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Amazon Prime Day — which is next Tuesday and Wednesday, by the way — has occupied most of my brain space this week. I’ve compiled the best early deals in a post here and included a few extra finds below, but I also wanted to say that plenty of other non-Amazon retailers are having just as good (if not better) sales right now. Madewell is having a sale-on-sale event that includes $50 denim, Matt & Nat’s handbags are deeply discounted, and one of our favorite brands for maternity clothing is hosting a very rare warehouse sale. And if you want five more deals, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter, as I write about only-for-subscribers deals each Friday.
This thermal protectant from Chi will protect your hair when you’re using that curling iron. The Barbie packaging is a cute bonus.
A lot of toys from Melissa & Doug are on sale at Amazon right now, but we’ve got our eye on this adorable cake-baking set.
Breville’s Infuser espresso machine is a great entry model for at-home coffee connoisseurs. It’s 25 percent off in the black colorway for Prime members.
If you’re in the market for a smartwatch without too many bells and whistles, we recommend the essentials-only Fitbit Luxe, which is $30 cheaper today. It features heart-rate tracking, water resistance (down to 50 meters), and sleep tracking, and it can text or call notifications when paired with your phone.
And kids can have fun staying active over summer break with this pint-size version that’s on sale, too.
Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale also starts next week, but there are still good deals to be found in the clearance section. Just think of how good your Negronis will look in these sculptural, amber-colored glasses.
For kids and adults alike, this roll-up rainbow-colored piano includes a songbook to learn the basics.
Madewell’s summer sale is a must, because everything in the clearance bins is an extra 30 to 40 percent off with the code HOTDEAL.
Lots of denim from both the men’s and women’s sections is just $50, which is the best deal you’ll get on Madewell jeans.
Madewell’s signature vintage jeans are one of our favorite fits from the brand, which is cut slim through the leg to “keep the silhouette flattering and not dumpy,” according to celebrity stylist Samantha Brown.
This henley tee is woven from 100 percent organic cotton and comes in four colors in sizes extra-small through extra-extra-large.
If there’s one sale I’m shopping this weekend, it’s at Matt & Nat. Hundreds of vegan-leather handbags, shoes, and wallets are up to half-off — but I’ve got my eye on this crescent-shaped tote, which comes in four colors.
I purchased a pair of shoes from Matt & Nat back in 2019, and the faux leather still looks great. This is a pretty great deal on dress shoes (and they also come in brown).
Three of Jiu Jie’s tubular knot pillows are 25 percent off at checkout, including this Barbiecore number.
Ingrid + Isabel makes some of our favorite maternity clothes, and this weekend you can take an extra 50 percent off everything in its sale section with the code 50OFF (and shipping is free). There are a lot of summery dresses in the mix, like this maxi that will look just as good postpartum.
This tank top has a sneaky side panel for easy nursing access.
Stack soap and shampoo bars with this rust-proof shower caddy, which can be free-standing or wall-mounted.
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