Free Shipping Day: December 18

December 10, 2014 by  
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Free Shipping DayGet free shipping from online retailers, with delivery promised on or by Christmas Eve.

Free Shipping Day is Thursday December 18, 2014, and 839 stores are signed up (so far!) to give customers free shipping for orders taken on the 18th.  They say delivery will be by Christmas Eve for addresses in the continental United States.  All Free Shipping Day offers will be revealed on this website at 12:01am EST on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

Online merchants taking part include Cabelas, REI, The Body Shop, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Office Depot, Levi’s, American Eagle, Sheplers, J.Crew, Bass Pro Shops, Harry & David, Omaha Steaks, and a whole bunch more.

Participating Free Shipping Day merchants offer free holiday shipping with no minimum order. Others may have exclusions – for example the items must be in stock or oversized items are excluded (because Santa’s sleigh can’t deliver in time, I suppose.) Some also offer special discounts with Free Shipping Day. Check the details of each merchant’s offer on the Free Shipping Day website.

Amazon.com also has its regular free shipping on orders over $35 through December 16 for Christmas delivery. Find today’s deeply discounted Amazon.com flash deals here.

I’m always nervous of free shipping so close to Christmas as my Christmas tree has been left with holes under it in the past when the package didn’t roll in till after the Big Day. Now I generally pony up to pay shipping if it’s someone’s main gift, to avoid disappointment. However, the Free Shipping Day folk have said that many merchants pay for expedited shipping to get it to shoppers by Christmas Eve.

I’d always encourage you to shop from local businesses, but if you shop online at the national retailers anyway, perhaps to send gifts to distant friends or relatives, Free Shipping Day is a chance to save a few dollars on gifts.

–Tania


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Twinkle Light Parade & Nob Hill Holiday Shop & Stroll

December 4, 2013 by  
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You’d have to be walking around with your eyes shut not to know about this already. But hey, we’re all busy people. Maybe you forgot about it. Or maybe you just flew into the Duke City and never knew about it in the first place.

This year the Twinkle Light Parade and Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll are both combined again in Nob Hill on the same day: Saturday December 7, 2013.

The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll runs from from noon to 10 pm on December 7, when everyone hobnobs in Nob Hill with street performers, mariachi groups, and carol singers to get us into the festive spirit.  They close Central Avenue off to cars between Girard and Washington between those hours, so pedestrians can wander at will along historic Route 66. Of course there are lots of shopping opportunities, with many boutiques staying open late, some stores offering discounts, and a lively atmosphere in the restaurants.

  • There will be photo ops with Santa Claus – he usually rolls by on the Twinkle Light Parade too.
  • A jolly trolley from Albuquerque Trolley Co. will run free shuttle rides along Central between noon and 4 pm.
  • Albuquerque Film & Media Experience will show a free outdoor screening (bundle up!) of the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7:45 pm. That’s at 3712 Central Ave, between Hermosa and Solano.
  • O’Niell’s Pub will serve free coffee and cider on the enclosed patio.

The Nob Hill Holiday Shop and Stroll map gives all the skinny and shows what’s happening where.

If you download the PDF of the Nob Hill Shop and Stroll program you’ll find a few coupons too, although not as many as in previous years.

  • 10% off one item at Gertrude Zachary
  • $10 off at Yanni’s Mediterranean Grill when you order two entrees (valid to January 1, 2014)
  • 10% off at Yanni’s new Lemoni Lounge (valid to September 1, 2014)

The Twinkle Light Parade starts glitzing at 5:15 pm on December 7, traveling west along Central Avenue from Washington Street to Girard Boulevard.  Bleachers will make it easier for everyone to watch the parade. The City of Albuquerque reckons that there are more than 100 floats (cars, horses, anything they can gussy up with sparkly lights) in the parade this year. I do so love this festive event, but dress warmly – I’ve nearly frozen my tootsies off watching the parade in previous years.

–Tania

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Gift Card Discounts, Free Bonus Cards Update

December 19, 2012 by  
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Get free bonus gift cards and gift card discounts for the 2012 holidays. Here’s our updated list of gift card and gift certificate deals for local Albuquerque and national chain restaurants, shops, travel, and more! Here’s one way for Santa to give a little and get a little… Use the freebie or savings to treat yourself, or for an extra stocking stuffer.

