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How to be a frugal holiday shopper The holiday season is a joyous but often expensive time of year. The average American will spend $700
mean it will be better received. Many
particularly helpful arrangement for big
on holiday gifts and other trimmings
humorous, whimsical, practical, or even families.
this year, totaling more than $465 billion
glamourous gifts can be had for $30 or less.
says the National Retail Federation. In a 2017 survey for CIBC, Canadians said they were planning to spend an average
· Shop all sales. Utilize sales to your · Combine financial resources. If there's
best advantage to score deals on various
a splurge in mind for a particular person on items. Those who plan ahead can shop off-
$643 on gifts and another $300 on decor a list, find out if someone else is willing to
season to help stretch a budget over the
and entertaining. Such spending can serve as a co-gifter. For example, siblings
course of the year rather than over one or
compromise household budgets, making can chip in for a gift for Mom or Dad if
the post-holiday hangover that much more they have their sights set on something difficult.
· Include some homemade gifts. People with a talent for knitting or crocheting can
· Consider a grab bag or secret gift create blankets or other gifts. Bakers can
emphasize being frugal this holiday
exchange. Families or groups of friends whip up tasty, edible treats. The holidays
season. Here are some strategies to follow.
can opt for a grab bag this year. In such
are a prime time to put your unique talents
arrangements, each person brings a gift to use and turn them into beloved gifts. · Establish a firm limit on gift amounts. worth no more than a previously agreed The more the merrier is a popular a on amount of money, and individuals take
The holidays certainly can be expensive,
sentiment during the holiday season, but
turns pulling gifts out of the bag. This is a but people can rein in spending by acting
spending more on a gift doesn't necessarily
great way to stay within budget and is a frugally when gifting.
Eco-friendly gift options The saying "the more the merrier"
to make the holidays more eco-friendly. In reduce clutter in the recipient's house and GET CRAFTY
certainly applies during the holiday season. fact, there are various eco-friendly gifts that
conserve the resources otherwise used to
But during a season of big gifts, extra food can make great presents and benefit the
manufacture alternative items that would
and travel, "more" can exact a heavy toll on
environment at the same time.
the giver can be crafted from sustainable have been purchased. Experiential gifts that materials. They also show how you care by also tap into environmental pursuits, such taking the time to customize a gift for the
PURCHASE EXPERIENTIAL GIFTS
as touring with an animal rescue group, or
the environment. According
Gifts from the kitchen or ones made by
When making holiday shopping lists,
accommodations at a carbon-neutral hotel
Americans generate 25 percent more trash
think of gifts that offer experiences rather can be an added bonus.
between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve
than material goods. Gifts that involve
than during the rest of the year. While no one
experiences, such as going to a sporting OPT FOR LOCALLY MADE GIFTS
wants to take anything away from the spirit
event or attending a play or musical, decrease
of holiday season, everyone can take steps
reliance on wrapping paper. Such gifts also companies that operate domestically. This
AVOID GAG OR USELESS GIFTS
Select gifts made by local artisans or cuts down on the carbon emissions from having to ship products from long distances or even overseas.
Select gifts only with utility in mind. Skip purchases that are made only to beef-up the look of presents under the tree or to make it appear that gifting was more generous. Items that a person cannot or will not use will ultimately be relegated to the trash, which is wasteful.
GIVE CLIMATE-FRIENDLY STOCKING
WRAP IN REUSABLE MATERIALS
STUFFERS Companies like Cool Effect offer gifts for
Fancy wrapping paper certainly looks
those looking to offset carbon emissions
nice, but choose other materials that can
through clever funding. People can buy be reused. Look for decorative tins, boxes, and offer gifts that correlate to packages fancy gift bags, and other items that can be like Costa Rican wind power or the "poo reused for years to come. package," which funds biogas digesters for Sustainability is possible during a
family farms in India that capture methane
emissions from cattle dung.
season of excess when gift givers shop and wrap gifts with the environment in mind.
