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Amazon's Best Monday Deals

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, April 17.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS Navigator System with Spoken Turn-By-Turn Directions, Lifetime Map Updates, Direct Access, and Speed Limit Displays for $79.99 (list price $149.99)

SoundPEATS Wireless Earbuds, True Wireless Stereo Bluetooth 4.2 Headphones Cordless Earphones Sweatproof In-Ear Headset with Mic, Secure Fit for Sports for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

Anker PowerCore 10400 Portable Charger with PowerIQ for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More (Black) for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Doberman Security SE-0152 Ultra-Thin Door and Window Alarm with Chime (Silver) for $9.51 (list price $14.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, Comsoon [Magnetic USB Charge] Ultra Mini Car Headset Wireless Invisible In-ear Earbuds Earpiece Sports with Mic Supports Hands-free Calling-1 PCS Only (black) for $18.99 (list price $31.99)

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (3ft) Durable and Fast Charging Cable [Double Braided Nylon] for iPhone, iPad and More(Red) for $11.89 (list price $39.99)

Seneo PA046 Fast Wireless Charger 10W QI Wireless Charging Stand(Sleep-Friendly) - No AC Adapter for $18.95 (list price $39.99)

Bluetooth Speakers, TaoTronics Stereo 20W Wireless Portable Speaker (Dual 10W Drivers, Dual Passive Subwoofers, Strong Bass, Aluminum-Alloy, Bluetooth 4.0, Built-in Microphone) for $33.99 (list price $59.99)

Aglaia Desk Lamp Clip On, 4W Eye Care LED Reading Light with 3 Dimming Levels, Touch Control and Flexible Neck for Office, Bedside, Study, and so on (Black) for $17.84 (list price $26.99)

Soft Digits Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 Session Accessory Bundle Set for Action Camera SJ4000 SJ5000 SJ6000 Xiaomi Yi-Flotation Handle+Head Strap+Chest Strap for $19.99 (list price $59.99)

Mpow CD Slot Car Mount, Universal Cell Phone Holder with Three Side Grips for Smartphones for $9.89 (list price $13.99)

Oria Combination Lock, 4 Digit Combination Padlock for School, Employee, Gym & Sports Locker, Case, Toolbox, Fence, Hasp Cabinet & Storage - Silver and 2 Pack for $12.99 (list price $34.99)

Anker Quick Charge 3.0 51.5W 5-Port USB Wall Charger, PowerPort Speed 5 for $24.99 (list price $84.99)

Watch Ya' Mouth Adult Phrase Card Game Expansion Pack #1 for $9.99 (list price $12.99)

KITCHEN

Cuisinart ICE-70 Electronic Ice Cream Maker, Brushed Chrome for $126.94 (list price $250.00)

Rubbermaid FreshWorks 6.3 Cup Medium Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Green for $9.76 (list price $10.92)

Aroma Housewares ASP-137 3-Quart/10-inch 3-in-1 Super Pot with Grill Plate, White/Black for $24.90 (list price $29.90)

Zoku Classic Pop Molds for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

Bellemain 4-Cup Fat Separator / Measuring Cup with Strainer & Fat Stopper / 1 Liter Capacity for $13.95 (list price $21.95)

Rubbermaid Antimicrobial Drain Board Large, White for $13.88 (list price $17.06)

4 Permanent Coffee Filters for Keurig Home Single Cup Brewing Systems for $7.99 (list price $10.95)

Imarku 7-Inch Stainless-Steel Chopper-Cleaver-Butcher Knife for Home Kitchen or Restaurant for $37.99 (list price $299.99)

Thermos Stainless King 16 Ounce Travel Mug with Handle, Midnight Blue for $15.37 (list price $27.99)

BlenderBottle ProStak System with 22-Ounce Bottle and Twist n' Lock Storage, All Black for $10.01 (list price $13.99)

Cuisinart CEK-40 Electric Knife for $24.98 (list price $27.62)

Palada All in One Set of 7, 430 Stainless Steel Engraved Measuring Spoons with Stainless Ring Holder and 10000 Recipes EBook for $13.95 (list price $16.95)

