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The best photos of Super Bowl LVIII

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a dramatic overtime finish. Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts at head coach Andy Reid in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl LVIII.Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesThe Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in Super Bowl LVIII.Photos captured the moment the Chiefs scored the winning touchdown with three seconds left.Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift shared a kiss on the field.Super Bowl LVIII was full of cinematic moments as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in a stunning come-from-behind victory and Usher took the stage during the halftime show.Here are some of the best photos from the game.Country superstar Reba McEntire sang the national anthem.Reba McEntire performs the national anthem during Super Bowl LVIII.Lauren Leigh Bacho/Getty ImagesMcEntire's custom blazer and sparkly pants were designed by Ralph Lauren.The 49ers gained an early lead, setting the score at 10-3 at the end of the first half.Christian McCaffrey of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LVIII.Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesRunning back Christian McCaffrey scored the first touchdown of the game, striking a triumphant pose upon reaching the end zone.Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was photographed in a heated exchange with head coach Andy Reid during the second quarter.Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts at head coach Andy Reid in the first half against the San Francisco 49ers during Super Bowl LVIII.Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesAfter Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco fumbled the ball, Kelce appeared to knock into and yell at Reid before teammate Jerick McKinnon pulled him away.When asked what he said, Kelce told AP that he would keep the exchange "between us.""I was just telling him how much I loved him," Kelce joked.Usher performed hit after hit during the halftime show.Usher performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc NationUsher wore an array of designer looks and was joined onstage by guest performers Alicia Keys, H.E.R., Lil Jon, Ludacris, Will.i.am, and Jermaine Dupri to sing hits such as "OMG" and "Yeah!"With a tie at the end of the fourth quarter, the game went into overtime.Jake Moody of the San Francisco 49ers kicks a 27-yard field goal in overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LVIII.Steph Chambers/Getty ImagesNew NFL overtime rules dictate that both teams get a chance to possess the ball, according to NFL Football Operations.The 49ers regained the lead during overtime with a field goal that brought the score to 22-19.In a dramatic finish, Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman scored the winning touchdown with seconds left in the game.Mecole Hardman of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a pass for a touchdown to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime during Super Bowl LVIII.Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesThe 3-yard pass thrown by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes brought the final score to 25-22.Mahomes later told NFL Network that Hardman was so shocked that he didn't even realize that he'd caught the winning touchdown at first."I said, 'Dude, we just won the Super Bowl!'" Mahomes said. "He blacked out, he had no idea. He didn't even celebrate at the beginning."Allegiant Stadium erupted with red and yellow confetti.Allegiant Stadium after the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers.PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty ImagesChiefs players ran onto the field to celebrate the win and poured a cooler of purple Gatorade on their head coach.San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk appeared disappointed as he walked off the field.San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk walks off the field after the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII.Eric Gay/AP"We did things that weren't characteristic to what we usually do as a team and I think in the end that's what hit us, and it was too much to overcome," Juszczyk said in a post-game interview, NBC Sports reported.Kelce and Taylor Swift shared a kiss during the celebrations.Travis Kelce kisses Taylor Swift following the Super Bowl win.Michael Owens / Getty ImagesSwift, who has been dating Kelce for over six months, watched the game from a VIP box at Allegiant Stadium with pals Ice Spice, Blake Lively, and Lana Del Rey, as well as members of the Kelce family.Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his career.Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs holds the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 during Super Bowl LVIII.Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesMahomes joins the ranks of NFL legends Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, and Troy Aikman as the only starting quarterbacks who have won the Super Bowl at least three times, CBS Sports reported.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytFeb 12th, 2024

The 16 best polarized sunglasses you can buy online, approved by optometrists

We tested polarized sunglasses to find the best picks for men and women in 2024. Our recommendations come from Oakley, Ray-Ban, Warby Parker, and more. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreA stylish pair of polarized sunglasses helps protect sensitive eyes from glaring light.Fuse Lenses/FacebookYou've probably heard the term "polarized" in regard to sunglasses, but what does that really mean, and is it an important factor when choosing a pair of sunnies? I spoke with two ophthalmologists, Drs. Lisa Park and Natasha Herz, who explained that polarized lenses prevent glare from entering the eye horizontally. Wearing a pair can help protect your eyes from any polarized light reflecting off shiny surfaces like water or car hoods. So not only are they great for activities like fishing and water sports, but also for driving, running, or biking.Our top overall pick for the best polarized sunglasses are the American Optical Saratogas. I've worn these highly durable frames myself for years, and they're still in great shape. They were originally popularized by JFK and are universally flattering. Our current commander-in-chief is also known for his signature shades — Biden's Ray-Ban Aviators are a great pair for driving due to their extra wide coverage. According to Dr. Herz, the clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, polarized lenses can help make your eyes feel less tired, ease associated headaches (especially when you're on or near the water), and make your surroundings appear sharper. For people who are especially light sensitive, Dr. Herz recommends wrap-around style sunglasses.Dr. Park, an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, recommends large-framed polarized lenses for driving. See our FAQ section below for more of their expertise.  This guide has a variety of polarized sunglass styles and price points, including prescription sunglasses. Because polarized lenses don't provide protection from ultraviolet light, we've included polarized sunnies that also offer protection from the two types of ultraviolet radiation, UVA/UVB. Each pair in this guide is unisex, but you can find larger sizes in our guide to the best sunglasses for men and smaller ones in our list of the best sunglasses for women. Our top picks for the best polarized sunglassesBest overall: American Optical Saratoga - See at AmazonThese well-crafted, American-made sunglasses have a sophisticated, timeless design and outstanding lenses.  Best budget: Knockarounds Pacific Palisades - See at AmazonThese sexy '70s-style oversized frames that will up your cool factor without emptying your wallet and punch way above their weight. Best splurge: Persol 649 Original - See at AmazonUp your style game to the next level with Italian luxury eyewear brand Persol's iconic and oh-so-stylish 649 Original. Best value: Tomahawk Shades Ranger Class - See at Tomahawk ShadesThese sunglasses are handsome, have great lenses, really hold up over time, and are as good or better than brands that sell for twice the price or more.Best unisex: Raen Optics Remmy - See at AmazonHandmade frames, timeless style, and top-quality materials all add up to a pair of sunnies that are built to last, and look amazing on all genders and face shapes. Best for men: Vuarnet Legends 3 - See at VuarnetThese iconic shades worn by "The Dude" in The Big Lebowski have large masculine frames encircling the brand's famous polarized lenses, providing crystal-clear color and depth. Best for women: Le Specs Outta Love - See at AmazonWith a trendy late-90s vibe, these sunnies feature sleek oval lenses in a semi-translucent caramel frame with tonal polarized lenses at a price that won't break the bank. Best prescription: Warby Parker Barkley - See at Warby ParkerWarby Parker makes it incredibly easy to order prescription sunglasses, from choosing the perfect frame and lenses to applying your vision insurance. This contemporary take on the mid-century square frame comes with the company's easy return and exchange policy.Best scratch resistant: Fuse Egmont - See at Fuse LensesThe Egmont sunglasses feature polycarbonate lenses that are super scratch resistant and ultra-durable.Best tech: Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer - See at Ray-BanOld-school cool meets cutting-edge tech in the Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer, which does a great job of keeping the frames sleek and stylish while still packing in plenty of functionality.Best mirrored: Smith Lowdown 2 - See at Smith OpticsThere's no rule that says mirrored shades have to be in aviator-style frames. These sunnies come in several eye-popping colors and are built for an active lifestyle.Best customizable: Maui Jim Relaxation Mode - See at AmazonThese stunners from Maui Jim have a unique style that wipes out glare and make colors pop. They come in eight lens colors, and you have the ability to make them readers.Best for everyday: Shwood Gates ACTV - See at WalmartThese sunnies are cool enough for a fancy garden party but tough enough for a long run or strenuous hike. They're perfect for whatever your day brings you. Best for traveling: Sunski Topeka - See at SunskiThe Topekas are super light and flexible making them perfect for traveling. They're also sporty and stylish, eco-friendly, and decently priced.Best for fishing: Oakley Flak 2.0 XL - See at OakleyThese retro-futuristic shades offer wrap-around eye protection with lenses that enhance colors while blocking glare, helping you see what's under the water so you can reel in the big ones.  Best for driving: Ray-Ban Aviator Classic - See at Ray-BanThese aviators marry the cool factor of this iconic style with superior polarized lenses developed by the company over 70 years that make for the ultimate driving sunglasses. Best overall: American Optical SaratogaAmerican OutfittersPros: Incredibly well made in the U.S. in a timeless design.Cons: None.American Optical (AO) has a storied history. It's the oldest eyewear company in the U.S., founded in 1869 when two even older Massachusetts companies merged. AO designed the original Aviators, had the first sunnies on the Moon, and AO's Saratoga sunglasses were President John F. Kennedy's favorite shades. The Saratoga ticks all the boxes. Among its many attributes, they're made in the US, at a facility in Chicago. The AOLite lenses offer outstanding clarity, depth perception, and glare reduction. The lenses have a coating to further prevent glare, and another to prevent smudging. The acetate frames have a nice heft to them—they're slightly heavier than Ray-Ban Wayfarers, but less chunky design-wise. I've had a pair in regular rotation for more than two years. They still look brand new — no scratches on the lenses, the hinges still have a smooth action, and the frame's color is still pristine — I'm not super careful with them. AO reintroduced the Saratoga in 2020 after being unavailable for decades. Best budget: Knockaround Pacific PalisadesKnockaroundPros: A stylish pair of sunnies at a nice price; a bunch of cool colorways.Cons: While it punches way above its weight, it's not quite on par with brands like Ray-Ban, but an excellent buy nonetheless. Knockaround, the So Cal brand that's been around since 2005, made its name with shades that are stylish, sturdy, and priced right (they start at just $25). The Pacific Palisades are '70s-style oversized sunnies with a key-hole bridge and rounded rectangular lenses that give you plenty of eye coverage. They come in a variety of fun colorways, from Coastal Dunes (glossy two-tone green frames and Polarized amber gradient lenses) to Vintage Rose — translucent pink frames with Polarized smoke gradient lenses. Besides reducing glare, the lenses offer UV400 protection and are impact resistant. At under $35, these are a great deal. Best splurge: Persol 649 OriginalPersolPros: Built to last; a beautifully designed iconic style handcrafted in Italy.Cons: If you're prone to losing your sunnies you'll be out a chunk of change; some may not like the oversized look. For more than 100 years, the Italian luxury eyewear brand Persol (an acronym of "for the sun" in Italian) has been making the highest quality shades available, combining timeless style with impeccable craftsmanship. The 649 Original, released in 1957, is still handmade in Italy, and remains an iconic sunnies style that has been worn by the likes of hip-hop god, record executive, and entrepreneur Jay-Z. The acetate frame has a wide profile with a keyhole bridge that features the company's patented Victor Flex, a three-notch bridge that allows you to adjust the length and curve for a personalized fit. The 649s also featured Persol's famous Meflecto flexible stems that prevent them from pressing against your temples, making for a more comfortable wearing experience. The lenses are made of crystal for incredible clarity and scratch resistance. They completely cut out glare and also provide complete UV protection. "Persol's lenses are scientifically formulated to offer outstanding protection against the sun's harmful rays, absorbing radiation that can be harmful to the eyes," Niels Van Geet, Luxury House Brands Director at Luxottica (Persol's parent company) told Insider in an email. While all the choices are gorgeous, the Resina e Sal with Blue Gradient lenses are a standout.Best value: Tomahawk Shades Ranger ClassKara Thurmond/InsiderPros: Top-quality shades at a fair price; a wide range of cool styles to choose from.Cons: While high-quality, the lenses aren't quite on par with the likes of Maui Jim, but are exceptional, especially for the price.Tomahawk Shades is a buzzy DTC sunglasses brand that sells shades at a reasonable price ($35 to $95). The company makes all the sunnies in small batches to ensure the highest quality and are as good as brands that cost twice the price or more. "We try to show people that we are here producing top-of-the-line products with the best materials we can source," Andrew Shapiro, Tomahawk Shades CEO, and Founder, told Insider via email. The lenses are excellent, especially for the price point. They completely wipe out glare, offer 100% UVA protection, and are scratch- and shatter-resistant. Tomahawk Shades also offers a stellar lifetime warranty. If you damage, break, or even lose your sunglasses, the company will replace them up to two times for a small fee ($10 to $20 depending on the style, a bit more for international orders) plus shipping. The Ranger Class Shades have a mid-century aesthetic with square lenses and elegantly tapered temples. They're made from cellulose acetate with an internal steel frame. The Watsons are a particular favorite with their semi-transparent dark-yellow frame and dark gray lenses, but every pair of Tomahawk Shades I've tested have held up beautifully over a two-year period (and as I've mentioned I'm not overly careful with them) and are really well designed.Best unisex: Raen Optics RemmyKara Thurmond/InsiderPros: Looks great on a variety of face shapes and genders; timeless sunnies that are well-made using top-quality materials; comes in two sizes.Cons: Not yet available in prescription lenses from Raen. Raen Optics is a California brand that has continued to up the game on mid-priced sunglasses with handmade frames, timeless style, and high-quality materials, all at a decent price. The Remmy, which comes in both narrow and medium sizes, features classic rounded lenses in frames with subtly horned temples and a keyhole bridge and looks great on any gender or face shape. Made from acetate, the temples have a wire core to which the five-barrel hinges are mounted for a stronger pair of shades. I can attest to Remmy's construction. My two-year-old pair still looks tip-top.  The lenses are manufactured by the German manufacturer Carl Zeiss, one of the world's leading optics companies. Besides cutting glare, these lenses also take out 100% UVA/UVB light. The Remmy comes in eight colorways, but the Honey with green polarized lenses are a standout. If you're looking for sunnies that are understated yet ultra cool, and still keep the sun's harsh rays from doing a number on your eyes, you can't go wrong with Raen Optics' Remmys.Best for men: Vuarnet Legend 03VuarnetPros: Iconic style with legendary lenses that protect your eyes while offering stunning clarity and depth. Cons: Pricey if you tend to lose sunglasses. Vuarnet's Legend 03 sunglasses were already iconic by the time Jeff Bridges sported them as the Dude in the Coen Brothers' film The Big Lebowski, but the movie helped propel these polarized shades that are made in France to legendary status. Also legendary are the brand's mineral glass lenses that come in several models depending on what you're looking to use them for—skiing, golf, running, and beach sports. All of them offer crystal-clear colors and depth perception while blocking out glare and UV, infrared, and blue light.  The large frames provide full coverage of the eyes and the anti-reflective backsides help stop reflected light from getting in. The frames are made from a super-durable bio-nylon that conforms to the wearer's face and have a classic masculine appeal.Best for women: Le Specs Outta LoveLe SpecsPros: Super trendy yet timeless.Cons: Only offer polarized lenses in one colorway. Le Specs Outta Love sunnies are sleek, feminine, and oh-so-trendy with their late-90s oval frames that have earned the status of also being timeless. They're small enough not to overwhelm your features, but still offer good eye coverage. They're made from BPA-free plastic, which makes for a lightweight yet durable frame. The Caramel Polarized version comes in a subtle semi-translucent light tan with polarized tonal-tinted lenses. Unfortunately, this is the only colorway that features polarized lenses. Even so, this colorway is a stunner that also keeps the glare from the paparazzi's cameras outta your eyes. Best prescription: Warby Parker BarkleyWarby ParkerPros: Easy to find your perfect frames and lenses and apply your vision insurance.Cons: Takes some but not all insurances, but you can still save an average of $105 for out-of-network insurers. Warby Parker, the DTC brand that changed the optometry game, offers both non-prescription and prescription versions of its Barkley polarized sunglasses. The polarized prescription versions are made from polycarbonate, known for its impact and scratch resistance. The lenses also offer 100% UV protection. The company is renowned for its Home Try-On program, which allows you to pick five frames and try them for five days before making a purchase. Plus, Warby Parker has a 30-day hassle-free return or exchange policy, free shipping, and a no-scratch guarantee for their lenses (they'll replace them for free within the first 6 months). The single-vision prescription version of the Barkley comes in at $195. And the brand takes many major insurers' vision plans and automatically applies the discount at checkout when you follow the instructions. The Barkley, a contemporary take on square-framed sunnies, is made from hand-polished cellulose acetate and comes in four widths for the perfect fit. The Antique Shale Fade is an attractive choice with its two-tone black-and-tan colorway so you can pair it with a ton of outfits.See our full Warby Parker review.Best scratch resistant: Fuse EgmontFusePros: The polycarbonate lenses are extra scratch and shatter-resistant; they come in a variety of lens colors; great value for the price.Cons: You have to pay an extra $10 for the Pro or $20 for the Amp lenses if you want the best the brand offers. Fuse Lenses is best known for its outstanding and wide-ranging replacement lenses, but the company also makes high-quality sunglasses at great prices. The Egmont are sporty Wayfarer-style frames that wrap around slightly to help block out light and are perfect for outdoor sports. But it's the lenses that truly make these shades shine. Fuse makes its own optical-grade polycarbonate lenses. Their two higher-end styles, Pro and Amp, are highly scratch and impact resistant (check out this video of their lenses standing up to a .22 caliber bullet). The polarizing material is also extra durable. If you damage (or even lose) your shades, Fuse offers a lifetime, one-time replacement warranty, no questions asked. And you get all this for under $65 for the Pro and $75 for the color-boosting Amp.Best tech: Ray-Ban Stories WayfarerRay-BanPros: A super stylish pair of sunnies that doesn't scream" smart glasses;" easy to set up and operate.Cons: You need a Facebook account for setup, but after that, there isn't much interaction with the social media site. Ray-Ban Stories is the brand's first foray into smart glasses and they do a great job of packing in a lot of functionality into their signature Wayfarer frames while keeping the tech aspect discreet for folks who don't want something that screams smart glasses. You can take up to 500 photos or 30 60-second videos hands-free. The two cameras, near the hinges, aren't really noticeable and feature automatic light adjustment and stereoscopic photo depth. The sunnies also have built-in speakers in the temples so you can listen to music without earbuds and make and receive phone calls. You can also charge on the go with the carrying case.The one downside, in my opinion, is the necessity of having to have a Facebook account in order to set up these shades. But after getting started, there's little interaction with the social media site unless you choose to. It's easy to share your photos and videos on FB and Instagram through the Stories.Best mirrored: Smith Lowdown 2Kara Thurmond/InsiderPros: lightweight yet tough; amazing clarity and depth-perception; a good variety of mirrored lens colors.Cons: Some may not like the oversized frames or sporty look.The Smith Lowdown 2 are my favorite sunglasses to run in, but that doesn't mean they've been relegated to that single job. The mirrored lenses in these sunnies come in several dramatic colors, from gold to violet, and with their oversized, sporty Wayfarer frames, they do double duty for outdoor parties and hanging out beachside. They're light, and the frames are large enough to fully block out the sun. The frames are made using a bio-based material that's very light but still durable. I've been abusing mine for four years and they still look as good as the day I got them. The Chromapop lenses are also smudge and moisture-resistant and provide enhanced contrast and color. Everything looks crisp and bright through the lenses. The depth perception is also crystal clear. All of Smith's lenses offer 100% UV protection.Best customizable: Maui Jim Relaxation ModeMaui JimPros: Imaginative styles with a nice range of frame colorways and lens options, including readers.Cons: some may not like the non-traditional look.I'm a big fan of Maui Jim for the brand's ability to come up with unique frames and for their polarized lenses—which are all made in either Italy or Japan—that are some of the best available. And besides also being durable (although one pair fell prey to my puppy) the brand offers a wide range of customization with its products. For example, with their Relaxation Mode sunglasses, you have the choice of four unique colorways for the frames and eight different lenses. You can also have them as readers in three different strengths (1.5, 2, 2.5) and they're also available as prescription lenses. The frames are made from acetate and stainless steel and have classic square lenses set off by the metal double bridge for a unique look. They make the polarized lenses from the company's Maui Brilliant, a polycarbonate material that's much lighter than glass but with optics nearly as clear, while being shatter and scratch resistant. These sunnies wipe out glare while providing sharp details, offer complete UV protection, and make colors pop beautifully. The best way to describe it is that looking through these lenses is akin to boosting the saturation levels on your Instagram photos.Best for everyday: Shwood Gates ACTVShwoodPros: the perfect balance between sporty and stylish; high-quality frames and lenses.Cons: some may not like the semi-translucent frames that allow some light in.The Shwood Gates ACTV is ready for whatever your day may look like. Start your morning with a run, hit a backyard BBQ, and finish with sunset drinks at a fancy spot. These super stylish shades have you covered from start to finish. Yes, they're attractive but are also built for sweat-inducing activities like running and cycling. The Gates are made from lightweight but high-density acetate from Mazzucchelli, an Italian company that's been around for more than 170 years and produces frames for many high-end sunglass brands. The frames also have wood inlays, a nod to the Shwood's beginnings back in 2009 when they began producing their groundbreaking wooden frames. The Gates feature adjustable nose pads to keep the shades from slipping when you're running and have polarized lenses with a smudge, water-resistant coating, and a seven-layer anti-reflective coating. Besides eliminating glare, the lenses also block 100% of UVA/UVB light.Best for traveling: Sunski TopekaSunskiPros: well-designed and built to stand up to whatever you throw at them while on the road; great value; amazing warranty.Cons: May be too sporty looking for some.Sunski began life on Kickstarter after the founders failed to find success with their bowl specifically designed for chips and salsa (true story). Traveling, whether it's by car, plane, train, or a combination of all the above, can be stressful. There's no reason to pile on more aggravation with a pair of sunnies that can't stand up to the rigors of travel. Sunski makes its Topeka sunglasses from recycled polycarbonate plastic, and they're super light, flexible, hard to break, and more eco-friendly than many other sunglasses. If you break them, Sunski will fix or replace them for free. They make the lenses from triacetate cellulose, with the polarization layer sandwiched inside, like many higher-end lenses that help prevent the polarization from being rubbed off. The lenses offer 100% full-spectrum UV protection. This is all for less than $70, with some of Sunskis' polarized sunglasses priced even lower. Besides all that, they bridge the gap between sporty and stylish with a slight wrap-around design with square-shaped lenses, so you'll look great and have one less headache to worry about on the road.Best for fishing: Oakley Flak 2.0 XLOakleyPros: the wrap-around style keeps more glare out so you can focus on catching fish; stays on even when you're trying to reel in a big one.Cons: Some may not like the retro-futuristic appearance.Oakley's Flak 2.0 XL are retro-futuristic shades that offer wrap-around eye protection in an ultra-lightweight, flexible but sturdy frame, making for a perfect pair of sunglasses for your next fishing trip. The Flak 2.0 XL has great eye coverage, including peripheral views, and the polarized Prizm lenses offer great clarity and glare reduction with intense color enhancement so you can see into the water to help you reel in the big ones. These sunglasses also include the brand's patented "Unobtainium" material for the ear socks and nose pads that's soft and comfortable but gets grippier the more you sweat so the sunglasses won't drop into the water while you're fighting that eight-pound bass (keep dreaming).Best for driving: Ray-Ban Aviator ClassicRay-BanPros: Great at keeping out glare; iconic cool that's hard to beat.Cons: wire frames aren't as rugged as acetate frames.As a kid, I lusted after the Ray-Ban Aviators. As an adult, after I'd finally made the upgrade from cheaper imitations, the brand's quality and craftsmanship made me that much more of a fan, especially when behind the wheel. Just ask any state trooper. The Ray Ban Aviators are classics that have been around since the late 1930s when they were designed for the US Army pilots (before the birth of the U.S. Air Force). And if they were the go-to for flying aces, they definitely make the cut for commuting.The thin, but resilient, metal frames have a double bridge for added strength. The teardrop lenses are made from either crystal or polycarbonate depending on which you choose and have an anti-reflective coating on the back of the lens, preventing 99% of reflected light from reaching the eye and also providing 100% UV protection. The gold frames with green (G-15) crystal lenses are a favorite, but there are 11 more options to choose from.Read more in our full Ray-Ban review. What to look for in the best polarized sunglassesStyle: As with any accessories, from watches to wallets, style comes down to personal choice. Spend some time thinking about your typical look — are you a jeans and T-shirt person or do you lean toward more formal attire, or perhaps a bit of both? Pick sunnies that can bridge your looks and will get you the most day-to-day use. Your best bet, especially if you're spending money on a quality pair, is to go for timeless styles, like AO Saratogas, Persol 649s, or any of Raen's frames, rather than the trend of the moment, to get more wear out of your shades. Activity: When choosing a pair of sunglasses, consider what you plan on doing with them. While some styles can bridge the gap between activities like cycling or running and brunch with friends, like Smith's Lowdown 2 or the Fuse Egmont. Some sunglasses meant for sports may look out of place on a date, while some fashion sunnies may not stand up to sweat and wear from hard workouts. Prescription: If you wear prescription glasses and require them for your daily activities, you may have a little more work ahead of you (but not that much) to find your perfect pair of sunnies. Warby Parker is an obvious go to as is Fuse Lenses. While some sunglasses brands, especially smaller companies, may not offer prescriptions with their frames, many larger brands, like Ray Ban and Maui Jim, do. Price: There's a vast range of pricing with sunglasses, and while there are some nicely priced brands that still offer top quality, like Tomahawk, much of the time a cheaper pair of sunnies may not hold up as well as more expensive ones. Think, scratched or popped lenses, flaking polarizing film, or broken hinges. Then there's the problem that some of us have with constantly losing our sunglasses, in which case you probably don't want to spend a ton of money on them.How we tested the best polarized sunglassesWe use real-world testing, along with pouring over hundreds of customer comments, in combination with our own years of industry experience to bring you reviews you can trust. Beyond materials and craftsmanship, we also look at areas like sustainability and value when determining what makes it into our guides.Best polarized sunglasses FAQsHow do polarized sunglasses work?Polarized sunglasses work by filtering out the light oscillating in a certain direction. Polarized light, as described by Dr. Park, is made up of waves oscillating in one plane or direction. When light hits a flat surface such as a body of water or the hood of a car, it gets polarized horizontally and can cause glare. Polarized lenses have a chemical coating that will block out the light coming directly, horizontally, into your eyes and only allow vertical light in, according to Dr. Herz.Is there a difference between UVA/UVB light protection and polarized lenses?Yes, there's a big difference. Dr. Park describes UV radiation as a wavelength of light in the non-visible spectrum that can cause damage to tissues of the body, including the eye. UV lenses protect the surface of your eyes from harmful rays. "You can't put sunscreen on the surface of your eyes or your eyelids," she said. "Those areas can still get skin cancer."Do polarized lenses provide UV protection?No, they don't. Polarized lenses differ from lenses with UV protection, Dr. Herz explained. Polarization has more to do with glare and will help reduce your eye strain while you're working outdoors or playing sports. It's not medically necessary, while UV protection is.  For more information on protecting your eyes, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website.Are there different methods of making polarized lenses?Yes. "Inexpensive polarized sunglasses have a thin film applied on one side of the lens," Dr. Park said. "Higher quality lenses have film laminated between two layers of lens material, preventing it from being scratched or rubbed off."What are the downsides of polarized lenses?According to Dr. Park, polarized lenses reduce visibility at night, so should not be worn while driving when it's dark out. They also interfere with the ability to see an LCD display because these screens use polarized light to create a sharp image. Dr. Herz points out that some vehicles have dashboards that use LCD displays, and in those cases, polarized lenses would not be the best choice.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 16th, 2024

59 gifts for college students that will help them manage dorm life, midterms, and adulthood

The best gifts for college students are practical and fun. Here are 59 gift ideas, from useful dorm tech to cute clothes and room decor. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Crystal Cox/Business Insider/Birthdate Co.College students juggle a lot. From late nights spent studying to learning how to live on their own, they're growing a lot in a short amount of time. Finding the college student in your life a great gift can show you support them, are thinking about them, and want them to have fun in between challenging classes, campus jobs, and everything else.The gifts on this list include everything from gadgets that will make their life easier to clothes and self-care products for lounging. Whether they're getting ready for midterms or a future study abroad trip, here are 59 thoughtful gifts any college student would love.A mini Keurig that fits into their dorm roomAmazonK-Mini Single-Serve Coffee MakerCollege likely involves a lot of caffeine, and they're not always going to be able to trek to the dining hall or local coffee shop in the late, late hours of finals prep. Help them out with this mini Keurig, which is tiny enough to fit into even the smallest dorm room kitchens.The softest leggingsAmerican EagleOFFLINE By Aerie Real Me High Waisted Crossover LeggingFeaturing a trendy criss-cross design, these low-cost leggings are flattering, buttery soft, and great for lounging as well as working out.A versatile yet compact iPad MiniAppleiPad Mini 6th-generation (2021)If you visit a college campus today, you'll probably see iPads all over the place — and for good reason. These slim rectangular boxes make notetaking, reading, Netflix, and leisure drawing easy to do all in one place. The iPad Mini (2021) is our favorite small iPad, making it perfect for stashing away on their commute to class.If they already have an iPad, you can think about getting them an Apple Pencil ($129), which will level up their gadget even more.Neon light signs for ultimate dorm vibesDormifyDormify "Good Vibes Only" Neon SignNothing screams college vibes more than a quirky neon light or color-changing LED-rimmed walls. Dormify's options are perfect for achieving this, and the brand has everything from wholesome neon signs to goofy ones. A manifestation of good vibes is probably helpful for the average student, but there are plenty of other options like GRLPWR, Happy, and Party.A mid-price watch that feels luxuriousSally Kaplan/InsiderBreda Revel Bracelet WatchIf you think they'd appreciate a luxury watch, we love Breda's affordable but fancy-feeling models.A lamp that melts candles without lighting themCrystal Cox/InsiderLuzdiosa Candle Warming LampIf they're worried about setting off the dorm fire alarm, get them this chic lamp instead. It slowly melts candle wax to activate the scent — and all without needing to light the candle itself.A sleek crossbody phone caseCrystal Cox/InsiderBandolier Casey Pebble Leather CrossbodyIf they hate carrying a bulky bag just to store their phone and wallet, this stylish crossbody case was invented for them. It accommodates a wide range of smartphones and features card slots and a snap pocket to keep their essentials all in one tiny, easy-to-access place.A guided journal to keep them organizedCrystal Cox/InsiderBestSelf Self JournalFor any college student with a big goal in mind (even if that goal is just being more organized), this sleek planner will help them get far. It lasts for 13 weeks, making their goal feel more approachable while also helping them set a new journaling habit.A custom necklace to celebrate their birthdayBirthdate Co.Birthdate Co. Birthdate PendantA perfect birthday gift for any astrology lover, this custom necklace includes four gemstones and crystals (chosen for their birth date) embedded in a gold pendant, along with their birthdate, zodiac sign, and initials engraved on the back.A sweet plant care packageSucculentBarShop/EtsySucculent Bar Shop Hang in There Care PackageThis sweet care package includes a wooden card with a cute message, a succulent with a planting kit, and a pot, all to remind the college student in your life that you're thinking of them. You can make the gift even more special with optional add-ons, from face masks and bath bombs to candy and notepads.A sunrise alarm clock for a gentle, phone-free wakeupSuzy Hernandez/InsiderHatch RestoreUsing your phone as an alarm clock makes it a lot more tempting to start scrolling on your phone first thing in the morning, which isn't the healthiest habit. A sunrise alarm clock can help your student have a much better start to their day than immediately checking emails or scrolling on Instagram. The Hatch Restore is a great sunrise alarm option with a ton of special features.A long-lasting backpackHerschelHerschel Little America BackpackTypical backpacks are perfect for school, but what about everything that happens outside of class? Having a sturdy backpack that's well-suited for traveling and job interviews helps a ton. Herschel's Little America is a great option because it's versatile, sturdy, and stylish. Another popular model is the Dagne Dover backpack ($215).If the student is a tote person and doesn't touch backpacks, the Longchamp Le Pliage Shoulder Bag ($155) is a staple for students and young workers alike.Comfy faux-fur slippers they can wear to classAmazonKoolaburra by UGG Women's Lezly SlipperKoolaburra slippers are soft and cozy enough to wear around their dorm every day but also have a rubber sole so they can wear them to class and around campus. They come in nine different colors and reviewers love how warm they keep their feet on cold days.Popular wireless over-ear headphonesAmazonBeats Solo3 Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear HeadphonesIf there's one thing every college student needs, it's good wireless headphones. This Beats pair has rich sound and up to 40 hours of listening time. And if they let the battery run out, a five-minute charge converts to three hours of playback.Reusable lunch and snack bagsAmazon/InsiderStasher Silicone Reusable Storage BagCollege means lots of library snacks or quick meals between classes. These eco-friendly, reusable, and leak proof bags make packing a lunch easier than ever.A scratch-off self-care checklistUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods 100 Things to Do For Your WellbeingThis scratch-off poster is a checklist of 100 things any college student can do so support their mental health, whether they're studying for midterms or missing home. The squares include everything from "visit your favorite spot" to "ask for help with a difficult task" and serve as a mindfulness reminder even after they've scratched them all off. A small travel photo printerStaplesFujifilm Instax Mini Link Bluetooth Photo PrinterMini portable Bluetooth printers make turning iPhone photos into tangible memories quick and easy — which is especially convenient for decorating their room. All they'll have to do is download the app (which has Photoshop Elements and internal features like themed collages).A microwave-safe bowl cozy for hot dinnersCraftyWanda/EtsyCrafty Wanda Bowl Cozy (Set of 2)Microwave bowl cozies are great for protecting your hands from a hot bowl straight out of the microwave or a cold bowl full of ice cream. The high corners can help lift hot food in and out of the microwave and can help prevent burns and spills. These are reversible, machine washable, and a great gift for any college student who uses their microwave regularly.A Trader Joe's-inspired cookbookUrban Outfitters"The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook" by Andrea LynnIf there's one place you hear all these Gen Z'ers talking about, it's Trader Joe's. This quirky cookbook contains 160 easy recipes for busy (and usually broke) college students, drawing from some of the brand's favorite ingredients to create mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres, party-worthy appetizers, and nourishing meals.Does your student prefer to cook with the air fryer? Check out this equally nifty "I Love Trader Joe's Air Fryer Cookbook."Clothes and shoes for their upcoming interviews and presentationsEverlaneCollege is full of big meetings, presentations, and nerve-wracking interviews. For days when sweatpants aren't an option and something more formal is needed, these are some great options for women's staples. We've also created a list of our personal favorite workwear stores for women and men with the best styles to buy from each one. A silicone mold for a soothing ice rollerCrystal Cox/InsiderSilicone Ice Mold for Facial Beauty Ice RollerGua Sha facial tools and rollers have become a super popular way to reduce facial puffiness, soothe redness, and de-stress. This silicone ice mold is easy to use, small enough for a mini fridge's freezer, and can be filled with everything from simple water to coconut milk and aloe vera for a relaxing skincare boost. A helpful air purifierBed Bath & BeyondHoMedics TotalClean 4-in-1 Air PurifierFor college students living in a traditional dorm room, a breath of fresh air is more than welcome. This air purifier creates cleaner air no matter how small the space is, clearing pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander, mold spores, and germs for easy breathing. Bonus points: It has an auto shut-off timer, a built-in night light, and a three-year manufacturer's warranty for optimal satisfaction.A fun card game for nights in and partiesAmazonWhat Do You Meme? GameCollege students today are of the meme generation, so this game will be highly appreciated. This set includes 75 of the funniest memes plus 360 caption cards to make the wonkiest combinations for a game during study breaks or chill wine nights. If they already have the game, you can also grab them some expansion packs.The most comfortable socksBombasBombas All-Purpose Performance Ankle Sock (3-Pack)Bombas makes the best socks on the market. They benefit from upgrades like a supportive honeycomb stitch, blister tabs built into ankle-height styles, and a Y-stitched heel that minimizes annoying bumps. Even if it seems like socks aren't an exciting gift, comfort is pretty much always a hit in college. A statement scrunchie that'll make any outfit look goodAmazonKitsch Dinner ScrunchieThere are few accessories that can pull together an outfit and make it look chic, even if it involves sweatpants. Kitsch's massive dinner scrunchies are the perfect accessory to add an easy, fashionable touch to their look.An air fryer for the snack loverAmazonPhilips Premium Digital Air FryerAir fryers are all the buzz for how they can turn just about anything into a warm, crispy delight. Plus, they save a ton of time, which every college student can appreciate. Philips makes some of the best air fryers on the market today.A steady supply of healthier snacksThrive MarketThrive Market 1-Year MembershipCollege students live off good food and snacks. Gifting a subscription to Thrive Market means access to healthier snacks that can help them feel more energized and focused.A waterproof speaker that can bring the bassCrystal Cox/InsiderJBL Flip 5 Bluetooth SpeakerA Bluetooth speaker is a must-have: It helps set the mood for study nights and brings the party to life whenever they're hosting. JBL's Flip 5 speaker has vibrantly booming bass, lasts for up to 12 hours without a charge, and is waterproof.A trio of products that makes skincare clean and simpleAtticusAtticus Best Seller TrioStress affects how our skin looks, especially in college. Skincare, however, can get overwhelming because of how many options are available. Atticus's high-quality skincare line makes it simple for everyone and is made to be gender inclusive. Its trios, like the Best Seller, include all the products they need: A cleanser, daily moisturizer with SPF, and night cream with anti-aging ingredients. A weighted blanket that'll change the way they sleepTranquilityTranquility Weighted BlanketEvery college student ever has needed better sleep. Weighted blankets apply a calming pressure on you, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up more rested. Tranquility's weighted blanket is perfectly-sized it is to move from bed to couch, fits a standard dorm twin XL bed, and is easily washable.A cult-favorite tumblerHydro FlaskHydro Flask 40 oz. Wide Mouth Water BottleThis HydroFlask will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12, perfect for everything from water to late-night coffee.A tool to find lost items in a snapAmazonTile MateYou can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Mate is compact, thoughtful, and useful for everyone — especially an oft-frazzled college student.A bed frame that can easily move with themLauren Savoie/InsiderThuma Bed Frame (Full)A good bed frame is the foundation of good sleep and this one by Thuma features interlocking Japanese joinery that makes it incredibly sturdy but easy to disassemble, move, and store. It's a great option for young adults on the move, especially if they're moving into older or smaller buildings. Their favorite comfort foodsGoldbellyGoldbelly Restaurant Meal Kits Goldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.A custom poster of their favorite placeGrafomapGrafomap Custom PosterCommemorate their college town, hometown, or favorite place in the world with this customizable graphic map so they can keep it with them wherever life takes them.One of the best facial cleansing toolsFOREOFOREO Luna 3 Facial Cleansing DeviceFOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.An aroma diffuser to set the moodGrove CollaborativeGrove Collaborative Ultrasonic Aromatherapy DiffuserAn aroma diffuser delivers calming, in-home aromatherapy and is a great fragrance option for dorms where candles usually aren't allowed. This one from Grove Collaborative diffuses essential oils for up to five hours at a time, has LED light options, and elegantly blends into any room thanks to its minimalistic ceramic design.If you're looking for more diffusing options, check out our guide to the best essential oil diffusers.An inexpensive way to get the iced coffee they love at homeAmazonTakeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee MakerIf the student you're thinking of drinks coffee — and there's a very good chance they do — having access to one of the best cold brew contraptions will be a gift that keeps on giving. A cold brew machine means you can go 4-5 days in a row without brewing another pot. It's also easy to clean. Find a full review here.A bottle or two of famous toilet spraysPourriPoo-Pourri Toilet SpraysWhether they're in a community bathroom or a private one, odds are they'll be sharing it with a roommate. These Poo-Pourri toilet sprays use essential oils and plant-based ingredients to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins. A media streamer that transforms a normal TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Ultra 4K/HDR/HD Streaming PlayerMost college students aren't forking over a monthly payment to cable. This streaming player is the best one you can buy, transforming an ordinary TV into one that can stream shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Prime Video, and others all in one spot.  Trendy and convenient Apple AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) with Charging CaseIf you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. A comfy Patagonia pullover they'll rely onPatagoniaPatagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T PulloverIt's a good bet that many of their peers will also have this Snap-T pullover from Patagonia. This and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely upon. A microwave-safe ramen cooker for stressful or time-crunched nightsAmazonRapid Ramen CookerThere will be plenty of late nights filled with cheap and tasty ramen. If they're going to eat it anyway, at least let them make it quickly and perfectly every time.A portable projector that's the size of a soda canAmazonAnker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini ProjectorAnker's Nebula Capsule is a powerful and versatile mini projector, and its portability makes it a great option for college students who want a cozy movie-viewing experience in the comfort of their own room. It's the size of a soda can but it has surprisingly crisp image quality and 360-degree sound. Find a full review here.The world's comfiest shoesAllbirds/InstagramAllbirds Wool RunnersStartup Allbirds makes wildly popular shoes out of soft, sustainable materials. Their Runners, made of super-soft merino wool, have been nicknamed "the world's most comfortable shoes." You can find a full review here. A Brooklinen gift card for really nice sheetsBrooklinenBrooklinen Gift CardFew things sound as nice as comfortable, beautiful sheets they don't need to buy for themselves. Brooklinen is one of our favorite startups to shop at, and we ranked its sateen cotton sheets as the best luxury sheets you can buy.An Echo Dot with a built-in clockAmazonEcho Dot (5th Gen) with ClockThe Echo Dot is the perfect college companion, featuring a larger speaker, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa's other features. A savvy suitcase for traveling on holiday breaksAway/FacebookAway The Carry-OnAway's popular suitcase deserves the hype. Its hard shell is lightweight but durable, its 360-degree spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and its external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over. Find our full review here.We also recommend Calpak for other luggage options. A book about making the most of their 20sAmazon"The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now" by Meg JayThe decisions you make in your 20s can greatly impact the rest of your life. The best defense is a good offense and your grad should know now, before any life-altering events crop up, how to get the most out of their "defining decade."An Amazon Prime membershipTommaso Boddi / Getty ImagesAmazon Prime MembershipAn Amazon Prime membership immediately makes their life easier. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping and a host of other benefits. A candle to remind them of their favorite place or hometownAmazonHomesick Location Scented CandleIf they're away from family or friends, a reminder of home is a wonderful thing to have around. Make sure to check the rules of their dorm or living situation before buying them a candle.Framed memoriesFramebridgeFramebridge Framed PhotoHelp them honor some of their best memories — whether it's from friends now studying across the country, family, or best-loved locales. Decor is one of the luxuries college students tend to shirk to save money, so give them the funds to make their dorm a home.A monogrammed leather shave bagLeatherologyLeatherology Small Shave BagThe dreaded truth of college is that you'll most likely need to schlep your shower belongings to a communal area if you live in the dorms. Grab them a leather shave bag that they'll use for years to come.If you're looking for a chic aesthetic, Dagne Dover also makes a great neoprene toiletry bag named the Hunter (from $45) that's built to accommodate makeup. If they have a lot of toiletries, you'll probably want to get the large size for $65.The softest lounge pants for lazy weekend morningsMeUndiesMeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings while still feeling sleek and trendy.The best pillow you can buyCoop Home GoodsCoop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Memory Foam PillowMake sure they're optimizing their sleep with the best pillow. Thanks to the shredded memory foam, they'll get the support and comfortable "sinking in" sensation of a traditional memory foam pillow, but none of the excessive heat or firmness that can be a problem with solid foam. Read more in our buying guide here.An extra-long, reinforced phone chargerAmazonNative Union 10-Foot Extra-Long Charging CableIf they're going to be tethered to devices, you may as well give them a long leash. This long charging cable means they won't have to sit at the foot of their bed to reach it. A gym bag that can work in a professional setting.NordstromHerschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel BagJust like bringing a beat-up JanSport everywhere, lugging an old nylon gym bag isn't ideal for anyone looking for versatile use. Herschel Supply Co. makes reliable, long-lasting bags, and this one has a separate compartment for gym or dress shoes. A super soft throw blanket they'll cocoon themselves in time and time againAmazonBEDSURE Sherpa Fleece BlanketGrab their favorite candy, this sherpa-lined fleece blanket, and a Hulu gift card to make their nights in actually fun.Gift cards for anything they needFlickr Creative Commons/Lani EldertsWhat a stressed, broke college student needs most is money and probably a hug. If you're looking for a way to gift maximum convenience, gift cards are a surprisingly thoughtful way to do that — either for their favorite restaurant, transportation, school books, or music to keep them occupied during long study hours. Check out more gift card gifts here. Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card Coffee: Starbucks Gift CardSchool books: Amazon Gift Card Entertainment: Netflix Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / Sling Gift Card / StubHub Gift CardTransportation: Uber Gift CardFurniture: Amazon Gift Card / Wayfair Gift CardMusic: Spotify Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardTravel: Delta Gift Card / Airbnb Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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71 gifts under $50, including last-minute options if you"re running out of time

