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5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Under $100

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If you’re like us, you celebrate your mother all year round, but make an extra effort to make her feel special on Mother’s Day. It doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact mom probably just wants your company. Take her to church or send her to the spa, here are some last-minute gift ideas for the last-minute person in all of us.

4th Annual Mother’s Day Good Festival Weekend

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Is it us or does your mother love Jahiem? If you’re on the East Coast, you can treat her to his concert. Spend this Mother’s Day at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn with your mom while enjoying acts she’ll absolutely love (and you shamelessly love too). Jaheim, Monica, Joe, Avant, Raheem DeVaughn with special guest star Ashanti headline night one while Erykah Badu and H.E.R will command the stage on the day two. Tickets star at $ 50. Get them, here.

Flowers

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Flowers never get old and it’s not too late to send them. And depending where you are located, ProFlowers has a 50% discount on Groupon. Get 62% off at FTD.com. All of which will help with that overnight shipping you’re going to need (so judgement, life comes at you fast).

A Much-Needed Massage

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Mom works hard; reward her with a trip to the spa. Groupon almost always offers discounts to local spas, so check your city’s listings to see what might be available. Tiffany Haddish was right – you can score some great Mother’s Day deals there.

Pat McGrath Makeup

But not just any makeup, Pat McGrath makeup. Support Black business and Black entrepreneurship when you gift mom with Pat McGrath makeup. It may be too late to order online in time for Mother’s Day, but you’re in luck because Pat McGrath’s makeup is available in your local Sephora.

A Gift Bag With Her Favorite Movies

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Most of all, moms just went to spend time with you. Pick up her favorite movies from Wal-Mart or order on Amazon using Prime and spend the day watching your mom’s favorite flicks. You can order out and save some money while building invaluable memories.

If all else fails, you can always put on your best and attend that 11 a.m. service with mom. It’s the little things that matter.


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Kim Kardashian finally has the four children she always longed for. There’s a big reason she feels her family is complete with the addition of their brand new baby boy.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters will love this subscription box tailored to the tastes of this sorority’s members. According to the company’s website, The Ivy box is “a curated package of licensed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. products delivered to your doorstep. Every month, we pick high-quality apparel, accessories, and stationery products according to a Sorority theme.”

 

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The Kiva Card is a quick, easy and meaningful gift option that gives your friends, colleagues, and family a way to support entrepreneurs around the globe. For as little as $ 25, Kiva Cards give those special people in your life the opportunity to change someone else’s — halfway around the world or even in their own backyard.


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Greentop Gifts offers unique black-themed products like this “Clarence Claus” Black Santa wrapping paper.


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Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day: Reader Favorites

If you haven’t bought your mom a Mother’s Day gift yet (or a gift for any mother you’re buying for this year), we figured you could use a post today on gift ideas for Mother’s Day. We drew from our post “What Things Do You Own That You Heartily Recommend As Gift Ideas?” from late last year — and if you haven’t seen it, definitely check out the comments for some great ideas for any occasion, in all sorts of categories.

This year, we’re getting my mom a ticket to Hamilton for a combination birthday/Mother’s Day gift (and that option was mentioned several times in the gift ideas post linked above). My mom, my husband, and I are actually going on Mother’s Day, which wasn’t really on purpose but will be nice.

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Before we get to our reader recommendations, here are some suggestions from some of the Corporette/CorporetteMoms team for moms of various ages/stages:

Kate: A class you can take together, theater tickets gift certificate, a book t-shirt (example) from Out of Print ($ 28, XS–3X)
Kat: Caudalíe lip conditioner ($ 12), Nixplay WiFi picture frame ($ 149–$ 289) 
Rebecca: Letters to My Baby ($ 6–$ 14), birthstone jewelry, baby handprint/footprint kit, spa gift card

And now, here are several reader favorites that make great Mother’s Day gift ideas: 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Category: Clothing

Pictured: Short Sleeve Sharkbite Hem Pajama Tee & Grosgrain Trim Crop Pajama Pants

We’ve recommended Soma’s Cool Nights sleepwear line before — Kat mentioned it in pajamas for grownups, for one — and several readers have praised them in the comments over the years. They’re designed to be soft, comfortable, and breathable, and to feel cool against your skin. (Note: These are nice for any mom but are especially good for older women you know who are going through perimenopause/menopause.) The line offers separates, sleepshirts, chemises, nightgowns, and robes in sizes XS–XXL. Prices range from $ 21 (sale price) to $ 78; the pictured tee and pants are each $ 38. Online orders may not make it in time (unless you pay $ 16.95 for two-day shipping); otherwise, visit one of the 300 Soma stores in the U.S.

Other Reader Recommendations for Clothing Gifts:

Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan ($ 77-$ 116) (also at Amazon)
Gap’s Softspun line ($ 24–$ 79)
Lululemon leggings ($ 98–$ 148)
Pottery Barn classic terry bathrobe ($ 95)

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – Category: Beauty

Pictured: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps lotion

Another reader favorite is Kiehl’s Creme de Corps line, and this is the body lotion from that collection. It moisturizes with cocoa butter and sesame oil and is paraben-free and not tested on animals. (Check out our post on readers’ favorite cruelty-free beauty products.) It’s a bit pricey; at Nordstrom, prices range from $ 11–$ 78 for 2.5- to 33.8-oz. sizes. (Right now there’s a Gift with Purchase — four samples — with a Kiehl’s purchase of $ 85+ at Nordstrom.) It is also available at Sephora at the same price range.

Other Reader Recommendations for Beauty Gifts:
Ice roller (example: StackedSkincare ice roller, $ 30)
Aquis hair towels ($ 30–$ 45)
Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush ($ 120)

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Category: Kitchen  

Pictured: Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler

If you know a mom who likes kitchen gadgets but doesn’t have many — or doesn’t have a lot of room for them in her kitchen — the Cuisinart Griddler would be a great option. It can be use as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. The nonstick cooking plates are removable and reversible — and dishwasher-safe! Amazon has several Griddler models available; scroll down on each product page to see a chart comparing the one you’re viewing to three other models. Cuisinart’s website has more details on the options, as well as videos. The pictured model is $ 65.99 at Amazon and eligible for Prime.

Other Reader Recommendations for Kitchen Gifts:
Quarter sheets (baking sheets) (example: Nordic Ware Quarter Sheet, $ 22.99 for 2)
Emile Henry pie dishes ($ 27–$ 55)
Swiss Diamond nonstick frying pan ($ 59–$ 109)

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Category: Books 

Pictured: Educated by Tara Westover

This book, which was published in 2018, has racked up the accolades: It was a finalist for awards from the National Book Critics Circle, was one of the New York Times Book Review‘s 10 Best Books of 2018, and was an Amazon Editors’ pick for the Best Book of 2018 — just to name a few. It even made Barack Obama’s “Favorite Books of the Year” list. And of the almost 7,000 (!) reviews at Amazon, 92% are 4- or 5-star. The hardcover is $ 14 at Amazon, and the paperback is $ 20; both are eligible for Prime.

Other Reader Recommendations for Gifts of Books:
Becoming by Michelle Obama ($ 13 hardcover at Amazon)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng ($ 16 hardcover at Amazon)
Subscription to Audible ($ 14.95/month; cancel anytime) or Scribd ($ 8.99/month; cancel anytime) 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Category: Home

Pictured: Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw from Nordstrom at Home

This very popular throw blanket at Nordstrom is 50″ x 60″ and is easy-care — machine wash, tumble dry. It’s available in tons of colors (25, to be exact — including olive green, teal, and dark gray), has an average customer review (from 1,000+ reviews) that is close to 5 stars, and is $ 39.50. Nordstrom’s two-day shipping is a reasonable $ 12.

Other Reader Recommendations for Home Gifts: 
Society6 throw pillows ($ 29) (and trays and more!)
Pottery Barn PB Classic sheets ($ 83–$ 159)
Woolrich blankets/throws ($ 89-$ 175)

What are you getting your mother and/or the mothers in your life this year? What gifts have you given for Mother’s Day that have gone over well in the past?

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This Sunday marks Mother’s Day 2019. Not only do we honor the beautiful women who gave us life—but we honor the figures in our lives who nurtured us; be they mentors, teachers, godmothers, aunts, or anyone who stepped into the role and has looked out for our well-being with unrivaled strength and wisdom. Mothers of color in particular often go that extra mile, making whatever sacrifices they need to ensure that their young charges not only survive but thrive. What better way to honor the mothers in your life, and also help support some mompreneurs, than by shopping for Mama from this comprehensive Mother’s Day gift guide. Simply click on the category or image to pull up a list of each black-owned business collection.


 

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Life-Saving Cardiac Care Was ‘A Gift’ for Barry Wagoner

Over Memorial Day weekend, Kaiser Permanente member Barry Wagoner had planned to do yardwork. Instead, he spent most of the weekend on the couch feeling lightheaded and exhausted.

Wagoner made a doctor’s appointment but thought about cancelling when his symptoms improved. Thankfully, he decided to follow through.

“They did an electrocardiogram, and 30 seconds later, a staff member told me, ‘We’re taking you to the emergency department,’” he said. There, Wagoner got some shocking news: He had experienced a heart attack and had 100 percent blockage of a major artery.

To open the blockage and reduce the risk of future heart attacks, interventional cardiologist Thomas Tsai, MD, placed a small mesh tube called a stent in the artery.

Wagoner felt dramatically better in the days that followed. “It was like night and day,” he said. “I didn’t realize how ‘awful’ I’d learned to feel was ‘okay’.”

“The care I received from Kaiser Permanente was a gift. … It was exceptional,” he added. “I can never be thankful enough.”

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Not So Fast! Russell Wilson Did NOT Buy Ciara Her Masters as a Christmas Gift

Ciara recently launched her own label imprint, Beauty Marks Entertainment, and at the time of her announcement a rumor began to circulate that husband Russell Wilson bought the master recordings from Ciara’s discography and gave them to her.

That report isn’t true.

