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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming, many are already strategizing how to take advantage of the throngs of deals and steals to be had. And online shoppers are poised to make an indelible mark given their collective spending power—a retail category that’s demonstrated exponential growth year after year. According to Statista, around $72.3 billion was spent online in 2017 alone, a staunch increase from the $29 billion spent in 2009. But as online shopping burgeons, it also overwhelms amid a glut of consumer goods all vying for your eyeballs, hearts, minds and wallets. So, to help streamline your shopping and reduce your stress in kind, I’ve curated this range of holiday gift ideas across various product categories ensuring there’s something for everyone on your “nice” list.

*****GADGETRY*****

Viotek’s GN34C Ultrawide QHD Monitor (www.Viotek.com)

The Viotek GN34Cx is a multitasking workhorse display—an ultrawide 34-inch monitor combining top gaming specs with the reliability of a professional business monitor. View flicker-free video with superior color reproduction, finalize media-rich office projects, and dominate FPS/RTS games. With the GN34Cx, every detail comes to life in ultra-wide QHD (3440x1440p) clarity–two and a half times the resolution of other full HD monitors. The 100Hz monitor refresh rate offers critical precision and accuracy when it matters most–during graphically demanding applications and action-packed games. The GN34Cx’s natural 1800R curve matches the natural curve of the human eye and renders game environments more realistic. Through AMD FreeSync technology, each frame and every movement are clear and smooth, even during CPU-intense, action-packed games, which prevents ghosting or tearing. With amazing edge-to-edge ultrawide QHD clarity, the GN34Cx is a value-centric PC computer monitor.

Crazybaby Air Nano Wireless Earbuds (www.CrazyBaby.com – $20 off with promo code “CRAZY20OFF” through December 2018

The Air Nano Wireless Earbud by Crazybaby is great gifting option and a perfect stocking stuffer. The classic bullet design of these wire-free earbuds offers a snug fit for all types of ears, making them perfect for running, jogging and other rigorous activities. The soft material that makes up the wingtip is water-washable, anti-static and removable (different size options come bundled). It uses the industry’s leading 998 custom-made Carbon Nanotube Diaphragms, enabling crystal-clear acoustics that facilitate an immersive music listening experience. The boast eight to 12 hours of playback time for all day use. Super fuel technology allows a quick five minute charging window for a full 90 minutes of playback. Precision engineering has resulted in an ultra-compact charging case design that can fit in any of the smallest pockets without worry about cables tangling up. The Crazybaby air Nano Wireless Earbuds are available in 10 trendsetting and vibrant colors with plenty of choices to match your personal style.

Circle Home Screen Time Controller (www.MeetCircle.com)

Circle Home is a smart solution letting families of all sizes monitor and filter screen time across all devices, both inside and outside the home. It sets up seamlessly to your Wi-Fi network, and, through its intuitive app-based dashboard, parents can create unique profiles for each family member with specific parental control settings. These include Time Limits – allowing for complete control of screen time usage between a variety of apps, platforms and web-based programs (like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and more); Bedtime – automatically disconnecting and reconnecting devices from Wi-Fi at scheduled times; Filter – setting individual age and interest filters for each family member; and Pause – having the ability to turn on and off network Wi-Fi at any time. Imagine a world with only 30 minutes of social media per day! Circle takes the fighting out of screen time and empowers parents to set and follow through on their expectations around the house. You can even opt for service off of your own Wi-Fi network as well, ensuring full control no matter where your child may be.

Playground Sessions Keyboard/Piano Lessons Bundle (www.PlaygroundSessions.com)

Give the gift of music and an enriched live by helping them learn how to play the piano at home. Playground Sessions, a company co-created by Quincy Jones, is passionate about using its innovative technology and musical expertise to help people improve themselves and enjoy life more. The bundle includes a Casio CTK-2090 keyboard, which is compact with 61 piano-style keys. It’s a great entry keyboard for the beginner player. In addition to the CTK-2090 keyboard, the Playground Sessions bundle includes a keyboard stand, Audio Technica ATHSJ11BK Portable Headphones (White), Hosa GPM103 3.5mm (F) To (M) Stereo Adapter, an On Stage KSP20 Universal Sustain Keyboard Pedal, a Power Supply and a USB cable to connect to Playground Sessions online instruction via your computer or iPad.

Sharkbanz Shark Attack Deterrent (Sharkbanz.com)

This next travel product is a real life saver, literally! It’s Sharkbanz, a convenient shark deterrent for the beachgoer, swimmer, and surfer. Created by surfers and divers and tested by marine biologists on predatory shark species, Sharkbanz use patented magnetic technology to interfere with sharks’ sensitive electroreceptors. Sharkbanz don’t harm sharks or other sea creatures, use no batteries, require no charging, and are designed to endure rigorous water sports. And, $1 of every Midnight-Bimini Sharkbanz design sold benefits the the warrior surf foundation—a surf therapy organization for veterans.

VocoPro Pop-Up Oke (www.VocoPro.com)

Here’s a great gadget gift for singers who would enjoy a fun, all-in-one wireless karaoke mic with a built-in mixer/speaker, complete with its own light show! From audio leader VocoPro, the Pop-up-Oke microphone can connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and use YouTube or any number of different karaoke apps to access and enjoy hours of entertainment. Singers can also use the onboard MP3 SD/TF player to perform with recorded MP3 tracks. The multi-color LED lights can be turned on or off and, when on, will automatically “dance” to the beat of the music to add a visual excitement to any karaoke session. The system features a new generation of wireless karaoke microphone technology, including an all-in-one portable design. It’s just perfect for small karaoke gatherings and road trips! it also features innovative music link technology that can pair two Pop-up Oke devices to perform duets, a shock mounted professional condenser microphone to reduce handling noise, and a user-replaceable lithium ion rechargeable battery (type 18650).

ChargeHub Powerstation 360 Surge Protector Power Strip (www.LimitlessInnovations.com)

Here’s a practical gift item that any device devotee with appreciate: the ChargeHub Powerstation 360, billed as the most efficient charging station on the market today. It features quick and convenient charging for up to 10 devices simultaneously, including four USB’s, six AC Outlets, and provides up to 4000 joules of surge protection with a lifetime connected equipment warranty. The ChargeHub 360 is designed with a safety power-surge to protect all gadgets and devices while providing optimal charge. It uses patented SmartSpeed Technology to provide an optimal charge for virtually any device, up to 2.4 Amps per port or five Amps overall. The six AC outlets (125V / 10A / 60Hz / 1250W) positioned in a circular pattern provides more space between each outlet to maximum functionality. The strip also includes: a 6-foot heavy-duty power cord with 90-degree plug and protected/grounded LED indicator lights. The textured finish is also scratch-resistant and it’s wall mountable so it is easy with the provided screws, hanging template, and instructions – a perfect fit for any home, office, dorm room, workshop, and more!

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*****ACCESSORIES*****

William Henry Luxury Jewelry & Accessories (www.WilliamHenry.com)

Those looking for a truly wow-worthy jewelry gift should look no further than William Henry, an American luxury brand for men and women that crafts unique artisan collections that include jewelry, writing instruments, money clips and award-winning pocketknives enjoyed by A-listers like Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne, Luke Bryan, and Cameron Diaz, among many others. William Henry is revered for its painstaking use of precious metals, minerals, and unusual organic materials, and they’re celebrated for their meticulous hand-finished craftsmanship and details. The company often unveils new designs, which most recently includes its bold and distinctive new “Embrace” collection for men and women boasting an array of extraordinary jewelry pieces with signature caged design aesthetics. This includes the Embrace Wisdom pendant featuring a beautiful natural South Sea pearl ensconced in 18 karat rose gold on a finely stitched leather cord, also with William Henry’s “arrow” toggle clasp in sterling silver. The tones play off each other, resulting in an alluring nuance and warmth. For guys, the “Ardent” design, William Henry’s only all-sterling necklace, takes their smallest classic link that’s configured as a chain. Simple but distinctive, lightweight but substantial, it makes a great personal statement. For men or women I also love the William Henry Bolt Maui Pen made from fabled curly Hawaiian Koa wood. It’s substantial, yet elegant enough to carry and use comfortably. Sleek and elegant, this pen boasts modern mechanics, clean lines and timeless craftsmanship designed to command any room and make a strong statement.

Offero Handbags (www.OfferoHandbags.com)

Sourced from the finest Italian leather, Offero Handbags are inspired by strong, confident and empowered women, designed to protect your belongings, while creating the life you want to lead. A woman-owned and managed company, Offero brings you American-made ultra-femininity with built in patent pending anti-theft features. This includes Twaron slash-proof fabric, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) shielding interior pockets to prevent identity theft, and combination lock technology. The Offero line boasts three different styles, each with two separate colorways: “The Miami” (metallic silver/navy and copper/ivory), “The Manhattan,” (black and caramel), and “The LA” (cobalt and blush), all featuring Offero’s brilliant signature emerald green interior. The “Miami” design uses special water-resistant Italian leather exterior and the nylon interior to help protect your precious belongings from the rain or a day at the beach because let’s face it sometimes life is unpredictable. The fabrics utilized in Offero products are reportedly five times stronger than steel—actually, the same material used in body armor. Not even an X-ACTO knife or box cutter will be able to get through to your valuable belongings. And they’re certainly secure as Offero uses a patent-pending combination lock technology on the shoulder strap of all of their products; so women can safely lock their bags in crowded areas. Detachable chain straps allow you to wrap the chain around a chair as you enjoy your meal at a crowded restaurant without having to worry that someone will slip your bag away from you. Also cause-minded, a portion of all proceeds going to disaster relief efforts.

SLATE COLLECTION Leather Goods (www.slatecollection.com)

SLATE COLLECTION is a new line of meticulously-crafted top-quality leather products that not only inspire, but also perform and endure. With great leather sourced from the American Midwest as the foundation, SLATE COLLECTION products feature thoughtfully-designed elements that make them practical, inspired and perfect for work, home and travel. The line includes a range of stylish products hand-crafted by artisans who use time-honored, exacting techniques, including totes, wristlets, journals, travel accessories and a tech collection—all in carefully chosen signature colors such as indigo, cognac and midnight.  You just can’t go wrong with classic gift items like their elegant Elliot Bay Folio made from full-grain, water-resistant leather with two sides for holding a legal pad and single sheets of paper with corner pockets. It’s great for staying organized in the office or on-the-go.  Personalization is even available on the paper. The Sand Point Passport Holder is another great gift option. Also made from full-gran, water-resistant leather, this sophisticated design with 4 pockets holds a passport and cards tightly and securely. It’s great for the non-stop jet setter.  Monogramming is available on this item and other select SLATE COLLECTION products.

