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The 7 best websites you can use to watch free movies online

You can watch free movies online through a number of streaming service websites and apps. These are our picks for the best options. Our picks for the best free movie websites online.damircudic/Getty Images You can watch free movies online through a number of streaming service websites and apps.  Streaming sites like YouTube and Vudu offer a mix of free and paid content, while others are free with ads. Pluto TV has both on-demand free content as well as "live TV" that you access like a cable or satellite channel guide.  Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. We live in a world with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to streaming channels, but subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Amazon Prime and a half-dozen others can be as pricey as an old-fashioned cable subscription — or worse. The antidote to endless streaming subscriptions are free movies online. Here are seven of the best options for watching movies for free.The Roku ChannelRoku offers a mix of contemporary and classic films for free.Dave JohnsonRoku isn't just an excellent streaming media device; the company also has a free streaming channel that you can access from any Roku device or the web. Here you'll find an impressive array of TV shows and feature films you can stream for free. The selection isn't enormous, but there's a mix of classic and contemporary movies ("Driving Miss Daisy" to "Syriana") to choose from. There's no need to create an account (though you can if you want to) and ads, while present, are not overly intrusive. YouTubeYou might be surprised to learn that YouTube has a sizable collection of free films.Dave JohnsonYouTube belongs on this list because in addition to being the place you go for cute cat videos and the clip from last night's late night talk show, YouTube offers hundreds of free movies, making it a convenient one-stop shop. Also, YouTube is one of the few sites where the content is rated by users and you can read  comments about the movies as you watch them. You don't have to randomly search for free stuff; YouTube has arranged all the free movies in a single category. VuduYou can purchase and rent movies at Vudu, but the service also induces you to visit with thousands of free movies.Dave JohnsonVudu is the streaming video arm of Fandango and offers both free and paid videos. It's easy to find the free content thanks to a Free link at the top of the page, and there you'll find thousands of movies, both new and old, popular films, and schlock. The site also does a good job of sorting the movies into categories (like Most Watched, Big Time Movie Stars, Family and Dramas) for easy browsing.  IMDb TVIMDb TV's rich collection of free movies is available via Amazon Prime Video.Dave JohnsonOwned by Amazon, IMDb TV is a standalone service and surprisingly hasn't been rolled into Amazon Prime video. You might know IMDb as the place to go to get information about movies, actors, and filmmakers, but IMDb TV has hundreds of free TV shows and movies. You can watch IMDb TV movies on a wide variety of devices and through the Amazon Prime Video website or app (IMDb TV content is clearly marked as such). CrackleCrackle is one of the oldest free video sites and has a great system for searching and browsing.Dave JohnsonCrackle has been around a long time — it got its start in 2004. And unlike some other streaming channels, Crackle is 100% free, offering all its content at no cost (with ads), so anything you see on the site you can watch without paying. You can browse movies and TV shows by genre, alphabetically, or search for a specific title. PopcornflixTrue to its name, Popcornflix has a lot of goofy, guilt pleasure viewing options.Dave JohnsonPopcornflix is another completely free video streaming site, offering something short of 2,000 movies in a variety of categories. It's available as an app for a variety of devices, and you can also watch in a web browser. There's no account required; just open the website, select a movie and start viewing. Many of the entries at Popcornflix fall into the category of guilty pleasures ("2-Headed Shark Attack") and cheap knock-offs of mainstream properties ("Atlantic Rim" and "Almighty Thor") but there's something charming here about the movies you can binge for free with limited ads. Pluto TVPluto's interface is organized like a cable TV program guide.Dave JohnsonPluto TV is a little different than most streaming video services. In addition to being able to watch movies and TV shows on demand, it also streams live programming that you access in a program guide as if you were watching cable or satellite TV. You can jump into programs in progress after browsing the dozens of categories arranged like channels. Or switch to the On Demand tab, and start any of the thousands of TV shows and movies in the library, arranged into easily browsable categories. And it's all free, supported by ads. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytJan 14th, 2022

"Partner In Crime": Maxwell Prosecution Opens With Sordid Details Of Epstein Sexual Predation

'Partner In Crime': Maxwell Prosecution Opens With Sordid Details Of Epstein Sexual Predation Update (1615ET): The prosecution opened its case against Ghislaine Maxwell on Monday, beginning with a disturbing tale of how the British Socialite and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein recruited underage victims for sexual predation. As Matthew Russell Lee blogged for the Inner City Press: AUSA Pomerantz: The man and woman were predators. Jane was not their only victim. There were other young girls. Who was that woman? It was the defendant, Ghislaine Maxwell. The defendant took these girls on shopping trips and won their trust. She talked sex — Inner City Press (@innercitypress) November 29, 2021 Continued (via Twitter, emphasis ours): AUSA Pomerantz: There were times she was in the room when it happened. That is why we are here today. Between 1994 and 2004 the defendant sexually exploited young girls. She preyed on them and served them up to be sexually abused. She was trafficking kids for sex ..He owned a ranch in New Mexico, an apartment in Paris, a mansion in Manhattan, Palm Beach, a private island. Epstein has private planes and pilots. The defendant got to enjoy that luxury right along with Epstein. The defendant was the lady of the house. She imposed rules. Employees were to hear nothing, see nothing, say nothing. There was a culture of silence. That was by design. The defendant's design. They had a play book: get access, gain trust. They often targeted the daughters of single mothers, struggling to make ends meet. They made these girls feel seen. But that was a cover. To get the girls to touch Epstein, they used the cover of massage. The defendant massaged Epstein then told the girls to do it. Epstein brought girls into his massage room every single day. It was sexual abuse. Before I describe those so-called massages, let me say: these are the facts. Epstein touched the teenage girls with equipment... He sometimes penetrated... The defendant helped Epstein find those girls, for so-called massages. They lured their victims with a promise of a brighter future then destroyed their lives. The defendant was jet-setting in private planes. So what happened to Jane? You will hear from her. Someone from Epstein's office invited her to Epstein's house. He told her mother he was offering a scholarship. Jane was 14 - a kid. Epstein was in his early 40s, the defendant in her early 30s. Jane traveled to New York to Epstein's mansion, where he abused her. She was not the only one. You will learn about multiple girls during the course of this trial. You will learn about a 16 year old girl who traveled to the ranch in New Mexico. The defendant told the girl she was going to give her a massage. But she touched her elsewhere. The girl was 16 years old. There's a 17 year old, spotted in a parking lot. The driver pulled over. [Maxwell puts on her glasses and jots down notes] They moved beyond scholarships and moved on to a pyramid scheme of abuse. They encouraged girls to bring other girls, for extra cash. The defendant knew exactly what she was doing. That's what we expect the evidence will show. You'll hear about a fund that paid millions to the victims of Jeffrey Epstein. But you will learn that these victims would have paid anything to have this not have happened to them. You will hear from relatives. You will hear from staff members. Maxwell's lawyer Bobbi Sternheim then spoke - opening with: "Ever since Eve, women have been blamed for the evil deeds of men. Ghislaine Maxwell is not Jeffrey Epstein or any of the other men, moguls and media giants who abuse women." Sternheim: We are proud to represent Ghislaine Maxwell, me and Christian Everdell, Laura Minninger & Jeffrey Pagliuca [pronounced like "Lasagna," G silent] Sternheim: These witnesses want a jackpot of money. There are 4 accusers. They'll say Ghislaine groomed them — Inner City Press (@innercitypress) November 29, 2021 More: Sternheim: Ghislaine is a stand-in for a man who behaved badly-- AUSA: Objection! Judge Nathan: Let me hear from counsel at the sidebar. [Non-public whispering] — Inner City Press (@innercitypress) November 29, 2021 Read the rest by clicking on any of the above tweets. Needless to say, it appears this trial will be about claims against Epstein and Maxwell vs. Maxwell's attorneys casting doubt while trying to frame Ghislaine as some sort of a victim herself. Stay tuned... *  *  * Update (1426ET): The jury in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has been seated for the British socialite's trial, where six men and six women will decide if she trafficked underage girls for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein and pals. According to Bloomberg, the jury ranges in age from 27 to 70 - and most of them say they don't follow the news closely. Several jurors who said they had closely followed the Epstein saga were excused from serving. Here's what we know about the 12 jurors via Bloomberg (emphasis ours): A woman, 61, working as a trader’s assistant for an unidentified bank after previously working at ING. She lives in the Bronx with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren and said she watches a lot of “police shows” like “Law & Order.” A woman, 28, living in the Bronx and doing clerical work for the City of New York while she finishes her master’s degree in public administration. She said she’d heard of Epstein before but not Maxwell. A woman, 60, with a master’s in urban affairs who prepares contracts for the government. The Manhattan resident said she doesn’t read newspapers but follows online news feeds. A man, 44, who studied information and knowledge strategy at Columbia University and is now vice president of quality at a life-sciences company. He lives with his husband in Westchester County, where they enjoy playing board games. A woman, 51, who has lived in Manhattan her entire life. An administrative manager at a “metals industry” non-profit, she works out and visits her mother everyday. She said she’d heard of Epstein and his suicide as well as Maxwell’s arrest. A woman, 70, who retired in 2017 after working in human resources at a non-profit. She frequents cooking websites and also enjoys “Jeopardy,” chess, knitting and bicycle riding. A woman, 53, who lives in the Bronx and works as a home health aide. An immigrant who came to the U.S. with a middle-school education, she had heard of Epstein but didn’t remember hearing about Maxwell. She likes watching “The Bold and the Beautiful” and cartoons with her grandchildren. A man, 35, who graduated from college in 2008 with a finance degree and has been living in Manhattan for the past 10 years. He works as an executive assistant at a private company within the financial industry. A man, 33, who works for a “government entity” and lives in the Bronx with his wife. He says he mostly watches sports and thinks he was watching football when he flipped the channel and saw the news about Epstein’s suicide. A man, 34, who lives in Manhattan and previously worked in advertising but is not currently employed. He said he knew of both Epstein and Maxwell but didn’t follow the case “super well.” A man, 41, living in Manhattan and working as a musician. He said he’d heard of Epstein being a “billionaire who solicited prostitutes or underage girls” and was aware of Maxwell being his “girlfriend or romantic partner.” A man, 64, who is a lifelong Manhattan resident and has worked for the past 24 years as a paraprofessional for a “public entity.” He lives alone, doesn’t read the news and is not on social media, preferring to spend his free time watching old movies and the Mets. Six alternates have also been chosen - including a 36-year-old real estate broker who studied civil engineering in the Dominican Republic, and a 54-year-old woman who lives in Westchester and works in maintenance "in a building in the city." *  *  * Is there another giant Epstein bomb about to drop? With the way social media blew up this weekend about the Ghislaine Maxwell trial coverage, one might think so. Over the last few days, messages on Facebook and Twitter have expressed disgust and skepticism about the fact that the Maxwell trial will not be livestreamed, similar to the way the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was. There have been Tweets abound suggesting that press may be banned from the courtroom and that Judge Alison Nathan had issued some type of "gag order" preventing the press from being at the trial..  Tweets like these were abound, making their way across social media all weekend: BREAKING: “Judge In Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Issues Media-Wide Gag Order: All Press & Spectators Barred From Courtroom.” We know who they are protecting and we can’t allow it! — Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 28, 2021 But these assertions look as though they may not be entirely true. Federal trials prohibit all cameras, Newsweek reported this morning. "Cameras were allowed in Rittenhouse's as it was a state trial, held in a Wisconsin state court," their article said, debunking the notion that since one trial was livestreamed, the other one should be.  "[E]xcept as otherwise provided by a statute or these rules, the court must not permit the taking of photographs in the courtroom during judicial proceedings or the broadcasting of judicial proceedings from the courtroom," the report says, citing Federal law. Newsweek instead reported this morning that that no gag order had been issued and that the press are being "guaranteed access" to the courtroom: Contrary to claims made on social media, a judge has not issued a gag order, and per federal rules, only individuals inside the courthouse will be able to watch the trial. Among those being guaranteed access to the trial are members of the press, alleged victims, and members of Maxwell's family. A November 24 order from Judge Alison Nathan stated: "First, consistent with the District's COVID-19 distancing requirements, a number of pool reporters and members of the public will be permitted in the courtroom proper as managed by the District's Executive Office. Second, press will also be able to access the trial in dedicated overflow courtrooms for the press." Either way, we are expecting fireworks and will follow developments as they occur... Tyler Durden Mon, 11/29/2021 - 16:12.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 29th, 2021

Jury Selected In Ghislaine Maxwell Sex-Trafficking Trial

Jury Selected In Ghislaine Maxwell Sex-Trafficking Trial Update (1426ET): The jury in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has been seated for the British socialite's trial, where six men and six women will decide if she trafficked underage girls for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein and pals. According to Bloomberg, the jury ranges in age from 27 to 70 - and most of them say they don't follow the news closely. Several jurors who said they had closely followed the Epstein saga were excused from serving. Here's what we know about the 12 jurors via Bloomberg (emphasis ours): A woman, 61, working as a trader’s assistant for an unidentified bank after previously working at ING. She lives in the Bronx with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren and said she watches a lot of “police shows” like “Law & Order.” A woman, 28, living in the Bronx and doing clerical work for the City of New York while she finishes her master’s degree in public administration. She said she’d heard of Epstein before but not Maxwell. A woman, 60, with a master’s in urban affairs who prepares contracts for the government. The Manhattan resident said she doesn’t read newspapers but follows online news feeds. A man, 44, who studied information and knowledge strategy at Columbia University and is now vice president of quality at a life-sciences company. He lives with his husband in Westchester County, where they enjoy playing board games. A woman, 51, who has lived in Manhattan her entire life. An administrative manager at a “metals industry” non-profit, she works out and visits her mother everyday. She said she’d heard of Epstein and his suicide as well as Maxwell’s arrest. A woman, 70, who retired in 2017 after working in human resources at a non-profit. She frequents cooking websites and also enjoys “Jeopardy,” chess, knitting and bicycle riding. A woman, 53, who lives in the Bronx and works as a home health aide. An immigrant who came to the U.S. with a middle-school education, she had heard of Epstein but didn’t remember hearing about Maxwell. She likes watching “The Bold and the Beautiful” and cartoons with her grandchildren. A man, 35, who graduated from college in 2008 with a finance degree and has been living in Manhattan for the past 10 years. He works as an executive assistant at a private company within the financial industry. A man, 33, who works for a “government entity” and lives in the Bronx with his wife. He says he mostly watches sports and thinks he was watching football when he flipped the channel and saw the news about Epstein’s suicide. A man, 34, who lives in Manhattan and previously worked in advertising but is not currently employed. He said he knew of both Epstein and Maxwell but didn’t follow the case “super well.” A man, 41, living in Manhattan and working as a musician. He said he’d heard of Epstein being a “billionaire who solicited prostitutes or underage girls” and was aware of Maxwell being his “girlfriend or romantic partner.” A man, 64, who is a lifelong Manhattan resident and has worked for the past 24 years as a paraprofessional for a “public entity.” He lives alone, doesn’t read the news and is not on social media, preferring to spend his free time watching old movies and the Mets. Six alternates have also been chosen - including a 36-year-old real estate broker who studied civil engineering in the Dominican Republic, and a 54-year-old woman who lives in Westchester and works in maintenance "in a building in the city." *  *  * Is there another giant Epstein bomb about to drop? With the way social media blew up this weekend about the Ghislaine Maxwell trial coverage, one might think so. Over the last few days, messages on Facebook and Twitter have expressed disgust and skepticism about the fact that the Maxwell trial will not be livestreamed, similar to the way the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was. There have been Tweets abound suggesting that press may be banned from the courtroom and that Judge Alison Nathan had issued some type of "gag order" preventing the press from being at the trial..  Tweets like these were abound, making their way across social media all weekend: BREAKING: “Judge In Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Issues Media-Wide Gag Order: All Press & Spectators Barred From Courtroom.” We know who they are protecting and we can’t allow it! — Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 28, 2021 But these assertions look as though they may not be entirely true. Federal trials prohibit all cameras, Newsweek reported this morning. "Cameras were allowed in Rittenhouse's as it was a state trial, held in a Wisconsin state court," their article said, debunking the notion that since one trial was livestreamed, the other one should be.  "[E]xcept as otherwise provided by a statute or these rules, the court must not permit the taking of photographs in the courtroom during judicial proceedings or the broadcasting of judicial proceedings from the courtroom," the report says, citing Federal law. Newsweek instead reported this morning that that no gag order had been issued and that the press are being "guaranteed access" to the courtroom: Contrary to claims made on social media, a judge has not issued a gag order, and per federal rules, only individuals inside the courthouse will be able to watch the trial. Among those being guaranteed access to the trial are members of the press, alleged victims, and members of Maxwell's family. A November 24 order from Judge Alison Nathan stated: "First, consistent with the District's COVID-19 distancing requirements, a number of pool reporters and members of the public will be permitted in the courtroom proper as managed by the District's Executive Office. Second, press will also be able to access the trial in dedicated overflow courtrooms for the press." Either way, we are expecting fireworks and will follow developments as they occur... Tyler Durden Mon, 11/29/2021 - 14:27.....»»

Category: blogSource: zerohedgeNov 29th, 2021

Best Stocks & ETF for the Metaverse

Here is what investors need to know about the next generation of the internet Metaverse, the next generation of the internet, has been in public discourse for the past few weeks, particularly since Facebook rebranded itself as Meta Platforms (FB). Last week, Microsoft (MSFT), now the most valuable public company, outlined its plans to introduce more than 250 million users of its Teams software to the metaverse.The metaverse is no longer something seen in sci-fi movies but has the potential to become a significant investment opportunity in the coming years. Bloomberg Intelligence expects the market opportunity for the metaverse to reach $800 billion by 2024. Per NVIDIA (NVDA) CEO Jensen Huang, “Omniverse or the metaverse is going to be a new economy this is larger than our current economy.”The term “metaverse” was coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 sci-fi novel “Snow Crash.” It is a shared virtual 3D world, where people could interact or carry out the day-to-day business via digital avatars.Current metaverse experiences include online social games like Fortnite or virtual concerts hosted by Roblox (RBLX) but possibilities with the metaverse are limitless.A number of tech giants and video gaming companies are working on the metaverse, and the online realm would not be controlled by just one or two companies. Moving between different metaverses would be like switching between websites on the internet today, per experts.The Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF (META) provides exposure to globally listed companies who are actively involved in the Metaverse. NVIDIA, Microsoft and Roblox are its top holdings currently.Please watch the short video above to learn more. Want key ETF info delivered straight to your inbox? Zacks’ free Fund Newsletter will brief you on top news and analysis, as well as top-performing ETFs, each week.Get it free >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD): Free Stock Analysis Report Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Free Stock Analysis Report NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA): Free Stock Analysis Report Meta Platforms Inc. (FB): Free Stock Analysis Report Roblox Corporation (RBLX): Free Stock Analysis Report Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF (META): ETF Research Reports To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 9th, 2021

35 gifts for men he can actually use every day, from a cozy pair of slippers to an RFID-blocking wallet

Need some gift ideas? To make shopping easy for you, we came up with a list for men that covers all budgets and tastes. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Cuts Clothing Whether he's your brother, partner, dad, or friend, you're probably looking for a gift for him. To make shopping easier, we came up with a list of 32 thoughtful gifts for the special man in your life. Our picks cover all budgets and tastes, from cozy socks to a massage gun. Need more gift ideas? Check out all of our Insider Reviews gift guides here. Shopping for the special men in your life can be a pretty daunting task if they haven't specifically outlined what kind of gifts they want, but the key is to not over-think it. The best gifts are usually things he needs but is too stubborn to buy for himself or things he'll end up using every day.If you need some inspiration for what to get for him, the Insider Reviews team has you covered with some truly excellent gift ideas. Though you can never go wrong with a new leather wallet, Patagonia fleece, or shaving kit, we've also included some unique gifts, like a vinyl record player and smart light kit.Check out 35 great gift ideas for men:A high-end gaming headsetWalmartSony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset$99.99 FROM AMAZON$99.99 FROM BEST BUY$99.99 FROM GAMESTOPMicrosoft Xbox Series X|S wireless gaming headset $88.99 FROM TARGET$99.99 FROM BEST BUYWhether he's team PlayStation or team XBOX, a good headset is an easy way to level up his gaming experience. A pair of our favorite jeansMott and Bow JeansMott & Bow Men's Jeans$108.00 FROM MOTT & BOWMott and Bow makes denim jeans that are equally durable and comfortable at affordable prices. Replace his old worn out pair with a new style he'll have for many years to come.Stylish T-shirtsCuts ClothingCuts Clothing T-Shirts$48.00 FROM CUTS CLOTHINGYou might not think T-shirts make great gifts, but the ones from Cuts Clothing do. They're incredibly soft, stretchy, and durable. With a few new tees added to his wardrobe, his casual style will improve immediately.A stylish and comfortable pair of sneakersAllbirdsAllbirds Men's Wool Runners$98.00 FROM ALLBIRDSPopular shoe startup Allbirds now sells high-top sneakers and even clothing, but for the uninitiated (and honestly really anyone), the classic Wool Runners make an excellent gift. A custom cashmere sweater with his initialsRalph LaurenRalph Lauren Custom Cashmere Crew$298.00 FROM RALPH LAURENIf you're looking for something a bit more special than your average sweater, Ralph Lauren's Custom Cashmere allows you to personalize sweaters with different colors and initials.A warm winter coatTriple F.A.T. GooseTriple F.A.T. Goose Downing Parka$700.00 FROM TRIPLE F.A.T. GOOSEDon't wait until the forecast includes freezing temperatures and snow to get him a new winter jacket. Triple F.A.T. Goose's Downing Parka is exceptionally warm with a 750-fill power and it's also waterproof.Comfortable socks that give backBombasBombas Men's Performance Running Ankle & Calf Sock Gift Bag$70.00 FROM BOMBASHis feet will thank you for keeping them cozy all winter long in these socks. And for every pair purchased, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need.Comfortable sweater polosThe Tie BarThe Tie Bar Perfect Tipped Merino Wool Polo$45.50 FROM THE TIE BAROriginally $65.00 | Save 30%The Tie Bar's Merino Wool Polo is a stylish, winter-appropriate take on the classic polo shirt. He'll enjoy the looks of a long-sleeve polo with the warmth of merino wool.An incredibly comfortable onesieSaxxSaxx Nightcrawler Onesie $66.50 FROM SAXXOriginally $95.00 | Save 30%We love SAXX's underwear because of its comfort and utility, and the Nightcrawler Onesie is no different. From festive patterns to silly banana prints, the Nightcrawler takes a fun and cozy approach to your typical PJs.A classic leather walletBellroyBellroy Low Wallet$75.00 FROM BELLROYBellroy Apex Sleeve$129.00 FROM BELLROY$129.00 FROM AMAZONA wallet doesn't have to be a boring gift when it's from Bellroy. The brand offers a great variety of designs to fit all kinds of people's personal styles or needs. From low-profile designs like the Low to RFID blocking wallets like the Apex Sleeve, there's a lot to choose from.A warm fleece he'll always wearPatagoniaPatagonia Men's Better Sweater Fleece Jacket$139.00 FROM PATAGONIAWe're firm believers that you can't own too many Patagonia fleeces. The Better Sweater Fleece Jacket is super warm compared to its light weight and comes in 11 different colors, so you'll definitely find one he'll like.A funky pair (or pairs) of underwearMeUndiesMeUndies Men's Membership$16.00 FROM MEUNDIESYour first thought may be that underwear is sort of a strange gift, but hear us out. MeUndies are so comfortable they will blow his mind, and they come in tons of colors and limited-edition prints.Cozy slippers he'll love to lounge around in or wear outsideUGGUGG Tasman$100.00 FROM UGG$99.95 FROM NORDSTROM$74.98 FROM AMAZON$99.95 FROM ZAPPOSThe UGG Tasman is a wonderful option because it's incredibly warm, comfortable, and can be worn indoors and outdoors. For more slippers options, check out our guide on the best men's slippers here.A watch strap that'll up the ante on his Apple WatchNomadNomad Apple Watch Band$59.95 FROM NOMADDress up his Apple Watch with a beautiful Horween leather strap that costs far less than the price of Apple's own straps.An Amazon Echo ShowAmazonAmazon Echo Show 8 (Second Gen)$129.99 FROM AMAZONThe Echo Show is my personal favorite Echo because of its crisp HD display. Like every other Echo, it uses Alexa to accomplish any number of tasks, from answering questions to reordering supplies on Amazon. But in addition to Alexa's verbal response about the day's weather forecast, for example, the Echo Show displays it on its 8-inch screen. Popular wireless earbudsDave Smith/Business InsiderApple AirPods Pro$189.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$189.99 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 24%$229.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 8%A pair of Apple AirPods Pro is perfect for enjoying music, podcasts, and taking calls hands-free.Noise-canceling earbudsBeatsBeats Fit Pro$199.00 FROM AMAZONThe all-new Beats Fit Pro earbuds are a great alternative to AirPods. They feature wings to keep them secure in your ears and noise-canceling technology.An Amazon Echo DotAmazonAmazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)$49.99 FROM AMAZON$49.99 FROM BEST BUY$49.99 FROM TARGETAmazon's tiny but mighty smart speaker is just as powerful as its sibling devices, allowing him to control anything from his lights to his music.The latest Apple WatchAppleApple Watch Series 7$339.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.00 | Save 15%$346.32 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.00 | Save 13%$399.00 FROM APPLE$399.00 FROM BEST BUYWith way more features than your average wristwatch, the brand new Apple Watch Series 7 is a gift that tech lovers will love.Smart light bulbs that can create billions of lighting combinationsPhilipsPhilips Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 LED Starter Kit$199.99 FROM NEWEGGPhilips Hue lighting not only looks cool, but it can also replicate a natural sunrise and combat the effects of seasonal sunshine deprivation. This starter kit is also compatible with Amazon's, Google's, and Apple's smart assistants. A record player for audiophilesAmazonFluance RT81 Turntable$299.99 FROM AMAZONThe Fluance RT81 Turntable is a great way to enjoy your vinyl collection using modern technology. A waterproof, no-glare Kindle e-readerAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)$139.99 FROM AMAZONThe recently refreshed Kindle Paperwhite is an excellent gift for anyone who loves to read. For $140, he'll get a Kindle that's waterproof, has a new 6.8-inch display screen with thinner borders, 20% faster page turns, and storage for thousands of books. A high-end electric razorBraunBraun Series 7 (7085cc)$149.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $169.94 | Save 12%We've tested tons of electric razors and the Braun Series 7 is one of the best you can buy. It's the perfect grooming tool for men who prefer electric over traditional multi-blade razors.Read our full review here.Custom cologneHawthorneHawthorne Work and Play Cologne Set$100.00 FROM HAWTHORNEHawthorne makes personalized cologne for men based on a short personality quiz. It's perfect for helping him find a new scent he'll love.An exfoliating razorTargetGilletteLabs Exfoliating Razor$30.49 FROM TARGETSkincare is an important part of maintaining a clear face after shaving, so to help, GilletteLabs' latest razor will exfoliate his skin while he shaves.A clean, daily skincare routineHumanrace SkincareHumanrace Routine Pack$110.00 FROM HUMANRACEFeaturing clean ingredients and sustainable packaging, Humanrace is an easy three-step routine that will simplify his skincare regimen.A high-quality shave setHarry'sHarry's The Winston Set$25.00 FROM HARRY'SHarry's has become one of the biggest shaving brands thanks to its affordable prices and quality razors. If he prefers to groom with multi-blade razors, The Winston Set is an awesome way to elevate his shaving experience.An Instant Pot for easy weeknight mealsAmazonInstant Pot DUO 60 7-in-1 (6-qt)$79.98 FROM INSTANT$89.00 FROM AMAZON$89.00 FROM WALMARTThe Instant Pot is one of the most versatile appliances you can add to your kitchen for under $100. Help him make delicious home-cooked meals in a cinch, even when he has to work late.The massage gunTheragunTheragun Mini$199.00 FROM THERABODY$199.00 FROM DICK'S SPORTING GOODSThe compact design of the Theragun Mini makes it easy to carry around, but don't let the small size fool you. It still packs a better punch than most massage guns around the same price.Theragun PRO$599.00 FROM THERABODY$599.99 FROM TARGETWe think the Theragun Pro is worth every pretty penny for its power and durability. It beats others on the market for its revolutionary QuietForce Technology, a feature that makes the operation of the gun far quieter than any others in the brand's lineup. A luxurious sheet set that makes bedtime betterBrooklinenBrooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set (Queen)$134.10 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $149.00 | Save 10%Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen)$240.00 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $300.00 | Save 20%High-quality sheets might be the last thing on his mind, but he'll appreciate them once he has them. Brooklinen's bedsheets are some of our favorites for their comfort, feel, and overall value.Whether you choose the Classic Core Sheets or the higher-end Luxe Hardcore Sheets, the bundles will include everything he needs to give his bed a fresh makeover. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. A flask that'll keep his coffee hot and his water coldHydro FlaskHydro Flask 32-ounce Wide Mouth Bottle$44.95 FROM HYDRO FLASKThis insulated bottle keeps hot drinks hot (and we mean hot) for up to 12 hours, and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Whether he enjoys hot coffee or ice-cold water, this flask will keep his drinks at the perfect temperature.A weighted blanket from a beloved online mattress startupCasperCasper 15-pound Weighted Blanket and Two Pillow Set$299.00 FROM NORDSTROMThe pressure of a weighted blanket has a soothing effect that'll reduce anxiety and help him fall asleep faster. Plus, it'll feel like he's being wrapped in a big hug. An audible subscriptionAudible/Business InsiderAudible Gift Membership (3 Months)$45.00 FROM AMAZONWith an Audible membership, he'll gain access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts that he can listen to on his Kindle, smartphone, or in the car. An Amazon Prime membership that makes shopping online super convenientAmazonAmazon Prime One Year Gift$119.00 FROM AMAZONAmazon Prime opens up a whole new world of access, be it to fast two-day shipping or any of the other 25-plus perks you'll get with a membership. If you know he doesn't have one yet, this is a smart gift — but in the case he does, he'll get to use the $39 on anything he wants or needs from the site.A Disney Plus gift subscriptionDisney PlusDisney Plus Gift Subscription$79.98 FROM DISNEY+This subscription gives him unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $69.99 for a year. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 21st, 2022

