18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting

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Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.

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1. SOAKING IT UP; $7.49

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That mug of hot water might eventually be a drink for you, but first it’s a hot bath for your new friend, who has special pants filled with tea.

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2. A FLYING TEA BOX; $25.98

There’s no superlaser on this Death Star, just tea.

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3. SPACE STATION; $9.99

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This astronaut's mission? Orbit the rim of your mug until you're ready to pull the space station diffuser out.

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4. BE REFINED; $12.99

This pipe works best with Earl Grey.

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5. A RIBBITING OPTION; $10.93

This frog hangs on to the side of your mug with a retractable tongue. When the tea is ready, you can put him back on his lily pad.

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6. ‘TEA’ ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE; $5.95

It’s just like the movie, only with tea instead of Beatles.

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7. SHARK ATTACK; $6.99

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This fearsome shark patrols the bottom of your mug waiting for prey. For extra fun, use red tea to look like the end of a feeding frenzy.

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8. PERFECT FOR A RAINY DAY; $12.40

This umbrella’s handle conveniently hooks to the side of your mug.

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9. AN EGGCELLENT INFUSER; $5.75

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Sometimes infusers are called tea eggs, and this one takes the term to a new, literal level.

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10. FOR SQUIRRELY DRINKERS; $8.95

If you’re all right with a rodent dunking its tail into your drink, this is the infuser for you.

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11. HANGING OUT; $12.85

This pug is happy to hang onto your mug and keep you company while you wait for the tea to be ready.

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12. ANOTHER SHARK OPTION; $5.99

If you thought letting that other shark infuser swim around in the deep water of your glass was too scary, this one perches on the edge, too busy chomping on your mug to worry about humans.

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13. RUBBER DUCKIE, YOU’RE THE ONE; $8.95

Let this rubber duckie peacefully float in your cup and make teatime lots of fun.

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14. DIVING DEEP; $8.25

This old-timey deep-sea diver comes with an oxygen tank that you can use to pull it out.

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15. MAKE SWEET TEA; $10

This lollipop won't actually make your tea any sweeter, but you can always add some sugar after.

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16. A SEASONAL FAVORITE; $7.67

When Santa comes, give him some tea to go with the cookies.

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17. FLORAL TEA; $14.99

Liven up any cup of tea with this charming flower. When you’re done, you can pop it right back into its pot.

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18. KEEP IT TRADITIONAL; $7.97

If you’re nostalgic for the regular kind of tea bag, you can get reusable silicon ones that look almost the same.

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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

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- 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

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- 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

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- 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

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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.

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2. Personalized Puzzles Book; $40

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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.

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

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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.

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4. Custom Pet Pillow; $145

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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.

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5. Personalized Moonshine Jug & Kit; $50

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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.

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6. Family Pebble Portrait; $110

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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.

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7. Custom Message Shortbread Cookies; $38

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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.

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8. Personalized M Is for Me Book; $40

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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.

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9. Periodic Table of Flavor Rub Set; $60

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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.

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10. Frank Lloyd Wright Double Sided Puzzle; $16

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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.

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11. Great Women of Science Pint Glass; $18

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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.

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12. 100 Movies Scratch-Off Poster; $15

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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.

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13. Democracy Coasters; $50

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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.

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14. National Parks Notebooks; $13

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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.

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