Do you still have presents to buy, with Christmas just round the corner? Whether you’ve been too busy to shop early, you’ve just remembered you need to get a present for someone or you have procrastinated with your present buying, this is a guide to help you get gifts which will put a smile on their recipients’ faces! It’s possible to use this time efficiently and find presents everyone will love, so stop stressing and start shopping.
The most important thing for e-commerce shops to do in the run up to Christmas is to publish information about delivery clearly online – so if you are considering ordering something online make sure you check these details before clicking to buy. You may be surprised that many online stores will offer next day delivery right up until the 23rd of December and the most successful ones stake their reputation on their delivery services so you can be assured the product will arrive on time.
However, there is an element of risk involved with all online purchases: some unforeseen force could prevent the item from being delivered. If this is an important present or it’s already Christmas Eve, see the next option below, and buy the gift in person.
It may be that planning isn’t your strong point if you have waited until Christmas Eve to do your shopping. However the best way to get good results out of doing last minute Christmas shopping at the shops is to make a plan of attack.
Write down the names of all the people you still have to get lists for and an idea of what to get for each one. Be realistic and think about what will be most convenient for you to get to – remember that time is of the essence. Depending on how much time there is left you can either aim to get it all from different shops within one shopping center or scale down and aim to get it all from different counters within a department store. If you have less than a couple of hours, the best place to head is to a health and beauty store like Boots or Superdrug. Long gone are the days when these shops only sold medicine and pharmacy products – fragrances, celebrity endorsed products, decorations for the home, baby products, children’s toys and gift sets can all easily be found here now – who would know that you bought them all at the same place?
These gifts mean that you really can buy presents almost instantly and are a lifesaver for those awkward times when a gift has just slipped your mind!
Liz from Must Have Gifts charity gifts put this gift-giving guide together and she hopes it will help you to complete the rest of your Christmas shopping in a stress-free fashion. In her opinion it isn’t the Christmas presents which have been difficult to organize this year but the Christmas cards! Here’s hoping they all arrive on time! Happy Christmas, everyone!
By M. Lora
1) Holiday Shoppers can’t drive – It’s a statistical fact that drivers lose their minds more than usual at the holiday season. It’s like all those gift lists, overspending and eggnog specifically kill brain cells of coordination and common sense. Or maybe it’s actually from the alcohol they’re drinking just to get through it all. Really. Whatever the reason, your main job is to be on the lookout for those cars weaving and wobbling on the road so they don’t hit you on the way to the Piggly Wiggly much less the mall.
Another important tip is to use your turn signals! You may not bother the rest of the year. But it’s imperative at the holidays because it may be the only thing that keeps those other crazy drivers from playing bumper cars with your rear end.
2) Holiday Shoppers can’t park either – It’s another statistical fact that there are more fights in the Mall parking lots this time of year than any other. You don’t want to go there. Because jail is not where you want to be celebrating the holiday spirit.
Instead, take the spot that is farthest away from the store for three reasons: it’s the easiest one, you’ll get more exercise and by the time you’re at the store, you’ll have cooled off from dealing with the obnoxious traffic. Remember this important tip though: Stupid drivers are everywhere. They’re notorious for speeding up just as you’re trying to cross that little area from the parking lot to the store. Feel free to be as rude as you want and yell at them to SLOW DOWN! But make sure you do it from the sidewalk not the crosswalk. That’s one game of chicken you will never win.
3) Holiday Shopping ain’t life or death – It is not worth whacking somebody over the head for a hoodie. It’s just a gift. It’s rude to tangle over it especially when there are at least 40 more just 3 feet down the aisle. If somebody wants something that bad, just give it to them. It’s ridiculous why some folks feel like they’ve got to fight their way to the merchandise. It’s not like those gifts are gonna jump off the shelves and start running around like chickens with their heads cut off. That only happens occasionally on Black Friday and on that day, y’all are on your own.
4) Have aisle etiquette – or not – Retail stores are rude, rude, rude when it comes to aisle space. They give out these big ole carts and little tiny aisles where you have to beg for forgiveness every 10 minutes that you’re bumping somebody. Actually, you can tell a lot about a store is by the size of its aisles. The expensive places have wide ones and the inexpensive ones where the average American shops have skinny ones that stress everyone out completely. You’d think all those cheap prices would get you a deal on floor space too. Obviously not.
The bottom line is there are two ways you can go about dealing with this problem. You can be an angel and be as polite as you can, going slowly through the store, not letting your kids run all over everyone’s feet with your apologies ready for the crowds.
