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Virtual stocking stuffers: How the internet can help you give the greatest gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – that is, as long as you’ve finished your Christmas shopping and don’t need to worry about buying any more presents.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday long gone, time is running short for those of you waiting until the last minute to find that special present for a family member or friend, so what can you do to relieve yourself of any current or pending stress?

Shop virtually.

No, no, I don’t mean to suggest that you buy all of your gifts online, even though doing so can be a great idea if you wish to give someone a physical present (plus, it can save you a trip to the store and potentially save you a few bucks in the process). That said, if you buy an actual present online, you’ll still have to either have to wrap it or pay for someone else to do it. Who wants to deal with that last-minute drama?

Instead, consider purchasing a virtual stocking stuffer. Virtual stocking stuffers can come in the form of gift cards, Groupon-esq deals, or bank-to-bank transactions (such as Venmo). Virtual stocking stuffers can make any Christmas dreamer’s day because of the simplicity and freedom they provide. Think about it:

  • With a virtual stocking stuffer, you put the gift of choice in the recipient’s hands. Gone are the days of guessing what your niece or nephew wants; instead, you can give them a virtual gift card that will allow them to pick out their present themselves – and they may even be happier for it.
  • You can subtly persuade family members to try something you like. It may sound a little Grinchy, but this tactic may just pay off in the future. Is there a restaurant you’ve been dying to try that your sister always seems to avoid for one reason or another? Well, give her a coupon. She may just bring you along for the ride!
  • They make great compliments to other presents. Maybe you want to buy your loved one multiple gifts. A virtual stocking stuffer can be a great addition to any heap of presents; in fact, they sometimes work best that way!

If you’re in need of a last-minute Christmas present this year, consider a virtual stocking stuffer for your loved ones. They’re inexpensive, oftentimes unique, and can even help to convince the people you love to try new things. If Christmas truly is the season of giving, give your family and friends something that comes from the heart – something they won’t soon forget!

From all of us at Compulse Integrated Marketing, we wish you and your loved ones a very merry holiday!