November 01, 2012

the perfect Christmas gift

I have finally reached the point in my life where the words “Christmas is right around the corner!” instill panic instead of excitement. The list of friends and family that I want to give gifts to continues to grow. In addition to the growing list, the miles between my family and I have increased as well. That makes it harder to know what my nieces and nephews are into this year, and what my brothers and sister may or may not need. There are a few tools that have come to my rescue this season. Listed below two magical helpers that I’m sure Santa wishes he had…

Pinterest – the pin-board style social photo sharing site has become a time-wasting phenomenon over the past two plus years. If you’ve been living under a rock the past year: Pinterest is a site where you can “pin” images that inspire you. You can group your images into categories such as “Holidays”, “My Style”, etc. Users have also used this site to “pin” images of things they covet – jewelry, clothing, books, and so on. If you are looking for something for a friend and you want to get something you know she will love and adore, head on over to her Pinterest boards. Take a quick scan. Not only will you find some great ideas, the links will (sometimes) take you directly to the link to purchase the item. Done and done!

Amazon Wish List – much like any retailer’s online “cart” or “wish list”, here you can compile a list of items that you wish for. But unlike others, Amazon allows users the option of adding items from other websites. Users can also add a confidential shipping address to ensure that any gifts arrive safely to their door. Encourage your friends and family to create a Wish List. But make sure they make it public. Once the list is public, others can search it by last name or email address. If they prefer not to make the Wish List totally public, they may choose to “Share with a link” – they’ll need to provide a link to anyone they’d like to view it.

Happy shopping!

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