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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 2021 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: October 2021

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Back to School Clothes

Valentine's Day Products

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Valentine's Day Products!  The perfect gift for that special someone in your life!

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Alphabet Love
$7.99; WorthyKids.com
Tell little ones just how much you love them with this heart-shaped board book that introduces children to the alphabet and celebrates everyday moments of love that toddlers share with their loved ones throughout the day, from blowing bubbles, to exploring outside, to reading a book before bed. With cheerful, rhyming text and bright, playful illustrations, Alphabet Love makes it easy and fun to learn the ABCs.

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Ice Cream My Love for You on Valentine’s Day
$79.99; 
ecreamery.com
eCreamery Ice Cream offers the "sweetest" ways to wish those you love an incredibly Happy Valentine's Day. These delicious gifts of true ice cream artistry – custom-churned and hand packed in small, mouthwatering batches -- are sure to delight. It’s the perfect gift to be shared and enjoyed for the ultimate ice cream experience. 

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Men’s Jogger Set in Ruby
$85; KyteBaby.com
Take your loungewear game to the next level with this jogger pajama set. Designed for comfort, this bamboo set includes a long sleeve crew and jogger-style pants.

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Klasse14 Okto Rainbow White Mesh Watch
$260; Klasse14.com
Crafted for versatile wear and impeccable timekeeping, Klasse14 brings a fresh approach to one of the oldest accessories we know. As the first and the most iconic design from Klasse14, Volare combines a flying eagle inspired dial and a convex-shaped dial that hugs the hands, setting itself apart from anything around with its minimal yet bold manner. It is also by far the most versatile watch model with hundreds of variations, echoing with the meaning of Volare “flight” in Italian.

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I Love You Tube
$7.99; PlusPlusUSA.com
 
Kids will learn to create in 2D or 3D, encouraging open-ended, creative play. It’s a perfect STEM toy to develop fine motor skills, focus and patience.

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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.

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Connect It Magnetic 2-Piece BBQ Tool Set 
$49.99; Amazon.com
An elegant design made from high-quality stainless steel. The magnetic handles of the spatula and fork connect. The two pieces connect for four uses and then can be arranged for slim storage. Use individually as a spatula and fork or together for tongs and as a server. Can even hang from your stainless steel BBQ, metal smoker, or ceramic grill side shelf.

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Sag Harbour Candle
$47; https://shopnume.com/products/sag-harbour-candle
That special person on your list will be delighted to breathe in the fresh ocean breeze with Moods by NuMe's luxury Sag Harbour Candle or the seductive and mysterious combination of smokey black tea, bergamot, and amber musk of the Fifth Avenue candle. 

 

 

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Snug Up Doll Luisa
$17.99; HabaUSA.com 
Luisa is an adorable little soft bodied doll just waiting to come home and cuddle with her new doll parents. Nothing makes you happier than a great hug. For ages 0+. 

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Bare Necessities Wear Ever Retro Sweatshirt & Slim Jogger Set
$60; BareNecessities.com
Feel stylish when you lounge in this comfy floating hearts jogger set. No-dig drawstring elastic waistband and convenient side pockets.

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Glitter Galaxy Snow Tube
$34.98; PoolCandy.net
SnowCandy is a fantastic line of whimsical snow tubes for outdoor winter adventures. Easy to inflate and deflate, these super sturdy inflatables were crafted for serious snowy shenanigans. This tube uses RealPrint technology. This pink glitter filled snow tube uses the deep space super region photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. This image is a wavelengths composite of images from the Hubble Telescope, featuring an HII region emission nebula. The image also shows numerous galaxies, each averaging approximately 100 million stars. 

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Let’s Circle Back Raw Hem Short and Oversized Crew
$48–$56; lulusimonstudio.com
The perfect set for working from home-maximum comfort yet cute enough for your boss to think you did in fact get dressed in the morning.

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Love Bug Mini Valentine’s Day Set
$19; Slumberkins.com
A fuzzy body, friendly grin, and soft wings encourage imaginative play. Love Bug Mini is the perfect friend to share with the little love bug in your life. Comes with a set of 12 Love Bugs Valentine’s Day cards.

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Mono B Primrose Cardigan
$45; MyMonoB.com
This chic longline hoodie cardigan features an open front and wide cuffed sleeves, and is perfect for outings. Use the pockets to hold your personal items.

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I Love You Beary Much: A Little Book fo Happiness
$10.99; Amazon.com
Share your love of love and friendship with this adorable, full-color book. Filled with inspirational quotes, advice, lessons and kawaii illustrations that will lift anyone's spirit and make them smile.

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Lavley Mermaid Socks
$11.95; Lavley.com
If you feel like you can relate to the goddess of the sea then these socks are a mermaid for you. The socks feature an illustration of a beautiful mermaid surrounded by cute ocean animals in lovely pink, purple and teal tones. The side of the socks features a sassy saying: "I'm The Real Flippin' Deal".

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Maisie Seamed Hoodie-Shadow Horizon
$98; eticadenim.com
An updated sweatshirt body with subtle raglan seaming and a classic drawcord hood. Inspired by crashing waves, the shadow horizon treatment was created using natural mineral dyes.

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Pirani Party Tumbler 
$24.95; Pirani.life

16 oz. stainless steel, triple-insulated, keeping drinks cold 12+ hours and hot up to 6. Bring this reusable party cup to your favorite game, tailgating outside a concert, into your college dorm, on your back deck, or wherever you choose to party. From tumblers to accessories, the brand designs durable eco-solutions to help reduce single-use plastic.

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CUPID Toddler Shirt
$20; SpunkyStork.com
This Stealing Hearts like Cupid toddler shirt (or baby bodysuit) make the cutest unisex statement for Valentine's Day.  

Published: January 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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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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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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PATH Water
www.drinkpath.com
If you are looking to update your drinking water game, make sure to seek out PATH Water, the aluminum, refillable, reusable eco-friendly solution to ending single use plastic water bottles. Available in three thirst quenching options: Still - pure reverse osmosis filtered water; Sparkling - delicately carbonated with added electrolytes; Alkaline - pH of 9.5+ with specialty electrolytes.

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LEILO Sparkling Calming Water
www.Leilo.com
Calm in a can. Leilo’s story starts on the south coast of Fiji, where locals have been cultivating and enjoying kava for generations. Inspired by the island lifestyle, our founder, Sol, started Leilo with a simple goal in mind: to counterbalance the caffeinated, “work hard, play hard” culture of our time.

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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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Stealth
$99; TryStealth.com
Ready for an innovative way to work 29 muscle groups from the comfort of your home… while playing video games? Check out Stealth -- an amazing fitness tool that turns your body into a game control while you plank. Yes - you get to play video games AND work out at the same time.

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Incredi-Belt
$29.95; Cabeau.com
Incredi-belt is a dynamic, inflatable lumbar support that adjusts to fit you and moves with you throughout the day. Its lightweight design wraps around your waist to fill the gap between your back and the chair, preserving the spine’s natural “S” curve for sigh-inducing pain relief. It’s so comfortable, many people forget they’re wearing it.

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MyFAK First Aid Kit
$120; MyMedic.com
The best first-aid kit on the planet. Equipped with life saving supplies, so you feel prepared, protected, and confident. Expert-picked supplies for: bleeding, airway, burns, hydration, meds, sprain & fractures, outdoors, topical items. Over 100 quality first-aid and trauma supplies. Tear away pouch can be used as mini first-aid kit.

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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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Zinger Backpack Pannier
$50; PoCampo.com
Securely fastens to a bicycle rear rack with a unique, secure hook-and-loop attachment system. Kids can easily remove the pack and transition to a backpack using the stowed away shoulder straps. Includes one main zippered compartment for belongings and a padded interior pocket that fits a Chromebook, books or clothing. Two stretchy mesh side pockets are perfect for holding water bottles or snacks.

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ALLISON Set by Bellaria
$17-$94; BellariaOnline.com
Includes a form fitting compression racerback sports bra that keeps "assets" in place, without producing back fat and uncomfortable chafing. To complete the set, the Allison mid-rise leggings are made of high quality material that is moisture wicking and form fitting, cinching the waist with the tummy-control band that gives the curves without the bulge. 

