11 Fab [And Cheap!] Kids’ Gift Picks from IKEA

10 Fab Gift Picks from IKEA

Got an IKEA nearby? Good for you, because that means you’ve got access to some REALLY great toy deals. Take a look!

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A few of these items are available online, but shipping may get ya. Find your nearest IKEA store here.

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Early Shopper’s Guide to Holiday Savings: 10 Tips to Help You Save Big in 2013

Early Shopper’s Guide to Holiday Savings: 10 Tips to Help You Save Big in 2013You-know-what is just over two months away, and Black Friday is a month from Tuesday. Some of you have already started your shopping, and I’ll bet there are a few of you who have already wrapped it up (you overachievers, you!)

Here are a few of my best tips for saving on gifts for kids:

1. Kids don’t need lots of toys. As parents, we want to shower them with goodies, but it’s sooo not necessary. If you feel like you might be overdoing it, you probably are. Also, kids could care less if an item’s gently used, so check kiddie consignment stores, BC’s Facebook B/S/T group, Craigslist and Freecycle for big savings. Inspect used toys carefully and check for recalls.

And keep in mind that when you finish your shopping early, it’s VERY tempting to succumb to great deals that pop up and end up buying more than you should. Be strong!

2. Familiarize yourself with Baby Cheapskate’s List of Toys that Get Played With before you shop. These lists are compiled from hundreds of parents’ tips about what toys captured and kept their kids’ interest long after the decorations came down. The first four are updated for 2013, and I’m in the process of updating the rest.

Browse BC’s Toy category for more toy guides, many with buy-it-now prices.

3. Try to buy at 40% or more off list price. Sound like a lot? Many of last season’s most popular toys went to 50% off during the second week of December (still in plenty of time to arrive by December 25). Prices will drop, you can be sure, but how long you hold out before buying will depend on your tolerance for risk.

4. Black Friday (November 29 this year) will rock, especially for those of you who enjoy the sport of it. If you don’t no worries. You can expect plenty of other hot deals. Since BF is late this year, expect plenty of deals BEFORE the 29th. Toy deals usually peak toward the end of the first week of December. Expect sales to continue the pattern of starting a few days earlier each year. You may have seen a few “Cyber Sales” already.

5. Sometimes it pays to wait. You never really know when the best deal on the particular wish list item you’re looking for will surface, so don’t stress about it too much. Count on getting great deals through about a week before Christmas. Just be sure order by December 17 or so to be sure that gifts arrive by the big day. Expect many stores, including Target and Toys R Us, to offer free or cheap expediting shipping for last minute shoppers.

6. Clearance sales on winter clothing traditionally start late in the third week of December through right after Christmas day. Inventory will be best at this time, though the sales will continue long into January and perhaps through February, with the very deepest discounts at the end of the sales. Look for sales at The Children’s Place, Old Navy, Crazy 8, Gymboree, and more.

7. Use Facebook and Twitter to catch time-sensitive deals. Check for coupon codes and sale announcements on retailer’s Facebook pages. The same deals should also show up on Twitter.

8. Watch for Amazon Lightning Deals. Some of last year’s hottest toy deals showed up as limited-time steals at Amazon. You can access them at Amazon’s Today’s Deals page or on the Baby or Toys Department pages.

9. Other retailers–Hanes, Kohls, Overstock, Kmart, Target, and others–will most likely also offer Holiday Deals of the Day.

10. I’ll be posting the hottest toy, baby gear and clothing deals here several times daily here on Baby Cheapskate. Make sure you’ve Liked BC on Facebook to be notified of posts as soon as they go up and to catch lots of deals that you won’t even find on the blog.

Readers: What are your best toy shopping tips?

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10 Great Baby Gear and Toy Price Drops for Thursday [Halo, Sophie and More]


Here are a few great new price drops at Amazon.

You have until Friday evening to order with Prime two-day shipping and have your items arrive by Christmas (see site for complete details).

