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51 gifts for teens that they won"t toss away in their closet, from a popular hair dryer to a tie-dye kit

The best gifts for teens are ones they'll actually want to use, like tech gadgets, beauty products, and cool accessories. Here are 51 unique gifts. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.One of the best gifts for teens is a portable, waterproof speaker they can bring with them on trips with friends.Amazon It's never easy to shop for a teenager, especially if their tastes change frequently. We rounded up 51 gifts to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory.  Browse all of Insider Reviews' gift guides for more great gift ideas. Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder: They can be picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it's a thoughtful gift to show them you see them.To make the gift search easier, we curated 51 gifts ranging from a card game to a smartwatch to a quick-drying hair towel at various price points to ensure as many options as possible.If you are still unsure of what to get (and you can't ask them directly) try consulting their friends. Either way, a smart general rule of thumb is to make sure your gift is returnable. The 51 best gifts for teens: A tie dye kit they can use for a fun at-home activityTargetTulip 37pc One Step Tie Dye Kit, available at Target, $9.99They can revitalize white clothes and spend a few hours having fun doing something creative, whether solo or with family or friends.This one-step hair dryer brushElana Rubin/InsiderRevlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush, available at Target, $54.99Who doesn't love a one-step tool that feels luxurious? This popular round brush acts as a hairdryer while they brush, giving their hair volume without much finesse or time. You can find a full review of the Revlon One-Step here. An Apple AirTag to keep track of their belongingsLisa Eadicicco/InsiderApple AirTag, available at Target, $29.99The teenager in your life can attach this tag to their backpack, wallet, keys, or any other easily lost item and find it easily with the Find My app whenever they've misplaced it. Using the app, they can opt for the tag to play a sound until they've found their keys sandwiched between couch cushions or their wallet in the pantry.A board game that feels like a video gameAmazonCephalofair Games Gloomhaven Multi-Award-Winning Strategy Boxed Board Game, available at Amazon, $111.47This collaborative board game (good for one to up to four players) is sort of like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and other cult-favorite fantasy adventure games that forces its players to contend with monsters and mercenaries, explore a new world, and discover treasure and fame. Players make tactical decisions, and the game unfolds in reaction to their choices. Disposable cameras to help them stay in the momentAmazonFujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, available at Amazon, $69.04Funsaver One Time Use Film Camera (2-pack), available at Amazon, $45.30Disposable cameras are popular right now, partly because of the nostalgic aesthetic of a polaroid and partly because of their simplicity. Spending so much time immersed in technology — and combatting the temptation to retake and edit photos in real-time — keep us from staying present.Disposable film cameras or polaroids help preserve memories without adding to their screen time. Plus, they give them cute photos to decorate their room with!Glossier's fan-favorite productsGlossierBoy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew Pack, available at Glossier, $42No-makeup makeup is in right now and, if your teen is into beauty products, they may appreciate a gift from Glossier, which is the "natural and glowy" brand Olivia Rodrigo says she wears in her Vogue beauty diary.We'd recommend a gift card or a pack like the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew pack, which covers three of its fan-favorite products.A great bookAmazon"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11Books are an incredible gift if your teen is a reader. It can translate into hours of enjoyment at a minimum and, at its best, a favorite story that follows them well into adulthood.Plus, if you've read the book, it can also mean great conversations about it or movie adaptations to watch together. It's also a gift where money doesn't really matter; you can find a great read for $20 and spending more won't make much difference.Some book suggestions:"All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20sAn eco-conscious tie-dye beanieFree The EarthFeel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Free People, from $40These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US).Ribbed beanies are big right now, à la the popular Carhartt beanie. If they've got that staple covered, the Parks Project also has tube socks. A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for outdoor tripsAmazonUltimate Ears Wonderboom 2, available at Amazon, $98This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.A plush toy that they can heat upUrban OutfittersSmoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie, available at Urban Outfitters, $18Whenever they need some cozy comfort, they can heat up this cute animal-shaped heating pad for a snuggle.A portable phone chargerAmazonElecjet Powerpie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $54.99This handheld charger can charge up your teen's smartphone or various devices like an iPad or small laptop so they can stay in touch, turn their paper in on time, or just never have to stress about 5% battery life.Sheet masks to go with a Netflix marathonAmazonTONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Masks, available at Amazon, $26There are few things my 15-year-old sister loves more than oversized hoodies, Boba, and an endless supply of sheet masks. Grab a pack, throw them on, and make a night out of it with your teen's favorite candy and TV show.A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro with Charging Case, available at Target, $199.99If 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 Boba-shaped AirPods Pro caseUrban OutfittersSmoko Boba Tea AirPods Pro Case, available at Urban Outfitters, $18As I mentioned, part of my 15-year-old sister's ideal trifecta is Boba. You can pick up a cute, fun case no matter what their interest is — Baby Yoda, gaming, Boba, or whatever else. A Bluetooth water bottle speakerGrommetBluetooth Water Bottle Speakers, available at Grommet, $39.95This Bluetooth water bottle speaker offers a boost of hydration and fun for everyone. The water-resistant speaker resides at the top, ensuring greater sound quality that lasts 6-10 hours. It's the perfect accessory for them to bring to every hang-out session. A slim leather walletAmazonBellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Amazon and Bellroy, $79This thin wallet is a subtle nudge toward minimalism, something many teens appreciate. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet offers room for up to eight cards and a pocket to stash cash. It comes in a variety of colors and features environmentally certified leather.An eco-friendly phone casePelaPela Phone Case, available at Amazon and Pela, from $38.95Pela offers a wide variety of biodegradable cases for iPhone and Android, all made from plant-based polymers. Pela cases are rugged enough to offer drop protection, and if a phone has both a Pela case and screen protector but still cracks, Pela will cover the bill to get it fixed.A comfortable and sustainable Patagonia pullover they'll wear all the timePatagoniaLightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, $119A Patagonia sweater is a particularly good gift for teens who are interested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993 and continues to do so today.Its Snap-T pullover is the unofficial uniform of the cozy adventurer. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely on heavily during colder weather.Not sold on the Patagonia option? They may also appreciate the Acadia Recycled Polar Trail Fleece from the environmentally-conscious Parks Project.A gift card for stylish new glassesWarby ParkerGift Card, available at Warby Parker, from $50Teens are a notoriously picky bunch, so you can never go wrong with a gift card. If they're in the market for new glasses or sunglasses, we recommend Warby Parker because of its versatility, size flexibility, and free at-home try-on program. An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, and moreAmazonEcho Dot (4th gen), available at Best Buy, $34.99The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news) without any of the bulk. A smartphone-sized travel photo printerTargetHP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer, available at Amazon and B&H Photo, $79.99This tiny, compact device prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film with Zero Ink technology. It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and multiple devices can connect at once (personalized LED lights indicate who's currently printing). String lights with clips for photosAmazon/Business InsiderPhoto Clip LED String Lights, available at Target, $10Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, the photo clip string lights combine warm light and Polaroids (or other memorabilia). A trendy Champion sweatshirtUrban OutfittersChampion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, available at Urban Outfitters, $54Like Fila, Champion is a brand that's had a resurgence as of late. If you want to get them something they'll end up wearing all the time, this is a good candidate. A great video game"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD" / Nintendo"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD", available at Amazon, from $49.94If they're really into video games, all other gifts may pale in comparison to a really good new one. Check out "Hades," "NBA 2K22," and "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD."A vinyl record membershipVinyl Me, PleaseGift Membership, 3 months, available at Vinyl Me, Please, $119There's no greater joy than adding to a record collection or playing a new album for the first time. Your recipient gets to choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. They'll also get one bonus record as part of the three-month gift membership. A gentle facial cleansing device that removes 98.5% of dirt and makeupFOREOLuna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at Foreo, $199Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at Foreo, $199FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 3 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.This newest generation also offers an array of massages to tighten the skin for a youthful look. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a female reporter and a male reporter here.Comfortable lounge pants that look put-togetherMeUndiesThe 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 or heading to the dining hall when they get to college (yep, they'll last that long) while still looking sleek.A subscription to a famous book club that sends them great hardcovers each monthBook of the Month/Instagram3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your teen is a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially cool gift. It's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple).If you gift them a subscription, they'll receive a hardcover book delivered once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If they're really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here).An Apple Watch that combines their smartphone with a fitness trackerAmazonApple Watch SE GPS, 40mm, available at Apple, from $279If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone, they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media.A cute iPhone caseSociety6Coffee Reading iPhone Case, available at Society6, $22This fun iPhone case is funny and unique, and most of their friends probably won't have the exact same one. Reusable strawsAmazonHiware Reusable Silicone Straws (10-pack), available at Amazon, $6.99Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well.A set of velvet retro-inspired scrunchiesAmazon/Business InsiderHair Scrunchie Variety Pack, available at Target, $6.99Another trendy gift is as many scrunchies as you can carry. This pack comes with 12 options in enough colors to work with virtually any outfit or mood. A multicolor mini cinema light boxUrban OutfittersMulticolor Cinema Light Box, available at Uncommon Goods, from $20These trendy lightboxes are inspired by cinema marquees, and they come with 100 letters and symbols for personal messages. This one also has color-changing LED lights for further customization.Fun and useful PopSockets for the back of their phoneAmazon/Business InsiderPopGrips, available at PopSockets and Amazon, from $10PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon in recent years, and they're surprisingly useful. Get your teen one for their own phone or tablet, and depending on their age, you may find it's the gift they're most excited about. It doesn't hurt that there's free domestic shipping on orders over $20, or that you can actually design your own.A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screenAmazonAll-New Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest, lightest version. It also has double the storage, a built-in light that adjusts to accommodate reading indoors or outdoors, and is waterproof for reading anywhere, including the beach or bath. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks rather than hours.Cool backpacks from a popular startup with a charitable missionSTATE Bags/FacebookState bags and accessories, from $15State bags are increasingly popular thanks to their versatile, laid-back aesthetic and characteristically bright nylon colorways. They're also known as #GiveBackPack(s), because for every State bag purchased, State hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company's best sellers.A three-month subscription of beauty productsBirchBox3-Month Subscription, available at BirchBox, $45Teens are usually among the most interested in the latest and greatest beauty or grooming products — but may lack the funds to try all the full-sized versions. 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 an ongoing gift.)Personalized NikesNikeCustomizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $120Nike makes great stuff, but it's nice to get the benefits of a great shoe without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nikes for them, or give them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own.A great Alexa-enabled speaker they can control by voiceSonosSonos One Smart Speaker, available at Sonos, from $219The new Sonos One smart speaker fills any room with clear, rich sound, and they can use Alexa to play and control their music without ever lifting a finger. Find a full review here.A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%Aquis/Business InsiderAquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Amazon and Sephora, from $20.99Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. If they've ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use. A Disney+ subscription for access to classic movies and moreDisney PlusDisney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/yearDisney Plus is the new Disney-centric streaming service. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can gift a whole year of access for $80, which is something their entire family can benefit from.If you'd rather test Disney Plus out before buying, you can sign up for a free weeklong trial.A suitcase with an ejectable battery that can charge their devices on the goAwayThe Carry-On, available at Away, from $225Travel startup Away makes a great carry-on thanks to an ejectable battery that can charge devices seamlessly on the go, 360-degree wheels, and a lightweight build that travels easily. In other words, it takes a lot of the angst out of travel and may make family trips far more enjoyable and stress-free.Durable sunglasses that look good, tooAmazonSmith Optics Lowdown2, available at Backcountry, $129Who better to make a pair of durable, performance-based sunglasses than the company known for innovating the ski goggle? The Lowdown2 features bio-based materials for the frame, ChromaPop lens technology which creates high contrast and vibrant colors, and an anti-reflective smudge-resistant coating.Plus, the brand offers peace of mind with free shipping, 30-day returns, and a lifetime warranty.Comfortable, high-quality sheets that come in lots of colors and patternsBrooklinenLuxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen and Amazon, from $240We think Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds. It's perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or the rare occasion sleeping in is encouraged.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 15 colors and patterns that range from classic to fun, and you can mix and match them to suit their preferences. Grab a gift card (delivered digitally) if you want to give them more freedom.Fidget ballsSpeksSpeks 2.5mm magnet balls, available at Speks, $34.95Made from rare earth magnets, these tiny balls can be molded into an infinite number of shapes and designs. The size of Speks balls makes them ideal for teens to keep with them for those unpredictable moments of nervousness that fill those teenage years.A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distanceAmazon/Business InsiderTP-Link KIT WiFi Smart Plug, 2-Pack, available at Amazon, $35.99Whether they're wondering if they turned off their hot iron or just don't want to get up to turn off the TV, a smart plug lets them control devices from a distance. You can connect to them using any smart device.A Time-Turner clock that actually spinsHarry PotterHarry Potter Time-Turner Clock, available at Pottery Barn, $79It may not be able to take them back in time or help them be in two places at once, but this Time-Turner clock will help them stay on top of their schedule. It even has a functional hourglass on the back so they can time their study breaks. A toothbrush with a timerAmazonOral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush, available at Amazon, $39.97Rigorous dental hygiene isn't usually on the top of the list of things teens care about, which is all the more reason a rechargeable toothbrush with a timer is a fantastic gift. This rechargeable brush breaks up 300% more plaque on the gum line than traditional brushing and lets them know when two minutes have passed.Compact hand sanitizer sprayTouchlandTouchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9It's in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented.The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin. A lottery card that donates to charitiesLottoLove/Business InsiderLottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5When you gift this lottery card, you're actually giving the gift of charity. When you "win big," you're winning a charitable prize that gets donated to nonprofits in one of four categories: Clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its partners have impacted lives in over 70 countries.Gift cards for concert tickets, food, and clothesChipotleYou can't go wrong with money for their favorite things, especially for teens who are often relying upon part-time jobs to fund their frequent Chipotle meals and concert trips with friends. Check out more gift card ideas here.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift CardCoffee and food: Starbucks Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardEntertainment and live events: Netflix Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / StubHub 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 CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 13th, 2022

47 last-minute gifts that teens will love, from portable photo printers to beauty product subscriptions

The best gifts for teens are ones they'll actually want to use, like tech gadgets, beauty products, and cool accessories. Here are 47 unique gifts. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.One of the best gifts for teens is a portable, waterproof speaker they can bring with them on trips with friends.Amazon It's never easy to shop for a teenager, especially if their tastes change frequently. We rounded up 47 gifts to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory.  Browse all of Insider Reviews' gift guides for more great gift ideas. Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder: They can be picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it's a thoughtful gift to show them you see them.To make the gift search easier, we curated 47 gifts ranging from a card game to a smartwatch to a quick-drying hair towel at various price points to ensure as many options as possible.If you are still unsure of what to get (and you can't ask them directly) try consulting their friends. Either way, a smart general rule of thumb is to make sure your gift is returnable. The 47 best gifts for teens: Disposable cameras to help them stay in the momentAmazonFujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, available at Amazon, $71.44Funsaver One Time Use Film Camera (2-pack), available at Amazon, $45.30Disposable cameras are popular right now, partly because of the nostalgic aesthetic of a polaroid and partly because of their simplicity. Spending so much time immersed in technology — and combatting the temptation to retake and edit photos in real-time — keep us from staying present.Disposable film cameras or polaroids help preserve memories without adding to their screen time. Plus, they give them cute photos to decorate their room with!Glossier's fan-favorite productsGlossierBoy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew Pack, available at Glossier, $42No-makeup makeup is in right now and, if your teen is into beauty products, they may appreciate a gift from Glossier, which is the "natural and glowy" brand Olivia Rodrigo says she wears in her Vogue beauty diary.We'd recommend a gift card or a pack like the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew pack, which covers three of its fan-favorite products.A great bookAmazon"Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11Books are an incredible gift if your teen is a reader. It can translate into hours of enjoyment at a minimum and, at its best, a favorite story that follows them well into adulthood.Plus, if you've read the book, it can also mean great conversations about it or movie adaptations to watch together. It's also a gift where money doesn't really matter; you can find a great read for $20 and spending more won't make much difference.Some book suggestions:"All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20sAn eco-conscious tie-dye beanieFree The EarthFeel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Free People, from $40These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US).Ribbed beanies are big right now, à la the popular Carhartt beanie. If they've got that staple covered, the Parks Project also has tube socks. A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for outdoor tripsAmazonUltimate Ears Wonderboom 2, available at Amazon, $91.11This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.A plush toy that they can heat upUrban OutfittersSmoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie, available at Urban Outfitters, $18Whenever they need some cozy comfort, they can heat up this cute animal-shaped heating pad for a snuggle.A portable phone chargerAmazonElecjet Powerpie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $54.99This handheld charger can charge up your teen's smartphone or various devices like an iPad or small laptop so they can stay in touch, turn their paper in on time, or just never have to stress about 5% battery life.Sheet masks to go with a Netflix marathonAmazonTONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Masks, available at Amazon, $26There are few things my 15-year-old sister loves more than oversized hoodies, Boba, and an endless supply of sheet masks. Grab a pack, throw them on, and make a night out of it with your teen's favorite candy and TV show.A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro with Charging Case, available at Target, $179.99If 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 Boba-shaped AirPods Pro caseUrban OutfittersSmoko Boba Tea AirPods Pro Case, available at Urban Outfitters, $18As I mentioned, part of my 15-year-old sister's ideal trifecta is Boba. You can pick up a cute, fun case no matter what their interest is — Baby Yoda, gaming, Boba, or whatever else. A Bluetooth water bottle speakerGrommetBluetooth Water Bottle Speakers, available at Grommet, $39.95This Bluetooth water bottle speaker offers a boost of hydration and fun for everyone. The water-resistant speaker resides at the top, ensuring greater sound quality that lasts 6-10 hours. It's the perfect accessory for them to bring to every hang-out session. A slim leather walletAmazonBellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Amazon and Bellroy, $79This thin wallet is a subtle nudge toward minimalism, something many teens appreciate. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet offers room for up to eight cards and a pocket to stash cash. It comes in a variety of colors and features environmentally certified leather.An eco-friendly phone casePelaPela Phone Case, available at Amazon and Pela, from $38.95Pela offers a wide variety of biodegradable cases for iPhone and Android, all made from plant-based polymers. Pela cases are rugged enough to offer drop protection, and if a phone has both a Pela case and screen protector but still cracks, Pela will cover the bill to get it fixed.A comfortable and sustainable Patagonia pullover they'll wear all the timePatagoniaLightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, $119A Patagonia sweater is a particularly good gift for teens who are interested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993 and continues to do so today.Its Snap-T pullover is the unofficial uniform of the cozy adventurer. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely on heavily during colder weather.Not sold on the Patagonia option? They may also appreciate the Acadia Recycled Polar Trail Fleece from the environmentally-conscious Parks Project.A gift card for stylish new glassesWarby ParkerGift Card, available at Warby Parker, from $50Teens are a notoriously picky bunch, so you can never go wrong with a gift card. If they're in the market for new glasses or sunglasses, we recommend Warby Parker because of its versatility, size flexibility, and free at-home try-on program. An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, and moreAmazonEcho Dot (4th gen), available at Best Buy, $29.99The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news) without any of the bulk. A smartphone-sized travel photo printerTargetHP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer, available at Amazon and B&H Photo, $79.99This tiny, compact device prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film with Zero Ink technology. It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and multiple devices can connect at once (personalized LED lights indicate who's currently printing). String lights with clips for photosAmazon/Business InsiderPhoto Clip LED String Lights, available at Target, $10Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, the photo clip string lights combine warm light and Polaroids (or other memorabilia). A trendy Champion sweatshirtUrban OutfittersChampion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, available at Urban Outfitters, $54Like Fila, Champion is a brand that's had a resurgence as of late. If you want to get them something they'll end up wearing all the time, this is a good candidate. A new video game"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD" / Nintendo"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD", available at Amazon, from $52.99If they're really into video games, all other gifts may pale in comparison to a really good new one. Check out "Hades," "NBA 2K22," and "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD."A vinyl record membershipVinyl Me, PleaseGift Membership, 3 months, available at Vinyl Me, Please, $119There's no greater joy than adding to a record collection or playing a new album for the first time. Your recipient gets to choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. They'll also get one bonus record as part of the three-month gift membership. A gentle facial cleansing device that removes 98.5% of dirt and makeupFOREOLuna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at Foreo, $199Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at Foreo, $199FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 3 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.This newest generation also offers an array of massages to tighten the skin for a youthful look. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a female reporter and a male reporter here.Comfortable lounge pants that look put-togetherMeUndiesThe 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 or heading to the dining hall when they get to college (yep, they'll last that long) while still looking sleek.A subscription to a famous book club that sends them great hardcovers each monthBook of the Month/Instagram3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your teen is a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially cool gift. It's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple).If you gift them a subscription, they'll receive a hardcover book delivered once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If they're really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here).An Apple Watch that combines their smartphone with a fitness trackerAmazonApple Watch SE GPS, 40mm, available at Apple, from $279If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone, they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media.A cute iPhone caseSociety6Coffee Reading iPhone Case, available at Society6, $35.99This fun iPhone case is funny and unique, and most of their friends probably won't have the exact same one. Reusable strawsAmazonHiware Reusable Silicone Straws (10-pack), available at Amazon, $6.99Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well. A set of velvet retro-inspired scrunchiesAmazon/Business InsiderHair Scrunchie Variety Pack, available at Target, $6.99Another trendy gift is as many scrunchies as you can carry. This pack comes with 12 options in enough colors to work with virtually any outfit or mood. A multicolor mini cinema light boxUrban OutfittersMulticolor Cinema Light Box, available at Uncommon Goods, from $20These trendy lightboxes are inspired by cinema marquees, and they come with 100 letters and symbols for personal messages. This one also has color-changing LED lights for further customization.Fun and useful PopSockets for the back of their phoneAmazon/Business InsiderPopGrips, available at PopSockets and Amazon, from $10PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon in recent years, and they're surprisingly useful. Get your teen one for their own phone or tablet, and depending on their age, you may find it's the gift they're most excited about. It doesn't hurt that there's free domestic shipping on orders over $20, or that you can actually design your own.A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screenAmazonAll-New Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest, lightest version. It also has double the storage, a built-in light that adjusts to accommodate reading indoors or outdoors, and is waterproof for reading anywhere, including the beach or bath. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks rather than hours.Cool backpacks from a popular startup with a charitable missionSTATE Bags/FacebookState bags and accessories, from $15State bags are increasingly popular thanks to their versatile, laid-back aesthetic and characteristically bright nylon colorways. They're also known as #GiveBackPack(s), because for every State bag purchased, State hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company's best sellers.A three-month subscription of beauty productsBirchBox3-Month Subscription, available at BirchBox, $45Teens are usually among the most interested in the latest and greatest beauty or grooming products — but may lack the funds to try all the full-sized versions. 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 an ongoing gift.)Personalized NikesNikeCustomizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $120Nike makes great stuff, but it's nice to get the benefits of a great shoe without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nikes for them, or give them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own.A great Alexa-enabled speaker they can control by voiceSonosSonos One Smart Speaker, available at Sonos, from $219The new Sonos One smart speaker fills any room with clear, rich sound, and they can use Alexa to play and control their music without ever lifting a finger. Find a full review here.A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%Aquis/Business InsiderAquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Amazon and Sephora, from $20.99Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. If they've ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use. A Disney+ subscription for access to classic movies and moreDisney PlusDisney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/yearDisney Plus is the new Disney-centric streaming service. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can gift a whole year of access for $80, which is something their entire family can benefit from.If you'd rather test Disney Plus out before buying, you can sign up for a free weeklong trial.A suitcase with an ejectable battery that can charge their devices on the goAwayThe Carry-On, available at Away, from $225Travel startup Away makes a great carry-on thanks to an ejectable battery that can charge devices seamlessly on the go, 360-degree wheels, and a lightweight build that travels easily. In other words, it takes a lot of the angst out of travel and may make family trips far more enjoyable and stress-free.Durable sunglasses that look good, tooAmazonSmith Optics Lowdown2, available at Backcountry, $129Who better to make a pair of durable, performance-based sunglasses than the company known for innovating the ski goggle? The Lowdown2 features bio-based materials for the frame, ChromaPop lens technology which creates high contrast and vibrant colors, and an anti-reflective smudge-resistant coating.Plus, the brand offers peace of mind with free shipping, 30-day returns, and a lifetime warranty.Comfortable, high-quality sheets that come in lots of colors and patternsBrooklinenLuxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen and Amazon, from $240We think Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds. It's perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or the rare occasion sleeping in is encouraged.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 15 colors and patterns that range from classic to fun, and you can mix and match them to suit their preferences. Grab a gift card (delivered digitally) if you want to give them more freedom.Fidget ballsSpeksSpeks 2.5mm magnet balls, available at Speks, $34.95Made from rare earth magnets, these tiny balls can be molded into an infinite number of shapes and designs. The size of Speks balls makes them ideal for teens to keep with them for those unpredictable moments of nervousness that fill those teenage years.A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distanceAmazon/Business InsiderTP-Link KIT WiFi Smart Plug, 2-Pack, available at Amazon, $16.99Whether they're wondering if they turned off their hot iron or just don't want to get up to turn off the TV, a smart plug lets them control devices from a distance. You can connect to them using any smart device.A Time-Turner clock that actually spinsHarry PotterHarry Potter Time-Turner Clock, available at Pottery Barn, $49It may not be able to take them back in time or help them be in two places at once, but this Time-Turner clock will help them stay on top of their schedule. It even has a functional hourglass on the back so they can time their study breaks. A toothbrush with a timerAmazonOral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush, available at Amazon, $39.97Rigorous dental hygiene isn't usually on the top of the list of things teens care about, which is all the more reason a rechargeable toothbrush with a timer is a fantastic gift. This rechargeable brush breaks up 300% more plaque on the gum line than traditional brushing and lets them know when two minutes have passed.Compact hand sanitizer sprayTouchlandTouchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9It's in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented.The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin. A lottery card that donates to charitiesLottoLove/Business InsiderLottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5When you gift this lottery card, you're actually giving the gift of charity. When you "win big," you're winning a charitable prize that gets donated to nonprofits in one of four categories: Clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its partners have impacted lives in over 70 countries.Gift cards for concert tickets, food, and clothesChipotleYou can't go wrong with money for their favorite things, especially for teens who are often relying upon part-time jobs to fund their frequent Chipotle meals and concert trips with friends. Check out more gift card ideas here.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift CardCoffee and food: Starbucks Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardEntertainment and live events: Netflix Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / StubHub 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 CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 17th, 2021

