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Best graduation gifts for her: 50 gift ideas for college grads

Springtime means bright blooms, longer days, and a new class that’s getting ready to graduate. For you that means watching a woman you’re proud of accept her diploma, which also means you need to find the perfect gift for her.

Depending on her interests, your grad might have useful items on her wishlist like kitchen appliances or a new laptop, or she might want something a little more fun like a vlogging camera or some cool gadgets. Regardless, you want to make her feel special for earning her degree and this gift guide is sure to include something she’ll love.

There are plenty of ways to say “congratulations,” whether that’s through a heartfelt piece of jewelry or the latest tech products. You can go as sentimental or as utilitarian as you want — that’s the beauty of college graduation.

Check out 50 of our suggestions to shower the college grad with love on her big day:


Best Father’s Day gifts: 40 things your dad won’t buy for himself

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Dads often get shit for dad jokes and being bad at texting, but father figures have another thing in common besides thinking terrible puns are hilarious: They’re some of the most selfless people in the world.

TBH, a lot of us wouldn’t know how to live on our own if it wasn’t for those father figures who taught us — this goes for uncles, step-dads, or anyone who stepped up to take on that role. And though he probably insists that you don’t have to get him anything, Father’s Day is an extra-special time to show your appreciation.

Don’t phone it in and get him a mug that says “Dad.” It’s technically accurate, but it’s a terrible gift. (Looking for unique options for Father’s Day? Go here. Looking for something relatively cheap? Check our our guide to the best gifts under $50.)

Whether it’s a gadget to make his life easier, a sentimental keepsake, or something that you know he wants but refuses to buy for himself, here are the best gift ideas for Father’s Day:


Read more: https://mashable.com/gifts/best-fathers-day-gifts/

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Is it your anniversary? Here’s what to get for the man in your life.

The day you and your partner became a happy couple is one of the most important days of the year. It brought you and your significant other together and is a celebration of your love. Once a year, the both of you celebrate that wonderful day by reaffirming your love and desire for one another. (We hope.)

But finding the perfect gift for your anniversary gets harder every year. What do you get for the man who has everything? (AKA you.) That’s where we come in.

From weekend bags to wine subscription services, cameras to cocktails, we’ve gathered the best gift ideas for the special man in your life. Even if he has everything, we bet he doesn’t have everything on this round-up. We also included gifts that can drop subtle hints and ideas about how you can spend more time together. (Awww.) Maybe you want to travel more, or maybe you want to document your lives a bit better — either way, there’s a gift for that.

We’ve rounded up 20 very thoughtful gifts that he’ll surely love, while also letting him know you hold him dear in your heart. Here are the best anniversary gifts for the man in your life:


Read more: https://mashable.com/gifts/anniversary-gifts-for-him/

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50 best stocking stuffers: Gift ideas for guys, girls, adults, teens, and everyone in between

Gift guides are taking over again — gift ideas for him, gift ideas for her, and suggestions for every ultra-specific person in between seem to be everywhere you look. But one thing that’s often left until the last minute? The beloved stocking stuffer.

Whether you’re gifting on a budget, have a spending limit within your gifting circle, or need a tiny-but-expensive gift to add as a surprise, small stocking stuffers are a necessity. 

But let’s be clear: Just because stocking stuffers need to be small in size doesn’t mean they should be dinky and worthless. Fake poop or an emergency clown nose are technically cheap and technically fit in a stocking, but we doubt anyone was dying to open those. Sure, it’s funny for a minute and you’ll be the class clown for the day, but you know it’ll end up in their junk drawer. Your friends and family will appreciate a Bluetooth tracker or wine stain remover way more.

We’ve asked around and done some research to pull together 50 of the best *useful* stocking stuffers out there. Some will be limited by price, some will be pricey but small enough to fit in a stocking, and some will be a mixture of both — while all will be sure to please.


Crack the code on Amazon Web Services


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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon that offers cloud computing platforms through paid subscriptions, so you can host your important files and website information. If you’ve never heard of AWS, you may be shocked to learn it’s a $10 billion per year business and continues to grow. In fact, it’s so powerful, it’s been known to have the ability to break the internet.

