advicesisters.com staff culled the cutest, and most innovative gifts we’ve never seen before, and instantly wanted…we think you will want these “Great 8” too (and they’re affordable)!
Who needs a Bluetooth Lock for travel? Anyone who wants to secure their property and be able to track it!
The Airbolt Smart Travel Lock ($79) can be controlled from your phone with the free, download of the Airbot App.
You will get a notification if it is out of Bluetooth 4.0 connected range and when it’s back in range again.
What’s nice about this sturdy lock with die-cast zinc body, stainless steel rope, and LED lighting is that you can unlock it with the app or with a touch sequence of your choosing.
We haven’t tried all of these features of this smart lock, but we’ve found the basics easy to use and TSA-compliant so your suitcase will remain intact even if the TSA decides to open your luggage.
The Alert system when your baggage is out of Bluetooth range (10-65 meters) is a bit loud but at least you can hear it in the din of an airport.
If your bag really is lost, crowdsourced GPS technology allows you to track last known baggage location.
This lock works with iPhone 4s & later and Android 4.4 & later. A micro USB (not included) will charge the lock and one charge should last 6-12 month.
You can get it at a variety of places. Our sample was from TheGrommet.com
Are you worried about your safety or your daughter’s safety or the safety of another woman you love?
Ahh-Larm($22) by Blingsting is a glittery heart charm on a big lobster claw clasp that’s an eye-catching safety alarm with an LED safety light. Press a button on the heart and a LOUD 115-decibel alarm sounds instantly sounds.
Press the red button once to sound the alarm, and then again to stop it. The white button lights the small LED flashlight.
Our editor’s sample from an HSN (Home Shopping Network) featured black glitter (also in pink or parti-colored glitter or in a gold or silver “gemstone” shape). We think pink is perfect for younger girls who might not otherwise want to wear an alarm.
The cute shapes keep this alarm from looking “geeky” but it could help scare away potential predators. Just clip it on a backpack, purse, your jeans, even a dog’s leash.
We found these at Amazon, but they’re also featured on the Home Shopping Network! These are just amazingly clever, affordable gifts for every women and girl.
Get these in a variety of other places including HSN.com
The Ultimate Whiskey Sampler by BroBasket ($99.95) is a dream gift for the men in your life who love whiskey. But when we received this beautiful assortment of travel-sized whiskeys with popcorn and other snacks for editorial review, it was women who wanted it the most.
Whether you get this for your “Bro” or not, BroBasket makes lots of really amazing and affordable gifts for everyone in your life.
You can see all the contents in our photos above, but here’s the breakdown of the Whiskey Sampler basket:
The Goodies: 1-gift card with your message; 2 – Popcornopolis Gourmet Flavored Popcorn, 1 – Brookside Chocolate package with fruit flavored center, 1 – BroBasket 11oz tumbler, 1 – BroBasket Reusable Tin:
The Whiskies: one each: : Bottle of MaCallan 12 year (50ml); Bottle of Johnnie Walker Red label; Bottle of Johnnie Walker Black label (50ml) ; Bottle of Glenlivet 12 year (50ml) ; Bottle of Glenfiddich 12 year (50ml); Bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey (50ml) ; Bottle of Makers Mark Bourbon (50ml) ; Bottle of Woodford Reserve (50ml) ; Bottle of Bullet Bourbon (50ml) ; Bottle of Knobb Creek Bourbon (50ml).
For more information visit https://www.thebrobasket.com
Whether you love cooking, or think it’s a bore and a chore, there’s no reason to have boring cookware and accessories!
Paula Deen Country Barnyard 3 Piece Mixing Bowl Set (srp. $50) and Paula Deen Country Barnyard 2 Piece Tools Set” ($9.99) remind us of old-fashioned country cookware, but they’re thoroughly modern, made of top rack dishwasher safe plastic.
