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25 Gifts She ACTUALLY Wants This Holiday

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Buying a gift for your loved one is a piece of cake. But giving her a gift that she would actually love – now, that could be a tough nut to crack!

Thoughts will always count when it comes to gift-giving, but it’s time you give her something she’d want and use. If you’re still clueless about what to give your loved one, check out these best gifts for her.

1. The Luncher

If she’s a brown-bagger, then this makes a great holiday gift. Who knew lunch bags could look this sleek? Best of all, it comes in a variety of elegant colors, so you’ll find something within her favorite palette.

Price: $149 on Modern Picnic

2. Weighted Blanket

Make her Netflix night-ins extra cozy with this weighted blanket made of Oeko Tex-Certified cotton material with premium glass beads. It also helps calm the body for a good night’s sleep.

Price: $79.50 on Amazon

3. Belgian Waffle Maker With Shade Selector

Next on our list of best gifts for her is this Belgian waffle maker any bruncher would be happy to receive. Because it comes with a shade selector feature, she wouldn’t need to make do with undercooked or burnt waffles.

Price: $29.99 on Amazon

4. Uncorked Wine Candles

Does she enjoy a glass or two of wine to destress? Give her the sumptuous scents to go with her glass! These wine-scented candles smell divine and come in upcycled glass bottles.

Price: $25 at Uncommon Goods

5. PortoVino Beach Wine Purse

If she likes wine and the beach, then this is one of the best gifts for her on Amazon. Not only is it fashionable and functional, but it will also allow her to hold and pour up to 2 bottles of wine or other beverage straight from her bag.

Price: $44.95 on Amazon

6. 4-Prong Diamond Stud Earrings 

If money isn’t an issue, give your girl a new best friend with this pair of diamond stud earrings. Not only is this pair timeless and simple, but the four-prong basket setting exquisitely showcases the brilliant round diamond.

Price: $585 on Great Heights

7. OSTRICHPILLOW GO Travel Pillow

If she spends a lot of time on the road, then she’ll be super grateful to have this for a travel buddy. Not only is it super comfy, but it also offers a 360º natural ergonomic neck support.

Price: $58 on Amazon

8. Hoya Heart Plant

If she has a green thumb, then she’ll surely appreciate this super cute and Instagrammable plant! It also comes with a ceramic planter, available in black, blush, cream, and mint. 

Price: $28 on The Sill

9. Ember Mug² Temperature Control Smart Mug

Does she love hot drinks like coffee, tea, or hot cocoa? She’ll never have to sip a room temp drink with this cool, rechargeable smart mug.

Price: $99.99 on Target

10. One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer 

No more bad hair days for her with this Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush! The oval brush design smooths the mane, while the round edges create volume.

Price: $35.98 on Amazon

11. Isotoner Women’s smartDri Recycled Sherpa Lined Gloves

Next on our list of best gifts for her is this pair of gloves. Not only is it elegant, but it’s also environment-friendly. The soft microsuede fabric is made by converting water bottles into recycled fibers.

Price: $24.99 on Target

12. Classic Bathrobe

Make every day feel like a luxurious staycation with this classic bathrobe! Made of 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton, it’s simply hard not to relax when she’s wearing this plush robe.

Price: $99 from Parachute

13. Keurig K-Duo Single-Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker

Any coffee-lover would adore this Keurig K-Duo Single-Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker. She can use it for both ground coffee and K-Cup pods and play her own barista.

Price: $139.99 on Target

14. Custom Front Page Puzzle

Let her know you’ll always remember a special day with this New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle. They have frontpages available since 1851, and pages after 1998 are in full color.

Price: $50 on Uncommon Goods

15. Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

Make her workout time extra fun with this Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch. She can also use it to play music with Spotify and monitor her daily sleep score.

Price: $179.95 on Target

16. Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

Give her the gift of extra-restful beauty sleep with this luxurious mulberry silk pillowcase. Not only does it protect skin and hair from friction damage, but it’s also a breathable and insulating fabric.

