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Another taste sensation

It was in August when Edward Marc Brands launched a national roll-out for Snappers, in limited release markets. Made from a 100-year-old family recipe, the delicious tempting treat snack offers a sweet and salty combo made with pretzels, caramel and rich chocolate, available in either dark or milk chocolate. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb spread the word about them on NBC's "Today" show, hailing the convenience of the resealable bag that keeps the snacks fresh. Now, new sizes and a new favor, "Caramel with Peanuts" are available in more stores.

WHERE TO BUY: $8.99 for the 24 ounce bag or $7 for a 10 ounce bag at Costco in Merrillville and select other stores or visit

Making a splash

This holiday, Tubby Table Toys are a popular gift plan for families with toddlers and preschool-aged children eager enjoy a peaceful bath time ritual. Developed by moms of twins, the Tubby Table creates a stable play surface for active toddlers and preschoolers to use in the middle of the tub and keeping toys within arms-reach and bath time activity in the middle of the tub. Minimizing the bath time mess and chaos, the super strong suction cup keeps the Tubby Table in place and secure to the bottom of the tub. The nonslip Tubby Table mat means children won't slip and slide in the tub, and the shape sorter means toddlers and preschoolers can learn counting, shapes and colors during tubby time. Tubby Table fits inside virtually any bathtub, meaning almost every growing family can return to a tranquil bath time experience.

WHERE TO BUY:  $39.99 at

A bubbly feeling

A good guest never shows up to a party empty-handed, luxurious hand soaps from Essenza are a perfect functional gift the host actually will use long after all of the wine has been poured. Essenza is a total sensory experience from the look, to the smell, to the touch. Formulated with essential oils, shea butter, and aloe, Essenza moisturizes as it cleanses, adds a decorative touch to any room or bathroom, and smells amazing.

WHERE TO BUY: $3.99 in stores like Target, Walgreens, select Bed Bath and Beyond locations and online at or

A real hit

It's not only Marvel superhero Thor who can wield a special hammer. The Déco Hammer is the perfect size and weight for home decorating and no more smashed fingers or driving nails flush into the wall. It's light so it won't strain the wrist for any project around the house. Featuring an easy to grip handle, it lends itself to an effortless swing for every awaiting nail.

WHERE TO BUY: $9.99 at and

Stop it

Stoppy, available in a rainbow of colors, is the fun decorative way to keep doors and windows open with style. No more propping doors open with stacks of books, chairs, or shoes. Stoppy does more than just prop open doors, it keeps books straight and organized, hotel and dorm room doors securely shut, and prevents active toddlers from getting into rooms they shouldn't.

WHERE TO BUY: $7.99 at Target, The Container Store, ACE Hardware, The Home Depot, and online at and

Hang it up

The Hang & Level is a sanity-saver for the home decorator or really anyone with walls. Hang & Level eliminates frustration by marking the exact location for the nail without any measurements or damage to walls. The Hang & Level works will all types of hardware and all types of frames — even large or heavy pictures. With a fun vintage look and design, it is the perfect gift and makes a great stocking stuffer.

WHERE TO BUY: $19.99 at Target, The Container Store, Walmart, The Home Depot, and online at and

Snack attack

Festive cookies and treats can be hard to resist, but thanks to Coco-Roons from Wonderfully Raw, deprivation is no longer necessary in order to avoid packing on the holiday 10. Coco-Roons are wholesome and satisfying because they are sweetened with pure unfiltered Vermont maple syrup and full of good-for-you fats from almonds and coconuts. All ingredients are organic, non-GMO, sustainably sourced, and better yet, pronounceable. They are available in six taste-tempting flavors including Brownie, Lemon Pie, Strawberry "PB&J," Apple Pie, Cacao Nib and Vanilla Maple.

WHERE TO BUY: $7.99 at select Whole Foods and independent grocery stores throughout the country or

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