Start Off the Week With These Great Amazon Deals

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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, October 2.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote + Echo Dot for $59.99 (list price $89.98)

Wake Up Light,Sztook Alarm Clock,Sunrise Alarm Clock With Blutooth 4.0 speaker,FM Radio,Nature Sounds,7 Colors Night Light,Smart Snooze Function,3.5mm AUX,Touch Control With USB Charger for $35.99 (list price $139.99)

Soundbar, TaoTronics Sound Bar Wired and Wireless Bluetooth Audio ( 40 Watt Speaker,34-Inch, 2 Passive Radiators, Dual Connection Methods, Touch and Remote Control, Wall Mountable, Updated Version) for $89.99 (list price $139.99)

OURLINK 600Mbps mini 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4G/5G Wireless Network Adapter USB Wi-Fi Dongle Adapter with 5dBi Antenna Support Win Vista,Win 7,Win 8.1, Win 10,Mac OS X 10.9-10.12.4 for $19.99 (list price $19.99)

Lightning Cable,AOFU iPhone Charger 4Pack 3FT 6FT 6FT 10FT to USB Syncing and Charging Cable Data Nylon Braided Cord Charger for iPhone 7/7 Plus/6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus/5/5s/5c/SE and more (Black&Blue) for $14.88 (list price $24.99)

Plantronics BackBeat FIT Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Waterproof Earbuds for Running and Workout, Blue, Frustration Free Packaging for $63.64 (list price $129.99)

DeLonghi TRD40615T Full Room Radiant Heater for $89.99 (list price $129.99)

Logitech M720 Triathalon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse (910-004790) for $33.95 (list price $49.99)

Paxcess Charging Station 60W 12A 6 Port USB Charger QC 3.0 Quick Charge Charging Dock, Phone Charger Multi Port Desktop Charging Station with Removable Baffles for Multiple Devices iPhone/iPad/Tablet for $37.99 (list price $59.99)

VicTsing Shower Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker with 5W Driver, Suction Cup, Built-in Mic, Hands-Free Speakerphone - Grey for $21.99 (list price $24.99)

1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Mini Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers, Supports Vinyl to MP3 Recording, USB MP3 Playback, Stereo Headphone Jack, Pitch Control and RCA Output, Black for $42.49 (list price $60.99)

iClever Quiet 7 Color Backlit Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Keyboard for PCs, Tablets, Smartphones for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

KITCHEN

Rubbermaid Premier Food Storage Containers, 28-Piece Set, Grey for $25.19 (list price $35.99)

Rubbermaid LunchBox Sandwich Kit, Food Storage Container, Green for $6.79 (list price $39.00)

Popit Little Big Box Food Plastic Container Set, 8 Pack for $19.99 (list price $24.99)

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer for $69.99 (list price $99.95)

Fred PIZZA PEDDLER Monkey Unicycle Pizza Wheel for $12.67 (list price $15.70)

Silicone Oven Mitts with Quilted Cotton Lining - Professional Heat Resistant Potholder Kitchen Gloves - 1 Pair (Black) - Homwe for $10.97 (list price $19.97)

Danslesbls Heavy Duty Nonstick Silicone Kitchen Serving Tongs, 2 Pack 9 Inch and 12 Inch Heat Resistant Locking Food Tong with Silicone Tips (Red) for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

Utopia Kitchen Premium Class Stainless-Steel 12 Knife Set with Acrylic Stand for $41.99 (list price $299.91)

GDEALER Kitchen Scale 22lb/10kg Digital Kitchen Food Scale, Tempered Glass Surface Touch Screen, High Precision, Tare, White Backlit Display, Smart Weigh for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

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)

Riedel Veritas Cabernet/Merlot Glass, Set of 2 for $39.50 (list price $69.00)

HOME

Orthopedic Dog Bed - 5" Thick Supportive Gel Enhanced Memory Foam - Made in the USA | 100% Cotton Removable Cover w/ Waterproof Encasement | Fully Washable | Small, Medium & Large Pet Beds for $104.99 (list price $140.99)

