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Category: topSource: bizjournalsOct 13th, 2021

36 corporate gifts for your coworkers and employees will actually love, from personalized totes to delicious sweets

Surprise your employees with elevated and thoughtful gifts, like flower bouquets, personalized clothes, the famous Milk Bar cake, and more. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. If you're looking for coworker, employee, or client gifts, we've listed dozens of good corporate gift options below - from olive oil to home office upgrades. Thomas Northcut/Getty Images Give back to the hardworking employees who keep your business running with thoughtful gifts. Below are 36 unique and useful corporate gift options, from gift cards to sweets. Find more gift ideas for everyone in your life here. A company is nothing without its employees. Whether you manage a lean team of five or oversee thousands across offices nationwide, you know that your employees are invaluable to the success of your business - and perhaps deserving of a thanks beyond simply paying their salary. Skip the tired and cheap corporate gifts and surprise your employees this year with these elevated, thoughtful, and actually useful options instead. Some come from our favorite startups, while others are just a click away on Amazon. Go the extra mile by customizing them with company colors, a logo, or a personal touch that truly shows your appreciation.Whether or not your company is working from home, it's our hope that these gifts will allow you to stay connected to both your business - and each other.Here are 36 corporate gifts to thank your employees: Engraved spirits from ReserveBar Crystal Cox/Business Insider Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, $85, available at ReserveBarConsider a bottle of their favorite spirit from ReserveBar's corporate gifting guide. Choose from a wide variety of champagnes, tequilas, and cocktail gift sets based on your employee's preferences.If you're looking to make this gift even more special, you can opt for a custom bottle engraving.To make a large ReserveBar order of 12 bottles or more, just fill out this form. Famously delicious sweets from Milk Bar Milk Bar Milk Bar Treats, from $26, available at Milk BarMilk Bar, the cult-favorite bakery based in New York, delivers its decadent cakes, cookies, and truffles to gift recipients' doorsteps. Olive oil they've been meaning to try from Brightland Brightland Brightland Awake Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $37, available at BrightlandCalifornia brand Brightland makes extra virgin olive oil and vinegar that we've found to be full-bodied and sharp. Its recognizable white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage — and also look really nice displayed on a countertop. Find a full review here.  A Hydro Flask mug that regulates their drink's temperature Facebook Hydro Flask 12 oz. Insulated Coffee Mug, $24.95, available on Hydro FlaskThis mug is a common desk companion for the Insider Reviews team. The 12-ounce coffee mug has the company's proprietary TempShield insulation that made its water bottles famous.This mug will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold for up to 24. Read our full review of it here. An Atlas Tea Club subscription to some of the world's best teas and coffees Atlas Tea Club Atlas Tea Club 6 Month Gift Subscription, $109, available at Atlas Tea ClubThis subscription sends your giftee single-origin teas from the best tea-growing regions in the world for six months. You can also opt for coffee.  A small Tile Pro that helps them find misplaced items Amazon Tile Pro, $34.99, available on AmazonThe Tile Pro button helps you find misplaced items like keys and phones. You attach one to an item, that if lost, can be tracked through a free app or by pushing a button to create noise. We've found them especially useful lately! Starbucks gift cards Amazon Gift cards, from $5, available at Starbucks Since there are Starbucks all over the country, its gift cards are great if you have employees spread across many locations. Starbucks' corporate sales program also has options that range from physical gift cards, branded gift cards, or digital gift cards delivered directly to your recipient's email.You can set the value of the gift cards to anywhere between $5 to $500. Learn more about Starbucks' corporate sales program here. Plants and flowers from BloomsyBox BloomsyBox Cape Town Orchid, $34.99, available at BloomsyBoxBring some life into your employee's home office setup by gifting them a beautiful flower arrangement or plant from BloomsyBox. The retailer offers a wide variety of floral arrangements and plants and even offers subscriptions so that you can send your employees flowers on a consistent basis. Customized snack boxes from NatureBox NatureBox Bestsellers Box, $33.99, available at NatureBoxMany folks are missing the company snack bar now that lots of offices are closed, and nothing says "I appreciate you" quite like a box filled with delicious treats.NatureBox's SnackPass box allows employees to choose their preferred snacks and get them sent directly to their houses. It also offers a wide selection and its corporate gifting program allows you to send a customized snack box after simply providing some basic information. Mashable magnet toys from Speks Speks Speks Original Magnetic Balls, $29.95, available at SpeksWe loved these tiny magnet toys a lot more than we expected to. Less obnoxious than fidget spinners, they're immensely satisfying to play with and build with as you work through a problem or concentrate on a task. The set includes 512 rare earth magnetic balls, a metal building base, a plastic splitter card, a 16-page starter guide, and a carrying case.  A box of customer favorite coffee blends from La Colombe La Colombe Greatest Hits Gifts Box, $40, available at La Colombe If they don't live near one of La Colombe's 30 locations, send them a gift set filled with the brand's fan-favorite blends instead. La Colombe's Coffee for a Crowd program allows you to mix and match different products from its vast selection and receive 20% off any order of 20 or more boxes of coffee, making it a great gift for your coffee-loving employees. Decadent chocolates from Vosges Vosges Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library, $25, available at Vosges Our pick for the best chocolates you can gift, Vosges offers gift sets that are sure to impress your employees with both the high-quality chocolate and the beautiful packaging.The Chocolate Bar Library is a great gifting option as it includes nine unique chocolate flavors — including banana coconut, matcha, and raw honey — in a keepsake box. Aside from this very giftable set, the Hazelnut Praline Bonbons set is a great gifting option, too.Vosges also offers a corporate concierge which can help guide you through personalizing your chocolate selection with your company's branding and help coordinate shipping to multiple addresses.  Bath & Body Works gift sets Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Gift Set, $13.50, available at Bath & Body WorksWith all of the handwashing and sanitizing we're all doing due to the pandemic, there's no better gift than this set from Bath & Body Works, which includes a hand sanitizer, hand lotion, and hand soap.While you can order quantities up to 25 directly from the site, Bath & Body Works' corporate gifting program allows you to order larger quantities of gift sets as well as gift cards. Use this contact form to get more information about Bath & Body Works' corporate gifting program or to make large gift orders. Bombas socks Bombas Men's Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at BombasWomen's Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at BombasPart of Bombas' appeal, other than the obvious differences in fit and feel, is that it donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter every time someone buys a pair, which also applies to its corporate gifting program. It can work with your company's current charity partner, or help you find the perfect donation recipient. You can fill out a corporate gifting form at Bombas here. Flowers from UrbanStems UrbanStems/Instagram Flower bouquets, from $45, available at UrbanStemsValentine's Day and Mother's Day aren't the only occasions where a bouquet of flowers is appropriate. Welcome new employees (and remind current ones) they're appreciated with beautifully arranged flowers from our favorite flower delivery service.Business customers can get up to 25% off regular prices. You can learn more about corporate gifting at UrbanStems here. Away suitcases Away/Instagram The Carry-On, $225, available at AwayBusiness travel, so long as it's done safely, has never looked so cool. With an Away suitcase, they'll be organized and stylish as they fly from destination to destination.You don't have to gift a piece of luggage, either — you can choose a backpack, luggage tag, or Away's very useful travel wellness kit. Submit a corporate gifting form here for orders greater than 25 units. A variety of Sugarwish candies Sugarwish Sugarwish Candy or Snack Gift Box, from $22, available at SugarwishIf your employees prefer sour, sweet, or even chocolate candy, Sugarwish's wide offering of sweets and snacks has them covered. Plus, Sugarwish's corporate gifting program allows businesses to customize candies with branding and logos.  Succulents from Lula's Garden Lula's Garden Urban Garden, $95, available at Lula's GardenA dash of greenery on their desk or in their room will make them happy — make it low-maintenance and nearly impossible to kill, and they'll be even happier. You can learn more about custom gifting at Lula's Garden here. Gourmet gummies from Sugarfina Sugarfina/Instagram Clementine Bears Candy Cube, from $8.95, available at SugarfinaGive your employees a sweet treat they'll remember with a Sugarfina Candy Cube. Thoughtfully packaged in clear acrylic boxes, these candies were made for gifting.You can also design a custom Bento Box, candy cube, or taster packet with your company logo. Submit a corporate gifting request here for Sugarfina.  A set of spa-worthy bath products from Nécessaire Nécessaire The Body Essentials, $60, available at NécessaireIf you're looking to gift employees bath and body products they'll actually want to use, Nécessaire offers luxurious products free of toxic ingredients. With three set options, multiple scents, and even a fragrance-free option, you'll surely find something they'll love. To participate in the brand's corporate gifting program, simply fill out this contact form. BAGGU's iconic nylon tote bags Baggu BAGGU Nylon Tote Bag, from $12, available at AmazonAs eco-friendly practices become more than a passing trend, you'll only see more of BAGGU's stylish yet functional bags out on the streets. These waterproof nylon totes hold 50 pounds of stuff, fold down to a fraction of their size to fit in your back pocket, and can be customized to let your employees flaunt where they work.You can request a custom quote at BAGGU here. Sweet treats from Baked by Melissa Baked by Melissa Latest & Greatest Cupcake Pack, 25 count, from $32, available at Baked by MelissaThere's a reason that these bite-sized but flavorful cupcakes are a go-to gift for many. Baked by Melissa's Latest & Greatest pack includes customer favorites such as red velvet and cookie dough as well as new seasonal flavor additions.Purchase these cupcakes in large quantities directly from the product page, or if you would like a more customized experience for your giftees, check out the brand's corporate gifting information here. Face masks from Vistaprint Vistaprint Custom face masks, from $13, available at VistaprintIn our current times, face masks are an incredibly useful gift. Vistaprint, typically known for its customizable business cards, clothing, and more, has added masks to its extensive product lineup.Customize masks for your staff with your company's logo or choose from one of many pre-existing designs. Submit a request for orders of more than 1,000 masks here. Custom pencils from Shutterfly Shutterfly Custom Pencils, $11.95, available at ShutterflySomething to write with can always come in handy, be it for to-do lists, doodling, or anything in between. These custom pencils come in a set of 12, are available in four colors, and the message can be anything from a company name to a fun joke that coworkers share. Custom L.L.Bean jackets L.L.Bean Custom jacket, from $89, available at L.L.BeanWhen it comes to gifting clothing, one size does not fit all. Luckily, L.L.Bean's business gifting site offers a wide range of inclusive sizes, from XS to 3X. Its fitness fleece quarter-zip jacket is available in five colors and can be customized with a logo.The retailer also has a selection of other customizable products such as beanies, blankets, and duffle bags. You can place a corporate order here. Delicious baked goods from Goldbelly Goldbelly Baked goods, from $29, available at GoldbellyYou can never go wrong with baked goods. With an option to narrow your search by region, Goldbelly's corporate gifting program allows you to send local eats to your employees no matter where they're located.It offers everything from organic mixed fruit baskets, to Magnolia Bakery's World Famous Banana Pudding. Plus, every order also helps support small or minority-owned businesses. For bulk orders of 15 recipients or more, you can email concierge@goldbelly.com. Chocolate covered strawberries from Shari's Berries Shari's Berries/Facebook Gourmet Drizzled Strawberries, $39.99 to $69.99, available at Sharri's BerriesPeak indulgence is a box of strawberries dipped in rich milk, white, or dark chocolate, and maybe even sprinkled with nuts or chocolate chips. Shari's Berries are our favorite chocolate-covered strawberries and they might just become your employees' favorite too.You can request a business gift quote at Shari's Berries here. YETI tumblers YETI/Instagram Rambler 20 Oz. Tumbler, $29.99, available at YETIWhether you're sipping on a hot or cold drink, YETI's stainless steel, double-wall insulated tumblers never fail to keep your beverage at the optimal temperature. Employees can keep them on their desks or bring them along to the trails on their days off.You can fill out a corporate gift form at YETI here. Custom sticky notes from Zazzle Zazzle Post-It Notes, from $6.95, available at ZazzleSticky notes are a productive gift that you know they'll make great use of, whether jotting down assignments for the day or using them for out-of-office tasks and grocery lists.Add a custom touch to this office staple with a team photo, company logo, or personal text. Zazzle allows for orders of up to 500 packs at a time, and bulk ordering can save up to 60%. Patterned socks from Happy Socks Happy Socks/Instagram Big Dot Gift Box, $48, available at Happy SocksRegardless of your office dress code, fun socks will always be appreciated. You'll have difficulty narrowing down the final choice from Happy Socks' large selection of colorful, quirky patterns and prints.Custom designs with the company colors or logo are also available for orders of 6,000 pairs or more.  Leather accessories from Leatherology Leatherology/Instagram Bifold Wallet with Flap, $90, available at LeatherologySend employees a beautiful, full-grain leather accessory like a luggage tag, business card case, or keychain. For an extra special touch, add a debossed monogram or logo.Though leather goods sound like a premium gift that could be out of your budget, Leatherology sells its bags and accessories without the markup, so customers don't have to spend so much for a touch of luxury. You can fill out a corporate gift inquiry form at Leatherology here. Hatch Idea notebooks Etsy Hatch Ideas Notebook, $25, available at EtsyA well-executed idea doesn't happen overnight. Help your employees hatch the next big idea with this cloth-bound notebook that's organized into three sections: Conceive, Incubate, and Hatch.Although there's no automatic option for bulk purchasing, the Etsy shop owner typically responds to messages within 24 hours and should be able to accommodate larger orders. Phone grips from PopSockets Popsockets/Instagram Rose Gold Aluminum PopGrip, $15, available at PopSocketsPopSockets PopGrips are the small, simple, and affordable phone accessories that your employees will wish you had gifted them earlier. These round buttons stick to the back of their phone and expand whenever they need a grip or a stand. They can take photos, text, and hold their phone without worrying about dropping it, or prop it up to stream content and video chat.You can order custom PopSockets PopGrips here. Candles from Otherland Otherland Chandelier Candle, $36, available at OtherlandThere are plenty of candles out there, but few quite as giftable as Otherland's. These premium candles are available in many scents to suit the different personalities of your employees, and they look great on any tabletop (office, bedroom, or otherwise).You can email hello@otherland.com to inquire about corporate gifts and place a large order. Wine from Vinebox Vinebox/Instagram Vinebox Wine Gift Boxes, from $65, available at VineboxInstead of gifting them a bottle of wine you're not sure they'll like, let them personalize the selection themselves.Vinebox takes the intimidation and pressure off by delivering wine flights in unique bottles and helping budding wine enthusiasts discover their favorites. You can learn more about corporate gifting at Vinebox here. Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut Sunglass Hut/Instagram Polo Ralph Lauren Sunglasses, from $77.50, available at Sunglass HutSunglasses are a common gift or employee freebie, but they're rarely worn because they're usually plain or low-quality.Sunglass Hut offers top brands and stylish options that everyone will actually want to wear. A perk of ordering through Sunglass Hut is that anyone can go to a store to receive a free personalized adjustment if the glasses don't fit well. You can learn about corporate gifting at Sunglass Hut here. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 12th, 2021

A Capitol riot suspect is being "shunned" by people in her small Indiana town and "chastised" on the street, lawyer says

