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Xmas shopping finished in February


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#1 trishalishous

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:23 PM

DH is teasing me as I have nearly finished our xmas shopping for this year (as well as the birthdays we have, and the kids summer clothes for next summer)
I was lucky to be in the shops during the end of season clearances, and scored some bargains for both clothes and quite a few toys (found a Crayola activity box down to $5 instead of $40!)

Is there such a thing as TOO organised?

*I may be a slight hoarder and I think this is his problem, as I just cleared out the spare room, now its full again*

#2 pinkcupcakes

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:27 PM

well maybe, but when all of those events come around and you don't have to stress i'd say its worth it!well done! biggrin.gif

#3 Laborious Nicety

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

Well if it works it's fine.  I can totally see buying clothes for younger kids working.

Presents for older kids, that's a bit more needing to be flexible.  We used to have the situation where any huge lego set we bought on markdown was shiny but I can assure you now that what they want in terms of lego in January is not what they want in December.

#4 IamAuntyA

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:33 PM

I think that is isn't a bad thing as long as you don't go out and buy more stuff closer to the birthdays or Christmas.
It is super crazy organised but if you find a bargain as if your going to leave it original.gif

buying the kids clothes for next summer.. I will be doing exactly that when I have my own children, why would you not when everything is on sale. Yes a couple of the fashions will change but you can buy the basics.

#5 trishalishous

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:36 PM

the oldest kids Im buying for are 7, and they are very girly girls, so a couple of clothes items and some books (anything disney princess sad.gif )
Im lazy and just give money when they hit the teen years haha

#6 aratiaw

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:41 PM

If you consider the cost of storing those things for 10 or so months, and they don't encroach on your life NOW, and you still come out ahead, then I think it's fine.
How much are your housing costs per square/cubic metre over that time? Multiply by the amount of space needed to store these things. Obviously this is just one facet of your question you could consider.

#7 Justaduck

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:43 PM

QUOTE (imatrying @ 17/02/2013, 11:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
buying the kids clothes for next summer.. I will be doing exactly that when I have my own children, why would you not when everything is on sale. Yes a couple of the fashions will change but you can buy the basics.


I made this mistake last Winter. Bought a ton of 00 sized clothes for DD as that is the 'average' clothing size for her age & now at 1 she is only in 00s! Big waste of $$ for me sad.gif

OP I will admit only an hour ago I was looking in last years toy catalogue to see what I can get DD for Christmas & her bday next year (she only had her 1st bday yesterday lol). My problem would be buying it all now and then buying more at the time in excitement. I have already bought her a Baby Born as they were marked down below $40 with bonus clothing. We have a garage and 2x spare rooms so storage is not an issue


#8 trishalishous

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:51 PM

we've had the opposite - we pretty much skipped the 00s (birth at 000s, then straight to 0s) and hes not even 6 months yet! (DD was in 00s for ages too)

#9 AbbottProofFence

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:13 AM

I'd say a little, but because I'd never do my kids shopping this early because 10 months is a long time for their tastes and interests to change and what they'd like right now may at the beginning of the year may not be what they'll like in December.

#10 Ianthe

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:29 AM

No such thing as too organised. I have always shopped for Christmas early (not as early as you wink.gif and my eldest is 16 and it has never backfired. But then we don't tend to do really trendy latest toy stuff so it isn't an issue.

#11 copham

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:38 AM

OP I'm like you and it drives my DH mental although I don't stick up on gifts. DS1 is 16 months and I am yet to buy a wipe as when I was pregnant with him I purchased so many bulk boxes of curash wipes. He was 12 months before I had to buy a huggie as I stocked up.

DS2 is due in April and I already have 3 boxes huggies newborns, 4 boxes huggies infants, 6 boxes huggies crawlers... I also have over 10 boxes of wipes for DS2. As for wardrobe I have a well stocked wardrobe for both boys going up in at least 1-2 sizes.

DH is FIFO so I get bored and shop and since I am overstocked in toys, Manchester, clothes, etc i than go on to buy basics I need. With toys I buy closer to the date but I think as DS1 becomes older ill buy in advance but at this age he is growing too fast.

