‘Death’s Gambit’ Brings Its Own Ideas to the Souls Formula

Check your watches, because it’s about time for another 2D pixel art Soulslike with Metroidvania elements. Death’s Gambit wears its Dark Souls influence squarely on its tattered sleeve. And since this type of thing is exactly our jam, we’re rolling around in the excess of indie Soulslikes like pigs in mud.

It’s a niche-but-not-so-niche genre that grows by the month, as indies code their love letters to the Soulsborne formula and add their own unique flourishes. For fans of the formula, our cups runneth over.

Death’s Gambit, like the best of these, throws in quite a few of its own ideas while also seeming instantly familiar to any Souls fan. It’s got the roll with invincibility frames, it’s got the equivalent of bonfires, and it forces you to touch the point of your death. All of which are good, and we’d even be happy with a straight 2D Souls clone, but there’s more than enough to make this game fresh.

Starting Weapons and Skills

While your class doesn’t make too much of a difference in the long run (you can upgrade whichever attribute you want when levelling up), there are some huge differences in starting weapons. Certain weapons like the scythe are a little tougher to get your head around, and come with lore implications — in this case you’re actually working for Death.

True to the formula, weapons come with their own movesets. But there’s also a completely new and separate talent tree you’ll invest into as you level up. These passive benefits can be as simple as regenerating stamina faster while you block, or being able to dodge in the air, to more complex techniques like combo finishers that increase your damage if you switch weapons afterwards. In fact, Death’s Gambit’s emphasis on combo finishers is quite reminiscent of Dead Cells.


The Protagonist jumps in the air for a large scythe attack.
The scythe can take some getting used to, but all weapons have great perks.

Scoring hits will build up Soul Energy, which is in turn used for skills. These skills are purchasable from vendors and meant for specific weapons. Spears, for example, can perform a thrust forward, covering more distance.

There’s a nice interplay between talents and skills, as some of the talents provide conditional increases to Soul Energy. The skills used then reward you for certain playstyles and tricks.


Holding up shield while enemies shoot arrows.
You can be block-heavy, or go for parries.

Feathers Are the New Flasks

Instead of dropping your “souls” in Death’s Gambit, you drop your healing items. Feathers take the place of your Estus flask in this game, and you’ll be able to collect many more of these than the Estus shards you’re used to.

That means you need to return to the place of your death to reclaim your healing items, as opposed to just your currency for levelling up. That’s a notch more brutal than usual.


The Protagonist is on his knees with a sun in the background.
Many images are extremely reminiscent of Souls games.

The flipside is when you start to collect a LOT of these feathers, you can actually invest them into boosting The Protagonist. By taking them out of the pile of available healing feathers, you can put them into the pile of feathers increasing your damage. It’s only a small amount – 10% or so for each feather – but if you can spare it, and doing it will turn a four-hit kill into a three-hit kill on area monsters, it’s definitely worth it.

Boss Fights Have Gimmicks

We mean “gimmick” in a good way. There’s a bit of experimentation at work in these boss fights, and while there are hits and misses, we admire the bravery and innovation.

Probably the best example of what we mean is one particular fight which takes place on top of a stone platform at high altitude. The platform isn’t stable, and standing on either side will cause it to tilt. Too much of that, and it slides away, sending you to your death.


Jumping into the air to hit Kaern with a greatsword.
Fighting Kaern while keeping his platform balanced can be tough.

Keep in mind, the boss has weight too. On top of that, it’ll conjure ice blocks from the air to smash down on top of you. Not only do you have to avoid the blocks, you have to manage the overall balance of weight on the platform by smashing the right ice blocks.

All told, the other, “safer” boss fights are better and more refined, but we’re suckers for a bit of experimentation like this. It’s exactly in the spirit of Souls games, too — people forget how experimental Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls were, and the missteps along the way like World Tendency or Bed of Chaos.


The Protagonist looks up at one of the toughest characters.
There are bosses the size of titans in the game, but the most deadly can be your size.

