15 Fun Bookmarks to Keep Your Place

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Why settle for a torn piece of paper or receipt when you can have something way more exciting? These bookmarks are for readers who want to add some extra whimsy to their reading routine.

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1. SPROUTS; $8.10

These ingenious silicone markers don’t work like normal bookmarks. Shaped like adorable sprouts, they fit inside your book and mark the exact line you’re at on the page. Because they’re made with a flexible material, you can close the book easily with the sprout inside and it will spring back to shape when you open the book again. The sprouts come in sets of six. For a little luck, check out the four-leaf clover iteration.

Find it: Amazon

2. BUTTERFLIES; $7.79

If you've ever wanted to have a real Disney princess moment, consider buying these bookmarks, which will make it look like butterflies have perched on your books. After slipping the flat part of the bookmark into your tome, the paper butterfly sits above the pages. The set comes with 10 pieces in a variety of designs.

Find it: Amazon

3. CASSETTE TAPE; $9.99

Magnetic Retro Classical Cassette Decorative Paper Clip Bookmark
Amazon

Music lovers will get a kick out of these bookmarks, which poke fun at a common problem we all experienced in the age before CDs: Tape getting yanked out of cassettes. But this time, the loose tape is meant to hold your place in the book, so you don’t have to worry about finding a pen to wind it back up. The cassette itself is magnetic and clips to whatever page you want to mark.

Find it: Amazon

4. CROCODILE; $6.99

These clever placeholders create the illusion that a crocodile is lurking on top of your book. When you lift up this intimidating bookmark, it shows the reptile’s sharp teeth, warning others not to dare lose your place. (If mammals are more your style, there is also a hippo option.)

Find it: Amazon

5. LAMP; $7.99

Let this lamp-shaped bookmark illuminate where you left off. The lamp shape sits on top of the book while the yellow light-beam fits snuggly between the pages. It comes in three colors: white, red, and gray.

Find it: Amazon

6. LITERARY FEET

Remember that scene in The Wizard of Oz when the house fell on the Wicked Witch of the East and only her feet stuck out? You can recreate that iconic movie scene with a bookmark. Even better, the design isn’t restricted to just the witch: You can get all kinds of famous book character feet to stick out of your book. Just some of the literary legs available include Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Daenerys from A Song of Ice and Fire, and a Quidditch player from Harry Potter. There are also some non-book selections, like animals, ballerinas, and Yoda.

Find it: Amazon

7. SKYLINES

Whether you’re longing for a city or loving the one you’re in, you can celebrate the urban landscape with a skyline bookmark. The silhouette shapes include cities like Berlin, London, and Cleveland. Each bookmark is hand cut and laminated.

Find it: Etsy

8. FOOD; $23.50

Let some of your favorite food keep your place. The plush bookmarks feature a slice of pizza, ice cream, coffee, and an ice cream sandwich.

Find it: Amazon

9. TRANSPORTATION; $5.95

These adorable metal bookmarks look like teeny-tiny boats, cars, planes, scooters, and buses. Each bookmark is a clip that clings to a specific page. Vintage ticket-themed ones are also available.

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10. MAGNETIC PALS; $4.95

You’ll be even more motivated to read if you have a small buddy smiling at you from the side of your book. You can attach them to any place on the side of the page, so you know exactly where you are in the story.

Find it: Amazon

11. POINTERS; $1.75

These bookmarks also mark the exact place in the book, but without the help of magnets. Instead, they come with stretchy loops that wrap around the entire book. A hand pointing can pinpoint the exact word, in case you’re the type that stops reading mid-sentence.

Find it: Amazon

12. DEAD GUY; $12

Squish a character in between the pages with this special bookmark. The top part pokes out but the rest is flattened as if the weight of your book crushed it.

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13. DRIPPING LIQUID; $18.33

These fancy bookmarks are handmade from silicon by Japanese designer Kouichi Okamoto. They are meant to look like a thick stream of wax is running down the side of your book, and come in black, red, or white.

