Cheapskate Santa: Give (free) Photo Gifts as Presents

One of the best ways to save money on your holiday shopping is…  spending no money. Cool photo freebies abound on the interwebs. Here are a few for you:

Free Photos and Cards


Get two sets of 20 FREE 4×8 flat photo cards from Snapfish with two separate coupon codes: BABIES and BABYMAIL. It’s valid on any set of 20 4×8 single-sided flat photo cards with envelopes (find them under Products, Photo Cards). Expires on 10/31. Hint: Use these codes separately since Snapfish doesn’t allow you to enter multiple codes for one order.

Snapfish is offering 75 FREE photo prints when you use the code ISTOCK75. If you’re a new member, you’ll also receive an additional 50 free photo prints for registering. Expires on 11/30.

This offer looks pretty stingy compared to Snapfish’s free stuff, but Shutterfly is offering a FREE folded 5×7 photo card with the coupon code CARD4U. Expires on 11/17. Hint: The nice thing about Shutterfly is that you can save this offer for a future order (before 11/17), whereas Snapfish you have to enter the code and order at the same time.

Free Photo Gifts

free Snapfish calendarGreat for Christmas gifts, order a FREE Snapfish desk calendar or photo mug from Hershey. If you don’t have a UPC code from a Hershey product,  just click on “Don’t Have UPC’s?” and the form will automatically be completed.  Then you will receive a unique coupon code by email. Expires 1/15/11.

Hint: To redeem this offer, you have to follow the link sent by email. Enter your emailed code and login. Create your calendar and checkout, If the credit doesn’t appear automatically in your cart, then click on Account. Look in the upper right corner for FREE Desk Calendar, and click redeem. Then click Open a Saved Calendar, select and checkout. Hoops to jump through, I know, but worth it! I made the mistake of creating my calendar first, before using the link, so I’ll have to contact Customer Service, but hopefully this will go more smoothly for you.

I haven’t personally redeemed this offer, but other folks are raving about FREE Picaboo photo books. New members can receive a free 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book from Picaboo with coupon code 1FBLGB-7W.

Another offer I’ve yet to try, but sounds incredible is a FREE 8×10 photo canvas for new Canvas People customers. You can upgrade for a larger size, or special framing–which in the case of framing I’d recommend. Had my wedding portrait done years ago as a canvas and the frame really made the difference. When I redeem this one, I’ll report back here.

Free AdvilFinally, for your holiday headaches…

Free bottle of Advil: A coupon for a free 20- or 24-count bottle of Advil. If orchestrating your family, extended family and family-in-law is anything like FatHeadDog’s, then you’ll need this with the ensuing holiday stress.

Check out other posts in the Cheapskate Santa series:

Cheapskate Santa: How to Earn Extra Cash for Your Holiday Shopping

Cheapskate Santa: Earn $5 Amazon from iRazoo

Get Fresh with a Friend (or at least make them uncomfortable)


CottonelleI like you and all, but enough to “get fresh” with? We’ll see. On, Cottonelle is offering a free tub of flushable wipes for you and a friend as part of their “Get Fresh with a Friend” campaign. When you sign up, they’ll invite you to email a friend… and  share one of these three um, questionable messages:

  1. Wipes leave you feeling cleaner than toilet paper alone
  2. They give me that shower-fresh feeling.
  3. Moisture makes everything better.

I.. just don’t want to tell my friends that. A coupon for a free box of Cottonelle wipes will arrive in your mailbox in 3-4 weeks. The friends you just “got fresh” with, they might not stick around that long.

More free Emergen-C

After you’ve shared the free Emergen-C love with your Facebook friends, visit their site to pick up a free sample of Emergen-C Blue.

This special “blue” flavor (I’m not really sure what “blue” tastes like) benefits the Surfrider Foundation and its efforts to protect the oceans and aid the clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico. Then, according to Emergen-C’s handy illustration here, the ocean’s fish will be clean enough to kiss. Smooches!