The Future of Shopping: What to watch for in 2015

January 6th, 2015 by GiftZip.com No comments »

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Now that the holiday shopping season of 2014 is over, what shopping changes can we expect in 2015? 2014 was a transitional period for the retail industry. In the last 3 years, the mobile market has taken off.  Just in the past year, online shopping has increased by 27%. Now e-commerce composes more than 10% of all retail sales. It’s estimated to rise to 30% in 2018. That’s good for us consumers right? It’s more convenient, you don’t have to leave your home, no holiday traffic, and most of the time you end up finding better deals online that you do in the store. But is it as good as it sounds? Yes and no. Because of shipping and packaging costs, as well as higher rates of returns, some retailers end up losing money online. Costs can run as high as 25% of sales for retailers that outsource their e-commerce operations. Some companies have tried to save costs by imposing a minimum purchase amount for online orders. Others have tried to hike shipping costs. Regardless of costs, online shopping is rapidly growing and this means that retailers are trying harder than ever to perfect e-commerce to be cost efficient for all of us. With new features like Apple Pay and mobile PayPal, things will only continue to get easier in 2015. » Read more: The Future of Shopping: What to watch for in 2015

Sticking with Your Resolutions in 2015

December 3rd, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

blank list of resolutions on blackboardIt’s hard to believe that a new year is almost upon us, it feel like just yesterday 2014 was just getting started and the holiday season seemed to be in a very distance future. Well, believe it or not, 2015 is just around the corner and with all the major holidays in the weeks ahead, this month is sure to go by faster than ever. This month we want to get you thinking about your New Year’s resolution and more importantly how to stick with it for the whole year, or until you accomplish your goal. So below we’ve come up with our top tips on how to not only craft the best New Year’s resolution possible, but stick with it to the end.

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How to Save Big This Black Friday

November 3rd, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

Black FridayWith fall winding down and Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect time to share our favorite tips for Black Friday shopping. This door busting, wee-hours of the morning sales event starts just hours after the turkey has been carved and mid afternoon naps have been taken, and has certainly become a family tradition for many across the country looking to start off their holiday shopping with savings. Below we’ll show you how to make the most of the sales this year, where to look, when to go, and more to save you some extra money or nab that illustrious flat screen.

Do Your Research

Successful Black Friday shopping starts with doing your homework on what deals will be available where and for how much. Two great sites to keep in your bookmarks folder around this time of year are BlackFriday.com and DealNews.com (apps also available). Combine these two sites with your own Black Friday mailers and you’ve got a good head-start on where the best deals will be.

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Make a Difference this October

October 8th, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

mdday_color_logoWe all know October as the month of Halloween, when kids and adults alike get to dress up as their favorite monsters and myths and pig out on candy. But, most people don’t know that October is also home to Make A Difference Day, an annual community service event held each year on the fourth Saturday of the month. While it’s great to dress up, watch your favorite scary movie and eat Reese’s like there’s no tomorrow, it’s important to remember that there are many that are less fortunate than you and heading into the colder parts of the year they could definitely use a helping hand. Make A Difference Day is your chance to help!

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Top 5 Sites to Kickstart Your Self Improvement Month

September 10th, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

Self Improvement MonthSeptember is a time of year where the days get chillier and the trees change color, football games are back in full swing and winter is right around the corner, it’s a time where most people have a lot of activities on their plate: family gatherings, a busy work schedule, taking the kids to a litany of extra-curricular activities and it’s often easy to forget about yourself and get stuck in a rut. That’s why in honor of Self-Improvement month, we at GiftZip have compiled our top 5 sites to help kick start your self-improvement month.

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Back to School Savings Tips

August 4th, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

school supplies on yellow backgroundChildren groan when they begin to see back to school commercials pop up on their cartoon shows in early August, but like it or not back to school season is coming fast. When the time comes to shop for the kids, whether it’s now or the day before school starts, it can be tempting to make one trip and get everything imaginable on your list. But don’t be fooled by stores’ flashy displays and promised savings, back to school shopping can be dangerously expensive. So in order to save you cash and sanity during the shopping season, here’s 5 tips to save you money during back to school shopping.

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American History 101

July 1st, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

United-States-with-American-FlagPeople all over the country are gearing up to celebrate that most patriotic of holidays, the Fourth of July. This glorious red-white-and-blue event usually means bonfires, barbecues, and trips to the nearest body of water. But, as is the case with many of our other patriotic holidays, we party-loving Americans tend to forget the real “reason for the season.” Why does Independence Day really exist? Let’s have a brief lesson on American history!

Independence Day in the United States, at its simplest, is a celebration of our nation’s independence from the United Kingdom. This major feat was accomplished in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted. Technically, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2nd that year, but the date that is celebrated (July 4) is the one that is shown on the Declaration of Independence. John Adams had predicted at one time that July 2 would be a day of great celebration for the United States, but he was off by a few days.

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Fresh Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts

June 2nd, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

Worlds-No.1-DadFather’s Day is quickly approaching, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to buy for the best guy in your life. Until now, Father’s Day has been the day where kids everywhere say, “I love you enough to get you a gift, but I didn’t have time to think of a more original present.” Just like Mother’s Day, this warm-weather holiday is in need of a gift-giving makeover. Instead of turning to the tried-and-true gift solutions like barbecues and neckties, let’s try to think outside the box this year! Check out these fresh present ideas, so you can show Dad how much you care by getting him something great.

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Show Mom You Care: Do Something Different for Mothers’ Day!

April 29th, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

mothers-dayMothers’ Day is fast approaching, and you’re running out of time to find the perfect gift to show your Mom how much you care. When you think about all that she’s done for you over the years, the constant love and support that she shows you, you start to realize that a bouquet of flowers just isn’t going to cut it. This year, try something new for Mothers’ Day and make a memory that lasts a lifetime. The best gifts, after all, aren’t things but experiences. 

Pamper Her

Any woman who has raised children has certainly experienced plenty of stress. Give your mother a spa gift card and let her put her feet up and relax (while getting a pedicure!) Take a day to enjoy pampered relaxation together, or just send Mom off for a  weekend of rest and rejuvenation. It’s the least she deserves for getting through your teen years!

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10 Easy Ways to GO GREEN for Earth Day!

April 11th, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

For 44 years, Americans have banded together on April 22nd to do something kind for the planet we call home. Earth Day is an important reminder that each one of us has the power and the responsibility to help save our environment, and to leave behind a safe place for future generations. This April, what will you do to help the environment? Whether it’s something large or something small, every step counts toward making our planet better.

1. Clean Green

Combine Earth Day and spring cleaning by finding recipes for eco-friendly cleaning products you can make yourself out of common household ingredients. Ridding your home of harmful chemicals is good for the planet and your wallet!

2. Plant a Tree

You don’t have to wait until Arbor Day (April 27th) to plant a tree. Trees help fight global warming by taking in CO2, as well as creating a habitat for birds and other creatures. Choose a fruit bearing tree for a yummy reminder each year of your contribution to the planet. » Read more: 10 Easy Ways to GO GREEN for Earth Day!