16 B Corps making products we love that you can feel good about buying

B Corporations are businesses that get voluntarily graded by the nonprofit B Lab on everything from worker health to environmental impact. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.United by Blue B Corps are businesses graded on their efforts to create an inclusive, sustainable economy. These companies treat "good business" as an idea that includes both profit and purpose.  Below, we rounded up the B Corps we love shopping at most, including Patagonia, Allbirds, and Prose. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyAs history can attest, nonprofits aren't enough to single-handedly eradicate poverty and inequality and infuse the workplace with jobs that make workers feel dignified and purposeful.To pitch in, some companies are willing to bet on a different conceptualization of "good business." Perhaps most impressive of this group are B Corps — businesses that nonprofit B Lab grade each year to ensure they're meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Companies awarded B Corp status have committed to using their businesses to work toward a more inclusive and sustainable economy. They strive to reduce inequality; lower poverty levels; and create a healthier environment, stronger communities, and purposeful jobs.They leverage their resources to pay into a better world, creating a definition of success that includes commonwealth and positive impact as necessary aspects of sustainable consumerism. It's not charity; it's better business, and the point is to move the needle on "better practices" further from extra credit and closer to universal compliance.We rounded up 16 companies we love to shop from that also happen to be certified B Corps, helping drive a global movement that uses business as a force for good. Check out 16 B-Corps brands we love to shop from:LeesaLeesaLeesa is best-known for being one of the forerunners in the increasingly crowded direct-to-consumer mattress space. Its Leesa Mattress has over 20,000 five-star reviews, and its Hybrid is one of the picks in our best mattress guide.The company also has a strong social impact: giving one mattress for every ten sold and devoting resources to national and local organizations. Despite the startup's accomplishments in a crowded space, Leesa's Head of Social Impact, Jen-Ai Notman, told Insider the social mission would be likely to still rank as the overwhelming incentive for working at the company.Overall, Leesa has donated more than 37,000 mattresses to those in need and makes a point to provide the opportunity for employees to feel invested in their own backyards with local volunteer opportunities.Shop Leesa here.The Body ShopThe Body Shop/FacebookYou may know The Body Shop from frequent trips to the mall, but the retailer has attracted a dedicated customer base for its social responsibility and wide array of ethically sourced bodycare products. In 2019, the company became a certified B Corp.Since opening its doors in 1976, The Body Shop has launched a series of activism campaigns, even becoming the first international cosmetics brand recognized under the Humane Cosmetics Standard.The Body Shop has also launched a Community Trade partnership with The Tungteiya Women's Association in northern Ghana. Through the partnership, over 640 women help source the high-quality shea butter used in The Body Shop's products, like the shea butter shampoo and conditioner, which is former senior reporter Connie Chen's go-to haircare set.The Coconut Body Butter is one of our favorite bodycare products, and we ranked its Tea Tree Oil as the best tea tree oil we've tried. Shop The Body Shop here.ProseProseProse is a trailblazer for custom haircare and is one of the most personalized beauty brands on the market.Launched in 2017 and added to the B Corp list in 2019, Prose creates complete customized haircare products that cater to the specific needs and goals of each individual's hair and scalp. Prose founders used their experiences in marketing, digital strategy, and R&D roles at consumer product companies like Procter & Gamble and L'Oréal to help define Prose's data-driven and ingredient-centric business model.Because of this technology-driven approach mixed with an apothecary-style concept, Prose's made-to-order products offer the highest quality of clean, sustainably sourced ingredients.Read our entire Prose review here.Shop Prose here.AllbirdsAllbirds/InstagramAllbirds are often referred to as the "world's most comfortable shoes," and we'd be inclined to agree. We also love that each collection seems to get even better at optimizing natural materials without raising prices or diminishing quality.Allbirds' classic sneakers and loungers are made from moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating, odor-resistant merino wool that is ZQ-certified (meaning it meets stringent standards for sustainable farming and animal welfare) and uses 60% less energy than synthetics.Their second collection was comprised of sneakers and skippers made from cooling, eco-friendly eucalyptus pulp. Both collections are ultra-comfortable, low-maintenance, made from sustainable materials, and cost $95 for a pair. Shop Allbirds here.PatagoniaPatagoniaPatagonia is a beloved outdoors company for many reasons: its superior products and the environmental efforts that led to it being named a UN Champion of the Earth in 2019, the UN's top environmental honor.You can read more on how Patagonia walks the walk here. A few of our favorite examples include being the first California company to sign up for B certification in 2012; imposing an earth tax on itself; and giving 100% (yes, 100%) of their profits from Black Friday in the past directly to grassroots nonprofits working to protect air, water, and soil quality for future generations. Since 1985, the company has donated over $89 million to environmental work.It also bucks corporate trends by not being afraid to get political. It's led boycotts and sued the United States government after the former Trump administration proposed reducing two national monuments by up to 85%.The company also revised its mission statement from "build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis" to the simpler, more urgent "we're in business to save our home planet."Shop Patagonia here.CotopaxiCotopaxiCotopaxi is an outdoors brand with social purpose built into its DNA. Its gear is superior (I count their 35L and 42L travel pack as among my all-time best finds). But, somehow, it's almost more exciting to talk about the work the company is doing outside of its retail line. From its inception, Cotopaxi has been founded upon the idea that the interests of profit and people could not only coexist but should and already do enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship.The B Corp values can be found at all levels of operation. Employees spend 10% of their work time in their local communities, adventuring outdoors, or doing service. The company donates 1% of its yearly revenue to ending poverty by funding local organizations working on sustainable solutions. Cotopaxi also puts out a Repurposed Collection of limited-edition gear made out of product scraps. The company has also created a skills-based volunteering initiative that leverages the time and talent of employees to respond to community needs, such as a card-writing program that provides a paid first job for refugees in Salt Lake City. The program provides youth with professional development, work experience, a competitive wage, and the opportunity to practice their English language skills. This is one company whose "Do Good" products actually feel authentic. Shop Cotopaxi here.Frank and OakFrank And OakFrank and Oak is a Canadian apparel company dedicated to making modern, high-quality essentials with sustainable materials and production methods.The company has winter boots made from coffee waste, recycled rubber, and plant-dyed leather, as well as circular denim made from post-consumer waste in a way that uses 79% less energy, 50% fewer chemicals, and 95% less water than the standard.About 50% of the retailer's products are made with minimal-impact processes and materials. Its shipping boxes are 100% recycled and recyclable, and its bags are biodegradable. What's more, its Canadian stores were built with recycled materials. It also keeps a lean supply of products on hand to avoid surplus, which makes nearly every collection limited-edition. Shop Frank and Oak.BombasBombasBombas is another company that was founded with the primary directive of giving back to the community, with its actual product idea coming second. But Bombas are still the best pair of socks we've ever tried.Founders David Heath and Randy Goldberg told Insider the now cult-favorite company began as a way to address the fact that homeless shelters have a great shortage of sock donations. And after noticing that consumers didn't have a great option between high-end niche technical socks and a six-pack at Target, Heath and Goldberg spent two years obsessively re-inventing the wheel.Bombas socks have blister tabs, a reinforced footbed, targeted areas of tension, "stay-up technology," and contoured seaming like a Y-stitched heel to minimize bunching, sliding, and sticking.Since 2013, the company has also donated more than 48,000,000 million items to homeless shelters thanks to its "buy one, give one" model for its socks and tees.And the socks and clothes Bombas does donate have been designed in conjunction with their giving partners to cater specifically to the needs of its recipients, who may not have access to the luxury of putting on clean clothes every day. For instance, the socks come in darker colors to avoid visible wear and tear, added anti-microbial treatment to prevent odor or bacteria if they can't be washed as frequently, and reinforced seams for durability. Shop Bombas here.BeautycounterBeautycounterBeautycounter, a skincare and makeup brand, has become synonymous with the clean beauty movement. Since its founding in 2013, the company has had what it calls The Never List — a laundry list of 1,800 questionable or harmful chemicals that are never used in its products, including the 1,400 banned or restricted by the EU. (The US bans just 30.)It's also involved in advocacy for better, healthier legal regulation in the US and Canada. Its makeup is solid, but it has some of the best skincare products around — and all blessedly sans harmful chemicals.Read our entire Beautycounter review here.Shop Beautycounter here.TentreeTentreeTentree is an outdoor company that essentially thinks of itself as a forestry program that ended up selling clothes. For every product you buy, the company plants 10 trees through thoughtful programs that reforest the earth and help rebuild communities around sustainable local economies. Since its inception, Tentree has planted over 57 million new trees on earth. By 2030, the company's goal is 1 billion. The brand's clothes mostly consist of comfy, unassuming sweatshirts, shirts, leggings, and other basic apparel sold at a reasonable price. It's also fostered a lively online community and lays claim to one of the most-liked Instagram posts of all time.Shop Tentree here.United by BlueUnited By BlueUnited by Blue, an outdoor apparel and accessories brand, was founded first and foremost to preserve and protect the places in which explorers go to play. That means its top-notch gear goes hand-in-hand with conservation work.The company utilizes inventive, sustainable materials and removes 1 pound of trash from the world's oceans and waterways for every product sold. It's working to ban single-use plastic from its business operations. You can also join them in a cleanup. We're particularly big fans of their flannel shirts as well as their jackets and socks that utilize bison down — a surprisingly sustainable material that packs a lot of warmth. Shop United by Blue here.EthiqueEthiqueEthique is helping tackle plastic waste by developing solid bars made for beauty, body, and haircare needs.Founded by a female biologist, the company formulates over 30 solid beauty bars that work as shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, self-tanners, and body washes, and they work well. Every bar is vegan, sustainably sourced, naturally derived, and comes in biodegradable packaging. They also last two to five times longer than bottled options since they're so concentrated (since about 70% of bottled shampoo is water), meaning you save money and contribute a smaller carbon footprint since you're ordering less frequently. To date, the company has prevented the making of more than 11 million plastic bottles.Ethique (French for "ethical") is certified climate-neutral and cruelty-free and donates 20% of its profit to charity.In 2015, the company was recognized as New Zealand's most sustainable business with the Best in B award. In its early stages, the company also attracted the highest number of female investors in PledgeMe history. (PledgeMe is New Zealand's crowdfunding platform.)Shop Ethique here. (Its Amazon orders are fulfilled by Pharmapacks.)AthletaAthletaSan Francisco-based Athleta makes relatively affordable but premium performance clothing designed by women athletes, and it focuses most of its philanthropy on empowering girls and women. Through the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. program and Fair Trade U.S.A., the label supports programs impacting the lives of the majority-female workers that create its apparel and has run empowerment-focused campaigns such as "Power of She." The company also offers thousands of free fitness and wellness events each year.  In 2021, it's diverted 74% of shipping waste from landfills, and 71% of its materials are made from sustainable fibers.Shop Athleta here.Uncommon GoodsUncommonGoodsUncommonGoods is a marketplace of creative craft-esque inventions, like long-distance friendship lamps, that make great gifts. The site feels like a clean, navigable Etsy with fewer products and a more distinct thesis: utilitarian but "unique." It's unusual to see a diverse aggregator like UncommonGoods as a B Corp (Etsy gave up the distinction in 2017), but the company has been one since 2007. UncommonGoods works with its artists to use sustainable or recycled materials when possible, chooses environmentally friendlier packing materials, and prints its catalog on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified and recycled paper. They also founded "Better to Give," which allows customers to choose a nonprofit partner for the company to donate $1 to with every order. For UncommonGoods, the "business for good" model is working, with the company growing steadily from five employees to over 200 year-round. As part of their approach to business, their lowest-paid hourly seasonal worker makes double the federal minimum wage. They've also advocated for higher minimum wage and paid family leave in New York and other states. The company partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and created the Uncommon Scholars program, which creates internship and scholarship opportunities for students enrolled at historically Black colleges and universities.Shop UncommonGoods here.MPOWERDAmazonNYC-based MPOWERD makes affordable, innovative products that help make clean energy accessible. Its best-known product is the Luci, an inflatable solar light. Particularly well-loved for its versatile applications for campers and hikers, MPOWERD is an increasingly recognizable name in the outdoors genre.Its big sales drive down costs, and those savings are passed on to MPOWERD's clients in developing economies.Through this process and a myriad of others, the company delivers affordable, life-changing solar lights to off-the-grid communities around the world. It has over 700 strategic nonprofit partnerships worldwide, emergency relief sales, and a customer-driven Give Luci program that encourages shoppers to purchase units for their global nonprofit partners. Shop MPOWERD here.Eileen FisherEileen FisherEileen Fisher has been a B-Corp since 2015 and has incorporated conscious practices into most of its supply chain, including "green initiatives" at its headquarters, stores, and distribution centers, along with volunteer work.The company has been involved in some meaningful policy engagement in the past, and it has designed a grant program that supports women involved in environmental justice. Shop Eileen Fisher.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 17th, 2021

35 places to shop for gifts that give back

Shopping at these stores also means you're contributing to initiatives like planting trees, improving livelihoods in underserved areas, and more. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Cotopaxi is a B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation. Cotopaxi/Instagram These 35 companies make gifts that give back via charitable initiatives or profit sharing. If you shop from the following brands, you're also supporting several worthy causes. Need more gift ideas? Check out our ultimate gift guide. Aside from volunteering with or sending direct donations to nonprofits that make our world a better place, one way you can do your part throughout the year is to support businesses that give back. During these tumultuous times, giving back to those in need has never felt more urgent and necessary.If you're gifting your loved ones, you can make your gift go a little further by buying from companies with a social and environmental conscience that return a percentage of their profits to their communities or charitable causes. When you buy a gift from these 35 companies, you're also helping to plant a tree, improve livelihoods in underserved areas, save an animal, and more.Shop at these 35 brands that give back all year long: Thinx Thinx Shop gifts from ThinxThinx offers a wide collection of absorbent underwear and apparel and donates a portion of its profits to support puberty and reproduction education and grassroots activism.Learn more about the initiative here. STATE Bags STATE Bags/Instagram Shop gifts from STATE BagsWhen you buy a STATE bag, the company fills another with school supplies and gives it to a local student in need at a "Bag Drop" rally. It also shines a light on issues like mass incarceration, the Flint water crisis, and Black Lives Matter through its #WhatDoWeTellTheKids initiatives. Learn more about the initiative here. Leesa Leesa Shop gifts from LeesaLeesa donates one mattress to a nonprofit for every 10 sold and has donated more than 37,000 mattresses so far. The gift of a better night's sleep for your recipient (plus someone in need) comes in the form of four different mattresses. Learn more about the initiative here. Barefoot Dreams Barefoot Dreams Shop gifts from Barefoot DreamsKnown for its ultra-soft loungewear and blankets, this company donates a portion of the Covered in Prayer Collection's purchases to The WunderGlo Foundation. This charity aids doctors and researchers in their search for developing a cure for colon cancer in honor of the brand's late founder who died of cancer. Learn more about the initiative here. TOMS TOMS Shop gifts from TOMSPopular shoe brand TOMS has expanded from its original shoe design and is now offering sneakers, sandals, heels, and even slippers. Philanthropy remains important to the brand, which continues to commit 1/3 of its profits to supporting various grassroots efforts.Learn more about the initiative here. Blk & Bold Amazon Shop gifts from Blk & BoldBlk & Bold, a newly certified B-corporation, prides itself on prioritizing giving back as much as making a profit. The company donates 5% of its profits to supporting at-risk youth and works with over ten organizations with various missions to improve the lives of kids across the country.Learn more about the initiative here. Uncommon Goods Uncommon Goods Shop gifts from Uncommon GoodsCombine unique and fun finds with giving back through Uncommon Goods' Better to Give program. Not only are you supporting small businesses by shopping with Uncommon Goods, but once you select a Better to Give partner, you'll also be supporting the causes most important to you. Uncommon Goods currently works with organizations that focus on issues including forest conservation, supporting those whose lives have been impacted by conflict and natural disasters, and more. Learn more about the initiative here. Bookshop Bookshop Shop gifts from BookshopBookshop allows customers to support local bookstores from afar by allowing readers to purchase books directly from their favorite bookstores. If you would like to support a specific bookstore, use Bookshop's store locator and your pick will receive 100% of the profit from the sale. Bookshop's mission is to support independent bookstores by connecting them with potential customers. Learn more about the initiative here. Everlane Everlane/Instagram Shop gifts from The 100% Human Collection at EverlaneEverlane donates 10% from every purchase in this collection of tees, sweatshirts, face masks, and tote bags to the ACLU and has raised over $1 million to date. Learn more about the initiative on each individual product page in the collection.  Bombas Bombas/Instagram Shop gifts from BombasWhether you'd like to gift athletic socks, hiking socks, or dress socks, Bombas has you — and the feet of someone in need — covered. For every pair purchased, it donates a specially-designed pair to a homeless shelter. It has donated more than 43 million pairs to more than 3,000 giving partners in the US. Learn more about the initiative here. Amour Vert Amour Vert Shop gifts from Amour VertThis sustainable fashion brand joins hands with the nonprofit organization American Forests to plant a tree for every tee purchase. Since its inception, Amour Vert has planted 351,466 trees in North America.Learn more about the initiative here. AUrate AUrate/Instagram Shop gifts from AUrateFine jewelry startup AUrate finds beauty in honestly priced, ethically sourced gold jewelry — as well as the power of reading. Every year, it donates thousands of books to students in need in the US. Learn more about the initiative here. Cotopaxi Cotopaxi is a B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation. Cotopaxi/Instagram Shop gifts from CotopaxiFor colorful outdoor and travel gear they'll be proud to carry, shop at Cotopaxi, the B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation. So far, it has awarded 42 grants in six countries. Learn more about the initiative here. Cuyana Cuyana/Instagram Shop gifts from CuyanaIn line with its "Fewer, Better" philosophy, Cuyana encourages shoppers to clean out their closets by providing shipping labels to thredUP. Send in a box of high-quality apparel they no longer need, and they'll receive a credit to shop at Cuyana. When that credit is spent, Cuyana donates 5% of the profit to H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma). Learn more about the initiative here. ThirdLove ThirdLove/Instagram Shop gifts from ThirdLoveThirdLove partners with Good360, I Support the Girls, and more organizations to donate its comfortable bras to women in need. It has donated more than $40 million of bras to date, and in the past, it has also donated a bra to a California wildfire victim for every bra purchased. Learn more about the initiative here. Conscious Step Conscious Step Shop gifts from Conscious StepEvery Conscious Step purchase makes a large impact on the world and the environment. With a cause of your choice, each sustainably sourced pair of socks supports 17 different organizations or communities that the comapny serves. Whether its the fight for equality or protection for dogs, these soft and comfy socks help to create a better world.Learn more about the initiative here. Skylar Skylar/Instagram Shop gifts from SkylarSkylar is a natural, eco-friendly fragrance company that makes candles and perfume perfect for gifting. It donates a portion of proceeds and time to Step Up, a nonprofit dedicated to mentorship for girls. Learn more about the initiative here. Thrive Market Thrive Market/Facebook Shop gift memberships from Thrive MarketThrive Market, a place to shop natural and organic products for less, offers a one-for-one membership program. That means that every paid membership gives a free one to someone in need, like a low-income family, student, teacher, veteran, or first responder. Learn more about the initiative here. Parachute Parachute Shop gifts from ParachuteFor every Venice percale bedding set sold at Parachute, it donates one malaria-prevention bed net in partnership with the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign. Learn more about the initiative here. Allbirds Allbirds/Instagram Shop gifts from AllbirdsLightly used shoes from this popular startup known for its use of unique materials are sent to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that donates shoes to people who have been affected by disasters. Learn more about the initiative here. Alltrue Alltrue/Instagram Gift a subscription from AlltrueAlltrue (formerly Causebox) stands out among the bevy of beauty and accessories subscription boxes by only featuring socially conscious products and companies that give back. Its main areas of impact are women's empowerment, supporting disadvantaged producers, education and skill development, and poverty alleviation. The company itself also helps various charity partners raise funds and awareness. Learn more about the initiative here. Wildfang Wildfang Shop gifts from WildfangWildfang, a female-founded and women-run clothing and accessories brand, donates a percentage of profits from full-price goods to a rotating monthly charity. Charities have included Planned Parenthood, Black Girls Code, and Girls Inc.Learn more about the initiative here. JUDY Connie Chen/Business Insider Shop gifts from JUDYJudy's bright and expert-informed emergency preparedness kits empower you to get your safety plan in place. It just launched earlier in 2020 but plans on donating 1% of sales annually to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides essential equipment and training to supplement city resources. Learn more about the initiative here. Love With Food by SnackNation Love With Food/Instagram Gift a subscription from Love With Food by SnackNationBetter-for-you snack subscription service Love With Food by SnackNation nourishes both stomach and soul by donating at least one meal to a family in need — through Feeding America — for every snack box purchased. Thanks to its subscribers' healthy appetites for organic and all-natural snacks, it has donated over 1 million meals. Learn more about the initiative here. Warby Parker Warby Parker/Instagram Shop gifts from Warby ParkerIf this were like any other year, Warby Parker would distribute a pair of glasses for every pair sold in two different ways. The first helps train adults to administer basic eye exams and sell glasses for affordable prices, while the second gives vision care and glasses to students in need. Its partners include VisionSpring, the Department of Education in New York, and the Department of Health in Baltimore. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Warby Parker is only distributing glasses where where it can safely. In the meantime, it's providing PPE and preventative health supplies to healthcare workers and communities in need for a portion of glasses purchased.Learn more about the initiative here. KitNipBox KitNipBox Gift a subscription from KitNipBoxEach month, this cat toy and treat subscription service donates a portion of proceeds and products to shelters, rescues, and other feline welfare causes. It supports more than 100 animal welfare organizations. Learn more about the initiative here. BarkBox Barkbox/Instagram Gift a subscription from BarkBoxBarkBox has thousands of rescue and shelter partners that benefit from each subscription purchased. Be on the lookout for custom codes from your favorite organization. When you use the code, BarkBox donates $25 to that rescue or shelter. Learn more about the initiative here. Natori Natori/Instagram Shop gifts from NatoriNatori's giving program is unique in that it's customizable and gives you the power to support a cause you care about. When you add one of its bras or lounge products to your cart, you can choose the nonprofit org that will receive 1% of your purchase. There's a whole directory of organizations but some featured ones include The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Equal Justice Initiative. Learn more about the initiative here. United by Blue United by Blue/Instagram Shop gifts from United By BlueThe conservation-minded outdoor brand pledges to remove one pound of trash from the planet's oceans and waterways for every product sold. It has removed more than 3.5 million pounds of trash through organized cleanups, while also using more responsible materials like recycled polyester in its products. Learn more about the initiative here. Ethique Ethique/Instagram Shop gifts from EthiqueGone are the days of wasteful plastic haircare and skincare bottles. Ethique packs the essential ingredients into a concentrated bar that's equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo, then donates 20% of profits to conservation, animal welfare, and environmental groups and "adopts" animals to pay for their care. It has worked with over 170 organizations worldwide and has ongoing partnerships with Rainforest Trust and HUHA, among others. Learn more about the initiative here. Avocado Mattress Avocado Mattress/Instagram Shop gifts from Avocado MattressThese eco-friendly mattresses are made from materials like natural latex harvested from sustainable tree-tapped sources and organic cotton. The company donates 1% of revenue to environmental nonprofits like Plastic Oceans International and Big Green. Learn more about the initiative here. Tatcha Tatcha/Instagram Shop gifts from TatchaEvery purchase from this Japanese beauty-inspired brand helps fund girls' education. Tatcha's Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Future program with nonprofit Room to Read has funded more than 4.6 million days of school for girls in Asia and Africa.Learn more about the initiative here. Patagonia Patagonia/Instagram Shop gifts from PatagoniaSince 1985, Patagonia has donated $89 million to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups. It also donates to nonprofits through its Employee Charity Match program, invests in socially and environmentally minded companies through its own venture capital fund, and donates new and used clothing. Learn more about the initiative here. Yoobi Yoobi/Instagram Shop gifts from YoobiYoobi partners with the Kids In Need Foundation to donate a school supply to a classroom every time you buy one of its products. We're fans of its sturdy notebooks and weekly calendar planner pads. So far, it's donated supplies to more than 4 million students.  Learn more about the initiative here. Sand Cloud Sand Cloud/Instagram Shop gifts from Sand CloudAnyone who loves spending time at the beach should be more invested in protecting marine life. Sand Cloud, which makes Turkish cotton beach towels, donates 10% of profits to organizations that protect and preserve beaches and oceans. Learn more about the initiative here. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 5th, 2021

33 personalized gifts that are unique and memorable, from a birthstone ring to a portrait made from cheese

From monogrammed aprons to vinyl subscriptions, these 33 personalized gifts are especially thoughtful and something they're unlikely to own already. Grafomap When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Personalized gifts are a special way to show someone you're thinking of them. Your giftee will treasure a custom gift like a monogrammed passport cover or portrait of their pet. Now is a good time to start thinking of one-of-a-kind gifts, since processing times can be long. Ideally, every gift you give should feel as though you selected it just for your recipient. If you're looking to go the extra mile, gifting a personalized gift can make your selection feel even more special. These customized gifts can reference their interests, allow them to try something new, or serve as a reminder of a past event. Below are over 30 personalized gifts that include a monogrammed card holder, personalized wine and tea subscriptions, and even a made-to-measure suit. Each of these gifts offers giftees a unique item that they surely haven't received before.Due to the custom nature of these gifts, they will likely take a while to arrive. Be sure to take a look at processing and shipping times if you're shopping close to the holidays. If you're looking for more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides here.Here are 33 personalized gifts that feel special and unique: A monogrammed passport cover Mark and Graham Fillmore Vegan Leather Passport Case, available at Mark and Graham, $39 (add monogrammed initials for $12.50)For the giftee that loves to travel, treat them to a custom vegan leather passport cover for wherever their travels take them. A custom portrait made of cheese Whisps Custom Cheese Head, available at Whisps, $200Surprise your gift recipient with a portrait of them made out of cheese. They're not only wildly creative but delicious as well. A pushpin world map with customizable names Uncommon Goods Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map, available at Uncommon Goods, $155A gift for newlyweds or those with anniversaries coming up, this personalized world map is a sentimental and thoughtful gift for them to use whenever they travel together. Read our guide to the best anniversary gifts or best sentimental gifts for more inspiration.  A special book for parents and kids Uncommon Goods Personalized Goodnight Little Me Book, available at Uncommon Goods, $40A sweet gift for both parents and children, this picture book will be a great new addition to their bedtime routine. You can customize the name on the cover and throughout the book for a special nightly read. Take a look at our guide to the best personalized gifts for kids for more gift ideas.  A glassware set that's uniquely theirs Mark and Graham Decanter and Glass Set, available at Mark and Graham, $99 (free monogramming)For the spirit connoisseur, this decanter and glass set from Mark and Graham comes with free monogramming for a personal touch to this useful gift. A mug they'll always recognize in a crowd Yeti Rambler Mug, available at Yeti, $29.99 (monogramming available from $5)The Rambler Mug from Yeti comes in 10 colors and can be customized with words, initials, images, or a design of your choice. It's perfect for on-the-go trips or spending time outdoors. A pizza-making kit with their last name on it Bed Bath and Beyond Family Pizzeria 3-Piece Gift Set, available at Bed Bath and Beyond, $43.99A pizza-making kit is a sweet gift for couples or families that love to cook together. The three-piece set comes with a monogrammable pizza board, a rocker, and a crisper for delicious results. A nostalgic bracelet BaubleBar Custom Multi Disc Pisa Bracelet, available at BaubleBar, $40This custom beaded bracelet can spell out a name or phrase in a rainbow of colors. You can stack it with other bracelets for a stylish '90s look. A ceramic bowl with their pet's name on it Megan Louise Ceramics/Etsy Custom Pet Bowl, available at Etsy, from $30.16Some people prefer to spoil their pets instead of themselves. A custom bowl with the name of their favorite animal on it is a gift they'll love.  A lovely birthstone ring Pandora Pandora Birthstone Ring, available at Pandora, $50This personalized ring is an intimate gift that signifies that you remember their ring size and birthday (even if you can't remember the exact date). A stylish monogrammed notebook Papier Colourblock Notebook, available at Papier, $26.99If they're a writer, list maker, or note-taker, they're sure to appreciate this personalized notebook from Papier. Choose from eight different color block patterns and lined, plain, or dotted paper to make this gift feel even more personal. A custom star map Etsy Custom Night Sky Star Map, available at Etsy, from $35Celebrate a special event or time by gifting them a snapshot of that night's sky. Each map can be customized by color, text and font styles, and map shape. The seller will work with you to create a vibrant map that perfectly captures any moment. A curated wine subscription based on their preferences Winc Winc Gift Card, available at Winc, from $60If they're new to the world of wine, gifting them a Winc subscription will help them choose their favorite styles by testing several wines each month. Winc is one of our favorite wine delivery options due to its extensive selection and interactive wine quiz that each subscriber takes before receiving wines to try. A handcrafted recipe board UncommonGoods Personalized Family Recipe Board, available at UncommonGoods, $100Help them save precious family recipes with this wood recipe board that's available in maple or cherry wood finishes. Simply send over a scan of their favorite recipe, and it will be transferred onto the board in the writer's handwriting. A candle to express your gratitude Homesick Thanks Candle, available at Homesick, from $34 [add a handwritten card note and printed candle note for $5 to $15]This candle is a great way to thank someone in a more personal way. Scented with lemon, cucumber, and patchouli, this candle adds a refreshing scent into any space. For an additional cost, you can add a personal message to the candle's packaging or on the candle itself.  A portrait of their furry (or scaly) best friend CanvasPop Pet Portrait, available at CanvasPop, from $89If their pet is more like family, this fun portrait of their favorite furry or scaly best friend is sure to make their day. Choose from three art styles and canvas sizes and several background colors to make this gift even more unique. A desktop photo calendar Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $35This walnut photo calendar makes a beautiful desktop display. The personalized selection of photos makes an ordinary calendar feel more special, though choosing only 12 of your favorite photos could prove to be difficult. A set of coasters with their favorite memories Uncommon Goods Custom Travel Photo Coasters, available at Uncommon Goods, from $65Gift them these coasters so they can relive their favorite travel stories every time they use them. Add location captions to each coaster for an additional cost.   A monogrammed leather cardholder Cuyana Zip Cardholder, available at Cuyana, $75 [add a monogram for $15]This stylish wallet will give your recipient a luxury experience at a relatively affordable price. The sleek wallet offers a surprising amount of storage and can comfortably fit five cards, cash, and coins. It comes in seven shades and can be monogrammed for $15 to add personalization. An apron loved by professional chefs Hedley & Bennett The Essential Apron, available at Hedley & Bennett, from $85 [add embroidery for $15]A sturdy, comfortable, and stylish apron becomes even more stylish and personal with the addition of embroidery on the apron chest or waist strap. You can choose from script or block font in a variety of colors. While we love the classic styles, now might also be a good time to take advantage of their limited-edition aprons.  A made-to-measure suit Indochino Gift Card, available at Indochino, from $50Nothing feels quite as bespoke as a custom-made suit. The startup Indochino makes that gift a bit more achievable and a lot less expensive.  A thoughtful map of their favorite place on earth Grafomap/Instagram Customized Poster, available at Grafomap, from $49Grafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world. You can make one of their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination — you're only limited by your imagination. A gold letter charm from an ethical jewelry startup AUrate Mini Gold Letter Charm Pendant, available at AUrate, $250AUrate makes beautiful, personalized letter charms that are meant to represent a no-compromise mix of quality, price, and ethical practices. They use luxury materials like 14-karat gold, original designs, transparent pricing, and sustainable production. In partnership with Mastery Charter, the startup has also given thousands of books to NYC students and schools.  A leather toiletry case they can take with them for years to come Leatherology Double Zip Toiletry Bag, available at Leatherology, $120 [add a monogram for $10 and up]This luxe Double Zip bag is one accessory I never travel without. The dual compartments keep all essentials close, and the leather ages into something soft and personal over time. If you're looking for wallets, travel gift sets, or duffels instead, you can find pretty much any leather good at a good price and superior quality here — most available for monogramming. New vinyl records that match their musical taste VNYL Three-Month VNYL Gift Membership Subscription, available at VNYL, $69.99 (originally $120)VNYL's team of curators studies your music profile — assembled via a quiz and connected Spotify, Soundcloud, Instagram, etc. — to hand-pick new albums that they think you'll love. Then they send you a tailored pick to your door. If your giftee is a music-lover and has a record player, this is a cool subscription that will help them discover even more music to love.  Customizable Nikes Nike Customizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $110Nike makes great products, and they're popular for a reason. But it's nice to get the benefits of the design team without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nike's for them or gift them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own.  Tumblers personalized for family members' hobbies Uncommon Goods Personalized Hobby Tumblers, available at Uncommon Goods, from $32These fun tumblers celebrate each family member's unique passions, letting them feel appreciated by you. They'll also enjoy seeing themselves in fun illustrations.  An engraved shave set Harry's Winston Set, available at Harry's, from $25 [add engraving for $15]If they take pride in having nice tools or taking the necessary grooming routine as time for themselves, they'll appreciate Harry's luxe gift set. It can be engraved for $15, and the special Winston handle is weighty, die-cast zinc with a polished chrome finish. The German-engineered blades come with a travel cover so they don't dull during travel, and the Foaming Shave Gel works up to a rich lather.  A coffee subscription that caters to their likes and dislikes Driftaway Facebook Three-Month Coffee Subscription, available at Driftaway, from $56Driftaway is a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it — remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your palette. The first shipment is a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which users rate online or in the app for the site to use as a flavor baseline. If they love coffee, this is a great way to ensure they'll discover new favorites and enjoy each morning cup. A subscription that lets them try tea from all over the world Sips by Personalized Tea Gift Card (3-month Subscription), available at Sips by, $48If they're more of a tea person, there's a personalized service for them, too. Sips by takes their tastes and matches them to four tea brands (chosen from more than 150 tea brands around the world) each month. There's enough tea to make more than 45 cups of tea (if they re-steep) — the perfect amount to keep them warm and cozy through the winter.  Bath towels embroidered with a monogram or full word Weezie/Instagram Piped Edge Starter Pack, available at Weezie, $230 [add embroidery for $15 per towel]Weezie's soft and fluffy organic cotton towels are already gift-worthy on their own. To make them even more covetable, add embroidery. You can go with the classic monogram in a variety of eye-catching styles or spell out a full name in a cursive script. There are a few unique embroidery colors, like bright pink and mint.  A zodiac necklace that mixes luxury with personalization Mejuri Capricorn Necklace, available at Mejuri, $90Mejuri's popular zodiac necklaces are a great way to gift jewelry that manages to feel both luxurious and intimate — something that can be lacking in refined gifts. The Canadian startup as a whole is a unique mix of approachability and elegance, which may be why they're known for waitlists that top out at 40,000 people.  Shampoo and conditioner designed for their specific hair needs Function of Beauty Gift Card, available at Function of Beauty, from $50To get their personalized hair care, they'll start with a quiz that asks them about their hair concerns and needs. The final formulation addresses those needs and is also free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and GMOs. Plus, the bottle labels will feature their name.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 27th, 2021

