Office workers, corporate execs, freelancers, and entrepreneurs – they all can’t wait to take some well-deserved time off this Christmas. If you have a special man or woman in your life who is as busy as bee, here are some gift ideas your hard-working significant other will adore.

1. Electronic Accessories

For Him:

A professional can amass a lot of documents, presentations, reports, and other digital files on a regular basis, and he will want some place to safely keep all that important stuff.

A 1 terabyte external hard drive, such as this WD My Passport Ultra from Best Buy, is a versatile device that is compatible with most desktop and laptop computers. A 16 gigabyte USB flash drive is a good, affordable alternative and is easier to carry around.

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Instead of trudging to the mall with your Christmas gift list, consider shopping online instead. Cyber Monday offers online shoppers great deals with the added benefit of convenience. Make the most of your Cyber Monday shopping spree with these helpful tips.

Make a List

If you plan to visit several websites to make multiple purchases, be sure to have a list of gifts you intend to buy in order to minimize confusion and the time you spend online.

Green keyboard button for shopping

To prevent the lure of impulse buying, write down your budget for each item, and stick to your list!

Research and Compare Prices

Be careful of marketers that try to make regular prices appear like bargains. Before doing any cyber shopping, find out the approximate retail price for your items so you can spot the real deals.

Pile on dollar bills

While shopping, make use of comparative shopping engine apps or tools to check the lowest possible price for your items across the web and at local stores. Sign up for email alerts from price comparison sites for a heads up on hourly deals.

Track Retailer Promotions

If you have a preferred retailer, monitor their blog and sign up for their newsletter a week or two before Cyber Monday to stay informed about upcoming promos and to avail of exclusive subscriber coupons.

Make sure to follow your favorite stores and brands on Facebook and Twitter. They will often announce their latest discounts and deals on popular social sites.

Protect Yourself Online

Guard yourself against identity theft and online fraud. To check if a site is private and secure, look at its URL and see if it says https:// and shows a small padlock icon during the payment process.

Shopping online with a credit card

Make sure your anti-virus software is running and up to date. An effective anti-virus program can detect viruses and key loggers used by phishing scams to steal your personal or credit card details.

You can never be too careful when it comes to passwords. Secure your phone, tablet, and wireless network with a password made up of upper and lowercase letters and numbers. Create a new password for each site that requires you to sign up for a shopping account.

Be Early and Act Fast

Keep in mind that items with low prices may be limited in quantity, so start your bargain hunting early. Avoid peak shopping hours in the late morning and early evening, and look for online equivalents of “door buster deals” where great deals are offered only for a certain period of time.

Hand on alarm clock

Be careful not to be taken in by the rush of the sales tactic or you may end up making a lot of unnecessary purchases.

If you’re planning to buy a new Christmas tree this year, check out our Cyber Monday sale and find a fun and fabulous Treetopia tree that’s perfect for you.

 

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Black Friday is arguably the most awaited day for holiday shoppers and bargain hunters. This annual event can be full of frenzy and excitement, so consider these simple and helpful shopping tips when deciding what to buy on this madcap day.

Electronics

Be careful when buying big ticket items like a TV. Some low-priced TVs are derivative models produced especially for Black Friday and may have lower specs, less features, or a shorter warranty than the standard model. This may be acceptable for a second or third set, but if you are looking to upgrade your main TV or build a home theater, remember that the best TV deals are offered right before the Super Bowl in early February.

Widescreen projection TV in a luxurious home theater

The Superbowl season is the best time to buy a TV

Don’t be tempted to buy an outdated smartphone just because it comes free with a 24-month service contract. Chances are very good that you can find great deals on newer phones at the same store. Compared to last year’s models, recently released phones usually have a sharper screen, faster processor, and more convenient features.

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Get your dad the perfect gift to celebrate how awesome he really is

Before enjoying your ultimate summer escape this year, take some time out to find your dad the perfect gift for Fathers’ Day. As any smart and savvy Treetopia reader would know, finding the perfect gift doesn’t always equate to spending more money, rather, the perfect present is one that is well thought out. Here are some Fathers’ Day gifts you may want to consider:


“I’m for your father…”

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Give your equally (or more) fantastic mom a gift she truly deserves

You’ve already proven how fabulous you are with the way you can juggle your tasks, solve tough problems, manage your time between work and play, and still have some solo relaxation time. Now it’s time to celebrate one amazing person whose love and guidance enabled you to become the person you are today: MOM. Just how can you show how much you love your mom this Mother’s Day? By telling her, of course, and through acts of love! A thoughtful gift wouldn’t hurt as well. Here are some gift ideas for your lovely mom:

