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San Diego Family's Holiday Toy Review

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Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Diego Family's 2022 Holiday Toy Review. From low-tech, classic wooden toys to ultra high-tech electronics and video gaming, our Holiday Toy Review is guaranteed to help you find that perfect present for kids big and little! Each item here has earned the stamp of approval from our local kid and parent reviewers.

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Updated: November 2022

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Advent Calendars: Count Down to the Holidays

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We love a good countdown! Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah or a birthday, marking off days to the big day can be as joyous and memory-filled as the occasion itself. Here are advent calendars that help count down to the holidays. 

Count Down to Christmas
The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus or “coming.” To Christians, Advent is (in part) in anticipation of Christ’s birth. The tradition of counting down the four Sundays leading to the Advent of Christmas began in the fourth century, but paper Advent calendars with windows for 24 days prior to Christmas emerged in Germany in the early part of the 20th century.

8 Nights of Light
In the Jewish faith, Hanukkah is not as important as many other holidays, but due to its proximity to Christmas, some modern Jewish families have adopted December gift giving. The focus is the nightly lighting of the menorah—a memorial to the rededication of the second temple, where a small amount of oil miraculously lasted eight nights. The modern Hanukkah menorah is a candelabra of nine candles. The tallest candle at the center is referred to as the servant candle, as it is used to light the other candles. One candle is lit, starting from the left side, on the first evening. Another is lit each evening for eight nights.

ADVENT CALENDARS FOR ALL AGES

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American Girl Pop-Up Advent Calendar 
$45; AmericanGirl.com
Open the cover of this captivating collectible to reveal a stunning 12” pop-up holiday tree standing above 25 compartments filled with displayable ornaments featuring 12 of your favorite American Girl characters and their cherished animal companions, from Melody's pet dog Bo to Samantha's teddy bear. Also included is a 28-page softcover guidebook containing fascinating facts about iconic American Girls throughout history—and the ways in which they celebrate the season.

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eCreamery Countdown to Christmas Collections
$129.99; eCreamery.com

For 12 delicious days, experience “Merry Blissmas” in sweet style with a mouth-watering dish of eCreamery Ice Cream or better yet, ice cream and cookies. Includes 12 pints of limited time, seasonal favorites, each custom-churned using only the finest ingredients. Each delicious pint is hand packed by our team of ice cream artisans and specially titled with an adorable, numbered label to keep your “Countdown to Christmas” right on track.

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Old World Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar
$49.99; OldWorldChristmas.com
This 24-piece advent calendar brings surprises every day with a different panel to open revealing a new ornament. Featuring fan favorite ornament designs in a flexible child friendly material.

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GODIVA Holiday Luxury Advent Calendar 
$40; Godiva.com
Countdown to Christmas with one unique piece of chocolate for each day. Includes a classic, but irresistible assortment of milk, dark, and white chocolates. Discover the magic inside as each day brings a delightful surprise.

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VAHDAM Advent Calendar Gift Set
$59.99; Vahdam.com  
The ultimate Christmas gift set including 24 unique luscious blends in individually enveloped, pyramid tea bags.

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CoComelon Advent Calendar 
$31.99; Amazon.com
Join JJ and the rest of the CoComelon crew in this 24 book advent calendar, containing songs, stories, coloring, learning, and more. Each advent includes 24 mini paperback books for little ones to open from December 1st through December 24th.

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Disney/Marvel Advent Calendars
$31.99;
Amazon.com
Igloo Books’ Storybook Collection Advent calendars come with 24 mini paperback storybooks featuring favorite Disney, Disney Princess, and Marvel characters. Open a new book to enjoy every day from December 1st through the 24th.

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LEGO CITY Holiday Advent Calendar
$34.99; Lego.com
Kids can count down to the big day with the LEGO City Advent Calendar, featuring a fun surprise behind every door. A snowy city playmat sets the scene for LEGO fun.

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"Everything You Need To Celebrate Hanukkah with Kids"
https://pjlibrary.org/hanukkah
Offering lots of free information, book lists, activity ideas and recipes for the 8 nights of the holiday. Download the guide here: www.pjlibrary.org/grow

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Harry Potter Advent Calendar
$15.99; Scholastic.com
Have a magical Christmas with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and all your other favorite characters from the Wizarding World in this official Harry Potter advent calendar. This gorgeous illustrated book unfolds to reveal 24 pockets -- each with its own holiday surprise inside. From mini-books and stickers to coloring sheets and holiday cards, there's something for everyone.

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Bonne et Filou Dog Advent Calendar
$69.99; Amazon.com
Unique dog advent calendar contains a variety of hand-designed delicious dog treats you could spoil your pup with, to put under your Christmas tree. Enjoy our 24 Christmas themed treats including dog bones, macarons, snowflakes, truffles, print trees and more.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar Advent Calendar
$15; DylansCandyBar.com
Featuring Buttons the Snowman, this year's Holiday mascot, this Advent calendar comes complete with treats so you can enjoy yummy surprises every day until December 25th arrives. They don't say this is the most wonderful time of the year for nothing.

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Breyer Advent Calendar – Unicorn Magic Play Set
$29.99; BreyerHorses.com
Each day, open one of the numbered doors to reveal a new Mini Whinnies surprise. Hidden behind the doors are a total of 15 colorful Mini Whinnies unicorns, many exciting accessories, and even a special animal friend.

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10 Days of Happy: Celebration Countdown Calendar
$24.99; Ooly.com
Whether you’re counting down for a holiday or for something else entirely, this countdown calendar boasts 10 gifts that will inspire creativity. This advent calendar brims with super fun products—like erasable or color-changing markers, paint sticks, and scratch & scribble art cards. It contains 10 days of surprises that are sure to delight your little one.

  

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National Geographic Science Advent Calendar
$29.99; ThinkBlueMarble.com
Features 13 hands-on science experiments and 11 real rock and fossil specimens, making each day a new and exciting adventure. This kit also includes a dig brick dig tool, white science magic gloves, and a handy storage pouch.

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Wine Advent Calendar
$149.99; www.ingoodtaste.com
From December 1st through December 24th, In Good Taste will send you an email each day to guide you through the wine you’ll be sipping. Wine is sourced internationally, all the way from Spain, Sicily, California, and beyond. Comes with: 24 wines to enjoy (an assortment of whites, reds, and rosés), tasting notes for each wine, daily wine insights & tips, suggested food and recipe pairings, exclusive wine recipes, and virtual tasting videos.

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Advent Calendar
$34; vellabox.com
   
DIY advent calendar made with reusable canvas bags of assorted neutral & holiday patterns. Includes 25 small canvas bags, 25 small pins, 25 number tags, 5 pieces of twine and 5 wall adhesives. 

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EXIT: Advent Calendar - The Mystery of the Ice Cave
$49.95; ThamesandKosmos.com
This advent calendar is both an EXIT game and adventure story: in order to free yourself from this predicament, you must open a door of the calendar each day. Behind each door you will find a new and exciting riddle, the solution to which will bring you closer and closer to escaping the cave. Will you solve the mystery of the ice cave and find the exit? Also available: The Hunt for the Golden Book.

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Skillmatics Advent Calendar
$27.99; Amazon.com
Link: Item will be available for purchase on Amazon.com on October 15 
Instead of plastic toys or candy, each day has an activity prompt and stickers or a card game, providing hours of fun and building family connections. Games include: “Merry Match” a holiday-themed memory game, “Christmas Scavenger Hunt,” “Christmas Connections” and more. The box includes a large calendar with 24 boxes each with stickers or a card game inside and a large paper-based Christmas tree they can decorate with stickers. 

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Playfoam Pals Snowy Friends 25-Day Advent Calendar 
$18; Amazon.com

Pop one door open every day to reveal one of 13 bricks of squishy, squashy Playfoam or one of 12 Snowy Friends Pals. Use the Playfoam to sculpt a winter wonderland scene perfect for pretend play fun with the Pals figurines. Non-toxic Playfoam never dries out so your scene can stay put all season long or your kids can shape new pretend play props every day. 

