Fall In Love With These 20 Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Your loved ones are worth way more than a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. Instead, opt for one of these presents that will make your Valentine fall for you all over again.

1. ANATOMICAL HEART T-SHIRT; $15

Anatomical heart t-shirt
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear it on your chest? Slip on this quirky cranberry tee that literally turns your insides out.

Find It: Amazon

2. WIRELESS ON-EAR HEADPHONES; $220

Why You'll Want It: Ensure that all your favorite love songs can be heard loud and clear with these cordless noise blockers. With 40 hours of battery life, the beat goes on for a long time.

Find It: Amazon

3. JEWELRY BOX; $30

Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box, Concrete/Copper
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: A jewelry box should be a reflection of the gems that it holds. Hopefully, your Valentine’s favorite necklaces, bangles, earrings, and baubles are worthy enough for this.

Find It: Amazon

4. COOLER BAG; $40

Picnic at Ascot Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Dates don't have to be complicated. For less than $50, nab this picnic cooler bag packed with a set of glasses, napkins, a cutting board, and a corkscrew—just add wine and cheese, along with your partner and a sunny day at the park.

Find It: Amazon

5. INITIAL PENDANT NECKLACE; $58

Initial Pendant Necklace
Nordstrom

Why You'll Want It: Nameplate necklaces are sweet, but you can get more creative with a simple initial. Pick your Valentine’s first name, or refer to your favorite place. The possibilities are endless.

Find It: Nordstrom

6. STAR WARS PLUSH BOUQUET; $50

Star Wars Bouquet
Think Geek

Why You'll Want It: Flowers are pretty, but they often don’t stay that way for long. Characters like Darth Vader, Han Solo, Leia, and Yoda (propped up on dowels that look like lightsabers!) are forever.

Find It: Think Geek

7. GOURMET CANDY PIZZA; $35

chocolate pizza
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Some like it hot, but you’ll love it sweet. One-up your usual box of chocolates with a pizza pie made with a milk chocolate crust and topped with caramel popcorn, heart candies, and a mint chocolate drizzle.

Find It: Amazon

8. STRANGER THINGS GREETING CARD; $5

Stranger Things Greeting Card
Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Your favorite Stranger Things fan will get a kick out of a handmade greeting card like this, featuring Eleven in her bloody-nosed glory.

Find It: Amazon

9. HANDHELD PAC-MAN ARCADE GAME; $26

Handheld Arcade Game
Urban Outfitters

Why You'll Want It: Share the nostalgia of the '80s, with no quarters required.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

10. REUSABLE TOTE BAG; $19

Reusable Tote
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Choosy from 40 punny sayings for these tote bags—all 100 percent cotton and reusable.

Find It: Amazon

11. CHAMPAGNE-FLAVORED COTTON CANDY; $3

Champagne Cotton Candy
Target

Why You’ll Want It: Rosé season doesn't have to end. Now, your love can enjoy the taste of the sparkling wine without the bubbles (or the hangover).

Find It: Target

12. MINI PATTERNED POLAROID ALBUM; $12

Mini Patterned Polaroid Photo Album
Urban Outfitters

Why You’ll Want It: A phone's camera roll won’t always conserve those precious memories. So just in case, help your loved one store 36 of their favorite Polaroids in this mini album.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

13. FRIDA AND DIEGO MUGS; $25

Freida and Diego Mugs
MoMa Store

Why You’ll Want It: Don’t go breakin’ the art—these printed mugs are made of glass, after all. Because of that, your Valentine will be inspired to preserve the cups that bear an uncanny likeness to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

Find It: MoMA Design Store

14. ELECTRIC COCKSCREW; $30

Electric Corkscrew
Amazon

Why You’ll Want It: Uncorking a bottle of your go-to vino is as simple as a push of a button, thanks to this opener with an eight-hour charge.

Find It: Amazon

15. CHAMPAGNE BEARS CANDY; $20

Nordstrom Champagne Bears
Nordstrom

Why You’ll Want It: Don’t let the the size of these gummies fool you. The childhood favorite gets a major adult upgrade—they’re infused with French bubbly. Cheers!

Find It: Nordstrom

16. HOYA HEART & EZRA PLANTER; $32

The Sill
The Sill

Why You’ll Want It: This heart-shaped plant is small enough to fit on a desk, but is sure to put a big smile on your partner’s face.

Find It: The Sill

17. WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER; $105


Amazon

Why You'll Want It: Let the good times roll, and the slow jams play with this waterproof and shockproof speaker.

