Dec 14, 2011

Guest Post - Holiday Shopping Survival Tips from StyleSays

I'm currently on my way to CA (YAY!)

If you get the chance please head on over
to read my guest post on The Comeback Woman.

This is my first time telling 
my story in detail about 
my illness last year.
This was hard for me to write but if there
is any way I can encourage others who
have gone through challenging times then it's
more than worth it for me to share my story: 

Turning Life's Challenges Into Victories

NOW...Enjoy a guest post below from Jess about StyleSays and 
I'll be back soon with some ocean dreams tales! 


Holiday Shopping Survival Tips from StyleSays

The leaves have turned, Love Actually has been broken out, and Sierra will be en route to CA soon for Christmas. Hopefully Sierra is like me and got through most of her holiday shopping already. If you’re still trying to finish, or even get started, I’m here to help.

My name is Jess and I’m a recent college grad who grew up on a farm in Oklahoma. I’ve always been neurotic when it comes to Holiday gift giving. This has opened my eyes to a few different hints to skip the crowded malls, save a little money and time. I’m here to share what I’ve learned with you.

Full disclosure: this strange behavior eventually turned into a fashion site that I run with a couple friends. More to come on that in a sec.

5.    Start Last Month (or now)

Alright so we can be real, some people started weeks ago and there are others that won’t start until Christmas Eve. With only a few weeks until the big day you start today if you haven’t, especially if you plan on buying any presents online. Many sites will tell you the last day you can order a present for it to arrive by the 25th.

If you don’t know where to start and are overwhelmed by the thought of navigating tons of confusing online stores, try out StyleSays. Hand-picked items from the top online stores are organized in an easy to use one-stop- shop.

4. Think Different

Even if you didn’t start early you can still come away with some spectacular finds. With so many options you should be bold, be unique and really make your friends+fam feel special. There are 100s of amazing online stores with endless gift ideas so you’re sure to find the perfect gift for your close ones. And if you really want to be unique look for a handmade item from one of the many online marketplaces like Etsy.

Oh yes there are lots of unique ocean like items too!

3. Wish Lists

Wish hard enough and it may come true. Almost every site has a wishlist that makes organizing gift ideas a lot easier. But you need to have all of your wishlists in one place to really compare. StyleSays makes it easy to save your favorite items from all of your favorite sites so you can compare gifts and prices side-by-  side. Shopping should be easy, right?

2.    Free Returns

When you’re doing all your holiday shopping at the mall this isn’t a problem but if you’re buying online it’s mega important to find stores with friendly return policies.

Here are a few stores that have friendly return policies: ASOS, ModCloth, Free People, Zappos and ShopBop.

1. Treat yo ‘self!

Don’t end up with another picture frame or candle. Let people know you want that pair of glittery new Sperry’s or tickets to the theatre. We’ve talked about finding the perfect gifts for everyone else but what about the perfect gift for you? Make a collection of all the things you want to see under the tree and then send that link around to all the Santas in your life.


StyleSays is playing Santa this year! Enter our Christmas List giveaway and you could win an item from your list. It’s super easy to enter. 1) Make a Christmas List and 2) Share it with a few friends.

Thank you to Sierra and her lovely readers! Take our style quiz to make an account

Happy Holidays!



  1. Return policy knowledge is a must! I just bought some curtains that didn't end up being the right color. Turns out I only had 7 days to make the return, and I missed it. Ugh.

  2. Yayyy, have fun in CA, Sierra! And I'm a little late on Christmas shopping but I absolutely love wishlists ... probably the greatest thing on the web next to Google haha :)


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