Play “Head and Seek” for a Chance to Win a $1,000 Groupon Shopping Spree!

The holidays are inching towards us this Grouponicus and we’re doing our best to stop and smell the ice sculptures before they melt. Not only are we busying ourselves with providing gift suggestions catered to your friends, family, and frenemies, but we’re also giving you the opportunity to win a $1000 Groupon shopping spree!

Interested? Read on…

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Holiday Survey Says…

In an effort to bring you a wide variety of gifting options that cater to those you’re happy or forced to shop for, we performed a survey asking our customers about their gifting challenges this holiday season. Of the 1,001 people polled, 60% reported that finding the right gift is the top holiday shopping challenge, followed by staying within budget (56%) and dealing with holiday crowds, long lines and traffic (50%). Here’s what others had to say:

Most Difficult to Shop For

  • Someone who has everything is the most difficult person to shop for says 68% . . .
  • . . . Followed by the unclassified love interest (not an official significant other or ex) (33%)
  • Over ¼ of people said frenemies are the most difficult to shop for

Biggest Fears for Those Shopping for an Unclassified Love Interest

  • Not knowing whether the recipient plans to give a gift in return (36%)
  • Giving something that is too impersonal (28%)
  • Women who have shopped/considered shopping for and unidentified love interest appeared to struggle with this more than men

Let the Re-Gifting Begin

  • Despite misguided tokens of affection at Valentine’s Day or wedding gifts not on the registry, the vast majority of respondents agreed that the holidays are the #1 time of year when recipients are most likely to get a bad gift

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Grouponicus is Underway!

Happy Grouponicus! It’s our third year celebrating the ancient non-denominational wintertime holiday that celebrates gifting, which was founded by Groupo the Bird and his colorful friends.

If it’s your first time hearing of such a spokesbird, we’ll give you a quick history lesson: Lore has it that Groupo leaves his kingdom of Winterland this time each year to fly to the homes of true believers, leaving stacks of Groupons in their ovens to reward them for adhering to the Eight Tenets of Grouponicus.

But as much as he protests, Grouponicus is not just about Groupo. It’s about the entire season of gifting! So whether you want to shop local, scoop up great savings with a national brand, or wrap up one of our Groupon Goods, we are excited to present a lot of options this season. Here’s a quick peek at what we’re offering this year:

  • Groupon Goods announced free shipping and returns on purchased items over $15!
  • Find great gift choices for kids and adults alike in the Goods Toy Book and Wish Book – Hurry, it’s only available through Thanksgiving!
  • Groupon Grassroots is launching a series of six national campaigns–“The Big Give” as well as participating in #GivingTuesday on November 27th.
  • And as always, your guides to savvy shopping and savings throughout the entire season of Grouponicus, our Grouponcierges:

We’ll be announcing more great deals and holiday happenings all through Grouponicus, so stay tuned, happy holidays, and happy gifting!

Ready for Their Jet Set Honeymoon Adventure!

This past Grouponicus, we surprised shoppers with the epic chance to jet set around the world, with stops personally curated by our Grouponcierges. Three lucky shoppers scored this once-in-a-lifetime deal (it sold out within minutes!), and we’ve tracked down our first set of Epic Adventurers to share their story.

Meet the jet setting couple below:

How did you find out about this Epic Deal?

Myself (Melissa W.) and my fiancé, Trevor, saw this deal on Groupon’s Monday email and knew we had to have it for our honeymoon. We both refreshed the page all day Tuesday and once it popped up, we jumped on it. We were NOT expecting to get the deal, but so glad we did!

Honeymoon? Sounds exciting – tell us more!

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Grouponcierge Check-In: Susan shares an Epic Deal for the foodie on your list

Greetings happy shoppers,

Atlanta is easily one of the most exciting cities I’ve visited. I arrived in town early Sunday to spread Grouponicus cheer, and was excited to explore the rich arts scene in my downtime. I was able to check out the Center for Puppetry Arts to see the Jim Henson exhibit, as well as explore the High Museum exhibits for both Picasso and Warhol. I highly recommended it!

While on the topic of uber-cool local experiences, I’m thrilled to announce the latest installment of Epic Deals, launching today with this chance to gift  a Private Cooking Class and Dinner with Chef Todd English!

By now you know the drill; stay tuned to the Grouponicus Holiday Shop throughout the day to check if the deal has gone live. It could pop up at any time, so make sure you stay alert or risk missing out on the chance to gift a truly epic culinary experience to your favorite foodie.

Don’t forget, there are still two Grouponicus tenets yet to be unveiled, which means there’s plenty of time to give the gift of an incredible experience for someone special this season.

Cheers,

Susan M.

 

 

 

Grouponcierge Check-In: Caroline scoops tomorrow's Epic Deal!

