Note: Cyber Monday has ended, and the deals listed below have likely expired. Check our 40 Extended Cyber Monday Deals to see which of the WIRED Gear team's picks remain, and check out our many other Holiday Buying Guides for recommendations.
This deal is a really nice intro to smart home ... stuff for you or someone else. The new Echo Dot sounds better than its predecessors and is a good way to get used to what Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can offer, from answering questions and forecasting the weather to playing music—or controlling a device like a light with this smart plug. There is something very pleasant about asking Alexa to turn on your lights for you.
These are a small step down from the Bose QC35 II (also on sale for Cyber Monday), but not by much. They have a wire, but they still sound fantastic and cancel noise better than most headphones. They will work with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack—or an adapter like many phones now have. The Apple version will work on non-Apple devices as well. You'll just lose the ability to control your device using the buttons on the cable.
We like Lenovo's Smart Display a lot. It's one of the Best Google Home Speakers you can buy and a great companion for the kitchen thanks to its ability to show recipes step-by-step. Google displays can do most everything an Echo can, but they're easier to set up than 3rd party Alexa speakers and Google tends to answer questions more reliably. The new video news report from CNN is also informative and useful. This speaker works OK for music, but if you want to up your music quality, we recommend the JBL Link View ($100 off for Cyber Monday).
There are a lot of amazing STEM toys for kids these days, and the Cozmo is one of our favorites. First off, the Cozmo is adorable to look at, a twinkling robot buddy that fits in the palm of your hand. Using an Android or iOS app, both kids and parents can teach him how to accomplish simple tasks, and learn how some programming basics without even realizing it. He's also available at Walmart and Target.
This is a no-brainer deal and a perfect gift for anyone mooching off your subscription. If you stream, you should have Hulu. It's the service that gets a ton of first-run TV shows a day after they air on broadcast TV from Fox, ABC, NBC, and many other channels. This plan has limited commercials, but you can upgrade to the commercial-free plan later for an extra few bucks per month.
If you're buying for someone who owns a beautiful TV, but listens to it from the crappy TV speakers, get them a soundbar. This Vizio does the job well, thanks to its bundled subwoofer. And if you're someone who doesn't own any speakers for your TV, give it a try. You'll realize what you're not hearing pretty quickly.
Note: This deal fluctuates in and out of sale a lot. Check alternate colors and keep trying. The price should hold if you buy it out of stock, but on sale.
There's just no comparison between the iPad and other tablets. It's hands down the best, with a slicker interface and far better apps and games. This model is also compatible with the Apple Pencil, which is one of the best digital drawing/writing tools you can own. The iPad does not get cheaper than this. This deal is also available at Walmart.
The Galaxy S9 can stand toe-to-toe with the absolute best phones of 2018, and today it's priced $300 to $500 less than almost all of them. This deal is also available from Samsung, Best Buy, and B&H.
Robot vacuums are neat, and Roombas are still our favorite, but they're often prohibitively expensive. The Roomba 690 is a good mid-range robot vac that's Wi-Fi enabled and has many of iRobot's best features. This deal is also available at Home Depot, Lowe's, and Best Buy.
Fire pits make a wonderful, primal gathering place in the evening, to roast marshmallows, listen to music, and look at the stars. Unfortunately, they come with a lot of inconveniences, like ... wood, ash, and sparks. The BioLite FirePit efficiently burns fuel in a mesh box lined with 51 tiny air jets, letting out warmth and light while keeping in ash, smoke, and stray embers. You can grill on the hibachi cooktop and control the intensity of the flames with the accompanying smartphone app. It's the perfect centerpiece in a small balcony or backyard.
Every TV should have a Roku connected to it. It's the best platform for streaming Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, and every other app, and the Streaming Stick Plus is the best Roku for most people (Read our Roku Guide). It plugs right into an HDMI slot on your TV and can hold a solid dual-band Wi-Fi connection, which is especially good for homes with poor Wi-Fi. If your loved one is in the market for a TV, too, the 43-inch TCL 4K Roku TV is also a steal.
The Nintendo Switch will likely be one of the most popular gifts for the second year running. It has a ton of fun games, including a new Super Smash Bros. game hitting shelves in just about a week. This bundle gives you a normal-priced Switch, but with an extra $50 GameStop gift card. With that $50, you can pick up a game like Super Mario Odyssey.
There are a lot of wonderful wireless gaming headsets, but they don't come cheap—and since normal headsets plug into the wireless controllers on the PS4 and Xbox, they aren't exactly necessary. This Cloud Stinger is one of our favorite headsets. It has a comfy fit and great sound. The mic also auto mutes when you lift it up. At this price, it's an awesome get for any online gamer.
Giving warm, cuddly clothing as a present feels like giving your loved one a hug to take home with them. Unfortunately, the fashion industry is responsible for a wide array of negative environmental impacts, like microplastics in the water and greenhouse gas emissions. But you can gift the Prana sweatshirt guilt-free, as it's made from a blend of recycled polyester, hemp, and Tencel. It also has a soft fleece lining that will feel luxurious, anywhere from post-yoga class to watching TV on the couch.
The Fitbit Versa is one of our favorite fitness trackers and a step up from the old Fitbits you might remember. It monitors sleep, heart rate, and steps while showing the time. Its battery life also lasts for 3-4 days on a charge. This deal is also available at Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.
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