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21 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From REI to Urban Skin Rx

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As we look ahead to springtime (or your spring-break trip), there are lots of sales happening, with deep discounts on items that will help you transition to sunnier days. Below, you’ll find rarely-on-sale sneakers for both occasional and dedicated runners, our top-rated face sunscreen, and two gadgets designed to conveniently charge your iPhone. As always, if you want even more deals, sign up for our email newsletter.

This portable Bose speaker is a newer version of the one Charlotte Tilbury, Adriana Lima, and Dove Cameron can’t live without. Cameron raves, “It’s really small and really portable, but the bass is super-intense.”

Named our best mid-range convertible car seat, Graco’s Extend2Fit has a rear-facing weight limit of 50 pounds, which Babylist gear editor Jennifer LaBracio notes means “your child can sit rear-facing for longer.” Its four-position adjustable extension panel also gives an extra five inches of legroom.

Perch this discounted Grogu bobblehead on your desk as you enjoy the third season of The Mandalorian.

Crocs Unisex Adult Graphic Clogs
From $27
From $27

Switch out your strawberry Crocs for a paisley-print pair, which are up to 48 percent off depending on the size.

Elvie Breast Pump - Single

For new moms, this “discreet” and wearable single breast pump is similar to the double version favored by Doree Shafrir, author of Thanks for Waiting: The Joy (and Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer, who would register for it if she had to do it all over again.


For smooth legs come spring, scoop up one of Braun’s magical epilators while they’re on sale. Strategist contributor Fiona Byrne discovered the original Braun Silk-épil through her sister, who, Byrne notes, has had hers for decades. “It’s saved me (no lie) thousands of dollars on leg and bikini waxing, not to mention the hassle of scheduling and keeping appointments,” she writes.

To go with your bikini-ready lower half, over at Aerie, all swimwear is up to 50 percent off. This triangle top with a thick band under the bust features a V-neck cut with adjustable straps.

For bottoms, we like this pair for its dramatic French-cut leg and high-waisted fit.

If you prefer a one-piece, this turquoise-colored suit has a low-cut back, full-coverage bottom, and, for sun protection, UPF-50 fabric.

Best Buy’s Apple sales event includes a few MagSafe accessories, like this one that wirelessly charges the iPhone 12 and 13, if you’re ready to take advantage of what our tech writer calls “one of the best iPhone features.”

Or try a MagSafe charger you can set on your nightstand — because there’s nothing worse than fumbling to connect your phone to a cable in the dark.

NuFace’s microcurrent devices are beloved by dermatologists, celebrity aestheticians, and actors for their ability to stimulate collagen to help prevent sagging and fine lines. Through the weekend, the brand is offering 20 percent off sitewide.

Use the code SETS20 to snag select kits from the expert-recommended brand Urban Skin Rx, like this starter set that includes both Retinol Rapid Repair and Dark Spot Treatment. Of the dark-spot remover, Strategist writer Latifah Miles writes that it made her skin far brighter, as if she were “born last week.”

Dermstore’s “Beauty Refresh” event continues with discounted products like EltaMD’s UV Clear, which is the Strategist’s pick for the best overall face sunscreen. Jennifer MacGregor of Union Square Laser Dermatology says it’s “lightweight and oil-free, so it won’t clog pores.”

Also at Dermstore, score a splurge-worthy moisturizer for dry skin, which Kathleen Hou, former beauty director at the Cut, calls the “secret to rich-person skin.”

At REI, marathoners and weekend joggers alike can find running shoes on sale, including an ultracushioned pair from Swiss brand On, which the Strategist has recommended for its trendy workout footwear.

Also at REI, this rarely-on-sale New Balance running shoe is only $67. Brian Metzler, a running journalist and the author of Kicksology: The Hype, Science, Culture and Cool of Running Shoes, likes it for runners who regularly log ten miles or longer because the lightweight foam is extra-plush.

And we found it on sale in the men’s version, too.

Urban Outfitters is taking 20 percent off sofas and chairs, including a bouclé seat with a swivel base, which is a dupe for a more expensive CB2 one at less than half the price.

This rattan stool doubles as a nice-looking plant stand; its neutral tones will suit almost any space.

Finally, save $200 on this handsome Albany Park sofa as part of the brand’s anniversary sale. It can be customized in vegan leather, velvet, or gray fabric, and your choice of gold-finished stainless steel or tapered walnut legs.

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.

Things on Sale You’ll Want: From REI to Urban Skin Rx