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The 64 best Mother"s Day gifts to get mom that aren"t just flowers

If you're looking for a thoughtful Mother's Day gift for Mom, we put together a list for all budgets and interests. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.If you're looking for a thoughtful Mother's Day gift for Mom, we put together a list for all budgets and interests.Senreve; Homesick; The Sill; Artifact Uprising; Amazon; Nordstrom; Uncommon Goods; Alyssa Powell/InsiderAlthough mothers may be challenging to shop for (especially the ones who humbly state "you don't have to get me anything"), we can safely say yours will love any of the gifts in this guide.This list can help spark some better ideas than a coupon book for hugs and make it easier on you to show you care on her birthday, Mother's Day, or just because. Whether she's into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there's a perfect gift for Mom below.You can see all our gifts below, or use these links to jump to products that suit your mother's particular gift needs.Here are 64 of the best gifts for Mom:Style giftsFood and kitchen giftsTech giftsHome giftsBeauty giftsHobby-related giftsThis list includes Sponsored Products that have been suggested by Nisolo. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*Style giftsA proud sweatshirt for the southern momOutdoor VoicesY'all Graphic Sweatshirt, available at Outdoor Voices, $88Any Southern mom will adore this loud-and-proud declaration of their heritage. She'll be as comfy as she is cheery in this yellow "y'all" soft cotton terry sweatshirt.Pearl hoop earringsMejuriMejuri Pearl Hoops, available at Mejuri, $78Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company's delicate jewelry, too. You can also browse more jewelry gifts for mom here.Read our full review of Mejuri here.A comfortable, ethical sandalNisoloGo-To Flatform Sandal, available at Nisolo, $130Nisolo is known for its ethically and sustainably made footwear. The aptly named Go-To Flatform Sandal is a basic summer staple that can be dressed up or dressed down — a practical wardrobe necessity. *Sponsored by Nisolo.A roomy work bag with tons of pocketsDagne DoverDagne Dover Allyn Tote, available at Dagne Dover, from $219Dagne Dover's Allyn Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep Mom organized and always ready to go. A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in styleGlassesUSACheck out GlassesUSA's selection of sunglasses, starting at $19Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. If you want a pair for yourself too, you can buy one and get one free with the code BOGOFREE at checkout.Read our full review of GlassesUSA here.A beautiful scarf with her birth-month flowerUncommon GoodsBirth Month Flower Scarf, available at Uncommon Goods, $48Give her something beautiful to wear that will remind her how thoughtful you are every time she wraps it. This scarf is patterned with the flower of her birth month, a nice touch of under-the-radar personalization.A gold square watch to keep track of timeNordstromMVMT Signature Square Bracelet Watch, available at Nordstrom, $128For the mom who's always running late, this elegant square watch bears a minimalist and luxurious design that elevates any look. The gold watch is so impossible to miss that she'll now be on time for every occasion with it as a reminder.Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blendMargauxSlippers, available at Margaux, $158Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. Mom will enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house.A recycled fleece to stay warmGirlfriend CollectiveTeddy Recycled Half-Zip Fleece, available at Girlfriend Collective, $89.60Moms love effortless comfort and this super soft fleece delivers just that for her. Not only will she enjoy the warmth, but she'll feel good knowing she's helping the environment with this recycled pullover.A chic purse that can turn into a backpackSenreveAlunna, available at Senreve, starting at $645A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags, but you can mix things up by giving her one that's both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across the body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom's essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder.Popular leggings with a no-slip fitVuoriDaily Legging, available at Vuori, $84Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand's smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.Read more about the Daily Legging here.A pair of cozy, eco-friendly slip-on shoesAllbirdsWomen's Wool Lounger Fluffs, available at Allbirds, $115Keep mom looking cool and feeling comfy every time she leaves the house with these slip-on sneakers. Made with cozy soft merino wool inside and out, these shearling shoes are ideal for cool fall days running errands or meeting up with friends for lunch. The best part: The entire shoe is machine washable.A pendant necklaceSet & StonesSet & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, available at Nordstrom, $198Your mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart. It'll sit lightly around her neck and be a subtle reminder of her special bond with you. If this is quite her style, you can browse more jewelry gifts for mom here.The gift of comfortable loungewearTommy JohnShop all women's loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy JohnTommy John E-Gift Card, available at Tommy John, starting at $25The Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John's loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women's underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too.A leather wallet that can be monogrammed with Mom's initialsLeatherologyKlyde Continental Wallet, available at Leatherology (+ $10 for monogram), $60A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy mother's everyday style and keeps her organized when she's constantly moving from place to place. You can get this leather wallet from Leatherology in 11 colors and three different personalization options. A personalized T-shirtKnown SupplyKnown Supply Personalized Women's Fitted Crew, available at Known Supply, $32You can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with "mom" or "mama" — or any other name that's under nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive. A luxurious bathrobeParachuteParachute Classic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $109A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute's soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick. Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here.A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogramClare V.Clare V. Midi Sac, avaliable at Claire V., starting at $335 (+ $50 for hand-painted monogram)This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $50, you can customize it with a gold foil or hand-painted monogram. A passport cover and luggage tagLeatherologyDeluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, available at Leatherology, starting at $65 + monogram $20Mom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She'll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials. Food and kitchen giftsA delicious treat from Milk BarMilk Bar/Alyssa Powell/InsiderCheck out all the goodies in Milk Bar's Gift Shop starting at $39Milk bar cakes topped our list of the All-Time Best things we've tested and these treats will definitely satisfy Mom's sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B'Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here. Read our full review of Milk Bar.A cocktail maker that mixes drinks in secondsBartesianBartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, available at Amazon, $369.85Summer's almost here, which, for some moms, means it's time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom's life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She'll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.Read our full review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine here.  A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese insideMurray's CheeseMurray's Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, available at Murray's Cheese, $95Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray's Cheese, which includes two mouthwatering pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt crackers, and Marcona almonds.For more of the best from Murray's Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online.Read our review of Murray's Cheese gift boxes.A gift subscription to a popular coffee clubAtlas Coffee ClubAtlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $55If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house starting at $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club Subscription here.A cookbook focused entirely on vegetablesMilk StreetMilk Street Vegetables Cookbook, available at Amazon, $26.35If your mom is a vegetarian (or just trying to do more Meatless Mondays), this cookbook takes inspiration from the many ways in which vegetables are celebrated by different cultures around the world.A Le Creuset dutch ovenAmazonLe Creuset Round Dutch Oven, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $250At $160, this Le Creuset dutch oven might be the most expensive piece of cookware in Mom's kitchen, but it'll also be the most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom's favorite. We've even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best dutch ovens. It's one of the best products we've ever tested.Read our full review of the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven here.A cutting board in the shape of the state Mom calls homeAmazonTotally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, available at Amazon, $29.99Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. An indoor herb garden that requires zero effortClick & GrowClick & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, available at Click & Grow, $139.95Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, as well as the truly effortless process. Read our full review of the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit here.A tasty baking cookbookAmazon"Dessert Person" by Claire Saffitz, available at Amazon, $21.11For the mom who adores baking, this dessert cookbook has plenty of baking recipes to satisfy the family's sweet tooth. It offers recipes and guidance on how to bake sweet and savory treats whether it's a caramelized honey pumpkin pie or English muffins.  If she already has it, here are some of the best baking books recommended by professional bakers.A retro-inspired electric kettleNordstromSMEG 50's Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $189.95With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she'll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric kettles. A water bottle that solves all pain pointsHydro Flask/Alyssa Powell/InsiderHydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), available at REI, $44.95Hydro Flask water bottles are one of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested and have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that's otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle in our guide to the best travel mugs. A delicious wine-mimic for healthy nights offJukes CordialitiesJukes 6, available at Jukes Cordialities, $48.50 for 9If mom loves vino, she'll love this tasty non-alcoholic substitute for nights where she's craving a glass but wants to stay sober. Created by a British wine critic, Jukes Cordialities are thoughtful and complex — the closest to the real stuff we've tried.We personally love the full red mimic, Jukes 6, which is deep and spicy like a glass of Rioja, and pairs well with food in the same way wine does — all without the buzz and with the added health benefits of organic apple cider vinegar (the base).Tech giftsA voice-assisted remote for all Mom's streaming needsAmazonFire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, available at Amazon, $39.99She can access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices.The Amazon EchoAmazonAmazon Echo (4th Generation), available at Amazon, $99.99There's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things Mom should find charming. Read our full review of the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) here.A step tracker to keep her movingFitbitFitbit Charge 5, available at Best Buy, $149.95If your mom's looking to stay on top of their health, we highly recommend gifting a very practical Fitbit. The Charge is one of our top picks for covering all the basics — counting steps, tracking sleep, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, tracking 20 different exercises — without breaking the bank, and all with an easy-to-read display and sleek design on the wrist.(If she'd want smartphone notifications on her wrist, too, we recommend the Versa 2, which has a bigger display but is still reasonably priced.)Alexa-enabled glassesAmazonEcho Frames Smart Glasses, available at Amazon, $154.99If your mom loves tech, they'll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon's Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa's skills.Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Frames.A cuter way to send mom "love you" messagesUncommon GoodsLovebox Spinning Heart Messenger, available at Uncommon Goods, from $100Moms love nothing more than being randomly told their kids love them, and this creative box lets you do it in a way more special than just a text. When you send a message, the heart on the box will spin and she can open it up to read the digital display of your loving words.A digital picture frame for remembering the good timesAuraCarver Digital Picture Frame, available at Aura, $159It's hard to find a mom who isn't obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she's all set. Read our full review of Aura here.A waterproof Kindle PaperwhiteAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $109.99If your mom's tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here.A rejuvenating, at-home foot massagerRENPHORENPHO Foot Massager Machine, available at Amazon, $129.99Treat her to a spa day any (and every) day she wants with this at-home foot massager. It's a full-service Shiatsu device that offers kneading, compression, and heat therapy. We love that it encompasses your ankles too for extra relief, all of which is why it's our top pick.An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gentlyAmazonPhilips Light Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $149Just because Mom has to wake up before the sun rises doesn't mean they have to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds, so Mom can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks. Read our full review of the Philips Wake-Up Light.A mini massage gunTherabodyTheragun Mini, available at Therabody and Amazon, from $147If she's achy from regular exercise or a pulled muscle, every type of person will see benefit from using a massage gun. We love the Theragun Mini because it'll work out kinks and aches anywhere you place it with a powerful motor and easy-to-hold grip.Home giftsA fresh flower bouquetUrban StemsUrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, from $45We've ordered bouquets from UrbanStems and it offers gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they're delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she'll love on any given day. Its bouquets are one of the best things we've ever tested. Read our full review of UrbanStems.A candle for your favorite spot togetherHomesick, Rachael Schultz/InsiderHomesick Memory Candles, starting at $27.20Whether your best memories are childhood ski trips, your annual beach vacation, or just baking in the kitchen together, share the sentiment with mom. Homesick makes a deliciously-scented candle for nearly every memory — and if that doesn't work, it also has a candle for every state and city, astrology sign, and even one that simply says, "Thank you, Mom."Soft, crisp sheets and beddingBrooklinenBrooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $231Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $273Brooklinen's luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover your mom's bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. This is another item that features in our list of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here.A custom map posterGrafomap InstagramGrafomap Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, starting at $49Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom's hometown, college town, favorite travel destination, or the place she got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.Read our full review of the Grafomap Custom Map Poster here.A hardcover photo book for any mother figureArtifact UprisingHardcover Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $72Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table.A cute potted plant instead of flowersThe SillShop The Sill's selection of plants starting at $18The Sill is a relatively new startup that's making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. Read our full review of The Sill here.A weighted blanket to help her sleep betterBearabyBearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, available at Bearaby, $249Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help Mom fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets. A jewelry holderCatbirdCatbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32This ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that'll dress up any bathroom countertop or nightstand.A personalized photo calendar for her deskArtifact UprisingWalnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $35A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of family makes for an even better gift for Mom. She'll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you.A coffee table book for the mom who loves photographyAmazon"Women: The National Geographic Image Collection," available at Amazon, $26.49You can't go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women?A fancy candle setOtherland/Alyssa Powell/InsiderOtherland Candles The Threesome, available at Otherland, $89Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that's a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift. We named candles by Otherland one of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Otherland candles here.Beauty giftsA face mask set for at-home spa daysfreshMini Loves Mini Masks Set, available at Walmart, $44.74Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator.A two-in-one hair dryer brush for easy at-home blowoutsAmazonRevlon 1 Step 2-in-1 Hair Dryer Volumizer Styling Brush, available at Amazon, $69.99If your mom has been eyeing the $600 Dyson Airwrap, this is a more affordable alternative that produces similarly easy blowouts at home. It's our favorite blow dryer brush if you're on a budget.A luxurious facial treatment deviceZIIPZIIP GX Series, available at ZIIP Beauty, $495Switch up her facial appointments with the ZIIP experience that beautifully improves your skin beyond your imagination with every use. The ZIIP devices employ energy from tiny electrical currents with a conductive gel to sculpt and tighten the skin for a radiant glow. The weighted sleep mask that's the ticket to instant sleepAnthropologieNodpod Weighted Eye Mask, available at Anthropologie, $34Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position. A floral fragrance with a pear and white freesia scentJo MaloneEnglish Pear & Freesia Cologne, available at Jo Malone, $145If she prefers a light yet luscious fragrance, this Jo Malone perfume makes for a lovely layer. This floral perfume accentuates her style with a smell of autumn from the freshness of the pear and freesias along with the subtle woodsy scents.Hobby-related giftsA 'book of the month' membershipBook of the MonthBook of the Month Membership, available at Book of the Month, from $49.99 for 3 monthsIf she loves to read and isn't ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift subscription gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50-$15 a month, depending on the length of subscription you choose to give. She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month. You can learn more about Book of the Month here.A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiastMandukaProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka, $99For the mom who starts every morning with yoga, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new thingsMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. You can get into the supplementary reading materials or just listen to their insight while running errands. An Unlimited Membership grants access to all the site's online courses for the year.Some popular courses include Neil deGrasse Tyson on Scientific Thinking and Communication, Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review of MasterClass here.A jigsaw puzzle featuring a family photoZazzleMemorable Family's Jigsaw Puzzle, available at Zazzle, starting at $29.95If your mom loves puzzles (and has finished practically all of them), this custom one featuring a cherished family photo will earn a spot on the wall when it's done.A daily planner for the busy momAmazonPanda Planner Daily Planner 2021, available at Amazon. $23.97 Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She'll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners.A DNA test kit23andme23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, available at 23andMe, $199This genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who's interested in learning more about her family history.A personalized video message from her favorite celebrityCameoPersonalized video message, available at Cameo, starting at $1When trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from "The Office." Whether it's for her birthday, Mother's Day, or a different milestone, there's something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderApr 20th, 2022

Life In Zero-COVID Antarctica

Life In Zero-COVID Antarctica Authored by Willy Forsyth via The Brownstone Institute, In October of 2021, I deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica for the second time. Each austral summer, McMurdo Station becomes home to about 1,000 eclectic and wonderful people who are the workforce behind the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) United States Antarctic Program (USAP), which facilitates research with a logistical prowess on par with that of the US military.  Despite McMurdo’s remoteness and lack of the usual American amenities, there is normally a rich community life on this strange island. The community organizes yoga classes, cafes, art galleries, music festivals, craft fairs, holiday parties, and more. I was enamored by this social-scape during my first visit in 2017, but in 2021 community life at McMurdo has been unrecognizable due to the NSF’s Covid policies for the Antarctic.  While USAP research stations are some of the only populations in the world with zero Covid, residents of these stations live under stricter Covid precautions than many Western cities during peak waves of infection. In the time between my two Antarctic deployments, I received a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. There, I learned the importance of evidence-based public health interventions, of carefully analyzing health risks, of targeting interventions based on those risks, and of always considering unintended negative consequences.  So, throughout the pandemic, I have been baffled to see many public health professionals and scientific institutions advocate for broad, extreme, and unprecedented measures without supporting evidence. The NSF’s scientifically inconsistent Covid policies for Antarctica are the most prominent examples of this fallacy I have now experienced. The NSF formulated these polices early in the pandemic. Given the remote and resource-limited nature of Antarctica, the NSF recognized that Covid outbreaks in the intimate station populations would spread quickly and might easily overwhelm clinical capacities. And with aerial medical evacuation dangerously unreliable, the NSF smartly formulated policies to prevent Covid from reaching Antarctica and to mitigate its impact in case it did.  The policies begin with medical screening for health risks, which include known Covid risk factors. Deployers to McMurdo travel as cohorts that isolate in hotel rooms for three days, confirm a negative PCR test result, then fly on a private, direct flight to Christchurch, New Zealand.  When the first cohorts of the summer season arrived in September, there had been zero Covid cases on the entire South Island for almost a year. PCR tests and screenings for symptoms took place on arrival, days three, seven, and 12 during 14 days of strict isolation in Christchurch’s proven and effective “managed isolation and quarantine” (MIQ) facilities. US and Royal New Zealand Air Force aircrews subjected to the same isolation procedures as USAP cohorts then flew them to “the ice”. While at great expense, these sound, evidence-based procedures have to-date successfully kept Covid out of all USAP stations. It is after arriving to Antarctica where these policies go awry. Following passenger plane arrivals of Covid-free cohorts, the entire receiving station population must wear masks, social distance, and adhere to inconsistently and arbitrarily reduced capacities in public and recreational spaces for one week.  In October a new passenger plane arrived about every five days, protracting restrictions to the entire month. We were relegated to constant face coverings where we lived and worked and a loss of any social or recreational activities that usually preside at McMurdo Station – all in the absence of Covid. Even the most ardent mask supporters had become “anti-maskers”.  Beyond low morale, the policies contribute to immense operational and safety setbacks. The station population this season is small – around 500 – and has been slowly dwindling in response to the strict policies and a vaccine mandate that took effect one week after my cohort (with an 85% vaccination rate) arrived. Multiple written assurances that those who were non-vaccinated would not be medically disqualified, were reversed. Several workers in critical departments refused the vaccine and were sent home, many others quit due to the other extreme policies. Nearly all departments are now short-staffed. The station power plant is only about half-staffed. A power supply failure in the Antarctic environment means water sources could freeze and food would not be safely stored. The fire department was so short staffed they could not fully support the airfield where frequent flights may have to land in inclement weather on an ice runway.  This hazard legally barred the New York Air National Guard – who flies special ski-equipped LC-130s on essential cargo flights – from arriving on schedule, greatly impeding logistics and supply chains. They since arrived with a waiver but could not fly regular intracontinental missions for three more weeks until more firefighters from New Zealand arrived.  These avoidable, policy-derived setbacks contributed to three of six research projects in West Antarctica canceling before beginning, reducing total supportable research projects from the seasonal average of 60 down to 11, and caused the entire month of normal life in December to be robbed by mask-wearing and canceled holiday events.  These policies are dictated by the NSF’s mysterious Covid Control Board. As affected people have attempted to clarify questions or contact this Control Board, no one, at multiple management levels, has been forthright with the identity or public health qualifications of their members. USAP employees with unrelated administrative jobs have had time and energy absconded to develop Covid solutions for a population where Covid does not exist. Their policy is protecting no one from nothing.  When prodded about the senseless and inconsistent policies, USAP managers feebly attempt to defend them without providing any sort of evidence for their foundation. There are no references to any Covid research or CDC guidelines. Questions routed to the NSF leadership addressing these issues have gone unanswered. The real humans subject to these excessive policies have loud voices that are simply being ignored. There is no hope for life at McMurdo void of Covid precautions despite the strict isolation process en route, despite the now 100% vaccinated population, and despite screenings for comorbidities. A recent Covid outbreak at a Belgian research base with similar demographics and no reported health impacts beyond mild symptoms demonstrates the minimal risk of Covid itself while the negative impacts of the policies remain clearly evident.  Yet, workers are threatened with termination if they defy the illogical rules. The things that draw people to McMurdo station have been needlessly lost. Antarctic research – which provides some of our greatest insight for understanding the difficult problem of climate change – has been stymied, community members’ lives have lost value, and all these hindrances are driven not by scientific evidence, but by politics and optics.  USAP workers are being uniquely challenged in one of the most uniquely extreme, uniquely isolated, and uniquely Covid free places on earth. If an enterprise mostly created and funded by the NSF cannot utilize scientific reasoning and accept normalcy where there is no Covid, how can we trust our scientific institutions to seek to in the rest of the world, where Covid is here to stay? Tyler Durden Tue, 01/04/2022 - 22:05.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeJan 5th, 2022

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

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

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 23rd, 2021

More than 4-in-10 Republicans don"t want schools teaching the history of racism whatsoever: new poll

The GOP has been waging a culture war against critical race theory, which examines how the US's long history of slavery and racism affects people today. People talk before the start of a rally against "critical race theory" (CRT) being taught in schools at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021. Andrew Caballero Reynolds AFP via Getty Images 43% of Republicans oppose teaching the history of racism in public schools, a new poll found. The GOP has been waging a culture war against critical race theory, which examines the impact of the history of racism in the US. Other recent polls show many Republicans oppose teaching students about the history of racism in the US. More than four-in-10 Republicans (43%) are opposed to public schools teaching the history of racism, according to a new Monmouth University poll, while a slim majority approved (54%). Overall, 75% of voters approved of teaching the history of racism in public schools, including 94% of Democrats and 75% of independents. Monmouth polled voters on this question as conservatives across the country push for banning critical race theory in schools.Republican critics of critical race theory have misleadingly suggested it teaches children to hate one another based on the color of their skin. In reality, critical race theorists look at how the country's long history of slavery, segregation and discrimination impacts people today. Moreover, schools are typically not explicitly teaching students critical race theory, despite the Republican outcry over it. But lessons on how racism has shaped the US effectively align with what the theory aims to shine a light on. In what it referred to as a "test of message framing," Monmouth also polled voters on whether they approved of teaching critical race theory in public schools. Overall, 43% of voters supported teaching it, including 75% of Democrats, 16% of Republicans, and 40% of independents. "The public acts on its perceptions of the world around them. Sometimes those perceptions align with objective reality and sometimes they do not. Whoever controls the message controls how the public will react. As the huge differences in the poll questions on teaching race show, a negative visceral message can be very powerful in reframing an issue in the public's mind. The same is true for a massive spending bill as we saw with the talk of 'death panels' during the ACA (Obamacare) debate in 2010," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.This poll seemingly underscores how a significant portion of Republicans view opposition to critical race theory as part of a general desire to avoid discussions on the history of racism in America altogether. Similarly, a USA Today/Ipsos poll from September found that fewer than four-in-10 Republicans (38%) supported schools teaching about the ongoing effects of slavery. And a Reuters/Ipsos poll from July found that 32% of Republicans opposed teaching high school students about racism and its impact in the US.Many leading historians and academics contend that the legacy of slavery continues to ripple through American society, in that it contributed to racist policies following the Civil War and beyond that have continued to fuel discrimination while contributing to disparities between white and Black people's education levels, opportunities, and wealth. CRT has contributed to this discussion by theorizing that institutions that are not overtly racist can still yield outcomes with major racial disparities.Experts have said that the GOP backlash to critical race theory is tied to the party's broader discomfort with the ongoing, expanding conversation on race in the US that's linked to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. "The base of the Republican Party is offended by the political focus on racism and racial justice that has been apparent for several years now, but especially since the George Floyd murder," Andrew Hartman, a history professor at Illinois State University and author of "A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars," told Insider in June."So, GOP politicians and conservative media obsess over the issue to gin up outrage that might translate into future votes, but in the meantime definitely translates into donations and ratings," Hartman added. Critical race theory came up repeatedly in the recent Virginia gubernatorial race. Virginia Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin vowed to ban critical race theory from the state's schools on his first day in office. A number of states already have such laws on the books. Hartman said conservatives have a long history of "educational activism against secular and liberal trends in schools," and critical race theory checks a lot of boxes along those lines."It is an academic theory that emerged from elite universities (Harvard Law in particular). It seemingly indoctrinates students with the idea that racism is endemic and institutional, which flies in the face of conservative colorblindness," he said.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 10th, 2021

59 thoughtful gifts for Mom sure to make her smile this holiday season - from a silk scarf to a Masterclass subscription