Dona Bissey's lawyer said she had lost many customers since her February arrest and pleaded for leniency. A photo from the Capitol riot. NurPhoto/Getty Dona Bissey from Bloomfield, Indiana, was charged with storming the Capitol on January 6. After the insurrection Bissey said she was "proud" of being a part of it, a criminal complaint said. Her lawyer has since asked for a lenient sentencing, saying she's been shunned by her town. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Capitol riot suspect has been "shunned" and "chastised" by her community since her arrest in February, her lawyer wrote in a sentencing memorandum seen by Insider. On Tuesday, Dona Bissey, 53, from Bloomfield, Indiana, wrote a letter to the court pleading for leniency and asking for a sentence of 18 months' probation.Bissey faces four charges, including entering and remaining in a restricted building, and violent entry, and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.In the sentencing memorandum seen by Insider, the federal public defender AJ Kramer said the events of the insurrection had left Bissy feeling "deep regret, fear, shame, and remorse."Bissy, who is a hair salon owner, had lost a lot of customers since her arrest and is currently taking antidepressants, Kramer said."Ms. Bissey has been chastised on the street and her business shunned. She had to move her salon following huge losses from a drop in clientele and because the pandemic made rental space unaffordable," he wrote."She lives in fear, knowing that every trip to the grocery store could result in someone angrily hurling insults or threats at her. Members of her family have been rebuked. Hate mail is regularly sent to her home address," Kramer added.The lawyer also said that Bissey should not be incarcerated in a Washington, DC, jail due to multiple health issues, adding that she feared she will contract COVID-19. Bissey has not been vaccinated, he said.Bissey also sent a handwritten letter to the court pleading for a more lenient sentence. In the letter, seen by Insider, Bissey described herself as a "God-fearing, country-loving, law-abiding, hard-working Patriot" who attended several of former President Donald Trump's events "without incident.""I am deeply saddened at the events that transpired on that day and very remorseful that I will forever be associated," she wrote in the letter.Bissey's letter struck a different tone from what she was accused of saying on social media in the days after the insurrection.In multiple posts and comments, Bissey and her friend, Anna Morgan-Lloyd, referred to January 6 as "the best fucking day ever," according to a federal complaint.One day after the insurrection, Bissey wrote on Facebook: "We are home. It was a day I'll remember forever, I'm proud to be a part of it," the complaint said.Morgan-Lloyd also wrote that they were among "the first 50 people" in the building, according to the complaint.More than 660 people have been charged in the insurrection so far, according to Insider's tracker.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 6th, 2021

33 appropriate and humorous gifts under $50 that your coworkers will actually love

We rounded up a master list of the best gift ideas for coworkers that they'll actually want to receive - all under $50. Getty Images Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Shopping for coworkers doesn't have to take a lot of time or money. You can find a unique, thoughtful gift under $50. Below, I've compiled 33 funny, thoughtful, and appropriate gifts under $50 that will serve you well. Shopping for coworkers can become a never-ending parade of mild pine-scented candles, Hallmark cards, and candy that is destined for retirement in a desk drawer for most of the month. It's easier to buy thoughtful, impactful gifts for your closest loved ones, and it gets harder once you add in the subtleties and professionalism of the workplace.But there are mountains of great coworker gifts out there. And they don't have to be expensive - in fact, they probably shouldn't be. The ideal colleague present is thoughtful, unique, and lands somewhere in the casual middle ground between re-gifting paperclips from the supply closet and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean.Check out all 33 gifts under $50 for your coworkers: A portable four-liter mini fridge Amazon Crownful Mini Fridge, available at Amazon, $43.99This mini-fridge is a lifesaver for coworkers whose food or drinks are always being taken in the office. The four-liter fridge can store up to six 12 ounce sodas and can switch between cold and warm temperatures. A set of four monogrammed pint glasses for after-work drinks Grommet Set of Four Monogram Pint Glasses, available at Grommet, $45Nothing shows true friendship at work like matching and personalized pint glasses. Engrave each pint glass with your work besties' initials to make every drink at happy hour feel more special and intimate. A USB connected disco light to liven up the office Uncommon Goods Disco to Go USB Light, available at Uncommon Goods, $20If they're always the life of the party, this portable disco ball is a great entertaining tool for any work event. From the office to happy hour, this USB disco ball instantly turns any meetup with colleagues into a party. A mini humidifier with color-changing lights Amazon URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser, available at Amazon, $15.99This essential oil diffuser is the perfect trick to gets rid of the stuffiness and feeling confined at an office desk. This small humidifier adds moist air while the auto color-changing LED lights soothe and enlivens the space.   A work from home kit filled with games and useful items Uncommon Goods Work from Home Survival Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $20This work from home kit makes working from a home a bit more bearable and less lonely. From the conference card bingo cards to the desk yoga guide, this fun kit brings remote coworkers together even if they are miles apart. A three-month subscription of freshly roasted whole bean, single-origin coffees Driftaway Facebook Driftaway Coffee Subscription, Three Months, available at Driftaway Coffee, from $50If they're practically tethered to the coffee pot, they'll probably love the thoughtfulness of a three-month subscription to this cool Brooklyn startup's beans. Driftaway sends freshly roasted, whole bean, single-origin coffees from around the world to their doorstep. A really nice bottle of olive oil Brightland Alive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37If they like to cook, they probably already know the merits of high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive Olive Oil from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the bottle is designed to be left out on display in their kitchen.  An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world's strangest and coolest places Amazon Atlas Obscura Color Page-A-Day Desk 2021 Calendar, available at Amazon, $15.99Add some fun to their day-to-day routine with the Atlas Obscura calendar. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world's strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one. Mini succulents in ceramic planters Amazon/Business Insider StarPack Home 3-Piece Ceramic Succulent Planter, available at Amazon, $14.97If your desk-mate doesn't already have a plant, rest assured they would probably like one (fine print: if it requires next to no caregiving). Grab these ceramic planters from Amazon and fill them with an assortment of succulents. According to science, it may make your coworker happier just to see the plants every day. Fun kitchen towels that rate wines by how well they pair with certain foods Uncommon Goods Wine Pairing Towel Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $28If you've got a wine lover on the team, grab these fun wine pairing towels and a bottle to go with them. They're thoughtful, informal, and unique. A candle that smells like their favorite state Amazon Homesick Candles, available at Uncommon Goods, starting at $34Homesick candles are a great gift for pretty much anyone in your life. They're a nice acknowledgment of something important to someone else that you're likely to know regardless of intimacy level. Plus, with a candle, your colleague will get to enjoy it for weeks to come — and if your gift deals with nostalgia, scent is a great place to start. A three-month subscription to the book club that put "Gone with the Wind" on the map Book of the Month Book of the Month, Three Months, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your team includes a bookworm, they'll appreciate a gift subscription to Book of the Month. It's been around since 1926, and it's credited with the discovery of titles like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye". A team of experts and celebrity guest judges curate must-read books — usually new releases, hot topics, and debut authors — and send them to the subscriber's doorstep. If your coworker is more into audiobooks or e-reading, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here). A funny mug that acknowledges the bond forged by people who have to fix the same defunct printer every week together Redbubble/Business Insider The This is Fine Mug, available at Redbubble, from $16.15A "This is Fine" mug is the perfect gift for the only other people on earth who can truly relate to the particularities of your job: a defunct printer, last night's too-fun team happy hour, and the occasional avalanche of meetings and high-priority emails. Here's a $15 nod to the fond shared stressors. A charging stand for their desk to keep things organized Amazon Anker Wireless Charger, available at Walmart, $19.49Help your coworker keep their cluttered wires under control with this wireless charger, which can charge through most protective phone cases.  A miniature golf course they can escape to from the comfort of their desk Bed Bath & Beyond Be Good Company Executive Mini Sandbox, available at Amazon, $24.99Know a coworker who'd rather be at the golf course, or who might appreciate the adult equivalent of doodling in class? Say no more. A water bottle that keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 6 hours Hydro Flask Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Flask, available at Hydro Flask, $29.95It's often the most practical coworker gifts that make the best and longest impression, and this is one stellar candidate. The Hydro Flask is double-wall vacuum insulated and will keep their cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours, with hot drinks staying hot for up to six. We're big fans of the line. The best portable battery you can buy Amazon Elecjet PowerPie, available at Amazon, $49.99If you want to get your colleague something they're sure to love, save them from a dead phone on their next long commute or work trip. We ranked this one as the best battery pack you can buy because of its capacity, charging speed, and affordability. A self-betterment planner designed using the "best practices" of successful people in history Best Self Best Self Co. Planner, available at Best Self, $19.99If you work with someone especially ambitious or concerned with self-progress, they'll love this daily planner. It was created by a group of "human performance junkies" after researching the most successful, high-performing humans in history, and it uses their common practices and psychology tips to break down a 10-year plan into doable, bite-sized pieces. Desk cable clips that keep cords neat and organized Amazon/Business Insider Shintop 6-Piece Cable Clips Set, available at Newegg, $11.16Pair a few of these cable clips with a nice card and some candy for a low-key, well-rounded gift that's fun and practical. A beautiful candle from a cool startup Otherland Otherland Candles, available at Otherland, $36This is one candle they will be excited to receive. Otherland is a startup created by Abigail Cook Stone, a former art buyer for Ralph Lauren. They're some of the most beautifully packaged and best smelling we've seen in a while — and they make great gifts.  An extra-long charging cable, which is the closest you'll get to gifting never-ending convenience Amazon/Business Insider 6 ft Charging Cable, 3-Pack, available at Amazon, $9.98It's something every one of us will feel grateful for a couple of times per day, but always put off buying for ourselves: a serpentine, 6-foot long charging cable. A notebook they can wipe clean and reuse Amazon/Business Insider Rocketbook Fusion Smart Notebook, available at Staples, $37The Rocketbook notebook is full of 21 reusable pages that wipe clean with a damp cloth when the owner uses a Pilot FriXion pen (included), so they can keep using the same notebook indefinitely. They can also send hand-written notes to Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, email, and more. I use my own a surprising amount. A glass Chemex that makes full-flavored coffee every time Williams-Sonoma Stainless-Steel French Press, available at Williams-Sonoma, from $35.50Grab a glass Chemex from Williams-Sonoma that will deliver flavorful, sediment-free coffee routinely. The glass is heat-resistant, and the wood and leather collar serves as an insulated handle.  A to-go sriracha sauce keychain for the hot sauce fiend of the office Amazon Sriracha Keychain Combo Pack, available at Amazon, $13.99Perfect for the coworker best known for adding hot sauce to anything sweet, savory, or edible. The pack comes with a bottle of Sriracha and two differently sized keychains.  Tools for a night off and the "Do Nothing" sloth card made by an independent artist Society6/Business Insider "Do Nothing" Three Sloth Stationery Cards, available at Society6, $11.19Pair the sloth "Do Nothing" card with a few relaxing accessories (like face masks) to gift a well-deserved night off to a coworker. Like all of Society6's collection, it's also made by an independent artist — making it a bit cooler than what you might pick up from CVS. A tiny, convenient Bluetooth key tracker Amazon/Insider Tile Mate Key Finder, available at Target, $24.99You can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys that's compact, thoughtful, and useful to pretty much everyone. A gift card to a popular healthy eating startup Daily Harvest Gift Card, available at Daily Harvest, from $50Daily Harvest is a meal delivery startup that makes healthy fast food that takes as little as 30 seconds to prepare. Meals are delicious, under $10 each, and designed by a chef and nutritionist team for taste and balance. It's great for healthy eaters, busy lifestyles, and solves pretty much all of our main roadblocks to eating well. A unique cocktail recipe book that matches a famous song with a complementary cocktail Amazon/Business Insider Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, available at Barnes & Noble, $22.49Gift your favorite coworker a book that pairs some of the best music from the 1950s to the 2000s with cocktail recipes that match the song's mood, lyrical imagery, or the artists themselves.  A subscription that sends them cool new snacks Love With Food/Instagram/Business Insider Gift Subscription, available at Love With Food from $7.99/monthLove with Food delivers organic, all-natural, or gluten-free snacks that serial snackers won't feel guilty about eating. The better-for-you chips, candy, and bars come from new and trending food brands. Plus, with every snack box that's delivered, Love With Food donates at least one meal to a family in need through a partnership with Feeding America.  A nice leather business card holder Leatherology Business Card Case, available at Leatherology, $45Leatherology makes luxe leather goods for less, and their $45 business card case is a great workplace gift for under $50. It has an invisible magnetic closure, holds up to 20 cards, and comes in a variety of leather types and colors. You can also add a monogram for an additional $10.  A convenient, reusable bag that folds up to the size of a business card Baggu Small Baggu, available at Backcountry, $9.95Grab a trendy, reusable shopping bag that's perfect for packing lunch, extra shoes, or taking a last-minute trip to the grocery store. This one folds up to about the size of a business card, and its signature version can hold 50 pounds of stuff easily. A Bob Ross chia pet they can grow Amazon Bob Ross Chia Pet, available at Amazon, $20.99Do yourself, your coworker, and your section of the office a favor with a Bob Ross chia pet. It will be a great conversation piece for as long as it lives. An echo dot for the virtual assistant you can afford to give them Amazon Echo Dot, 4th Generation, available at Amazon, $49.99If they don't already have an Echo Dot, this is a great tech gift without quite breaking $50. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 5th, 2021

