"Last Minute Holiday Shopping Tips" from CNET.com:
- Shipping Online Gifts - The last day for standard shipping for many online retailers is this weekend. But if you want to pay a premium for 1-or-2-day shipping, the last day to ship products can be as late as Dec. 23rd. You can also find some retailers offering free shipping at sites like
- Coupon Codes - Save money on gifts by Googling coupon codes for the online retailers you want to buy from
- Gift Cards - Gift cards for retailers such as iTunes and can be found at your local drugstores. You can always give them cash in the form of a card like the American Express Gift Card or a new twist on the gift card is the Best Buy Pitch In Card, where you create a card that links to your wish list, allowing your relatives to contribute cash toward your sought after gift online or in store.
- e-Gift Certificates - If you've waited too long (think Christmas Eve), you can always buy e-gift certificates from stores as diverse as Amazon, Sephora and Walmart. You have options to print them out, send online, or even through snail mail (many can arrive to your recipient in 24-48 hours).
- Subscription services - You can also set your recipient up with a subscription to Netflix or a wine club or other services for a duration of several months.
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Molly Wood is an executive editor for CNET.com. She uses her expertise and passion for the world of technology for ruthless analysis in column, blog, podcast, and video form. As host of the "Buzz Out Loud" video blog, Molly provides a fresh and funny perspective on the latest consumer electronic products to hit the market, as well as commentary on the stories and development that she thinks are truly buzz worthy.
She is also co-host of "Buzz out Loud," CNET's "podcast of indeterminate length," which entertains listeners with a funny and skeptical take on the day's technology news. Her second podcast, "Gadget Girls," is proof that girls can be geeks too.
Before joining CNET in 2000, Molly was senior associate editor at MacHome Journal, where she wrote and edited Macintosh-specific product reviews, news, features and trend stories. Prior to MacHome Journal, Molly was a reporter and editor at The Associated Press (AP), where she assigned, wrote, and edited state, national and international news.
She lives in San Francisco with her son and husband.