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'I take it everywhere': Get the super-slim Apple M1 iPad Air for a record-low $399 — plus other deals of the day

Lululemon belt bag, iPad, vertical planter
Don't wait for Memorial Day sales. Save on these style, tech, and home and garden finds before they sell out. (Lululemon, Amazon, Walmart)

Memorial Day is a week away, but savings have already arrived. We've done the legwork and found the best deals worth shopping now, including picks that'll make your long weekend extra awesome. Today you can score a slim but powerful Apple iPad Air for $399 — the lowest price ever — and second-generation AirPods for a mere $80. How 'bout them Apples? If outdoor adventures await, you'll want these top-rated Merrell hikers on your feet for 30% off and this $29 Lululemon Everywhere Bag wrapped 'round your bod. City escapades call for this 70% off Coach tote. And to make your sweet home sweeter, nab this raised garden bed for 60% off. Keep scrolling and get your spring shopping on.

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This 10.9-inch iPad is $200 off with this unreal early Memorial Day deal! That's the lowest price our trackers have seen, and colors are disappearing fast. It's surprisingly light, thin and travel-ready, and the M1 chip supports pretty much any app or game. The bright, bold display is plenty big for video calls and movie watching. 

This dynamo has an impressive 11,000-plus five-star fans on Amazon. One reviewer raved: "The screen is the perfect size for a 'compact computer,' which is what I consider an iPad to be. The graphics are top quality and the weight and size of the iPad make it perfect for at-home use or travel."

Another devotee pairs theirs with an Apple Pencil: "I use this iPad mainly for digital art, note taking and writing books. It gets used for three to six hours every day, and I always leave it turned on 24/7 and I only end up having to charge it every three to four days. I take it everywhere with me because, while it's not very small, it's still smaller than any laptop and will fit in a large purse or tote that I carry around daily."

Don't miss our tech expert's roundup of the best tablets of 2024.

$367 at Amazon
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$550 at Adorama$600 at Staples

Another Apple alert: Second-generation AirPods are down to $80 — on par with the lowest price ever. If you haven't yet switched to wireless earbuds, here's your chance to do it right for less, and you'll have them in time for your Memorial Day getaway. Over 539,000 five-star fans swear by these buds for stellar sound, fit and durability, and they last up to five hours on a single charge. The charging case slips easily into your pocket so you can stay juiced up all day long. And if you ever have a question for Siri, she's just one "Hey Siri" away. AirPods Pro (also on sale) offer a few extra features, but many fans prefer this more affordable version.

This longtime fan tried more expensive models but ultimately returned to their best buds: "Great sound quality, lots of bass and bold sound. They fit nicely in my ears and don’t fall out. The price is reasonable too, half the price of AirPods Pro and PowerBeats Pro."

"The best option for Apple users," added another. "I've tried cheaper options, I've tried more expensive headsets. Nothing beats the convenience of using Apple AirPods with my Apple products. When I want to switch from device to device, boom ... it happens. Every alternative gave me troubles. ... These AirPods are also the most comfortable option I've tried. They are what my ears crave the most."

See whether AirPods make the cut as one of our picks for the best earbuds of 2024

$80 at Amazon
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$80 at Walmart$120 at Adorama

Be prepared for people to stop you on the trail to ask you about your Merrells. The design is functional with a pinch of funky in three appealing palettes. These babies hold steady on uneven, slippery terrain thanks to grippy soles. The uppers are made of waterproof suede, and an impressive variety of recycled and plant-based elements are used to make the tough, grippy hikers. 

"This is a lightweight shoe with good traction," wrote a fan. "It has a nice, grippy sole, good cushioning and stability, and a pretty wide toe box. On top of all that, it's nice-looking. Unlike my other Merrells (Moab and Flight), I did size up a half size as recommended for a little extra length."

Check out more 30% off deals at REI's Anniversary Sale through Memorial Day.

$77 at REI

Make your TV easier to use with this No. 1 bestselling streaming device, now down to $30, on par with the lowest price we've seen this year. Plug the little guy into the back of your telly and use voice commands or your finger to tell the remote which of the 1.5 million available movies and TV episodes you'd like to stream.

"I'm not very tech-savvy," admitted one five-star fan, "but this was extremely easy to set up and also to operate. It's 'plug and play' easy. I purchased it as a way to watch streaming services so I could discontinue paying for overpriced cable service. The remote is easy to use and does everything I need it to do. ... It allows access to all the streaming apps I use. The price can’t be beat. So long, cable TV!"

