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We hate to say it, but this is probably your last online-shopping weekend to make sure everything arrives in time for Christmas. With that deadline in mind, we’ve found plenty of great deals to help you check everyone off your list. There’s a dog DNA test, a dishwasher-safe cast iron, some versatile Coach slippers, and even a plush baby shark (with the song included). And as always, if you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.
A convincing dupe for the Row’s classic crossbody, this Madewell mini-sling is currently 25 percent off with code HOLLYJOLLY and comes with guaranteed holiday delivery if you order today.
Also from Madewell, this quilted puffer would make a very thoughtful gift for any always-cold relative. Go with black for a timeless look, or try this ash green if their wardrobe’s a little brighter. (And don’t forget to use HOLLYJOLLY again to take 25 percent off.)
These Coach slippers are 50 percent off in both black and the blue shown here. They have a rubber sole for completing quick outdoor errands on chilly winter mornings and an elastic drawstring for an ultrasnug fit.
An expensive-looking card case (in the iconic Coach print) for the friend who likes to keep their accessories simple but elegant.
“Dishwasher-safe cast iron” might once have sounded like a fantasy, but Great Jones made it real. This eye-catching three-piece set — which includes their Dutchess, Dutch Baby, and King Sear — is 35 percent off and comes in three colorways: blueberry, broccoli, and mustard.
If you’re shopping for a first-time (or nervous) plant owner, the Sill’s Beginner Duo is a great way to ease them into gardening. It includes the low-light, drought-tolerant snake and ZZ plants along with matching ceramic planters.
Over at Sur La Table, this handblown glass ornament will earn you best-guest credentials at the tree-trimming party.
We’d couple it with this sweet almond-milk ornament for a timely “Berries and Cream” moment.
This Smart Garden kit — which includes rosemary, chive, and parsley starter packs — allows anyone to grow fresh herbs on their countertop. That makes it a great gift for a friend who lives in a walk-up, especially when you can use code CHRISTMAS25 to get 25 percent off.
If waking up to darkness is making your mornings even tougher, this Nespresso machine will streamline at least one part of them. It brews 5-, 8-, and 18-ounce coffee as well as single and double espresso with the touch of a button. (There’s also an included starter set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules.)
This Fitbit tracker tracks how well you’re sleeping and will also tell you whether it’s best to exercise or recover that particular day. And with ten days of battery life, it won’t be seen as “just another thing to charge each night”.
Perfect for the rescue owner who has always wondered about their fur baby’s ancestry, this kit detects breed contributions down to 5 percent of the total breed makeup while also screening for over 175 genetic health conditions.
Squeeze the shark’s tummy and “Baby Shark” will be stuck in your head again for hours.
Order matching pairs of these classics for you and your best friend with code LAST30 for 30 percent off.
From now through December 12, Sephora Beauty Insiders can take 30 percent off Sephora collection items and 20 percent off any other purchases with the code GIFTEASY. (Plus, everything ships free with stackable code FREESHIP.) We recommend taking a look at our favorites from the retailer’s recent sale, but you can’t go wrong in a pinch with ILIA’s skin tint foundation, which comes in 30 shades.
This Olaplex mask has been recommended to us time and again for its ability to repair and strengthen the hair of everyone from double-processed platinum blondes to folks with high-porosity hair. (It’s why we named it the best overall hair mask for just about anyone.) “It will help reform shattered hair bonds,” says Dhiran Mistry of the David Mallett Salon, who calls the mask a powerhouse. Through December 12, use the code GIFTEASY to take 20 percent off.
This REI backpack has a substantial 22-liter capacity and can also accommodate a hydration reservoir, making it a great gift for the hiker in your life. It also comes in five different colors and is over 35 percent off through December 20.
Plus, some breathable merino-wool socks to slip in the backpack before you wrap it.
Few puffer jackets have a wind- and water-resistant outer layer, but the Pertex shell on this one means it’ll be able to handle all kinds of conditions for years.
Lastly, if Black Friday was any indication, Apple AirPods may be the year’s hottest gift. They’re over 20 percent off at Amazon, so you can spoil that special someone in your life for less.
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