The holidays are sneaking up on us and, for many people with hectic lives, there are school programs and work holiday parties to attend, trees to decorate, cookies to bake and halls to deck. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to do all of that and shop for the perfect gift for everyone on your list, even if you could manage to snag a parking spot at the mall.
But there's good news! You can take care of all of your shopping online in a snap, while sitting in front of the fire in your jammies sipping a pumpkin spice latte. And you won't be alone. According to Shopify, total online holiday sales this year in the U.S. is expected to top $123 billion.
It doesn't mean you have to settle for cookie-cutter gifts, however. You can find some truly unique and surprising products online to help you make your way to holiday gift-buying perfection. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Say it with flowers ... and a twist. Beautiful floral arrangements can add a sense of magic to your holiday gift giving, but why not make that gift do double duty? If you hop on the 1-800-Flowers.com website and do a search under "Christmas," you'll find many options for floral arrangements in vessels that will last long after the new year has dawned.
Focus on table decorations. Search for centerpieces, candles, floral arrangements, tablecloths, runners and other decorations to spruce up the holiday table. They're an easy way to add some festivity to any room, perfect for people on your list who may be empty nesters and as such don't take the time to decorate like they used to when their children were small.
Personalized gifts. How about a bottle of wine etched with personalized holiday greetings from you and your family? Or a pendant for your best friend with her children's names on it? Monogrammed wine glasses or ice buckets? Would you be surprised to learn you can find it all at 1-800-Flowers.com? Most personalized gifts are delivered in gift boxes right to your loved one's front door.
Take the crowds and hassle out of your holiday shopping this year. Curl up with some holiday cheer and choose exactly the right thing for everyone on your list.