Pantone Reveals Color of the Year 2020: PANTONE® 19-4052 Classic Blue

A Reassuring Presence Instilling Calm, Confidence, And Connection

Tapping into sight, sound, smell, taste, and texture Pantone makes PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue the first multi-sensory Color of the Year in the company’s history.

Pantone, provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions, today announced PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue, as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2020; a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation from which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year 2020: PANTONE® 19-4052 Classic Blue

We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Imbued with a deep resonance, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 21 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:

  • PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral (2019)
  • PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet (2018)
  • PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery (2017)
  • PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz (2016)
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

The color selected as the Pantone Color of the Year 2020 was taken from the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home, and interior design.

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.

As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.

The Pantone Color of the Year highlights the relationship between trends in color and what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time, a color that reflects what individuals feel they need that color can hope to answer.” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions, designers and brands should feel inspired to use color to engage and connect. The Pantone Color of the Year selection provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”

To fully bring to life the true meaning of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, Pantone has translated PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue into a multi-sensory experience. By extending the sensory reach of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, Pantone is hoping to reach a greater diversity of people to provide everyone with an opportunity to engage with the Color of the Year 2020 in their own unique way.

As we all head into a new era, we wanted to challenge ourselves to find inspiration from new sources that not only evolve our Color of the Year platform, but also help our global audiences achieve richer and more rewarding color experiences,” added Pressman. “This desire, combined with the emotional properties of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, motivated us to expand beyond the visual, to bring the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year to life through a multi-sensory experience.”

Classic Blue in Fashion

PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a poised and self-assured blue hue elegant in its simplicity. Genderless in outlook and seasonless in endurance, this foundational anchor shade enables color mixes throughout the spectrum, as well as making a strong statement on its own. Emblematic of heritage but at the same time highly contemporary, versatile PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue takes on distinct appearances through application to different materials, finishes and textures from shimmering metallics, lustrous sheens and high-tech materials to hand crafted looks and more fragile fabrics.

Classic Blue in Beauty

In the ultimate display of personal expression, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue makes a dramatic statement for eyes, nails and hair in a variety of finishes from glittery and glam to dusty matte.

Classic Blue in Home Décor

Offering the promise of protection PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a pervasive favorite for home. Creating a stable foundation from which to build, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue injects creative confidence into interiors, transforming a space through unique color combinations and tonal statements. Easily applied across so many different materials, textures and finishes, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a dependable blue that can take you in different directions expressing tradition and elegance as well as unexpected boldness.

Classic Blue in Graphic Design and Packaging

Because of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue’s relation to the sky at dusk, something we see every day, it maintains a perception of dependability and constancy. A color we respond to viscerally as being trustworthy, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is an ideal shade for many applications of graphic design. This is especially true for packaging where PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue conveys the message of honesty, credibility and reliability that today’s consumers are connecting to.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week is Almost Here

More Deals of the Day and Deeper Discounts Than Ever Before on Buzzworthy Holiday Gifts Across Every Department

Kicking off this Friday, November 22, Amazon’s Black Friday deals week will offer new deals all day, every day from fashion to toys, home, electronics, Amazon Devices and more

Save up to 40% on toys from LEGO, Barbie, Hot Wheels and more; up to 50% on Lands’ End clothing and accessories; $40 off the Echo Show 5; deep discounts on brands including Adidas, KitchenAid, L’Oreal Paris and more; plus exclusive deals from Amazon Brands, Amazon Music, Audible and more

Amazon today shared a sneak peek of top deals for its Black Friday Deals Week, which will offer customers new deals all day, every day totaling thousands of amazing deals across every category, plus more Deals of the Day and deeper discounts than ever before. Starting this Friday, November 22 through November 29 (Black Friday), customers can shop thousands of incredible deals on this year’s most popular gifts, new and trending finds, holiday essentials, and more, across toys, electronics, fashion, beauty, kitchen, home, Amazon Devices and more. All of Amazon’s Black Friday deals can be found by visiting amazon.com/blackfriday or on the Amazon App. Customers can also shop on smile.amazon.com/blackfriday to find the same amazing deals and Amazon shopping experience, with the added bonus that AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to a charity of your choice.

On top of the wide selection of deals and discounts available throughout Amazon’s week of Black Friday deals, customers can also take advantage of select one-time-only, amazing deals from top-tier and most-loved brands across electronics, home, fashion, toys and more, all at jaw-dropping prices. These deals are expected to sell out, with new one-time only deals launching throughout the day on November 28 (Thanksgiving), November 29 (Black Friday) and December 2 (Cyber Monday).

Whether customers are getting a head start on their gift lists, readying their homes for family festivities or grocery shopping for holiday feasts, Amazon makes the holidays easier than ever with top deals and low prices. In fact, according to a recent Profitero study, Amazon prices were found to be 20% cheaper on average than other online retailers.

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS PREVIEW:

The deals included below – and many more – will be available on various dates and times between November 22 and November 29 (Black Friday), while supplies last, at amazon.com/blackfriday, on the Amazon App, or by simply asking “Alexa, what are my deals.”

Amazon Devices

Amazon Brands

  • Save up to 50% on men’s and women’s clothing from Amazon Brands, including Amazon Essentials, Goodthreads, Daily Ritual, and The Drop
  • Save up to 30% on bedding & bath for the family from AmazonBasics, Stone & Beam and Rivet
  • Save up to 30% on furniture from Rivet and Stone & Beam
  • Save up to 30% on office furniture and supplies from AmazonBasics
  • Save up to 30% on phone accessories from AmazonBasics
  • Save up to 30% on kitchen electrics and housewares from AmazonBasics & Stone & Beam
  • Save up to 30% on luggage and travel from AmazonBasics
  • Save up to 25% on food and beverages from Amazon brands, including AmazonFresh, Happy Belly and Wickedly Prime
  • Save 25% on household supplies and personal care from Solimo
  • Save up to 15% on beauty, vitamins, and supplements from Amazon brands including Belei and Revly