Secura The Original Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric Water Kettle 1.8 Quart for $27.99 (list price $59.99)

Gourmia GSI180 Automatic Healthy Frozen Dessert Maker, Makes Sorbet, Soft-Serve Sherbet & Frozen Fruit Treats, Includes Free Recipe Book for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

Everest Cooler Lunch Bag, Black, One Size for $11.47 (list price $18.95)

Cuisinart DCC-3200 14-Cup Glass Carafe with Stainless Steel Handle Programmable Coffeemaker, Silver for $80.99 (list price $87.86)

BambooWorx- Sushi Making Kit - 2 sushi rolling mats, 1 rice paddle, 1 rice spreader, sushi rolling kit, 100% bamboo sushi mats and utensils for $9.99 (list price $16.85)

LINKYO French Coffee Press - Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 34oz, 1L for $21.79 (list price $59.99)

Wilton Disposable 16-Inch Decorating Bags, 12 Pack for $4.89 (list price $6.95)

Glasslock 18-Piece Assorted Oven Safe Container Set for $38.78 (list price $44.99)

Rubbermaid 17.3 Cup FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Large, Green for $10.22 (list price $16.99)

Estilo Stainless Steel Lazy Susan - 2 Tier Design, 360-degree Turntable for $11.04 (list price $12.99)

ORBLUE Silicone Stretch Lids, 6-Pack of Various Sizes for $14.87 (list price $24.47)

HOME

Ornerx Cactus Candles for Home Decor Set of 6 for $13.99 (list price $19.99)

Naipo Neck and Shoulder Massager with Deep Shiatsu Kneading Technology and Adjustable Intensity for $41.99 (list price $79.99)

Sunbeam 002013-912-000 King Size XpressHeat Heating Pad, Green , 12 x 24-inches for $26.88 (list price $39.99)

Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale with Extra Large Display, 440 Pounds, Elegant Black for $22.89 (list price $69.99)

AmazonBasics Hypoallergenic Quilted Mattress Topper, 18" Deep, Twin for $16.99 (list price $19.99)

Flameless Candles, Flickering, Battery Powered, Real Wax, Realistic Decor Unscented, - 6 Pack, Yellow Light - Divine LEDs for $9.99 (list price $48.99)

URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser, 100ml Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing for Home Office Baby for $19.95 (list price $39.99)

Sleep Restoration Gel Pillow – (2 Pack Queen) Best Hotel Quality Comfortable & Plush Cooling Gel Fiber Filled Pillow - Dust Mite Resistant for $41.99 (list price $79.99)

Holmes HBF2010A-WM 21-Inch by 4.5-Inch Box Fan, 3 Speed-Settings, Metal Frame, 20-Inch Blade, White for $15.99 (list price $24.99)

Sterilite 19889804 Storage Boxes,White Lid & Clear Base with Latches,70 Quart/66Liter,4-Pack for $42.90 (list price $50.99)

Holmes Lil' Blizzard 8-Inch Oscillating Table Fan for $13.59 (list price $19.03)

URPOWER Garment Steamer 130ml Portable Handheld Fabric Steamer Fast Heat-up Powerful Travel Garment Clothes Steamer with High Capacity for Home and Travel, Travel Pouch Included for $19.99 (list price $69.99)

Holmes Oscillating Tower Fan with Remote Control, 32 - Inch for $34.36 (list price $42.95)

Brightech - Emma Tripod Floor Lamp - Classic Design for Contemporary or Traditional Living Rooms - Soft Ambient Lighting - White Shade for $69.99 (list price $120.00)

Hoover UH20040 Sprint QuickVac Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, 1-Pack for $41.99 (list price $79.99)

AmazonBasics Shower Curtain with Hooks (Treated to Resist Deterioration by Mildew) - 72 x 72 inches, White for $6.29 (list price $8.99)

Large Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Silver Wall Clock - Universal Non - Ticking & Silent 12-Inch Wall Clock - by Utopia Home (Aluminium) for $12.74 (list price $39.99)

SZSAIEN Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Gel- Comfortable Support Bed Pillow Aligns Spine- Neck Pain & Headache Relief for $36.99 (list price $129.99)

