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Last-minute gifts: 8 great deals that will still arrive in time for Christmas

If you use one-day shipping, there's still time to get these gadgets for the holidays -- if you order today.

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$349 at Ebay
Xbox One X bundle: $349
Includes Jedi: Fallen Order, extra controller and another bonus game
$69 at Amazon
Bose SoundLink Micro portable outdoor speaker: $69
You save $30
$279 at Amazon
Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones: $279
You save $70
$329 at Best Buy
Apple iPad (this year's 10.2-inch model): $250
You save $79
$220 at Walmart
Sceptre 55-inch 4K UHD TV: $220
You save $280
$149 at Walmart
Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch: $149
You save $50
$60 at Amazon
Echo Show 5: $60
You save: $30
$50 at Amazon
Anker Soundcore Life Q20 ANC: $50
You save $10
$80 at Best Buy
Buy Google Nest Hub for $80, get a free Nest Mini Speaker (Update: In Stores Only)
Big savings at Best Buy
$300 at Amazon
Nintendo Switch with $30 credit: $300
You save $30
$80 at Amazon
Amazon Echo Show 8: $80
You save $50
$38 at Amazon
UE Wonderboom portable waterproof wireless speaker: $38 (Updated: Expired)
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Christmas is in a few days, which is awesome if you're a kid, but terrifying if you're an adult trying to ensure you can still get a delivery before the big day. It's already way too late to count on standard shipping or even two-day shipping, but today is your last day to place an order with one-day shipping. The bottom line? Any last-minute holiday shopping needs to be done now. Fortunately, this is 2019 and you still have a slew of options. Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart all offer one-day holiday shipping in one form or another, or the option to order gifts online and pick them up at the store. So no matter what you want to buy, as long as it's in stock, you can probably get it before the holidays -- as long as you act fast.

For example, you can score a $10 Walmart gift card with the purchase of select Nerf guns -- though some are already out of stock, so act fast on those.  

By the way, want to know the fine print on all the major retailers' next-day shipping policies? Here you go:

Below, we've rounded up the best deals still in effect (some are as good as or better than Black Friday and Cyber Monday), and we're keeping the list updated right through the final shopping weekend. So bookmark this page and check back often.  

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We now have the scoop on next year's Xbox console, which Microsoft is calling the Xbox Series X. Our take? That's a year away -- so you need to be able to play Jedi: Fallen Order in the meantime. What a coincidence -- this bundle includes the game, plus an extra controller, plus your choice of a bonus game: Madden NFL 20 or FIFA 20. Read our Xbox One X review.

See more Xbox deals and bundles.

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The Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones are arguably the gold standard in active noise-canceling headphones. They're effective, comfortable and -- especially now that they're on their standard holiday sale pricing -- pretty affordable. Read our Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.

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Read our Bose QuietComfort 35 II review.

We love this year's iPad. It has the latest A10 processor, Pencil support and a smart connector for a smart keyboard (sold separately). It's also got a slightly bigger screen than its 9.7-inch predecessor, and it's currently $80 off at Best Buy. Read our iPad (2019) review.

See more deals on other iPad models.

It's just a "dumb" TV -- you'll need to add a streaming player like a Roku device to turn it into a smart TV -- but the price is hard to beat. Get a 55-inch 4K UHD LED TV from Sceptre for just $220. 

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How many smartwatches can claim a battery that lasts for the better part of a week? Certainly not the Apple Watch. But the Versa 2 is a powerful fitness tracker/smartwatch combo that has earned nothing less than a CNET Editors' Choice Award, and is now $70 off its usual $200 price tag. Read our Fitbit Versa 2 review

If you really like the idea of the Versa 2 but want to save a few dollars, you're in luck. First off, you can buy the Versa 2 at Kohl's for the same price and get $20 in Kohl's cash for future purchases. The slightly older Fitbit Versa Lite is available for $100, down from its usual $160, and the original Versa is $130 at Kohl's, with a $20 Kohl's cash credit. (Our take? The Versa 2 is worth the extra cash for most folks.)

Read our Fitbit Versa 2 review.

Expired deals or gifts that will arrive after Christmas

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The Echo Show 5 is one of our favorite smart displays, but it's easier to think of this 5-inch Alexa-powered model as a sort of smart alarm clock. And while it does have a camera for video calls, we love that the physical shutter lets you cover that up, making it a lot more bedroom-friendly. 

Read our Echo Show 5 review.

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Battery Life Rated up to 40 hoursNoise Canceling Yes (ANC)Multipoint YesHeadphone Type Over-ear wireless headphonesWater-Resistant No IP rating

Anker's Soundcore Life Q20 hybrid active noise-canceling headphones are the exception to the general rule that you can't get decent ANC headphones under $100. At this price, they're clearly something of a performance compromise, but they're effective and comfortable, and now you can save almost 17%. (Note: Clip the on-page $10-off coupon to get that savings.)

See more deals on headphones from Sony, Anker, Beats, Bose and more.

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Sadly, Best Buy's "Buy two Nest Hubs for $100" deal is now kaput. But in its place is a pretty great substitute: Buy the Nest Hub at its current sale price of $80, and Best Buy will throw in a free Nest Mini speaker. Normally, if you purchased those two together, it would cost somewhere between $115 to $150. And there are no special codes needed: Just add the 8-inch Google Assistant-based smart display to your shopping cart, and you should see the Nest Mini in there, too.

Read our Google Nest Hub review.

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Get the V2 version of the Switch at "full" price, but add code D3E2CDJ6GB6S at checkout for a $30 Amazon credit to be sent by email later. Read our Nintendo Switch review.

Best Buy's similar $30 credit appears to have expired, but ordering a Switch from there gets you a free copy of Starlink: Battle for Atlas at checkout. 

See more deals on the Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite and accessories.

Amazon says this item will arrive after Christmas. 

Read our Nintendo Switch review.

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We think the brand-new Echo Show 8 hits the sweet spot in Amazon's lineup. It's basically a larger version of the superpopular Echo Show 5 (which is currently on sale for $60). The only downside? You'll have to put an IOU in the box, because it won't ship until after Christmas. Read our Echo Show 8 review.

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Read our Amazon Echo Show 8 review.

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Speaker deals are everywhere this holiday season (see the Bose SoundLink Micro, below), but this is one of the best yet. A CNET favorite, the Wonderboom delivers impressive sound from a compact, waterproof package. Alas, it's only the black one that's available at this price; the others range as high as $70.

Read our UE Wonderboom review.

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Originally published earlier this month. Regularly updated with new deals and prices. 

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