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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October 4.

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GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Apple iPad Air MD786LL/A - A1474 (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black with Space Gray) (Certified Refurbished) for $239.99 (list price $349.95)

Universal USB Charging Station, eSamcore 6-Port USB Docking Station [Fast Charging] Multiple Devices for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Tablets, Kindle & Nintendo Switch [White/Green] for $17.99 (list price $65.99)

Neewer Professional 61 inches/155 centimeters Aluminum Alloy Video Camera Tripod with 360 Degree Fluid Drag Head,1/4 and 3/8-inch Quick Release Plate and Bubble Level,Load up to 26 pounds/12 kilograms for $99.99 (list price $107.61)

GermGuardian AC5350B Elite 4-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA Filter, UV-C Sanitizer, Allergen and Odor Reduction, 28-Inch Digital Air Purifier for $119.00 (list price $142.99)

ActionPie VJJB-V1S High Resolution Heavy Bass In-ear Headphones with Mic for SmartPhones for $19.99 (list price $13.00)

Etekcity Smart Plug Mini Outlet with Energy Monitoring (2 Pack), Works with Amazon Alexa Echo, No Hub Required, 1 Minute to Set Up, WiFi Enabled, White for $34.90 (list price $56.99)

Tablet Stand Multi-Angle, Lamicall iPad Stand : Desktop Holder Dock for iPad mini Air 2 3 4 Pro, iPhone 5 6 7 Plus, Nintendo Switch, Nexus, Accessories, Samsung and Other Tablets (4-13 inch) - Silver for $16.14 (list price $69.99)

Car Mount, 2 Clamps Long Arm Universal Windshield Dashboard Car Phone Mount Holder Cradle for iphone 7 Plus 6 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 S6 Edge, HTC, LG and Most Type of Cell Phone - by Newward for $14.99 (list price $33.99)

TaoTronics Bluetooth 4.1 Transmitter / Receiver, 2-in-1 Wireless 3.5mm Adapter (aptX Low Latency, 2 Devices Simultaneously, For TV / Home Sound System) for $28.89 (list price $33.99)

Etekcity Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale with Step-On Technology, 440 Pounds, Body Tape Measure Included, Elegant Black (Black) for $22.89 (list price $69.99)

Aberg Best 21 Mega Pixels 2.7" LCD Rechargeable HD Digital Camera - Digital video camera - Students cameras - Handheld Sized Digital Camcorder Indoor Outdoor for Adult /Seniors / Kids (Silver) for $39.00 (list price $45.00)

iPad Pro 10.5 Screen Protector Glass [2 Pack],Yoozon [Apple Pencil Compatible] Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Inch for $9.95 (list price $59.99)

CMC Portable Bluetooth 3 Stereo Speed Turntable with Built in Speakers, Vintage Style Vinyl Record Player, Black for $85.99 (list price $119.99)

USB Desk Fan Bengoo Table Portable Fan with Clip Feature and 360 Degree Rotation Design, Operated by Rechargeable Battery for Cooling, Baby Stroller, Personal Use, Travelling, Camping, Office, Home for $19.99 (list price $49.99)

Projector, Cozyswan GP9 Support 1080P HDMI 1500 Luminous LCD Mini Projector for Outdoor Indoor Movie, Home Theater for $99.99 (list price $159.99)

KITCHEN

Pancake & Cupcake Batter Dispenser - Perfect Baking Tool for Cupcakes, Waffles, Muffin Mix, Crepes, Cake or Any Baked Goods - KPKitchen Easy Pour Home Food Gadget - Bakeware Maker with Measuring Label for $15.99 (list price $23.99)

Chef Knife, beegod Pro 8-Inch Stainless-Steel Chef's Knife for Professional Chef for Easy Hand-held for $25.99 (list price $129.99)

Ado Glo Kitchen Shears - Stainless Steel Multi-Function Kitchen Scissors with Sharp Blade - Professional Poultry Shears for $12.95 (list price $49.99)

O-Cedar Heavy Duty Scrunge Scrub Sponge (Pack of 6) for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

Cheese-Grater-Vegetable-Slicer Stainless Steel - 6-sides , 9.5 Inch Height, Rubber Handle, Non Slip Rubber Bottom by Utopia Kitchen for $11.04 (list price $19.99)

Rubbermaid Brilliance Salad/Snack Lunch Storage Container Combo Kit, 100% Leak-Proof, Plastic, Clear for $14.94 (list price $22.99)