Find it: Connox

14. FANCY FLAMINGOS; $6.66

Magnetic Bookmarks Fancy Flamingos
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For a little humor, try this set of four dapper flamingos. Their threads include a bow tie, briefcase, pearl necklace, and more. Sick of flamingos? Then try these pandas instead.

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15. PASTA AND FORK; $9.95

This bookmark makes it looked like you stopped both mid-page and mid-bite. The creative shape features a stainless steel fork with an attached nylon pasta noodle; the fork folds to the side when you close the book. It comes in three colors (flavors): tomato red, olive, and yellow.

Find it: Mochi Things

12 Thoughtful Gifts for Mom

The Ninja Foodi
The Ninja Foodi
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If you're like most, childhood gifts to mom involved macaroni, macrame, and possibly glitter. Now that you're fully grown, it's time to graduate to something just a little nicer. Whether your mom likes beauty products or tech gifts, we've rounded up some of the best presents to help her rest, relax, and enjoy the year ahead in great style.

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1. Ninja Foodi

If mom's a foodie who likes things fast and low-fat, she'll love this pressure cooker, steamer, and air fryer in one. The easy-to-clean, ceramic-coated 4-quart Cook & Crisp basket can handle a 5-pound chicken or three pounds of french fries—not to mention an almost unlimited variety of other foods—and finish them all to perfection. Buy it for her and then invite yourself over for dinner.

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2. Nodpod

The nodpod weighted sleep mask
The nodpod weighted sleep mask
Amazon

Weighted blankets are all the rage, so why not give the sleep mask version? The microbeads in the nodpod provide a gentle pressure that reduces anxiety while promoting deep sleep. The scalloped design features a notch at one end that the wearer slips the other end through, which allows the mask to stay on in any position, or if they're the type who tends to toss and turn. (If Mom wants a looser experience, she can also just drape it across her head before falling asleep—the weight makes it more likely to stay in place than the average eye pillow.) The machine-washable Jersey cotton side is cooling, while the fleece side is warm and cuddly.

Find It at Amazon for $25 and also at these other retailers:

3. Sips by

The Sips by tea subscription box and sample contents
The Sips by tea subscription box and sample contents
Sips by

Sometimes it seems like there are almost as many tea varieties in the world as there are tea drinkers. But since tea can be a little on the expensive side, not everyone wants to splurge on a whole box or tin just to try something new. Enter Sips by. After mom (or anyone else) takes a quiz to develop their own "tea profile," they can receive a monthly box that includes four premium teas chosen from over 100 brands around the world. Each box makes at least 15 cups, and includes biodegradable filters for loose-leaf teas. It's a great way to try niche brands or unusual tastes—and who knows, mom might end up with a new favorite.

Find It at Sips by for $45 and up.

4. Overnight Footcare Kit

The Overnight Footcare Kit from Uncommon Goods
The Overnight Footcare Kit from Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods

This gift set is a great way for mom's feet to get some pampering with minimal effort on her part. She can just rub in the rosemary-and-mint-scented cream, slip on the fuzzy socks, and drift off to moisturizing heaven. Reviewers say the socks are just the right weight to sleep in, and they're machine washable, too. Even a shorter session—maybe while watching TV—will help mom's feet make it through the winter in tip-top condition.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $18.

5. Rifle and Paper Co. Queen Anne Recipe Box

The Rifle and Paper Co. Queen Anne recipe box
The Rifle and Paper Co. Queen Anne recipe box and recipe cards
Rifle and Paper Co.

This handsome black-and-gold recipe box is perfect for moms who like to keep their cooking ideas organized analog-style. The set includes a dozen letterpress dividers and 24 recipe cards printed with charming black spoons on the top. If mom's recipe box hasn't seen an update since the 1970s, she's sure to appreciate this charming gift.

