Canadians Get Ready for the Holiday Shopping Season

    eBay Canada's Style Squad offers tips to beat the stress of the holiday

    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - With the holiday season just around the corner,
the search for the perfect gifts for friends and family has officially begun.
To help make the holiday shopping experience stress-free and easy, eBay Canada
has brought together a Style Squad of experts to help Canadian consumers get
through their holiday gift list.
    For the gadget-lover on your list, Style Squad tech expert Marc Saltzman
says "video games and systems lead the pack of 'gotta-have-it' gifts, along
with MP3 players, cool phones, and digital cameras." His current favourites:

    -   A digital camera or high-definition camcorder
    -   A sleek cell phone or MP3 player
    -   Video games, portable media players, DVD box sets
    -   The Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
    -   Webkinz or for the younger set
    -   Digital photo frames

    Style Squad toy expert Marcia MacQuarrie offers the scoop on great gifts
for kids: "Kids love it when you play with them. So choose something that
reminds you of your own childhood, or a new toy that both of you will find
engaging." Her top choices for children:

    -   The always lovable Care Bears or a vintage wooden rail track
    -   Strawberry Shortcake or a vintage preschool game like Candy Land or
        Hungry Hungry Hippos
    -   Fisher Price Smart Cycle, Polly Wheels or K'NEX building toys
    -   For the little ones: Taggies My Big Soft Blocks for babies, or a
        full-of-activity toy like Storybook Station
    -   For the older set: collectible card games, FLY Fusion or Shrink Art

    Vancouver-based fashion expert/Style Squad member Sarah Bancroft offers
the following advice: "Vintage accessories make great gifts," she says.
"What's old is new again and back in style." Her recommendations for a stylish

    -   Eclectic chain necklaces strung with keepsakes, or stacks of sparkly
    -   A string of pearls, a locket or a vintage watch
    -   A cashmere cape in shades of caramel or chocolate brown
    -   An evening clutch in gold or silver leather

    Fellow Style Squad fashion expert Laura Minquini adds:

    -   Hats are making a spectacular comeback this season
    -   A snazzy cashmere cardigan is a closet staple that will never go out
        of style
    -   A pair of long leather gloves or short, brightly coloured satin ones

    Rounding out the Style Squad, smart shopper Cathie Mostowyk offers tips
for successful holiday shopping:

    -   Set a holiday budget and stick to it. You don't have to spend a lot
        to find a unique and meaningful gift.
    -   Shop online to benefit from the strong Canadian dollar, and don't
        forget to factor in enough time for shipping.
    -   Understand the retailer's refund and return policies, i.e. the
        timeframe for returns; credit or refund policies; and whether or not
        opened items can be returned.

    "The eBay Style Squad helps holiday shoppers get the most joy out of
shopping online this holiday season," says Andrew Sloss, interim Country
Manager, eBay Canada. "Not only can holiday shoppers score great gifts, but
they can also avoid the holiday crowds and take advantage of the strong
Canadian dollar to find unique items at great prices."
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    About the eBay Canada Style Squad
    Experts in their individual fields, the eBay Canada Style Squad provides
product-specific recommendations for holiday gifts to Canadian consumers
buying online. Technology expert Marc Saltzman has reported on the high-tech
industry for the past 11 years as a freelance journalist, author, lecturer,
consultant, and radio and TV personality. Today's Parent Magazine Toy Editor
Marcia MacQuarrie has reviewed toys for more than 20 years, and previously
worked with the Canadian Toy Testing Council for more than a decade. Fashion
expert Laura Minquini previously worked as fashion editor at The Look and Toro
Magazine, while fashion stylist Sarah Bancroft, Western Canada's foremost
trend expert, writes an on-line shopping columnist for a major national
newspaper. Shoestring Shopper Cathie Mostowyk is founder and president of the
Shoestring Shopping Guide, one of Canada's best-selling resources for

    About eBay Canada
    eBay is the World's Online Marketplace(TM) with more than 248 million
registered users worldwide. Founded in 1995, eBay created a powerful platform
for the sale of goods and services by a passionate community of individuals
and businesses. eBay enables trade on a local, national, and international
basis with customized sites in 38 markets around the world. Through an array
of services, such as its payment solution provider PayPal, eBay is enabling
global e-commerce for an ever-growing online community. In Canada, eBay was
visited by more than 11.1 million Canadians in September 2007. (ComScore Media
Metrix, September 2007).

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