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National Geographic Gemstone Advent Calendar
$24.99; ThinkBlueMarble.com
Reveal a new gemstone each day. Kit includes a storage pouch for your stunning specimens, and a complete dig brick.

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Bartesian Advent Calendar
$29.99; Bartesian.com
With seven new holiday cocktails and five festive favorites from last year, you can enjoy a delicious cocktail surprise for 12 nights to savor the most wonderful time of the year. 

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Breyer Advent Calendar – Horse Play Set
$29.99; BreyerHorses.com
Starting on December 1st, countdown to Christmas by opening one door each day to reveal Mini Whinnies item(s). Features 40 hidden treasures, including 7 horses, 2 foals, 1 unicorn, 3 people figures, and a wide assortment of barn and riding accessories.

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VAHDAM 24 Teas of Christmas Gift Set 
$79.99; Vahdam.com   
A Christmas-special assortment of 24 luscious, best-selling loose leaf tea blends.

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National Geographic Rock, Mineral & Fossil Advent Calendar
$19.99; ThinkBlueMarble.com
Kids love rocks, gems, and fossils, and this exciting advent calendar will give them a new specimen to add to their collection each day as the holiday approaches. The fun and excitement culminate on the final day, as kids unearth a shimmering Quartz Point from the included mini dig brick.



Published: October 2022

Back to School Clothes

Stocking Stuffers

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Stocking Stuffers!  Check out these fun stocking stuffers for kids and adults.

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Creatto Shining Star Light Up 3D Puzzle
$8.95; ThamesandKosmos.com

With 37 Creatto pieces and a string of 5 LED lights, you can build a white star or a ball ornament. The models have loops for use as ornaments.  Choose from a Dashing Reindeer, Shining Star, or Festive Bow.

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Kenu Stance Compact Tripod for iPhone
$19.99; Amazon.com
Streaming live video, connecting on video calls, watching shows and positioning your phone’s camera has never been easier with Stance. Stance is the first tripod specifically designed to safely mount into your phone’s charging port.

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BeeSpa Hand & Foot Cream Mini
$12.99; www.beespa.com
Repair and revitalize your feet with this nourishing natural foot cream made with botanical, vegetable-based and vitamin-rich ingredients selected for their proven effectiveness.  Essential oils, beeswax and shea butter deeply moisturize while anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants nourish. Soothe and repair dry, cracked feet and lock in moisture for more youthful and healthy skin. 

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Plus Plus Elf
$7.99; PlusPlususa.com
The 70 piece Elf tube is a perfect STEM toy to develop fine motor skills, focus and patience. Kids will learn to create in 2D or 3D. Encouraging open-ended and creative play.

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Old Trapper Beeef Sticks
$14; OldTrapper.com
The perfect snack for any kind of activity. The 15-oz. family-sized bag of jerky offers the perfect, easy, and keto-friendly snack to take on any day out on the water, out hunting, or camping with friends or family.

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Koosh Cameos 
$11.99; Amazon.com
Cameos feature content-accurate sculpts of today’s most popular characters combined with the iconic 3-inch Koosh Ball.

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Stickiville Christmas Cookies Stickers
$1.99; Ooly.com

Ho ho ho - these sticker sheets of Christmas cookie stickers are Santa approved. Adorn your notebook or bring some personality to your backpack and lunch box with textured stickers. There’s no limit to the whimsy these Christmas cookie stickers can bring to accessories like school supplies, journals and diaries.

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Alco Eats Cashews in a Bag
$29.99; AlcoEats.com
Contains all of the savory and great tasting flavors that we have to offer which include Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeño & Cheddar, Mexican Taco, Cajun Kick, Peri-Peri, & Sour Cream, and Onion.

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Hikers Brew Coffee
Hikersbrewcoffee.com

Featuring a small multi-use and compostable package that keeps coffee fresh, allowing avid adventure seekers to take it with them anywhere they go. Available in convenient adventure ready venture pouches, each pouch contains enough grounds for 2-4 cups of coffee. Available in six delicious varieties.

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Crazy Aaron’s Mini Thinking Putty: Mistletoe Mania
$4; https://crazyaarons.com
Kissing under the mistletoe is a popular folklore tradition at Christmastime. Keep Mistletoe Mania Thinking Putty on you to bring good luck and happiness during the holiday season or maybe even a smooch. Thinking Putty helps build hand and finger strength through a fabulous tactile play experience with unique, unexpected properties and provides relaxing, yet stimulating interaction for anyone with sensory integration issues.

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Real Life Holiday Bingo
$10; BreakingGames.com
Two unique bingo cards where you slide the plastic shutters to mark the space. The first player to get five in a row wins – BINGO. Each window depicts an all-too-familiar holiday experience, like Dad Snaps, Unsolicited Life Advice, Tears, Gift Envy, Bad Gift, Lame Holiday Music, Annoying Child, and many more hilarious experiences.

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Holiday Notes From Me! Christmas Facts & Funnies
$3.99; MyWish4U.com

Clever tear-off notes that teach your kids fun facts about their favorite holiday and make them laugh, too!  4"x 4" books with 50 unique tear-off notes in each.

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Snow Buddy Dough Roll
$5; LandofDough.com
Build a snowman or craft something magical this season. Land of Dough is the most eco-friendly dough on the planet.Children will delight in the whimsical designs, soft hand feel, and calming scent while also benefiting from sensory play.

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Love Sock Company Holiday Socks
$12; https://lovesockcompany.com
Who doesn’t love receiving socks during the holidays? Especially when they’re festive and made with the softest organic cotton with seamless toes. 

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World’s Smallest Games
$6.50–$7.50; Amazon.com
World’s Smallest Games make the perfect stocking stuffers for kids and kidults. Includes the best and most classic games we all know and love, made as fully functional games in the smallest sizes ever created, like Mousetrap, Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Battleship, Blokus and Hungry Hippo.

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Tonies Holiday Figures
$14.99; https://us.tonies.com
New Tonies for the holiday season include Disney’s Olaf, Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch and more. 

Published: November 2022

Family Health and Fitness Product Reviews

Family Health and Fitness Products

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Health and Fitness Products! Check out these great fitness products to keep you and your family happy and healthy all year long!

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Boxed Water Flavored Water
$29/12-pack; https://boxedwaterisbetter.com
These new fruit-flavored waters use 100% purified drinking water with the natural flavor of bright lemon, grapefruit, blackberry, and cucumber. With zero sugar or artificial ingredients, these classic tastes will soon be your new staple. The new line of fruit flavored water will refresh your day as you help renew our planet with the classic 92% plant-based box.

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SENA R2X Bike Helmet
$229; Sena.com
With Amazon Alexa built-in features seamlessly integrated speakers and microphone that allow users to use the R2X’s communication features and speak directly to Alexa. Sena’s helmet-to-helmet Mesh Intercom communication platform also makes it easy to communicate with unlimited cycling partners while riding. 

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Kinsa Thermometer
$39.99; Kinsahealth.com
Provide more than just accurate temperature readings - it also pairs with an app to track fever readings and symptoms for multiple family members, connects families with board-certified clinicians for guidance, and provides real-time data on illness trends in your community- it's like having a nurse in your pocket. 

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Radio Flyer eBike
$1,799.99; RadioFlyer.com
Radio Flyer’s sustainable and high-tech FLYER Line, is a line of eBikes for adults. From running an errand in the neighborhood to riding back from coaching baseball practice, the two FLYER bike models include a wide range of product accessories such as storage bins, cargo carriers and child seats. These accessories add another level of fun and functionality to the Flyer Line that can be used riding with the family or everyday use.

