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In today’s sweep of the internet’s sales bins, we found deals on back-to-work wardrobe basics for those who are planning to start commuting this September, discounts on work-from-home upgrades for those who won’t, and a couple of treats for the kids who might be going a bit stir-crazy before they go back to school.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your toddler entertained in these last few weeks of summer, try this butterfly garden kit — one of our expert-approved toys for 2-year-olds. It comes with five baby caterpillars and all the food they need to grow into butterflies, something your kid will surely get a kick out of watching up close.
Snap Circuits are designed to help kids learn the basics of building electronics and coding skills, which makes this toy sound a lot lamer than it really is. We’ve been told by parents and experts (and Amazon reviewers) that these kits keep their pre-teens entertained for hours on end, perfect for your next family vacation.
An exercise ball can add an extra challenge to your at-home workouts as well as your work-from-home routine. It makes a surprisingly ergonomic office chair, forcing you to engage your core and other muscles that you wouldn’t normally use when sending an email to your boss.
But we don’t blame you if you prefer to sit in a regular office chair, either. And if the one you bought at the start of the pandemic is looking a little worse for wear, here’s an on-sale mid-century-esque one from Best Buy, of all places.
It’s hard to find a full-size standing desk under $500, so this 42-inch one — on sale for just $200 at Best Buy — caught our eye (and it looks a lot like the sleek standing desk beloved by our colleagues at the Verge ).
This Dan Flavin–esque LED tube comes recommended by Strategist writer Erin Schwartz — for the vibes — and it’s currently 15 percent off in all sizes and colors at Hay.
Everlane has done what the Federal Reserve cannot and slashed inflationary pricing on dozens of its basics back to what they cost in 2019 (as much as 40 percent off today’s price). That includes this simple black T-shirt for him. Author Rumaan Alam likes them so much he owns 12 — all in black.
These cheeky jeans are a longtime favorite among Strategist staffers for their vintage-inspired look, and others have noticed. “Strangers have stopped me on the street to ask me where I got my pair,” says our audience development manager Mia Leimkuhler.
True to its name, this tank top is light and airy and will get you through the next round of this heat wave, no matter how much you sweat.
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