If you’re a regular customer of any of these businesses, it might be worth buying the cards to use yourself on future visits, with a free perk attached.

Restaurant Gift Cards

10% off Chili’s gift card orders of $100 or more. The eGift cards can be purchased in any denomination from $5 to $100 per card, as long as they add up to $100 or more to get the 10% discount. The discount is shown on the payment page. The card is valid at Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Cold Stone Creamery Free $5 Bonus when you buy $30 worth of Cold Stone gift cards online.

Scalo Northern Italian Grill gives a free $5 voucher when you spend $50 on a gift certificate, until December 31. I was there recently for Happy Hour – ooh, yum!

High Finance Restaurant and Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tram discounted gift cards in December give you a  $25 gift card for $20, a $50 card for $40, or a $100 card for $80. The cards are valid at either restaurant.

Applebee’s Free $10 Gift Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards either online at the link or in restaurants, for a limited time.

Buca Di Beppo $10 Reward Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards. The free bonus card can be used between January 1 and February 10, 2013.

Bravo! $20 Bonus with every $100 you buy in gift cards until December 30.  The free bonus card can be used between January 1 – March 17, 2013.

PF Chang’s $20 Bonus Card with every card with every $100 purchased in P.F. Chang’s gift cards until December 31. The free card can by used between January 1 and March 31, 2013.

Red Lobster gives a $5 off bonus coupon when you buy a $25 gift card.

Denny’s $5 Bonus Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

California Pizza Kitchen $20 Rewards Card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards. The bonus Rewards Card can be used from January 7 – March 3, 2013.

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse has a Buy-Five-Get-One-Free deal on gift cards. You get a free gift card of the same value when you buy five gift cards.

Flying Star Cafe is giving a bonus 10% in free gift cards when you buy $250 (or more) worth of gift cards this holiday season. This is what the server told me when I ordered dinner (with a $5 discount thanks to my latest reward voucher from my Frequent Flyer card – ha!). Ask at Flying Star Cafe locations.

Bailey’s on the Beach Free Gift Card deal – When you purchase two gift cards at the Nob Hill restaurant, get one free Bailey’s on the Beach gift card.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill  gives you a free $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card.

FireHouse Subs coupon when you purchase a gift card of $10 and they’ll reward you with a free dessert, until December 15.

Black Angus Steakhouse Free $5 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card.

Olive Garden $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 or more of Olive Garden gift Cards in a single transaction until December 31. The freebie $5 card can be used from January 1 to February 13, 2013, against the purchase of two adult entrees.

Lone Star Steakhouse buy $25 worth of gift cards and get a coupon for $5 off your meal in January.

TGI Friday’s Free $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 worth of gift cards.

Outback Steakhouse Free $20 Bonus Card with the purchase of each $100 worth of gift cards.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Free $10 Reward Card with the purchase of $50 worth of Pappas Gift Cards until December 24. (The free reward card is then valid from January 1 – February 28.)

Landry’s Restaurant Free $10 Reward Card for every $50 worth of Landry’s gift cards you buy.

Chipotle free food with a $30 or more gift card purchase through December 31. Take the purchase receipt into the restaurant by January 31, 2013, and choose a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos, or salad.

The Taco Bell Gift Card Promotion is a free menu item worth up to $5 when you buy $20 worth of gift cards.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* Papa John’s Pizza 
* Burger King, Applebees, Dunkin Donuts, Boston Market, Landry’s, Domino’s Pizza, and Subway
* Red Lobster and Olive Garden
These are national deals so select National if they ask you to pick a city while ordering. Click the screen outside the box requesting your email address if you want to see the deal before signing up.

Del Taco gift cards come with free food! Basically, for each $25 value on the card you get a coupon valid for a free Del Taco Combo Meal, so it’s one free meal on a $25 card and four free meals with a $100 card. If you opt for the online exclusive $100 Black Card you get a free $25 Gift Card instead.

$5 Texas Roadhouse Certificate when you buy gift cards worth $30 or more online at their website.

Carl’s Jr Freebie Get a coupon for a free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with a minimum $5 gift card purchase.

