Black Friday with Best Western


Christmas is suddenly looming. We’ve seen (and cried at) all the Christmas adverts, the shops have been playing Christmas music since the beginning of November, your annoying organised friend has everything ticked off and wrapped already but you are no closer to completing your shopping than you were in July.

Fear not, because at the end of this week comes a saviour in the form of Black Friday (which sounds more sinister than it actually is.) It’s the day when global brands and popular internet companies post their Christmas offers online, so instead of pounding the streets looking for a bargain for Aunty Marjorie, you can sit at home, put the kettle on and shop until you drop (off).

And we think why should all your friends and relatives be the only ones to benefit from your hard work (ahem) this Black Friday? Why not treat the most important person in your life too? Tick off the shopping for all your nearest and dearest, then turn the attention to yourself. 

We’re very excited to say we have a partnership with Best Western offering up to 50% off our hotels for the run up to Black Friday, and booking a Best Western hotel with us could earn you up to £10.50 cashback as well as that amazing up to 50% off!

Best Western has the largest collection of independently run hotels in the UK so there are loads of amazing places to choose from and thousands of stories to share.

So whether you dodge the packed pavements and choose to make the most of Black Friday by surfing the sales from your sofa don’t forget to reward yourself too by making the most of this exclusive offer today.


To win 1 of 5 mini-breaks away to one of our hotels in Great Britain just tell us, ‘Honestly. When do you crack on with the Christmas shop?’ Comment your answer in the comments below by Wednesday 03rd December 2014 for your chance to win!

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CK1223204 Dec 14 - 16:40We usually do ours the week before Christmas, but this year we're going to do it online and do it this Saturday
sydroo03 Dec 14 - 23:43I usually start to panic about a week before Christmas when I realise that I haven't bought anything at all!
genvieve03 Dec 14 - 22:52I have been known to start in the boxing day sales. If I haven't done at least half by August I start to get a little worried.
gemima2703 Dec 14 - 22:49Try and start after the summer...Ends up being about october
lightfran03 Dec 14 - 22:36I squirrel things away throughout the year whenever I see something that friends or family like at an unbeatable price - sometimes I start in the January sales, sometimes not until June, it depends whether I spot anything ....
Member111296689281103 Dec 14 - 22:17Usually start around November to get some early deals
sueb5503 Dec 14 - 22:14I start in January sales and buy bits throughout the year
caz12345603 Dec 14 - 22:10I save from about September, but only start shopping in December.
Tbrookshaw03 Dec 14 - 21:19I usually start in October
Sarah8803 Dec 14 - 19:36I'm organised this year, started early November and have more or less finished. Although I don't have many people to buy for!
lynwestie03 Dec 14 - 18:321st week in Deember
rugby7603 Dec 14 - 18:10About a week before Christmas for me, i'm not very organised.
linzos03 Dec 14 - 17:34I'm usually quite good and make a start in the New Year sales (if I have enough money left over)! I then have a "gift box" which I can dip into for birthday gifts during the year too if i've forgotten someone. It's so much easier and less stressful!
corry0103 Dec 14 - 17:15I normally wait until I receive money for my Christmas from aunties and uncles etc then I buy Christmas presents for the children so to win this would be a dream !!
ljaybrad12303 Dec 14 - 16:31September!
lindsey3uk03 Dec 14 - 16:26AFTER my daughters birthday I begin to look which is august!
tishism03 Dec 14 - 16:09Middle of December usually
johnhd03 Dec 14 - 15:58Middle of December
Ritakd03 Dec 14 - 15:20I usually start mid November.
Cornishgirl5403 Dec 14 - 13:43I usually buy bits all through the year when I see something that I know somebody would like - that way they get something suited to them, not something bought in a last minute mad panic!
teresathorne10103 Dec 14 - 12:48Normally start 1st week of December, and aim to finish by the 15th when the tree goes up
hannahlw198503 Dec 14 - 12:21Usually between mid November and Early December
helenthemadex03 Dec 14 - 11:54With 7 kids I have to start early so the end of October is when I usually start
Chirag03 Dec 14 - 11:50Try to start early but never happens but the good ole pound stores always comes to the rescue !!
bibopalubop03 Dec 14 - 11:25I normally get the odd present here and there from October but I do my main buying about 1 week before christmas.. I regret it every time!
beckslayer03 Dec 14 - 10:46Always last minute mayhem here, normally some point in december in not organised ever
CatP03 Dec 14 - 10:16About now. I'll start buying things this coming weekend, and should be all done with about a week to go before the big day.
chriskeenan8603 Dec 14 - 10:05The start of December, normally ending up with a stressed trip on xmas eve.
