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8 Disney Items That'll Make You Wish You Were a Kid Again

For the most part, Disney is pretty good about making adults feel welcome and serving up magic for all ages. Particularly during the Disney Store's Twice Upon a Year Sale, when it takes up to 60% off. For unknown reasons though, some really cool clothing, accessories, and toys are available exclusively for kids; we've rounded up eight such items — with gifs!

How Do Toys Like Hatchimals Become So Popular?

This year's most popular toy is the Hatchimal, which has been tough to find on store shelves. But what goes into making the hottest toy of the holiday season? Here's an insider look at how toys like the Hatchimal become so popular.

The Best Cheap Gifts Under $10, $20, and $50

Your gift-buying days may be numbered, but you don't have to break the bank to be a generous giver. Just take a gander at these wallet-friendly gift ideas, which are cleverly arranged by price.

10 Totally Rad Holiday Gifts for '80s Kids

If you've got an '80s baby on your shopping list this holiday season, give 'em something that makes them feel young again! Here's a selection of 10 toys, movies, and home goods that'll make 2016 feel like 1986.

Cyber Week Toy Deals: This LEGO-Style Holiday Wreath Is Only $5

Cyber Week toy sales are a prime opportunity to snag gifts for kids of all ages. In our roundup of the best toy deals, we've highlighted the items that are sure to suit nearly any personality.

Toys "R" Us Black Friday 2016: Deals Are Now Live! Find Out What's Hot

The Toys "R" Us Black Friday ad has been leaked with 28 pages of toys to tantalize your tiny tots. Here, we've listed some of the best deals we could find, plus some advice on how to get them once Black Friday rolls around.

Target Black Friday 2016: Deals Are Now Live! See What's Hot and What's Still to Come

Target has released several Black Friday deals early, and we're taking note. Click here to see a list of the hottest offers so far, as well as some information about what's still to come.

Black Friday Toys You Can Get NOW: Shop the Kohl's Toy Sale You've Been Waiting for

Why wait until Black Friday to start your holiday shopping? We've rounded up the best pre-Black Friday toy deals for kids of all ages.

You Won't Believe People Actually Wanted These Black Friday Doorbusters

Ah, the days when we believed Palm E bundles and Robosapiens were legit doorbusters. Join us as we travel back in time to make fun of the Black Friday deals of yesteryear. They're delightful in their quaint awfulness!

The Top 5 Geekiest Picks From ThinkGeek's Clearance Sale

At ThinkGeek, a selection of clearance items are currently marked up to 80% off. To help you find some new toys, we've chosen five fun items from the sale that you didn't even know you needed.

Bid High & Prosper: 10 Star Trek Collectibles That Are Beyond Amazing

Star Trek Beyond is finally here, and there's nothing like a new Star Trek movie to make us want some cool merchandise. Check out 10 weird and wonderful Star Trek collectibles that you can find on eBay.

48 Major Retailers That Offer Free Shipping, and How to Get It

A lot of online stores will ship your orders for free, but those bargains often come with limitations. To help you navigate, we've put together a list of 48 retailers that offer free shipping, and some tips on how these deals work.

Lights, Camera, Auction: 5 Terrible Product Placements in Movies and TV

Hershey's pulled off a marketing coup when Reese's Pieces were featured in E.T.. But other companies haven't fared so well, from fast food chains to sneaker brands. Here's a look at the five worst attempts at product placement. (Spoiler: Poor Bing is on our list twice.)

Free Candy & Car Washes: 8 Examples of Super Customer Service

Most tales of customer service stories are complaints, but what about the others? From lifetime service to enticing freebies, these companies lead in keeping customers happy.

We're Daydreaming About These 8 Super-Extravagant Celebrity Gifts

Among the land of extravagant gifts, some presents are so over the top that they make a Tesla look like its Hot Wheels equivalent. Here we present eight gifts that marked special occasions with especially noteworthy excess.

These Are the Toys You're Looking For: The 11 Coolest Vintage Star Wars Figures

It was no easy task, but here are what we consider the 11 coolest vintage Star Wars figures, mixing some of that galaxy's most popular characters with a few of its strangest aliens. How many of them did you have?

10 Darth Vader Collectibles That Will Bring You to the Dark Side

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens soon hitting theaters, we've scoured eBay for 10 Darth Vader-themed collectibles that you've probably never heard of. For a guy who spent most of his screen time being a rotten jerk, we sure do love the Dark Lord of the Sith!

