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We’re one week out from Black Friday, but the beauty of shopping online is that sales are nearly infinite and checkout lines are nonexistent. We’ve scoured the web for some great deals this week, from a cozy blanket with a philanthropic mission to a pair of classically edgy Dr. Martens. And if you’re still on the hunt for some gifts (or gifts to yourself, we won’t judge!), we’ve rounded up many more of the best early Black Friday sales, gift guides for everyone from teenage girls to teachers.
Get some steps in from your desk with this nifty, space-saving mini-elliptical.
For the adult who’s been jealous of their kids’ fun face masks, here’s a Star Wars-themed set (that would actually be a nice gift for the Baby Yoda-obsessed person in your life).
One of our favorite smartwatches is $50 off, in a lovely shade of mauve.
You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Docs. Just ask YouTuber Emma Chamberlain, who listed the platform option as one of her favorite things earlier this week.
These smart bulbs change colors with the tap of a button, and all you need to do to install them is screw them into the socket and flip the light switch.
Join the hive mind and grab a nicely discounted pair of Veja sneakers in leather and suede.
Or try a canvas high-top option.
Strategist deputy editor Maxine Builder has used the Vitamix for blending a Burger King–inspired Lucky Charms milkshake and juicing celery. It’s a splurge, but it’s very on-sale at Sur La Table, and, we think, very worth it.
Use these shiny and sharp knives to zhuzh up your dull collection. (Plus, the chef’s knife comes highly recommended by professionals.)
Here’s a fun Filson beanie that comes in a nice shade of Gritty orange, just in time for winter.
Some bath time friends for your little one — and if you use the code PLAYTIME at checkout, you’ll be able to take an extra 20 percent off.
And for after bath time, some sheets that are soft enough for a baby, cheap enough to replace if they get stained, and chic enough to match any decor.
A subtly patterned oxford stripe livens up these classic cotton shams.
Brooklinen’s Black Friday sale is in full swing, and if you like their linen sheets, you’ll probably also enjoy their linen robe.
This brightly colored Hydroflask holds an entire bottle of wine for some socially distanced drinking in the park.
There’s a massive sale at West Elm right now: Take an extra 20 percent off already-on-sale items with the code EXTRA20, like this very mod rug. (But be warned that all sales are final.)
This winter, cozy is key. And sales of this warm chenille throw at West Elm support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, so this gift does good, too.
Yesterday, we found the best doormats, and today, we found a modern coir option on-sale.
A very fun bowl from West Elm’s collaboration with Bower.
These placemats, with a handy antimicrobial fabric, have been featured in our roundup of best placemats. They also come recommended by event planner Mindy Weiss, who plans events for everyone from the Kardashians to Diana Ross.
And finally, an organic, fair trade comforter with natural dyes for a sweetly muted hue.
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