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Impact of the Russia-Ukraine War on Sports

It’s been nearly two weeks since Putin’s Russia started a gruesome and unprovoked attack on its neighbour country Ukraine. Organisations and companies were quick to enact immediate sanctions, and the illegal incursion is altering industries worldwide.

Sports, in particular, is facing several challenges to adapt their global events that typically welcome athletes from all countries. Let’s look at how Russia’s invasion impacts sporting events, sponsors, and athletes from Russia and Belarus.

FIFA and UEFA condemn the Russian military invasion of Ukraine

Football, the most popular sport in the world, is facing a whole lot of changes in the months (and years) to come.

As both FIFA and UEFA strongly condemn Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, both football associations were quick to react. The UEFA champions league final will no longer be held at the Gazprom Stadium in Saint Petersburg in May and will be moved to the Stade de France in Saint-Dennis near Paris.

Russia will also no longer compete in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, a unanimous decision made by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA.

If you happened to place bets on the Champions League final or other events, you might find that your online sportsbook either cancelled or altered the odds of your football bets. This is because future bets use a wide range of factors to calculate your potential return, and a change of location can make a significant impact.

For bettors that placed bets on Russian games, there is a good chance those have been cancelled altogether. Various online sportsbooks like Parimatch or bet365 have ceased their operations in Russia with immediate effect and no longer offer betting services in the country.

Haas F1 team terminates contract with Uralkali

Changes are not only happening in football. Formula 1 team Haas reacted to the events and terminated their engagement with title sponsor Uralkali with immediate effect. Uralkali is owned by Dmitry Mazepin, one of Russia’s wealthiest businessmen with close ties to Vladimir Putin. While Masepin hasn’t released a statement on the invasion, sanctions are supposed to target oligarchs and other people of influence to raise the pressure on Putin.

As part of the sponsorship termination, Haas F1 is also parting ways with its driver, Nikita Mazepin. This comes despite the FIA’s ruling that Russian drivers could continue to race in Formula 1 but under a neutral flag.

Other sports federations follow the same path

Association from other sports have also made adjustments to their events scheduling.

The International Gymnastics Federation announced that Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials would be banned indefinitely from competitions starting this week.

The NHL, meanwhile, suspended its dealings with Russia-based KHL, which will make it hard for American teams to recruit and sign Russian players.

The ATP has been a little more lenient in tennis and did not ban players from participating. It might be partly because the ATP’s current world number one, Daniil Medvedev, is of Russian nationality. However, there are reports that players like Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov, and Medvedev were pressured into removing their nationality from social media handles.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots, the U.S. Marine Corps’ premiere community action program, distributed an unprecedented 22.4 million toys, books, and games to nearly 8.8 million children in need in 2021. 

While the affects of the pandemic continued to create challenges, Toys for Tots provided record breaking support to families and children in times of need. Toys for Tots is more than a Flagship Children’s Christmastime charity – our goal is to provide year-round hope to families in need.

On April 19, 2021, Toys for Tots announced the expansion of their year-round efforts to provide hope to those less fortunate with plans for ANOTHER special gift distribution to children in need. During the summer of 2021, we provided ONE MILLION educational toys, books, and games to the children of COVID-19 impacted families. While we all hoped the pandemic would be in our rearview mirrors soon, we also recognized that the emotional and educational impact it’s had on children will be long lasting. Less fortunate children likely suffered the greatest learning loss by not being able to attend in-person classroom instruction, so Toys for Tots provided toys and books that teach to help them overcome a growing educational gap and stimulate their young minds. 

“Toys for Tots is more than a Christmas charity,” said Lieutenant General Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “We have the ability to extend our reach and provide support to families who are facing tremendous year-round challenges, and Toys for Tots stands ready to assist when children and families need help the most.” 

Toys for Tots’ initiatives in 2021 also included providing comfort and relief to families in need during uncertain and unstable times outside of the holiday season. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program provided toys, books, and other gifts to nearly 17,000 children on the Afghanistan refugee families who have been granted asylum in the United States. As these families adjusted to their new lives in America, Toys for Tots provided hope and comfort to their children. As our mission continues to expand, we also stood ready to respond in emergency situations. Toys for Tots provided compassionate support with the distribution of toys, books, and other gifts to the families of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee who were impacted by devastating tornados in 2021.   

Despite the ongoing challenges from the pandemic, the Marines and local campaign Coordinators of the Marine Toys for Tots Program rose to the occasion and established over 830 local toy collection and distribution campaigns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Our Coordinators were, once again, very innovative about how they collected and distributed toys, and they achieved tremendous milestones in 2021. The American public, as well as a record number of organizations serving as National Corporate Sponsors, answered our call to action and made significant donations allowing the Foundation to augment local toy drives with over 10 million toys valued at over $82 million.  

The tremendous support we received from the American public and our Corporate Sponsors enabled us to distribute an unprecedented 22.4 million toys, books, and games to nearly 8.8 million children in need. But your support did more than provide gifts – you also sent messages of hope and restored self-worth to those less fortunate.   

2021 Accomplishments 

  • Distributed over 22.4 million toys to nearly 8.8 million less fortunate children from 832 local campaigns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
  • Distributed 1 million toys, books, and games to COVID-impacted families outside of the holiday season.
  • Distributed 3.1 million books to children in need through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
  • Distributed toys and books to over 186,000 Native American children living on remote Reservations.
  • With support from Toys for Tots Sponsors, augmented local toy drives with over 10 million toys valued at over $82 million.
  • Met all 20 standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. 

About Marine Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots, a 75-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness, and hope to less fortunate children.  The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offer these children recognition, confidence, and a positive memory for a lifetime.  It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community.  Last year, the Marine Toys for Tots Program fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of nearly 8.8 million less fortunate children in over 830 communities nationwide.  Since 1947 over 281 million children have been assisted. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.   

How CBD Helps Your Overall Wellbeing

When it comes to our health and wellbeing, most of us try to do what we can to avoid issues. However, sometimes you need to do more than this – you need to be proactive and take steps to protect and maintain good health and wellbeing rather than waiting for problems to arise. The good news is that there are products, including natural solutions, that can help you to do this, and this includes the wide range of CBD products on the market these days.

More and more people have been turning to CBD products over recent years, and this is because they have proven so effective in so many ways. You can choose from all sorts of products, and they can help with all sorts of things. For instance, you can get CBD drops for anxiety or CBD gummies for sleep, to name but a few. By choosing the right product for your needs, you can improve your health and wellbeing in a variety of ways, some of which we will look at in this article.

Some of the Benefits

There are numerous benefits that come with using these products, and they can make a huge positive difference in terms of overall wellbeing. Some of the ways in which they can help are:

You Get Proper Rest

One of the key things that can have a huge impact on your overall wellbeing is the amount and quality of sleep that you get. Some people struggle to get enough proper sleep, and their live quality suffers in many ways as a result. By boosting serotonin levels, CBD can help to ensure you get proper sleep on a regular basis. In addition to this, it can help you to relax more, and this means you are less likely to struggle when it comes to switching off and unwinding. This is also important when it comes to your overall health and wellbeing.

Anxiety Is Reduced

Another way in which CBD can help to improve your overall wellbeing is by reducing the symptoms of anxiety and helping you to manage this condition. When you suffer from anxiety, it can affect all aspects of your life and wellbeing, so you should take action sooner rather than later. CBD has proven extremely effective in tackling anxiety symptoms, and this is why many people use CBD products to help them with their anxiety.

Mood Is Improved

Many people experience a low mood now and again, and some suffer more than others. If low moods affect your life, you do not just have to learn to live with it. Instead, you can turn to CBD, which helps to lift your mood by boosting serotonin levels. Again, this is something that will improve your mood and have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing and life quality, so it can make a significant difference to you.

These are some of the ways in which CBD can help to improve your overall wellbeing as well as your life quality. 

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Transforming Theatre Kids into Citizen Artists

By: James Wallert

In April of 2018, I brought five high school students to an early morning event sponsored by the New York State Education Department. 200 educational leaders representing 27 school districts from all across the state were there to begin the process of creating integration plans for their districts. New York State has the most racially and socio-economically segregated schools in the nation and New York City Public Schools are more segregated today than they were before the landmark 1954 U. S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education in which the Justices ruled that “Separate but Equal” schools were unconstitutional. These students were invited to perform their original thirty-minute play, Laundry City, an exploration of the effects of educational segregation. A facilitator from the state squawks a few barely audible words of introduction via a microphone plugged into a portable speaker, “Please welcome Epic Theatre Ensemble”. Jeremiah, a high school senior wearing a T-Shirt with the words, “I am Epic” written across the front, steps into the center of the room, without a mic, and speaks directly to the audience:

JEREMIAH

School segregation,

That systematic placement,

Race and class, don’t make me laugh. 

That shit goes deeper than thin cloudy glass.

Right past society’s foundation, 

Back to America in the making. 

The original sin: Race.

The performers weave through the audience performing scene after scene, transforming from character to character. The show culminates in a town hall. The students had done meticulous research to craft a scene that made room for dozens of nuanced perspectives on this complex issue.

LIV

I’m not really sure what we mean by integration. What I’ve seen when we talk about integration, it is about Black and Latino kids going to white schools to become better. That isn’t integration, that’s, in my view, assimilation.

NASHALI

I consider integration when you do the hard work of valuing what each person brings to that setting. Integration is where we learn to understand each other and appreciate each other and nobody’s story or history is more important than another’s.

JEREMIAH

I think that’s racist. I think it’s classist. I don’t believe in the savior complex- that you need to have folks swoop in and save the poor Black and Latino children. I believe that Black and Latino folks have agency and power that have been untapped.

NAKKIA

For me, it’s not that certain communities are less powerful; it’s that certain communities haven’t been given the floor. How do we give people the floor? Segregation was intentional. Integration has to be intentional. Segregation was forced. Integration has to be forced.

DAVION

If integration made money somehow, America would do it.

The five actors portray 18 different characters throughout the course of this last scene, but the final question of the play is delivered by the students as themselves.

ENSEMBLE

Is separate but equal fair?

The five citizen artists join hands and bow. The crowd rises for a standing ovation. After taking in the love, the students gesture for the audience to retake their seats.