37 thoughtful gifts that your aunt will actually use

She didn't tell when you spilled nail polish on the carpet in 7th grade, so it's time to treat your aunt to a special gift. Here are 37 ideas she'll love. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Otherland If you're looking for the perfect gift for your aunt, start with the 37 curated options below. You'll find everything from cooking classes with renown chefs to fresh coffee from across the globe. You can also find sentimental gift ideas here, and experiential gifts that won't break the bank here. Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here. Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and great deals. Whether she's your best friend, your parent's best friend, your mom figure, or the soon-to-be confidante of your own child, aunts are one of the strongest members of the "village" it takes to raise a kid. And, whenever the situation arises, she probably deserves a pretty great gift - be it year-round herbs she doesn't have to water, a cooking class from a renown chef, or access to a monthly book club. Below, you'll find 37 gifts she'll love to receive, and which you can feel good about giving:This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by 1-800-Flowers. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.* A chic tiled monogram coffee mug Anthropologie Tiled Margot Monogram Mug, available at Anthropologie, $14Every sip from this stylish mug will let her feel like she's been transported to a chic Parisian cafe. Inspired by French bistro tilework, this monogram mug is beautifully exquisite as it is personal for her. A soft silk sleep mask Nordstrom Pure Silk Sleep Mask, available at Nordstrom, $50Made with the finest silk, this soft sleep mask leaves her skin fresh and lets her slip into a blissful slumber. A waterproof ebook reader that's great for traveling Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 8GB, available at Amazon, $139.99For the aunt who's a bookworm, the Kindle paperwhite brings her an easier reading experience especially when traveling. The ultra-lightweight Kindle Paperwhite offers a waterproof feature, up to ten-week battery life, and a vast selection of books to leisurely enjoy whenever. A stylish throw blanket to help stay warm Brooklinen Striped Lambswool Throw Blanket, available at Brooklinen, $179.10This cozy striped throw blanket is a quintessential lounge accessory that won't clash with any decor thanks to its neutral hues. She'll appreciate the Brooklinen blanket's warmth and style every time she snuggles with it this winter season. A gift card for her favorite food or meal Goldbelly Goldbelly Gift Card, available at Goldbelly, from $25If she's craving hometown food or something new, Goldbelly has everything and more to feed her appetite. From deep-dish pizza to bagels, Goldbelly offers hundreds of options from restaurants, chefs, and food subscription boxes that ship nationwide. Monthly deliveries of fresh coffee from all over the world Atlas Coffee Club Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from three months at $46Atlas Coffee Club lets its members try freshly roasted, single origin coffee from all corners of the globe — from Peru to Papua New Guinea — for about $9 per bag. We're big fans of the service, and it's a great way to show your aunt that she can enjoy a sophisticated cup of coffee any time she wants for less than what she'd pay at the grocery store. A cheery bouquet 1-800-Flowers Fields of Europe Christmas Bouquet, available at 1-800-Flowers, from $42.99If you're looking for a last-minute gift that's still thoughtful, 1-800-Flowers is an excellent option. The flower delivery service not only creates gorgeous floral and plant arrangements, but a quick delivery turnaround can allow for a pre-Christmas arrival.*Sponsored by 1-800-Flowers A self-watering indoor garden Amazon Click and Grow, available at Amazon, $99.95The Click and Grow is a smart indoor garden that grows fresh herbs for your aunt year-round, with minimal intervention from her. This way, she'll always have access to fresh ingredients — be they basil, thyme, sage, parsley, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, rosemary, peppers, flowers, or even strawberries. A coffee table book of record covers Amazon/Business Insider "1000 Record Covers", available at Amazon, $18Record covers are a unique time capsule of our lives and the times themselves, and this coffee table book curates 1,000 that address such topics as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion. A lottery card that wins money for charities LottoLove/Business Insider LottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5When you scratch off a card from LottoLove, you won't win any money. Instead, you "win" a charitable prize that's donated to someone in need. There are four possible prizes, which help provide clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. Each card costs just $4.95, but gives back in invaluable ways. To date, LottoLove and its charitable partners have impacted lives in over 60 countries. Beautiful candles Otherland Threesome Set, available at Otherland, $89Otherland makes some of the most highly giftable candles on the market, and you can build a personalized set of three here for $89. Candles are coconut and soy wax blends and come in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — ample time for your aunt to enjoy the new scents in her home.  The best-selling memoir from Michelle Obama Amazon/Business Insider "Becoming" by Michelle Obama, available at Amazon, $11.89Michelle Obama's witty, candid memoir "Becoming" held the title of Amazon's number one best-selling book of 2019 solidly for most of the year, and it's also a New York Times best seller. If your aunt has any interest in learning more about the former First Lady, or you see some similarities between the two, she may love owning her own hard copy — and getting to share her favorite parts with you. Vibrant reusable straws Food52 Food52 Five Two Silicone Straws, $25Food52 makes deceptively chic silicone straws out of platinum-grade silicone that's BPA- and BPS-free. It won't pick up odors or tases, and they come with their own squeegees for speedy cleaning, plus a mini carrying case. A cult-favorite, skid-less yoga towel Manduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat towel, available at Amazon, REI, and Manduka, from $65Yogitoes is the go-to yoga mat towel for good reason. It's ultra absorbent, lightweight, and quick-drying. The patented Skidless Technology is basically just silicone nubs that grip the mat to stay in place — and this translates to a better practice. If she likes yoga, this is a particularly thoughtful and useful gift. Find a full review here. A multi-functional humidifier Amazon/Business Insider Urpower Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier, available at Amazon, from $33.99Urpower, the company behind the tiny humidifier that nearly broke the internet, also makes a larger version. It's racked up over 9,500 five-star reviews and functions as an aromatherapy diffuser, humidifier, and optional low-key night light. An online class taught by a legend MasterClass Gift card, available at MasterClass, from $180MasterClass offers video lessons on a wide range of subjects led by experts in their respective fields. You can gift them one class, which they'll get lifetime access to, or give them a year of unlimited access to every course on the site. Some standout courses include cooking basics with Gordon Ramsey, comedy with Judd Apatow, space exploration with Chris Hadfield, and tennis with Serena Williams.  A stylish, well-designed weekender Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote, available at Lo & Sons, $123Lo & Son's Catalina Deluxe Tote has taken the internet by storm as one of its best — and most affordable — weekender bags. It's made from a sturdy, lightweight canvas and comes in seven different colors. Owners love the thoughtful design, which includes a separate compartment for shoes as well as a suitcase handle sleeve and key leash. A cult-favorite cleansing balm Target/Business Insider Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, available at Target, $7.99Despite the name, this not-so-secret affordable beauty gem has been taking the internet, and the Insider Reviews team, by storm. We love it because of its visible healing and smoothing techniques, and we feel confident that your aunt would, too.  A monthly delivery of sheet masks Facetory/Instagram/Business Insider FaceTory: FOUR-ever FRESH, available at Amazon, from $11.90 per monthTreat her to a four-pack or seven-pack of facial masks every month. The types of masks range from basic cotton sheets to hydrogels — so she can explore a variety without ever getting bored. A framed memory Framebridge Framed Photo, available at Framebridge, from $39Gift 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, and you can take advantage of the team of designers for help deciding which frame to get. A lightweight, quick-drying waffle robe Snowe Honeycomb Bathrobe, available at Snowe, $100Snowe's big terry robe is my all-time favorite, but the company's lightweight, fast-drying Honeycomb version is equally wonderful and may be best for hotter weather. The soft construction is slightly oversized, and colorways are chic and easy. It's also Oeko-tex certified. A gentle glycolic Acid nighttime cream Maelove The Night Renewer, available at Maelove, $29.95Healthy and hydrated skin is essential at any age for a refreshed natural glow. Maelove's high-performance nighttime moisturizer cream improves skin texture with adequate hydration, clears dark spots, reduces wrinkles, and more. A monthly delivery of a new hardcover A Woman Is No Man Membership, available at Book of the Month, from three months for $49.99If she loves to read and isn't ready to go 100% digital, we can't recommend a Book of the Month membership highly enough. Each month's book selections are chosen by recurring and celebrity guest judges who curate and select the best new hardcover titles for members from a broad range of genres. A plug-in that adds voice-control to outlets Amazon Wemo Mini Smart Plug, available at P.C. Richard and So, $19.99These plug-ins will turn a "dumb" outlet into a smart outlet. Plug in the WeMo Mini Smart Plug, download the free app, and that's it — you control your lights and appliances from your phone anywhere and your voice through Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Home Kit. It only needs WiFi — no expensive hub. A stylish toiletry bag Dagne Dover Small Hunter Toiletry Bag, available at Dagne Dover, $40This toiletry bag is made out of a unique neoprene material and comes in a variety of pretty colors, from a bright poppy red to more muted tones like the mossy green seen above. Dagne Dover is also best-known for their thoughtful, next-level organization. Beauitufl pinch bowls Food52 Gold-Dipped Pinch Bowls, Set of 2, available at Food52, from $58These beautiful stoneware bowls are the ideal size for adding just a "pinch" of something to a recipe or holding snacks, jewelry, or even small candles around the house. Tickets to a Broadway experience The Ferryman/Business Insider TodayTix virtual experiences, available at TodayTixIf she's been missing theater while Broadway's shut down, TodayTix's virtual experiences are the next best thing. She'll appreciate the ability to remain in touch with one of her favorite interests while also remaining safe. A luscious house plant delivered to her door The Sill Gift the Snake Plant Laurentii, available at The Sill, $48Snake plants are some of the easiest plants to take care of. They prefer medium, indirect light and only need to be watered about every two weeks, but will instantly brighten her space. You may also opt to send some fresh flowers. Healthy foods that take 30 seconds to make Daily Harvest Gift Card, available at Daily Harvest, from $50Daily Harvest is a subscription service that sends healthy, pre-portioned superfood-packed smoothies, overnight oats, soups, and more to your home either weekly or monthly. The food combinations are developed by a nutritionist and chef, and the company is backed by big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams. We tried the service's smoothies and really enjoyed them. The best pair of socks she's ever tried Bombas/Facebook Women's Performance Tennis Ankle Sock 3-Pack, available at Bombas. $49.50They may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Bombas spent two years perfecting their gym socks, and we think they got it right. With thoughtful innovations like a blister tab and cushioned foot beds, her feet will notice the difference. Bombas also donates a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased. Amazon/Business Insider Kasa Smart Light Bulb, available at Amazon, $11.98A smart light bulb is a perfect gift to get someone who's been getting more curious about starting their own smart home or just loves the perfect ambiance. TP-Link's bulb connects to the internet and can be controlled through a smartphone app, or a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home. A hair wrap that cuts drying time by 50% Amazon Lisse Luxe Chevron Weave Hair Turban, available at Nordstrom, $30Made with ultra-fine thread, this towel won't grab at hair cuticles like regular bath towels. It can also reduce drying time by up to 50%, which sounds hyperbolic until you've tried it yourself. This is the one I own and it works far, far better than I had dared to hope. A personalized photo calendar Artifact Uprising Personalized Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $22Artifact Uprising has a personalized photo calendar that adds a sweet touch to her desk either in the form of a brass easel ($49) or wood clipboard. The calendar is updated on a rolling 12-month basis, so you don't have to wait until January to create one. A cute set of mugs Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, from $30Turn your aunt and her family and/or her nieces and nephews into cartoon characters on a cute set of mugs they'll keep for years to come. 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 (optional).  A cleaner, more efficient multivitamin Ritual Essential for Women Multivitamin, available at Ritual, $30 a monthRitual is most known for its Essential for Women multivitamin, which fills in the gaps of women's diets and was inspired by founder Katerina Schneider's own experience of shopping for vitamins while she was pregnant. The startup makes taking vitamins a more intentional and enjoyable ritual. A ClassPass gift card so she can access tons of different boutique fitness classes ClassPass/Facebook Gift Card, choose your amount, available at ClassPassIf she's looking for an activity to commit to, ClassPass helps users try boutique fitness classes at studios in her area when it's safe to do, and it has a great selection of virtual classes in the meantime.  A cooking class with a renown chef Cozymeal/Instagram/Business Insider Buy a Cozymeal Gift Card, from $50Cozymeal lets your aunt sign up for high-end cooking classes (whether virtual or in-person once it's safe) to learn how to make everything from Italian pastas to vegan soul food. She'll select her preferred experience, pick a date, and show up to learn from one of the nation's top chefs — including a few who have worked in the world's best Michelin-starred restaurants. Classes can be held at the chef's location of choice or the gift recipient's home. You can read our full review of Cozymeal here. 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Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 5th, 2021

32 thoughtful corporate gifts your coworkers and employees will love

Surprise your employees in 2021 with elevated and thoughtful gifts, like flower bouquets from UrbanStems, mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa, and more. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Vinebox/Facebook Give back to the hardworking employees who keep your business running with these 34 corporate gifts. These gifts are both thoughtful and useful, and unlike many corporate gifts, they don't look cheap. Find more gift ideas for everyone in your life here. A company is nothing without its employees. Whether you manage a lean team of five or oversee thousands across offices nationwide, you know that your employees are invaluable to the success of your business - and perhaps you want to thank them beyond simply paying a salary. Skip the tired and cheap corporate gifts and surprise your employees this year with these elevated, thoughtful, and useful options instead. Some come from our favorite startups, while others are just a click away on Amazon. Go the extra mile by customizing them with company colors, a logo, or a personal touch that truly shows your appreciation. Whether or not your company is working from home, it's our hope that these gifts will allow you to stay connected to both your business and each other.Here are 32 corporate gifts sure to wow your employees: Engraved spirits from ReserveBar ReserveBar Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label with Sugarfina Sweet & Sparkling 3pc Candy Bento Box, $85, available at ReserveBarYour employees are sure to appreciate a bottle of their favorite spirit from ReserveBar's corporate gifting guide. Choose from a wide variety of champagnes, tequilas, and cocktail gift sets based on your employee's preferences. If you're looking to make this gift even more special you can opt for a custom bottle engraving. To make a large ReserveBar order of 12 bottles or more, simply fill out this form. A variety of candies from Sugarwish Sugarwish Sugarwish Candy or Snack Gift Box, from $22, available at SugarwishIf your employees prefer sour, sweet, or even chocolate candy, Sugarwish's wide offering of sweets plus snacks has them covered. Sugarwish's corporate gifting program allows businesses to customize candies with branding and logos.  Bath and body gifts from L'Occitane L'Occitane The Happiest Hand Cream Trio, $29, available at L'OccitaneFrom luxurious hand creams that are sold every three seconds around the world to nourishing soaps and shower oils, L'Occitane offers many options to pamper your employees. You can combine multiple products to create mini gift baskets or distribute them individually. Email corporategifts@us.loccitane.com to learn more about its corporate gift program. A set of spa-worthy bath products from Nécessaire Nécessaire The Body Essentials, $60, available at NécessaireIf you're looking to gift employees bath and body products they'll actually want to use, Nécessaire offers luxurious products free of toxic ingredients. With three set options, multiple scents, and even a fragrance-free option, you'll surely find something they'll love. To participate in the brand's corporate gifting program, simply fill out this contact form. A box of customer favorite coffee blends from La Colombe La Colombe Greatest Hits Gifts Box, $40, available at La Colombe If they don't live near one of La Colombe's 30 locations, send them a gift set filled with the brand's fan-favorite blends instead. La Colombe's Coffee for a Crowd program allows you to mix and match different products from its vast selection and receive 20% off any order of 20 or more boxes of coffee, making it a great gift for your coffee-loving employees. Customized snack boxes from NatureBox NatureBox Bestsellers Box, $33.99, available at NatureBoxMany folks are missing the company snack bar now that lots of offices are closed, and nothing says I appreciate you quite like a box filled with delicious snacks. Why not make your their day with a custom snack box from NatureBox. NatureBox's SnackPass box allows employees to choose their preferred snacks and get them sent directly to their houses. NatureBox offers a wide snack selection and its corporate gifting program allows you to send a customized snack box after simply providing some basic information. Plants from BloomsyBox BloomsyBox Cape Town Orchid, $34.99, available at BloomsyBoxBring some life into your employee's home office setup by gifting them a beautiful flower arrangement or plant from BloomsyBox. The retailer offers a wide variety of floral arrangements and plants and even offers subscriptions so that you can send your employees flowers on a consistent basis. Gift sets from Bath & Body Works Bath & Body Works Eucalyptus Spearmint Gift Set, $14.50, available at Bath & Body WorksWith all of the hand washing and sanitizing we're all doing due to the pandemic, there's no better gift than this set from Bath & Body Works, which includes a hand sanitizer, hand lotion, and hand soap. While you can order quantities up to 25 directly from the site, Bath & Body Works' corporate gifting program allows you to order larger quantities of gift sets as well as gift cards. Use this contact form, to get more information about Bath & Body Works' corporate gifting program or to make large gift orders. Decadent chocolates from Vosges Vosges Vosges Mini Exotic Chocolate Bar Library, $25, available at Vosges Our pick for the best chocolates you can gift, Vosges offers gift sets that are sure to impress your employees. Not only is each set beautifully packaged, it also includes high-quality chocolates. The Chocolate Bar Library is a great gifting option as it includes nine unique chocolate flavors, including banana coconut, matcha, and raw honey, in a keepsake box. Aside from this very giftable set, the Hazelnut Praline Bonbons set and the Champagne Truffle set are great gifting options. Vosges also offers a corporate concierge which can help guide you through personalizing your chocolate selection with your company's branding and help coordinate shipping to multiple addresses.  Sweet treats from Baked by Melissa Baked by Melissa Latest & Greatest Cupcake Pack, 25 count, from $32, available at Baked by MelissaThere's a reason that these bite-sized but flavorful cupcakes are a go-to gift for many. Baked by Melissa's Latest & Greatest pack includes customer favorites such as red velvet and cookie dough as well as new seasonal flavor additions. Purchase these cupcakes in large quantities directly from the product page, or if you would like a more customized experience for your giftees, check out the brand's corporate gifting information here. Face masks from Vistaprint Vistaprint Custom face masks, from $10, available at VistaprintIn our current times, face masks are an incredibly useful gift. Vistaprint, which is typically known for their customizable business cards, clothing, and more, has added masks to its extensive product lineup. Customize masks for your staff with your company's logo or choose from one of many pre-existing designs. Submit a request for orders of more than 1,000 masks here. Gift cards from Starbucks Amazon Gift cards, from $5, available at StarbucksWhile many of us no longer have the option of working from coffee shops, Starbucks gift cards are a great gift to help your employees switch their morning routine up. Since there are Starbucks all over the country, its gift cards are great if you have employees spread across many locations. Starbucks' corporate sales program has options that range from physical gift cards, branded gift cards, or digital gift cards delivered directly to your recipient's email. You can also set the value of the gift cards to anywhere between $5 to $500. Learn more about Starbucks' corporate sales program here. Delicious baked goods from Goldbelly Goldbelly Baked goods, from $29, available at GoldbellyYou can never go wrong with gifting delicious baked goods. With an option to narrow your search by region, Goldbelly's corporate gifting program allows you to send local eats to your employees no matter where they're located. It offers everything from organic mixed fruit baskets, to Magnolia Bakery's World Famous Banana Pudding. Every order also helps support small or minority-owned businesses. For bulk orders of 15 recipients or more, you can email concierge@goldbelly.com. Custom jackets from L.L.Bean L.L.Bean Custom jacket, from $89, available at L.L.BeanWhen it comes to gifting clothing, one size does not fit all. Luckily, L.L.Bean's business gifting site offers a wide range of inclusive sizes, from XS to 3X. Its fitness fleece quarter zip jacket is available in five colors and can be customized with a logo. The retailer also has a selection of other customizable products such as beanies, blankets, and duffle bags. You can place a corporate order here. Tumblers from YETI YETI/Instagram Rambler 20 Oz. Tumbler, $34.99, available at YETIWhether you're sipping on a hot or cold drink, YETI's stainless steel, double-wall insulated tumblers never fail to keep your beverage at the optimal temperature. Employees can keep them on their desk or bring them along to the trails on their days off. You can fill out a corporate gift form at YETI here. Socks from Bombas Bombas Men's Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at BombasWomen's Merino Calf Sock 8-Pack, $136.80 on sale (originally $152), available at BombasPart of Bombas' appeal, other than the obvious differences in fit and feel, is that it donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter every time someone buys a pair. This philanthropy doesn't stop if you take part in its corporate gifting program. It can work with your company's current charity partner, or help you find the perfect donation recipient. You can fill out a corporate gifting form at Bombas here. Gourmet gummies from Sugarfina Sugarfina/Instagram Clementine Bears Candy Cube, from $8.95, available at SugarfinaGive your employees a sweet treat they'll remember with a Sugarfina Candy Cube. Packaged thoughtfully in clear acrylic boxes, these candies were made for gifting. You can also design a custom Bento Box, candy cube, or taster packet with your company logo. Submit a corporate gifting request here for Sugarfina.  Nylon tote bags from BAGGU Baggu BAGGU Nylon Tote Bag, from $12, available at AmazonThese waterproof nylon totes hold 50 pounds of stuff, fold down to a fraction of their size to fit in your back pocket, and can be customized to let your employees flaunt where they work. As eco-friendly practices become more than a passing trend, you'll only see more of BAGGU's stylish yet functional bags out on the streets. You can request a custom quote at BAGGU here. Custom pencils from Shutterfly Shutterfly Custom Pencils, $7.50, available at ShutterflySomething to write with can always come in handy, be it for to-do lists, doodling, or anything in between. These custom pencils come in a set of 12, are available in four colors, and the message can be anything from a company name to a fun joke that coworkers share. Chocolate covered strawberries from Shari's Berries Shari's Berries/Facebook Gourmet Drizzled Strawberries, $44.99 to $74.99, available at Sharri's BerriesPeak indulgence is a box of strawberries dipped in rich milk, white, or dark chocolate, and maybe even sprinkled with nuts or chocolate chips. Shari's Berries are our favorite chocolate covered strawberries and they might just become your employees' favorite too after they try them. You can request a business gift quote at Shari's Berries here. Succulents from Lula's Garden Lula's Garden Urban Garden, $95, available at Lula's GardenA dash of greenery on their desk or in their room will make them happy — make it low-maintenance and nearly impossible to kill, and they'll be even happier. You can learn more about custom gifting at Lula's Garden here. Custom sticky notes from Zazzle Zazzle Post-It Notes, from $6.95, available at ZazzleSticky notes are a productive gift that you know they'll make great use of, whether jotting down assignments for the day or using them for out of office tasks and grocery lists. Add a custom touch to this office staple with a team photo, company logo, or personal text. Zazzle allows for orders of up to 500 packs at a time, and bulk ordering can save up to 60%. Patterned socks from Happy Socks Happy Socks/Instagram Big Dot Gift Box, $48, available at Happy SocksRegardless of your office dress code, fun socks will always be appreciated. You'll have difficulty narrowing down the final choice from Happy Socks' large selection of colorful, quirky patterns and prints. Custom designs with the company colors or logo are also available for orders of 6,000 pairs or more.  Suitcases from Away Away/Instagram The Carry-On, $225, available at AwayBusiness travel, so long as it's done safely, has never looked so cool. With a bag from Away, they'll be organized and stylish as they fly from destination to destination. You don't have to gift a piece of luggage — you can also choose a backpack, luggage tag, or Away's very useful travel wellness kit. Submit a corporate gifting form here for orders more than 25 units. Leather accessories from Leatherology Leatherology/Instagram Bifold Wallet with Flap, $90, available at LeatherologySend employees a beautiful, full-grain leather accessory like a luggage tag, business card case, or keychain. For an extra special touch, add a debossed monogram or logo. Though leather goods sound like a premium gift that could be out of your budget, Leatherology sells its bags and accessories without the markup, so customers don't have to spend so much for a touch of luxury. You can fill out a corporate gift inquiry form at Leatherology here. Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut Sunglass Hut/Instagram Polo Ralph Lauren Sunglasses, from $77.50, available at Sunglass HutSunglasses are a common gift or employee freebie, but they're rarely worn because they're plain or cheap. Sunglass Hut offers top brands and stylish options that everyone will actually want to wear. A perk of ordering through Sunglass Hut is that anyone can go to a store to receive a free personalized adjustment if the glasses don't fit well. You can learn about corporate gifting at Sunglass Hut here. Flowers from UrbanStems UrbanStems/Instagram Flower bouquets, from $50, available at UrbanStemsValentine's Day and Mother's Day aren't the only occasions where a bouquet of flowers is appropriate. Welcome new employees and remind current ones they're appreciated with beautifully arranged flowers from our favorite flower delivery service. Business customers can get up to 25% off regular prices. You can learn more about corporate gifting at UrbanStems here. Phone grips from PopSockets Popsockets/Instagram Rose Gold Aluminum PopGrip, $15, available at PopSocketsPopSockets PopGrips are the small, simple, and affordable phone accessories that your employees will wish you had gifted them earlier. These round buttons stick to the back of their phone and expand whenever they need a grip or a stand. They can take photos, text, and hold their phone without worrying about dropping it, or prop it up to stream content and video chat. You can order custom PopSockets PopGrips here. Mashable magnet toys from Speks Speks Speks Original Magnetic Balls, $27.95, available at SpeksOur team loved these tiny magnet toys a lot more than we expected to. Less obnoxious than fidget spinners, they're immensely satisfying to play with and build with as you work through a problem or concentrate on a task. The set includes 512 rare earth magnetic balls, metal building base, plastic splitter card, 16-page starter guide, and carrying case.  Candles from Otherland Otherland Chandelier Candle, $36, available at OtherlandThere are plenty of candles out there, but few quite as giftable as Otherland's. These premium candles are available in many scents to suit the different personalities of your employees, and they look great on any tabletop (office, bedroom, or otherwise). You can email hello@otherland.com to inquire about corporate gifts and place a large order. Hatch Idea notebooks Etsy Hatch Ideas Notebook, $25, available at EtsyA well-executed idea doesn't happen overnight. Help your employees hatch the next big idea with this cloth-bound notebook that's organized into three sections: Conceive, Incubate, and Hatch. Although there's no automatic option for bulk purchasing, the Etsy shop owner typically responds to messages within 24 hours and should be able to accommodate larger orders. Wine from Vinebox Vinebox/Instagram Vinebox Wine Gift Boxes, from $65, available at VineboxInstead of gifting them a bottle of wine you're not sure they'll like, let them personalize the selection themselves. Vinebox takes the intimidation and pressure out by delivering wine flights in unique bottles and helping budding wine enthusiasts discover their favorites. You can learn more about corporate gifting at Vinebox here. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 5th, 2021

