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  1. I usually don’t start my holiday shopping until a few weeks before, but I’m planning on finishing it well before time this year.

  2. I usually start at the beginning of November.

  3. Sonya Morris says:

    I usually start in November!

  4. Rebecca Xavier says:

    I do not usually start holiday shopping until Black Friday.

  5. Valerie Peace says:

    I try to start really early but usually in October – after the kids birthdays.

  6. I usually begin shopping in October :)

  7. Heidi Daily says:

    I try to start my holiday shopping in September, but definitely by October

  8. I generally start my holiday shopping in June. After my son’s birthday.

  9. D Schmidt says:

    Honestly I usually start straight after Christmas in the sales!

  10. I start when I see things on sale :)

  11. I had a record this year. I waited until Jan 12th. :)

  12. tamra childers says:

    ha ha I start in January and collect all year

  13. It’s a non-stop process all year long. I shop the clearances after every big holiday until Christmas – I have a Christmas closet.

  14. Leah Rohrbach says:

    November at the earliest.

  15. I usually start at least six months ahead of time! I search for deals year round. Plus this way it’s less of an impact on my wallet come December!

  16. Lindsey G. says:

    I do mine throughout the whole year!

  17. Sylvia White says:

    Usually October

  18. This past year I think I bought the first present in July! I’ve learned it’s easier to buy when I see something that’s perfect for a giftee, then stash it away till the holidays roll around. Plus, if I buy ahead I can have things shipped to me – then I never have to brave the malls come December! :)

  19. i do it thru out the year and then usually grab a few things last min
    Teh Doll

  20. All throughout the year, actually!

  21. I start holiday shopping January 1 :O)

  22. I shop throughout the year


  23. Tricia Martin says:

    I usually start right after Christmas and pick up things all year long.

  24. In january and really start in oct. buying most of what dont have.

  25. keltom2contests@gmail.com says:

    I shop throughout the year as I see sales, but I do most of it in November

  26. Jessica S. says:

    On Black Friday!

    jsapalio at yahoo dot com

  27. october

  28. Jessica B says:

    If I see something perfect, I’ll buy it any time, but I don’t start shopping in earnest until the first of November.

  29. Lori Davis says:

    Right acfter xmas I start!

  30. I might get something during the year if it screams a person’s name, but otherwise Oct.

  31. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I start my holiday shopping on Jan. 1st! I buy a few things here and there for family, and friends and my kids. =)

  32. Julie Witt says:

    I usually pick up a few things through the year, but the majority is unusually left until the last minute!

  33. Barbara Blanton says:

    I usually start in November but will pick up good deals throughout the years!

  34. valerie godin says:

    I usually start in November

  35. I usually start in the beginning of December.

  36. Start? I never stop. If I find something on sale for a ridiculously low price, I’ll pick it up and put it up for a birthday or Christmas. With 11 grandkids, its necessary.

  37. I usually start my Christmas shopping in September or October.

  38. jessica edwards says:

    black friday

  39. usually in the summer

  40. I’m a bit of a procrastinator, so I mean to start in October, but usually do it in November or even December!

  41. I usually start in November.

  42. Laurie Adams says:

    I usually start my Christmas shopping in October but, this year, I am going to shop the sales all year long!

  43. Mechele Johnson says:

    I usually try starting in September, but don’t really jump start it till November…

  44. I start typically in late summer early fall. At least thinking of ideas then.

  45. I start right before, I’m terribe about that.

  46. I start as soon as I see something that someone on my list might like.

  47. I usually start in September-ish, after my son is back in school (Kindergarten this year, was in Headstart last)

  48. I usually start my holiday shopping as soon as the Christmas clearance starts- yep, a whole year in advance!

  49. Sabrina Radke says:

    I usually start asap, or after tax check :)

  50. I try to do it year round however I usually have a crunch time in November!

  51. Michelle Macaluso says:

    I dont start till December!!

  52. October!

  53. jeannine s says:

    i shop all yr round

  54. Ruth Anderson says:

    I begin when I find something that I can give .

  55. Kristen Jeffery says:

    I start whenever I see a good deal

  56. Michelle Dippel says:

    I use to wait til the last week. Now I start in about October.

    littleangel_mw at yahoo dot com

  57. I usually start shopping sometime in November.

  58. I start my holiday shopping right after Christmas and go all year, I have to with 5 kiddos! Thanks for the chance to win!

  59. Brittany C says:

    I started in Sept last year, I was really proud of myself for that, lol! But the years before have been so last minute! Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. I usually start around Thanksgiving

  61. Erin Lawrence says:

    I try to collect things all year long but usually don’t start getting serious about shopping for people until November.

