If you’re shopping for others or grabbing some deals for yourself this holiday season, don’t miss these steals.

This time of the year can make the wallet feel a little lighter and can be overwhelming in what sales are truly the best ones out there. Our team researched the 12 best deals going on this holiday season to spread a little holiday cheer to yourself and your wallet.

1. Shark ION Robot Vacuum: 50% Of
Why we love this: The robot vacuum makes keeping the apartment tidier much easier (especially with kids and pets). It’s easy to set and let it do its thing while you have to spend less time vacuuming.

2. Board Games: 50% Off
Why we love this: We are a sucker for a good board game. If it’s a classic or a new one to try, we can’t help but get a little competitive. We stocked up on a few after we found them at 50% off.

3. Amazon Fire HD Tablets for Kids: Save $40
Why we love this: If you already use several other Amazon products, this one is a go-to for the protective case, loaded with kid-friendly apps, and easy setup for parental controls. The protective case come in a variety of colors.

4. Nespresso Machines: 25% Off
Why we love this: The very best coffee machine we’ve owned so far is a Nespresso (especially the ones with the frother). Depending on which model you get, they can get pricey but this time of the year makes for scoring a good deal.

5. Beauty Gift Sets: Buy One, Get One
Why we love this: Find some of your friend’s favorite beauty finds and get one for yourself 25% off. This is the time of the year to give your skin a little extra TLC. The Burt’s Bees and Yes To Face Masks were our first grabs.

6. Ancestory DNA Kit: 40% Off
Why we love this: Pretty awesome to find out about your origins and ancestors. No more guessing or wondering. Plus this makes a great gift for family members.

7. Ring Doorbell 2 with Echo Dot: 32% Off
Why we love this: The convenience of the Dot with Alexa is an awesome tech gadget in any house, we use it all of the time. When paired with the security of the Ring, it adds an extra benefit of when you’re at home or away. We definitely have the Ring on our list this year.

8. Hot Wheels – Mega Metropolis Track Set: $40 Off
Why we love this: Hot Wheels Track Sets are classics and this one has us wanting to try it out (even if we do buy it for our nephews and nieces).

9. Orvis Memory Foam Dog Bed: $80 OFF
Why we love this: Simply because it’s our fur baby’s favorite bed ever (and the cover is machine washable)

10. Outdoor Furniture: 50% or More Off
Why we love this: This time of the year is the best time to purchase outdoor furniture. A lot of companies, like Wayfair, have furniture for more than half-off. If you have a patio at your apartment, purchase outdoor chairs and a table now and save some money.

11. Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones: $30 OFF
Why we love this: For when you want to be in your own little world, these headphones do the trick in knocking out any other sound.

12. Rachel Ray Cookware: 33% Off
Why we love this: This is probably the best cookware we’ve ever owned. If you’re a chef in your kitchen, we highly recommend adding this to your “tools.”

Have a deal we missed? Comment below!

We’ve been collecting cookie recipes for months to find the best ones for any occasion. If it’s cookies you’re craving, bring out the mixer and get ready for some favorites!

Knowing that cookie taste buds can vary (we see you the no-coconut-or-nut-anything cookie lover), we’ve complied several recipes below that can cover a gamut of cookie lovers. Best of all…they’re pretty easy and don’t take very long to make.

Mint Chocolate Chip

1 package of sugar cookie mix
½ cup of butter
½ teaspoon of mint extract
1 egg
1 cup of Andes chocolate mints (chopped)
½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
Green food coloring (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine sugar cookie mix, butter, extract, and egg until dough is well mixed and soft. Stir in chocolate mints and chocolate chips.
Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet with dough 2 inches apart.
Bake 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool and remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Store at room temperature in an air tight container.

TIP: Store the cookies in this super cute cookie jar.


The Best Cookie Bars

2 sticks of butter at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of dark brown sugar
3 eggs
Dash of vanilla
3 cups of all-purpose flour
¾ tsp of baking soda
¾ tsp of salt
1 ½ cups (plus a little extra dash) of candy coated chocolates
1 cup of semi chocolate chips
½ cup of peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan.
Beat together butter and sugar until well mixed and fluffy.
Add in eggs and vanilla extract, continuing to mix.
Slowly add flour, baking soda, and salt, mixing between each addition.
Stir in candy coated chocolates, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. Press mixture into baking pan and bake for 35-45. Let cool and cut into squares.

TIP: Use the peanut butter filled candy coated chocolates for more PB flavor.


The Best Cookie Bars

One package of premade sugar cookie dough
¼ stick of butter
Cinnamon (amounts will vary depending upon amount of cookie dough)
Brown Sugar (amounts will vary depending upon amount of cookie dough)

Icing
1 cup of powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup of cup milk
½ tsp of melted butte

Preheat oven to temperature on cookie dough packaging. Flour a large surface and roll out sugar cookie dough. Brush the top of the dough with melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over the melted butter to make a light, even layer. Roll the dough into a long log and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough for two hours in fridge or 30 minutes in freezer.

Remove dough from plastic wrap and slice thinly. Bake the cookies according to the sugar cookie dough instructions.

While the dough bakes, mix the butter, vanilla, and milk together. In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and slowly mix in the milk mixture into the sugar until desired consistency. Once the cookies are done and removed from the oven, drizzle with the glaze while still warm.

TIP: Our favorite cinnamon is the Simply Organic Cinnamon found at Thrive Market. It really has the best taste and no additives.


Vegan Fudge Cookies

½ cup of vegan butter
½ cup of sugar
½ cup of light brown sugar
Dash of vanilla
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2/3 cup of unsweetened coca powder
¼ tsp of salt
1 tbsp of non-dairy milk
½ cup of dark chocolate, chopped or morsels
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
Cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the vanilla. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the milk into the dough and then the dark chocolate chunks. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Roll dough into balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until set, the cookies will firm as they cool. Store in an air tight container.

TIP: We use Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bars chopped in to bite sizes. You can order these here.


Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cookies s

1 cup of instant oats (gluten-free)
¾ cup of gluten-free flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder (gluten-free)
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Dash of salt
2 tbsp of unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 large egg at room temperature
Dash of vanilla
½ cup of honey
1 cup of finely diced red apple

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the honey. Add and stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well mixed. Fold in the apples and chill the mixture for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
Scoop dough onto baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool and store in air tight container.

TIP: If you’re looking for gluten-free flour, try the Simply Balanced gluten-free flour at Target.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe to share? Comment below!