Large Beach Towel, Pool Towel, in Cabana Stripe - (Variety, 4 pack, 30x60 inches) - Cotton - by Utopia Towel for $29.74 (list price $59.99)

Greenco 5 Tier Wall Mount Corner Shelves Espresso Finish for $20.39 (list price $29.99)

Greenco Rectangle Bamboo Butler Serving Tray With Handles for $11.47 (list price $14.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream, 0.5 Ounce (Packaging May Vary) for $14.62 (list price $19.00)

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator, 3.3 Fluid Ounce for $15.80 (list price $18.00)

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Soothing Night Cream, 1.7 Ounce (Packaging May Vary) for $18.20 (list price $21.00)

The Body Shop Seaweed Oil-Balancing Toner, 8.4 Fluid Ounce for $9.00 (list price $15.00)

Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, 6.5 Ounces for $10.39 (list price $11.55)

Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract, 30 Count for $4.79 (list price $5.99)

Burt's Bees Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, 1.8 Ounces for $11.39 (list price $14.99)

Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100, BG2040 for $59.95 (list price $69.99)

Schick Intuition Renewing Moisture Razor Blade Refills for Women with Pomegranate Extract - 6 Count for $21.00 (list price $27.99)

Bed Head Deep Waver for $20.00 (list price $27.99)

Edge Shave Gel for Men Sensitive Skin - 7 Ounce (Pack of 6) for $16.02 (list price $26.99)

Conair Xtreme Instant Heat Jumbo And Super Jumbo Hot Rollers, Amazon Exclusive, Bonus Super Clips Included for $29.99

Head and Shoulders Classic Clean 2-in-1 Anti-Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner 23.7 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) for $16.98

Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Medium to Coarse Hair 1 Kit for $18.04 (list price $19.89)

Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser for $18.99 (list price $35.99)

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Cream Cleanser, 5 Ounce for $5.99 (list price $6.99)

Kyoku For Men Exfoliating Facial Scrub | Kyoku For Men Face Scrub, A Gentle Acne Treatment For Men (3.4oz) for $10.49 (list price $18.00)

Cetaphil Men Daily Face Wash, 8 Ounce (Pack of 2) for $13.18 (list price $15.98)

Nature Hue - Sweet Orange Essential Oil 10 ml, 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade, Undiluted for $5.98 (list price $15.80)

Majestic Pure Peppermint Essential Oil, Premium Quality, 4 fl. oz. for $12.95 (list price $29.50)

Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser, WP-660 for $59.99 (list price $79.99)

Waterpik Cordless Freedom Water Flosser, WF-03, White for $39.99 (list price $44.99)

DenTek Fresh Clean Floss Pick, 75 Count for $3.19 (list price $3.49)

Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush, Full Head, Soft, 6 Count for $3.96 (list price $4.99)

Amazing Nutrition Biotin 10,000 Mcg Dietary Supplement, 200 Capsules for $11.99 (list price $22.99)

LFI Enhance MHz — Your Daily Nootropic Designed to Enhance Your Cognitive Performance — Boost Memory, Focus, Clarity, and Creativity While Also Reducing Stress and Anxiety for $19.95 (list price $39.99)

Degree Women Antiperspirant Deodorant Stick, Fresh Energy 2.6 oz, Twin Pack for $7.00 (list price $9.58)

Neocell Super Collagen Type 1 and 3 plus Vitamin C Tablets, 120 Count for $9.22 (list price $10.85)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

HP Envy 4520 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, Instant Ink ready (F0V69A) for $69.99 (list price $87.86)

Aviditi 201812 Single-Wall Corrugated Box, 20" Length x 18" Width x 12" Height, Kraft (Bundle of 10) for $20.75 (list price $32.68)

Aviditi M643 Corrugated Mailer, 6" Length x 4" Width x 3" Height, Oyster White (Bundle of 50) for $25.65 (list price $32.15)

ViewSonic PJD5553LWS 3200 Lumens WXGA HDMI Short Throw Projector for $529.99 (list price $749.00)

Cross Star Wars, Darth Vader Click Gel Ink Pen & Jot Zone Journal (AT0625SD-17/1) for $45.42 (list price $75.00)

