Five Gift-Giving Guides For The Holidays

Four shopping days left to Christmas and you have three more gifts to go. There’s plenty of time to get out and buy those last gifts.

But what if you just don’t know what to get? Is your “someone special” especially hard to shop for? Then check out these gift idea websites to help you find that perfect gift: Looking for something unique? Real Simple’s Holiday Gift Guide might be your ticket to a really awesome gift. Each of the four categories are chockful of unique and affordable gift ideas for nearly everyone: 22 Gifts for Women, 27 Gifts for Men, 34 Stocking Stuffers Under $25, and Gifts for New Home Owners, New Parents And New Grads. Life really is made more simple with the Real Simple gift guide! Last minute shopping has you flustered? Perhaps’s handy Gift Finder can help you out. Simply put in recipient, occasion, and price range, and you get a list of gift ideas complete with prices as well as retailers selling those items. Need a gift idea for a teen and want to spend no more than $50? Here’s the list that provided: Gift List for Teen. Now that’s easy! Stumped on what to get Dad? Then check out Amazon’s Gift Ideas. Amazon has compiled an extensive list of ideas in a wide variety of categories including “Gifts for Dad.” Click on your preferred category and you will find even more ideas. Bet you can find something here for Dad!

Amazon RedEnvelope has brought together a unique collection of gifts at a wide variety of price points. You can search through several categories as well as price points to find that ideal gift.  Still not sure what to get? Perhaps RedEnvelope’s 4 Tips and Tricks to finding your perfect gift can guide you. Want to save more when you order with redEnvelope? Then check out their current coupons at redEnvelope Coupons. Most are valid until January 4th. Using the coupon code, SGIFTS20, gets 20% off your order. Find unique gifts and get great gift ideas at’s slogan is “Your online gift mall” and their goal is to make gift finding easier and less confusing. Refine your search by recipient, occupation, hobby, gift type, and/or price to even further narrow your search. Searching for that perfect gift for Mom with a budget of less than $100? Check out Gifty’s selection: Gifty’s Gift Selections Under $100 for Her.

Once you find that perfect gift at one of these convenient gift idea websites, you might want to search for coupons at Retail Me Not.

Don’t forget if you are purchasing online to also check if the retailer participates in the Mr. Rebates program!

What’s your favorite gift idea this holiday season? Tell us in the Comments section below.


12 December Deals to Make Your Holiday Complete.

Have you finished your Holiday shopping yet?

Are you looking to pick up those remaining gifts on your list? Read on for some ideas to help you save more! But act fast … several of these deals end tonight at midnight! Gold Deals and Lightning Deals: Amazon daily deals continue with its Gold Box Deals and Lightning Deals. Need a few more toys? Today’s Gold Box Deal is 50% off select Melissa & Doug toys. This week’s Lightning Deals have included toys, gaming system supplies, tools, and fitness equipment and many other items. Who knows what tomorrow may bring? Perhaps just what you are looking for, and at a great price.

TargetTarget’s “3-Day almost-last-minute Sale” starts today, and goes through Saturday. Eight pages of sales and deals to help finish out your Holiday shopping list. Or perhaps something special for yourself! You’ve been working hard finding all these great deals! Don’t forget to use your Target REDcard and save an additional 5%. But wait … there’s more! Now through Saturday, you can also get a $10 Target GiftCard with the purchase of $50 or more. A coupon is required for this deal: Link to Target $10 Coupon

Mr. Rebates: Shopping online? Be sure to check out Mr. Rebates’ “Cash-Back Christmas” special: Over 500 Mr. Rebates stores have increased their rebates just in time for all your holiday shopping needs. Walmart increased its rebate from 1% to 5%. Nordstrom is now 8%, Famous Footwear is 12%, and are both 15%. Now that’s what I’m talking about! 15% back! And better yet: each time you shop one of these “Santa’s Extra Cash-Back Stores”, you could win an instant $100 bonus prize. What’s not to like about that!

Want to know more about how Mr. Rebates works? Check out my blog-post: Save More With Mr. Rebates

Kohl’s: Don’t forget about Kohl’s! Their 20% off sitewide through Sunday, is a sweet deal (use promo code, “SECRETSANTA”). Want more? Then how about $10 Kohl’s Cash for every 50$ spent! Wait … did I hear you say more again? Then make that Kohl’s purchase through Mr. Rebates, earn another 5% cash-back and qualify for a chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus!

Toys-R-US: So many deals and toy offers at Toys-R-Us, I’m going to direct you to their website to find them all! Shop online through Mr. Rebates, add another 5% cash-back and have yet another chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus. And if your online purchase is $49 or more, free shipping. Go on, get that extra toy.

Sears: What doesn’t Sears have? Bet you can find something on your list here, and with their 2-Day sale, get an even better price. Shopping Use promo code “REALJOY”, and get free shipping. Add more savings by clicking through Mr. Rebates. You get an additional 4% and qualify for a chance at that $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus.

TigerDirect.comA new camera on someone’s wish list? Maybe TigerDirect’s 48 hour camera sale will have just what you are looking for. Better yet: make your purchase through Mr. Rebates and get a 6% rebate on top of the great sale prices! Even better: is one of Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas stores, meaning a chance to win a $100 bonus. ShoeBuy’s Once A Year Holiday Kickoff Sale might be just the ticket to kick off those last remaining items on your gift list! Using coupon code “KICKOFF”, you will get 15% off your order and free shipping. Make that purchase through Mr. Rebates, add on another 15% cash-back rebate and another chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus. What’s not to like about that! And remember: sells more than just shoes.

