Trying to find that perfect gift for the mom who has everything or the spouse who refuses to offer suggestions? Hoping you can find the best deals on the electronics bulging from the seams of your teen’s list? Need to buy all the trimmings for the perfect home cooked meal?
Before all this craziness causes major bah humbugness, step back a minute and reevaluate your to-do list. We have this great invention, although I don’t think Al Gore can take full credit, but that’s another story, and you should be utilizing it—the web. Online shopping in many cases trumps the in store experience. You can find more variety and better deals. And you can shop till you drop right from the comfort of your own home.
And did I mention deals. You can go to sites like Real Simple and access coupon codes for some of your favorite stores. You can also find coupon and promo codes online—Twitter and Facebook offer amazing promotions. Most times this will save you from 5 – 15% on purchases. During the peak holiday times, many online retailers offer free shipping too.
If you don’t have the time or energy to get those gifts shipped out, you can have them gift-wrapped, including a personalized message or card, and shipped direct from the online store. The store sends you a tracking number for your purchases, notifying you as soon as your order has been shipped. You can then go to UPS or Fed Ex and see the actual delivery time and date.
You can also have the people on your holiday gift list make their own wish lists on their favorite shopping sites. They can email you the link, and you won’t need to worry about finding the perfect gift. Of course some people prefer gift cards to their favorite stores, and that works out for you, because it’s easy, no-hassle shopping. You can have them mailed or sent via email as a virtual gift card with a holiday message included.
Yep, it’s just that easy. Now sip that eggnog, take a bite of fruitcake and let your fingers do the walking, I mean shopping.