December 09, 2009 11:44 ET

The Guy's Guide to Surviving Holiday Shopping From

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2009) - Guys, pause Guitar Hero, drop the controller, and face it: Christmas is coming whether you like it or not, and you have yet to buy a present for your mother, girlfriend or wife. We know how much you love shopping, especially around this time of year, but is not going to let you procrastinate any longer. With the following tips you'll be back to mastering Expert Mode and be done with shopping in no time!

1. Plan Your Attack. When shopping, make like a ninja -- get in and out before anyone knows you were even there. If you must go to the mall, prepare in advance. You should know what you're looking for, how much it costs, and where to get it before you leave the comfort of your home. When shopping online, shipping times will vary, so expect orders to take at least a week to arrive. Taking the time to plan a budget and your "nice" list will also eliminate unnecessary shopping or browsing. More expensive isn't necessarily better.

2. Tune Out. Bring your MP3 player with you when you go shopping. Your music may not be festive, but at least it won't drive you crazy. It will help you avoid the Christmas carols and screaming baby overload.

3. They have shopping on the Internet now? The third tip is the most obvious: shop online! You'll save money, avoid the crowds (plus any germs they may carry), and find multiple gift ideas with the click of a button. Browse your favourite stores online. You'll save a lot of time by comparing prices, availability, and reviews of products on the Internet.

4. Support the Trend. If you're stuck for ideas, find out what other people are getting your shopping target and get them something that compliments that gift. Is someone getting them skis? Buy them ski goggles and ski wax.

5. Wing-Women. Shopping for the ladies in your life? Call your mother, daughter, sister, friend or female coworker and tap into their natural ability. They will know what colours match, which stores suck, what she really wants, and more importantly, what message your gift is really giving her. Wing-Women are helpful when shopping, Wing-Men are not. If guys were good at holiday shopping, you wouldn't be reading this article, would you?

6. Lost for ideas? Go with a gift card. Just make sure it is for a specific store you know she loves. Don't get her a mall certificate or a year membership to jelly of the month club. This isn't your get out of jail free card; it still requires some thought.


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