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5 reasons why I think Ford"s electric F-150 Lightning is perfect for road trips

Ford's new electric truck is comfortable, spacious, and capable, making it perfect for road trips. But there's one major way it falls short. The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin/Insider I drove Ford's new electric pickup truck, the F-150 Lightning.  I think it's perfect for road trips.  It's comfortable, quiet, spacious, and off-road worthy. But charging could pose an issue.  Driving Ford's new F-150 Lightning through the Texas countryside earlier this month proved that the hyped-up electric truck truly is all it's cracked up to be. Moreover, testing the Lightning showed me that it's the ultimate road-tripping vehicle. Here are five reasons why:1. It's comfortable and whisper quietThe Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin/InsiderOne of the first things that jumped out at me when I started driving the Lightning was just how quiet it was.Pull away in a lumbering truck, and your brain is wired to expect the drone of a gas engine. But get going in a Lightning and all you hear is a bit of wind noise and the faint sound of the tires hitting the pavement. You need to get up past 75 mph or so for the wind noise to really kick in.Moreover, the Lightning offers plenty of room to stretch out. I drove an $80,000 Lightning Lariat for hours at a time and never felt cramped or uncomfortable. The back seats have tons of legroom and headroom too, even for tall people. 2. That frunkThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin/InsiderStorage space is a nice thing to have on any road trip. And the Lighting has plenty of it. There's the bed, of course, which is 5.5-feet long and can haul not only luggage but bulkier items like bikes, kayaks, and tents. But the Lightning's not-so-secret weapon is its frunk. The Lightning's hood doesn't conceal an engine, but rather a cavernous cargo area. It opens wide and can easily fit a few decently sized backpacks. It could come in especially handy as a spot for things you want easily accessible, rather than buried deep in the bed. 3. Hands-free driving capabilityThe Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat.Tim Levin/InsiderBlue Cruise, Ford's hands-free driving system, is available on some of the pricier Lightning models. The system works like this: Turn on cruise control and arrive at a stretch of highway that Ford has pre-approved (a Blue Zone), and the Lightning will invite you to take your hands off the wheel. The truck then uses cameras and sensors to automatically steer, accelerate, brake, and monitor surrounding traffic. In my experience, it all works pretty well. The Lightning confidently stays in its lane and I could sometimes go long stretches without having to intervene. When traffic isn't too hectic, Blue Cruise could make long-distance drives a bit less tiring. That being said, it doesn't work perfectly all the time and requires constant babysitting. I opted to keep my hands close to the steering wheel at all times.4. It's a generator on wheelsThe F-150 Lightning LariatFordThe Lightning doesn't just suck in electricity to charge up, it can also give energy away. The truck offers household outlets spread throughout its bed, cab, and frunk, so it can share power with cooking appliances, TVs, laptops, and other electronics. Want to take your espresso machine and Instant Pot on a cross-country camping trip? Go right ahead. 5. Go-anywhere capabilityThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT.Tim Levin/InsiderSometimes road trips are also about going off-road, whether it's a dirt trail to a secluded campsite or a bonafide overlanding adventure. And the Lightning has no problem going off the beaten path.All trucks come with two motors and all-wheel drive. Plus, they deliver tons of torque immediately, making light work of big rocks, water crossings, and loose terrain. I'm far from an off-roading expert, and even I could switch the truck into off-road mode, point it at a boulder, and climb over it with relative ease. OK, but…The Ford F-150 Lightning.Tim Levin/InsiderThe elephant in the room here is range and charging.Depending on the battery pack you choose, the Lightning can travel between 230 and 320 miles at once, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. So on the highway, you'll be stopping to charge every few hours. The thing is, most people stop every few hours anyway. The bigger issue, potentially, is finding places to fill up. Charging infrastructure is getting better all the time, but stations aren't so common that one can spontaneously venture out and stumble across one. And there aren't as many options in the middle of the country as there are by the coasts. Still, I'm convinced that the F-150 Lightning is the ultimate road-tripping solution.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 21st, 2022

34 high school graduation gifts he"ll actually use all the time, from a quality speaker to space-saving dorm essentials

The next life stage can be daunting, but these high school graduation gifts come in handy, from office-appropriate clothes to money for takeout food. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.The next life stage can be daunting, but these high school graduation gifts come in handy, from office-appropriate clothes to money for takeout food.Bellroy; AmazonGraduating from high school is one of the first major life events that feels appropriately "major."It's also a time when the requirements for the scary and exciting years to come likely outstrip his budget. When I graduated high school, the money I made at the upscale pizza restaurant in town didn't seem adequate for textbooks and the simple pleasures, like nice headphones to block out noise in the library, or more adult accessories like a nice messenger bag, presentable blazer, or office-appropriate backpack.The good news is that gifts for recent high school graduates can solve a lot of problems (or just offer a fun way to celebrate a big milestone). With that in mind, we rounded up 40 thoughtful and practical high school graduation gifts for him below.The 34 best high school graduation gifts for him in 2022:A coffee maker for their morning cupAmazonGift the Kitchenaid Showerhead Coffee Maker, $109.63If his future includes work or study (or, honestly, just everyday life), he'll probably love a brand-new coffee maker that makes an excellent cup of drip coffee in the morning. This one is the best version you can buy on a budget, but you can read more about it — and other models we like — in our buying guide to the best drip coffee makers in 2022.A packable blanket for hanging in the quadPeter ArmendGift the Rumpl Blanket, $249If he's headed to college, he will probably be spending a fair share of Saturdays sprawled out on the quad's grass. This blanket is perfect for the occasion — it's packable, machine- and dryer-safe, and water-resistant. It's also one of the Insider Reviews All-Time Best Products.Read our full review here.School spirit merch for game daysFanaticsGift Fanatics merchandise, prices varyIf your graduate is headed to college, give him the college gear he'll wear on game days, like a sweatshirt, tee, or baseball cap. We recommend browsing Fanatics — it's full of clothing, hats, bags, balls, games, and drinkware for NCAA schools. A backpack they can carry work or schoolwork inBellroyGift the Bellroy Transit Workpack, $199Gift them a comfortable, no-nonsense backpack they can take from school to an internship.Money for ordering takeoutSeamlessGift a GrubHub Gift Card, prices varyNo one wants to cook a well-rounded meal every night after work or schoolwork. Give him the gift of takeout every once in a while. A great streaming deviceAmazonGift the Roku Ultra, $90The Roku Ultra stands out from other streaming device options thanks to its 4K and HDR support, speed, reliability, and large library of streaming services (Netflix, HBO Max, Rakuten Viki, and more.). Plus, if your graduate wants to watch TV on the big screen without disturbing anyone, it comes with headphones for private listening.Read the full review of the Roku Ultra here.A cozy fleece pulloverPatagoniaGift the Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover, $119Upgrade his old hoodie or sweatshirt with this ultra-comfortable Patagonia fleece. This pullover is perfect for lounging around or even layering under a coat in colder climates, plus it comes in an array of colors and patterns.A Bluetooth speaker his friends will appreciateAmazonGift the Sonos Move, $399The Sonos Move is the best Bluetooth speaker you can buy, according to our experts. It has excellent sound quality, a good battery life that can last up to 11 hours on the go, and convenient smart features such as connecting to smart assistants from Amazon and Google. It'll be useful for hosting friends at their place.A convenient bedside caddyAmazonGift the Za fit Five Pockets Bedside Caddy, $13.99An ideal gift for the graduate who loves to lounge in bed. This five-pocket bedside caddy keeps his computer, water, snacks, and more within arm's reach. A multicookerAmazonGift the Instant Pot DUO 60 7-in-1 Multicooker, $89.99The Instant Pot is great because it makes delicious meals accessible to anyone, no matter their experience or space constraints. Plus, it comes with an app that features 100s of easy-to-follow step-by-step recipes, including roast chicken and mac-and-cheese. And, don't worry: today's pressure cookers are much safer than the old-fashioned stovetop models.Check out our guide to the best electric pressure cookers.A Disney Plus subscriptionDisney PlusSign up for Disney Plus, $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year ($5.83/month)Moving on to college is all about academics and socializing, but he'll definitely have some downtime in the dorm room. With everything from classic Disney movies and shows to "Star Wars" and Marvel movies, a Disney Plus subscription is a sure way to stay entertained.Learn more about Disney Plus here. Comfortable pants for loungingMeUndiesGift the MeUndies Lounge Pant, $68No matter if he's living at home and commuting to college or living in a dorm room on campus, MeUndies Lounge Pants have a place in every man's wardrobe. When he's not caught up in the rigors of schoolwork, he can wear these to relax.An iPad for easy, lightweight note-taking or watching showsAmazonGift an Apple iPad, $329It's up to his personal preference if he wants to use a laptop in class or not, but it can be a huge blessing to only need to lug around an iPad. A nice watch as an adult accessoryMVMTGift a MVMT men's watch, from $108Traditional watches can be expensive, but startups are changing that. MVMT is probably the best-known watch industry disruptor. If you'd like to read more about the company, we've covered them here. You can get this classic, work-appropriate accessory that makes outfits look a bit more competent and established for as little as $95, and he'll be happy he didn't have to shell out for this small but meaningful luxury. It'll likely come in handy for his first internship.An Amazon Prime membershipAmazonGift an Amazon Prime membership, $139An annual Amazon Prime membership is one of those things that immediately makes life easier. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping; access to the Prime Now app, which provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items; Prime Video, Amazon's streaming video service; Prime Music; the Kindle Lending Library; Prime Reading; Prime Audible Channels; unlimited photo storage, and more. If you want to see how Amazon Prime actually gives you a lot more than free shipping, you can read our overview of the service here. Especially if he's planning on ordering anything for his dorm on Amazon (or books for school) he's going to save a lot of money in shipping just by using this. A pair of the world's most comfortable shoesAllbirdsGift the Allbirds Wool Runner, $110We've covered Allbirds many times at Insider Reviews, and for good reason: they might actually be the most comfortable shoes in the world. The originals are all made from Merino Wool, which is not only sustainable but also temperature regulating and unusually soft. He'll probably wear these until the day they finally give out on him, but until then, they're machine-washable and easy to clean.A smart suitcase that charges devices and has 360° wheelsAway InstagramGift the Away Carry On, $275The Away suitcase has become extremely popular for a few good reasons. It's lightweight, comes in a variety of colors, and has both an ejectable battery built-in to charge all devices and 360° wheels. Especially if he's headed more than a car's drive away after high school, he'll be extremely grateful for a nice suitcase. It'll also come in handy when the time comes to travel.  Stylish button-up dress shirtsThe Tie BarGift the Tie Bar Dress Shirts, $55 each or $150 for threeWhile graphic T-shirts and hoodies are perfectly fine for wearing every day in high school, a new graduate is going to need some fresh button-up shirts. The Tie Bar makes it very affordable to stock up on different colors and styles — and you'll find troves of other accessories for him, too. A yearlong membership to boutique audio fitness classes and certified personal trainersAaptivGift a 12-month Aaptiv membership, $49.99If he's headed to college, he'll likely get access to the university gym automatically as a student, but anything guided or more arduous might come with a big added expense or tricky logistics. Aaptiv is a popular app that lets users listen in on thousands of workout classes led by certified personal trainers so they can get the same workout as in a class without paying the exorbitant entry prices or figuring out how to get there without a car on a Sunday afternoon. Especially if he's adjusting to college after playing sports in high school, this is a nice way to have the best of both worlds and get a really great workout.Apple AirPod Bluetooth earphonesHollis Johnson/Business InsiderGift Apple AirPods with charging case, from $179Whether he commutes or is heading back to school and therefore the library, he's bound to use Bluetooth earbuds a fair amount (especially now that all the new iPhones more or less require them). The Apple AirPods are a popular choice he's likely to love.A microwave-safe ramen cooker for the most rushed nightsAmazonGift the Rapid Ramen Cooker, $11.99There will be plenty of late nights filled with cheap and tasty ramen. If they're going to eat it anyway, at least let them make it quickly and perfectly every time.A custom ramblerYetiGift the College Logo Custom Yeti Rambler, from $35Yeti makes the kind of powerfully insulated mugs built for cold mornings outdoors, and they hold up exceptionally well around campus. They also offer just over 180 colleges to choose from to help him show some collegiate spirit. A nice toiletry bag, which you can monogram for himLeatherologyGift the Leatherology Double Zip Toiletry Bag, from $115If he's heading to college, his freshman year will almost undoubtedly feature many trips from his dorm room to a communal bathroom. A nice toiletry bag makes it easier to schlep everything at once, and it looks a lot nicer than one of those plastic caddies. If you're not looking to spend that much, consider this less expensive unisex option ($35) made by another one of our favorite companies to watch. A custom map print to remind him of homeGrafomapGift a Grafomap Custom Map Print, from $49If your high school grad is leaving home for a new place, it doesn't hurt to give him some cool, low-key decorations for his dorm that will remind him of his hometown (or another special place). It can be tough to find the right decor for a teen's room, but this is one you can feel confident about giving.You can find the full review here.A blazer he can wear to interviews and internshipsBonobosGift the Bonobos Italian Knit Blazer, $298Most college students probably don't have a wealth of professional clothing to pull from for high-pressure situations like interviews and a big internship. Help him make a good impression, and see your money go to good use, with a blazer he can use repeatedly and for years to come. A card game they can share with friendsAmazonGift Cards Against Humanity, $25An easy way to make friends in college (or anywhere) and the best way to pass a snow day, he'll get more use out of this classic and irreverent card game than you probably think.An extra-long charging cable for his phoneAmazonGift the Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable, 6 ft, $20.99It might seem like an add-on gift (and maybe it will be for you) but I guarantee he'll appreciate an extra-long, extra-durable lightning cable to charge his phone with. No matter if he ends up on the bottom or top bunk at the dorm, he won't have to inconvenience himself or buy a new charger every month.An external batteryAmazonGift the Anker PowerCore 10000 External Battery, $24.99Perhaps the most convenient gift is as simple as a solid external battery. He's bound to use this countless times, and it might even keep him safer. This one comes with over 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, and it'll charge an iPhone 8 three-and-a-half times and a Galaxy S8 two-and-a-half times. A waterproof speaker that's built to be durableJBLGift the JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $89.95This rugged, portable Bluetooth speaker should be able to take whatever is thrown at it or, perhaps more accurately, spilled on it in the years to come. He'll be thankful for something convenient, compact, highly-rated, and durable.A nice leather wallet, which you can monogram for himLeatherologyGift the Leatherology Bifold Wallet, from $90He's probably outgrown the scuffed wallet he has now — and anyway, Velcro doesn't transfer as well to 19 as it did to 12. You can gift him a nice new leather wallet to enter adulthood with, and you can even monogram it for him for added personalization.A Kindle for lightweight, cost-effective readingAmazonGift a Kindle Paperwhite, $109.99Whether he loves to read or might appreciate the lightness and compactness of an e-reader, a Kindle is a great gift for recent graduates. He can read in broad daylight without a glare with the Paperwhite version, and store thousands of books for the same forgettable weight. Framed memories he'll appreciate seeing and owningFramebridgeGift a Framebridge custom-framed art or photo gift, from $49It doesn't hurt to have a photo of the family or a few of their favorite memories from high school, especially since those are the artifacts that gain importance and value the older we get. This service will take care of printing, matting, and framing for you so you can spend as little time as necessary on the task itself. A toolkit, which he'll definitely need in the next four years and beyondAmazonGift a 148-Piece Tool Kit, $29.99Whether he's moving out right away or not, his future will almost certainly include putting together furniture and Googling how to fix a leaky faucet when his landlord avoids his calls. He'll be glad he has the tools to handle whatever life throws at him confidently, and this is one gift he may not immediately buy for himself, but which he'll really want to have before the very second he needs it. He's also going to be a huge help to his friends.Gift cards for every needAmazonCash is always good, especially if the recent grad in your life is trying to furnish a new place and take on other adult responsibilities with minimal funds. But, if money seems like too much of a cop-out, consider gift cards for a variety of needs.Travel: Southwest Airlines Gift CardGroceries and food: Chipotle Gift Card / Whole Foods Gift CardMusic: Spotify Gift CardTransportation: Uber Gift CardCoffee: Starbucks Gift CardGaming: Steam Gift Card / Twitch Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardFurniture: Wayfair Gift Card / Amazon Gift CardEntertainment: StubHub Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / Sling Gift Card / Netflix Gift CardEverything else: Visa Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 18th, 2022

The 45 best Black Friday 2021 deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kohl"s, and more

We're live-blogging the best 2021 Black Friday deals in real-time all day long from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kohl's; Sardel; Amazon; Apple; Nike; Alyssa Powell/InsiderFinding the best Black Friday deals isn't always as simple as it seems. With every major retailer running their own version of the massive sale, figuring out what's available and whether it's a good deal or not can turn into more of a chore than it needs to be.We're here to help. Our 30 full-time editors and reporters spend the year researching and personally testing hundreds of products in their areas of expertise and consult with industry professionals ranging from "The Sleep Doctor" for the best mattresses to our own medical review board for health coverage. Read more about why you can trust us here.Throughout the day, we'll be updating this page with the best Black Friday discounts and lightning deals so you don't have to scroll through pages of sales to find the true hidden gems.Keep in mind that many of the deals available throughout Black Friday only run for a few hours (or in limited quantities). Take Amazon's aptly named Lightning Deals, for instance. These are intentionally active for a short period of time with a set number of the product available for purchase — once the timer gets to zero, or the deal reaches 100% claimed, the discount ends.Our list is sorted by the newest deal first, and we'll be updating it multiple times every hour. Check back frequently for the freshest Black Friday deals across all major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more.The best Black Friday shopping deals right now29% off the Repel Windproof Travel UmbrellaAmazonRepel Windproof Travel UmbrellaThe Repel Windproof Travel Umbrella sheds water and resists wind gusts better than many umbrellas that are larger and pricier, and it lasts longer, too.$29.95 FROM AMAZON$29.95 FROM REPEL40% off the Amazon Smart PlugAmazonAmazon Smart PlugYou can plug any device into the Amazon Smart Plug to make it smart so that you can control the device in person with your voice or remotely with the app.$14.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $24.99 | Save 40%20% off Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft PillowAmazonCoop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Pillow$64.00 FROM COOP HOME GOODSOriginally $80.00 | Save 20%$63.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $80.00 | Save 20%42% off the Roku Streaming Stick 4KRokuRoku Streaming Stick 4K (2021)Compared to the Roku Streaming Stick+, the new Streaming Stick 4K provides an improved viewing experience by adding support for Dolby Vision. 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Our current favorite is the Casper Hyperlite Sheet Set, which we recommend in our guide to the best sheets.$129.00 FROM CASPEROriginally $258.00 | Save 50%$30 off select products at Chewy when you spend $100Chewy is hiring across multiple teams in 14 states.ChewyChewy Pet ProductsThis Black Friday, Chewy is offering $30 off purchases of $100 or more. This is only for select products, including food, treats, beds, and more.$70.00 FROM CHEWYOriginally $100.00 | Save 30%38% off the Bissell SpinWave Robot VacuumJames Brains/InsiderBissell SpinWave Robot VacuumThe Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum picked up all the pet hair on carpet in our tests and has a great assortment of mop attachments and accessories. 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When paired with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum, the two make easy work of time-consuming chores.$469.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $749.99 | Save 37%$799.99 FROM BEST BUY35% off the DeWalt Atomic Max Cordless Drill KitAmazonDewalt Atomic 20-Volt Max Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit This 20-Volt MAX Brushless Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit includes 1 cordless Drill/Driver, 1 cordless Impact Driver, two 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Batteries, 1 charger, and a carrying bag. $149.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $229.00 | Save 35%Up to 43% off Eufy robot vacuumsAmazonEufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAXQuiet, slim, and powerful, the eufy RoboVac 15C Max is a solid investment if you're looking for a robot vacuum. It's already very affordable at retail price, but you can also often find it on sale, making it an even better deal.$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 39%$169.99 FROM EUFYOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%Eufy RoboVac G30 EdgeThe G30 Edge is a high-end model from a budget manufacturer. 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Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%Free 3 months of Amazon Music UnlimitedAlyssa Powell/InsiderAmazon Music Unlimited New subscribers can get 3 months of access to Amazon's Music Unlimited streaming service for free for a limited time.FREE FROM AMAZONOriginally $9.99 | Save 100%20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinenSave 20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinen Weighted Comforter (15 lb)Brooklinen's Weighted Comforter has a premium plush design that blends seamlessly with the rest of your bedding.$199.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $249.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Down PillowThe mid-plush Brooklinen Down Pillow conforms well to different sleeping positions, making it the ideal pillow for people who shift throughout the night. 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It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 54%40% off the Echo (4th gen)Lisa Eadicicco/InsiderAmazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%33% off the Roomba i3+AmazoniRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $565.47 | Save 29%$399.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Up to 40% off Away luggageAwayAway The Everywhere Bag (Leather)This weekend bag is the leather version of The Everywhere Bag in nylon, but it's just as durable. Great for a quick getaway for work or play, there's room for clothes, a laptop, and travel essentials. It's also great as an everyday bag when you need the extra space for workout gear.$147.00 FROM AWAYOriginally $245.00 | Save 40%45% off the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Cookware SetKohl'sCuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%97% off a 3-Month Membership for Xbox Game Pass for PCMicrosoftXbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%50% off a pair of Beats Solo3BeatsBeats Solo3The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, the gym, or zoning out during family road trips. They deliver clear audio, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback.$99.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%$99.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%23% off a Smart Roku TVTCLTCL 40" Class 3-Series Full HD Smart Roku TV – 40S325TK$229.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $299.99 | Save 23%36% off a pair of AirPods ProAmazonApple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$159.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%Up to 47% off the tech for your home at Kohl'sAmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)The Echo Show 5 has a compact 5-inch screen, making it perfect for use as a smart alarm clock on your bedside table or handy companion in your kitchen$44.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%$44.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd GenerationThe ever-popular Nest thermostat can help you lower your energy bills. It's compatible with a wide range of heating and cooling systems, though you'll definitely want to make sure it works with your setup before you buy. $179.00 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$249.99 FROM BEST BUY$179.00 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$199.00 FROM ADORAMAOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry VacThis floor cleaner can vacuum and mop all in one go.$227.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $319.99 | Save 29%50% off a Fleece JacketKohl'sColumbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%What is Black Friday?Black Friday is a yearly sales event that occurs at the end of November, right before the traditional holiday shopping season. When is Black Friday 2021?Black Friday always happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, 2021 at 12 a.m. local time. How long do Black Friday sales last?While Black Friday is technically one day long, the sales often being for days and even weeks around the actual shopping day, sometimes for a week after Cyber Monday. Due to shipping delays this year, some sales began even earlier.What deals can you expect to find on Black Friday?Because it happens a few weeks before December, Black Friday is a great time to buy and save on all your holiday gifts.You can expect to find a lot of "doorbusters," sales that drop prices to all-time lows across categories like tech, home and kitchen, and fashion.While you can expect a wide range of sales, we recommend you go in knowing what you're looking for so you don't spend money on a flashy discount. Some historically great Black Friday deals have included big-ticket electronics ( like large TVs), Amazon Echo products, Xbox and Playstation games, Instant Pot, KitchenAid appliances, and various home products like toilet paper.Additionally, the following product categories can especially offer great discounts: TVsSmart home devicesGaming consoles and video gamesKitchen appliancesIs Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for sales?Cyber Monday occurs three days after Black Friday (it falls on Monday, November 29 this year). However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals blend together into a week- or even month-long affair. We recommend jumping on a good deal when you see it — especially when you can cancel your order or return it. If you do find a better deal on Cyber Monday and already made a purchase, you can also ask the original storefront to match the price and some retailers automatically refund you the difference.For those shopping in person during Black Friday, we recommend doing so in these situations:For expensive productsFor major storesFor this year's productsWill there be Black Friday shipping delays?Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. Supply chain issues are especially cropping up this year, so it's good to keep shipping deadlines in mind. How does Insider find the best Black Friday deals?We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage — that we've either tested ourselves or researched thoroughly.We compared the prices against other retailers and only included the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team vets deals here.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytNov 26th, 2021

The 43 best Black Friday 2021 deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kohl"s, and more