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The PowerBoost Move Massager from Sharper Image 
$89.99; BedBathandBeyond.com

A travel-sized post-workout recovery sidekick, perfect to take on-the-go. It is compact in size and lightweight which makes it easy to bring to the gym, sports practice, or on vacation for quick relief anytime, anywhere. It has 5 speed settings and 4 interchangeable attachment nodes. The PowerBoost Move Massager is available in 4 colors.  

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Disco Country Club Happy Hour Pickleball Set
$115; DiscoCountryClub.com

Perfect for players who are new to the game or regular players, DCC paddles are made with carbon fiber and crafted with a honeycomb core for ultimate control and durability. The styles are inspired by 70s recreation and perfect to take from court to cocktails. Includes two carbon fiber paddles, carry case, set of three balls with travel tote.

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Georgie & Lou Pickleball Bag
Starting at $136; Georgieandlou.com

Made specifically for pickleball, they are not only a pretty, roomy bag to hold all of your gear, they can go from court to street, so it's a two in one. Each couture bag has all the comfort and durability needed to pack everything all in one place including designated interior pockets that hold three pickleballs and keep water cool and shaded during court time and an exclusive “carabiner system” that keeps your bag lifted off the ground, secure and away from germs. 

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WanderFull
$49; Amazon.com
Stylish water bottle bags that are perfect for your kids’ school day or sport practices. The water resistant pockets will store your water bottle, phone, keys, wallet and more while never sacrificing style. Features include interchangeable adjustable straps that work great as a crossbody bagthe waterproof main compartment fits up to 32 oz. water bottle, wine bottle, reusable coffee cup, or flask and prevents leaking of liquids on your phone or Airpods, and large, double-zipper pockets for storing all the essentials. Available in navy blue, black matte, black patent, army green, gold, and white patent.

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Chums Floating Phone Protector
$19.99; Chums.com
We get it, we get it. No one wants to be away from their phone, even for one minute and now you don’t have to. Chums floating phone protector lets you take your phone with you wherever you go, from a multi-day rafting trip to scrolling through Instagram in the shower. Designed with HF welded seams, a watertight seal and floating capabilities it does exactly that; protects and floats your phone.

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Flexion II Jacket
$118; Hylete.com
Features perfected temperature regulation and superior comfort in a technical fabric that breathes while you move. The Flexion II Jacket features an upgraded fit with new pocket placement, contrast fabric through stretch zones for added flexibility and versatile storage: two open slash pockets and one zip pocket on the left side of the chest.

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Infamous Active
Prices Vary; InfamousSwim.com

An activewear collection to obsess over, and most importantly match with your mini. Made from a blend of high performance Nylon and Spandex (and cut to womanly perfection), this is an outfit you won't want to take off. From school drop-off, yoga and gym sessions, and even into the office. It is practical, flattering and designed to support you and your bits (literally). The buttery soft activewear comes in a slew of super cute prints and colors and is available up to size 3XL.

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UA HOVR Machina 3 Running Shoe
$150; UnderArmour.com
UA HOVR Machina 3 is more than a running shoe. It coaches you in real-time to help you run better when you connect them to UA MapMyRun. Features a firmer and more responsive forefront HOVR that ensures runners have that extra edge. The plate’s upgraded composite, together with a softer heel HOVR, an updated Energy Web, and heel capture system make for a fast and comfortable run every single time.

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UA Flow Synchronicity
$140; UnderArmour.com
UA Flow Synchronicity is created for women, by women and designed to provide HER with the perfect fit. This shoe cups your heel, supports your arch and is lighter. Soft, textured knit upper is lightweight, breathable and provides a precision fit. Connects to UA MAPMYRUN App which tracks and analyzes your running metrics to help make you a better runner.  

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CEP Compression Socks
Prices vary; 
cepcompression.com
Anatomically knit and designed with an innovative blend of moisture-wicking materials, these socks help increase circulation in the legs and feet, and offer unmatched all day comfort. Available for men and women. Guaranteed to last 200+ wears.

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CastleFlexx-Health Fitness
$220+; CastleFlexx.com

CastleFlexx was created to help athletes, fitness enthusiasts and those who sit for long periods of time improve both their core strength and mobility. The benefits of improved mobility can be life changing , especially if you experience lower back pain or other chronic issues such as tight calf muscles or plantar fasciitis.

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Allay Lamp
$149; https://allaylamp.com/
This unique lamp uses a narrow band of green light to calm the brain, promote sleep and relieve headache pain. It’s the ideal solution for many parents who are very much in need of a good night sleep or are struggling with headaches and migraines. Allay’s patented glow naturally soothes the brain reducing stress, anxiety and headaches. 

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HidrateSpark Smart Water Bottle 
$19.99–$69.99; HidrateSpark.com
HidrateSpark’s Tap to Track technology allows you to track a full bottle and daily water intake with the free HidrateSpark App. Add a bit of color to your hydration by choosing one of the seven preset glow colors, which glow every hour for a 12-hour period to help you stay on track and build a lasting hydration habit. 

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Sena M1 EVO Mountain Bike Helmet 
$169; Sena.com
This bike helmet brings wireless and seamless communication audio to the trails. Talk to each other. Make phone calls. Jam to your music. Allows communication with multiple riders within a half-mile range and incorporates up to nine channels, while an integrated microphone tucked inside the brow of the helmet and recessed speakers deliver audio while maintaining ambient awareness. Great for cycling teams, clubs, tours.

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Electra Plasket Basket
$29.99; Electra.trekbikes.com
An Earth-friendly addition to your bike made from recycled plastic, the Plasket snaps on and off your handlebars so you can take it wherever you go. It’s perfect for collecting seashells, hauling burritos or shopping the local market, and bonus, it gives you that I’m-doing-my-part-to-save-the-world feeling.

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Women's Tempo Tights and Women's Essence Sports Bra
$58–$108; Hylete.com
A flattering, clean look that’s still focused on performance, the Tempo Tight features high wicking, smooth stretch fabric that provides the perfect amount of compression. Get a little deeper in your yoga pose or rest day stretch - the Essence Bra features a high neckline for full range of motion without any spillage, so you can push your limits without compromising your coverage. You’ll love the stylish details of the criss-cross back design, and the comfort of its breathable, stretch fabric for warmer days.

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Tesalate Workout Towel
$35; Tesalate.com
Lightweight, compact and the perfect size for every activity. Antibacterial, odour-free workout towel collection, to encourage people to stay healthy and fit especially during these uncertain times. The designs keep your style on point from the gym, to the studio, to the court.  

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Awesome Balm
$28; AwesomeBalm.com

An all-natural, handcrafted balm developed in Hawaii that melts away the discomfort of sore muscles, aching joints, and everyday tension–helping one’s body to perform at its best. So, listen up surfers, yogis, adventure seekers alike - this product was created for those with enthusiastic and active lifestyles who dream of living more, hurting less as well as playing hard and recovering fast.

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VIm & Vigr Compression Legwear
$36–$38; VimVigr.com
These unisex compression socks are a must-have for daily wellness all summer for dad. Replace his old socks with turbo-charged socks that help decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, increase blood flow, increase oxygen delivery and minimize muscle fatigue. Compression socks are great for traveling, standing long hours for work, post-workout recovery, hiking, etc.

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KidFit

$49.99; X-Doria.com

Wireless activity and sleep tracker promotes a healthy lifestyle for kids ages 5-13. One size fits all slap bracelet. KidFit motivates through consistent encouragement and fun, challenging goals for real world awards. Parents set activity goals and see stats and trends via the KidFit app. Bluetoth syncs with your smartphone or tablet. iOS and Android compatible. Available in black, aqua, pink or yel

Halloween Products

Holiday Gift Ideas

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Holiday Gift Ideas! The perfect gift for friends, family, coworkers, teachers and more!

