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12 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Areaware to Coach

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The weather’s heating up, and so are the sales. Ban.do’s Outdoor Fun Sale has hundreds of summer essentials for up to 50 percent off — including one of our favorite (surprisingly roomy) fanny packs, a daisy-shaped charcuterie board from Areaware, and a travel water bottle for your pup. Plus we have a toy barbecue-grill set for the little ones to tote to your next cookout and a secret sale on our favorite extra-strength vitamin-C serum, which still won’t irritate sensitive skin.

The Ferrari of sparkling-water makers is 25 percent off today. Samantha Josaphat and Luis Medina, who together lead architecture firm Studio 397, told us that they prefer the Aarke’s design to Sodastream’s, because it has “a lever as opposed to a button, which makes it more of an experience to use.”

Get the kiddos involved in the next cookout with this adorable toy barbecue set, which we found on sale at both Amazon and Nordstrom.


Tuft & Needle’s crowd-pleasing foam mattress was tested by the Strategist’s Lauren Ro, a side sleeper who was very pleased with how supportive and cocooning it felt. She notes that her husband also “really likes it, and he’s a back and stomach sleeper whose temperature runs a little hotter than mine.”

We’re fans of the brand’s pillows as well, and this pillow is our top pick for a high-loft foam option. While foam has a reputation for trapping heat, Tuft & Needle’s adaptive foam is infused with graphite and gel to keep you cool.

As swimsuit season approaches, if the thought of booking a waxing appointment fills you with fear, don’t fret: We found the epilator we’ve been raving about for years (that makes your legs feel like they “have never even grown hair”) on sale. This version comes with a shaver head, three trimmer caps, and a bikini styler.

Everything is an extra 15 percent off at Coach Outlet — including this leather bag to hold your point-and-shoot camera that’s available in blue, taupe, white, and rarely-on-sale black.

Tons of summer-travel essentials are up to 50 percent off for Ban.do’s Outdoor Fun Sale. This Mary Poppins–esque fanny pack from Baggu is $10 off in avocado and two gingham patterns.

This doggy water bottle, which Strategist junior writer Brenley Goertzen bought last year for her Australian Shepard mix, is on sale in green and pink. Simply squeeze to dispense water into the bowl-like top and squeeze again to return excess water back into the bottle.

As I’m based in Austin, Texas, it’s my civic duty to further the yeehaw agenda by presenting you all with this cowboy-boot-embossed tote.

I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing which whimsical new serving utensils Selena Liu creates for Areaware, and this daisy-shaped serving board is no exception.

Areaware is offering 20 percent off sitewide through April 24 with code REFRESH20. The brand partnered with designer Pat Kim on this delightful trio of Memphis-minded wall clocks — one of the best things Strategist staffers bought last month.

SkinStore is having a secret sale (20 percent off) on products from PCA Skin and EltaMD when you use code SPRING20. This extra-strength vitamin-C serum is powerful without causing irritation — even to sensitive skin.

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.

12 Things on Sale You’ll Want: From Areaware to Coach