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Last Minute Gift Ideas at Staples #LessStress

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 17, 2014 · 0 comments

Christmas is just over a week away... Are you done shopping, yet? We actually seem to be pretty on top of things for the first time in ages, and I believe I just need to pick up a few stocking stuffers. Well, I guess I need to go grocery shopping, too -- but gift-wise, we're pretty set.

I know what it's like to be crazy behind on my holiday shopping, though. There have been a good many years of staying up until 4am on Christmas Eve to get all of our gifts wrapped...

Last Minute Gift Ideas

So for those of you that need a little help and encouragement right now, I thought I'd throw together a short list of ideas that may help speed things along for you, hopefully making your last minute shopping a little less stressful!

Hot Tech Accessories -- Technology is everywhere these days, which means that spare chargers and other tech accessories are always gifts that are well received. Consider a Mophie JuicePack ($79.99), I/O Magic Virtual Keyboard ($129.99), or the PNY T2200 PowerPack (starting at $7.49) for the gadget lovers on your gift list!

Hot Audio Accessories -- Headphones make a fantastic gift for preteens and teens, and will make parents ecstatic, as well (ask me how I know this)! Check out the line of Beats by Dre headphones, earphones and speakers, as well as the Bose line, available online and in select stores!

Stocking Stuffers -- I'm always tempted to buy dollar aisle junk as stocking stuffers, but I'd much rather buy gifts that I know the recipient will actually be able to USE. Some fantastic suggestions at Staples right now are a Google Chromecast ($30), Bottle Ninja bottle opener ($11.99), or a FitBit Zip ($59.99)! I'm actually hoping to find a FitBit in my stocking on Christmas morning...

Host and Hostess Gifts -- Don't show up to those holiday parties empty handed. Check out these fun gifts that are sure to be a big hit for hosts and hostesses alike: Bendy Wine Aerator ($14.99), ChitChats Drink Markers ($9.99) or those big Yankee Candle Jars ($14.99) I mentioned the other day!

Co-Worker and Boss -- You know that I love fun office accessories... They can totally transform a blah space to bling! Shop the Style at Staples line, which touts amazing pieces from Poppin, Paperchase and Cynthia Rowley that will help brighten up any office.

Reminder: Staples is your best bet for last-minute shipping of holiday gifts, with 20% off UPS and USPS shipping services through 12/23!!! It's not often that we see savings on shipping packages, so this is a HOT deal for sure. Just print your 20% off coupon here or grab one of the flyers in stores (you'll find the coupon on the back).

#LessStress at Staples

All season long, Staples will be helping you save more with less stress every day with:

  • Price Match Guarantee both in-store and online.
  • Risk Free Purchase with an extended holiday return policy.
  • New Staples Mobile App is faster with redesigned Weekly Ad page to showcase the best in-store deals and ability to view deals by category.
  • Daily Deals on the Staples.com online storefront.
  • Free Shipping from Staples.com for Staples Rewards members, plus up to 5 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything including technology.
  • Ship 7 Days a Week with package drop off and associate assistance.
  • Shop from Staples.com kiosk for items not found in store.

Do you have any other last minute gift ideas to share?

I'm so pleased to be partnering with Staples again this holiday season as part of the Staples Holiday Council! Their ultimate goal this holiday season is to "make less stress, more savings happen." Staples will be offering great deals (including exclusive offers!) throughout the holiday season, helping you get more for less!

This post is brought to you by Staples. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Shipping Holiday Gifts with #LessStress + Hot Deals

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 10, 2014 · 0 comments

My family is pretty lucky in that we all live in about a three-hour radius of each other, which means a bit of travel during the holiday season, but at least we all get to see each other and exchange gifts in person.

However, I know that many of you have families that are spread out across the U.S., which often means shipping Christmas gifts to family and friends -- a costly necessity. So I know that you'll be thrilled to hear about this special promotion at Staples this week!

Save on Shippping at Staples

As part of Staples' commitment to helping customers make more happen for less this holiday season, they're offering 20% off UPS and USPS shipping services in their stores this week!!! It's not often that we see savings on shipping packages, so this is a HOT deal for sure. Just print your 20% off coupon here (page 16) or grab one of the flyers in stores (you'll find the coupon on the back).