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Caroline T.:

Hello and Happy Grouponicus once again,

I just wrapped up some gifting guidance in Milwaukee and had an excellent time. Thanks to all the locals for their hospitality, and cluing me in to a Milwaukee must–the Public Market. I was able to pop in before catching my train back to Chicago and I’m glad I did! It’s one of the city’s most unique downtown food destinations and I highly recommend checking it out next time you’re in town.

In other gifting news, I am thrilled to be the first Grouponcierge to spill the beans about an upcoming EPIC DEAL, gearing up to launch tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13.

Much like a groundhog seeing his reflection on Arbor Day, Epic Deals pop up randomly, so obsessively refreshing your Grouponicus Holiday Shop is key to scoring the chance to gift a monumental journey around the world with tomorrow’s Epic Deal: Jet Set Adventure. If an international adventure personally curated by a trusty Grouponcierge is on your list, be sure to share this with your friends and loved ones too.

Until next time,

Caroline

Grouponcierge Brett R. Answers Your Trickiest Gifting Scenarios

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Brett R.:

Hello Grouponicus practitioners!

This past week has been a blast! It’s been so fun to visit your local cities – from Raleigh to Boston to Salisbury, MD – and help connect you with the best local experiences to give your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

But don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the rest of you! Even on the road, I always have time for gifting guidance.

We took a survey on our Facebook page about your trickiest gifting scenarios. We wanted to know who on your list is the hardest to shop for this year. Check out some of my top Grouponicus gift suggestions and remember, One Shall Not Own a Dog During Grouponicus.

Grouponcierge Check-In: Caroline T. Talks Local Experiences

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Caroline T.:

Greetings Grouponicus shoppers and giftees,

This past Sunday, I started the week off right spreading Grouponicus cheer in one of my favorite cities in the world – Chicago!  As Frank Sinatra would croon, ”Chicago is one town that won’t let you down. It’s my kind of town.”

The famous Marilyn Monroe statue outside of NBC Chicago studios

Since I’ve already helped Chicagoans discover the best local gifts, I figured I’d spread the love with some expert advice on the coolest Grouponicus experiences across the country this week.

My recent Groupon Getaway to Napa - a great gift option I mention on NBC Chicago!

With Grouponicus, we have new ideas coming at you throughout the week, so check back often. And remember, giving the gift of experience like one of the options above will be much more memorable than a necktie or new slippers.

That’s it from me for now. Catch you later this week from Salt Lake City.

–Caroline T.

 

Happy Cyber Monday! Gift Giving 101 with Grouponcierge Brett

Today’s guest post comes from our Grouponcierge, Brett R.:

Kicking the week off right, the Grouponicus Holiday Shop celebrates Cyber Monday with deals perfect for gifting. This sleek Sony mp4 camera is just one top highlight amongst our collection of best local gifts and experiences available for you at unbeatable prices, allowing you to shop twice as generously this year.

As a resident gifting expert, I’ve gained some valuable tricks along the way that are sure to help you shop today and every day throughout Grouponicus. Here are some of my top tips to keep in mind when shopping this season:

  • Whether you’re gifting for someone locally or across the nation, remember to look for the hometown gems that make each city unique, like taking in the historical sites and national parks in DC on this Dandy Fine Dining Restaurant Cruise.
  • Experiential gifts are the way to go this year. Help your friends and family explore a new wine bar, learn how to cook or relax at a nearby B&B. For example, this Snowmobile Rental deal from SledVentures in Boston is a great way to get off the couch enjoy the outdoors this winter.
  • A gift of social good is always a nice option. This week’s featured G-Team deal allows your giftee to donate school supplies to students in need via DonorsChoose.org.

That’s all for me for today — Happy Cyber Monday to all and I’ll see you in Boston next week!

 

Meet Groupon’s 2011 Holiday Grouponcierges!

On Black Friday, we remember the stories recited to us by our elders reminding us to wake up before the rooster’s crow and seize the eggs before we seize the day. — Brett R., Grouponcierge

We’ve officially kicked off our second annual ancient wintertime celebration of Grouponicus – Groupon’s holiday shop featuring deals that allow shoppers to be twice as generous when gifting unique experiences for anyone on their list. Today, customers can check out unbeatable Black Friday deals from Old Navy and great local merchants nationwide. And, to help customers remember the true meaning of Grouponicus, Groupo the Bird is telling the lore of Grouponicus and giving away additional holiday cheer all through the season.

To share the hottest gifting tips, best local deals and all around shopping advice, we’re excited to introduce our three holiday Grouponcierges: Brett, Caroline and Susan!

After a series of auditions amongst team members involving building structurally sound gingerbread houses and deep-knee bends at our Chicago headquarters, these three were chosen as the official Grouponcierges: gifting gurus with insider expertise on shopping trends, Grouponicus and all things gift-giving for 2011.

Throughout Grouponicus, this trio of holiday helpers will travel the country, popping into your local news stations to talk about what to buy Aunt Marjorie, surprises like Epic Deals and the quickest route to Winterland, among other festive fun.

Meet the Grouponcierges after the jump!

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