Jun 9 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Gifts Ideas for Your Favorite Dads and Grads

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We’re totally feeling the summer vibes this June.  Don’t get too relaxed and forget about finding something special for Dad or your favorite Grads this year.  We’ve rounded up 6 gift ideas to make it easy for you to relax and unwind for the rest of summer.

1. PubsOf Art and Glassware 

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Pubs Of  is the perfect way to honor your Dad’s alma mater or your college grads favorite watering holes. Artist Brian McKelvey created a handprinted collection of street scenes from 80 different cities. The originals are pen & ink sketches with a watercolor wash and then he’s used the images on canvases, posters, prints or glassware.
Prices range from $10-500.
20% Off Code for TGI Members

2. Etiequette Ties 

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Etiequette (e-ti-ket) is a line of ties that all have themes (i.e. nature, animals, space, etc.) to reflect favorite activities, hobbies, tastes, etc. Tiny cacti or astronauts or cupids or horses, step & repeat to form a uniform pattern.  A great gift idea for professionals, or new soon-to-be professionals that still lets them subtly express personality.
$58

20% off Coupon Code + free 2 Day Shipping for TGI Members

3. Colorful New Keurig Coffee Maker

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These new brightly colored and perfectly sized Keurig 2.0 K250 coffee makers are the perfect practical but still fun gift for a dorm room, starter apartment or small office.   The new bright colors (think – turquoise, orange zest, sandy pearl) will liven up their daily routine a bit, with still the ease of the game changing, one-touch coffee maker.  You can brew more than 500 different beverages from 70+ brands (not just coffee!)
$119.99

4. Smart Phone FishHunter 

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The way to easy Father’s Day gifting is to choose his favorite hobby and gift accordingly.  For the Dad who lives on the water, try the new FishHunter. It’s small, wireless, completely portable and fits perfectly in his pocket so he can take anywhere he likes to fish. It goes on the surface of the water and measures water depth, surface water temperature and helps you pinpoint fish w/ their corresponding app.
Father’s Day Special, $139

5. Mega Flask, Beer Boot and Man Apron from Burlington

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While we do frequently recommend staying somewhat practical for your Dads and Grads gift-giving, sometimes you just need something that’s totally fun.  We found these Mega Flasks ($13), Massive Beer Boots ($9.99) and Man Aprons ($7.99) at Burlington – cheap and perfectly gifted together or apart.  Little over $30 for all three, normally priced at $86.

6. Dyson Heating/Cooling System

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Back to practical, but cool…this isn’t your typical fan – it’s a chicly and sleekly designed new heating/cooling system by Dyson and will keep those dorm rooms, new apartments or offices hot or cool depending on what you need. It’s quiet (aka won’t annoy your roommates or colleagues,) can fit under a desk or looks sleek left out. We’re especially into the blue + iron color.
$349.99

*The Gift Insider is highly curated and the picks are all items we think our readers will love giving as gifts.  Some items listed are sponsors of the site.

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Jun 2 2015

DIY Father’s Day Pinterest Picks

Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell Dad how much you love him! DIY gifts are a sentimental way to show your appreciation, and they’re lots of fun. Here are some of our favorites we rounded up from Pinterest.

Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes

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This is a totally sweet gift from the kids that will last forever!

Via The Imagination Tree

Homemade Six Pack of Treats

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Such a fun gift from the whole family! Make sure to picks his favorite sweets!

Via Soap Deli News Blog

Beer Gift Basket

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This is a funny and cute gift that will make Dad laugh and very happy! Great gift from the wife!

Via Man Crates

Bacon Bouquet

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YUM! This is totally funny and will go perfect on a tray for breakfast in bed! Whip up some eggs and toast, and Dad will have the perfect start to a perfect day! This is awesome as a gift from Mom or the entire fam!

Via Our Best Bites

‘I love you’ Pillow Case

Don’t forget Grandpa! This is an adorable gift from the grandkids that will give him a huge smile!

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Via Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Happy gifting!

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May 20 2015

Pinterest Picks: Summer Hostess Gifts Ideas

Summer is finally here, and the parties, BBQs, and picnics are starting! Hostess gifts are always important to show your gratitude, and we want to help you be the best guest there! Here’s our round-up of creative hostess gifts that will definitely be a hit!

DIY Freshly Squeezed Lemonade Basket

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Homemade lemonade is the perfect summer refresher! It is a total crowd pleaser, and any hostess would love to mix it up for all of the guests!

Via Fashion Meets Food

DIY S’mores Kit

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Yum! Who can turn down a box filled with chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers?! Your hostess will love this delicious treat!

