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10 genius inventions to help you not just survive but #thrive this winter

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These ten items are everything you didn't know you needed for this winter.
These ten items are everything you didn’t know you needed for this winter.

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It won’t be long now until Old Man Winter rears its ugly head. In fact, if you sit really still, you can already start to feel the chill come over you (*shivers*). There’s no fighting it, unfortunately, and the only way out is through. So, do yourself a favor and invest in some gear to help you prepare for the temperature drop. 

Magnetic Car Snowshield: 2-Pack

These magnetic windshield covers will save you from scraping snow off your windshield this winter. Secure it to your front window with the attached magnets, tuck the straps inside your door, and pull it off when you’re ready to drive. Just like that, the snow will come right off with little to no effort.

MSRP: $69.95

Sale Price: $18.99

Belmint Heated Shiatsu Foot Massager

Cold weather always makes joints achier and muscles stiffer. Give yourself some much-needed relief whenever you need it with this Belmint Heated Foot Massager. It uses powerful kneading Shiatsu nodes and a built-in heater to give you full 15-minute massages whenever your heart desires.

MSRP: $139.99

Sale Price: $99.99

Beard Head® The First-Ever Bearded Headwear: Barbarian Vagabond

This bizarre beanie comes with an adjustable beard mask so you can keep your face warm and comfortable and indulge your inner barbarian. You can easily detach the beard with velcro on the days you aren’t feeling particularly husky.

MSRP: $34.99

Sale Price: $27.99

SUSTAIN Sport Heated Scarf

Stay toasty and look good without the need for tons of layers with this SUSTAIN Heated Scarf. It provides portable warmth while you’re on the move for over 3.5 hours at a time, making commutes and nights out on the town more bearable in the winter.

MSRP: $99.99

Sale Price: $80

Reindeer Zoo Snood

Keep your pup comfortably warm in cold weather with this ridiculously cute reindeer snood. It’s made of super-soft yarn, keeps your dog’s ears and neck warm, and part of the profits go to various animal welfare organizations that are committed to helping pets in need.

MSRP: $24.99

Sale Price: $19.99

Shiatsu Pillow Massager with Heat

Keep this Shiatsu Pillow Massager at your desk to loosen up your muscles and keep you warm while you work. The ergonomic design fits perfectly in the small of your back or neck and its four deep-kneading rotating nodes help relieve aches, knots, and muscle tension. Just sit back and relax while it massages the pain of winter away. 

MSRP: $89.95

Sale Price: $39.99

Telescoping Ice Brush

Everyone needs an ice and snow brush in their glovebox. If you don’t have one, now’s your chance to pick one up on sale. This one features a scraper side for ice, a brush side for snow and debris, and an extra-long handle for convenient windshield clearing.

MSRP: $29.99

Sale Price: $14

Instant Reusable Handwarmers: 10-Pack

These magical pouches will keep your hands, bum, or even food warm all winter long. All you have to do is snap the small discs inside and they’ll instantly heat up. Reactivate them for additional uses by throwing them in a pot of boiling water. 

MSRP: $25

Sale Price: $17

Heated Ice Scraper With Flashlight

Make removing snow and ice from your car easier on yourself with this Heated Ice Scraper. Plug it into your car’s lighter jack and in a few minutes, it’s ready to melt away the mess. Plus, it features a built-in flashlight to make cleaning at night much easier.

MSRP: $34.99

Sale Price: $17

Saltnets Snow & Ice Melting Mat

This magical mat can melt snow and ice on contact without electricity or toxic chemicals. Just throw it over icy spots on your driveway or sidewalk and it releases a proprietary mix of proven melting agents to kick ice and snow to the curb. 

MSRP: $49.99

Sale Price: $39.99

Amazon Black Friday 2019: what deals to expect

When it comes to Black Friday, there is one undisputed king of the jungle (or should that be rainforest?). Over the last Black Friday period, Amazon took a 26 percent share of the total retail industry in the UK. That means over a quarter of the UK’s Black Friday shopping in 2018 was done on the giant online marketplace.

Amazon’s share was actually up 3 percent on the previous year, showing that their Black Friday sales are still growing. We don’t know if this trend will continue, but we are sure that Black Friday is a massive event for Amazon and that the company will be celebrating it in an equally massive way. In fact, Black Friday is an integral part of Amazon’s retail policy and their preparations for it take place year-round.

Which means: massive savings and deals for you.

When is Black Friday in 2019?

This year, Black Friday falls on Nov. 29. Cyber Monday, the other big sales date during the Black Friday period, is on Dec. 2. Since Amazon’s Black Friday sales often run across a couple of weeks, we expect them to start mid-November and finish in early December.

Best Amazon Black Friday Deals 2019

Amazon Black Friday 2019 Amazon device deals

If you’re hoping to pick up an Amazon device like a smart speaker, tablet, or smart TV stick, Black Friday is the time to strike. Amazon always celebrates by discounting their own devices and last year Amazon devices were three out of five of the site’s top-selling Black Friday products.

The all-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) was the company’s second top-selling product, with almost 11 thousand purchases. Amazon slashed the price of their smart speaker in half, bringing it down from £49.99 to £24.99.

Next followed the Fire TV Stick, that was £15 off at £24.99, and the Echo (2nd Gen) that was down to £54.99 from £89.99. Making it into Amazon’s top 10 best-selling products at number eight was the Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, which was £15 off at £34.99.

In case you’re wondering, Amazon’s top-selling Black Friday product was the SanDisk Ultra 128GB Memory Card, with over 17 thousand purchases and a price fall of over £20.

Other Amazon devices you could grab at a discounted rate included the Echo Spot (£89.99, was £119.99), Kindle Paperwhite (£89.99, was £119.99), Fire 7 tablet (£29.99, was £49.99) and Fire HD 10 tablet (£99.99, was £149.99).

