Kid-Tested Toy & Product Review

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Summer is the season of fun, especially for kids!
We’ve compiled the hottest parent-approved and kid-tested toys of the summer! These toys are sure to provide hours of enjoyment and entertainment for your kids..

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Updated: May 2021

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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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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

Beach/Pool Product Review

Beach, Pool & Summer Products

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Beach, Pool & Summer Products! Headed to the beach, pool or waterpark this summer? Check out these cool new products to make your trip easy and fun.

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California Beach Blanket - Whimsical Waves
$85.97TheCaliforniaBeachCo.com
Large enough for three adults with weighted corners to hold it down, it is sand-resistant, water-resistant, and heat-resistant. Plus, it has a secret zipper pocket for storing your valuable items. Stays cool under the hot sun and packs up into a drawstring backpack in less than 10 seconds for easy transport with extra space for towels, sunscreen, and more. Ground and sand stakes included. 

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Pufferfish Solo Sand Castle Kit 
$79.99; Pufferfish.fun
Includes everything you need to make something amazing and the whole kit weighs just over 3 pounds. The Super Scoop is made of recycled fishing nets, and the SandBag is made of recycled plastic, too. As proud members of 1% for the Planet, 1% of every purchase goes towards Ocean clean-up efforts.

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Bloopies Floaties 
$7.99; 2+
Amazon.com
These Bloopies sisters love to swim and come with their own animal-shaped float. Watch them swim alongside you by pulling the rope to rotate the motor. For even more fun, give Bloopies Floaties a squeeze and make the float squirt water. Collect all five.

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Pop N' Go Portable Play Yards 
$289.97; TheCaliforniaBeachCo.com
Provide your children with the ideal space to be themselves both indoors and outdoors. Built to last while being simple to transport and effortless to set up. The “pop and release” technology is constructed so that you can press down once to have a functional space for your kids in seconds. Comes with a shade cover and carrying bag for extra convenience and comfort.

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REEF SANDALS
$45.00; REEF.com
The REEF Cushion Strand is equipped with a comfy, cork-lined footbed. It’s stylish, supportive and ecofriendly, as its straps are made from recycled plastic bottles!

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Starlux Dive Diamonds
$19.90; StarluxGames.com
Race to retrieve glowing underwater gems or go on an underwater treasure hunt with these waterproof game pieces. Sold as a set of three. 

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Velocity Boat
$69.99; 
https://force1rc.com/products/h102-velocity-remote-control-boat-for-pool-outdoor-use 
Put other remote controlled boats to shame with this fast brushless high speed boat. Race multiple RC boats with no interference using the 4 channel speed boat remote control. Pilot this remote control boat for pools and lakes. Sturdy design, simple flip capsize recovery and easy controls. Have fun racing the Velocity remote speed boat at high speeds (20 mph+)

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pediped Adventure Line Water Safe Shoes 
$53; pediped.com
These water safe shoes are light-weight, eco-friendly, and able to handle dunks and splashes, so they still look great after a day at the pool or beach. Featuring quick-dry EVA footbeds which are designed to express water quickly, your little one will go from wet to dry in a hurry. Features: Clarino upper, breathable neoprene lining, flexible rubber sole, quick-dry EVA footbed and adventure sandal with Velcro closure.

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Fold & Go Beach Set
$12.99;
Hape.com
Be fully-prepared for the summer with this adorable beach play set. The flat, easy-to-carry fish-design canvas bag contains a fold-out bucket, a small spade and a cute fish-shaped sand mold.

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Bloopies Mermaids 
$9.99; 2+
Amazon.com
Watch as their tails magically change color when they dive under warm water. When above water the Bloopies Mermaids squirt water and make bubbles for even more fun. There are six to collect, each featuring beautiful faces designs and sparkling glitter tails.

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PoolCandy Sunning Pool
$39.99; 
Poolcandy.net
Pick from an array of lovely designs and colors. Enough room for two. Made of durable, non-toxic, premium quality PVC Vinyl. 

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Spring Floats with Hyper-Flate Valve
$17.99; SwimWays.com
The most comfortable, fabric-covered float inflates and defaltes 3 times faster, with no pump needed. Engineered to increase airflow in, while preventing airflow out. Deflate just as quickly by inserting the tail of the valve cap and folding the float into three compact circles for convenient portability and storage.

