10 Products That Will Turn Your Living Room Into a Home Theater

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LG

Fall is around the corner, and after a summer of extra TV time, you may be ready to upgrade your viewing experience as your favorite seasonal shows return. Check out this list of 10 easy upgrades that will have your living room (or even backyard) feeling like a proper home theater.

1. PIQO Powerful 1080p Mini Projector; $280 (64 percent off)

PIQO

Bring the entertainment outside with the PIQO mini projector. This compact device can stream movies, TV shows, and even games from your phone or another device in crisp 1080p HD quality. With the ability to project a 240-inch picture, the PIQO is the best first step to a home theater, whether you're enjoying the show outside or indoors.

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2. Sony Over-Ear Wireless Headphones; $35/two-pack (68 percent off)

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These wireless, noise-reducing headphones are the perfect way to escape into entertainment without disruption. With up to 13 hours of battery life, you'll be able to binge a new season of your favorite TV show without needing a recharge.

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3. CINEMOOD 360 Bundle; $329 (34 percent off)

Cinemood

The Cinemood is the first interactive projector with motion capability, which allows you to immerse yourself in virtual reality with a pocket-sized projector and library of games. The portable device comes with a free case for easier mobility, too.

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4. Monster Flat TV Mount; $20 (42 percent off)

Monster

Mounting your new—and most likely very expensive—TV on the wall doesn't have to be as stressful as it seems. This mount is meant for anyone with some DIY spirit and can handle TVs that are up to 70 pounds. The strong locking system ensures stability, and its universal design helps any set stay flat against the wall.

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5. Amplified Flat HDTV Antenna; $20 (57 percent off)

It's All Goods

Cutting cable is one of the easiest ways to save some money every month, but you can avoid losing your entire broadcast signal with this HDTV antenna. It picks up a signal with less noise and has better access to a range of frequencies than those old bunny ears.

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6. EVE Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver; $60 (14 percent off)

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Connecting Bluetooth headphones to a non-Bluetooth-enabled device is not a form of witchcraft; it’s actually just the simple job of this EVE transmitter and receiver. It can quickly pair devices with the press of a button for a wireless range of up to 33 feet.

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7. LG 32-inch LED TV; $190 (37 percent off)

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If you’re still binging shows on an old boxy TV or a hand-me-down, it’s time to upgrade to this flat LED model from LG. It includes five built-in speakers, HDMI and USB inputs for gaming, and screen-sharing capabilities.

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8. Philips Momentum 43-inch LED 4K UHD Monitor (Certified Refurbished); $650 (35 percent off)

Philips

If a new 4K monitor is out of reach, you might want to consider going the certified-refurbished route. This 43-inch monitor will display 4K UHD images with Ambiglow and DTS Sound for an optimal viewing experience, and it's guaranteed to work like new.

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9. ONE Cable 12-foot Premium 4K Ultra HDMI Connectors; $27 (22 percent off)

One Cable

This seemingly magical cable has a high transfer speed for streaming, uncompressed surround sound capabilities, and, at 12 feet long, has enough length for nearly any setup. Clean up that entertainment center and improve your experience while you’re at it with the ONE Cable.

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10. Mustang Easily Fixed Frame Projection Screen; $100 (25 percent off)

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If your house or yard is lacking a solid white wall, this projection screen is your solution. The snap-together frame is easy to assemble and the fabric is removable for easy cleaning. The screen itself is also acoustically transparent, so you can hide speakers behind it for a clean look without compromise.

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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Amazon

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.

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5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

Amazon

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.  

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

Amazon

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.

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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. 

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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.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

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.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

Amazon

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.

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Adorable Products You Can Buy for International Sloth Day

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Amazon

It’s that time of the year again, folks—the time when we all collectively lose our chill over a slow-moving, two- or three-toed mammal with an adorable squeak and poop that defies physics. That’s right: International Sloth Day is on October 20. Here’s a list of must-have coloring books, onesies, and Christmas sweaters that you can pick up to showcase your love of one of the internet's favorite animals.

1. Cuddly Microwaveable Sloth; $20

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Warm your heart and your body with a plush sloth that doubles as a soothing heating pad. The toy is filled with millet grains and dried French lavender, a combination intended to help you get to sleep easier.

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2. Hanging Ceramic Sloth Planter; $18

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This flower planter pulls double duty, communicating both your love of sloths and your appreciation for plants. And it makes a tasteful piece of hanging home decor, too.

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3. Sloth Coloring Book; $7

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Sloths themselves are already works of art, but you’d be forgiven for wanting a few more sloth-related crafts in your life. Now you can make your own masterpiece with this detailed coloring book. All you'll need are some colored pencils and you'll be ready to go.

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4. Farting Sloth Coloring Book; $7

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But maybe traditional coloring books aren’t your thing. You’re in luck: Amazon sells a coloring book for the crowd that both loves sloths and laughs a little too much at farts.

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5. Sloth Socks; $14

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These socks are ideal for people who might not want to wear their love of sloths out in the open but are very comfortable showing it off on their ankles.

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6. Sloth Onesie; $40

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No list of sloth-related products would be complete without a cozy onesie, and this one from Tipsy Elves is perfect for either pajamas or a last-minute Halloween costume. This onesie even comes with zippered pockets and cuddly sloth claws!

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7. Sloth-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweater; $69

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Why not celebrate the upcoming holiday season with this sloth-themed ugly Christmas sweater? You’re sure to be the hit of any holiday pub crawl or office Christmas party.

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8. Sloth Mug; $10

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Embrace your inner sloth and declare your lazy feelings along with your morning cup of coffee.

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