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Possibly the most dad gift ever

Still looking around for Father’s Day? This is the absolute cutest and if you disagree I just don’t know who you are anymore.

Did you know that LEGO makes a ship in a bottle set? They do! And it’s adorable. I have never understood the whole ship-in-a-bottle thing, not really, but I’m here for it in LEGO. And if you have a LEGO-crazy kid, what better gift for Dad than something so dad-ish that they can build together, minus tweezers, stress, and probably some colorful language? Exactly. (Do bear in mind that this is a 12+ set, so if said kid wants to help and is very small, proceed with caution.)

Right now this set is priced at $59.88 on Amazon with free one-day Prime shipping, its lowest price ever. (No, not dirt cheap. Remember that LEGO sets very rarely go on sale at all, and when they do, $10 or $20 off is about as good as it often gets.) It’s still at $70 plus shipping on the LEGO site.

It’s possible I am a little too excited about this.

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Love straws? Time to go reusable!

I feel like it’s impossible to go anywhere online these days without coming across a story about how drinking straws are killing the planet. Animals end up either eating them or getting tangled in them and… it’s not good. I don’t want to kill animals! I just want to enjoy my beverage without it hitting my sensitive teeth!

Right now Amazon has this set of 4 silicone and 2 stainless steel straws with cleaning brush listed at $15.34, which seems a little nuts. But if you apply coupon code 80OFFDEAL2, your price drops to just $3.07, which is more like it. If you have Prime they ship for free (plus I’m being offered a $1 digital credit for slower shipping, which I’ll take because more Kindle books), and that’s either plenty of straws for home or maybe a combination of home straws and ones you can take out with you.

We have stainless straws at home, already, but I think I’m going to grab this deal and carry the silicone ones. I’ve always wanted to be that crazy lady with a purse full of straws. (Not really, but it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch for me, right? Don’t answer that.)

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Get ready to lounge around

Mother’s Day is coming, and then Father’s Day is coming, and heck, spring is here (well, for some of us) and summer is theoretically on the way. Why does any of this matter? Because it’s hammock time! (Feel free to have a U Can’t Touch This earworm for the rest of the day, as I now do; and if that makes no sense to you, get off my lawn, whippersnapper.)

Anyway! Need a great deal on a hammock? I am here for you. And you’ll be set for whatever hammock-needing reason you’ve got.

So right now, Rakuten has four different versions of this space-saving double hammock with steel stand and carry bag available for $57.49, which is already pretty good. But if you’re signed in (coupons cannot be used with Guest Checkout) you can also apply coupon code HOME20 for an additional $11.50 off, making it just $46 shipped. Is this the greatest hammock in the history of hammocks, and will it last forever? No, and no. But at $46 it’s a great deal on one that should last quite a while, and ’tis the season. Plus, then you get to say “Stop! It’s hammock time!” all summer long.

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Never be without charge

One of my very favorite gifts to give a teenager is a really good portable charger. Why? Because I plug my phone in at the end of the day, and if it’s been a really busy day, and/or I’ve been out for a long time, I might be down in the 50%-60% battery range. This is because I am old. My kids, on the other hand, regularly need to charge their phones by lunchtime because they’re almost dead. Do they need to be on their phones all day? Surely not. And yet, here we are. Having a portable charger stashed in their backpacks makes them feel a little less panicky.

This Mi Power Bank Pro 10000mAh High Speed Charging Battery Pack gets rave reviews, and when full, can recharge an iPhone four times. So the $25.40 price there isn’t too bad, anyway, but you can go ahead and apply coupon code 10XMSDPB at checkout to get another $10 off. I can’t think of another charger of this caliber you could snag for around $15 shipped.

Get it for your favorite teenager, or just get it for yourself. I don’t judge.

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Need a laptop backpack for under $20?

Personally, my approach these days is to buy my college kids one last backpack—and for that reason, I spring for a lifetime-guarantee one—and call it a day. But if you can’t afford to shell out for a top-of-the-line, we’ll-fix-it-forever bag, don’t fret. There are plenty of great options available for cheap.

For example: Amazon has this Luxur 37 Laptop Backpack available for just $30, which is already a pretty good deal for a roomy waterproof pack with padded sleeves for your devices and a nifty little charging portal which allows you to plug in to the built-in charging cord without removing your computer from the bag. I mean, it only has a one-year warranty and it’s not a big-name brand, but the reviews are excellent. At $30 I might consider it.

But you know we can do better, right? Apply coupon code PPB7ACDC for an additional 40% off; the bag I’d consider at $30 is a complete no-brainer at just $18. Buy it for your favorite college student. Buy it to use as your carry-on on your next flight. Buy it for whatever, because I don’t think you’re going to find a better bag at this price point.

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If you’ve been waiting for a KitchenAid deal…

… today’s the day to get it. You’re welcome.