Via Today’s Fabulous Finds

White BBQ Sauce

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BBQs are one of the best parts of summer! Wow your hostess with this awesome recipe!

Via Jacolyn Murphy

DIY Cork Coasters and Summer Drinks Basket

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These DIY cork coasters are so cute and creative! Add in some summer drinks, outdoor glasses, and a pitcher for a fun and unique gift!

Via The Happy Housie

Homemade Chili Sriracha Hot Sauce

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This hot sauce is awesome for the daredevil hostess! If they love spicy foods, then this is the perfect gift to show your appreciation!

Via White On Rice Couple

 

Happy gifting!

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Apr 23 2015

Green Gift Ideas In Honor of Earth Day

Cork Umbrella from Portugal

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Pelcor (a blend of the Portuguese words for skin (pel) & cork (cor), is a Portugal based cork accessories brand and has innovated the use of cork skin, creating products that are fabulously soft to the touch, sustainable & practical. This eco-chic Umbrella is impermeable, buoyant, pliant & even fire resistant.  You will also be supporting the environment – the Cork Oak tree from which the cork skin is sourced, is the only tree in the world whose bark regenerates itself, and it thrives as part of a unique worldwide ecosystem. Tall $180
Available at PelcorUsa.com

Sacky Sacks 

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Saving the earth & lookin’ good. Squishable, scrunchable squashable & ultra-compact, these super practical totes take you from supermarket to the beach or great for baby gear & travel. Made of Tyvek® Saky Sacks are crease resistant, washable & strong enough to carry 25 lbs & can be recycled.  Padded straps for comfort, key rings & inside pockets, lightweight & fold up in to a tidy little packet. City Saky, $20.00

Available at sakysaks.com

20% OFF CODE HERE

Emerald Heritage – Adopt a Plot of Land in Ireland

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A fun & eco-friendly opportunity to purchase a wee piece of Ireland. This is the first ever Irish conservation project formed due to the deforestation crisis in Ireland. Becoming a landowner/Squire ensures that the land can never be developed or destroyed. A gift to be passed down from generation to generation. Includes legal title & certificates, updates & GPS location so you can visit your land. Buy 1, 4 or 9 sq. ft. plots, ~$50 a sq. ft.

Available at emeraldheritage.com

15% OFF CODE HERE

Coyuchi Tea Towels 

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100% organic textiles from Coyuchi, the first brand to bring organic cotton bedding to the US.  Eco-conscious towels without artificial dyes or chemicals, promise. Coyuchi towels are made with the same quality, care & fine detail as its famous bedding. Loomed from pure organic cotton, with earth tone colors. Soft and thirsty & designed to dry quickly on towel bar & in the dryer. Set of 2 tea/kitchen towels, $15
Available at coyuchi.com

Green Herbal Tea Kit 

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Green Herbal Tea Kit-This holistic tea set invites you to sip from an array of nine herbs and three varieties of eco-certified, organic green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka. Steep the loose leaf teas and herbs in the included, reusable tea bags made from biodegradable corn silk. $40.00

Available at uncommongoods.com

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Apr 20 2015

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts We Heart From Pinterest

No better way to tell mom she’s the best than with a totally cute DIY gift! Here are our favorite gift ideas to make mom feel extra loved!

Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase

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Is there anything moms love more than pictures of the kids?! This is a cute and creative way to say I love you from the whole fam!

Via Home Stories A to Z

DIY Tile Photo Coasters

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These are a fun long-lasting way to show mom how much you love her! Pick some of her favorite family pictures and you will have the perfect decoration for the coffee table! She’ll love to show off this great gift to guests!

Via POPSUGAR

DIY Mug Decorating: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my mama you’ll be.”

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Get creative with words for a personalized mug for mom! Of course, the best way to give this gift is with coffee in bed!

Via The Resplendent

DIY Tea Tags

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Is your mother a tea lover? No doubt she’ll be so impressed and excited to have her favorite drink with a personal loving touch from her favorite people!

Via Lia Griffith

DIY Chocolate Bouquet

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Something yummy to say “thank you for everything you do”! Put a huge smile on mom’s face (and maybe some chocolate in her teeth) with this delicious chocolate bouquet!

Via Madigan Made

TGI Extra: Happy Mother’s Day from Dad!

Waking up to a fresh-made breakfast may be the best part of Mom’s day.  Say thank you to your wife with this yummy baked oatmeal.  A great dish for a perfect Mother’s Day brunch with the kids!

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Via Eat Simple Love Yoga

Happy Gifting!

