I started my Christmas shopping!!

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  1. Joyful!

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    You have me humming, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"! :)
    We are doing some clandestine shopping for a certain someone in our house too! (Not because I'm organized, just because of the nature of the gift.):cool:
     
  2. dizzykates

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    I seriously need to start thinking about what to get my husband for Christmas. I know he wants a watch and I have the money for it, but Fossil has a 90 day return policy so I need to wait just in case it's not the right one.
     
  3. Ms. I

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    LOL Alice! :) Yes, I do love shopping. What I don't love is rushing time when it already zips by fast enough already! But hey, as long are you're having fun, that's great! :thumb:
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    Yes, I suppose we do view the world very differently.

    But it's not "rushing" in this case, it's "serindipity."

    And in addition, as I said, things change when you become Santa. You've mentioned in the past that your gift list is a whole lot more limtied than mine. If I waited until the last minute, all the joy of finding that perfect gift would be sapped right out of Christmas.
     
  5. Harper

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    I Still remember the first time I got to help my mom shop for my own gifts. There was an amazing sale and she needed me to "approve" the choices - I was at that age... But then I had to wait quite some time for Xmas before I could open the boxes and actually wear the clothes! Such a learning experience for me about budgets and family needs/ wants, and a memorable day with mom.
    I bet she always remembers those boots, Alice!
     
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    Parents cherish moments, they don't rush time. Childhood goes fast enough...Alice can have happy Uggs thoughts all fall thinking about the gift she'll give her daughter.

    Finding special gifts ahead of time for upcoming holidays and birthdays is thoughtful. Hey, I've got BIG kids ( in their 20s!:eek:) and I still love thinking ahead to what I can surprise them with...
     
  7. Aliceacc

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    Yeah, it's one of the special joys of parenting... being able to get that gift that you just KNOW will make their eyes light up.

    Julia even asked me to mark the box somehow so she would recognize it, and she would have her boots as her first gift :)

    And, of course with a house full of kids and a full time job, not to mention extra curricular and teaching Religion, I've got to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.

    This will be Julia's first year as a non-believer. So her particular thrill will be in making it real for Kira.
     
  8. mollydoll

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    That's really sweet, Alice.
     
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    Last year at this time I was done shopping for 4 of my 5 siblings!!
     
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    I've thought about Christmas...but the babies have so many toys already! I've got a lot of clothes from clearance sales. Still need Santa presents :-/ they will be 20 months then! OMG :(
     
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    Added to my pile of Christmas gifts today! Power Wheel for 70% off! I wasn't planning on getting one for my son, but he will love it and for the price I couldn't pass it up!
     
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    I inadvertently got something for my sister - I bought a bracelet and ring from a jewelry party and I just don't like them and they are too small and childish. I think she will really like them though.
     
  13. Aliceacc

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    Vera Bradley is having a HUGE Labor Day sale on two patterns: Totallly Turqoise and something else, and a similar sale on lots of other patterns.

    So I just picked up tduffels for the girls, and teacher gifts for:
    Kira's classroom teacher
    Her speech and reading teachers
    Her religion teacher
    Julia's religion teacher (assuming they're all female. I already know all but the religion teachers.)

    I got each of the teachers a wristlet that will hold a cell phone.
    http://www.verabradley.com/product/...or/Boysenberry/pc/638/c/0/sc/890/p/154832.uts
    Julia has the same one and loves it. They came to something like $12.80 each. They retail at $34.

    You have to be pretty open to different patterns; they're sold out of a lot of the cheapest items. But I did really well :)

    Shipping is also a flat rate tonight and tomorrow.
    eta-- I just remembered, Brian will have a religion teacher too. But I already placed the order, so I think I'll hold off on ordering another until I see the number of women they end up with.
     
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    I am in awe!
     
  15. Aliceacc

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    Oh, I forgot about the aides. Kira's class always has one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

    So I placed another order this morning. I got 3 of the $11 lunch bags-- I'll let the kids decide who gets what.

    Hey, decent teacher gifts for a reasonable price are hard to come up with. As much as I would LOVE to spend REAL money on the teacher gifts, the sheer numbers make that impossible. (Of course, I'll also chip in for the class gift.) But I know all the teachers will have enough candles and mugs for a lifetime. If I can find something really decent on sale ahead of time, I think I would be crazy not to take advantage.

    (Oh, here's the link to the duffel for $28: http://www.verabradley.com/product/...Color/Lemon+Parfait/p/154785.uts?fromSearch=1
    and the $11 lunch bag: http://www.verabradley.com/product/...Color/Lemon+Parfait/p/154875.uts?fromSearch=1 ... you have to hit each of the patterns to get each price.)
     
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    Oh I totally agree! Your children's teachers are going to appreciate these gifts!

    ETA - Thanks for including the link. Those are some great prints and patterns!
     
  17. Aliceacc

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    Yeah, arent' they nice?? My girls are going to LOVE The duffles! They can use them as carryons for next year's Disney trip :)

    It's funny how many things that were available last night are now "no longer availabie online." Apparently I'm not the only one Christmas shopping early.
     
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    Those lunch bags are much nicer than the one I paid full price for! Mine has a stupid Velcro flap as closure, but when you carry it by the handle, the flap usually comes open, so it's too much trouble and has been dumped in a closet somewhere.

    Id replace it now if I weren't preparing to buy expensive nail polish tomorrow at the Saks Fashion Night Out event!
     
  19. czacza

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    KUdos to all you shoppers! You are getting great bargains! And so nice that you can take your time to be really thoughtful about the gifts you give each recipient rather than be under pressure as December arrives.:thumb:
     
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    I haven't started yet but I'm going to the local fair next week and hope to get a few small gifts.
     

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