LIVE: Best holiday deals 2021 — great Christmas gifts right now

LIVE: Best holiday deals 2021 — great Christmas gifts right now


Switch OLED restock

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When it rains it pours! Walmart now has Switch OLED in stock. This is Nintendo’s newest console. It features a gorgeous 7-inch OLED display, a wide adjustable stand, a wired LAN port in the dock, and a larger 64GB of internal storage. 

Nintendo Switch OLED: $349 @ Walmart

Xbox Series X restock

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Hurry! Best Buy has XSX consoles in stock. No membership required. Best Buy tends to drop consoles out of the blue and today’s restock is the perfect example. You can get the standalone console for $499. The restock could last for a few minutes, so even if you see sold out — try again. 

XSX: $499 @ Best Buy

Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop on a red background with the "Tom's Guide Killer Deal" tag overlaid

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Hey, everyone! Deals editor Louis here taking over our holiday live blog for the next few hours. So my day started with an e-mail from Amazon saying an order I placed last week had been cancelled. It included an Apple Watch that I was gifting to someone. (Grrrr!) Luckily, the model I bought is still in stock and I should have no trouble getting it in time for Christmas. However, my point in bringing this story up is that you should make your holiday purchases ASAP because weather delays, shipping delays, or outright cancellations are a thing and could happen to anyone. (Last thing you want is for your Xmas purchases to be cancelled last minute). 

Ok, now on to the deals! RTX cards have been near-impossible to find all year long. However, Best Buy has a variety of RTX 30-based gaming laptops on sale with prices from $749. The sale includes laptops with RTX 3050, 3060, 3070, and 3080 GPUs. There are also some GTX based machines from $679. It’s a solid sale for all types of gamers. 

RTX 30-based laptops: deals from $749 @ Best Buy

Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Air Fry

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I don’t often spend much on myself (I have kids and a dog and a mortgage to pay for), but I did recently treat myself to an Instant Pot. And not just any Instant Pot — but an Instant Pot that’s also an Air Fryer!

The product I’m talking about is the Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Air Fry from Amazon, which is currently reduced from $199 to $139.  It’s a hugely versatile device, which can serve as an air fryer and slow cooker. In fact, it has 11 different functions, including sauté, sous-vide, dehydrate, roast and bake. My only problem now is deciding what to cook in it.

Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Air Fry, 8 quart: was $199 now $139 @ Amazon

Keeper Password Manager

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It’s not just hardware that sees holiday deals, with plenty of software packages also reduced at this time of year.

For instance, right now Keeper — one of the best password managers — is taking 50% off all Unlimited and Family plans. That means that after discount you can get a Keeper Unlimited 1-year plan for $17.50 (was $34.99) or a Keeper Family (five users) plan for $37.49 (was $74.99). Those are the lowest prices we’ve seen on the software all year, and given how useful a password manager can be, it’s a great offer to take advantage of.

Keeper password manager: 50% off select plans @ Keeper

person holding Roku Streaming Stick 4K remote

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I’ve probably owned more Roku streaming devices than I’ve had hot dinners. Each of my three TVs has one, and I’ve bought multiple generations dating right back to the first one, replacing them only when a better one comes along (other than the time my dog ate one).

But the Streaming Stick 4K is my favorite — I just slot it into a spare HDMI port and get access to every streaming service I might want (including YouTube still, after Roku did a deal with Google yesterday). Plus the remote doesn’t need line-of-sight and can control my TV’s volume. The fact you can get all this for just $39 right now on Amazon is truly a wonder.

Roku Streaming Stick 4K: Was $49 now $39 @ Amazon

Apple AirPods Pro

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Admission: I don’t own any AirPods myself and never have done. That’s partly because I’m an Android guy but also because I prefer on-ear headphones and can’t afford the AirPods Max. But if I was getting in-ears, I’d be looking at the AirPods Pro for their excellent Active Noise Canceling and solid audio quality. 

Right now, the Apple AirPods Pro are down to $197 @ Amazon, a savings of $52 from the usual price of $249. 

What’s more, they are currently in stock — meaning you could order today and potentially have them in your ears within a week. 

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $197 @ Amazon

Vizio OLED TV 55-inch

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Killer OLED TV deal! I don’t (yet) have an OLED TV, but I very much want one and deals such as this one on a 55-inch Vizio only increase my desire. 

Right now, you can pick up the 55-inch Vizio 4K SmartCast TV for $999 at Best Buy, a savings of $300 off its normal price. That makes this the most affordable OLED TV in this size around, complete with perfect blacks, ultra-wide viewing angles and vibrant colors. Grab this deal before it’s gone. 

