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Now that we’re over the hump of the main gift-giving season, you’ve probably got a few Amazon gift cards burning a hole in your pocket. How to get the most for your money? You just need to know where on Amazon to look.
There's actually a secret sale section, where Amazon drops great deals on its own devices. This week speakers, fitness bands, earbuds and more are on sale, at up to 50 percent off!
Want your items fast, with free shipping? Then you should sign up for Amazon Prime. You get free two-day shipping on thousands of items, as well as access to lots of fantastic streaming content (my mom loves The Wheel of Time). It’s only $13 a month, or $119 a year, and your first month is free when you sign up here.
Scroll to check out our top picks from Amazon's secret sale section this week.
Save 50 percent on an Echo Dot
You can’t go wrong with an Echo Dot around the house. Especially in the kitchen: You can use it to set timers, play music, turn lights on and off, or just get the latest news, all hands-free. It’s great when you’re elbow-deep in the sink or have dinner ingredients all over your mitts. It’s also super-useful in bedrooms and living spaces — once you get used to asking Alexa to take care of things, you want her everywhere. So consider grabbing a couple, since you can get them right not for half price — down from $40 to just $20.
The Echo Dot is insanely popular with Amazon customers, with more than 660,000 five-star ratings and 81,000 glowing reviews. One happy holiday shopper left this recent review: “The unit is small enough [that] you can hide it away, yet powerful enough to pick up your voice. It understands your requests, and has a clear and precise voice quality.” And this customer has fallen in love with Alexa: “Alexa is amazing!! I love my devices. Not sure how I was living life without her. I currently have 4 devices lol. That’s how much I love her! I need her in every room. She has yet to disappoint ❤️”
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Save $50 on a pair of Amazon Echo Buds
The Echo Buds give you all the benefits of Alexa, plus fantastic audio quality. Even at their regular price ($120), they'd be a great deal. But with this secret sale, you can currently snag a pair for just $70, more than 40 percent off!
These excellent earbuds have earned nearly 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Says one shopper who just got their set over the holidays: “Pairing them was super easy, and I enjoy the Alexa integration. I use that feature a lot. But what about the sound quality, obviously the most important thing. Well it's excellent (imo), deep bass and crystal clear highs, and the noise cancellation is decent…. They come with three sizes of ear adapters and also a little 'jacket' type thing so you can get a perfect fit, I was worried they would easily fall out of my ears but that do not budge even with vigorous activity. I highly recommend these ear buds and don't think anyone would be disappointed after using these.”
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Get the Amazon Halo Band fitness tracker for 50 percent off!
With the new year just around the corner, you might be gearing up for a fitness resolution. Keep tabs on your progress with the Amazon Halo, which is half off right now. This screen-free wearable is not distracting. It just quietly tracks your steps, sleep, heart rate and workouts.
The companion app from Amazon is free for the first four weeks, then $4 a month after that. You can even connect to Alexa, and ask her for a health summary, activity score, sleep score, and more. The Halo is also compatible with wellness apps like Weight Watchers and Headspace. Right now the band is only $50, half the normal price!
One fitness hound says it’s “the best I’ve tried yet. It is very cool with its abilities. The sleep function is my favorite. It is very detailed and gives you suggestions and ways to help your sleep routine. The app gives you suggestions on recipes and [on] how to meditate and keep moving daily. […] It is waterproof which is a plus.” And this shopper loved it so much they say they gifted Halos to the whole family. They continue: “Finally, my energy level (moods) makes sense based on my sleeping patterns. [The Halo] has many fun features like a movement evaluator. I like the corrective exercises it suggests, and they did work for me. The additional music/stories/meditation/etc. are very good, and you may not need to purchase any other type of mediation apps.”
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Toshiba 43-inch 43C350KU C350 Series 4K Smart Fire TV, $290 (was $370), amazon.com
Sony X85J 75-inch 4K Smart TV, $1,198 (was $1,800), amazon.com
LG C1 Series 65-inch Alexa Built-in 4K Smart TV, $1,797 (was $2,500), amazon.com
Amazon Fire TV 43-inch 4-Series 4K Smart TV, $280 (was $370), amazon.com
TCL 50-inch Class 4-Series 4K Smart Roku LED TV, $360 (was $500), amazon.com
Headphones and earbud deals:
JBL Tune 510BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $30 (was $50), amazon.com
Beats Studio Buds, $100 (was $150), amazon.com
JBL Tune 115TWS True Wireless In-Ear Headphones, $30 (was $70), amazon.com
Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds, $50 (was $70), amazon.com
Tozo T6 True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth Headphones, $21 with on-page coupon (was $60), amazon.com
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G Factory Unlocked Android Phone, $525 (was $700), amazon.com
Motorola One 5G Ace (Unlocked), $300 (was $400), amazon.com
Garmin Vivoactive 4 GPS Smartwatch, $200 (was $350), amazon.com
Samsung Tab A7, $119 (was $160), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Launch Edition for PS5, $30 (was $50), amazon.com
Homall Gaming Chair, $95 with on-page coupon (was $150), amazon.com
Far Cry 6 PS5 Standard Edition, $25 (was $60), amazon.com
Just Dance 2022 for Nintendo Switch, $25 (was $50), amazon.com
Smart home deals:
ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control, $199(was $250), amazon.com
Google Nest Thermostat, $100 (was $130), amazon.com
Facebook Portal TV, $79 (was $149), amazon.com
OKP Life K2 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $139 (was $300), amazon.com
iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum, $177 (was $300), amazon.com
Dreametech H11 Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner, $300 with on-page coupon (was $450), amazon.com
Shark Rocket Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum, $174 (was $200), amazon.com
Bissell MultiClean Allergen Lift-Off Pet Vacuum, $187 (was $237), amazon.com
Women's Long Plaid Blanket Chunky Oversized Winter/Fall Warm Scarf, $21 (was $30), amazon.com
Isotoner Women’s Spandex Cold Weather Stretch Gloves, $20 (was $36), amazon.com
Crocs Men's and Women's Classic Lined Clog, starting at $40 (was $60), amazon.com
Miholl Women’s Long Sleeve Tops, starting at $23 (was $38), amazon.com
Aucma Stand Mixer, $140 (was $156), amazon.com
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, $30 (was $60), amazon.com
Instant Vortex Plus 10 Quart Air Fryer, Rotisserie and Convection Oven, $100 (was $140), amazon.com
Cuisinel Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet 2-Piece Set, $38 (was $60), amazon.com
Organic Vitamin E Oil Bundle, $20 (was $25), amazon.com
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, $10.50 (was $14), amazon.com
Roselyn Boutique Jade Roller Gua Sha Facial Tools Set, $13 (was $20), amazon.com
IT Cosmetics Confidence in Your Beauty Sleep Night Cream, $37 (was $54), amazon.com
MonétBeauty Ice Globes for Facials, $23 with on-page coupon (was $30), amazon.com
Lush Decor Comforter Farmhouse Stripe 3 Piece Full/Queen Reversible Bedding Set, $59 (was $97), amazon.com
Bedsure Queen Comforter Set, $55 (was $78), amazon.com
Matbeby Bedding Quilted Fitted Queen Mattress Pad, $28 with on-page coupon (was $40), amazon.com
Spacesaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags 12 Pack, $38 (was $45), amazon.com
Mellanni King Sheets, $38 (was $51), amazon.com
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