Christmas 2022 live blog: Best Black Friday deals, Christmas movies, PS5 restock tracker, holiday decorations and more



This 4.7-star-rated doll house is $100 off at Amazon today

Big presents really wow on Christmas morning. And Amazon has a great deal on a big gift: You can save more than $100 on this wooden four-level dollhouse.



This wooden dollhouse measures 4.5 feet tall and works with most fashion dolls (such as Barbie).

Says one Amazon reviewer: “This dollhouse was fabulous and my 5 year old loved it. It really brought back memories of when I had a doll house as a child.”

Kidcraft Majestic Wood Dollhouse, $134 (reduced from $240)

By Fox Van Allen


Stock up on Yankee Candles at Walmart: They’re half price this week

Walmart has the scents of the season on sale. You can pick up a Yankee Candle in balsam and cedar, Christmas cookie, cranberry chutney and more scents for $10 each during Walmart Deals for Days.



Each 22-ounce candle burns for 110-150 hours. Yankee Candles make great gifts for unexpected company.

Yankee Candle holiday scents, $10 (reduced from $19)

By Fox Van Allen


Jewelry gift idea: Diamond Nexus round cut stud earrings

Looking for a luxury gift to give a loved one this holiday season? Jewelry is a present that keeps shining for years to come. But diamond earrings can easily cost an arm and a leg. Fortunately, these days there’s an alternative that the average person can’t distinguish from the real deal: lab-created diamonds. 

Because the diamonds in these earrings are created in a lab, they’re sure to be conflict-free. That’s one of the many reasons these 4.5-star-rated earrings are our pick for the most wanted jewelry gift of 2022

Round Cut Stud Earrings

Diamond Nexus

With these classic diamond-alternative earrings from Diamond Nexus, you have your choice of precious metal type, center stone size and certification status. The diamonds on this piece are lab-created, but indistinguishable from a perfect diamond. The earrings have a low profile, so they never appear droopy.

Diamond Nexus .66 cts round cut stud earrings, $504 (reduced from $720)

For more jewelry recommendations, check out our guide to the most wanted jewelry of 2022.

By Carolin Lehmann


Gift idea: Theragun Mini

Know a gym rat who’s always on the road? Theragun Mini may not replace the need for a full-size, full-powered massage gun, but it does make a great gift option for anyone who travels often and wants to bring a massage gun along. Plus, it’s on sale right now. 

Theragun mini


The Theragun Mini weighs just 1.43 pounds. It offers 20 pounds of force and three speeds — 1,750; 2,100 and 2,400 PPMs. While the three standard-size Theragun models are Bluetooth enabled, the Mini is not. 

The Mini is covered under a one-year warranty.

Theragun Mini, $180 (regularly $200)

Theragun Mini, $179 and up (reduced from $199)

By Danica Creahan


Get the best deal all year on the Apple Watch Series 8 at Walmart now

The newest Apple Watch just came out a couple months ago, but it’s already $50 off at Walmart during the retailer’s early Black Friday sale. It’s the best deal we’ve seen on the Apple Watch Series 8, full stop.



The waterproof Apple Watch Series 8 tracks your activity and your vitals — it takes ECGs, warns against irregular heart rhythms, measures blood oxygen levels, provides ovulation estimates and can warn others when a serious fall or car accident is detected. It comes with three free months of Apple Fitness+.

Apple Watch Series 8, $349 (reduced from $399)

There are plenty more must-see deals at the Walmart Deals for Days sale. Click here to see this week’s best deals during Walmart’s Black Friday sale.

By Fox Van Allen


This Christmas morning outfit is one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2022

Looking for cozy loungewear that’s chic enough to hang out in on Christmas morning? Look no further than one of Oprah’s favorite things: Spanx AirEssentials



Oprah isn’t the only one obsessed with Spanx’s new loungewear collection. A CBS Essentials staffer lives in these wide-legged pants, which she describes as “unbelievably comfy” and “loungewear that doesn’t feel schlubby.” 