VALIMOR Caliburnus Hand-Tooled Automatic Watch (www.Valimor.com)

Here’s a timepiece that combines the old and the new: the Valimor Caliburnus Hand-Tooled Automatic Watch. Inspired by the legendary Sword in the Stone, this unique timepiece features dragon scales on the solid bezel and swords for dials, making it reminiscent of ancient armor. Featuring jewel-grade natural stones, the patented design features a rich texture that’s one-of-a-kind in pattern, texture, color, and personality—no two timepieces are alike. Plus, it uses Swiss SuperLumiNova BGW9 pigments for the lume on the watch hands, ensuring full visibility in the dark. This distinctive watch, available in various colorways, is ideal for collectors, watch lovers, and fashion-minded men, alike.

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*****FASHION*****

Anemela Official Women’s Fashions (www.Anemela.com)

One of my favorite finds of the season is the renowned women’s fashion site, Anemela Official–a one-stop-shop for top brand clothing, swimwear, dresses and accessories. This online store offers tons of top-quality products for any occasion. Are you ready to go for coffee, drink, at the gym, for a walk, on a date, wedding or for clubbing? Do you have a business meeting or job interview to go to? Have you planned for a trip to the beach, mountains, or other vacation? Or do you want to cozy up at home? No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Anemela.com will have you covered because they believe “every woman deserves to feel the fashion spirit at any moment.” There are over 20,000 women’s products that fit in any body shape and size, so Anemela.com is sure to have you covered in fabulous style. Plus there’s free shipping on all orders!

Sevenly Statement Apparel (www.Sevenly.org)

Sevenly is an online cause activation marketplace that offers fashionable clothes for the whole family that also make a statement. This is thanks not only to their eye-catching designs, but also because each item contributes to heroic non-profit organizations. For example, their Autism Community Collection features a wide array of bold graphic tees, jewelry and sweatshirts that help the Autism Society provide advocacy, education and support to families effected by Autism. The Autism Community “Dare to Be Different” t-shirt in particular, provides funding toward resources and support to families in the Autism Community. Whether increasing awareness for Breast Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease, or promoting women’s empowerment and anti-bullying, each cause-collection features a wide array of cause-conscious benefits.

TruCulture Clothing Co. Leather Apparel (www.TruCulture.com)

TruCulture Clothing Co. makes apparel for strong women with a passion for life—and those like me who love fine leather garments with a street glam edge. Their unique, premium-quality designs boast supple, hand finished leathers. One of my personal favorites is their Distressed Ruby Multi Buckle Leather Jacket that’s hand processed for a vintage look. It’s loaded with metal zippers, buckles and seaming for the perfect fit. Bright red in color, it’s a real attention getter so be prepared to turn heads. I also absolutely adore the cognac-colored Street Glam Corset Multi-Ties Leather Jacket, which has a distressed wash and finish with various ties, snaps and an elbow-length invisible sleeve zipper that also ensures a great fit. From jackets like these to tops, bottoms and jewels, TruCulture Clothing is bold, classy, glamorous, sexy and empowering. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be worn from the work day on into date night. TruCulture was born in January of 2012 by sisters Claudia and Tommasina Tiberio, both avid motorcycle riders who’ve designed a chic clothing brand that helps women exude confidence with every step.

Basic Outfitters Create-a-Drawer for Men (www.BasicOutfitters.com) – Free shipping with code ‘LuxeList’

The married entrepreneurs behind Basic Outfitters came up with their flagship Create-a-Drawer service to solve a problem that so many men face. Seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, the product is perfect for the guy who refuses to clean out his sock and underwear drawer. Basic Outfitters’ Create-a-Drawer gives the guy in your life a customizable collection of high quality and fashionable essentials for an unbeatable value. Available in small, medium and large drawer options, Create-a-Drawer helps guys replace their old, worn out attire with a whole new wardrobe of socks, underwear, tees, joggers, hoodies, shirts and more quickly, easily and for an affordable price. This gift will get your man more organized than ever.

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*****BEAUTY & SELF CARE*****

N:P Beautiful Flat Iron (www.NPBeautiful.com)

Created by celebrity hairstylist David Babaii (the main man behind Kate Hudson’s beachy waves), this sleek, modern iron can do far more than the norm. It has a curved to allow for endless styling options like waves, flips, curls and ringlets. Its innovative rose gold vibrating plates (which can be turned on or off) shuffle the hair back and forth to minimize tugging, slipping, or pulling. The iron has fast, even heating with instant recovery; a slim, ergonomic handle that closes firmly without strain; and provides  a cool touch, no-slip grip for even pressure ensuring there are no uneven hot spots on the hair. The device also heats up to 400 degrees to maximize its effectiveness. As a cause-conscious company, 10 percent of the net proceeds go to support Pediatric Cancer Research and Animal Welfare causes.

Kiss My Lash Triangulated Mirror & False Eyelashes by GoodJanes Beauty (www.GoodJanes.com)

Help those style-minded gals in your life take their look to the next level with GoodJanes Beauty’s natural, dramatic and glam styled lashes. With 18 varieties, each lash is handmade with cruelty-free, 100 percent mink fur collected from natural shedding. The lashes are stored in clear, protective trays and, with proper care, each lash can be reused up to 25 times. Another of the company’s products is Kiss My Lash, a novel triangulated mirror that lets you to see your upper lash line from above and below at the same time. The patented design provides the truest line of sight to get your falsies flush against the lash line on the first try! The mirror can be held in your hand, placed on a flat surface or attached to the magnetic, hands-free Kiss My Lash Stand.