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6. Merino Wool Chunky Blanket

Merino Wool Chunky Blanket from Etsy
A Merino wool chunky blanket from Etsy
Etsy

Chunky knitted blankets are on trend, so why not give mom a super-luxurious version in Merino wool? Made-to-order, hand-knit, and available in a dozen colors from vanilla to lime, they'll keep her toasty—and stylish—for many winters to come.

Find It at: Etsy for $81 and up.

7. Amazon Home Cleaning

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Ultimately, love is saying "I will do the dishes for you. Or at least, I will hire someone to do them for you." Amazon Home Cleaning makes it a snap to book professional house cleaners who are background-checked and licensed—they'll even stick to eco-friendly products if that's what mom prefers. They'll dust, mop, clean the tub and toilet, and even change the sheets. Because these days, she probably has better things to do.

Find It at Amazon.

8. Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner

Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner
The Kodak Scanza Digital Film Scanner
Kodak

Does mom have a hoard of precious family photos on old camera film? Help her upgrade to the 21st century with this digital film scanner, which converts 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8, and 8mm negatives into JPEGs. Easy to use and with built-in color correction, she can just scan and save to a microSD card, then store, print, or—maybe the most likely scenario—share on Facebook.

Find It at: Kodak for $170 and also at these other retailers:

9. Dry Baby Bodysuit

The Dry Baby Bodysuit in Starry Night
The Dry Baby Bodysuit in Starry Night
Amazon

If you're looking for a gift for a new mom, these water-, stain-, and odor-repellant bodysuits from Dry Baby are both adorable and practical. They're developed by a former NASA scientist and made in the USA from 100 percent cotton, with no fluorocarbons or other weird additives that can irritate a baby's skin. Plus, this bodysuit has a high neckline to prevent spills and drool from landing on skin, and it features a super-cute stargazing design.

Find It at: Amazon for $14.

10. Amazon Basics Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

The AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
The AmazonBasics Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven in red
Amazon

Le Creuset enameled dutch ovens are seriously covetable, but the hefty price tag can put them out of reach. Fortunately, Amazon sells its own well-reviewed version of the kitchenware starting at just $40. It's got a similar look to the Le Creuset, and is just as handy for mom's stews, soups, and braises.

Find It at Amazon for $50.

11. Lusomé Donna Classic Sleep Shirt

The Lusomé Donna Sleep Shirt and Pants in Dark Shadow
The Lusomé Donna Sleep Shirt and Pants in Dark Shadow
Amazon

Night sweats are an uncomfortable fact of life for women of a certain age, but it's not something many fashion brands take into account. The folks at Lusomé designed their ultrasoft nightwear to wick away moisture and bacteria by commissioning a unique material from an activewear fabric producer. Lab tests show it's 10 times more effective at eliminating perspiration and bacteria than its nearest competitor, but the menswear-inspired designs still look great. Complete the set with the Donna Relaxed Fit Sleep Pant for a mom who stays cool as a cucumber during the night.

Find It at Amazon for $25 and up.

12. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment

The Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment in Sheer Pink
The Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment in Sheer Pink
Sephora

The Fresh Sugar lip line is a cult favorite both for its smoothing properties and lemony scent—it seriously works magic on dried-out lips in a way many brands can't match. This balm smooths out fine lines, plumps, and helps improve lip definition, which can fade a little with age. The sheer pink tint is subtle and lovely on its own, although there's also a clear version that works well layered with lipstick. A good stocking stuffer for a mom who's always going for her chapstick.

Find It at: Sephora for $26 and also at these other retailers:

11 Gifts for the Hygge Enthusiast

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Hygge is still having a moment. In October 2017, the Danish term—which is used to convey a kind of warm coziness, and has no English equivalent—was one of Dictionary.com’s top 10 most searched words. But it’s a lifestyle that’s best understood when experienced firsthand. To help that special peace-seeking someone in your life find the ultimate level of relaxation, might we suggest one of these goodies?

