One of the biggest shopping days of the year is black Friday. In the United States, the day has always struck me as suspect but I have a potential solution for you.
A little history on Black Friday
Black Friday in America comes exactly one day after American’s profess their thankfulness for all that they have. They then become the rude, forgetful, and some of the most hateful people on the planet all in an attempt to save a few dollars on Christmas presents. It is one of the times of year that you hear about people getting injured or even trampled to death trying to get into stores and get a sale item for someone they love. To me, this seems exactly contrary to the entire holiday spirit. Historically, black Friday is the first day of the year that many retail outlets finally operate outside break even or the negative (red) and begin to show a profit for the year (operating in the black).
A season of gift giving November 20 – December 31:
I have heard that its somewhere in the area of 17 major world religions and cultures that celebrate and give gifts during this time of year. With that many religions and cultures doing this “act of kindness” large retail outlets have capitalized on it. Some of the major holidays that occur at this time are Christmas, Hanukkah, Id al-Adha, Yule, the Winter Solstice, Zartusht-no-diso, Rohatsu, and Festivus, just to name a few. In my house we celebrate Christmas, but it is no wonder that this time of year is packed with sales and loss leaders to attract people to their stores. Do not get me wrong I do believe it is great that people exchange gifts, show their love and respect for one another, and join in with a giving spirit but I also feel there must be a better way to get this done than waiting in long lines and dedicating hours to shopping just to give a gift that everyone else is purchasing and giving.
Shopping Resources: traditional stores or online:
Thanks to the internet we now have a choice on how we shop and compare prices. Yea brick and mortar stores can be fun for those who enjoy the shopping experience during the holidays but that experience comes at a price. The prices are time, effort, energy, and resources. Those who shop online will not expend all of those resources but shopping has to be done early and shipping times must be calculated into the arrival of the gifts. It’s definitely a trade-off. That said, if you purchase the latest gizmo either online or in a brick and mortar location you will, in effect, receive the same product but where do you go to get truly unique gifts?
The Search for unique gifts is over:
If you want a truly unique gift, something that not everyone who shops at major retail stores has access to I would suggest purchasing your gifts at C Flees Fine Art , B Wayne Mullins Photography , or Chandra Ely Designs . All three artists offer unique creations available only on their websites. All three artists also offer a 30 day, no hassle, return policy if you are not absolutely thrilled with their work.
Chris Flees and Bob Mullins focused in home decor. Chandra focuses on custom women’s clothing and accessories. Chris specializes in Digital Fine Art and Bob specializes in Photography. Below is a sample of each artist’s work.
I encourage you to sign up for the mailing list on each of these artists websites to receive discount codes and coupons via email for their works. Today Chris has released his seasonal discount code: XFYTVF for 20% works in his main portfolio with additional exclusive specials being released to the subscribers of his site’s email list. Chandra Ely and Bob Mullins will most likely release their coupons and discount codes for the subscribers of their site email list over the next couple of days.
Have a safe and joyous Christmas and Holiday Season.