The 5 Best Le Creuset Deals From Sur La Table's Cookware Super-Sale

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If you’ve been putting off getting that colorful Le Creuset Dutch oven you covet because the iconic French cookware is just too pricey (lifetime guarantees don’t come cheap), we’ve got a pleasant surprise for you: Sur La Table is currently offering big discounts on Le Creuset and other brands as part of its twice-yearly cookware sale. You can get up to 60 percent off Dutch ovens, braisers, fry pans, pot sets, dishes, and more through April 15. Some items are discounted up to $100.

Here are a few of our favorites.

1. 2.75-Quart Round Dutch Oven; $150 (40 percent off)

A round Le Creuset Dutch oven in light blue
Sur La Table

When you think of Le Creuset cookware, this round Dutch oven is probably what comes to mind. (Aside from dollar signs, of course.) The company’s classic Dutch ovens are designed for slow cooking, stewing, and baking. They can be used for everything from coq au vin to sourdough bread to mac and cheese. The petite 2.75-quart version usually retails for $250, but it’s nearly $100 off for now. It comes in six soothing colors, including that signature Le Creuset flame red and a cool indigo.

Buy it: Sur La Table

2. Stainless Steel 5-Piece Set; $304 (24 percent off)

A stainless steel pot, saucepan, and skillet
Sur La Table

Get as much out of this sale as you can with this five-piece stainless steel set, which includes a 10-inch skillet, a 3-quart saucepan and lid, and a 7-quart stockpot and lid. The cookware has stay-cool handles and flared rims that won’t drip, and the self-sealing lids are designed to vent excess steam while keeping heat and moisture inside. The set usually retails for $400 but is currently almost $100 off.

Buy it: Sur La Table

3. 2.25-Quart Signature Saucepan; $120 (45 percent off)

A red Le Creuset saucepan
Sur La Table

Designed for simmering sauces, reducing stock, and making gravy, this kitchen workhorse will allow your liquids to gently bubble away without scorching or overheating, thanks to the cast iron’s even heat distribution. The typically $220 model is available in six glazes, including a classic white, Marseille blue, and cerise.

Buy it: Sur La Table

4. 7-Quart Stainless Steel Stockpot; $192 (43 percent off)

A stainless steel stockpot
Sur La Table

If you aren’t going to invest in a whole set of stainless steel cookware, just get the stock pot. This online-only model normally goes for $340. It’s perfect for soups, stocks, pastas, and other big-batch meals, and like the rest of Le Creuset’s stainless steel, it has handles that will stay cool to the touch and flared rims that won’t drip when you pour.

Buy it: Sur La Table

5. 5-Quart Stainless Steel Braiser; $200 (42 percent off)

A stainless steel Le Creuset braiser with the lid on
Sur La Table

Designed to turn tough meats and vegetables into tender, delicious dishes, Le Creuset’s braisers allow you to sear your food over high heat before cooking it in liquid. The wide base can handle foods in a single layer across the bottom of the pan. Then pop on the lid, which keeps steam circulating consistently throughout the cooking process, keeping in moisture (and flavor). Suggested retail price for this stainless steel model is $350, making it one of the best deals available on the site right now.

Buy it: Sur La Table

Visit the Sur La Table website for the full list of discounts, which includes plenty of enameled cast iron, stainless steel, and nonstick cookware. The sale ends April 15.

And if even the sale prices of Le Creuset originals are too high, don’t forget: There’s always the Amazon knockoff version.

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8 Great Gifts for People Who Work From Home

A growing share of Americans work from home, and while that might seem blissful to those trapped in long commutes, it's not always easy to live, eat, and work in the same space. Here are some useful tools and sweet surprises to help make a telecommuter's life a little easier.

1. Folding Book Stand; $7

A foldable metal book stand holding paper
Hatisan / Amazon

Useful for anyone who works with books or documents, this thick wire frame is strong enough for heavier textbooks or tablets. Best of all, it folds down flat, so you can slip it into your backpack or laptop case and take it out at the library or wherever you need it. The stand does double-duty in the kitchen as a cookbook holder, too.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Duraflame Electric Fireplace; $210

Duraflame electric fireplace
Duraflame / Amazon

Nothing says cozy like a fireplace, but not everyone is so blessed—or has the energy to keep a fire going during the work day. This Duraflame electric fireplace can help keep a workspace warm by providing up to 1000 square feet of comfortable heat, and has adjustable brightness and speed settings. You can even operate it without heat if you just crave the ambiance of an old-school gentleman's study (leather-top desk and shelves full of arcane books cost extra).