Sonic Facial Deep Cleansing Brush (www.SuperDuperKiss.com)

The Sonic Facial Deep Cleansing Brush is a stylish combination of quality, performance, ergonomics and convenience all packed into one efficient design. This effective facial brush for all skin types offers a complete cleansing experience. It has an IPX 4 waterproof design and was created with Acoustic Vibration Technology, proven to improve skin care, and has two speed settings. This technology help increase light makeup removal and deep cleansing, and significantly improve skin care problems (like blemishes and clogged pores) also improving skin elasticity and collagen production. It comes as a 3-in-1 Kit that includes a massager and exfoliator that vibrates an average of 6,600 movements per minute, which helps increase blood flow while decreasing puffiness and improving circulation—all without rubbing or pulling of the skin. The device relaxes muscles and tones, and also detoxifies the skin through lymphatic drainage (fluid) and exfoliation that removes dead skin cells.

Helmm Decorative Refillable Deodorant (www.Helmm.com)

Helmm is a new antiperspirant and deodorant made with formulas that are paraben-free, phthalate-free and triclosan-free, which makes it good for your body. It’s also housed in a handsome high end-looking refillable container that’s not only good for the planet, but has a decorative look that makes it display-worthy. Helmm help upgrade your grooming game by offering a much-needed makeover on the old, plastic, single-use deodorant containers. With wonderful scents developed by a luxury French-perfumer, you won’t want to use your old stick ever again.

Wigs.com (www.Wigs.com)

Who doesn’t want to look fabulous and exude confidence, especially over the holiday? OK, I concede this might be a better “get”, but Wigs.com options are certainly giftable as well as they carry hundreds of wigs for women of all backgrounds—striving to make all ladies feel beautiful in this instantly wearable hair. Whether you’re looking for realistic human hair pieces, or pre-styled, ready-to-wear synthetic pieces, Wigs.com has comfortable options for every style and need. One option is the “Carrie” styke by Noriko—a  medium length style with balanced body. Evoking a romantic flair, Carrie is perfect for a chilly date night or even a cozy movie marathon. Be ready in an instant in this synthetic piece with its pre-styled waves that’s sure to turn heads. There’s also the “Reese” style that’s a perfectly polished bob with sassy layers throughout. Get that classic look you’re going for with flippy ends and a sleek side fringe. Breathable, lightweight, and comfortable, Reese is perfect for the woman on-the-go and can be worn straight out of the box.  Gorgeous in an instant!

*****WANDERERS*****

Little River Inn (www.LittleRiverInn.com)

For those who prefer experiential gifts or want to arrange a lovely holiday getaway, consider a stay to the Little River Inn—a family-owned and operated resort on the Mendocino coast of California. This picturesque property features a chef-driven restaurant and bar, a nine-hole Audubon-certified golf course, professional tennis courts and a day spa. Ideal not just for romantic getaways, it’s great for the entire family (and pet-friendly as well). The Inn has 66 guest rooms ranging from the economical to the more luxurious. Several private meeting and special event spaces with stunning ocean and garden views make the Little River Inn an excellent venue for small-to-medium-sized weddings and corporate retreats as well. The Little River Inn Restaurant, helmed by CIA-trained Executive Chef Marc Dym, offers hearty California coastal cuisine, and Ole’s Whale Watch Bar is a classic hangout for guests and locals alike.

Paskho Travel Apparel (www.Paskho.com)

Paskho clothing is a great new way to travel in comfort and style. The brand’s name comes from the ancient Greek word “passion,” and these sustainable pieces were created with that in mind. Paskho pieces for both men and women have impeccable details and luxury looking performance fabrics that are livable and pliable, but still fashionable. The garments are perfect for any excursion whether it’s to your local corner store, a slope or sand dune around the globe. Paskho is built to suit the freedom-seeker and the maverick nomadic and the fearless observer, all together.

The Airhook for Air Travelers (www.TheAirHook.com)

Give frequent air travelers a comfort upgrade with The Airhook. It’s a two-in-one solution for airplane travel comfort: a stable drink holder and a secure mount for an electronic device (cell phone or tablets 8.5 inches tall when horizontal). Designed to elevate the level of convenience by allowing for maximum legroom, The Airhook attaches to the tray table in its locked vertical position for use as an anchor, rather than needing to lay the tray horizontally across your lap as a platform. This way you can view your device and access your beverage unencumbered. Other features include: an adjustable angle accommodating for reclined seats and a better viewing posture, as well as a small hook for earbuds or to keep a light garment off the floor. It’s a great hands-free entertainment method for children. It’s also perfect for big and tall travelers and is collapsible for easy carry-on storage. It’s surely an easy way to make plane travel better, so you no longer need to sacrifice space with the folding down trays.

MyPhonePouch Cell Phone Carrier (wwwMyPhonePouch.com) – 15% off with code ‘ATLANTA’

Here’s a great way to help someone stop misplacing their phone and wasting valuable time looking for it! MyPhonePouch is a sleek, innovative solution allowing you to carry your cell phone securely and accessibly on your hip. This soft, stretchy pouch is worn tucked over any snug, sturdy waistband to instantly add pockets to an outfit. Designed by Allison Santini, it’s especially great for those women and girls who often lack pockets in their outfits. It’s great with leggings, yoga pants, sweats, shorts, skirts, slacks and other pocketless garments. Made of high-density performance fabric, MyPhonePouch is available in different colors and sizes to fit most phones.

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*****PARENTS & KIDS*****

Gerber Brand Essentials Clothing & Accessories Collection (www.Walmart.com)

A great idea for new moms and moms-to-be is the Gerber Brand Essentials Collection available at Walmart this holiday season with pricing that fits any budget. If you’re a new parent prepping to bring home your bundle of joy or looking for baby’s first holiday gift, this collection offers a wide assortment of baby clothing and accessories that are a cute as they are comfortable. This includes bodysuits and sleep n’ plays, to caps and socks in super adorable prints and patterns like pink bunnies, polka dots, outer space and safari.  All items in the Gerber Brand Essentials Collection are made with organically grown cotton that’s breathable and soft for baby’s delicate skin, and easily transitions from play time to bedtime.

