If you're like me, the answer to this question is about a week before Christmas. but for some, its a year long process. I have an aunt that shops all year long for the holidays. She is what you would call, a compulsive shopper though. If you do start very early, or keep an eye out all year long, it must make things less stressful when December finally rolls around.

I'm willing to bet that for some, Black Friday is the kickoff to your holiday shopping. Now thats fun huh...rolling out of bed at 3am to stand in line on a cold day to save a few bucks on a gift thats not even for you. Perfect!