Online Holiday Shopping Tips

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The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but if the thought of hitting a swamped mall puts you in a less than festive mood, fret not. It's not too late to get your shopping done online, from the comfort of your home. To make sure your online shopping experience is a merry one, here are a few tips, tricks and ideas to help you along.

Online Holiday Shopping Tips

Shop Safe

First and foremost, it's important to ensure you're shopping on safe and secure websites. As Rubina taught us, the S in https indicates a website is secure. Also, check your web browser's toolbar to make sure a "lock" symbol appears, assuring you the site is protected.

Make a List (Check It Twice)

Get organized from the get-go, making a list of those you need to shop for, any specific gift ideas you're looking for, as well as favourite stores whose websites you want to check out. That way you'll be ready to make all your purchases at once from any given website.

Do Your Research

Whether you plan to purchase online or prefer to shop in-person, the internet's a great place to do your research to find the best prices and product reviews from those who have tried it.

Even better, some major retailer websites will let you know the in-store availability of specific products, so you know whether it's worth heading to the packed mall or simply doing it online.

Check the Details

Before you confirm your order, be sure to check the essentials: when your gifts will be delivered, any added taxes or fees, and how much shipping will cost. A number of websites waive shipping fees if you spend a certain amount of money, so consider this when planning out your online buys.

From there, keep an eye out for free add-ons a site might deliver, like gift-wrapping or cards. This is ideal if you're not able to deliver the gift in person, and choose to send it directly to the recipient.

Personalize It! 

Who says a gift you scope out online is bound to be impersonal? On the contrary, many a website allows you to personalize greeting cards, photo books, calendars, and other novelties with your own words, photos or artwork.

Need more ideas? Check out our Web Wonder Woman's favourite custom gifts you can order online.

Find the Unique

While it's super convenient to get your shopping done online from your favourite big box stores, the internet also gives you many opportunities to find unique, original gifts from independent artisans, craftsmen and designers. Etsy, for example, gives you instant access the unique handmade creations your friends won't be expecting.

Enjoy The Season

Just because you're shopping online doesn't mean you can't get into the spirit of the season - in fact, you should have more time for the joys of the holidays. While you complete your shopping, treat yourself to your favourite festive treat, and be sure to pump up the holiday tunes.

 

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