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The Strategist’s Two-Day (Actually Good) Sale

Deals on over 30 of our favorite things, just for our readers.

Illustration: Joe McKendry
Illustration: Joe McKendry
Illustration: Joe McKendry

Editors’ note: If you’re reading this, it’s too late, because our first Two-Day (Actually Good) Sale is over. But you can check out our regular sales coverage here.

Whether it’s Cyber Monday, Amazon Prime Day, or just a regular Friday, we pride ourselves on our ability to sniff out the best deals from the depths of the internet’s sales bins. But for the first time ever, we’ve done some deal-making of our own. Meet the Strategist’s Two-Day (Actually Good) Sale, which starts on Wednesday, July 29 and ends on Thursday, July 30. We’ve put together over 30 deals, exclusively for readers of the Strategist, on some of our favorite, most stood-behind products. And true to the event’s name, they’ll be available at some of the best prices we’ve ever seen — and in some cases, the best price they’ve ever been. We’re talking up to 50 percent off some rarely on-sale kitchenware, Rio Viera-Newton–approved beauty products, highly giftable gadgets, and lots more.

We’ll be rolling out the deals every hour on the hour over the course of the two-day-event, and we think some of these are too good to last too long, so, as ever, don’t dillydally. (If you want even more deals, you can sign up for our newsletter using the link below: Subscribers will get a couple of deals that won’t appear on the site.)

Our Best-Selling (and Nicest-Looking) Vibrator

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Two years ago, female-owned sexual wellness brand Maude made a splash with the launch of their understated gender-neutral vibrator. We gave it high marks for how nice it looks, and more importantly, how nice it feels. Since then, experts have continued to rave about its versatility — it can be used externally and internally, alone or with a partner — and its surprisingly powerful motor. Already affordable compared to similar sex toys on the market, the Maude Vibe is currently 15 percent off for our sale with the code STRATDEAL15. That’s a steal — though in-stock supplies are limited, so don’t dillydally. (Once they sell out, you can place a preorder using the same discount.)

A Coronavirus-Friendly (and Actually Cute) Grocery Cart


With many high-touch surfaces, and a bunch of other (panic-ridden) shoppers, trips to the grocery store during coronavirus pose new safety concerns, which is why Strategist contributor Alison Freer brings her own grocery cart — or rather, this food-safe, wheely bag from Hulken. Freer describes the lightweight and easy-to-clean bag as a “true marvel of Swiss design,” since it compacts almost totally flat, but still boasts four, 360-degree swivel wheels and five “unbreakable” handles (that withstood the weight of 16 bottles of wine). And you can get all this for under-$50 ($46.75 to be exact) on their website, no code required.

An Instant Remedy for Crippling Stomach Pain

For writer Eric Margulies, the most surprising (and effective) remedy for his insufferable stomach pain is a fruity, vitamin-rich powder designed for pregnant women. Not only does it have a near-instant effect on his cramps and nausea, but it also actually tastes good and doesn’t ignite any of the other issues that most heavy stomach medicines caused him. And for anyone else who’s been looking for some GI relief (or, well, pregnant women), you can get Sparkling Mama Fizzelixir for the cheapest it’s ever been. Take 20 percent off purchase with the code 20STRATEGIST, making the 8-pack just a little over $11. The 18-pack is also 20 percent off, if you’re looking to stock-up.

A Functional Backpack That’s Actually Fashionable

Cool people from DJs to tech workers to editors (including our very own managing editor Maxine Builder) all agree that when it comes to backpacks, Haerfest’s are both fashionable and functional. (They “just look and feel nice, are sturdy yet sleek, and always comfortable to carry,” says Builder.) With our 25-percent-off deal, using the code STRATDEAL25, the brand’s travel backpack is the cheapest it’s been this year, making it a great time to invest in a handsfree bag that can fit your laptop, hand sanitizer, masks, phone, wallet, keys, water bottle, and other essentials (and be easily worn while riding a bike, according to those who’ve recommended it).

The Charging Cable That Works With Any Device

Strategist contributor Matt Goulet had a problem that may sound familiar: “My laptop, phone, Kindle, and a small bluetooth speaker all needed their own cables, one of which I would inevitably forget, leading me to buy … yet another cable.” But then he discovered the Swiss army knife of cables, the Calamari Ultra. “It has your standard male USB plug on one end. At the other are Lightning (for anything Apple), Micro USB (for most Android phones and other accessories like tablets and point-and-shoot cameras) and USB-C (used by the latest MacBooks and quickly becoming the new standard).” At 41 percent off, this may be the best (and cheapest) time to dump out that drawer and bring much-needed order to your charging life. (There’s no code required, but you won’t see the discount until you’re at checkout.)