JEREMIAH

At Epic, we have a conversation after every performance and we always ask our audience the same first question: Imagine that two weeks from now, one morning you wake up and find yourself thinking about Laundry City. What is it that will be going through your mind? A line, a character, an idea, a question? What do you think will resonate with you over time?

The post-show discussion runs an hour—twice as long as the play that sparked it. The facilitator jumps back on the mic to thank the students and direct the district teams to return to their work sessions. I gather the cast to take them back to their school (it’s a weekday). A superintendent from Upstate comes over and asks the students if they can come by his table to take a look at his district’s integration plan and share their thoughts. They do. We start to head out again when a superintendent from NYC’s Upper West Side asks for some feedback from the students about her district’s plan. The students go over to her table. After several more invitations are proffered, we are eventually invited to stay through lunch so that the cast could review and respond to each of the 27 district integration plans. I make a quick call to their Principal who agrees to excuse them from the rest of their morning classes.

About an hour into this process of consultation, Jeremiah asked if he could speak to me in the hallway. “Jim, I feel like an activist,” he says, “I mean, I feel like I’m in a room full of people who can actually change things and they’re listening to me.”

Since 2015, the plays of Epic’s youth ensemble have received 225 performances (in-person and online) for 56,000 audience members including government employees, policy researchers, and legislators.

Large-scale cultural change is always led by young people and artists, but funding for in-school and after-school arts programs are often the first casualties of state and local budget cuts. We need to invest in arts education to cultivate the next generation of citizen artists. We need to champion the creation of youth art that is relevant, representative, and affordable for everyone. We need to proudly assert the value of art-making by demanding that young artists from historically marginalized communities get paid a reasonable wage for the work they make. We need to challenge oppressive systems by placing youth and their art in front of people with power. And once everyone has had a chance to experience the art, we need to provide the time and space for people to talk to one another about what it means to them and what actions they want to take next.

About the Author James Wallert is a Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Epic Theatre Ensemble and author of Citizen Artists: A Guide to Helping Young People Make Plays That Change the World.

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Elevate Your Space

Tired of staring at the same four walls? Or has something about your home bothered you persistently? Even if you’re not ready to commit to time and money, there are many little tricks and changes you can DIY that can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your home interior design. Beyond feeling better, many of the easy switches homeowners can make are also far more environmentally friendly, creating a greener, cleaner home.

Here’s a list of inexpensive ideas from experts to elevate your indoor space and tips on how you can change your home’s atmosphere.

  • Plants

Live plants, faux plants, emotional support plants! There are so many options to choose from.
If you have the space and light for live plants, they are able to change the overall appearance of a space, and they have also been shown to boost moods, increase productivity and concentration, reduce stress, and eliminate air pollutants. This makes for a healthier, happier interior space that looks good and makes us feel good, too. In fact, there are many studies on how having plants encourages self care.

However, artificial plants are also great for those who want them just for decorative purposes. They never outgrow their pots, the leaves will never droop, and there’s no need to worry about watering them. Pet-safe and child-safe, perfect for those who travel a lot.

  • Pets

Nothing compares to the unconditional love from a pet that keeps you company. Pets, especially dogs and cats, have been proven that they can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and improve your overall health. While caring for an animal can help children grow emotional and social skills, pets also provide valuable companionship for adults. Other benefits include comfort and support, as dogs are very present and they know how to sit there and be loving.

  • Sponge an Old Door

A few decades ago, sponging an entire room or hallway was a major trend. With today’s color technology, one can paint doors in tight or small hallways to add texture and drama to a once drab space.

While traditional sponging only used 2 to 3 colors, with 4 to 6 colors, this same technique can inherit or take on characteristics of rusted copper, stone or marble – depending on your color choice and technique used. Sponge painting is a technique that can create a beautiful array of ombre color effects, one color blending into another. While this might sound complicated, it involves nothing more than applying a base coat of color, then using sponges to dab on another color so that the underlying color shows through.

  • Epoxy Countertop

An epoxy coating will last longer than pretty much any other type of coating and epoxy coating by itself is scratch resistant due to the composition of its ingredients. When done right, epoxy countertops provide a long-lasting and durable surface. Their non-porous nature also means that they’re resistant to moisture and have other characteristics such as compactness and good leak resistance. While epoxy countertops provide a glossy look that can make cheap materials look more luxurious, you will still need to use common sense and not place hot pots and pans on it as they are not the most heat resistant.

  • Refresh Old Fixtures with Edison Bulbs and LIFX Lights

A really simple way to add character to your interior design is by changing the light bulbs that you use.
Edison Bulbs exceeds the warmth of an incandescent bulb, making your environment warm and cozy while adding detail. However, keep in mind that they are not the best at lighting the entire room.

If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet in the past few years, you’ve probably seen those color-changing bulbs and wanted them. Not only do they change colors, LIFX lights can also be accessed away from home and are energy-efficient, though their main selling point is their colors.

  • Hang a Skateboard

When it comes to interior design, hanging a skateboard deck on the wall probably isn’t the first thing you would think of doing.

However, this has become one of the latest trends in recent years and has grown so much that it now holds a spot in the modern art world. Skateboard deck wall art gives personal touch and could also potentially become a hobby (though it might be expensive) – and a complete freedom of expression.

  • Build or Fabricate an Installation

An easy fix to an empty space is building or adding an installation, such as a wall mural or wall art to dress your space up. A popular one is faux ivy leaves dangling from your shelves or walls. Be sure to save and reuse any paper scraps as well as recycle any waste possible!

As cryptocurrency has started to take a huge presence in the media world, it’s not surprising that people also want to show off their digital art, and digital art display systems such as Token Frames has made it possible for you to display your NFT art in your home, office, or anywhere else you wish.

  • Install Floating Shelves

Floating shelves offer minimalistic support – barely visible to the eye but giving extra storage and glamor. It seems futuristic in nature and has a “suspended in mid-air” vibe.

Additionally, the floating shelf can be used for an array of things: jars, plants, books, lamps, and more. You can choose the design or color you’d like them to come in and be creative with it.

  • Buy and Use Multi-functional Furniture

Multi-functional furniture reduces clutter and helps to save space – sometimes even providing extra storage. This helps to keep your interior tidy and make the area feel inviting. Such examples include storage tools or ottomans that can also be used as seating or a side table, folding chairs that can easily be compacted and kept away, or sofa beds that can easily be unfolded for a spot for guests to sleep on. There are many other options and furniture that provide multi-functions.

  • Hang a Light Box Painting or Design One with Rechargeable LED Lights

Light has always been used in a plethora of artistic works. Neon lights, backlight, sculptural light, and in most recent years, LED lights. These lights have been used for store signage and in malls for the longest time, and it has been a trend to also use them as a decorative piece in your homes today. Not to mention, they can be easily DIY-ed with purchasing a few strips of LED lights. They’re great because there are no visible wires and they won’t put holes in your walls as they are magnetic.

  • Create a Gallery Wall

You’ve probably seen amazing images of gallery walls online and wished that you could get the look in your home. Good news: creating a beautiful look with wall art is simpler than you think! You don’t need to be a pro interior designer to create a breathtaking gallery wall. Follow Desenio’s step-by-step guide full of gallery wall ideas to get an insta-worthy look in your home.

  • Resurface Old Platforms

While a full-fledged renovation is not always on the table, resurfacing old platforms or surfaces can always be a fun full day project to do (depending on the scale of the project and what is used). Countertops, walkways, doors, and so on. Benjamin Moore sells a glitter paint that brings a touch of shimmer and adds character to any room. This is ideal for an accent wall of even a piece of furniture.

Resurfacing is a cost-effective alternative and a low-cost investment that could potentially last for years to come.

  • Create Vintage, One-of-a Kind, Minimalist Interiors

A modern and artistic piece of furniture is unique, but the price tag isn’t always the most inviting. However, there are many thrift store options available for you to pick up an old piece of (broken) furniture and refurbish it to look like a one-of-a-kind item.

Many people throw out perfectly usable table tops when some of the legs are worn out, and you can always cut off the legs and replace them with something else – a traditional table could look really special with hairpin legs.

Another hot item that has made a comeback is the modern style glass standing desks, a simple and elegant design that you could purchase for $2000, or simply pick up materials from a hardware store and DIY it for less than a tenth of that price.

By opting for a more natural and modern minimalistic style, cut down on the need for extraneous décor items. Choose to bring in one of our earlier tips, plant life, as a way to make a home feel alive instead of bogged down.

  • Install Dimmable Switches or Choose Natural Lighting

There are many good reasons to install dimmer switches around your house. Instead of just turning lights on or off, you get a wide range of variety by installing a dimmer switch. Additionally, when the lights aren’t functioning at full capacity, they use less energy and save bulb life. Dimming lights can also make a room more comfortable and create a lovely ambiance for a party or event. Most dimmers are designed to fit a standard wall box opening, which makes it easy to replace the switch for any incandescent or halogen light with a dimmer.

Setting up your workspace near a window or skylight can also help make an area feel warmer and more welcoming. Natural light is also very flattering on Zoom! Additionally, opting to bring as much natural light as possible into a space can avoid the unnecessary use of electricity better for both home and wallet. By taking advantage of all lighting options, a home can feel bigger and brighter.

  • Paint Dingy Walls

Walls that have collected dust and dirt over the years? You can always paint over a dirty, chipping and flaking surface, but the trick for new paint to stick is to clean the surface and sand them down to be free of dust that could interfere with your paint ability to adhere to walls.

illustration for Alex Bogdan for use by 360 magazine
  • Collectibles

Collectibles like wine, music albums, records, posters and concert tickets are for enjoyment and fun, while some other figurine collections like KAWS or Tenacious Toys might be a little more expensive. Whether it’s a family tradition or an investment, collectibles often add character to someone’s home with personal touch.

  • iHome Technologies

Today’s advancement in technology enables you to have an automated home, one that is intelligent enough to understand your needs and lifestyle. With the touch of a button, what you want is executed immediately. iHome now offers full lines of alarm clocks, portable speakers, Bluetooth vanity mirrors, sleep therapy wellness products, and a licensed line of smartphone, tablet, and smart home products.