32 cool tech gifts for teens, from Bluetooth speakers to gaming controllers

Teens love tech, so we rounded up the best gadget gifts out there. From smart speakers to cameras and earbuds, there's something for everyone. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon; Best Buy; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider We rounded up the best tech gifts for teens with something for every budget. From headphones to cameras, we have gift ideas for all interests. Shopping for someone else? Check out our best tech gifts for women and our best picks under $25. Teens are tough to shop for, but useful tech products can make great gifts for even the most difficult recipient. Whether the teen on your shopping list is into video games, photography, music, or fitness, there's a recommendation on this list for everyone. Our tech gifts also cover a variety of budgets, with some items costing less than $15.Here are the 32 best tech gifts for teens:A controller for mobile gamingAmazonRazer Kishi Mobile Game Controller for Android, available at Amazon, $55Smartphones can do it all these days, even serve as a full-on gaming device. The Razer Kishi connects to your phone through its charging port to add buttons and analog sticks for even better mobile gaming. It's a great gift for Fortnite, Genshin Impact, and other multi-platform titles — just make sure to check if they use Android or iPhone.Long, durable charging cablesAmazon10-foot iPhone Charger 5-pack, available at Amazon, $10Every iPhone owner of any age could use more charging cables. This set includes five 10-foot long cables, so your recipient can keep one in every room. Long cables like these are also super handy for when an outlet is inconveniently far away. A drawing tablet for digital art beginnersB&H PhotoWacom Intuos Creative Pen Tablet, available at B&H, $39.95Travel-sized, affordable, and versatile, this Wacom Intuos pen tablet makes a great gift for the aspiring digital artist in your life. It's suitable for both left- and right-handed users, and even comes with customizable ExpressKeys at the top. A subscription service with access to thousands of digital comic booksMarvelMarvel Unlimited, $10 a month or $70 a yearComixology Unlimited, $6 a monthIf your teen is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or superheroes in general, you can give them access to thousands of comic books with a subscription to Marvel Unlimited. The digital service offers more than 29,000 comics, spanning from the classic origin stories of characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men, to recent comic book events like "Venom: King in Black." You can access Marvel Unlimited on iPhone, Android, iPad, and your web browser, and download books for offline viewing. If your teen is a more adventurous reader, you can get them a subscription to Comixology Unlimited, an Amazon owned comic reading service that features a wider range of content, including DC Comics like "Batman" and Image Comics like "The Walking Dead." Comixology Unlimited costs $6 a month making it cheaper than Marvel Unlimited, but it offers fewer complete series. Comixology Unlimited subscribers also receive up to 15% off Marvel, DC, Image, and Dark Horse comic book purchases, making it easier to build a personal collection.A customized gaming controllerThis is just a small selection of the colors available in the Xbox Design Lab.MicrosoftXbox design Lab Custom Controller, available at Microsoft, $69.99Microsoft's Xbox controller has a classic design and is compatible with a wide range of devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android products, Mac, and PC. But people might not be aware of Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab, which lets you customize the colors on every part of the controller and add a laser engraving. The custom controller will arrive within 28 days, usually taking about two weeks.If you're worried about choosing a design for your teen, you can give them an $80 Xbox gift card and let them choose between a custom design, or just buying a new game with the store credit.A webcam perfect for streaming your own videosLogitechLogitech c920x, available at Amazon, $59.99This webcam is one of the most recommended for people getting started with YouTube videos or Twitch livestreams, and it's become even more popular with professionals working from home.While lots of laptops come with built-in cameras, the Logitech c920 offers better video quality with resolutions up to 1080p, a wide viewing angle, streaming at 60 frames per second at 720p, and an adjustable base that can be easily attached to tripods and other stands.A streaming subscription for music loversAn Android smartphone with the Spotify Music logo visible on screen, alongside a pair of earphones.Olly Curtis/Future via Getty ImagesSpotify Premium Subscription, available at Spotify, $9.99 a monthTeens love listening to music, and streaming services offer unlimited access to their favorite tunes. Spotify offers a huge music library and is compatible with Apple, Android, and Windows devices.  The premium subscription gets rid of ads, allows  your teen  to download songs for offline listening, and lets them skip songs as they please. Plans start at $10 per month and are a great way to satisfy the music lover in your family.Wireless earbuds that easily pair with an iPhoneCrystal Cox/Business InsiderApple AirPods Pro,  available at Amazon, $189.99Apple's AirPods Pro offer a great way for your teen to listen to music, take calls, and tune out the world. These true wireless earbuds feature seamless pairing with Apple devices, active noise cancellation, and a transparency mode so they can still hear you when you remind them to do their homework. They come with three sizes of removable eartips for a perfect fit, and boast up to 24 hours of listening time with multiple charges in the included wireless charging case.A subscription that's like Netflix for video gamesMicrosoftXbox Game Pass Ultimate, $44.99 for 3 months Playstation Plus Subscription, $24.99 for 3 monthsWhy buy just one game when you can get dozens? That's the premise behind Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft's Netflix-style subscription gaming service.  Microsoft offers over 100 games, including blockbusters like "Grand Theft Auto V," "Destiny 2," and "FIFA 21" among many others.  Game Pass Ultimate isn't cheap – it costs around $40 for three months – but offers a tremendous value considering that one new game costs $60. For Playstation fans there's Playstation Plus, which is cheaper than Microsoft's service at $25 for three months, but offers far fewer games. Subscribers get access to a handful of titles each month that they can download and keep as long as they remain a member of the service.The service also comes with other perks like online gameplay and discounts. Which subscription you should get depends on the console your teen owns, but they'll appreciate either one.A gaming headset with audiophile-level soundAmazonSteelSeries Arctis Pro, available at Amazon, $133.06If you're going to get your PC gamer a gaming headset, you might as well invest in one that produces audiophile-level sound. That way, they can listen to music and watch movies without having to switch to a different pair of headphones.The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is a good choice for gamers who care about top-notch audio, as it comes with several input options, virtual surround sound, and a bass that can be pushed. Plus, teens will love the fact that they can customize its look with SteelSeries' range of headbands and ear cups.If you're willing to splurge, the $349.99 wireless version makes it easier for your teen to seamlessly transition between playing games on their PC and taking a call on their phone.An Instax printer to print all those selfies onAmazonFujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer, available at Amazon, $99.99Instant cameras are so yesterday! With most teens relying on their camera phones to take photos, a mobile photo printer that lets them print all those friend selfies saved on their phone on 1.81 x 2.44 Instax film is just what the fun doctor ordered. Pair that with the photo clip fairy string lights, and you might just inspire your teen to decorate and declutter their room to make it visitor-friendly.A unique electronic musical instrument that's big in JapanAmazonOtamatone Deluxe Electronic Musical Instrument, available at Amazon, $79.99Music is one of the biggest outlets teens turn to channel their creativity and angst, and this musical synthesizer lets your budding musician create music in a fun and quirky way. Pressing the middle part of the Otamatone and sliding your fingers up and down it will produce higher and lower tones while opening and closing its mouth creates a "wah" sound. It can even connect to speakers, amps, and (preferably to the rest of your household) headphones. A 3D pen with plastic refills in 15 different colorsFacebook3Doodler Create + 3D Printing Pen, available at Amazon, $79.99Today's 3D printers may be pricey, but that doesn't mean that your artistic teen can't enjoy and master the art. With this 3D pen, they can even do so in a more analog way, stirring their creativity and allowing them to appreciate the value of working with one's hands. Plug this pen into a wall outlet, load up the plastic color, and once the pen heats the plastic, your teen is ready to create. It comes with an app with interactive step-by-step instructions on custom art projects.A smartwatch that tracks activity and fitness goalsLisa Eadicicco/Business InsiderApple Watch SE, available at Amazon, $249Your athletic or health-conscious teen will definitely appreciate the Apple Watch SE. This smartwatch can do most of the things Apple's flagship smartwatch can, while keeping things more affordable. It's still on the pricey side, but it's worth it to keep teens on the healthy, active path. As for the fun factor, your teen can customize it with different faces, bands and memojis, as well as use it to play music and stay in touch with friends via iMessage, social media apps, and phone capabilities.Bluetooth trackers that keep your teen from losing their, well, everythingTileTile Limited Edition Bluetooth trackers, available at Tile, starting at $16.99You want to be able to entrust them with important things, from necessities like house and car keys to devices that cost money like laptops. But, let's face it: teenagers are basically bigger versions of kids, and they still tend to lose their stuff. This is why Tile's Bluetooth trackers are super handy. Attach one to their keys or wallet, connect it with their phone, and that's one last question you'll have to field. With their range of Limited Edition trackers that come in several fun designs, they'll be proud to show these off to friends.If your teen owns an iPhone, you can also consider purchasing AirTags, Apple's official tracking device that works with the Find My app. They're a bit more expensive than Tile trackers at $29 each, but offer more features for iPhone users. They also come with a free engraving for personalization.A handheld gaming system with multiplayer capabilitiesNintendoNintendo Switch Lite, available at Amazon, $199If you're on a limited budget (times have been tough, after all) but want to reward your teen with a handheld gaming console, you cannot go wrong with a Nintendo Switch Lite. This pocket-friendly device may not be able to connect to the TV, but it's got a few advantages over the standard Switch beyond the price. It plays all but a few of the same games while being more portable. And, for color-loving teens, it comes in three fun shades plus gray.A PC gaming controller with wireless connectivityAmazonLogitech Gamepad F310, available at Target, $17.59This is a must-have for any teen who enjoys PC and console gaming. With the Logitech Gamepad F310, they can play their favorite Steam and other PC games from the comfort of a couch without the need for a mouse or keyboard — partly thanks to the 6-foot long cable. This will give them better control and a more seamless gaming experience during long sessions as well. If your teen hasn't experienced PC gaming from the couch, this will be a game-changer.Affordable wireless earbudsBest BuyJLab Audio JBuds Air, available at Amazon, $23.43These true wireless earbuds don't boast the same feature set as Apple's AirPods but they do have Bluetooth 5.0, quality sound, a microphone for calls, and basic water resistance. The battery lasts for six hours, and the case holds an additional 18 hours of charge, giving them comparable battery life to AirPods.A drone with high-quality video capabilitiesAmazonDJI Mini SE, available at Amazon, $299Whether you've got a future influencer or a budding content creator in the family, you've got an ace gift in this mini drone from DJI. This is an impressive drone for the price point, with a battery life of 30 minutes and a camera touting great stabilization and 2.7K Quad HD video capability. This drone even has automatic motion presets and a smooth motion mode, allowing beginner videographers such as your teen to utilize pro-level shooting techniques effortlessly. Just remember to teach them proper drone etiquette before they let their new toy fly.Winter gloves with touchscreen-capable fingertipsAmazonAchiou Winter Knit Gloves, available at Amazon, from $9.99Teens aren't going to stop using their phones just because it's freezing outside. They need to stay in touch, and a lot of the time, they'll take off their gloves so they can rub and tap on a touchscreen. With these gloves, they can protect their digits while catching up on social media. And, at this price, you might want to buy a few pairs – and in different colors, if you want – for when they inevitably lose them.A portable Bluetooth speaker with a hardshell carrying caseAmazonJBL Flip 5 Portable Speaker, available at Amazon, $129.99Teens love blasting music away, and this speaker from JBL will let them do so wherever they are — including at the beach or even while floating in the pool. To keep things portable, it boasts up to 12 hours of playtime and comes with a gSport Deluxe Hardshell Case. Best of all, it features IPX7 waterproof protection so it can go in up to three feet of water. With this, they'll have something to look forward to next summer.A power bank with enough juice to charge a phone 2 timesAmazonAnker Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $22 It's not surprising for a teen to spend all day and night draining their phone's battery, but if their phone is frequently dying while they're out, consider buying them a portable charger to provide some extra juice on the go. Anker's PowerCore Slim portable charger holds more than two full charges for the latest iPhone, and should work with any USB device. If you're willing to spend a bit more, you can buy a portable battery with wireless charging, to eliminate the need for cords.A handheld gimbal for shooting cinematic videos with friendsAmazonZhiyun Smooth 4 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal, available at Amazon, $99Whether it's for shooting TikTok content to making full-fledged YouTube videos, a handheld gimbal will let your teen produce better, smoother-looking content. But, while many options out there will set you back more than $100, this gimbal from Zhiyun costs less, which makes it the perfect gift for teens. And, while most teens seem to be naturally tech savvy, this one is especially effortless to figure out, complete with different shooting modes and pro-level shooting techniques turned automated.A beanie with headphones that pair with their phoneAmazonSoundBot SB210 Bluetooth Smart Beanie Headset, available on Amazon, $19.99We all agree – beanies are some of the comfiest accessories out there. But, this nifty one from SoundBot takes it to a new level, with built-in speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and up to five hours of music listening. Now, your teen can stay warm and listen to music at the same time, without having to wear or carry two things at once. Best yet, it comes in several different colors, some even with poms, so you can get it in their favorite color or design.A smart light strip that changes colorsPhilipsPhilips Hue White & Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus, available at Philips-Hue, $79.99Fairy or string lights are among the top accessories teens love to decorate their rooms with, and Hue's light strip takes that to a new level with its smart light capabilities, ability to display 16 million colors, and Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. It's terrific for sprucing up every teen's room, whether they're gamers, Bohemians, nature-lovers, or those with an eclectic taste. They can even change the colors depending on their mood, what they're into, or what they're currently doing.A subscription to the best audiobook serviceAmazonAudible Subscription, available at Amazon, $15 a monthGive teens the gift of knowledge with this audiobook subscription. This gives them an audiobook and two Audible originals each month. They will also get 30% off any other audiobooks they choose to buy, which they will own even after their subscription expires. This is an excellent solution for students who learn better by listening than reading.An alarm clock that doubles as a Bluetooth speakerAmazonAnker Soundcore Wakey Bluetooth Speakers with Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $89.99This alarm clock is packed full of features. It pairs with your teen's phone via Bluetooth and plays audio from any of the apps, as well as FM radio or any combination of the 10 sleep-inducing ambient sounds. There are 10 different alarm sounds, and it wirelessly charges Qi-compatible devices as well.A Bluetooth speaker that teens can use in the showerAmazoniFox iF012 Bluetooth Shower Speaker, available at Amazon, $29.66Teens need to have their music everywhere at all times – that's right, even in the shower. Sure, the JBL Flip 5 mentioned above will work in the shower. For a quarter of the price, however, you can get your teen a dedicated shower speaker, one with a 33-foot range and up to 10 hours of battery life. iFox backs this with a 12-month, no-risk, money-back guarantee. What have you got to lose?A microphone that plugs into a USB portAmazonBlue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, available at Amazon, $40We bet you haven't considered giving your teen a microphone before. It is a bit of an unconventional gift, but one that teens will love whether they have their own Twitch or YouTube channel, or produce their own podcast. It's an outstanding plug-and-play microphone solution that delivers crystal clear audio to your recordings, all while looking cool and retro.An action camera that will record their adventuresLes Shu/InsiderGoPro Hero 10 Black, available at B&H, $429.99Teens, especially active and adventurous ones, are always up to something new and exciting, whether it's taking an electric skateboard out for a spin or taking on the latest TikTok trends. And, a GoPro action camera will let them record those exploits with friends hands-free. This latest one is obviously the best with 5.3K Ultra HD recording, 23MP still images, and improved HyperSmooth stabilization.A smart speaker that helps keep them organizedAmazonEcho Dot (4th Gen), available at Amazon, $34.99 With the help of Alexa, this mini smart speaker is capable of doing a host of things, from playing your teen's favorite tunes on Spotify or Amazon Music to controlling other smart devices and setting reminders and schedules hands-free. It'll even tell jokes and play trivia games. Teens have a lot going on in their lives, and this gadget is among the best tools they can use to stay organized.A laptop with great durability and battery lifeAppleApple MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip, available at Amazon, $949If you're looking to splurge on your kid, then the latest MacBook Air will go a long way. This thin and light 13-inch comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage, as well as Apple's M1 chip, should get them through daily homework, projects and papers, while letting them play games and enjoy some streaming post-school work. And, since Apple's laptops are practically built like a tank, you'll have the peace of mind that it'll survive some beatings.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 13th, 2022

