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21st Birthdays: Ultimate Gift Guide

It happens to all of us. The year that signifies the transition from childhood to finally being an adult. It’s supposed to be a time of great memories, commemoration and even better gifts. But this last point often leads to a feeling of despair for some. What do you buy someone for a milestone in their life? Will they like it? Will they remember it? Don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect 21st gift ideas for those you love the most.

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Getting Tech-y: MiniInTheBox is Now on Instagram!

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I’m sure you are all familiar with LightInTheBox’s Instagram profile. If you’re not, you should be. We’ve got loads of customer reviews, fabulous outfits, and even some giveaways! Seriously, check it out.

But now we’ve just launched an awesome new account, for our sister site MiniInTheBox. Mini is comprised of all things tech-y, gadget-y, outdoors-y, and more. Really, it’s just a fun site with loads of things you didn’t know you needed, like this cigarette-lighter-iPhone-case, this octopus tissue dispenser, or this laser gun alarm clock. Of course, there are all sorts of other useful things, like cameras and accessories, cycling gear, and the most awesomely designed USB flash drives you’ve ever seen, ever.

But what’s our favorite thing on Mini is definitely the phone cases for iPhone and Samsung. We’re talking some seriously awesome designs here, from pop culture references to tribal designs and glow-in-the-dark.

Some of the sweetest cases around!
Some of the sweetest cases around!

And guess what, we’re giving them away for free. Yes, you read that right. Free. Want to know how? It’s easy. Check it out: miniinsta

It really is that easy. So, what are you going to do now? That’s right–head on over to Instagram, follow us, and start showing us your phone case! Hate the one you have? Show us! Don’t have one at all? Show us! Need a new one? We’ll be happy to help out– 10 of you will get a new case of your choice from Mini!

I’ll just leave you with a bit of inspiration:caset

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“MiniInTheBox Always Has The Little Things I Need!”

Mini Knife Sharpener: $0.99Customer Richard ‘Butch’ Carpenter from Chicago couldn’t believe his luck when he stumbled upon something he’d been searching for “as long as [he] can remember” – and it was only 99 cents from MiniInTheBox! Read on to find out what was so special about Butch’s purchase.

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Thank You Awesome Fans!

Here’s another shout out to our awesome fans who have been participating in Fan of the Week!  Remember, post an awesome purchase from MITB with a nice little caption on our Facebook page and you’ll have the opportunity to win an USD $50 shopping spree at MITB!

Damn I can’t stop to buy things from you. - I love miniinthebox!♥

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DIY Guide: Part 6874654315

Another DIY guide as usual, hopefully you haven’t gotten tired of these already!  From homemade caramel sauce to a fire-powered smart phone charger, enjoy your lazy spring nights with these projects!

Homemade Caramel Sauce

Ingredients: Click here!

How-To: Click here!

Bicycle Trailer Hitch

Ingredients: 

  • Eye bolt (mine was 6mm diameter)
  • Nut x 4 (to fit the eye bolt)
  • Washer x 4 (to fit the eye bolt)
  • Pair of rail clamps from an old bicycle saddle
  • Spanner (to fit the nuts)
  • Hacksaw (maybe)
  • Some strips of inner tube

How-To: Click here!

Batgirl Birkin Bag

Materials: 

  • Find yourself a Birkin-like bag to modify
  • Purple fabric for the header
  • Yellow and black felt for  trim
  • Flashlight capable of megalumens of illumination
  • Length of 12 AWG normal household wire for the TASER probe
  • Retro red/pink phone handset
  • Toggle switches
  • Electronics to provide the flashing alarm and sound player circuit

How-To: Click here!

Tiramisu

Ingredients: 

  • 500 grams of Marscapone
  • Approximately 40 Savioardi biscuits – Italian lady fingers
  • 5 eggs – separated
  • 1/3 cup of Marsala wine
  • 10 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 1 cup espresso
  • 1/2 cup of rum

How-To: Click here!