Pentel Libretto Roller Gel Pen and Pencil Set with Gift Box, Pen 0.7mm and Pencil 0.5mm, Black Barrels (K6A8A-A) for $28.95 (list price $39.95)

Moleskine Cahier Journal (Set of 3), Large, Ruled, Kraft Brown, Soft Cover (5 x 8.25): set of 3 Ruled Journals for $11.00 (list price $13.95)

Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Ruled, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) for $11.50 (list price $14.95)

Faber Castell Eraser Pencil - Perfection art eraser pencils for drawing, artist supplies, Dual function for erasing Ink and colored pencils - 3 Pack for $12.80 (list price $21.50)

Emoji Magnetic Dry Erase Whiteboard Eraser Set for $9.99

VersaChalk 100% Natural Chalkboard Cleaner Spray & Eraser Kit (10 oz) for Liquid Chalk Markers, Whiteboards, and Dry Erase Boards for $14.99 (list price $24.99)

Pentel Long Lasting Eraser , White (ZEH02BP50) for $14.82 (list price $16.07)

Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine for $229.99 (list price $249.00)

Cricut Pen Set, Southwest for $10.30 (list price $13.45)

SINGER 2259 Tradition Easy-to-Use Free-Arm 19-Stitch Sewing Machine for $95.70 (list price $129.00)

Singer Transparent Plastic Class 15J Bobbins, 12-Pack for $4.24 (list price $6.29)

Paxcoo 36 Pcs Bobbins and Sewing Threads with Case and Soft Measuring Tape for Brother Singer Babylock Janome Kenmore (Assorted Colors) for $11.99 (list price $39.99)

KINGSO 24 Assorted Colors Polyester Sewing Thread Spool 1000 Yards Each for $19.99 (list price $59.98)

flic-flac 44PCS 4 x 4 inches (10 x10cm) Assorted Color Felt Fabric Sheets Patchwork Sewing DIY Craft 1mm Thick for $4.98 (list price $14.88)

I Love To Create Scribbles 3D Fabric Paint 1oz 20/Pkg- for $15.39 (list price $21.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel for $109.99 (list price $140.02)

Litom Solar Lights Bright 20LED Solar Power Led Security Lights with Motion Sensor Wireless Waterproof Wall Lights for Diveway Patio Garden Path 2 Pack for $31.95 (list price $49.99) 

MudGear Compression Socks - Men's and Women's Running Socks Built Strong for Outdoor Sports Performance & Recovery for $29.46 (list price $36.99)

Moonrays 91515 Turtles on a Log Solar-Powered Outdoor LED Light for $12.14 (list price $14.99)

eBags Medium Packing Cubes - 3pc Set (Denim) for $21.99 (list price $38.00)

I Go First Aid Kit (85 Pieces) Compact, Lightweight for Emergencies at Home, Outdoors, Car, Camping, Workplace, Hiking and Survival for $13.79 (list price $35.99)

SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack - Black for $59.99 (list price $130.00)

Zippo Pocket Lighter, Black Matte for $13.15 (list price $19.95)

PUREFLY Orange Silicone Heat Resistant Gloves, Great for Grilling, BBQs, Baking, Smoke Ovens,Unique Maple Leaf Design in Finest Orange Silicone. Extra Long to Cover Wrists for $9.99 (list price $45.99)

Amir Solar Powered String Lights, 100 LED Copper Wire Lights, Starry String Lights, Indoor/Outdoor Waterproof Solar Decoration Lights for Gardens, Home, Dancing, Party (Warm White) for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

Flexzilla Garden Hose, 5/8 in. x 50 ft., Heavy Duty, Lightweight, Drinking Water Safe - HFZG550YW for $29.58 (list price $33.90)

Pine Tree Tools Bamboo Working Gloves for Women and Men. Ultimate Barehand Sensitivity Work Glove for Gardening, Fishing, Clamming, Restoration Work - Large (1 Pack) for $6.99 (list price $15.97)

Suncast Aquawinder 125-Foot Capacity Hose Reel for $80.99 (list price $189.56)

Fire Sense Hammer Tone Bronze Commercial Patio Heater for $118.80 (list price $162.52)

Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, Red for $50.62 (list price $69.95)

eBags Crew Cooler II (Pitch Black) for $37.99 (list price $49.99)

Ortho Snake B Gon Snake Repellent Granules, 2-Pound (Not Sold in AK) for $8.48 (list price $10.99)

SHINE HAI 50ft Expanding Hose with 8 Functions Sprayer, Expandable Garden Hose with Strongest TPS, Solid Brass Connector Fitting, Extra Strength Fabric Garden Hose Nozzle for $29.99 (list price $99.99)

Earthwise 11-Inch 8.5-Amp Corded Electric Tiller and Cultivator TC70001 for $121.80 (list price $184.99)

Jobe’s Organics Bulb Fertilizer with Biozome, 3-5-4 Organic Fast Acting Granular Fertilizer for Tulips, Daffodils, Lilies and other Bulb Flowers, 4 pound bag for $6.87 (list price $13.32)

Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair, Beige for $38.30 (list price $79.99)

Great States 204-14 Hand Reel 14 Inch Push Lawn Mower for $61.75 (list price $87.90)

ELECTRONICS

360 Electrical 360424 Habitat Accent Braided Extension Cord, 8' - Mint Julep for $15.29 (list price $17.99)

2017 HP 15.6" HD TouchScreen Laptop Computer, Intel Quad Core Pentium N3540 2.16Ghz Processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive, USB 3.0, DVDRW, HDMI, webcam, Windows 10 (Certified Refurbished) for $249.00 (list price $399.00)

Sony DVPSR210P DVD Player (Progressive Scan) (Certified Refurbished) for $24.99 (list price $34.99)

Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock with AM/FM Radio, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, Nap/Sleep Timer, Indoor Temperature/Day/Date Display with Dimming, 3.5mm Audio Connection for $24.96 (list price $29.99)

Etekcity RoverBeats T3 Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, CSR 4.0 (Black) for $18.99 (list price $24.99)

Kootek Vertical Stand for PS4 Pro with Cooling Fan, Controller Charging Station with LED Charging Indicator for Sony Playstation 4 Pro Game Console, Charger for Dualshock 4 Controller for $18.99 (list price $25.99)

OldShark Full HD 1080P Dash Cam 170 Degree Wide Angle 3 Inch Dashboard Camera Vehicle Recorder Support G-Sensor, Night Vision, WDR, Parking Guard, Loop Recording 32GB SD Card Included for $58.99 (list price $69.99)

HP 20 AIO 19.5 Inch HD+ LED Desktop (AMD Quad-Core 1.8GHz CPU, 4GB DDR3 Memory, 1TB HDD, DVD RW, USB3.0, Wifi, Bluetooth, Windows 10, White) (Certified Refurbished) for $315.55 (list price $449.00)

Eton FRX5 – All Purpose Weather Alert Radio with Bluetooth for $79.99 (list price $99.99)

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400) for $53.99 (list price $69.99)

TOOLS

1byone Wireless Home Security Driveway Alarm, 1 Plug-in Receiver and 1 PIR Motion Sensor Detector Weatherproof Alert System Kit, 36 Melodies to choose for $16.99 (list price $34.99)

Magic Handsaws Set, Pathonor HSS 12-Inch 12pcs/set DIY Multi Purpose Bow Saw for Wood Working, Kitchen, Glass,Tile, Wood, Metal, Plastic for $22.58 (list price $49.98)

Philips 461129 60 Watt Equivalent Soft White A19 LED Light Bulb, 16-Pack for $24.97 (list price $35.99)

Hausbell 7W Ultra Bright Mini LED Flashlight Tactical Flashlight (2 Pack) for $8.99 (list price $10.99)

Loctite Liquid Professional Super Glue 20-Gram Bottle (1365882) for $5.97 (list price $7.99)

Amir Motion Sensor Light, Cordless Battery-Powered LED Night Light, Stick-anywhere Closet Lights Stair Lights, Safe Lights for Hallway, Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen, etc. (White - Pack of 3) for $12.99 (list price $20.99)

Gorilla Wood Glue, 18 oz. for $3.97 (list price $5.97)