The best streaming services you can sign up for in 2022

These are the best streaming services in 2022 to watch popular shows and movies on, including Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, HBO Max, and more. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.The best streaming services include on-demand, live TV, and channel-specific apps.Google Play; Netflix; Disney+; Apple TV; Amazon Prime Video; Hulu; Alyssa Powell/Business InsiderThe streaming market has grown a lot in recent years, with newer services like Paramount Plus, Peacock, Discovery Plus, and HBO Max launching to compete with industry juggernauts like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus.Viewers now have more places to watch their favorite movies and shows than ever, and studios are producing more original content to fill their streaming libraries. These new choices come with a price tag though, and signing up for every streaming service out there will quickly start to weigh on your wallet.Choosing the right streaming service for your needs will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, which exclusive programs you like the most, how many screens you want to watch on, and more.To help you decide what to sign up for, we rounded up the best streaming services of 2022 and broke down what makes each of them unique. Our picks primarily focus on on-demand platforms like Netflix and Hulu, but we also included separate sections for live TV and specialty streaming channels.Here are the best streaming services:Best on-demand streaming services: Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock, Apple TV Plus, Paramount Plus, Discovery Plus, and Amazon Prime VideoBest live TV streaming services: Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, Philo TV, and DirecTV StreamBest channel-specific streaming services: Showtime, Starz, and ESPN+NetflixArtur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesNetflix Gift Card$25.00 FROM AMAZONNetflix Monthly Subscription$8.99 FROM NETFLIXWith its exclusive shows and incredible 4K quality, Netflix continues to set the streaming standard for the competition.Netflix Basic: $9 a month for standard definition (SD) streamingNetflix Standard: $14 a month for high definition (HD) streaming on up to two devices at the same timeNetflix Premium: $18 a month for up to 4K HDR streaming with Dolby Atmos on up to four devices at the same timePros: Fantastic library of originals, industry-leading video quality, impressive app support, special interface for kids, no commercialsCons: Slightly more expensive than the competition, movie selection pales in comparison to newer servicesNetflix has spent the last few years producing a growing collection of original programming, including exclusive movies, ongoing TV series, documentaries, and comedy specials. Netflix Originals keep subscribers invested when their favorite classic show or movie leaves the platform for another service. The success of Netflix exclusives, like "Squid Game," "Bridgerton," "The Witcher," and "Tiger King," has helped the service justify its slightly higher price, and encouraged streaming competitors to prioritize creating their own original titles to generate more value. Netflix also has a large library of children's series and a separate interface designed to let kids choose their own shows without running into adult programming, making it a good choice for families in need of all-ages entertainment.When it comes to app support, Netflix is available on virtually any streaming device you can think of, including computers, smartphones, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, smart TVs, and more. It also offers support for all of the latest video and audio formats, including 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos — though it does charge extra for those features.HuluTed Soqui/Contributor/Getty ImagesHulu Streaming Service $6.99 FROM HULUDisney+/Hulu/ESPN+ Bundle Monthly Subscription$13.99 FROM DISNEY+Thanks to a mix of content and various plans, Hulu remains one of the most affordable streaming options with unmatched choice.Hulu with ads: $7 a month for ad-supported on-demand streamingHulu without ads: $13 a month for ad-free on-demand streamingHulu + Live TV: $70 a month for ad-supported on-demand and live TV streamingHulu (No Ads) + Live TV: $76 a month for ad-free, on-demand and ad-supported live TV streamingRead our full breakdown of Hulu plans and pricesPros: On-demand library with live TV option, can subscribe to "channels" like HBO, discounted bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+Cons: Harder to share due to two-device limit on basic plan, basic plan includes commercialsHulu offers two main packages that provide on-demand streaming, including a basic option with commercials and a premium plan without commercials. The service also offers upgrade packages that add live TV channels.Hulu arguably boasts the most impressive TV show library of any on-demand streaming service, with a wider range of new and classic shows than Netflix or Amazon. This includes next-day streaming access to select broadcast series on networks like ABC, FX, and Fox. Hulu also offers a solid selection of original shows, like "Dopesick," "Nine Perfect Strangers" and "The Handmaid's Tale," but its slate of exclusives isn't quite as notable as some of its competitors.Though Hulu does offer 4K and HDR streaming on select devices, its 4K lineup is limited compared to Netflix, Amazon, and Disney Plus. Hulu allows only two devices to stream at the same time, but you can remove that limit with Hulu + Live TV subscription and the $10 add-on for unlimited screens. Hulu also lets subscribers add other channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz for an extra monthly price. You can even bundle Hulu's on-demand service with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for a 30% discount on the monthly price of all three. All of Hulu's live TV plans now include the bundle as part of a standard subscription.Amazon Prime VideoAmazonAmazon Prime Video Monthly Subscription$8.99 FROM AMAZON PRIME VIDEOAmazon Prime Monthly Subscription$12.99 FROM AMAZONAmazon Prime Video is a capable, competitive streaming service that's more than just a Prime membership perk.Amazon Prime with Prime Video: $119 a year or $13 a month as part of an Amazon Prime membershipPrime Video (Standalone): $9 a month for Prime Video on its ownRead our Prime Video guidePros: Included with Amazon Prime, offers extra movie rental and purchase options, lots of international titles, can add streaming channels, 4K HDR support is included in base planCons: The Prime Video library is less impressive than the competitionMore than 110 million Amazon Prime members help make Prime Video one of the largest on-demand services in terms of subscribers, even if they're not all streaming video on a regular basis. Prime Video features a mix of movies and shows that are included with your membership. The selection even includes exclusive titles like "Wheel of Time," "The Boys" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." You can also rent or buy just about any film that's available on home video for your personal collection and watch with the Prime Video app whenever you like. This is a feature that most subscription streaming apps don't offer.Prime Video has launched several award-winning original shows since 2013 and has successfully imported dozens of series from the BBC, as well as Hindi language films from India. The platform offers up to 4K streaming with support for HDR10+ playback on select titles. And, unlike Netflix, it doesn't charge extra to get the best video and audio quality.Though Prime Video is included with a Prime Membership, you can subscribe to the service on its own for $9 a month if you prefer. You can also sign up for add-on channels to other services, like Showtime, AMC Plus, Starz, and even Paramount Plus.Disney PlusHakan Nural/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesDisney Plus Monthly Subscription Service$7.99 FROM DISNEY+Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ Bundle Monthly Subscription$13.99 FROM DISNEY+Disney Plus is the top streaming choice for families and fans of blockbuster franchises like Marvel and "Star Wars."Disney Plus: $8 a month or $80 a yearDisney Plus with ESPN+ and Hulu: $14 a monthRead our Disney Plus guidePros: Disney's vault of classic movies and shows, 4K HDR support, blockbuster Marvel and "Star Wars" titlesCons: Lack of mature content limits the platform's potentialDisney Plus is the fastest growing streaming service on the market, having amassed more than 100 million subscribers since its launch in November 2019. The platform is the sole subscription streaming home of Disney's classic animated films, as well as franchises like "Star Wars" and "The Simpsons."With that in mind, the main draw of the service is its wide catalog of existing Disney, "Star Wars," Marvel, and Pixar content. There are some original films and series as well, but the lineup remains small compared to Netflix and Amazon. It's also important to note that Disney Plus is designed to be family-oriented, so even Disney's hit exclusive shows, like "The Mandalorian" "Loki," and "Hawkeye" are rated for teen viewers. Movies are also limited to PG-13 so you won't find any R-rated content here.That said, at $8 a month with no commercials, Disney Plus might offer the best combination of titles, streaming quality, and value. With an endless supply of family friendly entertainment, Disney Plus is a popular choice for parents, but adults who didn't grow up on Disney or "Star Wars" may want to find a second streaming service to fill their palette with more mature shows.On that note, you can bundle Disney Plus with Hulu and ESPN+ for $14 a month. The bundle saves you about $8 a month compared to signing up for each service separately. HBO MaxSOPA Images/ShutterstockHBO Max Monthly Plan (ad-free)$14.99 FROM HBO MAXHBO Max (ad-supported)$9.99 FROM HBO MAXHBO Max is a premium service for fans of prestige television, iconic films, and the latest movie releases.HBO Max (ad-free): $15 a month for ad-free access to full HBO Max libraryHBO Max (ad-supported): $10 a month for ad-supported access to HBO Max library with the exception of Warner Bros in-theater releasesRead our HBO Max guide and our breakdown of the ad-supported HBO Max planPros: Prestige shows and films, new Warner Bros. movies 45 days after they debut in theaters, collections from Adult Swim, TCM, Sesame Street, and moreCons: More expensive than most competitors, only a few 4K titles so farHBO Max combines critically acclaimed shows and movies from HBO's cable network with new originals, additional WarnerMedia films, classic shows like "Friends," and collections from channels like Adult Swim, TCM, DC Universe, and the anime streaming service Crunchyroll.Like the cable channel, HBO Max prides itself on having some of the best movies recently released on home video. HBO exclusive shows, like "Succession," "Insecure," and "Station Eleven" continue to define prestige television and HBO Max is the best way to catch up on past hits like "The Wire" and "The Sopranos."New episodes of "Sesame Street" are the highlight of HBO Max's family offerings; there's not a ton of educational content for young children, but there's enough to satisfy kids for a few hours on an indoor afternoon.HBO Max was also home to brand-new Warner Bros. movies on the same day they premiered in theaters throughout 2021. Warner Bros. won't continue this release strategy in 2022, but upcoming releases, like "The Batman," are expected to arrive on HBO Max just 45 days after they hit theaters.For now, the biggest drawbacks of HBO Max are technology related. Outside of the new Warner releases, HBO Max doesn't offer much support for 4K or HDR, limiting the quality of some movies and shows. For example, "Game of Thrones" is available in 4K on Blu-ray, but HBO Max streams are limited to 1080p.Paramount PlusParamount PlusParamount Plus Premium Monthly Plan (ad-free)$9.99 FROM PARAMOUNTParamount Plus Essential Monthly Plan (ad-supported)$4.99 FROM PARAMOUNTParamount Plus is a fantastic destination for classic cable TV shows, with potential for even more value in the future.Paramount Plus (Essential): $5 a month or $50 a year for ad-supported streaming. Paramount Plus (Premium): $10 a month or $100 per year for commercial-free streaming and live CBS.Read our Paramount Plus guide and our Paramount Plus reviewPros: Huge library of classic TV shows, live CBS with Premium plan, new Paramount films 45 days after theater releaseCons: Less original content than the competitionParamount Plus is a new on-demand streaming service from ViacomCBS, replacing CBS All Access. The platform gives viewers access to the live CBS TV channel (Premium Plan only), along with a large collection of TV shows and movies. In addition to CBS series, Paramount Plus draws programming from Viacom cable channels like MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. Paramount Plus is also home to exclusive content like the "Yellowstone" spin-off "1883," a reboot of "iCarly" and several "Star Trek" shows.The streaming service hosts newly released Paramount movies as soon as 45 days after they hit theaters. "A Quiet Place Part II" was the first film to get an early release on the service. "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run" was a launch title for Paramount Plus, and "Mission Impossible 7" is due out next year.Sports fans can also tune into local NFL games broadcast on CBS, as well as UEFA soccer matches and March Madness college basketball matchups when each season is in session. PeacockPeacockPeacock Premium (Monthly Plan)$4.99 FROM PEACOCK TVPeacock Premium (Annual Plan)$49.99 FROM PEACOCKWith free and premium streaming options, Peacock is a convenient source for hit TV shows and movie nostalgia.Peacock: Free for ad-supported streaming access to a limited library of contentPeacock Premium: $5 a month for ad-supported streaming access to the full Peacock libraryPeacock Premium Plus: $10 a month for ad-free access to the full Peacock libraryRead our Peacock guidePros: Free to watch many shows and movies, live news and sporting eventsCons: Premium plan doesn't offer many exclusives, movie library lacks newer releases, no 4K or HDR supportPeacock is the free-to-watch streaming home for NBCUniversal shows like "30 Rock," "Cheers," and "The Office," as well as some new original titles. The service also offers a rotating slate of hit movies. Though few of the choices are less than 10-years old, Peacock has dozens of memorable films.Peacock's base plan is free but it offers a limited library and it's ad-supported. If you want access to all of the platform's content you can pay $5 a month, but this plan still features commercials. To unlock everything with ad-free access, you need to pay $10 a month for the Peacock Premium Plus plan.Starting in 2022, the service will stream brand-new Universal movies within four months of their theatrical releases. Select movies also debuted on Peacock at the same time they premiered in theaters, like "The Boss Baby: Family Business" and "Halloween Kills."Peacock has some live news and sports broadcasts as well. In 2021, the service became the exclusive streaming home of WWE Network, and it streamed highlights from the 2021 Olympics.Peacock doesn't stream in 4K resolution, though given the platform's emphasis on television and older films, the 1080p limit isn't a huge drawback.Discovery PlusDiscovery PlusDiscovery Plus Monthly Plan (ad-supported)$4.99 FROM DISCOVERY PLUSDiscovery Plus is the on-demand streaming home for TLC, Food Network, HGTV, and Discovery shows.Discovery Plus (ad-supported): $5 a monthDiscovery Plus (ad-free): $7 a month for commercial-free streaming.Read our Discovery Plus guidePros: A huge library of shows from 14 cable networks, including Food Network, HGTV, TLC, History, and Animal PlanetCons: Certain newly aired shows won't appear on Discovery Plus, no downloads for offline viewing, and no parental controlsDiscovery Plus is one of the the fastest growing streaming services in the business, delivering a ton of popular shows for fans of reality TV, true crime, cooking, and competition series, like "Chopped," "Dirty Jobs," "Extreme Makeover," and "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives." The service collects shows, documentaries, and movies from more than a dozen different cable channels, including Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, HGTV, ID, A&E, History, Lifetime, OWN, Travel, and more.Discovery Plus boasts more than 55,000 individual episodes for on-demand streaming, and the service includes "channels" to let you watch a 24-hour stream of specific shows like "House Hunters" and "Chopped."Unfortunately, Discovery Plus is not as technologically advanced as some other streaming services. There are no parental controls to prevent kids from watching explicit content, and the app does not include downloads for offline viewing when traveling. Its library is also lacking when it comes to scripted series, so the service will really only appeal to fans of nonfiction programming. Apple TV PlusIt's possible to cancel your Apple TV Plus subscription using different Apple devices.Halfpoint/ShutterstockApple TV Plus (Monthly Plan)$4.99 FROM APPLE TV+Apple One Subscription$14.95 FROM APPLEApple TV Plus has a limited lineup, but its cheap price makes it a solid option for fans of its exclusive shows.Apple TV Plus: $5 a month or $50 a year for ad-free streamingApple One: $15 a month for Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, 50GB of iCloud, and Apple ArcadeFind out how to get three months of Apple TV Plus for freePros: Affordable price, exclusive shows, movie rental and purchase options, can add streaming channels, 4K HDR supportCons: The lineup of movies and shows is small compared to other services, no back catalog of programs from a major studio or networkApple TV Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services you can subscribe to. The platform costs just $5 a month for ad-free access to its entire lineup of on-demand movies and shows, and new Apple devices include a three-month trial.While that's an attractive price, the Apple TV Plus library is relatively small compared to competing platforms like Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu. Most notably, the service lacks a large back catalog of movies and shows from other networks and studios. That said, there are some standout exclusive series like "Ted Lasso," "The Morning Show," and films like "Macbeth."Like Prime Video, Apple TV Plus also lets you access a huge library of additional movies and shows that you can pay to rent or purchase. Though it would be great to have more programs included as part of your subscription, being able to order more titles within the Apple TV Plus app is convenient. You can also add extra channels to your subscription, like Showtime, for an extra fee.If you're someone who plans to use other Apple services, you should also consider the Apple One bundle. The base package includes Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for $15 a month.  The best live TV streaming servicesFurboLive TV streaming services are marketed as a cheaper alternative to cable or satellite, offering tighter channel packages for potential "cord cutters." However, prices have gone up in this space, reducing the cost benefit that streaming has over traditional TV.That said, in many cases you can still save with certain services, but choosing the right package is essential for getting the most out of these platforms, so you'll want to figure out which TV stations are your must-haves before you choose a provider.If you plan to use a live TV streaming service to replace cable on multiple TVs in your home, be prepared to pay a bit extra so you can stream simultaneously on separate devices. Also, keep in mind that these TV services have the same commercials and general experience as cable even though they're broadcast online.Streaming quality can vary from channel to channel, but they all typically maintain 720p or 1080p resolution. Again, you'll want to check the specific channel packages and other perks offered by each service to figure out which is best for you.Here's a rundown of the leading live TV services available now:Sling TV - Sling TV offers two different packages, Sling Blue and Sling Orange, for $35 a month each, or for $50 a month bundled together.Sling Blue offers streaming on up to three devices and more channels, including MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and the NFL Network. Sling Orange offers Disney channel and the ESPN family of networks, but only allows one streaming device at a time. You can find a full breakdown of Sling channels here.Getting the bundle makes the most sense, since you'll get the full set of channels and features for $15 extra. It's worth noting that Sling viewers can't access their local ABC or CBS affiliates, so if you want those channels, you should look to another service or an antenna.Sling TV $35.00 FROM SLINGHulu + Live TV - Hulu's Live TV plan costs $70 a month for access to around 75 channels. You need to pay for an upgrade to stream on more than two devices at the same time, however, and it also costs extra if you want more than 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage. On the plus side, Hulu + Live TV automatically includes Hulu's entire on-demand service, Disney Plus, and ESPN+, so you get a bit more value there.The base package includes all the major local networks in most markets, the ESPN family of channels, Fox and NBC Sports channels, and SEC Network. However, the service lacks access to AMC, NBA TV, and the MLB Network, all of which are standard for YouTube TV. Hulu + Live TV$69.98 FROM HULUFubo TV - FuboTV starts at $65 a month for over 100 channels, 250 hours of cloud DVR space, and streaming on up to three devices. Unlike most of its competitors, Fubo charges extra for sports channels like the SEC Network, NBA TV, and the MLB Network. Local channels are included at no additional cost.Fubo TV (Starter Plan)$64.98 FROM FUBOTVYouTube TV - YouTube TV costs $65 a month for more than 85 channels with unlimited cloud DVR storage and streaming on up to three devices at once. YouTubeTV includes more sports channels in its base package than its competitors, including ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, the NFL Network, NBA TV, and the MLB Network.YouTubeTV is also the only live TV streaming service currently offering PBS alongside local affiliate networks from CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC. New members can get their first three months for a discounted rate of $55 a month.Youtube TV$54.99 FROM YOUTUBEOriginally $64.98 | Save 15%DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) - Starting at $70 a month for a no-contract plan, DirecTV TV provides more pricing and package options than most live TV streaming competitors — the service offers nearly every channel, but like standard cable, it can be hard to get all the channels you want in a cheap bundle.Because DirecTV Stream comes from AT&T, which is HBO Max's parent company, most of the packages also include an HBO Max subscription, which would cost $15 a month separately.DirecTV Stream$69.98 FROM DIRECTVPhilo TV - Philo TV is the most affordable option at $25 a month for 60+ channels. Unfortunately, Philo viewers don't have access to their local affiliate networks, and the service doesn't offer many upgrade options for watching sports or cable news. It does offer popular channels like Comedy Central, MTV, and AMC, though, so there's still plenty to watch.Philo TV$25.00 FROM PHILOThe best streaming channelsAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderSome streaming services act as an online portal for access to a specific channel. If you want to watch Showtime, for instance, but don't want to subscribe through a cable provider, you can simply sign up for the network's standalone streaming option. Some of these channel-specific platforms also include exclusive content you can't find anywhere else.In many cases, these types of streaming channels can also be added to existing platforms, like Hulu and Prime Video, while others are exclusive to certain devices and services. Be sure to check if the channel you want is available on your device before signing up.Here's a breakdown of some of the best streaming channel services you can subscribe to now:Showtime - Showtime offers a lineup of critically acclaimed original shows and blockbuster movies from the premium cable channel. Some of Showtime's most popular hits are "Billions," "Shameless," and "Homeland." You can stream Showtime directly from the official website or app for $11 a month, or sign up through Prime Video or Hulu.Showtime Monthly Streaming Subscription$11.99 FROM SHOWTIME$10.99 FROM AMAZONStarz - Like Showtime and HBO, Starz offers on-demand streaming of its original shows and a rotating catalog of movies. Notably, Starz is home to series like "Outlander" and "American Gods." The service costs $9 a month, though new subscribers can get their first three months for $3 a month.Starz Streaming Service Monthly Subscription$8.99 FROM STARZESPN+ - ESPN's service is another example of a channel-specific streaming platform, offering live broadcasts of sporting events that aren't normally aired on cable and exclusive access to niche coverage of sports like UFC and "League of Legends." With that said, ESPN+ does not actually provide live streaming access to the regular ESPN cable channel. The service costs $7 a month, and you can bundle it with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month.ESPN+ Monthly Subscription Service$6.99 FROM ESPNWhat we look for in on-demand streaming servicesMaskot/Getty ImagesSubscription services, like Netflix, popularized streaming by providing a larger library of on-demand movies and shows than cable providers could offer, and at a cheaper price. Subscribers gain instant access to thousands of titles rather than paying more for dozens of channels or rental fees for new releases. Many streaming services have also launched their own exclusive programming that you can't see anywhere else. Since the goal is entertainment, choosing the best on-demand streaming service for your needs will largely come down to your personal tastes. However, we can judge the different on-demand platforms based on a few common factors, like their library size, selection of critically acclaimed exclusives, video quality, app functionality, and price.The best on-demand streaming services have set a standard for 4K video quality, with support for HDR color and contrast on compatible TVs. TV channels rarely broadcast in 4K, so we have lower expectations for live TV streaming services, which still use HD resolutions like 1080p or 720p.Quality can still vary based on the movie or show being streamed, and you'll need a strong, stable internet connection to stream consistently at 4K. Even if you don't have a 4K TV, these services will still deliver the best possible quality for your setup.We expect app support on iOS, Android, and most home entertainment devices, though the growing number of streaming services has led to slower releases on competitive platforms, like Amazon and Roku. The best on-demand services also give subscribers an option to save select movies for offline viewing while they travel, though an online check-in is still required occasionally.When comparing catalogs, we try to consider the range of entertainment offered by each streaming service, how much the platform has invested in exclusive programming, and which age ranges are best suited to watch. While most streaming services will have a rotating list of movies, it's important to pay attention to which series and franchises will remain platform exclusive, like "The Office," "Star Wars," and "Stranger Things."The best deals on streaming servicesdamircudic/Getty ImagesStreaming services offer frequent promotions and discounts for new members and students. Special packages are also common, allowing you to bundle services together and save.Check out some notable streaming deals you can take advantage of right now, below. We'll update this list of deals with more discounts as they become available.College students can save big on streaming services — check out deals from Amazon Prime, Hulu, Paramount Plus, and moreDiscovery's streaming service, Discovery Plus, is free for an entire year for some Verizon Unlimited customersNew Apple Music subscribers can get 6 months free from Best Buy, no purchase necessaryNew and returning Starz subscribers can stream 3 months of service for only $3 a monthGet 3 months of Apple TV Plus for free when you buy select Apple devices, or 6 months if you own a PS5You can save 16% off the monthly price of Paramount Plus if you sign up for an annual planYou can get up to 6 months of Disney Plus for free with an Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptionRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 3rd, 2022

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

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

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 23rd, 2021

Amazon (AMZN) to Boost India Reach Via Live Cricket Streaming

Amazon (AMZN) is set to offer live cricket streaming on Prime Video India from Jan 1, 2022 in order to expand its reach to cricket lovers in the country. In a bid to gain momentum across cricket lovers in India, Amazon AMZN is set to debut in the live cricket streaming service with its video streaming platform, Amazon Prime Video.The company signed a multi-year agreement in November 2020 with a major cricket board and obtained the rights for streaming live cricket.As part of this deal, Prime Video customers will be able to watch live international cricket matches to be held in New Zealand from Jan 1, 2022. In addition, viewers can get access to match highlights.We believe that the recent move will help Amazon in expanding the Prime subscriber base in the country. This is likely to contribute to revenues in the upcoming period.Amazon.com, Inc. Price and Consensus Amazon.com, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Amazon.com, Inc. QuoteGrowing Initiatives to Drive Market ProspectsAmazon has been consistently making strong initiatives to attract customers in India.The multi-year deal with the cricket board remains a positive for the company as it is the first video streaming platform in India to do so.In addition, Amazon recently introduced the Prime Video Channels Bundling Service on Prime Video to offer access to the contents from eight global and local streaming services.Further, it launched a free video streaming service called MiniTV on its shopping app to gain more viewers in the country.With these increasing efforts, Amazon has positioned itself well to capitalize on the prospects of the video streaming market in India.Per a report by Media Partners Asia, the total online video market of the country is expected to hit $4.5 billion by 2025, witnessing a CAGR of 26% from 2020 to 2025.Additionally, revenues generated in the video streaming segment in India are expected to progress at a CAGR of 20.27% between 2021 and 2025, thereby resulting in a forecast market volume of $2.56 billion by 2025, according to a report by statista.Competitive Scenario Challenges AmazonGiven this upbeat scenario in the Indian online video streaming market, Amazon — currently carrying a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) — is facing stiff competition from companies like Sony SONY, Netflix NFLX and Disney DIS, to name a few.You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Sony’s subsidiary SonyLIV is a leading video platform in the country that provides live streaming and updates of sports matches including cricket, football, tennis, WWE, and others. In addition to sports, users can also access popular television shows, movies and web series on the video platform.Meanwhile, Disney+ Hotstar is a premium streaming platform in India offering local and global entertainment content. It also shows live cricket matches along with highlights and updates.Further, Netflix offers a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, anime and documentaries from all across the world. Though the company hasn’t stepped into streaming live sports events yet, it remains a major platform in the country to produce on-demand video content. Zacks’ Top Picks to Cash in on Artificial Intelligence This world-changing technology is projected to generate $100s of billions by 2025. From self-driving cars to consumer data analysis, people are relying on machines more than we ever have before. Now is the time to capitalize on the 4th Industrial Revolution. Zacks’ urgent special report reveals 6 AI picks investors need to know about today.See 6 Artificial Intelligence Stocks With Extreme Upside Potential>>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 Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN): Free Stock Analysis Report Netflix, Inc. (NFLX): Free Stock Analysis Report The Walt Disney Company (DIS): Free Stock Analysis Report Sony Corporation (SONY): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksDec 23rd, 2021