reasons to use cash
to pay for holiday purchases
Cash has fallen out of favor among consumers who find it easier to reach for a card in
their wallets. Some shoppers may even wonder if people still carry cash when credit cards and debit cards have become so convenient and widely accepted? Actually, they do. According to a recent study by LendEDU, 32 percent of 875 people surveyed preferred to use cash over cards for everyday purchases. Cash can be a smart choice for many purchases, including holiday spending. Here are six reasons why cash can be king once more. 1. Limits spending in a tangible way: A key benefit of
3. Prevent second-guess impulse buys: Parting with
5. Losing cash doesn't affect credit. Although many
using cash is that it presents a visual cue that spending hard-earned cash directly can be a great motivator to keep
people say carrying cash is riskier than sticking to credit,
should cease. If a shopper has set a $200 limit for holiday
that $20 in your pocket instead of using it for a scratch-
the financial expert Dave Ramsey says differently. While
gifts, when that $200 in cash is gone, it's a surefire reminder
off lotto ticket or mall food court snack. Watching cash parting with lost cash can be a blow, the risk of identity
that it is time to step away from the register and leave the
supplies dwindle may prevent shoppers from making
store. It can be hard to view spending in real time when unwise purchases.
theft, and sorting through canceling credit and debit cards when they go missing, can be an even bigger threat.
using credit or debit. 4. Cash facilitates tipping. Cash is often best for tipping 2. Bills are accepted everywhere. Unlike some credit
cards, merchants will not turn away cash. This is especially a credit card guru at NerdWallet, a popular financial advice helpful when shopping at small businesses or pop-up
waive fees for cash purchases.
site, recipients of tips prefer cash because they get it
markets that are popular during the holidays. Local artisans immediately. A tip on a card may only be parceled out at or other niche vendors may only take cash as well.
6. Cash may score deals. Paying in cash can be a great
servers and delivery personnel. According to Kim Palmer, bargaining chip at retailers who may offer discounts or
the end of the week.
There's something to be said about paying in cash, especially during the holidays when sticking to budgets can be challenging.
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How to avoid shipping costs on holiday gifts Many shoppers conduct their holiday free shipping windows and order the bulk of shopping at traditional brick-and-mortar their items then. stores as well as online retailers. Both have their share of advantages, including the
· MEET THE MINIMUM AMOUNT. Some
ability to ship items directly home if there is stores and online retailers will offer free shipping once shoppers reach a certain
a deal to be had.
Shipping can be quite the convenience, spending threshold. For example, Chewy. particularly for heavy items or if an item is
com offers free shipping on purchases $50
currently out of stock in a store. The retailer and over. By spending a little more, shoppers can have it sent over from another location may actually end up saving money. or their main warehouse. Shipping can save shoppers time and reduce their stress. · SHOP WHERE SHIPPING IS ALWAYS However, as convenient as shipping gifts can FREE. In order to attract business, certain be, the hefty cost of shipping gifts can eat
online retailers, including Zappos, offer free
away at holiday budgets.
shipping, while others offer free shipping in
A 2018 article from U.S. News and
exchange for nominal membership fees.
World Report found some shipping fees can range between $5 and $10 per package.
· EXPLORE IN-STORE PICKUP. To capitalize
shipping deals often extend only to items
year when thousands of online stores offer
Fortunately, in many cases, consumers can
on both online and in-store shopping,
shipped standard. Expedited or overnight
free shipping with delivery before Christmas.
avoid shipping costs if they shop smart.
retailers will frequently offer free in-store shipping will still incur a fee. Therefore, shop pickup of items purchased online. Ship- early if your goal is cut shipping costs or
SUSPENDED to-store has become popular at stores like
SHIPPING COSTS. Many retailers will
avoid them entirely.
In 2019, Free Shipping Day is Saturday, December 14.
Target, Old Navy and Walmart. Saving money on shipping is easy when
temporarily freeze shipping costs during
· TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE SHIPPING
certain periods. Shoppers can note these · SHOP AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Free
DAY. Free Shipping Day takes place each consumers learn the ropes.
How to be comfortable when holiday shopping Shopping can be time-consuming come the holiday season. According to a Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll, during the holiday season, the average American spends roughly 42 hours buying, wrapping and returning gifts. Holiday shopping can be both physically and mentally tiring. But there’s no reason why holiday shopping excursions cannot be comfortable. · Keep weather in mind. The weather can
comfortable and look good at the same time.
affect where shoppers do their shopping. Choose footwear that will not rub and cause Select indoor malls or outlets and other blisters while offering ample arch support to retailers with overhead coverage to protect
prevent tired feet.
against the elements. · Arrive well-fed. It's difficult to make · Choose easy-flow stores. Stores that are shopping decisions on an empty stomach. easy to navigate and offer ample room for
establishing rapport and solving problems for customers.
