Twittermoms has teamed up with Staples and has asked bloggers to blog about their five most helpful tips for holiday tech shopping. Since my hubby and daughter are the ones that I have to buy these types of gifts for, I thought I'd post my tips! I hope they help someone.
1. Before you go shopping, know what you are looking to buy. Get the specifics from the person you are buying the present for. There are so many different variables to consider when purchasing any techie gifts, and you do not want to go shopping without knowing what you are looking for!
2. Go online and compare products and prices. If you know what is on the market, and you know what prices to expect, you won't experience ticket shock when you get around to making the purchase. An informed consumer makes the best decisions. The most expensive item is not always the best product on the market. Check out Consumer Reports and customer reviews too!
3. Keep your eyes open for deals and discounts. You can find discount codes online by simply searching for them, and a lot of retailers offer free shipping this time of year. Beware of paying extra for express shipping. This can often add tens of dollars to the shipping price. You should never have to pay full price for a product. Many retailers are turning flips to get customers in the store...check the sales fliers! Some local stores and less known retailers might actually have a lower price than big name stores!
4. Ask friends and family members for recommendations on which products to buy and where to buy them. You might be surprised to find out that one of them might have the inside scoop on where to get the best deal. You can also check with your blogging friends to find out if they could give you some insight as well!
5. Personalize the gift if you can. Skins and other bling can be purchased for many of the important tech gifts you might purchase. If your daughter is in to Twilight, you could buy her a special Team Edward or Team Jacob skin for her iPod. You might also want to think about loading their favorite music to an ipod or maybe a favorite book to an ipod or Kindle.
No matter what gift you choose for your loved one, the most important thing to remember is to not get over stressed about it! Going broke just to buy a gift can end up killing your holiday cheer. Take a deep breath! Relax! Everything will be just fine! Merry Christmas, and Happy Shopping!
Dsclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Staples blogging program, making me eligible for a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here