According to a 2009 survey conducted by PriceGrabber.com, American shoppers are getting a head start on the holiday shopping season -- 22 percent of shoppers started their holiday shopping in October and 29 percent in November.
Not only is this tactic good for beating the crowds, but it's also a way to ensure that you get the gifts on your list. Many retailers have scaled back on their inventory as a way to avoid end-of-season overstock and unplanned markdowns. Once the popular items are gone, they're gone. In other words, the early bird gets the Twilight Barbie doll.