List of 25 Ridiculous & Fun Gifts From the Past

Here’s a fun list of the 25 top ridiculous and memorable gifts. I’m sure you’ll remember quite a few of them. I had a good time checking them all out and figured I’d share. Happy Holidays!

Shopping Site Saves You Time and Money

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I’m done with my holiday shopping and plan on enjoying Christmas music, movies and all the food, family and festivities that go along with it.  If you’re stilllooking  for deals — this app may help!

Shopping App

Over the past few months (I start shopping for the holidays in August) I’ve already cashed in on some great deals thanks to retailers like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic and The Limited running amazing promotions for up to 40% off! But not everyone wants to watch and wait for deals. Now you don’t have to! There’s a fabulous new site called Hukkster.com that will do it for you.

The site was started by two former J. Crew merchandisers who wanted to help people save money, clear clutter and save time. Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell just launched this site to the public but I’ve been using the beta version for a bit and I’m really loving it.

Here’s how it works:

1. Do a little online holiday shopping on your lunch break

2. Find something you love but don’t want to pay full price to purchase

3. “Hukk it” using their handy bookmarklet

4. Get an email notification when that item goes on sale

5. Save money

6. Cross another person off your holiday gift list! Read more

6 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

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As you know — I’ve been shopping for the holidays since August…so I won’t be doing any last-minute runs to the mall to buy gifts before Christmas.  It’s my trick for reducing holiday stress. I also make lists and lists of everything that needs to get done so I don’t leave anything out.  Gifts to wrap, calls to make, cards to buy, etc.  List making will help you calm down and get everything accomplished for sure.

For some other easy ways to reduce stress in this crazy holiday season I turned to the experts at Chicken Soup for the Soul.  The publisher Amy Newmark compiled these tips for us:

6 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

by Amy Newmark

The holiday madness is upon us. Are you feeling a little stressed out? Adding all that holiday prep to your already busy schedule may be putting you over the top. So if you are engaging in “Extreme Multitasking” these days, here are a few tips from the folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul that may make the rest of December go a little easier. Read more

9 Unique and Productive Gift Ideas

Gift giving is such a fun and rewarding activity if you do it right.  Around the holidays people get so bogged down with crossing off everyone from their lists that sometimes they miss the best gifts!  I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites for productivity, practicality and fun too.  Hope this helps you put a dent in your holiday shopping.

GustBuster: If you’ve ever had a fight with an umbrella, had one turn inside out or bust through the frame during a downpour — you need to buy one of these for yourself and a friend.  I’ve had my current Gustbuster for 11 years! Yep, you read that right.  You can find them at most golf stores and online too.  They run between $30 and $60.  It’s much more productive to buy one umbrella that really works instead of going through one after another of those cheapy ones you can get on the street. Read more

Produce Your Life With Lists

As a TV producer — I think in lists all day long: segment ideas, schedules, questions, shots, etc.  Many of the skills I use at work come in handy in my everyday life too.  Grocery shopping, looking for an apartment, traveling and even clothing shopping becomes much easier with a plan — and a list!

If you think of your life like a newscast — and break it up into little bite-sized segments — it will be much easier to manage and be successful.  I talked to Hilary Topper on her show, “Hilary Topper On Air” about how thinking like a producer will make you more efficient and less stressed in every aspect of your life.  We talked about websites to make your life simpler, how to get your holiday shopping done with ease and ways to save money.

Take a listen to her show on Blog Talk Radio and let me know what you think!

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