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Holiday Gifting 101: Shop outside the box

Posted at 3:10 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 17:10:56-05

More than any other time, this holiday season beckons us to think outside the box. Whether you are shopping for that special someone in your life, best friend or even coworker, finding the perfect holiday gift can be daunting - now can be a great time to explore gifts that are adventurous, engaging and sure to bring joy to family and friends!

TV Host and Consumer Trends Expert Andrew Krasny believes there has never been a better moment for shoppers to spend with total power and confidence.


  • MASTER “RECIPIENT SMART” SHOPPING: Reflect on what will make those on your gift list happy and keep your sights on those special items. If dad is into creating memories, look for one of the latest cameras on the market. If the kids are into gaming, shop around for gaming headsets and other gaming accessories.
  • LOCAL STORES NEED LOVE TOO!: Brick and mortar stores have great deals and offer that personal holiday experience. Seasonal holiday markets can be a holiday shopper’s dream if done responsibly. Take advantage of shopping during off-hours and curbside pickup.
  • REMEMBER QUALITY OVER QUANTITY: The old cliché “it’s the thought that counts” always rings true. There is no need to overspend when holiday shopping. Finding that thoughtful gift from the heart is key!

While still in college, Andrew’s first job in show business was answering fan mail for the late, great Joan Rivers – a job he’d parlay into writing and producing for the comedy icon for almost 30 years. While honing is crafts on becoming a host, he “warmed-up” hundreds of television studio audiences and found success behind the camera producing on both the Emmy nominated Leeza and Martin Short shows. Eventually, his irreverent personality led him back on stage with on-air correspondent positions on more than a dozen talk shows. Krasny’s big break came when he was tapped to host USA Network’s “Crush” where he helped “frisky singles” find their one-true love. Also a trusted spokesman, he lends his enthusiasm and expertise on consumer trends, products, toys and gadgets to countless TV shows, news and radio programs. He has spoken on behalf of companies such as LG, T-Mobile, Mattel, Nike, SunTrust, Wilson, Philip’s, Starbucks, The Home Depot, Samsung, Kmart, Krups and Levi Straus, just to mention a few. Currently, Krasny is hosting Tennis Channel’s Court Report. He also produces, commentates, emcees and announces professional tennis tournaments for both the ATP and WTA tours. His provocative and often humorous interviews with players such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova can be seen on ESPN, Tennis Channel and various media outlets globally.