Deal Alert: You Can Get 20% Off Harry Potter-Themed Subscription Boxes This Week

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The deal: Use the code HBDHARRY on Cratejoy to get 20 percent off Harry Potter-themed subscription boxes.

The significance of Harry Potter’s birthday in the classic J.K. Rowling series goes beyond just being the day he was born—it’s also the day that Hagrid rather memorably breaks down the door of the Dursleys’ tiny island shack in order to hand-deliver Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter, jump-starting the legendary magical journey that we can’t seem to stop talking about even decades later.

Diehard fans know that day is July 31, but you don’t have to be a Hermione-inspired know-it-all (and we mean that in a good way) to take advantage of the sale Cratejoy is throwing in honor of Harry's birthday. The subscription box site is offering 20 percent off these three enchanting Harry Potter subscription services from now through Thursday, August 1:

GeekGear; $18 to $55 ($15 to $44 With Discount)


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GeekGear offers four Potter-themed subscription boxes that vary in price and contents. There’s the WIZARDRY Wands Subscription, where you can build an awe-inspiring collection of handcrafted wands with a new one each month, along with a wand box and a card detailing your wand’s length, core, and wood type. Then there’s the regular WIZARDRY Subscription, which guarantees a T-shirt, exclusive print, and four additional trademarked Harry Potter and/or Fantastic Beasts products.

The WIZARDRY Wearable Subscription is ideal for those who love to flaunt their fanaticism through fashion—you’ll get two T-shirts per month, plus one other surprise apparel item, which could be a jumper, hoodie, long-sleeved T-shirt, jewelry, scarf, hat, or something else. The last (and priciest) box is the WIZARDRY Special Edition Subscription, which comes every two months and includes one T-shirt, one other apparel item, an exclusive premium artwork, and three other surprise products.

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Wicks + Words; $15 to $25 ($12 to $20 With Discount)

The Story Box series from Wicks + Words comes in two sizes: Mini and Deluxe. Each Mini Story Box contains three 4-ounce Harry Potter-inspired candles in glass jars, a collectible story card, and one or two additional goodies like bookmarks or art. The Deluxe Story Box includes two 8-ounce candles, one 4-ounce candle, a coffee mug, a story card, and two surprise goodies. The candles are made of all-natural, plant-based waxes, and the story cards give a little sneak peek of what happens next in the story. If the Harry Potter boxes leave you eager for more magical content, you can also check out the Lord of the Rings Mini and Deluxe Story Boxes.

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Caffeine and Legends; $33 ($26 With Discount)


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The Caffeine and Legends creators understand that nothing pairs with a good fantasy novel quite like a steaming mug of coffee or tea (ideally in a chintz armchair by the fire in the Gryffindor common room). Each month you’ll get a new fantasy novel, 8 ounces of coffee or tea (your choice), and “at least one bonus item related to books, coffee, or the theme of the month.”

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Check them all out on Cratejoy, and don't forget to use the code HBDHARRY to get your 20 percent discount.

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11 Great Gifts for Retro Gaming Fans

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Video games are more realistic, expansive, and ambitious than ever, but there’s one thing that most modern titles can’t offer: a hit of nostalgia. If you’re shopping for the retro gaming enthusiast in your life, check out these 11 gift suggestions that promise to level up their holiday season.

1. Pac-Man Ghost Light Table Lamp; $30

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Liven up a stagnant work area or nightstand with this cool LED lamp in the likeness of Pac-Man’s ghost nemesis. It can flash in a variety of different colors, and at a compact 8 inches tall, you can buy more than one to haunt your living space.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Street Fighter II Home Arcade; $245

Street Fighter II Arcade Cabinet.
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Relive the sweaty palms and raw fingertips of your youth with this Street Fighter II arcade cabinet from Arcade1Up. The entire package is true to its classic arcade roots, with era-appropriate artwork adorning the outside and buttons and joysticks that look like they were transported right out of a '90s Pizza Hut. But this cabinet comes with a bonus: Instead of just getting Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, it also plays Street Fighter ll: The New Challengers and Street Fighter ll Turbo. If you're not in the mood for competitive play, the company also offers a retro Star Wars arcade cabinet, featuring games based on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

Buy It: Amazon

3. Level One Donkey Kong T-Shirt; $41

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Show off your love of arcade gaming with this cool design that depicts Mario’s earliest challenge: navigating the barrel-tossing rage of a giant ape.

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4. Playstation Coasters; $12

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Keep beverage stains off your gaming-adjacent furniture with this set of four coasters depicting classic Playstation controller buttons.

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5. SEGA Genesis Mini-Console: $79

Sega Mini Classic System.
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Flash back to the Genesis era with this retro console that features over 40 games from SEGA’s heyday, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Earthworm Jim, and Virtua Fighter. The system also features a port of the arcade version of Tetris, which never actually made its way to the original Genesis.

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6. Sock It to Me Retro Gaming Socks; $11

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Keep it professional in a suit but game on underneath with these dress socks featuring iconic game controllers from Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony.

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7. The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox; $19


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Take in a photographic history of gaming consoles, from the vintage devices of the ‘70s like the Magnavox Odyssey on through Nintendo’s reign and the emergence of Sony and Microsoft. In all, 86 consoles are on display, ending with the era of the PS4 and Wii U.

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8. Nintendo Super Mario Bowser Vs. Mario 3-Pack Diorama; $26

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Let other people display fine art. You can show off this diorama depicting the biggest rivalry in retro gaming between Mario and Bowser. You'll also get a Bob-Omb figurine, just in case you want to recreate one of the duo's video game battles.

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9. Playstation Wallet; $25

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Keep your cards and cash in one place with this Playstation-shaped wallet. There's even a button-snap opening in the shape of the system's disc tray.

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10. Pong Shirt; $38

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Go so retro that Millennials won’t even know what you’re referencing with this nod to the popular game Pong.

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11. The Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater; $39

Legend of Zelda Ugly Christmas Sweater
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It may call itself ugly, but those pixelated images of Link from Legend of Zelda are nothing but gorgeous to retro gamers. There's also a Mario version, if the portly Italian plumber is more your style.

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Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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