this year, the pantomime (when I get round to booking it) and all those other Christmassy things I always plan to do but not manage because I'm rushing trying to finish the shopping.