10 Tips for a Successful Gift-Giver

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10 specific tips for People who are challenged by Christmas shopping. Specific gift ideas for everyone on your list! Family, friends, and kids of all ages. Also, how to get the creative juices flowing when thinking of "the perfect gift."

Just as the holidays are settling in, Sierra Trading Post announces some helpful tips to ease the frazzled moods that holiday shopping brings:

1. Make Your List; Check it Twice

Make a list of all the people you need to shop for, along with some ideas of gifts that match their hobbies, needs, or interests. Get the wheels turning by asking yourself some of these questions: How old are they? Have they recently moved? Do they like sports? Snow sports? Particular Bands? The latest toys? Fashion? Jewelry? Are they students? What’s their major? Long-time friends? Artsy? Picky? Travel much? Are they hunters? Outdoorsy? Old fashioned? Into photography? Woodworking? Do they build Model planes?

2. Get an Early Start

Be smart, and beat the rush. Even if you are just window shopping, take some notes. Write ideas down so you aren’t struggling at the last minute to remember what you found.

3. Set your Price Range

Don’t spend more than you must. Follow your mom’s advice, and shop around. Sierra Trading Post is a great solution. They are a retail catalog and online outlet that offers 35-70% off regular retail on chic fashions for men and women, outdoor gear, and home décor. Go to http://www.SierraTradingPost.com online and see for yourself.

4. Shop Online

The Internet is the most convenient way to tackle your holiday “to do” list. Avoid traffic, high gas prices, and endless lines. By shopping online, you can save time, and spend your time on the fun things that holidays should compose.

5. Keep Gifts Practical

Keep in mind that the perfect gift is one that can be used and appreciated regularly. Whether it’s a piece of art, a gadget, a book, or music, make it something that your co-workers, friends, or family can use repeatedly, or appreciate regularly. Give “the gift that keeps on giving.”

6. Need Specific Ideas?

Check the Gift Center at SierraTradingPost.com for quick gift ideas.

-Swiss Army® watches: starting at $49.95 (you save 50%). For the gadget-lover.

-Johnstons cashmere scarves and gloves: $49.95 (reg. $99.95). It’s cashmere!

-Snowsports Helmets: Starting at $49.95 (reg. $110). Help protect a loved-one’s noggin.

-Burton Junkyard Snowdeck: $79.95 (reg. $150). Satisfy the skater through winter.

-Princeton Tec LED Keychain Lights $7.95 (you save 46%). Anyone who has been left in the dark, raise your hand!

-Acorn Ram Island Merino Sheepskin Slippers: $44.95 (reg. 70.00). Everyone needs a good pair of slippers.

-Action Sports DVDs: Range from $9.95 – $12.95 (you save 35-51%). For the family’s “Sporty Spice.”

-Turkish Cotton Terry Robe: $39.95 (reg. 75.00). Comfort directly out of the shower.

7. In a Rush?

Once again, the internet is a great solution. Millions of items are available with the click of a mouse. Most online retailers offer upgraded shipping options and gifting options. If your holiday shopping comes down to the wire, make sure you choose a shopping destination that will allow you to send your order directly to the recipient. Take note of the last possible delivery date to make it on time for the holiday, and add a couple days for cushion.

8. Do Your Homework

Research your gift ideas online. Make sure it is the right gift for that special someone before you buy. Create a pros and cons list if you can’t choose between gifts. Weigh your options—may the best gift win.

9. Wish List

A good ol’ fashioned wish list is a great assignment to give your loved ones. It’s the least they can do to ease your worried mind, and to make your shopping experience that much easier.

If you are the type that buys gifts based on your own ideas, make it easy to find these ideas by bookmarking your favorite websites or pages with your gift ideas. Save them under a “favorites” folder that you can name “Gift Ideas.”

10. Gift Cards, Gift Cards, Gift Cards

If all else fails, buy a gift card. Sierra Trading Post helps in this department, as well if you are certain the perfect gift is best picked by the recipient.

About Sierra Trading Post: Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sierra Trading Post operates a trio of retail stores, an online store http://www.SierraTradingPost.com, and eight mail order catalogs with an annual circulation of 60 million.

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