7 Creative Ways to Give Gift Cards

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We stock a selection of electronic and physical gift cards from FTD, NatureBox, Kiva, Groupon, and other companies. But how can you give a gift card or printout of an eGift card and still feel like it’s a real present? Here are a few ideas:

  • For friends who like music: include a mix CD with the card or to make it seem more personal.
  • For foodies: plastic wrap the card and hide it at the bottom of their favorite meal.
  • For people who doubted that your Rent a Ferret for a Day business would be successful: give them an expensive card to show what a generous billionaire you are now.
  • For kids: put the card in the seat of a toy car or the paws of a teddy bear.
  • For indecisive shoppers: include pictures of products they might like to buy with the card.
  • For treasure hunters: give the card to them along with a stern lecture on the dangers of treasure hunting.
  • For co-workers: keep the card for yourself. Your happiness and cool new sneakers will be a gift to everyone in the office.

Check Groupon First on Black Friday

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Before you head out the door on Black Friday, we recommend you check your Groupon account first! We’re putting $100 million in Groupon Bucks in the hands of tens of millions of subscribers that day.

Here’s the nitty gritty:

  • Sign into your account on Groupon.com on Black Friday to see a message if you’ve received Groupon Bucks.
  • We’re giving select customers individual amounts up to $5,000 in Groupon Bucks. In addition, one specially selected customer will receive $25,000 in Groupon Bucks to use towards a year-long Groupon shopping spree — that’s enough to buy a local Groupon every day for a year, an unforgettable Groupon Getaways and a full wish list from Groupon Goods. In the unlikely event the customer needs something that’s not available on Groupon, we’re also giving the customer $5,000 in cash.
  • For people who had not yet subscribed with Groupon before Nov. 26, there’s still a way to have some Black Friday fun. Subscribe at Groupon.com on Black Friday to receive $5 in Groupon Bucks toward any purchase* made that day through the website.
  • Customers who receive $500 or less in Groupon Bucks will have until 11:59 pm PST on Black Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, to use their Groupon Bucks on any one item*. Customers who receive $5,000 in Groupon Bucks have until Dec. 31, 2013 to use their Groupon Bucks. The customer who receives $25,000 in Groupon Bucks will have until Dec. 31, 2014 to use their Groupon Bucks.

We have more than 65,000 great deals on our site, so why not skip the lines, avoid the crowds and save even more on holiday shopping from the comfort of your own couch? Check out our Gift Shop–we’re featuring fantastic deals for the holiday season, both local, national, as well as premium brands available on Groupon Goods, specifically designed for gifting. No matter what’s on the list, checking Groupon first is essential to getting the best deals for the holidays!

Let us know what catches your eye and happy shopping!

* excludes Groupon Getaways Market Pick hotels.

Introducing Groupon Freebies

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 5.42.26 PMGroupon Freebies is here! We’re making holiday shopping easier and more affordable by offering tens of thousands of coupons from national brands just in time for the holiday shopping season.

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We want you to save money everywhere you shop–whether it’s your favorite local spa, department store, or at your friendly neighborhood Groupon.com website.

Need a digital coupon to American Eagle, Best Buy, Macy’s, Nordstrom, or Sephora? Check Groupon first. Need a promotional code or a giveaway? Check Groupon first. Need an adorable baby lamb to pose with some 4th graders for picture day? We’ll work on that one…how adorable does it have to be?

So check out Groupon Freebies at groupon.com/freebies–Even if you’re just looking for a coupon for all the tap water you care to drink or one brisk walk (but not too brisk, just brisk enough)— Freebies has something for everyone.

 


Groupon Home Gift-Giving Network

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Take the guesswork out of giving and let our experts, Trish and Donald, recommend our top toys and products from our Groupon Gift Shop. If you haven’t caught the first two episodes of the Groupon Home Gift-Giving Network, get into the holiday spirit by binge-watching them below:

Shift Your Shopping is Supporting Local by Building Strength in Numbers

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 5.33.27 PMWhat would happen if Americans shifted even just 10% of the more than $500 billion dollars spent during the holidays to local, independent businesses? A $50 billion boost to local economies.

This is why, as the holiday season approaches and spending increases, buy local campaigns can have their greatest impact on local economies. Shift Your Shopping, a campaign representing 40,000 locally-owned and independent businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, is working to encourage shoppers to shift a portion of their spending, starting in the holiday season, from larger retail chains to locally-owned businesses in their own communities. Based on studies conducted by similar efforts, they believe that this shift will “likely generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in our community than if we had spent our money at a national chain.” The goal is to empower residents to “ take job creation and economic concerns into their own hands by exercising their power to strengthen their own local economies.”

We all benefit from the diversity and personality of local businesses. This holiday season, Shift Your Shopping has launched their 3rd annual holiday campaign from November 1st to December 31st, asking consumers to keep those businesses thriving by shifting their holiday shopping to local retailers. The 2013 campaign is lead by local movement leaders The American Independent Business Alliance and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, in partnership with 160 local business organizations across North America.

The campaign offers education on the benefits of buying local, as well as ways for local businesses to participate in Shift Your Shopping, such as posters to display in store windows, images to share on Facebook, and logos to use in promotions during the holidays.

According to the Shift Your Shopping website, “A 2013 survey of Independent Businesses by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance showed Independent businesses in communities with an active “buy indie/buy local” campaign run by a local business/citizen alliance saw revenues grow 8.6% in 2012, compared to 3.4% for those in areas without an alliance.” The Shift Your Shopping team wants to engage local business owners and residents in the fight for the well being of their own communities.

