whatmomslove | Nov 7, 2018 | 0
The Best Last Minute Holiday Deals for Your Kids
You’ve probably got an inbox full of last minute holiday discount alerts right now, but we’re here to cut through the clutter and point out some of the best current deals for your kids — most of these items are ones we highly recommended in our Non‐Toy and Toy Gift Guides, so you can rest assured they’ll make incredible gifts.
Our team has been spending hours scouring the web and we’re not focusing on the “junky” stuff (because a great deal on something not‐so‐great isn’t really a deal at all, right?!), only the items that we’ve tested, experienced and know will be played with over and over again.
Please note: post contains affiliate links; all offers are subject to availability and change
Introducing our Amazon storefront!
First things first, we want to introduce you to our very own storefront on Amazon — pretty neat, right?! We’re currently using this HOT Last Minute Deals list to include some of the best deals and discounts we’ve discovered that are available via Amazon. But we do also have all of the Amazon items from our gift guides in individual lists as well, so it’s easy to browse through and see what gets our top‐rating.
Hop over to check it out — it’s your new one‐stop shop for amazing deals on our top rated items!
MONEY SAVING ALERT: Before we dive into the deals, we wanted to alert you that Ebates is running a last minute promo where you get up to 3x the cash back, just for doing the shopping you’re already doing! If you’re unfamiliar with Ebates, it’s 100% free to use and super simple. They give you a certain percentage cash back if you use their affiliate links to big‐name websites like Amazon, Nordstrom, Old Navy, J. Crew and thousands more. Ebates gets a commission for referring you, which they then split with you in the form of cash‐back. Total win‐win.
We must admit we were totally skeptical at first and thought “how can they just give you cash back for shopping online, there must be some catch?!”. But amazingly, there isn’t!
You can either click on a link to the online retailer of your choice via their website, or you can install the Ebates Cash Back Button on your browser (we have this and it makes it SO easy!) which will pop‐up each time you access one of their accepted merchants – then all you do is click the button to activate your cash-back…it doesn’t send you to any other web page, you keep shopping as usual, and the $ earned on your purchase is then automatically put in your Ebates account. You can get your cash‐back via PayPal or a mailed check.
(P.S. this may sound like a sponsored message, but it’s not — just something we love and wish we had known about sooner!)
Remember, we’re only alerting you to the best deals on high‐quality toys and gifts for your kids.
Everything we’ve included is at least 20% off, if not 30–70+%! (please note, deals can change quickly so forgive us if the discount is no longer valid). Here are some of our current favorites:
EXTRA SAVINGS ALERT! Amazon is currently running a promotion where you get $5 off a $20 book purchase with code: GIFTBOOK18 (offer valid through 12/21) making the deals below even sweeter!
- Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection: 5 classics including Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs & Ham (43% off)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books 1–8: A sure‐fire hit with elementary school boys! (41% off)
- The Best of James Patterson for Kids: A great intro to the genius of James Patterson whose illustrated books will have your kids seriously LOL’ing. (55% + extra 10% off coupon)
- Anne of Green Gables Complete 8‐Book Set: Includes all 8 classic stories (52% off)
- My Weird School Daze 12 Book Box Set: Another fun series for elementary kids where strange things happen at their school (47% off)
- The Maze Runner Series Complete 5‐Book Boxed Set: Perfect page‐turners for YA readers (37% off)
- Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set: A must have for every household! Includes all 7 of C.S. Lewis’ classic series (48% off)
- Amelia Bedelia Boxed Set: These best‐sellers are a great series for elementary girls who love the fast‐paced chapters and silly situations. (20% off)
- The Ramona Collection 1–4: If you loved Ramona as a child, this is the perfect set to introduce Beverly Cleary’s beloved character to your children. (39% off)
- 3 additional series well‐loved by elementary girls are also on sale: Ivy+Bean Books 1–3 (20% off), Owl Diaries Books 1–5 (30% off) and Nancy Clancy’s Ultimate Chapter Book Quartet (25% off)
- Elephant & Piggie: The Complete Collection: Mo Willems is a complete genius with subtle humor and funny antics that kids can’t get enough of (and truth be told, grown‐ups can’t either). These books are so fun to read and make an amazing gift. (26% off)
- Mercy Watson Boxed Set: If your kids are starting to get bored with the same ol’ picture books — these are the perfect first read‐aloud chapter books (and also great for emerging readers). Full color images, and an endearing buttered‐toast loving pig! (35% off!)
