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13 Things on Sale That Will Still Arrive by Christmas: From Tamagotchi to Tushy

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Even if you’ve put off shopping for holiday gifts until the last minute (which, to be clear, is now), we’ve got you covered. We found plenty of good deals on lots of very giftable things that will still arrive by December 25, like the “Holy Grail” of reusable lunch boxes, our favorite audio box for easily distracted toddlers, and the under-$20 reading glasses I’ve gifted my own stepdad five years in a row.

This rarely-on-sale Sunday Riley face oil is formulated with vitamin C, vitamin E, and skin-soothing turmeric for extra hydration and glow. Strategist writer Jenna Milliner-Waddell says it leaves skin feeling “buttery smooth” when used overnight.

Back in 2017, we deemed Takenaka bento boxes “the Holy Grail of reusable lunch boxes”: They’re leak-proof, dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, and don’t retain smells or flavors. (Plus, they’re “wonderful” for storing weed.)

Beauty columnist Rio Viera-Newton says this face mask set from KNC Beauty helps to soothe, hydrate, and brighten skin — especially after a day spent in front of a humidity-zapping radiator.

Along with several New York moms, Strategist contributing editor and mom of two Jessica Silvester swears by the Toniebox for keeping her easily-distracted toddler occupied. Though very few toys can hold his attention for long, “I can cook an entire breakfast with him entranced in front of that speaker,” she says.

If you’ve got a tea- or coffee-lover to shop for, coffee director Gina Gerfao of Blue State Coffee told us this insulated travel mug by Zojirushi is her favorite for keeping drinks hot on the go.

Breville Joule Sous-Vide
$350
$350

When Grub Street editor Alan Sytsma Sytsma tested multiple sous-vide machines to determine the best for his home, this one came out on top. It’s small and sleek, “and the app is filled with very solid recipes and videos that show you how to do everything,” he says. It’d make a thoughtful gift for home cooks and professional chefs alike.

If you really aren’t sure what to get dad for Christmas, I gift mine a set of these vintage-looking reading glasses just about every year. Apparently, they’re a big hit with “the guys” at work.

For the cousin who tried one on their trip to Japan — and won’t let you forget it.

Today only, you can take 30 percent off Kinetic Sand kits at Target, like this ice cream–scented set. It comes with a freezer-style tray, scoop, sundae cup, spoon, ice cream cone, waffle press, six topping accessories, and three different types of sand.

A favorite of former Strategist writer Nikita Richardson, this mini waffle maker turns out “perfectly browned and fluffy” waffles, and can handle thick batter “like a champ.” Plus, it’s small enough to store in a studio apartment or college dorm.

It may not be the biggest discount, but you can take $10 off Animal Crossing: New Horizons at Walmart. It’s my favorite iteration of all of the Animal Crossing games, and the most recent update has only made it all the more fun (and time-consuming).

Ideal for both studying and streaming, this Microsoft Surface Go 2 tablet functions just like a laptop when connected to a wireless keyboard.

Finally, your kid likely won’t remember the woefully lo-fi ’90s models, but the latest Tamagotchi features a built-in camera that allows players to take photos with their virtual pet.

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13 Things on Sale That’ll Still Arrive in Time for Christmas