Esther7403 Dec 14 - 09:49I pick up bits throughout the year however this year it's been mostly since november:)
binna03 Dec 14 - 09:49From about september onwards when all th birthdays have passed and I can concentrate on what to buy for xmas.
stef_d03 Dec 14 - 09:42I usually start around September and aim to have it all done by the end of November. I hate the mad rush and panic of December shopping!
cathryn103 Dec 14 - 08:26For me I start in September - I hate the rush at the end
mo373303 Dec 14 - 07:58Beginning of december
mandahul03 Dec 14 - 07:57I start in September, as soon as the school uniforms have been sorted, I start my christmas shop and gets bits every week.
frigginpumps03 Dec 14 - 07:30I start in the January Sales and snap up any bargains then, for eagle-eyed friends and family, I unwrap any gift sets and wrap them up again, so i'm not accused of being a cheapskate!
JBDance_03 Dec 14 - 04:02I'll be honest, I only start in the second week of december, just after I get my pension
cupcakelisa03 Dec 14 - 02:49I start normally mid September
emma_8003 Dec 14 - 00:42Mid November
d0nnasaur03 Dec 14 - 00:01I start with good intentions - finding one amazing gift early in the year, but then enthusiasm wanes and I am never finished until late december!
Fluffyblueberry02 Dec 14 - 23:45I start in November and then have a last minute dash in December!
Member81213701213602 Dec 14 - 23:39Start thinking about it in October ready to hit the shops November
Member4193566574002 Dec 14 - 23:31Usually first week in December
jokow02 Dec 14 - 23:28A week before Christmas
Member10319264110802 Dec 14 - 23:14I start in October :)
mysticwen302 Dec 14 - 23:11I start in the january sales and buy throughout the year to spread the cost and keep costs down
Florence02 Dec 14 - 23:09I try and be prepared so I can enjoy the festive season. If I see things during the year i'll get them then and there, no matter what month, but I guess November is when I do most of my shopping.
ian320302 Dec 14 - 23:07Christmas Eve!!
Member798087043102 Dec 14 - 23:00Usually the week before Xmas
bluecat3502 Dec 14 - 22:57Very last minute
ruth2302 Dec 14 - 22:57About a week before
beehummingbird02 Dec 14 - 22:49December
zebedeebird02 Dec 14 - 22:36I am usually very unorganised but this year I have got quite a lot done already! I started in October x
mshell123102 Dec 14 - 22:17I start my Christmas shopping whenever I find a bargain...As early as the Jan sales!!
Gingersam02 Dec 14 - 21:59Shop whenever I see a bargain in the sale as I like to keep the cost low :)
Bazzingapest02 Dec 14 - 21:53I start in the christmas sales and try to pick up bargains all year round
Squina02 Dec 14 - 21:46About two weeks before
Member3992859810502 Dec 14 - 21:41Bits and bobs throughout the year!
Lwebber2802 Dec 14 - 21:40It's all done :) by the end of November!
Bellroyd02 Dec 14 - 21:26November/December for me. Avoid heavily advertised gifts on a point of principle
saverme02 Dec 14 - 21:2526th Dec, just when the online bargins start (they get earlier every year)
firecracker2802 Dec 14 - 21:22I'm a usually leave til the last minute kinda girl, but i'm quite proud of myself as this year I started in June and I only have one more to buy!
cheryl10002 Dec 14 - 21:04I start in August... Got to be organised!
stu_w02 Dec 14 - 21:02Mid November
morning_star02 Dec 14 - 21:00Panic mode usually hits once December starts!
blue2502 Dec 14 - 21:00I only start in December- December 1st and i'm in the shops!
kacky02 Dec 14 - 20:33I start mid November. Just in time for delivery in December.
jakesmum02 Dec 14 - 20:24Honestly, im looking for next christmas in the january sales for run of the mill stuff and then throughout the year for the bigger stuff.
gethro02 Dec 14 - 20:14The wife does bits and pieces but the bulk presents are bought with the last payday of November and anything else get bought with Decembers paypacket (normally Christmas eve)
willow7502 Dec 14 - 19:57I quite often get some things in January in the sales and then the rest I crack on with in mid/Late November and early December
vicks27602 Dec 14 - 19:48I start thinking about it early in November but usually leave it until a week or two before. However this year i'm super organised and i'm done already!