Spanx AirEssentials, $118 and up

To shop more of Oprah’s annual Favorite Things List, check out our roundup of the best picks from Oprah’s list

By Danica Creahan


Walmart has all new Black Friday deals today, and they’re pretty [fire emoji]

Walmart refreshes its Black Friday deals every Monday at noon, which means a whole new slate of bargains just went live for Walmart+ members​. (These deals will be available to everyone at 7 p.m. EDT / 4 p.m. PDT.)

Here are my picks for the best Walmart Black Friday deals this week:

For more, check out CBS Essentials writer Kaylyn McKenna’s roundup, Walmart Deals for Days: This week’s best deals during Walmart’s Black Friday sale.

By Fox Van Allen


Black Friday deal: Save $110 on the Our Place Home Cook Duo

Update your cookware ahead of the holiday season with the help of Our Place’s big Black Friday sale. Grab this dynamic duo — the Always Pan and the Perfect Pot — for $110 off during the Our Place Black Friday sale.

Our Place Home Cook Duo

Our Place

Designed to do the work of eight cookware pieces, the Always Pan and The Perfect Pot from Our Place will replace the majority of your old pots and pans collection. And both will look great in your kitchen while doing it. 

Our Place Home Cook Duo, $200 (reduced from $310)

By Danica Creahan


A new way to play with Squishmallows: Monopoly: Original Squishmallows Collector’s Edition

Squishmallows are one of the hottest toys of the 2022 holiday season. Now, there’s a new way to play with these adorable plushies. Put your squishing and collecting skills to the ultimate test this holiday season with Monopoly: Squishmallows Collector’s Edition from The Op. 

Monopoly: Original Squishmallows Collector's Edition

The Op

Buy, sell and trade with Squishmallows favorites from the Classic Squad to the Fantasy Squad including Fifi the Fox, Hans the Hedgehog, Cienna the Caticorn, and more. In this Squishmallows edition of Monopoly, classic Railroad properties are updated to Rare Edition, Ultra Rare, Special Edition, and Select Series. Plus, This special edition board game includes Cam the Cat Plush – an exclusive Squishmallows collectible that you can only find in this game.

Squishmallows Monopoly is designed for 2-6 players ages 8 and up.

Monopoly: Original Squishmallows Collector’s Edition, $60

Shopping for Squishmallows this season? Check out our guide to the best Squishmallows of 2022.

By Danica Creahan


Watch Hallmark Christmas movies for free on Pluto

Feel like watching a Christmas movie, even in the middle of November? Free streaming service Pluto has you covered with a dedicated channel streaming Christmas movies 24/7. Tap the button below to start watching a Christmas movie on Pluto right now.

CBS Essentials and Pluto are both subsidiaries of Paramount.

By Fox Van Allen


Score a deal on the NuFace mini supercharged skincare routine set

Save $50 on this bundle gift set, which includes the NuFace mini toning device along with a super peptide booster serum, a silk creme applicator, a skincare brush and a mini travel bag. It’s the perfect introductory kit for those that are new to NuFace’s products — and makes a great gift, for a loved one or even yourself. 



The NuFace mini portable toning device stimulates the face with an FDA-cleared micro-current treatment that promises to contour and improve skin tone, while reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

NuFace mini supercharged skincare routine, $196 (reduced from $245)

For more beauty deals to shop before the holidays, check out our beauty gift guide

By Danica Creahan


Gift idea: Core Meditation Trainer premium bundle

Give the gift of improved focus and guided meditations this yeah with Core by Hyperice. The Core Meditation Trainer is both an app and a handheld meditation device designed to ease people into meditation. Anticipating an extra hectic holiday season? Maybe treat yourself to one, too. The Core premium bundle is on sale right now for $50 off. 

Core Meditation Trainer premium bundle


The Core Meditation Trainer tracks heart rate and stress levels, and uses biometrics to encourage breath control and focus while you navigate meditation techniques with the help of the Core app. After each meditation session, Core displays feedback so you can see your progress over time.

The Core premium bundle comes with the Core Meditation Trainer and 12 months of premium app content, which includes thousands of guided meditation options, breath training and soundscapes.

