Each year my mega gift guides collection grows in popularity and each year, right around this time, I start seeing a lot of my favorite items from the gift guides go on sale. And each year I try to figure out the best way to quickly let you know about these sales before they are over.
One of my favorite things about this time of year, after all, is getting my kiddos the perfect engaging toy at a steal of a deal!
So last year I tried something new.
Because most social media simply won’t allow me to reach all of my followers when I want to, I decided to create this sales page to keep you all as updated as I can with affiliate links to all the sales… and it was a huge hit!
Today I’m happy to announce the sales page is back! My suggestion?
#1 – Sign Up to Get the Updated Sales Emailed Directly to You:
#2 – Pin or BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!!! (and share it with your friends – they’ll love you for it). On your phone, on your computer- where ever you’ll get a chance to check in on it daily.
I will put the newest deals I see, as well as the guide the pick is from at the top of the page. My hope is this will make it super simple for us all to get our kids some high-quality toys at some great prices!
Ready for today’s Deals? Here we go…
First and foremost, make sure you’re eligible for free 2-day shipping and early access to lightning deals by becoming an Amazon Prime Member (you’ll also get tons of other perks including Prime TV and movies, free kindle books, free photo storage, and more!).
Now that you’re all set. Here are the sales you need to see…
We’re less than a week people, that means a whole lot of deals. Here are some whole groups of toys on sale:
Big New Deals
Anki Overdrive Starter Kit
$149.99 $119.99 New Lowest Price $99.99
If your kids like hot wheels, they are going to lose their minds over this next generation high-tech racing toy. Players use smart phones to steer the cars on the extra large track which can be constructed into 8 different “battle fields”.
That’s all great, but here’s what’s ridiculously cool… The A.I. cars actually race on their own, meaning your kids can race against them and don’t need a friend to play with!
From the manufacturer, “Open the box and build your battle track. The Anki OVERDRIVE app automatically handles everything else, from getting you connected, to teaching you gameplay, so you can start playing immediately. It’s effortless by design… Duel friends or artificially intelligent opponents. 25+ different A.I. personalities know your every move and make split-second tactical decisions based on their environment and objectives. The more you play, the more upgrades and items you gain, and the better you fight back… These aren’t just cars. They’re robots programmed for battle. Control them with your smart device and take down opponents with an array of weapons, from plasma cannons to flame throwers. It’s pulse-pounding play, made possible through state-of-the-art tech and it’s an experience unlike anything else.”
LEGO Dimensions Start Pack (6 years and up)
Xbox one $
Deciding when to let your kids start to play video games is a very personal parenting decision. When you do take the plunge, though, this is a fantastic way to start. LEGO Dimensions is a kid-friendly video game that encourages creativity as well as game play by incorporating LEGO building into the process.
I love that! I also love that one of the three characters in the starter pack is a girl, Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie.
Once kids have the starter pack, they put together the three minifigures (Batman, Wyldstyle and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings), then the game guides them on how to use the LEGOs included to build the “LEGO gateway” on top of the toy pad. Once that is done, kids can place the 3 included figurines and batmobile onto the gateway and they’ll actually show up in the game. So cool!
After that, there are all kinds of expansion packs kids can buy, build, and add into the game to create something completely unique like Harry Potter, Ghost Busters, and Batman all playing side by side.
As video games go, this one is incredibly hands on and creative and I love that the price of the expansion packs makes them the perfect thing for kids to do chores and save up for! We are taking the plunge and getting this and the Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle for our 8-year-old this Christmas (and I’m sure the 6-year-old will get in on some of the fun too.)
LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System for Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten
$37.99 $24.99 (2-4 years)
This is the pre-cursor to the Leapfrog Leapreader Reading and Writing System that I rave about in my Top Learning Toys for Independent Play Gift Guide. It’s a great toy for your older toddler who is becoming interested in naming letters, numbers, etc. and who wants tablets and books all their own. The magic behind LeapStart is a stylus that reads invisible dots on every page of the books triggering engaging audio like questions, challenges, songs, jokes and more to teach school and life skills in new, exciting ways.
This is also a fantastic toy to start to introduce “quiet time” or, as we call it, “me time”. This is something that you REALLY, REALLY want to introduce around this age, even just for 15 – 20 minutes, trust me!
I really appreciate the large number of books that are available as add-ons with this system as well as the fact that most replayable activities are designed with two levels so that kids can play and learn at the right level and move up when they’re ready. Highly considering it for under our own Christmas tree this year.
Lil Lockitz Best Friend Party Pack (5 – 12 years)
My 6-year-old daughter loves, loves making rainbow looms for her friends and trading them with her friends. So, I’ve been looking around to see if there were any other jewelry-making kits that would equally capture her interest. I think Lil Lockitz is definitely it.
Last month my husband purchased this rubber band refill set and she absolutely loved the charms that came with it… The Lil Lockitz sets are all about charms. The sets supply kids with gems, backgrounds and charms to fill and personalize each locket. Kids love the ability to customize the locket to fit their personality and if boys aren’t into the necklaces, there are bracelets and keychains to be made too.
Plus they’re large and easy to manipulate. And, like any good toy, there are a million different themed sets available. This Christmas I’m leaning towards starting my daughter off with the Best Friend Party Pack,which comes with a photo puncher to use your own photos in the lockets.
