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56 gift ideas for every woman in your life

Need some gifts ideas for the women in your life? No matter her style or your budget, we have you covered with 56 gifts for her. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Cider; East Olivia; AmazonWhen it comes to choosing her perfect gift, we're all wanting to go beyond the usual. Sure, you could never go wrong with flowers and a box of chocolates — it's the thought that counts, after all. But while there are countless gifts to choose from, we wanted to narrow down some unique ideas for every woman in your life, like a weather-proof jacket for outdoor enthusiasts and a makeup upgrade for part-time beauty gurus. Consider this your master guide for finding a gift she'll adore (and use again and again).The 57 best gifts for her in 2022A pair of TikTok-famous pillow slidesSally Kaplan/InsiderEQUICK Cloud Slides, available at Amazon, $16.99The TikTok hype may have died down since the popular "pillow slides" trend was at its peak, but these ultra-cushy sandals are still a great gift idea (especially if you're shopping last minute). They're available on Amazon in 10 colors and they cost less than $20. You can read our full review of the sandals here.A unique and luxurious robePrintfreshBagheera Robe, available at Printfresh, $158I know, I know, the joke is that women always get a robe, but Printfresh's robes actually feel unique, special, and luxurious. The prints range from whimsical to ornate and all of the robes are available in sizes small to 6X, making it easy to find a good fit for any body. The fabric is light and soft; perfect for lounging around.A necklace to honor her inner goddessAweGoddess Necklaces, available at Awe, from $87.99A jewelry brand beloved by celebrities, Awe is most well known for its goddess-inspired necklaces. You'll find necklaces honoring Greek, Norse, Celtic, and real-life "goddesses" like Joan of Arc, Hariett Tubman, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Each makes a stunning and thoughtful gift. Not sure of her inner goddess? Awe has a quiz to help you find out. A reusable eye mask from a buzzy brandAndrea Bossi/InsiderSkin Forever Eye Mask, available at Dieux, $25Dieux is the cool new beauty editor-founded skincare brand she's probably been coveting ever since it launched. These reusable eye mask patches are a brilliant gift idea because they'll help her get more out of her skincare products without you having to figure out what kinds of formulas she needs. She can add her own serum or under-eye cream to the patches and adhere them to her skin to improve absorption, then rinse and reuse day after day. Just make sure she doesn't have a silicon allergy before you purchase these.A bottle of quick-drying nail polishUltaEssie Expressie Nail Polish, available at Ulta, Amazon, and Target, from $8.17Anyone who paints their nails knows the frustration of waiting for the polish to dry and inevitably smudging it anyway. She'll never have that problem again with a gift of a few Essie Expressive colors. The polish dries in under five minutes — I've painted my nails moments before leaving the house and had a flawless finish.A set of bespoke non-alcoholic spiritsSeedlipSeedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits Set, available at Amazon and Seedlip, $89Seedlip makes non-alcoholic spirits that can be mixed into mocktails or even added to real cocktails. This set comes with three bottles that each have a different flavor profile (herbal, citrus, and spiced), allowing her to explore her tastes and preferences. We even spoke with bartenders about their favorite non-alcoholic spirits and Seedlip was one of the most popular recommendations.A bag to rep their favorite childhood dollAmerican GirlAmerican Girl x Stoney Clover collection, available at American Girl, from $59If they grew up with American Girl dolls, bring back some of the magic with these pouches from Stoney Clover that rep their favorite OG American Girl. Whether they're a Samantha or a Molly, you'll find a pouch that honors each doll's signature print. They make great makeup or accessory storage, and are sure to surprise and delight your giftee. If American Girl wasn't really their thing, Stoney Clover also has collabs with Star Wars and Disney.A pair of classic pearl earringsMejuriOrganic Pearl Hoops, available at Mejuri, $78If jewelry is her thing, you can't go wrong with a cute pair of pearl drop earrings. They're easy to dress up or down, always on-trend, and the gold vermeil won't turn her ears green.A cozy fleece made from sustainable fabricPatagoniaPatagonia Los Gatos Fleece 1/4-Zip, available at Patagonia, Backcountry, and Dick's Sporting Goods, from $35.96Sometimes the most thoughtful gift is one that aligns with her values. If she cares about sustainability, look no further than Patagonia. The Los Gatos fleece is a classic, cozy sweater that's great for days on the trail or just lounging around and running errands.A sampler of the internet's favorite olive oilBrightlandMini Essentials Olive Oil and Vinegar Set, available at Brightland, $70Brightland's beautifully packaged olive oil was practically made for gift-giving, which is why the brand launched these thoughtful sets that give recipients the chance to try their most popular products. If she loves to cook or entertain, we can't recommend this gift enough. We've tested Brightland's olive oils before and found them to be best when drizzled as a finishing oil or served straight up with bread.A bouquet of whimsical forever floralsEast OliviaForever Florals, available at East Olivia, from $60Flowers are a classic gift, but these colorful bouquets of dried blooms from East Olivia last year after year — a gift that keeps giving. We named East Olivia the best flower delivery service for dried bouquets in our buying guide, and our testing bouquet is still going strong two years in. Each arrangement comes with its own matching vase.A set of self-watering globesAmazonKiKiHeim Plant Watering Globes (2-pack), available at Amazon, $17.99Does she have a green thumb, or at least wish she did? These self-watering glass globes are a fun addition to her indoor or outdoor garden that will make watering her plants less of a chore. All she needs to do is fill the globes when the water is running low, and they'll take care of dispensing water into the soil as hydration is needed.A beautiful leather toteCuyanaTall Easy Tote, available at Cuyana, $248A good tote bag that will last you a lifetime is a gift in and of itself. Cuyana designs all of its bags to remain timeless and usable for decades to come, and this tote bag is a perfect example. It has just one small internal pocket and the rest is just a big open abyss, which means it's usable as a work bag but also as a gym or travel bag where she may need to shove an endless amount of things in there Mary Poppins style. You can also opt for Cuyana's The System line of totes, which is slightly more customizable by allowing you to add inserts and straps for personalized internal organization.A colorful keyboardAmazonLogitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard, available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Logitech, from $89.67It's hard to find a great keyboard that is also attractive, but Logitech's POP series manages both. Currently available in three colors, this keyboard will add some personality to her workspace, and since it's mechanical, each keystroke will give a satisfying "clack." She can also customize the keys to automatically type her favorite emoji, and there's a matching mouse available.An Apple Airtag for finding all her thingsLisa Eadicicco/InsiderApple AirTag, available at Amazon, Target, and Apple, from $28.99If your giftee is always looking for their wallet or keys, an Airtag can cut down on the time they spend hunting for their things this year. Each tag is equipped with location tracking so they can quickly check the status on their items from a phone or computer. If your giftee is an avid traveler, they also come in handy for tracking luggage.A dupe for Princess Di's famous sweaterCiderCount Sheep Stripe Sweater, available at Cider, $36Princess Diana made Rowing Blazers' Black Sheep Sweater famous. If your giftee is an anglophile, they'll delight in this inexpensive dupe for Di's pricey jumper. If sheep aren't quite their style, Cider makes a number of other whimsical and inexpensive sweaters. You can check out our review of Cider here.An emergency bracelet for all their outdoor adventuresLauren Savoie/InsiderAtomic Bear Paracord Bracelet (2 Pack), available at Amazon, $10.99For the person who loves to hike or camp, this paracord survival bracelet makes a great add-on gift. It's just $11 for a pack of two, and each bracelet comes with a fire starter, compass, whistle, and 12 feet of paracord, so she'll feel secure knowing she has the tools to stay safe in case of an outdoor emergency. If you're curious about how they work, one of our editors breaks it down in a review of the bracelets here.Subtly colorful wine glassesAnthropologieWaterfall Stemless Wine Glasses (4-pack), available at Anthropologie, $56Wine aficionados may snub stemless glasses, but we still love this set from Anthropologie. The design is subtle enough to fit every table setting, with sheer color at the bottom and a gold rim on top. And if she's looking to upgrade her entire glassware collection, we found 18 other sets that are as striking as they are functional.A bong that doubles as a piece of decorSummerlandChongo Bong, available at Summerland, $250If their goal is to get high, you can get them any old bong. But if their goal is to get high with a bong that doubles as an artistic statement, you get them Summerland's Chongo bong. This glazed ceramic water pipe is made by hand, with no two being exactly the same. It packs a generous volume of smoke and hits really well, and pretty enough to be a flower case if need be.A 24-pack of sheet masksAmazonDERMAL Sheet Mask (24-pack), available at Amazon, $14.99For anyone who could use a little more "me time," this extra large pack of Korean face masks will buy them hours worth of relaxation. Gift the entire pack to one person, or split it up to stuff multiple stockings. If you want to go even bigger, a 39-pack is available for just a few dollars more.A set of packing cubes for this year's travelsAwayThe Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 4), available at Away, $45A set of these cubes makes packing for any trip more manageable. The cubes compress items so she can cram more into her suitcase, and they keep everything organized so she doesn't have to unpack her whole bag to find that one shirt. While they may seem like a simple accessory, our reporter says they've completely changed the way she travels.A jigsaw puzzle that does a magic trick when you complete itLauren Savoie/InsiderThe Mystic Maze by Magic Puzzle Company, available at Amazon, $19.99Who doesn't love a good jigsaw puzzle? This one features a whimsical scene, uniquely-shaped pieces, and a surprise ending — when you complete the puzzle, you open a final set of instructions that transforms the scene. We won't spoil the ending, but if you want to learn more, we reviewed the puzzle here.The lite version of the all-popular Nintendo SwitchAmazonNintendo Switch Lite, available at Amazon, Target and Walmart, from $199If your girl is into gaming on the down low, a Nintendo Switch Lite is a great place to start. Portable, handheld, and compatible with all physical and digital Nintendo Switch games, this console is a gateway to cozy evenings playing "Animal Crossing" or energetic "Super Smash Brothers" matches.An upgrade to her daily makeup essentialsGlossierThe Make Up Set, available at Glossier, $44 Say hello to Boy Brow, Cloud Paint, and Lash Slick: Her new go-to makeup essentials designed to groom and gloss. This bare minimum makeup set by Gen Z-approved Glossier boasts easy-to-wear makeup essentials that aims to channel her inner beauty.A personalized lip balmAmazonWinky Lux Rainbow Balm, available at Amazon, Target and Ulta, $18 Winky Lux has truly outdone itself with this unique PH-inspired lip stain. This balm reflects her personal version of a universally flattering cherry pink shade and refreshing pineapple flavor. Bonus points: This fun gloss ditches parabens for nourishing, cruelty-free Vitamin E and jojoba oil.A pair of timeless floral earringsUncommon GoodsBirth Flower Earrings, available at Uncommon Goods, $38Beyond the usual birthstone adornments, each pair of these handmade, symbolic birth month flower earrings carries a unique meaning of their own. Specially crafted from a silver-plated pewter setting, lacquer and a real petal, stem, and leaf forever preserved by a coat resin, these earrings can be dressed up or down and will probably never be taken off.A lingerie subscriptionAdore MeAdore Me subscription, available at AdoreMe, $19.95–$59.95 per set Whether she's looking for comfortable day wear or sexy date night sets, this home try-on lingerie box is personalized to her unique style. As the #1 lingerie box on the market, AdoreMe's Elite Box includes 4-7 personalized styles in inclusive sizes. She can keep what she loves and return the rest — no stress required!This single-serve blenderAmazonNutribullet Single Serve Blender, available at Amazon, Target and Walmart, from $62For fitness gurus and smoothie fanatics alike, this sleek blender is the perfect addition to her kitchen-workout routine. The 600-watt motor and refined nutrient extraction blades make sure that every blend is packed with as much protein as possible with the least amount of effort, making her trip to the gym that much easier.A box set of a best-selling fantasy romance seriesAmazon"A Court of Thorns and Roses" Box Set, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, from $59.99 If she adores everything fantasy and has a affection for (a lot) of romance, this #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy romance series by Sarah J. Maas will be a true page-turner. Invite her to follow the epic journey of Feyre Archeron in a world of High Fae, monsters and magic — with more books on the way!A pretty personalized journalPapierWildflower Notebook, available at Papier, $30 For writers, journalers, and doodlers, this customized notebook is a gateway to grand ideas and limitless inspo. Add a personal touch to the elegant hardback, floral cover by including her pen name, alter ego, or favorite inspirational quote.This multi-functional outdoor jacketREIFjallraven Stina Jacket, available at REI, Amazon and Backcountry, from $139.93If they love nothing more than a solid hike or simply enjoy spending time outdoors, this durable Fjallraven Stina Jacket is perfect for everyday comfort and protection from the elements. Equipped with a fixed hood, an adjustable fit, a two-way storm flap and more, this jacket is sure to be their favorite, hands down.A little box of cute trinketsGreetablGreetabl Custom Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $15Customize a little box for her full of cute trinkets and sweet messages. Pick the print of the box, what little gifts you'd like to put inside, then fill in your own message and pictures you want to be included. It's a small but sweet gift that works for just about anything.Read our full review here.A set of great makeup bagsLeatherologyLeatherology Clamshell Makeup Bag Set, available at Leatherology, $95Every woman needs a nice bag to hold her makeup and toiletries, whether for traveling or keeping on her dresser. This leather set comes with two sizes, one smaller and one larger, and can even be monogrammed if you want to make this gift for her even more special.A dainty jewelry holderCatbirdCatbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32A jewelry holder is always a good gift idea for any woman who wants to organize their jewelry. This pretty little swan will look great on her nightstand or dresser. It's a small, but beautiful piece of decor, and super practical in that it can hold rings, necklaces, and more.A stylish and comfortable pair of shoesAllbirdsAllbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110Popular shoe startup Allbirds is equal parts cool and comfortable. You can't go wrong with any of its styles, but if she's already got a pair of the original Wool Runners, try the Wool Runners Mizzle or Tree Runners, both styles that we love around here at Insider Reviews. Read our full reviews of the Wool Runners, Wool Runner Mizzles, and Tree Runners here.A high-tech water bottle that sanitizes itselfAmazonLARQ PureVis Self-Cleaning Water Bottle, available at Amazon and Williams Sonoma, from $99In addition to keeping drinks cool, the LARQ water bottle offers peace of mind with its award-winning, self-cleaning design. With the press of a button, the cap uses UV-C LED technology to neutralize bacteria in 60 seconds. The bottle also activates itself every two hours to keep water fresh and interior surfaces clean. A succulent that'll spruce up her desk spaceLula's GardenLula's Garden Bliss Garden, available at Lula's Garden, $30If her workspace could use a little pick-me-up, this succulent is just the trick. It comes ready to gift in a bow-topped box and lasts much longer than a bouquet of flowers. Plus, each purchase supports Water.org, which helps provide access to clean, safe water around the world.Virtual cooking classes for the aspiring chefSur la TableSur La Table Online Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, starting at $29 per householdGifting a full experience to the women in your life is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time with them. Led by expert chefs, these virtual cooking classes will have her running around the kitchen and having fun all at once. The lessons last for 90 to 120 minutes and cover tons of dishes and beverages.A cold brew coffee maker for her morningsAmazonOXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $51.95If she always craves cold brew, give her the tools to make it herself from the comfort of her own kitchen. This device is super easy to use and can make a cup that rivals the cold brew from the coffee shop since she can use her favorite grounds.A really good mug she can take camping or into the officeYetiYeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, available at Yeti and Backcountry, from $30With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she'll want to use. A calming weighted blanketCasperCasper Weighted Blanket, available at Casper, from $99Weighted blankets are filled with pounds of microbeads that provide constant pressure. The result is a hug-like sensation that soothes, relieves anxiety and stress, and makes going to bed super comfortable. Cups of healthy food she can take on the goDaily HarvestDaily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, available at Daily Harvest, $75If she's always trying to find new ways to prioritize health into her busy schedule, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go. A piece of cast iron cookware she'll use to make all of her favorite dishesLe CreusetLe Creuset Cast Iron Braiser, available at Le Creuset, Amazon and Wayfair, from $290Unlike most cooking tools, a cast iron pan actually gets better with time. This braiser from Le Creuset is loved by Insider Reviews editors, comes in a bunch of different colors, and is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes we make all the time.It's wide enough and deep enough that she won't have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It's also great for cooking meats and veggies since there's plenty of surface area, so everything has room to get nice and crispy.Read our full review here.A sleek, leather AirPod case with her initialsThe Daily EditedSaffiano AirPod Case, available at The Daily Edited, $40The tech guru in your life will enjoy having a sophisticated home for her AirPods. You can customize everything from the font, text, and font size to the font color, text position, and greeting card. There's an array of neutral colors for the AirPods and AirPods Pro available in either pebbled leather or saffiano leather.The latest Apple AirPodsAmazon3rd Generation Apple AirPods, available at Amazon, Best Buy and Apple, from $169Speaking of AirPods, Apple recently dropped the 3rd generation of its popular wireless earbuds. The latest version includes a more compact design, longer battery life, and spatial audio that delivers a 3D listening experience. Plus, the earbuds will easily and instantly connect to all of her Apple products.A Polaroid camera for instant snapshotsFujifilmFujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, available at Amazon and Urban Outfitters, from $73.50In a world where most of our pictures stay on our smartphones, having an instant camera makes snapping life's everyday moments a little more exciting. Waiting for pictures to develop is always exciting, but what she'll love even more is actually getting to hold onto them.A small smart speakerGoogleGoogle Home Mini (2nd Generation), available at Walmart, Target and Best Buy, from $43.95This little Google Assistant speaker is loaded with smart features. She can play music, check the weather, and control the rest of her smart home system with just her voice. A Kindle so she can read literally anything, anywhereAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon and Best Buy, from $139.99While there's no denying that flipping through real, paper pages is a great feeling, an ebook reader is a great option for travelers and commuters (when it's time to do these things again). She can access her entire library of ebooks on this thing, which makes it easy to always dive into a new book. We're partial to Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite with its glare-free display and waterproofing, which allows you to read literally anywhere.Read our full review here.A powerful wireless speakerBest BuySonos One (Gen 2), available at Best Buy, $219.99Sleek and minimal, the Sonos One won't overwhelm or distract from her existing decor. It can play music and podcasts via Bluetooth so there won't be unsightly cords to deal with either.An easy-to-use painting setUncommon GoodsSpringtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35Painting isn't only for those who do art on the regular. This kit is a straightforward gift for any woman, regardless of experience level. Creating her work of art will take between three and five hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiastMandukaProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka and Backcountry, from $99For the one who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It's a top pick, even earning a spot as the best overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new thingsMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting, and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership gives them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review here.A sleek suitcase that'll be her travel go-toParavelParavel Aviator Carry-On, available at Paravel, from $350If she's trying to live a more sustainable life, try this carry-on spinner from Paravel. The hard polycarbonate exterior, interior lining, aluminum handle, and zippers are all made with recycled materials, and the sleek detailing on the body is made with vegan leather. It's a gorgeous and thoughtful gift that she'll love using when it's time to travel again.A cult-favorite candleNordstromDiptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, from $40Gifting candles is an art and Diptyque is one that works every time. She'll swoon over the chic French aesthetic and the aromatic blend of rose petals and blackcurrant leaves. The brand is even mentioned in our guide to the best candle brands. A luxurious box of trufflesGoldbellyVosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection - 32 Pieces, available at Goldbelly, $99.95Take her all around the world with this set of truffles. Each flavor is inspired by global flavors, with ones like Dulce de Leche, Balsamico, and Sveta Sofia. It doesn't get any better than a box of chocolates when it comes to gifts for the women in your life. Read our full review of Goldbelly here.A cute and challenging puzzleAnthropologieFull Moon Puzzle, available at Anthropologie, $24.95A puzzle is a fun way to pass the time and putting together this 500-piece one, with its gradient pattern, will definitely be a challenge. The whimsical design will look nice splayed out on any table. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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56 gift ideas for every woman in your life

Need some gifts ideas for the women in your life? No matter her style or your budget, we have you covered with 56 gifts for her. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Cider; East Olivia; AmazonWhen it comes to choosing her perfect gift, we're all wanting to go beyond the usual. Sure, you could never go wrong with flowers and a box of chocolates — it's the thought that counts, after all. But while there are countless gifts to choose from, we wanted to narrow down some unique ideas for every woman in your life, like a weather-proof jacket for outdoor enthusiasts and a makeup upgrade for part-time beauty gurus. Consider this your master guide for finding a gift she'll adore (and use again and again).The 57 best gifts for her in 2022A pair of TikTok-famous pillow slidesSally Kaplan/InsiderEQUICK Cloud Slides, available at Amazon, $16.99The TikTok hype may have died down since the popular "pillow slides" trend was at its peak, but these ultra-cushy sandals are still a great gift idea (especially if you're shopping last minute). They're available on Amazon in 10 colors and they cost less than $20. You can read our full review of the sandals here.A unique and luxurious robePrintfreshBagheera Robe, available at Printfresh, $158I know, I know, the joke is that women always get a robe, but Printfresh's robes actually feel unique, special, and luxurious. The prints range from whimsical to ornate and all of the robes are available in sizes small to 6X, making it easy to find a good fit for any body. The fabric is light and soft; perfect for lounging around.A necklace to honor her inner goddessAweGoddess Necklaces, available at Awe, from $87.99A jewelry brand beloved by celebrities, Awe is most well known for its goddess-inspired necklaces. You'll find necklaces honoring Greek, Norse, Celtic, and real-life "goddesses" like Joan of Arc, Hariett Tubman, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Each makes a stunning and thoughtful gift. Not sure of her inner goddess? Awe has a quiz to help you find out. A reusable eye mask from a buzzy brandAndrea Bossi/InsiderSkin Forever Eye Mask, available at Dieux, $25Dieux is the cool new beauty editor-founded skincare brand she's probably been coveting ever since it launched. These reusable eye mask patches are a brilliant gift idea because they'll help her get more out of her skincare products without you having to figure out what kinds of formulas she needs. She can add her own serum or under-eye cream to the patches and adhere them to her skin to improve absorption, then rinse and reuse day after day. Just make sure she doesn't have a silicon allergy before you purchase these.A bottle of quick-drying nail polishUltaEssie Expressie Nail Polish, available at Ulta, Amazon, and Target, from $8.17Anyone who paints their nails knows the frustration of waiting for the polish to dry and inevitably smudging it anyway. She'll never have that problem again with a gift of a few Essie Expressive colors. The polish dries in under five minutes — I've painted my nails moments before leaving the house and had a flawless finish.A set of bespoke non-alcoholic spiritsSeedlipSeedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits Set, available at Amazon and Seedlip, $89Seedlip makes non-alcoholic spirits that can be mixed into mocktails or even added to real cocktails. This set comes with three bottles that each have a different flavor profile (herbal, citrus, and spiced), allowing her to explore her tastes and preferences. We even spoke with bartenders about their favorite non-alcoholic spirits and Seedlip was one of the most popular recommendations.A bag to rep their favorite childhood dollAmerican GirlAmerican Girl x Stoney Clover collection, available at American Girl, from $59If they grew up with American Girl dolls, bring back some of the magic with these pouches from Stoney Clover that rep their favorite OG American Girl. Whether they're a Samantha or a Molly, you'll find a pouch that honors each doll's signature print. They make great makeup or accessory storage, and are sure to surprise and delight your giftee. If American Girl wasn't really their thing, Stoney Clover also has collabs with Star Wars and Disney.A pair of classic pearl earringsMejuriOrganic Pearl Hoops, available at Mejuri, $78If jewelry is her thing, you can't go wrong with a cute pair of pearl drop earrings. They're easy to dress up or down, always on-trend, and the gold vermeil won't turn her ears green.A cozy fleece made from sustainable fabricPatagoniaPatagonia Los Gatos Fleece 1/4-Zip, available at Patagonia, Backcountry, and Dick's Sporting Goods, from $35.96Sometimes the most thoughtful gift is one that aligns with her values. If she cares about sustainability, look no further than Patagonia. The Los Gatos fleece is a classic, cozy sweater that's great for days on the trail or just lounging around and running errands.A sampler of the internet's favorite olive oilBrightlandMini Essentials Olive Oil and Vinegar Set, available at Brightland, $70Brightland's beautifully packaged olive oil was practically made for gift-giving, which is why the brand launched these thoughtful sets that give recipients the chance to try their most popular products. If she loves to cook or entertain, we can't recommend this gift enough. We've tested Brightland's olive oils before and found them to be best when drizzled as a finishing oil or served straight up with bread.A bouquet of whimsical forever floralsEast OliviaForever Florals, available at East Olivia, from $60Flowers are a classic gift, but these colorful bouquets of dried blooms from East Olivia last year after year — a gift that keeps giving. We named East Olivia the best flower delivery service for dried bouquets in our buying guide, and our testing bouquet is still going strong two years in. Each arrangement comes with its own matching vase.A set of self-watering globesAmazonKiKiHeim Plant Watering Globes (2-pack), available at Amazon, $17.99Does she have a green thumb, or at least wish she did? These self-watering glass globes are a fun addition to her indoor or outdoor garden that will make watering her plants less of a chore. All she needs to do is fill the globes when the water is running low, and they'll take care of dispensing water into the soil as hydration is needed.A beautiful leather toteCuyanaTall Easy Tote, available at Cuyana, $248A good tote bag that will last you a lifetime is a gift in and of itself. Cuyana designs all of its bags to remain timeless and usable for decades to come, and this tote bag is a perfect example. It has just one small internal pocket and the rest is just a big open abyss, which means it's usable as a work bag but also as a gym or travel bag where she may need to shove an endless amount of things in there Mary Poppins style. You can also opt for Cuyana's The System line of totes, which is slightly more customizable by allowing you to add inserts and straps for personalized internal organization.A colorful keyboardAmazonLogitech POP Keys Mechanical Wireless Keyboard, available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Logitech, from $89.67It's hard to find a great keyboard that is also attractive, but Logitech's POP series manages both. Currently available in three colors, this keyboard will add some personality to her workspace, and since it's mechanical, each keystroke will give a satisfying "clack." She can also customize the keys to automatically type her favorite emoji, and there's a matching mouse available.An Apple Airtag for finding all her thingsLisa Eadicicco/InsiderApple AirTag, available at Amazon, Target, and Apple, from $28.99If your giftee is always looking for their wallet or keys, an Airtag can cut down on the time they spend hunting for their things this year. Each tag is equipped with location tracking so they can quickly check the status on their items from a phone or computer. If your giftee is an avid traveler, they also come in handy for tracking luggage.A dupe for Princess Di's famous sweaterCiderCount Sheep Stripe Sweater, available at Cider, $36Princess Diana made Rowing Blazers' Black Sheep Sweater famous. If your giftee is an anglophile, they'll delight in this inexpensive dupe for Di's pricey jumper. If sheep aren't quite their style, Cider makes a number of other whimsical and inexpensive sweaters. You can check out our review of Cider here.An emergency bracelet for all their outdoor adventuresLauren Savoie/InsiderAtomic Bear Paracord Bracelet (2 Pack), available at Amazon, $10.99For the person who loves to hike or camp, this paracord survival bracelet makes a great add-on gift. It's just $11 for a pack of two, and each bracelet comes with a fire starter, compass, whistle, and 12 feet of paracord, so she'll feel secure knowing she has the tools to stay safe in case of an outdoor emergency. If you're curious about how they work, one of our editors breaks it down in a review of the bracelets here.Subtly colorful wine glassesAnthropologieWaterfall Stemless Wine Glasses (4-pack), available at Anthropologie, $56Wine aficionados may snub stemless glasses, but we still love this set from Anthropologie. The design is subtle enough to fit every table setting, with sheer color at the bottom and a gold rim on top. And if she's looking to upgrade her entire glassware collection, we found 18 other sets that are as striking as they are functional.A bong that doubles as a piece of decorSummerlandChongo Bong, available at Summerland, $250If their goal is to get high, you can get them any old bong. But if their goal is to get high with a bong that doubles as an artistic statement, you get them Summerland's Chongo bong. This glazed ceramic water pipe is made by hand, with no two being exactly the same. It packs a generous volume of smoke and hits really well, and pretty enough to be a flower case if need be.A 24-pack of sheet masksAmazonDERMAL Sheet Mask (24-pack), available at Amazon, $14.99For anyone who could use a little more "me time," this extra large pack of Korean face masks will buy them hours worth of relaxation. Gift the entire pack to one person, or split it up to stuff multiple stockings. If you want to go even bigger, a 39-pack is available for just a few dollars more.A set of packing cubes for this year's travelsAwayThe Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 4), available at Away, $45A set of these cubes makes packing for any trip more manageable. The cubes compress items so she can cram more into her suitcase, and they keep everything organized so she doesn't have to unpack her whole bag to find that one shirt. While they may seem like a simple accessory, our reporter says they've completely changed the way she travels.A jigsaw puzzle that does a magic trick when you complete itLauren Savoie/InsiderThe Mystic Maze by Magic Puzzle Company, available at Amazon, $19.99Who doesn't love a good jigsaw puzzle? This one features a whimsical scene, uniquely-shaped pieces, and a surprise ending — when you complete the puzzle, you open a final set of instructions that transforms the scene. We won't spoil the ending, but if you want to learn more, we reviewed the puzzle here.The lite version of the all-popular Nintendo SwitchAmazonNintendo Switch Lite, available at Amazon, Target and Walmart, from $199If your girl is into gaming on the down low, a Nintendo Switch Lite is a great place to start. Portable, handheld, and compatible with all physical and digital Nintendo Switch games, this console is a gateway to cozy evenings playing "Animal Crossing" or energetic "Super Smash Brothers" matches.An upgrade to her daily makeup essentialsGlossierThe Make Up Set, available at Glossier, $44 Say hello to Boy Brow, Cloud Paint, and Lash Slick: Her new go-to makeup essentials designed to groom and gloss. This bare minimum makeup set by Gen Z-approved Glossier boasts easy-to-wear makeup essentials that aims to channel her inner beauty.A personalized lip balmAmazonWinky Lux Rainbow Balm, available at Amazon, Target and Ulta, $18 Winky Lux has truly outdone itself with this unique PH-inspired lip stain. This balm reflects her personal version of a universally flattering cherry pink shade and refreshing pineapple flavor. Bonus points: This fun gloss ditches parabens for nourishing, cruelty-free Vitamin E and jojoba oil.A pair of timeless floral earringsUncommon GoodsBirth Flower Earrings, available at Uncommon Goods, $38Beyond the usual birthstone adornments, each pair of these handmade, symbolic birth month flower earrings carries a unique meaning of their own. Specially crafted from a silver-plated pewter setting, lacquer and a real petal, stem, and leaf forever preserved by a coat resin, these earrings can be dressed up or down and will probably never be taken off.A lingerie subscriptionAdore MeAdore Me subscription, available at AdoreMe, $19.95–$59.95 per set Whether she's looking for comfortable day wear or sexy date night sets, this home try-on lingerie box is personalized to her unique style. As the #1 lingerie box on the market, AdoreMe's Elite Box includes 4-7 personalized styles in inclusive sizes. She can keep what she loves and return the rest — no stress required!This single-serve blenderAmazonNutribullet Single Serve Blender, available at Amazon, Target and Walmart, from $62For fitness gurus and smoothie fanatics alike, this sleek blender is the perfect addition to her kitchen-workout routine. The 600-watt motor and refined nutrient extraction blades make sure that every blend is packed with as much protein as possible with the least amount of effort, making her trip to the gym that much easier.A box set of a best-selling fantasy romance seriesAmazon"A Court of Thorns and Roses" Box Set, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, from $59.99 If she adores everything fantasy and has a affection for (a lot) of romance, this #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy romance series by Sarah J. Maas will be a true page-turner. Invite her to follow the epic journey of Feyre Archeron in a world of High Fae, monsters and magic — with more books on the way!A pretty personalized journalPapierWildflower Notebook, available at Papier, $30 For writers, journalers, and doodlers, this customized notebook is a gateway to grand ideas and limitless inspo. Add a personal touch to the elegant hardback, floral cover by including her pen name, alter ego, or favorite inspirational quote.This multi-functional outdoor jacketREIFjallraven Stina Jacket, available at REI, Amazon and Backcountry, from $139.93If they love nothing more than a solid hike or simply enjoy spending time outdoors, this durable Fjallraven Stina Jacket is perfect for everyday comfort and protection from the elements. Equipped with a fixed hood, an adjustable fit, a two-way storm flap and more, this jacket is sure to be their favorite, hands down.A little box of cute trinketsGreetablGreetabl Custom Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $15Customize a little box for her full of cute trinkets and sweet messages. Pick the print of the box, what little gifts you'd like to put inside, then fill in your own message and pictures you want to be included. It's a small but sweet gift that works for just about anything.Read our full review here.A set of great makeup bagsLeatherologyLeatherology Clamshell Makeup Bag Set, available at Leatherology, $95Every woman needs a nice bag to hold her makeup and toiletries, whether for traveling or keeping on her dresser. This leather set comes with two sizes, one smaller and one larger, and can even be monogrammed if you want to make this gift for her even more special.A dainty jewelry holderCatbirdCatbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32A jewelry holder is always a good gift idea for any woman who wants to organize their jewelry. This pretty little swan will look great on her nightstand or dresser. It's a small, but beautiful piece of decor, and super practical in that it can hold rings, necklaces, and more.A stylish and comfortable pair of shoesAllbirdsAllbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110Popular shoe startup Allbirds is equal parts cool and comfortable. You can't go wrong with any of its styles, but if she's already got a pair of the original Wool Runners, try the Wool Runners Mizzle or Tree Runners, both styles that we love around here at Insider Reviews. Read our full reviews of the Wool Runners, Wool Runner Mizzles, and Tree Runners here.A high-tech water bottle that sanitizes itselfAmazonLARQ PureVis Self-Cleaning Water Bottle, available at Amazon and Williams Sonoma, from $99In addition to keeping drinks cool, the LARQ water bottle offers peace of mind with its award-winning, self-cleaning design. With the press of a button, the cap uses UV-C LED technology to neutralize bacteria in 60 seconds. The bottle also activates itself every two hours to keep water fresh and interior surfaces clean. A succulent that'll spruce up her desk spaceLula's GardenLula's Garden Bliss Garden, available at Lula's Garden, $30If her workspace could use a little pick-me-up, this succulent is just the trick. It comes ready to gift in a bow-topped box and lasts much longer than a bouquet of flowers. Plus, each purchase supports Water.org, which helps provide access to clean, safe water around the world.Virtual cooking classes for the aspiring chefSur la TableSur La Table Online Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, starting at $29 per householdGifting a full experience to the women in your life is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time with them. Led by expert chefs, these virtual cooking classes will have her running around the kitchen and having fun all at once. The lessons last for 90 to 120 minutes and cover tons of dishes and beverages.A cold brew coffee maker for her morningsAmazonOXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $51.95If she always craves cold brew, give her the tools to make it herself from the comfort of her own kitchen. This device is super easy to use and can make a cup that rivals the cold brew from the coffee shop since she can use her favorite grounds.A really good mug she can take camping or into the officeYetiYeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, available at Yeti and Backcountry, from $30With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she'll want to use. A calming weighted blanketCasperCasper Weighted Blanket, available at Casper, from $99Weighted blankets are filled with pounds of microbeads that provide constant pressure. The result is a hug-like sensation that soothes, relieves anxiety and stress, and makes going to bed super comfortable. Cups of healthy food she can take on the goDaily HarvestDaily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, available at Daily Harvest, $75If she's always trying to find new ways to prioritize health into her busy schedule, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go. A piece of cast iron cookware she'll use to make all of her favorite dishesLe CreusetLe Creuset Cast Iron Braiser, available at Le Creuset, Amazon and Wayfair, from $290Unlike most cooking tools, a cast iron pan actually gets better with time. This braiser from Le Creuset is loved by Insider Reviews editors, comes in a bunch of different colors, and is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes we make all the time.It's wide enough and deep enough that she won't have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It's also great for cooking meats and veggies since there's plenty of surface area, so everything has room to get nice and crispy.Read our full review here.A sleek, leather AirPod case with her initialsThe Daily EditedSaffiano AirPod Case, available at The Daily Edited, $40The tech guru in your life will enjoy having a sophisticated home for her AirPods. You can customize everything from the font, text, and font size to the font color, text position, and greeting card. There's an array of neutral colors for the AirPods and AirPods Pro available in either pebbled leather or saffiano leather.The latest Apple AirPodsAmazon3rd Generation Apple AirPods, available at Amazon, Best Buy and Apple, from $169Speaking of AirPods, Apple recently dropped the 3rd generation of its popular wireless earbuds. The latest version includes a more compact design, longer battery life, and spatial audio that delivers a 3D listening experience. Plus, the earbuds will easily and instantly connect to all of her Apple products.A Polaroid camera for instant snapshotsFujifilmFujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, available at Amazon and Urban Outfitters, from $73.50In a world where most of our pictures stay on our smartphones, having an instant camera makes snapping life's everyday moments a little more exciting. Waiting for pictures to develop is always exciting, but what she'll love even more is actually getting to hold onto them.A small smart speakerGoogleGoogle Home Mini (2nd Generation), available at Walmart, Target and Best Buy, from $43.95This little Google Assistant speaker is loaded with smart features. She can play music, check the weather, and control the rest of her smart home system with just her voice. A Kindle so she can read literally anything, anywhereAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon and Best Buy, from $139.99While there's no denying that flipping through real, paper pages is a great feeling, an ebook reader is a great option for travelers and commuters (when it's time to do these things again). She can access her entire library of ebooks on this thing, which makes it easy to always dive into a new book. We're partial to Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite with its glare-free display and waterproofing, which allows you to read literally anywhere.Read our full review here.A powerful wireless speakerBest BuySonos One (Gen 2), available at Best Buy, $219.99Sleek and minimal, the Sonos One won't overwhelm or distract from her existing decor. It can play music and podcasts via Bluetooth so there won't be unsightly cords to deal with either.An easy-to-use painting setUncommon GoodsSpringtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35Painting isn't only for those who do art on the regular. This kit is a straightforward gift for any woman, regardless of experience level. Creating her work of art will take between three and five hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiastMandukaProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka and Backcountry, from $99For the one who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It's a top pick, even earning a spot as the best overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new thingsMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting, and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership gives them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review here.A sleek suitcase that'll be her travel go-toParavelParavel Aviator Carry-On, available at Paravel, from $350If she's trying to live a more sustainable life, try this carry-on spinner from Paravel. The hard polycarbonate exterior, interior lining, aluminum handle, and zippers are all made with recycled materials, and the sleek detailing on the body is made with vegan leather. It's a gorgeous and thoughtful gift that she'll love using when it's time to travel again.A cult-favorite candleNordstromDiptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, from $40Gifting candles is an art and Diptyque is one that works every time. She'll swoon over the chic French aesthetic and the aromatic blend of rose petals and blackcurrant leaves. The brand is even mentioned in our guide to the best candle brands. A luxurious box of trufflesGoldbellyVosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection - 32 Pieces, available at Goldbelly, $99.95Take her all around the world with this set of truffles. Each flavor is inspired by global flavors, with ones like Dulce de Leche, Balsamico, and Sveta Sofia. It doesn't get any better than a box of chocolates when it comes to gifts for the women in your life. Read our full review of Goldbelly here.A cute and challenging puzzleAnthropologieFull Moon Puzzle, available at Anthropologie, $24.95A puzzle is a fun way to pass the time and putting together this 500-piece one, with its gradient pattern, will definitely be a challenge. The whimsical design will look nice splayed out on any table. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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59 gifts for college students that will help them manage dorm life, midterms, and adulting

