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Presents That Please Under $25

Your list is long.  We are here to help.

It’s that time of year when many of us feel that time and budget crunch, yet with so many presents still to buy. We’ve put on Santa’s hat, so to speak, and curated and some great deals – all under $25 – that will delight the loved ones on your list and make you look a great giver.

Add sparkle with simple and stunning two carat round Swarosvki Element Crystal earrings ($14.99) or give winter warmth when you gift this cozy houndstooth and plaid blanket scarf ($14.99). Choose from classic red or green hues.  Shipping deadlines may not allow for an under the tree option, so follow these instructions to gift it or print out a voucher and wrap it for under the tree or in the stocking. Adorable presentation tips can be found on our Pinterest page here.

Give the perfect gift for your hiker or biker or to help motivate those with looming resolutions. The athlete on your list will stay hydrated and hands-free with this lightweight backpack ($19.99) with a two-liter water pouch that weighs less than one pound. Choose from six colors and be sure to order by Friday, December 11, for Christmas delivery.

Perfect for any hostess, we have a selection of holiday sweets to serve, deliver by hand or give as a gift. Try gourmet popcorn and toffee from Merrillo’s ($14.99 for $30) featuring all-natural ingredients, sweet cream butter and air-popped corn. Each batch is handmade, then drizzled with fine chocolates and spices. Or gift plump, juicy strawberries dipped and decorated with beautiful designs, Christmas macarons or handmade snowmen brownie pops from Shari’s Berries ($15 for $30).

For more great ideas, check out our Gifts Under $25. Happy shopping!


Most-Loved Escapes: 2015 Roundup


Colder weather can mean cozy for some. For others, the cabin fever sets in as soon as daylight savings hits. Don’t let the chilly weather tame your inner traveler — check out our Most-Loved Escapes, a collection of 2015’s best-selling travel deals. With diverse destinations both domestic and abroad, getting away this winter will have you feeling wanderloved.

City lovers have their choice of action-packed locales from east to west. The Embassy Suites Philadelphia Center City (60% savings) has you in walking distance of world-class museums, Walnut Street Shopping, and Rittenhouse Square restaurants (if you’ve already had your cheesesteak fix.) Your spacious suite includes a sitting room, kitchenette, and private balcony with stellar cityscape views.

Or head to the Boardwalk and call Atlantic City’s The Chelsea Hotel home for a few days (with a 45% savings). The slew of casinos, spas, and nightclubs will certainly keep you busy, but as the only non-gaming hotel on the Strand, this stylish boutique hotel makes a great escape.

If R&R is needed away from the holiday rush, consider the storied beach town of Newport, Rhode Island, and escape to one of two adorable Newport Bed & Breakfast Inns (59% savings). Explore the mansions, yacht-filled harbor, and quirky downtown shops. Plus you’ll get a complimentary box of chocolate when you check in!

Folks craving that Southern charm — or abundance of vino — can’t miss Sylvan Valley Lodge and Winery (50% savings) located in North Georgia’s wine country, a relaxing retreat just 90 minutes from Atlanta with more than a dozen nearby wineries.

Looking to go the distance and jet out of country? The adults-only beach resort experience at the Grand Miramar in Puerto Vallarta (42% savings), dazzles after its November 2015 renovation. But if the Mediterranean beckons, feast your eyes on this culture-filled nine-day trip to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast (35% off) in Italy.

There is something for everyone on our list of Most-Loved Escapes. We wish you Happy Winter Wandering!

Holiday Planners, Start Your Engines


It’s no secret that the best holiday moments are in front of a roaring fire, over hot cocoa, during a snowball fight, under the mistletoe, or amidst bright lights. Join the joyful ranks of the holiday planners this year so that your December can be spent somewhere — anywhere — other than the shopping mall parking lot. We’re bringing you deals to make shopping early simple; let us count the ways…

Gift her the en vogue tartan plaid blanket scarf, and she’ll be feeling toasty and trendy well into the new year. This ladylike monogrammed scalloped clutch is the perfect present to show you’ve thought ahead, whereas the outdoorsy type may find this fun beverage mitten particularly useful.

This bluetooth headset is ideal for the commuter or fitness friend, and these stainless steel chopping scissors will be a beloved new tool for anyone that spends their fair share of time in the kitchen. Help the bikers in your life just say no to riding and texting with a universal bike mount phone holder, and you best not arrive at your host residence empty handed — a delectable tin of David’s Cookies and Brownies will do the trick.

