The Festive Season

The period between November and January is traditionally known as the "Festive" or "Holiday" season. These are also the best time to take advantage of great online shopping deals.


The Festive Season


Okay, let's look at which holidays take place during the "holiday season".




This is a national holiday in the USA and Canada that takes place on the fourth Thursday of November each year. This is also normally when "Black Friday", "Cyber Monday" and "Cyber Week" is featured.




Hanukah (also called the Festival of Lights) is an important Jewish holiday that lasts for eight days and nights. The exact start date changes each year, but it always falls in November or December. In the 2nd Century BC, the Jewish people fought back against the Seleucid Empire that had taken over much of the Middle East and made Judaism illegal. Today, Jews all over the world celebrate this festival.




In Christianity, this is the day that Jesus Christ was born, and it is the most popular Christian holiday in the Western world. In the Bible, wise men brought special gifts to the baby Jesus and traditionally, a figure called Father Christmas / Santa Claus / St. Nicholas (depending on which country you are in) is thought to bring presents to children around the world on Christmas Eve.


New Year's Eve


This is the last night of the old year and the beginning of the new one! Many people have big parties with friends or family, at home or at bars and clubs. Many people also make New Year’s Resolutions, which are a list of things that they will try to do or stop doing in the coming year. For example, start going to the gym, or stop smoking.


Top Tip: Browse the stores for the items that you love, register for an account using your MyUniversalShop address, add them to your cart, don't check out but sit back and wait. If the Online Retailer has a special, they will send you a notification of the discount that you can expect. Useful Link to stores that may offer specials*


How to use your unique forwarding address in six easy steps?


Step One - Register with MyUniversalShop to receive a South African Forwarding Address


Step Two - Buy from any Online Store in South Africa and, when you check out use the Forwarding Address in the "My Address" part of your Portal


Step Three - Upload your invoice (in PDF) that you receive from Online Store on MyUniversalShop and enter the few details required. If you have no invoice, don't worry, take a screenshot of your cart and upload that. (In PDF)


Step Four - When the order arrives at the South African Forwarding Address we will advise you of arrival, as well as the Transport Charges applicable to ship the order to your country.


Step Five - Once you have made Payment online, we will ship the items to you.


Step Six - The order will arrive in your country, and you will receive a notification to make payment for Customs as well as your Clearing Fees. Make payment online and the order will be delivered to you.


*Please note: that we do not endorse any of the retailers mentioned. Online Shopping has some inherent risks. Please see our article for safety tips that may assist you in safer shopping.


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