Best Deals in April 2021 (And What to Avoid!)

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April brings not just warm weather and bountiful showers, it brings an abundance of deals. As you think about shopping for the month, expect to find discounts on items to improve your experience outdoors, indoor and outdoor toys for the kids, and earth-friendly products to help reduce your carbon footprint. 

Outdoor Deals

It’s getting warm enough to spend more time outdoors, and retailers are offering timely sales. You’ll find discounts on favorite outdoor activities, from camping to patio-lounging.

Aktiv: This Scandinavian activewear brand provides high-performing outdoor hiking clothes and technical clothing. Save 20 percent off hiking gear with the code TakeAHike. Valid March 20 – May 15.  

BaitCloud: This female-led company makes fish-attractant balls that work like bath bombs for easier fishing. From April 1-30, save 30 percent off all BaitCloud Fish Attractants with code Trae30 and 50 percent off BaitCloud InSerts (both originally $10.99) with code Trae50. The offer will be valid April 1-30.  

DISH Outdoors:  Take the TV you love outdoors with this portable satellite antenna. There is no subscription required to sign up for this pay-as-you-go programming. 

  • April 5-11: Receive a $100 prepaid VISA card with any bundle purchase, starting at $348.00.
  • April 19-25: Get $50 off any bundle, starting at $348.00
  • April 1-15: Enter the DISH Outdoor giveaway to receive a free DISH Playmaker Portable Satellite TV Antenna, Wi-Fi adapter, DVR hard-drive, and Wally receiver. The value of this prize is over $500.  

Ibkul: Save 40 percent off select printed IBKÜL Women’s tops & shorts through April 30. The tops and shorts have UPF50+ protection and their super-soft tops are made with IceFil Technology to naturally cool you when you are out and about. Prices vary. 

Insta360: This intelligent tech company develops action cameras, 360-degree cameras, editing software, as well as 180-3D cameras for capturing all your outdoor adventures. From March 29 – April 8, save 10 percent off the Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition- Standard Kit (originally $479) and get a free ONE R Battery valued at $29.99. Also, save 10 percent off the Insta360 Pro 2 Standard (originally $4999). 

Leaf’d Box Education Kits: This Southern California-based company has three generations of farming experience and has tested over 5,000 plant varieties. Ideal for new gardeners, these Education Kits (originally $49.99 and up) provide fast-growing plants, an online curriculum, and weekly virtual lessons. From April 1-30, save 25 percent off with code AprilDeals21.

Little Bridges Grandma & Me Explore Outdoors Kit: This boxed set encourages pandemic-friendly outdoor bonding with a magnifying glass, sidewalk chalk, paint pens, a nature storybook, and a solar print kit. It even includes a child-size backpack, which can be personalized, and an activity journal to document the adventure. Save 20 percent off your first purchase (originally $34.95) by entering your email on the website.

NakeFit: These unique sole protectors conform to your feet and stay on for hours to protect from germs, grime, slipping, rough rocks, or hot surfaces. Ideal for camping, swimming, beach walks, and more. Through May 1, save 10 percent off $19.99. 

Rugs.com Outdoor Aztec rug collectionThese timeless outdoor rugs come in 26 sizes and 8 color options and instantly brighten and define your garden area, patio, or front porch. Through April 31, save 50 percent off (originally $238 and up). 

Thermacell E55 Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller: Rather than spraying bug repellant on your skin, keep mosquitos at bay with this rechargeable Mosquito Repeller. It creates a 20-foot, 12-hour mosquito protection area in the yard, around the pool, or on the patio. EPA reviewed for safety & effectiveness and available in Royal Blue or Graphite. From April 18-24 with code 20THERMACELL, save 20 percent off on Amazon (originally $39.99).

Wayzn:  This easy-to-install smart home gadget transforms any sliding patio or garden door into a dog door that automatically opens and closes for your pet. It can also be controlled via the app or Alexa. From April 1-8, save 15 percent off $399.  

April Deals on Toys & Games

Toy and game deals are plentiful this month! Perfect timing for parents looking for cavity-free Easter Basket treats, and for keeping kids occupied indoors. 

Educational Insights: To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the award-winning Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game, save 30 percent off Preschool Games. Valid From April 5-18 with code SNEAKYIS10. 

#FakeFacts: From Rue Cler Games, this fast-paced card game of historical and pop culture trivia tests players’ knowledge as well as their ability to fool others. Good for players ages 12 and up. Can be played virtually, too! From April 1-30, save 10 percent off $14.99. 

Learning Resources: This educational toy brand known for its screen-free robots that introduce coding concepts to kids 5+ will be having STEM-themed sales all month. Sales include 20 percent off the award-winning Botley The Coding Robot (originally $54.99) and Botley 2.0 The Coding Robot (originally $64.99), . Valid April 12-18 with code BOTLEY.

