While many retailers are waiting until Presidents’ Day weekend to drop some really good sales on us, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of excellent deals to be had this week (just see today’s deal of the day — I’ve never added to cart so fast). In addition to several thoughtful (and on-sale) Valentine’s Day gifts, I also found some great long-weekend travel essentials like a makeup-carrying case, a celeb-approved travel pillow, and a card game for kids.
Podcaster and television personality Erin Andrews says she brings this Tempur-Pedic travel pillow on every trip because it helps “hold your neck and head properly and you feel like you get a great night’s sleep.” (And it’s squashable enough to fit in your carry-on when not in use.)
For budding indoor gardeners, our best-in-class smart garden is the cheapest we’ve ever seen it. The planter controls the amount of light your plants get, and backlit buttons remind you to add water — you can pop in seed pods (it comes with six), and soon you can harvest homegrown fresh herbs with minimal effort.
Bissell makes our favorite inexpensive vacuums to deal with pet hair and dander. This lightweight model features a tangle-free brush, detachable pod for cleaning small spaces, and a HEPA-sealed system to trap allergens.
With just over a week left before Valentine’s Day, Amazon is your best bet for finding a gift that will arrive on time. For an under-$50 budget, this classic Timex watch “tricks people into thinking it costs more than it does because it’s simply designed, yet still has all the features of a pricier timepiece,” says Strategist editor Maxine Builder.
And for the valentine whose Dopp kit is far too small for their makeup collection, here’s a faux-leather travel case that’s fully lined for easy cleaning.
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