Thursday, November 14, 2013

Giveaway Day - Kona!


We just received more of
Kona's Sunrise and Sunset precuts.

 
 
 

 
And what can beat Kona Snow and Kona White
already cut for you?
 


 
 


 
We've got jelly rolls,
skinny jelly rolls, 10" squares, 
charm packs,
and fat quarter bundles in the shop.
 

 
The giveaway today is a 5" charm pack.

Update:  Congrats to SeeMaryQuilt! 
You're the winner tonight!
 
To enter the drawing, leave a Christmas shopping tip.
 
Random drawing Friday night.


164 comments:

  1. Buy gifts early, and steadily. Then there is no huge drain on your pocket. Less stress! Am I first?

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  2. My Christmas tip is to ask for several things the person you are shopping for would like. That way you can give them something you know they want and that is within your price range.

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  3. Buy a gift card online. Can't get any easier than that!

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  4. My tip is to get all the people on your gift list to have an Amazon wish list. After November 1st no one is allowed to buy off their list. It works for us and has for several years.

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  5. Make a ist and stick to it. Have a budget and stick to it. Wrap things BEAUTIFULLY as possible - the gift then becomes a gift!! bake or cook homemade hostess gifts - yummy and thoughtful. Again, wrap BEAUTIFULLY. Send thank you cards. Handmade ones. ENJOY the holiday - it is for peace and love not rush and stress.

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  6. Buy gifts whenever you see something that makes you think of a person - even if it's july!
    hildy(at)ebertzeder(dot)de

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  7. Take your kids to Disneyland and avoid shopping altogether!! That is our plan this year. :) But seriously my first pointer is do not shop on Thanksgiving Day at any of the stores that feel it necessary to be open then rather than wait until Black Friday. UGH!

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  8. Make a list of what you have spent and on who, so you don't have to rush out to buy something to even things out

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  9. Don't shop on Thanksgiving, cherish that day for others as well so they don't have to work.

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  10. This year I'm leaving the country for the holiday season, that can also be a way out :) However, usually my advice is to write a proper list in advance... every year I try to do it and fail :)

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  11. Do your shopping early - or online - or both!!

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  12. I love to buy online or start early and make something handmade :)

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  13. I keep my eyes open for gifts the year round. After the summerholidays I look more active to sales.

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  14. I plan ahead with lists of gifts for everyone. I do not just randomly shop. I will, on occasion buy something not on the list, but that is rare.

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  15. My Christmas shopping tip is to have a list, shop early or online to avoid the crowds & to keep the Christmas spirit in mind (particularly if the shopping excursion is feeling like an ordeal!). Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  16. don't leave everything till the last minute!

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  17. Make a budget, stick to it, shop early.

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  18. Try to remember what your friend or family member says they would like, and buy even months before, thank you so much for the chance

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  19. I buy my presents either online or long before Christmas time, to avoid being in long lines!

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  20. Some good ideas already. I keep my ears and eyes open all year to work out gifts that would be most appreciated. I do like to buy on special so that I can buy a more valuable gift. I also go through all of the mailers on the lookout for great gifts, and make a list from those so I can shop quickly.

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  21. Shop on line - most places offer free shipping! Save the "shopping" for a day you can go with a shopping friend for fun and lunch! Oh and always meet first for a coffee to organize the day! :)

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  22. Do as much shopping as you can during the sales - you have a good idea about your list for each year - family, friends etc. so it should be easy to get things throughout the year. Also keep a list of who and what you have bought. Then keep a drawer with impersonal gifts for the unexpected and restock when you find things on mega sale!
    Finally, homemade gifts need time so start early!!

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  23. I try to shop throughout the year when I can -- then I just hope I can remember where I stashed those gifts I bought many months ago!

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  24. Do your Black Friday shopping online. Much easier, comfortable and the deals are usually the same. I got adult huffy bikes kast year for $55 each!

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  25. When shopping for grandkids, I take pictures of potential gifts and send to parents for approval before buying. That way I am sure I found what the kids want and it is not a duplicate of what the parents have already bought.

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  26. Shop at after-Christmas sales for next Christmas, if you have a good hiding place (one that you can remember-ha!) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. I try to shop online early, however if I can't find everything I need I try to going during the week when it is less crowded.