items at home so as not to be burdened down
Heading to stores satiated can improve
multiple people to shop simultaneously can productivity and help avoid fatigue or impulse
· Shop unencumbered. Leave unnecessary by coats, bags and other accessories. Utilize
· Take breaks along the way. Recharge by lockers at malls or coat checks. Skip bulky
feel more comfortable, even during the busy food stops.
resting from the shopping experience. Take a purses in lieu of small, easily toted options.
break by sitting down or periodically engage · Consider shopping small. Many small
· Wear comfortable clothing. The rise in luxury loungewear means shoppers can be
in activities that do not involve shopping or
With these shopping comfort strategies
business owners go out of their way to thinking about the holidays.
in mind, holiday excursions can be that much
provide a comfortable shopping experience,
Black Friday shopping tips People of a certain age might remember the often hectic Black Friday of old, when shoppers would line up outside stores in the wee hours of the morning hoping to land the best deals on gifts for their loved ones. While many shoppers still make such early morning pilgrimages to their favorite stores, the internet has helped to thin the deal-crazed herds on Black Friday. Though stampeding crowds might not be as common as they once were on Black Friday, shoppers may still face some stiff competition as they try to land great deals before the shelves empty. The following are a handful of tips to help shoppers make the most of the unofficial kickoff to the holiday shopping season. · DON'T GO SHOPPING EMPTYHANDED. Shopping on Black Friday without a list can lead to excess spending
· COMPARISON SHOP. Comparison shopping can make Black Friday even more deal-friendly. If you're stuck on a long checkout line, use the time spent waiting for the next cashier to look for the same item online. You might find it's less expensive somewhere else, and you can then present that price to the cashier at checkout. Many retailers are willing to match lower prices from other retailers, but you won't know unless you ask. · START EARLY. The proverbial saying "the early bird catches the worm" is especially true on Black Friday. If you want to find the best deals, you should probably avoid sleeping in on the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday has changed, but many of the strategies that worked in the pre-internet era can still help shoppers land the best deals today.
on items you or your loved ones may not even need or want. Creating a shopping list in advance gives shoppers time to research the best deals and where to find them. That organized approach can increase the likelihood that
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Keep safety in mind when gifting toys · Always read labels to see if the toy is
· Avoid toys that have parts that fly off,
right for a child's age. Don't buy a toy that as they can injure the eyes or other parts of is too mature for a child even if you think it would be a big hit. ·
· Look for nontoxic labels on toys, a
recipient's including crayons, markers and other art
purchasing a toy. While one child may be mature enough to handle a toy, another of the same age may not be ready for it. Few people garner as much delight from opening holiday gifts as young children. The holiday season is a wonder to behold, culminating with brightly wrapped presents just waiting to be revealed. For parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends, nothing is more memorable
· Recognize choking hazards in toys, which may include marbles, small balls and uninflated balloons. Button batteries, which
than watching the pure joy on a child’s face when he or she opens a holiday gift. As a
come in many electronics, can be a choking
result, well-meaning gift-givers sometimes forget to consider safety when seeking out
hazard and cause damage to intestines if
toys and games for kids. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there were more than 250,000 toy-related injuries treated in American hospital emergency departments in 2017. Most
swallowed. · Toys with strings and straps can
supplies. · Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame-resistant or flame-retardant. · Painted toys must use lead-free paint. · Look for the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) label, which signifies that the toy has passed the group's safety inspection standards. · Monitor toy usage during play, and frequently examine toys to see if wear and
of these injuries were attributed to nonmotorized scooters, toy balls and toy vehicles.
strangle young children and should be tear has made them into hazards.
However, any toy that is not age-appropriate has the potential to cause harm. That is
why the organization Prevent Blindness America, which spearheaded the campaign to make December Safe Toys and Gifts Month, advises caution when gifting youngsters. The following are some guidelines when gifting young kids, courtesy of PBA, the CPSC and Kids Health® by Nemours.
The holiday season is an exciting time
· Inspect all toys for sharp edges or
for children eager to play with new toys and
points. Even stuffed animals with internal
games. Ensuring those gifts are safe can
wires can stab, cut or shock.
make for a healthy giving season.
