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5 Last-Minute Gifts: Cheapest 3rd Gen iPads Ever, 40% off Banana Republic

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If you haven't had a chance to finish your holiday shopping online, you're cutting it very, very close. To avoid the last-minute stress of shipping deadlines, we've rounded up the best in-store only and in-store pickup deals. From iPads to billiards tables, and more, these gifts will look great under the tree.

  1. Apple 3rd Generation iPads
    Store: Micro Center
    Price: From $399 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: At least $9

    Is It Worth It?: Micro Center's selection of discounted third generation WiFi iPads come in a variety of flavors: in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, and in Black and White. But they're all Editors' Choice picks, at the lowest prices we've seen and at least $9 less than the cheapest refurbished units we could find. We are fans of the 3rd-generation Apple iPad 16GB WiFi Tablet in Black (pictured) for its 6-month-old dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed chip, 10W USB power adapter, Retina display, and more.

  2. Banana Republic Sale
    Discount: 40% off at the register
    Expires: December 23

    Is It Worth It?: Get your last-last-minute shopping done at Banana Republic during their best offer since February. While some exclusions apply, this Editors' Choice sale from Banana Republic is tied as the largest discount we've seen from the merchant all year. Note that the discount will be taken at the register.

  3. Medal Sports 7-Foot Brookfield Billiards Table with Table Tennis
    Store: Kmart
    Price: $168.99 via coupon code "OFFERS10" with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $283

    Is It Worth It?: In-store pickup here is a smart bet not just for the timeliness, but to dodge the hefty shipping fee of $194.94. At $26 under our mention from two weeks ago and a low by a whopping $283, this gaming table includes a set of poly-resin billiard balls, convertible gaming top, two 57" 2-piece cues, two table tennis paddles, two table tennis balls, and more. With all the savings and accoutrements, we suggest bringing some extra help when you pick this up, as it weighs 218 lbs.

  4. Kindle Fire 2 7" 8GB Android Tablet
    Store: Best Buy
    Price: $139.99 with free in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $19

    Is It Worth It?: The Kindle Fire 2 boasts "faster performance, a better interface with cool new features," and is priced right. It runs a heavily-modified version of Google's Android OS and sports a dual core processor and 7" 1024x600 IPS display. It has 8GB of internal storage, although the intent is to stream most content directly from Amazon Cloud Storage. It also lacks 3G support (WiFi is the only option).

  5. Yankee Candle Coupon
    Discount: $20 off purchases of $45 or more via printable coupon
    Expires: December 24

    Is It Worth It?: Yankee Candle offers the scents of the season (plus "Man Candles" a la Riding Mower, First Down, and 2 X 4) that are perfect for last-minute gifts. Spend $45 or more and use this printable coupon to lop $20 off your total order. This is one of the largest dollar-off discount we've seen from Yankee Candle retail stores and ties with our October mention.


Lou Carlozo is a dealnews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

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Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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