Amazon Prime Day has arrived, and while it may not be the luxury sales event of the year, even the most discerning and discriminating shoppers will find value and quality during the annual discounting event.
While Prime Day usually takes place over the summer, it’s been pushed back this year for two reasons: to avoid overwhelming shipping companies that are already dealing with increased demand from coast to coast, and to coincide with the beginning of the holiday shopping season. If it seems like Amazon is getting an early start on promoting end-of-year gifts, they are. With more of us expected to ship gifts to friends and family this year, instead of delivering them in person, Amazon and other retailers are trying to encourage shoppers to get a head start—so that our gifts won’t arrive late.
One of the ways the e-commerce giant will achieve that is by offering really appealing discounts. While we’re not sure what Amazon will put on sale just yet, in years past the retailer has slashed prices on everything from cookware (which you may need more of this year if travel restrictions mean you have to prepare an entire Thanksgiving dinner at home) to electronics, audio equipment and even some large appliances.
You can also expect deals on Amazon’s own family of products, from its range of Kindle tablets and readers to its Alexa suite of smart devices. (The retailer is already promoting a handful of early Prime Day Deals, including two Amazon Echos for the price of one.)
But here’s the catch. These deals are only available to Amazon Prime members. If you don’t already subscribe to the service, which waives shipping fees (and gives you access to countless films, TV shows and other content through Prime Video), you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here. If you need more convincing, take a look at some of our favorite Prime Day 2020 ideas below.
Le Creuset Skinny Griddle
If the arrival of flu season has cautioned you out of even the most socially distanced of restaurant experiences, there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy chef-grade pancakes, smash burgers and other griddled foods at home. Le Creuset’s skinny griddle offers all of the heat retention and even cooking that its famous Dutch ovens bring to home cooks—and because they’re made of the same enameled cast iron, they’re equally easy to clean.
Oakley Clifden Round Sunglasses
If your plans for a winter escape include a ski trip, you’ll want to arm yourself with all the right gear. Oakley’s striking round sunglasses will protect your eyes whether you’re on a bunny slope or a black run. And this pair’s yellow-tinted frames aren’t just for looks: They make the cold white frost of fresh powder look warmer and help reduce glare.
Sennheiser Momentum 3 Wireless Headphones
Even in the most generously sized residences, the sounds of other people can be hard to escape these days—especially if there are multiple people treating your household as a remote office or classroom. Block out all the noise (and enhance the sound that you actually want to listen to) with Sennheiser’s excellent Momentum 3 Wireless Headphones. They’ll quiet the outside world so that you can focus on what’s right in front of you.
B&O PLAY A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Of course, when you want to head out into the garage or backyard and turn up the music, it helps to have a portable speaker than can fill the space with sound. Don’t let the size of Bang & Olufsen’s Play A1 speaker fool you: It produces a bigger, richer sound than its small package might imply. Plus, with 24 hours of playtime, you can listen to your favorite tunes for a while between charging.
SKG Cold Press Juicer
While that juice bar down the corner from you may be touting miracle cures and saying their product can “detox” your body, there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to back that up. However, a cold press juicer does have the benefit of not using fast moving blades that can heat up and oxidize your juice like a centrifugal juicer will. That means your juice will have a fresher, more vibrant flavor. SKG’s cold press features a wide chute to fit whole fruit and extracts more juice than the competition. It’s also a breeze to disassemble.
John Boos Maple Cutting Board
When it comes to big wood butcher blocks, Boos has made itself the gold standard. This dual-sided, 24 by 18-inch maple cutting board is beautiful and durable. On one side you have ample workspace for cutting, chopping and kneading, and the groove on the other side is ideal for poultry and roasts. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, this Boos Block is ideal for carving up your turkey.