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Over the weekend, a report from Media Take Out started gaining traction in which it was alleged that Wilson bought the masters from Jive and Epic. “Russell bought her the masters and gave them to her, in her name only,” a “music executive” and “insider” told the gossip site, adding that the gifting took place in 2017.

However, sources close to the couple told Complex that Russell Wilson did not purchase Ciara her masters as a Christmas gift.

We had a feeling the rumor was a bit far-fetched. If true, it would’ve been an amazing gesture!

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How to Get a $10 Gift Card to Target This Week If You Live in California

Have you ever heard of getting paid to save energy?

Earning cash when you switch off the lights, unplug the TV and pause the laundry cycle for a few hours each week?

It sounds too good to true, but it’s possible with OhmConnect, an energy-saving program for Californians.

Still not convinced? We talked with John Hastie, a San Diego resident who has earned up to $ 487 a month through the platform. Then there’s Tanya Williams, a stay-at-home mom who earned an extra $ 1,700 in 2017. She turned saving energy into a game with her kids.

So now you’re wondering: How does OhmConnect work? Can I just turn off my lights right now and make some money? Not exactly, but it’s almost that simple.

Here’s how you’ll get started:

  1. Sign up for a free OhmConnect account and sync it with your online utility account though Pacific Gas & Electric Co., San Diego Gas & Electric or Southern California Edison.
  2. Once or twice a week, you’ll receive a text message to participate in an #OhmHour, an hour of reduced energy consumption. Turn down unnecessary lights, hold off on doing the laundry or the dishes, and opt for a fan instead of the A/C. It’s the perfect time to go outside, play games on your phone, or go to the movies.
  3. OhmConnect then pays you for reducing your electricity consumption during #OhmHours.

So… why is OhmConnect willing to pay you?

OhmHours typically occur during times of peak energy usage (think: weekday evenings when everyone’s getting home from work). Rather than tapping into expensive (and dirty!) peaker plants (basically back-up plants for high-demand hours), utility companies offer an incentive to customers who cut back on energy consumption.

The money the utility company saves by avoiding these peaker plants is passed back to you, the customer, who so diligently saved during that high-demand time.

Your earnings are based on how much power you save. The more you save, the higher your OhmConnect status, which helps you earn even more.

To date, OhmConnect has paid its users $ 9 million.

Oh, and here’s a little bonus to get you started: Right now, OhmConnect is handing out $ 10 Target e-gift cards after you connect the service with one of the previously mentioned utility accounts.

(OhmConnect estimates the process typically takes less than two days.)

Once you’re approved, you can start earning points, for your energy savings, which translate to cash. In about two days, you’ll receive your Target e-gift card via email.

Not only are you helping save the world, you’re also earning some money along the way!

Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Write Reviews and Turn Your Opinions Into Gift Cards on G2 Crowd

Have you ever wanted to get paid in mocha Frappuccinos? G2 Crowd can help with that. Well, sort of.

G2 Crowd is a business software review website, and it wants your opinions badly — so badly that it’s willing to pay for them with gift cards. Each review will typically net you a $ 10 gift card to Starbucks or Amazon. Sometimes you can get more. For niche software, the company can pay more than $ 25 per review.

And if you don’t like those two gift-card choices, you can use our guide to sell gift cards for cash or exchange them for better ones online.

How to Get Paid to Write Reviews for G2 Crowd

Writing reviews for G2 Crowd is fairly straightforward. You follow the corresponding link for an Amazon or Starbucks gift card (see below), select what software or app you use for work, then rate the software and answer a few short questions about it.

Be honest in that you actually use the software. Provide a screenshot of you using the software with identifiable information, where possible. This will speed up the verification process.

For example, you can log into many software services with your Gmail, LinkedIn or Facebook account. For my reviews, I logged into the software using my Gmail account, and my email and avatar were visible in the corner of the screen, making the screenshot easily verifiable.

If you can’t provide decent proof that you use the software you’re reviewing, G2 Crowd will probably reject your review. That means no gift card.

Here’s what you’ll need to start reviewing:

  • A LinkedIn account or business email address.
  • Corresponding promotion links for Starbucks and/or Amazon.
  • A screenshot to verify that you use the software or app.
  • About five to 10 minutes to complete the review questions.

If you don’t have a business email address or LinkedIn account, no worries. Making a LinkedIn account is easy and free. You can follow our guide to make your LinkedIn profile shine.

Be aware that if you go to G2 Crowd’s website and start reviewing products without following the promotion links, your reviews won’t qualify for the gift cards.

 

The company will pay for the first five verified reviews. After that, you can gain points or other incentives for additional reviews.

What Is G2 Crowd, and Is It Legit?

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G2 Crowd is a popular software review platform. Five former employees from BigMachines, a customer relationship management software company, founded G2 Crowdin 2012. Since then, the company has reached a reported valuation of nearly $ 500 million, according to TechCrunch.

So the business is doing well. And in short, yes. It’s legit.

I maxed out my paid reviews in one day, totalling $ 50. The website says it takes 48 business hours for the digital gift cards to appear in your account’s reward section. I got all the gift cards within a few hours. Some came the next business day.

By offering people gift cards, G2 Crowd is actually solving a problem with online reviews: polarization. An analysis published by Harvard Business Review states the reviews are typically biased, meaning people don’t often take the time to review things they don’t love or hate.

Think about it. What was your last online review for? A so-so experience? Not likely.

You were probably elated (five stars) that your server at Texas Roadhouse was hilarious and comped your dessert, or maybe you were furious (one star) that the courier left your package from Aunt Lisa outside in the rain.

So, hopefully, a few gift cards to Amazon or Starbucks can get you to give a more honest review and a rating somewhere in between that evening at Texas Roadhouse and the package-delivery debacle of 2017.

Adam Hardy is a staff writer on the Make Money team at The Penny Hoarder. He lives off a diet of stale puns and iced coffee. Read his full bio here , or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.

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Scouted: What To Spend Your Gift Cards On This Year

Some people say that gift cards are a copt out when it comes to gifts. I say it’s as good as money, if you’re smart about it. Yes, there are services that can exchange a gift card into cash, but if you have a certain amount of money to spend at a place you actually shop, it’s a great way to offload everyday costs of things you need, but may not have been giftable.

Here are a few ideas of what to spend your gift cards on, from everyday items like toiletries and knives, to furniture and TVs.

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Sherlock Holmes, John Watson and a Christmas gift of friendship

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Every year, at the close of the year, I read Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle,” and I ask myself a question: Have two characters in literature ever loved each other more than Sherlock Holmes and John Watson did? 

We often find the greatest potency in what I think of as semi-official capacities. An official capacity would be, say, your marriage. That person you are married to is meant to be, so we think, your main “go-to.” We assume there is potency in straightforward, forceful statement. But have you ever noticed that little in this life is more potent than a question, and that a question is always at least one statement? Usually it’s many statements at once. “Do you love me?” can also mean, “You might not love me now,” or “Maybe you once loved me and stopped doing so,” or “It’s conceivable that you’ve never loved me.” What if there’s no greater love than friendship, and it is friendship that is the root of any great love, no matter the form that love takes? These are other questions I ask myself when I read “The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle” at Christmastime, and it leads to a statement: This is how the best of relationships ought to be.

If you’re not familiar with this story, let us imagine that we are sitting somewhere together—in a tavern, say—and you are about to learn something heartening. The story first appeared in the January 1892 edition of The Strand, Doyle’s standard stomping grounds for his Holmes tales, and was later collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for book publication in October of that year. 

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Delawareans Can Get a Free $20 Amazon Gift Card for Helping to Build a New Wind Farm

Did you know you can use your energy bill to support renewable energy — no matter where you live? Even living in Delaware, the money from your power bill could be helping to build a new wind farm in another state across the country.

With renewable energy company Arcadia Power, you can offset up to 100% of your monthly energy consumption with 100% renewable sources in about two minutes.

Arcadia Power matches each kilowatt-hour of power you use with a kilowatt-hour of wind energy. Basically, the company purchases certified renewable energy certificates in your name, so others can take advantage of clean energy in their area.

And, because you’re such a good person, the company will throw in a free $ 20 Amazon gift card.

The service is free in some areas and costs a small monthly fee in others.

Eric Hanson wanted a cleaner energy source, but didn’t have the option in his area — and didn’t want to install pricy solar panels.

So he went with Arcadia Power, which offers him a way to drive the demand for sustainably sourced electricity, even though it’s not available in his area yet.

“On a fundamental level, the power that I use in my house is coming from renewable sources,” Hanson says. “By providing financial support for renewable energy sites, I can disrupt the market. I’m willing to support green growth.”

Bonus: Arcadia lets you see an online dashboard to track your power usage  — and Delawareans can sign up for price alerts to find the cheapest energy rates available.

You can sign up to qualify for your free Amazon gift card in about two minutes.

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Top tech for everyone on your gift list

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Turn Xmas into techmas with great gadgets galore

If buying for those last few people on your Christmas list is proving tricky, you’re sure to be inspired by one of the sleek, smart gift ideas from HONOR. Whether they’re into keeping fit, are always listening to carefully crafted playlists or are a keen photographer or blogger, HONOR has a present that they’ll love to unwrap.

A smartphone for budding photographers

Selfies, lush landscape shots and more have been made even easier to snap and share thanks to the super sleek  HONOR 8X smartphone. It has a large screen to body ratio, high definition display and a dual 20 megapixel AI camera that has multi-scene recognition for breathtaking photos no matter where you are. You can get a blurry bokeh effects for selfies, plus it eliminates blur on night-time pics, and features super slo-mo for awesome action shots.

The HONOR 8X also has a reduced shutter speed and motion detection for capturing better action shots and creating backlit portrait selfies.

For the fitness fan

A fitness tracker is the perfect way to get more active, so we’ve found one that’s packed with useful functions as well as being ultra-stylish. HONOR Band 4 isn’t just for gym bunnies – it’ll also recognise swimming strokes, is pool-proof to 50 metres, and records your swimming speed, distance and calories. You can take it outside with confidence as well – it’ll track outdoor and indoor running, walking and cycling.