We found great gift ideas under $50 that prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get just the right gift for any occasion. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.We found great gift ideas $50 and under that prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get just the right gift for any occasion.Baublebar; Crystal Cox/InsiderWith holiday parties and family gatherings galore, there's plenty of merriment on the horizon this time of year. But there tends to be some stress around gifting, too. With coworkers, friends, partners, siblings, and so many other loved ones on your gift list, it can be stressful to think about how you're going to get all those presents — without breaking the bank. To help, we rounded up the best gifts you can find — all for $50 or less. From silly custom art to life-changing tech to cookware, there's something for everyone in your life.A flower they can grow themselvesModern SproutPaperwhite Winter Bulb Kit, available at Modern Sprout, $20Best for: The green thumbFlowers are always a great gift, but this DIY grow kit takes that up a notch. The kit has everything they need to plant three Paperwhite bulbs. In just a few weeks, they'll get to enjoy the beautiful blooms they planted. A monogram necklaceAnthropologieDelicate Monogram Necklace, available at Anthropologie, $38For fans of minimalist jewelry, this take on the classic monogram necklace features the letter off to the side, giving it a sleek, updated look. A trio of spicy sauces and seasoningsFly By JingHoliday Triple Threat, available at Fly By Jing, $45Best for: The adventurous eater Help them spice up their home cooking with fresh takes on traditional Sichuan flavors. This spicy features the brand's iconic Sichuan Chili Crisp, the umami-rich, tangy Zhong Sauce which is perfect for dumpling-dipping, and the numbingly spicy Mala Spice Mix which can be added to rubs, marinades, batters, and more.A funky mugBlumeCloud Mug, available at Blume, $16.40Best for: The one who loves their beverages Anyone who loves their morning coffee knows that the mug said coffee is in is almost as important as the coffee itself. This ceramic one has an oversized handle with a retro, bubble design to make their morning sipping ritual all the sweeter.A fun sherpa throwUrban OutfittersPrinted Sherpa Throw Blanket, available at Urban Outfitters, $49Everyone can use a soft sherpa blanket, and this one comes in a lot of fun'70s-style  prints like snails, mushrooms, and flowers for a truly groovy setup.A popular guided journalCrystal Cox/InsiderBestSelf Self Journal, available at BestSelf and Amazon, from $32For anyone with a big goal in mind (even if that goal is just being more organized), this sleek planner will help them get far. It lasts for 13 weeks, making their goal feel more approachable while also helping them set a new journaling habit.A pair of classic gold hoopsBaubleBarVerbena Earrings, available at BaubleBar, from $36.80Best for: The minimalist dresser A great pair of gold hoops has the power to make any lackluster outfit feel special and more put-together. If they don't already have a go-to pair, why not give them one? These huggies come in multiple different sizes that look great no matter the occasion.A Bluetooth karaoke microphoneAmazonBonaok Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, available at Amazon, $27.99Best for: The songbirdThis Bluetooth karaoke microphone is the perfect accessory to gift the one who's the life of the party. They can sing along to their favorite songs with this gift that offers premium sound and noise reduction. The fanny pack they'll forget they're wearingPatagoniaPatagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack, available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, Patagonia, $35Best for: The one who's always on the goMade from 100% recycled ripstop nylon and treated with a silicone face coating for weather resistance, this mini pack is durable and practical. Our pick for the best small fanny pack, the Patagonia Ultralight Blackhole is so light that they'll forget it's on. From the trails to the streets, they'll be secured and ready to go, always.A set of spa-worthy shower bombsAmazonEuka Wellness Shower Bombs 6-Pack, available at Amazon, $9.99Best for: The person who doesn't have a bathtub but wants the same funNo bathtub? No problem. With these shower bombs, anyone can transform their bathroom into a makeshift spa, and they don't even need a bathtub to do it. These come in a variety of options including Calm, Detox, Breathe, and Happy (and come 6 in a pack). A box of fiber-rich mac and cheeseGoodlesMac Pac, available at Goodles, $50Best for: The comfort food connoisseur For Kraft mac and cheese lovers, this brand features the same nostalgic taste but with more fiber and protein in the noodles. This sampler comes with four flavors of mac, a rainbow spork, and a plush toy of a bowl of mac and cheese.A personalized video message from their favorite celebrityCameoCameo video, available on Cameo, from $1Best for: The pop culture fanaticWhether they have a favorite musician, reality TV star, comedian, or actor, there's a good chance their favorite celebrity is on Cameo. You can even choose from pre-recorded video messages with a personal shoutout, or opt to give them a super special one-on-one video call. Of course, the price will greatly vary depending on who the star is.A pair of stylish wearable weightsBandierBala Bangles, available at Amazon, Target, and Bala, from $42Best for: The committed athleteIncorporate fitness into your daily life with these wearable weights that fit on your wrist or ankles. At one to two pounds, these stylish weights intensify any movement and build strength whether it's a workout or running errands.A rocks glass etched with a city mapUncommon GoodsUrban Map Glass, available at Uncommon Goods, $18Best for: The one who really loves their city (and whiskey)Whether you want to bring back fond memories of a place you visited together or just want a gift that highlights their favorite stomping grounds, you can cheers to these rocks glasses intricately etched with a city map and interspersed street names. Over 30 major US cities are available to choose from.To really up the ante, consider pairing the glass with a nice bottle of bourbon. A monogrammed clutchMark & GrahamPalm Leaf Rounded Clutch, available at Mark and Graham, from $37.99Best for: The beach vacationerYou can get your giftee's initials embroidered on this cute roll-up clutch for a personal touch. The bag is woven from natural palm leaves for a beachy vibe, and the blue and white striped interior adds to the fun coastal feel.An easy way to make their own bubble teaUncommon GoodsBubble Tea Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Best for: The boba loverFor the bubble tea drinker in your life, this kit comes with two flavors of loose-leaf tea, tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws. All they'll have to do is add a little milk (if they like!) and sip on this delicious brew.A foam roller for recoveryTPTherapyTriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller, available at Amazon and TPTherapy, from $36.95Best for: The perpetually sore athlete Proper recovery is paramount for optimal performance. That's why this foam roller is such a great gift; it'll help them improve mobility, increase circulation, relieve muscle pain and tightness, and get them in fighting shape all around.A cozy knit beanieAsosStormlock Rip Knit Cap, available at Amazon, $28.22Best for: The one who lives up northCold-weather accessories make a great gift for anyone braving the cold this winter and the Jack Wolfskin's Stormlock Rip Knit Cap is exactly what they need. Built of a blend of wool and acrylic, this beanie also features Stormlock fleece which just about guarantees a warm noggin. It's even available in two different colors to match a variety of outfits.  A meal kit from their favorite restaurantGoldbelly/FacebookRestaurant Meal Kits, available at Goldbelly, from $39.95Best for: The foodieBring a bit of their favorite restaurant right to their door. From bagels to barbeque, Goldbelly ships food gifts nationwide from iconic eateries in major cities. A personalized pillow of their favorite fur babyaurespaces/EtsyAurespaces Custom Pet Pillow, available at Etsy, from $42.99Best for: The proud pet parentIf there's nothing they love more than their cat or dog, this pillow — featuring a blown-up picture of their pet — is sure to make them smile. A small but mighty smart assistantGoogleGoogle Nest Mini (2nd Generation), available at Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, from $49Best for: The multitaskerGive the gift of a virtual helper. Currently on sale for under $30, the Google Nest Mini offers a compact, affordable smart speaker with Google Assistant built-in. Friends and family members will love being able to dim lights, control the volume on their TV, check the weather, and more, all with just the sound of their voice.Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here.Notepads chock full of affirmationsAmazonKnock Knock Notepads, available at Amazon and Knock Knock, from $5.25Best for: Anyone in need of a motivational talkWhether you want to give them a quick pep talk or celebrate them just because, these notepads from Knock Knock provide a creative and encouraging way of doing so. Each set comes with 50 sheets, so they'll make plenty of use of these witty notes.A spice and herb kit packed with international flavorsUncommon GoodsGourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $42Best for: The seasoning aficionado Whether it's a dash of Italian oregano or za'atar from the Middle East, any cook will appreciate this international spice kit that lets them cook with various tastes of the world. A tracker for lost itemsAppleApple AirTag, available at Amazon, Target, and Apple, from $26.49Best for: Anyone always losing their keysWhether you lose track of your keys or a bag, Apple's AirTag is a sure way to find any lost item. This water-resistant tracker plays a sound or uses its precise distance findings to lead you straight to the item regardless of the distance on the Find My app.A hatch decanter to sophisticatedly store alcoholCrate & BarrelHatch Decanter, available at Crate & Barrel, $44.95Best for: The scotch drinkerIf their barware collection bares a sophisticated flair, they'll appreciate this elegant hatch decanter. This 32oz decanter is a more affordable price than others thanks to its beautiful molded diamond pattern that resembles cut crystal.A DIY recipe bookAmazonMy Recipes Cookbook, available at Amazon, $8.99Best for: The chefWhether they're a huge foodie or want to preserve a favorite family meal, this DIY cookbook offers 120 blank pages to fill with their favorite recipes. The notebook's table of contents and additional note space at the end will help keep them extra organized. Taking the time to add in your own savory vodka sauce pasta dish or having their loved ones fill in grandma's homemade recipes will make this gift feel extra special.Snacks for movie nightKnackPopcorn Snack Medley, available at Knack, $46Best for: The movie buffHelp them take their next Netflix marathon to the next level with this popcorn mix set. The mix includes two microwavable Pop on The Cob popcorn cobs, toffee pretzels, dark chocolate-covered cherries, and Virginia peanuts. If they have a particular favorite treat, each snack can also be added in extra quantities at an additional cost.Cozy house slippersSally Kaplan/Insider;Sally Kaplan/InsiderEQUICK Cloud Slides, available at Amazon, from $16.99Best for: The loungerClean space enthusiasts who enjoy a no outdoor shoe policy in their homes will appreciate these pillow slipper slides. The platform bottom and cushioned sole make for a cute and cozy fit. Farm-to-skin lip balmsEtsyBeekman 1802 Ten Piece Lip Balm Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $48Best for: The sustainable beauty fanThis farm-to-skin lip balm set is just right for the green beauty obsessive. All 10 lip balms are made from natural goat's milk and essential oils. Beautifully packaged and scented, the fragrances include Ylang Ylang and Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Fig Leaf, Sweet Grass, Grapefruit, Oak Moss, Apricot and Honey, Vanilla, and an unscented balm.A sand-free, quick-dry towelSand CloudSand Cloud Towel, available at Sand Cloud, from $48Best for: The avid beachgoer Not only are these thin towels easy to roll up and throw in your beach bag or picnic basket, but they also easily shake off sand and dry three times faster than classic beach and pool towels. Choose from a wide array of vibrant patterns and colors, from a navy blue whale shark print to tie-dye options.A cute kitchen gadget that makes breakfast in a flashCrystal Cox/InsiderDash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Target, Amazon, and Dash, from $10Best for: The brunch champion This compact waffle maker makes a great addition to any college dorm or small kitchen. All they have to do is plug it in and they can make their favorite breakfast treat in a flash.A 51-piece art kitAmazon51-Piece Watercolor Art Set, available at Amazon, $24.47Best for: The artistEncourage them to pick up a new hobby (or take advantage of an existing one) with this watercolor set that's built for both beginners and experts. The set includes various cakes and paints, watercolor pencils, paintbrushes, a paint palette, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener — all within a pre-packaged case that can save you the pain of gift wrapping. Authentic Japanese ramenICHIRAN USAICHIRAN Take-Home Ramen Kit, available at Amazon and ICHIRAN USA, from $29Best for: The ramen loverICHIRAN Ramen has been delighting ramen aficionados since 1960. Known for its original Tonkatsu (pork bone) soup, its ramen combines the rich umami flavors of the broth with Hakata-style noodles that are slender, chewy, and perfect. Enjoy a little bit of heat? The kit also comes with ICHIRAN's original spicy seasoning, using togarashi pepper spice to amp up the flavors even more.A cult-favorite candleOtherlandCandles, available at Otherland, $36Best for: The fancy candle collectorWe love Otherland's candles, whether seasonally inspired or from the classic collection. Notable scent combinations such as champagne, saffron, and leather, gorgeous packaging, and a 55 hour burn time have deemed Otherland's candles as a foolproof gift among the Insider Reviews team.A streaming stick that turns any TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Streaming Stick 4K, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Roku, from $24.98Best for: The TV fanaticUpgrade their Netflix marathons without actually buying them a whole new TV. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K offers 4K, HD, and HDR streaming in a portable package and at an affordable price. A set of loose-leaf teas that Oprah lovesAmazonVadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $23.99Best for: The tea drinker who wants to spice it upThis classy set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah's Favorite Things back in 2018. It's filled with three variations of chai tea that any tea lover will appreciate. An at-home spa kitUncommon GoodsEucalyptus Spa Gift Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Best for: The one in need of a breakGive them the gift of soothing relaxation with this at-home kit that includes pampering botanical bath salts and natural jute body scrubber. The recipient will also be able to grow their own eucalyptus in the bamboo pot so they can continue to breathe deep and say ahh.A smooth olive oil that'll instantly elevate any dishBrightlandAlive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37Best for: The EVOO drizzlerIf they spend a lot of time in the kitchen, they probably already know the merits of high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the beautiful bottle will look great on display in their kitchen. An affordable electric toothbrush subscriptionQuipQuip Toothbrush Starter Set, available at Quip and Target, from $24.99Best for: The one who takes their dental care seriouslyHelp them upgrade their oral care routine with a Quip toothbrush. Not only is it a great electric toothbrush at a reasonable price, but Quip will send them a refill every three months with a new brush head and toothbrush. Delicious mini cupcakesBaked by Melissa/FacebookCupcake Gift Boxes, available at Baked by Melissa, from $37Best for: Anyone with a sweet toothWho doesn't love getting a sweet surprise? With delicious flavors ranging from Cookie Dough to Pink Frosted Donut, these bite-size treats are sure to please. You can also add a special gift box to complete the gift. A set of magnets that are fun to play with and can boost concentrationCrystal Cox/InsiderSpeks 2.5mm Magnet Balls, available at Speks and Barnes & Noble, from $29.99Best for: The fidgeter Almost everyone on the Insider Reviews team has a set of Speks at their desk. The little magnetic balls can be mashed, molded, and built into fun shapes and are a fun fidget toy that even adults will love. A sugary and fun snackNeiman MarcusSugarfina Champagne Bears, available at Neiman Marcus, Amazon, and Sugarfina, from $13.95Best for: The one in need of a toastElevate their next sugar fix with these fun champagne gummy bears. Don't worry if they're under 21, despite the name and flavor, these gummies are non-alcoholic. There are rosé options, too.    A simple, inspiring necklaceBan.doban.do Good Intentions Necklace, available at Amazon and ban.do, from $20Best for: The person who exudes posi vibesA sweet necklace with an even sweeter mission. Choose from a selection of positive intentions like "optimism," "strength," or "gratitude," which they can carry with them throughout the day. For every necklace sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Girls Inc.A taste of Japan by way of snacksBokksu3-Month Snack Gift Box, available at Bokksu, $45.99Best for: Anyone bored of their current snack rotationAdventurous foodies will love the chance to taste-test a curated box of gourmet Japanese snacks. In this Bokksu box, they can expect to find between 10-14 snacks, a tea pairing, and an in-depth guide that details every product included.A bestselling face mask for clearer skinAztec SecretAztec Secret Indian Healing Mask, available at Target and Walmart, from $9.98Best for: The one in search of the best skincare productsAnyone in on the latest skincare trends will know about this mask. Many claim it has helped clear their skin, and it has over 12,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The best part is that this powerful facial is just $10.A soft pair of socks made from sustainable fabricUnited by BlueSoftHemp Socks (2-Pack), available at United by Blue, $12Best for: Anyone with cold feetWith cold weather approaching, there's nothing better than slipping on cozy socks. Made from soft, sustainable hemp fabric, these are sure to do the trick (and why not get them two pairs?).A luxurious exfoliator to keep skin smoothNecessaireNecessaire The Body Exfoliator, available at Sephora, Amazon, and Nordstrom, from $28.99Best for: The one dreading winter skinNecessaire's clean beauty products come in beautiful, minimalist packaging that looks as good in their bathroom as it feels on their skin. This gentle exfoliator will help them slough off dry winter skin for good.A beautiful way to store olive oilUncommon GoodsHandblown Glass Olive Oil Pourer, available at Uncommon Goods, $46Best for: The kitchen curatorThese stunning handmade jars can hold up to 12 ounces of olive oil or vinegar. Plus, they look beautiful sitting out on the kitchen counter.Cruelty-free nail polish in a range of fun colorsSmith & CultNail Polish, available at Smith & Cult, $18Best for: The at-home nail painterSmith & Cult's polish is vegan, cruelty-free, and chip-resistant. With 46 fun colors to choose from, you're sure to find one (or two, or three) they'll love. Useful cable clipsAmazonShintop Cable Clips (6-pack), available at Amazon, $3.97Best for: The desktop organizerWhether their phone charger is always falling under their desk or they simply have too many cables to keep track of, these affordable and efficient clips will allow them to simplify their workspace. Plus, the pink, orange, and green shades contribute a fun pop of color.A Disney+ subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderGift subscription, available at Disney Plus, $7.99/monthBest for: The lifelong Disney loverIt gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, "Star Wars," National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.A sheet mask that'll hydrate dry, stressed skinSephoraDr. Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution, available at Sephora and Amazon, from $7Best for: The face mask fanFall and winter skin tends to be dry and dull. While you can't change the weather, you can throw on a hydrating face mask to stay moisturized. This one will add lots of soothing hydration to their skin to keep it feeling fresh.A set of playing cards inspired by music's greatsAmazonMusic Genius Playing Cards, available at Uncommon Goods, $10Best for: The music loverWhether they love game night, music, or are equal fans of both, they'll surely get a kick out of these playing cards. The pack features illustrations of all the big names in pop, rock, country, and R&B.Makeup towels that make washing their face less of a choreWeezieMakeup Towels, available at Weezie, $40Best for: The one who struggles to remove their mascaraIf they've never thought of washcloths as anything special, Weezie towels will change their minds. The adorable towels are embroidered with either hearts, winky eyelids, or the words "stain me." Plus, the dark navy blue color will conceal makeup stains.A spray that protects their shoesAmazonJason Markk Repel, available at Amazon, Dick's Sporting Goods, and The Container Store, from $17Best for: The sneakerheadIf they love shoes, they should have the right products to take care of their favorite footwear. This spray protects shoes from stains caused by water and oil, and there are multiple people on our team who swear by it for every new pair of shoes they get.A lip gloss that has all the benefits of a balmTower 28 BeautyTower28 Beauty Jelly Lip Gloss, available at Sephora and Tower28, $15Best for: Anyone complaining about dry lipsThis clean-beauty favorite delivers the glossy sheen they'd expect from a lip gloss, but it's loaded with nourishing oils to keep lips hydrated, too. A unique case that protects their phoneCasetifyCasetify Phone Case, available at Casetify, from $42Best for: The one with a falling-apart phone caseOur phones are our lifelines these days and if you know someone who's always glued to theirs, consider giving them a unique case that's as protective as it is pretty thanks to being drop-tested and shock-absorbent. They have options ranging from watercolor forest scenes to cute sayings to cuddly animals. You can even do a customized option and put their initials on it.  A silky-smooth sleep mask to block lightNordstromSlip Pink Marble Sleep Mask, available at Nordstrom, $50Best for: The beauty sleeperIf there's nothing they appreciate more than a good night's sleep, they'll love Slip's silk sleep mask. It's made from 100% pure Mulberry silk for a luxe, light feel on their skin. A fitting vehicle for their post-run brewsUncommon GoodsEtched Marathon Pint Glass, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Best for: The runner If they like to celebrate a long run with a big pint, they'll appreciate these pint glasses etched with famous marathon routes. A set of colorful silicone straws that reduce plastic wasteFood52Five Two Silicone Straw, available at Food52, $19Best for: The environmentalist Bendable, sustainable, and portable (thanks to the set of carrying cases), these fun straws are the accessory any eco-conscious person should have.A bold lip color that'll last all day longSephoraLancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick, available at Sephora and Macy's, from $27.20Best for: The one who sticks to one lipstick at a timeWhether it's a pale peach or a deep-red look they crave, they'll love this long-lasting lipstick with its saturated colors and hydrating formula.A book subscriptionBook of the Month3-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99Best for: The obsessive readerA subscription box that sends them an exciting new read catered to their tastes each month is the perfect gift for a bookworm. A coffee mug that keeps their drinks hot or cold for hoursAmazonHydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug, available at Hydro Flask and REI, from $20.89Best for: The hot coffee loverHydro Flask's Travel Coffee Mug is a team favorite. It combines the classic shape of a mug with Hydro Flask's TempShield insulation to keep beverages hot, or cold, for hours— a great gift for the coffee or tea lover who's always on the move. A cute reusable tote that can fit tons of stuffBAGGUStandard Baggu, available at Baggu, $14Best for: The tote wearerIt's no wonder these bags are bestsellers — they can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff and come in a range of fun colors and patterns. Plus, at just $12, they're a great deal. A classy carrying case to stash chargersMark & GrahamLeather Charger Roll-Up, available at Mark & Graham, from $39Best for: The expert packerAfter they fill the three pockets with cables and chargers, all they have do is roll everything up and they're good to go. The soft, supple leather comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns. A cult-favorite cast-iron skilletAmazonLodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, available at Williams Sonoma, Target, and Amazon, from $19.90Best for: The frequent home cookEvery cook needs a cast-iron skillet in their kitchen. Lodge makes some of the best out there, but at prices that won't break the bank. A candle that reminds them of their favorite placeAmazonHomesick Location Scented Candle, available at Amazon, Homesick, and Uncommon Goods, from $34Best for: The one with state pride This is a great gift that's sure to make anyone sentimental. Whether it's their hometown, college town, or favorite spot to vacation, a Homesick candle, with scents inspired by all sorts of locations, will bring them back to that favorite place. An apron loaded with plenty of clever featuresFood52Five Two Ultimate Apron, available at Food52, from $35Best for: The kitchen splatter-averseAnyone who spends a good amount of time in the kitchen will appreciate this durable apron with its sturdy fabric, clever pockets made to hold the essentials, and pot-holders built right in. A cold brew coffee maker to keep up with their iced coffee habitAmazonTakeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon and Target, $27.99Best for: The at-home coffee brewerIf their morning ritual includes a cup of cold brew, they'll appreciate this convenient cold brew maker. All they have to do is fill it with their favorite coffee grinds, add water, let it sit, and they've got a glass of delicious cold brew on the way. A portable straw that makes water drinkableAmazonLifeStraw Personal Water Filter, available at Amazon, $12.74Best for: The outdoor adventurerThis portable, personal water filter is consistently one of the bestselling products on Prime Day. It filters water from creeks and rivers, making it perfect for hiking, camping, and travel.A simple and elegant photo calendarArtifact UprisingWalnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $29.75Best for: The fan of the old-school paper calendarAll of Artifact Uprising's customized photo gifts are simple, beautiful, and made from eco-friendly materials. This simple calendar is an easy choice for anyone on your list. Just pick 12 photos (one for each month) of the people and places they love most to add a special sentiment to their desk setup.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytDec 14th, 2022

64 gifts for college students that will help them manage dorm life, midterms, and adulting

