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The 15 best Christmas tree toppers of 2021

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  • Placing a tree topper on your Christmas tree is always the finishing touch when decorating.
  • For more tree decor ideas, check out our guides to the best holiday lights and best tree skirts.
  • Retailers like CB2, Wayfair, Target, and Etsy have a huge library of tree toppers of all kinds.
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A Christmas tree topper holds a special place in holiday decorating. It's the crowning touch to the centerpiece of the season, the Christmas tree.

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to Christmas decorations, so we rounded up Christmas tree toppers for a variety of tastes. From classic options like gold stars and porcelain angels to unique custom and food-shaped toppers, there's a little something for everyone.

Here are the best Christmas tree toppers you can buy:

Best star Christmas tree toppers
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There's nothing more classic than a star atop your Christmas tree. It's a long-standing tradition to place a bright gold star on the highest branch when you've wrapped up decorating a tree with lights, ornaments, and other Christmas decorations.

We picked out several options for gold stars that are simple but elegant.

Worth looking at:

Brass Star Tree Topper (small)Star Tree Topper (small)Glitter Gold 3D Star Christmas Tree Topper (small) Best angel Christmas tree toppers
Close up image of a Balsam Hill angel tree topper, best Christmas tree topper 2021

You may have memories of seeing an angel on the top of your grandma's Christmas tree. Another common option for a Christmas tree topper, angels are often made of porcelain or ceramic. If you're looking for a more durable angel tree topper, we also found a wired option that won't break as easily. 

Worth looking at:

Angel Christmas Tree Topper (small)Lit Angel Holding Trumpet Tree Topper Gold (small)Christmas Angel Tree Topper (small) Best Santa Christmas tree toppers
Image of a living room with a tree decorated and a knit santa hat on the top of the tree for best Christmas tree toppers in 2021

A Santa Claus tree topper is a cute way to adorn your tree, especially if you have kids. There are plenty of options for budget and mid-range priced Santa-themed Christmas tree toppers from Pottery Barn and Amazon. However, if you're looking for a more sophisticated Santa topper, Balsam Hill has a few elegant Santas.

Worth looking at:

10-Light Burgundy and Brown Santa Treetop (small)Jolly Saint Nick Tree Topper (small)Knit Santa Hat Tree Topper (small) Best personalized Christmas tree toppers
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A personalized tree topper could be the sweetest gift for newlyweds or for a family. Etsy has a huge library of customizable Christmas tree toppers that range from monogrammed options to family photos on a topper. 

Worth looking at:

Personalized Family Name Wire Tree Topper (small)Monogram Letter Snowflake Christmas Tree Topper (small)Photograph Family Star Topper (small) Best unusual Christmas tree toppers
Image of a tree topper depicting a cat wearing a santa hat for best christmas tree toppers in 2021

There are certainly some creative and unique options for those who don't want a traditional tree topper. From food to animal-themed toppers, there's plenty to choose from. We even found a tree topper featuring your dog's or cat's breed on it. 

Worth looking at:

Unlit Mini Treetop Glitter Unicorn Head (small)Personalised Cat Breed Tree Topper (small)Personalised Dog Breed Tree Topper (small) Check out our other holiday decorating guides
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Target’s budget-friendly fall decor always sells out – here are our favorite seasonal finds

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  • Fall has arrived, and with it comes cute and stylish home decor from Target.
  • You can score some of Target's sweetest-smelling fall candles for just $5.
  • From mugs to throw pillows, Target has everything you need to make your home extra cozy this fall.
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Target's home section is full of autumn-themed decor to get you in the spirit of the season. Everything you need, from pumpkin-shaped mugs to rustic welcome signs, can be found at Target for reasonable prices, making decor shopping easy and affordable.

We rounded up cute and chic fall decor available at Target now. Our top picks include Target's new Opalhouse designed by Jungalow collection, featuring several options for fall-themed home and kitchen items.

If you're looking for other spots to score autumn home goods, check out our guide to the best places to buy fall decor.

Here's a list of the best fall decor at Target:

Best pillows and throw blankets
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Target has throw pillows and blankets in all the fall colors and shades to complement your home. There are lumbar and square pillows, as well as plush and knit throw blankets.

Pumpkin Lumbar Throw Pillow (small)Embroidered Pumpkins Square Throw Pillow (small)Solid Plush Throw Blanket with Sherpa Reverse (small)Solid Chenille Knit Throw Blanket (small) Best wall decor
Image of a wooden sign with “fall” written on it, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

From a key hook rack to posters with pumpkins on them, Target has cute and subtle decorations to hang on your walls.

Warm Tassel Pom Beaded Garland (small)Pumpkin Patch Linen Paper Wall Art (small)Brown and White Pumpkin "Fall" Wooden and Metal Hook Wall Decor (small)Autumn Leaves Welcome Friends Wooden Hanging Wall Sign (small) Best table decor
Image of a fireplace mantle with candle holders, candles, pumpkin sculptures, and books, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

The decorative objects and fall figurine section of Target is huge. There are many decor options to choose from, including elegant candle holders, burnt orange table runners, and sleek sets of ceramic pumpkins.

