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Welcome to the Top Ten Christmas Shopping List
In keeping with our holiday tradition of featuring Top Ten web sites,
here is our Top Ten list of recommended holiday shopping sites
followed by news about e-Commerce, and links to more shopping sites.
Link to Best Buy

1.) Best Buy Here's a great site to browse for gifts even if you decide to buy it at the store. Find everything you'd expect to see in the real store from the convenience of your computer

Link to Blockbuster

2.) Block Buster Video Store features Sliding Doors, Parent Trap; at the Music Online Store find Garth Live!, Whitney's back! Swing These; and be sure to see the In The Store Specials for the Mask of Zorro, Domino's & A Movie, Videos Games and Music,and Gift Cards Software Gifts.

Link to Bob's

3.) Bob’s Produce Ranch Bob's offers a full range of Gift Baskets for any occasion. Check out their catalog of Fruit Baskets that are a healthy, natural gift that everyone will enjoy. Bob's uses the finest quality Red Delicious apples, California oranges, Florida grapefruit and Juicy grapes in our Fruit Baskets. All baskets are filled to the bottom of the basket. Each is hand packed in a box for shipping with the proper padding to prevent damage.They will include hand written greeting cards with your fruit basket and gift basket for that personal touch.

Link to Disney Store

4.) Disney Store Join Mickey and all his pals to find special gifts for everyone.  Find videos, books clothing, watches and jewelry, collectibles, and of course, toys! You can even send a Pooh Gram.

Visit the iCat web site Command Design is now an authorized iCat Commerce Online Developer
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Link to Frederick's

5.) Frederick's is a specialty retailer, operating a chain of women's intimate apparel stores throughout the U.S. and also has a national mail order apparel business selling lingerie, bras, foundations, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, hosiery, footwear and accessories. There's also a selection of menswear!

Link to FAO Schwarz

6.) FAO Schwarz Visit the ultimate online toy store. Toys are the tools of childhood that stimulate the imagination and open a child's world to learning and discovery. With fresh features, challenging contests, and great giveaways, FAO is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of all who visit!

santag.gif (4279 bytes) Holiday Purchases Contribute To $3.5 Billion In On-line Retail Sales In Q4
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Link to Sayersbrook

7.) Sayersbrook Ranch For the true gourmet, it's all-American bison! As you browse through the on-line catalog you can let your imagination rest because Skip's Place has the delicious healthy alternatives everyone wants. For that special, hard to buy for person, here are some truly unique and tasty ideas.

Link to Starbucks

8.) Starbucks online coffee shop and store awaits. What sends warm holiday wishes better than a special cup of java. Don't know where to start? Let the Coffee Taste Matcher help you find the perfect coffee for your taste.

Link to Wal-Mart

9.) Wal-Mart

Now why would you want to visit Wal-Mart online when there's one near your house? First there's convenience; you can browse for gift ideas before you get into the crowds; and how about online specials not advertised in the stores.

Link to Bird Store

10.) Wild Birds Unlimited is the first and largest franchise system of retail stores catering to the backyard bird feeding hobbyist. Opened in 1981, they now have more than 250 stores throughout North America. Wild Birds Unlimited is your backyard bird feeding specialist.

Afrikaans - een plesierige kerfees

Arabic - I'd Milad Said oua Sana Saida

Argentine - Felices Pasquas Y felices ano Nuevo

Armenian - Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

Azeri - Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun

Basque - Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!

Bohemian - Vesele Vanoce

Brazilian - Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

Breton - Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat

Bulgarian - Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo

Chinese/Mandarin - Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

Chinese/Catonese - Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun

Cornish - Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth

Cree - Mitho Makosi Kesikansi

Croatian - Sretan Bozic

Czech - Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok

Danish - Glædelig Jul

Dutch - Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

English - Merry Christmas

Esperanto - Gajan Kristnaskon

Estonian - Ruumsaid juulup|hi

Farsi - Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad

Finnish - Hyvaa joulua

French - Joyeux Noel

Frisian - Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!

German - Froehliche Weihnachten

Featured Holiday Shopping Site Created by Command Design & Graphics

Link to the Collector's Corner

Visit the Collector's Corner this holiday season to see how your business can sell on the Internet.

Ozark Handicraft Designs has worldwide license to market the "Straight from the Heart" line of collectible dolls. Business partners Marge Robinson and Joyce Burgan were anxious to grow their business through the use of an online store to reach a market that is virtually unlimited. "We anticipate the web site being a valuable addition to our other sales and advertising programs," Robinson said.

Visit the iCat web site Command Design is now an authorized iCat Commerce Online Developer
To meet the needs of its business customers and prospects, Command Design and Graphics (CD&G) has joined the iCat Commerce Online Developer Network and offers the complete line of iCat e-commerce solutions.

"With millions of people turning to the web for information every day, the selling of products and services online has became an important business extension for many companies," according to CD&G owner and graphic designer Joyce Callanan.

The companies participating in the Developer Network create stores for their clients using iCat Commerce Online, the web-based store building software introduced by iCat earlier this year.

Over 50 service providers are already participating, including businesses such as ADI Internet Solutions, eConsumer, At First Site, Cabrillo East Media, Digital Direct Marketing. Command Design & Graphics is only the second authorized iCat developer in Missouri.

"The iCat Commerce Online Developer Network provides fast and affordable outsourcing solutions for businesses, so there are no barriers to opening their electronic storefronts," said Craig Danuloff, president and CEO of iCat Corporation.

iCat Corporation, founded in 1993 and based in Seattle, provides corporations and merchants worldwide with the information, software, and services they need to be successful in e-commerce. iCat software is used by thousands of companies including Bloomingdale’s, Volkswagen, France ’98 World Cup, Philips, A&E Networks, Nabisco, and others shown at

Link to bloomingdale's

Link to Philips

The privately held company has technology and marketing relationships with more than 350 companies including UPS, HP, Fedex, EDS and GTE. The May 1998 issue of Upside Magazine names iCat one of the Hot 100 Technology Companies, and Upside recently named CEO Craig Danuloff one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Digital Age.

