Are you looking forward to shopping this holiday season? Well brace yourself - so are millions of others. You're going to be in quite a crowd as you travel from retail store to retail store looking for the right gifts. An online Christmas shop can be your safe haven away from this chaos. Getting the right gift at the retail store is only half the battle. You'll have a lot of holiday traffic to maneuver your way through, long waits at traffic lights, it'll be stop and go all the way to each store. When you finally reach your destination, you'll find three to four cars waiting to zip into each free parking space or you'll be in a queue of cars waiting to drive down the aisles in hopes of finding a slot for your vehicle. Worse than that is having to park far from the store where safety can be an issue even in the daylight hours. Finally arriving inside the store, you find that the items you came to pick up have all sold out. Talk about frustrating! It's no surprise that more and more people prefer to buy gifts from an online Christmas shop. They get to avoid the crowds (and their germs), have no waiting in line hassles and can order any time they choose at their own convenience. Those opposed to online shopping bring up shipping costs and say they'd rather go to the store and save the money they'd pay in shipping. Okay, but let's figure out how much it really costs you to go to the retail store versus shopping online. Aside from the massive amount of time it takes to drive in the traffic, look for parking, wade through crowds of people and get checked out in long lines, there's also the issue of gas you're burning. Plenty of online stores offer free shipping like Amazon, for example, which offers free shipping on many orders over $25. Some have set rates for up to a particular price. For example, one store offers five dollar shipping on items tallying up to two hundred dollars. By shopping online, you get to order the items you want hassle free. You can even arrange for the items to be gift wrapped and delivered right to the recipient's door. It's like having a personal shopper at your beck and call.