Missed great gift deals on Cyber Monday and Black Friday? Don’t fret. RelayRides blogger Nicholas Pell suggests these great outlet malls for awesome, affordable gift deals
On Black Friday you were just too stuffed with leftovers to do much of anything, let alone brave crazed crowds for door-busting deals. Cyber Monday didn’t work out because you were back on the daily grind without a lot of attention to give to shopping around. So it’s happened once again: You put off Christmas shopping and now you don’t know what to do. Well, the good news is that no matter where you live you’re likely close to an outlet mall. These places have tons of great stores with something for everyone in the family at a price anyone can live with. Best of all no one needs to know how thrifty you were except for you.
Distance from New York City: 1 hour
Use a trip to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets as an excuse to get outside of the city. Not way out, mind you, just a little bit out to explore the quainter aspects of life in Upstate New York. With over 220 outlet stores, you’ll find great deals on brands that sophisticated urbanites love such as Gucci, Coach, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. Join the VIP club and get additional savings and coupons.
What To Drive: Conway’s Fiat 500 Sport is a cute little car with a lot of pep for getting you there and back in style.
Distance from San Francisco: 90 minutes
A 90-minute trek out of the Bay brings you to Gilroy Premium Outlets. This outlet mall is home to 145 stores with brands like J. Crew, Hugo Boss and Lucky Brand. Take a swing through San Jose on the way to see California’s much under-appreciated third-largest city. While in Gilroy, check out some of the local wineries, which some of the best vino in all of the California Central Valley.
What To Drive: Stretch your legs in Edward’s Chrysler, which offers a killer sound system for the ride.
Distance from Boston: 1 hour
Christmas shopping season is also football season. For the Patriots fan stuck in Boston, a trip out to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets lets you get your shopping done and take in a game at Gillette Stadium. Providence, RI is just a hop, skip and jump away for those interested in seeing the “other” New England city. Get deals on New York brands like Saks, Barney’s and Bloomingdale’s without having to actually go to New York City.
What To Drive: The Grey Goose offers good gas mileage, comfort and a six-disc CD changer.
Distance from Los Angeles: 1 hour
Los Angeles is an image-conscious city, so anyone Christmas shopping in the Southland will necessarily want to spend her money only on top name brands. Fortunately, this is made easy at the Camarillo Premium Outlets; Armani, Kenneth Cole and Polo Ralph Lauren all call this outlet mall home. While you’re out there, check out the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library or the Ventura County Wine Trail.
What To Drive: Keep it classy in Sick Caddy, a 2007 Cadillac CTS with an iPod jack and XM-Sirius Radio.
Distance from Chicago: 1 hour
Aurora isn’t just the fictional home of Wayne’s World. It’s also the home of Chicago Premium Outlets, a place where you can shop for Calvin Klein, Banana Republic and Sony for a fraction of a price of the regular malls in Chicago. Aurora is also home to a casino as well as several museums, including the Naper Settlement Museum and the Air Classics Museum of Aviation. Bring the kids along to give them a taste of history and get all their shopping done as well — just make sure that they know that the discounts are between the two of you.
What To Drive: VW – GTI: The Pocket Rocket! is even cuter than its name.
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