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HidrateSpark STEEL: Smart Water Bottle
$59.95; HidrateSpark.com

Tracks your water intake, glows to remind you to drink, syncs via Bluetooth to our hydration app, Fitbit, and more. HidrateSpark calculates your daily water goals and will glow and send smart reminders to keep you hydrating throughout your morning and into the afternoon. Empowers users to live a better life through proper hydration and has saved over 55 million plastic water bottles. 

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Women's Apex Jacket
$98; Hylete.com
Warm up, cool down, or take on cold-weather workouts in a breathable jacket with style lines that flatter your figure. A full zip lets you choose how to layer the Apex Jacket for big adventures or everyday essential wear.

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Speedy Handlebar Bag
$35; PoCampo.com
Simple, adjustable and secure handlebar fasteners are designed to work with all handlebar styles and sizes for both kid’s bikes and scooters. One main zippered compartment keeps valuables safe, while a front stash pocket with a molded micro-grip closure keeps items secure without snagging on clothes like Velcro would. The back pocket stores attachment straps or the removable shoulder strap when not in use. 

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Zeno Gym Workout Bench V.2
$345; Zenogym.com
This home workout bench can be used for a variety of exercises from bench press to glute raises. Made with high-density foam, it provides a stable surface while the anti-slip layer on the base ensures the bench stays in position while you train. Perform over 50 exercises, including shoulder rows, butterfly presses, bench presses, glute raises, and step-ups.

 

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Blip Water Bottle Feed Bag
$20; PoCampo.com
The secure 3-Point attachment design provides ultimate versatility to strap the bag onto handlebars, top tube, down tube or whatever works for the kid’s bike or scooter. Two side pockets with stretchy see-through mesh are perfect for carrying snacks, toys, or other treasures found during adventure. 

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DUAL Shorts
$32-$33; NDOSociety.com

Made for comfort and performance, the DUAL Shorts will become a staple in your gym wardrobe. Its polyester and spandex construction enhances flexibility while maintaining its breathability and wicking moisture. The built-in compression shorts offer an additional layer of support and promotes circulation. 

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The Wrist Locker
$19.95; LockerLifestyle.com

Wrist Wallet fits your cash, keys, ID, phone, lip balm, and more. Keep your valuables safe and always close. We craft our bands with one vertical seam so you can use the entire pocket space to stash all of your essentials.

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Boost Oxygen
$7.99-$16.99; BoostOxygen.com

Boost Oxygen is 95% pure, Aviator’s Breathing Oxygen, in a portable, easy to use handheld canister. Helps you stay oxygenated and wards off shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Not only does it improve sleep and lift your mood, but it also increases mental alertness and stamina. Boost Oxygen is safe for all ages, and also supports altitude acclimation, migraines, and when dealing with poor air quality. 

 

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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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Body Massage Tools by RAD
$78; TheGrommet.com
This combination of the Helix roller and the Rod takes your body massaging up a notch. Insert the Rod into the center of the Helix to enhance your range of motion, letting you reach more of your back, shoulders, or any part of you that can use some relief. Use as much pressure as you like to ease tightness, work out knots, and help flush toxins out of your soft tissues.

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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

Outdoor Family Games

Outdoor Family Games and Toys

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Outdoor Family Games and Toys!  Get the family outside this summer with these fun and easy family games and toys.

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Galaxy Interactive Target Trainer 
$149.99; 8+
GalaxyStarsPro.com   
Galaxy Stars Pro is a real, live experience of playing soccer by shooting at the game’s targets. This interactive game allows players to compete in a physical immersive 3D experience. To be played indoor or outdoor, this home entertainment playing mat can be easily set up and removed anywhere. Unique scoreboards and large speakers give a real stadium feel, creating games that are fun for both kids and adults. 

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Flashback Scooter
$129; 8+
Razor.com
The Flashback Scooter is Razor’s homage to both the early days of BMX and the company’s Californian heritage. That retro-inspired, sporty influence pervades Flashback’s authentic design from start to finish. From the 12” mag wheels with air tires, hand-controlled brakes, to the extra-large deck, this scooter is the smooth ride you always dreamed of. 

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CastAway Fishing Game
$54.99; 3+
Castawaygame.com
Connect with friends and family with the backyard fishing game. Bring your own fishing poles and this kit is ready to play. Includes: oversized inflatable game-board, complete set of casting lure, tackle box, carrying case and a set of tent stakes to secure game-board.

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TOSY Flying Disk
$96; https://flyingduo.tosy.com
Friendly for all ages, including an adult game of Ultimate Frisbee

Water-resistant and made of high-quality, floatable materials. The light on the TOSY Flying Disc will automatically flash after 10 seconds if the disc is not thrown, which is the allotted time a player has in Ultimate. 

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Animal Friends Playground Balls
$29.99; 3+
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6 pack of adorable animal balls (features a sloth, lady bug, bee, cat, penguin, and owl). Perfect for indoor and outdoor games - gaga ball, dodge ball, kick ball, and any other school playground game you can think of.

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Roller Blades
$60.99; 
sizes kid medium 1-4 and kid large 5-8
XinoSports.com

Roller skates for boys and girls with wheels with flashing LED lights (no batteries required!). Stay-put wheel construction ensures a smooth, swift glide for for years to come.

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The Big Dig Orange Special Edition
$52.99; 3+
Target.com
It features two-handed controls for digging and dumping and the contoured seat and boom rotate 360-degrees on a sturdy, wide base. Kids can spend hours digging, moving and dumping sand in the backyard sandbox, and it’s great to bring along to the playground or beach too.

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Little Tikes T-Rex Truck
$99.99; 2+
LittleTikes.com
The large T-Rex has cool design and makes realistic roaring and chomping sounds that spark kids' imaginations while they ride. Kids love being behind the wheel, while adults love the durability and comfortable design. Easy to maneuver with its 360-degree spinning front wheels and durable tires that are designed for both indoor and outdoor play.  

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Hopping Cow
$29.99; 18 months+
Amazon.com
Elastic inflatable rubber covered with a thick layer of plush fabric, zero friction, protects your child's skin and safety during play.

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Incog Water Gun
$12; 6+
Team-magnus.com

In line with modern kids’ gadgetry styling it offers MI5 style stealth. It’s made to the highest standards of modern plastics production with a robust ABS casing around the easily recyclable PE water tank, integral to the gun handle. Ergonomically tested, with a max capacity of 1.2L of water and a reach of 10m, the Incog takes water fights to the next level.

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FOAMO Foam Machine
$179.99; 5+
LittleTikes.com
FOAMO comes with all that you need (just add water) to start making mountains of foam within minutes. The unique, non-toxic foam solution creates stacks of foam that leave little to no residue behind and wipe clean with a damp cloth. FOAMO is perfect for birthdays, holidays, or everyday play. And of course, the foam solution is hypoallergenic and biodegradable so kids of all ages can enjoy FOAMO worry-free. 

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Giant Kick Croquet
$29.99; 3+
Be4Adventure.com
Kids will have a ball with this fun, outdoor, GIANT kick croquet game! Kick Croquet combines the fun of running and kicking a ball with the extra added attraction of guiding it through a course of wickets. You can make the course as hard or easy as you wish just by the way you space the six wickets.

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Fubbles No-Spill Big Bubble Bucket
9.99; 18 months+
Amazon.com
Tip it upside down, knock it over..it’s no spill. This bubble bucket includes three wands for multiple children to play at once and an easy to grasp handle perfectly sized for little kid’s hands. Simply twist open the top and pour the solution into the bottom section of the bucket, twist on the top, and you are ready to play. 

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Wingball
$14.99; 8+
HogWildToys.com
A totally unique, soft foam tubular throwing toy that reaches speeds of up to 88 mph. Great for solo throwing or catch with others. Wingball’s annular wing construction lets air pass through its tube-shaped body, helping lift it upwards to achieve those super speeds and distances.

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Bug Hunter Set from Nature Bound
$35.95; 3+
ThinAirBrands.com
Watch out frogs, worms, insects, and creepy crawlers. Includes the powerful but gentle motorized vacuum with detachable nose cone and bug capsule, built-in magnifier and carabiner clip, critter habitat with carrying handle and a sliding lock. 

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Strider 12 Sport 
$129.99; 18 months+
StriderBikes.com
The 12 Sport is the perfect bike to take your child from baby steps to big strides, all without busting out a toolkit (tool-free seat and handlebar adjustment AND tires that never go flat). The Strider Sport has a seat height range from 28-48 cm, which means it fits a huge range of inseam lengths. The cushy, padded seat and an additional extra-long seatpost means your child will get years out of their Strider.

