Entries Tagged as 'Christmas'

Holiday Shopping Tips You Can Use

The season to be merry is almost upon us – are you dreading it or looking forward to it? For me it’s a little bit of both: I love buying everyone gifts but I hate what it does to my bank balance. So if you’re heading to the shops (in case you missed the Black Friday and Cyber Monday frenzy) you may find these tips useful:

  1. Consider your list of gift recipients. Try and pare it down to those people who do really mean something to you. Do you really need to give a gift to that neighbor or that acquaintance at work? Make a list of who you need gifts for and then stick to it. Make sure you’re “makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice”.
  2. Think of the recipient. What do they need? What will they appreciate. Don’t just get something because it looks good or is expensive. Many of your friends may appreciate something handmade (are you a dab hand at making preserves, at embroidery, carpentry and so on?)
  3. Take along a friend. Some of us simply love shopping; on the other hand some of us simply don’t. To make shopping seem less of a chore, take a good friend along.
  4. Prepare for it. Make sure you’re not hungry, tired or stressed when you set out for shopping. Wear comfortable shoes. Also prepare an address list of people you will be shipping gifts to, and take it with you to the shops. Some shops may do your shipping for you. [Read more →]

Perfumes Galore

There is no particular season for gifting, and a piece of jewelry, or some new tableware is always welcome. As are handbags and shoes. This Christmas and New Year time, for a change, I got plenty of perfumes. Enough to last me through the year.

Our sense of smell can be very evocative, and can take us back to a time and place in the past or can remind us of a particular happening or person. This makes them a very important part of the whole process of dressing; more particularly dressing up! I don’t feel ready to go out until I not only look but also smell good!

Amongst my gifts were a limited edition Burberry, a Paco Rabanne, a Gucci and an Issey Miyake. I thought of doing some research into what goes into making a great perfume, one that not only smells divine, but also lasts really long. I learnt that a lot goes into creating and buying fragrances, atleast the really good ones. There are various layers to every scent, different ways of applying it depending on the effect you desire, and numerous fragrance families. It truly is a science and an art both!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday is a term that dates back to the 60’s and falls on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day – Black Friday officially marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. This year Black Friday is on November 26 and many retailers will open extra early offering shoppers a chance at getting the best possible deals for a limited period.

Many establishments such as Macy’s, Sears, Toys R Us, Target and Walmart open as early as midnight on Black Friday offering door buster deals and loss leaders (items sold at cost price or even lower prices) to draw people to their stores. Though meant to offer people options for their Christmas shopping, many people grab the opportunity of the big discounts that are offered on Black Friday to buy items that they can resell later; most likely online and for a profit.

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Cheap Stocking Stuffers

For a bunch of reasons, you will be looking to get cheap gifts for the festive season: first and foremost is financial stringency, secondly there are some people that you simply don’t want to spend that much money on (that’s not being cheap, just practical), then there are those who don’t appreciate expensive stuff and who will promptly break, dismember and/or destroy something expensive (read children). So here are some stocking stuffer ideas under $5:

These fridge magnets are excellent for all the Domestic Goddesses we know out there; the ones with a sense of humor:  I thought they were all hilarious: “Every day I give my family two choices for dinner…take it or leave it”, “Housework is evil. It must be stopped.” “A clean house is a sign of a wasted life” “It’s not nagging if you wave a butcher knife, dear.” For under $20 for a set of four, you can give these to four different individuals! Alternatively these fridge magnets would do great for your girlfriends in office; again those with a sense of humor!

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The Christmas Coupons Site

Now that the quest for Christmas gifts has begun in real earnest for me (if it hasn’t for you, I have to ask, “What’re you waiting for; Christmas?” J ), I thought I would share with you this site I got to know about, simply called Christmas Coupons.com. Though it is called Christmas coupons, the deals offered are available year round and are arranged under a number of interesting categories like the Fun Lover, Fashionista , Health Nut , Host and Hostess , Guy’s Guy , Proud Parent , Scholar , Techno Geek , Travel Enthusiast and last but not least the Workaholic . A lot to choose from then.

On the home page the site displays the best deals of the day. For instance there is the Buy.com specialty store deals on Hi def TVs.  These include deals such as a 30% discount on this Toshiba TV, which is $382, down from $550.  Deal throws in free shipping just to add a bow to the ribbon.

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