OSMO: This educational toy company is offering 30 percent off select kits and games for iPad or Fire tablets through April 3. The sale items, including the Coding Starter Kit (originally $99), focus on creativity, coding/STEM, and life skills, like creative problem solving and focus.  

Sago Mini Box: These monthly subscription boxes are filled with make-and-play activities that entertain and teach skills to preschoolers through play.  From April 1-30, first-time customers can receive their first box for just $15 (normally $19) with code SMPRAPRFB15.  

Snapsies: Developed for children ages 6-11, this new toy line from Funko offers innovative snap-and-match technology, allowing kids to create figures in thousands of unique combinations. The Llamas, Hedgehogs, Unicorns can be transformed into Jett the rock star unicorn, Billie the super-athletic mountain goat, and hedgehog Boe. Packed in blind capsules for a fun surprise. For a limited time, save $2 off $11.99.

Earth Day 2021 Deals

April 22, 2021, is Earth Day, an annual event that helps to shine a light on our environmental impact. To help you live a greener life, many brands and retailers are offering discounts on items that promote eco-friendly living.

Ahimsa: This brand makes stainless steel dishes for kids (originally $64 for a set) that are an answer to the growing problem of plastics in plate ware. Developed by a board-certified pediatrician and mom of 3 after learning from the American Academy of Pediatrics that plastic can be harmful to children. From April 12-23, save 25 percent off all items except for bundles. 

Ahimsa also gives back to The Patachou Foundation, which serves healthy meals to children struggling with poverty and hunger. 

Awoo: These pet essentials are modern, stylish, and produced in an eco-conscious manner. The bright and playful products use the equivalent of five recycled water bottles, saving over 2.5 gallons of water, according to the company. From April 18-25, save 15 percent off the best-selling Infinity Leash (originally $40).

Bamboozle Composter: This eco-friendly housewares brand is offering 20 percent off their Composter (originally $50) on Amazon. Made from biodegradable, dishwasher-safe, and durable bamboo fiber, the Bamboozle Composter helps you convert organic waste into compost to enrich the soil in your backyard. Valid April 1-30.  

Bella Tunno: This purpose-driven B-Corp certified brand offers sustainable baby products and mealtime accessories. Everything is made from 100 percent FDA-approved food-grade silicone, which is non-toxic, durable, bacteria-resistant, and free from BPA, PVC, and phthalates. From April 1-30, select Wonder Bibs (originally $15) and Happy Teethers (originally $12) from the Little Activist collection are 20 percent off with promo code BT-EARTH20.

Coway Bidetmega 150: The latest bidet model from Coway helps you have a luxe bathroom experience at home. The bidet has an eco-friendly mode to help reduce energy consumption when not in use and will help reduce toilet paper usage. Through April 19, save 15 percent off $349.  

Elouan Wines: Elouan means “good light”, referring to the longer days and abundance of sunshine in Oregon, where these wines are made. Their portfolio of vegan wines includes Chardonnay, Rosé, Klamath’s Kettle Reserve Pinot Noir, and more. Through May 31, save $5 when purchasing Elouan wines (originally $19-$45) through Drizly with the code GOODLIGHT, or save 20 percent on your purchase of Elouan Wines at QuiltandCo.com

Through the “Enjoy a Bottle, Plant a Tree” initiative, Elouan and Trees for the Future will plant a tree for every bottle or glass of Elouan Wines sold through May 31. Additionally, each time the #PlantATreeWithElouan hashtag is used on Instagram, another tree will be planted through Trees for the Future’s program.

Ethique: For the month of April, save 20 percent off the Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Concentrates (originally $9.95). One plastic-free box makes one 350g bottle of liquid shampoo or conditioner suitable for normal to dry hair. Just mix the concentrated bars with boiling water for a batch of foamy, color-safe liquid shampoo or conditioner.

Ethique: For the month of April, save 20 percent off the Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner Concentrates (originally $9.95). One plastic-free box makes one 350g bottle of liquid shampoo or conditioner suitable for normal to dry hair. Just mix the concentrated bars with boiling water for a batch of foamy, color-safe liquid shampoo or conditioner.

Grace’s Goodness Organics Sipping Broths: Made with vegetables, herbs, MCT’s, and nutritional yeast, this USDA Organic, NON-GMO, vegan, Gluten-Free, and Soy-Free, on-the-go sipping broths are a source of vitamin A & C, and offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties. From April 20-27, save 20 percent of 6- and 18-packs with code BLESSEARTH20. Originally $7.99 and up. 

Junes Reusable Tote Bag: These stylish, roomy, reusable bags are durable, washable, and made with a sustainable Bio-Knit. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, On Earth Day (April 20), save 15 off sitewide (originally $26).

