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20+ October Prime Day deals that would make great holiday gifts

From stand mixers to viral jackets to headphones, here are some gift-worthy deals from the Prime Early Access Sale.
If you're looking to get a head start on holiday shopping, we rounded up some great deals from the Prime Early Access Sale that could make great gifts this year.
If you're looking to get a head start on holiday shopping, we rounded up some great deals from the Prime Early Access Sale that could make great gifts this year. Kara Birnbaum / NBC / Amazon

For the first time in Prime Day’s history, Amazon is hosting two Prime Day-like events in the same year. The second sale — dubbed the Prime Early Access Sale— ends today (Oct. 12) and offers sitewide savings for Prime members on popular categories ranging from skin care and home goods to tech and fitness equipment. Since it’s so close to the holiday season, Amazon is also introducing a Top 100 list featuring deals on some of the most popular (and gift-worthy) products, the retailer says.

There are numerous deals to take advantage of to get ahead on your gift shopping before the sale event ends. From stand mixers for home cooks to seed pods for indoor gardening enthusiasts, these fall Prime Day deals have you covered when buying for your loved ones with any kind of interest.

The best October Prime Day gift deals

Below, we’re sharing the best Prime Day deals based on our previous coverage and reporting. To ensure the quality of each deal, we’re running deals through price trackers like CamelCamelCamel and Honey — each product is at its lowest price in at least three months.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

  • 4.7-star average rating from 15,179 reviews on Amazon

This lip mask is formulated with vitamin C and shea butter to help moisturize your lips for up to eight hours, according to Laneige. A Select reader favorite that’s also expert-recommended, the lip mask comes in multiple flavors (like Pumpkin Spice or Mango), and each package comes with a tiny applicator so you don’t have to dip your finger into the pot.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

  • 4.7-star average rating from 300,698 reviews on Amazon

The Fire Stick TV plugs into a TV’s HDMI port to enable streaming across platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Peacock and more (a subscription to each service is required). You can use the stick to access live TV from subscriptions, stream music or watch over 200,000 free episodes of shows.

Kitchy Pizza Cutter Wheel

  • Lowest price ever
  • 4.7-star average rating from 35,020 reviews on Amazon

This pizza cutter has a blade guard for easy and secure storage and is dishwasher-safe after being disassembled. The brand promises a clean cut when applying stable vertical pressure to the small device.

Leesa Premium Foam Pillow

  • 4.3-star average rating from 400 reviews on Amazon

Good sleep starts with a good pillow. This foam pillow has ventilation channels to ensure a cool and seamless sleep, according to Leesa, and its cover is machine-washable for easy cleaning. This pillow is a great gift for anyone who could use a good night’s rest (so, everyone).

The Art of Shaving Kit For Men

  • 4.7-star average rating from 641 reviews on Amazon

This shaving bundle includes pre-shave oil, shaving cream, a shaving brush and after-shave balm, which is everything you need for a perfect shave, according to the brand. In our guide to shaving creams, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marisa Garshick recommended the shaving cream in this kit, noting that it’s made with hydrating ingredients like glycerin that “minimize the potential for irritation.”

KitchenAid Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

  • 4.8-star average rating from 2,688 reviews on Amazon

Both a Select staff favorite and an expert-recommended pick, this stand mixer is a great present for the cooks and bakers in your life. My mother has this and absolutely adores it, especially the tilt-head design, which makes it easy to add ingredients. Compared to the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, it’s lighter and smaller, according to KitchenAid, but has the same 10 speed settings and also comes with a dough hook.

Apple Watch Series 8 Smart Watch

  • Lowest price ever
  • 4.4-star average rating from 170 reviews on Amazon

With improved sensors and technology compared to its predecessor, Apple says that the Apple Watch Series 8 can give you a deeper insight into your health and fitness. The newest edition of the Apple Watch includes many features — including temperature sensing, crash detection and more — that are more powerful than editions before, Apple says. It’s easily customizable, too, with different sizes, band materials and colors to choose from so you can pick a style that's just right for your gift recipient.

Beetles Gel Nail Polish Kit - Glowing Attraction Collection

  • 4.6-star average rating from 44,002 reviews on Amazon

With a wide collection of colors, this DIY gel nail polish kit is easy to apply and a mani with the polish should last over three weeks, the brand says. This kit is a great gift for anyone in your life who loves doing their nails, and if they’re salon-goers, it gives them a chance to try it themselves.

ASAKUKI Essential Oil Diffuser

  • 4.6-star average rating from 35,565 reviews on Amazon

This essential-oil diffuser comes with a remote control that allows you to change the LED lighting or misting modes and set a timer. The brand says the diffuser is quiet and its sloping tank means there will be no residual water.

$50 Amazon E-Gift Card

  • 4.8-star average rating from 855,810 reviews on Amazon

Shopping for someone who has everything, someone you don’t know that well or someone who lives far away can be hard, so a gift card can be the safest route. If you buy a $50 gift card during the ongoing Prime Early Access Sale, you will receive a $10 credit for your own use when you apply the code NEWGC2022 at checkout. This deal is only available once per Prime account. You can schedule the delivery date for up to a year from the day you purchase it.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

  • 4.5-star average rating from 28,385 reviews on Amazon

Noise-canceling headphones are a lifesaver in many situations, like during a long flight or while working remotely. As one of our favorite sets of over-ear headphones, not only do these provide crisp sound, but the system also adapts to noisy environments so you always sound clear during phone calls, Bose says. This is a great gift this holiday season for those always on the go, like students.

