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Getting Those Holiday Deals

By Tia Cristy

Getting Those Holiday Deals

I’ve gotten a few questions over the last few weeks regarding holiday shopping. Not just inquiring about the perfect gifts for him or her, but what’s the best strategy on finding those holiday deals.

Four options come to mind.

Shop all year ‘round

This is, personally, my favorite. I hit the clearance racks after each season. I tend to stay away from anything trendy when it comes to clothes shopping for others. Remember how fast palazzo pants come in and out of style? There’s no guarantee that something you get on the sale rack will be in-fashion next year. However, staying within ‘basics’ is usually a homerun because you can feel good knowing got that perfect little black dress for a fraction of the original price.  

Black Friday

Of course, it’s well known the Friday after we give thanks for all we have can be the time to score deals that make us even more thankful. Black Friday traditions can feel like a holiday all their own. But in the past several years, I’ve been reminded of my elementary days where upper classmen should be yelling don’t run in the hallways to all the young tots wildly trying to get to their next class. But instead of a Safety sporting a plastic badge and whistle, a young store manager toting a ring of keys has to practically jump out of the way after unlocking the doors of a superstore in the wee hours of the morning. I can’t help but reflect on when my parents would say, ‘don’t grab… there’s plenty enough to go ‘round’, but sadly, that’s not usually the case when there’s only two available. Doorbusters have a way of making some folks forget human values. So be aware of life-lessons; no sale is worth compromising your humanity.

Small Business Saturday

The latest and perhaps the greatest way to go shopping during the holiday season is showing patronage to the small business owners. Sales and deals are always to be found. But beyond that, you’ll find lots of ‘one-of-a-kinds’ for that special someone that appreciates being unique. Small businesses are usually more apt to help the customers with suggestions, returns and overall customer service since they rely heavily on recommendations. Small businesses can also offer online shopping for customers that aren’t quite local. Momentum highlights some of the best small businesses to check out for Small Business Saturday… or any other day of the week.

Cyber Monday

Curling up on the couch with your laptop and a cup of tea can be the least hassle-free in most cases. Cyber Monday’s sales can offer specials as good as Black Friday, however you need to be quick on the ‘complete order’ button. There have been several times where I’ve filled up the cyber cart, clicked to pay and then half the merchandise is no longer available. But once I got the trick down of making several purchases throughout crossing off my Christmas list, I was pretty happy with the results—that includes the shipping options.

So when is the best time to get the shopping deals?

It’s really trial and error. And it has the ability to change year in and year out. But these are my top choices for getting the shopping list done without ending up at the mall the day before Christmas. Happy shopping and here’s to a safe and happy holiday season!

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Stop Thinking Outside the Box and Get Back In!

Stop Thinking Outside the Box and Get Back In!

It’s 2017. It’s gotten to a point where people are trying too hard to think outside of the box in order to a give a gift that will impress, delight and astound the receiver. It’s hard to do, it takes up a lot of time although the results are probably worth the stress (often, though, this is not the case).

Why aren’t we sticking with the traditional? Is it getting to the point where traditional is the new ‘thinking outside of the box’? If so, clap your hands and cheer because here are the top Valentine’s gifts that will never go out of style.

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Flowers

There are so many alternative sites now that have popped up in an effort to get you to steer away from the traditional flowers and pick something a little less … expected. There are so many different varieties of flower and foliage to put into a bunch or arrangement (did you know that cabbages are even being added in?!)  that there is no chance that you could be boring or stereotypical. Just let the florist know what you’re aiming for and let them surprise you – they’re in this profession because they know what they’re doing. They know what’s in style (yes, flowers have trends), what’s in season and most of all what will look amazing.

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Chocolates

Gone are the days of normal, boring chocolates! Artisans are making appearances at pop-up shops, food markets and even online, and you can bet your bottom dollar that they are going over and above the call of duty to make exceptional chocolates for Valentine’s Day – after all, what other day in the year could require such exquisite luxury food to specifically to impress? Don’t even mention Christmas – we’ve just gotten over that.

