KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – This year, the shopping season will be very different than in years past. So we turned to the expert, tech and lifestyle journalist Anna De Souza to provide insight into some of the challenges of the holidays.

This year, the experts are advising consumers to make their purchases early and send your gifts in plenty of time for the holidays. That doesn’t mean you can get some deals and steals from retailers and small businesses that are eager to earn your business.

De Souza is a digital and broadcast journalist, producer and editor covering beauty, style, technology, and lifestyle. Uncovering tomorrows trends today, Anna began her career in the magazine and the publishing industry for FitnessMore, and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines and other publishers. Born in Rio de Janeiro, has identical twin girls. You can catch Anna reporting for Today.com, The Huffington Post, ELLE.com, Refinery29, SheKnows, SheFinds, Yahoo! Shine, Lucky.com, BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, AOL StyleList and other digital magazines.