If you’ve got kids, or nieces and nephews, or you’re just a big ol’ kid yourself (in a happy go lucky way and not in a “I don’t have a job I just game for 9 hours a day” way), Christmas has come early. As part of their 12 Days of Deals promotion, Amazon is hosting an enormous sale on games, figurines, dolls, sports equipment and game room staples. Check it out:
Amazon has broken their toy sale down into three categories. The first is “chracter toys”, where you’ll find licensed figurines from much loved children’s TV shows and movies like Power Rangers (that’s Megazord, $33, above), Paw Patrol, Marvel, Pokemon and Peppa Pig, to name a few of the dozens available. There’s a lot, and if your kid has a favorite show or movie, they’ve probably got a toy from it here.
The second is “dolls and preschool toys”, which leans a little younger and more eclectic with a mix of dolls, craft and learning toys like beads and a 37-piece kids baking set for only $13 which looks pretty dang cool.
Finally, ECR4KidsT is hosting a sale on those big plastic assemble-in-the-basement castles, pirate ships and other kinds of bigger things like kid’s art easels for a surprisingly cheap $40 (%15 less, if you clip the coupon). These things run pricey, but I like the enormous connect four game ($155), which also has an additional 15% off coupon you can clip, as that timeless game should also amuse adults now and then.
Finally: You can have your own air hockey table. Whether you’re looking to stock up the backyard and driveway with basketball hoops, trampolines and bocce ball sets, or stocking your basement/den/rec room with foosball, every kind of big old statement gift is on sale. And yes, buying your kids an air hockey table is the best present you can get them, even better than a gaming chair.
Our third installment in Pete Cottell’s quest to upgrade his new apartment into a smart home drops later today (check out the first one). If you haven’t been keeping up, he was forced to buy a Fire TV after his old Apple TV crapped out, and got into the smart home game off the back of a $70 Fire TV stick and Echo Dot bundle that now lets him command his home by voice and smartphone.
You can get the very same combo that brought Pete’s apartment into the 21st century for $10 cheaper than he did today. And if you’re looking for a little more oomph in your voice activated speaker, you can take $20 off Amazon’s flagship Echo model as well and cop it for $80.
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