Save Time & Money With These Holiday Gift Purchases

posted by Karen Hood
Friday, December 11, 2009

By Meghan Casserly, Forbes.com


For a new twist on low-stress holiday shopping, how about applying the Costco mantra of buying in bulk to gift-giving?

LearnVest.com’s Allison Fast is a believer: “This approach can save you time, money and stress.” You can get 10 gifts out of the way with one purchase and you have more bargaining power to negotiate by buying in bulk—not to mention who wants to run to 10 different stores to buy 10 separate gifts?

Exactly. The plan this holiday season is to cut down on the run-around and shipping fees by one-stop shopping. “You know that you can get discounts for buying in bulk at wholesale clubs like Sam’s, Costco and BJ’s,” says Fast. “But buying multiples of an item at a regular store can also earn you a discount since it allows the store to unload inventory. Mention to the store manager that you plan to buy five or more of a particular item and ask for a discount or a “buy four get one free” deal. We’ve seen users get up to 20% off the total price.”

Monogrammed Totes

Depending on the size, the classic carry-all tote bag from Land’s End costs between $12.50 and $30.50, but if you buy three or more you save $3 per bag. Coworkers and kids can use the small size as a lunch bag, the mid-sized works great at the grocery store and the large is more than ample for a weekend away.

The Best Books of 2010

Each year, Amazon lists their top 100 of the annum from editors and customers. It’s serious one-stop shopping for the most voracious to most reluctant readers. Free shipping on orders over $25, which equals at least two gifts on your list.

Trapper Hats

These trendy hats are a great purchase for friends and family, whether they hail from the country or are urban fashionistas. They’re a steal at $15.60 each when you buy a dozen from WholeSaleHats.com.

Kindle Wireless Reading Device

The price has dropped to $139 each at Amazon, just in time for holiday shopping season–which will make both your wallet and your loved ones happy this year.

Droid Phones

The Verizon holiday deal means giving smartphone gifts is easier than ever. For $199, you can both buy one and get one gratis: select from DROID Incredible, DROID Global or DROID X.

Digital Cameras

No one on your list will be less than 100% delighted with a new point-and-shoot camera–even if his or her sister unwraps one too. At $59 each, the Kodak Easy Share can upload photos directly to your Facebook account. Make sure you’re smiling!

Plaid Pajamas

Imagining everyone around the Christmas tree? The photos will be that much better if the whole family’s in plaid. J. Crew has pajama sets for kids, men and woman from $19.50 and free shipping on orders over $150.

Cozy Bathrobes

Bathrobes are luxurious, and can make lazy mornings at home feel hotel room cushy. The price on these red Turkish cotton robes is right at $33.99, but even better if you buy a dozen, which drops $2 a robe and scores free shipping.

Monogrammed Polo Shirts

For coworkers, go with the company logo–for newlyweds their new monograms will do just fine. At Ralph Lauren, you pick a polo shirt and the design or initials and they do the handiwork for the biggest to smallest members of the family. Prices range from $29.50-$79.50. Monogramming up to three letters is gratis.

When You Reach Me

The New York Times called Rebecca Stead’s When you Reach Me, winner of 2010’s prestigious young adult John Newberry award, “smart and mesmerizing.” Pick up a few copies as the critics concur it is sure to please readers of all ages. The coming-of-age story of 12-year-old Madeleine L’Engle fan Miranda is set in New York City at the dawn of the ’80s. Kids will stay up late to read it, and parents will look forward to reading aloud. Starting at $5.99.

The Best Books of 2010

Each year, Amazon lists their top 100 of the annum from editors and customers. It’s serious one-stop shopping for the most voracious to most reluctant readers. Free shipping on orders over $25, which equals at least two gifts on your list.



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