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How, when and where do you do your Christmas shopping?

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Posted by: looklively

24th Oct 2013 01:05pm

When do you buy Christmas presents? Do you start buying them throughout the year, or do you leave it to the last minute? How do you buy them (i.e online or in store). Do you change the stores that you go to just for Christmas presents? What shops do you go to? How many presents do you usually have to buy?

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Migaloo
  • 12th Mar 2017 11:57am

I shop all year as l see things for Christmas gifts on line and in stores , if l leave it all till December l can not find any thing suitable so as l see some thing l think some one would love l buy it now starting from Jan on wards , l look any where for gifts any stores , like gift shops , cloths stores , even specialty chocolate ,sweet shops when it gets more towards Christmas for chocolates and sweets though , l buy for 14 all up some ones cat and some ones dog also .

sherry007
  • 9th Mar 2017 07:28pm

Start mid year

sherry007
  • 9th Mar 2017 07:27pm

Start mid year

3lions
  • 24th Dec 2016 10:16am

Merry Christmas Everyone,
I am lucky, there is only my mum and me, so I always buy her a few presents, especially this year, as she has been very ill for the latter half of this year. I bought her some Rises yesterday, & tomorrow we will spend the day together :)
I have been buying things online since September and have picked up the wrapping paper & Christmas Bags when they started unpacking them, so all I have to do is wrapping them and I do spend time on my wrapping and presentation, as I love the glitter & ribbons. I personally just find it's easier to get what I want online & delivered, & it's been great this year especially with mum not well, I doubt I would have had the time to go and get what I needed.
Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow & spare a thought for those who unfortunately will be alone for what ever reason.
Seasons Greetings!

Jezemeg8
  • 24th Dec 2016 09:52am

For years now I have begun buying Christmas presents for the following year after Christmas. As I see things that I know someone I know would love at a good price, I purchase it and keep it for their Christmas present. That way there is no huge expenditure all at once (vital when one relies on a Centrelink pension). As often browsing in physical shops can be difficult because I now use a mobility scooter, it is also easier to shop online these days, and use the "Click and Collect" feature available in many stores.

Emelie
  • 18th Dec 2016 09:08pm

I usually shop early December, in the Melbourne shopping centers. Everything is so close by so I can get it all done in one big shop. I usually go to big department stores, such as David jones or Myer, as once again everything is in the one spot. Sometimes I go to random boutiques for gifts that have been specifically asked for. Most years I buy 5-10 presents.

kfactor
  • 12th Nov 2016 11:55pm

For the past decade or so, since all the children and nephews and nieces are grown up, instead of trying to find the right present for each member of the families, we do family donations to the charities of our choice. When my mother passed away from cancer in December 2002, the cancer council received the donation, as did the heart foundation when my mother-in-law passed away suddenly from a heart attack in December 2007. It was a family discussion that lead to this way of celebrating a time, and remembering those no longer with us. I do send cards to family and friends, however now with social media, that cuts down the amount of cards written out.

BIGTED 1954
  • 1st Oct 2016 10:34am

Throughout The Year

Adrienne30317592
  • 6th Sep 2016 07:32pm

i buy when things are on special for christmas so the cost is evened out - dont over shop and dont go into debt for one day.

Milburnd
  • 29th Jul 2016 09:11pm

I usually do all my Christmas shopping about end of October until mid November so I don't have t rush and get item I need to buy

Catenary
  • 15th Jul 2016 09:16pm

We now buy gift cards from TEAR fund, on behalf of family members.

BibbyKat
  • 8th Jul 2016 05:08pm

Shop all yer round .. looking for sales and smart shopping. Save a lot of money this way.

dave7072
  • 25th Oct 2015 01:17pm

Around about now (near end Oct) I start buying Christmas presents for my kids & family. Yesterday I bought some Perfume for my oldest daughter. (She is 28 years)
I have two more adult kids to buy presents for and few other family members.
Each year it seems like I can't afford to buy presents for everyone but each year I manage to do it ok, so I guess this year it will be the same.

I get everything online and have it delivered to me It is often cheaper doing it that way and I don't have to have the hassle of traveling & crowds etc etc.

dunbaylass
  • 26th Sep 2015 04:39pm

Taking the easy way out this year, we are travelling and won't have time for shops so I have been putting away few dollars per week and everyone can get their own from November on. being in W.A. and everyone else scattered in all states, gets very expensive on posting presents so this year they will all get a Coles, Myer Voucher,

weerobby
  • 22nd Aug 2015 01:32pm

No where and nothing, don't believe in the commercialisation

RichN
  • 22nd Aug 2015 10:31am

For me the Christmas buying season starts December 1. A frantic three weks but much better than having to "think Christmas " over a longer period. I tend to choose my favourite shopping centres then go commando like into a whole range of stores looking for suitable gifts for my target recipients. I\m mainly a chain store buyer - David Jones, Myer, Big W, Target, Kmart, Dick Smnith, Harvey Norman. I have around 25 presents to buy.

weerobby
  • 14th Aug 2015 10:28am

Gave up Christmas shopping several years ago, refuse to be be drawn into the commercial rat race

Migaloo
  • 9th Aug 2015 03:12pm

I shop all year around , depends on what l see and who would love it , at times the price also , if l left it to the last week or even month l would never find any thing that suits some of my family and friends as tried that once and all the nice goodies are not in sight .
I buy for 8.
I still go to same stores all year round and also on line places all year round .

ml1956
  • 9th Aug 2015 09:38am

i buy when I find something that will suit the person so its all year round or very last minute

Kayte62
  • 9th Jul 2015 04:29pm

yes throughout the year. I buy most on line. stalls, markets, make them. I usually need to buy about 20 gifts

Ally
  • 16th Apr 2015 05:25pm

I buy for only my Grandchildren and partner and usually by gifts throughout the year at shopping centres or holiday places when I'm travelling about. For my grandchildren I usually buy Summer clothing....from speciality shops which are not available near where we live. I personally shop for specific items which I know they need and usually buy gifts to the value of $50 as they also get Birthday presents which are usually more personal and more expensive.

shelly47
  • 26th Feb 2015 03:41pm

I like to shop locally but this year I also bought some presents on line on a U K site so they could be delivered to my daughter in London. It worked out quite well! Also it saved a lot of postage time and money. I do surveys through the year and used the gift cards to buy some presents at Myer and Target for Christmas.

wonaberry
  • 11th Dec 2014 11:44am

I started buying Xmas presents during November. Quite a few on line. If I don't really know what I want I end up walking up and down the shopping center for hours only to not really find what it is I'm after and end up buying a heap of chocolates and wine as fill in gifts. I can see the advantage of on line shopping.

cas
  • 5th Dec 2014 01:09pm

I live in a smallish country town. We have a Target Country, but I rarely buy gifts there. I sometimes go to Melbourne for Christmas so do my shopping there - albeit last minute. Other than that, I might wait for the Boxing Day Sales in Melbourne. These days I usually only have a handful of family to buy gifts for, though I try to obtain at least 1 major piece and 3 or 4 smaller pieces per person. I don't have the money to spend very much as I am a pensioner. I would like to buy online, but am always that the item is never as advertised.