Jecobi Double-Wall Insulated Coffee Mug Glass Tea Espresso Cups Set of 2 - 8.5-Ounce for $17.59 (list price $23.95)

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel - Multi-Purpose, Pastry / Bench Scraper & Chopper With Ruler...By Sunsella for $8.95 (list price $12.95)

Melissa & Doug Stir and Serve Cooking Utensils (7 pcs) - Stainless Steel and Wood for $10.99 (list price $12.99)

Weber 6417 All-Purpose Summit Drip Pan, 10-Pack for $10.99 (list price $15.99)

Cook N Home 12-Inch Stir Fry Pan Wok Pan 30cm with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large, Green for $19.27 (list price $24.16)

Silicone Basting Brush Set - MISUNDER 2017 Pastry Oil Brush, Set of 8, JA-003 for $7.99 (list price $18.99)

Steak Knives, MCIRCO 18/10 Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel Steak Knife Set of 8 for Chefs Commercial Kitchen - Great For BBQ Weddings - Dinners - Parties All Homes & Kitchens for $13.99 (list price $22.59)

HOME

Dyson V6 Slim Vacuum Cleaner, Blue (Certified Refurbished) for $179.25 (list price $249.00)

GreenForest Acrylic Dining Side Chairs Transparent Clear Seat with Strong Metal Legs, Set of 4 for $167.99 (list price $317.99)

BuLuTu Pineapple Print Pattern Premium Cotton Twin Bedding Collections With 4 Corner Ties Bedding Duvet Cover Sets For Boys Girls White(No Comforter) for $48.99 (list price $98.99)

AUKEY Table Lamp, Touch Sensor Bedside Lamps + Dimmable Warm White Light & Color Changing RGB for Bedrooms for $25.99 (list price $39.99)

mDesign Fabric Baby Nursery Closet Organizer for Clothes, Towels, Socks, Shoes - Set of 2, Large, 5 Compartments, Gray for $12.99 (list price $12.99)

Clothes, Blanket Storage, Anti-mold, Breathable Material, Household Home Organizers Tidy Up Your Closets, Shelves, Blankets, Linen Cloth Create Extra Storage Space, Eco-friendly, Transparent Window for $9.99 (list price $15.99)

Sinland Premium Microfiber Washcloth Waffle Weave Facial Cleansing Cloth Face Cloth and Body Cloths 6 Pack 13 Inch X 13 Inch White for $10.29 (list price $20.00)

Fonder Mols Unpainted Natural Round Blank Wood Slices (Pack of 50) for $15.88 (list price $15.88)

Munchkin Auto Close Designer Baby Gate, Dark Wood/Silver for $50.19 (list price $79.99)

Rubbermaid Commercial Slim Jim Recycling Container with Venting Channels, Plastic, 23 Gallons, Blue (354007BE) for $40.81 (list price $49.24)

Best Price Mattress New Innovated Box Spring Metal Bed Frame, Queen for $77.00 (list price $85.70)

WEEKENDER Quilted Down Alternative Hotel-Style Comforter - Use as Duvet Insert or Stand-Alone Comforter - Hypoallergenic - Great for All Seasons - Corner Duvet Tabs - Oversized King - Classic White for $54.99 (list price $99.99)

Light Accents Table Lamp Natural Wooden Base with Linen Shade for $26.95 (list price $29.95)

Teepee PLAY10 4-Panel Play Tent Classic Indian Playhouse with 4 Wooden Poles for Kids Indoor and Outdoor Play-Orange for $42.99 (list price $42.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Arteza Real Brush Pens - 48-Colors - Watercolor Markers - (Set of 48) for $41.98 (list price $119.99)

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black, 12 Count for $5.86 (list price $6.72)

Panasonic KX-TGE232B Cordless Phone, 2 Handsets for $55.63 (list price $69.95)

EXPO Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 15-Piece Set for $13.97 (list price $20.07)

Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 60 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks for $16.55 (list price $18.39)

Writing Essentials Kit: Sharpie Markers & Highlighters, Paper Mate Pens, EXPO Dry Erase & More, 20 Count for $9.99 (list price $21.99)

Swingline GBC Laminator, Inspire, Thermal, 9 inch Max Width, Quick Warm-Up (1701855) for $22.99 (list price $34.90)

uni-ball 207 Impact Retractable Gel Pens, Bold Point (1.0mm), Black, 12 Count for $18.17 (list price $23.63)