The best gifts for college students are practical and fun. Here are 59 gift ideas from a recent college graduate. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon; Urban OutfittersWhen students enter university and are first introduced to the world of adulting, the more practical and helpful the gift is, the better. A reliable face cleanser that manages stress breakouts? Check. Professional accessories to defeat imposter syndrome at their new internship? Check. Dorm decor that makes their place feel like a real home? Check, check, check.Between studying and working and more studying and more working, college students can use a break – or a helpful gift to keep them motivated. Keep scrolling to browse gifts beyond the essentials, from cool neon signs to a unisex skincare routine.The 59 best gifts for college students in 2022:A trendy Trader Joe's-inspired cookbookUrban Outfitters"The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook" by Andrea Lynn, available at Urban Outfitters and Amazon, from $15.29If there's one place you hear all these Gen Z'ers talking about, it's Trader Joe's. This quirky cookbook contains 160 easy recipes for busy (and usually broke) college students, drawing from some of the brand's favorite ingredients to create mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres, party-worthy appetizers, and nourishing meals.Does your student prefer to cook with the air fryer? Check out this equally nifty "I Love Trader Joe's Air Fryer Cookbook"! A helpful air purifierBed Bath & BeyondHoMedics TotalClean 4-in-1 Air Purifier, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and Home Depot, $69.99For college students living in a traditional dorm room, a breath of fresh air is more than welcome. This HoMedics TotalClean 4-in-1 air purifier creates cleaner air no matter how small the space is, clearing pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander, mold spores, and germs for easy breathing. Bonus points: It has an auto shut-off timer, a built-in night light, and a three-year manufacturer's warranty for optimal satisfaction.A bottle or two of famous toilet spraysPourriPoo-Pourri Toilet Sprays, available at Pourri and Amazon, $9.99Whether they're in a community bathroom or a private one, odds are they'll be sharing it with a roommate. These Poo-Pourri toilet sprays use essential oils and plant-based ingredients to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins. Just pick their fave scent, spray, and go — no stink necessary!Neon light signs for ultimate dorm vibesDormify"Good Vibes Only" Neon Sign, available at Dormify, $79Nothing screams college vibes more than a quirky neon light or color-changing LED-rimmed walls. Dormify's options are perfect for achieving this, and the brand has everything from wholesome neon signs to goofy ones. A manifestation of good vibes is probably helpful for the average student, but there are plenty of other options like GRLPWR, Happy, and Party.Coffee table books that add a touch of personalityAmazon"In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine" by Alberto Oliva dna Norberto Angeletti, Available at Amazon and Walmart, $50.99"Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes" by Edith Young, available at Amazon and Walmart, $19.29For all the books college students have to read for class, it's nice to have some decor books laying around that are beautiful to look at and fun to flip through. Depending on their interests and aspirations, "In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine" is perfect for a fashionista. For an artsy student, "Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes" is a great choice. A statement scrunchie that'll make any outfit look goodAmazonKitsch Dinner Scrunchie, available at Amazon and Target, from $13.53There are few accessories that can pull together an outfit and make it look chic, even if that outfit is sweatpants. The massive dinner scrunchies by Kitsch are the perfect accessory to add to a quick outfit and make it look put together. Gifting this to someone means they will always have the option to add an easy, fashionable touch to their look.A trio of unisex products that makes skincare clean and simpleAtticusBest Seller Trio, available at Atticus, $83.70Stress affects how our skin looks, especially in college. Skincare, however, can get overwhelming because of how many options are available. Atticus's high-quality skincare line makes it simple for everyone and is made to be gender inclusive. Its trios, like the Best Seller, include all the products you need: a cleanser, daily moisturizer with SPF, and night cream with anti-aging ingredients. A modern card game for nights in and partiesAmazonWhat Do You Meme Game, available at Amazon and Walmart, $29.99College students today are of the meme generation, so this game will be highly appreciated. This set includes 75 of the funniest memes plus 360 caption cards to make the wonkiest combinations for a game during study breaks or chill wine nights.One of the easiest ways to find your favorite fragranceScentbirdPerfume subscription (6-months), available at Scentbird, $89Finding a fragrance that speaks to you is a step towards finding your style. But buying a bunch of different scents can take a long time and cost a lot. Scentbird is a perfume and cologne discovery subscription that helps you find your favorite perfumes by sending monthly options based on your preferences.A sunrise alarm clock for a gentle, phone-free wakeupSuzy Hernandez/InsiderHatch Restore, available at Amazon and Target, $129.99Using your phone as an alarm clock makes it a lot more tempting to start scrolling on your phone first thing in the morning, which isn't the healthiest habit. A sunrise alarm clock can help your student have a much better start to their day than immediately checking emails or scrolling on Instagram. The Hatch Restore is a great sunrise alarm option with a ton of special features.One of the nicest and most classic notebooksMoleskineMoleskine Classic Notebook, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $18.63Moleskine journals have a history of belonging to creatives and being the place where great ideas and art begin. If the student you're thinking of is a writer or artist, a Moleskine journal is a perfect gift to let them know you support them. These are also stellar for note-taking.An air fryer for the snack loverAmazonThe Philips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $149.95Air fryers are all the buzz for how they can turn just about anything into a warm, crispy delight. Plus, they save a ton of time, which every college student can appreciate. The Philips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer is one of the best air fryers on the market today.There's some controversy about how good air fryers actually are, so you can also think about gifting a toaster oven.A good wallet to hold their cards, cash, and student IDVera BradleyVera Bradley Microfiber Zip ID Wallet, available at Vera Bradley and Amazon, from $20Vera Bradley's Zip ID Wallet is a great option for students who have to frequently show or swipe their student ID, but don't need an overstuffed bifold. The O-ring is a convenient and sturdy place to hold all their keys. It also makes it easy to clip the wallet into their other bags.A steady supply of healthier (and still tasty) snacksThrive Market1-Year Membership + $25 Shopping Credit, available at Thrive Market, $84.95College students live off good food and snacks. Gifting a subscription to Thrive Market means access to healthier snacks, which leads to them feeling more energized and better studying.A long-lasting backpack that'll look good on campus and at job interviewsHerschelHerschel Little America Backpack, available at Herschel and Amazon, from $94.99Typical backpacks work great for class, but what about everything that happens outside of class? Having a sturdy backpack that's well-suited for traveling and job interviews helps a ton. Herschel's Little America is a great option because it's versatile, sturdy, and stylish. Similarly, the Dagne Dover backpack ($215) is specifically designed for a woman's body and is made to store everything you need and go anywhere you go. If the student is a tote person and doesn't touch backpacks, the Longchamp Le Pliage Shoulder Bag ($155) is a staple for students and young workers alike.An aroma diffuser to set the moodGrove CollaborativeCollaborative Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser, available at Grove, $39.99An aroma diffuser delivers calming, in-home aromatherapy and is a great fragrance option for dorms where candles usually aren't allowed. This one from Grove Collaborative diffuses essential oils for up to five hours at a time, has LED light options, and elegantly blends into any room thanks to its minimalistic ceramic design.If you're looking for more diffusing options, check out our guide to the best essential oil diffusers we tested. A weighted blanket that'll change the way you sleepTranquilityTranquility Weighted Blanket, available at Target and Walmart, from $49Every college student ever has needed better sleep. Weighted blankets apply a calming pressure on you, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up more rested. Tranquility's weighted blanket is perfectly-sized it is to move from bed to couch, fits a standard dorm twin XL bed, and is easily washable.A foolproof planner to keep everything in orderDay DesignerWeekly Planner, available at Day Designer, $68A planner keeps them organized between all their assignments, exams, and social events. Day Designer makes luxurious planners that students love. Planners come in daily or weekly options which each have space for all your checklists and schedules, plus extra pages for goal setting, future planning, and notes.If this style doesn't suit them, pick another from our favorite planners for college students.The most comfortable socks college students can ownBombasWomen's and Men's Ankle Sock 4-Pack, available at Bombas, $49.40Bombas makes the best socks on the market. They benefit from upgrades like a supportive honeycomb stitch, blister tabs built into ankle-height styles, and a Y-stitched heel and "invisitoe" that minimizes annoying bumps. Even if it seems like socks aren't an exciting gift, comfort is pretty much always a hit in college. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a specially designed sock to someone in need.A cult-favorite tumbler to keep their drinks just the right temperature for hoursHydro FlaskHydro Flask 40 oz. Wide Mouth Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, REI, and Amazon, from $49.95This HydroFlask will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours with the lid on, perfect for when they need coffee during a long night studying.Great coffee from all over the world to help them stay energizedAtlas Coffee Club3-Month Coffee Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60If they drink coffee, they'll likely drink a fair amount of it during college. And it's really nice to have a cup better than one from the dining hall. Atlas Coffee is a monthly subscription that's sort of like a worldwide coffee tour — bringing the best single-origin coffee (with a postcard from its origin country) to your door. They'll also get brewing tips and flavor notes. A book that helps them build good habits and break bad onesAmazon"Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $11.98Many college students are trying to map out what they want out of life and how to build the habits that get them where they want to go. In the popular book "Atomic Habits," James Clear, an expert on habit formation, teaches practical strategies for building lasting habits and ditching detrimental ones. Popular wireless over-ear headphones for quality noise-cancelingAmazonBeats Solo3 Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Apple, from $116.09If there's one thing every college student needs, it's good wireless headphones. This Beats pair has rich sound and up to 40 hours of listening time. And if they let the battery run out, a five-minute charge converts to three hours of playback.If they're a runner and need something lightweight and in-ear, you should opt for Jaybird Vista.An inexpensive way to get the iced coffee they love at homeAmazonTakeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $30.39If the student you're thinking of drinks coffee — and there's a very good chance they do — having access to one of the best cold brew contraptions will be a gift that keeps on giving. A cold brew machine means you can go 4-5 days in a row without brewing another pot. It's also easy to clean. Find a full review here.A waterproof speaker that can bring the bassJBLJBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker, available at JBL, Amazon, and Walmart, from $89A Bluetooth speaker is a must-have: it helps set the mood for study nights and brings the party to life whenever they're hosting. JBL's Flip 5 speaker is the best choice. It has vibrantly booming bass, lasts for up to 12 hours without a charge, and is waterproof.Clothes and shoes for their upcoming interviews and presentationsEverlaneThe Oversized Blazer, available at Everlane, $228Workday Khakis, available at Dockers, $66Wool Coat, available at Other Stories, from $219College is full of big meetings, presentations, and nerve-wracking interviews. For days when sweatpants aren't an option and something more formal is needed, these are some great options for women's staples. We've also created a list of our personal favorite workwear stores for women and men — plus the best styles to buy from each one. A nice watch they can wear to internshipsMVMTMVMT Men's Chrono Watch, available at MVMT and Amazon, from $135MVMT Women's Avenue Watch, available at MVMT and Amazon, $128MVMT makes beautiful watches for men and women at great prices, and they feel more contemporary to wear than most on the market. It's a versatile, sentimental gift you can feel good about giving because you know they'll feel good — and perhaps more put-together — wearing it. One of the best tablets for note-taking, entertainment, and everything elseAmazonApple 10.2-inch iPad (32 GB), available at Amazon, Apple, and Walmart, from $299.95 If you go on a college campus today, you'll probably see iPads all over the place — and for good reason. These slim rectangular boxes are bundles of joy for students. They make note-taking, e-reading, Netflix, and leisure drawing easy to do all in one place. The new 256GB iPad ($479) will make an unforgettable gift. If you want to take it up a notch, the highly-coveted and ultrafast 11" iPad Pro ($799) is even better.If they already have an iPad, you can think about getting them an Apple Pencil ($129), which will level up their gadget even more.A key-, wallet-, and iPhone-finderAmazonTile Mate, available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, $24.99You can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Mate is compact, thoughtful, and useful for everyone — especially an oft-frazzled college student.  A bed frame that can easily move with themLauren Savoie/InsiderThuma Bed Frame (Full), available at Thuma, from $995A good bed frame is the foundation of good sleep and this one by Thuma features interlocking Japanese joinery that makes it incredibly sturdy but easy to disassemble, move, and store. It's a great option for young adults on the move, especially if they're moving into older or smaller buildings. A smartphone-sized travel photo printerStaplesFujifilm Instax Mini Link Bluetooth Photo Printer, available at Amazon, B&H Photo, and Apple, from $89.95Mini portable Bluetooth printers make turning iPhone photos into tangible memories quick and easy — which is especially convenient for decorating their room. All they'll have to do is download the app (which also has internal PhotoShop elements and features like themed stickers and collages) and connect via Bluetooth. Their favorite comfort foodsGoldbellyFood gifts, available at Goldbelly, prices varyGoldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.A media streamer that transforms a normal TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Ultra 4K/HDR/HD Streaming Player, available at Amazon, Roku, and Walmart, from $86.89Most college students aren't forking over a monthly payment to cable. This streaming player is, overall, the best one you can buy, and it transforms an otherwise ordinary TV into one that can stream shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and others all in one spot.  One of the best facial cleansers for a clean and effective routineFOREOFOREO Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, available at FOREO, Amazon, and Sephora, $219FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.Trendy and convenient Apple AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) with Charging Case, available at Target, Amazon, and Apple, from $239.99If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. A comfy Patagonia pullover they'll rely onPatagoniaMen's and Women's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, available at Patagonia, $129Men's and Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at REI, $129It's a good bet that many of their peers will also have this Snap-T pullover from Patagonia. This and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely upon. A Patagonia sweater is also a particularly good gift for students who are invested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993, and continues to do so today.The world's comfiest shoesAllbirds/InstagramMen's and Women's Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110Startup Allbirds makes wildly popular shoes out of soft, sustainable materials. Their Runners, made of super-soft merino wool, have been nicknamed "the world's most comfortable shoes." You can find a full review here. A portable projector that's the size of a soda canAmazonAnker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector, available at Amazon and Walmart, $299.99Anker's Nebula Capsule is a powerful and versatile mini projector, and its portability makes it a great option for college students who want a cozy movie-viewing experience in the comfort of their own room. It's 1 pound and the size of a soda can, but it has surprisingly crisp image quality and 360-degree sound. Find a full review here.College merchandise for school spiritAmerican EagleShop American Eagle's Tailgate ApparelParticularly if they're going to a school with a big sports team, you can be sure they'll both need and appreciate all the fan gear. A great game for a night in with friendsAmazonCards Against Humanity, available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, $29Grab a fun card game they'll inevitably end up pulling out to play with friends on the weekend nights and snow days. Check out What Do You Meme, too.A Brooklinen gift card for really nice sheetsBrooklinenGift Card, available at Brooklinen, from $50Few things sound as nice as comfortable, beautiful sheets that you don't need to buy for yourself. Brooklinen is one of our favorite startups to shop at, and we ranked their sateen cotton sheets the best luxury sheets you can buy.A monthly subscription of personalized new makeup, haircare, and skincare samplesBirchbox Man/InstagramOne Year Subscription, available at Birchbox, $156College students like to look and feel good, but tight budgets aren't conducive to trying a lot of new grooming products. Birchbox sends samples of new and beloved products once a month, so they can test out new finds and discover products they may want to buy a full size of in the future. It's also just fun to get a monthly gift that is all about them. An Echo Dot with a built-in clockAmazonEcho Dot (4th Gen) with Clock, available at Amazon, B&H Photo, and Best Buy, $59.99The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa's other features. A savvy suitcase for traveling on holiday breaksAway/FacebookThe Carry-On, available at Away, from $275Away's popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360-degree spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over. It's also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.We also recommend Calpak for other luggage options. A book about capitalizing on the huge choices to make in your 20sAmazon"The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now" by Meg Jay, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $12.19The decisions you make in your 20s can greatly impact the rest of your life. The best defense is a good offense and your grad should know now, before any life-altering events crop up, how to get the most out of their "defining decade."An Amazon Prime membershipTommaso Boddi / Getty ImagesGift an Amazon Prime membership, $139An Amazon Prime membership is one of those things that immediately makes life easier. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping; access to the Prime Now app, which provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items; Prime Video, Amazon's streaming video service; Prime Music; the Kindle Lending Library; Prime Reading; Prime Audible Channels; unlimited photo storage, and more.If you want to see how Amazon Prime actually gives you a lot more than free shipping, you can read about the benefits of the service here.A candle to remind college students of their favorite place or hometownAmazonHomesick Location Scented Candle, available at Amazon, Homesick, and Uncommon Goods, from $34If they're away from family or friends, a reminder of home is a wonderful thing to have around. Make sure to check the rules of their dorm or living situation before buying them a candle.Childlike cereal for adultsMagic SpoonFour Flavors, available at Magic Spoon, $39Magic Spoon is a "childlike cereal for adults" that's high in protein and low in sugar — and all four flavors are delicious. Here's one way to show college kids it is completely possible to transition to adulthood without losing all the joy of being a kid. You can read more in a personal review here. Framed memoriesFramebridgeGift Card or Frame a Memory, available at Framebridge, from $45Help them honor some of their best memories — whether it's from friends now studying across the country, family, or best-loved locales. Framebridge is relatively affordable, but decor is one of the luxuries plenty of college students shirk to save elsewhere, so give them permission and funds to make their dorm a home.A monogrammed leather shave bagLeatherologyLeatherology Small Shave Bag, available at Leatherology and Amazon, from $95The dreaded truth of college is that you'll most likely need to schlep your shower belongings to a communal area if you live in the dorms. No one wants to rely on a plastic shower caddy to do that. Grab them a leather shave bag that they'll use for years to come — they probably wouldn't justify the expense on their own, and they'll be grateful to have it. If you're looking for a chic aesthetic, Dagne Dover also makes a great neoprene toiletry bag named the Hunter (from $45) that's built to accommodate makeup. If they have a lot of toiletries, you'll probably want to get the large size for $55.The most comfortable lounge pants we've ever tried for lazy weekend morningsMeUndiesMen's and Women's Lounge Pant, available at MeUndies, $68MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings, and they're sleek enough to avoid feeling too unkempt.The best pillow you can buyCoop Home GoodsPremium Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, available at Coop Home Goods and Amazon, $72Make sure they're optimizing their sleep with the best pillow you can buy. Thanks to the shredded memory foam, they'll get the support and comfortable "sinking in" sensation of a traditional memory foam pillow, but none of the excessive heat or firmness that can be a problem with solid foam. Read more in our buying guide here.A wonderful addition to any skincare routineSephoraKiehl's Ferulic Brew Antioxidant Facial Treatment with Lactic Acid, available at Kiehl's and Sephora, $54This new facial essence from Kiehl's is a great addition to any skincare routine. It's especially good for those who want to even out their skin tone, smooth skin texture, and add some extra moisture. It's made with rich ingredients and is simple to use: you just pat a few drops onto your face, rub it in, and it'll do its magic.A custom poster of their favorite placeGrafomapA customized poster, available at Grafomap, from $19Commemorate their college town, hometown, or favorite place in the world with this customizable graphic map so they can keep it with them wherever life takes them.An extra-long, reinforced phone chargerAmazonNative Union 10-Foot Extra-Long Charging Cable with Leather Strap, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Native Union, from $24If they're going to be tethered to devices, you may as well give them a long leash. This long charging cable means no matter where one is, they'll have power — and they won't have to sit at the foot of their bed to reach it. A gym bag that can transition to a professional settingNordstromHerschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag, available at Amazon, Nordstrom, and Herschel, from $67.64Just like bringing a beat-up JanSport everywhere, lugging an old nylon gym bag isn't ideal for anyone looking for versatile use. Herschel Supply Co. makes reliable, long-lasting bags, and this one has a separate compartment for gym or dress shoes. A microwave-safe ramen cooker for stressful or time-crunched nightsAmazonRapid Ramen Cooker, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $5.99There will be plenty of late nights filled with cheap and tasty ramen. If they're going to eat it anyway, at least let them make it quickly and perfectly every time.A super soft throw blanket they'll cocoon themselves in time and time againAmazonBEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $25.99Grab their favorite candy, this sherpa-lined fleece blanket with over 4,400 five-star reviews on Amazon, and a Hulu gift card to make their nights in actually fun.Gift cards — perhaps the best gift you can give a cash-strapped college studentFlickr Creative Commons/Lani EldertsWhat a stressed, broke college student needs most is money and probably a hug. If you're looking for a way to gift maximum convenience, gift cards are a surprisingly thoughtful way to do that — either for their favorite restaurant, transportation, school books, or music to keep them occupied during long study hours. Check out more gift card gifts here. Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card Coffee: Starbucks Gift CardSchool books: Amazon Gift Card Entertainment: Netflix Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / Sling Gift Card / StubHub Gift CardTransportation: Uber Gift CardFurniture: Amazon Gift Card / Wayfair Gift CardMusic: Spotify Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardTravel: Delta Gift Card / Airbnb Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytSep 30th, 2022

58 affordable gifts for her that are all under $50, from a wearable blanket to a perfume subscription

Here are 58 cheap gifts for her to give your partner, family member, or friend. These gift ideas include tech gadgets, kitchen accessories, and books. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Uncommon Goods; OtherlandGift giving can be stress-inducing, especially when you're looking for something that'll excite and delight. Many often believe that the bigger the price tag, the more worthy the gift, but that isn't always the case! We've done the digging for you and have found unique, one-of-a-kind items perfect for every personality.Whether it's a girl friend, girlfriend, new flame, or twin flame, we have you covered. From specialty yoga guides to unique vintage botanical aprons, here are some options for affordable gifts under $50 for that special someone.The 58 best affordable gifts for her under $50:A self-care gift setLushRelax Gift Set, available at Lush, $45Best for: The woman who needs a night offPamper her with this Lush gift set filled with body scrubs, soaps, moisturizers, and more. She will appreciate the beautiful, reusable gift box and all the goodies inside.  A comfy wearable blanketAmazonWaitu Wearable Blanket, available at Amazon, from $29.99Best for: The coziness loverThe sherpa lining will keep her toasty no matter what she's doing around the house. Don't know her size? That's not a problem with this oversized wearable blanket.    A personalized video message from her favorite celebrityCameoPersonalized video message, starting at $1, available at CameoBest for: The pop culture fanaticCameo has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from. There's something for almost everyone on Cameo, with prices as low as $1. You can choose a category, like reality TV or athletes, and filter by price and how long it takes to get a response. Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo.A customized essential oil setAmazonLagunamoon Essential Oils Gift Set, available at Amazon, $9.98Best for: The soothing fragrance fanShow her how much you know her by gifting her a custom essential oil set. Whether these are scents you know she'll love or specific oils for stress relief or sleep, she'll appreciate this thoughtful gift. A floral-themed apronGetty Museum StoreHerbarium Apron, available at The Getty, $26.95Best for: The chef who grows her own herbsIf she has a green thumb and/or is the captain of the kitchen, this apron is perfect. Featuring vintage botanical illustrations with handwritten names of the flora and fauna pictured, this apron also has a conveniently large front pocket and adjustable straps. Plus, the navy fabric is perfect for use in the garden or in the kitchen, capable of disguising the various splatters encountered in both areas.A custom map of their favorite place(s)Jada Wong/Business InsiderCustom Maps, available at Grafomaps, from $19Best for: The nostalgist A custom map of their hometown, college town, or favorite getaway is sure to brighten up the room (and make them tear up).A bath caddy for "me" time, complete with a tablet holderRoyal Craft Wood/AmazonRoyal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray, available at Amazon, $22.97Best for: The bathtime readerSometimes a bath is all anyone really wants, and what better than a tray to accommodate everything she could possibly need to enter full relaxation mode?A monogrammed palm-leaf clutchMark & GrahamPalm-Leaf Clutch, monogrammed (or personalized), available at Mark and Graham, from $49Best for: The one on the goBuying accessories, especially something like a bag or purse, can be tricky, but an understated piece like this, with the added touch of a monogram, has a place in most wardrobes.A huggable, heatable, and chillable plushWarmiesSheep Warmies Wrap, available at Warmies, $29.99Best for: The one with a soft spot for stuffed animalsGive the gift of adorable warmth. Designed as a neck wrap but perfect for laying across your stomach (hello cramps), these Warmies are capable of being heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer for hours of comfort. Stuffed with dried French lavender, the scent also helps in calming and soothing, adding an extra oomph to her new cuddle buddy.A bottle of fine olive oilPasolivoClassic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, available at Pasolivo, $47.95Best for: The EVOO enthusiast There may be no more versatile gift for the home cook than a bottle of good olive oil. Whatever they're into cooking or prepping, this bottle'll go to good use.A pair of ultra-thick bison-wool socksUnited By BlueUltimate Bison Socks, available at United by Blue, $44Best for: The one who likes practical giftsIf these don't help get her through the winter, nothing will. Made with a blend of wool, down, nylon, and spandex, they're the perfect combination of warmth and stretch.A cute, heart-shaped plantThe SillHoya Heart, available at The Sill, $48Best for: The aspiring plant parentFor plant newbies, there's nothing better than to start with tiny, low-maintenance plants. Marked by the brand as a great option for plant parenting beginners, this heart-shaped cutie will be delivered straight to her doorstep. Read our full review of The Sill here.The at-home blowout toolAmazonRevlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush, available at Amazon, $32.49Best for: The one who spends a fortune on blowoutsThis all-in-one hairdryer from Revlon garnered a large following online. It rivals luxury hair tools at a fraction of the price and is a gamechanger for cutting down on time and heat damage to your hair without sacrificing your look. Read our full review of the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush here.A DIY birth month flower kitUncommon GoodsBirth Month Flower Grow Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $36Best for: The gardenerFor a twist on the traditional bouquet, give her this flower kit that's an easy and fun project. She'll appreciate the personal touch of choosing her birth month flower, whether it be a sunflower, daisy, or marigold.A guide to the best outdoor yogaREI"The Outdoor Adventurer's Guide to Yoga: Practices for Strong and Balanced Hiking, Climbing, Paddling, and Cycling" by Jana Kilgore, available at Amazon and REI, from $19.52Best for: The adventurous yogiWhen we're in the great outdoors, we want to BE in the great outdoors. No tech, no stress, just pure joy. This guide is the ideal companion to enjoy a tech-free yoga sesh before, during, and after any great outdoor adventures. Filled with 88 poses with instructive photos, tips, and detailed descriptions as well as 21 specific flows and postures all designed to cover core yoga concepts in relation to outdoor sports, this guide is perfect for the yogi in your life.A simple yet sweet braceletCatbirdCatbird Two Souls Bracelet in Baby Blue, available at Catbird, $24Best for: The sentimental oneThere's nothing quite like pearls, and this simple but elegant bracelet has a couple nestled together.A versatile Echo DotAmazonAn Echo Dot (4th generation), available at Amazon, $34.99Best for: The tech newbieMaybe she needs something better than her phone or her laptop to play music. This isn't exactly a booming sound system by any means, but it will more than suffice.A customizable photo bookMixbookPhoto Book, available at Mixbook, from $19.99Best for: The photographerGet a little sentimental by commemorating their life highlights with this custom photo book, which we ranked as the most user-friendly photo book service.A letter subscription service for the history buffUncommon GoodsHistory by Mail 6-Month Subscription, available at Uncommon Goods, from $40Best for: The history buffOnce a month for six months, this mail subscription service will send detailed replicas of historical documents, like Albert Einstein's correspondence with FDR. A team of archivists digs up fascinating historical documents, and graphic designers replicate them — handwriting, signatures, and all. An all-purpose tote with a detachable wristletNordstromStreet Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote and Wristlet, available at Nordstrom, $49Best for: The practical purse wearerA plain tote may seem like a boring gift, but this one is reversible and features a detachable wristlet. You're getting three different bags for $50. It's a utilitarian gift with a fashion-friendly twist.A workout tee for all seasonsUnder ArmourWomen's UA Tech Twist V-Neck, available at Under Armour, $19.98Best for: The athleteThis bestselling workout shirt from Under Armour will keep them moving with four-way stretch construction and quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric. Its looser fit makes it comfortable, and it comes in 15 colors.A reusable tote bag for errandsBagguStandard Baggu, available at Baggu, from $14Best for: The trendsetterThis tote is a convenient and sturdy way to store whatever she needs while she's out on the town or running errands.A box of chocolate bars from MadagascarThe Little MarketChocolate Flight, available at The Little Market, $5 per barBest for: The chocolate loverThe chocolate connoisseur in your life will savor this gift box of four dark chocolate bars from Madagascar. She can indulge in flavors like Salted Almond, 80% Dark, Toasted Coconut, and Sea Salt, but you can also opt out of specific flavors to fit her taste preferences.A puzzle that commemorates a special dateUncommon GoodsNew York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle, available at Uncommon Goods, from $55Best for: The journalistCelebrate her special day — birthday, anniversary, or milestone — with this interactive memento. Enter any date since 1851 and find the New York Times front page printed from that exact date.A painting kit for beginnersUncommon GoodsBirth Month Flower Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $30Best for: The artistIf she's artistic — or strives to be — she'll appreciate this painting kit that anyone can follow with ease. Creating her work of art will take up to three hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.A coffee and tea bundleBean BoxA coffee and tea tasting box, available at Bean Box, from $19Best for: The caffeine loverFor your favorite fan of both morning beverages, Bean Box offers a gift box with four coffees and four teas.A Kindle case that looks like her favorite bookAmazonKleverCase Kindle Paperwhite Case, available at Amazon, from $29.95Best for: The one who customizes everythingYou'll find many classic book covers cleverly printed onto Kindle cases, along with one that looks like an unmarked leather-bound book. All she has to do is pop it on her e-reader.An exceptionally useful set of silicone container lidsFood52Airtight Silicone Lids (Set of 5), available at Food52, $24Best for: The stressed cookIf she enjoys cooking, chances are she's probably spent a good amount of time trying to find the right container and lid for her leftovers. These silicone lids are a snap. All you have to do is pop one over a bowl or baking dish, and you get an airtight seal for easy storage in the fridge.A cold brew makerAmazonTakeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $27.99Best for: The every-day coffee brewerCaffeine lovers who can't get enough of their favorite drink tend to spend a lot of money at coffee shops to get their fix. Make it easier for her to drink cold brew at home with this simple-to-use brewing pitcher.Read our full review of the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Ice Coffee Maker here.Wine-inspired bath soapsUncommon GoodsWine Soaps (Set of 4), available at Uncommon Goods, $30Best for: The one who loves a nice bath soapThis all-natural vegan soap mimics red and white wines with its oils and scents, offering a unique way to wind down after a long day. The set includes chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, and pinot grigio.An Alexa-enabled smart plugAmazonAlexa-Enabled Smart Plug, available at Amazon, $24.99Best for: The techieThis voice-controlled smart plug allows her to control lights, chargers, and whatever else she wants through Alexa. She can also use the Alexa app to turn the outlets on and off if she doesn't have an Echo.An inexpensive accessory for her phoneAmazonPopSockets, available at Amazon, from $9.97Best for: The one always dropping her phonePopSocket Grips are an inexpensive but extremely useful gift she'll be happy to have. She can stick them on the back of her phone, Kindle, iPad, or any other device to create a comfortable grip that allows her to hold her device one-handed.A perfume subscriptionScentbirdPerfume 3-Month Subscription, available at Scentbird $48Best for: The fresh scent enthusiastIf she loves to switch up her scents, Scentbird is an affordable service that lets her choose a month's supply of perfume from thousands of well-known and new fragrances. With a three-month subscription, she can try something new or stick to the ones she knows and loves.A monthly book subscriptionBook of the Month ClubBook of the Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, from $49.99Best for: The avid readerEach month, this service curates five book choices — some of them early release — and she'll choose her favorite. The service will send the book directly to her. She can also skip a month if she's behind on her reading.A portable charger that also lights up the bottom of her bagThe GrommetSmart Handbag Light and Charger, available at Uncommon Goods, $35.95Best for: The one with the dying phoneNo more frantically searching for gum or lip balm at the bottom of her giant tote bag — this little light can be attached to her keychain or even a zipper on her bag so she can easily see everything in its depths. It can also charge her phone.A monthly subscription to handpicked rental jewelry piecesRocksboxJewelry Subscription Box, available at Rocksbox, $21 per monthBest for: The noncommital accessorizerIt's hard to gift jewelry she'll love, so give her options. This monthly subscription box offers three pieces of jewelry for rent, according to her style. From a choker necklace to statement earrings, the choices are vast. The monthly membership allows her to wear and swap sets whenever she likes, with the option to buy them for an additional price.An adjustable rolling pinAmazonJoseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin, available at Amazon, from $24.99Best for: The bakerAnyone who loves to bake will appreciate this adjustable rolling pin that allows for more precision with dough thickness. All she'll have to do is remove or add the different-sized rings and let them guide her.A letter board where she can leave notes or fun messagesAmazonFelt Like Sharing Felt Letter Board, available at Amazon, from $20.95Best for: The InstagrammerSporting events, holidays, parties — there are a ton of occasions during which these come in handy. She'll also love being able to play around with it day to day at home with her favorite lyrics, phrases, or even messages to roommates.A wine saver for open bottlesAmazonVacu Vin Wine Saver, available at Amazon, $16.30Best for: The one who barely finishes a glassSometimes you just can't finish the bottle of wine. That's when the Vacu Vin comes in. It's a simple, small gadget that removes the oxygen from your open bottle and gives it an airtight seal to preserve freshness and prevent oxidation.A trendy candle she's probably already got her eyes onOtherlandCandles, available at Otherland, $36Best for: The candle collectorAn Otherland candle makes for one of the best gifts you can give for any occasion. They come beautifully packaged, and they feature scents that are complex and rich.Read our full review of Otherland candles here.A way for her to share and pass down memories and traditionsUncommon GoodsMy Life Story So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $32Best for: The enigmaThis book is like a guided journal for her to record her memories, accomplishments, and experiences. No matter her age, it's something she'll undoubtedly enjoy keeping track of and sharing with others.A natural body scrubHerbivore BotanicalsCoco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub, available at Sephora, $38Best for: The one who loves a lux body scrub Pamper her with this coconut-and-rose-infused body scrub that gently exfoliates. It'll leave her skin feeling soft and moisturized – not to mention she'll smell wonderful wherever she goes. You can read more about this product in our guide to the best body scrubs. A comfy neck pillow for trains and planesAmazonTrtl Neck Pillow, available at Amazon, $44.99Best for: The constant travelerIf she goes on a lot of trips (or has travel anxiety), the gift of comfort is one she'll appreciate.Read our full review of the Trtl Neck Pillow here.A smart way for her to stay organized while travelingUncommon GoodsTravel Cord Roll, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Best for: The heavy packerFrequent travelers need a way to keep all their cords and cables organized. This leather roll-up organizer has eight slots for cords and headphones, plus a pouch where your charger base can fit.A clever way to collect accomplishments and hopesUncommon GoodsBirthstone Wishing Balls, available at Uncommon Goods, $35Best for: The goal-setterThese lovely, handblown glass balls have a small hole at the base. Your giftee writes a wish or achievement on one of the 52 included slips of paper. A year later, she'll have a display piece full of meaning.A guide full of inspiration for her future adventuresAnthropologie"The Bucket List" by Kath Stathers, available at Amazon, $20.99Best for: The adventurer This worldwide bucket list won't cure her wanderlust, but it'll definitely provide her inspiration and fodder for planning her travels.A tinted lip balm with sun protectionNordstromFresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, available at Nordstrom, $24Best for: The lipstick loverIf her beauty preferences tend to be more natural, she likely loves a good tinted lip balm. Fresh makes some of the best — the color options are universally flattering, and the formula is smooth, hydrating, and buttery. We've even named this the best option with SPF in our guide to the best tinted lip balms.An armband that holds her phone on runs or at the gymAmazonTRIBE Water-Resistant Arm Band, available at Amazon, $14.98Best for: The joggerIf she loves to run or spends a lot of time at the gym, this top-rated armband will be a lifesaver. Just make sure you know what model phone she carries, as the sizing may differ.A makeup and skincare subscriptionBirchbox3-Month Gift Subscription, availble at Birchbox, $45Best for: The makeup collectorBirchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of beauty samples to test out and play around with. If she loves any of them, she can easily buy the full-sized version through the service. You can opt to give a longer subscription if you'd like. Read our full review of Birchbox here.A dainty pair of hoopsMaison MiruShooting Star Open Hoop Earrings, available at Maison Miru, $50Best for: The minimalistSo many people on the Insider Reviews team have a pair of these open hoops. Their horseshoe shape is just different enough to set them apart, while tiny, twinkly cubic zirconias catch the light to add a bit of sparkle.A beautiful puzzlePiecework PuzzlesPower Lunch Puzzle, available at Piecework Puzzles, $13.30Best for: The puzzlerThis puzzle features a stunning photo that she'll want to hang up when she's done.A portable external batteryAmazonPowerCore 10,000mAh External Battery, available at Amazon, $25.99Best for: The one who likes to think aheadA good external battery is one of those practical gifts she probably needs but won't buy herself. Treat her to a good one that holds enough juice to charge her iPhone three times or her Galaxy twice.A cozy throw blanket to keep her warmL.L.BeanWicked Plush Throw, available at L.L.Bean, from $29.95Best for: The couch cuddlerThis blanket has been a fan favorite for a while, which is why L.L.Bean carries this new and improved version. The brand made the blanket even softer with 100% polyester that's been brushed on both sides. It's so soft she'll want to be wrapped in it at all times, which is why we've also included it in our guide to the best throw blankets.An interactive cooking classSur La TableOnline Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, from $29 per householdBest for: The budding chefWith Sur La Table's virtual cooking classes, she can follow along with expert chefs live from the comfort of her kitchen. These hands-on 90- to 120-minute classes cover everything from seasonal dishes to cocktails and desserts.An elegant bottle holderPottery BarnWood Marble Wine Cooler, available at Crate & Barrel, $31.96Best for: The dinner hostThis elegant marble-wood bottle holder keeps her favorite wine cool for hours on end. When she isn't staging it next to a charcuterie board, the holder is just a bouquet away from doubling as a vase. A simple knitting kit for beginnersWe Are KnittersBraille Beanie Knitting Kit, available at We Are Knitters, $30.80Best for: The DIYerWhether she's new to knitting or a long-time pro, this crafty beanie kit has everything she needs — from the yarn, to the needles and, of course, the instructions.A customizable box of candy for adultsSugarfinaCustom Four-Piece Candy Bento Box, available at Sugarfina, $38Best for: The one with the sweettoothSatisfy her sweet tooth with a custom box of candy. Sugarfina's candies are distinctly "adult" — but she'll still feel like a kid when she digs into a box of rosé gummies.A handcrafted set of minimalist coastersWest ElmThe Vintage Vogue Linea Coasters (Set of 4), available at West Elm, $29Best for: The meticulous home decoratorA clever way to keep her home clean and stylish is with these minimalist, chic coasters. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderAug 31st, 2022

