Did you know that 14.2% of US adults have sold personal property to pay for holiday gifts? And, even more surprising, 4.6% of US adults took a loan For holiday gift giving! Those mind-blowing shopping stats come from ThatSweetGift’s survey of thousands of US and UK shoppers — and they prompt me to give you a budget shopping challenge that I hope you’ll take on.
This year, stretch your holiday shopping dollars as far as possible with BOGO deals and gifts with purchase (GWP). Buy-one-get-one and GWP deals are popular this time of year, especially with beauty brands. You can capitalize on that trend to get more gifts at lower prices. Read on to find out how.
How to Use GWP and BOGO Deals for Gift Shopping
You can work BOGO and GWP offers as gifts in these ways:
- Shop strategically and end up with two gifts for the price of one. Use the two items as separate gifts.
- Find BOGOs and GWPs on beauty gift sets. You’ll have a bunch of small items that you can use as stocking stuffers or gift basket elements.
- Keep the free stuff for yourself – but only if you buy them.
About those loyalty points
Loyalty rewards provide another way to save points. This requires more organization though, as collecting points takes time. My strategy is to earn points this season, and then use them for holidays and birthdays next year. It works well with three caveats:
- Know your points program expiration and redemption rules.
- Don’t spread too thin. It is difficult to earn points in five different programs at once. Combine your purchases as much as possible so you can earn the most points in one or two programs.
- get organized It’s easy to forget that you have $50 worth of points sitting in an account somewhere
Now, for a little shopping inspiration, here are five great BOGO and GWP deals you’ll want to check out
1. Aim for BOGO 25% off beauty sets
Right now, Target is running a Buy 1, Choose 1 25% off beauty gift set. Choose from brush sets, lip sets and more.
I love the Morphe 2 Party Ready Holiday Artistry Set for $16. It features a nude pink lipstick, black mascara and a gel eyeliner in a shimmering gold. Another fun and budget-friendly option is Freeman’s 8 Days of Dreamy Skin Face Mask Kit for $10. You can easily divide the masks into different stockings and keep a few for yourself.
Using the BOGO 25% discount, you’ll pay $23.50 plus tax for both sets.
2. Beauty Habits Duo Gift
Spend $65 on Beauty and you’ll get free:
- R+Co Submarine Water Activated Enzyme Exfoliating Shampoo (15ml)
- A Song of Juliet I Stratis Eau de Parum (1.7ml)
Don’t forget to add code BHDUO at checkout.
Now, to spend the necessary $65, I would recommend buying a few different things. Maybe Smith’s Rosebud Medley of Lip Balms for $18, Funfish Magnet Vase Cubes for $35, and Herbsin’s 5-Piece Skincare for $20. You can divide these items into stocking stuffers and gift baskets. Your beauty-loving friends and family members will be thrilled.
Check out more BOGO and GWP deals from Beauty Habit here.
3. Essie gift with purchase at Ulta
Shop nail care at Ulta and you could earn yourself a free four-piece gift set. The set includes a handy pouch, nail strengthener, nail file and tips to keep your nails strong and healthy. Just spend $20 on Essie polishes and the set is yours. This offer is available only till November 26, 2022.
To reach your spending threshold, you can buy two full-size Essie polishes. You can never have too many! Or, get the four-piece best-seller kit for $36 Colors included are a steel gray, soft pearl, pink, and a perfect holiday red.
Check out more ULTA GWP deals here.
4. Macy’s Clinic GWP
We can always count on Macy’s and Clinique to bring a nice gift with purchase deal. This year, you can get a seven-piece gift set with any $75 Clinique purchase. Gift set includes:
- SPF moisturizer
- Liquid face wash
- eye treatment
- Black eyeliner
- Plum pop lip color with primer
- cosmetic bag
To hit your $75 purchase threshold, you can pick up multiple four-piece lip sets — they’re just $25 each. There’s also a 14-piece cosmetic set that includes eyeshadow, lip color, mascara and more for $74. Another easy pick for that special guy in your life is the Clinique Men’s Skincare Set $47. Buy all eligible products here.
5. Macy’s Philosophy GWP
Also at Macy’s, you can get a free Philosophy Bath and Body Duo with a $49 Philosophy purchase. The duo includes a multipurpose shampoo and shower gel plus a firming body emulsion.
You can easily spend $49 on gifting philosophy products. Top-rated picks include Purity Made Simple Moisturizer for $31 and Amazing Grace Shimmer Body Lotion for $29. The brand’s One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths also make great stocking stuffers at $12.
BOGO and GWP offers make for practical gifts, and we all need that this year. If you’ve come across any awesome BOGO or GWP offers, please share them in the comments.
A final word: If you can’t save enough to avoid borrowing money on these BOGO deals and other savings strategies, consider giving smiles, hugs and cards instead of gifts. Your loved ones will understand.