Sling TV Has Some New Ideas to Woo Cable Cutters

The seemingly unkillable cable TV bundle is still around, despite the rapid growth of cord cutters who think it’s a big waste of time and money. But, slowly, innovations at the edges of the TV ecosystem are dreaming up new — usually cheaper — ways of repackaging video programming. Eventually, the slow tide of defectors could turn into a big wave.

On Thursday, Dish Network’s


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Sling TV unveiled its latest efforts to woo customers fleeing cable. What started as the satellite system’s Internet-delivered cable channel delivery package in 2015 is morphing rapidly into something more. The updates add on-demand, pay-per-view movies and sports shows, and a bunch of new channels that customers can buy one at a time. None of the content requires a monthly subscription (Sling TV’s 30-ish package of standard cable channels costs $ 25 a month) and there’s even some programming available for free as a teaser.

SlingTV president Warren Schlichting put it succinctly: “The new Sling evolves the experience even further by providing access to great content without anchoring customers to a base subscription.”

The new options follow the introduction last week of AT&T’s cheaper, no-sports cable channel bundle dubbed WatchTV, that will cost $ 15 a month or be thrown in free with some of the company’s unlimited wireless plans. And on Wednesday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was testifying before Congress about his company’s proposed acquisition of Sprint and touting a strategy of going after cable with 5G wireless service.

So far, Sling TV and its Internet cable repackaged brethren have made only a small dent in the pay TV universe. Sling will have nearly 3 million subscribers by the end of the year, AT&T’s


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DirecTV Now will hit 2.4 million, and a cadre of smaller offerings — including Google’s


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YouTube TV, Sony’s Playstation Vue, and Hulu TV — will total about 4 million subscribers, analyst John Hodulik at UBS forecast last week. That pales in comparison to the roughly 100 million households that subscribe to traditional cable and satellite TV or Netflix’s


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55 million U.S. subscribers. And, of course, some viewers aren’t much interested in traditional TV shows and movies, preferring shorter fare on YouTube or much longer marathon video gaming sessions on Amazon’s


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Twitch network.

The main issue for most cord cutters is price. The average cable TV bundle costs $ 105 dollars a month and has risen 74% since 2000, after adjusting for inflation. But even the new Sling offering, with its a la carte channel selection, shows dumping the cable bundle can get costly to get access to a wide range of channels. CBS’s


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Showtime is $ 10 per month, Outside TV is $ 5 and an NBA League Pass is $ 29.

Pricing for pay-per-view movies will vary from $ 3 to $ 11 and will include more than 5,000 titles from top studios, including Disney, LionsGate, Sony, and Universal, Sling TV said. The free TV programming will include advertising.

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10 Free and Thoughtful Father’s Day Gift Ideas

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, many of us are wondering what gift to get dad this year. Barbecue grills, TVs, and golf clubs are great, but sometimes all it takes is a message of appreciation, straight from the heart.While you can purchase a really cool gift (check out the Ultimate Buy Black Father’s Day Gift Guide for some ideas) there are other ways to honor fathers and father figures.

Here are some creative gift ideas to honor dad on his day.

Use your camera to film a short documentary. Ask siblings, kids, and extended family members to share their favorite stories and the best advice they’ve ever received from dad.

Host a Father’s Day Cook-off Competition. Invite family and friends over to recreate some or your dad’s favorite meals. Of course, dad is the judge and chooses the winner.

Create a customized coffee table book. Include family events such as weddings, graduations, and father-daughter-son moments from your childhood.

Sign Dad up for a class. If he’s been talking about learning how to fly a helicopter or paint, find a class and sign him up.

Write a short personal essay or poem. Talk about key events in your childhood or the influence your dad has had on your life. (E.g., 10 Life Lessons I Learned From Dad.)

Build something. Whether it’s a birdhouse, shed, or backyard deck, if your dad loves spending his free time making things, these are all great bonding experiences.

Make a playlist. Pick some of dad’s favorite songs and create a playlist for him. As an added touch, include a few songs that remind you of him and save them to a USB flash drive.

Volunteer in the community.While honoring your dad on Fathers Day, donate your time to helping others who are less fortunate.

Plan a Father’s Day Olympics. If your dad loves sports, a day of competitive activities, such as swimming, a relay race, or even basketball, will make his day.

Spend quality time. Nothing beats quality time with family. Whether it’s spending the day watching movies or barbecuing in the backyard, the memories made are priceless!

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide & Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner. Whether it’s a celebration of your dad or a unique list to give to loved ones seeking inspiration for your gift, here is our annual Father’s Day gift guide.

Gifts Under $ 100

Portable Camping Hammock

Portable Camping Hammock

Portable Hammock

Relaxing is a necessary part of Father’s Day, and while a porch hammock is the dream of many a Dad, they take up a significant amount of space. With this lightweight, packable camping hammock, the man in your life can set up his hammock at the local park and enjoy a relaxing swing in the breeze. Check out this affordable, fun Hammock from Honest Outfitters here.

J Herbin Stormy Gray Fountain Pen Ink

J Herbin Stormy Gray Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Stormy Gray Fountain Pen Ink

Boardroom professional and yet with a hint of sprezzatura, this is the ink any fountain pen enthusiast will be happy to receive. More unique than the traditional blacks and blues, this is one ink that you’ll be buying Dad year after year. Click here to check out J. Herbin’s Stormy Gray Fountain Pen Ink. 

 

Dodge City Book Dodge City Book

Dodge City Book

Dodge City Book

Few eras of history evoke masculine American culture like the Wild West. For the history lover and wannabee cowboy in your life, the book Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the West is a deep dive into the people that achieved such posthumous fame. Their stories rise above caricature to create a far more real picture of some of America’s most famous events.

Violet Marguerite Boutonniere by Fort Belvedere

Violet Marguerite Boutonniere by Fort Belvedere is handmade in Germany

Violet Marguerite Boutonniere by Fort Belvedere, $ 35

A boutonniere is one of the easiest ways to make an outfit standout from the crowd. You Dad may love his trusty navy blazer, and this violet flower is a perfect way to add a pop of color to his favorite jacket. This daisy-like flower is elegantly casual, not as formal as a carnation and not as casual as a forget-me-not, which makes it an ideal companion for nights out at the country club and family weddings. Check out this Violet Marguerite Boutonniere by Fort Belvedere here.

Timex Weekender Green Tan Nylon Strap

Timex Weekender Green Tan Nylon Strap

Timex Weekender with a Striped Canvas Strap, $ 40

Watches don’t always need to be expensive and stodgy. This Timex Weekender, which we’ve long recommended as a great inexpensive watch, is the perfect relaxed accessory for your Dad’s weekend wardrobe. The silver case and green striped nylon strap will pair well with jeans, chinos, and sporting attire, and the 38mm case is a classic size. At this price, you can’t go wrong for a casual watch. Check out the Timex Weekender Canvas Strap Watch here.

SKLZ Golf Swing Trainer

SKLZ Golf Swing Trainer

Golf Swing Trainer

Golf requires many years of practice, and every serious golfer is looking to find ways to improve their swing. This Golf Swing Trainer is designed to help the avid golfer perfect their swing, fight slices, develop core muscles and gain power. It also does double-duty as a warm up tool before hitting the links. Check out this Golf Swing Trainer here.

HarmanKardon Esquire Mini

HarmanKardon Esquire Mini

Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini

For the traveling executive, this mini Bluetooth speaker from Harman/Kardon is a fantastic gift. The speaker doubles as a portable conferencing system, and the sound is on par or better than most Bluetooth speakers in the sub $ 500 price range. We wouldn’t recommend it for an audiophile’s use at home, but it’s a perfect size to throw in your briefcase or carry-on and use in the hotel, at the office or even as a secondary speaker you can move from room to room in the home. Click here to check out the Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini speaker to buy it.

Glyder Styptic Balm

Glyder Styptic Balm

Glyder – An Upgrade From Your Old Styptic Pencil $ 10

No matter if you are a beardsman or prefer a clean-shaven face, you will always use a razor of some kind. No matter how good your shaving technique is, you will cut yourself eventually, and traditionally, the only thing you had to disinfect the wound was a stinging styptic pencil.

The Problem with styptic pencils: they break very easily which makes them useless and inevitably you will drop it just before you need it. Even if it didn’t break by the time you needed it, these pencils are just a mess to use.

The Solution: Glyder, a styptic balm made of a patented formula including Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba and wax that leaves your skin protected, disinfected without any smell of alcohol. It comes in a handy, chapstick-style packaging ensures a mess-free application.

Verdict: It’s easy, simple and inexpensive, which is why we won’t ever go back to an old-school styptic pencil again. Just make sure not to twist too much on the ring, you just wan a few millimeters of white. Otherwise the entire balm comes out and due to its consistency, it is difficult to get back into the shaft.

If your dad shaves, this should be an add-on to every father’s day gift you are making this year. Normally it costs $ 9.99 for one but up until Father’s Day you can get 2 for 1 with the code: stypticpencilnomore2  meaning you can keep one for yourself and have one for your dad! Father’s Day perfected.

Flaviar Tasting Box - a wonderful Fathers Day 2000

Flaviar Tasting Box – a wonderful Fathers Day 2000

Flaviar –  The 21st Century Speakeasy Club For Explorers At Heart $ 60

Does your dad have everything and you don’t know what he could possibly want? If your dad drinks liquor, he will love Flaviar.

What is it? Flaviar is the #1 place to explore and taste craft and premium spirits such as scotch, bourbon, rum, cognac and many other spirits.

How does Flaviar work?  Once a quarter, you or your dad gets a beautiful box of spirits in the mail. He can have them curated or pick what he wants. Once received, he can blind test them with friends and brag about his awesome kid, host a tasting party or bond over a drink with you. Flaviar provides tasting notes and background details, and if he likes to geek-out about things, he can use their app, to explore tasting notes for over 20,000 spirits and a bunch of in-depth content.

The cool part about Flaviar is an algorithm called FlavorMatch which learns your likes and dislikes and keeps coming up with new spirits that will suit your palette. It’s like having a Whisky Concierge.

Once he knows what he likes, he can easily order the full bottle or explore The Vault, their collection of ultra rare collector’s spirts – of course, shipping on any number of bottles or tasting boxes is always free.

Cost: $ 60 per quarter

Flaviar Benefits: An average bar or restaurant has only 50 to 100 spirits, the largest online retailers have 3,000 spirits. Flaviar has over 15,000 spirits available that you or your dad would never otherwise be able to taste or buy anywhere else.

Hands down, this is one of the coolest gifts for Father’s Day we have seen in a while. Cheers!

Shakespearean Insult Poster

A father may be famous for his “Dad jokes,” so this year why not help him expand his repertoire with poster exploring some of Shakespeare’s greatest insults. Considered to be the greatest author in the English language, Shakespeare’s remarkable wit and creativity when crafting a good taunt ranges from classic name-calling to edgy retorts. Give the father figure in your life some literary insult inspiration with this Shakespearean Insult Poster, directly from the artist Charley Chartwell.

Gentleman: The Ultimate Companion for the Elegant Man Coffee Table Book

For a clotheshorse, it’s not every day an essential style book gets a modern update. Though he’s not as well known stateside, Bernhard Roetzel, an authority in menswear for more than two decades, has revised his style companion (originally Der Gentleman) to include many new crisp full-color images and text over 350 pages of sartorial inspiration. Unlike your typical coffee table book, Roetzel’s tome also doubles as a thorough reference tool for all things related to dressing and grooming, with a distinctively European touch. Get a copy of the Gentleman: the Ultimate Companion to the Elegant Man here.

Or, if you can bear to wait a little while, pre-order Roetzel’s next book, A Gentleman’s Look Book, featuring our very own Sven Raphael Schneider.

