When it comes to the holiday season, we often think, first and foremost, of one thing, and that’s gifts. That’s only natural, as many Winter holidays involve the giving and receiving of gifts as a metaphor for community and love as an extension of various religious contexts. Therefore, we’ve got gifts on the brain right about about now. With that in mind, we need to start considering, if we’re not already, what kinds of gifts to get our loved ones, and when and where to get them. Here are a few suggestions to help you along.

First and foremost, let’s talk about savings. For starters, there’s Black Friday. Just around the corner is Thanksgiving here in the United States, and the day after is Black Friday. Black Friday is a day marked by mass discounts in various retailers, and it serves as a great way to get some great deals on Christmas shopping just in time for the holiday season. Likewise, Cyber Monday is a new addition to the shopping fold the following Monday every year that tends to focus more on online shopping and electronic goods. These shopping mini holidays are great ways to procure gifts, or to just treat yourself, just in time for the holiday season.

Another thing to consider is the kind of gift you want to present to your loved ones, and I want espouse the virtues of customized gear. These items are little knick knacks, like coffee mugs, for example, that are made to order with custom imagery, such as personal photos, to celebrate things such as friendships and other relationships, and you can acquire them from Things Remembered to add a personal touch to this year’s holiday haul.