Nat
  • 12th Nov 2014 01:04pm

I have just got a job as concierge at my local Westfield shopping centre so will do mine before and after work as I'm already there. I tend to go through the junk mail and pick out what I want to buy before hand and then go into the selected stores "on a mission". I love shopping at Myer but spend so much time there just enjoying the atmosphere!

3lions
  • 10th Nov 2014 08:11pm

Hiya Everyone,

Seasons Greetings!

I just cannot believe the way you are treated or not treated more to the point in retail shops these days. It's all to hard for them to help you & if you ask someone for help god forbid! wow it's not half obvious they cant be bothered, or it's the fact they don't want to be there. They are so rude they don't care if you walk out dissatisfied.

Then if it is really bad I will email the store in question, and the reply is usually, oh we have spoke to the person involved and they said they did this & that? Umm Derr well of course they are, They are not going to tell you what really happened, I always have my mum there, so I do have a back up. You The contact the manager, they were not there, I am just dumfounded by the way people are these day. It's really make me not want to go to the shops anymore.

Is it just me? or is anyone else finding the lack of service & the attitude that goes along with it!

So I'll be doing all my shopping online, as I have had it with the lack of service, attitude, then driving on the roads to get there is a nightmare!

Be interested to hear your experiences & comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this

Lisa :)

juneebabe
  • 10th Nov 2014 09:03am

Hi, I don't really Christmas shop as my family live over 1,000 kilometres away from me - I had to move north for my health & since postage is so expensive & I barely exist on a Disability Pension I have to make ends meet the best way I can - so I send money to my family & they get the grandchildren things they wanted or add to the money & buy a joint present for the grandbabes - it works.

bettythrelfo
  • 6th Nov 2014 11:34am

I make myself a lilst of all I wish to give to..., including the motor byke run at xmas, in the state of perth we have two... then I carry it with me always in a small note book, kept just for that... during the year as I see something out on special I usually can buy, and then nark it off the lilst, wrap and label it, and that one is done... this takes all the pressure off the bankcard for that dec. month, and makes less stress as well...

sharleen
  • 8th Oct 2014 09:17pm

i usually shop all through the year ,mostly when i find good bargains to put away for christmas and birthdays.

diann
  • 8th Oct 2014 04:52pm

This year is different. Because we went a big holiday, I am not spending much on Christmas. The two big girls, they can get clothes and gift vouchers for clothes. The little one is going to get a small tv for her room, so when she has friends over, they can play all they want in the room and not in the main room. And for me, I am going to splurge and get myself a new mattress. The partner will get the same as he will get me. ZIP!!! I love shopping online. It is just so convenient, no spending hours driving here and there, no getting hit by the people who always have right away in the shops. All Online for me this year :)

Mina83
  • 7th Oct 2014 06:45pm

I go a little Christmas crazy. So the second November hits i've got a list and i start my Christmas shopping. I usually buy for about 20 people and do a combination of online shopping and instore. Places like Myer, Dymocks, Kikki-K, T2 and Priceline are where I like to shop. They normally have pretty good sales around that time and if you're a member of some of them it works out to vouchers and perks for yourself later.

emoxhair
  • 24th Sep 2014 06:32pm

I normally am signed up to heaps of sale sites throughout the year and if I see something a family member would like I buy it so that I don't have to hit the shopping centre at Christmas because it's always a nightmare. Recently Myer had a huge sale and I was able to get most of the things I needed at a great price.

annezane
  • 8th Sep 2014 11:05am

i buy stuff online during the year when i see a great deal and something for any age group then i listen throughout the year for what people want and look for discounts on these items. normally my child gets 1 santa present and lots of small presents everyone else gets something around $20

mangroot1
  • 19th Aug 2014 03:49pm

We no longer do Christmas presents except for my mother. I usually make something she can use and enjoy such as jams.
When I used to, I would buy at Birthdays. You are shopping for one particular person. Buy two gifts. One for the Birthday and the other gets put away for Christmas. This way you know they getting something they would like. Not just a last minute 'this will do'.

Shennae
  • 2nd Aug 2014 08:18pm

i get my shopping done online months before xmas. Keep is a great app for Android, there's lots of beautiful items. It's like pinterest but you can buy the items.

Moi
  • 9th Jul 2014 03:42am

I am always doing my Christmas Shopping!! In fact all throughout the year I am on 'red alert' for great products at great prices for not only Christmas, however for the Birthdays of Three of my children, who happen to have their Birthdays within a few weeks, either side of Christmas!!
It used to be far worse, as I had to also purchase bits and pieces to fill FIVE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS!! (thank goodness they have now grown into Adults!!) .

I find that as I am browsing through various sites on the Internet, I usually find something which I immediately think.....'oh! This would be great for ....son/daughters' so I place an order there and then!

I have a very organised system whereby I always remove the sticky labels as soon as I receive the item! (we all know what a nightmare this can be!) .
I then have a box for each child, with two large bags inside - one marked Birthday, the other marked Christmas!! - the name of the child/now adult, is written on the front of each box. I keep the boxes on the very top shelf of my dressing room, so have become very good at throwing things into the boxes, without missing hahaha!!

Before the Internet, I would shop at stores throughout the year which I knew would always have cheaper items, which I would then purchase, take home and hide in my secret boxes!! (when the children were still living at home, their names weren't able to be read by them as I had codes such as - 'TO FIX' - DONATE - TOO SMALL ETC........

All of the above has been a very successful way to shop for Christmas and of course the neccesity of also Birthday shopping!

