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We found lots of last-minute gifts (for your loved ones or for yourself) in our end-of-week sales bin sweep. There’s a crowd-pleasing board game for family get-togethers, a chiropractor-recommended percussion massager for relieving sore muscles, and a rarely on-sale puffer jacket for even chillier weather ahead. Remember that with Christmas just eight days away, you may need to pay for express shipping — unless noted otherwise — if you hope to receive your order by December 25.
For a limited time, Urban Outfitters is taking $10 off your purchase of $50 or more, $25 off your purchase of $100 or more, and $50 off your purchase of $150 or more. I decided to put that discount toward the rarely on-sale North Face 1996 Nuptse Puffer Jacket in black, which has been out of stock everywhere for over a month. If you order today, it should arrive on or before December 24.
Through the weekend, Brooklinen is taking 20 percent off sitewide as part of its Black Friday Round 2 Sale. While you can’t go wrong with any of the brand’s bedding, we particularly like its hotel-style Classic Core Sheet Set, which includes a flat and a fitted sheet as well as two pillowcases. (Expedited shipping is $20 and guarantees arrival by Christmas.)
When former Strategist staffer Lauren Levy tested out Brooklinen’s linen sheets, she found that unlike most linen sheets she’d slept on, these ones have “an immediately worn-in feel that only gets softer over time and with each wash.” The coordinating duvet cover is made from the same soft-to-the-touch linen.
Sephora is still taking 20 percent of full-size fragrance with code FRAGRANCE20 (and free same-day delivery with stackable code SAMEDAY). That includes this best-selling Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, a favorite of Glazed NYC designer and co-founder Shelby Macklin, which combines floral notes of lavender and orange blossom with a hint of musk. “It’s fun, but still glamorous, and sweet without being childish,” Macklin says.
If you’re in charge of bringing the sides this Christmas, use this little Staub cocotte — which can arrive as early as tomorrow — for simmering chickpeas or steaming green beans.
We’ve described this Baloo Living weighted blanket as “the best traditional-style weighted blanket out there” because of its breathable cotton construction that doesn’t get too hot and surprisingly quiet glass beads. It’s $34 off with the on-page coupon — and will arrive before Christmas.
If you’re looking for something lighter (and more budget-friendly), this kid-size weighted blanket is an extra $15 off with the on-page coupon. It’ll also arrive before December 25.
If you’ve always wondered what makes Fido Fido, this giftable dog DNA test kit — which should arrive by December 25 — detects breed contributions down to 5 percent of the total breed makeup, while also screening for over 200 genetic health conditions.
Strategist-favorite (and rarely on-sale) sock brand Bombas is taking up to 30 percent off sitewide with code COMFORT20, and also offering free two-day shipping on orders totaling $95 or more. This pack includes four pairs of the brand’s classic cushioned ankle socks.
This already on-sale Sunday Riley holiday set includes a value-size 3.4-ounce Good Genes serum — recommended to us by several beauty editors and experts for its ability to exfoliate, smooth, and brighten skin — the peptide-infused Pink Drink skin-firming essence, and the Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream. (Note that a standard 1.7-ounce bottle of the Good Genes serum retails for $122 alone.)
If they’re always complaining about leg day, Best Buy is taking $55 off the Bluetooth-enabled Hypervolt percussion massager, which one chiropractor says “can help loosen the muscles and increase agility.” It should arrive in time for Christmas, too.
Madewell is still taking 40 percent off select best sellers, including this cozy mock-neck sweater. It’s available in six different colors, in standard and plus sizes. (Note that it may not arrive in time for Christmas unless you choose express shipping.)
The only thing cuter than this corduroy dress from Mini Boden would be your little one wearing this corduroy dress from Mini Boden.
’Tis the season for planner shopping. This one from Ban.do has both schedule and list pages, and should arrive by Christmas with $10 holiday delivery.
This four-in-one L.O.L. Surprise! camper play set extends up to two feet tall and three feet wide, and functions as a car, house, runway, and light-up pool. If you order today, it should arrive by Christmas.
Lastly, they won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but the second-generation Apple AirPods are down to just $90 on Amazon — the cheapest we’ve seen this month.
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