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Online Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping for family members and friends you will not be seeing this holiday season can pose a significant frustration for some shoppers. Here’s my solution. Why not bring a little elegance right to the door of those dear to you with online shopping? Online holiday shopping can be a rewarding experience.


Avoid Frustration with Online Holiday Shopping

Heavy traffic, car door dings, over crowded malls and the cold weather elements are just a few of the things you can easily avoid this holiday season. Also, you don’t have to roam the parking lot looking for a parking space, stand in long lines, and find the time to actually set out shopping or deal with grumpy people who don’t want to be shopping either. With online shopping there is no need to find a good parking spot, the traffic is generally friendly and when it comes to checking out, you’re always first in line. And most importantly, you don’t have to wrap the gift and get it to the post office or mailing service by a certain date.

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid all the shopping headaches by shopping online? With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can easily shop for the perfect gift and have it sent directly to the recipient whether they live close by or all the way across the country. So, online shopping is my favorite method of shopping whenever possible.

There are so many online gift stores to choose from other than the big name sites and stores we are all familiar with. You can search the internet for websites that specialize in what you may be looking for. Or search the many gift websites to find that perfect gift. So many websites and so many choices! I’m sure you can find something for everyone on your gift shopping list.

An online specialty gift store provides many truly unique gift ideas. The admiration you have for the recipients of your gifts is far beyond ordinary, which is why you should never settle for less than the best.

As urban sprawl continues, online shopping becomes an even more important time saver. And for those who live in rural areas, online shopping has benefits because of its ability to bring world class and elegance to any address.

When you need a gift or many gifts try online shopping first, and you may find exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts


Holiday Shopping for Men

Let’s talk about holiday shopping for men and how to make it easy and fun.

We all know how Holiday shopping can be crazy!  There are too many crowds, too many cars on snowy or rainy roads, too much shopping stress and little time with busy schedules.  So what does that do for holiday fun?

Remember when gift giving WAS fun? It can be again, with a little help with online shopping.  Online shopping is your ticket to easy shopping and FUN gift giving this year. Finding online coupons can make your shopping even more enjoyable, because you are saving money.   And, who doesn’t like to save money? Don’t forget to look for free shipping deals, too.  Many sites offer free shipping during the holiday shopping season. Just be aware of shipping and delivery schedules.  Remember, shopping early in the season will ensure your gift purchases arrive on time.

One of the big worries at holiday time is what to buy that special someone in your life. Many men and women alike, struggle over what to buy each other. Instead of aimlessly wandering through the shopping malls, take a fun stroll through the internet. This is such an easy and enjoyable why to shop. So why wouldn’t you want to shop leisurely from the comfort of your home for some great gift ideas?

Internet Shopping for Your Special Man

For your special man, try searching consumer electronics, gadget, sports or men’s gift websites. Following are a few great gift ideas that might be the right fit for your special man or at least give you some ideas to encourage your imagination and find a gift he would like and appreciate:

iPad or iPhone Accessories
Headphones & Earbuds
Stereos, Radios & Speakers
Remote Control Toys
Electric Tools
Grilling & BBQ
Home Bar Accessories
Personal Grooming
Physical Fitness Accessories
Personalized Signs
Sports Memorabilia
Sporting Equipment
Sports Clothing
Computer Accessories
Cameras & Photo Accessories
Home Theater System
Audio Books
CD Gift Sets
Video Gift Sets

So what are some good shopping websites you can browse? Here is a list of my top, personal favorites:

Best Buys
For Men Gifts
Hammacher & Schlemmer
LL Bean
Men’s Best Gifts
Sky Mall

So it’s important to keep three things in mind when shopping this holiday season:

1) Shop Early in the Season
2) Take advantage of internet shopping to find the best deals
3) And, most of all, have some fun and enjoy the holidays with your special someone.

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts


Advantages of Shopping Early for Holiday Gifts

Shopping early for holiday gifts certainly has its advantages. Timing is very important when you are shopping for holiday gifts.  And, if you are like a lot of people, you wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, even though you know this is probably the worst approach.

Shopping at the last minute may pose a number of shopping headaches.  Firstly, all of the other last minute shoppers are going to be doing the same thing as you, so the stores are going to be more crowded. Secondly, although most stores may be having holiday sales, the prices are not as low as they may have been had you done your holiday shopping a couple of months in advance. Finally, last minute holiday shoppers will also find that the most popular items have already been sold out.  Shoppers may have to visit a number of stores to find a specific item, only to find the price highly inflated.  So, if you have a pretty good idea about what you want to purchase ahead of time, it’s advisable that you go out and start shopping as early as possible.  And do take advantage of internet shopping to save yourself a lot of time.

When you do your holiday shopping early, you will not only find that the prices are generally less expensive, but you are almost guaranteed to find the items you’re looking for in stock. When you shop for holiday gifts as the holiday approaches, the products seem to fly off the shelves, and it can be very difficult to find exactly what you’re looking for. You are then forced to either settle for an alternate holiday gift, or you have to shop at another store altogether.  And, you’re still not guaranteed that the item will be in stock there either. If you want good deals and the guarantee that the merchandise you want is in stock, then start your holiday shopping at least two, preferably three months in advance.

If you have to shop at the last minute, in the case that someone new just came into your life or you forgot to include someone on your gift list, then you may be forced to fight the crowds.  You may end up being disappointed in finding that the items you’re looking for are no longer in stock. However, online shopping is also an option you may want to consider. You can peruse various online stores and have your order shipped to you in one or two days. But, be prepared because it is going to cost a lot more for rush shipping, but at least you know your holiday gift will get there in time.

If the reasons mentioned so far aren’t enough to convince you to do your holiday shopping early, then maybe you’ll be more inclined to shop early for health reasons. If you do your holiday shopping early, it will be a lot less stressful on you.

Two of the top stressors in our life are time and money. By doing your shopping early, you can reduce these stresses because you’ll probably spend a lot less money than you would if you wait until the last minute. Also, you’ll save time because you won’t have to wait in long lines at the checkout, or run from store to store searching for a specific item that is sold out. You’ll also have the peace of mind in knowing that you can gradually shop throughout the year rather than doing it all at once.  This certainly is much easier on your budget and you are less likely to run up your credit cards on holiday gift purchases.

Unfortunately, most of us are procrastinators by nature. Try shopping early one year, and find out what it’s like to have all your shopping done well in advance of the holidays. You’ll be amazed at the difference and how much more enjoyable you will find the holidays!

Happy Shopping!

The Art of Thoughtful Gift Giving
Debra’s Gifts

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