More Hot Deals at Staples

I made a quick trip to Staples today to round up my favorite deals this week. You can check them out in the short video above, along with what I purchased while there, but I'm also going to list them below so you have all of the details. There are some really good ones!

Get a $15 Staples gift card when you buy $100 or more in participating gift cards -- I've mentioned before that I think gift cards are a fantastic choice for gifting. The recipient can use it to get exactly what they want/need, and can take their time finding just the right deal on it. Right now when you purchase $100 in MasterCard, American Express and/or Visa gift cards, you'll receive a $15 Staples gift card for FREE! What a great way to treat yourself to a bag of your favorite Starbucks coffee or use it toward that new Kindle you've been eyeing.

Kindle e-reader with Wi-Fi $49 after Easy Rebate (reg. $79, customer pays $79, Easy Rebate for $30) -- Speaking of Kindles, you can pick up a Kindle e-reader with Wi-Fi for just $49 after Easy Rebate this week! This is a fantastic price on a gift that your favorite bookworm will adore.

Buy 3 get one FREE on Style at Staples products -- If you love gorgeous, fashionable office supplies, you need to check out this sale. Good on the amazing new Cynthia Rowley line, colorful Poppin products, Paperchase, Arc and Moleskine, it's a great way to stock up for less. I purchased several items from the Poppin line for my girls that I know they're going to be crazy about, and then I went home and ordered a few items from Cynthia Rowley for myself!

Buy one get on 50% off on Yankee Candles -- Need a great hostess gift? You can't go wrong with holiday-scented Yankee Candles! Pick up the big jars right now at buy one get the second at 50% off...

#LessStress at Staples

All season long, Staples will be helping you save more with less stress every day with:

  • Price Match Guarantee both in-store and online.
  • Risk Free Purchase with an extended holiday return policy.
  • New Staples Mobile App is faster with redesigned Weekly Ad page to showcase the best in-store deals and ability to view deals by category.
  • Daily Deals on the Staples.com online storefront.
  • Free Shipping from Staples.com for Staples Rewards members, plus up to 5 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything including technology.
  • Ship 7 Days a Week with package drop off and associate assistance.
  • Shop from Staples.com kiosk for items not found in store.

Are you planning to head to Staples for any of these deals? Please share in the comments!

I'm so pleased to be partnering with Staples again this holiday season as part of the Staples Holiday Council! Their ultimate goal this holiday season is to "make less stress, more savings happen." Staples will be offering great deals (including exclusive offers!) throughout the holiday season, helping you get more for less!

This post is brought to you by Staples. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Holiday Shopping Last Minute with #LessStress

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 3, 2014 · 0 comments

Whether you need to pick up just a few more gifts or still need to shop for your entire list, there's no need to panic about it just yet. I've got a few tips and suggestions for making sure you select the perfect gift for everyone on your list with less stress this holiday season!

Shop online.
Besides offering free shipping this time of year, many stores also have the option to buy online and pick up at a local store on the same day, helping you streamline your trip. If you're traveling for the holidays, consider purchasing online and having your gifts delivered to your destination, saving room in your bags and possibly reducing baggage fees.

At Staples, shipping is always free for Staples Rewards members, or for non-rewards members it's free for purchases of $49.99 or more. But why wouldn't you want all of the benefits that come with being a Staples Rewards member? It's totally FREE to join!

Shop early or late.
Many stores introduce extended holiday hours, which are a huge help for those needing to pick up last minute gifts. Not only will you usually find short checkout lines, but shopping during these off-peak hours typically means that it's much easier to find associates that can offer one-on-one assistance in finding just the right gift for that special someone!

Consider purchasing gift cards.
I know that there are those that consider gift cards too impersonal, but everyone in my family LOVES receiving gift cards! It allows the recipient to pick up exactly what they want/need, often at deep discounts during the after-Christmas sales.

Plus, some stores will offer holiday deals on gift cards! Right now at Staples, you can receive a free $5 Staples ePromo Card with the purchase of $25 in eGift Cards. Visit https://staples.cashstar.com for details.

If you want to personalize it a little bit, add a small complementary gift to go along with it. Examples I've given to grandparents my kids in the past are lip gloss with a store gift card for my girls and rechargeable batteries with Xbox Live gift cards for my boys.