The only idea, which I didn't ever get around to, which would have been really great is I had always planned to wrap items as I bought them, before putting them in the various boxes. I always have a box of wrapping paper (various) - a box of mixed ribbon, string etc. and a box of assorted cards!
It really makes life so much easier!! - MOI ������������

heatherch
  • 13th Aug 2014 10:20am
I am always doing my Christmas Shopping!! In fact all throughout the year I am on 'red alert' for great products at great prices for not only Christmas, however for the Birthdays of Three of my...

I do shopping during the year for presents etc so am never caught out

Anonymous
  • 21st Jun 2014 11:18am

I start in October so that I can gather materials to MAKE most of my gifts (e.g. crafts, pillows, foods, etc) or if I plan on buying a large gift for someone I will start searching online in September before the December sell-outs. I'll generally look on ebay or clothing sites (e.g. asos, misguided, boohoo), and I usually end up buying/making 30 or so individual gifts.

Chokablok
  • 15th Jun 2014 08:18am

my religion does not celebrate christmas by giving presents. we normally just have an extended family lunch and gathering. actually really fun. we've been to my Aunts house, Wivenhoe dam etc. and the best part is that most people are still at home having their parties there. we normally end up having heaps of room all to ourselves.

Nikkii
  • 11th Jun 2014 04:19pm

I have an agreement with my family and friends not to send ourselves broke just to have a good xmas so I only buy for my immediate family. I am a big believer in slowly collecting things throughout the year when they are on sale and i stockpile until xmas. I buy things online and in store, if i see i bargain i pick it up no matter where it is lol

paula22
  • 4th Jun 2014 01:28pm

I have always started buying christmaas presents as early as january. Birthdays always come first so im constantly on the look out for things but it is easy if people drop hint. I shop everywhere, online, instore and major sales are always a help

Helly68
  • 29th May 2014 12:45pm

We are trying to reduce the number of presents we buy for each other to focus more on the meaning of Christmas. However, for those I do buy, it is usually a couple of weeks before Christmas. For more difficult to find items, I like to shop online. I also shop online for friends and family interstate or overseas because the gifts can be sent directly to the recipients. I am more likely to go to shops that I don't usually go to. I buy about 8 presents.

Anonymous
  • 29th May 2014 07:58am

I always shop at big w. I always layby my Christmas presents when the store has their yearly no deposit Layby which is held in July. Doing this means I have until Christmas Eve to get the presents off layby. I always buy mine in store. Usually I buy for 5 people that be my mum,dad, sister and 2 brothers however I will have to buy for 6 as I now have a son to buy for now too

mheng
  • 24th May 2014 07:12pm

Most of the year I do shopping 2 days before its christmas or sometimes on the 24th because some of the store they have a sale and much more cheaper so I can save money or I can buy a lot rather than earlier shopping I choose store with an offer sale or with a package with the item.

Anonymous
  • 19th May 2014 05:30pm

I try to do my Christmas shopping through out the year, that way I can get a hold of good sales and won't have to spend all my money at the same time. In saying that, there are also birthdays around that time so best to just spread out m shopping through out the year.

annie
  • 16th May 2014 03:29pm

I usually start Christmas shopping in early december and go like a bat out of hell trying to get it all done and with loads of stress.As my children are all young adults now it is easier to just give them money and they can buy what they like.As we have a big family gathering on boxing day we buy a present for the ladies and the men but also buy for the cousins children as well.

micrem
  • 2nd May 2014 03:37pm

Kellie1101
  • 28th Apr 2014 10:09pm

I have always been one of those people who have been organised and have Christmas shopping complete by around august. Lately, over the last few years I am sadly not. I feel it's hard times. No spare money. This year I am trying to be organised again. On line is becoming more,convenient with me each year. I would say I would probably do around 50% of my shopping online. I always change the stores I shop at for Christmas, depending of sales, value etc. I do like Target! But mainly the major outlets. I don't have too many to buy for so I would only say 5-10, varies each year.

Anonymous
  • 19th Apr 2014 10:56am

usually i do all the christmas shopping in december however the past year i have decided that it works better if i see a present that is perfect for someone to get it then and there. this helps avoiding the last minute rush or getting the person something thats not that great. As for where to buy the present itself anywhere goes, big department stores like myer and david jones are great for people that you may not know so well as theres generally a good range to pick from!!

Anonymous
  • 15th Apr 2014 12:33am

I start straight after christmas, spare money permitting! I buy for 4 grown children and their families, our remaining daughter at home. Brother, husband, some close friends and close neighbours and my own gifts!!!. I buy a lot of gifts online and also in the shops, around 50% each at a good guess. I tend to buy from mostly the same retail shops, but always different web sites. I am a very proud bargain hunter and quite good at it. I love buying presents always have.

lee77
  • 14th Apr 2014 10:17am

Around November

Garrysingh
  • 13th Apr 2014 05:48pm

I like

Anonymous
  • 12th Apr 2014 05:16pm

I always try and plan but its always last minute, I don't usually go online, I would rather go to a shop and actually look at things. I don't go to any special shops just it just depends on what I've thought to get family so the first shop that comes up to mind. I usually get one each or one for the family. Family presents are better so it covers everyone, and not just one person specifically.

Anonymous
  • 8th Apr 2014 02:38pm

It's a habit,normally i buy my Christmas presents on end October to mid November.about 15 gifts to be purchased for friends and family. no specific shop but try with all shops in westfeild shopping mall.

Anonymous
  • 8th Apr 2014 02:37pm

It's a habit,normally i buy my Christmas presents on end October to mid November.about 15 gifts to be purchased for friends and family. no specific shop but try with all shops in westfeild shopping mall.

hoeks
  • 8th Apr 2014 07:30am

As our family has grown older we do buy less presents than before, but we try from the beginning of July to start buying for the members of our family, brothers and sisters, cousins and parents. No grandchildren as yet but we have little ones we buy for from our cousins. For our own children we buy more later in the year because they keep changing their minds to much in what sort of things they would like. We buy at shops mostly but we also buy on line. The shops that we buy vary from specialist shops to discount supermarkets, but JB Hifi is a very popular one.

Anonymous
  • 6th Apr 2014 10:28pm

I usually don't see most of my family until after Christmas, so Boxing Day is a great day to get last minute sale presents. However, if I see something that I can buy for a particular person during the year I will buy it. I shop in stores that refer to the product I am buying or for the person. Good shops that sell quality products and at good prices are usually Kmart, Big W, Target etc.

