Best Deals in December 2020 (and What to Avoid!)

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Happy December! Hopefully, you scored some deals over Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, but if you still have shopping to do, the opportunities to save are far from over. The holiday shopping season continues with deep discounts on items like holiday gift sets and decor, winter apparel, and toys & games for all ages.  I’ve unearthed a lot of deals already, but we may see a flurry of surprise deals on Free Shipping Day, which is on December 14, and Super Saturday, which is on December 19. 

Gift Sets and holiday decor

If you are looking to kick your holiday decor up a notch or are on the hunt for a few more gift sets, you’re in luck! Smart shopping hint: If you’re buying decor, try to buy things that you can use throughout the year, like neutral colors or metallics, rather than red & green. 

Bluelene: This skincare brand incorporates the antioxidant Methylene Blue with plant-based ingredients like bergamot fruit oil, beetroot extract, and carrot seed oil to restore the skin’s radiance. From December 10-27, all three of their gift sets will be 20 percent off (originally $68 and up) with code GIFTS4U.  

Carpe Don’t Sweat the Holidays Kit: This limited-edition kit contains all of the essentials you need to fight sweat, including two Underarm Antiperspirants, Antiperspirant Foot Lotion, and Antiperspirant Underarm Wipes. Get the set for $44.95 (originally $59.93, an $80 value). While supplies last through December 25.

Fella: This candle brand is offering 30 percent off sitewide from December 1-31. Candles include Cuffing Season, which smells like chestnuts roasting on an open fire, with notes of smoke, hickory, and clove

Inside My Locket Jewelry: This brand of handcrafted jewelry is offering a deal on their hand-forged copper trees, which are made of jewelry-grade copper wire and can be used as holiday ornaments, decorative placeholders, or gift toppers. Through December 15, Buy 5, Get one Free (a $9 value).   

Kay Jewelers: Kay Jewelers is offering a discount on a variety of holiday charms – perfect for personalized gifts for loved ones! From December 7-14 during the Friends and Family Event, save between 25-50 percent off sitewide.

Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care: This skincare brand grows, harvests, and handcrafts organic treatment products with no synthetic chemicals. Through December 16, get any of their three Farm Fresh Holiday Gift Packs of four full-sized products for $79.99 (valued at over $108).

Nature’s Garden Gift Bundle: This bundle is packed with snacks for health enthusiasts and chocolate-lovers, including Belgian Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Clusters from chocolatier Jacques Torres. From November 11-December 20, save 30 percent off the original price of $70. First-time buyers will receive an extra 20 percent off the sale price with the code Welcome. 

Party City: This one-stop holiday shop is having several deals on holiday decor, including 2 for $10 select Tinsel Decorations (regularly $5.99 each) and 3 for $15 Holiday Hanging Decor (regularly $5.99 each) to brighten up your holiday display. 

Sicily Hill: These luxury candles are inspired by the experience of the aperitivo. From December 1-12, save 20 percent off all candles and receive free shipping. From December 27-January 2, save 20 percent off all their Champagne candles.  

Suki Skincare: This brand of naturally-derived skin treatments is offering a Cyber Monday sale from November 30-December 6. With code CYBERWEEK, save 30 off sitewide, including their range of Holiday Gift Sets like the Cleanse & Hydrate Set and the Exfoliation Must-Haves Set. All sets are packaged in a recycled kraft gift box wrapped in a limited-edition custom scarf as an eco-friendly wrapping option.  

Tipsy Elves: This online shop for holiday gear and “ugly” Christmas sweaters is offering 30 percent off sitewide with code LETSCYBER. Valid Dec 1-8.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat: This Chicago-based female-owned luxury chocolate brand has two new collections available for the holidays: The Healer Collection; 17 chocolates with ingredients like Blue Algae and Reishi Mushrooms, and the Ritual Collection, which focuses on self-love, joy, prosperity, and more. For the whole winter season, save 15 percent off by joining their text alerts list.  

Zales: This jewelry retailer  is offering snowflake and Frozen-themed jewelry for the holiday season. From December 1-10, save 25 percent off sitewide plus 50 percent off select styles. From December 11-14 during the Perfect Gift Event, save 30 percent off sitewide plus 50 percent off select styles. 

Winter apparel and winter footwear

Every year, retailers offer discounts on winter apparel to capitalize on holiday gift shopping. As the winter season progresses, expect deeper discounts as retailers look to clear space for the incoming spring collections. 

Anne Klein: Exclusively at the Anne Klein Shop through December 25, the Women’s Animal Print Snap Front Cape with snap front hardware and faux leather trim pocket opening will be $69.50 (regularly $129) and the Women’s Houndstooth Pullover Cape with a high collar neckline and faux leather piping will be $89.50 (regularly $179).  

Corey Paige Designs: This artist-designed loungewear combines unique patterns and bright colors to make your WFH wardrobe a lot more interesting. Through December 10, save 15 percent off joggers (originally $76) and sweatshirts (originally $65). 

Feetures: These performance socks have an anatomical design, which provides a custom-like fit. From November 25-December 7, save 20 percent off sitewide, including limited edition holiday styles. From December 8-15, receive a trucker hat valued at $29.99 with purchases of $75+.  

Tani USA: This men’s and women’s intimates brand is offering 30 percent off sitewide through December 31 with code DOORBUSTER. Popular items include their Men’s SilkCut Thermal Set (originally $145), which are cozy without being bulky.  