51 unique and genuinely useful gifts that teens will actually love

The best gifts for teens are ones they'll actually want to use, like tech gadgets, beauty products, and cool accessories. Here are 51 unique gifts. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. One of the best gifts for teens is a portable, waterproof speaker they can bring with them on trips with friends. Amazon It's never easy to shop for a teenager, especially if their tastes change frequently. We rounded up 51 gifts to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory. Browse all of Insider Reviews' gift guides for more great gift ideas. Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder: They can be picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it's a thoughtful gift to show them you see them.To make the gift search easier, we curated 53 gifts ranging from a card game to a smartwatch to a quick-drying hair towel at various price points to ensure as many options as possible.If you are still unsure of what to get (and you can't ask them directly) try consulting their friends. Either way, a smart general rule of thumb is to make sure your gift is returnable. The 51 best gifts for teens: Disposable cameras to help them stay in the moment Amazon Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, available at Amazon, $67.95Funsaver One Time Use Film Camera (2-pack), available at Amazon, $47.95Disposable cameras are popular right now, partly because of the nostalgic aesthetic of a polaroid and partly because of their simplicity. Spending so much time immersed in technology — and combatting the temptation to retake and edit photos in real-time — keep us from staying present.Disposable film cameras or polaroids help preserve memories without adding to their screen time. Plus, they give them cute photos to decorate their room with! Glossier's fan-favorite products Glossier Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew Pack, available at Glossier, $42No-makeup makeup is in right now and, if your teen is into beauty products, they may appreciate a gift from Glossier, which is the "natural and glowy" brand Olivia Rodrigo says she wears in her Vogue beauty diary.We'd recommend a gift card or a pack like the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew pack, which covers three of its fan-favorite products. A great book Amazon "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.14Books are an incredible gift if your teen is a reader. It can translate into hours of enjoyment at a minimum and, at its best, a favorite story that follows them well into adulthood.Plus, if you've read the book, it can also mean great conversations about it or movie adaptations to watch together. It's also a gift where money doesn't really matter; you can find a great read for $20 and spending more won't make much difference.Some book suggestions:"All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20s The extremely popular Nintendo Switch Nintendo Nintendo Switch, available at Best Buy, $299.99The Nintendo Switch is likely to be one of those big-ticket gifts that'll get you an extremely excited reaction upon opening. They can play it at home, on the go, and with friends from a huge library of games. An eco-conscious tie-dye beanie Free The Earth Feel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Parks Project, from $40These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US).Ribbed beanies are big right now, à la the popular Carhartt beanie. If they've got that staple covered, the Parks Project also has tube socks.  A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for outdoor trips Amazon Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, available at Amazon, $94.99This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.  A plush toy that they can heat up Urban Outfitters Smoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie, available at Urban Outfitters, $18Whenever they need some cozy comfort, they can heat up this cute animal-shaped heating pad for a snuggle. A bedside smartphone vase Uncommon Goods Bedside Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32Since teenagers can't be without their phones, this bedside smartphone gives their hands a rest. It's easily accessible while the floral component helps brighten up their rooms.  A portable phone charger Amazon Elecjet Powerpie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $49.99This handheld charger can charge up your teen's smartphone or various devices like an iPad or small laptop so they can stay in touch, turn their paper in on time, or just never have to stress about 5% battery life. Sheet masks to go with a Netflix marathon Amazon TONYMOLY I'm Real Sheet Masks, available at Amazon, $26There are few things my 15-year-old sister loves more than oversized hoodies, Boba, and an endless supply of sheet masks. Grab a pack, throw them on, and make a night out of it with your teen's favorite candy and TV show. A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPods Apple Apple AirPods Pro with Charging Case, available at Walmart, $197If 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 Boba-shaped AirPods Pro case Urban Outfitters Smoko Boba Tea AirPods Pro Case, available at Urban Outfitters, $18As I mentioned, part of my 15-year-old sister's ideal trifecta is Boba. You can pick up a cute, fun case no matter what their interest is — Baby Yoda, gaming, Boba, or whatever else.  A Bluetooth water bottle speaker Grommet Bluetooth Water Bottle Speakers, available at Grommet, $39.95This Bluetooth water bottle speaker offers a boost of hydration and fun for everyone. The water-resistant speaker resides at the top, ensuring greater sound quality that lasts 6-10 hours. It's the perfect accessory for them to bring to every hang-out session.  A slim leather wallet Amazon Bellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Amazon and Bellroy, from $65This thin wallet is a subtle nudge toward minimalism, something many teens appreciate. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet offers room for up to eight cards and a pocket to stash cash. It comes in a variety of colors and features environmentally certified leather. An eco-friendly phone case Pela Pela Phone Case, available at Amazon and Pela, from $19.95Pela offers a wide variety of biodegradable cases for iPhone and Android, all made from plant-based polymers. Pela cases are rugged enough to offer drop protection, and if a phone has both a Pela case and screen protector but still cracks, Pela will cover the bill to get it fixed. A comfortable and sustainable Patagonia pullover they'll wear all the time Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119Patagonia Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, from $58.99A Patagonia sweater is a particularly good gift for teens who are interested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993 and continues to do so today.Its Snap-T pullover is the unofficial uniform of the cozy adventurer. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely on heavily during colder weather.Not sold on the Patagonia option? They may also appreciate the Acadia Recycled Polar Trail Fleece from the environmentally-conscious Parks Project. A gift card for stylish new glasses Warby Parker Gift Card, available at Warby Parker, from $50Teens are a notoriously picky bunch, so you can never go wrong with a gift card. If they're in the market for new glasses or sunglasses, we recommend Warby Parker because of its versatility, size flexibility, and free at-home try-on program.  An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, and more Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen), available at Best Buy, $34.99The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news) without any of the bulk.  A smartphone-sized travel photo printer Target HP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer, available at Amazon and B&H Photo, from $76.78This tiny, compact device prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film with Zero Ink technology. It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and multiple devices can connect at once (personalized LED lights indicate who's currently printing).  String lights with clips for photos Amazon/Business Insider Photo Clip LED String Lights, available at Target, $10Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, the photo clip string lights combine warm light and Polaroids (or other memorabilia).  A trendy Champion sweatshirt Urban Outfitters  Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, available at Urban Outfitters, $54Like Fila, Champion is a brand that's had a resurgence as of late. If you want to get them something they'll end up wearing all the time, this is a good candidate.  Comfortable headphones with a long battery life and good sound Beats by Dre Beats by Dre Wireless Solo3 Headphones, available at B&H Photo, from $179They can use these at the gym, for studying, and for zoning out during family road trips. This pair has great sound, cushioned ear cups, and 40 hours of battery life so they have one less thing to think about. And if they do let the battery run out, a five-minute charge is the equivalent to three hours of listening time. A new video game "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD" / Nintendo "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD", available at Amazon, from $49.94If they're really into video games, all other gifts may pale in comparison to a really good new one. Check out "Hades," "NBA 2K22," and "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD." A vinyl record membership Vinyl Me, Please Gift Membership, 3 months, available at Vinyl Me, Please, $119There's no greater joy than adding to a record collection or playing a new album for the first time. Your recipient gets to choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. They'll also get one bonus record as part of the three-month gift membership.  A gentle facial cleansing device that removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup FOREO Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at Foreo, $199Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at Foreo, $199FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 3 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.This newest generation also offers an array of massages to tighten the skin for a youthful look. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a female reporter and a male reporter here. Comfortable lounge pants that look put-together MeUndies The 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 or heading to the dining hall when they get to college (yep, they'll last that long) while still looking sleek. A subscription to a famous book club that sends them great hardcovers each month Book of the Month/Instagram 3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your teen is a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially cool gift. It's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple).If you gift them a subscription, they'll receive a hardcover book delivered once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If they're really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here). An Apple Watch that combines their smartphone with a fitness tracker Amazon Apple Watch SE GPS, 40mm, available at Best Buy, from $279If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone, they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media. A cute iPhone case Society6 Coffee Reading iPhone Case, available at Society6, $35.99This fun iPhone case is funny and unique, and most of their friends probably won't have the exact same one.  Reusable straws Amazon Hiware Reusable Silicone Straws (10-pack), available at Amazon, $6.99Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well.  A set of velvet retro-inspired scrunchies Amazon/Business Insider Hair Scrunchie Variety Pack, available at Target, $6.99Another trendy gift is as many scrunchies as you can carry. This pack comes with 12 options in enough colors to work with virtually any outfit or mood.  A multicolor mini cinema light box Urban Outfitters Multicolor Cinema Light Box, available at Uncommon Goods, from $20These trendy lightboxes are inspired by cinema marquees, and they come with 100 letters and symbols for personal messages. This one also has color-changing LED lights for further customization. Fun and useful PopSockets for the back of their phone Amazon/Business Insider PopGrips, available at PopSockets and Amazon, from $10PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon in recent years, and they're surprisingly useful. Get your teen one for their own phone or tablet, and depending on their age, you may find it's the gift they're most excited about. It doesn't hurt that there's free domestic shipping on orders over $20, or that you can actually design your own. A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screen Amazon All-New Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $79.99Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest, lightest version. It also has double the storage, a built-in light that adjusts to accommodate reading indoors or outdoors, and is waterproof for reading anywhere, including the beach or bath. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks rather than hours. Cool backpacks from a popular startup with a charitable mission STATE Bags/Facebook State bags and accessories, from $16.80State bags are increasingly popular thanks to their versatile, laid-back aesthetic and characteristically bright nylon colorways. They're also known as #GiveBackPack(s), because for every State bag purchased, State hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company's best sellers. A three-month subscription of beauty products BirchBox 3-Month Subscription, available at BirchBox, $45Teens are usually among the most interested in the latest and greatest beauty or grooming products — but may lack the funds to try all the full-sized versions. 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 an ongoing gift.) Personalized Nikes Nike Customizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $120Nike makes great stuff, but it's nice to get the benefits of a great shoe without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nikes for them, or give them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own. A great Alexa-enabled speaker they can control by voice Sonos Sonos One Smart Speaker, available at Sonos, from $219The new Sonos One smart speaker fills any room with clear, rich sound, and they can use Alexa to play and control their music without ever lifting a finger. Find a full review here. A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50% Aquis/Business Insider Aquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Amazon and Sephora, from $17.99Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. If they've ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use.  A Disney+ subscription for access to classic movies and more Disney Plus Disney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/yearDisney Plus is the new Disney-centric streaming service. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can gift a whole year of access for $80, which is something their entire family can benefit from.If you'd rather test Disney Plus out before buying, you can sign up for a free weeklong trial. A suitcase with an ejectable battery that can charge their devices on the go Away The Carry-On, available at Away, from $225Travel startup Away makes a great carry-on thanks to an ejectable battery that can charge devices seamlessly on the go, 360-degree wheels, and a lightweight build that travels easily. In other words, it takes a lot of the angst out of travel and may make family trips far more enjoyable and stress-free. A color-changing alarm clock that also charges their phone The Home Depot/Business Insider La Crosse Technology Color Mood Light Alarm Clock with Nature Sounds, available at Amazon and The Home Depot, $26.46This color-changing alarm clock radio will charge their devices and play soothing nature sounds at the same time. They can also use the aux-in port to play music from their phone. Durable sunglasses that look good, too Amazon Smith Optics Lowdown2, available at Backcountry, $129Who better to make a pair of durable, performance-based sunglasses than the company known for innovating the ski goggle? The Lowdown2 features bio-based materials for the frame, ChromaPop lens technology which creates high contrast and vibrant colors, and an anti-reflective smudge-resistant coating.Plus, the brand offers peace of mind with free shipping, 30-day returns, and a lifetime warranty. Comfortable, high-quality sheets that come in lots of colors and patterns Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen and Amazon, from $240We think Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds. It's perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or the rare occasion sleeping in is encouraged.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 15 colors and patterns that range from classic to fun, and you can mix and match them to suit their preferences. Grab a gift card (delivered digitally) if you want to give them more freedom. Fidget balls Speks Speks 2.5mm magnet balls, available at Speks, $29.95Made from rare earth magnets, these tiny balls can be molded into an infinite number of shapes and designs. The size of Speks balls makes them ideal for teens to keep with them for those unpredictable moments of nervousness that fill those teenage years. A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distance Amazon/Business Insider TP-Link KIT WiFi Smart Plug, 2-Pack, available at Best Buy, $9.99Whether they're wondering if they turned off their hot iron or just don't want to get up to turn off the TV, a smart plug lets them control devices from a distance. You can connect to them using any smart device. A Time-Turner clock that actually spins Harry Potter Harry Potter Time-Turner Clock, available at Pottery Barn, $69It may not be able to take them back in time or help them be in two places at once, but this Time-Turner clock will help them stay on top of their schedule. It even has a functional hourglass on the back so they can time their study breaks.  A toothbrush with a timer Amazon Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush, available at Amazon, $39.97Rigorous dental hygiene isn't usually on the top of the list of things teens care about, which is all the more reason a rechargeable toothbrush with a timer is a fantastic gift. This rechargeable brush breaks up 300% more plaque on the gum line than traditional brushing and lets them know when two minutes have passed. Compact hand sanitizer spray Touchland Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9It's in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented.The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin.  A lottery card that donates to charities LottoLove/Business Insider LottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5When you gift this lottery card, you're actually giving the gift of charity. When you "win big," you're winning a charitable prize that gets donated to nonprofits in one of four categories: Clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its partners have impacted lives in over 70 countries. Gift cards for concert tickets, food, and clothes Chipotle You can't go wrong with money for their favorite things, especially for teens who are often relying upon part-time jobs to fund their frequent Chipotle meals and concert trips with friends. Check out more gift card ideas here.Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift CardCoffee and food: Starbucks Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardEntertainment and live events: Netflix Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / StubHub 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 Card Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 27th, 2021

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

8 vegan and alt-meat food trends you won"t be able to escape this year

As more people seek out vegan foods, more are becoming available. This year will be no different, from "animal-free dairy" to plant-based fine dining. Food items from Chef Matthew Kenney's Liora restaurant.Courtesy of Liora As more people seek out vegan foods and alt-meat products, more are becoming available. This year will be no different, as vegan options become easier to find and food tech ushers in novel proteins. These are the trends to watch in 2022, from "animal-free dairy" to plant-based fine dining. We're in the midst of a food evolution — and a food revolution — as more people seek out plant-based foods and products. As vegan and related novel alternatives get better in taste, become more affordable, and have greater availability, a future of food that doesn't rely on animals and environmentally-destructive factory farming seems more attainable each year. And 2022 may be the greatest year yet to prove this to be true. There is a coalescence of factors contributing to the plant-based boom. Emerging food tech startups backed my powerhouse investors. An evolving dining scene that puts more plants — and less meat — on the menu. The availability of meat doppelgangers made to satisfy those who don't want to give up foods they know and love. These are to name a few. Read on to uncover some of the biggest plant-based and related food-tech trends you will see this year. 'Animal-free dairy' in more products"Animal-free dairy" sounds like an oxymoron. But food tech startup Perfect Day and its growing list of brands and brand partners might just be on the verge of ushering in an animal-free-dairy renaissance. Perfect Day's patented animal-free dairy proteins use a fermentation process rather than the traditional animal-required way, which is extracting from bovine milk. In 2020, Smitten Ice Cream became the first company to use animal-free dairy from Perfect Day in a commercial product. Subsequently, Perfect Day's own brand, Brave Robot, followed shortly after with pints sold at grocery stores and on its website. There's more to come, too. Wellness brand Natreve recently announced the launch of its animal-free whey protein powder, which says it will come to market in 2022. Another brand called Modern Kitchen launched its animal-free cream cheese spread in September 2021 and has started to sell it online.Brave Robot animal-free dairy ice cream, which uses Perfect Day animal-free dairy proteins.Brave RobotBut don't call these animal-free dairy products "plant-based" — they're not, since the animal-free dairy proteins are identical to those found in cow's milk. And while the proteins are vegan, it should be cautioned that those with a milk allergy should avoid them, according to Perfect Day. (They say those with lactose sensitivity or intolerance would be OK to consume.)Be on the lookout for Perfect Day continuing to launch its own consumer products through an arm called The Urgent Company, and for other brands to license the next-gen dairy ingredient. We may start to see some of these companies from partnerships with restaurants in 2022. Mycoprotiens increasingly used for alternative meats"Mycoptotien" sounds like a hyper food-techy thing, but its foundations are based on an organism more than a billion years old: fungi. Mycoprotiens are formed when fungi is placed in a fermentation tank — similar to tanks used to ferment beer — and fermented with glucose and other nutrients. The outcome is a doughy protein substance with a fibrous meat-like texture, which can be used as a key ingredient to create meat substitutes. Quorn, a popular brand of vegan and vegetarian foods, has long used mycoproteins in its products, like its vegetarian "chicken" nuggets. The Vegetarian Butcher, a plant-based meat alternative brand which was acquired by Unilever in 2018, is also using mycoproteins. With their rich nutritional profile, relatively inexpensive production, and a low environmental impact compared to animal-meat production, expect to see more plant-based brands opting to use mycoproteins for their alt-meats. We may also see mainstream consumer-packaged-goods juggernauts get into the mycoprotein game, either by snatching up plant-based mycoprotein startups or launching their own mycoprotein-based alt-meat brands. Mycoprotiens are considered vegan and plant-based. Cultivated meat actually coming to our plates Cultivated meat (also called cell-based meat, cell-cultured meat and a variety of other names) was once a moonshot idea for scientists trying to make meat without the animal. But in the last few years, cultivated meat producers have made strides to prove viability. With the impending FDA and USDA approval of cultivated meat, which some industry experts think could happen as soon as mid-year 2022, we'll begin to see these novel proteins in the form of fish, steak, chicken, and more start to be served.Eat Just's Good Meat cultivated chicken from Madame Fan in Singapore.Eat JustBrands will start to partner with select food-service outfits and chefs they trust with preparations of their cell-based meat. For example: Just Foods and its Good Meat cell-based meat brand — which is currently selling its cultivated chicken in Singapore — recently announced chef José Andrés has committed to selling Good Meat cultivated chicken at one of his US restaurants once regulatory approval is reached. Note that you won't see cultivated meat being labeled or called vegan or plant-based — it's neither, technically, since there's currently some animal involvement along the way, and the basis of the meat is made from animal cells, not plants.Restaurants pivoting to more veg-centric menus While we might not see restaurants doing drastic pivots to all plant-based menus, expect restaurants and chefs de-emphasizing meat — as well as adding and labeling vegan options on the menu. You'll also see more restaurants leading with these offerings and using it in marketing making it clear to consumers that they offer an inclusive dining experience, and that they're eager to use plant offerings as a competitive advantage against laggers.Plant-based fine diningWhat kind of food do you think of when you hear "fine dining"? An expertly cooked Kobe steak? A perfectly seared Bluefin Tuna? A Sweet Potato Gnocchi dish at Liora, a Chef Matthew Kenney restaurant in Baltimore.LioraIn 2022, chefs will increasingly redefine what luxury dining means with plants, not meat, at the center of the plate. While we've started to see highly regarded chefs go all-in on plant-based fine-dining — Alexis Gauthier's Gauthier Soho with fine dining French gastronomy, Daniel Humm's Eleven Madison Park, and Matthew Kenney, the unofficial father of vegan fine-dining with his empire of plant-based restaurants — expect to see more fine dining establishments make a pivot to de-emphasize meat, and offer thoughtful plant-based dishes that use creative house-made proteins.School cafeterias getting more healthful plant-food optionsPressure has been mounting for schools to add healthier food options in the cafeteria for kids—and specifically more plant-based options for both human and planetary health. The dependence of school lunches on animal products dates back to the 1980s, when a surplus of dairy and cattle formed the basis of the school menus we see today. Private businesses are heavily entrenched with the government's National School Lunch Program, making it challenging to displace legacy meat and dairy food options.But 2022 could be a historic year for school lunch reform. There is currently a bill in Congress that would provide a grant to school districts to add more plant-based options. We'll also see new programs and offerings driven both by nonprofits and private plant-based businesses. Dedicated vegan markets—both brick and mortar, and e-commerceWalk into any market and you'll surely find a small section carved out for vegan foods. An all-vegan shopping experience at a grocery store or local market, though, has been harder to come by — but that's changing. A host of all plant-based e-commerce stores have been popping up over the last several years, and in 2022, the brick-and-mortar experience for all plant-based neighborhood bodegas is not to be ignored. XMarket's plant-based store in the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego.XMarketPlantX, the e-commerce vegan foods and goods company, has started to slowly expand its in-person neighborhood markets, dubbed XMarket. Its largest store opened in November 2021 in San Diego, California, and the company already has several other locales in North America either open, or announced to be opening soon. Another, PLNT PWRD MRKT, which is focused on plant-based snacks and goods, recently opened in Montecito, California, making it the first-ever all vegan market on the California central coast. Expect to see more dedicated plant-based stores with a focus on vegan brand curation and in-store community experiences. Celebrity investment in vegan brands and alt-proteinsWhere celebrities and their investment firms put their dollars not only make headlines, but they're also signals to the market. The last few years have given rise to celebrities infusing investment dollars into plant-based and future food brands whose values align with their own — and where they see market opportunity. Leonardo DiCaprio is betting big on cultivated meat, with investments in 2021 in both Aleph Farms and Mosa Meat. He's also previously invested in Beyond Meat and plant-milk brand Califia Farms. Sean "Jay-Z" Carter was an early investor in allergen-safe vegan cookies Partake Foods, Impossible Foods, Simulate plant-based chicken nuggets, and Oatly. Drake invested in Daring Foods, a plant-based chicken company. Travis Barker invested in esteemed LA-vegan restaurant Crossroads. Post Malone's venture firm invested in Actual Veggies, a whole ingredient veggie patty company. The list goes on, and will only get bigger.Plant-based and food tech brands going publicThe last few years have seen banner IPOs from leading plant-based brands. In 2019, Beyond Meat went public with one of the most successful IPOs ever with a $1.5 billion valuation; just months later, it was worth more than $12 billion. Oatly went public in 2021 with a valuation of $10 billion. In the same year, Globally Local made history as the first vegan fast food-chain to go public (and it did so on the Toronto Stock Exchange). Expect to see vegan brands and food-tech companies going public in the US and in Canada in 2022. (To see which plant-based brands have gone public already, there's a helpful list on Vegreneur that tracks this activity.) Watch out too for the formation of, and activity from, plant-based and alt-protein-focused SPACs. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 4th, 2022

EV Roundup: NKLA"s SEC Settlement, GM"s "Everybody In" Strategy & More

While Nikola (NKLA) settles SEC fraud charges for a $125-million fine, General Motors' (GM) strategy to expand EV offerings beyond core portfolio boosts its e-mobility game. Nikola NKLA breathed a sigh of relief last week as the electric vehicle (EV) maker managed to pull itself out of the legal challenges that had been troubling it since 2020. The company has agreed to pay the SEC $125-million penalty to bring the controversial chapter to a close. Meanwhile, e-mobility startup Fisker FSR and tiremaker Bridgestone BRDCY joined forces for EV after-sales services. U.S. auto giant General Motors GM grabbed the spotlight by taking its electrification game a notch higher with the latest strategy of offering EV technology beyond its own vehicle portfolio. EV behemoth Tesla TSLA also made it to the headlines as its CEO Elon Musk is fast advancing to reach his goal of selling 10% of his holdings.Recap of the Week’s Important NewsNikola was levied with a $125-million penalty charge to be paid to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) over purported misleading statements about the company’s capabilities made by its founder and former CEO, Trevor Milton, last year. The EV firm welcomed the decision as it indicated the closure of government investigations.The SEC, in its settlement, stated that Nikola is held responsible for both Milton’s remarks and other alleged deceptions, all of which falsify the actual state of the company’s business and technology. The charge levied by it has to be made in five installments over the next two years, with the first installment scheduled at 2021-end. The remaining installments will be paid semiannually through 2023. NKLA had anticipated the settlement charge as it had taken a $125-million reserve in third-quarter earnings, as was announced this November.Nikola currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Fisker and Bridgestone joined forces for comprehensive after-sales and related maintenance solutions in France and Germany. The latest collaboration scaled up Fisker’s recent agreement with Bridgestone, making the latter its exclusive tire partner for its upcoming all-electric Fisker Ocean SUV. Bridgestone will make its EV-ready retail and service network available to provide Fisker’s customers in France and Germany with widespread after-sales services throughout the Speedy, Pitstop, and Reiff-ABS networks, which are part of Bridgestone’s extensive retail network in Europe.United in their vision for a more sustainable future of mobility, the partnership is a win-win deal for both companies. Joining forces with EV startups like Fisker is a crucial aspect of Bridgestone’s approach and the company is optimistic about putting its EV-ready retail network at the disposal of Fisker’s customers. Fisker also considers Bridgestone as a compatible partner with a like-minded approach to sustainability that is investing across its entire value chain, from R&D and product development to manufacturing and retail, to make environment-friendly products aimed at shaping the future of sustainable transportation.General Motors announced the strategy of offering the EV technology beyond the core product menu and automotive applications, one component at a time, advancing the firm’s “Everybody In” electrification approach. GM will begin introducing various EV component sets in four key areas: Chevy Performance and Aftermarket, GM Powered Solutions, Ground Support Equipment, and Marine Propulsion.Chevy Performance and Aftermarket applications include the Electric Connect and Cruise eCrate Package to be launched in 2022. GM Powered Solutions will also begin unveiling customized electric component sets for tailor-made applications through its current GM Marine, On-Highway, Off-Highway and Industrial segments. As far as Ground Support Equipment is concerned, General Motors will provide EV components to electrify Textron GSE’s TUG line of baggage tractors, cargo tractors and belt loaders. Finally, for Marine Propulsion, the company’s strategic investment in Seattle-based electric watercraft company Pure Watercraft is an exciting opportunity to bring the EV technology to the marine industry. Tesla CEO Musk confirmed that he has almost met his pledge to sell 10% of his stake in the company. Last week, the billionaire offloaded another 583,611 shares for $548 million. This brings his total sales to more than $14 billion worth of Tesla stock in around 40 days. To deliver on his stated goal of selling 10% shares, Musk needs to dispose off about 17 million shares, assuming that his target excludes exercisable options. Musk left Twitterati open-mouthed with a bizarre poll asking his followers to vote whether he should sell 10% of his stock. With the majority of his followers voting in favor of the stock sale, Musk abided by his promise by starting to offload his Tesla holdings.In other news, Tesla inked a one-year agreement with Hyundai Glovis, a logistics company from South Korea specializing in car distribution, among other shipping-related services, to transport vehicles from China to other parts of the world. The contract is reportedly worth $422 million.Price PerformanceImage Source: Zacks Investment ResearchWhat’s Next in the Space?Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming EV models and any important updates from the red-hot industry. Infrastructure Stock Boom to Sweep America A massive push to rebuild the crumbling U.S. infrastructure will soon be underway. It’s bipartisan, urgent, and inevitable. Trillions will be spent. Fortunes will be made. The only question is “Will you get into the right stocks early when their growth potential is greatest?” Zacks has released a Special Report to help you do just that, and today it’s free. Discover 5 special companies that look to gain the most from construction and repair to roads, bridges, and buildings, plus cargo hauling and energy transformation on an almost unimaginable scale.Download FREE: How to Profit from Trillions on Spending for Infrastructure >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report General Motors Company (GM): Free Stock Analysis Report Tesla, Inc. (TSLA): Free Stock Analysis Report Bridgestone Corp. (BRDCY): Free Stock Analysis Report Fisker Inc. 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Category: topSource: zacksDec 27th, 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

