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New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

The transition from one season to another is something we look forward to for so many reasons. One of which is the new product launches and items associated with that season. As we are deep into the fall season, we can’t help but be enamored with some of the must-have fall fragrances. Three wonderful scents have caught our attention; one whiff of them and you’ll smell why.

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

Join us in worshiping these three fall fragrances. Find your voice with the new Valentino & Lady Gaga fragrance, Valentino Voce Viva; yield to the seductive, unisex Rich Mess parfum spray; and celebrate your supremely mysterious and sensual edge with V&R’s latest launch, Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Midnight.

Valentino Voce Viva Eau de Parfum ($130, www.sephora.com)

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

A sweet floral fragrance that celebrates all things feminine. This harmonious scent combines couture orange blossom absolute and golden gardenia paired with colorful Italian bergamot and mandarin. An unexpected woody scent of crystal moss accord adds power and compulsion (you will find yourself continuously going back to breathe in the addictive parfum). This feminine perfume is intimate and personal, drawing a parallel between the sound of your voice and the scent of your fragrance. Created by the iconic Cool, Color, Couture fashion house, this fragrance celebrates every women’s voice. Fragrance notes include:

  • Top: Italian bergamot essence, mandarin essence
  • Middle: orange blossom absolute, golden gardenia accord
  • Base: crystal moss accord, vanilla, tonka bean

Rich Mess Unisex Parfum Spray ($120.00 www.richmess.com)

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

There are fragrances that simply make you smell good and there are those that push you to go outside of your comfort zone. One mist of Rich Mess aromatically whispers, “I dare you…” This bold, unisex fragrance was created in New York by creative director Ryan Richmond, a trailblazer within some of the biggest names in luxury fashion and beauty. The nose behind this creation is master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Notes of vibrant citrus and bubbly champagne stimulate your senses before new-found friendships breed skin salt familiarity. Lastly, you’re enveloped by sensual leather and woody notes.

Flowerbomb Midnight Eau de Parfum ($115.00, www.sephora.com)

New Season, New Scent: Fall Fragrances We’re Loving

If you love warm fragrances that are also dark and sweet, this is for you. This women’s fragrance unleashes a new sensuality without losing any of its timeless appeal. Unleash a new sensuality with Flowerbomb Midnight. You’ll never know what the night will bring. It boasts sparkling blackcurrant and night-blooming jasmine that is surrounded by intimate musk and pomegranate, along with sensual peony and vanilla. together, they create the most mysterious floral sensation. The beguiling notes include:

  • Top Notes: Sparkling Blackcurrant
  • Middle Notes: Mysterious Night-Blooming Jasmine
  • Bottom Notes: Sensual Musk, Vanilla, Patchouli

Any of these fall fragrances would make great holiday gifts. We invite you to discover them for yourselves and let us know your thoughts on each fall fragrance.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and now is the time to start thinking about what you’ll be buying your loved ones this year. While many people approach their gift-giving strategies by thinking about what their family and friends would want most, another approach is to think about who you want to support with your hard-earned money. While major online markets and big-box stores have a wide variety of gifts and can usually get them to you quickly, buying there means that your wages are going into the pockets of owners who already have millions. Most likely, they also have the privilege of their whiteness to keep their wealth and success going while their employees go overlooked.

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This year, make sure that your consumerism stays more in line with your values by shopping at brands owned by BIPOC, or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. If your family member wants a specific gift that’s usually sold in those big box stores, such as the popular game Minecraft that had sold over 200 million copies as of May 2020, you can still support BIPOC by shopping at a smaller BIPOC-owned store or online shop that sells more general gifts. You just have to get a little creative and put a little work into finding the right store. And by shopping for holiday gifts now, you can still get your gifts in plenty of time while making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many brands owned by BIPOC that you can support this holiday season.

1. Viva La Silk

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This black-owned business was founded by artist My-Cherie and sells 100% silk scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants. Everything from Viva La Silk is made in wearable art designs, which are all inspired by My-Cherie’s Afro-Caribbean heritage. All of their scarves, kimonos, and wrap pants are made in small batches in Austin, TX and are hand-dyed, hand-painted, and hand-sewn. The dyes and paints used to make the brand’s eye-catching designs are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and a few of the designs are even created from repurposed silk. If you have an eco-conscious fashionista in your life, get their gift from Viva La Silk this year.

