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Wrap Your Holidays with Washi Tape!

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One of my absolute favorite things in the world is washi tape! It comes in so many lovely patterns, colors, and widths that I can’t get enough washi tape in my life. Each time I pop into an office supply store, I must walk down the tape aisle to see if there are new patterns available. I’ve got it bad, right? ;)

I rationalize my obsession because washi tape is so functional and versatile. I frequently use it to wrap gifts, embellish gift bags, make cards, and decorate candles. One really fun thing I made recently was some washi tape twist ties; they’re perfect for tying off little treat bags! Since I can’t get enough decorative tape in my life, I thought it would be fun to share some of my current festive favorites with you.

Wrap Your Holidays with Washi Tape
  1. Oh my goodness, the sparkles! This metallic tape technically isn’t washi tape, but it’s so pretty that I had to include it. I have a several rolls of this metallic tape in my stash. Not only is it perfect for the holidays, but it’s one that I use all year for various occasions.

  2. This trio of tape is so dainty and shimmery—I love it! You can use it to embellish gift boxes, bags, or even on the envelopes of your holiday cards.

  3. You get 8 rolls in this holiday tape bundle for only $15—that’s a steal! I get stoked whenever I can find tape for less than $2 per roll. ;)

  4. I’m in love with this Scandinavian moose tape! This design is discontinued by MT, so the best way to get it is on Etsy. Depending where you live, you may prefer to buy it from this shop (UK) or this shop (US).

  5. You can’t go wrong with classic red and green tape in your collection. Solid colors always pair well with most wrapping papers and other patterned tapes like the moose tape above.

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Don Your Tacky Duds This Friday for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

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It’s time to pull out your craziest Christmas sweater because this Friday, December 16th is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Who even invented this holiday? I’m not sure, but it gives us all a reason to wear our heinous holiday knits! If you’re in need of a sweater, then I’ve got you covered. Whether you want to wear your sweater to the office or a yuletide party, here are some glorious garments that’ll make you smile and snicker.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters
  1. Like one my granny used to wear, this knitted vest is a hodgepodge of Christmas imagery that includes a wreath, plaid patches, holly, a stocking, a snowman, and more.

  2. I know this isn’t a sweater, but I simply had to include this oh-so-Christmassy suit! Guys will look both dapper and tacky is this festive outfit.

  3. For you DIYers, you can decorate your own ugly Christmas sweater with this all-in-one kit. The box comes with a sweater, pompoms, sparkly pipe cleaners, beads, bells, and more. When you win the tacky sweater contest at your workplace, you can claim all the credit!

  4. For all you A Christmas Story fans out there, this leg lamp sweater is just for you!

  5. Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies, so I absolutely love this holiday sweatericon featuring Buddy and one of his many quotes. Buy it for yourself or a beloved cotton-headed ninny muggins. ;)

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2017 Colour of the Year: Greenery Gift Ideas

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A couple of days ago, Pantone announced the 2017 Colour of the Year: Greenery. If you’re a design and colour nerd like me, you anxiously await this announcement each December, and you enjoy seeing how designers and brands embrace the chosen colour over the course of the upcoming year. To help you stay ahead of the curve, I scoured the internet for a variety of gifts in Greenery for you to purchase for your colour-loving friends and family [or yourself!] this holiday season.

Pantone Greenery Gift Ideas

The Greenery Goodies:

  1. For the fashionista on your list, these Keep Me in the Hoop Earrings feature faceted cuboids hanging from large but delicate gold hoops.

  2. With 2 layers and a stainless steel knife and fork, this leakproof bento box is perfect for packing lunches for both teens and adults.

  3. French ovens are a staple in any chef’s kitchen, and this 5-quart oval Le Creuset French oven is excellent for home cooking. For larger and smaller sizes, click here.

