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11 Brilliant Gifts For the Newlyweds or New Homeowners in Your Life

Help the new nesters in your life get settled in a chic, comfortable, and customized way with gifts that are both practical and fun.

1. CUSTOM SATELLITE MAP PUZZLE; $129

Sure your gift recipient knows their new neighborhood, but just how well do they know it from above? This 300-piece puzzle comes with a couple of surprises: four pieces spell out the word HOME and the one that fits where the house is located is shaped like a little house.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

2. CROCK POT; $49

This easy-to-use slow cooker, which holds up to six quarts or a six-pound roast, is the secret to fitting home cooking into a busy life. The kitchen tool features a programmable digital control that can set cooking times from 30 minutes to 20 hours and then shifts to warm mode once that time is up. 

Find it: Amazon 

3. PERSONALIZED COORDINATES PRINT; $15 AND UP

Help decorate their walls with a personalized print that celebrates the new home and new family. The latitude and longitude coordinates are a cool and subtle way to take pride in their new place. 

Find it: Etsy 

4. THE GAME OF LOVE; $50 AND UP

They probably already have classic sheets from their wedding registry but why not get the newlyweds something a little more fun? Each kit comes with a fitted sheet printed with blank game board, washable fabric markers, a plush game piece, die, and access to the ideas vault that’ll let them customize the game. 

Find it: My Game of Love

5. ONE PAN, TWO PLATES: MORE THAN 70 COMPLETE WEEKNIGHT MEALS FOR TWO; $17

Give the couple an excuse to break in their new kitchen with this cookbook that makes weeknight dinners for two a breeze. All the dinners can be made in a single skillet, so even if they haven’t fully unpacked, they can still have a home-cooked meal.

Find it: Amazon 

6. CUSTOM ADDRESS STAMPS; $72

Your new homeowner friends could write their return address by hand, but this custom stamp will make the move seem all that more real and official. Pick the font that suits the duo best and give them a gift they’ll get use out of for years to come.

Find it: Uncommon Goods

7. STAINLESS STEEL 11-PIECE FONDUE SET; $90

Is it a little cheesy? Yes. But is it also the perfect gift to inspire cool, casual dinner parties? Absolutely. The all-in-one set for chocolate fondue, meat, and cheese includes six forks and a removable ceramic insert. 

Find it: Crate and Barrel

8. FAUX FUR THROW; $99

This is the sort of luxury that might feel excessive to buy for yourself, but as a gift, it’ll make those quiet nights in so much cozier. Choose from nine colors and two sizes to find the perfect fit for any couple. 

Find it: Pottery Barn 

9. BROOKLYN SLATE CHEESE BOARD; $48

A perfect mix of form and function, this slate cheese board comes with a hand-carved Vermont maple cheese knife and a soapstone pencil that’ll allow the owner to label the cheeses. 

Find it: Food52

10. KITCHENAID STAND MIXER; $280

It’s a classic for a reason. Pick from dozens of colors to make sure this icon of a home appliance fits your giftee’s style to a tee. But no matter which shade, the mixer will help whip up a new batch of recipes. The five-quart stainless steel bowl features 15 optional attachments that will give you gift options for year to come.

Find it: Amazon 

11. RUSTIC ADDRESS PLAQUE; $60

Give their new digs some rustic style with this address plaque handmade from reclaimed wood. Choose from brushed nickel, aged bronze, or black matte for the numbers and feel confident you’ve made their neighbors just a little jealous.

Find it: Etsy

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15 Funny Novelty Toys For Pets
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Want to get your pet a toy that shares your interests? These cute and amusing novelty creations will provide your dog or cat (and you) with plenty of entertainment, and your human friends will appreciate their strong pun game. And, they're great inspiration for funny Instagram photos.

1. STARBARKS COFFEE; $12

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Amazon

If your dog loves going to Starbucks for a puppuccino, order a grande Starbarks Frenchie Roast so they can get their fix every day.

Find It: Amazon

2. EXCALIGRRR SWORD; $14

ExcaliGRRR Sword dog toy
BarkShop

This chew toy is worth it just to repeat the "Knights of the Hound Table" and "King Arfur" jokes that BarkShop suggests.

Find It: BarkShop

3. THE BARK POST; $10

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Did you know that dogs prefer print media? After all, you can't shred the internet. This newspaper toy is printed with real dog articles from BarkShop's blog, BarkPost.

Find It: BarkShop

4. CAT NIP TEA BAG; $4

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If your ideal Sunday involves lounging on the couch with a good book, a cup of tea, and your cat at your feet, get your kitten its very own tea bag. This handmade toy is filled with organic cat nip and comes in four different ribbon patterns.

Find It: Etsy

5. LICK-CROIX BARKLING WATER; $14

LaCroix dog toy
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If your dog loves to ride in your cart while you shop at Whole Foods, get him his own can of LaCroix-inspired Lick-Croix Barkling Water (Pamplemutt flavor, of course). Cheers!

Find It: GlamourMutt

6. HUMUNGA TONGUE; $11

Humunga Tongue dog toy
Amazon

This giant tongue with a ball on the end will make for tons of silly photos. Just make sure you buy the right size for your pooch.

Find It: Amazon

7. DOGGO DOGGO BILLS, Y'ALL; $8

stack of bills dog toy
BarkShop

Have you already spoiled your dog with every fancy bed, jacket, and toy imaginable? Maybe with a stack of money, they can learn to finance their own doggo lifestyle. In addition to squeaking, the toy crinkles just like crisp dollar bills.

