Monday, November 28, 2011

happy christmas time! shopping tips & gift ideas.

Because it is now officially the Christmas season, and it also happens to be Cyber Monday, I thought I would share a few tidbits of holiday shopping knowledge I have picked up since I became cheap and some gift ideas too because let's face it... sometimes you just need a little inspiration. This will be the first of a series of gift ideas I have for you.

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This photo and tutorial from creature comforts.
The gift that keeps on giving: a magazine subscription. My personal favorite is Real Simple. This subscription is $12/year today for Cyber Monday here. Or, at the real simple website you can get 2 for 1. I have not met a lady who doesn't like that magazine, and I have personally received this subscription for the past 2 years and I love getting it every month! Anyway, you can find a magazine for almost anyone on your list this year.

A few ideas: 
Ladies: Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, People (If they like celeb gossip. Let's be real, who doesn't?),
Music lover: SPIN, Rolling Stone
Manly type: Popular Mechanics, Sports Illustrated

And last but probably best...

A sampler. This is a root beer sampler, but you could do it with really anything that someone really likes. Jam? Muffins? Cheese? Yes to all of the above please. Just print off a map (I would need assistance making it pretty, but it can't be too hard) and stick everything in a nicely organized crate.

  photo from here.
and now for a few online shopping tips!

#1: Go to The Find and search for whatever it is you are planning on buying this year. It will come up with all online retailers that are currently selling it, and the price. This way you can compare prices and make sure you get the best deal possible.

#2:  ALWAYS search for a coupon code before purchasing at an online store. It's worth a try. RetailMeNot is the best place to find one of these babies.

#3: In the past, I have gone to checkout while shopping online (just to check out the final price after shipping and handling) and then decided not to purchase right away. To my surprise, a few days later I received an e-mail asking me to complete my purchase, with a 15% off code in it, and free shipping. I don't know which retailers do this and which don't, but it's worth a shot if you have a few days to wait.

Happy Gifting!