Best Deals in May 2021 (and What to Avoid!)

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May is a month that so many of us look forward to. The weather is beautiful just about everywhere in the U.S, and year after year, retailers offer deals on footwear and athletic apparel to entice us to get outside! We also celebrate Pet Week with our furry friends, and we have Mother’s Day and Memorial Day sales; two reliable opportunities to save big.

National Pet Week Deals (May 2-8)

National Pet Week was created almost four decades ago by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to celebrate our animal companions and to share best practices for responsible pet care. During this week, retailers get in the game with discounts on all sorts of pet products, from pet treats to pet memorabilia.

Bocce’s Bakery: This brand of dog treats with all-natural ingredients and fun flavors ($5.50 and up) is offering 15 percent off sitewide with code PETWEEK. Valid May 2-8.  

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Bully’s by Earthly: These beef dog chews are grass fed, antibiotic-free, and slow smoked in maplewood, and will keep your pups busy for quite a while. From May 1-31, use code TRAE20 to save 20 percent off $14.99. Bully’s Fresh Dental Bones are also 20 percent off. 

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Carrie Cramer Fine Jewelry: This jewelry collection was created by celebrity stylist Carrie Cramer for fashionable pet lovers. The pieces, which are handcrafted by jewelers, feature Cramer’s signature animal silhouettes, including a collection of dog breeds, cats, and horses. From May 2-8, save 20 percent off all solid gold jewelry (originally $275 and up) with code petLove.  

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Cat Sushi: These human-grade bonito flakes are made from 100 percent premium Japanese tuna. They make a delicious single-ingredient treat or they can be used as a food topper. From May 1-31 with code TRAE20, save 20 percent off (originally $7.99 and up).   

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Cuddle Clones Custom Pet Art Blanket: These personalized blankets come in two styles and sizes up to 60” x 80”! The front features a giant image of your pet with your choice of background, and the back is soft Sherpa fleece. From May 2-8 with code TRUETRAE, save 20 percent off (originally $69.99 and up). Each sale feeds six to seven shelter pets.

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Grand Fusion Housewares Pet Hair Dryer Balls: These reusable dryer balls help get rid of pet fur – just toss them in the dryer along with your washed clothes and they’ll gently and effectively collect the fur, along with regular lint and human hair. From May 2-8, save 20 percent off with code TRUETRAE (originally $19.99 for a six-pack). 

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KAMU Pet CBD Drops: This wellness brand produces CBD formulas that help to strengthen immunity, improve sleep and diminish pain. These drops (originally $34.95)  are specially formulated for cats and dogs to boost wellness, relieve anxiety, and maintain healthy skin, joints, and coat. From May 2-8, save 30 percent off with code happypet.

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Ollie: This fresh dog food company delivers 100 percent human-grade food tailored to your pet’s individual needs. The veterinarian-crafted meals are formulated, proportioned, and delivered directly to your doorstep. For a limited time, new users receive 50 percent off of their first box (boxes are $17 per week and up). 

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PrintArtKids: This site allows you to transform your favorite pet photos into note cards, notepads, journals, and puzzles! From May 2-8 with code PW21, save 15 percent off notecard and notepad orders over $40, not including sales tax or shipping.  

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Pure Craft CBD: From May 2-8 with code PETS20, save 20 percent off the Nano CBD Water Soluble Tincture for Pets (originally $29). Pure Craft CBD products are bio-available, meaning that the CBD is absorbed by the body more effectively and more efficiently, and the products are manufactured in a GMP-compliant and FDA-registered facility. Does not apply to valid subscriptions and 3-packs.

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Shameless Pets: This brand rescues misfit + surplus ingredients and turns them into healthy dog and cat treats. From May 2-8 with code PETSWEEK30, save 30 percent off sitewide, including soft-baked dog and cat biscuits, doggy dental sticks, dog jerky bites, and dog calming chews (originally $6.99 and up). 

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Sun Chlorella Rejuv-A-Wafers: Vet approved, plant-based, and nutritious, these wafers contain green superfood, chlorella. Chlorella is known to support your pet’s overall health and wellbeing, including helping with stress, digestive health, and energy. With code PETDAY20, save 20 percent off (originally $34.95 for 60) from May 2-8. 