By: Armon Hayes, Kai Yeo, Justin Lowery × Vaughn Lowery

Five Accessories You’ll Need this Year

Are you one of those people that booked their vacation for 2022 six months ago? Well, good for you! But in the meantime, what accessories are you going to need this year to complete your look?

Here are five must-haves that will have you looking stylish all season long.

1. Sunglasses

There’s nothing like catching some rays on the beach in 2022, but if you’re going to be lounging in the sand this year, make sure you bring along your sunglasses. Hard or soft lenses? It doesn’t matter. Just make sure they are polarised with UV protection (because that’s what all the cool girls are doing).

Depending on your preferences, you can also go for the clip on sunglasses. These glasses are the perfect accessory for the beach, a concert, or a casual walk. Don’t forget to take beautiful photographs in the sunglasses and reminisce about the good times.

2. Interesting Bag

Who says your purse has to be boring? Here are a few interesting bags that you can carry with you this year.

• Crossbody bags: For the girls who are always on the go, what better accessory to take along than a crossbody bag? It’s also called a messenger because of its design. This allows you to carry your essentials but has a slight slouch that is definitely more stylish.

• Fanny pack: The fanny pack is making a comeback, and it’s going to be popular this year! It can also be worn as a belt bag or a waist pack. With its smaller size, it will even fit inside your purse. You can wear these packs at festivals, hiking, and travel or even at the office.

• Purses: Purses are back in style, and people will be carrying small bags again (because bigger is not always better). You can get one of these unique purses, which you can carry on top of your shoulders. They come in different sizes but if you’re looking for something larger, go get a shoulder bag.

• Backpacks: If you don’t want to carry a purse, there’s no need to worry because backpacks are in style again. The backpack is great for work or even school if that’s what you’re into. However, if you’re looking for something casual, get one of these cool bags that can be worn over your shoulders. You can also get a traditional backpack but make sure that it’s light and practical.

• Bucket bag: Nowadays, people are going for the bucket bag or the drawstring bag, which is great if you’re always on the go. They’re very fashionable and practical to carry around because they look better than a regular old backpack.

3. A Floral Shirt

Floral print blouses are so hot right now, and by mid-2022, they’ll be even more popular. So, pick one up before your 2022 trip to the tropics! Plus, what’s better than having a shirt that ties you over for four years?

While you’re at it, pick up a few other shirt styles as well. Trust me, florals are popping’ in 2022, and they’ll be everywhere else too.

4. A Cute Swimsuit

Swimsuits are another wardrobe staple that you’ll need to get before your 2022 trip or be left with diaper-brief tan lines. And while it’s not against the law to wear the same swimsuit multiple years in a row, it’s just not very stylish.

So, grab this must-have accessory now so you can go swimming with dolphins on your 2022 vacation.

5. A Statement Purse

Finally, pick up an eye-catching statement purse to pull together your look for 2022. While it’s fun to be spontaneous, not having a purse together can ruin an outfit. Boring browns and tans may be too drab for the tropics, so pick up your statement purse now so you can sparkle all year long.

Conclusion

By purchasing these five must-have accessories now, you will be prepared for all of your 2022 trips and adventures. Don’t forget to tag along your spirited heart and fun personality.

 

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Eight Tips for Fundraising During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for giving. It’s also a time for nonprofit organizations to line their coffers. If you’re chairing a committee, you may find yourself in charge of the annual drive.

What can you do to get customers to open their wallets, especially after the hardships of the past two years? Here are eight tips for fundraising during the holidays to help your group reach its goals.

1. Employ Technology to Stay Organized

Modern technology makes it less cumbersome to stay on top of frequent donors. The Rolodex is now a dinosaur from antiquity. Today’s customer relationship management systems (CRMs) track who gives the most and when, making it easier to maximize your holiday fundraising strategy.

However, you must trust that your databases won’t crash during crunch time. Ensure that your system scores well in high volume resiliency, preventing system breakdowns when your patrons have their wallets open, ready to give. Run checks on all computers and review the importance of anti-malware software on all devices to access your client information.

Technology works best with a personal touch. For example, feel free to use computerized phone and text messaging systems to reach out to frequent donors. Don’t, however, send multiple alerts with no one covering the lines to give a genuine, human response should someone reply.

2. Include Gift-Matching Incentives

Depending on the size of your organization, you may be able to match your patron’s gifts. Even the mere mention of doing so results in a marked increase in marketing response rates. Fully a third of donors will give more if they believe that their contribution will double.

Matching gifts benefit your organization’s overall reputation by making it appear more of a leader in charitable giving. If you’re like many who have a for-profit and affiliated nonprofit or charity, your act generates community goodwill by showing your dedication to vital social causes.

3. Make It Competitive

Another way to hit your holiday fundraising goals is by including an element of competition. Many organizations give out T-shirts or other tokens to those who donate to the cause. Why not award prizes according to how much a person gives, perhaps starting with a sticker or postcard and going all the way up to sweatshirts and hoodies?

Remember those old “you’re the hundredth shopper” incentives stores used to use? You can utilize a twist of this idea in your fundraising. Who will put you over the top of your goal? The lucky donor who hits that magic number wins a prize.

4. Leverage the Holiday Spirit

Charities have long leveraged the human spirit of generosity during the holidays to reach their goals. Think about the Salvation Army and their prominent bell ringers in front of nearly every grocery store. The trick is to make giving a convenient act of spontaneous joy, not a burden or hassle.

If you’re a smaller group, consider partnering with local businesses, arranging to use some of their sidewalk space for fundraising. Many are amenable as long as you don’t block traffic — having you out there shows their community spirit, too.

Consider other types of partnerships as well. For example, is a local restaurant willing to give patrons a free or discounted treat if customers bring in their raffle ticket stubs from your fundraiser? The promise of a cup of hot cocoa, gratis, at the end of a long, cold day may inspire some folks to spend their spare change on your worthy cause.

5. Use Social Media Campaigns

Social media is a glorious way to spread the news of your fundraiser, especially around the holidays. Be sure to mention the spirit of the season in all your advertisements and posts.

Please don’t overlook the spending power of the younger generation. For example, many brands stick to the big markets of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. However, you may have more luck on TikTok — and a lot of fun making fundraising videos — to capture different demographics.

6. Create Opportunities for Fun

Another way to fundraise is to create opportunities for family fun around the holiday. For example, does your church host a regular bingo? Why not go all out one month and create a carnival-like atmosphere, with games and small attractions like a dunk tank to draw donations?

You could combine such an event with a bake sale. You’ll allow your talented chefs to peddle their wares while patrons can pick up that much-needed dessert for their holiday table. Please ensure that you label all products clearly with their ingredients so that those with food allergies or sensitivities can rest assured their purchase is safe to eat.

7. Customize Your Giving Pages 

If you always wanted to go a little wild and wacky with your graphic design, the holidays are your chance. Now’s the time to use big, bold fonts that grab attention and colors in line with the season.

Customize your giving pages with holiday designs. Doing so reminds your patrons of the reason for the season, perhaps inspiring more generosity than they would normally demonstrate. Plus, it creates a festive, cheerful mood.

You also want to make donors feel secure. Please ensure your website has an SSL certificate — you’ll see the lock icon on the address bar — so that patrons feel safe entering their credit card information. Streamline the checkout process, keeping it to one page whenever possible. The more complex it is, the more opportunities potential givers have to change their minds.

8. Recognize Your Donors

Some people hate recognition for their good deeds, but most like to be known for their philanthropy. Find a way to recognize your donors. Many organizations publish a list of names, sometimes with different tier levels acknowledging the generosity of their contributions.

Another way to say thank you is with a small gift. If you also run a for-profit entity or your charity has a gift shop, repay donations with a coupon. Otherwise, treats like cute candy cane and pen bouquets are inexpensive ways to express gratitude to your generous patrons.

Fundraising Tips During the Holidays

Now is the time for people to give. Follow these fundraising tips during the holidays to exceed your goals.

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CBG vs CBD

There is no doubt about the fact that CBD is indeed the trendiest and commonly used compound of the cannabis plant. However, are you well aware of the differences between the two most popular cannabis plant extracts: CBD and CBG? Primarily, CBG is a precursor of CBD that contains the same compounds but performs different functions. Today, a lot of individuals have begun to show a keen interest in CBG products due to its vast health benefits. 

In the beginning, researchers assumed that both compounds have the same characteristics. However, with time, they observed significant differences between them and hence it is important to understand what these are before you decide to choose either one for consumption.

Here’s a general description of CBG vs CBD for your convenience:

What is CBG?

Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of the cannabinoids present in the hemp and flower of the cannabis plant. It is initially seen to be present as a chemical precursor called CBG acid (CBGA) that breaks down into CBDA and THCA. These two compounds then convert into CBD and THC. CBG is present in the hemp of the plant during the blooming phase of the growth.

Moreover, the analgesic properties of CBG overlap the THC analgesic properties without any negative impact. In addition, it works with CB1 and CB2 to cope with inflammation, anxiety, pain, and heat sensitivity. Also, CBG has strong stress and pain-relieving properties which make it more preferable than the other compounds.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most common, and the earliest compound found in higher concentrations in the hemp and flower of the cannabis plant. It is known to cause positive mental, and non-psychoactive impact on the human body. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-nausea, and pain-relieving properties which also makes it a great choice for treating epilepsy in children. 

According to research, it is safer than the other weeds.  As a matter of fact, its medicinal properties work in curing and treating multiple diseases and health concerns. Furthermore, combining CBD with THC results in boosting the medicinal effects of the weed. Nevertheless, CBD mainly acts on the endocannabidiol system through several pathways. 

Major Differences between CBG and CBD

As mentioned above, multiple dissimilarities exist between CBG and CBD. Let’s discuss the top three differences below:

  1. Molecular Structure 

The molecular structure of both CBG and CBD is completely different from each other. The number and arrangement of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen atoms vary in both compounds, thus, constituting different receptors to bind with. This in turn also impacts the bioavailability of cannabinoids and solubility in water of both compounds accordingly.

  1. Pharmacology

CBG acts as an antagonist on the 5-HT1A receptor, causing the anti-emetic effects of CBD. However, CBD serves as an agonist to work against nausea through its affinity for the 5-HT1A receptor. Hence, this shows that both compounds perform the same function but in different ways. 