  4. We elves LOVE washi tape; we use it when crafting, decorating, wrapping gifts, and more. If you’re washi addicted as well, then you’ll like this green Scotch® Expressions Glitter Tape. Washi tape also makes a great stocking stuffer!

  5. Stay warm, cozy, and ahead of the trend with this green knitted scarf from Etsy seller Sesen Arts. If you decide to purchase this scarf, make sure to take advantage of Etsy’s special holiday promotion, which ends tomorrow.

  6. Keep holiday stress at bay with this aroma diffuser. Use with your favourite essential oil, such as lavender, and feel more relaxed as the scented mist fills the room.

  7. Whether you it fill with juice, holiday punch, or eggnog, this Granada Juice Glass would make a beautiful addition to your kitchen.

  8. With Go Go Green Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer, you could paint all of your nails or have a Greenery-inspired accent nail. To pick your nail art colour palette and get ideas for other colours that work well with Greenery, visit Pantone’s website.

  9. Oh me, oh my, I love super chunky knit blankets, and this green Merino wool one is a beauty. This blanket is from Etsy seller Merrisson, so don’t forget about Etsy’s special holiday promotion that ends on 12 December [tomorrow!].

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Special Etsy Holiday Promotion

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We elves love all of the handmade goodies on Etsy so much that we feature one unique item from them here on the blog every single day during the holiday season. From felt ornaments to knitted goods to ceramics and more, Etsy has gifts for basically every person on your list, as well as loads of holiday decor items to make your home nice and festive. If you’ve never purchased anything from Etsy, now’s your chance because if you spend $50 or more on your first purchase, you’ll get $10 towards your next one. This offer ends next Monday, 12 December, so click here to peruse the crafty wares.

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Holiday Indie Craft Fairs

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If you love all of the handcrafted goodies on Etsy as much as I do, then surely you will also have fun at one of these indie Christmas craft fairs, which are essentially Etsy in event form. At these markets you will find a wide variety of wares—clothing, jewelry, baked goods, ceramics, cards, and loads more. By shopping at one of these fairs, not only will you be able to find truly unique Christmas presents for your loved ones, you will also be supporting local small businesses, so it’s a win-win.

Below I’ve highlighted a few of these merry markets, but if you have a favourite local indie craft fair in your area, let me know in the comments!

Holiday Maker Fair – Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Holiday Maker Fair

Frustrated with the lack of indie craft fairs in Philly, Rachel from The Crafted Life decide to host her own! During First Friday, head on over to the Holiday Maker Fair and browse the goodies from a curated selection of local crafters—some of whom even make neato Philadelphia-themed items. While shopping you can also enjoy refreshments or pop into the holiday photo booth.

Holiday Maker Fair
WeWork Northern Liberties
1010 N. Hancock Street

Friday, 2 December
6.30–9pm
Admission: Free!

Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama – Minneapolis, MN

No Coast Craft-o-Rama

If you’re in the Twin Cities area, be sure to check out the 12th annual Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama. This indie, urban, and modern art & craft show will feature woodworking, ceramics, cards, handcrafted dog toys & treats, and more. And as a twist on the traditional tote bag giveaway, each vendor will be giving away a free No Coast tote with the first sale of the day on both days—no matter how big or small the purchase is.

Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake Street

Friday, 2 December: 3–8pm
Saturday, 3 December: 9am–5pm
Admission: Free!

City of Craft X: Handmade Decade – Toronto, Canada

City of Craft X

This holiday season you’re invited to a crafty birthday party, as City of Craft turns 10! To celebrate this past decade, they’re hosting a weekend-long party with more than 60 of T-Dot’s best makers, workshops, installations, and giveaways. Whether you go on Friday night for drinks & music or show up bright & early on Saturday morning for one of the limited edition swag bags, you’re sure to have a great time.

City of Craft X: Handmade Decade
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West
[entrance on Lisgar St.]