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Walkee Paws: This brand offers fashionable paw protection and accessories for your furry pets. From May 1-31, save 40 percent off all Snug Fit dog leggings (originally $34.99 and up). Puffer Coats in size XS (originally $49.99) will be marked down to $9.99. 

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WellPet: This high-quality natural pet food brand is offering a 25 percent discount at Chewy on select items from its portfolio, including  Wellness Puppy Bites (originally $4.49) grain-free treats, WHIMZEES Daily Dental Dog Treats (originally $14.99), and Old Mother Hubbard Classic Baked Dog Treats (originally $5.47).

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Mother’s Day Deals

Leading up to Mom’s special day, we’ll see sales on lots of giftable items, including beauty products to items for the home, and the discounts can be quite generous.  One notable category is jewelry. It doesn’t go on sale very often, so it’s a good time to take a look for Mom, or for someone else special (like yourself!).

Aphrodite A Mother’s Love Bracelet: This sparkling bracelet set includes gold, rose gold, and silver plated charm bracelets featuring 1 Mom and 2 kids charms. Originally $19.95, save 25 percent off with code MD202125 through May 15. Discount also applies to the sterling silver Mother Daughter Embrace Necklace Gift Set, which is a pendant with cubic zirconia crystal accents and a message card (originally $39.99).

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Aura Frames Smith Collection: A beautiful way to stay in touch with moms who are far away, the Smith collection by Aura Frames are digital photo frames in a timeless finely-etched stainless steel design. Through May 9, save 25 percent off $399.  Available in Black Onyx and Platinum Rose. 

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Bellasonic Advanced Nail Grooming System:  This system is a 4-in-1, rechargeable electric nail file with a patented oscillating head and four multi-purpose discs for shaping, smoothing, buffing, and shining Mom’s nails. Through May 10, use code MothersDay30 for 30 percent off $79.95.

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The Better Skin Co. Mother’s Day Set: If Mom loves skincare, this limited edition gift set will be a hit. It includes two popular products, Mirakle Cream and Klayzyme Exfoliating Enzyme Mask, and the red Signature Travel Bag. The set retails for $68 (value $90), and with every purchase, you’ll receive either the Vitamin A Radiance Serum or the Botanical Collagen Serum (a $60 value). Valid April 26-May 9. 

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BIG LOViE:  These soft and luxurious blankets and apparel items contain sweet, soulful messages on every style. Through May 9 with code MOMLOVE15, save 15 percent off sitewide. For every blanket purchased, a blanket is donated to a child in need.

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BOH Tea: This 100 percent natural tea grows 5,000 ft above sea level on the main mountain range of Malaysia. A variety of gift sets and decorative canisters are available. Through May 9, save 10 percent off all teas with code BohLovesMoms on Amazon.  Prices vary.

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Caire Beauty: A favorite brand of Katie Couric and celebrity chef Carla Hall, this luxury female WOC-owned skincare line introduces the Mother’s Little Helpers gift set; a 15 mL glass bottle of Therom Serum Boost, 12 mL glass jar of Triple Lift Molecule Mask, and 2 mini glass on-the-go vials of Therom Serum Boost. Regularly $60, on sale for $40 for a limited time.

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Charles & Colvard: This jewelry brand is known for its moissanite jewelry–considered an eco-friendly alternative to diamonds–and recently expanded to lab-grown diamonds. Through May 9, save up to 20 percent off all fine jewelry and up to 50 percent off select pieces. Sale does not include the Signature Collection, loose gemstones, prior purchases, and cannot be combined with other offers. The sale includes the stunning 1.19 CT Round Forever One Moissanite Halo Necklace, which is originally $1,159 and is now on sale for $599.

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Chi: This popular brand of hair tools is offering 30 percent off sitewide with code LOVEMOM through 11:59pm CST on May 10th, including ‘The Sparkler’ flatiron, which is a replica of CHI’s famous $1 Million Diamond CHI Lava Flat Iron, but priced at just $159.99, ‘The Sparkler’ is covered in over 3,000 crystals.

