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The Strategist’s Impromptu Dinner-Party Sale: From Great Jones to UrbanStems

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It’s no secret that one of our favorite pastimes is finding actually good deals on the products we can’t stop talking about, and from time to time, we do some dealmaking of our own. So as the weather begins to cool off and we hunker down at home, and the holidays creep ever closer, we thought this would be a great time to give you everything you need to host an impromptu dinner party.

Below are seven deals — just for our readers — from Strategist-vetted brands, including long-lasting cast iron from Great Jones, an indoor herb garden to help you gather fresh ingredients without leaving your kitchen, and even bouquets of flowers and literal shipments of cheesecakes if you’re interested in hosting something as soon as this weekend. Most of these deals expire tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 28) at 11:59 p.m. ET, so hop to it. And as always, if you want even more sales coverage, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

“What can’t Goldbelly deliver?” is a question we often find ourselves asking. You can get a full bagel-and-lox spread from New York’s famous Russ & Daughters, a classic cheesecake and fresh chocolate chip cookies shipped straight to your door, a pecan pie better than any you’ve had at Thanksgiving, and even Lance Bass’s favorite Detroit-style pizza. Through Friday, September 30, use code STRAT20 to get 20 percent off your first Goldbelly order, with no minimum value required. —Emma Wartzman

Hu Kitchen is known for its chocolate bars made with organic grass-fed milk and coconut sugar, and without palm oil or additives. (It also makes crackers, cookies, baking chocolate, and more.) The treats boast flavors like almond butter and puffed quinoa, cashew butter and raspberry, and hazelnut butter with hazelnut crunch, and are beloved by Brenda Song, Nick Jonas, and Kristin Cavallari alike. When you use code STRAT20 at checkout, you get 20 percent off every item on its site — but act fast, as the deal expires tomorrow Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. —E.W.

Even at the height of the pandemic, we discovered that we could rely on Public Goods for a steady stock of its cruelty-free botanical hand sanitizer. Its hair-stimulating rosemary oil also cropped up on our list of the best over-the-counter remedies for symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS (recommended by nurse practitioner Devon Klauck). And now, through September 28, Public Goods is offering Strategist readers 25 percent off sitewide with the code STRATEGIST25. You can stock up on its much-loved Everything Bagel seasoning, mac and cheese, tomato soup, and more, or pick up a stack of its best-selling dinner plates and dinner bowls for less than $25. Don’t forget those wellness essentials, too. — Rachael Griffiths

Great Jones takes cookware basics and reimagines them in vibrant colors, fun patterns, and sleek designs you’d be happy to keep out in the open — though their “beautiful appearance” doesn’t mean they aren’t particularly well made, too, as baker Erin Jeanne McDowell says of its sheet pans. Its Dutch oven might just become as classic as Le Creuset, the aforementioned nonstick sheet pans are an all-around industry favorite, and it carries retro-inspired bakeware, too. Until September 30, it’s offering 25 percent off its cast-iron pieces (excluding Molly Baz Dutch ovens and ones with any custom engravings) with the code STRATCASTIRON. Snag a few pieces before fall and winter cooking begins. —E.W.

When former Strategist senior writer Karen Adelson tested six different flower-delivery services, UrbanStems was the one that she would choose if she were ordering flowers for her own loved ones. The company’s tightly curated, always tasteful selection of blooms contains something for every occasion, whether you’re celebrating a wedding anniversary, in need of a nice birthday gift, or simply sending a bouquet “just because.” Until September 28, you can take 20 percent off all single arrangements (plus get free shipping) with code STRAT20. We’re confident that no matter which stems you choose, they’ll “generate oohs and aahs upon arrival.” —Kitty Guo

As cold weather creeps up on us, keeping a memory of summer on your kitchen counter in the form of an indoor garden can do wonders for boosting your mood — and the flavor of anything you cook. We’ve consistently vouched for SmartGarden’s conveniently compact models that hold from three to six plant pods and can grow a variety of fresh herbs and vegetables, from basil to lavender to cherry tomatoes to cucumbers. The brand is currently offering 40 percent off its best-selling Sprout model, which Strategist writer Erin Schwartz named the best-in-class smart garden for its easy-to-clean setup and “prodigious” output of herbs. Through September 30, use code STRAT40 to bring the price down from $100 to just $60 (which, might we add, is an all-time low price). —K.G.

You probably already know if Anthropologie’s gentle, worn-in blend of boho and femme design works for you. It makes one of our best-in-class couches and some of our favorite planters. And when you use the code STRATEGIST30, you can take 30 percent off this elegant Grecian bust-style planter in both the small and large sizes. Ideal if you’re ready to upgrade from a simple pot for whichever houseplants you’re looking after. We particularly like the pot’s hand-painted gold flourishes and the slightly jagged nape, which makes it look like it’s been plucked from a museum. Shipping’s free with the deal too, which is valid until the end of the day. —R.G.

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