Yard Dice

Not every yard has the space for a volleyball net or a bocce ball court, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a reason to enjoy the outdoor space you have. These giant yard dice come with instructions for 4 games, and they are sure to keep guests of all ages entertained during a barbecue. Check out these larger-than-life Yard dice here.

White Linen Pocket Square with Blue Contrast X-Stitching, Fort Belvedere

Few things in a men’s wardrobe take less time to wear and have a bigger impact than a pocket square. Here is the companion for your Dad’s favorite navy blazer. This striking Italian linen pocket square features a hand-rolled edge with a contrasting x-stitch that is ideal for the coming spring and summer seasons. Check out the Fort Belvedere White Linen pocket square with Blue Contrast Stitching here.

Bartender’s Prep Board

Your dad may love a good homemade cocktail, but digging through recipe books and web search results for the basics is always a pain. For the home mixologist, this Bartender’s Board lays out a conversion chart, a glassware glossary, and garnishes so that each drink your Dad pours will look like it came from a Brooklyn speakeasy. It can even be personalized.

Davidoff Scottish Mixture Pipe Tobacco

What’s more manly than pipe tobacco infused with Scotch whisky? Pretty much nothing. This delicious and fragrant pipe tobacco is one of our highly recommended tins for the budding pipe enthusiast. Click here to get a tin.

Cigar Caddy Draw Enhancer Tool

For anyone who has ever experienced difficulty drawing from a cigar, this tool is one worth more than the price tag. This is a great gift for any dad who enjoys spending his evening with a cigar in hand. Click here to get it.

J. Herbin Stormy Grey Fountain Pen Ink

Boardroom professional and yet with a hint of sprezzatura, this is the ink any fountain pen enthusiast will be happy to receive. More unique than the traditional blacks, blues, and antique greys, this is one ink that you’ll be buying Dad year after year. Click here to get it.

The Butler Speaks

From one of the foremost experts and butlers in the world, The Butler Speaks is a handy guide for anyone who enjoys entertaining. From how to host a dinner party to small daily chores like making the bed, filling the dishwasher and polishing silver, this guide will show you how to ensure your home remains sophisticated and charming without having to employ a butler. Click here to get it.

Fort Belvedere Vintage Prints

Exquisite Men’s Fashion Illustrations by Maurice Taquoy from 1919 on the cover of the French Magazine Monsieur, Issue No. 1, January 1, 1920. You can see an elegant gentleman with gifts walking in the snow with a black bowler hat, burgundy scarf, dark blue overcoat, chamois yellow gloves, gray trim trousers with cuffs and boots with beige spats. Click here to get it.

Tani Underwear

Our favorite underwear on the market, Tani has developed a reputation as using only the softest, most color and shape resistant materials for their underwear. Their newest addition is the light, soft and breathable Micromodal Air fabric, which comes in a range of styles that are perfect for the office to workout apparel that wicks moisture. The underwear is more expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for in terms of comfort, breathability, colorfastness, and longevity. When you consider how often you wear it, it really doesn’t make sense to compromise on the quality of your underwear. Take a look at their SilkCut collection .

Spikeball

Since it debuted on Shark Tank, this game for four has gone viral with entire leagues and teams competing at beaches around the world. If your Dad enjoys playing sports and keeping active, this is a new and unique game that’s easy to pick up and can be played anywhere from the backyard to the park or the beach. You could even play it indoors. Click here to get it.

Partagas Robusto Cigars

Partagas Robusto Cigars

Partagas Robusto Cigars – Price Varies

Arguably one of the finest robustos, any Dad who appreciates a medium to full-bodied cigar will adore a box of Partagas. Spicy and flavourful, it has rich notes of espresso, cocoa, vanilla and sun-drenched leather that start off the smoke. Visit your local tobacconist or shop online for a good price.

$ 100 – $ 250

Steve McQueen wearing Wayfarers in The Thomas Crown Affair

Steve McQueen wearing Persol 649s in The Thomas Crown Affair

Persol 649 Series Sunglasses

Who can forget the effortless cool of Steve McQueen in the original Thomas Crown Affair? We can’t, and Persol 649 series sunglasses are just as edgy today as they were then. They pair equally well with a suit and a casual weekend outfit, so these classic frames are not likely to be left behind often. The frames even fold at the nose and the temples, and they come in a huge array of colors and patterns. Check out the Persol 649 Series Sunglasses here.

Travel Manicure Set by Fort Belvedere, $ 140

This brown and blue manicure set should be every gentleman’s companion. It contains all the tools you will need for the next 20 years to keep your nails looking well groomed. The best part is, it takes just 5 minutes. Watch our video to learn how:

 

British Racing Green Driving Gloves in Lamb Nappa Leather with White Contrast Detailing

British Racing Green Driving Gloves in Lamb Nappa Leather with White Contrast Detailing

Green Driving Gloves by Fort Belvedere, $ 160

You may think, gloves in June? While they may not be necessary to keep warm, driving gloves are a car enthusiast’s most important – and stylish – driving accessory. The will help the man in your life grip the steering wheel of his weekend ride in style. These exclusive driving gloves are crafted of buttery-soft lamb nappa leather with bold contrast stitching and trim. Check out these Fort Belvedere classic British Racing Green Driving Gloves here.

YETI Roadie Cooler

YETI Roadie Cooler

Yeti Roadie Cooler

In general, coolers are…boring. Not so with the Yeti brand of coolers! They take the challenge of durability and performance seriously, and they also manage to make the humble cooler look a little bit more stylish at the same time. They don’t come cheap, but considering that they are engineered to be bear-resistant and virtually “indestructible”, they should be able to stand the test of time. A favorite final feature: ergonomic rubber latches for an easy grip that won’t break like every other cooler latch, ever. Check out the Yeti Roadie Cooler, $ 199, here.

Babolat Pure Strike Tennis Racket

Used on the professional circuit as well as by amateur players around the world, if your Dad enjoys playing tennis, the Babolat Pure Strike 100 Series is a perfect racket for just about any skill level. Click here to check out the Babolat Pure Strike Tennis Racket to buy it.

 

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Yeah, that’s right, a pressure cooker. You may be surprised to see this included here, but despite the previous unpopularity of the pressure cooker in the US, it’s now the darling of the home cooking world. So what’s the big deal? Adding pressure speeds up the cooking process so that Dad-approved dishes such as chili or pulled pork can be made in an (unsupervised) hour, rather than the 2-3 hours it would take in the oven. This talented little machine can also be used as a rice cooker and slow cooker, and it has passed safety standards with flying colors. Kitchen gadgets these days can be expensive single-task space wasters, but the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker is none of those things.

Ellipse Bluetooth Bike Lock

For the Dad who loves to bike, keeping his 2-wheeled investment protected from theft is a serious concern. This Bluetooth-enabled bike lock uses a 17mm thick steel shackle, a dual locking mechanism, and bank-level encryption to protect against theft. The keyless entry is controlled by an app that takes just a few minutes to set up, so your Dad doesn’t have to spend any more time fumbling with keys. Check out the Ellipse Bluetooth Bike Lock here.

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker / Keurig K575

If you enjoy the richness of an espresso without the effort, there isn’t anything quite like the Nespresso line. However, if espresso is too strong for your tastes and you want a wider selection of coffee and teas to choose from, the new and highly improved Keurig K575 is our single-cup brewer of choice. Click here to get a Nespresso or click here for the Keurig K575.

Pit Master Crate

We normally don’t recommend monthly clubs because the quality of the boxes can vary and the items are often discontinued. However, ManCrates has adopted a different business model and their crates never change or discontinue. If you buy a crate today, you can get the same crate next year with the same items inside it. It’s literally a crate and the perfect gift for the man’s man. With the accompanying pry-bar, you have to open the wood crate to find out what’s inside. The Pit Master crate comes with a quality pair of grilling gloves that we managed to hold the accompanying cast iron pot for a considerable amount of time after we brought it up to a scorching 700°F. The Rufus Teague sauces are okay – better than most you’ll find at the store – but the Meat Rub from Rufus Teague is a decent store-bought rub. The crate also comes with strong and sharp bear claws we use to pull pork, a collapsible grill fork that has become a daily use item and a fairly decent – but not spectacular – silicone basting brush. Combine that with the two single-use wood chip packs and you get a great deal for the money. If your Dad enjoys grilling, this is a wonderful gift. Click here to get it.

BakerStone Pizza Oven

Outdoor pizza ovens are expensive and for the most part, they are custom built. However, this pizza oven sits directly on your existing barbecue and creates a pizza that’s almost identical to the more expensive stone pizza ovens we’ve used. Perfect for the family, the oven holds a single pizza at a time and comes in a handy case that makes it perfect for taking with to the cabin. For anyone with young kids, this will quickly become a go-to cook space for the family. Click here to buy it.

Hennessy X.O. / V.S.O.P Privilège

Hennessy has long produced one of the finest Cognacs commercially available worldwide. The X.O. is a remarkable brandy, and the V.S.O.P. Privilège is a more reasonably priced brandy that still yields exceptional depth and a range of flavours. For the Dad, who enjoys relaxing with a snifter of brandy, a bottle of Hennessy is the gift he’ll enjoy over and over again. Click here to get the X.O. or click here for the V.S.O.P. Privilège.

Slingbox M2

Another gift for the frequent flier, the Slingbox effortlessly connects to any cable or satellite provider’s box at your home and allows you to watch all your channels and programming from any device, anywhere in the world. Forget only being able to access Netflix or Hulu on your phone; now you can watch your TV package and control it on the go. It takes about five or ten minutes to set up and after that, it’s maintenance free. Click here to get a Slingbox.

Soda Stream Power

The Soda Stream and the Keurig Kold are two of the leading soda machines for the home that you can use to make flavoured sparkling water, club soda and brand name soft drinks. The Soda Stream Power is a simple to use, automatic carbonating system that transforms normal tap water into carbonated beverages with the touch of a button. We’ve tried numerous flavours and quite liked the berry and grapefruit syrups. We have not tried the licensed Pepsi products yet, but there are plenty of reviews online. We don’t recommend this instead of buying pre-made soft drinks, but it does work very well as a small appliance for the home bar and can quickly expel a litre of club soda or flavoured soda to mix a drink with. Click here to buy it.

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Flight

As meat providers restaurants like The French Laundry, Snake River Farms is known in the culinary industry as the go-to ranch for the high-quality American wagyu beef. This flight of steaks is a steal of a deal and the same quality you’ll find at expensive steak houses and championship pit masters using in their restaurants and on their grills. If Dad enjoys a good steak, there is nothing better than this that’s available in the United States. Click here to get the pack.

Arccos Driver

It attaches to any standard golf driver and tracks your performance with each swing you take. The perfect way to see what you can improve on, this device is ideal for any Dad, who enjoys golfing and wants to improve his game. Works with iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch. Click here to buy it.

$ 250 – $ 500

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Lover Flight

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Lover Flight

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Flight, $ 319

As meat providers to restaurants like The French Laundry, Snake River Farms is known in the culinary industry as the go-to ranch for the high-quality American-style wagyu beef. This flight of steaks is the same quality you’ll find at expensive steak houses and on the grills of championship pit masters. If Dad enjoys a good steak, there is nothing better than this that’s available in the United States. Check out the Snake River Farms Steak Lover’s Wagyu Flight here.

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket, $ 390

If you’re not familiar with the Harrington jacket, it is one of the most classic spring and fall wardrobe staples a man can own. Though they are available from many menswear brands in a wide range of prices and finishes, the Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket is one of the original producers of this jacket style. This racing green version of the Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket has a striking tartan lining. Favored by classic movie stars and modern fashion icons alike, this jacket is a worthy investment for a stylish Dad.

