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Forgetting How Many Christmas Gifts You Buy

Yes, There's Such a Thing as Accidentally Getting Your Kid Too Many Presents, Just Ask Melissa Joan Hart

CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 25: Actress Melissa Joan Hart with husband Mark Wilkerson and their children Braydon Hart Wilkerson, Mason Walter Wilkerson, Tucker McFadden Wilkerson attend the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 26th A Time For Heroes family festival at Smashbox Studios on October 25, 2015 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

As a fiscally responsible Christmas-lover who's known for having all her decorations up promptly on Nov. 1, I have to admit that my holiday shopping begins way before that (we're talking August!). And while I love being done with the bulk of my holiday shopping come December, I run into the same problem every year: I forget what I buy for people as soon as I put it in the closet to be wrapped at a later date.

Recently, we spoke with Melissa Joan Hart about everything from her new Netflix original series No Good Nick, to her partnership with Heluva Good! — aka the brand with the best dips on the planet! — and the mom of three shared that she's also guilty of accidentally overbuying.

"We try. [My husband Mark Wilkerson and I] try, and we fail miserably every year," she told POPSUGAR. "It's kind of embarrassing. One of my friends asked me this morning, 'Are you doing the gazillion presents under the tree again?' And I was like, 'No. We're trying to keep it to 10 gifts each.' But that includes some gifts from Santa and then one from mom and dad. We're trying to keep it to that, but because we're not together that much, we go a little crazy by ourselves."

"First, you start off thinking you don't have anything. You say, 'Oh, what are we going to get them? We have no ideas, we have no ideas.'"

"We go out, we see it, and grab it. So it's not always easy to stick to that," she said. "And especially around this time. First, you start off thinking you don't have anything. You say, 'Oh, what are we going to get them? We have no ideas, we have no ideas.' Then you go out shopping and you're like, 'Oh, this, this, and this.'"

Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong! Because like clockwork, after a few weeks you totally blank on what you got them a month or two ago!

"A few weeks go by and you go, 'Oh, and this [laughter], oh, and this too,' said Melissa. "'So we're trying to pace ourselves this year and just get it all in the beginning and want to feel like we got it accomplished somewhat. I know there's going to be something pop up that we're going to be like, 'He needs that.'"

Image Source: Getty / Jason LaVeris
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