Futures Slide On Evergrande, Stagflation, Energy Crisis Fears

Futures Slide On Evergrande, Stagflation, Energy Crisis Fears Stock futures ticked lower on Monday, hurt by weakening sentiment in Asia and Europe amid growing worries about economic stagflation, the global energy crisis and renewed fears about property developer China Evergrande whose stock was halted overnight in Hong Kong, while Tesla shares rose after reporting a record number of electric vehicle deliveries. At 715 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 114 points, or 0.33%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 16.25 points, or 0.37%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 73.75 points, or 0.5%. “The global chip and energy shortage is getting worse, the inflation is rising, the recovery may be slowing, and that puts central banks between a rock and a hard place,” Ipek Ozkardeskaya, a senior analyst at Swissquote, wrote in a note. “The best they could do is to do nothing, or to tighten their monetary policy to avoid losing control on the economy.” The most notable overnight event was the suspension of trading in shares of debt-laden Evergrande which unsettled markets further about any fallout from its troubles even as media reports said the company would sell a stake in its property management unit for over $5 billion. Wall Street’s main indexes were battered in September, hit by worries about the U.S. debt ceiling, the fate of a massive infrastructure spending bill and the meltdown of heavily indebted China Evergrande Group. On the second trading day of October, investors took a defensive stance, with a cautious approach to riskier assets as a spreading energy crunch meets concerns over the duration of broader rising prices and the tapering of economic stimulus efforts. Investors also kept close watch on rising U.S. Treasury yields after data last week showed increased consumer spending, accelerated factory activity and elevated inflation growth, which could help push the Federal Reserve towards tightening its accommodative monetary policy sooner than expected. Among individual stocks, Merck & Co. extended its gains from Friday on the results of its experimental Covid pill. The stock climbed 2.6% premarket. 3M shares fell 1.5% after J.P. Morgan cut its rating on the industrial conglomerate’s stock to “neutral” from “overweight”.  Here are some of the other notable premarket movers today: Tesla (TSLA  US) shares climb 2.6% higher in U.S. premarket trading after the electric car maker reported record 3Q deliveries that easily beat estimates Amplify Energy (AMPY US) shares plummet 33% in premarket trading after California beaches in northern Orange County were closed and wetlands contaminated by a huge oil spill caused by a broken pipeline off the coast DHT Holdings (DHT US) shares rose as much as 3.7% in Friday extended trading after the company said it bought 1.23m of its own shares Offerpad Solutions (OPAD US) was down 3.1% Friday postmarket after registering shares for potential sale Adverum Biotechnologies (ADVM US) shares rose as much as 23% in Friday extended trading after co. reported new long-term data from the OPTIC clinical trial of ADVM-022 single, in-office intravitreal injection gene therapy Markets also awaited U.S. Joe Biden’s new plan on China trade strategy, with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai set for new talks with Beijing later in the day over its failure to keep promises made in a “Phase 1” trade deal struck with former President Donald Trump. Biden's new plan follows a top-to-bottom review of import tariffs and other measures imposed by the Trump administration; reports also said that USTR will today say that China is not complying with the Phase 1 deal. Europe's Stoxx 600 Index trades flat, erasing earlier losses of as much as 0.6%, helped by gains in health care and basic resources shares. The healthcare sub index rose 0.8% after AstraZeneca’s Enhertu got a breakthrough therapy designation while basic resources sub-index up 0.3% as iron ore rallies. Euro Stoxx 50 is down 0.2% having declined as much as 1% at the open. FTSE MIB lags on the recovery; FTSE 100 trades flat. Autos, banks and travel names are the weakest sectors. Here are some of the biggest European movers today: Adler Group shares jump as much as 18%, briefly erasing the previous week’s declines, after the firm said it’s reviewing strategic options that may result in a sale of assets Wm Morrison declines as much as 3.8% after the offer terms from winning bidder CD&R disappointed investors Sainsbury rises as much as 5.9% and Tesco gains 1.7% on speculation that CD&R’s Morrison deal may drive further interest in Britain’s grocery sector at a time when cash-rich buyout funds are stalking undervalued U.K. companies; also, a report says Tesco will announce a share buyback program this week Plus500 gains as much as 6.1% after the contracts-for-difference trading firm says full-year profit will beat market expectations Bewi rises as much as 9.9% after the owner of 50% of building products company Jackon Holding accepted Bewi’s offer BT slumps as much as 7.8% to a six-month low following a Telegraph report that Sky is closing in on a broadband investment deal with Virgin Media O2, raising worries over competition Azelio falls as much as 22% after newspaper Dagens Industri raised questions about orders for the renewable energy equipment developer Aryzta tumbles as much as 13% after results, halting a four-day winning streak Frasers falls as much as 12%, the most since December. Bank of America cut the owner of the Sports Direct retail chain to underperform from buy Asia stocks also declined, with Hong Kong shares a drag, after debt-ridden China Evergrande Group’s trading was suspended while investors also sold health care-related names and appeared wary heading into the final quarter of 2021. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slipped as much as 0.8%. Vaccine maker CanSino Biologics and Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group were the biggest decliners on the measure as Merck & Co. said its experimental Covid-19 antiviral pill cuts the risk of hospitalization and death in half. “Investors will need to take a sell-first ask-later stance given current elevated valuation levels of vaccine stocks,” said Justin Tang, head of Asian research at United First Partners. Also weighing on traders’ minds is the global energy crisis, which has spread to India and is stoking inflation concerns. Speculation about the potential restructuring of China Evergrande Group, which has suspended trading of its Hong Kong shares, is also affecting sentiment at a time liquidity is thinner. The mainland Chinese market is closed through Thursday for Golden Week holidays. Singapore’s benchmark Straits Times Index was among the top-performing gauges in Asia Pacific as the country takes steps toward further reopening. Measures across the cyclicals-heavy Southeast Asian markets also rose, while tech stocks including Alibaba and Meituan took a hit. Asian assets will be sold alongside global peers in the short term, said Tai Hui, chief Asia market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management. “But we think cyclical sectors, especially exporters, should also perform well for the rest of the year, especially as more Asian economies are seeing a rising level of vaccination,” he added. Japanese equities fell for a sixth-straight day, as investor concerns deepened over contagion from China’s real-estate sector woes on the suspension of trading in shares of Evergrande and its property management unit. Electronics makers were the biggest drag on the Topix, which declined 0.6%, capping its worst losing streak since February 2020. Tokyo Electron and Fanuc were the largest contributors to a 1.1% drop in the Nikkei 225. “It’s possible Evergrande news flow is impacting Japan stocks, the issues surrounding the property firm aren’t resolved,” said Mamoru Shimode, chief strategist at Resona Asset Management. “It’s also important to keep in mind markets overall have been in risk-off mood since the latter half of September.” Travel and retail stocks gained, following U.S. peers higher after promising results for Merck’s experimental Covid-19 pill and amid signs of a pick-up in Japanese department-store sales. Meanwhile, Fumio Kishida was appointed prime minister by parliament Monday, and was set to reveal a new cabinet lineup as he seeks to revive support for his ruling party ahead of a general election that could likely come this month. In rates, Treasuries are near session lows, the 10Y TSY pushing on 1.50% cheaper by ~3.5bp on the day and near middle of last week’s 1.44%-1.565% range in early U.S. session after erasing gains that pushed yields to lowest levels in a week. 5s30s curve at ~111.7bp is steeper by nearly 2bp, probing 50-DMA and approaching last week’s high. Gilts led the selloff during European morning as regional stocks recovered from a weak open. Curve steepens, with long-end yields cheaper by around 4bp vs Friday’s close.  Peripheral spreads widen with long end Italy underperforming. Semi-core spreads tighten at the margin. In FX, Bloomberg dollar index is little changed; NOK, CAD and CHF are the best performers in G-10, JPY lags but trading ranges are narrow. Crude futures hold slightly in the red in choppy trade. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index was steady and the greenback traded in tight ranges against its Group-of-10 peers. The euro reversed a modest decline to trade above $1.16, while the pound hovered after touching its highest level in nearly a week during the Asia session. Expected volatility is now at the highest in five months. The currency fell to a year-to-date low last week amid concerns over soaring energy prices, falling business confidence and the end of the government’s furlough scheme. The Aussie dollar was flat and option markets aren’t expecting the RBA’s policy decision Tuesday to be an eventful one for spot. The yen inched lower after earlier touching a one-week high when concern over potential contagion from indebted Chinese developer Evergrande weighed on Japanese stocks. In commodities, WTI is down 0.25% near $75.70, Brent just 0.1% lower near $79.20 ahead of today’s OPEC+ virtual gathering. Spot gold drops ~$10 to test Friday’s low near $1,750/oz. Base metals trade well with LME aluminum and zinc rising over 1% to outperform peers. Bitcoin and cryptos dropped after a burst higher late on Sunday, following the China Evergrande suspension even though i) the news appears to be positive and is in relation to the latest asset sale and ii) China has banned trading in cryptos, so it wasn't exactly clear why any mainlanders would be selling to meet margin calls. On today's calendar, we get August factory orders, and the final August durable goods orders, core capital goods orders. We also get more central bank speakers including Fed's Bullard, BoE’s Ramsden, ECB Vice President de Guindos and ECB’s Makhlouf. Market Snapshot S&P 500 futures down 0.4% to 4,324.25 STOXX Europe 600 little changed at 453.24 MXAP down 0.5% to 194.02 MXAPJ down 0.3% to 629.26 Nikkei down 1.1% to 28,444.89 Topix down 0.6% to 1,973.92 Hang Seng Index down 2.2% to 24,036.37 Shanghai Composite up 0.9% to 3,568.17 Sensex up 1.1% to 59,391.71 Australia S&P/ASX 200 up 1.3% to 7,278.54 Kospi down 1.6% to 3,019.18 Brent Futures little changed at $79.22/bbl Gold spot down 0.5% to $1,752.29 U.S. Dollar Index little changed at 93.96 German 10Y yield rose 1.4 bps to -0.210% Euro up 0.1% to $1.1613 Top Overnight News from Bloomberg China Evergrande Group and its property-services arm were halted in Hong Kong stock trading amid a report that the developer agreed to sell a controlling stake in the unit to raise much- needed cash U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he won’t fall back on immigration to solve the U.K.’s truck driver shortage, as he presented supply chain troubles that have left supermarket shelves bare and gas stations dry as a “period of adjustment” in the wake of Brexit and the pandemic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reset the clock on Saturday, giving lawmakers until Halloween to strike a deal on both the bipartisan $550 billion infrastructure deal and a broader, signature package of social spending, health care and tax measures they must pass with only Democratic votes Germany’s Social Democrats under chancellor-in-waiting Olaf Scholz signaled progress in talks with the Greens on forming a coalition government with the Free Democrats, while Angela Merkel’s bloc kept the door ajar for a conservative-led alliance Japan’s Fumio Kishida was appointed prime minister by parliament Monday, and is set to reveal a new cabinet lineup as he seeks to revive support for his ruling party ahead of a general election that could likely come this month. A more detailed look at global markets courtesy of Newsquawk Asian equity markets traded mixed as ongoing Evergrande default concerns clouded over the initial optimism following Friday’s rebound on Wall St where all major indices found some reprieve from last week’s downturn, although the S&P 500 still suffered its worst weekly performance since February and US equity futures also failed to hold on to opening gains with this week’s upcoming risk events adding to the cautiousness including the OPEC+ meeting later today, a bout of Asia-Pac central bank policy decisions from Tuesday and Friday’s NFP job data. The ASX 200 (+1.3%) outperformed, with the index unfazed by the absence of key market participants with mainland China away for Golden Week, South Korea closed due to National Foundation Day, and amid the quasi-holiday conditions in Australia as New South Wales observed Labour Day. Nonetheless, the local benchmark was propped up by the top-weighted financials sector with shares in Australia’s largest bank CBA boosted following a AUD 6.0bln off-market buyback and with reopening stocks, especially those in the travel industry, among the biggest gainers. The Nikkei 225 (-1.1%) wiped out its opening advances despite the lack of significant news catalyst for the reversal which was spearheaded by exporter names, while the focus in Japan turned to PM Kishida’s confirmation in parliament and for details of the new Cabinet members. The Hang Seng (-2.2%) was heavily pressured by losses in health and biotech stocks, while property names also suffered amid the current Evergrande fears after a USD 260mln note from Jumbo Fortune Enterprises matured on Sunday which was guaranteed by China Evergrande Group and its unit Tianji Holding Ltd, while there is no grace period for the payment but five days will be allowed for administrative or technical errors. Furthermore, shares of Evergrande, its property services unit and structured products have all been halted which reports circulating that Hopson Development is to acquire a 51% stake in Evergrande Property Services for HKD 40bln. Finally, 10yr JGBs tracked recent upside in T-notes and with support also from the negative mood in Japanese stocks, as well as the BoJ’s presence in the market for over JPY 1tln of JGBs mostly concentrated in 1yr-5yr maturities. Top Asian News Singapore Eyes More Vaccinated Travel Lanes in Cautious Reopen India Farm Protests Gather Momentum After 4 Demonstrators Killed U.S. Natural Gas Jumps Amid Strong Overseas Demand for Fuel Suzuki Takes Japan Finance Reins as Election, Stimulus Loom Major bourses in Europe have adopted somewhat of a mixed picture (Euro Stoxx 50 Unch; Stoxx 600 -0.2%), following on from the broad-based downbeat cash open seen as Europe picked up the baton from APAC. US equity futures see modest losses across the board but have again drifted off worst levels. Nonetheless, the NQ (-0.5%) remains the slight laggard vs its RTY (-0.1%), ES (-0.2%) and YM (-0.4%) counterparts. Sectors are now mixed with a slight defensive tilt, with Healthcare and Food & Beverages among the top gainers, whilst financials bear the brunt of the yield decline on Friday, with Banks at the foot of the bunch. In terms of individual movers, Morrisons (-3.8%) has accepted CD&R’s takeover offer, which has left Fortress empty-handed but has fanned speculation that the group may look towards Sainsbury’s (+5.9%), Tesco (+1.7%) or Marks & Spencer (+1.5%) as potential targets, with the former being the best suitor, according to reports. Elsewhere BT (-7%) plumbed the depths with some citing reports that Sky is to partner with Virgin Media-O2 in a move set to intensify the challenge to BT’s infrastructure builder Openreach. Top European News U.K.’s Fuel Crisis Has at Least a Week to Run as Army Steps In Adler Group Weighs Asset Sales to Cut Debt After Multiple Bids Amazon Rival Noon to Raise $2 Billion From Backers Including PIF Romanian Billionaire Petrescu Dies in Plane Crash Near Milan In FX, the broader Dollar and index remain caged to a tight range, with the latter within a narrow 93.900-94.104 band after last week printing a new YTD peak at 94.504. The Dollar remains on standby as risk events are abundant this coming week, including deliberations on Capitol Hill and Friday’s NFP. In terms of the developments in Washington, congressional leaders set a new unofficial month-end deadline to pass the infrastructure bill, and USD 3.5tln spending package, and House progressives were reported to offer to reduce spending to save the bill and are willing to compromise on the USD 3.5tln amount with limits but rejected moderate Democrat Senator Manchin’s USD 1.5tln offer. Over to the Fed and a story to keep on the radar - Fed’s Clarida (seen as the nucleus of the Fed) reportedly shifted out of a bond fund into a stock fund last year, which occurred a day prior to Fed Chair Powell issuing a statement of potential policy action due to the pandemic. A spokesperson passed this off as “pre-planned” balancing, but a similar situation led to the early resignation of Kaplan and Rosengren. Elsewhere, USTR Tai is to today unveil the China trade policy following a top-to-bottom review of the Trump admin’s tariffs and other measures. The pre-release noted that the US would begin a process to exempt certain products from tariffs on Chinese imports, with the US also seeking a meeting on Phase 1. That being said, officials noted that all tools remain on the table when asked about further tariffs. Net-net, the release was constructive and, as such, provided tailwinds to the CNH, whereby USD/CNH dipped from 6.4560 to a low of 6.4385. AUD, NZD, CAD - The non-US Dollars somewhat vary with the Loonie attached to price action in the oil complex heading into the OPEC+ meeting later today. The NZD outperforms in the G10 bunch, with the AUD on the other side of the spectrum in what is a busy central bank week for the antipodeans. The AUD/NZD cross will likely take some focus as the RBNZ is poised to hike its OCR, whilst the RBA is seen holding policy steady. AUD/NZD has made its way back towards 1.4050 from its 1.0485 overnight high. NZD/USD meanders around 0.6950 (0.6927-53 range) whilst AUD/USD hovers around the 0.7250 mark (where AUD 1bln of OpEx resides), with the 21 DMA at 0.7295 and the 50 at 0.7311. EUR, GBP - Both European majors trade relatively flat in the European morning, but Brexit rhetoric has ramped up with UK Brexit Minister Frost warning the EU that the UK is prepared to trigger Article 16 unless the EU agrees to replace the Northern Ireland Protocol. There were separate reports that ministers will be given a deadline of the end of next month to decide on whether to suspend the Northern Ireland Brexit deal unilaterally, and senior sources warned that unless the EU was prepared to engage in a “serious negotiation” during the coming weeks, the government would have no choice but to suspend the deal by December. EUR/GBP topped its 100 and 21 DMAs (both at 0.8566) after finding a floor at its 100 DMA (0.8546). EUR/USD is back above 1.1600 (vs 1.1588 base) with EUR 1bln options expiring at the figure. GBP/USD hovers mid-range between 1.3534-77. In commodities, WTI and Brent front-month futures have clambered off worst levels but remain tentative ahead of the OPEC+ confab later today (full preview in the Newsquawk Research Suite). In terms of the long and short of it, markets expect OPEC+ to stick to its plan of raising monthly oil output by +400k BPD; albeit, some look for a larger-than-planned hike. Oil journalists have said this morning that despite the noise surrounding a greater-than-planned hike, ministers expect the current plan to be maintained, although drama in the meeting cannot be omitted. Upside during the European session coincided with headlines suggesting “OPEC+ is seen keeping output policy unchanged”, citing sources, although this was poorly phrased as it incorrectly intimates production being unchanged as opposed to plans for the 400k BPD hike being unchanged. Other things to be aware of aside from OPEC, BioNTech CEO expects the virus to likely mutate and that a new vaccine formulation could be required by the middle of next year, according to the FT, whilst the Gulf of Oman has seen cyclone Shaheen hit the area, although exports are not expected to be impacted yet aside from a delay in loadings. WTI Nov resides just under 76/bbl (75.30-76.20 range) whilst Brent Dec hovers sub USD 79.50/bbl (78.75-79.50/bbl range.) Elsewhere, spot gold and silver have been drifting lower in tandem with the rise in yields seen throughout the morning, with the former briefly dipping under USD 1,750/oz whilst spot silver fell under USD 22.40/oz. Turning to base metals, LME copper posts modest gains and remains north of USD 9,000/t, with some dip-buying being cited. US Event Calendar 10am: Aug. Cap Goods Ship Nondef Ex Air, prior 0.7% 10am: Aug. Cap Goods Orders Nondef Ex Air, prior 0.5% 10am: Aug. -Less Transportation, prior 0.2% 10am: Aug. Factory Orders Ex Trans, est. 0.4%, prior 0.8% 10am: Aug. Factory Orders, est. 1.0%, prior 0.4% 10am: Aug. Durable Goods Orders, est. 1.8%, prior 1.8% 10am: Fed’s Bullard Takes Part in Panel Discussion on the Economy DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap It’s certainly an odd financial world at the moment. The negatives are obvious and revolve mostly around delta, weaker than expected growth, the energy crisis, ever higher inflation and tighter central bank policy. The positives are that the base effects with numerous lockdowns imposed in Q4 2020 to at least the start of Q3 2021 mean that it won’t be that difficult for growth to still be numerically healthy for a few more quarters. So once the disappointment of growth not being as high as was hoped at this stage fades we should still be left with decent growth. Famous last words but covid should play less and less part in our lives over the year ahead as vaccines and better treatments (eg Merck antiviral pill news on Friday) become more and more widespread. In addition, stimulus and excess savings remain high and financial conditions are still very loose. While regular readers will know I’ve long been beating the drum on higher inflation and will continue to do so, I’m not convinced that growth is rolling over enough for stagflation to be the best description of the outlook for the next 12 months. However I suppose much depends on how you define it. Whilst on the topic of the energy crisis, the world is full of pictures of the UK population queuing for petrol because of a perceived shortage of HGV drivers. We’ll never know if there was actually a shortage that would have threatened fuel supplies as when the story broke 10 days ago panic set in and we had a fuel run (not as shocking as a bank run but formed from the same cloth) as the population desperately tried to refuel. My wife decided to hold out thinking the situation would resolve itself. However by Saturday night we had 10 miles left in the tank and during the day she had passed 6-7 petrol stations with either no fuel or huge queues. As we were putting the kids to bed she announced that she was getting desperate and stressed about it and was going to go out now as she was worried she wouldn’t be able to take the kids to school this week if she didn’t go out to the local area to try to find petrol. I said she was crazy to go at peak time (partly as I didn’t want to put the kids to bed alone - tough on crutches) and urged her to go very early Sunday morning instead. She ignored me and ventured out on what I thought was a suicide mission. 20 minutes later she was back with a full tank! I’ve no idea how and I won’t ask! I apologised! Outside of all the ongoing energy and stagflation chatter, all roads this week point to payrolls Friday as unless there is a marked deterioration across the whole sweep of labour market indicators within the report, this will likely be the catalyst to cement the November taper barring an exogenous or market shock. Investors will also be increasingly focused on the US debt ceiling deadline, whilst Congress simultaneously grapples with the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package. Elsewhere on the political scene, coalition negotiations in Germany will be important to look out for, as the parties seek to form a government after the election. Before we look ahead, markets have started the week with a risk-off tone, with Asian equities including the Hang Seng (-2.17%), Kospi (-1.62%), the Nikkei (-0.95%) all moving lower while markets in China remain closed. Stocks pared gains on the news that Evergrande’s trading had been suspended in Hong Kong, with a filing from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange saying that this was “pending the release by the Company of an announcement containing inside information about a major transaction.” Meanwhile Bloomberg reported earlier that Evergrande had guaranteed a dollar note worth $260m with an official due date of Oct 3 by Jumbo Fortune Enterprises, making the effective due date today since maturity was on a Sunday. Elsewhere in Asia, NHK reported that Japan’s incoming Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, planned to hold a general election on October 31, and looking forward, US equity futures are also pointing lower, with those on the S&P 500 down -0.32%. Looking ahead, the US jobs report will be one of the main macro highlights this week, and follows last month’s release that strongly underwhelmed expectations, with nonfarm payrolls growth of just +235k in August being the slowest since January. So another poor release would not be welcome news even if it did reflect labour shortages. In terms of what to expect this time around, our US economists are forecasting a pickup in September, with nonfarm payrolls growing by +400k, and the unemployment rate ticking down to a post-pandemic low of 5.1%. Remember in the weak report last month, yields rose on the day as markets focused on the wage increases rather than the poor headline number. As we said at the time the bond reaction to last month’s report probably helped signal the end of the extreme positive technicals and short positioning in treasuries. Over the summer strong inflation and decent data couldn’t help treasuries sell off, indicating bullet proof technicals but the period around last month’s release seemed to turn the tide the other way a bit. The other important data release this week will be the global services and composite PMIs out tomorrow, which will give an indication of how the economy has fared into the end of Q3. That said, the flash readings we’ve already had have indicated slowing growth momentum across the major economies, so it will be interesting to see where things progress from here. Turning to the US, negotiations in Congress will be in focus as legislators face the debt ceiling deadline this month (expected to be breached around October 18th according to Treasury Secretary Yellen last week), just as the Democrats are also seeking to pass a $550bn bipartisan infrastructure bill and a reconciliation package. On Saturday, Speaker Pelosi seemed to suggest that the new deadline was October 31st for the bipartisan bill which highlights how much difference there still is between the progressives and moderates on the reconciliation package. Will they eventually find a compromise for a lower amount than the original $3.5tn (maybe around $2tn) that makes nether side happy but gets the legislation through? Staying on the political scene, there’ll also be a focus on coalition negotiations in Germany, where exploratory talks have now begun between the parties. The Greens and the liberal FDP will be key to forming a majority in the new Bundestag, with 210 seats between them, as both the centre-left SPD and the conservative CDU/CSU bloc still hope to lead the next coalition. Initial exploratory talks began with the SPD yesterday, and the FDP have also spoken to the CDU/CSU, with the Greens set to follow tomorrow. On the central bank side it’s a quieter week ahead, with the two G20 policy decisions expected from the Reserve Bank of Australia (tomorrow) and the Reserve Bank of India (Friday). In Australia, our economist is expecting no change in policy and a reaffirmation of their dovish policy outlook. And in India, our economist also expects the MPC to keep all key policy rates unchanged, with our base case remaining for a reverse repo rate liftoff starting from December. The day-by-day calendar is at the end as usual. Back to last week, and global equity markets slid for the third week out of the last four as the S&P 500 fell -2.21%, with a +1.15% increase on Friday not stopping the index from having its worst week since the end of February. The losses were primarily led by growth and technology stocks as the NASDAQ declined -3.20% on the week, while cyclicals such as banks (+1.92%) and energy (+5.78%) stocks outperformed. European equities similarly fell back, as the STOXX 600 ended the week -2.24% lower after Friday’s -0.42% loss came prior to a late US rally. Global sovereign bonds sold off for a sixth straight week, though most of that selling came in the first two days as the global risk-off tone caused investors to search for havens. US 10yr Treasury yields still ended the week up +1.1bps, despite Friday’s -2.6bp decline. Bond yields in Europe moved higher as well, with those on 10yr bunds increasing +0.4bps, to trade at their highest levels since early-July. And 10yr yields on French OATs (+1.2bps) and Italians BTPs (+3.1bps) also rose further. UK gilts underperformed them all with yields increasing +7.7bps. The major driver of the move in global yields was rising inflation expectations with US 10yr breakevens increasing +4.5bps, while 10yr bund and breakevens rose +9.3bps to reach their highest level since 2013 and gilt breakevens (+3.5bps) rose to their highest level since 2008 even though they were much higher mid-week. The US September ISM manufacturing survey rose to 61.1 from 59.9 in the prior month even as supply bottlenecks intensified. This along with strong demand readings from businesses and consumers have led to higher prices which are mostly being passed onto consumers. This was seen in the PCE deflator data from Friday which showed prices rose 4.3% (4.2% expected) y/y with the core reading increasing 3.6% (3.5% expected) y/y. The University of Michigan survey showed respondents’ inflation expectations in a year dropped slightly from the initial reading 4.6% (4.7% initial , 4.8% exp), which was in-line with last month. 5-10yr expectations remain elevated at 3.0%. Overall the sentiment reading of 72.8 (71.0 prior) was better than the initial survey but still was the fifth worst reading in a decade, with only last month and the early months of the pandemic having been lower. Separately, Euro-area inflation reached its highest level since September 2008 on Friday as the headline September CPI print registered at 3.4% y/y (3.3% expected) in September, fuelled by the cost of energy and travel. Meanwhile, in Europe the manufacturing PMI readings were largely in-line with the preliminary readings with the Euro Area print sitting at 58.6 (58.7 prior) with Germany (58.4) and France (55.0) both just under their prior readings. Tyler Durden Mon, 10/04/2021 - 07:55.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytOct 4th, 2021

