The holidays are here and with them comes the holiday shopping specials. Selecting that perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list is no easy task. Some people have a plan of attack that is carefully prepared and ready to be executed on Black Friday. Others tend to wing it and purchase as the right gift opportunity presents itself.
So where do you fit in with other shoppers? According to the National Retail Foundation:
People spent an average of $804.00 on gifts last year. Of that total $400.00 was for family members.
Free Shipping or shipping promotions are important factors in making a decision. Pillow Pets is offering FREE Shipping on orders $30.00 or more during the month of November. Use code: FREESHIP at check out.
The average shopper also spends a little on themselves which is always a great idea. Keep yourself motivated and happy while you shop for others.
Savvy holiday shoppers will shop around to find the perfect gift this year with most saying they will shop at discount (55.9%) and department stores (55.6%), and online (52.9%). Two in five (44.1%) will shop at grocery stores and one-third (33.4%) will shop at clothing or accessory stores.
Approximately 40 percent of holiday shoppers say they begin their holiday shopping before Halloween. Another 41.5 percent say they begin their holiday shopping in November, and 18.7 will begin sometime in December.
When asked why they begin shopping early, most of those that responded that they shop before or in September or October say it’s to spread out their budget (61.4%). Another 48 percent say they want to avoid the November and December crowds and 46 percent do so to avoid the stress of last-minute shopping.
Real Simple magazine has some great tips on how to make the holiday season a little easier:
- Make a list of everyone you need to give gifts to this year. Don’t forget the people who provide a service to you like a hair dresser, dog walker, paper delivery, etc.
- Start early. A lot of retailers and companies are offering great deals ahead of Black Friday. For example, Pillow Pets this week has an offer this week: Buy any 2 Disney Pillow Pets or Dream Lites and get a Dory Pillow Pet FREE. Use Code: DORY
- Unsure about a product, do some research before you head out.
- Look for the best Black Friday deals. These can be found online starting in November.
- Don’t forget, Cyber Monday for online shopping deals.
- Look for free shipping offers like we have at Pillow Pets. Use the code: FREESHIP and get free shipping on orders over $30.00 during the month of November.
- Try your hand at creating a fun gift. There are lots of great ideas online.
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