This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart Layaway blogger, though all opinions are my own.

guidecraft art desk

I have been window shopping for the holidays (already!) — how about you? What are you thinking for this year's holiday gifts? I would love to give an art corner like this to my three boys. This art desk and storage area is so cute–I like the storage shelves, and the other areas for art supplies, the roll of paper, and the little stool chairs. It just looks like it would be easy to get inspired at an art station like this. Hey, do they make these for adults? I think I need one for myself!

I found this item, along with some other great art-related items on, where I learned about their free layaway program. I recently compared layaway programs from various retailers over at the Dollar Store Mom article "What is Layaway?"

One of the best reasons to use layway programs is when items are too big to store until the Holidays, such as this art desk. It would be hard to hide this big box in inside my closet!

I found some other fun-looking art gifts for my kids for the holidays at the Kmart site:

kmart craft storage

Check out this art storage cart. So much art and craft supply fun stored in one rolling cart.

kmart wooden easel

Or for a smaller art corner, this double-sided wooden easel by Melissa and Doug is great. It allows two kids to get artistic at the same time, and also allows space for supplies.

kmart melissa and doug stamp kit

Kmart has a lot of affordably-priced art and craft kits for kids, too, like this card-making stamp kit. What a great way to teach kids about frugality (they make their own cards!), creativity (they get to experiment with the supplies), and also teach them to think about others (via the messages on the stamps). Like many mothers before me, I make my kids give thank you cards to their grandmas and great grandmas every birthday and holiday!

kmart spiral art kit

And as soon as I possibly can, I MUST get this Spiral Art kit. Anyone else have one of these as a child? I spent many happy hours as a kiddo making spiral after spiral with colored ball-point pens.    

So, Kmart has free layaway, but how does that stack up compared to other retailers? Check out this chart:

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Kmart: Free layaway, $10 charge for cancellation. You can get a sale price adjustment within 7 days of setting up layaway.

Walmart: $5 charge for layaway. You get a $5 Walmart gift card upon full payment of your layaway.

Toys 'R Us: Free layaway. No other details available on website.

Best Buy: 25% initial down payment, plus a 5% nonrefundable layaway fee. Item(s) must total $250 or more. (Website does not say what happens to your money if you miss a payment, but that merchandise can be returned to store inventory.)

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You can win big with Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway.

Kmart's prepping for the season of giving and to coincide with this time they are launching the “Big Layaway Giveaway”. Meaning there is one layaway giveaway per store per week every week from 9/9/12 through 11/17/12*  Now's the time to place those gifts you've been eying on layaway and also get the chance to win some great prizes at Kmart!

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Ends 11/17/12.  For Official Rules, visit a participating Kmart location or


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