It’s Online Christmas Shopping Day!!

Black Friday is history now. How did you do on that crazy day? I went out just for a few things and couldn’t believe the throngs of people and mass panic – it was surreal. Quietly I smiled, and kept rubbing my Mastercard as if it were a Talisman against the craziness inside the mall. After a 20 minute wait at Starbucks I decided to head home and play Call of Duty 4 on my computer, and leisurely check out some online Christmas shopping for the deals that would arrive on Cyber-Monday – which is today!! Woohoo!!

So if you are still not sure about what can be found online, check out the links I have for e malls in this post. If you are too busy browsing everything under the sun to click there, here is a collection of the best spots for deals I have found over my tenure of shopping online:

You can find anything under the sun at those e malls, and if not they will surely point you in the right direction. So to celebrate this cyber Monday, click away and find some smoking deals and get that pesky online Christmas shopping out of the way!!

Happy Thanksgiving To All from the Online Christmas Shopping Guru!

turkey for ThanksgivingJust thought to be ahead of the throngs of posts out here in the internet – and give up a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone that reads here. Stay tuned if you will for the upcoming Black Friday post here at Online Christmas Shopping, it will change your life (well, not really 🙂 but it will lead to deals and deals that can save you tons of money)

Now go and have some turkey with Cranberries, watch some football, and when everything dies down and the dishes are washed, come back here and do some online Christmas shopping for the love of Pete! There’s some incredible deals coming in the next few days!!!

Who Else Wants Less Stress This Christmas Season?

christmas stressLet’s face it. The holiday season can be riddled with stress and worry, especially when you haven’t properly alloted time for it. There’s the dilemma of having to attend too many office parties, the dread of in-laws showing up on your doorstep, or just a general worry over what must be prepared at home (to let your friends know your not Ebeneezer Scrooge). The one thing you can do to avoid adding to stress is online Christmas shopping because at least knowing your shopping is taken care of will free up enough time to prepare for the other items on your Xmas agenda!

Here are some of the best spots to find great bargains and excellent support for your shopping needs. Clicking on the links will take you to a world where you can see just how much selection and price advantage online shopping can offer.

  • Amazon Stores – These are great for finding things that you may not think of buying someone, just from the vast selection a company such as Amazon has at its disposal. It’s also nice to note that what you may not find on any given site can usually be added buy a simple email request to the e site owner (which in this case happens to be me :-))
  • Chitika Mini Malls – Like I already noted, this is an excellent site that provides an awesome collection of products. The nice thing about Chitika is they always provide a comparative analysis of products and outlets, they provide product reviews, and offer the easiest vehicle for getting the best bargain. I use this company the most out of all the online shopping centers.
  • Ebay Stores – I’ve used these a great deal as well because in many cases you find people who have some kind of affiliation with major brands like Guess or Gucci. This particular store is even more perfect if you are from Singapore, but regardless it has some excellent items for toddlers, great garments for ladies, and it is known for it’s awesome customer feedback.

The Ghost of Christmas Stress

Yes it’s possible that the parties you will attend end up more boring than a Coat Hanger Convention, and it’s more than likely you’ll be visited by in laws that you secretly wish would move to Florida already. Plus its always a toss up between inviting your friends over to marvel at your decorations, or arriving at their doorstep with gift baskets and a healthy portion of egg nog. On top of all this the weather is either remarkably miserable or completely not in spirit with a season meant to be jolly. Now you may say that this seems like a horrible holiday picture, but let’s face it, a worse case scenario is worth pointing out when most of us have gone through something similar in our lifetime.

Online Christmas shopping can take a great deal of stress away from your busy holiday schedule just by its nature. Shopping online may not solve a weather crisis, but it will help you to stay inside and watch from your window as others chain their tires and brave frozen roads and overcrowded shopping malls. It may not allow you to avoid the dreaded office Christmas bash, but you are sure to show up with a great pile of cool gifts – if your online shopping was completed using the handy I Detective method I will outline soon. (hint hint :-)) Yep, shopping online not only frees up enormous time, it can allow you to get much more personal and specific with your gift ideas, and can keep you safe from transit catastrophes as well as frustrated shoppers.

There are many E Malls just like the ones I’ve described above, and within these and other web pages you will find that prices are much more competitive than “snail shopping” and also that the selection is much more appreciable. You can also shop comparatively, noting and bookmarking items for later consideration. All this helps so much to make your experience of gift unveiling a treat and not a holiday nightmare.

I have personally used Chitika malls for years now, but just recently have I decided to join their program for real. Mostly I like Chitika for their enormous choices and well thought out search engine. Recently I noticed how they take the extra effort to show you the competitive price from different companies and let you choose which is the best price for you. There’s nothing as good as looking for… say… a good juicer to find out that Best Buy has one 30.00 cheaper than Target.

All in all your online Christmas shopping needs can be fulfilled easily and without any stress, leaving you plenty of time to figure out the best way to avoid the in laws. In future posts I will show you how using a little shopping savvy can garner you some fairly incredible rewards programs and air miles as well. In the meantime, Halloween is over and now Christmas is just around the corner. Don’t you think it’s time to get started?

Online Christmas Shopping, What Are You Waiting For?

 


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Welcome to my online Christmas shopping guide. I was planning on sharing my views about shopping online last year, but work got the best of me. Now that I’ve semi-retired and WordPress looks so nice, I think it’s time to go ahead and share my experiences shopping for Xmas gifts without ever leaving my house.

I have to start off with a call to everyone reading … please send me your worst Christmas shopping excuses ever! I would love to hear them and they may even end up in a publication other than this blog!! I’m looking for anything like what you see below – these are examples but feel free to include anything amusing and even a bit sarcastic 😉 (Just please try and be tasteful)

  • Shopping is to life as etch and sketch is to art
  • I never know what to buy someone!
  • I never have time to shop for people!
  • Shopping malls are crazy!
  • Traffic is too bad, I’ll just send money.
  • No self respecting hermit would be caught dead at a mall
  • I tried to wrap up my cat but she scratched me
  • The dog ate my wrapping paper (and the cat)
  • I couldn’t shop because I’m in maximum security lock up

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What has shopping online done for me?

  1. I’ve found deals I would never find shopping in malls.
  2. All my Christmas shopping was completed before December 1.
  3. Having time to research what my friends like, I always received praise on ingenious gift choices.
  4. I have had much more time to enjoy the holidays with my loved ones.
  5. I get a more personalized experience, and normal reminders on sales and deals that never come from “snail” shopping.

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Becoming an I-Detective:

I have been hooked on general gift shopping via my web portal even more lately. As more and more people list their interests online at various social sites it becomes more and more easy to personalize the gift you give. Things are so much easier when you have your friends Facebook profile in front of you. To be honest I have become somewhat of a “gift detective” over the years, thanks to the internet, and I will reveal my “secret P.I. methods” in future posts.

All in all, shopping for Xmas presents online is my new favorite thing to do during the season, so when someone insinuates that it’s no fun to shop online they are mad as a hatter. It is a great deal of fun when I look up my friends interests on various social sites and other networks and match their gift with remarkable focus. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the expression “how did you know I wanted that?” Of course I always respond with a casual “I’m psychic”, as it makes me look oh so mysterious. 😉 If this holiday season has you wondering where you can find time to get out and shop for the people you love, try a little online Christmas shopping. I can guarantee you will enjoy yourself and get much more satisfaction than you think.