2. Fortress Water

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Fortress Water is a hemp alkaline brand that gives back to My Style Matters, a nonprofit that provides cancer patients and survivors with holistic support, through their hemp-infused water. This water has many holistic benefits, such as boosting energy levels and can help prevent diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. The CBD in the water helps provide relaxation as well. James Williams founded Fortress Water with the goal of helping a loved one who was diagnosed with breast cancer as well as other survivors worldwide. By investing in Fortress Water this holiday season, you can support cancer survivors and patients as well as a black business owner.

3. Heathmade

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

Headed by one of the youngest entrepreneurs, Heathmade was founded and created by a ten-year-old. This youth, however, doesn’t prevent the products from being high-quality. All Heathmade products are made with the best ingredients, including anti-inflammatory witch hazel, antimicrobial essential oils, antioxidant-rich vitamin E oil, and soothing aloe vera gel. If your skin is so dry that it feels like it’s suffering from corrosion, which costs each of the U.S. armed services an average of $5 billion per year, invest in these lotion bars, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and deodorants. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting the country, your loved ones will appreciate something to keep their skin soft as they continue with frequent hand washing.

4. VELA NEGRA

Support Entrepreneurs of Colors with This BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide

This candle brand sells unique fragrances that are inspired by different elements of the founder’s Guyanese and Afro-Cuban heritage. Each candle is hand-poured with black wax. Black wax is believed to absorb and dispel negative energies while providing new beginnings and clarity. VELA NEGRA uses 100% vegan coconut soy wax and ethically-sourced wooden wicks, fragrances, and dyes. If you have a family member or friend who is a candle fanatic and likes to be environmentally-conscious in their daily practices, get them candles from VELA NEGRA.

5. Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklaces

Whether you want to let someone know they’re loved, blessed, or simply be thankful this holiday season, the Misayo House Jewelry Inspirational Necklace Collection is the perfect affordable gift for the special women in your life. This delicate, inspirational necklace features a delicate disc pendant with the words “Loved”, “Blessed” or “Thankful”. The base metal is Stainless Steel while the pendant and layered chain are plated with either 18k Rose Gold, 18K Gold, or Genuine Rhodium (Silver) for a brilliant shine. Not only is this necklace pretty, but it also gives back too! A portion of each purchase supports the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

6. ASE Beauty

ASE Beauty Lip Colors

ASE Beauty (pronounced AH SHAY) is a collection of high-performing, clean beauty products, especially for women of color. The brand’s mission is to offer clean, luxurious beauty products that enhance your look without compromising your well-being or the well-being of your community. It all started with a little lipstick and now includes the Clean Kisses Deep Moisturizing Overnight Lip Mask and Clean Kisses Chocolate Hydrating Lip Scrub. This lip scrub cleanses, exfoliates, and conditions your lips. Formulated with clean ingredients to give you the cleanest, kissable, pout.

7. Urban Hydration

Urban Hydration Skincare

Clean beauty brand, Urban Hydration, was founded by Psyche and her husband Vontoba Terry. The brand offers a collection of fun, healthy, and affordable skin, hair, and suncare products that also do some good in the world. In 2018, the brand dedicated its first clean water drinking well to 300 Kenyan school children. Urban Hydration continues its initiative today with the “1 product = 1 gallon of water” promise. Their products make a wonderful addition to this BIPOC Holiday Gift Guide.

8. T|W Lunch Tote

 

T|W Lunch Tote

The T|W Lunch Tote, $69.99, speaks to the professional male. The vegan leather two-compartment design allows you to proudly carry your lunch in a way that matches your personal style. Hand sewn, the tote boasts the capability to carry both hot and cold items in its insulated sections. The handle is durable to hold a full day’s worth of meals. On Black get 30% off Luminous (blue colored ones) and 25% off the other colors. After Black Friday, enjoy free shipping with no promo code needed from Sat-Monday; and from Dec 7th-26th, get 15% off everything.

When it comes to giving gifts made by BIPOC this year, the options are endless. Whether you want to give your loved one something luxurious, like home goods to make their home more relaxing, or something practical, like a lock kit in case they’re suddenly part of the over 16,000 home and car lockouts that happen every day, you can find gifts sold by BIPOC that hit the mark. Start your holiday shopping today to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

Holiday gifting can be tough. While some people may be easy to shop for, some are very hard to find gifts for. If you have blank spaces near a few names, whether they be male, female, old, or young, we have some wonderful gifts ideas to share. We’re positive this list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list will be major hits this holiday season.

