Budgeting and making lists is how most if not all people recommend as a way to start your Christmas shopping but not everyone does that. Budgeting is something that most holiday shoppers do but following through on the budget can be an entirely different story.
The point of all theses lists it that you're organized. To begin with, you need to know how much money you'll need for your holiday gifts. If you have no idea how many gifts you need to buy or how much you can afford to spend then you're either going to put off Christmas shopping till the last minute and use your credit card to land in debt or you'll use your Credit from day one and come close to bankruptcy.
Lots of people are literally scared of Christmas shopping especially if they have a particular long list of people to shop for. At times like this you need to remember how Santa Clause manages to get his gifts out on time, by making a naughty or nice list. While you can not make one of those for your family and friends, you can make a list of who you're going to buy a gift for. It'll make sure you do not leave anyone out and it will give you a realistic idea about how much shopping you've done and how much is still left.
Do you often alternate between shopping in stores and online; People often swap their shopping area when they hear about a good sale. The fact is that great sales are always happening in stores and online, alternating between the two randomly will not get you any where. Decide how much and what you're going to shop for online and what you're going to buy in stores. Christmas fruit baskets and similar gifts are best bought online where you can have them delivered directly to the recipient instead of storing them in your house and delivering them yourself.