CiCi’s Pizza Free Buffet with every purchase of $25 worth of gift cards.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes free meal pass with every $50 gift card purchased by December 31.

Genghis Grill Free $5 Gift Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

Orange Julius Free Smoothie when you buy a $15 gift card in December.

Red Robin $5 Bonus Bucks Reward when you spend $25 on a gift card. The bonus bucks can be redeemed between January 1 and February 28, 2013.

Pay $10 for a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card to email or print instantly, or for physical cards delivered free by mail. Customize cards with a gift message, and the recipient chooses from thousands of participating restaurants nationally to redeem their certificate. Note that there a minimum spend in restaurants, so your recipient will have to top up a little, but they’ll still get $25 off their check. The discounted Restaurant.com gift cards are available for other amounts too, including $2 for a $5 card, $20 for a $50 card, and $40 for a $100 card.

Shopping and General Gift Cards

The Children’s Place free $10 eGift Card for every $40 worth of eGift Cards you send. The offer is valid until December 31.

Groupon Gift Certificates are a good way to make your gift money go further. Each certificate is usually worth at least double the face value to the person who redeems it, and there are plenty of restaurants, and other deals and experiences with local Albuquerque businesses they can choose from!

For every $20 worth of Thrift Town Gift Cards you buy, they’re handing out a set of bonus coupons for $20 of savings. The offer is good till December 31, 2012, while supplies last.

Bonus Bed and Breakfast Free $25 Gift Card with every 1oo you spend on a B&B gift card in December, using the promo code:  BBCHEER25 at checkout. You can then use the card you buy and the additional freebie on a single BedAndBreakfast.com reservation. Participating B&B’s that take the gift cards in Albuquerque include Los Poblanos, Bottger Mansion, Chocolate Turtle, Mauger Estate, and several more, plus B&Bs in Santa Fe, Taos, and elsewhere. Find all the 4,000+ inns nationwide where you can use the gift cards at the BedAndBreakfast.com free bonus card promo page.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* SearsiTunes, The Children’s Place, and Bath & Body Works
* Old Navy
* Staples

Godiva Chocolate Free $10 Reward Card when you spend $50 or more at Godiva through December 24, 2012. If you’re a real mad chocoholic, the deal is two $10 reward cards when you spend $100, three $10 reward cards with a $150 purchase, and four $10 reward cards when you spend $200 or more.

Amazon Gift Cards No discounts here but their email gift cards, customizable with your own photo if you choose, are about the easiest way to send love if you’re running late on mailing gifts. Or they’ll mail an Amazon physical gift card to the recipient in a greetings card, with free one-day shipping!

NOTE: If buying a card to be mailed to recipients, check delivery dates with each merchant if you want it to arrive by Christmas.

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 –Tania. FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.

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Free Shipping Day is Today December 17

December 17, 2012 by  
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Get free shipping from online retailers, with delivery promised on or by Christmas Eve, from nearly 1,700 online retailers.

Free Shipping Day is today December 17, 2012, with delivery by Christmas Eve for addresses in the continental United States. Some retailers are offering special deals or discounts with orders too.

You can see all participating retailers and any discount promos at this Free Shipping Day official website, searchable by retailer name. National merchants offering free shipping today for Christmas include:

  • Walmart Free shipping on orders of $45 or more
  • Kohl’s Free shipping and 15% off orders of $50 using the promo code: COOKIES
  • Overstock.com Free shipping using the link provided at this FreeShippingDay site
  • FansEdge Free shipping with no minimum purchase on gear for sports fans including Albuquerque Isotopes and New Mexico Lobos merchandise.
  • Land’s End No minimum purchase and 40% off your order over $100
  • Crocs.com Free 2 day shipping on orders over $75 with promo code: FSDAY75   Crocs.com is also offering 40% off all boots until December 18 with promo code: BOOTS
  • Cost Plus World Market Free shipping plus 10% off all orders with promo code: FREESHIP12
  • J Crew No minimum purchase and 30% off orders with promo code: WISHLIST
  • Elizabeth Arden No minimum purchase
  • The Body Shop Free shipping with the promo code: ONEWORLD
  • Magazines.com Free shipping and deals on discounted magazine subscriptions, calendars, movies, and fragrances.
  • Coldwater Creek: No minimum purchase and get 40% off your order with code: AFLF768
  • Harry & David No minimum order, get free shipping with the code: SHIPPING
  • Bed and Breakfast.com Free Fedex shipping of gift cards and get a free $30 e-card with every $100 spent on gift cards using code: BBELVES30
  • Entertainment Book 2013 Free Express Delivery for guaranteed Christmas delivery on December 17 only, and the book is on sale at $19.99 for all cities – that’s 50% off the regular price for the Albuquerque Entertainment Book. You can start using the coupons and mobile coupons now, through November 2013.
  • Amazon.com Free shipping on orders over $25, through Tuesday December 18 for Christmas delivery. Find today’s deeply discounted flash deals here.