Warmth

Give her the gift of added style for breezy days and brisk summer nights. A fashionable pashmina or Turkish 100% Cotton Fouta allows her the freedom to wear whatever she is comfortable in without the need to keep checking if it matches the whole outfit. Of course, not only are pashminas and Turkish Foutas a nice, snug protection from the cold, they’re also fashionable in their own right.


photo by liketearsintherain via flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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If you’re still not sure what to give moms this Christmas, Treetopia is here to share some ideas

Moms are the best! They have boundless amounts of energy to work all day and still prepare dinner and kiss the kids good night. This Christmas, show them you appreciate everything they do for you. Here are some holiday gift ideas that will be appreciated by moms in every stage of motherhood:

Something needed
One way to make sure that your gift will be fully appreciated is to find out what mom needs around the house, whether it’s an actual household item or a task that needs doing: a new non-stick pan, a set of bed covers, a nice painting to fill the bare wall, a new pair of shoes for walking in the park—or even repairs around the house. Just make sure that you call in the experts for repairs if you’re not one. Do what you can to make her life easier for the rest of the year.


A beautiful piece of art for the wall

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Find awesome gift ideas for your special book worm this holiday season

Over the past few years, books have made a comeback as a result of popular and compelling film and television adaptations. While there have been many fans of such cinematic adaptations, many people choose to either preempt or follow up literary films with original texts, and there are purists who strictly prefer the written form. If you’re wondering what to give bookworms this season, Treetopia has several delightful and useful gift ideas.

Waterproof Book Covers

Any book lover would agree that it’s not fun to read damaged books, especially books with pages stuck together from being a casualty of water. Gift any book lover with a waterproof book cover (or a set of them), and they will surely cherish the extra protection it gives their beloved books—and cherish you for your savvy and thoughtful idea.

 


photo by Dzhus via flickr. CC BY 2.0

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Satisfy the insatiable gustatory desires of food lovers this holiday with these fabulous gift suggestions

Christmas is our free ticket to go all out and satisfy our appetites all in one day. It’s also the day when we get together with our dearest of family and friends. While everyone appreciates receiving gifts, giving that fruitcake a break this Christmas will certainly be a welcome decision. Since Christmas is also all about scrumptious food, here are a few gift ideas you can use for the food lovers on your gift list:

 

Collection of Herbs

For those who appreciate the huge difference herbs make in any dish, a collection of fresh or dried herbs makes a great gift. If you fancy the dried herbs option, purchase a few bundles of a variety of herbs from your local farmer’s market. Store these in clear, airtight containers, and label them accordingly. Food lovers with green thumbs will appreciate receiving a small potted herb garden that will make a great herb starter kit.

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Show your appreciation to your teachers this Christmas with these fabulous gift ideas

Teachers are everywhere and it’s no secret that being a teacher is a difficult job. There are some who end up as your intellectual guides or concerned friends when school is over. Whether the teacher is a friend or someone who has made an impact at some point in your life, here are a few fabulous gift ideas for the people working in the profession that teaches all other professions:

A Box of Scrumptious Pastries

Teachers are busy. They spend most of the day in the classroom and spend the rest of the day grading their students’ papers. Since cookies and pastries make for great pick-me-ups, give the teachers a reprieve by gifting them a box of scrumptious pastries that will melt the stress away with every bite.

 

Gift Basket

If you want to ensure that your teachers receive a variety of gifts, consider putting together an original gift basket with items suited to each teacher’s tastes. You can add a mix of bath and body supplies, unique stationery sets, or even a collection of gourmet food products like coffee beans and tea leaves.

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Stand out from the crowd with a fabulous, unique gift for the host. More than just a bottle of wine, these gifts will get you invites to the hottest parties in town.

The beginning of the holiday season almost always means that it is party season once again. If you want to attend the hottest parties in town, you may want to make sure that you are known not only for your amazing personality, but also your uncanny gift-giving skills.

Before you can select the perfect gift, you have to get to know the host of the party first. If you don’t know the host too well, think of him or her as a puzzle that needs to be solved. Do your research. Find out if the party has an overall theme and ask people about the host’s interests. Just to get you started, here are a few fabulous gift ideas that will make a lasting impression:

Lovers of Fine Brews

If you know that the host of the party has a taste for beer, a personalized beer mug is a safe bet. Have his or her name engraved on the mug, or have one specially designed to reflect the host’s personality. If the host appreciates a good laugh, you can even have his or her picture incorporated into the design. If you want to go the extra mile, you can purchase a beer brewing kit so that the host can experiment making his or her own recipe.

A Toast

If wine or champagne is preferred over beer, you can give the host a pair or set of crystal wine or champagne glasses. Everyone will surely raise a toast in your direction every time your gift is used.

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