The best gifts for college students are practical and fun. Here are 64 gift ideas, from useful dorm tech to cute clothes and room decor. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Crystal Cox/Business Insider/Birthdate Co.College students are juggling a lot. From late nights studying to living on their own, their lives look very different than they're used to. Finding the college student in your life a great gift can show you support them, are thinking about them, and want them to have a good time in between challenging classes. The gifts on this list include everything from gadgets that will make their life easier, clothes for lounging, and plenty of products for self-care. Whether they're getting ready for next semester or a future study aborad trip, here are 64 thoughtful gifts any college student would love.A lamp that melts candles without lighting themCrystal Cox/InsiderCandle Warming Lamp, available at Amazon, $54.99If they're worried about setting off the dorm fire alarm, get them this chic lamp instead. It slowly melts candle wax to activate the scent — and all without needing to light the candle itself.A custom necklace to celebrate their birthdayBirthdate Co.Birthdate Pendant, available at Birthdate Co., $140A perfect birthday gift for any astrology lover, this custom necklace includes four gemstones and crystals (chosen for their birth date) embedded in a gold pendant, along with their birthdate, zodiac sign, and initials engraved on the back.A guided journal to keep them organizedCrystal Cox/InsiderBestSelf Self Journal, available at BestSelf and Amazon, from $32For any college student with a big goal in mind (even if that goal is just being more organized), this sleek planner will help them get far. It lasts for 13 weeks, making their goal feel more approachable while also helping them set a new journaling habit.A sleek crossbody phone caseCrystal Cox/InsiderCasey Pebble Leather Crossbody Bandolier, available at Bandolier, $108If they hate carrying a bulky bag just to store their phone and wallet, this stylish crossbody case was invented for them. It accommodates a wide range of smartphones and features card slots and a snap pocket to keep their essentials all in one tiny, easy-to-access place.Comfy faux-fur slippers they can wear to classAmazonKoolaburra by UGG Women's Lezly Slipper, available at Amazon, DSW, and Nordstrom Rack, $59.99Koolaburra slippers are soft and cozy enough to wear around their dorm every day but also have a rubber sole so they can wear them to class and around campus. They come in nine different colors and reviewers love how warm they keep their feet on cold days.A sweet plant care packageSucculentBarShop/EtsySucculent Bar Shop Hang in There Care Package, available at Etsy, from $36This sweet care package includes a wooden card with a cute message, a succulent with a planting kit, and a pot, all to remind the college student in your life that you're thinking of them. You can make the gift even more special with optional add-ons, from face masks and bath bombs to candy and notepads.Neon light signs for ultimate dorm vibesDormify"Good Vibes Only" Neon Sign, available at Dormify, $79Nothing screams college vibes more than a quirky neon light or color-changing LED-rimmed walls. Dormify's options are perfect for achieving this, and the brand has everything from wholesome neon signs to goofy ones. A manifestation of good vibes is probably helpful for the average student, but there are plenty of other options like GRLPWR, Happy, and Party.A scratch-off self-care checklistUncommon Goods100 Things to Do For Your Wellbeing, $15, available at Uncommon GoodsThis scratch-off poster is a checklist of 100 things any college student can do so support their mental health, whether they're studying for midterms or missing home. The squares include everything from "visit your favorite spot" to "ask for help with a difficult task" and serve as a mindfulness reminder even after they've scratched them all off. A sunrise alarm clock for a gentle, phone-free wakeupSuzy Hernandez/InsiderHatch Restore, available at Amazon and Target, $129.99Using your phone as an alarm clock makes it a lot more tempting to start scrolling on your phone first thing in the morning, which isn't the healthiest habit. A sunrise alarm clock can help your student have a much better start to their day than immediately checking emails or scrolling on Instagram. The Hatch Restore is a great sunrise alarm option with a ton of special features.A microwave-safe bowl cozy for hot dinnersCraftyWanda/EtsyCrafty Wanda Bowl Cozy (Set of 2), available at Etsy, $17.49Microwave bowl cozies are great for protecting your hands from a hot bowl straight out of the microwave or a cold bowl full of ice cream. The high corners can help lift hot food in and out of the microwave and can help prevent burns and spills. These are reversible, machine washable, and a great gift for any college student who uses their microwave regularly.A trendy Trader Joe's-inspired cookbookUrban Outfitters"The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook" by Andrea Lynn, available at Urban Outfitters and Amazon, from $15.29If there's one place you hear all these Gen Z'ers talking about, it's Trader Joe's. This quirky cookbook contains 160 easy recipes for busy (and usually broke) college students, drawing from some of the brand's favorite ingredients to create mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres, party-worthy appetizers, and nourishing meals.Does your student prefer to cook with the air fryer? Check out this equally nifty "I Love Trader Joe's Air Fryer Cookbook"! A long-lasting backpack that'll look good on campus and at job interviewsHerschelHerschel Little America Backpack, available at Herschel and Amazon, from $100.80Typical backpacks work great for class, but what about everything that happens outside of class? Having a sturdy backpack that's well-suited for traveling and job interviews helps a ton. Herschel's Little America is a great option because it's versatile, sturdy, and stylish. Similarly, the Dagne Dover backpack ($215) is specifically designed for a woman's body and is made to store everything you need and go anywhere you go. If the student is a tote person and doesn't touch backpacks, the Longchamp Le Pliage Shoulder Bag ($155) is a staple for students and young workers alike.Popular wireless over-ear headphones for quality noise-cancelingAmazonBeats Solo3 Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Apple, from $99If there's one thing every college student needs, it's good wireless headphones. This Beats pair has rich sound and up to 40 hours of listening time. And if they let the battery run out, a five-minute charge converts to three hours of playback.If they're a runner and need something lightweight and in-ear, you should opt for Jaybird Vista.A silicone mold for a soothing ice rollerCrystal Cox/InsiderSilicone Ice Mold for Facial Beauty Ice Roller, available at Amazon, $12.99Gua Sha facial tools and rollers have become a super popular way to reduce facial puffiness, soothe redness, and de-stress. This silicone ice mold is easy to use, small enough for a mini fridge's freezer, and can be filled with everything from simple water to coconut milk and aloe vera for a relaxing skincare boost. A helpful air purifierBed Bath & BeyondHoMedics TotalClean 4-in-1 Air Purifier, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and Home Depot, from $55.99For college students living in a traditional dorm room, a breath of fresh air is more than welcome. This HoMedics TotalClean 4-in-1 air purifier creates cleaner air no matter how small the space is, clearing pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander, mold spores, and germs for easy breathing. Bonus points: It has an auto shut-off timer, a built-in night light, and a three-year manufacturer's warranty for optimal satisfaction.The most comfortable socks college students can ownBombasWomen's and Men's Ankle Sock 4-Pack, available at Bombas, $49.40Bombas makes the best socks on the market. They benefit from upgrades like a supportive honeycomb stitch, blister tabs built into ankle-height styles, and a Y-stitched heel and "invisitoe" that minimizes annoying bumps. Even if it seems like socks aren't an exciting gift, comfort is pretty much always a hit in college. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a specially designed sock to someone in need.A modern card game for nights in and partiesAmazonWhat Do You Meme Game, available at Amazon and Walmart, $29.99College students today are of the meme generation, so this game will be highly appreciated. This set includes 75 of the funniest memes plus 360 caption cards to make the wonkiest combinations for a game during study breaks or chill wine nights.A statement scrunchie that'll make any outfit look goodAmazonKitsch Dinner Scrunchie, available at Amazon and Target, from $13.99There are few accessories that can pull together an outfit and make it look chic, even if that outfit is sweatpants. The massive dinner scrunchies by Kitsch are the perfect accessory to add to a quick outfit and make it look put together. Gifting this to someone means they will always have the option to add an easy, fashionable touch to their look.An air fryer for the snack loverAmazonPhilips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer, available at Amazon and Crate & Barrel, from $185.95Air fryers are all the buzz for how they can turn just about anything into a warm, crispy delight. Plus, they save a ton of time, which every college student can appreciate. The Philips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer is one of the best air fryers on the market today.There's some debate over how good air fryers actually are, so you can also think about gifting a toaster oven.A good wallet to hold their cards, cash, and student IDVera BradleyVera Bradley Microfiber Zip ID Wallet, available at Vera Bradley and Amazon, from $20Vera Bradley's Zip ID Wallet is a great option for students who have to frequently show or swipe their student ID, but don't need an overstuffed bifold. The O-ring is a convenient and sturdy place to hold all their keys. It also makes it easy to clip the wallet into their other bags.A smartphone-sized travel photo printerStaplesFujifilm Instax Mini Link Bluetooth Photo Printer, available at Amazon, B&H Photo, and Apple, $99.95Mini portable Bluetooth printers make turning iPhone photos into tangible memories quick and easy — which is especially convenient for decorating their room. All they'll have to do is download the app (which also has internal PhotoShop elements and features like themed stickers and collages) and connect via Bluetooth. Clothes and shoes for their upcoming interviews and presentationsEverlaneThe Oversized Blazer, available at Everlane, $228Workday Khakis, available at Dockers, $54.99Wool Coat, available at Other Stories, from $219College is full of big meetings, presentations, and nerve-wracking interviews. For days when sweatpants aren't an option and something more formal is needed, these are some great options for women's staples. We've also created a list of our personal favorite workwear stores for women and men — plus the best styles to buy from each one. A steady supply of healthier (and still tasty) snacksThrive Market1-Year Membership, available at Thrive Market, $59.95College students live off good food and snacks. Gifting a subscription to Thrive Market means access to healthier snacks, which leads to them feeling more energized and better studying.A waterproof speaker that can bring the bassCrystal Cox/InsiderJBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker, available at JBL, Amazon, and Walmart, from $94A Bluetooth speaker is a must-have: it helps set the mood for study nights and brings the party to life whenever they're hosting. JBL's Flip 5 speaker is the best choice. It has vibrantly booming bass, lasts for up to 12 hours without a charge, and is waterproof.A trio of unisex products that makes skincare clean and simpleAtticusBest Seller Trio, available at Atticus, $83.70Stress affects how our skin looks, especially in college. Skincare, however, can get overwhelming because of how many options are available. Atticus's high-quality skincare line makes it simple for everyone and is made to be gender inclusive. Its trios, like the Best Seller, include all the products you need: a cleanser, daily moisturizer with SPF, and night cream with anti-aging ingredients. Great coffee from all over the world to help them stay energizedAtlas Coffee Club3-Month Coffee Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60If they drink coffee, they'll likely drink a fair amount of it during college. And it's really nice to have a cup better than one from the dining hall. Atlas Coffee is a monthly subscription that's sort of like a worldwide coffee tour — bringing the best single-origin coffee (with a postcard from its origin country) to your door. They'll also get brewing tips and flavor notes. One of the best tablets for note-taking, entertainment, and everything elseAmazonApple 10.2-inch iPad (32 GB), available at Amazon, Apple, and Walmart, from $299.95 If you go on a college campus today, you'll probably see iPads all over the place — and for good reason. These slim rectangular boxes are bundles of joy for students. They make note-taking, e-reading, Netflix, and leisure drawing easy to do all in one place. The new 256GB iPad ($479) will make an unforgettable gift. If you want to take it up a notch, the highly-coveted and ultrafast 11" iPad Pro ($799) is even better.If they already have an iPad, you can think about getting them an Apple Pencil ($129), which will level up their gadget even more.A weighted blanket that'll change the way they sleepTranquilityTranquility Weighted Blanket, available at Target and Walmart, from $34.31Every college student ever has needed better sleep. Weighted blankets apply a calming pressure on you, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up more rested. Tranquility's weighted blanket is perfectly-sized it is to move from bed to couch, fits a standard dorm twin XL bed, and is easily washable.A foolproof planner to keep everything in orderDay DesignerWeekly Planner, available at Day Designer, $68A planner keeps them organized between all their assignments, exams, and social events. Day Designer makes luxurious planners that students love. Planners come in daily or weekly options which each have space for all your checklists and schedules, plus extra pages for goal setting, future planning, and notes.If this style doesn't suit them, pick another from our favorite planners for college students.A cult-favorite tumbler to keep their drinks just the right temperature for hoursHydro FlaskHydro Flask 40 oz. Wide Mouth Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, REI, and Amazon, from $49.95This HydroFlask will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours with the lid on, perfect for when they need coffee during a long night studying.A key-, wallet-, and iPhone-finderAmazonTile Mate, available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, $24.99You can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Mate is compact, thoughtful, and useful for everyone — especially an oft-frazzled college student.  A bed frame that can easily move with themLauren Savoie/InsiderThuma Bed Frame (Full), available at Thuma, from $995A good bed frame is the foundation of good sleep and this one by Thuma features interlocking Japanese joinery that makes it incredibly sturdy but easy to disassemble, move, and store. It's a great option for young adults on the move, especially if they're moving into older or smaller buildings. A nice watch they can wear to internshipsMVMTMVMT Men's Chrono Watch, available at MVMT and Amazon, from $81MVMT Women's Avenue Watch, available at Bloomingdale's and Amazon, $128MVMT makes beautiful watches for men and women at great prices, and they feel more contemporary to wear than most on the market. It's a versatile, sentimental gift you can feel good about giving because you know they'll feel good — and perhaps more put-together — wearing it. Their favorite comfort foodsGoldbellyFood gifts, available at Goldbelly, prices varyGoldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.One of the best facial cleansers for a clean and effective routineFOREOFOREO Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, available at FOREO and Amazon, $219FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.Coffee table books that add a touch of personalityAmazon"In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine" by Alberto Oliva dna Norberto Angeletti, Available at Amazon and Walmart, $50.99"Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes" by Edith Young, available at Amazon and Walmart, $19.29For all the books college students have to read for class, it's nice to have some decor books lying around that are beautiful to look at and fun to flip through. Depending on their interests and aspirations, "In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine" is perfect for a fashionista. For an artsy student, "Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes" is a great choice. One of the easiest ways to find your favorite fragranceScentbirdPerfume subscription (6-months), available at Scentbird, $89Finding a fragrance that speaks to you is a step towards finding your style. But buying a bunch of different scents can take a long time and cost a lot. Scentbird is a perfume and cologne discovery subscription that helps you find your favorite perfumes by sending monthly options based on your preferences.An aroma diffuser to set the moodGrove CollaborativeCollaborative Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser, available at Grove, $39.99An aroma diffuser delivers calming, in-home aromatherapy and is a great fragrance option for dorms where candles usually aren't allowed. This one from Grove Collaborative diffuses essential oils for up to five hours at a time, has LED light options, and elegantly blends into any room thanks to its minimalistic ceramic design.If you're looking for more diffusing options, check out our guide to the best essential oil diffusers we tested. An inexpensive way to get the iced coffee they love at homeAmazonTakeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $30.49If the student you're thinking of drinks coffee — and there's a very good chance they do — having access to one of the best cold brew contraptions will be a gift that keeps on giving. A cold brew machine means you can go 4-5 days in a row without brewing another pot. It's also easy to clean. Find a full review here.A book that helps them build good habits and break bad onesAmazon"Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $11.98Many college students are trying to map out what they want out of life and how to build the habits that get them where they want to go. In the popular book "Atomic Habits," James Clear, an expert on habit formation, teaches practical strategies for building lasting habits and ditching detrimental ones. A bottle or two of famous toilet spraysPourriPoo-Pourri Toilet Sprays, available at Pourri and Amazon, from $7.99Whether they're in a community bathroom or a private one, odds are they'll be sharing it with a roommate. These Poo-Pourri toilet sprays use essential oils and plant-based ingredients to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins. Just pick their fave scent, spray, and go — no stink necessary.A media streamer that transforms a normal TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Ultra 4K/HDR/HD Streaming Player, available at Amazon, Roku, and Walmart, from $89.99Most college students aren't forking over a monthly payment to cable. This streaming player is, overall, the best one you can buy, and it transforms an otherwise ordinary TV into one that can stream shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and others all in one spot.  Trendy and convenient Apple AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) with Charging Case, available at Target, Amazon, and Apple, from $239If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. A comfy Patagonia pullover they'll rely onPatagoniaMen's and Women's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, available at Patagonia, $129Men's and Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at REI, $129It's a good bet that many of their peers will also have this Snap-T pullover from Patagonia. This and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely upon. A Patagonia sweater is also a particularly good gift for students who are invested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993, and continues to do so today.A portable projector that's the size of a soda canAmazonAnker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector, available at Amazon and Walmart, $299.99Anker's Nebula Capsule is a powerful and versatile mini projector, and its portability makes it a great option for college students who want a cozy movie-viewing experience in the comfort of their own room. It's 1 pound and the size of a soda can, but it has surprisingly crisp image quality and 360-degree sound. Find a full review here.The world's comfiest shoesAllbirds/InstagramMen's and Women's Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110Startup Allbirds makes wildly popular shoes out of soft, sustainable materials. Their Runners, made of super-soft merino wool, have been nicknamed "the world's most comfortable shoes." You can find a full review here. A great game for a night in with friendsAmazonCards Against Humanity, available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, $29Grab a fun card game they'll inevitably end up pulling out to play with friends on the weekend nights and snow days.A Brooklinen gift card for really nice sheetsBrooklinenGift Card, available at Brooklinen, from $50Few things sound as nice as comfortable, beautiful sheets that you don't need to buy for yourself. Brooklinen is one of our favorite startups to shop at, and we ranked their sateen cotton sheets the best luxury sheets you can buy.An Echo Dot with a built-in clockAmazonEcho Dot (4th Gen) with Clock, available at Best Buy, $59.99The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa's other features. A custom poster of their favorite placeGrafomapA customized poster, available at Grafomap, from $19Commemorate their college town, hometown, or favorite place in the world with this customizable graphic map so they can keep it with them wherever life takes them.A savvy suitcase for traveling on holiday breaksAway/FacebookThe Carry-On, available at Away, from $275Away's popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360-degree spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over. It's also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.We also recommend Calpak for other luggage options. A book about capitalizing on the huge choices to make in your 20sAmazon"The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now" by Meg Jay, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $12.19The decisions you make in your 20s can greatly impact the rest of your life. The best defense is a good offense and your grad should know now, before any life-altering events crop up, how to get the most out of their "defining decade."An Amazon Prime membershipTommaso Boddi / Getty ImagesGift an Amazon Prime membership, $139An Amazon Prime membership is one of those things that immediately makes life easier. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping; access to the Prime Now app, which provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items; Prime Video, Amazon's streaming video service; Prime Music; the Kindle Lending Library; Prime Reading; Prime Audible Channels; unlimited photo storage, and more.If you want to see how Amazon Prime actually gives you a lot more than free shipping, you can read about the benefits of the service here.A candle to remind college students of their favorite place or hometownAmazonHomesick Location Scented Candle, available at Amazon, Homesick, and Uncommon Goods, from $34If they're away from family or friends, a reminder of home is a wonderful thing to have around. Make sure to check the rules of their dorm or living situation before buying them a candle.Framed memoriesFramebridgeGift Card or Frame a Memory, available at Framebridge, from $45Help them honor some of their best memories — whether it's from friends now studying across the country, family, or best-loved locales. Framebridge is relatively affordable, but decor is one of the luxuries plenty of college students shirk to save elsewhere, so give them permission and funds to make their dorm a home.A monogrammed leather shave bagLeatherologyLeatherology Small Shave Bag, available at Leatherology and Amazon, from $95The dreaded truth of college is that you'll most likely need to schlep your shower belongings to a communal area if you live in the dorms. No one wants to rely on a plastic shower caddy to do that. Grab them a leather shave bag that they'll use for years to come — they probably wouldn't justify the expense on their own, and they'll be grateful to have it. If you're looking for a chic aesthetic, Dagne Dover also makes a great neoprene toiletry bag named the Hunter (from $45) that's built to accommodate makeup. If they have a lot of toiletries, you'll probably want to get the large size for $65.The most comfortable lounge pants we've ever tried for lazy weekend morningsMeUndiesMen's and Women's Lounge Pant, available at MeUndies, $68MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings, and they're sleek enough to avoid feeling too unkempt.The best pillow you can buyCoop Home GoodsPremium Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, available at Coop Home Goods and Amazon, $72Make sure they're optimizing their sleep with the best pillow you can buy. Thanks to the shredded memory foam, they'll get the support and comfortable "sinking in" sensation of a traditional memory foam pillow, but none of the excessive heat or firmness that can be a problem with solid foam. Read more in our buying guide here.A wonderful addition to any skincare routineSephoraKiehl's Ferulic Brew Antioxidant Facial Treatment with Lactic Acid, available at Kiehl's and Sephora, $54This new facial essence from Kiehl's is a great addition to any skincare routine. It's especially good for those who want to even out their skin tone, smooth skin texture, and add some extra moisture. It's made with rich ingredients and is simple to use: you just pat a few drops onto your face, rub it in, and it'll do its magic.An extra-long, reinforced phone chargerAmazonNative Union 10-Foot Extra-Long Charging Cable with Leather Strap, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Native Union, from $24If they're going to be tethered to devices, you may as well give them a long leash. This long charging cable means no matter where one is, they'll have power — and they won't have to sit at the foot of their bed to reach it. A gym bag that can transition to a professional settingNordstromHerschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag, available at Amazon, Nordstrom, and Herschel, from $76.64Just like bringing a beat-up JanSport everywhere, lugging an old nylon gym bag isn't ideal for anyone looking for versatile use. Herschel Supply Co. makes reliable, long-lasting bags, and this one has a separate compartment for gym or dress shoes. A microwave-safe ramen cooker for stressful or time-crunched nightsAmazonRapid Ramen Cooker, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $6.98There will be plenty of late nights filled with cheap and tasty ramen. If they're going to eat it anyway, at least let them make it quickly and perfectly every time.A super soft throw blanket they'll cocoon themselves in time and time againAmazonBEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $23.39Grab their favorite candy, this sherpa-lined fleece blanket with over 4,400 five-star reviews on Amazon, and a Hulu gift card to make their nights in actually fun.Gift cards — perhaps the best gift you can give a cash-strapped college studentFlickr Creative Commons/Lani EldertsWhat a stressed, broke college student needs most is money and probably a hug. If you're looking for a way to gift maximum convenience, gift cards are a surprisingly thoughtful way to do that — either for their favorite restaurant, transportation, school books, or music to keep them occupied during long study hours. Check out more gift card gifts here. Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card Coffee: Starbucks Gift CardSchool books: Amazon Gift Card Entertainment: Netflix Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / Sling Gift Card / StubHub Gift CardTransportation: Uber Gift CardFurniture: Amazon Gift Card / Wayfair Gift CardMusic: Spotify Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardTravel: Delta Gift Card / Airbnb Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytDec 13th, 2022

39 gifts for your in-laws that will leave a lasting impression, whether you"ve known them forever or are meeting them for the first time

Your in-laws will love these thoughtful gifts, from subscription boxes they can enjoy together to kitchen staples they didn't know they needed. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon; Uncommon GoodsWhether you're meeting the parents for the first time or are already a part of the family, you're bound to come across many situations where you'll need to wow your in-laws with a gift. The good news is, you don't need to spend a fortune or make a grand gesture to leave a lasting impression on your partner's parents. When it comes to gifting, being thoughtful is always best. Go for something that shows you care, whether that's a candle that taps into their sentimental sides or new technology to make their lives easier. We've rounded up plenty of gifts that work for all budgets, occasions, and types of in-laws.A set of fancy soapsAesopAesop Resurrection Hand Purifying DueBest for: The homebody couple Elevated essentials always make for great gifts: Think the more upscale version of the items they use on the regula,r like these hand soaps from Aesop. They look, feel, and smell luxurious, making them a chic addition to their powder room.A fun experience they can shareAirbnbAirbnb ExperiencesBest for: The adventurersThese days, you don't have to go far to have an extraordinary adventure. Experiential gifts allow them to try something new and create plenty of memories along the way. Airbnb Experiences is one of our favorite platforms for booking experiences with ease. With a wide range of online and in-person options, including extreme sports lessons, cooking classes, and cultural tours, you can be sure you'll find something that will excite them.A cake stand to show off their creationsWilliams Sonoma Glass Domed Cake PlateBest for: The couple who loves to bake If their weekends are spent experimenting with new recipes, they'll love this cake stand. It's a  beautiful way to keep their confections on display. And, when it's off cake duty, this can be used as a punch bowl too.A good looking gameMoMa StoreHay Play Family Backgammon SetBest for: The game night hosts This backgammon set is made for game nights and slow sunday afternoons. Not only is it a fun activity they can enjoy together, but it's probably the most attractive backgammon set they've ever owned.A durable, portable picnic blanketAmazonG Good Gain Waterproof Picnic BlanketBest for: The picnic lovers Whether they're beach people or mountain people, a good picnic blanket serves any couple well. They can use it for sunset picnics in the park, staying off the sand on beach days, and so much more. This one is waterproof and portable, making it the perfect gift for any duo that likes to spend time outside.A candle with a nostalgic scentHomesickHomesick CandlesBest for: The sentimental onesWith just a whiff, candles have the power to transport us to places far away and memories long gone. That's the whole premise of Homesick, a brand that creates candles with unique scents inspired by different cities, countries, occasions, and moments. Choose a place they love, live, or miss and you have a thoughtful gift that they'll get plenty of use out of too.A beautiful flowerUrbanStemsThe LycheeBest for: The ones who love fresh flowersYou can never go wrong with flowers. They smell divine, look beautiful, and add a fresh pop of color to any space. While a regualr bouquet always works, an orchid is a special gesture as it lasts far longer.A cool coffee table bookAmazon"The New York Times Explorer" by Barbara IrelandBest for: The ones who love learning new things For the couple who loves filling their home with meaningful trinkets collected over the years, this coffee table book is a thoughtful addition to their collection. The pages are filled with beautiful imagery and stories about unique travel destinations around the world.An assortment of the best cookiesLevainLevain Signature Cookie AssortmentBest for: The couple with a serious sweet tooth Nothing says "thank you" like a box filled with some of the sweetest cookies around. Every bite of a Levain cookie is chunky, chewy, ooey-gooey, and simply transcendent.A plush bed for their pupParachuteParachute Canvas Bolster Dog BedBest for: The dog-obsessed coupleWe all know the couple whose dog is more than a part of the family. If those are your in-laws, getting them a nice gift for their pup is essentially getting a gift for them too. This Parachute Dog Bed is a stylish, comfortable resting place for their furry friend.A customized marble wine chillerMark & GrahamWood and Marble Wine ChillerBest for: The celebratorsThis sleek wine chiller is something they probably don't have but would be a welcome addition to their home. The low-key design means it'll go with any decor and you can also get it personalized with their initials. You can pair with a bottle of wine or bubbly if it's a special occasion like an anniversary.An Audible subscription they'll use all the timeAmazonAudible Annual MembershipBest for: The in-law who always has a podcast onThe Amazon Audible subscription is great for entertaining the in-law who loves absorbing new information wherever they go. They can listen to anything they want from thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, documentaries, sleep programs, and more.A gift that makes gardening a bit easierUncommon GoodsGardener's Tool SeatBest for: The gardenersIf your in-laws love nothing more than spending a day in the garden, this two-in-one tool bag and folding chair makes the perfect gift. It's a handy workstation that will make long days of gardening a lot more comfortable and convenient. A salt block that'll up their grilling gameWayfairHimalayan Salt PlateBest for: The in-laws who sprinkle Maldon salt on everythingThis is more than just a pretty pink plate, it's actually a block of Himalayan salt. Not only can it be used to serve food, but it can actually be used to cook food too. Cooking and serving with a salt slab will up the ante on plenty of their family-favorite meals.A photo book of fond memories togetherArtifact UprisingSoftcover Photo BookBest for: The sentimental in-lawsIf you've spent holidays or vacations in the past with your in-laws, a sweet photo book to bring back good memories can be a great way to show you appreciate family time with them. Artifact Uprising makes it easy with custom options at affordable prices. Or you can customize thoughtful cards for as little as $1.45 per card. You can also create a set of prints for $9.A charging hub they can both useAmazonelago 3-in-1 Charging HubBest for: The tech-obsessed in-lawsIf they're always fighting for the last free outlet to charge their Apple products, or if they're both big Apple fans, this hub will charge all their devices at once.A fun way to show off their cork collectionUncommon GoodsState Map Wine Cork TrapBest for: The in-laws who love their stateFor the bunch with a bunch of state pride, give them a fun way to use their leftover wine corks and show off their favorite place. This birch-wood display makes a nice piece of wall art that's sure to start a conversation. A smart speaker to get them started on a smart homeBest BuyGoogle Nest Mini (2nd Generation)Best for: The tech-hesitantIf your in-laws are not really the techie types, start them out with this small smart speaker. Nest Mini is a subtle introduction to smart technology — plus, they'll get a kick out of communicating with Google Assistant. Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here.A modern vase to brighten up any spaceWest ElmBarro VasesBest for: The in-laws with great tasteThese cute vases look great in any space and come in subtle but fun yellows and blues to add a pop of color.  If you want to go that extra mile, you could put some florals or dried plants in it too.A monthly sampling of delicious food and snacksMouthBest of Mouth SubscriptionBest for: The foodiesFoodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally-made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month.An elevated serving board for their next dinner partyUncommon GoodsBamboo Lotus Serving BoardBest for: The gracious hostsIf your in-laws like to do a lot of hosting, this lotus-shaped serving tray will elevate their next dinner party. It has built-in spots for dips, crackers, cheese, veggies, and more.Cozy slippers to keep their feet warmUncommon GoodsBallerina Herbal Warming SlippersBest for: The cozy-loving in-lawsPamper your mother-in-law with these fuzzy slippers featuring removable insoles filled with aromatic lavender buds and thermally conductive flax seeds. In the winter, she can heat them up in the microwave for extra warmth, and in the summer she can throw them in the fridge for a refreshing cool down.An e-reader for easy reading anywhereAmazonAmazon Kindle PaperwhiteBest for: The outdoor readersE-readers make flipping pages easier than ever. If your in-laws inhabit the library and bookstore pretty much all the time, get them this Kindle. It's water-resistant, can be read in the sunlight, and has long battery life. Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here. Ski slope-inspired glassesUncommon GoodsSloping Ski GlassesBest for: The annual skiers If your in-laws are avid skiers, treat them to these fun, creative glasses that literally "slope." It's a great way to celebrate their favorite hobby year-round.A leather catchall for their keysMark & GrahamRustic Leather Catchall TrayBest for: The in-laws who like simple, practical giftsYour in-laws will love this chic catchall tray for staying organized. Place on a desk, nightstand, or entryway table to hold keys, wallets, headphones, and more. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. Choose from small, medium, large, or opt for a set of all three.A trio of unique condimentsBloomingdale'sBushwick Kitchen Threes Knees TrioBest for: The spice loversAdventurous eaters and hot sauce lovers will definitely enjoy using this trio of spicy condiments. Spicy honey, spicy maple, and gochujang sriracha give them all sorts of new ways to spice up their favorite foods.A shea butter bundle for softer and healthier skinShea RadianceWhipped Shea Butter Family Bundle (3-pack)Best for: The skin-care aficionados If your in-law is into skincare, Shea Radiance's shea butter treats dryness and produces healthier skin. You can choose from lavender, citrus, or a mix of the two scents, and if you aren't sure what scent they would enjoy, there is also an unscented option.  An indoor garden for fresh herb loversAmazonClick & Grow Smart GardenBest for: The in-laws who can't herb their enthusiasmAnyone who spends time in the kitchen or garden knows how much fresh herbs can upgrade a dish. While not all climates or spaces can sustain a full herb garden, this little indoor gardening kit can, so they can top every last dish with their favorite fresh herbs.A personal fireplace they can use insideFood52FLIKR Fire Personal Concrete FireplaceBest for: The in-laws who love a good bonfireThis portable fireplace is made of sturdy cement and makes for a great indoor s'mores night with the family. The fireplace will light right up with just a small amount of rubbing alcohol and a match.A wine subscription they can enjoy togetherWincWinc Wine Gift SubscriptionBest for: The wine connoisseurs A wine subscription service makes their favorite pastime easier for them as they can handpick wine from around the world. They can spend time wine tasting at home with exclusive choices that match their unique palate. We also ranked it as the best wine subscription overall.A nice candle with a reusable vesselLafcoLafco Library CandleBest for: The candle collectorsA nice candle is always a welcomed gift. These are made to embody the scents of common places, including rooms in the house. The best part of these candles, though, is that your in-laws will be able to reuse the hand-blown glass vessel once the candle has burned down. All they have to do is put it in the freezer when the wax runs down, pop it out with a knife, and run it through the dishwasher. An Airbnb gift card for in-laws who love to travelAirbnb InstagramAirbnb Gift CardBest for: The constant travelersA tangible gift is great, but so is the gift of an unforgettable experience. For the jet-setting duo, bring them one step closer to their next vacation (as soon as vacations are safe again) with an Airbnb gift card so they can explore someplace new together. You can find more hotel and Airbnb gift card options here.An ultra-cozy throwAnthropologieSophie Faux Fur Throw BlanketBest for: The in-laws who love staying inAs the days get colder, they'll more than appreciate this super soft, fuzzy throw blanket. They can curl up in it on the couch or drape it over the bed for a homier touch.A portable massage deviceTherabodyTheragun MiniBest for: The in-laws who complain about sore musclesIf your in-law is always at the gym or needs to relieve some tension, they can use Thereabody's Theragun Mini massager for a post-workout massage or self-care day. With three speed options, the gun can target any knot and cramp with just a press of a button.A set of high-quality olive oil and vinegarBrightlandBrightland Essential CapsuleBest for: The passionate chefsWe love Brightland for its beautiful packaging and delicious olive oil and vinegar. This four-piece set comes with two different bottles of extra virgin olive oil, a bottle of champagne vinegar, and a bottle of balsamic. Trust: They will use these on everything.A digital picture frame for all their favorite memoriesAuraAura Carver Luxe Digital Picture FrameBest for: The in-laws always taking photosIn-laws can be sentimental people, so there's no better personal gift than a digital photo frame. They can view loads of family memories from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your in-laws can enjoy the photos you've carefully curated, all day long. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.Hand-painted Italian mugsFood52Vietri Hand-Painted Italian Campagna MugBest for: The Italy enthusiastsMugs are the perfect vessel for coffee, tea, soups, ice cream, and mac and cheese — the opportunities are endless. The rustic, hand-painted mug in this dinnerware set is made in and inspired by the Italian countryside.A pizza maker for home cooks and pizza aficionadosWilliams SonomaBreville Crispy Crust Pizza MakerBest for: The pizza fansSome might call this one life-changing. If they love cooking together, gift them a countertop pizza maker so they can enjoy homemade pies with the toppings of their choice in less than 10 minutes.A gift for the in-law who's a major baseball fanUncommon GoodsBaseball Stadium BlueprintsBest for: The in-laws who never pass on a ball gameA little bit of history, a little bit of architecture, and a whole lot of team spirit — whether you support their favorite team or not, they'll appreciate this thoughtful print that'll quickly find a home on one of their walls.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytDec 9th, 2022

101 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $40

It is important to consider price when shopping for a gift. It becomes especially important when your holiday shopping list is long. Along with your personal finances and the number of people you’re shopping for, you can stay within budget in a number of ways. Since the holidays are already a stressful time, here are […] It is important to consider price when shopping for a gift. It becomes especially important when your holiday shopping list is long. Along with your personal finances and the number of people you’re shopping for, you can stay within budget in a number of ways. Since the holidays are already a stressful time, here are 101 Christmas gift ideas that are under $40. You don’t have to purchase these exact items. 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And, it only costs $17 Yeti Rambler This 18 oz. is perfect for both daily commutes and outdoor adventures. Thanks to the double-wall vacuum insulation, their water will stay cold throughout the day. You can even customize the bottle if you want. A pretty solid present for $30, in our opinion. Coffee Gift Card I know. Gift cards don’t always make for the most exciting or thoughtful gifts. But, for those who can’t live without their morning cup of Joe, then definitely appreciate this gift. Bonus points if you get them a gift card from their favorite coffee shop. DavidsTea Holiday Teas Variety Pack There’s something for every tea drinker here, from chocolate to fruity to spicy holiday blends. Sleigh Ride, Organic Orange Spice, Hazelnut Chocolate, and Caramel Shortbread are included in this $12 set. Coffee Mug Warmer Have you ever poured a cup of hot coffee in the morning only to have it sit on your desk for hours? To fix that, you can gift your colleagues a mug warmer, like the $25 Kin Element Mug Warmer and Lid Set. There are three temperature settings ranging from 104 to 140 degrees. By touching the front-facing sensor, you can switch between settings. In addition to changing color, the sensor indicates whether the temperature is high, medium, or low. Harry & David Thanks a Bunch Treats Tin What’s the point of buying just one gift when you can get an entire basket? Whether your colleague likes wine, sweets, savory snacks, fruit, or all of them, there’s a Harry & David gift basket that’s perfect for them. Here’s an affordable option we recommend: Thanks a Bunch Treats Tin. It’s filled with cookies and pretzel clusters for just $30. Zen Garden Research consistently shows plants increase productivity and decrease stress in the workplace. With that in mind, we think that this fresh succulent garden for $28 will accomplish just that. Additionally, it comes in a beautifully crafted planter gift box, and one garden sold provides six months of safe water for a developing country. Desktop Vacuum Cleaner Crumbs are inevitable if you eat at your desk. With a mini vacuum, you can help a coworker clean their desktop. With an included brush and nozzle, this one can reach hard-to-reach places and is USB chargeable. And it will set you back 15 bucks. Wireless Charger and UV Sanitizer Let’s face it, your phone is filthy. This small UV sanitizer kills 99 percent of bacteria and germs, so you can provide a germ-free workplace for your co-workers. In addition to keys and sunglasses, it can be used for earbuds and other small items that are frequently used. And it’s only $18. Two-Tone Pen Holder Designed after Japanese tea cups, this pen pot features a simple, minimalist design and natural colors. All materials used in its manufacture are 100% natural and sustainable. And it costs only $26. Stationery Sets At every meeting, you will find two types of coworkers: those who take notes and those who doodle. With some fresh stationery, you can cover all the bases either way. Their desk will immediately look brighter with Poppin Soft Cover Notebooks and Rifle Paper Co. pencils, while keeping track of tasks will be easier with the to-do list notepad and gel highlighters. Daily Planner Pad This notepad over at Etsy sorts tasks by top priority, later, and tomorrow to make work easier for your coworker. Also, it has an affordable $14 price tag. Moleskine Classic Notebook For coworkers who prefer classic notetaking, this Moleskine is a great office accessory. They can jot down meeting notes, reminders, and to-do lists on ruled, dotted, double layout, or plain pages. And, this classic notebook is $23. Bento Lunch Box Container Is your coworker always bringing lunch to work, or does he or she prepare meals at home? Food can be kept fresh and organized neatly in this bento box set. There are two stackable containers included, as well as a three-piece utensil set. Not bad for $15, right? The Work Wellness Deck There are 60 cards in this deck that contain daily actions that may help bring more balance to your colleague’s work life and health. Depending on what card they pull, they might need to practice breathing exercises, network, or be grateful. You can snag these cards over at Uncommon Goods for $19. Perfect Gifts for People That You Don’t Know Very Well It’s challenging to pick out a gift for someone you don’t know well, whether it’s a coworker, distant cousin, or neighbor. Choosing a gift that’s both neutral and useful while still being fun is the key to getting a gift that will please everyone. Holga Camera Would you like to print photos with Instagram filters? You can do that with the Holga camera, believe it or not. These popular Hong Kong-made cameras make a great gift for photographers. They also cost far less than today’s high-end digital SLR cameras. Case in point, this one is $40. A Take-It Everywhere Speaker This Bluetooth speaker is perfect for anyone, no matter what their favorite band is. Whenever and wherever they want to listen to music, they can do so. For charging, the speaker comes with a USB cable. And it’s only $20. Passport Holder and Luggage Tag Set Passport protectors and luggage tags are essential for international travelers. These handmade leatherette luggage tags and passport cover sets can also be personalized with the recipient’s monogram. It only costs $18 to boot Echo Friendly Reusable Straws Increasingly, towns and cities are banning plastic straws, so these silicone alternatives are useful gifts to give. In addition, each straw comes with its own portable carry case that can be folded and stored. A set of five costs just $19. Burt’s Bees Gift Set During the winter, your lips, hands, and feet become itchy and dry. Winter is a great time to gift a Burt’s Bees kit to rejuvenate their lips and skin. And it’s only $12. Mini Buddha Board Art Set Taking a cue from Etch A Sketch, Buddha boards are a relaxing, modern alternative. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, you’ll enjoy drawing your own creations and watching them slowly disappear. There’s something surprisingly meditative about it. And you can’t beat the $18 price tag. Slippers Seriously. Who doesn’t enjoy a pair of slippers to get their feet cozy and warm? Also, you don’t need to break the bank. For example, both Dream Pairs Women’s Cable Knit Faux Fur Slippers and RockDove Men’s Original Memory Foam Slippers are only $22. Sleep Mask When you don’t know the recipient very well, giving a practical gift is a smart way to be thoughtful. And this cotton sleep mask is certainly considerate after they get a great night’s sleep. Plus, it’s only ten bucks. Hair Towel Wrap For quick hair drying, these short fiber hair towels are made from a super-absorbent microfiber towel. Using a microfiber hair towel, you can dry your hair quickly without damaging it. And a 3-pack is only $14. Elmer Knit Beanie The snug fit of Herschel beanies makes them ideal for cooler weather. Besides being gender-neutral, they’re affordable enough that you can buy matching sets for your family and friends. You can snag it for $25. Magnetic Wristband During any DIY project, this magnetic wristband comes in handy. With its 10 strong magnets, things like screws, nails, bolts, and drill bits can be corralled for ease of use while you are doing home improvement projects. Best of all? It’s only $15. Beauty Sponge With plenty of awards and a cult following among makeup lovers, Beautyblender sponges make a great gift for beauty buffs. These edgeless, reusable sponges, foundation, powder, and other products will apply evenly. And it is just $20. Dog Treat Maker Those who own dogs will appreciate the convenience of making homemade, healthy treats with this nonstick press. As of this writing, you can grab this for $25 over at Amazon. Cable Organizer We cannot keep up with the clutter of cords and chargers as electronics proliferate. As a practical gift, this tech accessories case solves that problem, which, at this point, is a fairly universal one. It’s also under $20. Theme Baskets A gift can be designed to suit those on your gift list if you know what they like. Consider creating a gift basket based on a theme. For instance, get a set of mixing bowls, utensils, and a cookbook for the aspiring cook over at Half Price Books. Gifts like this show respect for someone’s interests and encourage them. And, you can dictate the price point. White Elephant Gifts In most cases, white elephant gift exchanges are just a funny way to break the ice during a gathering. You can purchase a fun gift or a cool gift that your coworkers will appreciate, or a sentimental present that a loved one can treasure. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster They can reveal cool designs by scratching off the square each time they watch one of the iconic movies listed on the poster. And it’s a cool $15 at Uncommon Goods. Slinky When in doubt, some childhood nostalgia never hurts! There is nothing better than the Original Slinky, and it would cost you next to nothing to purchase it. Hot Dog and Bun Toaster Double the fun by toasting two hot dogs and their buns simultaneously! The retro-styled hot dog toaster is available in three colors: white, cream, or yellow, inspired by Oscar Mayer. It’s lightweight and easy to use. And it’s under $25 on Amazon. Mistaken Lyrics Coasters You’ll have them doing a double-take when they see these coasters. There are questionable lyrics stamped on each one of these. For instance, “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” Totally worth the $28. Mini Bowling Game Set Presented as a white elephant gift, this Mini Bowling Game Set is fun and exciting. This set is perfect for those who need a stress-relieving desk game. Plus, it’s budget-friendly at just $12. Wacky Wavy Mini Tube Guy White elephant gifts can be hilarious, and this one is sure to stand out. Like your favorite car dealership decoration, this miniature motorized tube guy dances, wiggles, and shakes – only it fits right on your desk. And it’s under $20. Head & Scalp Massager After a long day, a scalp massager can help reduce stress and anxiety. Due to its small size and lightweight design, they can easily carry it wherever they go! Also, it’s just around $10. Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone With this microphone, you can transform every commute or gathering into a karaoke session. You can stream music straight from Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, or other streaming services with the microphone connected to any Bluetooth-enabled device. As of this writing, it’s $25 on Amazon. Silicone Wine Glass Holder Make someone’s day by giving them the gift of relaxation. Using this silicone wine glass holder, they can sip while showering or bathing. It doesn’t require adhesives, suction cups, or wall mounting. If they’re not into wine, consider a shower beer holder. Both are around $15. Food Dice With these innovative Foodie Dice, they can finally put an end to meal indecision. In total, 186,000 meal combinations are possible with each set, which includes nine dice dedicated to cooking methods, proteins, carbs, herbs, bonuses, and seasonal produce options. A pouch set is $24. Touchscreen Gloves In the winter, nothing is more frustrating than trying to use a touchscreen phone. Either you’re holding it with gloves on, or your fingers are numb. These Moshi Digits Touchscreen Gloves keep hands warm in the cold, and their unique grip patterns prevent phones from slipping out. You can buy a pair for $30. Cocktail Kit Besides a bartender’s spoon and muddler, three cocktail picks, and a hand-knit cocktail napkin, each kit includes ingredients for an Old Fashioned, Margarita, and Moscow Mule. You can take these kits on your next adventure in your back pocket, pack, or duffel. Each kit is $22 a pop. A Game of Cat and Mouth With this hectic pinball-like game, you will have hours of fun catapulting balls at one another. And it’s priced fairly at $20. Sneaker Balls The advantage of white elephant gift exchanges is that you don’t give someone these sneaker balls directly. Getting it through a game might make it more useful, but if you give it to your friend, they might take offense. They’re also only $15. White Elephant Ring Holder Yes. It’s literally a white elephant. This will definitely win you the award for the most cringe-worthy White Elephant gift. But hey, at least it’s useful. And, it’s a measly ten bucks. Gift Ideas for the Home If you’re shopping for someone who loves their house, give them something that will make it even better. 3-in-1 Avacado Slicer Avocado prep made easy. An easy-to-use, dishwasher-safe tool that facilitates everything from slicing to pitting. For $12, you might as well pick one up for yourself as well. Breakfast Sandwich Maker You can make breakfast, lunch, or dinner sandwiches in just minutes with this sandwich maker. With this breakfast maker, you can customize your sandwich by choosing your favorite bread, cheese, eggs, and meats. Plus, it will only set you back $30. Mini Waffle Maker Dash’s waffle maker whips up tiny 4″ waffles in no time. Furthermore, it’s available in a variety of fun colors and even in a heart-shaped design. And, it’s just $13. Crock Pot Give your friend or loved one an easy-to-make, mess-free slow cooker. Seriously, I can’t live without mine. You can buy a 4.5-quart size slow cooker for $25. W&P The Popper W&P’s collapsible popcorn bowl makes four cups of fresh popcorn. Plus, the lid doubles as a measuring cup. And it costs only $20. Milk Frother When making cappuccinos and other coffee drinks containing milk, a milk frother is essential. In addition, it can be used at home to aerate and froth cocktails. It’s available at Amazon for $25. Eco-Friendly Dishcloth Towels Colorful dish towels never go out of style, and these cheerful ones boast playful patterns and bright colors. Towels made of 100% cotton can be used to clean dishes, pans, and appliances and reduce paper usage. A set of 4 costs $11. Silicone Baking Mats Baking enthusiasts will appreciate these nonstick silicone baking mats that are safe for ovens, dishwashers, and freezers. They give home kitchens a professional vibe. And, a set of 2 is only $16. Compost Bin This compost bin is stylish, so they won’t mind leaving it out. In addition to a form-fitting lid that keeps out odors, it has a rotating handle that makes transporting it easy. It is, however, $33. Garden in a Bag Herbs are a favorite among chefs. This Garden in a Bag-Basil from Potting Shed Creations is just $10.50 and will let the chef in your life grow, tend, and use their own basil. Sherpa Throw Blanket It is crucial to have a warm blanket in the colder months of the year, and this sherpa option fits the bill perfectly. For cold nights, keep the blue plaid rug at the foot of the bed or on the living room couch. And, it’s just $18 at Target. Personalized Christmas Ornament Establish a new holiday tradition by giving a personalized ornament as a gift. If you head over to Personal Creations, you can do this for $20. White Noise Machine This well-rated sound machine helps promote self-care by helping you get a good night’s sleep. There are six sounds included: rain, brook, thunder, white noise, ocean, and summer night. The timer can also be set to automatically turn the device off with the help of an included AC adapter or batteries. It’s on sale for $24. Vertical Photo Holder It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is especially easy for grandparents to fall in love with updated pictures of their adorable grandchildren. This Kikkerland Photo and Card Holder in Black is a great way to keep lasting memories close. Make sure to print off some great photos to include as well. Butane Torch It’s the perfect tool for grilling or crème brûlée enthusiasts. And, it’s only $20. Gadget Gift Ideas For your tech-savvy friends and family members, there are a number of gifts in the $40 or below range. KZED Deep Tissue Massager A good massage relaxes muscles, relieves muscle stiffness, and improves soreness after exercise, and this massage gun by KZED does just that. You can customize the vibrations for a lighter or a deeper massage using the six types of massage heads. And, it’s a bargain at $36. iFixit Jimmy Those who constantly disassemble, hack, and mess around with their electronics will surely appreciate this gift. With the Jimmy tool from iFixit, you can wedge, pry, or shimmy open just about anything with its thin strip of steel. Besides scraping stickers and paint, it’s also useful for adjusting and repairing areas. For DIYers, it’s a must-have. And, it’s only $8. Wyze Cam V3 A home security camera is a must if you want to know what’s happening in your yard or if someone you know is concerned about porch pirates. If you are on a budget, Wyze sells a variety of affordable outdoor security cams. Among the Wyze Cam V3’s features are color night vision, intelligent motion detection, voice control, and a built-in siren — all for under $30. S1 Stealth Wallet With its minimalist design and water-resistant DTEX build, the S1 Stealth wallet from Dango Products is a great gift option. There are six card slots, as well as a pocket for a key or memory card, in this slim accessory. The S1’s RFID-blocking technology also protects users from identity theft and credit card fraud. It’s currently on sale for $20. Mini Drone This mini drone from Holy Stone is an excellent gift idea for beginners at $36. This drone is cleverly designed with protective shells around its rotors, is capable of a number of in-flight tricks, and has a flight time of about 20 minutes per charge. A trio of batteries and an intuitive controller are included. BoostCharge Fast Wireless Charging Pad Wireless chargers are great tech gifts under $40, and Belkin’s is one of the best. This compact accessory can rapidly charge iPhones and Android smartphones with a maximum power output of 15 watts. Signature M650 Wireless Mouse The Logitech Signature M650 wireless mouse is hands down the best under $40 gift you can give to a coworker, family member, or friend. Featuring a precise scrolling wheel and silent button, the gadget will leave a lasting impression. Spectra Infinity Xbox Controller Any Xbox or PC gamer will immediately enjoy the PowerA Spectra Infinity wired gaming controller. A high-quality knob with mappable keys, colorful LED lighting, and a handy volume dial make this accessory a must-have. Warranty coverage is provided by PowerA for two years. FosPower Emergency Solar Radio You can hear emergency broadcasts, charge your electronics with the sun, and have a reliable source of light with the FosPower Emergency Solar Radio. For peace of mind, this is definitely $31 well spent. Band 7 Fitness & Health Tracker This fitness tracker has design and hardware features that belong in a much higher price range, making it a fantastic under-$40 gift. A sophisticated sensor measures the heart rate and oxygen level continuously. This budget-friendly gadget tracks over a hundred activities and workouts, as well as sleep patterns and stress levels. Echo Wall Clock If you’re looking for a gift for someone who already uses an Amazon Alexa device, then the Echo Wall Clock is a great choice. With its built-in LEDs, this minimalist wall clock can display the progress of various timers you set with Alexa. You can use it to set timers for food, laundry, homework, and whatever else you can think of. Pretty cool for $30, if you ask me. GE Full-Color Direct Connect Smart Bulbs These GE Full Color Direct Connect Smart Bulbs for just $13 make it easy for friends and family to set the mood in their rooms. With no additional hardware required, you can choose from millions of color options. Using Alexa or Google Assistant, the bulbs can be dimmed or controlled from away from home. Dime Mini Multitool Gearheads will appreciate the compact, feature-rich Gerber Dime, a multitool crafted entirely in the United States. Among the 12 onboard tools are a flat-head screwdriver, a tiny plain-edge blade, a box opener, and scissors. It is backed by a lifetime warranty from Gerber. Not shabby for around $20. Justin Case Commuter Car Emergency Kit This roadside emergency kit includes jumper cables, a flashlight with batteries, a tow strap, a rain poncho, knit gloves, a first-aid kit, and Justin Case Roadside Assistance for 365 days, making it a perfect gift for anyone who forgets to leave their car lights on or forgets to turn it to E. Not too shabby for $24. Simply complete the enclosed membership form and mail it in to receive roadside assistance. After a few weeks, you will receive a one-year enrollment card in the mail. There is no membership fee. Best Buy Gift Card Not the most original gift. But, at least the recipient can buy the gadget they’ve asked Santa for. Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Kids If you’re looking to stretch your budget when shopping for the baby, child, or teen in your life, here are some gift suggestions. Lego Classic Creative Blocks While this classic, colorful Lego set comes with a few ideas for small projects, it promotes open-ended play. A brick-shaped storage container is a nice touch too. A great gift for just $12. View-Master Boxed Set As a kid, you probably enjoyed clicking through one of these – now you can share the joy with your own children, grandchildren, or niece or nephew. You can think of it as the original VR headset. But, for only $22. Carson BugView Finder By using this catch-and-release bug magnifier kids can explore the outdoors in a humane manner. Plus, it’s only $13. Tookyland 16 Pcs Wooden Soring Stacking Balancing Stone Rocks In addition to being more eco-friendly than plastic toys, wooden toys are more popular among minimalist parents. While helping kids develop hand-eye coordination, these Areaware-esque rainbow woodblocks look nice enough to display. And, it’s a steal at $16. Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Booties This pair of Zutano Cozie Fleece Baby Booties with Cotton Lining is soft, cozy, and perfect for wiggly feet. With an adjustable snap closure and a gentle ankle elastic, the baby booties stay securely on your child’s feet thanks to a fleece shell lined with interlock cotton. Prices range from $18 to $25. Think Wing Baby Teething Toys 5-Pack The set contains giraffes, bananas, and other fruit shapes as teething toys. And, it’s on sale at Amazon for $10. Doodle Bear This sweet stuffed animal is perfect for kids to scribble and scrawl all over-then toss it in the laundry when they’re done. To draw on this stuffed toy, three washable markers are included. Not bad for $22. Eeboo Our Solar System Puzzle As you complete this cosmically cool solar system puzzle, your kid will learn about outer space and explore the universe. Illustrations and amazing facts about the universe fill this puzzle as well. An out-of-this-world present for $16. Novie Interactive Smart Robot Kids will love learning fun tricks from this interactive robot toy. There are 75 tricks or commands that Novie can do, as well as interacting with other Novie robots when controlled by hand gestures. It’s available at Amazon for $29. Money Maze Bank This is a great way to give cash or a gift card – enclose them in a money maze and watch the recipient figure it out. Once the initial gifting is over, the Money Maze can be turned into an actual piggy bank with built-in security. Definitely a unique gift for $8. Selfie Ring Light Selfie rings are absolutely worth the investment if your teen enjoys taking selfies and takes high-quality photos. This is under $19 and comes with a tripod and phone holder. Fanny Pack Despite what you may think, fanny packs are very popular right now. This Patagonia bag sits at the waist for easy access to essentials or can be slung over the shoulder. The “light, comfy, and durable” features make it a favorite among reviewers. Apple AirTag This tag can be attached to a backpack, wallet, keys, or other easily lost items so your teenager can easily track them down with the Find My app whenever they lose them. Using the app, they can make the tag play a sound until they find their misplaced item. Totally worth the $29. Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds If they’re still plugging in their headphones, like the cool kids area, get them a pair of Panasonic in-ears for like $10. Their sound is pretty good, and they are comfortable, with soft ear-hugging tips. Bombas Socks During the holidays, it’s basically your civic duty as a parent to buy socks for your teenager. Bombas socks are more comfortable and stylish than your local department store’s six-pack. In addition to feeling great on their feet, they give back to the community with every purchase. Subscriptions/Experiences Instead of material possessions, why not give the timeless and memorable gift of subscriptions or experiences? Meal Kit Delivery Service Are there any friends or family members who enjoy cooking but can never get to the grocery store? Perhaps they want to take their culinary skills to the next level, but aren’t sure where to start. Subscription food services provide the precise ingredients (premeasured) required for varied recipes, delivered right to your door. Using the instructions, anyone can cook a quality meal by simply opening the box. Home Chef, for example, allows you to send a $25 gift card. Speciality Food or Coffee As an example, a box of authentic New Orleans beignet mix would make a great gift for your family or friends for just five bucks. You can also add Café du Monde coffee and chicory to make the perfect gift. Sports Game or Concert Tickets Around the holiday season, there are all sorts of college bowl games and other sporting events. They will love the experience and you won’t usually have any trouble finding tickets. Make your music lover’s day by taking them to a show. Not sure what type of music they enjoy? Usually, you can find ideas on their Spotify or social media accounts. Theater Tickets Although the cinema is also great, I’m not talking about the movies. I’m talking real theater for an off-Broadway show, opera, ballet, or other fine arts performance. The cost of production tickets may be less than $25 at smaller, local theaters. For your friend or family member, it will be an unforgettable experience. Museum, Art Show or Tour Tickets Your gift recipient may not have experienced everything there is to do in a big city — even if they live there. The perfect gift could be tickets to an experience, whether it is a museum or city bus tour or even the aquarium downtown they visited as a kid. Tickets for CityPASS cost more than $40. You can, however, get some ideas of what to buy from the site itself. Annual Magazine Subscription It is likely that there is a magazine dedicated to the hobby of your friend or loved one. Purchasing a hard copy of the current issue will give you something to wrap along with your subscription. For instance, 12 issues of National Geographic for $39, or $20 for Kindle version. Book of the Month A new hardcover title is chosen by the BOTM team every month. If you’d rather skip the month, pick the book you’d like, or let the editors surprise you, you can do so. Adding up to two additional hardcovers to your order is only $9.99 each if you can’t get enough reading material. For 3 months, this will cost you $50. But, this is the gift that keeps giving. Groupon $30 & Under Experiences If you head over to Groupon, you can find a wide range of affordable experiences, including bowling, paintball, whale watching, or art classes. Donation in Their Name You may want to consider giving a charitable gift in honor of somebody who has everything they need. You will most likely receive something nice from a charitable organization for the recipient. It’s an excellent gift for your minimalist friend; you won’t mess up their home. Contribute to a Child’s 529 Make a contribution to the child’s 529 plan. It’ll be necessary to check to see if the parents have set one up, and if they have, you can contribute to the child’s college tuition. Any bit will help, given how expensive school has become these days. There is a tax advantage to setting up a 529 savings account in which the money is invested until the child’s tuition is due. It is possible to set up a 529 for a child without one already in his/her name. But you will need the child’s social security number. Give the Gift of Stocks and Index Funds You can easily purchase stocks of publicly traded companies with SparkGift, and easily gift those stocks to anyone. Following that, the recipient receives instructions via email on how to set up a brokerage account or add funds to an existing one. Whether it’s for newborns, teens, grandparents, or adults, SparkGift is perfect for everyone. For users under 18 years of age, a custodial account is set up to protect them from selling the farm. FAQs What should I get someone as a gift? If you are looking for a gift for someone, the best advice is to work out your budget within the $40 range and then determine what is still within your price range. After that, knowing the gift recipient and what they like to receive will definitely help. What is proper gift-giving etiquette? Cultures around the world have different protocols for giving gifts. Do not hesitate to ask your in-laws, family, or friends what you should do if they practice gift-giving differently than you do. If you want to know how to behave properly in various cultures, you can always do some research online. As long as your gift is thoughtful and you are genuine in your giving, the receiver will likely be pleased with whatever you give. Who is the recipient? Are they members of your immediate family? Is it a bestie or a new friend? A significant other? A co-worker? A gift’s personality and size will likely be determined by how close you are to the recipient and how close you feel to them. So, even if your new friend needs to relax, you don’t have to book a spa package for them. Stress balls are a good place to start. Is a gift card ever acceptable? Gift certificates that say, “go have a nice dinner at this fancy restaurant,” are definitely acceptable if they are thoughtful. The trick is to choose an amount that won’t force the recipient to spend too much money. However, as long as you keep the recipient’s preferences in mind, your gift should land. You shouldn’t spend more than you can afford. What’s your holiday budget? Choosing the perfect gift also requires knowing your budget – and sticking to it. By doing this, you will know where to shop and what to look for. Don’t forget that buying the perfect gift doesn’t have to break the bank. The truth is that this isn’t always the case. The best gift you can give, besides the affordable items listed as handmade, are gift vouchers. Article by John Rampton, Due About the Author John Rampton is an entrepreneur and connector. When he was 23 years old, while attending the University of Utah, he was hurt in a construction accident. His leg was snapped in half. He was told by 13 doctors he would never walk again. Over the next 12 months, he had several surgeries, stem cell injections and learned how to walk again. 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68 gifts under $50 perfect for any occasion or holiday

