You may have dodged the Thanksgiving bullet by visiting with friends, but the holidays are coming and so are the relatives. Make your house feel more welcoming with these five Editors' Choice home and garden deals. Stock up on home decor necessities at Macy's and get an extra 25% off, serve an unforgettable meal after you save $50 on a cookware set, and put everyone in a good mood with drinks kept cold on $8 whiskey rocks.
Macy's Friends and Family Sale
Discount: 25% off via coupon code "FRIEND"
Shipping: $9.95 s&h or free shipping on orders over $99
Is It Worth It?: As you prep for an onslaught of in-laws, click over to Macy's to stock up on stylish home decor. Use coupon code "FRIEND" and the site will take an extra 25% off most items sitewide, including clearance. That beats Macy's offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it's tied as the best discount we've seen all year. Note that some exclusions apply.
Kitchen à la Carte 8-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Price: $19.99 via coupon code "CYBERSAVE" with free shipping
Lowest By: $5
Expires: December 4
Is It Worth It?: You can't cook a meal that'll impress the mother-in-law without an array of pots and pans. This Kitchen à la carte 8-piece stainless steel set has everything you need to make a winning holiday meal, and it's $50 off list price when you apply coupon code "CYBERSAVE". The set includes a 1.5-quart sauce pan with lid, 5-quart Dutch oven, 8" fry pan, slotted spoon, solid spoon, and pasta fork.
Char-Broil 30" Electric Vertical Smoker
Price: $109.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $19
Expires: December 6
Is It Worth It?: Always popular around the holidays, smoked meats are a tasty treat at any time of the year. At $110, this Char-Broil 30" vertical smoker a great entry-level unit for those looking to break into the cooking style. (Most merchants charge $150 or more.) The BBQ section of About.com ranked it at #8 in the top 10 electric smokers, noting that "the cast iron cooking racks are long enough to hold a full rack of ribs, which is a definite plus."
DB-Tech 9-Piece Whiskey Chilling Rocks Set
Store: DB Roth via Amazon
Price: $7.99 via coupon code "LGQ2YQM8" with free shipping via Prime
Lowest By: $6
Is It Worth It?: If anyone at your family get-together requires a little liquid courage, now you can really give them a whiskey on the rocks. Cool in every sense of the word, these soapstone rocks will chill your glass of whiskey (or other beverage) without watering it down. Use coupon code "LGQ2YQM8" to get the set for just $8, which is a $6 savings and $2 under our Black Friday mention.
Nest Learning Thermostat bundled with a $40 Amazon Gift Card
Price: $249 with free shipping
Lowest By: $40
Is It Worth It?: The perennial battle over the correct ambient temperature has ruined the holidays for more than a few households. Stave off another year's battles with this Nest Thermostat, which "learns" how you'd like your home heated and cooled. You can even control it with your smartphone! Best of all, when you buy this one, you'll bag a $40 Amazon gift card, which nets you a savings of $40.