Just Born Infant Keepsake and Sparkle Collections (www.BuyBuyBaby.com)

The Just Born Keepsake and Sparkle collection, available at buybuyBABY, offers beautifully packaged items perfectly giftable for any new mom or baby. Featuring nursery bedding, bath, accessories and décor, both the Just Born Keepsake and Sparkle Collections were recently refreshed with new colors and styles. This includes the on-trend Sparkle Collection rose gold 2-pack hooded towel and 4-pack washcloth sets, which add extra shimmer to baby’s beautiful moments. Designed with a European-vintage feel, the Keepsake Collection features pieces like this grey linen quilt, faux animal heads and plush bath items that are designed with delicate lace and embroidery details—a wonderful high-end (yet affordable) holiday gift.

Decorate an Ornament Kit & Paint by Number Barfing Beast Kit (www.KidMadeModern.com)

This fun Decorate an Ornament kit by Kid Made Modern are a great way to get your little ones into the gift-giving spirit. Each kit makes a one-of-a-kind keepsake that they can give to their grandparents, teachers, friends or the mailman. You can even collect all six to decorate your own tree. The Paint by Number Kit “Barfing Beast” is a modern approach to mid-century paint by number kits. Each one features vibrant colors and the playful illustrations made by Patrick Hruby and includes everything needed to complete the project.

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*****BOOKS*****


Sci-Fi & and Fantasy Books by Michael Drakich (www.MichaelDrakich.com)
Here’s a great gift idea today that doesn’t involve a screen or electricity to enjoy for a change! It’s fictional science fiction and fantasy books from author Michael Drakich. With titles like The Infinite Within, The Brotherhood of Piaxia, Grave Is the Day, Assassins of Riaz, I Am, Lest the Dew Rust Them, and Demon Stones, these thrillers offer hours of captivating adventure! As a highly rated author, top reviewers rave about the level of detail in Drakich’s storytelling, and imagination that seems to know no bounds. He’s lauded for taking readers straight into the minds of his characters, developing them into a riveting and extremely entertaining tales. You can check out Michael Drakich’s fictional science fiction and fantasy books for yourself at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, apple and more.

 “The Legacy Letters” Book by Carew Papritz (www.Amazon.com)

A winner of five national awards (including the Mother’s Choice Award), “The Legacy Letters” by Carew Papritz helps people reconnect with family and friends again. The story reveals to the readers the rediscovered private letters from a dying father to his children–and to his wife. His words of wisdom, interwoven between deeply personal stories and poignantly-told memories, ultimately become the practical, moral and spiritual guidebook for his children that he’d unfortunately never live to see; and for his wife, his redemptive act of love. It’s easy to get caught up in our fast-paced, technology-driven society. This back-to-the-basics novel reminds people how to slow life down again, to be in the moment and remember what’s really important. Combining the best elements of various inspirational best-sellers such as “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “The Last Lecture” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” “The Legacy Letters” reads like a true-to-life story and is filled with timeless wisdom for the modern age.

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*****STOCKING STUFFERS*****

Bag Branch Purse Organizer (www.BuyBagBranch.com)

The averages person wastes 2.5 days a year looking for stuff and I, for one, am guilty as charged. That’s a mini vacation! People waste precious time searching and digging in their bags, so Bag Branch is a giftable solution unlike any other. It’s an accessory that holds your daily essentials—the items you reach for many times a day—like glasses, phone, keys, cards, pens, gum, etc., keeping these daily essentials together and accessible at your fingertips. It ensures these items are easy to take out and put back where they belong. Plus, you can easily change bags in one easy move, also knowing that you won’t leave your most important things behind. It fits in almost all sizes and shaped bags, structured or not. This patent-pending design features wide and structured pockets that don’t collapse when empty.

Barley+ Bars (www.BarleyPlus.com)

Barley+ bars are a healthy stocking stuffer option versus all of that candy that normally bloats those holiday stocking—and the recipients that partake. These delicious and nutritious bars are made with a unique type of Barley called BARLEY MAX that has more soluble fiber, insoluble fiber and resistant starch than other grains. The results taste and feel amazing because Barley Plus contains Pre-biotic dietary fiber to help feed the intestinal flora, so it’s great for gut health.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.

Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.

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10 Unbeatable Qualities of Best Mattresses for Seniors

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10 Unbeatable Qualities of Best Mattresses for Seniors

Choosing the right mattress for the seniors in your family is a crucial decision. You need to take into account several aspects before finalizing a product. The reason why it is a critical decision is the fact that different people have different set of requirements. Apart from the seniors in your family, there could be other people who might suffer from frequent and chronic pains in their shoulders, neck, hips, back, and other areas of the body. According to a survey, more than half of seniors, living on their own, suffer from constant chronic pain, while 80% of seniors living in nursing homes also experience such chronic pain. For such individuals, it is crucial to sleep on a surface that gives them support and comfort, so they can have a healthy and analeptic sleep.

Today, the companies design mattresses that help align the spine and relieve pain and pressure points in sleepers. However, there are also other mattresses that offer little to no comfort and might cause aches and pain. Before purchasing the mattress for seniors and the ones dealing with chronic pains, here are 10 qualities that you should always look for.