GhostBed 11 Inch Cooling Gel Memory Foam Mattress with 20 Year Warranty, TWIN for $325.00 (list price $495.00)

Twin / Twin XL Size Down-Comforter 500-Thread-Count Down Comforter 100 percent Cotton 500 TC - 750FP - 40Oz for $134.99 (list price $249.99)

mDesign Over-Cabinet Hair Care Tools Holder for Hair Dryer, Flat Iron, Curling Wand, Straightener - Chrome for $15.30 (list price $19.99)

URPOWER Garment Steamer 130ml Portable Handheld Fabric Steamer Fast Heat-up Powerful Travel Garment Clothes Steamer with High Capacity for Home and Travel, Travel Pouch Included for $21.99 (list price $69.99)

TaoTronics Humidifier, 2L Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifiers for Babies Bedroom, Zero Disturb Sleep Mode, Filter Free and Whisper Quiet, BPA FREE- US Plug 110V for $31.99 (list price $49.99)

StorageManiac Foldable Pop-Up Mesh Laundry Hamper with Reinforced Carry Handles, 2-Pack for $16.99 (list price $39.99)

TasteLife 105 GSM Deep Pocket Bed Sheet Set Brushed Hypoallergenic Microfiber 1800 Bedding Sheets Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - 4 Piece(White,Queen) for $14.90 (list price $119.90)

Syntus Himalayan Salt Lamp Natural Crystal Salt Light Glow Hand Carved Night Lights Wall light with UL Listed Plug for Lighting, Decoration and Air Purifying for $12.99 (list price $21.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer, Monochrome, Wireless, Duplex Printing, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled for $109.00 (list price $119.99)

SUDEE STILE Colored Pencils 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case with Sharpener for $23.99 (list price $95.96)

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0 mm), Black, 36-Count for $4.99 (list price $10.25)

Chalkola Chalk Markers & Metallic Colors - Pack of 16 chalk pens - For Chalkboard, Whiteboard, Blackboard, Window, Glass, Bistro - 6mm Reversible bullet & chisel Tip with 8 gram erasable ink for $14.95 (list price $24.95)

X-ACTO XLR Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black for $15.73 (list price $19.72)

Axess Desk - Modern Design - Keyboard Tray and One Drawer - Black - by South Shore for $99.99 (list price $112.50) Bonsaii DocShred C156-D 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder with 5.5 Gallon Wastebasket Capacity and Window for $55.99 (list price $90.00)

Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar White Board Monthly Weekly Planner 2017 With Markers Magnets Set (15.7" x 11.8") for $13.99 (list price $29.99)

Deco Brothers Stackable Mesh Desk Convertible Organizer, Black for $22.87 (list price $35.99)

Get Orange DIY Paper Photo Frame Wall Deco with Mini Clothespins and Stickers - Fits 4"x 6" Pictures (multicolor) for $7.49 (list price $9.99)

Acrylic Pencil and Pen Holder, HBlife Gold Desktop Stationery Organizer Modern Design Office Desk Accessory for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

Uni-Ball Jetstream Retractable Ball Point Pens,0.7mm, Black Ink, 3-Count for $7.30 (list price $10.49)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

TAO Clean Aura Clean Sonic Toothbrush & Cleaning Station, Super Nova White for $89.00 (list price $129.00)

3M OCS1135 Ear Soft Yellow Neons, Earplugs (Case of 200) for $19.97 (list price $21.75)

Nasopure "Nicer Neti" Pot Sinus Wash System 8 Ounce for $12.95 (list price $20.00)

Essy Beauty Professional High Qualified Retinol Serum To Remove Fine Lines and Wrinkles for Face, Neck and Eye Area for $15.99 (list price $69.00)

"C Plus" Highest Concentrate Vitamin C Serum (30%) with Hyaluronic Acid & Breakthrough Anti Wrinkle Complex - 100% Natural, Total Anti Aging Serum For Face & Eyes (1 oz.) for $19.95 (list price $39.99)