Fashion

  • Save up to 35% on Herschel backpacks, wallets, hip packs, and more
  • Save up to 50% on Oakley & Ray-Ban sunglasses
  • Save up to 30% on Calvin Klein underwear
  • Save up to 35% on the newest Fossil smartwatches
  • Save up to 35% on adidas shoes, clothing, and accessories for the family
  • Save up to 40% on Levi’s for the family
  • Save up to 50% on Lands’ End clothing and accessories
  • Save up to 30% on Tommy Hilfiger clothing
  • Save up to 50% on top watch brands including Daniel Wellington, Movado, and more
  • Save up to 40% on Under Armour for the family
  • Save up to 30% on men’s dress shirts
  • Save up to 30% on Izod clothing
  • Save up to 50% on Samsonite and American Tourister luggage
  • Save 35% on 14K gold diamond stud earrings
  • Electronics
  • Save on Samsung, Sony, and LG TVs
  • Save on Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10
  • Save up to 45% on streaming devices and accessories
  • Save up to 30% on select Nintendo Switch Software
  • Save up to 33% on select Nintendo Joy-Con
  • Save on Canon and Nikon cameras
  • Save on Headphones from Bose, Sony and other top brands
  • Save on Nintendo Switch Console with Digital Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Save on Xbox One
  • Save on PC gaming laptops, desktops, monitors, components, and accessories
  • Save up to 33% on PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB bundle
  • Save on Oculus Rift S
  • Save on Garmin smart watches
  • Save 30% on select cell phone cases
  • Save on Klipsch speakers
  • Save on Jabra Elite Active 65t Earbuds
  • Save up to 35% on select iOttie Car Mount Phone Holders
  • Save on Garmin Forerunner 235 and DriveSmart
  • Save up to 40% on Corsair gaming products and accessories
  • Save up to 45% on Netgear products
  • Save 40% on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
  • Save up to 50% on Brother printers
  • Save up to 60% on HP Deskjet 2622
  • Save $30 on HP Sprocket 2nd Edition
  • Save 30% on MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen
  • Save $50 off Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019
  • Save over 70% on new Norton 360 Premium
  • Save on Kodak and Polaroid photo printers
  • Save on SanDisk and WD
  • Receive a $10 Gift Card with purchase of TurboTax Software

Toys

  • Save 15% on L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Disco Bigger Surprise (Amazon Exclusive)
  • Save 40% on the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon
  • Save 40% on tricycles and the 3-in-1 Wagon from Radio Flyer
  • Save 40% on the KidKraft Cinderella Royal Dream House
  • Save 40% on the Little Tikes Bake n’ Grow Kitchen
  • Save up to 30% on select strategy games
  • Save up to 30% on Glitter Girls fashion dolls and accessories
  • Save up to 30% on Barbie, Hot Wheels and more from Mattel
  • Save up to 30% on select party games

Household, Kitchen and Home Furnishings

  • Save up to 30% on SodaStream sparkling water makers
  • Save on Hamilton Beach
  • Save up to 35% on Vitamix
  • Save on Nespresso
  • Save on Dash Appliances
  • Save up to 44% on KitchenAid
  • Save on Instant Pot
  • Save on Conitgo Water bottles, Food Saver and Rubbermaid food containers
  • Save up to 25% on select mattresses
  • Save on Ashley Mattresses
  • Save up to 48% on Degrees of Comfort weighted blankets
  • Save up to 15% on Bissell Lifestyle 220
  • Save up to 19% on Bissell SpotClean Pro
  • Save on Casper Sleep Soft and Supima Cotton Sheet
  • Save up to 37% on Bissell Icon Pet Stick
  • Save up to 41% on Ecovacs N79S
  • Save up to 36% off Ecovacs Deebot 661
  • Save up to 26% Bissell Crosswave
  • Save up to 19% on Bissell SpotClean Pro
  • Save up to 22% on Bissell MyAir
  • Save up to 20% on Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuums
  • Save on AIRMEGA 400S The Smarter App Ena
  • Save on Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Protect Waterproof Mattress Protector
  • Save up to 15% on Bissell Lifestyle 220
  • Save on TEMPUR Adapt Plus Cooling Topper
  • Eureka NEN110A Whirlwind Bagless Canister
  • Save on Sunbeam Cordless or Corded Iron
  • Save up to 50% on Simplisafe 12-Piece Security System
  • Save up to 20% on Kidde products
  • Save up to 30% on Hunter ceiling fans
  • Save up to 30% on DeWalt tools
  • Save up to 30% on select SKIL tools
  • Save up to 25% on BLACK+DECKER drill kit
  • Save up to 15% on Opal Countertop Nugget Icemaker
  • Save 15% on NewAir Dual Zone Beverage Cooler

Smart Home

  • Save on Chamberlain MyQ Garage Hub at $17.98
  • Save on iRobot Roomba 960 at $399.00
  • Save on iRobot Roomba 675 at $199.99
  • Save on the new LG 82″ 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV at $1,699.99
  • Save up to $79.90 on Arlo Technologies products
  • Save on Shark IQ Robotic Vacuum at $399.99
  • Save over 30% on Netgear wifi & routers
  • Save $200 on Sony Sound Bar with Dolby Atmos and Wireless Subwoofer
  • Save up to 39% on ecobee SmartThermostat and Switch bundle

Lawn & Garden

  • Save up to 35% on holiday live plants
  • Save on the Sun Joe SPX4000-PRO Pressure Washer
  • Save 35% on Greenworks 80V outdoor power tools
  • Save up to 30% on Keter Cool Bar & more
  • Save up to 35% on fire pits and patio heaters

Audible, Music, Video & Books

  • Audible: Between November 25 and 27, new members receive a bonus $15 Amazon credit and continue to save 53% on the first three months of an Audible membership at $6.95 a month. Additional offers to be announced through the holiday season.
  • For a limited time, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers can get the best holiday deal in Amazon Music’s history – four months of the premium streaming tier for just $0.99, to enjoy unlimited access to more than 50 million songs, ad-free.
  • With purchase of select Echo devices, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers in the US, UK, Germany and Japan will also receive four months of the premium, ad-free streaming tier for free.
  • Prime Video: Between November 29 and December 5, Prime members can enjoy 50% off to rent or buy on new release movies.
  • The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show, Prime Video’s first foray into the holiday special space, will premiere globally on Friday, November 29. The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show will also be accompanied by an official soundtrack available on Amazon Music and other DSPs beginning November 29. Learn more at amazon.com/kaceychristmas.
  • Get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free – Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books, popular magazines and thousands of books with Audible narration. Offer valid for new subscribers only.
  • Get $10 back in eBook credit when you spend $30 on eBooks (activation required).
  • Save up to 80% on select Kindle best-selling books
  • Save up to 50% on Popular Children Books

Pets

  • Save 33% on Furbo Treat Tossing Wifi Pet Camera
  • Save up 35% on Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Kit
  • Save up to 30% on Frontline Oral Defense Daily Dental Chews
  • Save up to 15% on Nutramax products for dogs and cats
  • Save 30% on PetSafe Smart Feed Automatic Dog and Cat Feeder
  • Save 30% on select Greenies dog treats
  • Save 30% on Temptations cat treats
  • Save 30% on Cesar gourmet dog food