  1. Hunger Simulation

The presence of CBG in the human body stimulates a person to consume more food than normal. Whereas, CBD causes no change in the appetite of anyone who consumes it. In fact, in some cases, the food intake is reduced in the users.

Benefits of CBG and CBD

All in all, the therapeutic benefits of CBD vs CBG are summed up as per below as below:

  • Both compounds contain a non-psychoactive effect on the user. Be sure to check the legal vaping age in your country.
  • CBD is used for treating chronic pain conditions, neurodegenerative disorders, autoimmune conditions, and other psychiatric disorders.
  • CBG is used for providing antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties to the user. 
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Holiday Wish List

Now that it’s fall, it’s officially that time of the year. The holidays are still a way’s away, but the must-have items are coming out earlier and earlier and your list seems to get longer and longer. It’s never too early to start shopping for the best Christmas gifts of 2021! Whether you’re looking for the latest toys, present for your wife, your kids, or even your boss, this 360 MAGAZINE list will be your one stop shop to find the coolest gift ideas.

Check out our favorites below, and we hope you pick out something nice for yourself as well!

Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’

Leica Camera has unveiled a new Leica Q2 ‘007 Edition’ to celebrate the release of the 25th Bond adventure, No Time to Die.  Limited to 250 pieces only, the camera exudes understated elegance – just like James Bond – marked by Leica’s signature minimalist design.

The new camera features the iconic 007 logo on the deck cap and the famous Bond gun barrel design on the lens cap. Each of the limited-edition cameras will be individually numbered, making the “007” camera a sought-after collectable. The camera comes in a customized and handcrafted case designed by the British luxury suitcase brand, Globe-Trotter. Inspired by the bespoke cases that are featured in No Time To Die film, both the camera case and camera are finished in the same ocean green leather colorway.

A combination of both photography and cinema, this makes a perfect gift for anyone who is a film major or enthusiast! Available for purchase on the official Leica website.

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Oakley × Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes II and Oakley has released the second iteration of the MVP quarterback’s Signature Series, Contrail. The new eyewear is inspired by the MVP’s limitless talent and includes features that honor the Super Bowl LIV Champion.

The Signature Series Collection launched in early 2021 with the bold design of Oakley’s Sutro Lite frame. Ahead of the brand’s third season partnership with the NFL, Oakley is adding Contrail to the collection, a modern design available in matte black with metallic gold icons to celebrate the unconventional success of the Kansas City Chief’s player. The frame features a lightweight, durable C-5 alloy frame and Prizm lens technology engineered to enhance color and contrast while discoverable Mahomes details on the Contrail include an etched lens with II for Mahomes and a signed microbag.

Modern yet timeless, the Patrick Mahomes Signature Series is available on Oakley.com and in Oakley retail stores.

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Casio EDIFICE × Scuderia AlphaTauri Racing

Super-charge your speed and precision with this special Casio EDIFICE watch designed in collaboration with the F1™ team Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Made with the same type of 6K carbon fiber used in the floor and wings of the Scuderia AlphaTauri racing machine, the EFR571AT-1A puts the latest motorsports technology right on your wrist. Fluorescent yellow — the color that crew mechanics use at the track for safety — highlights key components, providing the stand-out visibility required by racing teams who have to make every second count. The yellow stopwatch button and second hand ensure easy, no-fumble timing. The last 15 seconds on the dial are also highlighted, in a nod to the F1 rule that crewmembers must leave the grid 15 seconds before the formation lap starts.

This special EDIFICE delivers what you need to manage your day with the confidence of an F1 driver. Available for purchase here.

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Lids × Chris Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowler and Super Bowl LV Champion Wide Receiver, Chris Godwin, has partnered with Lids and is not the retailer’s newest brand partner.

Godwin has created seven custom embroidery designs exclusively with Lids. Along with his signature and a #14 jersey number available in a variety of design options, these exclusive designs will also include a ‘World Champion’ badge as a nod to the Bucs fanbase following their 2021 Super Bowl LV win.

Fans can embroider any one of the designs on a hat or jersey of their choice at hundreds of Lids locations across the country starting today (available at any location that offers on-site custom embroidery). Through this partnership, Lids contributed a flat donation to Godwin’s charitable foundation, Team Godwin Foundation, which provides at-risk animals a second chance through advocacy and financial support.

More information here.

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THE COMFY

Nothing keeps you cozy on chilly fall mornings like the wearable blanket that started it all! The Comfy Teddy Bear Quarter Zip is everything you love about The Comfy Teddy Bear, but with the added flexibility and style of a zip.

Fun, cozy, and will keep you warm while couch surfing on a cool night. It is unisex and stylish enough for all your needs, from sitting on the porch or a quick trip to the store. Luscious, high-quality sherpa wraps you in a giant hug while the quarter zip gives you flexibility, you’ll never want to take it off.

Available in a variety of colors and patterns here.

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LOL Cartel

Recording artist and MTV’s Ridiculousness host Chanel West Coast has announced the release of her new LOL Cartel unisex capsule collection. Conceptualized and designed by Chanel herself, the new streetwear line showcases fun, expressive lifestyle apparel that speaks to the laidback and feel good vibes of the West Coast. 

The new drop features a wide array of classic silhouettes such as sweatpants, sweaters, hats, shirts, t-shirts and more in custom-dyed designs and bold color combinations, emphasizing the young and vibrant inspiration throughout. Each piece has been designed with high quality fabrics and materials, and was crafted to be unisex, ensuring a mix-and-match capsule collection that can be enjoyed by people of all genders.  

Shop here.

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Tenacious Toys

Tenacious Toys is the premier online retailer specializing in limited edition art toys in vinylresin and PVC, as well as imported action figures and one-off custom toys.

Started in 2004 in New York City, Tenacious Toys services thousands of customers worldwide each year with the most reliable fulfillment of bullet-proof packages. Tenacious Toys offers customers a robust program of rewards and freebies, as well as multiple payment options during checkout.

Perfect holiday gift for a friend or partner who loves to collect! Shop Tenacious Toys’ latest collection here.

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EATABLE

Celebrate flavors worthy of your everyday celebrations with the 100% natural, delightfully grown-up popcorn from EATABLE.

Inspired by the flavors of happy hour, each bag features the sophisticated notes of your favorite cocktails without the alcohol. They start with non-GMO corn kernels that are air popped to perfection, imbue them with a sweet candy or caramel spirit infused coating, and then painstakingly hand-sift each batch to ensure those hard unpopped kernels never make it to your mouth. 

Give your movie night a sophisticated twist, upgrade your book club’s charcuterie board, or toast Team USA with the mixed pop of your choice.

EATABLE Highlights:

• Crafted from locally sourced, non-GMO corn kernels

• Twice baked recipe creates the perfect crunchy texture

• Grab and go bags are ideal for snacking, picnics, barbecues, and more!

• Comes in a resealable bag for freshness you can taste

• NO artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

• Flavors include:

• Whisky on the Pops

• Pop the Champagne

• Pop the Salt & Tequila

• Pop Goes Sangria

• Poppy Caesar

•Poppin’ Rosé all Day 

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Sea Witch Botanicals

Sea Witch Botanicals is committed to being a role model in the shift toward sustainability and ethical business, and transparently dedicated to environmental justice. We are a small, tenacious team that believes you don’t need sinister synthetics or animal byproducts to have a clean home, a beautiful smelling space, or luxurious self-care. All of our products are crafted with only plant-based ingredients and packaged for optimum waste-reduction. 

Sea Witch Botanicals aims to keep the world’s water healthy by providing natural home and body products that are good for you, and the environment. With a huge range of scents and products, find your match of incense and candles here.

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N.Peal Cashmere Knitwear

Know a Bond fan? These gifts would be right up their alley. Exclusive cashmere knitwear brand N.Peal is launching its Navy Ribbed Army Sweater and 007 Combat Trousers as worn by 007 in the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die, releasing in theaters October 8, 2021.

Available in a blend of 90 per cent superfine Merino wool and 10 per cent cashmere, the Navy Ribbed Army Sweater  features canvas patches on the shoulders, cuffs and elbow and is augmented by a drawstring neck. The 007 combat trouser is made from 100% Cotton, features-Gun metal zips and poppers- 3 pockets, two zipped and one poppered – Epitomises the modern and informal utility look and marries perfectly with the N.Peal commando sweater.

Modelling its design on British Military Commando sweaters & Combat Trousers, N.Peal developed these pieces with No Time To Die costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb.

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CASIO G-SHOCK

As the most nostalgic time of the year nears, what’s a better way to remember your childhood than to purchase old trinkets? Casio has released a few timepieces that are reminiscent of the 90s, and will surely bring you back in time.

Based on the larger men’s style, the GMAS120SR-7A is a compact G-SHOCK model in the transparent style that became popular back in the ‘90s. This model features a rose-gold metallic finish with a design that makes it the perfect accessory for work and play. 

The square design of the GMS5600PG-1 is reminiscent of the classic G-SHOCK 5600. This model has a metal covered bezel and incorporates standard G-SHOCK shock resistance in a small, lightweight watch that is comfortable to wear. The mirror finish of the case and bezel add a touch of elegance to the watch’s casual look. 

The BG169G-4B offers the nostalgic BABY-G style in an eye-catching pink band and face. Featuring 200-meter water resistance, this model has an ion-plated metal ring and with a face protector, creating a face that is dynamic, yet classically BABY-G. The wire face protectors on the case allow for worry-free wear at the beach, pool, or in other high-activity areas.

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Pureaty Naturals – Biotin Hair Serum

One of those products that went viral over quarantine, none other than this biotin hair serum from Pureaty Naturals.

According to more than 5,000 five-star Amazon ratings awarded for its ability to regrow hair even in nearly bald spots after a month of use. Shoppers say it makes a huge difference in their hair’s strength and thickness, rescuing thinning hairlines from intense shedding and encouraging growth like a “miracle serum.” 

Prior to trying the Pureauty formula, one person says that nothing seemed to help their drain-clogging hair loss. Within two weeks, the cycle turned around: “The results are AMAZING! I legit only had like two strands fall out per shower.” They continue, “The only downside: I didn’t find this product sooner. I could not be happier. Thank you so much to whoever made this. You literally saved my depressed soul from losing my hair.”