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Backyard Bouncer
$299.99; 3-8 years
RadioFlyer.com
Equipped with an extra-wide slide, this inflatable bounce house provides endless entertainment and encourages active imaginative play. Durable material is long-lasting and has an extra grippy surface to prevent slipping. It also features high mesh safety walls to keep kids safe while jumping and a rear door for easy entry and exit.

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Step2 Waterpark Arcade
$54.99; 3+
Step2.com
Bring exciting arcade-themed water play to your backyard. Little ones can practice fine motor skills as they squeeze the water blaster, shooting water at each target to activate the spinners and create a big splash. Hit the center bullseye to fill up the spill bucket below – whoever makes the bucket spill into the basin is the winner.

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CROSSNET
$149.99; 8+
CrossnetGame.com
An innovative twist on volleyball and a whole new way to stay entertained while getting exercise.

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Ultimum Kick Scooter
$129.99-$149.99; 5+
Globber.com
This 3-wheel scooter adjusts from childhood through adulthood. Equipped with a curved, 6-height adjustable T-bar and adjustable steering angle control system, the scooter is easily modified to suit the rider’s age, size and desirable speed. 

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The Yo Ring
$7.25; 6+
YoRing.com

All ages and all athletic abilities find this small disc irresistible to put down. Releases stress, encourages smiles and on occasion, amazement, at catching a small flying disc across the room onto your finger.

Published: May 2021

Father's Day Gift Ideas

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 Coastline Hoodie
$60; MckeePerformanceWear.com
A sleek design with a hidden kangaroo front pocket. Simple, but fashionable seams down the back arm and two-toned hoodie. It is heavy enough to keep you warm, but light enough to wear year-round. 

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Casio Vintage Watch
$54.95; Casio.com
    
This iconic digital-watch design — oblong shape, digital LCD, four buttons — pays homage to the F-100, which made its debut in 1978. New touches include the metallic-colored case and metal band. Available in three colors: stainless steel silver, gold and grey gun metal.

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EcoTank ET-2850 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer
$299.99; Epson.com

Provides everyone with the freedom to print in color without worrying about running out of ink. With high-capacity, easily refillable ink tanks for zero cartridge waste and productivity features including wireless, auto two-sided and voice-activated printing, print thousands of pages year-round for fun activities, business needs and more.

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Beverage Flannel
$13.95; PuffinDrinkWear.com
Designed with two layers of thermal insulation this is perfect for any can or bottle. The beverage flannel jacket keeps your drink's sweat off your hands, and your hand sweat off your drink while you work. Everybody wins.

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Tomtoc Laptop Sleeve
$36.99; Amazon.com
A specially-designed carry handle means you can transport your device comfortably and conveniently, while a ridge fitted inside the briefcase offers your device 360° protection from everything from zipper scratch to damage caused by knocks or accidental dropping. The innovative self-locking zippers have been adapted to ensure that when they are 'locked' in place, the briefcase will not accidentally open, offering increased levels of protection.

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WeightedWarmth Weighted Body Pad with Heat
$54.99; PureEnrichment.com
This deluxe weighted lap pad gives you the best of both worlds by combining the benefits of weighted pressure with therapeutic heat. The versatile design mimics the firm yet gentle pressure of a comforting hug while providing heated temporary relief to your lap, back, chest or shoulders. Help reduce stress and enhance relaxation in any setting with this travel-friendly pad. 

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TACTICA Camping Tool
$34.95; Amazon.com
Never worry about forgetting your matches again. Use it as a rope tensioner, tent peg puller and rope cutter without missing a beat. 

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OnePlus 9/OnePlus 9 Pro Phone
$599–$799; OnePlus.com
Studio-level photography on-the-go through its Hasselblad camera. Superior screen resolution that allows an immersive viewing experience for extra gaming, streaming and video call enjoyment. An ultra-fast and ultra-smooth display so that you can multitask across apps without worrying about the phone slowing down. Extra-fast wireless charging - the phone delivers a full day’s power in just 15 minutes.

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OnePlus Buds Pro Headphones
$149; OnePlus.com, Amazon.com
These true wireless, in-ear headphones deliver a symphony of powerful features for on-the-go studio-grade sound, including a balance of powerful sound with pure silence. Its hybrid active noise cancellation keeps you in control of your audio, allowing you to enjoy crystal-clear calls and a truly personal music listening experience.

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The New York Times Daily Crossword Page-A-Day Calendar
$15.99; Workman.com
You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you solve each puzzle—they’re easier on Mondays so you can work up to the harder puzzles. The array of themes keeps each day fresh, and if you get stuck, you’ll find the solution on the reverse of each page.

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Raptic Titan Air Portable Power Bank
$99.99; RapticStrong.com
Designed to provide long lasting power for all your devices when you need it, working, traveling, outdoors and even during emergencies. Titan Air is eco-friendly, silent and safe to use anywhere you might need power. With an AC outlet, one USB-C port and two USB-A ports you can charge multiple devices simultaneously. Equipped 91 watt-hours of capacity, making it allowed in airplane carry-on bags and convenient to travel with.

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Nightmare Before Christmas Mug
$17.99; Amazon.com
This coffee mug holds 20-ounces of your favorite beverage, and features the Pumpkin King Jack Skellington, the horrific Oogey Boogie, and the Boogie Boys Lock, Shock, and Barrel congregating on the iconic Spiral Hill under a full moon.

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A-3 Earin Wireless Earbuds
$199; Earin.com
With the A-3, Earin combines sleek, Scandinavian design with innovative audio and wireless connectivity features, all wrapped into the smallest earbud on the market. Other user-friendly features include the option for wireless and wired charging, an intuitive touch interface on the earbud to quickly answer calls or play music, and no designated “right” or “left” earbud making it easy to pull them out of the charging case and start using.

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Mens Jogger Set in Midnight
$85; KyteBaby.com

Kyte BABY has the softest baby and adult pajamas that are economically sourced out of bamboo. Bamboo is three degrees cooler than cotton, while also being hypoallergenic. The fabric itself also promotes the smart use of resources and sustainability.

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Triptech
$19.99; TripTechGear.com

This ground-breaking phone accessory is the perfect household necessity for while you're cooking, FaceTiming, working out, watching a video, and more. Triptech’s Flipside has a finger ring, built-in GPS mount for your vehicle, wide kickstand that actually holds up all phones, secondary kickstand for hard touch typing or scrolling, and it is snag free in or out of your pocket.

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De La Viuda Hot Sauce
$12.99; Amazon.com
The collection includes flavors: Original and Green Pepper. The Original flavor is crafted with chile de árbol peppers while the Green Pepper flavor features a mix of poblano and habanero peppers and both are finished off with a proprietary blend of spices. Made in small batches, these authentic Mexican hot sauces are gluten free and vegan and come in two 5oz bottles with two empty 2-go keychains (1.69 oz & 1 oz) so you can fill and enjoy on the go. You can also mix and match your favorite flavor combination when you purchase.

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Solar Panel 10
$99; GoSun.co
The Solar Panel 10 charges your phone while traveling or camping. Connect any device via USB, place in the Sun and you can charge about at fast as a typical wall outlet charger. Portable, foldable, weighs less than a pound.

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Locals Only Crew Sweatshirt
$165; AviatorNation.com
The most comfortable sweatshirt you'll ever own. The single needle stitch work gives each garment a unique, one of a kind effect. All products go through an intense breaking-down process that gives them a vintage feel you'll love because it's broken in from day one of wearing it. You're going to live in this sweatshirt.

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Relentless Drive’s Ultimate Car Duster
$28.86; Amazon.com
The only duster you will ever need, this multipurpose microfiber duster cuts your cleaning time in half while providing a showroom quality look.  The unbreakable steel handle extends to get to hard-to-reach areas up to 28 ½”.  Use on your car, truck, motorcycle, SUV, RV or boat.  

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QBRIX
$89.99; Amazon.com
This unique photo constructor allows you to assemble a picture in pixel art format from any photo an infinite number of times. Each set includes 3500 bricks, 1 base plate, 1 mounting tool, 1 photo Frame, 1 unique Code and instructions to upload a photo and receive the build lay out map straight to your phone. The constructor can be disassembled and reassembled with new photos as many times as you want. The box can serve as a photo frame and can be mounted on a wall.