If you want the 6-quart professional model at a screaming good price, go check out today’s eBay Daily Deals. They have refurbished KitchenAid KP26M1X professional 6-quart mixers for $230 today, which is already pretty good. (For reference: new, that mixer will average about $350 at Amazon, although right now some colors are a bit lower.) But then you can apply coupon code PRETTYDAY to save another 20%, making it just $184, which is ridiculous.

These are factory refurbs, so they’re certified and warrantied. This is the mixer I own—also purchased as a refurb—and I love it. It’s a workhorse. I think this may be the lowest price I’ve ever seen on it.

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Heads up, Instant Pot lovers!

I, myself, have yet to succumb to the Instant Pot craze. I’m still #teamcrockpot all the way, but whatever. The rest of you seem to have partaken of the Kool-Aid, and good for you. I’m sure someday I’ll get with the times and wonder why I waited.

That said, if you already own some variety of 6-quart Instant Pot, right now Amazon has this 9″ tempered glass lid with spoon rest available at a list price of $16.99, which seems a little nuts just for a lid. But if you apply coupon code RMGLF4AY at checkout, the price drops to just $5.95, which is perfectly reasonable.

Why do you want a glass lid for your Instant Pot? Well, apparently that allows you to use it like a regular slow cooker, or even to make popcorn (not sure how that works, but one reviewer swears it does). Also the existence of this lid makes me believe that sticking with my crock pots isn’t so dumb, after all. So.

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Food processors for everyone

Full disclosure: I’m a Cuisinart gal. I’ve had the same Cuisinart food processor since… ummmm… grad school, maybe? A long time, is my point. And if you’re not a person who cooks I can see where it might seem like an extraneous kitchen electric, but I use mine all the time. The Cuisinart is how I finally mastered a decent pie crust. The Cuisinart is how I grate giant blocks of cheese I buy on sale. The Cuisinart is the secret to a great latke and a perfect slaw and a divine pesto. I could go on, but you get the point.

That said, I came across this KitchenAid 7-cup food processor today at Amazon for $57.93, and that’s its lowest price ever and about 40% off where you’ll find it elsewhere. KitchenAid is a similarly reliable brand so I’m okay recommending that one, but of course I also had to peek and see where the comparable Cuisinart was. Turns out this Cuisinart 8-cup food processor is also at its lowest Amazon price ever of $65—not quite as huge a discount beyond other sellers, but pretty good—if you’re a brand loyalist and/or you want one a little bigger.

Either way, if you’re in the market, they’re worth checking out. (Seriously, grate your own cheese. You’ll save enough money to pay for the food processor several times over.)

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For serious tailgaters/picnic-ers/hunters/etc.

Do you need a Serious Cooler™ but aren’t quite ready to sell your children or vehicles so that you can afford a Yeti? Are you looking for the intersection between durability and price?

Today Amazon is offering this 16-quart Stanley Adventure Cooler in green at just $40—its lowest price ever. While this isn’t quite large enough to be a large-party-crowd cooler, it’ll hold 21 cans and keep them cold for up to 36 hours (!). It also comes with a lifetime guarantee, so once you own one, you’ll never need to replace it. I also like how it has a row of bungee cords across the lid so you can strap in your Stanley thermos or other items, too. (I think it’d be perfect for a couple of beach towels or some snacks.)

Then again, I live on the surface of the sun, where we take our coolers very seriously. You may not need one quite so fancy if you live somewhere a little more moderate in temperature.

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Listen up (with over-ear headphones)

Earbuds are convenient—they’re small, and you can tuck a set in your purse or pocket—but personally I don’t want to stick something in my ears for longer than a few minutes. If I’m going to listen to music for a while or be on a long call, I’d much rather wear headphones. I find them more comfortable than jamming plastic directly into my ear canals, and I think they do a better job of blocking ambient noise, too.

That said, high-end headphones can be ridiculously pricey, and while I hesitate to spend that kind of money on myself, I for sure don’t want to spend that kind of money on my kids (who—even as college students—manage to break every pair of headphones or earbuds in about a year). Enter this deal on Artix foldable headphones with inline microphone that Amazon has right now: At about $16 and with an average 4.3-star review (at over 800 reviews), that’s not too bad. But apply coupon code LOGJ7IUZ to the blue, pink, or purple ones, and your total will be just $8.50, which is ridiculous. (The turquoise and orange ones are excluded.) Not only do they work with all your favorite devices, they can fold up for easy storage, and the cord is a tangle-and-breakage-resistant nylon to avoid the pesky “oh I dunno, these were stuffed in my backpack all year, I have no idea why the wire broke” blues.

Bear in mind that these will not be suitable for adults with large noggins, but it looks like for older kids or smallish adults they’re definitely a bargain.

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