We found great gift ideas under $50 that prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get just the right gift for any occasion. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.We found great gift ideas $50 and under that prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get just the right gift for any occasion.Baublebar; Crystal Cox/Insider'Tis the season! The gift-giving season, that is. With holiday parties and family gatherings galore, there's plenty of merriment on the horizon this time of year. But there tends to be some stress around gifting too. With coworkers, friends, partners, siblings, and so many other loved ones on your gift list, it can be stressful to think about how you're going to get all those gifts without breaking the bank. Luckily you have us, a team of expert product reviewers with a knack for gift-giving, on your side. We've already done the heavy lifting and have spent the past few months scouring the web for the best gifts you can buy this year. And below, we've rounded up the gifts you can find for $50 or less. From silly custom art to life-changing tech to cookware, there's something for everyone on your list.A flower they can grow themselvesModern SproutPaperwhite Winter Bulb Kit, available at Modern Sprout, $20Best for: The green thumbFlowers are always a great gift, but this DIY grow kit takes that up a notch. The kit has everything they need to plant three Paperwhite bulbs. In just a few weeks, they'll get to enjoy the beautiful blooms they planted. A trio of spicy sauces and seasoningsFly By JingHoliday Triple Threat, available at Fly By Jing, $45Best for: The adventurous eater Help them spice up their home cooking with fresh takes on traditional Sichuan flavors. This spicy features the brand's iconic Sichuan Chili Crisp, the umami-rich, tangy Zhong Sauce which is perfect for dumpling-dipping, and the numbingly spicy Mala Spice Mix which can be added to rubs, marinades, batters, and more.A pair of classic gold hoopsBaubleBarVerbena Earrings, available at BaubleBar, from $36.80Best for: The minimalist dresser A great pair of gold hoops has the power to make any lackluster outfit feel special and more put-together. If they don't already have a go-to pair, why not give them one? These huggies come in multiple different sizes that look great no matter the occasion.A funky mugBlumeCloud Mug, available at Blume, $16.40Best for: The one who loves their beverages Anyone who loves their morning coffee knows that the mug said coffee is in is almost as important as the coffee itself. This ceramic one has an oversized handle with a retro, bubble design to make their morning sipping ritual all the sweeter.A Bluetooth karaoke microphoneAmazonBonaok Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, available at Amazon, $27.99Best for: The songbirdThis Bluetooth karaoke microphone is the perfect accessory to gift the one who's the life of the party. They can sing along to their favorite songs with this gift that offers premium sound and noise reduction. The fanny pack they'll forget they're wearingPatagoniaPatagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack, available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, Patagonia, $35Best for: The one who's always on the goMade from 100% recycled ripstop nylon and treated with a silicone face coating for weather resistance, this mini pack is durable and practical. Our pick for the best small fanny pack, the Patagonia Ultralight Blackhole is so light that they'll forget it's on. From the trails to the streets, they'll be secured and ready to go, always.A set of spa-worthy shower bombsAmazonEuka Wellness Shower Bombs 6-Pack, available at Amazon, $9.99Best for: The person who doesn't have a bathtub but wants the same funNo bathtub? No problem. With these shower bombs, anyone can transform their bathroom into a makeshift spa, and they don't even need a bathtub to do it. These come in a variety of options including Calm, Detox, Breathe, and Happy (and come 6 in a pack). A box of fiber-rich mac and cheeseGoodlesMac Pac, available at Goodles, $50Best for: The comfort food connoisseur For Kraft mac and cheese lovers, this brand features the same nostalgic taste but with more fiber and protein in the noodles. This sampler comes with four flavors of mac, a rainbow spork, and a plush toy of a bowl of mac and cheese.A personalized video message from their favorite celebrityCameoCameo video, available on Cameo, from $1Best for: The pop culture fanaticWhether they have a favorite musician, reality TV star, comedian, or actor, there's a good chance their favorite celebrity is on Cameo. You can even choose from pre-recorded video messages with a personal shoutout, or opt to give them a super special one-on-one video call. Of course, the price will greatly vary depending on who the star is.A pair of stylish wearable weightsBandierBala Bangles, available at Amazon, Target, and Bala, from $42Best for: The committed athleteIncorporate fitness into your daily life with these wearable weights that fit on your wrist or ankles. At one to two pounds, these stylish weights intensify any movement and build strength whether it's a workout or running errands.A rocks glass etched with a city mapUncommon GoodsUrban Map Glass, available at Uncommon Goods, $18Best for: The one who really loves their city (and whiskey)Whether you want to bring back fond memories of a place you visited together or just want a gift that highlights their favorite stomping grounds, you can cheers to these rocks glasses intricately etched with a city map and interspersed street names. Over 30 major US cities are available to choose from.To really up the ante, consider pairing the glass with a nice bottle of bourbon. A monogrammed clutchMark & GrahamPalm Leaf Rounded Clutch, available at Mark and Graham, from $37.99Best for: The beach vacationerYou can get your giftee's initials embroidered on this cute roll-up clutch for a personal touch. The bag is woven from natural palm leaves for a beachy vibe, and the blue and white striped interior adds to the fun coastal feel.An easy way to make their own bubble teaUncommon GoodsBubble Tea Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Best for: The boba loverFor the bubble tea drinker in your life, this kit comes with two flavors of loose-leaf tea, tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws. All they'll have to do is add a little milk (if they like!) and sip on this delicious brew.A foam roller for recoveryTPTherapyTriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller, available at Amazon and TPTherapy, from $36.95Best for: The perpetually sore athlete Proper recovery is paramount for optimal performance. That's why this foam roller is such a great gift; it'll help them improve mobility, increase circulation, relieve muscle pain and tightness, and get them in fighting shape all around.A cozy knit beanieAsosStormlock Rip Knit Cap, available at Amazon, $28.22Best for: The one who lives up northCold-weather accessories make a great gift for anyone braving the cold this winter and the Jack Wolfskin's Stormlock Rip Knit Cap is exactly what they need. Built of a blend of wool and acrylic, this beanie also features Stormlock fleece which just about guarantees a warm noggin. It's even available in two different colors to match a variety of outfits.  A meal kit from their favorite restaurantGoldbelly/FacebookRestaurant Meal Kits, available at Goldbelly, from $39.95Best for: The foodieBring a bit of their favorite restaurant right to their door. From bagels to barbeque, Goldbelly ships food gifts nationwide from iconic eateries in major cities. A personalized pillow of their favorite fur babyaurespaces/EtsyAurespaces Custom Pet Pillow, available at Etsy, from $42.99Best for: The proud pet parentIf there's nothing they love more than their cat or dog, this pillow — featuring a blown-up picture of their pet — is sure to make them smile. A small but mighty smart assistantGoogleGoogle Nest Mini (2nd Generation), available at Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, from $49Best for: The multitaskerGive the gift of a virtual helper. Currently on sale for under $30, the Google Nest Mini offers a compact, affordable smart speaker with Google Assistant built-in. Friends and family members will love being able to dim lights, control the volume on their TV, check the weather, and more, all with just the sound of their voice.Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here.Notepads chock full of affirmationsAmazonKnock Knock Notepads, available at Amazon and Knock Knock, from $5.25Best for: Anyone in need of a motivational talkWhether you want to give them a quick pep talk or celebrate them just because, these notepads from Knock Knock provide a creative and encouraging way of doing so. Each set comes with 50 sheets, so they'll make plenty of use of these witty notes.A spice and herb kit packed with international flavorsUncommon GoodsGourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $42Best for: The seasoning aficionado Whether it's a dash of Italian oregano or za'atar from the Middle East, any cook will appreciate this international spice kit that lets them cook with various tastes of the world. A tracker for lost itemsAppleApple AirTag, available at Amazon, Target, and Apple, from $26.49Best for: Anyone always losing their keysWhether you lose track of your keys or a bag, Apple's AirTag is a sure way to find any lost item. This water-resistant tracker plays a sound or uses its precise distance findings to lead you straight to the item regardless of the distance on the Find My app.A hatch decanter to sophisticatedly store alcoholCrate & BarrelHatch Decanter, available at Crate & Barrel, $44.95Best for: The scotch drinkerIf their barware collection bares a sophisticated flair, they'll appreciate this elegant hatch decanter. This 32oz decanter is a more affordable price than others thanks to its beautiful molded diamond pattern that resembles cut crystal.A DIY recipe bookAmazonMy Recipes Cookbook, available at Amazon, $8.99Best for: The chefWhether they're a huge foodie or want to preserve a favorite family meal, this DIY cookbook offers 120 blank pages to fill with their favorite recipes. The notebook's table of contents and additional note space at the end will help keep them extra organized. Taking the time to add in your own savory vodka sauce pasta dish or having their loved ones fill in grandma's homemade recipes will make this gift feel extra special.Snacks for movie nightKnackPopcorn Snack Medley, available at Knack, $46Best for: The movie buffHelp them take their next Netflix marathon to the next level with this popcorn mix set. The mix includes two microwavable Pop on The Cob popcorn cobs, toffee pretzels, dark chocolate-covered cherries, and Virginia peanuts. If they have a particular favorite treat, each snack can also be added in extra quantities at an additional cost.Cozy house slippersSally Kaplan/Insider;Sally Kaplan/InsiderEQUICK Cloud Slides, available at Amazon, from $16.99Best for: The loungerClean space enthusiasts who enjoy a no outdoor shoe policy in their homes will appreciate these pillow slipper slides. The platform bottom and cushioned sole make for a cute and cozy fit. Farm-to-skin lip balmsEtsyBeekman 1802 Ten Piece Lip Balm Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $48Best for: The sustainable beauty fanThis farm-to-skin lip balm set is just right for the green beauty obsessive. All 10 lip balms are made from natural goat's milk and essential oils. Beautifully packaged and scented, the fragrances include Ylang Ylang and Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Fig Leaf, Sweet Grass, Grapefruit, Oak Moss, Apricot and Honey, Vanilla, and an unscented balm.A sand-free, quick-dry towelSand CloudSand Cloud Towel, available at Sand Cloud, from $48Best for: The avid beachgoer Not only are these thin towels easy to roll up and throw in your beach bag or picnic basket, but they also easily shake off sand and dry three times faster than classic beach and pool towels. Choose from a wide array of vibrant patterns and colors, from a navy blue whale shark print to tie-dye options.A cute kitchen gadget that makes breakfast in a flashCrystal Cox/InsiderDash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Target, Amazon, and Dash, from $10Best for: The brunch champion This compact waffle maker makes a great addition to any college dorm or small kitchen. All they have to do is plug it in and they can make their favorite breakfast treat in a flash.A 51-piece art kitAmazon51-Piece Watercolor Art Set, available at Amazon, $24.47Best for: The artistEncourage them to pick up a new hobby (or take advantage of an existing one) with this watercolor set that's built for both beginners and experts. The set includes various cakes and paints, watercolor pencils, paintbrushes, a paint palette, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener — all within a pre-packaged case that can save you the pain of gift wrapping. Authentic Japanese ramenICHIRAN USAICHIRAN Take-Home Ramen Kit, available at Amazon and ICHIRAN USA, from $29Best for: The ramen loverICHIRAN Ramen has been delighting ramen aficionados since 1960. Known for its original Tonkatsu (pork bone) soup, its ramen combines the rich umami flavors of the broth with Hakata-style noodles that are slender, chewy, and perfect. Enjoy a little bit of heat? The kit also comes with ICHIRAN's original spicy seasoning, using togarashi pepper spice to amp up the flavors even more.A cult-favorite candleOtherlandCandles, available at Otherland, $36Best for: The fancy candle collectorWe love Otherland's candles, whether seasonally inspired or from the classic collection. Notable scent combinations such as champagne, saffron, and leather, gorgeous packaging, and a 55 hour burn time have deemed Otherland's candles as a foolproof gift among the Insider Reviews team.A streaming stick that turns any TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Streaming Stick 4K, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Roku, from $24.98Best for: The TV fanaticUpgrade their Netflix marathons without actually buying them a whole new TV. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K offers 4K, HD, and HDR streaming in a portable package and at an affordable price. A set of loose-leaf teas that Oprah lovesAmazonVadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $23.99Best for: The tea drinker who wants to spice it upThis classy set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah's Favorite Things back in 2018. It's filled with three variations of chai tea that any tea lover will appreciate. An at-home spa kitUncommon GoodsEucalyptus Spa Gift Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Best for: The one in need of a breakGive them the gift of soothing relaxation with this at-home kit that includes pampering botanical bath salts and natural jute body scrubber. The recipient will also be able to grow their own eucalyptus in the bamboo pot so they can continue to breathe deep and say ahh.A smooth olive oil that'll instantly elevate any dishBrightlandAlive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37Best for: The EVOO drizzlerIf they spend a lot of time in the kitchen, they probably already know the merits of high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the beautiful bottle will look great on display in their kitchen. An affordable electric toothbrush subscriptionQuipQuip Toothbrush Starter Set, available at Quip and Target, from $24.99Best for: The one who takes their dental care seriouslyHelp them upgrade their oral care routine with a Quip toothbrush. Not only is it a great electric toothbrush at a reasonable price, but Quip will send them a refill every three months with a new brush head and toothbrush. Delicious mini cupcakesBaked by Melissa/FacebookCupcake Gift Boxes, available at Baked by Melissa, from $37Best for: Anyone with a sweet toothWho doesn't love getting a sweet surprise? With delicious flavors ranging from Cookie Dough to Pink Frosted Donut, these bite-size treats are sure to please. You can also add a special gift box to complete the gift. A set of magnets that are fun to play with and can boost concentrationCrystal Cox/InsiderSpeks 2.5mm Magnet Balls, available at Speks and Barnes & Noble, from $29.99Best for: The fidgeter Almost everyone on the Insider Reviews team has a set of Speks at their desk. The little magnetic balls can be mashed, molded, and built into fun shapes and are a fun fidget toy that even adults will love. A sugary and fun snackNeiman MarcusSugarfina Champagne Bears, available at Neiman Marcus, Amazon, and Sugarfina, from $13.95Best for: The one in need of a toastElevate their next sugar fix with these fun champagne gummy bears. Don't worry if they're under 21, despite the name and flavor, these gummies are non-alcoholic. There are rosé options, too.    A simple, inspiring necklaceBan.doban.do Good Intentions Necklace, available at Amazon and ban.do, from $20Best for: The person who exudes posi vibesA sweet necklace with an even sweeter mission. Choose from a selection of positive intentions like "optimism," "strength," or "gratitude," which they can carry with them throughout the day. For every necklace sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Girls Inc.A taste of Japan by way of snacksBokksu3-Month Snack Gift Box, available at Bokksu, $45.99Best for: Anyone bored of their current snack rotationAdventurous foodies will love the chance to taste-test a curated box of gourmet Japanese snacks. In this Bokksu box, they can expect to find between 10-14 snacks, a tea pairing, and an in-depth guide that details every product included.A bestselling face mask for clearer skinAztec SecretAztec Secret Indian Healing Mask, available at Target and Walmart, from $9.98Best for: The one in search of the best skincare productsAnyone in on the latest skincare trends will know about this mask. Many claim it has helped clear their skin, and it has over 12,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The best part is that this powerful facial is just $10.A soft pair of socks made from sustainable fabricUnited by BlueSoftHemp Socks (2-Pack), available at United by Blue, $12Best for: Anyone with cold feetWith cold weather approaching, there's nothing better than slipping on cozy socks. Made from soft, sustainable hemp fabric, these are sure to do the trick (and why not get them two pairs?).A luxurious exfoliator to keep skin smoothNecessaireNecessaire The Body Exfoliator, available at Sephora, Amazon, and Nordstrom, from $28.99Best for: The one dreading winter skinNecessaire's clean beauty products come in beautiful, minimalist packaging that looks as good in their bathroom as it feels on their skin. This gentle exfoliator will help them slough off dry winter skin for good.A beautiful way to store olive oilUncommon GoodsHandblown Glass Olive Oil Pourer, available at Uncommon Goods, $46Best for: The kitchen curatorThese stunning handmade jars can hold up to 12 ounces of olive oil or vinegar. Plus, they look beautiful sitting out on the kitchen counter.Cruelty-free nail polish in a range of fun colorsSmith & CultNail Polish, available at Smith & Cult, $18Best for: The at-home nail painterSmith & Cult's polish is vegan, cruelty-free, and chip-resistant. With 46 fun colors to choose from, you're sure to find one (or two, or three) they'll love. Useful cable clipsAmazonShintop Cable Clips (6-pack), available at Amazon, $3.97Best for: The desktop organizerWhether their phone charger is always falling under their desk or they simply have too many cables to keep track of, these affordable and efficient clips will allow them to simplify their workspace. Plus, the pink, orange, and green shades contribute a fun pop of color.A Disney+ subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderGift subscription, available at Disney Plus, $7.99/monthBest for: The lifelong Disney loverIt gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, "Star Wars," National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.A sheet mask that'll hydrate dry, stressed skinSephoraDr. Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution, available at Sephora and Amazon, from $7Best for: The face mask fanFall and winter skin tends to be dry and dull. While you can't change the weather, you can throw on a hydrating face mask to stay moisturized. This one will add lots of soothing hydration to their skin to keep it feeling fresh.A set of playing cards inspired by music's greatsAmazonMusic Genius Playing Cards, available at Uncommon Goods, $10Best for: The music loverWhether they love game night, music, or are equal fans of both, they'll surely get a kick out of these playing cards. The pack features illustrations of all the big names in pop, rock, country, and R&B.Makeup towels that make washing their face less of a choreWeezieMakeup Towels, available at Weezie, $40Best for: The one who struggles to remove their mascaraIf they've never thought of washcloths as anything special, Weezie towels will change their minds. The adorable towels are embroidered with either hearts, winky eyelids, or the words "stain me." Plus, the dark navy blue color will conceal makeup stains.A spray that protects their shoesAmazonJason Markk Repel, available at Amazon, Dick's Sporting Goods, and The Container Store, from $17Best for: The sneakerheadIf they love shoes, they should have the right products to take care of their favorite footwear. This spray protects shoes from stains caused by water and oil, and there are multiple people on our team who swear by it for every new pair of shoes they get.A lip gloss that has all the benefits of a balmTower 28 BeautyTower28 Beauty Jelly Lip Gloss, available at Sephora and Tower28, $15Best for: Anyone complaining about dry lipsThis clean-beauty favorite delivers the glossy sheen they'd expect from a lip gloss, but it's loaded with nourishing oils to keep lips hydrated, too. A unique case that protects their phoneCasetifyCasetify Phone Case, available at Casetify, from $42Best for: The one with a falling-apart phone caseOur phones are our lifelines these days and if you know someone who's always glued to theirs, consider giving them a unique case that's as protective as it is pretty thanks to being drop-tested and shock-absorbent. They have options ranging from watercolor forest scenes to cute sayings to cuddly animals. You can even do a customized option and put their initials on it.  A silky-smooth sleep mask to block lightNordstromSlip Pink Marble Sleep Mask, available at Nordstrom, $50Best for: The beauty sleeperIf there's nothing they appreciate more than a good night's sleep, they'll love Slip's silk sleep mask. It's made from 100% pure Mulberry silk for a luxe, light feel on their skin. A fitting vehicle for their post-run brewsUncommon GoodsEtched Marathon Pint Glass, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Best for: The runner If they like to celebrate a long run with a big pint, they'll appreciate these pint glasses etched with famous marathon routes. A set of colorful silicone straws that reduce plastic wasteFood52Five Two Silicone Straw, available at Food52, $19Best for: The environmentalist Bendable, sustainable, and portable (thanks to the set of carrying cases), these fun straws are the accessory any eco-conscious person should have.A bold lip color that'll last all day longSephoraLancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick, available at Sephora and Macy's, from $27.20Best for: The one who sticks to one lipstick at a timeWhether it's a pale peach or a deep-red look they crave, they'll love this long-lasting lipstick with its saturated colors and hydrating formula.A book subscriptionBook of the Month3-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99Best for: The obsessive readerA subscription box that sends them an exciting new read catered to their tastes each month is the perfect gift for a bookworm. A coffee mug that keeps their drinks hot or cold for hoursAmazonHydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug, available at Hydro Flask and REI, from $20.89Best for: The hot coffee loverHydro Flask's Travel Coffee Mug is a team favorite. It combines the classic shape of a mug with Hydro Flask's TempShield insulation to keep beverages hot, or cold, for hours— a great gift for the coffee or tea lover who's always on the move. A cute reusable tote that can fit tons of stuffBAGGUStandard Baggu, available at Baggu, $14Best for: The tote wearerIt's no wonder these bags are bestsellers — they can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff and come in a range of fun colors and patterns. Plus, at just $12, they're a great deal. A classy carrying case to stash chargersMark & GrahamLeather Charger Roll-Up, available at Mark & Graham, from $39Best for: The expert packerAfter they fill the three pockets with cables and chargers, all they have do is roll everything up and they're good to go. The soft, supple leather comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns. A cult-favorite cast-iron skilletAmazonLodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, available at Williams Sonoma, Target, and Amazon, from $19.90Best for: The frequent home cookEvery cook needs a cast-iron skillet in their kitchen. Lodge makes some of the best out there, but at prices that won't break the bank. A candle that reminds them of their favorite placeAmazonHomesick Location Scented Candle, available at Amazon, Homesick, and Uncommon Goods, from $34Best for: The one with state pride This is a great gift that's sure to make anyone sentimental. Whether it's their hometown, college town, or favorite spot to vacation, a Homesick candle, with scents inspired by all sorts of locations, will bring them back to that favorite place. An apron loaded with plenty of clever featuresFood52Five Two Ultimate Apron, available at Food52, from $35Best for: The kitchen splatter-averseAnyone who spends a good amount of time in the kitchen will appreciate this durable apron with its sturdy fabric, clever pockets made to hold the essentials, and pot-holders built right in. A cold brew coffee maker to keep up with their iced coffee habitAmazonTakeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon and Target, $27.99Best for: The at-home coffee brewerIf their morning ritual includes a cup of cold brew, they'll appreciate this convenient cold brew maker. All they have to do is fill it with their favorite coffee grinds, add water, let it sit, and they've got a glass of delicious cold brew on the way. A portable straw that makes water drinkableAmazonLifeStraw Personal Water Filter, available at Amazon, $12.74Best for: The outdoor adventurerThis portable, personal water filter is consistently one of the bestselling products on Prime Day. It filters water from creeks and rivers, making it perfect for hiking, camping, and travel.A simple and elegant photo calendarArtifact UprisingWalnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $29.75Best for: The fan of the old-school paper calendarAll of Artifact Uprising's customized photo gifts are simple, beautiful, and made from eco-friendly materials. This simple calendar is an easy choice for anyone on your list. Just pick 12 photos (one for each month) of the people and places they love most to add a special sentiment to their desk setup.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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55 thoughtful gifts you can get on Amazon for less than $50

