Most years, that's not until Christmas Eve. Last year he was at the mall an hour before it closed for the holiday and up wrapping presents until midnight.
That approach seems to be part of an overall strategy to squeeze as much holiday spirit out of the chore as possible: he claims that just before Christmas the store clerks are more cheerful, the atmosphere more festive.
"If you shop early, in October or something, it's not like you're Christmas shopping," he said. "If you wait until closer, you're doing it for the holiday."
Sure, the shelves can be a bit picked over, which means more walking and some wish-list concessions, but to Brumfield, it's worth it. He was happy with what he'd bought for his wife, and still had time to spare.
Chris Harber, 39, says it's a guy thing: he was also at the mall Sunday, and consistently waits to shop until the last hours.
"On Christmas Eve last year I was in Victoria's Secret and it was just full of guys," he said. "And we were just tearing things off the shelves."
On Saturday Harber spent 10 hours in the car driving to Jeffersonville to pick up his wife's gift, so it's not like he's not willing to put in the effort. It just never occurred to him to do the work in advance. The fact that he'd gotten his wife's gift on Saturday was actually pretty impressive.
"And I've still got to get something for my niece," he said. "So I'll be back Christmas Eve."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.