If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for Mom, we've put together a list for all budgets that has plenty of things she's sure to love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty Images Show Mom your appreciation with any of these 61 thoughtful gifts. From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there's a gift for all tastes and budgets. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Although mothers may be challenging to shop for - humbly resigning to the phrase "you don't have to get me anything" - we can safely say she'll love any of the gifts in this guide. This list can help you find what you're looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she's into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there's a unique gift for Mom, below.Here are 59 of the best gifts for Mom:This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Leesa. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.* Home gifts for Mom A cocktail maker that mixes drinks in seconds Bartesian Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, available at Amazon, $349.85Summer's here, which, for some moms, means it's time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom's life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She'll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.Read our full review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine here.   An incredibly comfortable mattress Leesa Leesa Hybrid Mattress, available at Leesa, starting at $1,529 (Queen)The Leesa Hybrid is one of our favorite mattresses because of its comfortable memory foam and motion transfer. It's soft, breathable, and supportive, so we're confident that Mom would love it, too. Read our review of the Leesa Hybrid here.*Sponsored by Leesa A digital picture frame for remembering the good times Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, available at Aura, $179It's hard to find a mom who isn't obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she's all set. Read our full review of Aura here. A personalized photo calendar for her desk Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $35A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her family makes for an even better gift for mom. She'll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you. A fancy candle set Otherland/Alyssa Powell/Insider Otherland Candles The Threesome, available at Otherland, $89Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that's a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift. We named candles by Otherland one of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Otherland candles here. A coffee table book for the mom who loves photography Amazon "Women: The National Geographic Image Collection", available at Amazon, $27.05You can't go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom. Soft, crisp sheets and bedding Brooklinen Brooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $198Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $240Brooklinen's luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. This is another item that features in our list of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. A custom map poster Grafomap Instagram Grafomap Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, starting at $49Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom's hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.Read our full review of the Grafomap Custom Map Poster here. A cute potted plant instead of flowers The Sill Shop The Sill's selection of plants starting at $16The Sill is a relatively new startup that's making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. Read our full review of The Sill here. A Le Creuset Dutch oven Amazon Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $160At $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom's favorite. We've even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best Dutch ovens. It's one of the best products we've ever tested.Read our full review of the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven here. A hardcover photo book for any mother figure Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $72Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table. A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls home Amazon Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, available at Amazon, $29.99Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. It's a great gift for the mom who loves spending time in the kitchen.  A weighted blanket to help her sleep better Bearaby Bearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, available at Bearaby, $249Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets.  A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat Amazon Anova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, available at Amazon and Target, $128.25The Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom's life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it'll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. You can hear more about why we love this product in our guide to the best sous vide machines.  An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gently Amazon Philips Light Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $139.99Moms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn't mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks. Read our full review of the Philips Wake-Up Light. An indoor herb garden that requires zero effort Click & Grow Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, available at Click & Grow, $74.96Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and the truly effortless process. Read our full review of the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit here. A retro-inspired electric kettle Nordstrom SMEG 50's Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $169.95With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she'll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric kettles.  Fashion gifts for Mom A recycled fleece to stay warm Girlfriend Collective Teddy Recycled Half-Zip Fleece, available at Girlfriend Collective, $128Moms love effortless comfort and this super soft fleece delivers just that for her. Not only will she enjoy the warmth, but she'll feel good knowing she's helping the environment with this recycled pullover. A gold square watch to keep track of time Nordstrom MVMT Signature Square Bracelet Watch, available at Nordstrom, $128For the mom who's always running late, this elegant square watch bares a minimalist and luxurious design that elevates any look. The gold watch is so impossible to miss that she'll now be on time to every occasion with it as a reminder. A lovely silk scarf for any outfit Nordstrom Paisley Square scarf, available at Nordstrom, $68You can't go wrong with a silk scarf if her style embraces a refined, ladylike taste. The elegant floral print adds gorgeous detail to an outfit that gives it a more polished and soft feminine appearance. A jewelry cleaner for all of her precious pieces Magnasonic Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, available at Amazon, $39.99Your mom's soft spot might be jewelry, but taking care of each piece is a must. This jewelry cleaner removes dirt and grime in minutes using water only. She'll appreciate this little machine that will take great care of her jewelry.  A passport cover and luggage tag Leatherology Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, available at Leatherology, starting at $85 + monogram $20Mom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She'll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials.  A chic purse that can turn into a backpack Senreve Alunna, available at Senreve, starting at $645A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags. You can mix things up by giving her one that's both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across her body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom's essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder. A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in style GlassesUSA Check out GlassesUSA's selection of sunglasses, starting at $36Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. Through June 15, get 30% off your entire order for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping, if you enter code USA30 at checkout. Also through June 15, use code DEAL60 to save 60% off frames for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping. Read our full review of GlassesUSA here. A leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials Leatherology Klyde Continental Wallet, available at Leatherology (+ $10 for monogram), $120A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman's everyday style and keeps her organized when she's constantly moving from place to place. You can get this leather wallet from Leatherology in 11 colors and three different personalization options.  A luxurious bathrobe Parachute Parachute Classic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $99A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute's soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick. Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here. Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blend Margaux Slippers, available at Margaux, $158Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She'll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house. The gift of comfortable loungewear Tommy John Shop all women's loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy JohnTommy John E-Gift Card, available at Tommy John, starting at $25The Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John's loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women's underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too. Alexa-enabled glasses Amazon Echo Frames Smart Glasses, available at Amazon, $179.99If your mom loves tech, she'll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon's Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa's skills.Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Frames. A roomy work bag with tons of pockets Dagne Dover Dagne Dover Legend Tote, available at Dagne Dover, $159Dagne Dover's Legend Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go.  A jewelry holder Catbird Catbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32This ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that'll dress up any bathroom countertop or nightstand. Pearl hoop earrings Mejuri Mejuri Pearl Hoops, available at Mejuri, $65Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company's delicate jewelry, too.Read our full review of Mejuri here. A personalized T-shirt Known Supply Known Supply Personalized Women's Fitted Crew, available at Known Supply, $32You can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with "mom" or "mama" — or any other name that's under nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive.  A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogram Claire V. Claire V. Midi Sac, avaliable at Claire V., starting at $335 (+ $50 for hand-painted monogram)This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $50, you can customize it with a gold foil or hand-painted monogram.  Popular leggings with a no-slip fit Vuori Daily Legging, available at Vuori, $84Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand's smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.Read more about the Daily Legging here. A pendant necklace Set & Stones Set & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, available at Nordstrom, $198Your mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart. It'll sit lightly around her neck and be a subtle reminder of her special bond with you.  Beauty gifts for Mom A luxurious facial treatment device ZIIP ZIIP GX Series, available at ZIIP Beauty, $495Switch up her facial appointments with the ZIIP experience that beautifully improves your skin beyond your imagination with every use. The ZIIP devices employ energy from tiny electrical currents with a conductive gel to sculpt and tighten the skin for a radiant glow.  A floral fragrance with a pear and white freesia scent Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne, available at Jo Malone, $144If she prefers a light yet luscious fragrance, this Jo Malone perfume makes for a lovely layer. This floral perfume accentuates her style with a smell of autumn from the freshness of the pear and freesias along with the subtle woodsy scents. A face mask set for at-home spa days fresh Mini Loves Mini Masks Set, available at fresh, $56Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator. The weighted sleep mask that's the ticket to instant sleep Anthropologie Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask, available at Anthropologie, $34Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position.  Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goals Function of Beauty/Instagram Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, available at Function of Beauty, $29.99Function of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that's based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula's color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.Read our full review of Function of Beauty here. Tech Gifts for Mom A voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needs Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, available at Amazon, $34.99She can access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices. The Amazon Echo Amazon Amazon Echo (4th Generation), available at Amazon, $99.99There's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming. Read our full review of the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) here. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Amazon Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $89.99On the other hand, if she's tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift for Mom. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here. A heated massager to melt the day away Amazon InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager, available at Amazon, $49.97After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that's built up. While she can't get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.Read our full review of the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager here. A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity Cameo Personalized video message, available at Cameo, starting at $1When trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from "The Office" or most-loved musician. Whether it's for her birthday, Mother's Day, or a different milestone, there's something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo.  Food gifts for Mom A tasty baking cookbook Amazon Dessert Person cookbook, available at Amazon, $22.24For the mom who adores baking, this dessert cookbook has plenty of baking recipes to satisfy the family's sweet tooth.  This cookbook offers recipes and guidance on how to bake sweet and savory treats whether it's a caramelized honey pumpkin pie or English muffins.   A delicious treat from Milk Bar Milk Bar/Alyssa Powell/Insider Check out all the goodies in Milk Bar's Gift Shop starting at $39Milk Bar's treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B'Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here. Milk bar cakes topped our list of the All-Time Best things we've tested. Read our full review of Milk Bar. A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside Murray's Cheese Murray's Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, available at Murray's Cheese, $95Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray's Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. It's a mouthwatering gift for Mom that'll surely satisfy her cheese cravings. For more of the best from Murray's Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online.Read our review of Murray's Cheese gift boxes. A cookbook for 'Girl Meets Farm' fans Amazon "Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm" by Molly Yeh, available at Amazon, $19.54Not only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes, you'll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family. A gift subscription to a popular coffee club Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club Subscription here. Wellness gifts for Mom A water bottle that solves all pain points Hydro Flask/Alyssa Powell/Insider Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), available at Hydro Flask, $44.95Hydo Flask's products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that's otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle, in our guide to the best travel mugs. Hydro Flask water bottles are one of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested.* Free shipping on all orders with code INSIDER at checkout. Code expires 1/31/22. A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things MasterClass Annual Membership, available at MasterClass, $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review of MasterClass here. A DNA test kit 23andme 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, available at 23andMe, $129This genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who's interested in learning more about her family history. A 'book of the month' membership Book of the Month Book of the Month Monthly Membership, available at Book of the Month, $39.99If she loves to read and isn't ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month.  Barack Obama's bestselling book Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama on Kindle, available at Amazon, $17.99If Mom likes to read, Barack Obama's bestselling book 'A Promised Land' is probably on her reading list. Instead of risking having a hard copy arrive late, you can gift her the Kindle version.  A daily planner for the busy mom Amazon Panda Planner Daily Planner 2021, available at Amazon. $19.97 Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She'll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners. A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka, $99For the mom who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats. A fresh flower bouquet Urban Stems UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $45 and upWe've ordered bouquets from UrbanStems and it offers gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they're delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she'll love on any given day. Its bouquets are one of the best things we've ever tested.Read our full review of UrbanStems. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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59 thoughtful gifts for mom sure to make her smile this holiday season - from a silk scarf to a Masterclass subscription

If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for Mom, we've put together a list for all budgets that has plenty of things she's sure to love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty Images Show Mom your appreciation with any of these 61 thoughtful gifts. From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there's a gift for all tastes and budgets. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Although mothers may be challenging to shop for - humbly resigning to the phrase "you don't have to get me anything" - we can safely say she'll love any of the gifts in this guide. This list can help you find what you're looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she's into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there's a unique gift for Mom, below.Here are 59 of the best gifts for Mom:This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Leesa. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.* Home gifts for mom A cocktail maker that mixes drinks in seconds Bartesian Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, available at Amazon, $349.85Summer's here, which, for some moms, means it's time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom's life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She'll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.Read our full review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine here.   An incredibly comfortable mattress Leesa Leesa Hybrid Mattress, available at Leesa, starting at $1,529 (Queen)The Leesa Hybrid is one of our favorite mattresses because of its comfortable memory foam and motion transfer. It's soft, breathable, and supportive, so we're confident that Mom would love it, too. Read our review of the Leesa Hybrid here.*Sponsored by Leesa A digital picture frame for remembering the good times Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, available at Aura, $179It's hard to find a mom who isn't obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she's all set. Read our full review of Aura here. A personalized photo calendar for her desk Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $35A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her family makes for an even better gift for mom. She'll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you. A fancy candle set Otherland/Alyssa Powell/Insider Otherland Candles The Threesome, available at Otherland, $89Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that's a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift. We named candles by Otherland one of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Otherland candles here. A coffee table book for the mom who loves photography Amazon "Women: The National Geographic Image Collection", available at Amazon, $27.05You can't go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom. Soft, crisp sheets and bedding Brooklinen Brooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $198Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, starting at $240Brooklinen's luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. This is another item that features in our list of the All-Time Best products we've tested.Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. A custom map poster Grafomap Instagram Grafomap Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, starting at $49Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom's hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.Read our full review of the Grafomap Custom Map Poster here. A cute potted plant instead of flowers The Sill Shop The Sill's selection of plants starting at $16The Sill is a relatively new startup that's making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. Read our full review of The Sill here. A Le Creuset Dutch oven Amazon Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $160At $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom's favorite. We've even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best Dutch ovens. It's one of the best products we've ever tested.Read our full review of the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven here. A hardcover photo book for any mother figure Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, starting at $72Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table. A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls home Amazon Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, available at Amazon, $29.99Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. It's a great gift for the mom who loves spending time in the kitchen.  A weighted blanket to help her sleep better Bearaby Bearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, available at Bearaby, $249Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets.  A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat Amazon Anova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, available at Amazon and Target, $128.25The Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom's life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it'll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. You can hear more about why we love this product in our guide to the best sous vide machines.  An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gently Amazon Philips Light Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $139.99Moms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn't mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks. Read our full review of the Philips Wake-Up Light. An indoor herb garden that requires zero effort Click & Grow Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, available at Click & Grow, $74.96Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and the truly effortless process. Read our full review of the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit here. A retro-inspired electric kettle Nordstrom SMEG 50's Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, available at Williams-Sonoma, starting at $169.95With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she'll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric kettles.  Fashion gifts for mom A recycled fleece to stay warm Girlfriend Collective Teddy Recycled Half-Zip Fleece, available at Girlfriend Collective, $128Moms love effortless comfort and this super soft fleece delivers just that for her. Not only will she enjoy the warmth, but she'll feel good knowing she's helping the environment with this recycled pullover. A gold square watch to keep track of time Nordstrom MVMT Signature Square Bracelet Watch, available at Nordstrom, $128For the mom who's always running late, this elegant square watch bares a minimalist and luxurious design that elevates any look. The gold watch is so impossible to miss that she'll now be on time to every occasion with it as a reminder. A lovely silk scarf for any outfit Nordstrom Paisley Square scarf, available at Nordstrom, $68You can't go wrong with a silk scarf if her style embraces a refined, ladylike taste. The elegant floral print adds gorgeous detail to an outfit that gives it a more polished and soft feminine appearance. A jewelry cleaner for all of her precious pieces Magnasonic Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, available at Amazon, $39.99Your mom's soft spot might be jewelry, but taking care of each piece is a must. This jewelry cleaner removes dirt and grime in minutes using water only. She'll appreciate this little machine that will take great care of her jewelry.  A passport cover and luggage tag Leatherology Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, available at Leatherology, starting at $85 + monogram $20Mom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She'll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials.  A chic purse that can turn into a backpack Senreve Alunna, available at Senreve, starting at $645A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags. You can mix things up by giving her one that's both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across her body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom's essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder. A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in style GlassesUSA Check out GlassesUSA's selection of sunglasses, starting at $36Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. Through June 15, get 30% off your entire order for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping, if you enter code USA30 at checkout. Also through June 15, use code DEAL60 to save 60% off frames for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping. Read our full review of GlassesUSA here. A leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials Leatherology Klyde Continental Wallet, available at Leatherology (+ $10 for monogram), $120A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman's everyday style and keeps her organized when she's constantly moving from place to place. You can get this leather wallet from Leatherology in 11 colors and three different personalization options.  A luxurious bathrobe Parachute Parachute Classic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $99A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute's soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick. Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here. Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blend Margaux Slippers, available at Margaux, $158Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She'll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house. The gift of comfortable loungewear Tommy John Shop all women's loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy JohnTommy John E-Gift Card, available at Tommy John, starting at $25The Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John's loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women's underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too. Alexa-enabled glasses Amazon Echo Frames Smart Glasses, available at Amazon, $179.99If your mom loves tech, she'll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon's Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa's skills.Read our full review of the Amazon Echo Frames. A roomy work bag with tons of pockets Dagne Dover Dagne Dover Legend Tote, available at Dagne Dover, $159Dagne Dover's Legend Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go.  A jewelry holder Catbird Catbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32This ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that'll dress up any bathroom countertop or nightstand. Pearl hoop earrings Mejuri Mejuri Pearl Hoops, available at Mejuri, $65Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company's delicate jewelry, too.Read our full review of Mejuri here. A personalized T-shirt Known Supply Known Supply Personalized Women's Fitted Crew, available at Known Supply, $32You can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with "mom" or "mama" — or any other name that's under nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive.  A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogram Claire V. Claire V. Midi Sac, avaliable at Claire V., starting at $335 (+ $50 for hand-painted monogram)This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $50, you can customize it with a gold foil or hand-painted monogram.  Popular leggings with a no-slip fit Vuori Daily Legging, available at Vuori, $84Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand's smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.Read more about the Daily Legging here. A pendant necklace Set & Stones Set & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, available at Nordstrom, $198Your mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart. It'll sit lightly around her neck and be a subtle reminder of her special bond with you.  Beauty gifts for mom A luxurious facial treatment device ZIIP ZIIP GX Series, available at ZIIP Beauty, $495Switch up her facial appointments with the ZIIP experience that beautifully improves your skin beyond your imagination with every use. The ZIIP devices employ energy from tiny electrical currents with a conductive gel to sculpt and tighten the skin for a radiant glow.  A floral fragrance with a pear and white freesia scent Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne, available at Jo Malone, $144If she prefers a light yet luscious fragrance, this Jo Malone perfume makes for a lovely layer. This floral perfume accentuates her style with a smell of autumn from the freshness of the pear and freesias along with the subtle woodsy scents. A face mask set for at-home spa days fresh Mini Loves Mini Masks Set, available at fresh, $56Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator. The weighted sleep mask that's the ticket to instant sleep Anthropologie Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask, available at Anthropologie, $34Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position.  Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goals Function of Beauty/Instagram Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, available at Function of Beauty, $29.99Function of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that's based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula's color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.Read our full review of Function of Beauty here. Tech Gifts for Mom A voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needs Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, available at Amazon, $34.99She can access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices. The Amazon Echo Amazon Amazon Echo (4th Generation), available at Amazon, $99.99There's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming. Read our full review of the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) here. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Amazon Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $89.99On the other hand, if she's tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift for Mom. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here. A heated massager to melt the day away Amazon InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager, available at Amazon, $49.97After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that's built up. While she can't get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.Read our full review of the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager here. A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity Cameo Personalized video message, available at Cameo, starting at $1When trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from "The Office" or most-loved musician. Whether it's for her birthday, Mother's Day, or a different milestone, there's something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo.  Food gifts for mom A tasty baking cookbook Amazon Dessert Person cookbook, available at Amazon, $22.24For the mom who adores baking, this dessert cookbook has plenty of baking recipes to satisfy the family's sweet tooth.  This cookbook offers recipes and guidance on how to bake sweet and savory treats whether it's a caramelized honey pumpkin pie or English muffins.   A delicious treat from Milk Bar Milk Bar/Alyssa Powell/Insider Check out all the goodies in Milk Bar's Gift Shop starting at $39Milk Bar's treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B'Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here. Milk bar cakes topped our list of the All-Time Best things we've tested. Read our full review of Milk Bar. A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside Murray's Cheese Murray's Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, available at Murray's Cheese, $95Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray's Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. It's a mouthwatering gift for Mom that'll surely satisfy her cheese cravings. For more of the best from Murray's Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online.Read our review of Murray's Cheese gift boxes. A cookbook for 'Girl Meets Farm' fans Amazon "Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm" by Molly Yeh, available at Amazon, $19.54Not only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes, you'll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family. A gift subscription to a popular coffee club Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club Subscription here. Wellness gifts for mom A water bottle that solves all pain points Hydro Flask/Alyssa Powell/Insider Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), available at Hydro Flask, $44.95Hydo Flask's products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that's otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle, in our guide to the best travel mugs. Hydro Flask water bottles are one of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested.* Free shipping on all orders with code INSIDER at checkout. Code expires 1/31/22. A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things MasterClass Annual Membership, available at MasterClass, $180/yearMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review of MasterClass here. A DNA test kit 23andme 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, available at 23andMe, $129This genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who's interested in learning more about her family history. A 'book of the month' membership Book of the Month Book of the Month Monthly Membership, available at Book of the Month, $39.99If she loves to read and isn't ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month.  Barack Obama's bestselling book Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama on Kindle, available at Amazon, $17.99If Mom likes to read, Barack Obama's bestselling book 'A Promised Land' is probably on her reading list. Instead of risking having a hard copy arrive late, you can gift her the Kindle version.  A daily planner for the busy mom Amazon Panda Planner Daily Planner 2021, available at Amazon. $19.97 Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She'll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners. A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka, $99For the mom who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats. A fresh flower bouquet Urban Stems UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $45 and upWe've ordered bouquets from UrbanStems and it offers gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they're delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she'll love on any given day. Its bouquets are one of the best things we've ever tested.Read our full review of UrbanStems. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 1st, 2021

QIAGEN (QGEN) to Report Q3 Earnings: What"s in the Cards?

New product approvals, partnerships in the diagnostic solutions category and sustained success in other product areas are likely to have contributed to QIAGEN's (QGEN) growth. QIAGEN N.V. QGEN is expected to report third-quarter 2021 results on Oct 26.In the last-reported quarter, the company’s earnings of 67 cents beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.5%. The company’s earnings surpassed estimates in all of the trailing four quarters, the average beat being 3.69%.Let’s take a look at how things have shaped up for QIAGEN prior to this announcement.Factors at PlayThe sample technologies segment is likely to have witnessed positive sales growth in the third quarter.In the last-reported quarter, a decline in sales of COVID-19 testing kits owing to a faster-than-expected vaccination uptake offset the sales growth reported in non-COVID kits. In such a situation, QIAGEN significantly slashed its 2021 guidance to reflect an estimated decline in COVID-19 testing trends for the second half of 2021.However, with the emergence of more contagious and lethal strains of the coronavirus, the company‘s sample technologies business is likely to have registered a strong sequential rebound in Q3, banking on a significant surge in the new COVID-19 cases. In late August, QIAGEN reported a significant milestone for its consumables kits, which have been utilized to process more than three billion biological samples. This milestone underscores the company’s bullish performance within this business in the third quarter.QIAGEN N.V. Price and EPS Surprise QIAGEN N.V. price-eps-surprise | QIAGEN N.V. QuoteThe diagnostic solutions product group is likely to continue to gain from the QuantiFERON latent TB test and NeuMoDx’s sales growth.In terms of companion diagnostics (CDx), the company is expected to benefit in Q3 from its strategic alliance with Sysmex Corporation for the development and commercialization of cancer CDx globally. QIAGEN also signed a master CDx with OncXerna Therapeutics, Inc. in early August to advance the development of the Xerna TME panel as a potential Next Generation Sequencing (“NGS”) CDx for OncXerna’s product candidate, Navicixizumab.The receipt of the FDA’s EUA for the QIAreach SARS CoV-2 Antigen Test in August 2021, as well as the receipt of CE-IVD certification for the NeuMoDx HAdV Quant Assay in early July, is expected to have significantly contributed to the top line in this product category in Q3.Within the PCR / Nucleic acid amplification product group, the company has been witnessing strong growth of QIAcuity digital PCR sales. This growth momentum is likely to have continued throughout the third quarter as demand for a broad range of applications is on the rise. Further, the collaboration with GT Molecular in August 2021 to offer a complete SARS-CoV-2 wastewater detection solution based on QIAcuity Digital PCR technology, is likely to have benefitted the company in Q3.Within the Genomics / NGS product group, an upturn in demand for universal consumables used in NGS is expected to have driven growth in the to-be-reported quarter as it did in the previous quarter. The company’s NGS panels were reported to have been utilized to process more than one million samples in late August since entering the market for universal NGS consumables in 2015, which is a notable milestone.Q3 EstimatesThe Zacks Consensus Estimate for third-quarter 2021 revenues is pegged at $490.6 million, suggesting a 1.4% surge over the year-ago reported figure.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s third-quarter 2021 earnings per share of 53 cents indicates a fall from the year-ago adjusted earnings of 58 cents a share.What Our Model SuggestsPer our proven model, a stock with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) along with a positive Earnings ESP has higher chances of beating estimates. However, this is not the case here as you can see:Earnings ESP: QIAGEN has an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.Zacks Rank: The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3.Stocks Worth a LookHere are a few stocks worth considering, as these have the right combination of elements to beat on earnings this reporting cycle:Henry Schein, Inc. HSIC has an Earnings ESP of +0.31% and a Zacks Rank of 2 at present. The company is expected to release its third-quarter 2021 results on Nov 1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Quest Diagnostics Incorporated DGX has an Earnings ESP of +7.35% and a Zacks Rank of 2 at present. The company is scheduled to release its third-quarter 2021 results on Oct 21.Insulet Corporation PODD has an Earnings ESP of +37.17% and a Zacks Rank of 2 at present. The company will announce its third-quarter 2021 results on Nov 4. 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Category: topSource: zacksOct 18th, 2021

