11 Thoughtful Gifts for Secret Santa and White Elephant Exchanges

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Finding a suitable gift for a Secret Santa, Yankee, or white elephant exchange can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the recipient all that well. We wanted to help, so we found 11 items that anyone would be happy to receive.

1. Bourbon-Infused Coffee; $20

We could all use a little kick in the morning, and this Tennessee-brewed coffee is sure to do the trick. A splash of Kentucky bourbon lends the Arabica beans their unique aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t actually contain alcohol, so it’s plenty safe for sipping at the office.

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2. Bento 3-in-1 Splash Box; $35

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Plastic-free is increasingly becoming the new norm. The Splash Box has three non-toxic stainless-steel food trays that lock together for easy transport, while simultaneously keeping your peas apart from your mashed potatoes. It’s leak-proof, shatter-proof, and safe for the dishwasher, oven, and toaster oven on medium heat.

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3. 21-Piece Convenience Kit; $19

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This travel kit will save time, money, and suitcase space for one lucky gift recipient this holiday season—not only does it include all the classics (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.), it even includes moisturizing lotion, shaving cream, a razor, earplugs, and more.

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4. "Movies" Jigsaw Puzzle; $16

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Odds are that your favorite movie, be it Shrek (2001), Taxi Driver (1976), or something else, is represented on this expansive 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Not only is it fun to assemble, it'll likely spark a lively conversation about people's opinions of all the films.

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5. Italian Cheese-making Kit; $25

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Give the gift of good cheese this season with a DIY kit. The box holds enough ingredients to make 10 batches of cheese, including classic varieties such as mozzarella, burrata, and ricotta. No prior cheese-making experience necessary.

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6. Jam Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker; $21

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Music lovers will appreciate this durable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in suction and stick pad. They can slap it on a shower wall, mirror, or other smooth surface around the house or backyard and get their groove on. It can be submerged in water for 30 minutes and comes with a rechargeable battery.

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7. Liquid-Free Screen Cleaner; $20

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Since virtually everyone has a smartphone, tablet, and/or laptop on them at all times, this tiny, portable screen cleaner is a must-have to wipe away smudges and fingerprints—you might even want to buy an extra for yourself.

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8. Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker; $16

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We all know that one person who’s constantly misplacing their things. The Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker will help jog their memory. It hooks onto keychains, suitcases, purses, bikes, and more to help the user find their items via a companion app. It also works in reverse: Pressing a button on the Tile Mate makes the user’s phone ring, even when it’s on silent.

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9. Homesick Books-Scented Library Candle; $30

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The "Library" candle from Homesick would make a thoughtful gift for any bibliophile who already has a stack of unread novels at home—top notes of orange and nutmeg are rounded out by earthy fragrances that help recreate the unmistakable scent of a good book.

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10. Chocolate-Covered Snowman Oreos; $15

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Who doesn’t love holiday-themed chocolates? These milk chocolate-drizzled Oreos from Philadelphia Candies come with candy snowmen on top. There’s also a dark chocolate version, as well as a milk chocolate version with winter snowflakes on top.

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11. Ulla Hydration Reminder Bottle Attachment; $28

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We often forget to stay hydrated, but this water bottle accessory from Ulla makes it easy to foster healthy habits. The silicone band fits over most bottles and sends out reminders to take a swig any time the user has gone too long without water. Get one for a health-conscious coworker, or perhaps that one person you know who seems to be subsisting solely on coffee.

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Amazon's Best Cyber Monday Deals on Tablets, Wireless Headphones, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Cyber Monday has arrived, and with it comes some amazing deals. This sale is the one to watch if you are looking to get low prices on the latest Echo Dot, Fire Tablet, video games, Instant Pots, or 4K TVs. Even if you already took advantage of sales during Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday still has plenty to offer, especially on Amazon. We've compiled some the best deals out there on tech, computers, and kitchen appliances so you don't have to waste your time browsing.

