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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).
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.
This kit is for kombucha enthusiasts who have graduated from powders and bottles and decided to go pro!
The kit comes with a glass brew jar, all of the ingredients, and exact, easy-to-follow directions, practically cementing your kombucha success. The culture you create as you ferment your first brew will last indefinitely, so once you have one batch under your belt, you never need to start your kombucha from scratch ever again.
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.
Yes, you really can wear headphones in the pool—so long as they’re specifically designed for it, like the Swimbuds Sport by Underwater Audio are. They’re in-ear headphones that provide a water-tight seal, delivering high quality sound under the waves. The package includes eartips designed for other activities, too, such as surfing, wakeboarding, running and biking.
You’ll spend a little bit extra for the one-of-a-kind, immersible design ($70), but we think the expense it worth it. They’re our pick for the best sports headphones for swimmers.
Picture this: You’re on your way out to grab a coffee. As you shut the door behind you, to take one more look and see a forlorn Rover sadly watching you go, obviously yearning to join you on this great adventure. But how can you carry your coffee and dog at the same time?
Look no further! The Alfie Pet Sling is a reversible, durable, and, most important, adjustable sling for schlepping your puppy along when you have to step out. The adjustability ensures that pet owners are able to wear the sling in the way that is most comfortable for them and their dogs. The sling itself is made of denim—which looks good with pretty much any outfit—and has a comfy cotton lining. It can hold up to 12 pounds and is equipped with a safety collar hold to prevent escape. It’s also machine-washable, so spills and dirt are easily remedied.
It’s time to go! Grab the Petsfit Comfort Backpack, pop in Fido, and we’ll on our way. This backpack carrier has padded straps and accommodates pets that weigh up to 15 pounds. Great option for people who want to take their pets for hikes, long walks, or bike rides without worrying if they’ll be able to keep up.
The EarBuddyz EarPod cover is a simple, yet genius product. It’s a silicone cover that slips over your stock Apple Earpods, improving their ability to grip your inner ear during exercise and making them more comfortable to wear as well. The hook attachment gives EarBuddyz even more staying power.
At $10, they’re a great option for upgrading your stock iPhone 7 headphones without spending hundreds on a new pair. EarBuddyz are\ our choice for the best iPhone 7 headphone upgrade available.
The 360-degree, omni-directional Amazon Echo speaker can stream music and audiobooks from Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Audible and more using voice activation. Its finely tuned listening capability means that you can give voice commands from across the room, even if music is already playing. Echo isn’t just a speaker, however. It can answer questions, read books and the news, and control your home’s lights and thermostats, if they’re compatible. And the Echo is constantly adding new features.
And right now, It’s $90 for Prime members! 50% Off. Perfect time to grab one!
The Vitamix 5200 might be a classic, but it’s still one of the most desired of the blender bunch. With its stainless steel blades, this appliance is ideal for blending medium and large batches of food. Thanks to its power, the Vitamix blades reach speeds so fast that it creates a friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to a hot temperature in approximately six minutes.
Remember when eating hard-boiled eggs used to be fun? No? That’s because hard-boiled eggs are the white bread of laid-protein snacks -- they’re white, plain, and kind of boring. Or, they were until we discovered egg molds.
Just put an extra-large, hard-boiled and peeled egg into one of six provided molds, submerge it in cold water for ten minutes, and you have an egg car. Or an egg bear. Or an egg rabbit. No matter which mold you choose, you’ll end up with an adorable egg that will get kids excited and adults saying, “5 stars. Would mold again.”
There are certain holidays that absolutely must be observed. These are: New Years Eve, Arbor Day, and—of course—Taco Tuesday.
Take your celebrations to the next level with this Corn Tortilla Kit. It comes with a tortilla press, a two-pound bag of Maseca corn tortilla mix, and a basket for keeping your newly cooked goodies warm.
Some people love a hard day’s work spent sweating in their garden covered in dirt. And some just want to reap the benefits. For the latter, you’ll love the Cole & Mason self-watering planter. With it, you can keep a store bought herb plant with just about zero effort. It uses hydro-pads, which draws the water as needed, and it requires 40 percent less water than a normal plant.
Clean your cast iron quickly and easily with the Small Ring Chain Mail Scrubber. This stainless steel scrubber scrapes food off of cast iron quickly and easily with only hot water, and will not damage your carefully curated seasoning.
Once your pan is clean, rinse the scrubber in hot soapy water or throw it in the dishwasher, and hang it to dry. Easy peasy!
Beyond cooking prowess, every grill master must ensure that his or her equipment is in tip-top shape before a barbeque. Really, nothing ruins a cookout faster than prepping about a dozen hamburgers and then realizing there’s no propane. This is why barbeque experts need the Original Grill Gauge just as much as their favorite tongs.
This little device very accurately measures how much propane is left in the tank. All you have to do is hook it on and lift the tank a few inches. Unlike many of the other gauges on the market, the Original Grill Gauge’s auto-check indicator will maintain its reading even after you put the tank down!
The Slice Pen Cutter is the easiest way to open up all those boxes you get in the mail. We put a lot of consideration into what makes this product the best option. Summing it up quickly, the blade is retractable and made of ceramic, which means it is finger-friendly. This is especially good if you’re accident-prone. The blade has a very shallow design, so whatever you’re opening is safe from damage, and it’s the size of pen, making it very portable.
Can’t quite finish that guacamole but don’t feel like hunting down a container to store it in?
Instead, just seal it up in the bowl you were snacking out of with Orblue’s silicone stretch lids. These lids are an eco-friendly alternative to cling wrap and are BPA-free, non-toxic, and completely food safe. They come in a set of six, so almost any size or shaped container can be covered and sealed in about five seconds flat!
How cool are these?
Teabloom’s Fruit Flower Tea Blossoms unfurl into gorgeous flowers once you add hot water. Not just delicious, they make for the perfect Insta-opportunity. Twelve different tea balls are sealed in foil to preserve freshness, so whenever you choose to steep, each tea ball will be fresh as a daisy. Pair with a clear glass teapot for lots and lots of “Likes.”
Treat your cat to some playtime with these toys sure to entertain.
What dog isn’t totally obsessed with playing fetch? ChuckIt! Ultra Balls are rough-and-tumble rubber balls that have a great bounce and can be chased on land or at sea. (Or just in the pool.)
Available in four sizes so that no doggie is left out, ChuckIt! Ultra Balls can be used with ChuckIt! Ball Launchers so that even weak-armed owners can throw long distances and tire out their pets.