6 flower delivery services that offer same-day and next-day delivery for Mother’s Day and beyond

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There’s a reason flowers have earned a spot as model gifts, especially for Mother’s Day. They’re beautiful, make every living space feel instantly fresh and cheerful, and they remind mom every time she sees them that you love her.

There are plenty of superb online delivery services (many of which we’ve tested and used in our own lives) that ensure mom will get a beautiful, blooming surprise delivered to her before the big day. All of the companies in this guide, (with the exception of the subscription service) offer same-day or next-day delivery on select flower arrangements. Plus, you can get a fresh bouquet for as little as $30.

From farm-fresh flowers to bouquets paired with chocolates, we gathered six companies that offer beautiful arrangements and extra fast shipping. Mother’s Day, however, is a really busy time for ordering flowers. If you want a little bit of cushioning between your order, the scheduled delivery, and Mother’s Day itself, you’d be wise to order now – and we definitely encourage it.

Here are six companies you can count on for last minute flower deliveries.

UrbanStems

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Delivery: free next-day or one-day Fedex delivery in the continental US, same-day delivery in DC and NYC

UrbanStems offers a wide range of arrangements, from fresh flowers to live plants, and is our favorite flower delivery service. There are curated gifts sets, or you can add in extras like candy or hand lotion at check-out.

Some special gift bouquets include vases, but most regular bouquets require you to buy one if you’d like to send one with the bouquet. UrbanStems recommends vases to match each particular bouquet. Packages are shipped in gift boxes, while hand-delivered bouquets arrive in the signature UrbanStems tote to keep flowers fresh as they’re transported.

The company offers next-day delivery in the continental US, though flowers can only be delivered Tuesday through Friday, so plan ahead if you want them to arrive on a special date. If you, or the person you’re sending the flowers to, live in NYC or DC, you can get same-day delivery. The flowers will even be hand-delivered for free by an UrbanStems courier.

Read our full review of UrbanStems

FTD

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Delivery: anywhere in the US with same-day delivery for some arrangements (others come from FedEx or UPS)

Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD) has been delivering flowers since 1910. It offers beautiful bouquets, but you can also get succulents, chocolates, and other gifts delivered through the site. FTD bouquets are handmade with flowers carefully selected by partnering local florists. Most of the arrangements come in nice vases, and you can even choose how full you want the bouquet to look.

FTD is our favorite service for same-day delivery. The company works with local florists to fill your order, which can result in variation between bouquets. The designs are more traditional than modern, but with flowers, the classics truly never go out of style. 

Read our full review of FTD 

Floracracy

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Delivery: Next-day delivery included in price of arrangement

For a last-minute gift that still feels extremely personal, we recommend Floracracy. Every Floracracy bouquet is completely customized to your specifications: you use the brand’s design tool to select the style, shape, colors, and even the flowers in your arrangement. Each flower is paired with a meaning, making it easy to craft an arrangement that makes a personalized statement.

Floracracy is our best flower delivery service for custom arrangements. While the arrangements are on the pricier side, next-day delivery is included in the price of every order. The unboxing experience is even special: most orders come with a vase, gold-accented shears, a book for pressing flowers, and a letter that you can either write yourself or have the company write for you based on details you provide. If mom chooses to donate the vase to a women’s shelter when she’s done with it, Floracracy will send the shelter flowers. 

Read our full review of Floracracy

The Bouqs Co.

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Delivery: same-day or next-day for select bouquets

The Bouqs Co. pairs with eco-friendly farmers to bring you fresh flowers. Some bouquets are shipped directly from the farm, and you can even see a picture of the farmer, a map of where the flowers came from, and a video of the farm. 

Bouqs supports small farms as well as local florists for their Hand Crafted bouquets, which can also be delivered same-day in select locations.

Delivery dates vary by the bouquet. Bouqs makes it easy to see the earliest available ship date for its bouquets and has next-day shipping, but it’s smart to shop in advance if you can.