This Wear-Everywhere Bonnet Is Currently Half Off


This satin-lined cap from Grace Eleyae is incredibly versatile — it can, according to frequent wearer Tembe Denton-Hurst, easily go from the bed to the bodega and back again. Unlike other caps, it stays on all night long, doesn’t make hair frizzy or fuzzy, and is (as such) a favorite of celebrities and Strategist writers alike. At 50 percent off, now’s as good a time as ever to buy one (or several), in either grey or black.

These Magnetic Balls That Double As Desk Décor Are 40 Percent Off

Spek’s magnetic balls are for fidgeters, pickers, and tappers who’d rather not tote a conspicuous fidget spinner, or play with messy kinetic sand. Says senior editor Katy Schneider of her Speks: “I’m speaking directly to my fellow nail-biters and split-end pickers, and all you other odd ducks with unspeakably strange and fidgety compulsions when I say: You’re going to want to buy these.” If smashing a small cluster of magnetic balls sounds like a salve to your anxiety (or, at least, your anxious habits): the Speks are currently 40 percent off with the code STRATBESTDEAL, the cheapest we’ve ever seen, and are available in both single and multicolored varieties.

The Portable Printer That Turns Digital Photos Into Analog Prints

The Lab combines the best elements of digital and analog photography in an easy-to-use, fun package,” says former Strategist writer David Notis. “You get the convenience of a smartphone camera and the ephemeral appeal of Polaroid film: white border, quirky colors, and all.” And now you get that for the lowest price we’ve seen.

An Interior Designer-Approved Placemat for Kids

Things that reduce kids’ messes are often durable and easy-to-clean, but they’re seldom aesthetically pleasing, which is where this silicone placemat stands out. Design-minded event planner Mindy Weiss, who plans events for everyone from the Kardashians to Diana Ross, calls this placemat a “lifesaver” for reducing mealtime messes and protecting furniture. (Plus, it looks like a smiley face.) We’ve already said the placemat makes for a good inexpensive gift, and now, it’s the cheapest it’s ever been. Just remember to use the code STRATDEAL40 at checkout.

Our Favorite Wireless Charging Stand Improves Any WFH Set-Up

Strategist contributor (and former tech columnist) David Pogue never liked wireless chargers until he found this one. They didn’t charge very quickly, worked only if your phone was in precisely the right spot, couldn’t be propped for easy viewing while your phone charged. The PowerWave “solves the flat-on-the-back problem with a screamingly obvious design change,” Pogue says. “It’s a stand.” You can use it to “charge a typical phone from dead to 50 percent in about 30 minutes and to full in two hours,” he says. And during our sale, you get two — maybe one for your nightstand and one from your new WFH office — for 27 percent off.

A Status-y Dog Carrier Recommended by (the Owners of) Pet-Influencers

While we’ve recommended lots of products from Wild One before, their dog carrier is a favorite among notable dog-influencers. Yena Kim, the owner of Bodhi (who’s more commonly known as the “Menswear Dog”), recommends it because it’s a “dog bag that doesn’t scream ‘DOG BAG’ and can be integrated seamlessly into your everyday commute” (even if that commute is just to the park or the beach, rather than the office). Now, you can get the stylish bag in either navy or tan for 20 percent off with the code STRATEGIST20, making it the cheapest it’s been this year.

These Specs From the Warby Parker of Reading Glasses Are the Lowest Price Ever

A couple of years ago, when we heard about Look Optic, a new reading glasses start-up with a design team staffed by Oliver Peoples alums, glasses manufactured by the same factories as Garrett Leight, that billed itself as the new Warby Parker and made charity donations for each pair purchased, we were intrigued to say the least. New York Magazine managing editor Ann Clarke, known for buying and rebuying $20 pairs from Duane Reade, gave the new readers a shot — and confirmed they lived up to the hype. “They are just … solid,” Ann told us. “They’re not too light, they are not too heavy, they just fit me well, and they never tip to one side.” And now the Look Optic glasses are on sale for the lowest price they’ve ever been, at 25 percent off, making them less than $60 (a worthy investment if you, like Ann, tend to stock up on cheaper pairs). We’re showing the Sullivans here, but the whole collection is on sale for readers of the Strategist — and the code STRATDEAL25 is automatically applied at checkout.

