We all have them: those nearest and dearest to us who—in spite of our best intentions, heavy research and hours spent lost in the mall—are still impossible to shop for.
We turned to professionals and real-life people (see video here) for advice on the matter. Whether you need gifts for your millennial niece or your child's teacher, we have you covered. For the full list of gift suggestions, head over to the RetailMeNot blog, The Real Deal.
Gift Ideas for Men
Shopping for Dad, your brother or better half? Gifting expert Lindsey Roberts recommends playing off of hobbies and interests. Is he an avid outdoorsman? Is he a whiskey lover?
For example, Taster's Club (starting at $69 per month), will lift his spirits once a month by having a bottle of whiskey (or rum or vodka) delivered to his doorstep. Cheers!
Gift Ideas for Teens
Teenager interests change at the drop of a hat, and keeping up with their likes and dislikes can be extremely challenging. One recommendation is gift cards, aka gifting them the independence and freedom that they so desperately crave, to purchase whatever they have their eye on.
Gift Ideas for Millennials
For the age group that is still trying to figure out life, go for an experience-oriented gift. Author Aileen Avery states: "Millennials tend to be very social and like doing things with friends. And, like teens, their tastes can change from day to day."
Our advice is to contribute money toward a vacation your millennial is saving up for, such as a night's accommodation or a portion of their flight.
Gift Ideas for Mother-in-Laws
Buying for an in-law can be a high-pressure situation. There are a few ways to tackle this struggle: Cater to her hobbies and interests or take a sentimental route.
The Shutterfly Photo Book starts at just $16 and is so easy to assemble on Shutterfly.com. We live in a digital age, but she will cherish this tangible present and appreciate the time and effort it took to make.
Gift Ideas for Acquaintances
We're talking the teacher, mailman, co-workers—those people you don't necessarily know personally but want to treat because they help you so often.
Here, we again recommend something like a gift card or holiday treats from Shari's Berries. Another cost-effective, yet thoughtful idea from our Shopping and Trends expert, Sara Skirboll: "Get crafty and make some homemade bubble bath or body scrub. Find a DIY recipe online and substitute scents and essential oils for your go-to favorites."
Gift Ideas for Grandparents
For your sweet grandparents who treasure you the most, the gift of time is most important. "Take them out to eat, spend a day watching old movies, go to the ice cream store or a local garden," Avery says. "If they don't live near you, try teaching them to use FaceTime or What'sApp for video calls."
Consider purchasing an iPad at Best Buy. There are still plenty of discounts to be found on electronics for the holidays. Along with a FaceTime tutorial, an iPad is a guaranteed way to be more connected with them, which makes it worth every penny.
The Bungalow Santa Monica, Southern California's hottest oceanfront bar and lounge destination, and Brent Bolthouse, creator of Neon Carnival and one of the most powerful influencers in the country, announced plans for their New Year's Eve party, an outdoor dance fête presented by KCRW that will take place in a luxurious tent under the stars and will catapult New Year's Eve on the Westside to new dimensions.
DJ Jason Bentley, one of the most acclaimed and influential music tastemakers in Los Angeles and across the United States, will bring the heat to the dance floor and keep the party going all night with a world class soundtrack of the hottest house, indie, and electronic beats. Party-goers will also enjoy a premium hosted bar with handcrafted cocktails and a special selection of small bites and snacks from Chef Yousef Ghalaini of FIG at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows as they bid farewell to 2017 and ring in the new year at the highly-anticipated, indie-electro celebration.
"We've never done a dance party this size at The Bungalow, so we're hoping this will become one of the most electrifying New Year's Eve parties that Santa Monica has ever seen," said Bolthouse, nightlife maven and creator of The Bungalow. "I'm so excited to be partners with KCRW and to join forces with my long-time friend Jason Bentley to make the night an unforgettable one leading into the new year."
Tickets for The Bungalow Santa Monica's New Year's Eve party are on sale now and are available for purchase at www.thebungalow.com. For table reservations, please email NYE.SM@thebungalow.com.
To follow the conversation and stay up-to-date on this event and all other happenings at The Bungalow Santa Monica, follow them on Instagram and Facebook or use the hashtag #MeetMeAtTheBungalow.
The "most wonderful time of year" can be a stressful time for many humans. According to a new survey released today by BarkBox, the monthly box of toys and treats for dogs and their people, many Americans find solace from the dizzying array of holiday demands and longer visits with extended family through quality time with their dog.
- 85% of dog people say their pup helps them cope with stressful events during the holiday season, including being around difficult family members (46%), arguments among family (33%) or going to extended family's house (22%).