Felted Pumpkin Figurine Apricot (small)Felted Pumpkin Vase and Bowl Filler Green/Yellow (small)Owl Vase Beige Tint (small)Fabric Pumpkin Figurine Cream (small)Multi Ceramic Pumpkins White (small)Aluminum Pillar Candle Holder Gold (small)Banana Woven Rectangular Tray Brown (small)Cotton Solid Table Runner Orange (small) Best candles
Image of an acorn-shaped candle on a table with coffee and vanilla bean strings, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

Love the smell of a pumpkin spice, vanilla latte, or crisp apple candle? Target's section features all the autumn scents you can think of. A huge variety of fall candles are only $5.

Terracotta Pumpkin Green Candle (small)Maple Glazed Donut Candle (small)Crisp Candied Apple Candle (small)Acorn Glass Jar with Wooden Wick Vanilla Pumpkin Candle (small)Mini Pumpkin Caramel Latte Honey Orange Candle (small)Pillar Ashwood and Palo Santo Candle Tan (small) Best kitchenware
Image of a “welcome fall” serving tray on a table runner and pumpkins in the background, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

You can spice up your kitchen and dining room with fall-inspired cookware and serving dishes. There are adorable mugs shaped like pumpkins for only $5.

Set of 2 Tiered Tray Spooky Tree (small)Stoneware Pumpkin Mug (small)Welcome to Fall Serving Tray (small) Best fall foliage
Image of a dresser with purple fake flowers in a vase, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

The changing colors of trees is one of the best parts of the fall season. With all the options for artificial flower decor from Target, you can bring the beautiful orange, red, and yellow colors of autumn into your home.

Faux Rusted Eucalyptus Plant Wreath (small)Goldenrod Artificial Plant Arrangement Yellow (small)Artificial Purple Sedum Plant Arrangement (small)Artificial Hops Stem (small) Best outdoor decor
Image of a front door with a “hello fall” sign with pumpkins on it, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

Target doesn't have a large selection of outdoor decorations, but they do feature a solid amount of fall-inspired welcome mats to put on your porch. There are yard signs and front door decor available as well.

Hello Fall Doormat (small)Welcome Pumpkin Coir Mat (small)Pumpkin Patch Front Door Decor (small)
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The best Labor Day deals of 2021 – over 100 sales going on now, including Kohl’s, Brooklinen, and Macy’s

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Happy Labor Day! However you find yourself celebrating today, consider checking out some of the sales we've highlighted below. From fire pits to foam mattresses, there are heaps of excellent discounts live right now just for the occasion.

We've gathered up the best deals currently available, and we'll update this story with new offers as they're announced. For more discounts, check out our Labor Day outdoor gear roundup, plus a list of the best back-to-school sales going on now.

The best Labor Day sales going on now - a running list.

The best Labor Day home and kitchen sales
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Ashley Homestore: Get an extra 10% off with promo code LDAYDEALS.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Get up to 60% off select items. Plus, college students and parents save 20% on every purchase. 

Best Buy: Get 24-month financing on appliances and Geek Squad purchases of $999 or more.

Blinds.com: Get up to 45% off sitewide and an extra 5% off orders with promo code LABORDAY and LDFIVE through September 7.

Buy Buy Baby: Save on select items through September 6. 

Chewy: Get up to 50% off pet favorites through September 7.

Design Within Reach: Get 15% off select items through September 30. 

Dyson: Get up to $150 off select Dyson vacuums.

Frontgate: Get up to 70% off sitewide through September 7. 

Home Depot: Save on grills, appliances, and bath essentials.

Homesick: Get up to 20% off sitewide with promo code WAVES through September 6. 

Italic: Get $15 off your first purchase over $75 with promo code BUSINESSINSIDER.

Lowe's: Get early discounts on kitchen appliances, patio furniture, and tools. 

Macy's: Get additional savings on kitchenware with new markdowns and Last Act items.

Motorola: Save on select 5G devices through September 5.

Overstock: Save up to 70% on patio furniture, college essentials, and fall preview items.

Pottery Barn: Get up to 70% off items with an extra 20% off clearance and free shipping when you use promo code LABORDAY

Samsonite: Get 20% off luggage sitewide using the promo code EXTRA20 through September 7.

Society6: Get 40% off wall art and phone cases or 30% off home decor and more through September 7.

Target: Get 30% off select kitchen appliances.

Totes: Get 30% off sitewide and free shipping with promo code LABOR through September 7.

Wayfair: Get up to 70% off select items through September 6.

West Elm: Get up to 25% off Labor Day picnic essentials. 

Wildbird: Get up to 55% off select items plus free shipping.

The best Labor Day kitchen and food sales
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HelloFresh is a popular meal kit delivery service that offers quick and easy recipes for preparation.

