Best Deals in December (and What to Avoid!)

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Happy December! Hopefully, you scored some great deals over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the deals don’t end there!  The holiday shopping season continues with deep discounts on items like toys, outerwear, gift cards, and holiday-themed merchandise. We’ve unearthed a lot of deals already, but expect an uptick in promotional activity around Green Monday, Dec. 9, Free Shipping Day, Dec. 14 and Super Saturday, Dec. 21. 


Holiday Décor & Holiday Gift Deals

If you’re still in need of some holiday cheer around the house or you’re looking for promotional pricing on holiday-themed gifts, you’re in luck! Smart shopping hint: If you’re buying decor or gift wrapping supplies, try to buy things that you can use throughout the year, like red paper goods for Valentine’s Day, or metallic items, which can be used for almost any holiday.    


AnytownUSA: This site for American-made goods is offering 20 percent off Ciao Bella ornaments and jewelry with code CIAOBELLA from Dec. 11 – 12, and 15 percent off Island of Blue Ornaments with code BLUE from Dec. 18 – 19.  


Feetures Holiday Sock Box: Feetures high-performance socks fit like they’ve been made just for you. This holiday box (regularly $50) comes with three pairs of socks, in “Basics” or “Stardust” color combos. From Dec. 1 – 8, save 20 percent off all purchases.


Little Saps: A sweet, eco-friendly gift item, these evergreen seedlings are packaged with an inspirational quote. Save 15 percent off “holiday shop” items using code: ACMSALE2019. Valid December 3- 6.


Lowes: This home improvement store is offering 25 percent off artificial Christmas trees and all in-store decorative rugs through Dec. 4.  


Pure Fiber Holi-Cozi Christmas Gift Set: This luxurious, eco-friendly gift set contains a  breathable Bamboo Rayon Nightshirt, Cotton Reversible Blanket, and a pair of Colorblock Plush Socks. Through Dec. 13, get this set for $44 (originally $155).  


The Stationery Studio: This premium stationery and gifts site is offering up to 30 percent off select Holiday Party Supplies thru Dec 31 (specially marked products only). 


Outerwear Deals

Many retailers will be offering deep discounts on outerwear and winter apparel as they clear space for the next season. In addition to the deals below, look for sales like Zara’s annual Winter sale and the Clear the Rack sale from Nordstrom Rack. As winter progresses, discounts will deepen. 


Draper James: This apparel and accessories line by Reese Witherspoon is offering 20 percent off sitewide, including the Ruffle Neck Leather Jacket and the Sherpa Jacket. Valid Dec. 15 – 16


REI: This retailer of outdoors gear and apparel is offering up to 50% off storewide during its Cyber Monday sale through Dec. 8.


Reversible SolarBall Vest by IBKÜL: This reversible vest utilizes SOLARball Technology, which creates warmth quickly. Save 50 off while supplies last. Originally $138. 


Lascana Long Cable Knit Blanket Cardigan: Available in Beige or Olive, this sweater is perfect for those days where there’s a touch of chill in the air. Regular price, $72, but on Dec. 8 only, save $10 off orders $100+, $25 off $150+, and $35 off $200+. 


Gift Card Deals

If you’re really not sure what to give, give a gift card! This month, many retailers will be discounting their gift cards, so you can save on your gifts as well (or treat yourself!). 


Firehouse Subs: Guests who purchase a $25 gift card will receive a card for a free medium sub to use on their next visit from now through Jan. 31. Firehouse Subs has over 1,100 locations in 46 states.


FitReserve: A great gift for any fitness fan! With FitReserve, you can attend classes throughout New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, and Seattle at more than 1,000 locations nationwide and 200,000 classes every month. Through Dec. 13, existing FitReserve members who purchase a gift card over $25 will get a free class added to their account. Not a member? Take advantage of their holiday promotion and sign up for a free trial, which includes 3 free classes in 14 days. 


Jamba: Jamba offers smoothies, juices, & bowls with real ingredients. Through Dec. 30, you will receive a $5 reward card with every $25 in gift card purchases. Available both in-store or online. 


Sky Zone: This indoor trampoline park with 200+ locations is offering a holiday gift card promotion, where for every $30 you purchase in gift cards, you will receive a free pair of SkySocks and a free 30-minute jump pass. Valid through Dec. 31.  


