7 Presidents’ Day Sales Worth Knowing About
The February long weekend offers a little break during a month that’s otherwise cold and gray in most of the country. But, beyond that extra day off from work, there’s another reason to celebrate: Presidents' Day weekend offers some of the best sales you’ll find all year. Many of the biggest retailers—from electronic stores to furniture retailers—capitalize on the fact that most of us are home, for three days straight, with plenty of free time on our hands. But it’s not just a ploy to trick you into shopping: If you shop strategically, Presidents' Day sales are really worth checking out. With a little strategy, you’ll be able to score necessities at unbeatable prices. And you know what that means: more room in the budget for those things that you don’t really need, but certainly would love to have. To help you find the best deals, our editors have scoured all of the sales out there. Let this list, complete with the best categories to shop and awesome finds we think you’ll love, serve as your guide to shopping this weekend. No extra Googling required—all coupon codes you need to get even better prices are right here, too.
Handbags and Wallets
They say the accessories—handbags, shoes, and jewelry—are what make an outfit. We say accessories can be pricey. But you don’t have to hand over a hefty sum to have a polished and put-together ensemble. Instead, shop for these items while big sales are happening. Many accessory brands that seem otherwise unattainable occasionally offer big discounts on everyday bags, wallets, and even luggage. Right now, Kate Spade is offering 25 percent off of all sale items until Monday, February 20. The style shown here is a classic black-and-white combo that stands a good chance at becoming your new go-to.
To buy: Cameron Street Margot, $183 with code BUBBLY (originally $348); katespade.com.
Feel like you’re always going to birthday parties and, therefore, always hopping in the car to pick up a present? It may be worth creating a little stockpile in your home, so when the days inevitably get away from you, you won’t be stuck without a gift. Sound like too much to charge at once? Take advantage of special sales. This way, a single shopping trip won’t feel quite so painful—plus, you’ll end up saving on each item in the long run. Kohl’s has a large inventory of toys, and shoppers get 15 percent off all purchases under $100 and 20 percent off hauls of $100 or more until Monday, February 20.
To buy: Melissa and Doug Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter, $40 with code TAKEOFF (originally $47); kohls.com.
Now is the time to pick up those little things you’ve been meaning to buy, but haven’t. You know: the floor lamp that would really pull your home office together or a few frames to finish your gallery wall. These are the items you’d probably rather not spend too much money on (wouldn’t you rather those funds go towards a great new couch?), but still want to look stylish. Take advantage of sales at big-box retailers to score some great finds for less. Target is currently offering up to 30 percent off home goods, plus an extra 10 percent with a special coupon code.
To buy: Modern Globe Floor Lamp, $53.50 with code PRESIDENT (originally $70); target.com.
KitchenAid 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
Making cookies could be so much easier with one of these iconic machines on your counter. But they’re pricey—really pricey. Wait for major sale holidays, like Presidents’ Day, to take advantage of deep discounts on small appliances, like stand mixers, toaster ovens, and more. Right now, you can score the classic stand mixer for 50 percent off at Best Buy. Through Saturday, February 18, the retailer is also offering up to 35 percent off major appliances, for those in need of some really big-ticket items (washers, dryers, or even a new refrigerator).
To buy: KitchenAid Professional 500 Series Stand Mixer, $250 (originally $500); bestbuy.com.
Flights and Vacation Packages
Here’s something you may not have thought of: Use your day off from work to book more time away from your desk. You can score more than just a few new items for your home or wardrobe during major sales holidays like Presidents’ Day. Even if you couldn’t get away this weekend, some airlines are running sales to help you find another weekend that works. At Virgin America, for example, travelers will find flights as low as $49 one way—and the company will donate $10 for each ticket sold—through Monday, February 20.
To buy: Fares from $49 one way; virginamerica.com.
You know those big purchases: the ones you put off until the right time—when you feel like you might just have enough disposable income to make it work. But life happens, and that perfect time rarely seems to present itself. Instead of wait… and wait… lean on big sales to help make your dream purchase a reality. Over Presidents’ Day weekend many big furniture brands offer steep discounts to get people shopping after the holidays. Right now, West Elm is offering 20 percent off any purchase with a special coupon code, plus 30 percent off bonus picks and up to 70 percent off markdowns.
To buy: Antwerp chair, $319 with code SAVE20 (originally $699); westelm.com.
All traditional shopping advice says to wait until the off-season to buy essentials—purchase winter clothes in the spring; buy summer clothes as the fall kicks into gear. But we’re here to tell you that isn’t always true. During major annual sales, like Presidents' Day, you can score great prices even on a brand’s newest merchandise. Ann Taylor, for example, is currently offering customers 40 percent off sitewide with a special promo code. Pick up deeply discounted items like flowy skirts—you can wear them with tights now or with sandals come warmer weather.
To buy: Side Tie Pleated Skirt, $71 with code WEEKEND (originally $119); anntaylor.com.