Or you can listen to that little devil on your shoulder and pay attention to the surveys that prove that if you bump a woman with a cart once, she’ll get mad. Bump her twice and she’ll leave the store. Then you just be as rude as you want to be banging into everybody and you’ll clear that place of holiday shoppers quick. Now if you’re the one getting bumped twice, don’t you dare leave. Just stay the course and get that special gift no matter what they do because everyone knows the best revenge is shopping well.
5) Be kind to the cashiers – Working a checkout counter is tough anytime but the holidays truly are Dante’s seventh circle of hell. And you don’t need to be making their job any worse so be nice when you get up there. Have a smile on your face and remember, it’s rude not to have your checkbook or credit or debit cards ready.
But it’s not rude to tell the store manager they need more cashiers. It’s amazing how hard it is for someone to figure out that 50 people waiting for 2 checkout counters equals an impending riot! You may have been one of the many people who have alerted managers that they need to open a new lane and and yet they still may have looked at you like it’s never occurred to them.
Then there is cell phone etiquette. Shopping is stressful and boring but it’s not your time to discuss every holiday recipe you’ve ever thought of making Once you’re at the cashier, it’s time to hang up the phone, get your shopping done and get out of there.
Author Miss Lora, “The Trailer Trash Miss Manners”, has over 1,000,000+ hits on her web series’ “Y’all Are Rude!” and “The Southern Guide to Internet Dating” at MissLora.com. She is a Southern Communication Expert, Dating and Life Coach, stand up comedian and air personality who’s been on national TV and radio and is the co author of “Power Lines: What to Say in Problem Situations” (Harper Collins).
Miss Lora is available for interviews live, via skype or phone through Anne Marie Petitto at firstname.lastname@example.org 856-489-8654 ext. 305. Her comedy book “Y’all Are Rude” is available on Amazon and Kindle.
Autumn and winter are a beautiful time of the year. From the beautiful snow to the festive cold weather holidays, it’s hard not to love the cooler months. However, it doesn’t take long for the average person to get sick of the cold and long for the hot summer months. To help you daydream, here are 10 reasons why summer can’t come fast enough.
Playing outside in the snow can be fun, but nothing beats spending an entire day outside under the warmth of the hot summer sun. From hiking to running along the beach, it’s hard not to miss the fun outdoor activities that come with summer.
Maybe you’re one of those people who’s lucky enough to have a jacuzzi or hot tub that they can enjoy during the colder months, but for most of us, enjoying the water is something that we can only do during the summer. Jumping in the pool or ocean and then lounging around in the hot sun is definitely one reason why summer can’t come quickly enough.
Sure, you might have to use your lawnmower or do a little gardening during the summer. But outdoor winter chores are far more of a hassle. From shoveling your driveway to wiping the ice and sleet off your car every morning, ditching these annoying winter tasks will be a welcomed relief once summer finally rolls around.
Summer clothes are so much more fun than winter clothes. It’s hard not to dream about shorts or sundresses when you’re putting on a million layers just to run to the store.
Sure, autumn and winter food is delicious. From Thanksgiving to Christmas dinner, the cuisine we enjoy during the colder winter months is completely scrumptious. However, nothing beats enjoying barbeque food outdoors on a hot summer day.
There’s nothing sadder than looking outside at four in the afternoon and realizing that it’s already dark out. It’s hard not to long for the long days where you’re already tired before the sun even starts to go down, rather than during your drive home from work.
Summer is the time that families get together and enjoy the holidays, but unless you have a loved one who was born during the summer months, there aren’t really any gift-giving holidays during the summer. During the autumn and winter months, however, it seems like there are nothing but occasions where dropping money on gifts is crucial.
It seems like such a simple thing, but by the end of winter, it’s hard not to truly miss the luxury of being able to open the windows in your home and let the fresh air in. There’s nothing better than a beautiful breeze blowing through your home on a warm summer evening.
It’s wonderful to be able to spend time with your kids when they’re out of school during the summer. Even though it might be stressful to organize your kids’ hectic summer schedules, it’s ultimately wonderful to be able to spend some time with them.
When it comes down to it, there’s one main reason why summer can’t get here quickly enough: By March, we are all incredibly sick of the cold. For this reason alone, summer can’t come fast enough.
Kevin Devoto is an outdoors enthusiast who loves traveling the world in search for adventure. He enjoys camping, hiking and surfing when he gets the chance.