Friday, 9 December: 6–10pm
Saturday, 10 December: 11am–6pm
Sunday, 11 December: 11am–5pm
Admission: $3 [Kids 12 & under free]

Porter Flea Holiday Market – Nashville, TN

Porter Flea Holiday Market

Named Best Artisan Market by the Nashville Scene in 2012, Porter Flea Holiday Market is a juried and curated market that focuses on unique, local, and handmade gifts. Here you will find a variety of goods, including children’s toys, enamel pins, home decor, clothing, and holiday cards. You have two options on how to attend: the more intimate, ticketed Preview Market on Friday evening or the free Main Market on Saturday.

Porter Flea Holiday Market
Skyway Studios
3201 Dickerson Pike

Friday, 9 December: 6–9pm [Preview Market]
Admission: $25 [Buy tickets here.]

Saturday, 10 December: 10am–5pm [Main Market]
Admission: Free! [But you can skip the general admission line with a $15 Porter Pass.]

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market – Boulder, CO

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market

Join Firefly Handmade for their first ever outdoor holiday market inside a giant heated tent at the popular Twenty Ninth Street shopping district. This event will feature indie wares from 100 vendors, such as bohemian inspired jewelry, coffee scrubs, paper goods, and craft wines. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be artisan demos, food trucks, live music, AND a vintage VW bus photo booth.

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market
Twenty Ninth Street
1710 29th Street

Saturday, 10 December: 10am–4pm
Sunday: 11 December: 10am–4pm
Admission: Free!

Additional Craft Fairs

While I would love to feature all of the indie Christmas craft markets, I have to get back to my other elfy duties. But, since I really just can’t help myself, after the jump you’ll find info on just a few more craft fairs happening this month.

Sugary Sweet Cyber Monday Deals

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Everyone knows that an elf’s four food groups are candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup. To some people that may sound like a sugar overdose, but to us elves, that sounds wonderful. This Cyber Monday, your sweet tooth is getting an upgrade because these fancy sweets are on sale today! Stock up and get some goodies to give as hostess gifts, family gifts, or stocking stuffers.

Cyber Monday 2016 Deals on Luxury Candies and Sweets
  1. The top-notch sweets at Sugarfina are candies at their finest. This holiday bento box comes with 8 different candies, including candy cane caramels, mini gingerbread men, pumpkin pie caramels, and champagne bubbles. And when you spend $75 today, you’ll receive a Cheers 3pc Bento Box with code HOLIDAYCHEERS. Valid 11/28 only.

  2. Make everyone happy with this 6-piece box of Godiva chocolates.icon Drop a box in everyone’s stocking or give one to each of your (favorite) coworkers. Get an extra 20% off with code CYBER. Valid 11/27–11/30.

  3. A classic holiday confection that everyone will enjoy is peppermint barkicon, especially this snowflake-shaped bark from Stonewall Kitchen. For more tasty treats, shop the daily deals at StonewallKitchen.com today and every day from now until Christmas!

  4. Oh my goodness… One bite of this decadent dark chocolate peppermint brownie Belgium chocolate bar will make anyone happy and wanting more. Get this bar and save 25% off your order at DylansCandyBar.com! Use code STOCKINGSTUFFER. Valid 11/28 only.

  5. Know someone who loves sweet and salty crunchy munchies? Give them these gourmet chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows.icon Also available at DylansCandyBar.com, so you can get this scrumptious box of goodies for 25% off with code STOCKINGSTUFFER. Valid 11/28 only.

  6. This 16-piece box of limited edition Godiva trufflesicon comes in a lovely holiday gift box, finished with a bright red bow. This box contains the perfect amount of sweets for couples, and if you want a bigger box for a family treat, get a 32-piece box.icon No matter what you decide, you can get an extra 20% off at Macys.com with code CYBER. Valid 11/27–11/30.