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Hand-Carved Wooden Bowtie
Local artist Moyo Gazca creates unique jewelry and wearables from upcycled materials such as wood flooring, brass piping and old spoons. This hand-carved wooden bowtie is adjustable and makes an awesome gift for Father’s Day! Follow and DM on Instagram @Moyogazca. 

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AnySharp 5-in-1 Multi-Function Scissors 
$24.99; AnySharpUSA.com
With handy multi-tools and hardened steel blades that cut tough materials with ease, these are great for general purpose use in the home, kitchen, office or workshop. The hardened, curved blades are razor-sharp and perform brilliantly where other scissors just won’t cut it.

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Pull Start Fire Logs
$19.99; PullStartFire.com
The easiest, fastest way to start a fire. No matches or lighters, no kindling. Lights wet wood, windproof and rainproof. Burns for over 30 minutes.

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Solar Lamp 50
$39; GoSun.co
This portable solar light provides 50 lumen of light. The lower setting provides 20 lumens of light for more than 6 hours; a perfect solar lantern which is ideal for reading, cooking or lighting up your home. Weighs only 6 ounces - great for backpacking and camping. 1 full day of sunshine will completely recharge the battery.

 

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

Updated: November 2021

Gift Ideas for Moms

Gift Ideas for Moms

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

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The Lucila
$129; HappyElsie.shop
Pop this chic, versatile, vegan leather tote bag on your shoulder and head to the beach or to the market. It is large enough to hold everything you need from day to night, is expertly hand woven, machine washable, and waterproof. Comes in a variety of exquisite colors.

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Holly Berry Knit Pajamas
$88; RachelParcell.com
Festive, cozy, and perfectly gift-able, this unisex knit pajama set makes an irresistible addition to the holidays. Features a premium knit, comfortable stretch, and chic prints inspired by the season.

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PureRelief Deluxe Foot Warmer
$49.99; PureEnrichment.com
Designed with super-soft micromink plush on the outside and a deluxe sherpa lining on the inside, this is ideal for warming up cold feet year-round with four heat settings that range in temperature from 110°F on the warm setting up to 140°F on high. 

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VersaBoard
$24.99; MyBoogieBoard.com
Offers both design and functionality for workspaces and around the home, seamlessly blending versatility, style, and organization with a new maximized note-taking surface. It can be mounted on a refrigerator or propped on a counter, and is perfect for grocery lists, quick notes, family game night score keeping and more.

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CT-S400 Casio Keyboard
$229.99; CasioMusicGear.com 
The Casiotone CT-S400 is a great-sounding, ultra-portable keyboard that is perfect for making music at home or on the go. With hundreds of incredible Tones and Rhythms, it will inspire players of any age, skill level or budget for years to come.

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The Rolling Stones Quilted Nylon Tote Bag 
$99.99; bfashionbags.com    
With its neat chevron quilting, this high-quality nylon collection is synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll chic. Make a statement with five timeless designs, available in two elegant colors and featuring the world-famous Rolling Stones tongue logo, to add a touch of ROCK to any outfit.

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Sammy + Nat Blue Striped Pajamas
$98; SammyAndNat.com
These women matching adult pajama sets are hypoallergenic and gets softer with every wash and are perfect to match your little one.

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Saint Belford’s Chic All-In-One Planner
$59.95; SaintBelford.com.au
Saint Belford has devised the ultimate system for prioritising self-care, with time left to smash all your goals as well. There are 12+ features to help you stay organized in all areas of your life including goals, bucket lists, finances and meal planning. This all-in-one” lifestyle planner seamlessly blends day-to-day tasks with self-care, mindfulness, habits and goals With everything in one place, you can organise your time mindfully, prioritise your wellbeing, stay on track with your most important intentions and celebrate your progress along the way. 

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The Passport Collection
$65 for 8 Single Serve Bottles; ingoodtaste.com 
In Good Taste offers an innovative experience that delivers eight chic mini bottles of wine directly to your door so you can try out different types and find what you like. This pourable postcard packs Old World charm into eight adventurous minis, sure to satisfy their palate and feed their wanderlust.

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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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The Uber Appliance Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker
$69.99; UberAppliance.com
Whether you’re shopping for kids, teenagers, adults, or grandparents, this sorbet and ice cream maker will bring healthy fun to everyone. It works by feeding frozen fruit or other tasty treats into the chute which quickly blends it into a delicious dessert without all the extra calories. Healthy has never been so delicious. Recipe book and popsicle mold included. 

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Nurture Me Organics Set of 40 Bath Bombs 
$69.95; Amazon.com
Find a bath fizzy to match your every mood. Hop into the tub at the end of a long day with one of the many bath bombs included and relax into a deep and peaceful stress-free state of mind. 

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Smart A06 11-inch PadFolio Eva Storage Case 
$36.99; Amazon.com
Tomtoc portfolio sleeve has high strength protection and storage function, which can meet all of your needs at one time. 

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Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection 
$179.99; WarnerBros.com
Hold on to your Manolos and Cosmos! Includes 96 unforgettable episodes of the iconic series plus Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 in one, elegant must-own box set. It’s the ultimate collection for any Sex and the City fan and includes over 3 hours of previously released special features.

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Marilyn Monroe Annabel Sunglasses
$39.95; DiscountGlasses.com 
These Marilyn Monroe Annabel frames are classic cateye sunglasses that are perfect for any occasion.

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The Rolling Stones Crossbody Bag 
$59.99; bfashionbags.com       
Explore five timeless designs made with a modern, lightweight rip-stop nylon, perfect for people who like to rock. Choose between two styles of Rolling Stones prints: Go subtle or bold, but don’t go unnoticed. Plus, all designs include black trims and zippers, and a detachable rubberized THE ROLLING STONES charm. 

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Olivia Oversized Sweatshirt
$85; ILoveMyPudus.com
If you're someone who needs a little extra coverage on your bum, look no further than this sweatshirt. This high-low crew neck has a slight scoop at the back for extra warmth during those chilly months.

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Smiley Disc Necklace
$44-$48; MadeByMary.com
Created in collaboration with Kelsi Fullmer of @fullmhouse, it features a hand-drawn stamp inspired by Kelsi. Help someone you love find the silver lining by sharing this smile, or gift it to the person whose positivity has been a light to you. 

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RareLumiere Candles 
$39; RareLumiere.com

Enjoy 55 hours of burn time for each candle with 100% cotton wicks designed for the style of each glass vessel. Each hand-poured creation is elegantly packaged with a corresponding handwritten note included in the box. 

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La Péche Bundle 
$49.95; AnnaMartiCosmetics.com
The includes the Nude Finish | La Pèche, Goldie Luxe and Nué are a peachy nude shade inspired by the natural vibrant colors inside of the peach fruitAlso included is the Compact Premium Makeup Bag that is lightweight and the perfect size to store your makeup on the go. Feature natural ingredients that are vegan, non-toxic, paraben-free, and cruelty-free. Also available: Noor Red Bundle. https://www.instagram.com/annamarticosmetics/?hl=en

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Alma Clog
$119.95; MiaShoes.com
This all-leather, Swedish wooden clog has a classic anatomic shape with a modest wooden platform and chunky heel. An adjustable sling-back strap can be worn two ways; perfect for making a stylish switch at any time. Created with versatility in mind the Alma’s design is an excellent choice for the style chameleon. 

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You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job Page-A-Day Daily Calendar
$15.99; Workman.com
It’s the calendar of encouragement—every day, You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job will lift you up and keep you motivated with inspiring quotes and sayings, each illustrated with vibrant original graphics that enhance the message. Every entry is a breath of fresh positivity. 

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Faber-Castell's Hexo Rollerball Pen
$37; 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. Ergonomically shaped grip zone for comfortable writing, suitable for right-handed and left-handed users. Packaged in gift box.

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Get Polished 
$24; MannaKadarCosmetics.com
This neutral necessities nail polish set is perfect for all occations. Ultra shine, long-wearing and chip resistant. 

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Cactus Flower Candle
$16; FebeCandles.com
Get a jump on the holidays with FEBE Candles, vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free candle collection. There is something for everyone, from luscious aromas of cocoa butter cashmere to yes, man cave notes. Handpoured in gold glam vessels, the coconut wax candles are perfect for any home decor and heat up quickly to blissfully envelope a room. 