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether: 35% off at $16.13

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper: 38% off at $37. Lowest price ever by Amazon.

HALO Newborn Micro-Fleece Sleepsack Swaddle (Cream, small): 40% off at $15.56

Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides Power Tread Vehicle – Orange: 73% off at $6.84. Good ratings. Lowest price ever by Amazon.

Diggin Rigs Power Crane: 28% off at $15.74. Lowest price ever by Amazon

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug Bee: 49% off at $36. Lowest price ever by Amazon.

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcopter: 36% off at $8.92. Lowest price ever by Amazon.

Corolle Les Classiques Suce Pouce Pink Stripes Baby Doll: 33% off at $40.31. Lowest price ever by Amazon.

Vtech Kidizoom Camera – Pink: 495 off at $20.24. Lowest price ever by Amazon.

Fisher-Price GeoTrax Disney/Pixar Cars 2 World Grand Prix RC Set: 31% off at $45.04. Lowest price since last holiday season by Amazon.

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52% Off Mega Market Play Set and 13 Accessories

Check this out: Walmart has the Mega Market play set plus 13 accessories for $29.99. That’s 52% off.

The Mega Market Play Set includes the following:

  • 2-in-1 kitchen and shop
  • Play food and accessories (Sausage, Sweet corn, Grapes, Apple, Cabbage, Meat, Fork, Knife, Frying pan, Spoon, Spade, Dish, and Coins)
  • Jumbo shopping cart with free wheel

Free store pick up.

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Toy Lightning Deals for Monday [Train Set, Tegu, Magformers, Step2, More]

Check out this giant list of toy Lightning Deals at Amazon today.

  • 9 am ET: La Dee Da Runway Vacay. Already 25% off. (see it here)
  • 10 am ET: Melissa & Doug Mountain Tunnel Train Set. Already 46% off. (see it here)
  • 10 am ET: Lalaloopsy Doll – Feather Tell-A-Tale (see it here)
  • 11 am ET: Carrera Street Pursuit (see it here)
  • Noon ET: Magformers Smart Set 144 Pieces. Already 21% off. (see it here)
  • Noon ET: Fisher-Price Doodle Bear Violet (see it here)
  • 1 pm ET: Graco DuoGlider Doll Stroller (see it here)
  • 1 pm ET: VTech Switch & Go Dinos – Attila the the Ankylosaurus Dinosaur. Already 28% off. (see it here)
  • 2 pm ET: Schleich Smurfs Cottage, Blue (see it here)
  • 2 pm ET: Kid Trax Princess 6V Electric Quad, Pink (see it here)
  • 2 pm ET: Life-Like Trains HO Scale Super City Elevated Rails Double Electric Train Set (see it here)
  • 3 pm ET: Baby Wanna Walk (see it here)
  • 3 pm ET: Angry Birds 16″ Plush Black Bird With Sound (see it here)
  • 3 pm ET: Barbie Sisters Jet Ski and Stacie Doll Set (see it here)
  • 3 pm ET: Bandai Little Godzilla and Crystal Set (see it here)
  • 4 pm ET: Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen, Black and Red (see it here)
  • 4 pm ET: Gund Big Bird Jumbo 41 inches (see it here)
  • 4 pm ET: Disney/Pixar Brave Merida & Angus Giftset (see it here)
  • 5 pm ET: Tegu Nelson Endeavor Set, 22 Pieces (see it here)
  • 5 pm ET: Star Wars Force FX Lightsaber Darth Maul (see it here)
  • 5 pm ET: Lalaloopsy Silly Hair – Suzette La Sweet (see it here)
  • 6 pm ET: Barbie Fashionistas Barbie Doll and Pet (see it here)
  • 6 pm ET: Gund Sesame Street Everyday Feel Better Elmo (see it here)
  • 7 pm ET: Wikki Stix Fun Favors Assorted Pack (see it here)
  • 7 pm ET: Littlest Pet Shop – Cutest Pets Funny Sunny Picnic Set (see it here)
  • 8 pm ET: Mage Knight Board Game (see it here)
  • 8 pm ET: Leapfrog Touch Magic Counting Train. Already 55% off. (see it here)
  • 8 pm ET: Hape Market Checkout (see it here)
  • 9 pm ET: K’NEX Education – Simple Machines Deluxe Set (see it here)
  • 9 pm ET: Playskool Heroes Mud-Stormin’ 4×4 with and Silver Surfer Vehicle Set. Already 39% off. (see it here)
  • 9 pm ET: Fijit Friends Yippits Scooch Figure (Blue) (see it here)
  • 10 pm ET: The Bridge Direct Justin Bieber 31054 Glow in The Dark Concert Kit Love Me and U Smile (see it here)
  • 10 pm ET: Fisher-Price DC Superfriends Batman Character Light. Already 33% off. (see it here)
  • 10 pm ET: Life Like Rail Charger Diesel Freight Set (see it here)
  • 11 pm ET: Fisher-Price Apptivity Case for iPad (see it here)
  • 11 pm ET: Dominion: Big Box (see it here)