Beyond fitness, the HONOR Band 4 gives accurate heart rate monitoring with high rate alerts and infrared technology so you can wear it at night. Plus, if you suffer from insomnia, light or irregular sleep, it’ll track this and provide advice. Another reason to love it? The band can locate your phone if you’ve lost it and works as a remote to take selfies!

For the music lover

Clever headphones mean the music fan in your life can take their tunes wherever they go, and few come as clever as the HONOR Sport Bluetooth Earphones. Not only are they water and sweat-proof , they provide 11 hours playback (around 220 tracks) and last up to 10 days on standby so they won’t let you down during your favourite song. Wireless, comfy to wear and secure, each earbud is magnetic too, so when they’re not in, they snap together neatly around your neck. There’s no compromise on sound quality either as they feature a penetrating bass and high definition audio.

So what are you waiting for? Consider your Christmas shopping complete.

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With renewable energy company Arcadia Power, you can offset up to 100% of your monthly energy consumption with 100% renewable sources in about two minutes.

Arcadia Power matches each kilowatt-hour of power you use with a kilowatt-hour of wind energy. Basically, the company purchases certified renewable energy certificates in your name, so others can take advantage of clean energy in their area.

And, because you’re such a good person, the company will throw in a free $ 20 Amazon gift card.

The service is free in some areas and costs a small monthly fee in others.

Eric Hanson wanted a cleaner energy source, but didn’t have the option in his area — and didn’t want to install pricy solar panels.

So he went with Arcadia Power, which offers him a way to drive the demand for sustainably sourced electricity, even though it’s not available in his area yet.

“On a fundamental level, the power that I use in my house is coming from renewable sources,” Hanson says. “By providing financial support for renewable energy sites, I can disrupt the market. I’m willing to support green growth.”

Bonus: Arcadia lets you see an online dashboard to track your power usage  — and new Hampshirites can sign up for price alerts to find the cheapest energy rates available.

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Last Minute Gift Guide 2018

You have one week and two more weekends before Christmas. And that means you better get started. Yes we’re talking to you – the last-minute procrastinators, the disorganized, the busy or the ones ‘waiting on the next paycheck before I can knock off this gift list’ types. We’re here to help – we’ve got the last-minute gift guide for everyone on your list.

No need to say thank you. – we understand. Keep in mind, online is the easiest way to order if you’ve waited this long, but check each website for their latest ordering date for delivery for Christmas. Also keep in mind these are the busiest times of the year for all retailers, so if you want to be absolutely sure the gifts arrive on time, pick them up in person, as there are no guarantees. Big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target will alllow you to shop online and pick up at the store.

FOR UNPLUGGED KIDS

Some of this year’s coolest gifts are not electronic, which should make some parents very happy as phone addiction is real. If there’s any gift that encourages some family time as well, then that’s a blessing since much of the time it seems like you’re talking to your kids while they’re barely looking up from their Instagram feed.

SCRUFF A LUVS PET TOYS

If your young child wants a pet but you know you’ll be the one taking care of it, get them a Scruff A Luv toy. It requires your child to wash and take care of their ‘pet’ in order to see it grow into the final product. While parents who reviewed it weren’t always happy with the scruffy toy that emerges, they did say that for the most part, their kids adored it. $ 11

DON’T STEP IN IT

If you know anything about kids, you know they love anything gross. So this game is made for them. The idea is that using a blindfold, and after scattering squishy pods of “poop” around a mat, you try to evade the piles. $ 25 and up

KID MADE MODERN

This kit made “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list. It encourages children to be creative with a full spectrum of arts and crafts supplies. Although they might still go to YouTube to figure out the how-to’s, at least they’ll be expanding their creativity with something tactile. There are also multiple options including a jewelry making kit, wooden toy making kit and a board book one. From $ 37.99

FOR THE COOL KIDS

Teens are notoriously hard to buy for, as everything you like is corny to them and everything they like is corny to you. But after you’ve bought every video game and electronic thing they want, what’s left? Here are few things they may like but don’t blame us if they don’t. You can always give them a gift card if you’re not sure.

SUPREME

 

If your son or daughter  is one of the kids who always has to have the latest, Supreme is a brand that would qualify. They have limited runs of each item so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Although the brand, which started out as a skateboard shop and line, has been around since 1994, its become increasingly popular in the last few years.

Each time the brand makes a “drop” or releases new product, there are lines around their Brooklyn, NYC, London, France and Japan stores. While a lot of their clothing becomes coveted and resold far beyond the original price, you can still pick up a shirt on their website for under $ 100. You can also check Ebay and shopping app Poshmark for cheaper options, just make sure you buy from trusted sellers with a history who have good feedback. $ 110 for this sweater, various

LUMEE DUO SELFIE PHONE CASE

 

If your teen girl (or boy)  is always looking for just the perfect filter and lighting, here’s the perfect gift – a phone case that comes with its own light. If you can’t get them off the phone, at least make sure their selfies come out well-lit. $ 63.10

FOR UNC OR AUNTIE

NFL Apparel 

If your uncle’s favorite phrase is ‘Who Dat” then we know who he’s rooting for. Or maybe’s its your auntie always wanting to call you after a Sunday game to talk about ‘Dem Boyz.” You know they’d appreciate some official gear to celebrate their team’s victories and to cry in after a loss. $ : Various

FOR YOUR BEARDED BAE

Shea Moisture Beard Kit 

 

You love the feeling of his beard when he’s nuzzling you, so you’ve got as much motivation as he does to keep it well-groomed. Shea Moisture’s well-reviewed beard 4-piece beard kit uses the all-natural ingredients that are a hallmark of the brand and includes beard wash, detangler, conditioning oil and balm. $ 34.49

FOR YOUR MELANIN QUEEN

D’IYANU

 

She may not have an actual crown, but she is a queen to you and your family. Nigerian-American designer Addie Olutola  started D’Iyanu in 2014 to provide fashion-forward clothing with an African twist. Since then, through the power of social media, the brand has become a popular choice for fashionistas looking to combine style with cultural expression. $ : Various Sizes up to 3X for women and men.

FOR MOM

Hurricane Snakeskin Boots 

The days that moms wanted a toaster or vacuum cleaner are over. Chances are, your mother has a thriving life and career and is competing with you for Instagram likes. She also likely has a mean shoe game. If that’s that case, here’s a good choice for her. Newly minted duchess Meghan Markle’s favorite boots, according to The Daily Mail, are $ 550 by the designer Dear Frances. But London-based brand TopShop makes a comparable pair for less than half the cost. Their snakeskin Hurricane boot comes in four colors and has a comfortable stacked heel. Here’s to you, Moms!

Good American Jeans 

If your mom’s not into shoes, chances are she’s into jeans. Out of all the celebrity designer brands, Good American is one of the best. The high-quality denim, various fit and size-inclusivity make them a winner. Yes, they are expensive, but that’s why they’re perfect for a once-a-year gift, especially if you have the type of mother who doesn’t believe in spending a lot on herself. Right now, a lot of styles are on sale on Nordstrom.com and you can also find good deals on the discount shopping app, `Poshmark.

FOR GRANDMOM

InstaShiatsu Foot Massager 

 

Oprah’s “My Favorite Things” makes another appearance on this list with this foot massager. If we know anything about our grandmothers, whether they are in their 40’s or their 70’s, they still work or have worked hard.

So their feet deserve a break. This foot massager is said to work miracles on tired feet, so we think Mom-Mom will appreciate it. Oprah said she heard a choir of angels sing when she used it, and who are we to question Oprah? $ 199

Eternal Fleur Flower Box 

Since Amazon doesn’t guarantee Christmas delivery on the massager, there’s another option for Grandmom. Eternal Fleur creates roses that come in beautiful boxes that last for a year. There is some secret sauce in how that’s done, but the roses are real and come in an array of colors. There are several box options from crocodile to Lucite, and you can order flowers in different quantities as well – from a single rose to a dozen. It’s like getting flowers that (almost) last forever.

FOR GRANDDAD

 

Tile Phone and Key Finder 

You love Pop but he’s always forgetting something, so waiting on him to get out the door to come pick up the grandkids is a pain. Hook him up with the Tile Finder which can help him locate his keys and his phone via Bluetooth technology. That should help him and you out. $ 59 and up

Jabra Wireless Headphones 

If he’s a music lover, then add some wireless headphones to his list as well. The best under $ 50 are the Jabra Move wireless which have a battery life of 8 hours and are surprisingly good for the price. Throw in Spotify or Tidal premium (Grandpa can share your account passwords) and you’ve got a winning Xmas gift combo. $ 49.98


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What Things Do You Own That You Heartily Recommend As Gift Ideas?

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I’ve noticed a lot of commenters talking about gift ideas (this thread is not to be missed!), but I thought we’d do our own take on it. List here the best thing you’ve bought THIS YEAR that you would heartily recommend to others who are looking for gifts in that category. So readers, thinking about things that YOU YOURSELF own, what are your raves in these categories? What would you heartily recommend for someone else brainstorming gift ideas for smart women like you? If you don’t have a strong opinion about the category, just skip it… 

Best book:

Best makeup/skincare/nailpolish product:

Best handbag:

Best jewelry or accessory (scarf, sunglasses)

Best cardigan/sweater:

Best pajamas/lounge/athleisure item:

Best kitchen item:

Best pantry/shelf-stable food item: (recent thread from the readers)

Best wine, beer, or liquor

Best shippable gift basket, flower delivery, etc., you’ve received:

Best home item (e.g., blanket, Roomba):

Best gift that took a lot of work on the recipient’s end but was great (e.g., Storyworth, 23 & me, etc):

Best thing you received or bought that you see all over social media but not necessarily stores (e.g., Away luggage, American Giant, etc):

Best restaurant meal or giftable experience (please note city):

Best play/musical/event experience (please note city):

Best hobby-related gift (e.g., a wetsuit for your love of kayaking)

If you have a guy in your life with Opinions (brother/father/partner), please share his favorite Thing this year that he already has:

Best $ 10 or under you’ve spent:

Best other:

I’d love to hear your thoughts and raves! Here are my own answers… 

Best book: The Power or The Hating Game

Best makeup/skincare/nailpolish product: Chanel waterproof eyeliner, everything from Drunk Elephant, and a fragrance sampler set from Juliette Has a Gun

Best handbag: Anything from AllSaints

Best jewelry or accessory (scarf, sunglasses): jewelry from Monica Vinader or Alexis Bittar 

Best cardigan/sweater: Barefoot Dreams circle cardigan (black or navy preferred)

Best pajamas/lounge/athleisure item: PJs from Soma

Best kitchen item: n/a, but I’ll ponder

Best pantry/shelf-stable food item: basic spices from Penzeys — I use onion powder and garlic powder all the time.

