Saturday's Best Deals: Philips Hue Lights, Contigo Travel Mugs, Cooking Essentials, and More
Top Tech Deals
If you like the idea of Philips Hue’s automation features, but don’t particularly care about exotic and colorful lighting concepts, you can pick up the Hue White starter kit for $50 today, about $20 less than usual, and a match for Black Friday. That gets you two soft white bulbs and a Bridge that lets you control them from your phone, or with voice assistants like Siri and Alexa.
The same kit with four bulbs is also available for $70, though it did get as low as $60 over Deals Week.
And if you missed it yesterday, the four-bulb color starter kit is still on sale for $140, or about $60 less than usual.
If any of your family members are bad about backing up their files, an external hard drive is one of the best gifts you can give them.
This 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub includes a 2-port USB hub right on front, so you can plug in even more storage, or just charge your phone. This feature does inexplicably make the entire drive incompatible with the PS4, however.
Seagate’s 2TB Backup Plus Slim is also a solid deal at $65. Unlike the Backup Plus, this one doesn’t need an extra power cord, so you can take it with you anywhere.
VPNs are in the news a lot lately, and whether you want to hide your tracks, or just watch videos that would otherwise be geoblocked, there are several great deals available out there to get you started.
If you can commit to five years, PureVPN is going to be your best bet at a measly $70, which works out to just $1.17 per month. PureVPN encrypts and obscures all of your internet traffic from everyone from malicious hackers to your ISP to the government, and includes some cool features like a kill switch to automatically disconnect your Wi-Fi if the VPN stops working, as well as split tunneling, which can route some of your traffic through the VPN, while letting the rest go through your ISP as normal.
If you don’t want to commit to the same company for that long, or would just prefer to use a different provider, NordVPN’s holiday offers are still in effect as well:
Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!
Anker’s SoundBuds have long been reader favorites, and two different options are on sale right now for the holidays.
For just $18 (with code SUPER236), you can grab the SoundBuds Surge lightweight Bluetooth headphones. With magnetic connectors on the earpieces and a water-resistant coating, these would be a great addition to your gym bag.
And if you missed it earlier this week, Anker’s brand new Zolo Liberty truly wireless headphones are still on sale for $80 when you clip the $20 off coupon, down from $100. These run for 3.5 hours untethered, but the included battery case packs in an extra 24 hours for recharging on the go.
Top Home Deals
Contigo’s Autoseal West Loop travel mugs are a longtime reader favorite, and today are part of Amazon’s Gold Box, bringing the price all the way down to $9 each, the lowest we’ve seen since May.
You get to choose from 16 and the 20 oz. models in for this deal, in a variety of colors. The lid open and closes automatically and it can keep drinks warm all day.
Just remember that this is a Gold Box, so be sure to lock in your order before this deal cools off.
Today is a great day to get some of these very highly-rated Imarku knives. This normally-$40 10″ chef’s knife is just $23 today, normally-$30 8″ inch chef’s knife is just $18, and meat cleaver is down to $24.
Add to your kitchen gadget collection with today’s Gold Box sale on holiday kitchen essentials. They thrown in a bunch of spatulas, tongs, beer mugs, a bakeware set, plus some extra holiday-themed tea pots, cookie jars, and wrapping paper. So go sift through the products now, this sale will be over by the end of the day or when the products sell out.
There’s a lot going on in there, so here are some highlights:
You don’t need a yard, or even any gardening skills to grow your own food at home; you just need one of these countertop AeroGardens. These fully-integrated, soil-free indoor gardens can grow herbs, vegetables, and salad greens up to five times faster than regular soil, and other than a very brief $96 deal last week on the red model (and only the red model), $120 is the best price we’ve seen in months.
To start growing you simply pop in the seed pods, pour in some water, occasionally add nutrients, and the machine does the rest. This AeroGarden has accommodations for six plants and includes seed pods to get you started. This Harvest Elite model is one step up from the one we featured on Black Friday, with the difference being this one is made of stainless steel rather than plastic. So start growing your own garden, or gift to an aspiring green thumb.
Dyson vacuums dominated the nominations in our Kinja Co-Op for best vacuum, but they can be prohibitively expensive. Today though, refurbs of the popular Dyson Ball Animal Complete are down to $262 on Amazon, one of the best prices we’ve seen.
The Dyson Ball includes a brush that automatically adjusts when you move from carpets to hard floors, and seven (!!) hose tools to clean everything from your mattress to your stairs to the tops of your ceiling blade fans. And yes, it rests on top of a ball for easy maneuverability. This price is only available today, and will probably sell out early, so get yours before they’re all sucked up.
If you’re willing to forego some of those accessories (specifically, the curved ceiling fan tool, the mattress tool, and the flexible reach-under tool), you can actually get a refurb of this same vacuum from Dyson’s eBay store for just $176 with promo code PHOLIDAY20. As we mentioned earlier in the week, that code will save you 20% on anything Dyson sells on eBay, with a maximum $5o discount.
Although it’s not as good as a price it was during Deal Week, this AmazonBasics executive chair is just $91, a $19 savings from its usual $110.