Vizio 55-inch 4K SmartCast TV; was $1,299 now $999 @ Best Buy

Sony WH-1000XM4 deal

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We’re big fans of the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones. In fact, we rate these cans so highly that we’ve placed them at the top of our best wireless headphones roundup. That’s a pretty strong endorsement when you consider the fierce competition from Bose and Apple. 

The Sony WH-1000XM4 makes a compelling case for itself at full price, but right now you can grab these best-in-class wireless headphones with a $100 discount as Walmart is offering the Sony WH-1000XM4 for $249. This is an excellent price for headphones sporting fantastic active noise cancellation, a lengthy 30 hours of battery life and seriously impressive sound quality. 

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones: was $349 now $249 @ Walmart 

Echo Dot (4th gen) + Sengled bulb

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I love being able to turn my lights on and off via voice control, because let’s face it, there are times when that couch just feels far too comfy to leave. Don’t judge me, I lead a busy life.

This excellent Amazon deal on the Echo Dot + Sengled Bluetooth Color Bulb takes a massive $35 off the usual price, giving you one of the best smart speakers plus a bulb that has 16 million colors! Honestly, I didn’t know there were 16 million colors — I thought it was about 12 at most — but I’m no expert. 

Either way, this sounds like a great Christmas gift for anyone who wants to dip their toes into the smart home world.

Echo Dot (4th Gen) + Sengled Bluetooth Color bulb: Was $64 now $29 @ Amazon

WD Easystore

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Sticking with Best Buy, it has some great Daily Deals running throughout the holiday period — making it the perfect time to pick up Christmas gifts. 

Alright, so not everyone would appreciate getting a portable SSD under the Christmas tree, but if my loved ones are reading this, I’d be quite happy to get this 1TB WD Easystore drive hint hint. That’s a lot of super-fast, USB 3.0 storage for $55 off the usual price — but be aware that the deal ends at 6 a.m. ET tomorrow (Friday).

WD Easystore 1TB Portable SSD: Was $139 now $84 @ Best Buy

Fujifilm X-T4

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Morning all, Editor in Chief (U.K.) Marc here to take over this live blog for a while.

I’m a bit obsessed with cameras, and the Fujifilm X-T4 is one of the best I’ve ever used. It rarely drops in price but is currently on offer for $1,499 at Best Buy, which is $200 off the usual price and a photographic bargain if ever I saw one. B&H Photo also has it for the same price, although stock is apparently “on the way” in this case.

Fujifilm X-T4: was $1,699 now $1,499 @ Best Buy

PS5 restock

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Just a reminder that a GameStop PS5 restock has been tipped for this week. In fact, it could happen as soon as Thursday. (We’ve noticed that GameStop tends to restock the day after it tweets about a potential restock). The restock will be for GameStop’s PowerUp Rewards Pro members only. (Membership costs $14.99/year). Keep in mind that being a member doesn’t guarantee you’ll get a console, but it will certainly increase your chances. Also, remember that GameStop typically sells bundles only and not standalone consoles. 

GameStop PowerUp Rewards Pro: $14.99/year @ GameStop

dyson vb7 animal cordless vacuum on blue background with killer deals tag

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One of the things I need to buy this holiday season is a new vacuum. My trusty Dirt Devil is on its last legs. I’ve always wanted a Dyson and this holiday sale is making it slightly more affordable to pick one up. Dyson is taking from $50 to $120 off select vacuums and air purifiers. The cheapest vac in its sale is the Dyson V7 Absolute for $299 ($50 off). Meanwhile, the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is on sale for $449 ($100 off), which is $50 cheaper than its Black Friday price. 

Dyson vacuum sale: deals from $299 @ Dyson


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Remember those super cheap Chromebook deals we saw last month? Well, guess what. They’re back. Best Buy, for instance, has the Lenovo Chromebook 3 on sale for $119 ($100 off). This tiny laptop isn’t going to break any speed records, but it’s ideal for simple Web-based work or the occasional online video. It sports an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 LCD, AMD A-Series A6 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 32GB eMMC. 

Lenovo Chromebook 3: was $219 now $119 @ Best Buy

CAP adjustable dumbbells

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Cheaper than Black Friday! Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions with this epic deal at Walmart. The retailer has the CAP adjustable dumbbells on sale for $110. This same set was selling for $124 on Black Friday, so it’s cheaper than last month’s price. I like this deal because you get a full set (not just one adjustable dumbbell) and the dial system makes it easy to adjust from 5 lbs. up to 25 lbs. — which is perfect for light workouts or targeting specific muscle groups.