Holiday 2020 Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone and Everyone on Your List

These are the holiday gifts that would make anyone happy to receive; no matter who they are. Cross off lots of names on your list with holiday gifts from GLO Science, Catalyst, JORD, Moen, and Time Life.

  1. GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth, $149.00 – if we’re all being truly honest with ourselves, we’ve all let ourselves go a bit while made to stay at home. I’m sure many of you have increased your coffee (in our case, tea) intake, and brushed your teeth less than twice daily. Thankfully you can turn that around or help someone on your Christmas list get back to normal with the smile-saving GLO Lit Teeth Whitening Device Tech Kit with Bluetooth. This clinically proven, all-in-one teeth whitening device kit combines professional-grade patented heat & light technology with specially formulated whitening gel to visibly whiten teeth without sensitivity. Whiten your teeth up to 5 shades or more from the comfort of our home with a vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free whitening gel.  The fast 8-minute applications result in a whiter, brighter, more confident smile you’ll want to show off during your video chats. We think it’s one of the top gifts for anyone. Each kit includes: GLO Heat & LED Light Mouthpiece & Storage Case, Bluetooth Power Pack w/ hands-free lanyard & garment clip, 7 Teeth Whitening GLO Vials (42 applications), GLO Lip Care, Travel Pouch, and User Manual & Shade Guide.
  2. Catalyst Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro, $49.99 – this ultimate AirPods case is waterproof up to 100m (330ft) and drop proof to 3m (10ft) so you can take your AirPods Pro anywhere without the worry. With an impact-absorbing silicone interior, and a tough washable polycarbonate exterior your case is equipped to withstand drop after drop. It’s also protected from any scratches and scrapes and has a detachable carabiner so you can easily hook it on to your belt, bag, or purse. It is fully compatible with wireless charging and provides total protection for you and your device. You can also easily wash and disinfect your case using 70% isopropyl alcohol or 70% ethanol, which significantly reduces the infectivity of enveloped viruses. As part of the Catalyst Cares program, for every Total Protection AirPods Pro case purchased until Dec 31st, 2021, Catalyst will make a $1.00 donation to the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. Available in Army Green and Stealth Black, you can pre-order the Total Protection Case for AirPods Pro now for November 16th delivery.
  3. JORD Frankie II Wood Watch, $189.00 – The JORD Frankie collection is the best selling wood timepiece in the world. It is worn in over 140 countries worldwide and is a mainstay in the JORD watch lineup. This 45mm ultra-slim quartz minimalist watch is perfect for everyday wear. It boasts an uncomplicated, Sapphire crystal glass face that offers complete focus and a streamlined shape that offers style. The beautiful hand-finished wood exterior, which is pretreated with tung oils, is built atop steelcore™ construction of the Frankie II. This endoskeleton provides superior strength without sacrificing the natural wood visibility. Although the watches are splash-proof, they should not be submerged in water. The 2020 style has been reengineered to offer more colors, more dial designs, and more sizes (the original 45mm and a smaller 38mm). With the variety of color options, this wood watch is sure to be a big hit for holiday gifting. SAVE NOW on this unique gift by using the code mylifeonandofftheguestlist20 for 20% off the entire website!
  4. Moen Aromatherapy Handshower, $129.00 – No one can deny the benefits of taking a nice hot shower to ease the stress. It is the best way to fully luxuriate in some “me-time”. With their newest launch, Moen takes that stress release to another level. This holiday season, why not give the gift of pure relaxation with the Moen Aromatherapy Handshower with INLY™ Technology. Get ready to enjoy or give the gift of a customizable spa experience in the comfort of home. The Moen Aromatherapy Handshowers are uniquely designed with the ability to infuse spa-like essential oils directly into the water flow to create an incredible and sensory shower experience. The INLY Shower Capsules, made in France with essential oils curated by master perfumer, Jean-Charles Sommerard, slide into an infusion dial on the showerhead to allow you to select your preferred essential oil dilution setting: high, medium, low, or off.  The four spa-inspired INLY fragrances include:
    • Zen Time: With essential oils of lavender, tea tree, and vanilla
    • Energetic Morning: With essential oils of lemon, scots pine, and cistus
    • Sweet Morning: With essential oils of red berries, geranium, and vanilla
    • Tropical Day: With essential oils of lemongrass, neroli, and vanilla
  5. Saturday Night Live: The Early Years 12-DVD Collector’s Set, $99.95 – there’s nothing like the gift of laughter. Laughter is therapeutic and makes one of the greatest gifts for anyone on your list. This hilarious 12-Disc Set includes 33 complete episodes featuring all-time-classic characters like The Coneheads, John Belushi’s Samurai, Emily Litella, The Blues Brothers, and More, and features incredible guest hosts like George Carlin, Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, and Richard Pryor; and musical acts, rare behind-the-scenes footage, a 28-page collector’s book, a bonus DVD and more!