Crafty experiences for holiday gifts One of the challenges each finished products and decorate or "Smith Family, Est. 2019," it's holiday season is coming up with
them with swirls, patterns and never been easier to create custom
novel gifts for loved ones. For those who seemingly have it all and might
colors. Check with local glass- pieces in just a few hours. blowing artisans (many are located
not need another Santa sweater
in tourist centers and seaside
or fruit basket, an experience gift
towns) to find out if they offer
can now be found as stand-
might be the perfect fit.
alone buildings or as franchised
fulfilling for gifters and show
· Paint and sip: Paint and sip
recipients that the gift was given businesses are thriving, as scores of novice artists produce impressive
ample thought. There are no shortages of
artwork while sipping a glass of
experiences to offer. However,
vino. A friend or a family member
people who enjoy arts and crafts
who aspires to be the next Bob Ross
may enjoy being on the receiving will likely enjoy a paint and sip gift. end of a crafty experience this year. · Farmhouse style crafts:
blowing is an art form that turns
establishments in area shopping malls. Recipients can choose among various projects and walk away with a painted and fired treasure that can be displayed for years. · Brewing: With the rise of craft breweries, apprentice shops have turned up across the country. A
Businesses that teach individuals craft beer experience gift may be how to create farmhouse crafts just what a budding brewer needs
molten glass into colorful and eye- take them through the step-by-
to start creating his or her own
catching pieces. Blown glass can step process of turning raw wood
be transformed into everything boards and shelves into stained from wine goblets to ornaments. and stenciled farmhouse-inspired
Craft-inspired experience gifts
Instructors can teach gift recipients pieces. With clever sayings like
can be customized for people with
how to form glass into desired
"Home is where our story begins" a wide range of interests.
ESTABLISH WHERE TO BUY
SET UP LOYALTY ACCOUNTS
One way to save time during the Create a separate email account strictly holiday season is to decide in advance for retailer promotions and loyalty clubs. where to shop for holiday gifts. Some This way all sale information and coupon people are firm believers in shopping in codes are sent to a single email address. one department store, while others hop between retailers to find the best deals. Others strictly stick to online shopping or go the gift card route. Choosing a strategy
SHIP DIRECTLY Instead of having items shipped to
in advance and sticking to it can make your home and then repackaging them shopping less time-consuming. CREATE A WISH LIST Even if you do not plan to shop online, use popular online retail sites like Amazon
Save time while holiday shopping The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are exciting, joyous and memorable. With so much to do during that period, holiday shoppers may feel pressed for time. However, savvy celebrants know there’s plenty of time to spread holiday cheer and still find the perfect gift.
to browse for popular items and save
for out-of-town relatives and friends, have them shipped directly to their final destination. Weigh the costs of having the merchant wrap the presents if you feel it's necessary.
them to a wish list. Then, with list in hand (either digitally or on paper), purchase items at local brick-and-mortar stores.
THINK ABOUT BULK GIFTS Figure out one or two gifts that would be fitting for many people on your list and
COMPARE PRICES AND GET ALERTS With sites like PriceGrabber, Google Shopping, Shopzilla, and PricePinx, its easier than ever to compare prices at various retailers without having to make
then buy them in bulk. Assembling gift baskets of bulk items can save time, as putting the baskets together will become second nature after one or two baskets.
the trek to each and every one. Price alerts can let you know when an item goes on sale so you can grab it quickly.
Save time and money with some smart holiday shopping strategies.
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Gifting those with special needs
The holiday season is an exciting time of getting around. Certain products can make year. Charitable efforts and the exchange
bathing or showering easier, and help people
of gifts with friends, family members and retain some measure of independence. colleagues add to the warmth of the holiday season, when many people make extra
Motion-activated lights or digital devices
efforts to show their loved ones just how can help manage functions around the much they're appreciated.
This year's hot holiday gifts
house. For example, the Ring doorbell provides a video and audio feed so a person
The holiday season is synonymous with many things, including
can see if it's necessary to make it to the
exchanging gifts with friends and loved ones. Each year, certain items
says nearly 54 million Americans have door, and alert the person on the other side
prove more trendy than others. Get the scoop on the gear and gadgets
physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities.
of the door if it may take some time for the
The Canadian Survey on Disability indicates
resident to make it there.
that are bound to be on the top of wish lists this year.
