Last-minute gifts: Vacation ideas for the gift of a lifetime
By Aimee Markwardt
If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, the best gift may be an experience, rather than a thing.
“Instead of giving gifts to your family that might get forgotten or broken, more families are opting for the idea of giving a family vacation that provides memories forever,” according to Jen Dunyon, from Get Away Today, in an article called “Give a family vacation for Christmas.”
If your family usually plans a spring break trip, why not take the money you would have spent on Christmas gifts and put it toward making that experience extra special? Upgrade to a kid-friendly hotel; buy your child tickets to the zoo; or wrap up a Mickey Mouse doll holding tickets to go meet the real thing.
Best of all, now is a great time to score cheap travel deals.
Here are a few of our favorite vacation ideas that we sure wouldn’t mind finding under our tree:
Maui at Kaanapali Beach Club at Diamond Resorts
First, the obvious: Hawaii. Palm trees. Water. Sun. Heaven. Beyond that, this resort offers a kiddie pool for the little ones; yoga, shopping, fishing and a poolside bar to help the adults relax; and nearby activities, such as whale watching, hiking, Jeep tours, mountain climbing, boating and surfing. Need more convincing? Shopathome.com has a deal for 71 percent off a five-day, four-night vacation at this Diamond Resort in Hawaii, plus $16 back. Um, you had us at “Hawaii.”
OK, let’s be honest. A trip to Hawaii is more for mom and dad. But what’s the surest way to show any kid that they were on Santa’s “nice” list? Disney World, of course. Make your little ones’ dreams come true with plans to visit the princesses, Magic Castle and their favorite movies and books brought to life. Looking to save big? Book your lodging at the Diamond Resorts’ Grand Beach in Orlando, just minutes from all of the action. Shopathome.com has a deal for 68 percent off a four-day/three-night stay at the Diamond Resorts’ Grand Beach hotel in Orlando, plus $16 cash back.
Looking for more Disney World deals?
Shopathome.com has a link to a free DVD and information kit all about Disney World. Check Shopathome.com for Disney Parks coupons.
Looking for a different kind of vacation? Here are some other ways to save:
Priceline.com offers 40 percent off Priceline.com flights when you name your own price, plus up to 6 percent back from Shopathome.com. Also, don’t miss the $20 Hotels.com rebate with a three-night booking, plus 4 percent cash back from Shopathome.com.
For more travel coupons, browse the long list of travel deals and coupons Shopathome.com. And use the money you save to buy yourself a special little stocking stuffer — you know, because you’ve been so darn good.