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The Joy of Giving: 4 Holiday Hacks for Stress-Free Shopping
Whether you absolutely love shopping
for gift s over the holidays or see it as a
major source of stress, most people ultimately
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fi nd gift giving rewarding.
It’s true that 51 percent of consumers
worldwide get stressed over holiday shopping
crowds and 49 percent feel frazzled
deciding which gift s to buy, as informed
by a recent Harris Poll commissioned
by Amazon. Still, there’s nothing like
bestowing well-chosen presents to make
your loved ones feel happy and appreciated;
Pew Research shows 83 percent of
Americans feel joyful at the thought of
buying and receiving gift s, while 78 percent
“As stressful as holiday gift giving can
be, it might be a socially enforced tradition
precisely because it makes people
feel good in the end,” advises Bourree
Lam in Th e Atlantic. “Psychologists have
argued gift giving might benefi t the giver
more than the gift receiver, and result in
important non-material emotional gains.
One study found spending money on others
results in more happiness than spending
Luckily, smart shopping can easily put
the fun back into your gift searches this
season. Consider the following suggestions:
• Take the guesswork out of gift ing.
Discover the best item for everyone on
your gift list with curated gift guides
online from sites like Amazon. Amazon
helps shoppers pick the perfect present
with its home, fashion, tech, business
and toy gift guides. Th ere are also
guides at various price points. Know
your budget and browse a selection
of top gift s under a certain spending
amount. Amazon shoppers can also
give the gift of reading with Prime Book
Box, a subscription service that delivers
curated, hardcover children’s books
every 1, 2 or 3 months. Th e box is ideal
for readers (and future book lovers)
from baby to 12 years old. Now $19.99
per box, Prime members can save up to
40 percent off List Price.
• Shop deals online. No need to battle
crazed shoppers in person; most retailers
now off er the same deals online,
while many off er free Black Friday
shipping to boot. Th at means you can
still save massive money while shopping
from the comfort of your couch.
Americans clearly love that option;
Shopify research indicates U.S. online
sales this November and December will
reach $123.4 billion, a 16 percent boost
over last year. Plus, shoppers can fi nd
many early Black Friday deals online
now. Amazon’s Black Friday deals store
already off ers big discounts across categories.
Get ahead of the chaos and plan
early. Set “Watch a Deal” alerts on the
Amazon App to receive notifi cations
when a specifi c deal is about to go live.
Th at way, you never miss a deal.
• Look to Amazon fi rst. Th e leading onestop
online shopping destination off ers
millions of diff erent products, frequently
at the best prices available anywhere,
with consumer reviews included to help
with purchase decisions. Amazon shipping
has always been reliable, but in an
unprecedented move this holiday season
Amazon removed its minimum
purchase threshold for all shoppers to
receive free shipping on hundreds of
millions of items.
• Choose automatic gift wrapping. For
a small fee, many online retailers can
send your gift choices to you (or straight
to the recipient) already beautifully
wrapped. Save yourself time by opting
in, and include a personal message that
makes your gift even more meaningful.
Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be
just another task to cross off your list.
Have more fun with the time-honored
tradition of gift giving by planning your
strategy ahead and using technology to
help you make wise choices.