Computers and tablets

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

- Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet 64GB; $84 (save $35)

- HP Pavilion x360 14 Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop; $646 (save $114)

- HP Pavilion Desktop, 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100 Processor; $469 (save $81)

- Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop; $973 (save $177)

Headphones and speakers

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- Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones; $200 (save $100)

- Sony Bluetooth Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones; $278 (save $72)

- JBL LIVE Wireless Headphones; $100 (save $30)

- JBL Charge 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $120 (save $10)

- Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II; $79 (save $50)

- Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones; $200 (save $50)

Video Games

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- Watch Dogs Legion; $30 (save $30)

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

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

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

TECH, GADGETS, AND TVS

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- Amazon Fire TV Stick; $30 (save $20)

- Echo Show 8; $65 (save $65)

- Nixplay Digital Picture Frame; $115 (save $65)

- eufy Smart Doorbell; $90 (save $30)

- Samsung 75-Inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $898 (save $300)

home and Kitchen

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- T-fal 17-Piece Cookware Set; $124 (save $56)

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Curved Round Chef's Oven; $180 (save $136)

- Ninja Foodi 10-in-1 Convection Toaster Oven; $195 (save $105)

- Roborock E4 Robot Vacuum Cleaner; $189 (save $111)

- Instant Pot Max Pressure Cooker 9 in 1; $80 (save $120)

- Shark IZ362H Cordless Anti-Allergen Lightweight Stick Vacuum; $170 (save $110)

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Language-Learning Programs, VPN Services, and More Are an Additional 40 Percent Off During Cyber Monday

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The days following Thanksgiving are a great time for deals, but you’re not always in the market for a big-screen TV or the latest toy craze. For those less tangible needs, like VPN services, cloud storage programs, and language-learning software, you’ll want to act on this deal that will get you an additional 40 percent off when you apply the code CMSAVE40 at checkout. Check out how much you can save on the nine products below.

1. Xsplit Vcam // Lifetime Subscription (Windows); $12 (76 percent off w/code CMSAVE40)

This Windows-compatible program allows you to easily manipulate the background on your video calls by replacing it entirely or blurring elements for privacy purposes.

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2. Mondly // Lifetime Subscription (All Languages); $56 (97 percent off w/ CMSAVE40)

Pick from up to 33 languages to learn with a lifetime subscription to Mondly. According to the company, Mondly uses state-of-the-art speech recognition software and "knows how to listen to your words and phrases and only gives positive feedback if you speak clearly and correctly."

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3. Thunderdrive Cloud Storage // Lifetime Subscription; $35 (97 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Create folders, manage files, and share private links from any device with this 2TB cloud storage plan that’s six times faster than Amazon storage.

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4. Picastock Premium Fonts And Graphics // Lifetime Subscription; $59 (88 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

If you’re looking to make your work really stand out, you’ll want to snag this subscription to premium fonts, graphic templates, and illustrations for just $59. Best of all, any work you produce is easily compatible with Photoshop and other image editing tools.

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5. Degoo Premium // Lifetime 10tb Backup Plan; $89 (98 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Never lose or delete a memory again with this lifetime data storage plan that’s perfect for image and video storage and sharing.

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6. Whitesmoke Grammar Checker // Lifetime Subscription (Business Plan); $60 (96 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

A lot of communication is digital these days, and if you’re not using the best resources, you could be embarrassing yourself with poor grammar. Put your best foot forward with this grammar, spelling, style, and punctuation checker fit for MS Office, GMail, and all browsers.

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7. Hushed Private Phone Line // Lifetime Subscription; $60 (60 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Keep your anonymity with this private phone line that Tech Crunch called, “A viable, more lightweight alternative to something like Google Voice.”

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8. Memrise Language Learning // Lifetime Subscription; $60 (57 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Learning a new language can be tough, but the Memrise method aims to relieve that struggle with a listen-and-learn tactic that teaches language in real-world contexts.

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9. Nordpass Password Manager // One-Year Subscription; $18 (99 Percent Off W/ CMSAVE40)

Keep track of all your passwords in one safe, encrypted place with this app. Not only will they be easy to find should you ever forget one, but it also comes with an auto-fill feature, just in case you don't want to even bother memorizing anything.

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