As of this blog posting, there are only 6 shopping days until Christmas.
If you haven’t finished shopping, then what’s stopping you? Oh, I see! The economic downturn. You were laid off. Who isn’t affected?
Here are some interesting facts and figures you might want to consider.
Gift cards continues to be “the” preferred gift this holiday season. With many stores suffering from poor holiday sales this year, you can bet that after Christmas sales will be the norm for the rest of the year and into 2009.
Many consumers will benefit from after Christmas sales, receiving outstanding deals on everything from clothing to electronics to household gear. Gift cards will figure to be the deciding factor on whether merchants will be able to recover in first three months of the year.
Also, many consumers would rather give gift cards because with them, receivers get exactly what they want. Plus, their money is not wasted on a gift someone really didn’t want. Overall, reaction among consumers is positive when receiving gift cards.
With all that said, there’s a website out there that has virtually any store you can think of to get the right gift card.
Gift Card Mall is an exclusive retail network of grocery, restaurant and specialty retailers.
The network includes nearly 80,000 store participants and reaches more than 165 million buyers each week. All-in-all, it’s a one-stop shopping experience, conveniently done on the web.
So, if you’re looking for a late holiday gift or if your budget’s been shot to pieces by the economic situation, consider the gift of gift cards this holiday season.