If I don't make gifts, I buy them online. Online shopping is pretty much the best thing to ever happen to busy folks. Here are a few tips I follow and tools I use to make my online shopping experience easy as pie.
- Find What They Like & Buy It in The Same Place.
A great way to save time is to take advantage of friends' and family members' wish lists and purchase from them with a tap on apps like Gifti and Pinterest. With Gifti, you can see what friends and family have added to their wish lists, see the different places online where the items are available, and purchase them right from the app. After you've purchased the item, it then shows up in your Gift Center, making it even easier to stay organized. On Pinterest, depending on how the item was pinned, you can obtain a link to purchase, although the process is nowhere near as seamless as it is on Gifti.
Know the item that you want to buy? Use the shopping searches on Bing, Google, and Yahoo to find the best price as well as where it’s stocked locally, and of course where to find it online. The thing I love about searching this way is that I can see the shipping costs from the various sites alongside the price, preventing me from getting the whole bait and switch of the super low price that's coupled with the giant shipping cost.
Stay Organised With a Tool You’ll Actually Use.
There are dozens, maybe even hundreds of apps and websites that will let you input your gift giving list, but I find them not to be very sticky. Instead of using an app that was created just for holiday shopping, I use a spreadsheet in my Google Drive. Saving the spreadsheet in Google Drive, a place I go to daily for work, means it’s accessible from every device, and helps me remember who I’ve already purchased or made something for.
Track & Price Check with Slice.
I am an avid Slice app user. By using the same email address for all of my online purchases and connecting it with Slice, I can see, at a glance, the shipping status of all of my purchases, as well as getting updates if the price drops for purchases within a specified time window. Seriously, Slice is the online shopper's best friend.
Short on time? Try Price Match & PickUp at Your Local Store.
Once thing I’ve noticed in the past few years is that many national retailers have different prices on their online store than they do in their brick and mortar stores…however, if I show the clerks at the store the price that they have in their online shop, they often honor the price, and I can buy the item in store without having to wait for it to ship. Also handy is the feature offered at several national chains in which you can buy online and pick up in store.
What are your online holiday shopping tips?
(Image credits: Gifti)