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Choose  Love x Eat Offbeat Mother’s Day Gift Box: Eat Offbeat has partnered with the non-profit Choose Love, donating 10 percent of proceeds to fund their work of supporting refugees and displaced people across Europe, the Middle East, and at the US-Mexico border. The Mother’s Day Gift Box includes tasty treats from around the world, including Venezuelan Pineapple Jam, Senegalese Spiced Candied Peanuts, Sri Lankan Coconut Sweets, Iranian Rose Tea, and more, as well as a Choose Love organic cotton tote bag and Eat Offbeat’s The Kitchen Without Border’s Cookbook. Through May 4, get the box for $105 (originally $110). 

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Circle Home Plus: From mobile phones and tablets to smart TVs and video game consoles, Circle’s parental control device and app will let Mom set limits and filter content across every device — all from one app. If she still has kids at home, this device and lifetime subscription will give her the break she needs. From April 29-May 10, save 20 percent off $349 with code MOMTIME.

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Colleen Rothschild Beauty: From April 27-May 2 with code MOM15, save 15 percent off sitewide on luxurious gift sets like the Body Butter Trio (originally $54), which includes body butters in three scents, and Quench & Shine Trial & Travel Essentials (originally $54), which includes three best-selling hair products, perfect for travel.

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Creative Memories: From May 3 at noon CT to June 1 at noon CT (or while supplies last), this premier scrapbooking brand and maker of high-end memory-keeping products will be offering 20 percent off several of their scrapbooking kits (originally $27 and up), just in time for Mother’s Day. 

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croon starter kit 1+1: A great gift for a makeup maven, these machine-washable microfiber disks remove makeup and cleanse the skin with just water. The kit includes two microfibers–which last for 200 washes– a laundry bag, and a reusable canvas bag. Save $5 off $29. Available in three colors.

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DevaCurl Hair Treatments: This brand of salon-quality products and tools that deliver healthy, frizz-free curls is offering 25 percent off all hair treatments (originally $16 and up) from May 2-10. 

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Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Care Gift Sets: Dr.’s Remedy was created by two NY Board-Certified Podiatrists and is approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association. The brand is dedicated to clean, non-toxic, hypo-allergenic nail care enriched with organic ingredients, vitamins, wheat protein, tea tree oil, lavender, and garlic bulb extract. Through May 6, all 12 of their gift sets ($46.50 and up) are 20 percent off with code 2021LOVEMOM.  

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Elements Truffles: This South Asian women-owned company makes clean chocolates inspired by the ancient science of Ayurveda. The chocolates are made with fair-trade Ecuadorian cacao and locally sourced honey, and free from dairy, gluten, soy, and refined sugar. Through Mother’s Day, save 20 percent off with code MAMA20 (prices are $7 and up). 

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Ellis Brooklyn Delectable Rollerball Gift Trio: This Brooklyn-based clean luxury fragrance brand was founded by longtime New York Times beauty columnist, Bee Shapiro. If Mom loves fragrance, this limited-edition set features the brand’s best-selling eau de parfums, SWEET, SALT, and MYTH, which can be worn alone or layered. $40 (a $56 value).

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ElyseRyan Jewelry: This brand creates beautiful handmade pieces that tell your story and give back to charity. From May 1-15 with code LOVEMOM, save 20 percent on select Best Sellers, including the Stand Up to Cancer – World Cancer Bracelets (originally $38) and Wristrocks of Joy (Set of 2, originally $150).

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Finders Key Purse: These key clips decorate the outside of Mom’s purse while keeping her keys, fobs, and personal safety devices easily accessible inside. From May 1, 12am PT to May 31, 11:59PT, save 25 percent off with code MOM.

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Free Agent Skincare: This LA-based, women-owned clean-science beauty brand is offering two Mother’s Day sales: from April 16 – May 10, save 20 percent off all full-size products and Buy One Get One 50 percent off, including their Complexion Resurrection Duo which contains Flash Forward, a thermal enzymatic exfoliation treatment, and Lightspeed is a clinical-strength Vitamin C hydrating treatment serum (Originally $110).   

