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Now that we’re over the hump of the main gift-giving season, you’ve probably got a few Amazon gift cards burning a hole in your pocket. How to get the most for your money? You just need to know where on Amazon to look.
There's actually a secret sale section, where Amazon drops great deals on its own devices. This week speakers, fitness bands, earbuds and more are on sale, at up to 50 percent off!
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Scroll to check out our top picks from Amazon's secret sale section this week.
Save 50 percent on an Echo Dot
You can’t go wrong with an Echo Dot around the house. Especially in the kitchen: You can use it to set timers, play music, turn lights on and off, or just get the latest news, all hands-free. It’s great when you’re elbow-deep in the sink or have dinner ingredients all over your mitts. It’s also super-useful in bedrooms and living spaces — once you get used to asking Alexa to take care of things, you want her everywhere. So consider grabbing a couple, since you can get them right not for half price — down from $40 to just $20.
The Echo Dot is insanely popular with Amazon customers, with more than 660,000 five-star ratings and 81,000 glowing reviews. One happy holiday shopper left this recent review: “The unit is small enough [that] you can hide it away, yet powerful enough to pick up your voice. It understands your requests, and has a clear and precise voice quality.” And this customer has fallen in love with Alexa: “Alexa is amazing!! I love my devices. Not sure how I was living life without her. I currently have 4 devices lol. That’s how much I love her! I need her in every room. She has yet to disappoint ❤️”
Save $50 on a pair of Amazon Echo Buds
The Echo Buds give you all the benefits of Alexa, plus fantastic audio quality. Even at their regular price ($120), they'd be a great deal. But with this secret sale, you can currently snag a pair for just $70, more than 40 percent off!
These excellent earbuds have earned nearly 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Says one shopper who just got their set over the holidays: “Pairing them was super easy, and I enjoy the Alexa integration. I use that feature a lot. But what about the sound quality, obviously the most important thing. Well it's excellent (imo), deep bass and crystal clear highs, and the noise cancellation is decent.... They come with three sizes of ear adapters and also a little 'jacket' type thing so you can get a perfect fit, I was worried they would easily fall out of my ears but that do not budge even with vigorous activity. I highly recommend these ear buds and don't think anyone would be disappointed after using these.”
Get the Amazon Halo Band fitness tracker for 50 percent off!
With the new year just around the corner, you might be gearing up for a fitness resolution. Keep tabs on your progress with the Amazon Halo, which is half off right now. This screen-free wearable is not distracting. It just quietly tracks your steps, sleep, heart rate and workouts.
The companion app from Amazon is free for the first four weeks, then $4 a month after that. You can even connect to Alexa, and ask her for a health summary, activity score, sleep score, and more. The Halo is also compatible with wellness apps like Weight Watchers and Headspace. Right now the band is only $50, half the normal price!
One fitness hound says it’s “the best I’ve tried yet. It is very cool with its abilities. The sleep function is my favorite. It is very detailed and gives you suggestions and ways to help your sleep routine. The app gives you suggestions on recipes and [on] how to meditate and keep moving daily. […] It is waterproof which is a plus.” And this shopper loved it so much they say they gifted Halos to the whole family. They continue: “Finally, my energy level (moods) makes sense based on my sleeping patterns. [The Halo] has many fun features like a movement evaluator. I like the corrective exercises it suggests, and they did work for me. The additional music/stories/meditation/etc. are very good, and you may not need to purchase any other type of mediation apps.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
Looking for more great Amazon deals? Check these out:
Headphones and earbud deals:
Beats Studio Buds, $100 (was $150), amazon.com
Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds, $50 (was $70), amazon.com
Smartphone and tablet deals:
Samsung Tab A7, $119 (was $160), amazon.com
Video game deals:
Smart home deals:
Google Nest Thermostat, $100 (was $130), amazon.com
Facebook Portal TV, $79 (was $149), amazon.com
Aucma Stand Mixer, $140 (was $156), amazon.com
Organic Vitamin E Oil Bundle, $20 (was $25), amazon.com
Lush Decor Comforter Farmhouse Stripe 3 Piece Full/Queen Reversible Bedding Set, $59 (was $97), amazon.com
Bedsure Queen Comforter Set, $55 (was $78), amazon.com
Mellanni King Sheets, $38 (was $51), amazon.com
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