I know. It seems waaaay too early to start your Christmas shopping already. Or is it? I have a fairly substantial list of Christmas gifts that I want to buy for people this year, and have decided that the gifts will be small and meaningful. I am also travelling overseas for almost a month before Christmas, so I need to use my time well.
So I was thinking...if I divide my shopping list into 4 and buy 25% of the gifts this month, and 25% of the gifts next month, and so on, I will be done with my Christmas shopping by end November. Isn't that so cool?? It means that I won't be trawling the malls in late November or December with all the frazzled, desperate gift shoppers. It means that I will have time to think about the person that I am buying a gift for, and make sure that the gift will be meaningful, or at least useful - I like useful gifts, I don't like rubbish that stands on the mantelpiece and gathers dust (called kaggelkak in South Africa).
Here's a little sneak peek at a gift that I have already bought - a gorgeous lunch tote. I bought a couple of them as Christmas gifts and will fill them with yummy treats such as seed and nut bars, or chocolates and hand cream before wrapping them. That's a really neat (and useful!) gift.
So that's my Christmas shopping strategy for 2011. What's yours?