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Pool Party Lottie Doll
$24.99; Lottie.com
This cute portable Pool Party Lottie Doll comes complete with arm bands, real inflatable flamingo and hooded flamingo towel. Perfect for any flamingo themed pool party.

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Sandy Bumz
$29; MySandyBumz.com
A lightweight, easy to use product that keeps you and your family clean and safe from pests. Sandy Bumz is perfect for the beach, the park and anywhere you and your family want to sit in comfort outdoors.

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Tesalate Sand-free Towels 
$59-$99; Tesalate.com
These towels from Australia truly repel sand. Utilising cutting-edge textile technology, Tesalate created the exclusive AbsorbLite fabric to bring you a towel that's simply smarter than the rest. Aside from being sand-free, it can also absorb up to 1L (33 oz.) of water yet it dries up pretty fast. With over 30 designs to choose from, this lightweight towel can roll up into a small bundle and comes with its own waterproof nylon drawstring pouch.  

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Spläsh Portable Baby Paddling Beach and Travel Pool with Carry Bag
$18; Amazon.com
Let your little ones splish, splash their way into summer with the Spläsh. It is perfectly sized for infants or toddlers to enjoy water through sunny days. For extra shade, the Spläsh can be inserted into any tent. Ages 6-12 months.

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The U-Stand
$49.99; TheUStand.com
It's the world's most versatile umbrella stand. It's perfect for providing "shade anywhere" -- tailgating, beach, outside sports, fishing, even your backyard. Allows you to properly secure any umbrella. Tested to withstand winds of 40mpm. Made with UV protected durable plastic, never worry about it breaking. Includes 4 cup holders that will fit even the largest cups.

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The Navy Labyrinth Beach Towel
$40; Teema.co
By utilizing dozens of different colored threads in each design, the Labyrinth’s weave creates a hypnotizing, breathtaking display of interwoven colors. The Labyrinth Towel is woven on traditional jacquard looms by seamstresses in Turkey. It is thicker and softer than towels made on automatic looms. 

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My Audio Pet SPLASH
$39.99;  MyAudioPet.com
A unique line of speakers that are designed to look like you and your kids’ favorite animals. The SPLASH line features waterproof speakers designed as adorable ocean-dwellers like "Rocktopod the Octopus" and "Narmony the Narwhal" who are perfect for the beach, pool parties or making bathtime fun. 

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YippiYappa
$34.99; All Ages
Buenaondagames.com
The YippiYappa game kit has 4 games and growing. Dump out the balls, pick the game and the teams and have at it. Kit contains two teams of 4 color-coded Peloties (mini sacks) each and one basket. 

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Wonderfold Wagon
$259-$549; WonderfoldWagon.com
This utility wagon is especially unique because unlike its competitors, it can hold up to four kids -- plus the diaper bag, towels, toys and anything else you need for a fun day at the park, zoo or beach! Choose a two-seater or four-seater wagon with a sun-blocking canopy, bench and extra side pockets to hold smaller items. This cost-effective wagon comes in four colors and can hold up to 300 pounds. Easy to collapse, Wonderfold Wagon fits into the trunk of any car. 

 

Updated: May 2021

Back to School Snack Reviews

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Back to School Snacks!  Healthy, fun snack ideas to throw in kids' lunch bags!

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Kate’s Real Food Snack Bars
www.katesrealfood.com
Kate’s makes seven delicious energy bars with real, premium, whole ingredients, and no artificial sweeteners. Each one is USDA-certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and sweetened with organic honey.  Kate’s flavors include Dark Chocolate Mint, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Cherry & Almond, Peanut Butter Hemp & Flax, Mango Coconut, Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, and Lemon Coconut & Ginger.

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Kate’s Real Food Snack Bites
www.katesrealfood.com
All these snack bites start with natural organic honey and nut butters, providing a smooth and sweet taste. A great healthy snack for kiddos, giving them the nutrients they need to sustain a healthy body.