A meaningful gift doesn't have to be expensive. We rounded up the best under-$50 gifts on Amazon — most of them Prime-eligible. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.A more expensive gift isn't always more meaningful. Here are 55 Amazon gifts under $50 that you'll love to give and others will love to receive.AmazonThe holiday season is here, which means it's time to get serious about gift shopping. As expert shoppers and product reviewers, we're here to make the holiday gifting process as simple as can be. If you're looking for gifts that ship out quickly and don't break the bank, look no further. Below, we've rounded up some of the best gifts you can find for $50 or less — for everyone on your list. From quirky kitchen gadgets to affordable tech, this list runs the gamut. To boot, you can find all of these products on Amazon for easy shopping, and shipping — most of the gifts on this list have fast, free Prime shipping. Keep reading for 55 of the best gifts you can snag on Amazon for $50 or less. A breakfast sandwich makerAmazonHamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $37.59A lazy cook's dream, this breakfast sandwich maker whips up a delicious breakfast sandwich in five minutes with minimal effort on their end. All they have to do is load the device up with their favorite bread, cheese, and meats or veggies, add some eggs, and the gadget does the rest of the work.A blanket they can wearAmazonThe Comfy Wearable Blanket, $49.99 For the homebody who loves nothing more than being cozy, this wearable blanket is the ultimate gift. The aptly-named Comfy is a plush sherpa blanket in the form of an oversized hoodie. It's big enough for them to cuddle up in and keep them warm all winter long. A mug that keeps their coffee hot all dayAmazonCorkcicle Insulated Coffee Mug, $36.97Whether they have a flourishing mug collection or a lean one, this insulated cup from Corkcicle will be a welcome addition. It's made of durable shatterproof materials for even the messiest of sippers. Best of all, it keeps drinks hot for three hours, so they don't have to worry about their morning coffee going cold.A hilarious card game for meme loversAmazonWhat Do You Meme Game, $20.97Lighten up game night with this hilarious card game. Fits of laughter are 100% guaranteed. If they already have this game, you can always opt for an expansion pack.A pair of slides they can wear indoors or outdoorsAmazonEQUICK Cloud Slides, $16.99The perfect pair of slippers to throw on while they go grab the paper, pick up a coffee, or go to a workout class, these TikTok-famous pillow slides are comfy, easy to slip on, and totally on trend.A PopSocket that reflects their interestsAmazonPopSockets Donut PopGrip, $16.99Not only are PopSockets a great way to grip a phone more easily or use as an impromptu stand, but they're also fun ways for people to express themselves. Amazon offers plenty of variations, from a movable vinyl record to a neon doughnut.Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle makerAmazonDash Mini Waffle Maker Machine, from $10.00Get up early, and make your friend, significant other, or family member heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.  A durable, inexpensive Fire tabletAmazonFire 7 Tablet, $49.99Amazon's Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you're not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they're a good fit. It's Alexa-enabled, so they can get quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life. If you're willing to spend more, you can shop the latest versions here. A smart home cameraAmazonWyze Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Camera, $35.98The Wyze v3 Camera is a popular and affordable smart home option that rivals expensive models. It's Alexa- and Google Assistant-enabled and lets them view the footage anywhere on their mobile device.  Read our full review of the Wyze v3 Camera here. A touch control bedside lampAmazonYarra-Decor Touch Control Table Lamp with USB ports, $23.89Home feels more comfortable and serene for them with this bedside lamp. The dimmable lamp is touch control with three brightness options and has two USB charging ports.A digital camera that instantly prints photosAmazonKodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera, $47.49Instead of waiting on photos, this digital camera instantly prints those precious memories. Each moment is captured on 2 x 3" photos that are in full-color and durable, where they are tear and water-resistant. This convenient device can also save the photos to a MicroSD Card. A cast-iron skilletLily Alig/InsiderLodge 10.25-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet, $19.90This 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet is one that became minorly famous online. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware since 1896, so they've learned a thing or two about what makes a great kitchen tool. A portable and waterproof speakerAmazonAnker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $27.99This wireless Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, durable, and easily portable. It has 24 hours of playtime and maintains sound quality even at high volumes. A cold brew coffee makerAmazonTakeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $27.99This cold brew maker is as inexpensive as it is convenient, and it can even save hundreds of dollars per year. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. If they need more than one quart, there's also a two-quart option under $40. Read our full review of the Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker here.Highly rated in-ear earbudsAmazonPanasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, $9.24Whether for everyday use, the gym, as a backup, or just for travel when Bluetooth headphones won't connect to the in-flight entertainment, there are ample uses for really solid in-ear buds with a stereo plug. This pair has an extended cord and three sets of ear pads for the perfect fit.A cult-favorite clay maskAmazonAztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask, $14.95The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products of the internet that's driven from the obscure depths of Amazon to beauty vlogs, Youtube testimonials with millions of views, and even the Sephora beauty blog. It's been called "the world's most powerful facial," and it's also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar.Read our full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask here.An electric bottle openerAmazonOster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, $24.99This slim device cuts foil and uncorks wine bottles seamlessly, then stows easily out of sight. It has to be charged, but it'll open 30 bottles per charge. A universal USB wall chargerAmazonAnker 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug, $24.49Double the outlet space with this four-port USB wall charger. Its advanced charging capacity also means tech devices will charge faster than average.A fancy charcuterie board setAmazonSmirly Cheese Board and Knife Set, $39.99This elegant cheese board complements extravagant get-togethers at home with a refined serving experience. It's not difficult to create a charcuterie masterpiece on this board set that includes a slide-out drawer with four knives as well as a serving tray and tools. A milk frotherAmazonPowerLix Milk Frother, $9.99A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make an otherwise normal cup of coffee or hot chocolate closer to what they'd buy at the cafe. With it, they can make lattes, cappuccinos, and frothy coffees every morning for less.A relaxing weighted blanketAmazonYnM Weighted Blanket, $35.91Gift a peaceful night's sleep with this calming blanket that comes in 40 colors and 15 various sizes and weights. Its seven-layer system includes tiny beads that deliver a contoured but comfortable fit to their body.Read our full review of the YnM Weighted Blanket here.A media streamer to turn a basic TV into a smart oneRokuRoku Streaming Stick 4K, $24.48The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a reliable media streaming stick that can convert a basic TV into a smart one that can stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more. It includes a voice remote, too, for simple search and control.Read our full review of the Roku Streaming Stick 4K here. A tough, wind-resistant umbrellaAmazonRepel Windproof Travel Umbrella, $24.98It may seem boring, but everybody needs an umbrella, and this is way better than whatever version they bought the last time they veered into a CVS while it was raining. We think it's the best umbrella you can buy thanks to how well it resists wind and how long it lasts, and they'll find themselves thankful for it often. A comfy polyester bathrobeAmazonNY Threads Men's and Women's Polyester Bathrobe, from $22.98If looking to stay warm, this ultra-soft polyester bathrobe is perfect to relax and lounge in for the cold months. It features front pockets and an adjustable waist belt for a snug fit. A trendy ring lightAmazonAIXPI LED Ring Light, $14.99Give the gift of light with Insider Reviews' best budget ring light. This simple, easy-to-use light has everything that phone videographers need to get started. It includes a tripod setup that's easy to move and adjust to their angles. They can also toggle between its three different light settings — white, warm yellow, and warm white — to find their perfect glow. A stylish bucket hat for any seasonAmazonThe Hat Depot 300N Unisex Bucket Hat, from $11.99They'll appreciate this bucket hat that's both trendy and protective. It comes in just about any pattern and color — neons, tie-dyes, camos, and neutrals are just a few of the options. This hat is made of 100% cotton and includes eyelets for a more breathable feel. Plus, the nearly 2.25-inch brim will keep their skin and eyes protected from the sun.An all-in-one wallet for the jetsetterAmazonZoppen Travel Passport Wallet, $14.99With more people getting vaccinated and travel restrictions lifting, this wallet will help them prep for their next trip. It holds passports, boarding passes, credit cards, and every other essential in one slim design.A versatile Japanese BBQ sauceAmazonBachan's Barbecue Sauce, $7.82An Amazon bestseller, this vegan Japanese BBQ sauce tastes like a more complex, less sweet teriyaki sauce and pairs amazingly with everything from pizza to eggs. One of our editors loves it so much that she auto-subscribed to get it delivered every other month.A portable touchscreen vanity mirrorAmazonNezzoe Touchscreen Vanity Mirror, $19.99This touchscreen vanity mirror enhances any facial ritual from glam, skincare routines to shaving. It makes their face clearly visible with its 33 radiant LED lights and works up to 250 minutes on a full charge. The portable device offers comfortable viewing angles at 30 or 100 degrees at adjustable brightness levels. A small toiletry bag for the avid travelerHerschelHerschel Chapter Toiletry Kit, from $29.99If they're getting back into traveling, you can't go wrong with gifting them a toiletry bag. This kit has a waterproof main compartment, an internal mesh storage sleeve, and a leather accent on the zipper. Plus, it's small enough to fit into their backpack, work bag, or carry-on. A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaokeAmazonWireless Karaoke Microphone, $18.99This is a gift for everyone to enjoy, whether or not they can carry a tune. They can connect their phone and play music through the microphone's speakers, and turn the volume up and down depending on their comfort. It's the perfect thing to shake up a night in or to break the ice at a gathering.A wooden caddy tray for the world's most luxurious bathAmazonRoyal Craft Luxury Bathtub Caddy, $28.97Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once. A portable cooler bag for spring and summer excursionsAmazonLifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag, $32.99Look no further than this convenient, hefty, and compact cooler bag. They can travel in style to spring and summer picnics, camping trips, and beach days. The padded handle and removable shoulder strap make it comfortable to carry, while its ability to collapse makes it easy to store. It's also large with a 24-liter capacity, meaning they can fit all of their essentials in one insulated bag.A delicious gift basket of caramel, chocolate, and crunchy gourmet treatsAmazonChocolate, Caramel, and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, $42.95For less than $40, you can gift gourmet chocolates and caramels pre-wrapped in a keepsake basket. The set includes seasonal favorites like caramel corn, chocolate pretzels, and peanut brittle. A highly rated pump with universal wine stoppers to keep open bottles fresh for longerAmazonThe Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with Two Vacuum Stoppers, $19.99This hyper-popular pump and universal wine stopper set keep open bottles of wine from prolonged exposure to the air, which is what causes the breakdown of its character and taste. This version makes a "click" sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal.An ambient moon lampAmazonDTOETKD Multi-Color Moon Lamp, $15.99Earning the title as Insider Reviews' best multi-color moon lamp, this light basks the room in 16 different soothing hues. Its wooden stand props up the 3D moon and, thanks to its sleep timer, they can fall asleep to its glow without needing to worry about leaving it on all night. A notebook they can fill with their favorite travel memoriesAmazonMaleden Spiral Bound Traveler Notebook, $14.37If they're always recounting memories from their favorite trip, a travel journal is an excellent place for them to put all of these stories to paper. This particular model comes with binder rings, so they can easily include tickets, photos, and other mementos.Ear protection for concert-goersAmazonMumba Concert Earplugs, $19.95Live music events can be pretty damaging to your hearing — any regular concert-goer can attest to that. These earplugs protect the wearer from damaging volumes without dampening the music. They even come with a handy case that can be attached to a keychain. A watercolor set that's great for beginnersAmazon/Business InsiderNorberg & Linden Watercolor Paint Set, $15.99Everything they need lives in this watercolor starter kit: A 36-color palette, a 12-page watercolor pad, and six brushes of various sizes. Not only does this set contain all of the essentials for a newcomer, but it's also portable. The pad measures 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches, and the watercolors themselves come in a lightweight, covered pan. Family and friends of all ages can enjoy painting with this kit.Fluffy slippers that feel and look like a cloudJacqueline Saguin/InsiderParlovable Faux Fur Slippers, from $19.49The Parlovable Faux Fur Slippers are among our favorite slippers for lounging around the house. They make your feet feel — and look — like clouds thanks to the faux fur upper and memory foam sole.   A slime-making kit for kids (and nostalgic adults)AmazonDIY Slime Kit, $17.59Amazon has pretty much every kid-friendly DIY kit imaginable, and this slime kit helps kids learn a little science as they combine ingredients, dye, and even glitter to make their creations. Plus, for any parents nostalgic about their own childhood buying and playing with slime, this makes for a fun activity to do together.A streamlined apron in their favorite colorAmazonAobbybbs Linen Crossback Apron, $18.99This pinafore-style apron is designed to slip on without any ties. It's great for protecting your clothes while in the kitchen, and it's cute to boot. This affordable version is similar to the Magic Linen Apron that we recommend.A foot massager to ease stress and painAmazonHoMedics Triple Action Shiatsu Foot Massager, $49.99After long days on their feet, they'll appreciate this foot massager gift. We name this one the best budget option in our guide to the best foot massagers for a reason. It can be used on all parts of the foot and parts of the body, is relatively compact, and is easy to store. Their feet will thank you for the endless massages that come with this gift. A cocktail shakerConnie Chen/InsiderBrüMate Shaker, from $27.05With summertime upon us, there's no better gift than a cocktail shaker for the one who loves to create new drinks. This particular one has even been named the best cobbler option in our guide to the best cocktail shakers. We love this shaker because it doubles as a drinking vessel, is triple-insulated, has a built-in strainer, and comes in a bunch of colors. A portable picnic blanketAmazonOniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote XL, $26.99The Oniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote is a huge blanket that fits six people easily. Our Insider Reviews team loved it so much, they named it the best picnic blanket overall. Its soft fleece interior has water-resistant backing that folds up quite compactly.A candle that pays homage to their favorite placeAmazonHomesick Candles, $30.40Gift them a candle customized to smell like their beloved hometown, college town, or favorite getaway. Read our full review of Homesick Candles here. A hair turban that will cut drying time in halfAmazonAquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, $20.49Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that's composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair's drying time by 50%.A journal for maximizing productivity and organizationamazonLux Productivity Daily Planner, $12.29For the high achiever in your life, this productivity journal can help further motivate them to be their best self. This journal's undated, daily layout provides priority templates to get them headed in the right direction to accomplish their many goals. It also includes extra space for them to jot down their ideas, future tasks, and inspirations.A foldable helmet for the bike commuterPriority BicyclesClosca Foldable Bike Helmet, $39.90One of the best products we've ever tested and the best gifts we've ever given, this lightweight bike helmet neatly folds down to about half its size and can easily be stashed in a backpack when not in use. DIY manicures with professional resultsAmazonBeetles Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit, $23.99Gel polish typically lasts longer than traditional nail polish and dries instantly under UV lighting, but it requires some additional gear to use. This kit includes everything you need to do your own nails at home.Durable fetch balls for their furry friendAmazonChew King Fetch Balls (8-pack), $17Whether they have a dog (or need to give someone with a dog a gift that will last), these balls are worth checking out. They're lightweight, bouncy, and durable enough to stand a big dog's chew. They make a great gift for the dog parent or fetch-loving pup in their life.A pan that makes ice cream in minutesAmazonChef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, $54.99For a simple and quick way to make ice cream, you'll want to surprise them with this ice cream maker. There's no electricity, buttons, or tech involved, making it a great gift for anyone, even those with children. It's basically a quick-freeze shallow metal bowl that freezes their ice cream batter in a matter of minutes. You can read more about why we love this product in our guide to the best ice cream makers. A charging case that protects and charges wireless devicesAmazonMophie Wireless Power Capsule External Battery Charger, $16.62This compact, portable case charges wearables like the Fitbit Flex, Beats by Dre, and JBL Wireless Earbuds on the go. The 1,4000 mAh rechargeable battery translates to about 60 hours of audio playback in wireless earbuds. A vintage puzzle that doubles as home decorAmazonCavallini Papers & Co. Butterflies 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $22All the puzzle lovers in your life will be beyond grateful for this gift. From house plants to constellations, Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzles are both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. Once they're done, they can frame it and hang it up as wall decor. A jade roller for the beauty enthusiastAmazon/Business InsiderGinger Chi Jade Roller, $17.85They can pamper themselves on the regular with this jade roller. It's made from 100% certified Xiuyan jade along with silver nickel. The double-sided roller helps to reduce puffiness and increase elasticity, with a larger end to use all over their face and a smaller end for tighter areas. A travel pouch and a tester of the brand's Regenerating Serum also come with it, making it perfect for novices and travelers alike. This product has even earned a spot as best for beginners in our guide to the best jade rollers.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2022

39 personalized gifts that go above and beyond, from pet portraits to a custom astrology candle

From monogrammed aprons to vinyl subscriptions, here are 39 personalized gifts and custom gift ideas they probably don't own already. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Uncommon Goods/EtsyThere are so many great gifts that can show your loved ones you care, but adding personal touches can make a gift even more unique and meaningful. Personalization can range from adding their initials to an already great gift to full customization for a gift that's made just for them. We've rounded up 39 awesome gifts you can personalize for anyone in your life, for any occasion. Whether you're looking to get them a cool lightsaber that fits their personal aesthetic or a useful planner that's customized to their exact needs, these personalized gifts are sure to show them how much you care.A candle scented like their favorite city or hometownHomesickHomesick City Scented CandleWhether they're from Boston, Seattle, or anywhere in between, this city-scented candle captures the essence of home. San Francisco is coffee, chocolate, and a walk along the shoreline, while Philly is heliotrope, fresh air, and a step into a local bakery. No matter which city they're from, it smells like the total package!A custom eyeshadow paletteColourPopColourPop Build Your Own PaletteColourPop is known for its super-pigmented and affordable makeup and with this gift, you can customize a palette just for them. Whether you're looking to create a collection of all their favorite colors or give them a few you know they'll want to try, this personalized gift is great for any makeup lover.A custom planner to keep them organizedSo Typical MeSo Typical Me Custom PlannerWhether they're a college student, a budding entrepreneur, or just like to keep their schedule organized, this custom planner is built just for them (literally). You can choose from two sizes and then customize the cover, binding, layout, content, and more. If you aren't sure where to start, there are themes you can build from, including layouts for workout planning, teaching, school, or productivity.A made-to-order personalized songUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Made-To-Order Personalized SongSearching for the most powerful way to tell them you really care? Musician David Morgan can transform your anecdotes into one to three-minute masterpieces. The result: A sharable MP3 audio file and a copy of your very own lyrics.A sweatshirt of birth month flowersSignatureTShirtz/EtsySignature TShirtz Custom Birth Month Birth Flower SweatshirtThis cute and cozy sweatshirt can be personalized with as many birth month flowers as you'd like, with up to seven per row. The sweatshirts come in 10 colors and make a great gift for moms, siblings, or friends.A scratch-off poster to flaunt the movies they've seenUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Ultimate Movie-Lovers Fill-In PosterFor film buffs and those who have an ever-growing list on Netflix, this fill-in poster features 1,500 must-see movies in every genre to watch and give a (sometimes brutal) rating. Think of it as a personal cinema checklist that would look pretty cool hanging on their wall.A candle inspired by astrologyBirthdate CoBirthdate Co. CandleThe candle makers at Birthdate combined the powers of astrology and scent to make 365 unique candles. Each day of the year has a candle to call its own, with a layered scent and a label that reads the stars.A whiskey-making kit they can customize to their likingDo Your WhiskeyDo Your Whiskey Whiskey Making KitThis whiskey infusion kit can help them create a perfect whiskey with all the right notes, from cocoa beans to orange peel. It includes two bottles so they can experiment with multiple flavors at once.A made-to-measure suitIndochinoIndochino Gift CardNothing feels quite as bespoke as a custom-made suit. The startup Indochino makes that gift a bit more achievable and a lot less expensive. A custom record with songs and pictures of your choicePrintYourVinylPrintYourVinyl Custom VinylWith PrintYourVinyl, you can create a fully custom record that represents your relationship, friendship, or you. This meaningful gift includes pictures of your choice both on the record sleeve and stickers on the record itself as well as six or 10 songs you love. A personalized take on a classic roller ball penEtsy/PrecisionMemoryPrecision Memory Personalized Bolt Action PenFor family artists and friends who love to doodle, this handmade pen will bring their artistic endeavors to new heights with their name engraved on the side. Crafted from nearly unbreakable solid brass into a grabbable hexagonal shape, this pen will stand out among the rest in their supply.A one-of-a-kind typewriter-inspired necklaceUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Typewriter Key NecklaceShow your writer friends you care with this quirky necklace strung with an authentic typewriter key from the 20s, 30s, or 40s. Engraved with the letter of their first (or pen) name, this pendant is a fun yet stately accessory that carries a bit of history.A wearable recreation of their pet's faceUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Custom Pet Embroidered SweatshirtThese ultra-comfy crewnecks are elevated by hand-drawn, embroidered portraits of their furry friend(s). Whether they're out on the town or snuggling at home with their best animal friend, this wearable artwork pays homage to their multi-legged pal — and trust us, those dog moms and cat dads will be in stitches!A custom "Star Wars" lightsaberSaberForgeSaberForge Custom SaberIf your special someone has a penchant for all things "Star Wars," this custom-made saber is perfect for display or play. Browse over 100 different sabers from seven categories, three brands, and plenty of add-ons and colors to fit their personal aesthetic. Whether they're Jedi or Sith, they'll feel right at home in a galaxy far, far away.A bestselling monogrammed robeWilliams SonomaChambers Hydrocotton BathrobeWhat's more personal(ized) than a wearable blanket? This lightweight, super-soft Chambers Hydrocotton Robe is styled for all genders and loomed from the finest, long-staple Turkish cotton. Fluffy, absorbent, and endorsed with a classy monogram, this robe really is the total package.A nostalgic braceletBaubleBarBaubleBar Custom Multi Disc Pisa BraceletThis custom beaded bracelet can spell out a name or phrase in a rainbow of colors. You can stack it with other bracelets for a stylish '90s look.A ceramic bowl with their pet's name on itMegan Louise Ceramics/EtsyMegan Louise Ceramics Custom Pet BowlSome people prefer to spoil their pets instead of themselves. A custom bowl with their favorite animal's name on it is a gift they'll love. A lovely birthstone ringPandoraPandora Birthstone RingThis personalized ring is an intimate gift that signifies that you remember their ring size and birthday (even if you can't remember the exact date).A stylish monogrammed notebookPapierPapier Colourblock NotebookIf they're a writer, list maker, or note-taker, they're sure to appreciate this personalized notebook from Papier. Choose from eight different color block patterns and lined, plain, or dotted paper to make this gift feel even more personal.A custom star mapOurLoveWasBorn/EtsyOur Love Was Born Custom Night Sky Star MapCelebrate a special event or moment in time by gifting them a snapshot of that night's sky. Each map can be customized by color, text and font styles, and map shape. The seller will work with you to create a vibrant map that perfectly captures any moment.A curated wine subscription based on their preferencesWincWinc Gift SubscriptionIf they're new to the world of wine, gifting them a Winc subscription will help them choose their favorite styles by testing several wines each month. Winc is one of our favorite wine delivery options due to its extensive selection and interactive wine quiz that each subscriber takes before receiving wines to try.A handcrafted recipe boardUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Personalized Family Recipe BoardHelp them save precious family recipes with this wood recipe board that's available in maple or cherry wood finishes. Simply send over a scan of their favorite recipe, and it will be transferred onto the board in the writer's handwriting.A portrait of their furry (or scaly) best friendCanvasPopCanvaspop Pet PortraitIf their pet is more like family, this fun portrait of their furry or scaly best friend is sure to make their day. Choose from three art styles, canvas sizes, and several background colors to make this gift even more unique.A desktop photo calendarArtifact UprisingArtifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo CalendarThis walnut photo calendar makes a beautiful desktop display. The personalized selection of photos turns an ordinary calendar into a display of memories, though choosing only 12 of your favorite photos could prove to be difficult.A set of coasters with memories from abroadUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Custom Travel Photo CoastersGift them these coasters so they can relive their favorite travel stories every time they use them. Add location captions to each coaster for an additional cost.  A monogrammed leather cardholderCuyanaCuyana Zip CardholderThis stylish wallet will give your recipient a luxury experience at a relatively affordable price. They'll get a surprising amount of storage and can comfortably fit five cards, cash, and coins. It comes in seven shades and can be monogrammed for $15 to add personalization.An apron loved by professional chefsHedley & BennettHedley & Bennett Essential ApronA sturdy, comfortable, and stylish apron becomes even more stylish and personal with the addition of embroidery on the apron chest or waist strap for an extra $20. You can choose from script or block font in a variety of colors. While we love the classic styles, you can also take advantage of their limited-edition aprons. A thoughtful map of their favorite place on earthGrafomap/InstagramGrafomap Customized PosterGrafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world. You can make one of their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination — you're only limited by your imagination.A gold letter charm from an ethical jewelry startupAUrateAurate Mini Gold Letter Charm PendantAurate makes beautiful, personalized letter charms that are meant to represent a no-compromise mix of quality, price, and ethical practices. They use luxury materials like 14-karat gold, original designs, transparent pricing, and sustainable production. In partnership with Mastery Charter, the startup has also given thousands of books to NYC students and schools. A leather toiletry case they can take with them for years to comeLeatherologyLeatherology Double Zip Toiletry BagThis luxe Double Zip bag is one accessory we never travel without. The dual compartments keep all essentials close, and the leather ages into something soft and personal over time. If you're looking for wallets, travel gift sets, or duffels instead, you can find pretty much any leather good at a good price and superior quality here — most available for monogramming.An expertly curated vinyl record collectionVNYLVNYL Three-Month Gift MembershipVNYL's team of curators studies your music profile — assembled via a quiz and connected to Spotify, Soundcloud, Instagram, etc. — to hand-pick new albums that they think you'll love. Then, they send you a tailored pick to your door. If your giftee is a music-lover and has a record player, this is a cool subscription that will help them discover even more music to enjoy. A pair of customizable NikesNikeNike By You Customizable ShoesNike makes great products, and they're popular for a reason. But it's nice to get the benefits of the design team without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nike's for them or gift them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own. A set of tumblers personalized with their hobbyUncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Personalized Hobby TumblersThese fun tumblers celebrate each family member's unique passions, letting them feel appreciated by you. They'll also enjoy seeing themselves in fun illustrations. An engraved shave setHarry'sHarry's Winston Shave SetIf they take pride in having nice tools or taking their grooming routine as time for themselves, they'll appreciate Harry's luxe gift set. It can be engraved for $15, and the special Winston handle is weighty, die-cast zinc with a polished chrome finish. The German-engineered blades come with a travel cover so they don't dull, and the Foaming Shave Gel works up to a rich lather. A coffee subscription that caters to their likes and dislikesDriftaway FacebookDriftaway Three-Month Coffee Gift SubscriptionDriftaway is a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it — remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your palette. The first shipment is a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which users rate online or in the app for the site to use as a flavor baseline. If they love coffee, this is a great way to ensure they'll discover new favorites and enjoy each morning cup.A subscription that lets them try tea from all over the worldSips bySips by Personalized Tea Gift Card (3-month Subscription)If they're more of a tea person, there's a personalized service for them, too. Sips by takes their tastes and matches them to four tea brands (chosen from more than 150 tea brands around the world) each month. There's enough tea to make more than 45 cups of tea (if they re-steep) — the perfect amount to keep them warm and cozy through the winter. A set of embroidered bath towelsWeezie/InstagramWeezie Piped Edge Starter PackWeezie's soft and fluffy organic cotton towels are already gift-worthy on their own. To make them even more covetable, add embroidery for $15. You can go with the classic monogram in a variety of eye-catching styles or spell out a full name in cursive script. There are a few unique embroidery colors, like bright pink and mint. A zodiac necklace that mixes luxury with personalizationMejuriMejuri Zodiac Pendant NecklaceMejuri's popular zodiac necklaces are a great way to gift jewelry that manages to feel both luxurious and intimate — something that can be lacking in refined gifts. The Canadian startup as a whole is a unique mix of approachability and elegance, which may be why they're known for waitlists that top out at 40,000 people. A pair of haircare essentials designed for their specific hair needsFunction of BeautyFunction of Beauty Gift CardTo get their personalized hair care, they'll start with a quiz that asks them about their hair concerns and needs. The final formulation addresses those needs and is also free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and GMOs. Plus, the bottle labels will feature their name. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 1st, 2022

61 gifts for college students that will help them manage dorm life, midterms, and adulting

The best gifts for college students are practical and fun — here are 61 gift ideas, from useful dorm tech to cute clothes and room decor. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon; Urban OutfittersCollege students are juggling a lot. From late nights studying to living on their own, their lives look very different than they used to. Finding the college student in your life a great gift can show you support them, are thinking about them, and want them to have a good time in between challenging classes. The gifts on this list include everything from gadgets that will make their life easier, clothes for lounging, and plenty of products for self-care. Whether they're just heading off to school or getting ready to tackle their last final, here are 62 thoughtful gifts any college student would love.The 61 best gifts for college students in 2022:A sweet plant care packageSucculentBarShop/EtsySucculent Bar Shop Hang in There Care Package, available at Etsy, from $36This sweet care package includes a wooden card with a cute message, a succulent with a planting kit, and a pot, all to remind the college student in your life that you're thinking of them. You can make the gift even more special with optional add-ons, from face masks and bath bombs to candy and notepads.Comfy faux-fur slippers they can wear to classAmazonKoolaburra by UGG Women's Lezly Slipper, available at Amazon, DSW, and Nordstrom Rack, $59.99Koolaburra slippers are soft and cozy enough to wear around their dorm every day but also have a rubber sole so they can wear them to class and around campus. They come in nine different colors and reviewers love how warm they keep their feet on cold days.Neon light signs for ultimate dorm vibesDormify"Good Vibes Only" Neon Sign, available at Dormify, $79Nothing screams college vibes more than a quirky neon light or color-changing LED-rimmed walls. Dormify's options are perfect for achieving this, and the brand has everything from wholesome neon signs to goofy ones. A manifestation of good vibes is probably helpful for the average student, but there are plenty of other options like GRLPWR, Happy, and Party.A scratch-off self-care checklistUncommon Goods100 Things to Do For Your Wellbeing, $15, available at Uncommon GoodsThis scratch-off poster is a checklist of 100 things any college student can do so support their mental health, whether they're studying for midterms or missing home. The squares include everything from "visit your favorite spot" to "ask for help with a difficult task" and serve as a mindfulness reminder even after they've scratched them all off. A sunrise alarm clock for a gentle, phone-free wakeupSuzy Hernandez/InsiderHatch Restore, available at Amazon and Target, $129.99Using your phone as an alarm clock makes it a lot more tempting to start scrolling on your phone first thing in the morning, which isn't the healthiest habit. A sunrise alarm clock can help your student have a much better start to their day than immediately checking emails or scrolling on Instagram. The Hatch Restore is a great sunrise alarm option with a ton of special features.A microwave-safe bowl cozy for hot dinnersCraftyWanda/EtsyCrafty Wanda Bowl Cozy (Set of 2), available at Etsy, $17.49Microwave bowl cozies are great for protecting your hands from a hot bowl straight out of the microwave or a cold bowl full of ice cream. The high corners can help lift hot food in and out of the microwave and can help prevent burns and spills. These are reversible, machine washable, and a great gift for any college student who uses their microwave regularly.A trendy Trader Joe's-inspired cookbookUrban Outfitters"The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook" by Andrea Lynn, available at Urban Outfitters and Amazon, from $15.29If there's one place you hear all these Gen Z'ers talking about, it's Trader Joe's. This quirky cookbook contains 160 easy recipes for busy (and usually broke) college students, drawing from some of the brand's favorite ingredients to create mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres, party-worthy appetizers, and nourishing meals.Does your student prefer to cook with the air fryer? Check out this equally nifty "I Love Trader Joe's Air Fryer Cookbook"! A long-lasting backpack that'll look good on campus and at job interviewsHerschelHerschel Little America Backpack, available at Herschel and Amazon, from $100.80Typical backpacks work great for class, but what about everything that happens outside of class? Having a sturdy backpack that's well-suited for traveling and job interviews helps a ton. Herschel's Little America is a great option because it's versatile, sturdy, and stylish. Similarly, the Dagne Dover backpack ($215) is specifically designed for a woman's body and is made to store everything you need and go anywhere you go. If the student is a tote person and doesn't touch backpacks, the Longchamp Le Pliage Shoulder Bag ($155) is a staple for students and young workers alike.Popular wireless over-ear headphones for quality noise-cancelingAmazonBeats Solo3 Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Apple, from $99If there's one thing every college student needs, it's good wireless headphones. This Beats pair has rich sound and up to 40 hours of listening time. And if they let the battery run out, a five-minute charge converts to three hours of playback.If they're a runner and need something lightweight and in-ear, you should opt for Jaybird Vista.A silicone mold for a soothing ice rollerAmazonSilicone Ice Mold for Facial Beauty Ice Roller, available at Amazon, $12.99Gua Sha facial tools and rollers have become a super popular way to reduce facial puffiness, soothe redness, and de-stress. This silicone ice mold is easy to use, small enough for a mini fridge's freezer, and can be filled with everything from simple water to coconut milk and aloe vera for a relaxing skincare boost. One of the nicest and most classic notebooksAmazonMoleskine Classic Notebook, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $19.68Moleskine journals have a history of belonging to creatives and being the place where great ideas and art begin. If the student you're thinking of is a writer or artist, a Moleskine journal is a perfect gift to let them know you support them. These are also stellar for note-taking.A helpful air purifierBed Bath & BeyondHoMedics TotalClean 4-in-1 Air Purifier, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and Home Depot, from $55.99For college students living in a traditional dorm room, a breath of fresh air is more than welcome. This HoMedics TotalClean 4-in-1 air purifier creates cleaner air no matter how small the space is, clearing pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander, mold spores, and germs for easy breathing. Bonus points: It has an auto shut-off timer, a built-in night light, and a three-year manufacturer's warranty for optimal satisfaction.The most comfortable socks college students can ownBombasWomen's and Men's Ankle Sock 4-Pack, available at Bombas, $49.40Bombas makes the best socks on the market. They benefit from upgrades like a supportive honeycomb stitch, blister tabs built into ankle-height styles, and a Y-stitched heel and "invisitoe" that minimizes annoying bumps. Even if it seems like socks aren't an exciting gift, comfort is pretty much always a hit in college. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas donates a specially designed sock to someone in need.A modern card game for nights in and partiesAmazonWhat Do You Meme Game, available at Amazon and Walmart, $29.99College students today are of the meme generation, so this game will be highly appreciated. This set includes 75 of the funniest memes plus 360 caption cards to make the wonkiest combinations for a game during study breaks or chill wine nights.A statement scrunchie that'll make any outfit look goodAmazonKitsch Dinner Scrunchie, available at Amazon and Target, from $13.99There are few accessories that can pull together an outfit and make it look chic, even if that outfit is sweatpants. The massive dinner scrunchies by Kitsch are the perfect accessory to add to a quick outfit and make it look put together. Gifting this to someone means they will always have the option to add an easy, fashionable touch to their look.An air fryer for the snack loverAmazonPhilips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer, available at Amazon and Crate & Barrel, from $185.95Air fryers are all the buzz for how they can turn just about anything into a warm, crispy delight. Plus, they save a ton of time, which every college student can appreciate. The Philips Premium TurboStar Air Fryer is one of the best air fryers on the market today.There's some debate over how good air fryers actually are, so you can also think about gifting a toaster oven.A good wallet to hold their cards, cash, and student IDVera BradleyVera Bradley Microfiber Zip ID Wallet, available at Vera Bradley and Amazon, from $20Vera Bradley's Zip ID Wallet is a great option for students who have to frequently show or swipe their student ID, but don't need an overstuffed bifold. The O-ring is a convenient and sturdy place to hold all their keys. It also makes it easy to clip the wallet into their other bags.A smartphone-sized travel photo printerStaplesFujifilm Instax Mini Link Bluetooth Photo Printer, available at Amazon, B&H Photo, and Apple, $99.95Mini portable Bluetooth printers make turning iPhone photos into tangible memories quick and easy — which is especially convenient for decorating their room. All they'll have to do is download the app (which also has internal PhotoShop elements and features like themed stickers and collages) and connect via Bluetooth. Clothes and shoes for their upcoming interviews and presentationsEverlaneThe Oversized Blazer, available at Everlane, $228Workday Khakis, available at Dockers, $54.99Wool Coat, available at Other Stories, from $219College is full of big meetings, presentations, and nerve-wracking interviews. For days when sweatpants aren't an option and something more formal is needed, these are some great options for women's staples. We've also created a list of our personal favorite workwear stores for women and men — plus the best styles to buy from each one. A steady supply of healthier (and still tasty) snacksThrive Market1-Year Membership, available at Thrive Market, $59.95College students live off good food and snacks. Gifting a subscription to Thrive Market means access to healthier snacks, which leads to them feeling more energized and better studying.A waterproof speaker that can bring the bassJBLJBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker, available at JBL, Amazon, and Walmart, from $94A Bluetooth speaker is a must-have: it helps set the mood for study nights and brings the party to life whenever they're hosting. JBL's Flip 5 speaker is the best choice. It has vibrantly booming bass, lasts for up to 12 hours without a charge, and is waterproof.A trio of unisex products that makes skincare clean and simpleAtticusBest Seller Trio, available at Atticus, $83.70Stress affects how our skin looks, especially in college. Skincare, however, can get overwhelming because of how many options are available. Atticus's high-quality skincare line makes it simple for everyone and is made to be gender inclusive. Its trios, like the Best Seller, include all the products you need: a cleanser, daily moisturizer with SPF, and night cream with anti-aging ingredients. Great coffee from all over the world to help them stay energizedAtlas Coffee Club3-Month Coffee Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60If they drink coffee, they'll likely drink a fair amount of it during college. And it's really nice to have a cup better than one from the dining hall. Atlas Coffee is a monthly subscription that's sort of like a worldwide coffee tour — bringing the best single-origin coffee (with a postcard from its origin country) to your door. They'll also get brewing tips and flavor notes. One of the best tablets for note-taking, entertainment, and everything elseAmazonApple 10.2-inch iPad (32 GB), available at Amazon, Apple, and Walmart, from $299.95 If you go on a college campus today, you'll probably see iPads all over the place — and for good reason. These slim rectangular boxes are bundles of joy for students. They make note-taking, e-reading, Netflix, and leisure drawing easy to do all in one place. The new 256GB iPad ($479) will make an unforgettable gift. If you want to take it up a notch, the highly-coveted and ultrafast 11" iPad Pro ($799) is even better.If they already have an iPad, you can think about getting them an Apple Pencil ($129), which will level up their gadget even more.A weighted blanket that'll change the way they sleepTranquilityTranquility Weighted Blanket, available at Target and Walmart, from $34.31Every college student ever has needed better sleep. Weighted blankets apply a calming pressure on you, making it easier to fall asleep and wake up more rested. Tranquility's weighted blanket is perfectly-sized it is to move from bed to couch, fits a standard dorm twin XL bed, and is easily washable.A foolproof planner to keep everything in orderDay DesignerWeekly Planner, available at Day Designer, $68A planner keeps them organized between all their assignments, exams, and social events. Day Designer makes luxurious planners that students love. Planners come in daily or weekly options which each have space for all your checklists and schedules, plus extra pages for goal setting, future planning, and notes.If this style doesn't suit them, pick another from our favorite planners for college students.A cult-favorite tumbler to keep their drinks just the right temperature for hoursHydro FlaskHydro Flask 40 oz. Wide Mouth Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, REI, and Amazon, from $49.95This HydroFlask will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours with the lid on, perfect for when they need coffee during a long night studying.A key-, wallet-, and iPhone-finderAmazonTile Mate, available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, $24.99You can't go wrong with a tracker for their keys, wallet, or phone. The Tile Mate is compact, thoughtful, and useful for everyone — especially an oft-frazzled college student.  A bed frame that can easily move with themLauren Savoie/InsiderThuma Bed Frame (Full), available at Thuma, from $995A good bed frame is the foundation of good sleep and this one by Thuma features interlocking Japanese joinery that makes it incredibly sturdy but easy to disassemble, move, and store. It's a great option for young adults on the move, especially if they're moving into older or smaller buildings. A nice watch they can wear to internshipsMVMTMVMT Men's Chrono Watch, available at MVMT and Amazon, from $81MVMT Women's Avenue Watch, available at Bloomingdale's and Amazon, $128MVMT makes beautiful watches for men and women at great prices, and they feel more contemporary to wear than most on the market. It's a versatile, sentimental gift you can feel good about giving because you know they'll feel good — and perhaps more put-together — wearing it. Their favorite comfort foodsGoldbellyFood gifts, available at Goldbelly, prices varyGoldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.One of the best facial cleansers for a clean and effective routineFOREOFOREO Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, available at FOREO and Amazon, $219FOREO's cult-favorite Luna 2 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it's 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge. Find a full review from a female reporter and a male reporter here.Coffee table books that add a touch of personalityAmazon"In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine" by Alberto Oliva dna Norberto Angeletti, Available at Amazon and Walmart, $50.99"Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes" by Edith Young, available at Amazon and Walmart, $19.29For all the books college students have to read for class, it's nice to have some decor books lying around that are beautiful to look at and fun to flip through. Depending on their interests and aspirations, "In Vogue: An Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine" is perfect for a fashionista. For an artsy student, "Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes" is a great choice. One of the easiest ways to find your favorite fragranceScentbirdPerfume subscription (6-months), available at Scentbird, $89Finding a fragrance that speaks to you is a step towards finding your style. But buying a bunch of different scents can take a long time and cost a lot. Scentbird is a perfume and cologne discovery subscription that helps you find your favorite perfumes by sending monthly options based on your preferences.An aroma diffuser to set the moodGrove CollaborativeCollaborative Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser, available at Grove, $39.99An aroma diffuser delivers calming, in-home aromatherapy and is a great fragrance option for dorms where candles usually aren't allowed. This one from Grove Collaborative diffuses essential oils for up to five hours at a time, has LED light options, and elegantly blends into any room thanks to its minimalistic ceramic design.If you're looking for more diffusing options, check out our guide to the best essential oil diffusers we tested. An inexpensive way to get the iced coffee they love at homeAmazonTakeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $30.49If the student you're thinking of drinks coffee — and there's a very good chance they do — having access to one of the best cold brew contraptions will be a gift that keeps on giving. A cold brew machine means you can go 4-5 days in a row without brewing another pot. It's also easy to clean. Find a full review here.A book that helps them build good habits and break bad onesAmazon"Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" by James Clear, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $11.98Many college students are trying to map out what they want out of life and how to build the habits that get them where they want to go. In the popular book "Atomic Habits," James Clear, an expert on habit formation, teaches practical strategies for building lasting habits and ditching detrimental ones. A bottle or two of famous toilet spraysPourriPoo-Pourri Toilet Sprays, available at Pourri and Amazon, from $7.99Whether they're in a community bathroom or a private one, odds are they'll be sharing it with a roommate. These Poo-Pourri toilet sprays use essential oils and plant-based ingredients to eliminate bathroom odor before it begins. Just pick their fave scent, spray, and go — no stink necessary.A media streamer that transforms a normal TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Ultra 4K/HDR/HD Streaming Player, available at Amazon, Roku, and Walmart, from $89.99Most college students aren't forking over a monthly payment to cable. This streaming player is, overall, the best one you can buy, and it transforms an otherwise ordinary TV into one that can stream shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and others all in one spot.  Trendy and convenient Apple AirPodsAppleApple AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) with Charging Case, available at Target, Amazon, and Apple, from $239If you're after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here's a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. A comfy Patagonia pullover they'll rely onPatagoniaMen's and Women's Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, available at Patagonia, $129Men's and Women's Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at REI, $129It's a good bet that many of their peers will also have this Snap-T pullover from Patagonia. This and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they'll no doubt come to rely upon. A Patagonia sweater is also a particularly good gift for students who are invested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993, and continues to do so today.A portable projector that's the size of a soda canAmazonAnker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector, available at Amazon and Walmart, $299.99Anker's Nebula Capsule is a powerful and versatile mini projector, and its portability makes it a great option for college students who want a cozy movie-viewing experience in the comfort of their own room. It's 1 pound and the size of a soda can, but it has surprisingly crisp image quality and 360-degree sound. Find a full review here.The world's comfiest shoesAllbirds/InstagramMen's and Women's Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110Startup Allbirds makes wildly popular shoes out of soft, sustainable materials. Their Runners, made of super-soft merino wool, have been nicknamed "the world's most comfortable shoes." You can find a full review here. A great game for a night in with friendsAmazonCards Against Humanity, available at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, $29Grab a fun card game they'll inevitably end up pulling out to play with friends on the weekend nights and snow days.A Brooklinen gift card for really nice sheetsBrooklinenGift Card, available at Brooklinen, from $50Few things sound as nice as comfortable, beautiful sheets that you don't need to buy for yourself. Brooklinen is one of our favorite startups to shop at, and we ranked their sateen cotton sheets the best luxury sheets you can buy.An Echo Dot with a built-in clockAmazonEcho Dot (4th Gen) with Clock, available at Best Buy, $59.99The newest Echo Dot is more convenient than ever. The all-new design features a larger speaker for better audio, a digital clock to display the time and timer countdowns, and all of Alexa's other features. A custom poster of their favorite placeGrafomapA customized poster, available at Grafomap, from $19Commemorate their college town, hometown, or favorite place in the world with this customizable graphic map so they can keep it with them wherever life takes them.A savvy suitcase for traveling on holiday breaksAway/FacebookThe Carry-On, available at Away, from $275Away's popular suitcases deserve their hype. Their hard shell is lightweight but durable, their 360-degree spinner wheels make for seamless traveling, and the external (and ejectable and TSA-compliant) battery pack included can charge a smartphone five times over. It's also guaranteed for life by Away. Find our full review here.We also recommend Calpak for other luggage options. A book about capitalizing on the huge choices to make in your 20sAmazon"The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now" by Meg Jay, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $12.19The decisions you make in your 20s can greatly impact the rest of your life. The best defense is a good offense and your grad should know now, before any life-altering events crop up, how to get the most out of their "defining decade."An Amazon Prime membershipTommaso Boddi / Getty ImagesGift an Amazon Prime membership, $139An Amazon Prime membership is one of those things that immediately makes life easier. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping; access to the Prime Now app, which provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items; Prime Video, Amazon's streaming video service; Prime Music; the Kindle Lending Library; Prime Reading; Prime Audible Channels; unlimited photo storage, and more.If you want to see how Amazon Prime actually gives you a lot more than free shipping, you can read about the benefits of the service here.A candle to remind college students of their favorite place or hometownAmazonHomesick Location Scented Candle, available at Amazon, Homesick, and Uncommon Goods, from $34If they're away from family or friends, a reminder of home is a wonderful thing to have around. Make sure to check the rules of their dorm or living situation before buying them a candle.Framed memoriesFramebridgeGift Card or Frame a Memory, available at Framebridge, from $45Help them honor some of their best memories — whether it's from friends now studying across the country, family, or best-loved locales. Framebridge is relatively affordable, but decor is one of the luxuries plenty of college students shirk to save elsewhere, so give them permission and funds to make their dorm a home.A monogrammed leather shave bagLeatherologyLeatherology Small Shave Bag, available at Leatherology and Amazon, from $95The dreaded truth of college is that you'll most likely need to schlep your shower belongings to a communal area if you live in the dorms. No one wants to rely on a plastic shower caddy to do that. Grab them a leather shave bag that they'll use for years to come — they probably wouldn't justify the expense on their own, and they'll be grateful to have it. If you're looking for a chic aesthetic, Dagne Dover also makes a great neoprene toiletry bag named the Hunter (from $45) that's built to accommodate makeup. If they have a lot of toiletries, you'll probably want to get the large size for $65.The most comfortable lounge pants we've ever tried for lazy weekend morningsMeUndiesMen's and Women's Lounge Pant, available at MeUndies, $68MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we've ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings, and they're sleek enough to avoid feeling too unkempt.The best pillow you can buyCoop Home GoodsPremium Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, available at Coop Home Goods and Amazon, $72Make sure they're optimizing their sleep with the best pillow you can buy. Thanks to the shredded memory foam, they'll get the support and comfortable "sinking in" sensation of a traditional memory foam pillow, but none of the excessive heat or firmness that can be a problem with solid foam. Read more in our buying guide here.A wonderful addition to any skincare routineSephoraKiehl's Ferulic Brew Antioxidant Facial Treatment with Lactic Acid, available at Kiehl's and Sephora, $54This new facial essence from Kiehl's is a great addition to any skincare routine. It's especially good for those who want to even out their skin tone, smooth skin texture, and add some extra moisture. It's made with rich ingredients and is simple to use: you just pat a few drops onto your face, rub it in, and it'll do its magic.An extra-long, reinforced phone chargerAmazonNative Union 10-Foot Extra-Long Charging Cable with Leather Strap, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Native Union, from $24If they're going to be tethered to devices, you may as well give them a long leash. This long charging cable means no matter where one is, they'll have power — and they won't have to sit at the foot of their bed to reach it. A gym bag that can transition to a professional settingNordstromHerschel Supply Co. Novel Duffel Bag, available at Amazon, Nordstrom, and Herschel, from $76.64Just like bringing a beat-up JanSport everywhere, lugging an old nylon gym bag isn't ideal for anyone looking for versatile use. Herschel Supply Co. makes reliable, long-lasting bags, and this one has a separate compartment for gym or dress shoes. A microwave-safe ramen cooker for stressful or time-crunched nightsAmazonRapid Ramen Cooker, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $6.98There will be plenty of late nights filled with cheap and tasty ramen. If they're going to eat it anyway, at least let them make it quickly and perfectly every time.A super soft throw blanket they'll cocoon themselves in time and time againAmazonBEDSURE Sherpa Fleece Blanket, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $23.39Grab their favorite candy, this sherpa-lined fleece blanket with over 4,400 five-star reviews on Amazon, and a Hulu gift card to make their nights in actually fun.Gift cards — perhaps the best gift you can give a cash-strapped college studentFlickr Creative Commons/Lani EldertsWhat a stressed, broke college student needs most is money and probably a hug. If you're looking for a way to gift maximum convenience, gift cards are a surprisingly thoughtful way to do that — either for their favorite restaurant, transportation, school books, or music to keep them occupied during long study hours. Check out more gift card gifts here. Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card Coffee: Starbucks Gift CardSchool books: Amazon Gift Card Entertainment: Netflix Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / Sling Gift Card / StubHub Gift CardTransportation: Uber Gift CardFurniture: Amazon Gift Card / Wayfair Gift CardMusic: Spotify Gift CardGroceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift CardClothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift CardTech: Best Buy Gift CardTravel: Delta Gift Card / Airbnb Gift CardRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 21st, 2022