The 6 best cat litter boxes in 2021

We tested 26 litter boxes to find ones that are easy to clean & use. Here are the best litter boxes, including automatic models & pans for multiple cats. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.This spacious hooded litter box from Nature's Miracle has a removable cover for easy cleaning.Shoshi Parks/InsiderCats have very specific preferences when it comes to litter boxes. So do their guardians. The key is finding one that satisfies both simultaneously.Over the last two years, we've tested 26 different litter boxes to do just that. We also spoke to veterinarians and cat behaviorists for advice on what to look for in a litter box.Our search for the best litter boxes has taken us from the simplest to the most technologically advanced models. We have selected the best basic, easy-to-use litter boxes with enough space to satisfy large breeds like Maine coon cats or multiple cat households.We've also chosen a design-forward top-entry litter box for cats that prefer to urinate against the side of a pan or aggressively kick their litter, a sturdy and reliable disposable litter box for travel, and a self-cleaning model that won't intimidate skittish cats.The best cat litter boxes in 2021Best litter box overall: Nature's Miracle Oval Hooded Litter Box, $28.05 on ChewyThe versatile Nature's Miracle Oval Hooded Litter Box is spacious, affordable, and easy to modify for sensitive cats.Best litter box for large cats: Smart Cat Ultimate Litter Box, $18.79 on Chewy (temporarily out of stock)The spacious Smart Cat Ultimate Litter Box helps prevent litter scatter and is easy to clean.Best top-entry litter box: Modkat XL Litter Box, $127.49 on AmazonThe modern Modkat XL Litter Box has top and front entries and a unique folding lid for easy cleaning.Best self-cleaning litter box: Petsafe Scoop Free Self-Cleaning Litter Box, $149.95 at ChewySimply designed for cat comfort, the Petsafe Scoop Free Self-Cleaning Litter Box removes solid waste so you don't have to.Best litter box for multiple cats: Sterilite 41-quart Storage Box, $10.98 at WalmartThough not traditionally marketed as a litter box, the Sterilite 41-quart Storage Box offers expert-recommended size and simplicity at an affordable price.Best disposable litter box: Nature's Miracle Disposable Litter Box, $8.99 at ChewyMade from recycled paper and infused with baking soda, Nature's Miracle Disposable Litter Box holds up against leaks and odors for 30 days.Best litter box overallShoshi Parks/Insider$28.05 FROM CHEWY$32.99 FROM PETCOThe versatile Nature's Miracle Oval Hooded Litter Box is spacious, affordable, and easy to modify for sensitive cats.Pros: Can be used uncovered, covered, or partially covered; simple design; spacious pan; no swinging door; snaps and handle on cover make it easy to remove and attach; charcoal filter odor absorber; affordableCons: Basic design might not be appealing to some peopleOften what a cat desires in a litter box is not the same thing that appeals to our human interests. I saw this firsthand as my two cats tested the litter boxes for this guide. After speaking to Dr. Wailani Sung, a veterinary behaviorist at the San Francisco SPCA Veterinary Hospital, and cat behavior consultant Daniel "DQ" Quagliozz, what I've learned above all is that cats need choices in order to feel secure. I selected Nature's Miracle Hooded Flip-Top Litter Box precisely because it allows me to give my cats different options to best meet their toileting needs. The first option with this box is to use the base alone without adding the cover. With high, rounded sides, the 25.25-by-18.75-inch pan is spacious and sturdy.The second option is to add the cover. It snaps into the base in four places and has a handle and a charcoal filter for absorbing odors. Unlike some covered litter boxes, there is no plastic door a cat will need to push through that may also swing disconcertingly once the cat is inside the box. The third option is to flip the front of the cover up so it opens up about a third of the box. This makes for easy cleaning and, if left in this position, also creates a hybrid covered-uncovered box that may better meet the requirements of both cat (easy entry and no over-confinement) and guardian (odor control and less visible waste). While the Nature's Miracle Hooded Flip Top isn't particularly stylish, the large, versatile box will satisfy the whole family — two-legged and four-legged, alike — for a very reasonable price.Best litter box for large catsShoshi Parks/Insider$18.79 FROM CHEWYThe spacious Smart Cat Ultimate Litter Box helps prevent litter scatter and is easy to clean.Pros: Generous size; high, ramped sides help decrease litter tracking; affordableCons: Only one color optionSimplicity and spaciousness are the first two factors Quagliozzi and Sung look for in a litter box. "Most of the traditional litter boxes offered are [too] small," Sung said. A litter box should be at least 1.5 times the length of a cat. SmartCat's Ultimate Litter Box  is among the largest of the litter boxes we tested at 25 by 18.5 inches.At approximately 1.5 times the length of an 17-inch cat, there is plenty of room for larger cats to comfortably stretch out and cover waste in this box. Even better, it has relatively high, ramped sides to decrease litter scatter.SmartCat's litter box is made from durable plastic resin that is easy to clean and has an oversized rim for convenient lifting. At $20, this litter box is priced right, too, but it's only available in one color: bright blue.Best top-entry litter boxShoshi Parks/Insider$127.49 FROM AMAZON$149.99 FROM MODKATThe modern Modkat XL Litter Box has top and front entries and a unique folding lid for easy cleaning.Pros: Modern design, front- and top-entry, perforated folding lid for capturing loose litter and easy cleaning, reusable rip-free plastic liner, scoop, three color optionsCons: Kittens and older or anxiety-prone cats may have trouble using this box, expensiveMost cats require athletic ability to enter a top-entry box, and, once inside, the cat can only go in a place that allows them to pop their head out of the hole. With a higher lid and entries at the top and front, Modkat's XL Litter Box fits the needs of a wider variety of cats.Good-looking and well-designed, the Modkat XL is 21-inches long, 16-inches wide, and 17-inches tall and is sold in three colors (white, gray or black). The lid entrance is a generous 10.25 inches in diameter and the front opening measures 8.5-inches wide by 9.75-inches tall. If you'd rather your cat not use that opening, just close the built-in sliding door.The lid folds back for easy cleaning and litter tracked onto the roof returns to the pan through perforations. The box comes with two rip-resistant reusable plastic liners, which will last up to three months each, and a scoop. While the front-entry makes this litter box more accessible, aging cats and kittens may still struggle to access the door that hovers about 6 inches above the floor. My senior cat had no trouble, though, and used this box frequently. Although he didn't use the top-entry, he tracked no more litter out of this box than the others we tested. The Modkat XL's biggest flaw is its price tag. Nevertheless, for a well-designed litter box that actually looks somewhat stylish, the Modkat XL is a solid investment.Best self-cleaning litter boxShoshi Parks/Insider$149.94 FROM CHEWY$149.94 FROM AMAZON$149.94 FROM PETSAFE Simply designed for cat comfort, the Petsafe Scoop Free Self-Cleaning Litter Box removes solid waste so you don't have to.Pros: Easy to set up and use, covered compartment holds solid waste, uses odor-absorbent and dust-free proprietary litter, tracks how often a cat uses the box, disposable trays can be easily thrown outCons: Proprietary litter is pricey; litter may be harmful to cat if ingested, waste compartment is smallSelf-cleaning litter boxes are controversial among cat experts. Sung does not recommend them because they can frighten cats and guardians may miss the signs of intestinal or urinary problems.Still, if you're struggling to clean your cat's litter box(es) at least once daily, a self-cleaning model can help. Of the four I tested, my cats preferred the one that most resembled a generously sized standard litter box: the Scoop Free Self-Cleaning Litter Box by Petsafe.This easy-to-setup box is designed with a sensor rim and a built-in rake that sits on top of a 23-by-15.5-inch disposable litter tray. Sensors recognize when a cat enters the box. Twenty minutes after they have exited, the rake automatically pushes solid waste toward a covered compartment at the opposite end. A health counter keeps track of how often your pet does their business. The Scoop Free box must be used with Petsafe's disposable or reusable litter tray and its proprietary blend of crystal cat litter. The litter is absorbent, drying, and 99% dust-free, but must be replaced every two to four weeks at a cost of $16.95 per disposable tray or about $17 per bag. Chemical-based litters may also be harmful to a cat if they accidentally ingest them.Just because the box is self-cleaning doesn't mean you're completely off the hook. The small compartment that collects waste may need to be emptied several times before it's time to change the litter tray. All things considered, this box works hard to keep the pan constantly clean and fresh, ensuring a pleasant toileting experience every time.Best litter box for multiple catsShoshi Parks/Insider$10.98 FROM WALMARTThough not traditionally marketed as a litter box, the Sterilite 41-quart Storage Box offers expert-recommended size and simplicity at an affordable price.Pros: Large size with plenty of room for natural toileting behaviors, made from durable plastic, snap-on lid for easy moving, low sides for easy entry by most cats, inexpensiveCons: Shallow sides don't prevent litter from being kicked or tracked out of boxBecause many traditional litter boxes are too small for more than one cat to use several times a day, both Quagliozzi and Sung often recommend that their clients use a wide, flat plastic storage container instead. With their extra-large size and simple design, they make excellent, affordable stand-ins for the real thing.Sterilite's 41-quart Storage Box is made from durable, clear plastic and measures approximately 35 inches by 17 inches, providing a cat with tons of room to perform natural toileting behaviors like digging and covering their waste. Because the box is waterproof, it won't leak any excess urine that goes uncaptured by litter.While the included white plastic lid will need to be stored away most of the time, it can be pulled out and snapped in place to easily move the box to a different location without spillage. With sides that are approximately 6 inches high, this box is shallow enough for most cats to easily enter and exit.Guardians with cats who aggressively scratch and kick their litter, however, may need to do more floor cleanup than they would with a litter pan with higher sides. Best disposable litter boxShoshi Parks/Insider$7.08 FROM CHEWY$6.49 FROM AMAZONMade from recycled paper and infused with baking soda, Nature's Miracle Disposable Litter Box holds up against leaks and odors for 30 days.Pros: Recycled materials, leakproof and tear-proof, infused with baking soda to keep smells at bay, comes in 2-pack, lasts 30 days, ideal for temporary use or travelCons: More challenging to scrape stuck-on clumps than in a plastic box, generates a lot of waste when used long-termWhether you're looking for a sturdy stand-alone litter box or a liner for a plastic box, Nature's Miracle disposable boxes are an excellent worry-free option. Even after a full month of use by my two cats, the bottom of the pan was fully intact. Nowhere had urine even started to penetrate the recycled paper material.Nature's Miracle currently makes two versions of their disposable litter box: regular and jumbo. Unfortunately, the style we liked best, the 23-by-18-inch triangular corner box, has been discontinued. The next best option for comfortable toileting based on the recommendations of Sung and Quagliozzi is the 21-by-14.5-inch jumbo-size rectangular box, which is sold in packs of twoNature's Miracle Disposable Litter Box is made of dense, compacted recycled paper that the company advertises as leakproof and tear-proof. In our monthlong test, I found both claims to be true. The box is also made with baking soda to help keep bad odors in check. Nature's Miracle disposable boxes can be used with any type of litter  — I chose a clumping clay version — and when it's at the end of its 30-day life cycle, the landfill-safe pan can be easily thrown out.Because the disposable litter box is made of paper instead of plastic, its biggest flaw is that clumps that get stuck to the bottom or sides are a little harder to remove than they are in a smooth plastic box. And although this is a great option for travel or temporary care, sending a pan to the landfill every month seems unnecessary when there are so many reusable options available.Nevertheless, both guardians who are ultra-fastidious with regard to their litter boxes and those who need a reliable temporary box will find a great solution in the Nature's Miracle Disposable Litter Box.What else we've testedShoshi Parks/InsiderWhat else we recommendLitter Genie Cat Litter Box: This flexible box is a great choice for small cats. Made from lightweight plastic with handles, it's easier to empty and move around than most other standard boxes. But because even smaller pets need an area that is 1.5 times their length to comfortably do their business, this one, which is 3 inches shorter than the Smart Cat Litter Box, failed to clench the top spot. Frisco High-Sided Cat Litter Box, Extra Large: Designed with high sides for aggressive litter-kickers, this is a solid, affordable box for smaller cats. At 24 inches long, it's just slightly less spacious than our top pick.Petmate Giant Litter Pan: Formerly our top pick, this pan is no longer available for purchase. The spacious pan was made with antimicrobial material to fight odors and had built-in pockets for supplies, making it ideal for both cat and guardian.Nature's Miracle High-Sided Litter Box: I like this simple, affordable high-sided box, but it's only 60% of the size of our selection for best budget box, the Sterilite 41-quart Storage Box.Catit Jumbo Hooded Pan: This litter box was a close second to our best overall pick. Like the Nature's Miracle hooded box, it can be used uncovered, covered, or with the front section flipped up. It was only the cost — more than twice that of the Nature's Miracle pan — that kept this box out of the top spot.Frisco Hooded Cat Litter Box, Extra Large: This is a good all-around box that is spacious and easy to enter. The door flap is lightweight and removable, but the cover has to be completely lifted off of the base for cleaning.Litter-Robot 3 Connect: This box is an expensive lesson in how cat preferences and human preferences often don't align. The technology is very impressive — it even comes with an app to help track your cat's business — and it appears to work well. I say "appears" because after two months my cats still hadn't dared to enter the Litter-Robot. In my own tests, it had no trouble dealing with the various objects I tasked it with filtering out: pencils, erasers, and water to activate urine-like clumps. Unfortunately, the box's tight interior prevents a cat from being able to toilet on even ground — a deal-breaker for my cats. Luckily, the machine comes with a 90-day money-back guarantee for cats who refuse to give it a try.What we don't recommendOmega Paw Roll'N Clean Cat Litter Box: This self-cleaning box has received plenty of good reviews, but it missed the mark for me. Rolling the box to filter waste often resulted in pouring litter onto the floor and I still had to regularly scrape clumps stuck to the bottom of the pan. At just 10 by 15 inches, the interior of the pan is also extremely small when the filter is in place. Littermaid 3rd Edition Multi-Cat Self-Cleaning Litter Box: This self-cleaning litter box was riddled with problems. Clumps of urine-soaked litter frequently stuck to its rake or  the door of the waste disposal compartment and plenty of soiled litter was left behind on the base of the pan. The lifting waste compartment lid frequently got stuck and had to be manually lowered.Petmate Jumbo Litter Pan: Petmate's jumbo-size litter pan is a solid 21.25-inches long, but that's only 125% the length of my smaller cat and 115% the size of my larger one. Sung recommends litter pans be at least 150% the length of your largest cat.Van Ness High Sides Cat Litter Pan, Giant: While this is a decent standard litter pan with a great price tag, it is significantly smaller, 19.25 inches-long, than the other pans we tested.Frisco Open Top Cat Litter Box with Rim: At just 19.75 by 15.13 inches, this litter box is much too small for a cat to toilet comfortably.Booda Dome Cleanstep Litter Box: While I like the look of this litter box, it devotes too much space to design and not enough to the litter (the pan is only 12 by 21 inches). The inclusion of the stairs also makes this box unnecessarily complicated for more sensitive cats who prefer simple access.Nature's Miracle Disposable Cat Box: The regular-size disposable litter pans by Nature's Miracle are made of the same great stuff as the jumbo version I selected as the best disposable box. This one is significantly smaller with 25% less space.Kitty's Wonder Box Disposable Litter Box: This disposable litter box is well made, but it's tiny, just 13.5 by 17 inches. The size makes the Wonder Box a decent option for travel, but it's not appropriate for long-term daily use. So Phresh Disposable Cat Litter Box: This box made from sustainable bagasse fiber was on par with the Nature's Miracle disposable box except that it's almost 3 inches shorter and has lower sides.Kitty Sift Disposable Sifting Litter Box: I really liked the concept of this box that filters out waste with three layers of perforated recycled cardboard. It remained leak-free throughout our testing period, but I found sifting the litter made a big mess and I had to remove clumps that stuck to the bottom of the pan.Modkat Top-Entry Litter Box: We previously named this the best top-entry litter box, thanks to its functional, appealing design. It is, however, much smaller than its cousin, the Modkat XL, and can only be entered from the top. It also comes with a hefty price tag, especially if your cat turns out to dislike entering the litter box from the top.Petmate Top-Entry Litter Pan: The dimensions of this affordable box are similar to those of the Modkat, but style is lacking with this pan and it doesn't come with a liner. I also found that every time I attempted to clean the Petmate, the lid slipped out of the hinges and pulled completely off of the top.Tidy Cats Breeze Cat Litter Box System: Frankly, I don't see how this litter box is any better than using a standard box with non-clumping litter. It has an absorbent pad to suck up urine that seeps through its proprietary pellets but solids still need to be scooped. On top of that, the urine-soaked litter pads need changing weekly, generating a lot of unnecessary waste, and the pan is just 20.5 inches long.Our cat litter box testing methodologyWe identified the best litter boxes available at major retailers based on criteria established by our experts. Each box was put to use for a minimum of one month, undergoing the following tests during that period. Unless a litter box required a specific litter to operate effectively, all litter boxes were filled with our favorite budget litter, Dr. Elsey's Ultra Multi-Strength Cat Litter.Ease of entry test: Because not every cat is agile enough or motivated enough to jump up into a litter box, I considered ease of entry. I measured the sides of each box and the height of any openings and watched to see whether my cats appeared to have difficulty accessing the boxes. I also observed how my cats responded to each box, noting which they preferred to toilet in more frequently.Tracking test: For each box, I collected the litter tracked onto the floor over a period of three days, then compared the quantity of litter between boxes. Surprisingly, I found that the litter tracked from every box we tested was roughly equivalent.Cleaning test: I cleaned each litter box twice daily, noting how easy it was to access and remove the waste and how much litter stuck to the bottom and sides of the pan. After a month of use, I thoroughly cleaned each box, disposing of the litter and wiping it out completely. I noted how challenging the boxes were to clean and approximately how long it took to go from full and dirty to empty and clean.Size test: Sung explained that cats need a space that is at least 1.5 times their length to scratch at the litter and bury their waste. For this test, I began by measuring the length of each of my two cats when standing in a relaxed position. I then measured the length of each of the litter box contenders and compared the numbers. Larger litter boxes were favored over their smaller counterparts.Cat litter box FAQsShoshi Parks/InsiderWhat is the best litter box for a cat?Dr. Jamie Richardson, medical chief of staff at Small Door Veterinary in New York City, looks for three major qualities in a cat litter box: size, accessibility, and escapability. The litter box should be at least 1.5 times the length of your cat so they can turn around comfortably and find a clean area to do their business if you haven't managed to scoop that day, she explained. It should also be easy for your cat to enter and exit. "Make sure the sides aren't too high for your cat," Richardson said. "Or if you have an arthritic cat or a very small kitten, you might consider providing a ramp." Lastly, it's important for a cat to feel safe when they do their business. Litter boxes with high sides, as well as ones that are fully enclosed or top-entry, may make some cats feel trapped leading them to avoid it.Can a litter box be too big?No. "Most cats won't mind a box that is a bit larger than they need, provided you keep it very clean," said Richardson. "The main concern is with litter boxes being too small."Where should I put my cat's litter box?The best place to put your cat's litter box is in a quiet, secluded area away from household traffic, Richardson said. That way your cat will feel safe and comfortable when toileting. She advised against placing a litter box at the end of a hallway, somewhere your cat may feel trapped, or in the area where they are fed. "Cats typically don't like to go where they eat," she said.How frequently does a cat use their litter box?The typical cat uses the litter box as many as half-a-dozen times a day, urinating two to four times and defecating once or twice. Every cat, however, is an individual and some go more or less frequently on average. Cleaning your litter boxes daily will help you monitor for behavioral changes that may indicate a health problem such as feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD).How many litter boxes do I need and what size should they be?A good general rule of thumb for litter boxes is to have one per cat plus an extra, Sung told us. Each litter box should have enough space to comfortably dig and bury waste with dimensions that are at least 1.5 times the size of the cat.How often should I clean the litter box?To keep fastidious felines toileting happily, our experts recommend cleaning the litter box at least once, if not several times, each day.Do cats like open or closed litter boxes?Some cats may be intimidated by hooded or covered litter boxes, especially if they are low enough that the cat must crouch to do their business. An open-topped litter pan is the most universally accepted by cats of all types.What if my cat stops urinating?Cats are highly susceptible to FLUTD, a range of conditions that affect the bladder, urinary tract and/or urethra. Male cats, in particular, are commonly afflicted with urinary stones or crystals which block urine from being expelled from the body. And when a cat can't urinate, the toxins that build up can be deadly. A vet has just 24 to 48 hours to remove a blockage and save their life. If a vet is unable to identify FLUTD or other medical problems, a cat who refuses to urinate is likely doing so out of anxiety. To get to the root of the problem, seek out a behaviorist who can help identify and overcome a cat's triggers.Why is my cat peeing outside the litter box?There are a variety of reasons why a cat may urinate outside of their litter box. Inappropriate elimination can occur when a cat dislikes the size or design of their litter box or the style of litter in the pan and has found another location—a pile of laundry, a potted plant, a fluffy rug—that better satisfies their desire to scratch and dig. Inappropriate elimination can also be a sign that a cat dislikes the location of their litter box. A box placed next to a washing machine or too close to the dog's bed, for example, may cause anxiety that induces them to look for an alternative place to urinate. Lastly, a cat who suddenly begins to urinate outside of their litter box may be attempting to communicate a health issue such as an oncoming FLUTD.Why am I finding urine on vertical surfaces?Urine left on vertical surfaces is called marking. Marking is not urination, per say, but the spraying of pheromones, a behavior which they accomplish by raising the tail and backing up to a wall, bookcase, sofa or other location. Most cats who mark do so out of anxiety or because they are experiencing conflict with another animal. Any cat can mark but it most commonly occurs in intact males.Our sourcesPrior to making the selections for this guide, we consulted two experts:Daniel "DQ" Quagliozzi, cat behavior consultant and owner of Go Cat Go! in San Francisco, California. For two decades, Quagliozzi has worked with cats at the San Francisco SPCA, San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and through his private practice, Go Cat Go! Quagliozzi's expertise has been featured on Animal Planet and in a variety of other media outlets. We spoke to Quagliozzi via phone in August 2020.Jamie Richardson, medical chief of staff at Small Door Veterinary in New York, New York. Richardson completed her veterinary degree at London's Royal Veterinary College and has worked with animals around the world, from South Africa to Hong Kong. At Small Door Veterinary, her primary interests besides general practice include preventative care, dentistry, and internal medicine. We consulted Richardson via email on October 19, 2021.Wailani Sung, director of behavior and welfare programs and board-certified veterinary behaviorist at the San Francisco SPCA Veterinary Hospital in San Francisco, California. Sung attended the University of Georgia for both a master's degree and doctorate in psychology with a special interest in animal behavior. She went on to earn a second doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Sung is one of fewer than 100 board-certified veterinary behaviorists in the United States. She currently directs the San Francisco SPCA's Behavior Specialty Service and writes on animal behavior for Vetstreet, PetMD, and Healthy Pet magazine. We interviewed Sung via email on March 30, 2020.We also accessed the following website in March 2020:American Veterinary Medical Association, Feline lower urinary tract diseaseCheck our other cat guidesThe best cat litterThe best natural cat litterThe best cat foodThe best cat carriersThe best airline cat carriersThe best flea treatments for catsThe best cat dewormersThe best cat hairball medicineThe best products to protect your furniture from cat scratchingThe best interactive cat toysRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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29 irresistible food gifts in 2021, including maple syrup, pickle subscriptions, and cheese plates