As the Shift Your Shopping homepage reads, “We’re building a tradition that strengthens local economies, expands employment, nurtures a sense of community, and provides a more relaxed, fun, and rewarding shopping experience.”

 

#CheckGrouponFirst: Gifts for Him

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As we kick off our shopping season, we’re featuring the best collections for your gift recipients. Search the “For Him” section in our Gift Shop for any and all him-related deals! Below are some of our favorite picks this season!

HAMMEFacebookGiftShopCollections-131030-mb-403x403-forhimR & NAILS – Los Angeles - At a nail studio designed for men, customers sip drinks & watch personal flatscreen TVs while technicians trim, file & shape their nails

While getting a manicure in L.A., screenwriter Michael Elliot scanned the room to realize there was only one other male in the salon. The two struck up a conversation about how uncomfortable they felt, and when Elliot questioned other friends, it turned out they weren’t the only men to feel out of place in a typical salon setting. So Elliot created a nail-service business where men could be men. His story was so captivating, it even caught the eye of Fashionista, who recently profiled Elliot’s venture.

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 3.21.32 PMAlpine Swiss Men’s Wool-Blend Jacket – The lightweight design and wool material of this classic jacket work together to keep you warm without too much bulk.

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ 32GB 9″ Tablet - 1.5Ghz dual-core processor flies through 32GB of stored books and movies, and built-in WiFi supports Google Chrome and web apps

Rugged Frontier Men’s Fleece Lounge PantsPolar-fleece pants—complete with dual side pockets—in classic plaid designs and earthy colors make an ideal sleep- or loungewear piece

Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Watches - Luminous hands and indices, diver’s clasp for wearing over wetsuit, and 20–30 atm water resistance make watches recreational-diving-friendly

MyCustomCase.com – Outfit your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Samsung Galaxy with a cover featuring an uploaded photo or your name or initials on exclusive designs

Asanda Aveda Spa Lounge – SoHo – Men’s Haircut, 50-Minute Massage, or Both

The salon invites clients inside with striking, squeaky-clean white decor, high ceilings, and sparkling crystal and Murano-glass chandeliers. The staff of stylists channel the salon’s bright, modern aesthetic into chic styles and a menu of aesthetic services that harness the power of botanical-based Aveda products.

Remember, if you’re having trouble shopping for someone, consider buying them something different like a class or activity to freshen up the gifting tradition!

 


Visit Groupon’s Gift Shop

FacebookCover-mb-v1-1Can you believe we’re nearly halfway through November? Halloween candy has made way for tinsel-decorated turkeys and ugly autumn sweaters are being replaced by even uglier holiday ones. Since long lines and shopping headaches can ruin your Yuletide cheer and we don’t want anyone’s nog spoiled, we’re happy to announce the launch of the Groupon Gift Shop!

We’ve collected some of the hottest items of the season plus your favorite local spots to choose from. Additionally, we have premium brands available on Groupon Goods, great travel deals at Groupon Getaways and exciting ticketed events at GrouponLive.

Simplify your holiday shopping and search for the perfect gifts and experiences for your loved ones or those who present a “gifting challenge.” If you’re having a hard time nailing down what gift to get for your second-cousin’s neighbor, our Gift Shop has a Gift Card Collection, featuring such top brands as FTD, JCP Portraits, SpaWish and BarkBox.

So stop stressing and start searching!

 


10 Reasons to Love Your Toilet

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“10 Reasons to Love Your Toilet This World Toilet Day” by Sean O’Toole:

You’ve spent a lot of time with your toilet, but sometimes even the most intimate relationships fade over the years. This list just might help you rekindle the magic.

1. You’re lucky to have one. One in three people on the planet don’t have a clean toilet—greater than the proportion of people who lack a mobile phone.

2. It’s keeping you healthy. Patients with sanitation-related illnesses occupy half the hospital beds in the world.

3. It’s shiny. Most studies conclude that shiny things are among the prettiest things to look at.

4. It helped make us rich. In some places today, every dollar invested in sanitation yields five dollars in gains from improved health, increased productivity, and other benefits.

5. That whoosh when it flushes. It is the sound of renewal, revival, rebirth. It is the only truth.

6. It’s private. More than a billion people worldwide are forced to relieve themselves in bushes, ditches, and other open spaces.

7. It makes you smarter, and not just if it’s where you read Parade magazine’s insightful “Cartoon Parade” each week. Estimates place the number of school days lost to water-related illnesses each year at 443 million, so safe sanitation means more learning.

8. It’s got its own hashtag (#toiletsWIN). Anything with its own hashtag must have something going for it.

9. It makes us more equal. Poor sanitation disproportionately affects girls, who, once they hit puberty, are significantly more likely than boys to miss class or drop out if their school lacks private, hygienic facilities.

10. It swallows spiders immediately and with remorseless fervor.

Check out our collection of toilet deals and read more about World Toilet Day.

World Toilet Day

phonePeople are easily tempted to make potty humor jokes on World Toilet Day. But our number one (and number two) mission is to raise awareness about the troubling fact that over 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet. That leads to disease and death. Around 1.5 million deaths each year, nearly one in five, are caused by diarrhea. It is the second leading cause of death among children under the age of five in the world. Yep. Toilets. We’re talking toilets.

Groupon is pairing up with Water.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing people around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. Our Groupon Grassroots campaign allows you to donate $5, $10, or $25 to the charity which will help provide fresh, clean water to people in rural areas through well-digging projects, sanitation education, and plumbing installation.

Need more convincing? Check out our collection of toilet deals and read “10 Reasons to Love Your Toilet” by Sean O’Toole.