Magazine subscriptions make a great gift.
Magazine subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving all year long! Purchase a current issue, and wrap it up with a note indicating that more are on the way. You can even tuck in a coordinating gift -- like a whisk with a cooking magazine, fishing lures with a fishing magazine, or a digital stylus with a techie magazine.

DIY gifts are always welcome.
If you have a special talent, consider making your last minute gifts. For example, baked goods (other than fruitcake, lol) aren't often passed up. Or, even better, pick up all of the supplies for a craft or ingredients for the baked goods and tuck them into a gift basket, allowing your recipient to experience the fun of creating a homemade item!

Or if homemade is a bit of a stretch, consider one of the many custom personalized products that Staples has to offer. Maybe a custom phone case?

#LessStress at Staples

All season long, Staples will be helping you save more with less stress every day with:

  • Price Match Guarantee both in-store and online.
  • Risk Free Purchase with an extended holiday return policy.
  • New Staples Mobile App is faster with redesigned Weekly Ad page to showcase the best in-store deals and ability to view deals by category.
  • Daily Deals on the Staples.com online storefront.
  • Free Shipping from Staples.com for Staples Rewards members, plus up to 5 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything including technology.
  • Ship 7 Days a Week with package drop off and associate assistance.
  • Shop from Staples.com kiosk for items not found in store.

Do you have any other last minute gift strategies that I haven't covered? Please share in the comments!

I'm so pleased to be partnering with Staples again this holiday season as part of the Staples Holiday Council! Their ultimate goal this holiday season is to "make less stress, more savings happen." Staples will be offering great deals (including exclusive offers!) throughout the holiday season, helping you get more for less!

This post is brought to you by Staples. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Getting the Best Black Friday Prices with #LessStress

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 21, 2014 · 1 comment

We've seen a number of store release their Black Friday ads this week... Have you started planning your Black Friday shopping trip, yet?

I actually have a very short list of items that we're considering braving the crowds for this year, but I'll be honest, it's been many years since we've done the whole shop-till-you-drop Black Friday thing. I've witnessed some crazy behavior, including a couple of grown women fighting over some Fisher-Price toys that, in my opinion, weren't even that spectacular of a deal...

To be fair, I've also seen incredible kindness from perfect strangers. But the thing is, the retail landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years, and I'm not convinced that hitting the stores on Black Friday is necessarily going to net you the biggest discount in all cases.

So what's changed that can help us all save money while avoiding some of the craziness???

Stores are offering Black Friday prices earlier.

Many stores are choosing to start offering Black Friday-esque pricing well before the day after Thanksgiving -- and many are continuing the deals on through Cyber Monday. For instance, Staples is offering two full weeks of Black Friday deals this year, starting on November 16th. You'll also find many stores are opening the evening of Thanksgiving Day to give shoppers an early start on their shopping.

Create your own pre-Black Friday deals with these just-released Staples coupons:

  • 20% off everything you can fit in the bag, in-store only. Exclusions apply. Valid Nov. 23- Nov. 25.
  • 25% one full priced item, in-store only. Valid only on Nov. 26.

Stores are offering Black Friday pricing online.

If you can’t find the time to get out, you can always shop online! If you're using this strategy, be sure to search for free shipping codes and discount promo codes on Google! And if you're a member of any cashback sites, check them as well to see if you can earn an extra discount. Another little known tip -- some stores allow you to purchase online and pick the item up in stores, allowing you to skip those long checkout lines!

Shop these hot Staples deals both in-stores and online:

  • Kaspersky Internet Security (1 user) $0.01 after Easy Rebate (reg. $59.99, customer pays $45.01, Easy Rebate for $45)
  • $79 APPLE TV (reg. $99.99)
  • $39.99 Android 7-inch tablet from JLab, 8GB (save $30)
  • $99.99 Samsung Galaxy Tablet Lite (save $40)
  • $25 Visa Prepaid Card by mail with purchase of wearable tech (including Fitbit and Jawbone)

Stores are extending Black Friday pricing through the weekend.

I know many of you prefer to be able to actually see and feel products in person, so shopping online might not be for you. Or maybe you just really want to be able to talk with a knowledgeable associate to assist you in making an informed decision. Many stores will be extending Black Friday pricing or introducing new sales all weekend long, and you might have better luck in being able to get some personal assistance if you skip the big day and head into stores then!

