Available for Interviews: Trae Bodge
Trae Bodge (“True Trae”) is a national shopping expert, brand strategist, and lifestyle journalist sharing smart shopping tips with consumers on TV, radio, & online publications..
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Last-Minute Gift Ideas:
Here’s a broad selection of gifts that can all be given digitally:
Never Fear, Procrastinators!
There’s Still Time
Do you still have people to check off your list? Even this late in the game, there are fantastic gifts you can give that your loved ones will adore. Trae Bodge, Smart Shopping Expert at Truetrae.com is here to share gifts that you can order and deliver in minutes!
Sometimes people just want money, but cash in an envelope is boring. What do you suggest?
For 13 years running, gift cards have been the most requested gift, according to the National Retail Federation. But if you’re looking for a gift that feels more personal than a regular gift card, give a Giftya (GiftYa.com), which is like the Venmo of gifting. You can personalize it with a photo, video or different colors and designs, designate their favorite store, and the funds arrive on their phone in seconds. They pair with their credit or debit card and go shopping! They can even switch retailers or opt for a Visa gift card if they’d prefer to shop elsewhere.
If you think they’d prefer a gift card, you can get discounted gift cards at GiftCardGranny.com. Right now, you can save 7% on an Ulta card, 9% on a Cabela’s card and 8% on a Gap card!
You say that genealogy gifts are popular this year.
Why is that?
Genealogy gifts have been popular for several years, but this year they are even more relevant, as they are a great way to connect with family from afar. The Ancestry Online Gift Subscriptions (Ancestry.com), which are 20% off right now, will give family members access to the world’s largest collection of online records to learn rich details about their family that may have been lost through generations, such as where their ancestors were born, worked and lived. Enter a grandparent’s name and GO!
What about personalized gifts? Are they out of the question at this late date?
Actually no! You can give an e-gift certificate to The Stationery Studio (TheStationerystudio.com), which is known for beautiful, personalized gifts for everyone on your list, from address stampers, to memo cubes (which I use every day!) to cutting boards. The e-gift certificate will allow your recipient to choose the perfect gift to suit his/her taste. Also, Stationery Studio has committed to giving $1 from every product sold to the Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund through the end of the year.
There seems to be a subscription box for everything these days. You even found one for champagne!
I did! The company is called The Sip (Thesipsociety.com) and is owned by two women of color. Their Champagne Subscription Membership starts at $58.95 per box and you can purchase one in the form of an e-gift membership. Your recipient will receive 3 high-end champagnes by the glass plus an exclusive Sip gift every other month. They will also get $10 cash rewards to use towards a full-sized bottle of their choice.
These days, we always need new photos of ourselves, but they are so expensive!
They really can be, but Shoott is a cool photo-on-demand service that makes getting professional photos really affordable. I had some taken last year! E-gift cards can be ordered instantly and they start at only $60 and your recipient gets a private 30-minute session with a photographer and access to pre-paid photos. Perfect for new profile shots for LinkedIn, Instagram or a headshot for work!
We can never get enough loungewear and I hear you have a great loungewear gift.
I’m living in loungewear these days, so I was excited to learn about the Stand Up In Style box from Charlotte’s Closet (standupinstyle.co). This is a great gift for your favorite lady who loves to lounge – you give her an e-gift card for this quarterly style box, which contains two athleisure clothing items, a new pair of sunglasses and a bracelet from Pura Vida. 10 percent from each purchase will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
Some gifts are so temporary.
What about a gift that really lasts?
Give a beautiful tree! PlantOgram (Plantogram.com) sells gorgeous full-size plants that can be grown indoors and harvest fresh fruits every year. They have 200+ varieties of fruit plants, from Cotton Candy Mango’s to Super Hass Avocado. I gave a fig tree to my step-mom last year and it’s doing beautifully! Trees start at $49.99 and up. Also, for every tree purchased, a tree is planted in Africa through Trees.org.
Interview: Trae Bodge
Trae Bodge is a smart retail expert with a passion for helping people save money and get the best value from their purchases. Trae is a super saavy shopper with a love for thrift stores, modern art, good food, and exploring new places. When she’s not helping the masses find the best deals out there, she’s hanging with her 14-year-old daughter, Sadie Mae and her husband, Chris. See why True Trae is the consumer’s best friend. Happy Shopping!
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