Sticky Notes,Memo Self-Stick Notes 3x3,12 Pads/Pack, 100Sheets/Pad,1200Sheets, 6 Assorted Bright Colors(Rose Red Pink Yellow Green Blue Orang),Individual Package for $15.99 (list price $20.00)

Dland Laptop Stand Adjustable 31.4" Medium Size Computer Standing Desk Portable Cart Tray Side Table with Wheels for Bed Sofa Hospital Reading Eating, Black for $54.99 (list price $89.00)

TOPS Time Cards, Bi-Weekly, 2-Sided, Numbered Days, 3-1/2" x 9", Manila, Green/Red Print, 500-Count (1275) for $18.15 (list price $22.93)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Pure Body Naturals Essential Oils Gift Set, Lavender/Tea Tree/Eucalyptus/Lemongrass/Orange/Peppermint, 6 count - 10 ml for $11.21 (list price $17.95)

Pure Body Naturals Undiluted Essential Peppermint Oil, 4 fl. oz. for $14.95 (list price $14.95)

Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil from Majestic Pure, All Natural Scrub to Exfoliate & Moisturize Skin, 12 oz for $12.95 (list price $21.50)

Optimum Probiotics: Deep Immune System Support - With Patented Prebiotic (Probiotic Booster) - Nutritional Supplement for Women and for Men - Effective in Small Doses Within Hours for $22.48 (list price $69.97)

Panasonic ES-LV95-S Arc5 Electric Razor, Men's 5-Blade Cordless with Shave Sensor Technology and Wet/Dry Convenience, Premium Automatic Clean & Charge Station Included for $199.99 (list price $249.99)

Panasonic Compact Hair Dryer with Folding Handle and Nanoe Technology for Smoother, Shinier Hair, 0.82 Pound for $83.70 (list price $99.99)

Caswell-Massey Almond Shave Cream Tube, 4 Ounce for $12.64 (list price $16.00)

Syntus Himalayan Salt Lamp Natural Crystal Salt Light Glow Hand Carved Night Lights Wall light with UL Listed Plug for Lighting, Decoration and Air Purifying for $12.99 (list price $21.99)

HOMEIDEAS Drying Skin Body Bath Brush Shower Back Brushing Dry Remove Dead Skin 100% Natural Boar Bristle with 15.4 Inch Long Removable Wooden Handle for $8.99 (list price $29.98)

Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, White for $19.95 (list price $49.99)

Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Travel Toothbrush, Peppermint - 24 Count for $6.99 (list price $7.99)

Safety Razor for Men, Ocathnon Double Edge Razor Blades Razor Stand Plus Gift Box for Mens Shaving as Fathers Day Gift for $25.99 (list price $59.99)

OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

Mountaintop 60L Internal Frame Backpack Hiking Backpacking Packs with Rain Cover YKK zipper buckle-M6012 for $69.99 (list price $69.99)

adidas Gymball, Black, 65cm for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

CAP Barbell Elastic Resistant Band with Handles for $9.99 (list price $15.00)

CAP Rubber Medicine Ball Set with Rack for $179.00 (list price $211.18)

Fuel Pureformance 3-in-1 Foam Plyo Jumping Box for $129.00 (list price $150.00)

Reebok Pilates Mat, Dark Gray for $34.99 (list price $39.99)

Tone Fitness Pink/black Aerobic Stepper for $19.99 (list price $23.99)

APIE Wireless Sports Bluetooth V4.1 Headphones Sweatproof Running Exercise Stereo with Mic Earbuds Earphones for Iphone and Android Phones for $16.99 (list price $159.99)

Aduro Sport Bicycle Bike Storage Bag Triangle Saddle Frame Strap-On Pouch for Cycling (Grey) for $9.97 (list price $29.99)

BLACK+DECKER LHT2240CFF 40V MAX Cordless Hedge Trimmer, 22" for $91.98 (list price $99.99)

Skywalker Trampolines Jump N' Dunk Trampoline with Safety Enclosure and Basketball Hoop, Blue, 15-Feet for $299.99 (list price $349.00)

WACOOL 3L 3Liter 100oz BPA Free EVA Hydration Pack Bladder , Leak-proof Water Reservoir for $16.99 (list price $49.99)

