in my opinion this is the PERFECT time to start picking up gifts for the birthdays and other holidays and even next Christmas. This year we took a travel cosmetic organizer that could be hung from anything a clothes hanger could. We filled the pockets wtih fine point permanent markers, two kinds of tape, bows and curling ribbon and left space for her scissors as she is picky about them. We gave this to her about 10 days before xmas and she was THRILLED. She used it a LOT and the upper pocket area was mesh instead of plastic so she cut one thread for each color of ribbon and fed them through the holes so they didn't have to be taken out of the bag to be used. ALL of that stuff is MEGA cheap right now, so you can go and stock up and then keep an eye open for the organizer because they come on sale now and then. I also got some things from the Daily Deals, 1 Sale A Day flash site where they have quite a few things and today they are all $1 and zero shipping. They have earbuds that are reasonable quality for kids and/or those who break a lot of them, cool flashlights that are the size of a credit card but have a lightbulb pop out to turn on the light. in my opinion those are super cool and I have not seen them for under $5 or so if you include shipping. They have straw eyeglasses (drinking straw) like we used go get now and then as kids, plus a funny to us anyway mini rubber plunger to use to hold up your cell phone!! to see the "flash" deals you have to register, but I haven't had any problems and have shopped from them for a couple years. I don't think that you enter financial info unless you order, mostly because I have hated sites that watn your $$ info before they show what they are selling and wouldn't have shopped from them if they had asked for that info. Another cool and shockingly CHEAP item comes from BigLots. In the area where they have pens, pencils, etc.... they have a bad with 6 pens in it for $1.25. Our Biglots says they are always in stock. most are pretty normal but fatter than a bic type pen would be and are retractable. But there is also a "pen" that has post-it type flags with a plastic cover at one end and the other has two small pens you can pull out - one is red, the other black or blue. The pens are decent enough quality with the way my husband and kids lose them, but they do write. My mother went gaga over the postit pen set and my dad was jealous of it - why i dont' know because he rarely writes at all, does everything on the computer! Anyway, just thought I would pass these on as it is a lot less stressful to get stuff organized ahead as much as possible, Know what I mean?? It is also helpful to shop the sales now for the Jan-Feb-March bdays!!