We're live-blogging the best 2021 Black Friday deals in real-time all day long from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kohl's; Sardel; Amazon; Apple; Nike; Alyssa Powell/InsiderFinding the best Black Friday deals isn't always as simple as it seems. With every major retailer running their own version of the massive sale, figuring out what's available and whether it's a good deal or not can turn into more of a chore than it needs to.We're here to help. Throughout the day, we'll be updating this page with the best Black Friday discounts and lightning deals so you don't have to wade through 200 pages of sales to find the true hidden gems.Keep in mind that many of the deals available throughout Black Friday only run for a few hours (or in limited quantities). Take Amazon's aptly named Lightning Deals, for instance. These are intentionally active for a short period of time with a set number of the product available for purchase — once the timer gets to zero, or the deal reaches 100% claimed, the discount ends.Our list is sorted by the newest deal first, and we'll be updating it multiple times every hour. Check back frequently for the freshest Black Friday deals across all retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and others.The best Black Friday shopping deals right now40% off the Amazon Smart PlugAmazonAmazon Smart PlugYou can plug any device into the Amazon Smart Plug to make it smart so that you can control the device in person with your voice or remotely with the app.$14.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $24.99 | Save 40%20% off Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft PillowAmazonCoop Home Goods Premium Adjustable PillowThe Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Pillow lets you determine the level of loft and firmness for your best night of sleep ever.$51.19 FROM AMAZON$80.00 FROM COOP HOME GOODS42% off the Roku Streaming Stick 4KRokuRoku Streaming Stick 4K (2021)Compared to the Roku Streaming Stick+, the new Streaming Stick 4K provides an improved viewing experience by adding support for Dolby Vision. This advanced high dynamic range (HDR) format can provide better picture quality on TVs that support it.$29.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.99 | Save 42%$29.99 FROM ROKUOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $49.99 | Save 42%40% off the Oral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric ToothbrushAmazonOral-B Pro 1000 CrossAction Electric ToothbrushWe love this electric toothbrush as a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on performance. It's also the path of least resistance to helping your teen build their own healthy habits.$29.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.94 | Save 40%60% off an Ancestry DNA + Traits KitAmazonAncestryDNA DNA + TraitsThe AncestryDNA + Traits kit gives you all of the same information as you get from the above kit plus over 25 of your most interesting traits as determined by your genetics so you can learn about where your characteristics came from.$48.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $119.00 | Save 60%Up to 50% off the FitbitsLisa Eadicicco/InsiderFitbit Charge 4The Charge 4 hits a budget-friendly price point while offering stellar activity tracking in a smaller footprint than a smartwatch.$69.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $149.94 | Save 54%$129.94 FROM BEST BUYFitbit SenseThe Sense smartwatch has a ton of added features, focusing on heart health and stress management, giving you a more holistic look at your well-being. $199.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $299.95 | Save 33%$199.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $299.95 | Save 33%$199.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $299.95 | Save 33%Fitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%Up to 50% off Casper mattresses and beddingJames Brains/InsiderSave up to 50% off at CasperCasper Nova Hybrid Mattress (Queen)Casper's Nova Hybrid Mattress is a great option for people looking for a soft and plush yet supportive mattress. $1466.50 FROM CASPEROriginally $2095.00 | Save 30%Casper Original Mattress (Queen)The Casper mattress has a firm feel that provides excellent support right to the edge, and it will keep your body cool through the night. $876.00 FROM CASPEROriginally $1095.00 | Save 20%$876.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $1095.00 | Save 20%$875.99 FROM MACY'SOriginally $1095.00 | Save 20%Casper Hyperlite Sheet Set (Queen)Over the years, we've tested several Casper sheet sets and loved them all. Our current favorite is the Casper Hyperlite Sheet Set, which we recommend in our guide to the best sheets.$129.00 FROM CASPEROriginally $258.00 | Save 50%$30 off select products at Chewy when you spend $100Chewy is hiring across multiple teams in 14 states.ChewyChewy Pet ProductsThis Black Friday, Chewy is offering $30 off purchases of $100 or more. This is only for select products, including food, treats, beds, and more.$70.00 FROM CHEWYOriginally $100.00 | Save 30%38% off the Bissell SpinWave Robot VacuumJames Brains/InsiderBissell SpinWave Robot VacuumThe Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum picked up all the pet hair on carpet in our tests and has a great assortment of mop attachments and accessories. The company is also committed to helping homeless pets and helps them find loving homes. $243.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.99 | Save 39%$249.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.99 | Save 38%25% off sitewide at Wild OneShoshi Parks/InsiderSave 25% off sitewide at Wild OneWild One LeashWild One’s waterproof leash comes in a variety of fun and bright colors to choose from. Right now, you can save 20% sitewide at Wild One and get this adjustable leash for $58 with the Insider-exclusive promo code. $43.50 FROM WILD ONEOriginally $58.00 | Save 25%Wild One Travel CarrierThe uniquely designed Wild One Travel Carrier offers comfort and convenience in the air and at your destination. To save $20 on each carrier you purchase, enter code INSIDERTC20 at checkout. $93.75 FROM WILD ONEOriginally $125.00 | Save 25%Wild One Harness Walk & Play KitSome of Wild One’s most coveted items are included in their walk and play kit. Choose from four different colors for your harness, leash and poop bag carrier. They’ll complete the package with three matching natural rubber toys, including the treat-dispensing twist toss and a triangle tug.$117.25 FROM WILD ONEOriginally $157.00 | Save 25%37% off Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI Robot VacuumJames Brains/InsiderEcovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot VacuumThe  Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo Pro Mopping System thoroughly cleans floors as opposed to pushing a wet cloth around. When paired with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum, the two make easy work of time-consuming chores.$469.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $749.99 | Save 37%$799.99 FROM BEST BUY35% off the DeWalt Atomic Max Cordless Drill KitAmazonDewalt Atomic 20-Volt Max Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit This 20-Volt MAX Brushless Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit includes 1 cordless Drill/Driver, 1 cordless Impact Driver, two 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Batteries, 1 charger, and a carrying bag. $149.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $229.00 | Save 35%Up to 43% off Eufy robot vacuumsAmazonEufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAXQuiet, slim, and powerful, the eufy RoboVac 15C Max is a solid investment if you're looking for a robot vacuum. It's already very affordable at retail price, but you can also often find it on sale, making it an even better deal.$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 39%$169.99 FROM EUFYOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%Eufy RoboVac G30 EdgeThe G30 Edge is a high-end model from a budget manufacturer. It comes with plenty of useful features. The Edge struggles with carpeting and in corners, but it performs well on hard floors.$199.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.00 | Save 43%25% off the Aarke Carbonator III Soda MakerAmazonAarke Carbonator IIIThe Aarke Carbonator III uses a simple pull-down handle to create intense levels of fizz, and its beautiful design will fit right in among your countertop appliances.$164.25 FROM AMAZONOriginally $219.00 | Save 25%$164.25 FROM NORDSTROMOriginally $219.00 | Save 25%Buy one MasterClass membership get one freeMasterClassMasterClass 2-for-1 membershipGet two MasterClass subscriptions for the price of one! Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%Free 3 months of Amazon Music UnlimitedAlyssa Powell/InsiderAmazon Music Unlimited New subscribers can get 3 months of access to Amazon's Music Unlimited streaming service for free for a limited time.FREE FROM AMAZONOriginally $9.99 | Save 100%20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinenSave 20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinen Weighted Comforter (15 lb)Brooklinen's Weighted Comforter has a premium plush design that blends seamlessly with the rest of your bedding.$199.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $249.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Down PillowThe mid-plush Brooklinen Down Pillow conforms well to different sleeping positions, making it the ideal pillow for people who shift throughout the night. It feels as good as pillows double its price.$55.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $69.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set (Queen)If you take your sleep comfort seriously, the pampering touch and good looks of Brooklinen's Luxe Sheets will have you sleeping like a baby.$140.00 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $175.00 | Save 20%$140.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $175.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Duvet Cover (Queen)The Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Duvet Cover is brushed for extra softness and coziness. Not only is it comfortable, but it's also designed with extra long corner ties and larger-than-average buttons to make changing your duvet cover easy. $223.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $279.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter (Queen)The Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter is a soft, light, and comfortable choice that's airy and warm but remains breathable so you can use it any time of the year.$287.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $359.00 | Save 20%$287.20 FROM AMAZONOriginally $359.00 | Save 20%22% off the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillAmazonNordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillNordicTrack's Commercial 2950 treadmill utilizes iFit's library of more than 1,500 interactive workouts, folds easily to free up space, and has excellent speakers.$2499.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $3199.00 | Save 22%$2399.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $3199.00 | Save 25%58% off the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL MulticookerJames Brains/InsiderCrock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker (8-quart)The Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker performed well in all of our cooking tests, and its button controls make programming it a snap.$59.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $139.99 | Save 58%$115.49 FROM AMAZON54% off the Instant Pot Duo Plus Pressure CookerAmazonInstant Pot Duo Plus Pressure Cooker BundleThis bundle is a Target exclusive, and it includes an extra silicone egg rack and stainless steel steam rack for your pressure cooking needs. It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 54%40% off the Echo (4th gen)Lisa Eadicicco/InsiderAmazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%33% off the Roomba i3+AmazoniRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $565.47 | Save 29%$399.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Up to 40% off Away luggageAwayAway The Everywhere Bag (Leather)This weekend bag is the leather version of The Everywhere Bag in nylon, but it's just as durable. Great for a quick getaway for work or play, there's room for clothes, a laptop, and travel essentials. It's also great as an everyday bag when you need the extra space for workout gear.$147.00 FROM AWAYOriginally $245.00 | Save 40%45% off the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Cookware SetKohl'sCuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%97% off a 3-Month Membership for Xbox Game Pass for PCMicrosoftXbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%50% off a pair of Beats Solo3BeatsBeats Solo3The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, the gym, or zoning out during family road trips. They deliver clear audio, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback.$99.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%$99.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%23% off a Smart Roku TVTCLTCL 40" Class 3-Series Full HD Smart Roku TV – 40S325TK$229.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $299.99 | Save 23%36% off a pair of AirPods ProAmazonApple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$159.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%Up to 47% off the tech for your home at Kohl'sAmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)The Echo Show 5 has a compact 5-inch screen, making it perfect for use as a smart alarm clock on your bedside table or handy companion in your kitchen$44.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%$44.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd GenerationThe ever-popular Nest thermostat can help you lower your energy bills. It's compatible with a wide range of heating and cooling systems, though you'll definitely want to make sure it works with your setup before you buy. $179.00 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$249.99 FROM BEST BUY$249.00 FROM TARGET$199.00 FROM ADORAMAOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry VacThis floor cleaner can vacuum and mop all in one go.$227.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $319.99 | Save 29%50% off a Fleece JacketKohl'sColumbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%What is Black Friday?Black Friday is a yearly sales event that occurs at the end of November, right before the traditional holiday shopping season. When is Black Friday 2021?Black Friday always happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, 2021 at 12 a.m. local time. How long do Black Friday sales last?While Black Friday is technically one day long, the sales often being for days and even weeks around the actual shopping day, sometimes for a week after Cyber Monday. Due to shipping delays this year, some sales began even earlier.What deals can you expect to find on Black Friday?Because it happens a few weeks before December, Black Friday is a great time to buy and save on all your holiday gifts.You can expect to find a lot of "doorbusters," sales that drop prices to all-time lows across categories like tech, home and kitchen, and fashion.While you can expect a wide range of sales, we recommend you go in knowing what you're looking for so you don't spend money on a flashy discount. Some historically great Black Friday deals have included big-ticket electronics ( like large TVs), Amazon Echo products, Xbox and Playstation games, Instant Pot, KitchenAid appliances, and various home products like toilet paper.Additionally, the following product categories can especially offer great discounts: TVsSmart home devicesGaming consoles and video gamesKitchen appliancesIs Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for sales?Cyber Monday occurs three days after Black Friday (it falls on Monday, November 29 this year). However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals blend together into a week- or even month-long affair. We recommend jumping on a good deal when you see it — especially when you can cancel your order or return it. If you do find a better deal on Cyber Monday and already made a purchase, you can also ask the original storefront to match the price and some retailers automatically refund you the difference.For those shopping in person during Black Friday, we recommend doing so in these situations:For expensive productsFor major storesFor this year's productsWill there be Black Friday shipping delays?Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. Supply chain issues are especially cropping up this year, so it's good to keep shipping deadlines in mind. How does Insider find the best Black Friday deals?We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage — that we've either tested ourselves or researched thoroughly.We compared the prices against other retailers and only included the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team vets deals here.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytNov 26th, 2021

Review: The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a budget electric SUV that"s great for commuters but not for road trips

The Chevrolet Bolt EUV offers 247 miles of driving range and a compact size, but it can't charge as quickly as rivals. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/Insider The Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a compact electric SUV that's all-new for 2022.  It offers 247 miles of range, 200 horsepower, and Super Cruise, a hands-free driving feature.  Its biggest downsides: Less-than-ideal charging speeds and no all-wheel drive.  If you're itching to go green but turned off by high-priced electric cars, you're not alone. Sticker shock is among the biggest factors keeping consumers from going electric, studies show. And who can blame them? Electric-vehicle powerhouse Tesla doesn't sell a car that costs less than $47,000. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average new EV sold for $64,000 in May as mind-boggling gas prices pushed people to rethink what's powering their cars. Slowly but surely, though, carmakers are cooking up good battery-powered cars that don't require draining the college fund. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderCase in point: the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, a new compact SUV that isn't trying to be astoundingly sexy, fast, or luxurious, but rather focuses on offering value. And it accomplishes that in spades, delivering healthy range, a comfy driving experience, and some advanced tech — all for less than $35,000 to start. Chevy Bolt EUV: The basicsThe Bolt EUV is new for 2022, launched last spring alongside the refreshed Bolt EV hatchback. The EUV, which stands for "electric utility vehicle," is a bit bigger and less egg-shaped than the EV, but they share the same guts. Both Bolts took a little hiatus due to faulty batteries that could catch fire, but they're back in production as of April. The 2022 Bolt EUV comes in two trim levels, in addition to a limited-edition model that kicked off sales:Bolt EUV LT ($34,495, including destination fee): comes with 247 miles of range, a 10.2-inch touchscreen, and fabric seats. Bolt EUV Premier ($38,995): adds leather seats, extra safety features, adaptive cruise control, optional Super Cruise, and other features. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderThe Premier model Chevrolet lent me for a few days in June came out to $43,190, including a destination fee and extras like a sunroof, a Bose sound system, and Super Cruise, GM's hands-free driving feature. The current EUV LT is a good value, but the upcoming 2023 model will be a bigger bargain. A price cut will drop its starting price by more than $6,000 to $28,195. What stands out: Solid range and available Super CruiseThe Bolt EUV is 6.3 inches longer than its hatchback counterpart, with much of that extra size going toward rear-seat legroom. I can confirm: The back seat is roomy enough for big adults, and its flat floor makes the middle seat more usable. Overall, the interior is stylish, comfortable, and although there's a lot of hard plastic, there are also some nicer touches. My tester had plenty of gloss-black trim and leather seats with an intricate geometric pattern.The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderNo clunky, frustrating touchscreen here; the Bolt's 10.2-inch display is responsive to taps and easy to use. Thankfully, you don't have to use it for everything — the Bolt EUV has physical buttons for the climate controls, which isn't true of many new cars these days. On the road, the EUV isn't nearly as quick or agile as a Tesla or Ford's Mustang Mach-E, but acceleration is still punchy thanks to a motor that promises 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The EUV rides smoothly over bumps and stays quiet, even at highway speeds. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderSpeaking of highway driving, the EUV has a trick up its sleeve you won't find in many other vehicles: Super Cruise. It's the first non-Cadillac to get GM's excellent hands-free driving feature, which takes the monotony out of long road trips by automating some elements of highway driving. Super Cruise uses sensors and cameras to steer, accelerate, and brake on approved roads, so long as drivers still pay attention while it does so. The system worked pretty well in my experience, but it isn't perfect. Once I had to jerk it out of an exit lane that it accidentally veered into. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderSuper Cruise is optional in the EUV Premier, but other advanced safety tech like lane-keep assist and forward-collision warning comes standard. The Bolt EUV delivers on all-important range with 247 miles, according to the EPA's estimates.  That's a bit less than the smaller Bolt EV, but it's competitive with pricier rivals like the base Mustang Mach-E (247 miles), Kia Niro EV (239 miles), and Volkswagen ID.4 (260 miles).The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderWhat's more, the EUV's digital gauge cluster displays both the maximum and minimum range a driver can expect given their current battery level. A few taps in the center screen gets you to a page that shows how factors like driving technique, terrain, climate control use, and outside temperature impacted driving range over the course of a trip. Both thoughtful features should help new EV owners better understand how their vehicle performs and, hopefully, not get stranded. What falls short: Slower charging, lacks all-wheel driveThe Bolt EUV's biggest weakness is that it can't charge nearly as quickly as rivals. It can accept 55 kilowatts of charging power, allowing it to add 95 miles of range in 30 minutes, according to Chevy. Compare that to the Hyundai Ioniq 5 — one of the fastest-charging EVs on the market — which can recoup some 200 miles of range in 18 minutes using a 350-kilowatt station. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderThis shouldn't pose much of an issue for anyone who plans to charge at home, but it could add extra hassle to extended trips with multiple charging stops. The EUV also doesn't quite earn the "U" in its name. You can't get it with all-wheel drive (which is better for snow and other slippery conditions), and cargo space is almost identical to the Bolt EV. There's room for a few suitcases behind the back seats, but not a huge amount of stuff. And unlike lots of other EVs, there's no frunk. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderOur impressions: A good value that's getting betterThe Bolt EUV's slow charging speeds and so-so cargo space behind the rear seats mean it's not ideal for epic road trips. But it's a great option for commutes and shorter trips thanks to its compact size, parkability, and its lack of climate-warming emissions. Importantly, the EUV brings another accessible SUV to the burgeoning EV market. But keep in mind: GM's vehicles no longer qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit for plug-in purchases, which phases out based on how many cars a company sells. Other automakers still benefit from the program, and there's a full list here.Electric cars are still far from being truly cheap, but the Bolt EUV — especially after its price cut — represents a step in the right direction. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsider21 hr. 51 min. ago

I drove one of the cheapest electric SUVs on the market. There are 4 reasons the Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a good buy, but 3 ways it falls short.

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is less expensive than rivals while still offering good range, but its slow charging speeds could be a dealbreaker. The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/Insider The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is a great electric SUV for commuters and small families.  It offers good range, a low starting price, and Super Cruise, which enables hands-free highway driving.  But the Bolt EUV can't charge as quickly as rivals and doesn't have all-wheel drive.  Battery fires forced General Motors to put its newest electric car on hold for several months. But now the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV has arrived.A slightly larger version of Chevy's Bolt EV hatchback, the Bolt EUV is an excellent choice for those looking for a compact, reasonably affordable electric SUV. But the Bolt EUV has a few drawbacks that could be deal breakers for some. Pro: Accessible costThe 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderThe $33,500 Bolt EUV ($34,495 with a destination fee) is among the cheapest electric cars you can buy today, which is especially welcome as inflation sends electric vehicle prices through the roof.It'll be even more appealing starting later this year. The 2023 Bolt EUV is getting a major price cut, dropping its retail price to $28,195 with fees.The Bolt EUV Chevrolet loaned me had a bunch of extra options and came out to $43,190, including a destination fee. Pro: Available Super Cruise works like a charmThe 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderThe Bolt EUV is the first non-Cadillac to get Super Cruise, GM's fabulous hands-free driving-assistance feature. Super Cruise performed admirably in my experience, following lane lines and maintaining a set gap to the car ahead for long stretches without any human input. It isn't perfect by any means, but it may reduce driving fatigue should you decide to take your Bolt EUV on a long, monotonous trip. Pro: Unexpectedly comfy and fun to driveThe 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderOn the road, the EUV doesn't feel like your typical economy car. It accelerates smoothly, soaks up bumps in the road, and rides quietly. While it isn't Tesla quick, its 200-horsepower motor and ample torque lets you dart away from a stop light or make quick passes on the highway. Pro: Solid rangeThe 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderThe Bolt EUV can travel 247 miles on a full battery, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates. That's 12 miles less than the Bolt EV hatchback, but it's still competitive with rivals like the Kia Niro EV (239 miles), the Volkswagen ID.4 (260 miles), and the Hyundai Kona Electric (258 miles). All those models have higher sticker prices. Con: Not as cool looking as other EVsThe 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderThe Bolt EUV looks good. It's sleek. But it largely blends in with the new gas-powered SUVs on the road. If you're looking for something flashier, consider the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, or Ford Mustang Mach-E. Con: Doesn't charge all that fastThe 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderThe Bolt EUV can DC fast-charge at a rate of 55 kilowatts, allowing it to add roughly 95 miles of range in 30 minutes, Chevrolet says. Most electric cars can charge much more quickly, at a rate of 100 kilowatts or more. A Hyundai Ioniq 5 can use 350-kilowatt chargers, allowing it to recoup 200 miles of range in roughly 18 minutes. One big boon on the charging front: Chevrolet will pay for Bolt EUV customers to install a Level 2 charger at home, which offers more power than a regular household outlet. Con: Lacks "utility"The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.Tim Levin/InsiderDespite the added "U" in its name, the Bolt EUV doesn't offer that much extra utility over its hatchback sibling, the Bolt EV. The EUV is 6.3 inches longer than the EV and offers extra legroom for rear passengers, making it more practical.But it doesn't have all-wheel drive and its cargo area is, strangely, less roomy than the Bolt EV's. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJun 18th, 2022

My trip in Porsche"s electric station wagon highlighted one of the biggest problems with electric-car charging

The $200,000 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo can charge its battery incredibly quickly. But super-fast charging stations are hard to find. The 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S.Tim Levin/Insider Porsche says its electric station wagon, the Taycan Cross Turismo, can charge extremely quickly. But a weekend trip with the EV showed me that super-fast charging stations are rare and unreliable. The Taycan Cross Turismo Porsche lent us came out to $208,000. A base model costs roughly $100,000. There's no question that electric cars have come a long way.Today's electric vehicles can drive quicker, charge faster, and cover more distance on a full battery than ever before. But there's one nagging problem that makes owning one harder than it needs to be: the availability of public charging stations.Because what's the point of buying a fun, quick-charging car if many of the places to fill up are broken, crowded, or, worse yet, nonexistent?A weekend trip in Porsche's electric station wagon, the Taycan Cross Turismo, had me asking that very question. Among the Taycan's biggest selling points is its ability to accept 270 kilowatts of charging power, yielding faster charging times than many other models. Porsche claims its technology allows for a 5-80% charge in as little as 22.5 minutes — a boon for longer trips with multiple stops — provided one uses a station that offers 270 kilowatts or more.The 2022 Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S.Tim Levin/InsiderI planned to find such a plug to see if filling up the Taycan really is as quick and convenient as Porsche says. But that's easier said than done. Charging stations are already much harder to come by than gas pumps, and the most powerful plugs are rarer still. I was disappointed to learn that between my apartment in New York and my destination in the Hudson Valley, there was just one charging station that could deliver sufficient juice. And it would require a detour. But one option was better than zero. (There was wider selection of less-powerful chargers, but those wouldn't work for this particular mission.)I planned to drive upstate without stopping, spend the night, and hit the 350-kilowatt Electrify America station I had identified for a lightning-fast charge on the way back.When I showed up on a Sunday afternoon, two of the four charging kiosks were out of service. Fortunately, I happened to pull up to the sole working 350-kilowatt charger just before two other drivers arrived to charge. They had little choice but to wait their turn; the other operational plug was occupied, and it wasn't clear when that driver would return.Aside from an initial hiccup (the Porsche charged for a minute before abruptly disconnecting), charging went smoothly. The car replenished its battery level from 20% to 80% in a breezy 18 minutes, making for an astonishingly speedy and convenient stop.But with a little less luck, things could have gone much worse. Had I arrived a few minutes later, it's possible I would've had to wait an hour for others to refuel before getting the chance to plug in. The broken, overly crowded chargers could have easily rendered the Porsche's ultra-fast charging capability completely useless.Indeed, electric-car owners often complain about the sorry state of charging infrastructure. In a February survey of EV owners by a California government agency, 44% of respondents said operability and payment issues were barriers to charging. A recent study of non-Tesla fast-charging stations in California's bay area found that nearly a quarter were inoperable. The technology to make charging fast and convenient is clearly there. But for more drivers to embrace zero-emission vehicles, super-fast charging stations need to be commonplace and dependable too. Right now, they're neither. We're still in the early days of EV adoption, and things are looking up. Electrify America told me it plans to add more 350-kilowatt chargers starting later this year and that it's improving its existing stations. In February, the White House announced a $5 billion plan to blanket US highways with thousands of new charging locations. But clearly, there's still a long road ahead.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 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