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Raisels
www.raisels.com
The vegan, gluten-free golden raisins are made with sour, sweet and spicy flavors. As a great better-for-you snack or choice for kids, Raisels are made with real fruit and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or corn syrup.

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Juicy Juice
www.juicyjuice.com
Juicy Juice just released two new lower sugar juice beverages to have on-hand for back to school season. The new flavors, Berry Lemonade and Watermelon, capture tastes of the summer season, are made with 35% less sugar than the leading juice and contain an excellent source of Vitamin C. 

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Undercover’s Chocolate Quinoa Crisps 
www.undercoversnacks.com
Made from crispy quinoa lightly covered in premium chocolate with other simple healthy ingredients. You won’t believe their incredibly satisfying collapsible crunch – and because they use lots of quinoa, you get extra protein, fiber and nutrients with fewer calories and less sugar. These products are also certified peanut/tree-nut free, certified gluten free and non-GMO.

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Zellee Organic Fruit Gel
www.zellee.com 
Zellee’s fruit jel is certified organic, non-GMO and vegan (no gelatin), and made with real fruit and without any added sugar. It’s also an excellent source of Vitamin D and antioxidant Vitamins A & C. 

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Orga Foods Super Crisps
www.orga-foods.com
Made using only five ingredients; organic chia seeds, organic flax seeds, Himalayan pink salt, organic pumpkin seeds, organic sunflower seeds, and organic unhulled sesame seeds. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and omega fatty acids, the products are certified gluten-free, vegan, organic, non-GMO, kosher, and Paleo and Keto-friendly. They’re light, they’re crispy, they put regular chips and crackers to shame. 

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Matzo Bites
www.matzoproject.com
A great cracker that’s vegan, nut-free, dairy-free, and all-natural. Choose from Matzo flats, chips, or bites in a variety of flavors including Everything, Harissa, Salted, Cinnamon Sugared. 

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RIND Snacks
www.rindsnacks.com
Unique and craveable whole fruit snacks that maximize nutrition and minimize waste through the ‘power of the peel’. More vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants are concentrated in the rind than any other part of the fruit. With a clean ingredient list of just the fruit used, RIND’s products are non-GMO project verified, Kosher certified, gluten-free, have zero added sugar and 4-6g of fiber per serving. 

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Mama Geraldine’s Aged Cheddar Cheese Straws
www.mamageraldines.com
Made with 50% 12-month Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Cheeses. The full-size packages also come in Aged Cheddar, Pimento Cheese, Chipotle Cheddar and Parmesan Herb. Also, the Aged Cheddar and Parmesan Herb come in gluten free.  

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Tidbits Fun Bites Meringue Cookies
www.tidbits.fun
Sugar-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, cholesterol-free and non-GMO. Tidbits bite-sized treats come in a 40-piece resealable bag in the following flavors: Cookies and Cream, Cappuccino, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla. They also have regular, keto-friendly, or diabetic-friendly and a variety of flavors of Tidbits Fun Bites. 

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Brain Squeezers
www.brainiacfoods.com
Not just your average applesauce, flavors include Apple, Strawberry and Cinnamon, ensuring there’s something for all taste buds. Every Brainiac Kids snack contains the BrainPack — a proprietary blend of brain nutrients including Omega‑3s and Choline to supercharge kids' developing brains with the nutrients it needs. Plus all snacks are Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, have no added sugars or artificial flavors and are approved by pediatricians - making them the perfect snack for growing minds.

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gimMe Roasted Seaweed Snacks
www.gimmesnacks.com
This tasty superfood snack is roasted to light and crispy perfection, an excellent source of vitamins B12 & K, and iodine, and each serving is only 25 calories and equal to a serving of veggies. Perfect for satisfying those crunchy cravings or replacing high sodium and sugary snacks, gimMe snacks come in six flavors including Sea Salt & Avocado Oil and Teriyaki. They are also USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. 

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YumEarth Fruit Chews
www.yumearth.com
YumEarth has crafted an assortment of fan-favorite candies free of the top eight allergens, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial dyes, for a wholesome treat to be enjoyed all summer long and as the perfect lunchbox sweet treat. From lollipops to gummies and chocolates, YumEarth has an option for every sweet moment for you and your family. 