Sports & Outdoors

  • Save up to 40% on the adidas Diablo duffel bag
  • Save up to 35% on select Columbia outerwear, apparel, and shoes
  • Save up to 25% on Thule backpacks and luggage
  • Save more than 25% on golf training aids, including Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors
  • Save up to 25% on Osprey packs & accessories
  • Save up to 20% on best sellers from Coleman
  • Save up to 30% on fishing gear from Abu Garcia, Berkley, Penn, Ugly Stik, and more
  • Save up to 15% on stand up paddle boards from Serenelife
  • Save up to 30% on hunting essentials from Plano Synergy
  • Save up to 15% on Marcy exercise equipment
  • Save on the Bowflex Max Trainer M7
  • Save on Bushnell golf products, including rangefinders, GPS, and watches
  • Save 20% or more on Segway electric scooters and personal transporters
  • Save 20% on Huffy adult and kids bikes
  • Save on Callaway golf balls, headwear, and golf bags
  • Save on JOOLA table tennis tables and more
  • Save more than 15% on select GoSports favorites, including wood premium cornhole set, giant wooden toppling tower, and more

Beauty

  • Save up to 45% on Philips Sonicare appliances and brush heads
  • Save up to 40% on Aquaphor, NIVEA, and Eucerin
  • Save 30% on Panasonic electric razor for men
  • Save 20% on L’Oreal Paris brow stylist definers
  • Save up to 40% on professional and luxury beauty skin care, cosmetics, fragrance, hair and more
  • Save up to 33% on select luxury beauty devices and accessories

Health and Personal Care

  • Save up to 50% on 23andMe DNA tests
  • Save up to $60 on select Fitbit items
  • Save up to 30% on select nutrition and wellness items
  • Save 15% on Body Fortress whey protein powder
  • Save 30% or more on Duracell batteries
  • Save $70 on AncestryHealth Core™ Health + Genetic Ethnicity Test

Automotive

  • Save on Hella Sharptone Twin Horn Kits
  • Save on Camco Yellow Fasten Leveling Blocks

Amazon Payments and Gift Cards

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Cardmembers and Amazon Prime Store Cardmembers with an eligible Prime membership will receive 15% Back on Electronics bestsellers on Amazon.com from now through December 22. They’ll also receive 10% Back on select Amazon devices valid November 28 to December 2 only.

Small Businesses on Amazon Handmade and Amazon Launchpad

  • Save 20% or more on Amazon Handmade products from around the world – shop deal and the gift guide at www.amazon.com/handmadegiftguide.
  • Save up to 35% on top selling iOttie Wireless accessories
  • Save on Dash appliances
  • Save up to 35% on select party games for grown-ups including Exploding Kittens
  • Save up to 44% on Geekee True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds
  • Save 15% or more on select LuminAID Solar phone chargers and lanterns

Grocery

  • Save 25% or more on select Jack Link’s beef jerky
  • Save up to 30% on select Victor Allen’s coffee packs
  • Save 15% on select TAZO K-Cup pods
  • Save 20% on select Soylent meal replacement shakes and protein bars
  • Save 35% on Tea Forte tea gifts for the holiday season

Whole Foods Market

  • Amazon and Whole Foods Market are offering special savings on organic and classic turkeys in celebration of Thanksgiving. All customers can choose from select organic ($3.49/lb) and classic turkeys ($2.49/lb), and Prime members will save even more on turkeys ($2.99/lb for organic and $1.99/lb for classic). The offer is valid until November 28, while supplies last. Prime members can also receive exclusive deals on organic jewel sweet potatoes ($1.29/lb), organic cranberries ($2.69/12-oz bag), and Bonafide frozen broths and soups (35% off).

DISCOVER THE SEASON’S HOTTEST GIFTS

Customers can also shop Amazon’s biggest-ever selection of curated gift guides and exclusive storefronts this year, which offer gifting inspiration and more:

MORE WAYS TO SHOP

In addition to amazon.com/blackfriday, customers can shop Amazon’s week of Black Friday deals in the following ways:

Amazon.com in Spanish: Customers can visit Amazon.com/espanol or use the Amazon App to shop, browse and search for millions of products, view their carts, and place orders in Spanish.

  • Amazon App: The Amazon App allows customers to conveniently shop for their holiday needs – anytime and anywhere – and never miss a great deal. Customers can use the Watch a Deal feature to “Watch a Lightning Deal” and receive a notification on their mobile phone when the deal is about to start. Additionally, first time app users have an opportunity to save big this holiday. New customers will receive $10 the first time they sign-in to the Amazon App and an additional $15 when they make their first purchase on the app.
  • Alexa Shopping: Customers can add to their Amazon wish list with Alexa by saying, “Alexa, add headphones to my wish list” and track packages and confirm your delivery date with Alexa by saying, “Alexa, where’s my stuff?”
  • Amazon Business: Save big when shopping for work with deals on everything you need for your business. Find deals on supplies for the office holiday party, employee and client gifts, and items for community donation drives. Stock up for the new year with savings on the business essentials you need. Visit amazon.com/holidayforbusiness, For more information and to sign up for a free business account, visit amazon.com/business.
  • Amazon Books: Whether customers want to discover a new book for the holidays, test-drive a device, or purchase Amazon Gift Cards, Amazon Books offers gifts for everyone. To find the store nearest you visit: www.amazon.com/stores.
  • Amazon 4-star: Designed around Amazon.com customers, Amazon 4-star stores feature products that are 4 stars and above, top sellers, new and trending, and most popular from top categories including devices, consumer electronics, toys, games, books, kitchen, and home. To find the store nearest you visit: www.amazon.com/stores.
  • Amazon Live: Watch Amazon Live’s shoppable Black Friday livestream throughout the day on November 29 for demonstrations on top deal products and cameo appearances from celebrities you love. Tune in starting at 4am PST by visiting www.amazon.com/live.
  • Treasure Truck: Discover great gifts you never thought of on Treasure Truck. Opt-in by texting ‘TRUCK’ to 24193 and receive notifications for same-day offers – order the item and pick up at the truck the same day. This Black Friday, gift givers who act fast will find an incredible deal on a holiday-must-have tech item on the truck in select cities, while supplies last.
  • Whole Foods Market: Prime members who shop at Whole Foods Market have access to a number of benefits year-round, like deep discounts on dozens of select popular products each week and an additional 10 percent off hundreds of in-store items. Additionally, Prime members in thousands of cities and towns can shop their local Whole Foods Market store using Amazon.com or the Amazon App.
  • Woot! offers daily deals on customers’ favorite brands and free shipping for Prime members. Visit woot.com from November 24 through November 29 or download the Woot! App for great deals.

GIVE BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND BEYOND

Amazon is committed to making holiday giving and giving back easier than ever.