Kailua02 Dec 14 - 19:35I'm always looking all year round but then I still never seem to be ready.
georgemjohnson02 Dec 14 - 19:31After our holiday in September , we start to look for presents and then start buying from the beginning of November
cornishpasty102 Dec 14 - 19:27I usually start early December and get on with it, and food shopping I get as much as I can from early December and then just the last bits just before Christmas.
Feebee3202 Dec 14 - 19:24I usually start thinking about what to buy in november then crack on with it beginning of december. I have almost all my pressies bought this year already
Member6647632203502 Dec 14 - 19:13I start in January when I get wrapping paper, Christmas cards and crackers. I then start properly shopping in October and am now nearly finished just need to writing cards, wrap up the rest of the pressies
gdc64802 Dec 14 - 18:22Started early to get it all done! Keep forgetting things though!
debsfran7202 Dec 14 - 17:47I do it bit by bit from about Oct and try to do most of it online
Member12773610755202 Dec 14 - 17:41Start of December
SuzSquirrel02 Dec 14 - 17:02Not normally until start of december
moonlitsparkle8502 Dec 14 - 16:46Once the summer holidays are over. Pretty much done now...
rjh090384_02 Dec 14 - 16:44Have the shopping home delivery shop booked for cheistmas eve will decide what we having when I see what is available!!
dirtypop02 Dec 14 - 16:32I usually start around mid november so that i'm prepared
purplecatlover200302 Dec 14 - 16:22Intentionally in January, unintentionally if I see things throughout the year and then in November or December on a mission
cristalfiona02 Dec 14 - 15:46I started over the weekend due to all the deals on, but that's early for me
tabbaz02 Dec 14 - 15:32Oh I am useless - I always plan to be organised with the shopping but I hate shopping and can never think what to get.
karinski02 Dec 14 - 15:03Whenever i'm inspired by a pressie but normally end of Nov
sugg4202 Dec 14 - 14:55I start the beginning start of September
bezerina02 Dec 14 - 14:27I start as soon as I have an idea what to buy people!
Member10333224974502 Dec 14 - 14:12Most of mine is doing in January then I do a couple of bits in Dec
mariamunkey02 Dec 14 - 13:49Black Fridays always my starting block - then every weekend until Christmas Eve!
Member111292094450202 Dec 14 - 13:42I leave all present buying to the wife, shes normally done by end of November!!
NelAllan02 Dec 14 - 12:41I start Christmas Shopping when I get paid in September and combined with savings, I usually get it all completed then and at October payday.
joanjf02 Dec 14 - 12:35Not soon enough, always panic at the last minute
ljbaker02 Dec 14 - 12:29I am a truly terrible Christmas shopper and always put it off as long as possible. I blame my family - they're all impossible to buy for!
Katy260502 Dec 14 - 11:54I have just started my christmas shopping. Every year I vow to do it earlier but always end up starting too late!!
Marty67302 Dec 14 - 10:51I'm not very organised, but have found, to my advantage that being on the last minute has saved me £'S. I buy lots of stuff with 70% Off as the shops are trying to get last minute sales before the big day.
sarah387502 Dec 14 - 10:49Somehow bam! It's mid-blinking-December and I am madly running round the shops by day and with my iPad of a evening ordering all sorts of crazy.
lottiegirlxx02 Dec 14 - 10:29About to crack -am going later eek.
Biddy251202 Dec 14 - 09:51Well... I say the 1st week of December, as that's when I start thinking what to buy everyone. I get the easy ones first - i.E. The people who have actually specified what they want. This is followed by much deliberation and a massive shopathon the weekend before Christmas to buy the remainder.
diavolina161002 Dec 14 - 09:08I never start earlier than December - usually the second week or so
aneres66602 Dec 14 - 09:01I get bits as I see them and try to be finished for early December.
ami4levi02 Dec 14 - 08:46November!!! As soon as! :) Else panic starts lol
whymustIdothis02 Dec 14 - 08:24I pick up a few things as I see them in November, then I relax and think that i'm almost done, so I forget all about it again until the middle of December and then panic!
Genasai02 Dec 14 - 03:10I shop all year around for my daughter, usually grabbing bargains in sales. This means I always overspend ad she gets loads! She loved that though! ;)
For everyone else I start in November time, I like to be prepared. It should however be noted that while I have everyone's gifts now, I haven't even started dinner plans!!!
