Get This Weekend's Best Amazon Deals


As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, August 12.

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Tikan Sound 24-Inch Professional Series Concert Ukulele - Rosewood for $44.99 (list price $85.00)

Amazon Prime Deals, Modern Portable, HIFI MC : Portable, Wireless, Bluetooth Speaker : Surprisingly Loud, Premium Sound & Powerful Bass : Perfect for Golf, traveling, & Everywhere You Go for $24.99 (list price $99.99)

iphone Cable, Pecosso Lightning Cable : 3 Pack (10ft/6ft/3ft) Lightning to USB Fast Charging Cable, Nylon Braided Sync Cord Combination for iPhone 7/7plus/6s/6s plus/6/5s/iPad/iPod/Beats Pill - Black for $7.99 (list price $35.99)

[NANO Car Charger] iClever BoostDrive 24W Metal Car Charger 4.8A Dual USB Charger, Ultra Compact Aluminum Phone Charger for iPhone 7/ 6s / 6s plus / 6, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge and more for $8.99 (list price $14.99)

Anker 3.5mm Premium Auxiliary Audio Cable (4ft / 1.2m) AUX Cable for Headphones, iPods, iPhones, iPads, Home / Car Stereos and More (Black) for $4.99 (list price $14.99)

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy for $7.74 (list price $9.99)

Riot Project Wired Headphones with Noise Isolating for $19.99 (list price $149.99)

Solar Phone Charger by Compakit | High Capacity 8000 mAh Dual USB Solar Power Bank | Portable External Battery Charger | Universal Compatibility Cell Phone Battery Pack | Perfect Gift for Men & Women for $23.99 (list price $45.99)

Merope M20000 Power Bank 10000 mAh External Battery Portable Charger for smartphones-Pink for $18.99 (list price $99.00)

DOSS MagicBox Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speakers with High-Definition Sound - Black for $14.99 (list price $59.99)

Monopoly Deal Card Game for $3.99 (list price $4.99)

Power Strip, Safemore Smart 6-Outlet with 4-USB Surge Protection Power Socket 4000W 110-250V Worldwide Voltage Power Strip with 6.5 Feet Cord Suitable for Home / Office (Black) (6-Black) for $33.99 (list price $69.99)

EZmount EZ-CAR-15-01 2-in-1 Universal Smartphone Car Mount for $12.99 (list price $45.95)


Green Silicone Cooking Feeding Tongs - Set Of 3 Kitchen Locking Tongs-7,9,12" - For BBQ Grill, Oven Baking, Salad Steak Vegetable Pasta, Fish Serving| BONUS Ebook| Stainless Steel W/ Silicone Tips for $16.90 (list price $24.95)

Hamilton Beach Brushed Stainless Steel 2-Slice Toaster (22910) for $13.99 (list price $24.99)

New Oven Mitts Gloves Resistant MAX Heat Silicone BBQ Grilling Gloves For Cooking Baking Barbecue Potholder-Orange for $8.88 (list price $15.88)

Multi-Purpose Kitchen Shears Heavy Duty Utility Scissors with Sharp Blades for $5.95 (list price $26.95)

Utopia Kitchen Premium Class Stainless-Steel 12 Knife Set with Acrylic Stand for $33.99 (list price $299.91)

Everyday 6-Pack Replacement Charcoal Water Filters for Keurig Coffee Machines for $3.71 (list price $18.00)

ThermoPro TP03A Digital Food Cooking Thermometer Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Kitchen BBQ Grill Smoker for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Oster CKSTWF2000 Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel for $17.01 (list price $23.99)

NEW DEAL| Cake Decorating Kit - With 24 Icing Tips, Silicone Icing Pen, Reusable Piping Bag with Couplers + FREE Cake Molds | Best Baking Supplies for Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies and Pastries - Bryta for $12.23 (list price $29.99)

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage Container, 42-Piece Set, Red for $16.99 (list price $23.38)

