I've been setting a few dollars aside from each of Shane's paychecks to cover Christmas expenses. This should make holiday shopping fairly stress-free, since we'll know exactly how much is available, and won't be tempted to put anything on a credit card.
Actually, Shane and I are considering not giving each other gifts this year. In the past, our gift giving to each other has amounted to asking each other to make a list and then buying items from them. What fun is there in that? Instead, we'll each spend a little money on ourselves buying things we wouldn't normally splurge on, or we'll get a family/household gift like a DVR. We may even wait until the after-Christmas sales kick in to do our shopping.
We will, however, still be buying Christmas gifts for a handful of other people, and of course, there will be gifts for Kat. However, both of our extended families have given up the tradition of exchanging gifts in lieu of simply sharing quality time and meals with each other, so our gift list is rather short. I plan to be done with shopping before Thanksgiving.
I've bought two gifts so far, both for Kat; I'd like to make a new fleece blanket (or perhaps a crocheted one) for her, also.
Have you started your shopping (or gift-making) yet? Are you usually finished with your shopping early in the season or do you wait until the last minute?