The National Organization on Disability
13.7 percent of Canadians lived with a disability at the time of polling. Millions
of people may need assistance, but that
Children and adults who have autism,
doesn't mean they enjoy the holidays any sensory
less. In fact, this merry time of year is an conditions with a sensory component may ideal time to bring even brighter smiles to need specialized gifts. Stim and fidget the people who may benefit from some
jewelry, for example, can help channel
extra love and affection.
energy into something that will not be overly distracting. Putty, slime and doughs can be good for helping busy hands.
have People who cannot cope with loud
with disabilities. Audio books can help
noises or crowded situations can benefit
people with conditions of the eye or fading from noise-cancelling headphones. A small vision further explore their love of reading. tent or playhouse is ideal for a child who Home assistants, such as Amazon Echo and needs a safe place for a retreat to recharge. Google Home, can simplify life for people A soothing sound and light machine can with mobility issues. With a vocal prompt, help adults relax. lights can be turned on, products ordered, streamed,
or loved one is practicing
This is the latest incarnation
for a night out at karaoke or
detection will set off an
of the Echo Show at a more
enjoys getting pumped up
alert on a person's phone
affordable price point than
in the morning with upbeat
or tablet in real time.
tunes, a waterproof shower
screen is a smart display
speaker is a hot gift. It can
· Tile Trackers: Handy Tile
and enables users to make
stream music or bluetooth
gadgets connect to keys,
video calls, play games,
over calls from a phone.
bags and other belongings
watch videos, check the control
· Fitbit fitness tracker: A
smart home devices. A
Fitbit product is certain
new privacy feature allows
to be a winner for fitness
users to turn off the camera
and microphone when the
device isn't in use.
Activity Wristband is an
opened up entire new worlds for people
· Amazon Echo Show 5:
affordable option capable case:
of tracking workouts. It also
There's no need to waste
can sync with a phone and
time sitting by the phone
that frequently go missing. Simply connect to the app and the device will ring, identifying The
covers 200 feet and has a louder volume. · iRobot Braava Robot Mop: This powerful robot will mop and sweep tile
charger waiting for popular
be programmed for medication reminders, appropriate and appreciated. Gift cards to
iPhones to revive their
· Blink XT Home Security
favorite restaurants or supermarkets, for
batteries with a battery
example, may compel people who prefer
pack case. A charging case
security on their minds,
routines to step outside of their comfort
provides extra talk time or
including those who want
In their desire to gift someone with
zones. Subscriptions to streaming services
video streaming and fits
to keep tabs on their homes
without lifting a finger.
special needs, individuals can speak with
or monthly clubs can keep gifts arriving all
while they're at work or
appointments reviewed. Such devices can
guardians or therapists to find out which year long as well. products or services may be most useful. Perhaps someone who is wheelchair-bound
The right gifts can help individuals with
can benefit from ramps and grab bars for disabilities fully enjoy the holidays.
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on vacation, may cherish
These are just a handful
of the items that will
· VicTsing Wireless Shower
Speaker: Whether a friend
camera. version and
be coveted this holiday season.
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Outdoor-inspired ideas for holiday gifting
Sports experiences top many fans' holiday wish lists Game day is a big day for sports fans. While the anticipation in the days before a big game can be exciting, nothing can match the game itself. When shopping for the sports fan on their list this holiday season, shoppers may want to go the extra mile and gift a sportsbased experience. Experiential gifts are rising in popularity. According to a 2017 survey from The NPD Group, a leading global information company, 39 percent of holiday shoppers in the United States intended to purchase experiential gifts for
revealed that the outdoor recreation industry
their loved ones that year. Sports fans may
The right gear can make a hike even more
contributed $412 billion to the U.S. Gross enjoyable. A durable hiking pack, compass Domestic Product in 2016. The industry or GPS tracker, comfortable hiking shoes, also employed around 4.55 million people, polarizing sunglasses, collapsible hammock, highlighting just how popular outdoor and/or hiking food packs make great gifts for recreation has become. seasoned or even novice hikers. Tickets for Millennials are helping drive the growing transportation to Appalachian Trail trailheads, interest in the great outdoors, as this or other notable trails across the country, also demographic now accounts for 38 percent can be fitting gifts. of the 75 million active camper households in the United States, according to an
love a new jersey, but they would no doubt really love a gift that makes them feel like they're part of the action. Shoppers who want to give a sports experience to their favorite fanatic this holiday season can
one has someone to make memories with. Compare tickets sold directly through the team to those available through reputable secondary market sellers like StubHubTM and SeatGeek. LESSONS Some fans not only want to watch their favorite sports, but also play them. For example, fans who follow professional surfing might be able to take their own abilities to the next level after taking some
consider these ideas.
lessons from a local instructor. Many community
provide affordable lessons for sports such as cross country skiing, fishing and cycling
independent 2017 North American Camping
Cycling can be a recreational pursuit, a
that can provide great value to shoppers and gift recipients alike.