As Markets Correct, Remember The Wit & Wisdom Of Ace Greenberg

As Markets Correct, Remember The Wit & Wisdom Of Ace Greenberg Authored by Bill Blain via MorningPorridge.com, “Tricks make headlines, but winners execute the basics..” Markets remain in a major correction – but fear not. When the hurly burly is done, what goes down and survives will (eventually) come back up! As the pain bites, I recommend the wit and wisdom of Ace Greenberg, the best banking CEO ever, a man who understood the primacy of common sense. Peloton’s numbers said it all. Great concept. Terrible Business. The most difficult thing in business is convincing someone who thinks they have a brilliant concept that it’s not. From meme stocks, to SPACs, to profitless growth-fixated firms to disruptive tech… it’s the realisation great marketing and gab doesn’t always translate into brilliant businesses that’s hurting whole slices of the market. Such is life. Three times I’ve invested in airships. They will never replace planes, but I shall probably fall for it again because next time is always different. No. It usually is not. Good firms – the legion of companies with solid fundamentals, the ones that don’t make the front pages of the FT and WSJ on a regular basis, the well managed ones, aware of their position on the earth and part of it, making perfect widgets and selling great products, looking after their staff and achieving positive social good – (the ones that do ESG without having to have it explained to them) – are also suffering for all the usual reasons: an inflated bubbelicious market bursting, and a declining economic outlook in the face of inflation, recession, difficult supply chains and rising global tensions. If you are holding good and great companies you really have little to worry about. Sure, the stock price may decline as the economic picture develops, the great correction of 2022 will continue as a falling tide lowering all boats, but ultimately good companies will bounce back, they will pay dividends and they will resume on trend mean-reverted growth. These firms are the long-term holds. My portfolio is down, but it will be back up again. I am not panicking. As I’ve pointed out many times, the trick is understanding which firms will evolve into or maintain profitable niches, and which are ultimately evolutionary dead ends… As for Coinbase last night.. I had to stifle giggles as I scanned their statements. Sadly, it won’t be a final hurrah for Crypto. Around the world there is a huge number of desperate crypto-losers hoping and clinging to the belief the few pennies they have left in this Crypto Winter are still going to germinate into fantabulous wealth. They sincerely believe the gibberish that passes as crypto-proof. They don’t understand Greater Fool theory. They believed the invisible clothes of crypto could only be seen by really clever people, and didn’t want to look foolish. Yet, today I was surprised to discover my crypto wallet is still worth 70% of my investment – I will be smugly satisfied when its zero! But, all the above is just noise.. What does it all really mean.. So a bit of a departure on the Morning Porridge this morning. Today, I am going to listen to someone else’s advice… Yesterday, I was chatting with an old work chum and he showed me a photo of his dog-eared Crash of 29 by Galbraith. I went looking for mine – and its vanished. I reckon either the ex-Bank of England economist up the road or one of our local hedgies snaffled it at the Halloween, Christmas or my Birthday party.. hey-ho! But I did find my last remaining copy of the Greatest Book on business ever written. Ace Greenberg’s Memos from the Chairman. Ace was CEO and chairman of Bear Stearns, the greatest Little Investment Bank to ever grace the Street. I have enjoyed every moment of my not very grand career in finance, but the 10 years I spent at Bear were probably the best. (Shard, of course, comes a very close second…) The book is a collection of genuine memos Ace sent round Bear Stearns – they are full of wisdom, humour and are highly instructive. Even though they are now 30 years old, they remain highly pertinent to what’s happening in market’s today. Perhaps the things Ace valued most was common sense and pragmatism. Ace was a real character – and a genuine good man. Many years ago I dragged him to the IMF annual shindig in Washington. Between meetings with clients, while I was flaffing around arranging taxis, materials and schedules, he stopped me, made me sit down and decompress, and insisted on sharing his lunch with me. He gave me great advice on the clients we met. He told me not to engage with one Irish bank we met – they didn’t pass his sniff test. He was spot on right. The Irish Bank went spectacularly bust a few years later. Ace had a gift for remembering everyone and a genuine interest and concern for his colleagues. He understood the business backwards, and was tough. He would not hesitate to pull the trigger when required, but he was absolutely fair. When he stepped back… under his utterly different successor it was only a matter of time.. which was a great shame. Bear Stearns – happy days and a great crowd of people. I raise a toast! I reread Memos from the Chairman again last night. It’s utterly brilliant. Let me share some gems: On being successful in markets: Watch expenses Work for our clients Keep our feet on the ground and our heads on straight.” “Make decisions based on common sense and avoid herd mentality.” “Control expenses with unrelenting vigil.” “Help all departments grow, this year’s starlet can be next year’s dog.” “All this time I thought Merchant Banking was some esoteric, complicated British secret.”   “The bear markets will end, and it can end quickly.” “This market will not get me down. It is just a minor challenge.” “People who talk too much seem to have bad luck.” On Investment Banking: “You cannot fly with the eagles and poop like a canary.” “It is up to all of us to fight our unrelenting enemies – complacency, over-confidence and conceit.” “Thou will do well in commerce as long as thou does not believe thine own odour is perfume.” “Every industry in this country is having financial problems. We paid our dues by surviving and even prospering during some tough years for Wall Street, but do not confuse luck for brains.” “I find it amazing we never hear of a conference devoted to applying common sense to the securities industry” On People and Markets: “The market in stocks has taken a precipitous drip, but I am far from depressed. Why? Because we will see great opportunities in all areas, particularly personnel.” “If somebody with an MBA applies for a job, we will not hold against them, but we are really looking for people with PSD degrees. (Poor, smart and a deep desire to get rich.)” “Bear Stearns is not having a hiring freeze. Our experience has been the best time to hire productive people is when conditions are difficult.” “The only thing that can stop us getting richer is stupidity.” “Forget the chain of command. That is not the way Bear Stearns was built. If you think someone is doing something off the wall or his/her decision making stinks, go around this person, and that includes me.” On CVs “Remember one thing; today’s applicant could be next year’s client.” On Work  (he recognised answering phones promptly and is critical to success) “I conducted a study of 200 firms that disappeared from Wall Street and discovered 62.349% went bust because important people did not leave word on where they went when they left their desks…” “A firm that has enthusiastic telephone operators starts off with a tremendous advantage over the dummies of the world.” On trading “If you have a problem position, discuss it with the head of desk. Absolution can be granted for losing money, but never for lying about it.” On strategic planning: “It is reported some prominent M&A bankers just left a firm because of a difference of opinion over strategic planning. That will never happen at Bear Stearns because we have no Strategic Planning.” “The amount of dissension rises geometrically with the more issues you have to philosophize over.” On Expenses  it wasn’t just spending on paperclips… “Federal Express is not a wholly owned subsidiary of Bear Stearns… we are spending $50,000 a month with them.” “It hurts to report I saw someone throw away a used internal envelope before it made 22 trips round the office. I can’t stand to see people burn money.” “Electricity is not free! This will come as a surprise to 98% of the people who work at Bear Stearns. I found enough lights and machines left on to fund Bangladesh’s light bill for a year.” “We are flexible. We should have anticipated the culture shock when a person joins us from a firm that has been losing billions. From this date forward… the personnel department will give new folks a paper bag with a box of paper clips and twenty rubber bands.” “When the toner is low, take out the cartridge, shake it and give it another try. If we get 5% more use out our toner cartridges, it would save the company $15,000 a year.” Bear Stearns has just bought its 10,000th Fax Machine. The Fax salesperson has just retired. He is burnt out – he is 33 years old. He has purchased Donald Trump’s yacht, and the overworked soul wants to take it easy…. There is a moral hidden somewhere… It’s a brilliant read.. and I’m still smiling… Tyler Durden Thu, 05/12/2022 - 06:30.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeMay 12th, 2022

25 Ways To Save Fuel And Money

Gas prices. Am I right? As of March 31, 2022 the average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline touched $4.25, according to AAA. As you your wallet infomed you you, this is some the highest prices ever. And, that’s not even taking inflation into account. Q1 2022 hedge fund letters, conferences and more […] Gas prices. Am I right? As of March 31, 2022 the average national price for a gallon of regular gasoline touched $4.25, according to AAA. As you your wallet infomed you you, this is some the highest prices ever. 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There are tens of thousands of gas station locations listed on these fuel finding apps, with near-real-time prices. Moreover, both apps are available on the web or through mobile apps for Android and iOS. Those who drive a lot may want to roll with GasBuddy Premium. Even though it’s a $99 annual membership, it promises to save drivers up to $0.40 per gallon. Use a rewards credit card. You should apply for a rewards credit card if you do not already have one. But, what exactly are they? Well, they’re nothing more than a credit card that earns cash or points on every time you fill up. For consumers with excellent or good credit, popular options include; The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express. You can earn between 1% to 5% cashback on all eligible U.S. gas station purchases The Citi Premier® Card. Another credit card offering a 3% return on gas purchases. Discover it® Cash Back. You can earn bonus cash back, usually 5%, in quarterly categories that you activate. The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® Card. 3% effective return rate is earned on purchases made at eligible gas stations. PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa Signature® Card. It is one of the best cards for earning gas rewards since cardholders earn 5 points per $1 spent at a gas station. For Costco members, Citi offers the Costco Anywhere Visa card, a rewards card featuring a robust rewards program. The first $7,000 of eligible gasoline purchases earns 4% cashback (payable as Costco store credit), which is adequate for all but the most taxing drivers. Are you partial to a specific gas station family. If so, join its rewards program and apply for a store credit card. You’ll earn instant savings at the pump or redeemable rewards. Compared to regular credit card rewards, instant discounts from these rewards programs can provide a better rate of return as well. Pay with cash. Even if you have a rewards credit card, you might want to proceed with caution. After all, it’s not uncommon for gas stations to charge you more if you pay with a credit card. “Depending on where you are, that may be 10 to 15 cents a gallon,” said Andrew Lipow of Lipow Oil Associates. However, there is the possibility of even greater savings. Some stations may even go as high as offering a 75-cent discount. Why do gas stations prefer cash? Fuel stations and other merchants pay a fee to credit card companies for processing their transactions. Generally, the fee is 2% to 3% of the purchase price, according to the Georgia Department of Consumer Affairs. Another reason? You can’t pay at the pump, unlike credit cards. That means you have to go inside. “To buy the snacks and the drinks and whatever they’re selling,” Lipow said. “Most of the profit for a convenience store is coming from the sale of food, beverages, and cigarettes. If do use cash, just make sure that your resist temptation from impulse buys. One trick I use is filling an exact dollar amount and only having that cash on me. So, I spend $50, then I only bring in a $50 bill when paying for gas. Avoid premium. There was a time when premium gas made sense. This was because it contained additional detergents and additives to help prevent carbon deposits. As such, it could assist in cleaning a car’s engine. However, as Jason Kavangh writes for Edmunds, “now, because of government regulations aimed at cutting emissions, most major brands of gasoline have plenty of additives in all grades to both protect engines and cut pollution.” In short, filling your tank with a premium is a waste of money. The exception? Vehicles that require premium fuel. Fuel up on the right days. When should you fuel up? According to GasBuddy, Mondays. For the whole country, the cheapest day to buy gas in 2021 was Monday. Gas prices started the week at their lowest point in several previous years at the start of the week. Even though Friday has traditionally been one of the most expensive days to fill up with gas because of the weekend start, in 2021 it was the second least expensive day to do so. “Though there is variation in daily gas prices across different states, the consensus is that filling up at the beginning or end of the work week, on Monday or Friday, is the best way to save money,” stated Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. How much can you really save by filling your tank on the right days? By filling up on the cheapest days of the week, GasBuddy estimates that drivers can save $50 to $100 per year. According to this calculation, gas costs roughly $3.35 per gallon, with four fill-ups per month of 12 gallons each, and on other days of the week, gas runs 7 cents to 12 cents more expensive. Purchase discounted gas cards through a reseller. Discounts on gas are available to members of Costco, Sam’s Club, and Walmart Plus. Walmart Plus offers a 5-cent discount at its fueling centers and offers access to all Sam’s Club locations. The cost of a membership with Sam’s Club is between $45, whereas memberships with BJ’s Wholesale Club are $55 and Costco are $60. “Gas prices at warehouse clubs are nearly always lower, ranging from 5 cents to 25 cents less per gallon,” says De Haan. “And when prices rise, they hold their prices down for longer.” What’s more, if you’re buying groceries in bulk then being a warehouse member is well worth the price. As if that weren’t enough, you can expect additional coupons and cashback rewards. Use free or discounted gift cards. A gift card is a popular choice for an easy present, but not all of them are redeemed. As such, many resellers let consumers resell their unused gift cards and buy them cheaply. You can buy and sell unused Chevon, Texaco, Shell, BP, and other gas gift cards over at Gift Card Granny and Raise. It’s likely that most of these discounted gas gift cards are out of stock right now. However, you can sign up for email alerts when new ones become available. Both gift card sites also sell gift cards at retail rates, and Gift Card Granny also has reward cards. Always read the fine print and make sure the discount you are getting matches the details of the card. Ease up on the gas and brakes. In general, gas mileage rapidly declines when driving over 50 mph, costing you approximately $0.23 extra per gallon for every 5 mph above that speed, according to the Department of Energy. “The harder your engine works, the more gas it’s going to take. Rapid acceleration and high-speed driving make your engine work harder, and therefore, it sucks up more gasoline,” says Jack Gillis, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America and author of “The Car Book.” Fuel is often wasted not only when we accelerate quickly, but also when we brake suddenly. To avoid this, it is recommended to coast to a red light or downhill. Also, observing the speed isn’t just safer, it’s also a surefire way to avoid speeding tickets. In case you’re wondering, the average cost of a speeding ticket is $150. Additionally, your auto insurance will be lower too. A speeding ticket in the U.S. costs an average of $2,029 per year, while a clean driving record costs $1674. Don’t be an an aggressive driver. Aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking, also wastes fuel. At highway speeds, it can reduce your gas mileage by 15 to 30%, and in stop-and-go traffic, it can decrease it by 10 to 40%, notes the Department of Energy. You can improve your driving efficiency with driver feedback devices. According to a recent study, they can help drivers improve fuel economy by about 3% and can save drivers about 10% by using them. In addition to saving gas money, sensible driving is also safer for you and others. And, it can prevent vehicle damage or costly tickets. Keep your vehicle light. Stop storing items in your vehicle that are unnecessary, especially heavy ones. You might lose 1% of your MPG if you carry 100 extra pounds in your vehicle. In general, smaller vehicles are more affected by the reduction due to their increased weight relative to their original weight. Don’t add drag. The aerodynamic drag (wind resistance) caused by hauling cargo on your roof can reduce your fuel economy, explains the Department of Energy. For example, a large, blunt roof-top cargo box can reduce fuel economy by around 2% to 8% when driving in the city, 6% to 17% on the highway, and 10% to 25% at Interstate speeds (65 mph to 75 mph). The fuel economy of rear-mounted cargo boxes or trays is significantly less. In city driving, they reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2%, and on the highway they reduce it by 1 to 5%. Avoid excessive idling. Fuel use during idling can range from a quarter to a half gallon per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner usage. Because of this, Be sure to switch off your vehicle’s engine when you park. After all, it only takes bbout 10 seconds of fuel to start it up again. Use cruise control. In hilly areas without cruise control, you may get better gas mileage, because the system tends to downshift too much and waste fuel. Other than that, however, cruise away. The use of cruise control while maintaining a steady speed has been shown to reduce fuel consumption. Additionally, this ensures that you aren’t breaking the speed limit. Which again, prevents pricey speeding tickets, Check your gas cap. A gas cap that isn’t sealed, has a fault, or is missing can reduce your fuel efficiency by 2%. The reason? Well, gas caps keep your fuel from leaking as it evaporates. On hot days, evaporated fuel escapes quickly through any cracks in the cap if it is faulty or unsealed. The majority of modern cars have a sensor that alerts you when the gas cap is faulty. However, checking for cracks, chips, or tears at least once a week isn’t time-consuming. And, it’s a simple way to save both fuel and money. Maintain your vehicle. You will not only save money on repair costs down the road, but you’ll also save fuel in the interim by performing regular maintenance. You should change your oil and filters regularly as it thickens over time as deposits accumulate. You should also address the check engine light (CEL) immediately. All of the devices that can trigger a CEL, such as oxygen sensors, spark plugs, and throttle bodies, have to work together to maximize the efficiency and performance of your engine. Follow the service interval recommended in your owner’s manual for best results. While you’re at it, make certain that your tires are inflated properly. By keeping your tires inflated properly, you will improve your gas mileage by 0.6% on average, and even by 3% in some cases. Tires underinflated by 1 psi can decrease gas mileage by about 0.2%. In addition, properly inflated tires last longer and are safer. And, speaking of your tires, make sure that they’re properly aligned and rotated frequently. It’s suggested that when you get an oil change that your tires are rotated at the same time. Map out your routes. By suggesting certain routes that avoid hills and traffic, Google Maps will also help you increase your miles per gallon. On the Android and iOS apps, fuel-efficient routes are available. However, not all users have yet been provided with this feature. Google Maps has an option to turn on fuel efficiency simply by tapping the three dots, then navigating to “Route options” and selecting the “Prefer fuel-efficient routes” option. Fuelio and Jerrycan are other fuel-tracking mobile apps you might want to explore. These apps allow you to track gas prices along with improving your fuel efficiency. According to JerryCan, its app can help drivers save up to 20% in fuel consumption. Claim expenses. Did you may be able to deduct gas expenses on your tax return? The caveat? You must own a business or are self-employed and use the vehicle for business purposes. To find out whether your individual situation qualifies for deductions, you’ll have to do some research with the Internal Revenue Service or speak with an expert. Modify your commute. It is more expensive and environmentally harmful to drive alone to work than to take any other form of transportation. The problem is amplified if you work in a congested district where parking is limited and hard on your wallet. With that in mind, you may want to consider more cost-effective ways of getting to and from work. You have several options depending on your location, how much time you have in the morning, and whether you are physically fit. Establish a carpool with co-workers who live nearby and rotate driving responsibilities daily or weekly. Use of public transit, including bus or train services, to reduce your net cost per trip, such as local or regional buses and trains If possible, walk or bike to work. Work from home (if possible). COVID-19 has demonstrated that many white-collar jobs can be done remotely without affecting productivity significantly. In fact, according to Gallup’s September 2021 update of its monthly employment trends, 45% of full-time U.S. employees worked from home either all (25%) or part of the time (20%). Consider negotiating a remote work arrangement with your employer if you are able to do your job remotely, but you have not yet done so. The possibility of part-time or full-time remote work can substantially reduce your household transportation costs, and a full-time remote position may open the door to living in a less congested, expensive, or more green community. Stop looking for the “perfect” parking spot. The average U.S. motorist spends 17 hours per year and $345 per driverlooking for parking, according to Inrix. It should be noted, though, that some question those figures. However, choosing parking spaces farther from your destination is one way to reduce fuel waste — even if it’s not as much as Inrix reported. While this rule isn’t always feasible in areas with insufficient parking space, such business, shopping, and entertainment districts, it’s still worth trying. To put it simply, rather than driving around the block in search of the perfect spot, go to a less congested area and travel by foot. As an added bonus, this is beneficial to your health. Keep left turns to a minimum. As with idling, waiting for an opportunity to turn while idling in the left turn lane takes much more time (and gas) than making a right turn. Similarly, UPS found that they could save $300 to $400 million a year by minimizing left turns on their delivery routes, in addition to saving on wages and maintenance. Use the eco setting or limit your air conditioning/heater usage. It’s been estimated that using your car’s air conditioner can reduce fuel economy by 25%. In very hot weather, on short trips, and in hybrid vehicles, this effect is particularly noticeable. Use the coolest non-AC fan setting instead of your air conditioner on more pleasant days. Use your vehicle’s “eco” AC setting if it has one when it is too hot to go entirely without air conditioning. Also, parking your vehicle in the shade may also help. What about colder weather? Avoid using power-sucking features like seat warmers, window defrosters, or heater fans. Or, try to use them briefly. And, as opposed to parking in cooler spaces like in the share, keep your vehicle parked in an enclosed space is possible. Don’t drive in heavy traffic or bad weather. Fuel economy decreases when you’re stuck in traffic or when it’s windy or rainy, as well as during busy, high-traffic times. The reason? You must use more fuel to overcome air resistance when driving in bad weather because there is more air resistance. And, if you’re stuck in traffic, you’re likely to stop and start, idle, and weave, and your fuel economy decreases faster than you can keep up with. Stop running on fumes. Though it may not happen too often, it’s interesting to learn that if you wait until the tank is empty before filling up, explains Virtual Drive, you may cause an expensive mechanical issue. In your vehicle, the gasoline acts as a coolant for the motor of the electrical fuel pump. In turn, the pump will attempt to suck in air when your tank is empty. Over time, this could result in the fuel pump overheating and even failing prematurely. In addition, it is important to avoid getting dirt in your fuel tank as well as possibly running out of fuel and becoming stranded. And, as a result of your desperation, you may choose the first station you see even if it’s at a higher price per gallon. Consider buying a more fuel efficient vehicle. Finally, you can save money on gasoline by buying a vehicle with a higher MPG (miles per gallon) rating. If you don’t want to worry about fuel prices ever again, think about a hybrid car or an electric vehicle — if it’s within your budget. In general, vehicles with manual transmissions tend to be more fuel efficient than automatic transmissions. And, in my opinion, it’s fun to drive a manual transmission. Article by John Rampton, Due About the Author John Rampton is an entrepreneur and connector. When he was 23 years old while attending the University of Utah he was hurt in a construction accident. His leg was snapped in half. He was told by 13 doctors he would never walk again. Over the next 12 months he had several surgeries, stem cell injections and learned how to walk again. During this time he studied and mastered how to make money work for you, not against you. He has since taught thousands through books, courses and written over 5000 articles online about finance, entrepreneurship and productivity. He has been recognized as the Top Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine, Finance Expert by Time and Annuity Expert by Nasdaq. He is the Founder and CEO of Due. Updated on May 4, 2022, 2:25 pm (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkMay 4th, 2022

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.....»»

