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18 Things On Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy — From Our Two-Day (Actually Good) Sale

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You may have noticed some posts from our friends at the Strategist on the Cut. They’ll be dropping in every now and again, sharing their expertise on the basics you don’t have time to research and the weird and wonderful things you don’t yet know you need.

Earlier this week, we launched our first-ever Two-Day (Actually Good) Sale, where instead of finding the internet’s best deals, we went ahead and made them. And though the deal-making has come to an end, and our event is officially over, some of the deals are still live for our readers. That includes a Strategist-ordained perfect work bag (the cheapest it’s been this year), a wear-everywhere hair bonnet, and a vet-recommended, easy-to-clean dog bed. But act fast: These deals are too good to stick around for long.

A couple of years ago, New York Magazine managing editor Ann Clarke — known for buying and rebuying $20 pairs of reading glasses from Duane Reade — gave these new readers from Look Optic a shot — and confirmed that they lived up to the hype. “They’re not too light, they are not too heavy, they just fit me well, and they never tip to one side,” Ann told us. The entire Look Optic glasses collection, including the Sullivan above, are still on sale for less than $60 (the lowest price they’ve ever been) for Strategist readers — and the code STRATDEAL25 will be automatically applied at checkout.

Everyone from DJs to tech workers to editors all agree that when it comes to backpacks, Haerfest’s are both fashionable and functional. (They “just look and feel nice, are sturdy yet sleek, and always comfortable to carry,” says Strategist editor Maxine Builder.) With our 25 percent off deal, using the code STRATDEAL25, the brand’s travel backpack is the cheapest it’s been this year, making it a great time to invest in a hands-free bag that can fit your laptop, hand sanitizer, masks, phone, and other can’t-leave-home-withouts.

This Zyllion back massager — the best-rated electric back massager on Amazon with over 14,000 reviews — has appeared on our best-seller list six times and lately become a pandemic staple in our reader’s shopping carts. It’s cheaper than seeing a massage therapist, makes sitting in WFH desk chairs a lot more comfortable, and is still on sale for a limited time when you use code STRATEGIST20.

Nice-looking but not boring, sturdy, and spacious enough to hold all your essentials, the Madewell Transport Tote, our favorite work tote, is the type of thing you can run errands with, pack for a day at the park, or, of course, carry back and forth to the office (whenever you might return). It’s still on sale for the cheapest we’ve ever seen with code STRATDEAL20, in either all-black or all-tan.

We call Spek’s magnetic balls “fidget spinners for adults,” as they provide a tactile, anxiety-soothing outlet for fidgeters, pickers, and tappers alike. Senior editor Katy Schneider says of her Speks: “I’m speaking directly to my fellow nail-biters and split-end pickers, and all you other odd ducks with unspeakably strange and fidgety compulsions when I say: You’re going to want to buy these.” The Speks are still 40 percent off with the code STRATBESTDEAL, the cheapest we’ve ever seen, and are available in both single and multicolored varieties.

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This satin-lined cap is incredibly versatile, according to frequent wearer Tembe Denton-Hurst, who wears it on everything from bodega runs to Zoom calls. It stays on all night long, doesn’t make hair frizzy or fuzzy, and since it’s still 50 percent off, now’s as good a time as ever to buy one (or several), in either gray or black.

Yena Kim, the owner of dog-influencer Bodhi (who’s more commonly known as the “Menswear Dog”), recommends this handsome dog carrier because it’s a “dog bag that doesn’t scream ‘DOG BAG’ and can be integrated seamlessly into your everyday commute” (even if that commute is just to the park or the beach, rather than the office). You can still snag it in either navy or tan for 20 percent off with the code STRATEGIST20, making it the cheapest it’s been this year.

One Strategist writer described this jumpsuit as “blank slate for getting dressed,” which she’s worn to go on bike rides, run errands, out to happy hour, and layers with dresses, trackpants, and cardigans. It’s still the lowest price it’s ever been — a rather reasonable $65, with the code STRATEGIST.

The Calamari Ultra is kind of like the Swiss Army knife of cables, according to Strategist contributor Matt Goule. For those who are constantly toting and untangling a variety of wires, this gadget has “your standard male USB plug on one end. At the other are Lightning (for anything Apple), Micro USB (for most Android phones and other accessories like tablets and point-and-shoot cameras) and USB-C (used by the latest MacBooks and quickly becoming the new standard).” It’s still on sale at 41 percent off, no code required, and the discount will apply at checkout.

This antioxidant serum, which was created by MIT scientists and a favorite of dermatologists and Strategist readers alike, contains the same skin brightening, dark-spot erasing L-ascorbic and ferulic acids as Skinceuticals CE Ferulic (which is often cited as the gold standard of vitamin C serums) — but costs one fifth the price, and is still an extra 15 percent off for Strategist readers using the code STRATDEAL15.

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Snoo’s pediatrician-designed “smart bassinet” is a favorite of new moms we’ve talked to: It can detect when a newborn cries, and responds by soothing infants back to sleep using movement and white noise. According to Contributor Christina Ladd it provides “extra, precious minutes of sleep for myself,” and while it doesn’t come cheap, it’s still more than $300 off with the code STRATDEAL22.

The white-cast-free, pill-free formula of this SPF 40 sunscreen-slash-moisturizer — which has taken the place of our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s everyday moisturizer — is perfect for daily wear, as the last step of your morning routine or as a hydrating base for your makeup, and it’s still 15 percent off with the code SUPERSTRAT15.

Fed up with unfashionable compression socks after her double knee replacement, Strategist contributing writer Alison Freer sent her mom a box of these actually nice-looking compression socks that, she told us, made her “cry from happiness.” But compression socks aren’t just for post-surgery recovery — they’re also great for traveling, spending all day on your feet, and bouncing back from tough workouts — and these pairs, in a handful of different colors and patterns, are still the cheapest they’ve been all year when you use the code STRATDEAL30.

Not only does this vitamin-rich powder designed for pregnant women have a near-instant effect on writer Eric Margulies’s cramps and nausea, it actually tastes good and doesn’t ignite any of the other issues that most heavy stomach medicines caused him. For anyone else who’s been looking for some GI relief (or, well, pregnant women), you can still take 20 percent off purchase with the code 20STRATEGIST on both the 8-pack and the 18-pack.

Design-minded event planner Mindy Weiss, who plans events for everyone from the Kardashians to Diana Ross, calls this easy-to-clean placemat a “lifesaver” for reducing mealtime messes and protecting furniture. We’ve already said the placemat makes for a good inexpensive gift, and it’s still the cheapest it’s ever been with code STRATDEAL40 at checkout.

Each time we’ve talked to pet experts, this stylish memory-foam bed from Casper is the one that gets the most praise. Vets like that it supports your dog with orthopedic foam, and dog owners like that their dogs keep going back to it for a snooze. It comes in three sizes — all of which are still 15 percent off for our sale, which is automatically applied at checkout when you use the link below.

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Here’s a food-safe, wheely bag from Hulken that writer Alison Freer describes as a “true marvel of Swiss design,” since it compacts almost totally flat, but still boasts four, 360-degree swivel wheels and five “unbreakable” handles (that withstood the weight of 16 bottles of wine). You can get all this for under-$50 ($46.75 to be exact) on their website, no code required

Strategist contributor (and former tech columnist) David Pogue never liked wireless chargers until he found this one. While others proved slow or finicky, this standing one can “charge a typical phone from dead to 50 percent in about 30 minutes and to full in two hours,” he says. You can still get two — maybe one for your nightstand and one for your new WFH office — for 27 percent off.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

18 Things On Sale You’ll Want From Our Two-Day Sale