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Christmas dinner tends to be the same, year after year. There is the traditional turkey, along with all the trimmings, and then Christmas pud for dessert. Carrots, parsnips, brussel sprouts, stuffing, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes- all the favorites are there. It certainly does sound delicious. However, don’t you sometimes wish you could have something different for the Christmas feast? If so, you are in luck. Whether you are a vegetarian or a carnivore, there are plenty of different options for you to choose from. So get ready to loosen your belt and prepare yourself to take a break from the Christmas turkey and pudding for a change, and try out some new tasty options.
Straight out of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, a roasted goose makes a delicious main entree for your Christmas feast. It will also look very impressive set out as the main centerpiece on your beautifully decorated dinner table. Some people think the goose is a bit too fatty. However, if you prick the skin well, it makes a very juicy and delicious meat.
If you’d like to try something a bit more exotic and unusual for once, how does Ostrich Wellington sound to you? You may be wondering where you can possibly find one, but if you do a bit of searching there are farms that have them available for sale. One nice thing about preparing an ostrich is that it only requires a minimum amount of cooking. A 2kg ostrich tastes a lot like a nice beef fillet steak and can feed up to 8 people quite easily.
You don’t have to consume a nut roast every year. Even meat lovers have come to realize that there are delicious alternatives for Christmas dinner that don’t involve meat. One simple option is a Quorn roast. Stuffed butternut squash is another tasty alternative. For a very special vegetarian feast, try field mushrooms stuffed with chestnuts and garlic cheese. Top it off with pastry to come up with an amazing vegetarian dish fit for kings and queens.
If you really want to try something different, you could break out the barbie like the Aussies. Of course, this depends on the weather. Select your food of choice. Crabs, prawns and other meats are all delicious options.
If you have both fish-eating vegetarians and meat eaters coming for Christmas dinner and trying to find something safe to serve, how about salmon? You could even go for something a bit unusual and spicy. Whip up a tasty soy marinade made with soy sauce and hoisin, along with chopped red chili, Thai fish stock and herbs, crushed garlic, star anise and lemon as a garnish. Doesn’t that just make your mouth water? An entire side of salmon will feed 8 to 10 people. This simple option will definitely impress everyone at the dinner table.
Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the favorite Christmas pudding. For dessert, you can go for the tradition pud, or perhaps just a fruit salad. However, there are plenty of more options to try. Consider the Stollen Parfait. It features all of your favorite holiday flavors. Just slice and top with icing sugar along with glacé cherries for a delicious Christmas dessert. If you still are craving the traditional hot pud, consider a hot panettone pudding. This still provides you with the festive fix you are craving but provides you with a bit of a different taste that will finish your Christmas dinner off quite nicely.
By Geoff Roy
Geoff Roy raises awareness of charities selling Christmas charity cards on the Cards for Charity website.
Spend the Christmas festive season in a new way this year by visiting a place that you have never been to before. Traveling to a new destination will automatically transform your experience this Christmas. You will get to learn and take part in Christmas celebrations in a new way. Avoid spending Christmas at home, this will make it boring and you will also be missing a lot. Locating that perfect place to visit is however not an easy task; however the following guide will brainstorm you with ideas on best destinations to visit this festive season. The following are 5 great hang out places for this Christmas.
San Juan Bautista, Puerto Rico
Enjoy a six week long festive season in San Juan full of colorful celebrations and different traditions. The peak of the festivities is January 6 during the Three Kings festivals. One will also get to enjoy different Christmas decorations and mouthwatering meals.
In addition to the meals and celebrations, San Juan has the best beautiful features to explore. The tourist destination capital of Puerto Rico will leave you with an unforgettable Christmas experience.
Bondi Beach in Australia
Summer holidays in Australia begin early in December; visiting Bondi beach during this festive season will ensure that you get to enjoy a weather friendly festivities.
Enjoy sun bathing and surfing on the beach in a new way. On December 25th, the whole beach transforms into a colorful festive grounds.
Many people gather on the beach to take part on the exclusive Christmas party on the beach.
One will fall in love with the festive season celebrations in New Orleans. The festive season begins late in November and the spirit continues through December.
During this season the whole city turns to a colorful city with different decorations and celebrations.
Places to visit include Oaks and Themed Christmas Park; the cultural celebrations will leave you with a lasting memory.
New York City
The world’s top city will make your festive season experience different, there are different places to tour in the city that will make your Christmas joyful.