LJW02 Dec 14 - 00:14Start towards end of Nov
kimnews01 Dec 14 - 22:55Last pay day before Christmas (20th Dec!)
poxx01 Dec 14 - 22:54Always start in the Boxing day or January sales.
carriemac01 Dec 14 - 22:39Spend a day or two in the first week or so of December
01 Dec 14 - 22:30I find bargains throughout the year but start at the beginning of December so I don't have to deal with any frantic last minute shoppers!
jandoc01 Dec 14 - 22:22I start about two weeks before Xmas
pfcpompeysarah01 Dec 14 - 21:22I would love to be super-organised and do my shopping early but in all truthfulness, I usually wait until a few days before Xmas day when I finally have enough money to get what I need.
tempertantrumhayley01 Dec 14 - 21:15About September as I have a large family, I really should start in January, having 17 nieces and nephews is hard work!
DAV1D01 Dec 14 - 20:58I start my Christmas shopping in mid December
goobygal01 Dec 14 - 20:54Any time there's a sale on
cathpat200001 Dec 14 - 20:53November
Gemsie01 Dec 14 - 20:08Throughout the year!
Kiricat7801 Dec 14 - 20:06I usually start about mid October.
Rahven01 Dec 14 - 20:03I start in September. I finish, in a panicked rush mid December
Cluckster01 Dec 14 - 19:42I try to start by beginning of December but I am usually still at it on Christmas Eve!!!
mumtowoo01 Dec 14 - 19:26I started the last week of November
Lfoulds9001 Dec 14 - 19:16Early to mid december for me. I normally have to hound people for things they want
Member91811942105901 Dec 14 - 19:07I like to start in early November but rarely actually get started before December!
manduck01 Dec 14 - 18:53It's homemade Christmas for my family so shopping never needs to start.
Abouttojump01 Dec 14 - 18:43If I haven't done most of it by the end of October i'm behind! I start early, usually in the summer holidays.
Abouttojump01 Dec 14 - 18:43If I haven't done most of it by the end of October i'm behind! I start early, usually in the summer holidays.
01 Dec 14 - 18:43I usually start around mid november
purple4501 Dec 14 - 17:57We don't really bother much with pressies. I pick up stuff from November onwards trying to make best use of supermarket vouchers. If i'm buying anything it will be end of November onwards.
Smolder01 Dec 14 - 17:49I start in the sales after christmas and buy gifts as I see them throughout the year. If I see something which is ideal for someone I buy it. Normally cheaper that way too
kirsty4065101 Dec 14 - 17:44Honestly, I start straight after my sons birthday at the end of july. That way I can buy presents weekly to spread the cost and he ends up with a nice pile by christmas day :)
flyingdutch01 Dec 14 - 17:30The January Sales is the best time to start. Lots of bargains.
DJASKEW01 Dec 14 - 17:28I start at the end of Oct which is the 2nd to last pay packet to Christmas for me
Suzannerosser01 Dec 14 - 16:45About a week before Christmas. Panic!
kpdchudleigh01 Dec 14 - 16:30I don't get organised for Christmas. Mostly I pick up bits I think people will like throughout the year when I see them online or in stores, and then do a quick mop up two or three weeks before the big day.
myrrh01 Dec 14 - 16:26As soon as possible to get it over
johnhd01 Dec 14 - 15:47Try to buy through the year to save money and stress
VikkiBy01 Dec 14 - 15:15Try to get all the homemade gifts done by mid Nov and then concentrate on the bought ones. Bring it on, bit behind this year.
sambauyumi01 Dec 14 - 14:55First week of December
Member81211108704001 Dec 14 - 13:59I start in Novenber.
Sappysar01 Dec 14 - 13:58I start thinking about it at the beginning of November but still end up rushing to get the last few.
Member12781728001201 Dec 14 - 13:57I only buy if no-one gives me a lovely prize I can pass on
Emma109201 Dec 14 - 13:49The week before - I do the main stuff - although if something catches my eye Ill pick it up before :)
Mark8765201 Dec 14 - 13:32Not until December!
MikeCambridge01 Dec 14 - 12:39The final week before Christmas day! I'm always on the last minute, but always seem to pull it together before the big day.
sc00ter101 Dec 14 - 12:34I do buy a few things in January sales - but then it goes a bit to pot and about now I am running around buying.
snookhams01 Dec 14 - 11:30I am normally quite organised with Christmas, buying through out the year when I see bargains, but this year I have bought all but my other halfs present, and I will get that this weekend, as I am going into hospital for an operation next week and won't be able to drive etc.