44 cheap gifts under $25 you can still buy on Amazon that are meaningful

The Insider Reviews team compiled a list of our favorite budget gift ideas from Amazon. These are the best thoughtful gifts under $25 from Amazon. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Getty Images Amazon has wide selections and low costs, making it difficult to know what's worth buying. The Insider Reviews team shared the best things they've bought on Amazon for under $25. We unearthed some interesting finds, from a cheddar cheesy powder to a vintage puzzle. Amazon has not only become a one-stop shop for its variety of products, but it's also where many shoppers go for affordable gifts. The retailer has a huge selection where you'll find household names, low prices, and the two-day (or two-hour) Prime shipping that caters well to those among us who are gluttons for instant gratification.But a huge selection can make it time-consuming to root out what's really worth spending your money on. The best loophole is to seek out recommendations from people you trust. We asked our colleagues at Insider about the best things they've bought on Amazon for under $25 — most of whom spend every day researching and testing thousands of products to recommend to you. Below are the 44 best things we've bought on Amazon that cost us less than $25:A set of silk pillowcasesAmazonBedsure Satin Pillowcases Standard Set of 2$15.99 FROM AMAZONSilk pillowcases are game-changing products for your beauty sleep. They offer premium care as silk pillowcases leave skin hydrated and hair undamaged. Better yet, silk pillowcases feature a soft texture and elevate any bedroom decor toward an elegant taste.A cute tea infuserAmazonGenuine Fred Duck Drink Tea Infuser $12.59 FROM AMAZONTea time becomes a whimsical affair with this charming tea infuser. The duck-shaped infuser is a perfect gift for the tea lover looking for an additional delight.A ring that holds your nail polishAmazonTweexy Wearable Nail Polish Holder Ring$9.99 FROM AMAZONFor the manicure-obsessed friend, this nail care gift is something they'll absolutely need. The wearable nail polish holder allows you to flawlessly polish your nails without bothersome spills. —Taylor JeffriesA deck of tarot cardsLauren Savoie/InsiderDa Brigh Original Tarot Cards Deck$24.95 FROM AMAZONI'm not into the occult, but this deck of tarot cards has bought be endless hours of fun with my friends and insight for journaling. On days I don't feel inspired to write in my journal, I pull a card and reflect on whatever feelings it brings up. —Lauren SavoieA quick-drying styling brushJacqueline Saguin/InsiderWet Volume & Body Round Brush$14.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $16.98 | Save 12%Some may think a blow dryer does all the work, but a round brush makes all the difference. Replacing the $5 styling brush I've owned far past its use, the Wet Round Brush completely revived my hair routine. It grips onto large hair sections and helps dry my entire head in 10 minutes, making it a great haircare product to gift. Knowing its on Amazon, I'll definitely be gifting myself this brush more frequently. —Jacqueline SaguinA satisfying foot peel maskAmazonCÉLOR Foot Peel Mask$14.97 FROM AMAZONOk, I know these things are all over the internet, but this winter is the perfect time to gift one of these viral foot peels. It took about five days for my feet to start peeling after using it, but it was so satisfying in a really gross, but fascinating sort of way. The end result was that my feet looked and felt softer, but I have to say that the process was all part of the fun. —Lauren SavoieDelicious coffee groundsSally Kaplan/InsiderCafe Du Monde Coffee Chicory$7.60 FROM AMAZONI usually abide by a time-consuming pour-over routine that involves grinding my own beans every morning, but when I'm short on time (and honestly, even when I'm not), I've come to rely heavily on this Cafe Du Monde chicory coffee. Most pre-ground coffee is flavorless and brews a weak cup, but this stuff is strong, rich, and delicious. Ten out of ten, highly recommend gifting this to a coffee lover! —Sally KaplanA handy dough scraperAmazonLasenersm Two-Piece Dough Scraper$5.59 FROM AMAZONIf they bake a lot, do them a favor and gift a pack of these plastic bench scrapers. They're great for scraping dough out of bowls or off the counter — I can't tell you how handy they are! —Sally KaplanA two-in-one workout bra tankJacqueline Saguin/InsiderLemedy Padded Sports Bra Tank Top$18.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $25.99 | Save 27%I've found some of my favorite workout pieces from Amazon. This two-in-one sports bra tank has a smoothing material that rivals luxury activewear fabrics that you may gift this season. Its cropped cut meets high-waisted leggings for a flattering fit. Plus, it comes in 19 fun colors. —Jacqueline SaguinA sweet-smelling scrub for sensitive skinJacqueline Saguin/InsiderBrooklyn Botany Brown Sugar Body Scrub$13.99 FROM AMAZONFace and body scrubs make me nervous because of my sensitive skin, but this brown sugar exfoliator combines natural ingredients like sweet almond oil that are nourishing and gentler than other formulas. I typically use it on my body before I shave or before I apply self-tanner. It's comforting knowing that whenever I run out I can get it in just a couple of days. —Jacqueline SaguinA convenient Bluetooth charging port for your carAmazonAnker Roav Bluetooth FM Transmitter$16.98 FROM AMAZONMy car is from 2005, long before Bluetooth connectivity in cars were standard. This little transmitter instantly brought my car up to present-day standards, letting me stream music and directions from my phone via an open radio channel. It plugs into the cigarette lighter and even has two USB ports so my husband and I can both charge our phones on long rides. It cost less than $15 and gifting this device will make your driving experience infinitely more enjoyable. —Lauren SavoieA plastic bath drain coverAmazonSlipX Solutions Bottomless Bath Overflow Drain Cover$8.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $10.99 | Save 18%Ok, I know everyone and their mother raves about this gift, but it's the only thing allowing me to take baths in my current apartment. Our claw foot tub is from the early 20th century and if I don't cover the overflow drain, my bathtub only accommodates enough water to barely reach the top of my thighs before it starts draining — not a very pleasant or relaxing bath. This little plastic overflow drain cover lets me soak deeply and comfortably in my tub. —Lauren SavoieA cheesy powder that takes popcorn to the next levelSally Kaplan/InsiderHoosier Hill Farm Cheddar Cheese Powder$11.99 FROM AMAZONI generally eat pretty healthy, but I think I'm in love with this tub of powdered cheese. It's so good on popcorn, in mac and cheese, and sprinkled on any other sort of cracker, chip, etc. It's a supremely cheesy and salty and delicious treat to gift! This is honestly one of the best Amazon purchases I've made in years. —Sally KaplanA practical but chic wine holderAmazonUrban Deco Honeycomb Wine Rack$30.99 FROM AMAZONI wanted a non-bulky wine rack to sit on my kitchen counter, and I love the bright gold of this one. This honeycomb design holds seven bottles officially, but nine if you add two on top — and if you need more storage, you can buy two and stack them. —Rachael SchultzA set of hair clipsAmazonTOCESS Big Hair Claw Clips$13.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $16.98 | Save 18%I have really long hair and most clips can't hold it all back when I'm washing my face. These oversized clips are so great, I gifted the other three in this set to friends with crazy curly hair. All four of the matte colors are very lowkey and match everything. I've dropped mine at least two dozen times, and it has yet to break. —Rachael SchultzA challenging puzzle that doubles as vintage home decorAmazonCavallini Papers & Co. Celestial 1,000 Piece Puzzle$19.98 FROM AMAZONI once gifted a Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzle to a puzzle lover, and they thought it was the perfect blend of challenging and aesthetically pleasing. They hung it up afterward, adding a sense of accomplishment as well as a nice vintage touch to their space. The company has even more fun designs like house plants and national parks map. —Jacqueline Saguin A ring light that pulls out all the stopsJacqueline Saguin/InsiderAIXPI 10-inch LED Ring Light$20.99 FROM AMAZONI took a cue from our Insider Reviews team by gifting myself its pick for the best budget ring light. It has made my job on the style and beauty reviews team much easier, drastically cutting down on my photo-taking time. When I test makeup and clothing, I can set this up anywhere and adjust it to the angle I need in order to do my products justice. I love changing between its three different light settings: white, warm yellow, and warm white, to find the perfect glow. —Jacqueline SaguinAn out-of-this-world moon lampJacqueline Saguin/InsiderUooEA Saturn Lamp$28.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $29.99 | Save 3%Earning the title of Insider Reviews' best planet moon lamp, this light offers 16 soothing hues that illuminate a Saturn shape. I love its unique look and the subtle glow it gives while I watch movies at nighttime. This gift offers four color modes, including flash, strobe, fade, and smooth. The latter is my favorite as it softly transitions through all the colors. —Jacqueline SaguinA decorative antique tray that shows off and stores your beauty productsAmazonZosenley Polyresin Ellipse Antique Decorative Mirror Tray$13.99 FROM AMAZONThis tray is an aesthetically pleasing stage that doubles as decor and a proud home for my cosmetics. I use it in my bathroom, storing the skincare products and perfume I reach for every day. I've seen people using it on TikTok as a jewelry vanity to display their favorite pieces. —Jacqueline SaguinSpiral hair ties that won't breakKitschKitsch Spiral Hair TiesFREE FROM AMAZONOriginally $7.99 | Save 100%After using elastic hair ties for so long, I got tired of pulling out my hair, getting headaches, and snapping scrunchies. I had seen spiral hair ties before but assumed they wouldn't hold well. However, these ones from Kitsch really do the trick. They keep their shape, are comfortable, and avoid long-lasting ponytail bumps. I wear these with high ponytails, low ponytails, and even braids. —Katie Decker-JacobyEspresso capsules that satisfy your coffee fixAmazonilly Coffee iperEspresso Capsule (Classico)$15.50 FROM AMAZONThe majority of my Amazon order history is made up of these illy espresso capsules, and the orders have even been way more frequent since I started working from home. You'll need one of the illy pod machines to use them (I have the X7) but the investment is 110% worth it in my opinion.I can whip up an Italian espresso in under a minute, and it tastes so much better than the coffee from the Nespresso and Keurig machines I previously owned. Being able to buy the pods off of Amazon means my caffeine supply is always well-stocked, and if I ever do run out, I know I can get more in just two days max. —Ashley PhillipsA hair mask that restores moisture to your scalpAmazonShiseido Tsubaki Premium Repair Hair Mask$16.35 FROM AMAZONI was looking for hair masks because my hair tends to get really dry in the wintertime. I bought this hair mask after doing some research on Asian hair products, and I'm so glad I did. My hair feels soft and moisturized after I use it, even if I just use it as a normal conditioner. It works even better as a leave-in deep conditioner, and I highly recommend gifting it to anyone who wants to add moisture to their hair. Bonus: It also smells amazing. Item ordered online may arrive after Christmas. —Allison JiangAn iPad case that is multi-functionalAmazonESR Rebound Pencil Case$14.99 FROM AMAZONI needed a simple case for my new iPad Air 4 but was shocked by how much Apple charges for one of its cases. This option from ESR is a fraction of Apple's Smart Cover, and while it doesn't have as nice of a build quality as the Smart Cover, the ESR case is well-made nonetheless. It has a magnetic closure to wake the iPad's screen or put it to sleep, the cover folds into a stand, and there's a convenient slot for an Apple Pencil. My only complaint is that the case makes it hard to use the Touch ID sensor, but I'm quite satisfied given the price and overall usability. —Les ShuFuzzy slippers to complete your work-from-home lookJacqueline Saguin/InsiderEhoomely Womens Fuzzy Slippers$18.98 FROM AMAZONI've been hearing about these Amazon slippers for months — from TikTok, Instagram, podcasts I listen to — so I had to give them a try. These slippers are comfy, just warm enough, and a perfect gift for working from home. The quality is also great for being under $20. An added bonus is that they come in almost any color you can imagine! —Victoria GracieA knit beanie that's stylish and comfortableAmazon/Business InsiderCarhartt Acrylic Watch Hat$16.98 FROM AMAZONI've noticed Carhartt beanies have become increasingly popular and I finally jumped on the bandwagon. This beanie is cute, comfortable, and super warm. I got it in black so it would go with almost anything and I've been wearing it nonstop since I got it. —Victoria GracieIngredients for a favorite recipeAmazonNatierra Nature's Organic Freeze-Dried Strawberries$5.79 FROM AMAZONI buy a lot of recipe ingredients, spices, and hot sauces on Amazon that I'm less likely to find in stores near me, like these freeze-dried strawberries. They are the star ingredient in my Berry Crinkle Cookies recipe; I use one whole package per batch. — Ellen Hoffman A liquid cleanser that works as a gentle hand soap for sensitive skinAmazonFree & Clear Liquid Cleanser$7.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $8.94 | Save 11%I bought this as an alternative to my household's Bath & Body Works hand soap stock. Its fragrance-free, sulfate-free, and dermatologist-tested formula pleases my sensitive skin. This straightforward cleanser gift never causes redness or irritation for frequent hand washers like me. I pour the liquid into a decorative holder so it matches my bathroom. — Jacqueline SaguinPimple patches that suck the gunk right out of your poresLeft: Mighty Patch Original. Right: Invisible+ Mighty Patch.Mara Leighton/InsiderHero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Original (36-count)$12.99 FROM AMAZON$12.99 FROM HERO COSMETICSIf you look at my Amazon history, these pimple patches are the only thing I consistently order. They're super effective at drawing out fluids from pimples and helping them deflate, and as small, virtually clear stickers, they're hardly noticeable by other people. Within a few hours, you can expect them to noticeably improve the look and swelling of your pimple — they're that reliable. — Connie ChenA natural clay mask that has a cult-followingJacqueline Saguin/InsiderAztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask$14.95 FROM AMAZON$12.19 FROM TARGETThis mask, as seen on Insider, transformed my skin and is probably my most recommended product to gift this season. The best part? It's $15! — Chelsey HoffmanA milk frother for homemade treatsAmazonPowerLix MilkPro Milk Frother$15.95 FROM AMAZONThis gift is the BOMB. So easy to use and clean, and to spice up my weekend coffees/matcha drinks at home, allowing me to live my best bougie life. — Kirstie JiongcoA wash and stain bar that will keep your shirt collars looking nicer for longerAmazonThe Laundress Wash & Stain Bar$6.50 FROM AMAZONNo $6 has had a more positive impact on my effort to preserve my clothing than the $6 I spent on this bar by The Laundress. I learned about this product from editor-in-chief Ellen Hoffman and I can honestly say it's the best thing I've done for my dress shirts. One bar has lasted me well over a year, and I just need to wet my shirt collar and rub the bar back and forth a few times before washing. It gets rid of all of the grime and oil from my collars. I was able to rehab shirts that were ready to go to charity or become rags. — Breton FischettiA mini waffle-maker that gets the job done and takes up minimal countertop spaceAmazonDash Mini Waffle Maker$17.09 FROM AMAZONThis teeny-tiny waffle maker is a small but mighty gift. For those rare instances when I'm craving a waffle or two, this very small appliance easily gets the job done and stays out of the way when it's stored. It's very easy to use and clean; just plug in and wait for the light, add your batter and close the iron. To clean, wait for the iron to cool down, then wipe with a damp cloth and you're done. — Melanie Winer A pair of $15 earbuds that sound like they'd cost way moreAmazonPanasonic ErgoFit Earbuds$15.11 FROM AMAZONOriginally $19.98 | Save 24%These Panasonic earbuds were easily the best $8.25 [price at the time] I ever spent on Amazon. The sound quality is fantastic and they're incredibly comfortable. I'm not someone who would ever spend hundreds of dollars on a pair of over-the-ear headphones, so these are exactly a budget-friendly gift. — Andrew MeolaHangers that actually keep your clothes hung upJacqueline Saguin/InsiderAmazon Basics Velvet Non-Slip Suit Hangers - 30 pack$20.39 FROM AMAZONClothes falling off hangers are a thing of the past once you gift these grippy velvet hangers to upgrade their closet. — Ellen Hoffman A little 'Tub Shroom' that catches your hair before it clogs the drainAmazonTubShroom Revolutionary Tub Drain Protector$12.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $19.95 | Save 35%Between her curly red hair and my long brown hair, my roommate and I shed a lot. Our tub doesn't have a drain catch and after a particularly effortful session with a plastic drain cleaner, I decided it was finally time to try this viral hair catcher out. This small silicone tool fits into most standard tub drains and collects all the hair before it washes down and clogs your drain. Take it out, remove the hair with a piece of toilet paper, and it's ready for the next shower."  — Connie Chen Comfortable, public-friendly sweatpantsAmazonSweatyRocks Women's Drawstring Striped Joggers$17.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $23.99 | Save 25%As work from home continues, I've been looking for more sweatpants that I can comfortably work in that are also appropriate for walks and socially distant plans. These sweats are affordable to gift, have sustained washes and all-day wear, and the rainbow stripe down the side adds a bit of fun. Item ordered online may arrive after Christmas.— Emily HeinNo-slip gel gripped socksAmazonPeds Microfiber Liner Socks$9.50 FROM AMAZONOriginally $13.00 | Save 27%These PEDS socks are the only ones I use, and I wear sneakers almost every day. The no-slip gel grips on the heel keep them from falling off and bunching up. — Sally KaplanA hairbrush that won't break after a few monthsWetWet Brush Rubberized Wet Detangle Shower Brush$8.34 FROM AMAZONMy thick hair has a long history of eating brushes, but the Wet Brush finally put a stop to that! It painlessly smooths out tangles and the bristles are tough enough that I only have to buy a new one every year or so. Before, my brushes only ever made it a few months. — Ashley PhillipsAn inexpensive, well-designed measuring cupAmazonOXO Good Grips 3-Piece Angled Measuring Cup Set $20.95 FROM AMAZONOXO is my go-to kitchen brand for cheap, well-designed tools. This measuring cup set has an angled surface that allows you to see measurement markings from above as you're pouring, so you can better measure ingredients without bending or lifting the cup to eye level. I also highly recommend gifting OXO's silicone baking mat for creating a non-stick surface that makes for easier cleanups and this cookie scoop for scooping out balls of dough that are all the same size. — Ellen Hoffman A slim wastebasket that fits almost anywhere, but also fits a lot of garbageAmazonUmbra Skinny Trash Can$7.00 FROM AMAZONLove this slim garbage can that fits into narrow spaces, but still holds a lot. — Navah MaynardAffordable jewelry that lets you save up for an investment pieceAmazonBBTO Layered Choker Necklace (9-piece)$12.59 FROM AMAZONI love chokers and layering different necklaces together, but I have a short attention span when it comes to jewelry. I tend to lean more towards affordable jewelry that I can experiment with on different looks before committing to staple pieces that I know I'll wear forever. This choker set was a great addition to my summer looks, and now I have more of an idea of what I'm looking for when I eventually take the plunge on long-wear jewelry. — Emily HeinA PopSocket to make gripping a large iPhone less strenuous on your fingersJacqueline Saguin/InsiderPopSockets PopGrip$7.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $9.99 | Save 20%$15.00 FROM POPSOCKETSWhen I got my iPhone X, I also picked up a PopSocket grip to make it easier to hold my phone without straining my fingers. I love it as a gift because it's practical, keeps one's phone secure, and lets me express my crazy cat lady side. — Malarie GokeyEditor's note: They come in a variety of colors and designs.A rapid egg cooking machine that's completely foolproofAmazonDash Rapid Egg Cooker$16.98 FROM AMAZONOriginally $19.98 | Save 15%After I read Jen Gushue's review of this under-$20 rapid egg cooking gadget, I was fully influenced to buy it. It makes hard-boiled eggs in half the time of traditional methods with absolutely no guesswork, saving me a good chunk of time during the week and ensuring I actually eat breakfast on busy mornings. — Ellen HoffmanThis handy water bottle that takes the guesswork out of hydrationAmazonCactaki 32 oz Water Bottle with Time Marker$18.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $24.95 | Save 24%This water bottle comes with me everywhere I go. The secure lid ensures no spillage in my bag and the removable strap adds versatility in transportation. The printed tracking is the main selling point as a quick glance can let me know how I am doing with my daily water intake and if needed motivate me to ensure I am drinking at least 64oz of water per day. In a sense, this water bottle has gamified drinking water and that's fun for a gift! — Frank MassaroRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 21st, 2021

32 thoughtful gift ideas for men, from a record player to custom cologne

Need some last-minute gift ideas? To make shopping easy for you, we came up with a list for men that covers all budgets and tastes. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Harry's Whether he's your brother, partner, dad, or friend, you're probably looking for a gift for him. To make shopping easier, we came up with a list of 32 thoughtful gifts for the special man in your life. Our picks cover all budgets and tastes, from cozy socks to a massage gun. Need more gift ideas? Check out all of our Insider Reviews gift guides here. Shopping for the special men in your life can be a pretty daunting task if they haven't specifically outlined what kind of gifts they want, but the key is to not over-think it. The best gifts are usually things he needs but is too stubborn to buy for himself or things he'll end up using every day.If you need some inspiration for what to get for him, the Insider Reviews team has you covered with some truly excellent gift ideas. Though you can never go wrong with a new leather wallet, Patagonia fleece, or shaving kit, we've also included some unique gifts, like a vinyl record player and smart light kit.Check out 32 great gift ideas for men:A stylish and comfortable pair of sneakersAllbirdsAllbirds Men's Wool Runners$98.00 FROM ALLBIRDSPopular shoe startup Allbirds now sells high-top sneakers and even clothing, but for the uninitiated (and honestly really anyone), the classic Wool Runners make an excellent gift. A custom cashmere sweater with his initialsRalph LaurenRalph Lauren Custom Cashmere Crew$298.00 FROM RALPH LAURENIf you're looking for something a bit more special than your average sweater, Ralph Lauren's Custom Cashmere allows you to personalize sweaters with different colors and initials.A warm winter coatTriple F.A.T. GooseTriple F.A.T. Goose Straden Men's Parka$725.00 FROM TRIPLE F.A.T. GOOSEDon't wait until the forecast includes freezing temperatures and snow to get him a new winter jacket. Triple F.A.T. Goose's Straden Parka is exceptionally warm with a 750-fill power and it's also waterproof.Comfortable socks that give backBombasBombas Men's Holiday Snowflake Calf Sock 4-Pack Gift Box$59.50 FROM BOMBASOriginally $70.00 | Save 15%His feet will thank you for keeping them cozy all winter long in these socks. And for every pair purchased, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need.Comfortable sweater polosThe Tie BarThe Tie Bar Perfect Tipped Merino Wool Polo$65.00 FROM THE TIE BARThe Tie Bar's Merino Wool Polo is a stylish, winter-appropriate take on the classic polo shirt. He'll enjoy the looks of a long-sleeve polo with the warmth of merino wool.An incredibly comfortable onesieSaxxSaxx Nightcrawler Onesie $76.00 FROM SAXXOriginally $95.00 | Save 20%We love SAXX's underwear because of its comfort and utility, and the Nightcrawler Onesie is no different. From festive holiday patterns to silly banana prints, the Nightcrawler takes a fun and cozy approach to your typical PJs.A classic leather walletBellroyBellroy Low Wallet$75.00 FROM BELLROYBellroy Apex Sleeve$129.00 FROM BELLROY$129.00 FROM AMAZONA wallet doesn't have to be a boring gift when it's from Bellroy. The brand offers a great variety of designs to fit all kinds of people's personal styles or needs. From low-profile designs like the Low to RFID blocking wallets like the Apex Sleeve, there's a lot to choose from.A warm fleece he'll always wearPatagoniaPatagonia Men's Better Sweater Fleece Jacket$139.00 FROM PATAGONIAWe're firm believers that you can't own too many Patagonia fleeces. The Better Sweater Fleece Jacket is super warm compared to its light weight and comes in 11 different colors, so you'll definitely find one he'll like.A funky pair (or pairs) of underwearMeUndiesMeUndies Men's Membership$16.00 FROM MEUNDIESYour first thought may be that underwear is sort of a strange gift, but hear us out. MeUndies are so comfortable they will blow his mind, and they come in tons of colors and limited-edition prints.Cozy slippers he'll love to lounge around in or wear outsideUGGUGG Tasman$100.00 FROM UGG$99.95 FROM NORDSTROM$79.95 FROM AMAZONOriginally $99.95 | Save 20%$99.95 FROM ZAPPOSThe UGG Tasman is a wonderful option because it's incredibly warm, comfortable, and can be worn indoors and outdoors. For more slippers options, check out our guide on the best men's slippers here.A watch strap that'll up the ante on his Apple WatchNomadNomad Apple Watch Band$59.95 FROM NOMADDress up his Apple Watch with a beautiful Horween leather strap that costs far less than the price of Apple's own straps.An Amazon Echo ShowAmazonAmazon Echo Show 8 (Second Gen)$94.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $129.99 | Save 27%The Echo Show is my personal favorite Echo because of its crisp HD display. Like every other Echo, it uses Alexa to accomplish any number of tasks, from answering questions to reordering supplies on Amazon. But in addition to Alexa's verbal response about the day's weather forecast, for example, the Echo Show displays it on its 8-inch screen. Popular wireless earbudsDave Smith/Business InsiderApple AirPods Pro$179.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$179.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $249.99 | Save 28%$189.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $249.99 | Save 24%$179.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $249.00 | Save 28%$209.00 FROM B&HOriginally $249.00 | Save 16%A pair of Apple AirPods Pro is perfect for enjoying music, podcasts, and taking calls hands-free.Noise-canceling earbudsBeatsBeats Fit Pro$199.99 FROM AMAZONThe all-new Beats Fit Pro earbuds are a great alternative to AirPods. They feature wings to keep them secure in your ears and noise-canceling technology.An Amazon Echo DotAmazonAmazon Echo Dot (4th Gen)$29.99 FROM AMAZONOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.99 FROM BEST BUYOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%$29.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $49.99 | Save 40%Amazon's tiny but mighty smart speaker is just as powerful as its sibling devices, allowing him to control anything from his lights to his music.The latest Apple WatchAppleApple Watch Series 7$349.00 FROM AMAZONOriginally $399.00 | Save 13%$349.00 FROM WALMARTOriginally $399.00 | Save 13%$399.00 FROM APPLE$399.00 FROM BEST BUYWay more than your average wrist watch, the brand new Apple Watch Series 7 is a gift that tech lovers will love.Smart light bulbs that can create billions of lighting combinationsPhilipsPhilips Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance A19 LED Starter Kit$199.99 FROM NEWEGGPhilips Hue lighting not only looks cool, but it can also replicate a natural sunrise and combat the effects of seasonal sunshine deprivation. This starter kit is also compatible with Amazon's, Google's, and Apple's smart assistants. A vintage-style record player for audiophilesAmazonElectrohome Kingston 7-in-1 Vintage Vinyl Record Player$199.99 FROM AMAZONWith built-in speakers, Bluetooth, AUX, and USB connectivity, and the ability to convert vinyl into MP3s, this record player does it all.A waterproof, no-glare Kindle e-readerAmazonAmazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)$139.99 FROM AMAZONThe recently refreshed Kindle Paperwhite is an excellent gift for anyone who loves to read. For $140, he'll get a Kindle that's waterproof, has a new 6.8-inch display screen with thinner borders, 20% faster page turns, and storage for thousands of books. A high-end electric razorBraunBraun Series 7 (7085cc)$134.94 FROM AMAZONOriginally $169.94 | Save 21%We've tested tons of electric razors and the Braun Series 7 is one of the best you can buy. It's the perfect grooming tool for men who prefer electric over traditional multi-blade razors.Read our full review here.Custom cologneHawthorneHawthorne Work and Play Cologne Set$100.00 FROM HAWTHORNEHawthorne makes personalized cologne for men based on a short personality quiz. It's perfect for helping him find a new scent he'll love.An exfoliating razorTargetGilletteLabs Exfoliating Razor$30.49 FROM TARGETSkincare is an important part of maintaining a clear face after shaving, so to help, GilletteLabs' latest razor will exfoliate his skin while he shaves.A clean, daily skincare routineHumanrace SkincareHumanrace Routine Pack$110.00 FROM HUMANRACEFeaturing clean ingredients and sustainable packaging, Humanrace is an easy three-step routine that will simplify his skincare regimen.A high-quality shave setHarry'sHarry's The Winston Set$25.00 FROM HARRY'SHarry's has become one of the biggest shaving brands thanks to its affordable prices and quality razors. If he prefers to groom with multi-blade razors, The Winston Set is an awesome way to elevate his shaving experience.An Instant Pot for easy weeknight mealsAmazonInstant Pot DUO 60 7-in-1 (6-qt)$79.98 FROM INSTANT$89.00 FROM AMAZON$89.00 FROM WALMARTThe Instant Pot is one of the most versatile appliances you can add to your kitchen for under $100. Help him make delicious home-cooked meals in a cinch, even when he has to work late.The massage gunTheragunTheragun Mini$199.00 FROM THERABODY$199.00 FROM DICK'S SPORTING GOODSThe compact design of the Theragun Mini makes it easy to carry around, but don't let the small size fool you. It still packs a better punch than most massage guns around the same price.Theragun PRO$449.00 FROM THERABODYOriginally $599.00 | Save 25%$449.99 FROM TARGETOriginally $599.99 | Save 25%We think the Theragun Pro is worth every pretty penny for its power and durability. It beats others on the market for its revolutionary QuietForce Technology, a feature that makes the operation of the gun far quieter than any others in the brand's lineup. A luxurious sheet set that makes bedtime betterBrooklinenBrooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set (Queen)$126.65 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $149.00 | Save 15%Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen)$240.00 FROM BROOKLINENOriginally $300.00 | Save 20%High-quality sheets might be the last thing on his mind, but he'll appreciate them once he has them. Brooklinen's bedsheets are some of our favorites for their comfort, feel, and overall value.Whether you choose the Classic Core Sheets or the higher-end Luxe Hardcore Sheets, the bundles will include everything he needs to give his bed a fresh makeover. Brooklinen also sells comforters, pillows, candles, and blankets. Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here. A flask that'll keep his coffee hot and his water coldHydro FlaskHydro Flask 32-ounce Wide Mouth Bottle$44.95 FROM HYDRO FLASKThis insulated bottle keeps hot drinks hot (and we mean hot) for up to 12 hours, and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. Whether he enjoys hot coffee or ice-cold water, this flask will keep his drinks at the perfect temperature.A weighted blanket from a beloved online mattress startupCasperCasper 15-pound Weighted Blanket and Two Pillow Set$299.00 FROM NORDSTROMThe pressure of a weighted blanket has a soothing effect that'll reduce anxiety and help him fall asleep faster. Plus, it'll feel like he's being wrapped in a big hug. An audible subscriptionAudible/Business InsiderAudible Gift Membership (3 Months)$45.00 FROM AMAZONWith an Audible membership, he'll gain access to thousands of audiobooks and podcasts that he can listen to on his Kindle, smartphone, or in the car. An Amazon Prime membership that makes shopping online super convenientAmazonAmazon Prime One Year Gift$0.00 FROM AMAZONAmazon Prime opens up a whole new world of access, be it to fast two-day shipping or any of the other 25-plus perks you'll get with a membership. If you know he doesn't have one yet, this is a smart gift — but in the case he does, he'll get to use the $39 on anything he wants or needs from the site.A Disney Plus gift subscriptionDisney PlusDisney Plus Gift Subscription$79.98 FROM DISNEY+This subscription gives him unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $69.99 for a year. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 20th, 2021

