Walmart offers the Magic Chef Portable Ice Maker, model no. MCIM22TW, for $119 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $40. It makes up to 27 lbs. of ice in a 24-hour period and features storage for up to four pounds of ice, side drain, top window, and ice and water level indicator.
Orders placed by December 19 will arrive in time for Christmas.
Walmart offers the Eureka 2-in-1 Enviro Steamer, model no. 150A, for $44 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $26. This 2-in-1 steam mop purports to clean and sanitize hard floors and countertops without chemicals. It features a removable water tank, rotatable mop head, multiple steam settings, two washable floor pads, window squeegee, countertop pad, and soft scrub brush.
Orders placed by December 19 will arrive in time for Christmas.
Newegg offers the Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System, model no. K75B, bundled with a 12-count Variety Pack and Water Filter Kit for $179.99. Coupon code "12TECHXMAS32" cuts it to $129.99. With 99 cents for shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $42. It's fully programmable and features a choice of five cup sizes and a 72-oz. removable water reservoir.
Need it by Christmas? Pay an extra $4 for Newegg 3 Business Days Shipping and order by 12 pm on December 19.
Target offers the Madison Loop Ladder Bookshelf in Antique Black for $149.99. Activate this link and it drops to $122.49 in-cart. With free shipping, that's $28 off and the lowest total price we could find. It features five shelves. Deal ends December 21.
As one of its daily deals, Groupon offers the Honeywell 1550 Mobile Locker for $59.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $20. It features a 4-digit combination lock, fits up to a 15" laptop, removable shelf, rear holes for charging, and 5-foot steel cord. Deal ends December 19.
Home Depot offers the Milwaukee Stroke Sawzall 12-amp Reciprocating Saw, model no. 6519-30, for $79. Coupon code "HDFIVE" cuts it to $74. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $45. It features a 1-1/8" stroke length, 3,000 strokes per minute, and keyless blade change.
Orders placed today are expected to arrive in time for Christmas.
Target cuts 15% off select kitchen, dining, and bedroom furniture orders of $125 or more. (Qualifying items are marked. The discount applies automatically at checkout.) That's tied with our mention from last week and one of the better furniture discounts we've seen from Target recently, although we saw 20% off $150 or more plus an extra $5 off $50 in October. Shipping starts around $16, although many items bag free shipping with orders over $50. Deal ends December 21. Some best bets, with prices after discount:
Brookstone takes 20% to 70% off select sale and clearance items during its Holiday Gift Sale. Even better, coupon code "AFF625" takes $10 off orders of $80 or more, $12 off$99 or more, or $15 off$120 or more. That's tied with our September mention as the best discounts we've seen from Brookstone this year. Shipping starts at $7.99. (Note that you can spend $99 or more to qualify for free shipping via coupon code "SHIP99", but it does not stack with the above coupon.) Coupon ends December 31. Some best bets:
Home Depot offers the Nature Power Solar-Powered White Illuminating Pest Repeller, model no. 21115, for $11.99. Coupon code "HDLIGHT10" cuts it to $9.99. Choose in-store pickup to dodge the $5.99 shipping fee. That's $16 under the lowest shipped price we could find. It transmits ultrasonic vibrations up to 5,000 square feet every 30 seconds. Deal ends January 1, 2014.
Orders placed by December 24 are guaranteed to be in-stock for pickup.
Home Depot offers the Philips Rocky Ceiling Pendant Light, model no. 402045548, for $69.99. Coupon code "HDLIGHT10" cuts it to $58.29. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $18, although most merchants charge at least $117. It features an adjustable power cord. Deal ends January 1.
Walmart offers the Mainstays Contempo Futon Sofa Bed in four colors (Black pictured), model no. 3155096, for $149 with free shipping. That's $30 off and tied with our mention from two weeks ago as the lowest total price we could find, although we saw it via pickup only for $10 less a year ago. It features multi-position back and wings and a micro-suede cover.
Newegg offers the TaoTronics 16-Foot 150-LED Flexible Light Strip, model no. TT-SL001, for $29.99. Apply coupon code "MASTERPASS" and checkout via MasterPass to drop it to $26.99. With free shipping, that's tied with our September mention and the lowest total price we could find by $10. It's self-adhesive and includes a 24-key remote control. Deal ends December 21.
Update: The price has dropped to $27.99 before coupon, $25.19 after.
Home Depot offers the Hampton Bay Metarie 24" Oil Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan, model no. AL508-ORB, for $47.98. Coupon code "HDLIGHT10" cuts it to $41.98. With free shipping, that's $18 off and the lowest total price we could find for this model. It features a dome light, three speeds, and four reversible blades. Deal ends December 20.
Best Buy offers the Dyson DC35 Digital Slim Multi Floor Cordless Bagless Vacuum Cleaner in Blue/Iron for $199.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our Black Friday mention as the lowest total price we've seen for a new one. (It's a current low by $63.) This bagless vacuum features a detachable long-reach wand, motorized floor tool, and dual power mode.
Home Depot offers the Hampton Bay Hanging Iron Pendant Light Fixture, model no. EC9077IO, for $29.40. Coupon code "HDLIGHT10" drops it to $24.50. With free shipping, that's $25 off and the lowest total price we could find. It features a chiseled glass shade and metal frame with an iron oxide finish. Deal ends January 1.
Toys "R" Us cuts $20 off a selection of Fisher-Price orders of $60 or more. (Must contain at least one item costing $20 or more; discount is visible in-cart.) That's the best deal on larger Fisher-Price orders we've seen from Toys "R" Us all year. (We saw 20% off one regular-priced item two weeks ago.) Shipping adds a flat $7.99, or get free shipping on after-discount orders of $49 or more.
Sears Outlet offers its Craftsman 53-Piece Mechanics Tool Set, model no. 35053, for $24.88. Choose in-store pickup to dodge the $7.50 shipping charge. That's $25 off list and the lowest total price we could find. This set includes twenty-two 1/4" drive 6pt sockets, six 1/4" drive 6pt deep inch sockets, two open end inch wrenches, magnetic bit handle, ten screwdriver bits, 12 nut driver bits, and 14-piece hex key set. This set includes 28 sockets, a quick release ratchet, extension bar, two wrenches, phillips screwdriver, slotted screwdrever, and hex key set.
There's always going to be that one person on your holiday gift list who asks for fancy tech gadgetry or the latest fashions. Giving in to the demands of these holiday budget hijackers can disrupt your entire present-buying mojo, or at the very least, make a value-driven shopper cringe. But don't send those donations to the Human Fund just yet; we've rounded up 11 awesome alternatives to in-demand items that provide a much better value for your dollar and your giftee.