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer, Strongest-and-Heaviest Duty, Best Veggie Pasta & Spaghetti Maker for Low Carb/Paleo/Gluten-Free Meals, With 3 Exclusive Recipe eBooks for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

[20 Pack] 32 Oz. 2 Compartment Meal Prep Containers Durable BPA Free Plastic Reusable Food Storage Container Microwave & Dishwasher Safe w/ Airtight Lid For Portion Control & Bento Box Lunch Box for $15.29 (list price $27.00)

hOme 6 Quart Slow Cooker Pot - Digital Programmable Slow Cooker Crock - 10 Hour Timer Auto Shut Off and Food Warmer - Oval Slow Cooker Nonstick Removable Crock Stoneware and Stainless Steel Exterior for $28.95 (list price $59.99)

Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale, 11 lb 5 kg, Silver, Stainless Steel (Batteries Included) for $12.88 (list price $39.99)

Keurig K55 Single Serve Programmable K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Black for $79.99 (list price $119.99)


Kenney Beckett Window Curtain Rod, 48 to 86-Inch, Oil Rubbed Bronze for $13.97 (list price $20.12)

Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED Tea Light for Seasonal & Festival Celebration, Pack of 12, Electric Fake Candle in Warm White and Wave Open for $8.99 (list price $17.99)

HC Collection Bed Sheet & Pillowcase Set HOTEL LUXURY 1800 Series Egyptian Quality Bedding Collection! Deep Pocket, Wrinkle & Fade Resistant,Luxurious,Comfortable,Extremely Durable(King, Brown) for $24.99 (list price $69.99)

BESTLOVE Essential Oil Diffuser Aromatherapy Diffuser 400ml Cool Mist Humidifier Purifier Oil Vaporizer with 4 Timers & 7 Colors Light Auto Shut-off Wood Grain for $29.99 (list price $120.99)

Kaz Honeywell HT-904 Tabletop Air-Circulator Fan, White for $8.54 (list price $18.49)

LED Digital Alarm Clock - Outlet Powered, No Frills Simple Operation, Large Night Light, Alarm, Snooze, Full Range Brightness Dimmer, Big Red Digit Display, Black for $19.97 (list price $29.97)

The Original GORILLA GRIP Non-Slip Area Rug Pad, Made In USA (5' x 7') for $13.49 (list price $26.79)

Foamily 18 x 18 Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester, Standard / White - MADE IN USA for $6.99 (list price $12.99)

AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor for $7.99 (list price $9.02)

AmazonBasics Mesh Wastebasket for $7.99 (list price $9.99)

Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy, Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Oxford Hanging Toiletry and Bath Organizer with 8 Storage Compartments for Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap and Other Bathroom Accessories, Black for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

Super Deal Hammock Hanging Rope Chair Sky Air Hammock Swing Chair Porch Chair with 2 Seat Cushions Rainbow for $24.00 (list price $119.99)


Furmax Office Chair High back PU Leather Computer Chair, Ergonomic Racing Chair,Desk Chair Swivel Executive Gaming Chair Headrest and Lumbar Support (Black) for $65.59 (list price $99.99)

ZMI Magnetic Sculpture Desk Toy with Stainless Steel Ball Stress Relief Office Decoration ( 171balls) for $9.99 (list price $25.99)

Soucolor 120 Coloring Gel Pens Set, 60 Colored Pens Plus 60 Ink Refills, Perfect for Adult Coloring Books, Scrapbooking, Drawing, Doodle, Craft and Kids Projects for $9.99 (list price $49.99)

Mead Composition Notebook, College Ruled, 100 Sheets, 5 Pack (72930) for $8.99 (list price $20.30)

Westcott 8" Straight Titanium Bonded Scissors, Grey/Yellow, 2 Pack for $6.30 (list price $14.77)

