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The 4 types of Valentine’s Day gifts (hint: one is passive-aggressive)

Who are you impressing next week? kgbdeals are great for helping you to make the right move – check out our special Valentine’s channel.

There's plenty of love to go all the way around. photo by happyhipposnacks via Flickr

Here are some top picks to inspire (mostly) New York Valentines. (But hurry, ’cause many are expiring very soon! And trust us, your date will appreciate just a little advance planning.)

We think that male chivalry is NOT dead, but we also believe in gender-neutral gestures of romanticism for all types of relationships. kgbdeals hope that both women and men of all preferences are looking to make their lovers/crushes/long-term partners swoon Feb 14, 2012.

Now for the deals. There are basically four categories for Valentine’s gifts and gestures: Safe/Romantic; “The Test”; Vaguely Passive-Aggressive; and Practical. As follows:


Safe/Romantic: good for new relationships or when you know your S.O. likes a classic surprise.

-Eyelash extensions. Okay, first one’s for you — you can only really love someone else if you love yourself first. Make sure he or she feels the breeze when you bat your eyeball fringe. Also turns butterfly kisses to the neck into unbearable tickle attacks!

-Queen sized Egyptian sheet set for 75% off. Really, a gift for both of you.

-There’s bouquet of romantic getaways available on the Destinations Channel in or around New York State! Half off or more on two nights each at an upstate New York bed & breakfast; in the Catskillsat Niagara Falls Ontario.

-$15 for two pillow animals. Obviously an ideal Valentine’s gifts for your little ones. They also make a great third and fourth party most grownup couples won’t mind having join the snugglefest.

-$15 for $30 worth of flowers and $25 toward dining. Don’t quite know your date inside and out yet? Lots of ladies are happy to receive blooms and a romantic meal.

-70% off massage, facials, and more at Lia Schorr. Exquisite pamperage for ladies AND men.

-Tapas and paella in Chelsea for $25. The Spanish do romantic meals like it’s their job.

“The Test”: find out how your date reacts to silly, adrenaline pumping, or unusual stuff.

-$28 admission to Perfect Crime. Test your date’s intelligence and sense of humor with this classic, whodunit dinner theater event – the longest-running play in New York.

-72% off a 60-minute rifle experience in Queens. Recommended for really solid, trusting relationships.

-$30 custom bobblehead. Determine how well he or she takes a joke by having a moving caricature custom-made of him or her and yourself. (Bonus: makes a satisfying wall throwing item following particularly messy breakups.)

-An $89 flying lesson. Test your sweetie’s ambition to reach the skies.

-$19 for jewelry scarves. How well does your date pull off avant-garde fashion? (Meanwhile, you prove you know what’s up.)

Passive-Aggressive: you’ve been together for a while. Sometimes your gifts to each other serve as little nudges in one direction or another.

-Half off an e-cigarette starter kit (Expires early on Feb. 8, so hurry for this one!) Imply that your main squeeze’s smoking habit is becoming a deal-breaker, but disguise it as “I care about your health and want to make sure you’re around for a long time.”

-63% off three hours of home cleaning The perfect hint about your partner’s cleanliness level and a way to nag-proof your relationship.

Practical: you know who you are.

Half off Lasik surgery for both eyes. If you’re absolutely positive your near-sighted lover knows what you really look like – and won’t run in the other direction upon opening his or her newly vision-corrected peepers. Bonus points: taking care of a loved one post-op cements your reputation as a sweetheart.

We’d ask what you’re doing for your honey next Tuesday, but we certainly don’t want to kill anyone’s surprise!


Happy New Year from kgbdeals!

Thanks to you for a fabulous 2011, and here’s to a very happy new year!

In 2011, kgbdeals spread to new markets in the US, Italy, France, and the UK. Our wonderful customers purchased gazillions of deals, and gamely tried all types of new experiences, foods, and stuff at nice discounts. We gave away hundreds of prizes — movie tickets, gift certificates, and products — and were honored by your presence and interactions on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog.

Each day this year our actions had one common motivation: how to give you access to the lifestyle you want in a fun and affordable way. We brought into the kgbdeals fold smaller companies like What’s the Deal (WTD) in DC, The Dealist in New York, Social buy in L.A., and DC Girls in the Know, giving us even sharper know-how in local deal-finding. As we learned more about what you wanted, we started offering products and destinations, too.

