Feeling bad because you haven’t done any gift shopping? Considering running out and buying everyone Starbuck’s gift cards? You aren’t alone. One out of every seven Americans received a Starbuck’s gift card last Christmas — which was an increase from one in eight the year before. That’s a lot of coffee and decorative mugs.
But now’s not the time to panic. We’ve got some last minute tips for shopping procrastinators who would like to get something besides a coffee gift card for friends and family. Andrea Woroch, nationally-recognized shopping expert for Kinoli Inc., tells us how to best take advantage of the next week and a half.
Pick Up In Store
Amazon is offering same-day delivery on Christmas Eve if orders are placed by 10 a.m. for customers in 12 major metro areas. Don’t live in a city? Don’t fear. Target customers can order items for same-day store pickup as late as 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. Toys ‘R Us can have items ready in under an hour in some cases, while orders placed online at Kmart can be picked up at either Kmart or Sears locations.
Consider a Gift Card
Yes, we’ve come full circle back to gift cards — but we aren’t just talking Starbucks here (no offense). You can find gift cards pretty much everywhere these days, from your local gas station to the grocery store down the street. Some stores offer printable gift cards which you can include in a card or themed package, or you can send an e-card directly to the recipient’s inbox. You can even save on printable and electronic gift cards by shopping at GiftCardGranny.com.
Shop Smart at The Airport
If you are traveling, take advantage! Some airports have a large variety of shops. If you’re worried about overpaying, Woroch suggests checking prices using the RedLaser or Amazon Price Check apps. “I found comparable prices at Brookstone and Best Buy’s gadget kiosk at the Las Vegas airport, so those are safe shopping stops,” she says. “Look out for sales, too. I recently received 50 percent off a golf jersey for my husband at the Pro Shop at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.”
Use Mobile Coupons
Don’t worry. The best sales are actually happening now and will last until Christmas Day. Woroch always makes sure to download a coupon app like Coupon Sherpa, which will help you find additional discounts at stores such as Aeropostale, Cabela’s, and Macy’s, where savings can range from $25-$50 per purchase. If you’re shopping at Walmart, be sure to download their free store app and take advantage of the Savings Catcher tool, which gives you money back via gift card for any product you purchase that’s priced less at a local competitor.
See? With a little extra work you’ll easily cross every name off your shopping list. Even better, you’ll impress friends and family. And we don’t think anyone will miss that Starbuck’s gift card.