My strategies include nap time, at least three cups of coffee and a dozen or so cigarette breaks and absolutely positively not going anywhere near a store for the next week. :)
I buy most of my gifts online and I do it all year long, so I catch pretty awesome deals on what I do buy. I'll be hitting the internet hard over the next two weeks, though.
I can't understand the whole mobbing Wal-Mart on Friday morning thing. People get crazy and actually injure each other to get what they want (that will probably be broken, discarded or forgotten by Easter, anyway). Maybe I'm just a retail store Grinch, but I don't get the point anymore.