As many shoppers can attest, shopping for Christmas presents in the mall can be a joy and a headache both. The crowds, heat, noise and smells of store shopping can cause headaches and fainting as well as panic attacks in those that cannot handle the press of a huge crowd. Due to these and other concerns, such as pick-pocketing and theft in the malls and shops, many consumers choose to shop online.
Some reasons to shop online, not connected to health risks, have to do with what is available and can be found by shopping online.
For instance, online shoppers can find a wide variety of gifts to fit any personality or attitude. Gifts can be personalised in online shops and received faster than if they are simply bought in a shop. Gifts and clothing items with colours not available in stores can often be found online as well as out of print books and rare things like antique frog magnets, if the purchase is for someone who likes frogs.
Oddities and curiosities from all over the world that can be used for Christmas gift ideas, can be found online for better prices than in the malls and shops as malls and shops often charge at least a 50% overhead, how shop owners make profit, upping the price from fifty pounds to seventy five pounds or more if the overhead is higher. These oddities and curiosities for the more quirky person on the list, or the more travelled, are often good gifts to get as they are as unique as the person being bought for. These sorts of gifts also work for children as they are seen as special and treasured for the thought and consideration in not buying a ‘cookie cutter’ gift but rather seeking out a gift more suited to an individual such as a special puzzle or toy or book.
Engraved and personalized gifts such as mirrors, knives, picture frames, jewellery and other such things are often cheaper, more unique, and more stylized if purchased online. For the music lover who is seeking a favourite, there is literally no album that can’t be found somewhere online if one has the patience and perseverance to look.
Finding things online, though it can take time, is often easier and faster than searching through store racks and shelves. In fact, when asked, most people who shop online have said that once they typed in the name and author of a book, they found it with ease and in stock on any number of sites they looked at when most books stores reported being sold out. Also, online shoppers have reported saying that while looking for one gift on a site with a general idea of what someone wants, they have found better gift ideas while online shopping.
For these reasons and many others, Christmas shoppers who wish to avoid crowds and the panic and mad shopping at the mall prefer the ease and comfort of shopping online from home where they can take their ease and not get trampled or crushed at the mall.