10 Christmas Gift Ideas That Kids Will Play With For Years

 Do you have any Christmas gift ideas for kids this year? I don’t really want to buy anything trendy that they won’t play with in a few months. I want to buy a few things that will last and keep their interest.  –Ann

I thought this was a great question, mainly because I’m struggling with gift ideas this year too!  I thought through the gifts we have given and received over the last few years. When I think about all the toys we don’t play with it makes me realize how much I need to have a yard sale this spring. But, there are also a few that have brought years of fun.   Here is  a list of gifts we have enjoyed for years and I would buy again.

PLEASE comment and share your best lasting gift ideas!


Number 1 has to be the Little Tikes Jump and Slide Bouncer (on sale $188).  My mom kept asking me for gift ideas last year. I just kept thinking we have no more room for toys! Even if she got each boy three things that is 12 more toys I would have to find a home for. So, I went with a combined gift- the  Little Tikes Jump and Slide Bouncer.

Y’all this has been a one of my favorite gifts ever!  It sets up easily in our play room and the boys bounce in it all the time!  Lots of energy on rainy or snowy days- go bounce. Too hot outside but need to wrestle and be crazy- go bounce. Don’t judge me but I have been known to set a timer and not let them come out of the bouncy until it goes off. :) Here is a short video of the craziness.

This comes with the blower and stakes to keep it from flying away if you want to use it outside too.


2. PlasmaCar

We actually have three of these, and we have had them for years. We love our PlasmaCars. I have to settle a whose turn is it on the PlasmaCars scuffle at least once every few days. Maybe a fourth should be on my list this year, but we only have so much garage space. :)

This video is from two years ago when I still let them ride their PlasmaCars in the house.

As a side note, we got our 5 year old a Mini Micro Scooter last year and all the boys love that too.


3. Benny the Bull Bouncy Horse

We have this and a dinosaur made by the same company. I am pretty sure there was a group buying site deal for them when I got them. My boys love them. Benny comes with his own little pump and is thick and durable. These bouncy horses have been raced, punched, lassoed, thrown and jumped on by 4 boys for about three years and look very much like when I bought them.



4. Adventures in Odyssey Audio CDs

Lest you think all we do is bounce around the house. :)  Someone gave us some Adventures in Odysey  CD’s over a year ago and they became an instant favorite.   We have a couple in the car for longer trips but my favorite way to use them has been at night.  A couple of my guys have a hard time falling asleep at night. On those nights we turn on a CD, low enough that they have to be really quiet to hear it, and it seems to really help. (We also do this with the Jesus Storybook Bible CDs)

5. Board Games

The classics have started to make a come back at our house. Uno, Connect FourSorry  and Spot It are all the rage at our house.


6. Melissa & Doug Magic Set- If you stop by our house it is highly likely you will be treated to a magic show by the older two boys.

7. Little Tikes Slide-  – this is a staple in the playroom too. It is a slide, a ladder, a jumping off point and part of most of the forts they boys make.


8. Play Tent– The play tent and tunnel has been the source of many adventures. :)

9. Play Food– Believe it or not all my boys have loved playing with play food.  Melissa & Doug Food is my favorite.

10. Books– All The Pigeon books, The Day the Crayons Quit, Magic Tree House,  and Mad Libs just to name a few.  Of course McKay’s is my favorite place to get books on a budget!

Of course, Legos and art supplies make should make this list too.

** I should also add one of my favorite ideas for gifts aren’t toys at all. It’s experiences.  One of my sisters gets the boys (our family) a Knoxville Zoo pass, one gets a season pass to The Muse of Knoxville. We have also gotten Dollywood season passes as gifts. I LOVE this.  These kind of gifts allow are family to have so much fun and make some special memories! Not to mention they don’t clutter the house and they don’t require batteries. :)

You could also do just one day passes to some fun places around town. (Great for stocking stuffers.) Sites like   (who right now has 50% off a family to to The Muse of Knoxville) are a great way to save on these kind of gifts! You should also check out (they offer a lot of deals and often run extra % off deals!) Right now they have Adventure Rainforest Zoo passes for $3!


Mornings with Fox 43 & Coupon Katie: Free Coffee, Sam’s Club Membership, Knoxville Zoo Admission & More


Here are the deals we covered this morning on Mornings with Mornings with Fox 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!


Free Coffee! September 29th

Tomorrow, September 29th is National Coffee Day.  I am so excited to celebrate.

  • In honor of National Coffee Day on September 29th, head on over to participating Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shops for a FREE Original Glazed Doughnut and a FREE 12 oz cup of coffee – no purchase necessary! You can also get any 12oz mocha, latte, or iced coffee for just $1 at participating Krispy Kreme locations. Head on over to the Krispy Kreme Facebook page or go here for more details.


