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Yours Truly, Me

Yours Truly, Me Offers Unique Gift Shopping, Concierge Service

With just a couple months until Christmas, it’s been said that it’s never too early to begin holiday gift shopping. But for those who are guilty of either waiting until the last minute or just dislike shopping altogether, navigating through malls and even online shopping can prove stressful. So, why not have someone else do it for you?

Yours Truly, Me owner Cat KozuchMeet Yours Truly, Me — a recently-launched, personal gift shopper and assistant service in Scottsdale. Opened on October 1st, Yours Truly, Me’s owner Cat Kozuch always had a passion for special occasions and giving gifts.

“From baby diaper cakes and gift baskets, to themed gift boxes, my friends would ask me, ‘How do you come up with these awesome gift ideas?’,” Kozuch says. “With a smile, I would tell them, ‘It just comes naturally.’ ”

So, after years of creative gift giving, Kozuch launched Yours Truly, Me, specializing in unique gift giving tailored to her clients’ individual needs.

Do you feel there’s a large need for personal gift shoppers and assistants in the Scottsdale area?

Of course! With the fast-paced professional lifestyles of today, more and more people have limited time to dedicate to finding that special gift for that special someone. Holding down a full-time job, raising children, traveling for business and maintaining a household doesn’t seem to leave enough hours in the day to get everything done. That’s why many people are now opting for our personal gift shoppers and assistants to step in to give them a hand and fulfill gift requests for any occasion, grocery shop, run errands and more. Whether our clients contact us two weeks in advance or two hours in advance, they can always count on us.

How has business been so far?

We officially opened on October 1, 2012 and we haven’t been bored since. We have several clients already sending us Christmas lists! We receive referral after referral … fortunately word of mouth is spreading through the Scottsdale area, and we are thrilled to take on more clients this holiday season.

What makes Yours Truly, Me stand apart from the rest of the personal shoppers in the area?

When we establish a relationship with a client, we send them an exclusive questionnaire that helps us come up with the perfect gift that tailors to our client’s wants and needs. We want all our clients to feel special, so we create gifts that are not only beautiful on the inside, but the presentation on the outside is equally as elegant and creatively put together.

Our services aren’t just about personally choosing gifts for our clients; sometimes our clients already know what they want so they give us a call, email us their gift lists, and our personal gift shoppers pick up all the items on their list, elegantly wrap them and conveniently deliver them to the client’s home or office or ship the gifts if required.

Why should people consider soliciting the help of a personal gift shopper?

If you look at your Christmas list and feel overwhelmed, or maybe it’s your friend’s 40th birthday, and you don’t want to disappoint them with a lackluster gift, a personal gift shopper can take away the stress that comes with purchasing a gift. Our personal gift shoppers specialize in finding gifts for children, adults and pets. They keep up with the latest trends, and at times they can get their hands on exclusive products that a non-personal gift shopper can’t. It’s also nice to have a personal gift shopper on speed dial, especially when you forget it’s your mother’s birthday, and you need an emergency gift delivered to your home or office immediately!

Also, having a personal gift shopper for your business can benefit you significantly. No matter what is happening in the economy, business owners and executives give gifts to show appreciation to their employees, clients and customers. This is a great way for businesses to keep relationships with clients. Letting a personal gift shopper provide those special clients with gifts will help businesses maintain close relationships with others.

Give five tips to help take the stress out of gift shopping:

