It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

2015 Holiday Shipping DeadlinesNovember and December may very well be my two favorite months of the whole year. The holiday season is a truly magical time. I know what you’re going to say- Steph, seriously, it’s the BEGINNING of November, it hasn’t even been Veteran’s Day yet, much less Thanksgiving, WHY are you already talking about CHRISTMAS?! I KNOW. But, let’s be honest, the holiday season FLIES by! Between the holiday parties with your college pals, Friendsgiving celebrations with your besties, Secret Santa party with your girlfriends, the White Elephant gift exchanges with your church small group, your boy’s office holiday party, YOUR office holiday party… I mean, I could keep going. YOU KNOW what your sched is like over the holidays! Jam packed.

Even though Thanksgiving is a little less than 3 weeks away, statistics show that 1 in 4 people have already started Christmas shopping by Halloween and 48% of shoppers FINISH their online shopping by Cyber Monday! (ICYDK- Cyber Monday = the Monday after Thanksgiving!)

With all that in mind, I wanted to kick off holiday on the earlier side this year, to make sure that you feel prepared for the season, you get all your Christmas shopping done early and as easily as possible, and you’re feeling fully inspired and ready for all the events that’ll inevitably come your way. So I wanted to prep you on some of the features you can expect from A Sparkle Factor over the next few weeks!

Shop Live Gift Guides

Ok, let’s get down to it! First of all- you’ll notice that in the top menu bar,all the way to the right, there is now a tab called Holiday 2015

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Click directly on that tab and you’ll be directed to ALL of my holiday 2015 content (there isn’t anything up quite yet, but check back over the season and it’ll all be filed away there!) If you hover over Holiday 2015, you’ll find a drop-down menu labeled with TONS of different live gift boutiques:

These live boutiques are NOW LIVE will be constantly updated throughout the season, so make sure you always check it out!

More 2015 Holiday Resources on A Sparkle Factor

  • Gift of The Day in the sidebar: will be updated DAILY with a new pick.

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  • Gift Guides: will be posted TWICE A WEEK (WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS) Frist Gift Guide goes live next week!
  • Hot Sale Alerts & Deals: will be posted DAILY on FACEBOOK (make sure you like my FB page!) I’ll also be letting you know who’s offering free shipping, etc. It’s going to be EPIC. I’m going to be hitting FB hard, so make sure you’re along for the ride!
  • Want even more? Make sure you sign up for SparkleMail to get a SUNDAY digest of all the hottest sales for the week, a newsletter exclusive gift guide, a weekly style tip, and even more insider information.
  • I’ll also be tagging #HolidaySparkle on Instagram.

To be sure you’re FULLY in-the-know, I wanted to fill you in on the 2015 holiday shipping deadlines. (Because, you know, nothing is more stressful than waiting ’til the last minute and having to worry about shipping delays!) Here are the current shipping deadlines for this year’s holiday season:

2015 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

USPS 2015 Deadline
Priority Mail International Mon 12/14/2015
Standard Post Wed 12/16/2015
Media Mail Wed 12/16/2015
Priority Mail Express International Sat 12/19/2015
Priority Mail Mon 12/21/2015
First Class Mail Mon 12/21/2015
Global Express Guaranteed Mon 12/21/2015
Priority Mail Express Wed 12/23/2015
FedEx
FedEx Ground Fri 12/18/2015
FedEx Home Delivery Fri 12/18/2015
FedEx Express Sat 12/19/2015
FedEx 2Day Tue 12/22/2015
FedEx Overnight Wed 12/23/2015
UPS
UPS Ground Fri 12/18/2015
UPS 3-Day Select Sat 12/19/2015
UPS 2nd Day Air Tue 12/22/2015
UPS Next Business Day Wed 12/23/2015

So, what’s the goal here? I want to make shopping as easy and pain-free as possible! I love, love, LOVE Christmas shopping and I’m going to do ALL the work for you! So, make sure that this season, you keep an eye on this space for the latest sale alerts, holiday style ideas, gift guides, seasonal inspiration and more. I’m SO excited for the holidays!

I’d love some feedback as I craft my holiday strategy- tell me in the comments: what do you want to see over the holiday season? 

xo, Stephanie

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