Building a Future-Proof Business Model

For Ron Snow, broker/owner of RE/MAX Associates of Utah, building a future-proof business model is the only way to compete with the Goliaths of the world. A pioneer in real estate automation and technology, Snow launched his career in the grocery industry, spending 11 years in the technology management department at Kroger. While he ultimately […] The post Building a Future-Proof Business Model appeared first on RISMedia. For Ron Snow, broker/owner of RE/MAX Associates of Utah, building a future-proof business model is the only way to compete with the Goliaths of the world. A pioneer in real estate automation and technology, Snow launched his career in the grocery industry, spending 11 years in the technology management department at Kroger. While he ultimately got into real estate as an investor, Snow has made it his mission to resolve the dysfunction associated with the buying and selling process for homeowners and investors alike. “A lot of what I’m doing comes from the way in which we worked things in the grocery industry,” says Snow. In fact, it’s this under-one-roof mentality that drives every decision Snow makes as he works toward creating a tech-enabled, integrated brokerage. “I’ve spent a lot of time building out a system to walk the consumer through the entire real estate journey while positioning the agent as the consumer’s point of entry,” says Snow. As revenue streams grow thinner, brokers and agents need to engage clients across the full lifecycle in order to create broad, sustainable revenue streams. But a soundproof business model can only take you so far. And, according to Snow, it only works with the right technology. “I found out very quickly that it was better for us to partner with the right technology company than try to be a technology company ourselves,” notes Snow, who explains that getting more heavily involved with Inside Real Estate over the last 18 months was the logical next step. “We’d been working with Inside Real Estate for eight or nine years,” says Snow, who points to a shared vision as one of the main reasons behind the partnership. Partnering with Inside Real Estate was a no-brainer. A leader in innovation, Inside Real Estate offers a tech platform, kvCORE, that’s designed for growth. “There are no limitations, and the platform was built to grow and evolve alongside my business,” explains Snow, who has leveraged kvCORE to not only help his top agents and teams expand their business, but to build upon the tech foundation with ancillary services for additional revenue streams. According to Snow, since partnering with Inside Real Estate, he and his team have been able to exponentially grow their repeat and referral business. As impressive is the growth they have seen in highly profitable affiliated services revenue. Between these and other improvements, Snow’s business has seen a massive 400% increase in profitability. And, more importantly, this growth is not slowing down. “We’re able to generate leads at a fraction of the cost using Inside Real Estate’s system and technology,” says Snow. “While we can throttle it up or down as much as we like, the biggest problem we’re running into is that we’re generating 10 times more leads than we saw previously—so much demand, in fact, that we’re reinventing our follow-up strategy.” So what’s next? As the future continues to unfold, there’s a lot on the horizon for RE/MAX Associates and Inside Real Estate as they get ready to launch the first-ever end-to-end experience this fall on Inside Real Estate’s new Homeownership Platform, CORE Home. “Today’s consumer demands an experience with a single focal point, and that’s exactly what we’ve built,” says Snow. Tightly integrated with kvCORE, the Homeownership Platform enables agents to deliver the seamless experience consumers demand, and keeps agents at the center of this process long term. Providing a superior, portal-grade consumer experience that spans the entire homeownership lifecycle, from buying and selling to moving to owning and then buying again, the Homeownership Platform allows consumers to track the entire lifecycle process in one place, keeping them informed and connected to everyone and everything they need during each phase of the process. While there are others out there in a race vying for the homeownership consumer, Inside Real Estate has put the brokerage first, ensuring that this technology empowers the brokerage and agent brands vs. a third-party brand. “This is what sets them apart, and why it will undoubtedly be successful, and why they have always been our long-term tech partner,” says Snow. “In the end, it all boils down to what the consumer really wants, not what the system can be designed to do,” says Snow, who can’t say enough about the success he’s seen since working with Inside Real Estate. “And the best part is that it’s letting agents deliver what the consumer really wants, not a large portal. “If you’re not running this type of system with the technology and support to back it up, you’re not going to be around to see what the future holds,” concludes Snow. For more information, please visit insiderealestate.com/HOP. Paige Tepping is RISMedia’s managing editor. 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Category: realestateSource: rismediaSep 29th, 2021

32 smart and humorous gifts that your coworkers will actually be happy to receive

We rounded up a master list of the best gift ideas for coworkers that they'll actually want to receive - all under $50. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Williams-Sonoma Shopping for coworkers doesn't have to take a lot of time or money.You can find a unique, thoughtful gift under $50 without much research (because we've done it for you).Below, I've compiled 32 gifts under $50 that will serve you well - some are funny, some are thoughtful, all are affordable, and most are impossible to hate. If you're still looking for inspiration, check out all of our gift guides here.Shopping for coworkers can become a never-ending parade of mild pine-scented candles, Hallmark cards, and candy that is destined for retirement in a desk drawer for most of the month. It's easier to buy thoughtful, impactful gifts for your closest loved ones, and it gets harder once you add in the subtleties and professionalism of the workplace.But there are mountains of great coworker gifts out there. And they don't have to be expensive - in fact, they probably shouldn't be. The ideal colleague present is thoughtful, unique, and lands somewhere in the casual middle ground between re-gifting paperclips from the supply closet and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean.Check out all 32 gifts under $50 for your coworkers: A USB connected disco light to liven up the office Uncommon Goods Disco to Go USB Light, available at Uncommon Goods, $20If they're always the life of the party, this portable disco ball is a great entertaining tool for any work event. From the office to happy hour, this USB disco ball instantly turns any meetup into a party. A mini humidifier with color-changing lights Amazon URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser, available at Amazon, $15.99This essential oil diffuser is the perfect trick to gets rid of the stuffiness and feeling confined at an office desk. This small humidifier adds moist air while the auto color-changing LED lights soothe and enlivens the space.    A work from home kit filled with games and useful items Uncommon Goods Work from Home Survival Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $20This work from home kit makes working from a home a bit more bearable and less lonely. From the conference card bingo cards to the desk yoga guide, this fun kit brings remote coworkers together even if they are miles apart. A three-month subscription of freshly roasted whole bean, single-origin coffees Driftaway Facebook Driftaway Coffee Subscription, Three Months, available at Driftaway Coffee, from $50If they're practically tethered to the coffee pot, they'll probably love the thoughtfulness of a three-month subscription to this cool Brooklyn startup's beans. Driftaway sends freshly roasted, whole bean, single-origin coffees from around the world to their doorstep. A really nice bottle of olive oil Brightland Alive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37If they like to cook, they probably already know the merits of high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive Olive Oil from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the bottle is designed to be left out on display in their kitchen.  An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world's strangest and coolest places Amazon Atlas Obscura Color Page-A-Day Desk 2021 Calendar, available at Amazon, $15.99Add some fun to their day-to-day routine with the Atlas Obscura calendar. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world's strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one. Mini succulents in ceramic planters Amazon/Business Insider StarPack Home 3-Piece Ceramic Succulent Planter, available at Amazon, $14.97If your desk-mate doesn't already have a plant, rest assured they would probably like one (fine print: if it requires next to no caregiving). Grab these ceramic planters from Amazon and fill them with an assortment of succulents. According to science, it may make them happier just to see the plants every day. Fun kitchen towels that rate wines by how well they pair with certain foods Uncommon Goods Wine Pairing Towel Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $28If you've got a wine lover on the team, grab these fun wine pairing towels and a bottle to go with them. They're thoughtful, informal, and unique. A candle that smells like their favorite state Amazon Homesick Candles, available at Uncommon Goods, starting at $34Homesick candles are a great gift for pretty much anyone in your life. They're a nice acknowledgment of something important to someone else that you're likely to know regardless of intimacy level. Plus, with a candle, they'll get to enjoy it for weeks to come — and if your gift deals with nostalgia, scent is a great place to start. A three-month subscription to the book club that put "Gone with the Wind" on the map Book of the Month Book of the Month, Three Months, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If your team includes a bookworm, they'll appreciate a gift subscription to Book of the Month. It's been around since 1926, and it's credited with the discovery of titles like "Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye". A team of experts and celebrity guest judges curate must-read books — usually new releases, hot topics, and debut authors — and send them to the subscriber's doorstep. If they're more into audiobooks or e-reading, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here). A funny mug that acknowledges the bond forged by people who have to fix the same defunct printer every week together Redbubble/Business Insider The This is Fine Mug, available at Redbubble, from $16.15A "This is Fine" mug is the perfect gift for the only other people on earth who can truly relate to the particularities of your job: a defunct printer, last night's too-fun team happy hour, and the occasional avalanche of meetings and high-priority emails. Here's a $15 nod to the fond shared stressors. A charging stand for their desk to keep things organized Amazon Anker Wireless Charger, available at Walmart, $29.96Help them keep their cluttered wires under control with this wireless charger, which can charge through most protective phone cases.  A miniature golf course they can escape to from the comfort of their desk Bed Bath & Beyond Be Good Company Executive Mini Sandbox, available at Amazon, $24.99Know somebody who'd rather be at the golf course, or who might appreciate the adult equivalent of doodling in class? Say no more. A water bottle that keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 6 hours Hydro Flask Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Flask, available at Hydro Flask, $29.95It's often the most practical coworker gifts that make the best and longest impression, and this is one stellar candidate. The Hydro Flask is double-wall vacuum insulated and will keep their cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours, with hot drinks staying hot for up to six. We're big fans of the line. The best portable battery you can buy Amazon Elecjet PowerPie, available at Amazon, $49.99If you want to get them something they're sure to love, save them from a dead phone on their next long commute or work trip. We ranked this one as the best battery pack you can buy because of its capacity, charging speed, and affordability. A self-betterment planner designed using the "best practices" of successful people in history Best Self Best Self Co. Planner, available at Best Self, $19.99If you work with someone especially ambitious or concerned with self-progress, they'll love this daily planner. It was created by a group of "human performance junkies" after researching the most successful, high-performing humans in history, and it uses their common practices and psychology tips to break down a 10-year plan into doable, bite-sized pieces. Desk cable clips that keep cords neat and organized Amazon/Business Insider Shintop 6-Piece Cable Clips Set, available at Newegg, $10.89Pair a few of these cable clips with a nice card and some candy for a low-key, well-rounded gift that's fun and practical. A beautiful candle from a cool startup Otherland Otherland Candles, available at Otherland, $36This is one candle they will be excited to receive. Otherland is a startup created by Abigail Cook Stone, a former art buyer for Ralph Lauren. They're some of the most beautifully packaged and best smelling we've seen in a while— and they make great gifts.  An extra-long charging cable, which is the closest you'll get to gifting never-ending convenience Amazon/Business Insider 6 ft Charging Cable, 3-Pack, available at Amazon, $9.99It's something every one of us will feel grateful for a couple of times per day, but always put off buying for ourselves: a serpentine, 6-foot long charging cable. A notebook they can wipe clean and reuse Amazon/Business Insider Rocketbook Fusion Smart Notebook, available at Staples, $37The Rocketbook notebook is full of 21 reusable pages that wipe clean with a damp cloth when the owner uses a Pilot FriXion pen (included), so they can keep using the same notebook indefinitely. They can also send hand-written notes to Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, email, and more. I use my own a surprising amount. A glass Chemex that makes full-flavored coffee every time Williams-Sonoma Stainless-Steel French Press, available at Williams-Sonoma, from $35.50Grab a glass Chemex from Williams-Sonoma that will deliver flavorful, sediment-free coffee routinely. The glass is heat-resistant, and the wood and leather collar serves as an insulated handle.  A to-go sriracha sauce keychain for the hot sauce fiend of the office Amazon Sriracha Keychain Gift Pack, available at Amazon, $29.99Perfect for the coworker best known for adding hot sauce to anything sweet, savory, or edible. The pack comes with a bottle of Sriracha and six differently sized keychains.  A brownie pan that only makes edge pieces Amazon Baker's Edge Nonstick Edge Brownie Pan, available at Amazon, $36.95This is exactly the kind of gift that seems more fun and clever than it is practical — until you're using it once a month religiously. Tools for a night off and the "Do Nothing" sloth card made by an independent artist Society6/Business Insider "Do Nothing" Three Sloth Stationery Cards, available at Society6, $11.19Pair the sloth "Do Nothing" card with a few relaxing accessories (like face masks) to gift a well-deserved night off to a coworker. Like all of Society6's collection, it's also made by an independent artist — making it a bit cooler than what you might pick up from CVS. A tiny, convenient Bluetooth key tracker Amazon/Business Insider Tile Mate Key Finder, available at Target, $24.99You can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys that's compact, thoughtful, and useful to pretty much everyone. A gift card to a popular healthy eating startup Daily Harvest Gift Card, available at Daily Harvest, from $50Daily Harvest is a meal delivery startup that makes healthy fast food that takes as little as 30 seconds to prepare. Meals are delicious, under $10 each, and designed by a chef and nutritionist team for taste and balance. It's great for healthy eaters, busy lifestyles, and solves pretty much all of our main roadblocks to eating well. A unique cocktail recipe book that matches a famous song with a complementary cocktail Amazon/Business Insider Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks, available at Barnes & Noble, $22.49Gift your favorite coworker a book that pairs some of the best music from the 1950s to the 2000s with cocktail recipes that match the song's mood, lyrical imagery, or the artists themselves.  A subscription that sends them cool new snacks Love with Food/Instagram/Business Insider Gift Subscription, available at Love With Food from $7.99/monthLove with Food delivers organic, all-natural, or gluten-free snacks that serial snackers won't feel guilty about eating. The better-for-you chips, candy, and bars come from new and trending food brands. Plus, with every snack box that's delivered, Love With Food donates at least one meal to a family in need through a partnership with Feeding America.  A nice leather business card holder Leatherology Business Card Case, available at Leatherology, $45Leatherology makes luxe leather goods for less, and their $45 business card case is a great workplace gift for under $50. It has an invisible magnetic closure, holds up to 20 cards, and comes in a variety of leather types and colors. You can also add a monogram for an additional $10.  A convenient, reusable bag that folds up to the size of a business card Baggu Small Baggu, available at Backcountry, $9.95Grab a trendy, reusable shopping bag that's perfect for packing lunch, extra shoes, or taking a last-minute trip to the grocery store. This one folds up to about the size of a business card, and its signature version can hold 50 pounds of stuff easily. A Bob Ross chia pet they can grow Amazon Bob Ross Chia Pet, available at Amazon, $19.76Do yourself, your coworker, and your section of the office a favor with a Bob Ross chia pet. It will be a great conversation piece for as long as it lives. An echo dot for the virtual assistant you can afford to give them Amazon Echo Dot, 4th Generation, available at Amazon, $49.99If they don't already have an Echo Dot, this is a great tech gift without quite breaking $50. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 28th, 2021

A Midwest grocery chain said a "challenging labor market" prompted plans to close most of its 111 stores an hour early every day. It"s also paying bonuses of up to $600 to some workers.