  • AmazonSmile: To jump right into holiday shopping and support your favorite charitable organization at the same time, simply visit smile.amazon.com/blackfriday. By starting with smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same Amazon experience, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to a charity of your choice.
  • Charity Lists: Charity Lists give charitable organizations an easy way to create wish lists of products needed, while providing a convenient way for customers to donate these essential items directly to the causes. Customers are able to contribute items that are truly critical, to charities they care about, no matter how big or small. Customers can shop thousands of Charity Lists by visiting smile.amazon.com/charitylists, with new charities joining all the time.
  • ( RED) Shopathon: For the third year, Amazon is teaming up with (RED), the charitable organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, to fight AIDS. Amazon is providing customers a single destination to shop more than 150 (RED) products, including the exclusive (RED) edition of the all-new Echo, which will be available for a limited time. For every all-new Echo (RED) edition sold, Amazon will donate $10 to the Global Fund. Plus, customers interested in donating to support (RED)’s fight can do so on any Echo device by simply asking, “Alexa, donate to (RED).” (RED) products will be available starting today at amazon.com/red.

HOLIDAY DELIVERY MADE EASY

In addition to free delivery on more than 100 million items for all Amazon customers, Amazon has expanded its fast, free, and convenient delivery options for Prime members and customers this holiday season:

  • Fast and Reliable One-Day and Same-Day Delivery. Throughout the season, Prime members in the U.S. can shop a selection of over 10 million items for Prime Free One-Day Delivery and millions of items available for Same-Day Delivery in 46 major metropolitan areas. Not a Prime member yet? Join Prime or start a 30-day free trial at www.amazon.com/prime.
  • Ultrafast and FREE grocery delivery: Now Prime members get free and fast grocery delivery from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market. Selection includes a variety of products for all your holiday needs, from meat to seafood, produce, snacks, and household essentials, with options for fast one- and two-hour delivery windows. Prime members who live in one of the more than 2,000 cities and towns where grocery delivery is available can request an invitation to shop Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods Market delivery. Learn more at amazon.com/grocery.
  • Pickup and delivery on your terms: This holiday season, customers can pick up their packages at a number of Amazon Hub locations including thousands of in-store staffed Counter pickup points across the U.S. within Rite Aid, GNC and Stage stores, as well as at Health Mart independent pharmacies. Additionally, tens of millions of products can be easily and conveniently delivered to 900 cities and towns across the country via Locker or Locker+. To find an Amazon Hub location, visit amazon.com/Hub. In addition, Prime members in 50 U.S. cities and surrounding areas can also enjoy secure, convenient package delivery with Key by Amazon (amazon.com/key).

Profitero Study Methodology

Each day, Profitero monitors prices and other data on more than 450 million product pages at more than 8,000 online retailers. For this study, Profitero analyzed daily prices collected from July 8, 2019 to September 30, 2019 across 19 leading online retailers. Categories analyzed included Appliances, Baby, Beauty, Electronics, Grocery, Home Furniture, Household Supplies, Music & CDs, Office Supplies, Pet Supplies, Sports & Outdoors, Tools & Home Improvement, Toys & Games, and Video Games. The study only compares prices collected on the same day, with both retailers in-stock. Amazon prices reflect 1P only on Amazon.com, exclusive of Fresh and Prime Now. The other retailer online prices studied could reflect promoted prices, but exclude coupons, other discounts that require additional shopper action, or special prices available through retailer-specific programs such as Target REDcard.

STORY at Macy’s Presents: Home for the Holidays

A Wonderland of Gifts for Everyone on Your List

STORY at Macy’s, the always-changing, narrative-driven concept store inside 36 Macy’s locations nationwide, kicks off the holiday season with the launch of its latest theme: “Home for the Holidays.” As an editorial-inspired, living gift-guide, the concept showcases gifting options within home-themed environments. Up and running through December 31, “Home for the Holidays STORY” offers a one-stop destination for everyone on your holiday list as shoppers explore stylized spaces that correspond to different gift recipients. Featuring more than 900 gifts from 200 small businesses, including items for foodies, lovers of travel, glam treats, tech and DIY kits, pet accessories and more, STORY at Macy’s is the home base for a wonderland of presents to explore and discover this holiday season.

For this year’s living gift guide, we are bringing shoppers a wonderland of gifts for everyone on their list in the ultimate home setting!” — Rachel Shechtman, STORY founder and Macy’s Brand Experience Officer

STORY is a retail concept that changes every few months to bring a new narrative experience to life through curated merchandise and event programming. The ever-changing experience began in 2010 in New York City, where STORY operated as an independent small business for seven years and pioneered a retail as media business model that changed every eight weeks to open a new theme while engaging brands as sponsors for each themed story. Macy’s acquired STORY in 2018 and its founder, Rachel Shechtman, now serves as Macy’s brand experience officer. STORY relaunched in spring of 2019 as STORY at Macy’s. (Visit www.macys.com/STORY for more information.)

Drink Mixers at the STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

This is our first ‘Home for the Holidays’ installation at our new home inside 36 Macy’s stores nationwide,” noted Rachel Shechtman, STORY founder and Macy’s brand experience officer. “For this year’s living gift guide, we are bringing shoppers a wonderland of gifts for everyone on their list in the ultimate home setting! Our special event programming will bring the magic of the season to life helping shoppers enhance their holiday celebrations.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special, STORY at Macy’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ Installation have endless finds —over 800 plus gift-giving ideas— for the person who has everything or just wants to treat themselves.  Interested in seeing more and can’t come in-store?  Check out a few of their favorite gift picks online for the first time!

Movie Night at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
Gifts for the man in your life at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

Each section of the ultimate holiday home features merchandise that speaks to a number of recipients. For the person who has everything, shoppers will discoverfood-themed finds, party and entertaining gifts, whimsical games, as well as travel, office, and pet accessories. For someone who deserves to treat themselves, it’s all about glam and comfort gifts. Cozy up with cold weather must-haves from Echo, candles from illume, and super-soft cashmere socks from iLux, all housed inside a warm and woodsy space. For someone especially hard to shop for, “Home for the Holidays STORY” offers the perfect gifts from grooming kits to tech items and rock music-inspired collectibles, and even a cocktail kit from Brooklyn’s Hella Bitters. And finally, for someone little and bright on your list, customers can discover great space and science-themed gifts, DIY kits and animal plush toys.

Gifts for Her — in an icy bedroom filled with party-right pieces that will make you say freeze — at STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
More gifts for Him at The STORY at Macy’s 2019 Holiday Shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City

Home for the Holidays is also about how we spend time together – so drop by for pop-up card making sessions and ornament craftingTired from shopping? Pop in for a workshop or art class where the staff will be customizing gifts for everyone on your list – yourself included. If you’re gearing up to host family friends this season, join us to discover how to take your tablescape up a notch with napkin ring customization, decorating tips, ceramic bowl customization, and cookie decorating classes for mini-makers. This season, it’s all happening at Home for the Holidays – so remember to RSVP and get on our nice email list for updates and more.

