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Fold the force, you will

This is always a very popular deal, and it’s back again—perfect as a “gift closet” gift to have on hand for birthday parties or under the Christmas tree, alike—so I cannot resist pointing it out.

Kids love Star Wars. Kids love origami. Want hours and hours of blessed happy silence (followed by, yes, child clutter everywhere, but at least when you step on these, they don’t hurt your feet)? Snap up this Star Wars Origami book for $6.28 at Amazon right now. It’s got everything they need to create 36 different paper masterpieces for Star Wars fans.

Do please take note: Although this book is supposedly rated for ages 5+, my experience with it is that it’s fun but requires precision and persistence; I’d say it’s more of a 10+ gift, myself (maybe 8+ for a kid who’s already good at origami and/or very patient). But the projects are cool and having the special themed paper is nifty, too.

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Winter is coming! I mean, probably.

We’re supposed to get some snow tomorrow. I live in the south, so this is Big News. Like, clear out the grocery store of bread and milk and eggs kind of news. I have no idea how the weather’s been going this year elsewhere, but I do know that aside from French toast fixings, you may need some warmer clothing to brave the elements.

If you’re not ready for it yet, good news! Today (Thursday, December 7th) only, Target is offering half off winter-wear for the whole family! This covers the usual suspects—parkas, snow pants, some vests and fleece—but also (inexplicably) some windbreakers and suit jackets and light cardigans (and a couple of swim coverups…?), too. Target doesn’t seem to really understand how winter works, but I’m okay with that.

Shipping is free on every order. Also if you have a toddler I need to borrow them because some of those toddler jackets made me squeal out loud with the cute.

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Stock up for the kids today

I never feel so bitter about my kids growing up as I do when Children’s Place has a huge sale. Like, whyyyyyyyy must I have adult-sized children whose clothing costs as much as mine?? I miss the days of $2 t-shirts and big stock-up sales where I literally bought “one in every color” of anything they liked because it was so cheap.

Little kids are cheap, y’all. I know, you think they’re expensive with their diapers and everything. But then they grow up and want computers and cars and college. And that’s aside from clothing that suddenly costs a whole lot more. (Clearly the issue here is the letter c. I need to do more research into this issue.)

Anyway, if your kids are still small, get on over there—everything is at least 50% off, with clearance as much as 75% off. Every order ships for free, and you’ll earn $10 Place Cash for every $20 you spend. (Not that you’ll need to come back and spend that, because you’ll already have one in every color thanks to today’s sale….) Also, did you know they have matching family jammies, including adult sizes?? They do. Go. Enjoy. Don’t worry about me, sitting over here all bitter.

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Did you miss all the outerwear deals? Never fear!

It doesn’t happen anymore, but when my kids were little I swear they would wait for every sale on a given item to pass before having a growth spurt. Every time. I’d be sitting there all smug in December that I’d finally made sure everyone had snow pants and boots and whatever before school even started (okay, this was before we lived in the south…) and then a week before Christmas, the parkas would magically shrink, or a child would come home with just one boot. That wasn’t just us, right?

Sales will keep coming and going, but if you have a small-ish human in your home who needs a new coat or other items, or if you just realized you, yourself, need a pair of boots of a jacket warmer than that hoodie you’ve been wearing all fall (oh, wait, that was me in the hoodie), today (Monday, December 4th) would be a good time to check out Lands’ End—you can use coupon code WARMTH with PIN 3216 for 50% off your entire order! (Note: this code works only on full-price items, so this is not a good time to clean up on additional clearance savings, but if you’ve had your eye on a new parka, this is absolutely a good time to grab that.)

Shipping is free on your $50+ order, which is calculated after any coupon savings (boo). Don’t forget that you can return Lands’ End merchandise for free at your local Sears, soooo… I’m not telling you what to do, of course, but maybe you want to order something in two different sizes and return the one you don’t want in-store, and maybe that gets you free shipping along the way. Just sayin’.

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Because they haven’t had a sale in a while…

… hahahahaha, I crack myself up. Sure, Macy’s hasn’t had a sale in forever, amirite? Like, not since last week! Hahaha! (I know, old joke. Never stops being funny, though.)

Anyway—be that as it may—it’s somehow times for the Friends & Family sale, which means an extra up-to-30% off just about everything with coupon code FRIEND. And of course that’s on top of everything that’s already on sale.