Weber Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker

For some, smoking might fall into the “better done by a restaurant” category of food, but for the serious grill aficionado, a smoker is another toy that a Dad can use in his pursuit of the perfect meat. Thankfully, it turns out that you don’t need a $ 15,000 custom-made smoker to get professional results at home; this smoker from the ultimate grill authority, Weber, has been used to win BBQ championships. A quick glance at the reviews will give you an idea just how beloved this smoker is by BBQ enthusiasts. Get the Weber Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker, $ 399, here.

 

Lapis Lazuli Gold Eagle Claw Cufflinks, Fort Belvedere

Elegant, double-sided cufflinks are hard to find these days in a market that seems to favor cheap nickel and enamel. Cufflinks, like other men’s jewelry, should be made to wear and keep for years. These elegant cufflinks are handmade by a master goldsmith in Germany and are double-sided so that no matter the angle, the design shines through. Exclusively designed for Fort Belvedere, these Lapis Lazuli Gold Eagle Claw Cufflinks are gold-plated solid sterling silver fitted with genuine semi-precious lapis lazuli.

AudioEngine Bluetooth Speakers

Is your Dad still fiddling with cables and wires? It may be time to help him upgrade to the convenience of these Bluetooth speakers from AudioEngine, a brand adored by audiophiles for great sound quality in its size and price class. These speakers even come in a variety of finishes to match your Dad’s tastes or decor. Simple set up ensures that your Dad can start listening just a few minutes after opening the box. Check out AudioEngine Bluetooth Shelf Speakers here.

AKG N60NC Headphones

AKG N60NC Headphones

AKG N60NC Headphones / V-Moda Headphones

AKG is known for the quality of its headphones . Audiophiles and sound techs around the world praise the quality, and the N60NC noise canceling headphones are perfect for any father. Designed for travel, the noise cancelling feature blocks out the hum of the aircraft and the rattle of the train or subway. The headphones fold up and can easily be stored in a messenger bag, carry-on or coat pocket. These are perfect for the man who likes listening to music or watching movies on short commutes, international trips and at home or work.

VModa Crossfade Wireless Headphones

VModa Crossfade Wireless Headphones

If you don’t like the hassle of cords, we suggest the V-Moda headphones. The sound quality isn’t as good and is on par with brands like Beats. However, it’s unique in the sense that you can listen wirelessly through BlueTooth, or you can plug in the cord if the battery runs out or you want better quality sound. Click here to get the AKG’s which are our favorite headphones or click here for the V-Moda’s which allow you to pick and choose how you want to listen to music.

UE Megaboom

We tested multiple outdoor speakers, and the UE Megaboom was by far our favorite. Small and compact, the waterproof speaker packs a huge punch we weren’t prepared for. The sound quality was better than most of the outdoor speakers we tried, but the volume levels were shockingly good. Even on one of the lowest settings, the speaker was far louder than most of the others we tried. The range was also impressive as was the ability to pair multiple speakers together. It’s not the most attractive speaker on the market, but it can easily be concealed and placed out of sight. Perfect for small family dinners on the patio or large garden parties, Dad will love this when he’s grilling, tending the garden, smoking a cigar or just playing with the kids. Click here to get it.

Lagostina Grill Pan

Our go-to grill pan for steaks, chops and even a rack of lamb, the ridges keep the meat from sitting in its drippings, and the pan’s angles allow an easy pour of the au jus or the option of spooning it back over the meat. Oven safe, it’s one of the best pans we’ve ever used on the stove for restaurant-quality steaks. Click here to get it.

$ 500 – $ 1000

Vitamix 7500

A fairly new design from Vitamix, the 7500 has a lower and wider profile which allows it to fit under cupboards on most kitchen counters. With the same power and capabilities Vitamix is known for, this workhorse of a blender is more powerful and consistent than any other blender we’ve tried. Revered by professional chefs and culinarians, if your Dad is a serious home cook, a Vitamix is worth every penny. Click here to get it.

Big Green Egg (Large)

There is no grill or smoker quite like the Big Green Egg. The majority of competitive grill masters will argue it’s the best barbecue ever made, and we happen to agree. If your Dad enjoys grilling, smoking or barbecuing low and slow, the Big Green Egg is one gift he will love. Sold in stores only through authorized dealers.

$ 1000+

Yuneec Typhoon Drone with 4K Camera

Few tech accessories are more coveted than a drone, and this one can film in ultra-high-definition 4k in a 360-degree field of view. As the winner of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show “Best in Class” category, this is a toy that features professional-grade equipment at a consumer accessible price. Check out the impressive Yuneec Typhoon Drone with 4K Camera here.

Nikon D500 Digital SLR

A recent introduction from Nikon, this camera does it all. For the serious photographer and videographer Dad in your family, this camera can capture 4k video for up to 30 minutes. The proprietary EXCEED 5 processor can process images at up to 10 frames per second, while a tilting 3.2″ touchscreen display allows you visibility from a variety of positions. Check out the Nikon D500 Digital SLR here.

Tesla Model S

Tesla

Deposit on Tesla Model 3

The car brand for the eco-friendly speedster, the Tesla Model 3 is the brand’s next car that will be priced starting at $ 35,000. Tesla produces some of the most tech-driven sportscars in the world, and the new affordable 3 will not be an exception. From its autopilot features to its small footprint on the environment, this is a car any Dad would love to own. Click here to reserve your Tesla for delivery in late 2017.

TourGolf Membership

TourGolf Membership

TourGolf Membership

Many fathers enjoy a membership at their local country club, but for those who travel, visiting private clubs can be difficult. Rather than investing in multiple memberships, this package from TourGolf gives your Dad the option of golfing at some of the most scenic private clubs in the world with the same benefits their members receive. This is one membership the traveling golfer will truly appreciate. Click here to sign up.

Omega Speedmaster Professional

The Omega Speedmaster is a watch with a remarkable history. The official Moon Watch worn by NASA Astronauts, it is one of the most popular luxury timepieces collected today. This Dark Side of the Moon watch is one any father would be honoured to receive, and one we think is worth your consideration. Click here to get it.

Van Dam Custom Wood Boat – Price Varies

For the Dad, who enjoys life on the water, owning a custom wood boat that evokes the spirit of the 1920s and 30s is one gift most GG readers would appreciate. Van Dam specializes in custom yachts, but they also sell a small selection of their vintage boats online. Click here to learn more and to schedule an appointment with your boat builder.

Experiences

For this year’s experiences section, we selected two of most charming, historic hotels in America.

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Located on Coronado Island where the U.S. Navy Seals train for war, this historic and elegant hotel on the water is just a stone’s throw from San Diego. One of America’s most charming hotels, it is one that any classic gentleman or dandy would love to relax at. Plus, you can watch U.S. Special Forces helicopters and ships performing training exercises in the distance. Click here to book your vacation.

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

One of our favorite hotels in the United States, the Grand Hotel is located on the beautiful Mackinac Island in Michigan. Like a step into the past, the island doesn’t allow cars and the only transportation is on foot, by bicycle or horse-drawn carriage. A sophisticated and utterly charming summer island, a weekend in Mackinac is one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Nightly rates start at just $ 304 per person and include a full breakfast, Grand Luncheon Buffet, and five-course dinner daily. The main dining room requires a coat and tie, which we definitely approve of! Click here to book your stay.

Item Price
Glyder $
Flaviar $
Shakespearean Insult Poster $
Gentleman: The Ultimate Companion to the Elegant Man $
Gentleman Look Book by Bernhard Roetzel $
Yard Dice $
White Linen Pocket Square with Navy Blue Handrolled X Stitch $
Davidoff Scottish Mixture Pipe Tobacco $
Bartender’s Prep Board $
Cigar Caddy Draw Enhancer Tool $
J. Herbin Stormy Grey Fountain Pen Ink $
The Butler Speaks $
Fort Belvedere Vintage Prints $
Tani Underwear $
Spikeball $
Persol 649 Series Sunglasses $
Instant Pot pressure cooker $
Ellipse Bluetooth Bike Lock $
Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker $
Keurig K575 $
Pit Master Crate $
Men’s Manicure Set Travel Kit Brown and Blue Leather and Stainless Steel by Fort Belvedere $
BakerStone Pizza Oven $
HarmanKardon Esquire Mini $
Hennessy X.O. $
V.S.O.P. Privilège $
Slingbox M2 $
Soda Stream Power $
Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Flight $
Babolat Pure Strike Tennis Racquet $
Arccos Driver $
Weber Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker $ $
Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket $ $
Lapis Lazuli Gold Eagle Claw Cufflinks, Fort Belvedere $ $
AudioEngine Bluetooth Speakers $ $
AKG N60NC Headphones $ $
V-Moda Headphones $ $
UE Megaboom $ $
Lagostina Grill Pan $ $
Vitamix 7500 $ $
Yuneec Typhoon Drone with 4K Camera $ $ $
Nikon D500 Digital SLR $ $ $
Tesla Model 3 $ $ $
TourGolf Membership $ $ $
Omega Speedmaster Professional $ $ $
Van Dam Custom Wood Boat $ $ $

Conclusion

Father’s Day is the one day each year where we have the honor of showing Dad just how much he means to us. For the other 364 days, he is usually the one taking care of us, and he spends most of his adult life caring for us and shaping us into the men we are today. This year, take our advice and give him a gift that he will truly enjoy and ideally, one that he may remember and talk about for the rest of his life.

What gift ideas do you have for Father’s Day?

This gift guide was created by Sven Raphael Schneider, Teresa C. Schneider & J.A. Shapira.


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10 Inspiring Ideas for a Seldomly Used Side Yard

Let’s face it: When most homeowners envision the landscaping design of their dreams, they often overlook the side yard. But with a little planning and effort, this neglected space can make just as big a splash as its curb-facing counterpart. Here are some of the most creative and resourceful ways to use that narrow, often awkward space.
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The Best Off-Duty Outfit Ideas From Celebs at Disneyland

There’s something a little exciting about seeing your favorite celebrities at Disneyland among the masses trying their best to blend in (although often with a tour guide and multiple bodyguards in tow, but still). Given that they’re at the happiest place on earth, they usually look pretty darn happy—and, more often than not, they have Minnie Mouse ears in place.

So in the spirit of spring and summer, we thought it would be a good time to present to you the very best outfits spotted on stylish celebs at Disneyland, along with how to re-create them yourself. Even if you’re not a lucky ticketholder to the park, they’re still good to keep in mind for other outdoor activities that involve lots of walking. But a word to the wise: We advise leaving the mouse ears at home unless you’re actually going to Disneyland. In which case, lucky you!

Scroll down to see (and shop) off-duty outfit ideas from Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, and more straight from Disney parks around the world.

On Selena Gomez: Garrett Leight x Clare V. Adidas top and track pants; Jack Purcell ($ 65)
Jacket and Track Pants ($ 70) available in sizes XS to XL.
On Emma Stone: Converse sneakers
Available in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.
On Gigi Hadid: Krewe sunglasses; Sandro jeans; Dr. Martens boots
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Available in sizes 23 to 31.
On Alessandra Ambrosio (with Lily Aldridge): Rails shirt
Available in sizes XXS to XXL.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 14 to 26.
On Kourtney Kardashian: Saint Laurent sweatshirt; Moussy jeans; Gucci GG Marmont Bag ($ 1790); Adidas UltraBoost Running Shoes ($ 180)
Available in sizes XS to XL.
Available in sizes 24 to 32.
On Angelina Jolie: Rag & Bone hat; Louis Vuitton bag; Ancient Greek Eleftheria Sandals ($ 250)
Available in sizes 16 to 26.
Available in sizes 6 to 10.
On Bella Hadid: Sankuanz jacket and pants; Dr. Martens Jadon 8 Eye Boots ($ 170)
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Available in sizes 5 to 11.

These outfits are just as cool IRL as they were at Disneyland—don’t you think?

