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Why You Should Shop Online This Christmas

The internet has opened up a whole new world of shopping. Not only does it make it easier to find unique and uncommon gifts, but you can save time, stress and money in the process. Here's a guide to the main benefits of shopping online:

1) Comparison Shopping Made Easy

Online shopping is the easiest means of comparison shopping. There is no need to go through tons of newspaper advertisements or use up gas by driving from store to store checking prices.

There are even some websites that allow you to search for an item you want to purchase as a Christmas gift, and then give you all the online stores that have it available and how much it costs. Comparison shopping is literally one click away.

2) Online Specials not Available in Stores

Many online retailers, whether they only offer online shopping or in-store shopping, will have specials that are only available to those who visit their websites. There are also websites available that will give you a listing of the current specials being offered by online retailers so you can take advantage of the discounts.

Some of the specials may include free shipping for a limited time, or an extra percentage off of clearance items. This is a great way to do early Christmas shopping without having to spend time traveling between different stores. If you have a favorite store or product, but sure to sign up to their mailing list for notifications of new discounts.

3) No Dealing with Long Lines and Crowds

You can easily complete all your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home, in your pajamas while lying in bed, or sipping your favorite beverage sitting in your favorite chair. Sometimes it may take some research online before you find the perfect gift, but this is worth saving you the stress of crowded stores, rude customers, and even rude sales people.

Some online vendors even offer special gift wrapping and customized gift notes that can be mailed directly to the recipient at a small fee. This even saves you the time of delivering gifts! These special services, usually only offered online, make Christmas shopping easier and less stressful.

4) More Unique Gift Options

When Christmas comes around, much of the same gift ideas are available at different local stores. Online shopping gives you the freedom to find unique gifts that will be special to the recipient. You can also have gifts personalized with names or phrases to make them extra special. It shows that you really put thought into purchasing the gift, which will most likely mean a lot to the recipient.

5) Free Shipping and No Sales Tax

Many online vendors offer free or discounted shipping with each purchase. This is obviously less than paying for fuel to shop from one store to the next. In addition, depending on where you live, many online vendors still do not charge sales tax. This is an additional saving to you, the consumer, meaning you can stretch your Christmas budget further.

Top 5 Gifts For Geeks This Christmas

Buying Christmas gifts really challenging, no matter how good at picking gifts you think you are! If you’re looking for a great gift for a geek, then this list of top geek gifts this Christmas might be helpful. Take a look!

Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection On Blu-Ray: Star Trek is perhaps the joint most famous sci-fi creation, tied with Star Wars. But when it comes to geeks, Star Trek usually wins out as the bigger deal. This box set brings together all of the classic Star Trek movies on Blu-ray. That includes Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V and VI!!! Plus, there’s a bonus disc which includes a load of special features.

Any geek worthy of the name will love owning this boxed set. Not only are these films a part of sci-fi history, but they’re great fun to watch. This’ll definitely please a geek this Christmas.

Syma S107/S107G Remote Control Helicopter: This could be the ultimate geek toy! The Syma S107 remote control helicopter is a fully controllable helicopter toy that flies all on its own. A single charge can allow flight time of around ten minutes, but the fun and serious novelty offered by each ten minute burst are easily worth the wait as the helicopter recharges. Best of all, even though this is one of the hottest toys in recent history, it doesn’t cost much at all! Nobody would be unhappy with this as a Christmas gift, whether or not they were a geek!

Sphero Robotic Ball: This is a unique toy that works with any iOS device (like an iPhone) or Android device (like a Samsung smartphone). At the most basic level, this ball is like a remote-control car, controlled through your smartphone or tablet. However, it can do much more than this, and there are a host of downloadable games for your phone that make use of this toy as well as the possibility of programming it yourself. Not only that, but the ball can change color and can also be played with in the dark. It’s a really unique and quirky gift that’ll entertain and engage any geek. A great little present!

Sifteo Interactive Game Cubes: The Sifteo Interactive Game Cubes are a unique and very novel digital toy. The basic set comes with three cubes, each of which has its own LCD screen that displays bright colors and is clickable. The cubes also respond to flip, touch, shake and more. There are a number of puzzle games included with the cubes, but lots more can be downloaded at a later date. You can also create your own games too!

The Settlers Of Catan: This is one of the biggest board games of recent years, and has been an absolute runaway success. The Settlers of Catan is a strategy game that challenges players to collect resources and build roads, towns and cities in direct competition with one another. The deceptively simple rules allow for complex and highly entertaining play that rewards cleverness. A definite must for all true geeks.