  • On September 29th,  your local Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a FREE cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot or iced Dark Roast Coffee – No coupon needed and no purchase necessary. Go here for more information.





FREE Sam’s Club Annual Membership for New or Expectant Moms


Through September 29th, Sam’s Club is offering new moms (with children 1 year old or younger) and moms-to-be a Free Annual Membership!

To get this offer, you’ll need to call 1-888-746-7726, choose option #2 and then tell the representative you are calling for the New Mom Membership offer. *** This will require patience! I wanted to verify this deal so I called. I was on hold for 28 minutes before I got to talk to someone.

The process is super easy. You’ll provide your full name and mailing address. Then you will receive a membership number through the mail (I has also given a reference number over the phone)  You will need to take the number they the customer service desk at your local Sam’s Club before November 15th to get a physical membership card!  Your membership is active immediately and valid for one full year!

Free Knoxville Zoo Admission for Seniors October 1, 2015


Seniors age 65 and over are invited to enjoy free admission to Knoxville Zoo on Senior Day presented by Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

To redeem free zoo admission, visitors age 65 and over simply need to check in at the  Gentry Griffey tent that will be located at the zoo’s ticket windows the day of the event and show proof of age.

Schoola: 50% Off + Free Shipping + Up to $25 Credit= Free Kids Clothes!


Have you checked out Schoola yet?! Schoola offers very gently used kids’ and women’s clothes for a fraction of the retailers’ prices.

Right now, you can get completely free shipping on ALL orders! Use the code FALLINGPRICES for an additional 50% off your order! Plus, if you’re a new customer, sign up here for a free $15 credit!  After you’ve signed up or if you’re already signed up, be sure to create a collection and get an additional $10 credit. That’s possibly $25 worth of FREE clothes! Keep in mind that your credits won’t show until you’ve reached the checkout page, so make sure you go through the checkout process.

Tennessee Valley Fair 2015 Ticket Giveaway


The Tennessee Valley Fair is almost here!!

There is something for everyone this year.  Have you checked out the list of concerts? See if you can do it without singing/rapping Ice Ice Baby. It is impossible. :)

There are the rides, the food, the animals. this year there is also LEGOs and princesses!  And, the folks at the fair want to make sure everyone can have fun so they have all kinds of discount days.

Love it.

Also, they gave me some tickets to give away to Coupon Katie readers and I have a few left! That’s right, you have one last chance to win a family 5 pack of tickets AND a parking pass!

To enter just leave a comment and tell me what you love most about the Tennessee Valley Fair.

**Coupon Katie was given tickets to facilitate this giveaway. All opinions are those of Coupon Katie, LLC. Winners will be notified via email address used to enter. One entry per person and winner will be chosen at random. Tickets will arrive via U.S. mail, Coupon Kaite, LLC cannot be responsible for tickets once they are mailed. Giveaway will end 8 am EST Monday, September 7, 2015.

Coupon Katie Mornings With Fox 43 Labor Day Deals + Free Coffee


Here are the deals we covered this morning on Mornings with Mornings with Fox 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!

Teachers Get Free Coffee at McDonald’s Every Monday in September

McDonald’s is offering free coffee to all teachers every Monday in September. Just show your school ID to get your free coffee – hot or iced. Yum! This offer is good all day at all participating stores.

FREE Admission for One Year to National Parks For All 4th Graders & Their Families



To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, we are kicking off the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1st you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available starting September 1st, 2015 and will be good for the 2015-2016 school year until August 31, 2016. More information will be available beginning in September.

You can find a park near you here.

Labor Day Cookout Deals (starting Wednesday 9/2, Pulix deals start 9/3)


Hot Dogs

Kroger has Ball Park Franks on sale for $1. The 55 off 1 coupon from the Aug. 2 RedPlum will make these 45 cents.

Food City has Ball Park Franks on sale Buy One Get One Free for $1.99. The 55 off 1 coupon from the Aug. 2 RedPlum will make these $1.45.

Target has Ball Park Hot Dog on sale for $2.69. The 55 off 1 coupon from the Aug. 2 RedPlum will make these $2.14.

Publix has Nathan’s Beef Franks on Buy One Get One Free sale for $3.24. (starting 9/3)

Ingles has Oscar Mayer Franks on Buy One Get One Free sale for $2.49. The $0.75 off (2) OSCAR MAYER Hot Dogs coupon will make these $2.11.


Kroger has Family Size Lays or Fritos or Cheetos on sale for $1.77.

Target has Lay’s Family-Size Chips  for $2.

