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Everything a beardy dad needs to keep his facial hair in tip-top shape.
Your jewels should shine as much as you do.
A Budget Camera That’s Almost As Good
If you're simply looking for a reliable instant camera, the Instax Mini 9 is likely right up your alley.
Available in five eye-catching colors, it offers automatic exposure measurement, which automatically sets the recommended aperture setting before snapping the pic. Basically, this means that it only lets in enough light to take a good photo, without over-exposing the film. It even has a high-key mode for portraits, as well as a selfie mirror for when you're feeling yourself.
DIY or Statement Arrangements? DIY
When it comes to flower subscriptions, The Bouqs Co. knows what they're doing. Shipping flowers in bud form from farms around the world, The Bouqs offers the most flexibility in bouquet theme and frequency.
This service was designed for subscriptions while other online florists tack on subscription offerings over time, and you can feel that difference at each step. If you want to "say it with flowers" on more than just the special occasions, this service can help you spread the love.
The Hyper Pearl Compact Mirror is a must-have accessory for on-the-go makeup lovers. With a regular and 3X magnification mirror surrounded by LEDs, the Pearl can illuminate your face in any lighting conditions. If that wasn't enough, it also charges any USB device in about an hour. Most importantly, the Pearl Compact Mirror manages to be, well, compact.
If you want to take your stationery to a new level, Cloth & Paper sets the gold standard. Choose from a penspiration box, a stationery box, or a combination box. Based on your choice, you'll receive an assortment of elegant pens, mechanical pencils, and stationery items. You can cancel the subscription through CrateJoy, but refund inquiries should go straight to Cloth & Paper.
If you're tired of wasting time and space with strainers, this pasta pot wants to help. The Gotham Steel Pasta Pot has a lid with different sized holes on either side. Unlike other strainer pots, this pot uses external locks to secure the lid. Pasta night just got easier; don't forget to invite us!
New for the holiday season, Polaroid has rolled out a fun new instant camera, the POP. She can toss this little camera in her bag, then take 3” by 4” white-bordered photos instantly.
Available in 6 colors, the POP has great features like a timer, built-in flash, video, and photo booth mode. Film is approximately $1.00 per exposure. A great addition to any holiday party — get those Santa selfies!
Have a kid who's hard to hydrate? Gululu makes water consumption into a game.
Gululu is an interactive 3D water bottle — yes, you read that right! Kids drink water to grow their virtual pet, encouraging them to keep drinking. As they progress (and hydrate), they can win rewards in the Gululu Universe. It's pricey, but there's a health benefit to this digital game. (Or a digital game benefit to the water bottle, depending on how you look at it.) So it's 2 for 1! Best for ages 3+
We all have those people in our lives who really, really love wine. Rich reds, crisp whites, and bright roses—it doesn't matter, all wine is good wine.
The only problem is that most glasses aren't big enough to sate these wine enthusiasts' desire for vino without refills. Enter the Big Betty. This wonderful jumbo wine glass comfortably (key word here) holds a full 750 ml bottle of wine, ensuring the recipient will be sipping away all evening without having to pause for a refill. T
he best part about Betty is she doesn't look like those jumbo novelty wine glasses. The glass looks a little bigger than your typical wine glass, but most onlookers won't be able to tell that Betty is holding an entire bottle! Big Betty is available in both stemmed and stemless versions.
Sometimes the smaller LEGO kits aren’t enough of a challenge.
This baby has more than 1,100 pieces and several functional moving parts, including a hatch and wheel-activated rotating head. BB-8 also comes with a stand so you can show off your hard work once you’re finished.
A set of clean, white, stainless steel nesting bowls makes a great gift for your favorite baker or cook.
This set of 3 mixing bowls (in 1.5-quart, 3-quart and 5-quart sizes) has non-skid bottoms for easier handling. The inside of the bowls is stainless steel, while the outside is durable white plastic, which protects from heat. Oxo thought of everything!
Use just 1-3 ingredients and make a frozen treat with the Yonanas Classic.
Bananas are the most popular ingredient — make a quick, guilt-free snack with this fun appliance. The chute, plunger, and blade can be washed in the dishwasher for easy clean up. If you know someone getting healthy as a New Year’s Resolution, this is a helpful gift.
If you haven’t heard of this wildly popular toy, L.O.L Surprise! is a plastic ball that contains a little doll figurine and accessories (along with other small things like stickers) inside. L.O.L. Surprise!
Tots and Lil Sisters are in-demand this year, so chances are good your kid wants one of these in their stocking!
Even the most high-walled litter boxes can’t keep all the litter where it’s supposed to be. The design of this box, however, is different.
Rather than a door on the side, cats enter this box through an opening on the top. This means that when they dig around, the litter isn’t going to accidentally get kicked out. The top of the box also acts like a walk-off mat so any litter stuck to Mitten’s paws is brushed off before she jumps to the floor. An added bonus? The shape of this box also helps trap stinky cat odors.
Circle swings are all the rage for outdoor play, and this one from Web Riderz is the best! Rated for up to 600 lbs, your child plus a few friends can enjoy the swing safely.