Baebody Blue Eye Gel for Dark Circles & Wrinkles - w Mediterranean Blue Algae Extract - Intensive Eye Gel for Under and Around Eyes - 1 fl oz for $19.95 (list price $39.95)

Square Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier, 700ml Large Capacity Modern Ultrasonic Aroma Diffusers Running 20+ Hours 7 Color Changing for Home Office Bedroom Living Room Study Yoga Spa for $29.99 (list price $69.99)

Natural Earth Lava Pumice Stone for Foot Callus by Zenda Naturals - Premium Callus Remover for Feet and Hands - Pedicure Tools, Exfoliation to Remove Dead Skin - Natural Foot File for $8.45 (list price $14.97)

ElleSye Blackhead Remover Kit, 5-in-1 Pimple Extractor Acne Comedone Blackhead Removal Tool Set, Treatment for Blemish, Whitehead, Zit Removing with Metal Case for $6.49 (list price $15.99)

Tea Tree Oil Body & Foot Wash - 12 oz Antifungal Soap 100% Natural Fungal Defense Care Kills Bacteria Athletes Foot Ringworm Jock Itch - Antibacterial Soap Premium Nature for $11.99 (list price $19.99)

100% Natural Himalayan Salt Scrub 12 oz with Lychee Oil and Sweet Almond Oil- Best Body scrub, Deep Skin Exfoliator, Anti Cellulite, Body Wash, Moisturizer & Detox for $13.95 (list price $35.00)

Dental Floss Pick 240 Picks FDA Approved Professional Threader Flosser with 4 Travel Case, FAMILIFE for $12.99 (list price $59.86)

Premium Bath Poufs [6-Pack] - Large Exfoliating Mesh Puff Shower Loofahs w/ Sponges for A More Luxurious Lather - The Best Body Wash Scrub Sponge with Handle - By Savvy Bath for $11.70 (list price $26.95)

Anjou Aromatherapy Top 12 Essential Oils Set, Include 100% Pure Lavender, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon, and Ylang-Ylang for $15.99 (list price $59.99)

Aickar Eyelash Curler - Professional Eyelash Curler Set with Eyelash Curler Refill, Eyelash Curler for Asian Eyes and American Eyes - Matte Silver for $9.96 (list price $9.96)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

First Aid Only All-purpose First Aid Kit, Soft Case, 299-Piece Kit for $14.94 (list price $26.74)

YETI Rambler 20 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Tumbler with Lid (Stainless Steel) for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

GCI Outdoor Everywhere Chair, Midnight for $36.78 (list price $39.99)

ProForm Hybrid Trainer for $350.00 (list price $404.23)

Aqua Quest Kona Pouch Running Belt - Water Resistant - Black for $22.55 (list price $33.95)

Thermos Intak 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle with Meter, Purple for $11.96 (list price $14.99)

Garmin vívosmart HR+ Regular Fit Activity Tracker - Black for $169.99 (list price $199.99)

TheraBand Exercise and Stability Ball for Improved Posture, Balance, Core Fitness, Coordination, Yoga, Pilates, Core Stability, Rehab, Pro Series SCP Slow Deflate Burst Resistant for (list price )

TuneBand for iPhone 7, Premium Sports Armband with Two Straps and Two Screen Protectors, BLACK for $21.99 (list price $29.99)

WORX TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower with 110 MPH and 600 CFM Output and Variable Speed Control – WG520 for $54.24 (list price $59.99)

Large Bed Tray NNEWVANTE Laptop Desk Lap Desk Foldable Portable Standing Outdoor Camping Table, Breakfast Reading Tray Holder for Couch Floor Students Kids Young Color(Gentleman Black) for $24.99 (list price $32.99)

Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower With Grass Bag for $54.00 (list price $93.86)

Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket Dual Layers For Outdoor Water-Resistant Handy Mat Tote Spring Summer Blue and White Striped Great for the Beach,Camping on Grass Waterproof Sandproof (SC-CM-01) for $15.99 (list price $29.99)

STIGA Advantage Table Tennis Table for $399.99 (list price $449.99)

