Sears Pushes Last-Minute Holiday Gift Panic Up To Mid-November

Here’s the latest variation on Christmas Creep: Last-Minute Gift Panic Creep. This photo was taken on November 14th at Sears.

Sears began its holiday displays back in July, so it would make sense that they’ve also pushed up last-minute gift panic.

“last minute” [Flickr]

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  1. Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

    Holy Hell! It’s November 19th already, and I haven’t bought Uncle Stu’s nondenominational-wintertime-gift jumper cables!

  2. obits3 says:

    Maybe this is for DieHard shoppers :)

  3. fatediesel says:

    Maybe this will trick people into buying gifts now. I worked at Sears years ago and it was amazing how many people came in on December 23/24 looking to buy gifts and we were out of stock of virtually everything. Then they’d get all upset at me because we didn’t have something in stock, like I had a role in ordering things, and that it was in no way their fault for waiting until the last minute.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      “Maybe this will trick people into buying gifts now.”

      Glad you could join the rest of us.

  4. FatLynn says:

    Actually, Hannukkah starts on December 1, so it’s almost last minute for us.

    • humphrmi says:

      Yes, and nothing says “Happy Hannukkah” like a set of Die Hard jumper cables ;-)

    • Talisker says:

      Ah, the celebration of lights in remembrance of the miracle of the headlights. Does not the Torah tell us that one battery was used to jumpstart 8 Cadillacs at a retirement community in Boca Raton?

  5. jimmyhl says:

    Seeing that it’s Sears, maybe if you try to buy now you may actually have an even-money chance of having the item in hand by Christmas. I mean the holidays. Oh, sorry, Christmas.

    • Mr. Fix-It says: "Canadian Bacon is best bacon!" says:

      They used the word ‘Santa’ in their advertising copy too! Isn’t Santa also a soldier in the ‘War Against Christmas’?

    • obits3 says:

      I just had a thought. Next time you wish someone “Happy Holidays!” and they tell you to say “Merry Christmas,” ask “Do you not find Christmas to be a Holy Day?”

  6. Hoss says:

    the sign could be from xmas 1978. that is Sears after all

  7. leprechaunshawn says:

    I make my own last minute Christmas gifts at home!

  8. msky says:

    never too early. I am waiting for the retailers start christmas sales on 27th of December for the upcoming year.

  9. SG-Cleve says:

    They should be more sensitive to procrastinators and wait until the last minute to put up the last minute gift display.

  10. u1itn0w2day says:

    The gift might be great but how about the price?

  11. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    To be honest, it sort of *is* getting to be last minute for Hannukah this year. It’s Dec 1 – 9.

  12. bullymom2 says:

    Exactly! It’s about time stores started catering to us.

  13. eirrom says:

    Nothing said Christmas gift like DieHard.

  14. MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

    What, your family doesn’t exchange automotive batteries at Thanksgiving?

  15. Buckus says:

    Be the santa you want to be? Seriously. If you rearrange the letters in Santa, you get….SATAN!

    How about I try to wait until Thanksgiving is actually over before considering it “last minute.”

  16. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I am tired of Christmas already!! My office looks like Santa’s stuffed animal bag threw up in it. While I was working in my cube today, someone put about 30 stuffed Christmas toys around the office.

    I had to restrain myself from setting them on fire.

    side note: at least I’m still employed…