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The Holiday season is here! This is when the stress begins to find the perfect Christmas gift.
I know the excitement of waking up Christmas morning; searching under the tree, hoping the gift you open is the one you have been hoping for. I know I am not the only one who dreads opening the gifts from the distant aunts and friends of the family, who give the “I don’t know them very well” filler gifts. Everyone likes to receive things like Chia Pets, Clappers and all the other “As seen on TV” gifts for Christmas, right? Of course not! The question I ask is, “Why would you give someone a gift you would place in the circular file?” Every year I have a problem finding the perfect Christmas gifts for the individuals in my family and friends. The conversation always begins like this, “What do you want for Christmas?” The usual response is, “Oh I don’t know, you know what I like, just get me whatever.”
I am tired of all the guess work behind this JOYOUS gift giving season. This year, I am a sucker to the merchants no longer. I will not buy just any old run of the mill gift, just so I can say I my shopping list is complete. Instead of asking everyone what they would like this year, I have searched the web and found some very useful websites to help me find the perfect gift for each individual on my list.
Many gift websites are similar, and each sports a very “user friendly” interface. Every one of them asks a series of similar questions:
- General Questions
- Occasion: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa
- Gender or Who the gift is for: Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, etc.
- Age Group: Goes form 0 – 65 and over
From there it will give you the option to select pricing, a list of categories (Clothing, Electronics, etc.) or pages of potential gifts. Some of the sites allow you to purchase the item directly from the site and the others will direct you to a different site were the item can be purchased.
My favorite site? Findgift.com – this site is simply amazing! When you are finished with the general questions you will get a list of over 1000 potential gift ideas and 20 different categories! There the website presents you gifts far beyond your imagination. The next step is to click on the item you want and it directs you to the website where it can be purchased. I went shopping for most of my family members in a matter of minutes. This year there will be no money WASTED on the “circular file” gifts.
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