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Sugar Plum Peppermint Hot Cocoa Chocolate Bar - Two Pack
$14; 
Sugar-plum.com
Is there any beverage more evocative of the holiday season than hot cocoa? And there is no better way to pay homage to this quintessential holiday beverage than adding a little peppermint to a carefully-crafted blend of milk and dark chocolate to create a chocolate bar you'd swear was made from everyone's favorite winter warmer. 

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eCreamery’s Santa Sweet Treat Collection 
$79.99; ecreamery.com
This delicious gift includes four pints of eCreamery’s limited time, hand packed, seasonal ice cream flavors, served with a dozen mouthwatering holiday cookies, each with a festive label. Flavors: Sweetest Holiday Wishes, The Most Wonderful Scoop of the Year‘Tis the Season & Sugar and Spice.

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Ponti Truffle Condiment Rich & Creamy 
$43.97; Ponti.com
More than balsamic, Ponti also crafts glazes, wine vinegars, cider vinegars and condiments. Their Rich & Creamy line including their Truffle Condiment make great gifts.

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HEXO Gift Tin with Fountain Pen and Ballpoint 
$78; Fabercastell.com
Whether you're writing the perfect novel, penning a valentine to your sweetheart, or jotting down the notes to a new tune, HEXO will help you bring your creativity to life. Hexagonal barrel and cap made of anodized aluminium. Ergonomically shaped grip zone for comfortable writing, suitable for right-handed and left-handed users. 

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Vita Mia Candles
$30; 
www.vitamia-ca.com
Living in the moment is easy with thse gorgeous candles encapsulating a laidback lifestyle and evoking the joy of self-care. Vita Mia means “my life” in Italian and the brand blends beautifully with today’s lifestyles, encouraging you to take a break, sit back, and take in the calming scents from its collection. Capture the moment and create a beautiful ambiance of well-being by enjoying these fresh and natural fragrances. 

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LazyOne Pajamas
Prices vary; LazyOne.com
Hit the snooze button and spend time with the family in pajamas that are both comfy and cute. LazyOne is on a mission to make bedtime fun while getting a great night’s sleep with fashionable prints, snuggle-inducing fabrics, and durable designs. Plus, since they have matching pjs for the whole family, you can get everyone together and take early holiday photos.

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Artisan Oils 3 Pack
$29.99; Latourangelle.com
The perfect gift to be creative in the kitchen and experiment with different oils. The Favorites gift pack contains: Roasted Walnut Oil, Toasted Sesame Oil and Pure Avocado Oil. An exciting way of elevating your cooking, making a wide range of delicious meals and enhancing any salad dressings, marinade or sauce. Perfect as finishing oils, to drizzle on roasted vegetables, grilled meat, pasta, soup and grains. 

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Clay & Olive Skincare
$20–$60; ClayandOliveSkincare.com
Protect your skin everyday with a powerful combination of vitamin C and ferulic acid. This elixir penetrates easily creating a moist canvas that is soft and nourished. The unique formula contains active levels of antioxidants that enhance your skin’s resistance to pollution and environmental damage caused by free radicals. 

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Nutcracker Stemless Wine Glass
$8.50; CorkPops.com
Perfect for holiday entertaining or hostess gifts stories. These fun glasses are festive and super affordable. Available in two designs with a gold rimmed edge.

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Weak Knees Sriracha Gift Set 
$44.99; https://bushwickkitchen.com/
 
Bushwick Kitchen is a sauce company that's here to serve up finger-licking, flavor-addicting sauces and condiments for every kitchen creative and foodie looking to elevate their meals or share a unique culinary gift to inspire friends and family. Beautifully packaged with a custom dish towel and a unique QR code linking to a collection of recipes. The gift set includes: Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha, Super Spicy Weak Knees Sriracha & Weak Knees Curry Sriracha.

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Damn, Man Build Your Own 4-Pack Box of Nuts
$25; dmsnacks.com
Pick four bags of your favorite nuts. Popular options are the Coconut Curry Peanuts, Mexican Cocoa Peanuts, Stout Beer Almonds and Whiskey Nut Mix.

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Bath Bombs for Boys
$23.95; Amazon.com
These bath bombs offer a relaxing, invigorating multilayered explosion of color and scent. No need for the bomb to dissolve - enjoy the toys whenever you like. Color the water and reveal the mystery inside. Give kids real surprise with each surprise bath bomb. 

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Bake Me A Wish Treats
Prices vary; Bakemeawish.com
Holiday gourmet gifts featuring delicious hand-crafted cookies, rich chocolate brownies and delectable cakes. Each gourmet gift comes with festive packaging and a greeting card to spread the holiday cheer. With guaranteed next-day delivery, you can make sure everyone’s holiday season is merry and bright.

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Almost Tea
Prices vary; 
https://drinkalmost.com
The world's most creative, crazy, and delicious almost-like-dessert teas, all inspired by your favorite guilty pleasures. 

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Broken Top Candle Club 
Starting at $22; BrokenTopCandleCo.com
Receive a seasonal candle of the month, plus a matchbox to light your new flame. Includes Brown Maple Sugar, Pumpkin Spice & Juniper Smoke and more (can’t you just smell the sweet goodness already??). 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions available.

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Banana Phone
$39.99; 
www.bananaphone.io
60 ft. bluetooth range, make phone calls or play your favorite music, 20 hour talk time, connects to iPhone and Android via Bluetooth, rechargeable via micro USB. 1% of all revenue is donated to Gearing Up for Gorillas to support Gorilla Conservation in the democratic Republic of the Congo while working with 1% for the Planet.

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Jøyus Non-Alcoholic Wine
$24.99; https://drinkjoyus.com

Jøyus non-alcoholic wine was born as a way to keep the fun, social aspect of drinking without the alcohol by providing the sophisticated, “adult” experience of popping open a bottle with a delicious blend that tastes just as good as any luxury label.

Published: November 2022

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas for Dads

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Looking for gift ideas for Dad or the other men in your life? Check out these great products they are sure to love.

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The Chair Hammock
$179; YellowLeafHammocks.com

The perfect retreat for a solo hanger. Sit in it like a chair or kick up your feet for a full-body recline. Handwoven with ultra-soft yarn, the Triple-Weave construction combines 150,000 ultra-soft loops to cradle you weightlessly.

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Men’s Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Pocket Tee PJ Set
$82; NestDesigns.com
With four different prints to choose from, these PJs are extra-soft, moisture wicking, and resistant to wear and tear. You’ve never known comfort quite like this and might have trouble getting out of bed the next day.

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Pair of Thieves' Limited Edition Boxer Collection
$13.98; Walmart.com
Add stretch comfort to your basic essentials starting with this Holiday Mountains Boxer Brief from Pair of Thieves. With a classic pull-on design and elasticized waist, these men’s boxer briefs are highlighted by contrast prints, a stretch body that moves with you and a perforated design for added breathability.

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Leather Honey Leather Care Kit
$43.99; LeatherHoney.com
From the couch to the car interior to his favorite leather shoes, and everything in between, Leather Honey keeps leather looking brand new. Kit features a Leather Conditioner (8oz), Leather Cleaner (8oz) and two lint-free application cloths. The easy-to-apply formula is natural, safe, made of high-quality ingredients and makes your leather last longer. 

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Colsen Fire Pit
$74.96+; ColsenFirePits.com
Enjoy a real fire and leave the smoke and clean up behind. The eco-friendly fire pits are easy to light and extinguish. Simply use rubbing alcohol to get that fire going. Made from temperature-resistant concrete for an enhanced, safe, smokeless, and odor-free experience. The modern, portable designs go with today’s decor and offer an easy way to stage an inviting atmosphere for quiet moments alone or while celebrating with loved ones. 

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SENA R2X Bike Helmet
$229; Sena.com
With Amazon Alexa built-in features seamlessly integrated speakers and microphone that allow users to use the R2X’s communication features and speak directly to Alexa. Sena’s helmet-to-helmet Mesh Intercom communication platform also makes it easy to communicate with unlimited cycling partners while riding. 

