Like to Put Things Off? It’s Not Too Late To Find That Perfect Holiday Gift

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 5, 2003 — Do you show up at parties fashionably late? Do you wait until the last minute to start a project? Are you the final passenger to board the airplane? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s a good bet that you haven’t even thought about starting your holiday shopping yet.

And you’re not alone. Last year, 30 percent of December shopping on MSN®
was done the week before Christmas.

If the prospect of parking lot congestion, stressed-out salespeople and long lines at the mall isn’t making it any easier for you to get started, don’t worry; there’s another way. In the United States, MSN Shopping’s Procrastination Central, which launches Dec. 10, ( ), has great gifts you can purchase without leaving your home, from hundreds of top retailers including Barnes &, Blue Nile Inc., Dell Inc., Eddie Bauer Inc., JC Penney and Red Envelope Inc., to name a few.

Each day Procrastination Central offers a “cheat sheet” for last-minute shoppers, with listings of all the stores that can deliver gifts in time for the holidays. Even if you shop as late as Dec. 23, you can still find that perfect gift.

“Go ahead and wait; I dare you!” said Wayne Scot Lukas, MSN shopping guru and stylist to the stars. “Thanks to MSN Shopping’s Procrastination Central, waiting will not create your holiday nightmare. You can find what you want quickly and easily. You’ll save yourself all sorts of holiday headaches, and sugarplums will dance in your head.”

Even if you’re just getting started on your holiday shopping, Procrastination Central will make it easy to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Instead of dealing with overworked salespeople, take advantage of the following features of MSN Shopping:

  • MSN Shopping Assistant. Free personal shoppers offer live assistance 24×7 on everything from gift suggestions to finding specific items.

  • MSN Shopping search. This function allows you to compare prices, features and reviews of products side by side so you get the best deal on your gift choices.

  • Look Like a Star. Wayne Scot Lukas tells shoppers what he would buy for his celebrity friends and shows how you can find the same thing for the superstar in your life.

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