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Cathie Wood On Twitter; Europe In Recession

Cathie Wood on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), Europe in recession, inflation has peaked & supply chain has gone the other way with fat inventories except autos. Cathie Wood just made these comments in an interview conducted with Melissa Francis on Magnifi Media by TIFIN. Magnifi is a fintech platform that uses artificial intelligence so individuals and advisors […] Cathie Wood on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), Europe in recession, inflation has peaked & supply chain has gone the other way with fat inventories except autos. Cathie Wood just made these comments in an interview conducted with Melissa Francis on Magnifi Media by TIFIN. 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Even Jack was saying we need a change and we have to change and he and Elon are aligned to an open source agorithim to something more subscription based. What is Twitter worth? So much uncertainty but out Our compound annual rate of return is 25% for Twitter and their model will change. we have short term oriented shareholders who want to make a fast buck. the model is going to change. we will revisit once we know what’s going on and we think a lot can be done to improve the model but it may take more than our 5-year timeline investment horizon. We probably would have more confidence in the platform and want to hear what Elon has in mind in terms of perpetuating the platform Need his ideas on becoming a transparent and sustaining product and people will be open to his ideas Are you supportive of Elon taking over? The route Jack was going, which we supported, was opening the algorithm and this is a continuation of that. We have held Twitter because we believe it is a verification platform, it could become a  verification platform for NFTs. There are very few vertification platforms out there. Cathie Wood On Tesla Her call on Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) at $4600--we have been building out Tesla model for years and publish 5 year projection which started in 2019 when that was misunderstood. WE felt that open sourcing  and update people how much share Tesla has and keeping in the electric vehicle space and  how capital efficient Tesla and more efficient than any other company out there We keep an eye on battery costs and technology and our biggest assumption changes over the past few years marketshare and keeping it, ability to scale and he says is a manufacturer  or factories, capital efficiency and we’ve been shocked and ability to increase gross margins over time In the five year forecast we had a 50-50 probably of automous vehicles and now its higher We know now autonomous is possible because it’s happening Cathie Wood Defends Criticisms On ARK We give away our research away not because we are altruistic but we want to educate and how the world is changing and how to keep so much is going to change Five change platforms: genomic sequencing, adaptive robotics, energy storage, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology Those platforms are changing and growing at exponential rates and converging. We want the sell side and the buy side and they are used to short term time horizons and they are focused on beating benchmarks but we are focused on new technologies and the technology to transform the future  We have a 5 year investment time horizon. Very few active managers have outperformed the markets in the past five years. In past 10 years 11% of large cap managers have outperformed their benchmarks and 25% of all active managers have outperformed  their benchmarks. We have outperformed the NASDAQ, S&P and MSCI handsomely over the past five years and compounded annual rate of return at 22% For a six week period during covid we had a risk off epoisde and we underperformed but from the bottom to the peak in Feb. 2021 our flagship strategy was up 360% since then at our worst point we were down 60% We believe that disruptive innovation in global public equity markets is valued today at a  $10 trillion market cap and that will go to $210 trillion by 2030 so that is a 35-40% compounded rate of growth When people talk about risk management people think of us a generalist we have risk control We have risk control built into scoring system. When we move to risk off period and concentrate into higher conviction names for our flagship strategy we went from  58 names to 35 names from a risk control point of view.  We push more higher scoring names in risk of periods Long term studies show that the most concentrates strategies are the most successful the strategy. We use volatility to curb the risk by concentrate the portfolio and many people think higher concentrate is riskier and we disagree. What about personal attacks by Morningstar There are companies that don’t understand we don’t fit into their style box and style boxes will become a thing of the past as technology blurs the lines and across the cap range. We are index agnostic and that’s a problem for many companies. Our objective is minimal compounded annual rate of return at 15% over next five years. We are closer you will find like a VC in public market as anyone  they have not seen an animal like ours. If you look at technology in the S&P 500 we  have no overlap on those names and the technologies of the future will be different than the technologies of past. Offer good diversification if you own FANG but our stocks are not in broad based indices ARK has seen $17 Billion in inflows last year and that’s because advisors know we are a diversifier and we will protect against the value traps that are populating broad based portfolios. Our analyst team on innovation domain experts we don’t have MBAs because it’s much easier to teach a biochecmial engineering a financial statement Deflation Deflation---disruptive innovation is inherently deflationary in two ways. The good way is truly disruptive innovation is followed by cost declines  when more people have access and that causes exponential growth because the cost decline opens up a new markets Companies cater to short term shareholder by manufacturing earnings—buying back shares to increase earnings or pay dividends but they are leveraged up to do so and they haven’t invested in innovation. Because the companies haven’t invested in innovation they will need to service their debt and they will have to cut prices and we think that the gas powered autos will have to do that first Big disagreement today is cyclical inflation—we believe inflation is in process of peaking. Some of the early signs that we are seeing mostly in inventory accumulation especially in the retail world, excluding autos, that the inventories are piling up. Many companies double and triple ordered when they couldn’t get supplies and they they will end up with so much inventory on their balance sheet and they will have to cut prices Oil prices is an outlier and food prices with Ukraine There is demand destruction underway in energy sector Russia hasn’t been turned off yet. It’s oil exports going elsewhere Surprised to see oil at $130 and then at $117 and lower high is the first sign demand destruction is having an impact Consumer Sentiment Not sure why people aren’t focused on Consumer sentiment-- U of Michigan and I’ve watched it for 45 years is down to levels in ’08 and ’09 and people were losing home, jobs and cars and oil prices were at $147 Consumers won’t be rushing out to buy and that’s a recipe for decline We could have a global recession Europe is in recession; China feels recessionary and Asia will caught a cold Sri Lanka about to default is like the Asian crisis in 1997 and there many warning signs Bond yields as Fed talking up interest rate the 10 year yield hasn’t even cracked 3% Inflation will start unwinding rapidly now. Last April CPI was up .9 and PPI was up 1.1 and if If we come in below that for April and those YOY cmpareisions will come down and see a lot more economists say they think inflation has peaked and the question is how low will it go Surprise will be on the low side because large inventories, disruptive innovation and creative destruction. Interview Transcript 00:00:01 Melissa Francis Welcome everyone. 00:00:02 Melissa Francis Today we're here to talk about magnifying bigtiff in a marketplace where you can harness real time proprietary data to help individual investors and financial advisors find, compare and buy investment products like stocks and ETFs, mutual funds, and model portfolios to grow and preserve your wealth. 00:00:20 Melissa Francis I'm Melissa Francis. 00:00:21 Melissa Francis I know just a little bit about this subject matter. 00:00:24 Melissa Francis I'm a former CNBC, MSNBC, Fox business and Fox News anchor. 00:00:29 Melissa Francis And you will remember if you've watched us before we talked about the best crypto investment strategies with Anthony Scaramucci, the best bond strategies with the Bond king himself. 00:00:39 Melissa Francis Jeffrey Gundlach. 00:00:40 Melissa Francis And the best private equity strategies with martinis. 00:00:43 Melissa Francis But now we have a very special guest that I'm super excited about to talk about stock. 00:00:48 Melissa Francis Box and everything hot out there. Kathy would. She's the CEO of Ark. She is a board member of Tiffin, which is Magnify's parent company Kathy. 00:00:57 Melissa Francis So thank you so much for being here. 00:00:59 Melissa Francis I want to drill down on your latest blog because there were so many good Nuggets in there and I found some of them kind of counter intuitive. 00:01:05 Melissa Francis So I want to get into those. 00:01:06 Melissa Francis But first, if I could take you to. 00:01:08 Melissa Francis The hot story of the day, which of course is. 00:01:12 Melissa Francis Twitter and I wanted to ask you looking at where things stand today and I know it's fast moving. 00:01:18 Melissa Francis It keeps changing, but if. 00:01:21 Melissa Francis You were Elon. 00:01:22 Melissa Francis Musk, what would your next move be? 00:01:24 Melissa Francis What would you do from? 00:01:24 Cathie Wood Here, well, he's got a $54.00 I guess is $54.20 offer out there. 00:01:32 Cathie Wood So I think he'll bide his time. 00:01:34 Cathie Wood It will be interesting to see if other bidders show up I'm I'm. 00:01:40 Cathie Wood I'm hearing that there are some so, so let's see. 00:01:43 Cathie Wood Not not quite sure. 00:01:44 Cathie Wood It's still quite fluid, right? 00:01:46 Melissa Francis Yeah no. 00:01:46 Melissa Francis And he says that if this doesn't work, he has. 00:01:48 Melissa Francis Plan B, what do you think that is? 00:01:51 Cathie Wood Goodness, I don't know if it would be something a little more hostile. 00:01:54 Cathie Wood Just I have no idea. 00:01:55 Cathie Wood You know, Elon Musk is has his own mind and and and is I'm, I'm sure, thinking very creatively about this. 00:02:04 Melissa Francis If he does succeed. 00:02:05 Melissa Francis And you were him again. 00:02:07 Melissa Francis What would you do with the company? 00:02:08 Melissa Francis What do you think that they need to correct? 00:02:11 Cathie Wood Well, one of the things that I think has Hanford Twitter is its advertising model and. 00:02:17 Cathie Wood This is what? 00:02:17 Cathie Wood Scares analysts out there. 00:02:20 Cathie Wood Oh my gosh, you know he's going to upend the advertising model. 00:02:26 Cathie Wood Because advertisers don't like to be to have their ads shown next to questionable content, which is something different for everyone, right? 00:02:36 Cathie Wood And so, this idea of perhaps a subscription service is a possibility. 00:02:41 Cathie Wood Or a tipping service, but certainly open sourcing the algorithm. 00:02:46 Cathie Wood Will be the first thing he'll do so that there's transparency associated with what is and is not censored. 00:02:56 Melissa Francis So do you think that's a good or a bad thing for the company? 00:02:59 Melissa Francis I mean, it might be a good thing for freedom of speech, or however, may you. 00:03:02 Melissa Francis You may look at it politically, but if you are a shareholder, is it a good idea for him to get that out there so everybody knows how the algorithm really works? 00:03:11 Cathie Wood Well, I think. 00:03:12 Cathie Wood Even Jack Dorsey thought that Twitter was beginning to tie itself. 00:03:16 Cathie Wood And not over the the censorship. 00:03:19 Cathie Wood And so he was trying to figure out what can we do to overcome this monster really, and so I think they do need to do something and many people would describe what's happened to Twitter as becoming a cesspool. 00:03:35 Cathie Wood Now we don't think that we use Twitter, it's. 00:03:39 Cathie Wood It's become quite important to our business, as have other social media platforms. 00:03:45 Cathie Wood And so we know that we can unfollow someone that is hampering our research or our ability to engage with others in a civil way. 00:03:57 Cathie Wood But I I think that I think that even Jack was saying, OK, we need a change. 00:04:03 Cathie Wood We have to change what we're doing. 00:04:05 Cathie Wood And I think he and Ellen probably are aligned. 00:04:08 Cathie Wood And this idea of an open source algorithm, a shift away from the advertising model towards something more subscription based. 00:04:17 Cathie Wood And you know more transparency? 00:04:19 Cathie Wood I mean, Ark is radically transparent. 00:04:22 Cathie Wood Everything we do is transfer. 00:04:25 Cathie Wood And it has done nothing but help our business. 00:04:28 Cathie Wood Sure, you've got people out there who are denigrating our work. 00:04:34 Cathie Wood But we know those people as we're as we drill into what they're saying. 00:04:38 Cathie Wood They're not doing any research we're really interested in engaging with people who are doing real research, and I think. 00:04:45 Cathie Wood Transparency would make that make our experience with Twitter even better. 00:04:51 Melissa Francis Yeah, the fact that you're not afraid to engage like that, and to you know, hear from those who might oppose you shows how confident you are about what you're doing. 00:04:59 Melissa Francis You have to wonder about a company that wants to hide what they're doing. 00:05:02 Melissa Francis Let me ask you though. On the Twitter front. So what do you think the company is worth? I mean, I know I want to talk to you about your Tesla target, but as you look at what Elon's willing to pay, what do you think? 00:05:14 Melissa Francis If you had to put a price target on the stock two years down the road, or four years. 00:05:18 Melissa Francis Down the road, what would you say? 00:05:19 Cathie Wood Well, I think there's so much uncertainty right now that I I couldn't give you one hour based on their existing. 00:05:28 Cathie Wood Model our compound annual rate of return expectation for Twitter is roughly 25% now their model is going to change. 00:05:40 Cathie Wood There are going to be a lot of dislocations. 00:05:42 Cathie Wood We have a lot of very short term oriented shareholders who are probably now have moved into Twitter. 00:05:48 Cathie Wood To make a fast buck 5420 fifty $4.20. 00:05:52 Cathie Wood Sense, but the model is going to change, and so we will revisit once we understand what's going on, we will revisit the upside to the model and we do think that a lot can be done to improve the model so, but it may take more time than even our five year investment time horizon. 00:06:12 Melissa Francis So if you. 00:06:13 Melissa Francis If Elon Musk does get control of the company, would you adjust that upward? 00:06:17 Melissa Francis You think it has more potential with him in charge. 00:06:19 Melissa Francis Or would it be more of a wait and see? 00:06:21 Melissa Francis How would you feel? 00:06:23 Cathie Wood We probably probably would have more confidence in the platform. 00:06:28 Cathie Wood Arm would want to hear what Elon. 00:06:31 Cathie Wood And what he has in mind in terms of perpetuating the platform. 00:06:36 Cathie Wood I'm sure he does not want to run it as a charitable organization or a non profit, so we'd like to see how he thinks it could become. 00:06:46 Cathie Wood A very transparent but also self sustaining. 00:06:50 Cathie Wood Model and you know he's very creative and I think that it is our global town square and and that a lot of people would miss it. 00:07:01 Cathie Wood So I think there will be a lot of people very supportive and very open to his ideas. 00:07:06 Melissa Francis So putting politics aside entirely and just thinking about. 00:07:10 Melissa Francis Pure money. 00:07:11 Melissa Francis As a shareholder, you would be in favor of Elon Musk taking over. 00:07:15 Cathie Wood Well, I do think that the route Jack was going, which we supported was opening up the algorithm or open sourcing it in some way. 00:07:27 Cathie Wood And so I think this is a continuation of that. 00:07:31 Cathie Wood We also think one of the reasons we have held Twitter is because we believe it is a verification platform. 00:07:39 Cathie Wood You know, the little blue check and we believe that it could become a verification platform for shifts. 00:07:47 Cathie Wood As well and so. 00:07:49 Cathie Wood You know there are. 00:07:50 Cathie Wood Few call options here and there. 00:07:53 Cathie Wood Verification algorithms we think are well respected out there and so I think Elon would also build on. 00:08:02 Melissa Francis Wow, fascinating stuff. 00:08:03 Melissa Francis That's great. 00:08:04 Melissa Francis I'm sure you just made some news there without question before we stray too far from Elon 'cause he is such a fascinating character. 00:08:10 Melissa Francis I know that you put a 2026 target on Tesla of $4600. How did you work that math and how? 00:08:17 Melissa Francis Do you feel about that call? 00:08:19 Cathie Wood Yes, well we as we have been building out the Tesla model for years of course, and each year we publish our five year projection, we started doing this. I believe in 2019 when we believe Tesla was so misunderstood. 00:08:38 Cathie Wood And I think our projections were so much closer to the mark for for 2020, two 2324 that we we felt that open sourcing it and and continuing to update people would help them understand number one. 00:08:57 Cathie Wood How much share Tesla has and is keeping in the electric vehicle space how? 00:09:06 Cathie Wood Capital efficient the company is. 00:09:09 Cathie Wood We're even shocked at how capital efficient it is more efficient than any other company. 00:09:15 Cathie Wood Out there we keep a constant. 00:09:19 Cathie Wood Eye on batteries and battery costs and and battery technology. 00:09:26 Cathie Wood So we like to update that, but I think our biggest assumption changes over the last few years have been market share keeping a lot more than we expected. 00:09:37 Cathie Wood Ability to. 00:09:38 Cathie Wood GAIL, in fact, Elon is saying he's now a manufacturer of factories. 00:09:44 Cathie Wood That's one of their core competencies, and we agree with that and capital efficiency. 00:09:49 Cathie Wood We've been shocked at how good that is, and you know, their ability to increase their gross margins. 00:09:58 Cathie Wood Overtime much, much higher than I think most people might have anticipated, and in our five year forecast was. 00:10:05 Cathie Wood Uh, last year we we had a 5050 shot at autonomous being a reality now as you can see from the model, we put a 25 percentile, 75 percentile probabilities and we have price targets associated with those. Sort of the the the low end and. 00:10:25 Cathie Wood High end, we know now that autonomous is possible because cruise automation is autonomous in San Francisco. 00:10:34 Cathie Wood A big city Waymo has done it in Arizona, so it is possible we no longer have to answer that. 00:10:43 Melissa Francis Yeah, I can't wait to not drive my kids around, but I hear you. 00:10:47 Melissa Francis I I want to ask you specifically about Ark. 00:10:51 Melissa Francis You talk a lot about your risk management and your research. 00:10:55 Melissa Francis Can you get into a little bit more specifics about why your risk and research your research and risk management is so proprietary? 00:11:02 Melissa Francis I mean, I, I know it's proprietary, so you can't talk detail. 00:11:05 Melissa Francis But can you give me, you know, a little sketch of? 00:11:07 Cathie Wood It well, our research is is not proprietary we. 00:11:10 Cathie Wood Give it away. 00:11:11 Cathie Wood And so we, that's that's one of the powers of social media, our social media and marketing strategy. 00:11:19 Cathie Wood We give our research away not because we are altruistic, although we do. 00:11:25 Cathie Wood Want to educate? 00:11:27 Cathie Wood Not just investors. 00:11:28 Cathie Wood But parents and grandparents about how the world is changing and how rapidly is it's changing and how to keep their children and grandchildren on the right side of change. 00:11:41 Cathie Wood And even for adults, how to retrain so much is going to change because of the five innovation platforms genomic sequencing. 00:11:49 Cathie Wood Adaptive robotics energy storage, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology. 00:11:54 Cathie Wood So much is changing and those platforms themselves are all growing at exponential rate. 00:12:03 Cathie Wood And they are converging, so it's 1 S curve feeding another S curve and we want people to understand that we want not just investors and registered investment advisors, but also, as I mentioned, the the sell side and the buy side. 00:12:21 Cathie Wood You know they're used to very short term. 00:12:23 Cathie Wood Right? 00:12:24 Cathie Wood And they haven't until recently been as focused on these new technologies. 00:12:29 Cathie Wood They've been much more focused on benchmarks and how to beat benchmarks. 00:12:34 Cathie Wood They haven't been. 00:12:34 Cathie Wood Thinking as much about the future and and the technologies that are going to transform the future. 00:12:40 Cathie Wood So we give our research away because we want to engage with. 00:12:44 Cathie Wood And become a part of the communities that are innovating and I feel like we've done that. 00:12:49 Melissa Francis So if I could just jump in, I mean 'cause this has been a very successful strategy for you, especially during the pandemic and the lockdown economy. 00:12:57 Melissa Francis It's been tougher, obviously more recently, and you know you've seen a lot of correction within the portfolios, and you know you've taken a lot of criticism from the outside. 00:13:08 Melissa Francis I would ask you. 00:13:09 Melissa Francis First of all. 00:13:09 Melissa Francis Is there any part of the criticism that you feel like you're receiving that rings true? 00:13:14 Cathie Wood So let me put in perspective what has happened over the past five years. 00:13:18 Cathie Wood We have a five year investment time horizon, so we'll start with the past. 00:13:21 Cathie Wood Five years and. 00:13:22 Cathie Wood Then we'll look forward at the next five years. 00:13:24 Cathie Wood Past five years. 00:13:25 Cathie Wood As we as we stated in one of our research pieces recently and fund pieces, very few active managers have outperformed the markets during the past five to 10 years. 00:13:41 Cathie Wood I think in the past ten years, which is a recent study that we read. 00:13:47 Cathie Wood 11% of large cap managers have outperformed their benchmarks, and 25% of all active managers have performed outperformed their benchmarks. We have outperformed the NASDAQ, the S&P and the MSCI handsomely. 00:14:05 Cathie Wood Over the past five years, I think our compound annual rate of return is around 22%. 00:14:10 Cathie Wood So that's the past five years. 00:14:12 Cathie Wood Then we go into the pandemic and the crisis period we had for about a six week period. 00:14:19 Cathie Wood A significant risk off. 00:14:23 Cathie Wood Episode and and we underperformed, as we usually do in a risk off period and then from the bottom of the coronavirus to the peak in February of 21, our flagship strategy was up 360%. 00:14:42 Cathie Wood Since then, at our worst point, we were down 60%, so I just wanted to put that in context. 00:14:48 Cathie Wood If we are right now, I'm talking about our innovation platforms. 00:14:52 Cathie Wood Broadly, we believe that disruptive innovation in the global public equity markets is valued. 00:15:02 Cathie Wood Today, at about a $10 trillion market cap and we believe that is going to 210 trillion by 2030, so that's anywhere from a 35 to 40%. 00:15:17 Cathie Wood And compound annual rate of growth for those platforms and we would hope to outperform because we are focused only on the future and and we have centered our research and investing around those platforms. 00:15:30 Cathie Wood When people talk about risk management, they they seem to think that we're a general. 00:15:37 Cathie Wood Just kind of asset manager. 00:15:40 Cathie Wood We are not. 00:15:41 Cathie Wood We are focused exclusively on disruptive innovation and when they say where is the risk management or the risk control, we have many levers of risk control, including our partners who oversee the risk in. 00:15:58 Cathie Wood Their portfolios and I'm talking our minority partners and our distribue 00:16:01 Cathie Wood Partners so we are fielding questions and and are thinking carefully about the risks we're taking in the certainly in the context of the questions we're getting. 00:16:11 Cathie Wood But it's been built into our scoring system. 00:16:15 Cathie Wood Our top and bottom, top down and bottom up modeling there's there are risk assessments. 00:16:21 Cathie Wood Each step along the way, I think. 00:16:25 Cathie Wood Many people confuse generalist portfolio managers who have to shift between this sector and that sector, or between cash and no cash. 00:16:34 Cathie Wood We're not doing that right now, we. 00:16:36 Melissa Francis OK. 00:16:37 And so I. 00:16:37 Melissa Francis Absolutely hear what you're saying and I'm wondering that is that the same as you wouldn't do anything differently in terms of what about? 00:16:45 Melissa Francis Even in the approach with the media and the way that you've engaged people you talked about social media and elsewhere, is there anything that you would do differently, or do you feel like everything is going according to plan? 00:16:55 Cathie Wood So after a one of one of the rougher interview is out there. 00:17:02 Cathie Wood I was trying to figure out why don't they understand how we are controlling risk and and one of our clients actually said well, you sounded like you know you wouldn't do anything differently. 00:17:19 Cathie Wood We actually do when we move into these. 00:17:22 Cathie Wood Risk off period. 00:17:24 Cathie Wood Since we concentrate our portfolios to our highest conviction names and what that means in this last go around for our flagship strategy, we went from 58 names in that strategy to 35. So we basically said from a risk control point of view. 00:17:44 Cathie Wood That OK using our scoring system? 00:17:47 Cathie Wood Where is our conviction the lowest? 00:17:49 Cathie Wood They're all getting hit equally practically in this risk off period. 00:17:54 Cathie Wood So why don't we push towards the higher scoring names and it gives our analysts and and me and our associate portfolio managers the the psychological wherewithal to say, OK, this is. 00:18:10 Cathie Wood A risk off market, all of our stocks are being treated the same. 00:18:14 Cathie Wood Why don't we come out right now with all of our concerns lurking deep down inside and then concentrate. 00:18:23 Cathie Wood So that's we do take risk off the table and if you look at long term stuff. 00:18:27 Cathie Wood These they will show you that the most concentrated strategies are the most successful because typically active managers have a very high degree of confidence in several of their names. 00:18:40 Cathie Wood But there are a lot of names. 00:18:42 Cathie Wood They would be the tail of the portfolio, where they they. 00:18:45 Cathie Wood They just don't have as much confidence, so we use. 00:18:48 Cathie Wood The volatility to curb the risk by further concentrating our portfolios and the only thing else. 00:18:54 Cathie Wood There is many people say wait a minute, that's not risk control concentration is higher risk. 00:19:00 Cathie Wood We disagree. 00:19:01 Melissa Francis Yeah, no, I I'm glad you explained that because that that is really interesting and I'm I'm not sure a lot of people out there understood that. 00:19:07 Melissa Francis That's what you were doing just in terms of some of the personal attacks. I mean, for example when I saw Morningstar's downgrade. 00:19:15 Melissa Francis They were focused so much on succession which. 00:19:19 Melissa Francis Uhm, you know? 00:19:20 Melissa Francis Obviously it's important. 00:19:21 Melissa Francis But there have been a lot of other funds out there, and. 00:19:23 Melissa Francis Fund managers that. 00:19:24 Melissa Francis They haven't had that same criticism and focus. 00:19:26 Melissa Francis Do you think it has anything to do with your gender? 00:19:28 Melissa Francis You think it's sexist at all? 00:19:31 Cathie Wood I really don't, I I do know there are companies like that one that do not understand what we're doing. 00:19:40 Cathie Wood We do not fit into their style boxes and I think style boxes will become a thing of the past as as sectors. 00:19:50 Cathie Wood As technology blurs, the lines between and among sectors. 00:19:54 Cathie Wood And as innovation goes, global and goes across the cap range, you know. 00:19:59 Cathie Wood So I think those style boxes are are going to be will seem quite provincial. 00:20:06 Cathie Wood At some point we are index agnostic. 00:20:10 Cathie Wood That is a big problem for many of these companies. 00:20:12 Cathie Wood Our objective is. 00:20:14 Cathie Wood A minimum compound annual rate of return of 15%. 00:20:18 Cathie Wood At an annual rate over the next five years, we are the closest you will find to a venture capital company in the public equity markets. 00:20:27 Cathie Wood And I think organizations like that one have a very difficult time like that. 00:20:32 Cathie Wood They've never seen an animal like ours where we are thrilled that our active share 00:20:38 Cathie Wood Relative to the broad based indices is in the high 90% range we have. If you look at technology in the S&P 500, we have no overlap. We are doing something. 00:20:49 Cathie Wood We are saying the technologies of the future. 00:20:53 Cathie Wood Are going to be very different from the technologies of the past, and so we offer a good opportunity for diversification for registered investment advisors. 00:21:04 Cathie Wood They own the fangs and Microsoft NVIDIA and now even our beloved Tesla, 'cause it's in indexes but they don't own our stocks 'cause they're not. 00:21:14 Cathie Wood In these broad based indices. 00:21:16 Cathie Wood So I think many much of our success because we have had despite the performance we discussed earlier. 00:21:22 Cathie Wood We've had inflows last year, 17 billion in inflows. 00:21:25 Cathie Wood This year we're still in flowing, even though we've been in this pacing period and no one sure if the next move is up or the next move is down, but we are. 00:21:36 Cathie Wood In in flow and I think that's because advisors know we are a diversifier and we will protect them against the value traps that we believe are populating broad based benchmarks which are becoming part of their core portfolio. 00:21:53 Cathie Wood We are a hedge against the DIS intermediation of the old World order. 00:21:59 Melissa Francis Yeah, it just to clarify for people that are watching so you have your inflows have exceeded your outflows. 00:22:05 Melissa Francis You have more people coming in more money coming in. 00:22:07 Melissa Francis Right now, yeah. 00:22:08 Cathie Wood Yes, right? 00:22:09 Cathie Wood We are in that inflow mode, yes. 00:22:11 Melissa Francis I I'm also fast. I mean, you're so contrarian. And I do think that your fun. If you truly understand what it's about, it it sort of becomes we've talked on this show and magnify a bunch of times about how the old model of you know however you want to slice it. The 4060 is is really broken and that you have to have a whole bunch of. 00:22:27 Melissa Francis Different approaches to your portfolio and having a slice of what you do is something that is so different from what you would get elsewhere and is backed by huge brain power and huge research that it's a way to take. 00:22:40 Melissa Francis You know this this oppositional point of view, almost, but do it in a very smart way along those lines. 00:22:47 Melissa Francis And we talked to Jeff Gundlach a while ago. 00:22:49 Melissa Francis Of course, the bond king he was saying that, you know, he's really obviously a lot of people are worried about inflation right now. 00:22:54 Melissa Francis I I read, I think it was in your Blogger. 00:22:56 Melissa Francis I heard you do an interview. 00:22:56 Melissa Francis You talked a lot about the possibility of deflation. 00:22:59 Melissa Francis A year from now. 00:23:00 Melissa Francis Walk me through that. 00:23:02 Cathie Wood Sure, and before I do that, Melissa, I do you hit on something that I think is critically important? 00:23:08 Cathie Wood This the the analyst team that we have focused on truly disruptive innovation. Innovation is unmatched out there. I am sure of that because it is our sole focus. We have domain experts. We do not have MBA's. It is much easier. 00:23:27 Cathie Wood To treat, to teach a biochemical engineer or a rocket scientist how to read financial statements than it is to teach me. 00:23:38 Cathie Wood Uh, biochemical engineering and rocket science. 00:23:43 Cathie Wood This is an A throwback to the Bernstein days Sandy Bernstein set up his company with that in mind and I think it's absolutely right when it comes to innovation. 00:23:54 Cathie Wood So now I have to. 00:23:57 Cathie Wood Inflation well? 00:24:00 Cathie Wood Disruptive innovation is inherently deflationary in two ways. 00:24:04 Cathie Wood One good, one bad, the good way is just truly disruptive. 00:24:10 Cathie Wood Innovation follows learning curves, which are expressed as cost declines over time, and as costs decline, demand increases. 00:24:21 Cathie Wood For new technologies and and more people around the world have access to them. 00:24:27 Cathie Wood So they can reach mass markets, and that's what causes exponential growth. 00:24:33 Cathie Wood The costs decline. 00:24:35 Cathie Wood They open up. 00:24:35 Cathie Wood A new market costs continue to climb. 00:24:37 Cathie Wood Even so, we're seeing we're seeing massive opportunities from those five platforms. 00:24:44 Cathie Wood The other side of disruptive innovation is creative. 00:24:47 Cathie Wood Destruction, and this is a little bit back to what I said before, but a lot of companies in the broad based indices in particular are very short term oriented in in terms of wanting to cater to their shareholder base. 00:25:05 Cathie Wood And so we have watched them for years, especially since the tech and telecom bust and the 0809 meltdown and the risk aversion that pushed everyone towards these benchmarks. 00:25:16 Cathie Wood We've seen companies cater to that short term. 00:25:21 Cathie Wood Shareholder, by manufacturing earnings buying back shares to increase earnings per share or paying dividends. 00:25:28 Cathie Wood But they've leveraged up to do so, and they haven't invested enough in innovation. 00:25:34 Cathie Wood And so we believe that another source of deflation. 00:25:38 Cathie Wood Secular deflation out. 00:25:39 Cathie Wood There will be bad. 00:25:41 Cathie Wood And that is these companies products going obsolete. 00:25:44 Cathie Wood Wait, they need to service their debt and to do so, they'll have to cut prices. 00:25:48 Cathie Wood We think that's going to happen to the auto market big time. 00:25:52 Cathie Wood The gas powered side of the auto market. 00:25:55 Cathie Wood The big disagreement today is cyclical inflation and we believe it is in the process of peaking. 00:26:04 Cathie Wood And we also believe some of the early signs that we're seeing, whether it's mostly in inventory accumulation, especially in the retail world, excluding autos. 00:26:17 Cathie Wood And then the inventories are piling up. 00:26:20 Cathie Wood And because I think many retailers and maybe wholesalers double and triple ordered when they couldn't get supplies because of supply chain issues that they are going to end up with so much inventory on their balance sheets that they're going to have to cut prices. 00:26:37 Cathie Wood Dramatically, now, of course we have oil prices as well. 00:26:42 Cathie Wood As the outlier here, oil and food with the Russian invasion of of Ukraine, the bread basket of Europe and of course Russia being such a big factor in energy, we think that demand destruction is underway in the energy sector. 00:27:00 Cathie Wood Seeing a lot of substitution. 00:27:01 Cathie Wood I see a lot more bikes in Saint Pete and scooters, and you know. 00:27:06 Cathie Wood And I see people deciding to make fewer trips to the grocery store each week and what have you? 00:27:10 Cathie Wood So we're seeing downright demand destruction and we're seeing. 00:27:16 Cathie Wood Russia hasn't been turned off yet. 00:27:18 Cathie Wood It still may be. 00:27:19 Cathie Wood Europe may may stop, but we're seeing that its oil imports are going. 00:27:24 Cathie Wood Our exports are going elsewhere and we'll have a reshuffling of of where the how the supplies get from one country to another. 00:27:32 Cathie Wood So I actually think I was surprised to see in early March. 00:27:36 Cathie Wood Oil prices peaked out in the one 30s and then they tried again and they peaked out in the one 15117 range. 00:27:43 Cathie Wood So let's see if that could be lower. 00:27:46 Cathie Wood Highs are often the first sign that demand destruction is beginning to have an impact as supplies are starting to. 00:27:54 Cathie Wood Increase including production in the United States. 00:28:00 Melissa Francis Yeah, we just talked to Mark Fisher a couple days ago. 00:28:01 Melissa Francis Who courses master of that space and he said similar things and they actually if you listened to him. 00:28:06 Melissa Francis He had said that Nat gas was going to explode and it had. 00:28:09 Melissa Francis It had a definitely that was a prescient call at the time, so it's interesting to hear you talk. 00:28:14 Melissa Francis That way about energy and also about the supply chain. 00:28:17 Melissa Francis That makes a lot of sense, because this idea that you can't get what you. 00:28:20 Melissa Francis One has been going on for a long time and I know that you also said you have a consumer that doesn't feel particularly good about his or herself right now. 00:28:30 Melissa Francis In addition to that, the fact that wages aren't really keeping up with the prices that you're seeing out there is another reason why we could see these supplies stack up. 00:28:38 Melissa Francis A final word to you on that. 00:28:40 Cathie Wood So I'm asking. 00:28:40 Melissa Francis And and maybe I don't want to forget. 00:28:41 Melissa Francis To ask you. 00:28:42 Melissa Francis Where you see the 10 year bond trading a year from today so. 00:28:45 Melissa Francis Those two things real quick if you don't mind. 00:28:48 Cathie Wood So the consumer sentiment, I don't know why many people or many economists. 00:28:53 Cathie Wood Strategists are not focusing on. 00:28:55 Cathie Wood This consumer University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey, which I've watched it for 45 years, is the best out there at measuring consumer sentiment is down to levels that we have not seen since 0809. In 0809, people were losing their homes, losing their jobs, losing their cars. 00:29:15 Cathie Wood And and oil prices were at $147. And and here we are there feeling that badly that tells me this idea of velocity, the velocity of money. 00:29:27 Cathie Wood Consumers not going to be racing out to buy because the consumers becoming risk averse. 00:29:33 Cathie Wood That's a recipe for a continued decline in the velocity of money, which which diffuses the inflationary impact of the reserves out there. 00:29:42 Cathie Wood So that's the first thing I'll say, and that and we I think we could. 00:29:47 Cathie Wood End up in a global recession. I think that there's such a fine line now. I think Europe's in recession, China feels very recessionary to me, which means Asia is going to catch a cold. We're seeing. 00:29:58 Cathie Wood Thing and and these are Canaries in the coal mine. But tree Lanka, you know threatening to default. This is like the beginning of the Asian crisis in 1997 when the Thai baht devalued. 00:30:09 Cathie Wood So you know, I think there are a lot of warning signs out there, and so is the US going to fall into a technical recession or not, I don't know. 00:30:18 Cathie Wood I don't think it matters, I just think I just think there's a lot of weakness out there and then finally on the bond yield. 00:30:25 Cathie Wood I think it's been really interesting as the Fed has been talking up interest rates. 00:30:31 Cathie Wood That the the 10 year yield has has not been able to even crack 3%. So in the 2 1/2 to 3% this is the 10 year Treasury yield and I believe that inflation is going to start unwinding pretty rapidly now because if you look if if for no other reason. 00:30:51 Cathie Wood Then the base effect last April, the CPI was up .9 and the PPI was up one or one point 1. Those are the comparisons. 00:31:00 Cathie Wood Now if we come in below that for April, then both of those year over year comparisons will come down for the first time and I'm seeing a lot more economists saying that they think inflation has peaked and now the only question is how? 00:31:15 Cathie Wood Low it will go. 00:31:17 Cathie Wood And we think the surprise will be on the low side. 00:31:21 Cathie Wood For cyclical reasons, inventories I just described, as well as secular reasons, disruptive innovation, and creative destruction. 00:31:30 Melissa Francis Yeah, well, you know you never fail to disappoint. 00:31:33 Melissa Francis We always go against what is out there and makes so much sense it is such a pleasure to talk to you. 00:31:39 Melissa Francis Thank you so much for doing this today, I think. 00:31:42 Melissa Francis Everybody out there really gained a lot from it. Thank you for joining us For more information on Art, Cathy Wood, or anything you've heard today, please go to magnify.com/media. 00:31:53 Melissa Francis We'll be right back. Updated on Apr 19, 2022, 11:47 am (function() { var sc = document.createElement("script"); sc.type = "text/javascript"; sc.async = true;sc.src = "//mixi.media/data/js/95481.js"; sc.charset = "utf-8";var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(sc, s); }()); window._F20 = window._F20 || []; _F20.push({container: 'F20WidgetContainer', placement: '', count: 3}); _F20.push({finish: true});.....»»

Category: blogSource: valuewalkApr 19th, 2022

44 sentimental gifts that"ll make anyone feel loved, from a zodiac necklace to a custom painting

Unique mementos are a way to show someone they're valued and loved. Here are 44 of the best sentimental gifts to make them feel extra special. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Birthdate co. For those feeling extra softhearted this year, we put together a list of sentimental gift ideas. From personalized gifts to meaningful flowers, you're sure to find inspiration for anyone. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. If you always give generic gifts, select something off a wishlist, or just send a gift card, you're not alone. It can be difficult to think beyond the practical to pick items that will delight and surprise your recipient. Whether you're on the search for a sweet long-distance gift or looking to truly impress your loved ones, you'll want to choose gifts that are custom, unique, and thoughtful. You can convey just how much you care by referencing fun memories, inside jokes, and hidden interests.We've compiled 44 sentimental gifts, which include a flower subscription, a personalized photo book, and custom socks. Each of these heartfelt gifts are sure to make your giftee feel special and remind them of loving memories and events. If you're looking for more gift ideas, be sure to check out all of our gift guides here.Below are 44 sentimental gift ideas:A book holder for their nightstandCOLwoodCraft/Etsy ColWood Night Stand Book Holder, available at Etsy, $27Your book lover can get rid of their paper bookmark and replace it with this wooden book holder. They can place their book on the stand and pick up where they left off later. You can choose from six different wood color options.A cartoon book illustrating you and your giftee's relationshipLoveBookPersonalized Birthday LoveBook, $54.95LoveBook has customizable cartoon books for you to create your own nonfiction story of you and your giftee. Whether it's a birthday gift for a friend or an anniversary gift for your significant other, LoveBook offers over 10 occasions for you to choose from. A personalized gift boxGreetablPersonalized Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $19Let them know you're thinking of them with a cute custom gift box from Greetabl. Choose to a mini gift like caramels or chocolates, a gift card, and add a note and photos to be delivered to their door. A monogrammed vegan leather passport coverMark and GrahamFillmore Vegan Leather Passport Case, available at Mark and Graham, $39 ($12.50 monogram fee)For the giftee who loves to travel, a passport cover is a great gift. You can have their initials monogrammed onto the cover to add a thoughtful and special touch to the gift. A name bracelet with handwritten letteringEtsyHandwriting Bracelet, available at Etsy, $27.75A custom piece of jewelry is already a thoughtful gift but this handwritten bracelet from Etsy goes the extra mile. Surprise your gift recipient with a gold, sterling silver, or rose gold bracelet with words on it written in yours or a loved-ones' handwriting. A family cookbook to pass downUncommon GoodsMy Family Cookbook, available at Uncommon Goods, $30The My Family Cookbook is a sweet gift that will keep on giving. After having various family members add recipes, the book can become an heirloom gift that gets passed down to generations. A mug with handwritten wordsLittle Gem Girl/EtsyLoved Ones Handwriting Coffee Mug, available at Etsy, $23.49A mug with a meaningful message is a tender gift for people who may have lost a loved one or who live far away. You can customize this mug with any words you want, printed in your handwriting or someone else's.A floral paint-by-numbers kitUncommon GoodsBirth Month Flower Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $30Inspired by the birth month of your gift recipient, this paint-by-numbers kit is a gift and a fun activity rolled into the one. The kit lets them create a painting of the flowers for their respective birth month, along with an explanation of the characteristics of each month and flower. For example, October is a marigold that represents optimism and positive energy.A monogrammed notebookPapierScallop Spine Notebook, available at Papier, $24.29Whether they love making lists or jotting down new ideas, every writer needs a durable, trusted notebook to store their notes and stories. These unique notebooks can be customized with a monogram and lined, dotted, or plain pages. The notebooks come in solid colors and several fun designs, including the brands The Pahari, Constellation, and Colourblock styles.A fresh flower subscriptionFresh SendsThe Send Bouquet, available at Fresh Sends, from $60Instead of gifting flowers solely during holidays and special occasions, send them beautiful arrangements on a more consistent basis with a subscription from Fresh Sends. Choose from three delivery frequencies and two size options for a unique bouquet every time.A calendar full of cherished personal photosArtifact UprisingPersonalized Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $35Photos of loved ones are an instant source of joy. Structuring your daily life around them with a calendar is a great way to fill each day with more gratitude and happiness. Artifact Uprising's desktop calendar is sustainably made from reclaimed wood and fully customizable. You can also choose the calendar's starting month, so you don't have to wait for a new year to create one.A book for your favorite astrology loverBirthdate Co.The Birthdate Book, available at Birthdate Co., $95If they know their sun, moon, and rising sign, this made-to-order astrology book will make the perfect gift. Provide their birthday and time of birth, and the company will create a 70-page book with information and insights customized from their birth chart.One Insider Reviews writer said the book felt extremely personalized, and no two books are the same.A cube of conversation-starting prompt cardsUncommon GoodsTable Topics cards, available at Uncommon Goods, $25Never experience another boring dinner again with these cards from Table Topics. Each cube comes with 135 thought-provoking topic cards to help keep your meals and relationships interesting.With six themed options ranging from card sets for families, couples, and friends, you'll give them the chance to get to know everyone in their life a little better.A customized puzzleEtsyCustomizable photo puzzle, available at Etsy, $34.99Help them stay entertained by gifting them a customized puzzle of their favorite picture. This puzzle also comes with a customized box, making this gift even more special. Choose from any image to commemorate a special event, remember a great vacation, or show love to their favorite pet.A video montage of and from their loved onesMontageA video montage of their loved ones, available at Montage, from $29Ask their friends and family to record and upload videos to be automatically compiled, scored, and delivered for a thoughtful present that's sure to bring on happy tears.An astrology necklaceMejuriA necklace with their zodiac symbol, available at Mejuri, from $90If they're into astrology, get them their zodiac sign in gold. Mejuri offers all signs in its Zodiac Collection in gold vermeil, sterling silver, and 14k yellow gold.A set of socks with their pet's face printed on themTribe SocksCustom Socks with Your Pet's Face, available at Tribe Socks, $24For dog- or cat-lovers, a pair of custom socks with their pet printed on them is a lighthearted but thoughtful gift. For more inspiration for pet-themed gifts, take a look at our guide to the best gifts for dog owners.A custom night sky star map to commemorate a birth, anniversary, or any other dayStarry MapsCustom star map print, available at Starry Maps, from $55Commemorate any special night of their (or your) life by getting it printed on museum-quality 200gsm Matte paper or on canvas.An e-gift card to GoldbellyGoldbellyAn e-gift card, available at Goldbelly, from $25Whether you spend most of your time together trying out different recipes — or they're often treating you to a delicious meal — you may want to turn your gift into a thoughtful, shared experience. Wherever they are in this big old world, they can call in any comforting favorite they please from Goldbelly.A bottle of bourbon as unique as they areReservebarJefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea Bourbon, available at Reservebar, $79If they're bourbon drinkers, nautical lovers, or both, they might just cherish this forever.An Airbnb gift cardYou could take a coffee masterclass with a national judge in Mexico via Airbnb Online Experiences.AirbnbAn Airbnb Gift Card toward the experience of their dreams, available at Airbnb, from $50Travel might not be an option right now, but Airbnb is currently offering Online Experiences held by instructors from around the world. Treat them to a coffee master class, history lesson, or even a dance class. And in the meantime, they can daydream about their next far-flung adventure or cozy staycation. A custom map posterGrafomapCustom map poster, available at Grafomap, from $49Grafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world — including their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination. A personalized photo bookSnapfish/Business InsiderPersonalized Snapfish photo book, available at Snapfish, from $12.99Convert their pile of photos and favorite mementos into one glossy book they can showcase around the home for a cohesive, beautiful keepsake. Expertly framed memoriesFramebridgeFramed photo, available at Framebridge, from $25Framebridge gift card, available at Framebridge, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed, or have them print and frame it. You can take advantage of a team of designers to help decide what frame to get.An engraved timepieceUncommon GoodsPersonalized watch, available at Timex, from $75If you're looking for subtle and impactful, engraving a watch is a classic for a reason. They can keep it forever, wear it every day, and know how much personal significance it has without always answering questions from onlookers. It's functional, thoughtful, and timeless.A custom-made comic book telling your shared storyEtsyCustom comic book, available at Etsy, from $549.92If you have the means, few comic book nerds would turn down owning a detailed, beautifully designed comic book featuring them as the lead character or superhero or a comic book version of the story of how they met their partner.Purchase the comic, email the makers telling them the story, and send photos of the characters and event setting to make sure everything looks right. You'll see a rough draft, send back any edits you have, and they'll complete the final copy. Opt for a digital print (emailed) or get it sent to you as a canvas print.A personalized letter necklaceAUrateMini Letter Charm Pendant with White Diamonds, available at AUrate, $560AUrate offers engravings and personalized jewelry, like this necklace with a mini letter charm. Pick a letter and select from 14-karat or 18-karat white, yellow, or rose gold. Learn more about online startups making sustainable, relatively affordable fine jewelry here.A framed quoteMintedPersonalized custom quotes, available at Minted, from $38Frame one of their favorite quotes, lyrics, or sayings and customize everything from font color to matting to make it theirs.A family portrait that includes petsHappyMomentsArts/Etsy/Business InsiderCustom family portrait, available at Etsy, from $15A perfect gift for a couple or a family, you can get a digital download of a custom family portrait that includes their furry roommates.A custom pet portraitCanvasPopCustom pet portrait, available at CanvasPop, from $89If they love their pet more than pretty much anything in the world, a Pet Portrait immortalizing them is a uniquely thoughtful gesture — and decor they're unlikely to have already. You can also get them a custom painting (from $250) if that's more their style or a framed print (from $35.55) of them with their pet.A cute set of mugsUncommon GoodsPersonalized family mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, from $30Turn your family or friends or a newly engaged couple into characters that actually look like them. One side features the artists' depiction of them (personalized through your choices of skin tone, hair, and clothing color) and the mug owner's first name, while the other displays your family name and year established — for friends, this could be the year you met. Turn meaningful audio into artEtsySoundwave art print, available at Etsy, from $70Send in a song and artist or email an audio file of you or a loved one speaking, and this Etsy shop will turn it into personalized sound-wave art. This gift is particularly thoughtful for long-distance relationships or for commemorating a loved one.Long-distance touch lampsUncommon GoodsSet of two Filimin Long-Distance Touch Lamps, available at Uncommon Goods, from $99Everyone is busy these days, and it's not as easy to keep up with loved ones as we all wish. A set of paired lamps, one of which lights up when the other is touched, lets them know you're still thinking of them even when you don't have time to talk. One Insider Reviews editor uses them to keep in touch with her parents.Brightly embroidered pillows of their favorite stateUncommon GoodsHand Embroidered State Pillows, available at Uncommon Goods, $225Bring their favorite state to them with detailed and brightly embroidered pillows that pay homage to each state's cities and cultural touchpoints. A photo print of an important life momentUncommon GoodsIntersection of Love Frame, available at Uncommon Goods, from $75Commemorate the moment their paths first crossed in a sophisticated, unique design.Personalized wine labelsTopBananaPrints/Etsy/Business InsiderCustom wine labels, available at Etsy, from $4.48Celebrate a loved one's birthday, achievements, or new life stages such as a marriage with a bottle of wine and a thoughtful, personalized label they'll want to keep. The blueprint of a beloved ski resortUncommon GoodsSki resort blueprints, available at Uncommon Goods, from $75Whether they grew up on the slopes or drag friends and family along as adults, skiers can take their favorite slopes home with them with this blueprint-inspired art. Featuring iconic ski resorts such as Park City, Vail, and Breckenridge, each officially licensed print is created with a vintage, distressed finish and contains detailed historical and statistical facts about the area.A bound book of love letters, curated from A-ZUncommon GoodsHow Do I Love Thee From A-Z, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Follow 26 prompts laid out in old-school typewriter font to leave your loved one with a bound book of love letters they can keep forever. It's the perfect spot for recording your favorite romantic moments, memories, inside jokes, and all the tiny and enormous reasons why you love them. A poster of you and a loved one styled as your favorite drinksoflifeandlemons/Etsy/Business InsiderPersonalized drinks print, available at Etsy, $23.27Whether you're turning a best friend or a lifelong partner into a cocktail avatar, the quirky Personalized Drinks Print is a sweet and fun approach to sentimental gifting. A portable printerTargetPolaroid Hi-Print Printer, available at Target, $99.99Polaroid's Wireless Mini Printer prints mini photos from your phone or tablet using a WiFi connection. It's small enough to stow in a purse for travel, and there are customizable features like stickers, filters, and borders to edit photos within the Polaroid app. A reel viewer filled with snapshots of old memoriesUncommon Goods/Business InsiderCreate your own reel viewer, available at Uncommon Goods, from $14.95As a kid, flipping through a reel viewer was one of life's greatest joys. Just because they're all grown up doesn't mean they won't like playing with the gadget. Fill the reel with snapshots of their most cherished memories (use the redemption code included with your viewer) for a gift that'll flood them with all sorts of nostalgia.A custom watercolor of their wedding venueJustArtinAround/EtsyCustom watercolor wedding venue illustration, available at Etsy, from $35.99For a deeply thoughtful gift for newlyweds, commission a custom watercolor of their wedding venue or location. All you'll have to do is send the artist a photo of the location, the couple's first and last names, and the wedding date. A candle that smells like homeUncommon GoodsHomesick Candles, available at Uncommon Goods, from $34It's hard to put a finger on just what makes home smell like home, but a whiff of a Homesick candle will transport them there with its nostalgia-inducing scents. Uniquely specific scents are made to capture the ethos of states and cities or memories like road trips, backyard BBQs, and cooking in Grandma's kitchen.If they're far from home, this affordable candle is a small but meaningful gesture that can bring them just a little closer. A cutting board that memorializes a meaningful recipeUncommon GoodsFamily Recipe Cutting Board, available at Uncommon Goods, $100There's something about family recipes that make them taste even better. This cutting board offers a unique way to preserve those special favorites. Ingredients and directions are engraved on solid cherry wood and can even be etched in the recipe writer's handwriting. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 21st, 2022

54 Amazon gifts teenagers actually want, from a mystical board game to cozy loungewear

Finding a gift for a teenager can be tough, but there are a lot of options on Amazon. Here are 54 gift ideas teens will actually want to keep. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.Amazon has an abundance of great gifts for teens, from the "Dune" books to a Kindle to read them on.Amazon Teens are notoriously difficult to shop for, especially when it comes to gifts.  To help ease shopping stress, we put together a list of 54 cool and convenient Amazon gifts.  Still looking for gift ideas? Check out our list of the all-time best products we've ever tested. Teens may be difficult to shop for, but you don't need to search far and wide for gift ideas — Amazon has options in everything from tech to beauty products.From the popular book-turned-into-movie "Dune" to a Nintendo Switch, we rounded up the best 54 best gifts for the teens in your life. They cover a range of prices and brands, including newer startups you didn't even know you could find on Amazon. Check out all 54 gifts for teens on Amazon:A board game that feels like a video gameAmazonThis collaborative board game (good for 1-4 players) is sort of like "Dungeons & Dragons," "Magic the Gathering," and other cult-favorite fantasy-adventure games that invite players to contend with monsters and mercenaries, explore a new world, and discover treasure and fame. Players make tactical decisions and the game unfolds in reaction to their choices. $111.47 FROM AMAZONA magnetic dartboardAmazonA magnetic dartboard is a fun, compact activity they can play alone or with friends, indoors or outdoors. This one is also magnetic, so you don't have to worry about ant exceptionally sharp flying objects.$29.99 FROM AMAZONA soft, wearable blanketAmazonWhat teen doesn't want something decadent and ultra-comfortable to wear around the house? This soft fleece blanket-turned-sweatshirt is perfect for making every activity cozier, whether it's reading, studying, watching shows, or sleeping.$36.99 FROM AMAZONA pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPodsAmazonIf you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, AirPod Pros could be the convenient, easy-to-use gift to get.If you're looking to spend less, we also recommend great headphones that won't break $50.$197.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 21%$199.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%$219.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 12%$179.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%A cute waffle makerCrate & BarrelSometimes all anyone wants is anything delicious and aesthetically appealing — like mini waffles. This waffle maker is small, too, so it shouldn't crowd their kitchen too much.$16.98 FROM AMAZONSmart lights that are compatible with Amazon AlexaAmazonThey can use their voice to control these smart light bulbs through an Alexa Echo, Echo Dot, or Google Home Assistant. They can also give hands-free commands to set the brightness, turn lights on and off, change colors, create timers, and more to customize their space.$15.29 FROM AMAZONA GoProAmazonGoPro is the rugged, waterproof action camera they can take with them anywhere. While older models will still get the job done, the Hero10 is the newest and best overall model.You can read a full GoPro Hero 10 review here, but the gist is this: The Hero 10 is a performance camera, but its upgrades allow it to do what even bigger and more expensive cameras can do, too. $488.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $588.99 | Save 17%A fun outdoor game they can play with friendsDICK'S Sporting GoodsOn a beautiful, sunny day in the city, you'll probably see at least one group playing this fun and active game in the park. With rules similar to volleyball, it's incredibly easy to learn — so friend groups or families can get involved.$64.98 FROM AMAZON$69.98 FROM DICK'S SPORTING GOODSThe new Fire HD 10 tablet for music, games, and mediaAmazonWe think Amazon's latest Fire tablet is the best and most affordable tablet for basic needs on the market (as long as you don't expect to use Google apps). With it, they can stream videos, browse the web, and read books. Read more about it here.$149.99 FROM AMAZONThe popular Dune seriesAmazonAfter "Harry Potter" and classics commonly found on high school syllabi, Dune is the #15 bestselling young adult book on Amazon. The first movie in the series, which stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, premiered on October 21 (you can watch it on HBO Max) and the second is coming out October 2023 — so they'll have enough time to catch up before the next installment.$84.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $108.00 | Save 21%The Nintendo SwitchNintendoThe Nintendo Switch is one of the gifts that, with good reason, tend to elicit lots of excitement. This model has a battery life of up to nine hours and can be played with friends or solo, and at home or on the go.Note: Some colors are currently out of stock.$299.00 FROM AMAZON$299.99 FROM GAMESTOP$299.99 FROM BEST BUYAn instant cameraAmazonInstax's cute instant camera is great for anyone who loves taking photos. All they need is some film to get started. It features a small selfie mirror to ensure proper framing, a macro lens attachment, and a variety of modes to account for different indoor and outdoor environments.$59.99 FROM AMAZONA multi-color alarm clock that doubles as a speakerAmazonBeyond helping ensure they're up on time, this alarm clock doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and as a dimmable, multi-color bedside lamp.$39.99 FROM AMAZONA beanie with built-in headphonesAmazonSoundbot makes soft beanies that have built-in headphones for on-the-go listening. They have a rechargeable battery, built-in microphone, and wireless range of up to 33 feet. $19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $25.10 | Save 20%An Echo Dot that doubles as a clockAmazonThe Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, and news). $34.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.99 | Save 30%One of the best young adult books of the yearAmazonIf you're looking to gift a good book they likely haven't read yet, we suggest snooping through literary awards, where judges do the heavy lifting for you. This book, a queer love story set in 1954 Chinatown, was shortlisted for the 2021 National Book Award in young adult literature.Some more book suggestions: "All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20s$14.20 FROM AMAZONAn effective electric toothbrushAmazonWe love this electric toothbrush as a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on performance. It's also the path of least resistance to helping your teen build their own healthy habits.$39.97 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.94 | Save 20%A necklace featuring their zodiac signAmazonZodiac signs, and the unique personality traits tied to each one, have become extremely popular in recent years. Pick up their sign in a dainty, gold-dipped necklace they can wear every day.$16.98 FROM AMAZONA portable chargerAmazonWhether used for traveling or keeping in contact with friends or parents while on the go, this external battery is great for giving parents and teens convenience — and peace of mind. $49.99 FROM AMAZONPopSockets for the back of their phonePopSocketPopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon. Besides being useful, they offer a bit of personalization to tech and come in a variety of colors and patterns.$7.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $9.99 | Save 20%$15.00 FROM POPSOCKETSNew video games: "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury"AmazonUltimately, no gift may compare to a great new video game they can play solo or with friends. $59.99 FROM AMAZON$59.99 FROM BEST BUY$49.94 FROM GAMESTOPNew video games: "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD"Amazon$49.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $59.99 | Save 17%$50.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 15%$49.94 FROM GAMESTOPOriginally $59.99 | Save 17%$49.94 FROM WALMARTOriginally $59.99 | Save 17%New video games: "Animal Crossing: New Horizons"Amazon$59.99 FROM BEST BUY$49.99 FROM AMAZON$59.99 FROM GAMESTOPNew video games: "FIFA 22"Amazon$69.98 FROM TARGETA hair towel that cuts drying time in halfAquisAquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. They also help keep hair protected from harmful friction in its most vulnerable state. If the teens in your life have ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use.$20.99 FROM AMAZONOne of the best young adult books ever writtenAmazonFor the kind of gift they'll still mention 10 years later, give them one of the best young adult books you've ever read — or one of the 37 best young adult books Business Insider staff members recommend. Or, check out Amazon's list of the 100 books you should read in a lifetime.$5.89 FROM AMAZONA splashproof, portable Bluetooth speakerAmazonThis rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.$99.99 FROM BEST BUY$99.99 FROM AMAZON$64.98 FROM AT&TOriginally $99.99 | Save 35%$79.98 FROM DELLOriginally $99.99 | Save 20%A set of Korean sheet masksAmazonThe best way to initiate a pampered staycation is a cult-favorite, 16-pack of Korean sheet masks — something any beauty- or skin-care-obsessed teen will likely already know about.$11.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $13.30 | Save 10%A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screenAmazonThis isn't the latest or most features-packed Kindle (that'd be the Kindle Oasis), but the Paperwhite is still a great product, and we think it's the best mid-range Kindle that combines cost with performance.It's waterproof, has a six-week battery life (based on 30 minutes of reading daily), and the 32GB option stores thousands of books or 160 Audible audiobooks.$129.99 FROM AMAZONComfortable, high-quality sheets for their bedBrooklinenWe recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. Most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds; we think they're perfect for sleeping in on lazy Saturday mornings.$240.00 FROM AMAZONA surprisingly good projector that's the size of a soda canAnkerAnker's Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It's the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It'll kick movie nights up a notch, and they can easily pack it on trips. Find a full review here.$299.99 FROM AMAZONMario Badescu's cult-favorite facial mists with aloeAmazonMario Badescu's cult-favorite facial mists refresh and hydrate the skin for a dewy glow. They're available on Amazon individually or in a two-pack of the rose water and cucumber sprays.$14.00 FROM AMAZONA leather toiletry bag for grooming and beauty essentialsLeatherologyLeatherology's shave bag is a great purchase if you want to gift your teen a leather beauty bag that will age gracefully. $110.00 FROM AMAZONComfortable headphones with long battery life and good soundBeats by DreThe Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, or zoning out during family road trips. They offer good sound quality and up to 40 hours of battery life, but the best part? Five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. $129.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 35%A slime-making kitAmazonOne of the ongoing internet trends is a fascination with slime, and teens have run successful businesses by sharing videos of it. And what's better than vicariously living through TikTok slime-makers? Making your own. $26.95 FROM AMAZONA gentle facial cleansing deviceFOREOFOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touchpoints, and claims to remove 99.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's waterproof, and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. The Luna 2 is available in five varieties: men, normal, combination, sensitive, and oily skin. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.$169.00 FROM AMAZON$169.00 FROM FOREOA cult-favorite clay maskAmazonThe Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products that's been plucked from obscurity and gone straight to the limelight of YouTube testimonials with over 4 million views and widespread popularity. You can read a full review here.$14.95 FROM AMAZON$12.19 FROM TARGETString lights with photo clipsAmazonPerfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, photo clip string lights add warm light to your teen's favorite Polaroids or memorabilia. $10.98 FROM AMAZONColorful reusable strawsAmazonTrying to adopt more eco-friendly habits is one of the great characteristics of younger generations, especially teens who grew up among videos of sea turtles being harmed by discarded plastic straws. These are colorful, bendable, and fun to use. $6.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $10.00 | Save 30%Gift card for everything: VisaShutterstock/Zivica KerkezFor teens who often rely on part-time jobs to fund their hobbies and cravings, gift cards are one gift that's always appreciated. Here are some of Insider Reviews' top choices:$105.95 FROM AMAZONGift cards for everything: AmazonAmazonA gift card to Amazon is a gift card to pretty much anything they've got on their wish lists — tech, clothing, books, and more. $10.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for coffee: StarbucksStarbucks/FacebookWhether they're ordering multi-hyphenate drinks at Starbucks or regular hot chocolates, they add up.$25.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for food: ChipotleChipotleOne of the mainstays of teenage life is meeting up with friends at fast-casual restaurants — and Chipotle is a perennial favorite.$50.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for gaming: XboxAmazonIf you know they have an Xbox but don't know which games they already have or need, this is a great way to ensure they get exactly what they want.$100.00 FROM AMAZON$100.00 FROM NEWEGGGift card for clothes: NordstromNordstromNo matter how spot-on your gifts are, your giftee is the best person for the job of dressing themselves. And even if you nail the latest trend they're excited about, there will be more in the future — this lets them pick things out for themselves, without having to dip into their allowance or savings.$200.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for tech: Best BuyAmazonUnsure of which tech they already have or which tech they'd want? A Best Buy gift card will save you the probing questions and help you give them a gift they're really excited about. $25.00 FROM AMAZONA music subscription that includes 50 million songsAmazonIf they don't already have a music subscription, give them access to 50 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. $7.99 FROM AMAZONColorful scrunchiesAmazonScrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors.$8.99 FROM AMAZONAn audiobook subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderIf they love to read, or you're trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They'll get three free titles for each month they're a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. $45.00 FROM AMAZONA popcorn machine for movie nightsAmazonPerfect for movie nights with family or friends, this popcorn maker can make as much as six quarts of popcorn for a night in. $43.45 FROM AMAZONAn eyeshadow paletteAmazonIf they're getting into makeup, an eyeshadow palette is one of the coolest gifts you can probably give them. This option has 16 shades, almost 15,000 reviews, and a 4.4-star rating overall. $13.95 FROM AMAZONA karaoke machine that allows duetsAmazonThis system has more features than a really nice car. It has two mics, a sing-along and record function, and 300 songs ready for action.$199.99 FROM AMAZONA cool, holographic fanny packAmazonWhat's old is new and cool again — and that includes fanny packs!$16.98 FROM AMAZONA mini griddle for individual servings of foodAmazonThis tiny griddle is perfect for making individual servings of breakfasts and pretty much any food — from eggs to cookies to grilled cheese.$12.99 FROM AMAZONRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 13th, 2022

52 Amazon gifts teenagers actually want, from instant cameras to a necklace of their zodiac sign

Finding a gift for a teenager can be tough, but there are a lot of options on Amazon. Here are 52 gift ideas teens will actually want to keep. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.Amazon has an abundance of great gifts for teens, from the "Dune" books to a Kindle to read them on.Amazon Teens are notoriously difficult to shop for, especially when it comes to gifts.  To help ease shopping stress, we put together a list of 52 cool and convenient Amazon gifts.  Still looking for gift ideas? Check out our list of the all-time best products we've ever tested. Teens may be difficult to shop for, but you don't need to search far and wide for gift ideas — Amazon has options in everything from tech to beauty products.From the popular book-turned-into-movie "Dune" to a Nintendo Switch, we rounded up the best 52 best gifts for the teens in your life. They cover a range of prices and brands, including newer startups you didn't even know you could find on Amazon. Check out all 52 gifts for teens on Amazon:A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPodsAmazonIf you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, AirPod Pros could be the convenient, easy-to-use gift to get.If you're looking to spend less, we also recommend great headphones that won't break $50.$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$179.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%A cute, heart-shaped waffle makerCrate & BarrelSometimes all anyone wants is anything delicious and aesthetically appealing — like heart-shaped waffles. This waffle maker is small, too, so it shouldn't crowd their kitchen too much.$16.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $17.98 | Save 6%Smart lights that are compatible with Amazon AlexaAmazonThey can use their voice to control these smart light bulbs through an Alexa Echo, Echo Dot, or Google Home Assistant. They can also give hands-free commands to set the brightness, turn lights on and off, change colors, create timers, and more to customize their space.$17.98 FROM AMAZONA GoProAmazonGoPro is the rugged, waterproof action camera they can take with them anywhere. While older models will still get the job done, the Hero10 is the newest and best overall model.You can read a full GoPro Hero 10 review here, but the gist is this: The Hero 10 is a performance camera, but its upgrades allow it to do what even bigger and more expensive cameras can do, too. $429.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $499.99 | Save 14%A fun outdoor game they can play with friendsDICK'S Sporting GoodsOn a beautiful, sunny day in the city, you'll probably see at least one group playing this fun and active game in the park. With rules similar to volleyball, it's incredibly easy to learn — so friend groups or families can get involved.$55.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $64.98 | Save 14%$69.98 FROM DICK'S SPORTING GOODSThe new Fire HD 10 tablet for music, games, and mediaAmazonWe think Amazon's latest Fire tablet is the best and most affordable tablet for basic needs on the market (as long as you don't expect to use Google apps). With it, they can stream videos, browse the web, and read books. Read more about it here.$99.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%The popular Dune seriesAmazonAfter "Harry Potter" and classics commonly found on high school syllabi, Dune is the #15 bestselling young adult book on Amazon. The first movie in the series, which stars Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, premiered on October 21 (you can watch it on HBO Max) and the second is coming out October 2023 — so they'll have enough time to catch up before the next installment.$75.59 FROM AMAZONOriginally $108.00 | Save 30%The Nintendo SwitchNintendoThe Nintendo Switch is one of the gifts that, with good reason, tend to elicit lots of excitement. This model has a battery life of up to nine hours and can be played with friends or solo, and at home or on the go.Note: Some colors are currently out of stock.$299.00 FROM AMAZON$299.99 FROM GAMESTOP$299.99 FROM BEST BUYAn instant cameraAmazonInstax's cute instant camera is great for anyone who loves taking photos. All they need is some film to get started. It features a small selfie mirror to ensure proper framing, a macro lens attachment, and a variety of modes to account for different indoor and outdoor environments.$69.19 FROM AMAZONA multi-color alarm clock that doubles as a speakerAmazonBeyond helping ensure they're up on time, this alarm clock doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and as a dimmable, multi-color bedside lamp.$45.99 FROM AMAZONA beanie with built-in headphonesAmazonSoundbot makes soft beanies that have built-in headphones for on-the-go listening. They have a rechargeable battery, built-in microphone, and wireless range of up to 33 feet. $19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $25.10 | Save 20%An Echo Dot that doubles as a clockAmazonThe Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it's compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, and news). $29.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%One of the best young adult books of the yearAmazonIf you're looking to gift a good book they likely haven't read yet, we suggest snooping through literary awards, where judges do the heavy lifting for you. This book, a queer love story set in 1954 Chinatown, was shortlisted for the 2021 National Book Award in young adult literature.Some more book suggestions: "All the Bright Places," a popular YA book on TikTok"Scythe," a bestselling dystopian YA book similar to "The Hunger Games"The best young adult books, according to a teenagerThe best young adult romance booksThe best young people's literature of 2021 according to the National Book AwardsThe best books we read in our 20s$14.88 FROM AMAZONAn effective electric toothbrushAmazonWe love this electric toothbrush as a budget-friendly option that doesn't compromise on performance. It's also the path of least resistance to helping your teen build their own healthy habits.$39.97 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.94 | Save 20%A necklace featuring their zodiac signAmazonZodiac signs, and the unique personality traits tied to each one, have become extremely popular in recent years. Pick up their sign in a dainty, gold-dipped necklace they can wear every day.$16.98 FROM AMAZONA portable chargerAmazonWhether used for traveling or keeping in contact with friends or parents while on the go, this external battery is great for giving parents and teens convenience — and peace of mind. $49.99 FROM AMAZONPopSockets for the back of their phonePopSocketPopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon. Besides being useful, they offer a bit of personalization to tech and come in a variety of colors and patterns.$7.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $9.99 | Save 20%$15.00 FROM POPSOCKETSNew video games: "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury"AmazonUltimately, no gift may compare to a great new video game they can play solo or with friends. $59.25 FROM AMAZONNew video games: "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD"Amazon$52.99 FROM AMAZONNew video games: "Animal Crossing: New Horizons"Amazon$44.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $59.99 | Save 25%$49.94 FROM AMAZON$59.99 FROM GAMESTOPNew video games: "FIFA 22"Amazon$24.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $39.99 | Save 38%A hair towel that cuts drying time in halfAquisAquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. They also help keep hair protected from harmful friction in its most vulnerable state. If the teens in your life have ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they'll actually use.$20.99 FROM AMAZONOne of the best young adult books ever writtenAmazonFor the kind of gift they'll still mention 10 years later, give them one of the best young adult books you've ever read — or one of the 37 best young adult books Business Insider staff members recommend. Or, check out Amazon's list of the 100 books you should read in a lifetime.$5.89 FROM AMAZONA splashproof, portable Bluetooth speakerAmazonThis rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It's waterproof, has an "outdoor boost" button specifically for listening outside, is "drop-proof," and boasts a 13-hour battery life.$99.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $110.95 | Save 10%A set of Korean sheet masksAmazonThe best way to initiate a pampered staycation is a cult-favorite, 16-pack of Korean sheet masks — something any beauty- or skin-care-obsessed teen will likely already know about.$11.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $13.30 | Save 10%A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screenAmazonThis isn't the latest or most features-packed Kindle (that'd be the Kindle Oasis), but the Paperwhite is still a great product, and we think it's the best mid-range Kindle that combines cost with performance.It's waterproof, has a six-week battery life (based on 30 minutes of reading daily), and the 32GB option stores thousands of books or 160 Audible audiobooks.$129.99 FROM AMAZONComfortable, high-quality sheets for their bedBrooklinenWe recommend Brooklinen often, and for good reason. Most of the Insider Reviews team sleeps with Brooklinen on their own beds; we think they're perfect for sleeping in on lazy Saturday mornings.$285.00 FROM AMAZONA surprisingly good projector that's the size of a soda canAnkerAnker's Nebula Capsule is tiny but mighty. It's the size of a soda can, weighs only one pound, and has a quiet and continuous playtime of four hours. It'll kick movie nights up a notch, and they can easily pack it on trips. Find a full review here.$299.99 FROM AMAZONMario Badescu's cult-favorite facial mists with aloeAmazonMario Badescu's cult-favorite facial mists refresh and hydrate the skin for a dewy glow. They're available on Amazon individually or in a two-pack of the rose water and cucumber sprays.$14.00 FROM AMAZONA leather toiletry bag for grooming and beauty essentialsLeatherologyLeatherology's shave bag is a great purchase if you want to gift your teen a leather beauty bag that will age gracefully. $110.00 FROM AMAZONComfortable headphones with long battery life and good soundBeats by DreThe Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, or zoning out during family road trips. They offer good sound quality and up to 40 hours of battery life, but the best part? Five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback. $129.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 35%A slime-making kitAmazonOne of the ongoing internet trends is a fascination with slime, and teens have run successful businesses by sharing videos of it. And what's better than vicariously living through TikTok slime-makers? Making your own. $27.95 FROM AMAZONA gentle facial cleansing deviceFOREOFOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touchpoints, and claims to remove 99.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's waterproof, and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. The Luna 2 is available in five varieties: men, normal, combination, sensitive, and oily skin. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.$169.00 FROM AMAZON$169.00 FROM FOREOA FitbitFitbitFitbits track the wearer's health and fitness as well as offer insights into their sleep and physical activity trends. Teens can set personal goals and get real-time updates during workouts. It's water-resistant up to 50 meters, and its battery life can last up to seven days. $122.99 FROM WALMART$115.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $149.94 | Save 23%A cult-favorite clay maskAmazonThe Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products that's been plucked from obscurity and gone straight to the limelight of YouTube testimonials with over 4 million views and widespread popularity. You can read a full review here.$14.95 FROM AMAZON$12.19 FROM TARGETString lights with photo clipsAmazonPerfect for creating the archetypal teen room that's most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, photo clip string lights add warm light to your teen's favorite Polaroids or memorabilia. $21.95 FROM AMAZONColorful reusable strawsAmazonTrying to adopt more eco-friendly habits is one of the great characteristics of younger generations, especially teens who grew up among videos of sea turtles being harmed by discarded plastic straws. These are colorful, bendable, and fun to use. $6.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $10.00 | Save 30%Gift card for everything: VisaShutterstock/Zivica KerkezFor teens who often rely on part-time jobs to fund their hobbies and cravings, gift cards are one gift that's always appreciated. Here are some of Insider Reviews' top choices:$105.95 FROM AMAZONGift cards for everything: AmazonAmazonA gift card to Amazon is a gift card to pretty much anything they've got on their wish lists — tech, clothing, books, and more. $10.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for coffee: StarbucksStarbucks/FacebookWhether they're ordering multi-hyphenate drinks at Starbucks or regular hot chocolates, they add up.$25.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for food: ChipotleChipotleOne of the mainstays of teenage life is meeting up with friends at fast-casual restaurants — and Chipotle is a perennial favorite.$50.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for gaming: XboxAmazonIf you know they have an Xbox but don't know which games they already have or need, this is a great way to ensure they get exactly what they want.$100.00 FROM AMAZON$100.00 FROM NEWEGGGift card for clothes: NordstromNordstromNo matter how spot-on your gifts are, your giftee is the best person for the job of dressing themselves. And even if you nail the latest trend they're excited about, there will be more in the future — this lets them pick things out for themselves, without having to dip into their allowance or savings.$200.00 FROM AMAZONGift card for tech: Best BuyAmazonUnsure of which tech they already have or which tech they'd want? A Best Buy gift card will save you the probing questions and help you give them a gift they're really excited about. $25.00 FROM AMAZONA music subscription that includes 50 million songsAmazonIf they don't already have a music subscription, give them access to 50 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. $7.99 FROM AMAZONColorful scrunchiesAmazonScrunchies are having a moment. If you want to get something particularly on-trend, you may want to look into a few. This set comes with a whopping 46 colors.$8.99 FROM AMAZONAn audiobook subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderIf they love to read, or you're trying to get them to love to read, a gift subscription to Audible is a great idea. They'll get three free titles for each month they're a member (one audiobook and two Audible Originals), and 30% off any additional audiobooks they buy. They can listen and read anywhere and anytime using the free app. $45.00 FROM AMAZONA popcorn machine for movie nightsAmazonPerfect for movie nights with family or friends, this popcorn maker can make as much as six quarts of popcorn for a night in. $39.99 FROM AMAZONAn eyeshadow paletteAmazonIf they're getting into makeup, an eyeshadow palette is one of the coolest gifts you can probably give them. This option has 16 shades, almost 15,000 reviews, and a 4.4-star rating overall. $13.95 FROM AMAZONA karaoke machine that allows duetsAmazonThis system has more features than a really nice car. It has two mics, a sing-along and record function, and 300 songs ready for action.$159.99 FROM AMAZONA cool, holographic fanny packAmazonWhat's old is new and cool again — and that includes fanny packs!$16.98 FROM AMAZONA mini griddle for individual servings of foodAmazonThis tiny griddle is perfect for making individual servings of breakfasts and pretty much any food — from eggs to cookies to grilled cheese.$12.99 FROM AMAZONRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 16th, 2021

I drive my plug-in hybrid in electric mode — making gas prices an afterthought. Here"s what I"ve learned.

I've owned a 2016 Chevrolet Volt for a year, and 90% of my driving has been in EV mode. During my commuting, gasoline is out of sight, out of mind. At Crowders Mountain State Park, there's free charging, which is a major perk (and opportunity to tell others "hey, I drive an electric car").Andrew Lambrecht Last October, I picked up a used 2016 Chevrolet Volt and have been driving it ever since. I've driven it 6,000 miles. In my year of ownership, I've put less than 10 gallons of fuel into it. It's been the perfect compromise: an EV in city driving with the fallback of a gas tank for longer trips. Last year, I was in the market for an electrified car. After months of research, the BMW i3, Chevrolet Bolt, and Chevrolet Volt were my finalists. Since I live in the Southeast, used EVs are typically more difficult to find here than they are in other regions in America. I'd usually find a car online that I thought was perfect, then I'd discover it had a reported accident or some other issue. In October 2020, and by sheer luck, a 2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier in Iridescent Pearl Tintcoat popped up for sale on Autotrader. Its owner had just moved to North Carolina from California, so the Volt was adorned with the groovy green HOV lane stickers (that I still haven't removed). After taking it for a test drive and kicking the tires, it was a buy.Andrew Lambrecht's 2016 Chevrolet Volt.Andrew LambrechtAfter I picked it up in Greensboro, North Carolina, I drove it back down Highway 85 to Charlotte. Since the Volt is a plug-in hybrid, it can operate on both battery power and gasoline, making the 100-mile highway drive back very easy. The entire system is centered around an 18.4-kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. There's an onboard gasoline generator, which seamlessly supplies power to the electric motors when the battery wilts. Whenever the battery has a charge, the Volt will operate as a purely electric car.Usually, the only time the gasoline engine will turn on is if it's really cold outside (15 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on your in-car setting), or if the electric range estimator reaches "zero miles." In most circumstances, it's a fallback, not a main source of power. Andrew Lambrecht's 2016 Chevrolet Volt.Andrew LambrechtFor its electric propulsion, the Volt offers an excellent battery-management system. The packs are very robust and highly acclaimed in the industry. Plus, they aren't affected by the same battery recall plaguing the Bolt, just one letter away from the Volt.On a full charge, the battery can deliver a 53-mile electric range. To most, 53 miles seems mediocre, but it's actually more than enough for a plug-in hybrid. More than 90% of my driving has been on the battery alone. The occurrences where I had to rely on the gasoline engine were far and few. During all of my commuting, gasoline was out of sight, out of mind.Once I would get back home, I'd simply plug it in, and the Volt would be back up to a full charge, ready to conquer its next task.Andrew Lambrecht's 2016 Chevrolet Volt.Andrew LambrechtA topic of great uncertainty with electric cars is charging. There are three different ways to charge an EV: Level 1, 2, and 3. A Level 1 connection is the slowest and utilizes a typical 120-volt home socket, the same one used to charge your phone or laptop. A Level 2 connection charges significantly faster than a Level 1 and uses a 240-volt hookup, which is the same as what a typical dryer would use.Lastly, there's Level 3 fast charging. The Volt doesn't have fast-charging capabilities, but most new pure electrics offer it as standard. It'll generally take around 30 minutes for an 80% charge, but that figure can vary depending on what model it is.Andrew Lambrecht's 2016 Chevrolet Volt.Andrew LambrechtAll of my charging is done at home on a Level 2 240-volt wall mount, which adds about 12 miles of range per hour. After my 25-mile commute, it takes about two hours to reach a full charge. From what I've noticed, a 240-volt charger isn't even necessary for charging the Volt. Included in the trunk is a standard Level 1 120-volt charging cord. While its charge rate is significantly lower at four miles added per hour, it can still deliver a full charge overnight.In September, North Carolina's average energy rate was $0.11 per kWh, so the upkeep costs of owning an EV are very low. A full 53-mile charge in the Volt would only cost around $1.57 in electricity utilities, and compared to September's national gasoline average price of $3.18 a gallon, it's apparent as to why more individuals are jumping on the electric bandwagon.During the spring and summer, the Volt can easily achieve electric-only range figures far above its estimate of 53.Andrew LambrechtRange doesn't always stay the same, though — and that's also the case for my 53-mile limit. If I stick to lower speed driving in optimal weather, I can achieve north of 60 miles on electricity alone. In the city, electric cars excel because you can maximize your regenerative braking. Most deceleration in the Volt is just the electric motors "capturing" kinetic energy. Two benefits of this concept are that the friction brakes last much longer and you can make back some energy lost while driving.During freeway driving in colder temperatures, around 40 to 45 miles is to be expected. Andrew Lambrecht's 2016 Chevrolet Volt.Andrew LambrechtThat's why if you're taking the Volt on a road trip, it's best to switch on the generator by pressing the "hold" mode button, so you can save the electricity for lower-speed driving. On the highway in "hold mode," it'll get up to 44 mpg on the gasoline engine, which isn't bad by any means. The Volt also gets all of the benefits of an EV with the fallback on a gasoline engine. Since it's powered by an electric motor, its acceleration is instantaneous and virtually silent. The Volt feels exceptionally quick off the line at lower speeds, so passing and merging is a breeze. (Once you hit 40 mph, it still provides enough power but the fun dwindles.)In the pleasant time of  driving my now six-year-old Volt, my belief that EVs are the future has only proliferated. From its avant-garde technology to its low operating costs, I'm convinced electric cars are here to stay. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 6th, 2021

44 sentimental gifts that"ll make anyone feel loved, from a family cookbook heirloom to an astrological birth chart

Thoughtful mementos are a way to show someone they're valued and loved. Here are 44 sentimental gifts to make them feel extra special. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Birthdate co. For those feeling extra softhearted this year, we put together a list of sentimental gift ideas. From personalized gifts to meaningful flowers, you're sure to find inspiration for anyone. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. If you always give generic gifts, select something off a wishlist, or just send a gift card, you're not alone. It can be difficult to think beyond the practical to select items that will delight and surprise your giftee. If you're looking to truly impress your loved ones, you'll want to choose gifts that are custom, unique, and thoughtful. You can convey just how much you care by referencing fun memories, inside jokes, and hidden interests.We've compiled 44 sentimental gifts, which include a flower subscription, a customized puzzle, a personalized photo book, and more. Each of these gifts are sure to make your giftee feel special and remind them of loving memories and events. If you're looking for more gift ideas, be sure to check out all of our gift guides here.Below are 44 sentimental gift ideas:A personalized gift boxGreetablPersonalized Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $19Let them know you're thinking of them with a cute custom gift box from Greetabl. Choose to a mini gift like caramels or chocolates, a gift card, and add a note and photos to be delivered to their door. A monogrammed vegan leather passport coverMark and GrahamFillmore Vegan Leather Passport Case, available at Mark and Graham, $39 ($12.50 monogram fee)For the giftee who loves to travel, a passport cover is a great gift. You can have their initials monogrammed onto the cover to add a thoughtful and special touch to the gift. A name bracelet with handwritten letteringEtsyHandwriting Bracelet, available at Etsy, $37A custom piece of jewelry is already a thoughtful gift but this handwritten bracelet from Etsy goes the extra mile. Surprise your gift recipient with a gold, sterling silver, or rose gold bracelet with words on it written in yours or a loved-ones' handwriting. A family cookbook to pass downUncommon GoodsMy Family Cookbook, available at Uncommon Goods, $30The My Family Cookbook is a sweet gift that will keep on giving. After having various family members add recipes, the book can become an heirloom gift that gets passed down to generations. A personalized children's bookAmazonGoodnight Little Me Personalized Book, available at Amazon, $39.99The Goodnight Little Me book is a sweet gift for new parents or your favorite kids. This custom bedtime book can be personalized with any child's name and includes gorgeous illustrations from the designer of the Harry Potter series' US covers. Check out our guide to the best gifts for new parents for more gift-giving ideas. A mug with handwritten wordsLittle Gem Girl/EtsyLoved Ones Handwriting Coffee Mug, available at Etsy, $29A mug with a meaningful message is a tender gift for people who may have lost a loved one or who live far away. You can customize this mug with any words you want, printed in your handwriting or someone else's.A floral paint-by-numbers kitUncommon GoodsBirth Month Flower Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $30Inspired by the birth month of your gift recipient, this paint-by-numbers kit is a gift and a fun activity rolled into the one. The kit lets them create a painting of the flowers for their respective birth month, along with an explanation of the characteristics of each month and flower. For example, October is a marigold that represents optimism and positive energy.A monogrammed notebookPapierScallop Spine Notebook, available at Papier, $26.99Whether they love making lists or jotting down new ideas, every writer needs a durable, trusted notebook to store their notes and stories. These unique notebooks can be customized with a monogram and lined, dotted, or plain pages. The notebooks come in solid colors and several fun designs, including the brands The Pahari, Constellation, and Colourblock styles.A set of low-maintenance plantsThe SillPlant Parent Set, available at The Sill, from $48Add some greenery into their space with this set of easy-to-care-for plants from The Sill. Choose from sets of three to seven plants that change seasonally.A fresh flower subscriptionFresh SendsThe Send Bouquet, available at Fresh Sends, from $55Instead of gifting flowers solely during holidays and special occasions, send them beautiful arrangements on a more consistent basis with a subscription from Fresh Sends. Choose from three delivery frequencies and two size options for a unique bouquet every time.A calendar full of cherished personal photosArtifact UprisingPersonalized Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $35Photos of loved ones are an instant source of joy. Structuring your daily life around them with a calendar is a great way to fill each day with more gratitude and happiness. Artifact Uprising's desktop calendar is sustainably made from reclaimed wood and fully customizable. You can also choose the calendar's starting month, so you don't have to wait for a new year to create one.A book for your favorite astrology loverBirthdate Co.The Birthdate Book, available at Birthdate Co., $115If they know their sun, moon, and rising sign, this made-to-order astrology book will make the perfect gift. Provide their birthday and time of birth, and the company will create a 70-page book with information and insights customized from their birth chart.One Insider Reviews writer said the book felt extremely personalized, and no two books are the same.A cube of conversation-starting prompt cardsUncommon GoodsTable Topics cards, available at Uncommon Goods, $25Never experience another boring dinner again with these cards from Table Topics. Each cube comes with 135 thought-provoking topic cards to help keep your meals and relationships interesting.With six themed options ranging from card sets for families, couples, and friends, you'll give them the chance to get to know everyone in their life a little better.A customized puzzleEtsyCustomizable photo puzzle, available at Etsy, $31.49Help them stay entertained by gifting them a customized puzzle of their favorite picture. This puzzle also comes with a customized box, making this gift even more special. Choose from any image to commemorate a special event, remember a great vacation, or show love to their favorite pet.A video montage of and from their loved onesMontageA video montage of their loved ones, available at Montage, from $29Ask their friends and family to record and upload videos to be automatically compiled, scored, and delivered for a thoughtful present that's sure to bring on happy tears.An astrology necklaceMejuriA necklace with their zodiac symbol, available at Mejuri, from $75If they're into astrology, get them their zodiac sign in gold. Mejuri offers all signs in its Zodiac Collection in gold vermeil, sterling silver, and 14k yellow gold.A set of socks with their pet's face printed on themTribe SocksCustom Socks with Your Pet's Face, available at Tribe Socks, $24For dog- or cat-lovers, a pair of custom socks with their pet printed on them is a lighthearted but thoughtful gift. For more inspiration for pet-themed gifts, take a look at our guide to the best gifts for dog owners.A custom night sky star map to commemorate a birth, anniversary, or any other dayStarry MapsCustom star map print, available at Starry Maps, from $55Commemorate any special night of their (or your) life by getting it printed on museum-quality 200gsm Matte paper or on canvas.An e-gift card to GoldbellyGoldbellyAn e-gift card, available at Goldbelly, from $25Whether you spend most of your time together trying out different recipes — or they're often treating you to a delicious meal — you may want to turn your gift into a thoughtful, shared experience. Wherever they are in this big old world, they can call in any comforting favorite they please from Goldbelly.A bottle of bourbon as unique as they areReservebarJefferson's Ocean: Aged At Sea Bourbon, available at Reservebar, $79If they're bourbon drinkers, nautical lovers, or both, they might just cherish this forever.An Airbnb gift cardYou could take a coffee masterclass with a national judge in Mexico via Airbnb Online Experiences.AirbnbAn Airbnb Gift Card toward the experience of their dreams, available at Airbnb, from $50Travel might not be an option right now, but Airbnb is currently offering Online Experiences held by instructors from around the world. Treat them to a coffee master class, history lesson, or even a dance class. And in the meantime, they can daydream about their next far-flung adventure or cozy staycation. A custom map posterGrafomapCustom map poster, available at Grafomap, from $49Grafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world — including their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination. A personalized photo bookSnapfish/Business InsiderPersonalized Snapfish photo book, available at Snapfish, from $12.99Convert their pile of photos and favorite mementos into one glossy book they can showcase around the home for a cohesive, beautiful keepsake. Expertly framed memoriesFramebridgeFramed photo, available at Framebridge, from $25Framebridge gift card, available at Framebridge, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed, or have them print and frame it. You can take advantage of a team of designers to help decide what frame to get.An engraved timepieceUncommon GoodsPersonalized watch, available at Timex, from $75If you're looking for subtle and impactful, engraving a watch is a classic for a reason. They can keep it forever, wear it every day, and know how much personal significance it has without always answering questions from onlookers. It's functional, thoughtful, and timeless.A custom-made comic book telling your shared storyEtsyCustom comic book, available at Etsy, from $433.88If you have the means, few comic book nerds would turn down owning a detailed, beautifully designed comic book featuring them as the lead character or superhero or a comic book version of the story of how they met their partner.Purchase the comic, email the makers telling them the story, and send photos of the characters and event setting to make sure everything looks right. You'll see a rough draft, send back any edits you have, and they'll complete the final copy. Opt for a digital print (emailed) or get it sent to you as a canvas print.A personalized letter necklaceAUrateMini Letter Charm Pendant with White Diamonds, available at AUrate, $560AUrate offers engravings and personalized jewelry, like this necklace with a mini letter charm. Pick a letter and select from 14-karat or 18-karat white, yellow, or rose gold. Learn more about online startups making sustainable, relatively affordable fine jewelry here.A framed quoteMintedPersonalized custom quotes, available at Minted, from $38Frame one of their favorite quotes, lyrics, or sayings and customize everything from font color to matting to make it theirs.A family portrait that includes petsHappyMomentsArts/Etsy/Business InsiderCustom family portrait, available at Etsy, from $15A perfect gift for a couple or a family, you can get a digital download of a custom family portrait that includes their furry roommates.A custom pet portraitCanvasPopCustom pet portrait, available at CanvasPop, from $89If they love their pet more than pretty much anything in the world, a Pet Portrait immortalizing them is a uniquely thoughtful gesture — and decor they're unlikely to have already. You can also get them a custom painting (from $250) if that's more their style or a framed print (from $35.55) of them with their pet.A cute set of mugsUncommon GoodsPersonalized family mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, from $30Turn your family or friends or a newly engaged couple into characters that actually look like them. One side features the artists' depiction of them (personalized through your choices of skin tone, hair, and clothing color) and the mug owner's first name, while the other displays your family name and year established — for friends, this could be the year you met. Turn meaningful audio into artEtsySoundwave art print, available at Etsy, from $70Send in a song and artist or email an audio file of you or a loved one speaking, and this Etsy shop will turn it into personalized sound-wave art. This gift is particularly thoughtful for long-distance relationships or for commemorating a loved one.Long-distance touch lampsUncommon GoodsSet of two Filimin Long-Distance Touch Lamps, available at Uncommon Goods, from $85Everyone is busy these days, and it's not as easy to keep up with loved ones as we all wish. A set of paired lamps, one of which lights up when the other is touched, lets them know you're still thinking of them even when you don't have time to talk. One Insider Reviews editor uses them to keep in touch with her parents.Brightly embroidered pillows of their favorite stateUncommon GoodsHand Embroidered State Pillows, available at Uncommon Goods, $225Bring their favorite state to them with detailed and brightly embroidered pillows that pay homage to each state's cities and cultural touchpoints. A photo print of an important life momentUncommon GoodsIntersection of Love Frame, available at Uncommon Goods, from $75Commemorate the moment their paths first crossed in a sophisticated, unique design.Personalized wine labelsTopBananaPrints/Etsy/Business InsiderCustom wine labels, available at Etsy, from $4.47Celebrate a loved one's birthday, achievements, or new life stages such as a marriage with a bottle of wine and a thoughtful, personalized label they'll want to keep. The blueprint of a beloved ski resortUncommon GoodsSki resort blueprints, available at Uncommon Goods, from $75Whether they grew up on the slopes or drag friends and family along as adults, skiers can take their favorite slopes home with them with this blueprint-inspired art. Featuring iconic ski resorts such as Park City, Vail, and Breckenridge, each officially licensed print is created with a vintage, distressed finish and contains detailed historical and statistical facts about the area.A bound book of love letters, curated from A-ZUncommon GoodsHow Do I Love Thee From A-Z, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Follow 26 prompts laid out in old-school typewriter font to leave your loved one with a bound book of love letters they can keep forever. It's the perfect spot for recording your favorite romantic moments, memories, inside jokes, and all the tiny and enormous reasons why you love them. A poster of you and a loved one styled as your favorite drinksoflifeandlemons/Etsy/Business InsiderPersonalized drinks print, available at Etsy, $22.95Whether you're turning a best friend or a lifelong partner into a cocktail avatar, the quirky Personalized Drinks Print is a sweet and fun approach to sentimental gifting. A portable printerTargetPolaroid Hi-Print Printer, available at Target, $99.99Polaroid's Wireless Mini Printer prints mini photos from your phone or tablet using a WiFi connection. It's small enough to stow in a purse for travel, and there are customizable features like stickers, filters, and borders to edit photos within the Polaroid app. A reel viewer filled with snapshots of old memoriesUncommon Goods/Business InsiderCreate your own reel viewer, available at Uncommon Goods, from $14.95As a kid, flipping through a reel viewer was one of life's greatest joys. Just because they're all grown up doesn't mean they won't like playing with the gadget. Fill the reel with snapshots of their most cherished memories (use the redemption code included with your viewer) for a gift that'll flood them with all sorts of nostalgia.A custom watercolor of their wedding venueJustArtinAround/EtsyCustom watercolor wedding venue illustration, available at Etsy, from $35.99For a deeply thoughtful gift for newlyweds, commission a custom watercolor of their wedding venue or location. All you'll have to do is send the artist a photo of the location, the couple's first and last names, and the wedding date. A candle that smells like homeUncommon GoodsHomesick Candles, available at Uncommon Goods, from $34It's hard to put a finger on just what makes home smell like home, but a whiff of a Homesick candle will transport them there with its nostalgia-inducing scents. Uniquely specific scents are made to capture the ethos of states and cities or memories like road trips, backyard BBQs, and cooking in Grandma's kitchen.If they're far from home, this affordable candle is a small but meaningful gesture that can bring them just a little closer. A cutting board that memorializes a meaningful recipeUncommon GoodsFamily Recipe Cutting Board, available at Uncommon Goods, $100There's something about family recipes that make them taste even better. This cutting board offers a unique way to preserve those special favorites. Ingredients and directions are engraved on solid cherry wood and can even be etched in the recipe writer's handwriting. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytDec 3rd, 2021

The 38 best Black Friday 2021 deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kohl"s, and more

We're live-blogging the best 2021 Black Friday deals in real-time all day long from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kohl's; Sardel; Amazon; Apple; Nike; Alyssa Powell/InsiderFinding the best Black Friday deals isn't always as simple as it seems. With every major retailer running their own version of the massive sale, figuring out what's available and whether it's a good deal or not can turn into more of a chore than it needs to.We're here to help. Throughout the day, we'll be updating this page with the best Black Friday discounts and lightning deals so you don't have to wade through 200 pages of sales to find the true hidden gems.Keep in mind that many of the deals available throughout Black Friday only run for a few hours (or in limited quantities). Take Amazon's aptly named Lightning Deals, for instance. These are intentionally active for a short period of time with a set number of the product available for purchase — once the timer gets to zero, or the deal reaches 100% claimed, the discount ends.Our list is sorted by the newest deal first, and we'll be updating it multiple times every hour. Check back frequently for the freshest Black Friday deals across all retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and others.The best Black Friday shopping deals right nowUp to 50% off the FitbitsLisa Eadicicco/InsiderFitbit Charge 4The Charge 4 hits a budget-friendly price point while offering stellar activity tracking in a smaller footprint than a smartwatch.$69.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $149.94 | Save 54%$129.94 FROM BEST BUYFitbit SenseThe Sense smartwatch has a ton of added features, focusing on heart health and stress management, giving you a more holistic look at your well-being. $199.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $299.95 | Save 33%$199.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $299.95 | Save 33%$199.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $299.95 | Save 33%Fitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%Up to 50% off Casper mattresses and beddingJames Brains/InsiderSave up to 50% off at CasperCasper Nova Hybrid Mattress (Queen)Casper's Nova Hybrid Mattress is a great option for people looking for a soft and plush yet supportive mattress. $1466.50 FROM CASPEROriginally $2095.00 | Save 30%Casper Original Mattress (Queen)The Casper mattress has a firm feel that provides excellent support right to the edge, and it will keep your body cool through the night. $876.00 FROM CASPEROriginally $1095.00 | Save 20%$876.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $1095.00 | Save 20%$875.99 FROM MACY'SOriginally $1095.00 | Save 20%Casper Hyperlite Sheet Set (Queen)Over the years, we've tested several Casper sheet sets and loved them all. Our current favorite is the Casper Hyperlite Sheet Set, which we recommend in our guide to the best sheets.$129.00 FROM CASPEROriginally $258.00 | Save 50%$30 off select products at Chewy when you spend $100Chewy is hiring across multiple teams in 14 states.ChewyChewy Pet ProductsThis Black Friday, Chewy is offering $30 off purchases of $100 or more. This is only for select products, including food, treats, beds, and more.$70.00 FROM CHEWYOriginally $100.00 | Save 30%38% off the Bissell SpinWave Robot VacuumJames Brains/InsiderBissell SpinWave Robot VacuumThe Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum picked up all the pet hair on carpet in our tests and has a great assortment of mop attachments and accessories. The company is also committed to helping homeless pets and helps them find loving homes. $249.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.99 | Save 38%$299.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.99 | Save 25%25% off sitewide at Wild OneShoshi Parks/InsiderSave 25% off sitewide at Wild OneWild One LeashWild One’s waterproof leash comes in a variety of fun and bright colors to choose from. Right now, you can save 20% sitewide at Wild One and get this adjustable leash for $58 with the Insider-exclusive promo code. $43.50 FROM WILD ONEOriginally $58.00 | Save 25%Wild One Travel CarrierThe uniquely designed Wild One Travel Carrier offers comfort and convenience in the air and at your destination. To save $20 on each carrier you purchase, enter code INSIDERTC20 at checkout. $93.75 FROM WILD ONEOriginally $125.00 | Save 25%Wild One Harness Walk & Play KitSome of Wild One’s most coveted items are included in their walk and play kit. Choose from four different colors for your harness, leash and poop bag carrier. 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It's also great as an everyday bag when you need the extra space for workout gear.$147.00 FROM AWAYOriginally $245.00 | Save 40%45% off the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Cookware SetKohl'sCuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%97% off a 3-Month Membership for Xbox Game Pass for PCMicrosoftXbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%50% off a pair of Beats Solo3BeatsBeats Solo3The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, the gym, or zoning out during family road trips. They deliver clear audio, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback.$99.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%$99.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%23% off a Smart Roku TVTCLTCL 40" Class 3-Series Full HD Smart Roku TV – 40S325TK$229.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $299.99 | Save 23%36% off a pair of AirPods ProAmazonApple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$159.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%Up to 47% off the tech for your home at Kohl'sAmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)The Echo Show 5 has a compact 5-inch screen, making it perfect for use as a smart alarm clock on your bedside table or handy companion in your kitchen$44.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%$44.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd GenerationThe ever-popular Nest thermostat can help you lower your energy bills. It's compatible with a wide range of heating and cooling systems, though you'll definitely want to make sure it works with your setup before you buy. $179.00 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$249.99 FROM BEST BUY$249.00 FROM TARGET$199.00 FROM ADORAMAOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry VacThis floor cleaner can vacuum and mop all in one go.$227.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $319.99 | Save 29%50% off a Fleece JacketKohl'sColumbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%What is Black Friday?Black Friday is a yearly sales event that occurs at the end of November, right before the traditional holiday shopping season. When is Black Friday 2021?Black Friday always happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, 2021 at 12 a.m. local time. How long do Black Friday sales last?While Black Friday is technically one day long, the sales often being for days and even weeks around the actual shopping day, sometimes for a week after Cyber Monday. Due to shipping delays this year, some sales began even earlier.What deals can you expect to find on Black Friday?Because it happens a few weeks before December, Black Friday is a great time to buy and save on all your holiday gifts.You can expect to find a lot of "doorbusters," sales that drop prices to all-time lows across categories like tech, home and kitchen, and fashion.While you can expect a wide range of sales, we recommend you go in knowing what you're looking for so you don't spend money on a flashy discount. Some historically great Black Friday deals have included big-ticket electronics ( like large TVs), Amazon Echo products, Xbox and Playstation games, Instant Pot, KitchenAid appliances, and various home products like toilet paper.Additionally, the following product categories can especially offer great discounts: TVsSmart home devicesGaming consoles and video gamesKitchen appliancesIs Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for sales?Cyber Monday occurs three days after Black Friday (it falls on Monday, November 29 this year). However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals blend together into a week- or even month-long affair. We recommend jumping on a good deal when you see it — especially when you can cancel your order or return it. If you do find a better deal on Cyber Monday and already made a purchase, you can also ask the original storefront to match the price and some retailers automatically refund you the difference.For those shopping in person during Black Friday, we recommend doing so in these situations:For expensive productsFor major storesFor this year's productsWill there be Black Friday shipping delays?Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. Supply chain issues are especially cropping up this year, so it's good to keep shipping deadlines in mind. How does Insider find the best Black Friday deals?We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage — that we've either tested ourselves or researched thoroughly.We compared the prices against other retailers and only included the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team vets deals here.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 26th, 2021