- Magic Tree House Boxed Set (books 1–28): The perfect starter chapter books featured in our Best Intro to Chapter Book Series — great for you to read to your kids, or for them to read alone. This is a massive set, currently 48% off!!
- Roald Dahl Collection 15 Book Set: Go BIG with this incredible set of 15 classic Dahl stories (including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!). Makes for a super impressive gift and perfect for read‐alouds or read‐to‐self. (Hurry, 50% off!)
- Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection (Books 1–3): These books are stunning keepsakes and a great way to introduce your kids to the world of Harry Potter. Currently 40% off - grab these fast!!
- Harry Potter Boxed Set: or go for the complete set of original versions in paperback (40% off).
- Percy Jackson & The Olympians Paperback Set (books 1–5): If you have a Harry Potter fan, they are bound to love the Percy Jackson series, and this set is a steal at just over $20, 40% off!
- Q&A a Day for Kids: a 3‐year Journal: One of THE best gifts you can get for your kids and it’s on sale for 32% off.
- Just Between Us: Mother & Daughter Journal + Between Mom and Me: Mother/Son Journal: Amazing journals you can use to create an open dialogue with your tweens/teens — we had RAVE reviews on these! (30–40% off)
- Strong is the New Pretty: A Guided Journal for Girls: This journal should be a must‐have for every girl age 8–12. It’s a powerful tool for them to explore their inner‐most thoughts and feelings, and includes interactive prompts that encourage creativity, self‐expression and kindness. (22% off)
- Manual to Middleschool: Includes “do this, not that” tips and stories about everything from lockers, homework and gossip, to test taking and bullies. (32% off)
Some incredible DVD sets are currently on major discount and make for great gifts:
- Harry Potter Complete 8‐Film Collection - Move quick for this one! 45% off
- 3‐Movie Collection: Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 + Despicable Me 3 — 40% off
- 3‐Movie Collection: Minions, Despicable Me + Despicable Me 2 — under $15
- Shrek 4‐movie collection — under $20!! 43% off
- Ice Age 5‐movie collection - 62% off!
- Madagascar 3‐movie collection - 47% off
- Spirit: Riding Free (Seasons 1–4) - under $10! 50% off
- Frozen - under $12 and hard to come by around the holidays!
toys + more!
- Playmobil: we are shocked that so many discounts are still available on these quality Playmobil sets — many with a 30%+ discount!
- Melissa & Doug: one of our favorite brands for high‐quality, engaging toys and TONS of amazing items currently on sale. We highly recommend:
- Basic Skills Board: Great for teaching your kids fine motor skills like buckling a belt, lacing/tying shoes, zipping a coat and more. (25% off)
- Latches Board: Another great board to work on fine motor skills that kids think is so fun (20% off)
- Wooden Food Groups: AMAZING deal! This is a set of 4 crates of wooden play food for under $13! Perfect for stocking up a play kitchen (36% off)
- Jumbo Cardboard Building Blocks: this set will get YEARS of play and can be used in so many different ways — a must buy! (25% off)
- Deluxe Activity Road Rug: This activity rug includes 49 wooden vehicles and play pieces to bring it to life (45% off)
- Deluxe Magnetic Art Easel: This is our top recommended easel featured in our Arts & Crafts Gift Guide (41% off) — we love that it has a chalkboard, dry erase board and is magnetic — plus there’s tons of storage for paints and supplies.
- Puppet Theater: Wow, at 54% off this would make a fabulous addition to any playroom. Run quick for this one!
- Magnetic Responsibility Chart: Start the New Year on the right foot with this magnetic chart that encourages good behavior and keeps track of chores (30% off)
- Learn‐to‐Play Piano: This mini piano has 25 keys and an awesome color‐coded songbook. (20% off)
- to see more Melissa & Doug deals head to our HOT deals Amazon page!
- Calico Critters: So many great deals on Calico Critters — and many are even better than those on Cyber Monday!
- Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse: This is an amazing set! (39% off)
- Calico Critters Red Roof Cozy Cottage: A sweet little start home and perfect for small spaces (42% off)
- Calico Critters Red Roof Country Home: Another cute set which includes figures and furniture (43% off)
- Calico Critters School Bus: Fits 7 critters with a cute rainbow on the side (48% off)
- Calico Critters Baby’s Nursery: Includes crib, rocker and slide (61% off)
- Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family: Sweet set of 4 bunnies (44% off)
- ALEX Toys: There are big savings on some of our favorite ALEX Toys sets, including:
- 50% off our top‐rated Magic Science Kit
- 51% off the fun Magic Show Suitcase
- 45% off Friendship Wheel Bracelet Maker
- 40% off (plus extra 5% with coupon) this adorable Knot‐a‐Llama Plush — perfect for tween girls!
- 66% off Button Art — great fine‐motor and fun activity for toddlers
- 22% off Deluxe Hair Chalk Salon — a tween girls dream!
- Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit: is discounted 30%. This is the only place we’ve seen this super hot STEM toy with major savings. Grab it while you can!
- Little Tikes Perfect Fit 4‐in‐1 Trike: Amazing big gift for your toddler and one that will grow with them — it starts as a bike they can sit on while you push and then transitions into a tricycle. It even has a storage bucket, cup holder and shade canopy! (46% off)
- Little Tikes Jump n’ Slide Bouncer: over $100 off one of our top‐rated bouncy houses — perfect for play dates, birthday parties and for blowing off some steam!
- Shrinky Dinks: Color, bake and shrink — these sets are so fun for kids of all ages. This 3D Flower Jewelry made our Best Arts & Crafts Gift Guide and is 38% off. Throw this small set is $6 and a great stocking stuffer!
- Lego Classic sets (Medium and Large) 20–30% off.
- K’NEX Roller Coaster Sets: If your kids love Legos, try them with K’NEX — they can build roller coasters that really work like the Space Invasion Roller Coaster (63% off!) and the Cobweb Curse Roller Coaster. (51% off)
- Tot Tube Playset: This simple tube will keep your kids entertained for hours — it’s genius with toy cars but also fun with other little people and balls. 20% off
- Radio Flyer 3‐in‐1 EZ Folding Wagon with Canopy: Whether you take it to the beach, the park or the pumpkin patch this wagon is the best — includes a sun shade and converts from a 2‐seater to a bench! 36% off
- Floof Polar Babies Bucket Set: Bored of Playdoh? Tried Floof! It’s super soft, easy to mold (this set comes with cute polar animals!) and it doesn’t dry out!! (21% off)
- Snap Circuits: These are amazing quiet time STEM toys — our kids love them (and so do over 5k 5 star reviewers on Amazon!). Sets are on major sale including Snap Circuits Jr (40% off), Snap Circuits Classic (31% off) and the super fun Snap Circuits Arcade (38% off).
- Color Matching Egg Set: Fun learning toy for color and number recognition (also a great one to put away for Easter!) (28% off)
- Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up: You can do SO much with this toy — learn numbers, colors, counting, math and the squeezy tweezers are great for fine motor skills. (36% off)
- Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set: The best beginner science kit for kids 3+ — our kids will play with the beakers and dropper after the “experiments” are done too! (23% off)
- Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse: Learn coding with this fun and simple hands‐on game — kids love the mouse! (34% off)
- Green Toys Build‐a‐Bouquet: one of our best building toys! Kids love to make their own flower garden by mixing and matching the different pieces. Stick everything in a big plastic bag and take to restaurants to do while they wait (50% off)
- Baby Stella: One of our best selling dolls on our #1 Google Ranked Best Babies/Dolls Gift Guide is now 30% off.
- Boogie Boards: Kids love these “magic” writing boards and they’re great for travel and restaurants. The 8.5″ Boogie Board is almost 50% off and makes the perfect stocking stuffer.
- Crayola Pipsqueaks Marker Tower: 50 markers in a cool telescoping tower for under $10!
- Hot Wheels 5‐Car Gift Set: The perfect stocking stuffer for the car‐obsessed kid, now under $5!