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Giusto Sapore Ultimate Truffle Gourmet Gift Set: This set of truffle-infused products from Italian and Mediterranean specialty food company, Giusto Sapore, is a truffle lover’s delight! It includes best-selling truffle items, including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, porcini risotto, butter, honey, salt, mustard, and mayonnaise (originally $99). Through May 9, save 20 percent off with code 20GSBESTMOM. The sale is available on Amazon and GiustoSapore.com.

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The Good Patch Mother’s Day Set: The patches from The Good Patch help with ailments such as fatigue and stress. Mom can place a patch on her wrist for 8-12 hours to release plant-based ingredients that help with energy, relaxation, and even a hangover. From April 26-May 10, this set, which includes B12 Awake, Relax, Revive, Nite Nite, and Nite Owl patches will be 25 percent off (originally $65).  

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Grace Gow Wow Charm Kit:  The sustainably-sourced Wow Charm Kit is a 30-minute creative workshop that allows Mom and kids to carve a one-of-a-kind emoji charm out of wax. The kit (originally $89) includes everything you need, including a QR code for access to an instructional video. The creation is returned to the brand and within weeks, Mom will receive her sterling silver charm on a waxed cord in the color of her choice. Through July 19, use code LOVEYOUMOM21 to save 15 percent off.  

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HEALBE GoBe3: If Mom is a calorie counter, this smartwatch automatically tracks calories, body hydration, and stress levels. So long food journals! Save 15 percent off $199 with code MOM2021 through June 1.  

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HomeoLux BEACON40 Light Kits: BEACON40 was created to promote brain health by improving mental acuity, memory, and attention. By sitting with the lights in peripheral view, Mom can go about her normal routine and reap the benefits while working, watching TV, or reading. Originally $249 and up, save $25 off with code Hope4Mom through May 31.

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invisaWear: These wearable personal safety devices are powered by ADT and disguised as everyday accessories, like necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and athletic bands. Through May 9, the entire site will be on sale up to 25 percent off (sale pricing $116.10 and up).  When Mom is out and about and unable to reach her phone, a quick double press of the button on her invisaWear accessory will initiate an S.O.S and send an alert to ADT. ADT’s professional 24/7 monitoring services can notify emergency contacts, alert authorities, and share her location. 

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Isabelle Grace:  This modern and minimalistic jewelry brand is offering 25 percent off select items through May 31 with the code MOM, including the Mini Heart Necklace, Between My Heart Initial Necklace, and Forever Personalized Cuff. Prices vary.  

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Kate McLeod Mother’s Day Magic Set: Create an indulgent moisturizing set for Mom with a stylish Bamboo Canister and any full-size Body Stone, which is a solid moisturizer that nourishes all skin types. It’s solid at room temperature, but softens in contact with warm, dry skin, leaving skin soft and supple. While supplies last, save $15 off the original price of $83.  

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Kay Jewelers: This jewelry brand has a large selection of quality pieces, including the latest jewelry trends and a wide range of designer collections. Through May 9, save up to 50 off select Mother’s Day Specials, including Diamond Mom Ring, which was $299 and is now on sale for $179.40.

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KOHLER Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker: A great way to uplevel Mom’s shower experience, the Moxie provides a luxurious spray and premium sound with a magnetic docking system that makes the speaker portable. Available in Bluetooth and AI with embedded Amazon Alexa:

  • Bluetooth: original price: $308.30, sale price: $159.00
  • Alexa: original price: $411.65; sale price: $219.00
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LARUCE Beauty: This cruelty-free, vegan, and hypoallergenic professional makeup brush line is offering a BOGO deal from May  1-16: Buy One Makeup Brush Set and get the second brush set for 50 percent off. Brush sets are $56 and up. 

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Layers Skincare The Perfect Pair: Help Mom approach her beauty routine from the inside and out with this duo that includes a Probiotic Serum and Layers Daily Glow Probiotic Supplements (originally $119). Through May 31, save $10 off with code MOMLOVE10.  