Guacamole and salsa taste better when served out of a molcajete. Everybody knows this. This 4-cup model looks great, and has never been cheaper.
Anker, producer of a lot of your favorite charging gear, has its own line of flashlights too, and the high-end LC130 is marked down to $40 today with promo code XMASFLA2.
That’s a lot of money to spend on a flashlight, but the LC130 has just about every feature you could possibly want, including IP67 dust and water resistance, 1300 lumens (that’s incredibly bright, for what it’s worth), five lighting modes, and a USB-rechargeable battery that can last up to 6 hours. Even if you don’t need it for yourself, this could make a great holiday gift as well.
Nest threw out all of the old assumptions about home security systems, and built something pretty great with the new Nest Secure, and you can save $100 on the usual price of the starter bundle today on eBay.
$400 gets you the Nest Guard (the big keypad thing that doubles as a motion detector), a couple of Nest Tags that can disarm it instantly, and two Nest Detects which can monitor entire rooms for motion, and also detect when windows or doors open.
Gizmodo’s review has more details about how all of these pieces fit together, and there are more add-ons that you can purchase a la carte to fit your home’s needs.
Made by one of our best-selling brands, these two All-Clad skillets are selling for the lowest price ever today. The 8-inch and 10-inch skillets are nonstick, scratch resistant, and oven safe up to 500 degrees.
This package usually sells for $60, so get them while they’re still sizzling.
If you’ve been eyeing a KitchenAid mixer for a while, and don’t mind getting a refurbished one, then today is your day. You can pick up one from eBay for just $170, that’s $110 less than the new ones are selling for and $40 less than other refurbished models.
So go ahead and get yourself one, the color options might not last long.
This AmazonBasics space heater just got its first discount. For only $24 today, you can select from low, high, or fan only options, plus a adjustable thermostat.
If dry winter air is wreaking havoc on your sinuses, you can fight back with this Eufy (Anker’s home division) humidifier.
The Humos Air 1.0 can run for 20 hours with its one gallon tank, and can humidify a room with hot or cool mist, depending on the season. It usually sells for around $43, but you get it for $34 right now, no promo code required.
For a limited time, Dyson’s eBay outlet is taking an extra 20% off any $25 order (maximum $50 discount) with promo code PHOLIDAY20, including vacuums, fans, and even hair dryers. They sell a lot of new stuff on eBay, but the best deals are on the refurbs. Either way, they’re sold directly by Dyson; this isn’t a sketchy third party situation.
My pick is the refurbished V6 Motorhead for $176. I bought the V6 Animal a months ago, and it makes quick work of all the pet hair on our furniture.
That same PHOLIDAY20 code will work with a number of other (admittedly less exciting) sellers as well, including Klymit, KitchenAid, Worx, and more, so check out the full list on this page.
Give the gift of non-watered down whiskey with these discounted stainless steel reusable ice cubes.
Normally $15, you can take these home for just $10 with code KINJAW2E. This set comes with tongs and a tray, and they make great stocking stuffers. Cheers!
Similar to the special Walmart and Best Buy Chase Pay promotions we shared a few weeks ago, you can now get 2,000 Chase points (worth $20 in cash back at a bare minimum) when you spend $20 at eBags and use Chase Pay to check out. Terms and conditions here and here.
Update: Get FREE ShopRunner shipping for two years through this link.
But if you have either a Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire Reserve card, the points you earn from this promotion can be used for travel rather than cash back, meaning they could be worth a lot more than $20. For example the Sapphire Reserve allows you to book travel directly at a rate of 1.5 cents per point, making this promotion worth a minimum of $30 in travel. And if you find a really good partner redemption (like I did for my trip to Hawaii), it could be worth a lot more.
Just be sure to hit the Chase Pay button at checkout, and use either a Chase Freedom, a Freedom Unlimited, or a Sapphire Preferred card to pay. It doesn’t appear that the Sapphire Reserve is eligible, though once you get the points, you can transfer them into your Reserve account for travel redemption purposes.
If you need a little extra help getting your house together for holiday guests, let Amazon pitch in for $30 less today.
For cleaning services, you simply select the size of your home. For handyman services, you estimate how many hours you’ll need them and note whether they’ll be inside or outside. Examples of applicable handyman jobs might be installing a garbage disposal, mounting a TV, or drywall repair. For both services, you’ll see the $30 discount at checkout.
Unfortunately, Amazon isn’t set up with providers everywhere in the country, but if you live in a covered area, this is as great deal.
Just note that you’ll have to complete the checkout process with the local provider by 12/21, and you’ll have to schedule service within 90 days.
No matter how great your kitchen knives are, they all need some tender loving care from time to time. This $7 Lansky BladeMedic includes two v-sharpeners, a fold-out sharpening rod, and a ceramic sharpening edge for serrated knives, all in a handheld package that can fit into any kitchen drawer.
This thing amazingly has a 4.6 star review average from over 3,000 customers, and it’s sold out within a few hours every time we’ve posted it at this price, so I wouldn’t wait.