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Guava Snacks
www.orga-foods.com
The perfect blend of guavas, walnuts, almonds & flax seeds, Guava Snacks are an excellent source of Vitamin C. 

Published: July 2021

College Products

College Products

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Heading off to college? Here are some great products to send with your college student for dorm and apartment living.

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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 Solo First Aid Kit
$50; MyMedic.com
A small, compact kit equipped with hand-picked essential life saving supplies. Small, water resistant, and lightweight. Packs well in a backpack or carry-on. Contains over 45 quality, essential first-aid supplies. HSA/FSA approved.

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Twinkly LED Smart Lights 
$99 & up; Twinkly.com
Smartphone controllable and come in strings, festoons, icicles and clusters. They are year round lights featuring more than 16 million colors to select for indoor or outdoor use. Combines colorful RGB LED lights with an impressive variety of levels for brightness, speed, intensity, and color palettes; fully controlled though the Twinkly app on a smartphone.

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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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Lava Lamp Custom Cool
$39.99; LavaLamp.com
These lamps provide relaxing soft light and are the perfect size for desks, dorm rooms or man caves. Watch the mesmerizing LAVA lamp blobs collide and flow as they ooze up and down the glass globe of the LAVA lamp. If you want instant start up action, grab a glitter LAVA lamp. Simply plug in and sparkle.

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Keebos Crossbody Phone cases
$29.95; Keebos.com
As smart phones keep getting bigger and more expensive, Keebos is the perfect solution to wearing your phone as a necklace or crossbody. Whether going to school, on a stroll, a dog walk, riding a scooter or bike, traveling, Keebos is here to help you keep your phone accessible and safe. 

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The Noir Skillet 
$99.95; ZavorAmerica.com
The Noir Skillet offering consists of individual pieces and skillet sets. Available in a variety of sizes to fit all culinary creations, Whitford ceramic coated for superior performance, and a unique removable handle that lets you comfortably take your skillet from stovetop to oven. Your traditional skillet just got an upgrade.

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Neato D8 Intelligent Robot Vacuum
$699.99; shop.neatorobotics.com
Cleaning is the last thing your new grad will think about in a dorm or first apartment, so give the kid a break with the ultimate cleaning machine. If they are on their own for the first time, it’s a great way to check-in on them too with remote sign-in access to schedule cleanings. This premium product at an entry-level pricing offers the signature Neato and quality, like LaserSmart technology to intelligently navigate and an easy, Bluetooth-enabled setup to get cleaning in minutes. 

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LumiCharge II- All In One LED Desk Lamp & Phone Dock
$99; TheLumiCharge.com
Not only is this a functional LED desk lamp, but it’s also a convenient place to charge your phone, making this an all-in-one workstation. It contains a universal charging dock and 10W wireless charger, so no matter what type of cell phone you have, you can charge it with ease. This smart LED desk lamp can also be adjusted for optimal directional lighting.

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Week From Hell Duo
$21.95; WaltonWoodFarm.com

Did the scholar have a hectic midterms week? Help them indulge in a little self-care with this set that includes a "Week From Hell" Hand Rescue (grapefruit and brown sugar fragrance) and all-natural Lip Balm. Free of harsh ingredients like SLS, Paraben, and Phthalate, these body care essentials are also cruelty-free, vegetarian/vegan-friendly, and gluten-free.

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Fasta Pasta Microwave Pasta Cooker
$19.99; Amazon.com
With the Fasta Pasta, you’ll never have to wait for water to boil again. Cooking perfect al dente pasta is fast and easy. The Fasta Pasta allows you to save time, energy, and water. It’s perfect for spaghetti, fettuccini, macaroni, lasagna noodles, rotini, and even works great with vegetables, soups, casseroles, and rice. Just measure pasta, add water, cook in microwave, and drain pasta all in a single, easy-to-use container.

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Recipes Every College Student Should Know by Christine Nelson
$9.99; QuirkBooks.com
A perfect gift for hungry dorm-dwellers, this must-have pocket guide will help students make and eat healthy snacks, meals, and other tasty bites. Discover quick breakfasts to help you make it to class on time, backpack-friendly lunches, dormmate dinners for a crowd, study break snacks, and of course an infallible recipe for microwave mug cake—plus basic tools, terms, nutrition, budgeting guides, and safety tips for novice cooks. No matter if you’ve got a microwave and an electric kettle or a full-sized kitchen, this book will have you well-fed and back to studying (or video games) in no time.

