Wed. Apr 17th, 2024


The holiday season has begun which means so has the start of searching for the perfect gift for many people. Moms, dads, siblings, relatives, significant others, where do shoppers begin to look? West Chester and the surrounding towns have a lot to offer shoppers, but if time is a concern, shoppers can also strike good deals on-line. is great for the on-line holiday shopper who wants to avoid the crowds at the malls and other major stores. The site also offers no interest for six months if paid in full within six months with the Store Card on any purchase totaling $149 or more. This allows shoppers to spend less time worrying about money and more time enjoying the holiday season.

Local stores and boutiques in West Chester are another great option for shoppers. Why not support local businesses during the holiday season? At local stores, shoppers are more likely to find one-of-a-kind gifts that not many other stores have to offer.  In addition, this is a great option for college students living in town who do not have a car.

Painted Plate is one example of a store in West Chester. It is located at 104 West Market Street and has a variety of gift ideas for moms, grandmas, sisters, aunts, and so on. They offer personalized gifts for people who like something hand-made from the heart. Customers can hand-paint their own pottery (but just be aware that it can take a week to fire and glaze the piece so this isn’t the place to go for a last minute gift). 

Not looking for something so personal? Shopping on a tight college budget but still want to buy a nice gift? Wal-Mart is a great place to go. They have many different departments to shop from so there’s usually something for everyone on a shopper’s gift list. In addition, stores like Wal-mart, K-mart and Target have “$1 and Below” areas where shoppers can get great stocking stuffers for a low price.

Kohl’s is another store that can satisfy a shopper’s gift list. The best part about Kohl’s is that if a shopper is unhappy with their purchase and can’t find the receipt it’s not a problem. Nowadays shoppers can make an even exchange, take a Merchandise Credit or get a corporate refund without their original receipt. 

Customers also receive a $10 Kohl’s Cash® Coupon for the first $50 in purchases. An additional $10 in value is added to the coupon for each additional $50 spent in that single transaction. What does this mean for holiday shoppers? They can come back to use them to get more gifts or even use them to get themselves a little something for the holidays.

Then there is Best Buy. Best Buy is the place to go when looking for electronics. Around the holidays they sell certain models of TVs and such for less money, but still good quality. In addition, they have an extended return policy during the holidays so shoppers have until Jan. 24 to return products. 

If all else fails, get a gift certificate. In the end, shoppers can’t go wrong with a gift certificate for the people in their lives that are picky and hard to buy for. 

Hannah Burner is a fourth-year student majoring in English, with a minor in journalism.  She can be reached at

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