Last-chance Christmas deals: $229 iPad, $199 Xbox One bundle, $20 Echo Dot and more!
You still have a chance to save big on a Nintendo Switch bundle, grab Super Mario Odyssey for $44 and other sweet gifts.
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Heads up, shoppers: It's just five days till Christmas, so any gifts you're planning to buy, you'd better buy now. Have no fear if you're behind. I've rounded up some of the best deals from stores' holiday sales. And if procrastination is your enemy, no worries. I've also collected six last-minute gifts you can print or email.
Here are the latest and greatest picks, followed by store-specific roundups. Note that CNET may receive commission from the sale of products featured on this page.
iPad 2018 (32GB) with 9.7-inch screen: $229 (save $100)
Apple's non-Pro iPad does everything most people want it for: Web browsing, Netflix streaming and playing games from the App Store. Target had been selling it for $250, but Walmart's historic low is now the deal to beat.
Yep, last year's Dot is still one of this year's best deals -- as it has been since before Black Friday. This may be your last chance to scoop one up at this price, because in the new year Amazon will undoubtedly be focusing its attention on the third-gen model.
Although Walmart still offers a variety of Xbox One S bundles (see below), Dell raised the ante today with this one, which includes not only the venerated Battlefield V, but also a digital copy of Gears of Wars 4.
Shipping is free on orders over $35, though for some titles you may be able to choose in-store pickup and dodge the shipping fee.
A game Jeff Bakalar called "a damn masterpiece" (see review), Super Mario Odyssey is $45 at Walmart but even less at MassGenie. Just make sure to click the Power Deal button.
It was $5 less on Black Friday, but $25 for Amazon's Alexa-enabled streaming stick is still a pretty fantastic deal. As of today, however, it's showing "in stock on Dec. 25," so obviously it won't be delivered in time for Christmas.
After a long stretch selling for $60, the Fire HD 8 is now the same price as Amazon's entry-level tablet, the Fire 7. But the HD 8 offers a bigger, better screen and faster performance.
The Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are discounted by $100 and $150 respectively on Google's store, bringing both high-end phones back to their Black Friday weekend prices -- $699 for the 3 and $749 for the 3 XL. They will remain at these prices until Dec. 22. Not bad for "the best Android phone of 2018."
We've tested all of the impressive new Google Assistant smart displays this year -- Lenovo's was the first, and it's still a favorite. This is one of the best deals we've seen on the 10-inch model, though keep in mind it might be bigger than you'd want if counterspace comes at a premium in your kitchen. But the upgraded, bamboo backing looks really nice, so it's worth considering.
Meanwhile, you can still grab a solid Nintendo Switch bundle and big discounts on Samsung UHD TVs and Xbox One bundles. And in case you missed it at the top of this story, the iPad 2018 (32GB) is at an all-time low: $229.
It's getting tough to find any kind of Switch deal, so Walmart's is worth a look. In addition to the console itself, you get your choice of three Labo kits and an Ematic wired controller.
Walmart is still offering up to $400 off a variety of UHD televisions, ranging from $400 to $1,400 depending on the model. The highest-end TVs appear to be offered at an even larger $1,000 off, which can be helpful if you were looking for a curved TV or just a Samsung set with a 55-inch screen.
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