Holiday Gifts Query

Do you purchase gifts for the various winter holidays? In particular, do you purchase items online and have them shipped?

I’m asking because I don’t live near most of my family. I was once very adept at choosing things that I could fit into a suitcase, even carrying along my own wrapping paper. But I’ve given that up since most airlines now charge a fee for checked baggage. Now I stick to small things that can fit in my carry-on luggage; I’ve also wrapped and shipped things myself. But it’s certainly easier to have the retailer ship the items for me, particularly since I don’t have a car, and must carry everything to the post office myself. Not so useful for shipping in bulk.

What are your favorite online retailers? I am especially interested in retailers that ship food (cookies, cakes, fancy cheeses, etc.); soaps and lotions; scented candles; and similar usable items.


About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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2 Responses to Holiday Gifts Query

  1. Karalee says:

    I can recommend Cheryl’s ( for cookies; since I live far from the rest of my family, one of them usually sends me a cookie assortment at Christmas time, and I can vouch for their quality. The cookies are very tasty, fresh and preservative-free–and they keep very well in the freezer, which is great because I’m the only one here who will eat them.

  2. Thank you – those look tasty!

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