Pro­cras­ti­na­tors’ guide to hol­i­day shop­ping (and sav­ing)

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Money - Doreen Chris­tensen

Pro­cras­ti­na­tors take note: The dead­line is fast ap­proach­ing to get those gifts in the mail to ar­rive by Christ­mas Eve. Luck­ily, Ama­zon has ex­tended its of­fer for free hol­i­day ship­ping, with no min­i­mum pur­chase re­quired, through Dec. 18, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. You do not need a Prime mem­ber­ship to get the deal. The of­fer had been set to end on Dec. 14. Prime mem­bers can shop through Christ­mas Eve with free one-day and same-day de­liv­ery when order­ing by 9:30 a.m. in el­i­gi­ble ar­eas. Ama­zon has ex­panded the ser­vice to more than 10,000 cities, which al­lows the ma­jor­ity of mem­bers in the U.S. to have ac­cess to the fast, free de­liv­ery op­tion, the com­pany said.

If you still need to get gifts in the mail, the U.S. Postal Ser­vice dead­lines are:

Dec. 20: Fi­nal day for first­Class Mail Ser­vice and Pri­or­ity Mail Ser­vice

Dec. 22: Fi­nal day for Pri­or­ity Mail Ex­press Ser­vice

Go to Sun­Sen­tinel.com/ Ship­pingDead­lines to see hol­i­day sched­ules for FedEx and UPS.

Ex­pe­ri­ence mat­ters

Give some­thing mem­o­rable this year: a unique ex­pe­ri­ence gift. Find some­thing fun to do for ev­ery­one on your list and save up to 70 per­cent with of­fers on Groupon.com. There are deals for nearly ev­ery city in Amer­ica. Click, pay, print and you’re done!

The site also is of­fer­ing an ex­tra 20 per­cent off when you buy three deals us­ing coupon code GIFT3.

Thrill seek­ers will get a rush with a tan­dem sky­dive from Mi­ami Sky­div­ing Cen­ter for $49. For kids, a 150-minute jump pass and $10 ar­cade card at Sky Zone in Pom­pano is $25.50. Ever­glades air­boat tours are $17, Ital­ian cook­ing classes with chef An­drew “Baba” Ben­nardo in Boca Ra­ton and Fort Lauderdale start at $49. If you know some­one with a need for speed, they would get a kick out of tak­ing a Maserati or Audi R8 for a few laps around Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Race­way for $51.

Go to Groupon.com and sign up with an email ad­dress and en­ter a city to un­lock the deals.

Shop­ping marathon at Kohl’s

If you need to do last-minute shop­ping in the mid­dle of the night, Kohl’s once again will be open 24 hours a day start­ing Dec. 21, the re­tailer an­nounced. De­part­ment stores will be open 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. on Christ­mas Eve.

The re­tailer will un­veil daily deals, in­clud­ing sav­ings

on ster­ling and di­a­mond jew­elry, 40 per­cent off all celebrity fra­grances and 30 per­cent of Fisher-Price toys, among other of­fers.

Here’s a time-saver: Or­der on­line by 3 p.m. and get free pickup in stores through Christ­mas Eve.

Plus, get $10 in Kohl’s Cash for each $50 spent, and sign up at Kohls.com or in stores for Yes2You Re­wards to earn sav­ings with pur­chases. Don’t for­get those coupons! The chain is of­fer­ing 15 per­cent off a $50 pur­chase and 20 per­cent off a $100 pur­chase coupons (on­line use code USAVEMORE) through Dec. 24. Dec. 20 is the fi­nal day to send First Class Mail to ar­rive by Christ­mas Eve.

Shop at more than 200 mer­chants and en­joy some fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

On Dec. 16, kids can get a free photo and have brunch with Santa. Seat­ings will be ev­ery 30 min­utes start­ing at 11 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. There will be a pan­cake bar with top­pings, hot choco­late and craft sta­tions un­til 2

p.m. The price is $5.

The mall is at 2900 W. Sam­ple Road; 954-979-4555; Shopfes­ti­val.com.

SU­SAN STOCKER/FORT LAUDERDALE SUN SENTINEL

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