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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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LS35X Rose Gold Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset For Xbox One
$179.99; LucidSound.com
Xbox Wireless allows the headset to connect to the Xbox One without any additional cables or base station and automatically configures the Xbox for super simple setup. Features: Wireless, Directly Connect to Xbox One,  Surround Sound on Xbox One and Windows 10, Engineered for Comfort,Tough, Lightweight Construction, Precisely Adjusted Tonal Balance, Revolutionary Control Scheme, Works with Your Phone, Dual Mics with Mic Monitoring.

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Marvel Legends Gear Avengers Endgame Gauntlet
$99.99; Hasbro.com
The six Infinity Stones contain within them the power to control and contort the fabric of the universe. In this Gauntlet, the powers of the Infinity Stones are combined to create a weapon with unfathomable capabilities. Featuring highly articulated electronic finger joints, pulsating light effects, movie-inspired sounds, and a fierce-looking fist lock display mode, this high-quality Power Gauntlet roleplay item makes a great gift for collectors and fans of the Avengers: Endgame movie. 

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Indy Wireless Earbuds
$84.99; SkullCandy.com
For the independent music lover that's always on the go, Indy delivers a truly wireless experience without breaking the bank. With up to 16 rechargeable hours of battery life, a water-resistant design, and capacitive touch controls for music and calls, now you can have your soundtrack with more freedom than ever. Perfect for the backpacking trip across the mountains or the camel ride across the Sahara.

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Stash Portable Power Bank
$29.99; SkullCandy.com
Whether you’re heading into a camping weekend or do all your business on the go, Skullcandy’s portable power bank, Stash packs in all the power you could ever need straight into your pocket.

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NFL Uniform Apron 
$29.99; PartyAnimalInc.com
This durable and lightweight apron features printed graphics that look like the uniform worn by your favorite NFL team. Apron is made of 100% polyester and features two handy front pockets, waist ties, and an adjustable neck strap that will provide a comfortable fit to most adults. 

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Eco-Popper
$189.99; Eco-Net.com
Experience a whole new way of enjoying your favorite pastime with a fishing lure that streams live HD underwater video. It has built-in temperature and salinity sensors, so the angler gets four-in-one unique operations: a lure with live underwater video, a fish scouter, a fishing trainer and a bait trailer streamer. It is available in eight different colors and is completely waterproof with freshwater and saltwater operations. Fish on.

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The Rok-it Chair by Kijaro 
$60; 
Kijaro.com
A compact and lightweight portable rocking chair letting you smoothly rock while relaxing at the game, along the river, at camp, or in your own backyard.

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iLive Gaming Headset
$34.99; iliveelectronics.com
These gaming headphones are universally compatible (PC, PlayStation, Xbox, etc.) and offer the best that gaming can offer. Comfortable ear pads and an adjustable headband make these a dream for your longest gaming sessions while the built-in mic, 6.5ft cord, and in-line controls (mute, volume) meet all of your gaming needs. A USB plug for LEDs adds a touch of fun while you destroy your enemies and becoming a gaming champion. 

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IntelliARMOR CarryOn AirPod Case
$29.99; intelliarmor.com
A hand-crafted protective leather case for Apple AirPods. Available in three colors (black, brown and camel) and features a handy metal clip. 

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SENA R1 Bluetooth Helmet
$129; Sena.com

Featuring the only Bluetooth intercom system available. Also features a patented Advanced Noise Control that filters out wind and white noise, seamlessly keeping your riding partners connected in HD quality by placing the speakers above your ears. Sena's Bluetooth 4.1 technology also allows riders to hear GPS directions, as well as cues and feedback from fitness apps like Strava, so cyclists can easily monitor speed, cadence, and heart rate without taking their hands off the bars, or eyes off the road. Also available: R1 visor.

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Urban 21 Commuter Backpack 
$239; GetKeySmart.com
This backpack has all the bells and whistles you need to commute in style. Made with ripstop woven fabric, your belongings will be safe whether your travels take you on the train, plane, or by foot. RFID-blocking microfiber compartments keep your belongings and data safe and organized in a sleek and seamless design. The Urban 21 is waterproof and comfortable to carry, so you can have a sweat-free and painless commute, every time.

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Quartet Glass Whiteboard Desktop Computer Pad 
$39.49; Amazon.com
Designed to sit perfectly between a keyboard and monitor and is angled for comfortable reading and writing. Non-absorbent glass lets you write, erase and rewrite on a clean surface every time. The board will not stain or ghost, which allows clear viewing without distracting streaks. De-clutter your desk by storing markers and other accessories in the pull-out drawer or place markers on the accessory channel for quick access.

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Whiskers Shoelaces
$14.99; WhiskersLaces.com

A product helping men make bold, but affordable, fashion statements. In this era of distinct fashion choices, many trends are not without a hefty price-tag. Available in four different styles and several colorways.

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Forceflex Sunglasses
$29.99; Amazon.com
Forceflex has the highest military-grade impact protection rating on the market, exceeding MIL-PRF-31013 Military Ballistic Standards, the safety test used to qualify spectacles for authorized use in the U.S. Army. The company’s patented I-Form elastomer technology provides for the most adjustable frames on the market. Their flexibility allows them to conform to any face comfortably, eliminating pressure points from the bridge of the nose to the back of the ears. 

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Cork Pops Legacy
$28; CorkPops.com
Comes with a cartridge that will open approximately 60-80 bottles of wine. Designed to fit all traditional wine bottles as well as flanged lip bottles. Does not affect the flavor of the wine. Has a needle guard.

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Casio CT-X700
$179.99; Casio.com
Features Casio’s new AiX Sound Source the CT-X00 which can reproduce a wide variety of instruments such as acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, drums, basses, brass, wind instruments, string ensembles, etc.Offers Step-Up Lesson system which helps users easily learn songs, with the display showing proper fingering and notation. Features a back-lit LCD display, 61 piano-type keys, six-track recorder, 100 built.

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FREEZE Cooling Pint Glasses (set of 2)
$
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Keep any refreshing drink cold, for hours on end. The magic, is in the gel. HOST's proprietary cooling gel is precisely engineered to keep a beverage perfectly cold for hours. After just two hours in the freezer, the Beer FREEZE is ready to do the hard work for you.Each glass is constructed with an insulated silicone band for comfortable handling.

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Mixcder E9 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones 
$79.99; Mixcder.com
With deep bass and built-in microphone, the Mixcder E9 offers the latest advancements in noise canceling technology with improved sound quality, and an extended 30 hour playtimePriced perfectly for students and adults, the travel-friendly foldable E9 headphones feature an elegant sleek design and comfortable soft foam pads with features audiophiles appreciate. The ANC technology continuously detects and reacts to outside noises, analyzing sound waves and blocking out ambient sound by creating inverse waves for a totally immersive experience for beautiful music and sound.

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NOWA Smart Watch
$189-$229; Nowa.Watch
This gorgeous Hybrid Smart Watch automatically adjusts to your changing time-zone and it doesn’t need to be charged. With an elegant French design, Italian Straps, Swiss movements and Sapphire coating on the glass, this showstopper combines modern technology with timeless elegance in the thinnest hybrid “smart watch” in the world. Capabilities include: activity tracking, sleep monitoring, Smart Controls (Reject calls, enable find my phone and access camera controls for the perfect selfie) and more.

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HubPlus
$79.99; MyCharge.com
The newly redesigned myCharge HubPlus 6700mAh portable charger is the quintessential powerbank. With an integrated Apple Lightning cable and an integrated micro-USB cable and the newly added USB port, staying charged on the go has never been easier. Carrying cables is a thing of the past, not only are the cables built in for effortless charging but wall prongs are built-in for effortless recharging. 

Updated: October 2019

Gift Ideas for Moms

Holiday Gift Ideas for Women

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Gifts for Mom's!  Looking for unique gifts for that special woman in your life? Check out these great ideas.