Cool Towel Sweat Absorbent Lightweight Breathable Soft UV Protection Fast Cooling for Hot Yoga Golf Hiking Running and Simple Snap to Reactivate Cool Gray 16x40 Inch for $7.97 (list price $29.99)

TOOLS

UBANTE Measuring Tape Measure 1-Inch x 25-Foot(7.5m) Retractable Heavy Duty with Magnetic Hook, Metric and Inches Measurement - Professional Ruler For Carpenter, Construction, DIY Measurement for $14.99 (list price $29.99)

General Tools 29 Plastic Protractor and Angle Finder with Articulating Arms for $3.99 (list price $5.74)

BLACK+DECKER LCS36 Maximum Fast Charger, 40-volt for $45.98 (list price $59.98)

Rubbermaid FastTrack Garage Storage System Vertical Bike Hook, 1784463 for $7.44 (list price $9.30)

75 Pcs Junior Tool Kit Constructions Toys Pretend Play Educational Toys for Kids Repairing Tools with Electronic Drill for Kids and Workbench for $19.99 (list price $49.98)

CUH Cordless Power Scrubber with Rechargeable Battery for Bathroom Kitchen 6 Brushes 1 Scouring Pad for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

TEKTON 1/4-Inch Drive Socket Set, Inch/Metric, 6-Point, 5/32-Inch - 9/16-Inch, 5 mm - 14 mm, 51-Piece | 13001 for $35.09 (list price $44.99)

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18 Tea Infusers to Make Teatime More Exciting
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Make steeping tea more fun with these quirky tea infusers.

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1. SOAKING IT UP; $7.49

man-shaped tea infuser
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That mug of hot water might eventually be a drink for you, but first it’s a hot bath for your new friend, who has special pants filled with tea.

Buy on Amazon.

2. A FLYING TEA BOX; $25.98

There’s no superlaser on this Death Star, just tea.

Buy on Amazon.

3. SPACE STATION; $9.99

astronaut tea infuser
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This astronaut's mission? Orbit the rim of your mug until you're ready to pull the space station diffuser out.

Buy on ThinkGeek.

4. BE REFINED; $12.99

This pipe works best with Earl Grey.

Buy on Amazon.

5. A RIBBITING OPTION; $10.93

This frog hangs on to the side of your mug with a retractable tongue. When the tea is ready, you can put him back on his lily pad.

Buy on Amazon.

6. ‘TEA’ ALL LIVE IN A YELLOW SUBMARINE; $5.95

It’s just like the movie, only with tea instead of Beatles.

Buy on Amazon.

7. SHARK ATTACK; $6.99

shark tea infuser
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This fearsome shark patrols the bottom of your mug waiting for prey. For extra fun, use red tea to look like the end of a feeding frenzy.

Buy at Cost Plus World Market.

8. PERFECT FOR A RAINY DAY; $12.40

This umbrella’s handle conveniently hooks to the side of your mug.

Buy on Amazon.

9. AN EGGCELLENT INFUSER; $5.75

cracked egg tea infuser
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Sometimes infusers are called tea eggs, and this one takes the term to a new, literal level.

Buy on Amazon.

10. FOR SQUIRRELY DRINKERS; $8.95

If you’re all right with a rodent dunking its tail into your drink, this is the infuser for you.

Buy on Amazon.

11. HANGING OUT; $12.85

This pug is happy to hang onto your mug and keep you company while you wait for the tea to be ready.

Buy on Amazon.

12. ANOTHER SHARK OPTION; $5.99

If you thought letting that other shark infuser swim around in the deep water of your glass was too scary, this one perches on the edge, too busy chomping on your mug to worry about humans.

Buy on Amazon.

13. RUBBER DUCKIE, YOU’RE THE ONE; $8.95

Let this rubber duckie peacefully float in your cup and make teatime lots of fun.

Buy on Amazon.

14. DIVING DEEP; $8.25

This old-timey deep-sea diver comes with an oxygen tank that you can use to pull it out.

Buy on Amazon.

15. MAKE SWEET TEA; $10

This lollipop won't actually make your tea any sweeter, but you can always add some sugar after.

Buy on Amazon.

16. A SEASONAL FAVORITE; $7.67

When Santa comes, give him some tea to go with the cookies.

Buy on Amazon.

17. FLORAL TEA; $14.99

Liven up any cup of tea with this charming flower. When you’re done, you can pop it right back into its pot.

Buy on Live Infused.

