Some people that that paying attention thing to the next level and do their Xmas shopping throughout the year. They will start in January and keep picking up gifts throughout the year until they are done. This kind of Xmas shopping has many advantages and one of them is that you could finish your Xmas shopping before the summer is even over. Sound extreme? Well if you have a Christmas club you contribute to all year long, and you have already done your Xmas shopping by the time that money gets distributed, then that money is all yours now. If you think of it that way it makes all the sense in the world. What better Christmas gift to give yourself then your shopping all done and your Xmas shopping fund available to spend on yourself? It is a win-win and people do it this way all the time.
For those of you that do not want to spend all year Xmas shopping there is another way but this way only works if you followed step 1 which was to pay attention. So you paid attention all year and you know what everyone wants for Christmas, right? The rest is easy. The day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday and at least a month prior to Black Friday the internet is littered with the deals that will be available that day from the various retailers. These are usually leaked circulars and some of them are even fakes leaked by the retailer to throw off early shoppers. All you do is plan your Black Friday shopping through these advanced circulars. When the real circulars come out you compare what you did with the preview circulars to the real circulars and make sure that all of the deals you want will be available. Black Friday morning you hit the stores bright and early at 4:30am and you should be done by 7am at the latest. Hey, efficient Xmas shopping may not be easy but when everyone else is wasting their Christmas eve wandering the mall at least you will have something to laugh about.