TOOLS

Milwaukee 2407-22 M12 3/8 Drill Driver Kit for $109.00 (list price $233.00)

Yougai 38-piece Precision Computer Repair Tool Kit for iPad,iPhone,PC,Watch,Samsung and Other Smartphone Tablet Computer Electronic Devices for $13.59 (list price $40.99)

DEWALT DW1354 14-Piece Titanium Drill Bit Set for $12.99 (list price $15.99)

Bosch GMS120 Digital Multi-Scanner for $62.97 (list price $69.99)

Bosch PS11-102 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Max 3/8-Inch Right Angle Drill/Driver Kit with (1) High Capacity Battery and Charger for $99.00 (list price $131.80)

Megapro 211R2C36RD 13-In-1 Ratcheting Driver, Red for $27.67 (list price $37.96)

SE RA9228 228-Piece Rotary Tool Accessories Kit for $17.92 (list price $24.99)

Hyde Tool 06986 2-1/2-Inch Stiff 6-In-1 Multi-Tool for $7.74 (list price $9.75)

Stanley FMHT51249 FATMAX Anti Vibe Nailing Hammer, 14-Ounce for $32.52 (list price $34.99)

ThruNite Archer 2A V3 Cool White 500 Lumens AA LED Flashlight for $29.99 (list price $45.95)

Stanley STHT55135 Pry Bar Set for $10.70 (list price $16.00)

TEKTON Long Arm Hex Key Wrench Set, Inch/Metric, 26-Piece | 25252 for $13.19 (list price $14.99)

Jeronic 11-Inch Folding Step Stool Holds up to 300 lb for $9.95 (list price $16.99)

Monkey Hook Picture Hanger Home and Office Pack, 30 pc set for $11.24 (list price $19.75)

Stanley 43-511 Magnetic Shock Resistant Torpedo Level for $6.24 (list price $9.53)

Klein Tools 5139L 12-1/2-Inch Top-Grain Leather Zipper Bag,Tan for $30.40 (list price $39.14)

RAK Magnetic Wristband (1 Pack) with Strong Magnets for Holding Screws, Nails, Drill Bits - Best Unique Tool Gift for DIY Handyman, Father/Dad, Husband, Boyfriend, Men, Women (Black) for $12.99 (list price $19.99)

10 LEGO Sets For Every Type of LEGO Builder 

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If you’re looking for a timeless gift to give this holiday season, look no further than a LEGO set. With kits that cater to a wide age range—from toddlers fine-tuning their motor skills to adults looking for a more engaged way to relax—there’s a LEGO set out there for everyone. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sets on Amazon to help you find the LEGO box that will make your loved one smile this year. If you end up getting one for yourself too, don’t worry: we won’t tell.

1. Classic Large Creative Gift Box; $44

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You can never go wrong with a classic. This 790-piece box contains dozens of types of colored bricks so builders of any age can let their inner architect shine. With toy windows, doors, tires, and tire rims included in addition to traditional bricks, the building possibilities are truly endless. The bricks are compatible with all LEGO construction sets, so builders have the option of creating their own world or building a new addition onto an existing set.

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2. Harry Potter Hogwarts Express; $64

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Experience the magic of Hogwarts with this buildable Hogwarts Express box. The Prisoner Of Azkaban-inspired kit not only features Hogwarts's signature mode of transportation, but also Platform 9 ¾, a railway bridge, and some of your favorite Harry Potter characters. Once the train is built, the sides and roof can be removed for play within the cars. There is a Dementor on board … but after a few spells cast by Harry and Lupin, the only ride he’ll take is a trip to the naughty list.

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3. Star Wars Battle of Hoth; $160

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Star Wars fans can go into battle—and rewrite the course of history—by recreating a terrifying AT-AT Walker from the Battle of Hoth. Complete with 1267 pieces to make this a fun challenge for ages 10 and up, the Walker has elements like spring-loaded shooters, a cockpit, and foldout panels to reveal its deadly inner workings. But never fear: Even though the situation might look dire, Luke Skywalker and his thermal detonator are ready to save the day.

