11 Brilliant Gifts for the Chocolate Lover in Your Life

You'll find all types of gifts that are perfect for chocolate fans on this list.
You'll find all types of gifts that are perfect for chocolate fans on this list.
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Not sure how to treat the special person in your life who has a daily chocolate requirement? We pulled together a list of different gifts ranging from traditional hot chocolate kits to cookbooks that will take their decadent favorite to a whole new level.

1. Hot Chocolate on a Stick Kit; $36

Hot chocolate on a stick.
Check out these different flavors of hot chocolate on a stick.
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Throw out those envelopes of store-bought hot cocoa mix and reach for this kit, instead. Rather than traditional powder, inside you’ll find eight different chocolate sticks with flavors like peanut butter cup, peppermint, and salted caramel. All your giftee needs to do is steam some milk, stir in their preferred flavor, and enjoy the sweet, warm goodness.

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2. Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker; $178

An Anova Culinary precision cooker
This device can make anyone a chocolate chef.
Anova Culinary/Amazon

Even a budding chocolatier knows that the secret to the right chocolate texture is finding the perfect temperature. Eliminate the guesswork with this immersion circulator that promises to bring the professional sous vide technique to the home cook. And your giftee won't even have to stay in the kitchen to reap the benefits. The tool's iPhone and Android apps allow users to control the temperature and time from afar.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Hazelnut Chocolate Cream by Francois Pralus; $20

Chocolate spread
This spread might even rival Nutella.
Francois Pralus

Think Nutella can't be topped? Meet your chocolate lover's new main squeeze. This hazelnut cream from master chocolatier François Pralus packs toasted Piedmont hazelnuts, Valencia almonds, chocolate, sugar, and vanilla into one sinful spread.

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4. Chocolate Dipping Tools; $16

Tongs you can use to dip food in chocolate.
Make sure your giftee can dip all the food they want in chocolate with these tongs.
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If the cocoa fan in your life loves food dipped in chocolate—and who doesn’t—then make sure they have the proper tools to do so. Class up their collection with this set of three chocolate-dipping tools that includes a swirl, a three-tine fork, and a two-tine fork.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Mystery Chocolate Box Subscription; $57–$205

Mystery chocolate bars
With this subscription, they'll get three new mystery chocolate bars each month.
Mystery Chocolate

With this subscription box, your giftee will receive three mystery chocolate bars each month, and since they’re not labeled, they’ll have no choice but to sample each one to figure out what they are. You have the option of selecting a three-month, six-month, and full year subscription.

Buy it: Mystery Chocolate Box

6. Chocolate Fondue; $20

Chocolate fondue
All you need to make this chocolate fondue is a microwave.
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Chocolate fondue is great. But fondue without the added work of setting up the pot and painstakingly melting chocolate? That’s even better. With this kit, all your recipient needs to do is pop one of the flavors—including dark chocolate mixed with espresso, raspberry, and French sea salt—in the microwave to enjoy an excellent dessert without the hassle.

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7. Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles Kit; $35

A kit to make truffles at home.
This kit lets you make all kinds of truffles.
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This kit is easy to use and completely customizable, so even if someone has never made chocolate before, they can experiment with all sorts of flavors and combinations without any prior experience as a confectioner. Inside the kit is a thermometer, two bags of dark chocolate chips, organic cocoa powder, organic coconut flakes, sea salt, peppermint extract, and vanilla extract.

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8. Traditional Mexican Hot Chocolate Set; $34–$50

A traditional hot chocolate kit.
This kit comes with a hand-carved whisk.
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Now, your giftee can travel back to hot chocolate’s roots with this traditional Mexican hot chocolate set, which comes with a red clay jug, a hand-carved whisk, and tablets of Mexican chocolate.

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9. Box of Chocolate Soaps; $30

Chocolate-scented soap
What could be better than smelling like Amber Chocolate, Chocolate Bar, or Fudge Brownie and Raspberry Drizzle?
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The magic of chocolate goes beyond the kitchen. Help your favorite chocoholic start their day off right—with the smell of warm chocolate. Each of the soaps, which include Amber Chocolate, Chocolate Bar, Fudge Brownie and Raspberry Drizzle, are made from olive oil, coconut, refined sweet almond oil, fragrance, shea butter, and cocoa butter.

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10. Chocolate Fondue Pot; $30

A chocolate fondue pot
This pot can hold up to six cups of chocolate.
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With the ability to make six cups of melted chocolate, this fondue pot will satisfy even the most avid cocoa consumers. And with the included six color-coded forks, there’s enough for everyone to share. Of course, they can also use the pot to make cheese fondue, and since all the detachable parts are dishwasher safe, they can clean up without the hassle.

Buy it: Amazon

11. Everything Chocolate: A Decadent Collection of Morning Pastries, Nostalgic Sweets, and Showstopping Desserts; $23

A chocolate cookbook
This cookbook has over 200 recipes.
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From America’s Test Kitchen comes the ultimate chocolate cookbook. From chocolate fluff cookies to chocolate pavlova with berries, this cookbook contains more than 200 recipes and different tips and tricks to give the user the ability to enjoy their favorite treat in a variety of forms.

Buy it: Amazon

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15 Convenient Products That Are Perfect for Summer

First Colonial/Lunatec/Safe Touch
First Colonial/Lunatec/Safe Touch

The Fourth of July is the epitome of summer—and after several months spent indoors, you need some outdoor fun more than anything. Check out these 15 summer must-haves while they’re on sale and save an extra 15 percent when you spend $50 or more with the code JULYFOURTH15.

