For All the Procrastinators Out There, Final Holiday Shopping

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Today’s post is for the Procrastinators among us. Even though I have been working on my holiday shopping since November and looking for the best deals, others in my family have not! After surviving 10hrs of airline travel yesterday (to make it to the east coast for the holidays) I now understand that I have more shopping ahead of me. Ugh. I can’t even believe it. Why you ask? Because my Dad has not done any of his Christmas shopping and he informed me of this last night after picking me up at the airport. After the usual warm holiday welcome, he slyly informed me that he “needs” me to go out shopping later today, and maybe even tonight to get some stuff for him to give my Mom and the grand kids. Needless to say, this is one of my worst nightmares come true. I am going to be out at the mall today battling for parking and waiting in line to buy my Dad’s gifts with all the rest of the Procrastinators. So, I’m sitting here getting fully leaded with a big cuppa coffee to get ready for the task at hand. I’m checking out some final in-store deals, and this is what I have found. Realizing that there may be other holiday shoppers out there who have also put off their shopping, I’m passing along my findings.

Last minute in-store deals

Kohl’s: Christmas Jewelry Sale plus many other in store deals on toys, clothing & Food Network items. Also, big discounts on the digital picture frames. Plus, they are also doing the Kohl’s cash thing until 12-24. That means when you spend a certain amount, you’ll receive some Kohl’s cash. Check their website for details.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores , Further markdowns on clearance items.  For an extra 40 % off , use code HOLIDAY online or in store.

Macy’s: They are actually open until late to help last minute shoppers. And of course, they are having lots of sales. The website offers an extra 15% or 10% off if you use the promo coupon SAVEMORE.

H&M: 25% OFF AT H&M ON DECEMBER 23RD, sign up at their friends & family site to get the coupon and the info.

Anthropologie gift ideas & final sales

And of course, check Target & Walmart for their final discounts on their websites. This just in handbags on sale at Target (in store only) and shoes reduced.

Online Shopping for Fashionistas looking for values!

If you can’t face the malls, or are just on the lookout for a few more good deals, here are some online bargains.

JoMalone :  Last minute deals on gift sets are still 25% off at Jo Malone and at Nordstrom.  Same day delivery from in New York.

Gilt Groupe is offering online sales on Trina Turk, Bill Blass, Temple St. Clair and L’Objet . Click here to join as the Recessionista’s guest.

And finally, RueLaLa is featuring BCBGMAXAZRIA, Born Boutiques and Just Cavalli on sale today. You’re invited to shop Rue La La as a guest  of The Recessionista.

Try before you buy from the Norma Kamali Collectionthis one’s probably best for AFTER the holidays 🙂
Our friends at Norma Kamali collection came up with a great shopping idea. Try
before you buy and only pay for what you keep and do it ONLINE… Norma Kamali Collection

Here is how it works… NK’s personal shoppers FedEx overnight selections to the online client and the client is given 48 hours to decide. You can try the NK items for friends and family at home with your mirror and your accessories. The NK personal shopper then follows up to track the return. Your credit card only gets charged for what you keep and the shipping fees.
This is a full service way to shop that avoids emotional buying and spontaneous spending.
Just call 1800 GOFEDEX to pickup the pre-labeled box to return items back to Norma Kamali Collection


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

1 Comment

  1. B.R.

    December 25, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Wow. Great tips. I wish I had seen it sooner. Cool blog and will be visiting it again. Happy Holidays!