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Christmas Shopping – 4 Tips For Buying Christmas Gifts

With the holiday season around the corner, it makes sense to beat the mall crowds and clearance sale gimmicks of big departmental stores by putting some mother wit to on to find out my 4 tips for buying Christmas Gifts with none of the hassles of festive shopping!!
I love Christmas and everything that builds up to the cozy, warm and snuggle bug feeling of caroling, baking, decorations, writing out Christmas cards and making Christmas shopping lists. But, that’s where all the enthusiasm sort of fizzles out because with the marketing build up around Christmas and the shopping mania it sets off in even regular folks, the local markets seem like they are just a short call away from being tagged a mad house!
So, in order to enjoy my Christmas season more, I worked out a few tricks to finish off with festive shopping earlier in the year instead of leaving it for season sales, festive discounts and trying to sweet talk friends or relatives to accompany me for the fun hobby it should be, but somehow turns into a nightmare for many people. Especially those that dread the mall crowds, mad dash for same items by other equally flustered shoppers and the sore feet!
Yes, you guessed right! I decided to shop smart and do it online!
Tip # 1 – Search for online discount deals and buy your gifts from a web store that lets you save on shipping! I reserved the first half of my Sunday for clicking a shopper’s symphony on my laptop keys, choosing non-China free worldwide shipping items from a reputed site, called
On clicking around the site, I found to my delight there were fabulous discount offers – 50% off – and free shipping worldwide! That had me quickly cover small somethings for friends and family I haven’t been able to gift even a Christmas card to in recent years and ensure these would reach in time, be within my budget and range across so many precious and practical things, like decor accents, electronic accessories, iPad covers, stationery, garments and lots more cool Christmas gifts I’d never have thought of as traditional presents!!
Tip # 2 – Buy locally produced products and show your support for local artists while ensuring budget Christmas shopping! You don’t have to spent the entire day hunting for sales and low traffic hours at boutique shops or fancy shopping malls if you decide to shop smart and go local with your Christmas gifts. Check out NGO, charities and folk art centers besides local food craft organizations like women’s help groups or Church fetes for neat home-made Christmas gifts with a personal touch!
Tip # 3 – Choose Christmas gifts handmade with love – hands being those of a professional crafter’s and the love being yours – and shop at You can pick up a lot of cool and quality stuff made by crafty people who showcase their hobby crafting products, like bags, jewelry, book covers, hand made paper products, candles, soaps, woollies, cake mixes, gourmet food and even wood crafts at this hip online site. The new shops and those without a sale yet, in addition to original and funky items listed under the Editor’s pick segment usually offer good deals, so do check these out!
Tip # 4 – Donate your time to a local event, group or charity. This last truly exemplifies the spirit of Christmas giving as quality time is something that our loved ones never get enough of. If you can pay personal visits to friends, family or colleagues living in the same city and make a gift of ‘one hour specials’ for helping them with various chores, like ‘picking up groceries,’ ‘helping clean garage’ or ‘babysitting’ it would be appreciated and be something different from the routine Christmas gifting. Now, if you can go one step further and give some of your time to strangers in an old-people’s home, playschool volunteer activity, youth group or fund raisers, that would really revive the Christmas gifting spirit in a real sense.
Why not try out some of these tips and see a different feeling wrap your Christmas mood this year? I’d love to hear from you which Christmas shopping tip you liked the best!…

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Christmas, the Cost Keeps Going Up – Not a Problem With Online Catalogue Shopping

Christmas can be an expensive time, especially if you’ve got children. We are always looking for ways to spread the cost, or maybe even postpone the payments until next year, when we have a little more money to spend.
Shop from home with an online catalogue – and pay for Christmas next year
Choose to shop from home with an online catalogue and you are spared the agony of trying to find the money to pay for Christmas. Many of the popular brands of home shopping catalogue – such as , Littlewoods and Marshall Ward – all offer the ability to make the purchases you need, now. And not have to pay a thing until next year.
Now, that is the way to make Christmas a more manageable experience this year. Sign up for one the big brands in home shopping (such as , Littlewoods or Marshall Ward) and you’ll be able to sort out your Christmas shopping woes.
Fed up with the crowds – catalogue shopping is the way forward
Not only can you buy now, pay next year when shopping at an online catalogue – you also don’t need to leave the comfort of you own home. Just open an account with your chosen catalogue provider, and start your purchasing.
Now you can order that new furniture you’ve been after for months, get that big TV to watch all those Christmas films, and get the kids presents – all without having to leave the comfort of your home.
So, get the kettle on, make a nice cappuccino – and get everything you need to your ideal Christmas. And not have to pay a penny until next year.…

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Online Shopping Sales Soar at Christmas

Shopping on internet seems to be the way forward and is fast overtaking the high street shopping sector. The Christmas period saw record sales for those online shops on an ecommerce software platform – are we changing the way we shop forever? Cyber Monday or ‘Mega Monday’ is the name given to the busiest online shopping day of the year, as outlined by accurate ecommerce statistics.
Where the last week in November was thought to be big, the biggest of all (Mega Monday) took place on 6th of December… Analysts of ecommerce business activity identified a 50% increase in online sales compared to this same day last year, taking over 7,000 online shops into consideration. The e-tail boom is only set to grow as more and more of us turn to the internet for our shopping requirements.
It’s accessible, cost-efficient and instant – unlike your traditional high street shops, there’s no queue or waiting around to make your purchase(s). This is definitely good news for independent online retail, but how might our buying habits affect shops in the physical realm? The situation isn’t ideal to say the least, yet the surge in people opening and purchasing from online stores is a huge plus for the ecommerce industry.
We’ve already seen some of the smaller, independent outlets close their doors as they struggle under the dominant presence of online shops. That’s also not to say that the more established chains are 100% safe either. If these statistics are anything to go by, those ‘bricks and mortar’ shops on the edge of vanishing have a lot of work to do to keep customers and drive sales.
Of course there are the inevitable points of impact – Christmas 2010 was a snow-fest and hardly promised great things in terms of customer spending and revenue! Far easier, you would agree, to stay indoors and look for that special gift from the comfort of our own homes. That’s exactly what the majority of shoppers did last year; adding to the already increasing popularity of e-tail and ecommerce software.
There’s some truth in the observation that internet shopping is preferred over traipsing round shops in the mall or on the high street, particularly where bad weather’s involved. Should this trend continue to rise, we are looking at a very bright future indeed for online shop owners on an ecommerce software platform. Only time will tell……