Buy It: Amazon

3. Sips By Subscription Tea Service; $15/month

Assorted teas and Sipsby tea subscription service packaging
Sips By

A steady stream of hot beverages is key to productivity, and Sips by is a lovely way to keep the tea chest replenished. (Plus, who doesn't love getting presents in the mail each month?) Your giftee can fill out a personalized tea profile, and each month selections of four different kinds of premium tea will arrive. Each batch makes enough for 15-plus cups, and there are cute reusable bags provided for the loose-leaf teas, which also makes them portable for on-the-go days.

Buy It: Sips by

4. Solstice Beeswax Aromatherapy Candles; $35

Solstice Naturals Lavender 100% Pure Beeswax Aromatherapy Candle
Solstice / Amazon

People who work at home all day, especially in a smaller space, often struggle to "turn off" at the end of the day. One way to unwind and signal that work is done is to light a candle. Burning beeswax candles helps clean the air, and essential oils are a better health bet than artificial fragrances. Lavender is especially relaxing. (Just use caution around essential-oil-scented products and pets.)

Buy It: Amazon

5. HÄNS Swipe-Clean; $15

HÄNS Swipe being used on a tablet
HÄNS / Amazon

If you're carting your laptop and phone from the coffee shop to meetings to the co-working space, they're going to get gross—fast. HÄNS Swipe is a dual-sided device that cleans on one side and polishes on the other, and it's a great solution for keeping germs at bay, especially in cold and flu season. It's also nicely portable, since there's nothing to spill. Plus, it's refillable, and the polishing cloth is washable and re-wrappable, making it a much more sustainable solution than individually wrapped wipes.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Laptop Side Table; $100

Oversized Wood and Metal Laptop Table
World Market

Sometimes you don't want to be stuck at a desk all day long. This industrial-chic side table can act as a laptop table, too, with room for your computer, coffee, notes, and more. It also works as a TV table—not that you (or your giftee) would ever watch TV during work hours.

Buy It: World Market

7. Moleskine Classic Notebook; $12

Moleskine Classic Notebook in black
Moleskin / Amazon

Plenty of people who work from home (well, plenty of people in general) find paper journals and planners essential, whether they're used for bullet journaling, time-blocking, or just writing good old-fashioned to-do lists. However you (or your intended recipient) organize their life, there's a journal out there that's perfect, but for starters it's hard to top a good Moleskin. These are available dotted (the bullet journal fave), plain, ruled, or squared, and in a variety of colors. (You can find other supply ideas for bullet journaling here.)

Buy It: Amazon

8. Nexstand Laptop Stand; $34

Nextstand Portable Laptop Stand
Nexstand / Amazon

For the person who works from home and is on the taller side, this portable laptop stand is a back-saver. It folds down flat so it can be tossed into the bag and taken to the coffee shop or co-working spot, where it often generates an admiring comment or three. It works best alongside a portable external keyboard and mouse.

Buy It: Amazon

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This Automatic Fetch Machine Will Keep Your Dog Occupied When You Don't Have Time to Play

iFetch
iFetch

Every dog owner knows that it's impossible to keep up with a pooch that's always looking to play. But if you want to keep them active while still having time for yourself, there's the iFetch, a toy that will automatically throw tennis balls, allowing your canine to play fetch whenever they please.

You can find the iFetch Original, which is ideal for small or medium dogs, on Amazon for $115. The Original can either be charged with an AC adapter or run on six C batteries, both of which are included. You can adjust the settings on the iFetch to throw the ball 10, 20, or 30 feet, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor play. Once it's charged and the distance is set, let your canine drop a tennis ball into the machine and it will take care of the rest.

If you have a large dog, look for the iFetch Too, which is available on Amazon for $200. This model has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 300 throws. This model can launch the ball 10, 24, or 40 feet, and it also comes with a custom option, so you’ll find room for your dog to play no matter how much space is available.

If your dog loves their new toy, but you don't love finding slobbery tennis balls around the house, check out the company’s medium- and small-size slobber-proof balls.

It may take time for your canine to learn how to use the toy, but the company has some training tips from Nicole Ellis, a certified professional dog trainer. To start, it's recommended that your dog knows the “drop it” command. If they don’t, check out their training tips here. After your dog has mastered that command, the company has plenty of tricks, such as keeping training sessions short and ending them on a positive note. For more ideas, check out their page.

Once you set up your iFetch and watch your furry friend run back and forth, you may start to wonder why they like fetch so much. According to research on the subject, when dogs exercise, neurotransmitters stimulate reward regions in their brain, which is much like when humans experience a "runner's high."

If you happen to notice your canine seems particularly athletic while they are chasing the ball back and forth, check out these other sports they can play.

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