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I don’t want to alarm you, but the clock is ticking and you’re running out of time. You’ve got just a few days to finish your, and that’s an even bigger problem than usual because it’s 2020: All the major shipping services — UPS, Fedex, USPS — are utterly swamped. Even if a store promises fast delivery, there’s always the chance of a shipping delay. (Hence the asterisk above. The sooner you get your order in, the better your chances of in-time arrival.)
Some retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Target are still guaranteeing on-time delivery or offering curbside pickup as an option. Walmart, for its part, said that Saturday, Dec. 19, was the last day you could order gifts that would arrive “in time for Christmas,” despite offering free two-day shipping on orders of $35 and up.
Below I’ve rounded up a smattering of gifts that should reach your front porch no later than Dec. 24. Where possible, look for in-store (or, better, curbside) pickup options, like from Target and Best Buy.
I don’t know if slipping this little cover over a bottle is meant to indicate wine for Santa or wine from Santa, but I do know it’s adorable.
As it happens, there’s a deal right now: Promo code 40VQ4DJK knocks the price down to just $4. But that’s for a limited time, of course, and while supplies last.
Lenovo’s new Smart Clock Essential is a simplistic bedside companion, but with Google’s voice assistant at the ready for things like setting alarms, playing music and checking the weather. The USB-A port in the rear makes it easy to charge a phone or other device, too. (Note that depending on your location, you may need to choose curbside pickup or express delivery for this item to arrive on time.)
Modern TVs typically come with streaming apps built in, but not all of them have all the top new services, like Disney Plus. Enter the Roku Streaming Stick Plus: For under $50, this plug-in streamer with voice control will deliver most online video services you can think of, at resolutions up to 4K. (The only major holdout: HBO Max.) The remote will control your TV’s power and volume, too.
Read our Roku Streaming Stick Plus review.
Amazon may be low on inventory for a lot of items, but the new-for-2020 Echo Dot can still reach your doorstep in time for Christmas. In fact, this is practically a stocking stuffer, as promo code DOT2PACK scores you two of them for $49.98. Read our Echo Dot (2020) review.
Amazon is out of stock through the end of the year, but you can still get this genuinely great smart display for $80 from Best Buy. That’s $50 off the regular price — a bit higher than during Black Friday, but a solid buy all the same. The Echo Show 8 brings Alexa-powered smarts to a lovely 8-inch screen, one backed by a top-notch speaker for listening to music, watching videos and more.
Best Buy also has the Echo Show 5 for $45, a Black Friday match. Amazon shows an in-stock date of Dec. 21, but here’s your chance to get it right now.
Read our Echo Show 8 review.
You had to know this was coming. Sure, there are plenty of AirPods Pro alternatives that cost less, but Target’s current deal slashes $50 off the regular price — making this a more affordable option for anyone with these earbuds atop their wish list. And I’ll just say it: They’re great. Great sound, great noise canceling, great for calls.
Note that Woot had these for $190 last week, but they’re currently sold out. Target’s price — and inventory — is the best we’re seeing right now.
Read our AirPods Pro review.
If money is no object, consider DJI’s newest personal drone, the Mini 2. (Gone is the “Mavic” moniker.) It’s compact, lightweight, easy to fly and outfitted with a superb camera, one that can capture 4K footage at 30 frames per second. The Fly More option adds extra batteries, a carrying case and other goodies to the mix. (Don’t need all that? The basic kit sells for $450.)
Read our Mavic Mini 2 review.
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