CAP Adjustable Dumbbell Set: was $229 now $110 @ Walmart

Blue Yeti Nano

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The Blue Yeti Nano USB Microphones is a well-made, great-sounding USB microphone at a reasonable price. And right now it’s on sale. We happen to own a Blue Yeti Nano, and it’s one of the best things we’ve bought in the last few years. Two custom microphones provide broadcast-quality sound and there are multiple audio-pickup patterns for pro recording and streaming. We also love the onboard controls and compact design. 

Blue Yeti Nano USB Microphone: was $99 now $79 @ Amazon

Star Wars Drinking Glasses

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This holiday deal combines three of my favorite past times: drinking, Star Wars, and saving money. This set of 4 stemless drinking glasses (15-ounce each) feature  a different Star Wars character or icon. You’ll have to squint to see the X-Wing/AT-AT Walker glass, but the R2D2 and Darth Vader glasses look pretty cool. Sure, the savings are modest ($3 off), but at this price it’s a fun stocking stuffer for the Star Wars fan in your life. 

Star Wars Ugly Sweater Stemless Glasses: was $24 now $21 @ Amazon

Keurig K-Mini

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As much as I love to support my local coffee shops, there are times when I’m lazy and just want a quick cup of coffee without having to schlep outside. That’s where the Keurig K-Mini comes into the picture. It can brew a cup of coffee in 6- to 12-ounce sizes. Plus, it’s small enough to fit into any kitchen and it holds a spot on our list of best Keurig coffee makers. The downside is that you’ll need to refill the water reservoir for each cup you brew, but if you want a bigger machine — multiple Keurigs are on sale from $69 at Amazon.

Keurig K-Mini: was $79 now $59 @ Amazon

ps5 xbox series x

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Well, folks. Here we are. Walmart’s PS5/XSX drop is just minutes away. We have a dedicated PS5 live blog covering this afternoon’s restock, but it bears repeating given that these consoles are on so many people’s shopping list. Today’s restock starts at 12 p.m. ET and it’s for Walmart Plus members only. (You can sign up at Walmart via this link). 

PS5/XSX restock: Walmart Plus members only @ Walmart

Star Wars The Child

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What’s Christmas without some good ol’ fashioned toy deals. Walmart has plenty of them with discounts on everything from classic board games to battery-powered ATVs for kids. To be fair, lots of retailers have toys on sale, but I’m highlighting Walmart’s sale because it’s the most expansive I’ve seen so far. Also, if you’re on a budget there are plenty of sub-$25 gifts such as this Star Wars The Child Plush Doll on sale for $13.99 (pictured).  

Toy sale: save on Barbie, Hot Wheels, Star Wars @ Walmart

MacBook Air M1 deal

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Hey, all! Deals editor Louis here taking over our holiday live blog for the next few posts. So I’m kicking things off with this excellent MacBook Air deal at Amazon. They’re taking $100 off the base model and $150 off the 512GB model. I don’t own this machine, but I did own the old-school 11-inch MacBook Air and I absolutely loved that machine. It lasted me over 4 years. I’m in need of a new laptop and I have my eyes on the Air. (Although the 14-inch Pro looks pretty sweet as well). In our review of the MBA, we called the Editor’s Choice laptop a “computing revolution.” Not only is it in stock, but it’ll ship in time for Christmas. 

MacBook Air M1 (256GB): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
MacBook Air M1 (512GB):
was $1,249 now $1,099 @ Amazon

Nintendo Switch deals

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Nintendo Switch stock has been incredibly hard to find lately — and we’re not just talking about the new Switch OLED. But the good news is that Walmart currently has stock of the basic console, and it’s offering a pretty sweet holiday deal on it, too.

Pick up this Nintendo Switch bundle for $299 at Walmart and you’ll also get a Switch carrying case and a year’s subscription to Nintendo Switch Online. The membership alone normally costs $19 per year, making this one of the best Nintendo Switch deals available right now.

Nintendo Switch bundle: $299 @ Walmart

Fitbit Charge 5 sale

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We’re big fans of Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches here at Tom’s Guide — and that means we’re also big fans of Fitbit deals, particularly during the holiday season. 

Here’s one that’s caught our eye recently: The Fitbit Charge 5 is just $129 on Amazon right now, a savings of $50. Fitbit’s newest fitness tracker has built-in GPS, a bright, always-on display, and plenty of high-tech features including an electrodermal activity sensor (EDA) and an electrocardiogram sensor (ECG), so it’s well worth a look. 