Anonymous
  • 6th Apr 2014 02:52pm

i buy before as i can get in best prize and i prefer to go to shop and buy

Anonymous
  • 4th Apr 2014 05:08am

Kmart the best

Anonymous
  • 1st Apr 2014 04:17pm

I usually collect things for different people though out the year if i find something that i know they will just love but for those others that are a little more difficult i go online to ebay and try find some thing they love or try and find ideas on wanelo. Usually i only buy present for my group of friends theres about 10 of use and my parents and brother so not to many.

Anonymous
  • 1st Apr 2014 04:06pm

I usually start my xmas shopping at the start of December, I buy for 6 people, usually at the same shops I would usually shop in, I sometimes use online shopping too

waisea
  • 29th Mar 2014 11:52pm

I buy throughout the year

Anonymous
  • 26th Mar 2014 11:28am

I buy presents for birthdays and Christmas whenever I see something that I know is just right This can be any time from after Christmas until the last minute.

Anonymous
  • 16th Mar 2014 07:14pm

I normally shop at Target and online. I probably buy around 75 presents. I start shopping in July and buy stuff I see as a I go online and in stores then finish it off at the beginning of December at Target

gmamac
  • 7th Mar 2014 09:00pm

I come from a big family, 8 brothers & sisters, and a few foster as well. that mean lots of little ones. I also have 8 grand children. I am always picking things up when there is a special etc. not only is this good for xma but birthdays, and other occasions. the kids often come to gma if a sprung with a party at the last minute. Last year I had all my xma presents bought & wrapped by 1st December, leaving me time to help mum with her shopping..

JIBIE
  • 7th Mar 2014 01:34pm

I think we all get to caught up in buying presents, as Christmas is a family thing, Has it become now that its more important to buy presents than to see our families, Christmas has become to commercialised, think its time to get back to finding family is more important, or am I wrong?

Anonymous
  • 5th Mar 2014 12:38pm

Hi, I have three kids so I try to shop though out the year always keeping an eye out for a sale/ bargain to put away till Christmas. for family/ relatives, I usually shop at Traget or Big W, Kmart. There unbeatable for cheap quality. I'll spend around $200 on each child and around $15 on each relative. I buy my partners gifts from BCF because he love fishing and it's got everything at one place.

Anonymous
  • 5th Mar 2014 12:37pm

Hi, I have three kids so I try to shop though out the year always keeping an eye out for a sale/ bargain to put away till Christmas. for family/ relatives, I usually shop at Traget or Big W, Kmart. There unbeatable for cheap quality. I'll spend around $200 on each child and around $15 on each relative. I buy my partners gifts from BCF because he love fishing and it's got everything at one place.

Wattobird
  • 4th Mar 2014 09:21pm

It depends on who and what im buying. Usually Im buying presents for 10-11 people, so my presents are rarely big, and usually homemade. I shop in stores as usually I buy presents during the Christmas week. Stores usually don't expect people to buy main presents that close to Christmas, so the prices are usually dropping then.

Anonymous
  • 23rd Feb 2014 07:56pm

I just buy Christmas presents in a week before Christmas. Because Christmas atmosphere gives me great feeling when I shop and it is so exciting. I buy gifts with all my emotion, so it is better to shop in store. I go different stores that look attractive at that time. I buy 10-20 gifts for my family members.

Anonymous
  • 20th Feb 2014 09:16am

I usually buy all christams presents thoughout the year when specials are on or I place lay by

jess312
  • 18th Feb 2014 08:21pm

Usually buy christmas presents a week before Christmas or a few days before because in our family, we always say that we're not doing presents this year until one family accidentally buys them.. And everyone does last minute shopping.

We buy them in store and usually go to the same stores. For example, Target, Forever New, Myer, David Jones. We usually buy all presents for extended family so a total of 14

Anonymous
  • 17th Feb 2014 09:57am

Throughout the year. Mostly online. I change stores, depending on the gift available. I busy approx. 4 items.

Anonymous
  • 17th Feb 2014 07:51am

i buy online at riverlink at ipswwich at the markets i try to buy somethink different so as i know they wont receive the say gift from someone elsee

Anonymous
  • 17th Feb 2014 07:47am

riverlink ipswich in store and online

Anonymous
  • 17th Feb 2014 07:46am

in store and on line

nikkita90
  • 14th Feb 2014 10:19am

I always try to pick up little things I see through the year. Otherwise I put a bunch of items on layby from Kmart, Big W and Target as soon as I can. This way I don't struggle to get everything I need.
I buy whatever I need, which isn't too much. Just a few things for my in laws, partner and son.

LingG
  • 12th Feb 2014 05:44pm

I personally do not celebrate christmas, nor does my family members
But every year I participate in kris kringle amongst friends and collegues.
-last minute or if i see something thats suitable
-usually in stores
-no
-not specific
-from 2-8

chloem
  • 12th Feb 2014 04:01pm

I usually do it online. i start buying them around September. For my kids toys usually i go to kmart target or bigw. for others it really depends on the person but red balloon days is usually good to get most. i normally spend $500 on my kids each $100 for close family members each and $50 each for anyone else

Anonymous
  • 11th Feb 2014 01:38pm

I always plan to start early, but always end up doing it in the last couple of weeks. I usually end up buying presents locally, after running around like a chook with no head!! I often also buy "adventure" presents or "experiences" on line

Anonymous
  • 31st Jan 2014 05:11pm

who can afford it? Whats worse if you cant afford to spend the money,you automatically feel like your rubbish.its pretty rough

GJ
  • 20th Jan 2014 06:44pm

we generally buy all our present whenever something is discontinued or clearance sales I know sometimes they are no Garenteers but for the price and since we have retired this is what we have to do red light special after xmas we gat wrapping paper for 10 cents rools xmas cards where 5-8 dollars down to 50 cents etc if we do this all year most time we can give that little extra to our family without blowing the budget
GJ

glory
  • 17th Jan 2014 07:03pm

I have started already. I go to actions and buy when I find a special. I also make different things. But they must suit the person you are giving to. So at Christmas their is no pressure just a day of remembering the reason for the season, Jesus birthday

Babs
  • 27th Dec 2013 08:00pm

Our family is quite small now so I asked the grandchildren to get what they wanted and I paid for it....worked this year anyway.