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Rule & Reign Skin Care 
Starting at 59.99; Amazon.com
The only regimen men need each morning to keep their skin looking smooth and healthy. Three simple steps are all it takes for rapid results - hyaluronic gel cleanser, anti-aging cell serum, and advanced amino acid repair cream. All products are natural, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly.

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Bullet Train
Amazon.com
Brad Pitt stars as Ladybug, an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe—all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives—on the world's fastest train. The end of the line is just the beginning in this non-stop thrill-ride through modern-day Japan.

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Mens Twist Ankle Slipper Socks
$13.99; HeatHolders.com

Keep feet warm on the coldest of days and pull on this pair of twist color, slipper style, ankle length Heat Holders for men, the warmest thermal sock.

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Mens Original Base Layer Top
$39.99; HeatHolders.com

Heat Holders® Men's Original Base Layer Tops are a heavy weight thermal base layer ideal for extreme cold. Matching Bottoms also available.

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MaddaFella Short Sleeve Ernest Linen shirt
Prices Vary; MaddaFella.com
Welcome to island life. The Key West style brand brings relaxed, laid-back vibes to your wardrobe for casual menswear that always looks good on you. Its line of linen shirts, bottoms, outerwear, swimwear, and more are for those who want a life full of sunshine, blue water, friends, and fishing. 

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Flexion II Jacket
$118; Hylete.com
Features perfected temperature regulation and superior comfort in a technical fabric that breathes while you move. The Flexion II Jacket features an upgraded fit with new pocket placement, contrast fabric through stretch zones for added flexibility and versatile storage: two open slash pockets and one zip pocket on the left side of the chest.

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Chums Original Eyewear Retatiner
$8.99; Chums.com
The easily adjustable Chums Original retainer is ideal for all adventures. Whether you're on water, land, snow, or in the air, this retainer has it all—quality, comfort, and the ability to fit most standard frames.

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Levo Short
$88; Hylete.com

Experience quick-drying performance fabric in a casual walk short complete with a zippered fly and button closure. Made for the golfer, the traveler, and the commuter, so you can keep it casual or dress it up with a belt and a polo. Classic walk short cut with tapered fit, quick-drying, breathable fabric with 4-way stretch and 6 pockets with satin-feel internal pocket bags. Available in Regular and Above-Knee lengths.

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Chester Wallet
$17.50
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Sturdy and reliable, this slim card and cash wallet will carry your everyday essentials. Made with upcycled genuine leather.

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Battery Daddy
$19.99; BatteryDaddy.com
Battery Daddy 180 battery organizer and storage case with tester. The better way to store and organize batteries. No more endlessly searching through cluttered junk drawers. 

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WELLY 12 oz. Camp Cup 
$30; WellyBottle.com
Features triple-walled, copper vacuum insulation and a tapered bottom to fit cup holders from car to campsite. The press-in, leak-resistant Tritan slide cap makes the mug instantly travel-worthy.

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Warming Aromatherapy Slippers
$25–$61; Pantuss.net

For the most comfortable end to a busy day at work or at home, try Pantuss aromatherapy, warming slippers. To reach ultimate desired comfort, you take out the insoles and heat them in the microwave. The dried lavender flowers and flax seeds create a calming, relaxing aroma and when you insert them back into your Pantuss slippers and slide your feet in, that is when you reach the pinnacle of relaxation.

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GO-FIND 11 Metal Detector
$99; BassPro.com
This lightweight detector makes it easy to find relics, coins, and other buried goodies like an experienced pro in no time. Portable and easy to transport, it collapses and folds up to fit into luggage or backpack. The GO-FIND 11's easy-to-use LCD display features large intuitive icons to convey battery life, signal strength, and 4 find icons that flash to let you know what the detector has found. 

 

 

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Solos Smart Sunglasses
$299; SolosGlasses.com
Experience the all-in-one convenience of having your audio, connectivity and fitness goals built right into your sunglasses. Solos smartglasses provide a 2-in-1 solution to sunglasses and headphones, combined. With music, phone, and voice assistance built right in, simply grab one device and you’re ready to go. Also available: Argon 1, Blue Light Blocking Smart Glasses.

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Nobis Admiral Jacket
$425; https://us.nobis.com
This premium cotton/nylon fabrication is designed to keep you dry inside and out. The sporty chest pockets with leather piping detail it sure to be a hit with any dad on Father’s Day!

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Beverage Life Vest
$13.95; PuffinDrinkWear.com
If you can’t keep a close eye on your cans that can’t swim; the double-insulated life vest has got you covered. Never lose a can to lakes, rivers, or oceans again.

Looking for more ideas? Read our article "119 Dad-Approved Gifts for Father's Day."

Updated: November 2022

Gift Ideas for Moms

Holiday Gift Ideas for Moms

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Moms! Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas.

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Mulberry Park Silk Pillowcase
$55; Mulberryparksilks.com
This 100% pure 22 momme silk pillowcase is an absolute must for anyone in search of a beautiful night's sleep. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is like having an overnight beauty treatment.

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PureRadiance Luxury Heated Throw Blanket 
$89.99;
 PureEnrichment.com
This large throw blanket is perfect to use throughout your home, on beds, couches, reading chairs and anywhere you want to be surrounded by warmth. Easily adjust between six therapeutic heat settings using the sleek detachable LED controller to drift off into peaceful relaxation and comfort.

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Disco Country Club Happy Hour Pickleball Set
$115; DiscoCountryClub.com

Perfect for players who are new to the game or regular players, DCC paddles are made with carbon fiber and crafted with a honeycomb core for ultimate control and durability. The styles are inspired by 70s recreation and perfect to take from court to cocktails. Includes two carbon fiber paddles, carry case, set of three balls with travel tote.

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Georgie & Lou Pickleball Bag
Starting at $136; Georgieandlou.com

Made specifically for pickleball, they are not only a pretty, roomy bag to hold all of your gear, they can go from court to street, so it's a two in one. Each couture bag has all the comfort and durability needed to pack everything all in one place including designated interior pockets that hold three pickleballs and keep water cool and shaded during court time and an exclusive “carabiner system” that keeps your bag lifted off the ground, secure and away from germs. 

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Aminnah 24K Golden Jelly Face Mask 
$25; Aminnah.com

Jelly face masks are deeply nourishing and lock in moisture to help your skin become smoother, softer, and suppler. It also helps with cooling, toning and reducing inflammation. Made with natural ingredients like aloe vera, rose extract, strawberry extract, and vitamin E and 24k gold flakes. 

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Tea Runners
$25; Shop.TeaRunners.com

Enjoy loose leaf teas, along with tasting notes and brewing instructions. Within those boxes, you can customize your subscription even further, really delving into exactly the taste and variety you’d like. If you’re not looking for a commitment, you also have the ability to shop individual teas, choosing from rare and award-winning brands, which is of utmost importance to those that truly love to brew and steep. 

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Kari Gran Hydrating Duo
$91; KariGran.com
An amazing pair of daily moisturizing products: Essential Serum  (30 ml) and Essential Hydrating Tonic (100 ml). Available with lavender or rose tonic. You can use each product on its own or blend to create a custom moisturizer for day or night use.  

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Lash/Brow Growth Serum
$79.99; Factorfiveskin.com
Get fuller, thicker lashes and brows in as little as 4–6 weeks. This advanced formulation combines skin-loving growth factors with other hair-boosting ingredients like panthenol, biotin, and ocimum basillcum hairy root extract to help strengthen, thicken and condition hair.

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Women’s LITE Base Layer Top
$34.99; HeatHolders.com

Heat Holders Women's LITE Base Layer Tops are a medium weight thermal base layer ideal for very cold days. Matching Bottoms also available.