When shopping for the outdoor enthusiast means of commuting or a great way to shed on their list this holiday season, shoppers a few pounds. Research from Breakaway can consider these gifts that cater to avid
Research Group for People for Bikes found
campers, hikers and explorers.
that 100 million Americans bike each year.
Golf fans who can't get enough of the
Statistics Canada indicates that around 41
PGA Tour® may dream of playing a course
percent of Canadians ages 12 and older People who can't resist sleeping under the cycle each year. Gifts focusing on cycling can stars will appreciate gifts that make camping appeal to cyclists of all ages. Gifts can include excursions even more special. Kampgrounds cleaning and lube kits, a mini tire inflater, of America offers gift cards that are accepted portable repair tools, a bike phone mount, at any of their many campsites, which helps a wearable bicycle cable lock, and a bicycle cover the fees for the site and camp store storage rack. purchases.
once graced by their favorite professional
Any new gear, whether it be sleeping
players. The PGA Tour® holds events at clubs across the globe, and many of these clubs allow non-members to play rounds TICKETS
for a fee. That fee can be high, but avid
Perhaps no sports experience is more
golfers will be sharing stories about a round
enjoyable to a true fan than tickets to
at a favorite course for the rest of their lives.
the big game. Tickets to see a favorite
people. Shoppers have numerous options at
team play make for a great gift that fans
Experiential gifts are tailor-made for
for campers. A high-quality cast-iron skillet or their disposal when looking for gifts for the
may remember for the rest of their lives.
sports fans, making them ideal options
Dutch oven is a gift that can last for years.
Purchase at least two tickets so your loved come the holiday season.
bags/pads, water filtration devices, tents, fuel, or cooking supplies also make great gifts
outdoor enthusiasts on their shopping lists.
Live theater can be a memorable gift experience · Make it a road trip. If your mantra is "go big or go home," then you can purchase tickets for a show having a run on Broadway. Just be sure to include the travel arrangements and accommodations into the gift to make it worry-free for the recipient. Many Broadway tickets get discounted post-Christmas as a way to boost tourism during winter months. Consider this as a cost-saving measure. · Throw in a bonus. Ensure lasting memories of live theater by including an original cast recording soundtrack, script, book on which the show was based, posters, or another memento of the show. close to a college campus or regional theater company, you can probably find great, The experience of live theater is unlike any
Participation in these clubs can offset the
other. Watching actors perform live on stage cost of tickets. can be a wonder to behold, and many people even vividly recall the first play or musical they attended.
· Tap into a person's interests. Theater shows run the gamut from serious dramas to
According to a survey conducted by lighthearted musicals. Find a show that you Nielsen Scarborough in spring of 2016, more
think fits the recipient. Many new musicals
than 47 million Americans had attended a
are based on pop culture and can entertain
live theatre event within the past month. No just about anyone. For example, "The Cher matter if one is a lover of the arts or simply Show," "Jersey Boys," "Beautiful," and "Rock enjoys a night out on the town, live theater of Ages" have tapped into popular music can make for the perfect holiday gift. Here's
as the crux of the storyline and can appeal
how to make the gift of live theater happen
to anyone who grew up listening to certain
· Enroll in a discount ticket program.
· Look close to home. While London's
Explore the possibilities of discounted tickets West End and Broadway in New York City are through employers, schools or professional
the most renowned places for live theater,
you don't have to stray far from home to
enrollment in entertainment plans that are
find quality performances. Many shows go
affiliated with theaters across the country. on tours and visit various big cities. If you live
budget-friendly performances nearby.
Live theater is a holiday gift that keeps on giving long after the curtain has come down.
