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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Morning Coffee: Best Last Minute Gift Ideas

Need a gift at the last minute? My first recommendation - because it's what I would want - is an gift certificate:you can email it or print it out. If you're not comfortable with the gift card route, you could order a gift subscription to a magazine the recipient would enjoy all year long - Amazon has some holiday magazine deals,including Food Network Magazine for $10 after instant $5 discount, and quite a few $5 subscriptions,including Health and Golf. If you have a chance to get out of the house today, pick up a copy of the current issue, wrap it, and give it to the recipient with a note about the subscription. Disclosure: I'm an Amazon affiliate, so any purchase you make after entering Amazon through a link on Chief Family Officer supports this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

Is it the last day for Amazon's Holiday Toy Lightning Deals?I actually just noticed that it's the "Year-End" event, so the deals may continue for another week. Today's deals include a couple of board games - I didn't know they even have a Star Wars: The Clone Wars edition of Monopoly (4 p.m. PST). I hope I remember to check in to see the Lightning Deal price - the current price is $19.99, so I'm hoping for less than $8. The deals start now and the last one is at 5 p.m. PST.

PampersPampers Gifts to Grow has revised their rewards program, but it's essentially the same deal: you enter codes, which convert to points, and then redeem your points for prizes. The biggest revision has been in the calculation of points, which have been multiplied by 10 to avoid fractions (as I recall, some codes were worth 0.5 or X.5 points). Sometime last year, they began including shipping and handling into the point total, so you don't have to pay separately for that anymore, which is nice. I noticed that there seem to be more choices for rewards right now, so if you haven't checked your account in a while, it might be worth a visit. While you're there, use codes welcome2village and HappyHolidays10 to get 10 points each. Links via

IKEA will have one day deals starting December 26 through January 3. You can preview them here to decide what day(s) to go. You may also be able to get free food for the kids on those days (selected stores only).

Get a free sample of Huggies Pull-Ups from Costco (membership not required).

Growing Up Gabel has recipes from 1972 for a Swedish Tea Wreath and Cinnamon Bread.

Common Sense with Money discusses Walgreens' (lack of an) official coupon policy.

Get a printable coupon for $1 off College Inn Chicken Broth 32-oz ( FF or IE). (Via Printable Coupons and Deals.)

That Went Well is giving away a $100 Target gift card. Ends 12/26.

Realm of Prosperity has a list of types of credit card charges – think things like speeding tickets and *cough* adult items – that could have negative repercussions with your credit card issuer. (Via Wisebread.)

All Financial Matters crunches the numbers to show what a depressing decade the 2000's were in the stock market.

Skimbaco Lifestyle is giving away a $25 VISA card. Ends 12/26.

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  • At 12/24/09, 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i definitely left purchasing gifts to the last minute this year (ie i was up until 2am last night!). i do like the e-card/subscription idea, but not for magazines. i found beer of the month club subscriptions, which i ordered for my husband and i got a dessert of the month club for my best friend. i found these at, which has a last minute gift guide and it was really helpful! def worth checking out. happy holidays to all!


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