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Infinite Love Blanket, Big – Slate
$180; Shop.BigLovie.com

Adults have given this blanket to friends as gifts with a LoveSnap that says “I simply couldn’t be more thankful for you” or “Be yourself today, you look gorgeous like that”.  And of course a BIG LOViE is for kids to enjoy their favorite blanket as they grow up.

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DEEBOT OZMO 950
$799.99; EcoVacs.com

Provides consumers with powerful full-coverage cleaning, thanks to numerous advanced features including a longer battery life (3 hours!), Max+ Mode for deeper cleaning, SmartNavi 3.0TM with updated virtual boundaries and multi-floor mapping, and OZMO technology for two-in-one mopping and vacuuming. The new vacuum/mop combination features ECOVACS’ thinnest design yet, to ensure the 950 can access and clean every floor surface with ease. The model is smart home compatible with Google and Amazon systems.

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Amulet
$99; Ilado-Store.com
This gold-plated necklace is inspired by the meaningful beauty and magic of the traditional Thai amulet. It is worn over the heart, like a window to your soul. Place your precious charms inside to express who you are and to inspire you every day.

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Kapa Nui Nails Starter Kit
$30; Kapanuinails.com
Kapa Nui Nail Colors are designed as a 3-step, 2 formula system. When used together, Kapa Nui Nail Color and Base & Top Coat Sealer delivers long-wearing, chip resistant beautiful nails. Includes starter size bottle of your favorite color, base and top coat, remover, manicure sticks and remover pads.

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The Comfy Hoodie
$44.99; TheComfy.com

The Comfy Hoodie has all you love from the original Comfy oversized blanket/sweatshirt with the ultimate sweatshirt material of your favorite hoodie. Cozy warmth all year long. One size fits all.

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Cheeky Physique’s Sublime Lips -Manuka Honey Lip Plumper
$25; CheekyPhysique.com
Take a natural pout to the next level with its luscious blend of Manuka Honey and advanced lip plumping ingredients. Cheeky Physique’s hydrating lip treatment nourishes lips while offering instant and longterm volume enhancement. Use Sublime Lips alone for a natural, kissable look or combine with any favored lip color. 

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Emulsified Sugar Scrub
$29.75; OMMcollection.com
A hydrating and revitalizing exfoliating sugar scrub featuring 100% pure natural oils and emulsified sugar crystals. Camellia sinensis seed oil stimulates skin regeneration, boosts skin cells revitalization, and acts as anti-aging. Sweet almond oil helps to brighten and tone the skin while leaving behind an unforgettable natural scent and glow.

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Ylang Ylang Lavender Gift Basket  
$49.99; PureParker.com
Indulge your senses with a luxurious at-home spa treatment. Wrapped in an Ornamental Bath Tub that will add an extra touch to your bath room long after the products are finished. Contains a Shower Gel (265ml), Bubble Bath (265ml), 2 XL Bath Bombs, Bath Salts (3.5oz), Bath Butter (4.1oz), Bath Oil (30ml) Bath Belt, Bath Slippers (one size), and Lava Stone Aromatherapy Bracelet.

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Carnaval Bag in Copper
$95; JosephineAlexander.com

Perfect as beach bags or every day hand bags, these lightweight one of a kind bags are woven out of synthetic palm, usually used to make thatch roofing. Colorful and playful, they are 100% waterproof and fade proof, making them your go to bag.

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Pudus Slipper Socks
$24.99-29.99; ilovemypudus.com

Pack these slippers for your next vacation and keep your feet comfortable and warm while in the hotel. Featuring extra-fluffy sherpa lining and non-slip grippers, this collection wraps your feet in warmth so you can lounge in comfort and style. 

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Noelle Ceramic Electric Kettle
$59.99; TrueBrands.com

Fashion meets function with this stylish tea kettle by Pinky Up. This kettle features glossy mint ceramic glazing and a trendy rose gold metallic base. Includes 1.5L capacity with easy on/off switch. Boiling water has never been this chic.

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NodPod Weighted Sleep Mask
$32; NodPod.com

Nodpods elongated, strap and velcro-free design, can lay freely over your eyes or secured with its pull-through slit. Microbeads mold to the contours of your face for a total light-blocking experience. Jersey cotton cool side, microfleece warm side. Stays soft and flexible out of the freezer. Four equally weighted pods filed with scent-free, machine washable microbeads with hollow ends for head resting comfort.

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Luma Skin Therapy Wand
$69.99; PureDailyCare.com

Prevents the appearance of aging signs and can help reduce existing ones within just 2-3 months of treatment. This magical wand harnesses four powerful yet completely natural technologies to give you an all in one skincare tool that was once only offered at professional skin care clinics and spas. You can use each mode individually or combine them for tailored therapies including anti-aging, skin firming, acne treating and more, depending on your skin care goals. 

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HeatWave SoundTouch Glove Liners
$24.99; Seirus.com
Upgrade warmth to any glove and keep you from ever having exposed hands again. Made with Seirus' innovative HeatWave dual stage kinetic and reflective heating system lining, this stand alone form-fitting glove liner lets you increase the heat of any glove. 

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Transform by Urban Originals
$98; UOBags.com
This bag radiates a sense of style and ease. An internal press stud feature allows the bag to compress from a classic, spacious tote shape to a smaller handbag style. This structured tote can also be carried as a traditional shoulder bag thanks to the removable shoulder strap. 

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Mixcder E10 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
$89.99; Mixcder.com
Featuring an ergonomic design with comfortable soft ear pads and a lightweight hard carrying case. Ideal for frequent travelers, the airplane adapter allows users to immerse themselves in music without the distraction of an airplane’s engine or other ambient noise. In addition, the buttons are bigger to allow larger hands to control volume, change music, and take phone calls. The E10 is light-weight, weighing only around 10 ounces, making it the go-to headphones to take everywhere, with foldable rotating ear cups for easy packing in the included durable case.

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Collective Hearts Gold Sweetheart Necklace
$69; CollectiveHearts.co
Handcrafted in Northern California this delicate and modern necklace is 14k gold-filled and features a  15”-17” adjustable cable chain and a Heart charm which can be worn two ways, upright and sideways. Enclosed with your purchase, you'll find a 100% recycled paper heart, embedded with wildflower seed which can either be gifted or planted. Every purchase contributes to the Jacmel Children’s Center in Haiti, built by founder Lisa Rueff.

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Limited Edition Phone Clutch Glamo Camo
$22.95; MyRume.com

A great all-around style, an everyday bag to wear with jeans and tees. Accented with a red zipper and gold metal, this classic camouflage is sure to be your favorite new accessory. It’s loaded with inner pockets perfect for your essentials —credit cards, cash, and lipstick. A neoprene inner pouch keeps your phone safely protected. There’s even a spot for receipts to keep them tidy, organized, and out of the clutter that accumulates in your purse. A vegan leather wristlet strap keeps your hands free throughout your busy day. 

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Collective Hearts Gold Heart Hoops
$79; CollectiveHearts.com

Handcrafted in Northern California these lightweight  hoops are hand-hammered and easy to wear. Enclosed with your purchase, you'll find a 100% recycled paper heart, embedded with wildflower seeds which can either be gifted or planted. Every purchase contributes to the Jacmel Children’s Center in Haiti, built by founder Lisa Rueff.

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Lushy Wino Wine Glasses
$12.95-$15.95; Amazon.com

Lushy Wino believes that drinking wine should be fun and offers stemless and stemmed glasses with sayings such as "Sip Me Baby One More Time," "When I Sip You Sip We Sip," and "W.I.N.O.S. Women In Need Of Sanity," amongst others. Perfect for the wine lovers in our lives. 

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Bangle & Babe Keyring
Under $20; BangleAndBabe.com
Never lose your keys in your bag, backpack or purse ever again. This bracelet key ring is designed to easily slip onto your wrist, while still being flexible enough to fit in your pocket or purse. The bangle is designed to hold its shape when in use and can easily be manipulated to fit in small spaces. Made of food-grade silicone, the durable nonporous material is easily wiped clean or sanitized. 