- 40% of dog people have taken their dog for a walk or played with them to escape family during the holidays.
- 43% are more excited to see their dog or their family dog during the holidays than their human family members. This is even more true of Millennials, singles and those who live in urban areas, with more than half getting more excited about time with their dog than their own flesh and blood.
The study also polled dog people about the way they integrate their dog into holiday traditions and found that 9 out of every 10 includes their pup in holiday celebrations in some way.
- 85% of dog people can't imagine the holidays without their dog and nearly three out of four (74%) say some of their most significant holiday memories involve their dog.
- The most popular ways dog people include their pup in traditions are special meals (58%), getting them a stocking (57%) and including them in their holiday photo shoot (56%).
- One third of dog parents sign their pup's name – or paw print – into their holiday cards.
- Millennials with dogs are even more extreme, with one in every six saying that they have coordinated a matching outfit with their dog.
However, dogs do occasionally present some challenges during the holidays.
- Nearly one in every three dog people (30%) say that their dog has destroyed a holiday gift or décor.
- 29% say their dog has urinated on or knocked over the Christmas tree.
But America's dog obsession doesn't stop at holiday traditions and moral support in the season of giving.
- 80% of dog people will buy their pup a gift this holiday season and 81% would be excited to receive a gift from someone else that really is meant for their dog.
- 71% of dog people say their dog is the happiest receiver on their list.
These stats are only confirmed by the explosive growth of BarkBox. Since launching in 2012, BarkBox has shipped more than 50 million toys and treats to dearly loved pups in the U.S. and Canada. From the products to the packaging to the pics on social, BarkBox designs every piece of each month's box to create insane joy for dogs. Every month's box features a new theme for dogs and their people to sink their teeth into. Ski lodges and spaceships, Back to School and back to the dinosaurs. BarkBox themes let the dogs and people that subscribe see it all.
This latest study follows earlier surveys by BarkBox, which similarly looked at the way today's modern generation of dog people do life with their dogs. A 2016 study found that nearly all American dog parents feel their pup has made them better a person in some way and will go to great lengths to make them happy. The company's research, which was conducted by Kelton Global, also found that, on average, dog parents post about their dog on social media six times per week.
Learn more about BarkBox at www.barkbox.com.
The BarkBox Holiday Survey was conducted by Kelton Global between October 23rd and October 30th, 2017 among 1,024 Americans with dogs ages 18 and over, using an e-mail invitation and an online survey.
Travelers are invited to embark on a galactic adventure just in time for the holidays with STAR OCEAN® - THE LAST HOPE –™ 4K & Full HD Remaster. The prequel to the franchise is now available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM®.
Developed in partnership with tri-Ace, the prequel to the original STAR OCEAN game has been remastered in full high-definition, with added 4K support* and PC keyboard/mouse and controller support. The action-packed role-playing game takes players on an epic journey across the universe in an immersive story of survival. Players can enjoy quintessential STAR OCEAN features, including strategic real-time combat, a deep Item Creation System and Private Action system that explores character relationships and subplots for a richer and more rewarding story, and an exhilarating Blindside battle system, which fuses evasion and offense.
The launch trailer is available at: https://youtu.be/KRAO5EA5-1o.
STAR OCEAN - THE LAST HOPE - 4K & Full HD Remaster is now available through the PlayStation®Store and STEAM for $20.99.
Until December 12th, PlayStation®Plus members and STEAM users who purchase the game will receive a 10% discount. Additionally, those who purchase on STEAM before December 12th will receive an exclusive downloadable mini-soundtrack featuring music from the game. Those who purchase from the PlayStation®Store before January 8th, will receive an exclusive PlayStation®4 system theme and 12 PlayStation™Network avatars featuring the main characters.
This title is rated T (Teen)
* A PlayStation®4 Pro system or compatible PC is required for 4K.
A short time from now, in a galaxy not too far away, the International Space Station will go from ISS to RSS – a Radio Space Station – as NASA astronaut Joe Acaba will host his second show on Third Rock Radio from 252 miles above Earth.
Produced by Houston-based RFC Media, which created Third Rock Radio to support NASA's outreach to young adults in science, technology, engineering, and math, "The Joe Show" will air at 5 p.m. EST Dec. 7 and features Acaba as an out-of-this-world DJ spinning tunes and talking science for a global audience.
"The Joe Show" can be streamed live from www.thirdrockradio.net.
Pat Fant, co-founder of RFC Media, said, "the broadcast is designed to engage a broad, worldwide audience in NASA's mission of exploration and discovery."
