Buy Holiday Gift Cards, Get Bonus Card for Yourself

Gift Card Bonus Deals for the holidaysIt’s getting down to the wire, folks! If you need any last-minute gifts, check out this list where you can snag a bonus gift card or food item! It’s like gifting yourself! Here are 38 participating merchants:

Purchase these by December 31, 2014. Bonus cards are valid for a specific time frame in early 2015, depending on the company. Buy the gift cards in person to skip shipping fees.

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Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale: Up to 80% Off

scholastic holiday saleIt’s the mega book sale! The Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Warehouse Sale returns to the Houston area this month. What a great time to stock up on books for the kids with 50% most items, up to 80% off permanently reduced merchandise + 20% off new releases.

Warehouse sales are for school employees, librarians, teachers, principals, homeschool teachers, and book fair volunteers. They take you at your word when you register as a volunteer with your school. Search with your zip code online to find the hours of each sale.

NW Houston Warehouse
December 4-20
9 am – 7 pm weekdays, 9 am – 5 pm Saturdays
7400 Security Way

December 16-17
Merrell Center
6301 S. Stadium

December 4
Lone Star Convention & Expo Center
9055 Airport Rd.

Sugar Land
December 15-16
University of Houston, Sugar Land
14000 University Blvd.

Clear Lake
December 4
University of Houston, Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd./Bayou Building, Atrium 2

Get extra savings when you sign up online. Print out a fast pass to get in quicker and provide $10 savings if you spend $50 or $25 off $100.

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Dickens on the Strand: Save with Advance Tickets

Dickens on the StrandHave you experienced the fun of Galveston’s holiday tradition, Dickens on the Strand Festival? I highly recommend it for everyone! The period costumes, parades, children’s activities, costume contest, holiday shopping and musical entertainment (especially the handbells) — all make for a fun weekend.

  • December 5 (5 pm – 9 pm)
  • December 6 (10 am – 9 pm)
  • December 7 (12 pm – 6 pm)

Kids will enjoy the Picadilly Circus at 21st and Strand featuring elephant and pony rides plus the Snow Yard, until it melts. Other highlights are the Queen’s Parade, Victorian Bed Races, Costume Contest, period performances, and many handbell performances. Check out the Festival highlights online.

Friday admission is free to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall and Windsor Castle Stage only!

Get in for half price by dressing in Victorian costume! Or buy  your tickets in advance and save!  Get your tickets at Randall’s or purchase online before December 5. Pre-sale adult tickets for Saturday and Sunday advance admission is $12 in advance and $6 for kids 7-12 and kids 6 and under free. There is a $1.74 fee per ticket to purchase online. At the gate, Saturday and Sunday tickets are priced at $14 for adults and $8 for kids. The Dickens Festival is located at Harborside Drive between 20th and 25th Streets in Galveston.

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Houston Cyber Monday Deals: The Nutcracker, Goode Company and more

Cyber Monday deals in HoustonCyber Monday continues to grow each year since its 2005 beginning — with double-digit growth the last four years. IBM said Cyber Monday 2013 was the biggest shopping day in history with a 20.6% increase in online sales.

Here are a few Cyber Monday 2014 deals that are available only in Houston.

Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker — Save 25% off Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker performance December 12, 7:30 pm. Orchestra and orchestra rear seats are $60 ($80 value). Online purchase only. Ends December 1, 11:59 pm.  Click here to purchase tickets, use code 2464 and select 12/12 at 7:30 pm.

TUTS — Save up to 50% off on upcoming TUTS performances. Tickets must be purchased online through these links. Limited tickets. Deal expires at 10 pm. Call TUTS with any questions: 713.558.TUTS (8887).

Goode Company — New hourly deals will be available all day December 1 at Goode Company. Some of the savings include 15% off Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie in a wooden box, 19.77% off any purchase, and 20% of Mesquite-Smoked Turkey Follow Goode Company on Facebook and Twitter to watch the hourly deals.

Painting with a Twist — Get a $35 painting class for 50% off at your choice of studios: Cypress location, The Woodlands location, Katy location, Galleria location, Sugar Land location, Heights location, and Kingwood location. Online purchase only. Limited quantities available.

Thanksgiving Weekend at Bayou Bend

This is a sponsored post by Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. All opinions are my own.

bayou bend thanksgivingCreate wonderful memories Thanksgiving weekend at Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. It’s a great activity to enjoy with relatives or out-of-town friends visiting for Thanksgiving — plus take advantage of discount prices!

Folks who attend November 28-30 will get a preview of Yuletide exhibition with holiday lights and period room settings, plus the chance to browse 14 acres of gardens and enjoy self-guided house tours.