Link to Yahoo Stores

Link to the iCat Mall

If you still haven't found that perfect gift, try visiting these two cyber mega malls:

Take a look at Yahoo! Stores, or...

Visit the iCat Mall featuring hundreds of small online specialty stores. (And remember, Command Design & Graphics is an iCat Commerce Online Developer so we can help you design, publish and manage your e-store.)

To visit our 1997 Top Ten Holiday Sites

santag.gif (4279 bytes) Holiday Purchases Contribute To $3.5 Billion In On-line Retail Sales In Q4
Consumers will establish a new ceiling for on-line retail sales this quarter, making $3.5 billion in purchases via the Internet by the end of the year, according to new projections from Forrester Research, Inc. Forrester expects consumers to turn to the Web in record numbers to fulfill their holiday gift-giving needs.

Maria LaTour Kadison, senior analyst in Forrester’s On-line Retail Strategies service, said that tough competition among retailers combined with aggressive advertising in traditional media by e-retailers will attract consumers looking for prices, products, and convenience. Forrester expects a significant number of consumers to make their first on-line purchases this holiday season, making 1998 a pivotal year in the evolution of eCommerce.

"Holiday shoppers traditionally face long lines, crowded aisles, absent or unhelpful sales clerks, and uncertain availability," said Kadison. "The Web offers the ability to find the best prices and multiple delivery options without the hassle of shopping in malls and stores. In a way, the Web restores some of the holiday gift-buying experience."

Link to eToys Link to GAP

Link to L.L.Bean

Three trends will emerge from the 1998 holiday buying season:

1.) Major retailers like eToys, Gap, and L.L. Bean will leverage their brands to capture loyal customers on-line. To make gift shopping easier, these retailers will offer gift searches based on the recipient’s age and gender, as well as the giver’s price range.

2.) The leading portals will offer holiday shopping channels that aggregate vertical retailers and gift sites, making it easier for on-line shoppers to find gift ideas and place orders.

3.) Dedicated gift sites like and will attract shoppers who need help or guidance with advisory services and searches by occasion, recipient, type of gift, and price range.

Converted holiday shoppers will continue buying on-line in 1999, as e-retailers look for new ways to capture consumers and spread sales throughout the year. Forrester expects increased use of e-mail reminders and gift-of-the-month services to lure consumers back to the Web for post-holiday purchases. Meanwhile, portals will focus on improving their retail services, offering one-cart shopping that enables consumers to use one cart and make one payment while shopping at multiple affiliated retailers. Successful gift sites will become acquisition targets for both large retailers and portals seeking targeted customer services.

"Last year, on-line retailers did not experience the traditional post-holiday drop-off in sales," Kadison added. "Forrester expects to see a similar ratchet effect again this year as consumers keep coming back to the Web for more and more purchases in 1999."

CD&G Developes Secure Application for ASA

Command Design & Graphics has created a secure socket layers (SSL) membership application for the American Soybean Association to protect personal and credit card account information submited by applicants across the Internet.

When a secure page is requested, the user is notified that the page is secure and provided with some means of displaying more information about the organization who owns the site. This additional information is usually contained in a "certificate" issued by a company that provides data encription.

For the ASA site, CD&G obtained a certificate from VeriSign, a leading Internet security company, which was subsequently installed and configured on the server by INTEK System Solutions.

The VeriSign certificate authenticates that a secure channel is in place when you connect to a server that uses a VeriSign Secure Server ID or Global Server ID:

  • All data exchanged with the server is encrypted and/or unaltered.
  • You are assured that VeriSign has verified that the server operator has the right to use the name presented on the site.

VeriSign Secure Server IDs and Global Server IDs assure that the "proof of right to use" the organizational name has been verified. For more information, visit the VeriSign web site or contact your Command Design & Graphics representative.

Greek - Kala Christouyenna!

Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka

Hebrew - Mo'adim Lesimkha Chena tova

Hindi - Shub Naya Baras

Hungarian - Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

Icelandic - Gledileg Jol

Indonesian - Selamat Hari Natal

Iraqi - Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

Irish - Nollaig Shona Dhuit

Italian - Buone Feste Natalizie

Japanese - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

Korean - Sung Tan Chuk Ha

Latvian - Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!

Lithuanian - Linksmu Kaledu

Manx - Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa

Maori - Meri Kirihimete

Marathi - Shub Naya Varsh

Navajo - Merry Keshmish

Norwegian - God Jul

Papua New Guinea - Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu.

Pennsylvania German - En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!

Polish - Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

Portuguese - Boas Festas

Rapa-Nui - Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua

Rumanian - Sarbatori vesele

Russian - Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

Serbian - Hristos se rodi

Slovakian - Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce

Sami - Buorrit Juovllat

Samoan - La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou

Scots Gaelic - Nollaig chridheil huibh

Serb-Croatian - Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina

Singhalese - Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa

Slovak - Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok

Slovene - Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto

Spanish - Feliz Navidad

Swedish - God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År

Tagalog - Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong

Taon Tamil - Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal

Thai - Sawadee Pee Mai

Turkish - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

Ukrainian - Srozhdestvom Kristovym

Urdu - Naya Saal Mubarak Ho

Vietnamese - Chung Mung Giang Sinh

Welsh - Nadolig Llawen

Yugoslavian - Cestitamo Bozic


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