Among the top places that one can visit include the Rockefeller or Radio City Christmas centers to get an experience of how different cultures in the world celebrate festive season.
Santa Claus, Indiana
The city is considered to be a Christmas home town, the different traditions and celebrations will cheer up your festive celebrations.
Many people come from different parts of the world to experience Christmas in Santa Claus. Apart from a different way to celebrate, there are also different destinations where one can travel to enjoy the festive.
Among the top places to visit on the city include; Santa Castle, Holiday World, Christmas Lake, Santa Stables and Santa Claus Museum.
Hanging out at any of the above mentioned Christmas destinations will indeed transform your festive season. There are a lot of fun activities to engage and enjoy for you and all your beloved ones. Start planning for a lifetime tour to one of the top 5 Christmas destination by applying for a traveling visa through the Electronic System of Travel Authorization, ESTA. This will help translate your Christmas dreams to a reality.
So, your boyfriend’s birthday is just around the corner, and you’ve got a bit of a problem knowing what to get him. You would get him a DVD or a computer game, but, unless you live together, there’s no way of being able to tell which ones he’s already got. And then, whichever new film or game you get him, one of his friends is bound to get the same thing.
You’ve also probably had the conversation where you just ask him outright what he wants, and he’s likely replied that he either ‘doesn’t know’ or ‘doesn’t really want anything’. Whatever he wants, he goes out and buys. But you know that ‘nothing’ isn’t an option. You have to get him something.
If you’re struggling for gift ideas, focus on the day itself. Here are some ideas to help make your boyfriend’s birthday one to remember:
Breakfast in Bed
There are two great ways to start a day. The first we shall leave to your imagination. The second is breakfast in bed. Everybody loves having the most important meal of the day brought to them first thing, so why not treat your special guy to a bedside coffee and a croissant?
Going out to a restaurant is a great choice for a birthday meal, as is a home-cooked meal, or (if he insists!) a takeaway. But when was the last time you packed a hamper and a blanket, jumped in the car, and enjoyed lunch together in a rural setting? If you’ve had your fill of restaurants and takeaways, and don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, a picnic is definitely the way to go – especially on those warm summer days. Plus, it’ll be the last thing he expects, and you’ll get a little more privacy than you would in a busy restaurant.
Make Him a Card
It’s almost as if the people who design birthday cards for the retail industry have either gone on strike or given up in recent years. It’s true that you still find the odd good one on occasion, but if you really want to give your fella something to remember the day by, why not make a card yourself? By crafting your own, you’ll be able to tailor the card to his specific interests – no cheesy jokes or fluffy grey bears necessary (unless he happens to like those of course!).
Tickets to the Game
We’re guessing your boyfriend is into sport of some kind, so why not go the extra mile for his birthday and get yourselves two tickets to see the football, rugby, or whatever he wants? The spectacle itself is one thing, but by going with him to see the game, you’ll give him an experience to remember and your selflessness won’t go unnoticed.
Wangle a Day Off
We know this one’s a bit of a long shot. If you’ve got your boyfriend’s birthday off work, fantastic. If you’re on speaking terms with his boss and can talk him into letting your boyfriend have a surprise day’s holiday, even better! Even if he can only leave an hour or two earlier than normal, a couple of extra hours to spend with you enjoying the day will be a welcome treat for him.
Vaseem, the writer of this article, works for Craftsite. Craftsite specialize in cardmaking, in the UK. On his days off, Vaseem enjoys programming and photography.
It happens every year. You’ve been walking past Christmas decorations in stores since August and even late July. But then before you realize it, November sneaks up on you. You are unprepared for Christmas, and now you get to join the throngs of people trying desperately to cram three months of shopping into one. This year, let the frustration pass you by. Take the time to do your shopping now, and reap the benefits when the holidays arrive.
The hot new technological gadgets usually sell out quickly. If you want one, or your kids absolutely must have one, better buy early. If you don’t, you will either be left wanting, or you’ll pay. Businesses’ inability to meet demand with supply creates grey markets where scalpers sell the latest products and toys for two and even three times as much as retail.
This is another problem that seems to crop up every year. People wait too long to shop, then they spend to excess in December. By the time January arrives and it’s time to pay the piper, too many consumers cannot. Credit counseling agencies note a 25 percent uptick in new cases in January and February, most of which involve Christmas expenses. Don’t wait until the end of November or even later to start your Christmas shopping. Start it now so that the expense of it can be spread out over several months.