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Get the Whole Family Winter-Ready with These Great Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday is here yet again! Some people will decide to #OptOutside, but we’re sure a few folks in the States are braving the cold weather and early morning hours to snag some good deals. For those of you who prefer to stay at home, safe from chilling temperatures and crazed crowds, here are some deals on goods that’ll keep your whole family warm this winter.
Black Friday Deals 2016 on Winter Apparel

  1. Adorable sets like this polar bear hoodie, onesie, and pants set make me wish that it came in larger sizes for elves and adults! ;) Get this set and save an extra 20% off with code THANKS at macys.com! Valid through 11/26.

  2. Boys look the cutest in vests, and this flannel vest will keep your kiddo warm and stylish! Round out his outfit with a dapper driving cap or festive tie. Get 50% off of your entire purchase AND free shipping through 11/29 at Gymboree.com.

  3. Give mom this cozy, plush head wrapicon to keep her warm even on the coldest days. She’ll love the matching neck warmer, too! Take 15% off with code SAVING15 at Kohls.com. Valid today (11/25) only.

  4. Young girls will love this cotton knit beanie with white stars and a squishy white pompom! Available in pink or grey. If you like this hat, be sure to take a peek at these matching boots. Take advantage of Black Friday savings of 50% off at Gymboree AND free shipping (valid through 11/29).

  5. This fair isle scarf will keep dad warm on days when he’s shoveling snow or making snow angels with the kids. Use code THANKS to take an extra 20% off at macys.com! Valid through 11/26.

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Holiday Indie Craft Fairs

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Whether you’re simply wanting to attend a holiday event or you need to finish up your Christmas shopping, indie craft markets are always an enjoyable time. These fairs feature vendors selling all sorts of handmade wares—everything from stationery to ceramics to edible treats and more. Many of these events include other fun bits, such as DIY workshops, giveaways, food trucks, and music from DJs.

Below I’ve highlighted a few of these merry markets, but if you have a favourite local indie craft fair in your area, let me know in the comments!

Handmade Arcade – Pittsburgh, PA

Founded over a decade ago, Handmade Arcade is an award-winning craft fair that features dozens of makers selling everything from jewelry to ‘zines to robots. If you’re inspired by all the products, you can also get crafty yourself at Hands-on Handmade, a variety of two-hour, half-day, or day-long creative activities. And while you’re at this fair, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Things Making Things: A DIY Colouring Book.

Handmade Arcade
David L. Lawrence Convention Centre
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd

Saturday, 5 December
11am–7pm
Admission: Free!

Etsy Made Local – London

Meet British makers at Etsy Made Local, which lasts all weekend long. At this event, you can sip coffee while you browse the wares from 50+ artisans, have gifts personalized on the spot, and amp up your gift wrap skills at the Wrapping Station. Not in London? Not to worry! Etsy Made Local is also coming to several other cities, such as Cardiff, Glasgow, and Birmingham. Simply visit here and scroll a little bit down the page for information on the other markets around the UK this weekend.

Etsy Made Local
The Vinyl Factory, Soho
51 Poland Street
London W1F 7LZ
[Nearest tube is Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Street.]

Friday, 4 December: 4–7pm
Saturday, 5 December: 10am–8pm
Sunday, 6 December: 11am–6pm
Admission: Free!

Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show – Seattle, WA

Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest indie craft show, and it has been going on for 11 years now. This fair features over 150 vendors selling all kinds of goodies, such as housewares, food, candles, furniture, and loads more.

The first 100 attendees on each day will receive a swag bag full of surprises from some of the vendors and sponsors. There are also crafty book signings and artist demonstrations. This sounds like a fantastic event, and I love Urban Craft Uprising’s manifesto:

Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show
Seattle Centre Exhibition Hall
305 Harrison Street

Saturday, 5 December: 10am–6pm
Sunday, 6 December: 10am–5pm
Admission: Free!