Kidde FA110 Multi Purpose Fire Extinguisher 1A10BC, 1 Pack for $19.98 (list price $42.99)

CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder for $9.99 (list price $12.99)

Philips 460063 100W Equivalent Bright White Par38 Indoor/Outdoor Led Light Bulb2 Pack for $18.26 (list price $21.99)

Makita XT324 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Pc. Combo Kit for $209.58 (list price $245.58)

3M Patch Plus Primer Kit with 8-Fluid Ounce Self-Adhesive Patch, Putty Knife and Sanding Pad for $9.87 (list price $12.25)

BLENDX 7mm to 19mm Ratchet Universal Sockets Metric Wrench Power Drill Adapter Set - Professional Repair Tools for $6.99 (list price $10.99)

Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255 for $35.49 (list price $49.99)

DEWALT DWMT72163 118 Piece Mechanics Tool Set for $79.99 (list price $99.99)

Ratcheting Tie Down Straps | Premium Load Straps with Plastic-Coated S Hooks for Cargo, Gear, Bikes & More | Bonus Storage Bag Included | Titan Auto 800 LB Working Load Limit High Tenacity Polyester for $16.99 (list price $34.99)

Slice 10514 Mini Cutter, Ceramic Safety Blade, Pocket Sized, Auto-Retractable, Stays Sharp Up to 10X Longer for $8.00 (list price $9.73)

Sengled Smartsense LED Security Floodlight with Built-In Motion Detector for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

HOPDAY Handheld Powerful UV Blacklight 390-410nM 12 LED Ultraviolet Flashlight Pet Dog and Cat Urine Stains Detector with AAA Batteries and Mini keychain Flashlight for $7.99 (list price $32.99)

AmazonBasics 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit for $23.79 (list price $33.99)

Rubbermaid Commercial Triple Trolley, Black, FG440100BLA for $99.19 (list price $123.99)

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11 Black Friday Purchases That Aren't Always The Best Deal
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Black Friday can bring out some of the best deals of the year (along with the worst in-store behavior), but that doesn't mean every advertised price is worth splurging on. While many shoppers are eager to save a few dollars and kickstart the holiday shopping season, some purchases are better left waiting for at least a few weeks (or longer).

1. FURNITURE

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Black Friday is often the best time to scope out deals on large purchases—except for furniture. That's because newer furniture models and styles often appear in showrooms in February. According to Kurt Knutsson, a consumer technology expert, the best furniture deals can be found in January, and later on in July and August. If you're aiming for outdoor patio sets, expect to find knockout prices when outdoor furniture is discounted and put on clearance closer to Labor Day.

2. TOOLS

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Unless you're shopping for a specific tool as a Christmas gift, it's often better to wait until warmer weather rolls around to catch great deals. While some big-name brands offer Black Friday discounts, the best tool deals roll around in late spring and early summer, just in time for Memorial Day and Father's Day.

3. BEDDING AND LINENS

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Sheet and bedding sets are often used as doorbuster items for Black Friday sales, but that doesn't mean you should splurge now. Instead, wait for annual linen sales—called white sales—to pop up after New Year's. Back in January of 1878, department store operator John Wanamaker held the first white sale as a way to push bedding inventory out of his stores. Since then, retailers have offered these top-of-the-year sales and January remains the best time to buy sheets, comforters, and other cozy bed linens.

4. HOLIDAY DÉCOR

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If you are planning to snag a new Christmas tree, lights, or other festive décor, it's likely worth making due with what you have and snapping up new items after December 25. After the holidays, retailers are looking to quickly move out holiday items to make way for spring inventory, so ornaments, trees, yard inflatables, and other items often drastically drop in price, offering better deals than before the holidays. If you truly can't wait, the better option is shopping as close to Christmas as possible, when stores try to reduce their Christmas stock before resorting to clearance prices.

5. TOYS

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Unless you're shopping for a very specific gift that's likely to sell out before the holidays, Black Friday toy deals often aren't the best time to fill your cart at toy stores. Stores often begin dropping toy prices two weeks before Christmas, meaning there's nothing wrong with saving all your shopping (and gift wrapping) until the last minute.

