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Shop till you drop? Not anymore!

Online shopping has radically changed the way we gather gifts during the holidays. And, for the most part, it's less pain – both physical and financial.

New ways to pay for online purchases, such as Apple Pay and digital wallets, have made the checkout process more efficient.

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Tech-savvy shopping may be good for your health

Experts explain why going cashless (even walletless) when holiday shopping can quell stress (and even improve your gift-giving game).

Shopping online offers complete control over one's environment, which has a significant impact on stress.

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The better way to pay

Using a range of payment methods for holiday presents can save you time and money. Read on to learn the best way to purchase every gift on your list.

For big-ticket items, use a credit card to earn points; for stocking stuffers, consider a digital wallet, which allows you to pay quickly at multiple e-tailers without having to log in.

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A gift for someone who has everything

It'll take a little research, but giving a 'lived' gift – a special experience tailored to your loved one's likes – creates an unforgettable memory, no gift wrap required.

Wrap up a pair of concert tickets in a vintage band tee.

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The gift of tech support

Don't make your beloved technophobe beg. This year, offer them the gift of online help (yours or a pro's), then stand back and watch them take over the internet.

Help your loved ones sync their in-home tech devices, spruce up their social-media image or learn how to get the most of their online banking products.

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The best gift-of-the-month clubs

Treat your favourite person to a present-by-subscription, for a gift that keeps on giving.

A subscription gift prolongs the excitement. A standalone box from Foodie Pages is $55 for a three- or six-month subscription.

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The safer way to click and buy

Online shopping is ultra-convenient, but is it risk-free? It can be, if you follow these six key tips to keep your personal (and financial) details private.

Updating your passwords, using safe payment methods and downloading only the most legitimate apps are just a few of the ways to boost your online security.


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