Tucketts Holiday Foot Care Gift Sets: These gift bundles (originally $32 and up) are a great option for avid workout enthusiasts or lovers of comfy and versatile grip socks and leg warmers. Save up to 30 percent off through December 6. 

LePrix – This site offers an impressive collection of pre-owned, authentic Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and more from the best consignment shops and vintage boutiques around the world. From December 18-20, save an extra 35 percent off during the Flashback to Black Friday Sale.  On December 27, the Winter Sale begins with thousands of new markdowns.

Verloop: This cheerful collection of knits for her, him, and home are often made with surplus yarns. From November 23-December 5, save 30 percent off sitewide.  

Toys & games for kids and adults

Believe it or not, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not the only time to get deals on toys. I’ve found that discounts in December are often better. You will see promotions throughout the month, with a crush of deals earlier in the month and with sales heating up again as Super Saturday (Dec. 21) approaches. Target has been known to host a massive toy sale the week before Christmas. 

Blimey Box: This treasure hunt game is for kids ages 5-9! Kids solve puzzles to unlock locks and then find clues for the next puzzle. From November 26-December 26, save $20 off Game Kit Bundles (originally $99 and up). 

The Cookie Cups Unicorn Cookie Cup Baking Kit: With this colorful kit, you’ll get everything you need to make 24 mini cookie cups, including an apron, a unicorn serving plate, and a unicorn horn mold for chocolate unicorn horns. Through December 31, save 30 percent off plus free shipping.  

Disney Codeillusion: Using Disney characters, this educational game teaches players four computer coding languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Processing). On December 10, save 40 percent off Codeillusion Prime, which is exclusively online (regularly $499), and save 40 percent off Codeillusion Enchanted, which includes a Magic book that allows the player to be a character in the game, enhancing the online experience (regularly $899). From December 17-19, Buy One, Get One Free Codeillusion Prime (value $499).  

Granny’s Candies®: In this fun education game, players pick colorful “candy” tokens from Granny’s jars while increasing vocabulary skills. Through December 15, save 50 percent off the $59.94 price with code GRANNYC. One discount per person. Not redeemable in combination with other promotions.

Hand2mind: This educational toy site and teacher’s resource is offering up to 20 percent off select toys through December 25, including Moving Creations with K’NEX, DIY Music Maker Science Lab, and Squishy Water Bead Science Lab. 

Hasty Baker: This award-winning card game is a mess-free simulation of baking competitions that is fun for the whole family. On Amazon through December 5, save 15 percent off the original price of $17.99 with code 15HASTYMSN.

Hello Genius: This new AI-powered learning application offers personalized learning experiences that children and parents explore together. From December 1-31, save 50 percent off six-month and annual subscriptions for 2021 (originally $120 and $200, respectively). Free access to all grandparents!  

Inklings Baby: This new plush toy + board book set featuring characters Gus, Ollie, and Wobby, will spark your child’s imagination! From November 29-December 5, Buy One Get One Free (value $19.99). Applies to the white and orange plush sets of Ollie and Wobby. In-store only at Target.

KneeBouncers: This platform can be used on computers, tablets, or phones and features singalongs and learning games for toddlers and preschoolers. From November 27-January 2 with code save10bucks, save $10 off their $35 Annual Membership, which is ad-free. 

LINGO STEM Coding Kit BundleThis remote-teaching kit for at-home learning aims to inspire STEM exploration with students from middle school through college. On, save up to 45% off (originally $89.99 and up). Valid through March 16, 2021.

Osmo: Products from this award-winning kids’ STEAM brand are used in over 2.5 million homes and over 30,000 classrooms nationwide. From December 6-12 during the “Buy more, earn more” promotion, get a $15 coupon ($90 maximum) for every $50 you spend. Coupons will be emailed on January 24 and will be valid through February 6.

Plus-Plus: This one-shape, building toy provides hours of fun for kids. From December 4-11 on Amazon, all Holiday Tubes, including Candy Cane, Christmas Tree, and Elf, will be 13 percent off plus free 2-day shipping! Tubes are originally $7.99 and up. 

Polaroid: The Mandalorian™ Polaroid Camera: This limited-edition analog, instant camera from Polaroid was created in collaboration with Lucasfilm. Features include autofocus and double-exposure. From December 7-20, save $20 (originally $119.99). 

POWERUP Toys POWERUP 4.0: This powerful and fun toy blends technology with the excitement of flying homemade paper planes. Through December 5, save 20 percent off the original price of $79.95. 

VTech Toys: This brand of popular electronic learning products for children is offering 30 percent off VTech toys at Target from Nov. 29-December 5, including the Jiggle & Giggle Fishing Set, which will be $17.50 (originally $24.99) and the Helping Heroes Fire Station, which will be $21.00 (originally $29.99).

Wishbeads Kid’s Collection: These pretty bracelets have a tube that holds a special message or wish. Each time kids peek at their wrist, they’ll remember what’s inside. From December 1-15, save 25 percent off the Kid’s Collection with code KIDSWISH25 (originally $30).

What Not to Buy in December

 Fitness, Beauty, and Wellness: Gym memberships, workout DVDs, fitness equipment, and workout apparel are all more favorably priced in January. 

Linens: Since the late 1800s, January has been the month of “white sales”, when all manner of linens go on sale. Many stores, like Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and JCPenney slash prices on sheets and bedding to make way for new spring merchandise.

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