18. KEEP IT TRADITIONAL; $7.97

If you’re nostalgic for the regular kind of tea bag, you can get reusable silicon ones that look almost the same.

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15 Umbrellas to Keep You Dry
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Make rainy days a little more exciting with a quirky umbrella.

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1. BANANA; $18.99

banana umbrella
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This ingenious umbrella comes with a special cover to make it look like you’re lugging around a real banana. The covers come in green and yellow, but the umbrella itself is always yellow.

Find it: Amazon

2. MAGICAL UNICORN; $36.49

Magical Unicorn Umbrella
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Rainy days don’t have to be dreary with this colorful, pastel umbrella. The handle is elegantly shaped like a unicorn and mane, with its gold horn sitting atop the umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

3. GAME OF THRONES; $37.89

Game of Thrones Longclaw Sword Umbrella
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If you’re looking for something a little tougher, a Game of Thrones-themed umbrella might be just the thing. The umbrella is adorned with the show's logo and has a special handle that looks like the hilt of Jon Snow’s sword, Longclaw.

Find it: Amazon

4. LETTUCE; $14.88

lettuce umbrella
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Salad lovers will want to get their hands on this special umbrella, which, when closed, mimics the look of a head of lettuce.

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5. CARROT; $15.90

carrot-shaped umbrella
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For more food-themed umbrella fun, check out this carrot-shaped umbrella. Similarly to the banana version, it comes with a protective case that resembles a carrot. When you take off the top, it reveals an orange umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

6. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR; $25.96

The Very Hungry Caterpillar umbrella
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For children who love Eric Carle’s creations: a Very Hungry Caterpillar umbrella. The transparent plastic allows the child to see the caterpillar design even when they’re using the umbrella.

Find it: Amazon

7. DOG UMBRELLA; $16.59

Dog Umbrella With Leash
Amazon

Don’t forget about your furry friends when it's raining cats and dogs. While dog rain jackets are adorable, you can also opt for a special umbrella made just for puppers. The handle is situated on top of the umbrella so you can easily hold it above your short companion. It’s also connected to a leash so you don’t have to carry two things at once.

Find it: Amazon

8. SKY; $43.95

umbrella with interior of blue sky dotted with fluffy, white clouds
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Opening this umbrella will have you seeing sunny skies, even in the rain. Designed by Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, it looks like a plain black umbrella until it’s opened up, revealing its colorful underbelly.

Find it: Amazon

9. STARRY NIGHT; $43.70

umbrella with Vincent van Gogh’s "Starry Night" print
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If you want something a little more surreal than a boring blue sky, there’s an alternate version with Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night printed on it.

Find it: Amazon

10. CAT IN SPACE; $22.56

cat in space umbrella
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Strangely, the “cats in space” motif is pretty popular online. From sweaters to calendars, there’s no shortage of felines floating through the galaxy. You can also get an umbrella with the unusual design, because why not?

Find it: Amazon

11. LED UMBRELLA; $23.66

Blade Runner Style LED Umbrella
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There are a lot of futuristic gadgets in the movie Blade Runner, but some are more obtainable than others. You can actually buy the LED light umbrella seen in the movie. The battery-operated handle glows blue, which both looks cool and keeps you safe at night.

Find it: Amazon

12. BIRDCAGE; $22.99

Birdcage Transparent Clear Dome Umbrella
Amazon

Ever feel like a bird in a cage? Now you can really get that experience with this clear umbrella that looks like a birdcage. It even comes with a bird printed on the side.

Find it: Amazon

13. COLOR CHANGING UMBRELLA; $34

Black umbrella printed with color-changing rain drop design
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It’s hard to imagine actually getting excited about going out into the rain, but with this special umbrella, you might be watching for dark clouds. The special white ink changes colors when wet, so you can go from a monochrome umbrella to a rainbow one in seconds.

Find it: Amazon

14. RABBIT; €9.03

polka-dot umbrella with a bag that’s shaped like a bunny rabbit
Perletti

This simple red umbrella comes with a nice polka-dot design, but the real novelty is the carrying case. Instead of a regular sleeve, it comes with a zippered bag that’s shaped like a bunny rabbit.

Find it: Perletti

15. KATANA; $28.99

katana umbrella
Amazon

Carrying around an umbrella can be a bit of a pain, but at least you can look cool doing it. When wrapped up, this umbrella looks like a sword slung over your back. The hilt of the katana becomes your handle when you open the umbrella up.

Find it: Amazon

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