20 Gifts to Score Ahead of the Holidays During Amazon’s Prime Big Deals Day Event

updated Oct 11, 2023
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If you like to plan ahead, I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret protip: Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days is a great way to save money on thousands of products. Whether you’re looking to replace well-loved cookware that’s seen better days or finally upgrade your headphones, there’s going to be a deal that speaks to your needs. The most forward-thinking savers also know that this huge Amazon sale, which runs from Oct. 10 and 11, is a great time to plan out holiday shopping. There are also plenty of competing deals worth browsing as well.

We’re still a few months away from the winter holidays, but it’s never too late to start picking out the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Some don’t need to know you saved a few dollars by purchasing their present weeks in advance, while others will feel like your thrifty ways are a bonus gift. Plus, there’s always treating yourself, too. Check out our favorite picks below to help get you started!

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$89.99
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Enjoy crystal-clear sound without distractions with these Apple AirPods that boast built-in noise-canceling abilities. These earbuds work with both Apple and Android devices and include a charging case with an Apple lightning port. They're less expensive than newer AirPod models and make a fantastic gift.

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$45.99
was $59.99

Rather than gifting flowers that won’t last very long, you should opt for this Lego bouquet that’ll freshen up your giftee’s space. It comes with 15 adjustable stems, including roses, poppies, and daisies, and you can pose the petals and leaves in different positions.

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$39.99
was $49.99

This electric popcorn maker is a step above the rest because it has a spinning mechanism that keeps popcorn kernels moving so you don't end up with any burnt ones. Its domed lid does double duty as a large serving bowl, and because the box includes a lid that seals into place, you can easily store leftover popcorn (and not worry about trying to eat it all in one night).

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$39.99
was $49.99

If they love astrology, they’ll love this candle. Each Birthdate Candle is specially made for every possible birthday. Every scent is unique and each jar features details about their astrological signs, a personality reading, and tarot card insights to tap into their spiritual side.

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$199.00
was $249.00

An Apple Watch is a fantastic gift for anyone — but fitness-focused people will find it especially useful, with health tracking and a Workout app that provides performance metrics. It’s customizable, too, so you can snag your giftee one in their favorite color.

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$194.00
was $229.00

If you spend long hours on your feet, you need a TheraGun. Really, anyone can get plenty of use out of this powerful muscle massager. It has customizable speeds and arrives with four attachments for different parts of the body, relieving tension in your legs, neck, shoulders, and pretty much everywhere else. By the end of each daily session, you'll feel like a new person.

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$181.50
was $289.99

Knock out your carry-on and checked bag needs in one go with this two-piece set, which strikes the perfect balance between lightweight and protective. Spinner wheels ensure effortless gliding through the airport, on the sidewalk, and everywhere in between. Handles on the tops and sides of the suitcases also make for easy lifting into cars and overhead compartments.

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$160.35
was $229.99

Made with three-ply stainless steel and safe to use with gas burners, induction stovetops, and inside the oven, this set of 10-inch and 12-inch frying pans is a great way to start or complete your cookware collection. You can use these with metal or silicone utensils and spatulas without worrying about scratching them up, and they handle stir frys and seared steaks just as well as they cook eggs and broil chicken thighs.

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$14.00
was $19.00

Whether you don’t like napping in pitch-black, the Casper Sleep Glow Night Light is just the accessory your room needs. Combining function and style in a modern design, this plug-in night light has a motion sensor that illuminates the sphere gradually as you approach it as well as an ambient light sensor that will automatically shut the device off when brightness is detected in the room.

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$19.99
was $27.99

If your recipient is a frequent traveler, this spacious toiletry bag will come in handy. It goes through security easily with its clear pockets, and once they arrive at their destination, they can hook it onto the rod in their closet.

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$88.00
was $99.99

Keurig’s perfectly named K-Compact brewer has a space-saving design that won’t hog precious countertop real estate, whether it’s used in a dorm room, home office, or kitchen. You can use K-Cups or Keurig’s Universal My K-Cup to make your favorite coffee in 6, 8, or 10-ounce portions, and the removable drip tray can accommodate tall travel mugs.

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$29.74

For the pedicure-obsessed, this foot spa will be a much-appreciated gift. It feels just like one you'd find in a spa, with massaging water jets and an included pumice stone for exfoliation. Plus, it's designed to be splash-proof, so you don't have to worry about any spillage while trying to relax.

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$229.00
was $329.00

These over-the-ear headphones from Bose are some of the best noise-cancelling devices available. They're great to use on long commutes or on flights, and they're designed to be roomy and comfortable enough to fit around all ear sizes. This bundle includes a protective carrying case, a charging cable, and an auxiliary cable in case they run low on power and you need to plug them directly into your phone or device.

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$259.99
was $379.95

A slightly smaller version of the stand mixer that's on everyone's wish list, this 3.5-quart model works just as well and is compatible with all of KitchenAid's attachments, from their pasta roller to their shaved ice tool. It's available in nine different colors and includes a wire whisk, dough hook, and flex edge beater (which scrapes the bowl sides better than their original beater).

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$245.00
was $350.00

The cult-favorite NuFACE is now on sale, and in case you’re skeptical about this internet-favorite facial toning device, know that most Amazon reviewers find it to be a worthy addition to their skincare routines. This set includes the device, itself, as well as its charging dock and a hydrating gel.

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$394.19
was $549.99

If your recipient loves to meal prep, this Vitamix blender will be a total game-changer. Kitchn contributor Christine was impressed with how effectively and easily it handled every task. “The tamper was invaluable for pushing food down into the blades and ensuring smoothness,” she wrote. “The 6-foot-long power cord that stowed underneath the blender made it easier to plug in anywhere on the counter and still reach a power outlet.”

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$119.99
was $139.99

Any reader will get a ton of use out of a Kindle Paperwhite, which has a glare-free screen that makes it perfect for outdoor use. It also has an adjustable warm light and up to 10 weeks of battery life, so it’s particularly suited for those constantly on the go and traveling.

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$26.99
was $48.99

A board game is always a solid bet for a present — regardless of their age, it makes for a great bonding activity for the whole family. CATAN isn’t difficult to learn, but it’s complex enough to keep your giftee’s interest.

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$44.95
was $79.95

This waterproof, bluetooth speaker is ideal for listening to music by the pool or at the beach. With its clip-on attachment, it’s extremely easy to transport too — just clip it onto a bag and it’s ready to go!

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$27.00
was $36.00

This French Press will be a game-changer if you're giftee drinks coffee every morning. It keeps your beverage hot for up to four hours and is extremely easy to use. “If you like coffee it's a must have. Keeps coffee hot and gets stronger with every drink because the grounds are at the bottom behind the screen,” a reviewer praised.