So… are you done yet? is all your shopping done? or are you just following tradition, like I am, despite what I vowed I wouldn’t do, and wait til the last minute? Well, you still have a few days left, so don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. I recently was contacted and asked if I’d like to try out this new website, called ReadySetHoliday! It’s put together by the people at Sears, and features products from Sears, Martha Stewart (Kmart) and Land’s End. The site was created with your average homemaker in mind. They figured that for most households, the mother makes most of the buying decisions when it comes to the holidays, and so it’s set up to make the task of holiday shopping easier. Although I am obviously not the target customer, I do make all the shopping decisions in my house (helps when it’s your house) and was intrigued to see how it would all work. I even received a $30 gift card to try the whole thing out- So I was like- um.. OK! So off I went… www.readysetholiday.com.

It’s actually a cool idea. I like how they’ve included a bunch of features, like ideas for “getting ready” or tips for “dealing with the unexpected…” and they’ve given lots of different ways to organize the products, such as by person, by price, etc… they’ve even put in ideas for recipies (they have one for mac and cheese-yum…) and ecards you can send.

After perusing, I now had to figure out what I wanted. To be honest, there wasn’t a whole lot that I was interested in. It’s not that they didn’t have a ton of product, because, well.. there’s tons to choose from. It’s just my first inclination was to peruse the home decor section, and most of it was either past my $30 limit, or just not my style. I’ve posted about some of the more contemporary things Sears is doing right now, and unfortunately I didn’t see a lot of that product being offered on this particular site. But tons of appliances at good prices (I just don’t happen to need one right now.) One thing that did catch my eye was this super cute Hello Kitty sewing machine- super kawaii!! My only gripe besides the lack of more contemporary content is that they didn’t have a “view all” function. Who has time nowadays to click through page after page?

Anyways- what I did find, and quickly ordered, was something I’ve been eyeing for a long time. The Craftsman Palm Grip Laser with Laser Trac. Lasers are cool. and I’ve been putting up more artwork lately, and this thing looks like it will be totally handy. And could be a good gift for a few friends of mine (unless i keep it for me… which will probably happen, hehe) So, click, order, and then I noticed this whole “pick up at the store” thing. Basically, what they offer is, you order your item, and it will actually be ready to pick up at a store near you within 5 minutes. Well, it just so happens that there’s a Sears close by, so I was really excited to try it out- In the end, I got to Sears, eventually found the merchandise pick up place (it turned out to be outside the main store) but within minutes, got my new Laser Trac! Very exciting. So, overall, pleasant experience. I love the whole “pick it up at the store” thing. I know other stores are starting to offer it, but this was my first time actually trying it. I love the instant gratification without waiting in the long lines. I’ll have a full report on my Laser Trac coming up. (I guess that means I’m keeping it) The readysetholiday site stays up through January 12, 2007.

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