Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Take note of these holiday shipping deadlines, and plan accordingly.
Time is running out for holiday gift and card shipping through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail parcels and packages by Dec. 14 for parcel post delivery by Christmas, and cards by Dec. 21, the post office's blog advises. If you miss those days, though, you're still OK—as long as you're fine with paying a little extra. Here are the absolute-last-day deadlines to keep in mind, according to the U.S. Postal Service's holiday calendar: One more date to keep in mind is Monday, Dec. 17: Traditionally, the post office's "busiest day is ... the Monday before Christmas as people mail cards and packages they prepared over the weekend," The Huffington Post reported last year. A good way to cut down on time spent waiting in line is to order your holiday …
Are you visiting one of the thrift or secondhand stores in Montgomery County for holiday gifts this year?
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Have you ever regifted? You know, taken that unwanted desk adornment you got from your uncle last year and given it to a co-worker. While regifting traditionally has been frowned upon, the economy and environment may be helping shed some of the stigma associated with it. Some see it as a smart way to keep items out of landfills, while others view it as an opportunity to save money. In fact, regifting websites are cropping up all over the place, each with their own spin on the closeted practice. One site has proclaimed Dec. 20 as “National Regifting Day,” another has given prizes for the best regifting story and a third offers a “Gift Giver’s Guide to Gracious Regifting.” Even if you don’t have some unwanted gifts on the top shelf of your…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sculpt, paint and design your own gift in Montgomery County.
While holiday spending is expected to remain level or even to increase slightly compared to 2011, many people are looking for ways to reduce the impact on their wallets or the environment by buying gifts at thrift or secondhand stores. Handcrafted gifts are another alternative to traditional holiday gifting (and they're not just for kids anymore). Businesses at which one may paint one's own pottery, fuse a glass sculpture, design a piece of beaded jewelry or even stuff a plush toy animal are located all over Maryland, including Montgomery County. *** Learn how to make your own beaded jewelry: Rockville: Accents Beads, 12112 Nebel St., Rockville, MD 20852 Silver Spring: The Bead Warehouse, 2740 Garfield Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 Takoma …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Study reveals we buy according to our age and life stage. But, for gifts, is cemetery lot maintenance really a crowd pleaser?
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Looking for shopping deals this Friday? Here are some ideas.
Businesses are beginning to announce Black Friday deals, as the national kick-off for holiday shopping draws near. Here are some of the local deals: Westfield Montgomery Mall The Westfield Montgomery Mall will open at midnight on Nov. 23 for shoppers looking to get an early start. In addition to store specials, the mall will have hourly giveaways and an opportunity to win a $500 shopping spree. Many of the eateries in the food court will open at midnight as well. Retail offers include: For a complete list of retailers, visit the mall’s Facebook page. While you're shopping don't forget that deals, parking directions and more can be found on the Westfield Montgomery Mall app, downloadable here. Target, Walmart and Sears are opening as early …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Unique and elegant holiday gifts at reasonable prices
Over the years, I have lost a bit of my holiday spirit when it came to shopping. It just became one more thing on the to do list. After spending a good part of an afternoon at Amber Fields Interiors, a furniture and decorating store, my awe of the season has been restored. Located in Chevy Chase, 7013 Brookville Road, in the shopping area of Martin's Additions, you feel the beauty and elegance from the moment you walk in the store. The warmth of the store is extended through the owner, Karen Marvaso and manager, Jenny Riffle who walked me through one holiday gift inspiration after another.