Amazon Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you in need of last minute holiday gift ideas?

Procrastinators rejoice, your patience and dragging of feet has paid off!

FREE 1-Day Shipping on These Select Amazon Products 

Make sure you click 1-Day Shipping option at checkout!

$5 Magazine Subscriptions – Some with Print + Kindle Editions

Savvy Sleuth’s Favorite Things

Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player

$85.87 with Free Super Saver Shipping plus $5 Amazon Instant Video credit.

I own 2 and have given them as gifts. Love Roku devices for streaming Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video programming.

Kindle Fire 7″, LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers

$159 with Free Super Saver Shipping and 1 Month Free Amazon Prime membership (for those who’ve not had it previously).

I have 5 Kindles including the first-ever Kindle and this one, which offers a nice boost in speed and performance from its previous version at a lower price! Free 30 Day Trial with 2 Free Credits

Try. Believe. Love. Kit – BareMinerals Make-Up


I’m a Bare Escentuals believer! Great for your skin, applies evenly and worth every penny.

Horizon Fitness EX-69 Elliptical Trainer

$799.99 with Free Shipping

I’m a gym rat, and I love to lift weights, but if I was to recommend just one piece of equipment that when used 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes can change your health and fitness for the better – this would be it!

Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX for PC and Mac

$59.99 with Free Super Saver Shipping – Save 40%

So comfortable to use, very fast and recharges on its own dock.

My favorite tool!

Amazon Gift Cards:  Email, Traditional Mail, Facebook or Print-at-Home

Quite possibly the easiest gift to send this season, and the one that ensures any gift recipient will get exactly what they want for Christmas.

By email you can choose what design you want to appear, how much you want to send (you can make it any amount), and write a personalized greeting.

You can also send it via Facebook, traditional mail with Free 1-Day delivery or print it at home to give to your gift recipient.

Super convenient and a gift that’s sure to be a hit with everyone on your gift list.

Send Amazon Gift Cards by Email – Any Amount – Personalized by You Gift Cards – In a Gift Box – Free One-Day Shipping

Amazon Gift Card – Facebook – Merry Christmas – Christmas Birds

Amazon Gift Card – Print – Merry Christmas – Christmas Birds

 MP3 Must-Haves

Amazon’s Best Selling MP3 Songs

Amazon’s Best Selling MP3 Albums

Immediate Gratification Gaming

Lots of games to choose from, and ridiculously low prices!

 Digital Holiday Deals – Video Game Downloads with Bonus $5 Credit for 2012 Editor’s Choice Games

Just 3 examples of the hundreds of  last minute holiday gift ideas for gamers on sale now at Amazon.

Disney Kids and Family pack [Download] – For PC

$29.99 – Save 75% Off this 6 game bundle!

EA Niche Gamer Bundle [Download]

Only $8.99 – Save 70% on this PC gaming bundle.

The Sims 3 [Download] for PC/Mac

Save 67% – Only $9.99 and ready for immediate download to your PC or Mac.

Order any of the products above between now and 12/31/2012 and receive a $5 promotional credit good towards any of the “Editor’s Choice” game downloads in the month of January 2013. You will receive an email with your promotional code and redemption instructions. Qualifying credits for this promotion may only be used one at a time.

Tinker Tools

Black & Decker RRW100 Ratcheting ReadyWrench

$18.49 – Save 61% and get Free Super Saver Shipping!

Special Offer: Eligible for $10 Off $50 Black n’ Decker purchase.

Dremel 4000-6/50 120-Volt Variable-Speed Rotary Kit

$133 – Save 49% and get Free Super Saver Shipping!

Special Offer gives you $10 Off at checkout, making this last minute holiday gift idea a steal of a deal at only $123 shipped! (Make sure to check ‘Free’ shipping option.)

Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer Kit

$74.99 – Save 60% and get Free Super Saver Shipping!

Special Offer for select Bosch products gives you $25 Off $100 orders automatically at checkout.

DEWALT DCD760KL 18-Volt 1/2-Inch Cordless Compact Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit

$179.99 with Free Super Saver Shipping – Save 55%!

Special Offer for select DEWALT tools gives you $25 Off $100 automatically taken at checkout. Make sure to select ‘Free’ shipping option. Final price: $154.99 shipped!

Why Buy Roku

Why Buy Roku

Roku + Netflix = Instant Movies on your TV



If there’s one device that has truly changed the way my family watches television, it’s Roku.

Incredibly easy-to-use, tons of great programming and with the addition of Amazon Prime membership and Netflix, we get all the programming we could ever want via  streaming video.


What’s Great About Roku?