  62. I’ll start in September if I see something good, otherwise in December.

  63. as early as possible.. i have already started trying ot stock pile for next year!

  64. I start whenever I find a good sale. Otherwise, mid October. :)

  65. sarah carroll says:

    I usually start the first of December, but would love to start collecting items through the year.

  66. Tandra Ahrens says:

    I try to start early! It’s always in the back of my head. If my child or nieces/nephews birthday is done that year already, I’ll pick it up for Christmas. I’d say more in the spring though!

  67. Shannon F. says:

    I shop all year round whenever I see good sales and I stash them away til a birthday or Christmas comes! lol I’m usually done shopping before Thanksgiving!

  68. Rachel Clark says:

    I usually start about september

  69. I try to watch for good deals throughout the year but I get more serious about it the beginning of November.

  70. I usually start shopping in August or so!

  71. I usually start in October

  72. Tanya Bright says:

    I start all year long.

  73. I start as soon as I see a great deal 😉 then it get’s put in the storage room!

  74. Meghan Finley says:

    I start the day after Christmas! :)

  75. I start picking things up in the late summer/early fall as I find things that seem perfect for the people I need to buy for. That way I have more time to find good deals. :-)

  76. I’d like to start earlier, but I actually start in November.

  77. I do holiday shopping all year long.

  78. Audra Weathers says:

    I think about Christmas year around. If I see something I think would make a great present for someone, and it’s a great deal or something like that, I’ll go ahead and get it ahead of time.

  79. 4 to 6 mos if I can before Christmas

  80. We buy a few things in October, do about a third in Late November, then are out at the last two weeks scrambling in December after procrastinating. We need to get better organized

  81. Tanaya Syx says:

    Lately it has been on Black Friday.

  82. I usually start the day after thanksgiving

  83. I usually start in November but I’d like to start super early this year (like, this month) so that I’m not so overwhelmed when the time comes (physically and financially)!

  84. Tian Kinasih says:

    I start my holiday shopping during black friday, :)

  85. I start thinking about Christmas shopping in October but probably start in November if I’ve got it together.

  86. I usually start the first of Dec unless I see something amazing before that.

  87. I pick out gifts throughout the year, so I really start the day after Christmas!

  88. courtney yost says:

    i try starting in june so by october im done

  89. LoryAnn Payne says:

    I usually start at the after Christmas sales! I like to stretch it out so it is easy on the budget.

  90. i start ASAP!

  91. Doreen Riopel says:


  92. I usually start holiday shopping in early December. It seems late but it helps us prevent going overboard!

  93. I usually start in November.

  94. The day before? Honestly, I am terrible at planning ahead. I am one of those last minute shoppers!

  95. i shop all year long

  96. Sarah Hull says:

    I usually start shopping for the holidays from late summer to fall and then things kick into high gear from Nov-Dec! I love looking throughout the year for special little things, but, sometimes I just don’t get really started until closer to Christmas. :)

  97. I start it around Dec. 1.

  98. I’ll purchase things throughout the year if they’re on sale and save them for Christmas. I usually start full-force in mid-October. Thanks.

  99. I normally start in November. Yep, I’m always late

  100. Amanda J. says:

    I’m a late starter. I buy very little, so I wait to the last possible minute unless something really grabs my eye.

  101. Jessica E Ledford says:

    I start shopping in November but make things for gifts all year long

  102. christine jessamine says:

    i start holiday shopping in january and just look throughout the year for good deals

  103. Alicia Zirjacks says:

    I usually start right after christmas

  104. Amy Brewer says:

    I start in November but I really need to start earlier

  105. I wish I could say I start early. This last Christmas we were actually DONE before mid-December. But I usually start after Thanksgiving.

  106. I usually start thinking about it in August and collecting little things here and there.

  107. Usually around September!

  108. Kimberlie T says:

    I start in November. I just can’t get into the Christmas Spirit until after Halloween!

  109. Elizabeth B says:

    I don’t have an actual “start” date. Throughout the year, I’m always looking for sales and deals on different items I think family would like. And then November is crunch time to make sure I have something for everyone on my list.

  110. i don’t usually buy a lot of things but if i have to buy somethign in a store i try to do it early (i hate crowds) and then i but things online about two weeks before christmas.

  111. heather smith says:

    right before the holidays!

  112. Kathy Davis says:

    I usually start my holiday shopping toward the end of November. I always seem to finish in time to enjoy the rest of the holidays.

  113. Kathy Davis says:

    I left a comment on the Green Toys review site.

