After surviving Sandy, and the powerless days and weeks that followed, who's got energy (or patience) to deal with those lines at the mall? The packed parking lots? And gas prices? Let's not even go there.
So Cyber Monday, for New Yorkers and others in the weather-weary metro area, may be especially appreciated this year. The Monday after Thanksgiving was nicknamed some years ago by online retailers eager to create their own version of Black Friday -- a virtual kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Surf the web and you'll find all kinds of deals and discounts.
At the website for A/X Armani Exchange -- armaniexchange.com -- shoppers can enjoy 35 percent off site-wide. At Keds.com, 30 percent off. Jewelry website jilzara.com, 50 percent -- and each offers free shipping. You'll score up to 70 percent off at Desigual.com, plus two "superdeals" at noon and 9 p.m. Even smaller sites join in, like humblechic.com, with 20 percent discounts (and free tote with purchase) or marticompany.com, where designer Marti Horowitz provides 25 percent off all jewelry. Time to get clicking....
-- Joseph V. Amodio
Improve your snow angel form with bright, durable jackets from The North Face; $95 to $199 at macys.com.
Mossimo men's holiday socks, flasks and boxers that say it all; $2.99 to $7.99 at target.com.
Get into the spirit of the season when you slip into one of these holiday-party-perfect Jennifer Hudson Collection knit dresses with lace inset and ruching; approximately $74.75 at qvc.com.
Sleek, chic wallets in pebbled or patent "vegan leather" (a more festive term than "synthetic"); $28 (plus on Cyber Monday use code CYBER-CHIC for 20 percent off the entire site and a free tote with purchase) at humblechic.com.
The former marketing exec for luxe lines like Harry Winston now has her own collection of jewelry and sparkly home decor, like this Carol Brodie Simulated Gemstone Square Pillow; $39.95 at hsn.com.
Sweet bead bracelets of polymer clay; $12.99 and up (with a Cyber Monday special--50 percent off all jewelry plus free shipping) at jilzara.com.
You'll find plaid and leather bomber hats for adults ($55 to $98.50), plus knit critter hats and gloves for kids; $18 each at madbomber.com.
A perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift: 24 Days of Tea (a delightful box with two dozen unique brews, $29.50), or Tea for the Tree; $4.50 per tea-filled ornament, at davidstea.com.
Get in the humorous holiday spirit with Noel ties, $98, and canvas Hanukkah tote; $35 at jackspade.com.
Turn heads with this "Devin" Austrian deer head ring in oxidized bronze or silver; $45 (plus on Cyber Monday use code cybmon for 25 percent off all jewelry) at marticompany.com.
Guys can kick back in style this holiday in a Shaker crew, $120, French terry lounge pant, $60 and mukluk sock, $50, all from Canvas Lands' End (the brand's trendier, more youthful line); at landsendcanvas.com.
Free People's "Sunburst" faux leather moto jacket, $198, and "Renegade" lace-sleeve tee, $78; at nordstrom.com.
Glossy puffer jacket with peplum silhouette; $188 (and look for 35 percent off site-wide plus free shipping on Cyber Monday) at armaniexchange.com.
Downtown designer fave Richard Chai collaborated with Palladium on these washed corduroy boots, in steel blue or burgundy; $120 at palladiumboots.com.
Faux fur earmuff headphones in pink cerise, carbon gray, natural and lapis blue; $98 at juicycouture.com.
Get your Mojo on--and make it merry--with this Snowday backpack of soft Nordic fleece and poly twill; $30 at mojobackpacks.com.
Octagon stone rings in the Monaco Collection, with 18-k yellow and white gold, diamonds and gemstones, $8,500 and up (yes, Santa, we've been very, VERY good); at judithripka.com.
Slipper star Daniel Green's "Kira" moccasin with cheetah-print lining; $48 (and look for 20 percent off site-wide on Cyber Monday) at danielgreen.com.
Desigual's cotton collage sweatshirt; $164 (and on Cyber Monday don't miss the savings--up to 70 percent off--and two very discounted "superdeals"--at noon and 9 p.m.) at desigual.com.
The ROBO iHome rechargeable speaker powers smart phones, MP3 players and tablets, comes equipped with a combo cable for music-listening and USB charging--and the eyes turn from blue to red when the battery needs recharging; $24.99 at ekids.com.
Another stocking stuffer--these light-weight silicone coin purses from Candy Store accessories hold coins or other small items that would otherwise get lost in the depths of a handbag; $9.99 at ulta.com.
You've heard of Santa. . .Claws? Sorry, we couldn't resist. Old Navy's plush Monster Slippers come in Orange Dinosaur, Gorilla and other fiendish shapes; $14.94 at oldnavy.com.
The holidays should be all about the down time--the cozy, comfy kind. Lands' End Canvas (the preppy label's trendier, more youthful line) helps get you in the mood with its long-sleeve romper, $70, the men's striped scarf, $60, and mukluk sock, $50; at landsendcanvas.com.
Richer Poorer socks for men and women come in a variety of shades and patterns, including "Truant Red," "Outlaw Purple" or these "Swindler Tan" pair for men; $12 at richer-poorer.com.
You may know the lyric, "Oh dreidl, dreidl, dreidl, I made it out of clay. . .," but we prefer this one (and the Christmas tree) made of scrumptious mini cupcakes (each the size of a quarter and less than 45 calories); $70 for set of 100 starting Dec. 3 at bakedbymelissa.com. (Trust us, they're worth the wait.)