The last couple of weeks, I've begun to make a start on my Christmas shopping. Well, I made a start back in January and have picked up the odd item here and there throughout the year, but I've now made a start on finishing my Christmas shopping, which is probably a more accurate way to describe my activities.
I've managed to complete the gifts for most of the children in the family, bar one who usually prefers to be given cash. With regard to LB, I've also bought most of her gifts. She's not getting so much this year, as she will be getting a new phone on a contract, which is a big expense. I'm buying her a few bits and pieces to open on the day though and trying to include a few small inexpensive surprises.
I've now got to the stage where I can't afford to do any more shopping for this month, so the rest will have to wait until next month. There is only really OH's main presents to buy and he doesn't really want for anything, so I don't actually know what to get him. I have a few ideas, but need to give it a bit more thought.
I also still need to buy a few more small items for other adult family members. I've decide to go to some of the more luxury retailers in London for some of these this year, as it is nice to be able to buy people something special at this time of year and I've never really made use of the very special shops we have easy access to in London before, in all the time we've lived here.
I think my change in attitude towards them was partly as a result of my sister's influence when she visited, as she does like luxury food products. I'm trying to stick largely to consumables, as people probably have enough other 'stuff' already. This will, of course, entail a little shopping trip into town, but this will be quite enjoyable.
I've written and sent my sister's Christmas cards to Australia this week, so that is one job done, and have also separately returned some items by post that she inadvertently left behind after her visit.
Next week, I need to take my Operation Christmas Child box into a collection point. I just need to wrap the lid in Christmas paper and secure it with a large rubber band and it's ready to go.
I intend to do a shop for the local food bank at some point next month too. I've printed off a list of things they currently need and will be armed with it when I eventually get around to it.
I still have my Christmas cards to write and send, but they are sat on my kitchen table all ready to get started on. The writing of them will probably be another job I will attempt either this weekend or next week, time allowing.
It's a slow and steady build up to the festive season. Just how I like it. How's your hristmas shopping coming along?