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Skylight Calendar
$159; SkylightCal.com
A perfect gift for mom to help keep her busy family organized and on time. Features include a 10 inch color touch screen, events color-coded by family member, easy set-up and syncing using a personalized Skylight email address, and the ability to make event changes individually or sync entire calendars. Syncs with Google, Outlook and soon iCal.

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Mad for You Tote
$88; UOBags.com

This soft but sturdy vegan bag features a main zip enclosure, an internal zip pocket and two slip pockets and two different handle sizes to switch from hand to shoulder with ease. Available in nude, snake and leopard.

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Mizu Wine Cups
$16.95; MizuLife.com

Never drink wine out of a plastic cup again. This stainless steel wine cup offers wine-lovers a sleek, hard working wine cup for everything from camping trips to backyard parties.

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SOUL CARRIER Connection Clutch
$136; SoulCarrier.com

Works either as a chic clutch to take to dinner or as a stylist solution to keep you organized. Great for makeup and smaller accessories that often get lost inside a larger purse. The simplicity of this clutch is a reminder to stay connected to your soul - one of the greatest things you can do on your journey.

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Keebos iPhone Necklace Case
$35; Keebos.com
Keeps your hands free while enjoying time with family and friends, skiing, hiking, shopping, fishing, and going out for a fun weekend night. It's great for instances when you don't have pockets or a purse. Keebos also make a very practical accessory for new (or expecting) mothers who need to keep their hands free, but their phone close.

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Tungurahua Polka Dot Everywhere Blanket
$149.99; Ecuadane.com

With its vibrant colors, generous size, and soft texture, this blanket is meant to be used anywhere and everywhere, whether cuddling with your loved one on a winter night while watching your favorite movie, enjoying a picnic outside under the warm sun, or seeking out new adventure while hiking through a deep forest.

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$30; Lenox.com

With its bright colors, spade details and floral spade prints, this bottle delivers a healthy dose of classic kate spade new york charm, whether it's to stay or to-go. Crafted from durable 18/10 stainless steel and is hand wash only.

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The Soap Creek Company Collection
$5.99 and up; SoapCreek.com
This line helps Americans re-create the way they care for themselves every day, through high quality ingredients, transparency, and pure handmade goodness. As a certified organic company they are dedicated to making the world better, one bar at a time. Products include Heel Butter, Butter Bombs, Artisan Soaps, Lip Mend, Body Buttercreme, and Cane Sugar Whip.

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Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer 
$59.99; Target.com
Delivers gorgeous volume and brilliant shine in just one step. The unique oval brush design quickly creates frizz -free volume at the root and beautifully full-bodied curls the ends with a single pass, so you can have salon results at home. 

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eos Flavor Lab Watermelon Frosé Stick and Sphere Lip Balm
$4.99; Target.com
Blends juicy, fresh off the vine watermelon with the cool rush of icy, happy hour frosé and a dash of kaffir lime zest. It’s like a watermelon frosé (minus the brain-freeze).

Updated: October 2019

Family Travel Products

Family Travel Products

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Family Travel Products! Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, these travel products are sure to make any family trip more enjoyable.

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Wayfinder Backpack Mini
$59; EagleCreek.com
Small, discreet, and perfect for carrying on weekend trips, road trips, or back and forth to the office. Black, blue, and gray colors ensure it matches your colorful lifestyle and durable coating provides lasting strength.

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My Alchemy Skin Care Travel Mini
$65; MyAlchemySkinCare.com
Keep your skin healthy, happy and glowing. Includes: Wildcrafted Cleanser to remove grit and grime, Rose Hydrosol for spritzing anytime of the day, Illuminate, to moisturize and nourish skin with a miracle boost of vitamins to give a radiant glow, Compressed Travel Towelettes to remove make-up, Vitamini Box for supplements. 

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Coyuchi Organic Latex Travel Pillow
$48; Coyuchi.com
Coyuchi’s neck pillow is made of organic latex covered in a cozy organic cotton velour. This organic latex creates a pillow that’s soft, squeezable, and non-toxic, yet is able to keep its shape and resists wear over time. The pillow also comes with cords which can be used to keep the pillow in place while you sleep or tied to your luggage. 

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TWIST+ World Charging Station
$44.95; TheGrommet.com
Designed to use with Apple MagSafe 1 & 2 adapter, 12W USB Adapter, Apple Portable Power Adapters, World Travel Adapter Kit, Battery Charger, and Airport Express. Charge up to four devices simultaneously. Worldwide compatibility in over 150 countries. Light and compact to be the ultimate travel companion.

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SleepPhones: ASMR Edition
$19.95; SleepPhones.com
SleepPhones: ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) Edition come preloaded with deeply relaxing ASMR content. They feature tracks from 16 popular ASMR artists. ASMR involves soothing sensations triggered by equally soothing stimuli. Some common sensations including tingling, relaxation, and sleepiness, while common triggers include whispering, tapping, and crinkling paper. 

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Global Companion 40L Women's Backpack
$159; EagleCreek.com
With a place for anything and a purpose for everything, this organizational wonder is designed to keep you moving, no matter where the map may lead you. Designed to better fit a woman’s body, it offers supreme comfort, ergonomic support and a well-thought-out pocket for every possible travel essential.

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Coyuchi Organic Sateen Eye Mask 
$18; Coyuchi.com

Made from 100% organic cotton sourced and woven in India, this eye mask is the perfect travel and sleep companion. This eye mask looks great at all angles and is loomed to a 300-thread count in a silky weave that resists wrinkling. It is fitted with gentle elastic and lined with cotton terry.

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Packable Tote/Pack
$29.95; EagleCreek.com
A versatile pack with the ability to fold the entire bag into its own front pocket. It packs up super lean, travels light and includes tote handles that convert into backpack straps, making it adaptable to whatever the day may throw your way.

 

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Headleveler Custom Travel Pillow
$88; Headleveler.com
This travel pillow brings your home on the road. Whether you’re travelling to a completely new and foreign land or your home away from home, Headleveler’s Ortho-Cerv travel pillow lets you bring your creature comforts with you. Headleveler offers four different sizes of pillows that correspond to mattress size, as well as seven different thicknesses and support levels for people of all sizes. 

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The Go Case
$29.99 (G10)-$39.99 (G40); Pelican.com
Fits up to iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Note 9. Rubberized protective bumpers, protects against drops. Built in pressure valve keeps water and dust out while balancing air pressure. IP67 rated protection from water, dirt, snow and dust. Integrated single hinge latch. Abrasion and impact proof ABS outer shell. Handle for easy carry. Available in six colors.

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Car Vent Phone Mount
$17.95; TheGrommet.com
A spring-loaded grip holds phones up to four inches wide and a patented metal hook hangs onto the vent for added security. A pivot ball lets you tilt and rotate it to get the just-right position—perfect for using GPS. 

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myCharge Unplugged 10k Fast Wireless Power Bank 
$69.99; mycharge.com
Offers families an easy way to charge all of their children’s on-the-road gadgets; leaving them hours to watch their favorite show or play their favorite games. This 10,000mAh wireless portable charger is not only certified to Qi standard but also meets the Apple and Samsung Fast Charge standard.  With wireless charging capabilities and two USB ports you’re able to charge your phone, their tablet, and wireless headphones simultaneously.

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Motorola Talkabout T480
$69.99 per radio; Shop.motorolasolutions.com

This two-way radio helps families stay connected when the unexpected hits, like a power outage when cell phones are down. It comes with a wall/desk stand accessory, so can be used as a traditional weather alert radio or as a two-way radio. There is a flashlight that also automatically turns on when there is a power outage. Features an emergency alert button, safety whistle belt clip, NOAA weather channels for continuous updates and alerts, an FM Radio and up to 35-mile range. 

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Aria Kit
$79.99; AriaKit.com
Perfectly organized and full of everything you need to stay comfortable on the plane and on layovers. Hand-picked, high-quality materials to make your travel experience incredibly comfortable. Includes handmade face and body moisturize, lip balm with essential oils, all-natural deodorant, natural toothpaste with colloidal silver, alcohol-free, gentle wet wipes that remove makeup and more.

