Yes, You Can (and Should!) Get a Jumpstart on Holiday Shopping—Thanks to Amazon Prime Day

published Oct 14, 2020
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If you like to plan ahead, you already know that Amazon Prime Day is a great way to save money on thousands of products. Whether you’re looking to replace a well-loved sheet pan that has seen perhaps one too many cookie recipes or finally upgrading your TV, there’s going to be a deal that speaks to your needs. But the most forward-thinking savers also know that Prime Day, which is on Oct. 13 and 14 this year, is a great time to plan out… holiday shopping?

We may be 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.

Below, find just a few of the many gifting options waiting for you over the course of the next 24 hours, as well as the loved ones who will love these finds most.

For yourself? That Vitamix you’ve been eyeing forever

With a 7-year warranty and hundreds of five-star reviews from generations of satisfied home cooks, you’re definitely investing in quality when you purchase a Vitamix. Even so, that price tag can be tough to stomach—which is why striking on a sale can be so smart. This model has all the features you want in a blender: variable speed control, large container, ultra durable blades, and even a self-cleaning feature.

A premium (and comfortable!) pair of noise-cancelling headphones for your roommate

Whether they’re leading Zoom calls 24/7 or attending a silent disco in the living room, their earwear could likely use an upgrade. Investing in splurge-y tech isn’t as painful when you’re saving 42 percent off the list price, so take the plunge on these wireless, Bluetooth-enabled headphones from Bose. They’ll be able to hear everything, and your apartment will have peace and quiet—everyone wins!

A pretty new set of nonstick pans for any and every mom in your life

There’s just something about matching pots and pans that upgrade any cooking session—and you don’t need to invest a ton of money to make the experience that much more luxe! Case in point? This curated set of cookware from Rachael Ray, which is both nonstick and finished off in a pretty blue. It comes complete with two saucepans, a stockpot, two frying pans, a sauté pan, slotted turner, spoon and plenty of lids, so any cook can tackle any recipe with ease.

A sleek water bottle for friends who are still getting their steps in

Hitting your daily water goal can be tough—but a pretty water bottle can make the process that much more appealing. This water bottle is available in multiple colorways and features markers that’ll help you stay hydrated. With a 32-ounce capacity, it’ll store whatever you’re sipping on. Simply fill in the morning and keep track of how much you’re drinking throughout the day.

A luxe curling iron set for your most stylish friend

This curling iron set from beauty-editor favorite brand T3 Micro ticks multiple boxes, including the sleek white ceramic finish, rose-gold details, and technology that helps prevent your hair from frying to a crisp mid-styling. Plus, the interchangeable barrels mean you only need one tool for the look you want that day, from tighter curls to looser waves. It also offers peace of mind: I’m paranoid about not leaving my curling iron plugged in, and taking the extra step to unlock the barrel from its base after every curling session is a physical reminder that I put the tool away after use.

A Blu-Ray box set, for anyone in need of their next binge-watch

There are plenty movie franchises to stock up on during Prime Day’s sales, from “Friday the 13th” (gift to your most Halloween-ready friend) to the “Dark Knight” trilogy and the “Hunger Games” saga. And anyone looking to dedicate a whole weekend to a movie marathon can’t do better than the “Fast and Furious” franchise—the eight-movie box set is over 50 percent off.

A hygge-inducing throw blanket for your friend who’s always cold

Plenty of people are going to be leaning into warm and cozy feelings this winter, and a plush heated blanket certainly helps. This one is big enough to serve as a bed blanket, but don’t let that stop you from wrapping it around yourself on the couch. Actually… given the sale price, why not buy one for each room?

Matching adorable mugs for a sweet group-chat gift

One of my favorite holiday traditions is buying my close friends the same small gift as a kind of friendship charm. This cute coffee mug set is perfect for splitting amongst your friends, as well as anyone who finds comfort in a warm beverage or two.