Toys, Games and Other Items for Kids

Contrary to popular belief, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not the only time to get the best deals on toys, in fact, I’ve found that deals in December are often better! You will see deal activity throughout the month, with a crush of deals earlier in the month and then heating up again as Super Saturday (Dec. 21) approaches. Last year, Target had its biggest toy sale of the year the week before Christmas. 


Banana Panda: On Amazon from Dec. 2 – 8, enjoy 22 percent off the following toys from this brand that specializes in puzzles, educational toys and games.


Authentic Agility: This engaging game is a great way to get you thinking and connect with friends and family! On Amazon, get 50 percent off one game with code BlkFriday50. Valid Nov. 23 – Dec. 3.


Bibito: These modern silicone baby bibs will be 20 percent off with the code HOLIDAY from Dec. 1 – 31. 


Boon: This designer and manufacturer of innovative infant and baby products is offering 20 percent off their Marco Light Up Back Toy (originally $11.99) and their Building Bath Pipes (originally $14.99) on Amazon. Valid Nov. 25 – Dec. 9.


 Botzees: This cute and colorful build-it-yourself robotics kit will be 15 percent off on Amazon from Dec. 8 – 21.


Grip2u: Prevent phone drops with these cases with a grip-able built-in strap. From Dec. 16 – Dec. 20, save 25 percent off with code COUSINEDDIE on Amazon. 


Guitar Center: This destination for musical instruments and instruction is offering the following deals, which are valid from Dec. 5 – 18.


J.J. Cole:

  • This brand of stylish and functional products for babies and kids is offering 20 percent off the Urban Bundleme (originally $49.99).
  • Get 25–30 percent off Toddler Backpacks (originally $24.95) on Amazon. Valid Nov. 25 – Dec. 9. 


Jooki: Save $50 off this portable, screen-free music player, where kids use figurines to choose playlists. Valid through Dec. 25 on Amazon.  


Learning Resources: These educational toys designed to help children build skills, like problem-solving and coding. Save 30 percent off sitewide from Dec. 1 – 5. 


PishPoshBaby: Your headquarters for baby gear will be offering 15-25 percent off strollers, bassinets, car seats, baby carriers and more, including brands such as Britax, Halo and Stokke. Valid Nov. 24 – Dec. 8.


Plugable USB Digital Microscope: A perfect gift for inquisitive minds, this microscope pairs with a computer and allows kids to share their discoveries using images and videos captured by the built-in camera. Save $9 off the $39.95 price from Nov. 25 – Dec. 6. 


Puppy Cube: Save $100 off this portable projector that turns any flat surface into an interactive viewing surface and touchscreen. A new way to interact with games and apps!  Originally $990. Valid Dec. 6 – Jan. 1 on Amazon. 


Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty by Funrise: On Dec. 3 only, save 20 percent off select items on Amazon, including the Action Power Paws (originally $19.99) and the Vision Mask (originally $10.99). 


Rockit Rocker: This stroller rocker that helps kids fall asleep will be 20 percent off through January 6. Originally $49.99. 


Relay: This screenless smartphone and GPS tracker for kids will be 50 percent off on Amazon from Nov. 24 – Dec. 7. 


Sam’s Club Lifetime Adventure Tower Playset: Members-only deal. This instant playground comes with two rock-climbing walls, two swings, a wavy slide, clubhouse, trapeze and more. From  Dec. 2 – 6, save $400 off $1,399. 


Schwinn: This bicycle company founded in 1895 is offering savings on select items from Dec. 4 – 11 on Amazon.


Swagtron SK3: This foldable electric scooter for kids has a light-up wheel and “kick to cruise” technology, which prevents the scooter from going too fast. Through Dec. 31, get the scooter for $129.99 (originally $160). 


Timeout Toy Box: This motivational toy helps parents limit screen time and assign chores. From Dec. 1 – 31, save $10 off with code TRUETRAE. Prices vary. 


Whatsitsface: Through Dec. 25, save 20 percent off this interactive plush toy with many faces! 


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. This year we saw deals from sports retailers and gyms, including Dick’s, 24-Hour Fitness and Footlocker.



Since the late 1800s, January has been the month of “White Sales,” when all manner of linens go on sale. Many stores, like West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids and JCPenney, slash prices on sheets and bedding to make way for new spring merchandise.



While jewelry can make the perfect holiday gift, we don’t often see deep discounts in this category until right before Valentine’s Day.


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