  • For under $100 you get extensive programming added to any television in your home.
  • Paid services such as Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand, and HuluPlus work perfectly with your Roku, and cost a 10th of what you would pay per month for cable with better programming options.
  • 100’s of FREE programming channel options in different categories like Sports, Religion, Comedy, Anime, and more, are available on Roku.
  • Signals are sent to the Roku over your secure Wi-fi home network.
  • No cable or satellite service? No problem!  Roku will work in any room of your home with any TV, as long as you have Wi-fi available.
  • Roku is a great way to stop paying high monthly cable bills by cutting ties, but not losing great premium programming.
  • The Roku box is small and unobtrusive – fitting into any decor.
  • Roku programming can stream up to 1080p (when available from source).
  • Roku is super easy to set-up and use!
  • You can stop and start the Roku video like a DVR, resuming your viewing when you are ready to do so.
  • Roku has several models to fit your needs, starting at only $59.95 with Free Shipping for the Roku HD.

Roku Player – $59.99 with 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Want to see for yourself the kinds of programming available on Roku?

Check out this video…


The Little Black Box That Streams 100,000 of movies. -30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Roku has several offerings, so check out this chart to help you decide which Roku is best for you.

247086_TV episodes & movies instantly streaming from Netflix. Start your FREE trial!
You’ll save money.

You’ll get more FREE programming than you ever imagined.

You’ll have the ability to stream programming to any TV in your house via Wi-fi.

You’ll be able to enjoy Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video and more with low subscription rates to those services versus high ones with your cable company.

You’ll be happier and live longer.  (OK, so no guarantee on that one, but Roku comes with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and Free Shipping.)

You’ll never regret buying a Roku! – Instantly Streams High Quality Movies On Demand! Click here!

Roku + Netflix = Instant Movies on your TV

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Savvy Graduation Gift Ideas

Once You Know, You Newegg

There are 3 questions to ask yourself when seeking to find savvy graduation gift ideas:

  1. Where is the graduate going?
  2. What will the graduate need for their journey and/or arrival?
  3. What are the graduates ‘favorites’?

By really focusing on  the answers to these questions, you’ll refine your gift search, which will help you to make smart choices when shopping for just the right gift.

Middle School Graduation Gift Ideas:

  • Gift Cards or Cash
  • No-contract cell phones
  • Laptop, Tablet or Desktop computer
  • Kindle, Nook or similar e-Reader
  • Printer for computer
  • iPod Touch or other MP3 player
  • Earphones or Earbuds
  • Roku Video Streaming Device
  • Digital Voice Recorder
  • iTunes Gift Card
  • Movie Theater Gift Card
  • Graphing Calculator
  • External Storage Drive
  • Digital Camera
  • USB Flash drive
  • Locker Decorations
  • Large Backpack
  • Netflix Membership :  TV episodes & movies from Netflix – now instantly to your TV! Free trial
  • Game System:  Wii, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS3
  • Creative Software: Gaming, Drawing, Languages
  • Musical Instrument
High School Graduation Gift Ideas:
  • Same as Middle School list plus…
  • Dress Watch
  • Electronics: HDTV, Blu-ray player
  • Luggage
  • Airline Ticket Gift Voucher
  • Personalized Item: messenger bag, money clip, photo frame, etc…
  • Car Accessories
  • Haircare Services
  • Spa Services
  • Dorm Room Furnishings and Appliances
  • Clothing related to their University, military service, or job.
College Graduation Gift Ideas:
  • Same as High School list plus…
  • Gear related to their profession.  (Example: stethoscope for Nursing school graduate.)
  • Office Productivity Software
  • Lessons related to their hobby or passion.  (Example: dance, art or cooking lessons.)
  • Jewelry
  • Furniture
  • Kitchen Accessories
  • Personal Care Items
  • Fitness Club Membership



Always consider these factors when making your graduation gift purchase:

  • Your Budget
  • Shipping – Time in Transit and Costs
  • Gift Presentation
  • Wishlists

I. Budget For Savings

If you have a plan to spend $40 on a gift, stick with it.  Don’t be tempted to overspend.  Your gift recipient will know you cared enough to celebrate their special accomplishment no matter what gift you give to them.  Just make sure whatever graduation gift you give is thoughtful and if at all possible, memorable or useful.

Check out online deal sites like SavvySleuth, Fatwallet, DealNews, TechBargains and DealsOfAmerica for current deals and coupon codes to purchase gifts your graduate will love to receive.

II.  Shipping Costs and Timing

When sending a graduation gift versus handing it to the graduate yourself, it’s important to factor in shipping costs and to make sure that when you send the gift it will get there on time.

The Savvy Sleuth is big on free shipping, she tries to avoid paying for it at all costs.  With one exception: Amazon Prime Shipping.

Amazon Prime is available to anyone for a free 1 month trial, and if you’re able to take advantage of that promotion (never had Amazon Prime before).