Amazon

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Delivery: same-day delivery on select bouquets, more available next-day

Amazon’s Mother’s Day offerings range from fresh bouquets to chocolates and other classic gifts. You can select fresh cut flowers, live indoor plants, or fresh wreaths for the front door. Amazon Prime is useful for nearly everything else in life, and its fast two-day shipping applies even to fresh bouquets for mom. Select blooms come in their own glass vases and have free next-day shipping

For best-sellers like the Benchmark Bouquets Signature Roses and Alstroemeria, flowers are shipped in bud form for optimal vase life. For all bouquets, you’d be wise to check their specific delivery instructions. Delivery options can vary, from free overnight delivery to limitations during the week.

If you want, you can check the “This is a gift” box at checkout to include your own note to mom.  

1-800-Flowers

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Delivery: same-day delivery on select bouquets, more available next-day 

1-800-FLOWERS is a family owned company that has been around for 40 years. They have the process down. And because it’s a larger company, you’ll find hundreds of different flower arrangements to pick and choose between. You can also get gifts like teddy bears and chocolates to pair with your flowers.

For farm fresh flowers, you’ll want to shop the site’s special selection of bouquets to suit your needs.

Some arrangements offer same-day delivery, but you’ll find many more options with next-day delivery. You can easily order using their website or mobile app.

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The 4 best heating pads for pain relief in 2021

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  • Whether you’re looking for pain relief, relaxation, or a bit of both, you need a quality heating pad.
  • The best ones are easy to use, comfortable, and have different temperature controls.
  • The Sunbeam XpressHeat Heating Pad heats up fast, has several functions, and is affordably priced.

Heating pads are effective for soothing different types of pain and can provide relief within minutes. Some uses for heating pads include relieving aches from sports injuries, gym workouts, mild arthritis, menstrual cramps, and general tightness from sitting in front of a desk for prolonged periods.

A common concern is that you’ll fall asleep with the heating pad on, increasing your risk of burns or skin irritation. To combat this, most heating pads automatically shut off, though you can sometimes override this feature. In addition, many have a variety of temperature settings to choose from.

If you’re concerned about pain relief, you’ll want to look at heating pads that provide moist and dry heat therapy. According to a 2015 BioMed Central study, heat therapy helps with blood flow and metabolism, helps to decrease muscle tension, and helps to improve range of motion.

Some heating pads qualify as eligible flex spending account (FSA) expenses, so if you have funds to use up, a heating pad is an option to consider.

Here are the best heating pads of 2021

The best heating pad overall

Sunbeam heating pad

The Sunbeam XpressHeat Heating Pad heats up in just 30 seconds, is budget-friendly, and has easy-to-use LED temperature controls. 

Pros: Comes in two sizes, useful for dry or moist heat, auto shut-off feature, specifically alleviates pain from sore joints and muscles, easy-to-use LED temperature controls

Cons: The cord can get in the way

Warranty: Five-year limited warranty

When you’re in pain or want to soothe aches right away, you don’t want to wait around for your heating pad to warm up. The Sunbeam XpressHeat Heating Pad heats up in just 30 seconds for fast relief from aches and pains. You’ll know when it’s ready to use with the pad’s built-in heat meter, which grows brighter as the 180 watt-powered heat increases. Sunbeam specifically recommends it for use on sore and achy joints and muscles. What’s more, this heating pad comes in large and extra-large sizes, so you’ll have enough to cover your spine or place it across your shoulders.

An LED controller makes it simple to set temperatures, keep track of the current temperature, and regulate time settings. You can also use the controller to switch between the six different heat settings and to power off the heating pad, which features an auto shut-off option. 

For cleaning, remove the fabric pad and throw it in the washing machine. 

The best budget heating pad

Up&Up heating pad

If you’re looking for an affordable heating pad that covers all the basics, consider the Up & Up King Heating Pad.

Pros: Useful for moist and dry heat therapy; large enough for use on the back, legs, arms, and shoulders; auto shut-off; four heat settings; machine-safe cover

Cons: May not be as strong as our other picks

Warranty: Three-year limited warranty

The Up & Up King Heating Pad has four heat settings, is flexible, and comes with a remote controller to make your pain relief customizable and consistent for moist and dry heat therapy.

It lives up to its name as being king-sized and can contour around the small of your back, your legs, arms, and shoulders. It has an auto shut-off after two hours, too, so you don’t have to worry about leaving it on if you fall asleep on the couch.