See all the merchants and offers for Free Shipping Day, there are far too many for me to list! Make sure you check any specific requirements or minimum orders to get the free shipping and note that in general the Free Shipping Day offer is only for today December 17, although some retailers may extend the offer for a day or more longer

I’d always encourage you to shop from local businesses, but if you shop online at the national retailers anyway, perhaps to send gifts to distant friends or relatives, Free Shipping Day is a chance to save a few dollars on gifts.

–Tania FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.

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Free Shipping Day: December 17

December 11, 2012 by  
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Here’s a heads-up on how to get free shipping from online retailers, with delivery promised on or by Christmas Eve.

Free Shipping Day is on December 17, 2012, and over 1,200 stores are currently signed up to give customers free shipping on that day. They say delivery will be by Christmas Eve for addresses in the continental United States. Online merchants taking part include Lands’ End, LL Bean, Beauty.com, Eddie Bauer, The Cook’s Warehouse, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sears, Kohl’s, Harry & David, Best Buy, Radio Shack, REI, Cost Plus World Market, Tory Burch, Zappos, and a whole bunch more.

Many retailers will offer free holiday shipping on all orders. Others will have either a minimum order requirement, or offer free shipping on select items only. On Monday December 17 the full details of all participating merchants and the info on their offers will be shown on the Free Shipping Day website – but you know we’ll remind you too with a post on Monday highlighting some of the best shopping deals. (Subscribe to ABQ on the Cheap – it’s free! – to get our email digest of posts or to read by RSS feed.)

Amazon of course always offers free Super Saver Shipping on orders totaling $25 or more, valid on most items, and their holiday shipping dates show the last day for free Super Saver Shipping is December 18.

I’m always nervous of free shipping so close to Christmas as my Christmas tree has been left with holes under it in the past when the package didn’t roll in till after the Big Day. Now I generally pony up to pay shipping if it’s someone’s main gift, to avoid disappointment. However, the Free Shipping Day folk have said that many merchants will pay for expedited shipping to get it to shoppers by Christmas Eve. How cool is that?

I’d always encourage you to shop from local businesses, but if you shop online at the national retailers anyway, perhaps to send gifts to distant friends or relatives, Free Shipping Day is a chance to save a few dollars on gifts.

–Tania FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.

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Gift Card Discounts, Free Bonus Cards and Free Gifts

December 6, 2012 by  
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Free bonus gift cards and gift card discounts for the 2012 holidays. These gift card and gift certificate deals are for local Albuquerque and national chain restaurants, shops, travel, and more! Here’s one way for Santa to give a little and get a little… Use the freebie or savings to treat yourself, or for an extra stocking stuffer.  If you’re a regular customer of any of these businesses, it might be worth buying the cards to use yourself on future visits, with a free perk attached.

I’ll keep updating with new gift card deals – so check back soon.

Restaurant Gift Cards

Scalo Northern Italian Grill gives a free $5 voucher when you spend $50 on a gift certificate, until December 31. I was there last night for Happy Hour – ooh, yum!

10% off Chili’s gift card orders of $100 or more. The eGift cards can be purchased in any denomination from $5 to $100 per card, as long as they add up to $100 or more to get the 10% discount. The discount is shown on the payment page. The card is valid at Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Cold Stone Creamery Free $5 Bonus when you buy $30 worth of Cold Stone gift cards online.