Ease of Movement

Many seniors, who experience chronic pain, have to roll over or adjust their sleeping position throughout the night to feel comfy. However, if the mattress does not provide them ease of movement, it can worsen pain or disturb sleep. The individuals, who are restricted to beds, can benefit from the medical air mattress, which has unparalleled qualities. It is excellent for people who are overweight and are confined to a bed. It works best for the prevention and treatment of pressure sores. The pressure on parts of the body from long periods in bed create bed ulcers (pressure sores or bed sores or pressure ulcers). Medical air mattress not only prevents pain but also encourages ease in mobility and comfort.

Edge Support

Most mattresses develop sinkage along the boundary where people sit when they are getting in and out of bed. With time, this sinkage can alter the shape of the mattress’s surface and weaken its supportive qualities. It is recommended to look for a mattress that is reinforced along the edges so the sinkage is less and the surface remains flat and even for the users.

Price

Budget is an important thing to consider when looking for a good mattress. Buying a top-quality mattress is a major investment. On an average, you can find a queen-sized innerspring or memory foam mattress in or around $600. The prices are even higher for other options, such as latex and hybrids. Your mattress budget depends on your household, but most seniors live on a fixed income which can restrict them from buying a high-end mattress. Similar is the case with the people who have to spend longer hours on the mattress due to their medical conditions. They already have to spend a huge sum on their medical treatment and investing in a mattress can turn out to be another major expense. However, it is not necessary that only a really expensive mattress will be good in quality. You should conduct a research about your needs before purchasing a mattress, which would keep you from wasting your money on the wrong mattress.

Support

When looking at mattresses, you might have come across the term ‘mattress support’. It refers to stability and sleeping surface of a mattress. A mattress that offers support will keep the sleeper’s body at a maintained level and will also help in relieving back pains. On the flip side, an unsupportive matters with time usually sags in the middle creating an uneven surface that can cause pains or worsen the existing ones. Such mattresses can also hinder the alignment of the spine. A mattress which sags less than one and a half inches can be uncomfortable, but if it sags more than that then it can cause great amount of pains and pressures on the sleeper’s body.

Conforming and Pressure Relief

A mattress that conforms closely is a great quality because it creates a mold-like impression around the contours and curves of the sleeper’s body helping them in spinal alignment, relieving pressure points and providing even support to the entire body. Whereas, mattresses that do not conform at all or just in some areas, give the sleeper an uneven sleeping surface that causes pain and increases pressure in sensitive parts of the body.

Firmness Options

Firmness of the mattress goes side by side with support. If a mattress is either too soft or too firm, it will not give the sleeper the right support they need for a good night’s sleep. You need to consider a number of factors when it comes to firmness options of mattresses. The leading factor should be the weight of the sleeper. Heavyweight individuals find medium firm mattresses the most supportive, whereas light weight individuals choose soft or medium soft mattresses. Sleeping positions are also important to determine the ideal firmness, some people sleep on their back, a position which naturally aligns the spine. Such individuals should look for a mattress that provides level support, and evenness in particular areas where their weight is concentrated. Other sleep positions, like sleeping on the side, or on your stomach do not align the spine. There are few mattresses that offer multiple firmness options to accommodate the sleepers with their choices. Similarly, there are dual firmness designs with different sleeping positions that are ideal for couples. Moreover, there are flippable designs that allow the users to adjust the firmness by rotating the surface.

Durability

An average good quality mattress, regardless of its design, lasts for about six to seven years. Different types of mattresses have different lifespans, for example, innersprings and poly-foam mattresses last for a shorter period and begin to sag and feel uncomfortable in just two or three years. Latex or airbeds can last for more than eight years, but airbeds are prone to impairment and breakdown. It is advised that you should replace your mattress, irrespective of its type, in every seven to eight years. You will find companies offering 20 years warranty or even longer, but it’s nothing more than a marketing technique. Today, most of the mattresses come with a 10-year warranty which is quite sufficient.

Motion Isolation

Motion transfer can cause disturbance in a person’s nighttime sleep, especially if a couple shares a bed. Motion transfer usually occurs when someone changes position in bed or gets in or out of it. Seniors usually have to get out of bed several times during the night to use the washroom or get a snack or water. If two people share the bed, this can be a great problem. This is where mattress isolation comes in use. The mattresses with this quality can absorb the motion transfer and stop it from spreading to other areas of the sleeping surface, causing less disturbance during the night.

Temperature Neutrality

Many individuals sleep hot naturally, and some seniors have side effects from medication which affect their body’s sleep temperature. A mattress with temperature neutrality is neither too cold nor too warm, it is made to provide the sleeper a comfortable surface throughout the night. Mattresses that have thick foam layers tend to sleep the warmest as the solid foam absorbs and traps body heat, and mattresses with coil layers like hybrids and innersprings tend to sleep cooler because the air circulation between the layers is better.

Noise

Squeaks and creaks from mattresses are one of the biggest reasons behind sleep disturbance, especially for people who share their bed with another individual. Hybrid and innerspring mattresses make the most noise because of their steel components whereas airbeds with electric systems also create a lot of noise. However, latex and foam mattresses are quite silent as compared to other types.

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Having a strong relation to the Spirit of this Universe

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My re-incarnation taught me just how much folks are duped about their intent in life. Having a strong relation to the Spirit of this Universe, that the only God, ” it instructed me how that the plan placed in a position in the start. The goal was to build up a group of religious men and women who will proceed and live forever after the entire world has been ruined. Between lifestyles, the attractiveness of this experience cannot be easily clarified.

The spiritual seed had been added in this group when your head had achieved a point of development which this would be received and admired. The ones whom it was implemented are known as the children of Israel. The title signifies’ eye of sunshine – potent God’.