That means people who know how to use AWS are in demand right now, and you can get in on the action too with this Amazon Web Services Certification Training Mega Bundle, on sale for just $69. Anywhere else, the courses in this bundle would cost about $1300, so you’re getting a 94% discount if you enroll today.

Here are the courses included in this massive bundle: 

AWS Technical Essentials Certification Training

This introductory course follows an AWS syllabus to help train you on all the products, services, and solutions that the platform offers. If you can’t tell an S3 bucket from an instance, this course will teach you all the terminology you’ll need to know in an easily digestible way through seven hours of e-learning content and two live projects. 

Introduction to Amazon S3 Training Course

Amazon S3 is one of the many services AWS offers and it provides storage through various interfaces. With this second course, you’ll get an overview of S3 and learn how it integrates with CloudFront and Import/Export services. Once you know how to manage and encrypt S3 files with the tools this course outlines, you’ll be able to dive further into your AWS training.

Introduction to Amazon Route 53 Training

Route 54 is a scalable, fast, and cost-effective way to connect your users to your infrastructure. In this course, you’ll learn about the Amazon DNS service so you can host your own domain names. It’s a quick lesson, and by the end, you’ll understand Route 53’s basics.

Introduction to Amazon EC2 Training Course

EC2, or Elastic Compute Cloud, is one of the more interesting services AWS offers, allowing users to rent virtual computers to run applications, meaning they don’t need to invest in hardware. Learn all about EC2’s best practices and costs in this course, and by the end of it, you’ll create an Amazon Machine Image. While it may sound complicated, the course breaks it down into a self-paced two-hour lesson.

AWS Solution Architect Certification Training Course

After these first few courses, you’ll have a pretty basic understanding of how AWS works and how you can implement it efficiently and affordably. The AWS Solution Architect Certification Training Course brings everything you’ve learned together so you can have an in-depth understanding of AWS’s architectural principles and services. You may be surprised to know that AWS-certified solution architects make, on average, $126,000 a year so these are lucrative skills to know.

Amazon VPC Training Course

This next course in the bundle goes a little deeper than the introductory ones and will help you understand the basic concepts of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, which is what actually creates the cloud-based networks AWS offers. By course’s end, you’ll learn about subnets, internet gateways, route tables, NAT devices, security groups, and much more. Even better, the VPC training course will show you how to implement these methodologies in real-life scenarios.

AWS Lambda Training Course

This is one of the more technical courses in the bundle, which covers AWS Lambda, a serverless computing platform. If you like coding, this one will be of interest to you, as it teaches you how to deploy Python, NodeJS, and Java codes to Lambda functions. Lambda integrates with all of the other AWS services covered in this bundle, like S3, so you’ll finally be able to bring all of your knowledge together. 

AWS Database Migration Service Course

The last course in the bundle will help you learn how to easily migrate databases to the AWS cloud so that once you know how its services work, you can start actually using it. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills you need to land a job working with AWS and your resume will thank you.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/01/amazon-web-services-certification-sale/

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An all-edge brownie pan to prove once and for all that edges are the best

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It’s time to stop giving so much attention to the pineapple on pizza controversy – the real issue is brownie edges vs. middles. If you’re a person who cuts the rectangle of edge pieces out of the pan and leaves the rest to the plebeians, we understand you. Edges are chewier, crispier, and obviously better.

Baker’s Edge has come up with a brownie pan just for you, edge lovers. The genius zigzag-shaped pan makes every inch of batter bake into a chewy edge piece. Because the pan is shaped in one continuous design, there is no end to the edge goodness.

There’s no end to the edge.

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If you’re more of an inside brownie fan, we forgive you – and now you have a unique present idea for any edge dessert lovers you may have in your life. Equipped with non-stick coating, the pan also comes with its own spatula for scooping out those chewy bites.

You can thank us later.  