High Finance Restaurant and Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tram discounted gift cards in December give you a  $25 gift card for $20, a $50 card for $40, or a $100 card for $80. The cards are valid at either restaurant.

Applebee’s Free $10 Gift Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards either online at the link or in restaurants, for a limited time.

Buca Di Beppo $10 Reward Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards. The free bonus card can be used between January 1 and February 10, 2013.

Bravo! $20 Bonus with every $100 you buy in gift cards until December 30.  The free bonus card can be used between January 1 – March 17, 2013.

PF Chang’s $20 Bonus Card with every card with every $100 purchased in P.F. Chang’s gift cards until December 31. The free card can by used between January 1 and March 31, 2013.

Red Lobster gives a $5 off bonus coupon when you buy a $25 gift card.

Denny’s $5 Bonus Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

California Pizza Kitchen $20 Rewards Card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards. The bonus Rewards Card can be used from January 7 – March 3, 2013.

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse has a Buy-Five-Get-One-Free deal on gift cards. You get a free gift card of the same value when you buy five gift cards.

Flying Star Cafe is giving a bonus 10% in free gift cards when you buy $250 (or more) worth of gift cards this holiday season. This is what the server told me when I ordered dinner (with a $5 discount thanks to my latest reward voucher from my Frequent Flyer card – ha!). Ask at Flying Star Cafe locations.

Bailey’s on the Beach Free Gift Card deal – When you purchase two gift cards at the Nob Hill restaurant, get one free Bailey’s on the Beach gift card.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill  gives you a free $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card.

FireHouse Subs coupon when you purchase a gift card of $10 and they’ll reward you with a free dessert, until December 15.

Black Angus Steakhouse Free $5 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card.

Olive Garden $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 or more of Olive Garden gift Cards in a single transaction until December 31. The freebie $5 card can be used from January 1 to February 13, 2013, against the purchase of two adult entrees.

Lone Star Steakhouse buy $25 worth of gift cards and get a coupon for $5 off your meal in January.

TGI Friday’s Free $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 worth of gift cards.

Outback Steakhouse Free $20 Bonus Card with the purchase of each $100 worth of gift cards.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Free $10 Reward Card with the purchase of $50 worth of Pappas Gift Cards until December 24. (The free reward card is then valid from January 1 – February 28.)

Landry’s Restaurant Free $10 Reward Card for every $50 worth of Landry’s gift cards you buy.

Chipotle free food with a $30 or more gift card purchase through December 31. Take the purchase receipt into the restaurant by January 31, 2013, and choose a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos, or salad.

The Taco Bell Gift Card Promotion is a free menu item worth up to $5 when you buy $20 worth of gift cards.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* Papa John’s Pizza 
* Burger King, Applebees, Dunkin Donuts, Boston Market, Landry’s, Domino’s Pizza, and Subway
* Red Lobster and Olive Garden
These are national deals so select National if they ask you to pick a city while ordering. Click the screen outside the box requesting your email address if you want to see the deal before signing up.

Del Taco gift cards come with free food! Basically, for each $25 value on the card you get a coupon valid for a free Del Taco Combo Meal, so it’s one free meal on a $25 card and four free meals with a $100 card. If you opt for the online exclusive $100 Black Card you get a free $25 Gift Card instead.

$5 Texas Roadhouse Certificate when you buy gift cards worth $30 or more online at their website.

Carl’s Jr Freebie Get a coupon for a free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with a minimum $5 gift card purchase.

CiCi’s Pizza Free Buffet with every purchase of $25 worth of gift cards.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes free meal pass with every $50 gift card purchased by December 31.

Genghis Grill Free $5 Gift Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

Orange Julius Free Smoothie when you buy a $15 gift card in December.

Red Robin $5 Bonus Bucks Reward when you spend $25 on a gift card. The bonus bucks can be redeemed between January 1 and February 28, 2013.

Pay $10 for a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Card to email or print instantly, or for physical cards delivered free by mail. Customize cards with a gift message, and the recipient chooses from thousands of participating restaurants nationally to redeem their certificate. Note that there a minimum spend in restaurants, so your recipient will have to top up a little, but they’ll still get $25 off their check. The discounted Restaurant.com gift cards are available for other amounts too, including $2 for a $5 card, $20 for a $50 card, and $40 for a $100 card.

