Christmas shopping debate: have you started or waiting until the last minute?

When do you start your Christmas shopping?
When do you start your Christmas shopping?

When do you do your Christmas shopping? According to a new report a third of people in Britain are due to start by the end of the month.

Last weekend markeds 100 days to go until Christmas but it may be hard to believe that shoppers in Kincardine and Mearns are already making yuletide purchases in order to keep their account balance in check.

New research from VoucherCodes.co.uk reveals that the importance of keeping costs down forces many to plan their holiday shopping well in advance - with a staggering third of Brits beginning by the end of this month (36 per cent).

When the research came to the Mearns Leader, both reporters had different opinions.

Rachel Campbell said shehad already started hers in July while colleague Lee McCann admitted to not even bothering until less than a week before Christmas.

When we put this survey to our Facebook users, a clear divide between men and women over Christmas shopping became apparent - for example, having to be organised for reasons such as having small children or a new-born.

The clear divide between the sexes can be seen online on our facebook page with femail users agreeing with reporter Rachel.

Ann Hodge said: “I started with stocking fillers in January and am almost done with stuff for my girls.

“ I am starting wrapping this week. We have elves sent from the North pole to check if the girls have been good that arrive at the start of December so if it has not been done by the start of December then it does not get done.”

Rach Cromack said: “I started at the weekend, I’m just picking up bits and pieces when I see them. I’ve just had a baby and so am determined to be organised this year as things will be a bit more complicated!”

Judi Martin said: “(I) Do it all year round, as I make a point of buying the majority of my gifts from items which you could purchase all year, rather than specific Christmas things which are often novelty or overpriced versions of items you can get all year round!”

Our male facebook users tend to side with Lee and leave Christmas shopping to the last possible moment.

Kev Braidwood also leaves it late, saying: “Christmas Eve,” and Colin Middleton agreeing with “24th of December for me.”

When pressed on the matter, Leader editor Mike Rankin said: ‘‘I can’t claim to be burdened with Christmas shopping. My wife organises our family’s festive season and I’m only really involved in buying presents for her.’’

n So when do you plan to start your Christmas shopping? Have you already started? Are you with Lee or Rachel? Let us know by contacting news@mearnsleader.com