Thinking outside of the box? Forget the freezing and jet your family off for an all-inclusive stay at the stunning Grand Oasis Tulum in Mexico. For experiences closer to home, do a daily browse at LivingSocial.com — just enter your recipient’s city at the top right of the webpage to check out the fun times waiting in their hometown. We’re obsessed with Alice’s Tea Cup in NYC, and can’t count the amazing spa deals and live events across the country. Click “gift it” and deliver digitally wherever you are.

Check back for more tips and great deals from our shopping specialists over the coming weeks. Happy planning!

Gift Them Something to Talk About with LivingSocial

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No matter how you make it through your shopping list, LivingSocial has you covered with seasonal solutions for every type of gift giver. Celebrate with a selection of memory-making experiences along with more traditional gifts and holiday trimmings.

Gift Them Something to Talk About
Give the gift of memorable experiences from the hottest restaurants and relaxing spas to weekend getaways and global adventures. The only present more fun than a beach vacation is one wrapped in paper featuring the recipient’s gorgeous face – or yours! What holiday hostess doesn’t need flowers or the famous crowd-pleasing pears? Take your stocking game up a notch with personalized items for every member of the family (tip: best when ordered early)!

Holiday Planner
Did you know that close to 40 percent of holiday shoppers start their shopping as early as before Halloween? And another 41.5 percent say they begin in November, according to the National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey. If early fits your style, LivingSocial can help you save at any date, decorate your home, your party or yourself and celebrate the festivities with style.

Shopping on a Budget
At LivingSocial, great deals are a year-round guarantee, not just a holiday happening. Lists for family, friends, and even the hard to please are easily filled with a vast selection of activities to do and see, as well as thoughtful personalized items and stocking stuffers. Sparkling savings can be found for everyone and you will have enough left to treat yourself too.

Last-Minute Gifter
So you’re not one to plan in advance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gift greatness in a jiff. Choose from dining, theatre, fun runs and race car driving, or splurge on bucket list destination travel — we make your last-minute click look like a grand plan. Just look for the gift icon when purchasing. You can print, email, or schedule the gift to be sent on a specific date. We even have some ideas on how to wrap a voucher.

Treat Yourself
With your extra time and money you can treat yourself. Get started today with a 20 percent off site-wide sale good through Friday, November 20 at 11:59pm PT when you use promo code: ENJOY20.

Look for additional savings on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday as LivingSocial will feature extra discounts on our website and the mobile apps throughout the holiday season.

5 Reasons to Love Restaurants Plus in D.C.

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After launching in Atlanta in mid-September, LivingSocial Restaurants Plus has landed in the nation’s capital, here to help you earn cashback as you wine and dine your way through D.C. To celebrate, registered diners – yes, you – can earn up to $20 cashback at LivingSocial’s #SocialHour event from 3pm to midnight on the evening of TONIGHT when you dine at participating Plus restaurants.

1. Cha-ching! Earn as you go.
Sign up and enjoy cashback when you eat and drink at more than 140 restaurants, bars, and cafés in the area. Our restaurant partners set a discount that varies throughout the day (starting at 10 percent) — look it up anytime to determine what you’ll save. Then, when you use your activated card to pay for your meal, you’ll get a text or email letting you know exactly how much cashback to expect.

2. Check what’s closeby.
Hanging out on H Street NE? Head to Sticky Rice. On U Street? Lost Society is on the list. Aiming to end up in AdMo? Earn cashback at Bourbon. Check out which local spots are offering the best savings, no matter where you are. Simply use the map tool to search by proximity or rewards, and you’ll be able to decide where you want to drink or dine.

3. No printing or fumbling for your phone.
Eat, swipe, earn. It’s that simple. You don’t have to prove you’re a part of the program or present any sort of voucher or code to show that you qualify for savings. Just join, and when you accrue $10 in savings, you’ll receive your payout on your selected card.

4. You can use it on a date…
… and your date won’t even have to know! Once you activate your card, you can use it at any of our participating establishments. Swipe your card at the end of the meal, and only you will be privy to exactly how much you save when you get your text or email notification.

5. Jumbo Pizza, brunch, or happy hour — need we say more?
In D.C., there’s always an opportunity for epicurean delight, so whether you’re noshing on Sunday morning, grabbing lunch, having happy hour after work, or chowing down late at night, you can turn your cravings into savings without thinking twice about it.