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Instagram Roundup #27

by Jamie Sanford on February 13, 2013

Here are all of the other Instagram Roundups!

I bought this ridiculously warm hoodie with a scarf attached from ideeli a while back. It really does the trick.

I followed behind my husband in the rental car while they took my injured car to the shop. I realized on the way that bumper replacement meant that these stickers would be out of my life. My car belonged to my grandmother before she sold it to me and there was NO way I was taking her stickers off of the back. I was really sad about it, and posted a photo to Instagram (which means Facebook too). My Uncle John called my grandmother to tell her that he saw my picture and would buy me a new GB sticker for the car. I love it.

I caught the BAFTAs red carpet and saw Queen Badass Helen Mirren with pink hair! I am seriously obsessed with her. She is insanely hot and now she has pink hair which is just really cool.

I totally slipped and fell in our complex’s parking lot after the big snowstorm and resulting ice. Luckily I was only bleeding from this one spot.

This is a little view of my new desk at home. I was floating around for a while between the bedroom and the couch with my laptop and it really sucked. Now I have this little desk and it is even better when I can set up my podcast stuff without it being super precarious. Adding the pop screen made a huge difference.

I certainly hope so. It’s been a little crazy these past few weeks.

The best end to the Instagram week was getting a box of hand-decorated macarons from Creme Delicious. They are gorgeous and crazy delicious!

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Shopping for Holiday Gifts? 5 Tips To Get Moving!

by Jamie Sanford on August 13, 2010

I asked a group of my colleagues the other night if they had started their holiday shopping and they were shocked that I had suggested it. I had a similar encounter on Twitter where I talked about having started my holiday shopping already and getting messages back saying things such as “WHAT?”  I knew immediately that I needed to offer my tips on fulfilling your holiday shopping list to my readers.

The Tree at Rockefeller Center.

This famous tree will be up in no time!

Why is everyone so surprised by this? There’s no reason why holiday gifts need to be purchased around the holidays, unless you’re shopping for someone who must have the absolute latest gadget—some tech toy purchased in July may conceivably be outdated by December, sure. But most other gifts have staying power. In addition, I don’t know anyone who actually enjoys going to a store after Thanksgiving.

So, I’ve purchased 3 or 4 holiday gifts so far, smallish things but I’m working through my list. It’s not as if the major holidays won’t come around this year, so why not start gift shopping now?

Here are my top 5 tips for getting into early holiday gift shopping. (Note that these ideas can also apply to your year-round gift shopping, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)

1.  Keep notes! Your friends and family probably drop subtle and not-so-subtle hints all the time about things they like and are interested in. If you think someone is consistently hard to shop for, remember this tip and it will be much easier in the future. My husband saves emails that I send him about things I like and revisits them later when it is gift time.

2.  Expose yourself to opportunities for saving money! I have been having a ball checking out the daily sales from the following websites. The first 5 are mostly focused on product purchases, but Groupon has daily deals on things to do or see in your area – and most of the experiences you can buy can be redeemed within long period of time, completely making this viable for holiday gift shopping.

Ideeli
Gilt Groupe
RueLaLa
Beyond The Rack
Swirl by Daily Candy
Groupon

Leave a comment below if there are other sites in this category that readers should check out.

3.  Set a budget. This process is much faster in general if you have a hard number in mind as a budget for each gift you are going to give. It makes snap decisions very easy, especially when using the deal-a-day websites. If it is above your budget, let it go. If it is below your budget, great – this can work especially well if you get a really hot deal on something. Keep in mind that smart shopping means that a small budget can go a long way!

4.  Go “shopping” in a real store, or at the mall. As much as I love the Internet, you can’t see everything online. There is a lot to be said for window-shopping, and it can really help to jog your memory—passing a display of perfume can remind you that your mother-in-law mentioned liking/wanting it. I highly recommend doing this memory-sparking shopping early in the week, at night. This is the time I find the mall to be the quietest. Feel free to take notes (or photos with your cell phone if you prefer), and order the items online when you get home. You might be able to find a much better price online, but the experience will help you nonetheless.

5.  Have fun! I know I’m not the only one who really gets a kick out of giving gifts that really makes the other person happy. I’ve been told that I’m great at finding holiday gifts (hence this blog), but for the most part, anyone can do it if you put some thought into it.  It really does bring a great feeling and it is worth the effort—there really is no need to default to buying holiday gift cards!

Here’s a great 30-second clip from 30 Rock, where Jack discusses the beauty of gift-giving. It pretty much sums it all up. The clip is gone now and I can’t find it anywhere. The best quote from Jack Donaghy is this:

“Gift giving is the purest expression of friendship. I’m going to think about what I know and like about you and that will lead me to the perfect gift, and you do the same.”

Please post your early shopping tips in the comments!

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TDW Recommendation: ideeli

by Jamie Sanford on July 6, 2010

I have been using ideeli for a while now (here’s the link to sign up for a free account), and it is fabulous and you should join immediately.

From their website:

ideeli is the fastest-growing online shopping destination. Our 2.5 million members enjoy limited-time sales featuring the most sought-after brands in fashion, home and beauty–at prices up to 80% off.

I get a fabulous email every day from ideeli telling me what brands they are featuring, and then at 12pm, if any of those brands call to me, I go to the site and check out what they have. The site features item for women, kids and home.

This is a seriously amazing website for gift shopping. You can shop all year long to find holiday gifts for everyone on your list, not everything on the site is seasonal – look at this beautiful yellow London Fog tote that was recently available.

Go over to ideeli now and sign up for a free account! Once you start getting the emails, you will be hooked.

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