Food City has Lay’s Family Size Chips on Buy One Get One Free sale for $2.14.

Publix has Frito Lay Snacks Party size on Buy One Get One Free sale for $2.49.

If you’re making s’mores, Publix has Hershey’s Chocolate Candy Bars (6-ct) on Buy One Get One Free sale for $1.94. Buy two and the $1 off 2 coupon from the Aug. 2 SmartSource will make these $1.44 a pack, just 24 cents a bar!


Food City has Coke product 12 packs for $2.75 when you buy four.

Publix has Pepsi product 12 packs for $2.75 when you buy four.

Kroger has Coca-Cola, Pepsi or 7Up product 12 pack for $2.75 when you buy four.


Grab this at either Kroger or Food City where a 15.4lb bag of Kingford Charcoal is $4.99.


Ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce, mayonnaise and pickles are on sale everywhere this week.  $1 is a good price.

Labor Day- What to Buy

Summer Clothes and Shoes– they will be clearance priced everywhere and several online retailers will have shipping deals too!

Grills and Grill Accessories– Grills will be on sale usually 25-50%, but they will be even cheaper in November. If you cannot wait you can still get a good deal now.

Patio Furniture

Lawn Mowers


Back to School Electronics-school supplies, laptops, calculators, headphones, Bluetooth speakers and backpacks with laptop slots.



2015 Tennessee Valley Fair Ticket Giveaway & Discount Day Info


Are you planning on attending the 2015 Tennessee Valley Fair, September 11-20? If so, then you should know admission tickets, ride armbands, and concert tickets are discounted through September 10!

If you prefer to order in person the ticket office is now open at  3301 East Magnolia Avenue on Monday thre Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The fair also offers a number of discount days:
Opening Day Special – $1.00 Admission!Friday, September 11, 2015
In celebration of our 96th year, fairgoers can enter the Fairgrounds on Friday, September 11 for only $1! Discount begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends promptly at 4:36 p.m.

Tailgating DaySaturday, September 12, 2015
Wear University of Tennessee colors and get $1 off each adult admission.

Scout DaySaturday, September 12, 2015
All current Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts (18 years and under) receive FREE admission with proper identification. Come enjoy activities just for Scouts and earn a special patch.

Guidebook $3 Off CouponMonday, September 14 – Thursday, September 17, 2015
Take advantage of $3 off an adult admission (w/ coupon) when you come to the Fair on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Coupon available in our 2014 Guidebook or exclusively from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Student DayMonday, September 14, 2015
Students 12th grade and under receive FREE admission from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Senior Home Assistance of Tennessee Senior Citizen’s DayTuesday, September 15, 2015
Seniors age 65+ receive FREE admission all day. Special entertainment, events and contests for seniors in the Pepsi Community Tent.
Presented by Senior Home Assistance of Tennessee.

Penny 4 Arts DayTuesday, September 15, 2015
Students 12th grade and under participating in the Penny 4 Arts Program offered by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Knoxville receive FREE admission from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (Participants must obtain voucher from Penny4Arts website)

Tennessee Education Lottery DayThursday, September 17, 2015
$3.00 off adult admission with any non-winning Tennessee Lottery ticket.
Presented by: Tennessee Education Lottery

Tailgating DaySaturday, September 19, 2015
Wear University of Tennessee colors and get $1 off each adult admission.

Hometown Heroes DaySunday, September 20, 2015
Current and past military, police, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, first responders, nurses and teachers receive FREE admission with proper identification.
Presented by: Regions Bank

**Please Note: Discounts cannot be combined with other offers**
Questions? Call (865) 215-1471


The generous people at the Tennessee Valley Fair have given me tickets AND parking passes to give to some of my lucky readers! Two readers will win family 5 packs of tickets and one Free Parking Pass for any night of the 2015 Tennessee Valley Fair!

Use the form below to enter. Good Luck!

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Mornings With Fox 43: Coupon Katie’s Back to School Tips & Deals


Here are the Back to School Savings Tips and Deals we covered this morning on Mornings with Mornings with Fox 43.  You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!  You may also want to check out my Coupon Calendar!

Back to School Saving Tips

Start Now

The Back to School shopping season started early this year and is in full swing. By spacing shopping out you will get the best deals each week. Buy loss leaders each week and Tax Free Weekend is better for your bigger purchases like electronics and clothes.

Just in case you haven’t heard:

The State of Tennessee’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night.  During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free.  This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7 and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m.

Price Match

To save gas and time take advantage of the price matching policies at Wal Mart, Target or Staples to get the lowest price on all the supplies you need in one stop.