All being well i'll start next years in the January sales!!!
hannahc801 Dec 14 - 11:20I usually start really early then it is a last minute rush to get the last bits the day before
MixedSpice01 Dec 14 - 11:10As soon as Christmas is over I start shopping for the next Christmas. Do you always see something that would have been just the ideal gift for a, b or c just when it is too late. Well I buy it for them for next year. That way by the time December arrives I have most of my shopping done.
klittlewood01 Dec 14 - 10:54I normally start the day I get paid for Christmas (i do try and get some bits started before hand)
petegilb201 Dec 14 - 10:37I do all mine in September & October :)
beckyinman01 Dec 14 - 10:33I pick things up as I see them throughout the year. It makes it easier on the wallet and means you aren't buying all the same things that are in the shops from November onwards
alicrice01 Dec 14 - 10:31Usually end of November I start getting really organised and start looking for bargains
neilmol200901 Dec 14 - 10:29I'm afraid to say I leave it till the last minute, I find it's not worth worrying about till Christmas Eve.
Raffles10001 Dec 14 - 10:15When doing the food shop- to many people panic buying, the shops are only shut for 2 days !!!
BRUCES01 Dec 14 - 10:08I plan and ponder then panic - so week before Christmas!
keletubbie01 Dec 14 - 09:53It's all done. I start in the sales the fgollowing year.

All wrapped and hidden in the attic. Food shop delivery slot booked. If only I was this organised with everything else!
jh32101 Dec 14 - 09:50Don't hate me but I start as soon as Xmas is over! Catch the sales, and gives me a chance to find inspiration!
createbeauty01 Dec 14 - 09:50Usually after we get paid in December. Not sure we'll even have enough for any Christmas shopping this year.
jjhd8701 Dec 14 - 09:44I try to pick things up through the year but it still ends up as a last minute rush
ellams01 Dec 14 - 09:26I start properly in November
lizd3101 Dec 14 - 09:14I'm disabled & There's no way I can manage to go Christmas shopping so it's all done online for me. I kind of look out for bargains throughout the year & Buy them ready for christmas. I've already done all my shopping so no last minute madness
Member10123711454901 Dec 14 - 09:02Not till about 14 Dec
Muffin7901 Dec 14 - 09:00For the last few years I have started mid-November and finished by end of November, taking advantage of the department store flash sales - makes December much more enjoyable :-d
Member11353120221001 Dec 14 - 08:45I usually start mine in the January sales followed by the summer sales and finish off in November and early December.
ssouthurst01 Dec 14 - 08:37I ususally start end November , keeping an eye on the November bargains, when shops are making way for the Christmas displays/Toys etc
perc01 Dec 14 - 08:14Now!
karenweedon01 Dec 14 - 08:05I started in the summer! I have a lot of family birthdays in December so I have to be organised :)
walk199201 Dec 14 - 07:59Startnig today 1 Dec
moola01 Dec 14 - 07:5226 December ;-)
Lozmart01 Dec 14 - 07:51Christmas Eve at about 4pm after work! Nothing like thinking on the spot
Liquorice01 Dec 14 - 07:43I start in September and shop both in store and online, by December, I can chill out and not have to endure the crowds
jacknutter01 Dec 14 - 07:40I tend to start mid-November though this year waited for Black Friday to start and this year now completed in three days!
chopster01 Dec 14 - 07:31In the January sales!
clairebears3001 Dec 14 - 07:19I normally start in october
puczini01 Dec 14 - 06:58I usually start my Christmas shopping a week before Christmas.
philiboy01 Dec 14 - 06:55I usually start the first week of December, so i'm feeling festive while I do it - although I do buy a bargain through the year if I see one
26jibby01 Dec 14 - 06:45I do mine in the next week.
michellebamber01 Dec 14 - 06:34I start when the schools go back in September, then have a final big push for the first week of December
crispydragonfly01 Dec 14 - 06:30I try to pick up bits throughout the year then do my final shopping in December, but this year I haven't got much put by atall, so I have a lot of shopping to do.
yokie1001 Dec 14 - 06:26Beginning of Dec
lainey0101 Dec 14 - 05:38We always start our Christmas shopping in November, we like to be prepared and make sure we have the items on our Children's Xmas list. I like to relax a little when December comes around!