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Loumi Skincare Rose Glow Face Oil
$21; LoumiSkincare.com

This nourishing and illuminating oil contains earthy botanicals that help repair damaged skin while also protecting you from future damage. A natural face oil to help even out your skin tone, this crowd-favorite leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and smelling divine.

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Pediped Blanket
$79; 
PediPocketBlanket.com 
Take relaxation to the next level with PediPocket's NEW LUX line. Imagine cuddling up in Sherpa softness. These plush blankets measure nearly 6ft in length, have a spacious foot pocket to keep your toes nice and toasty and are double-lined with faux Sherpa.

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Clear Gel Cleanse by Fleuri
$35; Amazon.com
Gently removes makeup and dirt from pores. Contains natural plant extracts that replenish the skin while removing dirt, resulting in plump and soft skin. As this gentle cleanser is designed to cause less damage to the skin, it can be used safely on sensitive skin.

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Florian Porcelain Dinnerware Set
$119; www.stonelain.co/products/florian-porcelain-dinnerware-sets-white
You’ll love the way these dishes beautify a table and enhance every culinary experience, one plate, one bowl, one dish at a time. Their plates and bowls come in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes as they are all about offering high-quality tableware that’s also highly-affordable. 

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Talia Sari Jewelry
Prices vary; TaliaSari.com

Starting with a simple and user-friendly website, you can select any place in the world and with a few clicks come up with your preliminary design. Once you’ve chosen the area with that special connection, you can shift and move the map, add an enamel heart or a pearl marker to mark a specific place and more. Your options range from a necklace, ring, earrings, or even a brooch.

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Laguna Prism Cellphone Crossbody
$49; Vaanandco.com
Secure your smartphone, cards and cash in sleek, lightweight style with this upcycled leather crossbody wallet featuring thoughtfully arranged pockets and slots.

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OnePlus 10T Phone
From $649; OnePlus.com
A day's power in 10 minutes and double the battery lifespan. The fastest Snapdragon mobile platform delivers ultimate performance at your fingertips through 10% higher CPU and x4 Faster AI Speed. With up to 120Hz adaptive frame rate plus always-on HDR10+ and 10-bit colour for superior brightness and colour accuracy. Run up to 30 apps smoothly in the background. Plus HyperBoost Gaming Engine with GPA Frame Stabilizer and GLC (GPU Load Control) for the most compelling gaming experience. 

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Legacy Vintage Hooded Tee 
$46; BeGoodToPeople.com
You will want to live in this super-soft, comfy hooded long sleeve tee. The Triblend fabric is moisture wicking so it’s great for the gym, yoga studio, running errands or Spreading the Good like you do (we know you do!). Looks good on men or women, including teens. This forever tee features our Legacy logo on the front, and a little BGTP on the back for kind of a vintage-y lived-in look.

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Wacom One
$399.95; https://estore.wacom.com/en-US/wacom-one-dtc133w0a.html
Wacom One is a digital pen display for all creative uses – a seamless experience whether at home, work or play. Sketch, paint, edit photos and videos, sign documents digitally, view a phone app on a bigger screen, or quickly take notes – the 13.3" screen is ready to go and comes with creative software to get you started. Everyone from creative beginners to digital natives will appreciate the simple way in which Wacom One can be used as an extension of Mac, Windows PC and Android smartphones for drawing, image/video editing, or office productivity applications. 

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Chums Fjord Bottle Sling
$19.99; Chums.com
Designed for hauling hydration with you on every adventure. A detachable, adjustable strap can be worn over the shoulder or around the waist, and MOLLE webbing allows for hassle-free attachment to bags, backpacks, and wading belts. The Fjord features reinforced elastic construction that fits most standard bottle sizes and a mesh base for easy drying.

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Bartesian
$369; Bartesian.com
A premium cocktail on demand product that allows you to bring the bar home with the push of a button. Each Bartesian capsule is filled with the exact fresh ingredients needed to make a high-quality cocktail, which are then automatically mixed with your choice of spirit (not provided). You no longer require all the individual ingredients, knowledge, time and mess to craft your own premium, mixologist-approved drinks.

 

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Custom Sprkl Phone Case
$70; TheSprklShop.com
Fully customize your very own phone case. All are handmade with love from Brooklyn to make your day sparkle and feel brighter. Rainbows, smiley faces, sparkles, and glitter round out the offerings. Add a little flair to your everyday items.  From pet tags to phone cases, you can’t help but smile when seeing this collection.

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Kaenon’s Essentials Sunglasses
$100; Kaenon.com
Kaenon’s frames are made using TR-90 for a lightweight, barely there feel. Its SR-91 lenses are all polarized,  rival glass in clarity, are featherlight, and more impact and scratch resistant than polycarbonate lenses. Frames and lenses range from the basic black and grey, to on-trend champagne frames, and bold pacific current, colored frames or reflective lenses.

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ATRAC Phone Pouch
$40; AtracUSA.com
A simple essential for just about everything you could ever need to carry; phone, keys, ID, credit cards, passport and cash. Crafted from beautiful black vegan leather material.  No matter where you are headed, this beautiful, sleek phone holder is great for traveling.

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The Women of Pearl Island Sweet Reads Book Box
$40; us.sweetreadsbox.com
Sweet Reads Box is for book lovers, by book lovers. Sweet Reads Box is your chance to relax and enjoy a great read, a decadent sweet, and a carefully curated item that ties to your novel. This box features Polly Crosby's The Women of Pearl Island, a novel about an island, a family, and the secrets that live there. The box also includes milk hot chocolate, mulling spice for cider or wine, old-fashioned raspberry candy tube and much more.

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Drew Epic Neoprene Crossbody 
$52; HauteShore.com

A bag that takes you from day to night in style. The compact design has smart features like a front hidden pocket and a lined interior with an additional zipper pocket giving extra room where you need it. There are so many ways to wear this bag with the standard adjustable crossbody strap.

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Arya Knot Skirt
$164; ConstantSol.com
A high rise, midi length knot-front skirt with an elastic waistband and front modesty skirt for consistent sun protection.  

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Ayla Vac-Ayla & Co. Vacuum
$60; 
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Ayla Vacuum is trendy and efficient new way to clean at home, work, or traveling. It’s a daily lifesaver designed by parents to make life easier. It takes the mess, and the chaos, out of everyday events for a quick cleanup wherever it happens.

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Mickey Mouse Homestead Tidbit Plate Set
$49.99; ShopDisney.com

Meal times are always more enjoyable in the company of Mickey so serve up a smile every time with this set of tidbit plates. Each of the four ceramic plates features a different design with a distinctly folk art style incorporating Mickey icons.

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Succulent Shea Butter Soap
$8.99; EvxoCosmetics.com
These succulent soaps are made with all-natural ingredients and are the perfect gift for any succulent or plant lover. They also make a wonderful decorative piece for any bathroom or kitchen.

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UpNature Essential Oil Diffuser
$24.99; Amazon.com
Spring is in the “air”…literally…with this cool mist ultrasonic diffuser that provides up to 12 hours of continues aroma, an auto shut off and a selection of 7 LED light colors from which to choose.

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The OnePlus Buds Z2
$99; OnePlus.com

These earbuds offer high quality audio – including 40dB active noise cancellation (ANC), up to 38 hours of battery life, OnePlus’ Warp Charge technology (just 10 minutes of charge will give 5 hours of playtime), and ultra-low latency.

Updated: November 2022

STEM Toys and Games

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Educational games and toys that support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are all the rage. Check out some of this year's great products that support STEM learning at home.

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NASA Air Rocket Launcher Kit 
$99.99; 14+
Amazon.com
Takes outdoor fun to amazing heights of up to 250 feet using only compressed air. Just set up the platform and launch tube, place your rocket at the top, add air to the tank with your pump, and watch it blast off. The onboard tilt sensor ensures the rocket won't launch in an unwanted direction, and the wireless launch remote lets you send your rocket flying from a safe distance.

