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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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Free Shipping Day

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Today is Free Shipping Day! With Christmas just one week away, now is the time to finish up your holiday shopping. Take advantage of the FREE shipping deals while they last. When you place your order today, many retailers guarantee that your goods will be delivered by Christmas.

Give some stellar stocking stuffers with a product or two from C.O. Bigelow, such as their Mentha Lip Shine or Quince Hand Lotion (my favorites!). While you’re shopping, get 12% off any purchase, plus free shipping on orders over $49 with code XMAS12. Good through 12/31.
You can find almost anything imaginable on CafePress from customized clothing to home decor. You can also find some beautiful Christmas cards at a great price—50 cards for $19.50 plus free shipping! Offer valid until 12/31.
It can be tricky to send goodies to your loved ones in the military, but Cheryl’s makes it easy to send fresh baked treats. Get free shipping on baked goods to all APO & FPO military bases from Cheryls.com. (Offer expires 1/1/2015.) Even if you’re not shipping to a military address, you can still take advantage of free shipping on many of their tasty products.
Anyone who is crafty would love to receive a Cricut this Christmas! If someone you know already has a Cricut, then perhaps they would like a new cartridge for new projects or a replacement blade. Whatever you decide to purchase, you can get free shipping in December with code FREESHIPDEC.
For gag gifts and lots of silly puns, check out the fun gifts made by Fred & Friends on Amazon. Many of the gifts are Amazon Prime eligible, so you can get FREE two-day shipping if you have a Prime membership.
Give a unique handmade gift to your loved ones this Christmas when you purchase a present from Gifts With Humanity. All items are hand-crafted by artisans across the world, so you know you’re giving something that is truly unique. Plus, when you spend $50, your order will be shipped for free! (Domestic US only.)
If you’re looking for a gift for a child, take a moment to check out the toys and gifts at Melissa and Doug. From toy & games to arts & crafts, you will find something for a child of any age. Don’t take our word for it—check out the Melissa & Doug Holiday Gift Guide, save & get free shipping!
Find the perfect last-minute gift or stocking stuffers at The Body Shop. With so many scents and body products to choose from, you can certainly finish up your Christmas shopping. Head on over to their website and 50% off and free shipping with code SAVE50. Valid until 12/18.
From toys to furniture, The Land of Nod is the place for all things kids. If you know a child or two who loves books or music, head over to the Land of Nod and get free shipping on DVDs, books and CDs.
Walmart is the place to go for all your last-minute needs. Grab any final food items for Christmas dinner, candles for the table centerpiece, plus the remaining gifts on your holiday list. Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more at Walmart.com!

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Add Some with Pizzazz These Holiday Headbands

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When you’re getting ready for a holiday soirée, it’s fun to add a dash of festive flair to your outfit. You could do this with jewelry or tights, but one of my favourite ways to jazz up a Christmas outfit is with a unique hair accessory. Whether you wear it to your company Christmas party or Christmas dinner, any of the headbands below will give your outfit that extra bit of merry.


Sequin Green & Red Christmas Bow Headband Oversized Black Bow Elf Hat Headband Mistletoe Headband Christmas Knotted Headbands Swanky Celebration Feather Fascinator Cocktail Hat Top Hat Fascinator

  1. This top hat fascinator is perfect for when you’re feelin’ festive and fancy.

  2. The spray of red feathers on this swanky celebration feather fascinator cocktail hat will instantly upgrade any outfit. [Bonus idea: You could also wear this on a date on Valentine’s Day!]

  3. Add some subtle holiday cheer to a more casual outfit with these knotted headbands.

  4. Just for giggles, you could don this mistletoe headband. Maybe your sweetie will even give you a smooch 😉

  5. If you’re an elf-wannabe, sport this elf hat headband along with some red and green striped tights.

  6. An adorable statement piece, this oversized bow would look great with a little black dress and some sparkly jewelry.

  7. Not only is this sequin green & red Christmas bow headband cute, but it also lights up!

Psst… All of these hair accessories are available for two-day shipping [some even with Amazon Prime], so you can still get them before this weekend!