Best wine, beer, or liquor: Death’s Door gin

Best shippable gift basket/flower delivery/etc you’ve received: n/a, although I got one a few years ago from Mouth that was lovely

Best home item (e.g., blanket, Roomba): Sunbeam heated mattress pad, Phillips Hue lights, Amazon Fire Stick (made it sooo easy to cut the cord)

Best gift that took a lot of work on the recipient’s end but was great (e.g., Storyworth, 23 & me, etc.): I liked 23 & Me, but that was a few years ago (and not that much work); I just bought Storyworth for someone, so I’ll report back next year. 

Best thing you received or bought that you see all over social media but not necessarily stores (e.g., Away luggage, American Giant, etc): Bombas (ack, I just realized Nordstrom carries them! heartily recommend)

Best restaurant meal or giftable experience (please note city): Commander’s Palace (New Orleans), Marea (NYC)

Best play/musical/event experience (please note city): Hamilton (NYC)

Best hobby-related purchase or gift (e.g., a wetsuit for your love of kayaking): n/a but I’ll ponder — if you know someone who often goes to water parks with their kids I heartily recommend Turkish towels like these or these.

If you have a guy in your life with Opinions (brother/father/partner) please share his favorite Thing that he already has: (I’ll ponder.)

Best $ 10 or under you’ve spent: Caudalie lip conditioner ($ 12), Tea Forte straining mug for loose tea ($ 20 but I paid $ 12 on lightning sale), Tervis mugs, Every Drop Makeup Spatula/Scraper ($ 7), colorful case for your Fire remote if you have multiple Fire Sticks in the house.

Best other: I’ll ponder — still love my 6-foot lightning charger and all the other little things I mentioned in our post on small purchases that make your life better. (Don’t miss the comments on that one also.)

Over to you guys: What things do you own that you heartily recommend? 

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Cards For All People

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Cards For All People is at trivia gaming company that celebrates diversity and inclusion. By infusing humor with trivia the company creates opportunities to highlight cultural micro-communities and the issues they care about while keeping it entertaining. Games include Black Card Revoked (which is now a TV show!) and Girls Night Out.












MekaMon Robots

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Co-created by a young British-Nigerian engineer, MekaMons are four-legged robots that players can control via a smartphone using a companion app for augmented reality gameplay. Multiple players can battle their bots against each other. MekaMon is available in the Apple Store and the manufacturer’s website.

 






Black Excellence Playing Cards

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This standard deck of playing cards depicts black excellence and beauty.

 


Blebrity 

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Actor and activist Jesse Williams launched the Blebrity app, the blackest trivia app game you’ve ever played.


Tip Off

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TipOff is a fun, app-based word guessing game not only promises good times and a way of connecting with family and friends—it also raises money for scholarships to historically black colleges.


TriviaMob

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TriviaMob, a live game show app, allows players to face off in two separate “mobs,” where they answer questions about art, science, entertainment, and more to win prizes. 


Fishing Caddy 

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The Fishing Caddy allows fishing enthusiasts to pack up their myriad of gear into one convenient portable caddy. It includes fishing rod holders, tacklebox, a compartment to keep fish live and fresh plus more great features.


Toys Like Me

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Toys Like Me creates African American backpack dolls, emoji dolls, and even black mermaid dolls.


Ikuzi Dolls

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 Ikuzi Dolls is a line of dolls that are sensitive to diversity and the many different and beautiful ways little girl of color can look.

 








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Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters will love this subscription box tailored to the tastes of this sorority’s members. According to the company’s website, The Ivy box is “a curated package of licensed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. products delivered to your doorstep. Every month, we pick high-quality apparel, accessories, and stationery products according to a Sorority theme.”


Kiva Card

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The Kiva Card is a quick, easy and meaningful gift option that gives your friends, colleagues, and family a way to support entrepreneurs around the globe. For as little as $ 25, Kiva Cards give those special people in your life the opportunity to change someone else’s — halfway around the world or even in their own backyard.


Greentop Gifts

 

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Greentop Gifts offers unique black-themed products like this “Clarence Claus” Black Santa wrapping paper.


Luxury Vacation 

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Tracy Reese

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Propelled to the limelight after Michelle Obama wore several of he designs, Tracy Reese is one of the brightest light in the fashion world. In an interview with Black Enterprise, she said her designs, “reflects my own vision and continually yields looks that are timeless and wearable, yet fun and feminine.”

 














 

I AM HER Apparel

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I AM HER Apparel is a collection of unapologetic, trendy clothing that makes powerful statements.


Nubian Skin

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Nubian Skin launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs to women of color. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide. (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Butler, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)

 














Mahnal

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Mahnal is a collection of delicate and contemporary jewelry that accents the natural elegance of a woman. Mahnal takes inspiration from the places we find most meditative, exploring themes like silhouettes in nature, the repetition of lines in architecture, or how light plays against texture. Hopefully, with each piece’s organic imperfections, we’re inspired to slow down and feel again. (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Butler, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)


Tradition

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Rep your HBCU with apparel from Tradition, a collegiate and lifestyle brand.


828 Clothing

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828 Clothing is a clothing line with a name inspired by the Romans 8:28 Bible verse. The line features versatile styles with the modern mother in mind.


Naja

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The Nude for all Collection by Naja is redefining the color nude for all races and ethnicities. The lingerie line features three styles of seamless underwear with a matching bra; underwear sizing from XS-XXL and bra sizing in 32-40 with cups A-DDD–all in seven shades of nude. Nude for All is also a movement that empowers women; the products are made by single mothers or women heads of households.


Off-White

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Designer Virgil Abloh’s “Off-White” label has been named as the “Hottest Brand on the Planet” by The Lyst Index, a quarterly ranking of popular fashion brands and products. Off-White is known for its extremely expensive T-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers. It’s also noted for placing signature quotes on its clothes. The brand is often flaunted by celebrities like Rihanna, A$ AP Rocky, and Julia Roberts. 


Treason Toting Co.

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This Baltimore-based company’s products has caught the attention of NBA star Stephen Curry, who was seen wearing the Charles backpack from the original spring/summer collection, not to mention J. Crew and Nordstrom both having previously featured Treason Toting Co. for pop-up shops.










LaQuan Smith

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At just 29 years old, designer LaQuan Smith is making waves in the fashion industry. The native New Yorker is responsible for the sleek, body-hugging dress that Beyoncé wore as she presented Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Person of the Year Awards in December. Smith’s signature sexy, show-stopping pieces have also been flaunted by fashion trailblazers such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West.


Pyer Moss

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, the founder of the Pyer Moss label, is renowned for using fashion as a fierce weapon of force to address and combat social injustice








Lyfestyle 

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Born in Brooklyn, Lyfestyle captures the essence of New York City urban art, style, and flavor. The brand was birthed from the imaginations of four friends who loved the lavish fashion on Fifth Avenue but were limited to shopping on a SoHo budget


Abdju Wear

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Abdju Wear is a clothing line that sports high-end clothes and sneakers at affordable prices. The brand offers everything from polo-style shirts to high-top sneakers in traditional Pan-African flag colors.


Sassy Jones Boutique

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Custom Bags (Image: Sassy Jones Boutique)

Sassy Jones Boutique’s inventory consists of everything from earrings to bracelets, handbags, and much more, all customized, unique, and stylized. The boutique has also expanded its glamorous repertoire by introducing an ultra-luxurious mosaic handbag collection under $ 100. Exclusive to Sassy Jones Boutique, these bags are hand-crafted by women artisans in India.

 














Made Leather Co.

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In November 2016, Lenise Williams, an Atlanta-based mom, entrepreneur, and attorney traveled to Marrakech, Morocco, as a guest speaker for a United Nations conference. Little did she know, she would turn her newfound love of Moroccan leather goods into the Made Leather Co., a product-based business that would leave a legacy for her children and attract the attention of several NFL players.


Agbara Life

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Agbara Life

Agbara Life creates highly functional and fashionable powered backpacks that feature a sleek matte black look complemented with gold or silver hardware and triple USB output power to keep you connected while on the go. Their Type-C with Power Delivery option allows you to charge the latest phones and laptops including the MacBook Pro.


Mo’s Bows 

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Mo’s Bows is a line of handcrafted bow ties sewn from scratch created by teen-aged entrepreneur Moziah Bridges.




Curvy, Curly, Conscious 

These whimsical holiday sweaters feature a meditating “Santa Bae” and a meditating “Santa Zaddy.” Order them online.


The Hairbrella

Hairbrella

The Hairbrella is an innovative way to protect hair and makeup from getting ruined in inclement weather. Think of a rain hat for your hair, but the company stresses that “this is not your Grandma’s hair bonnet”






No Sweat Liner for Headwear 

The No Sweat Liners are disposable moisture wicking liners that stick inside any hat, visor, helmet or hard hat. The patented SweatLock technology offers sweat protection from sweat marks, yellow stains, and odors.

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The No Sweat Liners are disposable moisture wicking liners that stick inside any hat, visor, helmet or hard hat. The patented SweatLock technology offers sweat protection from sweat marks, yellow stains, and odors.


Blended Designs 

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Blended Designs offers backpacks and travel backs celebrating the culture.

 


Vertical Activewear

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Vertical Activewear is “a contemporary, multi-active lifestyle brand for both traditional AND alternative workouts, such as pole and dance fitness, barre, and various forms of yoga.”