Updated: October 2019

Home Products

Home Products

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Home 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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GX Suspension Pillow 
$69/Two Pack; GXPillows.com

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our health. With the clever installation of ‘double X’ internal ties combined with hypoallergenic hollow fiber filling, the GX Suspension Pillow is the first of its kind to retain much more of its plumped shape all night long.

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Flume Water Meter
$199; FlumeTech.com

Flume detects leaks and water usage across your entire property - inside and out. Any leaks or non-optimal usage patterns will alert you through the smart phone app. As current market players only track usage on sprinkler systems this is the first and only product of its kind on the market.

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DEEBOT OZMO 950
$799.99; EcoVacs.com

Provides consumers with powerful full-coverage cleaning, thanks to numerous advanced features including a longer battery life (3 hours!), Max+ Mode for deeper cleaning, SmartNavi 3.0TM with updated virtual boundaries and multi-floor mapping, and OZMO technology for two-in-one mopping and vacuuming. The new vacuum/mop combination features ECOVACS’ thinnest design yet, to ensure the 950 can access and clean every floor surface with ease. The model is smart home compatible with Google and Amazon systems.

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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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CHI Steam Shot
$69.99; Amazon.com
This iron can perform traditional tasks of an iron, while also functioning as a handle-held steamer. This innovative design allows you to tackle wrinkles effortlessly by simply altering the settings between iron and steam. The titanium-infused soleplate provides a smooth glide over any fabric, while the dedicated steam nozzle transforms the iron to an ideal vertical steamer. 

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Lotus Trolley Bag
$34.99; Amazon.com
The color coded four bag set includes deep insulated cooler bag, egg and wine pockets and removable trolley rods for machine washing. 

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Wellslock Storage Containers
Prices Vary; Wellslock.com
Wellslock provides innovative and creative storage container and locking solutions for commercial and household applications. Features lids which slide into place with a single tab locking system.

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Foldable Storage Box with Handle
$40; TheGrommet.com
Open the box and fold the interior panel down for stability. Includes one foldable storage box with removable nylon carrying strap. Includes one compartment with two elastic mesh pockets. Padded, nylon carrying handles with metal hooks for easy transport. Folds and unfolds in three quick steps. Capable of carrying 65 pounds. Great for using in place of disposable bags for shopping.

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Magnetic Photo Frame System
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
This modular magnetic picture frame system makes it easy to display—and switch around—Polaroid prints, 4" x 6" photos, and your fave snaps from Instagram (4" x 4"). One main frame screws into the wall while super strong magnets connect the other frames to it in any configuration you want.

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ErgoErgo
$100; ErgoErgo.com
Perfect for working and relaxing. Use it in offices, schools, libraries, dorms, hotels, healthcare facilities…the possibilities are endless. ErgoErgo is great public seating. And it’s compact enough for the smallest space. ErgoErgo compresses slightly when you sit on it to the height of a standard chair, which makes it perfect for a standard desk height.

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Earthquake Emergency Kit
$299 ; Sustain.com
Each year there are thousands of earthquakes in California alone, yet relatively few households have acted to mitigate losses and reduce injuries. Having emergency supplies on hand is critical to a family’s and individual’s safety. Two and four person emergency kits available. The premium, space-saving bag and includes: up to 24 servings of food, up to 6 liters of purified fresh water, 3 sources of dependable light, top-rated water filtration device, cyalume industrial-grade SnapLight devices, essential first aid kit and emergency blankets, portable wood-burning stove, bowls and utensils and a high-grade survival knife.

Updated: October 2019

STEM Toys and Games

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

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Botzees
$99.99; pai.technology/botzees
A new robotics kit that combines creativity, construction, and coding, all in one. Kids can build, program and code six different pre-designed robots or choose to create their own with the specially designed blocks that come with the kit. Once built, Botzees can be taught to move, drum, dance, make sounds and light up using the free Botzees app. 

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Light Racer Kit
$24.99; TechWillSaveUs.com
Build your own bike lights that flash as you ride. Learn about capacitors, wireless coils and get to grips with the extraordinary power of wireless technology. Learn how wireless electricity works, use capacitors, led lights and learn how simple components come together to capture electricity through the air. 

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The Official Scratch Coding Cards
$17.99; Amazon.com
Kids learn to code as they create interactive games, stories, music, and animations. The short-and-simple activities provide an inviting entry point into Scratch, the graphical programming language used by millions of kids around the world. Kids can use this colorful 75-card deck to create a variety of interactive programming projects. They’ll create their own version of Pong, Write an Interactive Story, Create a Virtual Pet, Play Hide and Seek, and more. 

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ChessPlus
$39.95; ChessPlus.com
Create new ‘merged’ pieces by moving any piece onto to the square of another piece of the same color (except for the king). Move ‘merged’ pieces as either of their joined pieces, or split them by moving either piece away individually. Think of it as the evolution of a beloved classic.

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Evo Tricks OzoBot
$100; OzoBot.com
Evo is a personable little robot with moves, voice and light interaction – all possible through coding. Evo two ways: online with OzoBlockly programming and screen-free with Color Code markers. Interact as Evo shows off a series of tricks—all built with code.

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Sew & Glow Kit
$24.99; TechWillSaveUs.com
Sew and Glow is a unique and electrifying way for kids to design and build their very own light-up badges. The kit includes a huge variety of templates for kids to cut out and sew together with an exciting twist: electro thread. Design and build glowing badges that light up with the touch of a button – PING.

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Electric Motors Catalyst
$59; Amazon.com
Focuses on challenging their problem-solving capabilities and creativity and empowers them with invention and project-based learning. “STEM kit” allows kids to build doodling robots, power electric model cars, add motors to legos, and more.

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BlipBox
$189; BlipBox.com
The Blipblox is more than a toy, it is a completely new way for kids (and adults) to explore electronic music.  Colorful buttons, knobs and levers encourage creative play, while spacey sounds and flashing lights keep kids engaged in STEAM learning.  No need to connect a phone and no software to download. Just turn it on and start having fun.

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Codi by Pillar Learning
$99 with one free outfit; PillarLearning.com
Codi is an adorable interactive robot that stimulates children’s imaginations and creates a sense of adventure without a screen. Codi’s antenna and ears light up and change colors while it plays a free library of over 200 fully curated, classic songs and stories. Parents benefit with the full parental control and transparency into their child’s developmental progress via an accompanying mobile app.

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Hape Junior Inventor Science Experiment Tool Box 
$39.99; Hape.com
This cool compact junior inventor toolbox contains everything children aged four and over need to carry out over six exciting experiments that will teach them about science and inventing. 

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UBTECH JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit
$119: Ubtrobot.com
Rumble, crush and plow into the new UBTECH JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit. With this kit you can create buildable, codable robots like DozerBot and DirtBot or design your own JIMU Robot creation. The fun is extended with the Blockly coding platform, allowing kids ages 8 and up to build and code these robots to perform countless programs and tricks.

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Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit
$99; Kano.me

First-ever Harry Potter STEM product allows you to build a wand and learn to code with step-by-step challenges, inspired by the Wizarding World. The wand is lightweight and easy to carry helping users stay entertained while on the road where they can complete their challenges on laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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The Curiscope Virtuali-Tee
$29.95; 8+
Curiscope.com
This augmented reality t-shirt allows children to learn about the human body…on a human body. The free Virtuali-Tee app lets users explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems and view 360 videos for a completely immersive experience that will transform the way a child experiences science.

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Boolean Box
$149.99; 8+
BooleanGirlTech.com
This self-contained computer engineering kit for girls (and boys) encourages them to code, build, invent, and animate. Includes Raspberry Pi, a keyboard, and a mouse, and is ready to use once connected to any HDMI-capable monitor—parental supervision not required. It comes preloaded with Scratch, an introductory programming language.