It’s a Rice Krispies World at STORY at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City. In the onsite retro kitchen,they’ve stocked up on tasteful finds from pizza socks to whiskey rocks.
Rice Krispies Display at the STORY at Macy’s Herald Square 2019 Holiday Shop in New York City

What would the holidays be without sweet treats? STORY at Macy’s has joined forces with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, a favorite in homes across the country for generations. “We are excited about bringing our brands to life in new contexts and occasions. When the opportunity to be a part of STORY’s Home for the Holidays installation at Macy’s came up, it seemed perfect for Rice Krispies Treats, to further spread our message of love through holiday events,” shared Gail Horwood, chief marketing officer Kellogg North America. In all 36 STORY at Macy’s locations, customers will be able to take a break from shopping and decorate their own holiday Rice Krispies Treats to gift to friends or enjoy at their own family celebrations.

Darcy Miller and David Stark at the STORY at Macy’s Holiday shop at Macy’s Herald Square in New York City
Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray at the STORY at Macy’s Herald Square Holiday Shop in New York City

At STORY at Macy’s flagship location inside Macy’s Herald Square in New York City, the wonder of the holidays will be celebrated with a larger-than-life experience, created with designer David Stark. “For the flagship location, we wanted to give shoppers the ultimate home experience and introduce them to our friends who’ve been part of STORY holidays year after year – David Stark designed our amazing flagship environment, artist Darcy Miller will bring our NYC section to life with original art and will host special events, and Iris Apfel is back by popular demand to sell jewelry from her personal collection,” added Shechtman.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: shopDisney.com and Disney store Reveal the Top Holiday Toys for the 2019 Holiday Season

From Talking Action Figures To Flower Carts, Shopdisney.Com|Disney Store Is The One-Stop Holiday Shop For Disney Fans This Holiday Season

shopDisney.com|Disney store has revealed its 2019 Top Holiday Toys. This marks the second year the retailer is sharing a list of holiday must-haves for Disney fans and gift-givers alike. The top items include toys inspired by everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters including the Toy Story Mini Figure Set, Mickey Kids Kitchen, Disney Train and Station Playset by The LEGO Group, Marvel Thanos Talking Action Figure along with items inspired by key holiday movies including a Disney Frozen 2 Anna and Elsa Doll set and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Deluxe Figure Play Set.

Frozen 2 Anna and Elsa Doll Set
MSRP: $34.95
Available: Now
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Retailer: shopDisney.com
Description: Arendelle’s devoted sisters come dressed in their finest attire as this Frozen 2 doll set. Elsa’s dazzling purple gown is accented with the coordinating necklace, belt and shoes, while Anna’s gold gown is complemented by her sash, shoes and fascinator.

Top Holiday Toys shopDisney.com|Disney store Toys* include:

  • Toy Story Woody Interactive Talking Action Figure ($32.95) Available online and in store now. Straight from the wild west and Toy Story 4, comes Sheriff Woody as an interactive talking action figure. Woody features more than ten phrases and starts speaking when he detects another Toy Story interactive figure nearby.
  • Disney Animators’ Collection 5 Inch Mini Doll Gift Set – 5” ($99.95) Available online and in store now. Walt Disney Studios animators have reimagined 14 of their most beloved characters as toddlers in this 5” luxury gift set.
  • Minnie Pet Bath Set ($24.95) Available online and in store now. Even Fifi enjoys a bath day with Minnie’s pet bath play set. A real, working sprayer and faucet makes the most of this tub time opportunity. Watch what happens when Fifi changes color in warm water!
  • Minnie Flower Cart ($49.95) Available online and in store now. Playtime will always be full of spring time fun with Minnie’s child-size Flower Cart Play set. This cart is full of play-planting products making every imaginary market trip a delight.
  • Classic Simba Plush ($19.95) Available online and in store now. Can you feel the love? You’ll roar with pride when cuddling up to this royal lion cub. Simba just can’t wait to be part of your plush collection!
  • Marvel Thanos Talking Action Figure ($32.99) Available online and in store now. Heed his warnings or deal with the consequences when the Avengers’ most awesome antagonist speaks up as this Thanos Talking Action Figure. Speaking 15 phrases, the menace to the universe also has a light-up gauntlet, so beware!
  • Cinderella and Carriage Deluxe Gift Play Set ($79.95) Available online now and in store 11/4/19. They’ll say, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-ooh!” when they see this deluxe set. Cinderella’s carriage is infused with glitter, has a light-up feature and fits two 12” dolls. Cinderella is dressed in her classic ballgown, complete with choker, gloves, headband and “glass” slippers. Taking it all on a fairytale journey is a handsome steed with flowing mane and tail.
  • Mickey Kids Kitchen ($99.95) Available online now and in store 11/29/19. Junior chefs will be ready to cook up plenty of fun with this Mickey Mouse Kitchen Play Set. Little ones hungry for playtime excitement will love the light-up stove, color-changing pizza, whistling teapot and pot of spaghetti and meatballs. The oven mitt and apron are all part of the kitchen fantasy.
  • Cars Lightning McQueen Remote Control Vehicle ($19.95) Available online and in store now. Ka-Chow! Hit the speedway with Lightning McQueen and this radio-controlled vehicle from the world of Cars. Features full function control and “steering wheel” handset.
  • Toy Story 4 Mega Figure Play Set ($49.95) Available online now and in store 11/4/19. Bring the stars of Toy Story 4 home to play with this mega 10-figure set featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie and more. Recreate favorite movie scenes or imagine your own with these timeless characters.
  • Ariel Tabletop Vanity Play Set ($49.95) Available online and in store now. Under the sea is the place to be seen after a freshen-up at Ariel’s clamshell vanity. Open the case as Sebastian rises to conduct music and sound effects. A pull-out drawer holds a treasury of play accessories inspired by The Little Mermaid.
  • Disney Train and Playset Station by The LEGO Group ($329.99) Available online and in store now. Gather the family for a rewarding build and play experience with the LEGO® ǀ Disney Train and Station. Kids will love to join Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Goofy for magical adventures with this awesome LEGO train set, featuring a motorized steam-style locomotive with tender, passenger car and a luxurious parlor car, plus an oval track and an iconic Disney Parks®-style station building.
  • Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle (139.95) Available online now and in store 10/21/19. You will feel like you’ve stepped into the wintry world of Frozen 2 with this Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle play set. Now you can make all of your Frozen dreams come true!
  • Frozen 2 Anna and Elsa Doll Set (34.95) Available online and in store now. Arendelle’s devoted sisters come dressed in their finest attire as this Frozen 2 doll set. Elsa’s dazzling purple gown is accented with the coordinating necklace, belt and shoes, while Anna’s gold gown is complemented by her sash, shoes and fascinator.
  • Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Deluxe Figure Play Set –First Order ($26.99) Available online and in store now. Choose the dark side of the Force with this deluxe set of highly detailed figures of the First Order’s most powerful members. Inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it includes Kylo Ren and a Sith Trooper among the set of 10 figures that are sure to enhance your epic collection.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker Deluxe Figure Play Set – The First Order
MSRP: $26.99
Available: Now
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Retailer: shopDisney.com
Description: Choose the dark side of the Froce with this deluxe set of highly detailed figures of the First Order’s most powerful members. Inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it includes Kylo Ren and a Sith Trooper among the set of 10 figures that are sure to enhance your epic collection.
Toy Story 4 Mega Figure Play Set
MSRP: $49.99
Available: Online now and in-store Nov. 4
Licensee: shopDisney | Disney store
Retailer: shopDisney.com
Description: Bring the stars of Toy story 4 home to play with this mega 10-figure set featuring, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and more. Recreate favorite movie scenes or imagine your own with these timeless characters.