Quiz Game Controller

Materials: 

  • (1) Set of “Lights and Sounds Buzzers” by Learning Resources
  • (4) Mini Reed Relays
  • (1) Arduino Uno
  • (1) Project Box
  • (4) LEDs, one each in Red, Blue, Green, Yellow
  • (5) resistors, 2.2K
  • (8) 2.5mm stereo mini phone jacks
  • (1) Reset Button, Normally Open, Momentary Contact
  • (2) 3 feet 2.5mm Male To 2.5mm Male – Stereo
  • (2) 6 feet 2.5mm Male To 2.5mm Male – Stereo
  • (1) Project Box
  • hookup wire

Tools:

  • Soldering iron
  • screwdrivers (phillips and flat head)
  • Dremel type tool for cutting and countersinking holes

How-To: Click here!

Fire-Powered Smart Phone Charger

Materials: 

  • 1x high temperature TEG module: TEP1-1264-1.5
  • 2x voltage step-up
  • 1x small heat sink.
  • 1x Aluminum plate: BxWxH=90x90x6mm
  • 1x 5V brushless DC motor with plastic fan
  • Fixation for heat sink: Aluminum bar (6x10x82mm)
  • 2x M3 bolts+2nuts+2x washers for heat sink: 25mm long
  • 2x M3 1mm thick metal washers
  • 4x M4 bolts+8x nuts+4x washers as construction base: 70mm long
  • 4x M4 1mm thick metal washers
  • 4x M4 bolts: 15-20mm long
  • 4x Drywall screw (35mm)
  • 2x heat insulated washers: Constructed from cardboard and old plastic food turner
  • 80x80x2mm corrugated cardboard
  • 2x pull springs: 45mm extended

Tools:

  • Drill and thread tap for M3 and M4
  • File and abrasive paper
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Loctite power glue (Repair Extreme)

How-To: Click here!

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MiniInTheBox Reviews

Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome reviews about MITB all across the social media.  Here are some awesome posts, enjoy!

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Got plenty of new toys to review and play around with today!

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DIY Guide: Part 85435132

Here are some more awesome nerdy projects you can create for your gadgets…from an Instagram photobooth to an iPhone speaker, I hope you have fun trying out these projects!

Amplifier Dock

Materials:

  • Ceramic cereal bowl about 6.25″ diameter and 2.5″ height
  • 2 10-32 thread 1″ length flat head phillips machine screws
  • 2 10-32 thread wood tee nuts
  • A small piece of 1/8″ thick wool felt, at least 2.5″ sq
  • A block of hardwood you can cut down to 16″ x 2.3″ x 3/8″
  • A $.10 dime (totally serious)

Machine tools

  • Wood planer
  • Table saw
  • Chop saw
  • Belt or disc sander
  • Drill press
  • Drill bits
  • Forstner bit,
  • Countersink bit

Hand tools

  • Pencil
  • Calipers or tape measure
  • Block sander
  • Medium and fine grit sand paper
  • Clamp
  • Wood glue
  • Craft glue
  • Mallet or dead blow hammer
  • X-acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Phillips head screw driver
  • Awl

Instructions: Click here!

USB Hard Drive

Materials: 

  • dead Hard Drive
  • 4-port USB hub
  • few Flash Drives

Instructions: Click here!

Chocolate Chess Board

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate chess pieces mold (available online or in specialty cake supply shops)
  • 12 oz White candy melts (they come in 12 oz bag)
  • 12 oz Black candy melts (they come in 10 oz bags)
  • Plastic piping bags or plastic squeeze bottles
  • Small paring knife
  • Pair of white cotton gloves

Instructions: Click here!

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Ingredients: 

  • One large batch of popcorn (2/3c kernels)
  • 1/2c butter
  • 3/4c brown sugar
  • 1/4c peanut butter (a lump about the size an egg)
  • 20 large marshmallows or about 2c of fluff
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Sauce pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Popcorn popper

Instructions: Click here!