Price: $59 on Brooklinen

17. HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa with Heat

Let her pamper herself with this HoMedics Bubble Mate Foot Spa with Heat. With this number, she won’t have to head to the spa for a relaxing foot soak.

Price: $19.88 on Walmart

18. Fast Drying Microfiber Towel

You’ll surely earn brownie points for giving her this Aquis hair towel that’s ultra-absorbent and fast-drying microfiber towel. It helps wick water from the hair – in fact, it turns it from wet to damp faster by 50 percent.

Price: $14.01 on Amazon

19. Victrola Bluetooth Portable Suitcase Record Player 

Here’s a great gift for a music junkie! This three-speed turntable can connect to your speakers via Bluetooth, making it the perfect marriage of vintage and new technology.

Price: $44.98 on Walmart

20. Cozy Bootie

Treat her feet to these plush, pull-on booties! Made of 100% polyester sherpa, she’ll definitely feel warm and cozy wearing these booties throughout the cold months.

Price: $59 on Parachute

21. Himalayan Natural Glow Pink Salt Lamp

If you’re looking for inexpensive gifts for the woman who has everything, check out this salt lamp. It looks naturally elegant and promises holistic benefits while at it.

Price: $14.15 on Walmart

22. Harry Potter, Spinning Time Turner Pendant

Any Potterhead will feel like Hermione when she wears this spinning time turner pendant! This 18k gold-plated metal blend has spinning inner circles as well as a disc with a raised hourglass surrounded by cut-out stars. 

Price: $100 on Pandora

23. Chocolate Treasure Box with Wine

Indulge her sweet tooth with this Chocolate Treasure Box with Wine. It comes with a bottle of Harry & David’s award-winning 2017 Royal Crest Red blend. Also, it’s literally a chest-full of bars, cakes, and chocolate-covered everything. 

Price: $89.99 on Harry & David

24. Cozy Night In Holiday Box

What’s better than a holiday gift? How about a box full of them! If you’re spending the holidays apart, this box of goodies will surely make her feel loved.

Price: $47 on Happy Box

25. Minute Cocktail Sugar Cube Trio

Last but not least on our best gifts for her is this minute cocktail sugar cubes. Dropping a cube into a shot of liquor is all it takes to turn her into her own bartender real quick. In short, it’s like having instant Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, or Moscow Mule anytime.

Price: $30 on Uncommon Goods

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Best Zoom Fails

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As our stay-at-home situation continues, expect the ongoing online classes, meetings, conferences, interviews, and virtual court sessions. Although Zoom greatly benefited us through these trying times, there are always some epic fail moments that we wished never happened. Well, that’s the downside of video calls. No wonder I’m always paranoid if my webcam or mic is turned off. Here’s 10 of the best zoom fails on the internet we can learn from: 

Zooming While Driving

It’s ironic how a state senator drives while on a video meeting. As the video gains attention online, Sen. Brenner clarifies that he wasn’t distracted while driving. His focus is on the road while listening to the meeting. However, it’s amusing to watch the senator multitask the Zoom meeting and his driving. Well, that’s a busy life for you. 

“I’m Not A Cat” 

Lawyer Rod Ponton accidentally entered the virtual court case in a cute kitten filter. It’s funny how his frantic voice matches the worried expression on the filter. The highlight of this video is when the lawyer assures he’s not a cat. Well, don’t worry. I’m sure the judge is aware you’re not a different species. 

The Bathroom Trip

Aside from being one of the best zoom fails ever, it’s also the one mistake we never want to make. It’s unavoidable to visit the bathroom once nature calls. However, this Zoom meeting suddenly went wrong when Jennifer forgot to turn off her camera. Imagine the embarrassment once she realized her colleagues joined her bathroom trip. Yikes. 

Rocco’s Parliament Debut

Rocco, a UK parliament member’s cat, decides to interrupt the meeting while flexing its tail to the other members. It’s funny how John Nicolson casually said, “I apologize for my cat’s tail,” once he noticed the slight interruption. Well, the perks of working from home with your pet, never a dull moment.  

I Can See Your Underwear!

Another perk of working from home is never wearing pants. But, of course, you don’t have to broadcast it to everyone to see. This is not a Zoom fail video, but it’s too good not to include on the list. The lesson of this Google Hangouts call? Never forget to end the call once you’re done with the team meeting.

Always Double-Check Your Zoom Name

It’s always an awkward moment if your Zoom screen name is not appropriate to be used for formal meetings. So aside from your microphone and webcam, never forget to double-check your name.

“Are you okay? You’re upside-down.” 

Another filter failure strikes when Tom Emmer, a Republican lawmaker, got stuck upside down during a virtual meeting. This is one of the reasons why we need to double-check our equipment before an important meeting. The best part? His colleagues reassure Tom by saying, “at least you’re not a cat.” 

“Did he fall?”

This video features a teacher trying to get his students engaged in his class. First, he jokes that he’s at the ledge of the Empire State Building. Then, he continues by faking that he’s falling, but the joke turns real when he falls off his chair. At least he made his students laugh, right? 

Zoom Fail Double-Kill 

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Not 200 people witnessing the most embarrasing thing that has ever happened to me #zoom #fail #embarrased #college #FallDIY #ThatWitch #fyp #trending

♬ original sound – Michael Winner

Yes, another TikTok failed. If you think painting your face blue will go unnoticed in your Zoom class, well, think again. If you believe that’s embarrassing, how about panicking and ranting on TikTok while thinking the mic is off? 

This Zoom is an instant double-kill for this poor soul. It keeps getting worse! If you make sure to follow these simple rules, you’ll avoid being listed on the best Zoom fails list.

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The Official Rules to Binge-Watching with Your Significant Other

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It’s happened to all of us. You started binge-watching a show with your significant other, and then somebody does the unthinkable: They watch an episode without you. Or the last episode you watched ended on a crazy cliffhanger, and you can’t wait to see what happens next, but your partner is dragging their feet to watch again. This is unacceptable.

But it’s not their fault. It’s not like there are official rules to binging TV with your partner. We’ve all just been navigating this crazy, crazy world on our own. Well, I’ve changed all that. After time and thoughtful consideration, I have prepared a list of rules to clear up any discrepancies and settle all disputes. So read below and share with your partner. I present to you, once and for all, the Official Rules to Binge-Watching with Your Significant Other.

1.    The Pilot Episode Principal

You and your significant other cannot officially commit to binge-watching a show until after you have both assessed the first episode. Maybe you and your significant other set out to watch that epic fantasy show with all the violence and nudity that ended a few years ago. Or maybe you want to catch up on the superhero show so you can watch the finale at the end of the week in real-time. Either way, you need a taste of the show before you join in on this adventure.

Watch the first episode together and talk about it before committing.

What did you think?

How did you both feel about it? Did the show grab you? Do you both like the genre? Was it too confusing? Did you like the humor? These are the questions to ask each other before watching the next episode. You might not be completely sold on the show. One might like it more than the other, and that’s fine. More on that later. Just get a gauge for your partner’s interest. Maybe she laughed harder than you did. Maybe he’s more into than you.

2.    Thou Shalt Not Cheat

Here it is in writing: No watching the show without your significant other. This cannot be stated enough. Watching the show by yourself is a HIGH CRIME. This is akin to infidelity. Once the trust is broken, it is difficult to regain.

The Sleeping Amendment

It’s 3 am, and you’re 6 episodes into your binge. Your favorite character walks in on his best friend in bed with his wife. Before the best friend can say anything, your character reaches in the dresser, pulls out a revolver, and shoots them both dead! Your jaw drops. You can’t believe it. You look at your girlfriend to see her reaction… and she’s snoring. Credits roll, and Netflix asks:

That question is for both of you. Translation: your binge-watching is over for the night. You cannot continue to the next episode while your significant other is sleeping. You may, however, finish any episode that you started together. It doesn’t matter if they fell asleep with ten minutes left or if they fell asleep during the opening credits. So, it is written.