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Discovery Galactic Fizzing Dig
$14.99; 12+

Michaels.com
Create a fizzing reaction to excavate six real gemstones. Use a combination of water, the mallet, and the chisel to unearth your gemstones. Use the included magnifying glass to take a closer look at the patterns and colors within each gorgeous stone.

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Pixel Kit
$79.99; 8+
Amazon.com
Simple story book guides you through building Pixel Kit, and then teaches you to code via step-by-step challenges using the Kano online app. 40+ creative projects guide you through building games, creating artwork, making animations, and using the built-in microphone to code with sound and color.

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Slime & Polymer Lab
$39.99; 5+
Store.TheYoungScientistsClub.com
Young scientists take polymers out of milk, make slime, create goop, produce a snow eruption, melt snow, grow super-absorbent flowers, germinate seeds in polymers, perform a polymer trick, dehydrate polymers, and much, much more.

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Motion Sensor Kit
$29.99; 8+
Kano.me
Build and code a sensor that captures motion in the real world - a hand waving, a leg kicking - and sends the information to your computer. Step-by-step challenges guides you as you learn to code by creating games, making music, and drawing with motion.

Published: August 2019

New Products for Teens and Tweens

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New Products for Teens and Tweens. Check out these products that are perfect for the tween or teen in your life.

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Knot Genie Detangling Brush
$19.99; KnotGenie.com

The secret is in its design. Its bristles are different lengths, which makes it easy to separate knots without tugging. It’s also a hand-held brush, without a handle, which gives you more control as you’re brushing. And its bristles are straight, no little balls on the ends to catch on knots. 

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Sea Turtle Bracelet Stack
$65; OceanandCompany.com
Turn up the beach vibes with these Stone Sea Turtle Bracelets. Whether you are walking on the beach or enjoying a nice day in the city. The length of the Sea Turtle Bracelet is just over six inches but can be stretched longer. It is a one size fits all elastic band which fits wrists of nearly all sizes. 10% of all the profits go to organizations that help preserve and protect the ocean. 

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StoryBricks Letter Board
$29.99;  www.creativeqt.com
The board features magnetic backing so it’s perfect for the side of the fridge, the filing cabinet and more, but it also includes a handy easel so you can prop up your StoryBricks Letter Board anywhere. Each package includes a MagPlate base, a large selection of 285 StoryBrick letters, numbers and grammatical signs with a storage bag, two removal tools for easy letter changes and a collapsible easel for tabletop display. 

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OwlCrate Jr.
$27.99/month; OwlCrateJr.com
A subscription book box for kids ages 8-12 (or anyone young at heart!). Each month we choose a newly published middle grade novel and send it to our subscribers along with an exclusive letter and signed bookplate from the author; a cool activity, game, or additional book; plus an assortment of fun and engaging items related to our theme of the month. OwlCrate Jr is a perfect holiday gift because: The carefully curated boxes make reading fun for kids and each month's new theme encourages curiosity, creativity, and imagination! Every box includes exclusive items from the author, including a letter written especially for our subscribers. They provide a fun way for families to spend time together away from screens. 

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Retainer Buddy
16.99; Lullubee.com
American Association of Orthodontics reports that millions of people in the U.S. are undergoing some form of orthodontic treatment at any given time and patients are typically entering their teenage years. That’s millions of retainers with millions of mouths to fill.

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reVive Light Therapy Spot-Acne Treatment
$
29; ReviveLightTherapy.com
The reVive Spot is an introductory device for those new to LED light therapy for acne treatment. A gentle, noninvasive way to treat existing acne flare-ups and preventing future breakouts. Because of its unique portable design, Spot users can maximize their experience by taking it on-the-go. The Spot is both battery-operated and USB-powered and is equipped with an auto shut-off feature. Unlike traditional skin care routines, Spot can be used multiple times a day to accelerate results.

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Thread Wallets
$10-$30; ThreadWallets.com
Thread Wallets helps kids stay organized and carry their belongings in style by offering a collection of lanyards, phones cases and wallets that allow them to choose a pattern that expresses themselves and suit their vibe throughout the school year. Better yet, they can mix-and-match styles and collections with their besties to showcase their friendship. 

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Skinbuzz Facial Kit
$42; Skinbuzz.com

The SkinBuzz Facial Kit is perfect. It includes Clean•Bee Cleanser, Bee•Witched Toner, Bee•You•Tiful Moisturizer and the Coal•Bee Clay Mask. What makes this kit so special is that it also includes a SkinBuzz Headband and the softest, most luxurious Activiated Charcoal and Bamboo Face Cloth. All in one lovely little bag that you'll keep forever.

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Colorful Cases for a Cause: IllusionPhotograph
$29.99; IllusionPhotograph.com
These artistic cases comes in environmentally-friendly, leather-like material with a hybrid durable strap and RFID protection material built in. Part wallet, part phone case and part beautiful art, it’s the total package for a keepsake. From every purchase, $5.00 will go back to supportLiving Heart Peru, a non-profit that helps develop self-sustaining agriculture, health and education initiatives in remote, impoverished highland communities above Peru’s Sacred Valley.

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Fashionit: Micro Bluetooth Speaker
$35; The Grommet.com

This coin-sized Bluetooth speaker pumps up the volume and can pair with other speakers to create a surround sound-like effect. You can also use it as a selfie remote for phone-free photos, too.

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JBL Clip 3
$59.95; JBL.com
Has an IPX7 waterproof design, durable carabiner and new colors that pop, perfect for the kids. With 10 hours of playtime, this small but mighty speaker amplifies your listening experience. Available colors: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Fiesta Red, River Teal, Stone Grey, Dusty Pink, Steel White, Forest Green, Mustard Yellow and Desert Sand.

Published: October 2019

New Kitchen Products

New Kitchen Products

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

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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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GoodCook Quick-Baste Roaster
$24.99; GoodCook.com

Quick-Baste Roaster eliminates the need to lift and tilt the pan to force cooking juices to pool to one side of the pan for basting. Additionally, the nonstick roasting rack is designed shorter than a standard rack allowing enough space for a basting spoon to easily access cooking juices. The roasting rack has folding handles that allow users to easily transfer food to a cutting board or serving platter. 

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Sure-Crisp Air Fry Toaster Oven
$79.99; HamiltonBeach.com
Sure-Crisp function provides air fry taste, browning and crisping of food, cooks evenly and faster. Easy access to food and countertop: large glass door improves access to food. Toast, air fry, bake and broil settings.

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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

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Digital Air Fryer
$79.99; HamiltonBeach.com

Perfect for any "fried" food without the guilt. Older kids and teens can operate with ease and there are pre-programmed settings for safety. Great taste with little to no oil. Digital display with 6 pre-programmed settings. One touch is all it takes to cook French fries, chicken, seafood, steak, baked goods, and veggies to perfection.

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Hamilton Beach Multi-function Pressure Cooker
$89.99; HamiltonBeach.com
6 quart capacity, prepare food up to 70% faster with pressure cooking, pressure cooking with steam release button for added safety, slow cooking with low, medium, and high heat settings.

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FreshWorks Countertop
$24.99; Walmart.com
Utilizes a revolutionary technology known as FreshVent, to keep produce in an optimal environment for prolonged freshness. It features FreshVent technology that regulates air flow of O2 and CO2 to extend freshness of produce compared to produce left on the counter. The container features a space-efficient modular design, is odor resistant and features BPA-free Tritan construction.

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Mr. Coffee Easy Measure Coffeemaker
$49.99; Target.com
Features an easy color-coded measuring system on the scoop, carafe and water reservoir, making it simple to add the right amount of coffee grounds and water every time. It also includes a 2-step Advanced Water Filtration System that improves taste by removing impurities in water and an Illuminated 4-Hour Freshness Indicator that tells you how long it’s been since the coffee was brewed.

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Flexible Wood Cutting Board
$29.95; TheGrommet.com
Flexibility allows you to easily transfer and pour ingredients. Lightweight and thin design makes it easy to wash and store. Protects your countertop and provides a sanitary, non-slip cutting surface.

