I know. It's only July and no, you are not ready for Christmas! Well, maybe it sounds pretty good if you're having as hot a summer as we are, but we have a few weeks to go.. 17 weeks from the end of July.
Putting it that way doesn't make it sound so far away, does it? And as fast as time flies nowadays, it's really not.
I'm not trying to stress you! As a matter of fact, if you follow this advice, next Christmas could be the easiest one you've ever had.
Right now, while garage sales are going strong, is a good time to go looking for gifts. I don't mean to give "used gifts" but to look for collectibles, "almost antiques" and special items that those on your list would like.
If you know someone who collects penguins or angels or whatever, it's entirely possible that you could find a plate or necklace or statuette or something cool with that motif on it.
Does someone on your list love old music? Just look. One time I came across a stack of old piano sheet music. That was a real find!
Look for materials for hand made gifts, too. If you're a knitter or crocheter, yarn can sometimes be found for pennies on the dollar.
Make a list of people you will need to buy for, then brainstorm the list and add any special interests they have.
Then go garage saling and see what you can find! You could very well have your gift list well under way before school starts!