Living Social and Groupon Gifts: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

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Posted on 11/08/2012

Budget-friendly massages, half-price meals and discounted salon services are all popular daily deal offerings. Scoring these bargains for yourself is easy, but what if you want to give a Living Social or Groupon as a gift this holiday season? Here's what you need to know before you buy.


Select the Gift Option at Checkout See a discounted zip lining tour you really want to give your mom for Christmas? When you're checking out on Living Social or Groupon you must specify that it's a gift. When you purchase a Living Social deal as a gift you can indicate whether you want it sent via email or by regular mail in a Deluxe Gift Envelope.


Print Carefully
If you think you want to hand deliver your Living Social voucher you can opt to print it out. But keep in mind that once you print it, you'll no longer be allowed to deliver your gift via email. So make sure you know how you want your gift delivered before you commit.


Lost in the Mail
Living Social says they're not responsible for lost or delayed vouchers when you choose to have your gift mailed. But don't worry-- if your gift voucher never arrives, you can contact Living Social and ask for the Deluxe Gift Envelope to be reissued.


You Must Give Them Away
Most Groupons and Living Social deals specify that only one can be purchased per person, but others can be bought as gifts. Don't try to buy extra as gifts for yourself-- that won't work. You must give them away.


When Companies Shut Down
Groupon and Living Social offer lots of deals with many small local businesses. And sometimes those businesses shut down before your loved one can use their voucher. If this happens simply let Groupon or Living Social know and they'll issue you a refund.


Groupon Gift Cards
Can't decide which Groupon your loved one would like best? Let them choose by purchasing a Groupon gift card. You can buy them at major retailers like Target and CVS, or simply purchase one online. You can send a physical gift card or an egift card. However, Living Social no longer offers gift cards.


The Expiration Date
All Groupon deals and Living Social vouchers have an expiration date. If your loved one doesn't use the gift in time to take advantage of the promotional value, they can still cash it in for the amount you paid. Your gift won't have double the value like it once did, but at least it won't go to waste.


By Alison Storm


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