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Best cheap Black Friday deals: Save big on Nest, Echo, Roku, Anker Soundcore and more

With some massive discounts from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart, these products are under $30 this Black Friday.

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift.

Black Friday is here and so are all the deals from the top US retailers, with big discounts being offered on everything from smart plugs and air fryers to drones and speakers. We've sorted through some of the best sales and pulled together a list of deals for $30 or less from retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy, so you don't have to hunt them down. Our favorites feature top brands including Amazon, Roku, TP-Link, Anker, Google, Logitech, Razer and more.

Whether you're looking to finish up your holiday shopping, need a gift for a friend or coworker, or you just want to treat yourself to something new today, we have you covered.

If you've got a few more bucks burning a hole in your pocket, have a look at our list of the top deals under $50 for Black Friday. And over on our Black Friday deals live blog, we're bringing you the very latest up-to-the-minute deals.

Amazon

The third-gen Echo Dot is on sale for $20, so why wouldn't you opt for the bundle that also includes a free smart bulb? It's a colored light that can be automated using the Echo Dot, which is pretty sweet. Plus, the Dot does much more, including helping you figure out the weather, do conversions and math. It can even play music.

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With the Roku Streaming Stick 4K you get 4K HDR video along with quick and easy access to Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and tons of other streaming services, so you can watch all of your favorite shows and movies through Roku's excellent interface instead of whatever your TV has built in.

Philips

I always thought electric toothbrushes were a bit silly, until I tried one out for myself. They really do help get your mouth next-level clean and this option from Philips offers up to 14 days of brushing per charge. You only get one set of adult teeth, so make a small investment to help keep them clean.

Walmart

You can get a TCL soundbar for less than $30 to enhance your entertainment setup. The TCL Alto 6 Dolby Audio 2 Channel soundbar is designed to work seamlessly with your TCL Roku TV. This allows for a smooth setup and easy access to sound settings. The soundbar's Movie and Music modes are designed to help you hear dialogue, with precise clarity in the former and to hear accurate instruments, vocals and bass in the latter.

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Sling TV is offering a Holiday Bundle that gives you access to one month of Sling's Orange Plan and its Lifestyle extra plan all for just $10. This will let you watch all the holiday movies you desire for the next month without spending a lot. You'll want to cancel after the first month, otherwise Sling will bill full price for the following month.

TP-Link

This two-pack of Kasa mini smart plugs would be a great addition to any smart home. They can be stacked and used in the same receptacle, something that most other plugs can't do. You can use these to automate lights, turn on your coffee pot, control a space heater and much more.

Lowe's

If you prefer Google Assistant over Alexa, this is the bundle for you. It comes with the small, yet powerful Nest Mini and a free smart plug (which can be controlled by the smart speaker). This bundle is only available in the lighter gray color, or you can get the dark gray Nest Mini for the same price with no smart plug.

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With up to 24 hours of playback per charge, this Anker Soundcore speaker is a must-have for anyone who likes to listen to music on the go. It's waterproof, offers great (loud) sound, and has a compact design which makes it easy to carry around.

Do you feel like it's time to eat healthier, but don't want to give up on fried food? Getting an air fryer is your best option. And the Insignia device is $70 cheaper for Black Friday on Best Buy.

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While you're driving you shouldn't be fumbling around with your phone at all, whether it's just to change the music or to make a call. Let this hands-free Alexa device bring easy voice commands to your car for an amazingly low price. This is 70% less than its list price -- it's frequently discounted, but not by this much.

Amazon

Drones are really great gifts, but some of them are expensive and, honestly, they can be hard to fly, so you may want to be cautious in spending a lot of money on them. This option is great for kids. It's easy to fly and folds up into a compact size for portability.

La Crosse

Whether you're headed back to the office next year or you want to have your kids be a little more independent and wake up on their own, having a stand-alone alarm clock is a great way to do it. This one has a built-in USB port for charging your phone and the customizable LED panel gives it a more personalized look.

Oontz

Everyone loves Bluetooth speakers, especially ones that are durable, portable and waterproof. Whether you plan to take more vacations next year or spend more time outside by the pool, you don't need to do it in silence. This speaker will be loud enough to entertain you and some friends, and it offers up to 10 hours of playback per charge. It comes in four colors, but the black variant is currently the cheapest.

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The Blink Mini indoor camera offers two-way communication, notifications for motion, night vision and so much more in a tiny package. The camera is currently 43% off for Black Friday, bringing it down to the lowest price it's seen since launch.

Amazon

If you've upgraded to a new 4K TV recently, you need a streaming stick that can match its resolution. The Fire TV Stick 4K comes with an Alexa Voice remote for easier navigation, and it's much quicker overall than previous models. If you have an older Fire TV Stick to trade in, you can save an extra 20% as well.

TP-Link

This two-pack of color bulbs is great for your bedroom, porch, garage or any other place you may want some smart lights that aren't super expensive. At $8 each, these can be used as colored bulbs or white, and you can even automate them from the free Kasa Home app to automatically turn on or off at designated times.

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It's hard to believe that such a small charger could be so powerful, but you'd be amazed at just how quickly this can charge up your phone or tablet. You can pick from one of four fun colors here, but only the black and white model has an additional discount to make it even more affordable.

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Logitech has been making wireless mice for many years, and has become one of the top brands. The M705 is a wireless mouse that offers up to three years (!) of battery life before needing to change it. This makes it a perfect work from home companion, but it's also great for your children in school or to replace your wired mouse at the office.

Razer

When was the last time you replaced your mouse pad? While they may not "break," it's a good idea to upgrade them every now and again. This one offers a large low-sensitivity space that's needed to maximize your gaming performance. It has a nonslip rubber base to help keep it in place, even when things get heated in your match.

If you are looking for a no-frills streaming stick, the Fire TV Stick Lite from Amazon is the way to go. It doesn't offer TV controls but you still have full access to the Fire TV platform, which is great for streaming your favorite content. If you want more from your streaming stick, we suggest you step up to the Fire TV Stick 4K or 4K Max, which are priced at $25 and $35 respectively.

Bella

An electric kettle means that you can have nearly instant boiling water anywhere that there is an electrical outlet. Whether you want hot tea, instant coffee or any other warm drink, you won't need to use stove space to get the water hot.

Mr. Coffee

Creating a cup of iced coffee at home doesn't have to take a long time, nor does it have to be expensive. Stop getting Starbucks every morning and pick up an iced coffee maker to save time and money.

If you are in the market for a power bank, the Anker 10,000-mAh one might just be the right fit. It is currently 43% off. The product offers a 20W USB-C port that can charge an iPhone 12 to 50% in just 30 minutes. Meanwhile, if you also need to charge a second device, you get a 12W USB port for it.

You are going to appreciate the Tile Mate if, like me, you forget your keys all the time. The latest Tile tracker is water-resistant (IP67 rated) and offers up to a three-year non-replaceable battery. It has a 250-foot (76-meter) Bluetooth range.

Expired Items

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Lego

Instead of buying a specific set, why not buy this kit? It comes with 442 pieces that can be used to build whatever you can come up with. Let your imagination soar and your creativity shine.