Fully assembled and ready to hang, install the swing in a tree or on a play structure and watch the fun begin. Made from UV-resistant polyethylene rope and a powder-coated steel tube frame, it’s constructed for outdoor use. For maximum spinning, purchase a 360-degree hook.
Calling it pumpkin “carving” can be a bit deceiving. If you’re going for a really intricate design, you’re going to have to some peeling and shaping as well.
This kit is built exactly for that, with five tools that do everything from peeling rinds to making teeny, tiny nicks that only let so much light come through. Reviewers into making 3D pumpkin sculptures say these tools are absolutely worth the investment. Again, if you want to really see what they can do, take a look at the customer images.
It can be difficult to hit the snack trifecta of healthy, delicious, and easy, but when you find that tasty treat, you want it on the menu every single day.
Living Intentions Activated Superfood Popcorn is a light but flavorful snack that offers extra nutrition by way of probiotics that support immune health and promote overall wellbeing. It comes in four flavors, two sweet (Cinnamon Twist and Berry Smoothie) and two savory (Salsa Verde and Tandoori Tumeric).
Sugarmat’s luxe yoga mats are now available for kids so she can get her om on. As yoga gains popularity for little ones, both in schools and at home, this cute mat will no doubt come in handy.
They’re non-toxic and machine washable, anti-slip, and they come in fun prints like flamingos, ballet shoes, and unicorns. What else could you want in a yoga mat?
This modern game incorporates digital gameplay with physical stacking, making for a unique tabletop experience.
Kids can play solo, or with family or friends. Players discover different beasts by stacking some of the 24 pieces on the sensing plinth; you’ll see your creature appear in your digital world. The aim is to work together to build the tallest tower possible — knock it over and a virtual volcano will destroy the world you’ve built!
Remember Simon? The 80s memory game is still alive and well with Hasbro. Bring it to a new generation and put your kid’s skills to the test.
The game will spit out a pattern in its lights. Players must copy the flashing light sequences to move on to more complicated patterns. The updated version features an LCD display that tracks your wins and allows multiple people to play. 3 AA batteries included. Best for ages 7+
This ZURU outdoor toy is genius. Hook up the nozzle to the hose and watch whole bunches of water balloons fill up at once.
Over 100 balloons fill in just 60 seconds (each pack comes with three bunches of 35 balloons). When they’re full they pop off and kids can start lobbing watery bombs immediately!
Little ones love Peyton the pig!
This little piggy is just one animal choice of 27 in Skip Hop’s popular Zoo collection. A durable 12” backpack, this is a cute bag for younger kids but doesn’t hold the larger supplies a bigger kid might need for school. It’s easy to clean and features an insulated snack pack inside — how convenient!
September 29 marks what is perhaps the most important holiday of the year: National Coffee Day. At The Guide, we LOVE coffee. Regular, drip, cold brew, lattes, cappuccinos—you name it, we drink it. As such, we are seriously jazzed for this greatest of holidays.
And we hate celebrating alone. So first, we want to share with you some of the places that had excellent deals on National Coffee Day last year. These places haven’t announced their 2017 plans quite yet, but we’re staying on top of it and will update this post as more information becomes available!
A bed for every doggie that needs to stop and rest
Just because you're on the move doesn't mean you shouldn't feel like you're sitting on a cloud, right kids? This travel booster inflates in just 20 seconds for cushy memory-foam-filled comfort, and deflates to a size that can be folded and put in a purse.
And your parents won't mind packing it up because it weighs less than a pound when deflated. What's more, it has won over twenty awards and has been rated a "Best Bet" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for six years in a row.
The new Robo Alive snake is creepy, realistic fun! Watch it slither, flick its tongue, and stare menacingly.
Kids go wild for the robotic pet trend, and Zuru’s new reptiles are great additions -- a lizard is also available! For ages 3+, the robo snake requires 2AA batteries (not included).
An Awesome Brush and Comb Set
The Repsol Care Beard Brush and Comb Kit for Men consists of a natural wooden comb and 100% boar bristle beard brush.
Natural boar bristles help distribute oil, improving hair texture. It is perfect for use with beard oils, balms, waxes and conditioners. The comb is handmade, anti-static and snag-free and works as a moustache comb, too. Comes with a travel-friendly cotton bag. Because if you're going to have a beard, it behooves you to take care of it.
What’s more fun than a face mask?
A face mask that changes you into one of your favorite animals! SNP Cosmetics’ animal face masks come in four varieties-a tiger that prevents wrinkles; a panda that brightens, a dragon that soothes, and an otter that hydrates. So find your spirit animal and take a few minutes to relax and recharge.
So by now you’ve probably deduced that these masks make you look a little silly when you’re wearing them.
So why not embrace that silliness and just go for it with a mask that makes you look like an animal? With these masks, you can become a cat, pug, panda, or seal as you hydrate and brighten your skin.
LEGO has a new eco-friendly backpack that’s actually made from recycled water bottles — a great choice for kids who care about the Earth.
Available in four colors (black, red, pink and blue), this 17” bag works best for bigger kids. It’s ergonomically padded, has reflective features, and the zipper pulls are little LEGOs. So many fun features! What’s not to love?
