Assuming you possess a modicum of sanity, it’s safe to assume you spent the early hours of this past Friday in a stuffing-and-pie-induced food coma rather than decamping in the pre-dawn hours to score Black Friday bargains and/or get pummeled by a human stampede. But while it’s easy to sit on a high horse on Friday, by the end of the holiday weekend, a certain type of FOMO sets in. You realize that while you were tossing and turning on the pull-out couch in what used to be your childhood bedroom, those early birds have already finished their holiday shopping and all you have to show for the Thanksgiving is five extra pounds.
But fear not because, with the same certainty that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, Black Friday is inevitably followed by Cyber Monday. That means you can enjoy many of the same savings without having to deal with actual human beings. And since no actual work gets done at work in the first few hours following Thanksgiving, you might as well take advantage of the down time to start crossing items off your holiday shopping list. The best part is you can use the money you saved on presents to pick up something for yourself. While it’s better to give than to receive, it’s best to give and receive.
LG 55" 4K LED TV
$497 (was $749.99), walmart.com
There are bigger savings to be had on bigger TVs, but remember that when you save $800 on a $2,000 TV you still end up paying $1,200. This 55" LED TV from LG checks off a lot of boxes. Its 8.3 million pixels produce an incredibly sharp Ultra HD picture and the 120Hz processor ensures minimal lag when watching high-speed programming like sports. The built-in WiFi means that watching streaming video is so easy your luddite parents could figure it out.
KITCHENAID CLASSIC STAND MIXER
$189 (was $249), walmart.com
If the amateur chef on your list doesn’t already have a KitchenAid mixer he really shouldn’t be calling himself an amateur chef. The classic standing mixer has a 275-watt motor and 10 speeds to make quick work of assembling ingredients whether you’re making bread dough or ice cream. It’s also the rare kitchen gadget that looks so nice you’ll want to display it on the counter instead of shoving it away in a cupboard.
DYSON DC33 BAGLESS VACUUM
$199 (was $299), amazon.com
No one tends to realize how dirty their home is until they clean it with a Dyson vacuum. Then they immediately ask themselves how they’ve lived in such filth for so long. This vacuum just sucks up everything in its path and traps it inside so that allergens and bacteria don’t get stirred up only to be re-released back into the air moments later.
BOWERS & WILKINS P7 HEADPHONES
$279.88 (was $399.99), amazon.com
The Bowers & Wilkins P7s are at the top of the headphone food chain. With that status, they don’t tend to get discounted often so the chance to pick up a set headphones with this kind of sound quality and design aesthetic is not to be missed.
FITBIT CHARGE 2
$109.86 (was $149.95), amazon.com
If you’re still on the fence about wearable fitness trackers, the new Fitbit Charge 2 will make you a believer. It combines only the essential functions you’d want from a fitness tracker and a smartwatch and eliminates the extraneous crap. Seeing your heart rate at a glance is a great way to train effectively and the text and calendar notifications keep you from checking your phone all the time.
SONOS PLAY:1 WIRELESS SPEAKER
$149, (was $199.99), amazon.com
There are no shortage of wireless speakers out there, but what sets Sonos apart is the sound. Even if you aren’t a snobby audiophile you still notice the nuances and textures in the music and it makes it tough to listen to anything else. The Play:1 has a tiny form factor but still delivers punchy sound, and you can easily set up multiple speakers around the house and have them each play something different.
BREVILLE 900-WATT JUICE FOUNTAIN
$104.99 (was $199.99), amazon.com
Everyone starts vowing to eat healthier after the holidays and having a juicer is one of the best ways to stick to that resolution. But making your own juice can be a major pain in the ass. Breville’s Juice Fountain takes a lot of the ass pain out of the equation with its powerful 900-watt juicer and designated speeds for everything from hard vegetables to citrus to softer foods. The best part is most of the parts can be thrown in the dishwasher so cleaning up isn’t an all-day affair.
PLAYSTATION 4 PRO WITH EXTRA CONTROLLER
$373.98 (was $458.99), amazon.com
If you’re making the upgrade to a 4K TV, it makes sense to improve your PlayStation 4 console as well. The new PlayStation 4 Pro has an turbocharged engine to support 4K gaming, which looks pretty friggin’ spectacular. There is also a terabyte of storage, so you can essentially save your entire digital life on there and still play ALL the games. For Amazon’s Cyber Monday deal, they are including an extra controller that will come in handy because once the word gets out that you have one of these, friends are going to start coming out of the woodwork.
DJI PHANTOM 4 QUADCOPTER
$999.99 (was 1,199.99), bestbuy.com
DJI’s top of the line drone films 4K video at 30 frames per second allowing it to create stunning images. Get rid of any fears about crashing a $1,000 investment because the Phantom 4 is very easy to fly and control with just an iPhone or iPad and has technology that helps it avoid obstacles while airborne.
HP PAVILION 32" HD MONITOR
$299 (was $399), bestbuy.com
For a lot of people having a great computer monitor is more important than having a great TV. HP’s 32-inch Pavilion display will make you look forward to spending hours in front of the computer. The large size and 16:10 aspect ratio is great for users that like to have a ton of different windows and tabs open at once and the HD display means that whatever is on your screen looks crisp.