When you’re not using it, you can wash the cover in your washing machine, too. 

The best for neck and shoulder pain relief

Pure Enrichment heating pad

The Pure Enrichment PureRelief Neck and Shoulder Heating Pad is specifically contoured for your upper body and is aligned with plush micro-mink material. 

Pros: Contoured for neck and shoulders, useful for dry or moist heat therapy, soft micro-mink material, four heat settings, long cord, auto shut-off, machine washable

Cons: None

Warranty: Five-year warranty on defective parts

If you’re feeling achy in your shoulder and neck area — likely from working at a desk for most of the day — you want a long, strip heating pad that will stay on your shoulders rather than the standard rectangle. The Pure Enrichment PureRelief Neck and Shoulder Heating Pad is specifically contoured for use around both upper body areas.

 You can drape the heating pad around your shoulders and then securely fasten it around your neck to treat two problem areas at once. Built-in magnetic closures hold each end firmly in place, too.

There are four heat settings — ranging from 110 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit — all of which can be selected using the LED controller. It also has an auto shut-off feature after two hours of use and the fabric cover is machine-washable on the delicate cycle. 

The best non-electric heating pad

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If you lose power, or want the convenience of bringing a heating pad on the go, the Ohuhu XL Reusable Gel Pack for Hot & Cold Therapy is your best bet.

Pros: No power source needed; easy to use; portable; adjustable straps; great for those experiencing mild arthritis, sprains, and menstrual cramps

Cons: May not be as high-powered as our other picks

Warranty: None

Electric cords can sometimes be annoying and keep you within a few feet of a power outlet. To really relax (and maybe even walk around your home), the Ohuhu XL Reusable Gel Pack for Hot & Cold Therapy provides the customization you need to alleviate sore muscles and joints — all without a plug-and-heat system.

It’s essentially a nylon ice pack that you can either pop into the refrigerator for two hours or heat up in the microwave for 30 seconds. The pad has adjustable elastic straps that effectively hug your body to target the root of the pain. This grab-and-go pain reliever is ideal for those suffering from mild arthritis, sprains, and menstrual cramps, too. And, it’s leak-proof, so it will last you for years. 

Check out our other pain relief guides

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Makeup lovers are boycotting Morphe as the brand stays silent on James Charles sexting allegations

James Charles attends his Morphe Meet & Greet at Roosevelt Field Mall on December 1, 2018 in Garden City, New York.
James Charles attends his Morphe Meet & Greet at Roosevelt Field Mall on December 1, 2018 in Garden City, New York.

  • Makeup brand Morphe is being bombarded by the “#BoycottMorphe” hashtag on social media.
  • The company is being criticized for its longtime sponsorship and collaboration with James Charles.
  • Charles has been accused by more than 15 men and boys of sexual harassment and sexting with minors.

Makeup brand Morphe may be facing a boycott over its continued association with James Charles, who has been accused by more than 15 men and boys of sexual harassment and sexting minors. He released a video addressing some of the allegations on April 1 and said “these conversations should have never happened.”

The makeup company, which is also known as Morphe Cosmetics and Morphe Brushes, has not responded to Insider’s inquiries about its longtime partnership with Charles, who appears in Morphe marketing campaigns, has cut ribbons at multiple Morphe store openings, and who is the face of the best-selling Morphe x James Charles Artistry Palette.

But a podcast host said on Twitter that they received an email from a Morphe representative saying that the brand “does not condone inappropriate online behavior of any form.” The purported email, which was screenshotted and shared widely online, continued: “We have been actively looking into the recent allegations against James Charles, and have suspended marketing of the Morphe X James Charles collaboration while we continue to evaluate and monitor the situation.”

The purported email circulated in the online beauty-drama community and led to Morphe’s social-media posts being overrun with negative comments. The hashtag “#BoycottMorphe” appeared in over 200 tweets and in dozens of Instagram comments on Morphe’s account since Charles’ video was posted on April 1.