But be warned: When it dropped to this price on Black Friday, it soon sold out — so grab it now before it’s too late.

Fitbit Charge 5: was $179 now $129 @ Amazon

Garmin Forerunner on purple with cyber monday deal tag superimposed

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Some great Cyber Week deals are sticking around still. For instance, the Garmin Forerunner 945 is still just $259 — that’s a savings of more than $200!

Garmin built this smartwatch for serious runners and triathletes. In our review we praised it for its excellent battery life and slim, light design that’s great for multiple sports. It lets you track your performance, play music, check email/phone notifications, and generally do everything the also excellent Garmin Fenix 5 does for a cheaper price. And while it’s still on sale, you can get one for even cheaper than usual for the perfect Christmas gift.

Garmin Forerunner 945: was $499 now $259 @ Amazon

Shark EZ Robot Vacuum

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There are few household devices that can make you feel like you’re living in the future quite as much as a robot vacuum. It’s a robot! That vacuums! Did the Jetsons predict this one? 

The Shark EV is more than your average robo vac though: its base can hold weeks of debris, and it’s bagless and self emptying. It will of course also charge itself, and if you do decide you want to oversee its actions it can be controlled with Google Assistant. 

Right now the Shark EV is reduced by $200 at Walmart, meaning there’s no better time to join the robot revolution.

Shark EZ Robot Vacuum: was $499 now $299 @ Walmart

Marmot jacket

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Winter is coming, as a certain book/TV show would have it, and that means you might be on the lookout for a new coat. Fortunately, Marmot has a massive winter sale right now. The retailer is taking up to 60% off men’s, women’s, and children’s winter apparel. 

Marmot Holiday sale: up to 70% off men’s/women’s winter apparel

Echelon Connect

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Save $460! Peloton exercise bikes are rightly at the top of many people’s holiday shopping lists, but they’re also pretty pricey, and don’t often see much in the way of discounts. There are alternatives, though — and the Echelon Connect EX3 is one that’s well worth checking out. 

Right now, Walmart has the Echelon Connect EX3 on sale for just $539. That’s a massive savings of $460 and more than 45% off the original price. And don’t worry if it sells out at Walmart, because Amazon has the same great holiday deal.

The Connect EX3 gives you both live and on-demand workouts, whether it’s a spin class, yoga, boxing, or pilates, for a much lower up-front cost. There’s no built-in display, but there is a stand that lets you rest a phone or tablet on the handlebars — and let’s face it, you’ll be saving enough here to buy an iPad to go with it.

Echelon Connect EX3: was $999 now $539 @ Walmart

Apple AirPods

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We’ve seen plenty of great AirPods deals lately, but in terms of percentage savings, you can’t beat this one on the second-gen Airpods.

For a limited time, Amazon has the Apple AirPods on sale for $99. That’s $59 off, or 37%, and one of the best AirPods deals of all time. Although they hit $89 last month, this is still an epic price you likely won’t see again until next holiday season. Even better, purchase them now and they’ll arrive before Christmas, which makes them a nice Christmas gift. 

AirPods 2nd gen: was $159 now $99 @ Amazon

Fire TV Stick 4K deal Max

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36% off! Amazon is always a good place to look for the best holiday deals, particularly when it comes to its own devices. That’s certainly the case right now, as you can currently buy the excellent Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max for just $34. That’s $20 off for what we consider to be one of the best streaming devices on the planet. 

The Fire TV Stick 4K Max serves up 4K content from virtually every streaming service you can think of, including Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu and, of course, Amazon Prime Video. It’s also 40% faster than the slightly cheaper Fire TV Stick 4K — and we think that’s a performance upgrade that’s well worth the $5 difference. 

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max: was $54 now $34 @ Amazon

Apple Watch SE

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Let’s start with a great deal on a device that only rarely gets a price cut: the Apple Watch SE. Right now, you can pick up the Apple Watch SE for $239 at Amazon. That’s a saving of $40 on the usual price for Apple’s entry-level wearable and applies to the 40mm GPS-only version.

The Watch SE offers fitness, heart-rate and sleep tracking for users curious about their health, pairs with AirPods for phone-free listening, and passes all your notifications from your iPhone onto your wrist for more convenient viewing. You also get a three-month trial of Apple Fitness Plus thrown in, making this an even better deal than it initially looks. It’s one of the best Christmas gifts you could give. 

Apple Watch SE: was $279 now $239 @ Amazon

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