1. The Little Book Of Hygge: Danish Secrets T0 Happy Living

The first rule of hygge is to learn everything you can about hygge—like how it’s pronounced for starters (it’s hoo-ga). That’s just one of the gems serenity-seekers will find in The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, which offers a history of the philosophy and tons of tips for how to easily integrate the concept into your life. Plus, it’s written by Meik Wiking, CEO of Copenhagen’s Happiness Research Institute, so a brighter mood is practically guaranteed.

Find It at Amazon for $14 and also at these other retailers:

2. Electric Fireplace

wall-mounted fireplace
Amazon

Whether reading a book or chatting with friends, there are few snugger places to do so in the wintertime than in front of a flickering fireplace. But if your giftee isn't lucky enough to have a home with a fireplace, there’s a simple workaround: They can mount an electric one to the wall, just as they would a plasma TV. They’re sleek, smokeless, and add instant ambiance.

Find It at Amazon for $250.

3. French Vanilla Yankee Candle

A fireplace isn’t the only thing that flickers in a hygge-happy home: Candles are a simple way to dazzle the eyes and indulge olfactory senses. While a handful of tea lights are a quick and inexpensive way to create the effect, a richly scented candle—in a natural flavor like vanilla or cinnamon stick—can take anyone's cozy quarters to the next level.

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4. EDDIE BAUER QUEST FLEECE THROW; $55

With or without a fire to keep them warm, your loved one is also going to want a blanket—and a soft and cozy one at that. Eddie Bauer’s fleece blanket is lightweight, so easy to carry from room to room or on the go. And its bold buffalo check style screams comfort.

Find It at Amazon for $36.

5. Faux Fur Blanket

If your giftee is partial to more natural design schemes and materials, a faux fur blanket is the perfect way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside—and keep extra warm all at once. West Elm carries a full line of different styles and colors to satisfy even the pickiest faux fur-lover.

Find It at West Elm for $50 and up.

6. Acorn Slipper Sock

Slippers or socks? The ACORN Slipper Sock offers the best of both worlds. It’s essentially a big, warm, woolly sock with serious traction. Perfect for both lounging on the couch and padding into the kitchen to get a refill on that hot chocolate.

Find It at Amazon for $30 and up and also at these other retailers:

7. Glerups Open Heel Slippers

If your favorite hygge enthusiast's quiet contemplation tends to attract a few interruptions—like taking the dog for a walk—these rubber-soled Glerups slippers are tough enough to handle the outside elements, while keeping feet warm.

Find It at Amazon for $130 and up.

8. WISSOTZKY Tea Magic Tea Chest

A hot cup of something is an essential part of any hygge environment. While coffee and cocoa are all well and good (and delicious), a cup of tea can offer additional healing properties. To find out just what kind of tea fits your giftee's personality best, why not allow them to sample as many as they can with this giant box of black, green, fruit, and herbal teas.

Find It at Amazon for $35.

9. Mountain Hardwear PackDown Vest

When your loved one does have to head outdoors, there’s no reason they can’t keep that cozy vibe going—especially when wrapped up in a down vest.

Find It at Amazon for $105 and up and also at these other retailers:

10. Wool Irish Springweight Aran Sweater

Whether they’re taking a walk in the snow or hunkered down with a book, nothing says cold-weather comfort like a soon-to-be-favorite sweater. This Irish knit sweater, made by West End Knitwear, comes in a variety of sizes and colors and is unisex, so perfect for sharing.

Find It at Amazon for $60 and up.

11. WEMO Insight Smart Plug

Though smart technology might seem to fly in the face of everything that hygge stands for, the environment that one surrounds oneself with—from the temperature to the lighting—is all a key part of creating the perfect setting. This smart plug from Wemo, which works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allows the user to control those things right from a smartphone—no climbing out from under the blanket required.

Find It at Amazon for $33 and also at these other retailers:

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