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Friends Central Perk Mug
$11.99; Amazon.com
This oversized ceramic coffee cup holds 24 ounces of your favorite latte, cappuccino, or drip coffee when you need that extra boost in the morning and makes a perfect gift for all the Friends fans in your life. Now they can feel like they are having coffee at Central Perk with Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, Chandler and Ross.

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myCharge Hub Turbo 18W
$99.99; myCharge.com
Provides up to 6x extra battery life and has built-in Apple Lightning and USB-C charging cords that feature Apple Power Delivery and Qualcomm Quick Charge, meaning it can recharge iPhone and Samsung to 50% in about 30 minutes. The Hub Turbo also has foldout wall prongs on the back to directly recharge the unit.  

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Cucumber Melon Deluxe XL Gourmet Gift Basket 
$75; ardenorganics.com
Sensational bath accessories combined with spa goodies with Cucumber and Melon extracts and skin reviving hand mitts, back scrubber, brush, pumice and exfoliating bath pouf. We then add luxurious shampoo,body wash, bubble bath, bath salts, bath caviar and handmade soap.

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Cranberry Orange Candle
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The seasonal Cranberry Orange scent is a warm scent that brings life to any space. Pairing two fruity favorites and a bit of spice to help clean and elevate during the fall season. Cranberry Orange consists of a tart citrus base with sweet cranberry top notes, a well-rounded favorite for all.

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SOUNDPEATS Sonic
$49.99; SoundPeatsAudio.com

The perfect headphones for students whether they're tuning into virtual class or walking across campus. These wireless headphones feature smart touch technology enabling users to switch between songs, increase or decrease volume, and pick up phone calls all from the touch of a finger. The 15-hour battery life and charging case which holds an additional two charges makes these headphones ideal for long hours in the classroom. 

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One by Wacom
$59.95; Wacom.com
You can sketch, draw, and edit photos with a simply great pen experience. It works with Chromebook too, which makes it perfect for students who want to handwrite digitally. The pressure sensitive and battery free pen brings a familiar, pen-on-paper feel to drawing and writing and is simple to set up and use. Everything from complicated cut-outs to delicate color adjustments, sketching and drawing is much easier and more precise. The tablet has everything you need, just connect the USB cable to your Mac, PC, or Chromebook, download and install the driver, and you’re ready to go.

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Port Insulated Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler
$21.95; EcoVessel.com
EcoVessel creates modern designed, performance-driven insulated stainless steel water bottles, mugs, tumblers, and growlers. These award-winning hydration vessels combine fashion and performance and keep your drinks hot and cold for hours. 

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Isabelle Grace Jewelry Color Pop Letter Bead Bracelet- Isabelle Grace LOVE JOY gold bracelet
$34; Isabellegracejewelry.com  
A stylish way to express yourself! Fun, bold and bright!! This trendy bead bracelet is upping the name bead bracelet game with super fun and colorful enamel letter beads.  Perfect for stacking with a couple of your favorite sayings/names or they can be worn mixed in with a current bracelet stack. They can wear favorite people's names (or their own), short sayings, or cute messages. Self expression is the ultimate fashion statement! 

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eeBoo English Cottage 1000 Piece Puzzle
$23.99; eeboo.com
Piece together an afternoon walk along a path in the English countryside and discover this enchanted and colorful cottage. An open door invites you in for a spot of tea after puttering about in the flower and vegetable garden. Take a moment to enjoy the cat, the lounging dog, and chickens roaming freely among the tulips, all while little rabbits nibble in the garden. Beautifully illustrated by the English artist Victoria Ball. 

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The Mod Wax Warmer
$39.95/Wax Melts $12.95+; HappyWax.com
A flame-free, trouble-free method of melting scented wax on a ceramic warmer to create fragrance. Set a timer for 3, 6, or 9 hours, so you can “set it and forget it” without any worry. Wax melts can also mix and match to create custom fragrances and discover your own signature scent. 

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Loose Leaf Tea Subscription Box
$21.25–$25; TeaRunners.com
Tea Runners is the world's finest loose leaf tea club. Every month our members receive a curated collection of four of the world's best loose leaf teas, along with tasting notes and brewing instructions. Go with our curated selections or customize your own box from up to 20 tea selections per month.

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MOZY Softshell Blanket
$70; GetTheMozy.com
From cold bleachers to frost covered campsites, embrace the chill while staying cozy with the Mozy Softshell. Mozy’s sleek design keeps you warm and mobile while in the stadium cheering on your favorite team, on the beach, during air travel, in a chilly office and more. This innovative wrap-and-go blanket is the perfect lightweight layer that provides adjustable warmth and moves with you as you refill your glass, join in the lawn games, or go for an evening stroll. Each Mozy features handy pockets for storing your phone, gear, or beverage and a unique foldable design for easy transport.

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Backyard Candles Coconut Candles
$10–25; BackyardCandles.com

Handmade with up-cycled coconut shells that otherwise would have been tossed away, polluting the environment. The unique aromas invigorate a room while creating a serene environment for relaxation and comfort. Boost your self-care regime with a dreamy bath and coconut candles that float.

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Lena Walking Loafer Mules
$94.99; RagNCo.com
The suave black mule in genuine suede is an ideal addition to your 9 to 5 and beyond look. A very comfortable pick with smooth leather construction, gilded insole with support, and gripping German sole that supports. From the day at work to an evening walk by the home, be comfortable and at ease with this pair of genuine leather Mule. 

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The Addison
$229; Andar.com

Made from premium full-grain oil waxed leather, this gorgeous bag comes in two color options and features several pockets to store essentials. Beautifully versatile, this is your must-have accessory for every occasion 

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California Shopper Tote
$26; MapTote.com
Fun and whimsical design of patches and pins inspired by travel to California, this tote bag is perfect for everyday errands like grocery shopping with its short and sturdy handle. It is inspired by the classic brown paper bag you'd use at the grocery store. 

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The Stevie
$109; Andar.com

The perfect choice for when you need to carry just a little more than your wallet can hold and a little less than what fills a bag. Features four interior card slots, a zippered pouch, and another slot perfect for your phone or keys. With a hidden magnetic clasp and a wrist lanyard for easy access, it is both secure and accessible. 

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Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer, Soap & Lotion Caddy
$24; MannakadarCosmetics.com
A hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap set from the Sea Minerals Collection that is effective against most common germs while being gentle on the skin. Features a pomegranate scent with soothing sea water. 

  

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Left Coast Custom Charcuterie and Wine/Cocktail Boards
$48.50; LeftCoastOriginal.com
These custom charcuterie and wine/cocktail boards are original designs. Serve your guests with style and panache, or give these boards as a gift. Each engraving is burned deep into the board for a quality look and feel. 

 

Updated: November 2021

Tech Product Reviews

Home Office and Virtual Classroom Essentials

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Home Office and Virtual Classroom Essentials. With the majority of families working from home and kids taking classes online, here are some great products to make your home office or virtual classroom more friendly and efficient.

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AS311 AI Speakerphone
$129.99; AVerMedia.com
It's super easy to use as it plugs right into the computer via USB. Suppresses unwanted background noise, 360-degree voice enhancement, plug and play setup with USB, removes echo, compatible with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Google Hangout, and more.

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KidKraft Study Desk with Chair 
$219.99; KidKraft.com
Gives young students a perfect workspace for finishing homework, studying or working on craft projects. A bulletin board surface gives them a place to pin pictures, drawings and important notes. Two cabinets and a pencil drawer offer plenty of storage to keep kids organized.

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Eyelinez
$7.99/pack; eyelinez.com
Small stickers that fit over your webcam or tablet to help you stay centered, engaged and focused during video calls. Available for multiple occasions such as smiling, focusing, or themed for the holiday season.  

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Wobble Cushion 
$19.99; LakeshoreLearning.com
Just place this handy cushion on the floor or on a chair—for flexible seating anywhere. This super-durable vinyl cushion is specially designed to let children wiggle and wobble while they sit…helping kids focus as they move. It features large nubs on one side and small nubs on the other—children simply select the sensory surface they prefer.

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SMTWTFS Folders
$12; HadronEpoch.com
An array of four folders in classic SMTWTFS colors to organize all your important notes and papers. 

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Contempo Peek-A-Boo Art Easel 
$149.99; LittlePartners.com
Features a two-sided, transparent acrylic board, giving your child the space and versatility to color, paint, play and experiment in a variety of different mediums. Built-in storage allows for easy access to supplies, while the adjustable height starts out low, perfect for young, budding artists.