Target Price Match Policy:

We’ll match the price if you buy a qualifying item at Target or CityTarget stores then find the identical item for less in the following week’s Target weekly ad or within seven days at,,,,, or in a competitor’s local printed ad. Price match may be requested prior to your purchase. Simply bring in proof of the current lower price, your original receipt and we’ll match the price at the Guest Service Desk.

Wal-Mart Price Match Policy

We’re committed to providing low prices every day, on everything. So if you find a current lower price from an online retailer on an identical, in-stock product, tell us and we’ll match it.

The following are guidelines and limitations:

  • The prices on and online retailers* will be matched
  • Our customers must provide the online price and retailer
  • The item must be currently in-stock at the online retailer’s website at the time the request for the price match is made
  • The item must be sold and fulfilled by online retailers listed below*
  • We reserve the right to verify the price of the identical, in-stock item at the online retailer’s website (i.e., size, model, quantity, brand, color)
  • We will limit quantities to one-per-customer, per item, per day

Staples 110% Back To School Price Match Policy
If you find a lower price on a new identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples and we’ll match the price.

1. Find a lower price
2, Bring in proof of that qualifying lower price
3. Speak to a store associate and we’ll match the price plus we will discount it by 10% of the difference

Shop Late

Save some of your back to school budget for the week after school starts. Back to school items will start to clearance. That is when you stock up on supplies for the rest of the year.



Kroger shoppers, here’s a great way to save on back to school clothes! Right now Kroger has eCoupons available on gift cards. You can save 20% off a Gap or Old Navy gift cards!

You can use these gift cards with any store sale, coupon or coupon codes so it’s like getting an extra 20% off on top of all the store savings! You could also stock up on these now for Tax Free Weekend.

Kroger Giftcard eCoupons

-Save 20% on Old Navy wyb (1) Old Navy Giftcard
-Save 20% on Gap Options wyb (1) Gap Options Giftcard
-20% on GAP when you buy (1) ONE or more GAP Gift Cards
-Save $10 on Ebay wyb (2) Ebay giftcards
-Save $10 on Sephora wyb (2) $25 Sephora giftcards

These offers end 8/1/15.

There is also Save $5.00 on School Supplies when you Spend $20.00 available!

Free Amazon Prime for College Students

 College Students can get a Free 6 month membership to Amazon Prime. Sign up requires an .edu email address.

* FREE two-day shipping on textbooks and tons of other stuff

* Deals and promotions exclusively for Students, can cancel or  join Amazon Prime for 1/2 price at end of 6 months.



Buy One Get One 50%  Off on Kid’s character apparel, backpacks and school supplies. Also in ad coupons for $10 off bedding or bath purchase of $50 and $25 off  bedding or bath purchase of $100.

Crayola Crayons (64 count)-$2 you can Price Match these at another store!

Sharpie Clear View Highlighters (3ct)- $4
-$1/1 coupon from the 7/26 SmartSource
Final cost=$3

Print a $2 off $10 Up & Up School Supply purchase coupon!


Office Depot/ Office Max

Office Depot Wood Pencils (12pack)-1¢

Office Depot Plasitc 12″ Rulers-1¢

Office Depot 6″ Protractors-1¢

Sharpie Singles  Permanent Markers-25¢ Price Match

Office Depot Mechanical Pencils (6pk)-25¢

Office Depot 1-Subject Notebook-25¢

Ticonderoga Pencils (12 pack)-$1 Price Match

Sharpie Accent Highlighter (4pk)-$2 Price Match


Staples 1 Subject Notebooks-25¢

Staples pencil top erasers (12 pack)-25¢

Staples Index Cards-48¢

Crayola Markers -97¢(10 pack)- Price Match

Pentel RSVP Pens (5pack)-$1- Price Match


Crayola Crayons (24 count) – 50¢

Fiskars Wooden Ruler – 25¢

Elmer’s Glue Sticks (Singles) – 25¢

Elmers Glue Sticks (2 pack) – 50¢

Crayola Colored Pencils (12 count) – 97¢

Crayola Classic Markers (10 count) – 97¢

Papermate Pens (10 count)-$0.97
-$.55/1 coupon from 7/26 SmartSource
Final cost=42¢

The Children’s Place : Up to 80% Off and FREE Shipping!



If you have kiddos you need to check out the BIG sale over at The Children’s Place!   Right now you get an EXTRA 40% off clearance items – this additional discount will be applied after qualifying clearance items have been added to your cart. In addition, you can use the promo code 25PLACE3 at checkout to get an additional 25% off your entire online order and shipping is FREE on every purchase.

This is a great way to buy ahead or get ready for school!  Check out all the deals here and let me know what deals your getting!

Thanks to reader Elizabeth for sharing this on the Coupon Katie Facebook page!