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  28. My tip. Shop all year that way when the holidays get here you can avoid the crowds.

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  29. Don't go out on Black Friday! Love those Kona sets.

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  30. I like to do all my shopping online and have it delivered to work so no one can open it before I get home!

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  31. We always had our children make up a wishlist for what they would like for Christmas; but they knew we would only be maybe choosing 3 of the items on their list. This made it easier for us to stay within our budget and also the gifts in the same price range for each.

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  32. LOL... Yes, my tips is "Shop online" also- especially on Black Friday

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  33. I shop online. I can google the item I want rather than running down store isles just to find they don't have what I want. Saves me gas, time and frustration.

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  34. I do most of my shopping online. No Death-by-trampling threats, no parking lot debacles, free shipping and great deals... :)

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  35. Shop online, during sales, and start early!

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  36. I started last year after Christmas. I bought a box of Christmas cards and each pay day I put a 20 in it. Now all I need to do is write names on the envelopes and all the grandkids are taken care of. Whew

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  37. Buy things early. Which is tough for me, because I love giving gifts!

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  38. Be on the lookout all year long for stocking stuffers and shop online!!

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  39. I always buy early if possible. Then for the bigger items I keep an eye out for sales right before and after Thanksgiving. I also get up early Thanksgiving morning and shop online for the "Black Friday" specials that are released early.

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  40. make home made for as many as you can this year I've made 4 quilts and several sets of place mats and table runners.

    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  41. Start early to encourage and show children and grandchildren that you can have very thoughtful and love filled gifts by making them and that you don't have to spend an arm and a leg to have a wonderful useful gift.

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  42. Christmas shopping tip.... hmmm.... I think you have to take note all through the year of things that people might be hoping for (but not buy for themselves) and keep a little list and then as Christmas draws near, you have your gift list. Although, I've tried to make a bunch of gifts the last few years, so I also keep a list of sewing gift ideas and try to buy my supplies starting in the last summer, so that the bank account doesn't take such a hit near the holidays.

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  43. Shopping tip? Buy online to avoid the crowds, and give handmade, a gift from the heart! Happy shopping! Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  44. My Christmas shopping tip would be to shop online as much as possible. That way you don't have to deal with malls, pushy people and parking!

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  45. Make as many gifts as you can.

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  46. We get each of our kids 3 gifts- it was good enough for Jesus so it is good enough for them! It definitely simplifies things, too! :)

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  47. Shop online and use coupons!! Thanks!

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  48. Have a theme each year, it makes buying easier. (Handmade, kitchen, games, etc.) We also usually do cookies for neighbors & coworkers to keep that simple & still special since they are homemade!

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  49. I don't know if this is a tip, exactly, but my plan this year is to try to make sure everything I give is either handmade or purchased at a locally-owned shop. I want my gift-giving money to help those within my community and I don't want commercialism to be the focus of our holiday!

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  50. Shop early, shop from your list, stick to your budget. thanks, kathy

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  51. Shop online early! Avoid the stores and malls and save yourself the stress.

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  52. Leave the hubs at home with the kids and enjoy the shopping. Early. Otherwise, I love that there are more & more online shops, though this online shopping does always tempt me to spend more... :>

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  53. We are traveling to Phoenix, so that counts as Christmas and just filling stock ings for each other. Pretty easy shopping, travel - spendy. I'll be out your way today, my cousin passed away, the funeral is at the stake center out there.

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  54. Oh I love Kona-thanks for the chance
    enjoy the season and don't stress-shop early and stay on budget

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  55. Get your fabric shopping for christmas gifts early and get your gifts made early so you can enjoy the gift you are making.

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  56. Best shopping tip I know is to start early and finish before the crowds get crazy. I finished mine last weekend. Now to wrap and enjoy the season! I would love to win that Kona charm pack, please!

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  57. Online all the way... love a list to get ideas/shop from... start early!

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  58. Shop early and finish before Thanksgiving. Also take a friend with you and just enjoy the company. I would love to win the Kona charm back. Thanks for the chance to win

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  59. Set a spending limit for yourself, then create a list of who to buy for and what, and include expected prices. Christmas should never put you into debt.

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  60. Go shopping early before eleven or after 13h to 15h,there aren`t many people .