1. CARSULE Pop-Up Cabin for Your Car; $300 (20 percent off)

Carsule tent from Mogics.
Mogics

This tent connects to your hatchback car like a tailgate mobile living room. The installation takes just a few minutes and the entire thing stands 6.5 feet tall so you can enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your car.

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2. Mosquito Killer Lamp; $30 (25 percent off)

Mosquito-killing lamp.
Kinkoo

If you just so happen to be one of those unlucky souls who attracts a suspicious amount of mosquitos the second you step outside, you need this repellent lamp to help keep your arms and legs bite-free. It uses a non-toxic combination of LED lights, air turbulence, and other methods to keep the pests at bay.

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3. Super Shield Mosquito Repellent Electronic Watch Band; $17 (57 percent off)

Mosquito repeller watch.
Safe Touch

While a lamp is a great non-toxic solution for keeping bugs at bay, active individuals need a bug repellent that can keep up with their lifestyle. This wrist wearable keeps you safe from mosquitoes anywhere by using ultrasonic sounds to drive them away.

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4. ZeroDark 3-Piece Tactical Set: Flashlight, Lantern, and Headlamp; $20 (66 percent off)

Aduro flashlight set.
Audro

If you want your summer to be lit, this set will do the trick. All puns aside, this trio of LED brightness is perfect for camping fun and backyard parties, or it can be stored in the car for emergencies.

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5. Outdoor Collapsible Cooler and Camp Table Set; $64 (27 percent off)

First Colonial cooler.
First Colonial

Cookouts are easy with this cooler and table set that chills your drink until you're ready to pop it into one of the four convenient cupholders. Bring this set camping or out by the pool for convenience anywhere.

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6. Trident: Underwater Scooter; $550 (21 percent off)

Trident underwater scooter.
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If you’ve ever dreamed of better mobility while exploring the water, you’re not alone. The Trident underwater scooter, which raised over $82,000 on Indiegogo, can propel you through the water at up to nearly 6 feet per second, which isn't that far off from how fast Michael Phelps swam in his prime. The battery on it will last 45 minutes, allowing you to traverse with ease.

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7. Go Portable Solar Oven; $119 (14 percent off)

GoSun solar grill.
GoSun

Bake, roast, steam, or broil anywhere you bring this portable oven. Measuring in at just over a foot long and weighing only two pounds, the oven will work in most daytime weather conditions and can hold around 13 ounces of food.

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8. 3-in-1 Waterproof Bug Zapper Lantern; $25 (50 percent off)

3P Experts bug zapper.
3P Experts

Mosquitoes tend to be a big problem at night, partly because it's hard to swat in the dark. This lantern will light the area and zap mosquitos from nipping at you in the process.

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9. Urban E-Skateboard: Basic Version (Orange); $120 (73 percent off)

Urban Rover E-Skateboard
Urban Rover

This e-skateboard is perfect for getting around during the summer. You'll catch a breeze while you’re cruising on the battery-powered platform and won’t break a sweat when you pop the compact board in your bag.

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10. H2 Headlamp: Waterproof, Rechargeable LED Wide 180° Angle Headlight; $37 (26 percent off)

Headlamp from One80Light
One80Light

Camping, car troubles, and sports all pose a problem at night. This LED headlight will light up your surroundings across a 180-degree radius for prime visibility, meaning your outdoor activities won't have to stop when the sun sets.

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11. Whirlwind Cool Bladeless Mini Fan; $22 (63 percent off)

Bladeless fan
Whirlwind

This portable fan comes in a powerful handheld size so you can keep cool while on the move. Unlike other portable fans, this one has a sleek, bladeless design and features three different speeds.

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12. Bladeless Personal Fan; $22 (63 percent off)

Bladeless fan
3P Tech

This bladeless fan won't just keep you cool while you work on your laptop—it also has a built-in rechargable battery that you can use to charge your phone.

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13. MOGICS Coconut: Portable Waterproof Light; $37 (24 percent off)

Mogics portable lamp.
Mogics

This portable light is designed to adapt to your lighting preference. It self-inflates in a few seconds and can bounce, get wet, and set the mood.

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14. Lunatec 1L Hydration Spray Water Bottle; $25 (21 percent off)

Lunatec spray water bottle.
Lunatec

A water bottle can do more than hydrate you. This one has a spray nozzle that can create shower, stream, and mist patterns for doing dishes while camping, sharing a sip without sharing germs, and washing off those muddy shoes after a long hike.

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15. Sport Force Hydration Backpack; $25 (68 percent off)

Hydration backpack.
It's All Goods

Hiking enthusiasts know how important it is to stay hydrated, but carrying around awkward jugs of water is a hassle. This unique hydration backpack can be filled with two liters of water and features a convenient drinking nozzle that extends to the user's mouth. Now, you can replenish those fluids without breaking stride.

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10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

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Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
Everlasting Comfort/Amazon

For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
Letsfit/Amazon

White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
Eclipse/Amazon

According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

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4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
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Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

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5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
Philips/Amazon

If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

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6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

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7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
Comfort Spaces/Amazon

If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
Coop Home Goods/Amazon

This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
Baloo/Amazon

Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
Philips/Amazon

Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

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