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Poll: What Type of Gifter Are You?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

wrapping-peterarditoAre you an emotional gifter?  Recently, we received fascinating information about women and the psychology of gifting.  Based on research commissioned by eBay, 1,009 women 18 and older were categorized as four types of gifters: Emotional, Practical, Convenience, and Last Minute. 

Resarch revealed the following information about these four gifter categories:

The Emotional Gifter: Forty-two percent of women identify with this profile and buy unique, thoughtful gifts for each person on their list to show they really understand that person, plan ahead, wrap their own presents and take the time to hand-write a card.

The Practical Gifter: Nearly a quarter, 21 percent, of women consider themselves to be practical gifters, often giving gift cards or cash, and prefer to allow the recipient to make the decision about what’s best to buy.

The Convenience Gifter: Sixteen percent of women identify with this profile, approaching holiday shopping with maximum efficiency, getting shopping done at one store or on one website. These women feel holiday shopping is something that needs to get done, rather than a joyful experience.

The Last Minute Gifter: Thirteen percent of women consider themselves to be last minute gifters, typically buying gifts close to the holidays. They don’t often plan ahead and hurry through the mall at the last minute.

70% of women feel pressure to find the perfect gift, but for 60% shopping brings more stress than joy. 76% also  believe exchanging gifts in person is important.  More surprising information revealed that Last Minute Gifters were composed more of Gen Y/Millenial women around their 20s while Practical Gifters were composed more of Boomers women around their 50s.

You can also read more about the eBay gifting research here and find eBay resources for emotional gifters here.

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ThredUp.com Launches Holiday Toy Swap

Monday, December 6th, 2010

save-with-thredup-2Has your kid outgrown a board game? Or is there a stuffed animal collecting dust in the corner?  Instead of throwing them away or holding a garage sale, swap them this year or all year round on ThredUp.com.

ThredUp.com is an online exchange marketplace where parents can conveniently trade gently-used clothes with each other to save money on items their children no longer need or want.  This holiday season, ThredUp.com is encouraging parents to swap gently-used toys along with clothes–this way, parents can save time on shopping, reduce their shopping expenditures, and go green by cutting back on wasteful spending.

Members of the website browse for a box of toys and/or clothes they would like from another parent, then pay a flat fee of $5 plus shipping to receive that box.  ThredUp.com then provides a shipping label and schedules an home pick-up of the box to be sent.  Or the box can also be mailed at the local post office.  ThredUp.com wants to help budget-conscious parents save $500,000 this year through the toy and clothing swap.

Finally, you can get rid of that fire truck with the annoying siren and find a more unique (and, perhaps, quieter) gift to give your kids this year.

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Hanukkah Gift Guide from GrowsUp.com

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Wooden Torah toy setStill looking for unique Hanukkah gifts? We love the Hanukkah gift guide that GrowsUp.com has pulled together. Founded by a coterie of women and moms, GrowsUp.com is a new online marketplace that sells unique and affordable handcrafted, high quality children’s toys, clothes, and products from boutique artisans (some who are parents themselves). 

Each product is carefully selected to be fun, educational, family-oriented, and environmentally friendly–think the indie appeal of Etsy.com crossed with the mass-market appeal of Amazon.com.  Plus, GrowsUp.com allows you to create customized gift wish lists for your children according to age and gender, so as your children grow up, the lists automatically change to reflect their age. 

For the remaining days of Hanukkah, you can invest in brown suede ankle booties to keep your tots warm, a wooden holiday puzzle set to challenge minds, and a colorful Torah set or a Shabbat set to teach Jewish values.

Even as you peruse the GrowsUp.com Hanukkah gift guide, don’t forget to help your kids celebrate the important meaning behind Hanukkah.

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