  1. Don’t overthink it! Many times we overthink gift giving. We think we need to make a huge purchase in order to make the recipient happy. Wrong! Sometimes you just need to take a moment and listen. Listen to what the recipient likes; listen to what they want, and listen to what they need. Go from there. Pick a gift idea from the information you have already gathered. Listening goes along way when it comes to gifts and can normally be used instead of something big, glamorous and expensive.
  2. If you’re afraid the recipient wont like the one big gift you chose for them, then diversify! Instead of wrapping one big gift, buy several little gifts and elegantly wrap them together ― you’re bound to make the recipient happy with at least one of them.
  3. Think outside of the box! What gift has never been purchased for them before? Think of something so unique that there’s no chance of them having ever received such a gift. For example: Register a star in the recipient’s name, take them on a surprise helicopter tour, or put them in a hot air balloon. It’ll more than likely be a first!
  4. Take advantage of online shopping! This will take away a lot of the stress of going through mall crowds and wasting time walking around department stores. Online shopping helps you quickly compare prices and might also give you the option of having the gift wrapped before delivery to the recipient. Shopping online can even help you cut costs. There are many coupon code websites that can help you attain free shipping, discounts, rebates and other online incentives making it easier to stick with your gifting budget.
  5. Stick to a budget! It doesn’t make sense to rack up a ton of credit-card debt when giving a gift. Window shop before you make a purchase. Be sure to compare prices to other stores. Take advantage of coupons, sales and special discounts ― these options can save you money in the long run, and you can use the money you saved to make another purchase.

What mistakes do people often make when shopping for gifts?

One of the major mistakes people make is waiting until the last minute to find a gift. The worst gifts and worst prices are usually a result of running to the mall minutes before handing over a gift to the recipient. There is nothing worse than frantically running around hoping you will find something the recipient will like. The feeling of stress will burden you as you try to find a decent present for your family or friends, and you will pick something that isn’t personal. Avoid this gift-shopping mistake by putting a reminder in your phone a week prior to when you actually need the gift.

Another major mistake many shoppers make is going overboard on a gift. Always remember, it’s the thought that counts ― NOT the price tag. Most people would prefer a well-thought-out gift that perfectly matches their unique personality and interests to something you bought simply for how big the price tag was.

What do you love about helping people find gifts for the holiday season?

My favorite part about helping people find gifts is the look in their eyes when I find exactly what they hoped for, but they never imagined. When the gift exceeds their expectations, and I hear the excitement in their voice and see joy in their eyes, it melts my heart and makes me very proud. The feeling of appreciation is priceless!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Yours Truly, Me provides services not all gift shoppers provide. We uniquely wrap gifts and adorn them with bows, jewels, buttons, flowers ― whatever theme you are going for, we will have something special to embellish your gift box with. We also have a concierge service that conveniently picks up and delivers gifts straight to your home or office. Check out our additional unique services on our website yourstrulyme.com.

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For more information about Yours Truly, Me, visit yourstrulyme.com.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Black Friday Deals And Cyber Monday Madness

It’s all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this Thanksgiving, but what about deals before Black Friday?

Plenty of retailers, such as Target, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com, have already kicked off the holiday season with incredibly low prices on high-end items with online-only specials.

Pre-Black Friday Sales

Here are two retailers holding pre-Black Friday sales:

Target

Target has pre-Black Friday deals online and in-store until Wednesday, Nov. 23.

In addition to the great deals, Target is also supplying coupons for the items on sale on its website. Sale items include electronics, toys and household items.

But Black Friday sales are what it’s all about, and Target has a slew of hot items at great prices. In the electronics department, you can find hot buys on the Kindle 3G, a PS3 bundle and a TOMTOM GPS system. Then there are the toys, clothes and household items with door buster prices. And for those deals, you have to wait until Friday.

Toys ‘R’ Us

Toys ‘R’ Us has special deals on Leapfrog books and Leapster learning games, select LEGO games and Radio Flyer Scooters. Additional promotions include, buy one, get one 40 percent off for DS and 3DS video games, and an Olympus 12 mpx digital camera for $69.99, as well as saving up to 50 percent on board games. Customers get free shipping for an order of $49 or more. But hurry, you only have until Nov. 23 to pick up the savings.


Pre-Black Friday Online Retailers

Here are a couple online retailers holding pre-Black Friday sales:

Overstock.com

Overstock.com is overflowing with great pre-Black Friday red line deals. From cameras to televisions, some of these red line items are already sold out. There is also an extra 10 percent savings on select outerwear and boots, and don’t forget to stay cozy with some new winter bedding. Overstock.com also offers some great steals on jewelry and designer frocks.