Another person “desperate” to reverse their chemo-thinned hair says their hair loss is now so minimal, the results are “hard to believe.” But by all accounts it doesn’t much matter what’s behind the hair loss — the Pureauty’s hydrators, including the glycerin and squalane mentioned above, keep your scalp optimally moisturized regardless. As the last person concludes: “Thank you, little bottle of serum.” 

Shop Pureauty here.

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Tubble Royale Inflatable Bathtub

Give the gift of a portable tub, Tubble! Imagine taking a private hot bath in the snow after skiing or on your balcony over looking the city! Tubble was designed for urban living but is also great for outside adventures (veranda, porch, balcony, living room, cabin, glamping, RV). With the Tubble, you can take a bath anywhere-anytime. You just need a water source! Tubble is great for contrast therapeutic bath (hot to cold and vice versa) any type of therapeutic bath is an option. Fits a 6’ tall person or two people very comfortably! Quality materials (like a yoga mat) makes it more comfortable than a regular bath. Lightweight when empty, travels easy, and holds 60 gallons of water when full. Perfect for the holidays.

Available on Tubble and Amazon.

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nutpods

You know the holidays are near when you see Pumpkin Spice on the shelves again. Keep the good times pouring with nutpods unsweetened Winter Collection flavors; Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint Mocha and Holiday Nog. The party goes on to the last drop. All three are creamy, foamy, and free of dairy and sugar.

Shop here.

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Cornbread Hemp

The CBD industry has become an oversaturated $2.1 billion market notorious for a lack of consumer awareness, large corporations, and countless athletes/celebrities fronting brands (without any real involvement in the company). However, a few smaller CBD brands are setting themselves apart through a purpose-driven mission and commitment to product quality.

Cornbread Hemp is one of the rare few that has been able to gain market share as an underdog, in large part due to its signature Flower-Only™, full spectrum, and USDA-certified organic hemp. They are going down a different path, not cutting corners, and offering a product that is light years ahead of what you see at your local convenience store.

The founders at Cornbread Hemp have made taking on corporate CBD as one of their causes to ensure that consumers know what is in the product they are ingesting or rubbing on their bodies. Co-founder Jim Higdon has said that “what most consumers don’t know is that corporate hemp manufacturers produce substandard products, only to dress them up with the term ‘Whole Plant.'”

Shop Cornbread Hemp here.

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ZAGG

Know someone that got the new iPhone? Here’s a quick gift idea. ZAGG, the global leader in accessories and technologies that empower mobile lifestyles, introduced screen protection and protective case solutions for the new Apple iPhone 13 miniiPhone 13iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. ZAGG also announced screen protection for the Apple Watch Series 7 and iPad mini (6th gen).  

ZAGG accessories for these Apple devices are available beginning today on ZAGG.com with some products arriving in the coming weeks. Consumers may find ZAGG InvisibleShield and ZAGG Gear4 products at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Best Buy, and Walmart stores nationwide.

ZAGG backs its mobile accessories with an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty and will replace the product if it ever gets worn or damaged for the life of the device. With more than 250 million screen protectors sold worldwide, ZAGG InvisibleShield is the #1 selling brand for smartphone screen protection in the U.S. and has set the industry standard for screen protection. Shop here.

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Oakley Coyote Boot

Born more than 20 years ago, the Coyote boot was built to function like a sneaker while still offering an iconic combat-inspired product. The boot is not meant to be just for anyone, it was created for a purpose with a will to run alone and to run with the pack.

Designed to take on any adventure whether in the city or in the wild, the Coyote boot itself features an EVA midsole and slip-resistant rubber outsole which moves naturally with your foot, while providing plush shock absorption. The lightweight material and genuine leather offers ventilated comfort while the rugged nylon laces stand to rough wear to complete this durable, everyday boot. In addition to the regular colorways, The Coyote Boot will also offer three new limited-edition colorways featuring vibrant, neon soles: black/neon green, coyote/neon orange, and sage/neon light blue. 

A gift made for any adventurous friends or partners, the Coyote Boot is available in select stores and online here.

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PUMA

The second PUMA collaboration with Black Fives collection celebrates the way teams in the Black Fives Era expanded their reach beyond neighborhoods where they began, into cities and towns throughout the United States. This seven-piece collection encompasses vintage-inspired designs with historical graphics and authentic logos maintained by the Foundation. Banner graphics showcase Black Fives teams along with cities they played in across the U.S. from Los Angeles to New York.

The Black Fives Foundation’s mission is to research, preserve, showcase, teach and honor the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball. Items in the collection include multi-colored hoodie and sweatpants, shorts, T-shirt, long-sleeved T-shirt, cardigan, and a black Suede Mid Black Fives, which includes a pop of color on the sole and team logos on the formstrip.

The collection launches globally October 8 in stores and online.

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Affirmicious

Has this last year taken a toll on your friends’ spirits? Are you on the lookout for a gift that inspires change and growth There’s nothing like the holiday season to spread a little cheer, and with Affirmicious and their uplifting Zodiac Affirmation Card Decks you can help nip negativity in the bud.

Each deck of fun and focusing cards is tailored to the personality of a specific Zodiac sign, offering positive statements and reminders to help change the flow of your thoughts the more you practice them. 

  • Features 100 personalized affirmation cards per set
  • Cards are based on the unique traits, needs, and energy of each Zodiac sign
  • Reinforces and emphasizes your positive traits
  • Helps put an end to negative self-talk
  • Fun for Zodiac believers and dabblers alike!
  • Available for all 12 Zodiac signs

Shop here.

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spermidineLIFE®

This holiday season, give the gift of natural cell renewal from the inside that supports health and beauty from the outside. Cell health affects growth of our hair and nails, and the appearance of our skin.

A new supplement, spermidineLIFE® by Longevity Labs, is the world’s first natural spermidine-rich wheat germ extract dietary supplement that supports our bodies rejuvenation and renewal of cells from the inside, which supports health and beauty health from the outside.

spermidineLIFE® is an all-natural, clinically tested supplement that supports brain, heart and organ function, helps reduce inflammation, improve immunity, detain the effects of aging, improve the growth and appearance of nails and hair, and support skin firmness. MSRP: $99 (subscription price $89)

Support cellular renewal through spermidine supplementation with a simple two-capsules per day dose.

  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • Free of artificial colors or flavors
  • Free of lactose, nuts, and caffeine
  • 100% GMO-free product
  • Available in a convenient monthly package

Shop here.

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Privé Revaux

Founded on the belief that head-turning style shouldn’t be a luxury reserved for a select few, celebrity founded Privé Revaux continues to provide affordable and effortlessly chic eyewear. A great gift that has been given the golden seal of approval from a variety of celebrities from Billie Ellish, to Common, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, J. Lo, Dwayne Wade, Rachel McAdams and more. Countless styles have been worn and loved by the a-list, and with its inexpensive price point, it’s an easy gift that your loved ones will delight in.

Join the a-list and gift Privé Revaux this holiday season. Shop here.

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Barton Perreira

Barton Perreira is an independent brand that sees things differently, taking the time to invest in craftsmanship that produces nothing less than the finest eyewear in the world. Meticulously crafted by hand in Japan, a single pair of Barton Perreira frames takes weeks to refine. Barton Perreira’s weightless fit originates from the use of Japanese titanium without any composites to construct the most durable frames available today. Barton Perreira premium lenses are created through a hand-dipped double staged process that results in a stunning gradation of color.

Distinguished for their passionate attention to each one-of-a-kind detail, Japan’s leading artisans ensure every facet of Barton Perreira eyewear is brought to life with precision and virtuosity. Available here.

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Skechers × JGoldcrown

Spread love and comfort this holiday season with Skechers x JGoldcrown: BOBS Too Cozy slippers featuring the iconic #Lovewall heart design of muralist James Goldcrown. Feel warm and fuzzy inside and out with this gift that gives back – for every BOBS from Skechers item purchased, a donation is made to help save shelter animals’ lives nationwide through Skechers’ partnership with Petco Love. The BOBS from Skechers movement has raised more than $7 million to help more than 1.3 million shelter pets in the United States and Canada.

The casual vegan slippers feature an allover print of the artist’s signature design, soft microfiber suede-textured upper with a faux-fur trim, striped midsole and cushioned Skechers Memory Foam™ footbed, providing ultimate comfort while you sip cocoa by the fire. Treat yourself and your loved ones to the Too Cozy styles which make the perfect welcome gift for out of town guests joining you for the holidays.

Retailing at $50 on Skechers.com.

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DIESEL

DIESEL has recently introduced a stylish new way of listening to music or taking phone calls on the go with their new True Wireless Earbuds. Comes in two color variations, black and red, both featuring the silver ‘D’ logo detail. The case is compatible with wireless charging and doubles as a charging portal. The earbuds are sweat and splash resistant, equipped with voice assist and has a total battery life and playback time of 32 hours. This fashion tech accessory will make for the perfect stocking stuffer and will retail for $128 and will be available at DIESEL stores, online at diesel.com and at select fashion, tech and electronic retailers worldwide.

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SKECHERS

Skechers new GO Lounge™ footwear and apparel deliver the cute and cozy looks we are all craving as the temperatures start to drop.

Available in a variety of designs and colors, the cozy GO LOUNGE styles feature the brand’s Comfort Technologies for ultimate ease and support at home or on the go. Skechers line of GOLounge™ apparel compliments the footwear with its all-around comfort designs and tranquil color story.  

Skechers GO Lounge pairs feature a Patented Skechers Arch Fit® contoured footbed with podiatrist-certified arch support. Developed with 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted foot scans, the contoured footbed helps mold to your foot to reduce shock and increase weight dispersion. Apparel is designed with signature Skechers fabrics delivering incredible fit and features with a luxe lounging feel.

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AveSeena

Inflammaging is AveSeena’s NEW Green Caviar Facial Oil Elixir is the only oil to beat inflammaging (Inflammation + Aging) and is formulated with peptide complex Matrixyl 3000™, sea sourced Green Caviar Algae Oil, Vitamin C, retinol replacement Bakuchiol and Squalane offering key nutrients essential to skin’s strength and defense system.

