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Holiday shopping made easy

Holiday shopping, like most things, might look a little different this year — from tighter budgets to increased online shopping. MTA Benefits has discounts that can help you stick to your budget and finish your list on time.

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Access Nationwide Discounts provides members with online, in-store and mobile app discounts at more than 300,000 retailers. Whether you are looking for a traditional gift such as clothing or something more unusual — a subscription box, for example — you will find what you need through Access. Read on to find great online deals you can buy right from home!

Technology products are among the most requested holiday gifts, but they often come with high price tags. Discounts are available for MTA members on top brands such as Dell, Apple and Samsung. The purchasing program through Dell offers a discount of 2 percent to 30 percent, so you could save a lot on laptops, monitors, accessories and more. Discounts on Apple products are rare, but with Apple education pricing you will save up to $200 on any eligible Mac and $20 on an iPad Pro. The Samsung Education Discount Program offers up to 40 percent off its most popular products, including the Galaxy Note10, Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch Active2.

Subscription boxes are more popular than ever and give the recipient something to look forward to throughout the duration of the gift’s term. Cre8 Crates is a brand new subscription service for children that allows you to choose from creativity-themed boxes, including Travel the World, Try a Job, Celebr8 and Go Back in Time. Save 15 percent on your entire order. Bookroo is an award-winning book club for children up to age 10. Choose from the Board Book Club, Picture Book Club and the Chapter Book Club — and decide whether you will ship monthly, bimonthly, quarterly or just once. Save 50 percent on your first box. Another unique gift idea is a Shipt membership. The convenience of having someone else do your shopping at your favorite stores is invaluable. And for a one-year membership, the discounted price is just $49 (regularly $99).

Shoes and accessories make great holiday gifts, and some of the most popular retailers in these categories provide discounts through Access. If you are shopping for a fitness fanatic or someone looking for comfort and style, both Reebok and New Balance are great options. Save $10 on a purchase of $50 at Reebok and get 15 percent off your purchase at New Balance. Crocs offerings include a lot more than clogs — there are slides, boots and sneakers. If you are shopping for a Crocs enthusiast, you will save $15 on a purchase of $75 or $20 on a purchase of $100. While there might be less sunlight at this time of year, gifting a pair of high-quality sunglasses will be a huge hit with the recipient. Ray-Ban is known for its famous aviator lenses, but it offers a variety of styles and colors if you are looking for something different. Save 15 percent on your Ray-Ban purchase.

Support our discount vendors

Local small businesses need your support more than ever before, and there are hundreds of them in Massachusetts that offer MTA member discounts. If you would rather not shop in a store, some of these retailers have implemented order-ahead and curbside pickup options. Be sure to contact each retailer to find out how you can shop safely and locally this season.

Books are a thoughtful personal gift, but instead of ordering from a big-box retailer, consider a more local approach. New this year is The Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton, offering members a 15 percent discount on everything from best-sellers to books by local authors. Another new vendor, Roundabout Books in Greenfield, sells new, used, vintage and children’s books at 20 percent off. Barefoot Books by Karin Broadhurst, an online retailer, offers more than books, with options for activity decks, puzzles and games, all at 20 percent off. The Israel Book Shop in Brookline is a Jewish bookstore that sells Jewish books, arts and crafts books, biographies, prayer books and more. MTA members save 10 percent on general retail books.

Amy’s Cottage in Williamstown has something for everyone. From jewelry to clothing and home décor, you will be able to find a gift for each person on your list — and something for yourself! You will save $5 on a purchase of $50 or more. If you are shopping for a seafood lover, The Fresh Lobster Company in Gloucester has what you need. Choose from options such as live Maine lobsters, seafood gift packages, or sushi. This retailer even offers a seafood-of-the-month club. MTA members save 10 percent. At Boing! Toy Shop in Jamaica Plain, you will find gifts for newborns and retirees — and everyone in between. Shop for arts and crafts, LEGOs, educational toys, puzzles, brain teasers and more, and save 10 percent on your purchase.

A full list of discounts can be found here.

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