  114. Kathy Davis says:

    My FB name: Kathy Newsom Davis

  115. I start about 2 weeks before Christmas. lol.

  116. I start my shopping once Thanksgiving is over! :)

  117. lol… well I start thinking about it in the summer….then I don’t actually do anything until November, its really sad :)

  118. JR Pickett aka Vicki Vix says:

    I’m afraid I don’t usually start holiday shopping until November. Which is good for me, in the good old days I’d wait until a couple weeks before Christmas. Nice giveaway. Thanks.

  119. JR Pickett aka Vicki Vix says:
  120. heather eg kaufman says:

    I actually shop sales all year long.

  121. i used to start rather early… and be completely finished by dec 1st at the latest… this year, we were struggling and i was barely finished by dec. 20th…
    next year, i plan to be back on top… meaning shopping after summer again :)

  122. HA! Last minute! It’s hard for me to buy something for someone, and then not give it to them for months, so I usually do my shopping in Oct-Nov. 😉

  123. Amber Del Giudice says:

    I start at the end of summer. Only because we also have birthday on Nov 22nd, Jan 5th and Jan 6th :)

  124. I’m horrible – I TRY to start in November, but it doesn’t always work out that way!

  125. Rachel Shaffer says:

    I start shopping in November.

  126. Robyn Galloway says:

    Usually around Sept. I like to wait until summer is over!

  127. Kasee Johnson says:

    I start my holiday shopping in June. But I start my birthday shopping as soon as toys hit clearance after the holidays!

  128. Very last minute, usually in December – Thanks!

  129. Francine Anchondo says:


  130. i usually start my holiday shopping after thanksgiving.

  131. i usually start in october

  132. Ashley Griffin says:

    I try to start between October and November!!

  133. chelesa sims says:

    i try to start in september because that is when alot of sales go on but this doent always happen

  134. I try to get started shopping at least 2 months before.
    textbookmommy at gmail dot com

  135. Amanda Hoffman says:

    middle of december

  136. I usually really start in September or October, but I think about people and gifts year-round and try to pick up things as I go along. I especially try to get gifts when I am on vacation that way I know I will be getting something special and different.

  137. i try to start shopping early-like in October but usually don’t til later….black friday and then of course last minute like the week of Christmas!!

    commented on your green toys review

    annae07 at aol dot com

  138. I start shopping whenever I see good deals
    msboatgal at aol.com

  139. Lisa Garner says:

    I start as soon as I can afford to after Christmas each year and slowly pick up things on sale throughout the whole year.

  140. I never start early enough.

  141. I shop ALL year round! 😀

  142. Joye Rast says:

    I shop throughout the year, if I see a great gift at a great price I pick it up. Already started for next year.

  143. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    I usually wait and get some stuff on clearance in the summer and get the rest on Black Friday!

  144. Linda Kish says:

    December…there’s no rush, is there?

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  145. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I usually start sometime in the summer

  146. I start shopping on Black Friday

  147. Jacqui Odell says:

    I start in september.

  148. Paul T / Pauline T says:

    right after christmas and throughout the year – (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

  149. I try to start on Dec. 26.

  150. Jessica Rose says:

    I usually start as soon as I can get a good deal! So, All year long!

  151. Black Friday

  152. I start holiday shopping in like, mid-december. I kind of suck. :)

  153. I start as soon as I have the money to do so

  154. rochelle johnson says:

    december 10th, thats when my husband get his bonus.

  155. Christine L says:

    I start after Christmas so I have a year to find the best deals.

  156. Aranda Gibbs says:

    I usually start in November.

  157. November at the earliest. I’m always very last minute.

  158. Jessica Stratton says:

    I always start on black friday. I know it’s late but I just can’t get started before then. It just doesnt feel like Christmas yet.

  159. Michelle Tucker says:

    I usually start my holiday shopping in October.

  160. Katy Emanuel says:

    I usually start my holiday shopping on Boxing day. I just pick up things throughout the year when I see neat things on sale.

  161. I shop year round for holiday gifts!

  162. Black Friday…. though I should start earlier.

  163. Always too late! :) Right around the beginning of December.

  164. I shop all year round!!!

  165. sometime after thanksgiving and before christmas! 😉

  166. I try to look for deals throughout the year but I get most of it done on/after Black Friday.

  167. I always plan to shop early but end up actually starting in December.

  168. Jessica Lopez says:

    Whenever I see a great deal.

  169. Elena Smith says:

    I normally start around September. I really don’t like shopping during the holiday. Too crowded

  170. Jessica Peeling says:

    December, lol!

  171. I start my shopping on Black Friday!

  172. I usually do my holiday shopping all year long. I just pick up a little here or there. :)

  173. December :/

  174. I just buy stuff when it’s on sale and store it away.

  175. I usually start in November. I do a bunch on Black Friday.

  176. around july

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