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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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15 of the best Dollar Tree storage and organization ideas

All year long, Clark.com’s Michael Timmermann is sharing quick and easy ways to save money as part of our Michael Saves series. Check in every Monday as he puts new and familiar savings strategies to the test. Sign up for our newsletter to have these stories delivered to your inbox!

If you want to get organized around the house this spring, cheap storage bins from discount stores like Dollar Tree can have a big impact on a small budget!

I recently went to my local dollar store in search of the best home storage and organization solutions available right now.

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Dollar Tree organization hacks: Cheap storage bins, baskets, buckets and more! 

Kathryn from the Do It On A Dime blog was my inspiration. I watched a YouTube video of her walking around the biggest Dollar Tree I’ve ever seen as she showed off her recommended items to tidy up your home.

If you always thought money expert Clark Howard was Dollar Tree’s #1 fan, wait until you see this woman shop…

When I stopped by Dollar Tree, I found many of the budget-friendly supplies that Kathryn featured in her YouTube video and a few others that she didn’t mention. The best part? They only cost $ 1 each!

Here’s a list of my favorite dollar store organization and storage products for 2018: 

1. Bucket with rope handle: This may be the best thing that Dollar Tree sells! I use this 2.5-gallon bucket to store cleaning supplies under the sink and just carry it from room to room when I’m doing my weekly chores.

 Dollar Tree Multipurpose Rope-Handle Bucket, 2.5 Gal.

2. Space-saving storage container with lid: It’s easy to find what you’re looking for with this translucent storage container, which comes in blue, green and red. I have dishwasher and laundry detergent packs in mine.

Dollar Tree Small Rectangular Translucent Plastic Storage Containers with Lids

3. Plastic canister: Keep pantry pests like ants and roaches away by storing food in plastic containers. This one holds five pounds of rice and is perfect for other dry goods and snacks.

Plastic Canisters with Green Twist on Lids

4. Index card file boxes: These little containers aren’t just for index cards! I have spare keys in one and credit cards in another. They’re small enough to fit easily into my desk drawer.

Index Card File Box

5. Drawer organizers with grip bottom: You can find several sizes of drawer organizers at Dollar Tree. I put kitchen utensils and steak knives in them. The grip bottom prevents the organizers from sliding around.

 White Drawer Organizers with Grip Bottom

6. Rectangular plastic baskets: I don’t like a lot of clutter on my bathroom countertop, so these handy baskets help organize the small space. They come in packs of three for just a buck!

Multi-purpose plastic baskets:

7. 3-compartment plastic caddy: This plastic caddy is where I store health and beauty products that I need on a daily basis. When I’m not using it, I tuck it under the sink and out of sight.

3-compartment plastic caddy

8. Plastic storage box with lid: This storage box is big enough for a pair of shoes, but I use it to organize the cabinet where I keep my stockpile of personal care items. The shelf liner in the background is also from the dollar store.

Plastic Storage Boxes with Lids

9. Color-coded labels: After buying so many plastic storage containers, I needed some labels to clearly identify what’s inside of them. This 60-pack of colorful labels is just $ 1.

Color-coded labels from Dollar Tree

10. Dry erase board and markers: I have a dry erase board attached to the inside of the cabinet where I store my stockpile of health and beauty products. This list helps me avoid last-minute trips to the drugstore.

Dry erase board Dollar Tree

11. Small square plastic containers: Is your junk drawer a disorganized mess? Mine was until I bought these small containers that hold all those little things that just don’t belong anywhere else.

Small square plastic containers

12. Decorative cube storage: Fabric storage bins and baskets come in various sizes at Dollar Tree. I have a few of them in my closet to hold shirts, shoes and belts. The larger size is better quality.

Decorative cube storage:

13. Sweater storage bag: If you’re ready to pack away your winter clothes for the summer, these storage bags are a must-have! You get two of them for a dollar.

Sweater storage bags Dollar Tree

14. Plastic slotted basket: Here’s another storage container that I found at Dollar Tree. This one holds my dog’s medications and slides into a narrow cabinet. Find them in green, red and blue.

Plastic slotted baskets

15. Desk calendar: Whether you’re keeping up with birthdays or bills, these small calendars from Dollar Tree are a great buy. There are also journals and notepads in the office supply section to help you manage to-do lists.

Dollar Tree calendars

Getting organized will save you money in the long run! 

Have you ever rushed to the store to buy replacement items — like batteries — only to find some buried in a drawer once you got home? Stop doing that and get organized once and for all!

Pick up a few inexpensive storage bins and you can quit wasting time and money on those unnecessary shopping trips.

The organization and storage supplies that I bought at Dollar Tree may not be the same quality as products sold at The Container Store, Bed Bath & Beyond or even T.J. Maxx — but they’re not bad and won’t break your budget.

What’s your secret to a clutter-free home? Share your inexpensive organization hacks in the comments below!

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7 fun Easter basket ideas for babies

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Sabrina Garibian

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I love coming up with fun and practical Easter basket ideas for babies.

Growing up we always received a Easter basket that had just a few small treats tucked in. The Easter bunny usually brought me a bathing suit, new jelly sandals, a bag of jelly beans, and one of those giant Italian hollow chocolate eggs with the surprise inside.

I loved Easter because it had nothing to do with the Easter basket. My parents weren’t regular churchgoers and I loved that we got to go to church on Easter Sunday and listen to the beautiful music. We wore big, puffy dresses and an Easter hat, even gloves some years. After mass we went as a family to the neighborhood lake and feed the ducks before going home to enjoy Easter lunch.

At our Easter meal, we played games together with our colored eggs and I loved that even the grownups got in on the fun and competition. Some years we had an Easter egg hunt, but not every year. We talked about what Easter means and I would ask about a thousand questions about God and Jesus.

I want to create memories like that with my kids for Easter. Why has Easter become the new Christmas? It’s ridiculous and just feeds into the materialistic lifestyle we all talk about avoiding but don’t really avoid. We “Konmari” our homes only to fill them back up with junk again. Well, not me!

I have four kids, and they will all receive Easter baskets this year, even the baby! However, I will fill each basket with items I planned on buying anyway. I (I mean the Easter Bunny) will gift practical Easter baskets with goodies that will be used all year long. Mark my words.

Here are some fun Easter basket ideas for babies for the Easter bunny who wants to keep it simple but super fun this year:

practical easter basket ideas for babies

1. Disney SoapSox (SoapSox, $ 12.99)

soapsox ariel

This is like a loofah stuffed animal, and kids go nuts for it!

2. Crawl ‘N’ Go Snail (Yookidoo, $ 24.95)

crawl n go snail

I love this magical moving snail because it’s multiple toys in one, and my kids learned to crawl by trying to chase it.

3. Lion Teether (Marcus & Marcus, $ 8.99)

lion teether

With clean lines and a nice hard surface, this is a great baby teether for your little cub.

4. Snack in the Box (Amazon, $ 9.99)

snack in the box

You can pack two different snacks in one container. This is great for a new eater and fits a good handful of Cheerios!

5. Heart to heart pacifier chain (HABA, $ 13.49)

haba pacifier heart chain

I find pacifier chains to be very useful for the forgetful mom who loses everything. This one is wooden and makes for a good teether too.

6. Squirting silicone bath toy (Marcus & Marcus, $ 11.99)

This squirt toy stays mold free and is very easy to clean. It’s load of fun too!

7. HABA Classic Duck Pull Toy (Amazon, $ 33.99)

haba classic duck toy

I would put this pull toy in a baby or toddler’s Easter basket. Kids love pulling their little wooden pets around, and it’s great fun for early walkers.

If you want to give your baby an Easter basket but aren’t sure what to put in it, focus on what items baby might need or want in her first year and go from there! Happy shopping!

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6 safe sleep ideas for exhausted (and imperfect) parents

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By Alison Jacobson

Perhaps you recall the days when you could sleep in and then spend some relaxing time with a cup of coffee? Once you have a baby you can kiss those days goodbye, because the first months of a baby’s life can be exhausting for new parents.

Getting used to the round-the-clock cycle of feedings, changings, and fussiness is a challenge and leaves most parents desperate for sleep at any cost. We’ve all been there. We’ll try anything to get our baby to sleep from placing her on top of a washing machine to putting her in a baby swing. I remember having my husband drive our son around for hours in the car, as that was the only way he’d sleep.

But ensuring your baby is in a safe sleep environment must be the top priority. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, by adhering to safe sleep guidelines you can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by over 50 percent.

So what’s a parent to do? In the middle of the night when you’re exhausted it’s tempting to let your baby sleep any way she’ll stay asleep. With just a little preparation, those middle-of-the-night shifts can be safe as well.

1. Be prepared: Trying to figure out why your baby’s fussy isn’t always obvious. There’s nothing worse than trying to calm your baby down when you’re completely exhausted. Make sure you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Consider a white noise machine or calming music, which can help. Once breastfeeding has been established, it’s a great idea to offer a pacifier, too (this can also help when your partner is trying to soothe your baby).

2. Share your room…: When your baby wakes up in the middle of the night it’s easy to fall asleep in the glider in the nursery or bring her to bed and be too tired to take her back to her own room. By sharing a room with your baby it’s easy to place her back into her crib, bassinet, or co-sleeper when she’s done feeding and falls asleep again. Additionally, room sharing is now recommended as a way to reduce the risk of SIDS.

3. …But not your bed: Whether it’s a bassinet, co-sleeper, crib, or yes, even a laundry basket, make sure your baby has her own area to sleep. Be sure it’s a firm surface with a tight-fitting mattress sheet and nothing else. Keep pillows, blankets and stuffed animals out.

4. Set an alarm: It’s easy to fall asleep when you’re feeding your baby so when you bring her to bed to nurse, set a timer on your phone or clock for 30 minutes so you’ll be able to place her back in her sleep area when she’s done. There are several breastfeeding tracker phone apps with alarms that you can use for this purpose.

5. Have a support and back-up plan:
Sleep deprivation can lead to depression and physical illness. Enlist help from your spouse, partner, parent, family members, or friends. Arrange for someone to take your baby out for a few hours and in the evening, once you’ve fed your baby, hand her off to your partner.

6. Develop and stick with a bedtime ritual: The time your baby goes to sleep doesn’t matter as much as creating a routine. And the routine is as much for you as it is for them. When you’re exhausted, a routine makes it easier to stay on track. Soft music, dim lights, warm bath and a baby massage, a bedtime story — babies don’t know what you are saying, it’s the tone that you use, the sing-song story voice that they respond to. Babies will soon realize when the ritual has started that it’s bedtime — time to relax and go night-night so you can too.

Alison Jacobson is the CEO of CJ First Candle , the only national non-profit organization committed to eliminating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and preventable Stillbirths through education and research while providing support for grieving families who have suffered a loss.

This post was originally published March, 2017.

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8 Cool Outfit Ideas for Rainy Days

True story: I moved back to the East Coast from Los Angeles a couple of years ago, and for my first month here, it rained almost every day. Coming from a place where it typically rains once in a blue moon, I was thoroughly unprepared. Before the bulk of my wardrobe arrived, I was armed with a denim jacket and the closest thing I had to rain shoes (these Everlane loafers…), I felt like a fool surrounded by prepared east-coasters in goulashes and anoraks. So, it got me thinking about how I can pre-plan for rainy days in the future—while still looking cute (naturally). Fittingly, I took to the internet and researched the rainy-day style of celebrities while out and about when the forecast is less-than-stellar. The results of my research? A crop of fresh outfit ideas for the inevitable string of rainy days to come.

Below, see what stars wear to look cool on rainy days, and to shop some of our favorite functional rainy-day pieces!

