This is mostly from the 2009 Advent Calendar:
How did your family handle Christmas shopping? Did anyone finish early or did anyone start on Christmas Eve?
My mom started in February for the next Christmas, and was usually done before Thanksgiving. She hid presents all over the house and even forgot some she had bought. My dad started in November and was usually done a couple of days before Christmas. I usually shopped like my dad, but as I get older I am switching more to be like mom and starting early.
Mom always shopped the after Christmas sales for wrapping paper, bows, name tags, etc., but I have a bunch of paper, bows, and tags.