11 Brilliant Gifts for the Notebook Enthusiast

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Science says it's easier to organize and remember information when you write it down. Help everyone on your list stay on track with these charming notebooks that are great for artists, writers, planners, and dreamers.

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1. Poketo Concept Planner

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Your loved ones could tap reminders into their phones, but this glam pink planner makes keeping appointments much more fun. The 252-page, open-dated book includes space to scribble goals for the week, month, and year as well as calendar sheets for scheduling activities. The binding lies flat while open and the 8-by-5-inch fabric-textured cover gives your giftee's plans a fashionable finish.

Find It at Poketo for $34.

2. Rite In The Rain All-Weather Top-Spiral Notebook

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It looks like a regular notepad, but Rite in the Rain's 4-by-6-inch gridded sheets are completely waterproof, able to withstand the wetness of a rainforest, a summer downpour, or being dropped in the mud. Use any pen or pencil for smudgeproof writing that will stay legible no matter what Mother Nature throws at it.

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3. Moleskine Smart Writing Set

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If your favorite notebook enthusiast draws or writes in this Moleskine paper tablet with the included Pen+ smart pen, their creation will appear in digital form on your phone or iPad via a companion app. Encoded technology allows the pen to capture each stroke and smoothly transfer freehand doodlings from page to screen. From there, the user can edit, add text, share ideas and more.

Find It at Moleskine for $199 and also at these other retailers:

4. MidoriI Grid Notebook

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You'll notice Midori notebooks are missing something: a cover. That’s entirely on purpose. These minimalist Japanese notebooks allow users to focus on the joy of writing through their gentle gridlines, thread-stitch binding, lay-flat design, and colored string on the spine that indicates the notebook's page style.

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5. Princeton Architectural Press Observer's Notebook: Astronomy

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If the 2017 total solar eclipse sparked a new love of astronomy in someone you know, give this handsome 7-by-9-inch hardcover notebook, so they can record night sky observations. The ruled pages are paired with information about stars, planets, constellations, and other celestial bodies, plus gorgeous color images from the Hubble and ESA space telescopes.

Find It at Princeton Architectural Pressfor $19 and also at these other retailers:

6. Leda Art Supply Sketchbook

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Whether your gift recipient draws in pencil, ink, pastel, charcoal, or watercolors, this softcover sketchbook is ideal for many kinds of art. The 160 pages of 7-by-10-inch archival paper are thread-bound and include an elastic band to keep the book closed. A ribbon bookmark adds a classy finishing touch.

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7. Pilot Frixion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens

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The perfect pen for The New York Times Sunday crossword, Pilot's long-lasting Frixion gel pens write incredibly smoothly in a variety of ink colors and erase completely with the attached eraser, without damaging the writing surface beneath. The 0.7-millimeter fine point gives penmanship an elegant flourish. When you're finished writing, the nib clicks back into the pen shaft.

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8. Traveler's Company Brown Leather Notebook

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Indulge your loved one's inner Hiram Bingham or Nellie Bly with this classic traveler's notebook. Encased in a hand-made chocolate leather cover is a sheaf of blank Midori paper (refills are available); the book includes a ribbon bookmark and a band for keeping the cover closed when not in use. At roughly 8.5 inches by 5 inches, the notebook is sized for stuffing into a safari jacket.

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9. Present And Correct Corner Ring Bound Notebook

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A twist on your typical spiral-bound notebook, this pad by British company Present and Correct hinges at the corner with a chic brass coil. The 50-page book comes in small (2.75 inches by 4.75 inches) and large (5.8 inches by 8.3 inches) and three variations: black cover/blank sheets, green cover/ruled sheets, and gray cover/dotted sheets.

Find It at Present And Correct for $7 and up.

10. Moleskine Limited Edition SUPER MARIO Notebook

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Travel back to the "8-bit world of the Mushroom Kingdom" with the help of this limited edition Super Mario notebook from Moleskine. The hardback notebook includes 70 ivory lined pages and a bookmark, plus stickers and extra goodies printed on the inside of the paperband.

Find It at Moleskine for $20.

11. Princeton Architectural Press Pocket Department Notebooks

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Inspired by 1950s stationery, the Pocket Department notebooks recall old-school composition books with a modern splash of color. This pack includes each of four different styles—backpack, messenger bag, shirt pocket, and back pocket sizes—containing 64 lined pages apiece. The set comes wrapped in a reusable interoffice-style envelope with a string closure, suitable for your office's secret Santa rounds.

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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.

Buy it: Amazon

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.

Buy it: Amazon

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.

