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9 Ridiculous Things You Need to Spend Your Tax Refund On

Probably the only perk of tax season is knowing that you're (hopefully) getting a refund check. The promise of a little extra cash in your bank account is worth the hours of poring over boring documents and confusing receipts. 

If you are one of the lucky Americans who is expecting a tax refund — the average worker will get about $3,000 back this year, according to the IRS — then it's time to start thinking about what you can buy with your new influx of cash. 

Responsible adults would put that money towards important bills to pay off, or as an extra cushion for their checking accounts. But nay, I say. It's so much more fun to buy ridiculous stuff you don't need need, but kind of need. I mean, who doesn't need an outdoor tent with a big picture of a sandwich on it?


Bluetooth Vanity Mirror

Have you ever gotten ready in the morning and thought to yourself, "gee, I wish I had some music playing right now that wasn't coming from my radio, or laptop, or iPod dock or Jambox?" This bluetooth vanity solves that problem. You can put your makeup on with precision lighting AND have your favorite tunes blasted in your face. Win-win. Get it from Sharper Image (on sale!) for just $159.99.


$1,000 Mint Julep

We are big fans of the Mint Julep here at Celebrations. So if you are headed to the Kentucky Derby this year, make sure you pre-order your Woodfood Reserve julep ahead of time on www.WoodfordReserveMintJulep.com. It's made with rose water, includes rose petals and is served in a limited edition silver julep cup. Proceeds go to charity, so at least it's for a good cause. 


Hands-Free Hair Rejuvenation System

For those annoying times when you're having a bad hair day, and you don't have any available hands to help rejuvinate it. It's supposed to create fuller, thicker hair. If nothing else, you can pretend to be a robot for a couple hours, thanks to this genius invention from Sharper Image for $699.99.


Life-Size Ride-On Giraffe

Have you ever gotten to ride a giraffe? Well, now that dream can some true — whenever you want! Relive your childhood fantasy with this life-sized stuffed animal (nearly 8 feet tall!) from Petit Tresor for just $1,879.


Sandwich Tent

Because nothing says camping like a triple-layer ham and swiss sammy. Get yours at Urban Outfitters for just $785.


StreetStrider Summit 8r

It's like an eliptical you can actually use to go places. Less intense than peddling a bike, but much cooler than using a Segway. Right? Get yours from SkyMall for $2,099.


Cotton Candy Clip-In Ombre Hair Extensions

When you want to color your hair, but don't want to commit to annoying colored hair chalk or packets of Kool Aid (remember the old-school way?). These extensions from Urban Outfitters come in three different base colors (at $160 a pop). So, go crazy.


Inflatable Movie Screen

Because a traditional projector screen is just so boring. I would be incredibly tempted to also use this as a very large raft in a lake. Do not attempt. Get yours from SkyMall for just $250. 


$300 Flying Disc

Rememeber those plastic Frisbees we had as a kid? Those aren't good enough. You really need one of these Flying Discs from Zontik Games for just $305 to really enjoy a pickup game of frisbee this spring. Just don't throw it into the neighbor's yard. 


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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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