On Kendall Jenner: R13 jeans; Balenciaga bag and boots
Who: Elsa Hosk
On Rita Ora: Adidas jacket, pants, and sneakers
On Lily Collins: Madewell jacket; Gerard Darel bag; Black Orchid jeans; Vince sneakers
On Olivia Palermo: Tod’s Bauletto Bag ($ 1425) and Embellished Leather Sneakers ($ 525)
On Karlie Kloss: A.L.C. coat; Victoria Beckham dress; Carolina Herrera bag
On Gigi Hadid: B Collection cardigan; Lauren Moshi T-shirt; DL1961 jeans; Versace Palazzo Empire Tote ($ 2850); Reebok Classic Leather Sneakers ($ 75)
On Chriselle Lim: Tibi Drape Twill Trench ($ 750)
Rain boots you can get away with wearing to work are an essential.  Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Wear this color with anything and everything. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
An on-trend bag that you actually won’t mind getting wet, found.
Flattering pants alert! Available in sizes 23 to 32.
The name says it all. Available in sizes XXXS to XXL.
Rainy days are the best days to dress for comfort, don’t you think? Available in sizes 1X to 3X.
You won’t get far without this on a rainy day.
You’ll want to wear this even on sunny days. Available in sizes 36 to 46.

See what we mean about wishing for a rainy day in the weather forecast?

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7 Tips and Ideas to Refresh your Home for Spring

With the warmer spring weather right around the corner, does anyone else feel the urge to spring clean? There’s something about opening up the windows and letting the fresh air breeze through the house that feels so refreshing after a long winter. Check out these inspiring tips and ideas to refresh your home with some simple DIY improvements.

A simple way to spruce up any room in your home is to add some fresh flowers. Keep a bouquet in the kitchen, bathroom or entryway and enjoy the fresh smell all week long. It’s sure to make you smile!

While it isn’t quite gardening season yet, you can add some green to your kitchen with a cute, DIY herb planter made from an old mug.

If you love colour but fear the commitment of painting a whole room, try painting or wallpapering just the inside of your cabinets and cupboards. It’s an easy way to add a pop of springtime colour to your kitchen.

In the bathroom, add some trendy textiles by swapping out your linens. Go for bold geometric prints for a fun update that’s also on trend this season. Apply this thinking to your shower curtain and bathroom accessories too.

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers; but the weather can also be mucky this time of year. Any parent with kids or pets knows how they love to splash in puddles and get dirty while playing outside, which is why your mudroom can also use a spring upgrade. Consider installing a doggy shower like this one to make bathing your pet fun and convenient. With Saniflo’s up-flush plumbing technology, your pooch can have his own shower in as little as one weekend! The Sanishower, a small drain water pump, easily installs under a shower base or inside a bathroom cabinet for quiet, efficient operation.

If you’re upgrading your mudroom, consider moving your washer and dryer out of the basement while you’re already in ‘reno mode.’ A mudroom complete with laundry equipment is a great idea for homes with kids. You won’t need to worry about them tracking little footprints through the rest of the home you just freshened up.

Lastly, floral décor and pretty accent pieces instantly make your home feel fresh and new for spring. We love this adorable DIY birdcage decoration!

Do you have other ideas to refresh your home for spring? Let us know on Facebook!

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Staycation Ideas For Spring Break With Your Sister If You’re Both Home & Broke

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Just because you’re flat broke, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a wonderful vacation experience. Spring break is the one time all college students look forward to, but it can be over before you know it, so it’s important to make the most of it. Take the time to reconnect with your family, and enjoy time with them. If you’re broke, you might not be able to jet away with friends to Cancun for two weeks, but there’s no reason you can’t have a staycation with your sister.

A great staycation is the perfect chicken soup for the soul, and it’s going to save you money in the process as well. It’s easy to get a little down in the dumps when all your friends are going abroad and having a ball. So, here are some of the most amazing staycation ideas you can use to ensure you and your sister have the time of your lives, without ever having to jump on a plane.

Do brunch – sibling style!

If there’s one mealtime that is perfectly suited to a sibling staycation, it has got to be brunch. You don’t have to go out to a fancy brunch joint either, you can (and should) cook up a feast yourselves. Get the griddles ready, and prep the kitchen, because making brunch is an excellent bonding activity, and the perfect way to get your staycation off to a delicious start. Mix things up, and don’t be afraid to have a go at things you’ve never tried before. This is something that can really help make brunch exciting.

Spend a day totally outside

There will be good days and bad days over spring break, and you want to pencil in the best day as the one you choose to spend outside. There will be plenty available for you to do, it’s just important to make sure you spend the whole day outside, making the most of the nice weather. You might think about having a picnic, or visiting the ocean – biking or hiking your way around the city is another really great idea as well.

Revisit childhood hotspots

There are so many wonderful places you will no doubt have visited as a child, and it’s time to retrace your steps and check these out again. Make a bucket list of the favorite places you visited when you were children, and take the time to go see them again on your staycation. This is a great way of reminiscing, and having the best possible experience during your staycation. Strengthen the bonds of sisterhood by taking some snaps of these places, and stick them on your social media.

Do a bit of shopping

We’re not just talking about the generic shopping trips you’d have in the designer stores. We mean going a little farther out and experiencing a different side of shopping. Check out some awesome thrift stores and flea markets, and purchase some bargains in time for the summer – it’s just around the corner! Stocking up on the right summer wardrobe with plenty of time to spare is the perfect way of bonding together as sisters.

How cool are these ideas for helping you have a memorable and nostalgic staycation as sisters?! There’s no rule saying you have to get away for any length of time, and this is a money-saving way of getting the most out of spring break. We just hope the ideas we’ve given appeal to the both of you.

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Snack Ideas for Work: Great Snacks for the Shelf, Office Fridge & Freezer

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It’s been ages since we talked about healthy snacks for the office — let’s hear about your favorite snack ideas for work, ladies! During my legal eagle days I spent so much time at the office that snacking was par for the course — I used to keep a banker’s box on my window filled with random snacks (mostly 100-calorie pouches and things like Fruit Gushers). I also splurged on a teeny fridge so I could keep cold water, a Diet Coke, a string cheese or two, and possibly sandwich fixings or yogurt nearby. I tried to avoid the office fridge where possible (things tended to… disappear in there…) but I kept a few things in the freezer on our floor, also. (My office weirdly kept the microwave on another floor entirely so I didn’t keep as much in there as I might have otherwise!) These are some of the best snacks I’d recommend you look into keeping at the office, both to keep your energy up for long-haul days, as well as to keep you from wandering to the local Starbucks (bad for your budget and your waistline)… I’ve never been much for packing a lunch daily, but I would bring several things in at the beginning of each week (yogurt, sliced cheese to add to bagels, etc). How about you, ladies — what are your favorite snacks to bring to work? What do you pack each day, each week — and what do you keep at the office? Do you pack a lunch regularly, or try to cut costs by bringing the “expensive” part of a lunch (e.g., meat, cheese, a more exotic ingredient like artichoke hearts, etc. to add to an affordable plain salad or bagel)? 

Shelf-Stable Snack Ideas for Work

Even if you have access to a fridge, sometimes it’s easiest just to keep a few things in your desk drawer.

  • Peanut butter or powdered peanut butter like PB2 – I’m a fan of the powdered peanut butter for portion/calorie reasons (I add it to greek yogurt, oatmeal, and sometimes just mix it with water to eat with apples) but it’s hard to beat a jar of peanut butter and some crackers in your office for an “I have no time to go get lunch today!” lunch.
  • Yogurt or applesauce pouches like GoGo Squeez – (sure, your toddler loves them, but they’re also a relatively healthy choice for you too — and they’re shelf stable!)
  • Premier Protein or other muscle drinks — these can fill you up for those days where you really “can’t leave your desk” but need to drink something — I like to add a splash to coffee or tea for a teensy midday snack, but once opened do note that you have to refrigerate. Some people on Weight Watchers LOVE to take Premier Protein and add an entire container to a shot or two of espresso for a DIY Frappuccino.
  • Oatmeal – oatmeal packets are the easiest, but I have a friend who keeps a cup of old-fashioned oats in a baggie in her purse and just asks for hot water when she needs a quick snack. I like to add powdered peanut butter to plain oatmeal, maybe with a splash of Premier Protein… you can also add dried or freeze-dried fruit,
  • Jerky – an important note, though: once you open a jerky packet it has to be refrigerated. (This was recent news to me and I’ve been eating jerky as a main snack for a thousand years!) For portion control/no refrigeration requirements I’m a fan of the Pacific Gold packets of beef jerky.
  • Fruit – All uncut fruit is shelf stable in that you don’t HAVE to refrigerate it, and I’m a big fan of grabbing an apple or banana for a quick snack. Both are great to mix into oatmeal, or to eat with a bit of peanut butter. You can also keep prepackaged fruit cups (I just saw some with chia added…)
  • Protein Bars – I just saw that Labdoor proclaimed Quest bars to be the best in terms of nutrition and price; I’ve also been a fan of RX Bars, Good Greens, Luna, KIND bars, and Oh Yeah bars.
  • Tuna or other canned/pouched seafood – They make a lot of flavored tuna pouches now, but I’m a big fan of mixing tuna with wing sauce (also shelf stable) — it’s weird but it’s so good! You can add these to salads or sandwiches, or eat by themselves. A tip: be verrrrry careful if you’re opening a can; you don’t want it to spill on you or (gasp) the office carpet near your desk. Also be wise in finding a place to dispose of the can or pouch.
  • I wouldn’t call them healthy, but there are obviously a ton of portion-controlled snacks to consider, like my 100-calorie pouches, Fruit Gushers, or more. If you prefer to make your own portion-controlled snacks or otherwise want reusable lunch containers, we’ve discussed this a bit at the moms’ site — these snack bags are great for dry snacks, as are these Bento boxes (I tend to fill them with popcorn for my son at school).

Snacks To Keep in the Office Fridge

Whether you’ve got a mini fridge at your desk or you just make good use of the office fridge, there are a lot more snack ideas for work once you can refrigerate. A lot of these can also be brought in with an ice pack for lunch — but then you have to generally eat them that day.

  • Yogurt – I eat a lot of yogurt, what can I say?
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheese Slices, String Cheese, Babybel Cheese – years ago when I just started and was on a crazy budget, I used to buy a bagel at the deli for $ .50 and add my own cheese or meat from home to make a really cheap sandwich.
  • Hummus (I’ve even seen hummus in single portion containers)…
  • Overnight oats
  • Turkey pepperoni, rotisserie chicken, or other meats — add to salads, eat plain
  • hardboiled eggs (but watch out for the smell factor if you store them in a public fridge)
  • egg frittatas/egg muffins you make at home – I love eggs but just can’t get into these, but if you can they’re great.
  • Salad fixings – If you feel comfortable leaving things in the office fridge for multiple days, this is a great way to save on salads and sandwiches for lunch — you can keep artichoke hearts, olives/pickles/pepperoncini/jalapeños, shredded cheese, salad dressings, and more.

Great Snacks for the Office Freezer

If you have access to a microwave or toaster oven your world opens up substantially — keep bags of broccoli or green beans to bulk up frozen meals, keep frozen meals, bring canned foods that are better heated (green beans, soup, beans). If you DON’T have

  • Vitatops – If you like a carby snack, these are great — portion controlled and full of fiber. (You can also make your own!) They’re frozen, but if you don’t want to use a microwave you can just get some hot tea and put the Vitatop on top to defrost.
  • Frozen fruit, like grapes or bananas – I’m a big fan of freezing bananas once they get too ripe. You can freeze them whole if you’re going to be using them for baking, but for office purposes I’d break it into pieces before freezing. These are great to add to oatmeal for a nice hit of sweetness. Frozen grapes make a great snack by themselves, particularly in summer months.
  • This can be a bit messy, but you can also make smoothies at home, freeze them into ice cube trays, and then bring them in to keep in the office freezer, too…

How about you guys — what are your best snack ideas for work?

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We rounded up 40+ snack ideas for work, including shelf stable snacks, snacks for the office fridge, and snacks for the office FREEZER. Plus, we've suggested a few ingredients to bring in to save big on salads and sandwiches!

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Healthy packaged snack ideas for moms with bag-lunch fatigue

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Sabrina Garibian

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It’s only January and I am so done packing school lunches. I often daydream of elementary school cafeterias that are like college cafeterias where my children can pick from tons of healthy and interesting, well-loved lunch options. Until that day comes I will pack lunch for my kids, whether I want to or not.

Some days lunch looks like this, full of healthy, fresh options and even homemade oatmeal raisin cookies:

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Other days lunch is just a pile of packaged snacks like this:

To give myself a break as I near the end of my last pregnancy, I’ve been throwing some healthy packaged snacks in my kids’ lunch boxes and calling it a day. Here are my favorite healthy snack ideas:

1. Fresh, whole fruit

This one is easy because they come naturally packaged. I always have bananas, apples, clementines, and oranges on hand to throw in my kids’ lunches. Super easy, healthy, and doesn’t require me to do any work.

2. Yogurt tubes

I used to pack little containers of yogurt with a spoon, but yogurt tubes are so much easier to pack and for my children to eat.

3. Cheese sticks

My younger two children don’t care for sandwiches, so I always pack a cheese stick for them to help their tummies stay full.

4. Packs of almonds

If your child’s school is not nut-free, little packs of almonds are a perfect addition to your kid’s lunch. They are filling and fun to eat.

5. Granola bar

I am torn on this as far as calling it healthy, but when I’m in a pinch I have no problem packing a granola bar in my kid’s lunch box. The only problem is that my kids only like the chocolate ones that are a little higher in sugar.

6. Single-serve pretzel bags

My kids like something crunchy and salty to go with their cheese sticks. I love that single serve pretzel bags exist. When I’m motivated I use my reusable snack bags and fill them up at the beginning of the week with pretzels from a big bag or with a batch of air-popped popcorn.

That’s all I’ve got but I would love some more ideas!

What snacks do you put in your child’s lunch box?

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Four Weeks’ Worth of Work Outfit Ideas!

work outfit ideasWouldn’t it be great if you had several weeks’ worth of work outfit ideas — and if the ideas mostly used things you already have in your closet — and maybe even pushed you out of your comfort zone a few times? I’ve wanted to create something like this for YEARS, truly, but between all the other regular content the work outfit challenge just hasn’t happened. Last summer and fall I really committed to finalizing it, and I’m thrilled to say that it’s DONE and you can now subscribe here! I’m proud of the end result — I think these work outfit ideas reflect a smart, sophisticated way of dressing that can be dressed up or down for various offices, and my hope is that as you go through the challenge you’ll stretch yourself a bit and hopefully find some new ideas.  Every outfit idea in the challenge is appropriate for work, and 90% of them can be done using stuff you very likely already have in your closet. Because the ideas are more of “building blocks,” if you find a few of them that your really like you can turn the blocks into a work uniform. Because many of the building blocks ideas have examples of different bloggers from around the web wearing the outfits, you may even find a few new workwear personal style bloggers or Instagrammers to follow!

What It Is:

Four weeks worth of outfit ideas, with five days’ worth of outfit ideas emailed to you every Sunday for four weeks. (We were going to do it as a daily email, but after reader feedback we decided to do a week’s worth at a time!)

Who Gets the Work Outfit Ideas:

The work outfit ideas are free for anyone who subscribes to the Corporette email newsletter using THIS LINK. (You should get a confirmation email pretty soon after signing up — please check your spam filter if you don’t see it!)

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It starts the first Sunday after you sign up for the email!

Questions for this thread for you guys — what are YOUR favorite work outfit ideas, ladies? What outfits (or building blocks of outfits, such as black top + black pants + colorful/print jacket or cardigan) do you wear again and again to work? Have you (or anyone else you know) adopted a uniform or other concentrated way of dressing that has worked well for work?

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5 New Ideas for Your Bathroom in the New Year

New year, new you, new bathroom. We’ve rounded up five trend-forward ways to upgrade your bathroom in the new year. 

 

Large Format Tiles 

Large format tiles maintain trendiness in 2018, after their rise to popularity in 2017. In addition to being trend-forward, large format tiles also lend the illusion of a larger bathroom and tend to accumulate less dust and debris than their small format counterparts. 

 

An Unexpected Accent 

Wood is one of those materials that will never go out of style and the creative applications for it are seemingly endless. We love this idea, courtesy of Reno-Assistance, using recovered wood cut into different sized circular shapes to create an accent wall of sorts. 

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An Upgraded Shower 

The walk-in shower is a model that has garnered popularity to the point that it is practically a mainstay in modern homes. If you don’t already have one, consider upgrading to a walk-in in the new year, or consider other shower upgrades, such as integration of a steam system, an anti-fog mirror, or a linear drain.  

 

Industrial-Chic 

Last year, we talked about Industrial Style Kitchens We Love, and this year, that love extends to the bathroom. Industrial style bathrooms are chock-full of attitude and personality and embrace imperfect elements, such as exposed pipes, bare concrete, and vintage light fixtures. 

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A Fresh Coat of Paint 

Not sure what new hue will best suit your bathroom? Check out our article, The Trendiest Colors for Your Bathroom in 2018, for some inspiration.

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It’s that time of year again! Time to resolve to have a better 2018 while making the most of the rest of 2017. If you’ve got a New Year’s Eve party on the horizon and you’re puzzling over decorations, let us help get the creative juices flowing – keep reading for DIY-able decorating inspiration using balloons. 

 

A New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock  

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Glow Stick Balloons 

What you’ll need: white balloons, balloon pump or a helium tank, assorted glow sticks 

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Confetti-Filled Balloons 

What you’ll need: transparent balloons, balloon pump or helium tank, assorted confetti 

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The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you open your closet, sift through your options, and find yourself extremely disappointed at your eveningwear selection. Instead of heading to a luxury department store where I’d inevitably spend hundreds of dollars on one item, though, I thought I’d check out Forever 21, and let me tell you, I was “shook,” as the kids say.

The retailer is currently brimming with holiday party outfit ideas all at prices that will make you and your wallet happy. From ruffle satin heels to the perfect flirty dress to go with them, let Forever 21 be your go-to destination this season for all your party outfit needs. Here, I’ve rounded up a selection of my favorite holiday party pieces from the retailer for your shopping pleasure so that you too can get in on this shopping secret.

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You’ll dazzle them in this dress.  Available in sizes S to L.
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Wear these…
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Your feather-adorned jumpsuit will be the talk of the town. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
As long as you have these on, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. 
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This is the kind of suit worth ditching your dresses for.  Available in sizes S to L. 
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Holiday gift ideas for when your budget is zero-point-zero dollars

Did you run out of money before you crossed everyone off your holiday shopping list? Fear not, as there are many amazing zero-dollar gift ideas out there in the world. Here are five to get you started!

Creative gifts for people with tight budgets

Magazine subscriptions

If you have a scattering of frequent flyer miles from random airlines, then you need to know about Mags for Miles. This website works with almost all the major airlines and allows you to trade in your dormant miles for magazine subscriptions. From Vogue to People, Sports Illustrated to Cigar Aficionado, there’s likely a magazine for that certain someone on your holiday list. (Of course, this is only a good idea if your frequent flyer miles weren’t on their way to earning you a free plane ticket.)

Utilize your gift cards

You may not have any cash on hand, but you likely have an assortment of gift cards languishing throughout your home. Whether they’re loaded with $ 100 or $ 7.53, it’s worth gathering them up for your holiday shopping needs. Most retailers allow you to check the balance online, and you can even use them to buy new gift cards for others! Go ahead and transform your forgotten plastic into holiday presents without spending a dime!

Regift

Regifting may have a reputation for being a tacky move, but many of the gifts we receive are perfectly fine, they simply don’t fit in with our personal style. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be valued by someone else. Be it a book, funny T-shirt or a pair of kooky socks, just make sure to remove any personal notes and gift it outside of the original giver’s circle of friends.

Family mementos

If you’re the keeper of great-aunt Ethel’s box of family heirlooms, maybe it’s time to spread the wealth throughout the family. Whether you have items of value such a sterling silver tea set or simply Grandma’s bronzed baby shoes, items of meaning make great family gifts. Take the time to clean and polish each item, and then write up the full known history on each gift. Enrich this winter’s gatherings with family stories and history.

Give from your time and talents

Not all gifts needs to be things, and the gift of time and service can be more appreciated than any solid object. Whether it’s an evening of babysitting, an afternoon of household organization or the teaching of a skill, a personalized gift certificate can be very welcome. Figure out your personal skills and talents for a truly unique set of gift. Just make to to actually follow through on your intentions!

Having an empty wallet doesn’t have to mean that your friends and loved ones go without this holiday season. Look around at what you have on hand and exercise your creative muscle. The winter holidays are about faith, community and caring for one another, which was never found in the mall in the first place.

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Want experiences, not stuff this holiday? Try these dreamy ideas on for size

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Joyce Slaton

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Our closets are full. The garage doesn’t have room for a car. There are toys all over the living room floor. Do you really want more stuff this year? Especially considering it’s nearly impossible to halt the flood of toys from grandparents?

IfOnly.com has a better idea — experiences, not stuff. The site has dozens and dozens of ideas for families in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Napa/Sonoma. A nice bonus: each experience you buy benefits a related charity.

Here are a few things we wish we could do:

1. Instructor-Led Session on BIG Piano: Are you a fan of the scene in Big where Tom Hanks jumps tunefully on a giant piano? In one lesson, you and your kids (up to 4 people per class) can learn how to hop and jump to make tuns like “Heart and Soul” and the “Star Wars” theme. ($ 105 per person, NYC, benefits A Home Within)

2. Private Circus Party at CircEsteem: Throw a two-hour party like no other for 10 to 50 people, where your guests try their hand at circusy skills at four different party stations: trapeze, juggling, clowning, plate spinning, and tight-wire walking are among the options. You can even hire a face-painter, balloon artist, stilt walker, and/or juggler for extra atmosphere, and bring your own food if you like. ($ 30 per person, Chicago, benefits Challenges Athletes Association)

3. Parkour-Themed Birthday Party for Young or Old: Parkour, the art of getting from Point A to Point B in as interesting a way as possible, is the perfect pastime for wiggling monkey children and energetic parents. Throw a party for up to 15 people ages 6 to 70+; Parkour Generations can provide an indoor space or set up gear in a park, community center, or big yard near you. Two instructors will guide your moves and keep everybody going. ($ 195; Boston, benefits Challenges Athletes Association)

4. Kids Pasta Lessons: SPQR chef and San Francisco luminary Matthew Accarrino take kids age 8 and up into the kitchen to learn the fine Italian art of pasta-making, while Mom and Dad relax with champagne in comfy chairs. Following the lesson, everyone eats a beautiful three-course pasta lunch at SPQR, and a treasured family memory is made. ($ 250 per person; San Francisco, benefits Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund)

5. Intro Mermaid Class for Kids: If you have a child who dreams of being a beautiful mermaid gliding through the water, this swimming class is perfect. Rental of a “monofin” (a tail!) is included in the class, and professional mermaids will instruct swimmers age 7 to 14 how to swim with a mermaid’s powerful grace. Note that professional mermaid Nora Kaitis also offers adult mermaid classes, if Mom or Dad would like to join in. ($ 60 per person, Chicago, benefits Lindblad-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund)

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100 Free Gift Ideas Your Friends Will Actually Want to Receive

The holidays get expensive fast. Checking off everyone on your list can be daunting, especially for your bank account. The average American plans to spend $ 983 on holiday gifts in 2017, according to the American Research Group.