6. ENGAGEMENT RINGS AND JEWELRY

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Holiday jewelry commercials can be pretty persuasive when it comes to giving diamonds and gold as gifts. But, savvy shoppers can often get the best deals on baubles come spring and summer—prices tend to be at their highest between Christmas and Valentine's Day thanks to engagements and holiday gift-giving. But come March, prices begin to drop through the end of summer as jewelers see fewer purchases, making it worth passing up Black Friday deals.

7. PLANE TICKETS AND TRAVEL PACKAGES

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While it's worth looking at plane ticket deals on Black Friday, it's not always the best idea to whip out your credit card. Despite some sales, the best time to purchase a flight is still between three weeks and three and a half months out. Some hotel sites will offer big deals after Thanksgiving and on Cyber Monday, but it doesn't mean you should spring for next year's vacation just yet. The best travel and accommodation deals often pop up in January and February when travel numbers are down.

8. FOOD AND SNACK BASKETS

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Fancy fruit, meat and cheese, and snack baskets are easy gifts for friends and family (or yourself, let's be honest), but they shouldn't be snagged on Black Friday. And because baskets are jam-packed full of perishables, you likely won't want to buy them a month away from the big day anyway. But traditionally, you'll spend less cheddar if you wait to make those purchases in December.

9. WINTER CLOTHING

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Buying clothing out of season is usually a big money saver, and winter clothes are no exception. Although some brands push big discounts online and in-store, the best savings on coats, gloves, and other winter accessories can still be found right before Black Friday—pre-Thanksgiving apparel markdowns can hit nearly 30 percent off—and after the holidays.

10. SMARTPHONES

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While blowout tech sales are often reserved for Cyber Monday, retailers will try to pull you in-store with big electronics discounts on Black Friday. But, not all of them are really the best deals. The price for new iPhones, for example, may not budge much (if at all) the day after Thanksgiving. If you're in the market for a new phone, the best option might be waiting at least a few more weeks as prices on older models drop. Or, you can wait for bundle deals that crop up during December, where you pay standard retail price but receive free accessories or gift cards along with your new phone.

11. KITCHEN GADGETS

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Black Friday is a great shopping day for cooking enthusiasts—at least for those who are picky about their kitchen appliances. Name-brand tools and appliances often see good sales, since stores drop prices upwards of 40 to 50 percent to move through more inventory. But that doesn't mean all slow cookers, coffee makers, and utensil prices are the best deals. Many stores advertise no-name kitchen items that are often cheaply made and cheaply priced. Purchasing these lower-grade items can be a waste of money, even on Black Friday, since chances are you may be stuck looking for a replacement next year. And while shoppers love to find deals, the whole point of America's unofficial shopping holiday is to save money on products you truly want (and love).

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11 Savvy Gifts for the Foodie
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Whether it’s the friend who makes you wait in two-hour brunch lines or the uncle who starts planning Thanksgiving in August, you likely have at least one foodie in your life. This holiday season, indulge their gastronomic side with one of these delectable gifts.

1. SHORT STACK EDITIONS; $14 AND UP

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Entering the kitchen can be daunting, even with a well-written book of recipes at your side. The Short Stack series of cookbooks keeps things simple. Each slim volume focuses on a single ingredient and contains 20 to 25 relevant recipes written by a different culinary professional. Butter, avocados, chocolate, and tahini are just a few of the featured themes. And when the books are not being used to whip up recipes, the colorful, textured paper covers make them lovely to look at.

Find It: Amazon

2. HORSESHOE BRAND HOT SAUCES AND BARBECUE SAUCES SIX-PACK; $30

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Horseshoe Brand sells 11 varieties of small-batch hot sauce and barbecue sauce. If you can’t pick just one bottle for the condiment-lover in your life, the Hudson Valley, New York-based company offers a six-pack. Mix and match to create the perfect set of sauces from their line, which includes roasted garlic, kiwi jalapeño, and hot barbecue sauce.

