Shop smart and reap the benefits
(NC) It can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit when it feels like you have a never-ending list of gifts to buy. Whether you're stuck on what to get a friend this year, or literally stuck in traffic, shopping for gifts requires a big time commitment. In fact, according to an eBay Canada survey, last year Canadians spent an average of 11 full hours doing their holiday shopping.
This holiday season, consider joining savvy Canadians from coast to coast: shop online, avoid unnecessary stress and give yourself the gift of time! Turning online for holiday shopping is a growing trend worldwide, and online shopping is the perfect solution for many of the anxieties associated with the gift-buying season. Sites such as eBay allow you to tailor your search by price, style, colour, and more, to find exactly what you're looking for.
“Our site is becoming more and more personalized,” says Megan Vickell, an eBay gifting expert. “You can easily set up your own homepage to track specific trends, brands or items. Now, you never have to miss a listing that could end up being the perfect gift for a friend or family member. The searching is done for you – and that gives you more time to enjoy the festivities.”
Here are some additional shopping tips to save you time and avoid stress:
Create a budget – Between, family, friends, teachers and colleagues, buying gifts for everyone on your list can get pricey, so it's important to stick to a budget. Use a price filter when searching for gifts online to help you stay on track.
Plan ahead (and be a little sneaky) – Be sure to plan the delivery date for gifts purchased online for times when your loved one won't be home so they don't get any hints.
Shop when inspiration strikes – Gift ideas can come anywhere, anytime, anyhow, be it at the office, at your son's hockey game or on your commute home from work. A variety of apps let you shop on-the-go with your smartphone.
You can get started on eBay.ca, or you can download their app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows.
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