To continue the gift-giving spirit, shopDisney.com|Disney store will release a “2019 Holiday Guide” on Wednesday, October 23, in all Disney stores. The holiday catalog will include Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars toys, gifts, décor and more for kids and families available at shopDisney.com|Disney store. Shop in-store or online and browse the Top Holiday Toys here and full Holiday Gift Guide here.

On Saturday, November 2, Guests may attend the “Disney store’s Magical Wishes” event for Disney store’s big reveal of special holiday décor and interactive theater activities featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on the media wall. To get everyone in the holiday spirit, Magical Wishes is taking place every evening at 7 p.m. local time from November 2 through December 24. For more information visit www.shopdisney.com/events.

Ariel Tabletop Vanity Play Set
MSRP: $99.95
Available: Now
Licensee: shopDisney | Disney store
Retailer: shopDisney.com
Description: Under the sea is the place to be seen after a freshen-up at Ariel’s clamshell vanity. Open the case as Sebastian rises to conduct music and sound effects. A pull-out drawer holds a treasury of play accessories inspired by The Little Mermaid.
Mickey Mouse Kitchen Play Set
MSRP: $99.95
Available: Online now and in-store Nov. 29
Licensee: shopDisney | Disney store
Retailer: shopDisney.com
Description: Junior chefs will be ready to cook up plenty of fun with this Mickey Mouse Kitchen Play Set. Little ones hungry for playtime excitement will love the light-up stove, color-changing pizza, whistling teapot and pot of spaghetti and meatballs. The oven mitt and apron are all part of the kitchen fantasy.
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Kohl’s Launches Unprecedented Number of Brands Just in Time for Holiday

A Significant Number Of New Brands Join Kohl’s Product Portfolio

Kohl’s celebrates the launch of a significant number of new brands joining its product portfolio during the fall and holiday seasons, offering newness at every turn for Kohl’s customers. Shoppers will discover new brands across product categories including new brands to Kohl’s, exciting collaborations and new partnerships with existing Kohl’s brands.

Kohl’s Logo

The following brands have launched or will launch at Kohl’s stores and Kohls.com this year. While store locations offering each brand vary, customers can shop the full assortment of all brands online at Kohls.com.

Now in Kohl’s Stores and on Kohls.com

Family

  • Fanatics: A long-term partnership with Fanatics to significantly broaden Kohl’s fan gear assortment online, including officially licensed men’s, women’s, and kids apparel, jerseys, hats, collectibles, and tailgating and novelty products, launched in September
  • ED Ellen DeGeneres Pet Collection: Exclusive pet offerings from Ellen DeGeneres, featuring toys, beds, apparel, and accessories, launched in October

Women’s

  • Nine West: Footwear, handbags, jewelry, and an exclusive apparel collection featuring an expanded wear-to-work offering, launched in September
  • Cara Santana x Apt. 9*: Exclusive, limited-time apparel collaboration between actress and tastemaker Cara Santana and Kohl’s private label brand Apt. 9, featuring blazers, sweaters, pants, skirts, outerwear, and more, launched in October

Men’s

  • Caliville*: Men’s lifestyle apparel from country music star Brett Young, exclusively at Kohl’s, featuring a selection of short sleeve and long sleeve graphic tees, fleece, flannels, and joggers, launched in October

Home

Koolaburra by UGG at Kohl’s
  • Koolaburra by UGG: Exclusive home collection featuring a variety of luxury soft home products, including bedding and bathroom linens, throws and decorative pillows, launched in September
  • Scott Living at Kohl’s: Exclusive home offerings from HGTV’s Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, featuring modern home basics and décor, including furniture, bedding and bath, kitchen décor, and more, launched in October

Curated Brands: Curated by Kohl’s

In addition to these new brands in women’s, men’s and kids, Kohl’s also recently announced a cross-category platform for new brands called Curated by Kohl’s, launched in October. Beginning in 2020, Kohl’s will partner with Facebook on brand curation, identifying and engaging with brands that have built a strong online community on the social media platform. While the selection will refresh quarterly, the first selection of items include the following brands:

United By Blue 9L Bluff Utility Backpack
  • Adore Me: Designed by women, for women, Adore Me celebrates every body type with high-quality, affordable lingerie styles made for every occasion. The Curated by Kohl’s assortment will feature a selection of Adore Me bras, panties and sleepwear available in all sizes.
  • East Adeline by Dia&Co: Rooted in the belief that everyone, regardless of size, deserves to express their personal style on their own terms, East Adeline by Dia&Co is a collection of select styles, exclusively for plus size women. Curated by Kohl’s will offer East Adeline by Dia&Co’s versatile designs, including statement pieces, modern prints, and closet staples available in sizes 14 – 32.
  • Kid Made Modern: Craft kits and accessories, including on-the-go travel kits, jewelry kits, holiday decorating kits and various art supplies. Through imaginative and innovative arts and crafts, Kid Made Modern is on a mission to inspire kids and parents to find and enjoy creativity everywhere. Curated by Kohl’s will offer a variety of Kid Made Modern craft kits and accessories, including on-the-go travel kits, jewelry kits, holiday decorating kits and various art supplies.
  • Lovepop: With a mission to create one billion magical moments, Lovepop creates beautiful laser-cut pop-up cards designed with ship-building software and handcrafted in the ancient art form of kirigami. Curated by Kohl’s will offer a wide selection of Lovepop cards to make every occasion magical — from birthdays and anniversaries to holidays and “just because.”
  • Luca + Danni: After losing his brother to cancer, Fred Magnanimi founded Luca + Danni to honor his brother’s memory and share his “”embrace the journey”” spirit. Curated by Kohl’s will offer Luca + Danni iconic stacking bracelets, made in the U.S. and shaped to sit on top of the wrist to express what matters to you most.
  • United by Blue: From reusable straw kits and drinkware to eco-friendly clothing and bags, United By Blue designs products built for sustainable living. For every product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways.
Lovepop “Champagne Toast” Greeting Card

Curated Brands: The Beauty Checkout

Kohl’s is proud to announce The Beauty Checkout, a rotating selection of products from emerging beauty and skincare brands, launched in October. Beginning in 2020, Kohl’s partnership with Facebook will also support The Beauty Checkout.