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Holiday gifts for
four-legged family members Holiday shoppers who are busy making lists and checking them twice should make sure they don't overlook the family pet. Christmas has gone to the cats and dogs, as a greater number of people include their companion animals when selecting gifts each year. A study by OnePoll conducted by Rover.com, the nation's largest network of dog sitters and walkers, found that 95 percent of pet owners have bought holiday gifts for their pets. Gifts can range from everyday needs, like food and treats, to more lavish extravagances like spa treatments. Pet owners who plan to get their pets gifts this year may want to consider some of the emerging pet trends as they browse wares and services. The Balance, a business, career and industry information site, says pet industry trends point toward these segments seeing growth. Natural pet products Just as people are interested in protecting the health of the planet and their own personal health, so, too, are they extending this concern to companion animals. Natural pet products, which can include natural flea and tick remedies, holistic foods, organic items, and all-natural grooming products, can make great gifts.
Beyond these growing trends, pet owners have a bevy of other ideas from which to choose. Here are just a few
Gifting pet owners may be as simple as choosing
presents that help care for companion animals. New
· tests to detect pets' DNA and trace breed and ancestry,
puppy owners often find that the first several months
· interactive puzzles to keep pets engaged and banish
to a year of having the pooch can be a whirlwind. Training is an effective way to raise a healthy, safe and
boredom, Specialty pet services The American Pet Products Association says the demand for high-end pet grooming and other services is substantial. In addition, personalized training, behavioral consulting, portrait photography, dog sitting, and upscale spa treatments like pet Reiki and massage are booming. Mobile pet grooming
happy pet, but there are bound to be some trials and
· stylish storage baskets for pet toys,
tribulations along the way. New dog owners may not
· hidden cat litter or dog crate items that camouflage
know where to start in their training. A gift of puppy
commonly used pet items,
kindergarten classes at a nearby pet store or training
· heated pet bed for cozy nights and mornings, and
center can help puppy parents learn the basics.
· signature vests, coats and sweaters to look good and
Another idea is to offer a present of personalized
training with a one-on-one instructor. Many trainers
Mobile pet grooming has become the norm in many areas. Mobile pet grooming can reduce the potential stress on animals, and tends to be very convenient for customers, particularly seniors and others who have mobility issues.
Give a sightseeing treat
make house calls to work with puppies on important skills, such as sitting, staying, house training, and
Pet gifts are popular this time of year, ensuring all
walking on a leash.
members of the family have a treat to open.
Did you know? Giving the gift of an experience is a rising trend, particularly among millennials. Harris research has determined that millennials (defined as people born between 1980 and 1996) highly value experiences, and they are increasingly spending time and money on them. Types of experiences include athletic pursuits, cultural visits, concerts, social events, and various travel. The research goes on to say that more than three out of four millennials choose to spend money on a desirable experience instead of buying a product. And it’s not just millennials. Overall, consumer spending has shifted in the last 10 to 15 years. HSBC bank chief economist Kevin Logan has said consumer spending on recreation, travel and eating out has been trending upward for more than a decade, while purchases of clothing and shoes as a share of discretionary spending has dropped. These trends can help drive purchases during holiday gift-giving. Gifts that
The search is on for thoughtful holiday gifts. While
are more experience-oriented may be more appreciated
items under the tree may evoke memories of holidays past,
by their recipients.
experience gifts are unique and thoughtful ways to show loved ones and friends they are appreciated. The number of experiences that can be offered are only limited by one's imagination. And great experiences can be
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had right in one's own backyard. In fact, many people may
take local history and offerings for granted. Experiences that showcase history or local character can make for great gifts.
Treat gift recipients to activities they may not think to do in their own cities. For example, a Manhattanite may have never climbed to the top of the Empire State Building or visited Ellis Island. These are experiences not reserved for tourists. Chicagoans can tour the sites of Navy Pier and residents of Phoenix may get a kick out of the Musical
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Instrument Museum. Gift-givers can investigate top attractions and little-known haunts and offer sightseeing
and tours as gifts. THE
While walking and trolly tours can be great ways to
experience a city on the ground, sightseeing experiences can be taken to an entirely different level as well. Helicopter tours are popular in cities or landscapes offering impressive views. Imagine seeing the Space Needle from the skies of Seattle or soaring over Toronto or Niagara Falls? Duck boat tours, riverboat cruises and sailing excursions can make for unique on the water experiences. Tours and sightseeing adventures can be great gifts for shoppers looking for clever ways to show loved ones how much they're appreciated this holiday season.
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Gift Guide 2019
Shop small businesses
to improve the holiday experience
for people who help you year-round The holiday season is a time to connect
carriers' uniforms to keep them warm and
with loved ones. Families gather during the
dry on cold days. Shoe inserts, a basket of
holiday season, and friends reconnect.
sunscreen and some healthy snacks that
thicken with sales circulars and holiday
The Small Business Administration says
Tradition reigns supreme for many can be eaten on-the-go are other great
advertisements. Consumers looking to beat
that, since 1995, small businesses have
gifts for mail carriers.