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Apr 14 2015

Win It! Wellograph Smart Watch Sweepstakes #KeepOneGiveOne

We are always on the hunt for cool, high-tech fitness accessories! Win the healthy living gift that has it all, and it’s even waterproof for up to 50 meters. The Wellograph Watch tracks all activity like fitness, heart-rate, stress, and sleep. If the man in your life is a total health-freak, wants to get in shape, or just reached a personal health goal, this is the perfect “For Him” gift to keep up the motivation.  To stay styling, the face comes in satin, black or white pearl: $299.00 with strap per watch.

Even better, we’re giving away TWO Wellograph Watches, a $599 value! This is awesome for maintaining and reaching healthy living goals together! Enter the sweepstakes in the widget below to have your chance to win this #KeepOneGiveOne Sweepstakes!

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Feb 8 2015

10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Detroit Lovers

It’s almost the day that is dedicated solely to you and your main squeeze.  Luckily, February 14th falls on a Saturday this year, so you have a whole weekend to fill with romance.  To help all of you Detroiters who are a little lost in the world of romantic gifting, we partnered up with our friends at Daily Detroit to round up some detroit-centric Valentine’s Day ideas. We have ideas for romantic Detroit date nights, local events to attend and some out-of-the box Detroit made products that we are sure will make your sweeties swoon.

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1. Sign you and your Valentine up for the hilarious, memorable and charitable Cupid Undie Run on February 14th.  What’s more romantic than running half naked through the streets of Detroit?

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2. Not interested in toughing it out for the Undie Run?  Pick out some lingerie at Detroit’s new Busted Bra Shop.

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3. Give a more meaningful piece of jewelry this year and give a one-of-kind piece by Rebel Nell, all made from repurposed Detroit graffiti and crafted by local Detroit women.

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4. Plan a Detroit game night crawl.  Head to Fowling Warehouse (think bowling mixed with football, mixed with horseshoe) then end the night at Punch Bowl Social for some Ping Pong, old-school arcades and maybe even a little karaoke.

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5. Tap into your artsy side and enroll you and your partner in a pottery class at Pewabic.  Try one of their BYOB Friday Night Out classes (there’s still openings for February 13th!).

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6. Don’t just surprise them with a new Shinola watch, surprise them with a trip to the Midtown Shinola Store and let them pick one out for themselves.

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7. Take them to the Detroit Zoo Gone Wild, it includes a strolling dinner, drinks and a revealing look into the mating rituals of your favorite zoo animals.

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8. Head to the VLNTNSDYMRKT to pick up some Pot & Box flowers, Petes Chocolates or cards from The Detroit Card Co.

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9.  There’s nothing more romantic than old school Detroit and some live Jazz at Cliff Bell’s. Enjoy the art-deco atmosphere with some smooth music, a bite to eat, and a cocktail.

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10. Valentine Vodka is an apt name for a vodka for this season! It’s high quality, too, and has a unique and tasty peppery finish. You can either grab a bottle as a gift, or maybe plan a night out at their fabulous tasting room in downtown Ferndale.

Don’t forget to check out Daily Detroit for some great pieces on what’s going on downtown!

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Feb 4 2015

Gift Guide: 6 Valentine’s Day Gift Picks

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We have some thoughtful and sweet ideas for your Valentines this year.

1. Make Your Own Romantic Tees from SunFrog Shirts

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This little t-shirt site started out as a couple college kids designing shirts for tourist companies & now there are over 36 million designs on SunFrogShirts.com. The beauty is that anyone can upload a tee shirt design & if your design sells, you make a commission. Here’s one of their big Valentine favorites & a sure way to score some major brownie points. “I love my wife” t-shirt, $24.99 or Hoodie, $39.99
15% off Coupon Code on TGI

2. Monthly Artisan Food Club by Mantry 

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Perfect for the man in your life.  Mantry is a food of the month club that helps you discover american artisan made food and what to do with it.  All american made, comes in a cool american made crate and the perfect gift for your foodie Valentine.
On TGI 

3. Firefly Eco-Friendly Oil Candles 

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These Eco-Friendly Oil Candles last much longer than wax candles & are a green alternative to wax. For a romantic Valentine’s Day idea fill their Hurricane Votive with rose petals or arrange a grouping of tea lights for a romantic surprise.  Available in Tea light, votive, pillars & custom designs.
20% off Coupon Code on TGI 

4. Godiva Chocolate Cigars For Him, Keepsake Heart Box For Her
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If you’re going to give chocolate, give Godiva.  Try these unique chocolate covered cigars For Him or their new limited edition heart-shaped chocolate keepsake box For Her.  The boxes are beautiful to use as save boxes after you finish off all that chocolate.
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5. Monogramed Rose Colored Handbags by Gigi New York

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Gigi New York is one of our favorite leather companies as all of their pieces can be personalized.  It makes the substance and practicality of giving a nice leather bag much more meaningful. We’re loving their new spring Rose Color for Valentine’s Day.  Try their everyday clutch or tote.
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6. A DIY Cuddle Kit w/ Chocolate Shop Wine 

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A DIY Cuddle Kit is a sweet way to give an “experience” but also a physical gift.  Purchase a nice basket, a cozy blanket, wine (we love Chocolate Shop Wine for Valentine’s Day), a DVD, romantic playlist or a few games and you have a sweet gift and romantic date night coupled into one.
30% Off Coupon Code for Chocolate Shop Wine on TGI

Watch our picks live on TV20 Detroit!

