Holiday shopping done with some creative clicks


November 17, 2011

Yes, it's true: Thanksgiving is one week from today.

And yes, last December 26 you swore you'd have your holiday shopping done by now. Just thinking about it makes your blood pressure soar. What will you do, brave the crowds next week during the Black Friday frenzy? Consider getting creative instead.

Small items can make memorable gifts, and some are available at the click of a mouse as well as do something positive for a school or nonprofit organization. Sounds too good to be true? Check out, an online auction site that offers everything from celebrity visits to a trip to the Virgin Islands.  A little luck and a credit card are all that you need to shop from the comfort of your computer.

What college kid wouldn't want tickets to a taping of Jon Stewart's Daily Show? It's on there too.

If your objective is to fill a loved one with the spirit of the holidays, how about an early gift, like tickets to the Canadian Tenors at the Wilbur Theater in early December? Combine it with a light dinner before the show or livery service to eliminate the hassles and stress of getting in and out of the city, and you've got the holidays off to a smashing start as well as helping a local nonprofit.

For a refreshing take on the holidays, how about a day trip to Nantucket?

Time is a gift only you can give, so choose someone special to take to picturesque Nantucket. Sure, it's cold in winter, but it's still authentic New England, quaint and not crowded. Off-season rates apply, too! Next weekend the island hosts its annual Festival of Wreaths a good time to stroll the wharf, window-shop, and have a hot cider.

Of course you don't have to go that far to find the holiday spirit. This web site offers a long list of options: concerts in museums and mansions that can be combined with lunch or dinner for an optimal holiday event of your own making.

Click and you're done shopping. You don't even have to wrap it.


Published: Nov. 17, 2011

Author: Allison O'Leary Murray


Word Count: 343

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