Thank you from the bottoms of our deals-loving hearts for your support, your feedback, recommendations, and for keeping us in the know about what you want (and don’t want). As always, we love hearing from you on social media and through customer support. We’re getting better because of you!

Cheers!

Happy New Year from the kgbdeals Merchandising Team


City InSites: New York City with Peter Chisholm

Ah, New York. Where it all began.

kgbdeals itself, that is. We launched our first deal back in March 2010, where we dazzled the local masses before spiraling to glorious international recognition as a top global social buying company. (What? Everyone should self-congratulate once in a while.) We also like to think that while that old NYC adage may be tired, it’s true: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

These days, one Peter Chisholm is leading New York dealmaking strategy as kgbdeals New York City Manager. In my opinion, “NY City Manager” in any regard sounds like a terrifyingly huge job. As for Chisholm’s position, the city strains to contain an entirely unmanageable number of restaurants, spas, experiences, stores, and more; some great, some good, and some not so spectacular. His job entails figuring out how to deliver to you only high-quality deals.

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Peter Chisholm, NYC City Manager for kgbdeals, is going somewhere.

How does Chisholm do it? I recently had the opportunity to ask. It seems the key is taking into account the ADD-addled mind of the typical New Yorker, and seeing to it that he or she’s “never bored.” Chisholm makes sure the site offers a rainbow of variety every week, and keeps a finger to the subways-rushing-underground pulse of the city: he says that right now, the deal hotspots are Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

“I’ve lived in the New York City area my whole life — from Jamaica, Queens to the Upper West Side,” he tells me, which is good because spending your entire existence here is pretty much the only way you’ll ever get a handle on the whole city, if then. I asked him what his favorite area deal so far has been, and his answer was not surprisingly a fast one: this deal for 60% off a luxury sportscar autocross in New Jersey. “You get to fly down a track in a car, Lamborghini or Ferrari, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for 99 bucks! Can’t wait!” he reports — and up til 5 a.m. EST on Thursday, this exhilaration can be yours, too.

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Another really non-boring deal in NYC: half off very tasty French food in the Theater District, perfect for a pre- or post-show nosh.

City InSites: Atlanta

City inSites: Washington, D.C.


City InSites: Washington, DC with Brian Jarcho

Do you have a “Cheers bar”? A homey establishment that serves as the public extension of your living room? For Brian Jarcho, kgbdeals City Manager for Washington, the whole DC area is pretty much his Cheers bar.

Brian Jarcho serves wine with a grin. CHEERS.

I chatted up Jarcho recently to learn a bit about what’s happening on DC’s deal scene these days. Each week, he hits the pavement of the nation’s capital, greeting old buddies and finding new ones while he strikes deals with restauranteurs and business owners all over his hometown. Jarcho’s lived in and around Washington his whole life — save his college career a little further south — and lucky for Washingtonians, he knows what is up in this city. As kgbdeals’ Washington City Manager, he also leads the strategy of the local sales team, helping great places bring the best experiences to kgbdeals customers.

DC and Northern Virginia comprise one of those metro areas where the most interesting places to hang out aren’t super obvious until you know the territory well. This makes Jarcho’s deal-creating expertise and local know-how all the more critical for newcomers and under-rock-dwellers who rely on kgbdeals to point out the good stuff. That said, it won’t be a shock for just about anyone who’s been in the area for a bit to hear him opine that the Atlas District/H Street Corridor is “the hottest thing happening right now, with about two to three new establishments opening up every month between the Capitol and 15th Street.” Jarcho let on to me that he’s got a pretty fair inside edge with some of the the movers and shakers setting up shop in this fantastically dynamic neighborhood.

Jarcho’s favorite spots are those that offer a little extra something special. He describes kgbdeals merchant partner Inspire BBQ as “a hole in the wall — well, a really nice hole in the wall with amazing food” with a social impact bent, partnering with nonprofits to help nurture and teach the community. You may catch him at The Big Board Bar, where he gets a kick out of the “reverse Wall Street concept”; the prices of drinks decrease the more people order them.

Sounds like he’d be a pretty good friend to have as a DC tour guide, right?

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Hit H Street with this week’s deal for 50% off at Souk, upscale Moroccan cuisine.