That’s in contrast to this false God which was let to catch and imprison them in a prison of the imagination. The bars are strong since they’re made by thoughts and educated in place by expectations and traditions within communities, church bodies, and also the World buy.

Collectively these components built an monumental wall of deceit which nobody can intercept or fortify. It became the citadel by which the creativity sits feeding earthly rewards and untrue promises.

“1 assembled up a wall and also others daubed it with untempered mortar” Ezekiel 13:10

At the age displayed if you ask me between lives, the Spirit encouraged me to rip down that wall and also attract again the nonsecular people. Lessons learned within the coming years and several years have discovered the foundations of exposed and it the roots from sun worship, that will be still practiced by all religions into the particular day.

“So can I break up the wall… and draw it down to the bottom, therefore the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and you shall be absorbed in the midst thereof; you also shall know that I am God.” Ezekiel 13:14

That wall is slowly wearing now through the net and also additional matters. The tenets on which spiritual organizations rely are vulnerable as fictitious and a lot of the bible as a polluted doc. Taken to the way to obtain the corruption there’s much to know and to know until the captive is all released.

Widely published currently around the web for free the matters shown to me personally are now available to everybody to browse and to reproduce, reproduced ship it out ever wider into the whole world. No money is changing hands on your Spirit necessitates something of a person’s inventions to match its promises dominoqq.

The spiritual young children of Israel have nothing at all to do with the Jews that were thrown out from God. They truly are people that seek long and knowledge to be reunited together with their God in a purposeful way. They are arriving away from religions in droves and are amassing in new classes where the Spirit is busier among them and speaking openly to them.

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How to Recover Lost Data with SD Care Recovery Software?

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Data mostly lost due to human mistakes. Data recovery is a complete process of saving inaccessible data with the help of an efficient data recovery process.  Data can be easily recovered from multiple storage devices with the help of quality software.

The recovery process of mostly data recovery software is different. Mostly features and remarkable supporting systems enable people to find their lost data into original form but the quality software is few. Losing of data can fall in loss and can provide unpredictable harm to the owner. SC Care recovery is possible with the help of the world’s best data recovery software which is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free.

Get removable media or files from the secondary storage or from all other storage devices which do not seem an easy task for infected people. When the data stored in secondary storage then it cannot be accessed in a normal way. There are numerous options for interested people who want to use the best quality software to recover their lost data which can be opting to recover data with fast speed recovery. 

Most Advanced Features of Latest Data Recovery Software

There is numerous data recovery software collection which is available for the interested communities to solve their valued data recovery issues. Always use authentic and reliable data recovery software to easily get back valued data with quickly recovers deleted, lost and formatted data from your storage devices such as mobile, PC, laptop, or other removable devices.

Different types of software support different types of storage device and not every software is compatible with every device but there is only few software which is compatible to recover the lost data from any storage device. 100% free data recovery software allows their customers to enjoy the free benefits by using quality software. Download free data recovery Software to recover your valued data from your hard drive, USB drives, memory cards is possible through this software which is compatible to run on all devices and have great demand everywhere due to its simple procedure and easy data recovery. EaseUS Data Recovery is a user-friendly feature service with the latest technology software to help interested clients to resolve their data recovery issues.

The latest technology software helps interested clients to make sure what type of recoveries they would prefer to recover from their storage devices and the best-recommended tool helps in efficient recovery. Find the best range of data recovery software with the help of internet resources and get immediate access to get back your lost data due to any situation.

Data specialists know what type of tool, software, and apps are needs for different types of storage devices to recover your valued data in an efficient manner.

Immediate data recovery is possible with the help of efficient data recovery software which meets all the requirements

What Type of Software’s Uses for Data Recovery?

There are only a few data recovery software which supports almost all types of storage devices but their prices are comparatively high which cannot afford by low budget clients.

Install EaseUS Data Recovery Software for PC/laptop, Hard Drive, External Disk, Music Player, Video Player, RAIDCF/SD Card, SSD USB Drive, Micro Card, Camcorder, Digital Camera, Zip Drive, Pen Drive and Other types of storage devices to recover lots of data from all types of formatting data. Get back to your valued data, lost data, deleted data, and formatted data, with the help of the latest technology software. Prompt data recovery is possible through effective and reliable software and EaseUS meet all those standards and expectations. To install this software, at least 128MB RAM is required to run it.

There are numerous recommended app and software help you restore all types of files from any circumstance in simple steps to recover lost or deleted file, photo, video, a document from hard disk, memory card, USB drive, mobile phone on Windows.

Recover deleted files and RAW or formatted drives. If you still need any type of support then visit the website or watch some video tutorials to know about the complete procedure to get you’re your valued data from any storage device.

There are lots of other types of quality software https://www.easeus.de/ which assists customers and the interested people to provide free data recovery assistance to recover valued data from any storage device

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7 Things to Know Before Moving to Los Angeles from NYC

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So, you have decided to leave New York and make a fresh start in the sunny city of Los Angeles. You are very excited thinking about the beaches and the proximity to Hollywood that Los Angeles offers. However, before making the major move from the Big Apple to the City of Angels, you need to know some facts. Read on to find out seven things to know before you move to LA from NYC.

1. Climate

The climate of Los Angeles, and in fact, all Southern California, resembles that of Mediterranean countries. According to Wikipedia, a Mediterranean climate means dry weather in summer and mild rainy weather in winter. There are mild changes in the temperatures during different seasons. LA summers are generally hot and dry, while winters are moderate with almost no snow. However, LA does witness a few nights in winters when the temperature falls below the freezing point. LA winters also have the Santa Ana winds, which are strong, hot and arid that blow from east to west. They usually last for a week.