Amazon.com

Another pre-Black Friday, retailer is Amazon.com. Amazon has started their time-released lightning deals on Monday, Nov. 21, and they will run all week long. Amazon.com did this last year to entice online holiday sales, and this year it’s taken off in force; in less than an hour from its 4 p.m. release time, a Haurex Italy Men’s Red Arrow U.C. Sampdoria Chronograph Tachymeter Rubber Watch that retails for $800, sold out for $99. The same goes for the Blu-Ray Pulp Fiction DVD for $3.99 from its $19.99 list price — and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Deals are released approximately every hour with only a clue as to what the product might be.


Black Friday Deals

Many, many retailers are boasting great Black Friday deals, but here are a few:

Apple

Apple is known for set prices on its products and accessories, but this Black Friday Mac products will be 10 to 15 percent off. Mac’s will be approximately $101 off the regular price and iPad’s will be $41 – 61 off depending on storage size. The biggest savings will be the base level Macbook Air starting at $898. Apple is also discounting its accessories such as the iPad 2 Smart Cover, the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple Wireless Magic Trackpad.

Macy’s

Macy’s is known for its historic Thanksgiving Day Parade (that airs 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET Thanksgiving Day), but they also have some incredible deals, such as ladies cashmere sweaters for $40 (regular retail value $109), as well as men’s Oscar de la Renta sweaters starting at $30. Men’s and women’s winter boots are up to 50 percent off and select kitchen appliances starting at $9.99.

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has some of the best deals on the market, according to its Black Friday sale paper. Select movies regular DVD and Blu-Ray are being advertised for $1.96 – $10.

A selection of Blu-Ray movies under 15 dollars? Only on Black Friday.

Wal-Mart is also attempting to one-up all the other retailers by starting Black Friday sales two hours earlier. While most retailers are starting sales at midnight following Thanksgiving, Wal-Mart is honoring some of their sale prices starting at 10 p.m.

Local Deals

Blissful Yoga Studio

Blissful Yoga, locally owned and operated with locations in Arrowhead, North Phoenix and Scottsdale Quarter, is offering an exclusive, online Black Friday special starting this Friday at midnight.

The special? Sign up for a membership, pay two months and receive two months FREE. This is valued at $270 and is only offered to the first 100-150 memberships. You can cancel after the four months if you wish; no penalties.

For more information about Blissful Yoga, visit blissfulyoga.net.

Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum is having a Black Friday deal for art lovers. Only on Friday Nov. 25 can you purchase a museum membership for 20 percent off. You can purchase the membership online and enter the code: BLACKFRIDAY or you can visit the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to get this great offer.

For more information about the Phoenix Art Museum, visit phxart.org.

Desert Ridge Marketplace

Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix is also offering tons of coupons from its restaurants on locations and retailers, including Aeropostale, Barnes & Noble, DSW and many more. Although you cannot use these coupons on Black Friday, they are valid through December 31, 2011 — perfect for holiday shopping post-Black Friday.

Browse the list of coupons on Desert Ridge Marketplace’s website.


Cyber Monday

Many of the businesses mentioned above will be holding a Cyber Monday sale. Many of the items won’t be disclosed until the night before. But, you can get the inside scoop if you follow your favorite store on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Here are some Cyber Monday links:

Twitter: Cybermonday_fm
Facebook: Cyber Monday FM


Don’t Forget Small Business Saturday

There are incredible deals out there, but don’t forget to shop small businesses on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26.

Small businesses support the economy and create jobs in your community. Arizona has a plethora of local artisans, jewelers and boutiques. If you can complete even a portion of your holiday shopping at a local business, you’ll be doing something great for your community and yourself.

If you’d like to shop local, calculate your impact and find a local business by visiting shiftarizona.com.