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Our end-of-week sales-bin sweep turned up lots of Strategist favorites, many of which would make thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts. There’s a rarely on-sale hair mask for color-treated hair, a water-resistant duffel bag for outdoor travels, and some Strategist-tested linen sheets that “only get softer over time.” (And as always, if you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)
In case you missed it, everything at Brooklinen is 20 percent off during the brand’s Birthday Sale. When former Strategist staffer Lauren Levy tested out their linen sheets, she found that, unlike most she’d slept on, these 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 fabric.
This top-rated Breville Nespresso Vertuo Plus espresso-maker — which features an extra-large water tank and a 15-second warm-up time — is certain to put a smile on Mom’s face.
Lots of plants from Strategist-favorite Costa Farms — any of which would make a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift — are on sale over at Amazon. This peace lily requires only bright, indirect sunlight and watering about once per week.
And here’s a rustic wooden stool to place it on.
Urban Outfitters is taking 25 percent off select swimwear and shorts through May 3, including this breezy chino pair. They’re still in stock in sizes XS to XL.
With the discount, these five-inch washed-cotton shorts are now under $40.
Reviewers say these block-heel sandals are just as comfortable as they are stylish. One writes that they wore them “two days in a row and my feet never hurt.”
A little more practical than the pair above, one Strategist editor says these hiking-friendly Hurricane XLT2 sandals from Teva are just as comfortable as regular Tevas, only “way more stylish.”
North Face’s classic duffel — a favorite of several editors and travel experts — is built for wear thanks to its heavy-duty, water-resistant laminate fabric.
This fiber-filled dog bed — complete with a removable zippered slipcover woven from outdoor-treated polyester — is still in stock in red, green, yellow, and this navy floral.
K18 — which we deemed the very best hair mask for color-treated hair — works by “delivering a patented amino-acid chain to the inner structure of your hair, replacing missing amino acids and regenerating the bond to repair your hair,” explains Strategist beauty contributor Rio Viera-Newton. After using it every other week, she noticed “a big difference in the texture, softness, and general health” of her bleached hair.
Ssense is still taking 15 percent off sitewide (and offering free shipping) with code SS2022, including on this handmade porcelain mug. (We’d gift it to Mom with the Nespresso machine above.)
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