Do you generally buy gifts way in advance of the giving occasion, within a few days before it, or (oops) afterward?
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I do that, too! I make gifts if I can, rather than buy them, for family. Our family has a "no gifts/no cards" policy for all holidays because we generally buy what we need when we need it and don't need useless stuff, and no over-priced cards!!
Good answer! I am much the same way--if I see the perfect gift, I buy it in advance, but only occasionally. Often I buy gifts after the fact. Sometimes I do give gifts that are just plain pretty (like real, original artwork) but otherwise useless.
JULY! WOW, you are one organized person! In my house it's usually done by January (of the following year). LOL
What do you do if, in the mean time, they end up buying an item like what you've already purchased for a gift?
I tape all receipts to the gifts so that if I need to I can return them. There are always a couple things that can't be bought till last minute. It's kind of hard to hide new bikes!
Haha--I'm glad I'm not the only late gift-giver! Very smart to buy bridal/baby gifts right after you get the invitation--much more to pick from on their gift registries, and at more price points so you can afford it!