Member51693473811601 Dec 14 - 05:32I start as soon as I get the December pay packet but will have been planning what to get for months before
unearthedenvy01 Dec 14 - 02:27I start mine in November and in December pick up any stocking fillers.
callkiki01 Dec 14 - 01:55I start right after Christmas and put away things all year long. All done except last minute food items
faloola8001 Dec 14 - 01:27Usually research in November and then start the present shopping after pay day with a few last minute stocking fillers the weekend before c-Day
SincerelyMe01 Dec 14 - 01:22Start at the beginning of November and usually done by December
misscoupon01 Dec 14 - 00:51I aim to get everything done by end of November. Feeling very smug right now :)
thekiwibex01 Dec 14 - 00:04Usually plan and research in November, but don't actually buy until sometime in December!
Nomjan01 Dec 14 - 00:02With a hectic life, there is no specific time for me. Any time is good :)
lhlee6230 Nov 14 - 23:55All the presents are done by the end of November and the food is pretty much done the 2 days before
GillianY130 Nov 14 - 23:45I usually start my Christmas shopping in mid October and look to finish all the major purchases before the end of November.
edds44430 Nov 14 - 23:45I start on 7 November, the day after my grandson has his birthday
queenbyron8730 Nov 14 - 23:36In the January sales!
kateloader30 Nov 14 - 23:27I bought one present in October, done nothing since! I will be starting soon!
babssie30 Nov 14 - 23:24When the sales are on during the year - spreads the cost :)
Member10332896475830 Nov 14 - 23:22My wife does most of the shopping, so I just get a few last minutes things in December
KayleyChris30 Nov 14 - 23:19I've just started (which is a lot earlier than usual) ensuring I use TCB as much as possible to optimise!
AntLoader30 Nov 14 - 23:19I hate shopping and start buying in the week before xmas, luckily my wife does most of the shopping and enjoys it
sarahme30 Nov 14 - 23:03My timing really depends on whats happening that year, this year ive had more free time to think about it so I started early November and am nearly finished :) You also have to factor in some companies who only have a 30 day return policy though and those purchases will be early december.
gillssurvey130 Nov 14 - 23:01I aim to finish by early December when it's my Dad's birthday, that way I can deliver the presents to my family who all visit at the same time, without the added expense and hassle of posting them. Like archery, this is the aim, but I am not on target again this year. ; (
TechHead30 Nov 14 - 23:0090% Done already
BexD30 Nov 14 - 22:58Start of December
Maryandbuzz130 Nov 14 - 22:55I will start in a few days
ianmurf30 Nov 14 - 22:50I usually leave it really late ... Up till the last weekend before and even on Christmas Eve. I keep telling myself I should start earlier but have never done it!
Member111882119454330 Nov 14 - 22:49I usually make a start in September but the bulk of it from end of October
aaagh30 Nov 14 - 22:46A few bits in the sales but mostly from the beginning of December. It's usually all done a week or so before the big day.
Morbitonic30 Nov 14 - 22:44Thorough the year when sales are on :)
slapper5530 Nov 14 - 22:39Apart from food have got all done in November
tubbyj30 Nov 14 - 22:31Try to get the bulk done in November
vals240230 Nov 14 - 22:31I usually start in the January sales
Member61718693850830 Nov 14 - 22:30I start in the January sales.. For presents anyway! I love Christmas & Finding the perfect gifts for folk is an all-year-round activity for me! For food bits I try & Hang on as long as possible because as soon as it's in the house, I start nibbling away at it so I end up having to buy double the amount as i've eaten the first lot! :/
hazmar7030 Nov 14 - 22:28I do mine throughout the year when I see things that I know would make great presents. This way it's not done in a mad rush and I don't have to worry about having the money to buy things.......Or scrimping until the January payday to get the basics.
prwilson30 Nov 14 - 22:26Early in December
Member10724548125530 Nov 14 - 22:25I usually start around this time, I do have 2 presents sorted already this year whch is an improvement.
HelenSwales30 Nov 14 - 22:24I always have good intentions. In September I think I must start! I'm still chilled in October and November, buying a few presents when I see something I like. It usually hits me on 1 December though that i've still got loads to do and why didn't I start sooner and December is usually a mad panic.
cherylann246130 Nov 14 - 22:24I am usually finished by the 1st December
sheshe6130 Nov 14 - 22:23I start early, sometimes in the January sales!
pennwood30 Nov 14 - 22:22I try & Buy throughout the year when I see bargains then finish off in September time for any I need to get to complete the shopping
jeniferlack30 Nov 14 - 22:20I usually start around mid October ...But there's always that one person every year you are running around for at 5pm on Christmas eve! :) X
Darienne30 Nov 14 - 22:19Usually around mid October, but it doesn't take that long not having many people to buy for
johnant99930 Nov 14 - 22:192nd week in December for me!