Find It: BarkShop

8. RUCKSACK; $10

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BarkShop

Does your pup love the great outdoors? This rucksack is perfect for his travels around the yard—just don't let him chase any cars while carrying it!

Find It: BarkShop

9. BOOM BOX; $11

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BarkShop

When your dog picks up this boom box, he'll look like he's ready to party—or make a grand romantic gesture à la Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything.

Find It: BarkShop

10. CHEWY VUITON HANDBAG; $10

Chewy Vuiton dog toy
Amazon

This Chewy Vuiton purse is perfect for any fashionable doggies, even if they're named Gucci, Prada, or Dolce.

Find It: Amazon

11. TAKEOUT DUMPLINGS; $16

Dog with plush dumpling toys
BarkShop

If your fur baby begs for a bite every time you order in, get them their own "meal" of plush dumplings, complete with a Chinese takeout box replica.

Find It: BarkShop

12. IBONE; $17

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Does your dog feel left out when you're Snapchatting or playing Candy Crush? Get him his own "iBone," so you can each stare at your phones in peace.

Find It: Amazon

13. VANDERPUMP SANGRIA; $17

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It's not drinking alone if your dog is drinking with you! Get your overly pampered pooch a bottle of Lisa Vanderpump-branded sangria in pink or red, and settle in for a night of looking for Giggy or Rumpy Pumpy appearances on RHOBH or Vanderpump Rules.

Find It: GlamourMutt

14. CATNIP BANANA PEEL; $7

Your kitty will be tripping all over itself to get ahold of this organic catnip-filled banana peel. And perhaps it can serve as a reminder to increase your own daily fruit intake.

Find It: Etsy

15. ERNESTO THE FISH TACO; FROM $10

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BarkShop

Not all beaches allow dogs to bask in the sun, but that shouldn't stop your pup from enjoying a giant fish taco.

Find It: BarkShop

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11 Prank Gifts for April Fools' (Or Any Day of the Year)
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Whether you're a skilled mischief-maker or a newbie who needs a few ideas, these 11 gag gifts will either make you the most popular prankster around … or the bane of someone's existence. Prank wisely!

1. BANANA PHONE; $40

Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring banana phone! For April Fools' Day, put this Bluetooth-enabled ringing banana, which you can pair to your cell phone, in the middle of a fruit basket. Stay within range and watch as bystanders go bananas while looking for the source of the call.

Find It: Amazon

2. CRAYONS; $13

Replace all the pens and pencils in your coworker's desk or family's home office with crayons, and simple tasks like taking messages or making to-do lists will devolve into hilarious frustration. Trust us, no one can keep from laughing at the absurdity of jotting notes from the morning meeting down in chunky elementary writing utensils in colors like 'Asparagus' green or Pink Sherbet.

Find It: Amazon

3. 'BATHE AND BREW' GIFT BOX; $8

Are you known for giving fairly terrible gifts? Get in on your own joke and make the coffee addict in your life squirm when they see this convincing-looking shower coffee brewing display gift. They'll be so relieved when they realize it's not real that any present you did buy them will seem like a major upgrade! (Pro tip: Try getting them a bag of their favorite coffee beans to pack inside this spoof gift box.)

Find It: Amazon

4. FARTING ANIMALS COLORING BOOK; $6

All of those coloring books full of intricate mandalas are great, but sneaking this adorably low-brow option into a stack of more calming coloring books is essentially the modern version of slipping a whoopee cushion onto someone's seat.

Find It: Amazon

5. TOILET PAPER EARRINGS; $30

These dainty, dangling earrings are sure to get a laugh out of your friends, who might initially mistake them for serious jewelry.

Find It: Etsy

6. GLITTER EVERYWHERE ENVELOPE; $6

Glitter never goes away. Ever. So be warned that if you send a glitter prank, your friend-turned-frenemy will likely be sparkly through Labor Day. That said, watching an unsuspecting person open an envelope full of glitter? Probably worth whatever punishment—prank or otherwise—comes your way.

Find It: Ruindays.com

7. RELIGHTING CANDLES; $7

Speaking of gifts that keep on giving, April birthday parties are just begging for a few relighting candles.

Find It: Amazon

8. WIRELESS MOUSE; $10

For the coworker who is always complaining that their computer has a mind of its own, this prank is sure to confound. Pair a wireless mouse with their computer and quietly control it from nearby, throwing some chaos into the workday. Is it strange that their computer spontaneously starts blaring "No Diggity" every time they walk away for two minutes? No doubt. (Just make sure you confess and show your coworker that you disconnected the pairing by the end of the day!)

Find It: Amazon

9. BLINKER FLUID; $11

Like selling people on buying bottles of "dehydrated water," convincing a more clueless driver that they need to invest in blinker fluid is a long-standing tradition. Want to play the long game? Put a few drops of water in this empty "blinker fluid" container, leave it on a shelf in their garage, and see how long it takes them to head to the store when they think they need a replacement bottle.

Find It: Amazon

10. TROLL CAKE; $35-60

Got a friend with a penchant for internet commentary, or a trolling uncle you want to get back at in a sweet way? Troll Cakes turns cutting remarks into utterly hilarious cakes, and this so-called "bakery and detective agency" can even locate the address of anonymous social media trolls.

Find It: Troll Cakes

11. RETRO PHONE HANDSET; $13

Love confusing the general public? Sit on a park bench or a corner table at a fast-food joint and carry on a normal conversation through this retro phone handset.

Find It: Amazon

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