Top Lifestyle Deals
ThinkGeek is helping the nerds in your life get ready for the holidays. Score up to 70% off of a ton of products and apparel during their Black Friday Sale. There are seriously hundreds of items to choose from, which means every corner of geekdom is covered by this sale.
Merrell makes some of the best footwear in the game, and they’re knocking 50% off a couple styles to help you hit the trails. IT may not exactly be hiking weather, but if you’re a bold winter camper, these are the boots you should pick up.
It’s been a long year, and I’d say you’ve earned a foot massage. But if you’re a little weirded out by the thought of a stranger touching your gross feet, a couple of electric massagers from Mynt are cheaper than ever right now.
First up, their basic foot massager includes heat, a removable hood, and two massage nodes for just $55 with promo code MYNT2670 That’s not much money for something that can meaningfully improve your day, every day, forever.
If your feet deserve only the best, their premium model also massages your heel and the top of your foot, and includes a lot more options to customize your experience. It’s more of an investment at $150 (with code MYNT2611), but that’s a $50 discount, and an all-time low.
Philips’ entry-level Sonicare Essence electric toothbrush has long been a reader favorite, and now Amazon’s running the best deal we’ve seen on the sequel, the Essence+.
The big improvement here is the brush head: Rather than the screw-on E-series heads (which have a tendency to collect sludge along the seam), the Essence+ uses standard Sonicare snap-on heads. The upshot is that you get a lot more choices: Philips sells seven different options for different budgets and brushing styles.
For a limited time, Amazon’s taking $10 off the brush’s $35 price tag. We’ve seen this $10 coupon before, but it’s usually subtracting from a $40 starting price. Just note that you won’t see the final price until checkout.
Sephora isn’t known for their discounts and deals like other retailers, but they’re trying something new this year with their Weekly Wow deals. Every Thursday, Sephora will drop a bunch of deals and offers for one week only. This week features:
“No-iron shirts” have been around for so long that it seems almost ridiculous to buy anything else. Twillory takes that notion one step further by taking that no-iron notion and adding a bespoke feel.
These deals are all $10 more expensive than Black Friday, but with all three deals, you can add a set of Twillory’s unique bottle opening collar stays to your cart to get it for free. These stays sell for $19, and make great gifts, so you’re coming out ahead.
- Two shirts for $99 with code KINJA2
- Four shirts for $179 with code KINJA4
- Five shirts for $209 with code KINJA5
Those codes should work with all the shirts they sell, so mix, match, and get creative (and don’t forget those collar stays). Shane reviewed these shirts over on Gear, so head over there to learn about what makes them so great.
Update: Only 2 days left!
Now is the time to get the hell outside, mainly because the weather is mild, but also because our president is hellbent on getting rid of public lands and you may not be able to hike anywhere by next year. So, REI is helping you get outside with an extra 25% off all their sale items, no code needed.
Smartwool easily socked it to the competition when it came to finding out what your favorite everyday socks are, and with good reason: they’re kind of awesome. The downside to their awesomeness is they’re on the pricey side. But right now, use the code SMARTWOOL3 and get 33% off any three pairs of Smartwool socks on Jet.com. Just add your three favorites to the cart, enter the code, and get ready for warm feet.
The perfect sale for the Star Wars fan on your list has arrived from a galaxy far, far away.. ThinkGeek is taking up to 70% off over 120 items, including that Sphero BB-8 that everyone knows and loves (and the R2-D2 counterpart). Apparel, home goods (like tiki cups or a french press), toys, and so much more are on sale, so change your plans of going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters and get to spending your
Top Media Deals
Calenders are really underrated holiday gifts. ThinkGeek is taking up to 33% off (yeah, idk) a ton of great ones, like Super Mario Bros., Bob Ross, Star Trek, and more. Most of them come in at the $10 mark, which makes them ideal for stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts.
If you’re looking to give the gift of iTunes credit this year, or just need to refill your own account, Amazon’s taking $7.50 off when you spend $50 or more on digital iTunes cards with code ITUNES for the holidays.
Most iTunes gift card deals offer a single card in a single denomination, but this one lets you combine multiple smaller cards that you could give away as gifts. As long as you’re spending at least $50 and use the promo code, any combination should work.
The count down has begun. If you plan on sending out holiday cards, you have less than three weeks left before Christmas. Amazon is helping you out by offering 60% off cards with code SEASONSGREETINGS60.
Although this deal is set up to benefit holiday-card senders, anyone who plans ahead can take advantage since their entire selection (not just holiday cards) are eligible for the discount. So if you know of any event in the future that you might to need order cards for like, baby shower invites, thanks you cards, or save the dates, stock up now. They have pre-made templates to select from or you can upload your own design. This deal lasts through December 10th.
Top Gaming Deals
Cuphead is simultaneously one of the best looking and most brutally challenging games of 2017, and you can pick up an Xbox One/Windows 10 digital code from Amazon right now for $17, or $3 off.
If you’re into racing games, this Humble Bundle’s for you. Pay what you want today for titles from the F1, Grid, and DiRT series, plus more games. As always, you can choose your own price, but some titles are locked behind paywalls, the most expensive of which is $15 this time around.