30 Nov 14 - 22:16Usually about now when I start to get a panic on & Realise there's only weeks left & I've done nothing! Actually went out today & Did a little panic buying
VictoriaS30 Nov 14 - 22:14I try to get started at the beginning of November but if I see something perfect for someone any time of year i'll buy whenever :)
tori998130 Nov 14 - 22:14As early as boxing day. Nothing like a half price bargain. Whilst It I buy birthday presents too! Am ar
Yaracuy30 Nov 14 - 22:13I start with the sales of January for most of the non perishable things. For food I start in November and mainly prepare things at home!
Laws3030 Nov 14 - 22:12I start getting bargains in the summer. A few toys in the sales, some unique gifts from local country shows and fairs. I work in retail and can't bare the thought of shopping during the December rush. I hate the queues, the noise and the crowd jostling because people won't move to let you pass.
Happy to say i'm done for this year.
Yinster30 Nov 14 - 22:11When we see the first bargain which someone I know might like so it could christmas day for next year or May. Who knows!
priorslee30 Nov 14 - 22:10As early as possible - usually start in October & Aim to have most of it sorted by end of November
Annbunce30 Nov 14 - 22:09I try to start mine in the October half term holidays - but end up starting off well, but then stressing at the beginning of December :(
ZAZARK30 Nov 14 - 22:07A blind panic starting 2nd week in december
cagsd30 Nov 14 - 22:06Usually try to get the bulk of it done in November. I do tend to pick up bits & Pieces from September onwards though.
finleypop30 Nov 14 - 22:05I pick up things through the year, but shop seriously from October, I like to be mostly done by the 1st week of December
mattsonthebeach30 Nov 14 - 22:02I start mine with my September wages
jeffsotv30 Nov 14 - 22:01As soon as I get paid at the end of November, because if I dont do it then, i'll have spent my wages by mid december.
dania6630 Nov 14 - 22:01In early December
emmav630 Nov 14 - 21:59I start in september, looking out for any sales/Deals :)
Bringans30 Nov 14 - 21:59I always go last minute..Most times its even on Xmas eve Lol
cazzzie98730 Nov 14 - 21:58I am very organised getting things throughout the year at the best price. I am done and wrapped by October.
knighthowler30 Nov 14 - 21:57Same old same old I always have to make the first gesture...Unconditional love is a lonely path.
yesprincess130 Nov 14 - 21:56I usually leave it until late December & End up in a tizzy... This year i've started late November!
kittykomp30 Nov 14 - 21:56Mid November
jcyclops30 Nov 14 - 21:56Throughout the year I bookmark promising gift ideas I see online. I start buying online about mid November, and in the shops about the second week of December.
daverodhouse30 Nov 14 - 21:53I normally start in early December.
devito9230 Nov 14 - 21:50I start every year straight after xmas for the following year. I also do any birthday's and father's/Mother's Day. Everyone knows when I buy them and are more than happy.
dajohnston1030 Nov 14 - 21:49Always at the last minute
peanuts200030 Nov 14 - 21:47This year is the first year that all of mine was done by september. Typically though its always been the beginning of december.
sandian3130 Nov 14 - 21:46Like to think I am organised, but always seem to be rushing around at the last minute.
Monkeykv30 Nov 14 - 21:46I usually go for it right after I get my wage in November
Ultrajames30 Nov 14 - 21:46Week before Christmas if i'm lucky
Member101255205552930 Nov 14 - 21:44....Thats when all the offers are on and everything is getting reduced ;-) saves me a fortune!
hawkster0930 Nov 14 - 21:44I finished mine today (30 November)
kagle6930 Nov 14 - 21:41I pick up bits and pieces as and when I see them, particularly if I spot a bargain! I'm good at storing things away for months, if necessary! It's all about bagging the best deal. Plus I don't much like the Christmas rush!
Spiroo30 Nov 14 - 21:25No panic till 20th of Dec then try to buy them whilst go for food shoppings!
MartinLStevenson30 Nov 14 - 20:59With about two weeks to go. Can't think about Christmas until we're past my daughters birthday.
HeatherelizP30 Nov 14 - 20:24Usually start end of October but only two presents sorted so far!