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Manta Sleep Mask
$34.99; MantaSleep.com
It is vital for college students to get proper sleep at night, as it will help them stay on top of their studies, do better on exams, and maintain a healthy life balance. Great for post-class naps, it provides 100% blackout for maximized sleep quality — so users feel 100%, all the time. 

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Stuff Every College Student Should Know by Blair Thornburgh
$9.95; QuirkBooks.com
The ultimate reference for every part of campus life. Packed with tips, tricks, and handy lists, the book gives college kids the lowdown on everything from pulling all-nighters to navigating dorm room drama to actually doing their own laundry. Covering everything from move-in day to graduation, this pocket-sized handbook is the perfect gift for high-school seniors...because textbooks can only teach you so much.

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iHome Weather Tough Speaker
$59.99; iHomeAudio.com 
Features a rugged design and is waterproof, shockproof and sand-proof. Bring it with you on any adventure rain or shine and enjoy up to 11 hours of Audio. Features 5 color changing accent lighting modes that pulse to the music for full spectrum effects. Stream wireless audio via Bluetooth and take calls with the built-in speakerphone. Enjoy 360° stereo sound and enhanced bass with a rear firing passive subwoofer.

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Portable Lock Box
$49.99; Kensington.com 
Made with lightweight yet durable high-impact ABS plastic, the splash-resistant box is perfect for a mobile phone, passport, keys, wallet, money, and more. The dual locking mechanism lets you use the traditional keyed lock or the convenient resettable three-dial combination lock. Easy to take with you to keep valuables safe. A strong, adjustable security strap allows you to tether the lock box to a stationary object, and can also be used as a convenient carry handle.

Updated: July 2021

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!

Tempo Tight

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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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

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

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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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
$29.99; Relentless-Drive.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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The Scottish Grocer Father’s Day Kit
$64.89; TheScottishGrocer.com

This bundle is overflowing with authentic imports from Scotland with a distinct single malt flavor including famous Whisky Coffee by Edinburgh Company Ltd. Curated especially for dad, this handsome gift set arrives in an all-natural jute bag complete with Laphroaig Single Malt Whisky Fudge, Edradour Single Malt Whisky Marmalade to pair with included Stockans Thick Cut Oatcakes, as well as Whiskey & Honey Organic Soap, Whiskey & Honey Hand Wash and a Scottish Thistle Gift Card to top it all off with a personal appreciation for the special gentlemen in your life.  

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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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Fire Dept. Coffee
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Features great tasting coffees freshly roasted by a team of firefighters, first responders and coffee connoisseurs. And 10 percent of the proceeds help first responders injured on the job or facing other serious health challenges. 

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Custom Mouse Pad
$7.49; Collage.com
Jazz up your desk with a custom photo mousepad. You've already made your office your own with photos – now, go the extra mile and create your own custom mouse pad. Personalize your mouse pad with favorite photos and text. Premium, stain-resistant cloth cover, nonslip rubber backing and made with high-density rubber foam.

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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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Sofa Stud
$9.99; https://sofastud.com/
Dad will never have to hold a cup again while relaxing on the couch watching TV with this spill-proof cup holder. Features a slim paddle that slides between couch cushions and the circular base holds his favorite beverage. Protects upholstery from spills, tables from unsightly watermarks and prevents dear 'ol dad from having to keep reaching for a cup.  

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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.

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Italian Leather Wallet
$150; WorldChic.com

Italian leather with six card slots and two bill compartments. Made in Florence, Italy. World Chic puts together hand-selected collections made by artisans with a rich history of craft from around the world. Instead of shopping first by product, with World Chic, you shop first by country.

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Coalatree Compass Backpack
$79.99; CoalaTree.com

With an external zipper pocket on top, two hydration sleeves on the sides, and a hidden pocket for valuables that sits against your back, you'll never spend excess time looking for the essentials you need. The padded sleeves fit up to 17" laptops and 10" tablets and the fabric will repel any unwanted rain or spills, keeping your gear dry and protected. 

