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During the holidays, ‘tis the season to give back. Download the iGive button and every time you shop at online retailers from Amazon to Zazzle, a percentage of your purchase is donated to the charity of your choice.

By HEATHER CHAET

1 Do virtual window-shopping as soon as you can, especially for the holidays, says consumer expert Andrea Woroch. “Bookmark product pages or write down gift ideas before the season kicks off and make a budget.” When you do stumble upon the perfect gift at the right price, grab it—even if the gift-giving moment is months away (and remember that you did with organization hints below).

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Start Early.

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2 Stumped as to what to give someone on that list? Michelle Madhok, online shopping expert and the CEO of Shefinds suggests checking what they have pinned on Pinterest or liked on Facebook. Then, use those social media tools to get deals from your favorite merchants. “Sign-up for email newsletters, follow retailers on Twitter and join Facebook fan pages for early access to sales,” says Madhok.

Whatever the month on the calendar, most of

us have barely enough time to handle the little day-to-day things and still focus on the big picture stuff. So when important birthdays, anniversaries, or—eek!—the holidays roll around, finding the time to go shopping for gifts seems an almost impossible task. But regardless of what you have to buy or how many you have to buy for, online shopping is often the best answer to “How am I going to get it all done?” Easy to fit into hectic schedules, the ability to buy presents at 7:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. makes logging in and clicking on an item an attractive and convenient choice. But before you start your e-commerce quest from the comfort of that couch, look over these hints to save time, score deals, and snag gifts sure to make anyone smile.

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Don’t know what to get your adorable, yet hard-to-buy-for sister? Everyone from The New York Times to Harper’s Bazaar publish online gift guides. See what those in the know are wrapping up this year and where to get it.

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3 Take a cue from the biggest gift-giver of them all, Santa. Make a list, check it twice…and create an online folder for receipts and purchase confirmations. Jill Simpson, owner of BespokeCustomGifts, says “[In my folder], I save receipts as PDFs, and keep a list of what I’ve ordered, for whom and from where.” With this information all in one place, tracking the arrival of a package or doublechecking you haven’t forgotten someone is simple.

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