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Big List of Free Shipping Day Coupon Codes and Deals

Free Shipping Day has arrived! Here’s a rundown of the best baby and kid deals I’m seeing today:

  • Walmart.com offers Home Free shipping on qualifying orders of $45 or  more.
  • The Children’s Place online has free shipping plus 30% off with code Y3K3012.
  • LandsEnd.com has 40% off $100 plus free shipping on all orders. Use code PEPPERMINT and code 1217.
  • Pottery Barn Kids has free shipping on all orders.
  • Land of Nod has free shipping.
  • Hasbro Toy Shop has free shipping on orders of $25 or more.
  • Kohl’s.com had a coupon code for 15% off (use code COOKIES) plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more
  • REI.com has free shipping plus an extra 20% off coats. Buy a Patagonia item and get free 2-day shipping.
  • Mattel Shop has free shipping on orders of $25 or more plus $20 off $100 or more.
  • ShopPBS.org has 30% off pus free shipping. No coupon code needed.
  • LeapFrog.com has free shipping on all orders.
  • Pediped.com had free shipping on orders over $35 with code HOLIDAY.
  • StrideRite.com had free shipping on all orders. Use code DEC17.
  • Crocs.com has 40% off all boots plus free shipping over $50.
  • Oriental Trading Company has free shipping on all orders with coupon code FSDFY13.
  • Melissa and Doug has free shipping with code FREESHIPAFF.

And remember, lots of Etsy.com retailers are offering free shipping today, too. You can find many of them by searching for “free shipping day” at Etsy.

Unless the site states otherwise, these are today only deals.

Know of any other good ones? Let us know in the comments.

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What to Expect on Free Shipping Day 2012 [Monday, December 17]

If you shop regularly at Amazon, Zappos or other stores that offer free shipping all the time, Free Shipping Day (Monday, December 17 this year) doesn’t sound all that exciting.

Where it does come in handy is at stores where shipping is rarely free–mostly boutiques and smaller retailers. Other stores that regularly offer free shipping with a minimum purchase will dump the minimum purchase requirement on Monday in an effort to capture your last minute holiday spending dollar.

A few more things to note:

  • Last year we saw several stores start their free shipping deals the day before Free Shipping Day. I’m pretty sure we’ll see the same thing happen this year.
  • To get your attention, some retailers will offer coupon codes and discounts in conjunction with free shipping. If you don’t see one listed, check RetailMeNot or another source for a code.
  • Some Etsy.com retailers will also offer free shipping on Friday.

Details on the offers we’ll see this are under wraps until the 17th for the most part, but you can generally tell what a store’s going to do by looking at what it did last year.

Here are some Free Shipping Day events I’m looking forward to checking out based on last year’s offers. Most of these were one-day only deals:

BC will keep you posted on the best Free Shipping Day deals, so check back on Monday. You can take a look at the most current holiday deals and coupons here.

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