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The state of sales is excellent as we close out the week, with lots of deep discounts on things we’ve written about before. There’s a Nintendo Switch controller that’s a “must” for wireless gaming, our beauty columnist’s favorite non-gluey lip gloss, and the alpaca sweater one Strategist staffer “practically lives in” every winter. (And if you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)
If you’ve got an Animal Crossing fan in your family, look no further this holiday season than this wireless Nintendo Switch controller from PowerA. One avid player told us they’re “high-quality, responsive, and durable controllers that are really a must for non-Joy-Con gaming.”
It’s not often you can save $250 on a top-of-the-line smartphone. This Galaxy S21+ one is similar to Apple’s iPhone 12 models, with a 64MP camera, 5G network connectivity, and all-day battery life.
This cloth book from Melissa & Doug includes simple text that’s easy to read aloud, and each page features colorful artwork to encourage conversation and observation. Plus, it’s machine-washable for easy cleanup.
If a late-summer vacation left your houseplants looking a little sadder than usual, you’re in luck: The Sill is taking 30 percent off its ficus collection, while supplies last. This sturdy little guy thrives in filtered bright light and only needs to be watered every week or two.
Or you could pick up an endearingly fickle (yet highly Instagrammable) fiddle-leaf fig.
Ban.do is taking 25 percent off sitewide with code FALLSAVINGS, which includes this Anti-Anxiety Notebook. We’ve never tested it ourselves, but it’s been the subject of many a Strategist group chat: According to the brand, it was designed by therapists to help you track your emotions, become more aware of thought patterns, and reduce stress and anxiety.
Today only, Ulta is taking 50 percent off this Tangle Teezer detangling brush. Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst says it gives her “ultra-juicy curls” that “dry nicely, too.”
Madewell is still taking 20 percent off orders totaling $100 or more (and 30 percent off orders totaling $200 or more) with code GOSPREE. With cooler weather on the way, we’d put that coupon toward this cozy quilted puffer jacket. It’s available in black as well as the khaki green shown.
Now at $24 (a whole 60 percent off), this satin-mirror flatware set breaks down to just $1.20 per piece.
One reviewer likens their experience of these deeply discounted down-alternative pillows to “sleeping on a cloud.”
Over at Nordstrom, this lightweight jacket has a pointed collar and snap-button closure for a sportswear-inspired fit. It’s on sale in tan, too.
Whether you pick it up in gold or silver, this layered Y-chain necklace should add some edge to just about any fall outfit.
Revival Rugs — a.k.a “the Casper of vintage rugs” — is taking 20 percent off sitewide with code THANKS4FOUR as part of its fourth Anniversary Sale. While there are hundreds (upon hundreds) of rugs to choose from, we were particularly charmed by the plush high pile and graphic pattern on this Moroccan runner.
Tell everyone you flew this home from Marrakesh.
In case you missed it, Credo Beauty is taking 20 percent off select makeup, skin care, and hair care through Sunday, October 24. You can find our favorites from the sale here, including this buildable concealer from Ilia. Strategist beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton says it’s lightweight enough for daily wear, “but it also does a great job of knocking out any redness or dark marks if you’re having a breakout.”
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