12 Unique Last-Minute Gift Ideas You Can Find on Amazon

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Mattel/Dr. Squatch/Amazon

The holiday shopping season is coming to an end—and fast. If you’re running out of ideas for gifts and running out of time to get them, we can help. Check out our list below of 12 products that won’t break the bank and will get here with time to spare so you can wrap them up.

1. For Kids Who Want to Learn: Kano Star Wars and Frozen Coding Set; $70

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Get ‘em started young with these coding sets from Kano. Available in both Star Wars and Frozen themes, kids can learn to create their own games and stories in a STEM-friendly environment. “Make learning fun” usually gets an eyeroll from the 6-and-over crowd, but this toy will prove that there’s actually a little wisdom there.

Buy it: Amazon

2. For the Beginner Home Cook: Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking; $19

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This is a perennial favorite of Mental Floss readers, and for good reason. The late Marcella Hazan is hailed as one of the preeminent cookbook writers of all time, and the Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is one of those must-haves that chefs of any age can learn from. Her pasta sauce, in particular, is a breeze to make but still impresses even the most discerning of palates.

Buy it: Amazon

3. For the TV Fan: Sideclick Universal Remote adapter; $25

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Turn any Amazon Fire Stick remote into a universal remote with this attachment that allows for more button functionality. This means that with this one device you can control your Fire Stick, TV, Blu-ray player, and sound bar. You’re basically giving the gift of never having to get up again.

Buy it: Amazon

4. For the Harry Potter Fan: A Harry Potter Coloring Book; $11

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Let your giftee have creative license over the denizens of Hogwarts with this coloring book based on the popular book series. Just don’t forget the colored pencils.

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5. For the Home Cook That Wants a Challenge: Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet; $15

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This skillet is perfect for anyone looking to dip their toe into the cast-iron waters. And since it comes from Lodge, you know that the low price will be backed up by the highest quality.

Buy it: Amazon

6. For the Movie Buff: The Art of Mondo; $41

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Mondo is known as an inimitable house of jaw-dropping movie poster art—that is, if you’ve got a few hundred dollars to drop on an original print. Thankfully, the company has compiled some of its best work in this beautiful, and quite affordable, coffee-table book. Featuring art based on everything from 1931’s Frankenstein to Game of Thrones, this is a book that any film and TV fan could lose countless hours to.

Buy it: Amazon

7. For the Glasses Wearer: Nerdwax; $20

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Got a loved one who can’t keep their glasses on their nose? Stuff their stocking with this handy wax that’ll keep their specs in place.

Buy it: Amazon

8. For the Beer Fan: Dr. Squatch IPA Soap; $10

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Get the delicious, crisp scent of an IPA every time you wash your hands with this bar of soap from Dr. Squatch. Don’t worry, your loved one won’t wind up smelling like brewer’s yeast with this. It's got a bright and citrusy scent with a unique hint of beer goodness that isn't overpowering.

Buy it: Amazon

9. For the Book Lover: Winter Edition Classics; $19-$25

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Give the gift of the classics with these gorgeous hardcover prints of Little Women, Wuthering Heights, and A Tale of Two Cities. Each print is extremely limited, and when you see the detail that went into the laser-cut jackets, you’ll get why. These stories are already required reading, and these editions make them the ultimate collector’s item.

Buy it: Amazon

10. For Your Friend Who’s Always Cold: Thick Wool Winter Socks; $22

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These socks will change your giftee’s life. They’re unbelievably soft and comfortable to the touch, but they’re also thick and durable, meaning they’re borderline slippers. These are lifesavers in the winter months. Plus, the designs have a bit of a vintage charm to them. There's a similar sock in men's sizes that is just as wonderful.

Buy it: Amazon

11. For Anyone On-the-Go: USB Bracelet; $15

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This bracelet doubles as a USB cable, perfect for anyone who travels a lot and always needs a charger handy. It’s small and compact, so it can wrap around your wrist or a backpack strap. Couple this with a portable charger and dead phones can be a thing of the past.

Buy it: Amazon

12. The Perfect Stocking Stuffer: Jeopardy Card Game; $9

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It’s the classic Jeopardy everyone loves, shrunken down to fit in any stocking. Perfect for any game night, this is the most cost-efficient way to play.

Buy it: Amazon

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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

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Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

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This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

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Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Dress Up Your Guinea Pig for Halloween With Mini Costumes From PetSmart

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PetSmart

Guinea pigs love socialization, so make sure to include them in your Halloween festivities this month. They can even dress up for the holiday: As Cosmopolitan reports, PetSmart has a line of cute and funny Halloween costumes designed to fit your tiny pet.

For several years, PetSmart has offered seasonal outfits for guinea pigs, including pumpkin, witch, and superhero costumes. The costumes featured in their Thrills & Chills collection for 2020 include a unicorn, a mermaid, and a hot dog. The ensembles are available to purchase in stores and online, and each one costs $7. You can shop for the perfect costume for your pet today at PetSmart.com.

PetSmart

PetSmart

No matter what kind of furry friend you have at home, there's a Halloween outfit out there for them. The costume options for cats and dogs are almost as diverse as they are for their human owners. From Wonder Woman to Darth Vader, here are some of the most adorable pet costumes to shop for this Halloween.

[h/t Cosmopolitan]

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