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The Lip Bar:  The makeup brand is known for its easy-to-use formulas with a wide range of options for people of all skin tones. For Mother’s Day, there’s the Muva-Hood Collection, which is a trio of lip colors including Muva Lipstick, a limited edition lavender mauve, Hot Mama liquid matte signature red, and Trophy Wife champagne sheer lip gloss. From April 26-May 9, get the set for $35 (originally $40).  

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Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop: This women-owned, sofi-award-winning bakery based in Brooklyn, NY is offering a 15 percent discount on their Cookie of the Month Subscription ($95 for 3 months) and their DIY Cookie Kit Subscription ($110 for 3 months). Valid through May 9 with code MOMLOVE.  

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Ma’am Shoes x The Outrage: These two brands have created a limited-edition Mother’s Day gift collection to celebrate the strength of mothers, including a pair of slide shoes, a tee, and enamel pins adorned with “This is a Mom’s World.” A portion of all proceeds will be donated to support United State of Women. From April 25-May 9 with code MOM10, save 10 percent off your purchase (originally $20 and up).  

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MasqueBAR: Developed in Korea, these pre-cut sheet masks contain serum or essences designed to treat the skin. The Mother’s Day bundle set which contains 5 sheet masks and a jar of eye masks, is already discounted to $43.99 (originally $51.95). During the Mother’s Day sale, save 20 percent off sitewide all other products–including the bundle–with code ILOVEYOUMOM. 

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Nixplay Smart Photo Frames: Through May 9, Nixplay is offering a Buy 1 Get $30 off, Buy 2 Get $80 off, and Buy 3+ Get $160 off any of their popular WIFI-connected digital photo frames. 

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LOTTE321: All jewelry, accessories, and gift boxes from this lifestyle brand are 20 percent through Mother’s Day (May 9) with code MOM. Prices start at $15 and up. Lotte321 donates 15 percent of all proceeds to charities supporting Down Syndrome and special needs awareness. 

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Nature By Canus Mother’s Day Gift Set – Lavender Oil: This limited-edition set with fresh Canadian goat’s milk includes a Pure Vegetal Base Soap bar, Foaming Milk Bath, Silky Body Wash, and Creamy Body Lotion.  Goats Milk contains essential nutrients and vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, B12, and E, which help to delay signs of skin aging due to the high content of Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Through May 9, save 15 percent off $52.76 with code momslove.  

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Pai-Shau RouTEAne Gift Set: This haircare set includes Replenishing Hair Cleanser and Conditioner for revitalization, along with the brand’s hero product Biphasic Infusion for strength and moisturization. The products feature the nourishing power of Pai-Shau’s Signature Tea Complex and the gift includes a canvas ParTEA Time Tote. Through Mother’s Day, get the set for $84 (originally $111). 

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Peppy Co: This Australian-developed lifestyle brand offers affordable and non-invasive skincare solutions for perfect skin. Peppy Co offers a medical-grade LED Light Therapy Mask (originally $149) that uses three light features to help give you a clearer complexion and takes only 10 minutes of your day. The blue light banishes bacteria, the red light prevents wrinkles and the yellow light detoxifies the skin. From April 22-May 8, save 20 percent off site wide with code MUM20.

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Pure Alchemy Beauty: This skincare line combines traditional Ayurvedic practice and modern skin science. Through May 9 with code MothersDay, save 25 percent when you purchase the Sun Beam Radiance Oil and Turmeric Glow mask together–a beauty treat for Mom or you! (originally $117).  

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r.chiara: The pieces from this jewelry brand are elegant and timeless with a little edge. Through Mother’s Day, save 15 percent with the code MOM15. Check out their modern, engravable dog tag necklace (originally $250), and white gold diamond chevron huggies earrings (originally $550).

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reVive Light Therapy: This brand offers FDA-approved,  over-the-counter devices to ease foot pain, treat wrinkles, and soothe acne. From April 25-May 9 with code FORMOM21, save 20 percent off select devices, including:

  • dpl® Slipper Foot Pain Light Therapy (originally $169)
  • dpl® Flex Pad—Pain Relief Light Therapy (originally $169)
  • reVive Light Therapy® Glō Portable Anti-Aging Light Therapy Device (originally $79)
  • reVive Light Therapy® Spot-Acne Treatment (originally $39.99). 
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Roborock S5 Max: This popular autonomous robot vacuum and mop system makes cleaning easy with precision water control, strong suction, cleaning zones, and app control. I have the S4 and love it! From May 1-9, save $150 off $549.99 on Amazon.  