34 personalized gifts that stand out from the crowd, from their own lightsaber to a portrait of their pet

From monogrammed aprons to vinyl subscriptions, here are 34 personalized gifts and custom gift ideas they probably don't own already. Uncommon Goods/EtsyWhen you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.While we want every gift we give to feel like it came from the heart, going the extra mile with a personalized present feels all the more special. Personalization does more than reflect a giftee's interests or memories; it involves them in the gift and allows them to experience it in a whole new way.Keep scrolling for over 30 personalized selections, including a candle themed after their hometown, a one-of-a-kind typewriter key necklace, and a luxurious monogrammed robe.The 34 best personalized gifts in 2022:A candle scented like their favorite city or hometownHomesickCity Scented Candle, available at Homesick, from $38 Whether they're from Boston, Seattle, or anywhere in between, this city-scented candle captures the essence of home. San Francisco is coffee, chocolate, and a walk along the shoreline, while Philly is heliotrope, fresh air, and a step into a local bakery. No matter which city they're from, it smells like the total package!A made-to-order personalized songUncommon GoodsMade-To-Order Personalized Song, available at Uncommon Goods, from $100 Searching for the most powerful way to tell them you really care? Musician David Morgan can transform your anecdotes into one to three-minute masterpieces. The result: A sharable MP3 audio file and a copy of your very own lyrics.A scratch-off poster to flaunt the movies they've seenUncommon GoodsUltimate Movie-Lovers Fill-In Poster, available at Uncommon Goods, $40 For film buffs and those who have an ever-growing list on Netflix, this fill-in poster features 1,500 must-see movies in every genre to watch and give a (sometimes brutal) rating. Think of it as a personal cinema checklist that would look pretty cool hanging on their wall.A personalized take on a classic roller ball penEtsy/PrecisionMemoryPersonalized Bolt Action Pen, available at Etsy, from $39.99  For family artists and friends who love to doodle, this handmade pen will bring their artistic endeavors to new heights with their name engraved on the side. Crafted from nearly unbreakable solid brass into a grabbable hexagonal shape, this pen will stand out among the rest in their supply.A one-of-a-kind typewriter-inspired necklaceUncommon GoodsTypewriter Key Necklace, available at Uncommon Goods, $70 Show your writerly friends you care with this quirky necklace strung with an authentic typewriter key from the 20s, 30s, or 40s. Engraved with the letter of their first (or pen) name, this pendant is a fun yet stately accessory that carries a bit of history.A wearable recreation of their pet's faceUncommon GoodsCustom Pet Embroidered Sweatshirt, available at Uncommon Goods, from $135These ultra-comfy crewnecks are elevated by hand-drawn, embroidered portraits of their furry friend(s). Whether they're out on the town or snuggling at home with their best animal friend, this wearable artwork pays homage to their multi-legged pal — and trust us, those dog moms and cat dads will be in stitches!A custom "Star Wars" lightsaberSaberForgeCustom Saber, available at SaberForge, from $69.99If your special someone has a penchant for all things "Star Wars," this custom-made saber is perfect for display or play. Browse over 100 different sabers from seven categories, three brands, and plenty of add-ons and colors to fit their personal aesthetic. Whether they're Jedi or Sith, they'll feel right at home in a galaxy far, far away.A bestselling monogrammed robeWilliams SonomaChambers Hydrocotton Bathrobe, available at Williams Sonoma, $109What's more personal(ized) than a wearable blanket? This lightweight, super soft Chambers Hydrocotton Robe is styled for all genders and loomed from the finest, long-staple Turkish cotton. Fluffy, absorbent, and endorsed with a classy monogram, this robe really is the total package.A nostalgic braceletBaubleBarCustom Multi Disc Pisa Bracelet, available at BaubleBar, $40This custom beaded bracelet can spell out a name or phrase in a rainbow of colors. You can stack it with other bracelets for a stylish '90s look.A ceramic bowl with their pet's name on itMegan Louise Ceramics/EtsyCustom Pet Bowl, available at Etsy, from $29.61Some people prefer to spoil their pets instead of themselves. A custom bowl with their favorite animal's name on it is a gift they'll love. A lovely birthstone ringPandoraPandora Birthstone Ring, available at Pandora, $50This personalized ring is an intimate gift that signifies that you remember their ring size and birthday (even if you can't remember the exact date).A stylish monogrammed notebookPapierColourblock Notebook, available at Papier, $30If they're a writer, list maker, or note-taker, they're sure to appreciate this personalized notebook from Papier. Choose from eight different color block patterns and lined, plain, or dotted paper to make this gift feel even more personal.A custom star mapOurLoveWasBorn/EtsyCustom Night Sky Star Map, available at Etsy, from $46Celebrate a special event or moment in time by gifting them a snapshot of that night's sky. Each map can be customized by color, text and font styles, and map shape. The seller will work with you to create a vibrant map that perfectly captures any moment.A curated wine subscription based on their preferencesWincGift Card, available at Winc, from $60If they're new to the world of wine, gifting them a Winc subscription will help them choose their favorite styles by testing several wines each month. Winc is one of our favorite wine delivery options due to its extensive selection and interactive wine quiz that each subscriber takes before receiving wines to try.A handcrafted recipe boardUncommon GoodsPersonalized Family Recipe Board, available at Uncommon Goods, $100Help them save precious family recipes with this wood recipe board that's available in maple or cherry wood finishes. Simply send over a scan of their favorite recipe, and it will be transferred onto the board in the writer's handwriting.A candle inspired by astrologyBirthdate CoBirthdate Candle, available at Birthdate, from $49.99The candle makers at Birthdate combined the powers of astrology and scent to make 365 unique candles. Each day of the year has a candle to call its own, with a layered scent and a label that reads the stars.A portrait of their furry (or scaly) best friendCanvasPopPet Portrait, available at CanvasPop, from $84If their pet is more like family, this fun portrait of their furry or scaly best friend is sure to make their day. Choose from three art styles, canvas sizes, and several background colors to make this gift even more unique.A desktop photo calendarArtifact UprisingWalnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $35This walnut photo calendar makes a beautiful desktop display. The personalized selection of photos turns an ordinary calendar into a display of memories, though choosing only 12 of your favorite photos could prove to be difficult.A set of coasters with memories from abroadUncommon GoodsCustom Travel Photo Coasters, available at Uncommon Goods, from $68Gift them these coasters so they can relive their favorite travel stories every time they use them. Add location captions to each coaster for an additional cost.  A monogrammed leather cardholderCuyanaZip Cardholder, available at Cuyana, from $98This stylish wallet will give your recipient a luxury experience at a relatively affordable price. They'll get a surprising amount of storage and can comfortably fit five cards, cash, and coins. It comes in seven shades and can be monogrammed for $15 to add personalization.An apron loved by professional chefsHedley & BennettThe Essential Apron, available at Hedley & Bennett, from $85 [add embroidery for $20]A sturdy, comfortable, and stylish apron becomes even more stylish and personal with the addition of embroidery on the apron chest or waist strap. You can choose from script or block font in a variety of colors. While we love the classic styles, you can also take advantage of their limited-edition aprons. A made-to-measure suitIndochinoGift Card, available at Indochino, from $50Nothing feels quite as bespoke as a custom-made suit. The startup Indochino makes that gift a bit more achievable and a lot less expensive. A thoughtful map of their favorite place on earthGrafomap/InstagramCustomized Poster, available at Grafomap, from $19Grafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world. You can make one of their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination — you're only limited by your imagination.A gold letter charm from an ethical jewelry startupAUrateMini Gold Letter Charm Pendant, available at AUrate, $250AUrate makes beautiful, personalized letter charms that are meant to represent a no-compromise mix of quality, price, and ethical practices. They use luxury materials like 14-karat gold, original designs, transparent pricing, and sustainable production. In partnership with Mastery Charter, the startup has also given thousands of books to NYC students and schools. A leather toiletry case they can take with them for years to comeLeatherologyDouble Zip Toiletry Bag, available at Leatherology, $115 This luxe Double Zip bag is one accessory I never travel without. The dual compartments keep all essentials close, and the leather ages into something soft and personal over time. If you're looking for wallets, travel gift sets, or duffels instead, you can find pretty much any leather good at a good price and superior quality here — most available for monogramming.An expertly curated vinyl record collectionVNYLThree-Month VNYL Gift Membership Subscription, available at VNYL, $89.97VNYL's team of curators studies your music profile — assembled via a quiz and connected to Spotify, Soundcloud, Instagram, etc. — to hand-pick new albums that they think you'll love. Then, they send you a tailored pick to your door. If your giftee is a music-lover and has a record player, this is a cool subscription that will help them discover even more music to enjoy. A pair of customizable NikesNikeCustomizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $110Nike makes great products, and they're popular for a reason. But it's nice to get the benefits of the design team without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nike's for them or gift them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own. A set of tumblers personalized for family members' hobbiesUncommon GoodsPersonalized Hobby Tumblers, available at Uncommon Goods, from $32These fun tumblers celebrate each family member's unique passions, letting them feel appreciated by you. They'll also enjoy seeing themselves in fun illustrations. An engraved shave setHarry'sWinston Set, available at Harry's, from $25If they take pride in having nice tools or taking their grooming routine as time for themselves, they'll appreciate Harry's luxe gift set. It can be engraved for $15, and the special Winston handle is weighty, die-cast zinc with a polished chrome finish. The German-engineered blades come with a travel cover so they don't dull, and the Foaming Shave Gel works up to a rich lather. A coffee subscription that caters to their likes and dislikesDriftaway FacebookThree-Month Coffee Subscription, available at Driftaway, from $54Driftaway is a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it — remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your palette. The first shipment is a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which users rate online or in the app for the site to use as a flavor baseline. If they love coffee, this is a great way to ensure they'll discover new favorites and enjoy each morning cup.A subscription that lets them try tea from all over the worldSips byPersonalized Tea Gift Card (3-month Subscription), available at Sips by, $48If they're more of a tea person, there's a personalized service for them, too. Sips by takes their tastes and matches them to four tea brands (chosen from more than 150 tea brands around the world) each month. There's enough tea to make more than 45 cups of tea (if they re-steep) — the perfect amount to keep them warm and cozy through the winter. A set of embroidered bath towelsWeezie/InstagramPiped Edge Starter Pack, available at Weezie, $264Weezie's soft and fluffy organic cotton towels are already gift-worthy on their own. To make them even more covetable, add embroidery for $15. You can go with the classic monogram in a variety of eye-catching styles or spell out a full name in a cursive script. There are a few unique embroidery colors, like bright pink and mint. A zodiac necklace that mixes luxury with personalizationMejuriZodiac Pendant Necklace, available at Mejuri, $128Mejuri's popular zodiac necklaces are a great way to gift jewelry that manages to feel both luxurious and intimate — something that can be lacking in refined gifts. The Canadian startup as a whole is a unique mix of approachability and elegance, which may be why they're known for waitlists that top out at 40,000 people. A pair of haircare essentials designed for their specific hair needsFunction of BeautyGift Card, available at Function of Beauty, from $50To get their personalized hair care, they'll start with a quiz that asks them about their hair concerns and needs. The final formulation addresses those needs and is also free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and GMOs. Plus, the bottle labels will feature their name. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 27th, 2022

52 thoughtful gifts you can get on Amazon for less than $50

A more expensive gift isn't always more meaningful. Here are 52 Amazon gifts under $50 that you'll love to give and others will love to receive. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.A more expensive gift isn't always more meaningful. Here are 52 Amazon gifts under $50 that you'll love to give and others will love to receive.AmazonA kind and thoughtful gift doesn't necessarily need to be expensive. With Amazon's wide array of knick-knacks, handy gadgets, budget beauty staples, and useful home goods, that perfect present you're looking for may only be two days of Prime shipping away — and all without breaking the bank.Below, we've rounded up some of the best gifts under $50 for every recipient and occasion. From cute waffle makers to portable karaoke microphones, you're sure to find the right gift for your loved one's special occasion.Check out 52 cool gifts under $50 on Amazon:A convenient Echo Dot with an alarm clockAmazonEcho Dot, $49.99Even if your giftee isn't super into tech, this compact Echo Dot features Alexa for hands-free information and entertainment, plus a digital alarm clock that beats using their phone. It's also one of the best products we've ever tested.Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle makerAmazonDash Mini Waffle Maker Machine, $16.99Get up early, and make your friend, significant other, or family member heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.  A smart home camera at a fraction of the costAmazonWyze Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Camera, $35.98The Wyze v3 Camera is a popular and affordable smart home option that rivals expensive models. It's Alexa- and Google Assistant-enabled and lets you view the footage anywhere on your mobile device.  Read our full review of the Wyze v3 Camera here. A PopSocket that reflects their interestsAmazonPopSockets Donut PopGrip, $16.99Not only are PopSockets a great way to grip a phone more easily or use as an impromptu stand, but they're also fun ways for people to express themselves. Amazon offers plenty of variations, from a movable vinyl record to a neon doughnut.A durable, inexpensive Fire tabletAmazonFire 7 Tablet, $29.99Amazon's Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you're not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they're a good fit. It's Alexa-enabled, so you can ask for quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life. You can shop the latest versions for a bit more money here.A touch control bedside lampAmazonYarra-Decor Touch Control Table Lamp with USB ports, $29.99Home feels more comfortable and serene for them with this bedside lamp. The dimmable lamp is touch control with three brightness options and has two USB charging ports.A digital camera that instantly prints your memoriesAmazonKodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera, $49.99Instead of waiting on photos, this digital camera instantly prints those precious memories. Each moment is captured on 2 x 3" photos that are in full-color and durable, where they are tear and water-resistant. This convenient device can also save the photos to a MicroSD Card. A cast-iron skillet for home chefsLily Alig/InsiderLodge 10.25-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet, $19.90This 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet is one that became minorly famous online. Lodge has been making cast iron cookware since 1896, so they've learned a thing or two about what makes a great kitchen tool. Really durable fetch balls for their furry friendAmazonChew King Fetch Balls (8-pack), $17Whether you have a dog (or need to give someone with a dog a gift that will last), these balls are worth checking out. They're lightweight, bouncy, and durable enough to stand a big dog's chew. They make a great gift for the dog-parent or fetch-loving pup in your life.A portable and waterproof speakerAmazonAnker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $39.99This wireless Bluetooth speaker is waterproof, durable, and easily portable. It has 24 hours of playtime and maintains sound quality even at high volumes. A cold brew coffee makerAmazonTakeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $27.99This cold brew maker is as inexpensive as it is convenient, and it can even save hundreds of dollars per year. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. If they need more than one quart, there's also a two-quart option under $40. Read our full review of the Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker here.Highly rated in-ear earbudsAmazonPanasonic ErgoFit In-Ear Earbud Headphones, $9.28Whether for everyday use, the gym, as a backup, or just for travel when Bluetooth headphones won't connect to the in-flight entertainment, there are ample uses for really solid in-ear buds with a stereo plug. This pair has an extended cord and three sets of ear pads for the perfect fit.The cult-favorite clay mask that took over the internetAmazonAztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask, $14.95The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products of the internet that's driven from the obscure depths of Amazon to beauty vlogs, Youtube testimonials with over 4 million views, and even the Sephora beauty blog. It's been called "the world's most powerful facial," and it's also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar.Read our full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask here.An electric bottle openerAmazonOster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Foil Cutter, $21.24This slim device cuts foil and uncorks wine bottles seamlessly, then stows easily out of sight. It has to be charged, but it'll open 30 bottles per charge. A universal USB wall charger that fits four devicesAmazonAnker 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug, $31.99Double the outlet space with this four-port USB wall charger. Its advanced charging capacity also means tech devices will charge faster than average.A fancy charcuterie board setAmazonSmirly Cheese Board and Knife Set, $39.99This elegant cheese board compliments extravagant get-togethers at home with a refined serving experience. It's not difficult to create a charcuterie masterpiece on this board set that includes a slide-out drawer with four knives as well as a serving tray and tools. A milk frother so they can make their favorite coffee or hot chocolate drinks from homeAmazonPowerLix Milk Frother, $10.99A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make an otherwise normal cup of coffee or hot chocolate closer to what you'd buy at the cafe. With it, they can make lattes, cappuccinos, and frothy coffees every morning for less.A relaxing weighted blanketAmazonYnM Weighted Blanket, $49.80Gift a peaceful night's sleep with this calming blanket that comes in 40 colors and 15 various sizes and weights. Its seven-layer system includes tiny beads that deliver a contoured but comfortable fit to your body.Read our full review of the YnM Weighted Blanket here.A media streamer that can turn a basic TV into a smart oneRokuRoku Streaming Stick 4K, $39The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a reliable media streaming stick that can convert a basic TV into a smart one that can stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more. It includes a voice remote, too, for simple search and control.Read our full review of the Roku Streaming Stick 4K here. A tough, wind-resistant umbrella they can rely uponAmazonRepel Windproof Travel Umbrella, $22.95Hear me out. It may seem boring, but everybody needs an umbrella, and this is way better than whatever version they bought the last time they veered into a CVS while it was raining. We think it's the best umbrella you can buy thanks to how well it resists wind and how long it lasts, and they'll find themselves thankful for it often. A comfy polyester bathrobeAmazonNY Threads Men's and Women's Polyester Bathrobe, from $17.84If looking to stay warm, this ultra-soft polyester bathrobe is perfect to relax and lounge in for the cold months. It features front pockets and an adjustable waist belt for a snug fit. The gift of lightAmazonAIXPI LED Ring Light, $17.99Give the gift of light with Insider Reviews' best budget ring light. This simple, easy-to-use light has everything that phone videographers need to get started. It includes a tripod setup that's easy to move and adjust to your angles. You can also toggle between its three different light settings — white, warm yellow, and warm white — to find your perfect glow. A stylish bucket hat for any seasonAmazonThe Hat Depot 300N Unisex Bucket Hat, from $11.99They'll appreciate this bucket hat that's both trendy and protective. It comes in just about any pattern and color — neons, tie-dyes, camos, and neutrals are just a few of the options. This hat is made of 100% cotton and includes eyelets for a more breathable feel. Plus, the nearly 2.25-inch brim will keep their skin and eyes protected from the sun.A coffee table that's more than just decorAmazon"Humans" by Brandon Stanton, $17.50A coffee table book is a great housewarming gift. But this hardcover book does more than just look pretty. It's an expansion of Brandon Stanton's "Humans of New York" photography project. Page after page follows Stanton's travels across the world, documenting portraits and short, but impactful stories of the people he's encountered. An all-in-one wallet for the jetsetterAmazonZoppen Travel Passport Wallet, $14.99With more people getting vaccinated and travel restrictions lifting, this wallet will help them prep for their next trip. It holds passports, boarding passes, credit cards, and every other essential in one slim design.A versatile Japanese BBQ sauceAmazonBachan's Barbecue Sauce, $8.99An Amazon bestseller, this vegan Japanese BBQ sauce tastes like a more complex, less sweet teriyaki sauce and pairs amazingly with everything from pizza to eggs. One of our editors loves it so much that she auto-subscribed to get it delivered every other month.A portable touchscreen vanity mirrorAmazonNezzoe Touchscreen Vanity Mirror, $22.99This touchscreen vanity mirror enhances any facial ritual from glam, skincare routines, to shaving. It makes your face clearly visible with its 33 radiant LED lights and works up to 250 minutes on a full charge. The portable device offers comfortable viewing angles at 30 or 100 degrees at adjustable brightness levels. A small toiletry bag for the avid travelerHerschelHerschel Chapter Toiletry Kit, from $28.95If they're getting back into traveling, you can't go wrong with gifting them a toiletry bag. They can ditch the plastic bags or pouches that aren't even waterproof. This toiletry kit has a waterproof main compartment, an internal mesh storage sleeve, and a leather accent on the zipper. Plus, it's small enough to fit into their backpack, work bag, or carry-on. A Bluetooth microphone to sing karaokeAmazonWireless Karaoke Microphone, $17.99It's a gift for everyone to enjoy, whether or not you can carry a tune. You can connect your phone and play music through the microphone's speakers, and turn the volume up and down depending on your comfort. It's the perfect thing to shake up a night in or to break the ice at a gathering.A wooden caddy tray for the world's most luxurious bathAmazonRoyal Craft Luxury Bathtub Caddy, $35.97Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once. A portable cooler bag for spring and summer excursionsAmazonLifewit Collapsible Cooler Bag, $32.99Look no further than this convenient, hefty, and compact cooler bag. They can travel in style to spring and summer picnics, camping trips, and beach days. The padded handle and removable shoulder strap make it comfortable to carry, while its ability to collapse makes it easy to store. It's also large with a 24-liter capacity, meaning they can fit all of their essentials in one insulated bag.A delicious gift basket of caramel, chocolate, and crunchy gourmet treatsAmazonChocolate, Caramel, and Crunch Grand Gift Basket, $42.95For less than $40, you can gift gourmet chocolates and caramels pre-wrapped in a keepsake basket. The set includes seasonal favorites like caramel corn, chocolate pretzels, and peanut brittle. A highly rated pump with universal wine stoppers to keep open bottles fresh for longerAmazonThe Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with Two Vacuum Stoppers, $16.99This hyper-popular pump and universal wine stopper set keep open bottles of wine from prolonged exposure to the air, which is what causes the breakdown of its character and taste. This version makes a "click" sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal.An ambient moon lampAmazonDTOETKD Multi-Color Moon Lamp, $15.99Earning the title as Insider Reviews' best multi-color moon lamp, this light basks the room in 16 different soothing hues. Its wooden stand props up the 3D moon and, thanks to its sleep timer, you can fall asleep to its glow without needing to worry about leaving it on all night. A notebook that they can fill with their favorite travel memoriesAmazonMaleden Spiral Bound Traveler Notebook, $13.47If they're always recounting memories from their favorite trip, a travel journal is an excellent place for them to put all of these stories to paper. This particular model comes with binder rings, so they can easily include tickets, photos, and other mementos.Ear protection for concert-goersAmazonMumba Concert Earplugs, $19.95Live music events can be pretty damaging to your hearing — any regular concert-goer can attest to that. These earplugs protect the wearer from damaging volumes without dampening the music. They even come with a handy case that you can keep on a keychain. A watercolor set that's great for beginnersAmazon/Business InsiderNorberg & Linden Watercolor Paint Set, $15.99Everything they need lives in this watercolor starter kit: a 36-color palette, a 12-page watercolor pad, and six brushes of various sizes. Not only does this set contain all of the essentials for a newcomer, but it's also portable. The pad measures 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches, and the watercolors themselves come in a lightweight, covered pan. Family and friends of all ages can enjoy painting with this kit.Fluffy slippers that feel and look like a cloudJacqueline Saguin/InsiderParlovable Faux Fur Slippers, from $19.49The Parlovable Faux Fur Slippers are among our favorite slippers for lounging around the house. They make your feet feel — and look — like clouds thanks to the faux fur upper and memory foam sole.   A slime-making kit for kids (and nostalgic adults)AmazonDIY Slime Kit, $15.09Amazon has pretty much every kid-friendly DIY kit imaginable, and this slime kit helps kids learn a little science as they combine ingredients, dye, and even glitter to make their creations. Plus, for any parents nostalgic about their own childhood buying and playing with slime, this makes for a fun activity to do together.A streamlined apron in their favorite colorAmazonAobbybbs Linen Crossback Apron, $18.99This pinafore-style apron is designed to slip on without any ties. It's great for protecting your clothes while in the kitchen, and it's cute to boot. This affordable version is similar to the Magic Linen Apron that we recommend.A foot massager to ease stress and painAmazonHoMedics Triple Action Shiatsu Foot Massager, $49.99After long days on their feet, they'll appreciate this foot massager gift. We name this one the best budget option in our guide to the best foot massagers for a reason. It can be used on all parts of the foot and parts of the body, is relatively compact, and is easy to store. Their feet will thank you for the endless massages that come with this gift. A cocktail shaker for the one who likes to get creative in the kitchenConnie Chen/InsiderBrüMate Shaker, $34.99With summertime upon us, there's no better gift than a cocktail shaker for the one who loves to create new drinks. This particular one has even been named the best cobbler option in our guide to the best cocktail shakers. We love this shaker because it doubles as a drinking vessel, is triple-insulated, has a built-in strainer, and comes in a bunch of colors. A portable picnic blanketAmazonOniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote XL, $26.99The Oniva Outdoor Picnic Blanket Tote is a huge blanket that fits six people easily. Our Insider Reviews team loved it so much, they named it the best picnic blanket overall. Its soft fleece interior has water-resistant backing that folds up quite compact.A candle that pays homage to their favorite place on EarthAmazonHomesick Candles, $33.99Gift them a candle customized to smell like their beloved hometown, college town, or favorite getaway. Read our full review of Homesick Candles here. A hair turban that will cut drying time in halfAmazonAquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, $20.49Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that's composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. It also prevents hygral fatigue — the stretching and swelling of wet hair that makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage — by cutting the hair's drying time by 50%.A journal for maximizing productivity and organizationamazonLux Productivity Daily Planner, $23.31For the high achiever in your life, this productivity journal can help further motivate them to be their best self. This journal's undated, daily layout provides priority templates to get them headed in the right direction to accomplish their many goals. It also includes extra space for them to jot down their ideas, future tasks, and inspirations.A foldable helmet for the bike commuterPriority BicyclesClosca Foldable Bike Helmet, $39.90One of the best products we've ever tested and the best gifts we've ever given, this lightweight bike helmet neatly folds down to about half its size and can easily be stashed in a backpack when not in use. DIY manicures with professional resultsAmazonBeetles Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit, $27.99Gel polish typically lasts longer than traditional nail polish and dries instantly under UV lighting, but it requires some additional gear to use. This kit includes everything you need to do your own nails at home.A pan that makes ice cream in minutesAmazonChef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, $54.95For a simple and quick way to make ice cream, you'll want to surprise them with this ice cream maker. There's no electricity, buttons, or tech involved, making it a great gift for anyone, even those with children. It's basically a quick-freeze shallow metal bowl that freezes your ice cream batter in a matter of minutes. You can read more about why we love this product, in our guide to the best ice cream makers. A charging case that protects and charges wireless devices on the goAmazonMophie Wireless Power Capsule External Battery Charger, $19.31This compact, portable case charges wearables like the Fitbit Flex, Beats by Dre, and JBL Wireless Earbuds on the go. The 1,4000 mAh rechargeable battery translates to about 60 hours of audio playback in wireless earbuds. A vintage puzzle that doubles as cute home decorAmazonCavallini Papers & Co. Butterflies 1,000 Piece Puzzle, $28.99All the puzzle lovers in your life will be beyond grateful for this gift. From house plants to constellations, Cavallini Papers & Co. puzzles are both challenging and aesthetically pleasing. Once they're done, they can frame it and hang it up as wall decor. A jade roller for the beauty enthusiastAmazon/Business InsiderGinger Chi Jade Roller, $23.99They can pamper themselves on the regular with this jade roller from Ginger Chi. It's made from 100% certified Xiuyan jade along with silver nickel. The double-sided roller helps to reduce puffiness and increase elasticity, with a larger end to use all over your face and a smaller end for tighter areas. A travel pouch and a tester of the brand's Regenerating Serum also come with the jade roller, making it perfect for novices and travelers alike. This product has even earned a spot as best for beginners in our guide to the best jade rollers.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJul 7th, 2022

The 22 best coffee table books on all things Disney, from cookbooks to a 50th anniversary book on Disney World

Disney fans will love a great book based on one of their favorite parks or movies. Here are 22 Disney books that would make great gifts. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Disney books make great holiday gifts for any fan.Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Reading is the best way to enter a new world, and there's no better world to escape to than Disney. We rounded up the best Disney books below, from themed cookbooks to Disney history books. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. If you have a friend or family member who's wild about Disney but already has every piece of merch, try gifting them a book about the best place on Earth. Books, in general, are unexpected gifts, but they're actually super thoughtful — they make for great conversation starters, double as decor, and can be read over and over again for years until the binding starts falling apart.From cookbooks filled with Disney-inspired recipes to an inside look at Disney costuming, any superfan would be thrilled to add these to their coffee table. Bonus points if you gift a Disney Plus subscription or even park tickets alongside one of these great books so they can truly live out their Disney dream.Here are 22 Disney books every fan would love:'The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook'Amazon"The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook: From Delicious Dole Whip to Tasty Mickey Pretzels, 100 Magical Disney-Inspired Recipes," $11.99, available at Amazon and TargetBesides their namesake, of course, one of the things that the Disney parks are best known for is their food. From the iconic dole whip to Mickey-shaped... everything, this cookbook allows you to bring the nostalgia of the Disney parks right into their home. Park anecdotes are sprinkled throughout each recipe, so they'll get a twinge of nostalgia with each food they try. 'Disney World at 50: The Stories of How Walt's Kingdom Became Magic in Orlando'Amazon"Disney World at 50: The Stories of How Walt's Kingdom Became Magic in Orlando," $24.99, available at AmazonIt's Disney World's 50th anniversary, and such a milestone comes along with a ton of history. This book will break it all down for them, and even the most knowledgeable Disney buff could learn something new. 'One Day at Disney: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe'Amazon"One Day at Disney: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe," $25, available at AmazonIt's jaw-dropping to think about how many people work for Disney all around the world, from vets at the Animal Kingdom in Florida's Walt Disney World to sculpture artists at Disneyland Paris. In "One Day at Disney," you'll get to see what goes on at Disney on any given day from the perspective of more than 80 cast members.The book also has a companion series on Disney+. Here's everything to know about the new streaming service, along with how to gift a subscription if they don't have one already.'Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real'Amazon"Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real," $44.99, available at AmazonFor those who can't get enough of "The Imagineering Story" on Disney+, they'll want to add the beautiful "Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real" to their bookshelf. This book gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Imagineers create the happiest place on earth.'From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card'Amazon"From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card," $37.53, available at AmazonThe exchanging of Christmas cards was an important tradition at the Walt Disney studios with their leading artists creating the graphics for the cards. This beautifully produced book is a collection of many of those vintage holiday cards, making it a fitting gift for the season.'Walt Disney's Disneyland'Amazon"Walt Disney's Disneyland," $39.99, available at AmazonThis large coffee table book includes an eclectic collection of illustrations, photographs, and documents about the happiest place on Earth. It's a gorgeous guide to the history of the Anaheim theme park.'The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between'Amazon"The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between," $24.99, available at AmazonThis large-format coffee table book gives a detailed look at the costumes from Disney blockbusters like "Mary Poppins," "Aladdin," and "Maleficent" with interviews, trivia, and of course, a beautiful array of photos.  'Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai'Amazon"Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai," $31.79, available at AmazonThis graphic-heavy coffee table book includes six decades' worth of maps of Disney parks all around the world. The cool thing about this one is that the pages actually unfold into full-sized maps.'Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation'Amazon"Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation," $45.55, available at AmazonIf they're interested in Disney animation, then you'll want to get them this book about the women who were such a key part of the success of early Disney films and shorts. Disney+ is currently developing a documentary series based on the book, so this is a great time to brush up on the topic.'The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky'Amazon"The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky," $31.49, available at AmazonThe Monorail is infamous to Disney lovers — it's the go-to form of Disney transportation. This story dives deep into the transportation system's rich history from its inception. Photos from throughout the years and development art will have them seeing the Monorail through new eyes. 'The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company'Amazon"The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company," $17.79, available at AmazonThis #1 New York Times bestseller is a memoir about leadership and success by Disney's CEO Bob Iger. It's suited for those with a curiosity about how the most powerful entertainment company in the world is run from a business angle.'Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events From Mickey Mouse to Moana!'Amazon"Entertaining with Disney: Exceptional Events From Mickey Mouse to Moana!" $17.88, available at AmazonFor the friend or family member who loves hosting, they will be delighted with "Entertaining with Disney." It has all the instructions and recipes on how to throw a party inspired by "Frozen," "Princess and the Frog," Disney villains, and many others. Check out our full review of the book here.'Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food'Amazon"Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food," $28.43, available at Amazon"Eat Like Walt" is a culinary look at the history of Disney foods, the eating habits of Walt Disney himself, and more. Fun fact: He had simple tastes and he liked nothing more than a bowl of chili.'Walt Disney's Ultimate Inventor: The Genius of Ub Iwerks'Amazon"Walt Disney's Ultimate Inventor: The Genius of Ub Iwerks, $44.36," available at AmazonPenned by Imagineer Don Iwerks, Ub Iwerks' son, this large volume is an intimate look at the man who helped create Mickey and Minnie Mouse alongside Walt Disney. The book also looks at the many inventions and accomplishments credited to the legend.'Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks'Amazon"Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks," from $109.14, available at AmazonWe're huge fans of Imagineer Chris Merritt and Pixar's Pete Docter's extensive and impressive two-volume book set "Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks." For more about this must-have book for any Disney Parks fan, check out our feature on the book set right here.'Art of Hand Lettering Love: An inspirational workbook for creating beautiful hand-lettered art about LOVE'Amazon"Art of Hand Lettering Love: An inspirational workbook for creating beautiful hand-lettered art about LOVE," $14.99, available at AmazonPerfect for those curious about calligraphy, "The Art of Hand Lettering Love" is a crash course on how to do lettering inspired by the fonts used in Disney films and paired with the quotes they came from. 'The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember'Amazon"The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot to Remember," $50.99, available at AmazonThis behind-the-scenes look at the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank features photographs and artwork that spans of 90 years of filmmaking.'Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World'Amazon"Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World," $42.99, available at AmazonPublished in conjunction with the Walt Disney Family Museum's exhibit on Mickey Mouse, this beautifully illustrated book dives into the history of the world's most famous mouse, alongside text by acclaimed Disney animator Andreas Deja. 'Birnbaum's 2022 Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide'Amazon"Birnbaum's 2022 Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide," $15.99, available at AmazonIf you happen to be giving the gift of tickets to Disney World this year, then the official vacation guide is an ideal companion to the present. The book includes insider tips as well as money-saving strategies.'The Art of Frozen 2'Amazon"The Art of Frozen 2," $20.48, available at AmazonAdult "Frozen" fans will enjoy this in-depth look at how the Disney film was made by taking a look at the development art, character sketches, storyboards, color scripts, and more.'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook'Amazon"Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook," $16.34, available at Amazon"Star Wars" fans, particularly those who have had the chance to visit Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland or Walt Disney World, will get a kick out of this cookbook dedicated to the foods of the fictional land of Batuu.  'They Drew as They Pleased Vol 5: The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance - The 1970s and 1980s'Amazon"They Drew as They Pleased Vol 5: The Hidden Art of Disney's Early Renaissance - The 1970s and 1980s," $28.99, available at AmazonThis is a whimsical look at the '70s and '80s eras of Disney animated films like  "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocats," "Robin Hood", and "The Rescuers."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 7th, 2021