Bayou Bend is the historic house museum of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for American decorative arts and paintings. It features objects dating from 1620 – 1870.

Special admission discounts November 28-30: $5 for ages 10-18, $10 for adults, and free for kids ages 9 and younger.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is located at 6003 Memorial Drive.


Early Black Friday Sale November 21 at Walmart

Walmart Pre-Black Friday 2014Have you heard the news? Walmart is kicking off Black Friday a week early — on Friday, November 21!

Thanks to fellow Houston blogger Paul at I Heart The Mart for keeping us in the loop! Basically, the retailer is putting some of the competition’s best Black Friday deals on sale a week early.

Here are a few in the sales flyer:

  • 40″ Samsung: $298
  • Samsung Chromebook $199
  • Leap Pad 2: $49
  • 32″ Samsung LED: $198

Find all the details in his post here. Not sure yet how much will be available online.

Festival of Lights Opening Night + Free Pyramid

moody gardens festival of lightsIt’s hard to believe, but Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens opens this weekend.

Thanks to KPRC Channel2’s Family Night, you can get a discount opening night, November 15. Get admission to Festival of Lights for $8.95 and see Aquarium Pyramid free (11/15 only).

Festival of Lights definitely gets you in the holiday spirit. The setting features more than 100 lighted scenes with 1 million lights, an outdoor ice rink, live entertainment, photos with Santa, and more. Don’t miss Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas kicking off the grand opening of ICE LAND Ice Sculptures at noon. Tom Kenny is the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants!

Free holiday entertainment from 4 pm – 6 pm includes Curt Miller and Friends (master illusionist) and Galveston Ballet. Watch Santa parachute in at 5 pm on opening night from the North Pole. Mrs. Claus will flip the lights at 6 pm to kick off the Festival of Lights season.

Get your coupon online at KPRC’s site here, which is valid for up to six people. Moody Gardens is located on Galveston Island at One Hope Blvd.

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Starbucks: Buy 1, Get 1 Free, November 12-16

Starbucks: Buy One Share One November 12-16, 2014Starbucks kicks off its holiday season with this favorite freebie! Indulge and save with Buy One, Share One freebie November 12-16: Buy one holiday beverage from 2 pm – 5 pm and get another beverage free. Choose from several holiday-inspired drinks including Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte, and Peppermint Mocha. Plus Starbucks debuts its new beverage Chestnut Praline Latte on November 12! Valid at participating locations only.

As a bonus, My Starbucks Rewards members get an extra hour of the deal through 6 pm each day!

The coffee retailer also will be offering Holiday Season Sampler Cards throughout the holiday season: purchase five Holiday beverages and get any Grande beverage for free.

Thanks, Redefined Mom!

Houston Cirque du Soleil “Amaluna” Discounts Feb 2015

cirque du soleil amalunaJust two more days to grab these discount tickets! Sales end November 13, 10:55 pm.

I’m so thrilled to share that Cirque du Soleil is returning to Houston in February under the Big Top Tent — and I have discount tickets available!

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna hits Houston February 13-February 26 at Grand Chapiteau at Sam Houston Race Park. My favorite Cirque du Soleil performance is the one I saw under the tent. Every seat is fantastic and intimate-feeling with performers all around the air and aisles.   photo: Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna
February 13-February 26
$50 – $90 ($76.50 – $116.50 reg)
Grand Chapiteau at Sam Houston Race Park

The magical romance in Amaluna is inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest. The night features incredible imagery, high-flying feats, aerial performers, dancers and more. As a bonus, this ticket includes a concessions package complete with popcorn and drink. And there is no service fee with this purchase!

Save 25% – 35% on ticket prices, thanks to Goldstar. Go online here to purchase your tickets to this epic love story.

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Houston Nutcracker Market: $1 Off Admission

Houston Ballet's NutcrackerIt’s Houston’s annual holiday shopping bonanza — and it benefits the Houston Ballet! We’re just two days away from Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market, held at NRG Center November 13-16.

Don’t get overwhelmed if it’s your first time! Explore more than 325 national and international merchants featuring home décor, apparel, toys, holiday decor, gourmet food, garden items and more! Find that original gift for your special someone.

Thursday, November 13 – 10 am – 8 pm
Friday, November 14 – 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, November 15 — 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 16 — 10 am – 6 pm

Discounts tickets are available in advance at Randall’s for $15. Or use this $1 off admission coupon. Tickets are $16 at the door. Children under 2 are free. Take advantage of half-price admission for the last three hours of each day. Parking onsite is $10.

Keep in mind that strollers, rolling carts and wagons are not permitted in Nutcracker Market. You can bring your kids, but you will probably end up carrying them! All proceeds from the market benefit the academy and scholarship programs for the Houston Ballet Foundation.

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