Here are our other picks for the best streaming devices of 2024.

$40 at Amazon
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$30 at Kohl's$50 at Lowe's

Set your feet free with this cool, flexy find for over 60% off. With a wink to the wingtip style, this Cole Haan combines good looks with all the comforts a spring sneaker should have, including a cushiony footbed, an EVA midsole and nice airflow. It's also on sale in blue and black, but sizes are disappearing fast.

"Very sleek," noted a fan. "I like these sneakers because they don’t have logos, look more polished and you can wear them for different occasions. I wore them at the airport with some black slacks and they’re so comfortable and dressy enough that you don’t look like you’re going to the gym. ... Cole Haan has always good quality footwear."

$60 at Nordstrom Rack

A container box is fine and dandy, but this vertical garden takes things up a notch or six — and it's 60% off. Hang it on a fence or wall and plant your favorite flowers, fruits, veggies and herbs. The steel pipe frame makes a sturdy base and the removable, food-safe plastic boxes are lined with mesh pads and have drainage holes built in. 

"Love my new raised garden bed frame," wrote a pleased planter. "It is much better than the wooden ones I purchased before because the wood tends to swell and deform after a short period of use. This time, I opted for a metal bed. The garden bed is relatively light, easy to assemble, and works well."

$40 at Walmart

We were happy to spy this zippy little belt bag in Lululemon's We Made Too Much section for under $30! It's a clever way to add pockets to any outfit or carry a purse without having to carry a purse. Plus, it's water-repellant and smart for travel. Black and silver styles were still available when we checked this morning.

One reviewer shared: "Cute little bag that I purchased for travel, ended up using it daily instead. It's convenient, lightweight and well-made. Comfortably fits my phone, keys, cards and passport."

$29 at Lululemon

Don't get stuck out there with a dead device. Toss this powerful little power bank — now 40% off! — into your pocket or bag and it'll juice you up pronto. It can recharge an iPhone 13, for example, more than two times over (and it's smaller than one too). It'll re-up a Samsung S22 1.8 times on a single charge, and those AirPods Pros a whopping 13-plus times. That paw has a purpose — it indicates how much charge is left.

One of the over 78,000 five-star fans wrote: "As a tech-savvy traveler, I've tried my fair share of portable chargers, and the Iniu Portable Charger is hands-down one of the best I've used. Its slim and compact design makes it easy to pack in my carry-on luggage or backpack, and the 10000-mAh capacity provides enough juice to keep my devices charged during long flights or sightseeing adventures. I particularly appreciate the USB-C input and output, which allow for fast charging of both the power bank itself and my devices. Plus, the built-in safeguards protect against overcharging and overheating."

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$18 at Amazon

These easy-wearing cotton Hanes shorts are a No. 1 bestseller in two categories, and you can pick some up for as little as $9! The 7-inch inseam covers up jiggles, and the soft cotton moves with you so you can feel confident and comfortable. Plus, they've got real pockets. In short, reviewers feel good about wearing these.

The popular "unicorn" shorts have nearly 40,000 five-star fans of all shapes and sizes. "Perfect for workouts," wrote one happy shopper. "Not too short, which I like, and they don't ride up on my thick thighs."

Another who owns three pairs shared: "I love how comfortable these shorts are. I'm on the taller side, and the length is perfect since I prefer my shorts not to creep up too high. ... They've been my go-to shorts all summer! The pockets are roomy, which I think is a big plus since women's shorts and pants often have tiny pockets."

$9 at Amazon

Big, bold and beautiful: This Coach fave holds everything you need and then some — and it's an incredible 70% off. Tote your wallet, makeup, phone, laptop, umbrella, water bottle, magazine and a cozy extra layer and you'll still have room to spare. There's a handy zipper pocket too. And when you zoom in on that double-face pebbled leather, prepare to swoon. The 10-inch handle drop is just the right length for you to toss it over your shoulder as you strut out of the office in style. See all 15 colors.

"This bag is it!" said one happy buyer. "I use it for work, travel and weekend store runs. It holds up so well under heavy weight, dirty kiddie fingers and my own carelessness. I have a few in different prints so I can rotate them. A must-have!"

Another shopper raved: "I've had my City Tote for a while. Very functional with the organizer insert that Coach offers. ... Many compliments have been given! It's a year-round tote for me!" (The tote insert, it turns out, is also on sale.)

$149 at Coach Outlet

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