62 affordable yet thoughtful gifts for her that are all under $50

We've found 62 gifts she's sure to love, and none cost more than $50. From jewelry to cookbooks and plants to painting kits, we have you covered. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Uncommon Goods If you're looking for an affordable gift for her, here's a list of 62 options under $50. Whether for the holidays, a birthday, or just because, she'll love any of these thoughtful picks. Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. Gift-giving isn't always easy, no matter how well you know the person you're shopping for. If she's interested in tech, there are a million options to choose from. The same goes for beauty products, kitchen gadgets, books, subscriptions, and so on. It also depends on who you're shopping for, whether it's your sister, mom, partner, or friend.To make it easier, we've put together a list of great gifts under $50 that we think she'll love, no matter the occasion. And in case you're shopping for a last-minute gift, most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days.Here are 62 gift ideas for her, all under $50: A trio of succulents for the aspiring plant person The Sill; Business Insider Succulent Assortment, available at The Sill, from $19For plant newbies, there's nothing better than to start with tiny succulents. Marked by the brand as best for beginners, the fresh houseplants will be delivered straight to her doorstep. This assortment can include either three succulents or six succulents, with both options under $50. Read our full review of The Sill here. The at-home blowout tool Amazon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush, available at Amazon, $34.89This all-in-one hairdryer from Revlon garnered a large following online and won the hearts of the Insider Reviews team. It rivals luxury hair tools at a fraction of the price. It's a gamechanger for cutting down on time and heat damage to your hair without sacrificing your look. Read our full review of the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush here. A DIY birth month flower kit Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35For a twist on the traditional bouquet, give her this flower kit that's an easy and fun project. She'll appreciate the personal touch of choosing her birth month flower, whether it be a sunflower, daisy, or marigold. A pair of wearable weights Uncommon Goods Balabangles Wearable Weights, available at Uncommon Goods, $49If she's into fitness, these one-pound weights are a chic and comfy choice. They are adjustable and can be worn on the wrists or ankles. Available in either black or pink soft silicone material, this stylish workout tool adds intensity to any workout or everyday chores. A simple yet sweet bracelet Catbird Catbird Two Souls Bracelet in Baby Blue, available at Catbird, $24There's nothing quite like pearls, and this simple but elegant bracelet has a couple nestled together. An Amazon Echo Dot Amazon An Echo Dot (4th generation), available at Amazon, $34.99Maybe she needs something better than her phone or her laptop to play music. This isn't exactly a booming sound system by any means, but it will more than suffice.  A massager to melt away tension Zyllion Shiatsu Massager, available at Amazon, $49.95This shiatsu massager is one of the best things we've ever bought. It kneads away tension and stress in the back and shoulders and can even be used on sore leg muscles after a workout. She'll be thanking you for years to come.Read our full review of the Zyllion Shiatsu Massager here.  A live lobster dinner Lobster Anywhere A live 1.5-pound lobster, available at Lobster Anywhere, $44.95Maybe you're too far away for a romantic dinner this year, but that doesn't mean you can't spoil her. Or maybe you are home — tack on another one for yourself and cook her a dinner to remember. A customizable photo book Artifact Uprising; Business Insider Color Series Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $22Get a little sentimental by commemorating their life highlights with this custom photo book. You can choose from 10 colors and fill up to 30 pages with photos, cool layouts, and special messages. A letter subscription service for the history buff Uncommon Goods History by Mail Six-Month Subscription, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Once a month for six months, this mail subscription service will send detailed replicas of historical documents, like Albert Einstein's correspondence with FDR. A team of archivists digs up fascinating historical documents, and graphic designers replicate them — handwriting, signatures, and all.  A picnic blanket that's super comfortable Moosejaw Victory Blanket, available at Moosejaw, $43.99This blanket has a soft flannel top and waterproof bottom, plus straps to keep it compact and loops to hold it down on windier days. We've even ranked this one as the best for comfort in our guide to the best picnic blankets. A puzzle that commemorates a special date Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle, available at Uncommon Goods, from $49.95Celebrate her special day — birthday, anniversary, or milestone — with this interactive memento. Enter any date since 1851 and find the New York Times front page printed from that exact date. An all-purpose tote with a detachable wristlet Nordstrom Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote and Wristlet, available at Nordstrom, $49A plain tote may seem like a boring gift, but this one is reversible and features a detachable wristlet. You're getting three different bags for $50. It's a utilitarian gift with a fashion-friendly twist. A workout tee for all seasons Under Armour; Business Insider Women's UA Tech Twist V-Neck, available at Under Armour, $24.99This bestselling workout shirt from Under Armour will keep them moving with four-way stretch construction and quick-drying, sweat-wicking fabric. Its looser fit makes it comfortable, and it comes in 15 colors. A wearable sherpa blanket Amazon The Comfy Oversized Wearable Blanket, available at Amazon, $44.95As seen on Shark Tank, this wearable blanket lets you take comfort wherever you go. The plush, fluffy lining will keep her warm and cozy while lounging, camping, and more. Choose from 17 fun colors and opt for the original hoodie style or the quarter zip. Its large, oversized design is one size fits all. A reusable tote bag for trips to the market The Little Market Shopping Tote - Market Finds, available at The Little Market, starting from $20This tote is both a convenient and sturdy way to take home your groceries. It's handmade and supports artisan women in rural Bangladeshi communities. A box of chocolate bars from Madagascar The Little Market Chocolate from Madagascar Flight, available at The Little Market, $34The chocolate connoisseur in your life will savor this gift box of four dark chocolate bars from Madagascar. She can indulge in flavors like Salted Almond, 80% Dark, Toasted Coconut, and Sea Salt, but you can also opt out of specific flavors to fit her taste preferences. A painting kit for beginners Uncommon Goods Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $30If she's artistic — or strives to be — she'll appreciate this painting kit that anyone can follow with ease. Creating her work of art will take up to three hours, but she'll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece. A coffee-and-tea bundle Bean Box A coffee and tea tasting box, available at Bean Box, $46For your favorite fan of both morning beverages, Bean Box offers a gift box with four coffees and four teas. A Kindle case that looks like her favorite book Amazon KleverCase Kindle Paperwhite Case, available at Amazon, from $29.95You'll find many classic book covers cleverly printed onto Kindle cases, along with one that looks like an unmarked leather-bound book. All she has to do is pop it on her e-reader. An exceptionally useful set of silicone container lids Food52 Five Two Airtight Silicone Lids, available at Food52, $40If she enjoys cooking, chances are she's probably spent a good amount of time trying to find the right container and lid for her leftovers. These silicone lids are a snap. All you have to do is pop one over a bowl or baking dish, and you get an airtight seal for easy storage in the fridge. A cold brew maker Amazon; Business Insider Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $22.20Caffeine lovers who can't get enough of their favorite drink tend to spend a lot of money at coffee shops to get their fix. Make it easier for her to drink cold brew at home with this simple-to-use brewing pitcher.Read our full review of the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Ice Coffee Maker here. Wine-inspired bath soaps Uncommon Goods Set of Four Wine Soaps, available at Uncommon Goods, $30This all-natural vegan soap mimics red and white wines with its oils and scents, offering a unique way to wind down after a long day. The set includes chardonnay, cabernet, pinot noir, and pinot grigio. An Alexa-enabled smart plug Amazon; Business Insider Alexa-Enabled Smart Plug, available at Amazon, $24.99This voice-controlled smart plug allows her to control lights, chargers, and whatever else she wants through Alexa. She can also use the Alexa app to turn the outlets on and off if she doesn't have an Echo. An inexpensive accessory for her phone Amazon; Business Insider PopSockets, available at Amazon, from $10PopSocket Grips are an inexpensive but extremely useful gift she'll be happy to have. She can stick them on the back of her phone, Kindle, iPad, or any other device to create a comfortable grip that allows her to hold her device one-handed. A perfume subscription Scentbird Scentbird subscription, three months for $44If she loves to switch up her scents, Scentbird is an affordable service that lets her choose a month's supply of perfume from thousands of well-known and new fragrances. With a three-month subscription, she can try something new or stick to the ones she knows and loves. A monthly book subscription Book of the Month Club Book of the Month, three months, starting at $49.99Each month, this service curates five book choices — some of them early release — and she'll choose her favorite. The service will send the book directly to her. She can also skip a month if she's behind on her reading. A portable charger that also lights up the bottom of her bag The Grommet Smart Handbag Light and Charger, available at Uncommon Goods, $35.95No more frantically searching for gum or lip balm at the bottom of her giant tote bag — this little light can be attached to her keychain or even a zipper on her bag so she can easily see everything in its depths. It can also charge her phone. A monthly subscription to handpicked rental jewelry pieces Rocksbox/Insider Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Box, available at Rocksbox, $21 per monthIt's hard to gift jewelry she'll love, so give her options. This monthly subscription box offers three pieces of jewelry for rent, according to her style. From a choker necklace to statement earrings, the choices are vast. The monthly membership allows her to wear and swap sets whenever she likes, with the option to buy them for an additional price. An adjustable rolling pin Amazon; Business Insider Adjustable Rolling Pin, available at Amazon, from $24.99Anyone who loves to bake will appreciate this adjustable rolling pin that allows for more precision with dough thickness. All she'll have to do is remove or add the different-sized rings and let them guide her. A letter board where she can leave notes or fun messages Amazon/Business Insider Felt Like Sharing Felt Letter Board, available at Amazon, from $23.95Sporting events, holidays, parties — there are a ton of occasions during which these come in handy. She'll also love being able to play around with it day to day at home with her favorite lyrics, phrases, or even messages to roommates. A pretty place to keep her phone Uncommon Goods Bedside Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32This bedside vase is a fun way to spruce up her nightstand, whether with fresh or faux flowers. It also works beautifully in the kitchen if she likes to follow recipes using her phone. A wine saver for open bottles Amazon; Business Insider Wine Saver, available at Amazon, $14.95Sometimes you just can't finish the bottle of wine. That's when the Vacu Vin comes in. It's a simple, small gadget that removes the oxygen from your open bottle and gives it an airtight seal to preserve the freshness and prevent oxidation. A trendy candle she's probably already got her eyes on Otherland Otherland Candles available at Otherland, $36An Otherland candle makes for one of the best gifts you can give for any occasion. They come beautifully packaged, and they feature scents that are complex and rich.Read our full review of Otherland candles here. A popular cookbook she's probably seen on Instagram Amazon; Business Insider "Dessert Person" by Claire Saffitz, available at Target, $22.24Whether she's new to the kitchen or it's her favorite room in the house, she can try lots of easy-to-make desserts from Claire Saffitz's cookbook.The Insider Reviews team has also loved "Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family" by Priya Krishna, which is chock full of Indian-American and nontraditional recipes like Roti Pizza and Saag Feta. Check out our guide to the best cookbooks here.  A flexible herb garden for the home Uncommon Goods; Business Insider Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, available at Uncommon Goods, $22She doesn't need a green thumb to make these herbs grow. These pretty jars can hold fresh basil for sauces, mint to kick up her cocktail game, and more. A way for her to share and pass down memories and traditions Uncommon Goods My Life Story So Far, available at Uncommon Goods, $30This book is like a guided journal for her to record her memories, accomplishments, and experiences. No matter her age, it's something she'll undoubtedly enjoy keeping track of and sharing with others. A natural body scrub Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub, available at Sephora, $36Pamper her with this coconut-and-rose-infused body scrub that gently exfoliates. It'll leave her skin feeling soft and moisturized – not to mention she'll smell wonderful wherever she goes. You can read more about this product in our guide to the best body scrubs.  A tablet for easy entertainment Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, available at Best Buy, $49.99Great for traveling or lounging at home, the Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is an affordable way to stay connected to all her favorite apps, games, and streaming services on a larger screen than her phone. A fashion-friendly belt bag Nordstrom Herschel Belt Bag, available at Nordstrom, from $32Belt bags (aka fanny packs) are making a comeback. They're practical and a simple way to add a stylish pop to any outfit. An excellent cookbook for entertainers Amazon; Business Insider "Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion" by Shelly Westerhausen, available at Amazon, $15.38If having people over is more of a pleasure than a chore for her, she'll adore this cookbook full of clever recipe ideas for casual entertaining. A comfy neck pillow for trains and planes Amazon Neck Pillow, available at Amazon, $29.99If she goes on a lot trips (or has travel anxiety), the gift of comfort is one she'll appreciate.Read our full review of the Trtl Neck Pillow here. A smart way for her to stay organized while traveling Amazon; Business Insider Travel Cord Roll, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Frequent travelers need a way to keep all their cords and cables organized. This leather roll-up organizer has eight slots for cords and headphones, plus a pouch where your charger base can fit. A clever way to collect accomplishments and hopes Uncommon Goods Birthstone Wishing Balls, available at Uncommon Goods, $34These lovely, handblown glass balls have a small hole at the base. Your giftee writes a wish or achievement on one of the 52 included slips of paper. A year later, she'll have a display piece full of meaning. A guide full of inspiration for her future adventures Anthropologie; Business Insider "The Bucket List" by Kath Stathers, available at Anthropologie and Amazon, from $21.49This worldwide bucket list won't cure her wanderlust, but it'll definitely provide her inspiration and fodder for planning her travels. A tinted lip balm with sun protection Nordstrom Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment, available at Nordstrom, $24If her beauty preferences tend to be more natural, she likely loves a good tinted lip balm. Fresh makes some of the best — the color options are universally flattering, and the formula is smooth, hydrating, and buttery. We've even named this the best option with SPF in our guide to the best tinted lip balms.  An armband that holds her phone on runs or at the gym Amazon Water-Resistant Arm Band, available at Amazon, $14.98If she loves to run or spends a lot of time at the gym, this top-rated armband will be a lifesaver. Just make sure you know what model phone she carries, as the sizing may differ. A makeup and skincare subscription Birchbox Birchbox three-month gift subscription, $45Birchbox is a skincare and makeup subscription that sends tons of beauty samples to test out and play around with. If she loves any of them, she can easily buy the full-sized version through the service. You can opt to give a longer subscription if you'd like. Read our full review of Birchbox here. A convenient yoga mat carrier Amazon Go Play Yoga Mat Bag, available at Manduka, $35If she's a fitness enthusiast who frequents local yoga classes, a carrying strap will make her life much easier (especially if she walks or takes public transportation to class). A dainty pair of hoops Maison Miru Shooting Star Open Hoop Earrings, available at Maison Miru, $50So many people on the Insider Reviews team have a pair of these open hoops. Their horseshoe shape is just different enough to set them apart, while a tiny, twinkly cubic zirconia catches the light to add a bit of sparkle. A puzzle of her heroines Uncommon Goods Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle, available at Uncommon Goods, $18This puzzle features illustrations of both prominent and lesser-known women who have shaped and changed the course of history. A portable external battery Amazon PowerCore 10,000mAh External Battery, available at Amazon, $24.99A good external battery is one of those practical gifts she probably needs but won't buy herself. Treat her to a good one that holds enough juice to charge her iPhone three times or her Galaxy twice. Reusable produce bags Amazon Reusable mesh produce bags (5-pack), available at Amazon, $7.47If she's an avid grocery shopper who opts for eco-friendly products, she'll appreciate this functional and sustainable set of mesh produce bags. The color-coded tags and drawstrings will help keep things organized. A cozy throw blanket to keep her warm L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Throw, available at L.L.Bean, from $29.95This blanket has been a fan favorite for a while, which is why L.L.Bean carries this new and improved version. The brandmade the blanket even softer with 100% polyester that's been brushed on both sides. It's so soft she'll want to be wrapped in it at all times, which is why we've also included it in our guide to the best throw blankets. An interactive cooking class Sur La Table Sur La Table Online Cooking Classes, starting $29 per householdWith Sur La Table's virtual cooking classes, she can follow along with expert chefs live from the comfort of her kitchen. These hands-on 90- to 120-minute classes cover everything from seasonal dishes to cocktails and desserts. The be-all, end-all in French cookbooks Amazon Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One, available at Amazon, $23.99There might be no compendium of French recipes more definitive than Julia Child's, and there's always Volume Two for next year. Also, you may get some great meals out thanks to this gift. A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity Cameo Personalized video message, starting at $1, available at CameoCameo has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from. There's something for almost everyone on Cameo, with prices as low as $1. You can choose a category, like reality TV or athletes, and filter by price and how long it takes to get a response. Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo. An elegant bottle holder Pottery Barn Wood Marble Wine Cooler, available at Pottery Barn, $39.95This elegant marble-wood bottle holder keeps her favorite wine cool for hours on end. When she isn't staging it next to a charcuterie board, the holder is just a bouquet away from doubling as a vase.  A simple knitting kit for beginners We Are Knitters Braille Beanie Knitting Kit, available at We Are Knitters, $44Whether she's new to knitting or a long-time pro, this crafty beanie kit has everything she needs — from the yarn, to the needles and, of course, the instructions. A customizable box of candy for adults Sugarfina Four-Piece Candy Bento Box, available at Sugarfina, $38Satisfy her sweet tooth with a custom box of candy. Sugarfina's candies are distinctly "adult" — but she'll still feel like a kid when she digs into a box of rosé gummies. A planner to help her stay organized Ivory Paper Co. All-In-One Planner, available at Ivory Paper Co., $49Working out your day, month, and year can sometimes feel overwhelming, but this planner makes life easier with its neat and straightforward layout. Plus, you can pick the start date and length of the planner and even add her name for a more personal touch. For more options, you can check out our roundup of the best planners.  A handcrafted set of minimalist coasters West Elm The Vintage Vogue Linea Coasters (Set of 4), available at West Elm, $29A clever way to keep her home clean and stylish is with these minimalist, chic coasters.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytOct 15th, 2021

60 gifts you can get on Amazon for under $50

A more expensive gift isn't always more meaningful. Here are 60 gifts under $50 that you'll love to give and others will love to receive. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together. Amazon Affordable gifts can be just as thoughtful and useful as expensive gifts. We rounded up 60 gifts on Amazon for under $50 that anyone would love to receive. From an ice cream maker to a foot massager, there's a gift for everyone in this guide. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides. Your friends and family may not want an expensive gift, and it's a myth that a higher price tag means a present is more meaningful. It doesn't take more than $50 to bolster your mother's watercolor hobby or improve your brother's morning routine with a new coffee thermos. Finding a perfect gift also doesn't necessarily need to require an hour of your time in the trenches of Amazon search results. Below, we've rounded up 60 of the best finds on Amazon - with all the perks of easy, fast shipping and saved payment information. Check out all 60 cool gifts under $50 on Amazon: An electric s'mores maker to use indoors Amazon Indoor Electric S'mores Maker, $24.89This electric tabletop s'mores maker is game-changing as it lets you roasts s'mores indoors and all year long. It comes with two roasting forks an comportments trays to hold the s'mores ingredients for the perfect toasted treat. A portable touchscreen vanity mirror Amazon Touchscreen Vanity Mirror, $25.99This touchscreen vanity mirror enhances any facial ritual from glam, skincare routines, to shaving. It makes your face clearly visible with its 33 radiant LED lights and works up to 250 minutes on a full charge. The portable device offers comfortable viewing angles at 30 or 100 degrees at adjustable brightness levels.  A digital camera that instantly prints your memories Amazon Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera, $49.99Instead of waiting on photos, this digital camera instantly prints those precious memories. Each moment is captured on 2 x 3" photos that are in full-color and durable, where they are tear and water-resistant. This convenient device can also save the photos to a MicroSD Card.  A comfy polyester bathrobe Amazon/Insider NY Threads Men's Polyester Bathrobe, from $19.99NY Threads Women's Polyester Bathrobe, from $19.99If looking to stay warm, this ultra-soft polyester bathrobe is perfect to relax and lounge in for the cold months. It features front pockets and an adjustable waist belt for a snug fit.  A pan that makes ice cream in minutes Amazon Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, $44.95For a simple and quick way to make ice cream, you'll want to surprise them with this ice cream maker. There's no electricity, buttons, or tech involved, making it a great gift for anyone, even those with children. It's basically a quick-freeze shallow metal bowl that freezes your ice cream batter in a matter of minutes. You can read more about why we love this product, in our guide to the best ice cream makers.  A pocket projector for the movie enthusiast Amazon ARTlii Pico Projector, $49.99Projectors used to be clunky and old school, but this mini projector makes viewing easy and compact. They can slip it into their pocket and even travel with it, minus any hassle. They'll be sure to enjoy many movie nights with this gift. A small toiletry bag for the avid traveler Herschel Herschel Chapter Toiletry Kit, from $25.49If they're getting back into traveling, you can't go wrong with gifting them a toiletry bag. They can ditch the plastic bags or pouches that aren't even waterproof. This toiletry kit has a waterproof main compartment, an internal mesh storage sleeve, and a leather accent on the zipper. Plus, it's small enough to fit into their backpack, work bag, or carry-on.  A cocktail shaker for the one who likes to get creative in the kitchen Connie Chen/Insider BrüMate Shaker, $34.99With summertime upon us, there's no better gift than a cocktail shaker for the one who loves to create new drinks. This one in particular is even named the best cobbler option in our guide to the best cocktail shakers. 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A stylish bucket hat for any season Amazon/Business Insider The Hat Depot 300N Unisex Bucket Hat, from $10.99They'll appreciate this bucket hat that's both trendy and protective. It comes in just about any pattern and color — neons, tie-dyes, camos, and neutrals are just a few of the options. This hat is made of 100% cotton and includes eyelets for a more breathable feel. Plus, the nearly 2.25-inch brim will keep their skin and eyes protected from the sun. A coffee table that's more than just decor Amazon "Humans" by Brandon Stanton, $13.87A coffee table book is a great housewarming gift. But this hardcover book does more than just look pretty. It's an expansion of Brandon Stanton's "Humans of New York" photography project. 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It's Alexa-enabled, too, so you can control it by voice.Read our full review of the Roku Streaming Stick+ here.  Homemade breakfast made with a heart-shaped waffle maker Amazon Dash Mini Waffle Maker Machine, $19.99Get up early, and make your friend, significant other, or family member heart-shaped mini waffles for breakfast. The Dash Mini Maker is compact enough to keep for special occasions without cramping your kitchen, too.   A wooden caddy tray for the world's most luxurious bath Amazon Royal Craft Luxury Bathtub Caddy, from $39.97Few things are as luxurious as a long bath filled with plenty of activities and treats. This one is waterproof, slip-resistant, and designed to accommodate one or two bathers at once.  A compilation of the love letters of great men Amazon "Love Letters of Great Men", $13.95If you find yourself at a loss for words, let the love letters of great men do the talking for you. This volume includes love letters written by Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, James Joyce, John Keats, Dylan Thomas, and more.  A calendar for dog lovers Amazon/Business Insider WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $13.41If they're a dog person (and even if they're not), they'll appreciate waking up each day to a new pup photo with an exciting backstory. The calendar follows the same format as WeRateDogs' popular Twitter account, and don't worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10. A vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle that people swear by Hydro Flask Hydro Flask 12 oz Travel Coffee Mug, $34.45Hydro Flask is a cult favorite for its water bottles, and these vacuum insulated stainless steel mugs work just as well. They'll keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to twenty-four hours. 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This book offers a great explanation of exactly why food tastes so good, breaking it down into four main elements.   A powerful wireless charger for their desk Amazon Anker Wireless Charger, $49.89Get them a wireless charger that lets them charge their phone without having to plug it in or take off their phone case first.  A durable, inexpensive Fire tablet Amazon Fire 7 Tablet, $49.99Amazon's Fire tablets are a relatively great deal for a tablet if you're not looking for anything super high-performance driven or luxe. For the average user, they're a good fit. It's Alexa-enabled, so you can ask for quick access to music and entertainment or messages and calling, and it has up to seven hours of battery life. You can shop the latest versions for a bit more money here. A portable laptop desk Amazon AmazonBasics Adjustable and Portable Laptop Table, from $42.55As more and more people find themselves working from home, a laptop desk is essential for comfort, convenience, and efficiency. 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The cult-favorite clay mask that took over the internet Amazon Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask, $14.95The Aztec Clay Mask is one of those cult-favorite products of the internet that's driven from the obscure depths of Amazon to beauty vlogs, Youtube testimonials with over 4 million views, and even the Sephora beauty blog. It's been called "the world's most powerful facial," and it's also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar.Read our full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial & Body Mask here. A universal USB wall charger that fits four devices Amazon Anker 4-Port USB Wall Charger with Foldable Plug, $31.99Double the outlet space with this four-port USB wall charger. Its advanced charging capacity also means their tech will charge faster than average. 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This version makes a "click" sound when the user has managed to create an airtight seal and has almost 6,000 five-star reviews. A photo book from one of the most renowned wildlife photographers Amazon "Polar Obsession" by Paul Nicklen, $35.49Paul Nicklen is an acclaimed Canadian photographer, film-maker, and marine biologist known for his work in the Arctic. He's a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has won the BBC Wildlife Photographer award of the year as well as the prestigious World Press Photo award for photojournalism, and this coffee table book is a beautiful homage to polar landscapes.  A powerful external battery Amazon Elecjet PowerPie, $49.99It's not groundbreaking to give your partner a portable charger, but they'll find themselves grateful for it repeatedly. It's perfect for traveling and commuting, when it's safe to again, and acts as insurance for long days away from home. It reportedly charges iPhones twice as fast as the original iPhone charger. 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Mac and Cheese Brands You Should Avoid

If there is one thing that can be certain, it’s that Americans of all ages love their mac and cheese. Typically easy to make, with few ingredients, mac and cheese is generally rather tasty and is considered one of the top comfort foods in the U.S. The cheesy dish is so popular, that Kraft Foods, […] The post Mac and Cheese Brands You Should Avoid appeared first on 24/7 Wall St.. If there is one thing that can be certain, it’s that Americans of all ages love their mac and cheese. Typically easy to make, with few ingredients, mac and cheese is generally rather tasty and is considered one of the top comfort foods in the U.S. The cheesy dish is so popular, that Kraft Foods, found on this list, sells more than one million boxes daily. It’s a dish that has been around for centuries, believed to have been popularized by Thomas Jefferson, who discovered many wonderful pasta dishes while traveling in France. Although the version that he created was most likely not the processed version conveniently doled out at dinner tables today, it gave root to the dish we all know and love. There is something about mac and cheese that is simply fantastic. Whether it’s the versatility of mac and cheese or the comfort memories it brings back, it’s a dish that continuously pops up in our kitchens, and while there might be an exact science as to how our body reacts positively to comfort foods, there will always be something magical about mac and cheese. But not all varieties are created equal and it’s with this in mind that we can turn our attention to the mac and cheese brands you should avoid. The last thing you want is a warm bowl of mac and cheese with an awful taste. Ever since Kraft first boxed up mac and cheese dinners in the early 1900s, competition has slowly been introduced. Today, with dozens of mac and cheese dinners available, there are brands you shouldn’t look at twice. It should be noted that the reviews here are all subjective and what one person likes, another may not. In our opinion, these are the mac and cheese brands you should avoid. 15. Velveeta Shells and Cheese Velveeta mac and cheese would be a whole lot better if it wasn’t drowning in cheese. There is no question that including Velveeta Shells and Cheese on this list will cause some controversy. Rest assured Velveeta isn’t on this list because of its taste, as it’s pretty great. The problem with Velveeta is that among mac and cheese favorites, it’s the least healthy option. The conundrum here as you continue reading is that healthier mac and cheese options taste poor to downright awful. This leaves Velveeta in a difficult spot as its cheese is delightfully creamy but also one box feels like it equals a few extra pounds at the waist. 14. Annie’s Annie’s has a lot of promise if it can figure out how to give the cheese more taste. This is a tough addition to this list as Annie’s is traditionally very good with organic alternatives. Unfortunately, its mac and cheese meal doesn’t rank as high as everyone hopes it would. While not awful in taste, what has been discovered about Annie’s is there is very little taste. The cheese just doesn’t give you any type of aftertaste you would otherwise long for with mac and cheese. This makes Annie’s a big disappointment as you would hope this brand would knock it out of the park. 13. Banza Banza ranks higher on the list because it’s the healthiest of the gluten-free mac and cheese options. Universally regarded as a mac and cheese brand to avoid, Banza is derided due to its overall taste. Banza’s popularity stems from its gluten-free approach to mac and cheese, which is welcomed, but the result is a disappointing taste. Specifically, a chickpea flavor is mixed in with the cheese and it doesn’t win rave reviews. What’s worse is that Banza’s actual noodles have an overriding taste of being wheat-based, which may or may not win you over. There’s a good reason to try Banza if you have gluten sensitivities which is why it doesn’t appear lower on this list. Health reasons aside, there is little reason to look at Banza twice. 12. Great Value Walmart’s house brand just doesn’t give you the comfort you want with mac and cheese. When it comes to Walmart, there is a reasonable expectation some of its house brands will taste like the real thing. Unfortunately, for Great Value fans, mac and cheese is not one of the items you add to your shopping cart. Outside of being on the inexpensive side, there is not a whole lot that helps Great Value Mac and Cheese redeem itself. At the very least, good luck trying to find the cheese packed in the box, as it feels like Great Value decided to play a game of hide and seek. With so many alternative brands available for mac and cheese, settling for Walmart’s house brand just feels wrong. While the taste won’t completely throw you off, the Great Value flavor just never pops. 11. Kroger As is the case with other brands, Kroger mac and cheese suffers because of poor cheese taste. Kroger-branded mac and cheese attempts to create something magical. What can best be said about Kroger’s offering is that it tries to replicate the Kraft formula. The reality is that Kroger doesn’t get anywhere close to Kraft’s magic and, instead, makes an appearance on this list. What hurts Kroger’s mac and cheese is that the cheese doesn’t have much of a flavor. Everything about the mac and cheese revolves around cheese flavor and without that, it’s not worth recommending. The color of the Kroger after cooking doesn’t match that of Kraft and it feels like some ingredient is missing that would have Kroger tasting just right. 10. Stouffer’s It’s hard to recommend Stouffer’s mac and cheese, especially with its small portion size. For a lot of people, Stouffer’s is a popular meal that requires little time and almost no energy to prepare. Unfortunately, in the case of Stouffer’s mac and cheese, this may be one of its only redeemable qualities. In the land of frozen mac and cheese options, Stouffer’s might have the biggest name but it doesn’t have the biggest taste. Ultimately, Stouffer’s mac and cheese suffers from looking like it sat in a box forever. Watery cheese combined with too few macaroni pasta noodles is a combination worth forgetting. Stouffer’s won’t harm your love for mac and cheese, but you won’t put it on your shopping list again. 9. Marie Callender’s Bread crumbs help Marie Callendar’s mac and cheese out, but not nearly enough to overlook other issues. Frozen mac and cheese like Stouffer’s isn’t for everyone, and Marie Callender’s, which is a direct competitor of Stouffer’s, is a meal you can microwave in only 5-7 minutes. As quick as it is to make, you won’t worry about timing as it’s just not overly tasty. Something is missing from the flavor and it doesn’t excite your taste buds like mac and cheese should. Sure, you can heat it for over 55 minutes in the oven. However, this is bad for two reasons. First is that it takes far more time than the conventional Kraft style and two, the reward isn’t any better. Bread crumbs do help provide a little more flavor over Stouffer’s, but soggy pasta because of too much cheese is Marie’s ultimate downfall. 8. Lean Cuisine Lean Cuisine suffers from a Vermont-tasting cheese that just doesn’t taste all that great. Another entry into the frozen prepared mac and cheese continues with Lean Cuisine. Ironically, Lean Cuisine is a sister brand to Stouffer’s (both owned by Nestle), so its appearance on this list isn’t surprising. The best that can be said here is to save your money. Not only do you not get enough mac and cheese to satisfy, but what you do get doesn’t wow you with taste. The Vermont White Cheddar Mac and Cheese is the best Lean Cuisine offers, but it’s still not very flavorful. It’s the antithesis of conventional mac and cheese, but without being able to satisfy. Simply stated, something is missing that could bring this mac and cheese to life. 7. Cheetos Cheetos mac and cheese is one food combination you may wish you never knew existed. There are some brand combinations the world never needs to know about. Cheetos mac and cheese is one of these combinations. Understandably, there is some appeal over combining two popular comfort foods, but just because you can make something doesn’t mean you should. At first, you may be able to look past just how orange Cheetos mac and cheese feels. Thankfully, the regular mac and cheese isn’t nearly as bad as the flamin’ hot mac and cheese. The only good news is that both are relatively inexpensive. Beyond price, there isn’t much here to say that doesn’t make you think about trying any alternative available. 6. Upton’s Naturals Upton Naturals is a local brand worth supporting, but oh the poor smell of the cheese. There is no other way to say it other than to scream that you should avoid Upton’s Naturals mac and cheese. Focusing on the vegan mac and cheese lover, Upton’s Naturals comes pre-boiled, which is super strange. There’s something enjoyable about this being a brand that came out of a local Chicago restaurant. However, having a box with a one-minute result is somewhat disconcerting. Among the reasons to avoid this brand are complaints about the smell, which doesn’t remind anyone of mac and cheese. More importantly, concerns over flavor are among the most prominent reviews wherever Upton’s Naturals is sold. Unfortunately, the cheese substitute simply doesn’t come close enough to real cheese to provide the comfort flavor mac and cheese fans long for. 5. Daiya Daiya is a mac and cheese brand that would do well to reconfigure the taste of its noodles. Yet another plant-based mac and cheese option, Daiya’s inclusion on this list starts to indicate something of a theme. Attempting to use fake cheese may be one reason you might want to skip Daiya mac and cheese. Outside of Amazon reviews indicating happiness with how much “cheese” is included, Daiya’s not winning many fans elsewhere. There’s something about Daiya’s approach to saving animals that’s endearing, but it doesn’t translate into good taste. The noodles, in particular, are nothing to jump up and down about. Without the cheese, you would likely struggle to eat them and that’s not a good recipe for a complete mac and cheese product. 4. Simply Nature While healthy, Simply Nature mac and cheese is anything but simple with its disappointing taste. Aldi is currently riding high with a wave of happy grocery-shopping customers and for good reason. Aldi’s unique system makes it a joy to shop and you can save money while doing so. Unfortunately, Aldi’s Simply Nature mac and cheese is worth skipping the next time you shop. The pasta elbows are not only tiny, but they have difficulty holding on to the “real cheese” Simply Nature claims it uses. As a GMO-friendly option, the healthy nature of this meal ensures you skip the cheese flavor altogether. Mac and cheese should provide an immediate cheese taste and without that, Simply Nature is simply forgettable. 3. Organic Original 365 Whole Foods would quickly rank higher on this list if they cut out a good amount of salt from its recipe. Whole Foods hits a lot of home runs across many food categories, but it strikes out with its homegrown mac and cheese. Where this meal falters is with too much salt. So much salt there is a widely believed notion it’s difficult to finish an entire box. For a comfort food you want to lick the plate on, not being able to finish a box because of salt is a real downer. You can rightfully expect Organic Original 365 to bring organic goodness, and it does in some regard. You can feel good about buying a better-for-you mac and cheese with this brand, but you won’t want to finish the meal. If Whole Foods can reconfigure the recipe to introduce less salt/sodium, there is a good chance it would find itself ranked higher. Otherwise, skip it for now. 2. 8 Myles Myles mac and cheese just isn’t all that great, it’s really in need of some help with its recipe. A relatively unknown mac and cheese brand, 8 Myles doesn’t have much in the way of street cred and that’s probably best. Rest assured you can go ahead and skip reading about 8 Myles just as well as you can skip this boxed mac and cheese. Perhaps the biggest reason to overlook 8 Myles is the noodles just don’t taste good. As disappointing as the noodles are, the cheese can’t redeem 8 Myles. Breadcrumb toppings save 8 Myles from being number one, otherwise it would rank lower. That’s it, there is just nothing else to add about 8 Myles that will convince you to give this a try. 1. Good Food Made Simple The joke with Good Food Made Simple mac and cheese is that it should cut off the first two words. While the name Good Food Made Simple might have you thinking this is the ultimate mac and cheese meal, that’s not the case. Instead, this frozen dish is actually in line with the likes of Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine, but with less taste. The taste is so lacking that online jokesters have taken to calling the mac and cheese meal just “Made Simple” and dropping the Good Food portion. This is a strong message that avoiding this frozen white cheddar meal is the only path forward. URGENT – New Seats Available (sponsored) Top financial advisors are now accepting new clients for 2024! Finding the right advisor can be the difference between retiring early, or working forever. Don’t waste a moment matching with the right advisor for you. Every moment today can mean riches tomorrow, with the right advisor by your side. Use the advisor match tool below, or click here now, to find your financial freedom! The post Mac and Cheese Brands You Should Avoid appeared first on 24/7 Wall St.......»»