Possibly because it would be quite unfair to have you wander into a boss fight only to slide off a platform to your death, Death’s Gambit has a system in place to mitigate this. You’ll gain a large amount of souls for damaging the boss on your first try — the more damage you do, the more you’ll get.

We often had enough to level up after this, though we suspect the system exists to let you buy back your healing feather if you want to postpone that fight. Let’s call it the “nope” system.

Is Death’s Gambit Good?

Souls fans are, naturally, connoisseurs of Soulslikes. So we’ve played a few of these over the last few years. One of the best, if not the best, is also one of the first: Salt and Sanctuary. Part of why that was so good is not only did it understand what made this style of game so great, it also added enough unique flavour for the player to continue to learn interesting systems.

Death’s Gambit has enough of that, with interesting synergies between talents and skills, to reach the level of a decent Soulslike. There is a lot of homage in the game, to be sure. But there’s also a lot of interesting challenges. You’ll have a few “nope” moments and come back later to conquer that gauntlet through a combination of increased stats and knowledge of the enemy. Death’s Gambit will scratch your Souls itch for a while, in a satisfying way, before we go back to hungering for Sekiro.

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5 Business Casual Outfit Ideas

Clothes definitely have power and we want you to always use that power to your benefit, however, that’s easier said than done. Coming up with different business casual outfits can be more difficult than it seems.

Because of that, I want to give you five specific outfits that you can work with because we’re sure you have those staples in your wardrobe ready and by adding certain accessories or certain other elements, you can just create something that’s very versatile, at the same time, always elegant, stylish, and professional.

We created five typical business casual outfits that evolve around one specific garment. The idea is to provide you with inspiration for your own business casual outfits because it’s such a popular dress code.

Blazer with subtle plaids

Blazer paired with seersucker pants

1. Patterned Blazer Or Sport Coat

Chances are you’ve heard of the navy blue blazer, it’s a fantastic garment, however, it can be a little formal at times. Good news is you can certainly wear it as a business casual combination! At the same time, having a different item such as in a small white and blue check, maybe something in a houndstooth pattern, or maybe even a tweed coat, can help you to break things up, make it more casual, and more appropriate for that dress code.

If you are into traditional blazers like boating blazers such as rope stripes, that’s something I would not wear to the office because it’s over the top. One underrated business casual pattern is the classic Glen check pattern or Prince of Wales pattern. Usually, it comes in a background of black and white or maybe dark brown and off-white with an overplaid in a contrasting color, it can be brown, it can be green, blue, or sometimes even pink.

Even though it is typically sold as a suit, I suggest you take the jacket and wear it with some odd trousers. That way, it’s more casual but still visually interesting as long as there’s enough contrast between the pants and the jacket. If you want, you can also take jackets from your brighter colored suits such as a medium brown suit or maybe a green fresco suit and combine those into a business casual outfit. As you can see, at the center is always the jacket and you want it to be more casual, meaning either it should have a pattern, it should have a nice interesting color that is different from typical business colors, or it could have an interesting material blend with rougher wools such as tweed.

During the colder months of the year, you can even wear a cashmere jacket which is super warm but at the same time, extremely soft. When you’ve chosen a bolder jacket that makes a statement, I suggest to tone down the pants and the shirt in your outfit simply so the jacket can shine and its overall, harmonious. Maybe try to pick up a color scheme in your shoes, go with simple chinos, or on the other hand, if you just have like a navy blazer or maybe with mother-of-pearl buttons or a windowpane pattern, you can combine it with some seersucker pants.

Allen Edmonds Chukka Boots with Corduroy

Allen Edmonds Chukka Boots with Corduroy

2. Interesting Pair Of Pants

Typically in an office environment, pants, trousers, or slacks can become monotonous very quickly. Between solid navy, gray, or charcoal, there’s not much else. Every once in a while, you’ll see maybe a chino in a khaki tone or in sand but that’s about it. If you’ve watched this channel before chances are you see me in corduroy pants, I’m a big fan of them, especially in the winter. Ideal colors to me are brown, maybe caramel, or olive green. Corduroy is actually made in the exact same way as velvet with the exception that ridges are cut in and wider ridges make things look more casual, slimmer ridges are a little more formal.

