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October 4th, 2011 at 10:46 am

I've seen a few blog posts on the web about giving daily deals (like groupon) as gifts. Or, using them to buy gifts. What do you guys think about this? Is it perfectly great given you get more for your money? Or does it seem weird?

Also, I've been thinking a lot about how to stretch holiday gift budgets. I am not above using craigslist and such to buy things used and give those as gifts (if they are nice) but my mom looks at me like I'm crazy. What do you guys think?

4 Responses to “daily deals as gifts?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I bought a Wii Balance Board for my girls off craigslist last year and they thought nothing of it. It was the only way I would buy it.

    I would also take a Groupon if someone gave me one.

    I now not everyone would agree, but it would all be fine with me!

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    'used' stuff is fine especially for high ticket items made affordable.

    There are great used sports stores, such as Play it Again Sam (any in your area) that provide you and the recipient more of a feeling of 'new' goods. I got a couple really decent intermediate tennis rackets there for $10 ea a year or so ago. Perfect for weights for a teen boy (or a fitness mom or a dad).

    Game Stop is the king of used video games for all systems.

    Craig's reigns supreme for stuff like a bike for a kid, small furniture. I got two digital cameras from Craig's over the recent past, the sellers were just regular people who had upgraded their own stuff. With electronics, remember to find out if the supporting software discs (if any) are included, as well as cables, memory cards and other important accessories.

    Groupon, I don't do. It is a sort of 'coupon' right? If it has an expiration that will make it harder for the person to use.

    You can get creative and please lots of family and friends with unusual gifts. In fact, an important idea:

    TRY TO SUPPORT LOCAL BOUTIQUES and MAKERS
    Visit some of those craft shows you see around! THere's amazing (and low price) items you would never have thought of!!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I am totally okay with giving and getting gently-used items as gifts. And I think the daily deals are great for gift-giving. More for less, what could be wrong with that? That said, I do buy new for the few people in my life who care. They get a lot less value for the money.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've given quite a few Groupons as gifts, as well as having used a Groupon to purchase gifts. A few examples - big department store my Aunt loves (starts with N, drawing a blank ...) got her a $50 for $25 Groupon; tour of Dallas Cowboys stadium VIP - 50% off - mother's day gift (mom *loves* Cowboys) ... etc.

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