- littlebits Marvel Avengers Hero Inventor Kit: Amazing STEM toy contains over 18 activities for kids to build, play and code their own super hero gear! (33% off)
- littlebits Electronic Music Inventor: another engaging STEM toy allows kids to build their own musical instruments that actually work! (35% off)
- Piper Computer Kit: This is a WOW present — your kids can make their own computer (complete with mini mouse!) and then play a Minecraft game! (33% off)
- Construction Paper: Maybe not the most exciting as a gift, but great to stock‐up on for the coming year. 500 sheets of assorted colors for under $12! (26% off)
- Storage Center Art Caddy: Brilliant storage caddy for art supplies — the little containers can be removed so kids can keep them close while they’re working. 24% off + extra 5% coupon applied at checkout
- Playdoh Playful Pies: Great set for under $10 (63% off!)
- KidzLane Walkie Talkies: The best walkie talkies we tested — super easy to use and so fun for siblings and play dates! (40% off)
- Magformers: We included these 3D magnetic building blocks in our Best Toys for Builders gift guide and there are several sets on sale (34% off) - head to our Amazon deals page to see them all.
- Butterfly Garden: This is one of our go‐to gifts for any child (we often keep a few on‐hand for birthday party gifts). With the Original Butterfly Garden they can raise and feed caterpillars, watch them transform into chrysalides, and then emerge as stunning Painted Lady Butterflies. A super engaged 3‐week “experiment” that gives kids a front row seat to understanding the cycle of life. (20% off)
- Automoblox: Perfect for car lovers and those that like to build/rebuild (25% off)
- Bruder Trucks: This realistic, hard‐wearing trucks are money well spent — the cement mixer is currently 34% off (plus extra 5% with coupon) and the Tow Truck (which includes 2 vehicles!) is 26% off.
- Thames & Kosmos sets: We love all the engineering kits by Thames & Kosmos (we featured many of them in our Non‐Toy Gift Guides) and they currently have some unheard of prices, like the Remote Control Construction Machines for Remote Control Machines for over 50% off.
- Anki Overdrive: We featured this super cool system in our Best Gifts for Vehicle Lovers gift guide. Think of your typical slot‐race track amped up with a powerful computer/virtual reality component — so while you’re racing physical cars on a race track in front of you, you’re controlling their moves (speed, weapons, stunts, etc) via a tablet or phone. Perfect for kids age 7–14+ (33% off)
- Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run: The best marble run system on the market! Makes a wonderful quiet time toy and great for sibling play. (30% off)
- KidKraft Adventure Town Train Set + Table: this amazing set comes with a train table and full set of tracks and accessories (22% off + extra 5% coupon)
- Blue Orange Games: Some of our highest rated games from our Best Board Games gift guide are on sale, including: NADA! (makes a great Stocking Stuffer), Kingdomino (perfect for family game night), Brix (awesome strategy game) and Dr. Eureka.
- Prismacolor Colored Pencils, 36‐piece set: If your kids are getting into the more detailed coloring books, we love Prismacolor for their colored pencils with vibrant pigments. This set is currently 63% off!
- PlushCraft Pillow Kits: These Plush Craft pillow kits are so fun for kids (and are easy enough that no adult assistance is necessary!). Several of them are currently 20%+ off including this cute rainbow heart.
- Ultra Dash: Featured in our Best Indoor Toys gift guide, this game is one all your kids can play together, and will keep them active at the same time! (51% off)
- Zoob Sets: Some deep discounts on these fantastic building toys (featured in our Builders Gift Guide) — the BuilderZ 125‐piece Kit is 56% off, and the RacerZ Car Designer is over 50% off.
- SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop: A quality, over‐the‐door basketball net that makes a great addition to a playroom or tween/teenager’s bedroom. Both the Standard and XL sizes are 30%+ off.
- Plasma Car: No batteries needed, just pure kid power to get this fun car movin’ and groovin’ — use it indoors or out. (25% off select colors)
- Mega Bloks: The perfect first building blocks for toddlers — the classic 80‐piece is 40% off.
- NERF Tactical Vest — Holds extra bullets and a must for any NERF lover. (28% off)
- Skip Hop Animal Backpacks: These are the cutest little toddler backpacks! The unicorn and many other animals are on sale for 30% off.