Exchanging gifts is one tradition that transcends
It's the time of year when newspapers with them.
the hustle and bustle and steer clear of the generated 66 percent of all new jobs in crowds this year may want to pay attention the United States. There are a number of to local businesses in lieu of trekking to big reasons to shop small. One can start nearby shopping malls.
subscribe to various faiths exchange gifts
Hairdressers go to great lengths to
with their loved ones during the holiday
make people look good throughout the
year, and those efforts should not be
around the holidays and then continue all Every time consumers visit local coffee year long. shops to grab a latte, pick up a dress at a
shopping lists, shoppers should make sure
forgotten during the holiday season.
nearby boutique or patronize a farmer's
they don't forget the various people who Many hairdressers use supplies, such as help them throughout the year. Small
scissors, they purchase on their own. A gift
tokens of appreciation during the holiday certificate to a salon supply wholesaler can
· Shopping small businesses helps give market down the street, they are supporting back to the community directly. According a small business. The Friday and Saturday to Civic Economics, a strategic planning after Thanksgiving are some of the busiest
season can help mailmen, teachers, make for a welcome gift. For those who
shopping days of the season, and they also
hairdressers, and others know they're want to pamper the people who pamper
can be some of the friendliest to small
appreciated. The following are some gift them, a gift certificate to a local spa can
ideas that can help the people who help us make for a wonderful gift for hairdressers throughout the year.
this holiday season.
Plaid Friday was conceptualized in Oakland. It may have been born in the Golden State, but the movement soon
EDUCATORS AND CAREGIVERS
spread across the country. Plaid Friday
Educators and caregivers, which includes
is an alternative to big box stores' Black
even when the weather outside is frightful. teachers, babysitters and daycare staff,
Friday bonanzas. It is designed to promote
Mailmen spend much of their workdays
do a lot for children. Their efforts should
both local and independently-owned
outdoors braving the elements, so a gift be recognized during the holiday season.
businesses during the holiday season. The
that helps make their time outdoors more
School systems and daycare facilities may
name Plaid Friday was used to help people
comfortable makes sense. But before
have rules in place governing which items
visualize the various threads of small
gifting their mailmen, shoppers should
staff can accept, so inquire about such
businesses coming together to create a
know that there are rules governing the
policies in advance of the holiday season.
strong community fabric that was diverse
Mail finds its way into the mailbox
gifts that the mailman can and cannot When gifting babysitters, make sure gifts accept. According to the United States are age-appropriate. If a babysitter is a Postal Service®, mailmen can accept gifts
minor, cash may make for the best gift.
worth $20 or less from a customer per For teachers and daycare workers, consider occasion. However, carriers are forbidden a gift certificate to a well-regarded local from accepting cash and cash equivalents. eatery or a school supplies store, as many In addition, mailmen cannot accept more teachers purchase classroom supplies with than $50 worth of gifts in a calendar their own money. year. Moisture wicking shirts can help
and creativity. Shoppers can continue their small business patronage with Small Business
business, on average 48 percent of each purchase made at independent businesses is recirculated locally through tax money and other support. · Small business owners often strive to provide personalized, hands-on customer service. Repeat business is key to their survival, so they want to ensure shoppers are happy. · Small businesses, since they are not beholden to corporate oversight in terms of what they sell, have greater flexibility. That allows them to offer a diverse product selection. · Small business owners often live
Saturday. This, too, is a counterpart to nearby, and they're the people you see Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The first in town, schools and elsewhere in the event was created by American Express local community. Many consumers are in conjunction with the nonprofit National comforted to know they're supporting their Trust for Historic Preservation. Since its neighbors, especially during the holiday inception, many small business groups, season.
mail carriers stay warm on cold days, and
Come the holiday season, shoppers
merchants and politicians have touted the
they're designed to quickly move moisture
should make sure they gift the people who
event and the Shop Small® mantra. The
Supporting local businesses is easy. And
away from the body to the outer layer of help them and their families throughout
idea is that when small businesses thrive, shoppers who like what they see can share
the shirt. Such shirts can be worn beneath the year.
communities and individuals thrive along
the good news with others on social media.