Lands’End: Does $40 off orders of $100 or more sound like a good deal to you? With free shipping? Then check out Lands’ End today as this offer ends at midnight tonight, Dec. 8th. Click through Mr. Rebates and get another 5% cash-back rebate and have another chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus.

Bath & BodyWorks: Celebrate the season with something special from Bath & Body Works. Make it even more special with their 2-day 20% off deal using promo code “CELEBRATE20”, and free shipping with orders of $50 or more. Add another special touch with a Mr. Rebates 3% cash-back rebate. Keep everyone smelling nice over the Holidays!

LLBeanNeed something for that “outdoorsy” member of the family? Consider these LLBean deals: 10% off your entire purchase through Dec. 15th, $10 gift card for purchases greater than $50, and free shipping. Note: To take advantage of the 10% offer, you will  need to click through an LLBean-originated offer which are available via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and on-line advertising posting, or use coupon code CVJ0121. Purchasing through Mr. Rebates adds 3% cash-back to your wallet. Note: LLBean is not part of the $100 bonus Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas offer.

Want to surprise the whole family with a winter or spring getaway? SouthWest Airlines might just be your ticket to that perfect getaway at a great price:

  • Southwest Airlines Click ‘n Save Deals: Check out Southwest Airlines 3-Days of Click ‘n Save Deals for some sweet deals. I just found a $352 fare from Philadelphia to San Diego, and $304 for Baltimore to San Fransisco, and $200 for Baltimore to Orlando. Not bad! NOTE: This special offering ends today, Thursday, Dec. 8th, so if you want to take advantage of this deal, don’t delay!
  • SouthWest Vacation DealsBook a SouthWest Vacation package through Mr. Rebates and receive a 2% cash-back rebate in addition to some already nicely priced vacation packages.

Are you ready now complete your holiday shopping list? What are you shopping for today? Share your favorite shopping deal.

Your Best Black Friday Shopping Websites!

How do you start planning your Black Friday shopping strategy?

How do you find those awesome Black Friday sales and deals?

Where do you begin your Black Friday shopping?

Check out these awesome websites! Black Friday websites can help you save both money and time by helping you prepare for your Black Friday shopping. I begin checking my favorite Black Friday websites in the weeks leading up to Black Friday to better maximize my shopping strategy.

How can these websites help you maximize your Black Friday deals? Each site provides a vast collection of online Black Friday shopping resources, including retailers’ advertisements and sales information. It’s like having one-stop access to your favorite store’s Black Friday sales and deals:

  •  blackfriday2011: blackfriday2011 claims that “you can research, plan and execute the best Black Friday shopping” from their website. I agree! From the countdown clock in the header, to the well organized layout, it is easy to see why blackfriday2011 is a fan favorite. The site provides you with several search options: by Deals, Ads, News, or Stores. blackfriday2011 even includes a listing of store hours for the big day; great for determining when you need to head out! And when you are ready to hit the pavement, blackfriday2011 also has a very nice iPhone app, allowing you to take your deal-search with you!
  •  tgiblackfriday: tgiblackfriday takes the extensive list of Black Friday sales and deals a step further by including competitor price comparisons and links to buy items online if they are available before Black Friday. My most favorite feature of this website is its easy to use “Shopping List” feature. Find your deal and add it to the tgiblackfriday shopping list; a great way to develop your shopping strategy! Want to check out your deals when at the stores? Download the tgiblackfriday iPhone or Android app for deals on the go.
  •  GD Black Friday: GottaDeal’s slogan is “Why Pay Retail?” and their Black Friday page delivers. It is easy to navigate, helping you to quickly find what you are looking for. You can search by specific store as well as by item. The Online Black Friday Tracker provides detailed information for Black Friday sales available online. Sign up for GD’s Black Friday e-mail alerts and receive e-mails updates for latest deals. The “My Shopping List” is a great tool to help you keep track of the deals you find on their website.
  • With the ability to search within its website, provides you with a vast array of shopping options. The most popular Black Friday advertisements can be loaded directly from the website, providing you with a digitized version of a store’s printed material. also posts links to Online Black Friday Deals by store as well as by category.
  •  BFAdsnet Black Friday 2011BFAdsnet also provides full scanned ads, current hot deals, and the ability to register for e-mail notification for deal updates. You can also search by store and by item within the website. BFAdsnet’s iPhone app lets you take their information with you for on-the-go shopping.
  •  RetailMeNot: What I like most with the RetailMeNot website is the sheer simplicity of their “Top 10” listing of Black Friday deals. RetailMeNot takes the most popular Black Friday shopping categories and then lists their top ten deals within each category.
  • Another nice website listing the latest deals, store ads, and an integrated shopping list. also posts online deals you can get now instead of waiting for Black Friday. has apps for both the iPhone and Android that include sections for the latest Black Friday news, stores, categories, and a shopping list.

Got an App for that? Want access to your deals on the go? Download a Black Friday shopping  app. My favorites are tgiblackfriday, blackfriday2011, and BFAdnet’s apps. Take your shopping list with you.


What about these days before Black Friday? Many of the biggest retailers have sweet deals available right now. I say, grab it! One potential down-side to shopping prior to Black Friday is that the Black Friday price might be better. Simply save your receipt, and if you get lucky to score a better deal, return the item you already bought!

For me, Black Friday is all about finding a few awesome deals to round out my Christmas gift list. I prepare myself with a little bit of pre-Black Friday strategizing. Planning my Black Friday shopping is the quintessential way to optimize my deals.

What’s your strategy to get the best out of your Black Friday shopping?

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