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As Oprah has always told us, experiences matter more than things. That’s especially reassuring to hear when you’ve missed the last-minute shipping deadline to get the sweater or SoloStove your loved one wanted before Christmas Eve.
Don’t worry: We’ve got an idea that’ll blow everything on their list out of the water. A Groupon experience doesn’t come in a box or a bag, and it’ll give them memories they’ll treasure forever. (Unlike that juicer you got them last year…)
In case you’re not familiar, Groupon is like TJ Maxx for all the things you want to do. You can buy a Groupon deal in advance to get a major discount on haircuts, massages, fitness classes, meals out — even hotel stays and theme park tickets. We’re talking over 80 percent off in some cases. Hey, it pays to plan ahead.
Once a year, the brand slashes its prices even further in honor of "Groupon Day" so you can give your lucky recipients even more for your money. Well, that day’s today, and the goods are better than ever. Here’s a sampler of what you’ll find. (Use code GROUPON30 at checkout for an additional 30 percent off of eligible deals.)
No shipping required!
Some deals keep giving all year long, like a $10 Sam’s Club membership package. (Nope, that's not a typo!) That’s 86 percent off the usual price tag of over $70 — and it’s a deal more than 25,000 people have shopped so far. Not only does your bargain-obsessed loved one get lower prices on bulk purchases for a whole year, but they’ll get a free pie and a $20 gift card the first time they shop. (And that’s in addition to all the free samples in the freezer section.) Sam’s isn’t just for industrial-size office supplies and bulk packages of steaks. “Love their premium gas prices!” says one happy shopper. This year, that’s an especially great deal.
Others will positively send them soaring, like a day at a trampoline park. Groupon works with CircusTrix, SkyZone, Rockin Jump and Get Air Trampoline Park, which all have multiple locations across the country, so you’re sure to find one convenient to your friend or family member. Haven’t been to one of these before? It’s exactly what it sounds like: a warehouse full of trampolines — and quite possibly the best way to burn off energy in the winter that we’ve ever heard of. Treat a kid to one of these deals, and you’ll be treating her parents too.
Those of imbibing age will also love tickets to CMX CineBistro, a movie theater and bar in one. Sit back, place an order and enjoy gourmet food like prime rib and garlic tater tots while you watch the film. “Awesome experience from the moment you walk in until you leave,” says one foodie film buff. “We spent some relaxing time at the bar, [and the] food service inside the theater was very smooth. It was a short wait, and the comfort of the seats and the overall atmosphere was everything we wished for.” Sounds like the perfect date night to us.
For a solo experience, treat thrill seekers to IFLY indoor skydiving, available in 25 spots around the country. The deal includes everything from the suit and training to a flight certificate after the hour and 45 minute long ride’s over — something daredevils will love showing off. Groupon lets you gift two flights for one person for under $100.
Make lasting memories
To really win Christmas, go for a once in a lifetime experience. You could give them a racing lesson with Rusty Wallace. The Rusty Wallace Racing experience makes any NASCAR fan’s dream a reality…for under 100 bucks. “Best...Best...Best time,” says one recent racer.
You’ll also find tickets to SeaWorld (up to 40 percent off) and Universal Studios (up to $20 off) for a steal. You don’t need us to tell you how awesome that is. “Best place on earth,” says one shopper. “They added Sesame Place to it, which made it all the better — two parks in one,” says another. “There was an abundance of things to do and see!” It’s not too early to start planning spring break….
There’s only one downside: These deals can sell out! So hurry on over and polish off your shopping. All you need is a printer, an envelope and a bow.
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