11.15.2012

Christmas Gift Guide: Finding deals online!

If you're like me... you're waking up and realizing that it's almost Christmas.  I can't believe that in only 40 days, we'll be gathered 'round with family and friends to celebrate.  Singing Christmas songs (which I'll be starting in a mere week and couldn't be more excited) and eating some of the finest foods of the year.

But what about shopping for all those family and friends?  On a budget?  With no time during the week to shop?  Well, I've put together a list of both easy and budget friendly solutions for your Christmas buying experience.  Allowing you to spend less, but still give awesome, thoughtful gifts.

Here goes.

Online deals that I love:
 
 

Join Zulily, which I can honestly say has some great deals, and really unique items for all members of your family.  If you sign up now, by providing your email, you will get a $10 credit when clicking this link.  I have done this in the past, and purchased a $20 item, and even got free shipping.  Talk about a deal!  I love their baby clothes personally.  But they have everything!  Sign up today!


Tip: Open an email account in Gmail or Yahoo just for signing up for online deals. Rather than receive daily emails to your main email account and annoy you, have them go to a separate account that you check daily when you're ready to see all your deals in one place!



Groopdealz:  Ok, this is slowly becoming an addiction for me.  Click here to sign up.  It's almost like etsy or pinterest meet online boutique shopping that's always on sale.  Lots of homemade, personalized and vintage style items.  Jewelry, personalized platters, baby items, cell phone covers, etc.  You have to like them on facebook to see their deals, or access the deals by logging into their website.  I've bought some really great, unique items from there for Christmas presents.  Very affordable, and if you order now, you'll have it in plenty of time for Christmas!  (But act fast on items as they tend to sell out quickly!)



Join Amazon Prime!  Join today for a 30 day free trial and cancel it before Christmas after you've ordered all your Christmas deals and made use of their free two day shipping!  You will get discounts on thousands of items, daily deals on toys, electronics, and really anything that would be on your shopping list.  If you're a parent, you can even sign up for Amazon Mom and get Prime benefits, plus 20% diapers and wipes and all things baby!  And free shipping!  I call that a deal!

 
For the hard to buy for:
 
 
 
Sign up for BirchboxYou've seen my many posts on the fun things that arrive in my mailbox each month from Birchbox.  Well, did you know that you can buy a 3 month subscription for a gift?  Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!  For $10 a month, various beauty items will arrive in the mail for you to sample.  Many times, my boxes include full size makeup or beauty products that are worth well over $10.  It's definitely a fun gift that anyone would LOVE to get.  (And if you know of a guy that loves men's grooming products, it's also a great gift!  Stephen LOVES his Birchbox that shows up each month!  Give the gift of a Birchbox!
 
 
 
Send an Olive and Cocoa gift box!  I have had the pleasure of receiving 2 Olive and Cocoa gift boxes from our sweet friends and have also sent gifts through Olive and Cocoa and I love the presentation of each gift when it arrives.  They come wrapped in a beautiful wood box, with a gorgeous satin ribbon.  I love the variety of gifts available online at many price points.  Definitely great options for loved ones that you won't be seeing in person this year! 
 
 
Buy a magazine subscription!  Another gift that keeps on giving, for a very little price.  Search the web, or click here for great magazine deals.  If you sign up now, your loved one will have their first magazine show up the beginning of January.  When you give them this gift for the holiday, wrap the current issue of the magazine and tell them one will be shortly arriving in their mailbox!  Great gifts, man for under $10. 
 
For the Creative:
 
 
Photoshop Elements 11 for a new photographer:  Know someone getting a new camera for Christmas?  They will need a photo editing software for all their new photos!  I found a great deal on Photoshop Elements 11, for only $50.  (Regularly over $100).  This is a great gift, for new or beginner photographers.  They would love this gift and not expect it. 


 
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Print off Pictures!  Get those pictures off the disc and into a book or on your wall!  I have found two websites that I love for printing off pictures.  Head to Mpix.com for all your photo printing needs or Printcopia for printing off canvases.  They are both who I recommend all my clients use for their photos, or photo projects.  They have awesome gift ideas, such as mini accordion books, large photo books, or just simple pictures printed to put in a frame.  Do you know someone who takes a lot of Instagram photos?  Print off their pictures for them and make a cute book.  It would be an inexpensive and very thoughtful gift.

*Tomorrow I will have a fun giveaway from Printcopia, so be sure to check back to enter in!

 
via my mom's pinterest! 
 
Know any Pinterest Addicts?  (my mother....)  Log on to their Pinterest boards and find some fun craft ideas that they have pinned, and make one of those projects for them!  I'm sure you'll need craft supplies from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  Don't forget your 40% off coupon found on their apps, or by clicking here(Mom, start a board that says "I'd love that" and I'll know what you want for Christmas.  Thanks!)

Buy Local!

We love to buy local when we can, and love to support small businesses in our community.  Visit your local farmers market, or flea market for great gift ideas.  You can even support small businesses in other towns where your loved one lives by searching on the internet.  You will find that small businesses are happy to ship, hand deliver, personalize and make your gifts unique and thoughtful.


Here in Shreveport, we love supporting Aidan's Place with their fabulous granola.  Check out their website and have granola shipped all over the world to your loved ones.  She even has a holiday flavor that has homemade peppermint bark in it.  Call her to order today!  (She also has darling paper boxes she makes to gift the granola in.  Darling).

I hope this has been helpful to at least one person.  I love finding deals online for gifts.  If you need help finding a gift for a loved one, let me know how I can help! 

Happy shopping!




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