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  61. this is the first year where we've budgeted money all year, and i'm about 90% done with my shopping right now. i feel SO relaxed!! hoping to have everything wrapped before december.

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  62. I wrap my gifts as I buy them so this way I do not have a huge pile a few days before Christmas. Love Kona....thank you for the giveaway...

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  63. shop online or buy gift cards. that will shorten the returns lines in stores and someone will love you for that babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  64. Shop online when you can and wrap when you get them. Seems to make things a lot easier and you don't rush around at the last minute.

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  65. I see if I can get Black Friday deals online instead of fighting the crowds.

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  66. We no longer exchange gifts - only gift to the grands and the request was for clothes from this Nanna - they are bought and wrapped, so I am finished.

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  67. You girls have great giveaways!! Make a list and stick to it....cheaper, and save lots of steps

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  68. I shop by "family" every two weeks starting in October. This spreads out my purchases and the wrapping and mailing out of gifts! Right now, I've got 2 done, 3 to go!

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  69. Stick with a budget and pay as you buy. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  70. This year I'm giving as many hand made gifts as I can. Cuts down on the shopping stress, but cranks up the finishing stress!

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  71. Shop all year long! Reduces stress and it is easier to budget.

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  72. Make a list. Dont spend too much!:)

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  73. Its become clear to me over the years that I don't understand what is cool. I just follow their lists now.

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  74. My tip would be to skip christmas altogether! Ha! Seriously though, if you don't know someone well, gift cards work out nice. If you know someone well, then think of them and purchase a gift they specifically would enjoy. I do know that small handmade gifts are usually enjoyed by everyone especially if it can be used (e.g. pillowcase).

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  75. Go in with a list or at least a few loose/general ideas and price range if you are not sure of a particular person. That way you don't accidentally by 10 gifts for your sister-in-law and nothing for your mother!

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  76. If you have to shop at a store or the mall, try to go on a weekday morning when the stores are almost empty. It makes for a much more enjoyable shopping trip!

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  77. Be at the store right at opening, have a list and stick to the list! Weekdays are the best!

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  78. Buy online when possible. Gift cards always make my family happy.

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  79. Make lists for each person with sizes noted. I keep this in Notes/To Do on my phone and use it as a checklist. Most of my gifts to my grown children are monthly redeemable coupons of their favorite foods --- they can be shipped anywhere in the world and it always says: Love you!

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  80. Buy local and support your community's small businesses. It goes without saying - support makers and artists! Don't waste money on expensive paper and bows when there are so many great ideas for using recycled and repurposed materials for gift wrapping. Give handmade if you can. Give the gift of food to those in need, especially during the holidays.

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  81. I've been doing a lot of shopping on Facebook, believe it or not. Where I live, we have a bunch of "online yardsale" groups. It's like one big yard sale, but online. I find lots of baby clothes and toys this way because people are getting rid of them not because they are old and worn out, but because they have been outgrown. :) Good luck this year!

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  82. First - thank you to those that have said do not shop on Thanksgiving Day. If everyone did not shop on Thanksgiving then the retailers might close and the employees at those stores could enjoy the holiday. (Wishful thinking -I know!) Now for my tip. I usually have a list and stick to it. Hard to buy for will get gift cards for a restaurant or store they like.

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  83. do all your shopping online. Much less stress.

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  84. I try and support the small businesses as much as possible. Grocery stores (or places like World Market) make great shopping for stocking items too.

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  85. Make a list and stick to it! Shop early (before Thanksgiving) and enjoy your time with family instead of standing in line.

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  86. I always start in the January sales and put away wrapping paper and cards then. I also try and put by a pile of small gifts like make up bags as my daughters both give tons of presents to their friends. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  87. Save gas. Shop online. Avoid the crowds and frustration!

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  88. I make a list of ideas and a budget. All year long, when I see something that would be right for someone, I will buy it and stash it away for Christmas (or birthdays). I like to get these gifts on sale of course! I also sew some of my gifts. The best part is no big bills in January.

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  89. Buy all your materials months in advance!

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  90. Take a weekday off of work and go shopping. Avoids weekend crowds and you don't want to be at work anyway.

