Hooray, tomorrow is Free Shipping Day! That means, on Friday, December 17, over 1,100-plus participating online merchants -- everyone from big retailers like JCPenney, Kmart, Zappos, and Nordstrom to smaller stores like ModCloth, 77kids, Lands' End, 64 Etsy stores, and hundreds more -- are offering FREE shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve!
So congratulations on your successful Christmas gift-buying procrastination, but now it's time to get moving. The one-day only free shipping event means you can check off everyone on your shopping list, and not pay a dime in shipping. No malls, no shipping fees, and finish your holiday shopping! Sounds pretty good.
Even better, we've asked the folks behind Free Shipping Day to provide us some free shipping day gift ideas for everyone on your list, and wow, did they deliver. No doubt, you'll find great gifts for the whole family and more.
Free Shipping Day Gift Ideas for the Entire Family
Moms deserve a bit more this time of year but rarely receive it, at least on the gifting end. Can you say free shipping on a Kate Spade handbag or an extraordinary new dress from ModCloth? Yes, you can. Dogeared also has some lovely and affordable handmade jewelry, or grab mom a new hardback bestseller or coffee table book from Barnes and Noble.
Since the days of rocks tied to bones, males have been attracted to gadgets: something about a functional creation just clicks. Dads are no different. Snag Dad a GPS boy toy from TomTom or a sleek yet simple case from Moshi for his iPhone, iPad, or iPod.
At this point, Grandpa's closet is clogged with cheesy "Greatest Grandpa" sweaters and shirts. This year, gift Grandpa a classy hat -- think fedoras, ivy caps, and walking hats -- from MensHats.com. He'll be able to sport his schnazzy cap to the park or out to dinner.
Grandma is so good at stocking everyone up on necessities that she forgets to buy herself great home goods. Overstock.com is a great place to buy Gran some lovely new sheets, fluffy towels, a gorgeous throw, or even some beautiful new housewares.
5. College-Aged Daughter
Her personal taste and style change more quickly than her major, yet two things are near certainties: UGG boots and electronics. Visit the official UGG website to buy her what will probably be, based on their cost, her only gift. However, these trendy boots will be well-loved and long-lasting if you go for the name brand. If your daughter swoons more over Top 40 hits, browse the Apple store for the newest generation of iPods that come with free engraving during the holidays!
6. Teenaged Son
High schoolers are as finicky as college students when it comes to gift giving, but some gift items are sure things. TigerDirect.com has tons of PCs, ranging from desktops to laptops to ultra-portable netbooks. Gamers will love a gift certificate to GameStop. And, of course, no teenager ever has enough denim. Check out the range of styles, from skinny to loose fit jeans in every wash imaginable, at the Levi's store.
7. Elementary-Aged Child
Kids dream big this time of year, so do your best to fill their fancy with some cool toys. Find everything your kid desires at FAO Schwarz. If you'd rather opt for an array of unique educational toys, try Melissa & Doug. Love their wooden toys!
8. Toddler or Infant
The youngest member of your family may also be the newest or, quite possibly, the soon-to-be newest. Lots of cool baby- and tot-centric stores are participating in Free Shipping Day, from the eco-friendly Nell's Natural Baby to the gorgeous children's clothing makers at Tea and Hanna Andersson.
9. Pregnant Mama
Got an expecting mom on your shopping list? Check out A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity -- cause no woman likes to spend money on maternity clothing, but every pregnant mom appreciates being comfortable and stylish in those final months.
Cats and pups are important members of any family. Whether the furry ones need toys, bedding, or treats, PetMountain.com has them (and you) covered.
Occasionally shoveling the sidewalk may be enough for some, but for close friends, food and drink are sure hits. Visit Wine.com for loads of libations, Half Moon Bay Trading Company for a selection of gourmet hot sauces, or Godiva Chocolatier for great gifts for chocolate lovers.
Visit FreeShippingDay.com for the full list of participating retailers.
Are you going to take advantage of Free Shipping Day or are you all finished?
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