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Roots & Bloom Trio with Pumice Stone: Now that it’s sandal weather, Mom’s feet might need a treat! This intensive dry feet remedy kit includes Multi-Acid Exfoliating Treatment Pads, BHA Resurfacing Toner Pads, nutrient-dense Ultra Hydration Oil, and a pumice store. Through May 9, save 20 percent off $125.  Roots & Bloom is Black and woman-owned.  

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Salvos Eco-Friendly Hair Care Gift Set: This eco-friendly shop offers sustainable products in Home, Beauty, and Fashion that are vetted with scientific certifications or proven use cases. The Hair Care Gift Set includes a  bamboo hairbrush, neem comb, HiBAR Shampoo and Conditioner Bar, KOOSHOO biodegradable scrunchies, and 5 black hair ties. From May 1-31, save $10 off $64.95 with code TRAE. 

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Spongelle For My Mom Gift Sets: These two gift sets ($40 each) include three heart-shaped body wash infused buffers. Gift set 1 includes Black Orchid, Eucalyptus Rain, and Peony Flower scents and gift set 2 includes Night Jasmine, Violet Leaf, and Sugar Crush scents. From April 28-May 5, save 30 percent off with code MOMSDAY.  

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The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods Perfume Set: The 7 Virtues, the top-selling clean fragrance brand at Sephora, works to rebuild nations and countries affected by war and strife by working with farmers to grow organic, fair trade essential oils. This Mother’s Day gift set includes a full size and travel size of Vanilla Woods fragrance and The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, A Woman’s Guide to Living & Leading In An Illogical World book. While supplies last at Sephora, get the set for $89 (value $128).  

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Shankara: This natural and effective skincare brand blends ancient super-herbs with modern actives to nourish the skin and restore natural radiance. Through Mother’s Day, save 15 percent on travel-ready Discovery Kits (normally $75) with code TRUE15. The kits include four products for dry or normal skin, packages in a vegan leather bag.

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SPRAISE: This clean beauty brand offers vegan and plant-based nourishing products for the skin. Through May 3 with code mothersday, save 10 percent off all Praise Sets (originally $42.99), including the Coco Mango Praise Set that includes a body wash, body souffle, and body scrub.    

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Sterling Forever: This trendy jewelry line has curated a collection of beautiful Mother’s Day gifts. From April 30-May 3 with code MOM15, save $15 off any purchase over $75 from the Mother’s Day assortment (prices are $48 and up).  

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SugaringLA: This women-founded brand specializes in natural hair removal and skincare products with earth-friendly and organic ingredients. All new customers received 10 percent off with code sLAnew10, including on their popular Sugaring Kit (originally $39.99). 

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Suki Skincare Exfoliating Body Scrub & Hydrating Body Oil Bundle:  Suki Skincare is known for its clean and effective products that make your skin glow. From May 7-9, save 40 percent off this bundle (originally $78, sale price $46). The products are formulated with natural ingredients like natural Glycolic Acid, Linoleic Acid, and Calendula Extract to hydrate and soothe the skin.

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Sunlit Studio Puzzles: Artist Robin St. Louis has created this collection of watercolor puzzles just for women, born from her own artwork. The puzzles are available in 500 and 1000-pieces and each one comes with a full-size glossy poster of the image. Through May 9, save 15 percent off (originally $35-$39).  

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VoChill: For the wine-loving Mom, this clever wine accessory keeps whites, rosés, and sparkling wines crisp and cool, and brings room temperature reds to cellar temps in minutes. From April 20-May 9, save 20 percent off Perfect Sets and Perfect Gifts (originally $74.99 and up).   