The gift of food is something that everyone can appreciate. Here are 29 of the best food gifts for meat lovers, sweet tooths, and everyone in between. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Baked by Melissa/Instagram Few things make people's eyes light up like food — that's why food is always a great gift option for anyone in your life.  We found 29 delicious food gifts that range from small sweets and snacks to filling gourmet meals.  Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Food is one of those universal gifts that work for everyone in your life and at any time of the year. Whether it's to celebrate a momentous occasion like a graduation or show someone — a mother, father, healthcare worker — that you appreciate them, you can't go wrong with a food gift. There are so many different types of food gifts you can give: sweets, snacks, gourmet ingredients, full meals, and more. If you're having trouble finding a good gift, but know your recipient would love anything they can consume, we have you covered with these 28 thoughtful, high-quality food gifts. Here are 29 food gifts anyone will appreciate: Zero-proof cocktail kitsLily AligRaising the Bar Zero-Proof Cocktail Subscription, available at Raising the Bar, from $48 a monthEach Raising the Bar box is like a crash course in mixology, teaching you about flavors and techniques that you could apply to any cocktail. The box includes your zero-proof cocktail materials as well as extras like cocktail picks and pink peppercorns.  The subscription is a little pricey, but the experience of such a cohesive and jam-packed kit is worth it. As someone who isn't a big alcohol drinker, I loved being able to feel like a bartender without using liquor.Premium maple syrupAmazonRunamok Maple Organic Vermont Maple Syrup Barrel-Aged and Infused Collection, available at Amazon, $30.95Vermont maple syrup calls to mind warmth and sweetness. Your giftee can dress up their pancakes, drinks, or baking with one of these four classic and unique flavors: pecan wood smoked, bourbon barrel-aged, vanilla cinnamon, and makrut lime leaf infused syrups. Seasonal organic chocolateLily Alig/InsiderTheo Chocolates Holiday Variety Pack, available at Amazon, $24This seasonal collection of chocolate bars is perfect for someone who likes gingerbread as much as peppermint bark. Theo Chocolate bars are creamy and have a full cocoa flavor that isn't overshadowed by mix-ins. We loved the decorate wrapping and selection of flavors.A cupcake filled with gummy bearsDylan's Candy BarGummy Bears in a Cupcake, available at Dylan's Candy Bar, $28Stepping into Dylan's Candy Bar always reawakens our inner child. Nothing says sweet, bad-for-your-teeth fun like a bulk pack of gummy bears in 12 different flavors. Premium caviarWulf's FishWulf's American Bowfin Caviar, available at Wulf's Fish, $29Caviar is a symbol of luxury, but Wulf's Fish makes it surprisingly attainable. From one of our favorite online seafood purveyors, you can get two ounces of earthy roe for $30.Fundamental spices for flavorsome cookingBurlap and BarrelFundamentals Collection, available at Burlap and Barrel, from $56.99The right spices accentuate flavors and uplift flat dishes, so it's worth it to splurge on the good ones. Burlap & Barrel sustainably sources its spices and works directly with the farmers. We used Burlap & Barrel black peppercorns to test the best pepper mills and were amazed by the freshness and complexity of the spice's flavor. A pack of non-alcoholic sparkling drinksTOSTTÖST 25.4 fl oz. Sparkling Beverage, 3-pack, available at Amazon, $39.99Made with white tea, cranberry, and ginger, TÖST is the perfect drink for sober party-goers. It has the look of a bottle of bubbly, but without the alcohol content. We found it refreshing and very sweet, a great non-alcoholic option for a celebration. A savory and sweet gift basketHarry & DavidClassic Favorites Gift Basket, available at Harry & David, $59.99Harry & David gift baskets are crowd pleasers, thanks to their variety of gourmet treats. This basket is a true Harry & David classic, with pears, Moose Munch, cheddar, crackers, relish, chocolate-covered cherries, and chocolate truffles. You can even add a bottle of Harry & David wine to this gift. Gourmet milk and dark chocolate caramelsFran's ChocolatesGray & Smoked Salt Caramels 20-Piece Box, available at Fran's Chocolates, $40Fran's Chocolates is one of the best online chocolate brands, and this beautiful box contains 10 dark chocolate caramels with a sprinkle of gray sea salt and 10 milk chocolate caramels with smoked sea salt. You can choose from three box and ribbon color combinations and anywhere from 10 to 160 pieces of delicious caramel. Treats from small-batch, diverse producersLily Alig/InsiderThe Original Box, available at Gratefull Box, $97For the foodie who likes to give back, the Gratefull Box is a delicious and meaningful gift box. The reusable wooden box contains six items all from independent producers: masala chai concentrate, bourbon barrel honey, vegan kimchi paste, rhubarb lavender jam, cinnamon maca almond butter, and truffle balsamic vinegar. Plus, each box sold results in a five-pound bag of dog food donated to a shelter in need. A mix of rich cake truffles and creatively flavored cookiesMilk BarThe Little Somethings Box, available at Milk Bar, $70The truffles and cookies are a couple of the best things you can get from New York City institution Milk Bar. There's no shortage of variety in this gift: your lucky recipient will get six different cookies (like the famous Compost Cookie), 12 birthday cake truffles, and 12 chocolate birthday cake truffles. Read our review of Milk Bar here.Everything they need to make buttery lobster rollsGoldbellyMcLoons Lobster Shack Maine Lobster Roll Kit - 4 Pack, available at Goldbelly, $129Not included — chips, pickles, or a gorgeous coastal view. Still, if your recipient loves lobster and lighthouse drives, they'll be grateful for this gift. Read our review of Goldbelly here.A subscription that delivers responsibly sourced meat, poultry, and seafoodCrowd CowFarmers Market Subscription, available at Crowd Cow, from $22.46Crowd Cow sources its meat, poultry, and seafood directly from independent farms with ethical and environmentally friendly practices or from the wild. In addition, the service provides you with information about where your meat came from and how the animal was treated before you cook it. Send someone an e-gift card to go towards a subscription which they can pause, change the frequency of, or cancel at any time (delivered on an automatic basis) or build a custom box for a one-time delivery.  Read our review of Crowd Cow here.An alcohol subscription that supports indie wine makersJada Wong/InsiderHoliday Joy 11-Pack, available at Nakedwines.com, $113.99Nakedwines.com supports wine-enthusiasts' desire to bring you new blends and brands. Once a wine is approved, they can sell their wine through the website at shockingly affordable prices considering the quality. Your favorite wine snob can enjoy trendy wine from small winemakers around the country, even from the most prestigious soils of the Napa Valley.Read our review of NakedWines.com here.A breakfast spread they'll be excited to wake up forGoldbellyRuss & Daughters New York Nostalgia, available at Goldbelly, $225They can customize their breakfast with a variety of smoked and pickled fish, cream cheese, and assorted bagels. Cap it all off with a sweet treat of marble halvah or rugelach. An international cheese tourMurray's CheeseCheeses of the World Sampler, available at Murray's Cheese, $79They'll never get bored of this 6-pound set that features French, Swiss, and Spanish cheeses from local farms and Murray's own cheese caves. It should serve five to seven people, but we're sure it varies depending on how much your recipient loves cheese. A charcuterie platter that includes duck, pork, and chickenD'ArtagnanCharcuterie Gift Box for 4, available at D'Artagnan, $52.99Save this delicious sampler for wine nights and summery picnics. You can trust this 35-year-old farm-to-table purveyor of sustainable, free-range meats to deliver on flavor and quality. Hot sauces ranging in heat level from "mellow" to "evil"Food52Fuego Box Tame to Insane Hot Sauce Box, available at Food52, $135Gift this 11-bottle box of fiery sauces to the friend who goes to the Hot Sauce Expo every year and always has a new bottle of hot sauce in their grocery cart. They'll probably want to keep a glass (or jug) of milk nearby. Colorful, bite-sized cupcakesBaked by Melissa/InstagramClassic 25-Pack Cupcake Gift Box, available at Baked by Melissa, $43There's no rule saying they can only eat one. And with 12 different flavors including PB&J, brownie batter, and chocolate chip banana, they won't want to. A pickle subscriptionMouthPickle of the Month Club Subscription, available at Mouth, $60A crunchy pickle makes nearly anything taste better, and this subscription will ensure your recipient always has one to accompany a sandwich or a salad. A fine cut of meat delivered right to their doorOmaha SteaksFilet Mignon Dinner, available at Omaha Steaks, $100.98Omaha Steaks delivers vacuum-sealed premium meats with precise, easy-to-follow cooking instructions and seasoning. Meat lovers and novices alike can appreciate the ease and quality of a fresh filet delivered to their front steps.Read our review of Omaha Steaks here.A crate full of sweet and savory snacksMouthSnack University Box, available at Mouth, $128While marketed as a care package for students and long-distance loved ones, the bundle of snacks — which includes fancy coffee, popcorn, cookies, and jerky — is great for anyone who's always looking for something to eat between meals. Classic cocktails in gummy formSmith & Sinclair/InstagramThe Night in Box of Alcoholic Cocktail Gummies, available at Smith & Sinclair, $25We love making our own cocktails, but we also don't mind creative twists like Smith & Sinclair's cocktail gummies. They're a fun, mess-free way to enjoy happy hour. A meal kit subscriptionHome ChefGift Card, available at Home Chef, from $25For budding home cooks, Home Chef offers a weekly menu full of easy-to-make recipes, along with pre-portioned ingredients and straightforward instructions. Every meal we've made from the service has been delicious and filling. A gift card for $65 is good for three two-serving meals. Authentic Japanese snacksBokksu/InstagramClassic Box, available at Bokksu, $134.85Every month feels like an adventure when they have a subscription to Bokksu, which delivers Japanese snacks, candies, and a tea pairing they can't find in most stores. The cool snacks also come with a culture guide that explains each snack's origins and flavors. Read our review of Bokksu here.Toppings to up their breakfast gameHarry & DavidPremium Preserves and Butters Box, available at Harry & David, $39.99It'll be hard to choose which topping — strawberry seedless preserves, blood orange marmalade, tart cherry butter, or lemon curd — to spread on their toast every morning. They also go well with ice cream, yogurt, and other desserts. A monthly delivery of cool international snacksUniversal YumsYum Yum Gift Box, available at Universal Yums, from $25/monthIt's not always possible to travel, but Universal Yums' boxes let your recipient do so through food. Past boxes have highlighted the sweet and savory snacks of Scandinavia, Brazil, France, and Indonesia. Read our review of Universal Yums here. Some of the best ice cream in the countryHumphry Slocombe/InstagramHumphry Slocombe Chose Your Own - 6 Pints, available at Goldbelly, $99Bay Area favorite Humphry Slocombe serves up interesting flavors like Matchadoodle, Toasted Sesame and Chocolate, and perennial favorite Secret Breakfast (bourbon ice cream with cornflake cookies). Your recipient will be thankful you sent over six whole pints instead of just one.A trio of truffle oilAmazonTruffleHunter Truffle Oil Selection Gift Set, available at Amazon, $39.95We all have that friend who always beelines towards the truffle risotto or truffle fries on the menu. This gift set of black, white, and English truffle oils is for them. The oils come in tiny bottles too, perfect for carrying on the go to enhance any dish. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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These 9 brands make the best couches and sofas you can buy online in 2021

We talked to interior designers about what makes a great couch. Here's where you can find the best couches and sofas. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Article; Benchmade Modern; Burrow; Crate and Barrel; West Elm; Alyssa Powell/InsiderA new couch can be a big investment. Whether you're planning to relax, work, or even sleep on your couch, you'll need a sofa that's built for comfort. You'll also want to purchase a couch that is durable enough to survive spills, accidents, and everyday wear and tear. We spoke with Stephen Kuhl, co-founder, and CEO of popular furniture brand Burrow, Beth Wangman, an interior designer of over 25 years who currently works as a senior designer for non-profit Digs with Dignity in addition to running her own design business, and Bailey Li, an interior designer and decorative artist who specializes in commercial and residential design. We compiled their advice to curate a selection of brands that combine striking designs, durable materials, and a great customer experience. Our selection also features brands that cater to various price points, making it easy to find a solid couch no matter your budget. Kuhl, Wangman, and Li also shared advice on shopping for couches on a budget, the best materials to look for when shopping, and how to navigate shopping for a couch online versus in-store.Here's where you can find the best sofas in 2021WayfairWayfair sofaPopular home brand Wayfair offers customers multiple designs and styles, all available at a variety of price points.Typical price range: $200 to $10,000Shipping costs: Orders over $35 qualify for free shipping in the contiguous U.S.Experiencing shipping delays: May experience some pandemic-related delaysAverage shipping time: 1 to 3 weeks for large items In-store pickup: NoReturn policy: 30 days for most itemsRestocking/return fees: Return shipping deducted from return amount Warranty: Protection plans available for an additional cost at time of purchaseFabric swatch samples available: NoFinancing options: Wayfair Credit Card, Affirm, and moreSpecial features: Customer service available daily until midnight ESTIf you're unsure exactly what style couch you're looking for or are working with a tight budget and still want tons of options, you'll want to shop with Wayfair as it offers various styles and unique brands. Some of the brands available at Wayfair include pieces from its sister brand AllModern, as well as from family-owned brand, Novogratz. You can also avoid extreme delays some other retailers are experiencing by shopping with Wayfair. However, if you're looking for a custom-designed sofa, Wayfair may not be the best choice as most of its options are pre-made. Wayfair offers some of the most extensive customer service hours in the industry; its team is available daily until midnight EST, ensuring you'll be able to get in contact with someone if you experience any issues. Assembly varies widely by model, but each product page includes assembly instructions, which we recommend looking through before deciding to purchase. Wangman likes Wayfair for its budget-friendly prices but strongly suggests closely reading reviews prior to making a purchase.What to buy:AllModern Hailee 84'' Genuine Leather SofaBest known for offering modern, contemporary designs, AllModern is a great brand to start with if you’re looking for the mid-century modern style. The Hailee Sofa is constructed of durable, genuine tan leather. The sofa also has removable cushions, which is a rare find in a leather couch. This couch is a great option for those that prefer a firmer seating option.$1800.00 FROM WAYFAIROriginally $2550.00 | Save 29%Novogratz Brittany 81.5" Round Arm SleeperFounded by a husband and wife duo, Novogratz offers smartly designed sofas that are both durable and unique. The Brittany Sleeper is beautifully designed and comes in eight bold shades. It’s also constructed for sleeping; the back of the sofa reclines to accommodate comfortable sleeping positions. $409.99 FROM WAYFAIROriginally $622.00 | Save 34%BurrowBurrowIf you're looking to avoid the typical challenges associated with purchasing furniture online, Burrow offers a seamless shopping experience, speedy delivery, and durable sofas and couches.Typical price range: $795 to $4,295Shipping costs: Free on all ordersExperiencing shipping delays: Slight delays due to increased demand and the pandemic Average shipping time: 6 to 8 weeks In-store pickup: NoReturn policy: Within 30 days of receipt Restocking/return fees: 10% return shipping fee, 20% fee for returns without original packaging, fee is capped at $250Warranty: 1-year manufacturer warranty, 3 or 5-year warranty available through third party service Fabric swatch samples available: YesFinancing options: AffirmSpecial features: Free design consultations, AR viewer, Showroom in NYCWhen creating Burrow, its founders sought to address the pain points of shopping for large furniture, including poor delivery experiences, unfair warranties, subpar quality, and high prices. Burrow offers "very simple elegant solutions to designing furniture so that it can be shopped more easily, delivered more conveniently, and be more functional and durable in people's homes," said Kuhl.The brand uses a direct-to-consumer (DTC) model to offer high-quality, customized sofas at a fraction of the cost of traditional retailers and is also very open about its production process, which includes rigorous testing. As "Burrow is meant to be the evolution of furniture" said Kuhl, it offers many modular sofas designed to grow with you as your seating needs change over time.This feature persuaded Insider Reviews' senior editor Lauren Savoie to purchase a Burrow model after a lengthy search. "One concern was how we were even going to get a sofa up our staircase (the previous tenants had to take a chainsaw to their couch to get it out!). When I saw Burrow's Nomad sofa comes apart in chair-sized sections, I was sold," she says. "I love that it's not going to be a nightmare to move, and that we can add or remove sections to suit whatever apartment we end up in next."All Burrow couches are equipped with built-in USB ports, and offer easy, tool-free assembly. Each is designed to prioritize comfort, with a layered foam design. Customers can customize their couch in several ways, such as choosing fabrics and colors, leg finishes, and arm shape. Add-ons are also available, including matching chaises, ottomans, and pillows depending on the design of the sofa. Read our full review of the Burrow Nomad Sofa here.What to buy:Burrow Nomad SofaOwned by senior editor, Lauren Savoie, and one of Burrow’s bestsellers, the fabric Nomad Sofa offers a modern design at a great price point. The sofa can comfortably seat three people and is made with stain- and scratch-resistant olefin fabric. The design is modular, so you can add or remove sections or chaises to accommodate your changing space and needs.$1495.00 FROM BURROWBurrow Field 6-Piece Sectional Double LoungerBurrow's newest sofa line, the Field collection features Burrow's signature modular design but with a sleek, minimalist design that suits a variety of different styles. Like Burrow's other sofas, you can add or remove sections on the Field collection to fit changes to your needs and space over time. $2785.00 FROM BURROWBurrow Range 2-Piece SofaIf you’re looking for a smaller sofa that still offers some customization, the Range Sofa should be your top choice. The sofa’s arm panels can swap sides for more variety and the couch can be added on to in the future if you ever need a larger seating arrangement.$1070.00 FROM BURROWBenchmade ModernBenchmade ModernWhile custom-made sofas can take several months to arrive, Benchmade Modern offers custom options constructed in about five weeks.Typical price range: $2,600 to $3,200Shipping costs: $99 contactless curbside delivery with options to upgrade to white glove delivery for an additional $295Experiencing shipping delays: May experience some pandemic related delays Average shipping time: 5 weeks to make, and about 7 to 15 days to ship depending on locationIn-store pickup: NoReturn policy: 100-day return periodRestocking/return fees: None Warranty: Lifetime frame warranty, 1-year manufacturer warranty Fabric swatch samples available: YesFinancing options: AffirmSpecial features: Sofa printouts available to ensure perfect sofa fitBenchmade Modern specializes in furniture for those looking to purchase custom on a tight timeline. Compared to the industry standard of waiting 14 weeks to receive your handcrafted sofa, Benchmade Modern takes a shorter amount of time, while maintaining high quality.The brand also prioritizes creating sofas that are made to be lived on and enjoyed, so it uses durable family-friendly, and pet-friendly performance fabrics. It also offers a wide color and fabric selection, allowing you to choose from bold pops of color or more neutral tones. You can also customize legs and cushion type depending on whether you'd prefer to fluff your cushions frequently or not. As for assembly, most of Benchmade Modern's furniture is shipped fully assembled and only requires a quick leg assembly. Although the brand specializes in fast construction, it is currently experiencing some pandemic-related delays, so we strongly recommend paying close attention to estimated delivery timelines if you're in a crunch.What to buy:Benchmade Modern OG Couch Potato SofaDesigned to represent relaxation, the OG Couch Potato Sofa offers medium support and a slight recline, which is perfect for movie nights or impromptu naps. The couch is available in multiple sizes including a two-seater size and a wide variety of colors.$3027.00 FROM BENCHMADE MODERNOriginally $3561.00 | Save 15%Benchmade Modern Catwalk SofaThe Catwalk Sofa has a subtle mid-century design, good support, and a lowered seat height for comfortable lounging. Aside from fabric and cushion customizations, the sofa also has two leg finish options.$2580.00 FROM BENCHMADE MODERNOriginally $3035.00 | Save 15%ZinusZinusPopular mattress brand Zinus also offers affordable sofas, all priced under $500.Typical price range: $370 to $480Shipping costs: Free on all items Experiencing shipping delays: May experience some pandemic-related delays Average shipping time: Typically 5 to 12 days In-store pickup: NoReturn policy: 100-day trial periodRestocking/return fees: Free returns Warranty: 1-year limited warranty Fabric swatch samples available: NoFinancing options: Affirm Special features: Generous trial periodWhile splurging on a couch is an option for some, many of us are working on a tighter budget, making Zinus' affordable sofa selection the best place to start shopping. While most of the brand's best-selling items are priced under $500, you'll still be getting something solidly built. The sofas are pre-made, but the brand offers unique designs that you likely won't find elsewhere at a similar price. All of Zinus' couches have a no-tool assembly and take less than 30 minutes to fully assemble. Each model's product page includes assembly instructions just in case you misplace them, as well as care and cleaning instructions. The brand also offers a generous 100-day trial period on all of its products.What to buy:Zinus Mikhail Mid-Century SofaThe Mikhail Sofa has a unique, modern design and eye-catching red fabric color. Its fabric is designed to be easily cleaned in the case of spills or other messes. The sofa also comes in a smaller size, which is perfect for those looking to furnish small spaces.$588.00 FROM ZINUSZinus Jackie Classic SofaA classic design that’s available in four neutral colors, the Jackie Sofa is likely to stay in style for a long time. Although the sofa has two cushions, it can comfortably seat three people and is made with supportive foam. $567.00 FROM ZINUSCrate & BarrelCrate and BarrelCrate & Barrel offers structurally unique couches that can be customized to your liking.Typical price range: $799 to $6,000+Shipping costs: Dependent on cost and weight of item purchased Experiencing shipping delays: Yes, dependent on fabrics and models ordered Average shipping time: Typically 7 to 10 days, longer for custom itemsIn-store pickup: Yes, dependent on availability Return policy: 30 days on pre-made furniture, no returns on custom furnitureRestocking/return fees: Customer's responsibility to handle any return costs Warranty: Reach out to customer service if you experience any issuesFabric swatch samples available: YesFinancing options: Available through Crate & Barrel Credit CardSpecial features: Can go see items in-store, View In Your Room Feature, Free design servicesIf you're looking to add a high-quality piece to your living area, Crate & Barrel offers several options. The brand has more than ten sofa collections, each available in different fabric colors. Many of its models are made of sustainably-sourced materials such as chenille, velvet, and polyester. It also offers full fabric breakdowns, which can be found by simply hovering over each fabric option on the website, and includes information on the fabrics origin and durability. Although on the pricier side, the quality is unmatched, making Crate & Barrel worth the splurge.While assembly varies by sofa, Crate & Barrel offers white-glove assembly for an additional fee. The brand is currently experiencing delays across its wide selection, but offers stock color options that are ready to ship if you don't want to wait for a custom couch.What to buy:Crate & Barrel Axis 2-Piece Sectional SofaAssociate travel editor Hannah Freedman purchased this two-piece sofa when she moved last year and loves its custom nature, comfortability, and stain resistance. Due to its custom construction, the couch did take a few months to arrive, but was definitely worth the wait. The sofa’s deep seats and low back cushions are optimal for comfortable lounging. $2998.00 FROM CRATE & BARRELCrate & Barrel Pershing Curved-Arm 79" SofaOffering a unique design, the Pershing sofa will give a modern pop to your home. The design is a Crate & Barrel exclusive and is constructed with comfortable foam and down.$1699.00 FROM CRATE & BARRELWest ElmWest ElmWell known for its modern, stylish designs, you're sure to find a stunning couch while shopping at West Elm.Typical price range: $500 to $5,000Shipping costs: Dependent on cost and weight of item purchased, white glove service available at an additional cost Experiencing shipping delays: Yes, dependent on model and fabrics purchasedAverage shipping time: 4 to 5 days for in-stock items, up to 12 weeks for customIn-store pickup: Yes, depends on store availabilityReturn policy: 30 days on most items, no returns on custom productsRestocking/return fees: Customers may be responsible for return shipping and processing costs Warranty: Covers against manufacturer's defects only, reach out to customer service if you experience any issues Fabric swatch samples available: YesFinancing options: West Elm Credit Card, Affirm Special features: Free design services, AR room planner West Elm is another must-shop brand if you're looking for a modern, conversation-starting couch. The brand specializes in quality furniture and iwith options to customize size, fabric, color, and more. Assembly varies by item, and instructions, as well as care instructions, are listed on the site, with some couches even having care instruction videos. While the retailer is currently experiencing delays on certain models, it has many options that are in stock and ready to ship. We recommend reading estimated ship times carefully before purchasing. As some customers have experienced issues with certain West Elm sofas, we also strongly recommend reading the reviews of any you're interested in to ensure you'll receive the best quality.What to buy:West Elm Leon Wood Frame Leather SofaAvailable in two size options and 18 leather colors, the Leon Sofa combines modern and antique design. The couch is also available in regular top-grain leather or animal-friendly vegan leather depending on your preference. Although the couch is made of leather it’s also very plush.$1499.00 FROM WEST ELMWest Elm Haven Loft SofaThe Haven Loft Sofa is available in custom materials and colors as well as three ready-to-ship fabric color options. The sofa has deep, plush seating with reversible cushions. A fun feature of the Haven Sofa is its adjustable leg levelers that can fit to different floor levels. $1299.00 FROM WEST ELMArticleArticleArticle provides customers with long-lasting furniture at a fair price point.Typical price range: $899 to $4,300Shipping costs: $49 for orders under $999, free shipping on orders over $999Experiencing shipping delays: May experience some pandemic-related delays Average shipping time: Will receive shipping estimate when placing orderIn-store pickup: NoReturn policy: 30 days on all ordersRestocking/Return fees: $49 return shipping fee, free exchanges, $50 restocking fee for returns without original boxWarranty: Basic manufacturer warranty, reach out to customer service if you experience any issuesFabric swatch samples available: YesFinancing options: Affirm Special features: Sofa Finder featureArticle uses a DTC model to offer its stylish furniture at prices up to 30% cheaper than traditional retailers. The brand has a mix of pre-made ready-to-ship models as well as customizable sofas. Article's designs are both modern and vintage influenced, making it easy for customers to find unique couches that will complement their living spaces. Many of the brand's options are modular and can be arranged to be left- or right-facing depending on your preferences. With few exceptions, Article's sofas either don't require assembly, or have a simple assembly that should take under 15 minutes. Article is also Wangman's top retailer for purchasing a quality couch online; she said she loves the brand's great pricing, high quality, and fair return policy.What to buy:Article Sven Green Velvet Left SectionalThe ultimate statement couch, Article's Sven sofa series comes in fabric, leather, or colorful velvet and you can choose from a left-hand or right-hand sectional. Like many of Article's sofas, this one features 5-minute assembly.$2599.00 FROM ARTICLEArticle Ceni Fresh White SofaA modern twist on the classic mid-century design, the Ceni Sofa provides flexibility through its detachable cushion seats, backrests, and armrests. The sofa is available in six fabric colors and two size options and doesn’t require any assembly. $1149.00 FROM ARTICLERaymour & FlaniganRaymour & FlaniganRaymour & Flanigan has been providing quality furniture at various price points for several decades, and is well trusted by many consumers.Typical price range: $500 to $5,000Shipping costs: Dependent on cost and weight of item purchasedExperiencing shipping delays: May experience some pandemic-related delaysAverage shipping time: 5 to 10 days In-store pickup: Select items available in storeReturn policy: Only items labeled "Free Shipping" are eligible for returns, if item arrives damaged reach out to customer serviceRestocking/return fees: 15% restocking feeWarranty: Covers against manufacturer's defects, protection plans available for purchaseFabric swatch samples available: Yes Financing options: Custom-fit financing and lease-to-own financing options, 6-month layaway program Special features: Free showroom pickup available on select items, price matching, free design consultations, 7-day deliveryRaymour & Flanigan is a well-known option for furniture shopping due to its wide variety of durable, high-quality furniture. Search the site by your preferred back style, color, fabric, reclining features, and more to find the sofa of your dreams. The retailer is great for those looking for classically designed models that will remain in style as home design trends shift. The brand is one of the few in this guide that offers in-person shopping, with some products available for pickup directly from its showrooms, which quickly eliminates long waiting times. Each couch requires different levels of assembly, with instructions available on each product page.What to buy:Raymour & Flanigan Skye Microfiber Power Reclining SofaArguably the best choice for movie nights, the Skye Sofa provides “cloud soft comfort” and seats that recline at the simple press of a button. The couch is also made of stain-resistant materials, which is great news for messy theater snacks. $1529.95 FROM RAYMOUR & FLANIGANOriginally $1699.95 | Save 10%Raymour & Flanigan Glendora Microfiber SofaPerfect for minimalists, the Glendora Microfiber Sofa is simply designed and available in two neutral shades. The sofa features a foam and spring construction for plush comfort. The sofa’s legs are also removable.$1169.95 FROM RAYMOUR & FLANIGANOriginally $1299.95 | Save 10%Interior DefineInterior DefineInterior Define allows customers to create a totally unique custom sofa completely from scratch.Typical price range: $995 to $5,000Shipping costs: $149 flat rate (includes white glove service)Shipping delays: Experiencing some pandemic-related delays Average shipping time: 18 to 22 weeks due to custom nature of sofasIn-store pickup: NoReturn policy: 30 days for in-stock items, 60 days for custom itemsRestocking/return fees: 15% for in-stock items 50% for custom items deducted from total refund amountWarranty: 10-year frame warranty Fabric swatch samples available: YesFinancing options: Affirm Special features: AR app, free design services, option to buy throw pillows and sofa legs separately, Quick Ship page features items that ship within 2 to 3 weeksIf you're looking for a full custom experience, Interior Define specializes in offering its customers total control when designing their sofas. You can choose fabric type and color, legs, couch size, couch depth, seat cushions, and cushion fill for thousands of possible combinations. The brand also offers short clips of people of varying height sitting on each sofa, so that you can get a feel for its true fit. The brand has several different types of performance fabrics available including performance velvet, performance basketweave, performance tweed, and more. These fabrics are key to a durable and stain-resistant sofa. Interior Define also offers options for those who don't want to wait for a custom product to be constructed, with its Quick Ship page featuring items that usually ship within 2 to 3 weeks.What to buy:Interior Define Caitlin by The Everygirl Fabric SofaStunningly designed, the Caitlin Sofa is sure to grab attention no matter what fabric color you end up choosing. The sofa is made for soft seating and will match both minimal and modern decor styles.$1795.00 FROM INTERIOR DEFINEInterior Define Sloan Fabric 2-Seat SofaThe Sloan Sofa has a more structured design while also offering supportive comfort. It features a layered cushion for that extra soft feel. $1395.00 FROM INTERIOR DEFINEFAQsAlyssa Powell/InsiderWhat are the differences between sofas and couches?While many designers prefer to use the word "sofa" to indicate luxury or higher quality, the terms "sofa" and "couch" can be used interchangeably and refer to the same item, so search both while shopping.What are the best materials for couches and sofas? If you're spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a new sofa you'll want to make sure your investment will last through everyday wear and tear, spills, and other accidents that are bound to happen. You'll also want a couch that continues to feel comfortable over time. Kuhl recommends looking for products made with olefin yarn as "it's sustainable, it's super durable and soft." What type of couch or sofa should I buy if I have kids or pets?If you have children or pets, you should look for fabrics labeled as "performance." Performance fabric has been treated to be more durable against spills and heavy usage. You can find performance versions of your favorite fabrics including velvet, linen, microsuede, chenille, tweed, and more. Parents and pet parents might want to look for sofas with removable covers that can be washed or replaced as needed. Our experts also recommend parents choose a couch with fewer cushions, as cushions will eventually show signs of heavier use.Where do I start when looking for a sofa online?Start your process by establishing a realistic budget that will ensure quality while also allowing you to avoid overpaying. "Sofas are definitely a category where you get what you pay for, for the most part," said Kuhl. You'll also want to think about the main functions you desire from your sofa. Whether you're looking for a couch based on aesthetic, design, comfort, or durability, you'll want to establish these factors prior to shopping. After you've determined the key functions you're looking for, you'll want to seek out brands that offer those features and go from there. Do some research and become familiar with the brand's return and warranty policies and make sure you have a clear way to contact customer service in the case that any issues arise. Pay close attention to reviews, as they will quickly help you determine quality, comfort, and even if there are any major design flaws. Li suggests ordering swatches of any materials you're interested in as they are a great indicator of true color, quality, and durability. How do I choose the best sofa size and proportions for my space?In addition to taking accurate measurements, it's important to consider size, scale, and proportion when purchasing a new sofa. Wangman recommends that customers sketch out a floor plan of their space that includes the length and width of the room as well as the ceiling height. If you're not comfortable drawing a floor plan out by hand, she also recommends using free floor plan software programs such as SketchUp, SmartDraw, or Draft It.What does a good couch cost?Type of couchBudgetMid-pricedHigh-pricedCustom2-seater$500+$1,000+$2,000+$1,5000+3-seater$800+$1,500+$2,500+$3,000+4-seater$1,000+$2,000+$3,000+$3,500+Sectional$2,000$3,000+$4,000+$4,000+How can I afford a couch on a budget? Many brands currently offer financing through third-party partners such as Affirm, or through opening a store credit card. Many of these options include a 0% APR time period that can last anywhere from 12 to 18 months depending on the price of the items purchased. However, if you don't pay off the entire balance by the end of the 0% APR time period you'll be stuck paying off high amounts of interest. If you don't have a huge budget but are in need of a new sofa, you have a few options. First, consider shopping with more budget-friendly retailers such as Wayfair and Zinus. You can also wait for sales, which typically occur during the summertime and during major sale events like Black Friday. A great way to save money while shopping is to find out if any of the brands you're interested in have a retail outlet. "If you are willing to do a little research and possibly a minor repair here and there, you can score a quality sofa for 30% less than the MSRP by locating the retail outlets of some of your favorite manufacturers," said Li.Our experts recommend, if you can, spending more money initially to ensure you'll purchase a piece that will last you a long time versus having to constantly replace cheaper-made furniture every few years. Another tip is to buy modular furniture (Burrow is a popular option) that can be added on to and adjusted over time, allowing you to slowly expand your seating as your budget increases. You can also purchase a smaller sofa with a chaise, which will allow for additional seating space at a lower price.Should I purchase a pre-made or custom couch?When deciding whether to purchase a pre-made or custom couch, you should consider two main factors: budget and timeframe. While custom products allow you to choose the fabric, style, and even the legs, you'll also have to wait several weeks to months for the couch to arrive. Custom also typically comes at a higher price. While pre-made couches don't allow customers as much design flexibility, they are available in many designs and fabrics, typically have a lower price point, and offer faster shipping times. Overall, if you have time to wait and a higher budget, a custom couch can be a unique fixture in your home and better match the rest of your decor.Check out more furniture guidesArticle; Fully; IKEA; Union & Scale; Gilbert Espinoza/InsiderThe best futonsThe best bed framesThe best outdoor furnitureThe best desksThe best online interior design serviceRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytDec 7th, 2021

Holiday Gifts That Actually Fight Climate Change

If you’re stuck on what to buy as Christmas gifts this year, a Swiss start-up has a suggestion: some carbon dioxide. Climeworks AG owns the world’s largest direct-air carbon capture facility, in Iceland, where dozens of machines suck in air and filter out the CO2, so it can be stored permanently underground and prevented from… If you’re stuck on what to buy as Christmas gifts this year, a Swiss start-up has a suggestion: some carbon dioxide. Climeworks AG owns the world’s largest direct-air carbon capture facility, in Iceland, where dozens of machines suck in air and filter out the CO2, so it can be stored permanently underground and prevented from contributing to global warming. For 85 euros (about $96), Climeworks will remove and store 85kg of CO2. You’ll be emailed a gift certificate to send to your loved one, helping them assuage their guilt over flying across the country, eating a lot of meat or other carbon-intensive activities they plan to engage in over the holidays. The company calls it “the world’s most sustainable gift.” [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] But while 85kg might sound like a reasonable amount of CO2, U.S. per capita greenhouse gas emissions are around 16 metric tons a year. That means you’d be removing only around 0.5% of the carbon your giftee put into the atmosphere this year. Removing all 16 metric tons would cost you $18,073. And if a lot of people wanted to do that, Climeworks would run out of gift cards pretty quickly: their plant can capture 4,000 metric tons of CO2 per year—or the annual emissions of 250 Americans. So, does gifting a few kilos of CO2 really help the climate? In the long run, it arguably does. Experts say that carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology will form a small, but crucial, part of the climate fight. And the burgeoning CCS industry needs money to grow so it can reduce costs and make it possible to remove meaningful amounts of CO2. (Gift certificates bought now will help pay for Climeworks to build new plants—the actual CO2 removal you order will happen within five years, the company says.) In any case, Climeworks’ sustainable Christmas gift idea is likely better than most, says Julio Friedmann, a carbon capture expert at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. “A lot of people want to undo the damage they cause through their emissions and this is a valid, verified way of doing it,” he says. “Fundamentally, Climeworks will do what they say they’re doing.” Halldor Kolbeins—AFP/Getty ImagesClimeworks’ factory near Reykjavik on October 11, 2021. Trying to give a gift that helps rather than harms the climate is a greenwashing minefield: from unnecessary “eco-friendly” gadgets that your friends and family won’t use, whose production emits greenhouse gases, to less credible carbon offsetting schemes, which lack robust design and monitoring. It’s probably fair to say, as most climate experts I’ve consulted do, that the most sustainable thing to give at Christmas is nothing at all. But depending on how your friends and family feel about Christmas, giving nothing might not be very sustainable for your personal relationships. So, for those feeling helpless or climate-anxious this holiday season, I’ve tried to find the middle ground. Here’s a guide to how you can target your gift giving to help reduce emissions. Donate to Climate Change Organizations Right off the bat, we’ve got to acknowledge that the vast majority of the changes we need to make go far beyond what you can spend this Christmas. Governments need to set policies and make huge investments to drive the expansion of clean energy, the electrification of cars and buildings, and much more. Big businesses need to take responsibility for their emissions and make the decisions to cut them as fast as possible. So, give your most committed friends and family a donation in their name to an organization fighting for those systemic changes. You could support the climate fund at The Founders Pledge, which analyzes the work of NGOs and charities to identify the most cost-effective donations. Or you can choose a specific NGO—if you aren’t sure which, consult the guides produced by the non-profit initiative Giving Green. If you know your gift recipient well enough, you could also consider giving to a political campaign: there are a growing number of local politicians and candidates focusing on town or region-level climate action. Help Make Their Transportation Greener According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 29% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from transport, the greatest share of any sector. There are nearly two cars per household in the country, the vast majority fossil-fueled, and each one emits on average around 4.6 metric tons of carbon a year. If you can shift someone out of their car and on to zero or low-carbon transit, they’ll save roughly 404 grams of CO2 per mile travelled. You could buy them a used bike—cheap ones go for around $100. Or, pre-load $20 on a card for your local public transit system. The latter may be a little unsexy, but it has the added benefit of supporting a sector that is crucial for the climate and in dire financial straits thanks to falls in ridership during the pandemic. Maybe put a bow on the card. For longer distances, an Amtrak gift card—available for any amount up to $500—will cushion rail’s often prohibitively expensive prices in the U.S., helping your recipient choose trains over flights for their next trip. According to Amtrak, on Northeast Corridor services, travelling on their services produces 83% less emissions than driving alone and up to 73% less than flying. Quick Links: AVASTA Single-Speed Urban Commuter Bike | Amtrak Gift Card Give the Gift of More Efficient Electricity The second biggest source of emissions in the U.S. is electricity, representing 25% of the total. The key to cutting them is a) making buildings and products more energy efficient and b) switching out energy sources from dirty coal and natural gas, to clean wind, solar and hydropower. The Biden administration aims to reach “100% carbon pollution-free electricity” in the U.S. by 2035. Unless you have $20,000 to spend—the average cost of installing a set of solar panels in the U.S., according to energy marketplace EnergySage—you’re not going to be able to give anyone a renewable energy system. But you can help them reduce their electricity use, and their energy bills. Start with lighting, which makes up 10% of household electricity use: a set of energy efficient light bulbs, which consume up to 85% less energy than conventional bulbs, go for roughly $20. Or for a more exciting gift, try a smart light system, for around $200, which allows you to remotely control not only the brightness, which saves on wasted energy, but also the color of your lights, which is just fun. Another option, if they’ll definitely use it, is a solar charger for their devices, around $60; or even a solar-powered generator, for $200—$600. Quick Links: SYLVANIA LED A19 Light Bulb | Philips Hue Bluetooth Lighting | BigBlue Foldable Portable Solar Phone Charger Or Give Them Heating That Won’t Heat the Planet About 13% of U.S. emissions come from the non-electric needs of homes and businesses. Heating is the biggest culprit: combined, heating rooms and water makes up 62% of the energy used in an average home, per the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Again, you probably don’t have thousands of dollars to help your giftee replace their natural gas-powered stove or heating system with an electric one, or insulate their home. But a smart thermostat, available from under $100, for example, allows you to control your home’s heating and cooling remotely via an app, cutting down on waste. A low-flow shower head, for around $40, can cut water consumption per shower in half while maintaining the high-pressure feel of a normal shower. That reduces the amount of water that needs to be heated. Or, just get them a really comfortable sweater that they won’t want to take off, ideally from a thrift or consignment store. Quick Links: Google Nest Thermostat | High Sierra Low Flow Showerheads | Second-hand Sweaters on Depop | thredUP Presents For Foodies That Could Reduce Greenhouse Gases Agriculture-related emissions, which account for 10% of the U.S. total, are arguably the easiest area for an individual to have an impact. A 2020 study by researchers at John Hopkins University and other institutions found that the average U.S. resident would cut 30% off their food-related emissions by cutting out meat, which is more carbon-intensive to produce than plant-based foods. Cutting out animal products for two-thirds of meals, or all the time, would cut food-related emissions by nearly 60% and 85% respectively. Gifting a vegan or vegetarian cookbook could help spark a change in your recipient’s kitchen. Since plant-based cuisine has become a major trend in the food world, there are dozens of good ones to choose from, for around $25. For those less likely to change what they do at home, try a voucher for a fancy plant-based restaurant, which are increasingly popping up in U.S. cities. Or, for a lower budget option, make them a plant-based version of a dish you know they like. Quick Links: Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi | Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Romero | The Vegan Butcher: The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Meat by Zacchary Bird If You Want to Gift Clothing or Similar Products A significant chunk of U.S. emissions—23%—come from industry: that is, gases released by the burning of fossil fuels and by chemical processes in the production of goods and raw materials that we consume. And that chunk doesn’t take into account the emissions generated by the many products U.S. residents buy from overseas. The best way to reduce those emissions is to reduce how much we buy. Obviously, Christmas gift-giving flies in the face of that idea. Buying second-hand goods, though, from thrift stores or online, is a very easy way to put something under the tree without causing unnecessary carbon emissions. And, as my colleague Alana Semeuls reports, buying used gifts brings Christmas joys all of its own. Another way to target consumption emissions is to give items that support the circular economy, a movement to cut waste out from global supply chains and re-use materials as much as possible. For example, Patagonia, the outdoor wear retailer, began selling “recrafted” items made from old clothes in 2019, for $40–$230. They also offer “gently used” items and provide information on how to repair Patagonia products. Sneaker brand Thousand Fell sells fully recyclable shoes for $100, plus a $20 recycling deposit that your friend or family will get back when they return the shoe to be recycled. Maybe they can spend that on a gift for you. Quick Links: Patagonia ReCrafted Down Jacket | Thousand Fell Men’s Court Sneakers | Thousand Fell Women’s Court Sneakers With thanks to Christos Maravelias, professor of energy and the environment, Claire White, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Forrest Meggers, associate professor of architecture, at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, who provided suggestions for this guide......»»

Category: topSource: timeDec 7th, 2021

34 unique and thoughtful gifts your husband will love, from stylish clothes to the latest tech

From sweet treats to items that will get him a better night's rest, these 34 gifts tell your partner how much he means to you. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Inside this curated cocktail kit, he'll find all the top-shelf spirits and ingredients he needs to bring two creative cocktail recipes to life.Saloon Box Celebrate your partner with a gift that he'll love to keep around.  Our 34 gift ideas include blue-light glasses, delicious cakes and cookies, and lounge pants. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. The holidays are a great time to splurge on a gift for your husband or partner. Whether you're looking for a gift to supplement his hobbies or something you can enjoy together, we have a wide range of ideas that he's sure to love.Whether he has a sweet tooth or needs a better night's sleep, these 34 gifts tell your partner how much he means to you. And if you have kids, some of the gifts might even benefit the whole family. The 2021 holiday shopping season is feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Many manufacturers are experiencing supply-chain issues that limit their stock. Delays in shipping are also widespread. We recommend paying close attention to shipping times when ordering products to ensure they will arrive on time.Here are the best gifts for husbands in 2021A waterproof speakerJBLGift the JBL Clip 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $49.95Portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal for rocking out on the go. The JBL Clip 3 is great because it's affordable and waterproof so he can listen to tunes or catch up on podcasts in the shower.For more great options, check out our guide to portable Bluetooth speakers.A high-quality electric razorBraunGift the Braun Series 7 (7085cc) Electric Razor, $149.94The Braun Series 7 is tops in our guide to the best electric razors for several reasons. It senses the thickness of his beard and automatically adjusts the power for a clean one-pass shave. The shaver has a 50-minute runtime, and it's waterproof for wet use.A GPS smartwatchJames Brains/InsiderGift the Garmin Forerunner 945 GPS Smartwatch, $599.99A good GPS fitness tracker is a must for anyone who runs outdoors. The Garmin Forerunner 945 is as good as it gets. The watch supports hundreds of apps, including Spotify, so he can stream music without having to lug around his phone. I like that I can enable the watch to send my location to my wife when I run. That way, if something happens, she can find me easily.If the 945 is out of your price range, consider one of these fitness tracker watches.A fashionable leather walletBellroyGift the Bellroy Apex Slim Sleeve Wallet, $129Bellroy's Apex Slim Sleeve isn't your dad's wallet. Made of eco-friendly leather, it fits folded bills and up to eight cards. A magnet keeps the sleeve closed. And, it features RFID protection to keep personal information safe. A snack box subscriptionTokyoTreatGift a 3-month TokyoTreat subscription, $106.50Who doesn't love snacks? If your husband is an adventurous eater, he'll love a TokyoTreat subscription. Each month, he receives 17 unique snacks from Japan, including fun KitKat flavors. Check out our guide for other snack subscription box ideas.Stylish, sustainable sneakersNothing NewGift a pair of Nothing New Sneakers, from $95What's better than giving the special eco-conscious guy in your life a stylish pair of shoes? Giving him shoes that are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. With a style similar to Chuck Taylor All-Stars, Nothing New sneakers come in several colors, and each pair saves 160 gallons of water and keeps 5.6 plastic bottles out of landfills.You can read our full review of Nothing New Sneakers here.Waterproof bone-conduction sport headphonesAmazonGift the AfterShokz Aeropex Bone Conduction Sport Headphones, $129.95Any active person who likes to bring their tunes or podcasts on workouts will tell you it's hard to find comfortable headphones. This is especially true if you have unique ears. Bone conduction headphones are fabulous because they don't depend on your ear shape to provide comfortable listening. A smart-home light starter kitPhilipsGift the Philips Hue White and Color LED Smart Button Starter Kit, $275.63One of the biggest gripes many dads have around the house is, "Who left the lights on?" If your partner has a similar commitment to the environment, thrift, and complaining, a smart light kit is the way to go. If the Philips Hue Starter Kit is out of your price range, check out our guide to the best smart light bulbs for more options.A wagyu steak gift boxBlack Hawk MeatsGift a box of American Wagyu steaks, from $49Wagyu steak is prized for its high fat content, which makes it melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The gift boxes from Black Hawk Farms offer an affordable way for the meat lover in your life to experience American Wagyu. Thanks to the extensive marbling, I like that even a cheaper cut of American Wagyu comes off the grill tender, juicy, and flavorful.A portable fire pit and grillBioLiteGift the BioLite FirePit+, $187.46If your husband enjoys camping and grilling, the BioLite FirePit+ is a must-have. It features a built-in fan that allows him to adjust the heat easily and control the smoke. It's our favorite outdoor fireplace and grill because it cooks efficiently, is easy to transport, and protects you from getting a faceful of smoke.A water bottle with a built-in purification systemAmazonGift the Grayl Ultralight Water Purifier [+ Filter] Bottle, $69.95If he's a traveler or adventurer, he'll appreciate this water purifier bottle that lets him access clean drinking water no matter where he is. It doesn't just filter out sediments and chemicals like chlorine; it gets rid of 99.9% of viruses, disease-causing bacteria, and more with a purifying filter that includes positively charged ions to cling into negatively charged pathogens and activated carbon to catch chemicals.   Silicone rings that look like the real thingEnso RingsGift the Enso Rings Classic Elements Silicone Ring, $39.99Silicone rings are great alternatives to metal wedding bands for anyone with an active lifestyle, even if it's just a weekly game of golf. The silicone won't get scratched or bent out of shape, and it's sweatproof and easily washable, too. Delicious cookies and truffle ballsMilk BarGift the Milk Bar Party of Two set that includes a 6-inch B'Day Cake and 12 B'Day Cake Truffles, $75If he lives every day like it's his birthday, he'll love digging into Milk Bar's B'Day Cake Truffles and 6-inch B'Day Cake. Items are packed securely and can be shipped nationwide. There's a $15 flat rate shipping on all orders.A Disney+ subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderSubscribe to Disney+ for $79.99/yearDisney+ gives him unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox and costs $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ here.And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.A convenient way for him to discover new productsBirchbox InstagramGift a Birchbox Grooming 3-Month Subscription Gift Card, $45If he doesn't have the time and energy to hunt down new skincare and hair-care products, hand him over to Birchbox. The service will send him five samples catered to his hair, skin, and personal style every month. Breathable, supportive golf socksBombasGift the Bombas Performance Golf Ankle Sock 3-Pack, $49.50Little details, like the mesh under-toe ventilation zone, will make him appreciate these performance socks specially designed to up his golf game. Would it be extreme to attribute his birdie to Bombas? A gift card from one of our favorite activewear brandsRhoneGift a Rhone Gift Card, from $20Rhone makes some of our favorite workout gear for both inside and outside of the gym. Plus, the e-gift card is immediately sent upon purchase, so there's no need to wait for shipping. A vinyl record subscriptionVNYL InstagramGift a Vnyl subscription, from $29Vnyl's curators look at his music tastes, member profile, and Spotify playlists to send three records he'll want to dive into immediately. The included handwritten note explaining the suggestions makes the experience feel more like he's stepped into a record store. A sleek portable charger for his laptop and phoneAmazonGift the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD 45W, $159.99 If he travels often, he's probably taking along all his tech — laptop, phone, e-reader, and more. All those gadgets have their own chargers, which can be frustrating to keep track of and take up space in his luggage, too. Anker's device can help him streamline and replace a few of the major chargers. It's a portable battery pack with enough power to charge a laptop and comes with a wall charger and USB-C to C cable so it can replace most, if not all, of his other cords and cables. Silky soft lounge pants that fit like a second skinTommy JohnGift a pair of Tommy John Lounge Pants, from $58The brand's beloved lounge pants are delightfully airy, stretchy, and soft. Matching underwear in a fun printMeUndies InstagramGift a matching set of MeUndies Matching Underwear, from $42Choose your favorite underwear cuts (over 15 options), then go on to the fun part. Find a print so the two of you can match. MeUndies offers solid colors, but we love the adventurous, cartoon-splashed prints more. The actual underwear is very comfortable and soft.A mini cast iron skilletField Company InstagramGift the Field #4 Cast Iron Skillet, $95The smallest version of Field Company's lightweight and smooth vintage-style cast iron is the perfect size for cooking small sides. Cookies that look like himEtsyGift the Custom Portrait Cookie Cutters from Etsy, from $30Having his likeness recreated on these delicious cookies is a gift he'll never forget. Make sure to take a side-by-side photo before he eats them all. A protective spray that keeps his shoes shiny and newAmazonGift the Jason Markk Repel Spray, $17If he loves shoes, he should have the right products to take care of his favorite footwear. This spray protects shoes from water and oil stains, and there are multiple people on our team who swear by it for every new pair of shoes they get. Creatively sentimental cufflinksLove LetterGift Uncommon Goods' Love Letter Cufflinks, from $80The tiny envelopes open up to reveal a small and thoughtful reminder. You can replace it and surprise him with your own sweet message, too.Vitamin-infused body washNecessaire InstagramGift the Necessaire Body Wash, $25Gender-neutral personal care brand Necessaire treats the body with clean, sustainable ingredients and vitamins. He'll love using the Eucalyptus or Sandalwood body washes to nourish his skin without stripping it of moisture. Glasses to reduce eye fatigueFelix Gray InstagramGift a pair of Felix Gray Sleep Glasses, from $145The blue light that comes off our screens affects sleep, so gift him these blue-light-blocking glasses. His eyes won't feel as tired or dry, and he might have an easier time drifting off to sleep. A framed photoMintedGift the Minted Best Dad Ever Frame, from $94.50You can never go wrong with a photo of the family framed by handcrafted wood or metal. The metallic foil gives it a special touch. Dress clothes that fit him perfectlySpier and MackayGift a Spier & MacKay Gift Card, from $50He can get custom-fit suits for surprisingly affordable prices from Canadian startup Spier & Mackay. Insider Reviews reporter Amir Ismael calls it the best choice "if you're having a treat-yourself moment or you need a shirt for a special occasion."A 15-pound weighted blanketJen Gushue/InsiderGift the Brooklinen Weighted Comforter, from $211.65This heavy weighted blanket will ease him to sleep after a long day, thanks to its comforting embrace. If this option doesn't feel quite right, check out our guide to the best weighted blankets.A new electric toothbrushQuipGift the Quip Electric Toothbrush, from $25With Quip's sleek metallic styles, this toothbrush is both a pretty and thoughtful gift. Because he'll always have a new brush head on the way via its subscription, you're also taking one more chore off his plate.A curated cocktail kitInside this curated cocktail kit, he'll find all the top-shelf spirits and ingredients he needs to bring two creative cocktail recipes to life.Saloon BoxGift a SaloonBox Cocktail Kit Box, $172.99Inside he'll find all the top-shelf spirits and ingredients he needs to bring two creative cocktail recipes to life. Rather than regret all the money spent on ingredients he'll only use once, he can refocus his energy to enjoying his boozy creation. A cool phone case and phone grip accessoryAmazonGift a Scooch Wingman Phone Case, $39.99It's a multi-talented force the likes of which the phone accessory world has never seen before — a grip, stand, car mount, and phone case, all in one convenient and sturdy package. Learn more about why we love it in our Scooch Wingman review.A staycationAirbnb/FacebookBook a unique online experience at Airbnb, price variesA staycation is a good excuse to get away from the kids for the weekend and reset, all while staying in your home. It'll help him appreciate a familiar place in a new light, and he'll return to his day-to-day with renewed energy and vigor. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Bonhoeffer 3Q21 Commentary: Case Study – Millicom