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/22/all-edge-pieces-brownie-pan/

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You never have to worry about running out of groceries with the Hiku shopping button

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You know that feeling when you make the perfect Sunday morning pancakes, go to the pantry for some syrup, and there’s nothing but an empty container? Never again.

This is Hiku. It’s a button that lives in your kitchen, whether stuck to the fridge or sitting on the counter, that can record your voice and scan product barcodes to preserve a kind of digital shopping list as you begin to run low on things. With the Hiku app, youre able to create a shared shopping list on your phone that will always be near you and up-to-date.

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Check out what josh128 had to say about it: I LOVE my Hiku!!! This is by far one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I keep it stuck to my fridge and anytime I start to run short on something I just give it a quick scan and it’s added to my list. This device has changed my life and made my shopping much easier.

Never worry about running out of things again. Hiku is here to make your shopping simple and stress-free. Get the shopping button here for $43.99.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/10/hiku-shopping-button/

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This portable espresso machine gives a caffeine boost on the go


When we say on-the-go we mean it.
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Paying $4 for your daily dose of espresso each morning is fun, but you might want to save your money and purchase one of these bad boys instead.

Say goodbye to that clunky machine in your kitchen and hello to this portable one instead. Weighing in at under 1lb and measuring about 7 long, it can fit in your bag, the drawer of your desk, and just about anywhere else.

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The Minipresso GRs innovate design features a semi-automatic piston that injects small quantities of water into the coffee adapter. After a few pushes of the button, a bold espresso shot is extracted. It also has water tanks of different capacities, which makes it possible to enjoy multiple espresso types with any variety of bean or roast.

Grab one here for $57.94 and get brewing.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/19/become-a-barista-with-portable-espresso-maker/

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These modern gadgets will give you mega nostalgia

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Nostalgic tech is making its way into the gadget world and were all big fans.

Add a classic taste to your modern tech with some of these products. Theres no time like the past

From vinyl Bluetooth speakers to mix tape thumb drives, this list has all the nostalgia feels.

The classic gamer

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Bring it back with a handheld gaming device. This Smartboy Development Kit can fit any Android smartphone. Get it here for $95.

Vinyl-wrapped and ready to go

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You need this full-range speaker in your living room. With wireless, Bluetooth compatibility and high-quality listening, you cant get a better combo of modern tech and nostalgia. Get it here for $79.

Old school treats

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Take the feels into the kitchen with this popcorn maker. Enjoy some hot and delicious popcorn in retro style. Get it here for $65.

Round and round with retro

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This Crosley turntable will give you the rich sound of vinyl with wireless, Bluetooth features. Available in a variety of colors, this portable speaker is the perfect thing to bring to a party. Get it here for $73.52.

Blast from the past

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It looks like a rotary-dial phone, but its push-button technology is easy to use and the perfect statement piece. Get it here for $49.95.

Cassette USB drive

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An old-school cassette tape turned into a USB drive? Need that. Personalize it with a title, message, and playlist, and give it to a friend. Get it here for $16.95.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/17/nostalgic-modern-tech/

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Light fires without a flame with this cool plasma beam lighter

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If youre going out into the wilderness for any significant amount of timewhether youre tent camping or cabin glampingyoure going to want to have a more reliable source of fire than your old Zippo. After all, even the cushiest camping trips can get rugged real fast, and it never hurts to be as prepared as possible.

Replace your current lighter with the Saberlight Plasma Beam Lighter and youll have a contingency against inclement weather and low lighter fluid reserves. Plus, youll have a remarkably slick lighter that will blow your fellow campers moisture-wicking socks off.

The Saberlight Plasma Beam Lighter offers unparalleled reliability in rough conditions, including high winds and rain. It features the same flip-top functionality as your standard butane lighters, but its electrically generated plasma beam burns hotter and cleaner.

