Sep 19, 2014 10:05 AM
Grinding your herbs before tossing them into your recipes makes a big difference, and this Berard Olive Wood Herb Grinder ($26) makes it as easy as adding a bit of salt or pepper. Just stuff this pretty piece with your favorite combination of flavor-enhancers, from Herbs de Provence to red pepper and garlic.
Sep 19, 2014 10:00 AM
Looking to add a little romance to your next camping expedition? This Snow Peak Hozuki Lantern ($80) comes with a clever candle mode, allowing the low-level LED to respond to sound or wind with a realistic flicker just right for setting an amorous mood. It can also, thankfully, flood your entire campsite with light when something that is either a raccoon or an escaped serial killer starts rattling around in your trash in the middle of the night.
Sep 19, 2014 9:50 AM
They don't just make for fluffy green pets - chia seeds are also great for adding a healthy dose of fiber, omega-3 oils, and protein to your diet. These Chia Shots ($7) each contain a perfect dose of Australian-grown chia, making it easy for you to sprinkle a bit of superfood goodness to your next meal.
Sep 19, 2014 9:45 AM
Fear the drill? You've only got two ways to avoid it: get dentures, or kick up your brushing routine a notch. This Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Toothbrush ($220) comes with five different brushing modes for cleaning, whitening, polishing, gum care, and babying sensitive teeth. With a quadpaced timing system to ensure even attention to every part of your mouth, this brush will have your whites looking pearlier - and less cratered - than ever, and for less than the cost of your last root canal.
Sep 19, 2014 9:40 AM
You won't have to go fishing through your purse for an elusive tube if you slip this Rodin Lip Balm Ring ($13) on your finger. This luxurious formula combines natural oils, shea butter and beeswax for a natural, sheer finish that helps heal, smooth, and fortify your lips, all packaged into a totally cute accessory.
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Sep 19, 2014 9:35 AM
Don't let the potential for frostbite be your excuse to lump it on the couch this winter. These Nike Thermal Running Gloves ($25) will keep your digits warm and toasty while you grit your teeth and pound the pavement right through the most frozen months of the year. They're even touchscreen compatible, so you won't have to expose your fingers to change your workout tunes.
Sep 19, 2014 9:30 AM
In half of the country, fall frosts will finally provide relief from the airborne bloodsucking hordes that have haunted your outdoor fun all summer long. But for those in more southern latitudes, the itchy fun is just getting rolling. For anyone who'd rather not slather themselves in DEET, there's this ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent ($20). This cordless, odor-free device keeps bugs at bay for 225 square feet.
Sep 19, 2014 9:25 AM
Your mom always told you to be a problem solver, but it's so much easier to complain until somebody else comes up with a fix. Which is why we're eternally grateful to this powdered treatment mask ($90). This stuff solves all of the skin problems we find ourselves frequently complaining about: big pores, dry skin, acne, and dullness. To use, mix a tablespoon of the powder with a tablespoon of water until it turns into a mousse, apply, and rinse after 45 minutes (or when the product is fully dry).
Sep 19, 2014 9:20 AM
Reasons not to email your thank you notes and love letters:
1. Paper is way classier.
2. There's no spam filter in an actual mailbox.
3. It gives you an excuse to use these J. Herben Scented Fountain Pen Inks ($22). In cheerful colors with fragrances like orange, rose and lavender, they add an extra dimension to your correspondence - at least until Google decides to bring Smell-O-Vision to the Internet.
Sep 19, 2014 9:15 AM
Ever skip lunch? We haven't, either. But that terrifying possibility still lurks just over the horizon of the next work day. Want a sure way to banish it? Mount this Lighted Metal Eat Sign ($138) over your desk.
Sep 19, 2014 9:10 AM
What good is a killer pattern if you don't know the difference between a basket and a brioche? The attractive volumes of the Stitch Encyclopedia Series ($17) will serve as a handy reference as well as a source of inspiration. With simple, easy-to-follow illustrations in full color, they'll have you couching and whipping your way to a whole new level of craftiness.
Sep 19, 2014 9:10 AM
Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? In this The World is Your Oyster Necklace ($89), a lovely acrylic pearl takes Earth's place in a brass globe setting. Let this sweet play on the old truism inspire your ensemble.
Sep 19, 2014 9:05 AM
Wish your favorite lip shade came with the power to bee-sting your lips to Jolie-level plumpness? With DuWop Prime Venom ($20), those sultry smoochers can be yours. This colorless primer preps your lips for your favorite sticks or stains, providing that sexy, tingly inflammation while helping your finishing color slide on smoothly and evenly.
Sep 19, 2014 9:00 AM
To hell with doctors and lawyers. We want our kids to grow up to be rock stars. That's why we're picking them up this Loog II Guitar ($149). A pint-sized but totally functional instrument designed specifically for little-fingered types, the Loog is ideal for getting your offspring started on the road to fortune and glory.
Sep 19, 2014 8:50 AM
Leather for work. Sequins for evening. But what sort of gear should a savvy lady use to carry her cash into the wilderness? This Porter Tanker Wallet ($105), of course. Make with tough twilled nylon, this Velcro-fastened piece keeps all your cards, bills, and receipts dry and organized. In outdoorsy green with safety orange details, it's also likely to catch the envious eyes of your fellow campers.