One comment on a recent Morphe Instagram post asking the company to “remove” the palette from their store reached over 400 likes. “How about actually listening to fans and maybe you wouldn’t be losing money right now,” said another comment with over 300 likes.

The recent accusations against Charles include more than a dozen so-called “exposé” TikToks made by individuals who claim Charles used Snapchat to send or solicit sexually suggestive or explicit messages and photos. Several of these individuals say they were minors at the time. Insider was unable to independently corroborate all of the allegations.

Charles’ partnership with Morphe has been an integral part of his own online brand for years. He even previously sold a hoodie that said “Use code ‘JAMES’ for 10 percent off,” referencing his famous affiliate discount code for the website.

Morphe’s discount code ‘JAMES’ still works on its website

Morphe launched in 2008 as a beauty brand intended for collaborative partnerships with influencers and creators in the makeup and beauty space online, according to the company’s website. Those creators have included Manny Gutierrez (Manny MUA), Nikita Dragun, Jaclyn Hill, Bretman Rock, and Charles, among others. Collaborations typically include a signature Morphe X eyeshadow palette.

Charles’ rainbow-themed Artistry Palette is still listed on Morphe’s website under the “Best Sellers” tab, along with the miniature palette and Charles’ branded makeup-brush set.

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While Morphe hasn’t posted on Instagram about Charles’ products since March 25, Insider confirmed that his affiliate code still works on the website. Customers can use code “JAMES” for 10% off their purchase.

Morphe has separated from controversial creators in the past year

It wouldn’t be unprecedented for the company to part ways with one of its major featured creators.

In June 2020, Morphe stopped working with YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star as the creators were embroiled in controversy. It “ceased all commercial activity” with Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Star’s brand that had previously been sold in brick-and-mortar Morphe stores. Morphe also stopped selling the popular Conspiracy makeup collection marketed by Star and Dawson.

The move came after YouTuber Tati Westbrook released a video accusing Star and Dawson of having “manipulated” her into accusing Charles of sexual misconduct with boys in 2019. Westbrook also claimed that Star had ownership in Morphe, which the company denied to Insider. At the same time, Dawson was being widely condemned by mainstream celebrities and online critics alike for his past offensive content.

Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez and James Charles celebrate The Launch Of KKW Beauty on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez and James Charles celebrate The Launch Of KKW Beauty on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

When customers asked about Morphe’s ties to Star and Dawson at the end of June 2020, the company initially wrote in similar purported emails to customers that it did not “condone or agree with the actions and behavior of Shane Dawson.” Before officially separating from Star, the company also wrote that “Jeffree Star has acknowledged mistakes made in the past and has apologized, taken accountability, and worked hard to make amends within the community.”

Facing mounting pressure from customers, it’s unclear whether Charles’ future with Morphe will follow a similar trajectory to Star and Dawson.

Neither Charles nor Morphe have responded to Insider’s multiple requests for comment.

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Your phone could have 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom – this clever device sanitizes it for you

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Sanitize your phone while it charges with PhoneSoap.

  • I’m a germaphobe, and PhoneSoap gives me peace of mind by cleaning my device with minimal effort.
  • PhoneSoap is a small device that uses UV-C light to sanitize your phone.
  • Keeping your phone clean is a good way to reduce exposure to bacteria.
  • The company claims that our cell phones hold 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom.

How often do you wash your hands? What about your face? Or your clothes?

The answer probably is – or should be (though I’m not here to tell you how to live your life): a lot.

Now how often do you wash your phone?

The answer is probably close to never, but it shouldn’t be. For most of us, our phones are like appendages, traveling with us everywhere we go, accompanying us through all of our daily activities. Maybe you take a cloth to your phone now and then to wipe away the smudges and call it a day, but if you think that actually cleans it, you’re in for a rude awakening.

A cell phone reportedly has 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom. That might sound crazy, but think about it – everything your hands touch touches your phone too. So, that bacteria lurking on the grocery cart you pushed, the doorknob you opened, the subway pole you held – well, you know where it ends up.

If these cringe-worthy facts just made you never want to touch your phone again, I get it. Luckily, there’s a solution – and no, it doesn’t involve dousing your phone in hand sanitizer.

