Even if you’ve finished your holiday shopping, you will probably want to take a look at these discounts and deals. All of them would make great gifts, and you can only find them locally here in the Wichita area. (You may even want to “gift” one or two of them to yourself!)
And most of these you can buy online, so there’s also no mad dash to the store involved.
I love how varied these ideas are – and they’re all just things that have come to our attention because they’re local discounts. Most of them are “experiences” rather than things, which we often prefer because today’s gift usually becomes tomorrow’s clutter.
Wichita Gifts You Can Get at the Last Minute
1/2 Price Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cakes
~$12-$15 Okay, so this is one last minute gift that a) you can’t purchase online and b) is actually a thing – but there’s absolutely no chance of it staying around long and cluttering up someone’s home. Dairy Queen cakes are delicious and you could gift one to a family, or bring it to your family’s holiday dinner. There are some things you need to know to get this deal for 1/2 price ice cream cakes at Dairy Queen. (Including the fact that it’s not valid after Dec. 24.)
Bad Kitty Author Talk
$19-$29 Have a Bad Kitty fan in your life? They’ll love a ticket to see Nick Bruel when he comes to town for an entertaining author talk on February 1, 2019. Tickets to this event are $18.99 and include a copy of purchase Bad Kitty: Kitten Trouble from Blue Baboon Books. Up to two companion tickets can be purchased for $5 each.
BOGO 50% Off at Blue Baboon Books
This just in! Get your last-minute shopping done at Blue Baboon Books! Toys, books, stocking stuffers, and everything you need to check those last-minute items off your list! * Buy one, get one half-off applies only to regularly priced merchandise only. Not valid on events or gift cards. Offer valid Saturday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. The address is 9428 W Central Ave, Wichita, KS 67212.
BOGO memberships to Kansas Aviation Museum
$20-$75 This gift is a one-for-me, one-for-you type of deal. Purchase a year membership to the Kansas Aviation Museum during the month of December and you can get one for a friend FREE. Learn more about this awesome KAM membership deal here.
Horseback Riding Lessons from Wichita Riding Academy
$25+ Giddyup over to the Wichita Riding Academy website to purchase riding lessons at a discount. They really do not discount their lessons normally, so you’ll not see a deal like this again soon – or ever, maybe. Actually, there are two deals: One is a BOGO free riding lesson for new customers; the other is $10 per lesson (up to four lessons). The Wichita Riding Academy is advertising this special here at Wichita on the Cheap, and it’s only good until December 31, 2018.
Augustino Brewing Beer Membership
$25 For this teeny amount you can get your beer buddies both an Augustino beer mug and a lifetime membership to the Mug Club. This 20oz American made stoneware mug also includes an exclusive “Augustino Brewing Mug Club” sticker and can be brought back anytime for refills at Augustino Brewing pint prices. But there’s a very limited supply – they might already be gone. But check with them at the pub; if you can’t get the mug, there’s a Brewer for a Day experience or Augustino Brewing Apparel also available.
Gift Card Bonus Deals
~$50 A lot – and I do mean a lot – of restaurants give bonus offers when you buy gift cards around the holiday times. The amount you must purchase varies, but we generally see the bonuses come at $50. See our roundup of Gift Card Bonus Deals to find some great gift ideas and get a little something for yourself for free. (It isn’t only restaurants, either. There’s even a movie gift card deal from Regal.)
Orpheum Theater 2019 Film Series Passes
$60 Make a date for every month next year with a pair of passes to entertaining classic films at the Wichita Orpheum Theater. Basically, you’re getting each ticket for $2.50 when you do this deal. Read all about the BOGO season passes for the 2019 Orpheum Theater Film Series here. But get them before December 31 if you want one pass free.
Related: Movies on the Cheap in Wichita
Sedgwick County Zoo Membership with Holiday Bonuses
$73.50-$156.50 It’s difficult to score an actual discount on a Sedgwick County Zoo membership, but this holiday special is the next-best thing. With an extra three months, 2 extra guest passes, and some fun, free swag, a holiday gift membership is a better deal even if it is regular price. And zoo memberships save you money anyway – I think if you go just eight times in a year you’ve paid for your membership (and less if you count the guest passes).
In the Bag Laundry for a Month Deal
$99 Ahh, give the gift of clean laundry for a whole month! In the Bag Cleaners is offering a gift deal that includes 30 days of unlimited washed and folded laundry. Read more details here, and give someone a month off from dirty clothes.
Family Membership to Field Station: Dinosaurs in Derby
$99 Another deal that’s great for a family gift: through December 31, 2018 Field Station: Dinosaurs is offering a membership for only $99. Read all the details here.
Tallgrass Film Festival TALLPass Discount
>$100 Have a film lover in the family? Take a look at this deal on an all-access pass to the Tallgrass Film Festival coming to Wichita in October. Normally the TALLPass is $250, but until December 23, 2018 you can get it for only $165.
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