Tips For Last Minute Christmas Shopping

online-christmas-shoppingI don’t know about you, but I do not like going to retail stores, especially if sales are going on such as on Black Friday and for sure not in the week before Christmas.

But sooner or later you might find yourself in the situation that you NEED to have a last minute gift, and not always can you buy them online. So what do you do if you have to head out to a major retailer in the worst time of the year when anyone else is shopping as well?

To help you there you might want to check out this great guise I find over at Lifehacker. Check out their 10 Last Minute Shopping Tips! They have some cool tips such as when is the best time to go, how to get the best deals and many more.

If you’re still needing some gift ideas for Christmas and your partner or friend happens to love computers, why not give some great software or maybe a game? There is hardly a computer nerd who wouldn’t be happy for a PC game that you can gift them via Steam. If the one you’re looking for a gift for has a business, how about gifting them the latest in small business software?

Many software vendors will have significant discounts on their software around Christmas time so it can be worth it to look around on the net. Make no mistake, those are gifts that will be highly appreciated especially if the business owner needs to watch their spending. In some cases it can be as easy as that you purchase a software key online and you can then give them the key written down on a nice Christmas card! How’s that for a nice Christmas gift idea?

The above tips for last minute gifting are proudly brought to you by Mansys, the UK’s specialist for affordable shipping software for small businesses.

Furniture: The Advantages Of Reclaimed Wood

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What can be better then gorgeous furniture where you know that it is made with an eye on preserving our fragile environment?

On the forefront of those furniture makers that care for our environment are the British designers at Mac+Wood.

reclaimed woodNo tree is harmed for their absolutely gorgeous bespoke custom dining tables and benches.

Each and every piece of their creations is made with hand-select, aged wood timbers.

Not only are Mac+Wood’s designs environmentally friendly, they are moreover masterpieces of the modern British craft furniture making.

The reclaimed wood used in their creations gives the reclaimed wood dining table and bespoke benches a very unique rustic look. The wood radiates a liveliness and warmth unlike anything that can be had with another material. Combine this with the style of brushed steel and what you get are eye-catching furniture masterpieces without precedence.

UK Retailers Under Strain Due To High Christmas Shopping Demand

debenhamsBlack Friday and this week’s “Manic Monday” had been the official start for the Christmas shopping season but retailers in the UK are already struggling to keep up with high demand.

Shoppers in the UK are expected to spend £700m this “Cyber Monday” on online retail websites alone. The increased demand is now putting serious strain on web operations that not all retailers in the nation can handle.

One example for a British retailer that struggles to keep up with the current shopping craze is Debenhams but this retailer is just one of the many who are now under pressure in the Christmas shopping season.

This past Black Friday an estimated £810 million was spent online, exceeding industry experts expectations by a staggering 50%. Those predicted instead that “Manic Monday” would be the year’s biggest online shopping day.

Due to this miscalculation, retailers in the nation including big names such as Tesco are now still trying to clear backlog orders. Other retailers, such as the aforementioned Debenhams are forced to notify their customers about expected delays.

Angry shoppers are now storming various social media where they complain about  unfulfilled orders and long waiting times. Some of the shoppers have been waiting for more than a week.