Year-end sales exist for a reason. And that reason is to let you get stuff you actually want, for prices that are lower than normal. Thus it’s time to hit the after-Christmas sales. Like Cyber Week deals, the best after-Christmas sales let you save greenbacks on tech and gear you’ll use and appreciate, like at-home DNA tests, coding toys, and Apple watches and AirPods.
You’ll notice that we’re focusing solely on brands that rarely, if ever, go on sale. Because we don’t want to waste your time or money on junk deals, when retailers are just trying to unload inventory. So, happy shopping.
Our favorite kids' tablet is down from $199.99.
This kids’ tablet has it all: The best parental controls out there, plus access to tons of great educational content. Best of all, both parents and kids can use it, once you switch the settings.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, which has a smaller screen, is down from its regular price of $129.99.
The tablet has an eight inch display and multiple kids can use the tablet, because parents can set up to four individual child profiles. Plus, parents can establish bedtime curfews and control screen time.
Live-stream your hikes and treks with the GoPro action camera, which is down from $399.99.
This brilliant action camera features TimeWarp 2.0, which automatically adjusts speed based on motion, scene detection, and lighting. Meaning the perfect shot, every single time.
A soundbar takes Succession to the next level, and this one from Yamaha is down from $349.95.
Plus it’s Bluetooth-compatible and has Alexa voice-control. “Alexa, turn on Succession, dammit.” The set up is easy with an HDMI or optical cable.
This at-home DNA test, which also tests for disease carrier status and your propensity for developing conditions such as diabetes, is normally $199.
We saw a slew of great 23andme deals over the holidays, but those deals are no more. This test, however, is pretty powerful as well. This at-home DNA test lets you know your predisposition to obesity, baldness, gaining muscle, and even your booze tolerance, plus your carrier status for conditions like cystic fibrosis.
From the brand that makes some of the best coding robot toys on the market, this standout one is way down from $129.99.
We’re big fans here of educational toys that parents and kids can use together. Such as as this coding robot. Kids as young as five can use SPRK+ to power through obstacles and mazes, or code the robot to do tons of other stuff using the associated app. SPRK+’s programmable sensors include a gyroscope, accelerometer, motor encoders, and LED lights.
If your kid loves sports, he or she will dig this robot. You snap together the pieces to build your own ChampBot, BasketBot and ScoreBot to shoot and score points. And then you use the app to program the robot to do whatever you want. Like shoot hoops.
If you're pining for the Apple Watch series 5, get it now, while it's down from $749.
The GPS and cellular model of the Apple Watch 5 also has a shit-ton of great features. For starters, the screen is 30 percent bigger. Plus, you get electrical and optical heart sensors, a built-in compass for going off the grid, and 18 hours of battery life.
Yet another insanely good Apple Watch deal, this time down from $699.
The GPS and cellular Apple Watch 4 has electrical and optical heart sensors, an ECG app, and a digital crown with haptic feedback. Its screen is, however, smaller than that of the 5.
This beautiful laptop comes pre-loaded with eight GBs of memory and has a 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor.
The silver iPad has a 10. 2-inch retina display, touch ID fingerprint sensor, two powerhouse cameras in front and back, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The price goes up and it goes down, but when they're lower than $249 and down to $234.98, it's time to buy these babies.
Apple’s newest AirPods, with noise-cancellation, are on everyone’s wish list. Including ours.
This iPad Air has 10 hours of battery life, stellar speakers, and an 8MP back camera as well as a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera.
So yes, the AirPods Pro are the ones everyone wants. But these equally great AirPods are down from $199.
The latest version of the AirPods, with charging case, let you double-tap to play or skip forward. And while the Pros are sold out most places, or on back order, these are a great option.
In the market for a gaming laptop? Score this powerhouse Acer for less than $608.
The Acer gaming laptop has integrated AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory for a fully immersive gaming experience, at a very sweet price.
Get your year started off right with the Fitbit Versa 2, now down from $199.95.
Not only is this a great exercise tracker and sleep tracker, but it also works with Alexa, unlike previous versions. So get thyself to the gym.
One of the most standout sets of earbuds are on sale, down from $249.95.
Whether you’re lifting or sprinting, these earbuds won’t budge. They have adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks so they stay put, and nine hours of listening time.
