Gift Cards are easy to buy and send, making them a great deal for the giver but not always welcomed by the giftee. In order to buy the right card for everyone you have to know a little about his or her shopping habits and lifestyle.
For that starving student on your list or anyone who loves grabbing a quick snack, how about a card from Subway, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, IHOP or McDonald’s? For the giftee who prefers casual dining, there are cards available from Chili’s, Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Outback and Red Lobster. For a boss or client, there are even cards from Morton’s Steakhouse.
If there’s a fashionista on your gift list, she’ll adore a card from Nordstrom, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor or Sak’s Fifth Avenue. The bargain hunter will enjoy hunting for deals from TJ Maxx, Marshall’s or Kohl’s. If you know your giftee’s favorite store that makes choosing even easier.
For online shoppers, the Amazon gift card is a one-size-fits-all solution since this retailer sells practically anything and everything. For the person who gets most of their entertainment online, there are cards from iTunes, Hulu Plus and Google Play.
Any gamer would be happy to get a card from Xbox, Nintendo, PlayStation Network or GameStop. Sports lovers will enjoy cards from Bass Pro Shops, Nike, Foot Locker or Sports Authority. For the friend whose dog or cat eats better than they do, there are cards from Petco or PetSmart.
If you know your giftee frequents the big box stores, all of them have gift cards including Target, Sears, Kmart, Home Depot, Lowes and Best Buy.
Be sure the card is appropriate for the recipient. A Victoria’s Secret card is fine for your wife or girlfriend but not your child’s teacher. A gym membership or one to Weight Watchers sends the wrong message to anyone who wishes you would stop bugging them about their weight. Be sure you choose a card that the recipient will enjoy using!
In the old days, like a few years ago, shoppers arose at dawn so they could get into their favorite stores when they opened early on the morning after Thanksgiving. Now even though retailers are opening earlier and offering deals sooner, some shoppers are willing to camp out hours, days and even weeks ahead of time in hopes of scoring major bargains.
On Wednesday, November 5, two women began their vigil in front of a Beaumont, California, Best Buy store in order to be first in line when the store opens for Black Friday on Thanksgiving night. The pair is taking turns holding their spot while one goes home to shower and eat. What is the prize these ladies hope to win in return for spending 22 days in a Best Buy parking lot? Their “ultimate goal” is to score a 50” high def TV for $199.
Most of us lack this kind of dedication (or just have better sense) and will plan out our Black Friday shopping to make the most of our time. Here are some places where you can get a jump on your holiday bargain hunting without having to pitch a tent.
Walmart is already offering online specials including a Value of the Day. Current deals include a Sceptre 32” LED HDTV for $169, a Hamilton Beach 22-quart roaster oven for $39 and a Nintendo 3DS XL starter bundle starting at $194.
Amazon is counting down to Black Friday with deals like up to $100 off ASUS laptops and 10% of more off select Lenovo computers. A Samsung 55” Ultra HD smart TV regularly selling for $1,997.99 is now going for $1,379.99, a saving of $600. This price includes free delivery and is good until November 23.
Home Depot is having an early Black Friday sale on appliances in-store only until November 26. While you’re in there, check out the deals on holiday décor.
The Black Friday deals have already started but you don’t need to camp out to find them!
Being able to control all of your home’s appliances from one device would have sounded like something from a science fiction movie a few decades ago, but at Home Depot stores, the future is here. Are you ready for the connected home?
Home Depot and Wink have partnered up to offer a collection of products that can be used to create your own customized smart home. The chain has almost 60 Wink-enabled items that can be controlled either via the Wink hub or through the Wink smartphone app for iOS or Android.
Appliances and home décor available include water heaters, light bulbs and window shades from brands like Chamberlain, Dropcam, GE, Honeywell, Kwikset and Philips. While the smartphone app is free, the Wink Hub sells for $49 at Home Depot. Buy two connected devices and get the hub for just $.99.
Do-it-yourself types are sure to have lots of fun coordinating the door locks, air conditioner and garage door to all work together with just a click on the smartphone, but all this connectivity may prove daunting for the more technophobic customer. Given that so many smartphone owners are already using their devices coupled with the Dropcam for home security, it isn’t a major leap to being able to control other home appliances by remote.
Home Depot doesn’t have the first entry in the smarthome field, but the chain does have the advantage of having a regular stream of homeowners walking in the door ready to buy something and being tempted by the idea of the connected house. Staples already has 150 devices that work with its connected-home hub, plus both Apple and Google have made major investments in the field.
How soon will we all be living in connected homes? Given the speed at which technology is being adapted these days, it shouldn’t be very long.
There’s just one day left of the long Memorial Day weekend, but there are still plenty of good deals out there. Here’s another batch of sales and promo codes good through Monday, May 26.
Old Navy is offering 50% off everything in-stores and online through Monday, May 26.
At H&M, they’re slashing prices of select items by up to 70%, both in-store and online through Monday. Get an extra 20% off when you sign up for their newsletter.
At Gap stores or gap.com, use the promo code EVENT to save 40% off your order through Monday.
Go to your local Microsoft store or Microsoft.com to get one game free when you buy two games for the Xbox One or Xbox 360 until May 27.
Kmart has lots of items on sale this weekend, including up to 50% off the Adam Levine collection for women. Get $10 off your $65 order of clothing and accessories with the coupon code SUMMER10. Tees, tanks, shorts and swimwear for the entire family are up to 50% off through Monday.
Home Depot is offering hanging plants at two for $10 and bags of mulch at four for $10. The chain also has sales on select appliances and free delivery.
At Delia.com, take 40% off your entire order and get free shipping with the coupon code FREEDOM through May 26.
Go to jambajuice.com for a printable coupon good for one free juice or smoothie when you buy one. Good through May 26.
At Amazon, get a free $10 credit on Android games and apps with select gift card purchases of $20 or more. Choose from gift cards for Domino’s, Supercuts, Starbucks, Captain D’s, Whole Foods, Chili’s, Panera Bread, Nordstrom, Sephora and more.
Hooters offers ten free wings with the purchase of any drink to all active duty military, veterans and their spouses all day May 26.
At Orbitz, you can take 15% off hotel stays with the promo code GETHAPPY when you book by June 1 and travel by November 15.