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Work From Home
$39.99; BoxBabeGiftCo.com
Many of us have spent the past few months adjusting to the new work-from-home life. Surprise a friend or co-worker with a Work From Home gift box. Includes a desktop notepad by Wit & Delight to stay organized , a 22 oz. personalized stainless steel tumbler to stay hydrated, and a bath bomb from Musee Bath to relax.

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EyeJust blue light blocking screen protectors.
From $30; EyeJust.com
As people are spending more time looking at screens, EyeJust protects your eyes, sleep and skin from the harmful effects of blue light overexposure without changing the color of the screen. For the student, getting a good night sleep is vital for staying focused and learning while blue light disrupts sleep by suppressing melatonin and changing the body’s circadian rhythm.

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PuroGamer Volume Limited Gaming Headset
$89.99; PuroSound.com
These headsets provide unmatched hearing protection by limiting volumes above 85 dB while maintaining crisp, pure sound quality. Whether you’re gaming with friends or crushing opponents, let them hear what you have to say, clearly. The adjustable gaming microphone isolates your voice by blocking ambient noise while picking up your speech from any direction. For teens, kids, and adults.

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CalmOptics Blue Light Blocking Glasses 
$64.99-$119.99; CalmOptics.com
Give your tired eyes a break with these blue light blocking glasses. These non-prescription glasses promote healthier sleep cycles as well as prevent headaches, dry eyes, and eye fatigue. Cover the whole family with affordable, indestructible glasses ... plus they're super stylish so you won't want to take them off for your Zoom meetings.

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Spiral Planner Deep Ocean
$26; HadronEpoch.com
This undated planner features a sophisticated hand-marbled design with rose gold foil and a matte-finish in blue. 

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X-FlexTop Adjustable Standing Desk
$299.99; XChair.com
Reducing sitting time can promote an active lifestyle. This desk allows you to spend a portion of your day standing while you work. It allows you to easily continue working while standing, increasing daily comfort and allowing you to move around while you work. You can also use X-FlexTop to slightly change your desk height to make sure your monitor or you laptop are at a comfortable height when sitting in your X-Chair.

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Studico Active Chair 
$54.99; ActiveChairs.com
The kids wobble chair keeps children and teens in motion, engaging their stomach and back muscles, working their legs and arms...almost as if they were running around the yard. Promote the natural movements of the body and can help improve spinal positioning and muscle stimulation. 14" chair for ages 3-7.

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Super Mario Wireless Bluetooth Portable Kids Headphones with Microphone by eKids
$29.99; Walmart.com
These headphones have reduced volume to ensure safe listening levels for kids. The built- in rechargeable battery allows up to 30 hours of continuous playtime. Included is a built-in microphone for talking to friends and family.

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Emily Ley Simplified Happy Stripe Academic Monthly Desk Pad Calendar
$36.19; ataglance.com
Helps keep your schedule on track while protecting your desktop at the same time. This desk pad allows you to cover 12 months from July-June for academic planning. One month per page format has unruled daily blocks for open planning, plus a lined section for extra notes. Each month includes a “simplicity tip” for various ideas on how to further organize your schedule.

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Metal Letter Size Copyholder
$29.99; Kensington.com
Keep documents where you want them while typing. Copyholder increases comfort by keeping printed materials at eye level on your desktop. Makes it easier to type from documents. Lip along bottom allows you to stand up many documents or a thick book. Magnet and clip are also included to easily hold papers in place. Clear line guide with type gauge and ruler can be positioned on side or top of document. Folds flat for convenient, space-saving storage.

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mySun Sunlight Inside Lamp
$249–$289; SunlightInside.com
The perfect light for your desk, office or anywhere you need some focused natural light. Boost your energy, mood and concentration with sunlight during the day. Bright beautifully balanced natural light to improve your vision – see text, fine details and true colors at their best. mySun is the first desk lamp to actively mix six colors to automatically deliver the daily and seasonal cycles of natural light. Ideal for windowless offices, cubicles or anywhere you don’t get enough natural light.

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Delta Children’s Chelsea Double-Sided Storage Easel with Paper Roll and Magnets
$47.99; DeltaChildren.com

This two-sided easel features a chalkboard side and a magnetic, dry-erase whiteboard side, plus a pull down paper roll with 33' feet of paper, and alphabet magnets. Two convenient fabric storage bins keep crayons, markers, extra paper, paint or toys within reach. This easel is durable and built for years of use.

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KINNEBAR Foot Swing
$149.99; Kinnebar.com
KINNEBAR can help children who have a hard time focusing or staying on task. It can help them self-regulate and provide sensory input while doing schoolwork or any sitting activity that requires focusing for an extended length of time. It can actually keep them on task longer. It is wonderful for all children who seek movement or are fidgety, but especially those with ADHD, Autism, SPD, Dyslexia and Asperger’s. KINNEBAR can be a real game changer for kids who struggle to sit still.

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15.6” Laptop Tote
$99.99; Kensington.com

Sleeker design still offers ample space for your workday essentials so you can stay organized. Faux leather exterior provides a stylish, modern and professional look. Padded device compartment can accommodate a 15.6” laptop, plus there’s also room for 10” tablet. Organizer pocket can hold a smartphone, business cards and pens. Adjustable carry handles make it easy to carry on your arm or shoulder. Zipper closure ensures your belongings stay in the tote and creates an anti-theft deterrent.

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XYOYO Active Stool
$479.99; XChair.com

The breakthrough Floating Pitch mechanism enables users to effortlessly float their spine into its natural posture, thereby increasing blood flow and reducing muscle fatigue. With a 10.75" height adjustment range, and the auto-return Ergo-Saddle™, you can comfortably use X-Yoyo at your workstation, be it a traditional desk, or a height adjustable table. Stimulating and relaxing, active seating has been proven to improve concentration and productivity. X-Yoyo features a smooth rubber spring system that silently encourages free movement without making a sound.

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Harmony Academic Weekly-Monthly Planner Large
$37.09; ataglance.com
Features a faux leather hardcover with chic rose gold accents, and interior pages that give you plenty of space to track goals, plans, achievements and more. The planner covers 13 months from July-June and includes repositionable stickers in four different colors to track multiple projects, people or events, and a double-sided interior pocket to store loose paper. 

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Wrist Pillow Mouse Wrist Rest 
$12.25; Kensington.com
Soft support for mousing comfort. Secondary support layer of mouse pad helps provide all-day comfort. Pillow with super-soft, thick fabric cover conforms to your wrist without restricting motion. Large surface eliminates pressure points and makes mousing easier. Universal size works with all mice. Non-skid base keeps mouse pad firmly in place.

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Harmony Hardcover Notebook Large
$21.19; ataglance.com
With space to track your goals, plans, achievements and more alongside your notes, this notebook will help keep you organized and on-task like never before. Features pink or navy faux-leather hardcovers with gold foil accents and gold corners for a high-quality, stylish look. 

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HÄNS Ultra-Clean Formula
$14.95;
 Hans-Swipe.com
Contains roughly 2.5 times the amount of active ingredients as the leading disinfecting/sanitizing wipes. Formulated to clean phones, tablets, computer touchscreens, keyboards, AirPods, VR glasses, covers, cases, cables, chargers and much more. Accompanied by the Microfiber Cleaning Cape, the cape transfers the wetness of the solution onto the surface it is cleaning; reminiscent of a cleaning wipe and is antibacterial treated and washable for continued just-like-new use.

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X-TS Monitor Arm
$149.99; XChair.com
Increase the usable surface on your desk instantly. This monitor arm also improves your posture and helps you keep a tidy workspace. With smooth, modern lines, available in three neutral finishes, and coupled with an intuitve Active Cable Control, X-TS arms look great on any workstation. Hide loose wires, and create more desktop space to maintain a clean and professional looking work environment. Your montior won’t sag, droop, or move on it's own. 

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Uber Mini Fridge
$42.99; UberAppliance.com
The sleek and highly functional design features heating and cooling options to keep contents cool or hot. Utilizing state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly thermo-electric Peltier Technology, Uber Chill is capable of cooling or warming within a reasonable amount of time, cooling down to 32 degreed F and warming up to 150 degrees F. 

