Are you in crunch time and realized you forgot someone on your list? Worse, are you dreading going out knowing that a simple trip into the store means hours of standing in lines? No worries, here is a list of ideas to help you find some great gifts for less and without all the chaos and hair-pulling that a trip to the store can bring this time of year! You can shop from home and also these gifts do not require shipping! You can just print the confirmation of the gift and wrap it up in a box or something!
We actually did something similar for our 10-year old daughter. One of the gifts we gave her was a magazine subscription to a horse magazine. We printed off a sample cover from amazon, folded it up, put in a box and wrapped it! Anyway, it was a big hit and a gift we bought last minute as an addition to her birthday gifts.
So let us share these ideas with you, the best places to get them and the ways to save on them!
One great idea that you might want to consider is “Print Your Own” gift cards for Amazon.com! We have done this before and love it as you have a full card (see how it prints so you can fold it) with a personalized greeting and gift card for your recipient. Plus, your recipient is able to choose just the perfect gift! Amazon gift cards are a top gift card pick. This gift card allows your recipient to by anything and everything they could possibly want and save money over buying the same item at another store! So your gift card amount will go further.
To get started making your own gift card, CLICK HERE to go to the Amazon gift card center!
Don’t forget they also offer mp3 downloads, Kindle books, movie downloads and many other great options as well.
One of our favorite places to get gift cards is from CardPool. You can get them for up to 35% off. They do mail physical gift cards, so you can print a picture of the gift card….but they do sell electronic gift cards that are emailed to you and then you can print and give as a gift and/or email to your recipient! Either way, outside of Amazon gift cards, these are the best option as you can get a gift card to anywhere for a nice discount. We have used this site exclusively for our own gift cards and gift cards we gifted!
For more details, you can read our previous post on Cardpool HERE. Plus, if you are a first time customer, you will also get $5 off any gift card order!
Buying a gift certificate through Ebates will let you not only get cash back (click on Gift Cards category on left side of site for a full list of retailers) but if you are a new member to Ebates, you will also get you a $10 Target, Macy’s, Walmart or Sears after your first $25 purchase! This additional $10 gift card will be mailed to you a few days after purchase. Make sure to CLICK HERE to sign up for Ebates (its FREE and easy) and then go to the Gift Cards category. By shopping for your gift cards this way, you may not be getting a discount on the actual card, but when you consider the cash back and additional $10 gift card, it really comes out to be a great deal in the end!
Now two of our favorite places to shop online are also wonderful for last minute Christmas shopping! That is, buying a 50% off gift certificate (it’s an ecertificate that you print off, so you don’t wait for mailing) to local restaurants, services, amusements and more! So this is perfect for spa treatments, eating out gift, car services and even fun entertainment in your local area.
The place to get these are Groupon and Living Social! For more details, just check out our previous post!
You can not only get a certificate for a certain deal, but did you know you can buy a gift card so that your recipient can take advantage of any deal they want that’s offered – which means that “hard to buy for” person on your list just might not be as hard to buy for as you originally thought! 🙂
Click through THIS LINK to go directly to the Groupon gift ideas! HINT: through 12/23, Groupon is offering an extra 20% off their deals with coupon code: HURRY20
Click through THIS LINK to go directly to the LivingSocial gift ideas!
Now through December 24th, you can grab your Restaurant.com certificates for a steal of a deal! This is great news and comes at a great time to be gifts/stocking fillers for friends and family! This is a great way to help them save money going out (as well as yourself!).
To use the current deals, click on any of the deals listed below (and be sure to use the coupon code to receive that discount!)
Finally, you can consider getting a great deal on popular magazines! Amazon offers subscriptions to every magazine and pretty much every one of them is discounted and dozens are even offered for $5 for the year! You may just find a great magazine deal that would fit and interest for someone on your list from photography, gardening and more! Anything!
Just wrap up the magazine confirmation as a fun way to present it!
What last minute, emergency gift ideas do you have?