Amazon Mom (Free 3-Month Prime with option to earn more months for free), or Amazon Student  (free Prime membership for 1 year to eligible students) are other options for free Prime membership,  by which you can not only get free 3-day shipping on all Prime eligible shipping, but also get in on other great Prime benefits.

Amazon Prime works remarkably well and items are shipped very fast to any address you want for free.

With Amazon’s astonishing product catalog and great deals, you’re sure to score a great gift with free shipping there.  Even without Prime, many items have Free Super Saver Shipping with an eligible $25 purchase.

Free Trial Amazon Prime,  Amazon Student Sign-Up  and Amazon Mom Free Prime 3-Month Trial links.

ShopRunner is another alternative, if you get in on their free promotions that happen a couple times a year.  The ShopRunner stores are limited (about 50 retailers use ShopRunner),  but it works very well if you find merchants who use it.  The Savvy Sleuth got in on a free 1-year deal for ShopRunner and enjoys using the ShopRunner service for free 2-day shipping  at Newegg.  Do a search for ‘ShopRunner coupons’ or ‘ShopRunner promotions’ to see if you get lucky and can snag a deal.

You may also consider liking them on Facebook to see current promotions.

If for some reason you just can’t find a free shipping promo coupon code through a site like RetailMeNot, sometimes online retailers will give you free shipping for signing up for their email newsletter.

Set up a web-based email like Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo for all your online shopping to avoid spam and see all the newsletters in one place.

III. Presenting Your Gift

Sure it’s easiest to buy a gift card and put it in the mail, but couldn’t your gift be presented in a more creative, fun way?  Something that adds to the gift itself, like in the case of a gift card you could put it inside a bouquet and leave it on the graduate’s doorstep.   Even if you are mailing a gift card, there are fun mailers that dress up the gift.

Obviously it’s easier if you can give your graduation gift in person.  One idea is to give a gift basket with several small gifts relating to the graduate’s future plans.

For example if you know someone who is graduating high school and going into the military,  you may want to find a container related to military surplus for their specific branch of service at a place like The Sportsman’s Guide,  and put in things like a no-contract phone, a phone card, sunscreen,  and running shoes.

For the middle school graduate looking towards high school, you could find a rolling backpack and load it up with items related to their favorite sport, books by their favorite author, or a graphing calculator,  trendy fashions or locker decorations for the coming year.

IV.  Enlisting the Help of the List

Graduates from middle school, high school and college all have different ideas about the gifts they’d like to receive.  There are some universals and most of them revolve around electronics that are $300 or more, but if your budget won’t allow such extravagant purchases, check with their parents to see if they have a wishlist.   If not, suggest they make one up and email it to you.

Online wishlists can be made very easily, particularly at Amazon.  You don’t have to buy off the list though.  A wishlist  just makes seeing what graduation gift your graduate really wants that much easier.



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Amazon Prime Plus Kindle Equals Bestsellers Lending Library and More

11/2/11: Letter on from the CEO & Founder, Jeff  Bezos 

Dear Customers,

Today we’re announcing a new benefit for Kindle owners with an Amazon Prime membership: theKindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Kindle owners can now choose from thousands of books to borrow for free, including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers — as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. No other e-reader or ebook store offers such a service.

The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library features a wide array of popular titles, including Water for ElephantsMoneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and Fast Food Nation – plus award-winning novels such as The Finkler Question, motivational books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, biographies and memoirs includingKitchen Confidential, and Pulitzer Prize-winning books like GunsGerms, and Steel.

We’re adding the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library to Prime membership at no extra cost — Amazon Prime remains just $79 a year, which gives you free two-day shipping on millions of products, plus unlimited instant streaming of over 13,000 movies and TV shows.

If you’re a Kindle owner with Prime, you can start borrowing books today. If you don’t yet have a Kindle, our all-new Kindle family is available from just $79.

 We’re working hard to continuously drive even more value for Kindle owners. We hope you enjoy the new library — happy borrowing.
So if you want to give Amazon Prime a test drive for 1 month free and you own a Kindle…  
But don’t sign-up for the free month of Prime if you’ve ordered a Kindle Fire, as that comes with 1 month free Amazon Prime.  Amazon won’t give you back to back free months of service, or have them overlap to extend your free Prime offer.  So if you already have Prime on a free trial or are using it now, that free Prime with the Kindle Fire is lost.   
Whatever way you get Amazon Prime it’s a very good deal for all the ‘free’ you are getting for your money between free shipping, free streaming movies and TV programs and now a free lending library on Amazon.  
For the  $79 a year – if you’re paying for it – or potentially free for Amazon Mom members  and college students for a year, you get a lot of bang for your buck which Amazon just keeps improving upon for Kindle owners.