Find It: Horseshoe Brand

3. SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT BY SAMIN NOSRAT; $20

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Forget specialized kitchen gadgets and artisanal ingredients. The key to most good meals, cookbook author Samin Nosrat claims, comes down to just four components: salt, fat, acid, and heat. In the author's new book, she reduces over 100 basic recipes to these elements. With Nosrat’s sharp insights and Wendy MacNaughton’s playful illustrations as a guide, the readers of this book will develop essential cooking instincts.

Find It: Amazon

4. ONION LOVER’S SPICE SET; $16

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Save your loved one the labor of chopping and cooking onions by hand. This spice set includes three all-star alliums—yellow onions, green onions, and shallots—which have been slow-dried and then quickly ground and jarred to preserve flavor. One taste of the seasonings in soups, dips, or stir-fries will ruin the powered supermarket stuff for good.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

5. MOLECULE-R CUISINE R-EVOLUTION KIT; $50

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Molecular gastronomy isn’t limited to Michelin-starred chefs working out of space-aged kitchens. With this kit, anyone can create futuristic dishes from their kitchen at home. The package contains pipettes, food additives, tubes, a mold, spoons, and a syringe. A DVD walks home chefs through 50 impressive recipes, making dishes like mint caviar beads, chocolate spaghetti, and tzatziki spheres as approachable as they are tasty.

Find It: Amazon

6. BALSAMIC VINEGAR OF MODENA; $49

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It’s easy enough to find basic balsamic vinegar at your local supermarket, but if you want to find something that goes beyond the basic stuff, you’ll have to search harder. All bottles of this product come from a real vinegar house in Modena, Italy, a.k.a. the balsamic vinegar capital of the world. Its authenticity comes through in the flavor. With no additives or caramels muddying the taste, every drop is pure, concentrated balsamic.

Find It: Food52

7. CHEFSTEPS JOULE SOUS VIDE; $196

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Flavorful fish and perfectly-cooked steaks are just a quick sous-vide away from the dining room table. If you know someone who would geek out over an immersion circulator, this is the one to get them. It stands less than a foot tall and weighs 1.3 pounds, making it half the size of similar products. And unlike traditional sous vide tools, this one connects to smart devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The app relays updates on the food as it cooks. Dinner has never been so hard to screw up.

Find It: Amazon

8. PIZZA RESCUE KIT; $15

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Uncommon Goods

In a perfect world, every slice of pizza would leave you wanting more. But unfortunately, there’s no shortage of mediocre pies out there. That’s why a group of New York pizza aficionados created the Pizza Rescue Kit. The three vials contain black truffle salt, aleppo pepper, and an Italian herb blend. Pizza lovers can sprinkle the seasonings on frozen pizza or $1 parlor slices to elevate them to gourmet status.

Find It: Uncommon Goods

9. TURNTABLE KITCHEN PAIRINGS BOX; 1 MONTH FOR $25

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Turntable Kitchen

This gift is for the person in your life who treats food like a cultural experience. Each monthly box of this subscription contains two parts: a recipe and curated music to complement it. Home cooks can drop the 7-inch vinyl onto their turntable and listen to new music from artists like Basecamp and Cathedrals while they cook. Once that track is over, they can transition to the digital mix tape that comes with the subscription. The food portion of the gift includes three seasonal recipes, one or two premium ingredients, and tasting notes.

Find It: Turntable Kitchen

10. SHERRY B SIGNATURE HOLIDAY ICE CREAM CAKE SANDWICHES SIX-PACK; $89

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Ice cream cakes are usually reserved for special occasions; this six-pack of ice cream cake sandwiches from Sherry B Dessert Studio makes it easy to enjoy the treat anytime and anywhere. Each sandwich comes in a different flavor, like peppermint stick, sticky toffee pudding, and sweet potato pie. The treats weigh nearly half a pound, so hopefully you can convince the giftee to share.

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11. ANTIDOTE DARK CHOCOLATE BARS SIX-PACK; $43

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These gourmet chocolate bars are flavored with exotic ingredients like cardamom, mango, and cayenne. But in each variety, the cocoa takes the starring role. Antidote chocolate is made with Arriba Nacional beans from Ecuador that have been slow-roasted to create a rich depth of flavor. Little to no sugar is added: Instead the chocolate is mixed with real spices and chunks of fruit.

Find It: Antidote Chocolate

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