- Skip Hop Silver Cloud Play Mat: Adorable rainbow mat for babies to lounge and explore (29% off)
- Teamson Play Kitchens/Doll Accessories: If you haven’t heard of the Teamson brands, they offer some of our favorite gifts for kids, so much so that we’ve included their items in 5 of our different gift guides! Their Play Kitchens are ah‐mazing. The Little Chef Chelsea and Paris are ultra modern (we only wish our real kitchens looked this nice!), super functional and will withstand years of wear ‘n’ tear. And don’t miss their Olivia’s Little World line of doll furniture which is top‐of‐the‐line and includes multi‐functional pieces like this baby crib with cabinet and cubby, this bunk bed/desk combo and this Baby Doll Changing Station. DEAL ALERT: We have a unique 15% off coupon code that can be used on any item IN ADDITION to their existing markdowns. Use code: TeamsonWML15 at checkout!
- HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer: You’ll get the Parent of the Year Award if you grab one of the hottest gifts for tweens/teens, the HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer. This compact printer easily connects to any device using Bluetooth and can print 2x3” stickable snapshots. The photos can also be customized before printing using the HP Sprocket app with text, borders, emojis and more. The quality of the photos is the best we’ve seen from such a small printer, and your kids will love having a fun way to keep all their memories close at hand. (23% off)
- QALO Silicone Teething Necklaces: These 100% food grade silicone teething necklaces from QALO are the real deal. With an 8‐month old teething baby, our editor has gotten to test these out for herself, and she reports that they’ve been a life‐saver on countless occasions. These make fantastic gifts for moms with new babies (and are great to keep in stock for baby showers too!). DEAL ALERT: Get 20% off everything at QALO.com. Hurry, this deal is only available until 11/25!
- Garmin Vivo Fit Jr.: This is one of our editor’s choice items in our Non‐Toy Practical Gift Guide and was a big hit with our own kids. The Garmin Vivofit Jr is a wearable activity tracker watch for kids 4–9 that tracks their steps, sleep and percentage towards their 60 minute daily activity goal. There’s also a free app you can sync where you can create a personalized chore system which has been a game changer for my family. Your kids won’t ever want to take it off! Save $30 (38%!) off
- Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition: If your kids are constantly playing with your Alexa then they will be positivity chuffed to get their very own. The Echo Dot Kids Edition has all the same Alexa capabilities – she’ll play music, answer questions, tell stories and jokes, but all with kids in mind. But what we love best, is that you can use the parent controls to pause it when it’s time for homework or bedtime, and also lets you review their activity. It also comes with 1‐year of FreeTime Unlimited that includes over 1000 Audible books, ad‐free radio stations and kid‐friendly games. Currently $20 off (30%)
- Amazon Fire Kids Tablets: All Fire devices are on major sale so if you’ve been thinking of taking the plunge and getting one for your kids, now is the time. We love them for many reasons. First, all Fire Kids Edition tablets come with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a kid‐proof case, and a 2‐year worry‐free guarantee – which means if they break it, Amazon will replace it, no questions asked. But our favorite thing about them: the parental controls. There’s tons of options to set restrictions on what your kids can or can not do (including ebooks, apps, and TV shows), and for how long. The Fire 7, Fire 8and new Fire 10 are all discounted 25–30%! (NOTE: some colors will not be available in time for Christmas…double check before you purchase!)
- Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera: These Instant Cameras make killer gifts for hard‐to‐please tweens and teens. It’s all the fun of a Polaroid‐style camera, but updated with modern add‐ons like a selfie mirror and auto flash. They come in all sorts of candy colors and are currently 20% off.
- ECR4Kids SoftZone Play and Climb: If you have the space in your playroom for these soft “blocks”, they are fabulous for developing your little one’s gross motor skills, and for keeping them busy in the colder winter months. This 2‐piece set features stairs and a “slide” and is currently 30% off.
+ many more…head over to our Amazon Storefront to see them all!
Even More Discounts!
Amazon isn’t the only one throwing deep discounts at holiday shoppers. Take a look at these great deals we found from our other favorite retailers, shops and subscription sites.
