If you’re too full of turkey to get up early on Black Friday to brave the crowds, never fear. Wait until Monday (November 30) and you can keep those slippers on — or take a shopping break at work – and get some great deals on the Web.
Although Cyber Monday sales rarely leak, I dug up some sneak-peek specials for Buttoned Up readers on gifts you won’t find at Macy’s or Best Buy.
Funky & Electronic
What to do for the technophile who has everything? At Fred Flare
FredFlare.com, you’ll find hard-to-find gadgets like the iPod accessory iKaraoke as well as loads of kitsch and retro items like edible candy cane shot glasses, and a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Their Holiday ideas are super-organized by giftee (dad, grandma, teacher, co-worker) and price ($10, 25, 50, 100). Use the code PRESENT to get free shipping on all orders (no minimum necessary) on Cyber Monday.
Live & Edible
Visit Organic Bouquet for bulbs, seeds, plant kits, gift baskets and wreaths – all with an eco-slant. Shoppers will get free shipping Nov. 22-30 and an additional 10% off on Cyber Monday only.
Stylish & Pint-Sized
Purveyor of designer diaper bags, cool baby clothes, and classic and retro toys, Pokka Dots is offering 5% off all purchases and free shipping on Nov. 30 with the code 5OFFHSP.
You can also use the code on their sister sites, Modern Nursery for sleek baby gear and gifts, and the Wall Sticker Shop, which also sells unusual mobiles, cuckoo clocks, and chalkboard wall stickers.
(Psst: the coupon code is valid through the end of the year.)
Hand-Crafted & Vintage
If you love one-of-a-kind, visit Etsy to browse thousands of hand-made offerings. Some artists will be offering special discounts on Cyber Monday, like Satre Steulke at RadiologyArt who is offering free shipping Nov. 27-30 on his ethereal x-ray photos of everyday objects.
For a complete list of Cyber Monday specials, visit Esty’s Storque blog on Thanksgiving weekend.
Upscale & Traditional
As seen in Real Simple magazine, Best Crystal offers a variety of modern and traditional gifts such as barware, candleholders, clocks and, of course, crystal by designers like Vera Wang and Thomas O’Brien. In addition to the standard free shipping, free gift wrapping and zero sales tax, you can also get 10% off all full-priced items on orders over $100 through Nov. 30. Use code THANKS10 at checkout.
Hip & Earth-Friendly
Eco-chic site Green with Glamour carefully curates a selection of clothing, jewelry and home goods, like these salt and pepper shakers made in Brooklyn.
Buttoned Up readers can take advantage of an exclusive 30% discount by entering code BUTTONEDUP30 at check-out. (Valid from Nov. 30 to Dec. 23, 2009 on regularly priced items.)
Sophisticated & Silly
Yes, you can find both at The Spoon Sisters who are offering a special Buttoned Up discount on their vast selection of stocking stuffers, gag gifts, party favors and unusual presents for brother or best friend. Use code BUTTONSPOON for 15% off the entire site (valid through Dec. 31).
If you’re not sure what to get for that person on your list who has everything, try online catalog Elsewares.com They are offering our readers 20% any order on Cyber Monday and the day after (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1)! Just type code BUTTONEDUP at checkout.
Finally, CyberMonday.com , the official site of Cyber Monday, will be posting special November 30 discounts by national chains and superstores starting on Thanksgiving and leading up to the Cyber Monday itself.