28 clever last-minute Christmas gift ideas that will arrive in time, even though some shipping deadlines have passed

Christmas is coming, and the ground shipping deadline has passed. Here are the best last-minute Christmas gifts that will still arrive in time. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Wine.com If you're someone who puts your Christmas shopping off until the last minute, don't panic just yet. Below are last-minute gifts that will be delivered in time for Christmas. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. If you happen to be a chronic procrastinator who tends to scramble to find the best Christmas gifts for all your loved ones, then this is a list for you. While standard shipping deadlines have passed, there are lots of thoughtful gift ideas that will arrive on time if you get in a last-minute pinch for gifts.Gift cards always make for great last-minute gifts since they can be purchased at any time and delivered to your recipient's inbox immediately. However, there are other options if you prefer to have a physical gift to give.We've rounded up a wide range of last-minute gift ideas sure to please everyone on your list — all of which can be delivered in time for Christmas.Here are the best last-minute Christmas gifts: Last-minute Christmas gifts under $25A set of moisturizing lip balmAmazonBurt's Bees Moisturizing Lip Care Holiday Gift, available at Amazon, $9If you're looking for last-minute stocking stuffers, this holiday set of Burt's Bees lip balm is a useful and fun gift idea. With an Amazon Prime membership, this gift set will arrive by Christmas with free shipping included. A mixology or baking classUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Uncommon Experiences, from $25An online class from Uncommon Experiences is a perfect last-minute Christmas gift. You can choose a class such as mixology or painting your pet. Read our full guide to the best experience gifts.A mini waffle makerTargetDash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Amazon, $18A cute and useful gift, the Dash Mini Waffle Maker will arrive before Christmas if you have Amazon Prime. Read our guide to the best Amazon gifts under $50.Unlimited access to online classes, from cooking to tennisMasterClassMasterClass Monthly Subscription, from $15 per monthA monthly subscription to MasterClass is a perfect gift for the person in your life who loves learning new things. Your giftee will receive access to a massive library of tutorials and lessons from popular celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, RuPaul, and Serena Williams. Read our full review of MasterClass here. A cast-iron pan for the chef in your lifeLily Alig/InsiderLodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, available at Amazon, $17.90An affordable and practical gift, Lodge's pan is one of our top picks for best cast-iron skillet. Its nonstick and evenly-heating features are ideal for anyone who enjoys cooking at home.A subscription for tea loversNative American CoffeeLoose Tea Sampler Subscription, available at Native American Coffee, $12The Loose Tea Sampler subscription from Native American Coffee gives the gift of four new teas to try every month, or you can customize the shipping time for up to 12 weeks apart. Take a look at our guide to the best gifts for tea lovers for more inspiration.A gift card to one of our favorite candle companiesHarlem Candle Co.Harlem Candle Co. Gift Card, from $25A gift card from Harlem Candle Co. is a speedy gift that can be in your recipient's email inbox instantly. One of our top picks for best places to buy candles, Harlem Candle Co. has unique scents like blackcurrant and leather, and each candle comes with a backstory about the aroma. A gift card for endless tunesBest BuySend a gift card or subscription to Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, or Apple MusicWho doesn't love rocking out at home, listening to motivational jams at the gym, cranking tunes in the car, or having some backup for shower karaoke? Whether they already have a go-to music streaming service or are just getting started, a free month of on-demand music makes for a thoughtful last-minute option.Their favorite spirit deliveredDrizly/FacebookDrizly, from $8.99Gift them a favorite bottle of wine, premium alcohol, or even a pack of White Claws. Drizly offers same-day delivery and is available in most major cities and areas nationwide. You can sort by price range or look through suggested gift options by type of recipient to find the best option.A gift card for wine loversWine.comWine.com gift card, from $25Whether your giftee is a wine aficionado or just enjoys an occasional glass, a gift card for Wine.com is sure to please. They feature the world's largest online wine selection, and orders can be delivered directly to your doorstep or picked up at nearby local stores. Amounts range from $25 to $500. A gift card for an iconic mealGoldbellyGoldbelly gift card, from $25Foodies will certainly appreciate a gift card redeemable for top-notch cuisine. Goldbelly lets you send food gifts from iconic restaurants around the country. Options include biscuits from a famed shop in Savannah, classic bagels from New York, and more. Read more about how Goldbelly works here.An Amazon gift cardAmazonAmazon gift card, from $25For the person that feels impossible to shop for, an Amazon gift card gives them nearly endless options to peruse on their own time. From high-end kitchen items and stylish clothing options to the latest tech must-haves, it can all be conveniently found in one place on Amazon. Plus, they can even shop small businesses and handmade products.Gift cards are available starting from $25, and you can have them delivered immediately via text or email with a personalized gift message.  A monthly candle subscription serviceBrooklyn Candle StudioCandle of the Month Club Subscription, available at Brooklyn Candle Studio, from $25Who doesn't love the smell of a brand new candle? Brooklyn Candle Studio offers a one-, two-, or three-month candle club subscription that will deliver a candle to your giftee's door.A gift card to add a little greeneryThe SillThe Sill gift card, from $25Know someone with a green thumb? Brighten up their home this season with a gift card that allows them to pick out plants delivered to their door. The Sill offers a wide range of options, from easy-to-care-for succulents to decorative orchids in chic pots to large fiddle leaf figs.If you prefer to send them an actual plant in lieu of a gift card and it won't arrive in time for Christmas, you can add an instant gift message that will be sent via email, letting them know their plant is on the way.Last-minute Christmas gifts under $50A Harry Potter-themed edition of ClueAmazonHasbro Gaming Clue: Wizarding World Harry Potter Edition, available at Amazon, $37This Harry Potter edition of Clue is an interactive gift for families or friends that love a good game night. For those with an Amazon Prime membership, this gift will arrive by Christmas with free shipping included. For more inspiration, check out our guide to the best Harry Potter gifts.A set of universal wine glassesAmazonSchott Zwiesel Pure Collection All-Purpose Wine Glass (Set of 2), available at Amazon, $28Wine glasses are a solid gift that will arrive before Christmas. The Schott Zwiesel All-Purpose Wine Glasses were our top pick for the best wine glasses we tested. This set of wine glasses will arrive by Christmas with free shipping included in a Prime membership. A subscription for anyone who loves their poochBarkBoxBarkBox subscription, starting at $35BarkBox sends treats and toys for their four-legged family members. To give it as a gift, enter the name of their pup and its general size (small, medium, or large), and select options of one-, three-, six-, or 12-month subscriptions. You can send a box to their house or purchase a digital gift card to be delivered via email right away.Check out our guide to the best gifts for dog lovers.A candle that smells like a favorite placeHomesickHomesick Candle, available at Amazon, $27Bring back the aroma of a favorite place with a candle that smells of a specific state. For example, Florida has notes of citrus, bergamot, and vanilla, while Michigan will send sweet scents of baked apples, puff pastry, cypress, cinnamon, and nutmeg wafting through the air. This gift will arrive by Christmas with a Prime membership which includes free shipping. A subscription for bookwormsBook of the MonthBook of the Month, Three Months, $49.99For the bibliophile on your list, give them the gift of surprising and engaging reads with a subscription to Book of the Month. It's been in existence since 1926 and gets extra points  for being credited with the discovery of famous titles like "Gone with the Wind." A team of experts curate new releases, hot topics, debut authors, and more and send them to the subscriber's home.A subscription for freshly delivered flowersBloomsyBoxBloomsyBox flower subscription, from $44.99 per shipmentThis holiday season, give not just one bouquet but blooms sent to their home on a regular basis at the rate of your choosing — weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. It's our favorite flower subscription service.A new set of mixing bowlsAmazonOXO Good Grips Mixing Set, $28.95, available at AmazonFor your favorite home chef, a set of dishwasher-safe mixing bowls is a must-have item. With non-skid bottoms, rubber grip handles, and pouring spots, these colorful bowls are great for whipping up meals. The mixing bowl set will arrive by Christmas with an Amazon Prime membership. A grill for indoor useAmazonBella Smokeless Electric Grill from Amazon for $49.99The Bella Smokeless Electric Grill will come in handy for grill masters who don't want to stand out in the cold this winter. Thanks to an electric heating element, it warms up fast and, as the name suggests, is smokeless. However, you'll still get those classic grill lines, and, maybe best of all, it's super easy to clean up after. With an Amazon Prime membership, this gift will arrive by Christmas with free shipping as well.A speaker to get them started on a smart homeAmazonAmazon Echo Dot, available at Best Buy, $29.99The new Echo Dot is an ideal last-minute gift that feels high-end but is actually relatively affordable. Recipients will love talking to Alexa and playing games, music, or getting basic questions answered. In many areas, this item is available from Best Buy for same-day or one-day delivery. Or, you can opt for curbside pick-up if your local store has it. A gift card for easy, healthy mealsDaily Harvest/FacebookDaily Harvest gift card, from $50Daily Harvest is a newer meal delivery startup that makes healthy fast food. And when we say fast, we mean meals that take as little as 30 seconds to prepare. As an added bonus, meals are under $10 each and designed by a chef and nutritionist team, so they're both tasty and nutritious. You can read more about Daily Harvest here. Last-minute Christmas gifts under $100A monthly cheese subscriptionMurray's cheeseClassic Cheese of the Month Club, available at Murray's, from $63You can never go wrong with the gift of cheese that can be delivered to their door monthly. Read our full review of Murray's Cheese of the Month Club here. A subscription that delivers coffee to your doorTradeTrade Coffee Subscription, from $54Our resident coffee expert, Owen Burke, tested and reviewed the best coffee subscription services and deemed Trade Coffee the best pick overall. It's a thoughtful gift for any coffee drinker, and it's a gift that keeps on giving for as long as you want. An ice cream samplerHarry & David"Ice Cream My Love For You" Collection by Harry & David, $74.99Say I love you in a sweet way — like with a tasty premium ice cream assortment. Flavors in the sampler include Mint Cookie Crunch Ice Cream with Fudge Swirls, Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks, and Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. This item is available for fast, two-day shipping.A Disney streaming subscriptionDisney PlusBuy a Disney Plus gift subscription, $79.99For the Disney fan in your life, there's perhaps no better gift than a year of Disney Plus. Whether they want to sing along to "Hamilton," indulge in some nostalgia and watch old Disney Channel original movies, or catch up on "The Mandalorian," they'll find it all on Disney Plus.They can access thousands of titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Here's everything to know about the streaming platformRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 17th, 2021

How to protect yourself from data breaches and what to do if your personal data is compromised online

Most data breaches involve hacked email accounts or stolen bank information, and can be protected against by following cybersecurity best practices. Data breaches are a risk for anyone who uses the internet, no matter their age.GaudiLab/Shutterstock A data breach is when your personal data is accessed, copied, or changed by someone without your permission. Most data breaches involve hacked email accounts and stolen bank information. The best way to protect against data breaches is to use strong passwords, make backups, and be wary of clicking links. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Our daily lives revolve around the internet more than ever. And while this is great for working remotely, making friends in other countries, and shopping from your couch, it also comes with risks.In 2020, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 791,790 complaints from victims of cyber crime. And while a lot of these complaints came from users who were simply tricked into sending money to scammers, a massive amount of them stemmed from data breaches.Data breaches are the most common form of cyber crime, and experts estimate that there's a new victim every two seconds. Despite this, data breaches aren't hard to protect yourself from — it just takes some care and skepticism.Here's everything you need to know about data breaches, including how they work, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you're hacked.What is a data breach?A "data breach" is a general term for any time that someone accesses electronic data or information that they're not supposed to.The simplest example of a data breach is a hacked email account. If someone gets your email password and logs into your account, they've breached your data. At that point, they can send emails with your name, see all your contacts and sell their email addresses to marketers, and of course see any personal info that you've sent or received.Hackers might also target your bank accounts. Someone who gets access to your credit card information, social security numbers, or even online banking password can wreak a lot of havoc on your finances.Be careful about which websites you give your credit card information to.Marko Geber/Getty ImagesThings get trickier if it's the servers of a major company that get breached. In 2019, First American Financial — one of the biggest mortgage insurance companies in the world — announced that over 800 million real estate documents had been leaked and stolen from its website. This included 16 years of bank records, phone numbers, home addresses, and more.The actual customers couldn't do anything to protect themselves here. It was the company that they trusted with their personal data that caused the problem.If you use a password manager, you might occasionally get a notification saying that a password of yours was included in a data breach. This doesn't necessarily mean that your accounts have been hacked — more likely, your password was included in a massive company leak like we described above. Still not good, but it gives you more time to protect yourself.Some programs, like Google Chrome, will warn you if your passwords are leaked.Google ChromeAnd hackers aren't always the computer masterminds you see in movies, constantly prodding at big websites to find a way in. A great deal of breaches stem from social engineering scams, where a user gets tricked into giving up their passwords to a scammer they think they can trust. Some breaches even happen accidentally — maybe a company stores user passwords on a public website without realizing. But no matter the cause, when it comes to your personal cybersecurity, there are a few best practices you should follow to protect yourself.How to protect yourself from a data breachDave Hatter, a cybersecurity specialist from InTrust IT, tells me that "It's never been easier to have access to tools that make yourself a much more difficult target."You can protect yourself against data breaches and hacks in the same ways that you protect against most cyber crimes: Be proactive, be unique, and be skeptical.Be proactiveThe best time to worry about cybersecurity is before you're ever in danger. This means making a security plan and sticking to it.If you have data stored online that you can't risk losing, make backups of it. This might mean taking screenshots, downloading documents, and moving things onto an external hard drive. The more backups you have, the safer you are.Keep a close eye on your finances. Aside from checking your monthly statements, cybersecurity experts I spoke to all recommended signing up for a credit monitoring service that can keep track of any suspicious activity in your credit report.Hatter also says that computer users should make sure they have a good antivirus program installed. Windows users are lucky that all new PCs come with Windows Defender, one of the best antivirus programs available, pre-installed. But "the top antivirus changes all the time," he says, "so be aware of what options are out there."If an app or website offers two-factor (also called multi-factor) authentication, enable it for your account. It's a simple but powerful way to lock strangers out of your data.When you log into an account with two-factor authentication set up, you'll need to enter an extra code.Google; William Antonelli/InsiderEnterprise users and companies should invest in a good firewall, keep a dedicated cybersecurity team on retainer, and perform regular "vulnerability tests" to see how strong their defenses really are. Also make sure you have a cyber insurance policy that can keep you safe in the event of a hack.Darren Shou, the CTO of cybersecurity firm NortonLifeLock, says to keep all your devices updated — even including "printers, Wi-Fi routers, and smart devices." It's easy to brush off updates as being useless or annoying, but they almost always come with important security patches to help keep you safe against new threats.Be uniqueMost websites only ask for a single username and password combo to log in. This means that if you have an easy-to-guess password, or use the same password on multiple websites, it's incredibly easy to break into your account.This means that you want to use a different password for all your separate accounts. And that password should be "strong" — in other words:It should be long (at least 12 characters, minimum)Use upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbolsDon't use common words or phrases like "password," or personal details like your birthdayStay away from common phrases, words, and number combinations.Thomas Trutschel/Getty ImagesIf you're reading this and feeling overwhelmed, don't worry: This is what password managers are made for.Dave Hatter, along with every cybersecurity expert I've spoken to, fully recommends using password managers like LastPass. These apps will create incredibly strong passwords for all your apps, and then automatically enter them when you need them. This lets you keep your data secure without needing to remember dozens of different passwords.The only password that you need to create for yourself and keep ultra-safe is your LastPass master password. This is the password that protects all the others, so don't skimp on it.Quick tip: If you're worried about LastPass itself getting hacked and leaking all your passwords, don't be. Companies like LastPass use "zero-knowledge encryption," meaning that even they don't know your passwords or store them internally — they just provide the software.Some cybersecurity experts also recommend changing all your passwords every few months. And while this certainly doesn't hurt, having strong passwords and two-factor authentication set up is much more important.You can test how good your passwords are for free using NordVPN's "online strength checker."Be skepticalBackups are important, updates are important, and passwords are crucial. But all the time you spend keeping yourself safe doesn't mean anything if you don't apply what Darren Shou calls "common-sense skepticism."If you receive an email from someone you don't know asking you to download an attachment, you probably know not to do it. But what if you get a text, seemingly from your bank, warning about fraud on your account? Or a private message from a friend asking you to click a "hilarious" link?Darren Shou refers to these scams as "an attack on the human operating system." They're designed to prey on users who aren't thinking about what they click, or who completely trust that they're protected.An example of a scam that went viral on Twitter in early 2021, with a fake account promising free bitcoin to anyone who clicked a malicious link.TwitterDon't click links if you don't know exactly where they're taking you. When you get a suspicious email or text, ask yourself: "Was I expecting to receive this? Do I know the sender? Is it even important?" If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.If you're not sure, directly contact your bank, or friend, or whoever is claiming they know you and ask. There's a good chance that they'll tell you you're dealing with a fake.And if you're managing a large group of people, make sure that they're educated about internet scams, data breaches, and suspicious links. It doesn't matter how strong your locks are if someone inside just opens the door.What to do if your data is breachedBut what if someone does manage to slip past your defenses and access your accounts? How do you recover and repair the damage?Before anything, remember: Don't panic.In the aftermath of a data breach, "You have to keep calm and keep your common sense," says Shou. Lots of scammers are trained to strike at people who have just been scammed by someone else, hoping to take advantage of their desperation. Keep your guard up and stay skeptical.Quick tip: There are dozens of websites and social media pages who claim they can easily get any stolen money or data back for a fee. Some will even offer to "counter-hack" whoever breached you. Don't trust these sites — they're scams.Ideally, you'll want to figure out how many accounts were hacked, and change all their passwords. If you use a password manager, change your master password too.Triple-check your financial records, and if anything seems off, don't hesitate to freeze your accounts and credit. Some identity theft monitoring services will let you meet with an attorney, if need be.A data breach doesn't isn't the end of the world.PeopleImages/Getty ImagesIf you're a company that's been breached, get in touch with your cyber insurance team and report the breach, along with your in-house legal and IT teams. While your IT team works to limit the damage, you'll need to make some decisions about whether to notify your customers (it's required by law in some cases) and whether to contact law enforcement.Dave Hatter warns that while you might be tempted to delete everything that the hacker saw, you shouldn't do it. If you do decide to get law enforcement involved, deleting too much data can count as destroying evidence.Insider's takeawayData breaches can be devastating, and only get more common as we move our lives online.But both consumers and businesses can take concrete and simple steps to protect their data and themselves. Create strong passwords, keep your electronics updated, make copies of your data, and don't trust every link that comes your way.And of course, don't go crazy trying to manage everything alone. Services like LastPass, NortonLifeLock, and SentinelOne are designed to make cybersecurity easier. If you have the money and want to boost your security, check them out.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 13th, 2021