Shopping and General Gift Cards

The Children’s Place free $10 eGift Card for every $40 worth of eGift Cards you send. The offer is valid until December 31.

REI Bonus $20 promotion card when you spend $100 in stores or online, through December 9. The promo card must be used by January 6, 2013. This offer has expired.

Groupon Gift Certificates are a good way to make your gift money go further. Each certificate is usually worth at least double the face value to the person who redeems it, and there are plenty of restaurants, and other deals and experiences with local Albuquerque businesses they can choose from!

For every $20 worth of Thrift Town Gift Cards you buy, they’re handing out a set of bonus coupons for $20 of savings. The offer is good till December 31, 2012, while supplies last.

This Target coupon gets you free $10 Target gift card when you spend $50 in stores. OK, it’s not strictly a ‘gift card deal’ as it’s not on gift card purchases, but it’s too good to pass up if you’re shopping at Target in the next few days. I believe there’s a limited quantity of coupons available to print, so don’t dally if you want it. (Update 12/12: this offer originally expired December 8, but the new coupon is valid to December 15.)

Bonus Bed and Breakfast Gift Card when you spend $50 or more on a B&B gift card by December 16 and enter the promo code:  GCHOLIDAYS at checkout. You get a free $10 e-card with a $50 purchase, a free $25 e-card with $100 purchase, or a free $75 e-card with $250 purchase.  You can then use the card you buy and the additional freebie on a single BedAndBreakfast.com reservation. Participating B&B’s that take the gift cards in Albuquerque include Los Poblanos, Bottger Mansion, Chocolate Turtle, Mauger Estate, and several more, plus B&Bs in Santa Fe, Taos, and elsewhere. Find all the 4,000+ inns nationwide where you can use the gift cards at the BedAndBreakfast.com free bonus card promo page.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* SearsiTunes, The Children’s Place, and Bath & Body Works
* Old Navy
* Payless Shoes
* Staples

Godiva Chocolate Free $10 Reward Card when you spend $50 or more at Godiva through December 24, 2012. If you’re a real mad chocoholic, the deal is two $10 reward cards when you spend $100, three $10 reward cards with a $150 purchase, and four $10 reward cards when you spend $200 or more.

Amazon Gift Cards No discounts here but their email gift cards, customizable with your own photo if you choose, are about the easiest way to send love if you’re running late on mailing gifts. Or they’ll mail an Amazon physical gift card to the recipient in a greetings card, with free one-day shipping!

NOTE: If buying a card to be mailed to recipients, check delivery dates with each merchant if you want it to arrive by Christmas.

**** To spread the tidings of joy and savings, share these Gift Card Holiday specials with friends
on Facebook and Twitter or via email, by using the SHARE/SAVE button below! ****

Know of any other gift card deals? Email us with the info.

Don’t want to miss Albuquerque deals hot off the press? Subscribe FREE by RSS or email.

 –Tania. FYI This post contains some affiliate links to plug you straight to those deals.

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Starbucks 12 Days of Gifting

December 3, 2012 by  
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I gave advance notice of this Starbucks promo in the Food Freebies & Deals round-up for this week, but in case you missed that post, here’s a reminder.

The Starbucks 12 Days of Gifting promotion gives a different Starbucks shopping deal each day on coffee and holiday merchandise to perk us up in the holiday season through December 12, 2012. 

Deals so far include Buy One Get One Free on packs of coffee or tins of tea, and the deal for Monday December 3 is free brewed coffee during the month of January 2013 when you buy (and use for the freebie) a $30 tumbler that holds 16 ounces. They reckon the total value of that offer is in the zone of $70, but I guess it depends how avid you are about claiming your free coffee come January!

You can see the different offers each day for the Starbucks 12 Days of Gifting and each deal is valid for that day only, while supplies last. Some are limited.

–Tania

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North Fourth Street Holiday Stop and Shop

November 30, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque’s Antique Mile and a host of other stores along North Fourth Street roll out their holiday shopping event on December 1-2 in the Village of Los Ranchos. Lots of freebies and discounts, too!

