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Fort Bend holiday shopping options are aplenty

By Donna Hill
For The Star

Sure, you’ve been to the mall.. Okay, maybe not yet. You’re starting to look for the Star Wars Blade Builders Jedi Master Light Saber, along with the Fisher Price Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo.

But is the mall, the many department stores – then to the post office, if you are shipping any gifts – the only place for your holiday shopping? Remember last year?

The elusive parking space. Long lines. Better to skip the mall and do all the shopping online?! Not necessarily. Technology has made the crazy part of the holidays easier. You can get goods wrapped online. Even letters to Santa have gone online.

While there are still some who do shop online, many choose to have the goods delivered to themselves, and then start sending out packages to family and friends. Monica Moellering, owner of Post Net in Missouri City, said that on average one person can bring in three or four boxes of goods to send out, and each box may have 10 or 12 boxes inside.

“We typically don’t know what to expect as far as shipping goes. But a majority of people who come in, order online, then ship via us,” Moellering said.

Some shoppers are unfamiliar with the entire online shopping experience, mentioning it’s almost easier for shoppers to decide on what is sent where.

So has technology really changed the holidays? Are shoppers still getting out there and being a part of the season?

“I still like to go into the stores”, Moellering said. “If I’m looking for a gift, I like to see it – feel it. Is this what the person I’m shopping for wants? And forget Gift Cards.”

At First Colony Mall, near JCPenney, photographers have set up ‘The Santa Set’ where kids come to visit Santa. But savvy parents know that if the kids want to see Santa and talk about their Christmas list, Mom and Dad can set up the visit on line, especially if they want those famous photos. Jordan, a Location Manager for My Santa Experience, said you don’t even have to wait in line for a photo with Santa. “Parents can reserve their time with Santa for a photo package online.” said Jordan. “The photo prepurchase is required to book your time.

But of course if you’re shopping in our mall, and want to visit Santa, you can do that, too.”!

Does Jordan use technology for holiday shopping? “Yes, technology has made it convenient, except for clothes. I still like to come into a store and try something on.”

For now, department shore shopping – and visits to see Santa – may be the only traditional non internet Holiday experience.

So all online, al the time – even in December? No way, say Fort Bend shoppers. Many love to head to the mall, see the sights, eat the food.

One Sugar Land resident says “it’s part of the season – even the crazy parking!” Another slyly said “forget the parking – I’m calling Uber and they can get me to the mall.”

While some shoppers love the hectic schedule of the holidays, minus the luxuries of the using the internet, I asked Santa what he thought of technology during the season.! “Well, I don’t know. Everything is made in the North Pole.”

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