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  91. Shop through out the year.. I follow that rule for anything...never wait till the last minute

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  92. Make a list of who you have to buy for, what you want to buy for, and keep an eye out for sales. Year round. Though I really only start making my list in September. My kids are young and their interests change (and I don't often buy for others due to limited finances), so I like to shop closer to Christmas. But it's nice spreading the cost out over those few months.

    Make sure you ABSOLUTELY want to give them that gift, though, if you buy it early. I've bought a few things because it was an okay gift and on sale, but then regretted it when I found something else that was perfect. Now, I've got a few "okay" gifts kicking around in my closet, waiting for the perfect someone to give it to.

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  93. The gift of time is more precious than a gift of stuff....Thanks for the chance!

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  94. Draw names if you have a large family and shop on the Internet!

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  95. HELLO, shop all year long for your "special ones"!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  96. Find out what they want and shop through the year. Put all gifts in 1 place and label them. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  97. Always be in your pajamas while shopping. That means shopping from home, or crafting gifts. Then again I might just like pajamas....

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  98. I keep a running list in my smartphone throughout the year of gift ideas as people casually mention things they'd like or need. Helps me remember when it's their birthday or Christmas!

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  99. buy early and keep an updated list on your phone!

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  100. I search for deals on blogs like mylitter.com or dealseekingmom.com. I also buy throughout the year for Christmas and birthday gifts whenever I find a great deal. Also, I just found out that Target will price match Amazon.com and a few other stores. I was able to purchase some Legos with the Amazon price and use a Target coupon to get even more off. :)

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  101. We draw names and either shop early or I make things they hint for.

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  102. I shop online. It saves me finding a babysitter for my 3 kids, or (even worse) dragging them around the shops!
    Jessica

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  103. Me too. Online for me is the only way to go.

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  104. Start early, get gift receipts, and shop online...to avoid lines!

    sntbosch(at)me(dot)com

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  105. Try and not get too many handmade crafty/sewing projects on your list. If time gets short, you are up all night sewing, you lose what you thought you would gain. The balance of time and money is a hard one. Choose wisely. Coming from one who has not. =)

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  106. hmmm, make it yourself, don't wait till last minute. I try not to shop too much this time of the year because it's too crazy and I'm not into the big hoopla of Christmas.

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  107. Shop early, do as much as you can online especially what you need to send, and enjoy it :-)

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  108. Hard to think of something not already mentioned. I try to buy quality instead of quantity. My husband says to buy on sale. Haha.

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  109. Throughout the year I write down what I hear when members of my family "I sure wish I had.....". I also shop early and use Black Friday ads. Since I do not get out a lot, I keep track of sales and free online shipping and try to shop throughout the year, especially online.

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  110. Shop all year long and put things away for the holidays. You can shop the sales, have less pressure, and won't end of buying something you wouldn't normally buy because you "have to find something". Also, since you'll spend less time in the stores you'll avoid that decoration and holiday music overload!

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  111. Shop online with stores offering free shipping. If you prefer shopping at brick and mortar stores, go during the week in the mornings.

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  112. Do your research and shop early. Thanks so much for sharing

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  113. My tip, start in July finish in august.

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  114. Make the wrapping part of the gift: a special box, wrap in fabric or a tag that can become a bookmark!

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  115. Shop all year long, and do as much as possible by mail order. :)

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  116. I'm horrible at Christmas shopping! I but must of my gifts from my own work to reduce trips to the mall. So I guess I'm saying: buy coffee! Can't go wrong with that.

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  117. Keep a list of ideas all year long and then when it is time to make your shopping list you will have ideas for everyone, and can make sure that the gift is within your budget.

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  118. Love that Kona! My husband jokes that he'll do all the shopping at Walgreens on Christmas Eve. I'm more for shopping early. :O)

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  119. Buy throughout the year and have a designated box to keep them in, handmade is best type of gift. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  120. Wear comfortable shoes, especially if you will be gone for a long stretch of time.

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  121. Go shopping during the day on weekdays when most people are at work.

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  122. Make gifts, they are special and often cheaper than buying. I make mine during the summer when I do not have classes so that I have mine done many months in advance.

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  123. Yeah, I do online shopping. And lots of making gifts. I'm a terrible shopper in malls and stores at Christmas. I'd rather make someone some candy or a bag or something than buy them gloves or a sweater.