So if you have a few people on your holiday gift list you don’t know what to gift, check out our list of gifts for anyone and everyone on your list.

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

With 90% of Americans regularly treating themselves to a sweet, frozen dessert, it’s no wonder we go crazy for candy on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is the old favorite, but there’s more variety than you might think when it comes to picking the perfect Valentine’s Day candy for your sweetheart.

For a long time, conversation hearts — those sweet candies with phrases like “be mine” and “xoxo” on them — won the battle of the sweets. But this year there’s a new top pick for Valentine’s Day candies. Here’s a breakdown of what’s sure to sell out when people are buying sweet treats for their sweethearts this year.

Which Candy Won Out?

For a long time, SweetHearts conversation hearts dominated the Valentine’s candy market. But they suffered a set back last year when they failed to appear on store shelves. That had a significant and lingering effect on conversation hearts.

In their place, treats like M&M’s are moving up. M&M’s claimed the number one spot in three states this year: Arizona, Kansas and New Jersey. That may be in part due to the drop off in conversation hearts. But M&M’s Cupid’s Mix and Cupid’s Message products also quickly became favorites since hitting the market.

Heart-Shaped Boxes Reigned in 2019 CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

Of course, the old staples are still well represented. Things like heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, Hershey kisses and chocolate roses placed in the top three for several states. Don’t count on these longtime favorites disappearing any time soon. Alongside M&M’s and conversation hearts, gift boxes, chocolate roses, and general chocolates appear as frequent contenders for each state’s favorite Valentine’s candy.

Here’s one you may not have considered: Cupid corn. Often associated with Halloween, candy corn is also making a push during Valentine’s Day. While candy corn, in general, is falling off as a favorite among consumers, there are some places, like Michigan, where the candy is still incredibly popular on Valentine’s Day and other holidays.

Other Valentine’s Day Facts

Candy isn’t the only thing consumers are concerned about when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Many are ready to throw down some serious money to make their loved one feel special for the holiday.

In fact, consumers are expected to spend $30.19 on family members this year, which is up from $29.87 last year. Friends will get about $14.69 (compared to $9.78 in 2019) and co-workers will see an average of $12.96 spent on their gifts (compared to $7.78 in 2019). Even pets are getting some love, with people expecting to spend an average of $12.21 on pets, up from $6.94 last year.

Overall, consumers are predicted to spend about $101 this year, which is up from $93.24 in 2019. That’s still down more than 60% compared to a decade ago.

And where will all that money go? A lot, $5.8 billion, is expected to be spent on jewelry, with another $.43 billion spent on a nice evening out with a significant other. Candy is predicted to account for $2.4 billion, with flowers close behind at $2.3 billion. Smaller amounts will be spent on things like gift cards, greeting cards and experiences.

Source: CandyStore.com.

If you’re still thinking about what to get your special someone for Valentine’s Day, consider picking up the most-loved candy in their state (have fun with the interactive map directly above). After all, there’s a good chance they’ll also be a fan.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

2019 Holiday Gift Guide – 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

As promised, we present several more wonderful alcohol brands to gift this holiday season, one for each day of Christmas. We really have something for the drink aficionado on your holiday list: whiskey, rum, bourbon, vodka, and gin; a truly international collection of some of the finest spirits we’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. If you don’t want to buy a ready-made bottle for your loved one, why not look into getting some brewing supplies, such as whiskey barrels. The brewing industry is growing rapidly and who wouldn’t want to brew alcohol themselves? Brewing supplies is the perfect gift for a friend who is serious about alcohol. Anyway, here are wonderful 12 spirits to gift this holiday season.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Because of the holiday season, whiskeys make up the majority of this alcohol holiday gift guide. As well as this guide, for even more choices of whiskey, it may be worth checking out sites like https://www.thebottleclub.com/collections/whisky for more options.