Find It: Amazon

18. BATH FIZZIES; $25

Bath Fizzies
Nordstrom

Why You’ll Want It: There’s no way that your partner won’t want a bath with these vanilla musk and jasmine fizzies.

Find It: Nordstrom

19. HERE COUNTRIES GLOBE; $35

Here Globe
MoMa Store

Why You’ll Want It: Bon voyage! Planning your next romantic getaway just got more exciting with this 3D map, complete with marker pins.

Find It: MoMA Design Store

20. MEN'S CARE CANDLE TRIO SET; $24

Candle Trio
Urban Outfitters

Why You’ll Want It: Present your special someone with a set of candles—in vetiver patchouli, bergamot leather, and sage pine—that are almost too cool to burn. Almost.

Find It: Urban Outfitters

25 Back-to-School Products That Earn High Marks

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New school style: Whether you're starting college, shopping for the kids, or just want an excuse to treat yourself to new office gear, Mental Floss has you covered. Equip yourself or a loved one with these stylish and functional school supplies.

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1. COFFEE AND DOUGHNUT POST-ITS; $13

coffee and doughnut Post-its
Courtesy of Post-it

Add some flavor to your notes with the two-pack set of coffee and doughnut Post-its. Each of the 60 sheets is 3.20-by-3 inches.

Find It: Amazon

2. PACKIT FREEZABLE HAMPTON LUNCH BAG; $16

PackIt Freezable Hampton Lunch Bag, Blanket Stripe
Amazon

This spacious lunch bag is designed with a freezable lining, so it can be folded and placed in the freezer. When you're ready to take it on the go, it'll be ready to chill your food for hours. Bonus: It's also lead- and BPA-free.

Find It: Amazon

3. MONSTER REUSABLE SANDWICH BAGS; $11

Orange Monster Reusable Sandwich Lunch Bags
Amazon

Save the Earth and amuse little students with these reusable, dishwasher-safe bags. Each set of four includes two sandwich bags and two snack bags—all with an easy-to-grip opening.

Find It: Amazon

4. BENTO BOX FOR KIDS; $40

OmieBox Bento Lunch Box With Insulated Thermos For Kids
Amazon

This three-compartment bento box is roomy enough to fit a hearty, healthy lunch. The BPA-free container—available in five bright colors—is leak-proof, easy to open, and comes with a built-in thermos.

Find It: Amazon

5. LARGE MONTHLY PLANNER; $15

Large Personal Monthly Planner
Amazon

JStory's minimalist planner is made of thicker-than-average paper and includes a column for notes. And the blank design offers flexibility: You fill in the dates yourself.

Find It: Amazon

6. ORANGE LINED NOTEBOOK; $9

Rhodia Staplebound Orange Lined Notebook
Amazon

French brand Rhodia earned a strong following among artists and designers for its high-quality paper that's unbelievably smooth. The cover is sturdy so you can take notes anywhere.

Find It: Amazon

7. HONEYSTICKS BEESWAX CRAYONS; $23

crayons
Amazon

These sustainable crayons are made of 100 percent beeswax from New Zealand. (They smell like honey, too!) The thick shape is perfect for toddlers to hold.

Find It: Amazon

8. MOPHIE POWERSTATION XL; $66

external battery
Amazon

An external battery is a must for days when shuttling around campus from classes to clubs to rehearsals is unavoidable. This slim rose gold option has two USB ports and is compatible with both smartphones and tablets.

Find It: Amazon

9. CABLEKEEP; $13

Nice GLD-02 Goldie CableKeep
Amazon

This helpful gadget for iPhones holds both your power adapter and USB cable while keeping them tangle-free. It also functions as a stand for your phone when the Cablekeep is plugged into the wall.

Find It: Amazon

10. PARKLAND BAYSIDE KIDS' BACKPACK; $28

Parkland Bayside Kids Backpack
Amazon

Tote books in style with this eco-friendly backpack, featuring a polyester exterior made from recycled water bottles.

Find It: Amazon

11. LEGO BRICK BACKPACK; $50

LEGO Brick Backpack
Amazon

This whimsical statement backpack from LEGO features a padded handle and shoulder straps, so it's as comfortable as it is cool.

Find It: Amazon

12. HERSHEL NOVEL DUFFEL; $81

Herschel Supply Co. duffel
Amazon

Class up your gear with this stylish duffel from Herschel. It features a padded shoulder strap and a special compartment for those dirty cleats.

Find It: Amazon

13. ANTIQUE BRASS PHARMACY FLOOR LAMP; $50

Dawson Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Amazon

Overpower dim dorm room lighting with this brass floor lamp. Its height can be adjusted from 33 inches to a maximum of 55 inches, while the arm can be adapted to shine light at a variety of angles.