We see the beauty category at Kohl’s as an opportunity for growth, and our nimble approach ensures we can quickly bring new trends to customers, as well as continually test emerging products and brands as part of our assortment,” said Robert Jezowski, Kohl’s vice president, divisional merchandise manager of beauty. “We are looking at many categories across the beauty department and one of the many trends we are launching at Kohl’s is CBD beauty products, including facial care, body care and topical creams, in select stores.”

While The Beauty Checkout selection will be refreshed quarterly, the first selection of items include the following brands:

Barefoot Scientist Podium LineUp
  • Banila Co: clean skincare
  • Barefoot Scientist: footcare solutions, including blister prevention spray, pain relief cream, hydration therapy and more
  • Busy Beauty: showerless products, including dry shampoo, body wipes and shave gel
  • Cleo & Coco: natural deodorant
  • Dr. Botanicals: natural skincare, including pomegranate sleeping mask and kale superfood moisturizer
  • Evolution_18: ingestibles, featuring gummies, glow capsules, collagen powder, probiotics and more
  • Honey Belle: clean skincare
  • Lucie & Pompette: face polish
  • Pure Aura: masks, including glow glitter mask, 24K gold foil mask, rose gold foil mask and paper cloud cleansing mask
  • Real Her: lip kits
  • Savannah Bee: hand and body care
  • Uncle Bud’s: hemp skincare, including body lotion, body wash and roll-on pain relief
  • Vital Proteins: beauty collagen

Additional Beauty Offerings: Kohl’s continues to bring newness to beauty with trending and relevant brands, including:

  • Chopstick Hair Tools
  • Elizabeth and James fragrance
  • Formawell Beauty by Kendall Jenner
  • Hempz
  • Jason Wu fragrance
  • La Vie est Belle fragrance by Lancome
  • Hemp Beauty** – CBD offering
  • Uncle Bud’s** – CBD offering
  • MOX** – CBD offering

Coming Soon for the Holiday Season

Women’s

Elizabeth and James*: Exclusive retailer of Elizabeth and James apparel, handbags and accessories from designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, launching in November

JW Jason Wu*: Exclusive, limited-edition women’s holiday apparel capsule from globally-renowned designer Jason Wu, feature signature pieces for holiday dressing, including dresses, jumpsuits, and jackets, launching in November

We are thrilled to amp up newness and discovery across our stores and Kohls.com with a strong pipeline of new brands and partnerships to excite existing customers and attract new customers to Kohl’s,” said Doug Howe, Kohl’s chief merchandising officer. “As our product portfolio evolves, we are bringing new offerings in every department including women’s, men’s, home, and beauty to inspire shoppers this holiday season with a modernized, relevant merchandise assortment.

As always, customers can take advantage of Kohl’s many conveniences and values, including shopping via the Kohl’s App, the option to Buy Online, Pick Up In Store and the ability to earn Kohl’s Cash, a Kohl’s-only value that can be earned on anything or anywhere customers shop – in store, at a kiosk or online. Additionally, Amazon Returns at Kohl’s is now available at more than 1,100 stores nationwide. Customers can now visit their local Kohl’s store to return eligible Amazon items, without a box or label, for a free return.

To shop all these brands and more, visit Kohls.com.

*Products available in select Kohl’s stores and for all customers on Kohls.com.

**Products available in select Kohl’s stores only.

LeapFrog® Expands Infant and Preschool Collection with New Learning Toys

Interactive Products Encourage Essential Skills such as Vocabulary, Numbers and More

LeapFrog® Enterprises, Inc., a leader in innovative learning toys for children, has announced the availability of engaging new additions to its award-winning infant, toddler and preschool lines. The new educational toys include an interactive grill that inspires pretend play, a dancing panda that sparks learning excitement through music and colorful maracas that introduce colors, numbers and music.

At LeapFrog, what we do best is combine learning with fun ways to play,” said Andy Keimach, President, VTech Electronics North America, LeapFrog’s parent company. “This year we’re expanding on role play and musical toys packed with interactive content!

The Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill™ features pretend temperature controls, a rotisserie and 16 play pieces to encourage pretend play. When food pieces are attached to the skewer, the grill will recognize each piece while introducing food and colors. Little ones can get up and move with the musical Learn & Groove® Dancing Panda™, available exclusively at Walmart. They can play Freeze Dance and other games to explore the learning content, toggle the bridge switch to scroll through numbers 1-10 and letters A-Z, and use the whammy-bar music button to select dozens of different tunes. Finally, children can shake up learning with the Learn & Groove® Shakin’ Colors Maracas™, featuring three modes of play that introduce colors, numbers and music. Little ones can count from 1-10 with every shake and use English and Spanish modes to explore all of the content in both languages.

Highlights of the line, available now, include:

LeapFrog® expands infant and preschool collection with new learning toys, such as the Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill™.
LeapFrog® expands infant and preschool collection with new learning toys, such as the Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill™.

Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill™: Keep learning on the menu with the Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill™! Little grill masters can pretend to grill by securely placing eight different play food items on the interactive skewer. This smart grill recognizes the food’s name and color. Twist the skewer to count along with the grill, then turn the temperature dial from 1 to 10. Hear the sizzling and cooking sounds! The grill knows if the heat is too high and asks to have the dial turned to a lower number. Safety messages are included: “Careful. The grill’s hot! Don’t get burned.” Utensil hooks keep the tongs and spatula at the ready to serve steak, fish, green peppers and more onto the included plates. Don’t forget the pretend sauce! Learn, Play and Music modes multiply the fun. Press the star button for grilling suggestions, melodies, phrases and sound effects. The pieces store inside this entertaining grill for easy clean-up. (Ages 2+ Years; MSRP: $39.99)

LeapFrog® expands its infant and preschool collection with new learning toys, such as the Learn & Groove® Dancing Panda™.
LeapFrog® expands its infant and preschool collection with new learning toys, such as the Learn & Groove® Dancing Panda™.

Learn & Groove® Dancing Panda™: Get up and move with the musical Learn & Groove® Dancing Panda™, available exclusively at Walmart! Watch Panda shake, dance and spin around to the music. The LED screen on his guitar lights up with shapes, letters and numbers with four play modes. Play Freeze Dance and other games to explore the learning content. Press the musical instrument buttons on Panda’s light-up shoes to hear a saxophone, trumpet, drum and guitar. Toggle the bridge switch to scroll through numbers 1-10 and letters A-Z, while the whammy-bar music button on Panda’s guitar selects dozens of different tunes, including songs about numbers, shapes, colors, letters and musical instruments. (Ages 9+ Months; MSRP: $29.82)

LeapFrog® expands its infant and preschool collection with new learning toys, such as the LeapFrog® Learn & Groove® Shakin’ Colors Maracas™.
LeapFrog® expands its infant and preschool collection with new learning toys, such as the LeapFrog® Learn & Groove® Shakin’ Colors Maracas™.

