By LEANNE ITALIE AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Sometimes giving gifts is a shit shoot. You dig and hope for the best, and you just might find some gold.
Here’s a chance inspiration for those in need:
VAN LIFE: Whether in vans, motorhomes or school buses, the pandemic has spawned a new generation of people who have taken off on wheels after taking their turns. Why not offer a lifetime van adventure? A business outside of Boston, Walden Motorhomes, has done well in rentals with solar and hot water systems – and many additions, including toilets. One of their rides accepts pets with a comfortable crate. Gift cards are obtainable and never expire. A minimum three-night rental is required. The maximum is 30 days. No one way ticket. Prices are typically around $ 300 a night, depending on van, season, and extras. See Waldencampervans.com.
PETS: Isolation, loneliness, cognitive decline. The pandemic has not been easy for anyone, including dementia patients. Why not give a companion gift with a animatronic dog or cat? Research encourages that such toys can do a world of good without the responsibility of a real pet. One brand, Ageless Innovation, offers several with built-in sensors that respond to movement and touch. The heartbeat can be felt and their coats are realistic. Cats purr and dogs may bark in response to a voice. Dogs cost $ 139.99 and cats cost $ 124.99. Kids might like them too. TO Joyforall.com.
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BLACK HAIR: “There’s something drastic about loving your hair in a world that tells you not to; he shows an incredible amount of strength and self-esteem. So wrote St. Clair Detrick-Jules in the introduction to his book, “My Beautiful Black Hair”. The filmmaker and photographer turned to friends and strangers for 101 natural hair trips. The book is part of the love letter to her younger sister, Khloe, who struggled after white classmates called her hair ugly. Detrick-Jules combines the candid portraits she took and the stories she collected with inspirational letters to her brother written by some of the women. Chronicle Books. $ 24.95.
HOT SAUCE: Alice Cooper and hot sauce is a chord that doesn’t get out of the tongue, but in the celebrity business world of the food and beverage industry, why not the 73-year-old rocker? Turns out the OG has always been a fan of hot sauce and was involved in the development. three of his named for some of his hits: Welcome to My Nightmare (sweet), Poison (reaper hot) and No More Mr. Nice Guy (medium). Cooper’s favorite part of the process? “Taste the sauces as you go to prepare them properly,” he said by email. Made from harvester peppers, one of the hottest on the market. $ 29.95 for all three. Also sold separately. Available on UnitedSauces.com, TheChivery.com and other large retailers.
CARGO BIKES: They are all the rage among climate lovers around the world, or parents looking for a new way to transport both groceries and children. Based in Amsterdam Urban spire offers a nice selection of electric cargo bikes, from the enormous three-wheeled Tender (can carry a boat load) to the compact but still useful Shorty. Additional accessories include rain covers, a poncho that connects to rain covers, and a baby seat adapter with suspension to smooth out bumps. Sold via a dealer network. These things are heavy and expensive – $ 6,000 to $ 7,000 for the family model, depending on the engine – but might appeal to the gift voucher. Head toward Urbanarrow.com.
TED GEAR: Until we meet again, Ted Lasso, Warner Bros. has a store full of gift options for the super fan. There’s the AFC Richmond V-neck sweater, for $ 59.95, a team jersey for the same price, and a nice selection of hoodies, shorts, t-shirts and accessories, from one-cup socks. “Be a Goldfish”. Go to Ted lasso to shop at Wbshop.com pending season 3 of the hit show Apple TV +.
HUES & CUES: This vibrant, color guessing game took off on TikTok and made its way into the hearts of families. It’s also a great board game. A tail master draws a card and gives clues to one of the 480 hues displayed on the board without using the actual names of the primary colors. So no red, blue, yellow, etc. The game lasts about 30 minutes for three to 10 people. It sounds complicated but is incredibly straightforward – for people whose vocabulary differentiates hues, anyway. Guessing “grape” or “apple” won’t do the job. $ 24.99 from Op. Widely available.
RAMEUR HYDROW: The company that manufactures this high-end home rower calls it the Rowers’ Platoon. It’s sleek, quiet, and – for $ 38 a month – comes with a Peloton-style membership full of preloaded aquatic workouts and live events displayed on a 22-inch touchscreen. It weighs 145 pounds but folds up for storage using a kit, sold separately. It uses an electromagnetic fabric strip as a drag mechanism to simulate the pull of water. The sliding is controlled by the screen. It requires Wi-Fi but is not enabled for third-party apps like Netflix or Spotify. $ 2,295 with free standard shipping included. Shop on Hydrow.com.
COMFORTABLE FLEECE: Sneakersnstuff.com, also known as SNS, has a beautiful appearance Polartec patchwork zipped jacket and pants set suitable for all genders. Screams from the color palette fall into moss, brown and earthy blue. Available on site and in the company’s physical stores in Stockholm, London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. The jacket costs $ 169 and the pants $ 149.
HIGH BREW: You may have heard of this Austin, Texas-based company that sells cold brew coffee in cans, but you may not be familiar with its self-heating version. The box uses a solid state chemical reaction to heat the liquid. Simply turn the bottom of the box, wait two minutes, and gently shake three times to distribute the heat. Pull up on the tab on the lid, which looks like a regular cup, and enjoy. $ 20 for a pack of four. Six packs cost $ 30. Shop on Highbrew.com.
THE BONDS: With “No Time to Die” recently released and the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise next year, Taschen came out with a big, up-to-date book for the coffee table covering the making of each film. It is filled with over 1,000 images and features the oral histories of 150 cast and crew members. Edited by Paul Duncan, “The James Bond Archives: 007” costs $ 200. Available at Taschen.com.
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