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Wilding Aura & Empress Collections: For the month of May with the code MOTHERLOVE, save 10 percent off both collections. The Aura Collection (originally $149) is a four-part bodywork system inspired by the traditional Chinese practice of gua sha that includes the Aura Sweeper, Aura Activator, Aura Oil, and the patented Aura Stone. The Empress Collection (originally $129) is a facial gua sha system, inspired by traditional Chinese practices, that includes the Empress Tonic, Empress Oil, and patented Empress Stone. 

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Wondergloss: This brand’s goal is to bring you products that are free of gluten, paraben, sulfate, and vegan, including their Jasmine Face aperitif, Makeup Assassin, and Vegan lip balm. From May 1-9, save 30 percent off sitewide (original prices $6 and up) with code MOMMALOVE.

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Zales: This well-known jewelry brand carries a wide range of jewelry including everyday pieces, engagement rings, and fashion pieces. Through May 9, save up to 50 percent off select Mother’s Day Specials, including the Unstoppable Love Diamond Infinity MOM Pendant, which was $159.99 and is now on sale for $99.99.

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Memorial Day Deals

Now that 140mm Americans have received at least one vaccination dose, you might be finally feeling like it’s safe enough to get away for a long weekend. But, set aside a little time to shop, as Memorial Day is known for its deep discounts across many categories, including mattresses and appliances. 

BenchMade Modern: BenchMade Modern has 100 different fabric and leather options, and makes online shopping for furniture foolproof with a life-sized printout of your custom sofa or sectional so you can be sure it fits perfectly into your space. Save 20 percent off sitewide from May 27-June 2. Sofas start at $3,000, chairs at $2,200, and beds at $2,500. 

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Big Fig Mattress: This mattress brand focuses on the plus size community, offering built-in extra support allowing the user to sleep more soundly and a plush top that provides cooling and restorative. From May 10-June 15, use code MEMDAY to save $300 off–the brand’s biggest sale ever! Available in Twin through California King, starting at $1,399.

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DeliverySafe: This easy-to-use lockbox system stores your packages, groceries, and meal kit deliveries safely. From May 26-31 with code FREEICEPACKS, get the version with ice packs for $449 (originally $499).

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DiscountGlasses.com: From May 27-July 1, this online glasses retailer is offering 30 percent off with code MEMORIALDAY30. The site offers a 365-day return policy for glasses, the ability to take an online vision test, and a helpful guide to buying glasses online. Need contacts? Save 20 percent off lens subscriptions at DiscountContactLenses.com with code MEMORIALDAY20.

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Mattress Firm*:  America’s largest mattress retailer has a curated selection of top brands at an affordable price, plus they have sleep experts on hand who can help you find your perfect bed. From May 12-June 1, they are offering their best Memorial Day sales ever, plus 0 percent APR for 5 years: 

  • Shop top-rated mattress brands for up to $500 in savings.
    • Upgrade to a king mattress for the price of a queen.
    • Upgrade to a queen mattress for the price of a twin.
  • Take home a free adjustable base when you spend $699+ on a queen mattress or $999+ on a king.
  • Additional deals include: 
    • Save 50 percent off Sealy Sudley (now $299.99, was $599.99)
    • Save 30 percent off Sleepy’s Relax (now $599.99, was $799.99)
    • Save 20 percent off Sealy Memory Foam 8”, 10” and 12” online only
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Maytag*: From April 29-June 2, get up to a $200 rebate via prepaid card by mail, or save up to $200 via instant rebate with the purchase of select major Maytag® appliances, during Maytag’s annual sale. 

Legal: Offer valid 4/29/21-6/2/21. See store for rebate details. Only valid at participating Maytag brand retailers. Mail-in rebate redeemed in the form of a prepaid card by mail. Additional terms and conditions apply. ®/™ © 2021 Maytag. All rights reserved.

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Molecule: This air-engineered sleep and bedding company specializes in recovery-focused sleep. They are known for their Molecule 1 Mattress, which offers essential sleep benefits at an affordable price, and the Molecule 2 AIRTEC with MICROBAN, which offers support and temperature-regulating technology.  From May 15-31, use code Memorial20 to save 20 percent sitewide.

