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  • Laura 2:33 am on December 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    10 Unique Gifts You Can Make with Help from the Web 

    We all know the Web is a great place to do your holiday shopping — this year’s Cyber Monday and Black Friday traffic was way up over the previous year, after all — but what about gifts that are a bit more meaningful? Can the Web give you a hand with gifts that you had at least some small part in creating? You bet.

    Here are 10 great holiday gift ideas that each have a personal touch. None of the ideas below will require you to fire up a sewing machine or glue macaroni to construction paper, but they each need some degree of creative input.

    Note: We can’t guarantee that all of the sites below will be able to ship your gift in time for the holidays — it is always best to check with each individual site before ordering.

    December 2nd, 2009 | by Josh Catone


    1. Print a Family Photo Book


    blurbWhat better way to remember the year than with the gift of a beautiful photo book? Blurbblurbblurb and Lulu can take your photos and turn them into gorgeous books that your family will cherish. This is an especially great way to remember a major event, like a wedding or the birth of a child, and is 100 percent grandparent approved.

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  • Laura 10:00 am on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    HOW TO: Use Social Media to Find Deals This Holiday Season 

    couponsSara Dunham is the community manager at online coupon site and community Savings.com. You can read more of Sara’s posts on the Savings.com coupon blog or follow @savings.

    Earlier this month, Savings.com hosted the first ever Save Up event in San Francisco, where we brought together the country’s top deal experts (DealPros) to talk about the future of saving money. And it’s important to note that these aren’t experts by trade, they are experts by passion and experience. They are real consumers who are saving tons and, lucky for the rest of us, they’re sharing their secrets so we can all be honorary super savers. One thing is definitely clear: it’s the year of social savings. The savviest shoppers are all tapped into online social circles bubbling up around deals, and with the biggest shopping days of the year upon us, here are some social media tips from us and from our community of experts, to help you save big this holiday season.


    Deal Finding Basics


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    First, the basics. Tons of consumers, retailers and brands are now posting Black Friday deals and holiday sales all over the Web in real-time, so often that’s the first place you’ll hear of a really hot deal. Here’s how to kick off your social shopping strategy with a bang. (More …)

     
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