Live: The 28 Best Black Friday 2021 Deals Right Now: Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kohl"s, & More

We're live-blogging the best 2021 Black Friday deals in real-time all day long from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kohl's; Sardel; Amazon; Apple; Nike; Alyssa Powell/InsiderFinding the best Black Friday deals isn't always as simple as it seems. With every major retailer running their own version of the massive sale, figuring out what's available and whether it's a good deal or not can turn into more of a chore than it needs to.We're here to help. Throughout the day, we'll be updating this page with the best Black Friday discounts and lightning deals so you don't have to wade through 200 pages of sales to find the true hidden gems.Keep in mind that many of the deals available throughout Black Friday only run for a few hours (or in limited quantities). Take Amazon's aptly named Lightning Deals, for instance. These are intentionally active for a short period of time with a set number of the product available for purchase — once the timer gets to zero, or the deal reaches 100% claimed, the discount ends.Our list is sorted by the newest deal first, and we'll be updating it multiple times every hour. Check back frequently for the freshest Black Friday deals across all retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and others.The best Black Friday shopping deals right now37% off Ecovacs Deebot T8 AIVI Robot VacuumJames Brains/InsiderEcovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot VacuumThe  Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo Pro Mopping System thoroughly cleans floors as opposed to pushing a wet cloth around. When paired with the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum, the two make easy work of time-consuming chores.$469.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $749.99 | Save 37%$799.99 FROM BEST BUY35% off the DeWalt Atomic Max Cordless Drill KitAmazonDewalt Atomic 20-Volt Max Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit This 20-Volt MAX Brushless Compact 2-Tool Combo Kit includes 1 cordless Drill/Driver, 1 cordless Impact Driver, two 20-Volt MAX Lithium Ion Batteries, 1 charger, and a carrying bag. $149.00 FROM THE HOME DEPOTOriginally $229.00 | Save 35%Up to 43% off Eufy robot vacuumsAmazonEufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAXQuiet, slim, and powerful, the eufy RoboVac 15C Max is a solid investment if you're looking for a robot vacuum. It's already very affordable at retail price, but you can also often find it on sale, making it an even better deal.$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 39%$169.99 FROM EUFYOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%Eufy RoboVac G30 EdgeThe G30 Edge is a high-end model from a budget manufacturer. It comes with plenty of useful features. The Edge struggles with carpeting and in corners, but it performs well on hard floors.$199.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.00 | Save 43%25% off the Aarke Carbonator III Soda MakerAmazonAarke Carbonator IIIThe Aarke Carbonator III uses a simple pull-down handle to create intense levels of fizz, and its beautiful design will fit right in among your countertop appliances.$164.25 FROM AMAZONOriginally $219.00 | Save 25%Buy one MasterClass membership get one freeMasterClassMasterClass 2-for-1 membershipGet two MasterClass subscriptions for the price of one! Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%Free 3 months of Amazon Music UnlimitedAlyssa Powell/InsiderAmazon Music Unlimited New subscribers can get 3 months of access to Amazon's Music Unlimited streaming service for free for a limited time.FREE FROM AMAZONOriginally $9.99 | Save 100%20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinenSave 20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinen Weighted Comforter (15 lb)Brooklinen's Weighted Comforter has a premium plush design that blends seamlessly with the rest of your bedding.$199.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $249.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Down PillowThe mid-plush Brooklinen Down Pillow conforms well to different sleeping positions, making it the ideal pillow for people who shift throughout the night. It feels as good as pillows double its price.$55.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $69.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set (Queen)If you take your sleep comfort seriously, the pampering touch and good looks of Brooklinen's Luxe Sheets will have you sleeping like a baby.$140.00 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $175.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Duvet Cover (Queen)The Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Duvet Cover is brushed for extra softness and coziness. Not only is it comfortable, but it's also designed with extra long corner ties and larger-than-average buttons to make changing your duvet cover easy. $223.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $279.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter (Queen)The Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter is a soft, light, and comfortable choice that's airy and warm but remains breathable so you can use it any time of the year.$287.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $359.00 | Save 20%22% off the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillAmazonNordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillNordicTrack's Commercial 2950 treadmill utilizes iFit's library of more than 1,500 interactive workouts, folds easily to free up space, and has excellent speakers.$2499.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $3199.00 | Save 22%$2399.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $3199.00 | Save 25%58% off the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL MulticookerJames Brains/InsiderCrock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker (8-quart)The Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker performed well in all of our cooking tests, and its button controls make programming it a snap.$59.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $139.99 | Save 58%$115.49 FROM AMAZON54% off the Instant Pot Duo Plus Pressure CookerAmazonInstant Pot Duo Plus Pressure Cooker BundleThis bundle is a Target exclusive, and it includes an extra silicone egg rack and stainless steel steam rack for your pressure cooking needs. It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 54%40% off the Echo (4th gen)Lisa Eadicicco/InsiderAmazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%33% off the Roomba i3+AmazoniRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Up to 40% off Away luggageAwayAway The Everywhere Bag (Leather)This weekend bag is the leather version of The Everywhere Bag in nylon, but it's just as durable. Great for a quick getaway for work or play, there's room for clothes, a laptop, and travel essentials. It's also great as an everyday bag when you need the extra space for workout gear.$147.00 FROM AWAYOriginally $245.00 | Save 40%45% off the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Cookware SetKohl'sCuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%33% off the Fitbit LuxeLisa Eadicicco/InsiderFitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%97% off a 3-Month Membership for Xbox Game Pass for PCMicrosoftXbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%50% off a pair of Beats Solo3BeatsBeats Solo3The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, the gym, or zoning out during family road trips. They deliver clear audio, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback.$99.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%$99.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%23% off a Smart Roku TVTCLTCL 40" Class 3-Series Full HD Smart Roku TV – 40S325TK$229.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $299.99 | Save 23%36% off a pair of AirPods ProAmazonApple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.00 | Save 32%$219.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.95 | Save 12%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%Up to 47% off the tech for your home at Kohl'sAmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)The Echo Show 5 has a compact 5-inch screen, making it perfect for use as a smart alarm clock on your bedside table or handy companion in your kitchen$44.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%$44.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd GenerationThe ever-popular Nest thermostat can help you lower your energy bills. It's compatible with a wide range of heating and cooling systems, though you'll definitely want to make sure it works with your setup before you buy. $179.00 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$249.99 FROM BEST BUY$249.00 FROM TARGET$199.00 FROM ADORAMAOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry VacThis floor cleaner can vacuum and mop all in one go.$227.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $319.99 | Save 29%50% off a Fleece JacketKohl'sColumbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%What is Black Friday?Black Friday is a yearly sales event that occurs at the end of November, right before the traditional holiday shopping season. When is Black Friday 2021?Black Friday always happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, 2021 at 12 a.m. local time. How long do Black Friday sales last?While Black Friday is technically one day long, the sales often being for days and even weeks around the actual shopping day, sometimes for a week after Cyber Monday. Due to shipping delays this year, some sales began even earlier.What deals can you expect to find on Black Friday?Because it happens a few weeks before December, Black Friday is a great time to buy and save on all your holiday gifts.You can expect to find a lot of "doorbusters," sales that drop prices to all-time lows across categories like tech, home and kitchen, and fashion.While you can expect a wide range of sales, we recommend you go in knowing what you're looking for so you don't spend money on a flashy discount. Some historically great Black Friday deals have included big-ticket electronics ( like large TVs), Amazon Echo products, Xbox and Playstation games, Instant Pot, KitchenAid appliances, and various home products like toilet paper.Additionally, the following product categories can especially offer great discounts: TVsSmart home devicesGaming consoles and video gamesKitchen appliancesIs Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for sales?Cyber Monday occurs three days after Black Friday (it falls on Monday, November 29 this year). However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals blend together into a week- or even month-long affair. We recommend jumping on a good deal when you see it — especially when you can cancel your order or return it. If you do find a better deal on Cyber Monday and already made a purchase, you can also ask the original storefront to match the price and some retailers automatically refund you the difference.For those shopping in person during Black Friday, we recommend doing so in these situations:For expensive productsFor major storesFor this year's productsWill there be Black Friday shipping delays?Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. Supply chain issues are especially cropping up this year, so it's good to keep shipping deadlines in mind. How does Insider find the best Black Friday deals?We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage — that we've either tested ourselves or researched thoroughly.We compared the prices against other retailers and only included the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team vets deals here.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytNov 26th, 2021

Live: The Best Black Friday 2021 Deals Right Now: Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Kohl"s, & More

We're live-blogging the best 2021 Black Friday deals in real-time all day long from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kohl's; Sardel; Amazon; Apple; Nike; Alyssa Powell/InsiderFinding the best Black Friday deals isn't always as simple as it seems. With every major retailer running their own version of the massive sale, figuring out what's available and whether it's a good deal or not can turn into more of a chore than it needs to.We're here to help. Throughout the day, we'll be updating this page with the best Black Friday discounts and lightning deals so you don't have to wade through 200 pages of sales to find the true hidden gems.Keep in mind that many of the deals available throughout Black Friday only run for a few hours (or in limited quantities). Take Amazon's aptly named Lightning Deals, for instance. These are intentionally active for a short period of time with a set number of the product available for purchase — once the timer gets to zero, or the deal reaches 100% claimed, the discount ends.Our list is sorted by the newest deal first, and we'll be updating it multiple times every hour. Check back frequently for the freshest Black Friday deals across all retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and others.The best Black Friday deals right nowUp to 43% off Eufy robot vacuumsAmazonEufy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C MAXQuiet, slim, and powerful, the eufy RoboVac 15C Max is a solid investment if you're looking for a robot vacuum. It's already very affordable at retail price, but you can also often find it on sale, making it an even better deal.$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $279.99 | Save 39%$169.99 FROM EUFYOriginally $249.99 | Save 32%Eufy RoboVac G30 EdgeThe G30 Edge is a high-end model from a budget manufacturer. It comes with plenty of useful features. The Edge struggles with carpeting and in corners, but it performs well on hard floors.$199.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $349.00 | Save 43%25% off the Aarke Carbonator III Soda MakerAmazonAarke Carbonator IIIThe Aarke Carbonator III uses a simple pull-down handle to create intense levels of fizz, and its beautiful design will fit right in among your countertop appliances.$164.25 FROM AMAZONOriginally $219.00 | Save 25%Buy one MasterClass membership get one freeMasterClassMasterClass 2-for-1 membershipGet two MasterClass subscriptions for the price of one! Each subscription gets you access to all of MasterClass, so you can watch or sample unlimited celebrity and expert-led classes across a wide range of topics.$180.00 FROM MASTERCLASSOriginally $360.00 | Save 50%Free 3 months of Amazon Music UnlimitedAlyssa Powell/InsiderAmazon Music Unlimited New subscribers can get 3 months of access to Amazon's Music Unlimited streaming service for free for a limited time.FREE FROM AMAZONOriginally $9.99 | Save 100%20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinenSave 20% off sitewide at BrooklinenBrooklinen Weighted Comforter (15 lb)Brooklinen's Weighted Comforter has a premium plush design that blends seamlessly with the rest of your bedding.$199.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $249.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Down PillowThe mid-plush Brooklinen Down Pillow conforms well to different sleeping positions, making it the ideal pillow for people who shift throughout the night. It feels as good as pillows double its price.$55.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $69.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set (Queen)If you take your sleep comfort seriously, the pampering touch and good looks of Brooklinen's Luxe Sheets will have you sleeping like a baby.$140.00 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $175.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Duvet Cover (Queen)The Brooklinen Heathered Cashmere Duvet Cover is brushed for extra softness and coziness. Not only is it comfortable, but it's also designed with extra long corner ties and larger-than-average buttons to make changing your duvet cover easy. $223.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $279.00 | Save 20%Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter (Queen)The Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter is a soft, light, and comfortable choice that's airy and warm but remains breathable so you can use it any time of the year.$287.20 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $359.00 | Save 20%22% off the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillAmazonNordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillNordicTrack's Commercial 2950 treadmill utilizes iFit's library of more than 1,500 interactive workouts, folds easily to free up space, and has excellent speakers.$2499.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $3199.00 | Save 22%$2399.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $3199.00 | Save 25%58% off the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL MulticookerJames Brains/InsiderCrock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker (8-quart)The Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker performed well in all of our cooking tests, and its button controls make programming it a snap.$59.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $139.99 | Save 58%$115.49 FROM AMAZON54% off the Instant Pot Duo Plus Pressure CookerAmazonInstant Pot Duo Plus Pressure Cooker BundleThis bundle is a Target exclusive, and it includes an extra silicone egg rack and stainless steel steam rack for your pressure cooking needs. It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 54%40% off the Echo (4th gen)Lisa Eadicicco/InsiderAmazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%33% off the Roomba i3+AmazoniRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Up to 40% off Away luggageAwayAway The Everywhere Bag (Leather)This weekend bag is the leather version of The Everywhere Bag in nylon, but it's just as durable. Great for a quick getaway for work or play, there's room for clothes, a laptop, and travel essentials. It's also great as an everyday bag when you need the extra space for workout gear.$147.00 FROM AWAYOriginally $245.00 | Save 40%45% off the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Cookware SetKohl'sCuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%33% off the Fitbit LuxeLisa Eadicicco/InsiderFitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%97% off a 3-Month Membership for Xbox Game Pass for PCMicrosoftXbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%50% off a pair of Beats Solo3BeatsBeats Solo3The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, the gym, or zoning out during family road trips. They deliver clear audio, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback.$99.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%$99.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%23% off a Smart Roku TVTCLTCL 40" Class 3-Series Full HD Smart Roku TV – 40S325TK$229.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $299.99 | Save 23%36% off a pair of AirPods ProAmazonApple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.00 | Save 32%$219.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.95 | Save 12%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%Up to 47% off the tech for your home at Kohl'sAmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)The Echo Show 5 has a compact 5-inch screen, making it perfect for use as a smart alarm clock on your bedside table or handy companion in your kitchen$44.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%$44.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd GenerationThe ever-popular Nest thermostat can help you lower your energy bills. It's compatible with a wide range of heating and cooling systems, though you'll definitely want to make sure it works with your setup before you buy. $179.00 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$249.99 FROM BEST BUY$249.00 FROM TARGET$199.00 FROM ADORAMAOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry VacThis floor cleaner can vacuum and mop all in one go.$227.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $319.99 | Save 29%50% off a Fleece JacketKohl'sColumbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%What is Black Friday?Black Friday is a yearly sales event that occurs at the end of November, right before the traditional holiday shopping season. When is Black Friday 2021?Black Friday always happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, 2021 at 12 a.m. local time. How long do Black Friday sales last?While Black Friday is technically one day long, the sales often being for days and even weeks around the actual shopping day, sometimes for a week after Cyber Monday. Due to shipping delays this year, some sales began even earlier.What deals can you expect to find on Black Friday?Because it happens a few weeks before December, Black Friday is a great time to buy and save on all your holiday gifts.You can expect to find a lot of "doorbusters," sales that drop prices to all-time lows across categories like tech, home and kitchen, and fashion.While you can expect a wide range of sales, we recommend you go in knowing what you're looking for so you don't spend money on a flashy discount. Some historically great Black Friday deals have included big-ticket electronics ( like large TVs), Amazon Echo products, Xbox and Playstation games, Instant Pot, KitchenAid appliances, and various home products like toilet paper.Additionally, the following product categories can especially offer great discounts: TVsSmart home devicesGaming consoles and video gamesKitchen appliancesIs Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for sales?Cyber Monday occurs three days after Black Friday (it falls on Monday, November 29 this year). However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals blend together into a week- or even month-long affair. We recommend jumping on a good deal when you see it — especially when you can cancel your order or return it. If you do find a better deal on Cyber Monday and already made a purchase, you can also ask the original storefront to match the price and some retailers automatically refund you the difference.For those shopping in person during Black Friday, we recommend doing so in these situations:For expensive productsFor major storesFor this year's productsWill there be Black Friday shipping delays?Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. Supply chain issues are especially cropping up this year, so it's good to keep shipping deadlines in mind. How does Insider find the best Black Friday deals?We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage — that we've either tested ourselves or researched thoroughly.We compared the prices against other retailers and only included the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team vets deals here.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Live: The Best Black Friday 2021 Deals Right Now: Amazon, Walmart, Target, & More

We're live-blogging the best 2021 Black Friday deals in real-time all day long from Amazon, Walmart, Target, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Kohl's; Sardel; Amazon; Apple; Nike; Alyssa Powell/InsiderFinding the best Black Friday deals isn't always as simple as it seems. With every major retailer running their own version of the massive sale, figuring out what's available and whether it's a good deal or not can turn into more of a chore than it needs to.We're here to help. Throughout the day, we'll be updating this page with the best Black Friday discounts and lightning deals so you don't have to wade through 200 pages of sales to find the true hidden gems.Keep in mind that many of the deals available throughout Black Friday only run for a few hours (or in limited quantities). Take Amazon's aptly named Lightning Deals, for instance. These are intentionally active for a short period of time with a set number of the product available for purchase — once the timer gets to zero, or the deal reaches 100% claimed, the discount ends.Our list is sorted by the newest deal first, and we'll be updating it multiple times every hour. Check back frequently for the freshest Black Friday deals across all retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and others.The best Black Friday deals right now22% off the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillAmazonNordicTrack Commercial 2950 TreadmillNordicTrack's Commercial 2950 treadmill utilizes iFit's library of more than 1,500 interactive workouts, folds easily to free up space, and has excellent speakers.$2499.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $3199.00 | Save 22%$2399.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $3199.00 | Save 25%58% off the Crock-Pot Express Crock XL MulticookerJames Brains/InsiderCrock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker (8-quart)The Crock-Pot Express Crock XL Multicooker performed well in all of our cooking tests, and its button controls make programming it a snap.$59.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $139.99 | Save 58%$115.49 FROM AMAZON54% off the Instant Pot Duo Plus Pressure CookerAmazonInstant Pot Duo Plus Pressure Cooker BundleThis bundle is a Target exclusive, and it includes an extra silicone egg rack and stainless steel steam rack for your pressure cooking needs. It’s only $60 right now — an excellent value for such a multifunctional kitchen appliance.$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $129.99 | Save 54%40% off the Echo (4th gen)Lisa Eadicicco/InsiderAmazon Echo (4th Gen)The latest Echo speaker from Amazon takes on a spherical design for more effective room-filling audio. $59.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%$59.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $99.99 | Save 40%33% off the Roomba i3+AmazoniRobot Roomba i3+ (3550) Robot VacuumThe i3+ costs considerably more than your average robot vacuum, but it also does a lot more than the average robot vacuum. It develops personalized cleaning schedules and empties itself. $399.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%$399.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $599.00 | Save 33%$399.99 FROM IROBOTOriginally $599.99 | Save 33%Up to 40% off Away luggageAwayAway The Everywhere Bag (Leather)This weekend bag is the leather version of The Everywhere Bag in nylon, but it's just as durable. Great for a quick getaway for work or play, there's room for clothes, a laptop, and travel essentials. It's also great as an everyday bag when you need the extra space for workout gear.$147.00 FROM AWAYOriginally $245.00 | Save 40%45% off the Cuisinart Chef's Classic Cookware SetKohl'sCuisinart Chef's Classic 17-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware SetThis nonstick set includes nine different pans, lids to match, and a steamer for a total of 17 pieces. $219.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $399.99 | Save 45%33% off the Fitbit LuxeLisa Eadicicco/InsiderFitbit LuxeThe Fitbit Luxe is the company's latest fitness band that comes with a sleek design and advanced health features like stress management and the ability to measure heart rate variation.$99.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $149.99 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM FITBITOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%$99.95 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $149.94 | Save 33%97% off a 3-Month Membership for Xbox Game Pass for PCMicrosoftXbox Game Pass for PC (3-Month Membership)Typically, you can get a 3-month Game Pass subscription for $30. Right now, it's only $20, a solid deal. This is the PC version, which gets you EA Play, exclusive member discounts, and unlimited to access to over 100 games. $1.00 FROM MICROSOFTOriginally $29.99 | Save 97%$19.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%$19.98 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $29.99 | Save 33%50% off a pair of Beats Solo3BeatsBeats Solo3The Solo3 headphones are perfect for commuting, studying, the gym, or zoning out during family road trips. They deliver clear audio, up to 40 hours of battery life, and five minutes of charging equals three hours of playback.$99.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%$99.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $199.95 | Save 50%23% off a Smart Roku TVTCLTCL 40" Class 3-Series Full HD Smart Roku TV – 40S325TK$229.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $299.99 | Save 23%36% off a pair of AirPods ProAmazonApple AirPods ProThe Apple AirPods Pro look and sound better than previous-generation AirPods. Plus, they have noise cancellation built right into them and integrate perfectly with other Apple devices. $159.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.99 | Save 36%$169.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.00 | Save 32%$219.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.95 | Save 12%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%Up to 47% off the tech for your home at Kohl'sAmazonAmazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Gen)The Echo Show 5 has a compact 5-inch screen, making it perfect for use as a smart alarm clock on your bedside table or handy companion in your kitchen$44.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%$44.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $84.99 | Save 47%Google Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd GenerationThe ever-popular Nest thermostat can help you lower your energy bills. It's compatible with a wide range of heating and cooling systems, though you'll definitely want to make sure it works with your setup before you buy. $179.00 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$249.99 FROM BEST BUY$249.00 FROM TARGET$199.00 FROM ADORAMAOriginally $249.99 | Save 20%Bissell CrossWave All-in-One Multi-Surface Wet Dry VacThis floor cleaner can vacuum and mop all in one go.$227.49 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $319.99 | Save 29%50% off a Fleece JacketKohl'sColumbia Women's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece JacketWomen's Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket$29.99 FROM KOHL'SOriginally $60.00 | Save 50%$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $47.89 | Save 39%What is Black Friday?Black Friday is a yearly sales event that occurs at the end of November, right before the traditional holiday shopping season. When is Black Friday 2021?Black Friday always happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 26, 2021 at 12 a.m. local time. How long do Black Friday sales last?While Black Friday is technically one day long, the sales often being for days and even weeks around the actual shopping day, sometimes for a week after Cyber Monday. Due to shipping delays this year, some sales began even earlier.What deals can you expect to find on Black Friday?Because it happens a few weeks before December, Black Friday is a great time to buy and save on all your holiday gifts.You can expect to find a lot of "doorbusters," sales that drop prices to all-time lows across categories like tech, home and kitchen, and fashion.While you can expect a wide range of sales, we recommend you go in knowing what you're looking for so you don't spend money on a flashy discount. Some historically great Black Friday deals have included big-ticket electronics ( like large TVs), Amazon Echo products, Xbox and Playstation games, Instant Pot, KitchenAid appliances, and various home products like toilet paper.Additionally, the following product categories can especially offer great discounts: TVsSmart home devicesGaming consoles and video gamesKitchen appliancesIs Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for sales?Cyber Monday occurs three days after Black Friday (it falls on Monday, November 29 this year). However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals blend together into a week- or even month-long affair. We recommend jumping on a good deal when you see it — especially when you can cancel your order or return it. If you do find a better deal on Cyber Monday and already made a purchase, you can also ask the original storefront to match the price and some retailers automatically refund you the difference.For those shopping in person during Black Friday, we recommend doing so in these situations:For expensive productsFor major storesFor this year's productsWill there be Black Friday shipping delays?Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. Supply chain issues are especially cropping up this year, so it's good to keep shipping deadlines in mind. How does Insider find the best Black Friday deals?We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage — that we've either tested ourselves or researched thoroughly.We compared the prices against other retailers and only included the deals that are the same or better (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards).All deals are at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsized value.Read more about how the Insider Reviews team vets deals here.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 26th, 2021