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Keep your hair game tight with this assortment of stylish, yet protective, satin head wear.

 














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MINI-PREP PLUS PROCESSOR Grind or chop ingredients instantly at the touch of a button. Features a 3-cup bowl with handle and auto-reversing SmartPower Blade. – Cuisinart, www.cuisinart.ca

SUPERSTEAM + It’s 3 ovens in one: whether you’re cooking with Superheated steam, regular steam, or convection heating, you can cook anything just the way you want. – Sharp, www.sharp.ca

MICROWAVE DRAWER The microwave drawer allows you to focus on your kitchen’s design and workflow by offering flexible installation options that declutter your counter space. Sharp, www.sharp.ca

CONVECTION MICROWAVE Combination convection and microwave oven gives you the best of both worlds. Convection technology gives you perfect roasting, baking and browning while the microwave provides the speed you desire. – Sharp, www.sharp.ca

SLO-PRO RED COOKER The Thinkkitchen Slo-Pro Red Cooker lets you prepare everything from chili and meat sauces to tender pork and beef roasts without spending hours in the kitchen. Treat your loved ones to an easy, delicious comfort meal perfect for warming up after an evening of caroling! – Stokes, www.stokesstores.com

PURDY’S CHOCOLATES With over 100+ years of excellence behind them, Purdy’s offers a delicious variety of unique treats, traditional favorites and fun gift ideas like this Chocolate Survival Kit. – Purdy’s, www.purdys.com

NOLAA GRANOLAA Organic, gluten-free, vegan, locally sourced granola in great flavors like Choconana and Almonds & Apples makes a delicious and healthy snack. – Nolaa Granolaa, www.nolaagranolaa.ca

PASTA BASKIT Gift baskets like this Pasta Baskit are a thoughtful gift for any foodie who loves to cook and eat! – Baskits, www.baskits.com

LAKEVIEW CELLARS VIDAL ICEWINE Bursting with aromas and rich flavors, pair this delicious dessert wine with any of your holiday treats. Lakeview Wine Co., www.lakeviewwineco.com

WHISKEY BARREL AGED MAPLE SYRUP The complex whisky and barrel notes of this aged maple syrup make it excellent for cocktails, ice cream, cooking and, of course, pancakes. – Kinsip, www.kinsip.ca

JACEK ARTISAN CHOCOLATE Designer couture chocolates are a sweet treat for the gourmet aficionado on your list. – Jacek Chocolate, www.jacekchocolate.com

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Need a gift for your nerdy friends? These Loot Crate boxes are on sale.

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The big gifting holidays come just once a year — unless you’re a Loot Crate subscriber, that is.

Established in 2012, Loot Crate is a service for self-proclaimed geeks that aims to “unite the world through the shared celebration of fandom,” according to its website. It does just that by shipping boxes filled with surprise assortments of merch and gear to the doorsteps of its subscribers, or “Looters,” every month. With ever-changing themes about different universes and all sorts of official, exclusive collectibles waiting in each box, Loot Crate is, in a word, awesome.

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Ultimate Buy Black Gift Guide: Home, Decoration, Baby, and Pets

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES: Home, Decoration, Baby and Pets



Beddley

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Beddley makes gorgeous, snuggly duvet covers designed to cover a duvet with zero hassle.


That Melanin Life

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That Melanin Life is a home decor and stationery shop that celebrates all melanin beauty (from the Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech, Holiday Gift Guide curated by Sista Circle founder, Lexi Bulter, and stitched together by designer, Adanma Ojukwu.)


Harlem Candle Company

 

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Decorative, frangranced candles inspired by the Harlem Renaissance.




















S&S Luxury 

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S&S Luxury is a luxury blanket and children’s accessories retailer in Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza mall. You can also order online.


Darlyng & Co.

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Darlyng & Co. is a lifestyle brand with safe products for parents and babies including the Yummy Mitt Teething Mitten.


 Enjoy-A-Bowl

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Created by a black veterinarian, Enjoy-a-Bowl is patent-pending pet bowl design. It’s a three-part feeding system that allows pet owners to entice their pet’s powerful and unique sense of smell to stimulate their appetite.


The Unique Seat

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This black mompreneur-created invention  is equipped with two versatile chairs that attach to bleachers, roll into pillows, and have pockets. The interconnected queen-sized blanket is weighted on all of the corners as well as a waterproof bottom to keep everyone comfortable. Perfect to carry to the beach, cook-out, or game day.


Father Figure 

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Father Figure is a lifestyle brand for new dads and includes products such as the Bandana Burp Rag Set (shown above).


The DreamPad

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The DreamPad is a pillow featuring patented sound technology to help you get a great night’s sleep.


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ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES: Food and Drink

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES: Food and Drink



Chocberry Kreations

 

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Know someone who is always here for chocolate-covered strawberries? Chocberry Kreations allows them to become their own chocolatiers with this DIY chocolate dipping kit.


Capital City Mambo Sauce

 

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Capital City Co. is a  family-owned company based in the Maryland suburbs, owned by Charles and Arsha Jones. Mambo sauce originated in the D.C. area, according to the company’s website. Pick up the sauce is D.C. or have it shipped via ordering online.






Not Just Tea

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Not Just Tea offers “hand-blended teas and whimsical tea accessories.”


Longevity Wines

 

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This family-owned winery is located in California’s Livermore Valley wine region. From their website, “We handle everything from bin to bottle,” says winemaker Phil Long. Current production is around 2000 cases, with plans to increase production to max out at around 2500 cases. “At 2500 cases it’s still more fun than work”. All of the wines are produced in small batches to keep a hands-on approach to quality control.”


Finally Ginger

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Finally Ginger founder Carol Emeruwa started baking ginger cookies 30 years ago to please the finicky taste buds of her child when chocolate chip cookies weren’t cutting it. Now her artisanal cookies, baked with three kinds of ginger, are available in five flavors: original ginger, lemon ginger, orange ginger, chocolate chunk ginger, and oatmeal cranberry ginger. All of the flavors were hits at the Black Enterprise office; there was literally nothing but crumbs left in the reusable metal git tins. They’re sold in select stores in New York and Ohio and online as gift boxes (1 or 2 dozen cookies), snack packs (individually wrapped in sets of two), and subscriptions (for three or six months).


Just Add Honey Tea Co. 

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In business now for 12 years, the husband-and-wife founders of the Just Add Honey Tea Co. are serving up more than tea at their café in Atlanta, Georgia. They sell extensions of their brand online as well as tea gift sets and accessories.


My Chocolate Soul 

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Mathematician turned pastry chef Ramona Thomas created My Chocolate Soul to share chocolates made from simple all-natural ingredients with the world.


Live Alkaline Water 

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Live Alkaline Water is 100% natural alkaline spring water was founded by Dr. Shayla Creer and Robert McCray whose family owned the spring for more than 100 years in North Carolina. It is available in Walmart and online.


 Sweet Dames Artisan Confections

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Not only has Sweet Dames Artisan Confections landed in Bloomingdale’s stores, the mouthwatering gourmet macaroons were voted one of the Top Five Desserts in NYC PopMarkets by MetroNYC and are available online.


3 Some Chocolates

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Everyone loves chocolate, but what makes 3 Some Chocolates so different? They blend three chocolates everyone loves—milk, white, and dark—combine it into one bar, and name it a “3 Some.”


 Sanaia Applesauce

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

 Sanaia Applesauce is for applesauce-loving adults.


Flaky Bakes

ULTIMATE 2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Flaky Bakes ships “piekies” – miniature pies in delectable flavors including pecan, cinnamon apple, and sweet potato.


Tummy Yum-Yum

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Tummy Yum-Yum makes gourmet candy apples including Snickers, S;mores, and cheesecake candied apples.


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Christmas beauty gift sets: the ultimate christmas beauty gift guide

Something for everyone

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It’s seriously time to start thinking about Christmas presents. Isn’t it much better to be prepared and to spread the cost of everyone’s presents over a couple of pay days?! That’s what we thought. You know what else? Everyone LOVES Christmas beauty gift sets.

However, there are quite literally too many Christmas beauty gift sets on offer this year. So we’ve been jolly helpful and rounded up the best of the bunch.

You. Are. Welcome. Happy (early) Christmas.

Tom Ford Fabulous Gift Set, £262 Selfridges

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Yes it does say ‘Fucking’. Give this to your most fantastic, your utterly wonderful and ‘fucking fabulous’ friend.

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Tiba & Marl x Honest Skincare Beauty Gift Set, £60

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This set was designed with expectant and new mothers in mind, so find your favourite preggo (or new mother) friend. The soothing oil helps with stretch marks, the all-purpose balm really is all-purpose and can be used on dry patches and lips, and then candle is just for them to light at the end of the day when the baby’s in bed.

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M&S Autograph Nail Collection Trio, £7.50

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Do you have a favourite workmate? Give them this before the office party and you can nick it as you get ready together. A deep, dark red and glitter gold are really the only two colours you need this season.

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Percy & Reed Stars of Wonder, £30 Marks & Spencer

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Good hair? One of the best gifts you can give. This set of wonders (see what we did there?!) works on every hair type. So you could help condition someone’s curls, soothe someone’s dry ends or tame someone’s frizz. That’s a great gift.

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Votary Hello Darlings Gift box Set, £105

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This is one heck of a luxurious gift set, so give this to someone who has been very, very nice this year. The Christmas beauty gift set contains their fab cleansing oil, the fragrance free Super Seed Facial Oil, that nourishes skin to make it winter-proof, their overnight Intense Oil, which helps to firm and their newest oil – the teeny tiny rollerball eye oil. Plus a soft flannel (much kinder to skin than the rougher muslin) and ANOTHER handy bag!

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Lancome Hypnôse Drama Mascara Miniature Collection Gift Set

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Eyelashes with heaps of volume are a winter trend we’re 150% here for and Lancome’s signature Hypnose mascara will get you there with just a couple of swipes. This collection is perfect for the beauty geek who’s all about eyes as it brings together four of their mascaras: a full sized Hypnôse Classic and three travel mini sizes of the Hypnôse Classic, Hypnôse Doll Eyes, Hypnôse Volume-A-Porter.

