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Kitty Guo is a junior writer at the Strategist who covers beauty and gifts as well as the occasional sale. She also runs a personal-shopping newsletter, Worn In, Worn Out.

  1. celebrity shopping
    What Erin Andrews Can’t Live Without“I’m a pretty neutral kind of gal. Somebody says ‘red lip’ and I start to panic.”
  2. valentine’s day 2023
    46 (Non-Candy) Valentine’s Day Gifts for KidsIncluding a statusy teddy bear, a pop-up card, and plenty of books on family and friendship.
  3. best in class
    The 7 Very Best Cat TreesSpoil your best kitty pal with one of these feline wonderlands.
  4. holiday gifts 2022
    47 Gifts Under $50 From Asian and Asian American–Owned BrandsFrom enamel rings to spice sets to serums.
  5. dont dillydally
    21 (New) Lunar New Year Gifts: From LEGO to Sandy LiangHop to it and snag these limited-edition Year of the Rabbit gifts before they sell out.
  6. celebrity shopping
    What Kristin Chenoweth Can’t Live Without“I’ve gotten Ariana Grande on them. I’ve gotten a lot of celebrity friends on them, and they’re like, Wait, what? What is this?
  7. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Gifts for Cat Lovers, According to Cat Behaviorists and EnthusiastsWand toys and catnip galore.
  8. gifts they might actually want
    If You Don’t Know What to Get Them, Try an (Actually Useful) E-Gift CardNot only is it better than nothing, but they get to pick out something they actually want.
  9. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Subscription Boxes for Every Person (That Also Make Great Gifts)It’s the gift that literally keeps on giving.
  10. year in review
    The Best Thing I Bought This Year Is a Massage Hook to Unknot My BackI feel looser and more relaxed, and my flexibility has returned to its pre-pandemic levels.
  11. holiday gifts 2022
    What’s the Absolute Last Day I Can Order Gifts in Time for Christmas?Because your peace of mind matters.
  12. your shopping cart
    Year in Review: How Strategist Readers Shopped in 2022What was the most read Strategist story? Which deals did readers take advantage of? And what was the most expensive thing anyone bought?
  13. holiday gifts 2022
    The Best Gifts for People You Don’t Want to Shop ForIncluding picks for your noisy upstairs neighbors and the uncle in the throes of a midlife crisis.
  14. recommended by experts
    The Best Lego Sets for All Ages, According to Lego PeopleLego fans, from 5 years old to 50-plus, weigh in.
  15. celebrity shopping
    What Rhiannon Giddens Can’t Live Without“You can’t overestimate the power of clean underwear on the road.”
  16. holiday gifts 2022
    The Best Secret Santa Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)From a stainless-steel pierogi press to a banana-shaped cat toy.
  17. cyber monday 2022
    All the Best Cyber Monday Deals at AmazonIncluding deals on great potential gifts such as the Lifestraw personal water filter, the Instant Vortex air fryer, and the Suunto 9 GPS watch.
  18. cyber monday 2022
    56 Best Cyber Monday Mattress DealsDon’t snooze on the gift of great sleep.
  19. black friday 2022
    All the Best Black Friday Deals at AmazonIncluding deals on great potential gifts such as the Sodastream sparkling-water maker, the Instant Vortex air fryer, and the Suunto 9 GPS watch.
  20. black friday 2022
    The Best Black Friday Mattress DealsDon’t snooze on the gift of great sleep.
  21. holiday gifts 2022
    The Best Gifts for Anime Fans, According to Anime FansFrom cute plushies to cosplay gear and collectible figurines.
  22. this thing’s incredible
    The Best House Slippers Are These Ballet Warm-up Booties“No longer relegated to dance class, these boots are now a permanent fixture on my feet whenever the temperature drops below 60.”
  23. best in class
    The 12 Very Best Makeup RemoversIncluding one described as “if Vaseline petroleum jelly and Pond’s cold cream had a baby.”
  24. gifts they might actually want
    27 Strategist-Approved Gifts for Your Whole List (That You Can Buy at Target)Including a handsome Dopp kit, nontoxic nail polish remover, and a cast-iron skillet guaranteed to stand the test of time.
  25. october prime day 2022
    43 Amazon October Prime Day Deals That’ll Make Great Holiday GiftsFrom blenders to board games to lip balms.
  26. best in class
    The 9 Very Best Cat CarriersFrom soft-sided duffels to space-age-y backpacks.