Niecee
  • 23rd Dec 2013 12:13pm

I always used to buy all year, but for the last 5 years or so I have had to rush around at the last moment. No more I say, back to the old way it is for me next year!!! See a bargain buy it any time during the year, and from wherever I see things. Things are getting way to expensive and my family has grown, now I have the most beautiful 3 grandchildren in the world ( OK so I am biased )

Niecee
  • 23rd Dec 2013 12:10pm

I always used to buy all year, but for the last 5 years or so I have had to rush around at the last moment. No more I say, back to the old way it is for me next year!!! See a bargain buy it any time during the year, and from wherever I see things. Things are getting way to expensive and my family has grown, now I have the most beautiful 3 grandchildren in the world ( OK so I am biased )

tagalogdjb
  • 27th Nov 2013 01:52pm

As Long As I Can Remember,From When I First Xmas Shopped From My First Pay-Packet @ 16 Years Of Age,I Have Always Had A "Spontaneous" Attitude To Xmas - Spur Of The Moment - Love Surprising Myself Also With What I Might Come Across To Purchase ... and I Generally Leave It To Close To Xmas,Coz Somehow That "Little Kid" Feeling Has Never Quite Left Me...Needless To Say I Am Much More A Giver Than A Receiver ... I LOVE To Surprise ...by the way,i'm 62

tagalogdjb
  • 27th Nov 2013 01:51pm

As Long As I Can Remember,From When I First Xmas Shopped From My First Pay-Packet @ 16 Years Of Age,I Have Always Had A "Spontaneous" Attitude To Xmas - Spur Of The Moment - Love Surprising Myself Also With What I Might Come Across To Purchase ... and I Generally Leave It To Close To Xmas,Coz Somehow That "Little Kid" Feeling Has Never Quite Left Me...Needless To Say I Am Much More A Giver Than A Receiver ... I LOVE To Surprise ...by the way,i'm 62

flower52
  • 19th Nov 2013 07:57pm

I start buying Christmas presents about mid year online I cant get around so good so i find it easier and a lots cheaper. I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren so i buy a lot of presents how many im not sure but think you could imagine. I find catch of the day good E bay and a few others like Deals Direct OO.COM and By Invite. I save heaps i buy from other sites if i see them

Jenniwren
  • 19th Nov 2013 06:50pm

I buy throughout the year I Live on my own with very few Relatives and a very small income. I mainly buy in a small country town with about 2-3 trips to a Regional City to visit my medical appointments each year. I visit Bunnings , Big W K Mart Harris Scarf Spotlight .

annie
  • 17th Nov 2013 09:19pm

Each year say to myself that I am going to start Christmas shopping earlier than I usually do but each year seem to start later and later.Have not started this years shopping yet but will definately start very shortly.I will just go to a shopping centre and try to buy the presents all in one go and the next day will try to wrap the all up

carenharrington
  • 17th Nov 2013 07:20pm

I do not do xmas shopping anymore as I don't need to, or if I do I leave it until the last moment and buy online usually.

diann
  • 16th Nov 2013 04:23pm

I start an excel sheet or a diary and write all the things I come up with through out the year, then keep a look out for sales and buy the products then. If by chance they get that item, I give to someone else. Usually, I have done 90% of the xmas shopping by December each year :)

kitekat
  • 16th Nov 2013 07:16am

I keep an eye on sales all year and love to visit outlets like DFO , or brandjunction.You get a really good brand name present at very low prices.Its too expensive at christmas, you want to enjoy the occasion with family, Worrying about money spoils xmas..

Kimba64
  • 15th Nov 2013 02:06pm

I start buying Christmas presents throughout the year. I usually buy them from the stores I shop at in the year. I shop at Big W or Kmart mainly. This year I have brought a couple of the presents online. I have to buy for our seven children, the partners of two of them, eight grandchildren and my partner.

Dint Man
  • 15th Nov 2013 12:34pm

I do all my Christmas shopping in early December, all in my tiny country town. I don't have a car, so I have to settle for local retailers.
However, recently I have been making more purchases, online, with great results. Let's hope this trend continues.

Lynley
  • 13th Nov 2013 09:52pm

I buy for those coming Christmas day in December but for those grandchildren out of town I buy for at sales after Christmas

Rog
  • 12th Nov 2013 10:30pm

I don't do Xmas shopping! Just because some ancient pagans thought the sun was waning is no reason to get involved in the commercial racket that is certainly not Christian!

Sandy
  • 12th Nov 2013 02:19pm

I usually buy during the year. When a friend or relative mentions what they like, I look out for that item.

voodoo
  • 12th Nov 2013 09:46am

I used to buy everything online..some really good sites and deals. I used only paypal and sites I had bought from before but my credit card was compromised to the value of $5000.00 dollars by a dealer I had never heard of. Two transactions on the same day in America. My bank was sympathetic but advised me the net is no longer safe and current technology was quickly overtaking the security checks in place. When I questioned why such large amounts were authorised, their answer was simply that everything is computer generated and checked only if a complaint is made. A little late, don't you agree? So now I spend a day going to different stores and purchasing gift cards and pay by cash. Old fashioned???..sure..but totally secure.

Anonymous
  • 12th Nov 2013 07:32am

We only buy gifts for our immediate family - I have five siblings, two parents and my husband has a sister and two parents. Even with only buying for immediate family, it can really add up!
Each year seems to be different! We try to buy or make gifts throughout the year, but we often still wind up with a mad rush in the week leading up to Christmas! It's such a busy time, not only for shopping, but winding up work for the year too. One year, we bought all our family members' gifts online (mostly from MightyApe)- that was great! We got one big package full of fun things and it arrived two weeks before Christmas - job done! Last year I made most of the gifts for my family. I visited stores such as Lincraft, Spotlight and other craft stores to create the gifts. My family still tells me this was the most special type of Christmas gift that I have given them. This year, well, we have no gifts bought so might be getting a little crazy!