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Extended Range Probe Digital BBQ & Meat Thermometer
$
79.99; MaverickThermometers.com
Features new and improved technology to make connecting wirelessly even faster than ever, so you can get cooking quicker. The XR-40 remote meat thermometer also features our new extended range, which allows you to monitor your food as it cooks from as far as 160 meters or 500 feet away.

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Standing Skewer Cooking System
$39.95; TheGrommet.com
Even cooking eliminates the need to rotate skewers. Allows you to cook an entire chicken without basting or turning. Stores flat into any kitchen drawer. Minimizes grill grate clean up.

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Lékué Bread Maker
$20; TheGrommet.com
Fresh baked bread can be quick and mess-free with the Lékué Bread Maker. Its shape helps steam and hot air to circulate, preventing the bread from drying out and giving the crust a golden outside. Plus, it can even be used in the microwave for extra quick baking.

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The Bialetti 5-Quart Pasta Pot 
$34.99; Bialetti.com
Features cook and strain convenience and is available in the Red Pepper color. Features an oval-shaped vessel designed to handle the length of uncooked spaghetti and lasagna noodles without breakage; and an innovative lock-on lid with built-in strainer, eliminating the need for a colander. The Pasta Pot is made of aluminum to allow for advanced heat conduction and paired with a comfortable and oversized, ergonomic, heat-resistant handle.

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Condiment Utensil Caddy 
$24.99; MindSpaceNY.com

Use it in the kitchen to hold your condiments, seasonings, kitchen supplies or gadgets. Its lightweight steel construction and sleek mesh design look great on any table or countertop and it’s just as easy to move where needed.

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Asobu Portable Cold Brew Coffee Maker 
$49.95; TheGrommet.com
Combines a brewer and storage container in one system, streamlining the coffee-making process. Made from Tritan, a BPA-free plastic that won’t hold onto stale flavors. The double-walled, copper-insulated carafe is detachable, so you can take your joe to go—or store it and keep it cold for up to 24 hours.

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GoodCook Cooking Rack Set
$8.99; Amazon.com
Features a nonstick, easy-to-clean coating and is dishwasher safe.

Updated: October 2019

Tech Product Reviews

Tech Product Reviews

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Tech Products. Check out these fun, new products for all ages.

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LS35X Rose Gold Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset For Xbox One
$179.99; LucidSound.com
Xbox Wireless allows the headset to connect to the Xbox One without any additional cables or base station and automatically configures the Xbox for super simple setup. Features: Wireless, Directly Connect to Xbox One,  Surround Sound on Xbox One and Windows 10, Engineered for Comfort,Tough, Lightweight Construction, Precisely Adjusted Tonal Balance, Revolutionary Control Scheme, Works with Your Phone, Dual Mics with Mic Monitoring.

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Indy Wireless Earbuds
$84.99; SkullCandy.com
For the independent music lover that's always on the go, Indy delivers a truly wireless experience without breaking the bank. With up to 16 rechargeable hours of battery life, a water-resistant design, and capacitive touch controls for music and calls, now you can have your soundtrack with more freedom than ever. Perfect for the backpacking trip across the mountains or the camel ride across the Sahara.

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Stash Portable Power Bank
$29.99; SkullCandy.com
Whether you’re heading into a camping weekend or do all your business on the go, Skullcandy’s portable power bank, Stash packs in all the power you could ever need straight into your pocket.

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IntelliARMOR CarryOn AirPod Case
$29.99; intelliarmor.com
A hand-crafted protective leather case for Apple AirPods. Available in three colors (black, brown and camel) and features a handy metal clip. 

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Skylight Calendar
$159; SkylightCal.com
A perfect gift for mom to help keep her busy family organized and on time. Features include a 10 inch color touch screen, events color-coded by family member, easy set-up and syncing using a personalized Skylight email address, and the ability to make event changes individually or sync entire calendars. Syncs with Google, Outlook and soon iCal.

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Keebos iPhone Necklace Case
$35; Keebos.com
Keeps your hands free while enjoying time with family and friends, skiing, hiking, shopping, fishing, and going out for a fun weekend night. It's great for instances when you don't have pockets or a purse. Keebos also make a very practical accessory for new (or expecting) mothers who need to keep their hands free, but their phone close.

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myCharge Unplugged 10k Fast Wireless Power Bank 
$69.99; mycharge.com
Offers families an easy way to charge all of their children’s on-the-road gadgets; leaving them hours to watch their favorite show or play their favorite games. This 10,000mAh wireless portable charger is not only certified to Qi standard but also meets the Apple and Samsung Fast Charge standard.  With wireless charging capabilities and two USB ports you’re able to charge your phone, their tablet, and wireless headphones simultaneously.

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The Go Case
$29.99 (G10)-$39.99 (G40); Pelican.com
Fits up to iPhone Xs Max, Samsung Note 9. Rubberized protective bumpers, protects against drops. Built in pressure valve keeps water and dust out while balancing air pressure. IP67 rated protection from water, dirt, snow and dust. Integrated single hinge latch. Abrasion and impact proof ABS outer shell. Handle for easy carry. Available in six colors.

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Huawei MediaPad M5
$319; Amazon.com

A large clear screen, slim and easy-to-hold design, and powerful processor, HUAWEI MediaPad M5 is perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers. The EMUI 8.0 minimizes distractions from notifications while playing.The curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. The aesthetic design is not just a pleasure for the eyes, but also comfortable to hold.

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Creative Pebble Plus
$39.99; creative.com/PebblePlus
A set of 2.1 USB-powered desktop speakers that comes with a newly-designed standalone subwoofer for supreme bass effects. Featuring formidable 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled perfectly at 45 degrees. The speakers are designed with the user as the center of attention. Together with the addition of a brand new 4-inch down-firing ported subwoofer, it simply puts the user in the audio limelight. Powered entirely by USB connectivity.

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Wireless Chargepad +
$49.99; MobileAccessories.com
Just what it sounds like – power to your device with no cable or connector compatibility issues. Wireless charging is achieved through a base power station, charging your device simply by magnetic induction. This next-gen, fast charger features Apple 7.5W and Samsung 10W charging. The universal wireless chargepad+ is also compatible with all Qi wireless charging devices. Featuring a supple cloth covering, the chargepad+ stands out from the crowd of black plastic and matches other home focused devices.

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Lucyd LOUD Bluetooth Enabled Sunglasses
$99-$134; Lucyd.co
This stylish line of Bluetooth-enabled eyewear uses bone conduction technology and a built-in mic to let you play music, make calls and use your voice assistant handsfree. The open-ear sound allows you to hear your environment as well as your audio content, meaning you can still carry a conversation while listening to a podcast. And with the ability to perform many everyday smartphone tasks from the Loud, you can finally stop taking your phone out every minute. You can answer calls, skip tracks in your playlist or even summon Siri just by using the intuitive touchpad on the side of the shades. 

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PowerLight Mini Clippable USB Rechargeable Lantern
$39.95; BioLiteEnergy.com

Ready for the trail or daily commute, go hands free with this clippable LED lantern that moves with you for on-the-go light and power. Features 135 Lumen Lantern with [5] modes: White, Bright White, Red, White Strobe, Red Strobe. Provides up to 52 hours of light or a power boost to your phone. Wire clipstand can be used to wear, hang, or tabletop your light.

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PIQS Q1 Virtual Touch Projector
$599; Amazon.com
Features a patented Virtual Touch Remote Control that allows you to easily and quickly navigate menus and content from 10 to 20 feet away. It also features an inventive autofocus that fine tunes your image for crisp, clear video. Thanks to the Auto Keystone feature, your movies will retain a rectangular image no matter where you put the projector. The Q1 features native HD resolution, Android OS, Wifi and Bluetooth. It is the ultimate gift for the film snob in your life allowing them to watch cinematic-quality movies on a 100” screen in the comfort of their own home. Watching movies at home will never be the same.

