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12 Amazon Holiday Shopping Tips to Save You Time (and Money)

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If you save your holiday shopping for the last minute or are looking for quick and easy gift ideas, then Amazon online shopping is your saving grace—these seven Amazon holiday shopping tips will help save you time and money this season.

Need gift ideas? Check out our gift guide, featuring the top-selling products on Amazon by category that are under $10.

1) Easy Returns and Secure Package Deliveries

Amazon now offers customers the option to have holiday orders shipped to a self-service Hub Locker, available at over 900 locations in the U.S., including Whole Foods and partner locations like Rite Aid, GNC, and Stage stores, as well as at Health Mart independent pharmacies. Check out locations here. Prime members also have access to Key by Amazon, where members can choose to have packages delivered inside their home, car, or garage.

You can store your package at Hub Lockers for up to three days for no additional cost, which is convenient for hiding your Amazon holiday shopping gifts from curious eyes. Another option for gift hiding comes to Prime members with Amazon Day, which means you can have all of your orders arrive together on a specific day.

And when it comes time for returns, if you don’t want to mail your item back with a trip to the post office, you can return your online gift purchase in person at Whole Foods and select Kohl’s locations (where they’ll even package it for you) or at other Hub Locker and Hub Counter partner locations.

2) Last-Minute Travel Gifts 

Buy gift cards to travelers’ favorite services, like Airbnb and Southwest, right on Amazon. The website offers virtual gift cards for tons of travel-related services, which make for a quick and easy gift. Another easy-to-give gift? A magazine subscription to their favorite publication.

3) Last-Minute Shipping

For Prime members (or at an extra cost for non-members) you can guarantee gift delivery within 48 hours for the majority of products offered on Amazon. New this year, Amazon is also offering Prime Free One-Day Delivery and millions of items are available for Same-Day Delivery. This means you can theoretically save your Amazon online shopping until just before the holidays—although I recommend getting a head start so you don’t miss out on top-selling travel products.

As an added bonus, Prime members get free Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods food delivery, so you can avoid the grocery store for your holiday food shopping.

4) Amazon Lists

Don’t forget about yourself! Amazon’s List function is ideal for saving gift ideas, for others and for yourself. Look under the drop-down menu labeled “Account & Lists” and click “Your Lists” to start adding products. Lists are a great way to see what your partner or kids want for the holidays: Just ask them to create their own and you can buy directly from their selections. 

5) Shop and Save with Curated Gift Guides

Check out Oprah’s Favorite Things and Mariah’s Must Haves for curated gift guides, handpicked by your favorite celebrities. And as an added bonus Amazon hosts dozens of other curated gift guides as well as staggered sales throughout the season.

6) Earn Points for Travel

Some travel businesses have partnerships with Amazon, like JetBlue, which allows you to earn points while you shop. Use your TrueBlue account to access your special link to earn points for holiday shopping on Amazon. Hilton also lets you shop on Amazon with points, so you can save on gifts thanks to any recent Hilton hotel stays.

Special deal alert: From November 28 to December 2, you can get 15 percent back (in the form of an Amazon gift card) on Avis car rentals if you’re a Prime member (10 percent for non-Prime members).

7) Follow the Treasure Truck

In select cities, you’ll find Amazon’s Treasure Truck—a traveling pop-up shop that offers flash sales on specific items available that day. Sign up for text alerts in your area, and you’ll get notifications on the truck’s whereabouts and what’s on sale. Simply reply to the text if you want to purchase anything, and then you can head to the truck’s location to pick up your item.

8) Voice-Enabled Shopping

If you have an Alexa-enabled device like Amazon’s Echo products, Fire Tablets, or Fire Stick, you can order your holiday shopping gifts via voice command. Simply say, “Alexa, order … on Amazon” and your Amazon holiday shopping can be done while you’re making dinner or watching TV. You can even ask Alexa to turn on your Christmas Tree lights with a smart light switch, play a game, or suggest a family-friendly conversation topic.

9) Pay with Amazon for Added Savings

Here are deals offered by Amazon for the holidays:

  • Get a $15 promotional credit when you purchase $50 or more in Amazon Gift Cards. Limited to first-time gift card customers.
  • Amazon Cash: Get a $5 Amazon credit when you add $20. Limited to first-time Amazon Cash customers.
  • Amazon Prime Credit Cards: Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Cardmembers and Amazon Prime Store Cardmembers with an eligible Prime membership will receive 15 percent back on Electronics bestsellers on Amazon.com from now to December 22.

10) No-Brainer Gifts with New Amazon Products

Shop the latest Amazon Devices for 2019, which will sure to be best-selling gifts this year:

11) Keep Everyone Entertained with Prime Video

Every Friday, Amazon is releasing new deals on Prime Video and members can save 40 percent or more on popular movie rentals.

12) Feel Good About Your Shopping

Amazon supports plenty of small- and mid-size businesses, and you can shop products from these types of business in the Storefronts portal.

Take your holiday gift-giving to another level by using AmazonSmile (a program which donates a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to a charity of your choice) and Charity Lists, which are lists created by charitable organizations of products that they need and purchased items are sent directly to the charity.

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