Holiday shopping guide for those on your list

Published by adviser, Author: Katie Ellis, Date: November 20, 2013

Holiday shopping season is once again in full swing, which means that it’s time to start listening to all of the hints that your friends and family members are dropping about what they want for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.

There’s no reason why “the most wonderful time of the year” has to be stressful, and with some helpful hints, your holiday shopping trips should be a breeze.  By taking the time to plan out the stores you want to go to, and the items you want to purchase, you’ll be able to save time and money.

Getting a gift for your best friend can be as simple as paying attention to the magazine she flips through at the grocery store, or by looking at the home page on her computer.  If she likes to spend her spare time reading articles on the internet, or is always the first to grab the latest issue of her favorite magazine the day it hits store shelves, consider getting her a subscription to her most read publication.

Buying a magazine subscription is as easy as 1, 2, 3 thanks to websites like and because they offer discounts on nearly every publication imaginable.  On either of these websites, you’re likely find deals ranging from 30-90% off, on magazines like “Cosmopolitan”, “Women’s Health”, and “Glamour”.

This is the gift that will keep on giving, and will bring a smile to your friend’s face every time she opens her mailbox.

Finding a gift for your mother this holiday season just got easier with the help of Kate Spade.  The All Occasions Card Set, which retails for $30, is the perfect present for the woman that favors sending letters over texting, as it includes 15 beautiful cards for every occasion worthy of celebration.  The set includes birthday cards, thank you notes, congratulatory cards, and more, with coordinating envelopes in bright colors.

There’s no greeting more appreciated than a handwritten note, and this card set will ensure that your mother is able to stay in touch with her loved ones all year long.  She’ll be able to use the box her stationary comes in, to save the well-wishes that she gets in return.

Transport your father back to summer with the Mr. Bar-B-Q Finger-Grip 18-Piece Tool Set from Walmart.  This tool set is for the man that jumped at the opportunity to work the grill every chance he got this past summer and who occasionally likes to brave the elements for a perfectly cooked hamburger.

The tools are made from durable stainless steel and feature easy to handle rubber grips that won’t get hot, even at the highest temperatures.  All of the tools come in a convenient carrying case, which makes storing all of his most important equipment hassle-free.  For just $35 you can buy your father an affordable tool set that features carving forks, knives, and brushes that he’ll be able to use for years to come.

No matter how much thought you put in to buying a present for your boyfriend, finding the right one can make a stressful time of year even harder.  This season, buy him the gift that he wants, but is too shy to ask for, tickets to see his favorite sports team.

With hockey season being in full-swing, now is the perfect time to buy a pair of Penguins tickets for the special guy in your life.  While hockey tickets may be more than you had planned on spending, going to see his favorite team with you, is an experience that he’ll treasure forever.

Make your life easier this holiday season by taking note of the items that your loved ones will appreciate most.  The best gifts are the ones that have meaning, and will be appreciated well after Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.


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