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With coloring books for grownups all the rage, now, I never skip an opportunity to grab a few on sale when I see them. It’s become one of my favorite gifts to give to young adults for nearly any occasion, but especially as part of a college care package.

Coloring books are relatively easy to find on sale. Good coloring implements, less so. So grab a few of these, today: Amazon has this 48-count Siensync colored pencil set available for $6.99 right now—already its lowest price—plus you can apply coupon code 9ZLIN29N for another 20% off, bringing it down to just $5.59. Perfect to go with a book or two for your next gift-giving opportunity.

Reviews are excellent; also poke around in there to make yourself feel smug when you see how many people paid in the $20-$30 range for this set, when you’re about to get ’em for $5.

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In case you need a global health crisis in time for Christmas

Listen, I love tabletop gaming as much as the next nerd, but even I think that anything with “pandemic” in the title is a little creepy as a Christmas gift. But hey, you do you. If your family wants to get down celebrating via fending off mutated germs, more power to you.

All of this is to say that right now, Amazon has lowered the price on both Pandemic Legacy Blue and Pandemic Legacy Red to just $39.98 (lowest ever), and either one will arrive in time for Christmas.

I know—your next question is “What’s the difference?” And I have an answer for you: the color. (No, really. That’s it. User preference; the games are identical.)

Reviews average 5 stars and apparently there are plenty of people out there really jazzed about global germ warfare. I obviously still have mixed feelings.

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There’s still time to make it an Instant Pot Christmas

instant-potConfession: I do not own an Instant Pot. I am intrigued by the Instant Pot, and my social media feeds are filled with people raving about their Instant Pots (“Got home late from picking up the kids and had a full roast done in 30 seconds with my trusty Instant Pot!”) (okay, I may be exaggerating just a tad), but I haven’t bitten yet, in large part because I own five crock pots and I know that if I go for another Big Cooking Thing I am going to be pressured to part with one of those. (Yes, I need all five. It’s complicated.)

Anyway! The Instant Pot has been one of the big markdowns this holiday season, but if you weren’t quite there before, and/or you are now in need of a last-minute, will-still-arrive-before-Christmas gift, get on it: Amazon has the 6-quart Instant Pot marked down to just $79, today. That’s still about $10 over Black Friday/Cyber Monday price, but not bad at all. And you’ll look like a hero on Christmas morning.

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It’s an Impossible deal

mission-impossible-setI’m torn, because the Mission: Impossible movies are just good, you know? I’m aware that Tom Cruise is a nutjob, though. So I feel a little guilty. But not guilty enough not to watch them.

Today Amazon has the Mission: Impossible 5-Movie Blu-ray Collection available for just $18.99. That’s just a few bucks per movie, and cheaper than it’d be for you and a date to see just one film at the theater (at least around here). If you’re looking for a holiday gift for your favorite adrenaline junkie, this could be it.

Just try not to think of Tom Cruise as a person aside from being Ethan Hunt, that’s all.

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Brace yourself for the downslope of deals

The closer we get to Christmas, the faster and more deep the discounts are going to come—the next few weeks will bring slashed prices on tons of luxury items, so if you were on the fence about an item, keep an eye out.

For example: Today the Amazon Daily Deals are leading off with a better Apple Watch deal than we saw anywhere on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday. (Target had some deals on the previous generation, but nothing on the current one.) Today only, you can snag the small Apple Watch 2 with black sport band for $269 or the large Apple Watch 2 with classic buckle band for $359.

Now. Do I think this is a good idea, even at these prices, if all you need is a timepiece? Obviously not; this is akin to buying a computer, and even at the discounted price, it hardly qualifies as an insignificant purchase. But if you were hoping for a deal, well, this is a price drop we haven’t seen this season.

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Better late than never: December Beauty Box!

Someone was just asking me last week if Target did a beauty box this month, and I replied that they hadn’t, and it was a pity, but perhaps they were too busy with other holiday preparations.

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Well, I’m glad I was wrong and they were just being slow: Go grab your December Beauty Box at Target today, with the same great savings as always. $10 gets you at least $30-$40ish worth of product, and free shipping, and it’s a great way to try out some new products without paying full price. [Edited to add: Looks like there’s a version just for the guys for $7, too!]

If the past is any indicator, these will sell out quickly, so go get one now before they do.

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Tote-a-Ton, tote it all

I seem to have luggage on the brain. But hey, there’s still plenty of deals around, and I will sing the praises of these Samsonite Tote-a-Ton duffles every single time I see a deal.

toteatonThose of you who’ve been around for a while have heard me sing its praises before, but here’s a quick recap: These tote bags are huge and sturdy and relatively cheap. Check out the reviews on Amazon if you want to hear it from someone (or over a thousand someones…) other than me. Two of these totes meant my college kid could pack all her clothes, towels, and bedding (including comforter and throw pillows!) for dorm move-in, and when she was unpacked, she folded ’em up and stuck them on a shelf, where they take up about as much room as a novel. The regular price on these is anywhere from $22-$35, depending on store and color.

Today at Samsonite, they’ve got all 4 colors of Tote-a-Tons marked down to $26.99, but coupon code CYBERDAY takes another 30% off and gives you free shipping. That means your bag comes out to just under $19, which is pretty nice.

I’ve already bought two for each kid, so I guess I don’t need any more. But maybe you do, in which case, there you go.

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For the Geek Cave

I can’t stop laughing at this, and yet, I kind of want one.

carbonite-fridgeRight now on Lightning Deal, Amazon has this Han Solo frozen in carbonite mini-fridge marked down to $147.60 (from $200). I know I’m supposed to say this would be perfect for someone’s Man Cave but c’mon. It’s Han Solo. This doesn’t go in a Man Cave, this goes in a Geek Cave.

And don’t think I didn’t consider buying it for my son to take to his dorm next year, because I totally did. (Not getting it, though, because it’s really only a good beverage storage unit, and I can get a bigger “plain” fridge for less money. But hey, if you have the money, I think this is hilarious.)

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Minecrafters: Piper Computer Kit deal!

If you want this one, go fast: Amazon is currently running a lightning deal on the Piper Computer Kit which is normally $299. Right now it’s just $223.25 while the deal lasts.

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It’s the perfect way to learn coding hands-on, through Minecraft (which the kids already love). This isn’t one of those “impulse purchase” items, but if it was on your list, this may be the only discount we see this season. Go get it!

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Cyber Monday ahoy!

So a quick note for today—obviously there are going to be a ton of both Daily and Lightning Deals at Amazon, and if you’re like me, you’ll just keep that window open all day to see what’s coming around. But! I want to call out one in particular: If you’ve been waiting for a Blendtec deal, today they have the Blendtec Total blender listed at $234 (down from the regular price of $400+).

Now, longtime readers likely recall that I am the queen of blenders, in that I use mine a lot and did a ton of research after having a couple of cheap blenders die, and ended up opting for an Oster model given “best buy” status from several consumer publications. I used that Oster for years, and it served me well, but it, too, eventually died. I make a lot of smoothies with frozen fruit, and that’s hard on a blender. Anyway, I then found a refurbished Blendtec and have been using it (and singing its praises) ever since.

Is this a ridiculously expensive blender? Yes. Will you love it and will it keep working for a very long time, cheerfully chewing through anything you throw into it? Yes. This would be a poor impulse buy, and also a bad idea if you don’t use your blender a lot, but if you do use it a lot and really want a top-of-the-line one, this deal today is the one to beat.

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