The 43 best birthday gifts for her, from a custom astrology candle to beautiful home upgrades

From fancy olive oils to splurge-worthy skincare, here are the best gifts to celebrate her birthday. From fancy olive oils to splurge-worthy skincare, here are the best gifts to celebrate her birthday.Birthdate; Mejuri/InsiderWhen you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Whether she's your friend, sister, mother, or coworker, you're on a mission to find the perfect birthday gift for a special woman in your life. It can be challenging to find a gift that shows her you care and fits her personality, so we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite gifts to help you celebrate her special day. This list includes gifts that appeal to all different passions and personalities, like fancy olive oils for the one that loves to cook, sheet masks for skincare lovers, and a monthly book subscription for the bookworm. From simple, small gestures to splurge-worthy gifts, there's something for everyone on this list – even the person who seems to have everything already. The 43 best birthday gifts for her:A set of unique, infused olive oilsBrightlandThe Artist Capsule, available at Brightland, $150Best for: The home chef With basil, garlic, chili, and lemon olive oils, this collection is an easy way to help them spice up pizza, pasta, salad, eggs, toast – pretty much anything. Each bottle boasts a unique label designed by a category-changing artist, which will look great on your giftee's countertop. You can read our review of Brightland here.The comfort enthusiastAllBirdsWomen's Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110Best for: The comfort enthusiastThere's a reason Allbirds have been called the "world's most comfortable shoe." The merino wool sneakers are super cozy and the perfect blend of fashion and function. Plus, they're made with sustainable practices so they're carbon neutral.A tin of Milk Bar's signature sweetsMilkBarBirthday Truffle Sampler, available at Milk Bar Store, $56Best for: The one who wants endless cakeAnyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate this indulgent gift. Milk Bar's Birthday Cake Truffles bring all of the goodness of birthday cake into decadent, bite-sized chunks — and this tin has 18 of them in chocolate and vanilla flavors. Read more about why we love Milk Bar here.A Kindle so she can keep up her reading habitAmazonKindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99 Best for: The traveling readerA Kindle Paperwhite is a bookworm's best friend. The device is thin, lightweight, holds thousands of titles, has a glare-free display, and makes it easy for her to read wherever she goes, whenever she wants.A candle with a whimsical edgeOtherlandOtherland Candle, available at Otherland, $36Best for: The candle loverBeautifully designed and deliciously fragrant, Otherland candles will make their space look and smell amazing. She'll love the unique scent combinations and bright, colorful packaging.A plush bathrobeParachuteClassic Turkish Cotton Robe, available at Parachute, $109 Best for: The loungerThis gift offers a little luxury that will make even mundane tasks, like their nighttime routine, feel a little more special. This robe is made of a soft, but lightweight 100% long-staple Turkish cotton that's cozy and quick-drying.A pair of gold hoops she can wear every dayMejuriCroissant Dôme Hoops, available at Mejuri, $78Best for: The minimalist A great pair of gold hoops takes even the simplest outfits up a notch. These uniquely designed croissant hoops from Mejuri are not too big, not too small. They're sure to become a staple in her wardrobe.A fresh succulent arrangementLula's GardenBirthday Jewel Garden, available at Lula's Garden, $44Best for: The plant parent They don't need to have a green thumb to take care of this low-maintenance succulent arrangement. It features three pre-planted succulents in a minimalist planter that adds a chic touch of nature to any space.A set of sheet masks for glowing skinSoko Glam7-Day Sheet Mask Challenge Set, available at Soko Glam, $24Best for: The one with a serious nighttime routineA sheet mask a day keeps dullness, dryness, and blemishes away. For the skincare lover who is always experimenting with new products, treat them to this set of seven unique sheet masks that will help them get their most glowing skin yet.A best-selling lipstick and lipliner duoCharlotte TilburyCharlotte Tilbury Mini Pillow Talk Lipstick & Liner Set, available at Sephora, $25Best for: The makeup collectorThere's a reason Pillow Talk has become such an iconic lipstick – it's designed to flatter everyone. With a formula that enhances their natural lip color, this universally loved lip liner and lipstick duo is the perfect addition to any beauty lover's collection.A beautiful floral bouquetUrbanStemsFlower Bouquets, available at UrbanStems, from $55Best for: The fan of flowersThere's never a bad time for a fresh bouquet of flowers. UrbanStems has a well-curated selection of farm-fresh floral bouquets perfect for birthdays. You can even add a vase to make the arrangement even more giftable.A set of chic wine glassesFood52Estelle Hand-Blown Colored Wine Glasses, set of 6, available at Food52, $185 Best for: The generous hostThe perfect gift for the "hostess with the mostest," these hand-blown wine glasses come in a beautiful range of sunset-inspired shades. Cocktails, kombucha, wine – every beverage will taste better in these stunning glasses.An instant cameraAmazonFujifilm Instax Mini 9, available at Amazon, $69.95Best for: The creative photographerIn a smartphone world, it can feel like physical photographs are a lost art. This instant camera is a fun accessory and helps them document their favorite moments while staying in the moment. Plus, they get a nice keepsake after every shot.A travel jewelry caseCuyanaTravel Jewelry Case, available at Cuyana, $98Best for: The trendy travelerTraveling with jewelry can be stressful if the pieces are not stored well, but this gift can keep all her jewelry safe and secure. This sturdy and compact jewelry case is designed with special spots for her favorite rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.An at-home blowout made easyAmazonRevlon One-Step Hair Dryer, available at Amazon, $40 Best for: The one who's too busy for blowoutsA practical gift they'll actually use is always a great gift. If they want a salon-style blowout with minimal time and minimal effort, this hair dryer will become their new best friend.A set of accessories for candle loversAmazonBedogo Candle Accessory Set, available at Amazon, $25 Best for: The candle collectorIf candles are their latest and greatest obsession, you can get them this set of accessories to treat their candles right. With a wick trimmer, wick dipper, wick snuffer, and a storage tray plate, this chic set has everything they need to keep their candles in prime condition.A soothing bath soakSephoraMaude Bath Soak, available at Sephora, $18Best for: The one who needs a breakIf their favorite way to unwind after a long day is with a warm bath, these nourishing salts will make the perfect gift. The dead sea salt blend is rich with vitamins and minerals that'll leave their skin softer than ever.A low and slow way to make her coffeeWilliams SonomaBodum Chambord French Press, available at Williams Sonoma, $29.95-$49.95Best for: The coffee connoisseur The Bodum Chambord is the original French press; the small but mighty coffee maker has been around since the 1930's. It's easy to use (all they need to add is coffee and water!) and makes a deliciously rich brew.An adorable pair of makeup towelsWeezie TowelsMakeup Towels, available at Weezie Towels, $40Best for: The everyday makeup wearerUpgrade their nighttime routine with a set of Weezie Towels. They're plush, come in a dark navy color that'll hide their makeup stains, and feature cheeky designs that make everything more fun.A personalized passport caseMark & GrahamFillmore Vegan Leather Passport Case, available at Mark & Graham, $49 (plus $12.50 for monogram)Best for: The avid vacationer Help your favorite jetsetter stay organized in style with a personalized passport case. This one is made of vegan leather and can be customized with a three-letter monogram in a variety of bright colors.A stylish and functional fanny packDagne DoverAce Fanny Pack, available at Dagne Dover, $90Best for: The fanny pack fanFanny packs are all the rage – and for good reason. They're so convenient! This one from Dagne Dover has a simple, sporty appeal and is designed with lots of practical pockets and a water-resistant material so they can be ready to take on whatever comes their way.A framed photo of you twoAnthropologieLizzy Frame, available at Anthropologie, $38-$68Best for: The nostalgistPrinting out and framing a photo of the two of you is a thoughtful, special gift. We love these bronze frames – they're simple, stunning, and will look good displayed anywhere.A nightlight for boba loversUrban OutfittersSmoko Giant Food Light, available at Urban Outfitters, $39Best for: The one whose blood type is bubble teaIf their love of boba is less of a passion and more of a personality trait, they'll love this oversized light. It's especially great for anyone who is a fan of kitschy, cute home decor.A Bluetooth-compatible record playerUrban OutfittersCrosley Voyager Bluetooth Record Player, available at Urban Outfitters, $110Best for: The vinyl aficionadoThis retro-looking record player lets them play music from their favorite vinyl records and their smartphones. It's equipped with Bluetooth technology so they can stream music wirelessly and still enjoy listening to their record player's dynamic sound.A cookbook for bakersAmazon"Dessert Person" by Claire Saffitz, available at Amazon, $21.11Best for: The bakerWhether they're an amateur cupcake-maker or they deserve a spot on "The Great British Baking Show", this cookbook has over 100 unique recipes to satiate their sweet tooth and help them improve their baking skills.A luxurious lip maskSephoraLaneige Lip Sleeping Mask, available at Sephora, $24Best for: The skincare devoteeThe secret to waking up to the perfect pout is this thick, nourishing lip mask from Laneige. It comes in five yummy flavors: vanilla, gummy bear, sweet candy, berry, and a limited-edition mango.A weighted blanket for supreme relaxationCasperWeighted Blanket, available at Casper, $169-$189Best for: The restless sleeperA weighted blanket is far more than just a piece of fabric to keep them cozy. This one from Casper is filled with microbeads for a hefty but breathable blanket that envelopes them in soothing, grounding pressure.The gift of a great readBook of the MonthBook of the Month 3-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99Best for: The total bookwormFor the avid reader, a Book of the Month subscription is a thoughtful way to keep their bookshelf stocked with exciting reads. Each month, they'll pick a book from the curated selection of new hardcover titles, delivered right to their door. If they're behind on their reading or not in the mood, they can always skip a month and roll over the credits.A smart set of gardening accessoriesUncommon GoodsSunny Day Garden Hat & Glove, available at Uncommon Goods, $34Best for: The chic gardenerGardening is a labor of love. This wide-brimmed hat and gardening gloves are the perfect duo for keeping them protected from the elements on long days spent tending their vegetables.A birthday candle made just for themBirthdate Co.Birthdate Candle, available at Birthdate Co., $59.99 Best for: The astrology enthusiast This candle has a unique scent and design for their exact birthday. Birthdate Candles are made with the numerology, astrology, and tarot of their special day in mind.A mug for outdoor explorersUncommon GoodsNational Parks Color Map Mug, available at Uncommon Goods, $25Best for: The National Parks buffGive your favorite adventurer another activity to check off their bucket list. This mug has a map of the United States dotted with all 63 National Parks. The set comes with a green pen, so when they go to a new park they can color it in to make the map completely their own.A custom tote bagL.L. BeanBoat and Tote Open-Top Bag, available at L.L. Bean, from $29.95Best for: The fan of irony The classic L.L. Bean Boat and Tote is having a major revival right now. The bags come in sizes small to extra-large and can be monogrammed for a personal touch. You can of course go the classic route and pick their name, or you can get a little more fun with it and personalize it with a cheeky saying or funny nickname.A portable projector that turns any room into a movie theaterAmazonAnker Nebula Capsule Projector, available at Amazon, $299.99Best for: The cinephile An entire home movie theater would be a great gift, but we think this one is a little more feasible. This portable projector is the size of a soda can but can project their favorite movies or shows up to 100 inches big for an at-home watching experience that's so much better than just turning on the TV.A versatile potOur PlacePerfect Pot, available at Our Place, $165Best for: The person who hates a sink full of dishesThe aptly named Perfect Pot can be used for so much more than just boiling water. On the stovetop or in the oven, this pot can be used to roast, steam, bake, fry, and so much more. It also comes in nine gorgeous shades so you can choose one in her favorite color.A bowl set perfect for slurping noodlesUrban OutfittersRowan Noodle Bowl Set, available at Urban Outfitters, $29Best for: The phở fanatic With one large ceramic bowl, two sets of chopsticks, and one adorable chopstick holder, this set will become their go-to for ramen, spaghetti, rice dishes, and so much more.The most versatile tote bag they'll ever ownBagguStandard Baggu, available at Baggu, $14Best for: The stylish errand-runnerA Baggu tote bag can be folded up into a pocket-sized square, but simultaneously can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff. It's made of ripstop nylon, so you can be sure it won't break, and it comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns.A lightweight yoga matMandukaManduka Pro Travel Yoga Mat, available at Manduka, $75-$79Best for: The yoga loverJust because they're on the go doesn't mean they have to hit pause on their yoga practice. This yoga mat from Manduka is lightweight, but still boasts a thick cushion that makes any surface a comfortable place to pick up their practice. It even comes with a lifetime guarantee.A pair of classic sunniesNordstromQuay Australia High Key Aviator Glasses, available at Nordstrom, $65Best for: The outdoorsy oneAviators will never go out of style. This pair from Quay feels like a fresh take on the classic with big, oversized frames. If aviators aren't their style, there are plenty more sunglass styles to choose from.A dainty pearl chokerCatbirdBaby Pearl Collar, available at Catbird, $198Best for: The delicate jewelry wearerA pearl necklace is a classic piece that they'll have for years to come. This one has tons of shiny, little pearls strung on a 14k gold chain. It's a subtly brilliant accessory that looks as good on its own as it does layered with their other favorite necklaces.A blank journal for her to fill with whatever she pleasesPapierWonder Notebook, available at Papier, $30Best for: The writerWhether she already has a journaling habit and is running out of pages or she's been talking about picking up a notebook, this blank journal will make for a thoughtful gift. She can use it to scribble ideas, doodles, travel notes, recipes, or anything else that comes to mind.A trio of luxe silk scrunchiesShopbopSlip Large Silk Scrunchies, set of 3, available at Shopbop, $39 Best for: The ponytail fan These silk scrunchies are a splurge-worthy birthday gift they might never get themselves. These scrunchies look and feel great, plus they're better for their hair than traditional hair ties.A set of one-of-a-kind coastersEtsyGlass Tile Coasters, available at Etsy, $18Best for: The coffee table curatorThese handcrafted coasters are made in small batches, so each set is truly unique. The bright combinations will add a pop of color to their space, while also protecting their surfaces from rings and scratches.The coziest socksNordstromBarefoot Dreams CozyChic Socks, 2-pack, available at Nordstrom, $30Best for: The comfy introvertTreat their feet to a cozy escape with these Barefoot Dreams socks. They're plush, warm, seriously soft, and perfect for lounging around the house.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytAug 27th, 2022

26 casual yet sweet gift ideas for new relationships that won"t feel over the top

Not sure what to get the person you just started dating? We got you covered, from budget-friendly accessories to self-care items they'll thank you for. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Not sure what to get your new partner? We've got you covered, from cute ways to celebrate your relationship to self-care items they'll thank you for.Uncommon Goods; OtherlandWhen you're in a new, budding relationship, finding the perfect gift for Christmas, Valentine's Day, a birthday, or a "just because" occasion can be a little challenging. Maybe you don't fully know their tastes yet, and don't want to splurge on something they may not even love all that much.Whether you've only just started dating or have been together for a few months, here are some low-key (yet still extremely thoughtful) gifts that will let your S.O. know that you're so happy you swiped right.The best gifts for a new relationship:A dried flower bouquet that'll last for yearsUrbanStemsThe Kaden Flowers and Vase, $55, available at UrbanStemsWhether a relationship is in its early stages or well beyond the honeymoon era, flowers are always on the table. This gorgeous dried flower bouquet lights up any space with shades of bubblegum pink and — as an added plus for the less successful plant parents in our lives — doesn't require any upkeep.You can read our full review of UrbanStems (our favorite online flower delivery service) here.A custom box of scented candlesOtherlandCustom candle gift box, from $28.80, from OtherlandIf your partner is a homebody or enjoys optimal coziness, a candle box from Otherland goes a long way. Each box is completely personalized, boasting a choice of candles with incredible scents ranging from tennis-themed Matchpoint to summer-inspired Melonspell. Add up to three candles, a charming matchbox, and a subtle but romantic note to your other half.You can read our review of Otherland here.A scented, warming coaster for their coffee or teaUncommon GoodsCozy Scented Warming Coaster, $15, available at Uncommon Goods Are you constantly wondering if your partner has a bigger relationship with coffee than they do with you? Don't worry: this spice-filled, heat-activated coaster will keep their caffeinated beverage hot while filling their home with the scent of cinnamon and clove — ensuring they'll think about you with every sip. For an added personal touch, each coaster is wrapped with traditional, handwoven Guatemalan fabric made by woman artisans from Unidas Para Vivir Mejor.An elegant, budget-friendly initial necklaceKenedee Fowler/Insider; Joan Fisher/PhotographerMOMOL Initial Necklace, $8.99, available at Amazon A tried and true gift for an S.O. you're still getting to know, this monogram necklace is both intimate and affordable. Easily personalized and endlessly fashionable, this dainty necklace is sure to make a daily appearance in your partner's wardrobe.You can read our full review of the necklace here.A Disney-inspired scrapbookAmazonHolotap "Our Adventure Book" Scrapbook, $16.99, available at Amazon Inspired by Pixar's "Up," this adorable take on Carl and Ellie's "Our Adventure Book" is just the gift for Disney lovers and craft fiends alike. Romantic and thoughtful, this colorful gift cheers to a sense of adventure and new memories together.A set of touch-activated lamps for long-distance relationshipsUncommon GoodsA set of paired lamps for long-distance love, from $125, available at Uncommon Goods Whether you're kicking off a new relationship across town or across the world, these stylish lamps are designed to keep you and your partner in sync. Tell your partner you're thinking about them with a simple touch, lighting up their lamp (and life) with a personalized hue.Lightsaber chopsticks for the "Star Wars" fanAmazonChopSabers Lightsaber Chopsticks (set of 4), $19.97, available at Amazon For every darling and dearest with a love for "Star Wars," these glowing lightsaber-themed chopsticks will take any meal to intergalactic heights. Your partner can embrace their inner Jedi or Sith with blue, green, red, and purple color varieties — while snacking on their favorite foods, of course.A subscription that mails "date nights" in a boxHappilyA subscription to Happily, from $32.99 monthlyWhile this subscription is more of a gift-for-two, a Happily-style date night is a creative way to spend time with the one you love most. From extravagantly themed evenings to something as simple as recipes or conversation starters, Happily is date night in a box. Specially curated to your interests, there are both digital and physical box plans for every couple.Scented shower steamers based on their birth monthUncommon GoodsBirth Month Flower Shower Steamers (4 Pack), $20, available at Uncommon Goods Whether you're searching for a more personal birthday gift or a "just because" surprise, this fizzy four-pack of aromatherapy shower steamers is the way to go. Handmade with essential oils and made specifically for each month of the year, these relaxing must-haves transform showers with scents from rose to lily of the valley.A delicious pack of cake trufflesMilk BarAssorted Truffle Box, $56, available at Milk Bar This delectable assortment of cake truffles give your new (and sweet-toothed) lover a chance to try one of Milk Bar's most iconic baked goods. Each tin is stuffed with six classic b'day, chocolate b'day, and limited-time strawberry shortcake truffles — plenty to savor and (lucky for us) share.An instant camera to get your photo album startedFujifilmFujifilm Instax Mini 11 Polaroid Camera, $69.99, available at Target What better way to capture your new memories together than with an iconic instant camera? Choose from five timeless pastel hues, each boasting one-touch selfie, auto-exposure, and close-up modes special to this Target exclusive.A relaxing game of conversation starters to bring you closerUncommon GoodsThe Hygge Conversation Game, $20, available at Uncommon Goods Ideal for lazy Sunday mornings or casual nights in, this light-hearted game perfectly captures the feeling of wellbeing and togetherness that defines the Danish values of hygge. Enjoy up to 330 cozy conversation starters with your favorite person, each guaranteeing plenty of smiles and a deeper understanding of each other.A luxurious massage oil setAmazonCosmetasa Massage Oil Set, $40.95, available at AmazonToning, soothing and calming, this three-piece set of specialized massage oils by Cosmetasa checks all the boxes. Equipped with a luxuriant massage ball and mitt, this spa-quality treatment is the perfect gift for stressed or relaxation-loving partners — whether they'd use it solo or want to indulge in a romantic couples massage. A comfy robe they'll thank you for laterL.L. BeanTerry Cloth Organic Cotton Robe, from $84.99, available at L.L. BeanWhile robes have been made meme-able by the likes of "SNL," a high-quality robe is a covetable gift. Soft, intimate, and something your partner can use whenever they wind down for the evening, this opulent, ultra-absorbent, and 100% organic cotton robe is something they'll never get tired of wrapping themselves up in.A camp chair they'll use all the timeREIFlexlite Camp Chair, $69.95, available at REI Co-opBehold the perfect companion for all your new partner's adventures to-be…besides yourself, of course. Whether they enjoy backpacking, camping, or picnics on the beach, this comfortable, lightweight chair is abrasion-resistant, accommodates a wide range of body types, and can be folded down for optimal outdoor transport.A handy card deck for any cat or dog ownerUncommon GoodsHow to Speak Cat Cards, $10, available at Uncommon Goods If you've recently started dating a cat person or a new pet parent, this cheeky deck of cards is sure to make them smile — and provide some much-needed cat care assistance. These 100 illustrated cards serve as a foolproof guide to any cat's mysterious whims, from facial expressions to inscrutable meows. There's also an equally fun version for dog lovers.A luxe silk pillowcaseBed Bath & BeyondPiccoCasa Silk Pillowcase, $33.49, available at Bed Bath & Beyond Nothing says "I love you" more than helping your partner get a restful night of sleep. A 100% mulberry silk PiccoCasa pillowcase does just that, equipped with smooth, breathable properties that can promote tangle-free hair and even help fight wrinkles. Talk about beauty sleep!A subscription to unlimited online courses led by celebsMasterClass; InsiderA subscription to MasterClass, from $15 monthlyFor a partner who loves learning new things, a subscription to MasterClass will give them the opportunity to do so from some of the world's most inspiring artists and icons. Think cooking with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, creative writing with bestselling author Margaret Atwood, and acting with Samuel L. Jackson. (Pro tip: you can upgrade to a duo account for just $5 more a month!)You can read our full review of MasterClass here.Yoga dice to inspire new posesUncommon GoodsYoga Dice, $18.95, available at Uncommon Goods If your new partner loves fitness, look no further than this groovy set of yoga dice that turns any backyard or living room into an inviting practice space. No matter how skilled of a yogi your S.O. is, these specialized fitness dice take each of the seven asanas to new heights with the element of surprise.A copper mug for the mojito loverWilliams SonomaAuthentic Hammered Copper Mug, $20.95, available at Williams Sonoma If your newly-exclusive S.O. is a cocktail enthusiast, this polished copper mug is the perfect addition to their home bar. Each mug is handcrafted by artisans in Turkey who carry on the ancient traditions of Anatolian metalworking, naturally designed to keep every mojito and mule well-chilled.A digital picture frame for all your future memoriesSkylightSkylight Digital Picture frame, $159.99, available at Skylight Frame Looking to make an unforgettable impression early on? This Wi-Fi-connected digital photo frame allows your special someone to display their favorite photos by something as simple as sending an email. With both vertical and horizontal modes, unmatched clarity and brilliance, and a 10-inch touch screen, this futuristic frame is the perfect accent to any partner's home.An affordable cologneDossierA bottle of Musky Oakmoss cologne, $49, available at Dossier The true way to a person's heart is through their sense of smell. Inspired by popular scents by many (overpriced) luxury brands, Dossier, one of our favorite colognes, offers an affordable alternative with a focus on the most important part of any cologne: the fragrance itself. Clean, casual, and fresh, this musky scent expertly blends bergamot, rose, patchouli, and oakmoss for an effortless appeal.Under-eye jelly patches to make their at-home spa day extra specialUltaPacifica Vegan Ceramide Under-Eye Jelly Patches, $7, available at Ulta Perfect for any beauty guru or an S.O. in need of an at-home spa day, these hydrating under-eye jelly patches are crafted with calendula, marshmallow root extract, and vegan ceramides for sensitive skin. Serving as a moisturizer and barrier for areas that need it most, these nifty skincare staples will give your partner the royal treatment.A funny toilet light to help them find their way around your apartmentAmazonColor Changing Toliet Night Light, $6.19, available at AmazonA toilet light might not be the main attraction, but it's a gag gift with a purpose. For the partners who find themselves staying over more often and seem to have a little trouble finding their way around the bathroom at night, this glowing gadget is motion activated and displays 16 colors. Bonus points: it'll also save your partner from being blinded by the vanity lights during their midnight trips to the lavatory.A shared Apple Music planBest BuyApple Music Subscription, $9.99 monthly after 1-month free trialEven if you and your new sweetheart have different tastes, music is a universal love language. A subscription to Apple Music is the gift that keeps on giving, serving up over 90 million songs, 30,000 playlists, and live radio. Opt for a multi-user plan for just $5 more a month to join the jam sesh.Gripper slippers they'll never take offBombasGripper Slippers, $45, available at Bombas Half slipper, half sock, these new and improved slippers are a lifesaver for our partners working from home—or just looking for a little extra padding around the house. With soft brushed lining to keep their feet nice and toasty, special grips to keep them from slipping on hard surfaces, and colorful options for every personality, it's safe to say they won't ever want to take them off.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytJul 18th, 2022

Live updates: Experts say more women of color could be investigated for miscarriages with Roe overturned

The Supreme Court has overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that granted a nationwide, constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion rights and anti-abortion rights activists fill the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside on June 25, 2022, in Washington, DC.Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. The 1973 landmark ruling established the constitutional right to an abortion. Over a dozen states have "trigger" laws meant to immediately outlaw abortion upon a reversal of Roe. The Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion. The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the ruling as the nation's highest court sided with Mississippi and other states, which passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.Immediately after last week's ruling, politicians on both sides of the aisle issued statements — with Republicans praising the Supreme Court and Democrats slamming the decision. Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe, as the legality of abortion is now left up to state legislatures. A 10-year-old was forced to cross state lines for an abortion after Ohio's ban went into place. The Indiana doctor who helped her will soon be unable to assist others.Abortion rights are under threat in the US.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty ImagesWith abortion outlawed after six weeks in Ohio, physicians in neighboring Indiana described an influx of out-of-state patients seeking care. Among them: a pregnant 10-year-old.Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, told the Indianapolis Star that just three days after the federal right to an abortion was reversed she received a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio, who needed her help. The physician had a pregnant patient, a 10-year-old, who could no longer legally undergo the procedure in her home state. Despite the influx of patients seeking care across state lines, with abortion access likely to be restricted in Indiana, Bernard's ability to help those seeking the procedure in the future is uncertain.Keep ReadingWith Roe overturned, experts say more women of color could be investigated for miscarriagesAbortion rights activist Nadine Seiler wears tape on her mouth with the words "Second Class Citizen" while protesting in front of the Supreme Court building following the announcement to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization rulingProbal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty ImagesIn December 2018, Marshae Jones was shot in the stomach and lost her unborn child. But it wasn't the shooter who was charged with murder. Instead, it was Jones, a Black woman who was pregnant when she was shot, who was indicted for killing her baby.Prosecutors dropped the case a few weeks later, but the damage was already done. Activists decried the incident as punishing women for pregnancy, and highlighted the dangers of a justice system that holds a fetus' rights over its mother's. Alabama has long had one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.Now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, cases like Jones' will only become more common as more states ban abortion, according to experts. That's especially the case for women of color, who are already more likely to be charged for manslaughter after having stillbirths, miscarriages, or abortions.Read Full StoryJudges in 5 states have temporarily blocked state laws that would restrict or ban abortionsThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday sent abortion back to each individual state to decide — and state judges are emerging as key players in the new abortion fight.Before the Supreme Court decision, 13 states had enacted "trigger" laws designed to ban abortion as soon as Roe fell, others had passed abortion bans or restrictions in earlier years designed to challenge Roe, and still others had pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that courts are now tasked with ruling whether to uphold. Abortion rights litigants are now turning to state courts and arguing under state laws and constitutions to block those trigger laws and other restrictions, with judges in two states temporarily blocking trigger laws that went into effect on Friday. Here's where abortion access currently stands, and where courts have temporarily blocked abortion bans so far.Read Full Story37 countries have expanded abortion access since 2000. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the US is going backward, activist saidRebecca Gomperts, founder of the Dutch organization Women on Waves, poses in Amsterdam, on September 23, 2020.Photo by REMKO DE WAAL/ANP/AFP via Getty ImagesSince 2000, thirty-seven countries have expanded the legal grounds upon which pregnant people can access abortion, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Decriminalization, legalization, and eased access are all trending around the globe. But the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to overturn Roe v. Wade and kick the question of abortion rights back to the states has made the US a global outlier, as the country walks back nearly five decades of federal protections. It's a move that Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of several international abortion-rights organizations, isn't particularly accustomed to. Read Full StorySupreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas repeated misleading claims that COVID-19 vaccines were made using cells of 'aborted children'Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2007.AP Photo/Charles DharapakJustice Clarence Thomas repeated a misleading claim on Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines were developed using cell lines from "aborted children."On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote to leave New York's vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in place after petitioners challenged the mandate over its lack of a religious exemption.In his dissenting opinion, Thomas wrote that the petitioners — which included 16 healthcare workers from the state — "object on religious grounds to all available COVID-19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children," citing the petitioners' complaint in his dissent.While it is true that fetal cell lines were crucial for testing the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the fact is often misconstrued into debunked claims that recently aborted fetuses were used to create the vaccines or that the vaccines themselves contain aborted fetal cells.In reality, the cell lines were grown in a laboratory by extracting cells from two elective abortions performed several decades ago, according to a handout guide from the North Dakota Department of Health addressing the subject of vaccines and fetal cell lines. Specifically, the cells came from a kidney cell line isolated from a fetus in 1973 and a retinal cell line from an aborted fetus in 1985. Read Full StoryMifepristone in Moldova: Women on Waves founder wants to use the abortion pill as contraception in the wake of Roe v. Wade reversalRebecca Gomperts, founder of the Dutch organization Women on Waves, speaks after a press conference at the Pez Vela Marina in the port of San Jose, Escuintla department, 120 km south of Guatemala City, on February 23, 2017.JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty ImagesA prominent reproductive-rights activist is turning to the abortion pill mifepristone as a possible salve in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves and several other reproductive rights organizations, has spent the last two decades helping women in abortion-restrictive countries access medical abortion through the use of boats, robots, and drones. But Gomperts is always interested in the next big thing, she told Insider in an interview this week, and she's betting that the future of reproductive justice might lie in a 50-milligram dose of mifepristone.Mifepristone, one of two drugs under the umbrella of the "abortion pill," stops pregnancy by halting progesterone production. The medicine is taken orally and can be used to induce abortions up until about nine weeks."It has amazing health benefits for women," she said. "It works really well against endometriosis. It works really well against myoma. It's a very effective morning after pill, and it's a very effective contraceptive pill once a week that doesn't have the side effects of hormonal contraceptives."Read Full StoryFlorida judge blocks the state's 15-week abortion banDemonstrators chant slogans during a rally in support of abortion rights in Miami, Florida.Lynne Sladky/AP PhotoA Florida judge blocked the state's 15-week abortion ban that was set to go into effect Friday.The ban violated Florida Constitution's right to privacy, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed the restrictions into law, said his administration will appeal the decision.Read Full StoryBiden says he supports a filibuster exception to protect abortion and privacy rightsPresident Joe BidenSTEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden said he now supports the Senate making an exception to the filibuster rule to pass protections for abortion and privacy rights."If the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights ... we should require an exception to the filibuster for this action," Biden saidBiden's push to overturn the filibuster has run into opposition from moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, key votes in the evenly divided 50-50 Senate.Read Full StoryBiden to appoint anti-abortion judge to lifetime federal post: reportPresident Joe Biden addresses the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022 in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, DC. The Court's decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion.Photo by Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden will reportedly nominate an anti-abortion judge to a lifetime position in federal court — days after he vowed to protect abortion rights.Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth and other unnamed officials told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Biden planned to nominate lawyer Chad Meredith, who has defended Kentucky's anti-abortion legislation.Yarmuth said it was "clear" that the pending nomination was "part of some larger deal" with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.On the day the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe was handed down, Biden vowed to do "all in my power to protect a woman's right in states where they will face the consequences of today's decision." The White House and McConnell's office did not respond to requests for comment.Read MoreDem's slim majority in Congress and a conservative Supreme Court make it unlikely Roe v. Wade can be savedActivists march along Constitution Avenue to the US Supreme Court on May 14, 2022.Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesDespite calls from Democrats to protect abortion rights, it's unlikely that the Supreme Court's latest decision to throw out the constitutional right to an abortion will be overturned anytime soon."I don't think that we are going to see a reversal in Dobbs," Radhika Rao, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, told Insider. "We're not going to see the return of the abortion right." Conservative justices have a 6-3 stranglehold on the nation's highest court, while Democrats have too slim of a majority in Congress to overcome Republicans' filibusters.Read MoreGeorge Washington University refuses to fire SCOTUS Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Clarence ThomasDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesGeorge Washington University has rejected calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be fired from a teaching position after he joined the court's other conservative justices in overturning Roe v. Wade."Because we steadfastly support the robust exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university's academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world's most urgent problems, the university will neither terminate Justices Thomas' employment nor cancel his class in response to his legal opinions," a letter stated.Read Full StoryKansas voters will be the first to address abortion rights after SCOTUS rulingThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade sent the question of abortion back to the states. — and the first direct electoral test of abortion rights in the post-Roe era will take place in Kansas.On Aug. 2, voters in Kansas will vote on a state constitutional amendment that would remove the right to an abortion in the state.The amendment would overturn a 2019 state court ruling that established a right to an abortion.Keep Reading Missouri health system restarts emergency contraception amid abortion ban fearsState laws banning abortion "from the moment of fertilization" could interfere with access to emergency contraception.Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty ImagesA Missouri health system announced it would stop providing emergency contraception over concerns that its patients and staff could be prosecuted under the state's strict new abortion ban — then reversed course hours later.Missouri was the first state to make abortion illegal after the US Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Advocates fear that sweeping and vague abortion bans could also impede access to contraception or fertility treatment.Saint Luke's Health System referenced those concerns in their announcement, saying they would stop giving emergency contraception "until the law in this area becomes better defined."The medical system later said they would resume giving out the contraception. The sudden shift shows the confusion and uncertainty over how far state-level abortion bans apply.Read Full StoryHere's what Biden can do to help Americans retain abortion access now that Roe v. Wade is overturned, advocates sayAbortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden.Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesAs the nation reels from the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden. The suggestions raised by these advocates include expanding the Supreme Court, declaring a "public health and national emergency," establishing abortion clinics on federal land, and providing easier access to abortion medication.Read Full StoryHillary Clinton, who has known Clarence Thomas since law school, says he is a person of 'resentment, grievance, anger'Hillary Clinton has known Clarence Thomas since their days at Yale Law School in the '60s.Left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue. Right: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Clarence Thomas, who she's known since they were at Yale Law School together in the '60s, has always been a "person of grievance.""I went to law school with him. He's been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him," Clinton said Tuesday during an interview on "CBS This Morning" with Gayle King. "Resentment, grievance, anger," she added.In a concurring opinion released when the Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, Thomas wrote "we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents" for rulings that granted individuals the right to birth control access, intimate gay relationships, and same-sex marriage."He may be on his own, but he's signaling," Clinton said of Thomas. "He has signaled in the past to lower courts, to state legislatures to find cases, pass laws, get them up," she added.Read Full StoryNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for those seeking abortions and reproductive health services in the stateFILE: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference in March 2020.Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for out-of-state abortion patients and medical providers in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning the 1973 landmark ruling Roe v. Wade.The executive order is among a number of countermeasures being taken by Democratic state leaders after the fall of Roe."Today, I signed an Executive Order to strengthen protections for reproductive freedom in Nevada. Reproductive health care is a basic human right," Sisolak wrote in a tweet announcing the executive order. "We are committed to ensuring safe access to abortions for women seeking refuge from the restrictive laws in their state."Abortion rights in Nevada are enshrined in the state's law, making it immune to the impact of a reversal of Roe.—Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 29, 2022 Judges in Utah, Louisiana, and Texas have temporarily blocked state laws that would restrict or ban abortionsAttendees hold up signs during a Texas Rally for Abortion Rights at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas, on May 7, 2022.Mark Felix/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday sent abortion back to each individual state to decide — and state judges are emerging as key players in the new abortion fight.Before the Supreme Court decision, 13 states had enacted "trigger" laws designed to ban abortion as soon as Roe fell, others had passed abortion bans or restrictions in earlier years designed to challenge Roe, and still others had pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that courts are now tasked with ruling whether to uphold. Abortion rights litigants are now turning to state courts and arguing under state laws and constitutions to block those trigger laws and other restrictions, with judges in two states temporarily blocking trigger laws that went into effect on Friday.Read Full StoryThe Biden administration will make abortion pills more widely available following Roe's 'despicable' demise, top health official saysHealth and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaks about actions the Biden administration plans to take in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Washington.Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoThe federal government will make abortion pills more readily available to patients now that states have moved to ban abortion following the Supreme Court overturning its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Tuesday.Becerra vowed his office will work with federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that states cannot ban abortion pills, as some Republican-led states have tried to do — though it's unclear how the laws would be enforced given that pills are sent through the mail. "Increasing access to this drug is a national imperative and in the public interest," Becerra said during a 30-minute press conference at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.Read MoreWhat 'packing the court' means — and why it's unlikely to happen to save Roe v. WadeActivists For Expanding The Supreme Court Rally Outside the Supreme Court on June 22, 2022.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Demand JusticeThe Supreme Court's historic decision to end federal abortion rights in the United States has triggered calls to add more justices to the bench to offset its conservative majority.But with President Joe Biden against the reform and a lack of congressional support, it's unlikely to happen.The nation's highest court voted 5-4 on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion almost 50 years ago. The consequential decision has led some Democrats and abortion-rights activists to demand for the Supreme Court to be expanded in size — a change that aims to counteract the current conservative majority and its rulings by establishing an ideologically balanced court.Read Full StoryWhat the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade said during their confirmation hearingsWhat Justices Who Overturned Roe Said About Abortion During Confirmation HearingsGetty ImagesThe conservative Supreme Court justices who voted against Roe v. Wade and stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion had spoken about the importance of legal precedent during their confirmation hearings.But they had hedged when pressed on how they'd rule in abortion cases.Video compiled by Insider shows how Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett responded when asked if they'd overturn Roe v. Wade.Keep ReadingUS military will continue to provide abortions when a woman's health is at riskUS Military membersBo Zaunders/Getty ImagesA memo to Department of Defense leaders said the military will not stop offering abortions to service members following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.The US military will continue to provide abortions when the health of the woman is at risk, the memo stated."Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce, and DoD families, and we are committed to taking care of all of our people and ensuring that the entire Force remains ready and resilient," the memo said.Read Full StoryRestricting abortion rights will cause severe economic impacts for womenStates where abortion is restricted or banned will place a harsh burden on women seeking abortions — one that'll likely cause severe economic impacts.Women in these states may also lose out on earnings now that they may have to travel far to get abortion access, C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, previously told Insider.Mason said women "who are already economically vulnerable" — including women of color, hourly workers, and those without paid or sick leave —  will be most impacted by abortion bans. Read Full StoryFacebook, Instagram reportedly removed posts about abortion pillsRafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFacebook and Instagram removed posts about abortion pills immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, according to the Associated Press and Vice.The AP reported that posts about how to obtain the pills — which refer to two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol — were pulled off the platforms moments after the nation's highest court stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion.When reached for comment by Insider, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, pointed to Meta spokesperson Andy Stone's Monday tweet."Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed," Stone said.Read Full StoryRoe's daughter slams Supreme Court ruling throwing out abortion rightsAbortion rights are under threat in the US.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty ImagesThe biological daughter of the woman at the center of the historic Roe v. Wade court case ripped the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the historic ruling — removing the constitutional right to an abortion."I believe that the decision to have an abortion is a private, medical choice that should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor," Shelley Lynn Thornton told ABC News. "We have lived in times of uncertainty and insecurity before, but to have such a fundamental right taken away and this ruling be overturned concerns me of what lies ahead."Read MoreWisconsin's Democratic governor vows to grant clemency to any doctors charged under the state's near-total abortion ban following fall of Roe v. WadeWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 15, 2022.AP Photo/Andy Manis, FileWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said this weekend that he would offer clemency to any doctors charged under the state's antiquated law banning nearly all abortions, which dates back more than a century.The 1849 law was enacted long before Roe v. Wade was instated and remained a Wisconsin statute even after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case rendered it moot. But after the nation's top court overturned Roe on Friday in a 5-4 majority decision, Wisconsin's 173-year-old abortion ban triggered back into effect. The state's ban makes performing abortions a felony and doctors charged under the statute face up to six years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000. The law's only exception allows for abortion if it is needed to save the life of the mother. The law does not offer exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or the mother's general health. Read Full StoryUtah judge blocks state's abortion 'trigger law' ban for 14 days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. WadeProtesters hold up hand-written signs in Salt Lake City, Utah.Niki Chan WylieA Utah judge granted a restraining order that will temporarily block the state's abortion ban from immediately going into effect, allowing doctors to provide abortions for the next 14 days.The ruling comes after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion.Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Utah filed a lawsuit over the weekend in a bid to block the state's "trigger law," which was set to immediately ban abortion in the state following the SCOTUS ruling, which was leaked last month.Read Full StoryAfter Roe v. Wade: Doug Mastriano, GOP nominee for Pennsylvania governor, now says abortion is a 'distraction'State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, a Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, takes part in a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoDoug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for governor in Pennsylvania by leaning into the culture war, using his Facebook live streams to rail against vaccine requirements, "Critical Race Theory," and members of his own party who failed to embrace conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.But this avowed opponent of abortion — who welcomed last week's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade — is now trying to pivot conversations away from the question of reproductive rights, admitting that the issue is a boon to Democrats.In an interview with Newsmax on Monday, Mastriano was asked to comment on footage of pro-choice protesters who were dispersed by police with tear gas outside the state capitol in Arizona. Mastriano, who himself was on the front lines between police and protesters at the US Capitol on January 6, per video from the day, praised law enforcement for quelling the civil unrest.But the state senator also didn't reall.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJul 1st, 2022

Live updates: Judges in 5 states have temporarily blocked state laws that would restrict or ban abortions

The Supreme Court has overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that granted a nationwide, constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion rights and anti-abortion rights activists fill the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside on June 25, 2022, in Washington, DC.Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. The 1973 landmark ruling established the constitutional right to an abortion. Over a dozen states have "trigger" laws meant to immediately outlaw abortion upon a reversal of Roe. The Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion. The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the ruling as the nation's highest court sided with Mississippi and other states, which passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.Immediately after last week's ruling, politicians on both sides of the aisle issued statements — with Republicans praising the Supreme Court and Democrats slamming the decision. Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe, as the legality of abortion is now left up to state legislatures. Judges in 5 states have temporarily blocked state laws that would restrict or ban abortionsThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday sent abortion back to each individual state to decide — and state judges are emerging as key players in the new abortion fight.Before the Supreme Court decision, 13 states had enacted "trigger" laws designed to ban abortion as soon as Roe fell, others had passed abortion bans or restrictions in earlier years designed to challenge Roe, and still others had pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that courts are now tasked with ruling whether to uphold. Abortion rights litigants are now turning to state courts and arguing under state laws and constitutions to block those trigger laws and other restrictions, with judges in two states temporarily blocking trigger laws that went into effect on Friday. Here's where abortion access currently stands, and where courts have temporarily blocked abortion bans so far.Read Full Story37 countries have expanded abortion access since 2000. By overturning Roe v. Wade, the US is going backward, activist saidRebecca Gomperts, founder of the Dutch organization Women on Waves, poses in Amsterdam, on September 23, 2020.Photo by REMKO DE WAAL/ANP/AFP via Getty ImagesSince 2000, thirty-seven countries have expanded the legal grounds upon which pregnant people can access abortion, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Decriminalization, legalization, and eased access are all trending around the globe. But the Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to overturn Roe v. Wade and kick the question of abortion rights back to the states has made the US a global outlier, as the country walks back nearly five decades of federal protections. It's a move that Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of several international abortion-rights organizations, isn't particularly accustomed to. Read Full StorySupreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas repeated misleading claims that COVID-19 vaccines were made using cells of 'aborted children'Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 2007.AP Photo/Charles DharapakJustice Clarence Thomas repeated a misleading claim on Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines were developed using cell lines from "aborted children."On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote to leave New York's vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in place after petitioners challenged the mandate over its lack of a religious exemption.In his dissenting opinion, Thomas wrote that the petitioners — which included 16 healthcare workers from the state — "object on religious grounds to all available COVID-19 vaccines because they were developed using cell lines derived from aborted children," citing the petitioners' complaint in his dissent.While it is true that fetal cell lines were crucial for testing the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, the fact is often misconstrued into debunked claims that recently aborted fetuses were used to create the vaccines or that the vaccines themselves contain aborted fetal cells.In reality, the cell lines were grown in a laboratory by extracting cells from two elective abortions performed several decades ago, according to a handout guide from the North Dakota Department of Health addressing the subject of vaccines and fetal cell lines. Specifically, the cells came from a kidney cell line isolated from a fetus in 1973 and a retinal cell line from an aborted fetus in 1985. Read Full StoryMifepristone in Moldova: Women on Waves founder wants to use the abortion pill as contraception in the wake of Roe v. Wade reversalRebecca Gomperts, founder of the Dutch organization Women on Waves, speaks after a press conference at the Pez Vela Marina in the port of San Jose, Escuintla department, 120 km south of Guatemala City, on February 23, 2017.JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty ImagesA prominent reproductive-rights activist is turning to the abortion pill mifepristone as a possible salve in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.Rebecca Gomperts, a Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves and several other reproductive rights organizations, has spent the last two decades helping women in abortion-restrictive countries access medical abortion through the use of boats, robots, and drones. But Gomperts is always interested in the next big thing, she told Insider in an interview this week, and she's betting that the future of reproductive justice might lie in a 50-milligram dose of mifepristone.Mifepristone, one of two drugs under the umbrella of the "abortion pill," stops pregnancy by halting progesterone production. The medicine is taken orally and can be used to induce abortions up until about nine weeks."It has amazing health benefits for women," she said. "It works really well against endometriosis. It works really well against myoma. It's a very effective morning after pill, and it's a very effective contraceptive pill once a week that doesn't have the side effects of hormonal contraceptives."Read Full StoryFlorida judge blocks the state's 15-week abortion banDemonstrators chant slogans during a rally in support of abortion rights in Miami, Florida.Lynne Sladky/AP PhotoA Florida judge blocked the state's 15-week abortion ban that was set to go into effect Friday.The ban violated Florida Constitution's right to privacy, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed the restrictions into law, said his administration will appeal the decision.Read Full StoryBiden says he supports a filibuster exception to protect abortion and privacy rightsPresident Joe BidenSTEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden said he now supports the Senate making an exception to the filibuster rule to pass protections for abortion and privacy rights."If the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights ... we should require an exception to the filibuster for this action," Biden saidBiden's push to overturn the filibuster has run into opposition from moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, key votes in the evenly divided 50-50 Senate.Read Full StoryBiden to appoint anti-abortion judge to lifetime federal post: reportPresident Joe Biden addresses the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022 in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, DC. The Court's decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion.Photo by Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden will reportedly nominate an anti-abortion judge to a lifetime position in federal court — days after he vowed to protect abortion rights.Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth and other unnamed officials told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Biden planned to nominate lawyer Chad Meredith, who has defended Kentucky's anti-abortion legislation.Yarmuth said it was "clear" that the pending nomination was "part of some larger deal" with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.On the day the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe was handed down, Biden vowed to do "all in my power to protect a woman's right in states where they will face the consequences of today's decision." The White House and McConnell's office did not respond to requests for comment.Read MoreDem's slim majority in Congress and a conservative Supreme Court make it unlikely Roe v. Wade can be savedActivists march along Constitution Avenue to the US Supreme Court on May 14, 2022.Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesDespite calls from Democrats to protect abortion rights, it's unlikely that the Supreme Court's latest decision to throw out the constitutional right to an abortion will be overturned anytime soon."I don't think that we are going to see a reversal in Dobbs," Radhika Rao, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, told Insider. "We're not going to see the return of the abortion right." Conservative justices have a 6-3 stranglehold on the nation's highest court, while Democrats have too slim of a majority in Congress to overcome Republicans' filibusters.Read MoreGeorge Washington University refuses to fire SCOTUS Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Clarence ThomasDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesGeorge Washington University has rejected calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be fired from a teaching position after he joined the court's other conservative justices in overturning Roe v. Wade."Because we steadfastly support the robust exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university's academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world's most urgent problems, the university will neither terminate Justices Thomas' employment nor cancel his class in response to his legal opinions," a letter stated.Read Full StoryKansas voters will be the first to address abortion rights after SCOTUS rulingThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade sent the question of abortion back to the states. — and the first direct electoral test of abortion rights in the post-Roe era will take place in Kansas.On Aug. 2, voters in Kansas will vote on a state constitutional amendment that would remove the right to an abortion in the state.The amendment would overturn a 2019 state court ruling that established a right to an abortion.Keep Reading Missouri health system restarts emergency contraception amid abortion ban fearsState laws banning abortion "from the moment of fertilization" could interfere with access to emergency contraception.Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty ImagesA Missouri health system announced it would stop providing emergency contraception over concerns that its patients and staff could be prosecuted under the state's strict new abortion ban — then reversed course hours later.Missouri was the first state to make abortion illegal after the US Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Advocates fear that sweeping and vague abortion bans could also impede access to contraception or fertility treatment.Saint Luke's Health System referenced those concerns in their announcement, saying they would stop giving emergency contraception "until the law in this area becomes better defined."The medical system later said they would resume giving out the contraception. The sudden shift shows the confusion and uncertainty over how far state-level abortion bans apply.Read Full StoryHere's what Biden can do to help Americans retain abortion access now that Roe v. Wade is overturned, advocates sayAbortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden.Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesAs the nation reels from the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden. The suggestions raised by these advocates include expanding the Supreme Court, declaring a "public health and national emergency," establishing abortion clinics on federal land, and providing easier access to abortion medication.Read Full StoryHillary Clinton, who has known Clarence Thomas since law school, says he is a person of 'resentment, grievance, anger'Hillary Clinton has known Clarence Thomas since their days at Yale Law School in the '60s.Left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue. Right: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Clarence Thomas, who she's known since they were at Yale Law School together in the '60s, has always been a "person of grievance.""I went to law school with him. He's been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him," Clinton said Tuesday during an interview on "CBS This Morning" with Gayle King. "Resentment, grievance, anger," she added.In a concurring opinion released when the Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, Thomas wrote "we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents" for rulings that granted individuals the right to birth control access, intimate gay relationships, and same-sex marriage."He may be on his own, but he's signaling," Clinton said of Thomas. "He has signaled in the past to lower courts, to state legislatures to find cases, pass laws, get them up," she added.Read Full StoryNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for those seeking abortions and reproductive health services in the stateFILE: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference in March 2020.Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for out-of-state abortion patients and medical providers in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning the 1973 landmark ruling Roe v. Wade.The executive order is among a number of countermeasures being taken by Democratic state leaders after the fall of Roe."Today, I signed an Executive Order to strengthen protections for reproductive freedom in Nevada. Reproductive health care is a basic human right," Sisolak wrote in a tweet announcing the executive order. "We are committed to ensuring safe access to abortions for women seeking refuge from the restrictive laws in their state."Abortion rights in Nevada are enshrined in the state's law, making it immune to the impact of a reversal of Roe.—Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 29, 2022 Judges in Utah, Louisiana, and Texas have temporarily blocked state laws that would restrict or ban abortionsAttendees hold up signs during a Texas Rally for Abortion Rights at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas, on May 7, 2022.Mark Felix/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday sent abortion back to each individual state to decide — and state judges are emerging as key players in the new abortion fight.Before the Supreme Court decision, 13 states had enacted "trigger" laws designed to ban abortion as soon as Roe fell, others had passed abortion bans or restrictions in earlier years designed to challenge Roe, and still others had pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that courts are now tasked with ruling whether to uphold. Abortion rights litigants are now turning to state courts and arguing under state laws and constitutions to block those trigger laws and other restrictions, with judges in two states temporarily blocking trigger laws that went into effect on Friday.Read Full StoryThe Biden administration will make abortion pills more widely available following Roe's 'despicable' demise, top health official saysHealth and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaks about actions the Biden administration plans to take in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Washington.Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoThe federal government will make abortion pills more readily available to patients now that states have moved to ban abortion following the Supreme Court overturning its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Tuesday.Becerra vowed his office will work with federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that states cannot ban abortion pills, as some Republican-led states have tried to do — though it's unclear how the laws would be enforced given that pills are sent through the mail. "Increasing access to this drug is a national imperative and in the public interest," Becerra said during a 30-minute press conference at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.Read MoreWhat 'packing the court' means — and why it's unlikely to happen to save Roe v. WadeActivists For Expanding The Supreme Court Rally Outside the Supreme Court on June 22, 2022.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Demand JusticeThe Supreme Court's historic decision to end federal abortion rights in the United States has triggered calls to add more justices to the bench to offset its conservative majority.But with President Joe Biden against the reform and a lack of congressional support, it's unlikely to happen.The nation's highest court voted 5-4 on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion almost 50 years ago. The consequential decision has led some Democrats and abortion-rights activists to demand for the Supreme Court to be expanded in size — a change that aims to counteract the current conservative majority and its rulings by establishing an ideologically balanced court.Read Full StoryWhat the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade said during their confirmation hearingsWhat Justices Who Overturned Roe Said About Abortion During Confirmation HearingsGetty ImagesThe conservative Supreme Court justices who voted against Roe v. Wade and stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion had spoken about the importance of legal precedent during their confirmation hearings.But they had hedged when pressed on how they'd rule in abortion cases.Video compiled by Insider shows how Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett responded when asked if they'd overturn Roe v. Wade.Keep ReadingUS military will continue to provide abortions when a woman's health is at riskUS Military membersBo Zaunders/Getty ImagesA memo to Department of Defense leaders said the military will not stop offering abortions to service members following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.The US military will continue to provide abortions when the health of the woman is at risk, the memo stated."Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce, and DoD families, and we are committed to taking care of all of our people and ensuring that the entire Force remains ready and resilient," the memo said.Read Full StoryRestricting abortion rights will cause severe economic impacts for womenStates where abortion is restricted or banned will place a harsh burden on women seeking abortions — one that'll likely cause severe economic impacts.Women in these states may also lose out on earnings now that they may have to travel far to get abortion access, C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, previously told Insider.Mason said women "who are already economically vulnerable" — including women of color, hourly workers, and those without paid or sick leave —  will be most impacted by abortion bans. Read Full StoryFacebook, Instagram reportedly removed posts about abortion pillsRafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFacebook and Instagram removed posts about abortion pills immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, according to the Associated Press and Vice.The AP reported that posts about how to obtain the pills — which refer to two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol — were pulled off the platforms moments after the nation's highest court stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion.When reached for comment by Insider, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, pointed to Meta spokesperson Andy Stone's Monday tweet."Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed," Stone said.Read Full StoryRoe's daughter slams Supreme Court ruling throwing out abortion rightsAbortion rights are under threat in the US.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty ImagesThe biological daughter of the woman at the center of the historic Roe v. Wade court case ripped the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the historic ruling — removing the constitutional right to an abortion."I believe that the decision to have an abortion is a private, medical choice that should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor," Shelley Lynn Thornton told ABC News. "We have lived in times of uncertainty and insecurity before, but to have such a fundamental right taken away and this ruling be overturned concerns me of what lies ahead."Read MoreWisconsin's Democratic governor vows to grant clemency to any doctors charged under the state's near-total abortion ban following fall of Roe v. WadeWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 15, 2022.AP Photo/Andy Manis, FileWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said this weekend that he would offer clemency to any doctors charged under the state's antiquated law banning nearly all abortions, which dates back more than a century.The 1849 law was enacted long before Roe v. Wade was instated and remained a Wisconsin statute even after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case rendered it moot. But after the nation's top court overturned Roe on Friday in a 5-4 majority decision, Wisconsin's 173-year-old abortion ban triggered back into effect. The state's ban makes performing abortions a felony and doctors charged under the statute face up to six years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000. The law's only exception allows for abortion if it is needed to save the life of the mother. The law does not offer exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or the mother's general health. Read Full StoryUtah judge blocks state's abortion 'trigger law' ban for 14 days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. WadeProtesters hold up hand-written signs in Salt Lake City, Utah.Niki Chan WylieA Utah judge granted a restraining order that will temporarily block the state's abortion ban from immediately going into effect, allowing doctors to provide abortions for the next 14 days.The ruling comes after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion.Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Utah filed a lawsuit over the weekend in a bid to block the state's "trigger law," which was set to immediately ban abortion in the state following the SCOTUS ruling, which was leaked last month.Read Full StoryAfter Roe v. Wade: Doug Mastriano, GOP nominee for Pennsylvania governor, now says abortion is a 'distraction'State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, a Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, takes part in a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoDoug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for governor in Pennsylvania by leaning into the culture war, using his Facebook live streams to rail against vaccine requirements, "Critical Race Theory," and members of his own party who failed to embrace conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.But this avowed opponent of abortion — who welcomed last week's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade — is now trying to pivot conversations away from the question of reproductive rights, admitting that the issue is a boon to Democrats.In an interview with Newsmax on Monday, Mastriano was asked to comment on footage of pro-choice protesters who were dispersed by police with tear gas outside the state capitol in Arizona. Mastriano, who himself was on the front lines between police and protesters at the US Capitol on January 6, per video from the day, praised law enforcement for quelling the civil unrest.But the state senator also didn't reall.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 30th, 2022

Live updates: Florida judge blocks the state"s 15-week abortion ban

The Supreme Court has overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that granted a nationwide, constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion rights and anti-abortion rights activists fill the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside on June 25, 2022, in Washington, DC.Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. The 1973 landmark ruling established the constitutional right to an abortion. Over a dozen states have "trigger" laws meant to immediately outlaw abortion upon a reversal of Roe. The Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion. The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the ruling as the nation's highest court sided with Mississippi and other states, which passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.Immediately after last week's ruling, politicians on both sides of the aisle issued statements — with Republicans praising the Supreme Court and Democrats slamming the decision. Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe, as the legality of abortion is now left up to state legislatures. Florida judge blocks the state's 15-week abortion banDemonstrators chant slogans during a rally in support of abortion rights in Miami, Florida.Lynne Sladky/AP PhotoA Florida judge blocked the state's 15-week abortion ban that was set to go into effect Friday. The ban violated Florida Constitution's right to privacy, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper ruled.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed the restrictions into law, said his administration will appeal the decision.Read Full StoryBiden says he supports a filibuster exception to protect abortion and privacy rightsPresident Joe BidenSTEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden said he now supports the Senate making an exception to the filibuster rule to pass protections for abortion and privacy rights."If the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights ... we should require an exception to the filibuster for this action," Biden saidBiden's push to overturn the filibuster has run into opposition from moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, key votes in the evenly divided 50-50 Senate.Read Full StoryBiden to appoint anti-abortion judge to lifetime federal post: reportPresident Joe Biden addresses the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022 in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, DC. The Court's decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion.Photo by Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden will reportedly nominate an anti-abortion judge to a lifetime position in federal court — days after he vowed to protect abortion rights.Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth and other unnamed officials told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Biden planned to nominate lawyer Chad Meredith, who has defended Kentucky's anti-abortion legislation.Yarmuth said it was "clear" that the pending nomination was "part of some larger deal" with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.On the day the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe was handed down, Biden vowed to do "all in my power to protect a woman's right in states where they will face the consequences of today's decision." The White House and McConnell's office did not respond to requests for comment.Read MoreDem's slim majority in Congress and a conservative Supreme Court make it unlikely Roe v. Wade can be savedActivists march along Constitution Avenue to the US Supreme Court on May 14, 2022.Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesDespite calls from Democrats to protect abortion rights, it's unlikely that the Supreme Court's latest decision to throw out the constitutional right to an abortion will be overturned anytime soon."I don't think that we are going to see a reversal in Dobbs," Radhika Rao, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, told Insider. "We're not going to see the return of the abortion right." Conservative justices have a 6-3 stranglehold on the nation's highest court, while Democrats have too slim of a majority in Congress to overcome Republicans' filibusters.Read MoreGeorge Washington University refuses to fire SCOTUS Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Clarence ThomasDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesGeorge Washington University has rejected calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be fired from a teaching position after he joined the court's other conservative justices in overturning Roe v. Wade."Because we steadfastly support the robust exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university's academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world's most urgent problems, the university will neither terminate Justices Thomas' employment nor cancel his class in response to his legal opinions," a letter stated.Read Full StoryKansas voters will be the first to address abortion rights after SCOTUS rulingThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade sent the question of abortion back to the states. — and the first direct electoral test of abortion rights in the post-Roe era will take place in Kansas.On Aug. 2, voters in Kansas will vote on a state constitutional amendment that would remove the right to an abortion in the state.The amendment would overturn a 2019 state court ruling that established a right to an abortion.Keep Reading Missouri health system restarts emergency contraception amid abortion ban fearsState laws banning abortion "from the moment of fertilization" could interfere with access to emergency contraception.Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty ImagesA Missouri health system announced it would stop providing emergency contraception over concerns that its patients and staff could be prosecuted under the state's strict new abortion ban — then reversed course hours later.Missouri was the first state to make abortion illegal after the US Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Advocates fear that sweeping and vague abortion bans could also impede access to contraception or fertility treatment.Saint Luke's Health System referenced those concerns in their announcement, saying they would stop giving emergency contraception "until the law in this area becomes better defined."The medical system later said they would resume giving out the contraception. The sudden shift shows the confusion and uncertainty over how far state-level abortion bans apply.Read Full StoryHere's what Biden can do to help Americans retain abortion access now that Roe v. Wade is overturned, advocates sayAbortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden.Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesAs the nation reels from the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden. The suggestions raised by these advocates include expanding the Supreme Court, declaring a "public health and national emergency," establishing abortion clinics on federal land, and providing easier access to abortion medication.Read Full StoryHillary Clinton, who has known Clarence Thomas since law school, says he is a person of 'resentment, grievance, anger'Hillary Clinton has known Clarence Thomas since their days at Yale Law School in the '60s.Left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue. Right: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Clarence Thomas, who she's known since they were at Yale Law School together in the '60s, has always been a "person of grievance.""I went to law school with him. He's been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him," Clinton said Tuesday during an interview on "CBS This Morning" with Gayle King. "Resentment, grievance, anger," she added.In a concurring opinion released when the Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, Thomas wrote "we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents" for rulings that granted individuals the right to birth control access, intimate gay relationships, and same-sex marriage."He may be on his own, but he's signaling," Clinton said of Thomas. "He has signaled in the past to lower courts, to state legislatures to find cases, pass laws, get them up," she added.Read Full StoryNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for those seeking abortions and reproductive health services in the stateFILE: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference in March 2020.Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for out-of-state abortion patients and medical providers in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning the 1973 landmark ruling Roe v. Wade.The executive order is among a number of countermeasures being taken by Democratic state leaders after the fall of Roe."Today, I signed an Executive Order to strengthen protections for reproductive freedom in Nevada. Reproductive health care is a basic human right," Sisolak wrote in a tweet announcing the executive order. "We are committed to ensuring safe access to abortions for women seeking refuge from the restrictive laws in their state."Abortion rights in Nevada are enshrined in the state's law, making it immune to the impact of a reversal of Roe.—Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 29, 2022 Judges in Utah, Louisiana, and Texas have temporarily blocked state laws that would restrict or ban abortionsAttendees hold up signs during a Texas Rally for Abortion Rights at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas, on May 7, 2022.Mark Felix/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday sent abortion back to each individual state to decide — and state judges are emerging as key players in the new abortion fight.Before the Supreme Court decision, 13 states had enacted "trigger" laws designed to ban abortion as soon as Roe fell, others had passed abortion bans or restrictions in earlier years designed to challenge Roe, and still others had pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that courts are now tasked with ruling whether to uphold. Abortion rights litigants are now turning to state courts and arguing under state laws and constitutions to block those trigger laws and other restrictions, with judges in two states temporarily blocking trigger laws that went into effect on Friday.Read Full StoryThe Biden administration will make abortion pills more widely available following Roe's 'despicable' demise, top health official saysHealth and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaks about actions the Biden administration plans to take in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Washington.Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoThe federal government will make abortion pills more readily available to patients now that states have moved to ban abortion following the Supreme Court overturning its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Tuesday.Becerra vowed his office will work with federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that states cannot ban abortion pills, as some Republican-led states have tried to do — though it's unclear how the laws would be enforced given that pills are sent through the mail. "Increasing access to this drug is a national imperative and in the public interest," Becerra said during a 30-minute press conference at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.Read MoreWhat 'packing the court' means — and why it's unlikely to happen to save Roe v. WadeActivists For Expanding The Supreme Court Rally Outside the Supreme Court on June 22, 2022.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Demand JusticeThe Supreme Court's historic decision to end federal abortion rights in the United States has triggered calls to add more justices to the bench to offset its conservative majority.But with President Joe Biden against the reform and a lack of congressional support, it's unlikely to happen.The nation's highest court voted 5-4 on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion almost 50 years ago. The consequential decision has led some Democrats and abortion-rights activists to demand for the Supreme Court to be expanded in size — a change that aims to counteract the current conservative majority and its rulings by establishing an ideologically balanced court.Read Full StoryWhat the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade said during their confirmation hearingsWhat Justices Who Overturned Roe Said About Abortion During Confirmation HearingsGetty ImagesThe conservative Supreme Court justices who voted against Roe v. Wade and stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion had spoken about the importance of legal precedent during their confirmation hearings.But they had hedged when pressed on how they'd rule in abortion cases.Video compiled by Insider shows how Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett responded when asked if they'd overturn Roe v. Wade.Keep ReadingUS military will continue to provide abortions when a woman's health is at riskUS Military membersBo Zaunders/Getty ImagesA memo to Department of Defense leaders said the military will not stop offering abortions to service members following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.The US military will continue to provide abortions when the health of the woman is at risk, the memo stated."Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce, and DoD families, and we are committed to taking care of all of our people and ensuring that the entire Force remains ready and resilient," the memo said.Read Full StoryRestricting abortion rights will cause severe economic impacts for womenStates where abortion is restricted or banned will place a harsh burden on women seeking abortions — one that'll likely cause severe economic impacts.Women in these states may also lose out on earnings now that they may have to travel far to get abortion access, C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, previously told Insider.Mason said women "who are already economically vulnerable" — including women of color, hourly workers, and those without paid or sick leave —  will be most impacted by abortion bans. Read Full StoryFacebook, Instagram reportedly removed posts about abortion pillsRafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFacebook and Instagram removed posts about abortion pills immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, according to the Associated Press and Vice.The AP reported that posts about how to obtain the pills — which refer to two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol — were pulled off the platforms moments after the nation's highest court stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion.When reached for comment by Insider, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, pointed to Meta spokesperson Andy Stone's Monday tweet."Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed," Stone said.Read Full StoryRoe's daughter slams Supreme Court ruling throwing out abortion rightsAbortion rights are under threat in the US.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty ImagesThe biological daughter of the woman at the center of the historic Roe v. Wade court case ripped the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the historic ruling — removing the constitutional right to an abortion."I believe that the decision to have an abortion is a private, medical choice that should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor," Shelley Lynn Thornton told ABC News. "We have lived in times of uncertainty and insecurity before, but to have such a fundamental right taken away and this ruling be overturned concerns me of what lies ahead."Read MoreWisconsin's Democratic governor vows to grant clemency to any doctors charged under the state's near-total abortion ban following fall of Roe v. WadeWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 15, 2022.AP Photo/Andy Manis, FileWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said this weekend that he would offer clemency to any doctors charged under the state's antiquated law banning nearly all abortions, which dates back more than a century.The 1849 law was enacted long before Roe v. Wade was instated and remained a Wisconsin statute even after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case rendered it moot. But after the nation's top court overturned Roe on Friday in a 5-4 majority decision, Wisconsin's 173-year-old abortion ban triggered back into effect. The state's ban makes performing abortions a felony and doctors charged under the statute face up to six years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000. The law's only exception allows for abortion if it is needed to save the life of the mother. The law does not offer exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or the mother's general health. Read Full StoryUtah judge blocks state's abortion 'trigger law' ban for 14 days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. WadeProtesters hold up hand-written signs in Salt Lake City, Utah.Niki Chan WylieA Utah judge granted a restraining order that will temporarily block the state's abortion ban from immediately going into effect, allowing doctors to provide abortions for the next 14 days.The ruling comes after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion.Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Utah filed a lawsuit over the weekend in a bid to block the state's "trigger law," which was set to immediately ban abortion in the state following the SCOTUS ruling, which was leaked last month.Read Full StoryAfter Roe v. Wade: Doug Mastriano, GOP nominee for Pennsylvania governor, now says abortion is a 'distraction'State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, a Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, takes part in a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoDoug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for governor in Pennsylvania by leaning into the culture war, using his Facebook live streams to rail against vaccine requirements, "Critical Race Theory," and members of his own party who failed to embrace conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.But this avowed opponent of abortion — who welcomed last week's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade — is now trying to pivot conversations away from the question of reproductive rights, admitting that the issue is a boon to Democrats.In an interview with Newsmax on Monday, Mastriano was asked to comment on footage of pro-choice protesters who were dispersed by police with tear gas outside the state capitol in Arizona. Mastriano, who himself was on the front lines between police and protesters at the US Capitol on January 6, per video from the day, praised law enforcement for quelling the civil unrest.But the state senator also didn't reall.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 30th, 2022

Live updates: Biden supports filibuster exception to protect abortion rights

The Supreme Court has overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that granted a nationwide, constitutional right to an abortion. Abortion rights and anti-abortion rights activists fill the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during a protest in the wake of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade outside on June 25, 2022, in Washington, DC.Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images) The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week. The 1973 landmark ruling established the constitutional right to an abortion. Over a dozen states have "trigger" laws meant to immediately outlaw abortion upon a reversal of Roe. The Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to an abortion. The opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization threw out the ruling as the nation's highest court sided with Mississippi and other states, which passed restrictive anti-abortion laws.Immediately after last week's ruling, politicians on both sides of the aisle issued statements — with Republicans praising the Supreme Court and Democrats slamming the decision. Over a dozen states have "trigger laws" meant to ban abortion immediately upon the overturning of Roe, as the legality of abortion is now left up to state legislatures. Biden says he supports a filibuster exception to protect abortion and privacy rightsPresident Joe BidenSTEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden said he now supports the Senate making an exception to the filibuster rule to pass protections for abortion and privacy rights."If the filibuster gets in the way, it's like voting rights ... we should require an exception to the filibuster for this action," Biden saidBiden's push to overturn the filibuster has run into opposition from moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, key votes in the evenly divided 50-50 Senate.Read Full StoryBiden to appoint anti-abortion judge to lifetime federal post: reportPresident Joe Biden addresses the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade June 24, 2022 in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, DC. The Court's decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health overturns the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erases a federal right to an abortion.Photo by Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden will reportedly nominate an anti-abortion judge to a lifetime position in federal court — days after he vowed to protect abortion rights.Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth and other unnamed officials told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Biden planned to nominate lawyer Chad Meredith, who has defended Kentucky's anti-abortion legislation.Yarmuth said it was "clear" that the pending nomination was "part of some larger deal" with Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.On the day the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe was handed down, Biden vowed to do "all in my power to protect a woman's right in states where they will face the consequences of today's decision." The White House and McConnell's office did not respond to requests for comment.Read MoreDem's slim majority in Congress and a conservative Supreme Court make it unlikely Roe v. Wade can be savedActivists march along Constitution Avenue to the US Supreme Court on May 14, 2022.Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesDespite calls from Democrats to protect abortion rights, it's unlikely that the Supreme Court's latest decision to throw out the constitutional right to an abortion will be overturned anytime soon."I don't think that we are going to see a reversal in Dobbs," Radhika Rao, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, told Insider. "We're not going to see the return of the abortion right." Conservative justices have a 6-3 stranglehold on the nation's highest court, while Democrats have too slim of a majority in Congress to overcome Republicans' filibusters.Read MoreGeorge Washington University refuses to fire SCOTUS Justice Clarence ThomasJustice Clarence ThomasDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesGeorge Washington University has rejected calls for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be fired from a teaching position after he joined the court's other conservative justices in overturning Roe v. Wade."Because we steadfastly support the robust exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university's academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world's most urgent problems, the university will neither terminate Justices Thomas' employment nor cancel his class in response to his legal opinions," a letter stated.Read Full StoryKansas voters will be the first to address abortion rights after SCOTUS rulingThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade sent the question of abortion back to the states. — and the first direct electoral test of abortion rights in the post-Roe era will take place in Kansas.On Aug. 2, voters in Kansas will vote on a state constitutional amendment that would remove the right to an abortion in the state.The amendment would overturn a 2019 state court ruling that established a right to an abortion.Keep Reading Missouri health system restarts emergency contraception amid abortion ban fearsState laws banning abortion "from the moment of fertilization" could interfere with access to emergency contraception.Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman/Tribune News Service via Getty ImagesA Missouri health system announced it would stop providing emergency contraception over concerns that its patients and staff could be prosecuted under the state's strict new abortion ban — then reversed course hours later.Missouri was the first state to make abortion illegal after the US Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Advocates fear that sweeping and vague abortion bans could also impede access to contraception or fertility treatment.Saint Luke's Health System referenced those concerns in their announcement, saying they would stop giving emergency contraception "until the law in this area becomes better defined."The medical system later said they would resume giving out the contraception. The sudden shift shows the confusion and uncertainty over how far state-level abortion bans apply.Read Full StoryHere's what Biden can do to help Americans retain abortion access now that Roe v. Wade is overturned, advocates sayAbortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden.Stefani Reynolds/Getty ImagesAs the nation reels from the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion advocates from across the political spectrum have called for sweeping measures from President Joe Biden. The suggestions raised by these advocates include expanding the Supreme Court, declaring a "public health and national emergency," establishing abortion clinics on federal land, and providing easier access to abortion medication.Read Full StoryHillary Clinton, who has known Clarence Thomas since law school, says he is a person of 'resentment, grievance, anger'Hillary Clinton has known Clarence Thomas since their days at Yale Law School in the '60s.Left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue. Right: Drew Angerer/Getty Images.Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Clarence Thomas, who she's known since they were at Yale Law School together in the '60s, has always been a "person of grievance.""I went to law school with him. He's been a person of grievance for as long as I have known him," Clinton said Tuesday during an interview on "CBS This Morning" with Gayle King. "Resentment, grievance, anger," she added.In a concurring opinion released when the Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, Thomas wrote "we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents" for rulings that granted individuals the right to birth control access, intimate gay relationships, and same-sex marriage."He may be on his own, but he's signaling," Clinton said of Thomas. "He has signaled in the past to lower courts, to state legislatures to find cases, pass laws, get them up," she added.Read Full StoryNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for those seeking abortions and reproductive health services in the stateFILE: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks during a news conference in March 2020.Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesNevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an executive order strengthening protections for out-of-state abortion patients and medical providers in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning the 1973 landmark ruling Roe v. Wade.The executive order is among a number of countermeasures being taken by Democratic state leaders after the fall of Roe."Today, I signed an Executive Order to strengthen protections for reproductive freedom in Nevada. Reproductive health care is a basic human right," Sisolak wrote in a tweet announcing the executive order. "We are committed to ensuring safe access to abortions for women seeking refuge from the restrictive laws in their state."Abortion rights in Nevada are enshrined in the state's law, making it immune to the impact of a reversal of Roe.—Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 29, 2022 Judges in Utah, Louisiana, and Texas have temporarily blocked state laws that would restrict or ban abortionsAttendees hold up signs during a Texas Rally for Abortion Rights at Discovery Green in Houston, Texas, on May 7, 2022.Mark Felix/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday sent abortion back to each individual state to decide — and state judges are emerging as key players in the new abortion fight.Before the Supreme Court decision, 13 states had enacted "trigger" laws designed to ban abortion as soon as Roe fell, others had passed abortion bans or restrictions in earlier years designed to challenge Roe, and still others had pre-Roe abortion bans on their books that courts are now tasked with ruling whether to uphold. Abortion rights litigants are now turning to state courts and arguing under state laws and constitutions to block those trigger laws and other restrictions, with judges in two states temporarily blocking trigger laws that went into effect on Friday.Read Full StoryThe Biden administration will make abortion pills more widely available following Roe's 'despicable' demise, top health official saysHealth and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra speaks about actions the Biden administration plans to take in response to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, in Washington.Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoThe federal government will make abortion pills more readily available to patients now that states have moved to ban abortion following the Supreme Court overturning its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Tuesday.Becerra vowed his office will work with federal law enforcement agencies to ensure that states cannot ban abortion pills, as some Republican-led states have tried to do — though it's unclear how the laws would be enforced given that pills are sent through the mail. "Increasing access to this drug is a national imperative and in the public interest," Becerra said during a 30-minute press conference at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC.Read MoreWhat 'packing the court' means — and why it's unlikely to happen to save Roe v. WadeActivists For Expanding The Supreme Court Rally Outside the Supreme Court on June 22, 2022.Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Demand JusticeThe Supreme Court's historic decision to end federal abortion rights in the United States has triggered calls to add more justices to the bench to offset its conservative majority.But with President Joe Biden against the reform and a lack of congressional support, it's unlikely to happen.The nation's highest court voted 5-4 on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion almost 50 years ago. The consequential decision has led some Democrats and abortion-rights activists to demand for the Supreme Court to be expanded in size — a change that aims to counteract the current conservative majority and its rulings by establishing an ideologically balanced court.Read Full StoryWhat the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade said during their confirmation hearingsWhat Justices Who Overturned Roe Said About Abortion During Confirmation HearingsGetty ImagesThe conservative Supreme Court justices who voted against Roe v. Wade and stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion had spoken about the importance of legal precedent during their confirmation hearings.But they had hedged when pressed on how they'd rule in abortion cases.Video compiled by Insider shows how Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett responded when asked if they'd overturn Roe v. Wade.Keep ReadingUS military will continue to provide abortions when a woman's health is at riskUS Military membersBo Zaunders/Getty ImagesA memo to Department of Defense leaders said the military will not stop offering abortions to service members following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.The US military will continue to provide abortions when the health of the woman is at risk, the memo stated."Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our Service members, the civilian workforce, and DoD families, and we are committed to taking care of all of our people and ensuring that the entire Force remains ready and resilient," the memo said.Read Full StoryRestricting abortion rights will cause severe economic impacts for womenStates where abortion is restricted or banned will place a harsh burden on women seeking abortions — one that'll likely cause severe economic impacts.Women in these states may also lose out on earnings now that they may have to travel far to get abortion access, C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, previously told Insider.Mason said women "who are already economically vulnerable" — including women of color, hourly workers, and those without paid or sick leave —  will be most impacted by abortion bans. Read Full StoryFacebook, Instagram reportedly removed posts about abortion pillsRafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFacebook and Instagram removed posts about abortion pills immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, according to the Associated Press and Vice.The AP reported that posts about how to obtain the pills — which refer to two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol — were pulled off the platforms moments after the nation's highest court stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion.When reached for comment by Insider, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, pointed to Meta spokesperson Andy Stone's Monday tweet."Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed," Stone said.Read Full StoryRoe's daughter slams Supreme Court ruling throwing out abortion rightsAbortion rights are under threat in the US.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty ImagesThe biological daughter of the woman at the center of the historic Roe v. Wade court case ripped the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the historic ruling — removing the constitutional right to an abortion."I believe that the decision to have an abortion is a private, medical choice that should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor," Shelley Lynn Thornton told ABC News. "We have lived in times of uncertainty and insecurity before, but to have such a fundamental right taken away and this ruling be overturned concerns me of what lies ahead."Read MoreWisconsin's Democratic governor vows to grant clemency to any doctors charged under the state's near-total abortion ban following fall of Roe v. WadeWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers addresses a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. on Feb. 15, 2022.AP Photo/Andy Manis, FileWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said this weekend that he would offer clemency to any doctors charged under the state's antiquated law banning nearly all abortions, which dates back more than a century.The 1849 law was enacted long before Roe v. Wade was instated and remained a Wisconsin statute even after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case rendered it moot. But after the nation's top court overturned Roe on Friday in a 5-4 majority decision, Wisconsin's 173-year-old abortion ban triggered back into effect. The state's ban makes performing abortions a felony and doctors charged under the statute face up to six years in prison, as well as fines up to $10,000. The law's only exception allows for abortion if it is needed to save the life of the mother. The law does not offer exceptions in instances of rape, incest, or the mother's general health. Read Full StoryUtah judge blocks state's abortion 'trigger law' ban for 14 days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. WadeProtesters hold up hand-written signs in Salt Lake City, Utah.Niki Chan WylieA Utah judge granted a restraining order that will temporarily block the state's abortion ban from immediately going into effect, allowing doctors to provide abortions for the next 14 days.The ruling comes after the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision that granted women the constitutional right to an abortion.Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Utah filed a lawsuit over the weekend in a bid to block the state's "trigger law," which was set to immediately ban abortion in the state following the SCOTUS ruling, which was leaked last month.Read Full StoryAfter Roe v. Wade: Doug Mastriano, GOP nominee for Pennsylvania governor, now says abortion is a 'distraction'State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, a Republican candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, takes part in a primary night election gathering in Chambersburg, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022.Carolyn Kaster/AP PhotoDoug Mastriano won the Republican nomination for governor in Pennsylvania by leaning into the culture war, using his Facebook live streams to rail against vaccine requirements, "Critical Race Theory," and members of his own party who failed to embrace conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.But this avowed opponent of abortion — who welcomed last week's Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade — is now trying to pivot conversations away from the question of reproductive rights, admitting that the issue is a boon to Democrats.In an interview with Newsmax on Monday, Mastriano was asked to comment on footage of pro-choice protesters who were dispersed by police with tear gas outside the state capitol in Arizona. Mastriano, who himself was on the front lines between police and protesters at the US Capitol on January 6, per video from the day, praised law enforcement for quelling the civil unrest.But the state senator also didn't reall.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 30th, 2022

Here"s the best career advice for college graduates from business leaders like Apple"s Tim Cook and GM"s Mary Barra speaking at this year"s commencement ceremonies

Several of the country's top business executives imparted wisdom and shared lessons that helped them throughout their careers to the class of 2022. Apple CEO Tim CookBilal Chinoy/Gallaudet University It's graduation season again for colleges across the country. Per tradition, many influential figures are sharing advice in commencement speeches across the country. This year, several business leaders took the stage, including the CEOs of Apple, GM, Snap, Delta Air Lines, and Intel.  Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about personal fulfillment while addressing students at Gallaudet University, a private university in Washington, D.C., for deaf, blind, and hard of hearing students.Apple CEO Tim CookBilal Chinoy/Gallaudet University"What does it take to build a life that provides meaning and fulfillment? The thing about it is that no one can answer that question for you, and that includes me," Cook said. "There is no iPhone feature that can come to the rescue. AI is good, but it's not that good." Cook continued: "I have one important piece of advice I want to share, so important that it's the only piece of advice I'm going to share today. And that is this: whatever you do, lead with your values. By leading with your values, what I mean is that you should make decisions big and small, each and every day, based on a deep understanding of who you are and what you believe." In March, the Apple TV+ film "CODA," which is about a child of deaf adults, won the Oscar for Best Picture.General Motors CEO Mary Barra summed up her advice in five points for graduates of North Carolina's Duke University.Bill Pugliano/Getty ImagesBarra's first point was to do your best."Speak up, volunteer, contribute, and when people need help, don't look the other way. It is the amount of effort you put in that will enable you to accomplish more than you ever imagined," she said.Second, Barra talked about finding your purpose."Treat it as your north star. You may veer on occasion, but you'll find your way back," she said.Barra next spoke about the importance of listening to others."Listening is foundational to everything. And not just listening to respond or defend, but listening to understand," she said.In her fourth point, Barra stressed always being honest."Your integrity is everything. It takes years to build and can crumble in a moment. Once it's gone, it's almost impossible to get back. So, protect it in everything you do," she said.Lastly, Barra talked about inclusivity, saying, "Possibly the most important lesson I learned — include one more. Make room at the table."LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman focused on friendship in his commencement speech at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.REUTERS/Fred Prouser"Alongside your family, making, cultivating, and keeping close friendships may be your life's most important work," he said. "Our connections, and especially our friendships, are where we thrive and how we move forward and upward."Hoffman talked about the role friendships have played in his personal and professional life, noting it was a friend who pushed him to start LinkedIn when he had initially planned to take a year off to travel instead. "Friends will tell you not what you want to hear, but what you need to hear," Hoffman said.He encouraged students to "make friendship a conscious practice" and to keep maintaining their relationships even as more commitments pile onto their plates."Realize that less time doesn't have to mean less friendship. Life is going to make a lot of demands on you, including many good things like partners, careers, hobbies, kids," he said. "Life is most fulfilling as a team sport because we achieve more and feel better together."Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger laid out what he calls the "Career M.A.P." while addressing this year's graduating class at Ohio State University.Horacio Villalobos-Corbis/Getty ImagesIn Gelsinger's acronym, "M" stands for mentors. "Find them. Listen to them," he said."A" stands for "audacious goals that are impossible until they're not.""Write a mission statement. Live it," he said. "Ruthlessly prioritize your time against your mission.""P" stands for passion."You will get angry, you will get fired, you will fail, you will lose the deal, you will be passed over for the promotion that you know you deserve, but aggressively embrace those moments and make them better because these failures are your opportunities to learn and grow," he said.Gelsinger closed out his speech by telling graduates to "bring your whole self into the workplace.""Any business is more likely to succeed when people bring their differences in thought, experiences, background, culture into the workplace. Diversity enriches and empowers high-performing teams and ultimately feeds innovation," he said. Thasunda Brown Duckett, president and CEO of the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, told the graduating class of Mississippi's Jackson State University to learn from failures and successes alike.Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence"It is important to understand and recognize that within your career when you take your shot, and yes, shoot your shot, there will be highs, and yes, there will be lows," she said. "Even then, ask the question, 'What is the lesson here?' Ask it even when it's painful. Be thankful for those learnings."Brown Duckett, who was previously CEO of Chase Consumer Banking and just the third Black woman to be a Fortune 500 chief executive, told graduates to "make sure you see everyone.""When I interned in the halls of corporate America, it was the secretaries, the janitors, and the cooks that exposed my melanin and gender to corporate America, and here I stand making history," she said.Brown Duckett also spoke to the need to close wealth gaps affecting communities of color."It is our collective responsibility to do our part to break the cycle; we must right this economic injustice," she said. "If we don't, another generation of children will have to carry that burden."While addressing graduates at North Carolina's High Point University, Kind Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky spoke about what he calls the 'three C's': curiosity, courage, and compassion.David Livingston/Getty ImagesWhile addressing graduates at High Point University, Lubetzky spoke about what he calls the "three C's": curiosity, courage, and compassion.On the subject of curiosity, he said, "The easy path is to surround yourself with those who tell you what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear. Opt instead for curiosity. Think critically about everything. Use news and data not to simply affirm but to inform your beliefs."Regarding courage, Lubetzky said, "Develop the courage to have uncomfortable conversations — the only kind that will help all of us grow — the courage even to collaborate across lines of difference."Lastly, Lubetzky spoke of compassion, saying, "Relate to others with compassion. Assume positive intent. Put yourself in other peoples' shoes. Be more forgiving."He continued: "Practicing these skills will not only improve your relationships and our communities — it will also help you excel at life's pursuits. At Kind, we were able to build one crazy idea into an incredible company because of the culture we created — not just because of what we did, but how we did it."Sybil Crum, vice president of marketing & commercial strategy for Disneyland Resort, told = graduates of Florida A&M University to bring their authentic selves to their endeavors.Florida A&M University Office of Communications"Be yourself; lean into your own uniqueness. Don't compromise. If you do, you always will, and that's an extremely dangerous brand," she said. "I've been in brand marketing for over 25 years, but we're all a brand. Brands are built based on consistency. Decide now, the attributes that will define you and demonstrate them consistently."Crum also talked about having courage and believing in yourself."Be courageous, and know that you have the right balance of hustle and heart to do anything that you need to do to succeed," she added. "Courage is required to do anything great. You have to constantly challenge and push yourself. I don't love public speaking, but I push myself every time to do it. You will have to push yourself." In his commencement speech at Northeastern University in Massachusetts, Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, who is a Turkish immigrant, spoke about his early decision to hire refugees.Mike Coppola/Getty Images"I wanted to prove that business can be good to employees and the community while making a profit, and we did," he said. "As Chobani started to grow, we ran out of people to hire in our town. I had read there were refugees about an hour away looking for work. I said, 'Let's hire them.'"In 2016, Ulukaya founded the Tent Partnership for Refugees, which aims to "mobilize the global business community to include refugees," including by pledging to hire refugees and support refugee entrepreneurs, according to its website."Today, we are the number one Greek yogurt brand in America, and we have hundreds of immigrants and refugees working for us in Idaho and upstate New York," he added. "Don't pity refugees; hire them. We know the minute a refugee has a job is the minute they stop being a refugee."General Motors CFO Paul Jacobson spoke about the importance of sharing time and resources with others at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in Tennessee.Delta Air LinesJacobson also talked about taking chances, referencing his own experience leaving Delta Air Lines, where he was previously CFO."I urge you, and challenge you, to look for every opportunity to help others, who may one day come to you for guidance. Also, look for opportunities for personal and professional growth — always. I took a chance at my age to switch jobs and join General Motors, which is undergoing its most profound changes in more than a century," he said.Jacobson also emphasized that graduates need to be quick on their feet in today's fast-changing business landscape."The world is changing quickly, more quickly every year," he said. "The currents you will face will include new technologies, new discoveries, new ideas — new ways of doing business. And those currents will move swiftly throughout your life and career. You have to be ready to adapt so you can navigate this changing world."Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian told University of Georgia graduates that "character is not built by crisis, character is revealed in crisis."Reuters"Your actions will speak louder than any great new business pitch or innovative new technology breakthrough that you might be contemplating," he said. "Before any key decision, and there have been many, I asked myself what would that decision communicate about our values and the character of our company. Who you are is defined by what you do, not what you say."He also highlighted the importance of preserving your reputation."The most important asset that you have is your good name, it's your brand, it's what you stand for," he said. "Only one person can destroy that. That person is you. Protect your name and reputation. It's the most important investment that you can make."Snap CEO Evan Spiegel encouraged graduates at California's Otis College of Art and Design to be open to criticism and to consider ways to be environmentally friendly in the workplace.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images"Learning how to give and receive feedback is the foundation of personal growth," he said. "Just lean into your eagerness to become a good designer. That's one of the things I love about creativity. Good ideas can come from anywhere and our inexperience is an advantage because it helps us to see things differently. It helps us ask questions like, 'Does the world have to be this way?'"KORA Organics CEO Miranda Kerr also addressed the graduates of Otis College, and spoke about the power of creativity.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic"Never underestimate your power or your ability to touch someone's life," she said. "Through your creative talents, you have the ability to uplift and unite people. You also have the opportunity to inspire creativity in others, and that is one of the best gifts of all."Spiegel and Kerr, who are married, also surprised the graduating class by paying off their student loans, which Otis College said represents the largest gift in its history.Doug Bowser, president of Nintendo of America, drew comparisons between life and the popular Nintendo game Donkey Kong while delivering the commencement speech at the University of Utah.Kevin Winter/Getty Images"I can assure you there will be barrels, but you'll learn how to clear them and you'll develop new capabilities," he said. "And when you've successfully reached the end of one challenge, you'll find another one waiting."He described planning for the unexpected as the first "level" of his life, saying, "The goal in the end is not to get everything right every time. The goal is to try to learn, grow, and get better every time."He then spoke about making the best of challenges."Succeeding is equally about the result achieved as it is an understanding of why you were successful," Bowser said. "Learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Understanding that discomfort can and did make us better and it will make us better as we go forward."Lastly, he talked about the importance of listening to others and considering their perspectives."Listening to other voices, other points of view, made me better," he said. "I started making better decisions. The organization became more inclusive, there was a stronger sense of belonging, and our culture got stronger."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytMay 30th, 2022

Greenwald: The Demented - And Selective - Game Of Instantly Blaming Political Opponents For Mass Shootings

Greenwald: The Demented - And Selective - Game Of Instantly Blaming Political Opponents For Mass Shootings Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com, At a softball field in a Washington, DC suburb on June 14, 2017, a lone gunman used a rifle to indiscriminately spray bullets at members of the House GOP who had gathered for their usual Saturday morning practice for an upcoming charity game. The then-House Majority Whip, Rep. Steven Scalise (R-LA), was shot in the hip while standing on second base and almost died, spending six weeks in the hospital and undergoing multiple surgeries. Four other people were shot, including two members of the Capitol Police who were part of Scalise's security detail, a GOP staffer, and a Tyson Foods lobbyist. “He was hunting us at that point,” Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) said of the shooter, who attempted to murder as many people as he could while standing with his rifle behind the dugout. Buffalo Police on scene at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. At least 10 people were killed after a mass shooting at the store with the shooter in police custody. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images) The shooter died after engaging the police in a shootout. He was James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old hard-core Democrat who — less than six months into the Trump presidency — had sought to kill GOP lawmakers based on his belief that Republicans were corrupt traitors, fascists, and Kremlin agents. The writings he left behind permitted little doubt that he was driven to kill by the relentless messaging he heard from his favorite cable host, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and other virulently anti-Trump pundits, about the evils of the GOP. Indeed, immediately after arriving at the softball field, he asked several witnesses whether the people gathered "were Republicans or Democrats.” A CNN examination of his life revealed that “Hodgkinson's online presence was largely defined by his politics.” In particular, “his public Facebook posts date back to 2012 and are nearly all about his support for liberal politics.” He was particularly "passionate about tax hikes on the rich and universal health care.” NBC News explained that “when he got angry about politics, it was often directed against Republicans,” and acknowledged that “Hodgkinson said his favorite TV program was 'The Rachel Maddow Show' on MSNBC.” Indeed, his media diet was a non-stop barrage of vehement animosity toward Republicans: "His favorite television shows were listed as 'Real Time with Bill Maher;' 'The Rachel Maddow Show;' 'Democracy Now!’ and other left-leaning programs.” On the Senate floor, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) divulged that Hodgkinson was an ardent supporter of his and had even “apparently volunteered” for his campaign. A Sanders supporter told The Washington Post that “he campaigned for Bernie Sanders with Hodgkinson in Iowa.” The mass-shooter had a particular fondness for Maddow's nightly MSNBC show. In his many Letters to the Editor sent to the Belleville News-Democrat, reported New York Magazine, he “expressed support for President Obama, and declared his love for The Rachel Maddow Show". In one letter he heralded Maddow's nightly program as "one of my favorite TV shows.” While consuming this strident and increasingly rage-driven Trump-era, anti-GOP media diet, Hodgkinson “joined several anti-GOP Facebook groups, including ‘Terminate The Republican Party’; 'The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans’;, and 'Join The Resistance Worldwide!!'" Two of his consuming beliefs were that Trump-era Republicans were traitors to the United States and fascist white nationalists. In 2015, he had posted a cartoon depicting Scalise — the man he came very close to murdering — as speaking at a gathering of the KKK. Once Trump was inaugurated in early 2017, the mass shooter's online messaging began increasingly mirroring the more extreme anti-Trump and anti-GOP voices that did not just condemn the GOP's ideology but depicted them as grave threats to the Republic. In a March 22 Facebook post, Hodgkinson wrote: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It's Time to Destroy Trump & Co." In February, he posted: “Republicans are the Taliban of the USA.” In one Facebook post just days before his shooting spree, Hodgkinson wrote: “I Want to Say Mr. President, for being an ass hole you are Truly the Biggest Ass Hole We Have Ever Had in the Oval Office.” As NBC News put it: “Hodgkinson’s Facebook postings portray him as stridently anti-Republican and anti-Trump.” Despite the fact that Hodgkinson was a fanatical fan of Maddow, Democracy Now host Amy Goodman, and Sanders, that the ideas and ideology motivating his shooting spree perfectly matched — and were likely shaped by — liberals of that cohort, and that the enemies whom he sought to kill were also the enemies of Maddow and her liberal comrades, nobody rational or decent sought to blame the MSNBC host, the Vermont Senator or anyone else whose political views matched Hodgkinson's for the grotesque violence he unleashed. The reason for that is clear and indisputable: as strident and extremist as she is, Maddow has never once encouraged any of her followers to engage in violence to advance her ideology, nor has she even hinted that a mass murder of the Republican traitors, fascists and Kremlin agents about whom she rants on a nightly basis to millions of people is a just solution. It would be madness to try to assign moral or political blame to them. If we were to create a framework in which prominent people were held responsible for any violence carried out in the name of an ideology they advocate, then nobody would be safe, given that all ideologies have their misfits, psychopaths, unhinged personality types, and extremists. And thus there was little to no attempt to hold Maddow or Sanders responsible for the violent acts of one of their most loyal adherents. The same is true of the spate of mass shootings and killings by self-described black nationalists over the last several years. Back in 2017, the left-wing group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) warned of the “Return of the Violent Black Nationalist.” In one incident, “Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed Dallas police officers during a peaceful protest against police brutality, killing five officers and wounding nine others.” Then, “ten days later, Gavin Eugene Long shot six officers, killing three, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.” They shared the same ideology, one which drove their murderous spree: Both Johnson and Long were reportedly motivated by their strong dislike of law enforcement, grievances against perceived white dominance, and the recent fatal police shootings of unarmed black men under questionable circumstances, specifically the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota . . . Needless to say, the ideas that motivated these two black nationalists to murder multiple people, including police officers, is part of a core ideology that is commonly heard in mainstream media venues, expressed by many if not most of the nation's most prominent liberals. Depicting the police as a white supremacist force eager to kill black people, “grievances against perceived white dominance,” and anger over “the white supremacism endemic in America’s system of governance from the country’s founding” are views that one routinely hears on MSNBC, CNN, from Democratic Party politicians, and in the op-ed pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post. Yet virtually nobody sought to blame Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Jamelle Bouie or New York Times op-ed writers for these shooting sprees. Indeed, no blame was assigned to anti-police liberal pundits whose view of American history is exactly the same as that of these two killers — even though they purposely sought to murder the same enemies whom those prominent liberals target. Nobody blamed those anti-police liberals for the same reason they did not blame Maddow and Sanders for Hodgkinson's shooting spree: there is a fundamental and necessary distinction between people who use words to express ideas and demonize perceived enemies, and those who decide to go randomly and indiscriminately murder in the name of that ideology. Since that 2017 warning from the SPLC, there have been many more murders in the name of this anti-police and anti-white-supremacist ideology of black nationalism. In June of last year, the ADL said it had “linked Othal Toreyanne Resheen Wallace, the man arrested and accused of fatally shooting Daytona Beach Officer Jason Raynor on June 23, to several extremist groups preaching Black nationalism." He had “participated in several events organized by the NFAC…best known for holding armed marches protesting racial inequality and police brutality.” He had a long history of citing and following prominent radical Black anti-police and anti-White ideologues." Also in June of last year, a 25-year-old man named Noah Green drove a car into a Capitol Hill Police Officer, killing him instantly. The New York Times reported that he follows black nationalist groups, while a former college teammate “recalled that Mr. Green would often talk to fellow players about strategies to save and invest, emphasizing the need to close the wealth gap between white and Black America.” Just last month, a self-identified black nationalist named Frank James went on a terrifying shooting spree in the New York City subway system that injured dozens. He had “posted material on social media linked to black identity extremist ideologies, including the Nation of Islam, Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army, BLM and an image of black nationalist cop-killer Micah Johnson.” Angie Speaks, the brilliant writer who voices the audio version of the articles for this Substack, reported in Newsweek that James had “posted prolifically on social media and hosted a YouTube channel where he expressed Black Nationalist leanings and racial grievances." In 2019, The New York Times reported that “an assailant involved in the prolonged firefight in Jersey City, N.J., that left six people dead, including one police officer, was linked on Wednesday to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement,” and had written “anti-police posts.” Most media outlets and liberal politicians correctly refused to assign blame to pundits and politicians who spew anti-police rhetoric, or who insist that the U.S. is a nation of white supremacy: the animating ideas of these murders. Yet in these cases, they go much further with their denialism: many deny that this ideology even exists at all. “The made-up 'Black Identity Extremist' label is the latest example in a history of harassing and discrediting Black activists who dare to use their voices to call out white supremacy,” claimed the ACLU in 2019. PBS quoted a lawyer for an advocacy group as saying: “We're deeply concerned about the FBI's 'black identity extremist' designation. This is mere distraction from the very real threat of white supremacy...There is no such thing as black identity extremism.” The same year, The Intercept published an article headlined “The Strange Tale of the FBI’s Fictional ‘Black Identity Extremism' Movement,” which claimed over and over that there is no such thing as black extremism and that any attempt to ascribe violence to this ideology is a lie invented by those seeking to hide the dangers of white supremacy. It is virtually impossible to find any ideology on any part of the political spectrum that has not spawned senseless violence and mass murder by adherents. “The suspected killer of Dutch maverick politician Pim Fortuyn had environmentalist propaganda and ammunition at his home,” reported CBS News about the assassin, Volkert van der Graaf. Van der Graaf was a passionate animal rights and environmental activist who admitted “he killed the controversial right-wing leader because he considered him a danger to society.” Van der Graaf was particularly angry about what he believed was Fortuyn's anti-Muslim rhetoric. As a result, “some supporters of Fortuyn had blamed Green party leader Paul Rosenmoeller for "demonizing Fortuyn before he was gunned down in May just before general elections.” In other words, simply because the Green Party leader was highly critical of Fortuyn's ideology, some opportunistic Dutch politicians sought absurdly to blame him for Fortuyn's murder by Van der Graaf. Sound familiar? During the BLM and Antifa protests and riots of 2020, an Antifa supporter, Michael Reinoehl, was the leading suspect in the murder of a Trump supporter, Aaron J. Danielson, as he rode in a truck (Reinoehl himself was then killed by federal agents before being arrested in what appeared to be a deliberate extra-judicial execution, though an investigation cleared them of wrongdoing, as typically happens when federal agents are involved). In 2016, The New York Times reported that “the heavily armed sniper who gunned down police officers in downtown Dallas, leaving five of them dead, specifically set out to kill as many white officers as he could, officials said Friday.” The Paper of Record noted that many believed that anti-police protests would eventually lead to violent attacks on police officers: it “was the kind of retaliatory violence that people have feared through two years of protests around the country against deaths in police custody.” Then there are the murders carried out in the name of various religions. For the last three decades at least, debates have been raging about what level of responsibility, if any, should be assigned to radical Muslim preachers or Muslim politicians when individuals carry out atrocities and murders in the name of Islam. Liberals insist — correctly, in my view — that it is irresponsible and unfair to blame non-violent Muslims who preach radical versions of religious or political Islam for those who carry out violence in the name of those doctrines. Similar debates are heard with regard to Jewish extremists, such as the Israeli-American doctor Baruch Goldstein who “opened fire in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, killing 29 Muslim worshippers.” Many insist that the radical anti-Muslim speech of Israeli extremists is to blame, while others deny that there is any such thing as “Jewish terrorism” and that all blames lies solely with the individual who decided to resort to violence. To be sure, there have been a large number of murders and other atrocities carried out in U.S. and the West generally in the name of right-wing ideologies, in the name of white supremacy, in the name of white nationalism. The difference, though, is glaring: when murders are carried out in the name of liberal ideology, there is a rational and restrained refusal to blame liberal pundits and politicians who advocate the ideology that animated those killings. Yet when killings are carried out in the name of right-wing ideologies despised by the corporate press and mainstream pundits (or ideologies that they falsely associate with conservatism), they instantly leap to lay blame at the feet of their conservative political opponents who, despite never having advocated or even implied the need for violence, are nonetheless accused of bearing guilt for the violence — often before anything is known about the killers or their motives. In general, it is widely understood that liberal pundits and politicians are not to blame, at all, when murders are carried out in the name of the causes they support or against the enemies they routinely condemn. That is because, in such cases, we apply the rational framework that someone who does not advocate violence is not responsible for the violent acts of one's followers and fans who kill in the name of that person's ideas. Indeed, this perfectly sensible principle was enshrined by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark 1982 unanimous free speech ruling in Claiborne v. NAACP. That case arose out of efforts by the State of Mississippi to hold leaders of the local NAACP chapter legally liable for violence carried out by NAACP members on the ground that the leaders’ inflammatory and rage-driven speeches had “incited” and “provoked” their followers to burn white-owned stores and other stores ignoring their boycott to the ground. In ruling in favor of the NAACP, the Court stressed the crucial difference between those who peacefully advocate ideas and ideologies, even if they do so with virulence and anger (such as NAACP leaders), and those who are “inspired” by those speeches to commit violence to advance that cause. “To impose liability without a finding that the NAACP authorized — either actually or apparently — or ratified unlawful conduct would impermissibly burden the rights of political association that are protected by the First Amendment,” ruled the Court. This principle is not only a jurisprudential or constitutional one. It is also a rational one. Those who express ideas without advocating violence are not and cannot fairly be held responsible for those who decide to pick up arms in the name of those ideas, even if — as in the case of James Hodgkinson — we know for certain that the murderer listened closely to and was influenced by people like Rachel Maddow and Bernie Sanders. In such cases, we understand that it is madness, and deeply unfair, to exploit heinous murders to lay blame for the violence and killings on the doorsteps of our political adversaries. But when a revolting murder spree is carried out in the name of right-wing ideas (or ideas perceived by the corporate press to be right-wing), everything changes — instantly and completely. In such cases, often before anything is known about the murderer — indeed, literally before the corpses are even removed from the ground where they lie — there is a coordinated effort to declare that anyone who holds any views in common with the murderer has “blood on their hands” and is essentially a co-conspirator in the massacre. A very vivid and particularly gruesome display of this demented game was on display on Saturday night after a white 18-year-old, Payton Gendron, purposely targeted a part of Buffalo with a substantial black population. He entered a supermarket he knew was frequented largely by black customers and shot everyone he found, killing 10 people, most of them black. A lengthy, 180-page manifesto he left behind was filled with a wide variety of eclectic political views and ideologies. In that manifesto, Gendron described himself as a "left-wing authoritarian” and “populist” (“On the political compass I fall in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category, and I would prefer to be called a populist”). He heaped praise on an article in the socialist magazine Jacobin for its view that cryptocurrency and Bitcoin are fraudulent scams. He spoke passionately of the centrality and necessity of environmentalism, and lamented that “the state [has] long since heavily lost to its corporate backers.” He ranted against “corporate profits and the ever increasing wealth of the 1% that exploit the people for their own benefit.” And he not only vehemently rejected any admiration for political conservatism but made clear that he viewed it as an enemy to his agenda: “conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it.” But by far the overarching and dominant theme of his worldview — the ideology that he repeatedly emphasized was the animating cause of his murder spree — was his anger and fear that white people, which he defines as those of European descent, were being eradicated by a combination of low birth rates and mass immigration. He repeatedly self-identified as a "racist” and expressed admiration for fascism as a solution. His treatise borrowed heavily from, and at times outright plagiarized, large sections of the manifesto left behind by Brenton Tarrant, the 29-year-old Australian who in 2019 murdered 51 people, mostly Muslims, at two mosques in New Zealand. Gendron's manifesto included a long list of websites and individuals who influenced his thinking, but made clear that it was Tarrant who was his primary inspiration. Other than extensive anti-Semitic sections which insisted that Jews are behind most of the world's powerful institutions and accompanying problems, it was Tarrant's deep concern about what he perceived is the disappearance of white people that was also Gendron's principal cause: If there’s one thing I want you to get from these writings, it’s that White birth rates must change. Everyday the White population becomes fewer in number. To maintain a population the people must achieve a birth rate that reaches replacement fertility levels, in the western world that is about 2.06 births per woman…. In 2050, despite the ongoing effect of sub-replacement fertility, the population figures show that the population does not decrease inline with the sub-replacement fertility levels, but actually maintains and, even in many White nations, rapidly increases. All through immigration. This is ethnic replacement. This is cultural replacement. This is racial replacement. This is WHITE GENOCIDE. Within literally an hour of the news of this murder spree in Buffalo — far too little time for anyone to have even carefully read all or most of Gendron's manifesto, and with very little known about his life or activities — much of the corporate press and liberal pundit class united to reveal the real culprit, the actual guilty party, behind this murder spree: Fox News host Tucker Carlson. So immediate and unified was this guilty verdict of mob justice that Carlson's name trended all night on Twitter along with Buffalo and Gendron. Twitter trending topics, May 14, 2022 The examples of liberal pundits instantly blaming Carlson for this murder are far too numerous to comprehensively cite. “Literally everyone warned Fox News and Tucker Carlson that this would happen and they fucking laughed and went harder,” decreed Andrew Lawrence of the incomparably sleazy and dishonest group Media Matters, spawned by ultimate sleaze-merchant David Brock. “The Buffalo shooter… subscribed to the Great Replacement theory touted by conservative elites like Tucker Carlson and believed by nearly half of GOP voters,” claimed The Washington Post's Emmanuel Felton. “See if you can tell the difference between [Gerdon's manifesto on 'white Replacement’] and standard fare on the Tucker Carlson show,” said Georgetown Professor Don Moynihan. “The racist massacre in Buffalo rest [sic] at the feet of Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, and the GOP,” decreed Hollywood's nepotism prince Rob Reiner. The shooter was inspired by “a white nationalist conspiracy theory that Tucker Carlson has defended on his show,” was the verdict of The Huffington Post's Philip Lewis less than six hours after the shooting spree began. And on and on. That Carlson was primarily responsible for the ten dead people in Buffalo was asserted despite the fact that there was no indication that Gendron even knew who Carlson was, that he had ever watched his show, that he was influenced by him in any way, or that he admired or even liked the Fox host. Indeed, in the long list of people and places which Gendron cited as important influences on him — “Brenton Tarrant, [El Paso shooter] Patrick Crusius, [California Jewish community center killer], John Earnest, [Norwegian mass murderer] Anders Breivik, [Charleston black church murderer] Dylann Roof, etc.” — nowhere does he even allude to let alone mention any Fox News host or Carlson. To the contrary, Gendron explicitly describes his contempt for political conservatism. In a section entitled “CONSERVATISM IS DEAD, THANK GOD,” he wrote: "Not a thing has been conserved other than corporate profits and the ever increasing wealth of the 1% that exploit the people for their own benefit. Conservatism is dead. Thank god. Now let us bury it and move on to something of worth.” In this hated of conservatism, he copied his hero Brenton Tarrant, who also wrote that “conservatism is corporatism in disguise, I want no part of it,” adding about conservatives: They don’t even BELIEVE in the race, they don’t even have the gall to say race exists. And above all they don’t even care if it does. It’s profit, and profit alone that drives them, all else is secondary. The notion of a racial future or destiny is as foreign to them as social responsibilities. So desperate and uncontrolled was this ghoulish attempt to blame Carlson for the Buffalo shootings that my email inbox and social media feeds were festering with various liberal pundits demanding to know why I had not yet manifested my views of this shooting — as though it is advisable or even possible to formulate definitive opinions about a complex mass murder spree that had just taken place less than five hours before. “Still working on your talking points to defend your buddy Tucker or are you holding off on trying out your deflections until the bodies get cold?,” wrote a pundit named Jonathan Katz at 6:46 pm ET on Saturday night in a highly representative demand — just four hours after the shooter fired his first shot. Demands to assert definitive opinions about who — other than the killer — is to blame for a mass murder spree just hours after it happened can be called many things; "journalistic” and "responsible” are not among them. As it happened, I was on an overnight international flight on Saturday and into Sunday morning; I deeply apologize for my failure to monitor and speak on Twitter twenty-four hours a day. But even if I had not been 40,000 feet in the air, what kind of primitive and despicably opportunistic mindset is required not only to opine so definitively about how your political opponents are guilty of a heinous crime before the corpses are even taken away, but to demand that everyone else do so as well? In fact, Katz was particularly adamant that I opine not just on the killings but on the list of pundits I thought should be declared guilty before, in his soulless words, “the bodies get cold” — meaning that I must speak out without bothering to take the time to try to understand the basic facts about the killer and the shootings before heaping blame on a wide range of people who had no apparent involvement. But this is exactly the morally sick and exploitative liberal mentality that drives the discourse each time one of these shooting sprees happen. Rachel Maddow had far more known connections to Scalise's shooter James Hodgkinson than Carlson has to Gendron. After all, as Maddow herself acknowledged, Hodgkinson was a fan of her show and had expressed his love and admiration for her. His animating views and ideology tracked hers perfectly, with essentially no deviation. And yet — despite this ample evidence that he was influenced by her — it would never occur to me to blame Maddow for Hodgkinson's shooting spree because doing so would be completely demented, since Maddow never told or suggested to anyone that they go out and shoot the political enemies she was depicting as traitors, Kremlin agents, plotters to overthrow American democracy and replace it with a fascist dictatorship, and grave menaces to civil rights and basic freedom. The attempt to blame Carlson for the Buffalo shootings depended entirely on one claim: Carlson has previously talked about and defended the view that immigration is a scheme to “replace” Americans, and this same view was central to Gendron's ideology. Again, even if this were true, it would amount to nothing more than a claim than the shooter shared key views with Carlson and other conservative pundits — exactly as Hodgkinson shared core views with Maddow and Sanders, or the numerous murderers who killed in the name of black nationalism shared the same views on the police and American history as any number of MSNBC hosts and Democratic Party politicians, or as Pim Fortuyn's killer shared core views with animal rights activists and defenders of Muslim equality (including me). But nobody is willing to apply such a framework consistently because it converts everyone with strong political views into murderers, or at least being guilty of inciting murder. But all bets are off — all such principles or moral and logical reasoning are dispensed with — when an act of violence can be pinned on the political enemies of liberals. If a homicidal maniac kills an abortion doctor, then all peaceful pro-life activists are blamed. If an LGBT citizen is killed, then anyone who shares the views that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had until 2012 about marriage equality is blamed. If a police officer unjustifiably kills a black citizen, all police supporters or those who dissent from liberal orthodoxy on racial politics are decreed guilty. But liberals are never at fault when right-wing politicians are murdered, or police officers are hunted and gunned down by police opponents, or an anti-abortion group is targeted with firebombing and arson, as just happened in Wisconsin, or radical Muslims engage in random acts of violence. By definition, "moral reasoning" that is applied only in one direction has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with crass, exploitative opportunism. Though it does not actually matter for purposes of assigning blame, it is utterly false to claim that Carlson's ideology — including on “replacement” — is the same as or even related to the views expressed by the killers in Buffalo or New Zealand. Indeed, in key respects, they are opposites. Both Tarrant and Gendron targeted citizens of the countries in which they carried out their murder spree. They justified doing so on the ground that any non-white citizen is automatically an "invader," regardless of how long they have been in the country or how much legal status they have. “It would have eased me if I knew all the blacks I would be killing were criminals or future criminals, but then I realized all black people are replacers just by existing in White countries,” Gendron wrote. To claim that Carlson ever said anything remotely like this or believes it is just an outright lie. Indeed, with great frequency, Carlson says that the priority of the U.S. Government should be protection of and concern for American citizens of all races. Tarrant and Gendron believe and explicitly say that any non-white citizen of a European country is automatically an “invader” who must be killed and/or deported to turn the country all-white. Carlson believes the exact opposite: that the proper citizenry of the United States is multi-racial and that Black Americans and Latin Americans and Asian-Americans are every bit as much U.S. citizens, with all of the same claims to rights and protections, as every other American citizen. His anti-immigration and "replacement” argument is aimed at the idea — one that had been long mainstream on the left until about a decade ago — that large, uncontrolled immigration harms American citizens who are already here. There is no racial hierarchy in Carlson's view of American citizenship and to claim that there is is nothing short of a defamatory lie. But even if these liberal smear artists were telling the truth, and Carlson's view of immigration and “replacement” were similar or even precisely identical to Gendron's, one could certainly say that Carlson holds immoral and despicable views. But he would still no more carry blame for the Buffalo murders than liberal pundits have blood on their hands for countless massacres carried out in the name of political causes they support and theories they espouse, whether it be animus toward the police or anti-imperialism or opposition to Israeli occupation of the West Bank or the belief that the United States is a fundamentally racist country or the view that the GOP is a fascist menace to all things decent. The distinction between peaceful advocacy even of noxious ideas and those who engage in violence in the name of such ideas is fundamental to notions of fairness, justice and the ability to speak freely. But if you really want to claim that a public figure has "blood on their hands" every time someone murders in the name of ideas and ideologies they support, then the list of people you should be accusing of murder is a very, very long one indeed. To support the independent journalism we are doing here, please subscribe, obtain a gift subscription for others and/or share the article Tyler Durden Sun, 05/15/2022 - 18:30.....»»

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The best new books to read in 2022, based on your zodiac sign

Whether you're an independent Aries or connection-driven Gemini, here are great 2022 book recommendations based on your zodiac sign. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.Whether you're an independent Aries or connection-driven Gemini, here are great 2022 book recommendations based on your zodiac sign.IStock PhotoWhen you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. With so many great books to choose from, finding a great read can be overwhelming. To help, here are newly released 2022 book recommendations based on your astrological sign. These picks include exciting new fiction and nonfiction reads in 2022. With so many amazing books on the market, it can feel impossible to choose the one you know you'll enjoy. As a Leo who doesn't fiercely crave the spotlight, I know our astrological signs don't create a flawless, spot-on image of who we are. But they can offer intriguing insights into what motivates or interests us.These 2022 books focus on great characters, stunning writing styles, and unique plots that mirror zodiac personality traits for each sign. So whether you're an independent Aries or connection-driven Gemini, here are 3 great 2022 book recommendations based on your zodiac sign. Learn more about how Insider Reviews reviews and researches books.The best 2022 books to read, based on your zodiac sign:Aries"The Memory Librarian" by Janelle MonáeAmazon"The Memory Librarian" by Janelle Monáe, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.99This collection of science fiction short stories begins with Jane 57821, who decides to break free from a world in which your thoughts can be controlled and erased by a select few. As a  natural leader that craves leadership and freedom, Aries will love the powerful characters rising against a totalitarian landscape in this inspired and artistic read."The Verifiers" by Jane PekAmazon"The Verifiers" by Jane Pek, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.59Featuring a strong, quick-witted heroine with which Aries can easily identify, "The Verifiers" is a mystery that follows Claudia Lin, an amateur sleuth who's just been recruited to work for an online-dating detective agency. In a story that will appeal to Aries' bold and brave nature, Claudia has to break protocol to investigate when someone goes missing."The Lost Dreamer" by Lizz HuertaAmazon"The Lost Dreamer" by Lizz Huerta, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.99In this debut YA fantasy, Indir is a Dreamer whose existence is threatened when a new king seeks to bring her kind to a permanent end and Saya is a seer who discovers she has more than one gift. Aries will love these two determined trailblazers as they face impossible choices, new frontiers, and high-stakes risks in this supernatural read inspired by ancient Mesoamerica.Taurus"The Nineties" by Chuck KlostermanAmazon"The Nineties" by Chuck Klosterman, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.78This new nonfiction read revisits 1990s America, recognizing the accelerated cultural revolution that occurred before convenience technology crept into everyday life. While "The Nineties" is a fascinating analysis of a decade of social rifts and shifts, Tauruses will revel in the nostalgia and the "good old days" feelings from which they've never quite let go."Homicide and Halo-Halo" by Mia P. ManansalaAmazon"Homicide and Halo-Halo" by Mia P. Manansala, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.39"Homicide and Halo-Halo" is a cozy, tasty mystery novel about Lila Macapagal, whose summer is turned upside down when a resurrected local beauty pageant leads to the murder of a judge. Taurus readers will love to settle into the comfort of this foodie mystery novel as Lila and her old rival put aside their past to solve the case."House of Sky and Breath" by Sarah J. MaasAmazon"House of Sky and Breath" by Sarah J. Maas, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.74"House of Sky and Breath" is the stunning fantasy sequel to "House of Earth and Blood." In this novel, the dust has just begun to settle around Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar when they get pulled into rebel plans and must continue to fight for what's right. Tauruses will revel in the sheer beauty of this book, both inside and out, and enjoy the familiarity of a continued but equally captivating story.Gemini"All My Rage" by Sabaa TahirAmazon"All My Rage" by Sabaa Tahir, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.99While "All My Rage" will certainly appeal to Geminis because of its multiple storylines that stretch generations and continents, it's the connection between characters that will truly speak to Gemini readers. Sal and Noor were as close as family members until a terrible fight split them apart. Now, as each former friend struggles against personal and familial trials, they must weigh the value of friendship against what once divided them in this story of family, loss, and forgiveness."Gallant" by V.E. SchwabAmazon"Gallant" by V.E. Schwab, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.95When a strange letter invites Olivia Prior home to the secret-laden Gallant, she accidentally finds herself on the other side of a ruined wall, in a strange alternate version of the world she just left. As they are curious and extremely adaptable, Gemini readers will love to follow Olivia as she unravels generations of secrets and tries to find the place she belongs."Don't Cry for Me" by Daniel BlackAmazon"Don't Cry for Me" by Daniel Black, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $22.48As Jacob lies on his deathbed, he begins to write letters to his estranged son, Isaac, pouring out truths from his heart and ancestral stories he believes his son should know. Geminis, who are natural communicators and expressive with their emotions, will undoubtedly cherish this hopeful and authentic story of empathy, reconciliation, and forgiveness.Cancer"Black Cake" by Charmaine WilkersonAmazon"Black Cake" by Charmaine Wilkerson, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.81Cancers are family-oriented and drawn to nurturing, so the moving familial story of "Black Cake" is sure to be a great pick for this water sign. In the wake of their mother's passing, Byron and Benny are left with a voice recording and a family recipe for a traditional Caribbean black cake. As the once-close siblings attempt to fulfill their mother's final wish, they embark on a journey of inheritance, family history, and motherhood."Book Lovers" by Emily HenryBookshop"Book Lovers" by Emily Henry, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.99With their hard shell and soft interior, it's easy to know Cancers will love an enemies-to-lovers romance. Nora Stephens is a cutthroat literary agent ready to become the heroine of her own story when she takes a trip with her sister to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. Hundreds of miles from the city, Nora still manages to run into editor Charlie Lastra, with whom she's had more than her share of unpleasant interactions, but can't seem to avoid in this bookish romance."Vinyl Moon" by Mahogany L. BrowneAmazon"Vinyl Moon" by Mahogany L. Browne, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.53As Angel attempts to heal from a painful incident that led her to Brooklyn and away from her California life, she manages to find healing in her literature course, amongst the prose of Black writers. As Cancers are sensitive but protective of their emotions, Angel's story will resonate with Cancer readers as she allows herself to become immersed in words and slowly heal from her past. Leo"The Paris Apartment" by Lucy FoleyAmazon"The Paris Apartment" by Lucy Foley, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.16Lucy Foley's newest twisty thriller, set in a Parisian apartment surrounded by eclectic and mysterious neighbors, is a great pick for any drama-loving Leo. When Jess is in need of a fresh start, her half-brother apathetically agrees to let her stay with him for a while but seems to be missing once she turns up at his apartment. As Jess begins to investigate his strange disappearance, it soon becomes clear that every neighbor is a suspect with their own secrets. "Run Rose Run" by James Patterson and Dolly PartonAmazon"Run Rose Run" by James Patterson and Dolly Parton, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.00Co-written by a musical legend and one of the bestselling authors of all time, "Run Rose Run" is a fast-paced mystery about a young girl who comes to Nashville to rise to the top while outrunning her past. Leo readers will root for AnnieLee Keyes while reveling in the danger, drama, and desire of this page-turner. "Ramón and Julieta" by Alana Quintana AlbertsonAmazon"Ramón and Julieta" by Alana Quintana Albertson, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.40Celebrity Chef Julieta Campos is fighting against a bitter rivalry, rising tensions, and a surprising connection to her new landlord, Ramón, to save her beloved taqueria. Strong, ambitious, and determined Leos are sure to love this contemporary retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" as Ramón and Julieta must decide if they'll allow rivalries to divide them or allow love to bring them together. Virgo"To Paradise" by Hanya YanagiharaBookshop"To Paradise" by Hanya Yanagihara, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.18Internally emotional and detail-oriented Virgos will find themselves easily immersed in "To Paradise", a powerful literary novel that spans three centuries from an alternate 1893 reality, to 1993 Manhattan submerged in the AIDS epidemic, to a totalitarian future in 2093. As the three sections of this incredible novel come together, the characters connect through their perfectly flawed humanity."The Intersectional Environmentalist" by Leah ThomasBookshop"The Intersectional Environmentalist" by Leah Thomas, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.99Since Virgos are intellectual and resourceful problem-solvers, "The Intersectional Environmentalist" is a great nonfiction pick for Virgo readers. In this book, Leah Thomas demonstrates how minorities, especially BIPOC, are significantly more impacted by environmental injustices. Both an informational read and a call to action, this book shows how the fight for civil rights and our environment are irrevocably intertwined."What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma" by Stephanie FooAmazon"What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma" by Stephanie Foo, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.99"What My Bones Know" is a powerful memoir about Stephanie Foo's journey to understand the years of abuse and generational trauma that led to her diagnosis of complex PTSD. Because Virgos are compassionate and driven to understand and support others, Stephanie Foo's deeply personal and heavily researched memoir will affect Virgio readers with a painful but hopeful and enlightening story. Libra"Weather Girl" by Rachel Lynn SolomonAmazon"Weather Girl" by Rachel Lynn Solomon, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.99This charming new love story is perfect for eternally romantic Libras. Ari Abrams and Russell Barringer work together on a news team, both subjected to the constant conflict of their divorced bosses. After a calamitous work party, Ari and Russell decide to secretly meddle in their bosses' issues in the hopes of mending their relationship until their plan backfires and they realize the real chemistry might be between them instead."The Violin Conspiracy" by Brendan SlocumbAmazon"The Violin Conspiracy" by Brendan Slocumb, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.88When Ray McMillian's prized family heirloom violin is stolen just before an international competition, his dreams of becoming a professional musician seem to be crushed. Libras, who value fairness and balance, will root for Ray as others, from family to foe, try to claim the precious violin as their own."Fiona and Jane" by Jean Chen HoAmazon"Fiona and Jane" by Jean Chen Ho, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.99Social and diplomatic Libras will love "Fiona and Jane," an alternating collection of short stories that illuminate two best friends who drift in and out of each other's lives over two decades. Best friends through childhood and adolescence, Fiona and Jane are separated by distance and betrayals but brought together by a multi-layered friendship in this contemplative read.Scorpio"An Arrow to the Moon" by Emily X. R. PanAmazon"An Arrow to the Moon" by Emily X. R. Pan, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.99When a new boy named Hunter Yee upends Luna Chang's life, their shared family secrets and hostility will bring them together in the face of an uncertain future. As Scorpios are intense and passionate, this magical retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" mixed with Chinese mythology will draw them in as Hunter and Luna are torn between fate and love. "Time Is a Mother" by Ocean VuongAmazon"Time Is a Mother" by Ocean Vuong, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $21.22"Time Is a Mother" is a deeply emotional, intimate, and slowly rejuvenating collection of poems that will speak to Scorpios' brooding and powerfully emotional side. In these poems, Ocean Vuong grapples with grief, loss, and restoration in the wake of his mother's passing."Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St. John MandelAmazon"Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St. John Mandel, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.38Since Scorpios crave psychological depth, "Sea of Tranquility" is sure to connect with their powerful mind. This epic, genre-bending tale illuminates humanity as it follows characters across time and space from the Canadian wilderness in 1912 to a writer who has left her colony on the moon to travel the Earth on a book tour. This novel is simply mesmerizing as Emily St. John Mandel creatively weaves three main stories into a transcendent work of fiction.Sagittarius"Violeta" by Isabel AllendeBookshop"Violeta" by Isabel Allende, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $24.99Born in 1920, Violeta's 100-year life is marked by revolutionary events, from the Great Depression to suffrage to personal heartbreak and great joy, outlined in this novel as she tells her incredible life story in a letter to her grandson. Because Sagittariuses crave exploration that leads to personal expansion, this historical fiction epic is sure to dazzle."The Cartographers" by Peng ShepherdAmazon"The Cartographers" by Peng Shepherd, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $25.19When Nell Young's legendary cartographer father is found dead in his office, she finds an incredibly rare and valuable map, possibly the last copy in the world. With a passion of her own for cartography, Nell sets out to uncover the secrets behind the map, her father, and the fight that tore their relationship apart. Sagittarius readers love adventure and anything that helps them understand the world better, so this new fantasy would make a great read."How High We Go in the Dark" by Sequoia NagamatsuAmazon"How High We Go in the Dark" by Sequoia Nagamatsu, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.97"How High We Go in the Dark" is an intricately told story about an accidentally unleashed Arctic Plague that devastates and reshapes humanity. Following a series of loosely connected characters and unique stories, this science fiction book is great for Sagittarius readers, who are curious explorers always seeking new ideas.Capricorn"How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer" to Every Moral Question by Michael SchurAmazon"How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer" to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.14Since they're always searching for the answer to success, "How to Be Perfect" is a great new nonfiction read for Capricorns. Funny and thought-provoking, this philosophical book analyses complex ethical questions and searches for an ultimate "right" answer to each one through different insightful perspectives. Plus, Capricorns love having a greater perspective and finding a balance where success meets emotional and spiritual truths."The Atlas Six" by Olivie BlakeAmazon"The Atlas Six" by Olivie Blake, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.41This super popular fantasy book is about the Alexandrian Society, a secret and revered group of magical academicians that only considers six magicians per decade to attempt initiation into their society of wealth, power, and prestige. Drawn to all of these attributes, Capricorns will love to follow the six newest candidates as they fight to prove themselves and survive amongst their greatest rivals. "What the Fireflies Knew" by Kai HarrisBookshop"What the Fireflies Knew" by Kai Harris, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.20When KB and her sister, Nia, are sent to live with their estranged grandfather, they are still grappling with their father's death and the loss of their family home. With a disconnected family, sometimes-friendly neighbors, and a looming feeling of loneliness, KB must make sense of the pieces of her new, challenging life in this coming-of-age novel that Capricorns will cherish because of their own determination to succeed despite adversity.Aquarius"Wahala" by Nikki MayAmazon"Wahala" by Nikki May, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.73Social and fascinated by group dynamics, Aquarius readers will love this novel about Ronke, Boo, and Simi, who each have very different lives but are kept close by their deep and longstanding friendship. When the charismatic Isobel arrives and begins to infiltrate their small circle, chaos slowly ensues and threatens to dismantle relationships, aspirations, and trust in this entertaining read. "Moon Witch, Spider King" by Marlon JamesBookshop"Moon Witch, Spider King" by Marlon James, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.99In this sequel, Sologon, the 177-year-old Moon Witch, fights to tell her side of the magical and unforgettable story from "Black Leopard, Red Wolf." Curious, grounded, and proud to stand out from the pack, Aquarius readers will appreciate Sologon's perspective and crave to understand the reasoning behind her actions."South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation" by Imani PerryAmazon"South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation" by Imani Perry, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.16"South to America" anecdotal history of the American South is a great pick for Aquariuses, as they seek knowledge to better understand the world in order to make a powerful difference. This nonfiction read uses personal, political, and historical stories to demonstrate that the key to a greater, more equitable future lies in understanding the complexities of the South.Pisces"One Italian Summer" by Rebecca SerleBookshop"One Italian Summer" by Rebecca Serle, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.08Pisces are known for their emotional and intuitive nature and walking the line between fantasy and reality, so "One Italian Summer" is the perfect Pisces read. This book uses magical realism to bring Katy's story to life as she adventures on a mother-daughter trip alone shortly after her mom passes away. On the magical and alluring Amalfi Coast, Katy can somehow see her mother and get to know her as the young woman she once was."You Truly Assumed" by Laila SabreenAmazon"You Truly Assumed" by Laila Sabreen, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.15In "You Truly Assumed", a terrorist attack and growing Islamophobia brings three Black Muslim girls together over a blog used as an outlet and support system for a community of Muslim teens across the country. As Pisces readers are deeply compassionate and empathetic, the characters in this YA novel will resonate as they push back against the threats and hatred they receive in the fight to create a safe space for themselves and other Muslim teens."You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty" by Akwaeke EmeziBookshop"You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty" by Akwaeke Emezi, available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $24.30Five years after the accident that killed the love of her life, Feyi Adekola wants to ease into dating again when she's whisked into a whirlwind summer of romance and luxury, complicated by an off-limits potential relationship that leaves her searching for real answers. Pisces are sure to love the passion in Akwaeke Emezi's writing and want to follow Feyi to the very last page as she seeks joy and healing after loss. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderApr 25th, 2022

34 fun and useful gift ideas for women, from luxurious silk pajamas to a self-cleaning water bottle

Need some gifts ideas for the women in your life? No matter her style or your budget, we have you covered with 34 gifts she'll love. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Westend61/Getty Images You've likely landed on this guide in search of the perfect gifts for the women in your life. Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, or just to say thanks, we've found 34 great options. From cooking classes to chocolates from Goldbelly, there's a gift for every woman in your life. Check out all of our gift guides for even more inspiration. When it comes to gifts for women, you can always go the functional route with tech gadgets and cookware, or you can celebrate them with fun gifts like an instant mini camera and skincare mini-fridge.There are countless gifts for women to sift through, but we're here to help you choose the perfect ones for every woman on your list. Though you can never go wrong with flowers and a thoughtful card, we've also included some more unique gift ideas, like a swan-shaped ring holder and a painting kit.Check out all 34 gifts for women:Style and Beauty Gifts for HerA skincare mini fridgeBeauty SpyMini Fridge, available at the Beauty Spy, $69This adorable mini fridge was made to keep beauty products cool in order to maintain their benefits. Give her the chance to indulge in this beauty fridge and have her skin feel more refreshed.A watch that nails the minimalist aestheticLinjerLinjer Petite Watch, available at Linjer, $199With smartwatches and phones that act like appendages, it might seem like the classic analog watch is disposable. Yet, there's something about the timeless style of an analog watch that no piece of modern tech can match. This watch is well made and dainty, with a small face that is prominent without being obtrusive, making it her next great accessory.Read our full review here.A serum that holds up to its nameMaeloveMaelove Glow Maker Serum, available at Maelove, $29.95There are a lot of serums out there, making lofty claims about how much they'll improve skin, but Maelove's Glow Maker really lives up to the hype. If the fact that it was developed by MIT scientists is not enough, it also costs less than $30, and it really will get her skin glowing in no time.Read our full review here.Washable silk pajamas for a more comfortable night's sleepLunyaLunya Washable Silk Set, available at Lunya, $178In addition to their luxe feel, Lunya's bestselling washable silk pajamas help her sleep more comfortably thanks to their thermoregulating properties. This gift-worthy set is available in five core neutral colors, five limited-edition jewel tones, and a size range of XS-2X.A trio of bestselling sunscreensNordstromSupergoop! SPF Bestsellers Starter Set, available at Nordstrom, $25Safe sun practices don't end with the summertime — help her stay healthy year-round with these Supergoop! sunscreens that feel more like high-end skincare than traditional sticky SPF formulas. The Glow Screen in particular is a favorite with Insider Reviews editors.Custom haircare made just for herFunction of BeautyFunction of Beauty custom haircare, available at Function of Beauty, from $50Function of Beauty is revolutionizing haircare with custom shampoo and conditioner that's formulated for everyone's individual hair needs. After taking a quiz, she'll receive a set made just for her. The ability to choose the color and scent make this gift feel even more special.A set of silk hair scrunchiesShopbopSlip Pure Silk Scrunchie Set, available at Sephora, $39These silk scrunchies create less friction than cotton ones, which means less breakage and frizz for her strands. If she wouldn't likely splurge on these for herself, she'll appreciate receiving them as a gift. A fresh take on classic pearl earringsCatbirdCatbird Baby Pearl Hoops Pair, available at Catbird, $88Gift a Catbird E-Gift Card, from $25Pearl earrings are a classic gift for women who love extra feminine touches in their jewelry. This pair blends the timeless style with a modern touch, with little pearls wrapped around a small, ear-hugging hoop that's great for everyday wear and special occasions.A face mask fanatic's dream setSephoraLa Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask, available at Sephora, from $35 A luxurious face mask from La Mer will give her everything she needs to achieve a radiant glow and smoother skin. The women in your life, and their skin, will thank you for this self-care gift.A little box of cute trinketsGreetablGreetabl Custom Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $15Customize a little box for her full of cute trinkets and sweet messages. Pick the print of the box, what little gifts you'd like to put inside, then fill in your own message and pictures you want to be included. It's a small but sweet gift that works for just about anything.Read our full review here.A set of great makeup bagsLeatherologyLeatherology Clamshell Makeup Bag Set, available at Leatherology, $85Every woman needs a nice bag to hold her makeup and toiletries, whether for traveling or keeping on her dresser. This leather set comes with two sizes, one smaller and one larger, and can even be monogrammed if you want to make this gift for her even more special.A dainty jewelry holderCatbirdCatbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32A jewelry holder is always a good gift idea for any woman who wants to organize their jewelry. This pretty little swan will look great on her nightstand or dresser. It's a small, but beautiful piece of decor, and super practical in that it can hold rings, necklaces, and more.A stylish and comfortable pair of shoesAllbirdsAllbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $98Popular shoe startup Allbirds is equal parts cool and comfortable. You can't go wrong with any of its styles, but if she's already got a pair of the original Wool Runners, try the Wool Runners Mizzle or Tree Runners, both styles that we love around here at Insider Reviews. Read our full reviews of the Wool Runners, Wool Runner Mizzles, and Tree Runners here.Home & Kitchen Gifts for HerA high-tech water bottle that sanitizes itselfAmazonLARQ PureVis Self-Cleaning Water Bottle, available at Amazon, $118In addition to keeping drinks cool, the LARQ water bottle offers peace of mind with its award-winning, self-cleaning design. With the press of a button, the cap uses UV-C LED technology to neutralize bacteria in 60 seconds. The bottle also activates itself every two hours to keep water fresh and interior surfaces clean. A succulent that'll spruce up her desk spaceLula's GardenLula's Garden Bliss Garden, available at Lula's Garden, $28If her workspace could use a little pick-me-up, this succulent is just the trick. It comes ready to gift in a bow-topped box and lasts much longer than a bouquet of flowers. Plus, each purchase supports Water.org, which helps provide access to clean, safe water around the world.Virtual cooking classes for the aspiring chefSur la TableSur La Table Online Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, starting at $29 per householdGifting a full experience to the women in your life is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time with them. Led by expert chefs, these virtual cooking classes will have her running around the kitchen and having fun all at once. The lessons last for 90 to 120 minutes and cover tons of dishes and beverages.A cold brew coffee maker for her morningsAmazonOXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $51.95If she always craves cold brew, give her the tools to make it herself from the comfort of her own kitchen. This device is super easy to use and can make a cup that rivals the cold brew from the coffee shop since she can use her favorite grounds.A really good mug she can take camping or into the officeYetiYeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, available at Yeti and Backcountry, from $29.95With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she'll want to use. A calming weighted blanketCasperCasper Weighted Blanket, available at Casper, from $152.10Weighted blankets are filled with pounds of microbeads that provide constant pressure. The result is a hug-like sensation that soothes, relieves anxiety and stress, and makes going to bed super comfortable. Cups of healthy food she can take on the goDaily HarvestDaily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, available at Daily Harvest, $75If she's always trying to find new ways to prioritize health into her busy schedule, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go. A piece of cast iron cookware she'll use to make all of her favorite dishesLe CreusetLe Creuset Cast Iron Braiser, available at Le Creuset, from $200Unlike most cooking tools, a cast iron pan actually gets better with time. This braiser from Le Creuset is loved by Insider Reviews editors, comes in a bunch of different colors, and is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes we make all the time.It's wide enough and deep enough that she won't have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It's also great for cooking meats and veggies since there's plenty of surface area, so everything has room to get nice and crispy.Read our full review here.Tech Gifts for HerA sleek, leather AirPod case with her initialsThe Daily EditedSaffiano AirPod Case, available at The Daily Edited, $40The tech guru in your life will enjoy having a sophisticated home for her AirPods. You can customize everything from the font, text, and font size to the font color, text position, and greeting card. There's an array of neutral colors for the AirPods and AirPods Pro available in either pebbled leather or saffiano leather.The latest Apple AirPodsAmazon3rd Generation Apple AirPods, available at Amazon, $139.99Speaking of AirPods, Apple recently dropped the 3rd generation of its popular wireless earbuds. The latest version includes a more compact design, longer battery life, and spatial audio that delivers a 3D listening experience. Plus, the earbuds will easily and instantly connect to all of her Apple products.A Polaroid camera for instant snapshotsFujifilmFujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, available at Urban Outfitters, $69In a world where most of our pictures stay on our smartphones, having an instant camera makes snapping life's everyday moments a little more exciting. Waiting for pictures to develop is always exciting, but what she'll love even more is actually getting to hold onto them.A small smart speakerGoogleGoogle Home Mini (2nd Generation), available at Best Buy, $24.99This little Google Assistant speaker is loaded with smart features. She can play music, check the weather, and control the rest of her smart home system with just her voice. A Kindle so she can read literally anything, anywhereAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99While there's no denying that flipping through real, paper pages is a great feeling, an ebook reader is a great option for travelers and commuters (when it's time to do these things again). She can access her entire library of ebooks on this thing, which makes it easy to always dive into a new book. We're partial to Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite with its glare-free display and waterproofing, which allows you to read literally anywhere.Read our full review here.A powerful wireless speakerBest BuySonos One (Gen 2), available at Best Buy, $219.99Sleek and minimal, the Sonos One won't overwhelm or distract from her existing decor. It can play music and podcasts via Bluetooth so there won't be unsightly cords to deal with either.Leisure Gifts for HerAn easy-to-use painting setUncommon GoodsSpringtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35Painting isn't only for those who do art on the regular. This kit is a straightforward gift for any woman, regardless of experience level. Creating her work of art will take between three and five hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiastMandukaProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka or Backcountry, from $99For the one who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It's a top pick, even earning a spot as the best overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new thingsMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting, and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership gives them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review here.A sleek suitcase that'll be her travel go-toParavelParavel Aviator Carry-On, available at Paravel, from $275If she's trying to live a more sustainable life, try this carry-on spinner from Paravel. The hard polycarbonate exterior, interior lining, aluminum handle, and zippers are all made with recycled materials, and the sleek detailing on the body is made with vegan leather. It's a gorgeous and thoughtful gift that she'll love using when it's time to travel again.A cult-favorite candleNordstromDiptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdale's, from $38Gifting candles is an art and Diptyque is one that works every time. She'll swoon over the chic French aesthetic and the aromatic blend of rose petals and blackcurrant leaves. The brand is even mentioned in our guide to the best candle brands. A luxurious box of trufflesGoldbellyVosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection - 32 Pieces, available at Goldbelly, $94Take her all around the world with this set of truffles. Each flavor is inspired by global flavors, with ones like Dulce de Leche, Balsamico, and Sveta Sofia. It doesn't get any better than a box of chocolates when it comes to gifts for the women in your life. Read our full review of Goldbelly here.A cute and challenging puzzleAnthropologieFull Moon Puzzle, available at Anthropologie, $24.95A puzzle is a fun way to pass the time and putting together this 500-piece one, with its gradient pattern, will definitely be a challenge. The whimsical design will look nice splayed out on any table. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytJan 14th, 2022

65 thoughtful gifts for Mom, from a personalized photo calendar to a customizable pendant necklace

If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for Mom, we've put together a list for all budgets that has plenty of things she's sure to love. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Getty Images Show Mom your appreciation with any of these 65 thoughtful gifts. From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there's a gift for all tastes and budgets. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Although mothers may be challenging to shop for — humbly resigning to the phrase "you don't have to get me anything" — we can safely say she'll love any of the gifts in this guide. This list can help you find what you're looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she's into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there's a unique gift for Mom, below.See all our gift ideas below, or use these links to jump to products that suit your mother's particular gift needs.Home gifts for MomFashion gifts for MomBeauty gifts for MomTech gifts for MomFood gifts for MomWellness gifts for MomHere are 65 of the best gifts for Mom:This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Leesa. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*Home gifts for MomA cocktail maker that mixes drinks in secondsBartesianBartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, available at Amazon, $349.85Summer's here, which, for some moms, means it's time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom's life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She'll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.Read our full review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine here.  An incredibly comfortable mattressLeesaLeesa Hybrid Mattress, available at Leesa, starting at $1,614 (Queen)The Leesa Hybrid is one of our favorite mattresses because of its comfortable memory foam and motion transfer. It's soft, breathable, and supportive, so we're confident that Mom would love it, too. Read our review of the Leesa Hybrid here.*Sponsored by LeesaA digital picture frame for remembering the good timesAuraCarver Digital Picture Frame, available at Aura, $169It's hard to find a mom who isn't obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she's all set. Read our full review of Aura here.A personalized photo calendar for her deskArtifact UprisingWalnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $35A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her family makes for an even better gift for mom. She'll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you.A fancy candle setOtherland/Alyssa Powell/InsiderOtherland Candles The Threesome, available at Otherland, $89Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that's a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift. We named candles by Otherland one of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Otherland candles here.A coffee table book for the mom who loves photographyAmazon"Women: The National Geographic Image Collection", available at Amazon, $27.05You can't go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom.Soft, crisp sheets and beddingBrooklinenBrooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $198Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $240Brooklinen's luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. This is another item that features in our list of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here.A custom map posterGrafomap InstagramGrafomap Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, starting at $49Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom's hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.Read our full review of the Grafomap Custom Map Poster here.A cute potted plant instead of flowersThe SillShop The Sill's selection of plants starting at $14The Sill is a relatively new startup that's making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. Read our full review of The Sill here.A Le Creuset Dutch ovenAmazonLe Creuset Round Dutch Oven, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $230At $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom's favorite. We've even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best Dutch ovens. It's one of the best products we've ever tested.Read our full review of the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven here.A hardcover photo book for any mother figureArtifact UprisingHardcover Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $72Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table.A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls homeAmazonTotally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, available at Amazon, $29.99Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. It's a great gift for the mom who loves spending time in the kitchen. A weighted blanket to help her sleep betterBearabyBearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, available at Bearaby, $249Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets. A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meatAmazonAnova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, available at Amazon and Target, from $99The Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom's life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it'll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. You can hear more about why we love this product in our guide to the best sous vide machines. An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gentlyAmazonPhilips Light Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $99.99Moms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn't mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks. Read our full review of the Philips Wake-Up Light.An indoor herb garden that requires zero effortClick & GrowClick & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, available at Click & Grow, $139.95Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and the truly effortless process. Read our full review of the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit here.A retro-inspired electric kettleNordstromSMEG 50's Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $169.95With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she'll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric kettles. Fashion gifts for MomA recycled fleece to stay warmGirlfriend CollectiveTeddy Recycled Half-Zip Fleece, available at Girlfriend Collective, $109Moms love effortless comfort and this super soft fleece delivers just that for her. Not only will she enjoy the warmth, but she'll feel good knowing she's helping the environment with this recycled pullover.A gold square watch to keep track of timeNordstromMVMT Signature Square Bracelet Watch, available at Nordstrom, $128For the mom who's always running late, this elegant square watch bares a minimalist and luxurious design that elevates any look. The gold watch is so impossible to miss that she'll now be on time to every occasion with it as a reminder.A lovely silk scarf for any outfitNordstromPaisley Square scarf, available at Nordstrom, $49.99You can't go wrong with a silk scarf if her style embraces a refined, ladylike taste. The elegant floral print adds gorgeous detail to an outfit that gives it a more polished and soft feminine appearance.A jewelry cleaner for all of her precious piecesMagnasonicMagnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, available at Amazon, $39.99Your mom's soft spot might be jewelry, but taking care of each piece is a must. This jewelry cleaner removes dirt and grime in minutes using water only. She'll appreciate this little machine that will take great care of her jewelry. A passport cover and luggage tagLeatherologyDeluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, available at Leatherology, starting at $85 + monogram $20Mom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She'll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials. A chic purse that can turn into a backpackSenreveAlunna, available at Senreve, starting at $645A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags. You can mix things up by giving her one that's both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across her body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom's essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder.A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in styleGlassesUSACheck out GlassesUSA's selection of sunglasses, starting at $29Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. Through June 15, get 30% off your entire order for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping, if you enter code USA30 at checkout. Also through June 15, use code DEAL60 to save 60% off frames for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping. Read our full review of GlassesUSA here.A leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initialsLeatherologyKlyde Continental Wallet, available at Leatherology (+ $10 for monogram), $120A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman's everyday style and keeps her organized when she's constantly moving from place to place. You can get this leather wallet from Leatherology in 11 colors and three different personalization options. A luxurious bathrobeParachuteParachute Classic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $99A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute's soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick. Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here.Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blendMargauxSlippers, available at Margaux, $158Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She'll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house.The gift of comfortable loungewearTommy JohnShop all women's loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy JohnTommy John E-Gift Card, available at Tommy John, starting at $25The Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John's loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women's underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too.Alexa-enabled glassesAmazonEcho Frames Smart Glasses, available at Amazon, $154.99If your mom loves tech, she'll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon's Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa's skills.Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Frames.A roomy work bag with tons of pocketsDagne DoverDagne Dover Allyn Tote, available at Dagne Dover, from $239Dagne Dover's Allyn Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go. A jewelry holderCatbirdCatbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32This ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that'll dress up any bathroom countertop or nightstand.Pearl hoop earringsMejuriMejuri Pearl Hoops, available at Mejuri, $65Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company's delicate jewelry, too.Read our full review of Mejuri here.A personalized T-shirtKnown SupplyKnown Supply Personalized Women's Fitted Crew, available at Known Supply, $32You can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with "mom" or "mama" — or any other name that's under nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive. A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogramClaire V.Claire V. Midi Sac, avaliable at Claire V., starting at $335 (+ $50 for hand-painted monogram)This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $50, you can customize it with a gold foil or hand-painted monogram. Popular leggings with a no-slip fitVuoriDaily Legging, available at Vuori, $84Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand's smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.Read more about the Daily Legging here.A pendant necklaceSet & StonesSet & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, available at Nordstrom, $198Your mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart. It'll sit lightly around her neck and be a subtle reminder of her special bond with you. Beauty gifts for MomA luxurious facial treatment deviceZIIPZIIP GX Series, available at ZIIP Beauty, $495Switch up her facial appointments with the ZIIP experience that beautifully improves your skin beyond your imagination with every use. The ZIIP devices employ energy from tiny electrical currents with a conductive gel to sculpt and tighten the skin for a radiant glow. A floral fragrance with a pear and white freesia scentJo MaloneEnglish Pear & Freesia Cologne, available at Jo Malone, $144If she prefers a light yet luscious fragrance, this Jo Malone perfume makes for a lovely layer. This floral perfume accentuates her style with a smell of autumn from the freshness of the pear and freesias along with the subtle woodsy scents.A face mask set for at-home spa daysfreshMini Loves Mini Masks Set, available at fresh, $56Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator.The weighted sleep mask that's the ticket to instant sleepAnthropologieNodpod Weighted Eye Mask, available at Anthropologie, $23.80Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position. Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goalsFunction of Beauty/InstagramPersonalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, available at Function of Beauty, $29.99Function of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that's based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula's color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.Read our full review of Function of Beauty here.Tech Gifts for MomA voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needsAmazonFire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, available at Amazon, $24.99She can access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices.The Amazon EchoAmazonAmazon Echo (4th Generation), available at Amazon, $54.99There's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming. Read our full review of the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) here.A waterproof Kindle PaperwhiteAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99On the other hand, if she's tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift for Mom. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here.A heated massager to melt the day awayAmazonInvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager, available at Amazon, $49.97After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that's built up. While she can't get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.Read our full review of the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager here.A personalized video message from her favorite celebrityCameoPersonalized video message, available at Cameo, starting at $1When trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from "The Office" or most-loved musician. Whether it's for her birthday, Mother's Day, or a different milestone, there's something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo. Food gifts for MomA tasty baking cookbookAmazonDessert Person cookbook, available at Amazon, $22.24For the mom who adores baking, this dessert cookbook has plenty of baking recipes to satisfy the family's sweet tooth.  This cookbook offers recipes and guidance on how to bake sweet and savory treats whether it's a caramelized honey pumpkin pie or English muffins.  A delicious treat from Milk BarMilk Bar/Alyssa Powell/InsiderCheck out all the goodies in Milk Bar's Gift Shop starting at $39Milk Bar's treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B'Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here. Milk bar cakes topped our list of the All-Time Best things we've tested. Read our full review of Milk Bar.A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese insideMurray's CheeseMurray's Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, available at Murray's Cheese, $95Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray's Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. It's a mouthwatering gift for Mom that'll surely satisfy her cheese cravings. For more of the best from Murray's Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online.Read our review of Murray's Cheese gift boxes.A cookbook for 'Girl Meets Farm' fansAmazon"Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm" by Molly Yeh, available at Amazon, $19.54Not only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes, you'll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family.A gift subscription to a popular coffee clubAtlas Coffee ClubAtlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club Subscription here.Wellness gifts for MomA water bottle that solves all pain pointsHydro Flask/Alyssa Powell/InsiderHydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), available at Hydro Flask, from $32.93Hydo Flask's products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that's otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle, in our guide to the best travel mugs. Hydro Flask water bottles are one of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested.* Free shipping on all orders with code INSIDER at checkout. Code expires 1/31/22.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new thingsMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review of MasterClass here.A DNA test kit23andme23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, available at 23andMe, $129This genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who's interested in learning more about her family history.A 'book of the month' membershipBook of the MonthBook of the Month Monthly Membership, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If she loves to read and isn't ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month. Barack Obama's bestselling bookJamie McCarthy/Getty Images"A Promised Land" by Barack Obama on Kindle, available at Amazon, $17.99If Mom likes to read, Barack Obama's bestselling book 'A Promised Land' is probably on her reading list. Instead of risking having a hard copy arrive late, you can gift her the Kindle version. A daily planner for the busy momAmazonPanda Planner Daily Planner 2021, available at Amazon. $19.97 Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She'll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners.A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiastMandukaProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka, $99For the mom who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.A fresh flower bouquetUrban StemsUrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $40 and upWe've ordered bouquets from UrbanStems and it offers gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they're delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she'll love on any given day. Its bouquets are one of the best things we've ever tested.Read our full review of UrbanStems.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 23rd, 2021