How to avoid data breaches and keep your personal data secure online

Most data breaches involve hacked email accounts or stolen bank information, and can be protected against by following cybersecurity best practices. Data breaches are a risk for anyone who uses the internet, no matter their age.Anchiy/Getty Images A data breach is when your personal data is accessed, copied, or changed by someone without your permission. Most data breaches involve hacked email accounts and stolen bank information. The best way to protect against data breaches is to use strong passwords, make backups, and be wary of clicking links. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Our daily lives revolve around the internet more than ever. And while this is great for working remotely, making friends in other countries, and shopping from your couch, it also comes with risks.In 2020, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 791,790 complaints from victims of cyber crime. And while a lot of these complaints came from users who were simply tricked into sending money to scammers, a massive amount of them stemmed from data breaches.Data breaches are the most common form of cyber crime, and experts estimate that there's a new victim every two seconds. Despite this, data breaches aren't hard to protect yourself from — it just takes some care and skepticism.Here's everything you need to know about data breaches, including how they work, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you're hacked.What is a data breach?A "data breach" is a general term for any time that someone accesses electronic data or information that they're not supposed to.The simplest example of a data breach is a hacked email account. If someone gets your email password and logs into your account, they've breached your data. At that point, they can send emails with your name, see all your contacts and sell their email addresses to marketers, and of course see any personal info that you've sent or received.Hackers might also target your bank accounts. Someone who gets access to your credit card information, social security numbers, or even online banking password can wreak a lot of havoc on your finances.Be careful about which websites you give your credit card information to.Marko Geber/Getty ImagesThings get trickier if it's the servers of a major company that get breached. In 2019, First American Financial — one of the biggest mortgage insurance companies in the world — announced that over 800 million real estate documents had been leaked and stolen from its website. This included 16 years of bank records, phone numbers, home addresses, and more.The actual customers couldn't do anything to protect themselves here. It was the company that they trusted with their personal data that caused the problem.If you use a password manager, you might occasionally get a notification saying that a password of yours was included in a data breach. This doesn't necessarily mean that your accounts have been hacked — more likely, your password was included in a massive company leak like we described above. Still not good, but it gives you more time to protect yourself.Some programs, like Google Chrome, will warn you if your passwords are leaked.Google ChromeAnd hackers aren't always the computer masterminds you see in movies, constantly prodding at big websites to find a way in. A great deal of breaches stem from social engineering scams, where a user gets tricked into giving up their passwords to a scammer they think they can trust. Some breaches even happen accidentally — maybe a company stores user passwords on a public website without realizing. But no matter the cause, when it comes to your personal cybersecurity, there are a few best practices you should follow to protect yourself.How to protect yourself from a data breachDave Hatter, a cybersecurity specialist from InTrust IT, tells me that "It's never been easier to have access to tools that make yourself a much more difficult target."You can protect yourself against data breaches and hacks in the same ways that you protect against most cyber crimes: Be proactive, be unique, and be skeptical.Be proactiveThe best time to worry about cybersecurity is before you're ever in danger. This means making a security plan and sticking to it.If you have data stored online that you can't risk losing, make backups of it. This might mean taking screenshots, downloading documents, and moving things onto an external hard drive. The more backups you have, the safer you are.Keep a close eye on your finances. Aside from checking your monthly statements, cybersecurity experts I spoke to all recommended signing up for a credit monitoring service that can keep track of any suspicious activity in your credit report.Hatter also says that computer users should make sure they have a good antivirus program installed. Windows users are lucky that all new PCs come with Windows Defender, one of the best antivirus programs available, pre-installed. But "the top antivirus changes all the time," he says, "so be aware of what options are out there."If an app or website offers two-factor (also called multi-factor) authentication, enable it for your account. It's a simple but powerful way to lock strangers out of your data.When you log into an account with two-factor authentication set up, you'll need to enter an extra code.Google; William Antonelli/InsiderEnterprise users and companies should invest in a good firewall, keep a dedicated cybersecurity team on retainer, and perform regular "vulnerability tests" to see how strong their defenses really are. Also make sure you have a cyber insurance policy that can keep you safe in the event of a hack.Darren Shou, the CTO of cybersecurity firm NortonLifeLock, says to keep all your devices updated — even including "printers, Wi-Fi routers, and smart devices." It's easy to brush off updates as being useless or annoying, but they almost always come with important security patches to help keep you safe against new threats.Be uniqueMost websites only ask for a single username and password combo to log in. This means that if you have an easy-to-guess password, or use the same password on multiple websites, it's incredibly easy to break into your account.This means that you want to use a different password for all your separate accounts. And that password should be "strong" — in other words:It should be long (at least 12 characters, minimum)Use upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbolsDon't use common words or phrases like "password," or personal details like your birthdayStay away from common phrases, words, and number combinations.Thomas Trutschel/Getty ImagesIf you're reading this and feeling overwhelmed, don't worry: This is what password managers are made for.Dave Hatter, along with every cybersecurity expert I've spoken to, fully recommends using password managers like LastPass. These apps will create incredibly strong passwords for all your apps, and then automatically enter them when you need them. This lets you keep your data secure without needing to remember dozens of different passwords.The only password that you need to create for yourself and keep ultra-safe is your LastPass master password. This is the password that protects all the others, so don't skimp on it.Quick tip: If you're worried about LastPass itself getting hacked and leaking all your passwords, don't be. Companies like LastPass use "zero-knowledge encryption," meaning that even they don't know your passwords or store them internally — they just provide the software.Some cybersecurity experts also recommend changing all your passwords every few months. And while this certainly doesn't hurt, having strong passwords and two-factor authentication set up is much more important.You can test how good your passwords are for free using NordVPN's "online strength checker."Be skepticalBackups are important, updates are important, and passwords are crucial. But all the time you spend keeping yourself safe doesn't mean anything if you don't apply what Darren Shou calls "common-sense skepticism."If you receive an email from someone you don't know asking you to download an attachment, you probably know not to do it. But what if you get a text, seemingly from your bank, warning about fraud on your account? Or a private message from a friend asking you to click a "hilarious" link?Darren Shou refers to these scams as "an attack on the human operating system." They're designed to prey on users who aren't thinking about what they click, or who completely trust that they're protected.An example of a scam that went viral on Twitter in early 2021, with a fake account promising free bitcoin to anyone who clicked a malicious link.TwitterDon't click links if you don't know exactly where they're taking you. When you get a suspicious email or text, ask yourself: "Was I expecting to receive this? Do I know the sender? Is it even important?" If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.If you're not sure, directly contact your bank, or friend, or whoever is claiming they know you and ask. There's a good chance that they'll tell you you're dealing with a fake.And if you're managing a large group of people, make sure that they're educated about internet scams, data breaches, and suspicious links. It doesn't matter how strong your locks are if someone inside just opens the door.What to do if your data is breachedBut what if someone does manage to slip past your defenses and access your accounts? How do you recover and repair the damage?Before anything, remember: Don't panic.In the aftermath of a data breach, "You have to keep calm and keep your common sense," says Shou. Lots of scammers are trained to strike at people who have just been scammed by someone else, hoping to take advantage of their desperation. Keep your guard up and stay skeptical.Quick tip: There are dozens of websites and social media pages who claim they can easily get any stolen money or data back for a fee. Some will even offer to "counter-hack" whoever breached you. Don't trust these sites — they're scams.Ideally, you'll want to figure out how many accounts were hacked, and change all their passwords. If you use a password manager, change your master password too.Triple-check your financial records, and if anything seems off, don't hesitate to freeze your accounts and credit. Some identity theft monitoring services will let you meet with an attorney, if need be.A data breach doesn't isn't the end of the world.PeopleImages/Getty ImagesIf you're a company that's been breached, get in touch with your cyber insurance team and report the breach, along with your in-house legal and IT teams. While your IT team works to limit the damage, you'll need to make some decisions about whether to notify your customers (it's required by law in some cases) and whether to contact law enforcement.Dave Hatter warns that while you might be tempted to delete everything that the hacker saw, you shouldn't do it. If you do decide to get law enforcement involved, deleting too much data can count as destroying evidence.Insider's takeawayData breaches can be devastating, and only get more common as we move our lives online.But both consumers and businesses can take concrete and simple steps to protect their data and themselves. Create strong passwords, keep your electronics updated, make copies of your data, and don't trust every link that comes your way.And of course, don't go crazy trying to manage everything alone. Services like LastPass, NortonLifeLock, and SentinelOne are designed to make cybersecurity easier. If you have the money and want to boost your security, check them out.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytDec 10th, 2021

The Game Awards 2021 will honor the year"s best video games and debut exclusive trailers — here"s how to watch live on December 9

Check out the nominees for The Game Awards 2021 and get ready for multiple world premiere trailers. You can stream the show for free at 8 p.m. ET. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Metroid Dread is one of six nominees for Game of the Year at the 2021 Game Awards.Metroid Dread / Nintendo The Game Awards 2021 will be livestreamed on December 9 at 8 p.m. ET from Los Angeles. There are 30 award categories and you can expect debut trailers for upcoming video games and movies. You can watch The Game Awards on multiple platforms including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and Facebook. The Game Awards 2021 will honor the year's best video games and unveil multiple world premiere trailers for upcoming games and movies during a live ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed online starting at 8 p.m. ET across multiple platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook Live, and more.While most of the special announcements will be kept secret until The Game Awards begin, you can expect trailers for Rocksteady's Suicide Squad game, a debut trailer for the "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" movie, and a first look at the "Halo" TV series coming to Paramount Plus in 2022. Fans are still speculating on what announcements we'll see from major publishers like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.How to watch The Game Awards 2021You can watch The Game Awards 2021 live on many different streaming and social platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and Facebook Live. The show is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET. Visit the official website for a full list of places where you can watch the stream, and international start times. The stream is free to watch on all platforms. You can find the YouTube feed embedded below.Awards will be distributed across more than 20 categories, including Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, and genre specific awards like Best Action Game and Best Fighting Game. Gamers can vote for their picks in each category, but the winners are ultimately decided by a jury panel of more than 100 members, with fan votes accounting for 10 percent of the final decision. Along with celebrating the best video games of 2021, The Game Awards will feature live musical performances by Sting, Imagine Dragons, and the Game Awards orchestra, as well as celebrity appearances from Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, Giancarlo Esposito, and more.The Game Awards 2021 nomineesGame of the YearDeathloop / Bethesda SoftworksDeathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam/Nintendo)Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)Resident Evil Village (Capcom)Best Game DirectionIt Takes Two / Electronic ArtsDeathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)Returnal (Housemarque/SIE)Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)Best NarrativeLife is Strange True Colors / Square EnixDeathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine/Square Enix)Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)Best Ongoing GameFinal Fantasy XIV: Endwalker / Square EnixApex Legends (Respawn/EA)Call of Duty: Warzone (Infinity Ward/Raven/Activision)Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)Fortnite (Epic Games)Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)Best Art DirectionThe Artful Escape / Annapurna InteractiveDeathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur/Annapurna)Most Anticipated GameElden Ring / FromSoftwareElden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)Best Community SupportApex Legends / Electronic ArtsApex Legends (Respawn/EA)Destiny 2 (Bungie)Final Fantasy XIV Online (Square Enix)Fortnite (Epic Games)No Man's Sky (Hello Games)Best Action/AdventureMetroid Dread is one of six nominees for Game of the Year at the 2021 Game Awards.Metroid Dread / NintendoMarvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam/Nintendo)Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine/Xbox Game Studios)Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)Resident Evil Village (Capcom)Best Role PlayingMonster Hunter Rise / CapcomCyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red)Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)Scarlet Nexus (Bandai Namco)Shin Megami Tensei V (Atlus/Sega)Tales of Arise (Bandai Namco)Best MultiplayerBack 4 Blood / Warner Bros.Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock/WB Games)It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)Knockout City (Velan Studios/EA)Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)New World (Amazon Games)Valheim (Iron Gate Studio/Coffee Stain)Best Fighting GameGuilty Gear Strive / Arc System WorksDemon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles (CyberConnect2/Sega)Guilty Gear -Strive- (Arc System Works)Melty Blood: Type Lumina (French-Bread/Delightworks)Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Ludosity/Fair Play Labs/GameMill)Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown (Sega)Best Family GameNew Pokemon Snap / NintendoIt Takes Two (Hazelight Studios/EA)Mario Party Superstars (NDcube/Nintendo)New Pokémon Snap (Bandai Namco/The Pokémon Company/Nintendo)Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Nintendo)WarioWare: Get It Together! (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)Best Sim/StrategyMicrosoft Flight Simulator / Xbox Game StudiosAge of Empires IV (Relic Entertainment/Xbox Game Studios)Evil Genius 2: World Domination (Rebellion Developments)Humankind (Amplitude Studios/Sega)Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games/Devolver)Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio/Xbox Game Studios)Best Sports/Racing GameFIFA 22 / Electronic ArtsF1 2021 (Codemasters/EA Sports)FIFA 22 (EA Vancouver/EA Sports)Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)Hot Wheels Unleashed (Milestone)Riders Republic (Ubisoft Annecy/Ubisoft)Best ActionReturnal / SonyBack 4 Blood (Turtle Rock/WB Games)Chivalry II (Torn Banner Studios/Tripwire Interactive)Deathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft)Returnal (Housemarque/SIE)Best VR/ARResident Evil 4 VR / CapcomHitman 3 (IO Interactive)I Expect You To Die 2 (Schell Games)Lone Echo II (Ready at Dawn/Oculus Studios)Resident Evil 4 (Armature Studio/Capcom/Oculus Studios)Sniper Elite VR (Coatsink/Just Add Water/Rebellion Developments)Best Mobile GamePokemon Unite / NintendoFantasian (Mistwalker)Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)League of Legends: Wild Rift (Riot Games)Marvel Future Revolution (Netmarble)Pokemon Unite (TiMi Studios/The Pokemon Company)Best IndieKena Bridge of Spirits / Ember Lab12 Minutes (Luis Antonio/Annapurna Interactive)Death's Door (Acid Nerve/Devolver Digital)Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games/Devolver Digital)Loop Hero (Four Quarters/Devolver Digital)Best Debut IndieSable / Raw FuryKena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)Sable (Shedworks/Raw Fury)The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur/Annapurna)The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller/Dear Villagers)Valheim (Iron Gate/Coffee Stain)Games for ImpactNo Longer Home / Fellow TravellerBefore Your Eyes (GoodbyeWorld Games/Skybound Games)Boyfriend Dungeon (Kitfox Games)Chicory (Greg Lobanow, Alexis Dean-Jones, Lena Raine, Madeline Berger, A Shell in the Pit/Finji)Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine/Square Enix)No Longer Home (Humble Grove, Hana Lee, Cel Davison, Adrienne Lombardo, Eli Rainsberry/Fellow Traveler)Best PerformanceMaggie Robertson's Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village"Resident Evil Village" / CapcomErika Mori as Alex Chen, Life is Strange: True ColorsGiancarlo Esposito as Anton Castillo, Far Cry 6Jason E. Kelley as Colt Vahn, DeathloopMaggie Robertson as Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil VillageOzioma Akagha as Julianna Blake, Deathloop Best Score and MusicMarvel's Guardians of the Galaxy / Square EnixCyberpunk 2077 (Marcin Przybylowicz, Piotr T. Adamczyk, composers)Deathloop (Tom Salta, composer)NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 (Keiichi Okabe, composer)Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Richard Jacques, composer)The Artful Escape (Johnny Galvatron & Josh Abrahams, composers)Best Audio DesignForza Horizon 5 / MicrosoftDeathloop (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)Resident Evil Village (Capcom)Returnal (Housemarque/SIE) Innovation in Accessibility"Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart" / SonyFar Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft)Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios)Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games/SIE)The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Creative Bytes Studios/Falling Squirrel)Best Esports Game"League of Legends"/Riot GamesCall of Duty (Activision)CS:GO (Valve)DOTA2 (Valve)League of Legends (Riot Games)Valorant (Riot Games)Best Esports TeamFaZe Clan's "Call of Duty" team Atlanta FaZe after winning the 2021 "Call of Duty" League Championship.Michael Owens/Getty ImagesAtlanta FaZe (COD)DWG KIA (LOL)Natus Vincere (CS:GO)Sentinels (Valorant)Team Spirit (DOTA2)Best Esports EventEdward Gaming (EDG) after winning the 2021 "League of Legends" World ChampionshipClive Rose/Riot Games Inc. via Getty Images2021 League of Legends World ChampionshipPGL Major Stockholm 2021PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020The International 2021Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 MastersBest Esports CoachAirat "Silent" GazievAndrey "ENGH" SholokhovAndrii "B1ad3" HorodenskyiJames "Crowder" CrowderKim "kkOma" Jeong-gyunBest Esports AthleteChris "Simp" LehrHeo "ShowMaker" Su Magomed "Collapse" KhalilovOleksandr "s1mple" KostylievTyson "TenZ" NgoContent Creator of the YearDreamFuslieGaulesIbaiTheGrefgRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 9th, 2021

27 clever last-minute Christmas gift ideas that are guaranteed to arrive in time, despite the shipping delays expected this year

Christmas is coming, and there are supply-chain concerns. Here are the best last-minute Christmas gifts that will arrive in time for the holidays. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Wine.com If you're someone who puts your Christmas shopping off until the last minute, don't panic just yet. Below are last-minute gifts that will be delivered in time for Christmas. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. If you happen to be a chronic procrastinator who tends to scramble to find the best Christmas gifts for all your loved ones, then this is a list for you. While you still have time to shop, there are lots of thoughtful gift ideas that will arrive on time if you get in a last-minute pinch for gifts.Gift cards always make for great last-minute gifts since they can be purchased at any time and delivered to your recipient's inbox immediately. However, there are other options if you prefer to have a physical gift to give.We've rounded up a wide range of last-minute gift ideas sure to please everyone on your list — all of which can be delivered in time for Christmas.Here are the best last-minute Christmas gifts: Last-minute Christmas gifts under $25A mixology or baking classUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Uncommon Experiences, from $20An online class from Uncommon Experiences is a perfect last-minute Christmas gift. You can choose a class such as mixology or painting your pet. Read our full guide to the best experience gifts.A mini waffle makerTargetDash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Amazon, $18A cute and useful gift, the Dash Mini Waffle Maker will arrive before Christmas if you have Amazon Prime.Read our guide to the best Amazon gifts under $50.Unlimited access to online classes, from cooking to tennisMasterClassMasterClass Monthly Subscription, from $15 per monthA monthly subscription to MasterClass is a perfect gift for the person in your life who loves learning new things. Your giftee will receive access to a massive library of tutorials and lessons from popular celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, RuPaul, and Serena Williams. Read our full review of MasterClass here. A cozy beanieAmazonCarhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie, available at Amazon, $16.99A beanie is always a solid route to go if you're in a pinch for a last-minute Christmas gift. It's stylish and practical for winter, and there are tons of different colors to choose from. A cast-iron pan for the chef in your lifeLily Alig/InsiderLodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, available at Amazon, $17.90An affordable and practical gift, Lodge's pan is one of our top picks for best cast-iron skillet. Its nonstick and evenly-heating features are ideal for anyone who enjoys cooking at home.A subscription for tea loversNative American CoffeeLoose Tea Sampler Subscription, available at Native American Coffee, $12The Loose Tea Sampler subscription from Native American Coffee gives the gift of four new teas to try every month, or you can customize the shipping time for up to 12 weeks apart. Take a look at our guide to the best gifts for tea lovers for more inspiration.A gift card to one of our favorite candle companiesHarlem Candle Co.Harlem Candle Co. Gift Card, from $25A gift card from Harlem Candle Co. is a speedy gift that can be in your recipient's email inbox instantly. One of our top picks for best places to buy candles, Harlem Candle Co. has unique scents like blackcurrant and leather, and each candle comes with a backstory about the aroma. A gift card for endless tunesBest BuySend a gift card or subscription to Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, or Apple MusicWho doesn't love rocking out at home, listening to motivational jams at the gym, cranking tunes in the car, or having some backup for shower karaoke? Whether they already have a go-to music streaming service or are just getting started, a free month of on-demand music makes for a thoughtful last-minute option.Their favorite spirit deliveredDrizly/FacebookDrizly, from $8.99Gift them a favorite bottle of wine, premium alcohol, or even a pack of White Claws. Drizly offers same-day delivery and is available in most major cities and areas nationwide. You can sort by price range or look through suggested gift options by type of recipient to find the best option.A gift card for wine loversWine.comWine.com gift card, from $25Whether your giftee is a wine aficionado or just enjoys an occasional glass, a gift card for Wine.com is sure to please. They feature the world's largest online wine selection, and orders can be delivered directly to your doorstep or picked up at nearby local stores. Amounts range from $25 to $500. A gift card for an iconic mealGoldbellyGoldbelly gift card, from $25Foodies will certainly appreciate a gift card redeemable for top-notch cuisine. Goldbelly lets you send food gifts from iconic restaurants around the country. Options include biscuits from a famed shop in Savannah, classic bagels from New York, and more. Read more about how Goldbelly works here.An Amazon gift cardAmazonAmazon gift card, from $25For the person that feels impossible to shop for, an Amazon gift card gives them nearly endless options to peruse on their own time. From high-end kitchen items and stylish clothing options to the latest tech must-haves, it can all be conveniently found in one place on Amazon. Plus, they can even shop small businesses and handmade products.Gift cards are available starting from $25, and you can have them delivered immediately via text or email with a personalized gift message.  A gift card to add a little greeneryThe SillThe Sill gift card, from $25Know someone with a green thumb? Brighten up their home this season with a gift card that allows them to pick out plants delivered to their door. The Sill offers a wide range of options, from easy-to-care-for succulents to decorative orchids in chic pots to large fiddle leaf figs.If you prefer to send them an actual plant in lieu of a gift card and it won't arrive in time for Christmas, you can add an instant gift message that will be sent via email, letting them know their plant is on the way.Last-minute Christmas gifts under $50A monthly candle subscription serviceBrooklyn Candle StudioCandle of the Month Club Subscription, available at Brooklyn Candle Studio, from $25Who doesn't love the smell of a brand new candle? Brooklyn Candle Studio offers a one-, two-, or three-month candle club subscription that will deliver a candle to your giftee's door.A wood charcuterie boardAnna Popp/InsiderCheese Board and Knife Set, available at Amazon, $46 If they like to have guests over, a charcuterie serving board is a must-have item. This wooden board comes with cheese knives and slate labels.A subscription for anyone who loves their poochBarkBoxBarkBox subscription, starting at $35BarkBox sends treats and toys for their four-legged family members. To give it as a gift, enter the name of their pup and its general size (small, medium, or large), and select options of one-, three-, six-, or 12-month subscriptions. You can send a box to their house or purchase a digital gift card to be delivered via email right away.Check out our guide to the best gifts for dog lovers.Festive mini cupcakesBaked by MelissaClassic Gift Box from Baked by Melissa, from $32These bite-size delights come in festive flavors like Caramel Hot Cocoa and Snowcap. Plus, the cute box and included holiday card add to the overall presentation.A candle that smells like a favorite placeUncommon GoodsHomesick Candle from Uncommon Goods, $34Bring back the aroma of a favorite place with a candle that smells of a specific state. For example, Florida has notes of citrus, bergamot, and vanilla, while Michigan will send sweet scents of baked apples, puff pastry, cypress, cinnamon, and nutmeg wafting through the air. A subscription for bookwormsBook of the MonthBook of the Month, Three Months, $49.99For the bibliophile on your list, give them the gift of surprising and engaging reads with a subscription to Book of the Month. It's been in existence since 1926 and gets extra points  for being credited with the discovery of famous titles like "Gone with the Wind." A team of experts curate new releases, hot topics, debut authors, and more and send them to the subscriber's home.A subscription for freshly delivered flowersBloomsyBoxBloomsyBox flower subscription, from $44.99 per shipmentThis holiday season, give not just one bouquet but blooms sent to their home on a regular basis at the rate of your choosing — weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. It's our favorite flower subscription service.A new set of mixing bowlsAmazonOXO Good Grips Mixing Set, $28.95, available at AmazonFor your favorite home chef, a set of dishwasher-safe mixing bowls is a must-have item. With non-skid bottoms, rubber grip handles, and pouring spots, these colorful bowls are great for whipping up meals.A grill for indoor useAmazonBella Smokeless Electric Grill from Amazon for $49.99The Bella Smokeless Electric Grill will come in handy for grill masters who don't want to stand out in the cold this winter. Thanks to an electric heating element, it warms up fast and, as the name suggests, is smokeless. However, you'll still get those classic grill lines, and, maybe best of all, it's super easy to clean up after. A speaker to get them started on a smart homeAmazonAmazon Echo Dot, available at Best Buy $29.99The new Echo Dot is an ideal last-minute gift that feels high-end but is actually relatively affordable. Recipients will love talking to Alexa and playing games, music, or getting basic questions answered. In many areas, this item is available from Best Buy for same-day or one-day delivery. Or, you can opt for curbside pick-up if your local store has it. A gift card for easy, healthy mealsDaily Harvest/FacebookDaily Harvest gift card, from $50Daily Harvest is a newer meal delivery startup that makes healthy fast food. And when we say fast, we mean meals that take as little as 30 seconds to prepare. As an added bonus, meals are under $10 each and designed by a chef and nutritionist team, so they're both tasty and nutritious. You can read more about Daily Harvest here. Last-minute Christmas gifts under $100A subscription that delivers coffee to your doorTradeTrade Coffee Subscription, from $54Our resident coffee expert, Owen Burke, tested and reviewed the best coffee subscription services and deemed Trade Coffee the best pick overall. It's a thoughtful gift for any coffee drinker, and it's a gift that keeps on giving for as long as you want. An ice cream samplerHarry & David"Ice Cream My Love For You" Collection by Harry & David, $74.99Say I love you in a sweet way — like with a tasty premium ice cream assortment. Flavors in the sampler include Mint Cookie Crunch Ice Cream with Fudge Swirls, Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks, and Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. This item is available for fast, two-day shipping.A Disney streaming subscriptionDisney PlusBuy a Disney Plus gift subscription, $79.99For the Disney fan in your life, there's perhaps no better gift than a year of Disney Plus. Whether they want to sing along to "Hamilton," indulge in some nostalgia and watch old Disney Channel original movies, or catch up on "The Mandalorian," they'll find it all on Disney Plus.They can access thousands of titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Here's everything to know about the streaming platformRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 8th, 2021

27 clever last-minute Christmas gift ideas that are guaranteed to arrive in time, despite the shipping delays expected this year