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Bink-Modern Laptop/Side Table 
$249; bdiusa.com
Always by your side, Bink is the perfect companion anywhere you work or relax. Whether serving as a laptop table while you're working at the sofa, keeping beverages close while lounging poolside or simply snacking in front of the TV, this convenient side table goes anywhere you want.

 

Updated: July 2021

New Kitchen Products

New Kitchen Products

Kitchenmain

Kitchen Produts. Here are some of our favorite reader-tested kitchen products to help make mealtime easier.

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Tea Towel-California Poppies
Starting at $20; HoneyandHank.com
Each piece features hidden, hand-drawn designs that tastefully infuse culture and nostalgia into home accessories like pillows, napkins and tea towels. Every pattern delivers a fun “ah-ha!” moment, when you realize the prints are actually made up of the state shape or icon. 

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Hello Kitty Automatic Rice Cooker & Warmer
$203; Zojirushi.com
The 5.5 cup cooker has easy one-touch operation, automatic keep warm when cooking is done, a detachable and washable inner lid, detachable power cord, hinged lock tight lid with push button release, and an easy-to-clean nonstick inner cooking pan. Accessories include a measuring cup, spatula and spatula holder. Features gold Hello Kitty graphics on a white machine.

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7-Piece Nesting Bowls
$70;
 BamboozleHome.com 
Versatile, compact and perfect for both entertaining or everyday use. With a variety of sizes to suit any of your needs, use larger bowls for baking or family style meals, and smaller bowls for salads or your favorite snacks. The set is made of biodegradable, dishwasher safe, and durable bamboo fiber, and is available in pastel, thistle, and gray color schemes. 

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Colori Paring Knife
$10; Kuhnrikonshop.com
 
A must-have tool for any chef, novice or professional. The Japanese stainless-steel blade is great for peeling, trimming or slicing fruits and vegetables. Fun colors like bubble gum, dragonfruit, and unicorn are perfect for teens who are interested in cooking. Food releases easily from the nonstick blade. Safely transport to picnics and campsites with matching sheath. 

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LUX LCD Multi-Cooker
$159.95; ZavorAmerica.com

LUX LCD functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker and so much more. It is designed with an interactive and easy to use digital LCD screen that features 10 cooking functions including Dessert, Eggs and Grains and more than 30 programmable settings for an amazing one-pot cooking experience. 

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GoodCook Meal Prep Snack Containers
$7.99-$10.99; Amazon.com

Two compartment, BPA-Free, microwave/dishwasher/freezer safe containers. Snack prep for the week in advance. Stack them in the ‘fridge or pantry for an easy grab-and-go to put in lunch bags, or for kids to bring back to their home desk.

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KinderKitchen Knife Set
$32; Kuhnrikonshop.com
Kinderkitchen tools are kid-tested and help children learn the importance of eating well. The Duck Snippers and Dog Knives are sharp enough to cut food but not small fingers. The rounded tips and guards keep children safe while helping in the kitchen.

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Eclipse Server
$20; BamboozleHome.com

Made of biodegradable, dishwasher safe, and durable bamboo fiber, the Eclipse Server is a cure for the common chip and dip combination. Available in graphite, avocado, Robin’s egg, and sapphire.

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Fab Slabs Antibacterial Cutting Board
$55-$80; FabSlabsCuttingBoards.com.au
Cutting boards can traditionally be a hotbed for bacteria growth. Each of these beautiful, richly toned cutting boards and grazing platters is crafted from high-quality Camphor Laurel trees, a type of timber that is naturally and permanently antibacterial.

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The ZeroWater 12 Cup 
$36.99; Target.com
With ZeroWater you can enjoy great tasting water with the latest advanced filter technology. The ZeroWater filtration system removes virtually all dissolved solids from your tap water, delivering great tasting water. These are the only pour-through filters on the market certified by the NSF to reduce lead and Chromium. ZeroWater filtration also reduces Fluoride from your water and other unwanted contaminants such as asbestos, plastics, pesticides, oestrogen, mercury and lead to name a few.

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BlendJet One
$39.95; BlendJet.com
The world's first truly portable and rechargeable blender. Simply load with your favorite ingredients and blend. Fully charges in an hour and lasts for 8-10 blends. Perfect for making smoothies, protein shakes, baby food, hummus, guacamole, salsa, even face masks.

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Smelly Proof Storage Bags
Starting at $6; SmellyProof.com 
Keep your goodies and kids safe with Child Resistant Bags from Smelly Proof. Lock odors in and little ones out. Great for medicine, food, and more that you would not like your kids to have easy access to.

  

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GoodCook Sweet Creations Best Ever Bakeware
$8.99-$28.99; GoodCook.com

Designed with sidewalls that offer a straighter edge and a diamond-infused nonstick interior that is coupled with a textured surface—features that help baked goods cook more evenly, release with ease, and the straight edges give a bakery-style finish that is ideal for decorating. Sizes include round cake pans, square cake pan, oblong cake pan, medium cookie sheet, large cookie sheet, oblong cake pan, half sheet pan, 12-cup muffin pan, 24-cup mini muffin pan, loaf pan, and a 16” pizza pan

Updated: August 2020

Home Products

Home & Garden Products

homemain

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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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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ECOBAGS Classic String Bag 
$11.99–$13.99; Store.ECOBAGS.com

Once called the “it”bag by Vogue, the classic string bag is light, easy to stow away, exceptionally soft and expandable. It’s the perfect go to tote for shopping, organizing, a day at the beach, laundry, and more. These classic bags can hold up to 40 lbs. and come in a variety of eye-popping colors.

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Pure Sky Ultra Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
$9.99; Persik.com
Allowing you to clean nearly any surface using just water. The special duo-layered structure of the Pure-Sky for glass optimizes air layers on glass surfaces, enabling you to easily clean glass or mirrored surfaces. 

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Botanical Disinfecting Wipes
CleanWellToday.com
A clean that’s truly worth the (w)hype. This plant-derived formula cleans, deodorizes and disinfects in one step, no rinse required. Even on food contact surfaces and children’s toys.

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Toppin Cordless Vacuum Cleaner S2
$119.79;  Amazon
 
Perfect for a family with pets for whole-house cleaning, featuring a powerful brushless motor. This vacuum has 4 suction heads: Floor brush - has upgrade roller with carpet brush, Extension Hose, 2-in-1 Brush, and Crevice Tool to clean upholstery.

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Zoey Sleep Curve Pillow
$88; ZoeySleep.com
Waking up with a sore neck or back can affect your entire day. The Zoey Curve Pillow provides immaculate head and neck support. Since we spend a third of our lives sleeping, our goal is to make it as pleasant as possible. Back and neck pain in the morning is caused by an unaligned spine. With the curvature of our Zoey Sleep Pillow, we put head and neck support first. We know how difficult it is to find the perfect pillow, so we made it. 

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Primary Morph Ripstop
$36; glob.land
Hack the system and avoid using single use plastics. Morph transforms from its own packable pouch to a formidable super tote. Oversized interior and 6 bottle-optimized exterior pockets made for whatever life throws at you.

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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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ECOBAGS Bulk Produce Bags
$14.39; Store.ECOBAGS.com
These ethically sourced produce bags make a great alternative to single use plastic produce bags. They are 100% organic cotton and come in a set of 3, sizes small, medium and large. 

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NuWave OxyPure Smart Air Purifier
$599; NuWaveOxyPure.com 
Ensure your home is a safe, allergen, dust, germ and virus-free space. OxyPure is the first air purifier proven to remove coronavirus from the air. The air purifier’s advanced 5-stage filter system is designed to capture 100% of microscopic airborne particles as small as 0.09 microns. The unit is Wifi enabled and can be linked to a connected smartphone or tablet app so users can control and monitor air quality in their home – from anywhere. 

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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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The Original PeachSkinSheets
$65; 
peachskinsheets.com
Made of a high-performance 21st-Century SMART fabric that helps warm sleepers stay cool and cool sleepers stay cozy. They also help with night sweats by keeping skin drier and wicking away moisture, instead of absorbing it like cotton will. The breathable advanced poly fibers act like workout clothes to keep the moisture off of your skin so you stay comfortable all night long.

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Spoon Sleep
$1,699-$3,098; SpoonSleep.com

A new mattress-in-a-box designed to support and comfort for a restful night with unique features for your sleeping position. With convenient, front-door delivery this is ideal for anyone looking for a mattress during COVID-19, with 100 nights to literally sleep on the decision, risk-free.