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  124. I write everyone's name on an index card....I shop year round and when I find gifts, I write it on the index card. I have a Rubbermaid container and all gifts stay together.

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  125. Do all your shopping early!!! Make home-made as much as possible!!!

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  126. Start shopping early in the year, then its not so hard on the wallet.

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  127. Take advantage of store layaway.

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  128. I say shop early and avid malls at all costs! Fun colors -I'd love the chance to win.

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  129. Go shopping in the daytime and always keep hold of your purse. Don't put it in a cart, if you can wear it cross body. There are not so nice people out there.I like to shop online. Love those Kona solids. Thank you for sharing.

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  130. Since I don't have small children anymore, I always put my purse in the child seat and put the restraining belt through the handles of my purse and lock it in place. Keeps it safe.
    keels@mvdsl.com

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  131. My tip is to take pictures with your phone of your child & the toy they want when you're out shopping & need to remember what it was your little one wanted.

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  132. Keep a list of all the gifts you need to buy with you at all times. That way you can add to it if something comes up or you remember something out of the blue. Also, you never know when a quick trip to the pharmacy or grocery store will result in great gift ideas and you can check something off your list!

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  133. I like to make stuff, but if all else fails, there is usually a book to suit the person you are shopping for. Books make great presents. carmel@mcworkks.net

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  134. I love Kona cottons! Shopping tip: It may be too late for 2013 but for next year...start early, watch the sales, don't wait until the last minute.

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  135. I like to do my shopping on-line. I hate to fight the crowds.
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  136. Start making Christmas gifts in July. Hopefully you will get them done then and are not waiting for the last min.

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  137. dont wait til the last minute. Grocery store clearance rack often has cheap yet cool kitchen tools.

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  138. Shop during the week. Avoid the mall on weekends during the Christmas season if at all possible!

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  139. My tip is instead of buying wrapping paper, stitch up some simple fabric bags for gifts and tie closed with a pretty ribbon.

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  140. My tip is to not do it on Saturday or Sunday. Way too much stress and it just isn't fun. My favorite day is Tuesday.

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  141. Buy what your wanting for Christmas whenever you see it, tape the reciept to the package, then buy it whenever it's on sale or for less then return the previously bought item!! That way you make sure you have the gift your looking for but your always up for finding the deal without missing out!!! Also be sure to plan/buy all year long so things are surprises instead of off a list! :)

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  142. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.netNovember 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    I actually start right after Christmas when things are on sale. I also like to give gifts that are hand made, so I go to fairs etc. That way the shopping is spread out over the year whicfh helps my nerves and the pocket book.

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  143. Give handmade and shop online!!!

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  144. Be like Santa, Make a list and check it twice.

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  145. My Christmas shopping tip is don't overspend. You will regret what you have to pay for after Christmas.

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  146. Make a list, and make life easy for yourself, and shop online.

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  147. I'm a total advocate of three holiday gift giving survival tactics: 1) make homemade (as if you needed a reason to use up your stash!), 2) shop online (if you must buy something, have it delivered to your door, or 3) donate money or time to a non-profit or charity important to your gift recipient in lieu of a physical gift (it is the season of giving after all).

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  148. Always try to get more than one requext out of those you shop for so they are still surprised when they get it.

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  149. Wrap as you go...Who wants to spend all night Christmas Eve wrapping, when you could cuddle with your loved ones watching the holiday specials or attending family gatherings!

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  150. I stock up on Christmas wrapping paper at the end of the season, then as I buy gifts I am ready to wrap for the next year.

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  151. The only shopping tip I can give is to go it early so you can enjoy the season.

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  152. My Christmas shopping tip is as soon as you think of a specific gift, go get it. I run errands everyday on my lunch break and this time of year I Christmas Shop!

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  153. Buy on Amazon so you can shop in pjs with a cup of hot cocoa! Thanks for the chance!

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  154. Shop early - shop often! I make sure to get out on days the weather is nice, so I'm not left doing it in bad weather when everyplace is busier

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  155. GIFT CARDS!!! No wondering what they want/need and they don't have to worry about returns! SCORE! LOL

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  156. Shop online, shop at Etsy shops, give handmade!

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  157. Get everyone to make an Amazon wish list. This works great!

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  158. Um being a mother, the best tip I have is leave the kids at home. Even when you aren't shopping for them.

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