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Christmas Crafts for Kids at Anthropologie

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Over the next couple of weekends, some Anthropologie stores across the USA and Canada are hosting holiday craft events for children. Recommended for ages 5–8, kids will be able to create some fun crafts while mom and dad sneak in a little shopping. You can visit Anthropologie’s website to see if your local store is hosting this event, and if you plan to attend, make sure to call the store to RSVP.

Holiday Indie Craft Fairs

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If you’re on the hunt for some special holiday gifts, hit up an indie craft fair this weekend or next weekend. At these markets you can find all kinds of goodies from jewelry to stationery to ceramics—all handmade and many times local. 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. Always fun, indie craft fairs are basically Etsy in event form, complete with DJs and food trucks.

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 Strawberry Swing – Kansas City, MO

A two-day event, the 4th annual Holiday Strawberry Swing is going on this weekend over First Friday. Held at the historic West Bottoms at The Foundation, the Holiday Swing will be a fun time, as you can find local, handmade Christmas gifts there while listening to live music and sipping a festive drink. This event’s 30+ vendors sell a myriad of products, such as jewelry, quilts, wood work, mobiles, photography, painting, zines, and much more.

Holiday Strawberry Swing
The Foundation
1221 Union Avenue

Friday, 5 December: 10am–8pm
Saturday, 6 December: 10am–6pm
Admission: Free!

Renegade Craft Fair December Market – Los Angeles

The Renegade Craft Fair December Market sounds like quite the festive fête! At this market in Grand Park there will be more than 250 independent makers, as well as workshops, food trucks, music, and a photo booth. The vendors will be selling handmade holiday gift wrap, health & beauty products, jewelry, toys, apparel, stationery, housewares, and more. If all that isn’t enticing enough, well behaved pets are welcome to attend, and there’s an official afterparty called Meet the Makers [RSVP here].

Renegade Craft Fair December Market
200 N. Grand Avenue
[between Broadway and Spring Street]

Saturday, 13 December: 10am–5pm
Sunday, 14 December: 10am–5pm
Admission: Free!

Picnic Holiday Sale – Portland, ME

Tap into the Maine DIY scene at the Picnic Holiday Sale. At this juried craft fair’s sixth year, not only can you find handmade accessories, housewares, stationery, and the like—you can also shop for vintage goods. While perusing the items, you can nibble on tasty treats from a local bakery, cafe, or coffee shop. For an awesome bonus, kiddos and adults can have their photo taken with the Yeti!

Picnic Holiday Sale
Portland Company Complex
58 Fore Street

Sunday, 14 December
11am–6pm
Admission: Free!

BUST Christmas Craftacular – London

The BUST Christmas Craftacular has everything you could want in a craft fair: handmade wares, DIY workshops, goodie bags for the first 100 shoppers, a raffle, tasty treats, and a DJ! Seventy stalls contain clothing, artwork, soap, accessories, textiles, stationery, ceramics, and much more. After shopping, try your hand at one of the workshops where you can make items like a perspex necklace [all day; £10], linoprint Christmas cards [3.30–5pm; free], or felt slippers [12.30–2pm; free].

BUST Christmas Craftacular
The Islington Metal Works
7 Torrens Street
[directly behind Angel tube station]

Sunday, 14 December
12–7pm
Admission: £3

Indie Craft Experience Pop-Up Shop – Atlanta, GA

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The 5th annual ICE Holiday Pop-Up Shop features hand-crafted goodies from more than 70 artists, crafters, and makers from all over the USA. Located in Candler Park and open through Christmas Eve, you could easily finish up your Christmas shopping by stopping in this shop.

ICE Holiday Pop-Up Shop
1390 McLendon Avenue NE

Now through 24 December
Tuesday–Thursday: 11am–7pm
Friday–Saturday: 11am–8pm
Sunday: 12–6pm
Monday: Closed

Additional Craft Fairs This Weekend

While I would love to feature all of the indie Christmas craft markets, but that would make for a rather massive blog post. But, since I like y’all, here are a few more craft fairs going on this weekend around the United States.

Cyber Monday Deals

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There are just 24 days until Christmas, so take advantage of these Cyber Monday deals for your holiday shopping. Some of these deals end tonight, while others extend throughout the week. You won’t need to brave the cold weather to get these deals—they are just a click away!

