Last minute Christmas gift shoppers have more options than ever before for last-minute Christmas gift shopping, buying, shipping and giving in 2010 thanks to rapidly expanding retail technology. Find a list of the best last-minute Christmas gift ideas and the retail stores, mobile phone apps, and online shopping websites that are making creative last-minute Christmas shopping options available to procrastinating Christmas gift-buying consumers..
Last minute shoppers can save time by doing late night shopping at online retail shopping websites, but last minute shipping is rarely ever free, and sometimes unreliable. The best last-minute online shopping and shipping options can be found at retail websites with a "ship to store" option.
The ship-to-store website option allows last minute shoppers to buy Christmas gifts online, and have them shipped directly to a retail store for pickup. This last minute idea is best because it's easy, it's fast, and it's almost always free!
Almost all major online retail shopping or restaurant websites offer last-minute Christmas gifts in the form of egift cards and egift certificates. Both purchased, and delivered electronically, egift cards and egift certificates allow last-minute gift shoppers to purchase a gift card as late as Christmas Eve, and get it delivered to the e-mailbox of a gift recipient located anywhere in the world within hours. This is the best of the very last last-minute options!
If you're going to buy a last-minute gift card gift, why not also get a little gift for yourself at the same time? In order to get their share of the $4 billion that will be spent on gift cards in the 2010 holiday season, many major retail chains and restaurants have created gift card promos which reward gift card purchasers with a free bonus gift card.
Borders, Cheesecake Factory, Kroger, and The Children's Place are examples of the U.S. retailers who will thank you for your gift card purchase by giving you an extra bonus gift card - to spend or to share.
The best shopping day of the Christmas holiday season this year for last-minute shoppers is December 23rd, which is now officially "Click It To Gift It Day," a/k/a Procrastinators Anonymous Day. On December 23rd, a group of major online retail and restaurant chains are creating special promotions, deals and discounts for procrastinating shoppers who purchase e-gift cards and e-gift certificates. These ultra conveneient electronic gift cards are sent almost instantaneously to the recipients via e-mail.
This is the first year that retailers have organizaed to reward procrastinators, and if it goes well, it may become an annual event on the retail calendar like Cyber Monday.
With mobile shopping growing in popularity, it's only logical that retailers would cater to digital shoppers with a gift card that can be purchased, sent and used from mobile phone to mobile phone with no paper, plastic, or website in between. The number of major U.S. retailers who are offering mobile (digital) coupons in the 2010 Christmas gift season is small, but the novelty of mobile-to-mobile gift cards may make up for the limited options available.
For last-minute phone-a-holics, mobile gift cards are an easy way to get Christmas shopping accomplished and receive that great feeling instant gratification in return.
If lack of time has forced you to be a last minute Christmas gift shopper, save time and the aggravation of mall traffic by shopping on your cellphone. The list of major U.S. retailers with mobile shopping apps is growing longer to match the growing number of U.S. consumers who are feeling more comfortable making purchases with their mobile phones.
Buying last-minute gifts while you stand in line at the post office to mail last-minute packages is the ultimate in Christmas multi-tasking. Mobile shopping apps are ready to help...