Nantucket Reds from Murrays Toggery Shop

Nantucket Reds from Murrays Toggery Shop

For the warmer months of the year, I suggest you experiment a bit with colorful chinos that could be like a pale blue pair of chinos or if you’re more daring, a pair of Nantucket red chinos. Of course, you can also play with the texture and if you go with a linen pair of pants, I suggest going with a royal blue color which is darker and less flashy than a pale blue or a Nantucket red, at the same time, the texture stands out and by choosing a blue that is two or three shades lighter in a typical business suit, you indicate that it’s not at all the same garment and it’s very different from a business suit.

Wide Seersucker Stripes with Little Puckering

Wide Seersucker Stripes with Little Puckering

If you’re into seersucker, maybe evolve past the basic color of blue and white and maybe opt for something in beige and white. It will really look very different, at the same time, it has the same benefits of seersucker which is that it’s very lightweight, it doesn’t wrinkle a lot which is always welcome at the office, and at the same time, it’s made for hot weather so you can be stylish without overheating.

Gray and brown combination with Fort Belvedere accessories

Gray and brown combination with Fort Belvedere accessories

3. Gray & Brown Combination

Traditionally, black was the color for the city and brown was the color for the country. Now both of these were rarely mixed, even darker suits such as a gray flannel was rarely mixed with brown, however, I think both of those colors can really be combined quite well if it’s done so tastefully.

That means if you have a darker gray, go with a darker shade of brown. Let’s say you have a gray flannel suit, combine it with a brown grenadine tie and maybe brown loafers. Rather than going with a light tan, maybe go with a chocolate brown. You could also go with monk straps, for example, or anything else you like but picking up both of those colors gives your outfit a warmer appearance, at the same time, it’s still quite formal enough for most office environments out there.

Oatmeal tweed jacket with knit tie

Oatmeal tweed jacket with knit tie

4. Tweed Jacket

Personally, I’m a huge fan of tweed jackets because they’re so versatile, they have lots of colors in their fabrics, they are warm, at the same time they are thicker and because of that, they are very wrinkle resistant. Honestly, you can sit on a jacket and just throw it at a corner, pick it back up, put it on, and it doesn’t show wrinkles at all. Now try that with your other suits and you will see what I mean.

Gray Donegal Tweed jacket

Gray Donegal Tweed jacket

When it comes to business casual, tweed really fits right in because it casualizes the jacket style and ties it together with more informal pants. A really great tweed color for the office is gray. I suggest you go with a medium gray because it’s still considered formal enough and you can choose between many different styles; there can be a gray Donegal, one which has undertones of blue with colored specks and those colorful dots really soften things up, at the same time, I can wear it with a pair of denim jeans, I can wear it with corduroys, then I can also wear it with chinos, no problem!

In terms of accessories, I suggest you go with more texture such as knit ties or maybe shantung ties or grenadine ties because it just harmonizes well and balances out the overall look.

Vests help to change the look of your existing wardrobe

Vests help to change the look of your existing wardrobe

5. Sweater Vest Or Cardigan

Traditionally, vests are part of a suit but in a more casual environment, a three-piece suit is not an option. When it’s colder in the winter, however, you can wear a vest that is contrasting underneath your jacket and can look quite dapper. Personally, I love my burgundy vest but I also wear bottle green velvet vests and all kinds of other colors including blue tweed for the office. I think a blue tweed vest comes in really handy.

Personally, I would not wear a tailored vest without a jacket, I would always go with a jacket, however, some people are fine with it especially if it’s a sweater vest or a cardigan. Most cardigans you see come in solid colors with navy being a favorite. Sometimes, you can also see off-white which can be quite casual and inappropriate in the wintertime. I also like green because it’s a warm color, it’s kind of an earthy nature color, and it’s in stark contrast with the traditional business color of gray, blue, and charcoal.

