Melissa Guynes Kirkner posted a link to a “Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer” on her Facebook page with the cryptic comment: “I know what everyone is getting for Christmas this year!” I took the bait and clicked through to the Amazon link. Melissa suggested we read the customer reviews–and she was right. There’s enough satire there to browse for a while–and for an English teacher to use as a future lesson: “Root cause for our obesity” and “Threat to Our Democracy.” All humor aside, the Amazon Add-On program is a gem of an idea for you to find easy stocking stuffers at little cost.
The Add-On program is simple. Amazon offers free super-saver shipping for orders over $25, but many of us manage to select items that bring us to within five dollars of that amount. For just a few dollars more, you can meet the free shipping minimum and stock up on unusual stocking stuffers–like bacon flavored toothpicks.
Today, there are 263,165 Add-On items for you to browse and buy. Look for the little blue “Add-on” flag. Waste of a Sunday afternoon? To each his own. I spent a while browsing the Add-Ons and came up with some gems that are silly, practical and/or odd. Somehow I shopping wandered all of the way to mustache chip clips.
Then, I began clicking through the seasonal decor, all on deep discount. Heaven help me!
You still have a full 11 months of shopping before 2013. The next time you’re making an Amazon purchase, consider adding something on from Santa.