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So many early Black Friday sales launched this week, and while we’re covering them all here, we pulled out some of the best for our Friday Sales roundup. There are some very gift-y items in Nordstrom, Amazon, and Anthropologie’s clearance bins. Or if you’re feeling like giving something to yourself ahead of the holidays, you may want to check out Rifle Paper Co. or Material Kitchen’s sales. And as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.
If you’re looking for an activity to keep kids occupied during winter break, this National Geographic science kit has 45 activities, ranging from miniature rocket launches to volcano eruptions. (And the last time it was this cheap was during Black Friday last year.)
A trio of ultrasoft Calvin Klein boxer briefs makes a practical gift they’ll actually use.
Sale items are an extra 30 percent off this weekend at Anthropologie. This charming baby-shower gift set includes a trio of a matching cotton blanket, rattle, and booties.
A surprise find in Anthropologie’s clearance bin was this navy blue Donni sweatshirt at 64 percent off — that’s still available in all sizes.
You can’t go wrong with a fuzzy throw, especially in this ombre pattern that’s designed to look like the sunrise.
Everything is 20 percent off at Material, including its recently launched drinking glasses.
I also love this soft-edge spatula, which is wonderful with everything from eggs to stir-fries. It can withstand high temperatures — up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit — and won’t scratch up your metal pans.
These nonrestrictive shorts are designed for running, but they’re stylish and comfortable for just about any outdoor activity (even if it’s just running errands).
You can also stack the code on already-discounted products, which takes this sweet catchall tray down to $13.
This silly puffy bucket hat from Levi’s collaboration with the Simpsons is only $11.
Richer Poorer just added a lot of loungewear items to its sale section. Here are some men’s pants that are half-trouser, half-PJs.
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