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22 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Parachute to Pokémon

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I’m fully in gift-giving mode for today’s sales roundup. At Amazon, I found plenty of toys for all ages, an all-in-one knife set (at a price we haven’t seen since Black Friday), and a fairly inexpensive vitamin-C serum. For even more ideas, check out my roundup of deals under $50 (that would actually make nice gifts) here, which I’ll continue to update next week. And as always, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter for even more sales coverage — including five extra deals each Friday hand-selected by yours truly.

We’re huge fans of all of the magnetic PicassoTiles toys, and this one has 28 click-in cards to teach about the alphabet, animals, fruits, and numbers.

Anything Pokémon is a hot commodity during the holiday season, especially with 6-year-olds. This “battle figure” eight-pack includes fan favorites like Pikachu, Eevee, and Clefairy.

This farmhouse from Melissa & Doug offers all of the fun of a full-size dollhouse, but it closes up when it’s not in use to save parents grief.

And here’s another fold-up dollhouse that will delight the L.O.L. Surprise lover. The fully furnished three-story clubhouse features seven hangout areas and comes with two exclusive dolls.


If you’re shopping for outdoorsy types, I spotted several lanterns from Coleman on sale at Amazon. This one is powered by four D-cell batteries, comes with a lifetime LED bulb that will never need to be replaced, and can run for up to 60 hours while on the low-light setting.

A set of inexpensive ice packs for lunch boxes and keeping food cool on your way to the holiday potluck (and coolers come springtime).

SkinMedica AHA/BHA Cream

Our best exfoliator for cystic acne contains a combination of alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid to improve skin texture and unclog pores.

Fade hyperpigmentation with this BeautyStat brightening vitamin-C serum that has a whopping 20 percent of ascorbic acid.

This all-in-one knife set from Henckels (a sister brand to one our favorites, Zwilling) includes a boning knife, serrated knife, and set of steak knives.

REI’s Winter Warm Up sale began this morning, and as expected, the best deals are on the brand’s in-house apparel line — like this simple base layer.

Parachute Down Pillow
From $104

Parachute is discounting its bedding inserts — such as comforters, mattress toppers, and pillows — by 20 percent right now. This down pillow is our top-choice pillow for back sleepers.

Already-on-sale items are an extra 20 percent off. The brand’s linen duvet covers, shams, and sheets are available in three seasonal colors: terracotta, clay (pictured above), and slate gray.

Away The Carry-On Flex

If you missed your chance to buy an on-sale Away suitcase during Black Friday, here’s another shot: The expandable version of our best overall carry-on suitcase is 20 percent off.

Away Pet Carrier
From $180
From $180

And one of our best TSA-approved travel carriers for both dogs and cats is also on sale, in this lovely blue shade.

From $36

If you already bought them an Away suitcase, consider these packing cubes as a stocking stuffer. They’ll be able to wrangle toiletries, socks, and more.

SkinStore is offering up to 50 percent off select items, and lots of them would make excellent gifts for skin-care aficionados. This Sunday Riley set includes three products from the brand’s highly coveted vitamin-C-infused line: a serum, a gel cream, and a face oil.

Claire Saffitz told us she uses this mineral sunscreen religiously to treat her melasma. “The texture is so smooth and disappears into the skin without leaving residue,” she says.

Once winter hits, our beauty columnist, Rio Viera-Newton, depends on these gentle, wine-infused exfoliating pads to reveal a bright, even-toned, and smooth complexion.

Lancôme’s beginner-friendly liquid eyeliner, which is especially great for monolids, is half off. It’s “more like a wand than a pen” and “stays put without smearing” throughout the day, according to former Strategist writer Lori Keong.

Our best full-coverage foundation for mature skin gives a lightweight, natural finish for an everyday look.


Los Angeles–based clothing brand Michael Stars is having a spend-more, save-more sale right now. Use the code STYLE20 to take 20 percent off this seasonal half-zip sweater, which isn’t too Christmasy to wear past December.

$190 at Michael Stars
with code: STYLE20

Bryr rarely has sales, but over 400 pairs of its statusy, Strategist-approved clogs are on sale.

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.

22 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Parachute to Pokémon