Business casual outfit with a sweater and chinos

Business casual outfit with a sweater and chinos

If you wanted to take it a step further, you can also have patterned vests or patterned sweaters such as a houndstooth pattern, could be very traditional, it could be a Prince of Wales for example, or it could be something with dots on it. That aside, you can also find textured sweaters which have kind of a cable knit or other elements. Personally, if I would go to a more casual office environment and I wanted something that was business casual, I wouldn’t hesitate to wear maybe something along the lines of a tennis sweater which is of course quite preppy but that’s simply the style I enjoy.

When I wear a sweater to the office, I typically like to combine it with a necktie which means I get a deep cut v-neck sweater because that way, my tie and my tie knot really pops and looks much better than with a crewneck that actually just covers up the entire tie.

An ivory shirt works well for brown toned jackets

An ivory shirt works well for brown toned jackets

Play With Dress Shirt Colors

In terms of shirts, I prefer to go with small check shirts in a button-down collar sometimes though if the sweater is very loud, you can also go with a more muted shirt. Just stay clear of the plain solid white ones because they are too businesslike and they don’t go well with the casualness of the sweater.

Now most people wear plain white or light blue shirts to the office, I’m a big proponent of the off-white or cream shirt because it’s much softer from afar, it still almost looks like a white shirt yet it ties warmer tones such as brown or green much better together than a plain solid white shirt would.

At the end of the day, you could argue that a cream shirt is better than a white shirt because it’s a lot more versatile. It can be worn with a business suit but it can also be worn with a lot more casual jackets including things like a Harrington jacket or a linen jacket.

What are your business casual staples? Drop a comment below!


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Abstract ideas: meet the new artists making waves (and other shapes) at artrepublic

We put a spotlight on contemporary abstraction, as created by artists Cleo Barbour, Dave Towers and Mark McClure.

Dot by Cleo Barbour

Have you ever become so familiar with something that you stop even seeing it properly? For instance, your home; when it’s freshly decorated it feels like a whole new space, but once you get used to furniture sitting in a certain place or walls and floors being a particular colour or pattern, it’s easy to begin to take it for granted. This has happened (stylistically speaking) in the art world again and again through the centuries, but one of the most distinctive periods of renewal (and, for some, upset) came with the advent of the Cubists at the turn of the 20th century.

Quite literally breaking down their scenery and setups, removing perspective and  reformatting what they saw to create flat planes containing numerous viewpoints, the artists at the forefront of these movements – think Picasso, Braque, Leger and Gris – forced themselves and those viewing their work, to stop taking their experience for granted and look at it anew. Albeit in a slightly jumbled, disjointed and at times uncomfortable way. But those artists recognised the need to try and see things with fresh eyes, or from a different angle or perspective in order to be present and engage with whatever was in front of them.

Abstraction may not take on quite the same form these days, but it still operates on the same basic principle: dealing with ideas rather than actual events. So, with that in mind – and knowing that a change of scenery is good for the soul – we’re shaking things up down at artrepublic Brighton with a rehang throughout our space. And, while we’re at it, we’re showcasing the work of some new artists who we are adding to the artrepublic mix – Cleo Barbour, Dave Towers and Mark McClure – each of whose work (coincidentally) is based in abstraction.

From bespoke surface design and hand-embellished prints to textural and typographical paint applications, let us introduce you to the latest trio to join our artrepublic family of artists.  

Cleo Barbour

Triangle by Cleo Barbour

Taking inspiration from tropical travels, architecture and Art Deco design, among other things, Brighton-based artist (and shoe designer) Cleo Barbour is known for her strong colour palettes, geometric compositions and hand-embroidered finishes.

Mark McClure

Murmation by Mark McClure

A respect for materials runs through Marc McClure’s dynamic abstract work. Whether executed on a grand scale in a public space or on smaller surfaces, the artist’s sculptural (even in 2D) geometric pieces draws attention to scale, structure and the space in which they are displayed.