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L’Occitane The Best of L’Occitane Collection, £69

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You should buy this Christmas beauty gift set for three reasons. 1 – someone will get to enjoy all of these wonderful L’Occitane goodies. 2 – This box will make for very useful and smart storage in the future. 3 – £10 from each sale will go directly to Unicef to provide life-saving eye care treatment to those in need.

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Alaïa Paris Nude Eau de Parfum Gift Set, £67 Harrods

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It is highly unlikely that the majority of us will ever be able to afford a piece of clothing from Alaïa, which is a crying shame. However, most of us would be chuffed as anything to receive the sensual Nude fragrance, shower gel, body lotion and this buttery vanity case this Christmas. A little bit of Alaïa is far better than no Alaïa.

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IT Cosmetics Your Luxurious Must-Haves Brush Set, £120 Selfridges 

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This is a brilliant gift. Not only are IT Cosmetics brushes some of the best on the market, but LOOK AT THIS CHICER THAN CHIC CLUTCH! A winning combination.

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Foreo Here and There Gift Set, £119 Look Fantastic

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Lovers of beauty gadgets will get a kick our of this gift set on the 25th December. There’s a normal-sized everyday cleansing brush, and a matching teeny tiny travel one. The vibrating tools help lift away dead skin and unclog pores to reveal glowy skin.

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Face Gym Double Detox Gift Set, £85

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If you’ve ever had a Face Gym facial then you know that it can leave your face more sculpted, drained of all toxins and generally just looking about 10-years younger. Now there are sets for you to use in between appointments. Give this to someone who loves an at-home Sunday night pamper session.

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Stila Enchanted Eyes Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set, £49 Fabled

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Stila’s glitter eyeshadows – if you know, you know. These beauties are the best (and easiest) way of applying a little bit of magic to your lids. The shimmery ones work well as a base, with sparkle on top. The ideal gift for those with Christmas parties galore.

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Surface Anti-Pollution Wash & Cream Set, £68 at Luisa Via Roma

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More and more brands are becoming aware of the need for anti-pollution skincare, especially when you live in a sit that’s prone to mucky air. This skincare set from Surface includes both a face cream and face wash to keep you looking so fresh and so clean.

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Oskia Secret Book Of Beauty, £48 Cult Beauty

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If your friend (or let’s be honest, you) don’t know Oskia very well then this it the perfect introductory set. Four of their bestsellers, in super handy travel sizes. Find your faves and fall in love with this really brilliant niche skincare line.

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Liz Earle Bontanical Body Care Duo Skincare Gift Set, £26 John Lewis

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Bodies deserve love and attention as well you know?! Yes their Cleanse & Polish is legendary, but their body care collection is often overlooked. The Orange Flower scent of this body wash is sublime.

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Harry Potter Swish & Flick Cosmetic Brushes, £20 Boots

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We all know a hardcore Harry Potter fan, who listens to the audiobooks on repeat, the film soundtrack when they clean and has been to the Watford theme park over four times. Imagine their face when they open up this on Christmas morning. Exactly.

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Good Enough to Steal Palette, £39

 

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Yes, we love Christmas, but sometimes, our inner Grinch takes over and sentiments like ‘Christmas Whatever’ and ‘Go Away’ make so much sense. Which is why we’re still not sure if we’re going to make like the Grinch and keep this 12-piece face palette and color-changing lip balm set for ourselves, or gift it to a loved one…

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Ameliorate 3 Steps To Smooth Skin Christmas Limited Edition, £19.50

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If you know somebody who really struggles with dry skin this time of year, Ameliorate’s gift set is a total lifesaver. It’s got everything you need for glowing skin including a Smoothing Body Exfoliant, Nourishing Body Wash, Transforming Body Lotion and Exfoliating Body Mitt. Packed with omega oils and designed to be deeply hydrating, you’ll want to buy two of these.

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GHD Dry & Style Gift Set, £199 Look Fantastic

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This. Is. A. Great. Gift. Brilliant hair dryer? Tick. Incredible hair straighteners? Tick. Expect joyous smiles.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Everyday Winter Hand Collection, £36

Crabtree & Evelyn are renowned for their luxury hand creams, which smell good enough to eat (though you probably shouldn’t). This set comes with six of their bestselling anti-ageing products including lavendar, rosewater, pomegranate and argan oil and more.

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Medik8 Midnight Miracle Gift Set, £65

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This is like giving someone the gift of youthfulness. Vitamin A, or retinol creams and serums, are meant to be the key to fighting the visible signs of ageing. Give this to someone and by next Christmas they’ll look 10-years younger.

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Goldfaden MD The Glow Kit, £85 Space NK

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Another cracker of a present for post-party skin. If you have a friend who knows how to party, they’ll be super grateful for this skin saving kit. Ideal for New Year’s Day.

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Pixi Skintreats Besties, £28 Marks & Spencer

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Give anyone a bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic and they’ll like you forever. Give that same person the Glow Mud Cleanser too, they’ll love you forever. Everybody is happy with the gift of glowing skin.

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Elizabeth Arden Sparkle On Holiday Collection, £98 Look Fantastic

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This set is so incredible. Look at what you get inside – two eyeshadow palettes, a blush and highlighter palette, two lip glosses, a mascara, an eyeliner, four lipsticks AND a super chic red holdall. You’ve basically got yourself a whole new make-up. All of this is worth £292. Billy bargain.

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The Organic Pharmacy Discovery Kit Face Care Set, £62 LuisaViaRoma

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Looking to make an eco-friendly shift in your beauty routine? This intro skincare kit from The Organic Pharmacy is a great shout as it comes with the brand’s bestsellers ranging from their carrot butter cleanser through to double rose ultra face cream

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Away The Beauty Set, £75 (Out 13th November)

Away suitcases are THE fashion-packs go-to luggage. Why? Probably because you can charge your phone on them. Neat, eh? This Christmas sees the launch of the brand’s new beauty travel cases. In true Away fashion, the cases are filled with some incredible beauty products. No one who would be unhappy opening this on the 25th.

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Bioderma Beauty Essentials, £22.50 Look Fantastic

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This is quite literally the gift of good skin. Bioderma is a classic French pharmacy brand that delivers good results for a low price point. The micellar water is a cult classic and that little pouch of cotton pads will bring even the biggest Grinch a huge sense of joy.

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Illamasqua Beyond Powder Vault, £125

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Ready to glow up? This dreamy set from Illamasqua comes with four of their most popular and super pigmented highlighters, ranging from pearlescent Frost to a bronze Epic.

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Neom Limited Edition Beauty Sleep In A Box, £25 John Lewis

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This is the perfect gift for someone going on a long flight soon. The combination of the eye mask, pillow mist and super nourishing face oil is sure to knock anyone out. Each one is scented with their own blend of English lavender, sweet basil, jasmine and chamomile – it’ll calm your mind and body. Even in Economy class.

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BeautyBlender Sweet Surprise Mystery Blind Bag, £19 Fabled

 

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Christmas is all about surprises and not even you will know what’s inside this pouch. What you do know is that each one contains a Beautyblender sponger and a matching cleanser, but you haven’t got a clue which colour. It’s the simple things…

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Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Scent Surround Room Spray & Scent Surround Diffuser Duo, £108

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It’s not Christmas without a bit of Jo Malone London under the tree. Every year their gift selection sets pulses racing – you could opt for the full on cologne set or the beauty advent calendar, but this Pine & Eucalyptus duo will have any home smelling like Santa’s grotto.

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Byredo Rose Hand Care Gift Set, £78 Liberty London

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You could buy your loved one a Byredo fragrance, but wouldn’t you rather put that money to buying yourself a Byredo fragrance?! That’s what we thought. However, give them this stunning hand wash and lotion set and you’ll still be the most popular person in the room. (Smelling so sweetly of Gypsy Water.)

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Rossanno Ferretti Parma Esperienza 2 Volume Regime Set LuisaViaRoma

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Need a little more joozh? This luxury hair care set comes with shampoo, conditioner, spray and a movement enhancer – all designed specifically for fine hair that needs a little more volume. The only problem is that the box is so cute, you’ll never want to crack it open.

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Malin & Goetz Weekender Kit, £39 Space NK

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The best Christmas beauty gift set for that annoying person who just can’t pack light. Do it for them, with this essential (under 100ml) set.

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Emma Hardie Cleansing Kit, £30 Marks & Spencer

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

So many people don’t wash their faces properly. Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm removes every scrap of make-up and dirt and add some of the Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds to the balm and you’ve got yourself one heck of an exfoliator. Give this to someone, then give it a couple of weeks, their skin will vastly improve and they’ll have you to thank for it.

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Elemis Frangipani Stars, £40 Fabled

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Frangipani is Elemis’ most beautifully scented range. Whilst this set is essentially a shower gel and body oil, this is the most luxurious shower gel and body oil anyone will ever receive. Trust us.

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MZ Skin Christmas Eyessentials Kit, £165 (Out early December)

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If you really want to treat someone, then look no further. Dr Maryam Zamani is an Oculoplastic Surgeon and leading Facial Aesthetics Doctor with a long list of loyal clients, but with this gift box you have access to her expertise. This set includes her De-Puff & Define Contouring Eye Rescue, which will be super helpful after the party season, the Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatmant Mask and the brand new Tone & Lift Geranium Contouring Facial Roller that helps with skintone.

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Espa The Replenishing Collection, £65 Look Fantastic

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An ideal gift for natural skincare lovers. Not only will this help with skin that’s seen too many late nights, but it will also soothe sore skin that’s suffering with the colder weather.

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Benefit Homemade Hotness Complete Makeup Set, £29.50 Debenhams

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We all know a Benefit-obsessive and it doesn’t get much better than this. This is a complete make-up look in one set and it’s stuffed full of all of their bestsellers – BADgal BANG! (their new and incredible mascara), Hoola bronzer (who doesn’t love this?!), Gimme Brow (how did we cope without it?), They’re Real! Duo ShadowBlender in Brazen Bronze and They’re Real! Double The Lip in Lusty Rose. Actually, forget giving this one away. Keep it yourself.