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4. Super Mario Adventures Starter Course; $60

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Kids can play Super Mario in 3D with LEGO’s interactive set. After constructing one of the courses, young designers can turn on the electronic Mario figurine to get started. Mario’s built-in color sensors and LCD screens allow him to express more than 100 different reactions as he travels through the course. He’ll encounter obstacles, collect coins, and avoid Goomba and Bowser to the sound of the Mario soundtrack (played via an included speaker). This is a great gift for encouraging problem-solving and creativity in addition to gaming smarts.

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5. Gingerbread House; $212

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Gingerbread houses are a great way to enjoy the holidays … but this expert-level kit takes cookie construction to a whole new level. The outside of the LEGO house rotates around to show the interior of a sweet gingerbread family’s home. Although the living room is the standout with its brick light fireplace, the house also has a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and outdoor furniture. A LEGO Christmas tree and presents can be laid out as the holidays draw closer, making this a seasonal treat you can enjoy with your family every year.

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6. Elsa and Olaf’s Tea Party; $18

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LEGO isn’t just for big kids. Toddlers and preschoolers can start their LEGO journey early by constructing an adorable tea party with their favorite Frozen characters. As they set up Elsa and Olaf’s ice seats, house, and tea fixings, they’ll work on fine-motor, visual-spatial, and emotional skills. Building the set from scratch will enable them to put their own creative spin on a favorite movie, and will prepare them for building more complicated sets as they get older.

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7. Collectible Art Set Building Kits; $120

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Why buy art when you can build it yourself? LEGO’s Beatles and Warhol Marilyn Monroe sets contain four options for LEGO art that can be built and displayed inside your home. Each kit comes with a downloadable soundtrack you can listen to while you build, turning your art experience into a relaxing one. Once you’re finished building your creation it can be exhibited within a LEGO brick frame, with the option to hang it or dismantle it to start on a new piece. If the 1960s aren’t your thing, check out these Sith and Iron Man options.

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8. NASA Apollo Saturn V; $120

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The sky (or just the contents of your LEGO box) is the limit with LEGO’s Saturn V expert-level kit. Designed for ages 14 and up, this to-scale rocket includes three removable rocket stages, along with a command and service module, Lunar Lander, and more. Once the rocket is complete, two small astronaut figurines can plant a tiny American flag to mark a successful launch. The rocket comes with three stands so it can be displayed after completion, as well as a booklet for learning more about the Apollo moon missions.

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9. The White House; $100

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Reconstruct the First Family’s home (and one of America’s most famous landmarks) by erecting this display model of the White House. The model, which can be split into three distinct sections, features the Executive Residence, the West Wing, and the East Wing of the complex. Plant lovers can keep an eye out for the colorful rose garden and Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, which flank the Executive Residence. If you’re unable to visit the White House anytime soon, this model is the next best thing.

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10. Volkswagen Camper Van; $120

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Road trip lovers and camping fanatics alike will love this vintage-inspired camper. Based on the iconic 1962 VW vehicle, LEGO’s camper gets every detail right, from the trademark safari windshield on the outside to the foldable furniture inside. Small details, like a “Make LEGO Models, Not War” LEGO T-shirt and a detailed engine add an authentic touch to the piece. Whether you’re into old car mechanics or simply want to take a trip back in time, this LEGO car will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget.

Buy it: Amazon

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13 Gorgeous Coffee Table Books for Anyone on Your List

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This holiday season, give the gift of a gorgeous, conversation-starting coffee table book. Here are 13 that you can get for anyone on your list, whether they're obsessed with history, art, or cats.

1. Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; $50

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Deborah Willis’s incredible book features more than 200 photos—many that were previously unpublished—organized by theme. There are famous figures like Josephine Baker, Lil Kim, and Condoleezza Rice, as well as anonymous Black people in the neighborhood, reading magazines, and getting a cut from the barber. Willis spent 10 years doing research and combing through archives to create the book, which has been hailed as “a definitive history of black beauty … a treasure, a triumph and a singular achievement that invites fresh and enduring insights with each viewing.”

