What's better than tackling your holiday to-do list early? Saving a bundle while you're at it. Plus, when you tackle your shopping now, you can get ahead of any potential shipping delays and avoid inflation-induced price hikes. That's why we've partnered with Walmart for their Deals for Days campaign. Now through the end of November, we'll bring you the best buys to be found on some of the most coveted gifts of the season (and maybe a thing or two you need for yourself as a pat on the back for accomplishing so much so early).
The following five must-have items were selected to help you with the many different types of people in your life, from foodies to artists, techies to home decor aficionados! But you do need to act fast, because with prices this low, supplies will not last. So with that in mind, let's get shopping!
1. Hate dirt? You'll love this Shark robovac - now discounted nearly $200!
The Shark EZ Robot is your easy path to smart cleaning. After each session, your robot automatically empties itself into the bagless self-emptying base, which holds LOTS of dirt and debris, so you can forget about vacuuming for weeks (and still enjoy a clean space). This Shark fan wrote, "I bought this because I have two dogs, a husband that works in construction and a 16-year-old son who has no idea what it means to wipe his feet before entering the house. I can now tell a difference in how my house smells on the daily! The trash box on the base holds a lot of dog hair and red clay dirt. I'm so thankful for this!"
The Acer Chromebook is a great starter laptop or terrific tech addition to any household. It loads large webpages fast and has a crisp video display. Also, mutitasking is a snap since it can run multiple pages at the same time. And because the Chromebook is powered by Google, it comes with all the Google apps you know and love. A recent convert wrote, "Chromebook is new to me, and I was quite impressed how quickly it set up once I entered my Google information. It's lightweight, portable and weighs under four pounds. It has a very thin and streamlined footprint, and I can bring it along with me when I travel, and even to bed to watch videos. The screen is clear and large, the sound is crisp."
Enjoy more delicious meals and fewer greasy calories - for only $38! - with Gourmia's 6-Quart Digital Air Fryer. You'll see this puppy sell for over $100 at competitors, so this is a special buy not to be missed. The machine's Fry Force 360-Degree Technology cooks food quickly and evenly with little to no oil. Meanwhile, 12 One-Touch Cooking Functions allow you to air fry, bake, dehydrate and so much more - with just a tap! Perfect for the at-home chef that doesn't want to do too much of the heavy lifting! This foodie discovered the secret to healthy french fries thanks to Gourmia: "I recently started a diet and was told to try out one of these air fryer machines. I loved this fryer. It made eating french fries a possibility! I really like the one-touch buttons. The french fry button cooks them for the perfect time and temp."
You'll rarely see this size and style dip below $40 at other retailers and, right now, Walmart is offering this sleek mirror for half that. This minimalist mirror with natural wood frame works helps to bounce light around a space, make smaller spaces feel bigger and simply add a chic statement to a wall. Weighing in at only seven and half pounds, you won't have to fret over finding studs or buying toggle bolts (though, for peace of mind, it can't hurt!). And for only $20, get multiples! Upgrade a bathroom or throw in the round shape among a gallery wall. You can't go wrong with this classic looking glass (or the price).
Do you have someone on your list who's in their blue period? Help them nurture their inner artist with this 112-piece supply set. It would make the perfect gift for the beginner or even intermediate Picasso. For less than $25, it comes with colored pencils, charcoals, graphite sticks, pastels, metallic pencils, a ruler and the all-important eraser. In short - it includes everything needed to create sketches, landscapes and portraits. It also includes an artist's mannequin -- a tool used to help artists learn how to draw the body --and a case to keep everything together.
Most supply sets of this size retail for well over $50, so this $25 special buy is not to be missed.
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