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Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Hand Care, £10 Fabled

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

No matter what you do, somehow you always end up involved in a Secret Santa. Don’t be that person who buys a lame joke present that no will ever use, be kind and buy this SUPER DUPER useful gift. Everyone always needs a hand cream, everyone always needs a nail file. Women and men.

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Nars Riot Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set, £49

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Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are some of the best lipsticks on the market. They glide on, they last for ages and the colour payoff should win an award. Plus, come on you know that people can’t get enough of handy little pouches.

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Aveda Limited Edition Rosemary Mint Gift Set, £30 Fabled

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

This gift set is for that person (maybe a housemate, maybe a lazy boyfriend) who struggles to get out of bed in the morning. The Rosemary Mint collection is invigorating and zingy. 10 minutes in the shower with these babies and it’s like a quadruple shot of caffeine for that sleepy person.

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Sunday Riley Vault Kit, £296 Cult Beauty

Christmas Beauty Gift Set

OK, yes it’s pricey at £296. BUT the contents are actually worth £465. This way you can look OVER THE TOP generous, when actually you’ve only been VERY generous. Keep this gift set for someone you’re trying to impress.

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Patchology FlashPatch Wink & A Kiss Set, £10 Harvey Nichols

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Christmas and New Year is the season of snogging – under the mistletoe and drunkenly at 12am on the 1st January – so it’s vital that lips and peepers are in prime condition. Patchology knows how to make sheet masks; the Rejuvenating Gels hydrate tired, partied-out eyes and the Hydrating Gels plump up lips.

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Ouai Swing Both Ouais Kit, £40 Selfridges

Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Ever since Jen Aitken launched her haircare range we all now have access to Kendal Jenner’s and Chrissy Teigan’s hair. And these two products are the heroes of the collections. Nothing will give A-List hair like these, so give them to your most bouji friend.

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Romilly Wilde x Jessica Russell Flint Silk Eye Mask & Gift Set, £110

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There are three wonderful things in this set – a 100% natural eye serum that moisturises the eye area to help with dark circles, a super chic eye mask to protect the delicate eye area and a matching silk bag that you can use as a knicker pouch when you travel.

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The Body Shop Olivia the Owl, £18

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You can always rely on The Body Shop to delivery the cutest Christmas beauty gift sets that put the joy into the festive season. This year’s offering is no different. Inspired by the magic of the forest, each gift celebrates nature and in classic Body Shop style is committed to sustainability and minimising package waste. Not only is Olivia stuffed full of products to tend to your body’s winter skin, but afterwards you can use her as moneybox.

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Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set, £50 Cult Beauty

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Yes, we know that smoking is bad for your health (blah, blah, blah), but how cool does this cigarette box-style set of lipsticks look? You get three stunning lip shades for winter – a dusty rose, a deep rose and a red currant – and two pink metallic applicators.  The applicators are chicer than chic and will look incredible when you stop to reapply.

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Kiehl’s Limited Edition Zesty Grapefruit Body Care Set, £25 Debenhams

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We don’t know one person who doesn’t like Kiehl’s. These four little pots of happiness will whip your winter-worn arse into shape. Smooth, moisturised limbs are there for the taking.

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Clarins Double Serum Collection, £63.75 John Lewis

Christmas Beauty Gift SetsHere are the four reasons whey should get this christmas beauty gift set for a dear friend (or you know, yourself). One – their Double Serum (full size) is their most powerful anti-ageing serum and has won countless awards. Two – if you’ve never tried their Beauty Flash Balm, you quite literally have not lived. This cult product should be used in place of your normal day cream when skin needs a wake up. It brightens, tightens and moisturises. Three – the Lip Comfort Oil plumps up lips better than any balm. And four – look at that jolly bag they all come in.

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Lixirskin x Lykke Wulf Gift Set, £140

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Screw everyone else, buy this for yourself. Not only do you get some brilliant skincare, but look at this super smart bag that will have you sorted for the party season. Screw them all.

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There’s something for everyone in this list.

Or, you know, all for you… We’re not here to judge.

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Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses: Books

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses: Books



For Kids:

I’M A BRILLIANT LITTLE BLACK BOY!

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

I’m a Brilliant Little Black Boy is targeted to African American children ages 6-11 years old.

 




I Am Unique 

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

I Am Unique is a book and global empowerment brand reaching children in the United States, Africa, United Kingdom, Philippines, and Australia.


Sasha Savvy Loves to Code

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This book written by a teen author is to further the culture of science, technology, engineering, and math, while teaching some programming basics as well.




Harlem’s Little Blackbird 

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This book tells the story of Florence Mills, a singer with a voice like a bird.


Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman

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Bessie Coleman was the first African American to have a pilot’s license – she traveled all the way to France to earn her license after every American school refused to teach her.




Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This book highlights Melba Liston; a child prodigy trombonist who played with everyone from Count Basie to Billie Holiday.




For Adults: 

Becoming Michelle Obama

Throughout the book, Obama shares insights of a life of pomp and circumstance as a first lady, yet one also filled with the everyday worries, anxieties, and self-doubts so many women who hold it down as mothers and working professionals face.




Standing Our Ground

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Part memoir, part history lesson, this is the story by newly-elected congresswoman Lucia McBath who became an activist after the murder of her son Jordan Davis.




An Extraordinary Life

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Author Wendy Jones can’t exactly prove that her mother, Josephine Jones, was the first black woman manager at a Fortune 500 company, but she certainly makes a strong case for it in her book.


Getting to the Other Side of Victory

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This autobiography is a story of hope and action to teach people how to hit the reset button, tap into their hidden strengths, and rebuild their lives after crisis and loss.




Rise and Grind 

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In this collaboration, Daymond John looks at everyday routines of individuals including, Gary Vaynerchuk, Wendy Williams, Carlos Santana, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who people consider to be winning and at the top of their fields.


Black Fortunes 

Ultimate 2018 Holiday Gift Guide From Black-Owned Businesses

This book is an ode to the nation’s first-known, post-slavery titans, a few of whom reside in his own family tree, concentrates on six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires.


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The Ms. Pink Friday Gift Guide: Five Feminist Gifts on Sale NOW in the Feminist Store!

It’s Pink Friday in the Feminist Store! (It’s like Black Friday, only you don’t have to leave your house, wait in line or support a massive corporation in order to finish all of your shopping.)

Click here to shop the Feminist Store NOW and save on revolutionary gifts for your fellow feminists. You can shop an extensive supply of feminist tees, tanks and totes—and save big on any Ms. memberships—all weekend long!

Not sure where to start? Here are five great buys for everyone on your list this season.

#1: Ms. Memberships

Ms. memberships are a total two-for-one: Your friend gets a feminist gift that never stops giving, and Ms. is all the stronger for it because of your support. Keep us reporting, rebelling and truth-telling—and keep your fellow activists informed, empowered and mobilized—with print, digital or combination Ms. memberships. Through the holiday season, gift memberships will even come with a FREE downloadable and custom-designed greeting card!

Get a year of Ms. for as little as $ 7.50 this weekend in the Feminist Store. If you already get the magazine, add a year to your cart as a gift to yourself, too—you’ll extend your membership for half of the standard rate!

#2: Feminist Holiday Cards

Send the spirit of resistance this season with our feminist greeting cards, featuring an iconic (and non-denominational) cover image from Ms. These will stand out on any mantle—and spark some good feminist conversation while the family is roasting chestnuts over an open fire. Wonder Woman stamps, unfortunately, are not included.

Get a pack of 10 feminist greeting cards for only $ 12.75 this weekend in the Feminist Store. 

#3: Feminist Tees, Tanks and Onesies

The next Women’s March is right around the corner—and our radical raspberry gear will help you stand out in the crowd. (And find your friends in it, too!) With dozens of styles and statements to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect fit—and all merch is union-made in the USA.

Get feminist tees, tanks and even children’s wear for as little as $ 16 this weekend in the Feminist Store. 

#4: Feminist Finger Puppets

Whether the young feminists in your life are budding revolutionaries or baby poets, they’ll love getting to know the women who paved their way toward their dreams. Hand off the stories of their feminist foremothers this holiday season with a feminist finger puppet of Frida Kahlo, Zora Neale Hurston, Jane Austen, Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt or other revolutionaries and boundary-breakers.

Get a feminist finger puppet for only $ 5.60 this weekend in the Feminist Store.

#5: The TIWAFLL Tote

This tote speaks for itself—and it’s big and durable enough to carry your favorite feminist books, the latest issue of Ms., and the last shards of that glass ceiling.

Get a This is What a Feminist Looks Like tote bag for only $ 12 this weekend in the Feminist Store.

Still looking for more? Shop the Feminist Store during the Pink Friday sale this weekend and save on jewelry, enamel pins and buttons, books and music and more! There’s never been a better time to give an empowering gift—and everything in the store is 20 percent off through Monday. (Ahem: Except Ms. memberships, which are half-off all weekend!)

Carmen Rios is the Digital Editor at Ms., co-host of TRIGGER HAPPY on Binge Networks and co-founder of Argot Magazine; her work has also been published by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Mic, MEL, Everyday Feminism and Autostraddle. Like everyone else in LA, Carmen once had a podcast; unlike everyone else, she stays pretty zen in traffic. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Best Gifts for PC Gamers

Having a PC fan in your life can be a bit much to handle during the holidays. Whether your gift recipient uses their rig for gaming, work, or a little of both. But it can be tough to shop for them, especially since they probably built their own computer and have everything in there they need.

But that’s not to say you can’t still get them something that will be useful or fun. Here are some gift ideas for that PC-loving friend or family member as we enter the holiday season.

Legion Y730 17” Gaming Laptop

Featured Sponsored Product. It’s pretty simple. A gamer needs a rig that can keep up with the action and keep them atop the leaderboard. That’s where Lenovo Legion’s monster 17-inch gaming laptop comes into play. The Legion Y730 features top-shelf Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics and screaming 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processors. On top of that, it’s a sleek, modern, and purpose-built machine without those silly dragons, lizards, or racing stripes. Oh, and that customizable RGB keyboard is pretty slick, too.