Core premium bundle, $199 (reduced from $249) 

By Danica Creahan


Top-rated STEM gift: National Geographic learning toys are on sale at Amazon today

Looking for a gift that encourages learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields? Amazon has deals right now on National Geographic science kits, including a National Geographic rocket launcher for kidsa chemistry set and this Earth science kit that’s $5 off.


National Geographic via Amazon

The National Geographic Earth science kit allows kids to build their own volcano, grow crystals and perform a geological dig. There are 15 experiments in total. For ages 8 and up.

National Geographic Earth Science Kit, $25 (reduced from $30)

By Fox Van Allen


Kim Kardashian’s Skims just launched its holiday collection

Skims, the shapewear and loungewear brand created by Kim Kardashian, just launched its new holiday collections with the help of Skai Jackson, Landon Barker, Suede Brooks and Larray. The collections include robes, shapewear, loungewear and more.



Skims’ newly-unveiled Holiday Gift Shop includes over 30 new styles and 15 limited-edition collections that are perfect for gifting this holiday season. The collections include a mix of new items and reinvented favorites in new holiday colors. 

Shop the Skims Holiday Shop now

By Kaylyn McKenna


Get your Christmas decorations now at Amazon and save over 50%

Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to pick up new Christmas decorations. Buy now, and you’ll save big at Amazon.



Take advantage of the following deals on National Tree Company artificial wreaths, centerpieces and Christmas trees. All are rated 4 stars or higher, and all are discounted at Amazon now ahead of Black Friday.

By Fox Van Allen


Save $50 on a 4.7-star-rated sous vide cooker in time for Thanksgiving



If you’ve never had sous vide cooked meat and vegetables, well — you’re missing out. The 12.8-inch Anova Nano sous vide precision cooker circulates heated water at exact temperatures to cook foods to perfection. Rated 4.7 stars on Amazon.

Anova Nano sous vide precision cooker, $99 (reduced from $149)

For more deals on top-rated kitchen gadgets, check out the best early Black Friday deals you can shop at Amazon now.

By Fox Van Allen


Trying to score a PS5 for Christmas? Here’s how to do it

Last year, it was all but impossible to find a PS5 in your local big box store. It’s a bit easier in 2022, but your best bet for scoring a PlayStation 5 console is still going to be online.

The next major retailer to restock the PS5 is Amazon. According to the company, the next PlayStation 5 restock is happening Friday, Nov. 11.

PS5 at Amazon

Sony via Amazon

To get a PS5 at Amazon, you don’t need to be online at a specific time or frantically smash the refresh button on your browser. Instead, Amazon has an invitation-based system — you click a button to tell Amazon you’re interested in buying a PS5 when it’s available, and the company will email you when it finally is. (Your new PS5 will be reserved for a short time.)

If you’re trying to maximize your odds of getting a PlayStation 5 console, we recommend keeping an eye out for a PS5 gaming bundle. Your odds of getting a PS5 increase with each invitation you request, so why not go through and request an invite for them all? You won’t be charged for a PlayStation 5 console until you actually buy one.

PlayStation 5 console bundled with Horizon Forbidden West, $550

PlayStation 5 console bundled with God of War: Ragnarok, $560

By Fox Van Allen


Looking for a spare TV? This top-rated 55″ Roku TV is less than $200 for Black Friday

Looking for the best budget TV deal this holiday season? Check out the 55″ TCL 4-Series Roku 4K TV, on sale at Walmart for less than $200 right now. It’s got the Roku interface built-in, so streaming all your favorite shows is a snap.

I bought this television myself when it was nearly $100 more expensive, and I don’t regret it for a moment.



Fans of the super-simple Roku platform will enjoy this TCL smart TV with a built-in Roku system. Plus, the picture quality of this 4-Series model is stunning for the price. Rated 4.3 stars at Walmart.

55″ TCL 4-Series Roku TV with 4K resolution, $188 (reduced from $298)

For more Walmart deals, check out the top 10 best deals at Walmart’s early Black Friday sale, Deals for Days.

By Fox Van Allen


Holiday treat: Save $13 on Starbucks peppermint mocha K-Cup coffee pods

Need some java for your new coffee maker? Add some holiday cheer to your morning cup of Joe with Starbucks peppermint mocha K-Cups. This pack of 60 K-cups is currently on sale, and will likely save you a Starbucks trip — or 60. 