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Dec 24 2014

Insider Tips: Give A Subscription Gift As A Last Minute Gifts

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We’re big fans of subscription gifts in general, but they are also the perfect solution to the last-minute dilemma of what to give someone when you are totally stuck. Order oline, print of a certificate, roll up and tie with a bow.  Perfect, easy and doesn’t even look like you forgot about them until Christmas Eve.

FOR THE GUYS:

1. Trunk Club

Trunk club is a men’s clothing service, based in Chicago that sends a trunk of high-end clothes right to their member’s doors.  They have personal stylists who handpick the clothing and free shipping that lets you easily send back anything you don’t love. This is a great gift for busy and successful businessmen who want to look sharp but don’t have the time to spend their days shopping.

2. ManPacks

ManPacks is a monthly subscription service that delivers monthly necessities to you each month.  They will send men’s underwear, socks, razors, or even condoms. Perfect for the guys who hate having to head to Target or new graduates who still need a little help getting into their handle on monthly routines.

3. BeSpoke Post

BeSpoke Post is totally man-focused but varies widely on category each month.  Boxes range from coffee presses to travel accessories, but all focus on helping guys class up their lives.  Starts at $45/month. https://www.bespokepost.com/

FOR THE LADIES: 

1. CakeStyle

CakeStyle takes a women’s fit and wardrobe information and matches them with their own CakeStylist.  Their Cakestylist picks of clothes they think they’d like, sends them  options with a video on each piece and you can easily send back anything you don’t like.

2. POPSUGAR MustHave

The editors at the oh-so-popular, POPSUGAR website recently launched their “MustHave” monthly subscription service filled with celebrity favorite products, POPSUGAR Editors favorite products and items they hope you will discover and love. It’s a range of Fashion, Beauty, Fitness and Home Decor items, like their site.  Starts at $35/month.

3. Birchbox

Birchbox started it all and they do it well.  They send monthly beauty samples to your door for ladies to try out the latest products.  If you love something they make it simple for you to order more right on their site.  It’s an impressive company founded by a few young lady entrepreneurs, who really disrupted an industry. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty junky.

FOR THE KIDS: 

1. KiwiCrate

KiwiCrates is a fun and easy way to spark creativity in kids.  They offer monthly hands-on activities delivered to your door with all the necessary materials included.  Perfect for children at 3-7. A past popular crate was their Fossil Fun crate where you can create your own fossils using special clay, sticks and dinosaurs.

2. Whittlebee

is a kids clothing club. They help stock you with basics like tees, onesies, socks and you can customize by geographic location, color preferences, etc.  Perfect way to avoid the mall. They also have an online community where you can make friends and swap clothes. $39.99/month and you can pause or cancel at anytime.

3. Citrus Lane (New Moms)

Cirtus Lane is a monthly subscription box for new moms that tailor each box to different stages and ages of their children.  This way Moms  can continue to get relevant and highly recommended products depending on the age of their child.  They refer to their service as “monthly care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journey. They offer free shipping and all their products are highly recommended by their advisory team.

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Dec 18 2014

15 Gifts You Can Order Last Minute Gifts on Amazon Prime

We all wait last-minute, it’s okay! If you follow us, you know we are huge fans of Amazon Prime.  They have pretty much everything and you can always get it with Free 2 Day Shipping which is a wonderful, wonderful thing for all you last-minute gifters out there.

1. FitBit Activity Tracker

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2. #GirlBoss Book

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3. Jambox Wireless Speakers

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4. Temporary Tattoos

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5. Awkward Family Photos Game

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6. Aromatherapy Essential Oils

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7. Frends Rose Gold Headphones

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8. Poloroid iPhone Photo Printer

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9. Fold Up Blanket for 2

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10. Gold Mophie Charging Case 

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11. FitBit Tory Burch Designer Cases

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12. LeSportsac Tote

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13. I Would Cuddle You So Hard Tee

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14. GoPro Hero Video Camera

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15. Amazon Fire Streaming System

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