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Balloons

Balloons are coming back with a vengeance, with some people choosing balloons over flowers and other ornamental decorations to deck-out venues for occasions such as weddings, baptisms and bar/bat mitzvahs. Can you remember how excited you were to get a balloon when you were younger? There’s something about them which is just fun, and you can get them in any style to suit your tastes – even if there is an in-joke about a cartoon character, political figure or any other item you can think of, you can bet there is a balloon to go with it. Although they may not be your go-to when thinking of Valentine’s Day gifts, they will always be super-cute and appreciated.

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Perfume/Aftershave

What’s the point of getting all dressed up to go out on a date if you’re not smelling good? Choosing a perfume or aftershave that you like for your partner will always go down a treat; it may not be a smell that they would have gone for themselves, thus broadening their horizons and scent collection, or you could be replacing a bottle that you know they love. Either way, it’s always good to give yourself a spritz before going on a date. Smell is one powerful sense, and a simple sniff of whatever you were wearing on the night can throw you straight back into the memory. Let’s just hope it was one worth remembering!

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Picking Perfect Presents: Gifts For Your Artistic Friends

Picking Perfect Presents: Gifts For Your Artistic Friends

Although you obviously love all your friends, we all know people who we have less in common with than we do with others. You don’t have to love all the same things in order to be friends – maybe you have kids that are a similar age, or you both go to the same yoga class, or you’ve known each other since school, so you have such a long shared history that you’ve got plans to live together when you’re a hundred years old, with five cats and endless pots of tea. That doesn’t mean, however, that your friends are all easy to buy for. Artistic friends can be some of the hardest people of all to buy for – if you don’t share their passions then you might not understand what exactly they love, so you might be afraid to make a blunder. Here are some points that might help…

Take Them Out Somewhere

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If in doubt, it’s time to take them out to dinner. Spending time together is probably the number one reason that you’re friends with each other to begin with. Look up new good restaurants in your area, and book a table on a night that you’re sure they can make it. If they’re a single parent, you could even organize and pay for babysitting for them so they can really relax and have a great time and so that you can spend a perfect evening reconnecting with each other.

Buy Them Books

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If you know what your friend is interested in – Chekhov plays, for example – then why not buy them a book about them? Go to a big bookstore and talk to whoever works there for some recommendations. In good bookstores, the booksellers will be able to recommend new titles to you – and even if not, or if you feel too shy to talk to them, then you’ll probably find something interesting while you’re browsing, in the area that your friend is interested in.

Less Is More

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Remember that simplicity is often key to a good gift. The more aspects there are to it, the more chances there are that your recipient might not like it. Don’t bother with motivational quotes or slogans, or jewelry that’s full of different parts. Leave out the gimmicks and clichés and go for clean lines and good quality materials. If your friend loves writing, then get them a plain leather bound notebook. They’ll appreciate the beauty of it and the thoughtfulness of a beautiful gift much more than they’d appreciate a notebook with a ‘witty’ slogan on the front of it. If you want to go personal, try a framed photograph of the two of you or perhaps some letter art.

Share Your Interests With Them

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If your friend loves the arts, then chances are they’re a pretty interesting and enquiring person who’s open to new ideas and experiences. If they love going to art galleries then why not share your love of the ballet with them and take them to see a production of Swan Lake? If you can find beauty in one form of art, you can probably find it in others too, and they’ll be interested in learning something new.

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Gifts For Your Mom: What To Buy This Holiday Season

Gifts For Your Mom: What To Buy This Holiday Season

Your mom is always a tough person to buy for at Christmas. It feels like she has everything already – and more to the point, you want to get her something nice to say thank you for all the hard work she does! Here are some tips to help you out.

Home Furnishings

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If your mom is house proud, then why not buy her something new for her home? If you’re not sure what to get, you could take her for a day out shopping and pick something out together as well as treating her to lunch. You could buy her a feature pillow to put on her living room couch, a side table for the hallway, or even a practical yet pretty oriental umbrella stand. Make sure you soak up what her taste is like first – take a look around her house and take in her favorite colors and styles before making your choice of gift.

