You may have noticed some posts from our friends at the Strategist on the Cut. They’ll be dropping in every now and again, sharing their expertise on the basics you don’t have time to research and the weird and wonderful things you don’t yet know you need.
If you, too, are fully in a summer state of mind — even if the weather won’t comply — I found a ton of excellent deals on everything you’ll need to get outside once it hits 75 degrees. Scroll on to find a heavy-duty (and completely odor-free) mosquito repellent, a plethora of colorful kids’ bathing suits, and an intensely hydrating body wash (that’s been making the rounds on TikTok). Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 14; I’ve included some ideas below, but you can find even more gifts on sale here and all of our Mother’s Day gift guides here. And, as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage.
Chronic mosquito victim (and Great Jones co-founder) Sierra Tishgart uses a handheld and “completely odor-free” bug repeller from Thermacell during the summer months. This larger model offers a 15-foot zone of protection and six-and-a-half-hour battery life (that can be charged while you’re using it).
An excellent Mother’s Day gift for the matcha-loving mom.
The clothing steamer that Uma Thurman’s stylist swears by is over 20 percent off. Our writer Ambar Pardilla says it gives her own clothes a “red-carpet-immaculate finish every time.”
Our pick for the best non-looping noise machine is 42 percent off. It’s garnered thousands of five-star ratings on Amazon, with one reviewer saying that they “can now peacefully snooze through not only my neighbors’ stomping kitchen antics, but also the 8 a.m. garbage truck arriving bright and early every Wednesday.”
This Ninja air fryer can do the work of several appliances, including roasting, reheating, and dehydrating. (And it makes an excellent gift for grads with limited counter space in their new apartment.)
Nectar makes our favorite memory-foam mattress (that’s also great for hot sleepers). It’s on sale through May 8, and Amazon is price-matching.
Another Strategist-approved bedroom upgrade: Brooklinen’s cooling linen sheets, which are 25 percent off — along with everything else on the brand’s site.
The brand’s beach towels are even thicker and more absorbent than its beloved bathroom ones.
Watchmaker Breda is having a sitewide Mother’s Day sale, and Nordstrom is price-matching. Take 25 percent off this classic square-faced option, which comes in both gold and silver.
Creative director and writer Brynn Walker dubbed this recycled-plastic timepiece as one of the best affordable watches; it “looks like a more elevated Swatch,” he says.
Over at Hanna Andersson, swimwear is up to 40 percent off until May 8. Here’s an adorable hooded cover-up for hanging out post-pool.
This rash-guard swimsuit has an extended zipper to make it easy to put on and take off wriggly little ones. Its sizing covers kids up to age 3, and it comes in 15 stylish colors and prints.
Non-swim kids’ clothing is 20 percent off with the code SAVE20 through May 21 — including already-on-sale apparel, making this apple-print dress just $27.
All shorts at Abercrombie & Fitch are 20 percent off this weekend, and you can get an additional 15 percent off that price with the code AFSHORTS. We suggest nabbing these jorts that were “love at first sight” for Strategist writer Latifah Miles: “I don’t ever have to untangle them from my thighs, constantly readjust the waist, or hold my breath to squeeze them on.”
I spotted these nice linen-blend shorts in the men’s section, and they come in a whopping 15 color options.
Over at Soko Glam, (almost) everything is 20 percent off with the code AAPI20. Naturium’s body washes have been cropping up on my TikTok feed lately, including the Glow Getter, which is formulated with glycerin, a blend of linoleic-rich oils, and squalane to intensely hydrate the skin.
For stubborn and painful cystic acne, our beauty contributor Rio Viera-Newton recommends using these niacinamide-infused pimple patches.
The AAPI20 code applies to already-on-sale products, too, so you can try out Starface’s adorable star-shaped pimple patches for just $9.
I’ve burned (and gifted) many Otherland candles for the last few years, and they never disappoint. I’ll be sending this to my grandma — who is Finnish and therefore cardamom-obsessed — for Mother’s Day.
Actress Jamie Chung can’t live without this tote bag from Lo & Sons, which she calls the “perfect carry-on.”
At Coach, select full-price products are 25 percent off with the code MY25 through May 11. Gift both items in this bundle for an extra-nice Mother’s Day gift — or keep one for yourself.
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