None
  • 12th Nov 2013 05:11am

I always used to do my Christmas shopping very early, say October.There were always bargains at that time (and no queues). Now I am so much older there is no family to spend on.
wogal.

snowballs
  • 11th Nov 2013 10:27pm

I start to by gift during the year when they are having sales on or factorys sales i have got all my gifts brought and a few more for the one that you for got

drummerschick
  • 11th Nov 2013 08:46pm

I'm definitely a last minute shopper - I start off each year with great intentions to do shopping early but, unfortunately, some other expense always seems to get in the way. I must admit I stress a bit as the days go by, but usually seem to get it all done nevertheless. All I can say is Bah Humbug!!!
We have made a pact within the family just to buy for the kids which makes life a little easier - we tend to celebrate with food and good company instead.

twinks
  • 11th Nov 2013 08:40pm

I start my Christmas buying in the Jan sales then all through the year ,both in person and on line. for the younger members of the family I like to get a major pressie then fill a giant carry bag with little goodies, most under $5. for the teenagers and early twenties a small gift and money usually$100, and my adult children the girls serious jewelry and my son a major gift, my husband he collects tools soeasy all up 7 grandkids and great grandkids inclusive and 3 offspring and aprox 10 small gifts for friends and work mates

robmondo
  • 11th Nov 2013 08:00pm

usually get most on boxing day then here and there during year as i come across bargains

cricky
  • 11th Nov 2013 07:28pm

I basically have an idea of what to buy, and start as early as possible, my boys just need the stocking fillers now, i have 12 adult gifts to get, some will wait until after xmas round new year, so that makes that easier lol, i go to the warehouse, bargain stores and get from trademe sometimes. I am usually sorted the week before lol

Bula Fiji
  • 11th Nov 2013 07:25pm

I now buy my husband, four children and their partners experiences rather than things as we all have so much stuff. This year the guys are going on a fishing charter while the girls go to a day spa. They live all round Australia so it's the only time we are all together. I also make my own bon bons and will put a show ticket in each for a night out before everyone dissipates again.

Robyn
  • 11th Nov 2013 07:18pm

I don't know whether I am fortunate or not --- I have no family therefore Christmas is of little importance to me. I do celebrate Thanksgiving, a custom I embraced while living and working in the United States of America, and invite my closest Australian friends to an evening of turkey and pumpkin pie. For my overseas friends, an Australian calendar for the upcoming year is my standard gift. Number of "presents" usually runs to three or four and are mailed out late November/early December.

r43026a
  • 11th Nov 2013 07:05pm

Christmas is just another con!!
If you need to set a time aside specifically for this then consider that the majority of the population is not bound by this construct, which is merely there to encourage consumerism and waste!!

blues clues
  • 11th Nov 2013 06:37pm

I start early in the beginning of the year, this way I can pick up specials and start wrapping them early. I write a list of all the items bought and the price and where I purchased them . I also keep the docket . This way I get to have fun all year and I do not blow my budget .

whucke
  • 11th Nov 2013 06:06pm

We start collecting and making Christmas presents from July to November.
We try to make as many as we can as our friends and family enjoy handmade goodies.

amapit
  • 11th Nov 2013 04:58pm

Around a week before Christmas when the major department stores start their extended operating hours. I love going in at 8pm when there's hardly anyone there. Gives you a much better chance to have a look around, although service can be a bit slower.

godsbaby
  • 11th Nov 2013 05:40am

As I have about 10 birthdays in the nov - jan time slot, I try to start as early as possible. I always shop personally, in store BUT am never really sure on what to buy. The prices are really over the top, a cheap gift costs about $ 20 - $50. Everything is so costly, food, dec's, gifts. entertainment & so on.

joysemite
  • 7th Nov 2013 04:00pm

I usually leave mine until late Nov or December. I try to do price research beforehand to make sure I get the best deals. And I do change stores depending on what I'm planning to get for friends and family. Stores such as JB Hi-fi, Myer, and other smaller chain stores. Generally <10 presents.

mangroot1
  • 6th Nov 2013 02:52pm

We don't do Christmas shopping at all anymore.
When we used to, I would Christmas shop at Birthdays.
You are focused specifically on one person for their Birthday. Buy two gifts.

Jojo1
  • 4th Nov 2013 06:33pm

I buy Christmas presents all through the year. I buy them in store. No I tend to use the same stores all year round. I go to Target, Big W, K Mart and Best & Lest. I buy 6 presents.

squeekums
  • 4th Nov 2013 06:21pm

I havent even thought about it.
I'll do the mad dash with 2 weeks to go

Punkbabe
  • 4th Nov 2013 05:32pm

well starting this year, its only my mom and i....so we will buy presents when we feel like it.....when we did shop for the rest of the family, we would just go instore. we would have lists and get as much as we could for $100 each person

Kayanne
  • 4th Nov 2013 05:29pm

I used to shop for Christmas presents throughout the year but lately - last 2 years or so I've been leaving it to the last minute. This year, however, my 85 year old mum has decided that no presents are to be exchanged between the adults in the family, so I'll only be shopping for the children.

loiso
  • 4th Nov 2013 05:13pm

I don't usually buy Christmas presents as my family don't give me presents

kim2
  • 4th Nov 2013 04:47pm

i try to start buying them a couple of months before xmas to spread the cost a little some of them i have bought online but most of them i buy in store i generally buy at different stores and normally shop for about 30 people

Fluffy
  • 30th Oct 2013 05:09pm

I start doing my Christmas shopping about three months before Christmas using ideas from t.v. adds, window shopping or from pamphlets, as I find the closer you get to Christmas the more costly the presents become.

Anonymous
  • 30th Oct 2013 04:26pm

Hi, Unfortunately, I do not buy Christmas Present for anyone as I have been unemployed and my family are not close.

cutekitty
  • 29th Oct 2013 06:56pm

I shop all year round and I often use the gift cards from survey sites to help out. Usually, I have around 56 family members to get a little something for as well as the food for the big day.
shop in all sorts of real stores from $2 shops to the bigger ones like Myer, Big W, K-Mart etc as well as on line. Items can be anything that suits the individual. I have some who like gift cards and others who would rather I chose something just for them. I tend to put a lot of thought into what I get and not just the "one size fits all" approach. I like to make the present suit the person. Dollar amounts don't have to be the same for each one, just something that suits each one.
I have one family member who would rather I gave her a special Catholic Mass for a present. To each his own.

Samtarrant
  • 28th Oct 2013 05:11pm

i always try to plan early, i start with presents here and there towards the end of the year. i do some online shopping but alot instore, i lie in the city, so christmas shopping is too much of a headache. the crowds really put you off though.

silvafern
  • 28th Oct 2013 04:58pm

Buy them as the opportunity arises.Match the product to the recipient..See a bargain that suits someone and...bingo!Could be at any time throughout the year.But, there is always a last minute panic or two.