But as we stated, we do have something for the arbiter of taste in your life. Whether they be your bestie, partner, or family, we think they’ll love the offerings from these amazing brands. Keep reading this 2019 holiday gift guide to get to know each of the 12 spirits to gift this holiday season from the following alcohol brands: Booker’s, Canadian Club, Bakers, Knob Creek, The Balvenie, Highclere Castle, Bacardi, Four Roses, Little Book, Basil Hayden’s, Laphroaig, and Black Momma.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

Booker’s Batch 2019- 04 “Beaten Biscuits” ($79.99) is the newest and final release of 2019. This deep chestnut-colored bourbon is named after the small, cracker-like biscuits 6th Generation Master Distiller Booker Noe loved to make. It bears hints of the oak barrel through the sweetness, much like the scent of caramel icing for a cake. The finish is medium and very flavorful.

Canadian Club 42-yr Old Whisky ($299.95) – The second release within the premium expression series, CC Chronicles/MC. Batched and barrelled more than four decades ago, this limited-edition expression is masterfully blended. It showcases its robust rye spice, delicate notes of brown sugar and baking spices that creates its exceptionally rich, smooth taste.

Bakers Bourbon ($59.99) – Re-emerged as a single barrel product in October 2019 with a new bottle design to celebrate the individual characteristics inside each and every Baker’s Bourbon barrel, while delivering the smooth, medium-bodied bourbon fans enjoy.

Knob Creek Quarter Oak ($49.99) is the newest limited-time bourbon to join Knob Creek’s award-winning portfolio. The expression has been aged in quarter cask barrels; this adds a layer of richer notes of oak, balanced with Knob Creek’s traditional sweet flavor. Quarter Oak is here just in time to add to your collection or gift to friends and family this season.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0197 ($38,000) – The second in a coveted series of unique expressions of exceptional quality that continue the distillery’s rich history of aged variants. Showcasing Malt Master David Stewart’s unique skill and knowledge, the bottling is comprised of highly rare liquids aged 50 years or over. This bottling has been selected from American Oak casks in the oldest sections of TheBalvenie’s stocks. This single malt Scotch whisky is rich and deep with an abundance of oak tannins, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, and intense spice. The taste encompasses big and bold character; indulge in its malty sweetness and a spicy outburst, hints of honey and dark chocolate balance the oak tannins while the finish is a rich and spicy mouth coating with a luscious oak sweetness.

Highclere Castle Gin ($48.99) – The latest offering from the 800-year-old Highclere Castle estate that will forever be the iconic Grantham home on Downton Abbey. The gin is made with botanicals inspired by the castle’s herb gardens; these gardens were originally planted in the ninth century by the Bishops of Winchester. The grounds boast an ancient underground water source which enhances the crisp yet smooth gin. It also integrates Highclere’s acclaimed estate-grown oats into the blend to add a unique smoothness and a long, memorable finish.

2019 Holiday Gift Guide - 12 Spirits to Gift This Holiday Season

BACARDÍ Coquito ($17.99) – Nothing says bring on the holiday season like the famous Puerto Rican holiday drink, Coquito! Thanks to Bacardi, there are no more waits for someone’s tío or Abuela to “hook you up” with a bottle. The new ready-to-drink coquito is made with the signature BACARDÍ Superior white rum, toasted spices, coconut cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. Now you can fully indulge in the heritage-filled libation in two easy steps – open bottle and pour over ice.

Four Roses 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch ($140.00) – The first Four Roses limited-quantity bottle to feature a 21-year-old Bourbon from the distillery’s OBSV recipe. Non-chill filtered and bottled at a 112.6 proof, the 2019 Limited Edition Small Batch offers elegant aromas of oak, honey, red raspberries, and vanilla. The Bourbon is complemented by flavors of bright, sweet fruits, cinnamon, baking spices, and mellow barrel flavors leading to a
rich, soft and lasting finish. This limited edition release will also feature a 15-year-old OESK, 15-year-old OESV and 11-year-old OESV.

Little Book Chapter 3: “The Road Home” ($99.99) – A one-of-a-kind blend and features specialty aged liquid streams, representing each of the original Small Batch Bourbon Collection brands in honor of Freddie’s grandad, Booker Noe.

Basil Hayden’s X Wildsam’s “Points of Interest” Bourbon ($39.99) – For the travel addict or collector on your list, this limited edition bottle from Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and must-have travel guide company, Wildsam Field Guides is a must. The two brands have teamed up to create a limited-edition gift featuring the best of Brooklyn. The new release, “Points of Interest,” features a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon wrapped in a Wildsam Field Guide. The guide includes exclusive facts, hidden spots, and drink recipes that only pertain to your city. This bespoke conversation guide is the perfect conversation starter and perfect for discovering something new right in your background.

Laphroaig 16 Year Old Whisky ($89.99) – An exceptional expression that has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Over time, the whisky’s smoky flavor softens on the senses; it is beautifully married with sweet vanilla notes, enhanced by aging in American Oak barrels. The result is a long-lasting, smoky, sweet and rich flavor. We find it’s best to enjoy this 16-yr old neat or with a drop of water.

Black Momma Chai Tea Vodka ($4.75 Mini 50ml bottle) – Tea lovers will swoon over this gluten-free and kosher vodka infused with natural tea leaves and chai spices. Handcrafted in small batches, this 5X distilled and 5X filtered, tea-flavored vodka will warm you up from your toes up.

What do you think of these 12 spirits to gift this holiday season?

Holiday Spirits

Holiday Gift Guide: Cheers to the Gift of Holiday Spirits

Tis the season of holiday entertaining and gift-giving. Why not give the gift of decadent holiday spirits. Whether you are gifting the host of a party, your favorite drinking buddy or your boss, none of these wonderful holiday spirits will ever be exchanged. What better way to celebrate the festive spirit of the holiday season, than with a gift of holiday spirits.

Holiday Spirits

Know someone who loves tequila, gin, whiskey, cognac or bubbly? Then these offerings from Chandon, Crown Royal, Empress 1908 Gin, Espolon Tequila, Freeland Spirits, Hendricks Gin, Palmes D’or, Remy Martin, and Tequila Partida will make the perfect gift.

Chandon, Standard Bottle $19. 00, Magnum $43.00 – The first of our giftable holiday spirits is perfect to celebrate the season. Chandon launched a limited-edition bottle (available in both standard and magnum sizes) of their signature Brut varietal. The Chandon Limited-Edition “Harvested Under The Stars” Collection celebrates the cool California night that protects the quality of Chandon’s grapes. This bubbly is a great way to give the gift of some California magic.

Crown Royal, $289.99 – Talk about special. Sadly, the Crown Royal XR is going away, so the holiday season is the time to snap up this exclusive gem before it disappears forever. This is the rarest in Crown Royal’s extra rare whiskey series. It’s handcrafted with a unique blend that includes one of the final batches of whiskeys from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Once it is gone, it’s gone for good.

Empress 1908 Gin, $38.99, – The fashionable drinker on your list will love this as a gift. Classic Blue is Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year; what better holiday gift than the small-batch, copper-pot distilled blue gin, which boasts exotic butterfly pea blossom as it’s 8th ingredient.

Espolon Tequila, $99.00 – Not only is this Añejo X is secretly laid to rest for six long years, it’s housed in one sexy bottle that any tequila connoisseur will proudly display on their home bar. The extra aging creates a tequila of rich, complex flavors and uncommon character. Beautifully rich and subtly smoky. Its taste is prominent with vanilla, notes of nutmeg and white peppercorn and hints of cocoa nibs, bitter chocolate, rich roasted fruits. Its rich mouthfeel lingers traces of dark chocolate, cherry, tobacco, and honey.

Freeland Spirits, $40.00 – $50.00 – You’ll love these three delicious holiday spirits come housed in beautiful tear-shaped bottles that look impressive with a simple bow or ribbon. Freeland Spirits small batch Gin, Bourbon, and Geneva are handcrafted by master distiller Molly Troupe, each with the flavor of the Northwest. Also, we really love the fact that they are a woman-owned and run distillery.

Hendricks Gin, $34.99 – For your more curious and adventurous guests, consider Hendrick’s Gin, which boasts a distinctive blend of botanicals: a signature infusion of cucumber and rose petals, producing a divinely smooth gin that has character and balance of subtle flavors.