City InSites: Atlanta


Post Cyber Monday roundup

Though “Cyber Monday” reportedly saw its biggest US spending ever at $1.25 billion, kgbdealists mostly told us in Facebook comments that they were lukewarm about the whole day or didn’t think it was such a great big deal. (Perhaps because you’ve long ago completed your holiday shopping on kgbdeals Shopping channel?)

Here’s this week’s roundup of better than Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday gift ideas:

-Fuzzy animal hats for $10 (normally $49.99). You may think they’re just for kids, but put one on and walk down the street for a warm fuzzy feeling and spontaneous smiles from strangers.

-Freshwater pearl sets at 70% off are the very definition of a no-brainer (yet still thoughtful).

-Hair gems add glitz to the strands of the glamorous, 60% off. I’ve nothing more to say than These. Are. Awesome.

-A new GPS for the directionally challenged. I know lots of people whose super old systems could use an upgrade. This TomTom for $89 is sure to set them on the right path.

How’s your holiday shopping going so far?


How to rock Thanksgiving weekend in deals

So, savvy deal-finders, will you be camped out in a parking lot this weekend, ready to scour retailers for Black Friday bargains? Many of the weekend’s deals don’t require you to leave your couch, and some you can take advantage of even if you laze around until Saturday. Here’s a roundup of some of the more interesting sales and trends we have our eye on this Thanksgiving weekend:

-Some mobile shopping apps (think Gilt) are targeting prime line-standing times to release some great deals, banking on bored consumers who are standing around just waiting to shop. (But you don’t have to be in line anywhere to take advantage.)

-Speaking of targeting, check out our awesome Target + restaurants.com deal running now. Spend $25, get $25 toward Target (on or offline) plus $50 toward any restaurants.com resto.

-Here are the top destinations for Black Friday shoppers who will be participating from home.

-Do you know about Small Business Saturday? If you have an American Express card, you can register it for a $25 bonus when you spend $25 at a small local business. It’s like getting a free gift while you support the funky independent shop on your block.

-There’s some substance behind the mania: LCD TVs really are falling to their lowest price points on Black Friday. If you’re in the market, you might want to brave the crowds.

-Prices in Apple’s iStore will fluctuate this weekend, so if you’re buying iOS apps, do it at the right time.

Happy Thanksgiving, kgbdealists, and here’s to a wonderful start to the holiday season for you!

Looks about right for my Thanksgiving. Photo by barbourians via Flickr.


Energize your space with decor

There are basically two types of people in this world. Those who move into a new space, home or office, and leave the walls blankly white for months or years. Then there are those who throw art and color up on the walls as soon as they walk in the door.

Designing your space to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, soothing or energizing can change your life! Not only is the process of decorating and designing therapeutic, the result is positively gratifying.

Here are some thoughts on decorating and some tips for making your home homier than ever (or your office a really pleasing place to walk into).

Photo by urbaneapts via Flickr.

-Consider some of your favorite places and think about what colors are there. These may be great colors to consider in decorating. Also, don’t use multiple patterns of the same size that will compete with each other. [More tips here.]

-Your home is a metaphor for the self. Look at redecorating as a therapeutic process that lets you clean up and improve areas of both your home and your life.

-For most people, erring on the side of minimalism as opposed to clutter works better.

-A therapeutic office can get the productive and creative juices flowing. Utilize water elements, whimsical toys, and scents for a great workspace.

-Apply basic fen shui to your bedroom for a soothing space to rest. Pay attention to the images in your bedroom, and make sure your bed isn’t directly in line with the door.

What’s decorating your home?

If you’re looking for a place to start decorating or redecorating, I recommend a gallery wrap canvas print of an image that really speaks to you. A picture you took traveling, a favorite view, the best snapshot of you and your friends, or a soothing scene of nature in this beautiful format can inspire your decor or really bring a room together. Currently, get 61% off a high quality, custom 20 by 24 inch gallery wrap print with free shipping. (Multiple other sizes and options available.)


Burger love

Mm hmm oh yeah. Photo by BurgerAustin via Flickr

The hamburger. Subject both to continual reinvention and fierce advocacy for reversion to the classic. Fancy or standard, the average American eats about 150 hamburgers per year. Yes, as in almost every other day.