Atlas Coffee Club: Get $10 off your first bag of Atlas Coffee.

BBQGuys: Get up to 50% off select items through September 7.

EveryPlate: Get $1.99 meals plus 20% off an additional two boxes with promo code EPLD2021

Firstleaf Wine Club: Get six wines for $30 plus free shipping with promo code LABORDAYCLUB10 through September 10.

Fulton Fish Market: Get 10% off all seafood with promo code LABORDAY through September 7.

HelloFresh: Get 14 free meals across five boxes with promo code HFLDW2021 through September 6.

Martha Stewart Wine Co.: Get 40% off sitewide with promo code LABORDAY

Our Place: Save with new deals added every day, all week. 

Oneida: Get 35% off sitewide with promo code LABOR through September 5.

Rise Brewing Co.: Get 15% off sitewide and free shipping with promo code AFFILIATE15 through September 30. 

Sardel: Get up to 25% off sitewide through September 6.

Vinebox: Get 20% off the Rosé Collection.

The best Labor Day mattress and bedding sales
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Allswell: Get 15% off mattresses or 25% off everything else with promo code LABORDAY2021.

Awara Sleep: Get $400 off your mattress plus a bundle of free accessories through September 13.

Bear: Save 25% sitewide, and get a $250 free gift set using promo code LDSALE

Beautyrest: Get up to $700 off a new base and mattress. 

Birch: Get $400 off mattresses and two free pillows using promo code LDAY400.

Brooklinen: Get 15% off sitewide through September 8.

Brooklyn Bedding: Get 25% off sitewide through September 6 with promo code LABORDAY25.

Burrow: Get up to $700 off through September 12 with promo code LDW21.

Casper: Get up to 15% off mattresses and 10% off almost everything else. 

Cocoon by Sealy: Get 35% off mattresses with free pillows and sheets.

Coop Home Goods: Get 15% off sitewide with promo code WINDDOWN

Cozy Earth: Get 25% off bedding during the semi-annual sale. 

Eight Sleep: Get $200 off the Pod and more through September 6.

Emma: Get 40% off select mattresses with promo code LABOR40

Gravity: Get 25% off sitewide with promo code BILDW25.

Helix: Save $100 on any mattress using promo code LDAY100; save $150 when you spend $1,250 using promo code LDAY150; and get $200 off when you spend $1,750 using promo code LDAY200. Plus, all purchases include two free pillows. 

Leesa: Get up to $500 off mattresses with two free pillows included and 20% off bundles.

Moonpod: Get 25% off sitewide and an additional 15% off with promo code LDWBI through September 7.

Nectar: Get $399 off accessories with every mattress purchase.

Purple: Get up to $350 off mattresses through September 8.

SaatvaSave up to $400 on mattresses.

Serta: Get up to $1,000 off an iComfort Mattress and Motion Perfect Base through September 13.

Tempur-Pedic: Save 30% on the Tempur-Cloud mattress, and save 25% on pillows and bedding.

Tuft & Needle: Get up to 15% off sitewide through September 6.

The best Labor Day outdoors and fitness sales
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Backcountry: Get up to 60% off select gear and apparel through September 6.

BioLite: Get 20% off select items through September 6.

Charge Bikes: Get $150 off any bike with code INSIDER150.

Finer Form: Get 20% off through September 6.

Klean Kanteen: Get a free pint four-pack with orders of $80 or more through September 6. 

Osprey: Get 25% off select packs and 40% off last season styles through September 6.

Pearl Izumi: Get 25% off most items through September 6.

REI: Get up to 30% off select items through September 6.

Salomon: Save big on the Last Chance section with limited stock.

Solo Stove: Save on select fire pits, stoves, bundles, and accessories through September 6.

Toad & Co.: Get 15% off orders of $100 or more with code ECOINSIDER or an extra 20% off sale items with code SUNSET.

VSSL: Get a free QuickFist Clamp with purchases of $100 or more.

The best Labor Day style and beauty sales
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Adidas: Get 30% off sitewide with promo code WEEKEND through September 6. 

Andrew Marc: Get an extra 30% off sitewide with promo code AM30.

Banana Republic: Get up to 50% off select items and an extra 10% off your purchase with promo code BRLD10 through September 6.

Bloomingdale's: Get an extra 50% off clearance. 

Body Glove: Get 25% off sitewide with promo code LABOR25 through September 8.

Crocs: Get an extra 20% off select styles through September 6.

DSW: Get up to 70% off shoes in the end-of-summer clearance. 

Eddie Bauer: Get 40% off sitewide through September 7. 

Everlane: Get up to 50% off warm-weather favorites through September 6.

Express: Get 40% off sitewide through September 6. 

Function of Beauty: Get a free hair mask with your custom shampoo and conditioner subscription with promo code LABORDAY21 through September 6.

GAP: Get an extra 50% off sale styles with promo code FLASH

Girlfriend Collective: Get up to 30% off select items through September 7. 