Palmes D’or, $136.00 – Let them celebrate the holiday in style! Available in Brut and Rosé, the 2006 vintage of Palmes D’or offers the finest crus in champagne and is aged for at least six years to further enhance its delicate flavor. The bottle has hundreds of distinct dimples, mirroring a disco ball – a perfect choice to pour (or gift!) this season.

Remy Martin, $200.00 – Give the gift of the Rémy Martin XO limited-edition bottle designed by celebrated French Atelier, Steaven Richard, a globally celebrated French metalsmith and artist. A perfect gift for the more artistic person on your list.  To achieve this beautiful bottle, Steaven Richard immersed himself in the story behind Rémy Martin; he found inspiration from the vineyards in Cognac to create this refined design.

Tequila Partida, $40.00, $45.00, and $50.00 – last but certainly not least; we end our holiday spirits highlight with Tequila Partida; this authentic, ultra-premium Tequila made from 100% blue agave in the heart of Mexico’s historic Tequila Valley. The Partida Blanco ($40.00) boasts an unaged, pure agave flavor; the Partida Reposado, ($45.00) is aged 6 months and dubbed “the Bentley of Reposados”; and the Partida Anejo ($50.00) is aged 18 months and ideal for that single malt lover.

This concludes our holiday spirits gift guide. Because there are so many wonderful spirits to enjoy, there’ll be much more to come. We’d love to know which of these spirits are favorites of yours.

Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Great Eyewear This Holiday Season

For some reason, there’s a misconception that you’re only supposed to wear sunglasses during the summer; as if the sun doesn’t shine during the other three seasons. We all know it does plus the winter season also bring sun glare. Because the sun doesn’t rise quite as high as it does in the summer, the low winter sun can cause glare when driving or walking. Indoors, we stare at computer and phone screens all day, causing eye strain. In other words, there’s always a need to protect your eyes year’ round. Just because we’re heading into the winter season, doesn’t mean we should stop wearing protective eyewear. There are plenty of options on sites like humpsoptics.com so be sure to take a look if you want to keep your eyes protected all year round! Plus, aside from their obvious cool factor and variety of frames for men and women, these great eyewear brands feature many attributes that go with pretty much any outfit.

Give the Gift of Great Eyewear This Holiday Season

Whether you’re looking for regular sun protection, stylish frames, blue light blockers, or color blindness correction, these eyewear brands should be your first and perhaps only stop. We’re featuring favorite sunnies from JORD, Eagle Eyes, Enchroma, and Pixel Eyewear.

JORD EYEWEAR

JORD SUNGLASSES

We love JORD for many stylish reasons. First the incorporation of real wood into their products (they have gorgeous wood watches); a great example of this is their round-framed Louie Sunglasses which boasts finished African Padauk. These must-haves features ultra-light polarized lenses, a reinforced nickel, and copper alloy frame, flex spring hinges for improved comfort and reduction in breakability, and wood from Central and Tropical West Africa. The round-framed Louie Sunglasses feature polarized lenses; a high impact, and water-resistant, thermal plastic frame made from natural cotton linter and wood pulp, reinforced with a beta titanium alloy. These modern and feminine take on the classic aviators boasts walnut wood from Eastern Europe. The best part, JORD has a huge holiday sale going on right now, so both of these are available for less than the usual retail.

EAGLE EYE SUNGLASSES

EAGLE EYES SUNGLASSES

As our daily lives continue to be completely overrun with computer and smartphone screens, our exposure to harmful blue light increases. Eagle Eyes Eyewear is helping to combat that issue with its cutting-edge range of sunglasses that uses NASA-certified technology. They offer a wide variety of men’s and women’s sunglasses, low light, night, and computer eyewear. Eagle Eye’s TriLenium® Polarized Sunglasses protect your eyes, blocking blue light and 99.9% of harmful solar radiation. Get ready to say goodbye to eye strain and eye fatigue. We love the cool oversized styles like the Astin and Carina sunglasses. But there’s plenty of options available like rimless, foldable, aviator, active, etc.

PIXEL EYEWEAR

Pixel Computer Glasses

Continuing the Computer eyewear category, we present Pixel Eyewear, the clearest computer glasses engineered to protect your eyes from blue light. Pixel Eyewear provides breakthrough lens technology that filters 50 percent of blue light and up to 95% at the strongest wavelengths, without the yellow tint. Its lenses also contain nanotechnology that reduces smudges and repels water and dust. For comfort, each lens has an anti-reflective coating, eliminating computer glare and reducing the stress on your eyes. Along with clear computer glasses, Pixel also offers premium polarized sunglasses, and a range of stronger Amber-hued glasses, which filter more blue light. The amber glasses are designed for heavy-users, gamers, and night shift workers.