Lenovo Yoga Wireless Mouse


Lenovo Yoga Wireless Mouse

Featured Sponsored Product. The Yoga mouse sure is a looker, but while you’re admiring it, you may very well miss some cool hidden functionality. It’s actually a two-in-one device. You can use it as a regular mouse with the clicking and dragging. But if you want to watch a movie, you just flip it over. The bottom has media controls that will save your giftee from having to get a second remote, which they’d probably lose anyway because those things are often ridiculously tiny.

Anker 10-Port USB Hub


Anker 10-Port USB Hub

One can always use more USB ports. They’re good for external speakers, webcams, controllers, microphones, and they’ll even charge a phone. So it’s easy to run out of available space as one’s setup develops. Hubs like this Anker can convert a single port into 10 and save your friend the trouble of having to decide what gets to be plugged in. Because it can all be plugged in with this thing, and that’s just way easier.

Lenovo Explorer Headset

Featured Sponsored Product. The Explorer is a headset that works on the Windows Mixed Reality platform to put games, apps, and work right in the wearer’s face in three dimensions. It only takes a minute to set up; it’s just two cables and no cameras or sensor bars. Once it’s hooked up, your happy giftee can get to the important work of playing super immersive video games. And working, of course. Some of it will definitely be work.

Merax Office/Gaming Chair


Merax Gaming Chair

Unless they’ve sprung for a standing desk or have set something up on their own, your PC-user is going to need somewhere to sit while they’re doing all that computer-ing. This chair looks cool and has about a dozen places to adjust for ergonomics and comfort. It’s important to be cozy with all that screen time we log every day. And it’s crucial to have a chair that will change to fit you.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey


Spartan soldier Assassins Creed Odyssey gameplay

If your PC user is a gamer, they’ll need some software to fill in some of that time between serious, responsible projects. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, the latest entry from developer Ubisoft’s time-spanning action series takes players to Ancient Greece to take the role of one of two powerful Spartan warriors. This is the earliest era in franchise history, but all the free-running, swordplay, and boat combat that have marked the past few installments are still in place. And yes, they can kick people off of cliffs like in 300. Ubisoft knows what it’s doing.

Klip Cable Protectors


Klip Cord Protector

Once your friend has all of their peripherals hooked up, it’s a good idea to give all those cables a bit of protection. Klips attach at the most vulnerable spots of any cord — right by the ports — to stave off fraying, bending, and loss of the protective, rubberized covering. And if that’s not useful enough, each of the five included pairs is a different color. That means your friend won’t have to guess which end goes with which.

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11 Unique Gift Ideas That Are So Unusual We Can’t Say No

Tis the season for holiday shopping (at least amongst the forward-planners in our midst), and who doesn’t want impressively original gift ideas? Not that we don’t love getting and giving candles, but nothing really says “I love you” like dinosaur garden statues or logs that grow shiitake mushrooms, are we right? Thankfully, unique gift emporium UncommonGoods is here with these and more surprising offerings sure to amuse and delight everyone on your list. Read on for our picks, and get shopping before all the good stuff is gone!

For the Quirky Gardener

Dino-philes and green thumbs alike will surely appreciate these steel garden sculptures, which were made by hand in Arizona.

Buy It! Velociraptor Garden Sculpture Set, $ 180; uncommongoods.com

For the Farm-to-Table Fanatic

Maybe your significant other takes an interest in micology, or maybe they like locavore dining. Whatever the case may be, this shiitake mushroom-growing kit, which is good for up to three years’ worth of fungi, is certain to please.

Buy It! Shiitake Mushroom Log Kit, $ 30; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Tequila Enthusiast

Those who appreciate a fine tequila will love this set of four reusable, hand-carved shot glasses made from Himalayan sea salt. Salud!

Buy It! Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses, $ 28 for a set of four; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Sports Fan

Not fun: Scraping snow off your car in the dead of winter. Slightly more fun: Scraping snow off your car with a novel hockey stick snow brush. Perfect for the hockey-viewer (or player) in your life.

Buy It! Hockey Stick Snow Brush, $ 25; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Cat Fancier

Any friend of felines knows that cats need something to scratch on, and we’d rather it be this cute cat-sized laptop scratcher than the new couch.

Buy It! Laptop Cat Scratching Pad, $ 35; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Avocado Toast Addict

No ugly brown avocado halves to be found here! These specialty kitchen items are made from BPA-free silicone and ensure more efficient avocado storage. The pit pocket can conveniently be pushed in or out depending on which half you’ve saved.

Buy It! Avocado Huggers, $ 7.95 for a set of two; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Animal Lover

Animal enthusiasts (or anyone who appreciates the cuter things in life) will go wild for this beginner-level felting kit, which provides materials and guidance for making 2-3 tiny, adorable wool hedgehogs. Thoroughly aww-inducing.

Buy It! Hedgehog Needle Felting Kit, $ 20; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Beer Drinker

Exalt six packs with these peel-and-stick magnetic strips, which adhere to the ceiling of your fridge and allow you to store bottles of your favorite brew up high. Not only do they free up precious refrigerator real estate, they look pretty darn cool.

Buy It! BottleLoft, $ 38; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Eco-Conscious

This ingenious solar-powered charger is portable and powerful — it’s around the same size and weight as an iPhone and delivers a full charge in two hours. It also emits light for up to 150 hours, if you please. And for each purchase, the makers of the device will give one solar-powered light to people in areas of the world without electricity. Now that’s illuminating!

Buy It! Solar-Powered Charger & Light, $ 59.95; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Friend Whose Phone is Always Dying

For those in perpetual need of a phone charger, this bracelet is a game-changer. Its long-lasting lithium battery charges up to 50 percent in 40 minutes — not to mention it makes a good-looking accessory!

Buy It! Phone-Charging Bracelet, $ 149; uncommongoods.com

 

For the Humorist

The jokester in your life will find endless amusement in this Bluetooth-connected, banana-shaped wireless handset, which is designed to take your cell phone calls sans radiation exposure. It’s USB-rechargeable and made from recycled plastic for maximum appeal.

Buy It! Bluetooth Banana Phone, $ 40; uncommongoods.com

 


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have received their first baby gift, and it’s very appropriate

You’ll never guess what it is…

Less than 48 hours after the announcement that Meghan Markle is pregnant and the couple have already received a gift for their first child.

Kensington Palace announced on Monday that the baby is due in spring 2019 – although people already reckon they’ve worked out Meghan’s due date.

While the royal family found out the news on Friday, it’s thought that Meghan shared her pregnancy with this person a couple of months before.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a jam-packed first day of their royal tour in Sydney, meeting Invictus games representatives as well as visiting a zoo and the Royal Opera House.

At the beginning of the day the pair were presented with a cuddly kangaroo by Australia’s Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, to which Meghan exclaimed, ‘Our first baby gift!’

Later they also received a tiny pair of Ugg boots that we’re sure will come in handy – although Meghan already has a gift for her future daughter, which she’s had for years.

At Taronga Zoo the couple also met a pair of baby koalas that had been named after them in honour of their nuptials, according to The Sun. We’re jealous.

‘We genuinely couldn’t think of a better place to announce the upcoming baby, be it a boy or a girl,’ Harry said of the baby news.

Watch this space for more pictures and updates from Meghan and Harry’s tour as we get them.

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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Steps Down, With a Parting Gift for Investors: Better-Than-Expected Earnings

Indra Nooyi’s 12-year tenure as PepsiCo’s CEO came to and end Tuesday as the 24-year PepsiCo veteran hands the corporate reins over to her successor. Starting Wednesday, Ram?n Laguarta will oversee the Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Tropicana, Gatorade, and Quaker brands.

Nooyi’s final day on the job included a quarterly earnings report that beat analyst estimates–the 75th such earnings call she has participated in as the company’s CEO or CFO. Revenue rose 1.5% to $ 16.5 billion while earnings totaled $ 1.59 a share. Both figures beat analyst estimates, although some analysts nitpicked the results because they benefited from a lower tax rate rather than higher operating margins.

As a result, PepsiCo’s stock fell 1.9% to $ 108.72 a share during Nooyi’s last day. But the company’s stock has risen 109% since Nooyi was named CEO in August 2006, a notable performance in an industry known more for slow, steady improvements rather than tech-like hypergrowth. Coca-Cola’s stock, by comparison, has risen 67% since August 2006.

Under Nooyi’s leadership, PepsiCo’s revenue grew by 80% during a period when consumer tastes began to change and when food companies faced consolidation. Nooyi pushed PepsiCo early on to shift from junk food toward healthier snacks and beverages, anticipating a change that caught some companies off guard. She also advocated for stronger recycling policies as well as snacks that were tailored toward the tastes of female consumers.

Nooyi won numerous business accolades, included landing at or near the top of Fortune’s annual ranking of Most Powerful Women in business, where she appeared in 18 of the last 20 years. Last year, when Nooyi was ranked No. 2 on the list, she spoke about the formidable challenges she still faced as PepsiCo’s leader.

“The industry is seeing a pace of change and disruption that we’ve never seen… You’re going to have consolidation, disruption, and a shakeout in the industry. You’re going to see the emergence of new players,” Nooyi said. “You can look at it with pessimism, that, ‘Oh, my God, all of this is changing,’ or optimism, to say perhaps this is the time to rewrite some of the rules and rebalance the competitive equation in the industry. I’m in the latter camp, and I’m looking at the world and saying, ‘Interesting times.’”

Nooyi’s successor Laguarta is also a PepsiCo veteran, having worked at the company for 22 years. Laguarta will be the sixth CEO at PepsiCo, which has historically appointed new CEOs from within its ranks.

Nooyi will remain PepsiCo’s chairman until early next year. When she was named CEO of Pepsi, she was only of only 11 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. After she steps down, there will be 25. In an interview this summer with Fortune, Noori expressed regret that number remained low. “It concerns me in that we can actually count how many there are, as opposed to saying there are hundreds,” she said.

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