Overall, the weather in LA is sunnier when compared to NY, with less rainfall and warmer winters.

2. Taxes & Income

Although the taxes in California and New York are similar, there is no individual income tax for living in LA. On the other hand, the sales tax rate in LA is higher when compared to the rest of California. Studies reveal that the household income in NY is 6% higher than that of Los Angeles. These are some big factors to think about when moving to LA from NYC.

3. Employment

Research indicates that the unemployment rate of Los Angeles is higher than that of New York. Los Angeles gets the bulk of its popularity due to its entertainment industry, which dominates its economy as well. Numerous residents of LA work full time or part-time in the local theaters, museums, or work in broadcasting or fashion industries. Many people move to LA because they want to explore their creativity and make a living working in these creative fields.

The reason for job saturation in the LA entertainment industry is that artists from all over the USA, and the rest of the world are trying to make their bog breaks. There are other sectors in LA, such as finance, aerospace, and engineering that offer various job opportunities to people.

4.  Cost of Living

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The average income in Los Angeles lies in the mid $50,000 range. The rent for a luxury apartment is well over $2000 while regular double bedrooms come with a rent of $1700. Keeping the high taxes of LA in mind while calculating the cost of living as well. Also, remember that you might have to purchase a vehicle in LA. It is more common to drive yourself when living in LA than it is in NYC.

Don’t get discouraged by these facts though. If you have a job in LA that pays well, you can certainly live quite comfortably.

5. Driving

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New York and Los Angeles are two of the largest cities in the USA. Both cities also have the worst traffic when compared to the rest of the country. While most New Yorkers prefer to take the subway, residents of Los Angeles prefer moving around in their vehicles. LA does have a metro system, but it is not very well-developed. Therefore, people don’t use it as much. California also doesn’t enforce freeway taxes to demotivate excess utilization of freeways.

California does, on the other hand, charge a high gasoline price. Fuel taxes are how the state gets income for infrastructure. So, brace yourself to pay high fuel prices when you move to LA.

6. Real Estate

The prices of houses in Los Angeles are almost the same as those in New York City. If you are buying a home for the first time, it may be particularly difficult for you to do so. You must show a six-figure income to lenders in order to be eligible. The average price of a house in Los Angeles exceeds $600,000.

Los Angeles beats New York in the range of housing alternatives. LA offers homes in residential areas and townhomes as well as high rise apartments and luxury condos.

7. Sports & Entertainment

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Los Angeles has eight professional sports teams playing the four most popular leagues. Downtown LA houses the convention center that hosts special occasions and concerts. LA also boasts of chic clubs and nightlife hubs that celebrities visit as well.

It would be unfair to leave out the amazing theme parks that Los Angeles has. Theme parks in and near LA include Disneyland, Universal Studios, among others. They have a great atmosphere and fun for the whole family.

Los Angeles also has some fabulous beaches such as Santa Monica Bay, Venice Beach, etc. You can bask in the sun and waves as much as you wish. If you are in search of man-made beauty, LA has great museums like the Museum of Contemporary Art or Getty Center.

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How To Accept An Employee’s Resignation? (Editable sample inside)

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At the workplace, individuals build personal and professional relationships as it becomes like their second home. However, most of the relationships are temporary. The employees work for the growth and there comes a time when an employee resigns to end the tenure at your workplace. There can be multiple reasons that made them take the decision.

Nonetheless, whatever the reason is, as an employer you should understand. If solving their reason for leaving the company is not in your hands, you know that it is time to accept their offer letter. From seeing the appointment letter format too seeing their resignation letter, there is a lot that an employer manages.

Tip: It is a bad practice to not treat the employee rightly and making him feel like a traitor in the company. You should stay humble and cooperate with them through the notice period. Remember, it’s the reason that is making them leave the company and there are no personal grudges between the employee and the company. SUSTAIN THAT. Period.

Here is how you can write a letter of acceptance which conveys your respectfulness and greatness towards them.

Tips to Write a Letter Accepting a Resignation

The first and foremost thing you should do is acknowledge the fact that you have accepted the resignation request.

One of the first steps in a good resignation policy is to acknowledge that you accept an employee’s request to resign. Besides, here are some more tips to follow. Take a look.

  1. Use the format of business letter- Using this format will make your letter sound more professional and structured. Top left corner should have contact information of the company and then the data and contact information of the employee. The letter should also include a handwritten signature.
  2. Accept the resignation- Accept the resignation letter and then mentioned the date of release i.e. the last day at work.
  3. Express that you understand- You should tell the employee how valuable he or she has been to your company. Also, mention that you understand, and respect the decision they have made. Infact, you are also willing to provide assistance, if required. Give them a reference letter if you want to.
  4. Keep the letter in records- You should keep a copy of the letter in the employee records before giving one to the employee who has resigned.

Now let us quickly look at the sample just like you look at the appointment letter format at the time of hiring any employee.

Sample Resignation Acceptance Letter

Your Name

Title

Address

City, State Zip Code

Date

Employee Name

Address

City, State Zip Code

Dear ABC,

This gives me great regret to formally acknowledge the receipt of your resignation notice on ________. Your resignation letter has been approved. As per your request, your final day at work would be _______ at ___________.

Working with you has indeed been a true pleasure. I, on behalf of the team and myself, wish you all the luck for your future endeavors. Let us begin the resignation process as you talk to the HR team.

In case you have any questions, please contact the office. Once again, thank you for the positive attitude you have had and all the hard work you have put in all these months/years to accomplish the company goals.

Best,

Signature

Name of the Manager

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