November 22, 2013 15:44 ET

A Mom's Guide to Shopping Smart This Holiday Season

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 22, 2013) - Dana Hilmer the Lifestyle Mom has a few tips for how families can shop smarter this season.

Keep safety in mind. According to research from insurance provider Travelers, the number one cause of identity theft comes from losing your wallet, followed by car theft and online theft. To help consumers, they've put together some tips at for when you're shopping this season. Only carry the minimum amount of information you need and always take your credit card and ATM receipts. When shopping online, make sure to log off completely when finished with transactions and never allow a browser to "remember" your username and password. Finally, you can consider purchasing ID fraud coverage, which helps to reimburse some of the costs related to reclaiming your identity and rebuilding your credit. 

Next, when it comes to choosing the right gift, think personal and look for unique gifts that celebrate a particular hobby or interest. For example, for the cat lover on your list, Fancy Feast has launched a site called featuring a collection of hand-crafted gifts such as specialty jewelry, illustrations, cat collars, tote bags and more. also features, for just $2, Fancy Feast's 2013 holiday ornament, which has been a tradition for more than 25 years. This year's ornament is a unique letterpress keepsake handcrafted in their hometown of St. Louis. All donations will go directly to

Finally, if you're stumped for gift ideas, make it easy and go to a one-stop shop! Sites like Amazon are sure to have something for everyone on your list. This year, electronics, toys and video games are expected to be the hottest items with the new Kindle Fire HDX and Playstation4 topping lists. Also check out Amazon's mobile shopping app -- it's free and available on every wireless device. You can easily search for deals, read reviews, and scan barcodes of items to add to your wish list. Of course you can buy gifts, have them wrapped and shipped from your mobile device in as little as 30 seconds.

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