Target is currently has up to 50% off toys, including 25% off all Our Generation Dolls and Accessories. All of their accessories work with 18″ dolls (including American Girl) and are amazing for the price. Check out the Retro Convertible Car and the Me and You sets where you can dress just like your doll!
Pottery Barn Kids
We’ve featured countless items from PBkids high‐quality selection in our gift guides, and they currently massive deals with savings up to 60%. Get Free Shipping with code: PEPPERMINT
- We love their Anywhere Chairs which are currently discounted 25–50%. These make great holiday gifts and can even be personalized.
- Another favorite not to be missed: their adorable Shaggy Head Sleeping Bags (the animal head acts as a built‐in pillow!) which are $25 off.
- Lots of their adorable bath wraps are also on sale
Grace Personalized — Custom Rings
This is one of our favorite Subscription Box companies that we featured in our Best Gifts to Receive in Your Mailbox Guide. They offer 5 different subscription boxes based on your child’s age (from newborn to 16+) and stage — they are all extremely high‐quality, beautifully designed and thoughtfully crafted to stimulate your child’s passions.
Our kids literally squeal when their boxes arrive every month — and we do too, because we know some serious quiet time is in our future!
DEAL ALERT: Right now Kiwi Co is offering 3 months for $39.95 with one more day of free shipping! Use CODE: PRESENT
Another coveted item our kids get in the mail are their magazines from Highlights. These magazines are jam packed with stories and activities that are super engaging, and we try and keep one in our bags at all times to pull out for them to read/complete while we’re at restaurants or waiting at sibling sports games. They come in 3 different versions for different ages, from babies to big kids. Featured in our Best Gifts To Receive In Your Mailbox Guide.
DEAL ALERT: Highlights is currently offering 50% off their magazine subscriptions + receive 2 free Hidden Pictures gifts! Click here to automatically get the major savings.
Teach your kids all about the world, with a monthly adventure from Little Passports that focuses on geography, history, culture and language. Choose from the Early Explorers (ages 3–5), the World Edition (ages 6–10), the USA Edition (ages 7–12) or the new Science Expeditions (9+). It’s a really fun and unique way to inspire kids to learn about new cultures and inspire them to travel.
DEAL ALERT: Little Passports is having their biggest sale of the year right now. Receive $10 off a monthly subscription, $20 off a 6‐month subscription and $40 off a yearly subscription. Use this link and code: CHEER at checkout (valid through 12/19).
clothing + accessories
We found some amazing deals on clothing — whether you gift it or not, now is the time to stock‐up on winter essentials or buy the next size‐up in summer pieces. Take advantage of these sales:
- TODAY ONLY: Youth NCAA hoodies, polos and 1/4 zip shirts are under $20 (68% off!!) at Dick’s Sporting Goods with free shipping. Ruuuun to get your favorite team.
- Hanna Andersson: Up to 40% off their famous kids’ pajamas. They are butter soft and long wearing. Think ahead and buy the next size up for your kids’…you’ll be set for their Holiday jammies for NEXT year!
- Carters: Amazon is also running 50%+ off Carters’ brand PJs and clothing sets — today only!
- Cotton:On: If you haven’t heard of this brand, you need to check them out! Their kids’ line is so hip and stylish and they are having a 50% off sale right now. These sparkle flats are under $5!
- Tea Collection: one of our favorite brands for high‐quality pieces with unique patterns and colors. They are currently offering 25% off + free shipping click here and use code: SNOWBALL.
- Cabana Life is one of our top brands for stylish, UPF50 Sun Protective swim wear for both our kids and ourselves! Their incredible prints and high‐quality usually comes at a price, so we wait and wait for their incredible deals to stock‐up. Many of their Cyber Monday deals are still available. Look at this adorable suit and cover‐up for 50% off, and don’t forget about yourself: our all‐time favorite cover‐up (SO flattering!) is on sale in some prints for $40 (originally $100).
- GAP: Up to 50% off + Extra 30% off with code: GIFTS. BONUS: Sign up for Ebates and get an extra 12% cash back (there are no catches, just $$ back in your pocket!)