Find It: Amazon

14. EGYPTIAN COTTON TOWEL SET; $24

bathroom with towels
Amazon

This set of soft Egyptian cotton towels from Amazon's Pinzon brand includes two hand towels, two washcloths, and two bath towels—all listed as 100 percent cotton and at an affordable price.

Find It: Amazon

15. WHITE MARBLE MACBOOK KEYBOARD SKIN; $12

White Marble MacBook Keyboard Skin
Nordstrom

Protect your keyboard while adding a little luxury to your Macbook with this white marble keyboard skin.

Find It: Nordstrom

16. MAGNETIC CHALK BOARD; $18

chalkboard
Amazon

Get organized with this wood-framed chalk board, which comes with chalk and two vintage-style magnets.

Find It: Amazon

17. COFFEEBOXX SINGLE SERVE COFFEE MAKER; $230

portable coffee maker
Amazon

This ultra-durable single-serve coffee maker is great for the dorm as well as the campground. It's water- and dust-resistant and works with K-cups.

Find It: Amazon

18. TRAVEL MUG; $25

 Zojirushi SM-SA48-BA Stainless Steel Mug
Amazon

If you need java to survive, pick up this sleek vacuum-insulated travel mug, which features a splatter-free push-button lid. It's also lockable, so you won't be that person who spills coffee in class.

Find It: Amazon

19. SIX-PACK OF STACKING DRAWERS; $32

stacking drawers
Amazon

Stack these versatile transparent drawers to create a dresser so you can fit your huge wardrobe in your dorm room.

Find It: Amazon

20. FACETED TAPE DISPENSER; $7

gem tape dispenser
Amazon

This elegant copper tape dispenser will give your desk some class. It's also weighted, so you can grab with ease. (Roll of Scotch tape included.)

Find It: Amazon

21. COUNTERTOP MICROWAVE; $84

microwave
Amazon

Master the art of dorm room microwave cooking with this 1000-Watt model, featuring that all-important popcorn setting.

Find It: Amazon

22. SATEEN SHEETS; $18 AND UP

sheet set
Bed Bath & Beyond

These 400-thread-count sateen sheets feel silky to the touch: They're a simple way to make your dorm room feel luxurious.

Find It: Bed Bath & Beyond

23. TOUCHSCREEN MIST CLEANER; $10

Two-In-One Spray and Microfiber Cloth
Amazon

Use this screen-safe spray to remove dirt and fingerprints from your phone. It comes in a bottle that's coated with microfiber cloth so you can spritz and wipe all in one.

Find It: Amazon

24. MESH SHOWER BAG; $13

 Saltwater Canvas, LLC Zip Top Mesh Shower Bag
Amazon

No more feeling around outside the shower curtain for your shampoo. Take this quick-drying mesh shower caddy right into the stall with you.

Find It: Amazon

25. MINI FRIDGE WITH DRY ERASE BOARD; $250

 Igloo FR326M-D-BLACK Erase Board Refrigerator with Neon Markers
Amazon

Make your dorm room unique with this fun fridge that has a dry erase exterior and comes with neon markers so you can write notes directly on it. No paper and magnets needed. It also includes a freezer unit and ice cube tray.

Find It: Amazon

The Brilliant $20 Gadget That Will Keep Your Beach Umbrella Firmly Anchored in the Sand

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Failing to properly secure your beach umbrella is more dangerous than you think. Tumbling, airborne umbrellas can be a safety hazard, with the potential to collide with beach-goers. Recently, a woman in Maryland was struck in the chest by one that was carried away by high winds.

Usually, it’s simply a matter of inconvenience—chasing a rogue umbrella is not how anyone wants to spend their day. Today recently broke down some preventative measures to help keep umbrellas secured, including using a rocking motion to bury it in the sand and making sure at least one-third of it is underground. You also want to tilt it into the wind so the gusts help keep it secured. 

The best way to avoid umbrella-related mishaps, though, is to opt for a sand anchor. These cheap-but-effective devices are like giant screws that bite into the sand for a much more secure fit. You then place the umbrella pole in the anchor. You can find the Beachr Beach Umbrella Sand Anchor, which fits all sizes of umbrella, for $19.97 on Amazon.

Experts like beach superintendents also advise you to consider taking down umbrellas if it's too windy and never, ever bringing a patio umbrella to the beach. With a larger surface area to catch wind, they can be extremely dangerous.

[h/t Today]

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