The leaves have fallen, the wind is crisp and nippy, and there is a frost that greets us in the morning. Winter is right around the corner and with that comes the holiday season. While the holiday season should be a time of joy and fun with family, it often brings us stress, especially when it comes to shopping. Christmas shopping is upon us, and as a shopper and someone who worked retail for eight years, I know first-hand how insane shopping is this time of year.
This year, give yourself a break from the crowds and craziness by shopping online. There are so many great products out there waiting to be ordered and delivered right to your door, no shopping malls required. You can spend your shopping days curled up in a blanket with some hot cocoa and your laptop. The greatest thing about internet shopping is there is something out there for everyone, with a wider variety than you could ever find driving around from store to store.
We have put together a short list to help you dip your toe into the online shopping world.
1. For the young (and young at heart).
Most kids are asking for smart devices and video games these days, but there is a whole host of different and interesting kids gifts to choose from. A fun toy that will bring an old hobby back to life again is a metal detector for kids. It may sound old-fashioned, but it’s a gender-neutral toy that will get your kids outside exploring. You could set up a treasure hunt in your own backyard, and encourage your kids to play outside rather than sitting inside staring at a screen.
For kids of all ages, you have a myriad of choices. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t at one time or another enjoyed playing with toys that come with remote controls. With drones and other flying toys becoming more and more popular, you can’t go wrong!
2. For the sentimental one.
There are a lot of people who would prefer something a little more personal and from the heart. A photo book from Artifact Uprising is perfect for a gift that is personal and thoughtful. Now that pictures don’t require film, people have got into the habit of taking hundreds of pictures but never printing them. Luckily, they do post them on social media, so you can easily access their favorite photos and create a physical album for them to enjoy.
3. For the charitable one.
For those who are charitable in nature, you will want to take a look at these seven gift ideas that give back. Some people feel a little selfish receiving gifts while there are so many worthwhile causes that need attention. With options to give back, you can have it both ways — give your loved ones a gift while fulfilling their desire to pay it forward. As an animal lover and dog-mom, my personal favorite on this list is iheartdogs.com. Not only do you get a product showing your love for dogs, but some of the proceeds go towards feeding shelter dogs. That is a win-win gift if I’ve ever seen one.
4. For the one who loves aesthetics.
#aesthetic is quite the phenomena recently, and people are focused on honing their own individual look. A great gift idea for some looking for accessories to add to their unique style is a hat. Hats are making a comeback, and people appreciate the outfit options and upgrades that hats provide. There are many styles to choose from for both men and women, and for every occasion or season. Keep in mind the person you are buying for and make sure the hat compliments his/her style.
For those who are more concerned with the aesthetic of their home, or even for the new homeowner, alicelanehome.com has everything an amateur interior designer could want. The designs are modern and chic, and there’s furniture, accessories, and everything in between.
When it comes to home design, you can’t go wrong with a world map for the traveler or inspiring word art for the person who needs some extra motivation. Picture yourself walking into the recipient’s house and imagine what decorative piece would be the perfect fit to add comfort and positivity to the home.
Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful this year. Avoid the long lines and enormous crowds by doing your holiday shopping online from the comfort of your warm and cozy home. We will join you!
Mila is a writer with a BA in English Linguistics living in beautiful Boise, ID. Her ambitions include traveling the world, studying languages, and taking pictures of her dog, Baymax. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram!