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Get 50 percent off any Skinit InkFusion Lite case

A Cheapskate exclusive and an awesome gift, the InkFusion comes in a huge assortment of themes and designs -- everything from sports to sci-fi.

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If you have to put your phone or tablet in a case -- and, let's face it, that's your best defense against gravity -- you might as well make it a cool one. Something that reflects your style, your interests, your favorite Big Ten school.

I'm partial to Skinit's InkFusion Lite lineup, which features a low-profile design, wraparound protection, and your choice of decorative options. And today only, you can get any single InkFusion Lite for 50 percent off, with free shipping to boot! That's after applying coupon code CNETHOLIDAY at checkout.

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Skinit

That's a Cheapskate exclusive, folks, a deal you won't find elsewhere. I had to do some wrangling to get this one, and I hope you'll take advantage.

The InkFusion Lite case is cool because whatever design you choose gets printed not just on the back, but also around the edges. It reminds me of those gallery-wrapped canvas prints that are so popular nowadays.

The cases are available for all iPhone models (including 6 and 6 Plus), various iPads, and the Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and S5. Just choose your device (making sure it's in the InkFusion Lite section, not InkFusion Pro), then select a design from Skinit's dozens of categories: Abstract Art, Cartoons, Marvel, Music, NFL, Tie Dye and so on.

Most of the phone cases run $25-30, plus a couple bucks for shipping, but with this coupon code you can get out the door for half price and free shipping. Even a $50 iPad case will cost you only $25. Woot!

Needless to say, this would make a great gift item for anyone who, say, just got a new iPhone -- or really likes the Steelers.

Bonus deal: Does it make the slightest bit of sense to buy a Windows RT tablet? While you're pondering that, consider this: Microsoft (via Amazon for some reason) is offering the refurbished Surface 2 (32GB) 10.6-inch Windows RT tablet for $199 shipped. It retailed for $449 when CNET reviewed it just one year ago. That's a pretty amazing price, often what you see for the first-gen Surface, but I still can't help thinking RT is a loser bet. Your thoughts?

Bonus deal No. 2: In case you missed it yesterday (it was kind of a "bonus post," and didn't go out as a newsletter), Humble Bundle is offering arguably the best audiobook bundle all year. If you have kids of a certain age (I'd say 9-13), don't miss it.