Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Guide to Online Christmas Shopping

Christmas is a wonderful time to give and to receive. As early as fall, stores put up the fancy lights and other Christmas décor to draw the crowd.

If elbowing your way in a department store doesn’t sound like the kind of holiday shopping you’re looking for, you can go online and purchase whatever you need for Christmas.

Purchase only from reputable sites.

With so many e-commerce sites these days, shopping becomes very convenient. You don’t need to wait for malls to open up and you can shop while you’re in your pajamas. Before making a transaction, research about the site you’re purchasing from. Read online reviews or ask around to get a better perspective of the online stores.

Check if the website is secure.

Although there’s really no way to guarantee that the web is safe from hackers and viruses, you can do a simple check to know if you’re transacting with a secure site. At the address bar of your browser, look if there is an https instead of an http before the web address. This is one way to check the security of the site.

Read the instructions carefully on ordering and delivery.

For first time online buyers, it’s important to read the fine print before making your first transaction. Read about refunds and returns policies. Find out if there’s a delivery charge for the items or if orders come with free shipping.

Enter only the necessary information.

Many online stores use PayPal or a third-party organization for payments. Some will ask you directly for your credit card information. Either way, make sure that you enter only what is necessary. For credit card transactions, it’s usually only your credit card number and the expiry date. If a vendor asks you for other information (like your social security number), be wary about purchasing from that site.

The beauty of online shopping is that you can do it at the comforts of your own home. However, you need to exercise precaution when shopping online, just as you would when shopping in a regular mall.

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.