Knockaround: Get 25% off all sunglasses and free shipping through September 6.

Kohl's: Get 30% off select Levi's jeans and jackets. 

Levi's: Get an extra 40% off sale styles through September 8.

Lucky Brand: Get 30% off denim and up to 60% off select styles for men and women.

Mango: Get up to 70% off clearance items. 

Menlo Club: Get your first-month package for $35 with promo code MIDLIFECRISIS1TB or MIDLIFECRISIS2TB

Nike: Get up to 40% off select shoes, apparel, and accessories. 

Nordstrom: Get up to 60% off select items through September 12. 

Old Navy: Get up to 50% off sitewide. 

Prose: Get a free hair towel with your new subscription through September 6.

Rent the Runway: Get $100 off three months of eight items with promo code LABORDAY100.

SAXX: Get 20% off swim and 30% off select styles through August 31.

Senreve: Get up to 50% off gently used bags during the Handbag Revival sale.

Sephora: Get up to 50% off select brands through September 19.

Skinstore: Get up to 25% off select brands through September 8 with promo code SALEX5 or SALEX10.

ThirdLove: Get up to 40% off select loungewear and pajamas through September 7. 

Under Armour: Get an extra 25% off your Outlet purchase with promo code LDW25 through September 6.

Frequently asked questions

When do Labor Day sales start in 2021?

Many sales are already up and running now, even though Labor Day isn't until September 6. 

When do Labor Day sales end?

Most sales end after the weekend, but some continue to run for a couple of days afterward, giving shoppers a full week or more to take advantage of deals. 

What types of deals will I find over Labor Day weekend?

Most online retailers offer discounts for Labor Day. Shoppers can expect big discounts on tech, clothes, mattresses, furniture and home goods, and outdoor gear during the week leading up to and following Labor Day weekend.

If you're shopping for fall-friendly attire, it's also a good time to refresh your wardrobe. Check out our buying guides to the best women's cashmere sweaters, men's cashmere sweaters, women's winter coats, men's winter coats, women's slippers, and men's slippers for inspiration.

How good are labor day sales? 

Labor Day sales can rival those of Black Friday and Cyber Monday for products such as mattresses, patio furniture, outdoor gear, or appliances. You can save hundreds of dollars on end-of-season patio furniture sales and mattresses right now through Labor Day.  

What are the best Labor Day weekend sales?

Mattresses, home decor, and outdoor gear are especially hot items this Labor Day, as they are every year. Some of the best retailers to check out this year include Le Creuset, Dyson, Chewy, and REI.

What should I shop for during Labor Day weekend?

Keep an eye out for huge savings on mattresses, appliances, outdoor gear, and furniture during Labor Day weekend sales. For TVs, smart home devices, and kitchen appliances, waiting until Black Friday can score you the best deals on big-ticket tech products. 

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The best Labor Day flight deals for popular US routes – book one-way flights for as low as $44

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Booking airfare can be tricky - if you book too early or too late, you'll likely pay more. This is especially true for long weekends and holidays, which are popular times to travel. But you don't always have to pay peak holiday travel prices if you know the best times to book.

With Labor Day weekend just weeks away, we compared prices on some of the most popular domestic routes taken from five major US airlines. Below, you'll find charts on one-way flight prices for the days leading up to Labor Day weekend, including flights from Chicago to Minneapolis for $44.

To score the lowest fares, as of publishing, the cheapest day to fly before the long weekend will be Saturday, September 4. We found that fares average $115 for a one-way flight on this day. The most expensive route to fly is $285 from Los Angeles to New York City.

On average, the cheapest airline to fly is American Airlines and the most expensive are Alaska Airlines and United Airlines.

For more ways to save during the long weekend, check out our roundup of the best Labor Day sales.

Keep reading to compare the cheapest prices for popular destinations during Labor Day.

Labor Day weekend flight deals for Thursday, September 2
RouteLAX to SFOLAX to NYCChicago to LAXMiami to NYCATL to NYCATL to ChicagoChicago to MSPATL to OrlandoChicago to DC
Alaska$49$209 (EWR)$108N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Delta$74

$248 (LGA)

$128$49$139 (EWR)$99 $49$87$88
United$49$159 (LGA)$119$79 (EWR)$93 (EWR)$99 $59$265$79
American$49$157 (EWR)$62$95 (LGA)$128 (LGA)$76$103$94$86
Southwest$49$285 (LGA)$119 (MDW)$196 (LGA)$188 (LGA)$99 (MDW)

$103

$87$79 (MDW)

*The prices seen here are accurate as of August 19.

 

Labor Day weekend flight deals for Friday, September 3

Route

LAX to SFOLAX to NYCChicago to LAXMiami to NYCATL to NYCATL to ChicagoChicago to MSPATL to OrlandoChicago to DC
Alaska$79$209 (EWR)$108N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Delta$84$150$128$95$169 (EWR)$136$75 (MDW)$99$108
United$75$213$119$79 (EWR)$133 (EWR)$129$92$265$99
American$68$159 (LGA)$99$104 (LGA)$153 (LGA)$83$103$94$106
Southwest$69$285 (LGA)$119 (MDW)$208 (LGA)$199 (LGA)$99 (MDW)$70 (MDW)$96

$99 (MDW)

*The prices seen here are accurate as of August 19.

