The holidays have a way of sneaking up on you. One day it’s Halloween, and next thing you know, it’s already the sixth night of Hanukkah and Christmas is less than two weeks away. So much for your best-laid plans of getting all your holiday gift shopping done early this year.
The good news is that you still have time. Stores tend to have special sales and longer hours throughout December, as people rush to find last-minute gifts. But beware – the busiest shopping day of the season isn’t Black Friday, contrary to popular belief. Super Saturday, the last Saturday before Christmas, has actually dethroned Black Friday as the busiest. So if you’re planning to go to the stores on December 20, be prepared for huge crowds and long lines anywhere you go.
Thankfully, many retailers offer free shipping and guaranteed holiday delivery this time of year, so you can be sure that you’ll get your presents before your family gathering or gift exchange. Additionally, some retailers offer “buy online, pickup in store” – a great way to avoid long lines and huge crowds while still getting the perfect holiday gift. And they’ll never know you just ordered it!
To save you even more time, here are some last-minute gift ideas you can buy online and pickup in store. The added bonus? Splender shoppers can earn extra cash back on purchases through December 31!
For the Do-It-Yourself man in your life, you can never go wrong with power tools. Ace Hardware is offering free in-store pickup for the holidays. Check out this Makita Cordless Drill ($240) for the man who likes to work with his hands. Or for the grill master, this Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker ($350) is on sale (a nice little surprise) and available for in-store pickup. In addition to what you’ll save on shipping, you can also earn 7% cash back – not too shabby.
The Warm Fuzzies
Need to find the perfect gift for mom? Check out Coach, which is offering free in-store pickup as well as free shipping and guaranteed holiday delivery. Throw in 3% cash back on eligible purchases, and you have a great holiday shopping deal. Buy mom that Edie Shoulder Bag ($425) she’s been eyeing (and dropping hints about), or get her new Sheepskin Mittens ($206.50) to keep her warm and cozy during the cold winter days and nights.
Tech the Halls
Show the techie in your life some love with a gift from BestBuy.com. If you order online now through the holidays, you can earn 2% cash back and pickup in store, so you can get it just in time for the holiday gift exchange. The new Samsung Gear VR ($100) is sure to please that friend who loves to have the latest gadgets. Or check out the GoPro HERO4 ($400) for the adventurous aunt who wants to capture every moment.
May the Force Be with You
Perhaps the craziest and busiest store you’ll go to when shopping for holiday gifts will be Toys R Us. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – you name it – will all be there trying to find everything on the kids’ wish lists. Which is why you should take advantage of the free shipping, free in-store pickup and 2% cash back through the holidays.
With the new Star Wars movie coming out, every kid will want this LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon ($150) on sale now. Or check out the Hello Barbie Doll ($80), which uses speech recognition technology to hold conversations, play games, share stories and even tell jokes!
That’s not all – other stores such as PetSmart.com, Bloomingdale’s, Crate & Barrel, Finish Line, Foot Locker, Gander Mountain, Golfsmith, New York & Company, Nordstrom.com, Sears.com, Staples, The Container Store and Walmart.com are all offering buy online, pickup in store services this holiday season.
This year, skip the frustration of battling it out with other shoppers and shop online for everyone on your list. You’ll end up with great gifts your friends and family will love – without the headache!
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