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Topic # 185738 3-Dec-2015 13:11
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So far this year I have managed to do 100% of my xmas shopping without getting off my couch.
No packed parking lots, no teeth-grating xmas carols on high-rotate, no crowded shops.
Thanks mightyape.co.nz, torpedo7.co.nz, dealman.co.nz, trademe.co.nz, amazon.com, bookdepository.co.uk I love you all!


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  Reply # 1439870 3-Dec-2015 13:11
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Hmmmm. Here we go.




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  Reply # 1439905 3-Dec-2015 14:03
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We've pretty much finished all ours this year too. As a rule I try to swing it so we don't have to visit brick and mortar retailers at all in December.

Where possible, I largely try to buy online, but sometimes you need to have a bit of a browse in an old-school retail environment. As long as its done well before the Christmas rush, it's usually pretty manageable.

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  Reply # 1439908 3-Dec-2015 14:05
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I enjoy the hustle and bustle of xmas at shopping centres. I like the Xmas spirit etc. I don't enjoy finding a park, but there are worse things to do.

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  Reply # 1439918 3-Dec-2015 14:18
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cripes you think xmas is busy in NZ, you should see what the malls and crowds and parking is like in Seattle

can't wait till it all to be over

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networkn: I enjoy the hustle and bustle of xmas at shopping centres. I like the Xmas spirit etc. I don't enjoy finding a park, but there are worse things to do.


No problem, just do your shopping September when the Christmas decorations start going up.




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  Reply # 1439951 3-Dec-2015 15:09
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SaltyNZ:
networkn: I enjoy the hustle and bustle of xmas at shopping centres. I like the Xmas spirit etc. I don't enjoy finding a park, but there are worse things to do.


No problem, just do your shopping September when the Christmas decorations start going up.


LOL. I told one shop owner recently who had xmas decorations up in October I wouldn't buy stuff in principle :) 


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  Reply # 1439966 3-Dec-2015 15:50
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The shopping bit has been easy, 66.6% has been done on-line.  (Yes, just the three presents needed.)  it's wrapping the sodding things I detest more.




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networkn: I enjoy the hustle and bustle of xmas at shopping centres. I like the Xmas spirit etc. I don't enjoy finding a park, but there are worse things to do.


me too, I enjoy browsing brick and mortar stores finding stuff I wouldnt even think to search for online.  I'll probably buy 50/50 online/in store.  Looking forward to boxing day sales too :)

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  Reply # 1439980 3-Dec-2015 16:04
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When I lived in the UK, I used to order everything gift wrapped from Amazon UK or M&S to be delivered addressed to me at my parents. When I tipped up on Xmas Day, I opened the shipping boxes and handed out the stuff!

Since I have no one in NZ to buy for except Er Indoors, I do the same for relatives worldwide.

Works a treat.





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  Reply # 1439981 3-Dec-2015 16:05
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I'm one of those annoying people who buy throughout the year as I see things I think people will like, so usually only have a couple of things left to get by December. But I don't mind shopping in the physical stores, especially as the Christmas sales seem to start well before Christmas these days - no need to wait until Boxing Day any more.

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nathan: cripes you think xmas is busy in NZ, you should see what the malls and crowds and parking is like in Seattle

can't wait till it all to be over


Likewise UK.

There was a shopping centre near where I lived that had 5000 spaces in the car park and people still queued for hours (literally) to get in there.

Sheer madness.





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andrew027: I'm one of those annoying people who buy throughout the year as I see things I think people will like, so usually only have a couple of things left to get by December. But I don't mind shopping in the physical stores, especially as the Christmas sales seem to start well before Christmas these days - no need to wait until Boxing Day any more.


I find JB Hifi tend to do amazing deals on boxing days still.  The rest of the stores kinda meh.  But DSE troubles might make it interesting this year.

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  Reply # 1439985 3-Dec-2015 16:18
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Did all mine at Amazon :D

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  Reply # 1439986 3-Dec-2015 16:19
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Putting it out there - I really hate christmas. So stressful shopping and family dramas cry





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  Reply # 1439993 3-Dec-2015 16:22
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So stress free when you buy nothing.

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