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Azio Retro Compact Keyboard
$219; AzioCorp.com
This premium mechanical keyboard is designed for the modern lifestyle. Designed for a premium computing experience, Azio designed a centerpiece keyboard with properties comprising of high-quality material, timeless appearance and intuitive usability.

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Karat Ditsy Petals Phone Case
$49.99; Amazon.com
Add a dash of spring to your device with this vibrant floral case inspired by ditsy patterns and prints. Genuine, dainty flowers are delicately pressed and suspended in resin with metallic flakes in a dazzling display. Available in Ditsy Pink for the iPhone Xs, Xr, Xs Max.

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EYEFORCER
$240; MedicalWearableSolutions.com

These one of a kind smart eyeglasses help you keep your neck and spine in the right position, protecting your body from the injury and pain of text neck. The glasses are coupled with an app that triggers flashing lights on your glasses and/or texts on your smartphone or tablet whenever your neck is incorrectly positioned giving you a gentle reminder to fix your posture. The glasses also feature special lenses that protect your eyes helping to eliminate digital eye strain.

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Alcatel 1X
$99.99; US.alcatelmobile.com
No group uses social media, the internet or text messaging more than Generation Z, especially 11- to 19-year-olds. The Alcatel 1X has a borderless 5.3-inch display, interactive camera that lets users snap and share quickly and easily, enhanced fingerprint sensor and fingerprint shortcuts to access the most popular apps.

Updated: October 2019

Outdoor Family Games

Outdoor Family Games and Toys

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Outdoor Family Games and Toys!  Get the family out to the park, backyard or beach this summer with these fun and easy family games and toys.

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Capture the Flag REDUX
$54.90; 8+
StarluxGames.com
Play Capture the Flag in the dark using futuristic lights -- with 25 light-up game pieces, 12+ hours of batteries, and 12 different ways to play. It is playable anywhere with space to run. This is an exciting alternative to laser tag, flashlight tag, light up LED balls, lawn games, even airsoft or paintball. 

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Antsy Pants Flamingo Kite
$11.99; 5+
Target.com
Flamingo Kite includes a 53 inch wide kite, handle and 196 feet of line. Fun to fly.

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Phlat Ball V3
$24.99; 5+
GoliathGames.us
Throw a disc, catch a ball! This unique sports toy transforms from a flying disc to a catchable ball. Squeeze down to set the time-delay mechanism and watch as it pops into a ball in midair. 

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Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes 
$29.99; 5+
Target.com
Each package includes three amazing Stunt Planes, which look and fly very differently. Looper makes giant loops. Wildcat flips, turns and soars. Glider does tricks and glides over 100 feet. Gets kids excited about scientific concepts like gravity, force, trajectory, and the power of air.

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Free Wheelin’
$49.99; Holds up to 80 lbs
PlayMonster.com
The convertible balance bike features a durable body, sturdy wheels with quiet and gripping tires, and comfortable and easy-to-turn handlebars. Children as young as one can have fun pushing themselves along, and older children can practice their balance and speed. 

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Crayola Washable Sidewalk Chalk and Paint Markers
$2.99; 3+
Crayola.com
A fun tool for kids to create bold designs on any outdoor surface. Comes in a variety of colors. The Specialty Chalk provides added special effects of neon, glitter, and tie dye to embellish creative designs.

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E-Z Grip Flag Football
$19.99; 7+
GoliathGames.us
The flag is attached right to the ball, allowing you to transform your backyard into a full-fledged flag football game. The ball and flag are soft, durable, and waterproof for active play that is perfect for any weather. The set includes a full-sized E-Z Grip Football with a Velcro attached flag that rips from the ball to end each down. The E-Z Grip surface of the football allows for E-Z spiral passes, kicks, and catches. 

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Toy StorySlinky Dog Water Blaster 
$14.99; 4+
Amazon.com
This colorful water blaster looks like Disney's Toy Story's Slinky Dog. Kids can spray their friends with this water blaster from up to 30 feet away. Simply dip the dog's mouth into the pool or a bucket of water and watch as the tube fills up when its hind legs are pulled back. 

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Wicked Big Sports Shuffle Toss
$79.99; 14+
WickedBigSports.com

Slide the bean bag pucks onto the board – the closest to the far edge, the more points you get.

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PAW Patrol Action Bubble Blower
$12.99; 3+
Amazon.com
Blow continuous streams of bubbles with the pups from PAW Patrol. Pull back on Marshall or Skye’s head or push Chase’s pup tag for tons of bubbles. 

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Water Tank Truck 
$29.99; 2+
Playmobil.us
Simply load up the tank with water and push this heavy-duty sand vehicle across the sand to your beach construction site to get the water needed. With the help of the included tracks, the truck’s wheels will roll easily without getting stuck in the sand. Then, detach the water tank by sliding it off the truck bed and using it as a watering can. 

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Ryan’s World Splash Out
$12.99; 5+
FarOutToysInc.com
An action-packed extreme outcome game, where you need to provide answers quickly and correctly, and pass the ball on, or you will get splashed out. Features a ball that contains a water balloon. Includes a wind-up timer, and when the timer goes off, the water balloon is punctured. Whoever is holding the ball gets splashed with water.

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Nerf Super Soaker Hydra
$19.99; 7+
HasbroToyShop.com
This monster means business with its intimidating size and a tank that holds up to 65 fluid ounces. Move the handle back and forth to pour on powerful streams of water from this blue and white blaster. 

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Zoom Ball Hydro
$17.99; 8+
GoliathGames.us
Hold on to one set of handles, while your friend holds the other. Open your arms quickly to send the Zoom Ball over to your friend. Be ready to send the Zoom Ball back- you never know when the balloons will pop, and soak you in water.

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Antsy Pants Mermaid Jump Rope
$10.99; 4+
Target.com
Jump for joy with the MER-mazing mermaid jump rope. Made with soft woven rope and real wood hand painted mermaid handles. Great for active play.

Published: June 2019

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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White Rhino Signature Backpack 
$85; WhiteRhinoBags.com
Unique design allows you to easily switch from double strap to single strap wear with adjustable arm strap feature. Lightweight and designed to last with tons of pocket space and multiple compartments. Available in five fashion colors.

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Retro Mini Fridge from Galanz 
$239.99: Target.com

Perfect for dorms, additional kitchen spaces, garage or lower level family room entertaining. This unit has two slide-out glass shelves, two liter bottle storage and a crisper. This unit also includes a can dispenser and two leveling front legs.

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Pizza Maker
$64.99: HamiltonBeach.com
Hot and delicious pizza, snacks and appetizers. Cooks a 12-inch pizza. Rotates for even cooking. Viewing window lets you watch food as it cooks.

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College Town Map 21 oz. Insulated Hydration Bottle
$34.50; WellToldDesign.com
Not only does it keep your hot or cold drink the right temperature down to the last sip, it comes engraved with a detailed map of your favorite U.S. college town for a uniquely personalized and eye-catching engraved water bottle. The surface of this college water bottle is powder-coated for durability and grip, while the etched map design reveals the brilliant stainless steel underneath for a unique and stunning effect whether you are poolside, grillside, topside, or mountainside. 

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Glass Compact Blender 
$24.99; ProctorSilex.com
Delivers all the quality of restaurant smoothies, icy drinks, and milkshakes while taking up minimal space in the kitchen. A powerful 550 watt peak power motor and stainless steel blades give this blender the edge it needs to cut through ice and other tough ingredients. With a single-serving capacity of 20 ounces, this blender can fit in even the tightest of spaces.

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My Infinite Agenda's Midyear Planner
$39; MyInfiniteAgenda.com

This planner spans August 2019-August 2020 and is the perfect accessory to keep yourself organized this Summer. Allows you to keep track of your daily commitments and goals, while also planning ahead. It is an agenda, daily planner, gratitude journal, vision board and goal-setting tool all rolled into one.