Starbucks Store via Amazon

This six-pack of K-Cups includes 10 coffee pods per box. It’s currently on sale for $13 off ahead of Black Friday.

Starbucks peppermint mocha K-Cup coffee pods, $43 (regularly $56)

For more deals on coffee pods, check out our Starbucks gift guide

By Danica Creahan


Everyone in the family can get the perfect cup with the Keurig K-Elite coffee maker

This single-serve Keurig is a convenient option if you’re planning on hosting family this holiday season and don’t want to play barista the entire time. Right now, you can save $39 on this Keurig coffee maker at Amazon.



The Keurig K-Elite coffee maker makes a single cup of coffee at a time. It features a 75-ounce water reservoir so you can make cups of coffee for everyone in your family, one after another. 

The device features a strong brew button, an iced coffee setting and hot water on demand perfect for making tea and hot chocolate this fall.

Keurig K-Elite coffee maker, $150 (regularly $189)

For more deals on coffee pods and coffee makers, check out our Starbucks gift guide

By Danica Creahan


Magic Mixies, one of the hottest toys of 2022, is now double discounted at Amazon

The Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball was one of the hottest toys of 2021, and it’s hot again for the 2022 holiday season. Not only is this bestselling toy on sale, but there’s an extra Amazon coupon deal available where you can save another $17.32.


Magic Mixies

What make the 4.4-star-rated Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball so popular? Play starts with waving the magic wand and saying the right magic words. Then, this crystal ball fills with mist (refill packs are available) and a fortune-telling plush is revealed.

Be sure to apply the coupon before checkout to get the best price at Amazon.

Magic Mixies Magical Misting Crystal Ball, $52 after coupon (reduced from $85)

By Fox Van Allen


Cozy up this Christmas with an oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket

Looking for a budget-friendly gift to grab for the whole family this year?  The Comfy Original wearable blanket will put an end to your blanket-sharing woes and keep everyone ultra cozy this winter. Plus, it’s on sale right now. 

Extra cozy housecoat for fall: The Comfy original oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket


As seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” this bestselling ultra plush wearable blanket is perfect for staying cozy around the house. The Comfy original oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket comes in plenty of fun patterns and colors, making it easy to personalize your to the recipient. 

The Comfy original oversized microfiber and sherpa wearable blanket, $44 and up (reduced from $55) 

For more budget-friendly gift ideas, check out our guide to presents under $100.

By Danica Creahan


Save over $200 on a Great Jones family style cookware set

Looking to upgrade your cookware ahead of the holiday hosting season? Great Jones is a female-founded brand that makes lasting modern kitchen pieces — right now you can save $240 on this 4.5 star-rated five-piece set. 


Great Jones

This must-have cookware set has everything you need to cook a holiday feast, make a cozy Sunday night dinner or throw together a casual weeknight meal. The set includes: an 8-quart stock pot, a deep sauté pan, a 3-quart sauce pan, a non-stick frying pan made with a non-toxic ceramic coating, two stainless-steel lids and a gorgeous 6.75-quart enameled cast-iron dutch oven that comes in seven colors.

Great Jones cookware makes a low-risk gift, too. The company offers a 60-day trial and free returns on its products.

Great Jones Family Style cookware set (5 pc.), $375 (regularly $615)

Great Jones cookware is one of our 100 Most Wanted Holiday Gifts of 2022.

By Danica Creahan


Early Black Friday deal: Score a Chromebook for just $79

Looking to get on top of your gift shopping early this year? Then you’re in luck, because Walmart’s early Black Friday sale is already up and running with tons of great deals on tech gifts — such as the affordable and convenient Chromebook we’ve highlighted below. 



Whether it’s for streaming, doing schoolwork or playing light mobile games, this 11.6-inch HP Chromebook is a great, inexpensive Chromebook option. The device has metal reinforced corners and is 122cm drop-tested, so it’s a durable option if you’re looking for a Chromebook to take on the go or to gift to a young student.

At $79 during Walmart’s Deals for Days sale, it’s an unbeatable deal for a Chromebook from a respected brand.

