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Where to Buy 12 Things Amazon Currently Won’t Deliver

Amazon is prioritizing deliveries of medical supplies, household staples, and other high-demand products. But don't panic...you can still get your "non-essentials" from other spots.

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There’s a world outside of Amazon

The next-day shipping and the bargain prices may have gotten you hooked on Amazon, but there’s an entire virtual world outside of the big A. So even though they’re currently prioritizing what they ship, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to limit what you purchase. You’ll just have to get a little creative about where you make that purchase.

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Spending more time in bed lately? Ready for an upgrade? Macy’s, Target, and Bed, Bath & Beyond are all fully stocked with everything from sheets to blankets to towels. If you’re staying home all the time, then you’re probably in need of a few splurges in these departments. Snuggle with the family under this nice cozy Madison Park Chunky Double Knit Handmade Throw Blanket.

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“Mom! I’m bored!” The kids are home for days and weeks—and they need to be entertained, and you certainly cannot be their sole outlet for that, especially if you’re trying to WFH. That means it’s time to stock up on toys. Head directly to Target.com. They have board games, puzzles, crafts, family games, and even trampolines that can be ordered for delivery. Jenga Game is easy to learn and fun for the entire family. These are the 12 classic games everyone should own.

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Amazon may not categorize makeup and moisturizer as essential, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If you need your skincare fix—or want to treat yourself to an at-home spa day—then Sephora has you covered. Plus, they’ll send up to five trial-size samples whenever you make a purchase and they’re temporarily offering free shipping on all orders. Now’s the time to pay extra special attention to your skin with a face mask like Algenist Alive Prebiotic Balancing Mask. Plus, you can feel good about shopping at Sephora, as they’re one of the companies that are continuing to pay its associates during coronavirus-related store closures.

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To us, this is key. After all, we’re working from home, playing at home, teaching from home, eating at home, exercising at home, sleeping at home…doing every single thing at home. So it’s all about the yoga pants, the sweat pants, the loose tops, and other comfy clothing. For this, we turn to Macy’s, which has totally got us covered in every department—snag these Nike Sportswear Gym Vintage Distressed Pants.

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If books aren’t essential during this time, then we don’t know what is. But fine, we’ll look in other spots than Amazon. You can always grab an E-reader from Best Buy for this, but if you’re partial to holding an actual book, there are places to get them right now even if you’re under strict quarantine guidelines. Barnes & Noble has more than 6 million books ready for shipment within 24 hours, and they also have free curbside pickup for online orders. This is the perfect time to read (or re-read) all the Harry Potter books. Get the entire Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set and then see how well you do on this Harry Potter quiz.

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It may not be essential, but if this cheers you up right now, then go right ahead and buy yourself some jewelry. Etsy sellers could really use some love at the moment, as they tend to be individuals who make their own items to support their families. They also sell vintage and custom pieces, so you can spend hours or days browsing to determine what exactly you want. May we suggest this Forest Green Jade Necklace?

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Exercise gear

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The gyms are closed and you’re trapped indoors. Now’s the ideal time to get started on that home gym you always planned on creating. Want some cardio? Get an indoor bike and a Peloton subscription and you’ll be golden. If you’re into yoga, you simply need a mat, a blanket, and a few blocks from Target. Don’t skimp on that mat though, a cheap yoga mat is one of the 20 cheap items that will cost you more in the long run.

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If you took this time to do some much-needed spring cleaning, then perhaps you realized you’re lacking shorts or enough pairs of jeans. Or maybe you need a pick-me-up, and the malls aren’t exactly open right now. Stock up on your basic staples at the Gap—keep an eye out for one of its fabulous sales or promo codes. This t-shirt dress will become your go-to.

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Now’s not the best time for your microwave to die or for your washing machine to give up. What else could go wrong? Head online to Sears, which specializes in appliances, and has everything from refrigerators to ovens in stock. It’s also a good time to splurge on an additional deep freezer, like this Kenmore Chest Freezer, especially if you’re stocking up on meat at the supermarket.

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Wine and spirits

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Times are tough. If you want a glass of wine or a cocktail, fortunately, you can still order it online, thanks to Binny’s (depending on which state you live in). We’re not surprised that this chain is feeling a little overwhelmed right now, but they’re holding it together for us, and even have some of their alcohol on sale. You can also order online and pick up from the store. Don’t want to leave the house? They’re using Instacart for their home delivery orders if you want something immediately. For mixed drinks, try Clark & Sheffield Vodka, which blends well with everything.

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Just when you finally have time for a construction project, many hardware stores are limiting their hours. Some Home Depot stores are closing early daily, but they’re happy to ship your items—and they tend to offer better prices than Amazon on construction stuff anyway. It’s time to tackle your home to-do list with this Mechanics Tool Set. Get inspired by checking out our list of 11 DIY projects you can do yourself.

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Spring is the time to focus on your garden—and you need seeds, plants, soil, gardening tools, and more. Bonus: you can do all the gardening you want while keeping a social distance, plus you can even grow your own food. Gardeners.com is offering free shipping on all orders over $99, so you can easily get everything you need in one spot. Order this Organic GrowEast Seed Starting Success Kit for a vibrant garden. Next, find out the things Amazon won’t sell—and why.

Danielle Braff
Danielle Braff regularly covers travel, health and lifestyle for Reader's Digest. Her articles have also been published in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe and other publications. She has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in musicology from Oxford University in England. Danielle is based in Chicago, where she lives with her husband and two children. See her recent articles at Daniellebraff.com. You can follow her on Facebook @Danielle.Karpinos, Twitter @daniellebraff and Instagram at danikarp.