Amazon Prime Day 2020: Top 10 Useful Items We Snagged In The Past

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Ahhh…Amazon Prime Day! There’s always so much every year to go through (thanks to the monster that is an online shopping site where you can buy literally anything.) SO. Since it can be kind of daunting to go through all the good deals, I did it for ya!

A Quick PSA: Because Amazon Prime Day deals change from year-to-year, it’s hard to predict what exactly will be on sale, but we wanted to be able to give you guys a little Prime Day heads-up based on what we found in the past.

Top 10 Amazon Prime Day Deals We Snagged In The Past

I looked back at some of our previous Amazon Prime Day posts and found the top 10 items I’d focus on. You know…the type of thing you might not get super-excited to buy but sort of need. And what better time to get those kinda things than when they’re on sale?

1. Luggage

Now, I understand with the climate of our world right now, traveling isn’t really happening too much. But I’ve realized how old and dingy my luggage is and that (despite really wanting to buy new clothes and shoes instead)…I do need a replacement. A GOOD replacement — durable, won’t-have-holes-like-all-my-other-suitcases type of good. Even if you’re not traveling and just need a weekend bag…(well, maybe you’re like me and feel the need to bring your entire suitcase) these are worth a look. A girl needs options.

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Samsonite Expandable Luggage


2. Smart Lock

I remember the days when we worked in Shana’s house and Gwen would have to unlock S’ door for us from miles away with this cool gadget. I’m not one to geek out on technology, but I really just thought this was the coolest thing ever and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since…

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

August Smart Lock Pro


3. The Nespresso

This thing right here… a lifesaver. Another throwback to working at Shana’s house.. when I’d have 5 shots of espresso from this bad boy a day. Don’t ask why.. I’m truly not sure. I guess it was just that good.

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Nespresso Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine


4. Instant Pot

With the chaos that is working and schooling from home… dinner is the very last thing anyone wants to think about (unless you’re one of those people that loves cooking.. in that case I envy you.) I used to throw a bunch of stuff in this when I was in college, let it sit while I got my work done and bam! Easy dinner.

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Instant Pot


5. Breville Smart Oven

I didn’t know how convenient a little oven was until I no longer had a little oven. This one comes with 10 settings: toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, reheat, warm, and slow cook. Doing the hard-thinking for me. I like it!

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Breville Smart Oven Pro


6. Dyson Cordless Stick Vacuum

Another one of those things I didn’t really realize needed to be GOOD-good until I used a cheap one that did nothing but push dirt around. Lesson learned… you get what you pay for with these kinda things. Adulting is so fun!

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Dyson Vacuum


7. Kindle

I remember being so against Kindles when they first came out because I hated the idea of staring at another screen considering how much time we already spend doing that. But once I checked it out in person, it’s SO NOT what I thought. The screen literally looks like a page right out of a book rather than a bright screen. I personally love the look of the white but it’s available in black, too! (AND there’s an option for kids, now.)

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Kindle | Kindle for Kids


8. Laptop & Laptop Bag

If you’re looking for a good starter laptop for kids, this one comes highly recommended by S and Raines. (Especially now that virtual schooling is a big thing.) And of course, you obviously need a cute backpack to go with it. I’ve personally always loved the Herschel bags.

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Acer Chromebook | Herschel Laptop Bag


9. Art Supplies

Who knew art supplies could be so freakin’ expensive?! I truly did not until I went to college, and now I refuse to pay full price for these things. In one of the years’ past sales, I bought a whole set of illustration markers that I had been wanting forever but could not justify buying at the time (before it went on sale.) Now, whenever I’m ready to upgrade my art supplies, I just wait for Amazon Prime Day or Amazon’s Cyber Monday. Now with quarantine, it’s the perfect distraction. (PS: I had to include that fashion drawing set because as a kid I would have spent HOURS on that. S says she would have, too.)

Recycled Paper Sketchbook | Mixed Media Set | Fashion Plates


10. Family Game Night

Family game night has been more crucial than ever these past 100,000 months. Not getting out all day? Allll the extra pre-bed jitters? Game night is the easiest solution. S bought that Axis and Allies game for Raines (although challenging, he loved.) I had to include Mancala…I remember being obsessed with it when I went to summer camp as a kid. It’s been awhile, so I might just have to get it and relearn how to play. Jenga… a classic that I’ve always been sort of terrified of but have never failed to have a good time with. I also included tic tac toe…I don’t know if kids now will be entertained by such a simple game, but a). It’s just a pretty decorative piece for the coffee table and b). I mean…move over I’ll play! Amazon has a TON of other games you can choose from, too. I was also lookin’ at Pictionary and Bubble Talk just for the laughs.

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.

Mancala | Axis & Allies | Jenga | Tic Tac Toe


For more Amazon Prime Day shopping inspo, check out our other posts from Prime Days past!

Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you guys are eyeing up for the Prime Day Sale!

-Danielle

ps: This one’s for the pinners…

Amazon Prime Day's 2020 deals will be a surprise, but we think a heads-up on some of our fav past purchases is useful -- like our top 10 items.
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Danielle — easily — wins the most helpful award in almost every category. While her background is Design & Merchandising, she has become the TME jack of all trades, working on our website design, infrastructure and graphic design, in addition to writing articles. A lover of neutrals, she manages to come up with seriously cool outfits using basic wardrobe staples, is a whiz at distilling trends, and — thanks in part to her own style — is a natural at making practical outfits more interesting.

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  1. I had the1970s version of fashion plates (it was my older sister’s first) and it was so much fun. Luckily my Mom saved it and now my 9 year old is also enjoying it. The patterned backs are the best feature! For pencil crayons, look for Caran d’Ache. They are spendy but so worth a smaller set of those over larger set of lesser quality.

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