We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly-launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week.
A stinky powder that works wonders on arthritic dogs
“I’m pretty sure you could dig up a corpse, drop it in a bathtub full of rotten eggs and ripe durian, and it would still smell better than this,” contributor Ashlea Halpern wrote of this powder supplement made with green-lipped mussels from New Zealand. But when Halpern mixed it with food for her 12-year-old rescue dog, Izzy (who underwent a double-knee surgery before Halpern adopted her), she went from walking “with a pained stagger” to “skittering over our hardwood floors like Tom Cruise in Risky Business” within a week.
A coin-collecting cat that Diptyque’s creative director loves to give
“It’s one of my favorite gifts to give to children,” Myriam Badault, the creative director of one of our favorite candle brands (to give and receive), said of this inexpensive bank. “You put the coin on the box, and then the box opens and a little kitten comes out and steals the coin.” The bank is one of 11 things Badault told us she can’t live without.
Kids’ blocks that double as décor
Some on-sale classic Levi’s
… and an on-sale pair of winter boots
A giftable (Chris Black–approved) L.L. Bean tote
When a reader wrote to Chris asking him for help finding unique and useful groomsmen gifts, our columnist’s first response was this L.L. Bean tote in olive green. “A monogrammed Hunter’s Tote would be useful and might last longer than your marriage! At less than $50 for the bag and monogram (which is $8 extra), this is an especially budget-friendly option,” Chris said.
An egg cooker that one buyer had a lot of fun reviewing
“This has been an EGGcellent investment,” the happy customer says of this top-rated egg cooker on our list of the best-reviewed ones from Amazon. “We have now used EGGceedingly awesome machine to make about ten dozen hard boiled eggs and everyone single one has peeled perfectly.”