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Power Up 4.0 paper Airplane Kit
$99; 14+
PowerUpToys.com

Inspired by the fighter jets’ stealth, aerodynamic performance, maneuverability, and advanced mission systems thanks to the PowerUp 4.0 smartphone enabled airplane motor this kit allows aeronautics professionals and amateurs alike to have a blast flying this smartphone-controlled foam airplane. 

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Ultra Bionic Blaster
$39.95; 10+
ThamesandKosmos.com
Construct an air-powered robotic glove that launches safe foam darts. Learn about pneumatics and many cool mechanisms as you assemble the blaster from over 100 pieces. 

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The Thunderbolt JetX2 by Sharper Image
$54.99; 14+
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Perform stunts and tricks easily including 360° barrel rolls. Gryo stabilization and auto-orientation flight control help keep the plane steady. Landing wheels and the assisted landing feature ensure a soft landing. Built-in LED lights allow you to see the drone while flying at night.

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CMY Cubes
$29.95; CMYCubes.com

CMY Cubes use primary colours Cyan, Magenta & Yellow (CMY) and are created to help view life & light through a different lens. A truly unique and interactive toy, the CMY Cubes will keep children and adults engaged and entertained for hours. This fascinating cube appears to create an ever-changing spectrum of colour, providing you with endless enjoyment. Each face of the translucent cube is coated in electromagnetically subtractive materials which at first, appear as cyan, magenta, or yellow. With a twist and turn of the geometry, these seemingly primary colours magically transform into an array of colours.

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GeoMag E-Motion Build Your Own Spinner
$37; GeoMagWorld.com
Allows children to create the biggest spinner from Geomag, with 32 pieces this spinner really means business. Fully compatible with all other E-motion sets, it is ideal to learn and play in an exciting and speedy way.

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Robotics: Smart Machines - Sidekick
$69.95; ThamesandKosmos.com
This kit gives kids a simple, fun, and customizable introduction to robotics. Choose between the four-wheeled rover or the two-wheeled robot Sidekick, and get programming. As soon as your Sidekick is assembled, you can begin programming its movements directly on a built-in keypad. You control your Sidekick’s movements, sounds, and even facial expressions. A full-color, 36-page step-by step illustrated manual helps kids assemble both of the models and use all of the functions of the app — all while teaching them about robotics in the real world. 

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Intro to Gears 
$39.95; ThamesandKosmos.com
This introductory mechanical engineering kit features 61 durable, reusable, easy-to-handle pieces, ensuring long lasting fun and exploration. With many big and small gears, kids can learn about gear ratios, gear trains, transmissions, power, and torque. The full-color, step-by step manual explains to parents and adult supervisors how to build the models and how information can be presented to kids.

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Andy: The Code & Play Robot 
$49.95; ThamesandKosmos.com
You program the robot by pressing big, intuitive buttons on the top of its head — no app or tablet required. You can control Andy’s movements directly by pressing the arrow keys, or press the Go button to enter a sequence of up to 30 movements. Andy lights up and has two displacement modes, meaning it can travel different distances depending on which mode it is in. Andy can even play music and dance.

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Magformers STEM Master Builder 24 Piece Set
$39.99; GeoMagWorld.com
STEM Master Builder with 9 different shapes. Learn Math (nets, surface area). Follow the step-by-step instructions and develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and problem-solving ability. Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and STEM education.

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Robotics: Smart Machines 5-in-1 Buildable Drone with HD Camera
$199.95; ThamesandKosmos.com
Build a high-tech, flying camera drone and four other camera-enabled robotic models. Control your robots using the remote-control interface in the included app, which you can install on your tablet or smartphone, or write programs for your drone using an easy, visual programming language in the app. The onboard HD camera lets you capture photos and video from the moving robots.

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Code+Control: Robo Dozr
$59.95; ThamesandKosmos.com
Build a powerful robotic bulldozer and sleek handheld wireless controller. Then use the controller to command your robot to move around in all directions, play sounds, and light up its cab roof lights. The special Code+Control wireless unit enables you to either directly control your Robo Dozr in real time, or write and save sequences of commands for the robot to perform at the push of a button. 

Updated: November 2022

Craft Kits & Activities

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Craft Kist & Activities! Here are our favorite craft kits and activites to stimulate creativity and relieve boredom.

5 in 1 Activity Tower

5-in-1 Activity Tower
$29.99; 8+
MakeItReal.com
Each storage tray houses a unique activity; Heishi Craze, Just Bead It, It’s Elastic!, Friends Forever and Link Em’ Up! The trays can be removed to take on the go or used beside the tower for easy use and storage.

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Tattoo a Frenchie Ceramic Bank
$19.99; 8+
https://brightstripes.co
Customize a French sailor dog ceramic bank. Just apply water-decal tattoos & draw gold designs with the ceramic marker.

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Paint & Wear Enamel Pin Kit
$19.99; 8+
BreyerHorses.com
This DIY horse-themed set comes with all you need to make 12 colorful pins to wear & share. It's the perfect set for the fashionista trend setters who want to add some sparkle to their backpacks, jackets, or hats.

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Wood & Resin Charm Jewelry
$24.99; 14+
https://brightstripes.co
Create 20 resin charms with real dried flowers, laser-etched wood pieces, and sparkling glitter. Unbelievably beautiful pendants and charms are easy to achieve, with precious preserved flowers and glittery color. Use the cord and jewelry findings to create bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that you will be proud to show off.

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Flower Power DIY Soaps
$24.99; 8+

https://brightstripes.co
Create 6 crystaline soaps with real dried flowers. Add color and scent to create stunning,  jewel-like soaps. 

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Crochet Book 
$24.99; 8+
Amazon.com
Everything needed to crochet a dozen projects featuring characters from the beloved PBS series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This kit includes an 88-page paperback book with step-by-step instructions and photos for each project, as well as all the materials needed to make Mister Rogers, a bonus sweater, and a finger puppet of Daniel Striped Tiger. 

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Paint by Number Moonlit Unicorn
$19.99; 8+

https://brightstripes.co
Classic paint by numbers, with stunning artwork. Beautiful artwork features a Unicorn in a nighttime forest. 

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Squeegee Art
$29.99; 8+
https://brightstripes.co
Kids of all skill levels can experiment with techniques and create bold, unique artwork using the hi-flow neon paints that glide, blend and pop off the page. Peel-away stickers allow young artists to mask off areas of the page for cool resist effects, and lots of punch-out shapes allow for easy paper-craft projects. 

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Less-Mess Painting Activity Kit
$24.99; 4+
Crayola.com
Five different less-mess painting activities: stamping, stenciling, texture art, silhouette art and resist art. These paints won't drip or spill, work with any paper and are washable from skin and fabric.  

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National Geographic Light-up Terrarium Dinosaur Habitat
$29.99; 6+
Target.com
An immersive activity for kids that allows them to create an incredible prehistoric world. Kids will start by spreading a foundation of pebbles, then they’ll add the included peat pellets, so their chia and ryegrass seeds have a suitable place to grow. They’ll be able to customize their miniature world with two decorative dinosaur figures, a real gastropod fossil, and more. As the grass grows kids will marvel at the changing display inside, and with the learning guide, they’ll have access to tons of fascinating facts about dinosaurs and the science of plant growth.

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Candy Vending Machine
$39.95; 8+ 
ThamesandKosmos.com
With this engineering kit, you can build and experiment with your own toy vending machine. 

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Glow Fusion Marker Coloring Sets
$14.99; 8+
Crayola.com
Create masterpieces when the lights go out, the markers and paper glow for up to four hours. 