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

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

Category: dealsSource: nytOct 4th, 2021

58 gifts Mom will love - from a convertible handbag to a waterproof Kindle

If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for Mom, we've put together a list for all budgets that has plenty of things she's sure to love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Artifact Uprising Show Mom your appreciation with any of these 58 thoughtful gifts. From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there's a gift for all tastes and budgets. For more inspiration, check out all of the Insider Reviews gift guides. Although mothers may be challenging to shop for - humbly resigning to the phrase "you don't have to get me anything" - we can safely say she'll love any of the gifts in this guide. This list can help you find what you're looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she's into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there's a unique gift for Mom, below.Here are 58 of the best gifts for Mom: A floral fragrance with a pear and white freesia scent Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne, available at Jo Malone, $144If she prefers a light yet luscious fragrance, this Jo Malone perfume makes for a lovely layer. This floral perfume accentuates her style with a smell of autumn from the freshness of the pear and freesias along with the subtle woodsy scents. A gold square watch to keep track of time Nordstrom MVMT Signature Square Bracelet Watch, available at Nordstrom, $128For the mom who's always running late, this elegant square watch bares a minimalist and luxurious design that elevates any look. The gold watch is so impossible to miss that she'll now be on time to every occasion with it as a reminder. A lovely silk scarf for any outfit Nordstrom Blooming Tendrils Silk Scarf, available at Nordstrom, $42You can't go wrong with a silk scarf if her style embraces a refined, ladylike taste . The elegant flowers and vines prints adds gorgeous detail to an outfit that gives it a more polished and soft feminine appearance. A jewelry cleaner for all of her precious pieces Magnasonic Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, $39.99, available at AmazonYour mom's soft spot might be jewelry, but taking care of each piece is a must. This jewelry cleaner removes dirt and grime in minutes using water only. She'll appreciate this little machine that will take great care of her jewelry.  A chic purse that can turn into a backpack Senreve Alunna, from $645, available at Senreve A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags. You can mix things up by giving her one that's both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across her body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom's essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder. A cocktail maker that mixes drinks in seconds Bartesian Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, $349.85, available at AmazonSummer's here, which, for some moms, means it's time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom's life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She'll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.Read our full review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine here.   A daily planner for the busy mom Amazon Panda Planner Daily Planner 2021, $19.97, available at Amazon Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She'll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners. A digital picture frame for remembering the good times Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $179, available at AuraIt's hard to find a mom who isn't obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she's all set. Read our full review of Aura here. A pair of cozy slippers Ugg Coquette Slipper, $120, available at UggSlippers may seem like a pedestrian gift for Mom, but they don't have to be if you shop the right pair. The Coquette features Ugg's signature sheepskin interior and exterior, plus a lightweight outsole that can also travel outside. You can read more about why we love this slipper in our review of our favorite Ugg slippers.  A passport cover and luggage tag Leatherology Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, starting at $85 + monogram from $20, available at LeatherologyMom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She'll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials.  A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity Cameo Personalized video message, starting at $1, available at CameoWhen trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from "The Office" or most-loved musician. Whether it's for her birthday, Mother's Day, or a different milestone, there's something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo.  A face mask set for at-home spa days fresh Mini Loves Mini Masks Set, $56, available at freshMoms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator. A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat, $99, available at MandukaFor the mom who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats. A personalized photo calendar for her desk Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, from $30, available at Artifact UprisingA desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her family makes for an even better gift for mom. She'll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you. A coffee table book for the mom who loves photography Amazon "Women: The National Geographic Image Collection", $27.05, available at AmazonYou can't go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom. Popular leggings with a no-slip fit Vuori Daily Legging, $84, available at VuoriVuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand's smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.Read more about the Daily Legging here. A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in style GlassesUSA Check out GlassesUSA's selection of sunglasses, starting at $29Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. Through June 15, get 30% off your entire order for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping, if you enter code USA30 at checkout. Also through June 15, use code DEAL60 to save 60% off frames for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping. Read our full review of GlassesUSA here. A voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needs Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $34.99, available at AmazonShe can access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices. A hardcover photo book for any mother figure Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book, from $69, available at Artifact UprisingHonor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table. The weighted sleep mask that's the ticket to instant sleep Anthropologie Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask, $34, available at AnthropologieMove over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position.  A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things MasterClass Annual Membership, $180/year, available at MasterClassMasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It's interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site's classes for the year.The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.Read our full review of MasterClass here. Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goals Function of Beauty/Instagram Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, $29.99, available at Function of BeautyFunction of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that's based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula's color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.Read our full review of Function of Beauty here. Soft, crisp sheets and bedding Brooklinen Brooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at BrooklinenBrooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, $240, available at BrooklinenBrooklinen's luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. A fancy candle set Otherland/Facebook Otherland Candles The Threesome, $89, available at OtherlandCandles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that's a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift.Read our full review of Otherland candles here. Barack Obama's bestselling book Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama on Kindle, $17.99, available at AmazonIf Mom likes to read, Barack Obama's bestselling book 'A Promised Land' is probably on her reading list. Instead of risking having a hard copy arrive late, you can gift her the Kindle version.  Alexa-enabled glasses Amazon Echo Frames Smart Glasses, $174.99, available at AmazonIf your mom loves tech, she'll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon's Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa's skills. A water bottle that solves all pain points Hydro Flask Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), $44.95, available at Hydro FlaskHydo Flask's products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that's otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle, in our guide to the best travel mugs.* Free shipping on all orders with code INSIDER at checkout. Code expires 1/31/22. A luxurious bathrobe Parachute Parachute Classic Bathrobe, $99, available at ParachuteA plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute's soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick. Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here. The Amazon Echo Amazon Amazon Echo (4th Generation), $99.99, available at AmazonThere's an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon's Alexa can and can't do, but once that's passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming. Read our full review of the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) here. A fresh flower bouquet UrbanStems The Bouqs Co. bouquets, available at The Bouqs Co., $35 and upUrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $50 and upWe've ordered bouquets from The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems and both offer gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they're delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she'll love on any given day. Read our full reviews of The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems. A cute potted plant instead of flowers The Sill Shop The Sill's selection of plants from $14The Sill is a relatively new startup that's making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. Read our full review of The Sill here. The gift of comfortable loungewear Tommy John Shop all women's loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy JohnTommy John E-Gift Card, $25-$500, available at Tommy JohnThe Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John's loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women's underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too. Pearl hoop earrings Mejuri Mejuri Pearl Hoops, $65, available at MejuriGet your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company's delicate jewelry, too.Read our full review of Mejuri here. A delicious treat from Milk Bar Milk Bar/Business Insider Check out all the goodies in Milk Bar's Gift Shop from $26Milk Bar's treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B'Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here. A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside Murray's Cheese Murray's Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, $76, available at Murray's CheeseCheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray's Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. It's a mouthwatering gift for Mom that'll surely satisfy her cheese cravings. For more of the best from Murray's Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online. A custom map poster Grafomap Instagram Grafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at GrafomapGrafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom's hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you're only limited by your imagination.Read our full review of the Grafomap Custom Map Poster here. Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blend Margaux Slippers, $158, available at MargauxMade from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She'll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house. A heated massager to melt the day away Amazon InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager, $49.97, available at AmazonAfter a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that's built up. While she can't get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.Read our full review of the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager here. A 'book of the month' membership Book of the Month Book of the Month Monthly Membership, $49.99, available at Book of the MonthIf she loves to read and isn't ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month.  A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Amazon Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at AmazonOn the other hand, if she's tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift for Mom. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here. A weighted blanket to help her sleep better Bearaby Bearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, $249, available at BearabyMade of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets.  An indoor herb garden that requires zero effort Click & Grow Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, $99.95, available at Click & GrowEvery chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and the truly effortless process. Read our full review of the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit here. A Le Creuset Dutch oven Williams-Sonoma Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, from $160, available at Williams-SonomaAt $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom's favorite. We've even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best Dutch ovens. Read our full review of the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven here. A cookbook for 'Girl Meets Farm' fans Amazon/Business Insider "Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm" by Molly Yeh, $19.54, available at AmazonNot only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes, you'll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family. A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls home Amazon Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, $29.99, available at AmazonAvailable for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. It's a great gift for the mom who loves spending time in the kitchen.  A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat Amazon Anova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, starting at $129, available at Amazon and TargetThe Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom's life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it'll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. You can hear more about why we love this product in our guide to the best sous vide machines.  A roomy work bag with tons of pockets Dagne Dover Dagne Dover Legend Tote, $159, available at Dagne DoverDagne Dover's Legend Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go.  An Italian leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials Cuyana Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet, $175, available at Cuyana (+ $15 for monogram)A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman's everyday style and keeps her organized when she's constantly moving from place to place. You can get this Italian leather wallet from Cuyana in seven colors. We really love the Stone leather version that has a surprise red lining on the inside for a pop of color.  A jewelry holder Catbird Catbird Swan Ring Holder, $32, available at CatbirdThis ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that'll dress up any bathroom countertop or nightstand. A foam pillow from a popular mattress startup Leesa Leesa Pillow, $79, available at LeesaGive the gift of a good night's sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from one of our favorite mattress startups, Leesa.  A room diffuser Nordstrom Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Room Diffuser, $100, available at NordstromA more modern alternative to potpourri, a diffuser is a grown-up way to add a subtle fragrance to her home. A personalized T-shirt Known Supply Known Supply Personalized Women's Fitted Crew, $32, available at Known SupplyYou can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with "mom" or "mama" — or any other name that's under nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive.  A gift subscription to a popular coffee club Atlas Coffee Club Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $60, available at Atlas Coffee ClubIf her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won't go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club Subscription here. A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogram Claire V. Claire V. Midi Sac, from $345, avaliable at Claire V. (+ $50 for hand-painted monogram)This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $50, you can customize it with a gold foil or hand-painted monogram.  A retro-inspired electric kettle Nordstrom SMEG 50's Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, from $169.95, available at Williams-SonomaWith this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she'll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric and stovetop tea kettles.  A DNA test kit 23andme 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, $199, available at 23andMeThis genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who's interested in learning more about her family history. An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gently Amazon Philips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at AmazonMoms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn't mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks.  A pendant necklace Nordstrom Set & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, $198, available at NordstromYour mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart. It'll sit lightly around her neck and be a subtle reminder of her special bond with you.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Hayden Capital 1Q22 Commentary

Hayden Capital commentary for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. Dear Partners and Friends, The last six months have been extremely painful – by far, the worst period since we started Hayden. There’s a lot to worry about – the highest inflation rates in decades, an aggressive US central bank that’s rapidly increasing interest […] Hayden Capital commentary for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. Dear Partners and Friends, The last six months have been extremely painful – by far, the worst period since we started Hayden. 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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); Q1 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more This macro uncertainty, combined with rapidly rising interest rate expectations have had a dramatic impact on the market valuations of our portfolio companies, along with the rest of the ecommerce, fintech, gaming, consumer internet and emerging markets sectors we operate in more broadly. To illustrate the carnage out there, the Hang Seng Tech index (which tracks the largest technology companies listed in Hong Kong) is down -65% since its peak last year. Ecommerce stocks (as measured by the ProShares Online Retail ETF) are down -62%, and Fintech stocks (as measured by the Global X FinTech ETF) are down -56%. Looking at the NASDAQ, over 50% of the index companies are now down more than -50% from their highs. Even Amazon, a blue-chip of the tech universe is down over -40% from its highs last year. This isn’t a normal draw-down in our sector. The markets are already trading similarly to what we saw in 2001 and 2008… the amount of fear that’s out there is chilling. As another example of the craziness out there, you can even find growing, profitable companies, trading below net cash (see HUYA at a negative -$800M valuation, although there are plenty of other examples) in the Chinese Internet sector. You don’t see these types of extreme situations in healthy markets. I thought the below graphic from my friend Freda at Altimeter illustrated the situation well. As of April 22, the median internet stock was down ~-40% YTD alone. In addition, the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) survey indicates ~60% of investors believe the stock market will fall in the next six months – levels not seen since March 2009 in the depths of the financial crisis. Note, these statistics don’t mean that the markets will turn around quickly. But I mention it, as it does tell us where we are today, and state of the market’s mood. When the markets are full of pessimism, usually that’s a buy signal for long term investors. But there’s certainly the possibility of even more pain in the short term, so the question becomes “when” to buy and how to tell the difference between stocks that will be permanently value impaired in this downturn, versus those whose fundamental trajectories are unaffected and their share prices should rebound quickly after sentiment improves. Personally, I’ve been surprised by the speed and magnitude of the draw-down, especially considering many of the companies in our universe are even trading below their valuations prior to Covid. This is in contrast to their fundamentals, which have only gotten stronger and have grown 2 - 3x from their levels two years ago. The pandemic helped provide “free” customer acquisition as customers were stuck at home and looked for new online alternatives (see our Q1 2020 letter, where I talked about this dynamic in the early days of Covid; LINK). The recent share price round-trip would make sense if these customers were returning back to their old habits – but that isn’t happening. In fact, these customers have proven to be sticky, and the companies themselves are expecting to grow by 20 - 40% annually on top of their “Covid gains”, despite Covid restrictions ending. It’s been a difficult period, and the markets are trading more on macro-factors than company fundamentals these days. It’s impossible to call a bottom in the short-term, especially as daily moves are seemingly dictated by narratives. And as long as there’s negative headlines and Fed officials keep increasing their hawkish tones, the markets and our portfolio will continue to be extremely volatile in the short-term. In the near-term, stock prices can trade anywhere – it simply depends on at what price the last marginal seller is willing to part ways with their shares. But if we look out a few years from now, I believe we’ll look back to this time period and recognize just how cheap these companies were trading at, and how much certain companies’ valuations had over-shot to the downside. In markets like these where it seems most investors have a hard time looking out more than 3 weeks, those who have the ability to look out even 3 years will likely be rewarded. During the first quarter of 2021, our portfolio declined by -39.2%. This compares to the S&P 500’s -4.6% and the MSCI World’s -5.7% first quarter return. We have generated a +15.6% annualized return for our partners, since our portfolio’s inception. Meanwhile, our portfolio ended the year with ~49% of our assets invested in Asia and ~50% in North America, with the remainder in cash. Our Australian position was acquired in Q1 2022. Anatomy of a Bear Market Over the past few years, I’ve described the areas we hunt for our investments and how that fits in our portfolio construction process (see our Q1 2019, Q2 2020, and Q3 2020 letters for reference). Historically, we’ve focused on the early-stage of the S-curve. These companies are younger in their business model development, likely still a few years before they are able to generate profits and thus need external capital to reinvest into (by our calculations) high return on capital business opportunities, which given the high incremental margins will take them to profitability within a few years. Considering their nascent stage, the market tends to perceive these businesses as having a wide range of outcomes, and our alpha has historically come from being able to determine more accurately where the business trajectory might lie within this range. Essentially, we get paid to take business model risk. As the business model proves itself to be capable of profitability, the market tends to ascribe a higher valuation to these business models than at our initial purchase due to this higher certainty / predictability. This allows us to realize valuation expansion, on top of an exponentially growing earnings stream. Once our companies are self-sustainable, our goal is to then allow our capital to compound alongside them, so long as the future reinvestment opportunities within the business remain attractive (i.e. high IRRs). However in markets like today, this strategy is going to be extremely volatile. The reason for this, is that similar to fixed income markets where investors require higher returns in compensation for committing their capital for longer durations and higher volatility (30 year debt is more expensive than 1 year debt), I believe the equity markets exhibit a similar dynamic. Our companies tend to be long duration (most of their profits, and thus basis for their valuations, lie further out in the future). Therefore any change in the interest rate or market environment tends to affect the market’s perceived valuation of these businesses to a greater degree, than more “stable” / more predictable companies. For example, US government long-term bonds have already declined by over -30% since their peak, which is even greater than in 2008 – 10. If essentially risk-free US government bonds are trading at these extremes, it’s only logical that the stock prices of our businesses, which are not only long-duration, but also have business risk as well, will decline even more. In addition, real yields (as measured by TIPS) have increased by the quickest pace since the financial crisis of 2008. While the absolute level is still relatively low by historical standards, it’s the pace of change that matters most for financial markets. Markets tend to be able to digest yield increases if it’s done in a methodical and steady manner. However sudden changes in the yield cause turmoil and volatility, and panic to reposition investor portfolios, which is what we’re seeing today. Long-Duration Bonds Drawdown As of April 18, 2022 (LINK) Most Rapid Increase in Real Yields Since 2008 As of May 7, 2022 (LINK) Businesses are the Most Pessimistic in Decades During pessimistic and fearful markets like today, the market tends to discount the expected future trajectory of these businesses to highly conservative (and often overly pessimistic) levels. This means that not only do our businesses get negatively impacted by entire market valuations shifting downwards due to rising interest rates, but also that the “equity yield curve” steepens too. On top of these two already negative factors, investors then value these businesses at the bottom end of the potential range of outcomes, in an effort to be conservative in an uncertain environment. These three factors combined, result in a large negative impact on the valuations the market places on our businesses today. However as the macro environment stabilizes and investors are able to analyze the future clear-eyed again, these factors tend to revert just as violently upwards as they did to the downside. As long as the companies do not need access to the capital markets, are self-sustainable (generating profits) or have plenty of cash to get them to profitability soon, these companies’ stock prices tend to rebound quickly after the macro environment calms down. Multiple Negative Factors = Long-Duration Asset Prices are Most Impacted A couple historical case studies of these, are Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Mercadolibre Inc (NASDAQ:MELI) during the past two major market drawdowns (in 2001 and 2008, respectively)3. Both of these companies were in similar stages of their business lifecycles during these periods, as our companies today. They were young companies at less than 10 years old, growing in the high double digits annually, and were just starting to make a mark on their industry with single digit market shares of their addressable markets. Amazon (AMZN) Stock Chart July 1999 – December 2003 For example, Amazon reached a peak by the end of 1999, at a valuation of over $30BN. Considering that the company only generated $1.64BN in revenues that year (growth of 169% y/y), this equated to a valuation of 18x Price / Sales at the peak. More notably though, was that Amazon was a pure 1P retailer at the time, meaning that they owned the inventory that they sold. Long-term margin assumptions under this business model were low, at just ~5% expected operating margins (365x implied structural operating profits). By the time the stock bottomed in September 2001, shares were trading for ~0.7x P/S or 14x structural operating profits. During those years, Amazon worked to reduce its operating losses and dialed back its growth investments as a result. In 2000, Amazon grew revenues by 68% y/y and reduced its cash burn from -26% operating margins to -6% by the end of the year. In its year-end 2000 earnings release, Amazon indicated that it targeted profitability by the end of 2001. While the stock continued to decline throughout the first 9 months of 2001, the company reiterated on its 3Q 2001 earnings that it would achieve its profitability target within the next quarter. They had to dial back growth from its previous ~68% y/y in 2000 to just ~13% y/y growth in 2001, in order to cut costs and achieve this. However, with investors focused on profitability, this period marked the turning point for the stock price, with a bottom ~$6 per share (equating to the aforementioned ~0.7x P/S or ~14x structural operating profits). Notably, based on this, the stock was able to bottom a full year before the NASDAQ index found a bottom in September 2002. Over the next few of years, Amazon’s fundamentals remained strong, with sales growing ~26% y/y in 2002 and proving to investors that the company could be profitable in such an environment. By 2003, the company was generating $5.2BN in sales and reported its first full year of profits. Within a little over a year of bottoming, by the end of 2002, the share price had recovered 240% to ~$21 per share (equating to 1.8x P/S). By the end of 2003, the stock had recovered to a 4x P/S multiple or $21BN valuation. This equated to a ~8.5x return on the stock price in just a little over two years. ** Mercado Libre, the leading ecommerce company in Latin America, is another example of this dynamic. Mercado had just IPO’d in August 2007, and the stock immediately shot up in the following months. At its peak in December 2007, the company was valued at ~$3.5BN despite only generating revenues of $85M that year (~41x Price / Sales) and growing top-line at 64% y/y. But contrary to the Amazon situation, Mercado was highly profitable from the time of its IPO. Operating margins were ~25%, and gross margins were ~85%. Despite its highly profitable business model though, its shares declined from these high valuations throughout the 2008 financial crisis. Mercado Libre (MELI) Stock Chart August 2007 – December 2011 The share price reached ~$8 in November 2008, equating to a ~$360M valuation. Revenues increased to $137M in 2008 (61% y/y growth), and operating profit grew by a similar amount (73% y/y growth, 27% operating margins) to $37.5M. This equated to ~2.6x Price / Sales and ~10x operating profit at the bottom. The company kept executing and its fundamental trajectories remained intact, despite the dour market sentiment. Notably, the share price didn’t stay at those levels long and doubled soon afterwards. By the end of 2008, it had reached $17 per share as the market sentiment for many growth companies turned towards the end of the year (and ~4 months before the broader indexes turned). The company grew more slowly coming out of the recession, growing revenues 26% y/y & 25% y/y in 2009 and 2010, while operating profits grew 49% y/y and 33% y/y, respectively. The share price quickly rebounded over the next year, and reached $50 by the end of 2009 (a 525% return from the bottom, and 194% return from the end of 2008). This equated to a valuation of 9x Price / Sales, and 27x operating profits. By 2011, revenues had grown to $299M (38% y/y growth) with operating margins of 33%. The stock traded at 12x P/S or ~37x operating profits, and the price had rebounded ~10x from the bottom within a span of 3 years. By contrast, we can look at Cisco Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) during the 1999 – 2002 years, as an example of a company that failed to recover after the bear market ended. Cisco (CSCO) Stock Chart July 1999 – December 2004 During the height of the tech bubble, Cisco’s stock peaked at ~$80 in March 2000, reaching up to a $500BN+ valuation (~26x Price / Sales, with ~17% operating margins or 156x operating profits). However, by the time it bottomed in September 2002, shares were trading at just ~$8.60 per share (~3.2x Price / Sales, ~21x operating profits). A little over a year later, the share price had doubled to ~$20, but then continued to trade around those levels in a range for the next 10 years. So why were Amazon and Mercado Libre able to recover so quickly from their large draw-downs, while Cisco’s stock price remained anemic? It seems the answer is in their differing growth profiles in the years afterwards. For example, Cisco revenues were $18.9BN in 2000, $22.3BN in 2001, $18.9BN in 2002, $18.9BN in 2003, and $22.0BN in 2004. By contrast, Amazon was able to grow its business by ~120% in the 3 years after the stock bottomed, and Mercado Libre grew by ~118% in the following 3 years. For Cisco, it wasn’t until 2012 (11 years later) that revenues managed to double (to $46BN) from its original peak. Compare this to Amazon, who during those same 11 years, managed to grow its business 22x. These are just a few select examples, but investors can go back to the last few market crises to find similar dynamics among other stocks. This is all to illustrate, that what really matters to whether a stock recovers after a bear market, is 1) whether its fundamentals continue to grow throughout the period, and 2) if the business is able to prove that it can be profitable. If business performance is permanently impaired, you can expect its stock price to as well. But if the business is able to grow through the bear market / recession or optimally come out of it even stronger, you tend to see the stock price rebound quickly (usually by multiple-fold from the lows) in the 1-2 years after overall market sentiment improves and panic selling subsides. If we’re confident in the fundamentals of our businesses and the valuations are reasonable, then the stock prices will reflect that in due time. Given the market dynamics & volatility we’re seeing today, it leads me to think we’re closer to the bottom than otherwise. However, during the bottoming process, these prices during these months can be heart-wrenching and extremely “choppy”. If you examine the volatility in the weeks or months surrounding “the low”, you’ll notice that these stocks regularly exhibit 10 – 40% moves on a weekly (!) basis. In addition, there’s going to be several “false starts” and bear-market rallies, which take an even greater emotional toil than the low prices themselves. Note, I’m also not necessarily saying that we’re going to see 8 - 10x increases from the bottom over the next few years like Amazon or Mercado. But rather, I’m just illustrating that these stocks can trade extremely wildly once there’s panic in the markets, since they’re early-stage and the market has a hard time pricing them during uncertainty. Prices during these periods are not dictated by fundamentals (the intrinsic values of Amazon and Mercado didn’t change by 8 - 10x over just a few years) – they’re controlled by whatever price the marginal seller is willing to sell at. There will certainly be companies that don’t make it during this period and will eventually be sold for scraps or go out of business. On the other hand, those companies that can maintain their growth trajectories and prove their ability to be self-sustainable / profitable tend to bounce back quickly. The issue today, is that the market can’t distinguish between the two, so all companies within this category are being sold off indiscriminately. However, if we look at the valuations of our portfolio companies and other quality companies within our investment universe, we’re already at or below the valuations reached at the depths of the 2001 and 2008 crises4. And crucially, this is nothing like the 2001 tech bubble. During that time, average valuations multiples were more than double that of where valuations peaked this time around, adjusting for growth and margin profiles held equal. Additionally, the reason that it took many years for tech stock prices to recover afterwards, was that revenues back then were primarily comprised of non-recurring hardware spend. As the entire technology industry slowed, capex spend slowed as well, which meant that many companies went into negative earnings growth for several years (many companies fell into the Cisco situation, as above). Meanwhile, the technology sector today is largely comprised of digital based or software revenues (i.e. high-margin and / or recurring revenue streams), and their earnings continue to exhibit strong growth. Because of this, I believe it’s a good time to go hunting as an active investor. History has shown that once these types of markets turn, there’s a high chance of generational returns on the other side. It’s our job to determine which businesses will continue thriving during this period versus those that will ultimately fade away – using the market’s indiscriminate selling to our advantage. Afterwards, it just requires bravery to go capture these returns. Portfolio Review Undisclosed Positions: We’ve had quite a few changes on the early-stage side of our portfolio in the past few months. As discussed above, this portion of the portfolio tends to have a wider-range of outcomes, with both higher potential returns (targeting multiple-times our initial capital) if our thesis plays out, while also higher downside if our thesis fails. These tend to be highly-asymmetric situations, because of this. But given the nascent stage of some of the businesses and thus inherent business model risk, they need to be sized smaller. Also because of the early-stage nature, the rapidly changing dynamics of their businesses, and just the fact that the odds of us being wrong on these investments is higher (but compensated by the higher returns, if we’re correct), we’ve tended to refrain from talking about them publicly (partners are always free to reach out, to discuss offline though). Additionally, this portion of the portfolio provides strategic benefits to the “core” portfolio, as it allows us to be closer to these companies. Given their rapidly evolving businesses, it forces us to keep closer tabs on their evolution and quickly recognize their inflection points. By doing so, we can also “flex up” these positions in a more expedient manner at that time, given the research groundwork that we had prepared beforehand. Lastly, it provides healthy competition for the capital within the portfolio, since a high velocity of new ideas is the best way for us to keep the portfolio “fit”. Partners will notice that we trimmed or sold some holdings within this segment of the portfolio in the past few months. ** In addition, we added two new software companies to the portfolio. Historically, I have avoided software investments given a combination of high valuations, along with requiring a different research process than our core competency of consumer internet businesses. We’ve conducted quite a few deep-dives on the space over the years, but never felt like we had a durable edge versus other investors, especially given the high valuations. However, with software valuations coming down rapidly in the past few months, I believe we’ve identified two companies that fit squarely within our circles of competence, and at very attractive valuations. Software is too large a component of the technology universe to ignore, so it’s time to build out our research muscles in this space and wade in. For example, one of them has overlap with a core sector competency of ours – mobile gaming. Mobile gaming (and especially casual games) is extremely hit driven, which has made it tough to invest in the space over a longer holding period. But our new position has a commanding position within the most critical piece of the mobile game value chain. Despite this dominant position, the company is actively consolidating the industry to create an even stronger competitive advantage and growing their SAAS business at 100%+ y/y rates at ~30% EBITDA margins. The shares have nevertheless traded down to a ~11x EV / EBITDA in this market sell-off (share are down -75% from their highs, and over -60% from their IPO price). I believe this is an extremely attractive valuation, and may discuss it publicly in due time. ** Lastly, we also made an investment into a Chinese ADR this quarter. This is a company that we owned 2 years ago, but had exited early, since during the course of our research, I realized that the economics on the new projects the company was investing in weren’t as attractive as its core business, and thus expected its unlevered ROICs to decline over time. These issues still remain. However with the stock now trading over -50% below where we originally sold the shares (despite doubling its earnings over that time frame), these issues (and more) are now priced in. The company generates attractive margins (~50% EBITDA margins), is growing 20-30% y/y, and is one of the most stable assets and cash flows in China tech. I expect that the company will be largely insulated even if the China tech regulation pressures continue and / or the Chinese economic issues persist, given the critical service that it provides its customers. Given this backdrop, I thought the shares were too cheap to pass up, and worthy of reinstating a position. It seems that most of the share price impact has been from negative flows – i.e. US-based funds exiting their Chinese investments due to today’s macro uncertainties (whether it’s sanctions, US ADR de-listings, China’s slowing economy / Covid lock-downs, etc.). We’re comfortable with all of these issues and believe the company is even insulated from them. In fact, the shares are already dual-listed in Hong Kong as well, so a potential ADR de-listing should have minor long term impact. Due to the aforementioned issues though, this likely won’t be a long-term hold for us. But when others are essentially forced selling for non-company related worries, we’re happy to be on the other side scooping up shares. The share price could continue to be volatile in the short-term, due to market flows. But if the company continues to execute along its current growth path, we should see earnings double over the next 3 years (and the stock price along with it). If the macro worries around China subside by then, I’d expect a multiple re-rating as well back to its historical levels, and a 3-4x return from current prices in that scenario. ** At a portfolio level, the current funding environment means that it will be tough for businesses that still require external capital to get them to scale and achieve profitability. The cost of funding and the bar to do so, is going up. As such, we have thoroughly reviewed the portfolio, and reduced / exited investments that are still reliant upon the capital markets. Among our portfolio today, all of our companies (except for one tracking position) are self-sustainable going forward. Some of the businesses are highly profitable with 30 - 60% margins, growing 20 - 50% y/y, and are actively buying back their shares. Others are near break-even, but are expected to generate substantial profits in the next 1 - 2 years. In these circumstances, the businesses have more than enough cash on their balance sheet to get them there (often >5 years of runway) without any risk of needing to tap the capital markets. Additionally, we’re getting paid to wait for this inflection in profitability, since during these periods the market tends to be extremely skeptical of any companies where the profits aren’t obvious today. In markets like these where everything in our fishing pool of investments has declined by substantial amounts, it actually gives us a rare opportunity to upgrade the portfolio. We’re able to exit positions where the thesis is weaker, and reinvest the proceeds into companies with more attractive outlooks but at similar valuations. During these periods, partners should expect to see more portfolio activity than normal, as we use this to our favor. Conclusion The recent period has been unpleasant, as we are currently in the middle of a once every ~10 years type of market decline. Judging by the historically large price draw-downs as illustrated above, I understand that I’m essentially asking all our partners to come to the Gates of Hell with us, with the confidence that we’ll come back unscathed over the next few years. It’s going to be scary, and the mark-to-market prices painful to look at. However as history as shown, as long as these companies 1) don’t go bankrupt, 2) have a profitable business model, and 3) their financials continue to grow throughout this period, the stock prices do eventually return. Mr. Market just needs to get through his depressive panicky phase first. Logically, our partners might ask if we’re prepared for another leg down in prices, why not just sell the entire portfolio now and have cash at the bottom? Well first, is that in the depths of a bear-market, the swings in price can be massive and you never know which way it will go. When prices are driven by emotions rather than fundamentals, gauging the market’s near-term direction is a toss of a coin. But the key is to catch the turn in the markets when that finally happens, because stock prices can move 50-100% in just a few weeks. And it’s impossible to know when that’s going to happen, or if the upswing is just another bear market rally. In addition, it’s key to stay in the game during this period, and keep a hawks-eye watch over our company developments on a real-time basis. This is psychologically much easier when you have positions / capital at risk – especially when there’s little chance of long-term value impairment at these low levels – and can therefore add to them when the time is right. ** On a completely different note, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Columbia University’s Graham and Doddsville newsletter in December of last year (what a difference the last few months has been!). The interview was just published, and I think it does a good job of illustrating how I think about Hayden’s place in our investment industry, and how we think about the investing craft in general. Those interested can read the full interview here: Link: Graham & Doddsville – Spring 2022 It’s crazy to think that I’ve been reading Graham & Doddsville for the past 15 years, all the way to when I was still in high school. It’s really an honor to be included in this semester’s edition, and thank you for the G&D team for including Hayden. ** There are few things more important to me, than our partners, our portfolio, and Hayden as a firm. Starting Hayden has been a dream of mine since even those original days of reading Graham & Doddsville during lunch breaks in high school, fifteen years ago. But we must be prepared for this period of market volatility, which is going to test both our portfolio and the resilience of our partners. My friend Yen of Aravt Global mentioned to me the other day – “The only way out [of this bear market] is through it”. I think those are wise words, and we should be both mentally and financially ready for the times ahead, and what’s sure to be some wild swings in our portfolio prices. But while the markets are noisiest, it’s actually the most crucial period to maintain focus and get to work finding the winning companies of the next decade. These low prices won’t last forever. Our existing portfolio companies will also continue to grow and execute upon their business plans during this period, with some taking advantage of this time to emerge even stronger than before. I’m confident that we’ll get “through it” and eventually things will get better. And once we’re on the other side, there will be a plenty of washed-up “multi-baggers” for us to hunt. I don’t know when that will be – it could be a few months, or a few years. But that day will come, and we need to be ready. 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Category: blogSource: valuewalkMay 20th, 2022

Futures Slide After Dismal Target Earnings, Plunging Mortgage Apps

Futures Slide After Dismal Target Earnings, Plunging Mortgage Apps The brief bear market rally in US stocks was set to end with a whimper following Tuesday’s strong dead cat bounce, after Fed Chair Jerome Powell gave his most hawkish remarks to date. Hope that China lockdowns would soon end turned to skepticism, as the yuan slumped after its biggest gain since October, while dismal guidance from Target - which warned that inflation was crushing margins - confirmed what Walmart said yesterday, namely that the US consumer is running on fumes. An 11% plunge in the latest weekly mortgage applications only reaffirmed that a hard-landing is inevitable and just a matter of time. Nasdaq 100 futures dropped 1%, while S&P 500 futures slipped 0.7% after US stocks surged on Tuesday. Treasury yields hit session highs, rising back to 3.0%, and the dollar snapped a three-day losing streak. Bitcoin got hammered again, sliding back under $30k. Among the biggest premarket movers, Target crashed 22% with Vital Knowledge calling its margin shortfall “more dramatic” than what Walmart posted on Tuesday, citing industry-wide macro problems. The retailer reduced its full-year forecast on operating income margin to about 6% of sales this year. It also reported first-quarter adjusted earnings per share that came in below expectations. Food and gas inflation is drawing money away from discretionary and general merchandise spending, forcing “aggressive” discounting to clear out product in the latter category, Vital’s Adam Crisafulli said in a note. Elsewhere in US premarket trading, Tesla slipped 1% after its price target was cut at Piper Sandler. Meanwhile, Twitter Inc. also traded slightly lower even as the social media platform’s board said it plans to enforce its $44 billion agreement to be bought by Elon Musk. Here are some other notable premarket movers: US tech hardware stocks may be in focus as Jefferies Group LLC strategists have turned bullish on the likes of IBM (IBM US), Cisco Systems (CSCO US) and Microchip Technology (MCHP US) after this year’s steep declines for US information technology shares National CineMedia (NCMI US) shares jump as much as 33% in US premarket trading after AMC Entertainment (AMC US) reported a 6.8% stake in the cinema advertising company. AMC shares gain 1.2% in premarket trading. DLocal Ltd. (DLO US) shares gain as much as 15% in US premarket trading after the Uruguay-based payment platform posted 1Q revenue that doubled from the year-earlier period and topped expectations. Doximity (DOCS US) shares fall as much as 19% in US premarket trading, after the online healthcare platform provider’s forecast for 1Q revenue missed the average analyst estimate, prompting analysts to slash their price targets on the stock. Penn National (PENN US) may be active on Wednesday as Jefferies raised the recommendation to buy from hold. The company’s shares rose 4% in premarket trading. On Tuesday, Powell said the Fed will keep raising interest rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence that inflation is in retreat, which initially pushed stocks lower but then was faded as risk closed near session highs as nothing Powell said was actually new. The S&P 500 is emerging from the longest weekly slump since 2011 as investors have been gripped by fears of hawkish monetary policy and surging inflation driving the economy into a recession. As also discussed yesterday, Bank of America’s survey published yesterday showed that fund managers are the most underweight equities since May 2020 and are piling into cash. “This is one of the most challenging markets I have been in in my career,” Henry Peabody, fixed income portfolio manager at MFS Investment Management, said on Bloomberg Television. “I suspect at a certain point of time we’re going to have the liquidity of the markets challenged. They really haven’t been thus far.” As the Fed embarks on interest-rate hikes, frothy growth shares, including the tech sector, have suffered in particular as higher rates mean a bigger discount for the present value of future profits. This marks a major shift in investor outlook after tech stocks had been some of the market’s best performers for years. “Investor sentiment and confidence remain shaky, and as a result, we are likely to see volatile and choppy markets until we get further clarity on the 3Rs — rates, recession, and risk,” Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management, wrote in a note. Rebounds in risk sentiment are proving fragile amid tightening monetary settings, Russia’s war in Ukraine and China’s Covid lockdowns. In what’s seen as his most hawkish remarks to date, Powell said that the US central bank will raise interest rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence that inflation is in retreat. “We’ll have this kind of volatility as people jump in and look at opportunities to buy as markets decline,” Shana Sissel, director of investments at Cope Corrales, said on Bloomberg Television, referring to the Wall Street bounce. The Fed is going to struggle to achieve a soft economic landing, she added. In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index was little changed, with energy stocks outperforming. Spain's IBEX outperformed, adding 0.5%. ABN Amro slumped almost 10% after the Dutch lender reported first-quarter results burdened by rising costs.  The Stoxx Europe 600 Basic Resources sub-index drops, underperforming other sectors in the broader regional benchmark on Wednesday as base metals ended a three-day rebound and as iron ore declined. Base metals paused a recovery from this year’s lows, with copper and aluminum stalling after hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Iron ore futures declined as investors weighed China’s faltering economy and the prospect of support measures amid a mixed outlook for steel demand. Basic resources index -0.6%, halting three days of gains; broader benchmark little changed. Siemens Gamesa jumped as much as 15% as Siemens Energy weighs a bid for the shares of the troubled Spanish wind-turbine maker it doesn’t already own. Here are the most notable movers: European oil and gas stocks rise amid higher crude prices and broker upgrades, while renewables rallied after Siemens Energy confirmed it was considering a buyout offer for Siemens Gamesa. Shell gains as much as 1.8%, BP +1.8%, Equinor +3.4%, Gamesa +15%, Vestas +7.7% Air France-KLM shares rise as much as 7.5% in Paris on news that container line CMA CGM intends to take a stake of up to 9% in the French carrier following the signing of a long-term strategic partnership in the air cargo market. Rockwool shares gain as much as 8.3%, most since Feb. 15, as the company boosts its sales in local currencies forecast for the full year. British Land shares rise as much as 4.2%, as the company’s results show a strong recovery and a good performance in the UK landlord’s portfolio, analysts say. Vistry shares climb as much as 8% with analysts saying the UK homebuilder’s trading update looks positive, particularly the robust momentum in its sales rate. The Stoxx Europe 600 Basic Resources sub-index drops, underperforming other sectors in the broader regional benchmark on Wednesday as base metals ended a three-day rebound and as iron ore declined. Rio Tinto slips as much as 1.5%, Antofagasta -2.7%, Anglo American -1.5% Prosus shares fall as much as 4.2% and Naspers sinks as much as 6.7% after Tencent reported first- quarter revenue and net income that both missed analyst expectations. TUI shares drop as much as 13% in London after the firm announced an equity raise in order to repay a chunk of government aid that helped see it through the coronavirus crisis. ABN Amro shares declined as much as 11% after the lender reported 1Q earnings that showed higher costs related to money laundering. Experian shares fall as much as 5.1% after the consumer-credit reporting company reported full-year results, with Citi saying organic growth missed consensus. Meanwhile, UK inflation rose to its highest level since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister 40 years ago, adding to pressure for action from the government and central bank. The pound weakened and gilt yields fell as traders speculated that the Bank of England will struggle to rein in inflation and avoid a recession. Elsewhere, the Biden administration is poised to fully block Russia’s ability to pay US bondholders after a deadline expires next week, a move that could bring Moscow closer to a default. Sri Lanka, meantime, is on the brink of reneging on $12.6 billion of overseas bonds, a warning sign to investors in other developing nations that surging inflation is set to take a painful toll. Earlier in the session, Asian stocks advanced for a fourth session as strong US economic data allayed worries about the global growth outlook, while Chinese equities slipped. The MSCI Asia-Pacific Index rose as much as 1%, extending its rebound from an almost two-year low reached last Thursday. Materials shares led the gains, with Australia’s BHP Group climbing 3.2%. Benchmarks in most markets were in the black, with Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore chalking up gains of at least 1%.  Upbeat retail sales and industrial production data from the US underpinned sentiment, so much so that investors barely reacted to hawkish comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. He indicated that policy makers won’t hesitate to raise interest rates beyond neutral levels to contain inflation. Equities in China bucked the trend. Property shares paced the drop after data showed the decline in China’s new home prices accelerated in April, while tech shares also lost steam ahead of Tencent’s earnings which missed expectations and slumped. Local investors may be underwhelmed by a lack of details from Chinese Vice Premier Liu He’s fresh vow to support tech firms. Liu said the government will support the development of digital economy companies and their public listings, in remarks reported by state media after a symposium with the heads of some the nation’s largest private firms. Lee Chiwoong, chief economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, said Liu’s comments point to an easing of the crackdown on internet firms. “The Chinese government is stepping up measures to support the economy following the slowdown,” Lee said.  “As bottlenecks stemming from lockdowns in Shanghai ease, that impact will gradually show up in the economy,” Lee added. “We should be able to clearly see an economic recovery in the second half of this year.” Japanese equities gained as investors assessed strong US economic data and comments by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on the outlook for interest rate hikes.  The Topix Index rose 1% to close at 1,884.69. Tokyo time, while the Nikkei advanced 0.9% to 26,911.20. Sony Group Corp. contributed the most to the Topix gain, increasing 2.9%. Out of 2,172 shares in the index, 1,345 rose and 749 fell, while 78 were unchanged. Chinese stocks erased losses intraday after earlier disappointment over a much-anticipated meeting between Vice Premier Liu He and some of the nation’s tech giants. Overnight, data showed US retail sales grew at a solid pace in April, while factory production rose at a solid pace for a third month. Australia's stocks also gained, with the S&P/ASX 200 index rising 1% to close at 7,182.70, extending its winning streak to a fourth day. Miners contributed the most to its advance. All sectors gained, except for consumer staples and financials. Eagers slumped after saying that its 1H profit will be lower than it was a year ago and flagged reduced new vehicle deliveries. Wage data was also in focus. Australian wages advanced at less than half the pace of consumer-price gains in the first three months of the year, reinforcing the RBA’s signal that it will stick to quarter-point hikes.  In New Zealand, the S&P/NZX 50 index rose 1.1% to 11,258.28 India’s benchmark equities index fell, snapping two sessions of gains, weighed by declines in engineering company Larsen & Toubro Ltd.    The S&P BSE Sensex dropped 0.2% to close at 54,208.53 in Mumbai, after rising as much as 0.9% earlier in the session. The NSE Nifty 50 Index fell 0.1% to 16,240.30.  Larsen & Toubro slipped 2% and was the biggest drag on the Sensex, which saw 17 of its 30 member stocks decline. Sixteen of 19 sectoral sub-indexes compiled by BSE Ltd. dropped, led by a gauge of realty shares.   State-run Life Insurance Corporation, which debuted Tuesday, rose 0.1% to 876 rupees, still below the issue price of 949 rupees. In earnings, of the 34 Nifty 50 firms that have announced results so far, 20 have either met or exceeded analyst estimates, while 14 have missed. Consumer goods company ITC Ltd. is scheduled to announce results on Wednesday. In FX, the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index reversed an early loss and the greenback advanced versus all of its Group-of-10 peers apart from the yen. The pound was the worst G-10 performer, tracking Gilt yields lower and paring the previous day’s gains. A widely expected jump in UK inflation prompted investors to pare back bets on BOE rate hikes. Money markets are pricing around 120bps of BOE rate hikes by December, down from 130bps from the previous day. UK inflation rose to its highest level since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister 40 years ago, adding to pressure for action from the government and central bank. Consumer prices surged 9% in the year through April. The euro fell for the first day in four and weakened beyond $1.05. The Bund curve has twist flattened as traders bet on a faster pace of ECB tightening after Bank of Finland Governor Olli Rehn said there’s broad agreement among members of the Governing Council that policy rates should exit sub-zero terrain “relatively quickly.” That’s to prevent inflation expectations from becoming de- anchored, he said. The Aussie swung between gains and losses while Australia’s bonds trimmed earlier declines after a report showed wage growth last quarter was less than economists forecast. The wage price index climbed an annual 2.4% last quarter, trailing economists’ expectations and coming in well below headline inflation of 5.1%. The yen rose as US yields declined amid fragile risk sentiment. Japanese government bonds were mixed, with a decent five-year auction lending support while an overnight rise in global yields weighed on super-long maturities. In rates, Treasuries were under pressure, though most benchmark yields remained within 1bp of Tuesday’s closing levels. 10-year yields rose just shy of 3.00%, higher by less than 1bp with comparable bund yield +3.3bp and UK 10-year flat. TSY futures erased gains amid a series of block trades in 5- and 10-year note contracts starting at 5:20am ET, apparently selling flow. According to Bloomberg, six 5-year block trades and two 10-year block trades -- all 5,000 lots -- have printed since 5:20am, apparently seller-initiated as cash yields concurrently rebounded from near session lows. Wednesday’s $17b 20-year new-issue auction at 1pm ET may also weigh on the market. 20-year bond auction is this week’s only nominal coupon sale; WI yield ~3.37% exceeds all 20-year auction stops since then tenor was reintroduced in 2020, is ~27.5bp cheaper than last month’s result. Elsewhere, the UK yield curve bull-steepened with the short end richening ~5bps, while pound falls after inflation surged to a four-decade high. Money markets pare BOE rate-hike wagers. Bund curve bear-flattens while money markets bet on a faster pace of ECB tightening after ECB’s Rehn said the central bank needs to move quickly from negative rates. In commodities, WTI trades within Tuesday’s range, adding 1.6% to around $114. Most base metals are in the red; LME tin falls 1.5%, underperforming peers, LME aluminum outperforms, adding 1%. Spot gold is little changed at $1,815/oz. Looking to the day ahead now, and data releases include the UK and Canadian CPI readings for April, along with US data on housing starts and building permits for the same month. Central bank speakers include the Fed’s Harker and the ECB’s Muller. Earnings releases include Cisco, Lowe’s, Target and TJX. Finally, G7 finance ministers and central bank governors will be meeting in Germany. Market Snapshot S&P 500 futures down 0.5% to 4,065.50 STOXX Europe 600 down 0.2% to 438.11 MXAP up 0.8% to 164.43 MXAPJ up 0.7% to 539.81 Nikkei up 0.9% to 26,911.20 Topix up 1.0% to 1,884.69 Hang Seng Index up 0.2% to 20,644.28 Shanghai Composite down 0.2% to 3,085.98 Sensex up 0.3% to 54,469.39 Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 1.0% to 7,182.66 Kospi up 0.2% to 2,625.98 German 10Y yield little changed at 1.03% Euro down 0.4% to $1.0505 Brent Futures up 1.5% to $113.66/bbl Gold spot down 0.0% to $1,815.04 U.S. Dollar Index up 0.33% to 103.70 Top Overnight News from Bloomberg Sweden’s biggest pension company has begun buying government bonds amid a “paradigm shift” in the market that pushed yields to their highest level since 2018. The CIO views Treasuries as “quite attractive” after a prolonged period of razor-thin yields that forced the company into alternative and riskier asset classes to preserve returns across its $117 billion portfolio While outright China bulls may be hard to find, shifts in positioning at least point to improving sentiment. Bearish bets on stocks are being abandoned in Hong Kong, expectations for yuan volatility are falling, domestic equity traders have stopped unwinding leverage and foreigners have slowed their once-record exit from government bonds The EU is set to unveil a raft of measures ranging from boosting renewables and LNG imports to lowering energy demand in its quest to cut dependence on Russian supplies. The 195 billion-euro ($205 billion) plan due Wednesday will center on cutting red tape for wind and solar farms, paving the way for renewables to make up an increased target of 45% of its energy needs by 2030, according to draft documents seen by Bloomberg that are still subject to change A more detailed look at global markets courtesy of Newsquawk Asia-Pac stocks traded mixed as the regional bourses only partially sustained the momentum from global peers. ASX 200 was led higher by outperformance in the mining and materials related sectors, while softer than expected wage price data reduced the prospects of a more aggressive RBA rate hike next month. Nikkei 225 briefly reclaimed the 27,000 level but retreated off its highs as participants digested GDP data which printed in negative territory, albeit at a narrower than feared contraction. Hang Seng and Shanghai Comp were subdued with large-cap tech stocks pressured in Hong Kong including JD.com despite beating earnings expectations and with Tencent bracing for the expected slowest revenue growth since its listing, while the mainland was hampered by the mixed COVID-19 situation as Shanghai registered a 4th consecutive day of zero transmissions outside of quarantine, although Beijing was said to lockdown some areas in its Fengtai district for 7 days. Top Asian News Shanghai authorities issued a new white list containing 864 financial institutions permitted to resume work, according to sources cited by Reuters. China, on May 20th, is to remove some COVID test requirements on travellers to China from the US, according to embassy. China's Foreign Ministry says the BRICS foreign ministers are to meet on May 19th. Goldman Sachs downgrades its 2022 China GDP growth forecast to 4.0% from 4.5%. European bourses are rangebound and relatively directionless, Euro Stoxx 50 U/C, taking impetus from a mixed APAC session which failed to sustain US upside. Stateside, futures are modestly softer and a firmer Wall St. close; ES -0.2%. Limited Fed speak due and near-term focus on retail earnings. Tencent (0700 HK) Q1 2022 (CNY): adj. net profit 25.5bln (exp. 26.4bln), Revenue 135.5bln (exp. 141bln). Lowe's Companies Inc (LOW) Q1 2023 (USD): EPS 3.61 (exp. 3.22/3.23 GAAP), Revenue 23.70bln (exp. 23.76bln). SSS: Lowe's Companies: -4.0% (exp. -2.5%); Lowe's Companies (US): -3.8% (exp. -3.7%). -0.2% in the pre-market Top European News UK Chancellor Sunak is reportedly mulling bringing forward the 1p income tax cut to the basic rate by one year, according to iNews citing Treasury insiders. Other reports suggest that Sunak is putting plans together to raise the warm home discount by hundreds of GBP in July ahead of lowering taxes in autumn to assist with the cost of living crisis, according to The Times. EU is to offer the UK new concessions on the Northern Ireland protocol but has threatened a trade war if UK PM Johnson refuses to agree to a compromise, according to The Telegraph. In FX Sterling slides to the bottom of the major ranks as fractionally sub-forecast UK CPI dampens BoE rate hike expectations; Cable reverses from just over 1.2500 to sub-1.2400, EUR/GBP nearer 0.8500 after dip below 0.8400 only yesterday. Hawkish Fed chair Powell helps Buck bounce ahead of US housing data, DXY towards the upper end of 103.770-180 range. Aussie hampered by softer than expected wage metrics that might convince the RBA to refrain from 40bp hike in June, AUD/USD heavy on the 0.7000 handle. Yen relatively resilient in wake of Japanese GDP showing less contraction in Q1 than feared, USD/JPY closer to 129.00 than 129.50. Euro loses momentum irrespective of comments from ECB’s Rehn echoing Summer rate hike guidance as final Eurozone HICP is tweaked down, EUR/USD fades from 1.0550+ to test support around 1.0500. Loonie treads cautiously before Canadian inflation metrics as oil prices come off the boil, USD/CAD back above 1.2800 within 1.2795-1.2852 range. In Fixed Income Gilts sharply outperform as UK CPI falls just shy pf consensus and dampens BoE tightening expectations. 10 year UK bond rebounds towards 119.50 from sub-119.00 lows, while Bunds lag below 152.50 and T-note under 119-00. Record high cover for 2052 German auction and low retention sets high bar for upcoming 20 year US offering. Central Banks ECB's Rehn says June forecasts are seen near the adverse scenario from March, first rate increase will likely take place in the summer. Many colleagues back stance for quick moves. ECB's de Cos says the end of APP should be finalised early in Q3, first hike shortly afterwards. Further rises could be made in subsequent quarters of medium-term outlook remains around target; the build-up of price pressures in EZ in recent months raises the likelihood of second-round effects, which have not strongly materialised. In commodities WTI and Brent are modestly supported after yesterday's lower settlement; currently, firmer by just over USD 1.00/bbl. Focus has been on the narrowing WTI/Brent spread, particularly going into US driving season; see link below for ING's views. US Energy Inventory Data (bbls): Crude -2.4mln (exp. +1.4mln), Cushing -3.1mln, Gasoline -5.1mln (exp. -1.3mln), Distillates +1.1mln (exp. unchanged). Spot gold and silver are modestly firmer but capped by a firmer USD, yellow metal just shy of USD 1820/oz. US Event Calendar 07:00: May MBA Mortgage Applications, prior 2.0% 08:30: April Building Permits MoM, est. -3.0%, prior 0.4%, revised 0.3% 08:30: April Housing Starts MoM, est. -2.1%, prior 0.3% 08:30: April Building Permits, est. 1.81m, prior 1.87m, revised 1.87m 08:30: April Housing Starts, est. 1.76m, prior 1.79m DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap Another reminder of my webinar replay from last week discussing our recession call for 2023 and an update on credit spreads. In it I said that while we have high conviction that HY spreads would be +850bp in H2 2023, the outlook over the next few weeks and months may actually be positive from this starting point. I would say I am nervous of that view but I still don't think that the real economic pain comes until deeper into 2023 when the lagged impact of an aggressive Fed starts to bite. Click here to view the webinar and to download the presentation. Good luck to Glasgow Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt in tonight's Europa League final. These are not teams that any would have expected to reach this final and I will watch with stress free divided loyalties. My father's family were all from the former and supported Rangers while the latter play at the fabulously named Deutsche Bank Park. So good luck to both. I suspect I'll be less stress free in 11 days' time when Liverpool are out for revenge against Real Madrid in the Champions League Final. At the moment I’m feeling nervously optimistic. Talking of which, investor optimism has returned to markets over the last 24 hours as more positive data releases raised hopes that the US economy might be more resilient in the near-term than many have feared. The economic concerns won't go away, but stronger-than-expected numbers on retail sales and industrial production helped the S&P 500 (+2.02%) close at its highest level in over a week. Remember monetary policy acts with a lag and it would be very unusual historically if the data rolled over imminently. By this time next year it will likely be a very different story. The higher yield momentum was reinforced by a Powell speech after Europe went home but there was a steady march of slightly hawkish central bank speakers through the day. Before we review things keep an eye out for UK CPI just after this goes to press. The headline rate is expected to be a huge 9.1%. Expect a lot of headlines reporting of 40 year highs. With regards to Powell, most in focus was his claim that policy rates would rise above neutral if that was required to tame inflation. While the sentiment was not necessarily new, his explicit comment that neutral rates are “not a stopping point” garnered focus, noting that the Fed was looking for “clear and convincing evidence” that inflation was subsiding. The rates market have already priced terminal policy rates above the Fed’s estimate of neutral, but a combination of the risk on, and stronger data meant that equities could go up alongside yields. Earlier in the day we got a smattering of communications from Fed regional Presidents, none of which registered as materially but it reinforced the direction of travel after a month to date where markets have repriced the Fed lower. Indeed, even resident hawk, St Louis Fed President Bullard, reiterated Powell’s message in that the Fed was on course for 50bp hikes at the upcoming meetings and said that “I think we have a good plan for now”. Sovereign bonds had already sold off significantly ahead of all that Fedspeak, aided by the broader risk-on tone yesterday, but continued drifting higher through the US session. Yields on 10yr Treasuries closed +10.4bps to a one-week high of 2.99%, driven by a +7.9bps rise in real yields to 0.24%. The moves were more pronounced at the front-end however, and the 2yr yield rose by a larger +13.1bps as investors priced in a more aggressive path of hikes over the next 12 months after data showed the economy was performing stronger than the consensus had anticipated. In terms of the headlines, retail sales were up by +0.9% in April (vs. +1.0% expected), but the growth in March was revised up to +1.4% (vs. +0.5% previously). Retail sales excluding autos and gas were up by +1.0% as well (vs. +0.7% expected), whilst the industrial production number was another that came in above expectations at +1.1% (vs. +0.5% expected). Europe also had a large move in yields, which followed comments by Dutch central bank Governor Knot who became the first member of the Governing Council to openly float the idea of a 50bp hike. Although he said that “my preference would be to raise our policy rate by a quarter of a percentage point”, he said that “bigger increases must not be excluded” if data were to show inflation “broadening further or accumulating”. So even though he’s one of the more hawkish members of the council, that’s still a significant milestone in that larger moves are being openly discussed, and echoes what we saw with the Fed at the turn of the year when the policy trajectory became increasingly aggressive. Market pricing reflected that shift yesterday, and for the first time overnight index swaps were pricing in that the ECB would hike by more than 100bps by their December meeting and thus catching up with the DB House View. That growing belief behind additional hikes led to a fresh selloff in sovereign bonds, with those on 10yr bunds (+10.9bps), OATs (+10.5bps) and BTPs (+11.7bps) all moving higher. The biggest moves were seen from gilts (+15.0bps) however, which followed data that pointed to an increasingly tight labour market in the UK, and overnight index swaps nearly doubled the probability of a 50bp rate hike from the BoE in June, with the odds moving from 17% on Monday to 33% yesterday. Over in equities, stronger risk appetite led to a significant rebound yesterday, with the S&P 500 (+2.02%) hitting a one-week high, whilst the NASDAQ (+2.76%) saw an even larger rebound in spite of the simultaneous rise in yields. Walmart (-11.38%) was by far the worst performer in the S&P, which came as it cut its earnings per share forecast, which it now expected to decrease by 1%, relative to previous guidance that expected it to rise by the mid single-digits. But that was the exception, and every sector except consumer staples moved higher on the day, with the more cyclical areas leading the advance. Over in Europe the STOXX 600 (+1.22%) posted a strong performance of its own, bringing its advance to more than +5% since its recent closing low just over a week ago. Overnight in Asia, performance in regional stock indices is diverging partly on the back of economic data. Japan’s Q1 GDP (-1.0%) contracted less than expected (-1.8%), lifting the Nikkei (+0.50%) this morning. In China, though, rising covid cases and waning optimism about government’s support of tech companies weighed on the Shanghai composite (-0.37%) and the Hang Seng (-0.66%). New home prices (-0.30%) in the country also slid for an eighth month in a row. This slight souring of sentiment has extended to S&P 500 futures (-0.23%) with the US 10y yield edging back lower by -2.2bps. Elsewhere, tensions over Brexit ratcheted up again yesterday after UK Foreign Secretary Truss announced plans to introduce legislation that would override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. Truss said that the UK’s preference “remains a negotiated solution with the EU” and that the bill would contain an “explicit power to give effect to a new, revised Protocol if we can reach an accommodation”, but that “the urgency of the situation means we can’t afford to delay any longer.” Unsurprisingly the EU did not react happily, and Commission Vice President Šefčovič said in a statement that if the UK moved ahead with the bill, then “the EU will need to respond with all measures at its disposal.” Staying on the UK, the latest employment data out yesterday pointed to an increasingly tight labour market, with the unemployment rate falling to 3.7% in the three months to March (vs. 3.8% expected), which is the lowest it’s been since 1974. Furthermore, the number of vacancies was larger than the total number of unemployed for the first time, and the more up-to-date estimate of payrolled employees in April saw an increase of +121k (vs. +51k expected). Elsewhere in Europe, the latest estimate of Euro Area GDP growth in Q1 showed a bigger than expected expansion of +0.3% (vs. +0.2% previously). Elsewhere the chances of a Russian sovereign debt default increased, following the Treasury department confirming a temporary waiver that allowed Russia to pay US creditors would expire on May 25. Meanwhile, the US is reportedly considering a tariff on Russian oil in conjunction with European allies, as the saga about banning imports to Europe drags on. To the day ahead now, and data releases include the UK and Canadian CPI readings for April, along with US data on housing starts and building permits for the same month. Central bank speakers include the Fed’s Harker and the ECB’s Muller. Earnings releases include Cisco, Lowe’s, Target and TJX. Finally, G7 finance ministers and central bank governors will be meeting in Germany. Tyler Durden Wed, 05/18/2022 - 07:51.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeMay 18th, 2022

53 first Father"s Day gifts for new dads, from tech that makes fatherhood easier to treats for his down time

Celebrate his first Father's Day as a new dad with these thoughtful gifts, from a gourmet meat box to a time-saving robot vacuum. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Crowd Cow; AmazonNo one really knows how simultaneously exhausting, exciting, and rewarding being a new dad is until you become one. If you know a new father, there are many ways you can be there for him, from lending a supportive ear to giving him a first Father's Day present that celebrates or helps with his new day-to-day life as a dad.These practical and thoughtful gifts will let him know you're thinking of him — and that you forgive him when he's too busy changing diapers to pick up your call. The 53 best first Father's Day gifts for new dads in 2022:Low-maintenance plants to brighten his roomBloomscapeBloomscape Tough Stuff Plant Collection, $69Add beautiful greenery to his space without giving him a ton of extra work. This trio of plants is incredibly forgiving and easy to take care of. The plants don't require regular watering and adapt to many different light environments. Refreshing, ready-to-drink cocktailsStraightawayStraightaway Cocktail Tool Box, $84.95No time to shake up a cocktail and deal with the cleanup? No problem. Straightaway makes delectable craft cocktails like Negronis and Margaritas that are ready to pour and drink right out of the bottle. A weighted blanket to help ease those new dad jittersAmazonBlanQuil Chill Cooling 15-pound Weighted Blanket, $169Our favorite cooling weighted blanket not only applies soothing, anxiety-relieving pressure as Dad sleeps, but also actively wicks away moisture and helps maintain his body temperature through the night. That means deeper nights of sleep and more energy in the morning to tackle all the day's tasks. A simple yet thoughtful cardMintedFresh Dad Greeting Card, $6.98Let him know you're cheering him on in his new journey with a lovely card. You can personalize the interior message on Minted. A fitness app with extrasClassPass appInsider / Hannah ToweyClassPass gift card, available at ClassPass, from $50If the new dad in your life loves working out but has too busy a schedule to justify a gym membership, a ClassPass gift card will let him attend nearby classes at his own pace. As a bonus, ClassPass also covers non-fitness activities like meditation sessions and spa appointments.A meat or seafood boxCrowd Cow/InstagramCrowd Cow Gift Box, available at Crowd Cow, from $36.07Give a new dad something delicious to cook. Crowd Cow's meats and seafood are sourced from independent producers that practice sustainable farming and ethical treatment of animals.An efficient robot vacuum to manage household messesAmazoniRobot Roomba i3+ Robot Vacuum, $499Cleaning the house is doubly exhausting with a baby in tow. The best robot vacuum we've tested is the powerful, low-maintenance solution to his cleaning woes. It picks up all kinds of debris and crumbs from both carpet and hardwood, plus it automatically empties its own dustbin. It only takes 10 minutes to set up and program a cleaning schedule, then he can allow the vacuum on its merry way. A pair of chinosBonobosBonobos Chinos, available Bonobos, from $99Unfortunately, a new dad can't wear lounge pants all the time. But that doesn't mean they've got to sacrifice comfort. Bonobos chinos come in multiple fits and sizes, and the signature curved waistband offers an unobtrusive fit that makes them great for the office, a trip to the store, or a playdate in the park. Non-alcoholic wineJukes CordialitiesJukes 6 Wine, available at Jukes Cordialities, $48.50As tough as being a new dad can be, waking up at 2 a.m. for the bottle-feeding after a couple glasses of wine at dinner can be even harder. Thankfully, Jukes offers delicious wine without the brain fog. Available in white, red, or rose, each Jukes bottle makes delicious non-alcoholic wine when mixed with chilled water. Candles to freshen up the houseElder & Co.Elder & Co. Parks and Trails Sample Set, available at Elder & Co., $36From stinky diapers to special lotions and shampoos, new fatherhood can be an olfactory assault. Thankfully, this eight-candle sampler from Elder & Co. includes scents like Appalachian Trail, Joshua Tree, and Grand Canyon to bring some much-needed calm and control over the not-so-pleasant new baby smells.  A smart speaker for baby's roomAmazonEcho Dot, available at Amazon, $27.99A smart speaker is a nice addition to the home. It can play lullabies at bedtime, or dad can use it to listen to music or get any quick, hands-free information he needs. A rugged phone case that protects against both bumps and germsOtterboxOtterbox Commuter Series Antimicrobial iPhone 13 Case, $39.95It's always a good idea to have a protective case on your phone, but even more so when you're a busy new father. Otterbox's cases are lightweight yet very rugged, protecting his phone from all kinds of drops and bumps. This one has an additional silver-based additive that protects against bacteria.A diaper backpackAmazonBag Nation Backpack Diaper Bag, available at Amazon, $84.95Resembling a commuter bag, this 14-pocket backpack is durable and holds all the essentials, from diapers to bottles and everything in between. There's even a foldout changing pad.A quick snackChompsChomps Trial Pack, available at Chomps, $14.99A relaxed sit-down meal is all but a distant memory for many new dads, so snacking between feedings, bottle cleanings, diaper changes, and errands is key. Chomps makes a variety of meat sticks from beef, turkey, and venison, all of which are sustainably farmed and grass fed. Each stick includes 9 grams of protein, zero sugars, and no nitrates — healthy, quick, and easy.A durable water bottleHydro Flask/Alyssa Powell/InsiderHydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, $32.95When life gets as hectic as it does for new fathers, it's easy to forget to drink water. This durable insulated metal bottle keeps water cold and within arm's reach. It's also one of our editors' favorite things and was included in our recent list of the All-Time Best products we tested.A travel trivia gamePaper SourceGentleman's Hardware Road Trip Trivia, available at Paper Source, $19.95Just because kids enter the picture doesn't mean traveling stops. In fact, trips to grandma and grandpa's house will have a new dad on the road more than before, so give them a gift that they can use. This road-trip trivia pack from Gentlemen's Hardware includes 100 cards and convenient travel tin. A portable speakerAmazonJBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker, available at Amazon, $39.95The JBL Clip 3 is the ultimate Bluetooth speaker for new dads. It comes in a variety of colors; has an integrated carabiner to attach to a stroller, car seat, or backpack; and, most importantly, is waterproof. Paired with a smartphone, dad can sit back and relax while blasting "Baby Shark" for the 100th time.A smart coffee warmerBest BuyEmber Mug², available at Target, Best Buy, and Bloomingdale's, from $129.95Every new parent knows the taste of lukewarm coffee — it's inevitable. Dad deserves (needs!) to have delicious, warm coffee. The Ember Mug² will keep their beverage warm for more than an hour, pairs with an app to ensure the right temperature, and recharges on a coaster.A funny book about fatherhoodBarnes & NobleMan vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting, available at Amazon, $13.89Nothing will fully prepare him for the chaos and confusion of being a new dad. However, Matt Coyne's sleep-deprived take on parenting provides hilarious and honest reassurance that he's doing alright, no matter how stressful it seems.Polarized sunglassesREIGift the Sunski Puerto polarized sunglasses, available Sunski, $48Some dads worry that their style will cease when they welcome a child into the world. A new pair of shades is a quick way to shake up the routine. These sunglasses are made of lightweight recycled material and feature polarized lenses that eliminate glare. Bonus, if the glasses break from normal use, Sunski will replace or fix them.Hot honey to spice up every mealAmazonBushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Spicy Honey, available at Amazon, $14.24Dad will be taking breakfast to the next level in no time at all with Bushwick Kitchen's sauces. Choose from sweet and spicy sauces like wildflower honey mixed with habanero peppers or mild, sweet options like Meyer lemon honey. A basketball jersey for babyNBA StoreNBA Baby Jersey, available at NBA Store, from $39.99It's going to be a while before baby gets into it, but it's still a lot of fun for a new dad to watch the game with baby decked out in their favorite jersey.A tea subscriptionAtlas Tea ClubAtlas Tea Club 3-Month Subscription, available at Atlas Club, $55Coffee can be a new parent's greatest weapon against restless nights and early mornings, but sometimes it can be too much. Gift the new dad in your life a monthly tea subscription from Atlas. The subscription includes two new single-origin teas from around the world delivered every month. A portable white noise machineAmazonMarpac Portable White Noise Machine, available at Amazon, $23.99The compact Marpac has impressive sound, a variety of white noise options, and a small nightlight. Dad can use the included clip to connect it to a stroller, car seat, or carrier for walks and car rides.A convenient sling bagMomentMoment Fanny Sling, available at B&H Photo, from $59.99Moment is known for making smartphone-oriented products, but within the past few years, the brand has moved into products for more mobile lifestyles, and if anyone is living that, it's a new dad. This waterproof, easy-to-clean sling can hold a wallet, keys, phone, camera, snack bar, and other necessities.  It's perfect for running errands or a day traipsing around a theme park. Comfortable slide sandalsHunter BootGift the Hunter Original Lightweight Moulded Slides, available at Hunter Boot, $45.00Hunter's EVA slides fit the bill for easy, lightweight, and durable footwear. The perforated uppers and contoured footbed keep dad's feet cool and comfortable, and you can't beat the ease of simply sliding them on for errands or just to wear around the house.A compact flashlightCoastGift the HX-4 LED Flashlight, available at Amazon, from $13.12Fumbling for diapers in the middle of the night or searching for that tiny clip from baby's teething toy that fell between the seats in the car are good reasons for dad to have a great flashlight. This one is small, has a clip and a magnet to attach it nearly anywhere, features a powerful LED in white and red light, and can be rotated 180 degrees to make sure it's exactly where dad needs it.A new set of sheets for parents and babyBrooklinenGift the Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, from $139Brooklittles Crib Sheet Set, available at Brooklinen, from $32Sleep, when it does happen for both dad and baby, is so much better on a set of soft sheets that make them feel like they're sleeping on a cloud. Brooklinen sheets are great for delicate skin and hot sleepers, and they come in a variety of colors and prints. They're also one of the best products we've ever tested.A wireless charging stationNomadNomad Base Station, available Nomad, $99.95If the secret to success as a new dad is organization, Nomad's wireless charger fits the bill. It can power two devices simultaneously while also allowing for a USB-C and USB-A cord to be plugged in for a total of four devices at once. Mom and dad's phones, AirPods, and the portable white noise machine will all be ready to go at a moment's notice.A high-quality shaving kitHarry'sHarry's Truman Shave Set, available at Harry's, $15This essential shave set includes a razor with a comfortable handle and textured rubber grip, three German-engineered blade cartridges, foaming shave gel for a rich lather, and a travel cover to protect the blades.A travel mug for coffee timeAmazonGift the Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, from $19.99New dads rarely have both hands free, so eliminating the need to twist, pop, flip, or open their coffee mug makes life so much easier. Dad can simply add their coffee, screw on the top, and pull the trigger to open up the world of caffeine goodness.One tool for almost every jobREILeatherman Wingman Multi-Tool, available at REI, $69.95The Leatherman Wingman is loaded with 14 tools, including a knife, screwdrivers, bottle openers, and even a 1-inch ruler, so dad can fix just about anything and pop open a cold one when they're done.Super soft lounge pantsTommy JohnTommy John Second Skin Lounge Pants, available at Dillard's, $68New dads will love a pair of comfortable house pants that won't embarrass them when the in-laws show up unannounced. These soft, light pants from Tommy John are perfect and hold up nicely in the wash.Instant pour-over coffeeKahawa 1893Kahawa 1893 Coffee Lovers Gift Box, available at Kahawa 1893, $49Restless nights and uncertain mornings may have dad missing their morning pour-over coffee ritual. They can still have that rich flavor thanks to third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer Margaret Kemunto Nyamumbo. This single-serve is packaged like a teabag, ready in five minutes, and 100% compostable. Stroller phone mountAmazonSkip Hop Stroll and Connect Universal Phone Holder, available at Buy Buy Baby, $15.99Made with tough plastic and rubber grips, the Stroll and Connect mounts to a stroller or shopping cart. It stays put and won't fall off on bumpy terrain or in crowded aisles.Comfortable slip-on shoesVasqueVasque Satoru Moc, available at Backcountry, $69.96As any parent will tell you, getting your shoes on can be downright tough when you're holding the baby, diaper bag, and much, much more. Footwear brand Vasque has new dads covered. With a sock-like upper and memory foam footbed, dad will probably wear them all day, and the easy on and off makes them infinitely versatile.A play kit of curated toysLoveveryPlay Kit Subscription, available at Lovevery, from $40/monthMake those long hours playing on the floor count with a subscription to Lovevery curated age-appropriate toy kits. Delivered every two months, each kit comes with a guide that explains how the included toys support a child's development. A device to keep track of everythingAmazonTile Essentials 4-Pack, available at Amazon, $69.99This grab bag of Tile options lets new parents rely on technology instead of their overtaxed brains. New dads can attach Tiles to their keys, diaper bag, and wallet to ensure those items never stay lost for too long. And if dad has their keys but not their phone, they can double-tap the Tile to make it ring. A comfortable pillowCoop Home GoodsCoop Home Goods Original Pillow, available at Amazon, $71.99A comfy pillow might be the most important ingredient for a restful night. The Coop pillow has adjustable fill that can be added or removed to their liking, and a 100-night trial means dad isn't stuck with it if they don't like it.A quick hangBackcountryMetolius Project Board, available at Backcountry, $64.95With a variety of holds, from jugs to crimps to pockets, the Metolius Project Board is great for releasing tension with a quick upper body workout. Dad can use it just about anywhere indoors or outside, and the fine texture is easy on the skin.A delicious baby blanketUncommonGoodsTortilla Baby Blanket, available at Uncommon Goods, $50The flour tortilla print on this blanket is perfect for wrapping your baby up like a bundle of burrito joy. The blanket is made of breathable cotton/polyester blend fabric that will keep the baby comfortable and cool. Single-origin coffee beansColectivo CoffeeColectivo Coffee—Sumatra, available at Colectivo, from $15.95If dad is a coffee fanatic, they'll love a bag of single-origin beans. Grown in the volcanic soil in the rugged mountains of the Indonesian island Sumatra, this rich, complex blend has notes of molasses and pineapple. And for those mornings where there's no time to hassle with a French press, don't overlook instant coffees, which have caught up in quality to the whole bean variety.An adjustable baby carrierBradley Hasemeyer/InsiderErgobaby Omni 360 All-in-One Carrier, available at Amazon and Buy Buy Baby, from $149Whether dad is running errands or spending a day in the park, a good baby carrier makes everything so much easier. The Ergobaby Omni 360 is made from super soft cotton and easily adjusts to fit waists and shoulders of all sizes. It works in multiple positions, too — front or back, face-in or face-out. An Instant PotTargetInstant Pot Duo 7-in-1 (6-Ot.), available at Amazon, $88.13With the Instant Pot, cooking dinner for the whole family is a breeze. The multicooker is great for preparing soups, meats, yogurt, and even baby food. Easy cleanup means more time to spend with the little one, too.Comfortable underwearSaxxSaxx Quest Boxer Briefs, available at Quest, $32The right pair of underwear makes everything go so much smoother. The lightweight material is soft and breathable, and the patented BallPark Pouch keeps everything in place.An interactive photo journalArtifact Uprising"The Story of You" Baby Book, available at Artifact Uprising, $99A phone full of pictures and videos is great, but dad will want something to hold onto the most special moments. In this photo book, featuring a fabric cover and foil stamped title, they can write down their memories of each milestone.A lightweight button-up for a put-together lookThe Tie BarTie Bar Short-Sleeve Shirt, available at Tie Bar, from $27.50It's nice for dad to feel put-together sometimes. The 100% cotton button-ups from Tie Bar are perfect for a rare night out or a day at the office.A foam rollerTrigger PointTriggerPoint GRID foam roller, available at Amazon, $34.99Knots and tight muscles go hand in hand with parenting. Dad will appreciate having this foam roller to roll away the aches and pains of being a new parent.A cold brew makerAmazonTakeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $27.64Dad will love a cup of cold brew coffee when they need a pick-me-up after sneaking in an afternoon nap. The easy-to-use Takeya Deluxe makes up to 1 quart of concentrate. Comfortable running socksDarn ToughGift the Darn Tough Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Light Running Sock, available at Amazon and Darn Tough, from $18.95For many new dads, exercise is crucial to maintaining mental health, but they can't afford to get sore feet. These running socks are made from merino wool for moisture-wicking, provide arch support to reduce fatigue, and have seamless stitching to prevent blisters and chaffing. Another plus is Darn Tough's no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee.A soft coolerClevermadeCleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Cooler Tote, available at Amazon, $44.99Dad is going to need a good cooler for bringing groceries home from the store or packing baby food for a road trip. This one has a 50-can capacity, but it still folds up small enough to stash under the seat when they don't need it.A custom print of baby's footprintsPine & Poem Baby / EtsyBaby Footprint Art Print, available at Etsy, from $18It's always hard to believe how little they used to be. This is an attractive, thoughtful personalized that fits nicely anywhere in the home.A tool kitAmazonCartman General Household 39-piece toolkit, available at Amazon, $19.99There's just something about being a dad that turns everyone into an overnight handy person. This tool kit includes all the basics they'll need for assembling or repairing all that new gear in the nursery and beyond.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 12th, 2022

Parex Resources Announces Record First Quarter Results, Increased Production Guidance and 79% Increase to Regular Dividend

CALGARY, Alberta, May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parex Resources Inc. ("Parex" or the "Company") (TSX:PXT) is pleased to announce its financial and operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2022. The Company is also announcing updated 2022 guidance as well as the declaration of a second quarter 2022 regular dividend of C$0.25 per share. All amounts herein are in United States Dollars ("USD") unless otherwise stated. Highlights Net income of $152.7 million and record first quarter 2022 funds flow from operations ("FFO")(1) of $205.5 million. Quarterly regular dividend increased by 79% to C$0.25 per share. Accelerated share buyback, repurchasing so far in 2022 nearly 50% of our planned 10% share buyback. FY 2022 midpoint production guidance increased from 53,000 boe/d to 55,000 boe/d, with projected 2022 exit production rate of over 60,000 boe/d. Updated capital expenditure(3) guidance from $425 million to $550 million. "With zero debt, surplus cash and a favorable commodity price environment, Parex remains steadily focused on execution and taking advantage of the opportunity that lies ahead. We are positioned to meaningfully grow production and free funds flow through quick payback projects in an environment where global oil supply is constrained – and build on our strong return of capital track record," commented Imad Mohsen, President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is paramount to Parex that that we continue to reward our shareholders while we make investments in our high-quality portfolio." 2022 First Quarter Results Quarterly average oil and natural gas production was 51,688 boe/d (96% crude oil and 4% natural gas), an increase of 10% over the first quarter of 2021 and a 4% increase over the fourth quarter of 2021. Net income of $152.7 million or $1.29 per share basic. Record quarterly FFO(1) of $205.5 million, up by 64% from the first quarter of 2021 and up by 22% from the fourth quarter of 2021. Generated an operating netback(2) of $59.31/boe and an FFO netback(2) of $43.73/boe from an average Brent price of $97.90/bbl. Incurred $122.5 million of capital expenditures(3), participating in the drilling of 17 gross (12.40 net) wells. Paid a C$0.14 per share dividend, that represented a 12% percent increase from the fourth quarter 2021 dividend of C$0.125 per share and repurchased 4.4 million shares through our normal course issuer bid ("NCIB"). In total, returned $110.5 million in the quarter to shareholders. Working capital surplus(1) was $286.7 million, which was reduced by $39.1 million from the fourth quarter of 2021 predominantly through the acceleration of share buybacks and procurement of long-lead inventory items. (1) "Capital management measure," which is not a standardized financial measure under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." (2) "Non-GAAP ratio," which is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." (3) "Non-GAAP financial measure," which is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." Return of Capital - 79% Dividend Increase and Share Buyback Maximized As previously disclosed, the Company's long-term capital allocation framework is to target the return of at least one third of annual FFO(1) to shareholders, with the remaining FFO(1) to be reinvested in the business. Under this framework, and with zero debt, Parex is positioned to target the return of 100% of annual free funds flow (FFO(1) less capital expenditures)(2) to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks. Parex's Board of Directors has approved a second quarter 2022 regular dividend of C$0.25 per share to be paid on June 30, 2022 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2022, representing a 79% increase from the Company's first quarter 2022 regular dividend and a 100% increase from the Company's fourth quarter 2021 regular dividend. This quarterly dividend payment to shareholders is designated as an "eligible dividend" for purposes of the Income Tax Act (Canada). As at May 11, 2022, Parex has repurchased over 5.7 million shares and completed nearly 50% of the 2022 share buyback, with the continued expectation that under the current NCIB Parex will purchase the maximum allowable shares of 11.8 million during the year. This would mark the fourth year in a row where Parex has purchased the maximum allowable shares under its NCIBs, reducing the fully diluted share count from 165 million in 2017 to an expected 110 million by year end 2022. (1) "Capital management measure," which is not a standardized financial measure under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." (2) "Non-GAAP financial measure," which is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." Updated FY 2022 Guidance - Forecast 29% Year-Over-Year Production Per Share Growth To maximize shareholder value as well as reflect changes in the commodity price and industry environment, the Company's 2022 guidance, as originally announced on November 3, 2021, has been updated as follows: 2022F Corporate Guidance Original Updated  Capital Expenditures ($ Millions)(1) $400-450 $525-575  Production (Average) (boe/d) 52,000-54,000 54,000-56,000  Exit Production (boe/d) n/a >60,000  (1) "Non-GAAP financial measure," which is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." The increase over the previous capital guidance at the midpoint is broken down in the below table, with the capital increase guided by our previously outlined long-term capital allocation framework. Most of the incremental capital is expected to be spent in the second half of 2022 and is expected to support Parex's second half 2022 and full year 2023 production, with the majority of capital directed towards operated activities. 2022F Capital Expenditure Guidance ($ Millions)(1) Previous Guidance (Midpoint) $425  Acceleration of Infill Drilling and Waterflood Optimization (Llanos) $55  Short-Cycle Opportunistic Production Adds (Llanos) $30  Long-Lead Inventory Build $40  Updated Guidance (Midpoint) $550  (1) "Non-GAAP financial measure," which is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." With the accelerated Llanos investments, Parex expects 2022 production to increase approximately 2,000 boe/d at the midpoint to a range of 54,000 boe/d to 56,000 boe/d. By the fourth quarter of 2022, Parex expects to achieve record production with an expected exit rate in excess of 60,000 boe/d that will provide a strong foundation for 2023. At the midpoint of updated 2022 production guidance, Parex is now forecasting to grow production by 17% year-over-year and combined with the Company's planned share repurchases, is forecasting production per share growth of 29% year-over-year. Consistent with prior commodity cycles, Parex actively adjusts its capital allocation to maximize shareholder value. The acceleration of infill drilling and waterflood optimization, which is an additional $55 million of capital, as well as adding $30 million of capital focused on increasing short-cycle activity on existing Southern Llanos fields, is to accelerate production of our reserves in the current high price environment as well as add additional reserves by achieving higher recovery factors. More details regarding these two categories of capital increases can be found in our full 2022 Program Update table below. Rising inflation as well as material and service cost increases are impacting operational costs industry wide. Parex has proactively worked to minimize the impact through previously securing rigs under long-term contracts, increasing critical organizational capabilities, as well as acquiring long-lead items for the foreseeable future. Long-lead inventory build represents roughly $40 million of additional capital and includes, but is not limited to, steel casing, compressors, and turbines. Parex is extremely well positioned to execute our program and in total currently expects these inflationary and industry cost increases to account for less than 4% of the revised 2022 capital expenditure guidance. 2022 Program Update Drilling Schedule Currently have six drilling rigs on operated properties under long-term fixed rate contracts, with a seventh to be added in the second quarter of 2022. Two non-operated drilling rigs currently at the LLA-34 Block, with a third to be added in the back half of 2022. Rig optimization and specifically minimizing rig moves are a focus for the back half of 2022. Llanos Basin Total well program expanded by 15 net wells to 33-35. More than doubling the program at the Cabrestero Block to build on success over the past 12 months by accelerating previously planned infill wells and adding waterflood optimization. First quarter 2022 Cabrestero production was 10,850 bbl/d of heavy oil, up 85% year-over-year. Short-cycle opportunistic production adds are focused on activities in the Southern Llanos that have a high probability of success where takeaway infrastructure is already in place, equipment is secured and Parex has 100% working interest. Adds are opportunistic based on rig availability and are expected to be quick payback projects (less than 90 days) at current operating netbacks. Capital increases were partially offset by the deferral of four wells in the Northern Llanos to the 2023 program; deferrals were based on rig optimization. At the Capachos Block, currently drilling as well as continue to track towards the installation of natural gas turbine generation in the second half of 2022 that are expected to improve infrastructure and increase capacity. At the Arauca Block, civil works is currently underway as preparation begins to mobilize a rig and begin drilling operations in the second half of 2022. Llanos Basin(LLA-34 Block) Total well program expanded by 8 wells to 28-32. Primary reason for the program expansion is to begin pattern waterflood development on the block. Magdalena Basin Development and exploitation plan proceeding as planned with minimal change. Expect to complete and test all recently drilled Boranda Block and Fortuna Block wells in first half of 2022, with an update on go forward exploitation activities for those blocks planned for the second half of 2022. At the VIM-1 Block, completed gas processing facilities in the first quarter of 2022, which is expected to increase liquids capture following the completion of a gas injection well in the second quarter of 2022. Exploration Activity Exploration plan proceeding as planned with minimal change, with approximately 3 wells to be drilled over the remainder of the year. To date, have drilled 3 wells in the plan, 1 being at VIM-1 Block (suspended; previously disclosed) and the other 2 being stratigraphic wells in the Southern Llanos that provided geological information validating internal geological models. Of the 3 remaining wells, 2 are planned in the Southern Llanos and 1 in the Magdalena. In the first quarter of 2022, completed 3D seismic on two Magdalena blocks and are currently evaluating the results. Production Second quarter 2022 production is expected to be 52,000 boe/d to 53,000 boe/d. Hedging Parex production volume is 100% unhedged. Sustainability Update – Solar Farm Online Subsequent to the first quarter of 2022, Parex brought its first ever solar farm project online. Located on the Cabrestero Block in the Southern Llanos, the system comprises of 7,200 individual panels and at full capacity will generate approximately 5.9 million kilowatts-hour per year of power. This is a significant sustainability milestone for Parex, creating approximately 50 local job opportunities during the construction phase and projecting to avoid approximately 3,500 tCO2-e per year through the utilization of renewable power. Netback Sensitivity Estimates With the updated guidance, Parex is providing revised netback sensitivity estimates to reflect the higher oil price environment:  2022F Netback Sensitivity Estimates Brent Crude Price ($/bbl) $80   $90   $100   Operating Netback ($/boe)(1) $48   $54   $61   Effective Tax Rate(2)   20%     21%     23%   FFO Netback ($/boe)(1)(3) $37   $41   $45   (1) "Non-GAAP ratio," which is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. See "Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Advisory." (2) Effective tax rate is the expected current tax effective rate on FFO. (3) Assumes a Brent/Vasconia crude differential of $4.00/bbl.   Financial and Operational Highlights Three Months Ended   March 31, Dec. 31,     2022   2021   2021   Operational       Average daily production       Light Crude Oil and Medium Crude Oil (bbl/d) 5,687   8,131   6,376   Heavy Crude Oil (bbl/d) 43,865   36,948   41,534   Crude oil (bbl/d) 49,552   45,079   47,910   Conventional Natural Gas (mcf/d) 12,816   10,200   11,214   Oil & Gas (boe/d)(1) 51,688   46,779.....»»

Category: earningsSource: benzingaMay 12th, 2022

Gran Tierra Energy Inc. Announces First Quarter 2022 Results

Achieved Average Total Production of 29,362 BOPD, Up 20% Year-on-Year Generated Net Income of $14 Million Increased Adjusted EBITDA(1) to $119 Million, Up 185% Year-on-Year Grew Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to $104 Million, Up 148% Year-on-Year Increased Funds Flow from Operations(1) to $87 Million, Up 201% Year-on-Year Generated Free Cash Flow(1)of $46 Million, Highest Since Fourth Quarter 2012 Credit Facility Balance Paid Down to $40 Million at March 31, 2022, Current Balance of $10 Million Balance of Credit Facility Expected to be Fully Paid Down Before End of Second Quarter 2022 2021 Sustainability Report to be Released May 4, 2022 Acordionero and Costayaco Infill Development Drilling Campaigns Yielding Encouraging Results Expect to Meet Full Year 2022 Guidance of 30,500-32,500 BOPD CALGARY, Alberta, May 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gran Tierra Energy Inc. ("Gran Tierra" or the "Company") (NYSE:GTE)(TSX:GTE)(LSE:GTE) today announced the Company's financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 ("the Quarter"). All dollar amounts are in United States dollars, and production amounts are on an average working interest before royalties ("WI") basis unless otherwise indicated. Per barrel ("bbl") and bbl per day ("BOPD") amounts are based on WI sales before royalties. For per bbl amounts based on net after royalty ("NAR") production, see Gran Tierra's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed May 3, 2022. Key Highlights of the Quarter: Net Income: Gran Tierra generated a net income of $14 million versus a net loss of $37 million in first quarter of 2021. Significant Growth in Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities: The Company realized net cash provided by operating activities of $104 million, up 148% from the first quarter of 2021. Material Growth in Funds Flow from Operations(1): Funds flow from operations(1) increased to $87 million, up by 34% from the fourth quarter of 2021 ("the Prior Quarter") and up by 201% from the first quarter of 2021. Strong Free Cash Flow(1): Gran Tierra generated free cash flow(1) of $46 million, the highest quarterly amount in almost a decade. Rapid Debt Reduction: Gran Tierra has been utilizing its free cash flow(1) to strengthen the Company's balance sheet by paying down its credit facility and building its cash position. During the Quarter, the Company paid down its credit facility balance by $27.5 million to $40 million and had a cash balance of $59 million. These figures compare to a credit facility balance of $67.5 million and a cash balance of $26 million at the end of the Prior Quarter. As of May 3, 2022, Gran Tierra has paid down its credit facility to a balance of $10 million and expects the facility to be fully repaid before the end of the second quarter 2022. Annual Production Growth: The Quarter's production was in-line with management expectations and averaged 29,362 BOPD, up 20% from the first quarter of 2021 and approximately flat compared to the Prior Quarter. Expects to Meet 2022 Production Guidance: Gran Tierra believes its ability to keep production flat compared to the Prior Quarter demonstrates the ongoing successful results from the Company's waterflooding efforts in all major assets. The ongoing infill development drilling campaigns in the Acordionero and Costayaco oil fields are expected to increase the Company's full year 2022 average production into the guidance range of 30,500-32,500 BOPD. The ramp-up in production from the Quarter's level is expected to begin in the latter half of second quarter of 2022 as new Acordionero and Costayaco oil wells are brought online. Revised 2022 Financial Guidance: As previously announced on April 19, 2022, Gran Tierra has updated the Company's 2022 financial guidance in light of the significant increase in world oil prices this year. The Company has increased its 2022 Brent price forecast to $95/bbl. At this higher oil price, the Company would maintain 2022 capital at $220-240 million with a forecast 2022 cash flow(1) of $410-430 million, free cash flow(1) of $180-200 million, EBITDA(1) of $550-570 million and a 2022 year-end cash balance of $210-230 million. Additional Key Financial Metrics: Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures of approximately $41 million were relatively flat with the Prior Quarter's level of $40 million, as Gran Tierra maintained capital discipline and its focus on driving down drilling and completion costs. Increased Oil Sales: The Brent oil price averaged $97.90/bbl, up 23% from the Prior Quarter and up 60% year-on-year. Gran Tierra generated oil sales of $175 million, up 19% from the Prior Quarter and up 83% from the first quarter of 2021. The significant annual increase in oil sales was driven by the Company's 20% increase in quarterly production year-on-year, combined with the large rise in the Brent oil price over the same period. Strong Operating Netback(2): The Company's operating netback(2) of $52.45/bbl was up 39% from the Prior Quarter and up 80% year-on-year. This strong annual increase was driven by Gran Tierra's 20% increase in quarterly production year-on-year and increased Brent pricing. Decreased Operating Expenses: Compared to the Prior Quarter, Gran Tierra's operating expenses decreased 9% to $13.14/bbl, down from $14.46/bbl, due to lower workover, environmental and administration costs, which were only partially offset by higher expenses for chemicals used in the Company's waterflood projects. Compared to first quarter 2021, operating expenses decreased by 4% on a per bbl basis, primarily as a result of Gran Tierra's higher production. Other Expenses: The quality and transportation discount dropped 2% to $12.57 per bbl, compared to $12.78 per bbl in the Prior Quarter, because of higher world demand for Colombian oil. General and administrative ("G&A") expenses before stock-based compensation were $2.97 per bbl, down from $3.08 per bbl in the Prior Quarter and $3.14 per bbl in the first quarter of 2021, due to a lower accrued performance bonus. Oil Price Hedges: The Company continues to have Brent oil price hedges in place for 9,000 BOPD in the first half of 2022, with an average ceiling price of $87.62/bbl on 8,000 BOPD. Therefore, approximately 73% of Gran Tierra's oil production, which is unhedged, has fully benefited from the current high oil price environment. 2021 Sustainability Report Highlights: Gran Tierra plans to issue the Company's "2021 Sustainability Report: Creating Long-Term Value and Delivering on Our Environmental, Social and Governance Commitments" tomorrow, May 4, 2022, at which time the report can be found on the Company's website at www.grantierra.com/esg. Highlights from this report are: As of 2021, Gran Tierra has reduced its scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to the benchmark year of 2019 through operational efficiencies such as its natural gas-to-power projects. Over the last 5 years, Gran Tierra has reduced its surface water used by 41%. In addition, the Company has implemented a comprehensive roadmap to further reduce the use of surface water where possible, with the goal of achieving zero surface water usage in the coming years. The Company had a Lost Time Injury Frequency(3) of 0.02 in 2021, which was well below the 2020 industry averages of 0.08 for Latin American and 0.04 for North American exploration and production companies, as reported by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, and was in the top quartile in any region globally. In 2021, Gran Tierra invested approximately $60 million into local economies and created about 3,200 job opportunities. Gran Tierra actively promotes diversity in its workforce of which 39% are female versus the industry average of 22%. In Colombia over the last 5 years, the Company has planted approximately 1.2 million trees and conserved, preserved or reforested about 3,100 hectares of land. Message to Shareholders Gary Guidry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gran Tierra, commented: "The strong recovery for the energy industry and Gran Tierra, from the challenges of 2020, continued into the first quarter of 2022. Our top tier, low-decline, onshore, conventional asset base continues to prove its high quality, as shown by the Company's production growth of 20% over the last year. At the same time, we have significantly strengthened our balance sheet and expect to completely pay off our entire credit facility before the end of the second quarter of 2022, which will be a major milestone for Gran Tierra. Looking to the end of the year, we are forecasting a net debt(1) to EBITDA(1) ratio of under 0.8 times. We are pleased with the results so far of our ongoing development drilling campaigns in the Middle Magdalena Valley and Putumayo Basins in Colombia with record drilling performance in both Acordionero and Costayaco. In addition, we plan to allocate capital to prioritized, high-impact exploration drilling opportunities as we restart our exploration campaign during the second half of 2022. We plan to drill our first ever exploration wells in Ecuador, in addition to our first exploration wells in Colombia in more than two years. We believe Gran Tierra is in an excellent position for continued development and enhanced oil recovery activities in 2022 to optimize value from each of our assets. Our waterflood programs across all of our assets continue to perform well, and we expect another strong year of free cash flow(1) from these high quality, low decline assets. As always, our "Beyond Compliance Policy" continues. Where Gran Tierra identifies significant opportunities and benefits to the environment and communities, we voluntarily strive to go beyond what is legally required to protect the environment and provide social benefits because it is the right thing to do. Through operational efficiencies, including gas-to-power projects, we have also been able to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 55% for 2021 compared to our 2019 baseline." Operations Update: Acordionero: Since the Company's last Corporate Update (press release on April 19, 2022), Gran Tierra has drilled and completed the ACR-91 infill development oil well, which was placed on production on April 28, 2022. The ACR-92 water injection well has been drilled and is forecast to be completed in early May 2022. In total, Gran Tierra has drilled seven development wells in Acordionero during 2022 so far, with another seven to nine new wells planned for the rest of 2022. Costayaco and Moqueta: Four Costayaco infill development oil wells have been drilled so far in 2022 and all four of these wells are expected to be brought on production during the second quarter of 2022. On initial production testing after completion, the new CYC-46 infill oil well yielded the following encouraging results from three different productive zones (each zone's test represents the final 12 hours of stabilized flow via jet pump, before the zone was shut-in for a pressure build up test):   Productive Zone Oil Rate (BOPD) Water Cut (%) Gas Rate (MCFD)(4)   Lower Caballos 369 20 26   Upper Caballos 493 22 54   T Sand 727 28 267 The Moqueta work program of 3 infill development wells is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 and is planned to continue into 2023. Ecuador Exploration: Gran Tierra expects to drill 2-3 exploration wells in 2022, targeting multi-zone prospects near existing fields with access to infrastructure. Gran Tierra's first exploration well in Ecuador is scheduled to spud in the third quarter of 2022 on the Chanangue Block. Environmental licenses for exploration drilling have been granted by Ecuador's Ministry of the Environment for both the Chanangue and Charapa Blocks, as well as for seismic activities in the Charapa Block. Approval of the environmental license for the Iguana Block is expected during third quarter 2022. Colombia Exploration: The Company is also progressing its 2022 exploration campaign in Colombia with the first exploration well expected to be spud in the Putumayo Basin in early second half 2022 targeting multiple horizons in a prospect between the Costayaco and Moqueta fields. Another one to two exploration wells in the Putumayo are planned for second half 2022, as is one exploration well in the Middle Magdalena Valley Basin. Financial and Operational Highlights (all amounts in $000s, except per share and bbl amounts)   Three Months Ended March 31,   Three Months EndedDecember 31,     2022     2021       2021             Net Income (Loss) $ 14,119   $ (37,422 )   $ 62,524   Per Share - Basic and Diluted $ 0.04   $ (0.10 )   $ 0.17             Oil Sales $ 174,569   $ 95,493     $ 146,287   Operating Expenses   (34,400 )   (29,625 )     (39,708 ) Transportation Expenses   (2,834 )   (2,506 )     (2,867 ) Operating Netback(1)(2) $ 137,335   $ 63,362     $ 103,712             G&A Expenses Before Stock-Based Compensation $ 7,779   $ 6,817     $ 8,473   G&A Stock-Based Compensation Expense (Recovery)   4,557     3,671       1,799   G&A Expenses, Including Stock Based Compensation $ 12,336   $ 10,488     $ 10,272             Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 119,378   $ 41,904     $ 81,529             EBITDA(1) $ 106,750   $ 16,359     $ 70,983             Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 103,825   $ 41,932     $ 106,013             Funds Flow from Operations(1) $ 87,310   $ 28,973     $ 65,137             Capital Expenditures $ 41,483   $ 37,427     $ 40,229             Free Cash Flow(1) $ 45,827   $ (8,454 )   $ 24,908             Average Daily Volumes (BOPD)         WI Production Before Royalties   29,362     24,463       29,493   Royalties   (6,529 )   (3,930 )     (6,070 ) Production NAR   22,833     20,533       23,423   (Increase) Decrease in Inventory   (103 )  .....»»

Category: earningsSource: benzingaMay 3rd, 2022

The 5 best Lightning cables for iPhone and iPad in 2022

A great Lightning cable is essential for any iPhone owner. We've spent months testing the best ones. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Fuse ChickenApple includes a standard, 1.6-foot (one meter) USB-C to Lightning cable  in the box when you buy a new iPhone, but there are plenty of Lightning cables from other companies that are longer, more durable, and stylish.We've tested several Lightning cables to find the right one for every budget and need — from the most durable, to the longest, and everything in between. While these Lightning cables have differentiating attributes, they all pass out standards for quality. All of the Lightning cables we recommend are also MFi (Made for iPhone) certified by Apple. Cables without this certification might be less expensive than the ones on our list, but they carry the risk of damaging your iPhone, pose a danger to you, or simply not work at all.Some of the Lightning cables here are shown with either standard USB-A, and others use the more modern USB-C standard. Either way, most companies offer the same cables with both standards available, which we link to in their respective descriptions.  Learn more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches tech products.Here are the best Lightning cables of 2022Best overall Lightning cable: Paracable USB Paraflex Lightning Cable, $22 available on ParacableThe Paracable Paraflex Lightning cable is strong, fairly priced, and comes in multiple colors and sizes, making it the best overall choice.Best budget Lightning cable: Anker PowerLine II with Lightning Connector, $13.99 available on AmazonThe Anker PowerLine II with Lightning Connector's affordable price, sturdy build, and size and color options make it a great choice for those in need of a basic cable.Best long Lightning cable: Native Union 10-foot Night Lightning Cable, $39.99 available on AmazonCharging from a distance is easy with the Native Union Night Lightning cable, as this durable 10-foot cord reaches just about anywhere.Best durable Lightning cable: Fuse Chicken Titan Lightning Cable, $34.95 available on B&HThe Fuse Chicken Titan is strong enough to survive a chainsaw.Best universal Lightning cable: Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 Charging Cable, $21.99 available on AmazonThe Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 Charging Cable gives you the option to charge devices with  USB-C, Lightning, or Micro USB connections.Best overall Lightning cableOur best overall Lighting cable is the Paracable USB ParaflexSarah Lord/Insider$22.00 FROM PARACABLEThe Paracable Paraflex Lightning cable is strong, fairly priced, and comes in multiple colors and sizes, making it the best overall choice.MFi certified: YesMaterial: Patented paracord 32-bit fabricReinforced connectors: YesSize: 3 or 6 feetFast charging: Only on USB-C modelPros: Durable, multiple color options, strong warranty Cons: Moderately priceyThe Paracable Paraflex Lightning cable, which starts at $22, is one of the best Lightning cables we've used. It's durable, colorful, and features the thickest connector reinforcements we've seen. Ultimately, its strength, thin design, reasonable price, and variety of color and length options sets this cable apart from the Anker PowerLine II, our previous top pick. The Lightning connector easily fits through a phone case and creates a secure connection with an iPhone. It's also light, portable, and comes with a Velcro strap for easy storage. Paracable uses a patented 32-bit paracord fabric that comes in four different color patterns and feels similar to other nylon-covered power cords. It's soft, smooth, and easily bendable toward the end of the connectors. Paracable claims the Paraflex can withstand up to 35,000 bends. That's almost three times Anker's claims for the PowerLine II. We haven't tried bending the Paracable 35,000 times, but we've used it for months without issues. The company backs up its product with a two-year warranty, along with a 30-day, money-back guarantee.Note that only the $30 USB-C model supports fast charging for your iPhone at around 20W. It also supports up to 30W charging speeds for other devices that can charge up to 30W.The Paracable Paraflex Lightning cable isn't the cheapest charging cord on this list, but offers a great combination of style, size, and durability – making it the best choice for most people.Best budget Lightning cableOur best budget Lightning cables is the Anker PowerLine IISarah Lord/Insider$13.99 FROM AMAZON$14.99 FROM WALMARTThe Anker PowerLine II with Lightning Connector's affordable price, sturdy build, and size and color options make it a great choice for those in need of a basic cable.MFicertified: YesMaterial: Synthetic rubberReinforced connectors: YesSize: 3, 6, or 10 feetFast charging: Only on USB-C modelPros: Inexpensive, multiple colors and lengths, reinforced connectorsCons: Not as durable as some of the others on the this listThe $14.99 PowerLine II isn't as new as the PowerLine III — but it's still a fantastic charging cable for everyday use. It's durable, comes in multiple colors and lengths, and is affordable, making it a great pick as an everyday charging cord. Its synthetic rubber exterior is smooth, while the reinforced connectors are sturdy and robust. The white cable we've tested looks and feels like a slightly thicker version of Apple's own Lightning cable. But if white isn't your color, you have the option to choose between black, blue, and red. There is also a USB-C version for those looking to take advantage of Apple's fast charging feature. Anker claims that the PowerLine II can withstand up to 175 pounds and 12,000 bends, which is fewer than the Paracable Paraflex and Anker PowerLine III,  but significantly more than an unreinforced cable. In case there are ever any issues, Anker backs the cable with a limited lifetime warranty.Best long Lightning cableOur best long Lightning cable is the Native Union Night CableSarah Lord/Insider$39.99 FROM AMAZON$39.99 FROM NATIVE UNIONCharging from a distance is easy with the Native Union Night Lightning cable, as this durable 10-foot cord reaches just about anywhere.MFi certified: YesMaterial: Braided nylonReinforced connectors: YesSize: 10 feetFast charging: Only USB-C modelPros: 10-feet long, lots of color options, weighted so it doesn't fall or get tangled Cons: ExpensiveNative Union's $39.99 Night Lightning cable stands out not only because it's colorful and incredibly long — 10 feet, to be exact — but it also features a golf ball-sized weight that anchors the cable in place. The interesting design, durability, and multiple color options help to make the Night cable our favorite extra-long power cord.  The weight is surprisingly useful when charging from a high table. It keeps the cable contained as it drops to the floor so that it doesn't get in the way. The nylon itself is incredibly soft, while the reinforced connectors are strong and durable. The cable's wires are protected with DuPont Kevlar fiber, a TPE rubber sleeve, a tinned copper braid, and a final grounding layer. Native Union backs their products with a limited lifetime warranty, so you don't have to worry if something stops working. But so far, we've twisted, bent, and shaped this cable for months without a single issue. The Native Union Night comes in five colors, and there's also a USB-C to Lightning version as well, but those cables are more limited in their color options.The unique length and look of this cable make it a great choice for those who can appreciate a cord that is long, durable, and a little funky.Best durable Lightning cableThe Fuse Chicken Titan is our pick as the best durable Lighting cableSarah Lord/Insider$34.95 FROM B&H PHOTO$34.95 FROM FUSE$34.95 FROM AMAZONThe Fuse Chicken Titan is strong enough to survive a chainsaw, but it's also best for general durability.MFi certified: YesMaterial: SteelReinforced connectors: YesSize: 3.3 feetFast charging: Only on the Shield modelPros: Extremely durable, lifetime guarantee  Cons: ExpensiveThe $29.95 Fuse Chicken Titan just might be the toughest Lightning cable ever. The company ran over the Titan with a truck, struck it repeatedly with a hammer, and even took a chainsaw to the cable without breaking it. Marketing doesn't tell the whole story, and we haven't recreated these tests. But we can at least say that the cord looks and feels absolutely indestructible. This thick cable is made with two layers of flexible steel, along with connectors that are sealed directly over the electronics in one-piece housing — which ensures there is little room for cracks or breakage. The shiny metal cable feels sturdy and slick, and can maintain its shape for a long period of time even after being bent in a variety of ways.There are some trade-offs for this much durability. It's not the lightest or easiest cable to carry around, and it's at least two or three times wider than other cables on the market. The wider neck of the cable also might not fit the cutout for the charging port on some iPhone cases.The Fuse Chicken Titan is a little over 3 feet long and comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and is only available in a USB-A to Lightning configuration. Fuse Chicken also makes a Titan Plus, which is 4.9 feet long, as well as the Shield model that uses a USB-C connection for fast charging.Best universal Lightning cableThe Anker 3-in-1 Charging Cable is our pick as the best universal charging cableSarah Lord/Insider$21.99 FROM AMAZONThe Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 Charging Cable gives you the option to charge devices with  USB-C, Lightning, or Micro USB connections.MFi certified: YesMaterial: Synthetic rubberReinforced connectors: YesSize: 3 feetFast charging: NoPros: Durable, multiple connectors, inexpensiveCons: Only comes in one length, no USB-C to USB-C versionAnker's affordable $19.99 PowerLine II 3-in-1 Charging Cable is one cable that can charge devices with Lightning ports, USB-C ports, or micro-USB ports. The smooth, synthetic rubber USB-A to micro-USB cord features two securely attached dongles that include a Lightning connector and a USB-C connector. The dongles snap into place on top of the micro-USB connector to create an interchangeable charging cable. The cord is well designed and the seal between the dongle and the Micro USB connector is strong. The dongles connect and come off easily with a bit of force. Luckily, they are made out of the same quality rubber as the rest of the cord and can withstand the tugging and stretching.  The PowerLine II 3-in-1 is only one three-foot. This is fine when you're close to an outlet, but a 6-foot option would be helpful in other situations. Anker also lacks a USB-C to USB-C/Lightning/micro-USB option, which is frustrating for those who want fast charging. The Anker PowerLine II 3-in-1 Charging Cable comes in black and white, and is a great alternative to carrying around multiple cables for different devices.Our methodologyWe judged each cable on a variety of criteria to help determine which cord was the best. These determinations were based on the subsequent factors:Quality of the materials that make up the cordsThe availability of multiple colors and sizes to accommodate different needs and preferencesThe durability of the cables How easily they fit into the Lightning connector on the phone through a caseWe also took price and Apple MFi certification into consideration when choosing our picks to ensure value and quality. To test durability, we twisted and bent the cables rigorously over the course of several months. We particularly focused on the area near the cable's connector to check for evidence of wear. We measured connector fit by plugging the cables to our phones, dangled them three feet above a soft surface, and shook them until they dropped.What else we consideredSome of the other cables we considered include the Anker PowerLine Play 180 CableSarah Lord/InsiderNative Union Belt Cable ($29.99): This 4-foot cable is shorter than the extra-long Night cable listed above and lacks its distinctive knot. Instead, it features a thick leather strap that wraps around the cord to keep everything secure. It starts at $24.99 and is missing the qualities that make the Native Union Night cable so unique.  Anker PowerLine Play 180 Cable (currently unavailable): Playing games and watching videos in landscape mode while simultaneously charging your phone can be annoying. The protruding Lightning cable sticks out into your hand, making the phone hard to hold. Anker's PowerLine Play 180 attempts to fix this problem by creating a Lightning connector that plugs in and immediately bends at a 180-degree angle so that the cable bends away from the palm of your hand and down the back of the phone instead. It works well and costs $17.99, but is only 3 feet long, which makes it too short to be practical. Fuse Chicken Shield ($34.95): This Lightning cable is 1 meter in length and is encased in stainless-steel chainmail links, which offer great overall protection. Ultimately, it didn't seem quite as protective or as effortlessly bendable as some of Fuse Chicken's other products, which is why — despite its fun and durable design — it didn't make the cut.Anker PowerLine III Flow ($24.99): This cable is smooth, soft to the touch, and offers a Lightning to USB-C connection for fast charging. It costs $26.99 and comes in multiple sizes and  fun colors — including Mint Green and Lavender Grey — but is not as durable as some of the others on our list. How to buy a Lightning cableAnkerBuying a Lightning cable seems simple, but there are a few important things to look out for.Always look for cables that are MFi certified. Lightning cables that aren't Apple-certified could result in damage to your device, damage to the cable, or inability to sync or charge your device, Apple says. Apple-approved cables will have a badge that says "Made for iPhone" or "Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod" on their packaging.Make sure you're buying the right cable for your device and power adapter. All iPhone models released since the iPhone 5 are compatible with Lightning cables. But iPads are a little trickier. The current generation iPad Mini and standard iPad both have Lightning ports. However, the newest fourth-generation iPad Air charges via USB-C instead of Lightning, while older iPad Air models use Lightning. Recent iPad Pro models released in 2018 or later use USB-C instead of Lightning. You should also double check whether your device's power adapter uses a USB-C or USB-A connection so you buy the correct model. Look for Lightning cables that suit your specific needs. If you're shopping for a Lightning cable other than the one that came with your iPhone, there's probably a reason. Think about the frustrations you experience with your current cable before deciding on a new one. Is it too short? Has your dog tried to chew through it recently? The answer to these questions will tell you what type of Lightning cable you should be looking for. Check out our other iPhone accessory buying guidesPopSocketThe best phone chargers you can buyThe best iPhone cases for every modelThe best iPhone accessories for every modelRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 3rd, 2022

Is a Beat Likely for Moderna (MRNA) This Earnings Season?

Investor focus is likely to be on the progress of Moderna's (MRNA) late-stage pipeline candidates on the first-quarter earnings call that can help it to reduce its dependence on Spikevax. Moderna MRNA, slated to report first-quarter 2022 results on May 5, before market open, is expected to beat expectations. In the last reported quarter, the company delivered an earnings surprise of 14.85%.Moderna’s share price has declined 47.1% so far this year compared with the industry’s decrease of 22.4%.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchThe company’s surprise history has been mixed so far, with earnings beating estimates in three of the trailing four quarters while missing the same once. The average surprise is 11.88%.Let’s see how things have shaped up for this announcement.Factors to NoteModerna’s first-quarter sales are likely to have been driven by the continued demand for its COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, and booster doses across the globe. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for product sales stands at $4.02 billion for the first quarter.During the first quarter, Moderna received FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, for use in adults. This is the first approval for the vaccine anywhere in the world. The approval will allow the use of the vaccine even without significant infection cases, unlike in case of emergency use authorization (“EUA”).During the fourth quarter, Moderna received authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, for use in adolescents in several countries followed by the authorization for the younger population, aged 6 to 11 years, during the first quarter. This should have boosted demand for the vaccine during the first quarter. However, the vaccine is yet to gain EUA for adolescents and children in the United States.Moreover, Moderna also gained EUA from the FDA for the second booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine for use in adults in March. Authorizations in other countries for the second booster dose are likely to follow. Although the authorization for the second booster dose is unlikely to have impacted first-quarter revenues, it should result in additional revenues going forward if governments exercise their options for the supply of the second booster dose.The company has several advance purchase agreements for its COVID-19 vaccine with multiple countries for 2022 worth $19 billion along with options for the delivery of potential updated COVID-19 vaccine booster candidates aggregating $3 billion.We note that although there is a fear of another COVID wave in upcoming months across the globe, current infections cases are significantly lower than previous year. The absence of major COVID-19 cases may hurt demand for vaccines, which may lead to lower-than-guided product sales for Moderna in 2022. Investors will likely ask questions regarding product sales guidance in the absence of significant COVID-19 cases. They will also focus on rising competition from COVID-19 oral drugs and their impact on estimate vaccine revenues.Moderna has been developing several variant-specific booster doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, some targeting a specific virus strain like Omicron while some are targeting a couple of strains. The company is also engaged in evaluating its COVID-19 vaccine in younger patient population. In March, it announced that a phase II/III study evaluating the vaccine in children aged six months to six years met its primary endpoint.Investors are likely to focus on updates related to its variant-specific booster doses as well as on any regulatory update related to the authorization of Spikevax for emergency use in adolescents and younger population in the United States on the first-quarter earnings callModerna’s grant revenues in the first quarter are likely to have been driven by the award from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (“BARDA”) under the agreement to develop its coronavirus vaccine programs. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for grant revenues is pegged at $68 million.Moderna is focusing on expanding its presence in several countries to support the delivery of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics locally. It is also expanding its manufacturing capabilities to support the delivery of Spikevax doses. Apart from its COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Moderna is developing 24 candidates in different stages of clinical studies, majorly mRNA-based products targeting different indications, including cancer. The company initiated a phase III study on its respiratory syncytial vaccine candidate in February 2022. It also initiated several early-stage studies during the first quarter to evaluate its vaccine candidates, including the flu vaccine and HIV vaccine. These developments are likely to have increased its operating expenses during the first quarter.The company is also developing a few pipeline candidates in collaboration with partners like AstraZeneca AZN and Merck MRK, which use its mRNA technology to develop therapies targeting different indications. The partners pay milestone payments to Moderna, which are reflected as collaboration revenues. These collaboration revenues vary every quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for collaboration revenues for the first quarter is pegged at $14.4 million.Moderna and AstraZeneca are evaluating different candidates in early- to mid-stage studies targeting oncology and cardiovascular indications. The leading candidate being developed in partnership with AstraZeneca is AZD8601 as a treatment for ischemic heart disease.Moderna and Merck have been developing a personalized cancer vaccine for recurrence-free survival for a year. Merck has been conducting a phase II study evaluating the cancer vaccine in combination with Keytruda targeting various oncology indications.Moderna may discuss its progress with the development of its RSV vaccine candidate and cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine candidate, which are in late-stage studies, as well as other key candidates on its earnings call. Investors may focus on the time period required to get approval for the RSV and CMV vaccine candidates.Earnings Beat LikelyOur proven model predicts an earnings beat for Moderna this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they are reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.Earnings ESP: Earnings ESP, which represents the difference between the Most Accurate Estimate ($5.43 per share) and the Zacks Consensus Estimate ($5.18 per share), is +4.93%.Zacks Rank: Moderna carries a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Moderna, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise Moderna, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Moderna, Inc. QuoteAnother Stock to ConsiderHere is another large biotech stock that you may want to consider, as our model shows that it has the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this season.Vertex Pharmaceuticals VRTX has an Earnings ESP of +0.87% and a Zacks Rank #2.Vertex’s stock has surged 23.8% so far this year. VRTX topped earnings estimates in the last four reported quarters. Vertex has a four-quarter earnings surprise of 10.01%, on average.Stay on top of upcoming earnings announcements with the Zacks Earnings Calendar. Just Released: Zacks' 7 Best Stocks for Today Experts extracted 7 stocks from the list of 220 Zacks Rank #1 Strong Buys that has beaten the market more than 2X over with a stunning average gain of +25.4% per year. These 7 were selected because of their superior potential for immediate breakout. See these time-sensitive tickers now >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. 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Category: topSource: zacksMay 2nd, 2022

Russia Urges BRICS Nations To Create Own "SWIFT" System, Warns "Sanctions Are Destroying International Order"

Russia Urges BRICS Nations To Create Own 'SWIFT' System, Warns 'Sanctions Are Destroying International Order' The dollar reserve system is facing its greatest threat yet. Russian Finance Minister Anatoly Siluanov said on Saturday that the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa  - could mitigate the backlash of Western sanctions against Russia on their economies by pooling their efforts and using a range of financial instruments at their disposal. “The current crisis is man-made and BRICS countries have all the instruments necessary to mitigate its consequences for the national and global economies,” Siluanov was cited as saying by the Russian Finance Ministry. The minister blamed economic sanctions on Russia for “destroying the foundation of the existing international monetary and financial system based on the US dollar” and urged BRICS to rely more on their national currencies in foreign trade, integrate payment systems and create an alternative to the SWIFT payment messaging platform. Siluanov on Friday told a ministerial meeting with BRICS that the global economic situation had worsened substantially due to the sanctions, a statement from his ministry said on Friday. “This pushes us to the need to speed up work in the following areas: the use of national currencies for export-import operations, the integration of payment systems and cards, our own financial messaging system and the creation of an independent BRICS rating agency,” Siluanov said. As The Statesman reports, central banks of the BRICS countries have already agreed to conduct the fifth test of a banking mechanism that will allow them to jointly pool “alternative currency” reserves to shield their economies from outside shocks, the ministry said. Siluanov's comments echoed Dmitry Medvedev's comments on Telegram. The Deputy Head of Russia's Security Council warned of the geopolitical consequences of Western sanctions and the weaponization of the US dollar reserve system: "Their result will be a destroyed international order and extremely difficult consequences for the world economy and the life of individual countries," adding that: "It will be clear to everyone that the supposed effectiveness of sanctions is an absolute lie." Perhaps even more ominously, Medvedev believes that anti-Russian sanctions can be regarded as an act of aggression: "The whole combination of the legal and political circumstances prompts the conclusion that sanctions in the current situation can be qualified as an act of aggression against Russia and a form of hybrid war," Medvedev wrote, adding: "In the first place, when they are aimed at undermining economic independence, and, consequently, state sovereignty, which endangers the very existence of the state. As a matter of fact, as our opponents say, it is a declaration of economic war." If this all sounds like the rantings of a biased politician under the control of Russia's propaganda arm, that maybe so... but it is also clear to many that the 'weaponization' of the dollar (payment system) could well have serious unintended consequences. For instance, First Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) told The Financial Times, that the recent financial sanctions imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are threatening to weaken the dominance of the U.S. petrodollar as the world currency, Russia had been planning for years to reduce its dependence on the petrodollar since the United States imposed sanctions in retaliation for its annexation of Crimea in 2014. The current crisis in Ukraine has only accelerated those plans... and it now seems the entire BRICS group may be ready to cross the chasm as Bretton Woods III begins to form. The implications, needless to say, are staggering (and, worse, while ZoltanPoszar does not explicitly state it, he clearly believes that world war is coming): Empires fall and rise. Currencies fall and rise. Wars have winners and losers. When Wellington beat Napoleon, the trade was to buy gilts. I am no expert on geopolitics, but I am an interest rate strategist and I think the level of inflation and interest rates and the size of the Fed’s balance sheet will depend on the steady state that emerges after this conflict is over. Three is a magic number: The four prices of money are managed via Basel III and central banks as DoLR. The four pillars of commodity trading are shaped by war, hopefully not WWIII. The new world order will bring a new monetary system – Bretton Woods III. A BRICS-based payment system would be the ultimate challenge to the dollar-hegemon-based system in place today. Even if this is nothing but talk, it underscores the fact that the dollar is on shaky ground. US policymakers would be wise to consider future dollar weaponization carefully. Tyler Durden Sat, 04/09/2022 - 22:00.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytApr 9th, 2022

32 of the best cookbooks for every type of cook — from gluten-free to seasonal recipes

A cookbook can be a thoughtful gift for the home cook in your life. We rounded up the 32 best cookbooks, old and new, to buy this year. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon; Gilbert Espinoza/Insider A great cookbook makes a thoughtful and sentimental gift that evokes past travels, memories, and shared meals.  Here are some recent favorites, including "The Korean Vegan," "New World Sourdough," and "Xi'an Famous Foods." Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the all-time best products we've ever tested. To me, there's no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed all interests — from TV show cookbooks to comprehensive tomes on the science of cooking. Every year, hundreds of new cookbooks make their way onto bookstore shelves. Here are our favorite cookbooks, new and old, to gift this year.Here are 32 of the best cookbook gifts for every type of cookFor the artistAmazon"Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora" edited by Bryant Terry, available at Amazon, $24From the chef and author of "Vegetable Kingdom" comes an anthology of Black culinary traditions from around the world. Bryant Terry combines essays and recipes with vivid illustrations and photography to show how food is woven into the history of the African Diaspora, resulting in a cookbook so visually striking it could easily double as a coffee table book. Essays like "The Spiritual Ecology of Black Food" are the perfect appetizers for new and traditional recipes like Crispy Cassava Skillet Cakes and Pickled Persimmon Spears.For the gluten-free bakerAmazon"Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple: A New Way to Bake Gluten-Free" by Aran Goyoaga, available at Amazon, $31.50There are many ways to bake a cake, and Aran Goyoaga teaches you the gluten-free way in her new cookbook. Goyoaga has done the work of figuring out substitutions and alternatives so you can make gluten-free buttery shortbread and even brioche with ease. Everyone can enjoy the texture, flavor, and variety of baked goods thanks to this handy collection of 100 recipes.For the locavoreAmazon"New Native Kitchen" by Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli, available at Amazon, $17.89Before other cultures and their cuisines came to North America, indigenous people were cooking meals with accessible ingredients. In the "New Native Kitchen," to be released in November of 2021, Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli explore American Indian recipes from coast to coast, like Chocolate Bison Chili and Prickly Pear Sweet Pork Chops. Bitsoie was the executive chef of Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and is a member of the Navajo nation, and Chef James O. Fraioli is a James Beard Award winner.For the the veganAmazon"The Korean Vegan Cookbook" by Joanne Lee Molinaro, available at Amazon, $27.81Becoming vegan was a big change for Joanne Lee Molinaro, having grown up with meat-based Korean food. However, it didn't stop her from collecting recipes and recreating the dishes that were so connected to her family history. For Molinaro, the stories of her family's immigration from North Korea to the United States are just as important as the recipes. Molinaro recreates childhood memories, like Jjajangmyeon, Korean-Chinese black bean noodles, and writes new recipes, like the Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake, in honor of the foods that saved her mother's life. For the no-fuss foodieAmazon"Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave)" by David Chang and Priya Krishna, available at Amazon, $22.33You won't find frozen vegetables in Momfuko, but that doesn't mean David Chang has anything against them. In this new book, available on October 26, Chang and co-author, Priya Krishna, explain how they use fine dining principles to make fast, easy, and unpretentious meals at home. For the home cook, it seems like the professional chef can take any ingredients and produce a full, delicious meal. In "Cooking at Home," Chang and Krishna teach you how to do just that. For the traveler interested in culture and cuisineAmazon"Cook Real Hawai'i" by Sheldon Simeon, available at Amazon, $22.99A finalist in two different seasons of "Top Chef," Sheldon Simeon co-authored a cookbook with Garrett Snyder, transporting readers to the tropical islands of Hawaii. The book dives into stories of Simeon's family, as well as the state's history and cultural traditions. With 100 recipes throughout the book, this personalized guide to Hawaiian cooking has something for beginners and advanced cooks.For the friend who cooks with the seasonsAmazon"My Shanghai" by Betty Liu, available at Amazon, $23.19This debut cookbook from Betty Liu (who somehow found the time to author it amid her general surgery residency) is an homage to seasonal cooking and her family's roots in the Chinese regions of Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. I picked up this cookbook up in my local bookstore and couldn't put it down (and ended up bringing it home with me). The chapters are organized by season and explain the influence the weather, holidays, and traditions have on the recipes prepared throughout the year. I love the stories Liu relates about the inspirations behind her recipes, like climbing a mountain to eat Double-Mushroom Noodle Soup at a temple, foraging spring bamboo shoots for Oil-Braised Spring Bamboo, and the bowls of breakfast noodles her father would make her before test days. I've already made the Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes four or five times, and I can't wait to dive into more of the recipes as the seasons progress. For the cook who wants to master their grillAmazon"Rodney Scott's World of Barbecue" by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, available at Amazon, $17.77My best friend (and fellow cookbook collector) recently texted me raving about this cookbook and the genius of Rodney Scott's Loaded Pork Skin "Nachos," Pit-Smoked Turkey, and whole-hog approach to Carolina barbecue. Scott's positivity and passion shine throughout the book, and you'll learn lots about southern foodways and the history of Carolina barbecue along the way.  For the cook planning their next tripAmazon"Dishoom" by Shamil Thakrar, available at Amazon, $17.29Whether it's London or Bombay that is your giftee's next destination, "Dishoom" is required reading before they jet off. The popular Dishoom restaurants in London are inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay and serve "tipples," snacks, and mains like Mango Kulfi, Pav Bhaji, and Roomali Roti. In "Dishoom," you'll learn to cook the restaurant's entire menu, and be taken on a tour of Bombay's cafes (complete with a map) along the way. For the coworker who has *opinions* on babkaAmazon"Jew-ish" by Jake Cohen, available at Amazon, $18.80At Insider Reviews we have lots of opinions, especially about food, and a recent debate centered around the merits of cinnamon versus chocolate fillings for babka. I like Jake Cohen's philosophy in "Jew-ish," which is that babka is delicious no matter what you fill it with. "Jew-ish" is a thoughtful collection of recipes centered around Cohen's Ashkenazi heritage, his own self-discovery in the kitchen, and the Persian-Iraqi traditions of his husband. Cohen celebrates the origins of Jewish dishes, while also putting his own twist on the classics. You'll see this in action in his recipes for Cacio e Pepe Rugelach, Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies, and yes, You Can Go Your Own Way: Babka Edition.For the family member intimidated by their new Instant PotAmazon"The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook" by Jeffrey Eisner, available at Amazon, $10.78Insider Reviews reporter, James Brains, is currently testing Instant Pots and other multicookers for an update to our guide to the best electric pressure cookers. He's been using recipes from this cookbook and reports that they're easy to follow, have plenty of photos, and are delicious to boot. The book features more than 750 photos detailing step-by-step how to make the 100+ recipes, and makes a great gift for anyone who is curious about Instant Pots but hasn't taken the plunge yet.For the history buffAmazon"Jubilee" by Toni Tipton-Martin, available at Amazon, $20.07Toni Tipton-Martin's personal collection of African-American cookbooks spans more than 400 titles and her knowledge of American food history is on full display in "Jubilee." Through recipes and stories, she relates the history of Black folks who shaped American cuisine into what it is today, from those who cooked under the confines of brutal enslavement to the chefs who ran White House kitchens. "Jubilee" is a masterful work of American history, as told through food.For the person who loves pie but fears making itAmazon"Pie Academy" by Ken Haedrich, available at Amazon, $22.75A compendium of 255 pie recipes, "Pie Academy" is likely the last pie cookbook you'll ever need. It has nearly a dozen recipes for different types of pie crust, a troubleshooting section for when things don't go as expected, and chapters organized by seasonality and filling type. It's guaranteed to be a hit with the pie lover in your life, especially one who is interested in making pies but has always found them a bit daunting. For the home cook who also loves to readAmazon"Black, White, and The Grey" by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, available at Amazon, $21.84While not a cookbook, "Black, White, and The Grey," tells the story of one of the most celebrated restaurants in America: The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. Mashama Bailey, who is Black, and John O. Morisano, who is white, relate the story of how they turned a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into an award-winning restaurant. The dual memoir touches on race, community, and friendship, with some delicious food anecdotes along the way.For the friend who wants to master the essentialsAmazon"My Korea" by Hooni Kim, available at Amazon, $22.49Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim's debut cookbook is a crash course in the essentials of Korean cuisine. The book's tagline is "traditional flavors, modern recipes," and that is an accurate summation of what you can expect to find in this cookbook — from Dolsot Bibimbap to Budae Jjigae to Hanjan's Spicy Rice Cakes. When I first laid my hands on this cookbook, I wanted to make (and eat) every single recipe. If you're looking for some solid foundation recipes, "My Korea" delivers.For the friend who knows all the words to "Lady Marmalade"Simon and Schuster"LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About" by Patti LaBelle, available at Amazon, $19.89Patti LaBelle is not only the Godmother of Soul and a musical icon, but she is also a New York Times bestselling author for her cookbooks. Her newest cookbook, "Labelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About," has recipes centered around LaBelle's family's Southern roots. With comfort-food favorites like potato salad and peach cobbler, she showcases a variety of her recipes that are full of personal touches. For the person with quarantine cooking fatigueAmazon"Indian-ish" by Priya Krishna, available at Amazon, $16.84In her debut cookbook, Priya Krishna (contributor to Bon Appetit, New York Times, and others) offers up beloved favorite recipes from her Indian-American family, including Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Malaysian Ramen, and what her dad calls Indian Gatorade (Shikanji). The recipes are largely vegetarian, creative, fun, comforting, and guaranteed to inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut with their cooking in 2021. For the cook always on the goAmazon'The Full Plate" by Ayesha Curry, available at Amazon, $15Ayesha Curry and her husband, basketball star Stephen Curry, have three children and busy schedules. She created her newest cookbook with her energetic household in mind, and it features 100 recipes that take under an hour to make. "The Full Plate" is perfect for anyone who wants to spend less time cooking while still ending up with delicious meals.  For the person who can't get enough of DisneyAmazon"The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook" by Ashley Craft, available at Amazon, $11.99Technically unofficial, this cookbook will transport you directly into Disneyland. You can replicate a variety of food found in Disney theme parks. It features 100 recipes of iconic Disneyland treats and snacks, including the famous Dole whip, beignets, and more. For the person who spent 2020 mastering sourdoughAmazon"New World Sourdough" by Bryan Ford, available at Amazon, $14.79This was the year of the sourdough starter, and few people are as well-versed in fermented breads as Bryan Ford, blogger and baker. We're not just talking about your classic sourdough boule; Ford is well-known for demonstrating the breadth of what you can do with a sourdough starter: from Sourdough Pan de Coco to Sourdough Discard Battered Fried Chicken.For the cousin who's just learning to cookAmazon"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" by Samin Nosrat, available at Amazon, $16.65In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking, from when to salt your chicken to how to make the perfect focaccia. All the information is presented in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations you'll want to frame and hang in your kitchen.For your family member who loves "Emily in Paris"Amazon"La Buvette" by Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy, available at Amazon, $14.25"La Buvette" is part cookbook, part guide to French living. Interspersed with recipes from the cookbook's namesake cafe are beautiful pictures of Paris, tips about shopping in France's vintage markets, and instructions on how to dry flowers. The cookbook is a lovely escape into Parisian living, perfect for any Francophile dreaming of a visit to the City of Lights. For your friend who knows all the best restaurantsAmazon"Xi'an Famous Foods" by Jason Wang, available at Amazon, $22.99Xi'an Famous Foods started as a small family-owned market stall in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. Its hand-pulled cumin lamb noodles have become so loved that there are now 14 locations all around New York City. In this cookbook, the son of the family and CEO of the business Jason Wang divulges some of the recipes that made his family business famous, as well as other classic dishes from Xi'an in western China.For the fan of the 'Great British Baking Show'Amazon"Baking with Kim-Joy" by Kim-Joy, available at Amazon, $14.89Contestants of the Great British Baking Show have come out with several cookbooks, including series nine runner-up Kim-Joy. She is best known for her adorable and creative bakes, like her giant chocolate planet filled with "space turtles," or her "Silke the vegetarian mermaid" pie. Kim-Joy brings the same color and fun to her bakes in her debut cookbook, which includes Pigfiteroles in Mud, Tazhong Cat Buns, and a version of her Space Turtle Cake. For the friend who likes to Instagram all their foodAmazon"Ottolenghi Flavor" by Yotam Ottolenghi, available at Amazon, $23.39Yotam Ottolenghi is owner and chef of some of London's most beloved cafes and restaurants. His recipes are some of the most colorful and beautiful out there, and his latest cookbook is no exception. "Flavor" is filled with mostly vegetarian recipes that not only pack a punch visually but flavor-wise, too. Ottolenghi and his co-authors expound the building blocks of flavor in three sections: process, pairing, and produce. The result is more than 100 'gram-worthy recipes from Spicy Mushroom Lasagna to Iceberg Wedges with Smoky Eggplant Cream.For the hummus loverAmazon"Falastin" by Sami Tamimi, available at Amazon, $31.99Longtime Ottolenghi collaborator (and co-author of "Jerusalem," another of our cookbook picks), Sam Tamimi, crafted his latest cookbook as an homage to Palestinian food. The book is rich in recipes, from multiple variations of shakshuka and hummus, to verdant salads, and colorful dips. Along the way, Tamimi tells the culinary history of Palestinian food — from the home cooks feeding their neighbors in refugee camps to the restaurateurs cooking for tourists in Bethlehem.For the pint-sized cook in your lifeAmazon"The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs" by America's Test Kitchen, available at Amazon, $11.87I worked for America's Test Kitchen (ATK) for seven years and was privy to the care its team puts into each and every one of its cookbooks. ATK's series of cookbooks for kids is the epitome of that detail and care; every one of the recipes in this volume was tested by pro chefs and kid cooks. The recipes are specifically designed with kids in mind, outlining when to get an adult for help with handling hot ingredients or sharp tools. This is the book I wish was available to me when I was a child, and I've gifted it and the kid's baking book to every kid I know. I love getting reports from their parents about a new recipe they cooked or discovered.For the person always posting pictures of their cheese boardAmazon"Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion" by Shelley Westerhausen, available at Amazon, $15.38In her best-selling cookbook, author and food blogger Shelley Westerhausen shares 40 casual yet chic spreads (complete with meat and drink pairings) that anyone can make and enjoy. It's also a visual cornucopia that's just as satisfying to flip through as to use when hosting get-togethers when it's safe to do so. And if you're looking for a board of your own, we recommend any of these five options. For the self-described dessert personAmazon"Dessert Person" by Claire Saffitz, available at Amazon, $22.24Claire Saffitz may be known for her wildly popular Gourmet Makes series on YouTube, but she's a pastry chef at heart and her affinity for baked goods is out in full force with her new cookbook "Dessert Person." In this cookbook, you can find creative recipes for Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, and Malted Forever Brownies. It's sure to please the dessert lover in your life.For the person who had to cancel their vacation last yearAmazon"Pasta Grannies" by Vicky Bennison, available at Amazon, $18.99Each episode of the "Pasta Grannies" YouTube series is an escape to a different region of Italy, where local grannies (or nonne) teach the audience to prepare and cook a regional dish — from classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara to a pasta shape from Sardinia only three women know how to make. This cookbook takes some of the most popular videos from the series and turns them into tangible recipes you can cook at home. Between watching the video and cooking from the book, you can transport yourself to a little corner of Italy without leaving your home.For the person homesick for their grandma's cookingAmazon"In Bibi's Kitchen" by Hawa Hassan, available at Amazon, $18.69This cookbook centers around grandmothers (or bibis) from eight south and east African countries. Throughout the book, we get to know the women whose recipes are featured and learn about their personal history and the history of their country. Along the way, you'll find recipes for Eritrean Doro Wat, Tanzanian Date Bread, Kenyan Kachumbari, and more. It's the kind of cookbook that makes think about your grandmother.For the person who lives by a cookie-a-day philosophyAmazon"100 Cookies" by Sarah Keiffer, available at Amazon, $24.75A good ol' chocolate chip cookie never goes out of style, but if you have a cookie lover in your life, consider gifting them this homage to baked goods. You'll find recipes for the classics (including four different variations of chocolate chip cookies) as well cookies you've probably never had before, like Banana-Espresso-Cacao Nib cookies.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytApr 7th, 2022

Citing Racial Discrimination, Black Leaders Target Roe v Wade

Citing Racial Discrimination, Black Leaders Target Roe v Wade Authored by Alex Newman via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), A major lawsuit on behalf of unborn black babies making its way through the courts in Alabama has legal abortion in the crosshairs, alleging that the abortion industry is deliberately targeting black Americans and other minorities. A pro-life activist holds a model fetus during a demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 29, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) If successful, the attorneys and activists behind the case told The Epoch Times that it might ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court opinion that struck down state laws against abortion. Even if the case does not succeed in court, legal analysts and experts in the field say the implications for the court of public opinion are hard to overstate. The lawsuit was filed by pro-life leader Amie Beth Shaver, named Miss Alabama in 1994, on behalf of “Baby Q,” an African American baby in Alabama who was unborn when the case began. Baby Q represents all other similarly situated black babies in the womb across the state. According to the complaint, Baby Q and other members of the “class” are being unlawfully discriminated against and targeted for abortion by the industry. Abortion giant Planned Parenthood acknowledges its roots in the eugenics movement, but says it is working to rectify that legacy. “About 80 members of Baby Q’s class, which is African American babies in the womb, lose their lives in abortion every week in Alabama,” Sam McClure, the lead lawyer representing the babies, told The Epoch Times in a phone interview. “Enough is enough. This has to stop.” Several leaders involved in the case told The Epoch Times that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry more broadly have a long history of racism and support for eugenics, the highly controversial idea that humanity should be “improved” by weeding out allegedly inferior genes from the population. “This case really boils down to the question of whether states have the right to prohibit eugenics abortion,” added McClure. Many of the black leaders involved in the case were also behind the Equality Proclamation, signed in 2020 on the 158th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, to shine the spotlight on what they describe as the systematic targeting of black babies. Why Alabama? Conservative Alabama is the best jurisdiction in America to wage this fight, McClure said. Thanks to a measure approved by around 60 percent of voters in 2018, Alabama has one of the strongest protections for the unborn in its state Constitution. It says the policy of the state is “to recognize and support the importance of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, including the right to life.” The Alabama Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized the personhood of unborn babies in other cases not directly involving abortion, McClure and other attorneys involved in the case told The Epoch Times. The Baby Q case also hinges on a state law known as the Human Life Protection Act, which makes committing an abortion a felony punishable by up to life in prison. Signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey in May of 2019, the measure bans all abortions in the state except to protect the health and life of the mother. That law is widely seen as one of the strongest in the nation prohibiting abortion. It is even stronger than the Mississippi statute currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case many legal experts on both sides of the debate believe could overturn or at least scale back Roe v. Wade. In October of 2019, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction against the Alabama law, arguing that it violates existing Supreme Court precedent. As a result, Ivey and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall have declined to enforce it, for now, as the U.S. Supreme Court once again takes up the issue of abortion. Legal filings and attorneys in the Baby Q case also point to the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects unenumerated rights, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment providing for equal protection under the law. Finally, plaintiffs in the case cite the U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment, which reserves to the states or the people all powers not specifically surrendered to the federal government, as authorizing or even requiring state action in defense of the right to life. Intervening in the case on behalf of Baby Q are almost 50 state lawmakers and a supermajority of the state Senate, as well as dozens of black leaders from across America alleging that the abortion industry is targeting people based on race. State GOP leaders are also active on the issue, with the executive committee calling on all Republican officials to use every tool at their disposal to stop abortion in Alabama, including shutting down clinics. The Objective The Baby Q case, originally filed in October of 2020, is aimed at forcing the government “to protect preborn African-American children from discrimination and to ensure their equal protection under the law,” according to court filings. “The abortion industry has systematically targeted the African American community for extermination by abortion, and this history is undisputed,” said attorney McClure, citing historical evidence and even recent statements. Over 20 million black babies have been aborted in America so far, and are three to five times more likely to be aborted than white babies, continued McClure. This sort of racial targeting is clearly prohibited under state and federal law, he added. “In New York City, more black babies are killed in abortion than are born alive,” he continued. “In Alabama, black Americans make up 27 percent of the population, and yet they make up more than 60 percent of the abortion cases. Nobody can argue that this is not deliberate.” The plaintiffs in the case are asking the court to order Gov. Ivey to enforce the Human Life Protection Act and protect unborn children in the state from abortion and discrimination based on their race. Eventually, the goal is to completely overturn Roe v. Wade and restore protections for the unborn that the landmark Supreme Court case undermined nearly 50 years ago. Because equal protection and prohibitions on racial discrimination are so firmly established in American jurisprudence, the activists and attorneys behind the case believe it could be a game changer in the abortion debate. The next major milestone will come on April 20, when the judge will hold a hearing on the issue after more than a year of no action on it. “Finally, on April 20th, these African American babies are going to get their day in court,” said McClure. The previous hearing, which took place on Zoom, dealt with whether the case should be public. The abortion industry is seeking to keep it behind closed doors, but the state judge expressed a willingness to having it in the open. Attorney Brent Helms, who is representing the legislators seeking to intervene in the case, explained part of the rationale in a phone interview with The Epoch Times. “If the judge denies this case, that offers us the opportunity to get to the Alabama Supreme Court,” he said. “When the legislature looks at this case, Alabama’s law is more strict and says that the unborn child is a person with constitutional rights,” Helms continued. “Those rights cannot be denied without due process and equal protection.” Helms added: “That means the child’s right to life would supersede or at least compete with the mother’s alleged right to privacy, as the right to life is an enumerated right, while the mother’s privacy rights to obtain an abortion were discovered in the penumbras as opposed to actually being written down.” Regardless of how the state circuit court judge rules, the losing side is expected to immediately appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. The court is known as one of the nation’s more conservative state supreme courts. From there, it is practically certain that the losing side will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Role of the US Supreme Court Numerous legal experts told The Epoch Times that the courts involved in the Alabama case may wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks before making any major decisions. However, the Mississippi statute only protects unborn babies after 15 weeks, while Alabama is seeking to protect them from the time of conception. The Baby Q case also deals with racial discrimination, while the Mississippi case does not. The plaintiffs and intervenors hope the apparent conflict between the Alabama State Supreme Court’s positions and the federal district court’s rulings will be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of protecting the right to life of the unborn in Alabama and beyond. McClure, the lead attorney for Baby Q, said justices from the Supreme Court have been leaving “breadcrumbs” in their opinions regarding what elements they would like to see in a major abortion case. In his concurring opinion issued in the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood, for example, Justice Clarence Thomas raised the issue of racial targeting as an important component. “We think the type of case the U.S. Supreme Court wants to take on to return abortion issues back to the states involves eliminating the abortion industry’s history of racial targeting, a purely state law claim, and a reliance on the Ninth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” McClure said, noting that the Baby Q case had all of those. “Obviously, we care about all life in the womb, but this case in particular deals with the racial targeting of children of African descent and this is a key issue,” he added. The U.S. Supreme Court’s own 1973 ruling on abortion acknowledged that if the “suggestion of [a fetus’] personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] amendment.” The people of Alabama, as well as many medical and scientific experts, have concluded that unborn children are indeed persons, attorneys and leaders involved in the case said. Thus, under the reasoning in Roe v. Wade, the high court must act. The hope is that, through the courts, the abortion industry can be prevented from targeting unborn persons based on race, and eventually, state governments can regain the authority to protect all unborn lives, McClure said. Racism in Planned Parenthood and Abortion Dozens of prominent black leaders from across America are involved in the case, arguing that Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have been deliberately targeting the nation’s African American population and other minorities. It started at the very beginning with Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, black leaders told The Epoch Times. In her writings and her speeches to groups such as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Sanger openly advocated for eugenics to control the reproduction of populations she believed were less desirable. Indeed, in 1939, Sanger launched the infamous “Negro Project” to pay and train black leaders to promote birth control and other measures in the black community. Eventually, when Alan Guttmacher took the helm of Sanger’s organization, abortion became a major element of the campaign, Georgia gubernatorial candidate and Baby Q intervenor Catherine Davis told The Epoch Times in a phone interview. After Guttmacher and his allies were able to get the Supreme Court to strike down state laws protecting the unborn, “Planned Parenthood established their abortion clinics primarily in communities of color across America,” Davis said. Among other evidence, she pointed to an investigation using 2010 Census data showing that about 80 percent of the organization’s abortion clinics were located in minority neighborhoods. Planned Parenthood would claim that their clinics are located where there is “the greatest need,” said Davis. “But if you look at their marketing, they are regularly targeting black Americans,” she added. “On Halloween they even tweeted out that it was safer for a black woman to have an abortion than to carry the baby to term. This is outrageous.” According to Davis and the dozens of other black leaders involved in the case, this is racist population control and eugenics. “The closest example of this is what Hitler did in Nazi Germany,” she added. “Look at Planned Parenthood: this is exactly what Hitler was doing to Jews, but Sanger’s program was more successful because they take care to disguise their agenda as ‘helping’ women and protecting their ‘right’ to abortion.” Another prominent leader involved in the case, Martin Luther King’s niece and pro-life leader Alveda King, called this battle “the civil rights issue of our time.” “No racial group in America has ever been more left out of societal protection nor suffered more deliberate discrimination, dehumanization, agonizing dismemberment, and death legally imposed upon them than black children,” said King. “The Baby Q case is a gauntlet,” King told The Epoch Times in an email. “Pray that the hammer of justice will rule in favor of life.” The controversial racial component of abortion was also highlighted nationally in the 2009 documentary “Maafa 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America,” which argued that the targeting of black Americans in abortion constitutes a genocide. Planned Parenthood Confesses, Data Speaks Too In recent years, as the Black Lives Matter movement gained prominence, almost 20 Planned Parenthood affiliates with operations across 3 out of 4 states have issued public admissions of racism within the organization. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, for instance, condemned Planned Parenthood founder Sanger’s “racist legacy” while announcing that her name would be removed from its building. “There is overwhelming evidence for Sanger’s deep belief in eugenic ideology,” the group said. “Removing her name is an important step toward representing who we are as an organization and who we serve.” Planned Parenthood of Pacific Southwest, meanwhile, acknowledged “white supremacy of the past and present,” including “our own organization” and the “implicit bias” that it said still exists within Planned Parenthood today. “Planned Parenthood has been complicit in upholding systemic racism,” the group’s Illinois affiliate said. Similar statements confessing to “present participation in white supremacy” and acknowledging that Sanger’s “racist ideals” have “shaped Planned Parenthood today” were issued by numerous other affiliates. And yet the massive disparities continue, advocates say. According to a legal filing by black leaders in the Baby Q case citing state health statistics, 63 percent of the 7,538 “unborn children killed by abortion providers in Alabama” in 2019 were black. This shows abortion providers “intentionally target African American children,” the black leaders said in the legal filing. And this “violence” based on race would never be tolerated in any other context, they argued. Where the Case Goes Now Later this month, a hearing on the case will be held in state court in Alabama to hear arguments from the various parties involved. In its response to the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood Southeast asked the court to dismiss the case based on lack of jurisdiction and Baby Q supporters’ alleged failure to identify a claim where the court would be able to provide relief. Neither the national Planned Parenthood office nor the Southeast office responded to requests for comment from The Epoch Times on the allegations of racism or the ongoing litigation. The governor’s office is taking the same position as the abortion industry, urging the court to dismiss Baby Q’s case and refuse to allow legislators behind the Human Life Protection Act to intervene. Gov. Ivey’s office did not respond to requests for comment on why the governor has declined to enforce the Human Life Protection Act or why she is asking the court to dismiss the case. Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office also did not respond by press time. Colonel John Eidsmoe, a prominent constitutional scholar in Alabama who has worked closely with multiple state Supreme Court justices, told The Epoch Times that he did not anticipate a ruling by the Alabama courts until after the U.S. Supreme Court issues its opinion in the Mississippi case. That ruling is expected by this summer. “The general feeling is that the Supreme Court will uphold the Mississippi law, but it is not clear yet whether it will overturn or simply modify Roe v. Wade,” added Eidsmoe, a professor of Constitutional Law at Oak Brook College of Law & Government Policy as well as senior counsel for the Alabama-based Foundation for Moral Law. Alabama’s Supreme Court, he said, would likely want to wait for a favorable decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the Mississippi law before moving on this. Eidsmoe also believes that, with its current makeup, the U.S. Supreme Court would be likely to uphold Alabama’s law protecting the unborn as well. Potentially even more important than the legal issues is what this case could do in the court of public opinion, said Eidsmoe. If Americans broadly recognize the facts in the abortion controversy and especially the racial targeting, the political and cultural implications would be beyond profound. Multiple experts and leaders involved in the case told The Epoch Times that these may be the last days for Roe v. Wade, legal abortion, and racial targeting of minorities by the industry. The outcome of the Baby Q case may play a key role in that historic shift. Tyler Durden Wed, 04/06/2022 - 19:00.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeApr 6th, 2022

The US Air Force showed off an A-10 in its new "bomb truck" configuration

Equipping the A-10 to carry more Small Diameter Bombs is one of the major upgrades meant to keep the Warthog flying into the 2030s. An A-10C flies with Small-Diameter Bombs during a test near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, February 9, 2022.US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. John Raven The US Air Force recently released photos of an A-10 outfitted with 16 Small Diameter Bombs. The Small Diameter Bomb integration is one of the many programs to keep the A-10 flying in the 2030s. The US Air Force recently released, on March 25, the first photos of an A-10C Thunderbolt II loaded with GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bombs during a test near Eglin Air Force Base (Florida).The service did not disclose much info, except for mentioning that the test flight was performed by the 40th Flight Test Squadron on February 9, 2022.The integration of the GBU-39 on the "Warthog," as the A-10 is affectionately known by its pilot, is one of the major upgrades that were announced in 2019 as part of the A-10 Common Fleet Initiative.The program has the goal of keeping the aircraft in the US Air Force inventory until late 2030s, while at the same time making sure that the A-10C will be a credible and lethal threat in that timeframe, should the need to deploy it during an eventual high-end conflict arise.—Ryan Chan 陳家翹 (@ryankakiuchan) March 25, 2022Until now the A-10 was limited to carry only a single weapon on each pylon; by using the BRU-61/A rack, the A-10 will be able to carry four SDBs on each weapon pylon, becoming a "bomb truck" that can release these stand-off weapons to neutralize threats as far as 50 miles in the target area before starting to provide Close Air Support (CAS) to ground troops.In the photos released on DVIDS we can see the aircraft carrying four BRU-61s, for a total of 16 SDBs.The integration of the GBU-39 on the A-10 has been in the works at least since 2020, when The War Zone reported that SDB testing was in developmental testing with the 40th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.An A-10C flies with Small-Diameter Bombs during a test near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, February 9, 2022.US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. John RavenThe GBU-39, first deployed aboard the F-15E Strike Eagle in 2006, is currently integrated also on the F-16, F-22, AC-130, Gripen and Tornado and will be integrated on the F-35, B-1, B-2 and B-52.As we already reported, the SDB is a small 250-pound multipurpose, insensitive, penetrating bomb with a blast-fragmentation warhead for stationary targets.It is equipped with deployable wings for extended standoff range that open upon release allowing the GPS-guided bomb to glide for several miles before hitting the target with accuracy: launched at high-speed from high altitude it can travel for as much as 50 miles, allowing the attack plane to remain outside the range of most SAM (Surface-to-Air Missile) batteries.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderApr 4th, 2022