Holiday Renegade Craft Fair – Chicago, IL

If you’re in Chicago, head over to the Holiday Renegade Craft Fair this weekend where you can purchase handmade goods from any of 250 vendors, participate in hands-on workshops, or eat local fare while listening to a DJ. To add to the fun, there will be a photo booth, DIY sugar scrub bar, hand-drawn portraits, and face painting! Before you head out to the market, make sure to enter the giveaway on Time Out Chicago’s website for your chance to win an amazing prize package valued at more than $2,000.

Holiday Renegade Craft Fair
Bridgeport Art Centre
1200 W. 35th Street

Saturday, 5 December: 11am–6pm
Sunday, 6 December: 11am–6pm
Admission: Free!

Scoutmob’s Holiday Makers Market – Atlanta, GA

A unique take on your typical December bazaar, Scoutmob’s Holiday Makers Market is a craft fair/Christmas party mash-up. This event includes 25 local makers, live music, artist demos, and DIY workshops. If that wasn’t enough, with admission, you’ll also receive an Old Fashioned, tasty small plates, and a gift bag! This shindig would make a festive and fun date where you and your sweetie could peruse leather goods, glass & film ornaments, ginger treats, and other intriguing items while sipping a handcrafted cocktail.

Scoutmob’s Holiday Makers Market
Strongbox West
1040 West Marietta Street

Friday, 18 December
7–10pm
Admission: $19

Additional Craft Fairs

While I would love to feature all of the indie Christmas craft markets, I have to get back to my other elfy duties. But, since I really just can’t help myself, after the jump you’ll find info on just a few more craft fairs happening this month.

Cyber Monday Deals

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December starts tomorrow, which means that the holiday season is now in full swing. Does your Christmas to do list have you stressed? No need to worry, as we elves are here to help. We’ve compiled a list of some Cyber Monday/Cyber Week deals to help you with your holiday shopping. Plus, several of the companies below are offering free shipping on top of some already excellent savings! So fix a cup of cocoa, get cozy on the sofa with your laptop or tablet, and have fun shopping!

(Psst… If you are looking for more good deals, check out these Black Friday Deals—some of them are still good through tonight.)

1-800-Flowers

Sending fresh flowers is a classic way to give a festive holiday gift to your grandmother, aunt, or a friend who lives across the country. Did you know that you can place your order now and have it shipped closer to Christmas? Yep, it’s true! So go ahead and order today and save 25% off flowers and gifts with code BFCM25. Valid until 12/6/2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Juice Beauty

If you’ve been looking for organic skin care products for yourself or a loved one, you’ll want to check out the award-winning products at Juice Beauty. Get 20% off and free shipping by using code CM2015 at checkout. Valid until 11/30 at 11:59pm PDT.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s is a great place to shop for shoes, clothing, home decor, and more. One of my favorite things about Kohl’s is that you can stack up the savings with multiple coupon codes. Some of these deals are good today only, so catch them before they’re gone!

Kohls Department Stores Inc

The Land of Nod

The fun, whimsical toys and room decorations at The Land of Nod make me wish I was a kid again! Classic books, unique toys, and fanciful playhouses are just a few of the things that the Land of Nod has to offer. Need ideas for stocking stuffers? They’ve got you covered. Today Land of Nod is offering 20% off and free shipping!

The Land of Nod - 20% Off + Free Shipping

Macy’s

Is there a designer handbag or a fabulous pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing for someone on your gift list? Macy’s has sales across their whole site, plus you can get an extra 20% and free shipping with code CYBER. Valid 11/30.

Macys.com

Minted

December is just one day away, and if you haven’t thought about your Christmas cards yet, now is the time to get them! The Cyber Monday deals at Minted.com are 20% off holiday cards and 25% off other select products. Perhaps you can give a lovely photo calendar to your grandparents or create personalized wrapping paper for gifts. Use code CM2015. Valid 11/30 until 11:59pm PT.