- Old Navy: Up to 60% off! Check out their amazing Today‐Only Deals with Sherpa boots for toddlers/girls and Sherpa Mocassin Slippers for YOU for only $10!! Plus cute Thermal‐Knit leggings for $7! BONUS: Ebates gets you another 10% back in your pocket!
- Gymboree: 50% off the ENTIRE site + free shipping with this link. They have really stepped up their game with a complete revamping of their line. This Sherpa Jacket is so cute and a steal under $15 (from $45), and look at this rainbow striped sweater and these Metallic Duck Boots!
- Hunter Boots: up to 40% off + free shipping on a great selection of kids’ styles.
- Under Armour: Take an extra 25% off outlet items + free shipping. Tons of great sweatshirts for boys and girls.
- Mini Boden: This is your chance to stock up on this high‐quality brand with up to 50% off including lots of darling applique shirts and dresses! Stock up for the winter — we saw the usually‐pricey tees as low as $7, leggings for $11 and dresses for $17. Styles and sizes won’t last long on this one!
- Zappos: Spend $100 and get a $20 code for a future purchase — grab your kids’ Winter boots, Spring rain coats and boots or a special pair for yourself!
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Holiday Deal Shopping Strategy
We’ve included some of our all‐time favorite tips for shopping the holiday deals…read on for more strategy and big money saving ideas!
Strategy #1: Don’t stop at the holidays
The biggest sales of the year happen this time of year, but don’t just think about the upcoming holidays.
Think ahead to what gifting occasions you’ll have in 2018 – birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Father’s Day…are there items on sale that you can get now and know will still be loved in a few months time? If so, take advantage of those deals!
Strategy #2: Think big
This goes hand‐in‐hand with Strategy #1, but really think about what big ticket items you might need in the near future. Some we always suggest are:
- Bikes (we are big fans of Guardian Bikes with the safest brake system on the market, and super cool designs – get $20 OFF using this link and code: WHATMOMSLOVE)
- Beds – will your child be moving into a big girl/boy bed this year? If so, consider purchasing their new mattress and frame/headboard now (if you have a place to store it of course)
- Sporting Equipment – Amazon usually has some great Lightning Deals on Basketball nets, swing sets and more
- Bouncy House – if you have young kids, this is the gift that will pay for itself! These are brilliant for playdates, birthday parties or just for getting out some extra energy. If you’ve ever rented one, you know that it is not cheap, so get your own and use it more than once or twice, and it will more than cover the cost. Our favorite (that can actually fit inside your house if need be!) is the Little Tikes Jump n’ Slide Bouncer which is currently 30% off, under $200!
- Car Seats – will your child need to move‐up car seats this coming year? Have a convertible or booster seat ready! (if you’re unsure…have a read of our Car Seat Safety post which outlines all the latest guidelines)
Strategy #3: Don’t just think about your kids
2 words: Birthday. Parties.
We’re always on the look‐out for great deals on some of my favorite birthday party gifts (all of the games on our Best Board Games Gift Guide for instance) – ones which will get a great response from all kids, no matter their specific interests.
If there’s a good deal, we’ll stock up on these – you’ll save some cash and always having gifts on hand will ultimately save you time and stress later.
Strategy #4: Sign up for money saving online resources
If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, now is the time to try it. You get unlimited 2‐day FREE shipping (no minimum order size!) plus fun extras like access to thousands of movies, TV shows, Kindle books and more.
Oh, and one more big bonus of having Amazon Prime: you get 30‐minute early access to select Amazon Lightning Deals, which can mean the difference between scoring a huge money saver, and well, not.
We mentioned our love of Ebates earlier, who give you a certain percentage cash back if you use their affiliate links to big‐name websites like Amazon, Nordstrom, Old Navy, J. Crew and thousands more. It’s 100% free to use and super simple. You can either click on a link to the online retailer of your choice via their website, or you can install the Ebates Cash Back Button on your browser (we have this and it makes it SO easy!) which will pop‐up each time you access one of their accepted merchants – then all you do is click the button to activate your cash-back…it doesn’t send you to any other web page, you keep shopping as usual, and the $ earned on your purchase is then automatically put in your Ebates account. You can get your cash‐back via PayPal or a mailed check.