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It’s the final weekend before Christmas — and at most merchants, it’s the last few days to guarantee your gifts arrive before December 25 without paying for extra shipping — so it’s time to bust out your laptop and submit those last-minute gift orders. I’ve done some digging through the internet’s sales bins to find discounts on a cache of items that would actually make very nice gifts. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your wife, your artsy tween brother, or something for yourself to celebrate the end of the year, the following are sure to delight. As always, make sure to sign up for our newsletter here for even more sales coverage.
I love puzzles but never know what to do with them after the fact — but with this Lego bouquet, which my partner and I bought and built a few months ago, I can leave it out in a vase for a bit of silly décor.
Our favorite pimple patches are on sale at Amazon, and I’m just one of several Strategist staffers who swear by its whitehead-eliminating properties (and they’re especially helpful if you tend to pick at your blemishes).
Strategist tech writer Jordan McMahon dubbed Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite the “gold standard for e-readers.” The travel-friendly tablet is waterproof and has adjustable light levels for nighttime reading. The most basic model has 8 GB of storage, which is about 5,000 e-books.
Here’s a splurgy electric toothbrush for half off if your New Year’s resolution is to impress your dentist. It connects to your smartphone to give you personal coaching while brushing.
This organic oyster-mushroom growing kit requires virtually no effort to set up and maintain. Open the box, set it near a window (or anywhere it can get indirect sunlight), and mist on a daily basis — and in just over a week, you’ll have fungi galore.
One of Cameron Diaz’s favorite things in her kitchen is this Easy Bake Oven–size air fryer designed by her pal Drew Barrymore. It’s “something beautiful enough to sit on your counter that also functions well,” and it’s just $69.
This half-off Naked eye-shadow palette would be perfect for the teen starting to experiment with makeup (or the millennial who’s still using the same one from 2010).
Something for the red-lipstick purists.
A very slinky off-the-shoulder minidress if you’re looking for your New Year’s Eve outfit (that’s even cheaper if you buy it in hot pink).
Madewell is offering an extra 50 percent off sale styles — and 40 percent off everything else. This shawl-like cardigan is basically like wearing a blanket in public (but much chicer).
Some thick-soled boots that are like puffer jackets for your feet. They’re available in classic black and mustard yellow.
Yesterday, we featured some deeply discounted J.Crew pajamas as our Deal of the Day, and they just about sold out. But we found a flannel-pajama set in classic tartan for just $40.
Surprisingly, I found some chic boxers from Druthers in J.Crew’s sale section. They’re available in 17 colors, but some only have a few sizes in stock.
This padded cross-body bag is made from recycled polyester and sports a trendy (but not too twee) daisy motif.
Binge-watch reality television from the comfort of your bathtub with this elegant bamboo bath caddy. It’ll hold scrubs, lotions, and a wineglass, too.
REI is offering up to 50 percent off a ton of apparel and outdoor gear until December 19. (Some discounts are exclusive to REI members.) Here’s a quilted army-green bomber jacket that’s still in stock in all colors.
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