Colorful decorations, tasty sweet treats, and marathons of feel good classic movies to curl up under a blanket and watch makes for a wonderful time of the year, but as wonderful as the Holiday Season can be, lets face it, it can quickly spiral into the nightmare before Christmas. From driving around the parking garage at your local mall five times looking for somewhere to park, or waiting in line for 20 minutes only to realize that you forgot to grab something else you needed, not to mention the hassle of figuring out what to get that one impossible person to shop for on your list (we all have one, maybe even two), it’s no wonder how the Holidays can be a little exhausting.
But don’t fret because there’s still hope of enjoying a stress reduced Holiday Season. Each year I’m finding that more and more of my Holiday shopping is getting done online, and I’m not the only one either, This Cyber Monday it was estimated that 127 million people would be shopping online and 1 out of 3 would be using mobile devices to do so according to the National Retail Federation. And why not! When you think about it, shopping online pretty much eliminates the hassles of Holiday Shopping, you get to avoid the long annoying DMV like lines, you don’t have to search for parking like it’s the last page of a Where’s Waldo Book, and some businesses (like on Amazon) will even gift wrap your purchase before delivering it to your doorstep, all accomplished while lounging on your couch with your favorite Star Wars snuggie sipping a warm cup of I’M AWESOME coco with marshmallows that look like snowflakes (or snowman, whatever floats your marshmallow).
Be that as it may, don’t expect your local shopping centers to start closing down anytime soon, as with anything in life this process is not perfect and does have its draw backs. For starters, we recommend avoiding purchasing cloths online since you don’t really get to try them on before buying them and returning an item that doesn’t fit can be a bit of a hassle as well a lengthy turnaround time, make sure you take into consideration shipping time which makes last minute shopping impossible without dropping some serious bitcoins on next day shipping, and of course looks can be deceiving when judging color and sizes by a picture online in comparison to in person.
But even with all of the previously mentioned con’s, shopping online is a growing trend that is here to stay so sit back, pop open your laptop or fire up your tablet and begin leisurely crossing people off your shopping list one by one while avoiding over extending yourself this Holiday Season!