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Proctor Silex Deluxe Hot Sandwich Maker
$29.99; HamiltonBeach.com
Extra-wide sandwich maker with smooth nonstick plates. Cooks two toasted sandwiches or one large Panini-style sandwich in under five minutes. Locking handle, floating hinge and deep cooking cavity.

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Prep: The Essential College Cookbook
$18.95; RoostBooks.com
This useful guide has everything you need to cook yourself real meals with real food. Centered around 10 basic lessons to get you comfortable in the kitchen, this book will get you whipping up nutritious meals, satisfying snacks, and simple desserts for you and your friends in no time. Also included are notes on knife skills, essential (and nonessential) cooking tools, and stocking your pantry. This is your go-to guide for cooking basics.

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The KODAK SMILE Instant Digital Printer
$99.99; Amazon.com
Makes editing, printing and sharing your smartphone photos a joy. The wireless device uses innovative zink Zero Ink technology to print Pics on 2x3 sticky-backed paper. The printer converts from its pocket size form into a wedge, revealing the output photo slot. Universal wireless Bluetooth connectively means your mobile printer is compatible w/ iPhone, iPad, Android phones and other smart devices w/ access to the free smile app for Google Play & Apple app stores. Take pictures w/ your phone’s camera, then open the smile app editing studio to add filters, correct color, adjust lighting, crop and apply other fun effects before printing and posting instantly to social media.

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The KODAK SMILE Instant Print Digital Camera
$99.99; Amazon.com
Unlike other bulky instant print cameras, the smile is pleasantly compact w/unique slide-out protective case. The durable poly resin casing glides open wide to reveal an 8mm lens w/automatic focus. The 10MP camera makes it simple to take, edit and share photos anywhere. Perks include auto Flash, LCD viewfinder, built-in editor, 2 picture modes & fixed focus.

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Grip2u
From $29.99; PreventTheDrop.com

Grip2u’s slim, durable phone cases have a flexible strap to help keep students keep a secure grip while juggling bags and books, as well as a kickstand and a built in card holder to keep hold of essentials. The kickstand comes in handy for students using their phones to study notes/ watch videos, and the cases come in a variety of colors. 

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TakeAlongs
$13.48; Amazon.com
Perfect for food storage at home and on-the-go. Containers features the Quick Clik Seal to lock in freshness along with ridged lids for easy stacking. These microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe storage containers are perfect for snacks, lunches, picnics and more. The set comes in a variety of sizes and shapes for different needs.

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FLPSDE
$35; Flpsde.com

A dual chamber water bottle that holds drinks and snacks created by an action sports athlete who recognized the dire need for a multitasking water bottle that works for you/your lifestyle.

SHEETS

Home Expressions Microfiber Plus Easy Care Wrinkle Resistant Sheet Set
$26; JCPenney.com

They're breathable, cool and super silky soft. These comfortable sheets are made with the highest quality double brushed microfiber yarns.

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iCaddy
$24.99; shopicaddy.com
iCaddy is a mobile device multi-tool that serves as a stand and charging station. Plus, it includes ear buds and a hidden storage compartment. The solution folds up neatly for a backpack or travel bag.

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The Big One Glitter & Pom Inflatable Chair
$69.99; Kohls.com

Add sparkle and comfort to any space, in just a matter of minutes. Large, comfy sizes so you can truly sit back, relax and feel supported and secure. Deflates and folds down for easy storage too. When you’re ready again to sit in sparkly gloriousness, just use a hair dryer adapter and you’re good to go in a few minutes. 

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Instax Mini 9 camera 
$69.99; Target.com
Capture special moments with this camera that utilizes film packs (not included) to instantly provide you with photos. The new Instax Mini 9 cameras will also have a selfie mirror (similar to the Mini 25 and Mini 70) and will come with a Macro lens attachment.

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Stainless Steel Bottles
$24.95-$29.95; Pelican.com
Color-coordinated stainless-steel bottles in two sizes. Leak proof lids and extreme heat/cold retention. Featuring a sweat-proof, powder coated finish that ensures your hands won’t slip from condensation, plus a non-Slip rubber base for increased durability. The spill-proof lid is also an easy-carry handle. Able to hold hot or cold beverages. 

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The Express Crock Multi-Cooker from Crock-Pot 
$69.99; Amazon.com

Combines 8 cooking function in one appliance. It slow cooks and express cooks, giving you the option to make meals in up to 70% less time. Great for soups, rice, meats and stews, hard boiled eggs- you name it, it can do it. Available in 4-qt, 6-qt, or 8-qt.

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Frank + LuLu's Snap Shot Chalk/Dry Erase Board
$29; JCPenney.com

A perfect place for writing daily reminders, drawing, and more. Chalkboard and dry erase board combined. Intended to be used with dry erase marker and chalk. Brackets on the back for easy hanging.

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TW Lunch Tote
$49.99; twtote.com
The vegan leather, two compartment design allows for you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote allows for you to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day's worth of meals. 

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MUVO Play Bluetooth speaker
$39.99; Amazon.com
Waterproof and pint-size, it is perfect for wet and wild activities. It will outlast most summer parties with its robust battery life of up to 10 hours. And thanks to two built-in full-range micro drivers with dual bass radiators, users can expect rich and powerful audio regardless of the direction MUVO Play is facing. Available in black, blue and orange.

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Renpure Detoxifying Charcoal Clarify & Deep Cleanse Dry Shampoo
$7.99; Target.com
Charcoal removes impurities, leaving your hair feeling fresh and clean. Infused with mint leaves, wild fern and violet to freshen the senses. Keep your hair looking and feeling clean, oil-free, and refreshed. 

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Creative Pebble Plus
$39.99; creative.com/PebblePlus
A set of 2.1 USB-powered desktop speakers that comes with a newly-designed standalone subwoofer for supreme bass effects. Featuring formidable 2-inch mid-range drivers that are angled perfectly at 45 degrees. The speakers are designed with the user as the center of attention. Together with the addition of a brand new 4-inch down-firing ported subwoofer, it simply puts the user in the audio limelight. Powered entirely by USB connectivity.

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Mixcder E9 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones 
$79.99; Mixcder.com
With deep bass and built-in microphone, the Mixcder E9 offers the latest advancements in noise canceling technology with improved sound quality, and an extended 30 hour playtimePriced perfectly for students and adults, the travel-friendly foldable E9 headphones feature an elegant sleek design and comfortable soft foam pads with features audiophiles appreciate. The ANC technology continuously detects and reacts to outside noises, analyzing sound waves and blocking out ambient sound by creating inverse waves for a totally immersive experience for beautiful music and sound.

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Huawei MediaPad M5
$319; Amazon.com

A large clear screen, slim and easy-to-hold design, and powerful processor, HUAWEI MediaPad M5 is perfect for both casual and hardcore gamers. The EMUI 8.0 minimizes distractions from notifications while playing.The curved metal body creates an elegant and beautiful industrial design that is remarkable for its simplicity. The aesthetic design is not just a pleasure for the eyes, but also comfortable to hold.

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“Phenom” Backpack
$38; TheNorthwest.com
This backpack has, and can hold, it all – Interior padded laptop/tablet compartment, front zippered pocket organizer, and side elastic-entry mesh pockets. The reflective piping and embroidered logo and word mark shows off your love of college sports. And lastly, stay comfortable on the go with the air-mesh padded curved back straps and back panel.

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Earth Bands-Colleges
$15; EarthBands.co

Support your favorite football team from campus with Earth Bands. Earth Bands are carefully weaved bracelets with hand-rolled beads that are unique and beautiful. Each bead is made from your college campus’ Earth gathered and collected to remind you of a place you love. Choose from a variety of college campus bracelets.

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Game Day Rings
$39.95; GrooveLife.com
Groove Ring’s durable liquid-poured design, low profile, and breathable inner grooves keep fingers safe, comfortable, and stylish. With this officially licensed college collection, you and your loved ones can wear your favorite college sports teams anywhere you roam from the bleachers to abroad.

Published: July 2019

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