This Set Includes Our Top-Rated Pen and an Equally Excellent Notebook

When the Strategist editors set out to find the best pen, we put 100 highly recommended models to the test — grading each one on looks, feel, and smoothness. This Baronfig rollerball came out on top. We found that the sleek-looking pen “practically dances across the page, and the ink comes through with command and a real presence,” and it was even a hit among smear-weary lefties. This set (currently the cheapest it’s been all year) pairs our No. 1 pick with a notebook that isn’t too shabby, either: Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff calls it “easy to carry around, nice-quality paper, handsome without being showy.” And this two-piece set — perfect for updating your WFH set-up — is 25 percent off with the code STRATDEAL25.

The Next-to-Naked Bodysuit Is Ideal for Both Exercising and Socializing

It’s hard to deny the ease of a bodysuit, the true definition of “one and done” dressing — especially when it’s this stretchy black (or ivy or navy) number from size-inclusive brand Universal Standard. One Strategist writer described it as “blank slate for getting dressed,” which she’s worn to go on bike rides, run errands, out to happy hour, and layers with dresses, trackpants, and cardigans. We happen to think it also looks pretty appealing to wear it on it’s own, in all its stretchy, comfortable glory. Best yet, it’s currently the lowest price it’s ever been — at over 30 percent off with the code STRATEGIST, a rather reasonable $65.

The Kitchen Thermometer That Could Go to Hell and Back and Still Work

572 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the “limit” of what the Thermoworks Thermapen can withstand, which for almost every kind of at-home cooking is more than enough. It not only has the endorsement of Team Strategist, thanks to a moving ode from managing editor Maxine Builder, but it’s also the preferred meat thermometer of barbecue experts for its stunning speed (get reads in just 3 seconds) and accuracy (within 7/10ths of a degree). Trust us when we say it’s the last meat thermometer you’ll ever buy — unless you decided to buy a second one.

The SPF Moisturizer That’s Better Than Your Daily Moisturizer

This lightweight yet nourishing sunscreen-slash-moisturizer from Supergoop hydrates the skin while simultaneously providing SPF 40, broad spectrum protection from harsh UVA and UVB rays. The white-cast-free, pill-free formula is perfect for daily wear, as the last step of your morning routine or as a hydrating base for your makeup. (It’s so good, it’s taken the place of our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s everyday moisturizer.) And right now, it is 15 percent off with the code SUPERSTRAT15.

Our Best-Selling Work Bag for Women

While we’ve time and again said the Madewell Transport Tote is pretty much the perfect work bag, it should be noted that it’s pretty much a perfect bag — period. Nice-looking but not boring, sturdy, and spacious enough to hold all your essentials, it’s the type of thing you can run errands with, pack for a day at the park, or, of course, carry back and forth to the office every day whenever you might return. It’s now on sale for the cheapest we’ve ever seen with code STRATDEAL20, in either all-black or all-tan.

The Madewell Zip Top Medium Transport Tote is also 20 percent off with STRATDEAL20 — and it’s available in all-black, all-tan, or black with a tan strap.

Snail Serum Eye Patches to Fight Chronic Racoon Eyes

Strategist beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton has long been a fan of these snail-based patches, which she says moisturize and heal her skin, and brighten up her “dark, sunken under eyes.” She prefers them to her previous favorites — the Petifee Gold and Snails — which just don’t do enough for irritated or dry skin. These “unreal, insanely effective” patches are currently 25 percent off with the code BENTON25.

The Foldable Electric Scooter That’s an Actually Fun Way to Avoid the Subway

Between the fact that taking public transportation is less appealing than ever (due to COVID-19) and electric motors are more powerful — and cheaper — than ever, it’s not a huge surprise that electric scooters are having a moment. And this foldable Segway is one of the best options for everyday riding around, reaching speeds of up to 15.5 miles per hour, weighing just under 28 pounds, even folding up with one click. (It’s the lightweight and less-tricked-out version of the Ninebot KickScooter Max, which was recommended to us as the best long-distance electric scooter.) Best of all, it’s on sale with the code STRAT20, and the last time this scooter was this cheap was over eight months ago, on Black Friday.

$449 at Wellbots
with code: STRAT20

A Homely But Effective White-Noise Machine That’ll Put You to Sleep

Lets face it: Some of the most effective products out there come with everything but the looks, and the Dohm is one of them. But if you can look past its homely appearance, you’ll realize it is a damn fine noise machine. “When I turned it on, and the soothing whir enveloped my tiny bedroom, I truly did not care what it looked like: Not only was there no sign of anyone living within 100 miles of me, but my sleep immediately became sounder and deeper,” says our editor Alexis Swerdloff, who initially told us about this device. And now’s a good time to get this little guy, because it’s the best price ever with code STRATDEAL25.

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