This vegan, gender inclusive, certified clean Elixir is a multi-nutrient loaded anti-aging facial oil that addresses skin concerns including fine lines & wrinkles, dryness, dullness, uneven texture and signs of inflammaging. It is also the only oil to feature the ingredient Matrixyl 3000™, as it typically is only used in cream-based skincare products.

Additional Green Caviar Facial Oil Elixir benefits:

  • 100% of respondents felt that it was easily absorbed
  • 90% said their skin looks better overall
  • 80% stated the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles is visibly improved
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Signed By McFly

Say no to generic gift cards, scratchy sweaters and ugly underwear this holiday season and give the gift of style with Signed By McFly. The fashion label offers everything for men and women – from puffer jackets to athletic wear, socks and hats as stocking stuffer gifts, swimwear for any tropical travel, sneakers, and cozy sweats for holiday lounging.

The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of professional athletes, musicians, and celebrities worldwide. Drip style with Signed By McFly’s Alphabet Varsity Jacket, crafted to keep you cosy and cool! The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of professional athletes, musicians, and celebrities worldwide. Available nationally at signedbymcfly.com

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Triptech

All the functions you need! Flipside Sticks to Your Current Phone or Case by Adhesive for Instant use A slim, snag free design Protection from shattering drops with our Finger Ring, the most vertical and stable viewing kickstand. Triptech’s portrait stand gives you the option for a different view Impact stand allows hard touch for emails, games, and texts. Never be without a GPS mount because it goes with you!

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Simon Ardem

This fall, Simon Ardem is launching the New York Fall Collection, a capsule collection of one-of-a-kind rings and bangles inspired by Central Park landmarks.   

The New York Fall collection features all-natural-colored diamonds. With graduated placement, to resemble the myriad of warm fall colors; each piece is a tour de force. The North Meadow Ring is named after one of Central Park’s largest open areas with a countryside-like feel. Its fancy orange brown round diamond is surrounded by an open field of billowing brown and white diamonds, capturing the essence of space and fall’s natural beauty. The Great Lawn Ring features a brown Ascher cut diamond, surrounded by an ombré arrangement of smaller diamonds, reminiscent of how the Great Lawn appears amongst the hustle of the city. Another classic spot, Central Park’s Cop Cot is a historical wooden shelter surrounded by greenery, and the Cop Cot Ring celebrates its placement through an abstracted, diamond view, featuring rounds and cushion cuts in champagne, yellow, white, and a mix of graduated browns.

Find out more here.

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Session Goods

To celebrate the brand’s fourth birthday, Session Goods has taken their award-winning, iconic design, smoking accessory line and created a limited edition run of all black and white bongs, pipes, and cleaning caps.

This series was created to explore the beautiful styling of their modern products by purposefully indulging in stereotypical designer aesthetics of monochromatic black and white. These two contrasts have inspired countless artists, designers and brands and conveys class and refinement. Fashion can be so much more than clothing and accessories. Session Goods new Designer Series intersects fashion and cannabis – two things that are important to many but rarely connected. With thoughtfulness that flows through every fine detail, this matchup is timeless, sleek, and effortlessly trendy. Intersecting fashion and cannabis is a new phenomenon.

All sold on Session Goods.

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Gemmist

This holiday season, give your loved ones the gift of ultimate pampering with exclusive gift sets from Gemmist, including recently launched salon grade haircare products made to tend to your tresses this holiday season and all year round. Offering two bundles for the ultimate self-care queen, or the person in your life looking to give their hair a little extra love, Gemmist makes shopping easier for you as all products can be ordered online on Gemmist.com and delivered straight to your door (21+ ONLY).  

Start your self-hair journey with the Scalp Balancing Bar, made to exfoliate and stimulate the scalp  while nourishing hair from the root. After brushing out your worries with the flexible detangling brush, deliver essential moisture and tame frizz with the Crème Styler. After a day spent celebrating at holiday soirees to the fireplace with glee, spritz on the new Hair Freshener to instantly refresh hair by capturing unwanted odor molecules to make hair smell clean, even when it’s not wash day.

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Eco Lips

Eco Lips Makes Christmas 2021 More Sustainable with First Holiday Line that Comes in 100% Plant Based Tube

Christmas is just around the corner! And in case you’re looking for more sustainable ways to celebrate the season, Eco Lips has the answer for you.

The certified B Corp, also known as the nations’ largest independent organic lip balm manufacturer, has recently announced the upcoming launch of its 2021 Holiday offering–Candy Cane Organic Lip Balm line. Bursting with deliciously sweet minty flavor, this quintessential holiday lip balm flavor features invigorating peppermint, which leaves a pleasant tingling sensation, and warming vanilla to comfort and soothe dry lips.  It makes for a perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift for yourself or loved ones.

As with other Eco Lips products, Candy Cane Organic Lip Balms are made with certified organic beeswax combined with hydrating Fair Trade Certified™ coconut oil to nourish, moisturize, and restore lips back to health. They also come in the brand’s revolutionary Plant Pod, a patented 100% plastic-free, plant-based packaging that looks and acts like a regular tube. 

Candy Cane Organic Lip Balms will be available on Eco Lips’ website and will hit retail in the weeks following its online release. Each set of 3 tubes will sell for $9.99.

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In Good Conscience

Officially launching November 16, In Good Conscience is the perfect self-care gift + stocking stuffer for everyone on your gifting list. The modern personal care and body wash brand is designed for universal appeal and for all bodies. Each body wash is designed with clean beauty standards, steeped with select naturally derived ingredients and gently scented with all natural aromas. 

In Good Conscience body washes come in three sensorial aromas, Mandarin Rose, Rosemary Bergamot and Peppermint Sage, offering a unique aroma for everyone on your gift list. Additionally, in the spirit of the holiday season, each product purchase supports the brand’s mission of cultural sustainability, and contributes a portion of product proceeds to non-profit community organizations driving social impact for under-resourced communities of color.

Product Highlights:

Made in America 

Size: 12 FL OZ / 355ML

Naturally clean: Clean formulas that are highly natural, sensorial & ingredient transparent (100% natural fragrance, formulas free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances and with naturally derived ingredients, cruelty

Features Babassu Oil, known for it’s lightweight hydration and anti-oxidant properties and sustainably sourced from the Dominican Republic

Universally Essential: Inclusive, everyday products for all skin types & tones

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Barebells

Holiday Crisp is a limited edition for the Holiday Season. Barebells’ Holiday Crisp will be available for purchase starting November through their website, GNC, Trader Joe’s, and select gyms. Barebells protein bars are rich in protein with 20 grams of protein, no added sugar, without palm oil, and only 200 calories. They suit everyone who wants to give their taste buds a real treat but this year it’ll be a special holiday treat with the same great taste and health benefits.

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Barbie

Choosing a holiday gift for your daughter, niece, or younger sister? Barbie has your back. Most recently, Barbie made an appearance at The LA Auto Show to unveil her new Extra Convertible designed by Barbie designer Judy Choi, with a life-size version, designed by Mattel’s vehicle team. Cars have always been an important part of the Barbie brand – Barbie got her first car in 1962 and since then has had everything from convertibles to campers, beach buggies, and more. Now, kids everywhere can give new meaning to the phrase “passing with flying colors” by sporting their own Barbie Extra Cars, available now at Walmart for $30

When it’s time to take Barbie’s Extra looks on the go, the convertible’s trunk includes spaces for shoes and a trendy top. For Barbie’s furry friends, the Extra Convertible features a pet pool at the rear. The car is the latest extension of the “Barbie Extra” line, which launched in November 2020.

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Banana Phone

Is your goal to win the office’s white elephant this year? Looking for a screen-free phone alternative? Discover a whole bunch of fun while supporting gorilla conservation with the first ever bluetooth enabled Banana Phone!

The Banana Phone is both a bluetooth mobile handset and a speaker that can connect to virtually any smartphone so you can take calls, listen to music, or activate Google or Siri when your hands are full. Best of all, a portion of all sales go to support Gorilla Conservation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Banana Phone Highlights:

  • 60 ft Bluetooth range 
  • Make phone calls or play your favorite music 
  • 20 hour talk time 
  • 120 hour Idle time 
  • Connects to iPhone and Android via Bluetooth
  • Rechargeable via micro USB (cable included) 
  • 2% of all revenue is donated to Gearing Up for Gorillas to support Gorilla Conservation in the democratic Republic of the Congo while working with 1% for the Planet

Available to purchase on Amazon and ShareASale.

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Cheegs

Cheegs is a Minneapolis based apparel company with a mission to better people’s lives through clothing. Cheegs understands the impact that clothing can have on the trajectory of your day and engineer clothing to work with you, not against you. Using innovative fabric technology and versatile designs, Cheegs offers clothing that provides unmatched comfort, utility and durability, all while ensuring a minimal footprint. Re-imagine business attire with optimal comfort.

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TableTopics

For the perfect stocking stuffer, we’re introducing you to the TABLETOPICS® Holiday Conversation Trio PackThese festive questions will add sparkle to the holiday table and bring family and friends together in new ways. Discover, reflect, reminisce, and share laughter through the season and beyond.

For ages 6 and up, this pack is a boxed set of 3 to-go editions – each containing 40 question cards. MSRP $20 from Amazon and major retailers nationwide, including Barnes & Noble. 

  • Thanksgiving with Family: Add a special ingredient to your traditional Thanksgiving with these engaging conversation starters.
  • A Very Merry Christmas: Bring friends and family, young and old into the conversation with these festive questions about everyone’s favorite time of year. 
  • New Year’s Eve: Pop the champagne! Whether your guests are “old acquaintances” or new friends, these conversation starters will inspire humor, reminiscence, and resolutions.
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Reebok

Dropping Friday November 26, the new Question Mid “Class of ’16” sneaker honors Allen Iverson‘s induction into the Hall of Fame in 2016, as well as the city of Philadelphia where he spent the bulk of his professional career.

The new Question Mid “Class of ‘16” blends colors representative of each of the five professional teams Iverson played for. Beneath a clean execution of his signature shoe, the Question Mid is laced with the red and blue accents, signifying Iverson’s return to his Philadelphia roots to finish off an illustrious NBA career. Dropping November 26, the sneaker will be available globally in adult and kids unisex sizing from Foot Locker, Champs Sports and EastBay.