31 gift ideas for women, from customizable AirPod cases to a luxurious face mask

Need some gifts ideas for the women in your life? No matter her style or your budget, we have you covered with 31 gifts she'll love. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Getty You've likely landed on this guide in search of the perfect gifts for the women in your life. Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, or just to say thanks, we've found 31 great options. From cooking classes to chocolates from Goldbelly, there's a gift for every woman in your life. Check out all of our gift guides for even more inspiration. When it comes to gifts for women, you can always go the functional route with tech gadgets and cookware, or you can celebrate them with fun gifts like an instant mini camera and insulated champagne flute. There are countless gifts for women to sift through, but we're here to help you choose the perfect ones for every woman on your list. Though you can never go wrong with flowers and a thoughtful card, we've also included some more unique gift ideas, like a swan-shaped ring holder and a painting kit.Check out all 31 gifts for women:This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Aerie. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*Style and Beauty Gifts for HerA skincare mini fridgeBeauty SpyMini Fridge, available at the Beauty Spy, $69This adorable mini fridge was made to keep beauty products cool in order to maintain their benefits. Give her the chance to indulge in this beauty fridge and have her skin feel more refreshed.A watch that nails the minimalist aestheticLinjerLinjer Petite Watch, available at Linjer, $199With smartwatches and phones that act like appendages, it might seem like the classic analog watch is disposable. Yet, there's something about the timeless style of an analog watch that no piece of modern tech can match. This watch is well made and dainty, with a small face that is prominent without being obtrusive, making it her next great accessory.Read our full review here.A cozy sweaterAerieAerie Patchwork Crew Sweater, available at Aerie, from $59.95This comfy sweater can add a bit of fun to their everyday wardrobe with its colorful patches. Cozy enough to wear on the couch but cute enough to wear out as well, this sweater strikes a careful balance that practically makes it a wardrobe necessity. *Sponsored by Aerie  A serum that holds up to its nameMaeloveMaelove Glow Maker Serum, available at Maelove, $29.95There are a lot of serums out there, making lofty claims about how much they'll improve skin, but Maelove's Glow Maker really lives up to the hype. If the fact that it was developed by MIT scientists is not enough, it also costs less than $30, and it really will get her skin glowing in no time.Read our full review here.A stylish nightshirt to lounge inBodenJanie Night Shirt, available at Boden, $80Made for her to stay fashionable even after-hours, this classy nightshirt is a perfect alternative to gifting simple pajamas. Each lounge session will feel cozier and chic with this relaxed-fit nightshirt. A set of silk hair scrunchiesShopbopSlip Pure Silk Scrunchie Set, available at Sephora, $39These silk scrunchies create less friction than cotton ones, which means less breakage and frizz for her strands. If she wouldn't likely splurge on these for herself, she'll appreciate receiving them as a gift. A fresh take on classic pearl earringsCatbirdCatbird Baby Pearl Hoops Pair, available at Catbird, $88Gift a Catbird E-Gift Card, from $25Pearl earrings are a classic gift for women who love extra feminine touches in their jewelry. This pair blends the timeless style with a modern touch, with little pearls wrapped around a small, ear-hugging hoop that's great for everyday wear and special occasions.A face mask fanatic's dream setSephoraLa Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask, available at Sephora, from $35 A luxurious face mask from La Mer will give her everything she needs to achieve a radiant glow and smoother skin. The women in your life, and their skin, will thank you for this self-care gift.A little box of cute trinketsGreetablGreetabl Custom Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $15Customize a little box for her full of cute trinkets and sweet messages. Pick the print of the box, what little gifts you'd like to put inside, then fill in your own message and pictures you want to be included. It's a small but sweet gift that works for just about anything.Read our full review here.A set of great makeup bagsLeatherologyLeatherology Clamshell Makeup Bag Set, available at Leatherology, $85Every woman needs a nice bag to hold her makeup and toiletries, whether for traveling or keeping on her dresser. This leather set comes with two sizes, one smaller and one larger, and can even be monogrammed if you want to make this gift for her even more special.A dainty jewelry holderCatbirdCatbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32A jewelry holder is always a good gift idea for any woman who wants to organize their jewelry. This pretty little swan will look great on her nightstand or dresser. It's a small, but beautiful piece of decor, and super practical in that it can hold rings, necklaces, and more.Home & Kitchen Gifts for HerVirtual cooking classes for the aspiring chefSur la TableSur La Table Online Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, starting at $29 per householdGifting a full experience to the women in your life is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time  with them. Led by expert chefs, these virtual cooking classes will have her running around the kitchen and having fun all at once. The lessons last for 90 to 120 minutes and cover tons of dishes and beverages.A cold brew coffee maker for her morningsAmazonOXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $51.95If she always craves cold brew, give her the tools to make it herself from the comfort of her own kitchen. This device is super easy to use and can make a cup that rivals the cold brew from the coffee shop since she can use her favorite grounds.A really good mug she can take camping or into the officeYetiYeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, available at Yeti and Backcountry, from $29.95With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she'll want to use. A calming weighted blanketCasperCasper Weighted Blanket, available at Casper, from $152.15Weighted blankets are filled with pounds of microbeads that provide constant pressure. The result is a hug-like sensation that soothes, relieves anxiety and stress, and makes going to bed super comfortable. Cups of healthy food she can take on the goDaily HarvestDaily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, available at Daily Harvest, $75If she's always trying to find new ways to prioritize health into her busy schedule, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go. A piece of cast iron cookware she'll use to make all of her favorite dishesLe CreusetLe Creuset Cast Iron Braiser, available at Le Creuset, from $200Unlike most cooking tools, a cast iron pan actually gets better with time. This braiser from Le Creuset is loved by Insider Reviews editors, comes in a bunch of different colors, and is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes we make all the time.It's wide enough and deep enough that she won't have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It's also great for cooking meats and veggies since there's plenty of surface area, so everything has room to get nice and crispy.Read our full review here.Tech Gifts for HerA sleek, leather AirPod case with her initialsThe Daily EditedSaffiano AirPod Case, available at The Daily Edited, $40The tech guru in your life will enjoy having a sophisticated home for her AirPods. You can customize everything from the font, text, and font size to the font color, text position, and greeting card. There's an array of neutral colors for the AirPods and AirPods Pro available in either pebbled leather or saffiano leather.A Polaroid camera for instant snapshotsFujifilmFujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, available at Urban Outfitters, $69In a world where most of our pictures stay on our smartphones, having an instant camera makes snapping life's everyday moments a little more exciting. Waiting for pictures to develop is always exciting, but what she'll love even more is actually getting to hold onto them.A small smart speakerGoogleGoogle Home Mini (2nd Generation), available at Best Buy, $24.99This little Google Assistant speaker is loaded with smart features. She can play music, check the weather, and control the rest of her smart home system with just her voice. A Kindle so she can read literally anything, anywhereAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99While there's no denying that flipping through real, paper pages is a great feeling, an ebook reader is a great option for travelers and commuters (when it's time to do these things again). She can access her entire library of ebooks on this thing, which makes it easy to always dive into a new book. We're partial to Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite with its glare-free display and waterproofing, which allows you to read literally anywhere.Read our full review here.A powerful wireless speakerBest BuySonos One (Gen 2), available at Best Buy, $219.99Sleek and minimal, the Sonos One won't overwhelm or distract from her existing decor. It can play music and podcasts via Bluetooth so there won't be unsightly cords to deal with either.Leisure Gifts for HerAn easy-to-use painting setUncommon GoodsSpringtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35Painting isn't only for those who do art on the regular. This kit is a straightforward gift for any woman, regardless of experience level. Creating her work of art will take between three and five hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiastMandukaProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka or Backcountry, from $99For the one who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It's a top pick, even earning a spot as the best overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new thingsMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting, and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership gives them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review here.A stylish and comfortable pair of shoesAllbirdsAllbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $98Popular shoe startup Allbirds is equal parts cool and comfortable. You can't go wrong with any of its styles, but if she's already got a pair of the original Wool Runners, try the Wool Runners Mizzle or Tree Runners, both styles that we love around here at Insider Reviews. Read our full reviews of the Wool Runners, Wool Runner Mizzles, and Tree Runners here.A sleek suitcase that'll be her travel go-toParavelParavel Aviator Carry-On, available at Paravel, from $275If she's trying to live a more sustainable life, try this carry-on spinner from Paravel. The hard polycarbonate exterior, interior lining, aluminum handle, and zippers are all made with recycled materials, and the sleek detailing on the body is made with vegan leather. It's a gorgeous and thoughtful gift that she'll love using when it's time to travel again.A cult-favorite candleNordstromDiptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdale's, from $38Gifting candles is an art and Diptyque is one that works every time. She'll swoon over the chic French aesthetic and the aromatic blend of rose petals and blackcurrant leaves. The brand is even mentioned in our guide to the best candle brands. A luxurious box of trufflesGoldbellyVosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection - 32 Pieces, available at Goldbelly, $94Take her all around the world with this set of truffles. Each flavor is inspired by global flavors, with ones like Dulce de Leche, Balsamico, and Sveta Sofia. It doesn't get any better than a box of chocolates when it comes to gifts for the women in your life. Read our full review of Goldbelly here.A cute and challenging puzzleAnthropologieFull Moon Puzzle, available at Anthropologie, $24.95A puzzle is a fun way to pass the time and putting together this 500-piece one, with its gradient pattern, will definitely be a challenge. The whimsical design will look nice splayed out on any table. A Champagne flute that'll keep her bubbles chilledCorkcicleInstant Pot Duo 6-Quart, available at Amazon and Walmart, $89Whether she loves to cook decadent meals, is adamant about meal prepping, or likes to make her time in the kitchen as efficient as possible, the Instant Pot can help her out. The kitchen gadget has 14 smart programs, like saute, simmer, and slow cook, that make cooking a breeze and can save her lots of time in the kitchen. This one's even named the best overall in our guide to the best Instant Pot and electric pressure cookers.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 17th, 2021

The 56 best last-minute gifts for college students, from portable photo printers to the comfiest sheets

The best gifts for college students are practical and fun. Here are 56 gift ideas from a recent college graduate. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Staples The best gifts for college students are practical, fun, and time-saving. I'm a current college student, and I put together this list of 50+ gift options any student would appreciate. Need more gift ideas? Check out our gift guides for toddlers, teens, and pretty much everyone. As a college student, there are just a few things we want: clear skin, job security, and to have some fun. Some gifts can help with this. Others can't, but they're still nice to have for how much they make our lives easier.College students today are in a unique position in life between (probably) getting little sleep, taking classes while working, and taking care of themselves throughout everything. This is especially important to keep in mind when thinking about gifts.One thing this list assumes is that the student you're thinking about already has basics like a shower caddy, lanyard for their student ID, and laundry basket that can hold several weeks of dirty clothes at time. Instead, this list is full of gifts that'll be like the cherry on top to whatever they already have.Check out all 56 gifts for college students:A more modern card game for nights in and partiesAmazonWhat Do You Meme?, available at Amazon, $29.99College students today are of the meme generation, so this game will be highly appreciated. This set includes 75 of the funniest memes plus 360 caption cards to make the wonkiest combinations for a game during study breaks or chill wine nights.One of the easiest ways to find your favorite fragranceScentbirdScentbird 6-month subscription, available from Scentbird, $84Finding a fragrance that speaks to you is an unspoken step in finding your style. But buying a bunch of different scents can take a long time and cost a lot. Scentbirds is a perfume and cologne discovery subscription that helps you find your favorite perfumes by sending monthly options based on your preferences.A sunrise alarm clock for a gentle wakeup, no phones involvedSuzy Hernandez/InsiderHatch Restore, available on Amazon, $129.99Using your phone as an alarm clock makes it a lot easier to start scrolling on your phone first thing in the morning, which isn't the healthiest habit. A sunrise alarm clock can help your student have a much better start to their day than immediately checking emails or scrolling on Instagram. The Hatch Restore is a great sunrise alarm option with a ton of special features, and the iHome Zenergy Dream Mini ($69.99) is the best option on a budget.One of the nicest, most classic notebooks everMoleskineMoleskine Classic Notebook, available on Amazon, $20.34Moleskine journals have a history of belonging to creatives and being the place where great ideas and art begin. If the student you're thinking of is a writer, for example, a Moleskine journal is a perfect gift to let them know you support them. These are also stellar for note-taking.An air fryer for the snack loverAmazonThe Philips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer, available at Walmart, $249.35Air fryers have been all the buzz for how they can turn just about anything into a warm, crispy delight. Plus, they save a ton of time, which every college student can appreciate. The Philips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer is one of the best air fryers on the market today.There's some controversy about how good air fryers actually are, so you can also think about gifting a toaster oven.A good wallet to hold their cards, cash, and keep their student ID handyVera BradleyMicrofiber Zip ID Wallet, available at Vera Bradley, $10Vera Bradley's Zip ID Wallet is a great option for students who have to frequently show or swipe their student ID but don't need an overstuffed bifold. The O-ring is a convenient and sturdy place to hold all their keys. It also makes it easy to clip the wallet into their other bags like a purse or backpack.A steady supply of healthier (and still very tasty) snacksThrive Market1-Year Membership + $25 Shopping Credit, available at Thrive Market, $64.95College students live off good food and snacks. Gifting a subscription to Thrive Market means access to healthier snacks, which leads to feeling more energized and better studying.A long-lasting backpack that'll look good on campus, in the airport, and at job interviewsHerschelLittle America Backpack, available at Herschel, $109.99Typical backpacks work great for class, but what about everything that happens outside of class? Having a sturdy backpack that's well-suited for traveling and job interviews helps a ton. Herschel's Little America ($109.99) is a great option because it's versatile, sturdy, and stylish. Similarly, the Dagne Dover backpack ($200) is specifically designed for a woman's body and is made to store everything you need and go anywhere you go. productsIf the student is a total tote person and doesn't touch backpacks, the Longchamp Le Pliage Shoulder Bag ($155) is a staple for students and young workers alike.An aroma diffuser to set the moodGrove CollaborativeGrove Collaborative Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser, $39.95An aroma diffuser delivers calming, in-home aromatherapy and is a great fragrance option for dorms where candles usually aren't allowed. This one from Grove Collaborative diffuses essential oils for up to five hours at a time, has LED light options, and elegantly blends into any room thanks to its minimalistic ceramic design.A weighted blanket that'll change the way you sleepTranquilityTranquility Weighted Blanket, available at Target, $49Every college student ever has needed better sleep. Weighted blankets apply a calming pressure on you, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up more rested. The great thing about Tranquility's weighted blanket is how perfectly-sized it is to move from bed to couch, how it's sized to fit a standard dorm twin XL bed, and how easily washable it is.A foolproof planner to keep everything in orderDay DesignerWeekly Planner, available on Day Designer, $59A planner keeps them organized between all their assignments, exams, events, and so much more. Day Designer makes luxurious planners that students love. Planners come in daily or weekly options which each have space for all your checklists and schedules plus extra pages for goal setting, future planning, and notes.The most comfortable socks college students can ownBombasWomen's Ankle Sock 4-Pack, available at Bombas, $47.50Men's Ankle Sock 4-Pack, available at Bombas, $47.50Bombas makes the best socks on the market. They benefit from upgrades like a supportive honeycomb stitch, blister tabs built into ankle-height styles, and a Y-stitched heel and "invisitoe" that minimizes annoying bumps. Even if it seems like socks aren't an exciting gift, comfort is pretty much always a hit in college. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a specially designed sock to someone in need.A cult-favorite tumbler to keep their drinks just the right temperature for hoursHydro FlaskHydro Flask 40 oz.Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, from $37.46This HydroFlask will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours with the lid on, perfect for when they need coffee for a long night studying.Great coffee from all over the world to help them stay energizedAtlas Coffee ClubAtlas Coffee 3-month Subscription, $55If they drink coffee, they'll likely drink a fair amount of it during college. And it's really nice to have a good cup. Atlas Coffee is a monthly subscription that's sort of like a worldwide coffee tour — bringing the best single-origin coffee (with a postcard from its origin country) to your door. They'll also get brewing tips and flavor notes. A book that helps them build good habits and break bad onesAmazonAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, available at Amazon, $11.98Many college students are trying to map out what they want out of life and how to build the habits that get them where they want to go. In the popular book "Atomic Habits," James Clear, an expert on habit formation, teaches practical strategies for building lasting habits (and ditching detrimental ones). Popular wireless over-ear headphones for quality noise-canceling during studying and working outAmazonBeats Solo3 Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones, available at Amazon, $129.95If there's one thing every college student needs, it's good wireless headphones. This Beats pair has rich sound and up to 40 hours of listening time. And if they let the battery run out, a five-minute charge converts to three hours of playback.If they're a runner and need something lightweight and in-ear, you should opt for Jaybird Vista.An inexpensive way to get the iced coffee they love at homeAmazonTakeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available on Amazon, $24.99If the student you're thinking of drinks coffee — and there's a very good chance they do — having access to one of the best cold brew contraptions will be a gift that keeps on giving. A cold brew machine means you can go 4-5 days in a row without brewing another pot. It's also easy to clean. Find a full review here.A waterproof speaker that can bring the bassJBLJBL FLIP5 Bluetooth Speaker, available at B&H Photo, $129.95A Bluetooth speaker is a must-have: it helps set the mood for study nights and helps bring the party to life whenever you're hosting. JBL's Flip 5 speaker is the best choice. It has vibrantly booming bass, lasts for up to 12 hours without a charge, and is waterproof.Clothes and shoes for their upcoming interviews and presentationsEverlaneThe Oversized Blazer, available at Everlane, from $185Rebecca Allen Classic Pump, available at Nordstrom, $165Other Stories Wool Coat, available at Other Stories, $279College is full of big meetings, big presentations, and nerve-wracking interviews. For days when sweatpants aren't an option and something more formal is needed, these are some great options for women's staples. We've also created a list of our personal favorite workwear stores — plus the best styles to buy from each one. A nice watch they can wear to internshipsMVMTGunmetal Sandstone, Men, available at MVMT, $138Lexington, Women, available at MVMT, $128MVMT makes beautiful watches for men and women at great prices, and they feel more contemporary to wear than most on the market. It's a versatile, sentimental gift you can feel good about giving because you know they'll feel good — and perhaps more put-together — wearing it. One of the best tablets, which makes note-taking, entertainment, and everything else so much betterBest Buy2021 Apple iPad, available at Amazon, $479 If you go on a college campus today, you'll probably see iPads all over the place — and for a good reason. These slim rectangular boxes are bundles of joy for students. They make note-taking, e-reading, Netflix, and leisure drawing easy to do all in one place. The new 256GB iPad ($479) will make an unforgettable gift. If you want to take it up a notch, the highly-coveted and ultrafast 11" iPad Pro ($899) is even better.If they already have an iPad, you can think about getting them an Apple Pencil ($129), which will level up their gadget even more.A key-, wallet-, and iPhone-finderAmazonTile Mate with Replaceable Battery, 4-Pack, available at Amazon, $69.99You can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Mate is compact, thoughtful, and useful for everyone — especially an oft-frazzled college student. A bed frame that can easily move with themLauren Savoie/InsiderThuma Bed Frame, available at Thuma, from $995A good bed frame is the foundation of good sleep and this one by Thuma features interlocking Japanese joinery that makes it incredibly sturdy but easy to disassemble, move, and store. It's a great option for young adults on the move, especially if they're moving into older or smaller buildings. The most popular FitbitFitbitFitbit Charge 4 Fitness Activity Tracker, available on Amazon, from $122.21The Charge 4 offers stellar activity tracking (average and current pace, heart rate zones, calories burned, etc.) in a smaller footprint than a smartwatch and at a budget-friendly price point. Plus, it has a week-long battery life.A smartphone-sized travel photo printerStaplesFujifilm Instax Mini Link Bluetooth Photo Printer, available at Target, Apple, and Best Buy, from $99.95Mini portable Bluetooth printers make turning iPhone photos into tangible memories quick and easy — which is especially convenient for decorating their room. All they'll have to do is download the app (which also has internal PhotoShop elements and features like themed stickers and collages) and connect via Bluetooth. *This product is currently out of stock. Their favorite comfort foodsGoldbellyGoldbelly food gifts, available from $25Goldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.A media streamer that transforms a normal TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Ultra 4K/HDR/HD Streaming Player, available at Amazon, $69Most college students aren't forking over a monthly payment to cable. This streaming player is, overall, the best one you can buy, and it transforms an otherwise ordinary TV into one that can stream shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and others all in one spot.  One of the all-time best facial cleansers for a clean and effective routineFOREOLuna 2 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at FOREO, $169.95Luna 2 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at FOREO, $169.95FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.A 10-minute breakfast that will save them money and timeAmazonDash Rapid Egg Cooker, available at Target, $15.99The Dash Rapid Egg Cooker looks gimmicky but is actually deceptively useful. It's compact and makes virtually every kind of egg (hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, or an omelet) perfectly, and in under 10 minutes. Trendy and convenient Apple AirPodsAppleApple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, available at Best Buy, $149.99If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. The newer generation of AirPods can be purchased on Amazon for $200, but we also liked the earlier generation (which is slightly cheaper).A comfy Patagonia pullover they'll rely on a lotPatagoniaLightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, $119It's a good bet that many of their peers will also have this Snap-T pullover from Patagonia. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely upon. A Patagonia sweater is also a particularly good gift for students who are invested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993, and continues to do so today.The world's comfiest shoesAllbirds/InstagramWool Runners, Men, available at Allbirds, $98Wool Runners, Women, available at Allbirds, $98Startup Allbirds makes wildly popular shoes out of soft, sustainable materials. Their Runners made of super-soft merino wool have been nicknamed "the world's most comfortable shoes." You can find a full review here. A portable projector that's the size of a soda canAmazonAnker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector, available at Amazon, $299.99Anker's Nebula Capsule is a powerful and versatile mini projector, and its portability makes it a great option for college students who want a cozy movie-viewing experience in the comfort of their own room. It's 1 pound and the size of a soda can, but it has surprisingly crisp image quality and 360-degree sound. It's also quiet and has a continuous playtime of four hours. Find a full review here.College merchandise for school spiritAmerican EagleShop American Eagle's Tailgate ApparelParticularly if they're going to a school with a big sports team, you can be sure they'll both need and appreciate all the fan gear. A great game for a night in with friendsAmazonCards Against Humanity, available at Amazon, $25Grab a fun card game they'll inevitably end up pulling out to play with friends on the weekend nights and snow days. Check out What Do You Meme, too.A Brooklinen gift card for really nice sheetsBrooklinenGift Card, available at Brooklinen, from $50Few things sound so nice as comfortable, beautiful sheets that you don't need to buy for yourself. Brooklinen is one of our favorite startups to shop at, and we ranked their sateen cotton sheets (from $122) the best luxury sheets you can buy.A funny but useful book full of expert and student advice on everything from finances to relationships and dorm lifeAmazonThe Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, available at Amazon, $10.19For everything from sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to social network do's and don'ts, this funny but useful New York Times bestseller runs the gamut. A monthly subscription of personalized new makeup, haircare, and skincare samples delivered to their doorBirchbox Man/InstagramBirchbox Three Month Subscription, available at Birchbox, $45College students like to look and feel good, but tight budgets aren't conducive to trying a lot of new, (and often expensive) grooming products. Birchbox sends samples of new and beloved products once a month, so they can test out new finds and discover products they may want to buy a full size of in the future. It's also just fun to get a monthly gift that's all about them. An Echo Dot with a built-in clockAmazonEcho Dot 4th Gen with Clock, available on Amazon, $34.99The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa's other skills. A savvy suitcase for traveling on holiday breaksAway/FacebookCarry-On, available at Away, from $225Away's hyper-popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360-degree spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over so they never have to sit behind a trash can at the airport for access to an outlet again. It's also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.We also recommend Calpak. A book about capitalizing on the huge choices to make in your 20sAmazonThe Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now, available at Amazon, $3.62The decisions you make in your 20s can greatly impact the rest of your life. The best defense is a good offense and your grad should know now, before any life-altering events crop up, how to get the most out of their "defining decade."An Amazon Prime membershipTommaso Boddi / Getty ImagesGift an Amazon Prime membership, $119An Amazon Prime membership is one of those things that immediately makes life easier and ultimately better. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping; access to the Prime Now app, which provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items; Prime Video, Amazon's streaming video service; Prime Music; the Kindle Lending Library; Prime Reading; Prime Audible Channels; unlimited photo storage, and more.If you want to see how Amazon Prime ($119 for the year) actually gives you a lot more than free shipping, you can read about the benefits of the service here.A candle to remind college students of their favorite place or hometownAmazonHomesick Scented Candle, available at Uncommon Goods, $34If they're away from family or friends, a reminder of home is a wonderful thing to have around. The best electric toothbrushAmazonOral-B White Pro 1000, available at Best Buy, $39.99We rated this the best electronic toothbrush you can buy. Childlike cereal for adultsMagic SpoonFour Flavors, available at Magic Spoon, $39Magic Spoon is a new "childlike cereal for adults" that's high in protein and low in sugar — and all four flavors are delicious. Here's one way to show college kids it's completely possible to transition to adulthood without losing all the joy of being a kid. You can read more in a personal review here. Framed memoriesFramebridgeGift Card or Frame a Memory, available at Framebridge, from $25Help them honor some of their best memories — whether it's from friends now studying across the country, family, or best-loved locales. Framebridge is relatively affordable, but decor is one of the luxuries plenty of college students shirk to save elsewhere — even though it can make their home a much more inviting, happy place.A monogrammed leather shave bag so students can keep all their things in one placeLeatherologyLeatherology Small Shave Bag, available at Leatherology, from $90 (available for monogram for $10)The dreaded truth of college is that you'll most likely need to schlep your shower belongings to a communal area if you live in the dorms. No one wants to rely on a plastic shower caddy to do that. Grab them a leather shave bag that they'll use for years to come — they probably wouldn't justify the expense on their own, and they'll be grateful to have it. If you're looking for a chic aesthetic, Dagne Dover also makes a great neoprene toiletry bag named the Hunter (from $35) that's built to accommodate makeup. If they have a lot of toiletries, you'll probably want to get the large size for $55.The most comfortable lounge pants we've ever tried for lazy weekend morningsMeUndiesThe Lounge Pant, Men, available at MeUndies, $68The Lounge Pant, Women, available at MeUndies, $68MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings, and they're sleek enough to avoid feeling too unkempt.The best pillow you can buyCoop Home GoodsPremium Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, available at Coop Home Goods and Amazon, from $63.99Make sure they're optimizing their sleep with the best pillow you can buy. Thanks to the shredded memory foam, they'll get the support and comfortable "sinking in" sensation of a traditional memory foam pillow, but none of the excessive heat or firmness that can be a problem with solid foam. Read more in our Buying Guide here.A gift card to ClassPass so they can go to tons of boutique fitness classes without the expenseClassPass/InstagramGift Card, available at ClassPass, from $50Boutique fitness classes are expensive. ClassPass makes them less so. If they like to be active, are looking for a newfound favorite class, or like yoga as much as boxing classes, this is a great gift they'll actually use — and applies to virtual classes until in-person ones are safe again.A custom poster of their favorite placeGrafomapGift a customized Grafomap poster, from $49Commemorate their college town, hometown, or favorite place in the world with this customizable graphic map so they can keep it with them wherever life takes them.A hyper-useful extra-long, reinforced phone chargerAmazonNative Union 10-Foot Extra-Long Charging Cable with Leather Strap, available at Amazon, $34.99If they're going to be tethered to devices, you may as well give them a long leash. This long charging cable means no matter where one is, they'll have power — and they won't have to sit at the foot of their bed to reach it. A gym bag that can transition to a professional settingNordstromHerschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag, available at Nordstrom, $90Just like bringing a beat-up JanSport everywhere, lugging an old nylon gym bag isn't ideal for anyone looking for versatile use. Herschel Supply Co. makes reliable, long-lasting bags, and this one has a separate compartment for gym or dress shoes. A microwave-safe ramen cooker for the most stressful or time-crunched nightsAmazonRapid Ramen Cooker, available at Amazon, $10.99There will be plenty of late nights filled with cheap and tasty ramen. If they're going to eat it anyway, at least let them make it quickly and perfectly every time.A super soft throw blanket they'll find themselves cocooned time and time againAmazonBEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket, available at Amazon, from $26.99Grab their favorite candy, this sherpa-lined fleece blanket with over 4,400 five-star reviews on Amazon, and a Hulu gift card to make their nights in actually fun.Gift cards — perhaps the best gift you can give a cash-strapped college studentWhole Foods Market FacebookWhat a stressed, broke college student needs most is money and probably a hug. If you're looking for a way to gift maximum convenience, gift cards are a surprisingly thoughtful way to do that — either for their favorite restaurant, transportation, school books, or music to keep them occupied during long study hours. Check out more gift card gifts here. Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card / Gift Amazon Prime MembershipCoffee: Starbucks Gift CardSchool books: Amazon Gift Card Entertainment: Netflix Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / Sling Gift Card / StubHub gift cardTransportation: Uber Gift CardDecoration: Framebridge Gift CardFurniture: Amazon Gift Card / Wayfair Gift CardMusic: Spotify Gift CardSheets: Brooklinen Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardTravel: Delta Gift Card / Airbnb Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytDec 16th, 2021

6 Things to Know (About Yourself) to Have a Successful Black Friday

For many years, Americans have had a holiday right after Thanksgiving that prompted a lot of buying. It is called Christmas. But it was a whole month away, and allegedly predicated on some non-retail themed historical event, so unto us a new ritual was born, known as Black Friday. It too has history; it’s the… For many years, Americans have had a holiday right after Thanksgiving that prompted a lot of buying. It is called Christmas. But it was a whole month away, and allegedly predicated on some non-retail themed historical event, so unto us a new ritual was born, known as Black Friday. It too has history; it’s the day when many retailers’ accounts move into the black. To mark this miraculous transformation, and to further erase the red ink, there are sales, and people go shopping. The marketplace has historically been a prime location for humans to socialize and swap ideas and make deals that are mutually enriching. And after a period of pandemic-induced deprivation—both from fellow humans and the abundance of goods—many Americans are really looking forward to Black Friday this year. Their enthusiasm is more than matched by retailers, anxious to make up for a very lean 18 months shopping-wise, who are amping up the promotions. Several big chains, including Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy have embraced Black Friday creep and started offering deals as early as Nov. 3. Because of supply chain difficulties, some highly desirable products, like TVs or computers, might not be as easy to come by as in the past. And the shopping stats released so far since the reopening have suggested that there is some pent up demand. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] All of which is to say, it could be a very unusual Black Friday this year. There are many tips on doing the day well. Consumer Reports advises adding a browser extension to check if those prices really are discounts (and not just a discount on a markup). Bargain-savvy folks recommend shopping early. Most financial advisors suggest going in with a budget, or just skipping it altogether. And then there are the financial experts who say that the real secret of a good Black Friday is not about finding the deals. It’s about finding yourself. “Shopping is not a one size fits all experience,” says Paco De Leon, a financial planner and the author of the upcoming Finance for the People. Here are six tips for planning your shopping strategy. Check your FOMO The gathering of crowds and deals all into one day (or two, if you count Cyber Monday) can lead to major Fear of Missing Out. Nobody wants to be the chump who paid full-price the day before or two days after everyone else got the big screen TV at 25% off. “I think it’s really challenging for people who are already anxious, especially,” says De Leon. “They’re constantly weighing when the best deals are happening. Is it happening now? Or will it happen on Black Friday? Just dealing with that level of uncertainty is really stressful and stress inducing.” If this sounds like you, De Leon suggests stepping back and acknowledging the amount of manipulation to which you are being subjected, especially digitally. “Social media is our own personal billboard that we have updating and constantly it knows us better than we know us.” Studies have shown that those who tend to be compulsive or impulsive are more likely to overspend. They might be better limiting their participation, or sticking to a really strict budget. Do you love shopping—or just bargains? According to a study released in February of this year, a love of bargains runs in families. Sometimes this is because families shop together for fun, so they grow up with it. But the researchers, who looked at the difference in shopping habits between fraternal and identical twins, also found that a love of bargains was hereditary. In the academy, these people are known as deal-prone. “They love to get a bargain. It empowers them, it motivates them,” says Robert Schindler, professor of Marketing at Rutgers University, Camden and the study’s lead author. While almost everyone enjoys saving money, less than half of the population is actually deal-prone. The deal-prone will go out of their way for a bargain. “You have these rich people, who have the penthouse on top of the high rise and they’re still deal-prone,” says Schindler. During his research, Schindler interviewed a woman who could name how much the discount was on each item in her home—even though she purchased some of them more than two decades ago. But on a day like Black Friday—when everything’s a deal—people who are deal-prone can easily get swept away. “When you get a discount, you generally do not get exactly what you want,” says Schindler. “You’re going to buy things on sale because they’re on sale and you’ll see that you didn’t like them. The deals distorted your decision process. So you end up being less satisfied.” If you’re overly tempted by deals, go in with a shopping list and stick to it. De Leon keeps a buy list, a taxonomy of all the things she’d like to buy. She revisits it regularly and removes some items while adding others. If something stays on her list for a while, she figures it must be something she really wants. Consider a wingman Some financial experts recommend shopping with a wingman, who can act as a sounding board and pull the emergency brake when the pile of too-cheap-to-refuse goods in your basket gets too high. The problem with that approach, says Schindler, is that not all friends are good at braking. “It depends on the friend you bring. And you’re probably going to want to bring a friend that thinks like you because, I mean, who wants to bring a friend who’s like, ‘You’d better not do that.’ That’s not much of a friend; that’s your mom.” On the other hand, having a friend with whom you can switch out standing in the checkout line as the other person runs around looking for more bargains can be a real time saver. Reframe the scarcity narrative Marketers encourage retailers to cultivate a scarcity mindset around their offerings. “These deals can’t last!!” messages abound. This can add a frisson of excitement to the proceedings but also contribute to people acting impulsively. “If you’ve grown up with financial scarcity, or you have [a history of] trauma when it comes to scarcity, and you’re met with these kinds of sales, you might react in like what looks like an irrational way or a way that’s not in your best interest,” says De Leon. People feel they have to buy items even if they don’t need them. She has one email address under which she signs up for all websites and promotions and only checks it occasionally and that way keeps herself from being bombarded by sales with countdown clocks. An email filter can serve this purpose, funneling promotions into a separate folder. When shopping in person, remember the epic advice from Sandra Bullock’s character Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side: “The store’s where you like it the best.” If you don’t love it there, you’ll like it even less at home. Think about your motivations For some people, getting a deal is not just a way to save money. It’s a way of establishing their identity, their status. If they can outsmart businesses and other consumers, they must be smarter or more cunning or courageous than others. “It’s a game, it’s a hunt,” says Schindler. “Plus, you’re fighting against the big corporations. So when you win against them, you know, you’ve done something, it feels good.” In those cases, the point of the purchase is not because you need a product; the point is filling an internal void. If you can’t afford to spend the money, look for another way to satisfy that need. Are you being generous or thoughtless? A lot of people get tempted to buy items because they know that if they can’t use it, they can store it and give it away later. But a 2015 study suggests that while people who keep gift closets think they are being good givers because they always have a gift ready for any opportunity, recipients aren’t so sure. Many recipients believe that a gift they suspect comes from a big store of inventory is less meaningful because it was not selected for them, but merely happened to be available when they had a celebration. The giver may as well have not bothered. “People [with gift closets] aren’t saving money,” says Schindler. Retail therapy is real, says De Leon, but it doesn’t really work. “We have to face ourselves and we have to ask the questions,” she says. “Everybody has their own unique story of why shopping makes them feel good. I think we all have to do the work and understand if our behaviors are not matching up with what our intentions are.” Schindler is more phlegmatic: “If you really enjoy getting deals, go for it. That’s what life is about: doing what you enjoy, ” he says. But he warns people not to kid themselves that they’re improving their finances or being fiscally responsible. “If that’s what you think you’re doing, maybe you should think again.”  .....»»