Category: blogSource: 247wallst20 min. ago

Google wants to make Android users super-texters with new AI features

Attention Android owners: The Gemini AI chatbot is coming to Google Messages. Google announced that several AI-powered features will be available on Android devices.ED JONESGoogle unveiled several new AI-powered features for Android users.Google Messages will now have access to the company's Gemini chatbot and custom "photomojis."Other updates include auto-generated photo descriptions and message summaries while driving.Starting this week, Android users are getting access to some new AI-powered perks.Google unveiled several new features for its operating system as Mobile World Congress kicks off this week in Barcelona.The standout announcement is that Gemini, Google's own AI chatbot, will be available in the Google Messages app. The Gemini chatbot was formerly known as Bard, before Google rebranded its AI portfolio earlier this year.For now, the Gemini beta is only available in English (except in Canada, where it is available in French) and in "select markets." But those in the beta testing program will be able to have conversations with the chatbot, and can use it to help draft messages, plan events, or brainstorm ideas, Google says.Google Messages users now have access to a beta version of the Gemini chatbot.GoogleGoogle Messages also debuted the "photomoji," allowing users to turn their own photos into custom emojis that they can use to react to messages or share as stickers.Android's "photomoji" allows Google Messages users to crop emojis out of their camera roll.GoogleThere are also changes coming to Android Auto. Now, drivers will be able to hear summaries of long text conversations, without having to play entire messages out loud in the car — something especially helpful for large, active group chats.Android Auto will also suggest replies and actions at the touch of a pop-up, helping drivers stay focused on the road. Those actions include making phone calls, navigating to an address received in Messages, or sharing your ETA with someone asking: "When are you getting here?"Other AI-powered tools include auto-generated descriptions of photos (including those sent in Google Messages), and "TalkBack" for the Lens feature of Google Maps, which uses your phone's camera. Now, the app is able to read the details of locations around you — such as directions, ratings, and closing time — out loud.If you're an iPhone user feeling left out, keep in mind that Tim Cook has said to expect some new AI announcements from Apple later this year."We've got some things that we're incredibly excited about that we'll be talking about later this year," he said on the company's latest earnings call.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 26th, 2024

25 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024

In this piece we will look at the 25 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, and in case you want to skip our detailed analysis of the tourism industry and its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, along with Airline stocks’ ongoing performances, you can go directly to 5 Cheapest Countries to […] In this piece we will look at the 25 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, and in case you want to skip our detailed analysis of the tourism industry and its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, along with Airline stocks’ ongoing performances, you can go directly to 5 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024. The travel industry has really bounced back from the challenges of the pandemic. It’s been almost four years since things got tough back in 2020, with all those travel restrictions and people losing interest in trips. But hey, experts are saying we can expect a full recovery by 2024! Last year, 2023, saw a big jump in international travel – like, 88% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, according to the UN folks. The World Travel and Tourism Council also reported that international arrival numbers were even higher than the previous year in all regions. And the good news keeps coming – it looks like 2024 could see some regions surpassing 2019 levels by the end of the year! In 2023, international tourism brought in about $1.4 trillion, almost 93% of 2019 earnings. And the total revenues from tourism were estimated at $1.6 trillion, nearly 95% of the 2019 numbers. That’s a good sign of recovery, right? Looking ahead, technology like AI, data analytics, VR, and AR is set to shake things up in the travel scene. We might soon be able to explore destinations virtually before booking our actual trips – how cool is that? A global survey showed that travellers in many countries are balancing budgets with luxuries. In 2024, some are even thinking about taking their kids out of school for holiday trips or borrowing fancy clothes instead of buying new ones. It seems there’s a shift towards shorter, more luxurious vacations in Europe, with a focus on quality over quantity. And “micro-cations” are becoming a thing, emphasizing making the most of short stays. And hey, there’s this sneaky money-saving trick called Skiplagging, where you book hidden flights to save cash. It seems like travelers are getting more creative with their plans these days. Now before we delve into our list of 25 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, let us also first analyze what’s happening around the key stakeholders of the travel industry. Namely, we are going to discuss Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL), American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQGS:AAL) and Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK). Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing a total solar eclipse from high up in the sky, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) has something cool for you this April. They’re organizing a unique flight from Austin to Detroit on April 8, 2024, just for eclipse enthusiasts who want to be right in the path of totality. So, mark your calendars! Delta had a solid year in 2023, rocking it with great performance in both operations and finances. Their awesome team really stepped up, delivering top-notch service that made their customers super happy and kept Delta soaring high. Let’s also dive into their financial highlights for the December Quarter 2023. They brought in a whopping $14.2 billion in operating revenue and bagged an operating income of $1.3 billion, giving them a solid operating margin of 9.3%. Their pre-tax income was a cool $2.3 billion, with a pre-tax margin of 16.0%. Earnings per share? $3.16. Plus, their operating cash flow hit $545 million, and they put $361 million towards debt and finance lease obligations. American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQGS:AAL) There’s some news on American Airlines involving pilot Bryan Spence, who is suing the company over ESG investment choices. Judge Reed O’Connor allowed the lawsuit to proceed, saying the airline’s process seemed “sketchy”. Spence claims the airline didn’t properly manage retirement assets with political agendas in mind. American Airlines wanted the case dismissed, but O’Connor is letting it move forward. American Airlines Group Inc. had a killer year, pulling in a record revenue of about $53 billion for the year ended 31 December 2023. In the fourth quarter alone, they raked in $19 million in GAAP net income, and for the whole year, they banked a cool $822 million. And check out those earnings per share: $0.03 for the quarter and $1.21 for the whole year. Looks like they’re flying high financially! Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) shareholders must have been stoked to see the share price go up by 12% in the past month. But hey, let’s not overlook the fact that the returns haven’t been all that awesome over the last three years. The share price actually took a dip by 42% during this time, falling way below the market return. Things started looking a bit brighter for shareholders last week, but they’re still in the red when you look back over the past three years. In the fourth quarter ending 31 December 2023, and the whole year of 2023, they reported net income of $38 million and $583 million, respectively. This translates to $0.30 and $4.53 per diluted share. Now, that’s compared to the numbers from 2022, where net income hit $118 million and $556 million, or $0.92 and $4.35 per diluted share. On the upside, they managed to generate an adjusted pretax margin of 7.5% for the whole of 2023, one of the best in the industry. So, it’s not all gloomy skies for Alaska Air Group, Inc.! A traveler having a delicious meal at a local restaurant with a view of the city. Methodology So, we put together a list of the 25 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024 by doing a lot of digging. We checked out different sources to see which countries kept popping up as the cheapest countries to fly to from U.S in 2024. Then, we considered inflation rates in those countries to narrow down our list even more. After that, we checked out the Travel and Tourism Development Index by the World Economic Forum. This index rates countries based on how pricey it is to travel there, considering things like ticket costs, airport fees, and fuel prices. The scores range from 0 to 7, with 7 being the cheapest. Lastly, we ranked our shortlisted countries based on actual airline ticket prices on Skyscanner, as at February 2024. We looked at flights from South Dakota to the capitals of those countries, with the trip lasting a month starting on March 1, 2024; the rationale behind choosing South Dakota as the departure point being the fact that it’s the closest state to the center point of USA. And that’s how we came up with our list of the 25 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024. By the way, Insider Monkey is an investing website that tracks the movements of corporate insiders and hedge funds. By using a similar consensus approach, we identify the best stock picks of more than 900 hedge funds investing in US stocks. The top 10 consensus stock picks of hedge funds outperformed the S&P 500 Index by more than 140 percentage points over the last 10 years (see the details here). Whether you are a beginner investor or professional one looking for the best stocks to buy, you can benefit from the wisdom of hedge funds and corporate insiders. 25. Namibia Airline Ticket Fare: $2,341 Namibia, 25th country on our list of Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, is a stunner, no doubt, with jaw-dropping spots like Sossusvlei and Fish River Canyon. Even though this place might seem upscale, there are tricks to make it budget-friendly. Forget fancy lodges – camping is the way to go, with spots going for way less than luxury stays. A 4×4 ride split with pals? Cheaper rides. Cook in shared kitchens and hit up the budget-friendly attractions. Namibia’s got something for every wallet size! 24. Vietnam Airline Ticket Fare: $2,314 Vietnam’s street food game is strong and affordable. How about slurping a bowl of noodle soup with all the tasty fixings for just a buck fifty? And don’t get us started on the robust coffee for another dollar! Zoom around on a motorbike to explore Vietnam’s charms or hop on GrabBike for cheap rides in the bustling cities. Affordable long-distance buses and trains are also there for the taking. Comfortable stays that won’t break the bank? Vietnam’s got your back! 23. Thailand Airline Ticket Fare: $2,298 Thailand, coming in at number 24 on our list of Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, gives budget travelers a good deal, especially up in the north where digs are wallet-friendly. Hit spots like Chiang Mai and Pai for dorms under $7 and go street food-hopping for tasty and cheap bites. Don’t miss cool stuff like the White Temple or group day trips for a bang-for-your-buck adventure! 22. Nepal Airline Ticket Fare: $2,254 Nepal’s a gem for budget travel, serving up wallet-friendly deals on eats, stays, and getting around. Worried about street food? Stick to cozy local joints for tasty and safe home-cooked meals. Be careful when booking stays online – big companies sometimes turn cozy homestays into fancy hotels. For that real Nepali vibe, book your first nights online and switch to legit local guesthouses when you arrive. 21. South Africa Airline Ticket Fare: $2,177 South Africa’s a winner for budget travelers, with a sweet exchange rate that makes exploring affordable, especially for Americans. Get cozy in backpacker lodges, cook your own grub, and carpool with fellow explorers for a thrifty and fun adventure. Cheers to cheap travel! 20. Cambodia Airline Ticket Fare: $2,166 Southeast Asia is known for its budget-friendly goodness with jaw-dropping scenery, cool history, yummy grub, and epic natural spots. And guess what? Cambodia totally nails the cheap travel game, and is placed 20th on our list of Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024! Don’t miss the ancient Khmer temples in Siem Reap or the cool museums in Phnom Penh. Feeling thrifty? Crash at hostels for just 4 bucks a night and chow down on a hearty meal for a measly dollar. 19. China Airline Ticket Fare: $2,161 China, at number 19th on our list of Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, is a powerhouse with its unique culture, history, and epic landscapes. Forget the urban stereotype – China’s got it all, from the Great Wall to surreal spots like Jiuzhaigou and Zhangjiajie. 18. Bolivia Airline Ticket Fare: $2,141 In Bolivia, you can stretch your travel bucks with $20 a day by chowing down at local spots and crashing in hostels. This place is a hit with budget travelers, offering up a true South American experience. Don’t miss the jaw-dropping Salar De Uyuni salt flat and the dreamy Lake Titicaca. For daredevils, diving into remote villages or jungle treks in the Amazon is a must-try adventure. 17. Malaysia Airline Ticket Fare: $2,083 Malaysia might look pricey, but don’t be fooled – it’s tops for budget exploring, snagging the 17th spot on our Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024 list. With its diverse spots like Cameron Highlands, Borneo jungles, and stunning islands, Malaysia’s a jackpot for affordable adventures. Hop on a budget bus to the Perhentian Islands or roam local hoods and markets for free fun. The local grub is a tasty mix of cultures, though maybe not always super healthy. And if you’re into scuba, Malaysia’s the place to bag an affordable PADI certification. 16. Indonesia Airline Ticket Fare: $2,077 When you hit up Indonesia, keep an eye on your travel costs – getting around those islands can be a bit pricey and time-consuming. To save some cash, stick to one region at a time. Local transport’s your best bud for cruising around on a budget. And let’s not forget the scrumptious yet cheap food and fun activities like scooter rides or waterfall chasing. Need a cheap stay? Hostels, especially in spots like the Gili Islands, got your back. 15. Montenegro Airline Ticket Fare: $1,960 Montenegro is up on our list of Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, giving budget travelers a sweet deal with daily expenses ranging from $40 to $60. If you’re up for a bit more splurging, mid-range travel might run you $80 to $120 a day. Montenegro serves up gorgeous landscapes, from towering mountains to the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Coastal towns like Budva and Kotor are full of charm with their old towns and cool medieval vibes. And if you’re into hiking, Durmitor National Park is the spot, with its epic peaks, deep canyons, and peaceful lakes. Foodies will dig the mix of Mediterranean and Balkan flavors too! 14. Philippines Airline Ticket Fare: $1,886 The Philippines might test your budget skills a bit, with fewer hostel options compared to other Southeast Asian hotspots. But don’t let that stop you! Travel smart by hitting the country during off-peak times, booking flights ahead, and sticking to 1-2 regions to keep costs down. With its stunning islands, sweet group island tours, and killer dive spots, the Philippines dishes out unique experiences that won’t break the bank. It’s worth every penny for travelers after bang-for-your-buck and unforgettable trips. 13. Japan Airline Ticket Fare: $1,838 Japan is recognized as one of the most captivating destinations globally, boasting a diverse range of natural landscapes and cultural experiences. From the bustling city of Tokyo to the calm temples of Kyoto, from the snow-capped peaks of Hokkaido to the sunny beaches of Okinawa, Japan offers a myriad of attractions waiting to be explored. Delving into the various enchanting islands and cities of Japan could be a lifelong adventure. 12. India Airline Ticket Fare: $1,800 Bargain hunters, listen up! India’s the place to be for affordable adventures if you’re willing to haggle a bit. Up north, you’ll find no-frills budget stays starting at around $3, complete with good old bucket showers. Down south, the beautiful beaches offer more wallet-friendly digs. To keep those rupees in check, skip the online bookings and negotiate directly with guesthouses, eateries, and tour guides for better deals – trust us, it pays off! 11. Morocco Airline Ticket Fare: $1,718 Compared to some other spots in Africa, Morocco’s kinder to your wallet. It might not be as cheap as Southeast Asia, but it’s still easy on the pocket if you avoid tourist traps. Take Marrakech, for example – it’s buzzing with life, and you can explore the Medina, hit up the Sahara Desert, or check out the Atlas Mountains. Want to save some cash? Skip the touristy spots in Marrakech and grab affordable meals in local joints. Hostel stays in Morocco can go for $8 to $10, and tours won’t break the bank either. 10. Spain Airline Ticket Fare: $1,600 Spain is a real stunner with its Mediterranean beaches, rugged mountains, historic cities, and volcanic islands. It’s a total gem among European countries, offering a mix that’s hard to resist. Just like Greece, Spain’s got a colorful past shaped by Visigoths, Romans, and Moorish rule. The South, in particular, carries that Moorish influence from way back in the day. 9. UAE Airline Ticket Fare: $1,427 The United Arab Emirates is a travel hotspot, with its striking skyscrapers, luxe hotels, and stunning coastline. It’s a must-visit for any traveler! The UAE is all about top-notch resorts, impressive architecture, beautiful mosques, and cool museums. Plus, don’t miss out on the iconic man-made islands and attractions like Ferrari World, Legoland, and Marina Mall for a fun-filled getaway in the UAE! 8. Switzerland Airline Ticket Fare: $1,415 Switzerland is like a postcard come to life in Europe. Picture-perfect glacial lakes reflecting snowy peaks, meadows filled with wildflowers and juniper, and charming cities with tall cathedral spires and stone bridges over rushing rivers. It’s a visual treat that never gets old. And with tons of hiking trails, ski slopes, and adventure options, Switzerland keeps the fun going all year round. No time for boredom here! 7. Brazil Airline Ticket Fare: $1,382 Brazil’s a hit with tourists, especially in Rio de Janeiro and other city spots with top-notch hospitality scenes. Salvador and Bahia are crowd-pleasers too, and folks are digging the Northeast coastal vibes. Eco-tourism’s on the rise in the Amazon, while Santa Catarina’s beaches draw in tons of Argentine visitors. The epic Iguaçu Falls are a must-see, pulling in a cool million tourists each year. And hey, national parks, historic spots, and pristine beaches are getting more love from travelers worldwide. Brazil’s got some World Heritage sites too, showing off its rich history and culture. 6. Bulgaria Airline Ticket Fare: $1,359 Bulgaria slides in at number 6 on our list of Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024, offering a snowy mountain paradise. Explore peaks like Rila and Pirin for winter sports fun. Dive into Bulgaria’s history with cool sites and get a taste of their yummy cuisine filled with fresh ingredients and delicious meats. And hey, don’t miss the vibrant nightlife and stunning beaches for a perfect Bulgarian getaway! Click to continue reading and find out about the 5 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024. Suggested Articles: 20 Most Dangerous Countries that American Tourists Usually Visit 25 Countries That Dislike American Tourists 30 Top Tourists Attractions in the USA Disclosure: None. 25 Cheapest Countries to Fly to From the USA in 2024 is originally published on Insider Monkey......»»

Category: topSource: insidermonkeyFeb 25th, 2024

Royal Caribbean"s CEO said its massive new ship was designed for Instagram. I saw 9 things on board that make it a social-media sensation.

The ship was designed to create social media "FOMO" for travelers' friends and family, in turn generating more bookings. Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group's president and CEO, said Icon of the Seas has "Instagrammable moments" that generate "FOMO" from guests' friends and family, in turn driving more bookings.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderRoyal Caribbean Group's CEO said its new Icon of the Seas was designed to have "Instagrammable moments."Guests' social media posts create "FOMO" that helps drive bookings, he said. I sailed on the new mega-ship in January and saw just how social media-friendly the mega-ship was. If you've been jealous of all the cruisers sailing on Royal Caribbean's new, wildly popular Icon of the Seas ship, you're not alone.In fact, Jason Liberty, Royal Caribbean Group's president and CEO, said the new mega-ship was built to do just that: Create a sense of FOMO — or the "fear of missing out."The company designed Icon to have "Instagrammable moments" that can be shared on social media, creating "incredible FOMO" from the guests' friends and family, Liberty told reporters in January.This digital attention has, in turn, helped drive Royal Caribbean's bookings. "All of a sudden, we have people who didn't think they were ever a cruiser become a cruiser," he said. Icon doesn't have to try hard to get attention: At 1,198 feet long and 250,800 gross-tons, it’s already won the title of the world’s largest cruise. Icon of the Seas can accommodate up to 9,950 people. Brittany Chang/Business Insider"We built the biggest, baddest ship on the planet," Liberty said. "That in itself is a crown jewel for marketing."On board, Royal Caribbean didn’t shy away from flashy, maybe even absurd, design elements.Plenty of guests posed in the colorful open-air lounge.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe cruise line invited me on Icon's complimentary preview cruise in late January, a week before its official debut.During my three nights at sea, I saw the cruise company's CEO's claims of "Instagrammable elements" almost everywhere I looked.Liberty cited features like the Pearl, a kinetic 3,600-tile structure, as one of Icon’s social media friendly spots.The Pearl, a structure that supports to above decks, is one of the first things guests see when they board the ship.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderIt's true: Taking a family photo before the eye-catching structure seemed to top many guests' to-do lists.But the glittering Pearl is only one of Royal Caribbean's obvious attempts at creating social media fodder.These were the nine most noticeable ones.1. Just look nearby: A statue of a peeing dog and another of a person climbing out of a maintenance hole are just a stone’s throw from Pearl. The two statues are located in the Royal Promenade near the Pearl.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderTell me these weren't designed to be a photo opp. Wouldn't your kids want to giggle at and pose next to a hind leg-up dog?2. At this point, we’ve all seen photos of the ship’s colorful waterpark.The water park has six slides, including what its operator calls the tallest at sea.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe six-slide park towers atop the ship like a bowl of rainbow spaghetti, an obvious marker of the vessel while it's homeported at Miami's heavily trafficked cruise terminal.I wouldn't be surprised if it was one of the most photographed amenities on the 20-deck ship.The waterpark is a visual overload.Two of the water slides require at least two riders at a time.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe twisting slides hang overhead like bright tree vines while children rapidly zig-zag around the course like their afternoon fun depends on it (it does).3. Nearby, the ship’s take on a traditional pool deck is filled with photo-worthy amenities.People were lounging around the pool deck at all hours of the day.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe largest pool has in-water loungers, while another has a swim-up bar — perfect for posting poolside photos with a mai tai in hand. On the drier half of the deck, travelers posed with their friends on the bright hammock-like nests.4. Thankfully, the most Instagrammable pool is in a no-kid zone. The infinity pool is manned by a DJ who creates a pool club-like ambiance.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe adult-only suspended infinity pool has beds, in-water loungers, and unobstructed ocean views — perfect for your obligatory "hot dogs or legs" photo.Even I couldn't resist sneaking a shot of the beach club-like alcove.5. A few decks below, the Central Park 'neighborhood' is just as photogenic as its New York counterpart. Central Park is five decks tall and has four walls lined with live plants.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe peaceful open-air retreat is glowing with plants and the gentle hum of strolling guests. It felt like I was breathing in the freshest air at sea. Ironically, I was on a mega-ship that would likely damage the environment.But imagine the perfect shot: You, posing by one of the orchids, holding a glass of Champagne from the adjacent walk-up bubbly bar.6. Surfside is one giant photo op.The Surfside neighborhood features an arcade, a water playground, and an all-day brunch spot where children eat for free.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderYour young children might get FOMO after seeing pictures of the open-air neighborhood.Just look at the giant flamingo statue, carousel, and small water playground.Surfside was designed for children younger than six years old.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe colorful space — decorated with bright murals and candy-shaped decals — could be a visual feast for travelers curating a colorful Instagram feed.7. Did your friends on Icon post pictures of a fancy dinner with cocktails and live music? They paid $200 for the shot.Empire Supper Club features live music and a cocktail pairing.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderIcon of the Seas' most expensive restaurant, the $200-per-person Empire Supper Club, has every food influencer's three favorite categories: small plates, decadent cocktails, and a luxurious ambiance.8. One of the ship’s most 'Instagrammable moments' is the AquaTheater’s unique diving, swimming, and acrobatic show.Entertainment on the Icon of the Seas includes a nighttime show at its water-based theater.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderThe adrenaline rush of the nighttime performance, which flexed a waterfall and giant robotic arms, humbled my cruise show-hating ego.More importantly, the semi-circle theater's lighting was perfect for photos and videos.9. At night, a steampunk-ified piano and player take residency in a random elevator.A piano player uses one of the ship's many elevators as his stage.Brittany Chang/Business InsiderIf you're lucky enough to catch the right elevator, you'll find yourself in the middle of a delightful but cramped performance.Unfortunately, the show will last as long as your elevator ride, which sounds more fleeting than the annoyance your social media followers will feel when you post way too many Instagram stories and photo dumps from your Icon of the Seas vacation.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytFeb 22nd, 2024

Meet Sam Altman, the OpenAI CEO who learned to code at 8 and is a doomsday prepper with a stash of guns and gold

Sam Altman and OpenAI have introduced the world Sora, a program that turns text prompts into video clips using AI. Sam Altman is well known in the startup scene in Silicon Valley.Courtesy of Sam Altman OpenAI just launched its text-to-video program called Sora. Before that, he was well known in Silicon Valley as president of startup accelerator Y-Combinator. Here's how the serial entrepreneur got his start — and ended up helming one of today's most-watched companies. OpenAI launched its text-to-video model Sora.Sora is still being tested, but OpenAI and Sam Altman are showing off what it can do.OpenAILast week, Sam Altman-led OpenAI unveiled Sora to the public. The program — named after the Japanese word for "sky" — creates up to 0ne-minute long videos from text prompts. "We're teaching AI to understand and simulate the physical world in motion, with the goal of training models that help people solve problems that require real-world interaction," OpenAI wrote in Sora's announcement.Sora is still in the midst of risk and harm assessments by red teamers, but Altman is already showing off its capabilities on social media.Here's what Altman's life and career have been like up until now. Sam Altman, 38, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He learned how to program and take apart a Macintosh computer when he was 8 years old.f11photo/ShutterstockSource: The New Yorker He told The New Yorker that having a Mac helped him with his sexuality. Altman came out to his parents when he was 16.Matt Weinberger/Business Insider"Growing up gay in the Midwest in the two-thousands was not the most awesome thing," he told The New Yorker. "And finding AOL chat rooms was transformative. Secrets are bad when you're eleven or twelve."Source: The New YorkerHe attended John Burroughs School, a private, non-sectarian college-preparatory school in St. Louis.Joseph Sohm / ShutterstockAltman came out as gay to the whole community after a Christian group boycotted an assembly at his school that was about sexuality."What Sam did changed the school," his college counselor, Madelyn Gray, told The New Yorker. "It felt like someone had opened up a great big box full of all kinds of kids and let them out into the world."Source: The New YorkerAltman studied computer science at Stanford University for two years before he and two of his classmates dropped out to work full time on their mobile app, Loopt, that shared a user's location with their friends.turtix/ShutterstockSource: The New YorkerLoopt was part of the first group of eight companies at startup accelerator Y Combinator. Each startup got $6,000 per founder, and Loopt was in the same batch as Reddit.Getty ImagesSource: The New Yorker, The Business of BusinessLoopt eventually reached a $175 million valuation, but it didn't garner enough interest, so the founders sold it for $43 million in 2012.Drew Angerer/GettyThe $43 million sale price was close to how much it had raised from investors. The company was acquired by Green Dot, a banking company known for prepaid cards.One of Loopt's cofounders, Nick Sivo, and Altman dated for nine years, but they broke up after they sold the company.It's unclear what Altman's current net worth is.Source: The Wall Street Journal, All Things Digital, Y Combinator, The New YorkerAfter Loopt, Altman founded a venture fund called Hydrazine Capital, and raised $21 million. That included a large part of the $5 million he got from Loopt, and an investment from billionaire entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.Peter Thiel holding hundred dollar bills while speaking at the Bitcoin 2022 Conference.Marco Bello/Getty ImagesAltman invested 75% of that money into YC companies, and led Reddit's Series B fundraising round.He told The New Yorker, "you want to invest in messy, somewhat broken companies. You can treat the warts on top, and because of the warts the company will be hugely underpriced."In 2014, at the age of 28, Altman was chosen by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham to succeed him as president of the startup accelerator.Sam Altman, chief executive officer of Y Combinator, speaks to reporters on the first day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSource: YC, CNNWhile he was YC president, Altman taught a lecture series at Stanford called "How to Start a Startup," in the fall of 2014.Lucy Nicholson/ReutersSource: How to Start a StartupIn 2015, Altman was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for venture capital at age 29.Sam Altman.Courtesy of Sam AltmanSource: ForbesAfter he became YC president, he wanted to let more science and engineering startups into each batch. He chose a fission and a fusion startup for YC because he wanted to start a nuclear-energy company of his own. He invested his own money in both companies and served on their boards.Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator and co-chairman of OpenAI, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 8, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho.Drew Angerer/GettyMark Andreessen, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said, "Under Sam, the level of YC's ambition has gone up 10x."Source: The New YorkerAltman once told two YC founders that he likes racing cars and had five, including two McLarens and an old Tesla. He also said he likes renting planes and flying them all over California.The McLaren 720S.McLarenSource: The New YorkerAltman told the founders of the startup Shypmate that, "I prep for survival," and warned of either a "lethal synthetic virus," AI attacking humans, or nuclear war.Drew Angerer/Getty"I try not to think about it too much," Altman told the founders in 2016. "But I have guns, gold, potassium iodide, antibiotics, batteries, water, gas masks from the Israeli Defense Force, and a big patch of land in Big Sur I can fly to."Source: The New YorkerAltman's mom is a dermatologist and told The New Yorker, "Sam does keep an awful lot tied up inside. He'll call and say he has a headache—and he'll have Googled it, so there's some cyber-chondria in there, too. I have to reassure him that he doesn't have meningitis or lymphoma, that it's just stress."Getty ImagesSource: The New YorkerAltman has a brother, Jack, who is a cofounder and CEO at Lattice, an employee management platform. Along with their brother Max, the Altmans launched a fund in 2020 called Apollo that is focused on funding "moonshot" companies.Julia and Jack Altman walk near their home in the Mission District of San Francisco, Calif., on Sunday, July 7, 2019.San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images/Contributor"Moonshot" companies are startups that are financially risky but could potentially pay off with a breakthrough development.Source: InsiderIn 2015, Altman cofounded OpenAI with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX at the time. Their goal for the non-profit artificial intelligence company was to make sure AI doesn't wipe out humans.Elon Musk and Sam Altman speak onstage during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on October 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California.Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair"We discussed what is the best thing we can do to ensure the future is good?" Elon Musk told The New York Times in 2015. "We could sit on the sidelines or we can encourage regulatory oversight, or we could participate with the right structure with people who care deeply about developing A.I. in a way that is safe and is beneficial to humanity."Source: Insider, The New York TimesSome of Silicon Valley's most prominent names pledged $1 billion to OpenAI along with Altman and Musk, including Reid Hoffman, the cofounder of LinkedIn, and Peter Thiel.LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman is a financial backer of OpenAI.Tony Avelar/APSource: InsiderAfter the 2016 election, Altman, who tweeted that he voted against Donald Trump, said he decided to talk to 100 Trump supporters around the US to understand what they did and didn't like about the president. He also wanted to know "what would convince them not to vote for him in the future."Donald Trump and Hillary ClintonDrew Angerer/Getty ImageIn a thread on Twitter, Altman said he was "voting against Trump because I believe the principles he stands for represent an unacceptable threat to America."He also said Peter Thiel, who was still working with YC at the time, "is a high profile supporter of Trump," and that, "I disagree with this."But, he said, "YC is not going to fire someone for supporting a major party nominee."YC and Thiel stopped working together a year later in 2017 for unspecified reasons.During his interviews, Altman said he "did not expect to talk to so many Muslims, Mexicans, Black people, and women in the course of this project."He said almost everyone he approached was willing to talk to him, but they also didn't want to share their names in fear of being "targeted by those people in Silicon Valley if they knew I voted for him." Altman said one of the people he talked to in Silicon Valley made him sign a confidentiality agreement before talking because she was scared of losing her job for supporting Trump.Source: Twitter, Sam Altman, InsiderAltman stepped down as YC president in March 2019 to focus on OpenAI. He stayed in a chairman role at the accelerator.Sam Altman, CEO of Y Combinator@samaSource: InsiderAt a StrictlyVC event in 2019, Altman was asked how OpenAI planned to make a profit, and he said the "honest answer is we have no idea."Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Elon MuskGettyAltman said OpenAI had "never made any revenue," and that it had "no current plans to make revenue." "We have no idea how we may one day generate revenue," he said at the time.Source: TechCrunchAltman became CEO of OpenAI in May 2019 after it turned away from being a nonprofit company into a "capped profit" corporation.Sam Altman finished a global tour in June to sell AI as a force for good to leaders.Skye Gould/Business Insider"We want to increase our ability to raise capital while still serving our mission, and no pre-existing legal structure we know of strikes the right balance," OpenAI said on its blog. "Our solution is to create OpenAI LP as a hybrid of a for-profit and nonprofit — which we are calling a 'capped-profit' company."Source: Insider, FortuneAltman flew to Seattle to meet with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, where he demonstrated OpenAI's AI models for him, WSJ reported. After that, OpenAI received a $1 billion investment from Microsoft in 2019.President of Y Combinator, Sam Altman speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 - Day 1 on May 5, 2014 in New York City.Brian Ach/Getty Images for TechCrunchSource: The Wall Street Journal, LinkedIn, InsiderCurrent and former insiders at OpenAI told Fortune that after Altman took over as CEO, and after the investment from Microsoft, the company started focusing more on developing natural language processing.Brian Ach/GettyAltman and OpenAI's chief scientist, Ilya Sutskever, said the move to focus on large language models is the best way for the company to reach artificial general intelligence, or AGI, a system that has broad human-level cognitive abilities. Source: FortuneOn October 21, 2021, Altman and his cofounders, Alex Blania and Max Novendstern, launched a global cryptocurrency project called Worldcoin, which wanted to give everyone in the world access to crypto by scanning their iris with an orb.Worldcoin founders Alex Blania and Sam AltmanMarc Olivier Le Blanc/WorldcoinThe company was started in 2020, but stopped operating in a few countries in 2022 due to logistics issues. In January, the company recently tweeted that it has reached 1 million people and has onboarded over 150,000 first-time crypto users.Source: Bloomberg, Insider, Twitter Under Altman's tenure as CEO, OpenAI released popular generative AI tools to the public, including DALL-E and ChatGPT.Screenshot of Dall-E webpageOpenAIBoth DALL-E and ChatGPT are known as "generative" AI, meaning the bot creates its own artwork and text based off information it has been fed.After ChatGPT was released on November 30, Altman tweeted that it had reached over 1 million users in five days.Source: Insider, Insider, TwitterChatGPT was made public so OpenAI could use feedback from users to improve the bot. A few days after its launch, Altman tweeted that it "is incredibly limited, but good enough at some things to create a misleading impression of greatness."Getty ImagesAltman tweeted that ChatGPT was "great" for "fun creative inspiration," but "not such a good idea" to look up facts.ChatGPT recently began testing a paid version of ChatGPT called "ChatGPT Professional" that is supposed to give better access to the bot. In December, Altman tweeted that OpenAI "will have to monetize it somehow at some point; the compute costs are eye-watering."Source: Insider, Insider, Twitter, Twitter, TwitterIn January 2023, Microsoft again announced it was making a "multibillion dollar" investment into OpenAI. Although specifics of the investment were not shared, it is believed Microsoft's investment is worth $10 billion.Y Combinator President Sam AltmanDavid Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBefore Microsoft's investment, other venture capitalists wanted to buy shares from OpenAI employees in a tender offer that valued the company at around $29 billion.Source: Insider, FortuneAltman is still interested in nuclear fusion and invested $375 million in Helion Energy in 2022.Sam Altman, former CEO of OpenAI, walks from lunch during the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 06, 2022 in Sun Valley, Idaho.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images"Helion is more than an investment to me," Altman told TechCrunch. "It's the other thing beside OpenAI that I spend a lot of time on. I'm just super excited about what's going to happen there."He told TechCrunch that he's "happy there's a fusion race," to build a low-cost fusion energy system that can eventually power the Earth.Source: TechCrunch, CNBCLast year, OpenAI launched its pilot subscription plan for ChatGPT Plus, which costs $20 a month.Illustration: ChatGPTFuture Publishing/People who pay $20 a month for ChatGPT Plus get benefits such as access to the site even when traffic is high, faster responses from the bot, and first access to new features and ChatGPT improvements.The subscription is only available for people in the US, and OpenAI said it will soon start inviting people on the waitlist to join.Source: OpenAIAltman wrote that OpenAI's mission is to make sure AGI "benefits all of humanity. He laid out the company's short term and long term expectations for AGI development in a blog post.JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images"If AGI is successfully created, this technology could help us elevate humanity by increasing abundance, turbocharging the global economy, and aiding in the discovery of new scientific knowledge that changes the limits of possibility," Altman wrote on OpenAI's blog.Despite its potential, Altman said AGI, or artificial general intelligence, comes with "serious risk of misuse, drastic accidents, and societal disruption." But instead of stopping its development, Altman said "society and the developers of AGI have to figure out how to get it right."Altman went on to share the principles OpenAI "care about most," including that "the benefits of, access to, and governance of AGI to be widely and fairly shared."Source: OpenAI Altman said he and OpenAI are "a little bit scared" of AI's potential as it continues to develop.GPT-4 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4) is the latest multimodal large language model from Open AI, a successor to Chat-GPT. It was released to a limited audience on March 14, 2023.Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesIn an interview with ABC News, Altman said he thinks "people should be happy that we're a little bit scared" of generative AI systems as they develop.Altman said he doesn't think AI systems should only be developed in a lab."You've got to get these products out into the world and make contact with reality, make our mistakes while the stakes are low," he said.Source: Insider, ABC News   In April 2023, OpenAI announced the option to turn off chat history in ChatGPT so the data can't be used to train and improve its models.GettyIn a blog post, the company said it hopes the option to turn off chat history "provides an easier way to manage your data than our existing opt-out process."When a user turns off their chat history, new conversations will be kept for 30 days for OpenAI to review them for abuse, then are permanently deleted.Source: OpenAI, InsiderIn his first appearance before Congress, Altman told a Senate panel there should be a government agency to grant licenses to companies working on advanced AI.Sam Altman testifies before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law in mid-May.Win McNamee/Getty ImagesAltman told lawmakers there should be an agency that grants licenses for companies that are working on AI models "above a certain scale of capabilities." He also said the agency should be able to revoke licenses from companies that don't follow safety rules."I think if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong," Altman said. "And we want to be vocal about that, we want to work with the government to prevent that from happening." Source: InsiderOpenAI launched a ChatGPT app for iPhones and Android users.OpenAI released its official ChatGPT app to iPhone users this week.InsiderThe app, which is free, can answer text-based and spoken questions using Whisper, another OpenAI product that is a speech-recognition model. Users who have a subscription to ChatGPT Plus can also access it through the app.Source: Insider, Insider  Altman met with leaders in Europe to discuss AI regulations and said OpenAI has "no plans to leave" the EU, despite his earlier concerns over the EU's proposed AI Act.OpenAI's former CEO Sam Altman believes AI could surpass humanity in most domains in the next 10 years.Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters.At the start of his trip, Altman told reporters in London that he was concerned about the EU's proposed AI Act that focuses on regulating AI and protecting Europeans from AI risks."The details really matter," Altman said, according to the Financial Times. "We will try to comply, but if we can't comply, we will cease operating."However, he shared on Twitter later in the week that OpenAI is "excited to continue to operate here and of course have no plans to leave."Source: Insider, Financial Times, Insider, TwitterIn an October interview, Altman expressed "deep misgivings" about people befriending AI.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesAltman made it clear that he doesn't believe humans should try to be friends with AI in an interview during Wall Street Journal's Tech Live event."I personally really have deep misgivings about this vision of the future where everyone is super close to AI friends, and not more so with their human friends," Altman said. On November 17, 2023, OpenAI announced that Altman would be no longer be the company's CEO.Mira Murati joined OpenAI in 2018 when it was only a nonprofit research lab.PATRICK T. FALLON/Getty ImagesIn November, the OpenAI board of directors announced that Altman would be stepping down from his role as CEO and leaving the board "effective immediately."In a blog post, the board said it "no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI," and added that Altman was "not consistently candid in his communications.""We are grateful for Sam's many contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI," a statement from OpenAI's board says. "At the same time, we believe new leadership is necessary as we move forward."Altman issued his own statement via a post on X."i loved my time at openai. it was transformative for me personally, and hopefully the world a little bit. most of all i loved working with such talented people," Altman wrote.He added: "will have more to say about what's next later."Days after the ouster, Sam Altman returned to the helm of OpenAI.Altman returned to OpenAI days after his dismissal was announced.Markus Schreiber/APAfter a chaotic weekend over his firing, Altman and OpenAI announced that he would return to the tech company as CEO."We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D'Angelo," the company wrote on X.Correction: February 2, 2023 — An earlier version of this story defined AGI incorrectly and listed the incorrect age at which Altman was named president of Y Combinator. AGI in this context stands for artificial general intelligence. Altman became president of Y Combinator at 28, not 31.In January, Altman confirmed he married his partner Oliver Mulherin.OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (R) with his husband Oliver TK (L) at a White House dinner in late June.JULIA NIKHINSON/GettyAltman is married. The OpenAI CEO married his partner Oliver Mulherin, and photos from the wedding began circulating social media in January.An attendee of the wedding confirmed to Business Insider that the pictures weren't AI-generated. His husband is an Australian software engineer who previously worked at Meta, according to his LinkedIn profile. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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