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It’s the weekend! What better time to take stock of what you might need and hunt for a good price online? I don’t know about you, but it’s a lot easier for me to be patient about what I buy when I can do some from the comfort of my bed or loveseat. I’m doing that right now—and passing my findings onto you. We sift through Amazon’s daily and Gold Box deals every day to find the best ones: this weekend, you can save on a Matein laptop backpack, Amazon’s Echo Show device, a woodsy essential oil diffuser, and more.
1. A handsome school/business backpack
Somehow it’s already almost the end of September, so most everyone has (hopefully) gone back to school by now. However, even if you’re already hitting the books (or commuting for your usual nine-to-five), it’s never to late to upgrade your backpack situation. Sure, side satchels are stylish, but backpacks do the work—and this particular one from Matein isn’t so bad to look at, either. The coloration and design are subtle enough for kids and adults of all ages, and who doesn’t want water resistance, room for a 15.6-inch laptop, and a wealth of pockets? Come for the practicality, stay for the external USB port. This bag probably isn’t perfect, but at a whopping 86% off the list price, it’s definitely well within deal territory.
2. The ever-popular Echo Show device
Amazon’s range of personal, Alexa-enabled devices continues to grow (and become more eclectic)—but there’s good reason for that. Connected folks all over have begun to reap the benefits of a personal home assistant like Alexa, and thanks to Amazon’s range of flexible smart devices, she’s a heck of a lot more industrious than certain competitors (sorry, Siri). The screen-centric Echo Show (2nd Gen.) simplifies the process of everyday tasks like video calling friends or family (hands free), checking your baby monitor, or just fill a room with your favorite music. The thick base beneath the screen is packed with speakers that are about on par with what’s in your flat-screen TV, if you didn’t know.
3. A woodsy essential oil diffuser
Essential oil diffusers are a great way to prep your bedroom or office for the shift from summer into drier and more arid autumn and winter air, but they can also be a great way to bring a bit of aesthetic pop to a room. This Tolkienesque product sports a very handsome dark wood-grain look, though it belies its naturalistic disguise via color-changing LED light. As someone who lights my bedside with color-changing LED candles, however, I can’t hold that against it. Not only does a diffuser like this help humidify the air, it also releases aromatherapy oils, meaning it exudes a relaxing aura in both form and function. It’s on sale this weekend—your stress levels may thank you.
4. A stainless steel box grater
If you work with a lot of parmesan and grated vegetables in your kitchen, there’s a good chance you’ve already invested in a better box grater than this spare, four-sided product from Spring Chef. However, if you’ve just moved and need to re-up your kitchen essentials or you’re thinking about getting more seriously into cooking and meal prep, a decent grater can go a long way. This grater is a good way to try your hand at the grating game without forking out a bunch of money on a more “prosumer” type product. With 1,500+ reviews and a 5-star rating on Amazon, I’m willing to bet you won’t be the first aspiring chef to do so.
5. A ukulele for your musical musings
Normally priced at $99, you can get the Cordoba UP100 ukulele pack for $79 this weekend. Often considered the perfect size for a child (and generally much cheaper, in a 1:1 quality consideration ratio, than child-size guitars), ukuleles are very popular ways to give your child (or yourself) the gift and grit of making music without buying something that’s so cheap it’ll only frustrate. I own multiple Cordoba guitars myself, and have played the company’s ukuleles before. This all-mahogany ukulele is a great starter instrument for aspiring strummers of all ages, and thanks to the fact that ukuleles are in an “open” tuning (meaning the open strings describe a harmony/chord already), it’s very easy to start plunking out pretty little numbrs as soon as you get it in tune. This pack comes with the ukulele, a digital tuner, a travel gig bag, a chord/lesson book, and two picks. Start making music!
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