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Full Leather Wallet Case
$55.89; Mujjo.com
A simple but brilliant idea that turns your iPhone into your wallet – so the only other thing you need to remember are your keys. This case adds a pouch on the back to create a winning combination that is designed to make your day to day life more convenient.

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Eleven.9 Hoodie
$149; Voormi.com
Built with weather-shedding surfaced hardened thermal wool, this hoodie is a warm, moisture-wicking midlayer on a deep powder day or a super-tough, abrasion-resistant outer. Finished with a durable water repellent treatment and reinforced with nylon to ensure long-lasting performance, this is a hoodie you’ll wear day after day for multiple seasons.

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Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam
$399; BestBuy.com
4K HD quality at 30fps, super slow motion at 1080p and 120fps, image stabilization to reduce vibrations for crystal clear video, as well as extreme weather mode and enhanced night vision settings to capture critical details on the foggiest or darkest of roads. Front and rear facing camera compatibility and 911 SOS alert capabilities to call emergency services quickly and provide a precise location.

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Poolcandy Splash Runner 2.5 Inflatable Motorized Pool Lounger
$200; Poolcandy.net
Drive forward, backward, left, right, relocate to a sunny spot or propel over to the shade. Drive around the pool with powerful dual 66-watt motors that activates at the touch of a button – spin and turn in every direction.

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RE SHOE VN8R Signature Shoe Cleaning Kit
$50; Reshoevn8r.com
All the tools needed for an effective laundry deep Reshoevn8 and deodorization as well as a quick Reshoevn8.

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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.

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Sleeve for 16" Macbook Pro
$83.89; Mujjo.com
Crafted out of a unique combination of felt and vegetable-tanned leather, this sleeve has been designed to securely carry the Macbook Pro, along with its 3rd generation predecessor. Sleeves also available in 13".

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Selk'bag Lite 6G
$99.99; SelkBagUSA.com
Designed to give maximum comfort and warmth while providing the greatest freedom of movement. Featuring lightweight construction, the Lite is perfect for outdoor activities in warmer seasons, and just about anything you can think of indoors, from playing to sleeping.

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GeeKey Multi-Tool
$26.99; GetGeekey.com
An innovative, compact multi-tool that combines everyday common tools into one sleek little punch that delivers endless capability. Geekey features many common tools that have been used for decades and proven essential for everyday fixes.

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The Arsenal Mens Grooming Kit
$14.94; Wild-Willies.com
This grooming kit is your one stop shop for all your men's grooming needs that don't involve your beard. Includes straight edge nail clippers, multi-purpose scissor, slanted edge clippers, tweezers, nail file, scraping tool, cuticle stick, V-shaped push stick, needle and loop blackhead remover and ear pick.

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

Updated: April 2021

Toys

Best New Baby and Toddler Toys

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Parents! Check out these cool new toys that every baby or toddler will love.

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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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Dolce Primo Anteater
$39.99; 0+
Magformers.com
Watch as your baby explores the soft fabrics, flaps and learns new sensory and hand-eye coordination skills. Let your baby develop their sensory skills with textured fabrics, observe the fun colorful fabrics and learn to understand cause and effect through the many interesting activities in this toy.  

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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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Alphapals
$195; 2-6 years
AlphaPals.com
An Alphapals set is both an at-home toy and learning tool founded to help early learning challenges, and encourage children to play and learn. The set is a fun, interactive and hands-on approach helping families experience the fun side of learning. Each set is equipped with 26 plush letters that conveniently slip away into a comfy bean bag.

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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. 360-degree spinning front wheels and durable tires that are designed for both indoor and outdoor play.  

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Twist & Explore Caterpillar
$9.99; 3 months+
VTechKids.com
Twist the caterpillar's body segments into new positions to pretend like it is moving. Shake the beads, spin the rings and press the light-up heart button. Pressing the light-up heart plays music and phrases. With multiple textures from rubbery antennae to nubby rings and ribbons, little fingers will have fun exploring all the ways this cute critter delights the senses.

