The holidays are a natural time to exchange presents with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa marking the days of November and December. Some of us shop early, accumulating presents for loved ones in a hidden closet, while others shop late and search frantically at the last minute. However, all of us, even the late shoppers, try to find something for the friend, the family member or that someone special.
Since the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day in the retail world and a shopaholics’ shopping bag filled life, EDGE is contributing to the inevitable mess of wrapping paper, online ordering and shopping bags. This is the hot list and no, it does not include celebrities, weird sex toys or references to things you’d get from your mother’s uncle’s sister’s brother. This is our list of places to go, websites to visit and wrapping paper you need to buy for this holiday season.
by the numbers
Percent of people surveyed who plan to buy clothing or clothing accessories as gifts this holiday season, the highest perentage of any gift category. Next were books, CDs and DVDs (60.8%), gift certificates (50.4%), toys (45.4%) and beauty items (25.2%) finishing the list.
Percent of consumers that are planning to shop at discounters this holiday season.
The number of malls and shopping centers nationwide.
Percent of consumers planning to use primarily check/debit cards for gift purchases. Next was cash (26.9%), credit cards (30.1%) and personal checks (12.3%) rounding out the list.
Amount the average consumer plans to spend on decorations this holiday season.
Keep tabs on what you want for the holidays
As a service to yourself and others, write down your list for Santa in this handy book. When someone asks whats on the holiday list, just flip out the pages.
WRAP IT UP
Shops at Sunset Place
(if you don’t know where this is….tsk tsk)
Tons of places/sites have great cards but it’s the unique ones that are really going to cause an uproar of laughter.
Pink Palm Company
737 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Where to shop
at the Shops at Sunset Place
Despite it’s regular early-30s customers the gallerie has lots of fun glassware, games, books and even a good magnetic dartboard.
939 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Know anyone who loves to skate? Check out the best store in South Florida and have access to a whole range of possible gifts.
229 9th Street
Funky and fun, this shop specializes in cool vintage prints and artistic clothing.
742 NE 79th Street
IF ALL ELSE FAILS: things to fall back on
When all else fails, things that are practical are often the best to fall back on. If you know someone drinks wine, get a bottle opener, if they love to dance and have fun get a mini-disco ball-add some mix-tapes and call it a day.
Barnes and Noble giftcards:
Not only do these work for people who love books, as college students they work really well for textbooks or buying magazines, appropriate or not.
Sold at Target and other chain stores, so many people have iPods and necessary iTunes program that this gift is a sure win. Starting at $5 and going up in increments of $5, the card is also a good gift for Secret Santa or Kris Kringle.
Blockbuster Movie Packs:
A free movie rental, popcorn and candy of choice; perfect for an evening at home.