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Christmas shopping: how to find bargains and save money while Christmas shopping

Everyone knows that the Christmas season is all about giving and that no one should be concerned about how much a particular gift costs. But let’s face it: most of us also have to worry about our budgets while we are doing our Christmas shopping.

While there are truly some people to which money is no object, the reality is that most of us simply cannot afford to purchase everything we want during the Christmas season. We all have to make some concessions while we do our Christmas shopping and keep our eyes open for great deals. Fortunately there are always lots of bargains you can take advantage of during the Christmas season.

Finding bargains while Christmas shopping is actually quite easy.

Although most stores hold sales throughout the year, just about every retailer offers significant bargains in the weeks just before Christmas. These retailers know shoppers will be out in full force during this time, so they offer their best deals hoping to attract them.

Christmas presents: tips on doing your Christmas shopping early

If you are one of those people who gets their Christmas shopping done early every year, you probably find yourself getting mean looks from others around the holiday season. This is especially true if you make a habit of letting others know you have already finished your Christmas shopping.

This happens because the vast majority of people do not get their Christmas shopping done early and may be envious of those who manage to finish their shopping early. The fact that most Christmas shoppers wait until the last minute is evident by the crowds who flock to malls and shopping centers in the final days before Christmas.

If you are one of these people who always finishes their Christmas shopping early you may already have a method to accomplishing this goal. However, if you are like the majority of people who spend every year last minute Christmas shopping, here are some tips for getting your Christmas shopping done early this year.

Shopping for Christmas presents during big sales: pros and cons

Several times a year retailers offer big sales on many of their items. Some of these times include President’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. Retailers hold sale events during these times of year to encourage shoppers to get out and make some big purchases.

The last minute Christmas present shopping frenzy which takes place each year can be largely attributed to the sale events at Christmas time. Many shoppers specifically wait until the last minute to do their Christmas present shopping because they know many items will go on sale at this time.

While this is an excellent way to save money, savvy Christmas shoppers know that doing a little bit of their Christmas shopping at these other sales during the year can help to ease the stress and financial burdens often associated with last minute Christmas shopping.

Christmas shopping: tips on buying clothing as Christmas presents

Searching for the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list can be a great deal of fun. It is also rewarding when you find and purchase a gift you just know your loved one will treasure.

However, there is one aspect of Christmas shopping which seems to be difficult for everyone. When it comes to buying clothingshopping christmas clothing while Christmas shopping, everyone hesitates. There are just so many variables when it comes to clothes shopping that it can be difficult to shop for clothing for those on your gift list.

The matter of size is one thing that makes Christmas shopping for clothingshopping christmas clothing so difficult. You may have a good idea about what size your friend or family members is but it can be difficult to select the correct size particularly for items such as pants, skirts, dresses or blazers.

Christmas lights: decorate your home or office with Christmas lights

Christmas lights. We have all seen them and most of us have used them before. When it comes to Christmas lights, we often associate those lights with Christmas trees. While Christmas lights are most commonly used to decorate Christmas trees, did you know that they can also be used for much more?

After a close examination, you will likely see that they can be used for a lot more than you may have originally thought. Christmas Depot is your best bet for online shopping for Christmas lights.

Christmas depot has a huge selection of wholesale Christmas lights (regular or LED), and even different colors of wires so you can pick one that won’t stand out like a sore thumb or clash with your interior or exterior decor.

They even have a special blog all about Christmas lights: what kinds to buy, how to put them up and wire them safely and more information you’ll use!

Christmas present ideas: how to create candy gift baskets

Gift baskets are one of the most popular presents to give away simply because they are not only fun to buy or make, but they’re also fun to receive.

Just the thought of receiving a bunch of different small things, or a lot of one single thing, is enough to make anyone happy. Variety and abundance is the key to a gift basket everyone will appreciate.

Unless you’re buying a present for someone that’s intentionally on a diet or just can’t stand candy for some reason, candy is usually always well-received!

Here’s one idea:

Visit the huge array of candy gift basketsgift baskets presents at — and instead of buying the finished gift basket from Amazon, note what’s in the gift basket you like the best, then buy all the ingredients and put it together yourself. You’ll save money and you can better customize the gift basket for the lucky recipient.

From the Puritans to the Supreme Court: the ‘war on Christmas’ in American history

Christmas is a yearly holiday when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and many families exchange Christmas gifts. Unlike “movable feasts” like Easter, Christmas is always celebrated on December 25th.

There are many holiday traditions including Christmas dinner, sending Christmas cards, visiting Santa, baking Christmas cookies and making homemade Christmas candies.

Homes are decorated inside and out with colorful lights and holiday decorations. People usually try to spread goodwill, compassion and peace during the Christmas holiday season.

Some countries celebrate on Christmas Eve, other on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, while other countries celebrate Boxing Day on December 26th.

One church, the Armenian Apostolic Church celebrates Christmas on January 6th. Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas on January 7th.

(Note: The date is just a tradition and is not considered to be Jesus’ actual birth date.)

‘The Meaning of Christmas in American History’ (video)

Christmas presents for Sarah Palin fans and Tea Party conservatives

Thanks to Yahoo! Contributor Mark Whittington for putting together a neat list of Christmas presents that are sure to appeal to fans of Sarah Palin, or any patriotic conservatives.

He lists “books Sarah Palin likes” — such as those by C.S. Lewis conservative christmas presents

(I’d add Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny to that list; did you know that Barbara Walters cut out Palin’s endorsement of the book when she interviewed her?)

Mark also recommends books by Glenn Beck.

(If you’re a compulsive buyer and reader, you might consider joining the Conservative Book Club to get FREE books and great deals on bestsellers and classics.)

He recommends CafePress as a source for Sarah Palin t-shirts; I’d also recommend

Mark cleverly includes links to “Native Alaskan Food” to his Christmas present list, too.

Well done! Click here to keep reading!

Best Christmas holiday shopping sites and apps

Larry Chase was writing about the web and internet marketing before most people even owned their own computers.

He’s an expert who’s seen and tried it all. That’s why I (and thousands of others) look forward to his email newsletter every week. Each one is packed with highly practical, easy to understand information about beginning and advanced internet marketing and web best practices.

This week’s newsletter from Larry Chase is no exception. It’s devoted to sharing the “Best Holiday Shopping Sites and Apps for 2010.”

For example, here’s part of Larry Chase’s review of the comparison site FindTheBest:

Kindle vs. Nook? Beaujolais vs. Burgundy? Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders? If you can’t decide which one would make a better gift, run your options through this research engine and compare each product side by side.

He also talks about sites you may not be familiar with, such as ShopKick:

Christmas air travel tips: how to reduce stress when travelling with family during holidays

Traveling by air is usually stressful to begin with. But when you have to travel during the Christmas holidays, it usually means taking along family members and that can add extra stress.

Reduce air travel stress by planning ahead and using these airline tips for a happy and stress free airplane ride.

There are a few things to keep in mind when traveling by air with kids in tow.

The first is that airline food is tasteless, plain and unappealing to most adults and certainly kids will find it equally disgusting. Bring plastic containers or baggies filled with your child’s favorite treats and meals such as fruits, veggie sticks, toddler finger foods, Cheerios and such that will appeal to their young taste buds and keep them happily munching. If you are bringing food aboard make sure they are in see-through containers, or factory-sealed food. Remember to bring along wipes as well, to clean sticky fingers.

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