If you have the space why not stock up when you find bargains original.gif

#12 Natttmumm

Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:44 AM

Very organised but if that's how you like it well done.
I am organised about some things too. Other things not as much depends what it is

#13 IsolaBella

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:03 AM

On presents I will agree with too organised. Like PP even with Lego my kids change their mind on what they want.

For clothes I buy all mine from US Gymboree a year ahead for both summer and winter. DD is now in Size three, but I have size 3&4 winter sorted. The boys are now in size 6, but I have size 7&8 winter sorted. About to start on 4&8 summer.



#14 ekbaby

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:15 AM

With presents for our kids, I prefer to get them closer to the time, so that I can get them something they are really interested in at that time, or something that I have seen them want for a long time. Nothing wrong with getting ideas earlier, and writing them down- sometimes taking the time to research product reviews etc means you can pick the best options- so I don't have an issue with "thinking" about Christmas early but wouldn't actually buy this early.

Clothes, I rarely buy in the sizes the kids are now, I get stuff at op shops or on sale in the next few sizes, or given to me as hand me downs, then when the kid grows I get out their stash. Not too much stuff all together, just 2 boxes in the cupboard.

#15 SeaPrincess

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:14 AM

I couldn't do it.  2 years ago, I finished our Christmas shopping in time for the removalists to pack everything on Dec 6th.  By Christmas, one of the children had discovered something new that he wanted and all he could talk about for about a week after Christmas was how he didn't get this one thing (which will never ever come into our house after the way he carried on!)

#16 Therese

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:19 AM

I wouldn't be able to do it. My girls would change their minds between now and Christmas. Plus part of the fun of the build up to Christmas (for me anyway) is the shopping original.gif

#17 Peppery

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:52 AM

With regards to the toys, i wouldn't buy this early because my DD could be interested in other things come December. Clothes though are normally purchased on sale at the end of the season for the next year. I store them in storage boxes under DD's bed and i keep a list on the computer of what she has so i don't end up buying too much.

#18 Cranky Old Woman

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:05 AM

Very organised!  This wouldn't work for me at all.  I would put the presents away and either forget I had bought them or forget where I had stored them.

#19 threetimesblessed

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:07 AM

I don't think being organised and planning ahead are negative traits.
As PP's have said, if you have the storage available and see a bargain and interests are unlikely to change, then it's smart to buy gifts/clothes in advance.
I used to do what you are doing, but had to stop myself, as I found I was always forward planning for the next occassion, next season etc. and it was taking away from living in the here and now.
I still love a bargain but things are constantly on sale these days and I now only buy clothes for my own children when the current season is released. I have a small stash of birthday gifts for friends, nappies and wipes etc. without hoarding lots.

#20 BeYOUtiful

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:09 AM

I thought 8wks before Christmas was organised, lol.
I think it depends on kids ages.  For young ones I don't see a prob, but as they get older may be different.
However, the opposite when it comes to clothes, they grow too quickly when young.

#21 Carmen02

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:15 AM

i love to be orgainsed but never am lol! for presents for young ones i think its fantastic but I also have a 10yr old and a 8yr old and i could never buy presents for them so advanced...unless its a thing i know they will never loose interest in like an ipad or something like that.

#22 Maple Leaf

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

My kids would end up wanting completely different things in 10 months, so I don't shop too early.


#23 DamiansMama

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:59 AM

Perhaps organised or translated as having too much time on your hands! Lol.

I can be organised for the week, and beyond that would be a miracle.

#24 IsolaBella

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:10 AM

QUOTE (BeYOUtiful @ 18/02/2013, 10:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
However, the opposite when it comes to clothes, they grow too quickly when young.


Depends on the size of your kids wink.gif . I have a 3%, 25% and 60% children. So had lots of use out of clothes. My nephew at 15m is still in 6-9m clothes.


Edited by lsolaBella, 18 February 2013 - 10:11 AM.


#25 Julie3Girls

Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:13 AM

Wouldn't work for me.

Interests change in that amount of time, particularly when new things come out later in the year.

Buying clothes a season ahead has never worked for me ... I find it too hard to guess their size. PLus I'm terrible - I'd be guaranteed to end up buying too much, as new styles come out and I like them better LOL




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