The 3-Piece Mixing Bowl set and 2-piece tool in “Country Barnyard” feature a blue Cow, Pig or Rooster on a white background with blue trim.
The bowl set features a 1 qt bowl rooster), 2 at (pig) and 3 Qt (cow) while the matching “spoonula” set with wooden handles features a trio of cow, pig, and rooster on one and blue and white stripe on the other.
The spoonulas are fabulous for non-stick pans. (best to hand wash).
If you are wondering what to get the accomplished chef that has (almost) everything, the new cook that needs inspiration or just want something fun for yourself, these are perfect!
For more information visit: http://www.pauladeenkitchenware.com/
If you know someone who loves to drink tea, this elegant, 27oz. teapot (it isn’t a kettle) made of borosilicate glass helps keep (3 cups of tea) warm.
The teapot body and handle feature a handblown glass design that lets you see how just intense your brew has become.
The lid and micro mesh filter are stainless steel and won’t retain the oils of your tea so your brew is always “true.”
Included with the pot are instructions inside that give you exact brewing times for popular teas (English Break, Earl Grey< Ceylon, apricot, Cherry Vanilla, Chamomile, Jasmine and Peppermint).
When you’re done, just clean it with warm water and a mild soap or put it in the dishwasher.
TIPS: To keep tea really warm in a glass teapot, pre-warm it with hot water for 1-2 minutes.
This is a POT not a kettle, so don’t use it on the stovetop or microwave. To use it, pour the boiling water from your kettle into it and serve.
We added our favorite tea bags to our photo above. Gift it to someone with some tea…it’s a welcome hostess gift, too. For more information visit http://www.bonjourproducts.com/
Those who love to cook need lots of pots so gift them (or yourself) one that goes from oven to table in “Umber.”
It’s the newest color addition to Anolon® Vesta™ Cast Iron cookware and Anolon® Vesta™ Stoneware.
Among the cookware options from Anolon® Vesta™ Stoneware we found was this lovely durable oven-to-table 2.5 Quart Round Covered Casserole ($39.99).
We selected this piece as a great gift because you can do so much with it from baking to stews and casseroles great for entertaining, too.
Cook with it on the stovetop or put it in the microwave or freezer, or even the oven (up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit).
This is non-reactive and stain-resistant stoneware with an interior and exterior glaze that looks beautiful with or without the lid.
Handles are built into the graceful design so you can carry it easily.
It’s dishwasher safe, too! For more information check out company’s website: https://shop.anolon.com
Why use a boring round water bottle when you can show your style with colorful rectangles? We flipped out when we saw these at a Snack Attack event earlier this year.
Everyone will want a Drink in the Box by Precidio Designs . These are available in 8 or 12 oz. drink container sizes (MSRP: 8 oz: $11.99; 12 oz: $14.99) in bright colors, clear, and opaque white.
The eco-friendly Tritan is BPA, Phthlate and BPS-free and it’s dishwasher safe.
The top closes very securely (no leaks- we tested these) with a food-safe silicone straw that pops up when you press the button and the lid flips out.
We’re calling these sophisticated, super-chic “sippy cups” for adults!
The 8 oz. size is just perfect for the woman who commutes or likes to take water along but doesn’t want the weight in her tote.
Am affordable but unique gift for those who love wine and spirits is one of the Fred and Friends Good Measure Cocktail Recipe Glasses ($9.95/each + $3 shipping) available through the Home Shopping Network (HSN).
The large recipe glass is festooned top to bottom with (you guessed it–drink recipes)! There are several versions of this glass.
Our sample was the Hangover Cocktails glass with recipes for the traditional Bloody Mary and the “Hair of the Dog” drinks, plus five other recipes we didn’t recognize.
We really wouldn’t care if they cured a hangover or not, because the glass is so cute.
To make cocktails you will need a cocktail shaker top (not included) or just use the glass for well..drinking!
Visit HSN.com or this direct link to the Hangover Glass @HSN
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