Need a few more just-because or thank-you or happy-holidays-but-I-don’t-know-what-you-like gifts? Check out their Frango Chocolates offerings. Boxes start around about $6 after coupon, although the larger boxes are obviously the best value. My only problem here is that they don’t offer mixed boxes. I mean, I love sea salt caramels, but I also love the dark chocolate raspberry, so how am I supposed to… oh. Right. I was supposed to be buying them as gifts, not for myself. I remember, now.

Shipping is free on your $99+ order or when shopping with a Macy’s card, or add any Beauty item to your order for free shipping on the whole thing. (Pro tip: grab one of these I’m Real Face Masks for $2.55 after coupon; it’s cheaper than paying for shipping, and sheet masks make for the best selfies, anyway.)

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Do kids still love K’NEX?

When my son was little he loved getting one big K’NEX set for Christmas along with his (requested) plethora of LEGO. I haven’t heard as much about the brand in recent years—maybe all the kids are too busy with video games?—but it holds a special place in my heart.

If you like to break out one extensive K’NEX set for the holidays, Amazon has this 568-piece Thrill Rides: Kraken’s Revenge Roller Coaster marked down to just $30 today (its lowest price ever).

The only way this deal could be better would be if it included an actual kraken. Preferably one that does your bidding on command. (Oh dear, I’ve said too much….)

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Do a Disney gift, and make it personal

I spend the entire winter complaining that I’m cold—yes, even here in the south—so I am a big fan of the “never too many blankets” philosophy. And if you know an adult Disney nut or, really, just about any small child, what could be better than a throw that’s Disney-themed? Well, how about a throw that’s Disney-themed and personalized and over half off? Now we’re talking!

Go check out the available throws at the Disney Store, as many are already half off. Choose which one(s) you want, do “Add Personalization” before adding to your cart, and then apply coupon code DOLLARPZ to make that personalization cost just $1 and code SAVE20 for 20% off and free shipping. You’ll get a personalized throw for just $8 shipped!

And yes, the codes work on other items, too. But those throws are probably the best deal, plus I’m a little chilly, y’know.

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Toys on your list?

Alright, let’s talk deal fatigue. It’s around this time of year that any 99% off!! sign screaming in my face fails to elicit even a cursory glance. It feels like everything has been on sale for forever and it all starts to blur together. I get it. You have to learn how to (quickly) suss out which deals are worth checking out.

For example, today in the Amazon Gold Box, one of the “Daily Deals” boasts “Save up to 30% on toys from Transformers, Little Live Pets, WWE, and more.” And my immediate reaction was basically “Who cares?”

1) I don’t particularly care for any of those toy lines (nor did my kids when they were little),
and
2) 30% off is for amateurs.

However, when you actually click through on that particular deal (which you might not do if you had that reaction and you weren’t me), you’ll quickly discover discounts much deeper than 30%—perhaps they mean it’s an additional 30% off?—and also tons of brands not mentioned in the title. Like, hello, Paw Patrol is a huge favorite of most little kids I know, and Skye’s Rocket Ship for under $6 is not only way more than 30% off, that’s actually a really good deal on a hot toy. And $9 for this Charizard card binder or $6 for this Pokemon X and Y one are the lowest price they’ve ever been, and any Pokemon fan with a card collection would be delighted with one of them.

Stuff like that. Moral of the story: Push through the fatigue. The deals are still out there!

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Another LEGO deal? Another LEGO deal!

If your goal is to foster open-ended play and get as many LEGO bricks as possible for the least amount of money, here’s your deal: Right now tucked in amongst their Cyber Monday deals, Jet.com quietly priced this LEGO Classic Creative Building Set of 900 (!) pieces at just $24. (For reference: it’s currently $46.75 at Amazon.)

Now, the deal with Jet is that you’ll get free shipping on your $35+ order, so you’ll want to find something else to get to that threshold, but the good news is that they sell just about everything, so I’m confident that if there isn’t another Cyber Monday deal you want, you can find some dish soap or snacks you normally buy, anyway. And the more you buy, the more you save.

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Need one great deal? Check here!

If you’ve got one Big Must Have Toy on your shopping list and haven’t found the right deal, yet, cross your fingers and head over to Barnes & Noble—in addition to an extra 15% off site-wide (use coupon code SHOPALLDAY), you can save 30% on a single qualifying toy or game, today only.

This can work out to a great deal on various LEGO sets (the extra 15% won’t apply, but the 30% off does) as well as tons of other high-ticket items. Check out the Sale section for the best deals, obviously, because the discounts work on those already-reduced prices.

Free shipping on your $25+ order, too.

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