Normally $149.99, this electric shaver has five precision blades for a smooth shave.
You can use this razor wet or dry, and you always get a quick, close, and comfortable shave.
You can watch movies, check the weather, and control your smart home with this brilliant little smart speaker, normally $89.99.
This smart speaker works with Echo devices, the Alexa app, or Skype; it is a handy way of managing all your to-do lists and calendars. Plus, you can stream Jumanji on it.
The Hue is the best smart lighting system you can get, and this starter set is down from $79.99.
You get three lightbulbs and most importantly, the Hue Hub, without which none of this works. You can use it to create whatever lighting situation you want, once you download the app. It’s also voice-controlled and compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant. As a parent, once you get colored lights, you can have a pretty good time turning rooms purple, green, and orange.
You can auto-schedule this $249 thermostat and control it via WiFi.
The third generation Google Nest thermostat works with Alexa and lets you control and modify your home’s temps from wherever you are.
The Apple pencil lets you turn iPad into your notepad or canvas, and is compatible with iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch.
So no, you won't get this baby Yoda until May 2020. But it's down from $10.99.
Pre-order baby Yoda now while he’s on sale. All 3 ¾ inches of him.
The 10 inch Baby Yoda is down from $39.99.
Order this 10 incher now, and get it in May.
Google's top-selling smart thermostat is down from $169.
This smart thermostat helps you saves energy, and lets you change the temperature from anywhere by using the Nest app.
This Bluetooth-enabled wireless controller is compatible with Xbox One X, Xbox One S, Xbox One, and Windows 10.
Speaking of gaming, this headset with a bidirectional microphone is normally $99.99.
Not only does this headset have a killer mic, but you get 2.0 surround sound for fully immersive audio. It’s also incredibly versatile: It can be connected both through USB to a PC, Mac, or PS4 or with the included 3.5mm adapter for Xbox, Switch, and mobile devices.
This Xbox bundle, ideal for anyone who loves basketball, would normally set you back $299.99.
This particular bundle includes 1TB Xbox One S Console, Xbox wireless Controller, full-game download of NBA 2K20, a month of Xbox Live Gold subscription, and a monthlong Xbox Game Pass trial.
Get top-tier disc-free gaming for way less than $249.99.
This specific Xbox One S bundle includes the Xbox One S 1TB console, wireless controller, one month of Xbox Live Gold, and download codes for Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Fortnite Battle Royale.
We dig the Echo Dot, which shows you the time, and is down from $59.99.
Order it now, at this crazy-cheap price, and get it in February. Sorry folks, can’t win ’em all.
This robot vacuums sucks up crap and mops your floors, all for way less than $599.99.
We love this robot vacuum because it cleans and mops, it works on both carpets and hardwoods, and it’s absolutely a fiend when it comes to sucking up pet hair.
Barbecue season will be here before you know it, so score this Traeger grill for less than $749.97.
This wood-pellet grill lets you grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, and BBQ whatever foods whet your appetite.
If you still don't have an Instant Pot, get Amazon's best-selling model for less than $79.95.
Cook rice, steam veggies, sautee whatever the hell you want in this powerhouse pressure cooker. It’s an absolute best-seller, at an absolutely delicious price. This size is perfect for those with limited space.
This rugged baby carrier for dads is down from $179.
This particular baby carrier features MOLLE webbing, which makes it even more versatile because you can attach accessories to it. You get two ergonomic carrying positions and the carrier is designed for babies weighing eight to 35 pounds.
Your steak will never be cardboard-like again. If you can deal with the plastic waste this form of cooking generates, it honestly can’t be beat for precision. The sous vide cooking process locks in moisture and flavor during cooking, and you wind up with flawless chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, beef, lamb, and pork.
While not the sexiest of items to buy, this Instant Pot will have a gourmet meal ready in minutes and is down from $139.95. And that's sort of priceless.
The third generation version of the Instant Pot makes cooking really and truly idiot-proof. It has a microprocessor that monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity everything you make tastes damn good.
We don't need to wax poetic about the wonders of Lodge cast iron, but how about this price, though? Way down from $62.
Everything you need to make a flavorful stew or steak: A cast iron deep skillet, a fryer, and a Dutch oven in one, plus a lid that doubles as a shallow skillet or griddle.
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