Christmas Shopping

I LOVE Christmas. It’s my absolute FAVORITE holiday of the year, and it’s Tom’s too, so you can imagine how excited we get when Thanksgiving night rolls around. (That’s when we finally let ourselves listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas movies, etc.)

Another aspect I love about Christmas? Presents. I love the wrapping paper, the giving, and..okay, the receiving too. I love to finally get that item as a gift that I’ve longed for but refused to buy for myself. What can I say? It’s the truth. But giving is just as much fun for me, or more, honestly.

The hunt for that gift that you know someone will love, and then the hunt for a good price on that gift…it’s exciting! And then wrapping it up, putting it under the tree, and waiting for Christmas to come so you can see if they’re as happy to receive that gift as you are to give it. Presents under a Christmas tree make me feel happy.

So, I’ve been on the hunt. Tom and I have, collectively, four parents, ten siblings (including our sibling-in-laws), two nephews, and five nieces. So far. So finding the right gift- at the right price- is not only fun, but a bit of a challenge. Here are the four main sites I’ve used this Christmas season for online gift shopping:

Amazon. No-brainer, right? Amazon usually has better deals than other sites for the same items. Not only that, but because my sister and Tom both have an account, I can do my shopping with Amazon through her account while he uses ours. That means that we don’t see what we’ve purchased each other, which matters to us because we both love surprises. Also, my sister has Amazon Prime, so my whole family shares her account to get free two-day shipping. Kristen’s cool like that.

Speaking of my sister, Happy Birthday Kristen!!!

Kohls. Kohl’s has such ridiculously discounted stuff that you’re bound to find something on your list at a better price than you’ll find it elsewhere. Parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents- don’t forget that this is a store that carries TOYS. Toys that are way more discounted than Toys R Us, Target, or even Wal-Mart usually. Hubbys, check out the jewelry section. You might be surprised at how discounted diamond jewelry is there. The kitchen appliances are also a steal.

And do it online because if you use coupon codes, you can get free shipping and a percentage off your order. They let you enter up to two codes. This year, I used the codes EXTRA20 and CONTACTFR. The first got me an extra 20% off my order and the second got me free shipping. On top of their already discounted rates, I ended up with presents for about five people for around half-off retail price. Yes, please.

RetailMeNot.Com. Retail Me Not is my favorite place to go for coupon codes. It’s where I check before I buy ANYTHING from ANY SITE online, and it’s where I found those two coupon codes I used on the website for Kohl’s.

Ebates.Com. Ebates has been around a long time, but in case you don’t know about it, it’s a site where you can get a percentage of your cash back when you shop online. Just look up the stores on their site to see how much you will save. While on the Ebates site, just click on the link to the store, and the percentage of cash back will be applied to your ebates account when you check out. Easy enough, right?

So, what I want to know is what sites or stores are you frequenting to get the best deals on your Christmas shopping?

And also, what is at the very top of your Christmas list? For me, it’s a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer, a sewing machine, and some goodies for my camera. And shoes/boots. And books. And Glee music. When Tom asked me what I wanted for Christmas last month, those were the first things out of my mouth. What do you hope most that Santa will bring you this year?

~Meghan

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