11.6″ HP Chromebook (4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage), $79 (reduced from $98)

For more early Black Friday deals from Walmart, check out our roundup of the best things to save on during the Deals for Days sale

By Danica Creahan


Holiday movie highlight: ‘Falling for Christmas’ starring Lindsay Lohan

It may only be November, but Christmas is coming early this year in the form of a new Netflix holiday movie. Lindsay Lohan makes a triumphant rom-com return in “Falling for Christmas,” out tomorrow on Netflix.  

(L to R) Chord Overstreet as Jake Russell, Lindsay Lohan as Sierra Belmont in Falling For Christmas.

Scott Everett White/Netflix

When a spoiled hotel heiress suffers a ski accident and winds up with amnesia, she’s taken in by the charming owner of a local inn and his young daughter. Lohan stars opposite “Glee” actor Chord Overstreet in what is anticipated to be one of the hottest Netflix Christmas movies of the year. “Falling for Christmas” is out now on Netflix. 

“Falling for Christmas,” now streaming on Netflix 

By Danica Creahan


Early Black Friday doorbuster: Get gorgeous new DKNY luggage for 65% off at Macy’s today

Planning a big trip to see family this Christmas or Hanukkah? You’ll need luggage. Fortunately, department store Macy’s is offering a fantastic deal on DKNY luggage right now as an early Black Friday deal. You’ll save 65% when you mix and match.


DKNY via Macy’s

Build your own high-fashion luggage set from DKNY with this  early Black Friday deal at Macy’s. All the following pieces are available on sale:

DKNY Rapture luggage is available in wine, primrose and ash colors.

By Fox Van Allen


Need a new way to stream your favorite holiday movies this year? The Apple TV 4K is on sale for $100

If you’re reading this on an iPhone, iPad or MacBook right now, you might want to consider taking advantage of this early Black Friday deal on Apple’s 4K streaming box.



Apple devotees should definitely consider streaming all their favorite shows on an Apple TV 4K. The device is equipped with Dolby Vision, a new-and-improved Siri-enabled remote and SharePlay, which enables you to enjoy the next NFL game or new movie you want to watch with a group of pals. After you’re done watching, you can also take advantage of Apple Arcade gaming.

Apple TV 4K, $100 (reduced from $179)

By Danica Creahan


Walmart Black Friday toy deal: Get the Rainbow High Exclusive with 5 Jr. High fashion doll favorites for $70

Looking for the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for your little? Try Walmart. Walmart’s early Black Friday sale, Deals for Days, includes deep discounts on toys such as Rainbow High dolls.  Discover what your favorite Rainbow High characters looked like in junior high with an exclusive play set. 


Rainbow High via Walmart

This on-sale doll set includes the middle school-versions of Ruby Anderson, Sunny Madison, Jade Hunter, Skyler Bradshaw and Violet Willow. 

Save $20 on this Rainbow High pack right now.

Rainbow High Exclusive with 5 Jr. High fashion doll favorites, $70 (regularly $90)

Shop more Walmart early Black Friday toy deals here.

By Lily Rose


Best Buy early Black Friday deal: Save $250 on an iRobot Roomba i7+ ahead of the holidays

Hosting family or friends this Christmas? Gift yourself a little help around the house this holiday season with this early Black Friday deal on the 4.5-star-rated iRobot Roomba i7+ — because nothing spoils the Christmas spirit quite like a lengthy list of chores. 



The iRobot Roomba i7+, one of the more advanced robot vacuum models you can buy, features a three-stage cleaning system with powerful suction that’s great at picking up pet hair. It’s smart enough to learn the layout of your home and clean in neat rows, while staying out of areas you don’t want it to go.

This CBS Essentials reader-favorite vacuum is low maintenance, too: The included cleaning base requires emptying once every 60 days.

iRobot Roomba i7+, $650 (reduced from $900)

Check out our roundup of Best Buy’s best early Black Friday deals while you’re here.

By Danica Creahan


Early Black Friday kitchen deal: Save $100 on the Ninja Mega kitchen system

Already thinking about what yummy snacks you plan to serve up this holiday season? Best Buy has a great early Black Friday deal on the Ninja Mega kitchen system, perfect for upgrading your cooking set-up ahead of the most chaotic culinary time of the year.


