Unique Gifts at a Discount

Looking for a unique gift for the friend who has everything and knows her way around the city? Then check out one of these sites. You may already use them; they send you a new deal for your city in your inbox everyday. Most of them have an option to “gift” your purchase. This will allow you to send your friends something awesome like theater tickets, gift certificates to trendy restaurants, massages, and yearly memberships at 50% (and sometimes more!) off of the original price.

Keep these discounts in mind for holiday dinners, date nights, and fun activities for visiting family and friends as well.

I’ve already used these services to purchase two of my Christmas gifts this year, and look forward to see what other deals come up!


This is one of the more well-known deal sites. Deals vary from restaurant and store gift certificates to fun massages and spa deals. In the past couple months, I’ve purchased gift certificates and deals to Mexico Cantina, Nordstrom Rack, Julep Nail Parlor, and Jones Soda.


LivingSocial is pretty similar to Groupon, but seems to have more city-specific deals. The purchases I’ve made have been more of the active variety, including lessons for Sassy Fit, Pole for the Soul, School of Acrobatics, and a nice massage. I countered all of that good with a discounted gift certificate to Bambino’s Pizza, today’s deal.


GoldStar is THE place for discount tickets for live entertainment. If there’s a theater performance, concert, or comedy act you want to see, they’ll most likely have tickets for cheap. I’ve purchased tickets to Cirque du Soleil for my parents, a really cool wine tasting and cooking class for my fiance and I, and even entered T-Mobile’s City Chase at a discount.

What are you waiting for? Click the links, find your city, and sign up now! Your wallet, friends, and activity calendar will thank you!

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