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Meaghan Murphy Author ofYour Fully Charged Life and Lifestyle Expert Shares Some Ideas

Holiday spending is expected to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. The Deloitte Holiday Retail Survey found shoppers are ready for retail therapy, including gifts for family, friends, and even themselves.

Consumers are expected to spend about $1,600 on holiday-related purchases, up 14% from last year. The most popular gifting categories should come as no surprise, with tech gadgets topping the list, followed by footwear, clothing, and experiences. Spending time with friends and family has continued to grow in popularity ever since 2020.

Experiences also include holiday gatherings. For those taking on a hosting gig, there are creative ways to set a cheerful ambience, including festive lighting designs, holiday decor, and sweet treats that make a perfect snack or dessert.

Murphy will provide viewers with tips to help enrich any holiday festivities.


Murphy says, Its such a sweet and indulgent time of year. Everybody wants to eat chocolate!

Whether gift giving, hosting parties, or sharing with family and friends, Sanders is iconic and tastes amazing. The brands famous slow-kettle cooked, small-batch caramel is made with real cream and butter that is enveloped in high-quality chocolate and topped with a sprinkle of sea salt.

It's pure magic and I always have Sanders at my house for holiday gatherings, adds Murphy, Sanders Sea Salt Caramels come in Dark or Mild Chocolate, as well as pecan and peppermint varieties decked in festive packaging in two sizes 7 oz. pounch or 18 oz. tub.

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Murphy says tech gadgets are more popular than ever, but its important to keep it protected, Opening up a tech gift is a big YAY for most people, but its an even bigger NAY, if you drop it, crack it, or even break it.

OtterBox is the best option, these protective cases are ultra-sleek, pocket-friendly, built rigid with a silky soft-touch finish that looks and feels good, It protects your tech, but still looks cool, adds Murphy, continuing, I love the OtterBox 3-in-1 Charging Station and OtterBox MagSafe Wallet. These have built in magnets so you can seamlessly use MagSafe accessories.

These items are available available at Verizon,

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The lifestyle expert recommends unique gift ideas, especially something the entire family can enjoy together. So many of us want our house to sparkle and shine during the holiday season, says Murphy, adding, I love adding a little yay by brightening up our festivities without the yearly tangle and hassle.

Govee Permanent Outdoor Lights are the industry's first self-installation permanent outdoor light, offering a premium experience with unparalleled price advantage and weather-proofing. With one-time installation, users can enjoy the ultimate lighting experience for years.

Users can choose from over 16 million colors to adorn their homes facade with white and blue for Hanukkah, red and green for Christmas, or a warm white for year-round giving users the ability to achieve the perfect ambience throughout the year. Govee Permanent Outdoor Lights have an effortless installation process thanks to its user-friendly design and hassle-free setup.

Murphy highlights how these lights are built to brave rain, snow, and extreme temperatures, ensuring they shine brightly every season.

Direct link: Govee Permanent Outdoor Lights

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This year, consumers are expected to spend about $1,600 on holiday-related purchases, but it does not have to be a nay, says Murphy, Giving is a big YAY, but so is staying within your budget.

From gifts and travel to hosting, the holidays look a little different for everyone. No matter how consumers celebrate, Afterpay helps unlock their festive rituals and holiday their way by helping shopper find everything they need this season and letting them choose how to pay.

As a valuable budgeting tool, Afterpay offers more ways to buy now and pay later. You get to shop with its suite of flexible payment solutions and not fall into debt, adds Murphy, From curated gift guides to exclusive top brands, the Afterpay app is a shopping destination where consumers can get inspired for everything they need. I love it!

Consumers can access discounts of up to 80% in the app throughout the season. Whether shopping in-person or online, customers can select one of Afterpays flexible payment solutions at checkout.

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