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It’s time to break out the advent calendars and start holiday gift shopping, and in our end-of-week sales sweep, we found many things that would make excellent presents. Target and Amazon have a ton of toys on sale that kids will actually want, while Nordstrom and Sephora’s clearance bins have luxe gifts for your best friend, mother-in-law, or even yourself. Plus, Everlane’s surprise sitewide sale is still going strong, so you’ll want to check that out before popular colors and sizes sell out. As always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.
For a forgetful giftee, or the person who’s terrified of losing their luggage this holiday season, Tile’s Bluetooth-equipped trackers are much cheaper than usual.
Here’s a non-ugly water fountain to keep cats and small dogs hydrated.
Puffy pants with pockets, so you can look and feel like a stylish marshmallow.
Sephora’s sale section is filled with gift sets, including this quartet of hydrating and redness-reducing skin-care goodies from Dr. Jart.
Here’s an excellent stocking stuffer for your most luxurious friend.
Perfect for plant parents and Pride and Prejudice — the 2005 version — fans.
Everlane just announced a post–Cyber Weekend sitewide sale, and everything is 25 percent off. I can attest that Everlane’s butt-covering parkas keep you warm even in sub-20-degree temps.
Now would be a great time to pick up a few waffle tees, which are even cheaper if you buy two.
If their travel Dopp kit is actually just a Ziploc baggie, give them this instead.
For a just under-$100 gift for the cook, this Staub baking set is still on sale post–Black Friday.
A pack of Calvin Klein briefs makes for a pretty foolproof gift.
We found several cute Alex Mill sweaters in Nordstrom’s sale section. Here’s a basic that will still be stylish next season …
… And here’s something for the Francophile.
We also spotted a very on-sale La Ligne holiday sweater.
Or if you’re looking for a Fair Isle sweater for the kiddos, this Hanna Andersson pullover is 50 percent off.
If you’re preparing to make a big batch of holiday cookies, this KitchenAid stand mixer is $100 off in this pebbled teal (that’s also a Target exclusive).
There’s also a cordless handheld mixer if you don’t have much counter space.
If you’ve been closely following the season-three announcement for The Mandalorian, this adorable Grogu plush is just $7.
Or, if your cat likes to join your TV binge seshes, this themed trio includes a treat lick mat, teaser toy, and collar.
Goody boxes are an extra 40 percent off at Chewy, if you need a gift for your fur baby.
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