Indulge someone special in your life with a great gift.
By Caren Oppenheim
Some take their coffee black—we'd recommend magenta. In addition to a range of vibrant hues, this compact machine comes with top-of-the-line features to ensure you get the perfect cup every time.
Take a dip with this three-in-one fondue set. Just plug it in (no more candles!) to start melting your favorite ooey-gooey creations. If you want to get even more epicurean, the bowl can be used on the stovetop.
It's tool time! The ultimate drill for even the most experienced Mr. Fix-it, this kit comes with everything he'll need to get the job done: Drill/driver, two batteries, a charger and a carrying case.
Your kids can now learn to play piano—without the high cost of lessons—from phenomenon David Sides (who has 150 million+ YouTube views!) with this step-by-step software that features popular songs and recent radio hits.
A useful present that makes typing easier for anyone who already owns an iPad 2. Keep the iPad upright, so that it functions like a laptop. The keyboard is built into a cover, making this colorful gift a two-for-one deal.
Finally, the moment Star Wars fans have been waiting for—a boxed set of all six movies, with over 40 hours of extras galore: deleted and alternate scenes, documentaries, supplementary interviews with cast and crew, and more. For a true fan of George Lucas' decade-spanning pop-culture phenomenon, this Gold Standard gift will provide untold numbers of hours of entertainment. Contains:
The animal print is exactly on trend right now, and the generous dimensions (10.1" x 7.2") mean plenty of stuff can be stashed inside. At $75, this eye-catching bag is a terrific way to get in on a high-end brand without breaking the bank.
Love the Red Toolbox line, which features tools sized just right for kids about 8 and up. Options including a hammer, drill and the like are scaled down to fit a kid's grip, but not dumbed down—these are real, sturdy, project-ready tools. Project kits include a birdhouse, billiard table, jewelry box and many others.
For the so-glad-someone-finally-invented-this category, a charger that can simultaneously charge a laptop and two additional USB devices. It's small, lightweight and powerful—in other words, great for travel. Think of it as a power trip—in a good way!
Admittedly, this futuristic-looking space heater from vacuum guru James Dyson ventures beyond Splurge territory. At $399, it's a full-on luxury—but it works wonders in a drafty space. The elongated opening distributes heat evenly across a whole room for before-you-know-it warmth that quickly becomes addictive. It features a precise thermostat, plus auto-shut-off if it gets knocked over. Hot stuff.
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