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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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Stapels Multipurpose Paper $0.01 after Easy Rebate

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 9, 2014 · 0 comments

What a great way to stock up for coupon printing!   This week Staples is offering $7.98 back in Staples Rewards on your paper purchase - get one ream and you'll get your purchase price (less $0.01) back in Staples Rewards! Here's the deal:

Staples 8.5" x 11" Multipurpose Paper (500 sheet ream), $7.99 ea.
$7.98 Staples Rewards wyb 1 participating ream of paper

$0.01 after  rewards!

(Thanks, For The Mommas!)

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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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Staples Self-Inking Stamp $4.99

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 22, 2014 · 3 comments

Right now you can score Self-Inking Stamps from Staples for $4.99 (reg. $22.99)! Choose FREE in-store pick up to avoid shipping fees for an even better deal.  This could be a great help in getting your Christmas cards out quickly - or it could make a fun gift for the newlyweds on your shopping list too.

Here's how to get yours:

  • Visit Staples.com to get started.
  • Click "Get Started."
  • Choose the dimensions of the stamp you'd like and click "Get Started"
  • Design your stamp as you wish.
  • Click "advanced editing" to upload a picture to your design.  (you can choose to include it in your design or slide your image outside the visible area to 'hide' it.  If you hide it you'll get a notification when you go to order that your image is not withing the margins, just select "continue without changes" to proceed).
  • Approve your design and click "Next" to checkout.
  • Enjoy your Self-Inking Stamp at this great deal!

 

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