Kindle Cover

Materials: 

  • MDF/Acrylic or Plywood sheets of 2mm thickness (you can use any of them)
  • Synthetic Adhesive
  • Rexin / Faux leather (approx 2’x2′)
  • Elastic (preferably round cross section)
  • Foam sheet (2’x1′) !5mm thick or anything lying around would do
  • Sewing machine
  • Sticker Cutting machine/ Laser cutting machine required for making the logo (optional)

Instructions: Click here!

Instagram Photobooth

Materials: Click here!
Instructions: Click here!

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Awesome MITB Reviews!

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Mary Gine Javier – Super Stereo Headphones.  Looking for good product with low price but high performance it can give. Finally, I found MiniInTheBox.com.  This amazing headphone will give you a good sounds quality. Clear sounds when you listen to music, super bass, and the color is so much beautiful. Looks fashionable, elegant and excellent product.  Good customer services, they all kind and I love them all. Fast Transaction, amazing product and FREE SHIPPING. you can buy it in a low price but the quality is good. The combination of color is awesome, its really fit my cellphone, laptop and tablet. Additional to it, having a headphone. I’m sure music lovers will want to order and buy this headphone. Two thumbs up LightInTheBox and MiniInTheBox. :))

Benjamin Parmier – Super !!!! Happy with my order

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Lara Penner – Retro Camera Pattern Hard Case for Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 (Multi-Color)

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people are asking me where i got my cases bc of this tweet pic.twitter.com/miSdDYv77t i got them at http://miniinthebox.com !!

Yes! Mn Miniinthebox ringetjes zijn binnen! ♥ (Yes!  My Miniinthebox rings are in!)

Anti - Sweat Xbox 360 Controller Version 1

Geeky DIY Projects!

From Anti-Sweat XBox controllers to IKEA speakers, here’s an awesome guide of DIY projects you can create for next to nothing!

Anti-Sweat XBox Controller 360

Materials:

  • Materials & Tools used:
  • Xbox 360 controller
  • 2X  20 mm / 2 cm Fan (SUNON 20 mm KDE0501PDB3-8)
  • (#2) Flat Blade screwdriver
  • (T9) Torx screwdriver
  • Pointy Nose Pliers
  • Drill
  • Small drill bit of your choice
  • Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
  • 9V Battery Plug
  • 9V Battery
  • Shrink wrap
  • White Cotton T-shirt for Holster
  • Sandwich bag
  • Permanent marker
  • Small knife for making bevelled edges (or you can use a bigger drill bit)
  • Lighter
  • Electrical tape

Instructions: Click here!

Binocular Mobile Phone Mount

Materials: 

  • 11x14in Stiff Black Cardstock, about 1/16in thick
  • Mobile Phone
  • Phone Sleeve Bumper Case
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissor
  • Rubber Cement
  • Rubber Band

Pieces Made:

  • (2) Support Frames
  • Lens Sleeve
  • Mobile Lens Support
  • Sled Body

Instructions: Click here!

Star Wars Film Cell Light Boxes

Materials: 

  • craft knife or scalpel
  • sand paper -soldering iron
  • solder
  • film cells of choice
  • mount board or card stock
  • large box frame 300mmx300mm
  • paint for the frame (only if you want to change the colour)
  • button or switch
  • wires
  • LED strip -resistors etc.

Instructions: Click here!

Spicy Candied Bacon

Ingredients:

  • Bacon
  • Dark drown sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Crushed red pepper

Instructions: Click here!

Retro Wireless Speakers

Materials:

  • The Rocketfish speakers (RF-WS01)
  • 2 BLANDA MATT 11in Ikea serving bowls

Instructions: Click here!

Cinnamon Shortbread

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz plain flour
  • 4 oz unsalted butter, room temperature and cubed
  • 2 oz light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon ground cinnamon granulated sugar for dusting

Instructions: Click here!