Christmas is coming, and there are supply-chain concerns. Here are the best last-minute Christmas gifts that will arrive in time for the holidays. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Wine.com If you're someone who puts your Christmas shopping off until the last minute, don't panic just yet. Below are last-minute gifts that will be delivered in time for Christmas. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. If you happen to be a chronic procrastinator who tends to scramble to find the best Christmas gifts for all your loved ones, then this is a list for you. While you still have time to shop, there are lots of thoughtful gift ideas that will arrive on time if you get in a last-minute pinch for gifts.Gift cards always make for great last-minute gifts since they can be purchased at any time and delivered to your recipient's inbox immediately. However, there are other options if you prefer to have a physical gift to give.We've rounded up a wide range of last-minute gift ideas sure to please everyone on your list — all of which can be delivered in time for Christmas.Here are the best last-minute Christmas gifts: Last-minute Christmas gifts under $25A mixology or baking classUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Uncommon Experiences, from $20An online class from Uncommon Experiences is a perfect last-minute Christmas gift. You can choose a class such as mixology or painting your pet. Read our full guide to the best experience gifts.A mini waffle makerTargetDash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Amazon, $18A cute and useful gift, the Dash Mini Waffle Maker will arrive before Christmas if you have Amazon Prime.Read our guide to the best Amazon gifts under $50.Unlimited access to online classes, from cooking to tennisMasterClassMasterClass Monthly Subscription, from $15 per monthA monthly subscription to MasterClass is a perfect gift for the person in your life who loves learning new things. Your giftee will receive access to a massive library of tutorials and lessons from popular celebrities like Gordon Ramsay, RuPaul, and Serena Williams. Read our full review of MasterClass here. A cozy beanieAmazonCarhartt Men's Knit Cuffed Beanie, available at Amazon, $16.99A beanie is always a solid route to go if you're in a pinch for a last-minute Christmas gift. It's stylish and practical for winter, and there are tons of different colors to choose from. A cast-iron pan for the chef in your lifeLily Alig/InsiderLodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, available at Amazon, $17.90An affordable and practical gift, Lodge's pan is one of our top picks for best cast-iron skillet. Its nonstick and evenly-heating features are ideal for anyone who enjoys cooking at home.A subscription for tea loversNative American CoffeeLoose Tea Sampler Subscription, available at Native American Coffee, $12The Loose Tea Sampler subscription from Native American Coffee gives the gift of four new teas to try every month, or you can customize the shipping time for up to 12 weeks apart. Take a look at our guide to the best gifts for tea lovers for more inspiration.A gift card to one of our favorite candle companiesHarlem Candle Co.Harlem Candle Co. Gift Card, from $25A gift card from Harlem Candle Co. is a speedy gift that can be in your recipient's email inbox instantly. One of our top picks for best places to buy candles, Harlem Candle Co. has unique scents like blackcurrant and leather, and each candle comes with a backstory about the aroma. A gift card for endless tunesBest BuySend a gift card or subscription to Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited, or Apple MusicWho doesn't love rocking out at home, listening to motivational jams at the gym, cranking tunes in the car, or having some backup for shower karaoke? Whether they already have a go-to music streaming service or are just getting started, a free month of on-demand music makes for a thoughtful last-minute option.Their favorite spirit deliveredDrizly/FacebookDrizly, from $8.99Gift them a favorite bottle of wine, premium alcohol, or even a pack of White Claws. Drizly offers same-day delivery and is available in most major cities and areas nationwide. You can sort by price range or look through suggested gift options by type of recipient to find the best option.A gift card for wine loversWine.comWine.com gift card, from $25Whether your giftee is a wine aficionado or just enjoys an occasional glass, a gift card for Wine.com is sure to please. They feature the world's largest online wine selection, and orders can be delivered directly to your doorstep or picked up at nearby local stores. Amounts range from $25 to $500. A gift card for an iconic mealGoldbellyGoldbelly gift card, from $25Foodies will certainly appreciate a gift card redeemable for top-notch cuisine. Goldbelly lets you send food gifts from iconic restaurants around the country. Options include biscuits from a famed shop in Savannah, classic bagels from New York, and more. Read more about how Goldbelly works here.An Amazon gift cardAmazonAmazon gift card, from $25For the person that feels impossible to shop for, an Amazon gift card gives them nearly endless options to peruse on their own time. From high-end kitchen items and stylish clothing options to the latest tech must-haves, it can all be conveniently found in one place on Amazon. Plus, they can even shop small businesses and handmade products.Gift cards are available starting from $25, and you can have them delivered immediately via text or email with a personalized gift message.  A gift card to add a little greeneryThe SillThe Sill gift card, from $25Know someone with a green thumb? Brighten up their home this season with a gift card that allows them to pick out plants delivered to their door. The Sill offers a wide range of options, from easy-to-care-for succulents to decorative orchids in chic pots to large fiddle leaf figs.If you prefer to send them an actual plant in lieu of a gift card and it won't arrive in time for Christmas, you can add an instant gift message that will be sent via email, letting them know their plant is on the way.Last-minute Christmas gifts under $50A monthly candle subscription serviceBrooklyn Candle StudioCandle of the Month Club Subscription, available at Brooklyn Candle Studio, from $25Who doesn't love the smell of a brand new candle? Brooklyn Candle Studio offers a one-, two-, or three-month candle club subscription that will deliver a candle to your giftee's door.A wood charcuterie boardAnna Popp/InsiderCheese Board and Knife Set, available at Amazon, $46 If they like to have guests over, a charcuterie serving board is a must-have item. This wooden board comes with cheese knives and slate labels.A subscription for anyone who loves their poochBarkBoxBarkBox subscription, starting at $35BarkBox sends treats and toys for their four-legged family members. To give it as a gift, enter the name of their pup and its general size (small, medium, or large), and select options of one-, three-, six-, or 12-month subscriptions. You can send a box to their house or purchase a digital gift card to be delivered via email right away.Check out our guide to the best gifts for dog lovers.Festive mini cupcakesBaked by MelissaClassic Gift Box from Baked by Melissa, from $32These bite-size delights come in festive flavors like Caramel Hot Cocoa and Snowcap. Plus, the cute box and included holiday card add to the overall presentation.A candle that smells like a favorite placeUncommon GoodsHomesick Candle from Uncommon Goods, $34Bring back the aroma of a favorite place with a candle that smells of a specific state. For example, Florida has notes of citrus, bergamot, and vanilla, while Michigan will send sweet scents of baked apples, puff pastry, cypress, cinnamon, and nutmeg wafting through the air. A subscription for bookwormsBook of the MonthBook of the Month, Three Months, $49.99For the bibliophile on your list, give them the gift of surprising and engaging reads with a subscription to Book of the Month. It's been in existence since 1926 and gets extra points  for being credited with the discovery of famous titles like "Gone with the Wind." A team of experts curate new releases, hot topics, debut authors, and more and send them to the subscriber's home.A subscription for freshly delivered flowersBloomsyBoxBloomsyBox flower subscription, from $44.99 per shipmentThis holiday season, give not just one bouquet but blooms sent to their home on a regular basis at the rate of your choosing — weekly, every two weeks, or monthly. It's our favorite flower subscription service.A new set of mixing bowlsAmazonOXO Good Grips Mixing Set, $28.95, available at AmazonFor your favorite home chef, a set of dishwasher-safe mixing bowls is a must-have item. With non-skid bottoms, rubber grip handles, and pouring spots, these colorful bowls are great for whipping up meals.A grill for indoor useAmazonBella Smokeless Electric Grill from Amazon for $49.99The Bella Smokeless Electric Grill will come in handy for grill masters who don't want to stand out in the cold this winter. Thanks to an electric heating element, it warms up fast and, as the name suggests, is smokeless. However, you'll still get those classic grill lines, and, maybe best of all, it's super easy to clean up after. A speaker to get them started on a smart homeAmazonAmazon Echo Dot, available at Best Buy $29.99The new Echo Dot is an ideal last-minute gift that feels high-end but is actually relatively affordable. Recipients will love talking to Alexa and playing games, music, or getting basic questions answered. In many areas, this item is available from Best Buy for same-day or one-day delivery. Or, you can opt for curbside pick-up if your local store has it. A gift card for easy, healthy mealsDaily Harvest/FacebookDaily Harvest gift card, from $50Daily Harvest is a newer meal delivery startup that makes healthy fast food. And when we say fast, we mean meals that take as little as 30 seconds to prepare. As an added bonus, meals are under $10 each and designed by a chef and nutritionist team, so they're both tasty and nutritious. You can read more about Daily Harvest here. Last-minute Christmas gifts under $100A subscription that delivers coffee to your doorTradeTrade Coffee Subscription, from $54Our resident coffee expert, Owen Burke, tested and reviewed the best coffee subscription services and deemed Trade Coffee the best pick overall. It's a thoughtful gift for any coffee drinker, and it's a gift that keeps on giving for as long as you want. An ice cream samplerHarry & David"Ice Cream My Love For You" Collection by Harry & David, $74.99Say I love you in a sweet way — like with a tasty premium ice cream assortment. Flavors in the sampler include Mint Cookie Crunch Ice Cream with Fudge Swirls, Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Chunks, and Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. This item is available for fast, two-day shipping.A Disney streaming subscriptionDisney PlusBuy a Disney Plus gift subscription, $79.99For the Disney fan in your life, there's perhaps no better gift than a year of Disney Plus. Whether they want to sing along to "Hamilton," indulge in some nostalgia and watch old Disney Channel original movies, or catch up on "The Mandalorian," they'll find it all on Disney Plus.They can access thousands of titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Here's everything to know about the streaming platformRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 8th, 2021

84 great gifts for your girlfriend no matter her interests, from astrology jewelry to an REI co-op membership

We rounded up 84 thoughtful gifts to give your girlfriend, from keepsake jewelry under $100 to helpful tech and fitness accessories. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Gift your girlfriend a thoughtful, custom keepsake.Framebridge Giving your girlfriend a meaningful gift doesn't have to require hours of research. Below is a list of thoughtful gifts for your girlfriend, from accessories and tech to home decor. Still looking for gifts? Find more gift guides broken down by interest, budget, and occasion here. Giving gifts as a couple can be a lot of fun. You know your partner: What they love, what rituals they enjoy, what small daily annoyances you could possibly solve with a thoughtful gift. You also know how much they'll appreciate the gift when it comes from you.Odds are you want to give them something wonderful — whatever your price range is. All most of us need is a little direction and a few great options to pick from, so we put together a list of our favorite gift ideas for girlfriends of all personalities and interests to help guide you.Check out all 84 gifts for your girlfriend:This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Vuori. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*The best Apple Watch we've triedAppleApple Watch Series 7, available on Amazon and Apple, from $379If you're looking for a great gift and not concerned about staying in an under-$200 budget, we'd recommend the Apple Watch Series 7.Currently, we think it's the best Apple Watch. The Series 7 can charge up to 80% in 45 minutes, and it's the most advanced version with features such as blood oxygen saturation measuring and an electrocardiogram scanner to detect abnormalities in the heart's rhythm. Earrings made with her birthstoneMejuriAmethyst Flat Sphere Studs, available on Mejuri, $180If your girlfriend wears jewelry, birthstone earrings that she can keep forever are a thoughtful, personalized gift she'll wear often.  Delicious sweets from a famous NYC bakeryMilk BarMilk Bar Treats, from $22If your girlfriend has a sweet tooth, send her Milk Bar — the company delivers its iconic and decadent cakes, cookies, and truffles to her doorstep.A pass to get into a bunch of boutique fitness classesClasspassClassPass Gift Card, from $15Boutique fitness classes are expensive, which can make trying new workouts — either for variety or to figure out what we like — less appealing. ClassPass solves both issues. It's relatively affordable, and members can access a neverending catalog of great workouts with small class sizes. If your partner is getting back into fitness after over a year of at-home workouts, we'd highly recommend a gift card here for whenever they're ready to use it.Leggings fit for workouts and lounge sessionsVuoriVuori Daily Legging, from $50Vuori is known for its smooth, soft fabrics and flattering fits — and the Daily Legging is no exception. Combining the leisure and comfort of a jogger with the function and stretch of a legging, your girlfriend can wear these for both workouts and weekend lounging. *Sponsored by VuoriA disposable camera that doesn't take you out of the momentGamesgamer024 The gamer/YouTubeDisposable camera, $42.49Interested in preserving memories without taking yourself out of them? A good disposable camera or a film camera can take the pressure away from perfection so you and your girlfriend can focus on just savoring experiences together.The best electric toothbrushColgateElectric toothbrush, $39.99If your girlfriend is more interested in gifts she needs as well as wants, an electric toothbrush is a good option. We've tested our fair share of electric toothbrushes, and we think Colgate's Hum is the best value. It cleans thoroughly and offers advanced features and modern design for $70 — which is considerably more affordable than options with fancy features you may not use enough. A planned trip for the two of you to take togetherAirbnbAirbnb Gift Card, available at Airbnb, from $25If you want to gift an experience you and your girlfriend can enjoy together, grab a card, a gift card to Airbnb, and come up with a few location ideas to choose from. You can also book a hotel in your city on Booking.com or Expedia for a sweet staycation. *This gift can be saved and used at a later date.A versatile Exercise DressOutdoor VoicesThe Exercise Dress, available on Outdoor Voices, $100Given the popularity of the Exercise Dress, we wouldn't be surprised if this was on your girlfriend's wish list. The Exercise Dress is comfortable, versatile, and cute — which has made it a cult-favorite item. If she's a fan of dresses, outdoor voices, or clothes she can wear all day long, this may be a good option. Her favorite specialty food straight from the sourceGoldbelly/InstagramOrder her favorite specialty foods using Goldbelly, from $28Goldbelly makes it possible to satisfy your girlfriend's most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration. A streaming bundle that checks off all the boxesHulu/Disney+/ESPN+/Business InsiderHulu, Disney+ ESPN+ Bundle, available at Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu, from $13.99 per monthIf canceled sporting events or trips to Disney have you feeling down, you can gift Disney+, ESPN, and Hulu together to ensure the next few months include plenty of entertainment options. If your partner is not too fond of ads, this bundle can also be purchased with the ad-free version of Hulu.A small skincare tool that removes 99.5% of dirt, oil, and makeup residueAmazonForeo Luna Play Plus 2, available at Foreo, $59In the category of things your girlfriend may love but hasn't asked for yet: Foreo facial brushes. Our team swears by these gentle yet effective cleansing devices. They have hygienic silicone bristles and come in five different models for different skin types. The Luna is small enough to bring on the go, so your partner can maintain their skincare routine while traveling. A thoughtful book she'll loveAmazon"Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar" by Cheryl Strayed, available on Amazon, $12.42Pick up one of your all-time favorite books that you think she'd like, or browse some of the books we love to gift. This collection of Dear Sugar advice columns is a heartfelt favorite. Its topics are diverse, its letters to Dear Sugar are intimate and relatable, and Cheryl Strayed's responses are both witty and extraordinarily compassionate.A membership to a huge outdoor co-opREIREI Co-Op Lifetime Membership, $20, available at REIAn REI membership offers a lifetime of benefits for a one-time purchase. That includes 10%-back dividends, special offers, access to in-store REI Garage sales, and special pricing on REI classes and events. If your girlfriend loves the outdoors, this is an option she can enjoy solo and with you. A Dutch oven to elevate their bread gameLodge mfgEnameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, available at Walmart, $79.90Did your girlfriend get into baking bread and, miraculously, stay committed to it? If so, a really nice Dutch oven can help elevate her experience. You can get something great for under $100, or you can splurge on a beautiful Le Creuset. Other meaningful upgrades include a cooling rack, according to the famous baker Apollonia Poilâne.A subscription that sends her a six-month world tour of teasAtlas Tea ClubAtlas Tea Club 6 Month Subscription, available on Atlas Tea Club, $94This subscription sends your girlfriend single-origin teas from the best tea-growing regions in the world for six months. She'll get two delicious options sent to her home each month.Festive matching underwear from one of the internet's favorite startupsMeUndiesMatching Underwear, available at MeUndies, $42Get yourself and your girlfriend festive matching underwear — which also happen to be some of the most comfortable pairs we've ever found. MeUndies gives you the options to create your own personalized set — two styles listed for women, two styles listed for men, a mix, and whichever length or cut you and your partner prefer. A standing desk for a home office upgradeFullyJarvis Bamboo Standing Desk, available at Fully, from $569If she's working from home, your girlfriend might love a home office upgrade the most. We ranked the Fully Jarvis the best standing desk; it provides the right blend of features and reliable performance. Its customizations for style, height, and accessories make it adaptable to pretty much any need. A framed keepsake of a favorite memoryFramebridgeFramed photo, available at Framebridge, from $45Gift Card, available at Framebridge, from $25Framebridge makes custom framing a bit more affordable. 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 what frame to get. The best socks she'll ever wearBombasBombas Women's Performance Running Ankle Sock 3-Pack, $49.50Bombas makes the best socks we've ever tried, and they're a gift we find ourselves giving every year to loved ones. They're lightweight, moisture-wicking, and built to circumvent annoyances like uncomfortable seams and heel slipping.A powerful, customizable massage gunTheragunTheragun PRO, available at Therabody, $599This is the best massage gun we've tested — though it's also on the higher end of what you would expect to pay. We loved it in part due to its two-year warranty, adjustable massage arm, customizable speeds, 60 lbs of no-stall force, six different heads, an extra battery, and how easy it is to use. If you can't give your girlfriend an unlimited pass to professional massages, this is a nice in-between option. A nice gold vermeil and sapphire zodiac sign necklaceMejuriAquarius Necklace, available at Mejuri, $395Mejuri is a Canadian startup created in 2015 to make fine jewelry affordable to buy — and it has racked up waitlists with more than 40,000 people before. Their popular Zodiac Necklace is cool, minimalist, and something she can wear every day. It's made in gold vermeil with AAA quality white sapphires. Mejuri's affordable pricing means the estimated traditional retail price of the same necklace elsewhere would be closer to $235.  The best bathrobe that money can buySnoweBathrobe, available at Snowe, $100Snowe's unisex bathrobe has been called the best and most absorbent terry robe on the market, and I'm just one more fervent believer. The cotton fiber traps air for extra absorbency and is soft and plush, and the unisex sizing means it will feel like a blanket-turned-robe. Perfect functionality, and extra points for coziness.A tracker for finding cell phones and wallets quicklyAmazonTile Pro, available at Amazon, $34.99When your girlfriend can't find her phone, all she has to do is click the Tile button to make her phone ring, even if it's on silent. We've found them especially useful lately. A monogrammed jewelry case from a minimalist fashion startupCuyanaLeather Jewelry Case, available at Cuyana, $85 (+ $15 for monogram)Keeping track of tiny and delicate jewelry is difficult — but jewelry cases are a pretty and useful solution. This is a thoughtful and personalized gift, especially if you've gotten your girlfriend jewelry in the past, or plan to in the future. It's made from premium leather, comes in many colors, and can be monogrammed with her initials. Cuyana is a cool leather bag startup she may have already heard of. A pair of blue light-blocking glasses that look good enough to wear outside of the houseFelix GrayFaraday Glasses, available at Felix Gray, from $95If she's ever complained about strain from constant screens, you can help mitigate it with a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses. They might even help with sleep.The convenience of Apple AirPodsHollis Johnson/Business InsiderApple AirPods, available at Best Buy, $119.99When it comes to convenience, truly wireless earbuds are the best. And Apple's AirPods are very popular with iPhone and Android users alike. They look subtle compared to other bigger options, and they're easy to use. For the latest option, you can pick up AirPods Pro for $189.99. A 215-piece art kit for creative projectsAmazonArt 101 215-Piece Wood Art Set, available at Amazon, $49.34If your girlfriend loves to create art, this 215-Piece art kit includes everything she'll need for projects: crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, fine line markers, watercolor cakes, and acrylic paint.A year-long MasterClass membership to learn about things she's passionate aboutMasterClassAnnual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $180/yearIf your dinner table conversations often include talk of photography, or tennis, or screenwriting, or another passion, consider getting your girlfriend a gift that helps her spend time with her hobbies. We love MasterClass because it kind of feels like entertainment. Classes are short, there's no homework, and she can listen to the audio like its a podcast or watch the videos. The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership. You can read our full review here.A one-size-fits-all lid that instantly declutters the cabinetsMade InSilicone Universal Lid Kit, available at Made In, $59This was one of the gifts that professional chefs recommended to us for avid home cooks. If your girlfriend loves to cook and has a plethora of differently sized pots and pans with all the corresponding lids, having one universal lid can declutter and streamline their space in one move. A convenient phone sanitizerPhoneSoapPhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer, available at PhoneSoap, $79.95This small, easy-to-use device uses UV-C light to sanitize a phone, killing 99.9% of common household germs.A bottle (or two) of wineMcBride SistersMcBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Wine, starting at $19.99As the largest black-owned wine company in the United States, the McBride Sisters Collection is the perfect place to find a wine gift for your girlfriend. The Black Girl Magic collection in particular is inspired by the resilience of black women and includes varieties from Rosé to Merlot. The new Sonos Move portable speakerAmazonSonos Move, available at Best Buy, $399.99The Sonos Move is one of the best speakers on the market. It's powerful, can be controlled by voice or an app, and has Amazon Alexa built-in so on WiFi you can play music, check the news, set alarms, get your questions answered, and more, without much effort.A stylish, savvy carry-on with an external battery packAwayCarry-On, available at Away, from $225Away's hyper-popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360° spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over so she never has to sit behind a trash can at the airport for access to an outlet again. It's also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.16 highly-rated sheet masksAmazon/Business InsiderSheet Mask Set, available at Amazon, $22.99Grab 39 sheet masks to make it easier for your girlfriend to have a frequent and well-deserved "treat yourself" day. These are highly-rated and have both vitamin E and collagen included for healthy, happy skin.   A weighted blanket for better restAmazonYnM Weighted Blanket, available at YnM, from $49.80Weighted blankets help create more restful sleep by "grounding" the body, and YnM makes some of the most popular and affordable weighted blankets on the internet. There are multiple sizes and weights for the ideal fit and width (they recommend picking whichever is about 10% of your body weight), and the segmented design allows you to move around without displacing all the weighted beads inside. A mini multipurpose toolAmazonMini Multitool Knife 12 in 1, available on Amazon, $9.99This lightweight multitool has a knife, pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, scissors, and a bottle opener — so it's nine times as many opportunities for being useful as your average gift. A sleek fitness tracker that includes heart rate monitoringFitbitFitbit Inspire 2, available at Best Buy, $69.95Fitbit's affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to keep someone informed about their physical activity — tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones.An 8-in-1 pan that helps to declutter your homeOur PlaceAlways Pan, available at Our Place, $145If you're spending more time at home cooking together — or re-organizing the kitchen — she may appreciate a good 8-in-1 cookware hack.The Always Pan from startup Our Place is a frying pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest in the space of a single pan. In other words, a clever generalist that's extremely convenient for small spaces or minimalist cooks. You can read our review here.A video message from someone she loves almost as much as youCameo/Business InsiderCameo Video Messages, available at Cameo, from $15Whether it's your girlfriend's favorite actor, comedian, or athlete, you're likely to find someone she admires on Cameo. Cameo allows celebrities to send custom video messages to recipients for nearly any occasion, and a personalized video is a gift that she'll never forget. Personalized cartoon couple mugsShelley KleinPersonalized Family Mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, from $30These cute mugs can be personalized for what you're like as a couple, making for a special weekend morning coffee routine or just a nice reminder in the kitchen cabinet. On the back, you can add a family name and the year the couple was established if you'd like. Silky, breathable leggingsEverlaneEverlane Leggings, $68Everlane's Perform Leggings are some of our all-time favorites — they're breathable and silky, like a slightly less expensive version of Alo leggings. You can read a full review of the Everlane Perform Leggings and see pictures of them here.Beautiful candles from a cool startupOtherlandOtherland Candles, available at Otherland, $36Otherland is a candle company started by Abigail Cook Stone, a former art buyer for Ralph Lauren. If you want to give your girlfriend a candle that burns for 55 hours, looks beautiful, and comes from a startup that she's probably seen (or coveted) before, this is a great option. Find our full review here.The last weekend bag you'll ever need to buy herRothy'sRothy's The Weekender, available at Rothy's, $550With its large, padded top handles and roomy interior, Rothy's The Weekender might be the last overnight bag your partner ever needs. It's got multiple pockets and a sturdy insert that helps it maintain its shape. You'll be shocked by how much you can fit in this bag — definitely enough for a long weekend. It's made of recycled plastic pulled from the ocean and is machine washable.  The "world's most comfortable shoes"AllbirdsWomen's Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $98The classic Wool Runners make a great gift for the uninitiated, though we'd also highly recommend the brand's casual cup sole Wool Piper for everyday wear if that's more your partner's style. You can find our full review of the Runners here, and the Wool Pipers here.A customized map of her favorite placeGrafomapCustom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, from $49Grafomap lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world — like the first place you met, the best trip you ever took together, or the hometown she couldn't wait to show you. It's unique, thoughtful, and pretty inexpensive.  You can find our full review here.A gift card to a popular wine subscription clubWincGift Card, available at Winc, from $29.95Winc is a personalized wine club — and we think it's the best one you can belong to overall. Members take a wine palate profile quiz and then choose from the personalized wine suggestions. Each bottle has extensive tasting notes and serving recommendations online, and makes it easy to discover similar bottles. Gift her a Winc gift card, and she can take a wine palate profile quiz and get started with her own customized suggestions. An exercise bike for staying active indoorsNordicTrackCommercial S22i Studio Cycle, available at NordicTrack, $1,499If money is of no object and your partner is trying to figure out how to exercise while staying indoors, an exercise bike is a particularly thoughtful and useful gift right now. We like the NordicTrack option the most overall, but we also like and recommend options that are under $200. A large print on fine art paper of a favorite memoryArtifact Uprising/Business InsiderLarge Format Prints, available at Artifact Uprising, from $22Artifact Uprising makes luxury prints at accessible prices — and they make especially thoughtful gifts that look like they should cost much more. Get one of their favorite photos printed on archival fine art paper for $20 and up, or thoughtful cards for as little as $1 per custom card. You can also make a color series photo book for $22, a set of prints for $9, and a personalized calendar on a handcrafted wood clipboard for $30.A mug that keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours straightHydro FlaskHydro Flask Mug, 12 oz, available at Hydro Flask, from $24.95This 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 up to 24 hours. Read our full review of it here.A gift card for delicious, healthy meals she can make in about 30 secondsDaily HarvestGift Card, available at Daily Harvest, from $50Daily Harvest is a food startup that makes it possible to eat healthy, delicious meals for less than $10 each even if you only have 30 seconds to spare for prep time. Meals are pre-portioned, delicious, and designed by both a chef and a nutritionist to make sure they're tasty and good for you. It addressed most of my healthy eating roadblocks. The best hair dryer ever inventedDyson/FacebookDyson Blow Dryer, available at Ulta, $399.99This gift may seem inexplicably expensive, but the Dyson blow dryer is lauded as the best one ever invented, making it a cult favorite. It prevents hair damage by measuring air temperature 20 times per second, has a specially designed Dyson motor for fast drying, and reduces static, breakage, and makes hair look smooth and shiny.Comfy, high-end sheets at the best price on the marketBrooklinenLuxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, from $240Brooklinen is one of our favorite companies, point-blank. We think they make the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds.The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in plenty of colors and patterns, and you can mix and match them to suit your taste. Grab a gift card if you want to give her more freedom. If you opt for a sheet bundle, she'll receive a core sheet set (fitted, flat, two pillowcases), duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases in soft, smooth 480-thread-count weave.This cozy loungewear set that she'll never want to take offKnixKnix Cozzzy Track Pants, available at Knix, $46.75Cozy and warm, the Cozzzy Track Pants from Knix are comfortable enough to wear around the house while also being cute enough to wear to the market. The ultra-soft fabric feels like the softest terry cloth washcloth you've ever used, and its slouchy fit is modern and luxe. She'll love the joggers with cuffed legs that are sleek without being overly tight. Comes in cream and gray.The internet's favorite olive oilBrightlandAwake Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37Brightland's olive oils make great gifts for cooks and anyone else who loves to entertain. The white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage and look nice displayed on a countertop. Find a full review here. A high-tech towel that keeps her from slipping around during yoga classesMandukaManduka Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel, from $42.50Manduka is known for making the best yoga products, and their Yogitoes towel is one of the most loved. It has tiny 100% silicone nubs on one side that grab yoga mats and keep yogis from slipping around during the exercise. Having a good towel can make a big difference. It also comes in 19 great colors and gets eco-friendly points. Each Yogitoes towel is made from eight recycled plastic water bottles, and made with dyes free of azo, lead, or heavy metal. A card game that's meant to deepen personal connectionsUrban OutfittersWe're Not Really Strangers Card Game, available at Urban Outfitters, $30This card game, from the popular Instagram account We're Not Really Strangers, is designed to enhance connections between people with different levels: perceptions, connection, and reflection. Not only is it a card game you haven't played before, but it's also a thoughtful activity you can enjoy with your girlfriend.A cooking class from one of the nation's top chefsCozymeal/InstagramGift Card, available at Cozymeal, from $50With a Cozymeal class, you and your girlfriend can learn how to make anything from fresh pasta to Argentinian staple dishes from the nation's top chefs. In addition to cooking classes, Cozymeal offers food tours in various cities (when it's safe to do so). A satin-lined beanieAndrea Bossi / Business InsiderKink & Coil Satin-Lined Beanie, $36Most people with naturally curly hair avoid wearing hats to reduce frizz, but Kink and Coil's satin-lined beanie solves that issue. Just like a silk pillowcase or a bonnet, the inside of the beanie is designed to protect your hair from frizz and damage. On top of that, the pom-pom can be removed, if she'd prefer to wear the hat without it.We spoke with a trichologist to learn more about how satin- and silk-lined beanies can benefit anyone with curly or high-porosity hair. Rihanna's bestselling Fenty skincare setFenty BeautyFenty Skin Start'rs Full-Size Bundle, $75Rihanna's bestselling skincare bundle from her brand Fenty includes everything she'll need to maintain healthy skin. The kit includes a facial cleanser, toner, and two-in-one sunscreen moisturizer. Read our full review of the Fenty skincare set here.A cashmere crew from Everlane that she'll own foreverEverlaneThe Cashmere Crew, available at Everlane, from $120For a closet staple she'll own for years to come, Everlane's $120 Cashmere Crew (available in various colors) is about the safest choice you can make. Everlane has plenty of great gifts (you can find the Everlane basics we wear repeatedly here), so you can't really go wrong. A small cold brew coffee makerAmazonAirtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Walmart, $34.99This small cold brew maker (available in 1-liter and 1.5-liter options) makes coffee's less acidic, smoother cousin cold brew in 12 hours in the fridge, so there's minimal hassle and always a treat ready in the morning on your girlfriend's way out the door to work. A stylish leather makeup pouch that's thoughtful and easy to travel withDagne DoverHunter Toiletry Bag, available at Dagne Dover, from $40Dagne Dover is quickly becoming one of the best women's handbag companies to know, and its toiletry pouches are a great and relatively affordable gift. The small size holds a handful of go-to toiletries, and the large should have enough space for all of the grooming essentials.A comfy zip-up for the months aheadPatagoniaBetter Sweater, available at Patagonia, from $139Patagonia makes our favorite athleisure options overall, and that definitely includes the Better Sweater. It works in pretty much any environment — in the office, at home, on a hike, or on a casual night out — and has zippered pockets to keep hands warm in the cold months. We're also big fans of the 1/4 Zip option.A new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite for reading anywhereAmazonKindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99If your girlfriend is a reader, we'd suggest looking at Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite; it's the company's thinnest and lightest yet, with double the storage. Perhaps the best features are that it's waterproof and has a built-in adjustable light for the perfect reading environment indoors or outdoors, day or night. If she loves a nice, relaxing bath, pair this with a caddy, bath bombs, and a glass of wine for a relaxing night in that you've already taken care of.A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%AquisAquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Anthropologie, from $30Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes for her hair to dry in half — a claim we're happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there's less damage to wet hair while it dries. A fun, unique local dateAirbnb/Business InsiderAirbnb Experiences, available at Airbnb, from $10Airbnb started offering experience programming online. You can book from thousands of experiences that range from workouts with Olympic athletes over Zoom to cooking classes with chefs you'd normally have to hop on a flight to meet. We tested a a tango class and a Moroccan cooking class.It's also an under-utilized part of Airbnb, making it a thoughtful and unusual gift — and one you may keep using with your girlfriend for out-of-the-box date nights in the future. As states and countries slowly begin reopening, Airbnb listings and in-person activities are becoming options again, but you can still participate in online activities from home if you're not ready to travel yet or just want a fun activity. A houseplant that arrives already potted and is easy to care forLeon & GeorgeSilver Evergreen, available at Leon & George, from $149Leon & George is a San Francisco startup that will send beautiful plants — potted in stylish, minimalist pots — to your girlfriend's door. All she has to do is to occasionally add water. Flowers are wonderful, but houseplants have a much longer shelf life, and most of Leon & George's options are very easy to care for. We'd also recommend checking out Bloomscape for small plant trios under $70.  Beautiful earrings she'll own foreverStone and StrandSparkle Diamond Cluster Huggies, available at Stone and Strand, $395They're solid gold, conflict-free, and made locally. Plus, the style is versatile enough that your girlfriend can wear them every day.A membership to a popular skincare and makeup subscription that sends new, cool, and bestselling products once per monthConnie Chen/Business InsiderBirchbox Gift Subscription, available at Birchbox, from $45Birchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of samples of new and cult-favorite products to subscribers so they can find products they love without much commitment or cost upfront. Makeup and skincare products can be expensive, so this is a particularly helpful service. A funny and unique cardLoveFromCo/EtsyYou Take My Breath Away, available at Etsy, from $4.09You can pick up a card from Walgreens on your way to exchange gifts, but it'll mean more if you think just a few days ahead. Etsy has great options for cheap, unique, handmade gifts that are cool and thoughtful. This one is perfect for a couple who appreciates a "The Office" deep cut. A streaming stick that gives you access to hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodesAmazonRoku Streaming Stick +, available at Best Buy, $44.99Roku's Streaming Stick+ is exceptional for its 4K, HDR, and HD streaming, and long-range wireless receiver. Installing it is an easy process and starts by plugging the stick into his TV.A great foam rollerTB12Vibrating Pliability Roller, available on TB12, $160If your girlfriend is very physically active, a foam roller is a nice gift to aid in her workout recovery and soreness. This one is our favorite because it has four levels of vibration, a pattern that targets muscle groups, and a durable exterior. But, if your budget doesn't fit a $160 foam roller, never fear — we like some under-$20 options too. A subscription to a book club that sends her great hardcovers once per monthBook of the Month Instagram3-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99If she's a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially thoughtful and unique gift — it's a book club that has been around since 1926, and it's credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time ("Gone with the Wind" and "Catcher in the Rye" to name a couple). If you gift her a subscription, she'll receive a hardcover book delivered to her door once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.If she's really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here).Fancy popcorn and a movie nightWilliams SonomaAmish Popcorn Gift Set, available at Williams Sonoma, $29.95Make a reservation at a nice outdoor restaurant, stock up on your girlfriend's favorite movie candy and some fun drinks ahead of time (wrap them for an extra wow-factor), and create your own in-house cinema experience. Or, perhaps even better, order a bunch of take-out from your favorite local restaurants.A gift set of a dozen decadent bath bombsAmazonBath Bomb Gift Set, available at Walmart, $34.53This bath bomb gift set comes with 12 handcrafted bath bombs that range from mango-papaya to lavender in scent, and some of which include flower petals. They're a great addition to a long bath, as is a bamboo bathtub tray. A subscription to a coffee service that sends coffees specifically for her taste preferencesDriftaway Facebook3-Month Subscription, available at Driftaway Coffee, from $75If your girlfriend loves coffee, she'll probably love to try Driftaway. It's a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it, remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your specific tastes. The first shipment will be a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which she'll rate online or in the app to start getting personalized options.A book of love letters written by history's great menAmazonLove Letters of Great Men, available at Amazon, $13.95It can be hard to do yourself justice in words — whether they're spoken or written in a card. This compilation of love letters written by great men can help you say it without actually technically saying it. Bonus points if you write your own, or mark the ones in the book that most closely resemble your own feelings.  A beautiful diamond necklace she'll have foreverAUrateDiamond Bezel Necklace, available at AUrate, from $320A diamond necklace doesn't have to be thousands of dollars, as fine jewelry startups like AUrate are proving. This necklace is something she can keep and wear forever, and both the solid gold and conflict-free diamonds are of the highest quality. Lush, subtly scented body washNecessaireNecessaire — The Body Wash, available at Sephora, $25New startup Necessaire formulates its body care products with nourishing vitamins and clean ingredients. The subtly scented Body Wash will leave her skin feeling clean, soft, and nourished. Hand sanitizer that smells goodTouchlandTouchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9Many of us are using hand sanitizer a lot these days. Why not pick one they'd enjoy using? This version from Touchland is a little moisturizing and doesn't smell like alcohol or make hands sticky. Read our full review here.A stylish weekender to keep her organized on the goCaraa SportCaraa Studio Tote Large, available at Caraa, $250Caraa Sport makes some of the most functional and best-looking gym bags on the market. This one can transition from tote to backpack by adding straps. It also has a hidden shoe compartment and a waterproof and antimicrobial lining.An award-winning at-home facialSephoraDrunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, available at Sephora, $80This is an award-winning mask with a big following in the beauty and skincare community. It's $80, but it's an at-home pro-quality facial your girlfriend can use anytime — which is a fraction of the price required for regular facials.Kitchen towels that rate wines by how well they pair with certain foodsUncommon GoodsWine Pairing Towel, available at Wolf & Badger, $19If your girlfriend loves having a nice glass of wine and/or cooking, she'll appreciate the thought behind this unique wine pairing towel. Grab a bottle and some corresponding ingredients for a fun night in for the two of you.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytDec 8th, 2021