Buy it: Amazon

2. Parks: United States National Park Service Maps from the Collection of Brian Kelley; $57

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National Park enthusiasts will love this book, which pulls together more than 400 maps and other incredible visual treasures dating as far back as 1910.

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3. America 1900; $70

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This stunning, 588-page behemoth of a book (it weighs almost nine pounds!) features the first color photos of North America, produced between 1888 and 1924. Taschen also has books devoted to France, Italy, and Germany at the same time period if you’re looking to gift a set.

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4. Walter Chandoha. Cats: 1942-2018; $50

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After snapping photos of a kitten he’d rescued in 1949, Walter Chandoha—who had previously worked as a photographer for the Army during World War II—started to photograph shelter cats … and didn’t stop taking photos of cats for the next 70 years. This book pulls together his incredible images (which influenced Andy Warhol) in one place, and it’s a gift that any ailurophile/bibliophile will appreciate.

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5. Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books; $24

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This tome, which features drool-worthy home libraries from history and around the world, will inspire (and possibly enable!) any book lover.

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6. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities; $70

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This reprint of Albertus Seba’s prized natural history book weighs in at more than 10 pounds and features incredible, colorful illustrations that will delight lovers of the natural world.

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7. The Photography of Game of Thrones; $43

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Pop culture aficionados who miss the fiery palace intrigue of Game of Thrones can revisit Westeros with this book of photos by set photographer Helen Sloan. Not only does the book provide gorgeous shots of the show and its iconic characters, but it also provides readers with a peek behind-the-scenes of Thrones. (The Night King doesn’t look so scary snapping a selfie, now does he?)

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8. The NASA Archives. 60 Years in Space; $150

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Anyone who has dreamed of going to space will love this nearly 13-pound book, which includes more than 400 photos from NASA’s history, rare illustrations, and text by former NASA historian Roger Launius, Apollo historian Andrew Chaikin, and journalist Piers Bizony.

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9. Dog People; $35

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Sandra Müller’s hilarious collection of photos of pups dressed as people is the perfect gift for any dog owner who’s constantly anthropomorphizing their pooch.

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10. Patterns of India: A Journey Through Colors, Textiles, and the Vibrancy of Rajasthan; $22

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Brighten up the dull winter months with Christine Chitnis’s 288-page book that features more than 200 lush and bright photographs of life in Rajasthan, India. One reviewer called Patterns of India “an inspiring celebration of one of the most visually compelling and engaging destinations for travelers and photographers, where every detail, from the mundane to the sacred, is a divine expression of ancient and modern artisanal mastery.”

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11. Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks; $23

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The perfect gift for the person who loves sipping a cocktail while listening to their favorite record, Booze & Vinyl has been billed as “the ultimate listening party guide.” The book is organized by mood and features 50 albums released from the 1950s to the 2000s. (Under Rock, for example, you’ll find The Clash’s London Calling, while Dance features Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster.) Each album is accompanied by notes and a cocktail recipe—Bjork’s Debut, for example, is paired with a cocktail called The Swan that originated at The Waldorf before Prohibition.

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12. History as They Saw It: Iconic Moments from the Past in Color; $36

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The colorization of black and white videos and images might be somewhat controversial, but it’s undeniable that adding hues to our views of history can give us a new perspective. This book by Wolfgang Wild and Jordan Lloyd brings color to 120 photos of unforgettable historical events, including the building of the Eiffel Tower and the sinking of the Titanic, making it a beautiful gift for history buffs who wish they could travel back in time and see these scenes with their own eyes.

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13. The Art of Looking Up; $20

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In The Art of Looking Up, art historian Catherine McCormack gives the backgrounds and stories behind the most incredible ceilings around the globe. The book is split into four themes—Religion, Culture, Power, and Politics—and features incredible eye candy like the glass flowers that adorn the ceilings of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; the intricately tiled ceiling of the Imam Mosque in Isfahan, Iran; and the stained-glass ceiling above the Toluca Botanical Gardens in Mexico.

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