CHUNKS
  • 28th Oct 2013 04:55pm

I love buying gifts for my friends and family, and can buy online early in the year so cheaply. I organise a lot through Chrisco- things like food and vouchers. I buy for my Grandchildren usually online because of the variety that is available.

kimmaree84
  • 28th Oct 2013 10:22am

For me, it's really just my husband and immediate family to buy for.
I would say that absolutely the majority is done online. I can't stand the crowds, or the rush. Online allows me to get exactly what people want, and it allows me to compare prices easily without having to go to a number of different stores to do so.

Ingi
  • 15th Nov 2013 11:40pm
For me, it's really just my husband and immediate family to buy for.
I would say that absolutely the majority is done online. I can't stand the crowds, or the rush. Online allows me to get...

Same for me, now that we are both on a pension, it is very hard to spend like I used to while we were both working. We have 5 living grandchildren, all adults, youngest 19, eldest 27, one great granddaughter born 25th October this year and another on its way in May; and 2 adult children. 13 in the immediate family if we were to count all relatives in Australia would total to 85 plus. So now get a big box of chocolates for each couple and of course baby great granddaughter Adelaide will get a small gift. Used to spend at least $100 to $500 or more on each, those days have gone. A gift for Christmas does not have to be big bucks and put yourself in debt, it's the thought of Christmas and what it stands for that is the main reason for celebrating the birth of Christ. People go way overboard they buy groceries as if shops were going to be shut for months instead of a few days. Too commercialised nowadays.

PukPuk
  • 25th Oct 2013 06:08pm

These days I just give gift cards (total about $1000 from survey sites etc) or give them the choice of a weekend or mid week break for the family using a vacation system I bought into in 2007. Usually break even or ahead of what I would spend on individual presents not to mention the time saved or even worse, giving an unwanted present.

Lilibet
  • 25th Oct 2013 03:44pm

Up until this year,I have had to buy presents for nine grand children, four children and their partners, a couple of family members, friends, husband and my own present from him!
I usually started my Christmas shopping at the after Christmas sales for the children's presents but buy the other presents throughout the year and leave just a few last minute things till the two weeks before Christmas. This way I spread out the payments and can relax and enjoy the festivities knowing that I won't be getting great big credit card statements inches new year.
This year, so far I have no presents purchased. Looks like I will be joining the mad rush of last minute shoppers just before Christmas.

Jezemeg8
  • 24th Dec 2016 09:57am
Hiya Everyone,

Seasons Greetings!

I just cannot believe the way you are treated or not treated more to the point in retail shops these days. It's all to hard for them to help...

Yes Lisa, customer service is unheard of in many retail shops these days, even moreso when one has a disability, then one is simply invisible that is until one knocks over something with one's mobility scooter then you are "politely" requested to leave the store.

morph42
  • 13th Jul 2015 03:35pm
Up until this year,I have had to buy presents for nine grand children, four children and their partners, a couple of family members, friends, husband and my own present from him!
I usually...

hi li my name is peter ru female or male

3lions
  • 10th Nov 2014 08:14pm
Christmas has always been my thing, and I'd shop till I dropped looking for that perfect gift for each person. This last Christmas we were so strapped for cash that buying wasn't an option. I had...

Hiya Everyone,

Seasons Greetings!

I just cannot believe the way you are treated or not treated more to the point in retail shops these days. It's all to hard for them to help you & if you ask someone for help god forbid! wow it's not half obvious they cant be bothered, or it's the fact they don't want to be there. They are so rude they don't care if you walk out dissatisfied.

Then if it is really bad I will email the store in question, and the reply is usually, oh we have spoke to the person involved and they said they did this & that? Umm Derr well of course they are, They are not going to tell you what really happened, I always have my mum there, so I do have a back up. You The contact the manager, they were not there, I am just dumfounded by the way people are these day. It's really make me not want to go to the shops anymore.

Is it just me? or is anyone else finding the lack of service & the attitude that goes along with it!

So I'll be doing all my shopping online, as I have had it with the lack of service, attitude, then driving on the roads to get there is a nightmare!

Be interested to hear your experiences & comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this

Lisa :)

3lions
  • 10th Nov 2014 08:13pm
Hi Lil,
Last year I did all my shopping on line, I found it so easy. Out of 30 gifts only one did not arrive on time.
I shall be doing it again this year.
...

Hiya Everyone,

Seasons Greetings!

I just cannot believe the way you are treated or not treated more to the point in retail shops these days. It's all to hard for them to help you & if you ask someone for help god forbid! wow it's not half obvious they cant be bothered, or it's the fact they don't want to be there. They are so rude they don't care if you walk out dissatisfied.

Then if it is really bad I will email the store in question, and the reply is usually, oh we have spoke to the person involved and they said they did this & that? Umm Derr well of course they are, They are not going to tell you what really happened, I always have my mum there, so I do have a back up. You The contact the manager, they were not there, I am just dumfounded by the way people are these day. It's really make me not want to go to the shops anymore.

Is it just me? or is anyone else finding the lack of service & the attitude that goes along with it!

So I'll be doing all my shopping online, as I have had it with the lack of service, attitude, then driving on the roads to get there is a nightmare!

Be interested to hear your experiences & comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this

Lisa :)

3lions
  • 10th Nov 2014 08:13pm
Hi Lil,
Last year I did all my shopping on line, I found it so easy. Out of 30 gifts only one did not arrive on time.
I shall be doing it again this year.
...

Hiya Everyone,

Seasons Greetings!

I just cannot believe the way you are treated or not treated more to the point in retail shops these days. It's all to hard for them to help you & if you ask someone for help god forbid! wow it's not half obvious they cant be bothered, or it's the fact they don't want to be there. They are so rude they don't care if you walk out dissatisfied.

Then if it is really bad I will email the store in question, and the reply is usually, oh we have spoke to the person involved and they said they did this & that? Umm Derr well of course they are, They are not going to tell you what really happened, I always have my mum there, so I do have a back up. You The contact the manager, they were not there, I am just dumfounded by the way people are these day. It's really make me not want to go to the shops anymore.

Is it just me? or is anyone else finding the lack of service & the attitude that goes along with it!