3.    It’s Called Binge-Watching. Not Snacking.

You’ve both agreed to binge? Great, now get on with it. But remember, they call it binge-watching for a reason. The term binging refers to indulging in an activity to excess. Binge drinking does not mean a glass of wine with dinner. No one binge eats a salad. Similarly, you don’t binge-watch a show one episode at a time.

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon: they all conveniently have an automatic ‘Play Next’ feature. It’s there for a reason. You might not get to watch a whole season in a sitting. Maybe one evening, you only have time for a single episode. And that’s okay. But burning through the show as quickly as possible is the goal.

4.    The Mercy Rule

If you have committed to binge-watching a show with your significant other, but over time you realize that you’re just not feeling it as much as they are, cut it loose. I know you value the quality time with your partner as much as the show itself, but sometimes it’s okay to let it go. Tapping out of a binge is the respectable and dignified course of action. In doing so, you give your significant other permission to go on without you and watch the show in their spare time.

In doing so, three provisions come forward:

  1. You, henceforth known as the Quitter, may request a recap of what you missed should you decide to jump back in.
  2. The Quitter may watch the show on their own time should they wish to catch up, but their significant other is NOT REQUIRED to rewatch with them.
  3. The Quitter is not expected to watch the show during quality time. They gave up on the show; it is no longer their cross to bear.

5.    The Statute of Limitations

Sometimes life gets in the way of what’s really important. Maybe you picked up an extra shift, or you need to help your sister and her boyfriend move because he’s a scrawny loser who doesn’t have any friends to help. These things happen. But binging with your partner should take some priority. If your partner is consistently waiting for you to make time to watch your show together, resentment builds. Agree on a maximum acceptable time between viewings. This is different for every couple. Whether it’s two days or a week, set a cap for time off. If the said time has elapsed, either party is free to ignore the Cheater Rule.

6.    After Binge-Watching, Never Fall Behind Again

If you and your partner binge-watch to catch up on a show that is on air, you have not graduated to the status of a ‘regular viewer.’ This is an elite status that is not as common as it was 20 years ago. Some people prefer to wait for a show to end before they binge the whole thing from start to finish. But for those who enjoy a regular viewer status get to talk about the show with other viewers in real-time. You can talk about the latest episode at work, and you no longer have to run from spoilers. That’s why it is important to stay caught up on the show.

Should you and your partner miss the show when it airs (or when you agree to watch it), you have until the airing of the next episode to watch the show together. If you still haven’t watched the last episode before the day of the new episode, both parties can catch up on their own. If you couldn’t spare an hour all week, that’s on you.

By Reading This You Have Officially Agreed to These Rules for Binge-Watching

There you have it. No longer will you be able to hide behind your ignorance. These rules have been made clear. Now that you and your partner have read these rules, the slate is officially wiped clean. Any grudges or punishments for past injustices are no longer valid. But from now onward, both parties are expected to binge by the rules.

Be sure to check back with us for our upcoming article on Amendments, Exceptions, and Acceptable Punishments.

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Staycation: My Ultimate Guide to the Best Holiday at Home

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Going on a staycation isn’t exactly new. But at the height of the pandemic, it has slowly become a norm for those who want to have a relaxing time yet have limited mobility. If you are not used to this type of R & R, I got you covered. I have here the ultimate guide for a staycation so that you can enjoy it and at the same time, temporarily forget your worries. These tips are lifted from my current staycation, so I know that it works. 

What is a Staycation? 

When I say staycation, this refers to a vacation typically near your home. It’s a practical way to remove stress, and it’s also more eco-friendly considering won’t leave much of a carbon footprint. Some choose nearby hotels or bed and breakfast, while others have staycations at their home. 