You can find hamburgers made from pork, venison, mock-meat, and candy; make them at home lovingly and individually by hand; and at certain fast food establishments, consistently receive a burger exactly the same as you’ve been eating since you were a small child. You can even officially BE a “Hamburger” (but you’d have to be from Hamburg, Germany).

Other burger points of note:

-Whitecastle came before McDonald’s by almost 20 years.

-American history of the burger is in dispute. Birthplaces are claimed in New Haven, Connecticut (at Louis’ Lunch); Athens, Texas; Seymour, Wisconsin, where a teenager began making sandwiches out of meatballs; and Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they claim they were first to slap that sucker on a bun.

-You can thank the invention of the meatchopper for the existence of hamburgers (1829).

-Burger purists and innovators frequently find themselves in near-violent standoffs. Some believe burger patties should boast only one ingredient, beefy goodness; others are all about the add-ons, like foie gras, truffle, and exotic cheese.

Craving a juicy, melty-cheese topped patty of happiness between a soft, lightly toasted bun yet? Here are some burger deals around the country running right now:

-50% off at Burger House in Union Square, NYC,

-Half-off at Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill just outside Washington, D.C.,

-60% off gourmet burgers in Minneapolis at B52 Burger & Brew, and

-$5 for $12 at LA Burgers in Irving, Texas.


Pre-holiday diet stoke-up

There’s plenty of time to mentally arm yourself against holiday weight gain! The holidays count for 51% of weight gained throughout the year. Will you fall victim to the pudgy side effects of day after day of excuses?

Eating is a social thing, so naturally your dietary habits have a lot to do with the people in your life. This week the website Cracked rounds up the eight members of your posse who are pushing the pounds on you and how they do it. So while it’s unlikely you’re going to shove these eight people out of your life for the sake your waistline, the article’s worth a read to know these traps to avoid falling in them this holiday season.

A couple of these eight diet busters, for example:

-The person who oversentimentalizes the meaning of food. Just because it’s three days until Hanukah doesn’t mean the holiday won’t mean a thing if you skip your not even Jewish best friend’s yearly traditional three-days-before-Hanukah feast. Likewise, a birthday doesn’t have to equal cake, especially at work. As Cracked puts it: “The problem is that the 40 people in your department at work might have birthdays up to 40 times a year.”

-The overly spontaneous. Yeah, probably your most fun friend — the one who instantly wrecks your well-laid plans to attend to dance class followed by a light dinner of brown rice and vegetables, with an amazing last minute offer to attend an exclusive dinner party for free.

Who are the diet killers in your life?

Friends make friends eat more. Photo by Victoria Made via Flickr.

Looking for a few tools to keep your intentions of not gaining a pound this season intact? Here are some helpful deals:

-52% off slimming shapewear shorts (Lipo in a Box)

-50% off VitaMuffins and VitaTops, splendid treats that don’t pack the calories

-72% off a slimming body wrap and massage in New York City

-75% off a month of unlimited boot camp in San Francisco80% in Chicago89% off unlimited fitness in Boston


Is your iPhone getting lost in the crowd? Swarovski-ize it.

If there’s any trend I want in season longer than Republican Presidential Debates, it’s covering things in Swarovski crystals.

Things I would like to see Swarovski-ized: my fingernails, NYC subway signage, and perhaps the winner of the next election for the President of the United States of America.

Really, I just wanted to take a moment to point out a very special, custom-made kgbdeals offer: $29 to have your iPhone (or Blackberry Curve or Bold) encrusted in the glitzy glamor of Swarovski crystals for your everyday enjoyment. This eye-candy treat for your favorite of piece of tech usually costs $92.67. Purchase this voucher and order your gems stat; it takes about 45 days to receive your Swarovski case, because, did I mention it’s custom-made?

That means, however, that there’s still time to get one of these luxuries in the trembling-with-glee hands of a holiday gift recipient.

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Speaking of holiday shopping, here are a few other gadgety items on the kgbdeals Shopping Channel that are flying off the virtual shelves:

-Nextbook Premium 7 tablet running Android for just $159 (62% off).

-A 3-channel Mini Metallic RC i-Helicopter for $40 (57% off). We get the feeling a lot of grown-up kids will be into this toy, especially since you can control it with your iPad, iPod Touch, or (crystal encrusted) iPhone.


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