Ninja via Amazon

This Ninja kitchen system has everything you need for smoothies, dressings, dips and more. The 72-ounce blender pitcher features Ninja’s total crushing technology to easily blend ice and frozen foods. The system comes with two 16-ounce Nutri Ninja cups. The cups come with to-go lids. 

The system includes a food processor equipped with a chopping blade, and an extra dough blade that Ninja says can mix up to 2 pounds of dough in 30 seconds.

It’s half price — $100 off — at Best Buy now.

Ninja Mega kitchen system, $100 (regularly $200)

Check out our roundup of Best Buy’s best early Black Friday deals while you’re here. 

By Danica Creahan


Gift idea: Save $50 on made-to-measure denim from Unspun

Looking to get more personal with your gift giving this year? Unspun offers made-to-measure jeans that offer customized comfort in style. Right now, you can save $50 on the Unspun gift kit, which provides the recipient with everything they’ll need to pick out their own perfect pair of custom-tailored pants. 

Unspun gift kit


This gift kit includes a selection of swatches, look book and gift card valid for any pair of Unspun jeans.

Note: Unspun requires shoppers to download an app to help take measurements; use of the app requires a smartphone with 3D-scanning capabilities. 

Unspun gift kit, $200 (reduced from $250)

Unspun is one of our top picks for customized gift options, for more ideas like this, check out our personalized present gift guide

By Danica Creahan


This holiday snow projector handles the outdoor decorating for you — and it’s on sale

No snow? No problem! This Christmas light projector can turn your yard into a winter wonderland with minimal effort. 



Choose from four patterns of snow, Rest easy knowing that this kit can work even in deep sub-zero temperatures.

Gaiatop Christmas snow projector lights, $14 (reduced from $18)

By Danica Creahan


Count down the days ’til Christmas with this Star Wars Advent Calendar — it’s on sale at Amazon

Advent calendars can add a lot of fun to the Christmas season — they offer a new surprise to unbox every day in December. If your family is a big fan of the Star Wars universe, they’ll love this Star Wars Advent calendar. It’s 20% off at Amazon now.



This Lego set includes minifigures, droid figures and mini builds inspired by the popular movie franchise. Ages 6 and up. 

Lego Star Wars, $36 (reduced from $45)

For more family-friendly Advent calendars, check out the best 2022 Advent calendars for kids: Pokemon, Lego, American Girl and more.

By Fox Van Allen


Top Christmas gift alert: The Xbox Series X gaming console is back in stock at Walmart (for now)

Walmart’s early Black Friday sale starts today at 12:00 p.m. EST / 9:00 a.m. PST. There are plenty of great deals to be had — you can get a Keurig K-Express Essentials single serve coffee maker for $35, Apple AirPods Pro earbuds (1st generation) for $159 and an 11.6″ HP Chromebook (4GB RAM, 32GB storage) for $79.

But the most noteworthy Walmart news aren’t those deals — it’s the fact that the oft-sold-out Xbox Series X gaming console is currently in stock at Walmart.



If you’ve been struggling to find the Xbox Series X console in stock, you’re in luck — Walmart has quantities of the Xbox Series X available to purchase right now. But act quick — this must-have console won’t stay in stock for long.

Xbox Series X gaming console, $499

By Fox Van Allen


Christmas decoration sale: Save big on Mr. Christmas nostalgic trees at Amazon now

There are only 48 days until Christmas. It’s time to think about decorating.

Mr. Christmas makes some of the best holiday decorations around — we’re in love with their smart Christmas tree. You can take advantage of a rare pre-Christmas sale on some gorgeous holiday decorations, including this 18″ Nostalgic Christmas tree. You can buy one direct from Mr. Christmas for $140… or buy one today on Amazon for just $66.



This classically inspired Christmas decoration features LED lights and a two-tone green finish. Rated 4.7 stars on Amazon.

18″ Mr. Christmas Nostalgic Christmas tree, $66 (reduced from $95)

By Fox Van Allen


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