We are officially in the month of November and you know what that means. Halloween decorations are taken down and are quickly replaced by Christmas extravagance. That’s right, the holiday season will be in full swing before you know it and as a traveling nurse this may be the last thing you want to worry about while away on assignment. It’s hard enough to get yourself acclimated to your new locations and so forth, but throw in driving around to different malls and shopping centers, dealing with massive crowds and Christmas craze, you just might make your life more miserable than it ought to be.
The holiday seasons can be testy, but it doesn’t have to be and there are many, many alternatives to braving the shopping madness that will soon take place around this time of year. If you’re smart and have the time, going out to the local shops and stores now would be your best bet in beating out the other shoppers and saving yourself a little sanity. However if you do not have the kind of time it requires to drive from shopping center, to mall, to store and back to the mall, well then, the internet is going to be your saving grace.
Just about every single major retailer has a website where you can shop. A simple internet search will help you find your favorite retailers online store and so much more. Besides being able to find the popular stores online, you’ll also be able to find the most unique gifts from all around the world. If you start now, you can ensure that your presents arrive on time from near and far. There’s nothing worse than stressing about the arrival of things you ordered last minute, hoping that it’s the right size, color, etc. If y0u’re looking for that one-of-a-kind gift, you ought to check out the site Etsy.com. Here you’ll find gifts of all types, from vintage wears to handcrafted items and art. You can even sell your own products here by creating your own little store.
Another thing you can do to save yourself time and money is sign-up for daily deals through any of these various sites. Each one is catered to your location and you’ll receive emails everyday showcasing a different store or service. There’s been a host of these popping up and they really do give you an opportunity to stretch your dollars.
- LivingSocial.com – LivingSocial offers one fantastic deal every day with discounts of up to 90% at local restaurants, bars, spas, theaters, and more.
- Groupon.com – Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a variety of cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe and soon beyond.
- DailyDeals.com – The DailyDeals.com blog is your source for the best deals, discounts, sales, clearances, and freebies of the day.
Another great new shopping web experience are these sites that offer you huge discounts on clothing, furniture and accessories each week by invitation only. These sites sell certain labels and brands for a week or less at a time, but offer you great prices on things you would not normally find unless you live in larger cities. See if you don’t have friends and family connected to sites like Gilt.com and Hautelook.com. If you get registered with these sites, you can earn referral credits towards shipping or even earn money to apply to your next purchase. If you’d like to join and can’t find any members. Leave a comment below with your email address and I’ll get you signed up.
With so many options to shop, you’ll never run out of ideas for that perfect gift. The only thing you need to worry about is whether you have the time and money to make the most out of this holiday season. The life of a travel nurse is a busy one, so hopefully these few tips will help you get what you need in the time you have to spare.