Pampering Gifts

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Most of us can safely say that no one works harder than our moms. Not only did she go through eighteen years of raising you, but no one ever stops worrying about their kids. It would be a nice idea to give your mom a gift to help her relax. Consider giving her a voucher to a spa day so she can get a massage, or maybe even a makeover at a local beauty salon. You could also get her a basket of pampering goodies to use at home.

Clothes And Jewelry

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If your mom is anything like most of the other moms out there, she thinks of everyone else before she thinks of herself, and as a result she sometimes doesn’t end up buying herself anything new. Consider treating her to a new item of clothing or jewelry. If you’re confident of her style and size, this should be easy! If not, take a look at what she has already to make sure that she’ll like whatever you get her. Make sure that it isn’t too old-looking – she wants you to think of her as someone who’s young and interesting, not someone who enjoys boring beige shirts! Try an embellished sweater or a blouse with a pretty pattern. If you’d like to go for jewelry, a pair of earrings always works – make sure you get gold or silver stems in case of allergies. Try to get her something a little different than usual, maybe from Etsy, so she can add a little sparkle to one of her usual outfits.

Experiences To Enjoy Together

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In the end, Christmas is about spending time together and creating happy family memories, so it makes sense that you give your mom a gift that adds to that. Get her concert or theater tickets so you can spend an evening together, or take her out to your favourite restaurant together. With the pressures of your family life, it’s sometimes hard to remember to give time to anyone outside your partner and kids. But as you get older, your parents turn into figures you’re more friendly with, particularly after you have kids yourself. Appreciate and value your mom by spending time with her – get to know her as a person and not just a mother, and it’ll be a gift to you as well as her.

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Gifts That Will Make Her Fall In Love With You All Over Again

Gifts That Will Make Her Fall In Love With You All Over Again

Can love be bought? Probably not. But can you show your spouse how much you love them through the stuff that you buy? Of course, you can!

The cool thing about gifts is that they are a message through which you can tell your loved one more about yourself. Perhaps the biggest thing that they communicate when you get them right is your powers of empathy. You just seem to know what they love.

The other major factor is excitement: being spontaneous is just sexy.

So with that said, what gifts should you give your spouse to make her fall in love with you all over again? Let’s take a look.

Buy A Vintage Photo Frame

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There’s no doubting that you and your loved on share some wonderful memories together. And of all those memories, those from when you first met are probably the best. So what better way to remember them than to have them permanently enshrined in a photo frame? Have a look back through your old photo albums, or Facebook if you’re younger, and look for the perfect shot. They’ll love it.

Grab A Personalized Love Mug

This gift brings a whole new meaning to the term “mugshot.” You can now get your face, along with that of your spouse, painted onto a mug. Don’t just get them a run-of-the-mill mug this year. Get them something that is personalized and special.

Tell Her You Love Her With A Necklace

One of the unique gifts for her from Cuckooland.com this year is the personalized necklace. Personalized jewelry is a godsend for people who want to do something different for their spouse. You can write any message you like on a necklace or a bracelet. You can talk about how much you love each other. Or you can get something written that will appeal to the ego of the person you’re buying for. You could even make it funny – if that’s something that would appeal. (I’ll leave you to be the judge of that). At the very least, it’s goodbye boring, hello funky.

Giant Gummy Bears

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Newlovetimes.com has spent some considerable time working out what the best candy is for your loved ones. No, it’s not chocolate, truffles or even Haribo. No, the best loved up confection is – giant gummy bears.

Now, on the surface, it might not make a lot of sense to put gummy bears at the top of a romantic list of gifts. But remember, these giants weight upwards of five pounds and are genuinely huggable. She’ll get hours, if not days, of eating time out of these sugar colossuses. And when she’s finished, she’ll be able to snuggle up with whatever is left over. It’s a win-win situation.

Get Her A Boyfriend Pillow

If you don’t see your partner all that much, knowing what exactly to get her can be tough. Here’s an idea: get her a replacement of you. Or more specifically, a replacement of your arm and part of your chest. At night, she needs something to cuddle up with her. If it can’t be a giant gummy bear or you, a disembodied pillow arm will have to do.

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