Hold a piece of kindling to the beam and it instantly ignites, allowing you to start your campfire quicklyso you can skip the hassle and get right to the marshmallow roasting. Saberlight can be used over 300 times on a single charge, and then replenished via USB in a laptop or portable battery (or a good old electrical outlet if youre not exactly roughing it). Normally, this remarkable gadget costs $99.99. Today, however, the price has dropped to just $15.95 for a limited time.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/15/this-plasma-lighter-can-start-a-fire-without-a-flame-sale/

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Think of the fun you’ll have with this tiny smartphone breathalyzer

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We all do dumb things when we drink: call an ex, send a profanity-laced email to the boss, buy used jeans on eBay that arent returnable. We know we shouldnt be doing these things, but theres never a responsible person next to us to say hey, I think youve had too much to drink.

Fortunately, theres now a smartphone accessory that takes care of this for us: the DrinkMate Breathalyzer. Drinkmate promises that you can plug this tiny, 1.9-inch breathalyzer into your phone, blow into it, and get an accurate reading of your BAC level within seconds. When was that last time one of your drinking buddies did that?

The DrinkMate Breathalyzer connects to your iPhones lightning jack (an Android version is also available) so you never have to worry about needing an external power source. It easily hooks to your keychain or slips it into your pocket too. And since your lips dont actually make contact with the DrinkMate Breathalyzer, you can even share it with your friends. Compete to see who has the lowest BAC. Or to ensure that everyone in your group makes smart decisions.

Actually, you should always do that. Safety first!

The DrinkMate Breathalyzer normally costs $40, but you can get it for just $27.99, a savings of 30 percent. Buy it here.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/14/drinkmate-smartphone-breathalyzer-deal/

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Stock up on these must-haves for your first apartment

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So you’re about to reach a whole new level of independence and freedom with your very own apartment. Congratulations! This is a huge step.

You’ll soon find out that there are a lot of things you’ll need in your first place. From necessities like furniture to the more decorative and comfortable touches, you’ll need a lot of stuff to make this space your own.

Here are some ideas for where to shop so you can get started.

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Lack collection from IKEA

These tables and shelves are functional, sleek, and easy on the wallet. They’re great for the minimalist who doesn’t need any frills, but still wants something stylish. This line does require some assembly, but not quite as much as other IKEA furniture. You’ll get these set up quickly, and you’ll be glad to have a few of these great utility pieces. Check out the series here.

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Decorative mirrors

You’re going to need a mirror, so why not pick one up that both does the job and adds a little flair to your space? These Death Star and TIE Fighter mirrors are perfect for Star Wars fans who want to add a little dimension to a bedroom or main living area. You can get this set here for only $24.99.

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Throw pillows

Ah, throw pillows. They’re the perfect way to add both personality and comfort to any room. There are oh so many different kinds to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that suits your particular taste. Target has a great collection here for less than $20.

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A gaming system

Okay, this one may seem a little expensive at first glance, but it’s extremely economical once you take a closer look. These systems are for more than gaming now they’re complete entertainment dashboards. They play DVD and Blu-ray discs in addition to video games. They also connect to the internet, so you can stream services like Hulu and Netflix, allowing you to cut the cable cord and save money in the long run. This is definitely an investment, but if you’re an entertainment junkie, you’ll find that it’s worth it. You can pick up the PlayStation 4, for example, here for $264.99.

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A kitchen timer

Yes. You do need this R2-D2 kitchen timer. It’s an adorable little decoration, and it’ll help you in all of your cooking and baking endeavors. Have fun in the kitchen and don’t burn anything with your new buddy. Pick him up from ThinkGeek for only $6.99.

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A toolbox

It seems extremely basic, but you’ll definitely want one of these around the house. For little everyday projects like tightening screws, or for full-fledged emergencies, a toolbox is an absolute staple in every home. You can pick one up from Amazon to make sure you’ll be as prepared as possible.

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A doormat

Let’s keep it clean, kids. A fun doormat, like this Harry Potter-inspired one, will set the tone for you and your guests as soon as they cross over your threshold. And it’ll also keep your floors from getting unnecessarily dirty. (The less cleaning the better, right?) Pick this one up here.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/04/budget-friendly-first-apartment-necessities/

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