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Fold & Go Beach Set
$12.99; 18 months+
Hape.com
Be fully-prepared for the summer with this adorable beach play set. The flat, easy-to-carry fish-design canvas bag contains a fold-out bucket, a small spade and a cute fish-shaped sand mold.

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100 Words About Places I Go
$17.99; 18 months+
LeapFrog.com
Featuring age-appropriate words, this interactive book teaches about people and objects in 12 unique places in both English and Spanish. Go to the beach in any season and discover words in two languages about things to bring and surprises to find. Ten touch-sensitive locations on each page teach about words, colors and counting in the context of 12 unique places.

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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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Little Tikes My First Bowling Set
$19.99; 2+ 
LittleTikes.com
This six pin bowling set has a console that lets kids reset their pins instantly while they play, so there's no more hassle in delicately balancing pins. The included bowling lane and two balls lets your kids play right away with no assembly. The built-in handle also makes it easy to transport so kids can play anytime, anywhere. 

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$149.99; 9 months-3 years
RadioFlyer.com
The stackable 6-piece set is made of a soft PU foam which is comfortable, durable, dense, stain resistant and easily wiped clean. Great for tumbling, climbing and active imaginative play. The blocks can be stacked in endless configurations, so the fun and creativity never has to stop. They are also lightweight which makes it easy for toddlers to carry. 

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Fubbles No-Spill Big Bubble Bucket
$12.99; 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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Touch & Chat Light Up Phone
$14.99; 6 months+
VTechKids.com
Start exploring animals, letters, numbers and words on a toy phone with cell phone-like features to encourage imaginative play with learning. Start in Video Call mode with three emoji graphics and two animals to video-call. Switch to Learning mode to find 12 pretend apps for your toddler to browse. Check the weather, click on a map, send play text messages and listen to music. Keep little ones engaged in play and learning with 70+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases.

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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.

Magformers Backyard Adventure Set

Magformers Backyard Adventure-61 pieces
$74.99; 3+
Magformers.com
Click! Connect Create! Build magnetic houses and invite all your friends to the party. Create houses and build a playground. Add your favorite characters including, Max, Maggie and Minibot.

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Make a Fort
$99; 4+
Makeafort.fun
Forts, mazes, puzzles, tunnels and mansions--there's no limit to what you can create. Each kit is made from recycled cardboard. The panels are super strong, and there's no need for adhesives. The panels also easily slide together, so you can use your imagination to make super cool designs. Your young artist can color the panels any way they wish. 


Published: May 2021

Craft Kits & Activities

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

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Chalk Alive
$4.97; 5+

ChalkAlive.com
With Chalk Alive, creating art with sidewalk chalk transforms into an exciting augmented reality experience. First, head outside with the 6 colorful sidewalk chalks and 3 character stencils included and prepare to create a portal into a whole new world of lively, creative fun. Use the chalks to color in the stencils. Then, download the free, interactive Chalk Alive mobile app. Scan your art, snap a photo using the app, and watch your drawings come alive — in 4D.

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Watercolor Wonders
$18.99; 6+

Klutz.com
As you paint, reveal hidden designs in our invisible, paint-resistant "ink." Uncover patterns in scenes with adorable animals, a star-studded galaxy, whimsical fairies, and more! Follow step-by-step instructions to learn the basics of watercolor and work up to more intermediate techniques like ombré and tie-dye with 20 pieces of adorable, ready-to-paint artworks. With premium paints and magical designs, this is the perfect starter kit for budding artists.

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PaperCraft Dolls Fashion Parade
$9.99; 3+
Amazon.com
Color in your own paper doll cuties and design your own fashions for hours of screen-free playtime fun. These large, easy to color dolls and outfit stickers can stick (and unstick) for frustration-free design and display on walls, windows and more. Mix and match your fashions for thousands of combinations creating super stylish outfits that encourage a child’s creativity and imaginative play. 

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Sew Squishy Cubes
$21.99; 7+

Klutz.com
Designed for beginners, the kit includes everything you need to make 3 squishy felt creations: a unicorn, a phoenix, and an on trend yeti. Each animal is made with felt pieces pre-cut with holes for extra-simple sewing. Once your projects are stitched and stuffed, customize each cube with stickers and faux fur with felt-friendly double-stick tape. Sprinkled with humor, these cute plushies spark imagination and play.

