Sears has joined with Laurin Sydney, author, lifestyle expert and host of MSNBC's Entertainment Hot List, to help holiday shoppers minimize stress and maximize efficiency to make this the best holiday shopping season yet.
"At this time of year, there are many more satisfying pursuits we'd rather be enjoying than frantically scrambling for last minute gifts," says Sydney. "The best way to enjoy this holiday season is to be organized and to shop where you receive the best value, variety and quality. Sears puts this theory into practice, especially during the holidays, by offering knowledgeable sales associates and high quality products at competitive prices to make it a snap to cross everyone off your list."
With so much choice and selection, Sears is the one-stop-shopping destination to help holiday shoppers get what they need and have time to spare to relax and enjoy this festive season. Sydney offers tips to help consumers shape their shopping hassle-free holiday season.
-- Plan ahead and be prepared. Spend a few minutes making lists of the gifts you need and group similar items together. The Sony worryfreedigital™ Camcorder for your father will be right next to your brother's new Samsung Portable DVD player in home electronics, and the Covington Cashmere Cardigan for your mother is conveniently located near the Apostrophe Opera Jacket for your sister in apparel. If you shop department by department instead of person by person, you'll save time and energy! -- Buy people what they really want. This step requires a little more effort-on their part! Ask people to make wish lists and take some of the guesswork out of holiday shopping. Start by setting an example and making a wish list for yourself. Maybe you have your eye on the Chocolate Fondue Fountain for your New Year's Eve gathering or a fabulous new KitchenAid Artisan Series Mixer. Why not wish big? You can set a new family tradition -- everyone gets the gifts they really want! Your friends and family will love you for it. -- Make their dreams come true. People are easier to please than you might expect, just think about their hobbies or their passions. Your uncle loves to tinker with his car -- let him tinker like a pro with the Craftsman 155-piece Mechanics Tool Set. Is your brother-in-law glued to every celebrity poker match? He can feel like a star with the Structure Poker Night in a Box. -- Don't let traffic and busy stores get you down. It can be overwhelming, but just remind yourself that being calm and prepared will get you in-and-out in no time. If that doesn't work, take a deep breath and treat yourself to something special. (No need to feel guilty, a Sears holiday poll found that nearly half of all holiday shoppers do a little splurging on themselves, too!) -- Enlist some help. Holiday shopping superstars know that one of the biggest time wasters and sources of holiday stress is standing in long lines. Invite someone along to be your designated "stander." Park them in view of the large-screen TVs or nearby the stereo systems so they can entertain themselves while you work through your list. -- Pamper someone. Maybe your mom's idea of bliss is a new Dyson DC14 All Floors Upright Vacuum, or perhaps your teenager would like nothing more than to spend the day playing pool and air hockey on the Harvard Dual Play 2-in-1 Game Table. Does grandma love coffee? Then she would enjoy an easy-to-use Cuisinart 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker. And there is someone on everyone's list who would enjoy a Discovery Heated Foot Massager. -- Keep all of your receipts. If you accidentally miss the mark or had the same idea for mom as everyone else in the family, you'll want her to be able to make an easy switch. This is another reason to shop in stores like Sears that offer value and convenient locations nationwide, so loved ones can get what they really want. -- Do your homework at home. That little thing called the Internet can help you compare products and look for the best deal -- and once in- store you can see and touch your selections on your way to the checkout. If you are really organized or really late, sears.com offers you the best shopping shortcut yet -- buy online and pick-up in-store. This convenient service is available until December 23 and can help you fly through holiday shopping. -- Gift cards to the rescue! If you really can't think of anything to get your children's teachers, give them the gift of choice. You can't go wrong with a Sears gift card -- they never expire and they always fit. Available online or in-store, they make holiday shopping a breeze. About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,400 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 870 full-line and 1,100 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at http://www.sears.com/ or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at http://www.searsholdings.com/ .
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