 

Labor Day weekend flight deals for Saturday, September 4

Route

LAX to SFOLAX to NYCChicago to LAXMiami to NYCATL to NYCATL to ChicagoChicago to MSPATL to OrlandoChicago to DC
Alaska$79$209 (EWR)$108N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Delta$84$150$128$95$169 (EWR)$136$75 (MDW)$99$108
United$75$213$119$79 (EWR)$133 (EWR)$129$92$265$99
American$68$159 (LGA)$99$104 (LGA)$106 (LGA)$49$49$88$86
Southwest$49$177 (LGA)$62 (MDW)$121 (LGA)$113 (LGA)$99 (MDW)$49 (MDW)$87

$79 (MDW)

*The prices seen here are accurate as of August 19.

 

Labor Day weekend flight deals for Sunday, September 5
RouteLAX to SFOLAX to NYCChicago to LAXMiami to NYCATL to NYCATL to ChicagoChicago to MSPATL to OrlandoChicago to DC
Alaska$49$207 $108N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Delta$49$248 (LGA)$128$189 $169 (EWR)$99$49$67$108
United$49$164 (EWR)$119$79 (EWR)$202 (EWR)$99$44$265$99
American$74$155 (LGA)$99$99 (LGA)$168$49$103$88$106
Southwest$103$188 (LGA)$99 (MDW)$138 (LGA)$113 (LGA)$99 (MDW)$49 (MDW)$67$99 (MDW)

*The prices seen here are accurate as of August 19.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is the best day to fly during Labor Day Weekend?

It depends on your route and schedule, but on average the cheapest day to fly on the routes we compared is Saturday, September 4. The next cheapest day is Thursday, September 2. 

Where are the best places to travel for Labor Day Weekend?

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, prompting millions of people to spend the long weekend traveling near beaches and cities. 

We rounded up flight prices for popular US destinations during Labor Day, including San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. However, the most popular destination we gathered was New York City with common routes from Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Miami to the Big Apple. 

How can I find travel deals for Labor Day Weekend?

Find cheaper flights by comparing routes on different airlines, signing up for cheap flight subscriptions such as Scotts Cheap Flights, or by looking up deals on online travel agencies. 

In addition, OTAs such as Priceline, Hotels.com, and Expedia has deals sections highlighting ways to save on hotels and flights through discounts and packages. 

How do I find cheaper flights in general?

Comparing airfares, checking airlines for special offers, and signing up for newsletters are great options for saving money on airfare. Signing up for subscription services such as Scott's Cheap Flights can also find you cheaper flights. Take a look at our guide to finding cheaper flights

What airlines have a free cancellation policy?

During the pandemic, airlines have shifted the way you can modify or cancel an existing flight. As a general rule of thumb, getting a refund back in your original payment form is difficult for any airline. 

Depending on the type of ticket you initially purchase, changing a flight or getting flight credit towards future travel is doable. American, Delta, Southwest, Alaska, and United do not have change fees for most tickets, and flight credit can be provided for most main fares or higher. 

For example, the saver fare on Alaska Airlines is not eligible for refunds or changes 24-hours after booking. Similarly, United's basic economy fares are ineligible for refunds after 24-hours of booking. 

To learn more about airline cancelation policies, take a look at this guide to canceling or modifying your flight

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The best teacher discounts of 2021, including deals from Apple, Costco, and Office Depot

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Back-to-school is just around the corner and teachers can save money using exclusive discounts offered online and in-store from a variety of businesses. From discounts at ModCloth, to free access to Microsoft Office 365 Education, teachers can maximize these year-round deals for the classroom or leisure.

Most of the discounts and freebies offered for teachers require verification using Sheer.ID, ID.me, or by using your .edu email.

Here are the best discounts exclusive to teachers available now, plus answers to frequently asked questions. For more chances to save, check out our roundup of the best cheap laptops in 2021.