Learn & Groove® Shakin’ Colors Maracas™: Shake up learning with the Learn & Groove® Shakin’ Colors Maracas™! One maraca includes colorful shaker beads and the other features a light-up dome that changes colors and plays maraca sound effects. This musical toy includes three play modes that introduce colors, numbers and music. Little ones can add rattling sounds to the songs that play, count from 1-10 with every shake and press the six light-up buttons to hear color and instrument names. Switching between English and Spanish mode lets kids explore all of the content in both languages. (Ages 6+ Months; MSRP: $14.99)

For more information, visit www.leapfrog.com.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide: BJ’s Wholesale Club Gives Members Unbeatable Value on Exclusive Top 10 Toys

Retailer announces toy selection for the holiday season with exciting in-club finds with even more available on Bjs.com

Gift-Givers Get Ready! BJ’s Wholesale Club, a leading warehouse club operator on the East Coast, has released a preview of its exclusive Top 10 Toys list and toy selection for the holiday season. The toy assortment gives BJ’s members unbeatable value on new brands, favorite characters and timeless classics.

BJ’s Wholesale Club released a preview of its exclusive Top 10 Toys list for 2019, which includes the PJ Masks Seeker Playset with Cat Car. (Photo: Business Wire)

Getting that perfect gift for everyone on your list is a thrill,” said Chris Desantis, senior vice president, general merchandise, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We’re making sure gift-givers are getting the hottest toys at an incredible value this holiday season. From nostalgic brands like Tamagotchi and Lite Brite to today’s hottest names like Fortnite and Baby Shark, BJ’s has something for toy lovers of all ages on BJs.com and in-club.

BJ’s is offering members incredible value on some of the most coveted toy offerings this holiday season, taking the guesswork out of gift-giving. BJ’s Top 10 Toys will be available exclusively at BJ’s in-clubs and on BJs.com beginning Oct. 7, 2019:

  • PJ Masks Seeker Playset with Cat Car
  • Ryan’s World Ultimate Smashing Red Titan with BONUS Safe
  • T.O.T.S. Surprise Babies Nursery Care Set
  • What’s In the Box with 4 BONUS Bags
  • Baby Alive Snackin’ Twins Luke & Lily
  • Rainbow Fluffies – with Matching Mini
  • Goldie Blox 2-in-1 Light-Up Diffuser & Aroma Jewelry Mega Set
  • Blume Hair Stylin’ Surprise, 2-pack
  • Myla the Magical Unicorn with BONUS Accessories
  • Plus, one toy from Frozen 2 so exciting BJ’s can’t yet reveal it!
BJ’s Wholesale Club released a preview of its exclusive Top 10 Toys list for 2019, which includes the Blume Hair Stylin’ Surprise, 2 pk. (Photo: Business Wire)
BJ’s Wholesale Club released a preview of its exclusive Top 10 Toys list for 2019, which includes the Goldie Blox 2-in-1 Light-Up Diffuser & Aroma Jewelry Mega Set. (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition to the retailer’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: , BJ’s large selection of toys includes some of the most coveted offerings this holiday season, like the Fortnite 2-inch Figure Squad Pack and Barbie’s Three-Story Townhouse. Members will find exciting options in-club with an even larger assortment of toys on BJs.com.

BJ’s Wholesale Club released a preview of its exclusive Top 10 Toys list for 2019, which includes the T.O.T.S. Surprise Babies Nursery Care Set. (Photo: Business Wire)
BJ’s Wholesale Club released a preview of its exclusive Top 10 Toys list for 2019, which includes Myla the Magical Unicorn with BONUS Accessories. (Photo: Business Wire)
BJ’s Wholesale Club released a preview of its exclusive Top 10 Toys list for 2019, which includes Rainbox Fluffies with Matching Mini. (Photo: Business Wire)
What’s In the Box with 4 BONUS Bags

BJ’s extensive assortment is complete with the season’s most sought-after toys, including trendy surprise-themed toys like 5 Surprise Mini Brands and Pikmi Pops Cheeki Puffs Surprise Pack and timeless brands such as Pokémon and Toy Story. Members can also shop toys from today’s favorite shows and movies, like Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Doc McStuffins and Marvel.

  • BJ’s selection of toys from today’s favorite shows and movies is perfect for checking off everyone on members’ gift lists:
  • Paw Patrol Super Paws, 2-in-1 Transforming Might Pups Jet Command Center
  • PJ Masks Talking Figure Set
  • Marvel 6-inch Action Figures, 8 pk.

Kids will have hours of hands-on, interactive fun with BJ’s assortment of compound toys, including:

  • So Slime DIY Slimelicious Station
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Play-Doh Burger Barbecue Set

BJ’s members will enjoy a blast from the past with nostalgic toy favorites, such as:

  • Lite Brite Double Bonus Set
  • The Original Tamagotchi
  • Classic Mini Arcade Games including Tetris, Pac-Man and Ms. Pacman, and Galaga

BJ’s members can give the gift of learning and fun by shopping the retailer’s extensive selection of S.T.E.M toys, including:

  • Vex Robotics Construction Kits
  • JIMU Robot Champbot Kit
  • Professor Maxwell’s 4D Chef or 4D Galaxy

BJ’s members can surprise and delight everyone on their list with trendy surprise-themed toys, such as:

  • Treasure X Aliens
  • Hairdorables Surprise Doll with Bonus Bestie
  • Ryan’s World Pizza Party Pinata Surprise

BJ’s also offers a wide selection of exciting collectible toys for members of all ages, including:

  • Pokémon Trading Cards Gift Set
  • Bakugan Starter Set
  • Capsule Chix Collectible Dolls

Members can gift their kids a ride of their own this holiday season with BJs.com’s exciting ride-on toys, including:

  • Kid Trax Dodge Ram 1500 Pick Up Truck
  • My Real Car
  • My Lovely Llama

BJ’s members can save even more time and money by shopping an expanded selection of toys on www.Bjs.com. From dolls and dollhouses to kids’ furniture and ride-on toys, BJs.com is the perfect one-stop shop to help members finish their holiday shopping right, from the comfort of their own home.

With BJ’s Everyday ClubVenienceSM, members can shop however they want this holiday season with convenient shopping options like Bjs.com, buy online, pick up in-club, same-day delivery, digital coupons and two-day shipping on household essentials with BJ’s Stocked.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ’s Wholesale Club by going to www.bjs.com.