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Wish*Craft Mystical Moons Paint a Scarf
$19.99; 8+
BrightStripes.co
This stunning, breezy scarf has a beautiful, mystical pattern with moons and flowers in gold foil. Mix the neon fabric dyes in the included palette and create a totally wearable and striking accessory! Pin to the included cardboard surface to keep your scarf taut and work area clean. Includes a 5 ft long polyester scarf, 3 liquid fabric dyes, paintbrush, palette, 40 pins, cardboard painting surface, and instructions.

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Rainbow Daydream Soap
$12.99; 6+

Klutz.com
The kit includes a sudsy soap base that melts easily in a microwave or double boiler. Add the custom scent, then pour the soap into the molds of your choice. You'll also find for using the included materials in creative ways and whipping up spa recipes with ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

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Tie Dye Party Kit
$29.99; 12+
Amazon.com
Now you can sport your own custom designs by turning any natural fabric item From Blank to Swank. Tie dye it all from t-shirts to towels and socks to scrunchies. The no-mess squeeze bottles and gloves are easy for any size hand to use. This is a great indoor activity for rainy days, slumber parties, birthdays, and home-school art activities.

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STEAM School Painting Science
$18.99; 4+
BrightStripes.co
Boys and girls are introduced to the wonders of symmetry by making folded paintings then watching a paper flower bloom! Basic science concepts like optical illusions and capillary action will wow young scientists and future mathematicians, right at the kitchen table. In all, five fun art projects introduce math and science concepts while getting creative.

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Paint Your Own Squishy
$15.99; 8+
Amazon.com
This super slow rise Squishy Kit has all you need to paint your own adorable octopus squishy, along with a color mixing chart. Play, poke, stretch, squeeze and squish. Squishy toys are great for calm, focus, increasing hand strength, and help relieve anxiety in kids. Kit contains specially curated puffy paint for squishies in teal, orange, white and purple, one brush, and a large squishy octopus.

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PaperCraft Dolls Sweet Boutique
$12.99; 3+
EducationalInsights.com
Customize your own outfits and model them on adorable paper dolls. Design tops, bottoms, dresses, and more any way you like. Then mix, match and style and let your custom creations (and your imagination) shine with pretend fashion shows that encourage creativity. The PaperCraft Sweet Boutique package transforms into a playset, complete with cardboard accessories, that is part of the sustainable playtime experience.

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Face Paintoos – Licensed
$11.99; 4+
Amazon.com
Face Paintoos now feature popular characters from Disney Frozen 2, Marvel Avengers, Marvel Spider-Man and Disney Princess. Children love dressing up, role play and parties…and they love getting their face painted. Allows for all of the fun and detailed designs of face painting without the hassle of wet paint and the expense of a professional face painter. 

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My Cat Mermaid & Friends
$19.99; 4+
Klutz.com
Build fine motor skills and learn to sew with a cat-tastic mermaid and her sweet sea critter friends. Start with simple lacing cards featuring a seashell and sea star, before you dive into the three felt projects: seahorse, narwhal, and a cute cat mermaid. Get creative by decorating your undersea friends with felt stickers and glittery embellishments.

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Paint & Peel Jelly Stickers
$19.99; 6+
Klutz.com
Use custom jelly paint to trace sticker designs from penguins to rainbows, then simply let the paint dry. This kit comes with everything you need to make up to 60 reusable stickers and then decorate them with rhinestones and wiggly eyes. These stickers are perfect for phone cases, water bottles, and screens. They're guaranteed to glam up your gear.

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Scribble Scrubbie Pets Cloud Clubhouse
$14.99; 3+
Caroyla.com
Includes an exciting new Scribble Scrubbie innovation (colored pets!) that you can color for even more fun. This set also includes a rainbow slide, a rainwater shower and a cloud environment that doubles as a storage solution. 

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Tropical Tie Die Soap
$12.99; 6+
Klutz.com
The kit includes a sudsy soap base that melts easily in a microwave or double boiler. Add the custom scent, then pour the soap into the molds of your choice. You'll also find for using the included materials in creative ways and whipping up spa recipes with ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

Published: May 2021

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