Avery Big Tab Insertable Dividers, Buff Paper, 8 Multicolor Tabs, 1 Set (11111) for $1.39 (list price $1.79)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Set, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 8-Piece for $6.08 (list price $7.43)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count for $5.39 (list price $7.65)

BIC Xtra-Sparkle Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (0.7 mm), 24-Count for $4.49 (list price $5.46)

Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, 16-Pack, Assorted for $7.44 (list price $13.86)

Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, Medium, 3 Count for $1.00 (list price $4.00)

Sharpie Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-Count for $4.97 (list price $12.86)

AmazonBasics 3-Ring Binder, 1 Inch - 4-Pack (White) for $7.99 (list price $9.99)


Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, Huge Roll, 12 Count for $23.99 (list price $28.99)

Pampers Swaddlers Diapers Size 3, 162 Count for $44.84 (list price $53.99)

NINASUN Silk of Love s925 Sterling Silver Stud Earrings for Women AAA CZ Jewelry for Women Birthday Gifts for Her Anniversary Gifts for Women Wife Christmas Gifts for Girls Sister Grandma Daughter for $25.99 (list price $99.99)

Palmolive Dish Liquid, Essential Clean, Apple Pear, 28 Fluid Ounce for $1.97 (list price $6.99)

Premium Oral-B Compatible Generic Toothbrush Replacement Heads | 8 Pack for $12.95 (list price $22.99)

Tweezers Set 4-Piece Professional Stainless Steel Tweezers with Travel Case by Aumelo - Best Precision Eyebrow and Splinter Ingrown Hair Removal Tweezer Tip,No Colored & Chemical Free for $11.59 (list price $25.99)

BS-MALL(TM) Premium 14 Pcs Synthetic Foundation Powder Concealers Eye Shadows Silver Black Makeup Brush Sets(Rose Golden) for $10.99 (list price $35.99)

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Fresh Scent and Citrus Blend, 225 Count for $9.97 (list price $11.97)

Revlon 1875W Infrared Hair Dryer for Faster Drying & Maximum Shine for $16.19 (list price $29.99)

Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000, 13 attachments, MG3750 for $19.95 (list price $20.99)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths, 336 Wipes, (Pack of 8) for $10.79 (list price $14.99)


BEST Garden Genie Gloves for smart parents, DELUXE BONUS, SAFE for Rose Pruning, Thorn Resistant Waterproof, One size garden gloves with built in claws for digging and planting, Right Hand Claw 1 pair for $6.23 (list price $27.99)

Solar Light Outdoor, Mizoo 20 Led Waterproof Motion Sensor Led Night Light for $66.90 (list price $159.99)

Savvy Infusion - Flip-Top Sport Infuser Water Bottle - Enjoy Delicious Fruit Infused Beverages - Leak Proof Tritan Travel Tumbler - Perfect Infusing and Detox Bottle for Sports & Fitness Enthusiasts for $11.95 (list price $28.95)

Ohuhu Stadium Chairs /Stadium Seats, 2 Pack for $44.99 (list price $99.99)

The Best Double Camping Hammock Includes: 2 Free Bonus Hanging Tree Straps and Carabiners - Ultralight Portable Compact Parachute Nylon Perfect for Outdoor Backpacking, Beach, Backyard, Camping. for $24.95 (list price $99.99)

Large Pet Cooling Mat - Cold Gel Pad For Cats and Dogs - Best For Keeping Pets Cool - Perfect Size For Couch - Fits The Easyology Premium Pet Warming and Cooling Bed for $24.99 (list price $34.95)

Golf Umbrella 62 Inch Oversize, SHINE HAI Automatic Open Double Canopy Vented Windproof Waterproof Sun Protection Stick Umbrellas, Black for $19.99 (list price $69.99)

100 LED Globe String Lights, Kohree Ball Fairy Light, 33Ft Waterproof Remote Timer Starry Light for Christmas, Wedding, Party- Warm White, UL Power Supply for $11.98 (list price $45.98)

