Find unique gift ideas at deep discounts with Living Social

Glass pumpkin under construction

This past weekend, my mom and I got to create beautiful, blown-glass pumpkins at a local glass gallery. Selecting the colors for our creation, observing its formation, and blowing air into the glass to round out its shape made for a fun morning. It’s an experience I probably would have missed if I would have had to pay full price for my pumpkin. Instead, I purchased my voucher and my mom’s at half price, thanks to Living Social.

Living Social is a website which partners with businesses in many cities to offer discounted experiences at restaurants, hotels, theaters, spas and other venues. By signing up on the Living Social site for your area, you receive daily emails alerting you to the featured deal. If you want it, click the “buy now” button and follow the steps to complete your purchase. Living Social accepts all major credit cards. You can usually buy one item for yourself and another to give as a gift.

Within a day or so, Living Social emails you a voucher for the service or discount deal you purchased. You take the voucher with you when going to the business to enjoy your deal. In some cases, you may need to call ahead and schedule a specific time to use the voucher—such was the case with our glass class.

As Christmas and other seasonal holidays approach, Living Social offers you a great way to give unique gifts to friends and family at sizeable discounts. You can have the gift voucher emailed to the recipient, or you can print it out and give it to her yourself. Your gift voucher won’t show the recipient how much you paid for the deal.

What if you buy a voucher but don’t have time to use it? In most cases, deals are fully transferrable, so you can give it to someone else to use. Read the fine print to be sure.

Living Social’s email service is free, and the company doesn’t send you spam, so sign up for their emails and watch the deals start rolling in.

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