How to Shop Amazon Prime Day 2020 (And 10 of the Best Deals For Canadians)
Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping? Here's how to shop Amazon Prime Day 2020 in Canada, along with some incredible deals worth watching for.
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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is Here
The holidays might look a little different this year thanks to COVID-19, but there’s one seasonal tradition you can still count on—Amazon Prime Day.
When lockdown measures took effect across the country back in March, Canadians increasingly turned to online retailers for their shopping needs. From February to May, e-commerce sales nearly doubled, reaching a record-breaking $3.9 billion in May, according to Statistics Canada. As the pandemic continues—and social distancing guidelines remain in effect—it seems likely that a great deal of holiday gift shopping will be done online as well, and savvy shoppers know that’s what Amazon Prime Day 2020 is all about.
The annual sale, which runs from October 13 at 3 a.m. EST through October 14, has always been a fantastic opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping list. With thousands of discounts across categories including electronics, toys and decor, finding that perfect present—for yourself and others—won’t be hard. The Prime Day sale will also extend to Amazon Canada’s new online storefront, which features a collection of products from more than 70 small- and medium-sized Canadian businesses. Customers can search by region or browse by themed categories, including women-owned businesses and makers. As always, access to the sale is limited to Amazon Prime members (a $79 membership fee grants you a year’s subscription, along with these benefits), but you can start a 30-day free trial and still browse the bargains.
For a head start on Amazon Prime Day 2020, check out 10 of our favourite deals and products from Canadian shops.
Portable Cocktail Kits
Make your favourite drink anywhere, any time with these cocktail kits from Vancouver’s The Cocktail Box Co. Each portable tin contains everything you need for a handcrafted refreshment, from accent bitters to a muddler spoon and even a linen coaster. Just add your spirit of choice and enjoy! (Try one of these classic cocktail recipes you can easily make at home.)
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 15 percent off select DIY cocktail kits and kombucha kits. Four piece cocktail kit set, $79.99, The Cocktail Box Co.
Insulated (and Customizable) Tumblers
Keep drinks hot for up to 12 hours (or cold for up to 24 hours) with Lamose‘s double-wall insulation technology. The Calgary-based brand offers water bottles, tumblers and mugs in a wide assortment of colours, which means you can get one for each member of the family. Bonus: You can get them personalized so there’s no question of whose is whose!
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 35 percent off all products. Insulated wine tumbler, $25.95, Lamose.
Delicious Quinoa Snacks
Sriracha-flavoured puffs? Sign us up! These healthy quinoa-based snacks from GoGo Quinoa in Montreal is the antidote to all the rich holiday meals and desserts you’ll no doubt enjoy this season. We recommend pulling these out for a holiday-themed movie marathon. (Start with this list of the 15 best Christmas movies of all time.)
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 20 percent off select products. Quinoa puffs (9-pack), $39.99, GoGo Quinoa.
For the Flag-Waving Canadian
Surprise and delight everyone on your list with the ultimate Canadiana-themed novelty gifts from Montreal’s Main and Local. Choose from a poutine-shaped (but coconut cream-scented) candle, snazzy ketchup chip socks or this curling rock ceramic mug—ideal for egg nog and hot chocolate alike.
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 20 percent off select souvenirs and gifts. Curling rock ceramic coffee mug, $18.99, Main and Local.
Bee-Friendly Flavoured Honey
While working as an environmental scientist on urban agricultural and beekeeping projects, Aja Horsley noticed a lack of bee-friendly, health-conscious products on the market. That inspired her to launch Calgary-based Drizzle, a line of completely raw, locally-produced honey. Stir the turmeric-infused honey into steamed milk for a coffee shop-calibre treat. Or blend the blueberry and açai version into a smoothie for a sweet burst of flavour. (Did you know that honey is also one of these 16 classic home remedies with new benefits?)
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 20 percent off select products. Turmeric gold raw honey, $17.99, Drizzle.
Ready for Game Night
Play this family-friendly game around the fireplace for a guaranteed good time. The simple card game from Chicoutimi, Quebec’s Totem encourages heart-to-heart talks that’ll build teamwork and strengthen relationships. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, indeed!
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 40 percent off. The Feel Good Game, $24.95, Totem.
Since it looks like we’ll be spending a lot more time outside this winter (due to the higher risk of COVID-19 infection indoors), gear up with cold weather outerwear and accessories from this made-in-Montreal brand. Since it was established in 1977, the family-owned Lupa has been designing essentials like ultra-warm headbands and beanies built to withstand those frigid Quebec winters. Translation? If anyone knows how to dress for the Canadian cold, it’s Lupa.
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 20 percent off select outdoor accessories. Extreme cold fleece-band beanie, $24.99, Lupa.
Stylish Leather Dog Collars
Don’t forget your four-legged friends this holiday! These collars from Toronto-based Angel Pet Supplies Inc. are made with soft, genuine cowhide leather, and are adorned with too-cute bone motifs. (Check out these adorable lazy dog breeds that are expert nappers.)
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 35-50 percent off select products. Leather Bone Collar, $38.86 and Spiked Leather Dog Collar, $31.70, Angel Pet Supplies Inc.
Sleek Smart Thermostat
After graduating from Dalhousie University, Josh Green of St. John’s was searching for a way to help homeowners become more energy efficient and fight climate change. What he came up with was Mysa—a smart thermostat specifically designed for electric baseboards and in-floor heating systems, controlled using an app to set schedules and monitor energy use. Plus, its minimalist design looks good in every room. (Read about how to decorate for the holidays, according to your zodiac.)
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Save up to $50 on smart thermostats. Smart thermostat for electric in-floor heating, $249, Mysa.
Handmade Wool Puppet
Bring story time to life with this puppet from Toronto brand Cate & Levi. Since it’s made with reclaimed wool, no two puppets are the same. The result is a unique toy that’s bound to be passed down through generations.
Amazon Prime Day 2020 deal: Get 20 percent off. Walrus hand puppet, $19.99, Cate & Levi.
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