Dog Seat Cover Car Seat Cover for Pets Pet Seat Cover Hammock 600D Heavy Duty Waterproof Scratch Proof Nonslip Durable Machine Washable Soft Pet Back Seat Covers for Cars Trucks and SUVs for $36.99 (list price $85.99)

Jazzminton Paddle Ball Game With Carry Bag - Indoor/Outdoor Beach, Lawn or Backyard Game For Kids, Teens and Adults for $16.99 (list price $22.99)

Flying Disc, Frisbee Game Set with Disc and Pole, Disc Toss Game for Beach, Backyard or Park for $24.99 (list price $42.99)

InnoGear Swim Gloves Aquatic Fitness Water Resistance Training Aqua Fit Webbed Gloves (Medium) for $9.50 (list price $29.99)

Cooling Towels - Workout / Tennis / Golf / Biking - Best For Any Sport Activities & Athletes Cold Towel - Chilly Pad By Cool Besty - Instant Cooling Snap Towel - Perfect For Fitness & Gym - ORANGE for $8.97 (list price $8.97)

Limited Time Deal LED Grow Light Bulb ( 12W, E26 Socket ). 50,000 Hours+ (Long-Lasting!) for $18.89 (list price $69.99)


Klein Tools 32581 4-in-1 Electronics Precision Screwdriver with Spin Top for $11.24 (list price $14.99)

Black & Decker 15557 Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece for $3.88 (list price $7.59)

BLACK+DECKER LI2000 3.6-Volt 3-Position Rechargeable Screwdriver for $14.99 (list price $16.99)

Gonicc 8" Professional Sharp Bypass Pruning Shears (GPPS-1002), Tree Trimmers Secateurs,Hand Pruner, Garden Shears,Clippers For The Garden. for $14.95 (list price $39.99)

Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (19-Function) for (list price )

Etekcity 2 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 6 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible) for $14.39 (list price $39.99)

GPCT LED 9W Color Changing Bulb with 64 Levels of Brightness/Color Combinations and 5 Lighting Modes - 1 Pack for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

DEWALT DW4856 Metal/Woodcutting Reciprocating Saw Blade Set, 6-Piece for $6.00 (list price $21.23)

LE Headlamp LED, 4 Modes Headlight, Battery Powered Helmet Light for Camping, Running, Hiking and Reading, 3 AAA Batteries Included for $8.89 (list price $19.99)

ORIA Precision Screwdriver Set, 60 in 1 Magnetic Driver Kit with 54 Bits, Professional Electronics Repair Tool Kit for iPhone/ Cell Phone/ iPad/ Tablet/ PC/ MacBook and Other Electronics for $13.99 (list price $32.99)

Outlite E6 High Powered Tactical Flashlight with 2pcs Rechargeable 18650 Battery and DC Charger, Ultra Bright LED Handheld Flashlight, 5 Light Modes Lantern Torch - Adjustable Focus Taclight for $15.99 (list price $79.99)

LIGHTNING DEAL!! Premium TacticalGearz Folding Survival Knife, Stainless Steel/ Black Titanium Blade, Polished Stainless Steel Handle w/Black Titanium Draw for $15.88 (list price $22.88)

Black & Decker 71-912 Drill and Screw Bit Set, 45-Piece for $7.88 (list price $13.64)

Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More


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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.


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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

Home Appliances


- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Video games


- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets


- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs


- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa(4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

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14 Unique Christmas Gifts on Uncommon Goods

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Sometimes it’s hard to find just the right gift for someone you care about. If you want to avoid getting a loved one the same ol' pair of winter socks or gift cards like last year, we found 14 unique gifts on Uncommon Goods that are perfectly suited for a range of different tastes and interests.

1. Personalized Hand-Written Letter Blanket; $160

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Bring warmth into someone's life—in more ways than one. This 100 percent cotton throw blanket is made to resemble a heartfelt letter written on notebook paper. Your sentiments (limited to 400 characters or fewer) will keep your friend or family member cozy all year long.