Best deals for school supplies right now

Duo Nova Pressure Cooker (3 Qt.) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirPods Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Notes (3x3, 12 pack) (medium)Accent Pocket Highlighters (medium)Spiral Notebook (wide-rule, 70 sheets) (medium)
Best classroom and school supply deals for teachers
  • Barnes and Noble: Get 20% off book purchases for the classroom.
  • Calm: Get free access to the mindfulness and meditation app. 
  • Costco: Get a $20 Costco Shop Card with a new membership through SheerID first. 
  • Dollar General: Get 30% off school supplies through Sept. 6. 
  • FedEx: Save 10% on printing when you sign up for the Print Preferred program.
  • Half Price Books: Get 10% off purchases in stores.
  • Headspace: Get a Headspace subscription for free. 
  • Joann Fabrics: Get 15% off online and in stores.
  • Michaels: Get 15% off online and in stores.
  • New York Times: Get 50% off a basic subscription.
  • Office Depot Star Teacher Program: Get 15% off print, ship, and design, 10% back on paper, ink, and toner, and 1% back on almost everything else.
  • Party City: Get 10% off when you spend $75 to $125, 15% off when you spend $126 to $200, and 20% off when you spend $201 or more. Discount in stores only.
  • PBS Learning Media: Get free access to videos, lesson plans, and more by making an account.  
  • Scholastic: Save 25% or more on school supplies and books. 
  • Staples: Get 20% back and free shipping through the Teacher Rewards program on the Staples Connect app. 
  • The Happy Planner: Save 15% on purchases through ID.me. 
Top home deals for teachers
  • 23andMe: Save up to $100 on select DNA testing kits. 
  • Birch: Get 15% off any purchase through VerifyPass.  
  • Blue Apron: Get $100 off the first five boxes ordered through ID.me.
  • Brooklyn Bedding: Get 25% off and free shipping in-store or online through ID.me.
  • Curious Chef: Save 30% on orders of $100 or more. 
  • Leesa: Get 15% off your purchase through ID.me. 
  • Overstock: Get a free Club O Classroom membership to unlock additional savings when you verify through ID.me. 
  • Purple Mattress: Get 10% off your purchase through SheerID.
  • Ring: Get 20% off select Ring doorbells. 
  • Saatva: Get $225 off your purchase of $1000 or more through ID.me.
  • World Market: Get 20% off plus free shipping over $49 through SheerID.
Best retail deals for teachers
  • Ann Taylor LOFT: Get 15% off in-store purchases with a valid teacher ID.
  • Banana Republic: Get 15% off in-store purchases with a valid teacher ID.
  • Cole Haan: Save 20% on entire purchases using your .edu email. 
  • Columbia: Get 10% off through ID.me.
  • Crocs: Get 15% off through SheerID. 
  • Dagne Dover: Get 20% off a purchase. 
  • DC Shoes: Save 15% on purchases verified through SheerID. 
  • J.Crew Factory: Get 15% off in stores and online with a valid teacher ID or SheerID.
  • Madewell: Get 15% off in-store or online with a valid teacher ID.
  • ModCloth: Get 20% off dresses, tops, and bottoms through ID.me.
  • Puma: Get 10% off when you verify through ID.me. 
  • Under Armour: Get 20% off for a limited time through ID.me.
  • Ray-Ban: Get 25% off through ID.me.
  • Vineyard Vines: Save 15% when you verify your teacher status through SheerID. 
Best travel deals for teachers Top tech deals for teachers
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Get more than 60% savings on over 20 apps. 
  • Apple Education: Get discount pricing on products and 20% off AppleCare+.
  • Canva for Education: Get an account for free access to templates, presentations, and more that was designed specifically for classrooms.
  • HP: Get up to 35% off and free shipping.
  • Lenovo: Get an extra 5% discount through ID.me.
  • Microsoft Office 365 Education: Get access for free plus 10% off Surface devices. 
  • Samsung: Save an extra 15% off all purchases for up to 30% off in total. 
  • Verizon: Save up to $30 per month with unlimited phone plans. 
Frequently asked questions

Are there discounts available year-round?

Most of them are year-round discounts for teachers. It's important to check, but often discounts will have details available that specify whether it is limited time or not. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about personal or classroom needs with school starting up soon again. 

Additionally, students can also save with year-round discounts, including Amazon Prime and Paramount Plus. Take a look at our roundup of the best discounts for students

What kinds of discounts are available?

Deals, discounts, and freebies come in a variety of savings and options from businesses. Teachers have access to discounted school supplies, tech, software, clothing, and more. Check out our guide to the best back-to-school sales going on now to save even more. 

Is it easy to verify being a teacher to get discounts?

Each business is different when it comes to teacher verification, but it's easy to look up the conditions of each discount. Usually, when shopping online, teachers may have to use a website such as ID.me or SheerID to verify status, or it will require the use of an education email or state license number. Shopping in-store may require a valid teacher ID to get the discount as well. 

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Should I buy an Apple iPad? Our experts share all the reasons why you should get the 10.2-inch tablet

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The Insider Reviews Team has experts who spend their days researching, reviewing, and writing about all kinds of products. When it comes to popular products, especially from Apple, our experts have opinions as to whether or not you should buy something.

Sometimes we can agree to disagree, but in the case of the iPad standard model, our experts all have the same opinion: This is an iPad that you should definitely buy. Keep scrolling to read all the reasons why we unanimously recommend the standard model iPad.

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Why you should buy the iPad

Our senior Tech reporter Antonio Villas-Boas thinks that the simple nature of the standard model iPad is perfect for day-to-day use. Plus, he shares that the price is fair for what you get.

