The Easter holiday weekend (Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5) is typically a time spent with family, friends and loved ones. While shopping might not top your list of Easter weekend activities, this holiday is a prime time to save money by taking advantage of stores' impressive discounts on seasonal merchandise.

With help from CouponSherpa and RetailMeNot, GOBankingRates rounded up the best Easter sales, deals and freebies available this holiday weekend.

6 Deals for Your Easter Gathering

If your big Easter celebration entails family members coming over for an Easter egg hunt and a hearty dinner, you'll want to check out these six deals that can help you add the finishing touches to your holiday gathering. Your Easter celebrations could end up costing a few hundred bucks, so save money wherever you can. You can get discounted flowers to give to family members and friends, last-minute Easter decorations and baskets to give to the kids, and much more.

  • 1-800-Flowers.com: Save 40 percent on Easter egg tulips. No coupon code is required, and the offer expires April 5.
  • Oriental Trading: Receive up to 65 percent off Easter items, plus free shipping on orders more than $49 using coupon code OTC7575.
  • ProFlowers: Get 15 percent off select Easter flowers and gifts. This offer is valid through April 3.
  • Shari's Berries: Save $10 on Easter berries.
  • Target: Earn a free $5 gift card when you spend $25 on select Easter party supplies online before the offer ends on April 4.
  • Hobby Lobby: Take 40 percent off one Easter item.

12 Freebies on Clothes and Accessories

Did you get rid of your winter clothes and revamp your wardrobe for spring and summer? If not, use the Easter holiday weekend as an opportunity to score deals and freebies at your favorite apparel and department stores. Not only can you find stylish looks to show off this season, but you can end up saving a significant amount of money on a variety of items as well.

  • Ashley Steward: Save $50 on your online and in-store purchases using this coupon. The deal ends April 8.
  • Carters: Receive 50 percent off or more online and in store through April 6.
  • Dress Barn: Take 20 percent off with this this coupon, valid through April 5.
  • Gordmans: Get an extra 20 percent off any single item through April 4 with this this coupon.
  • J. Crew Factory: Enjoy 50 percent off everything through April 6, plus an extra 20 percent of clearance styles through April 5 using the code HOPTOIT.
  • Kmart: Get 15 percent off a fine jewelry order of at least $100 using coupon code APRIL1 online. The offer ends April 4.
  • Loft: Receive 40 percent off through April 4. This offer excludes the Lou & Grey line.
  • Lord & Taylor: Use this coupon, and take 20 percent off both regular and sale priced items through April 9.
  • Payless Shoes: Get up to 40 percent off select styles through April 5 with this coupon.
  • Shoebuy.com: Use RetailMeNot's promo code MARCH20 or Shoebuy.com's code SPRING2015 to get 20 percent off. This offer ends April 3.
  • Sports Authority: Print this coupon to receive 15 percent off one qualifying item, valid through April 4.
  • Victoria's Secret: Take up to $50 off through April 8 with code SPRING2015.

5 Discounts for Spring Cleaning and Projects

Getting organized this season is a little easier when you have the right products and equipment to help you with your spring cleaning. And if you plan on doing any arts and crafts, remodeling or decorating, you can find a slew of discounts at some of the most popular crafts stores.

  • Container Store: Get up to 35 percent off during the company's six-week spring organization sale.  
  • Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Take 50 percent off a regular-priced item using this coupon. This offer ends April 4.
  • Michaels: Receive 40 percent off any one regular-price item with this coupon, which expires April 4.
  • Staples: Use this coupon to get 20 percent back in rewards points on color printing and other promotional products.
  • Walmart: Save up to 25 percent on select Dyson vacuums through April 8.

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