December is finally here! Send a festive arrangement to a loved one to celebrate the holiday season. Get free shipping/no service charge on select products at 1800flowers.com! Use promo code HLDYSHP at checkout. (Offer valid from 11/28 12:01AM EST to 12/01 11:59PM EST.)
Amazon has great deals every day this week, so you can keep saving long after Cyber Monday is over. Shop Amazon Cyber Monday deals week.
Looking for unique, one of a kind gifts? Check out CafePress’ 24-hour Cyber Monday sale! Get 30% off everything with code CYBERSAV. (Coupon code is valid today only.)
Get a head start on your holiday gifts—send some yummy treats! Think it’s too early to send a Christmas gift? Think again! You can order now and select a future delivery date upon checkout. Get $15 off $50 purchase at Cheryls.com. Use coupon code CYBERSAVE. (Offer valid 12/1/14 12.01am–11.59pm EST.)
Find some cute clothes for the kiddos on your holiday list. Save 50% off everything! (Offer valid 12/1 only.)
Not only does HearthSong have lots of amazing toys for you to discover, but they have also many award-winning toys that kids will love. Get 15% off $50+ with $15 Reward Card at HearthSong.com! Use code: LSHSCMON14.
Juice Beauty offers an extensive line of organic skin care and cosmetic products. This award-winning company has products for both men and women, so take advantage of their Cyber Monday sale. Get an exclusive gift box that includes up to $133 worth of free skincare and makeup when you spend $75–125, plus free shipping. (Valid 11/30 and 12/1.)
You can find clothes for the whole family, home decor, and more at Kohl’s! Don’t forget to check out their pretty Christmas ornaments and decorations. The best part? You can save 20% off sitewide with code CYBERTAKE20, plus get free shipping on $25—no code needed! (Valid 11/29–12/3.)
If you or some family members need to stock up on contact lenses, check out Vision Direct. Take 30% off your First Vision Direct Contact Lens order with code THANKS30. (Valid 11/26–12/2.)
Find toys, electronics, and gifts for the whole family at Walmart. New specials added daily during Cyber Week at Walmart.com!

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Black Friday Deals

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Looking for some awesome deals for your holiday shopping? Today is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year! Browse the deals below and shop online to avoid the crowds and long lines—that way you can spend less time shopping and more time with family and loved ones this weekend.

Send some festive flowers to your loved ones or get a live plant or wreath to decorate your own home. 1-800-Flowers has Black Friday/Cyber Monday Savings all weekend long! Save 25% on your purchase of select items. Use promo code HLDYTWNTYFV at checkout. (Offer valid from 11/28 12:01AM EST to 12/01 11:59PM EST.)
Amazon has some great deals and low prices on Black Friday, but the savings continue all week long. Shop Amazon’s Black Friday deals week.
For even the toughest person on your shopping list, you can find something funny, festive, chipper, or hobby-related at CafePress. You can even create your own t-shirts, pajamas, hoodies—anything! Planning a family reunion next year? Now is the chance to save big on your order. Check out their Black Friday sale! 30% off with code BLKFRI. Good through 11/28.
You can find lots of cute clothes for your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews at Gymboree. Get 50% off everything, plus $10 sleep and $15 fleece tops (11/26–11/28).
HearthSong is a fantastic place to shop for all kinds of kids’ toys. Check out their Black Friday deals—including free shipping for purchases $49+ and a $15 reward card at HearthSong.com! Use code LSHSBFRI14.
Give the gift of a Kiwi Crate this holiday season! The crate is chock-full of activities and creative stuff to inspire young ones. They’re having an exclusive Kiwi Crate Black Friday sale! Starting today through 12/1, save 60% on your 1st month subscription to Kiwi Crate PLUS free shipping with code HOLIDAY60 at checkout.
Find unique toys, gifts, home decor, and more for children of all ages at Land of Nod. Receive free parcel shipping PLUS 15% off your order at The Land of Nod from 11/27 through 12/1 for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday super sale!
Kohl’s is a great place to shop for clothes for the whole family. Looking for pretty linens for Christmas dinner or accent pieces for your home decor? Check out Kohl’s, and save 15% off sitewide with code THANKS15 11/24–11/28.
Walmart is your one stop shop for toys, electronics, or other miscellaneous items for the home. For everyone on your list, shop Black Friday deals at Walmart.com!

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