The Top 10 Board Games to Fuel That Festive Family Fight

Ditch the Monopoly and treat yourself or someone special to a trendy table-top board game, all without breaking the bank. These lesser-known titles have won top awards in the gaming industry, and are sure to liven up your holiday party or family night.

Top 5 Stores for the Best Black Friday Deals Online in 2015

Almost every major retailer has unveiled their Black Friday ad by now, and even a week out, some of our predictions have been blown out of the water by lower prices. We looked at last year's top deal performers, and see that they are already gunning for a repeat this year.

Toys "R" Us Black Friday Ad Analysis: Lots of Half-Price Toys, Discounts on the Fabulous 15

Toys "R" Us has finally stepped up its Black Friday game, releasing its ad a week earlier and actually offering deals worth noting. The store has slashed prices by about 50% and has even discounted a couple of its notorious Fabulous 15 toys.

Free Money! Gift Cards and Credits to Spend on Black Friday

When you score a discounted gift card or nab a store credit, you're basically getting free money! And there's no better time to stock up on extra cash than the week before Black Friday. Maximize your savings with this roundup of all the best gift card and credit offers for retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Gap, and more.

Deals That Make You Go Hmmm...: The 11 Most Unusual Black Friday Deals We've Ever Seen

TVs, laptops, toys — you'll see loads of these items discounted on Black Friday. But who expects to see a discount on a Wampa rug? How about an iPotty iPad Holder for kids? We've scoured the DealNews archives to bring you the 11 most unusual Black Friday deals.

GameStop Black Friday Ad Analysis: Their Best Digital Sale in Over a Year

GameStop's 2015 Black Friday ad has leaked, giving gamers their first real look at the shopping holiday. The circular is full of highlights, promising both a great PC download sale and AAA games that hit our predictions. Read on for our full analysis of the best and worst bits of this ad.

A Man Is Waiting in Line 33 Days Before Black Friday, but NOT for the Reason You Think

Kevin Sutton started camping outside a Best Buy in Orlando, Florida on October 25, a record-breaking 33 days ahead of Black Friday. Here's the kicker: Sutton is on a mission, but it might not be the one you'd think.

What People Want on Black Friday Might Surprise You

What are the Black Friday deals we'll be coveting the most this year? We surveyed 2,472 DealNews readers to find out, and the answers might surprise you.

10 Awesome Terminator Collectibles (For the T-800 Who Has Everything)

Terminator Genisys is almost here, and to celebrate, we've found everything from Terminator chess boards to candy on eBay. After all, every Terminator fan needs a custom-made bust of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

10 Crazy 'Jurassic Park' Collectibles for Super Fans

Jurassic World is coming, so we rounded up the strangest and wildest toys, set pieces, and costumes from the franchise — including old cereal and William H. Macy's pants.

8 Surprising 'Limited Editions' That Now Cost a Ton on eBay

Brands like Victoria's Secret, TOMS, and Vans don't produce luxury goods — but due to scarcity and exclusivity, their limited editions can resell for massive markups.

9 Alternative Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Modern Romantic

Love-sick lads and lasses who are tired of shopping for chocolates and flowers will be inspired by ~!our selection of adorable alternatives to the more typical heart-filled and sweet-smelling Valentine's Day options. The spoils include a bouquet of unicorns (oh yes) and a pair of mittens that's been sickeningly crafted for two.

12 Spectacularly Inappropriate Coloring Books

In our daily trolling through the dark and scary corners of the internet, we were surprised to find the trend of merging the totally, obviously childish pleasure of the coloring with complicated adult themes like existentialism, depression, practicing law, and Bill Murray. Read on to see our 12 favorite grown-up coloring books, and prepare to be amazed!

How to Find Discounted Gift Cards & Sell Unwanted Gift Cards Online

Didn't get the gift card you wanted this holiday season? Whether you're buying a card at a discount or selling the one you have, we've created an all-inclusive guide for all of your gift card queries.

Toys R Us Black Friday Ad Analysis: Stock Up on Skylanders, 50% Off LEGO

Better late than never, Toys "R" Us has finally put out its Black Friday ads. These stores will open up at 5 pm local time on Thanksgiving, with a handful of in-store exclusives that are certain to make kids melt and parents grumble. Will any of the Fabulous 15 toys break tradition and see super savings? (Spoiler alert: Nope.) Read on for our full Toys "R" Us ad analysis.
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