Attention fretful Canadian holiday shoppers: Need a Sleuth? Sleuthing social media for great holiday gift ideas

75% of Canadians use social media yet only 3% use it to help find the perfect holiday gift

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Holiday shopping is fun but finding the right gift can be downright stressful for Canadians. According to a recent PayPal Canada survey, a whopping sixty-six per cent of Canadians said that their significant others were the hardest people to shop for during the holiday season. This is surprising news considering partners and spouses are the people we should know the best.

Adding to shoppers' struggles, the survey also revealed that 65 per cent of Canadians are not confident that the gifts they buy will wow their loved ones. Gift giving during the holiday season should be easier than this, shouldn't it?

PayPal thinks holiday shopping should be stress free and is pointing to Canadians' love affair with social media as the answer to finding the perfect gift for everyone on their list.

Here's the magic - seventy-five per cent of Canadians are active on social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, and yet only three per cent are checking friends' and loved ones' social media channels for holiday gift inspiration. They're missing out! Sleuthing social media feeds can help solve the mystery of what friends and family really want this holiday season.

Canadian online shopping expert and lifestyle blogger Lena Almeida is available for interviews and can provide tips on:

  • leveraging social media channels to find special and unique gift ideas
  • how to maximize holiday shopping budgets by taking advantage of online deals and sales
  • holiday shopping behaviour of Canadians
  • safe and secure online shopping tips for the holiday season
  • online resources to help make the shopping experience quick and easy
  • popular gift ideas this holiday season

Survey results: Zoomerang national online survey of 1,004 Canadians, conducted September 28 - September 29, 2012.

SOURCE: PayPal Canada

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