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Creatibles Deluxe Air Dry Clay Kit
$20.99; 5+
Ooly.com
There’s no kiln needed with this collection of air-dry clays. Model, shape, build, and create with this pliable clay and shaping tools, then simply set it out to dry. Once it’s hard, you can decorate further with paints or markers. The kit contains 24 mixable colors.

Published: November 2022

Home Products

Home & Garden Products

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Home & Garden Products. Looking for ways to make your home more organized or maybe you just want to check out some great new products? We asked local families to review several home products and these are their favorites.

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Colsen Fire Pit
$74.96+; ColsenFirePits.com
Enjoy a real fire and leave the smoke and clean up behind. The eco-friendly fire pits are easy to light and extinguish. Simply use rubbing alcohol to get that fire going. Made from temperature-resistant concrete for an enhanced, safe, smokeless, and odor-free experience. The modern, portable designs go with today’s decor and offer an easy way to stage an inviting atmosphere for quiet moments alone or while celebrating with loved ones. 

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Packable Hammock from Coalatree
$59; Coalatree.com
Enjoy the outdoors wherever you go with this handy hammock. The lightweight, packable hammocks from Coalatree are perfect for anywhere you may venture, be it backpacking through the deep woods or a glamping trip with the gals. It packs into itself so you're always ready for adventure. Two ropes are included with carabiners making it easy to secure your hammock anywhere.

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SMiLE Soft LED Night Lanterns
$14.50; 
SpiceofLifeUSA.com
Whether you’re camping out under the stars, hiding-out in a pillow fort, sleeping away at camp, visiting relatives, or the power is out the SMiLE LED Lantern is a cheerful light source. Perfect for to keep at home for emergencies or the car or camper. The camouflage lanterns have child-safe phosphorescent body (recharges in any light-glow-in the-dark) when LED mode is off. 

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VFAN Jr. Vintage Air Circulator
$69.99; Vornado.com
Its metal construction and authentic styling recreates our classic design for look and function to blend perfectly in smaller rooms and delivers unparalleled whole room air circulation with their signature Vortex Action.  Features include 2 speed settings, a full action pivot head for multi-directional airflow. Style. Class. Performance. 

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Azuna Fresh
Prices vary; AzunaFresh.com

Azuna Fresh is a must for places where your pets stay/sleep, for the nursery, play rooms or juat about anywhere baby and mom would be. These containers can go in any boat, car, truck,  gym bag, office or more. Keep your small rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, gym bags and more mold free and odor free the natural way

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Dosaze Contoured Orthopedic Pilliow
$199.99; Dosaze.com
Utilizes an innovative contoured design crafted by in-house ergonomists and a proprietary high-density memory foam to keep your neck and back aligned while also offering superior comfort and support. The result — pain free, restful sleep that will have you waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day.

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Cosy House Down Alternative Comforter
$59.99; CosyHouseCollection.com
This ultra luxurious comforter with hypoallergenic down alternative fill is the perfect bedroom upgrade for the best sleep possible. Comfortable with all season ultra-plush and premium microfiber filling that feels cozy and breathable every night. Mid-weight, box stitched comforter filled with ultra-soft, hypoallergenic material that does not shift or clump, ensuring a restful sleeping experience all night. Works as a duvet cover insert, or stand-alone with premium stitching and design. 

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Basket Bundle
$91; Brandless.com
Stash stuff in soft, responsibly sourced baskets with handles. Bring organization & beautiful, sustainable decorator energy with our durable woven baskets. They’re sturdy and hold loads of things you love + they’re crafted by artisans who have quality and the planet in mind. 

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PURGGO Car Air Eco-Purifier & Freshener
$22.99; Amazon.com
Freshen up your ride with the minimalistic and all-natural PURGGO car air eco-purifier and freshener. It's made with pure and sustainable natural bamboo charcoal, which absorbs and eliminates odor instead of masking it. Fragrance- & allergen-free, the PURGGO is all-natural, non-toxic, and 100% asthma and allergy friendly. 

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HappyLight Duo 2-in-1 Light Therapy & Task Desk Lamp
$79.99; Verilux.com
This 2-in-1 desk lamp is a great addition to any home by safely bringing daylight indoors by emitting a bright white light that mimics sunlight. This customizable lighting solution is perfect for readers, artists, hobbyists, crafters, and anyone seeking a powerful lamp with adjustable light. This lamp offers true color rendering to illuminate the details and easy-to-use controls that allow you to change both color temperature and light intensity.

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Honeydew Sheets
$179.99; honeydewsleep.com

Tuck yourself into bliss with these incredibly soft and breathable organic bamboo sheets. Their cool-to-the-touch feel is perfect for those hot Summer nights.

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The Scrumptious Side Sleeper Pillow
$99; honeydewsleep.com
The ultimate pillow for side sleepers with the perfect shoulder cutout to help keep your neck and spine aligned, and an adjustable loft for a custom fit.

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InPOWERED Lights 
$49.99+; InPoweredLights.com

These stylish, everyday lamps will switch on automatically when the power goes out. Plus you never have to worry about where to charge your dying devices because these lamps charge phones and tablets with no electricity. IPL donates a portion of all profits to programs committed to helping women entrepreneurs.

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Neato D10 and D9 Vacuums
$699–$799; NeatoRobotics.com
Neato D10 is designed for large homes with the ultra-performance for the ultimate clean with 60% better dust pickup and Neato D9 is flexible and adaptable for no-compromises cleaning in medium-sized homes with 40% better dust pickup. Both products feature Neato’s signature D-shaped design and LaserSmart technology that allow them to get into corners like no round robot can and clean in the dark without compromising the user’s privacy and security. 

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Brandless Cleaning Essentials
Brandless.com
From glass to tub and tile, multi-surface, granite & stone and even laundry detergent packs, Brandless offers an entire range of home cleaning essentials in delightful, refreshing scents. Non-toxic, cruelty-free and dye free, Brandless makes you feel safe, while bettering your home.  

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Royal Therapy Weighted Twin Blanket
$64.99-$74.99; RoyalTherapySleep.com
This weighted blanket is designed to hug you back at night, closely mimicking how a parent cradles their child while they sleep. The tranquility weighted blanket contains high-density eco-friendly glass beads. These glass beads in our heavy blanket are extremely durable, odorless, non-toxic, food grade, washer/dryer safe, and pet and kid friendly making it perfectly suited for a king size blanket or a weighted blanket for kids.

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Baby Fire Pit
$94.99; BabyFirePits.com

Measuring in at only 10 inches tall, these are the perfect size for coffee tables or apartment patios. They are designed to be used with an odorless, smokeless, and nontoxic gel fuel for mess-free and hassle-free enjoyment.

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Oscillating Tower Fan 001 with Large LED Display
$85.99; Taotronics.com
Equipped with 3 powerful modes (Normal, Natural, Sleep) and 3 fan speeds (High, Medium, Low), offering 9 different air flow settings to meet your multiple cooling needs in sweltering summer. Perfect 65°oscillating cooling fan is your air conditioner’s BFF distributing air with a velocity of 20ft/s to increase air flow and circulation for quick cooling that saves energy. This quiet, real space saving standing fan can be placed anywhere with utmost ease.

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Thai Kitchen and Garden Shears
$38; VerveCulture.com
These Thai kitchen and garden shears are sharp enough for everything from gardening to kitchen prep, with stainless steel blades and Pradu wood handles. Each one is packaged in a printed cloth drawstring bag and ideal for home gardeners and chefs.

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Dirty Little Digger
$24.95; ShopDePalma.com
The Dirty Little Digger has sharp, serrated edges for easy cutting of roots and vines. Because of the pointed tip, it makes it easy to break up tough dirt, rocky soil and clay. It can also easily be used to makes trenches and furrows for planting seeds. The silicone, easy grip handle provides comfort and a firm grip while working with the tool. The spoon shape is also etched with measurements of 1″ – 4″ for correct planting depth of seeds and bulbs.

Updated: September 2022

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