You could also make a saving if you bought an Amazon device as part of a bundle with a variety of other gadgets. For instance, a Philips Hue White Bulb E27 with Echo Plus bundle was £109.99 (previously £139.99) and £169.99 with the Echo Show (previously £219.99). You could also buy Amazon smart speakers with Ring Video Doorbell devices, like the Amazon Echo Spot and Ring Video Doorbell Pro Kit for £228.99, instead of £238.99.

Amazon also ran big savings on their subscriptions: 50 percent off Audible for 4 months (£3.99/month instead of £7.99), 75 percent off a Kindle Unlimited Membership for 3 months (£1.99/month instead of £7.99), and 3 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 99p (£23.97).

Amazon Black Friday 2019 TV deals

TVs are big-ticket items and they are always heavily discounted on Black Friday. If you need a new TV or are waiting to realise your full Ultra HD, 4K, wide-screen dream, there’s no better time to do it than Black Friday.

Last year you could pick up a state-of-the-art Philips 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV with HDR Plus and 3-sided Ambilight (2018 Model) at over £500 off for £1,999. The still impressively sized 65-inch model was over 25 percent off at £599, down from £800, while the 50-inch model was £399 down from £450.

The 65-inch wide-screen Hisense 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV (2018 Model) was only £569 down from £699. Big savings could be made on the Sony Bravia 55-inch Android 4K HDR TV (£639, was £1,199) with £560 off, and there was £500 off the Sony Bravia 49-inch Android 4K HDR TV (£599, was £1,099)

If you were after something more compact, there were great deals on the Sony Bravia 43-inch Android 4K HDR TV (£539, was £899) and Samsung UE40NU7120 40-inch 4K TV (£343.50, was £529.99).

Amazon Black Friday 2019 laptop deals

Laptops are another big tech investment you’ll want to wait until Black Friday to make. Although not every laptop will be discounted, if you’re flexible about the model or make you buy, you’re sure to pick up a bargain.

The well-reviewed Microsoft Surface Go is a portable tablet and laptop hybrid, and the 8GB RAM model could be bought at a £50 discount for £449.99. The 4GB RAM model was also £27 off at £353.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 14-inch Notebook was £60 off at £619.99, the Huawei MateBook X Pro 13.9-inch was £200 off at £1,299.99, and the ASUS ZenBook 13 13.3-inch was £200 off at £699.99.

Those looking for a laptop with a bit of oomph for gaming could get an Asus 15.6-inch gaming laptop for £1,049.99 (was £1,399.99), an Aorus X7 DT v8 17.3-inch gaming laptop for £2,549.99 (was £2,999), or the ACER Aspire 7 15.6-inch Gaming Notebook for £599.99 (was £749.99).

Amazon Black Friday 2019 gaming deals

Gaming can be an expensive pastime when you factor in the console, games, and accessories you need to purchase before you can get started. That’s why we recommend going all in on Black Friday when you can make a big saving on your setup.

The biggest way to save is on bundles. Last year, there was a huge discount on the Xbox One S bundle with Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Spyro Reignited Trilogy (£199.99, was £329.99).

The latest Xbox, the Xbox One X 1TB, with in-demand games Fallout 76, Forza Horizon 4, and FIFA 19 was £130 off at £399.99. And the latest PlayStation, the PS4 Pro 1TB, with FIFA 19 and Fallout 76 was £50 off at £339. The Nintendo Switch, which usually costs £279, was £249.

There were also price reductions on must-have new releases like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Amazon Black Friday 2019 audio deals

Amazon offered discounts of up to 60 percent on speakers over the Black Friday period. There was up to £100 off SONOS speakers and up to 33 percent off microphones, too. Top brands were significantly reduced and we’re certain the same thing will happen this year.

Trendy Beats by Dre EP On-Ear Headphones were half price at £45 and Sony Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones were £70 off at £79.99.

The Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Microphone was £94 off at £229, as were their Beoplay H5 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.

Amazon Black Friday 2019 other deals

There were discounts on smartphones, like £100 off the top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (£769, was £869) and £100 off the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (£799, was £899).

Amazon slashed prices on appliances, like the Nespresso Lattissima Touch Automatic Coffee Machine (£149, was £279.99). Hardcore coffee fans could make a huge £300 saving on the Krups Evidence EA893840 Automatic Espresso Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, down to £599.99.

Health and beauty-wise, there was up to 40 percent off best-selling luxury fragrances and 35 percent off top protein powder and supplement brands. One incredible saving was on the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 4300 Electric Toothbrush with travel case, that was £55 down from £179.99.

How to get the best deals from Amazon on Black Friday 2019

If you’re serious about making the most of Amazon’s Black Friday sales, it’s worth signing up to be an Amazon Prime member. Prime members get early and exclusive access to offers like Lightning Deals, which only last for a matter of minutes or hours, and Prime-only deals.

An Amazon Prime membership comes with lots of perks, like free delivery (including Same-Day Delivery), exclusive savings, thousands of films and TV shows on Prime Video, eBooks, magazines and comics with Prime Reading, and music streaming with Prime Music. It costs £7.99 a month but you can sign up to a 30-day free trial if you need to test the waters. Students can get a free six-month trial and an Amazon Prime Student membership costs just £3.99 a month.

As well as Lightning Deals, Amazon runs Deals of the Day throughout the Black Friday period. These are exactly as they say on the tin – special offers that expire after 24 hours.

Unless you see a Lightning Deal or Deal of the Day offer on a product you want in the run up to Black Friday itself, we recommend holding your horses until Nov. 29 to buy that long-hankered for item, as this is when the big discounts really come out to play.

Post by Stephanie Soh of the team. Originally appeared on