The 10 best after Christmas deals on Amazon
Are those gift cards burning a hole in your pocket?
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The stockings are empty, the presents unwrapped, and the Christmas lights have gone dim, but that doesn't mean the holidays are over—at least, not for retailers. Plenty of stores are still offering post-holiday savings and armed with a handful of gift cards, now's the time to shine.
I've rounded up the best after-Christmas sales from Amazon for you below. Pair it with a free Amazon Prime subscription for free two-day shipping and you'll have your own second Christmas. Everything we've listed below is something either myself or someone on our staff would want in their own homes, so shop with confidence.
Anker PowerCore 26800mAh Portable Charger - $46.99, SAVE $53
I can't count how many times I've been on a business trip or have gone for a long walk around the city only to find myself with a dead battery and no easy way to charge it. Once I got my first battery backup about 3 years ago, I never had to worry about that happening again.
Instead of sitting in a Starbucks for an hour waiting for my phone to charge, I can just plug it into this and keep on going. Whether it's for your phone, 3DS, headphones, or some other gadget, I'd argue that a battery pack like this is a must-have. Not to mention saving 53% isn't anything to scoff at.
Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones - $78, SAVE $51.99
Snagging a solid pair of new headphones is a great way to treat yourself. Plus, if Apple and one of our editors are right and wired headphones are going the way of the dodo, then it'd be smart to invest in a pair of wireless headphones before it's too late.
This particular pair from Sony even has a switch to help the headphones amplify bass. If you're a fan of EDM, hip-hop, or any other genre that highlights chest-rumbling sounds, then this is the pair for you.
Ozeri Nouveaux Electric Wine Opener with Removable Free Foil Cutter - $7.95, SAVE 22
Is there a more relaxing end to an evening than a nice glass of wine paired with a home-cooked meal? Sure, you don't need an electric wine opener, but it sure makes things easier. Easy to use and maintain, the Ozeri will make quick work out of even the most stubborn cork.
You don't need to be a sommelier to appreciate a good wine gadget. While you might get a few side-eye glances for using an aerator, no one will question you for opening wine in style. Especially when it means keeping the wine flowing.
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote - $39.99
While it technically isn't on sale and you'll have to wait till 12/31 for it to be back in stock, the Fire TV Stick with the Alexa Voice Remote is still the best deal around for an affordable streaming device. It won't do 4K or HDR, but you get a low-profile device that sticks into an HDMI port on your TV and stays out of sight. But unlike other streaming sticks, you get a fully-featured remote, including voice control that works with Amazon's Alexa assistant.
There are more expensive boxes out there, like the Roku Premiere+, this Amazon Fire TV Stick really provides the most bang for your buck. For under $50, this is the one to beat right now.
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens - $548, SAVE $150
If you're looking to pick up a new hobby for your New Year's resolution, you might want to consider photography. Capturing those special moments is something that deserves a bit more care than what your smartphone can muster. The a6000 is a solid choice for amateur photographers and with the added 16-50mm power zoom lens you'll be well-equipped to tackle a walk in the park, your kid's softball game, or that vacation you're planning to take in the summer.
Steam Link - $19.99, SAVE $30
Speaking of gaming, you might not realize it, but there's an age-old debate between people that play on their PCs and those that prefer consoles like the Xbox One or then PlayStation 4. There are good arguments on both sides, but some companies are attempting to bridge that gap and settle the debate for good.
The Steam Link is a small box that allows you to mirror your PC games onto your television. You might not be able to afford an ultra-wide gaming monitor to go with your perfect TV, but with this, you won't have to choose.
Catan 5th Edition - $34.55, SAVE 14.44
A personal favorite when it comes to board game night at my apartment, Catan is a low-stress competitive game that is surprisingly addictive given its simplicity. You'll guide your settlers to gather resources, build roads, settlements, and cities, and win the game with clever trading and strategy.
It's been awarded "Game of the Year," "Hall of Fame, "and even "Game of the Century" honors in multiple countries worldwide. Perfect for kids, teens, and adults alike, if you haven't heard of Catan by now, you probably don't play board games.
WeMo Switch Smart Wi-Fi Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - $29.99, SAVE $20
I wouldn't be surprised if a fair amount of you got an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot for Christmas. As one of the hot, new tech toys, the Echo is your gateway into a home filled with smart, responsive gadgets—all of which you can control with your voice.
This smart switch from WeMo lets you control your lights and small appliances from the comfort of your couch or even while your away via an app. It's the first step to automating your home and bringing a bit more convienience to your life.
Video Games - Up to 50% off
Amazon has a surprising number of discounts when it comes to games—even newly released titles like Final Fantasy XV have been marked down pretty dramitically. I've gathered some favorites below for you to look through. While they're not all kid-friendly, there should be something for everyone here.
* Final Fantasy XV (PS4 - $39, SAVE $20.99) (Xbox One - $39, SAVE $20.99)
* Watch Dogs 2 (PS4 - $39.99, SAVE $20) (Xbox One - $39.99, SAVE $20)
* Overwatch: Origins Edition (PS4 - $39.99, SAVE $20) (Xbox One - $39.99, SAVE $20)
* Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS4 - $29.99, SAVE $30) (Xbox One - $29.99, SAVE $30)
* Dishonored 2 (PS4 - $43, SAVE $16.99) (Xbox One - $29.99, SAVE $30)
* Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4) - $38.99, SAVE $21
* The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D - $14.99, SAVE $5
* Battlefield 1 (Online Game Code for PC) - $35.99, SAVE $24
ION Audio Turntable with Built-In Speakers - $46.99, SAVE 52.01
Say what you will about old-school music, but there's no denying vinyl affords a warmth and flavor to your music that's hard to match digitally. Whether it's a collection passed down from your grandfather or a series of new albums that you've had your eye on, a turntable is a perfect way to do them justice.