If your cat gets a little rough with their scratch post, e.g., knocks it over during scratching sessions, a mounted post may be the way to go. It gives cats a sturdier post to hold onto and saves space.
The 4CLAWS Wall-Mounted Scratching post has a sturdy aluminum frame that connects to the wall via stainless steel mounting screws and wall anchors and offers a sisal rope scratching surface. Reviewers tout this post’s easy installation process as one of its major selling points.
Who doesn’t love a good rasher of bacon?
This DIY bacon kit allows you to cure your own bacon in about a week, so it’s really for for bacon-thusiasts with a bit of patience. Just grab a nice bit of pork belly, rub in the spices to create a ready-to-slice slab of homemade maple bacon.
This SharkNinja standout is basically a full-service coffee bar in one compact, 15-pound machine. It can do hot beverage. It can do cold beverages. It can make you a cup, it can make you a carafe. Just scoop in your coffee grounds, pour in your water and set your six-variety, brew dial (from cup to “full”). The handiest tool in this set-up might be the built-in milk frother; the better for your lattes.
A Green Toys crowd-pleaser, little ones will play with Build-a-Bouquet endlessly.
With 44 pieces, including four bases, 16 stem and leaf pieces, and 24 flower parts, they can build creative floral arrangements that are always in bloom. Build-a-Bouquet is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic.
If you find yourself enjoying the kombucha culture (pun intended), you might be interested in brewing your own batch. We're all for that, and suggest this organic brewing kit to get you started. The SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) was grown using purified ingredients and should last you for many, many brew cycle.
The best part of making your own kombucha is that you can add new ingredients and experiment with different flavors you might not find in commercial products. So be inspired and make the exact kombucha you want to drink!
This is the perfect kit for brewing newbies who know that they’re going to make batch after batch of homebrew.
With super clear directions, the kit was built to be completely foolproof. This means that even if it’s your first time, you know you’ll make something you’ll enjoy drinking. The kit has everything you need to make about 50 bottles of Chinook IPA—except for the actual bottles.
If slim (but not necessarily shady) is important to you, the Bellroy Low Down bifold should be your pick. Designed with the minimalist in mind, the leather Low Down has the simplest styling of the pack, removing all but the most essential features. The edges around the cards (it holds two to 10) are tapered in to keep the silhouette smooth and super slim. Comes in five colors, including Arctic blue.
I know, I know, going on a tropical vaca every time things get stressful just isn’t practical. But what if you could bring a bit of the tropics to you? Wight Tea Tropical Green Tea has mango, coconut, papaya, and lemongrass, giving you beach vibes even when you’re sitting at your desk checking email.
This chocolate bar seems like it would be totally weird, but give it a chance. It's worth it, we swear.
The Chuao Firecracker Candybar is made from smooth dark chocolate with sea salt and a hint of chipotle spice that gives chocoholics a flavor combination of sweet, salty, and spicy. And, just when you think you've experienced all the firecracker bar has to offer, it surprises you with popping candy! We've tasted a lot of chocolate here at the Guide, and this one is one of our favorites.
We would be remiss if we didn’t also include perhaps the most adorable infuser out there: Baby Nessie.
Not just cute, this little gal can hold up to 1.5 tablespoons of loose leaf and can be used to brew a single cup or even a small teapot’s worth of hot water. Some reviewers do complain that Nessie may tip over in your cup, so just be wary when you set her down to make sure that she’s sturdy!
Made from strong and durable glass, this pitcher is unique in that the entire bottle is used for infusing. Its multi-purpose, smart gravity filter lid ensures nothing escapes from the bottle into your glass, so you get all of the flavor without any debris.
It was also designed to hold an entire bottle of wine, plus a bit of fruit, and the lid will aerate as you pour, making it the ideal pitcher for making sangria!
Eco-friendly Green Toys has a winner in this recycled plastic bath toy.
Little guys will have a blast splashing around with toy cars and their bubble-braving boat. And parents love it because the whole set is BPA-free and easy to clean. Win-win!
Pet lovers rejoice! There's an affordable robotic vac that's perfect for you. The bObsweep PetHair simultaneously sweeps, vacuums, mops and UV sterilizes all types of floors. It also impressed us with its ability to transition between carpet and hardwood, something other, more-expensive robot vacs often struggle with.
Rawr! We all know a tiny tot who loves imitating the T-Rex, and he will love this ingenious new toy.
Your child’s hand becomes a sand-loving dinosaur who chews up the playground, making park time even more wild. Or bury the dino head and have an archeological dig!
The best way to get the party started is with the Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker. The 550-watt machine—which costs $220— is equipped with four pre-programmed drink cycles. And, unlike other blenders, the appliance consistently shaves and infuses the ice with your favorite ingredients. Quite simply: This thing is built to party.
Looking for a high-quality, 360-degree speaker that works great in any situation? Then check out the UE Boom 2, with its extended 15-hour battery life and its shockproof, waterproof (IPX7) design. It has a longer 100-foot range than the less expensive speakers on this list, and has both Siri and Google Now integration for say-it-to-play-it functionality. It’s a great multipurpose wireless choice for anyone with $180 to spend.