"Joe returns to Third Rock after his 2012 debut from the ISS. He will spin some of the best new rock out there – really out there – which provides a disarmingly contemporary context for the stories of those who fly, build, and dream through aerospace," Fant explained. "Listeners will get a peek at some of the remarkable work being done on the ISS and learn how NASA is engaged in adding to their lives through exploration and discovery.
"At RFC Media, our goal is to help our client brands build community and deepen their relationship with audiences. Third Rock does that for NASA, and The Joe Show is another creative example of presenting the message in a fresh new context."
Fant credited Third Rock's success to a seamless blend of spoken word content and largely undiscovered music – something he said is a hallmark of RFC's BrandCasting strategy.
"Third Rock is far from your basic off-the-shelf radio playlist, run by computers, offering canned content," he continued. "It is a live-hosted presentation by nationally known on-air talent who produce fresh and relevant information surrounded by specially curated music. The whole package helps popularize the ways NASA is taking us into the future.
"This kind of audience-specific brand focus is the future of radio. It's what we do. And it demonstrates how on-purpose streaming radio adds to brand marketing.
For the first time, consumers have the power to design their own unique color of high-performance, 7-Free nail polish using the new Alex|Tay Custom Nail Polish app.
Paul Wolff, founder and CEO of Alex|Tay says, "It's as easy as snapping a picture, tapping a color, and creating your own custom, high-quality nail polish named to reflect your sense of humor, fashion or mood. And you get your custom color in about a week."
Alex|Tay creates a new category in beauty, by offering not just a few dozen colors, but millions of colors. As consumers match the colors of their lives in the app for iPhone or Android, a new type of customized fashion accessory emerges, reflecting moments, moods, connection to other fashion elements and personalized interpretations of color that has never been seen before.
The inability to create unique, personalized color inspired the entrepreneurs at Alex|Tay to create this revolutionary new app that puts the power of choice into everyone's hands. The team behind the Alex|Tay custom nail polish app focused their technology on disrupting a hundred-year-old business by bringing to market a patent-pending custom nail color system. It offers consumers the ability to choose any color and create their own custom nail color and name it themselves.
Wolff says, "With our custom nail color system, you can match your world in just seconds - it's really easy and fun to use."
Alex|Tay polish is formulated with the highest quality ingredients and has become the first nail brand to earn a Silver level Material Health Certificate for their product through the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The C2C Silver certification means that Alex|Tay polish products contain no substances known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, genetic damage or reproductive harm. The company takes their commitment to improving human and environmental health through every stage of the products development including materials used for packaging that are recyclable. A first for the industry.
App Store Link: http://x.co/nailapp
Google Play Link: http://x.co/customnail
On Giving Tuesday, November 28, beginning at 9 a.m., the ASPCA is hosting its first-ever ASPCA Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon on the ASPCA's Facebook page. Special guests include actress Edie Falco, Mother of Dogs founder Allie Rizzo, as well as Travis Brorsen, host of Animal Planet's My Big Fat Pet Makeover, Dan Schachner, America's favorite Animal Planet Puppy Bowl "Rufferee," and Jill Rappaport, an award-winning animal advocate and host of Animal Planet's first-ever, Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl. Influencers and senior pet advocates Chloe Kardoggian and Mervin the Chihuahua will also join the event.
The Facebook Live-a-thon will feature hourly livestreams spotlighting various ASPCA life-saving programs including pet adoption, neonate kitten care and bottle feeding, kitten fostering, fighting puppy mills, and responding to natural disasters. The event will also feature adoptable dogs from Hurricane Harvey, senior pets, and animals involved in cruelty rehabilitation.
"The ASPCA is excited to join Giving Tuesday with our first-ever all day Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon," said ASPCA Interactive Marketing Vice President Luke Franklin, who will be hosting the day-long event. "We hope the Facebook Live-a-thon gives the public a deeper look into the ASPCA's day-to-day work to improve animals' lives across the nation – and how support from donors can tremendously impact animals in our programs."
The goal of this virtual event is to raise critical funds, and viewers will able to donate directly to the ASPCA via the 'Donate' button embedded in the Facebook Live videos. Subaru of America, Inc. will match donations to the ASPCA during the livestream up to $25,000.
In addition to participating in livestreams throughout the day, Animal Planet will also promote the ASPCA Giving Hope Live-a-thon on the Animal Planet television network.
Join us during the ASPCA Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon on Facebook by using the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #ASPCAGivingHope.
For more information on the ASPCA Giving Hope Facebook Live-a-thon, visit www.aspca.org/GiveHope.
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