I flew from New York to San Diego through Mexico using an obscure border loophole — here"s what it was like

Flying between two US cities via Mexico on a single ticket normally isn't allowed. But a new type of airport terminal makes it perfectly legal. Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/Insider Tijuana International Airport directly connects with the US through a private border crossing called Cross Border Xpress. The cross-border terminal allows travelers to access Tijuana International and its cheap fares to cities inside Mexico without having to enter Tijuana and deal with busy border crossings.  I put Cross Border Xpress to the test by flying from New York to Tijuana and immediately crossing back into the US.  Conventional wisdom dictates that the fastest way to fly between New York and San Diego, California isn't through Mexico. Such a routing on a single ticket isn't even legal thanks to federal cabotage laws.Rigucci/ShutterstockBut that's where Tijuana International Airport's new cross-border terminal comes in. Travelers can book flights to the airport and walk right into San Diego, without ever having to step foot in Tijuana itself.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderCross Border Xpress, as the private border crossing is known, is solely available to passengers flying in and out of Tijuana International, drastically reducing border crossing times for air travelers and taking the hassle out of flying out of Mexico's northwesternmost city.The Cross Border Xpress bridge over the US-Mexico border fence.BILL WECHTER/AFP/GettyThe terminal wasn't built as an alternative to San Diego International Airport so that Americans could fly between two US cities. Rather, it's meant to give travelers more options when flying to Mexico's interior including access to Mexico's ultra-low-cost airlines, and ultimately save them the international air travel taxes that drive up airfares.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBut I wanted to test CBX to the extreme so I booked a ticket from New York to Tijuana through Mexico City just to use the crossing. Here's how it went.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMy journey was simple: New York to Mexico City on Delta and Mexico City to Tijuana on Aeromexico. If I played my cards right, I wouldn't have to take one step inside Mexico beyond the two airports.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThere are no direct flights from New York to Tijuana and a stop in Mexico City was about the most direct routing I could get with the fewest connections. The total journey time was scheduled to be just shy of 12 hours.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderTaking a non-stop flight to San Diego is only around six and a half hours. But this was arguably the more interesting, and fun, option.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAlthough San Diego was my final destination, I still needed my passport as I'd have to legally enter Mexico. To the airport staff, I was just any old traveler flying to Tijuana.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThough, it's hard to believe that New York-Tijuana is a common routing because it's probably cheaper to fly direct to San Diego and cross the border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.The San Ysidro Port of Entry on the US-Mexico border.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMexico doesn't require a negative COVID-19 test to enter and neither does the US when crossing by land. Checking in for the flight was just a matter of checking my passport.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderTaking us down to Mexico City was a Boeing 767-300ER, Delta's workhorse wide-body aircraft. It was a small upgrade from the narrow-body Boeing 757 aircraft flying on the New York-San Diego route.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI even scored an upgrade to Delta's Comfort+ cabin, which is becoming increasingly hard to come by when traveling domestically.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI flew Delta as an elite status holder and saw how difficult it is to get coveted first class upgrades as travel returnsBut even though this was an international flight, Delta wasn't serving up any hot meals or special snacks. We might as well have been flying to San Diego.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderFlight attendants came around just after takeoff with a small snack basket, Options for Comfort+ passengers included chocolate chip cookies, potato chips, Kind bars, Biscoff cookies, and more.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderPassengers in regular economy class were just given the standard options including almonds and Biscoff cookies.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe flight itself was largely uneventful as we crossed the Gulf of Mexico bound for Mexico City. I used the time to get some work done and watch a movie.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderFlight attendants came around one more time around an hour before landing for the final drink service.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMexico came into view shortly there after and we were greeted with some of the best views I've ever had as a traveler.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe rolling hills of Mexico City showed a side of Mexico that I had never seen before. This detour was worth it for the views alone.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderTouchdown in Mexico City marked the halfway point of the journey. The only things left to conquer now were a two-hour layover and a flight to Tijuana.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBut until I could do that, I'd have to go through Mexican customs. Even though I was technically traveling between US cities, I'd still be entering Mexico when I touched down in Mexico City and there was no way around going through passport control.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThat was when I realized that it might sound odd if I had to explain why I was only going to be in Mexico for a few hours. But luckily, the border guard didn't ask too many questions.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAnd with the stamp of my passport, it was welcome to Mexico.Flying Delta Air Lines from New York to Mexico City, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderConnecting at Mexico City International Airport was quite straightforward and required going through one more security screening and filling out a health declaration required for all domestic flights.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMy flight to Tijuana was on Aeromexico, Mexico's flag carrier, with a flying time of around three and a half hours.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBoarding required taking a bus to a remote gate away from the main terminal. It's arguably one of the worst ways to board a flight and almost always results in a delay.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAnd the flight to Tijuana was nearly fully loaded, meaning it would be a tight squeeze for the next few hours. All this I was willing to overlook, however, as it was my first flight on Aeromexico.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMasks were required onboard, just like in the US, and numerous announcements reminded passengers to be mindful of their hygiene and well-being.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe Boeing 737-800 taking us north had a tired and old interior. It had seen better days, for sure.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI wasn't as lucky with getting an upgrade as I was on my previous flight, so back to row 25 I went.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe one upside to this old plane was that there were seat-back televisions at every seat.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderWe ended up departing late, as expected, due to the extra time it took to board the plane via buses.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBut soon enough, we were airborne out of Mexico City bound for the furthest reach of Mexico.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderMexico City once again surprised and delighted with stunning views on takeoff.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderWe soon ascended above the clouds and flight attendants began the first of two beverage services. A standard offering of drinks, including alcohol, was served.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI opted for my drink of choice when flying, a club soda.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderSmall snack bags with mixed nuts were also on offer; though, that was about it for the entire flight.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe rest of the flight was spent watching movies and getting some work done. In-flight WiFi was also available through Gogo In-flight Internet.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe dirty airplane window and direct sunlight made it hard to sightsee on this flight but there were some good views of the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean to be had. It wasn't before long that we started to descend into a cloudy Tijuana.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderTijuana soon appeared from below the clouds and it couldn't have felt any more different from San Diego, just a few miles to the north. Whereas the approach into San Diego is lined with skyscrapers, the approach into Tijuana was mostly warehouses and shacks.Visiting the community of Nueva Esperanza in Tijuana, Mexico next to Amazon's new fulfillment center.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe flight had come to its end but my cross-border journey was just about to begin. We were just about in the US as Tijuana International is right on the borderline.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI could literally see the border wall from my seat on the plane. Before CBX, getting to the other side would've meant journeying by taxi or bus to one of the nearby border crossings.Flying Aeromexico from Mexico City to Tijuana, Mexico.Thomas Pallini/InsiderOnce in the terminal, I was practically taken by the hand and led to CBX thanks to the never-ending branding and signage guiding me to the entrance.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI used CBX, the private border crossing bridge that connects Tijuana airport with the US and found it's one of the best kept secrets for travelersTijuana International has clearly embraced CBX as part of its identity, to the benefit of travelers.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAnd I couldn't have been more impressed by the airport itself. It was very much a place that I wanted to spend more time in.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAmerica, however, beckoned and CBX signage guided the way to baggage claim, with no shortage of ticket kiosks and advertisements along the way.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI had bought my ticket through the CBX mobile application at a cost of $16 one-way. But getting a ticket was probably the easy part as even airlines sell tickets on their websites.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderOnly air travelers arriving into Tijuana can use CBX and keeping the entrance behind security helps prevent unauthorized users from making the crossing.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThere was a very short line to use the crossing and staff checked boarding passes and travel documents.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAn automated gate was the final hurdle before beginning the long walk back to the US.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderSign after sign said the same thing "US/Mexico border" with an arrow pointing straight, as if there was any other direction in which to walk.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThe last stop in Mexico was a small duty free shop, just like in the international departures section of an airport.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderAfter endless winding and turning, the border bridge appeared and the US was in sight.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderThere's even a plaque at the actual borderline to demarcate the boundary. It was undeniably a long way to go just to end up back in the same country.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderBut I knew I was home free when I saw the line for Global Entry had only one person in it.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderJust like that, I was back in the US. The US Customs and Border Protection agent only asked if I was bringing anything back from Mexico, and I was free to go after that.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderI got in my rental car and drove off towards San Diego, just 20 minutes away.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderIt was a long day but I would absolutely do it again if the price was right. These types of flying adventures make travel fun and now I can say that I've flown between New York and San Diego through Mexico.Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/InsiderRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 4th, 2021

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

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

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 1st, 2021

Hulu is raising the price of its live TV service by $5 a month, but all members will get Disney Plus and ESPN+ included

Hulu + Live TV has over 75 channels for $65/month. The price will increase to $70/month in December, but all members will get Disney Plus and ESPN+. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Hulu + Live TV combines Hulu's on-demand service with live streaming channels.Hulu/Facebook Hulu + Live TV offers over 75 channels, plus Hulu's entire on-demand catalog, for $65/month. On December 21, the service will increase its price to $70/month and add access to Disney Plus and ESPN+. You can also upgrade to ad-free on-demand streaming for an extra $6 a month. Hulu + Live TV$64.98 FROM HULUHulu is well known for it's on-demand library of shows and movies, but the streaming service also gives members the option to add live TV networks to their subscription. Hulu + Live TV plans start at $65 a month and include over 75 channels.The price will increase to $70 a month starting December 21, but all members will get access to Disney Plus and ESPN+ as part of their subscription.Instead of waiting until the next day to watch new episodes of "The Voice" or "Saturday Night Live," Hulu + Live TV gives you the chance to watch shows as they air. This can make Hulu + Live TV a convenient alternative to cable and satellite packages that cost more.How much does Hulu + Live TV cost?Hulu Basic + Live TV starts at $65 a month. This plan includes ad-supported access to Hulu's entire streaming catalog and over 75 live channels. If you want ad-free access to Hulu's on-demand catalog in addition to live TV streaming, you need to upgrade to Hulu Premium + Live TV for $71 a month.That said, Hulu is increasing the monthly cost of both plans by $5 starting December 21. To go along with the price hike, all members will get access to Disney Plus and ESPN+ as part of their Hulu + Live TV subscription.This bundle used to cost an extra $8 a month. So, while subscribers will lose the option to get a cheaper plan without the bundle, you're actually saving $3 a month on the complete package. Current Hulu + Live TV pricing and plansHulu + Live TV plansPriceHulu Basic + Live TV$65/monthHulu Premium + Live TV$71/monthHulu Basic + Live TV, Disney Plus, and ESPN+ bundle$73/monthHulu Premium + Live TV, Disney Plus, and ESPN+ bundle$79/monthHulu + Live TV pricing and plans starting December 21Hulu + Live TV plansPriceHulu Basic + Live TV with Disney Plus and ESPN+$70/monthHulu Premium + Live TV with Disney Plus and ESPN+$76/monthHulu + Live TV includes up to 50 hours of DVR storage and the ability to rewind shows. There's also an upgrade available for an additional $10 a month that offers 200 hours of DVR storage.You can add a number of premium channels to your Hulu + Live TV subscription for an extra monthly fee, as well. Premium options include HBO Max ($15 a month), Showtime ($11 a month), Cinemax ($10 a month), and Starz ($9 a month). You can check Hulu's website for a full list of premium channels.What channels come with Hulu + Live TV?Hulu + Live TV offers more than 75 channels. The lineup features local networks in many markets, including ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. Hulu also has live sports, news, and entertainment via major networks like ESPN, NBCSN, FX, CNN, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Bravo, History, Discovery, Food Network, and more. The streaming service added access to more channels in 2021, too, including ViacomCBS networks like Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central. Check out our roundup of Hulu + Live TV channels to see a full list networks that are included.How do I sign up for Hulu + Live TV?If you're not already subscribed to one of Hulu's on-demand plans, signing up for Hulu + Live TV is a simple process. Here's a rundown of how to sign up:Visit the Hulu + Live TV website.Click on the sign-up link and enter your info to make an account.Provide a credit card number or use a PayPal account for payment.New members will receive a free seven-day trial.After your trial, you'll be billed the regular $65 monthly fee.If you're already an existing subscriber to one of Hulu's on-demand plans, upgrading to the Hulu + Live TV service is also very simple.Visit the Hulu website and log in to your account.Hover over the account icon at the top right of the page.Click on "Account" and select the "Manage Plan" option.Choose the Hulu + Live TV plan of your choice.Can I get Hulu + Live TV with the Disney Plus and ESPN+ bundle?Starting December 21, all Hulu + Live TV memberships will include Disney Plus and ESPN+ as part of a subscription. What devices can I stream Hulu + Live TV on?Most smart TVs and media players come with the Hulu app already installed, so once you sign up online you'll be able to stream instantly.You can find full list of devices that support Hulu + Live TV on Hulu's website.Hulu + Live TV$64.98 FROM HULURead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2021