Ready for Their Jet Set Honeymoon Adventure!

This past Grouponicus, we surprised shoppers with the epic chance to jet set around the world, with stops personally curated by our Grouponcierges. Three lucky shoppers scored this once-in-a-lifetime deal (it sold out within minutes!), and we’ve tracked down our first set of Epic Adventurers to share their story.

Meet the jet setting couple below:

How did you find out about this Epic Deal?

Myself (Melissa W.) and my fiancé, Trevor, saw this deal on Groupon’s Monday email and knew we had to have it for our honeymoon. We both refreshed the page all day Tuesday and once it popped up, we jumped on it. We were NOT expecting to get the deal, but so glad we did!

Honeymoon? Sounds exciting – tell us more!

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Grouponcierge Brett R. Helps with Your Final Gifting Queries

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Brett R.:

Happy almost New Year!

Even though the holiday season is wrapping up shortly, there are still last-minute gifts to purchase and unfortunate gift-blunders to fix – and that’s where I come in!

After traveling around the nation this Grouponicus season, I’ve come to realize how many gems there are in each city and how giving the gift of experience is possible wherever you may live. Whether you goofed on a present, or need to bring a host gift to a New Year’s party, I have you covered with some quick tips on closing out the holiday shopping season on a high note:


Brett R.

Grouponcierge Check-In: Susan shares an Epic Deal for the foodie on your list

Greetings happy shoppers,

Atlanta is easily one of the most exciting cities I’ve visited. I arrived in town early Sunday to spread Grouponicus cheer, and was excited to explore the rich arts scene in my downtime. I was able to check out the Center for Puppetry Arts to see the Jim Henson exhibit, as well as explore the High Museum exhibits for both Picasso and Warhol. I highly recommended it!

While on the topic of uber-cool local experiences, I’m thrilled to announce the latest installment of Epic Deals, launching today with this chance to gift  a Private Cooking Class and Dinner with Chef Todd English!

By now you know the drill; stay tuned to the Grouponicus Holiday Shop throughout the day to check if the deal has gone live. It could pop up at any time, so make sure you stay alert or risk missing out on the chance to gift a truly epic culinary experience to your favorite foodie.

Don’t forget, there are still two Grouponicus tenets yet to be unveiled, which means there’s plenty of time to give the gift of an incredible experience for someone special this season.


Susan M.




Grouponcierge Check-In: Brett R. – "Yes, More Epic Deals coming soon!"

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Brett R.:

Hello Grouponicus practitioners!

It’s great to be back on the blog talking about what I do best – gifting! This week has been super fun. I’ve popped into local markets including Chattanooga and Birmingham–all for the sake of helping you find the best gifts and sharing my top tips for covering mirrors with unflattering photos of one’s self.

Yesterday we featured an exciting Epic Deal, a jet set adventure around the globe, which was quickly scooped up by a few lucky people!

Not to fear, I’ve got the scoop on another Epic Deal sure to please someone special on your list tomorrow: a once in a lifetime Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Experience! For $5,000, this unique offer includes a private b-ball clinic for your giftee and up to nine friends, VIP game tickets and additional swag – a great gift for sports fans of all ages. We’re also offering Globetrotters game tickets across tons of local markets this week, so be sure to check Groupon tomorrow for more gifts involving the best ball-spinning antics known to man.

Stay tuned to the Grouponicus Holiday Shop tomorrow (Thursday) for this Epic Deal to drop. Check early, and check often! Until then…

-Brett R.




Grouponcierge Check-In: Caroline scoops tomorrow's Epic Deal!

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Caroline T.:

Hello and Happy Grouponicus once again,

I just wrapped up some gifting guidance in Milwaukee and had an excellent time. Thanks to all the locals for their hospitality, and cluing me in to a Milwaukee must–the Public Market. I was able to pop in before catching my train back to Chicago and I’m glad I did! It’s one of the city’s most unique downtown food destinations and I highly recommend checking it out next time you’re in town.

In other gifting news, I am thrilled to be the first Grouponcierge to spill the beans about an upcoming EPIC DEAL, gearing up to launch tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13.

Much like a groundhog seeing his reflection on Arbor Day, Epic Deals pop up randomly, so obsessively refreshing your Grouponicus Holiday Shop is key to scoring the chance to gift a monumental journey around the world with tomorrow’s Epic Deal: Jet Set Adventure. If an international adventure personally curated by a trusty Grouponcierge is on your list, be sure to share this with your friends and loved ones too.

Until next time,


Grouponcierge Brett R. Answers Your Trickiest Gifting Scenarios

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Brett R.:

Hello Grouponicus practitioners!

This past week has been a blast! It’s been so fun to visit your local cities – from Raleigh to Boston to Salisbury, MD – and help connect you with the best local experiences to give your friends and loved ones this holiday season.