Category: topSource: timeNov 23rd, 2021

33 amazing gifts for teen girls, all available on Amazon - from zodiac necklaces to a tie-dye kit

Finding gifts for teen girls can be tough, but there are a lot of options online. We rounded up 33 of the best gifts to help you in your search. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty Images Buying gifts for teen girls doesn't have to be difficult or send you searching across many sites. Using my own sisters as inspiration, I chose 33 Amazon gifts that cover many interests and budgets. Want more gift ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyBuying gifts for teen girls can be a daunting task, which is probably why they end up with seven identical lip balms from different relatives every year. But getting a thoughtful, fun, and useful gift is easier than you think. In fact, it doesn't even require you to leave Amazon. Below, I've rounded up 33 gift ideas, all of which you can find on Amazon, for the teen girls in your life. As someone who was once a teen girl and who has teen sisters, I feel confident in saying this is a good jumping-off point.Shop the 33 best gifts for teen girls: A water board painting set to help destress Amazon Buddha Board Art Set, $37.95Whether she's an artist or mindlessly doodles, this Buddha board helps her to let go of her stress with artistic expression. Inspired by a zen philosophy, the artwork eventually fades away with her stress as it returns to a blank slate due to its usage of water. The painting set includes a bamboo paintbrush and a stand with a water reservoir.Original Board (small) A portable jewelry organizer Amazon Vlando Jewelry Box, $38.99For the teen girl who owns more jewelry than she can count, this adorable jewelry box is the perfect solution. There are various divided sections and removable drawers to help her keep her jewelry organized.Princess Style Jewelry Box (small)  A cute miniature backpack for short trips Amazon From short day trips to sleepovers, this mini backpack is a practical yet chic gift that best fits small necessities. This vegan leather backpack features various comes with adjustable shoulder straps, easily accessible pockets, and a decorative pompom. Mini Backpack Purse (button) A lighted vanity mirror Amazon A vanity mirror is an essential tool for a girl who's starting to wear makeup more often. This lighted mirror offers an ultra-clear reflection with its 16 LED lights, adjustable brightness, and comfortable viewing angles up to 180 degrees. Lighted Vanity Makeup Mirror (button) An oversized wearable blanket to keep warm Amazon This oversized blanket is more whimsical and adorable than any other typical loungewear gift. If being comfortable is their motto, this snug blanket keeps them completely warm and cozy in any setting.Oversized Wearable Blanket (button) A tie-dye kit for making colorful shirts Amazon There's no need to buy tie-dye clothing when they can use this kit to make their own. Five dyes, gloves, rubber bands, and an instruction guide come in this easy-to-use set. It's not only a fun art project, but they'll get some vibrant, stylish, homemade shirts from it, too.One-Step 5 Color Tie-Dye Kit (button) A pair of plush slippers they won't want to take off Ugg Comfort is key when it comes to teenagers. These fluffy, supportive Ugg slippers are great for wearing around the house and also outside of the home. You can read more about why we love this slide slipper in our guide to the best women's slippers.Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper (button, Preferred: Amazon) A neon sign to light up their bedroom Amazon Coming in blue or pink, this neon sign can serve as a relaxing piece of decor in their bedroom. It'll brighten up their space, whether they hang it on a wall or place it on their nightstand or desk. We even ranked this one as the best for bedrooms in our guide to the best neon signs.Unique Sweet Dream Neon Sign (button) An apron for the aspiring chef Amazon If you constantly find your teen cooking or baking in the kitchen, it might be time to get them a nice apron. This one has an adjustable neck strap and long waist ties to help them get the right fit. Plus, there are plenty of colorful designs to choose from. Kitchen Apron (button) An initial necklace that's a staple piece Amazon This simple but personal necklace will be a welcome addition to a teen's growing jewelry collection. Its initial design makes it the perfect staple piece they can wear every day and with any outfit.Initial Letter Pendant Necklace (button) A DIY manicure kit Amazon With it being safer to stay home right now, DIY manicures are more popular than ever. These cute nail stickers make it quick, easy, and affordable. Nail Polish Strips (button) A felt letter board for fun quotes Amazon This felt board adds a cute and personal touch to their room. You can choose from 25 colors to match their decor aesthetic. It'll be the perfect setting for inspirational quotes or funny pop culture lines. Felt Letter Board (Pink) (button) A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaoke Amazon Whether or not they can carry a tune, it's a fun item to have for friend hangouts or to recreate carpool karaoke. All it takes is connecting a phone to play music through the microphone's speakers.Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone (2-Pack) (button) A popular book series Amazon Unless you've been living under a rock, the cultural phenomenon of Netflix's "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" has probably touched your life. If they're a fan, this set lets them enjoy the book series the movies are based on.The To All the Boys I've Loved Before Paperback Collection (button) A cool new Popsocket PopSockets Beyond making it easier to hold or prop up their phone, PopSockets are a great way to add personality to the tech they use every day. PopGrip (button, Preferred: Amazon) The most popular and useful Fitbit Fitbit The Fitbit Charge 4 is one of Fitbit's best and most popular models. It's not bulky like most smartwatches, yet it's comfortable to wear and you still have a usable display that gives you plenty of info. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, in-depth sleep tracking, advanced workout features, and real-time workout tracking. You can learn more about the Fitbit Charge 4 in our guide to the best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches.  Charge 4 (button, Preferred: Amazon) A mini waffle maker for a small but satisfying breakfast Amazon A favorite breakfast food just got a whole lot cuter. This lightweight and easy-to-use waffle maker can give them a small sense of independence in the kitchen, and it's available in 20 unique colors and designs. Mini Waffle Maker (button) A beanie with Bluetooth connectivity so they can listen to music on the go Amazon An increasingly popular accessory among teens is the Bluetooth Beanie Hat, which lets them listen to music while wearing it. The headphones pair with a tablet, Apple watch, or smartphone, and the Bluetooth range is up to 33 feet. There are even built-in controls for adjusting the volume, skipping songs, and pausing/playing music.Wireless Bluetooth Beanie Hat (button) A personalized zodiac necklace Amazon Zodiac signs have become even more popular in recent years, as has the mainstream interest in horoscopes and astrological personality types. If they're into the topic, or you just want to find a small way of personalizing an affordable gift, pick up a gold-dipped zodiac necklace that they can wear with anything. Zodiac Necklace (button) An Echo Dot for an alarm clock and games Amazon The Echo Dot is popular on Amazon for a few reasons, and one is how compact it is. They can stack it on top of a pile of books or on their nightstand, use it as a speaker or an alarm clock, and get access to all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news, connections to other smart devices). It also has a decent speaker.Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Dot here.Echo Dot (4th Gen) (button, Preferred: Amazon) An instant camera and some film Amazon Maybe because it's now possible to document and curate everything just-so online, but the spontaneity and authenticity of instant cameras have experienced a rise in popularity in recent years. If it's a comfortable purchase, they'll probably get a lot of use out of the $60-something camera. It comes in fun colors, and they can hang the pictures up around their room. Pick up some film so they can get started right away. For more, check out our guide to the best instant cameras. Instax Mini 11 (button, Preferred: Amazon) The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Amazon Whether they saw the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary (which this was featured in), consider RBG amongst their favorite celebrities, or they may appreciate a keepsake that focuses on an empowered woman in history, this is a great gift that combines fun, creativity, and education. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (button) A bunch of Korean sheet masks Amazon Few things are as fun as lounging around with a decadent sheet mask slapped across your face. It's also an affordable gift that gives outsized fun to the recipient, and a great addition to sleepovers with friends. Korea Facial Mask Sheets (button) Really nice new bedding Amazon We recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price, and most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds. If she may appreciate a more grown-up gift, this is a good one. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. Luxe 7 Piece Sheet Set (button) Hanging glass terrariums for their room Amazon A living green thing is nice in any space, especially in the form of a pretty hanging terrarium like this. The set includes three types: a water drop, diamond, and triangle shape. Plus, you can help with hanging them in their room. Terrarium Container Flower Planter (button) A projector the size of a soda can Amazon Anker's Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It's the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It'll take movie nights up a notch, and it travels easily. Read our full review of the Anker Nebula Capsule here.Nebula Capsule (button) A hair towel that cuts down on drying time Aquis This hair towel can cut in half the amount of time it takes for hair to dry. It also helps protect hair during its weakened state while wet. If they've ever fought frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are especially thoughtful gifts. Original Hair Towel (button) Wireless headphones with up to 40 hours of battery life Beats Beats Solo3 headphones are good for zoning out to music, studying, and blocking out the noise on family road trips. They have good sound, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. Read our full review of the Beats Solo3 headphones here. Solo3 Wireless Headphones (button) A fluffy, eco-friendly comforter Buffy Buffy is an eco-friendly startup that makes fluffy, cruelty-free comforters. The Cloud is made from a cool-to-the-touch eucalyptus fabric that's even softer than cotton, and the comforter is made from 50 recycled bottles.Read our full review of the Buffy comforter here.Cloud Comforter (Queen) (button) A streaming media player Amazon Bringing smart skills and the experience of Apple TV+, Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, The Roku Channel, HBO, Showtime, Google Play, and cable alternatives like Hulu with Live TV and more to their TV is an especially useful gift they'll never tire of.  Read our full review of the Roku Express here.Express (button, Preferred: Amazon) String lights with clips for pictures Amazon Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, these photo-clip string lights use warm light to illuminate Polaroids or other memorabilia. Photo Clip String Lights (button) An audiobook membership Amazon If they love to read, or you're trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They'll get three free titles for each month they're a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. Read our full review of Audible here. Gift Membership (3 Months) (button) More than 40 satin scrunchies Amazon Scrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into gifting a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors in satin that won't leave kinks in their hair.Satin Scrunchies (button) Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 25th, 2021

30 gift ideas for women, from customizable AirPod cases to a luxurious face mask

Need some gifts ideas for the women in your life? No matter her style or your budget, we have you covered with 30 gifts she'll love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty You've likely landed on this guide in search of the perfect gifts for the women in your life. Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, or just to say thanks, we've found 30 great options. From cooking classes to chocolates from Goldbelly, there's a gift for every woman in your life. Check out all of our gift guides for even more inspiration. When it comes to gifts for women, you can always go the functional route with tech gadgets and cookware, or you can celebrate them with fun gifts like an instant mini camera and insulated champagne flute. There are countless gifts for women to sift through, but we're here to help you choose the perfect ones for every woman on your list. Though you can never go wrong with flowers and a thoughtful card, we've also included some more unique gift ideas, like a swan-shaped ring holder and a painting kit.Check out all 30 gifts for women: Style and Beauty Gifts for Her A skincare mini fridge Beauty Spy Mini Fridge, available at the Beauty Spy, $69This adorable mini fridge was made to keep beauty products cool in order to maintain their benefits. Give her the chance to indulge in this beauty fridge and have her skin feel more refreshed. A watch that nails the minimalist aesthetic Linjer Linjer Petite Watch, available at Linjer, $199With smartwatches and phones that act like appendages, it might seem like the classic analog watch is disposable. Yet, there's something about the timeless style of an analog watch that no piece of modern tech can match. This watch is well made and dainty, with a small face that is prominent without being obtrusive, making it her next great accessory.Read our full review here. A serum that holds up to its name Maelove Maelove Glow Maker Serum, available at Maelove, $29.95There are a lot of serums out there, making lofty claims about how much they'll improve skin, but Maelove's Glow Maker really lives up to the hype. If the fact that it was developed by MIT scientists is not enough, it also costs less than $30, and it really will get her skin glowing in no time.Read our full review here. A stylish nightshirt to lounge in Boden Janie Night Shirt, available at Boden, $80Made for her to stay fashionable even after-hours, this classy nightshirt is a perfect alternative to gifting simple pajamas. Each lounge session will feel cozier and chic with this relaxed-fit nightshirt.  A set of silk hair scrunchies Shopbop Slip Pure Silk Scrunchie Set, available at Sephora, $39These silk scrunchies create less friction than cotton ones, which means less breakage and frizz for her strands. If she wouldn't likely splurge on these for herself, she'll appreciate receiving them as a gift.  A fresh take on classic pearl earrings Catbird Catbird Baby Pearl Hoops Pair, available at Catbird, $88Gift a Catbird E-Gift Card, from $25Pearl earrings are a classic gift for women who love extra feminine touches in their jewelry. This pair blends the timeless style with a modern touch, with little pearls wrapped around a small, ear-hugging hoop that's great for everyday wear and special occasions. A face mask fanatic's dream set Sephora La Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask, available at Sephora, from $35 A luxurious face mask from La Mer will give her everything she needs to achieve a radiant glow and smoother skin. The women in your life, and their skin, will thank you for this self-care gift. A little box of cute trinkets Greetabl Greetabl Custom Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $10Customize a little box for her full of cute trinkets and sweet messages. Pick the print of the box, what little gifts you'd like to put inside, then fill in your own message and pictures you want to be included. It's a small but sweet gift that works for just about anything.Read our full review here. A set of great makeup bags Leatherology Leatherology Clamshell Makeup Bag Set, available at Leatherology, $85Every woman needs a nice bag to hold her makeup and toiletries, whether for traveling or keeping on her dresser. This leather set comes with two sizes, one smaller and one larger, and can even be monogrammed if you want to make this gift for her even more special. A dainty jewelry holder Catbird Catbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32A jewelry holder is always a good gift idea for any woman who wants to organize their jewelry. This pretty little swan will look great on her nightstand or dresser. It's a small, but beautiful piece of decor, and super practical in that it can hold rings, necklaces, and more. Home & Kitchen Gifts for Her Virtual cooking classes for the aspiring chef Sur la Table Sur La Table Online Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, starting at $29 per householdGifting a full experience to the women in your life is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time  with them. Led by expert chefs, these virtual cooking classes will have her running around the kitchen and having fun all at once. The lessons last for 90 to 120 minutes and cover tons of dishes and beverages. A cold brew coffee maker for her mornings Amazon OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $51.95If she always craves cold brew, give her the tools to make it herself from the comfort of her own kitchen. This device is super easy to use and can make a cup that rivals the cold brew from the coffee shop since she can use her favorite grounds. A really good mug she can take camping or into the office Yeti Yeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, available at Yeti and Backcountry, from $29.99With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she'll want to use.  A calming weighted blanket Casper Casper Weighted Blanket, available at Casper, from $169Weighted blankets are filled with pounds of microbeads that provide constant pressure. The result is a hug-like sensation that soothes, relieves anxiety and stress, and makes going to bed super comfortable.  Cups of healthy food she can take on the go Daily Harvest Daily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, available at Daily Harvest, $55If she's always trying to find new ways to prioritize health into her busy schedule, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go.  A piece of cast iron cookware she'll use to make all of her favorite dishes Le Creuset Le Creuset Cast Iron Braiser, available at Le Creuset, from $200Unlike most cooking tools, a cast iron pan actually gets better with time. This braiser from Le Creuset is loved by Insider Reviews editors, comes in a bunch of different colors, and is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes we make all the time.It's wide enough and deep enough that she won't have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It's also great for cooking meats and veggies since there's plenty of surface area, so everything has room to get nice and crispy.Read our full review here. Tech Gifts for Her A sleek, leather AirPod case with her initials The Daily Edited Saffiano AirPod Case, available at The Daily Edited, $40The tech guru in your life will enjoy having a sophisticated home for her AirPods. You can customize everything from the font, text, and font size to the font color, text position, and greeting card. There's an array of neutral colors for the AirPods and AirPods Pro, and in either pebbled leather or saffiano leather. A Polaroid camera for instant snapshots Fujifilm Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, available at Urban Outfitters, $69In a world where most of our pictures stay on our smartphones, having an instant camera makes snapping life's everyday moments a little more exciting. Waiting for pictures to develop is always exciting, but what she'll love even more is actually getting to hold onto them. A small smart speaker Google Google Home Mini (2nd Generation), available at Best Buy, $24.99This little Google Assistant speaker is loaded with smart features. She can play music, check the weather, and control the rest of her smart home system with just her voice.  A Kindle so she can read literally anything, anywhere Amazon Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99While there's no denying that flipping through real, paper pages is a great feeling, an ebook reader is a great option for travelers and commuters (when it's time to do these things again). She can access her entire library of ebooks on this thing, which makes it easy to always dive into a new book. We're partial to Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite with its glare-free display and waterproofing, which allows you to read literally anywhere.Read our full review here. A powerful wireless speaker Best Buy Sonos One (Gen 2), available at Best Buy, $219.99Sleek and minimal, the Sonos One won't overwhelm or distract from her existing decor. It can play music and podcasts via Bluetooth so there won't be unsightly cords to deal with either. Leisure Gifts for Her An easy-to-use painting set Uncommon Goods Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35Painting isn't only for those who do art on the regular. This kit is a straightforward gift for any woman, regardless of experience level. Creating her work of art will take between three and five hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece. A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka or Backcountry, from $99For the one who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It's a top pick, even earning a spot as the best overall in our guide to the best yoga mats. A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things MasterClass Annual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review here. A stylish and comfortable pair of shoes Allbirds Allbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $98Popular shoe startup Allbirds is equal parts cool and comfortable. You can't go wrong with any of its styles, but if she's already got a pair of the original Wool Runners, try the Wool Runners Mizzle or Tree Runners, both styles that we love around here at Insider Reviews. Read our full reviews of the Wool Runners, Wool Runner Mizzles, and Tree Runners here. A sleek suitcase that'll be her travel go-to Paravel Paravel Aviator Carry-On, available at Paravel, from $275If she's trying to live a more sustainable life, try this carry-on spinner from Paravel. The hard polycarbonate exterior, interior lining, aluminum handle, and zippers are all made with recycled materials, and the sleek detailing on the body is made with vegan leather. It's a gorgeous and thoughtful gift that she'll love using when it's time to travel again. A cult-favorite candle Nordstrom Diptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdale's, from $38Gifting candles is an art and Diptyque is one that works every time. She'll swoon over the chic French aesthetic and the aromatic blend of rose petals and blackcurrant leaves. The brand is even mentioned in our guide to the best candle brands.  A luxurious box of truffles Goldbelly Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection - 32 Pieces, available at Goldbelly, $94Take her all around the world with this set of truffles. Each flavor is inspired by global flavors, with ones like Dulce de Leche, Balsamico, and Sveta Sofia. It doesn't get any better than a box of chocolates when it comes to gifts for the women in your life. Read our full review of Goldbelly here. A cute and challenging puzzle Anthropologie Full Moon Puzzle, available at Anthropologie, $24.95A puzzle is a fun way to pass the time and putting together this 500-piece one, with its gradient pattern, will definitely be a challenge. The whimsical design will look nice splayed out on any table.  A Champagne flute that'll keep her bubbles chilled Corkcicle Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart, available at Amazon and Walmart, $89Whether she loves to cook decadent meals, is adamant about meal prepping, or likes to make her time in the kitchen as efficient as possible, the Instant Pot can help her out. The kitchen gadget has 14 smart programs, like saute, simmer, and slow cook, that make cooking a breeze and can save her lots of time in the kitchen. This one's even named the best overall in our guide to the best Instant Pot and electric pressure cookers. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 12th, 2021

57 thoughtful gifts for mom sure to make her smile this holiday season - from a sweet tea set to a cozy robe

Here are 51 of the best gifts for mom under $50 that prove you don't have to spend a fortune to find thoughtful gifts for her. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Weezie There's always time to get a nice gift for mom whether it's a special occasion or to thank her. It's a great opportunity to show thanks for your mom or guardian with a thoughtful gesture. You don't have to spend a fortune - there are plenty of great gift ideas for mom under $50. See more mom gift ideas here. Whether it's a birthday or an impromptu gift, there's always time to get mom something nice. While nothing shows your appreciation for mom like year-round love and support, a gift that she'll love is always a thoughtful and appreciated gesture. And you don't have to spend a fortune either. Thankfully, most of the mom figures I know genuinely prefer something that says how much you love her, or how actively you thought about her needs, more than a high price tag. There are plenty of wonderful gift ideas for moms under $50 to be found - and 51 of them are listed for you below.Here are 51 of the best gifts for mom under $50 A sweet floral tea set for one Anthropologie Annie Tea-For-One-Set, available at Anthropologie, $38A sip from this adorable floral print teapot is as enjoyable as it is soothing. The stackable teapot lets you savor each taste for longer with the teapot included with a teacup. A cozy robe to keep warm Target Stars Above Cozy Plush Robe, available at Target, $30There's no better sleepwear to relax in than this plush, velvet robe for the breezy evenings or mornings. This cozy polyester robe brings extreme comfort and warmth whether you're layering or covering up. A personalized tea towel with a family recipe Etsy Gift the Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel, $24Take a favorite family recipe and turn it into the ultimate personalized gift thanks to Etsy. You can upload a photo of a recipe card with your order so the recipe is printed in the original handwriting of a loved one. A colorful scarf she can craft herself Free People Gift Free People We Gather Warm Kaleidoscope Dye Kit, $45If mom loves to craft, consider getting her this fun dye kit as her next project. The kit walks you through the basics of working with fiber reactive dyes and comes with a cotton scarf and three dyes so she can create her own tie-dye masterpiece. Plus, she can use the dyes again on future crafting endeavors. A cheerful vase Anthropologie Gift Anthropolgie's Lizzie Vase, $28These chic vases come in three beautiful colors and a variety of shapes. It looks great as a colorful decor item on its own, but to really up the ante you can always add some fresh blooms for mom too. A decadent treat for mom's sweet tooth Harry & David Gift Harry & David Artisan Macarons, $49.99This delivery sure to satisfy mom's sugar cravings comes with 12 macaron cookies, handcrafted from scratch. Flavors range from Espresso Coffee to Raspberry for a nice variety and express two-day shipping is including with this gift to ensure it gets to mom on time. A wine holder for an extra soothing bath Uncommon Goods Gift the Bathtime Essentials Wine Holder, $38This handy and smart wine holder suctions right onto the shower wall so mom can take a glass of wine into the bath with her for extra relaxation. It even comes with a plastic wine glass so mom doesn't have to worry about any potential broken glass and can get straight to unwinding. Super cozy slipper socks Bombas Gift the Bombas Gripper Slippers, $40Easy to slip on and wear around the house these super soft slipper socks feature a brushed lining and silicone grippers to prevent any sliding. Plus, Bombas donates a pair of socks for every pair bought so you can feel good about giving mom this gift and giving back at the same time. A heart-shaped succulent Urban Stems Gift Urban Stems The Cora Plant, $30Urban Stems makes sending fresh flowers and plants to mom a breeze if you won't be seeing her in person this year. This cute succulent is in the shape of a heart for an extra touch of love. A tasteful birthstone necklace BaubleBar Gift the BaubleBar Nascita Necklace, $25Pick out this delicate and elegant necklace in mom's birthstone or just opt for her favorite color. From ruby to aquamarine, the stone pops nicely against the 18k gold chain. Plus, it looks great on its own or stacked with other jewelry. An at-home spa kit Uncommon Goods Gift the Little Pampering Gift Set, $44Help mom unwind and have a pampering day from home with this gift set. It includes a lavender boil oil, soap, shower steamer, lip balm, and a scented candle. An all-in-one hairdryer and brush Amazon Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, $41.99This all-in-one brush and hairdryer is one of our favorite products and makes it a breeze for mom to style her hair and easily create volume and soft curls. A lightweight yoga mat Manduka Gift a Manduka Eko Superlite Travel Yoga Mat, $45Manduka is known for making some of the best yoga products, and this five-star-rated mat is no exception. If she loves fitting a yoga class into her busy schedule, she'll appreciate this mat. Not only does it have a great grip and come in plenty of fun colors, but it's super light, so she can easily tote it around with her to class and back.  A box of unique Japanese snacks Bokksu Gift the Bokksu Classic Gift Box, from $39.95 per monthIf she loves to travel and experience new cultures through food, she'll love receiving a Bokksu Box. The classic gift box is filled with a selection of 20-25 unique Japanese snacks, sourced directly from artisan makers in Japan, so she can get a little more adventurous with her snacking.  A pure silk sleep mask Nordstrom Gift the Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask, $42.50Give Mom a little bit of luxury with this silk sleep mask. Not only will it block out light and feel great on her skin, but it's made with Slip's proprietary Slipsilk which won't tug or leave creases on her skin.  A luxurious body moisturizer Necessaire Gift the Nécessaire Body Lotion, $25If body lotion doesn't sound that exciting to her, Nécessaire's version will probably change her mind. The formula is simple — clean ingredients, full of nourishing vitamins, and quick-absorbing. It's so good we've fought over it.  A "book of the month" membership she can look forward to every month Book of the Month Facebook Gift a Book of the Month Membership, from three months for $49.99If she loves to read and isn't ready to go 100% digital, we can't recommend a Book of the Month membership highly enough. Each month, she'll find a curated selection of the best new hardcover titles spanning a broad range of genres. The mix of both fiction and nonfiction titles is sure to impress even the pickiest bibliophiles.  A beautiful bouquet of farm-fresh flowers she can keep in the house The Bouqs Gift a bouquet from The Bouqs, from $36You can grab her a potted plant if she enjoys caring for them over time, but another great option is sending her a beautiful bouquet of flowers that she can enjoy for a few weeks with minimal effort and then throw out. If you want to get her something more lasting, you can pick up a vase ($10-$249), too.  A Himalayan salt block she can use for just about every use cooking Crate & Barrel Gift the Himalayan Salt Block, $34.95If your mom likes to cook (or, if someone else does the cooking and she just loves to eat good food), a Himalayan salt block may be a thoughtful gift. People love how they give meals enhanced flavor that can't be mimicked by a frying pan. Plus, the minerals in salt are supposed to give a more nuanced flavor than table salt, and the amount of saltiness will be regulated by the type of food (moist food absorbs more, fatty foods repel it).Himalayan salt has a very stable crystal structure, which allows it to hold a temperature very well. Mom can chill it to serve as a platter for sushi or heat it over the grill or stovetop to cook veggies.  A good-looking, efficient cold brew bottle Blue Bottle Coffee Gift the Blue Bottle Hario Cold Brew Bottle, $35Does mom love cold brew? Grab her this elegant glass cold brew bottle from the popular coffee startup Blue Bottle. It's slim enough to fit in the fridge without displacing anything else, and it looks much nicer than the plastic versions you'll find at a similar price point on Amazon.  A pro-level photo book Artifact Uprising Gift an Artifact Uprising Custom Softcover Photo Book, from $17These beautifully designed photo books look just like a personal magazine, curated by you for her — and full of 30 pages of your best and most cherished memories and people.  A scratch-off that benefits charities LottoLove/Facebook Give a card from LottoLove, from $5When you scratch off a card from LottoLove, you won't win any money. Instead, you "win" a charitable prize that's donated to someone in need. There are four possible prizes, which help provide clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. Each card costs just $4.95, but gives back in invaluable ways. To date, LottoLove and its charitable partners have impacted lives in over 60 countries. A hidden gem $30 cast iron fry pan Victoria Gift Large Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, $29.99The Victoria Cast Iron 12-Inch Skillet Fry Pan is the perfect skillet for cooking just about anything. It's well-designed, extremely affordable, and durable like you'd hope a cast iron pan would be. It has a long primary handle and a shorter secondary handle for steadying the pan as you carry or move it, and it has good depth and a wide surface perfect for searing steaks. The large pour spouts on either side make it easy to rid the pan of grease without any mess. It's also our top overall pick in our guide to the best-cast iron skillets.  Framed memories Framebridge Gift a Framebridge custom-framed art or photo gift, from $45Moms really do love looking at pictures of their kids. Why not make an impactful gift by framing a family memory or a great picture of the two of you? Plus, sites like Framebridge make it easier by letting you customize each step of the process online instead of grabbing a frame from the store and having to figure out how to correctly size and print something yourself. Framebridge will guide you through the process and let you know if the resolution is high enough to look good on mom's mantle.  A pair of beautiful earrings she can wear with anything Mejuri Gift a pair of Mejuri Midi Hoops, $50There's something satisfying about being able to afford to give your mom something delicate, luxurious, and special. Too often our moms put us first and themselves last, and something that isn't strictly "necessary" is a good way to make sure they feel pampered from time to time.Mejuri is an Insider Reviews favorite, and the Canadian company will likely be a new one of hers as well.  A coffee service that figures out what flavors she likes and gets smarter over time Driftaway Coffee Instagram Gift a Driftaway Coffee Set, from $44If mom likes coffee, she might love Driftaway. The Brooklyn-based startup is helping people figure out which flavor profiles of coffee they really love, and then uses that information to customize shipments of fresh coffee to them that their taste buds should really love.The first delivery will be a tasting kit to help determine what flavors she loves most. From there, the service will get smarter at catering to her preferences every time.  A silk pillowcase Celestial Silk Gift the Celestial Silk Pillowcase, from $38.99Silk pillowcases reduce frizz and damage to hair and make it look shiny and healthy. They also reduce the likelihood of forming new wrinkles and they won't absorb skincare products as easily as cotton pillowcases. This particular Celestial Silk pillowcase is one of the internet's hidden gems. It's $40 on Amazon and we rated it the best silk pillowcase you can buy in the Insider Reviews buying guide. Read a personal review here.  Dedicated makeup towels Weezie Gift the Weezie Makeup Towels, $40We've personally discovered Weezie's makeup towels are unexpectedly useful, and so will your giftee. These small, dark towels won't reveal unsightly makeup stains and they come in three cute embroidered styles. A popcorn maker and a movie night in with you Amazon Gift the West Bend Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper, $39.99Bring over a comfy throw blanket she can keep and turn on Netflix for a quality movie night with your lifelong best friend. It's no joke that quality time goes a long way for a gift, especially when it's for your mom. Board games and a fun night with the family that she doesn't have to plan Amazon Gift the Watch Ya' Mouth Family Edition, $15.99You may be too old to glue macaroni to a card and call it a present, but your mom still doesn't equate value with money.If you grab a couple of family-friendly board games and head to your parents' place for a night in with them and your siblings, that might be the most memorable gift you could give. Bring along some flowers, chocolate, wine, or one of the smaller gifts on this list as a token offering as well. Then, offer to do the dishes at the end of the night. An Echo Dot or Google Home Mini Amazon Gift the Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation), $24.99Gift the Google Home Mini, $24.99There's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo products can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, play music, order a pizza, tell Dad jokes, or any number of things Mom should find both helpful and fun. Be aware this isn't the newest model, but it still works great and comes at a lower price point. The Dot is also kind of the entry-level Echo product, which is perfect if your mom is just getting used to the technology. If your family is already ingrained in the Google ecosystem for tech, you might want to grab the Google Home Mini instead for the same price.  A subscription to try out new and well-loved beauty products without having to find or buy them herself Birchbox Gift a Birchbox 3-Month Subscription Gift Card, $45In general, subscriptions are some of the best gifts that you can give. A monthly treat can be a really nice thing to look forward to, especially when each delivery reminds you of your family. Every time an installment is delivered, your mom is reminded of how much you care.Birchbox is a particularly good one for mom. It combines monthly deliveries of small personalized beauty and skincare samples with an easy-to-use e-commerce shop. Birchbox will send an assortment of highly-rated or brand-new items for her to test every month instead of having to go in blind to Sephora and buy full-sized versions. If she really loves something, she can buy herself a bigger size on Birchbox or elsewhere easily.You can gift a woman's subscription gift card for 3 months for $45, 6 months for $84, or a full 12 months for $156. The best reading subscription online Scribd Gift a Scribd membership, $9.99/monthEnjoy unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, and magazines for less than $10 a month with Scribd (or $12.99 per month for access to Scribd and the New York Times). If she wasn't a bibliophile already, Scribd will make her one. I've been a subscriber for years and I think it's hands-down the best deal for online reading.  A new lipstick from a natural makeup company that she'll love RMS Beauty Gift the RMS Beauty Lipstick, $28One barrier to smarter, healthier makeup is figuring out which of those natural brands out there actually do the job. One great and thoughtful gift for mom could be introducing her to a brand that actually works, and one which requires no research or risk.RMS Beauty is a fan-favorite for its lipsticks on their own merit, with the clean ingredients as a huge plus.  Childlike cereal for adults Magic Spoon Gift all four Magic Spoon flavors, $39Gift a Magic Spoon subscription, $29.25 per monthMagic Spoon is a new "childlike cereal for adults" that's high in protein and low in sugar — and all four flavors are delicious. If you want to treat your mom without incurring any dentist-related concerns, Magic Spoon may be a fun way to introduce her to a new brand.  A stylish toiletry bag Dagne Dover Gift the Dagne Dover Small Hunter Toiletry Bag, $40Self-care should make us feel good, from beginning to end. A nice toiletry bag with ample smart organization is one way to make sure that 'beginning' and 'end' are clutter-free and beautiful. This bag is made out of a really cool neoprene material and comes in a variety of pretty colors, from a bright poppy red to more muted tones like the mossy green seen above. Dagne Dover is also best-known for its thoughtful, next-level organization. A cleaner, more efficient multivitamin Ritual Gift the Essential for Women Multivitamin, $30 per monthRitual is most known for its Essential for Women multivitamin, which fills in the gaps of women's diets and was inspired by founder Katerina Schneider's own experience of shopping for vitamins while she was pregnant. Earlier this year, it dug deeper into its original prenatal health roots with the launch of its second product, a prenatal vitamin. Regardless of where women are in their life, Ritual works to build health with cleaner, more efficient vitamins. Wireless charging pads Amazon Gift the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone, $37.89Gift the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad for Android, $55.60We tested the Belkin BoostUp charger with several iPhones and Android phones, and it worked perfectly — which is why we ranked it the best wireless charger that you can buy. It looks great, has excellent traction so your phone won't slide off while charging, and it juices up any phone quickly.Wireless charging is traditionally slower than wired charging, but the Boost Up pad with 15 watts of power should charge your devices faster — so long as they support fast wireless charging. A Daily Harvest gift card for healthy smoothies and soups that take 30 seconds to make Daily Harvest Gift a Daily Harvest Gift Card, from $50Help your mom start off 2020 on a healthier note with Daily Harvest, a subscription service that sends healthy, pre-portioned superfood-packed smoothies, overnight oats, soups, and more to your home either weekly or monthly. The food combinations are developed by a nutritionist and chef, and the company is backed by big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams. We tried the service's smoothies and really enjoyed them. A next-gen hair wrap that uses threads finer than silk to dry wet hair faster and without friction damage Nordstrom Gift the Aquis Chevron Weave Hair Turban, $25.50These Aquis hair towels have become extremely popular in the last few years. They're designed with AQUITEX technology that uses ultra-fine fibers that are split into strands thinner than silk, so this towel won't grab at hair cuticles like regular bath towels that break and damage wet hair — which is when it's most vulnerable. It also claims to reduce drying time by up to 50%, which sounds hyperbolic until you've tried it yourself. This is the one I own and it works far, far better than I had even dared to hope.  A cute tea infuser Amazon Gift the Fred & Friends Brew Bunny Tea Infuser, $9.17Let mom take a cue from this reclining bunny and spend some time relaxing, sipping her favorite kind of loose tea (which you could pick up as an accompanying gift).  A streaming media player Roku Gift the Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, $29.99Roku's media streamers are the best in the business, and the Express is a good entry-level system that comes at an affordable price. Your giftee can stream TV shows and movies from all their favorite streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and many more. If you're able to spend a bit more, the Roku Ultra is our top pick overall. A beautiful hand-poured candle Brooklinen Gift a Brooklinen Wake Scented Candle, $31.50Bring the fresh scents of a salty sea tide, kelp, and driftwood into mom's house with this chic, hand-poured candle from the ever-popular home startup, Brooklinen.  A reusable smart notebook Amazon Gift the Rocketbook Reusable Smart Notebook, $24.48Handwritten notes can help keep her organized and manage a seemingly endless to-do list. It's a $25 notebook, but surprisingly handy. It sends notes to the cloud so she can access them from her devices later, and wipes clean with a damp cloth. A rose-scented roll-on perfume she can carry with her and reapply when she's on the go Kai Instagram Gift the Kai Rose Perfume Oil, $45Kai's rose perfume oil features a blend of gardenia wrapped in white exotics, layered with rose absolute, and comes in a small, easy-to-use roll-on vial. The rose scent packs an extra punch while remaining subtle and not overwhelming. We're big fans of the beauty brand, and we have a feeling your mom will like it, too.  A custom quote print Minted Gift a personalized quote print, from $38Spotlight a quote from her favorite film, book, or song, or even quote mom herself. There are many font colors, sizes, and frames to choose from. A personal-styling service Stitch Fix Gift a Stitch Fix gift card, from $20Shopping isn't everyone's favorite activity — or, if it is, not all of us have the time for a trip to the mall. That's where the stylists at Stitch Fix come in. A great gift for busy moms, the service delivers the newest trends and styles to fit any occasion and price point.  An REI membership REI Gift an REI Co-op Membership, $20An REI membership offers a lifetime of benefits for a one-time purchase. That includes 10%-back dividends, special offers, access to in-store REI Garage sales, and special pricing on REI classes and events. Find out more here.  A passport cover that will age well Leatherology Gift a Leatherology Standard Passport Cover, $50Grab mom a beautiful leather passport cover that will age well and make traveling abroad easier. This one comes in 17 different colors, too. Leatherology is one of our go-to gifting shops, since the leather is high-quality, surprisingly affordable, and comes in beautiful gift-ready boxes. For a personal touch, monogram it for $10. A stainless steel mug that will keep her coffee hot for hours on end Hydro Flask Gift the Hydro Flask Mug, $24.95This mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Picks team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company's proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous among outdoorsmen and the average person alike. This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. Read a full review of it here. A mini Jo Malone set Sephora Gift the Jo Malone London Mini Luxuries Set, $50Pamper mom with this starter set from Jo Malone that includes a Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne for a fresh new fragrance, The Peony and Blush Suede Body Crème, and a delicious English Pear and Freesia Miniature Candle. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytOct 4th, 2021