NFL Shop

Is there a sports nut or two on your holiday list? Grab some game day gear so they can flaunt their favorite football jersey or team colors. This Cyber Monday deal at NFLShop.com can’t be beat! Save 20% on orders over $25 with code CM2015. Valid 11/30.

Save 20% on orders over $50 at NFLShop.com

Omaha Steaks

This is Omaha Steaks’ best offer of the season! Order a gift for your loved ones or stock your fridge with delicious meal solutions for upcoming holiday dinners. Head over to OmahaSteaks.com to get free steaks, free shipping, and save up to 60%.

OmahaSteaks.com, Inc.

The Body Shop

I love the assortment of body care products at The Body Shop, as you can find moisturizers, skin care essentials, fragrance mists, candles, and more. Their gift sets make it easy to find presents for the men and women on your holiday list! With their Cyber Monday promo, you can get 50% off and free shipping. Valid 11/30–12/1.

The Body Shop

Walmart

You can find great prices on familiar brands all week long at Walmart.com. Need trinkets, toys, and candy to fill several stockings? Find all that and more here!


Need More Gift Ideas?

If you are still looking for gift ideas to finish up your Christmas shopping, head on over to the Gift Shop where we have tons of fabulous elf-selected presents for everyone on your list!

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Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the entire year. Isn’t it crazy that many of us get pulled into the shopping frenzy after celebrating a day of thankfulness? That’s why it’s refreshing to see some brands like REI close up shop with their #OptOutside campaign. (Read about it here.) Even still, we know today is a great time to start, continue, or finish up your holiday shopping. That’s why we’ve pulled together some special deals for you that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your home. Shop online with these deals and coupon codes, then get back to what you really want to be doing—spending time with your loved ones!

Cheryl’s

We love Cheryl’s cookies and think they’re fabulous gifts for loved ones near and far. Did you know that you can order now and have the treats delivered closer to Christmas? Yup! You can cross it off your list and let Cheryl’s take care of the rest!

Here are the deals from Cheryl’s this weekend:

Cheryl's

Crazy 8

Need some cute clothes for your kiddos? Get 40% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping at Crazy 8’s Black Friday Sale! Valid 11/26–11/28/15.

Crazy 8 Sale On Now!

Cricut

If you’ve been eyeing a Cricut like I have been for years, you won’t find a better deal than this: The Cricut One machine is $149 today only! If that wasn’t a great deal already, use code FREESHIPNOV to get FREE shipping! Deal ends 11/27/15.

Christmas Tree Market

Even though I put my Christmas tree up a couple weeks ago, I know many of you wait until the end of November. If you are looking to replace a worn out artificial tree, now’s the time to take advantage of the blowout sale at Christmas Tree Market. Save 40–70% off everything, plus free shipping! Deal ends 11/27/15.

Christmas Tree Market

Gymboree

Know someone with toddlers or young children? Gymboree has quite the selection of cute clothing for girls and stylish apparel for boys. Get 50% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping! Valid until 11/28/15.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

ImagineToys.com

You’ll find toys galore for kids of all ages and interests ImagineToys.com. What’s their special Black Friday deal? 20% off storewide + free shipping orders $79 or more! Deal ends 11/28/15.

Toys for babies and toddlers to explore their world.

The Popcorn Factory

Savory treats like popcorn are always a hit during the holiday season! The yummy snacks at The Popcorn Factory make nice gifts for teachers, coworkers, or for yourself when you’ve got a case of the munchies. Save 50% on select gifts! Valid 11/27/15 12am EST through 11/29/15 11:59pm EST or while supplies last.

The Popcorn Factory

Walmart

Find almost anything for anyone on your list whether it’s stocking stuffers, hot electronics, or popular kids’ toys at Walmart. Check out their Black Friday deals online.

Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC

Need More Gift Ideas?

If you are still looking for gift ideas to finish up your Christmas shopping, head on over to the Gift Shop where we have tons of fabulous elf-selected presents for everyone on your list!

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