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At Home With Ray

Offering home goods and accessories with an artistic edge, At Home With Ray is the brain/love child of Kris Roufa, designer and maximalism extraordinaire that has a true flair for the unexpected. 

You can’t quite put a label on Roufa’s overall aesthetic. She is clearly unafraid to let her delightfully curious imagination shine through in her designs. You’ll find elements of nature intertwined with bold unapologetic colors. You’ll enjoy sharp modern lines paired with soft feminine touches. At Home With Ray is kind of like the cool kid that doesn’t even have to try to be cool. 

Scarves, twillys, cocktail napkins, table runners, stationary…you’ll find treasures within the At Home With Ray collection that you’ll cherish forever and want to save for your grandchildren. Visit AtHomeWithRay for more information and to enjoy the full line of quirky goodies.

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CMY Cubes

Meet CMY Cubes – the makers of the most curious and utterly magnificent sensory toy you’ll ever get to handle. 

These seemingly magical color-defying cubes, tetrahedrons, icosahedrons, and more are captivating the world, seeing 1200% growth in the first six months alone. The almost instant success came from a mixture of launching a first-of-its-kind product that is extremely visually appealing and good digital marketing, thanks to Saper’s experience in the industry. Shortly after launching, CMY Cubes went viral on TikTok & Reddit, which launched CMY into the market quickly.

Highlights:

  • Each face is coated in electromagnetically subtractive materials that appear as cyan, magenta, or yellow
  • As you twist and turn it creates all-new color combinations
  • Use it to teach color mixing, light refraction, angles and geometry, and more!
  • Available in a myriad of shapes to suit your taste

Purchase here.

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Skechers

Skechers is committing to help our planet through a multi-year partnership with environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a minimum commitment of $800,000 to help the organization achieve its mission to protect our world’s lands and waters. TNC impacts conservation in over 70 countries and territories, operates more than 100 marine conservation projects and has protected more than 125 million acres of land.

To further reduce the Company’s environmental impact, Skechers has created Our Planet Matters, a new collection of sustainable men’s, women’s, and children’s product which utilizes recycled materials in its designs.With this initial offering of casual lifestyle and performance product, The Comfort Technology Company™ hopes to encourage shoppers of all ages to take steps to become more environmentally conscious.

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adidas Headphones

adidas Headphones announced its first-ever true wireless collection, debuting with the help of Grammy Nominated hip-hop recording artist, Quavo. Best known for being the front man of hip-hop/trap trio Migos, as well as for his skills on the basketball court, Quavo perfectly embodies what makes adidas Headphones the ideal choice for those with an active lifestyle, as well as a passion for creativity and sport. 

Debuting alongside adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC ($189), are two additional pairs of earbuds, each developed to enhance sport performance while offering all-day comfort: adidas Z.N.E. 01($99), an accessible pair of true wireless earbuds built to withstand various aspects of daily life and adidas FWD-02 SPORT($169), a sleek pair of true wireless earbuds designed with insight of adidas Runners to lock in place and help runners of all levels push forward. 

adidas Z.N.E. 01 ANC and adidas Z.N.E. 01 are available now for purchase on adidasheadphones.com, while adidas FWD-02 SPORT will be available early next year.

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G-SHOCK

Inspired by the colors of the national flag of Benin, Hachimura’s father’s home country, the new, limited-edition GM110RH-1A is based on the original metal forged case design of the GM110 and adds a polished copper IP bezel. The new model comes with two interchangeable urethane bands, the first being a black textured band with a metal copper IP buckle and the second, a West African Kente-cloth motif band inspired by the traditional clothing of the region. 

The new GM110RH-1A also offers G-SHOCK features, such as shock resistance, magnetic resistance and 200M water resistance, a full auto calendar, 3-year battery, world time, 24-hour countdown timer and more.

The GM110RH-1A retails for $420 and will be available for purchase in December at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

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Kidrobot

Kidrobot brings your favorite Dungeons & Dragons characters to life with an all-new collection of plush toys & collectibles.

Pre-order the new 3″ Vinyl Mini Series 1 here now.

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INDOGGO Gin

Share the love this holiday season by gifting your family, friends, or coworkers a bottle of Snoop Dogg’s INDOGGO Gin. Unlike any other Gin in the world, INDOGGO is a remix of seven botanicals and all-natural fruit flavoring mixed with a laidback California style, compliments of the Doggfather himself. 

With the holidays right around the corner, we are all looking for ways to relax and unwind while surrounded by family and friends. INDOGGO Gin by hip-hop legend, Snoop Dogg is a gluten and sugar free delicacy that will make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift to your family, friend, or coworker. After maintaining his place in the public spotlight for over 25 years, the “Gin N Juice” singer ventured out into creating his own spirits brand with the mission of making a Gin that exemplifies a laidback lifestyle that is easy to mix, easy to drink, and hard to forget. Experience warm holiday cheer unlike any other while experimenting with all the possible cocktail combinations that INDOGGO offers, including, “The Doggfather, “The Long Beach Lemonade,” and “The Laid Back.” Give the gift of warm holiday cheer unlike any other with INDOGGO Gin.

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GAUCHO

Gaucho – Buenos Aires is a brand for tomorrow’s originals.  It’s values — strength, resilience, optimism — run through everything they make, from the quality of its leather to the fearlessness of cuts and unending passion for Buenos Aires’ fashion heritage. They’re here for entrepreneurial spirits and self-starters, and for people who want their fashion to feel as good as it looks. In complementing your style now and inspiring your future choices, it gives you the confidence to realize whatever version of you you’re working towards. 

GAUCHO has exclusive gifts for men and women. The brand carries different accessories, such as colorful scarves made of exquisite silk foulard at $265, leather saddle and tote bags starting at $325, Gaucho classic wide brim hats at $165, and leather belts at $175.  All accessories are available for both men and women.

The luxury brand is set to open in the Miami Design District January 2022. Visit GAUCHO – BUENOS AIRES, a luxurious lifestyle brand known for its leather goods, including clothing and accessories for both men and women.

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Champion × Hasbro Gaming

The perfect combination of comfort and holiday tradition is encapsulated with the new collaboration between Champion and Hasbro Gaming. Created for those who love playing board games and relaxing in comfy loungewear, the Champion x Hasbro Gaming collection features four board games – Monopoly, Twister, Scrabble and Candy Land.

The collection includes a range of head-to-toe Champion looks with products varying from apparel and footwear. Designed keeping the whole family in mind, Champion constructed the collection for fans of all differing ages ranging from adults, youth and toddlers. Each piece encapsulates the unique essence of each game paired with that signature, classic Champion flare.

The collection is available now on Champion.com, and can be found in select Champion retail stores and retailers. Adult sizes range from XS-2XL and prices range from $30-$80.

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Hazo Maximalist Bag

Looking for a sustainable fashion gift this holiday season? From Baobab Roots comes the Hazo Maximalist Bag.

Baobab Roots is a brand that prioritizes sustainability while operating with a global mindset. Created to encapsulate the beauty and signature look of the African Baobab, aka the tree of life, this line of handbags is devoted to their conservation.  Designed in Africa with leather sourced from Italy, all Baobab Roots bags are manufactured in the United States. The bags are not mass produced as to reduce the companies carbon footprint.

Hazo Maximalist Features:

•  Produced with Italian leather

•  Produced in small batches to ensure quality control

• Transforms from crossbody to clutch using removable straps

•  Metallic silver spike and stud hardware that is sure to make a statement

•  Showcases two large compartments, one zip pocket and a leather credit card sleeve for easy, practical storage

Baobab Roots donates a portion of each purchase to aid organizations that safeguard the endangered Baobab Trees in Africa and Elephants without Borders.

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Cloney × LL COOL J

35 years after LL COOL J’s debut album, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021. To commemorate this accomplishment, LL COOL J’s Rock the Bells and Cloney worked together on a limited edition collection.

The collection includes streetwear such as hoodies ($185) and trucker hats ($95). The aim of the collaboration is to encapsulate LL COOL J’s iconic street style and success in the music industry.

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Maurice Lacroix × Junghans Watches

Now represented by Paul Wilmot Communications, both Maurice Lacroix and Junghans have a selection of affordable, high design watches.

Maurice Lacroix

After being in the watchmaking business for over 40 years, Maurice Lacroix knows how to construct a modern style of watch. In 2016, they recreated their Calypso watch from the 90s, re-released as the AIKON. Styled for Millennials that have ambition and talent, and for those who aim to take over the world’s major cities. The electrifying energy that encompasses these cities has been named a supplier of inspiration for the Maurice Lacroix team, and something that the team continues to relate its image with.

Junghans

Founded in 1861, Junghans has been an innovating timekeeping for over 160 years. Changing the game since the early 1900s as the worlds largest clock manufacturer in the world, Junghans was also the official timekeeper in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Adding to the list of successes for this company, they also invented the first radio-controlled wristwatch in 1990.

The current collection references the long history of Junghans while keeping a contemporary touch. Meister watches and timepieces of max bill are some cases of pieces that have been reinvented. These Bauhaus originals were created back in 1956 with Swiss designer Max Bill. Today, they are produced in an almost unaltered design.

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Blowfish Malibu Vegan Collection

Grow your wardrobe this holiday season with Blowfish Malibu’s vegan collection. Showcasing a variety of boots for the holiday season, Blowfish Malibu has a wide range of footwear that will be sure to enhance your closet.

Warm up this winter season with Chillin-SHR, a comfortable Chelsea-inspired ankle boot, with a low pancake wedge and shearling details.

Incorporate the fall style into your closet with Venom-C, an ankle mini-boot with cutouts and a cushioned footbed.

With a reimagined version of the combat boot, Rauly is modernized and showcases a new tonal welt and a snug lug sole.

The collection does not use any type of animal products or by-products in the shoes, even down to the glue and outsole. The boots are made from man-made materials, 100% cruelty free and guaranteed to maintain their value, appearance and comfort. All styles apart of the collection are formally registered with the Vegan Society.

