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Friday, November 5, 2010

Preparing for the Holidays: Gift Giving

Well, although we've only just finished celebrating Halloween, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays. More and more I prefer to do my shopping online, and living in Canada the shipping can take quite a lot of time as the postal system gets clogged up with holiday deliveries. Also, not surprisingly, my favorite place to shop recently have become Etsy and Artfire, but with their growing popularity it's best to start early!

I've got a fairly extensive list of people to buy for, both male and female, with widely divergent tastes, ranging in age from 3 to 83. While some people are always incredibly easy to shop for - my mom, for one - some remain extremely difficult (no, I'm not naming names), and some have begun to pose more of a challenge recently - like my teenaged nephew. It seems that the older kids get, the harder it is to find something appropriately "cool".

I find that it's so much more fun to give unique gifts to my friends and family knowing that they're going to be the only ones in their circle to have them. Many of the items I've ordered in the past have been graciously customized in some way by the seller, and that just makes them all the more special.

I started to do a little preliminary shopping and research this past week, and in order to organize my thoughts, I've created a few treasuries on Etsy. Of course, I started my search close to home, focusing on the offerings of my own team - the Oh Canada! Etsy Street Team.

Since I have so many women to buy for, my first treasury focuses on shopping for the ladies, and is entitled: Canadian Holiday Gift Ideas - For the Ladies

My second treasury, Oh Canada Team Holiday Gift List - Quebec Artisans features some of the extremely talented artisans that live and create in my home province of Quebec.

I promise I won't overwhelm you with a barrage of gift lists, but I do intend to keep curating gift themed treasuries as we approach the holiday season. Because virtual shopping is fun!

And did you notice, I've learned how to make my embedded treasury pictures clickable? I'm pretty proud of that ☺


jensdreamdecor said...

Great blog post LBM, I appreciate you including my pillow in your treasury. Thanks and happy shopping!

BelladonnasJoy said...

You are so right!! Virtual shopping is fun. Sometimes the sellers will even wrap the gifts for you and send directly to the person gifted. Even though I make jewelry, last Xmas I bought jewelry from 2 other etsy shops for all the girls in my family at Xmas. This way, they got a break from my style. Everything arrived on time, gift wrapped and everyone was happy, especially me because I would never have had time to make them special pieces unless I'd started way sooner. Wheew!

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