KicksBySammy: One of the KicksBySammy services is a unique Painted Kicks service, which transforms old sneakers into eye-catching, hand-painted pairs. Rather than having your sneaks end up in a landfill, this service breathes new life into your favorite pair. From April 1-30, save 10 percent off the custom service (originally in the $150 range) by putting in a request for your favorite design at https://www.kicksbysammy.com/kicks and mentioning EARTHDAY21. 

Ma’am Shoes CJ Sandals: These flat sandals have a classic silhouette with a supportive insole and plush foam padding for all-day comfort. They are ethically and sustainably made in a Los Angeles production facility that cuts back on carbon emissions from international freight shipping. The shoes are shipped in environmentally-responsible recyclable shoe boxes, reducing the unnecessary waste of box-in-a-box shipping. Originally $245, save 10 percent off with code EARTH10 from April 8-22. 

Noyah: This USDA-certified-organic and biobased lip care band specializes in lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms, and food-grade cosmetics that are eco-friendly and sustainably-made in commercial kitchens. The products are packaged in earth-friendly bamboo, PCR, Sugar Cane, and paper packaging, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in plastic, according to the brand. Save 15 percent off on Ulta.com with code GETNOYAH from March 29 – April 29. 

Qür 360™:  This new lip care brand has a patented, one-of-a-kind components that require no twist up or cap removal. Their Clip Balm™ is a must-have for on the go. Just clip it to your belt, purse, backpack, or yoga pants! The products are made with all clean ingredients using environmentally friendly supply chain partners. From April 1-30, save 15 percent off with code Qur15 (originally $15 for 2). 

Raum Goods Earthing Shoes: These ethically-sourced shoes are made with porous water buffalo leather that allows your foot to feel the texture of the ground. They are shipped in natural linen bags and an outer shipping envelope that is biodegradable, made from corn. On Earth Day (April 22), save 20 off sitewide with code OURPLANET20. A portion of sales will be donated to The Conservation Fund.  

Rawlogy Cork Massage Ball: This eco-friendly massage ball makes massaging sore muscles simple and convenient, and it’s available in several designs. Through April 30, save 15 percent on massage balls and sets ($12.99 and up) with code GETROLLING.  

REEF: This footwear brand has pledged to make a positive impact on the environment through plastic pollution initiatives, like beach clean-ups and environmental legislation through its partnership with Surfrider Better Beach Alliance. REEF offers a variety of eco-friendly sandals such as the Voyage Lite Beach (originally $40 but on sale for $32), which is PVC-free and made with a recycled PET Tricolor Tubular Padded webbing strap. REEF offers free shipping on orders over $55, as well as 2 for 20 percent off on select styles. While supplies last. 

Shore Buddies: Each animal in the Shore Buddies plush collection ($9.99 and up) is made from six recycled plastic bottles! The collection features an array of soft characters including Stephen Seagull, Shelly the Sea Turtle, and Finn the Dolphin, which make authentic animal sounds when pressed. From April 18-25, save 22 percent off.

Take My Face Off: This maker of reusable makeup remover pads created an Earth Day Set that includes 1 Makeup MItty and 3 Mitty Minis for $33, which is 25 percent off the normal price. According to the company, the set replaces at least 12000 cotton balls, preventing at least 15000 gallons of water from being used on pesticide-doused cotton crops. If you’re a makeup wipe user, the set replaces 8000 wipes.

thredUP: One of the world’s largest resale platforms for women’s and kids’ apparel, shoes, and accessories, thredUP is extending the life cycle of these items by encouraging consumers to buy and sell them gently-used. From April 17-18 save up to 50 percent off select styles, plus free shipping for new users. 

True Natural:  This brand of chemical-free personal care products uses only all-natural ingredients that are safe for you, your family, and the environment. The products are free of parabens, PEG, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic colors or fragrances, or other harmful synthetics. The ingredients are Certified-Organic and Vegan wherever possible, and all products are cruelty-free. From April 1-30, save 20 percent off sitewide via Coupons.com.  

Wild Isles: This woman-owned, eco-friendly brand makes sustainable swimwear for busty women that is wireless and flattering. Each piece is made with durability, endurance, and shape-retention in mind, and all materials are made of recycled, industrial-strength fishing nets imported from Italy. On Earth Day (April 22), save $25 off a bikini (originally $125).

What Not to Buy in April

Jewelry

Thinking about proposing to your sweetheart or finding a deal on something sparkly for an early Mother’s Day gift? Now is not the time. Wait until closer to Mother’s Day for deals on jewelry.

Large Appliances

If you can, hold off until Memorial Day weekend for sales on washers, refrigerators, and other large home gadgets.  

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