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Ninja: This small kitchen appliances brand will have a range of heated, motorized, cookware, and coffee appliances available for discounted prices from May 24-31.  Deals include: 

  • Ninja Foodi Smart XL Indoor Grill: save $40 off the original price of $279.99
  • Ninja Foodi XL Pro Air Fry Oven: save $40 off the original price of $299.99
  • Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker: save $50 off the original price of $179.99
  • Ninja Foodi NeverStick Premium Hard Anodized CookwNare Set: save $50 off the original price of $299.99
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Overstock.com: From May 14 – June 3, enjoy the biggest sale of the season from Overstock.com. Get free shipping on everything and savings in every category, including Patio Furniture starting at $99, Rugs starting at $49, Home Décor starting at $24, and Living Room Chairs starting at $99.

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Saatva: This online retailer of luxury, American-made mattresses and bed accessories is offering $200 off purchases of $1000 or more on their selection of made-to-order mattresses, bases, frames, toppers, and bedding collections, including their latest addition, the latex hybrid mattress, which is designed for healthier, more restorative sleep. Valid May 18-31. 

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Shark: This popular vacuum brand will be offering a selection of innovative robot vacuums, stick vacuums, and steam mops at a reduced price from May 24-31. Deals include:

  • Shark IQ Robot Self-Empty: save $150 off the original price of $449.
  • Shark Vertex Ultra Lightweight Anti-Allergen Pet Cordless Stick Vacuum: save $60 off the original price of $399
  • Shark Lift-Away Pro Steam Pocket Mop: save $30 off the original price of $159
  • Shark Navigator Lift-Away ADV Upright Vacuum: save $35 off the original price of $229
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Yummly® Smart Thermometer: This wireless meat thermometer works with most cuts of beef, fish, chicken, and more. From low-touch programs to full manual control, the Yummly can handle grilling, roasting, air frying, and stovetop cooking and it integrates with the Yummly app. From May 10-31, save $30 off $129.99.  

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Memorial Day Deals: Footwear and Athletic Apparel 

As we celebrate the arrival of spring, many of us are kicking our fitness routines into high gear to prepare for summer. If you’re in need of something new to wear, you’re in luck! May is a great time to treat yourself to some new duds and kicks.

Floatley Carry-It Leggings: This new innerwear brand is dedicated to providing beyond comfortable basics.  From May 28-July 11, get 2 pairs of their high-waisted, moisture-wicking leggings, which are available in Black and Grey Ink, for $80 (originally $45 each). 

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LifeStride: These on-trend, easy-to-wear, and affordable shoes will be 30 percent off full-price styles and 40 percent off sale styles. Free shipping. Valid May 27-June 1.  

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Love + Fit: This activewear brand created for all stages of a woman’s life, is offering 20 percent off select items for Memorial Day. From May 28-31, save 20 percent off select items (originally $44 and up) with code MDW21.

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MIA Shoes, The Adina: MIA Shoes are the perfect blend of fashion, comfort, and affordability. The Adina (originally $49) is a strappy sandal with a back-ankle zipper for easy on-and-off and a thin sneaker bottom sole. From May 1-31, save 25 percent off. 

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Naot Shoes: These comfy shoes are ethically handmade in Israel using sustainably sourced methods with high-quality materials. From May 28-31, save 30 percent off select items.

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Payless: This 60-year old footwear and accessories retailer is offering 30 percent off sitewide plus free standard shipping from May 28-30. On Memorial Day, May 31, save 40 percent off sitewide plus free shipping.   

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RYKA: This footwear brand is known for its Made for Women fit, designed for a woman’s unique foot shape, muscle movement, and build. From May 27-June 1, save 20 percent off full-price items, 30 percent off sale items, plus free shipping.  

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Sales to Skip

Summer apparel. You could find some sales on summer clothing over Memorial Day weekend, but best to wait until mid-to-late summer (if you can) for the best buys. The longer you wait the deeper the discounts will be.

Computers and electronics. Wait until July for Holiday in July sales, early Back to School sales, and Amazon Prime Day sales.

*I have a financial relationship with Mattress Firm and Maytag.

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