But we’ve got an early holiday gift for you: a list of 100 free gift ideas.

You’ll probably see at least four or five items you can easily give someone you know and love — which means four or five gifts you don’t have to buy.

Ready to get started? Gifts are divided into categories, so you can easily scroll to find the type of gift you need. Or, read the whole list and find inspiration for a frugal, fun and FREE holiday season!

Food and Drink

If your kitchen isn’t well stocked, you’re going to have to buy ingredients like flour and sugar. But if you already have the supplies, you can make a lot of free gifts from what’s in your pantry.

1. Bread

Bake a delicious loaf of bread (Think banana, zucchini and chocolate chip breads.), wrap it up in some colorful plastic wrap and you’re good to go.

2. Cookies

Many people wait all year to make their favorite holiday cookies, and many families have traditional holiday recipes. Why not share your favorites with your friends?

3. Cookie Mix in a Jar

You can bake cookies, or you can give people the gift of being able to bake cookies whenever they want.

Put dry ingredients (flour, chocolate chips, etc.) into a glass jar, tape the recipe to the outside of the jar and tie on a festive ribbon.

4. Casseroles

Don’t turn up your nose at the humble casserole. Anything that gives people an excuse to eat Fritos chips smothered with cheese is a hit, in our opinion.

Give it fresh out of the oven, or prepare a frozen casserole for your recipients to heat up on one of those “no-time-to-cook” days.

5. Breakfast Burritos

While we’re on the subject of “no time to cook,” a bulk supply of handmade, frozen breakfast burritos would be very welcome in a lot of our homes!

You do the work, and your recipients will think of you every morning as they eat a healthy, delicious and fast breakfast.

6. Muesli

If breakfast burritos sound like too much work, make muesli instead.

Just fill a glass jar 3/4 full of dry, raw oats, then add nuts and dried fruit. Put a lid on the jar and shake it a few times until the muesli is well mixed. Add a festive ribbon!

7. Other Holiday Treats

We know you’re already thinking of at least one other holiday treat you could make for your friends, from sugarplums to rugelach. You don’t need our permission to make it!

8. Recipe Book

If you love baking, but don’t have enough cash for the ingredients, give people a recipe book.

Write your favorite recipes on index cards, or print your recipes out and tie the pages together with a ribbon. Want to go completely free? Make a PDF version and email it.

9. Regifted Sweets

Even if you aren’t naturally skilled in the kitchen, you can still give people a delicious holiday gift.

Take some of your holiday sweets — like the box of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark you got at your office holiday party — and pass them along to someone else.

10. Wine

Want the easiest possible holiday gift? Put a bow on the unopened bottle of wine you have sitting in the cupboard.

From My Home to Yours

One of the easiest ways to give someone a free gift is to pass along something you already own — whether it’s the package of scented soap from your aunt or the favorite book that’s been on your shelf for a decade.

11. Regift Old Gifts

Take that thing you got last year that’s still in its box, and give it to someone else.

12. Regift This Year’s Gift

Take something you got this year and give it to someone else. We suggest scented soaps or candles.

13. Gift Card

Did your office give employees gift cards this year? Have an old gift card sitting around you haven’t spent? Pass ‘em along.

But check expiration dates and balances first. Gift cards are one present that should never arrive used.

14. Books

Give an old favorite, or wrap up the book you bought a year ago and didn’t read.

15. CD Coasters

Old CDs make great coasters, and you probably have a whole binder full of old ones collecting dust somewhere.

Group them into sets (the Weird Al collection?), add a card explaining the gift and pass them along to a friend who appreciates music and upcycling old technology.

16. CD Art

If you and a friend bonded over a band or album several years ago, dig up the CD and frame the jacket art.

17. Ornaments

If you have adult children or grandchildren, giving them treasured ornaments off your Christmas tree will make them feel special.

Plus, they’ll think of you every time they place the ornament on a branch.

18. Puzzles

People rarely do the same puzzle twice, so make sure your used puzzle has all the right pieces, and wrap it up.

19. Clothes

To get away with this type of gift, you’ll need to be a mother giving a favorite sweater to a daughter, an older sister giving a favorite T-shirt to a younger sister or a best friend passing along a treasured jacket.

20. Vintage Wear

You might know a teenager or young adult who’d love to wear the outfit you’ve been hanging onto since the early 90s.

Vintage is always in style!

21. Costume Jewelry

If you inherited a pile of costume jewelry from an older relative, share the wealth with the younger generation.

22. Family Heirloom

This is a more serious gift. Pass along the necklace or china set that’s been in the family for generations.

Make sure you give it to someone who will appreciate both its history and value.

23. Childhood Stuffed Animal

Pass along a beloved stuffed animal to make a special memory with a child or grandchild.

24. Pet Rock

Make a very special memory with a niece or nephew — pass along a beloved pet rock.

Only the coolest aunt or uncle would give out pet rocks.

25. Funky Mug

If you’re one of the people who loves collecting novelty mugs, it’s time to start distributing your collection.

Wash ‘em really well first — we don’t want to see any coffee rings or lipstick stains.

26. Collectibles

While we’re on the subject of collectibles — if you know someone who collects owls, trains or snow globes, pass along a respective item from your home.

We all have at least one snow globe in a drawer somewhere, right?

27. Storage Unit Surprise

If you have a storage unit, there’s probably at least one thing in it that you aren’t using and would make an excellent gift.

The Gift of Memory

Now that so many of our photos and videos are stored online, there’s something very special about receiving an actual photograph or home video.

Plus, these are items you probably already have in your closet — which makes them ideal free holiday gifts.

28. Old Photographs

Pass along old photographs of grandparents or great-grandparents to the younger generation.

29. Photographs From Childhood

If you’ve known a friend since childhood, slip an old photo of the two of you into a frame.

30. Old Home Video

Send everyone in the family a copy of old home video footage of children or other relatives.

31. New Home Video

Why not make a new home video this year?

Take video of your children playing the piano or singing holiday songs. Or get in front of the camera and tell the people you love how much you care about them.

32. Family Tree

If your family doesn’t have an updated family tree, put one together and send it to everyone in its branches.

33. Family History

Interview family members about their history and favorite memories.

Then put the interviews together into a book — or video!

34. Family Trivia Game

The family that plays together stays together.

Make a trivia game featuring details about your family members and play it over the holidays. It can be as simple as questions and answers on index cards or as complicated as your craft skills allow!

35. Book of Shared Memories

Give your closest friend a book of memories.

Write down as many stories and shared experiences as you can remember. Include doodles, photos and anything else you’d like to add.

You’ll give your friend a history of your friendship and a gift to truly cherish.

The Thought That Counts

When you don’t have enough cash for a real gift, give something equally thoughtful and memorable.

36. Heartfelt Letter

Tell a friend or relative how much they mean to you in a thoughtful letter.

37. Monthly Letter

Write a friend or relative a dozen thoughtful letters.

Put them in envelopes with instructions about when to open.

38. How Do I Love Thee

Begin with the famous Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Then count them.

39. Friendship Mad Libs

Remember the time when we went to [PLACE] but we ran out of [ITEM] and we had to [VERB] our way back home?

Give a friend a book of Mad Libs based on shared experiences — see if it sparks any memories!

40. Kid Mad Libs

Here’s another cool aunt or uncle gift.

Write up a few Mad Libs. Don’t worry too much about the story — the kids’ll fill all the blanks in with “boogers” and “farts” anyway.

41. Mixtape

The classic mixtape never gets old — especially if it’s on an actual cassette you have lying around.

42. Spotify Playlist

Don’t have a tape? Make and share a Spotify playlist instead.

43. Memory Jar

Fill a jar with strips of paper containing shared memories.

44. Inspiration Jar

Fill a jar with strips of paper containing inspirational quotes or thoughts.

45. Hopes and Dreams Jar

Give an empty jar with a bunch of blank strips of paper and tell your friend to put their hopes and dreams into the jar.

46. Change Jar

Give a kid a cute jar with some loose change inside. You might inspire them to become a future Penny Hoarder!

47. Time Together

Whether it’s an afternoon spent exploring a park or an evening spent knitting and chatting, sometimes the gift of time spent together is what really matters.

48. Binge Watch a Show

Tell your significant other (or teenager) that yes, you’ll binge watch a show with them.

You know the one. You’ll probably really like it.

49. Visit the Museum

Many museums have free days. Find out when they are and take someone special.

Something for Nothing

There are many ways to get new or nearly-new items for free. Check out this list for inspiration.

50. Buy Nothing Group

The Buy Nothing Project connects people who want to both give and receive gently used items for free.

See if there’s a Buy Nothing Group in your area, and take a look at what its members are offering. Maybe one of the free items will make a perfect gift!

51. Freecycle

Freecycle is another online group where members give away items for free. Check it out and see if there’s anything you might want.

52. Craigslist

Search Craigslist for people giving away free clothes, toys, furniture or household items. As always, watch out for scams!

53. Kijiji

If you’re in Canada, check Kijiji for free listings.

54. Ebay Classified Ads

Ebay Classified Ads might also have free items you can claim — it never hurts to check!

55. Reddit

Look at Reddit’s Barter, Recycle and Gift Card Exchange communities for free gifts.

56. Freebie Sites

Use our list of 30 online freebies for gift inspiration.

Some of the items are just utilities, but plenty would make great gifts — or you could bundle a bunch of useful stuff together for someone who’s strapped for cash.

57. Free Baby Products

If someone on your gift list is a new or expecting parent, here’s how to get free baby products.

58. Retailers Offering Free Gifts

You know the free makeup bag that comes with your cosmetics purchase? Gift it to someone else.

Retailers often offer free gifts around the holidays as an incentive to get you in the door. Buy what you want, and pass the free gift to a friend!

59. Gifts Purchased With Gift Cards

We already mentioned regifting gift cards, but what if you kept the gift card and bought five gifts with it instead?

60. Amazon Trade-In

Amazon Trade-In allows you to trade in old items for new ones.

Turn your old stuff into new gifts!

61. Pet

You can almost always find someone giving away free kittens or puppies.

Note: Make sure it’s a gift the recipient wants and the recipient is ready to handle the responsibility of caring for a pet. The kitten may be free, but pets need time, money and love.

Creative Work

Are you skilled with a pen, guitar or paintbrush? Here’s how to turn free holiday gifting into a work of art.

62. Art

Draw it, paint it, sculpt it, gift it.

63. Kid Art

If you have kids, ask them to draw or paint special pictures for their grandparents and other relatives.

64. Original Music

Record yourself performing an original song you wrote for someone you love.

65. Cover Album

Are you more of a musician than a songwriter?

Make a mixtape of you playing covers of the recipient’s favorite tunes. Or gather the whole family to sing holiday favorites.

66. Poetry

The original classic (and free) gift.

67. Audio Poetry

Record yourself reading original poetry or old favorites. (“How do I love thee…”)

68. Audiobook

Read a short story or classic text aloud.

For example, you can read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in just a couple of hours.

69. Audio Goodnight

Far away from grandchildren?

Make them an audio goodnight tape. Tell a story, sing a song, wish them goodnight and send your love.

70. Coloring Book

Get blank paper and a marker, and create a coloring book for a friend.

Draw pictures of items you both enjoy (e.g. pizza, Netflix) or memories you share.

71. Hand-Drawn Paper Dolls

Here’s how to draw a paper doll: Draw the body first. Then, put a sheet of paper over the body (so you can see the drawing underneath) and draw the clothes to fit.

Color the paper doll, or leave the outline for the recipient to fill in!

72. Comic Strip

Draw four panels, then add yourself and your friends enjoying a comic scenario.

73. Crossword Puzzle

Create a crossword puzzle where the majority of the clues are about the recipient.