HeatherelizP30 Nov 14 - 20:20Usually start end of October but only two presents sorted so far!
kingarrow_girl30 Nov 14 - 19:55Start in September, stall in October, search for where I put them in November, and success and chill with Sauvignon in Decemeber!
rozati30 Nov 14 - 18:36December 24th - of course!
tommyh8330 Nov 14 - 17:49Well being a man I tend to rush round on Christmas eve without a list and buy what I can. Lol
vickspick30 Nov 14 - 17:46I try and have it almost done by the beginning of December.
Bevsy130 Nov 14 - 15:30Try to buy cards wrapping paper etc in jan sales but start pressie shopping any time now
mclintockandrew30 Nov 14 - 15:29No earlier than the start of December.
albatross30 Nov 14 - 14:45Some done Still some to go & Must get knitting!
colby30 Nov 14 - 14:13After November pay day (event before we had Black Friday)!
Ritesh30 Nov 14 - 14:02Usually 1st or 2nd week of December. By then i've usually planned what I need to buy
glom30 Nov 14 - 13:53Started a couple of weeks ago, got nearly all of them now online. Only a couple more to go - Daughter's boyfriend - nightmare, haven't a clue!
fan_adams30 Nov 14 - 13:14Mine was all bought, wrapped and hidden last week ??
sylwright30 Nov 14 - 12:44I can start as early as the January sales, but I look for any bargains throughout the year that will be suitable as gifts. I have a box where I keep all the gifts so I can easily find them when I need to.
dem646430 Nov 14 - 12:40Rather than stress near Christmas and have most from either one or best 2 wage month, I tend to get Christmas presents when sales are on either in January or Easter, or at any promotion/Sale, then near Christmas it is usually only a few presents to finish off with.
Fenchurch4230 Nov 14 - 12:34I usually start looking for present ideas sometime around September and might start buying then if I think they might disappear. If family want tickets for events, I buy them as they come out.

Otherwise, through November and December, depending on what it is and when i've been paid.
lurkio30 Nov 14 - 12:25Usually last minute but this year the presents I wanted need planning so started in September. It feels much more relaxed.
Seakay30 Nov 14 - 12:08I usually buy interesting things for presents through the year, and then do a little extra shopping at the beginning of December. This year I moved house and so i'm really behind and living in an area where I don't know where all the best shops are yet!
darkovo30 Nov 14 - 12:05I'm looking out for xmas presents from September, although this year hasn't been very successful as yet, I really need to crack on with the rest of the gifts asap.
wittymacs28 Nov 14 - 13:39I actually begin shopping for the next Christmas in the January Sales and keep them in our loft. I also buy throughout the year when I see suitable gifts at good prices
olivia28017727 Nov 14 - 19:47Honestly? Probably after my birthday (which is in January!) It's sad but I use any birthday money I get to crack on! I add bits and bobs then throughout the year, when I see a good deal or when I have a few extra pennies! I do the bulk though October / November time - my kids tastes change so frequently that it would be foolish to do theirs too early! I never, ever feel truly ready as my youngest has his birthday on the 20th December and it's like I can't completely focus until that's over, so the present wrapping marathon is normally all day on the 23rd!
Olivia Kirby
emilyearle27 Nov 14 - 17:38The start of October! Plenty of time to research and buy good gifts, instead of panic buying mid December :)
spes2227 Nov 14 - 15:28I think this is a brilliant time to do shopping- best for bargains.
Halkerstone27 Nov 14 - 14:41I'm certainly not an early bird; probably first week in December.
IzzyJo27 Nov 14 - 13:57The main effort gets done late novemeber and then december so I actually feel christmassy when doing it.
sac3027 Nov 14 - 12:27I start August and then get the big bits beginning of December
lozcap27 Nov 14 - 10:31I start mine when I get my August pay packet as I work part time. August is the biggest pay packet for me as I do more overtime covering others holidays and can buy bigger items first and get them out of the way and then I still have 3 decent months to get the rest of the presents. I don't count December's pay packet as it has to last 5.5 weeks until the end of January. I like to think i'm organised and look around for bargains. :)
jimvh127 Nov 14 - 10:05End of October, Means I have 2 pay-days to buy stuff before the big day.
niamw198627 Nov 14 - 10:03Usually start in November but running behind this year, doubt i'll start for another week or two again. Argh!
Member31560598292126 Nov 14 - 22:45I normally start my Christmas shopping in the middle of November. For the past 2 years now I have done my Christmas shopping in the beginning of December