Bonhoeffer Capital Management commentary for the third quarter ended September 2021, providing a case study for Millicom International Cellular SA (NASDAQ:TIGO). Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Dear Partner, The Bonhoeffer Fund returned -2.8% net of fees in the third quarter of 2021. 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Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues. (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more Dear Partner, The Bonhoeffer Fund returned -2.8% net of fees in the third quarter of 2021. In the same time period, the MSCI World ex-US, a broad-based index returned -0.7% and the DFA International Small Cap Value Fund, our closest benchmark, returned -2.5%. Year to date, the Bonhoeffer Fund has returned 22.9% net of fees. As of September 30, 2021, our securities have an average earnings/free cash flow yield of 14.3% and an average EV/EBITDA of 4.7. The DFA International Small Cap Value Fund had an average earnings yield of 11.1%. These multiples are lower than last quarter primarily due to increasing earnings and declining share prices. The difference between the portfolio’s market valuation and my estimate of intrinsic value is greater than 100%. I remain confident that the gap will close over time and the portfolio quality will continue to increase as we increase allocations to faster-growing firms. Bonhoeffer Fund Portfolio Overview Our investment universe has been extended beyond value-oriented special situations to include growthoriented firms using a value framework, including companies that generate growth through consolidation. There have been modest changes within the portfolio in the last quarter in line with our low historical turnover rates. We have sold Cambria Automotive which is in the process of being acquired and used the proceeds to increase our holdings in Asbury Automotive, Countryside Properties, and Millicom. As of September 30, 2021, our largest country exposures include: South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, and Philippines. The largest industry exposures include: distribution, telecom/media, real estate/infrastructure, and consumer products. We added to some smaller positions within the portfolio and are investigating additional consolidation plays with modest valuations in industries that have nice returns on invested capital such as fiber rollouts, convenience stores, and IT services. Compound Mispricings (37% of Portfolio; Quarterly Average Performance -8%) Our Korean preferred stocks, the nonvoting share of Telecom Italia, Wilh. Wilhelmsen, and some HoldCos all feature characteristics of compound mispricings. The thesis for the closing of the voting, nonvoting, and holding company valuation gap includes evidence of better governance and liquidity. We are also looking for corporate actions such as spinoffs, sales, or holding company transactions and overall growth. Throughout the year, Net1 UEPS has been accumulating cash from the sale of its non-core assets including a Korean transaction processing network and its stake in a crypto bank. This cash, in addition to issuing some debt, was used to purchase Connect, a merchant transaction processor catering to small and medium businesses. This acquisition will complement its consumer fintech EasyPay transaction and ATM network and expand Net1 UEPS’s total addressable market to include small and midsized businesses and lead to profitability. The Korean preferred discounts in our portfolio are still large (25% to 73%). The trends of better governance and liquidity have reduced the discount in names like Samsung Electronics, and more preferred names trade at a premium to common shares. We continue to like the prospects for LG Corp preferred post LX Holdings spinoff from both a business and discount perspective. The current discount to NAV is 74% for the LG Corp preferred. In addition, this discount is based upon a base value of LG Corp with reasonable implied EV/EBITDA multiples of LG Corp subsidiaries of 4.7x for LG Electronics, 13.6x for LG Chemical (including LG’s EV battery division), and 16.7x for LG Household & Health Care. Public LBOs (37% of Portfolio; Quarterly Average Performance -1%) Our broadcast TV franchises, leasing, building products distributors, and roll-on/roll-off (RORO) shipping fall into this category. One trend I’ve noted in these firms is growth creation through acquisitions which provide synergies and operational leverage associated with vertical and horizontal consolidation and the subsequent repurchasing of shares with debt. The increased cash flow is used to pay the debt and the process is repeated. Millicom, this quarter’s case study, is a public LBO that has financed many of its investment opportunities with debt. The recently announced buyout of its Guatemalan JV partner illustrates this. The debt, when used in situations like this, has been paid down over time as Millicom generates a lot of free cash flow and can increase returns like leveraged rollups, as described below. Distribution Theme (41% of Portfolio; Quarterly Performance +3%) Our holdings in car and branded capital equipment dealerships, convenience stores, building product distributors, and capital equipment leasing firms all fall into the distribution theme. One of the main KPIs for dealerships and shopping is velocity or inventory turns. We own some of the highest-velocity dealerships in markets around the world. There have been challenges in some markets hit by COVID, like South Africa and Latin America; but there should be recovery now that vaccines have been approved and distributed. GS Retail, the second largest convenience store operator in Korea (with 14,600 convenience stores and 320 grocery stores), is the security we received for the buyout of GS Home Shopping. We have applied our growth methodology described in the last quarterly report. The following is a summary: The convenience store business is growing and consolidating worldwide. As a result of the acquisition, management is planning on using the younger customer data from GS Retail, the older customer data from GS Home Shopping, and the GS distribution network (42 logistics centers supporting convenience, grocery, and home shopping customers) to provide older and younger customers their products instore (convenience store) or next-day home delivery across Korea. Management expects 10% growth overall, composed of underlying convenience store growth of 4-5% and 5% from cross selling and digital commerce from the merger. Given the fixed costs in the convenience store network and distribution infrastructure, management expects cost synergies to generate net income margins of 5.0%. If these revenue and growth rates are realized, then a P/E closer to comparable convenience stores BGF Retail (Korea), Seven & I, and Alimentation Couche-Tard of 15-20x is not unreasonable. This range has significant upside from current P/E multiple of 5.9x and five-year forward P/E of 4.3x. Telecom/Transaction Processing Theme (36% of Portfolio; Quarterly Performance -2%) The increasing use of transaction processing in our firms’ markets and the rollout of 5G will provide growth opportunities. Given that most of these firms are holding companies and have multiple components of value (including real estate), the timeline for realization may be longer than for other firms. Telecom Italia continues to work with the Italian government and Fiber Corp to merge their telecommunications infrastructures together. Vivendi has called an emergency board meeting to ensure Telecom Italia will retain control of the combined telecommunication infrastructure after the merger. We view this action as a positive despite the decline in Telecom Italia’s share price. The updated sum-ofthe- parts analysis (as detailed in previous letters) implies an upside of 80–100%. In my opinion, much of the recent decline is due to concerns that Telecom Italia will give up control of the combined telecommunications infrastructure. Consumer Product Theme (10% of Portfolio; Quarterly Performance -7%) Our consumer product, tire, and beverage firms comprise this category. The defensive nature of these firms has led to lower-than-average performance due to the stronger performance from more recoverycorrelated names. One theme we have been examining is the increase in sales of adult products (tobacco, alcohol, and lottery) in convenience stores as other stores are removing these products from their product offerings. GS Retail is taking advantage of this trend in Korea. Real Estate/Construction Theme (23% of Portfolio; Quarterly Performance -3%) In my opinion, the pricing of our real estate holdings has been impacted by both a recession and the communist takeover in Hong Kong. The current cement and construction holdings (in US/Europe via BFS and Countryside and in Korea via Asia Cement) should do well as the world recovers from COVID shutdowns and governments start infrastructure programs. Asia Standard also declined during the quarter due to the concern over the decline in its Chinese real estate developer bond holdings. Asia Standard holds a large number of Chinese real estate developer bonds, including those of Evergrande and Kaisa. The Evergrande bonds have declined to about 20% of face value as of September 30 (they were at 40% of face value on July 31, 2021, the last market-to-market valuation date for Asia Standard’s bond portfolio) while the Kaisa bonds have declined to 85% of face value. I ran a stress test assuming a 25% decline in the bond portfolio from July 31, 2021. This is 2x the 13% decline in the portfolio from Evergrande and Kaisa bond prices between July 31, 2021, to September 30, 2021. The resulting NAV/share is $8.09 versus the $10.09 NAV as of July 31, 2021. The September 30 stock price of $0.85 is at a 91% discount to the stressed NAV and 92% to the July 31, 2021, NAV. Consolidation Frameworks In our Q1 letter, we described how we are examining growth opportunities associated with consolidation in fragmented industries. Growth from consolidation can be a resilient form of growth as it is dependent upon the availability of target firms and associated cost and revenue synergies versus overall market growth. When consolidation growth is combined with modest industry growth, some exciting growth can be realized. If the firms also exhibit operational leverage from economies of scale/scope, then the combined effect can be significant growth in earnings or free cash flows. The advantage of this type of growth is that it is realized over time and not recognized by the market in advance. This can be seen in the price charts of many of these firms moving from the lower left to the upper right over time as the growth is realized. Fragmented markets can have long runways associated with consolidation and economies of scale and scope which can lead to cash flow growth in excess of the market growth for many years. We try to identify these markets and firms that can ride the consolation wave over a long timeframe. Some of these firms have valuations reflecting some of the future growth and some have little to no premium reflecting future growth from consolidation. Currently, the internet (an innovation) is providing more consolidation via additional fragmentation of retail demand from offline, online, and omni-channel selling channels. An example is traditional auto dealers using an omni-channel sales approach and Carvana who is exclusively online. Bonhoeffer is looking for businesses that are adopting the innovation (internet distribution) which will enhance growth going forward but where it is not recognized by the market yet, as evidenced by the current stock price. Some analysts have developed useful frameworks to evaluate consolidation or serial acquirer situations. Scott Capital has developed a useful framework1 for categorizing consolidators, shown below: Scott has categorized these types of firms depending upon the level of target integration. Most of the firms we have been examining recently have been rollups (firms in the same industry) with scale-driven synergies and operational leverage. We also hold one platform (Wilh. Wilhelmsen) and one holding company (LG Corp). Another way to look at these firms is cross-sectionally based on total addressable market (TAM) size and integration of operations, as described by Canuck Analysts Substack2 below: Using this framework for our current areas of interest (rollups), I have been monitoring acquisition multiples in the car dealers (Asbury Automotive), local TV and radio firms (Gray Television), building supply distribution (Builders First Source), Latin American telecommunications (Millicom), cement firms (Asia Cement), equipment leasing firms (Ashtead), and network processing (Net 1 UEPS). In each of these segments, multiples have been modest. None of these firms have done international “diworsifying” deals to date and some have recently divested unrelated firms (Net 1 UEPS, Daelim Industrial and LG Corp). In each of these markets, the market share of the top firms is less than 10% except for GS Retail, where itself and FRB have a dominant share of 31% each, and Millicom, where it has a leading or number two position in eight of its nine markets where it competes. The small market shares provide a large runway for consolidation in its existing industry for years to come. Also, none have made international expansion into new markets outside their existing footprints. A return benchmark developed by the Canuck Analysts Substack3 is shown below: This framework, used in combination with calculating return on incremental capital, can illustrate where the invested capital returns can be modest. As an example, we will look at Asbury Automotive. Asbury’s returns on invested capital averaged 13%, and the return on equity averages 31% over the past 10 years plus an organic growth rate of 2 to 3% per year based upon US auto sales and maintenance service costs. This results in an ROIC plus ½ of annual organic growth of about 15%. The size of Asbury’s acquisitions has been about $1.4 billion over the past five years. Below is Asbury’s return on incremental invested capital over the past 10 years which has averaged in the upper teens during that period. For other serial acquirers like Ashtead, the organic growth rate is 6% and its ROICs over the past 10 years is 14% resulting in an ROIC plus ½ of annual organic growth of about 17%. The size of Ashtead’s acquisitions has been about $2.0 billion over the past five years. Conclusion As always, if you would like to discuss any of the philosophies or investments in deeper detail, then please do not hesitate to reach out. Until next quarter, thank you for your confidence in our work and have a safe and warm year-end holiday season. Warm Regards, Keith D. Smith, CFA Case Study: Millicom International Cellular SA (TIGO) Millicom International Cellular SA (NASDAQ:TIGO) provides mobile and broadband telecommunications services to consumers and businesses in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama) and South America (Columbia, Bolivia, and Paraguay). TIGO provides legacy voice, wireless and data services, and fiber-based services to firms and individuals. Currently, TIGO has 43.1 million wireless subscribers, including 20.3 million 4G subscribers and 4.9 million home customers, including 8.4 million revenue generating units (RGUs) and 4.1 million broadband subscribers. In addition, TIGO’s network includes 5,400 points of presence and 300,000 business customers. TIGO is the number one or two broadband and wireless provider in eight of the nine markets in which TIGO competes. Recently, TIGO announced the purchase of its joint venture (JV) partner’s share of its JV in Guatemala for $2.2 billion. This transaction will be financed by debt and a shareholder friendly common stock rights offering. TIGO provides mobile money/banking services for five million customers in six countries. TIGO also has 10,000 towers and 13 data centers which can be sold and leased backed. TIGO is in the process of separating its towers and data centers (like Telefónica and América Móvil) and its mobile money/banking service to facilitate sales or investments by third parties. In 2017, TIGO sold 3,410 towers in Columbia, El Salvador, and Paraguay for $417 million or $122,287 per tower. Historically, TIGO operated in both Africa and Latin America. Over the past five years, TIGO has divested its African telecommunications assets and purchased additional assets in Latin America. TIGO’s network passes over 12.2 million homes (24% penetration of total homes) and covers 80% of mobile phones. The firm is in the midst of rolling out fiber to homes to provide broadband connectivity to Latin American customers. This rollout is being funded by cash flow from operations. The firm has been described as building a Charter Communications under a wireless Verizon umbrella. This is similar to our Consolidated Communications play with the additional benefit of having a wireless network and a mobile money business. In most countries in which TIGO operates, they have joint ventures or minority interest local partners. TIGO currently has an average high-speed internet (HSI) penetration rate (a take rate of HSI for homes passed) of about 39% across the countries it serves. This has increased by 1.4% since year-end 2020. To put this in context, most cable broadband penetrations are in the 50% plus range. In seven of the nine countries they serve, TIGO is the number one or two competitor in wireless and broadband in two-player markets (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, and Paraguay) and number three in two markets (Nicaragua and Costa Rica). The Q3 2021 mobile average revenue per RGU was $6.40 per month, and the broadband revenue per RGU was $28.10 per month. The largest shares of proportional EBITDA are from Guatemala (38%), Bolivia (11%), Paraguay (11%), Panama (10%), and Columbia (9%). In terms of regions, 70% of EBITDA is from Central America and 30% from South America. TIGO has developed a customer-focused culture at the corporate and country level using NPS as a metric which is collected and used as a management incentive to increase customer satisfaction. In addition, the countries that TIGO serves have stable currencies versus the US dollar. Since 2000, the EBITDA weighted average currency movements have been only 0.7% per year. Another positive trend is the movement of suppliers to US-based firms moving from China to a closer location with political and currency stability—Central America. If we look at the index of economic freedom for the Central American countries in which TIGO primarily operates, they have a moderately free ranking. For the subcategories most of interest to suppliers (tax burden and trade and business freedom), they all are ranked free or mostly free (highest ratings). Millicom and Fiber-optic Rollout The Latin American telecommunications services market is a local, fragmented market. Consolidation has occurred over the past 10 years amongst these local players, and the next generation of technology (fiber-optic connections) is being rolled out. Fiber-optic rollouts are generating organic growth and economies of scale with high incremental user profitability. Millicom has created economies of scale depending upon the geography of the acquired telecommunications firm. There is also the vertical integration across telecommunications services (like wireless, voice, data, cable, and hosting) in a given geography which can create additional economies of scale. With these rollouts, telecommunications companies compete with the local cable companies—and in some cases wireless providers—to provide HSI and other services to customers in their local footprints. Historically, telecommunications and cable firms have had poor customer service, as evidenced by low net promoter scores (NPSs). Keith Rabois, a founder of PayPal, has tweeted, “Formula for startup success: Find large highly fragmented industry w low NPS; vertically integrate a solution to simplify value product.” Part of simplifying the solution is providing multiple services and good customer service. The telecommunication services market fits this description. The new fiber rollouts are analogous to organic startups and thus can also be successful in the vertical integration into these markets. Business and Service Analysis One way to look at telecom business is to divide it into slowly growing (wireless) and quickly growing segments (HSI). The slower-growing wireless business is mature and is growing about 2% per year. The HSI business is growing at an 8% annual rate driven by fiber rollouts in TIGO’s countries. Millicom’s overall mix of wireless and HSI revenue is 33% HSI and 67% wireless, with 67% recurring subscription revenue (HSI and post-paid wireless) but varies by country. The current revenue growth rate is 4.3% and will increase to 5%, by the end of 10 years and the HSI/wireless mix approach 50%/50%. If we look at unit economics of the fiber rollout, it is also quite favorable. According to management, the estimated cost to pass each new customer is about $150; and the cost to connect a customer is $100. This is similar to the cost reported by Oi, a telecommunications firm rolling out a fiber-optic network in Brazil. If you have a final penetration rate of 45% using the current HSI monthly charge of $28/month, and a steady-state EBITDA margin of 45% (which management believes are both achievable at scale; the current margin is 40%), then the payback time is between six and seven years, and the unlevered IRR is 26% and a levered return of 52%. See Exhibit A for details. Latin America Broadband Telecommunications Market The broadband telecom business in Latin America is a fragmented market on an international basis and a concentrated market on a country-by-country basis. The market is a local market, so the smaller country markets only have a few competitors. This leads to less price competition for TIGO than in larger, more urban markets where there are more competitors. Gig speed internet and wireless are core infrastructure services that will be required in the internet service economy. Currently, broadband usage is growing at a 30-40%/year rate and is expected to increase going forward, as more bandwidthintensive applications are developed and rolled out over time. Since most of TIGO’s competition is from cable companies and incumbent telecom firms (that have low NPSs), TIGO has an opportunity to provide improved customer service versus the cable companies. This highlights the importance of the decentralized management system, incentivized and shareholding country managers, and including NPSs in management’s incentive compensation at the corporate and country levels. Of the other publicly traded Latin American telecommunications firms, TIGO has the largest potential to increase HSI organic revenue growth (by 8%) via a fiber rollout in its incumbent territories. This can be seen in the projections based upon the currently planned and financed fiber rollout shown in Exhibit B. The tilt toward the faster-growing Central American countries (which should get some opportunities to replace China as exporters to the US) versus the slower-growing South American countries will also add a nice tailwind. The countries TIGO services had an average real GDP growth rate of 3.2% per year over the past five years versus the overall 0.7% GDP growth rate for all of Latin America. Downside Protection TIGO has been reducing debt over the past few years with a current proportional debt/EBITDA of 2.7x and a goal of 2.0x. TIGO has a bond rating of Ba2 and yields 3.5% for five- to 10-year bonds. TIGO is in a defensive business—telecommunications services—which has a large amount of recurring revenue. HSI data revenues are increasing, while wireless revenues are increasing at a slower rate. See below for projections and Exhibit B for more detailed projections. Below is the proportional historical and projected revenue, EBITDA, and FCF since 2016 when the Guatemalan and Honduran JVs were deconsolidated. Management and Incentives One of the risks in emerging-markets investing is management, as they may have different incentives than those to which Western investors are accustomed. In this case, you have a management team based in the US (Miami) that has been historically influenced by the firm’s domicile, Sweden. TIGO is led by a former Liberty Latin America executive, Mauricio Ramos. He brings the Liberty Media playbook (a successful leveraged rollup strategy of cable-related properties and associated shareholder friendly corporate actions) to the markets that TIGO serves. TIGO is listed in Sweden and the United States and brings the corporate governance practices, capital allocation, and shareholder renumeration approaches to its operations throughout Latin America. In many countries, TIGO has local JV partners which provide TIGO with access to the local connections. TIGO has management incentives, including TIGO stock (with minimum levels for country managers) at both the corporate and country levels. The capital allocation is also done at both the corporate and country levels. This country-level capital allocation, incentives, and stock ownership is unusual for a Latin American company. The major categories of capital allocation for TIGO are: 1) purchasing minority interests from partners, 2) investing in the HSI broadband rollout described above, 3) selective acquisitions, 4) repurchasing shares, or 5) distributing dividends. Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4 have the most well-defined and highest returns and have been used by management in the past. In 2020, the CEO’s management compensation was 20% base salary and 80% incentive-based bonus, of which short-term incentive (STI) is 50% equity based (TIGO shares) and 50% cash based and long-term incentive (LTI) is 100% equity based (TIGO shares). The 2020 STI compensation was based on service revenue growth, EBITDA growth, operational cash flow growth, NPS, and other operational goals. The 2020 LTI compensation is based upon service and EBITDA growth and relative total shareholder return versus peers. The 2020 equity-based shares were issued at $38.09 per share, and the 2019 shares were issued at $42.70 per share. Overall, 700,000 shares were granted in 2020 (about 0.7% of shares outstanding per year). The management team owns 0.7% of TIGO common stock. TIGO has stock ownership guidelines of 5x the salary for the CEO, 3x for other senior managers, and 1x for country managers. Valuation The valuation of TIGO is an interesting exercise because its expected growth rate is accelerated by the fiber rollout and share buybacks described above. The implied growth using the Graham Formula, adjusted to today’s interest rates ((8.5 + 2g)*(4.4/AAA bond rate)) and the current P/E, is -1.8%, clearly implying that the market expects TIGO’s cash flows to continue to decline. Some benchmarks for growth are the projected sales growth rates of 4.5% per year (based upon the fiber rollout), an EBITDA growth rate of 6% per year, and an adjusted free cash flow growth of 12%. The question is whether this growth rate is sustainable over the next seven years. Given the key penetration, margin, investment, and timing assumptions in the projection model, I believe it is. TIGO is the only Latin American publicly traded telecom firm that has a rollout of this magnitude (adding 18% to revenue) scheduled over the next five to seven years. One firm that also has a Latin American footprint is Liberty Latin America (LILA). LILA has grown revenues and EBITDA at about 8% per year since 2015. The EBITDA margin is similar to TIGO, but historically the conversion to FCF from EBITDA was 50% less than TIGO—25% for TIGO and closer to 12% for LILA. The current FCF multiple of LILA is about 16x. If that multiple is applied to TIGO’s FCF, it yields a value of $74 per share, which I believe is a reasonable 12-month target. If, over the five to seven years, a 12% FCF growth is attained, then the earnings will be $8.19. Applying a 23.8x multiple to these earnings (implying a 4% growth rate over the subsequent seven years) means a value of $195 per share is obtained. Another way to look at valuation is on an enterprise basis. If we value TIGO on a forward EBITDA basis of 9x EBITDA (the current multiple of cable overbuilder WOW!), then the resulting value is $200 per share. If we consider both benchmarks, then a $200 price target is not unreasonable. See Exhibit B for details. This results in a five-year IRR of about 42%. In addition to the core assets, TIGO has about 10,000 towers (with an additional 2,000 under construction), 13 data centers, and a mobile banking division. According to management, these non-core assets are being prepared for either sale-leasebacks or investments by third parties. The estimated value of the towers and data centers is about $2 billion—$1.1 billion for the towers and $900 million for the data centers. The tower valuation of $1.4 billion is based upon an estimated value per tower of $120k based upon tower transaction values (TIGO’s historic transactions averaged $122k/tower and a 2021 Telxius transaction was $110k/tower, 9,300 Latin American towers for €900 million) and Telesites’s current valuation of $252k/tower times 12,000 towers. The data center valuation of $750 million is based upon an estimated value per data center of $58k which is based upon Latin American data center transactions (Anxel data centers were purchase by Equinix for $58k/center, three data centers for $175 million, and Telefónica data centers were purchased by Asterion for $58k/data center, nine data centers for €550 million) times 13 data center. Adding together the towers and data centers, the total valuation of these assets is $2.1 billion. The mobile banking division (TIGO Money) can be valued using a range of values based upon the value of African mobile banking firms and Latin American neobank firms. The mobile banking business had 5 million customers and 48 million transactions in 2020. If we use African mobile banking transactions (20 million Airtel customers were purchased for $2.6 billion and 46 million MTN customers were purchased for $5.0 billion), the average value per user is $121. If we use $121/customer times 5 million transactions, it implies a $600 million value for TIGO Money. If we use recent Latin American neobank transactions (40 million Nubank (Brazil) customers were purchased for a $30 billion valuation and 3.5 million Ualá (Argentina) customers were purchased for a $2.45 billion valuation), the average value per user is $750. If we use the midpoint of the African mobile banking and Latin American neobanks of $435, we get $435 times 5 million customers, and the resulting value is $2.2 billion. This is additional value of $2.7 to $4.2 billion ($27 to $42 per share) in addition to the core business value estimated above. So, for example, if you assume a 12% FCF growth rate and the value of non-core assets, you get a total value of $255 to $270 per share. Comparables Given the fiber rollout and the size of TIGO, the comparable firms include US and Italian small-cap telecommunications firms. One of the larger issues in Latin American firms versus developed markets is currency risk, however; as described above, TIGO’s currency risk is similar to developed markets’ risk. The following are the comparable firms in the US and Italian telecommunications markets. The smaller Italian telecom firms have smaller floats than the US firms and are majority controlled (70%+) by the original owners. There have been some private equity acquisitions in the US rural local exchange carriers (RLEC) space, namely Cincinnati Bell and Alaska Communications. These firms have a similar dynamic associated with their respective fiber rollouts, and private equity firms have invested in these firms for similar reasons that make CNSL attractive. Cincinnati Bell has been purchased by the private equity firm Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, which outbid an original offer from Brookfield Asset Management. Alaska Communications is also in the process of being purchased by ATN International and Freedom 3 Capital. The EV/EBITDA paid by these buyers was 6.5 to 6.9x EBITDA for assets with lower margins than the current price of TIGO (4.6x EBITDA). Benchmarking In comparison to other US and Italian firms, TIGO has above-average (but good) FCF ROE and a high EBITDA margin. With TIGO’s fiber rollout and customer take-up, the fixed asset turns and ROEs should increase. With these favorable operational metrics, TIGO has one of the lowest current and 2021 P/FCF ratios of either group. Risks The primary risks to achieving a target valuation of $72 per share for TIGO include: a lower-than-expected broadband penetration of fiber rollout communities; and a quicker-than-expected decline in the legacy telecom lines. Potential Upside/Catalysts The primary upsides/catalysts include: faster-than-expected penetration of uptake of broadband services; operational leverage due to economies of scale; and re-rating to reflect higher growth. Timeline/Investment Horizon The short-term target is $72, which is more than double today’s price. I think the investment thesis can play out over the next three to five years. By that time, TIGO’s net income and earnings should have appreciated by 75%, and the fair multiple could triple with a 4% increased growth rate. If that is the case, then TIGO will attain a 6.7x return to $235 over five years or 46% annualized. This is similar to a “Davis double,” where both underlying earnings increase along with the fair value multiple. 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Category: blogSource: valuewalkDec 1st, 2021

EV Roundup: XPEV"s Q3 Results, GM"s Investment in E-Boat Startup & More

While XPeng (XPEV) cheers investors with a massive year-over-year revenue surge in Q3, General Motors (GM) makes waves by acquiring a stake in electric-boat startup Pure Watercraft. Last week, China-based electric vehicle (EV) maker XPeng Inc. XPEV reported third-quarter 2021 results and issued an upbeat fourth-quarter 2021 guidance. Its close peer NIO Inc. NIO collaborated with Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) to enhance the charging experience of EV drivers as they plan to jointly build 100 battery swap stations in China by 2025. XL Fleet XL, the provider of electrification technology for commercial and municipal fleets, also hogged the limelight on securing a key military contract. Meanwhile, U.S. auto giant General Motors GM made a splash with investment in an electric boating company.Last Week’s Top Stories1. XPeng reported third-quarter adjusted loss per American Depositary Share of 29 cents. The China-based EV maker posted revenues of $887.7 million, up a whopping 187.4% year over year on the back of robust deliveries. Deliveries totaled 25,666 units, skyrocketing 199.2% year over year. The P7 model constituted 76.8% of total deliveries. The bottom line was adversely impacted by escalating R&D and SG&A costs, which summed $196.2 million and $238.8 million, reflecting a year-over-year surge of 99% and 27.8%, respectively.As of Sep 30, XPEV had cash and cash equivalents of around $2.4 billion. For fourth-quarter 2021, XPeng expects deliveries in the band of 34,500-36,500 units, indicating an uptick of 166-181.5% year over year. Revenues are envisioned within RMB 7.1-RMB 7.5 billion, implying year-over-year growth of 149-163%.2. NIO announced a partnership with energy giant Shell to jointly construct and operate a network of co-branded battery swapping stations. The agreement encompasses a plan to develop a network of 100 battery swapping stations in China by 2025, starting with two pilot sites. Cooperation in Europe will commence with the construction and operation of pilot stations in 2022.The deal highlights Shell’s commitment to expedite the transition to green vehicles globally and leverages NIO’s already massive network of fast-charging stations, battery swapping stations and destination chargers in China. For NIO, the European leg of the deal is particularly enticing as it will enable it to expand operations internationally. Shell Recharge high-speed charging options at NIO sites and additional battery swapping stations at Shell locations will benefit the firms.3. XL Fleet clinched a major contract from the Department of Defense (“DoD”) to equip a slew of tactical vehicles with hybrid conversion technology over the next year. Per the pact, XL Fleet will hybridize tens of thousands of vehicles across a wide range of military applications. The contract is part of DoD’s emission-reduction efforts for its fleet of more than a quarter million U.S. Army vehicles.XL Fleet is currently developing hybrid conversion kits for deployment in the military fleet, which would help reduce emissions and boost fuel efficiency. The contract provides XL Fleet with the opportunity to become a long-term preferred choice for the government to electrify fleets. Quoting XL Fleet’s founder and President, “XL Fleet’s proven technology, flexible platform and deep experience in applying sustainable technologies to fleet vehicles make us an ideal fit for the U.S. military’s specialized needs for this project.”4. General Motors acquired a 25% stake in electric-boat startup Pure Watercraft. Per the deal, worth $150 million, General Motors will be Seattle-based Pure Watercraft’s components supplier. It will also co-develop new products and provide engineering, design and manufacturing expertise to aid the company in establishing new factories. General Motors is optimistic that its present expertise in deploying technology across rail, truck, and aerospace industries, coupled with the latest collaboration with Pure Watercraft, will effectively contribute toward zero-emission marine products.In another development, General Motors will start delivering the GMC Hummer electric pickup truck in December. The starting price is above $100,000, and it plans to add subsequent models with higher EV driving ranges and lower starting prices in 2023.General Motors currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Price PerformanceThe following table shows the price movement of some of the major EV players over the past week and six-month period.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchWhat’s Next in the Space?Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming EV models and any important updates from the red-hot industry. Investor Alert: Legal Marijuana Looking for big gains? Now is the time to get in on a young industry primed to skyrocket from $13.5 billion in 2021 to an expected $70.6 billion by 2028. After a clean sweep of 6 election referendums in 5 states, pot is now legal in 36 states plus D.C. Federal legalization is expected soon and that could kick start an even greater bonanza for investors. Zacks Investment Research has recently closed pot stocks that have shot up as high as +147.0% You’re invited to immediately check out Zacks’ Marijuana Moneymakers: An Investor’s Guide. It features a timely Watch List of pot stocks and ETFs with exceptional growth potential.Today, Download Marijuana Moneymakers FREE >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS.A): Free Stock Analysis Report XL Fleet Corp. (XL): Get Free Report General Motors Company (GM): Free Stock Analysis Report NIO Inc. (NIO): Free Stock Analysis Report XPeng Inc. Sponsored ADR (XPEV): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 29th, 2021

The 23 best Cyber Monday clothing deals you can still shop today including up to 40% off at REI