So I'll be doing all my shopping online, as I have had it with the lack of service, attitude, then driving on the roads to get there is a nightmare!

Be interested to hear your experiences & comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this

Lisa :)

3lions
  • 10th Nov 2014 08:12pm
I usually buy a hamper for my family in England, and individual presents for family here in Australia. I buy the hamper through a group called 'Send to" which sends things to UK, and you can write...

Hiya Everyone,

Seasons Greetings!

I just cannot believe the way you are treated or not treated more to the point in retail shops these days. It's all to hard for them to help you & if you ask someone for help god forbid! wow it's not half obvious they cant be bothered, or it's the fact they don't want to be there. They are so rude they don't care if you walk out dissatisfied.

Then if it is really bad I will email the store in question, and the reply is usually, oh we have spoke to the person involved and they said they did this & that? Umm Derr well of course they are, They are not going to tell you what really happened, I always have my mum there, so I do have a back up. You The contact the manager, they were not there, I am just dumfounded by the way people are these day. It's really make me not want to go to the shops anymore.

Is it just me? or is anyone else finding the lack of service & the attitude that goes along with it!

So I'll be doing all my shopping online, as I have had it with the lack of service, attitude, then driving on the roads to get there is a nightmare!

Be interested to hear your experiences & comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this

Lisa :)

3lions
  • 10th Nov 2014 08:12pm
I usually buy a hamper for my family in England, and individual presents for family here in Australia. I buy the hamper through a group called 'Send to" which sends things to UK, and you can write...

Hiya Everyone,

Seasons Greetings!

I just cannot believe the way you are treated or not treated more to the point in retail shops these days. It's all to hard for them to help you & if you ask someone for help god forbid! wow it's not half obvious they cant be bothered, or it's the fact they don't want to be there. They are so rude they don't care if you walk out dissatisfied.

Then if it is really bad I will email the store in question, and the reply is usually, oh we have spoke to the person involved and they said they did this & that? Umm Derr well of course they are, They are not going to tell you what really happened, I always have my mum there, so I do have a back up. You The contact the manager, they were not there, I am just dumfounded by the way people are these day. It's really make me not want to go to the shops anymore.

Is it just me? or is anyone else finding the lack of service & the attitude that goes along with it!

So I'll be doing all my shopping online, as I have had it with the lack of service, attitude, then driving on the roads to get there is a nightmare!

Be interested to hear your experiences & comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read this

Lisa :)

CAT17
  • 3rd Nov 2014 04:37pm
Christmas has always been my thing, and I'd shop till I dropped looking for that perfect gift for each person. This last Christmas we were so strapped for cash that buying wasn't an option. I had...

Hi Blondie 1960 Love your idea of personally made gifts. I think they mean so much more than the price tag on a purchased item. I am having a 'low key' Christmas this year (first one without my husband, girls father and grandsons Grampsie) so we have decided that because the grandkids are so young and don't want to leave their pressies for too long, we are having a bbq brunch and a swim - big people can have their dinner later that evening (sea food and salads) I always did the traditional thing but not this year and as for pressies only the littlies and theirs will be new pool gear and books to read and colouring books games etc. Santa has been let off this year cos I have already done the shopping (hit the sales) so very happy to have time to just enjoy what should be a season of giving rather than getting. But in saying that I wish all my Cafestudy friends a Very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Anonymous
  • 25th May 2014 08:19am
I usually buy a hamper for my family in England, and individual presents for family here in Australia. I buy the hamper through a group called 'Send to" which sends things to UK, and you can write...

I completely agree with shopping for Christmas throughout the year but i also think it's better to start shopping for presents closer to Christmas as stores have heaps of sales on!

Blondie1960
  • 25th Feb 2014 05:49pm
Up until this year,I have had to buy presents for nine grand children, four children and their partners, a couple of family members, friends, husband and my own present from him!
I usually...

Christmas has always been my thing, and I'd shop till I dropped looking for that perfect gift for each person. This last Christmas we were so strapped for cash that buying wasn't an option. I had so much fun this year making personal gifts of lollies, fudge, shortbread & puddings as well as Christmas themed sewing for their kitchens that Christmas took on a whole new meaning. It was all done in the last month, but this year i'll be doing it again only more organised because I'm going to start early on the craft stuff and only have the baking and fudge to do in the last month.

jantishu
  • 31st Jan 2014 03:15pm
Up until this year,I have had to buy presents for nine grand children, four children and their partners, a couple of family members, friends, husband and my own present from him!
I usually...

Hi Lil,
Last year I did all my shopping on line, I found it so easy. Out of 30 gifts only one did not arrive on time.
I shall be doing it again this year.
Jantishu

Sarahg8
  • 19th Nov 2013 05:09pm
Up until this year,I have had to buy presents for nine grand children, four children and their partners, a couple of family members, friends, husband and my own present from him!
I usually...

I usually buy a hamper for my family in England, and individual presents for family here in Australia. I buy the hamper through a group called 'Send to" which sends things to UK, and you can write to them, or order online. Otherwise I buy during the year for others, and late in the year for some. I buy mainly from local shops, like Kmart. I don't put much on the credit card, and if they want something I can't afford, I will give a donation towards it. I also try to buy something for a charity to make my family aware of how well they are off.

Anonymous
  • 4th Nov 2013 06:57pm
Up until this year,I have had to buy presents for nine grand children, four children and their partners, a couple of family members, friends, husband and my own present from him!
I usually...

Hi I usually start my Christmas shopping in January, I have 8 Grandchildren to buy for and 3 Children and 2 in-laws, plus a Kris Kringle and for my Husband, 2 friends in UK as well as one in Australia. If I see something suitable throughout the year I buy it & put it away, like Avon or home or on-line shopping. I don't like shopping in crowds. There is always some last minute shopping to do, but I do try to avoid it.

pothum
  • 25th Oct 2013 07:56pm
Up until this year,I have had to buy presents for nine grand children, four children and their partners, a couple of family members, friends, husband and my own present from him!
I usually...

Always buy as I see as my sister has 12 grandchildren and 4 children plus partners. I have three sons plus three grandchildren so I try to buy a few each month although all the bigger great nieces and nephews get money. I was disappointed that Kmart no longer has Christmas laybuys but went to Big W so got a few more for the grandkids. But I still feel like I am running out of time.

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