I'm not sharing any of this to discourage you from shopping on Black Friday -- there are definitely some big savings on the agenda. But if you're looking for a less stressful approach to Black Friday shopping, consider some of these alternative strategies that will help you stretch your holiday budget while saving your sanity!

I'm so pleased to be partnering with Staples again this holiday season as part of the Staples Holiday Council! Their ultimate goal this holiday season is to "make less stress, more savings happen." Staples will be offering great deals (including exclusive offers!) throughout the holiday season, helping you get more for less!

This post is brought to you by Staples. All opinions are 100% mine.

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This holiday season you can pick up FREE holiday cards while you're shopping Staples' amazing Black Friday deals! All part of Staples' Make Less Stress, More Savings Happen commitment, they're definitely taking Black Friday to a new level this year...

Staples FREE Holiday Cards w/ Purchase

Make any in-store purchase on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday, and you'll receive a voucher for 25 FREE 5x7 matte holiday photo cards! You'll receive a voucher for your free cards at checkout, which can be redeemed through December 13th.

Need more than 25 cards? Of course, you can count on Staples to have you covered! Customers will also receive an additional 30 percent off any orders over 25 cards, and you'll receive your photo card order the same day when you order in stores.

If you haven't had a chance to take a peek at Staples' new holiday card designs, you should do so now. They have a seriously impressive and beautiful selection of cards just waiting to be customized.

Staples Black Friday Deals

Staples is launching an unprecedented two weeks of Black Friday deals! The first-ever Black Friday Week for Business starts on November 16 with amazing deals in store and online. Deals for the week of November 16 (while supplies last) include:

  • $499.99 after easy rebate HP 14” touch screen laptop with i3 Intel Processor (save $150), Staples.com and in-store.
  • $399.99 Dell Inspiron Windows 7 Desktop with i3 Intel Processor (save $150), Staples.com and in-store.
  • $89.99 2 TB Toshiba Hard Drive (save $20), Staples.com and in-store.
  • $21.99 after easy rebate case of Hammermill Copy Paper (save $32), in-store only.

For those of you who are really just here for the Staples Black Friday deals, I won't make you wait any longer... Check out these hot deals that will be available November 27-28 in stores and/or on Staples.com, while supplies last:

  • Kaspersky Internet Security (1 user) $0.01 after Easy Rebate (reg. $59.99, customer pays $45.01, Easy Rebate for $45), Staples.com and in-store
  • $79 APPLE TV (reg. $99.99), Staples.com and in-store
  • $99.99 Asus laptop with Intel Inside Processor (save $150), in-store only
  • Free Kindle e-reader after easy rebate (reg. $79) with any laptop purchase over $399, in-store only
  • $39.99 Android 7-inch tablet from JLab, 8GB (save $30), Staples.com and in-store
  • $99.99 Samsung Galaxy Tablet Lite (save $40), Staples.com and in-store
  • $25 Visa Prepaid Card by mail with purchase of wearable tech (including Fitbit and Jawbone), Staples.com and in-store

Check out the Staples Black Friday ad for dozens more incredible deals on laptops, tablets and more!

Not sure what time you need to be in line to snag these awesome savings? Visit Staples.com for local store listings and hours.

Staples Beyond Black Friday

Even after Black Friday is in the books, Staples will be helping you make less stress happen every day with:

  • Extended holiday hours in most locations. Visit www.staples.com for listings and hours.
  • Price Match Guarantee both in-store and online.
  • Risk Free Purchase with an extended holiday return policy.
  • New Staples Mobile App is faster with redesigned Weekly Ad page to showcase the best in-store deals and ability to view deals by category.
  • Daily Deals on the Staples.com online storefront.
  • Free Shipping from Staples.com for Staples Rewards members plus up to 5 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything including technology.
  • Ship 7 Days a Week with package drop off and associate assistance.
  • Shop from Staples.com kiosk for items not found in store.

So which deal is going to have you lining up bright and early to shop at Staples this year?

I'm so pleased to be partnering with Staples again this holiday season as part of the Staples Holiday Council! Their ultimate goal this holiday season is to "make less stress, more savings happen." Staples will be offering great deals (including exclusive offers!) throughout the holiday season, helping you get more for less!

This post is brought to you by Staples. All opinions are 100% mine.

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