Cyber Monday 2021 is here. These are the best fashion deals you can still shop today, including Old Navy, Lululemon, Everlane, and REI. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Girlfriend Collective; Everlane; Bonobos; Rachel Mendelson/InsiderThe season of deals isn't over just yet — Cyber Monday is here. From air fryers to OLED TVs, every shopper can find something to save on today. For the fashion-oriented, we've rounded up some of the best sales worth checking out. Whether you're shopping for some workout leggings, cocktail dresses, underwear, or hiking boots, we've got you covered. Stores like REI, Nordstrom, and Banana Republic are dropping their prices to the best numbers we've seen all year. It's a rare chance to save on clothes for wearers of any age, gender, and size, for a variety of occasions. Keep scrolling to find the retailers we trust participating in the Cyber Monday festivities. For deals on more than just clothes, check out our round-up of the best tech and mattress deals here. Tommy John, 30% off everythingTommy JohnShop all Tommy John deals here. Tommy John Apollo Mid-Length Boxer BriefAs one of Tommy John's most durable underwear, the Apollo boxers passed 100,000 rounds of applied friction tests.$29.40 FROM TOMMY JOHNOriginally $42.00 | Save 30%Tommy John Cotton Basics Boxer BriefAs Tommy John's most affordable boxer brief, the Cotton Basics version still provides top-notch quality. At 30% off, this is the lowest discount we've ever seen — especially without an order minimum.$12.95 FROM TOMMY JOHNOriginally $18.50 | Save 30%Tommy John Women's Lounge JoggerThese joggers are super soft, lightweight, and have a nice, tapered fit. They feel like pajamas, but look presentable enough to wear out of the house, which I did and was pretty happy about.$54.60 FROM TOMMY JOHNOriginally $78.00 | Save 30%Outdoor Voices, up to 70% select styles and 25% off everythingOutdoor VoicesShop all Outdoor Voices deals here. OutdoorVoices The Exercise DressOutdoorVoices makes a few of our favorite athleisure items, and they're another example of a company that can balance form and function. It's also on the Insider Reviews 100 All Time Best products list.$75.00 FROM OUTDOORVOICESOriginally $100.00 | Save 25%Outdoor Voices Circuit BraThe Circuit Bra is medium support bra made with sweat-resistant material and elastic straps for a personalized fit. $41.00 FROM OUTDOOR VOICESOriginally $68.00 | Save 40%Banana Republic, 50% off everythingBanana RepublicShop all Banana Republic deals here.Banana Republic Water-Resistant Field JacketWith extra room in the chest and sleeves, the Banana Republic Water-Resistant Field Jacket offers a longer style great for bigger and broader builds.$84.50 FROM BANANA REPUBLICOriginally $169.00 | Save 50%Banana Republic Italian Wool-Cashmere Blend Turtleneck SweaterCrafted from Italian wool and cashmere, this luxurious turtleneck sweater is great for layering thanks to its boxy fit and side slits. $50.00 FROM BANANA REPUBLICOriginally $100.00 | Save 50%REI, up to 40% offREIShop all deals at REI here.Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Insulated Hoodie (Womens)Weighing just 10.5 oz, this ultra lightweight jacket still provides plenty of warmth. Plus, it zips into its own pocket, making it great for on the go. Right now it's 50% off and currently still available in every size in all three colors it comes in.$131.99 FROM REIOriginally $250.00 | Save 47%Mountain Hardwear Ghost Shadow Insulated Vest (Mens)The Ghost Shadow Insulated Vest weighs less than 9 ounces and will keep you warm on the coldest days.$89.99 FROM REIOriginally $150.00 | Save 40%Abercrombie, 30% offAbercrombie & FitchShop all deals at Abercrombie here.Abercrombie & Fitch Teddy CoatA super soft sherpa fabric and oversized, slouchy fit are a unique topper to any outfit.$112.00 FROM ABERCROMBIE & FITCHOriginally $160.00 | Save 30%Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love High Rise Mom JeansThe Curve Love High Rise Mom Jeans have a flattering vintage look that taper down the leg for a fitting but comfortable style.$62.30 FROM ABERCROMBIE & FITCHOriginally $89.00 | Save 30%ASOS, up to 80% offAsosShop all deals at ASOS here.Adidas Originals Nizza SneakersThe Nizza sneakers are some of the most popular sneakers from Adidas. $56.00 FROM ASOSOriginally $70.00 | Save 20%Juicy Couture Round Lens SunglassesJuicy Couture is known for their iconic sweatsuits but they also make adorable accessories like these round lens sunglasses.$41.20 FROM ASOSOriginally $188.00 | Save 78%JW Pei, up to 40% off handbagsJW PeiShop all deals at JW Pei here.JW Pei Gabbi BagThe best part is, every item is under $100 and one hundred percent cruelty free. $64.00 FROM JW PEI Originally $89.00 | Save 28%JW Pei Julia Chain Crossbody Bag - Ice CrocJW Pei's Black Friday sale is offering some of the lowest prices we've seen on a variety of classic handbags that are cruelty-free. Score one of their bestselling bags like the Julia Acrylic Chain Crossbody Bag are more than 40% off right now.$39.00 FROM JW PEIOriginally $69.00 | Save 43%Old Navy, 50% offOld NavyShop all deals at Old Navy here.Old Navy Straight Rigid Jeans For MenA classic pair of straight-leg jeans, these are a staple pant for any wardrobe. $17.50 FROM OLD NAVYOriginally $34.99 | Save 50%Old Navy Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket for WomenPuffer jackets are a stylish and trendy way to stay warm in the winter. The Water-Resistant Frost Free Short Puffer Jacket from Old Navy can be dressed up or down for a versatile winter look. $39.99 FROM OLD NAVYOriginally $79.98 | Save 50%Madewell, 30% off sitewideMadewellShop all deals at Madewell here.Madewell The Perfect Vintage JeanWith their waist-accentuating high rise and tapered legs, these are "mom jeans"...if your mom was a '90s supermodel. Plus, they're made of denim that has an old-school look and a touch of give for a perfectly broken-in feel.$80.50 FROM MADEWELLOriginally $115.00 | Save 30%Madewell Waller Crop Cardigan SweaterThe perfect winter green color for the holidays, the Waller Crop Cardigan Sweater is a stylish chunky knit cardigan. $68.59 FROM MADEWELLOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%GlassesUSA, up to 65% off select stylesGlassesUSAShop all GlassesUSA deals here.GlassesUSA.com Elliot Computer GlassesIn comparison to brick-and-mortar stores with limited selections and high prices, GlassesUSA.com offers all of your favorite brands for less.$32.90 FROM GLASSESUSA.COMOriginally $94.00 | Save 65%RayBan RB3025 AviatorThese aviators are classics for a reason. You can score them for 30% off during GlassesUSA's Black Friday sale.$112.70 FROM GLASSESUSAOriginally $161.00 | Save 30%Dagne Dover, 20% off everythingDagne Dover/FacebookShop all Dagne Dover deals here.Dagne Dover Indi Diaper BackpackDagne Dover's Indi Diaper Backpack adds a stylish neutral flair while holding every basic essential.$160.00 FROM DAGNE DOVEROriginally $200.00 | Save 20%Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene BackpackNo backpack has taken over the scene more than the Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack. The easily recognizable neoprene bag seamlessly transitions from office to gym thanks to its organization features and versatile look. $148.00 FROM DAGNE DOVER Originally $185.00 | Save 20%Lululemon, up to 50% off iconic tights and breezy men's workout teesLululemon Cyber Monday deals include 50% off cult-favorite leggings.LululemonShop all deals at Lululemon here.Lululemon Hooded Define JacketA fan-favorite, now with a hood. Between the technical fabric and a do-anything fit, it's easy to see why this one's a hit. Right now you can save up to 50% on this versatile piece, but sizes are selling out quickly. $64.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $128.00 | Save 50%Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise TightLululemon is, in many ways, the genesis of athleisure, so it's not surprising that the company has an edge in the space.$69.00 FROM LULULEMONOriginally $98.00 | Save 30%Bonobos, 30% off sitewideBonobosShop all Bonobos deals here.Bonobos The Sherpa JacketBonobos is a favorite for its outerwear, and during the brand's Black Friday sale, you can get $30 off this cozy shacket. Just use code friday30 at checkout. $91.00 FROM BONOBOSOriginally $139.00 | Save 35%Bonobos Corduroy 5-Pocket PantsThese corduroy pants can be easily dressed up or down. During Bonobos' Black Friday sale, you can sang them for just $70.$65.00 FROM BONOBOSOriginally $99.00 | Save 34%Everlane, 40%-60% on luxe sustainable clothingEverlane Cyber Monday deals include 60% off its sustainable clothing.EverlaneShop all deals at Everlane here.Everlane The Utility Boot in ReKnitThe Utility Boot is made from a textured knit fabric with a high ankle height and a chunky lug sole, making the fit and each step more secure. $69.00 FROM EVERLANEOriginally $115.00 | Save 40%Everlane The Canvas OverallsToss these chic overalls on over just about any shirt for a cool, relaxed outfit instantly. $58.00 FROM EVERLANEOriginally $98.00 | Save 41%Nordstrom, 45% off Barbour, 30% off Thread & Supply coatsNordstrom department store, with logo and signage, in the upscale Broadway Plaza shopping center in downtown Walnut Creek, California.Smith Collection/Getty Images)Shop all deals at Nordstrom here.Thread & Supply Dolman Sleeve Quilted JacketDesigned with a stand collar and lightweight material, the Dolman Sleeve Quilted Jacket is perfect jacket to wear between seasons. $33.00 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $55.00 | Save 40%True & Co. True Body Triangle Convertible Strap BraletteThe convertible straps on this wireless bra can be worn either straight or crisscrossed, and the smooth material appears invisible under clothes.$30.80 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $44.00 | Save 30%Spanx Faux Leather LeggingsMade with the same level of support as its signature shapewear but with a little extra stretch, these leggings are designed to not only make you look great but feel great, too. $78.40 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $98.00 | Save 20%$78.40 FROM SPANX Originally $98.00 | Save 20%Adidas, up to 50% off slides, joggers, and UltraBoostsAdidasShop all deals at Adidas here.Adidas Adilette Boost SlidesWith full-length Boost soles, these slides are designed for ultimate comfort.$35.70 FROM ADIDAS Originally $60.00 | Save 41%Adidas UltraBoost 21 (Women's)Updated for 2021, the Ultra Boost 21 features more Boost cushioning than its predecessors. $126.00 FROM ADIDASOriginally $180.00 | Save 30%Adidas Ultimate 365 3-Stripes Tapered PantsIf you're a fan of the classics, then look no further than Adidas to supply you with great performance gear that looks good, too.$63.00 FROM ADIDASOriginally $90.00 | Save 30%Columbia Sportswear, 50% off warm winter jacketsColumbia SportswearShop all deals at Columbia Sportswear here.Columbia Men's Lake 22 Down Hooded JacketThis water-resistant jacket is stocked with 650-fill power down insulation, zippered hand pockets, and a structured hood to keep you zipped up and toasty through any winter weather.$69.98 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $140.00 | Save 50%Columbia Men's Cascade Peak™ IV Interchange JacketThis two-for-one deal includes an outer, waterproof but breathable shell and an inner 700-fill down puffy jacket for full weather protection. It rocks tons of protective features like a structured hood and Omni-Heat thermal reflectivity to keep you super warm, and vents when you need to cool down a bit.$149.99 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $300.00 | Save 50%Columbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM COLUMBIAOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%Crocs, 20-50% off classic clogsCrocs Cyber Monday deals include up to 50% off its classic clogs.Hou Yu/China News Service/Getty ImagesShop all deals at Crocs here.Crocs Classic Clog (Unisex)The shoe that really started it all, the Classic Clog is comfortable, breathable, and easy to slip on whenever. With over 20 fun colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong.$39.99 FROM CROCSOriginally $49.99 | Save 20%$27.55 FROM AMAZONCrocs Kids' Classic ClogAvailable in children's sizes 4 to 13, juniors' sizes 1 to 3, and 16 different colors.$27.99 FROM CROCSOriginally $34.99 | Save 20%Girlfriend Collective, 30% off everythingGirlfriend Collective Cyber Monday deals include 30% off its sustainable athleisure.Girlfriend CollectiveShop all deals at Girlfriend Collective here.Girlfriend Collective High Waist Full-Length LeggingsThe Girlfriend Collective High Waist Leggings are lightweight but truly supportive workout pants. $54.60 FROM GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVEOriginally $78.00 | Save 30%Girlfriend Collective Simone BraThe Simone Bra from Girlfriend Collective is built for support, with a criss-cross style and sizes up to 5XL. $36.40 FROM GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVEOriginally $48.00 | Save 24%Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Bike ShortGirlfriend Collective has some of the best athleisure leggings we've ever tried, and we appreciate the brand's color variety, relatively low price points, and inclusive size range.$33.60 FROM GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVEOriginally $48.00 | Save 30%Levi's, 60% off iconic denimLevi's Black Friday deals include 60% off denim.Levi's FacebookShop all deals at Levi's here.Levi's 501 Original Fit JeansA blank canvas for self-expression, featuring the iconic straight fit and signature button fly.$58.80 FROM LEVI'SOriginally $98.00 | Save 40%Levi's Women's Ribcage Straight Ankle JeansThe Ribcage Jean — with its soaring 12-inch rise — has become a hip-slimming, waist-defining, leg-lengthening obsession. $64.80 FROM LEVI'SOriginally $108.00 | Save 40%Parade, 30% off comfy underwearParadeShop all deals at Parade here.Parade ThongParade is a body-positive underwear startup that focuses on inclusivity and affordability.$6.00 FROM PARADEOriginally $9.00 | Save 33%Parade High Rise Boyshort UniversalWhen I first saw these boy shorts, I thought they'd be perfect for wearing under sundresses in the summer. And I was right! There's plenty of coverage, but the material is so lightweight and comfortable that it feels much closer to underwear than actual shorts. Based on similar pairs I own, I expected the one drawback to be that the high waist would roll down, but that hasn't been my experience yet. To my surprise, there was no rolling or bunching. They're also great for sleeping in. Similar to the thong, I went with my usual size and had no issues with the fit. I'm not sure they'll replace all of my everyday pairs, but everyone needs a few seamless styles and these offer some of the best value I've ever seen.$7.00 FROM PARADEOriginally $10.00 | Save 30%Bombas, 20% off sock bundles to giftBombasShop all deals at Bombas here.Bombas Women's Calf & Ankle Sock 12-PackCozy socks never look so good than with this colorful 12-pack of vibrant print socks. Bombas socks guarantee extreme comfort thanks to its soft cotton, cushioned footbed, and arch support detail. $130.56 FROM BOMBASOriginally $192.00 | Save 32%Bombas Youth Sesame Street 8-Pack Gift BoxBombas partnered with Sesame Street to bring color and comfort to youth socks, featuring stay-up technology and a different Sesame Street character on every pair. $56.00 FROM BOMBASOriginally $70.00 | Save 20%Bombas Women's Gripper Slipper (Sherpa Lined) 2-PackA mix between socks and slippers, Bombas' Gripper Slippers include a cozy sherpa lining and sole grippers to prevent slips. $72.95 FROM BOMBASOriginally $96.00 | Save 24%Saxx, 20-40% off boxers, sweatpants, and shortsSaxxShop all deals at Saxx here.Saxx Ultra Boxer BriefThe Saxx Ultra Boxer Brief features the Ball Park Pouch for support and an easy access fly.$24.89 FROM SAXXOriginally $32.00 | Save 22%Saxx Snooze PantsMelting into the couch, devouring munchies and upping your comfort level from sunrise to sunset.$51.89 FROM SAXXOriginally $65.00 | Save 20%Saxx Nightcrawler Onesie Made using premium Modal fabric, the Nightcrawler onesie is ready to take your comfort to a whole other level.$56.89 FROM SAXXOriginally $95.00 | Save 40%L.L.Bean, 15% off cozy slippersSally Kaplan/InsiderShop all deals at L.L.Bean here.L.L.Bean Wicked Good Slippers - Men'sThis shearling-lined, leather-bottom slipper is one of the best men's slippers we've ever tried.$75.65 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $89.00 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Toddlers' Wicked Good SlippersEverything we love about L.L.Bean's Wicked Good Slippers — but mini. These shearling-lined, leather-soled booties will keep kid's feet, sizes 3-10, toasty around the house and in a stroller.$33.96 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $39.95 | Save 15%L.L.Bean Wicked Good Shearling-Lined Slides - Women'sThese ridiculously-cozy, shearling-lined slides are easy to slip on and off, and keep your feet toasty around the house.$67.15 FROM L.L.BEANOriginally $79.00 | Save 15%Macy's, 40% off Levi's jeans, 30% off The North Face hoodiesAP Photo/David ZalubowskiShop all deals at Macy's here.The North Face Women's Osito Quarter-Zip HoodieTK$76.30 FROM MACY'SOriginally $109.00 | Save 30%JBU Women's Maplewood Casual Duck BootTK$34.99 FROM MACY'SOriginally $69.98 | Save 50%Thirdlove, 45% off pajamas, up to 72% off brasThirdLoveShop all deals at Thirdlove here.Thirdlove WonderKnit™ Pajama TeeFor you to rest easy, meet the Wonder™ Knit Pajama Tee. Made in airy modal, perfectly draped, and effortlessly flowy, it’s like a cool breeze you can wear to bed.$20.00 FROM THIRDLOVEOriginally $45.00 | Save 56%Thirdlove WonderKnit™ Pajama ShortMade in airy modal, with a clean elastic waistband and effortlessly flowy, these shorts are like a cool breeze you can wear to bed.$20.00 FROM THIRDLOVEOriginally $45.00 | Save 56%ThirdLove 24/7 Perfect Coverage BraThe 24/7™ Perfect Coverage Bra’s signature cups are designed with hybrid memory foam that does double duty, providing softness inside and support outside. $49.00 FROM THIRDLOVEOriginally $65.00 | Save 25%Cyber Monday 2021 FAQsWhat is Cyber MondayCyber Monday is the online-only sibling of Black Friday. Over the years, it's grown to be a deal holiday of equal caliber, with many retailers offering deals just as good as Black Friday's. The main difference between the two is that Cyber Monday is exclusive to online orders, whereas you can find Black Friday doorbusters and deals in-stores and online. When is Cyber Monday 2021?Cyber Monday falls on November 29, 2021 — just a few days after Black Friday. What should you buy on Cyber Monday?If you're hoping to snag only the best deals, we highly recommend shopping for smart home devices, kitchen appliances, TVs, luxury bedding, home gym equipment, and gaming consoles if you're already in the market for them, as there's a huge slash in prices for these items this year.Cyber Monday is also a great opportunity to clean out your holiday shopping list. We have incredibly thorough gift guides available for every budget and every type of person, and this sales event is a great time to score those giftable items for less.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 29th, 2021

47 startup brands with incredible Black Friday 2021 sales, including Bombas, Mejuri, Away, Brooklinen, and more

The best Black Friday 2021 startup deals are here. Here are the best discounts to take advantage of right now, including bedding, cookware, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.BrooklinenBlack Friday is today, November 26, and all of the best startup deals are live. While many retailers continue to struggle amidst supply chain issues and shortages, that doesn't mean your Christmas shopping is ruined, especially not with a lot of direct-to-consumer startups that have tighter supply chains.Below, we've rounded up the best deals from startup brands around the web on everything from bedding and sheets to clothing, apparel, and wine. All of the deals below are live now, and most of them will run through Cyber Monday, November 29 and beyond.Best Black Friday 2021 deals from startupsBrooklinenBrooklinenThe deal: Save 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Luxe Hardcore Sheet BundleAll-Season Down ComforterRead more about Brooklinen: Brooklinen sheets review: One of the best purchases I've ever madeBrooklinen vs Parachute sheets: How 2 of the most popular bedding startups stack upPopular bedding startup Brooklinen has launched a new baby collectionBrooklinen's $100 bathrobe is the little luxury I never thought I neededEverlaneEverlaneThe deal: Take up to 30% off top winter stylesWhat we recommend:The Day BootSlim Four-Way Stretch Uniform JeanRead more about Everlane: The best women's cashmere sweatersThe best men's cashmere sweatersThe best women's flatsWe wore Everlane's $236 Day Boots regularly over the last year — here's how they held upWe swear by Everlane for affordable, quality basics — these are the 21 styles that stay in our everyday rotationTommy JohnTommy JohnThe deal: Take 20% off purchases $100+, plus get free shipping on orders $75+What we recommend:Men's Second Skin Boxer Brief (3-Pack)Women's Air Mesh ThongRead more about Tommy John: Tommy John clothing review: You'll want to wear it all the timeTommy John women's collection review: They're worth every pennyTommy John men's leggings review: Really comfy for cold-weather runsTommy John men's dress shirts review: They won't come untucked and they fit like a gloveTommy John is offering 25% off all orders of $100 or more, from November 24 through Cyber MondayBombasBombasThe deal: Take 20% off of everything with the code MERRY20 through Friday, December 3What we recommend:Women's All-Ankle Sock (12-Pack)Men's Dress Calf Sock (4-Pack)Read more about Bombas: Meet Bombas, the cult-favorite sock startup that has donated millions of pairs to homeless sheltersBombas' hiking socks are engineered for the outdoor adventurer, but they're comfortable enough to wear every dayCult-favorite sock startup Bombas is ending the plague of missing socks by promising to send a replacement pair if one gets lostBombas is having a 20% off sale right now for Cyber Monday 2020LeesaLeesa/InstagramThe deal: Take up to $500 off a new mattress (with two free down pillows), and take 20% off bundles (with two free down pillows)What we recommend:Leesa Mattress (Queen)Hybrid Mattress (Queen)Read more about Leesa:Leesa Hybrid mattress review: The best bed-in-a-box I've triedReview: The Leesa Original mattress works for every type of sleeperLeesa pillow review: It always stays extremely coolLeesa bed frame review: It adjusts for better supportGreat JonesGreat JonesThe deal: Take 25% off all orders and get free shipping on orders $100+What we recommend:Fully BakedThe DutchessRead more about Great Jones: Great Jones makes luxury cookware more accessible and affordable — it even has a cooking hotline you can text for advice12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesFresh off a $1.75 million investment, Instagram-friendly cookware brand Great Jones expands into bakeware as Americans spend more time in the kitchen than ever beforeMirrorMirrorThe deal: Save $500 on a Mirror and get free delivery ($250 value) and installation ($500 value)What we recommend:MirrorRead more about Mirror: Mirror turns your living room into a boutique fitness studio but its $1,500 price tag isn't a practical investment for most peopleCasperCasperThe deal: Take 20% off mattresses and bundles, and take 10% off everything elseWhat we recommend:Casper Wave Mattress (Queen)Casper Mattress (Queen)Read more about Casper: Casper Wave mattress review: It's truly a marvel of engineeringReview: Casper's affordable pillow totally exceeded our expectationsCasper sheets review: They're actually really impressiveReview: Why I switched to a Casper adjustable bed frameCasper has a new line of dog beds — I got one for my new puppy, and he's in love with itCoop Home GoodsCoop Home GoodsThe deal: Get 20% off pillows, 25% off bedding, and 30% off support pillows with the code FRIYAY at checkoutWhat we recommend:Coop Original PillowEden PillowRead more about Coop Home Goods:The best pillows for your bedThe best memory foam pillowsThe best gel pillowsThis memory foam pillow is a hit with everyone I know — it can be customized to support many sleeping positionsI sleep on my side and use this full-body pillow to reduce strain on my knees while keeping my spine alignedParachuteParachuteThe deal: Save 20% sitewide, excluding bed framesWhat we recommend:Parachute Percale Venice Sheet Set (Queen)Parachute The Mattress (Queen)Braided Wool RugParachute Classic Bathrobe (for women)Parachute Classic Bathrobe (for men)Read more about Parachute:Parachute is my go-to choice for its softness, comfort, and range of understated colorsHome startup Parachute sells more than sheets and towelsCozy bedding startup Parachute is now making eco-friendly, plush mattressesThe 5 best men's bathrobes we tested in 2021The 7 best women's bathrobes we tested in 2021FullyFullyThe deal: Take 15% off sitewide through Tuesday, November 30What we recommend:Jarvis Bamboo Standing DeskCora Standing Desk ConverterRead more about Fully: The best standing desks for your home officeA guide to everything you need to work from home, according to product reviewersOutdoor VoicesOutdoor VoicesThe deal: Take 25% off sitewideWhat we recommend:TechSweat Core 7/8 LeggingRelay ShortThe Exercise DressRead more about Outdoor Voices:I asked several people to test the Outdoor Voices TechSweat leggings, and the verdict was unanimous — they're some of the most comfortable we've ever wornI worked out in a dress from Outdoor Voices exercise dress and it was surprisingly practicalAUrateAUrateThe deal: Get 25% off everything with the code STOCKEDWhat we recommend:Solid Circle EarringsStackable Twist RingRead more about Aurate:Popular jewelry startup AUrate used its customers' feedback to create a stunning new collection — here's your first lookThe best places to buy affordable fine jewelry8 people share the best pieces of jewelry they've ever bought or received — from $7 Etsy purchases to $1,500 splurges they don't regretMejuriMejuriThe deal: Take 20% off everything when you spend $150+What we recommend:Duo RingEditor HoopsZodiac NecklaceRead more about Mejuri: Mejuri, a popular online jewelry startup, has launched a collection of unique engagement rings — all under $2,000Popular jewelry startup Mejuri has an under-$80 zodiac collection — and the styles are great for subtly personalized Mother's Day gifts8 people share the best pieces of jewelry they've ever bought or receivedDagne DoverDagne Dover/InstagramThe deal: Take 20% off everything with the code HOLIDAZE at checkout (note that due to shipping delays, the brand recommends ordering gifts as soon as possible)What we recommend:Allyn ToteDakota BackpackLandon CarryallRead more about Dagne Dover: The best backpack for womenThe best work bag for womenThe 16 weekender bags we turn to most often because they're easy to pack and comfortable to carryFirstleafConnie Chen/InsiderThe deal: Join the club by Cyber Monday, November 29, and get your first six bottles for $29.95 and free shipping for a year with promo code CYBERWINEWhat we recommend:Firstleaf Monthly Wine SubscriptionRead more about Firstleaf:I tried Firstleaf, a subscription box that delivers wines from top vineyards around the worldThe best wine subscriptionsOtherlandOtherlandThe deal: Take 20% off candle bundlesWhat we recommend:Silk Pajamas CandleFallen Fir CandleBuild Your Own Candle Box (3-pack)Read more about Otherland:This candle startup has a beautiful gifting and unboxing experience, making them foolproof giftsThe best places to buy candlesMade InMade In; Alyssa Powell/Business InsiderThe deal: Take up to 25% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Stainless Clad SaucierServing Platter8-inch Chef KnifeRead more about Made In:Made In review: all the cookware pieces we've triedMade In saucier reviewMade In carbon steel pan reviewM.GemiM.GemiThe deal: Get 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:The Palestra DueSacca Donna LoafersFeliz LoafersThe CorsaThe EspertoNote: things are selling out quickly during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Read more about M.Gemi: Online luxury startup M.Gemi only makes limited quantities of all its shoes, and its cult-favorite suede flat is sure to sell out again this fallYou may know footwear startup M.Gemi for its colorful loafers — but here's why its ankle boots are the real standout5 cool online startups that drop new products every single week of the yearPartners Coffee Co.Partners Coffee Co.The deal: Save 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Manhattan roastColombia - El Ramo roastDriftawayDriftawayThe deal: Get up to $60 off Annual Gift Subscriptions with code BF21What we recommend:A customizable gift boxA personalized coffee subscriptionRead more about Driftaway: This coffee subscription box helped me figure out what kinds of coffee I actually enjoy drinkingThe 7 best coffee subscriptions in 2021HavenlyHavenly/InstagramThe deal: Get a 50% discount plus a price match of 5% on top of existing deals with promo code 50PERCENTWhat we recommend:The Style QuizHavenly MiniRead more about Havenly:You can have any room in your home made over by an expert interior designer through this online service — here's how it worksThe SillThe SillThe deal: Take up to 50% off best-selling plants, planters, plant care accessories, nature-inspired gifts, and moreWhat we recommend:ZZ & BalboaBeginner BundleRead more about The Sill:Plant delivery startup The Sill makes it easy to learn about which plants are right for your home — here's how it worksWe compared 3 of the most popular online plant shops — here's how their shipping and return policies and plant care advice stack upVivinoVivinoThe deal: Take up to 50% off wines and an additional 10% off with code BFRIWhat we recommend:Bordiga Vermouth Rosso N.V.Altaneve Prosecco Superiore N.V.Polar Bear CoolersPolar Bear CoolersThe deal: Get 50% off sitewide including deals on coolers, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), drinkware, and accessories with code FOXWhat we recommend: Original 12-Pack Soft CoolerPolar Bear Topper 20Stuart and LauStuart & LauThe deal: Save up to 50% sitewide, plus get an additional 10% off with promo code BCFM2021What we recommend:The Cary BriefcaseThe Regimen Gym BagRead more about Stuart and Lau:This briefcase has survived a year's worth of daily commuting and traveling and is still in tip-top shape — here's why it's worth $350 to meSafelySafelyThe deal: Get 20% off using the promo code SAFELYSALERead more about Safely:Kris Jenner's line of cleaning products just landed a major placement at Bed Bath & BeyondBurrowBurrowThe deal: Save up to 15% with code BF21What we recommend:Burrow Nomad SofaThe Mid-Century Ranch SetRead more about Burrow: This startup makes sofas that sound almost too good to be true — they're easy to move and only take 10 minutes to buildWe compared online sofas from Campaign and Burrow to determine which couch startup deserves a spot in your living roomThis Burrow couch is made with full-grain leather that will last for years — here's what it feels like and why it's worth $3,800OnsenConnie Chen/InsiderThe deal: Get 30% off sitewide with promo code BF2021What we recommend:Bath TowelBath Towel SetRead more about Onsen: The best bath towelsOur PlaceOur Place/InstagramThe deal: Save up to $125 on popular items, including the cult-favorite Always PanWhat we recommend:Always PanDinner for 4Read more about Our Place: This cleverly designed pan replaces 8 traditional pieces of cookware to help streamline my small kitchen8 tableware startups changing the way we shop for dishes12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesBear MattressBearThe deal: Get 25% sitewide plus a free Cloud Pillows, and a free sheet set ($250 value) with promo code BF25What we recommend:Bear Mattress (Queen)Bear Hybrid (Queen)Read more about Bear Mattress: I tested this startup's mattress and it helped me with one of my biggest sleeping problemsLuxury 'hybrid' mattresses are taking over the mattress industry — here's what they are and what it's like to sleep on oneGlossierGlossierThe deal: Take 20% off everythingWhat we recommend:Boy BrowCloud PaintSolutionRead more about Glossier:7 of our favorite products from Glossier, the internet's favorite beauty startupThe best facial exfoliatorsGlossier's Futuredew serum-oil hybrid gives my skin a glassy, dewy effect all day — and it's pretty affordable at $24Glossier's Lash Slick mascara has little fibers that add length and definition to my eyelashes without clumping or smudgingEqual PartsEqual PartsThe deal: Take 20% off Pattern-owned brands including Letterfolk, Open Spaces, and GIR, and get free shippingWhat we recommend:Sauce PanThe Utensils SetRead more about Equal Parts:I tried nonstick cookware from new kitchen startup Equal Parts — it's not perfect, but it's still excellent for the price12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesI tried the bright, customizable doormat that's all over social media, and it's my new favorite piece of decorPactPactThe deal: Shop deals starting at 20% offWhat we recommend:Shelf Bra CamisoleClearance ThongRead more about Pact:8 clothing brands we count on for affordable women's basics12 ethical companies to shop from if you like to put your money where your values areThis $32 Fair Trade wrap dress from a little-known startup is one of my wardrobe's best-kept secretsThe InsideThe Inside/FacebookThe deal: Take 20% off sitewideWhat we recommend:Modern Platform BedThrow PillowRead more about The Inside:These new sofas are the colorful, cool antidote to every boring couch you've seen online — they start at $1,599 and max out at $3,800 for a sectionalFrank and OakFrank And OakThe deal: 30% off everything with free shipping and returns through Saturday 11/27. Use code BF30What we recommend:Hemp Polo ShirtCircular Denim CollectionRead more about Frank and Oak:This women's clothing subscription box is the first I've tried that I kept everything from, and it's a nice bonus that its clothes are sustainableThis startup is recycling old denim to make new jeans for under $100 and you'd never know the differenceMeUndiesMeUndies Color Scale lineMeUndiesThe deal: Save up to 60% on Packs (Save on Undies, Bralettes, Socks, Stretch Cotton, and Breathe with the Pack Friday sale)What we recommend:Second Skin BriefAir CheekyAir ThongRead more about MeUndies:The best women's underwear6 of the most comfortable online underwear brands we've tried — from $10 pairs to $26 premium stylesSenreveSally Kaplan/INSIDERThe deal: Shop 25% off and get free gifts when you spend $400, $600, and $1000What we recommend:Maestra BagRead more about Senreve:This Instagram-famous convertible backpack and shoulder bag is nearly $900 — I thought the price was ridiculous until I actually used itGreatsGreatsThe deal: Get 50% off select styles and a free tote on orders $150+What we recommend:Greats Royale (men's)Greats Royale (women's)Read more about Greats:The best leather sneakers for menThe best leather sneakers for women9 footwear brands that make sustainable sneakers from recycled and renewable materialsMVMTMVMTThe deal: Save up to 50% sitewideWhat we recommend: Beverly WatchAstro WatchRead more about MVMT: One of our favorite startups proves you don't have to spend more than $200 to get a stylish watchMVMT's new $300 automatic watch proves that you don't need deep pockets to get your hands on a luxury timepieceI've written about a bunch of great watches, but this is the one I wear to work every day — here's whyNaadamNaadamThe deal: Get 40% off (almost) everything and free domestic shipping with code BLACKFRIDAYWhat we recommend:Women's Recycled Cashmere Crewneck SweaterMen's Recycled Cashmere Crewneck SweaterSignature Ribbed Cashmere BeanieRead more about Naadam: This online startup is reinventing luxury with $75 cashmere sweaters — and they're among the best I've ever worn6 places to buy affordable, top-quality cashmere sweaters for as little as $75The best cashmere sweaters you can buySnoweSnowe/InstagramThe deal: Get 20% off plus free shipping until 2:59 am EST, Tuesday, November 30What we recommend:Classic BathrobeThe Complete Eat BundleRead more about Snowe: Here's why a new home store founded by Wharton MBA grads is a favorite among millennial shoppersThis up-and-coming startup makes luxury bedding accessible and low-maintenance — here's why I'm a convert to their wrinkle-resistant sheetsThis $98 bathrobe is truly the best one out there — here's whyUnited by BlueUnited By BlueThe deal: Take 20% off sitewide and an extra 50% off select sales with promo code TGIFWhat we recommend:Men's Bison Puffer JacketWomen's Bison Long JacketRead more about United by Blue: This $228 slim puffer jacket is filled with bison down — a surprisingly sustainable material that's seriously warmDanner Boots partnered with a small outdoors startup to give its classic pair of hiking boots a sustainable facelift — here's why they're worth the costHedley & BennettHedley & Bennett/InstagramThe deal: Take 20% off sitewide and 30% off orders over $150What we recommend:The Big ApronThe Essential ApronThe Baker BundleRead more about Hedley & Bennett: More than 6,000 restaurants worldwide use these colorful, sturdy aprons. We tested them out in our home kitchens.AutonomousJada Wong/InsiderThe deal: Save up to 50% on select items from AutonomousWhat we recommend:Autonomous SmartDesk 2 PremiumRead more about Autonomous:The best standing desks for your home officeSardelSardelThe deal: Save 15% on orders up to $350, 20% on orders over $350, and 25% off orders over $750What we recommend:Sauté Pan (4-quart)Skillet (12-inch)Skillet (10-inch)Saucepan (2-quart)Read more about Sardel:Cookware startup Sardel makes some of our favorite pots and pans12 direct-to-consumer kitchen startups that are changing the way we shop for cookware and knivesWild OneShoshi Parks/InsiderThe deal: 25% Off Sitewide (including Kits, which are discounted only twice a year)What we Recommend: Wild One Travel CarrierRead more about Wild One:The best airline cat carrierHow do we select the best startup deals?We choose brands that we've tested or deeply researched.We compare prices against Amazon, Target, Walmart, and other retailers.We look at products' price histories to evaluate how significant the savings are.When do Black Friday sales start at startups?Black Friday 2021 is November 26 and Cyber Monday is November 29, but many startups have already started their sales, just as many will extend beyond Cyber Monday.What should I buy from startups on Black Friday?You'll be able to find deals on just about anything and everything from direct-to-consumer startups during Black Friday. Great categories to keep an eye on for better-than-normal deals are mattresses and bedding, kitchenware, clothing, and home furnishing and decor.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 26th, 2021