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2. Personalized Puzzles Book; $40

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This gift is perfect for the person who’s hooked on Sudoku puzzles and fills out the daily crossword in pen. Inside, you’ll find more than 50 pages of crosswords, word searches, and Sudoku puzzles. One page of puzzles is devoted to trivia on a year of your choice, letting you honor the gift recipient’s birth year, anniversary, or graduation, to name just a few ideas. Plus, there’s space inside to include a personalized dedication.

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3. Custom Travel Photo Coasters; $65-$75

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With this customizable gift, you can turn precious memories into a classy set of marble coasters that resemble antique Polaroids. A set of four custom coasters with photos alone comes in at $65, but you can choose to add unique captions for an extra $10.

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4. Custom Pet Pillow; $145

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Turn your loved one’s beloved pet into an adorable pillow. Reviewers say that it’s high-quality and surprisingly lifelike—you may not be able to tell the pillow apart from your pet at first glance.

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5. Personalized Moonshine Jug & Kit; $50

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This personalized moonshine jug also comes with flavorings you can use to make your own custom hooch. Simply pour some grain alcohol or vodka into the jug, add a little of the included apple pie, peach, or cherry flavoring, and you’re all set with some “bootleg” booze of your very own.

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6. Family Pebble Portrait; $110

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New York artist Wendy Pound uses found pebbles, seashells, flowers, and driftwood to create beautifully unique family portraits. You can even choose to feature your family cat or dog.

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7. Custom Message Shortbread Cookies; $38

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For some people, the best gifts come in delicious, sugar-filled packages. For $38, send a customized box of 24 cookies to your favorite sweet-toothed friend. Each cookie can accommodate up to three lines of text, with a maximum of 12 characters on each line.

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8. Personalized M Is for Me Book; $40

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Young children will get a kick out of reading their own names in this personalized picture book that describes positive traits for each letter of the alphabet. In addition to customizing the title, you can also choose the cover color and add a short dedication to the recipient.

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9. Periodic Table of Flavor Rub Set; $60

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Spiceology has taken the beloved periodic table and turned it on its head by converting elements into unique spice rubs like Ch for Chile Margarita, Oh for Oh Canada, and Ec for Cowboy Crust. This is the perfect gift for friends that like to try new flavors or science fans that love the play on elements.

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10. Frank Lloyd Wright Double Sided Puzzle; $16

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Architecture buffs out there know Frank Lloyd Wright broke the mold when it came to his building designs. This puzzle is also breaking the rules by making double-sided puzzles featuring some of the architect’s most famous creations. These 500-piece puzzles showcase either the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum or Fallingwater on the front, with the buildings' respective floor plans on the back.

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11. Great Women of Science Pint Glass; $18

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Even though their work has often been overshadowed by their male counterparts, women have been making huge strides in science for centuries. And Cognitive Surplus wants to celebrate these figures in the form of pint glasses showcasing portraits of scientists like Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Blackwell.

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12. 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster; $15

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If you know a film buff with a bit of an obsessive bent, this scratch-off poster could be their perfect outlet. The poster itself features tiny square images of 100 classic movies, from Charlie Chaplin to Pixar, but upon arrival, all the pictures will be grayed out. It’s your loved one’s job to scratch off the foil covering as they complete more and more of the movies highlighted on the poster.

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13. Democracy Coasters; $50

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Sections of some of the United States’s most cherished historical documents are beautifully reprinted onto these marble coasters, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Civil Rights Act.

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14. National Parks Notebooks; $13

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These notebooks tout a vintage travel poster vibe, and best of all, they’re all inspired by some of the most beautiful National Parks the United States has to offer. They’re available in packs of three, each with a different batch of covers. This way, you can tailor your choice to your loved one’s favorite spots.

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