The year 2021 is finally churning to an end, for both good and ill, but there are already hints of what 2022 will bring to the retail universe.
The most significant and far-reaching change may be that the Federal Reserve clearly telegraphed its intention last week to raise interest rates as many as three times next year, ending a pandemic-era policy of keeping borrowing rates at nearly zero. Though the Fed technically only sets the rate at which banks lend each other money day by day, any change in the federal funds rate inevitably trickles down to the interest rates banks charge their customers.
That means Americans as a whole will likely start tightening their belts and being pickier with their buying — especially when it comes to pricier items like cars and homes. And, in response to that, companies will almost certainly start to become more cautious, scaling back expansion plans and the like as they try to prevent their stock prices from falling. There could be good news, though: One of the Fed’s main reasons for hiking interest rates would be to tamp down the record levels of inflation that have driven up prices on almost everything this last year.
If that news has you reaching for a stiff drink, by the way, grab it now: Keurig will no longer be selling, servicing or supporting its Drinkworks Home Bars. You can apply for reimbursement from the company until Feb. 28.
There have been changes closer to home, as well. In 2021, we welcomed a new look and new name, expanded our team and began publishing New & Notable on a daily basis. That’s all in addition to our Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage, our holiday gift guides and, of course, our regular stories about wellness, tech and more.
This is our final New & Notable of 2021, but we’ll still be putting out fresh content into the new year, including December sales to still keep an eye on and our looks back at the products Select readers bought most this past year.
New from FlexiSpot, ASPENX and Fenty
Here are recently launched products that we thought you'd want to know about, based on Select reader interest. They're all available to buy now.
FlexiSpot already earned a spot on our list of recommended standing desks of 2021, and now the company has introduced a motorized standing workstation. The EM6M has a button to lift and lower the desk, a touchscreen that switches between sitting and standing modes, a wireless charging pad, three USB charging ports, a cord organizer and mounting holes for two monitors.
Rihanna’s powerhouse beauty business has launched this 10 percent AHA exfoliating treatment that the company says the musician uses herself. It has a gentle formula that makes skin soft and makeup-ready, according to the brand, and helps clarify and smooth. It also comes with a reusable applicator and carries a scent of pomegranates and hibiscus. Fenty says it’s clean, vegan and suitable for all skin types.
Prada has taken the lead on the design for this new ski performance clothing line from ASPENX. The new menswear and womenswear lines were crafted to ensure mobility and comfort in the snow and are made with sustainable textiles, according to ASPENX. They also feature a signature graphic of red, white and black slashes.
Sales and deals to take you into 2022
There are still plenty of sales to keep you busy shopping past the holidays and into the next year. We're including a couple sales that won't start for a few days from now but will end before New & Notable returns.
- Backcountry is offering up to 75 percent off select sale styles.
- SkinStore will take up to 75 percent off select beauty brands if you use the code CYBER.
- Old Navy is giving up to 75 percent off.
- Crate & Barrel is offering up to 60 percent off furniture and up to 30 percent off select decor.
- Neiman Marcus is offering up to 60 percent off previously reduced items, plus an extra 25 percent off sale items through Dec. 25.
- Wayfair will take up to 60 percent off through Jan. 4.
- TravelPro will give up to 60 precent off Last Call Deals and 20 percent off new collections.
- Sur La Table will give you up to 55 percent off cookware.
- Brooklyn Bedding is offering 50 percent off sheets and 20 percent off mattresses through Dec. 21.
- Reformation is offering up to 50 percent off select styles.
- AeroGarden is offering up to 50 percent off select products.
- Anthropologie is offering up to 50 percent off select holiday gifts.
- Drybar is marking down prices up to 50 percent until Jan. 4 for the Winter Wishlist Sale.
- The Sill is offering up to 50 percent off plants, planters, holiday bundles and more.
- Adidas is offering up to 40 percent off select styles through Dec. 31.
- ASOS will take up to 40 percent off select styles.
- Madewell is reducing prices up to 40 percent for holiday faves and up to 25 percent for select styles.
- Dermstore will offer up to 30 percent off, with an extra 10 percent off sale items when you use the code EXTRA10 through Dec. 31.
- Gravity Blankets is offering 30 percent off sitewide from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31.
- Lovesac is offering 30 percent off Sac bundles, 20 percent off Sacs and 15 percent off Sactionals through Dec. 26.
- Kate Spade is offering an extra 30 percent off sale styles when you use the code EXTRA30.
- Foodsaver will give up to 30 percent off sitewide.
- JCPenney will offer an extra 30 percent off with the code NEWYOU22 on Jan. 1.
- Nest Bedding is offering 25 percent off the Sparrow Signature Mattress through Dec. 20 and 10 percent off mattresses, toppers, comforters and more through Jan. 10.
- ZAGG will give up to 25 percent off sitewide through Dec. 23.
- Sephora is offering 20 percent off full-size fragrances if you use the code FRAGRANCE20 and free same-day delivery for purchases with the code SAMEDAY until Dec. 24