Prime Day Deals to Snag Now and Put Away for Holiday Gifts
Skip the stress and get your shopping done early with these amazing Amazon Prime Day deals for everyone on your list.
We can laugh about it now, but a few years ago, my husband and I experienced what we call "The Christmas Shopping Catastrophe of 2016." I'll spare you the gory details, but let's just say that we waited until the very last minute to buy gifts for our loved ones, went to the mall three times in one week, circled packed parking lots like vultures and one of us (read: me) stress-cried a lot.
Suffice it to say, I swore I'd never do that again. Now I make a point to shop Amazon Prime Day (from the comfort of my couch!) and snag gifts months in advance, which is so much better for my bank account and my mental health. Here are all of my top picks for presents this year for every person on your list.
And don't forget — Prime Day is for Prime members only. If you're not already a Prime member, sign up for a free trial so you can shop the sale and enjoy the many, many benefits of a Prime membership.
For the Techie
If they're always buzzing about the latest gadgets, beat them to the punch and pick up the new Echo Show 5 for them. This compact device connects to Alexa to provide vivid visuals on a 5.5-inch screen, and can be used to watch the news, cook along with step-by-step recipes and make hands-free video calls, among other things.
For the Fitness Enthusiast
She drinks plenty of water, goes for runs on the daily and gets a full eight hours of sleep every evening — but does she have a yoga mat for practicing meditation? Help your health-and-wellness-minded bestie kickstart another great habit with this all-purpose premium yoga mat. With high density foam material, the 1/2-inch thick mat will comfortably cushion her spine, hips, knees and elbows on hard floors and even comes with a convenient carrying strap if she wants to exercise outside.
For the Coffee-Lover
There's only one thing coffee-lovers enjoy more than their morning brew, and that's having a smart coffee maker that does all the prep work for them. Give your person more time to get ready in the morning by gifting them this voice-activated coffee maker by Hamilton Beach, which has the ability to adjust strength or make a fresh pot just with voice activation. It has a 12 cup capacity and is beyond easy to use, all thanks to Alexa.
For the Home Chef
Now here's a gift that's pretty much guaranteed to make Mom or Dad's year: The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker. Considered "America's most loved multi cooker" — with 108,000 positive reviews to show for it — this clever kitchen gadget monitors pressure and temperature and adjusts heat and duration to achieve the best results every time. It can saute, seer and simmer in one pot and provides an incredibly easy cleanup.
For the Family Historian
If they're eager to know their roots, surprise them with a 23andMe Ancestry + Traits Kit. Now with over 2,000 regions (making it the most complete genetic breakdown on the market), this service will analyze their DNA and provide a detailed report about both their maternal and paternal ancestors, as well as how their DNA can affect their chances of developing certain health conditions. All they have to do is send in their sample and register their kit online.
For the New Homeowners
Give the new homeowners in your life a little more peace of mind by gifting them the All-New Ring Video Doorbell. This 1080p HD version is easy to install, offers improved motion detection and lets them see, hear and speak to anyone from their smartphone or tablet.
For the New Parents
Have a couple of new parents (or parents-to-be) on your list? Give them the most thoughtful gift of all: an iRobot Roomba Vacuum to clean while they care for their new little one. This 692 model works on carpeting and hardwood floors, has built-in sensors to navigate around and under their furniture and can be scheduled to sweep via Alexa or the iRobot HOME app.
For the Kids
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones they didn't ask for. Surprise your tween and earn squeals of delight with this rotating star projector night light. The globe-like device is compact enough to fit on their nightstand or dresser with ease while casting a "magical moon show" all over their bedroom walls. Best of all? It has a timer and auto-shut off feature, so you can both sleep soundly.
For the Outdoorsy Type
Sure, they have a tent and a sleeping bag, but do they have a portable heater for their cold-weather camping trips? Make sure they're good-to-go with Mr. Heater, a nine-pound portable propane unit that will keep them warm without weighing them down. It even has automatic shut-off that works if tipped over, if the pilot light goes out or if it detects low oxygen levels.
For the Bookworm
If they delight in hearing other people's stories, surprise them with a copy of Humans by photographer Brandon Stanton. Over the course of 448 gorgeous glossy pages, they'll read interviews and see photographs taken from around the world. This is easily our top pick for coffee table books this year.
For the Car Guy
If I've learned anything from being married to a car guy, it's that detailing kits are always a good idea. Take the guesswork out of shopping for your own gearhead and treat them to this convenient, five-piece car washing set. For less than $42, they'll get a heavy-duty detailing bucket with a lid and dirt trap, a bottle of Citrus Wash and Gloss Concentrated Car Wash and a microfiber towel. But Fair Warning: Once he opens his gift, you might have a hard time getting your guy back inside.
For the DIYer
For those who are happiest when they're getting lost in a project, we've found the ultimate gift: the DEWALT 20 V MAX Cordless Drill/Driver Kit. With its lightweight design, ergonomic handle and two-speed control, this trusty tool can fit into tight spaces with ease and works for a variety of drilling applications. It also has over 10,000 reviews, a 4.7-star rating and will make an excelletion addition to your person's collection.
For the Pet Parent
Nothing, I repeat, nothing will delight your favorite pet parent like this Furbo Dog Camera. Not only is this fun gadget capable of livestream monitoring furbabies at home with a 160-degree wide-angle view, but it also boasts two-way audio with a barking sensor, and it can toss treats to their pups via a free iOS/Android app.
For the Artist
Perfect for beginners and professionals alike, this 85-piece creativity set comes packed with everything your favorite artist needs to practice their craft. Inside the sleek wood case, they'll find 12 sketching pencils, 28 watercolor pencils, 12 watercolor cakes, 10 artist brushes, eight oil pastels, one palette and more, all arranged neatly for quick and easy access.