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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.

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Bink-Modern Laptop/Side Table 
$249; bdiusa.com
Always by your side, Bink is the perfect companion anywhere you work or relax. Whether serving as a laptop table while you're working at the sofa, keeping beverages close while lounging poolside or simply snacking in front of the TV, this convenient side table goes anywhere you want.

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iHome Zenergy Dream Mini
$69.99; iHomeAudio.com
Bluetooth bedside sleep therapy machine with 16 soothing naturally-recorded environmental and white noise sounds designed to help your mind and body relax and 14 specially designed light therapy programs to promote sleep or increase energy.

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Invroheat’s Wall-hanging Infrared Room Heater 
$77.50; Invroheat.com

Decorative wall art that is also a safe and energy-efficient way to heat your space. No more bulky space heaters that take up floor space or could easily get knocked over. Invroheat’s simple, safe and money-saving design makes warming up a room easy.

Updated: November 2021

Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

BoardGamemain

Fun Family Board Games. Nothing brings a family together like playing games. Put the phones away and connect with each other -- plan a family game night! Here are some of this year's fun games for kids of all ages. 

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Game Night in a Can
$19.99; 7+
BarryAndJason.com
Activities include competitively fly paper airplanes, perform ghost stories about the room you’re in, create the World’s Worst Book Cover, bank balls of paper off your partner’s face and more.

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Dr. Seuss Merry Grinchmas! Game
$19.99; 5+
Funko.com
Work together to make the Whos’ holiday dreams come true by collecting more points than the Grinch before the Whos start singing!

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Exploding Minions
$19.99; 7+
ExplodingKittens.com
The Minions have invaded the Exploding Kittens universe with new card types and magical bananas.

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Herd Mentality
$25; 10+
BigPotato.com
The moo-velous, family-friendly game with a simple black and white mission: don’t stand out. Secretly write down an answer you think everyone will choose. If your answer is in the majority, earn a cow token.

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Hazel’s Helpers
$34; 4+
SimplyFun.com
Develops decision making, construction craft and planning capabilities in young learners all while practicing their fine motor skills.

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Seinfeld: The Party Game About Nothing
$19.99; 14+
FunkoGames.com

Celebrate the hit ’90s TV show in this hilarious head-to-head party game that will challenge what you know about the “show about nothing.” 

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Throw Throw Avocado
$24.99; 7+
ExplodingKittens.com
In this dodgeball card game, go head-to-head with your opponents, collecting cards while throwing and avoiding squishy, adorable Avocados.

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Not It!
$15.99–$17.99; 6+
TheGoodGameCompany.com
When the three dice tumble from the dice tower, you must find a card in your hand that does not match any of the three attributes on each dice. Be the fastest to correctly get rid of your cards to be declared the winner

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Where’s Squeaky?
$14.99; 4+
BlueOrangeGames.com

Can you find Squeaky the Mouse? One player hides her, and the rest of the players must find her.

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Beware of the Bear
$29.99; 4+
GoliathGames.us
Build your pile of treats before the bear wakes up. Take turns rolling the die, taking goodies and poking the bear. If the bear wakes up, he’ll jump out and catch you.

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Disney's Ring It On!
$14.99; 6+
PlayMonster.com
Race to find matches of Disney characters. Swiftly swap cards until you find what you need. Ring the bell when you complete a set. 

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Mickey and Friends Magical Treats
$19.99; 3+
WonderForge.com
Help Mickey and his friends sort out their lunch by matching colors, food, characters, or the number of stars on each card. Four card holders shaped like Mickey’s gloves make it easy for small hands to hold onto their cards.

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Picky Kitty
$29.99; 4+
GoliathGames.us
This is one picky Kitty. Feed him vegetables but watch out, he might throw a plate away. Be the first to get rid of all of your vegetables to win.

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Funny Bunny
$19.99; 4+
Ravensburger.us
The cute little Bunnies are racing to get to the juicy carrot at the top of the hill. But watch out! The ground can vanish, the draw bridge may fling the bunnies off and more. Which bunny will be the first to get to the top of the hill and reach the carrot?

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Regal Mega Game Pack
$29.99; 8+
https://regal-games.com/
It’s six fun games in one pack. Includes ScorZo, The Goodge Rules, Banapples, Spoons and a Spork, Garbage and Canasta.

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5 Second Rule: Disney Edition
$19.99; 6+
PlayMonster.com
It seems like it would be easy to name three Disney dog characters—but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down, and with the other players staring at you? You have to be quick, so just say whatever comes to mind and risk silly answers slipping out… because that would be funny, and we all like to laugh! It’s all in good fun with this fast-paced family game where you have Think Fast and Shout it Out!

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The Goonies Never Say Die Game & Expansion Pack
$14.99–$34.99; 12+
FunkoGames.com
Embark on a perilous adventure full of dangerous booby traps and treacherous treasure-filled cavern. Will the Goonies discover the legendary riches that will save their homes, or will they follow the fate of Chester Copperpot... and never see the light of day?

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Fast & Furious: Highway Heist
$29.99; 12+
FunkoGames.com

Go up against heavily-armed enemies with your hot cars, daring driving, and jaw-dropping vehicle-to-vehicle leaps of faith. Whether you are taking down a swerving semi filled with valuable cargo, stopping a rampaging tank in its tracks, or bringing down a high-tech helicopter as it rains fire from the skies, you’ll have to work together.

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Kids Against Maturity
$29.99; 10+
Amazon
With age-appropriate toilet humor for kids and witty layered innuendos for parents, this game delivers festive fun for the whole family – ideal for parties, travel and sleepovers. 

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Don't Draw the Short Straw
$22.99; 12+
Amazon.com
In this fun and hilarious game, players first take turns drawing straws. Pull the shortest straw and you're in the hot seat! The Referee will read out what you must successfully complete from one of four types of cards: trivia, challenge, luck or a speak off. 

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Hip Town
$19.99; 13+
EndlessGames.com
It’ll take style, street smarts, and a sense of humor to make it here and beat your fellow developers for the trendiest neighborhood in Hip Town. With over 100 unique businesses and a wide variety of game-changing “reality” cards, you’ll never play the same game twice. Buying, Selling, Bidding and Building; it’s all part of being hip… in Hip Town.

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Hungry Bins: Learn to Recycle 
$19.99; 3+
adventerragamesusa.com
Introduces children to how to recycle and compost. Children discover different types of materials and learn to recognize their respective collection bins. To make the matching process easier, each token features the color of the corresponding bin. 

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Words Over Easy
$14.95; 8+
Winning-Moves.com
Pop the Letter Eggs into the Egg Sorter to see which letters you can use to spell words. Players scramble to come up with words using all the letters, face-up, on the “good eggs” and none of the letters from the “rotten eggs”. 

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Scrabble Slam
$5.95; 8+
Winning-Moves.com
Start with any 4-letter word on the table like “CAKE” and yell our “Ready, Set, Slam!” and the race is on. Quickly change the existing word, 1 letter card at a time, to create a new word like “BAKE” then change it to “BIKE” and so on. The first player to play out all their cards wins.

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Polar Adventure: Disappearing Ice
$24.99; 4+
adventerragamesusa.com

Introduces children to the problem of climate change and how it endangers the lives of polar animals. After building the polar environment, each player takes turns to roll the die and move their animal forward, aiming to be the first player to lead it to the safety of the big iceberg. 

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The Korner’d Challenge
$19.99; 8+
EndlessGames.com 
Match the colors or animals on the tiles to the pattern on the board. Play all your tiles first to win! But here’s the catch: like a puzzle, each tile has only ONE unique location on the board where it can be played. Simple in design, but deceptive in execution. 

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Bluffaneers Game
$9.99; 10+
BigGCreative.com
This adventurous new dice game sets mates against each other as players try to pilfer pirate treasure and bluff their way to the largest stack of gold. To play, players roll bone-shaped dice and bluff to steal coins from fellow mates, aiming to collect the most treasure in each round. But beware, mateys! You may have to cough up your gold coins if another clever pirate catches you in the bluff.   

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Trekking the World
$50; 10+
UnderdogGames.com
A game that helps you share your greatest memories and dreams of travel. Inspire your family and friends to explore the world with this remarkable and intelligent game, designed by passionate travelers and based on an award-winning game design. 

Published: November 2021

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