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21 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Ban.do to Theragun

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This weekend’s sales-bin sweep spans every category you can think of — from a flower-shaped Lego kit for date night to an ultra-hydrating K-beauty serum to the e-bike that Hilary Swank rides on trails near her home in Colorado. Plus, Supergoop is having a rare sitewide sale. Don’t forget that this Sunday is Mother’s Day, and though it might be too late to get her a gift, remember to give her a call — and as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.

If you love puzzles but never know what to do with them after the fact, get this on-sale Lego bouquet. I bought and built this one with my partner last year and appreciate that I can leave it out in a vase for a bit of silly décor.

And for something a little more challenging, get this 878-piece bonsai-tree set. (It also makes a great gift for the friend or co-worker who’s always forgetting to water their houseplants.)

Case-Mate’s translucent cube, which attaches to any USB-C cable, can charge your phone to up to 50 percent battery in just 30 minutes. It comes in four colors, but it’s on sale in clear at Amazon or teal at the brand’s website.

From $175

“Of my many purchases this year, my wisest investment has undoubtedly been my Theragun Mini — a massage-therapy tool beloved by physical therapists, trainers, and athletes (including basketball player Kyrie Irving) that helped relieve my back, neck, and shoulder pain after a bad accident,” says Strategist contributor Rio Viera-Newton.

Theragun PRO (4th Gen)
$448

If you’re looking to splurge, the most advanced model of the Theragun line, the Pro, is $174 off. It has an incredibly powerful motor that delivers a professional-grade massage, and it’s been recommended to us by dozens of athletes who swear by it for recovery.

The hero ingredient of this hydrating serum from Laneige is blue hyaluronic acid, which is created by fermenting regular hyaluronic acid with deep-sea algae and a ten-step microfiltration process. The brand claims that this allows the serum to absorb better and faster into the skin — and at just $32, it seems worth a shot.

Alert: Some Simone Rocha under $100!

Sporty sunglasses that’ll help you go fast (or at least look fast).

Super-rare sale alert: Everything at Supergoop is 20 percent off through May 16 with the code SPF20. Pop the sensitive-skin-friendly Glow Stick sunscreen into your tote for midday touch-ups.

Orders over $50 get free shipping, so it’s a great time to stock up and slather on this massive tub of fast-absorbing, nongreasy sunscreen that’s good for your body and your face.

Don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun too. Celebrity aesthetician Joshua Ross says this lip balm “goes on soft and absorbs quickly, so it’s not tacky.”

Tons of apparel and other outdoor gear is on sale at REI right now. We spotted these waterproof hiking boots from the brand’s in-house line on sale for half off. They come in three colors, are made mostly from recycled materials, and have all the features you need in a hiking shoe — like no-slip grip treads and extra space in the toe box.

They’re also on sale in women’s sizes, which are available in four colors.

At Ban.do, home décor is 25 percent off with the code SOSWEET through May 15. This sardine-printed tea towel is a must for your next tinned-fish night.

Flameless lighters are game-changers, and they make great presents (I say as someone who has gifted several). This sherbet-inspired colorway is especially sweet.

Tote your bottle to the picnic without fear of spills with this cheery trio of wine holders from Baggu.

Already-on-sale items, like this heart-shaped inflatable pool, are also discounted.

Birthdate’s customized gold pendants are embedded with four gemstones and crystals — including your birthstone — selected by astrologers to “create the perfect energetic combination” for your birth chart, according to the brand. But they’re also just very pretty.

Dôen’s Mother’s Day sale continues, and discounts are so steep that sizes are starting to sell. (You do have to give your email address to the brand to get the discount.) I spotted some very nice swimsuits in the mix.

The puff-sleeve top to end all puff-sleeve tops.

The trail-ready e-bike Hilary Swank can’t live without is $700 off for a limited time. The actress appreciates the wide tires, which she says are a “must” for the Colorado terrain, and the fact that she can equip a basket for one of her five dogs to ride in.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

21 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Ban.do to Theragun