While some shoppers have spent weeks and months picking up gifts for friends and loved ones this holiday season, the procrastinators among us are buying gifts at the last minute from several online and offline retailers. Buying last-minute gifts for overnight delivery is a top priority for those who have left holiday shopping to the eleventh hour. iStorez, a theme-based shopping site that provides personalized recommendations and deal alerts from top retailers, shares some insights about after Christmas sales and 2008 holiday shopping trends.
Last-Minute Holiday Gifts with Overnight Shipping
There’s hope for those who don’t want to give a gift card as a last-minute gift this season; several online retailers including Zappos.com, Perfume.com and Zales.com are offering overnight shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas for orders placed before 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST on December 23. Zappos is offering free holiday shipping on all orders placed by 1 p.m. PST and free 365 day returns. Other retailers such as Amazon.com are offering one-day shipping for orders placed by 4 p.m. PST, but additional shipping charges do apply.
If they miss the shipping deadline and don’t want to bear the costs of express deliveries, there’s still another option for the procrastinating shopper. iStorez President and CEO Anand Jagannathan shares some insights about online shopping trends for the 2008 holiday season. Jagannathan says that the “many retailers are promoting last-minute gifts online with the option of in-store pickup. Some of the most popular stores include Kohls, Nordstrom and Sears.” These stores also offer gift wrapping services for the procrastinating holiday shopper who has completely run out of time this season.
Last-minute shoppers tend to pick up gift cards, CDs, DVDS, books, perfume, jewelry and gift baskets. iStorez reports that some of the most popular last-minute gift ideas for the 2008 season include:
– Unique adventure gifts for kids from the Discovery Store
– Designer jewelry and accessories from Tobi
– Food baskets from The Popcorn Factory
– Hostess gifts from Williams Sonoma
– E-gift cards from Janie & Jack for Kids Clothing
After Christmas Sales Attract Even More Online Shoppers
While heading to the nearest mall or outlet center on December 26 is at the top of the agenda for many savvy shoppers, there are plenty of deals to be found online. iStorez is launching a complete shopping guide that lists the latest deals and specials from top retailers. This makes it easy for post-holiday shoppers to map out their strategy and take advantage of the latest discounts without having to visit each crowded store.
After Christmas sales and deals are also being posted on Amazon.com and deal discussion forums such as FatWallet.com and CouponCabin.com.