Schnucks on Monday said the labor market and "evolving customer shopping patterns" prompted a decision to shorten operating hours. Businesses across the US have been cutting opening hours while having trouble hiring workers. Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM/Getty Images The grocery chain Schnucks on Monday said it'd close most stores an hour early starting next week. The family-owned Midwestern company also said it'd give eligible workers bonuses of up to $600. Schnucks said it planned to give workers December 26 off to spend more time with their families. See more stories on Insider's business page. A family-owned grocery chain with 111 stores in the Midwest says it plans to close most of them an hour earlier than usual because of what it describes as a "challenging labor market."Schnucks, which has stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, also pointed to "evolving customer shopping patterns" when it announced the new opening hours Monday.Many businesses across the US have cut their opening hours because they can't find enough employees amid the nationwide labor shortage. At the same time, workers are quitting jobs en masse in search of better pay, benefits, and working conditions, adding to the difficulties for businesses.Schnucks, which has close to 15,000 employees, also said Monday that it planned to give eligible staff members a one-time performance and retention bonus of up to $600, based on hours worked, to be paid in January.Schnucks has more than 600 vacancies listed on its website and said it planned to hold career fairs at all 111 stores as well as its bakery plant on October 7.In a move described as new for 2021, Schnucks also said it would close all its stores on December 26 "in an effort to extend the holiday time teammates have with their families."Monday's announcement said most Schnucks stores would observe new daily operating hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. starting next Monday, October 4. Most Schnucks stores currently close at 10 p.m. Schnucks also announced shorter operating hours for all its deli, meat, and seafood service counters.Some Chick-fil-A restaurants in Alabama and Los Angeles have reduced their hours. The owner of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse told Insider its restaurant in Manhattan had begun to be closed on weekends and cut its opening time by three hours on weekdays.Retailers including Target, Walgreens, and Tops Markets are offering hiring and retention bonuses.Expanded Coverage Module: what-is-the-labor-shortage-and-how-long-will-it-lastRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 28th, 2021

26 of the best beach houses on Airbnb in the US where the sand is just steps away

These are the best Airbnb beach house rentals in the US, from an oceanfront Malibu home in California to a condo on the water with a pool in Florida. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Airbnb Beach vacations are always top of mind for a relaxing, warm-weather getaway. Many Airbnbs are found along the best beaches in the US, with direct beachfront or private access. From Malibu to Cape Cod, these are the best beach homes on Airbnb, from $100 to $650 per night. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyAirbnbs with beachfront access continue to rank among the most searched for filters on the vacation rental platform.After all, who doesn't want to wake up to the sound of waves crashing right outside their back porch, or take a moonlit stroll along the sand after the sun goes down? Though, if you'd prefer to cool off in an Airbnb with a private pool instead, we have plenty of options for that, too. And if hotels are more your thing, here are the best beach hotels in the US.If a beach vacation is on your mind, from sea to shining blue sea there's no shortage of beautiful Airbnb beach houses across the US.Browse all Airbnb beach houses below, or jump to a specific area here:The best Airbnb beach houses in the NortheastThe best Airbnb beach houses in the SouthThe best Airbnb beach houses in the WestFAQ: Airbnb beach housesHow we selected the best beach houses on AirbnbFind more great beach house rentalsThese are the best Airbnb beach houses, sorted by region and price from low to high. BI Charming beachfront cottage on the Jersey Shore This cottage's private back deck leads straight to the beach. Airbnb Book this New Jersey beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $270Town: Cape MaySleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroomRating: 4.93Set along one of the Jersey Shore's most charming seaside towns, Cape May, this cozy bayfront cottage with one bedroom is best suited for couples and solo travelers, though it is also pet-friendly.It's important to note, this is a two-family home and while this space is completely private and uses a separate entrance, the other side of the house is occupied, which might not work for some guests. You are also required to bring your own linens to fit the Queen-sized bed.The location, however, is unparalleled and you'll love spending time on the private back deck, which includes a hammock and leads directly out to the beach. The front porch with chairs and an umbrella adds additional space for enjoying the sea breeze.Inside, the decor is simple but includes a red leather couch, an all-white kitchen with a dining table for two, and ocean photos in the bedroom.  Beach suite in Massachusetts This lovely beachfront suite includes beach passes and options for in-house massages and whale watching excursions. Airbnb Book this Massachusetts beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $299Town: GloucesterSleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroomRating: 4.98The charming seaside town of Gloucester, pronounced Glah-Sta, in coastal New England comes alive in the summertime. From long walks on a private beach to romantic dinners on the deck, this one-bedroom beachside retreat will make a great getaway for couples. Not only does the property come with a beachfront location, but beach passes are included, which would otherwise run between $25 to $30 per day. You may also book add-ons like in-house massages and whale watching expeditions directly with the host.While this is a separate guest suite with its own private entrance, the entire cottage consists of three units that are each rented separately. Though, you can combine listings to book the entire property.  Home by the sea in Maine Take in over 175 feet of mesmerizing oceanfront views from the roof deck. Airbnb Book this Maine beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $350Town: YorkSleeps: 4 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.94Just one hour north of Boston and one hour south of Portland, Maine, the Little Sea Star Castle is tucked away along Nubble Point in York Beach, Maine. One of 12 oceanside cottages within the LightHouse Village Colony, the house is set on nearly two acres with over 175 feet of oceanfront splendor with sunny, southern exposure and rugged rocky coastlines.The cottage offers plenty of space to lounge. A roof deck has panoramic views over the ocean, and the lawn has Adirondack chairs and a picnic table for outdoor dining. The kitchen has everything needed to make yourself at home, and beachy accents like starfish pillows and mini sailboats on the dressers keep the home on theme.The location is stellar, among scenic walking trails along the water. Bayfront oasis in Maryland Bayfront views are a captivating sight, and available throughout the home. Airbnb Book this Ocean City beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $395Town: Ocean CitySleeps: 5 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.92Offering uninterrupted bayfront views, this cozy townhome in Ocean City, Maryland is the ideal locale for your beach vacation. Sip morning coffee on the private balcony, enjoy steamed crabs on the large bayfront deck, or kick back with a cocktail and watch the sunset from the living room. The layout is an open-living concept with a master bedroom upstairs with a private balcony and a King-size bed. The second bedroom has a Queen bed and there's also a beige striped sectional couch that converts to a bed in the living room. Wicker furniture and deep blue quilts give this home a subtle beach vibe.Located on a corner lot of the bay, the owner is explicit that this is not meant for partiers or large group gatherings. If you're looking for a chill and relaxing beach getaway, this is the place for you. Beachfront home with bay views in Delaware Each room in this coastal home features scenic water views. Airbnb Book this Delaware beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $425Town: MiltonSleeps: 6 guests/4 bedroomsRating: 5.0Featuring both beachfront and bay views, this spacious four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the quiet community of Broadkill Beach in Milton, Delaware offers unobstructed water views from almost every room. The home features a coastal design with plenty of natural light and soft tones. The well-equipped kitchen has unique tiling, a large island, and turquoise bar stools for grabbing a quick bite or enjoying a cup of coffee.One room includes bunk beds decked out in comforters with a cute whale pattern for kids. The location is peacefully quiet and primed to enjoy beautiful sunrises over the bay. Large oceanfront house with great views in Maine Luxury finishes couple with panoramic ocean views at this delightful property. Airbnb Book this Maine beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $613Town: SacoSleeps: 8 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.71If luxury finishes and panoramic views of the ocean sounds like your kind of vibe, then consider this oceanfront haunt in Saco, Maine. Enjoy coffee or wine from the upstairs balcony before taking a walk along Ferry Beach or Camp Ellis Pier.Ideal for bigger groups, the listing has two bedrooms and common spaces that sleep up to eight people. Though, the standout draw is no doubt the beachfront location and gorgeous water views, along with the surrounding quiet community. The home offers the chance to catch particularly stunning sunrises and sunsets.Other perks include a Smart TV with Netflix, beach chairs, and free parking included in the stay, as well as a digital guidebook handy for helping guests explore the area. Chic beachfront cottage in New York's North Fork of Long Island A minimalist interior style creates a tranquil ambiance. Airbnb Book this North Fork beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $650Town: RiverheadSleeps: 5 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.96Set on a secluded stretch of Long Island's illustrious North Fork, this two-bedroom beachfront cottage is a great place to hang by the beach or go wine tasting at one of the area's many charming vineyards.Wander along the private beach path or open up the floor-to-ceiling glass sliders that lead to a picturesque deck to dine at the picnic-style outdoor table, or relax on the plush lounger. An Airbnb Plus listing, the cottage's chic palette features crisp, minimalist whites and neutrals, creating a sense of serene seaside solitude for a quiet getaway. After a walk on the sand, rinse off in the outdoor shower while savoring water views. BI Cozy home on the North Carolina shore The nautical-themed living room has a picturesque balcony overlooking the ocean. Airbnb Book this North Carolina beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $100Town: North Topsail BeachSleeps: 6 guests/1 bedroomsRating: 4.91A cute condo directly on North Topsail Beach in North Carolina, this is a great option for couples or small families looking for a low-key beach getaway. The bedroom has a Queen bed and there are also Twin bunk beds built directly into the hallway.Completely renovated in 2020, the apartment has a nautical-beach theme with soft blue and yellow hues, and big living room windows frame beach views. You can also head out to the balcony for a closer look. Bright colors and floral decor give this home a warm, welcoming vibe, and a seashell bed quilt and striped bar stools at the eating nook add additional beach flair. Oceanfront condo with a pool in Florida Beachy accents like a mermaid statue and marine-inspired colors set a scene that creates a real sense of place. Airbnb Book this Florida beach home with a pool on AirbnbTypical starting price: $132Town: Cape CanaveralSleeps: 4 guests/1 bedroomRating: 4.95Serenity awaits at this casual oceanfront condo in Florida's Cape Canaveral. Set on a beautiful private beach, this Airbnb Plus stands out for its whimsical decor and thoughtful amenities, which include blues of every hue from the turquoise velvet armchair to the robin's egg backsplash in the kitchen. A mirror made out of oars, a mermaid statue, and an octopus painting over the couch are all fun touches for a beach home.This is also a great place to spend your time kayaking, paddle boarding, or enjoying some much-needed downtime just lounging on the beach or pool, which are both just a few steps away. Within minutes of downtown Port Canaveral and the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier, there's plenty to do right nearby. Ocean and bay view beach house in Texas The Bolivar Flats, Anahuac national wildlife refuge, and the Smith Oak sanctuary are all nearby and great for birdwatching. Airbnb Book this Texas beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $130Town: Bolivar PeninsulaSleeps: 6 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.97Located on the bayside of the Bolivar Peninsula on Texas' Gulf Coast, this home offers one bedroom and a lofted room, plus plenty of views of both the Gulf of Mexico and East Bay. It's also just a few miles away from popular bird-watching areas including Bolivar Flats, Anahuac national wildlife refuge, and the Smith Oak sanctuary.Bright and airy, this house is perched on stilts, and underneath, you'll have a grill and a private sitting area. However, the wraparound porch is likely where you'll spend the bulk of your time, soaking in the view from the wooden Adirondack chairs.Inside isn't bad either, with soaring pitched ceilings, a big blue sectional sofa, and marble countertops and bar stools in the kitchen. Waterfront beach bungalow in North Carolina This homey bungalow has its own private beach. Airbnb Book this North Carolina beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $145Town: JarvisburgSleeps: 4 guests/1 bedroomRating: 4.94Relax on your own private beach or hop in a kayak and explore miles of pristine, undeveloped beaches and cypress tree-filled coves from this bungalow in Jarvisburg, North Carolina set at the confluence of the North River and the Albemarle Sound.The home is pet-friendly, and the bedroom offers a Queen sized bed as well as a futon for extra guests if you don't mind the squeeze.While not exactly modern, the bungalow has a homey vibe with string lights along the ceiling, a bright desk and bookcase, and purple cushions on the futon. The location is tranquil and fun amenities include a charcoal grill and outdoor fire pit. The house is only 15-minutes away from unspoiled shorelines and the beaches of the Outer Banks. Home overlooking the sound in North Carolina The spacious home's dock makes it easy to get out on the water. Airbnb Book this North Carolina beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $157Town: HertfordSleeps: 10 guests/4 bedroomsRating: 4.69Step into the backyard of this spacious home on the Albemarle Sound and you'll find nothing but peace and tranquility. Located in a quiet neighborhood in Hertford, North Carolina, the house is nice for bigger families or groups of friends.Start and end your day on the dock, which comes with a bench to sit and watch the sunrise. Apart from the views directly overlooking the sound, highlights include the coffee bar in the kitchen, a gas log fireplace in the living room, and a fully covered and screened-in porch for enjoying home-cooked barbecue from the grill.The house also comes with a washer/dryer and high-speed Wi-Fi. Chesapeake Bay beach cabin in Virginia The decor is simple with a subtle ocean theme. Airbnb Book this Virginia beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $199Town: NorfolkSleeps: 6 guests/3 bedroomsRating: 4.95A brand new beach cabin on the Chesapeake Bay, this spacious home is steps from the beach.During the warm months, watch the sailing regattas from the balcony on Wednesday and Sunday evenings, or walk to nearby Ocean View Beach Park to listen to live music.The decor is simple but useful, with wicker furniture accents, ocean-themed artwork, wood floors, and a big kitchen. A plaid couch and floral armchair are comfy spots to relax, though they may feel a bit dated. A patio out back adds additional hangout space. A rustic cottage in Florida This cottage has a large outdoor deck with a fire pit and access to a secluded beach. Airbnb Book this Florida cottage on AirbnbTypical starting price: $275Town: St.Augustine Sleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroom Rating: 4.90The pinewood interior and absence of electronic appliances bring an old-fashioned feel to this cottage. The cottage was originally built in 1946, but each room has been remodeled since except for the corner kitchen. The master bedroom has a plush Queen-size bed where you can fall asleep to the sounds of nearby waves crashing. Although you won't find a TV or phone, there are various ways to indulge in this home's rustic charm. A large outdoor deck overlooks an uncrowded beach and has a fire pit for chilly nights. Visit in summer and you may catch a glimpse of the sea turtles that dwell by the deck. Waterfront nest cottage in Mississippi Lounge on the spacious front porch for stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Airbnb Book this Mississippi beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $279Town: Long BeachSleeps: 4 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.97Set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on ever-popular Long Beach, this waterfront cottage features breathtaking views over the Gulf of Mexico from its spacious front porch and has direct beach access.The two bedrooms can easily accommodate up to six people and inviting outdoor wicker furniture is framed by idyllic views.Inside, modern interiors include a spacious kitchen with marble countertops, soaking tubs in the bathrooms, and living room couches that face the water.  Pet-friendly oceanfront condo with pool access in South Carolina Staying here comes with access to a community pool, beaches, and bike rentals. Airbnb Book this South Carolina beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $261Town: Saint Helena IslandSleeps: 6 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.97Watch dolphins from the private balcony, walk to the beach, or laze the day away by the pool —  this oceanfront condo in South Carolina offers it all.Located in a private community just a stone's throw from one of the state's most beguiling beaches at Hunting Island State Park, the area offers miles of unspoiled beaches and is frequented by birders and nature lovers for some of the best animal sightings in the area.This second-floor condo offers one Queen bedroom and a second bedroom with a Twin bed. Guests have access to the community pool, beach, and two bikes. The unit also comes with a washer and dryer and is great for families with pets looking for a low-country getaway. Oceanfront condo in South Carolina Enjoy access to a private fishing pier, a community pool, and a pretty South Carolina beach. Airbnb Book this South Carolina beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $291Town: Isle of PalmsSleeps: 4 guests/1 bedroomsRating: 4.98Watch the waves roll in as you enjoy your morning coffee on the private terrace from this modern Isle of Palms condo in South Carolina. Newly renovated, this third-floor condo is especially nice for families with young children since it offers a King-size bed in the master and a bunk bed in the hallway. The decor is tasteful but beachy with coral pillows, a gray sofa, velvet armchairs, and a modern kitchen has a funky blue stone backsplash.The building has easy access to the beach and a private fishing pier, as well as a community pool and coin laundry facility.  Spacious beach house in South Carolina This expansive home is perched on half an acre on Port Royal Sound with private beach access. Airbnb Book this Hilton Head beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $332Town: Hilton HeadSleeps: 10 guests/3 bedroomsRating: 4.85Located on half an acre along Port Royal Sound, this three-bed, four-bath manse is capable of sleeping up to 10 people. Adjacent to a 40-acre nature preserve, staying here comes with direct views over the sound, plus private access to the beach. With an expansive, well-groomed yard for playing or relaxing under large oak trees covered in Spanish Moss, the house is also open to those looking to host a small, picture-perfect wedding or retreat with the beach and ocean as the backdrop.If this home is booked up, consider our other picks for the best vacation homes on Hilton Head Island. Beach house on a private island in South Carolina Escape to your very own private island off of Hilton Head with a beach all to yourself. Airbnb Book this private island beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $589Town: Hilton HeadSleeps: 6 guests/3 bedroomsRating: 4.94Instead of renting a regular old cottage on the beach, opt to claim your own private island here on Old House Cay. Accessible only by boat, this is as secluded and off-the-grid as it gets.Just a 10-minute ride away from neighboring Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, the home is part of a series of private islands that you'll have all to yourself over your stay. Experience everything from boating, fishing, and kayaking to simply lounging around the island and going for long beach walks. As far as getting around, the owners will take you and your guests back and forth from Hilton Head on their private boat as needed.Accommodations include a large, multi-story home with gorgeous wood floors, high ceilings, a modern kitchen, and a big blue dining table with room for the whole crew. All wood walls give it a hint of a cabin feel, while bright pillows and quilts add pops of color. A wooden deck with a fire pit out front is a lovely place to relax or make s'mores into the evening.  BI Beachfront condo in Southern California The beach is only a few steps away from this quaint second-floor condo. Airbnb Book this California beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $283Town: CarlsbadSleeps: 3 guests/1 bedroomRating: 4.90Open your door and step directly onto the sand at this charming beachfront condo in Carlsbad, California, near San Diego. Within walking distance to Carlsbad Village, this home is close to restaurants and boutiques, with a cozy set-up that is best suited to solo travelers and couples. The two-story condo unit is on the ground floor and features a brick fireplace, a small dining table and kitchen, a blue sofa with colorful pillows, and a private balcony with a table and chairs that overlook the ocean, which is just a few feet away. Beach house on a cove in Oregon A backyard trail leads to Shelter Cove where orcas often reside. Airbnb Book this Oregon beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $275Town: Port OrfordSleeps: 6 guests/3 bedroomsRating: 4.91Set on a cul-de-sac in the quiet neighborhood of Port Orford along the Oregon coast, this three-bedroom beach house is protected by old-growth forest and faces a cove where orcas are known to stay and take shelter.With gorgeous bay windows and total privacy within the neighborhood, along with private beach access and unobstructed views of the Lighthouse at Cape Blanco, it's tough to beat the spectacular setting. A private trail off the backyard takes you directly to Shelter Cove.The house itself offers big windows for a light and airy feel, with neutral colors of grays and creams, huge bedrooms, and a porch with a dining table, as well as a small fire pit in the yard. Cozy ocean view cabin in Northern California Breathe in the ocean air and spend time whale watching from this cliffside cabin. Airbnb Book this California beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $300Town: TrinidadSleeps: 5 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.97Tucked away in verdant Patrick Point State Park in northern California, this rustic two-bedroom cabin has incredible ocean views amid a lush forest. Top-rated features include the oversized hot tub, a picnic area overlooking the ocean, and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows after a long day. The yard offers ample space and lucky guests might even spot whales from the Adirondack chairs perched atop the lawn.The house is set on steep cliffs, which means you'll have phenomenal views, but won't be able to walk right out onto the beach. Instead, you will have to wind your way down to the shores below. Oceanview apartment in Northern California This cliffside home offers romantic views of the Pacific Ocean and Black Sands Beach. Airbnb Book this Northern California beach house on AirbnbTypical starting price: $348Town: WhitethornSleeps: 3 guests/1 bedroomRating: 4.92Overlooking the Pacific and Black Sands Beach, this one-bedroom cliffside home is lovely for a romantic trip.Inside, you'll find a private entrance and a wrap-around deck. The bedroom has a California King bed, plus a modern kitchen, bathroom, and a living room with a fireplace. There is even a private hot tub that directly faces the ocean.Take the trail from the home leading to the beach or walk or bike to any of the nearby beaches, restaurants, cafes, bars, and golf courses. The owner notes that you will need a car to get around and this home has a strict no pets policy and isn't suitable for young children. Posh beachfront apartment in Malibu This charming home has a sun-drenched interior, airy open-plan layout. Airbnb Book this Malibu beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $514Town: MalibuSleeps: 2 guests/1 bedroomRating: 4.99This sweet one-bedroom Airbnb Plus listing is well-placed on the iconic shores of Malibu for sweeping, dramatic views that feel plucked from a Nicholas Sparks novel.Light and airy, this seaside haven is impeccably decorated with pristine white fixtures that stand out against natural wood floors and beams. Unique details like a small, wire Eiffel Tower perched on an antique desk and old framed letters and clippings add whimsical charm.Fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves after enjoying drinks on the deck as you catch a sunset. Just know that this home is incredibly popular and tends to book almost a year in advance. Pacific Ocean beachfront home in Encinitas, California Pacific Ocean views abound from every room. Airbnb Book this Californian beach home on AirbnbTypical starting price: $516Town: EncinitasSleeps: 4 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.90This beach home wows right away with its stunning panoramic ocean views, available throughout the house. However, they're especially impressive from the open plan living room thanks to its arched beam ceilings that make the space feel airy and breezy.The unobstructed views are also sure to dazzle from the multiple patios, which come with a grill, lounge chairs, an outdoor shower, and a private stairway leading to the sand.The amenities are also nicely appointed, with a  fireplace, full kitchen with a wine fridge, and multiple bedrooms, some of which lead directly to the terrace.  Pet-friendly beach cottage with amazing views in Oregon This contemporary home has an outdoor shower, a gas fireplace, and a great balcony. Airbnb Book this Oregon beach cottage on AirbnbTypical starting price: $599Town: Cannon BeachSleeps: 5 guests/2 bedroomsRating: 4.98This modern beachfront home in beautiful, iconic Cannon Beach, Oregon has easy beach access just 100 feet from the front door. Inside, large picture windows offer unobstructed ocean views and a gas fireplace makes for a cozy spot. The outdoor shower is a nice way to rinse away sand after a beach day and the outdoor balcony is a great place to savor the sweeping views. At night, have a bonfire with s'mores in the yard.The pet-friendly home is located on a quiet residential street with free street parking and is within easy access of plenty of shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. FAQ: Airbnb beach houses Where is the best place to rent a beach house?The best place to rent a beach house depends on the type of beach and vacation you prefer. For year-round warm weather, look to places like Florida or Southern California.For the classic New England look of windswept beach grass, large dunes, and shingled cottages, you'll find great homes in places like Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the Jersey Shore. For something posh, try the Hamptons.Bluer waters and warmer temps of course will be found within the South or West Coast, and the West Coast offers stunning scenery from California up to Oregon and Washington.How do I search for a beach house on Airbnb?You can specifically search for a beach house on Airbnb. First, input your preferred location and dates, then select More Filters, and refine results to only show beachfront homes by selecting the box that says Beachfront under Amenities.What should I look for in an Airbnb?Sorting through the vast array of homes available on Airbnb can be tough. Consider using criteria similar to what we use, which includes looking at the average rating, as well as reading up on recent reviews to ensure the home is still in top shape. Look for Superhosts and consider sorting by Airbnb Plus or Airbnb Luxe if you want a higher-end stay that's been vetted for exceptional amenities, decor, and hosting. Of course, for a beach getaway, location will be key. Be sure to look on the map and ensure before booking that the home is actually close to the beach. You don't want to arrive only to find out you actually need to take a 30-minute car ride before your toes can hit the sand. Is Airbnb safe?We strongly encourage following guidelines and advice from leading health organizations including the CDC and following local and state laws before planning a vacation of any kind. You should also be proactive when it comes to wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distancing no matter where you go.However, the CDC now recommends domestic travel as safe for fully vaccinated individuals.Experts also say that booking an entire home rental is one of the safest options for travelers right now because they eliminate encounters with others outside your traveling party, and because Airbnb mandates Enhanced Clean protocols that all hosts must now follow. What is Airbnb's cancellation policy?Cancellation policies on Airbnb differ from home to home and are set by each individual host. You can find a full breakdown of Airbnb's cancellation policies here. How we selected the best beach houses on Airbnb Every Airbnb listing is for the entire home, per current expert recommendation.All Airbnb homes are highly-rated listings with a rating of 4.7 or higher.All beach houses are located right on, or next to the beach.All take part in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean protocol program for added peace of mind.The homes offer strong value in terms of price, offerings, amenities, and location and are priced between $100 and $650 per night to start.Homes are available to book in the coming weeks and months, as of publishing. However, some homes are quite popular and book fast. Consider booking for a future vacation in a few months or next year. Find more great beach house rentals Airbnb The best Airbnbs on the Jersey ShoreThe best Airbnbs in the HamptonsThe best Airbnbs in Cape CodThe best Airbnbs in Hilton HeadThe best Airbnbs in FloridaThe best Airbnbs in Myrtle Beach The best Airbnbs in Virginia BeachThe best vacation rentals in the Outer BanksThe best vacation rentals in Ocean City  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 23rd, 2021

Here"s Why You Should Retain Kimco Realty (KIM) Stock for Now

Kimco Realty (KIM) is likely to benefit from its focus on the grocery-anchored centers and balance-sheet strengthening moves, though store closures and higher e-commerce adoption remain woes. Kimco Realty Corp. KIM, the owner and operator of open-air, grocery-anchored shopping centers and mixed-use assets, has properties in the drivable first-ring suburbs of its top 20 major metropolitan Sunbelt and coastal markets, which offer several growth drivers. Moreover, the company’s acquisition of grocery-anchored shopping center owner — Weingarten Realty Investors — seems a strategic fit as the combined entity will benefit from its increased scale, density in the key Sun Belt markets and a broader redevelopment pipeline.Further, having a grocery component has been the saving grace for retail REITs, and 78.5% of Kimco’s annual base rent came in from grocery-anchored centers in the second quarter. With a well-located and largely grocery-anchored portfolio that offers essential goods and services, the retail REIT witnessed decent leasing activity during the second quarter and this favourable trend is expected to continue.Moreover, apart from having a focus on the grocery and home-improvement tenants, the company emphasizes on mixed-use assets clustered in the strong economic MSAs. Particularly, the company is targeting an increase in net asset value through a selected collection of mixed-use projects, redevelopments and active investment management.In addition, retailers are utilizing these last-mile stores as indispensable fulfilment and distribution centers to serve the dense population close by, and outperforming the pure e-commerce players on delivery times and cost efficiency. Also, curbside pick-up, combined with click-and-collect options, will likely continue gaining attention amid the current environment and even in the post-Covid era, and the company is focused to capitalize on such trends. Such efforts are likely to enhance the company’s competitive advantage in current times.Kimco has been making efforts to bolster its financial flexibility and with such moves, the retail REIT exited second-quarter 2021 with more than $2.2 billion of immediate liquidity. Apart from this, the company has 350 unencumbered assets, which represents roughly around 88% of its properties and 89% of its total net operating income (NOI). Kimco’s consolidated weighted-average debt maturity profile is 10.7 years.In addition, shares of Kimco have gained 17.4% over the past six months, outperforming its industry’s increase of 14.5%.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchHowever, over the recent years, the retail real estate traffic has continued to suffer amid a rapid shift in customers’ shopping preferences and patterns with online purchases growing by leaps and bounds. These have made retailers reconsider their footprint and eventually opt for store closures.Further, retailers not unable to cope with competition are filing bankruptcies. This has emerged as a pressing concern for retail REITs like Kimco, as the trend is curtailing demand for the retail real estate space considerably. The situation has been further aggravated amid the social-distancing requirements and higher e-commerce adoption due to the coronavirus crisis.Finally, the recent trend in estimate revisions does not indicate a favorable outlook as the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 funds from operations (FFO) per share has witnessed a marginal downward revision over the past week. Given the above-mentioned concerns and the downward estimate revisions, the stock has a limited upside potential for the near term.Currently, the stock carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Stocks to ConsiderThe Zacks Consensus Estimate for Simon Property Group’s SPG current-year FFO per share estimate has moved up 1.2% to $10.82 in the past week. The company carries a Zacks Rank of 2, currently.Regency Centers Corporation REG holds a Zacks Rank of 2, at present. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its 2021 FFO per share has been revised 5.1% upward to $3.70 in a month’s time.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for SITE Centers Corp.’s SITC ongoing-year FFO per share has moved 2.8% north to $1.10 over the past month. The company carries a Zacks Rank of 2, currently.Note: Anything related to earnings presented in this write-up represents funds from operations (FFO) — a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs. Breakout Biotech Stocks with Triple-Digit Profit Potential The biotech sector is projected to surge beyond $2.4 trillion by 2028 as scientists develop treatments for thousands of diseases. They’re also finding ways to edit the human genome to literally erase our vulnerability to these diseases. Zacks has just released Century of Biology: 7 Biotech Stocks to Buy Right Now to help investors profit from 7 stocks poised for outperformance. Recommendations from previous editions of this report have produced gains of +205%, +258% and +477%. The stocks in this report could perform even better.See these 7 breakthrough stocks now>>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG): Free Stock Analysis Report Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM): Free Stock Analysis Report Regency Centers Corporation (REG): Free Stock Analysis Report SITE CENTERS CORP. (SITC): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksSep 21st, 2021

Fred Meyer owner to give $130 million in ‘thank you pay’ to employees

Kroger Co. will provide a special “thank you pay” to its hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center employees for their work maintaining safe, clean and stocked stores during the coronavirus crisis......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsMay 15th, 2020

Popular Pigtown chef pivots from the stove to grocery shelves

"I cook, I deliver, I clean, I walk the dog," says Sylva Lin, owner of Culinary Architecture. "We're doing everything.".....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsMay 8th, 2020

Afghan refugee gives food vouchers to those hit by coronavirus crisis

Nebraska small business owner Nemat Azizi helps out-of-work restaurant and salon workers with free $150 grocery vouchers......»»

Category: topSource: moneycentralApr 23rd, 2020

Turnip Truck now offers online shopping, delivery

A local grocer has added an e-commerce option to its lists of services. John Dyke, founder and owner of the popular Turnip Truck grocery stores, told the Nashville Business Journal the company launched its online ordering service Thursday afternoon. .....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsApr 10th, 2020

Navigating coronavirus: Dennis Carter, owner of Ryan"s Steakhouse

TBJ this week introduces six Triad companies sharing what it's been like to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and what's ahead. Ryan's Steakhouse in Winston-Salem has transformed into a butcher shop and grocery store to get through the downturn......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsApr 10th, 2020

Turnip Truck set to open West Nashville store

With the increased need for groceries and other household items due to COVID-19, the Turnip Truck is proceeding with plans to open its third location. Turnip Truck owner and founder John Dyke announced the full-service natural grocery store will op.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsMar 26th, 2020

Peapod ends grocery delivery in Wisconsin and rest of the Midwest

Online grocery delivery pioneer Peapod is ending its service in Wisconsin and the rest of its Midwest markets as the company shifts focus to the East Coast. Peapod owner Ahold Delhaize USA announced Tuesday afternoon that the company will close Peapo.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsFeb 12th, 2020

2019 Year in Review: Restaurant empire sold, arena renovations approved and a pro sports team"s new owner

Restaurants, retail, the airport and sports had their share of big, breaking stories in 2019 that included a new owner, bankruptcy and a grocery chain buying a lot of land......»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsDec 19th, 2019

SELLING POINTS: JLL arranges sale of Midtown West hotel, secures financing

● SHOPONE CENTERS REIT ShopOne offloads 9 midwest shopping centers, plans to buy in other markets ShopOne Centers REIT, an owner and operator of grocery-anchored shopping centers, has sold nine properties located through the Mi.....»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklySep 25th, 2019