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Gift ideas for
Early bird shoppers may purchase and even wrap gifts
before December, but eleventh-hour shoppers may
need some help come the holiday season. For those
last-minute folks, there still are plenty of ways to ensure
your shopping list is checked off. The following gifts are
quick to purchase and can still make for thoughtful presents.
Liquor or wine basket: Prepackaged spirits often come with
decorative glasses and other accoutrements for entertaining.
What’s more, they’re convenient to purchase if you’re on a
Fueling station gift card: Drivers will appreciate a gift card to
their favorite fueling station. Such cards suit anyone who has
a car and frequently travels or commutes.
Food basket: A visit to the supermarket or a convenience
center can yield many tasty fi nds that can be packaged together
into a gift basket. Pair foods with a gift card to that retailer.
Streaming service: Offer to treat a loved one to a month
or two of their favorite streaming television or movie service.
If they already have streaming subscriptions, offer to cover
the cost of the subscription for a few months.
Premade gifts: Don’t overlook your local pharmacy as a
place to fi nd convenient gifts. Look for unique items in the
seasonal aisle, where you might be able to fi nd stockingstuffer
toiletries or cosmetic gifts that suit several people
on your shopping list.
holiday season. Children may want
the latest must-have video games,
and many adults scour store advertisements
for the newest televisions, tablets, smartphones,
and other gadgets to include
among their own most wanted lists.
Consider this advice before gifting any
gadgets this holiday season.
Check product reviews. Use resources
such as Consumer Reports to read up on
the reputations of certain products and
brands. Avoid purchasing products
that have no established track record.
Also try to read reviews from thirdparty
sites rather than those posted on
manufacturer websites. Independent
reviews may be more forthcoming than
Speak with an educated retailer. Visit
a store before making any purchases to
learn more about the inner workings of
the product you plan to buy. Discover its
attributes, advantages, disadvantages,
and what others are saying about it. The
salesperson may have his or her own
opinion on the item and may calm any
nerves you have. Niche retailers tend to
have knowledgeable sales staff and can
be assets when comparison shopping.
Determine if the gift is ageappropriate.
It may be tempting
to purchase children the latest and
greatest tech gifts because all of their
peers may be getting similar items. But
fi rst determine if certain items are ageappropriate.
Remember, many tech
gifts, such as tablets and smartphones,
open children up to the world of social
media. So if you buy such products,
make sure you have turned on the
privacy and safety features available
before giving the item to your loved one.
If you are purchasing a gift for a young
person who is not your child, check with
his or her parents to see
if the gift will be appropriate or
Compare prices across various
retailers. While popular gifts may be
similarly priced because of the level
of demand, it is still a worthy effort to
comparison shop before making a
rash purchase. In addition, consider
that new generations of certain tech
products come out quite frequently,
and the previous generation may
become obsolete rather quickly.
Know when manufacturers are
releasing new products so you can
time your purchases accordingly.
Put the product through your own
test run. Try a product out for yourself
to get a feel for it and its attributes.
Hands-on knowledge may be the best
type when gifting tech items.
Just keep in mind that many retailers
have a reboxing or restocking fee
on tech products. If the item fails to
meet your expectations and you
plan to return it, It may cost you
a percentage of the price.
The popularity of tech gifts makes
them one of the most widely exchanged
categories of presents during
the holiday gift-giving season. With
research and knowledge, consumers
can fi nd the perfect gifts to light up
their loved ones’ faces.
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