The North Fourth Street Holiday Stop & Shop 2012 is yet another shopping opportunity this weekend, on December 1 from 10 am – 5:30 pm and December 2 from noon – 5:30 pm. Expect refreshments or food samples in some stores, drawings for prizes, musical entertainment at the VSA North Fourth Arts Center, and discounts including:

  • 10% off poinsettias and live Christmas trees at Alameda Greenhouse
  • 50% off a set of wiper blades at Brown’s Automotive, a free light check, and a car show
  • Free cookie samples at Cravin’ Cookies and More
  • 20% off purchases at Plants of the Southwest
  • 20% off purchases over $50 at Clotheshorse Carousel
  • 25% off all items at Miyagi’s antiques and gifts shop

How’s that for variety? There are more specials – see the full list of what’s happening at the North Fourth Street Holiday Stop and Shop participating businesses here and here.

–Tania

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Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Thanksgiving Festival $1 Off Admission

November 19, 2012 by  
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The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival 13th Annual Holiday show runs during this Thanksgiving weekend, and you can get $1 off admission using the coupon.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival will be getting festive on Black Friday and over the holiday weekend, from November 23 to 25, 2012, at EXPO New Mexico. Around 200 artists and craftspeople from all over the country display their work, give demonstrations, and, of course, sell their arts and crafts. All kinds of creative arts are represented, from glassmaking to painting to pottery to jewelry and much more.

Kids can enjoy the Holiday Creation Station, where they create their own works of art. They can also become a work of art with facepainting, or play in the sandbox. Entertainment in the Jingle Bell Square includes visits from Santa Claus (11 am – 3 pm daily) and at various times you might hear a storytelling elf, Victorian carolers, Syd Masters and The Swing Riders, Mariachi Fiesta International, and other musical performers.

Of course there will be food vendors for lunch, and also the culinary arts booths selling specialty food items from goat cheese to mustard to honey – and giving plenty of free samples!

Regular adult admission is $6 or you can get a 3-day pass for $8, but save a buck by printing out the Festival’s $1 off admission coupon valid on either a one day ticket or the festival pass. Plus it’s free admission for kids aged under twelve.  If you use the $1 discount admission coupon, it’s good for one admission or pass only, so you need a coupon for each adult going to the show.

  • When: Friday to Sunday November 23 – 25, 2012
  • Times: Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.

The Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival takes place at the EXPO New Mexico Manuel Lujan building. Be prepared to pay $5 for parking at the fairgrounds.

–Tania

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Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale

November 14, 2012 by  
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This weekend marks the 31st anniversary of the Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale, with free admission, plenty to shop, wine tastings, and food!

Head up to the village of Placitas on November 17 and 18 to find the 2012 Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale in full swing between 10 am – 5 pm each day.  The juried art show features 80 New Mexico and Southwestern artists, selling items such as jewelry, clothing, glass, ceramics, gourd art, paintings, photography, and painted drums.

Anasazi Fields Winery offers free wine tastings, and food vendors will provide the fuel to keep everyone browsing and shopping!  Tickets for the raffle cost just $1 each, for a chance to win artwork donated by the show’s artists, in an Arts in the School fundraiser for Placitas Elementary School.

Admission is free, and the show takes place at three sites in the village of Placitas: the big tent by the Presbyterian Church; Anasazi Fields Winery, and Placitas Elementary School.

The organizers tell me they’re gussying up the school to give it colorful and festive atmosphere, and the homemade food at the Presbyterian Church Chili Pepper Cafe will include breakfast burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, tamales, and brownies.  (They had *me* at breakfast burritos.) Food vendors at Anasazi Fields Winery are going a bit posher with salmon on a stick in addition to shrimp dogs and shrimp tacos.

Yes, I know it’s all about the high quality arts and gifts, but the food seems quite interesting too. Can you tell I haven’t had my dinner yet?

It’s such a sweet drive up there and a great chance to get into holiday shopping, browse the art, and try some hot mulled cranberry wine.

Placitas Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale

  • When: Saturday and Sunday November 17-18, 2012
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm each day
  • Where: Placitas village – three central sites, all well signed
  • Price: Admission is free!

Take I-25 north to Exit 242 (Bernalillo/Placitas), and head east on Highway 165 for six miles to reach the village of Placitas.

–Tania

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