Whatever your choice is, you can always make your staycation worthwhile with the tips below. 

Start Unplugging and Enjoy a Social Media-Free Day

I hate to break this to you, but social media can be stressful. You get to see a lot of unverified news, which can also target your emotional and mental well-being. Also, there’s a possibility that you compare your life with others. You start to feel that you are not good enough because you can’t afford the same things that your friends could. Again, this isn’t healthy. 

When you have a staycation, it’s the perfect time to unplug. Instead, you can go back to reading or writing in your journal. If you haven’t been meditating in a while,  you could take advantage of this opportunity. 

You will soon realize that there’s no need to constantly scroll down through your feed. And what matters most is the life off-screen rather than the one deliberately posted for online followers.  

Work Out a Budget

Many people think that staycations are cheap. But this is not always the case, and the overall cost will depend on your chosen location and accommodation. Having said that, you need to determine a decent budget. That way, you won’t have to worry if you wish to have awesome food delivered to your room or if you want to buy an expensive bottle of champagne. 


You might think this isn’t practical. But quite frankly, splurging once in a while could be healthy. It helps you enjoy your hard-earned money. And it keeps you motivated to work smarter so you can have more.   

Unless you are going to stay at home, then building a huge budget might not be necessary. 

Set an Out of Office Response

Don’t forget to draft an automatic out of office response on your email. A staycation is no different from a traditional vacation where people don’t want to get bothered by problems, especially from work. 

To manage expectations and set boundaries, make sure that you create your OoO response ahead of time. Of course, do not forget to add an emergency contact number and highlight that this is just for urgent matters. Let the people know that you would rather not get disturbed and that you will get back to them once you are done with your well-deserved time off.     

Pre-Select Movies and TV Series to Watch

Have you ever experienced spending several minutes just to find the right movies and TV series to watch? I know I’m not the only ones. The thing is, your staycation time is limited. Would you want to spend 30 minutes of your time just choosing? 

A simple solution is to pre-select these before your staycation date. Write it down or add it to your playlist. That way, you can just turn on the TV, lounge on the couch or bed, and start stuffing yourself with pizza or popcorn – or whatever sinful food you desire.    

Consider Your Kids When Planning

As adults, we often look forward to a day of doing nothing. But if you have kids, things are different. They will eventually get bored, and chances are, they will throw tantrums for hours. 

A win-win situation is to think of activities that will keep them preoccupied as you try to enjoy your free time. If possible, look for accommodation where facilities are ideal for kids. Or if you can bring board games, Legos, or even coloring books, these should work just fine. 

Call Local Attractions Ahead of Time 

Ideally, staycations are meant to be spent in rooms where you can just relax and slowly enjoy every minute. 

However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t and won’t go out. Writing down nearby local attractions is a good idea so you can have a backup plan just in case you run out of good movies to watch or activities to do. 

Since the pandemic is still happening, you might want to call in advance and check if the attractions are open. Likewise, try to know their restrictions so you can prepare ahead.

Invite A Good Friend

You might also want to share your staycation experience with a friend. The advantage of inviting someone is that you can split the expenses and you can do more with your budget. 

However, you need to carefully choose whom to invite. As much as possible, they should respect your personal time and will give you space even if you are staying in just one room.  

Take Loads of Photos 

Don’t forget to take a lot of pictures as you enjoy your staycation. But be careful not to make it too orchestrated. Just act normally and try to capture the best moments whether you are doing it on your own or if you are with your friends and family. 

It’s always a great idea to keep happy moments so you can get back to it if ever you feel down. It keeps you inspired as well. Your photos are not just for your IG followers but for yourself. 

Have Fun! 

Like going on a conventional vacation, a staycation needs a lot of preparation. Sure, you can be impulsive and book a hotel room right away, but that could place a huge dent in your budget. As a rule of thumb, plan it ahead of time, set a budget, and enjoy. After all, you deserve it.

Check out this article on why you need to chill while on vacation.

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