I had this insane idea about getting my grandkids' gifts before Halloween, but in 90 degree heat Halloween suddenly slammed into me just like Thanksgiving is about to do. It's mid-seventies today, a gorgeous day, and I'm headed off to Sam's Club with my daughter to add her to my membership. She's about to make up about 40 dozen cinnamon rolls for the freezer, to auction to raise money for a very sick child whose medical bills are burying the family. She's using Pioneer Woman's recipe http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/cinammon_rolls_/ 
But as for holiday shopping, I'll probably do it like I have done it for several years...online. I have only done the Black Friday thing once, with my MIL, and swore NEVER AGAIN. This year, most of the stores have announced that they will start Black Friday as early as 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. That is just nuts.
I'm not so much into the gift-giving thing, to me that is not what it is about. It's about having the family gathered around the table for the meal.
My grandson is into Legos. Here's what he's NOT getting http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Death-Star-10188 . A $400 Lego kit? REALLY???