These Black Friday Toy Deals Have Us Stuffing Stockings and Hiding Gifts in the Basement
by Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Image Credits: Amazon, Skip Hop, Walmart
Save on favorite brands like Barbie, Melissa & Doug, Lego, and L.O.L.—up to $100 off.
If we had all the money in the world, some of us would use it to buy our kids an entire 1980s-era FAO Schwarz full of toys for the holidays. Without those unlimited funds, however, we have the next best thing: an internet full of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
To make shopping for the babies, toddlers, big kids, and teens in your life go super smoothly this season, we hunted down some of the best toy deals for you—which, to be honest, is kind of the best job ever. Having spent all year looking at brightly colored shape sorters for toddlers, cuddly stuffed animals and costumes for preschoolers, every Lego kit and trendy fashion doll imaginable, and all the various games and sets of wheels big kids covet, we know a thing or two about which toys are worth buying this year. And that means we also know which toys are a steal during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
When Is Black Friday?
This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, but some giant stores, like Amazon, Macy's, and Walmart, kicked off Black Friday sales weeks ago. That means the lists of toys that go on sale are constantly changing. Smaller retailers and toy brands are still reserving their biggest discounts until the official day after Thanksgiving. And there are even more deals that won’t be in place until Cyber Monday (November 29).
For that reason, we suggest starting with the toys here, and then bookmarking this page to visit us again through the end of the month. You may hit upon the perfect gifts on your first try, but you never know if something even better may come along later too.
Below are some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on toys kids love:
Amazon early Black Friday deals have been popping up since October, and they’re constantly shifting based on how many people snap them up. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch something huge, like a Barbie Dreamhouse, on sale at just the right moment. But at all times, you’re guaranteed to find good deals on Melissa & Doug’s great toys for preschoolers, building toys from Lego and Clixo, remote control cars from several brands, and even an L.O.L. Surprise doll or two.
- Melissa & Doug PAW Patrol Wooden ABC Block Truck, $19.99 (originally $26.99)
- Clixo Itsy Magnetic Toy, $23.99 with coupon (originally $29.99)
- L.O.L. Surprise OMG Remix Lonestar Fashion Doll, $22.99 (originally $35.99)
- Monster Jam, Official Grave Digger Freestyle Force Remote Control Car, $49.97 (originally $59.99)
- Umogy Pop Purse, $14.44 (originally $16.99)
Walmart is fast on Amazon’s heels in the early Black Friday toy game, and we are impressed with the steep discounts offered on the top brands for kids and parents. Find Lego sets, sturdy and imaginative play kitchens from KidKraft, highly rated drones, fashionable Barbie and L.O.L. dolls, and a Disney castle or two.
- KidKraft Uptown Espresso Wooden Play Kitchen with Chalkboard, $99.00 (originally $199.99)
- Barbie Estate 3-In-1 Dreamcamper, $60 (originally $99.99)
- Lego Star Wars Skywalker Adventures Pack, $50 (originally $79.97)
- L.O.L. Surprise OMG Remix Rock Ferocious Fashion Doll, $17 (originally $24.49)
- Disney Princess Fold N Go Celebration Castle, $25 (originally $52.99)
- Snaptain S5C-720P WiFi FPV Drone with 720P HD Camera, $79.99 (originally $99.99)
- Hover-1 Blast Hoverboard, $79 (originally $118)
BuyBuy Baby Deals
Leading up to Black Friday, the baby essentials mega-store has discounts of up to 25 percent off many toys geared toward babies and toddlers. That includes several fun sensory toys from Edushape, popular Magformer tile sets, and plush toys that are just as fun for babies to cuddle as to stick in their mouths.
- Magformers 62-Piece Rainbow Set, $79.99 (originally $99.99)
- Edushape 4-Inch Sensory Balls (Set of 4), $12.74 (originally $16.99)
- Animal Tales Treasury Sound Book by Eric Carle, $14.99 (originally $19.99)
- Dolce Aardvark Plush Toy, $23.99 (originally $29.99)
Toca Life Box and Sago Mini Box Discounts
The makers of adorable kids’ video games Toca Boca and Sago Mini have been bringing their worlds and characters to three-dimensional life via monthly subscription boxes that encourage creative and open-ended imaginative play. From now through November 30, you can get $9 off and free shipping on Sago Mini Box monthly plans (for ages 3-5) with the code SAGOBF2021. Get $7 off the first Toca Life Box (for ages 6-11) and free shipping with a monthly plan using the code TOCABF2021.
Skip Hop Deals
- Skip Hop Explore & More Selfie Phone, $8 (originally $10)
- Bandana Buddies Yeti Chime and Teethe Toy, $4.80 (originally $6)
- Farmstand Rock-a-Mole Guitar, $14.40 (originally $18)
It should surprise no one that the department store that brings us the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and one of the best places in which to visit Santa, also has excellent Black Friday toy deals. This is where you can find some familiar faces for much less.
- FAO Schwarz Piano Dance Mat, $31.99 (originally $79.99)
- Barbie Color Reveal Surprise Party Dolls and Accessories, $39.99 (originally $49.99)
- Star Wars Baby Yoda Pillow Buddy, $19.99 (originally $60)
To buy: 100 Piece Kid's Art Tote by Creatology, $9.99 (originally $14.99); michael.com.
The home of grown-ups’ craft supplies is also an excellent place to get art supplies and craft kits for kids, especially with the early Black Friday deal that will get you 20 percent off with code 20MADEBYYOU (with some restrictions), plus free shipping on orders of $49 or more, through November 27.
- Perler Harry Potter Deluxe Fused Bead Kit, $14.39 with code MADEBYYOU20 (originally $17.99)
- Crayola S.T.E.A.M Paper Flower Science Kit, $23.99 with code (originally $29.99)
- Kid Made Modern Comic Book Kit, $15.99 with code (originally $19.99)
- Creativity for Kids Ice Cream Shop Sensory Bin, $15.99 with code (originally $19.99)
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