74. Word Search

If a crossword puzzle sounds too complicated, make a word search!

The Gift of Labor

Trust us, some people will appreciate these gifts more than anything else they receive this year.

75. Handywork

Offer a friend or relative a weekend of your time to do all of their little house projects.

76. Housecleaning

Can you clean a house until it sparkles? Gift your talents.

77. Car Wash

If you have kids or teenagers who need to come up with gift ideas for aunts or uncles, have them offer car washes.

78. Massage

This free gift is classic for a reason. It’s best reserved for significant others and spouses, though.

79. Babysitting

Do you know how much a night of babysitting costs these days? This free gift is actually really, really valuable.

80. Petsitting

Give your friends peace of mind by being their designated pet sitter for a long weekend — or for every vacation they take next year.

81. Other Skills

If you know how to alter clothes, upholster furniture or wallpaper rooms, there’s a free gift idea.

The recipient has to come up with the clothing, the furniture and the wallpaper, and you provide the labor.

Holiday Crafts

Let’s end this list with a collection of holiday crafts.

As with the food and drink section, these gifts are only free if you already have the supplies — but we bet you’ll have enough to make at least one of these!

82. Soap Bubbles

Have a little dish soap and a cute container? You’re on your way to making a batch of soap bubbles.

Check out Apartment Therapy for a list of soap bubble recipes. Make circle and heart-shaped bubble wands out of pipe cleaners.

83. Play Dough

Flour, water, salt, oil and a bit of food coloring are all you need for this classic toy. PBS has the recipe.

84. Bathtub Crayons

Use grated soap and food coloring to make crayons for bathtime fun. Get Rich Slowly has instructions (#94 on the list).

85. Sidewalk Chalk

If you have plaster of Paris and tempera paint, you can easily make sidewalk chalk. Martha Stewart will show you how.

86. Framed Book Illustration

Cut out and frame a page of text or an illustration from a classic book.

87. Secret Compartment Book

Cut a hole in the center pages of a book to form a secret compartment. The Art of Manliness has a how-to guide.

88. Book Into Purse

You can also turn a hardcover book into a purse or clutch. A Beautiful Mess has the instructions.

89. Mason Jar Tea Lights

If you have a mason jar and some tea lights, decorate the outside of the jar with glitter, lace, ribbons, decoupage or plain ole’ permanent marker.

Put the tea light inside and you have a gift to light up anyone’s holiday.

90. Teacup Candle

If you have a half-melted candle and a mismatched teacup, combine them into an attractive gift. Get Rich Slowly has the details (#31 on their list).

91. Scrabble Ornaments

Take your Scrabble game out of the closet and turn the tiles into handmade ornaments. Spell “peace,” “joy,” “love” or anything else you like.

I Heart Naptime has instructions.

92. Scrabble Necklace

Or, turn your old Scrabble tiles into necklaces. Jewels of sayuri has the tutorial and diys.com has 24 other ideas for fun projects using Scrabble pieces.

93. Hand Warmers

Combine scraps of fabric and uncooked rice to make hand warmers. Just pop ‘em in the microwave, then take them out and warm up those hands!

Rae Ann Kelly has a how-to guide.

94. Sweater Mittens

Turn your old sweater into new mittens! Check out Creme de la Craft to learn more.

95. Sweater Pillow

Old sweaters also transform into soft, fuzzy throw pillows. PopSugar has a no-sewing-required guide.

96. T-Shirt Pillow

Turn old T-shirts into throw pillows.

Take a look at DIY Network’s guide — and if you don’t have pillow batting at hand, use an old throw pillow’s batting!

97. T-Shirt Quilt

If you have a bunch of old T-shirts and an old fleece blanket, stitch them together into a new T-shirt quilt.

Use Wellness Mama’s guide — unlike other T-shirt quilt guides, this one doesn’t require extra batting or material.

98. Sock Monkey

Got a sock, thread, embroidery floss and polyfill stuffing? Make a monkey.

Urban Threads has the instructions. This type of project can be easily adapted. If you don’t have buttons for eyes, stitch on colorful fabric scraps or make the eyes with embroidery floss.

99. Lip Scrub

Make a simple sugar scrub out of ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

Our lip scrub recipe only requires sugar and olive oil.

100. Bath Bombs

Whip up a batch of homemade bath bombs with ingredients you might already have around the house. (If not, you can whip up this batch for less than $ 10.)

Our video tutorial shows you how.

Need More Free or Low-Cost Gift Ideas?

Although many of the items on this list are gifts I’ve either given or received myself, I also used the following posts to find great free gift ideas:

Nicole Dieker is a freelance writer focusing on personal finance and personal stories. Her work has appeared in The Billfold, The Toast, Yearbook Office, The Write Life and Boing Boing.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Ladies

In this year’s holiday gift guide for ladies, we’ve hand-selected a variety of products that are certain to woo and charm the most important women in your life. Each item has been uniquely curated based on information received by our readers over the years. We hope this gift guide will help cure any doubts that you will give her a gift that is anything short of perfect.

$ 0 – $ 100

Taste of Persia Cookbook, $ 22

For the cookbook lover in your life, recipe tomes are read like novels – carefully explored and bookmarked for future reference. The Taste of Persia explores the diverse food and cultural traditions of a portion of the Middle East, which makes for a richer narrative than the average cookbook. It’s such a standout that it won the James Beard Foundation Award for Best International Book. Check out the Taste of Persia cookbook here.

Hardcover Bronte Sisters Boxed Set, $ 63

Few books are as beloved as those written by the Victorian Bronte sisters in the 19th century. Though they are easily accessible texts, a hardcover set is a perfect gift for the woman who returns to these classic books again and again. They will look great on a bookshelf too! Check out this Hardcover Bronte Sisters Boxed Set here.

Rose Gold Tray, $ 68

Rose gold is currently having a moment. It’s being used on everything from phones to jewelry, and it makes for a beautiful, warm metallic accent in interior design. This stunning copper tray is as simple as it comes, but the striking color and reflective surface will make it an ideal accent piece for the design lover in your life. Check out this simple Copper Rose Gold Accent Tray here. 

Umbra Bath Reading Tray

If she enjoys hot baths on a cold evening, this caddy is a perfect gift. Capable of holding a book or tablet, there is a spot for her wine glass and a dish to hold her soap. Made from bamboo and steel, this is an item that will get regular use. Umbra Bath Caddy.

belif Korean Cosmetics The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

If the lady in your life is partial to skincare, then this is the “it” product of the year. Korean skincare is the latest trend, and belif Korean Cosmetics has created a truly unique moisturizing cream that boasts a cult following for its long-lasting non-greasy moisture. It’s the perfect gift for the dry winter season. Get a jar of belif Korean Cosmetics The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb for her.

HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker

This simple and easy-to-use device stays cold in your freezer and allows you to cool hot coffee up to 130+ degrees in under a minute without diluting it. In addition to coffee and tea, the HyperChiller can also be used to chill whiskey, wine, juices, water and a variety of other beverages without watering it down or changing the flavor. HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker.

Pendelton Knitted Wool Mittens

Made from 100% merino wool, these warm mittens feature a bold geometric pattern with the comfort of a soft, fleecy lining. Pendelton Knitted Wool Mittens.

Smart Thermos

This water bottle from Thermos has a wifi-enabled lid that provides real-time metrics to ensure you’re drinking enough water each day. The bottle measures your intake of liquids and provides you with key information to let you know how many ounces you’ve consumed, how many sips you’ve taken, and the exact temperature of the liquid inside. The app works with you to develop a daily hydration goal and helps to ensure you meet it each day. Works exclusively with Apple products. Smart Lid Thermos Water Bottle.

Derek Rose Workout Gear

Hitting the gym or yoga class doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Our favorite purveyor of sleepwear recently launched a line of workout apparel for women that is both functional and beautiful. Derek Rose Gym Attire.

Marc Jacobs Foundation Brush

Every woman needs a good quality foundation brush. Made from synthetic hairs, this antibacterial brush gives you a flat, tapered side for overall coverage, with sides of the brush for contouring areas such as your cheekbones, jawline, and nose. Easy to apply with any powder, liquid, or mousse foundation, the brush will take her makeup ritual to the next level. Marc Jacobs Foundation Brush.

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

We have long been fans of Ray-Ban and have published a number of guides detailing their various makes and models. For the sporty woman in your life, a pair of aviators is the perfect choice for daily use. This style endures year after year! Get her a standard size pair of Ray-Ban Aviators or a smaller pair of Ray Ban Aviators for petite faces.  Read our in-depth guide to learn more.

Hunter Rain Boots

Considered some of the best rain boots on the market, Hunter is well known as a boot purveyor for gentlemen and ladies. Perfect for the damp seasons, these boots will keep her feet dry and will last for years to come.  Hunter Rain Boots.

Cire Trudon Josephine Candle

One of the most historic candle makers in the world, Cire Trudon has been making some of the finest candles in France that are used around the world by some of the most prominent churches, royal palaces, and estates. If the lady in your life loves scented candles that look as beautiful as they smell, this is the one worth getting her. Cire Trudon Josephine Candle.

$ 100 – $ 300

Blarney Woolen Mills Wool-Alpaca Fisherman Sweater, $ 149

Now, the ladies aren’t as lucky as men when it comes to classic fashion; very few pieces are classic for them, so it’s hard to find great staple pieces that the woman in your life can wear and enjoy for years to come. This soft wool-alpaca sweater comes with a timeless design and fit, and it’s produced by a heritage sweater maker that values quality over quantity. Check out this Blarney Woolen Mills Fisherman Cable Sweater for Women here.

J. Crew Green Tweed Coat, $ 298

Tweed has many virtues. It’s hard wearing, softly textured, warm, and it combines beautifully with many other winter staples. Unfortunately for women, it can be a highly desirable yet hard material to find, and this overcoat in a rich green is a lovely exception to the rule. Flecked with nubs of red, yellow, ivory and black, this will become her most complimented outerwear. For an added touch of glamour, pair this coat with a vintage fur collar. Check out this J. Crew Tweed Coat here. 

Faber Castell Ambition Fountain Pen

Slim and contemporary, this elegant fountain pen is perfect for the woman in your life. With a rich pearwood barrel and high-gloss chrome-plated accents, this fine writing instrument is certain to become her favorite EDC pen. Faber Castell Ambition Fountain Pen.

Jo Malone Cologne Collection

For women who are fans of Jo Malone fragrances, this sample collection features their Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, the Basil & Neroli Cologne, Pomegranate Noir Cologne, Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne, and Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne. Worn individually or combined for a unique effect, Jo Malone is a renowned perfumer worthy of any lady’s attention. Jo Malone Cologne Collection.

Prynt for Smartphones

Prynt is more than just a case for your smartphone. It’s also a digital printer that turns your phone into a Polaroid-style camera. Now, when she takes a selfie or a picture, she can instantly print it right from her phone and place it in a frame or give it to a friend. Prynt Case for Smartphones.

Close Up Business Card Cases with cards made by hand - Top Quality Aniline Leathers with Luxurious Goat Velour linings by Fort Belvedere

Business Card Cases made by hand – Top Quality Aniline Leathers with Luxurious Goat Velour linings by Fort Belvedere

Fort Belvedere Business Card Case

A business card case not only protects her cards but also ensures she will have a place to put a business partner’s card. In some cultures, it is tremendously important to accept the card with both hands, and to store it in a safe place in front of them. For example in Japan, it would be a faux pas to stuff a business card into your jacket pockets. Bring a card case because as the saying goes: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Our Fort Belvedere business cases stand out from the crowd with beautiful color combinations.

Hanro Pyjamas

Elegant pyjamas from Hanro are sure to be a hit with any woman in your life. Made from the finest materials available, these beautifully constructed pyjamas will make want to stay in bed. Hanro Pyjamas.