But don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the rest of you! Even on the road, I always have time for gifting guidance.

We took a survey on our Facebook page about your trickiest gifting scenarios. We wanted to know who on your list is the hardest to shop for this year. Check out some of my top Grouponicus gift suggestions and remember, One Shall Not Own a Dog During Grouponicus.

Grouponcierge Check-In: Caroline T. Talks Local Experiences

Today’s post is guest-authored by Grouponcierge Caroline T.:

Greetings Grouponicus shoppers and giftees,

This past Sunday, I started the week off right spreading Grouponicus cheer in one of my favorite cities in the world – Chicago!  As Frank Sinatra would croon, “Chicago is one town that won’t let you down. It’s my kind of town.”

The famous Marilyn Monroe statue outside of NBC Chicago studios

Since I’ve already helped Chicagoans discover the best local gifts, I figured I’d spread the love with some expert advice on the coolest Grouponicus experiences across the country this week.

My recent Groupon Getaway to Napa - a great gift option I mention on NBC Chicago!

With Grouponicus, we have new ideas coming at you throughout the week, so check back often. And remember, giving the gift of experience like one of the options above will be much more memorable than a necktie or new slippers.

That’s it from me for now. Catch you later this week from Salt Lake City.

–Caroline T.


Grouponcierge Check-In — Susan M. Recaps Her Thanksgiving Travels

Today’s guest post comes from our Grouponicerge Susan M.:

Greetings! Grouponcierge Susan M. here, checking in after a few weeks of traveling the country and sharing my top gifting advice with shoppers nationwide.

Thanksgiving Thursday I found myself in Hoosier Country at the local FOX Indianapolis studios. The folks there were swell, especially considering it was 6:00 a.m. on Turkey Day! On this morning before the country’s biggest shopping day of the year, I was eager to showcase some top holiday shopping tips & tricks, as well as highlight some of the best offers within the local Grouponicus Holiday Shop.

Oftentimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift for two halves of a whole. That’s why I recommend couples’ gifts — an experience that your favorite tag-team or loving duo can enjoy together. This week, Indianapolis shoppers have the opportunity to give an indulgent five-course fusion dinner for two. Nothing says “Happy Grouponicus!” like a night out with your special someone.

Check out more of my tips and travels…after the jump!

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Meet Groupon’s 2011 Holiday Grouponcierges!

On Black Friday, we remember the stories recited to us by our elders reminding us to wake up before the rooster’s crow and seize the eggs before we seize the day. — Brett R., Grouponcierge

We’ve officially kicked off our second annual ancient wintertime celebration of Grouponicus – Groupon’s holiday shop featuring deals that allow shoppers to be twice as generous when gifting unique experiences for anyone on their list. Today, customers can check out unbeatable Black Friday deals from Old Navy and great local merchants nationwide. And, to help customers remember the true meaning of Grouponicus, Groupo the Bird is telling the lore of Grouponicus and giving away additional holiday cheer all through the season.

To share the hottest gifting tips, best local deals and all around shopping advice, we’re excited to introduce our three holiday Grouponcierges: Brett, Caroline and Susan!

After a series of auditions amongst team members involving building structurally sound gingerbread houses and deep-knee bends at our Chicago headquarters, these three were chosen as the official Grouponcierges: gifting gurus with insider expertise on shopping trends, Grouponicus and all things gift-giving for 2011.

Throughout Grouponicus, this trio of holiday helpers will travel the country, popping into your local news stations to talk about what to buy Aunt Marjorie, surprises like Epic Deals and the quickest route to Winterland, among other festive fun.

Meet the Grouponcierges after the jump!

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A Halloween Treat from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Groupon

What better way to celebrate Halloween week than with a good old-fashioned costume contest? The Ellen DeGeneres Show agreed, so we teamed up this past Tuesday to surprise Chicago fans and followers with some festive fun.

Throughout the day, @TheEllenShow slowly teased out the details – Gear up in your best costume and head down to the city’s famous NBC 5 plaza to get in on the action. Once there, the costumed crowd was thrilled to learn that the contest was part of a pop-up The Ellen DeGeneres Show taping. Adding to the excitement, favorite correspondent Jeannie was on hand to host after spending the day exploring the best of Chicago (her hometown!) with the power of Groupon Now!

From an old-school Super Mario to a set of cheerleaders and even a Ke$ha – Chicago brought their creativity to the table and Ellen was truly impressed. Fans cheered along as costumes were judged and five winners were awarded with some major candy corn funding – from $500 to $5,000 – courtesy of Groupon! Check out these fun pics of the action, and be sure to tune in to The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s latest episode featuring Groupon Now! here.

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