This week's O.C. Bargainista will focus on last-minute gift ideas that still keep you from paying full price. Yes, the deals are out there — if you know where to look!
Give the gift of plastic money
Finding it difficult to evaluate all of the gift card bonus offerings this season? Many restaurants and movie theatres are offering a bonus card with purchase; look for offers that give at least a $10 bonus card for every $50 purchased (a few will offer $15 for every $50). But buyer beware: The bonus cards typically have to be used within two months after Christmas, so check the fine print. As an alternative, consider buying gift cards at local Costco stores, where one can buy two $50 gift cards to businesses like Spa Gregories or California Pizza Kitchen for $80. Visit costco.com.
Snap up the newest action figures
In need of a last-minute toy or gift for a tyke? Fear not — Toys"R"Us has announced it will be open 24/7 through Christmas, and is continuing to offer bargain-basement prices to lure in would-be shoppers. Visit toysrus.com.