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Every geek worth their salt has a stash of tech gear they can’t live without. And it’s not just a pile of expensive stuff: Old-school gaming consoles, a stack of hard drives, or a forgotten drawer of old smartphones. There are plenty of essentials that are worth packing into your toolbelt, fanny pack, or backpack — or at least having on hand for those few, critical moments when you need a particular item to accomplish a technological task.

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They say true love never dies, but one could also say that about cockroaches. In fact, if a persistent, petty grudge were to take a corporeal form, it would most likely appear as a cockroach, which is why it makes perfect sense to name one after you ex this Valentine’s Day.

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This week a bunch of invitations started popping up again for a “Secret Sister” holiday gift exchange. You’ve probably seen the same, or something similar, pop up in yours as well. In case you haven’t realised: It’s a scam.

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning against the exchange.

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Christmas may be over, but the holiday ceremonies are not yet complete: the day after you open all your gifts is the first day you have to send the bad ones back. Let the annual returning of the gifts begin!

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For those who celebrate Christmas, I’ve come to realise that everyone handles Santa a little differently. In our home, Santa fills the stocking and brings 2-3 gifts. The rest of the gifts come from me and my husband.

We decided to do it this way early on so that we could explain to our son why it was still important to donate and help others in need at Christmastime.

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Buying presents can be… stressful. It’s often hard to know what to buy for that film buff friend, or for the brother-in-law who’s really into cooking these days. Fortunately, The Upgrade is here to help—just think of this episode as our gift to you. Here, seven Lifehacker staffers each share three perfect gift ideas, from artful prints to wireless gadgets to Secret Santa hacks, to help you buy the perfect present.

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Sending a gift to someone in another culture takes some extra consideration; you want to pay attention to any cultural disconnects, taboos, or expectations. But it’s also an opportunity to blow someone away without spending a ton of money.

Cross-cultural business consultant Dean Foster gives advice for giving fantastic gifts internationally in a Medium post; we talked to him about some more dos and don’ts.