The best deals you can get on last-minute gifts
22 Dec 2018
The best deals you can get on last-minute gifts
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In case you didn’t realize it, Christmas is just FOUR days away. It’s also “Super Saturday” and loads of retailers are offering great last-minute deals, discounts, and ways to actually finish all of your holiday shopping before Christmas.
Plus, today is one of the final cutoff dates to order your gifts and still get them shipped by Christmas Eve. But don’t worry, you still have some time to do all of your last-minute holiday shopping online, especially if you don’t mine ordering online and arranging for free in-store pickup.
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Want to know what’s better than getting someone the perfect gift? Saving money on it. With a final push from retailers this holiday season, many are offering last-minute deals on some of the things that were probably on your list. Here are the best deals you can get this Friday:
1. An upgraded Instant Pot for the home chef
Everyone wants an Instant Pot—which is why some of the more popular models are sold out. But thankfully, you can still get a 6-quart Instant Pot Duo Plus for just under $90, which the second lowest price we’ve ever seen. While all Instant Pots can cook meals in a jiffy with thanks to their pressure cooking setting, the Plus has a few extra features like an egg cooker and cake maker and is fitted with a large blue LCD screen for easier use.
If you want the most popular 6-quart Instant Pot Duo, it’s still available at Kohl’s for $84.99 (Save 15% with the code “USAVEMORE”).
2. Xbox consoles and bundles for the gamer in your life
If you really want to wow a gamer this year, a new console is never a bad thing. Right now, you can get a Xbox One X for $100 off. But if you wanted to upgrade with a game bundle, you have a few options to choose from. The One X bundles, which all cost $399, include Fallout 76 (in white and black), Shadow of the Tomb Raider, NBA 2K19, and PlayerUnknown. If you’d prefer to spend less, the One S bundles are going for $199 and include Battlefield V, Minecraft, Forza Horizon 4, and NBA 2K19.
- Get an Xbox One S Bundle from Walmart for $199 (Save $100)
- Get an Xbox One X Bundle from Walmart for $399 (Save $100)
- Get an Xbox One X 1TB Console from Walmart for $399 (Save $100)
3. The best true wireless earbuds for Android users
It’s still so crazy to me that you can buy earbuds that have literally no wires. And the best part is that there are lots of options, so you don’t have to be left out just because you prefer Android to Apple. We’ve tested all the top options and found the Jabra Elite Active 65t earbuds are the best non-Apple option. Right now they’re on sale for just just $140, down from their typical $190.
4. Exclusive savings on highly popular Bluetooth speakers
If anyone on your list loves listening to music any chance they can get, a portable Bluetooth speaker might just be the perfect gift. We managed to finagle some exclusive coupon codes on the Soundcore shown above and a 2-pack of Soundcore Mini Bluetooth speakers (not pictured) from Anker so you can get great gifts at a discount. The Minis would be perfect stocking stuffers, and the larger Soundcore could technically fit into a big stocking too. We think these gifts are especially perfect for teens and college students.
The full-size Soundcore has a 24-hour playtime and is water resistant with an IPX5 rating. The Minis have a 15-hour playtime each, but they’re completely waterproof with an IPX7 rating (the best you can get), and they can be paired for stereo sound (or used individually to get two gifts in one!)
- Get the Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker on Amazon for $22.39 (Save $4.60) with the code “XMAS12191”
- Get the Anker Soundcore Mini 2-Pack on Amazon for $49.59 (Save $12.40) with the code “XMAS12192”
5. The best coffee maker on the market
After testing a variety of drip coffee makers, we were absolutely blown away by the Technivorm Moccamaster KB. Not only does it look great, but it made the best tasting pot of coffee. What really makes the Moccamaster shine is that it perfectly brews the coffee between 196ºF and 205ºF—the ideal temperature for coffee— for a smooth and not bitter taste. It’s pretty pricey at $300 retail price, but right now, you can get it for $100 off at Massdrop. Any coffee fanatic would love to receive this as a gift that will last them a lifetime. However, it won’t ship until January 10, but some things are worth waiting for.
