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Here are the best last-minute holiday gifts that won’t break the bank

Here are the best last-minute holiday gifts that won’t break the bank


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It’s officially crunch time for buying gifts before the holidays arrive. If you haven’t yet begun your shopping, it’s time to start now, because if you wait much longer, it’s possible that your gifts won’t arrive on time — or you’ll pay much more for them to be delivered. On the other hand, you’ll probably appreciate that most retailers are offering the year’s best deals on the most popular tech products right now.

Before we get to the deals, here are some important cutoff dates to keep in mind if you plan to buy gifts online:

  • Amazon: December 23rd is the absolute final day to have items shipped via Prime with One-Day Delivery.
  • Walmart: Walmart’s NextDay shipping cutoff is December 23rd at 12PM ET.
  • Best Buy: If you live in select areas, you can order later and still have items arrive on time. Otherwise, your best bet is to pick up items at your local store.
  • Target: You’re out of shipping options from Target, so the best advice we can give is to buy what’s available at your local store.

Here are a few more important dates if you’re buying gifts in a store and shipping them yourself:

  • Shipping via FedEx: December 23rd for overnight services
  • Shipping via UPS: December 23rd for Next Day Air services
  • Shipping via USPS: December 23rd for Priority Mail Express

Now, for the deals. We’ll be keeping this list up to date as new deals come in and old ones expire.

GameStop is selling the Xbox One X for $249.99 ($250 off) today only. Its bundle includes NBA 2K19 and a free white wireless controller. These bundles have usually sold for $299 during the holiday sale period, so this is an especially good deal.

The seventh-generation iPad with 32GB of storage is still $249.99 (usually $329.99) at Target and Best Buy. They’re the only retailers to have this model in stock, and the only ones still running the excellent Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. Same goes for the 128GB model. It’s $329.99 at Target and Best Buy, which is $100 off.

The Sonos Beam soundbar is down to $319 at Amazon, a price that we saw pop up during Black Friday, and it includes a free $20 gift card with purchase.

Sony’s WH-XB900N noise-canceling wireless headphones are $148 at Amazon right now. This model is usually $248, so $100 off right before the holidays is a great deal.

Fitbit’s Versa 2 is $129.95 at Best Buy. This is $70 off of the usual price. You can have it shipped before the holidays, or swing by a local store to pick it up yourself.

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SimpliSafe’s eight-piece home security kit is $133.49 (usually $266) at Amazon. This is the model that we recommend for most people who are looking for a system that’s easy to set up and use.

If Google’s Nest Hub is on your shopping list, or you just think it’d make for a nice gift, it’s currently $79 at Target, and you can get two Google Nest Mini smart speakers for free with purchase. Just add them to your cart, and they should show as free inclusions.

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 is down to $649.99 at Amazon. It was $50 less a few days ago, but if you need it as a last-minute gift, this is a good price for the unlocked version.

The Status Audio BT One over-ear headphones are 40 percent off at Amazon when you apply the code THEVERGE40 at checkout. That brings the price down from $98 to $57.82 (before tax). We found that they’re comfortable, have strong Bluetooth connectivity, charge via USB-C, and boast great, clear sound quality.

Death Stranding (PS4) is $35 at Amazon, as well as online and for pickup in store at Walmart and Best Buy, $39.99 at GameStop.

Amazon’s third-generation Echo Dot smart speaker is $34.99 and includes two Philips Hue Bluetooth-ready white smart bulbs with purchase.

At Target, the Google Pixel 4 comes with a $300 Target gift card when you activate it with a carrier. You’ll also get a free Google Nest Hub display with your purchase.

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Bowers & Wilkins PX noise-canceling wireless headphones are $229.99 (usually around $299.99) at Amazon.

Sony’s WF-1000XM3 truly wireless headphones are $198 at Amazon. These have seen a similar $30 price drop before, but it’s back again in time for the holidays.

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