Buy it: Amazon

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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10 Practical Gifts Everyone Will Appreciate

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Holiday shopping can be one of the most anxiety-provoking experiences of the year. There’s pressure to get the “perfect” gift for everyone you know—and that “perfect” gift doesn’t always exist. To help you spend less time stressing and more time enjoying the holidays, we’ve rounded up 10 practical gifts that everyone will use and appreciate.

1. LapGear Ergo Pro Lap Desk; $38

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This lap desk works just as well on the couch as it does in the office. LapGear’s Home Office Lap Desk not only has plenty of room for a standard-sized laptop, but it also has a built-in slot for keeping a mobile device close by. You can even adjust the angle of your laptop to better fit whatever position you're in. And if laptop heat is a concern—especially for those working long hours—the desk is built with a cushion to keep things cool from 9-5…and for the Netflix binge afterwards.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Powlaken 4in1 Wireless Charging Station; $33

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Anyone with multiple devices knows the pain of trying to keep them charged at the same time. Cut the stress—and the charging cords—with this four-in-one wireless charger from Powlaken. The charger is designed to charge an iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch, and Apple Pencil all at the same time. Once devices are plugged in, they’ll still be completely functional, so users can watch TV and Facetime with friends while the power strip is hard at work.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Rapid Ramen Cooker; $14

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Ramen just got a major upgrade. The perfect gift for college students or quick-fix chefs, this microwave-safe ramen cooker is a secret weapon in the kitchen. Simply add a noodle block, fill water to the top of the cooker line, and microwave for three minutes for perfect noodles, every time. The cooker is built with heat-resistant handles for easy handling and is also dishwasher safe, making the cooking experience almost as enjoyable as lunch itself.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Instant Vortex Pro Air Fryer; $140

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From the same company behind the magical Instant Pot comes an appliance that’s even more handy. The Instant Vortex Air Fryer not only air-fries food to crisp perfection, but it also roasts, bakes, toasts, and more. By rapidly circulating hot air around food to cook it evenly, the Vortex gets dinner on the table without having to turn the oven on. It’s large enough to fit two included air fry trays inside—perfect for cooking a main and a side at the same time—and comes with cooking accessories to help get the job done.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light; $124

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Waking up is hard enough, but a blaring alarm clock can make it downright awful. Have a more peaceful morning with Philips’s sunrise-simulating alarm clock. The clock goes through an incredible one million light stages when it’s time to rise, gradually brightening with a warm orange light to awaken sleepers. But it doesn’t just assist with waking up; it also has a sunset simulation for winding down at bedtime. And, with 10 additional light settings for non-sleeping use, the clock is an excellent replacement for a bedside lamp.

Buy it: Amazon

6. PETLIBRO Automatic Feeder; $66

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Whether pet owners have an erratic schedule, want to prevent early morning wake-up calls, or need to go on a quick overnight trip, PETLIBRO’s automatic feeder is a great way to keep their furry friend's meals on track. It can be programmed to deliver up to four meals a day, and it can be customized to fit the needs of smaller pets. Although the feeder is powered via a regular adapter, there is an option to install batteries as a backup source, ensuring that dinner’s on time even if the electricity goes out.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener; $17

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Wine lovers who have trouble with traditional corkscrews will love this electric wine bottle opener from Oster. Accompanied by a foil cutter that can easily remove a bottle’s seal, the opener removes corks with the single touch of a button. Oster’s bottle opener can open up to 30 bottles on a single charge, allowing sommeliers to spend less time struggling with the bottle and more time enjoying happy hour.

Buy it: Amazon

8. TRENDOUX TouchScreen Winter Gloves; $10
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Winter gloves are always a practical gift, but winter gloves with texting capabilities take gift-giving to a whole new level. TRENDOUX’s touchscreen winter gloves are made from soft napping wool to keep hands toasty while shoveling snow or shooting off a quick text. In addition to touchscreen-friendly fingertips, the gloves feature a webbed silicone design inside each palm to prevent phones from slipping in wet conditions.

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9. SOULWIT Cable Holder Clips; $9

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SOULWIT’s cable holder clips will keep tech fiends organized—and, of course, always plugged in. The cable holders can adhere to most surfaces and hold standard cables for things like phone chargers, keyboards, and ethernet cords. The clips come in a pack of three, so they can be placed in multiple areas of the home. For starting the new year off right, swapping tangled wires for mini tech centers is the way to go.

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10. Under Armour Sports Mask; $30

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Give the gift of a good—and safe—workout with Under Armour’s sports mask. The mask is built with a three-layer design to maximize air flow, along with special fabric on the inside lining and ear loops to keep it feeling cool during exercise. But the mask isn’t just built for comfort. It’s also treated with an anti-microbial coating to stop the spread of germs and prevent odors. Accessorize the mask with a chic yoga bag so fitness buffs can take their post-workout stretches on the go.

Buy it: Amazon

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