In the run-up to Christmas, Hanukkah, and all the other gift-laden winter holidays, would you rather go after a bargain by letting your fingers loll about on the screen of a smartphone or tablet — or mix it up with the punch-throwing, gun-toting, um, customers at your local big box store?
We thought so. And if data from eBay is any indication, that instinct toward self-preservation is strong in many of us (or at least an increasing number of us). For the data shows that, since last year, Thanksgiving and Black Friday have — not surprisingly — seen significant jumps in the number of people shopping via mobile device.

In a blog post today, eBay-owned PayPal said it saw a 173 percent year-over-year rise in worldwide mobile payment volume on Thanksgiving Day, with a 164 percent jump in the numbers of global shoppers who were using PayPal mobile to make purchases.

To help you out at this busy time of year, the Perspective Research Department has obtained this video to help you make your Holiday Shopping choices!