From the Top Toys for Building S.T.E.M. Skills in Kids Gift Guide
Snap Circuits Jr
$19.25 $17.59 (5+ years)
This clever kit is the all-time-best-seller on our gift guides and another multi-award-winner that takes advantage of kids’ natural interest in building toys (like LEGOs) to teach the principles of electricity. The components aren’t intimidating, snap together simply, and can be used to create a bunch of cool projects. The standard set comes with 60+ pieces to create over 300 different electronic projects.
The pieces include snap wires, slide switches, an alarm circuit, a music integrated circuit, and a speaker and are numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices. (Note: there is a conversion set that turns Snap Circuits Jr into this bigger set when your kids are ready to move up.)
Big Discounts on ThinkFun Games – Yipee!
Truly my very favorite maker of games for my kids! I love how their games get my kids thinking critically and outside of the box. I also REALLY like how many of the games are single player, keeping my kids busy and engaged while I get stuff done around the house.
Many of the ThinkFun games are among the most popular items on my list every year, and this year is no different.
My favorites that are currently on sale include:
$17.19 $9.55 (8+ years)
My son is really into Soduku style logic puzzles right now so when I saw this game I knew it would be the perfect thing for keeping him occupied over his school break (hooray!).
From ThinkFun, Clue Master is a fun logic game that develops the skill of deductive reasoning, a key ability in math, science, computer programming, and many other fields. In this game, you may deduce information based on what must be true even though you can’t see it directly. The more you play, the more deductive tricks and strategies you’ll learn as you reason logically from the clues you’re given!
$19.99 $14.99 (6 – 15 years)
This is one of the rare picks on the list I didn’t buy because I asked Thinkfun, to send it to me (and they gladly obliged since their other games like Laser Maze, Rush Hour, and Robot Turtles have been such huge hits on the gift guides in years past). These cards are the perfect stocking stuffer size and I’m really excited to set my kids loose with this highly-rated new composer game and I know that they’re gonna flip over the app element.
From the manufacturer, “Start Creating Original Music in Minutes! Invented by world-famous composer and cellist, Philip Sheppard, Compose Yourself combines a set of Music Cards with an exclusive website to allow you to create, play and share your own world-class composition. The 60 transparent Music Cards, each containing a series of notes, are like building blocks for music, and can be arranged to form over a billion musical combinations.
Simply select and arrange several of the cards, then register online to hear your melody played by virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. The website will allow you to flip, rotate and swap cards so that you can change your melody until you love what you hear. When you’re done, download an mp3, print music and share with your friends and social networks.”
From the Best Toys for Staying Active Indoors & Out Gift Guide
The Original Stomp Rocket (3 – 12 years)
My kids both got to play with this at science camp this summer, during their study of physics, and fell in love. They both, my son especially, get a little hyper in the afternoon and I knew we’d all love having this around for them to stomp to their hearts content in the backyard. Lucky for us, we got one for C’s 6th birthday and I was absolutely right.
The concept is simple, stomp (or jump) on the launch pad to send a foam tipped rocket up to 200 ft in the air. I like that both sets come with 4 rockets so the kids get to launch multiple times before running around to pick them all up and do it all over again.
There are lots of spin-off versions too. Obviously the glow-in-the dark aspect of the Jr. Glow Kit is pretty cool. Siblings will love going together, and not having to take turns, and hosting friendly competitions with the Dueling Double Stomp Rocket Kit. In summary, these simple battery-free toys are multi-award winners and get great reviews. Plus they’re cheap – gotta love that!
From the Best Toys for Arts & Crafts Gift Guide
Ed Emberely Drawing & Art Books starting at $6.29 (6+ years) Up to 30% off
These books are just so cool for kids that have a passion for art because they can use them to teach themselves how to draw all the things they want to. We started with the thumbprint book, which is great for younger kids, and recently added the animal and vehicle drawing books for my son’s birthday as well as Picture Pie, which incorporates cutting and pasting shapes to make things step by step instead of just drawing.
From the “50+ Top Toys Under $20” Gift Guide
Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Set
$17.99 $15.99 (4+ years)
This kit of real science tools is perfectly sized for little hands. It comes with 10 double-sided activity cards, beaker, magnifying glass, funnel, eyedropper, flask, tweezers, googles, large 6″ test tube and stand, and 2 small test tubes. The authenticity of these items will have your little scientists dying to experiment and they’ll serve great double duty for dramatic play too.
MegaBloks American Girl Building Sets Up to 40% off (4 – 12 years)
I’m so impressed with this line of LEGO-like building sets for girls. First of all, it’s American Girl brand, so that’s guaranteed to attract a lot of girls, even those who don’t gravitate towards building. Second, each set has a lot to it for girls to not only build, but also use as props during imaginary play- something girls are known to love to engage in.
There are a large variety of sets to choose from. My favorites on sale today are better than Black Friday prices:
Saige’s Art Studio
$19.99 Black Friday $13.59Now $10.83
Barbie Careers Line of Dolls Starting at $12.97 (5 – 10 years)
I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge Barbie fan… but that doesn’t mean my daughter doesn’t love her. So when looking for Barbie dolls for her, I try to compromise by at least going for the lines that I see as having the most play value and setting the best example.
The careers line is one that fits the bill. Instead of putting the emphasis on clothes, it focuses on various occupations and sets up girls to focus on those things in their play.
Also, the props that come with some of the sets are pretty cool and you really can’t beat the price – perfect as a birthday party gift or for a deluxe stocking stuffer!
Especially notable options include:
Barbie Careers Farm Vet Doll & Playset
Barbie Careers Eye Doctor Playset
Now onto the rest of the guide…
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