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By Lauren Phillips
October 19, 2018
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Pull this blade and seed scoop combo out in October for pumpkin carving—the stainless steel blade can cut through the tough skin, and the scoop can efficiently pull out all those seeds. For the rest of the year, use the compact tool for preparing squash and melons. To buy: $13; amazon.com.
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eCreamery Wisdom Teeth Removal Survival Collection

Have this set of four ice cream pints delivered to anyone who has recently undergone dental surgery (wisdom teeth removal or otherwise). The flavors are all mix-in–free, so ice cream fans with tender mouths can indulge without having to chew a single bite.

To buy: $55; ecreamery.com.

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OtterBox Elevation 20 Tumbler

This stainless steel tumbler can go anywhere you do thanks to its slew of interchangeable lids, which include a straw and lid, a French press, a thermal lid, a shaker option, and more. This customizable feature means a single cup can serve dozens of functions, and the color options mean everyone can get a tumbler that feels custom-made.

To buy: $30, with accessories from $10; otterbox.com.

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Wild One Poop Bag Carrier

One of the more unsightly aspects of dog ownership gets a little more modern thanks to these compact bag carriers, which can hang from a leash or tote and be easily reloaded with matching eco-friendly bags. The serrated window makes pulling out a bag easy, and the soft-touch, matte plastic material gives the whole carrier an on-trend feel.

To buy: $12; wildone.com.

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Chef’n Scoop Saw Squash and Melon Tool

Pull this blade and seed scoop combo out in October for pumpkin carving—the stainless steel blade can cut through the tough skin, and the scoop can efficiently pull out all those seeds. For the rest of the year, use the compact tool for preparing squash and melons.

To buy: $13; amazon.com.

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Safe and Easy Champagne Opener

Never worry about popping a cork in someone’s face again with this sleek tool. It fits neatly over the top of a bottle of champagne, prosecco, or other sparkling wine; a simple squeeze of the trigger opens the bottle and keeps the potentially explosive cork neatly contained.  

To buy: $65; uncommongoods.com.

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Noonlight

This app requires a monthly subscription (which starts at $3 per month), but for that small price you get a slew of safety features to protect yourself and your home. Noonlight can connect to smart devices in your home to sense when you’re in danger and notify the authorities; even on the go, the app can track your location and help authorities find you, should you need them.