  27. micro sales
    10 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From West Elm to Star WarsIncluding a bump-banishing body scrub, pretty pastel candleholders, and wineglasses with a punk sensibility.
  28. best in class
    The 27 Very Best MascarasIncluding lengthening, volumizing, cruelty-free, and waterproof options.
  29. best in class
    The 13 Very Best Food Puzzles for Cats and DogsIncluding beginner- and expert-level challenges to keep your pet occupied and entertained.
  30. this thing’s incredible
    The Hands-Free Phone Case That Lets Me Party Without a PurseAfter I resolved to bring only the essentials on nights out, the Utiliti Case became my faithful companion.
  31. micro sales
    The Best Deals From Nordstrom’s Summer Sale: From Ganni to Great JonesIncluding Strategist-tested running shoes, a staple faux-leather jacket, and soothing lamps that mimic natural light.
  32. micro sales
    11 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Brooklinen to BogsIncluding a do-it-all ceramic pot, a stylishly understated duvet cover, and some durable rain boots that can stand up to any downpour.
  33. micro sales
    9 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Hydro Flask to HokaIncluding seamless mesh underwear, “cloudlike” running shoes, and a squeaky squirrel toy that will keep your pup entertained for hours.
  34. micro sales
    9 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From All-Clad to Hanna AnderssonIncluding a pair of stylish sky-blue sandals, a multifunctional casserole dish, and wireless earbuds that won’t fall out.
  35. sales sales sales
    Everything Worth Buying on the Last Day of Dermstore’s Anniversary SaleIncluding a “miraculous” foot peel, Rio’s go-to pimple patches, and a dry shampoo that leaves zero trace behind.
  36. micro sales
    10 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Ember to West ElmIncluding a decadent cult-favorite pie and a self-heating mug to keep your coffee or tea at the perfect temp.
  37. micro sales
    11 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Lisa Says Gah to LaguioleIncluding a multifunctional laundry tote, an autumnal sweater, and some playful floral denim.
  38. this thing’s incredible
    The Best Fidget Toy Is a Cable TieThese nifty reusable twist ties keep charging cords neat and restless hands busy.
  39. micro sales
    11 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From J.Crew to UltaIncluding a slinky satin skirt, an expert-approved curling iron, and a cult-favorite gel moisturizer.
  40. micro sales
    10 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Casper to CotopaxiIncluding a design-minded lunch bag, a leakproof water bottle, and classic, can’t-go-wrong checked kicks.
  41. micro sales
    The Best Deals From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: From Madewell to Malin+GoetzNordstrom’s very good (in season) annual sale is here.
  42. strategist hive mind
    71 Summer Shopping TipsAn accumulation of proclamations and well-sourced recommendations from the Strategist staff.
  43. micro sales
    10 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Brooks to Bloomingdale’sIncluding deeply discounted cashmere, a sleek ceramic planter, and a sculptural lamp.
  44. painless shopping
    24 Strategist-Approved Host Gifts (That You Can Buy at Nordstrom)These unique picks will earn you brownie points and the title of most thoughtful guest.
  45. micro sales
    8 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Coach to TheoryIncluding a pair of easygoing hiking shorts, a striking striped umbrella, and a fine deal on our favorite water bottle.
  46. micro sales
    9 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Chaco to RuggableIncluding some minimalist-chic rugs, an easy-breezy cami top, and a three-pack of cute yet comfortable thongs.
  47. painless shopping
    23 Strategist-Approved Wedding Gifts (That You Can Buy at Nordstrom)Going off-registry is acceptable if you’re gifting one of these tried-and-true picks.
  48. micro sales
    12 Things on Sale You’ll Definitely Want to Buy: From Everlane to BagguIncluding a go-with-everything pair of throwback jeans, some office-ready mules, and a laptop case to help you rep your zodiac sign.
  49. micro sales
    All of the Best (Post–) Prime Day DealsIncluding a leakproof travel mug, summery Swedish dishcloths, and better-than-Gatorade hydration tablets.
  50. micro sales
    10 Things on Sale You’ll Definitely Want to Buy: From Crocs to Instant PotIncluding a good-looking gratin dish and a mini massage gun that packs a punch.
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