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Mood Lifting Mom Toys

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    Sharp Shooter
    This tiny camera is packed with big features, like a super-powerful zoom lens, automatic red-eye correction, and face- and motion-detection technology that will make blurry photos a thing of the past. In three perfectly retro pastel colors. (Canon Powershot E1-1, $199; usa.canon.com)

    Site We Love
    At Animoto.com you can create a very cool music video for free. Just upload 12 to 20 photos, pick a track from the site's library, and in five minutes you'll get a 30-second video e-mailed back. Longer vids will set you back $3 -- or pay $30 a year to make as many as you want.

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    Preppy Chic
    You'll feel like a million bucks with one of these eye-catching bangles jangling on your arm -- and you won't have to rob the college fund to get it. (The A. Tierney Bangle, $50 each; atierney.com)

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    Good Reads
    If you've ever wondered what goes on in other people's bedrooms (and who hasn't?), pick up Behind the Bedroom Door (Random House; $16.50, amazon.com), a collection of essays on sex. The writers, all women, don't spare any details -- one-night stands, affairs, and XXX toys. Rather get lost in a mystery? Never Tell a Lie (Morrow; $7.99, amazon.com), by Hallie Ephron, centers on a missing pregnant woman. You'll be hooked from the get-go.

    Buy them on Amazon.com:
    Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting It, Giving It, Loving It, Missing It
    Never Tell a Lie: A Novel of Suspense

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    Stress-Relieving Scents No cash for a day at the spa? Spring for a little aromatherapy at home with these fragrance sticks instead. Pour the sweet-smelling oil (tangerine bergamot is our fave) into the glass jar, put it on a (high) shelf, and bask in the aroma. (Fragrance sticks, $30; sweetgrassonline.com)

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    Top Hat (And Mittens!)
    Jazz up your coat with this combo. The hat is reversible, and you can wear the mittens long or flip the cuffs over to show off the print. Both are machine-washable. (Hat, $39, mittens, $44; thisisj.com)

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    Back It Up
    Make the most of that iPhone Santa brought you by doubling its life with this rechargeable battery. The iPhone fits neatly into the lightweight case, which means you can carry it around without weighing down your bag. When they're out of juice, rev them both up at once with your USB port or iPhone adapter. (Mophie Juice Pack 3G, $99; mophie.com)

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