With the holidays approaching, we asked Alexis and Alexandra — Gilt Groupe founders, Virgin America Originals, and authors of By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed The Way Millions Shop — for their take on seasonal deals, last-minute gifts, and more.
Check out their top five shopping tips:
1. Use a one-stop shop.
We both typically buy almost all of our gifts for family members, friends and even corporate gifts on the various sites of Gilt. This year we also plan to gift some exciting experiences like massages and other spa treatments from Gilt City, which can serve as great last-minute gifts. And don’t forget: If you’re not already a Gilt member you can join now and earn 500 Elevate points with your first purchase.*
2. Find gifts in favorite destinations.
We love to travel and cities like Istanbul, Marrakesh, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and throughout the Cote d’Azur are some of our favorite shopping destinations.
3. Save time by shopping in-flight.
If you travel on Virgin America, another great mid-air shopping opportunity is visiting Gilt.com for free while surfing with WiFi in the friendly skies. In fact, we worked on this post on a flight from San Francisco back to New York, while enjoying a delicious goat cheese salad!
4. When in doubt, personalize.
Keep your gifts unique and original by having them monogrammed, or pick an item you can customize, like a photo album.
5. Expect the unexpected on Cyber Monday.
You never know what kind of deals you’ll find. For instance, last year Gilt Groupe sold a round trip Virgin America flight for 146 people for $60,000. It was very exciting and over a thousand people waitlisted the plane!
*Offer only valid for new Gilt members with first purchase. New members must enroll at gilt.com/virginamerica. 500 points will be awarded upon shipment of purchase and billing of member’s credit card. Please allow 6–8 weeks for posting of Elevate points. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Excludes Gilt e-gift card purchase.