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Stündenglass Gravity Infuser

From Stündenglass comes an assortment of brand new gravity infusers that are hot on the market. Designed with a 360° rotating glass hookah, the structure of the hookah generates kinetic motion via water displacement with resisting airflow technology paired with the natural force of gravity to dispense smoke. Included with the range of infusers is an aluminum hookah bowl kit and glass bowl that can connect to smoking or vaporizing devices with a 14mm male joint.

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Signed by McFly

Sick of your partner stealing your hoodie? Or guilty of being a hoodie thief yourself? Score some style you can both enjoy this season with Signed by McFly‘s range of unisex hoodies, sweats and sneakers. Buy it for yourself or give it as a gift to your bae so you can both stay stylish and cozy all season long! The Bronx-based, black-owned fashion label creates genderless designs that have caught the eye of celebrities such as Doja Cat and Post Malone. Please let me know if I can send you any designs or images. 

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Blundstone

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to get that last-minute shopping complete, and Blundstone has something for everyone on your list. If you’re in the NYC area, the Blundstone Pop-Up Shop located in SoHo at 250 Lafayette Street, has endless pairs of boots that are as comfortable as they are stylish. 

With a wide range of colors, styles and prices, there’s a pair for every family member, friend and colleague.

#558 – Built to stand the test of time, the #558s are turned up to the max. All the durability. More comfort. More shock absorption. These boots will become your best companion.

#584 – Built to weather the elements, the fully waterproof #584s are sturdy boots packed with features. Genuine shearling footbeds and Thinsulate® insulation will keep your feet toasty and dry.

#585 – Most admired for a reason, these boots are a companion for life. A dialed-up version of our Original boots, the signature #585s deliver all the durability with superior comfort and outstanding shock absorption.

#1630 – Rain or shine, the #1630 boots are admired for their rustic black leather and brogue accent details. Made for whatever the day throws at you, this boot offers outstanding comfort and durability.

#1671– Our Women’s heeled boots combine legendary comfort with rugged, yet distinctly feminine looks. With a sleek design and contoured fit, these boots come in soft, supple leathers that feel as good as they look.

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Uber Appliances

From mini-fridges for your at-home office space to air-fryers for your home-cooked meals to a sorbet & frozen ice cream maker for a little fun with the kids, Uber Appliance has you covered.

The Sleek and highly functional Uber Chill Personal Mini Fridge/cooler is capable of housing up to six 12 ounce cans of four 16.9 ounce bottles of your favorite beverage. Utilizing state of the art and environmentally friendly thermo-electric peltier technology, this mini fridge is capable of cooling or warming the contents within a reasonable amount of time, making it convenient in almost any occasion. In addition to this, the portable unit comes with both standard home and car power cables for ultimate portability. This is a great mini fridge for the bedroom, this small refrigerator is great for a kids room or simply for having refreshments or snacks withing close proximity (as a dorm fridge, or a cubicle mini fridge).

Features:

Compact yet roomy 4-liter size, holds up to six 12-oz. cans or four 500-mL. bottles 

Features heating and cooling options to keep contents cool or hot. Both options are preset optimal temperatures Portable Plugs into 12V car or Home outlet (Built in AC/DC transformer) Both cord’s included

Eco Friendly High quality Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system keeps drinks at optimal drinking temperature 

Retro styling perfect for bedroom, office or dorm. Features a removable shelf and a self-locking recessed door handle

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Aquasonic

Electric toothbrushes are not made equal. Some are powerful, others are stylish, and some are portable. But what if one electric toothbrush has all these incredible things? Aquasonic black series provides all those features and more:

  • 40,000 VPM Smart Toothbrush – Beauty, brains and power. The Black Series is a world class modern electric toothbrush packed with the most up to date technology. It features an ultra-powerful and industry leading motor producing 40,000 vibrations per minute , lithium-ion battery, ultra-fast wireless charging, 4 mode operation, smart vibration timers, 8 DuPont engineered brush heads and bristles, and a custom travel case; all with a sleek ultra-slim, lightweight and IPX7 rated waterproof design.
  • Accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs – We put our money where your mouth is. Investing in premium oral care technologies has earned the Black Series the prestigious ADA seal of approval. It has shown efficacy in removing plaque and helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis. Black Series goes beyond just cleaning teeth – it provides complete oral care with unique modes that include one for whitening and polishing teeth and one for improving gum health.
  • 8 DuPont Brush Heads & Travel Case Included – Every Black Series toothbrush comes with 8 brush heads engineered by world famous DuPont; a world leader in quality & materials science. Each brush head lasts 4 months so 8 will last for over 2.5 years. Also included is a convenient custom hard shell travel case made of BPA Free plastic with space for two brush heads. AquaSonic can last 4 full weeks (2 min/2x a day) on a full charge so it’s perfect for on the go travel with the included travel case
  • Modern Tech for a Healthy Smile – Black Series brings toothbrushes into modern times with its built in enhanced features. A lithium-ion battery, ultra fast wireless charging (forget outdated USB charging), 4 distinct brushing modes and a smart vibrating notification timer are some of the enhanced features built in to the sleek and ergonomic waterproof black satin handle
  • What’s in the Box – 1 AquaSonic Black Series Smart Toothbrush, 1 wireless charging base, 8 DuPont Brush Heads, 1 Travel Case, Instruction and Support Contact Manuals

Read full-depth review of Aquasonic here in comparison to other brands such as Sonicare and Oral-B.

Aquasonic is available for purchase on Amazon currently.

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Skechers

Inspired by the designs of Chicago street artists, the Skechers X Hoop ‘Til It Hurts! charitable footwear line will have kids feeling great from the inside out because a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Hoop ‘Til it Hurts Foundation. Gear up for the big game in the Powershot – Skech-Hops, featuring a mid-top leather lace-up front with adjustable strap in black and red or white and blue signature graffiti design styles. Get a boost of comfort and style in the Skech-Speed which includes a lace-up leather and mesh upper and an eye-catching tech design coming in blue and black styles.

The sneaker styles retail for $65 and can be purchased on skechers.com.

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Casio G-SHOCK x Kanoa Igarashi

Casio G-SHOCK has created their second exclusive extreme sports watch in collaboration with pro-surfer Kanoa Igarashi.

The partnership between G-SHOCK and Igarashi created the GBX-100KI, which is modeled after the GBX100. This new model is perfect for your loved ones that enjoy surfing, and showcases the use of Mobile Link functions, which allow the watch to be linked with a smartphone app. In the app consumers have the option to rack information vital to surfers such as tide data and sunset/sunrise times.

The watch itself has many unique designs that are distinct to Igarashi, like the number 50 on the band’s lug side, which is Igarashi’s number on the WSL Championship Tour. The dial, case back and band tip even highlight Igarashi’s inscribed signature. The GBX-100KI utilizes regular G-SHOCK features; 200M water resistance, shock resistance, world timekeeping and a 2-year battery life.

The new GBX-100KI retails for $200 and can be bought at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

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Movies That Made Bongs Popular

Are you interested in the different cannabis consumption methods, particularly the bong and want to know why they became popular? Do you want to know which movies popularized the bong and why? 

Bongs have been used by people all around the world for centuries, and while they may seem like simple devices, there is a lot that goes into creating a great bong smoking experience. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be made from a variety of materials. As Molino Glass states, modern bongs are mainly made of high-quality glass, are durable, and easy to use.

In the early 20th century, movies were seen as a form of escape from reality. In this world, anything was possible, and it was not uncommon for characters to smoke marijuana or other substances in their free time. Movies such as The Big Lebowski have been credited with popularizing bongs due to a scene where a character pulls out a bong and smokes weed while bowling. 

Many other films have also contributed to the popularity of smoking cannabis through water pipes by adding them into scenes that would likely never show the use of drugs otherwise. Here are some of the movies that made bongs popular.

Extract (2009)

Extract is a 2009 film starring big names such as Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Mila Kunis, and Ben Affleck to name a few. The film is about the owner of a factory that produces flavor extracts. It seems as though in his life he could have everything that he wants, but as the film goes on, we see that this is not the case. 

In this film, we see that the lead character is very stressed and doesn’t know what to do. His friend encourages him to take a hit of a Bong to relieve the pressure and it all goes downhill from there. In this bong scene, Joel, the lead, takes a hit of a massive bong, after eventually being convinced that it would be a good idea. However, he knows from the beginning that it is not the best idea.

Drugs & Other Love (2016)

The next movie on our list of stoner movies that made bongs popular is Drugs & Other Love. This 2016 film sounds similar to that of the 2010 film Love and Other drugs but it is just a play on the words. The premise of this film is that an elder brother tries to keep his brother on drugs while he attempts to pursue a woman. 

The film is not very popular but stars actors such as Scott Parkin, Noah Applebaum, and Julia Griswold. In this film, we see a lot of drugs and dope throughout, as the love interest is a drug dealer, and the main character is trying to win her heart.

Jackie Brown (1997)

Made in 1997, Jackie Brown is a film about a flight attendant who is caught smuggling money onto a flight and has to choose between helping the cops or keeping quiet and going to jail. This is one of the lesser-known Tarantino films and is supposedly a follow-up to the ever-popular Pulp Fiction.

In this film, the lead character lays around all day smoking pot and enjoying herself by relaxing. The scene in question is one where she is questioned about her lifestyle choices and ambition to which she replies “not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV.”

Everybody Wants Some (2016)

The next stoner film on our list of films that made bongs popular is Everybody Wants Some which is a film that was recently released in 2016. This film is about a college athlete who moves into a communal house with his teammates. This film follows their ups and downs of growing up on their own, unsupervised. 

This film stars actors such as Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Glen Powell, and Zoey Deutch. A signature moment of this film is when the lead character is sitting in a room with the other boys, he successfully manages to take one of the most impressive bong rips without so much as flinching or even coughing. 

True Romance (1993)

Last but not least we have the 1993 film True Romance. This film stars actors such as Patricia Arquette, Christian Slater, and Gary Oldman. In short, this film is about a nerd who loves comic books and a prostitute who falls in love. The prostitute tells her pimp about this and proceeds to kill him. 

On the way out he grabs a bag thinking it was clothing, but it ends up being cocaine. The premise of the film is that they go home to sell the cocaine when they reach California. This film is full of drugs and some of the most important scenes contain bongs.