"The $330 standard 10.2-inch iPad doesn't have the bells and whistles as the iPad Air or iPad Pro, like mouse support, liquid retina displays, or super powerful processors, but it's arguably all most people need in a tablet. For $330, the 10.2-inch iPad runs all your apps, browses the web, plays your games, and streams your videos with ease, and more expensive models wouldn't do those things much better. It's the 'people's iPad.'"

In similar praise, Joe Osborne, the senior editor of Tech, notes that the versatility of the standard iPad model, especially while working from home.

"Having received the most recent iPad base model as a Christmas gift, I've used it for just about everything. From watching videos and playing games with my son to squeezing in work when away from my desk, using the Magic Keyboard attachment, it's one of my most-used devices in the house. I would strongly recommend opting for a higher storage option than the standard 32GB, however, as it's become a bottleneck in my daily use."

For on-the-go use, our Deals editor Tercius Bufete shares a tip on how to make the standard model iPad even more versatile and useful.

"For anyone working at home with a MacBook, the iPad is an incredibly useful productivity tool. Sidecar is an incredible application that lets you use the iPad as a portable, second monitor for your Mac. That alone is worth the purchase price alone, but when you factor in all of the tablet things the iPad is capable of, you should buy it."

Why you shouldn't buy the iPad

While our team highly recommends the iPad, it is lacking functions like multi-user support. Plus, the standard model only has 32GB of storage and we don't think that's enough.

While it isn't exactly a reason to skip it, the standard model's design is dated compared to its sleeker cousins, the iPad Air and the iPad Pro.

Frequently asked questions

How much does the iPad cost?

This 10.2 inch iPad varies in cost depending on storage and cellular ability from Apple. The standard model with 32GB starts at $330 without cellular and $459 with cellular. The price increases with more storage to $439 for 128GB without cellular, and $559 with cellular. Check out our guide for iPad prices to compare how much each model costs.

There are also ways to get cheaper prices on iPad models, including the standard one. Take a look at our guide to find the best deals on iPad going on now.

What alternatives should be considered?

If you aren't sold on the iPad yet, you can go with an Android tablet such as the Amazon Fire Tablet. However, Bufete still argues that the iPad is still superior.

"Unless you want to go the complete budget route and pick up the Amazon Fire Tablet, the iPad is the undisputed king of tablets. No other tablet receives the same kind of software update cycle that the iPad receives. For that reason alone, it's the only game in town."

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Standard iPad vs iPad Pro: What is the difference?

The standard iPad is the cheapest option for around $330, and the iPad Pro is the most expensive of the iPads starting at $658 for the iPad Pro 11 inch. Our team thinks that the standard iPad is perfect for everyday use and in our review of the iPad Pro, we noted that this version is ideal for someone who uses it for work. For work-from-home lifestyles, the iPad Pro has an option to split the screen to have multiple apps open at once

The iPad Pro has a larger screen, with options to purchase an 11 inch or 12.9 inch screen. It also has a more advanaced hardware with the A12Z processor, wherein the iPad has an A12 processor that is similar to the function of an iPhone. The rear camera on the iPad Pro is better than the standard iPad, with a dual-lens system and LiDAR depth sensing.

What types of iPads are there?

Right now, you can buy the standard iPad, the iPad Pro, the iPad Mini, or the iPad Air. To help you compare and decide which iPad is best for you, we created a guide to the best iPads available now.

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Grove Collaborative is offering a free $50 gift set when you spend $20 – here’s how to sign up

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When you sign up for the Grove Collaborative VIP program, you can get a free gift set of your choice when you make of minimum purchase of $20. There are four different free gift sets to choose from, but the one with the best value is the Seedling Tree-Free Paper Set - a $50 value completely free.

The free subscription service will send you the same products you ordered every month, and the VIP program includes free gifts and shipping for $20 per month, but you can cancel right after your first purchase with the free gift set - that's what our team did.

Below, you can find out what Grove Collaborative is all about and what each of the free gift set options offer.

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How to get the Grove Collaborative free gift set offer

  1. Go to the Grove Collaborative website and click on "get started."
  2. Enter your email address to unlock the free gift.
  3. Choose from the four gift set options and click on "claim my free offer."
  4. Take a look at the suggested items placed in your shopping cart or shop the products to get your total purchase to $20.
  5. Review your items and check out.
  6. Don't forget to cancel right after, or keep the free trial for 60 days.

What's included in the Grove Collaborative free gift set options?

Grove Co. Refill Starter Set

Grove Co Grove Co. Refill Starter Set

For all your reusable multi-surface cleaning needs, the refill starter set is perfect for everyday wipe downs. A $45 value, here is everything included in this gift set, plus free shipping.

Seedling Tree-Free Paper Set

Grove Co Seedling Tree-Free Paper Set

The seedling tree-free paper set is the best value of all the gift sets, usually costing $50 for this bundle of eco-friendly household goodies. Here's what comes in this set.

Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Set

Mrs. Meyers cleaning set Grove Co

Mrs. Meyers is our top-rated brand for hand soap, so you won't want to miss out on this gift set. A value of $20, this set includes our favorite hand soap. Here's what is included.

Grove Co. Laundry Set

Grove Co Grove Co. Laundry Set

If you're looking to build a library of sustainable laundry products, this is a great starter set. This free gift set is a $35 value and comes with everything you need to keep your clothes clean. Here is what this set comes with.

What did our team buy to reach the $20 minimum

Grove Collaborative has a huge variety of products including essentials for your home, health and wellness, beauty, baby, pets, and more. Below are some of the products members of the Deals team bought to hit the $20 minimum.

Items from Grove Co

Oxy fresh Pet Water Additive, $10

Seventh Generation Paper Towels, $12

Grove Co. Powder Packs trial size, $4

If You Care Parchment Baking Paper, $6

Grove Co. Kitchen Towels, $10

Grove Co. Recycled Drawstring Trash Bags, $7

Grove Co. Cotton Swabs, $4

Frequently asked questions

What is Grove Collaborative?

Grove Collaborative is an online subscription service that rounds up all the best natural house, beauty, pet, and baby supplies. A one-stop shop for cruelty-free, non-toxic, and sustainable products that you can get delivered right to your door. It carries popular brands such as Mrs. Meyers and Seventh Generation, as well as its own Grove brand that we've tested and loved.

How do I cancel my subscription and VIP membership after getting a gift set?

When you purchase $20 worth of items and get a free gift set, you will be auto-enrolled in a VIP program free trial for 60 days. If you want to cancel right after your purchase, (that way you won't forget later) follow these easy steps:

  • Log into your Grove Collaborative account and go to settings
  • Click on "memberships"
  • Click on "edit membership"
  • Click on "Cancel VIP"

You can always keep the free trial for 60 days if you want more chances to save and get freebies.

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All the best back-to-school sales and deals in 2021 happening now

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  • Right now, retailers across the internet are having back-to-school sales with major discounts.
  • We've rounded up all of the best sales to shop for clothing, shoes, tech, and more, for when your child starts school
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While the official start of the school year is still months away, plenty of retailers are taking the opportunity to host back-to-school sales.

To save you the trouble of having to scour the internet, we rounded up the best sales going on right now. From clothes, Apple products, and school supplies to mattresses and dorm room essentials, you'll find everything you need for back-to-school. And, even if you're not a student, you'll likely find great deals on clothes, tech, and more.

For more opportunities to save, check out our round-up of the best sales happening now, and the Amazon deals available.

Here are the best back-to-school sales available in 2021

Best clothing, shoes, and accessory sales
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Adidas: Get 30% off select kids' clothing when you buy three or more items using promo code READY at checkout.

Banana Republic: Save an extra 50% off sale styles at checkout.

JCPenney: Get 20% off select apparel, shoes, accessories, and more using the promo code COOLBUY6

Macy's: Get an extra 25% off kids' and juniors' clothing now through July 13 using promo code JULY.

Nike: Save up to 40% off shoes and apparel for men, women, and kids. 

Nordstrom: Save on hundreds of apparel and accessories for kids, women, and men during Nordstrom's Anniversary sale.

Old Navy: Save up to 50% on kids' clothing right now.

The best deals on computers, electronics, and other school supplies
Dell

Apple: Apple's year-round education pricing includes discounts on Macs and iPads, including $100 off the MacBook Air. Right now, you can get a bonus pair of AirPods with a Mac or iPad purchase.

Best Buy: Save hundreds of dollars on laptops, iPads, and accessories through Best Buy's Student Deals. 

Dell: Get up to 40% off laptops, monitors, and accessories now until July 21.

HP: Get up to 47% off laptops, monitors, and more.

Office Depot: Save up to 55% off school supplies including backpacks, lunch boxes, and office supplies.

Target: Save money with office and school supplies starting at $0.25.

The best mattresses, bedding, and dorm room essentials deals
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Avocado: Get $100 off green and vegan hybrid mattresses now through July 19, using promo code SLEEPFREE.

Casper: Get 15% off mattresses, pillows, and sheets, plus an additional 10% off anything else and up to 50% final sale products. 

Mattress Firm: Save up to 50% on select mattresses.

Pottery Barn Teen: Save up to 60% on all dorm essentials, including bedding, furniture, and decorations.

 

Frequently asked questions

When do back-to-school sales start and end?

Although students head back to school in late summer and into fall, sales usually start in July and run through late August or early September. Many retailers have student and teacher discounts year-round though, so you can find discounts around the clock. 

What's on sale during back-to-school?

Popular items for sale during back-to-school shopping include apparel, technology, school supplies, or dorm supplies for college students. Often, you can find office and school supplies cheaper than $1 during back-to-school shopping. If you are unsure what you or your child may need, take a look at this back-to-school guide for shopping list inspiration.

Read more about how the Insider Reviews team evaluates deals and why you should trust us.

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