Dash Heart-Shaped Mini Waffle Maker

  • 4.7-star average rating from 218,322 reviews on Amazon

This waffle maker from Dash is a great gift for someone who is short on space in their kitchen. The waffle maker has a 4-inch nonstick cooking surface that heats up in minutes, according to the brand. Select production coordinator Gabriella DePinho had a Dash mini waffle maker in her dorm room as a student and she said she found it easy to clean, as well as convenient for her living space.

HoMedics Bubble Spa Elite Footbath

  • 4.2-star average rating from 1,272 reviews on Amazon

This foot bath can heat up cold water in minutes and maintain that heated temperature while the machine is running, according to HoMedics. It has water jets to massage your feet and also comes with a pedicure brush for cleansing and a pumice stone for exfoliating your feet.

Aura Carver Smart Digital Picture Frame

  • 4.8-star average rating from 6,282 reviews on Amazon

This Wi-Fi-connected digital picture frame from Aura can hold over 10,000 photos and comes with unlimited cloud storage, without a subscription. Using the Aura app, you can upload photos and videos and invite friends and family to contribute to your frame.

Throw Throw Burrito

  • 4.7-star average rating from 34,530 reviews on Amazon

This card game, from the same brand that makes Select-favorite game Exploding Kittens, requires two to six players. As players collect cards to collect points, they may face a duel or other action card that directs them to throw a squishy burrito toy at their opponent— getting hit with the burrito leads to a deduction of points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

OontZ Angle 3 Bluetooth Speaker

  • 4.5-star average rating from over 185,455 reviews on Amazon

A single charge of OontZ’s portable Bluetooth speaker gives you up to 14 hours of play time, according to the brand, and you can use it in the shower or by the beach or pool it thanks to its IPX5 water-resistant rating. It’s available in nine designs and colors, including blue, pink and white.

AeroGarden Salsa Garden Seed Pod Kit

  • 4.4-star average rating from 3,861 reviews on Amazon

This seed pod kit Select-favorite brand AeroGarden comes with five pre-seeded red heirloom cherry tomato pods, four pre-seeded jalapeño pepper grow pods and a 3-ounce bottle of liquid nutrients. AeroGarden says that if a seed does not sprout, they will replace it for free.

TYMO Hair Straightener Comb

  • 4.4-star average rating from 37,480 ratings on Amazon

This hot hair styling tool combines a heated hair comb and a flat iron in one for an easy way to straighten your hair in one pass. The tool features 3-D brush teeth that evenly distribute heat to reduce damage and frizz, according to the brand. It has five heat settings for five different hair types (like thin, dyed, or thick) and TYMO says it heats up in about 20 seconds. The comb comes with a separate detangling brush, two hair clips, a heat-proof glove and a carrying bag.

Pacrate 7.1 USB Stereo Gaming Headset

  • 4.4-star average rating from 28,657 reviews on Amazon

This gaming headset has a built-in noise-canceling microphone and provides surround sound when connected to a PC or laptop, according to the brand. For a more comfortable fit, it sports soft memory foam earmuffs, as well as a flexible headband that adjusts to fit various head sizes, Pacrate says.

Orolay Women's Down Jacket

  • 4.5-star average rating from 23,191 reviews on Amazon

The viral Orolay Down Jacket has something of a cult-like following online — it has become so popular that some people refer to it as "the coat from Amazon." The oversized down jacket is made of 100% polyester with a 90% duckdown and 10% duckfeather filling. It has a fleece lined hood and six large pockets.

PicassoTiles 60-Piece Set

  • Lowest price ever
  • 4.9-star average rating from 25,626 reviews on Amazon

These magnetic geometrical shapes are both entertaining and educational for children 3 and up, the brand says. Playing with PicassoTiles can help children learn shapes and colors, as well as the basics of design and magnetic polarities, according to the brand.

Coola Organic Mineral Sheer Matte Sunscreen SPF 30

  • 4.5-star average rating from 2,627 reviews on Amazon

Sunscreen is a must for everyone, as numerous dermatologists have reminded us. Coola’s organic mineral sheer matte sunscreen has many benefits built into one product: It is water-resistant and made up of over 70% of organic ingredients, according to the brand. The mineral sunscreen uses zinc oxide to block UV rays, which dermatologists generally prefer. This one is for the beach lovers, runners or anyone who spends time outside daily.

BodyRestore Bedtime Shower Steamers

  • 4.5-star average rating from 8,896 reviews on Amazon

These lavender aromatherapy tablets dissolve in the bathtub and release essential oils for ultimate relaxation and an at-home spa experience, says BodyRestore. Longer lasting than standard shower bombs, according to the brand, and they make a perfect stocking stuffer.

Homesure Leather Journal Notebook

  • 4.7-star average rating from 5,357 reviews on Amazon

With its homemade vintage-inspired design, this compact leather notebook is a great gift for any writer. The 5 by 7-inch notebook has 200 lined pages (100 sheets) that allow the pen to easily glide across the page, says the brand.

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