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The Best Last Minute Holiday Deals for Your Kids

You’ve probably got an inbox full of 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 store to include some of the best deals and discounts we’ve discovered that are available via Amazon. Unfortunately you can’t see the regular price on the storefront (ie. the awesome markdown!), but if you hover over the little comment/speech bubble on each one, you can see where we’ve marked the discount (see screenshot below).

Hop over to check it out — it’s your new one‐stop shop for amazing deals on our top rated items!

You’ll currently find discounts up to 50% off of toys, games and books, including some of our favorites:

+ many more…head over to our Amazon Storefront to see them all!

Even More Discounts!

Amazon isn’t the only one throwing last‐minute discounts at holiday shoppers. Take a look at these great deals we found from our other favorite retailers, shops and subscription sites.


Target is running a great promotion on toys where you save $10 when you spend $50 or save $25 when you spend $100 (no promo code needed). They are also offering free holiday shipping if you order by 11:59CST on 12/20…you’ll get your gifts by 12/23!

One fantastic find we can’t help but feature from Target is the Disney Princess Collection (11 dolls!)This is the lowest we’ve seen this Disney Princess huuuuge collection go in a long time. We can rarely find it under $90 and right now it’s under $75 and you’ll get an additional $10 off with their current promo! We featured this in our Princess Gift Guide and the massive size of it will make any little girl’s Christmas!

Learning Resources

Learning Resources has a huge selection of educational and engaging toys and games for all ages. They’re developed by top educators and have been trusted by teachers and parents for over 30 years, so you can’t go wrong. Right now you can get 30% off their selection + free shipping using this link + code: GIFT30.

A few recommendations: we love their Primary Science Lab Kit for toddlers and preschoolers (our testers played with water, the dropper and beakers for a long time after the experiments were over!), Gears! Gears! Gears! set for creative construction and Mini Muffin Match‐Up for sorting, counting and fine‐motor development.

Pottery Barn Kids

We’ve featured countless items from PBkids high‐quality selection in our gift guides, and they currently have 20% off + free shipping through 12/16 with code: HOHOHO

Land of Nod

Land of Nod is having a big sale on some of their top items, including 40% off select toys and big discounts on their adorable Tee Pees (now under $100!).

Grace Personalized — Custom Rings

We featured these custom name rings in our Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide and they makes the perfect gift for those hard to shop for tweens and teens! They are currently a steal at under $30!

iSeeMe Personalized Books

Another one of our favorite places for personalized books is iSeeMe and they have a wide selection of fun Christmas titles and gift sets. Everything at iSeeMe is currently 30% off with code: CELEBRATE (until 12/17)+ get 5% cash back if you sign‐up with Ebates

Kiwi Co

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.

DEAL ALERT: Right now Kiwi Co is offering their biggest sale of the year, 60% off your first month (only $7.95!) — simply click this link to get this offer and use promo code: CHEER.

It’s the last weekend for free rush delivery for 12/24 so hurry!


Another one of our top‐rated subscription boxes is KidStir. We love that they create an experience for kids that not only educates them, but also gets them excited about food. Their monthly kits are so well‐crafted and center around a theme like Appetizers, Snacks, Salads or Breakfast. Each contains 3 fun recipes, a shopping list, extra info on the foods involved, games, activities and our favorite: 2 top‐quality kid‐sized tools. Kidstir is a total winner in our books – informing kids about food, and arming them to make healthier choices 

DEAL ALERT50% off your first Kidstir kit! Use this link and code HOLIDAY50 at checkout to get this amazing discount! (valid until 12/31). Order by 12/17 to get your first kit before the holidays!

Highlights Magazine

A 1‐year magazine subscription to all of the brillant Highlights family magazines (they have ones age‐appropriate titles for toddlers to tweens) are now $20 off! Featured in our Best Gifts To Receive In Your Mailbox Guide.

DEAL ALERT: $20 off all 1‐year magazine subscriptions using this link  

Plus deals on clothing:

gift guides

Want some more incredible gift ideas for your kids? Check out our incredibly popular Gift Guides:

Non‐Toy Gift Guides For Kids

Toy Gift Guides For Kids

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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 

Amazon Prime:

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.

We personally couldn’t live without it, and just by clicking here you can try a FREE 30‐day trial (which can even be shared with 4 family members – score!).

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.


Another incredible online money‐saver we started using this year is Ebates. Now we have to admit, we were totally skeptical about this 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!

Ebates gives 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.

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.

We have a couple hundred dollars in our account that we saved this year just from doing the online shopping we would have done anyways! 
Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Now is a great time to sign‐up for Ebates because over the holidays they are increasing their cash back even more — some stores to double or triple the percentage!

(note: this is not a sponsored message, just something we love and wish we had known about sooner!)