What kind of holiday shopper are you? Shop all year when you see a great gift Start shopping early - how early? Start shopping around Thanksgiving (American) Last Minute (say 2 weeks before) Last second (day or 2 before) Something else? I usually shop pretty early a little at a time. I meet a good friend of mine on Monday/Tuesday of Thanksgiving week and we marathon shop all day long and get a lot of it done. Usually by that point I have purchased a few things and have a few things left after that. I have shopped online more since the kids were born and it is a lifesaver, but I enjoy browsing and getting ideas/inspiration.