11 Posters Worth Gifting This Holiday Season

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A good poster can make all the difference when it comes to decor. Posters are a cost-effective and fun way to add color, tie together a room, and show off the owner’s personality. If you want to help a loved one track down a poster that doesn’t look like it’s straight out of a college dorm room, here are 11 prints we suggest gifting:

1. 100 ESSENTIAL FILMS SCRATCH-OFF CHART; $35

Pop Chart Lab

Pop Chart Lab’s scratch-off prints are a fun way to put a personal touch on a room. The Essential Films edition serves as a ready-made must-watch list, with 100 incredible films—new and old. As your loved one watches, they can scratch off the gray squares of the poster to reveal the illustrations below. Once they're done, they’ve got a checkerboard visualization of great movies from Casablanca to Mad Max: Fury Road.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

2. RETRO PATENTS; $33 AND UP

Retro Patents

Gadget-lovers will swoon over these patent illustration posters, which feature the original patent drawings submitted for now-familiar technology like handheld cameras, record players, Tamagotchi, Game Boys, and more. The black-and-white drawings are accompanied by the name of the inventor and the date of the patent. Many of them are limited editions, so make sure to grab ‘em before they’re gone.

Find It: Retro Patents

3. DINOSAURIA; $37

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Your favorite paleontology fan will love diving into this encyclopedic poster of dinosaur types, which catalogs more than 100 types of dinos in hand-drawn illustrations. Painstakingly researched, the work classifies 700 genera of prehistoric creatures into a taxonomy that’s sure to make your beloved science nerd’s heart beat faster.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

4. REALLY BIG COLORING POSTER; $40

Great2bColorful, Amazon

Coloring books make great gifts for all ages, but coloring posters make even better ones. This giant, 5-foot-by-3-foot poster will keep your favorite young artist busy for hours filling in notable icons of all 50 states, from the Hollywood sign to the Statue of Liberty. And once they’re done, they have a colorful mural to put up in their room.

Find It: Amazon

5. SPACE GRAND TOUR; $22

JPL/NASA

Get excited for the future. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed these out-of-this-world prints, creating futuristic tourism posters for celestial destinations that, for the most part, humans have yet to reach.They’re part science geekery, part vintage travel homage, and the poster versions are the perfect gift for any future astronaut. Of course, they’re so pretty that even the least physics-inclined people on your gift list will still appreciate them.

Find It: Amazon

6. BETWEEN THE WORDS; $63

Nicholas Rougeux

Nicholas Rougeux’s Between the Words posters are minimalist takes on visualizing classic literature. Instead of trying to encapsulate the story, he focuses on what’s between the words: the punctuation. Each poster depicts every punctuation mark—in order—used in well-known books like Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Separated only by chapter markers, the punctuation marks spiral around a central illustration. Sticklers for good grammar will love exploring the dense punctuation patterns of books like A Tale of Two Cities and Ulysses, designs that provide a whole new insight into the writing techniques of famous authors.

Find It: Zazzle

7. “I LOVE” CITY MAPS; $21 AND UP

Jordan Sondler

Help your favorite urbanite show their city pride with New York-based illustrator Jordan Sondler’s whimsical maps of places like Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. Available in several different base colors, they divide major American metropolises into neighborhoods dotted with illustrated versions of iconic local architecture.

Find It: Minted

8. SKIES ABOVE CUSTOM STAR CHART; $130

Asterism Labs, Etsy

Baltimore-based data designer and former astrophysicist Katie Peek specializes in custom star charts that put a unique spin on a special day. They can highlight what the night sky looked like on the day of a wedding, a birthday, or during the last solar eclipse, customized to where the event took place. You can also ask her to commemorate the celestial view from any other time and place using her custom algorithms.

Find It: Etsy

9. PLEATINGS PRINT; $53

Dry Studios

These abstract posters from the Stockholm-based Dry Studios are designed to create art using natural light in your house. The folded paper casts shadows when the sunlight hits them, turning the poster into changing graphic scenes throughout the day. They come in two different color schemes, one warm and one cold, to mimic the color change between day and night.

Find It: Dry Studios

10. LAW & MOORE MOVIE POSTERS; $12 AND UP

Law & Moore, Etsy

The designers at Law & More specialize in pop culture posters that put a unique spin on beloved movies and TV shows from all genres, from Rocky to Stranger Things to Mary Poppins. Designed like vintage book covers, each features a minimalist illustration of the film along with the name of its creators. Whether you’re shopping for a James Bond aficionado or a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll be able to find a classy poster to show off their entertainment tastes.

Find It: Etsy

11. CONSTITUTIONS OF CLASSIC COCKTAILS; $37

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Perfect for in the kitchen or near the bar cart, this infographic is a cheat sheet for becoming a mixology master. It illustrates how to throw together 60 different classic cocktails, organizing them by the type of liquor used to make them. Your favorite cocktail party host can use it to learn how to make a proper Rob Roy or Old Fashioned, or to help guests decide what they want to drink: just pick a base alcohol and go from there.

Find It: Pop Chart Lab

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.

Kitchen

Instant Pot/Amazon

- 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

Roomba/Amazon

- 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

Nintendo

- 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

Microsoft/Amazon

- 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/Amazon

- 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

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

2. Personalized Puzzles Book; $40

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

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

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

4. Custom Pet Pillow; $145

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

5. Personalized Moonshine Jug & Kit; $50

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

6. Family Pebble Portrait; $110

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

7. Custom Message Shortbread Cookies; $38

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

8. Personalized M Is for Me Book; $40

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

9. Periodic Table of Flavor Rub Set; $60

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

10. Frank Lloyd Wright Double Sided Puzzle; $16

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

11. Great Women of Science Pint Glass; $18

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

12. 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster; $15

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

13. Democracy Coasters; $50

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

14. National Parks Notebooks; $13

Uncommon Goods

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.

Buy it: Uncommon Goods

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