Dave Towers

Cosmic Blob by Dave Towers

A career in graphic design, has seen Dave Towers heading up design teams at some of the UK’s best advertising agencies and picking up a number of awards for his work. And this background underpins Towers’ artwork too – layered colours, attention to line and typographical processes showcase an abstraction of ideas as well as form.

 

We spoke to each of the three artists for a quick Q&A about their work and take on abstraction. Read more about them on the artrepublic blog, at the links below and why not drop into the artrepublic Brighton gallery to see their work in person (displayed in a special presentation until 12th September 2018), or give us a call on +44 (0)1273 724829 to speak to one of our Art Advisors about their pieces.

Cleo Barbour

Mark McClure

Dave Towers

 

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Sling TV Has Some New Ideas to Woo Cable Cutters

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

On Thursday, Dish Network’s


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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Twitch network.

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


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

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

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10 Free and Thoughtful Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide & Ideas

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

Gifts Under $ 100

Portable Camping Hammock

Portable Camping Hammock

Portable Hammock

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

J Herbin Stormy Gray Fountain Pen Ink

J Herbin Stormy Gray Fountain Pen Ink

J. Herbin Stormy Gray Fountain Pen Ink

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

 

Dodge City Book Dodge City Book

Dodge City Book

Dodge City Book

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

Violet Marguerite Boutonniere by Fort Belvedere

Violet Marguerite Boutonniere by Fort Belvedere is handmade in Germany

Violet Marguerite Boutonniere by Fort Belvedere, $ 35

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

Timex Weekender Green Tan Nylon Strap

Timex Weekender Green Tan Nylon Strap

Timex Weekender with a Striped Canvas Strap, $ 40

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

SKLZ Golf Swing Trainer

SKLZ Golf Swing Trainer

Golf Swing Trainer

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

HarmanKardon Esquire Mini

HarmanKardon Esquire Mini

Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini

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

Glyder Styptic Balm

Glyder Styptic Balm

Glyder – An Upgrade From Your Old Styptic Pencil $ 10

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

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

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

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

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

Flaviar Tasting Box - a wonderful Fathers Day 2000

Flaviar Tasting Box – a wonderful Fathers Day 2000

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $ 60 per quarter

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

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

Shakespearean Insult Poster

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

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

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

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

Yard Dice

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

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

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

Bartender’s Prep Board

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

Davidoff Scottish Mixture Pipe Tobacco

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

Cigar Caddy Draw Enhancer Tool

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

J. Herbin Stormy Grey Fountain Pen Ink

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

The Butler Speaks

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

Fort Belvedere Vintage Prints

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

Tani Underwear

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

Spikeball

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

Partagas Robusto Cigars

Partagas Robusto Cigars

Partagas Robusto Cigars – Price Varies

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

$ 100 – $ 250

Steve McQueen wearing Wayfarers in The Thomas Crown Affair

Steve McQueen wearing Persol 649s in The Thomas Crown Affair

Persol 649 Series Sunglasses

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

Travel Manicure Set by Fort Belvedere, $ 140

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

 

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

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

Green Driving Gloves by Fort Belvedere, $ 160

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

YETI Roadie Cooler

YETI Roadie Cooler

Yeti Roadie Cooler

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

Babolat Pure Strike Tennis Racket

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

 

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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

Ellipse Bluetooth Bike Lock

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

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker / Keurig K575

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

Pit Master Crate

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

BakerStone Pizza Oven

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

Hennessy X.O. / V.S.O.P Privilège

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

Slingbox M2

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

Soda Stream Power

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

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Flight

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

Arccos Driver

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

$ 250 – $ 500

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Lover Flight

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Lover Flight

Snake River Farms Wagyu Steak Flight, $ 319

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

Baracuta G9 Harrington Jacket, $ 390

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

Weber Smokey Mountain Charcoal Smoker

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

 

Lapis Lazuli Gold Eagle Claw Cufflinks, Fort Belvedere

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

AudioEngine Bluetooth Speakers

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

AKG N60NC Headphones

AKG N60NC Headphones

AKG N60NC Headphones / V-Moda Headphones

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

VModa Crossfade Wireless Headphones

VModa Crossfade Wireless Headphones

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

UE Megaboom

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

Lagostina Grill Pan

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

$ 500 – $ 1000

Vitamix 7500

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

Big Green Egg (Large)

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

$ 1000+

Yuneec Typhoon Drone with 4K Camera

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

Nikon D500 Digital SLR

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

Tesla Model S

Tesla

Deposit on Tesla Model 3

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

TourGolf Membership

TourGolf Membership

TourGolf Membership

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

Omega Speedmaster Professional

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

Van Dam Custom Wood Boat – Price Varies

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

Experiences

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

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

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

The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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


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10 Inspiring Ideas for a Seldomly Used Side Yard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15 of the best Dollar Tree storage and organization ideas

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

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

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

RELATED: Clark Howard’s top 5 retailers to watch in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Dollar Tree Multipurpose Rope-Handle Bucket, 2.5 Gal.

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

Dollar Tree Small Rectangular Translucent Plastic Storage Containers with Lids

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

Plastic Canisters with Green Twist on Lids

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

Index Card File Box

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

 White Drawer Organizers with Grip Bottom

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

Multi-purpose plastic baskets:

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

3-compartment plastic caddy

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

Plastic Storage Boxes with Lids

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

Color-coded labels from Dollar Tree

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

Dry erase board Dollar Tree

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

Small square plastic containers

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

Decorative cube storage:

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

Sweater storage bags Dollar Tree

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

Plastic slotted baskets

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

Dollar Tree calendars

Getting organized will save you money in the long run! 

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

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

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

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

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6 safe sleep ideas for exhausted (and imperfect) parents

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By Alison Jacobson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This post was originally published March, 2017.

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8 Cool Outfit Ideas for Rainy Days

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

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

On Kendall Jenner: R13 jeans; Balenciaga bag and boots
Who: Elsa Hosk
On Rita Ora: Adidas jacket, pants, and sneakers
On Lily Collins: Madewell jacket; Gerard Darel bag; Black Orchid jeans; Vince sneakers
On Olivia Palermo: Tod’s Bauletto Bag ($ 1425) and Embellished Leather Sneakers ($ 525)
On Karlie Kloss: A.L.C. coat; Victoria Beckham dress; Carolina Herrera bag
On Gigi Hadid: B Collection cardigan; Lauren Moshi T-shirt; DL1961 jeans; Versace Palazzo Empire Tote ($ 2850); Reebok Classic Leather Sneakers ($ 75)
On Chriselle Lim: Tibi Drape Twill Trench ($ 750)
Rain boots you can get away with wearing to work are an essential.  Available in sizes 5 to 11.
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See what we mean about wishing for a rainy day in the weather forecast?

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7 Tips and Ideas to Refresh your Home for Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do brunch – sibling style!

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

Spend a day totally outside

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

Revisit childhood hotspots

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

Do a bit of shopping

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

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

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

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

Shelf-Stable Snack Ideas for Work

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

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

Snacks To Keep in the Office Fridge

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

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

Great Snacks for the Office Freezer

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

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

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

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A quick handmade Valentine is cute and all, but sometimes there’s not even time for that! These sweet ideas include something for your work wife, your kids’ classmates, your bestie, moms and more. Best of all: They ship in two days or less.

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Healthy packaged snack ideas for moms with bag-lunch fatigue

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

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

healthy packed school lunch

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

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

1. Fresh, whole fruit

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

2. Yogurt tubes

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

3. Cheese sticks

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

4. Packs of almonds

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

5. Granola bar

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

6. Single-serve pretzel bags

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

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

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

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10 Sunroom Decorating Ideas That’ll Brighten Your Space

A solarium already benefits from natural lighting (score!), so focus your energies on finding the perfect furniture and accessories. Then re-envision the whole first floor with even more great design ideas for your living room and family room.

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Four Weeks’ Worth of Work Outfit Ideas!

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

What It Is:

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

Who Gets the Work Outfit Ideas:

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

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

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

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For a space so tiny, a whole lot has to happen in the bathroom. And don’t get us started on fitting all our makeup, haircare tools, medicine and more in a cramped vanity. These organizing solutions create new storage in spots you’ve probably never thought about before. That way, you can have your nail polish and flat iron, too.

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5 New Ideas for Your Bathroom in the New Year

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

 

Large Format Tiles 

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

 

An Unexpected Accent 

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

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An Upgraded Shower 

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

 

Industrial-Chic 

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

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A Fresh Coat of Paint 

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

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35+ Perfect Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

You’re not just a regular friend, you’re a bridal-shower-level friend. These special picks will show the bride-to-be just how well you know her.

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Creative New Year’s Eve Decorating Ideas Using Balloons

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

 

A New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock  

What you’ll need: 12 gold balloons, a helium tank, black self-adhesive vinyl or large number stickers, black curling ribbon, clear tape, black cardstock paper, painter’s tape 

Photo Source: thesuburbanmom.com

Visit The Suburban Mom for full instructions on how to DIY this New Year’s Eve Balloon Clock.  

 

A Balloon-Covered Ceiling 

What you’ll need: golden balloons, a helium tank, ribbons, scissors (to curl the ribbons, if desired), Polaroid’s 

Photo Source: homedit.com

 

A Champagne Balloon Display 

What you’ll need:Mylar champagne balloon, balloon pump, microfilament (fishing line), sewing needle, scissors, balloons in assorted colors and sizes, spray paint, spray adhesive, crafting glitter, painter’s tape 

Photo Source: ideas.evite.com

Visit Evite for full instructions on how to DIY this Champagne Balloon Display.  

 

Glow Stick Balloons 

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

Photo Source: sayyes.com

Visit Say Yes for full instructions on how to DIY these Glow Stick Balloons. 

 

Confetti-Filled Balloons 

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

Photo Source: wideopencountry.com

Visit Wide Open Country for full instructions on how to DIY these Confetti-Filled Balloons. 

 

We hope these DIYs help you blow your guests away this New Year’s Eve! 

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The Coolest Holiday Party Outfit Ideas From Forever 21

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

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

Go on to shop the best holiday party attire currently available at Forever 21.

You’ll dazzle them in this dress.  Available in sizes S to L.
A coat you can wear to the party and beyond.  Available in sizes S to L. 
Wear these…
…With these.  Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.
Your feather-adorned jumpsuit will be the talk of the town. Available in sizes 0X to 3X.
As long as you have these on, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. 
This plus that fuzzy coat and you have yourself a foolproof holiday look.  Available in sizes S to XL.
A second coat in pink never hurt anyone. Available in sizes S to L.
This is the kind of suit worth ditching your dresses for.  Available in sizes S to L. 
Really get into the holiday spirit with these danglers. 
Pair these with a chunky knit and sleek sandals.  Available in sizes S to L. 
Wear a sleeve to remember. Available in sizes S to M.
Opt for tights with a little more pizazz this holiday season. 
If you’re going to stick with boots for the party, make sure they’re polished.  Available in sizes 5.5 to 9.
This party is definitely not the only place you’ll wear this top.  Available in sizes S to L.
The LBD you’ve been searching for.  Available in sizes S to L.
If this doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will.  Available in sizes S to L.  Next up, shop the “ugly” new sneakers Copenhagen girls are buying today. 

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Holiday gift ideas for when your budget is zero-point-zero dollars

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

Creative gifts for people with tight budgets

Magazine subscriptions

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

Utilize your gift cards

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

Regift

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

Family mementos

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

Give from your time and talents

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

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

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

by

Joyce Slaton

posted in Life

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

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

Here are a few things we wish we could do:

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

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

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

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

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