Unless you are the most efficient shopper alive, you need time to plan your Christmas list and shop for the best deals. Yes, you can let your fingers do the walking by doing most of your shopping online. But if you wait too long, you still face the problem of competition and limited supply. Black Friday deals are designed to get you into the store so you can buy the more expensive stuff you really want or need. If you’ve shopped early, you can take advantage of other sales. Then you won’t be drawn in by door-busters that are often stocked in such minimal quantities that you wouldn’t be able to get one, anyway.
Remember the good old days? Remember when Thanksgiving was a time to eat until you were almost sick, watch football, and have awkward conversations with distant relatives? Those days are gone. If you use that weekend to kick-off your Christmas shopping, you can kiss Thanksgiving goodbye. No more sneaking off to the kitchen for a late-evening nosh on cold turkey and pumpkin pie. These days, if you didn’t miss dinner already to stand in line, you will at least need to be there by 8 pm. Stores know that they can take away your holiday. To entice you, they offer:
They make you think it’s fun. When really, you’d be better off spending that time with your family.
Black Friday sales have become nightmarish and competitive to the point of violence. People would almost rather that you died than slow their progress to the door-busters. They will trample you without a second thought as to your welfare. It’s become so commonplace that The Onion, in its spoof article about Black Friday violence, had to say 42 million had died instead of 42. That’s because 42 would have been almost believable. If you can avoid the Black Friday mobs, your chances of getting to Christmas alive and in one piece goes up dramatically.
It’s so easy to just take some time in the next few months to complete your shopping so you can enjoy your Christmas holiday. Instead of stressful browsing through the crowds, you can spend your Thanksgiving with family and welcome in the new year healthy, happy, and solvent.
Nicole has been writing about gift giving for years, including everything from the smartest gift shopping strategies to the most unique Christmas gift ideas.
You’re making your gift list and checking it twice, but did you remember to include yourself on that list? So many women focus on everyone else’s needs that they rarely take time to think about their own needs. You want to be generous and selfless, especially towards your family and friends, but you need to show yourself the same love, care and support that you show to others.
The truth is that it’s not selfish to put your needs at the top of the list sometimes. If you’re stressed out, depleted, and weary, you won’t be able to fulfill your needs or anyone else’s for that matter. Giving yourself a gift isn’t selfish, it’s necessary. When you take some time to show yourself some love, you’ll refill your sense of worth and renew your spirit to keep on giving. You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to get yourself a gift. But if you need a reason to justify the expense, refer to the guide below.
New Year’s Gift
The New Year presents new opportunities to turn over a new leaf. And this makes it the perfect time to give yourself a gift. Start the New Year with a new outlook on money. So you can pay for a credit report, a financial management tool, or even for financial advice. The New Year also presents a time to renew your weight loss goals, so DVDs, fitness programs, books and other tools may be in order. Whatever you decide, take this time to reward yourself with a gift that will be beneficial for the rest of the year.
Do you buy yourself anything more than a cupcake for your birthday? If not, you should probably start thinking about trading up. Thankfully, a lot more women are getting gifts for themselves for their birthdays. From jewelry to expensive vacations, your birthday provides a splendid excuse to treat yourself. If you’ve been eying that purse or expensive perfume at the department store, your birthday is a terrific way to justify the overspending if it means you’ll finally cave in and purchase something you truly want.
Tradition dictates that Christmas is the season of giving. While you’re busy writing up your list for everyone else, you need to remember to purchase the most important gift: a gift for yourself. Sure it goes against popular thinking. Other people are supposed to buy gifts for you. But you must take care of number one first. Like most women, you’re probably generous with your time, money, and friendship to the detriment of your own health and happiness. That’s never a good idea. No one can take care of you the way you can. So, give yourself the gift of relaxation at a spa or even at home. As you shop the crowded malls, keep your eyes open to something you really want for yourself and don’t be afraid to get it.
Giving yourself a gift is not selfish. It means taking care of Number One. And when you take care of yourself, you’ll realize that you’re in a much better frame of mind to take care of everyone else.
Katrina Denning is a practicing psychologist. She enjoys sharing her ideas and insights online. If you need presents to arrive tomorrow, visit the link and learn more.
Highlights of The Day
Nothing for the Dangermas tree.
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Movie ticket stubs are in the tree!
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Nothing for the Dangermas tree. I gotta change this!
Day 116 – April 26, 2013:
Highlights of The Day
Nothing for the Dangermas tree.
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Nothing for the Dangermas tree.