6. The best hair dryer we’ve ever tested
A good hair dryer can go a long way. This is exactly what we found when we tested hair dryers earlier this year and the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 came out on top. We loved it because it only took about 20 minutes to dry our hair and it left it sleek and shiny. It usually costs $250, which can be pricey for most, but right now you can get it for just $175. It makes an amazing gift for any loved one who’s obsessed with their hair or is constantly complaining about how long it takes to dry it.
Editor’s note: It may not arrive by Christmas without paying extra on shipping, but we still think it’s a killer deal.
7. String lights for last minute holiday decorations
In a pinch for extra holiday decorations? These LED string lights from TaoTronics will arrive before Christmas and you can get them for their lowest price with the code “USATODAYN38.” They’re 33 feet long, come with a remote to control 10 brightness levels and three modes, and are waterproof, so you can hang them outside. After the holidays you can hang them to set the mood for New Year’s Eve or above your bed for a nice ambiance. You can also get a nice deal on Edison bulb-style outdoor string lights, too (not pictured).
- Get the TaoTronics 33ft LED String Lights on Amazon for $10.99 (Save $6) with the code “USATODAYN38”
- Get the TaoTronics 50ft LED Outdoor String Lights on Amazon for $29.99 (Save $19) with the code “USATODAYDSW”
8. A portable battery for the device lover
I’m willing to be at least 2-3 people on your list are always on their phones. This is the perfect thing to give anyone who is rarely without a device in their hands. It’s usually $87, which is pricey, but we scored an exclusive coupon (XMAS2019) that takes 20% off the price, putting it at $5 more than its less powerful predecessor.
The Anker Powercore+ 26800 can charge an iPhone 6S up to NINE times on a single charge. It’s even powerful enough to recharge a 2015 Macbook up to three times. That’s just nuts. Plus, it has three fast-charge ports for triple-charging without sacrificing speeds.
Other great deals online right now
- Amazon—Loads of deals on everything from Echoes to robot vacuums to kitchen gifts, and more.
- American Eagle Outfitters—40% off sitewide (some exclusions). Get overnight shipping for $10 on orders over $100 through 12/22 (guaranteed by Christmas).
- Anthropologie—Get up to 50% off gifts.
- Bloomingdales—Take 15% off all items marked “HOLIDAY SAVINGS” now through 12/24.
- Eddie Bauer—Save 50% on everything. Free shipping on all orders, and $15 overnight shipping for Christmas delivery.
- Gap—Get 51% off your purchase with the code “SERIOUSLY.”
- Harry & David—Get $50 off $199+, $30 off $149+, or $15 off $99+ with the code “HOLIDAY.” Also get guaranteed Christmas delivery for $14.99 with the code “HD14.”
- JC Penney—Get 25% off orders over $100 and 20% orders under $100 with the code “88GOSHOP.” Free shipping on orders over $49.
- Kohl’s—Save 20% on purchases of $100 or more with the code “USAVEMORE.” Plus get $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent. Free shipping on orders more than $50.
- Madewell—Get 30% off your purchase.
- New York & Company—Get 50% off or more on everything. And save an extra 20% on orders over $100 with the code “109752.”
- Nintendo Switch with one of three Labo Kits—$339.98 at Walmart (save $29)
- Old Navy—Up to 75% off everything. Plus, free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
- Ralph Lauren—Get up to 40% off sitewide.
- Saks Fifth Avenue—Save up to 60% on designer selections.
- Saks Off 5th—Take 20% off sale with the code “SHOPFAST,” up to 80% off cozy clothes, and 50% off cashmere, coats, and more.
- Target—Save $80 on an iPad, $50 off the Apple Watch Series 3, and savings on toys, Christmas decor, tech gifts, and more.
- Tineco A11 Hero—$239.99 on Amazon (Save $60): Get a nice discount on a vacuum that’s comparable to the Dyson V8 by clipping the coupon button and using the code “272OQ6UL.”
- Walmart—Find great deals on tech favorites, kitchen, and more.
- Wayfair—Get up to 70% off holiday furniture and decorations.
See the order cut-off dates for every major retailer to guarantee Christmas delivery
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.