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Holiday Splurges

  • 5-Cup kMix Drip Coffeemaker

    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.


  • Trudeau 11-Piece, 3-in-1 Fondue Set

    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.


  • DeWalt Drill/Driver Kit

    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., $149

  • Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2

    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.

    $100, and Brookstone stores

  • Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) on Blu-Ray

    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:

    • Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace
    • Star Wars: Episode 2 Attack of the Clones
    • Star Wars: Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith
    • Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI)


  • Kate Spade Large Flat Pouch

    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.


  • Red Toolbox

    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.

    Start at $5, available nationwide at Lowe's or and Walmart stores

  • AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, Tablet Charger

    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!


  • Dyson Hot

    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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