Merry Christmas, dear friends & readers—I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend. This is my last post until the middle of next week. I need a break between the countdown and our new year plans. See you on the flip side!
The Countdown to Christmas is officially at its end—just 1 day until Christmas.
It is Christmas Eve—are you ready yet?
I feel like I’ve been more behind than ever before. I don’t know if it was the overtime on a new project last month, the additional responsibilities as this site has grown, the 3rd child in school with required volunteer hours or some combination of our life’s chaos, but I didn’t finish with my Christmas shopping until this week—that has never happened before. Usually, I am done by December 1st. When I wasn’t, I found everything took that much longer.
Of course, it seems like I’m always in need of just “one last gift” and this year was no different—except I was in need of a few more gifts than usual. There’s always Wagreens—I think I stop there for tape on my way home from church every Christmas Eve. They are actually open late for the truly last minute shopper. You’ll find good prices on stocking stuffers and wrapping supplies.
A magazine subscription can be purchased on Amazon with a printable certificate to tuck inside the current issue you can pickup almost anywhere—even the gas station on your way to the holiday party. Movie Tickets (Save 20% on $25 purchase when you use your Visa signature card through 12/31), online purchases with printable options (try Groupon, EverSave or Audible!) and gift cards also make great last minute gifts.
I’m excited to be a brand ambassador for the new SWAGG application I mentioned the other day—you can buy & send gift cards right from your smart phone! It’s a pretty sweet deal, if you need a last minute gift. Can you imagine if you showed up to Christmas and realized you forgot someone? With this app, you can buy & send an instant gift—whew!
You can also use your SWAGG account to organize store loyalty cards & the gift cards you may get for the holidays. Show your phone to the cashier to use them at the register. It’s super simple, plus you’ll be helping a great cause just by downloading it! SWAGG has partnered with the non-profit organization Stand Up to Cancer. Every time you download the app between now and December 31,2011, SWAGG will donate $1 to Stand Up to Cancer.
Plus, you can also entered to win a Sundance Getaway just for downloading SWAGG! Oh, I love those Clever Girls. As if that weren’t enough, SWAGG is sponsoring a download drive. The Brand Ambassador (oh, hey! That’s me.) who gets the most “I downloaded SWAGG” comments gets to giveaway a $100 SWAGG GIFT prize.
So, leave me a comment after you’ve downloaded the app and let me know what you love most about it—last minute gifts, deals near you, loyalty card storage? Me? I’m a big fan of all the above!