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Free Shipping Day

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Look, I love to be in the stores at Christmastime–the hustle, the bustle, the gift wrap and free-flowing cider. It’s lovely to stroll a city street, or even a mall, and peer in the shop windows full of possibilities.

Except when it isn’t. I’ve been out and about almost every day, but honestly, I’ve accomplished much of my gift buying from home, late at night, online. I’ve taken advantage of online-exclusive offers to get deals better than I could have in-store, and I haven’t paid for shipping.

Neither should you: Friday is Free Shipping Day, one of the many created-for-commerce occasions that’s turned out to be pretty solid in just the past couple of years. More than 2,300 retailers have signed on, promising free shipping and delivery by Christmas Eve. Participants include national chains–Best Buy, Nordstrom, J.Crew, Toys ‘R Us, but also a lot of smaller independents including many based in the Twin Cities, like Creative Kidstuff, Finn Style, Foat Design and Moss Envy. Start browsing–Free Shipping Day begins at 12 a.m. EST. The lights stay on at the online stores all night long, and there’s no dress code. Many retailers will offer special Free Shipping Day deals as well. Gotta love those made up holidays!

Free shipping day!

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

It’s not too late to order online for Christmas delivery. In fact Friday, Dec. 17 is likely the very best day:  nearly 2,000 online retailers, national and independent, are participating in Free Shipping Day – waiving shipping charges and guaranteeing delivery by Dec. 24. Get the details here.

Holiday shopping: Nola Home

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Full disclosure: my dad (Joel Kaplan)’s art show was the main reason I visited Nola Home on a recent night. And in my unbiased opinion, I’d say his watercolors are worth the trip. But I was also enchanted by the festive atmosphere at this Bryn Mawr gem. Kelly Dorsey is a master merchandiser – able to mix jewelry, books, textiles and decor in an original way that makes you want it all. (Interior designers are known to shop Nola for inspiration). Known primarily for home goods, you’ll find the shop brimming with affordable gifts including scarves, locally made jewelery, candles, ornaments and, of course, original artwork.

Cyber Monday

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Push that project off until tomorrow – Cyber Monday is more than a gimmick. The occasion invented a few years ago to extend the Black Friday shopping rush even when consumers went back to work after the holiday weekend is proving its muscle this year. Visit for an overview of deals everywhere from Toys ‘R Us to Lands End. And, simply go to your inbox. If you’ve ever given a retailer your info – purposely or inadvertently – you’re likely to have some offers waiting for you today and many will be legit. Free shipping continues to be the default offer, but some get much better: 20% off from American Eagle, 35% off from Kitsel, $10 off $25 from Origins, $50 off gifts from one of my favorite modern design sites, Chiasso – plus free shipping from all. Happy cyber shopping!

Gaviidae Market returns for holiday

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis is bringing back its Gaviidae Market for the holidays for the second year in a row. The indoor farmer’s market/art festival-style event is designed to highlight local options from gourmet foods to jewelry, pottery, apparel and more. Watch for it Thursdays, Nov. 11 through Dec. 23. Small businesses and artisans looking for a way to connect with shoppers during the critical holiday season can still apply to be part of the market. Click here for details.

Paralyzed by discounts

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

I didn't buy a thing at the mall today, despite the amazing sales – or actually, because of them. The zipper pouch where I keep all of my coupons, discount vouchers and gift cards is literally overflowing. I've got 20 percent off of this, $30 off of that, $10 free when you spend $100, 25 percent off when you spend $50. Then you get to the stores and they've got 10 other promotions. It's all just too much. I couldn't figure out which discounts were better and which offers I could combine. But I didn't want to chance paying more than I should, so I just walked out. I figure, even if my discount cards expire, the store markdowns will only continue to improve. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved