I pride myself on gifting (it's one of the many things I have in common with my in-laws). That being said, I tend to get into the habit of buying presents early, only to find other presents that would work as well. This puts me in the poor house, but hey -- look at the smile on that friend's face!
Take, for example, my husband's birthday. My husband had created a huge wishlist on Amazon, filled with textbooks on sustainable energy for a house. I went in cognito and purchased his textbooks from a new Amazon account (since we share one) back in April, when our house hunting had just begun. I figured -- hey, what a great present! Even if we don't end up getting a house this year, it'll be nice to say they are off his wish list!
And then May hit. And not one, but two of our absolute favorite comedians announced that they were coming to Boston in the summer, and their tickets were going on sale now.
So, I naturally did what any budget-conscious person does: bought a set of tickets for each comedian, post haste.
Since I essentially doubled the amount of money spent for my husband's birthday, I decided to save a whole 5 cents and make my own envelope for the tickets.