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11 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Stoic to Star Wars

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Now that we’re approaching the 11th hour, it’s probably about time to call it: If you’re still frantically searching for a last-minute gift, your best bet is to spring for something virtual or a gift card because many retailers’ holiday shipping deadlines have come and gone. But once everyone on your list is checked off, feel free to treat yourself to some of the fun finds we’ve uncovered in today’s sales sweep like a nostalgia-inducing candle, a zit-zapping cream, and oh-so-fluffy shearling slippers. (Pickings are a little sparse as the holiday slowdown hits, but check back Monday, when we’ll be covering all the post-Christmas and Boxing Day sales.)

This is ideal for sprucing up your home before ringing in the New Year. Cleaning-service expert Kadi Dulude runs the Ecovacs Deebot “about every other day, and when I empty the (surprisingly big) dust collector, I’m always amazed how much dust and hair it picks up.”

According to Cut beauty director Kathleen Hou, “As far as I’m concerned, Eve Lom Dynaspot is the only pimple cream worth using. It’s a less angry, more Zen version of a pimple cream that’s not less effective, containing tea-tree oil and salicylic acid, which calm blemishes. I think I’m on my third tube.”

Once winter hits, beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s skin starts “to lash out — dry, red, flaky patches sprout across my cheeks, and the windy, cold air makes me overproduce oil.” She’s a fan of the brand Neogen for keeping her skin smooth, exfoliated, and nourished.

These very fluffy slippers are a favorite of celebs like Cardi B and Bella Hadid as well as our very own writer Tembe Denton-Hurst. She likes that “they have small straps at the back, which hold your feet (I’m clumsy).”

Trend forecasters declare that Anecdote’s candles — with scents designed around fond memories and storytelling — are part of a “shift in the industry to make candles both luxurious-feeling and seem more personal.”

A Sandy Liang–esque fleece for less, this color-blocked Stoic jacket will keep you cozy all winter long.

Anthropologie is offering an extra 40 percent off already on-sale items including this very cute Rifle Paper Co. planner to get you on track for 2022.

This bold, graphic journal was created by textile designer Anna Spiro in collaboration with Anthropologie. (If you’re more partial to softcovers or grid-lined pages, we tested over 100 notebooks to find the best ones.)

Even though the Year of the Ox ends in about a month, this could be still be a fun New Year’s gift for the kid who can’t get enough LOL Surprise! dolls.

One thing the supply chain (thankfully) hasn’t affected this year: Baby Yoda plushes. Snag yours now since last year we couldn’t even find them in stock, let alone on sale.

With Omicron sending everyone back into hibernation, now’s the time to splurge for a spin bike if you’ve been eyeing one. Strategist contributor Cheryl Wischhover says this Schwinn bike provides an “incredibly smooth and quiet ride” and makes “for a more compact footprint” than a bulky Peloton.

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.

11 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy