Living in the cultural epicenter of New York City can be unavoidably expensive. With end of the world scares, and the recession looming above our heads like a bad hangover, it sometimes feels like we should just hole up in our 5th floor walk-ups, and forgo any kind of shopping. But, as we’ve seen from the million Chanel and Louis subway sightings, NYC cannot stop spending. No worries of credit debt though, we have found the loophole. Along with all the Cyber Monday steals (dutifully included, of course), these sites are bound to give you a bang for your holiday buck.
One of those knick-knack sites you just have to have for that rainy day when you’re clicking on every bookmark you’ve ever saved, in hot pursuit of something cute, innovative, or funky for your friend who has a love for robots, vintage styled gadgets, and all things color. And today, for every $100 spent, there's a $10 credit put toward your account. Let's think bigger picture- if you spend $300, you get $30 credit. They’re practically paying you to shop.
Your all-access pass to NYC culture. This site has event, spa, and restaurant deals like its, well, their job.
A personal search engine that compiles all the many styles and designers you love (after an extensive picture quiz), and scours the web for designer deals from favorites like Alice + Olivia, Temperley London, and BCBG Max Azria. Do we need to mention that on this Cyber Monday, there are steals like this T Tahari skirt for $8.99. That’s around 80% off.
While most moms stalk Zulily like they offer a lifetime supply of Johnson tearless shampoo, most don’t seem to know (yet) about Plum District. So many little reason to love this ode to the little ones in our lives. Maybe it’s the amazing local steals like $25 for $50 toward pediatric sleep consultations and solutions from Loving Lessons, or maybe it’s the extra 40% Cyber Monday bonus if you use your smartphone, either way-moms, make way for your new obsession.
Possibly one of the coolest NYC local sites. This combines everything we love (in a very Gilt fashion) from travel (think exclusive St. James Club in Antigua), to fashion ( Chloe bags marked down $500). Our favorite thing though, is their local NYC event deals like this weeks discount to the Friends of St. Jude Gala.
With an extra 10% off select items, and free shipping (use promo code: CYBERMONDAY), you might just be able to finish your girlfriend shopping sooner than expected. Whether it’s a cute necklace or one of these awesome diamond rings, she’ll love something that glimmers this Xmas.
Exactly how it sounds, this site is mainly jewelry. From fine to funky, and all color coded, you’ll never have to worry about finding that perfect sparkle to finish an outfit again. And for every $30 you spend until Wednesday, you get to pick a free present from their Gifting Suite.
Made up of two parts-the first is swirl by Daily Candy- a fashion forward site dedicated to looking your best. And with sweaters starting at $7, and boots for $19, you may just have a new wardrobe by the time you check out. The second part is Daily Candy deals like $45 for $75 of “pick-your-pleasure” treatments at Oasis Day Spa and $39 Cointreau Mixology Series. And if you hurry, you can still use the promo code CYBERMON which will take 15% off every deal.
So not only does this site house our favorite designers like Gucci, Prada, and Lanvin, they also have duds and accessories at RIDICULOUS prices. Take today’s Cyber Monday sale- Louis Vuitton chiffon scarf for $175, or how about a blue Bottega Veneta Ipad case for $295?
Lifebooker loot will not only save you tons of cash on spa services (to die for), you can get laser hair removal for a year for $225, or a $12 vajazzling application, and the best part? The rest of the site is dedicated to making appointments to all the best spas in NYC. But this is far more than beauty services. They also offer health deals like $38 for HCG weight loss drops.
If you haven’t been acquainted with Seamless.com and you live in NYC, you have been seriously deprived. The food delivery service that gives one-stop access to all our favorite spots to eat (which may not be a good thing for those of us with a constant fix for Crumbs). And today, in lieu of cyber Monday, they’re offering 20% off every order. Hungry?
Skyauction.com is offering luxury resorts around the world (think Japan, or Milan) for only $39 per night.
When it gets to be winter in NYC, its easy to dream of exotic getaways and holiday mini-breaks. The only barrier usually? The cost. Luckily for us, there are travel sites like travelzoo.com, sniqueaway.com, and jetsetter.com. Even more lucky are deals like this- for the next week, you can book an all-inclusive (airfare included) trip to gorgeous Cancun for a whopping $419-500 per person. And when we say all-inclusive- we mean everything- from the food to the junior suite. For reservations go here.