ENCHROMA EYEWEAR

Color Blindness Correction Sunglasses

Last but certainly not least, we’ve all seen and cried along with the videos for this brand. People who have gone their entire lives being color blind, finally see the world as colorfully as we do every day. Although it’s difficult to imagine, seeing the grey world “lit up” in color is a gift many thought they’d never experience until Enchroma Sunglasses. Whether you’re looking for indoor (mild, moderate Protan color blindness) or outdoor (most types of color blindness) color blindness correction glasses, all Enchroma eyewear is 100% UV Protection and Rx compatible. This holiday season, you can save $50 off classic wayfarer styles like the Ellis, aviators like the Atlas, and square frames like the Grant. Along with color correction, all the Enchroma eyewear block 100% of the UVA and UVB radiation components in sunlight.

If you’re looking to step away from the typical boring girt, why not give the gift of great eyewear from one of these amazing brands. We’re positive you’ll have a very happy recipient this holiday season.

The Best New Tech Gifts To Give For The Holidays

Even though autumn just arrived, the true holiday-lovers know that the gift-giving season is right around the corner. As you plan the perfect gifts for your friends and family, you want to ensure they’re useful and cool.

That’s why we’ve crafted this top tech list of gadgets and gizmos that are sure to make your loved one feel giddy. Are you ready for the holidays and some cool tech gifts? You will be with these options hitting the market:

FlowDot Urban Electric Bike

The Best New Tech Gifts For The Holidays

This is the perfect tech option for the athlete in your life. The new FlowDot Urban Electric Bike can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour and features an LDC screen for riding day or night. Simply charge the bike for three hours and you can ride this bike up to 37 miles on a single charge. Leave the enamel-harming energy drinks at home; with this electric bike, you’ll save time and energy thanks to its light-weight frame.

FlowDot X

The Best New Tech Gifts For The Holidays

No, that isn’t a typo: the FlowDot brand has two brand new toys that techies can’t live without.

The FlowDot X foldable scooter weighs less than 16 pounds, making this option ideal for commuters and techies alike. Seamlessly transition from everyday riding at 15 MPH to its savvy “follow mode” in a matter of seconds. Your morning commute doesn’t stand a chance against the wave of traffic you’ll avoid. Which one of these FlowDot tech gifts would you like to receive?

Mokacam Alpha 3

The Best New Tech Gifts For The Holidays

While police equipped with body cameras receive 93% fewer complaints from the public, we hear all too much about personal cameras used in instances of law enforcement. What if your life is wild enough to be filmed and you want something new to record it with?

Mokacam has a new release that’ll have people following you in blissful 4K This third-generation personal camera is considered the most high-tech option to hit the shelves today. Filming in stunning 4K, the SuperSmooth video offers the best in video stabilization. Take this camera underwater to film the deep, dark depths of the ocean or use the tiltable touch screen to take the clearest selfies you’ve ever seen. Best of all? The early bird special makes this camera an affordable option at only $149.

SUAOKI G1000

The Best New Tech Gifts For The Holidays

Do you know someone who’s addicted to their phone? What about their portable game system? These items don’t stand a chance next to the SUAOKI G1000. Clocking in with an astounding 12 outlets this essential piece of tech has the ability to charge your phone, laptop, gaming system, and television at the same time.

This makes it the perfect addition to a long camping trip or a long train ride to a new town. Sporting DC charging ports, USB charging ports, AC sockets, and QC ports, you can charge just about anything while you’re on the run.

The Hyper Disk SSD

The Best New Gadgets

This portable solid-state drive (SSD) is a game-changer; not only can this drive store all your photos in 4K resolution, but it also has enough power to bolster your video editing in one durable frame. This makes it the perfect companion piece for cloud-run companies that need a little heavy lifting. Even though 96% of companies use cloud technology, these high-res files need an extra boost.

Did you know the United States consumer market for electronics has reached $301 billion? Stress a little less this fall and get these purchases out of the way. With these early bird deals, you’ll regret not ordering these tech gifts sooner.