Meet PhoneSoap, the little gadget that safely sanitizes your phone, leaving your device free of bacteria and you with some peace of mind.

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It only takes ten minutes for the PhoneSoap to sanitize your phone.

How it works

PhoneSoap has a simple but effective design. It looks like a small, rectangular box – making it the perfect size to keep on your bedside table, at your office desk, or even your kitchen counter. On the outside of the box, you’ll find space for three cables – the power cord, a USB, and a USB-C. To get the PhoneSoap set up, plug the included power cord into the wall, then into the PhoneSoap, and you’re all set to get sanitizing. Place your phone inside the gadget and close it. Once closed, you’ll see the lightning bolt power signal turn blue – this means it’s charging. After ten minutes, the light will turn off, and your phone is ready to go. If you’d like to charge your phone simultaneously, you have the option to plug in your USB or USB-C cord.

PhoneSoap comes in four different models: the standard PhoneSoap 3, the PhoneSoap Pro, which sanitizes your phone twice as fast, a battery-powered model for mobile use called the PhoneSoap Go, and a version that supports wireless charging so that you don’t have to use a cable to power up your device.

Here’s a snapshot of how the different models compare:

PhoneSoap 3 PhoneSoap Pro PhoneSoap Go PhoneSoap Wireless
Price $79.95 $119.95 $99.95 $99.95
Sanitizing time 10 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes 10 minutes
Charging methods USB, USB-C USB, USB-C USB, USB-C Wireless charging, USB
Number of UV-C lamps 2 4 2 2

So, you put your phone in a box and it cleans it, but how does it actually get the cleaning done? The power of PhoneSoap comes in the form of UV-C light. Inside the little box are two powerful UV-C lightbulbs. UV-C light is germicidal, meaning it breaks down the DNA of nasty bacteria so it can no longer function or reproduce. The bulbs on the top and bottom of the device, paired with the reflective interior inside the entire gadget, help achieve 360-degree disinfection – so even the tiny, hard-to-reach crevices of your phone are clean. The UV-C light is so powerful that it only needs ten minutes to get your phone clean – after that time, PhoneSoap automatically turns off, so don’t worry about your phone getting overheated.

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Before using PhoneSoap v. after using PhoneSoap.

Does it really work?

You’ve probably heard that bacteria is good for you. It boosts our immunity, right? Well, the answer is not that simple. Our bodies do count on some strains of bacteria to function correctly, but many forms of bacteria are harmful and can cause illness and infections. Laboratory tests have shown that PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that leads to E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, Flu, and the common cold.

To some, this product might seem more placebo effect than practical, but the numbers tell a different story – 99.9% is almost all of the germy grime on your phone. Plus, sanitizing with UV-C light isn’t new – hospitals and laboratories have been using UV light to keep facilities sterile since the mid-20th century.

As for us, the consumers, I guess there’s no way we can really tell that our phone is cleaner. What we can rely on, though, is the data from all of the testing PhoneSoap has done to gauge the effectiveness of the product, and the lab pictures they’ve got to accompany it (see above).

It’s worth noting that PhoneSoap has not been tested against COVID-19 yet, so there’s no evidence to show that it kills the virus itself. However, keeping your phone clean is still a good way to reduce exposure to bacterias that could impact your health and potentially weaken your immune system.

My experience

My family has had a communal PhoneSoap for a few years now, and it has been a great investment in our health. At $80, it seems like a lot upfront for something you don’t necessarily need, but, you may need it more than you think.

My parents are the kind who always, without fail, have a bottle of hand sanitizer on them. In my house, we take a lot of other precautions to keep clean, so why should we just throw our phones (which touch all sorts of germs) on the kitchen counter, on our beds, or on the couch like it’s no big deal?

It’s easy to ignore the fact that our phones hold so much bacteria, but once you know the nasty facts, you may find it harder to do so. PhoneSoap gives me peace of mind that I can still keep my phone in my back pocket and use it as much as I want without having to worry that I’m transferring a host of bacteria from my screen to my face.

The process couldn’t be easier. You put your phone in the PhoneSoap, close the box (make sure you see the lightning symbol turn on), and let it sit for just ten minutes. When you take it out, there will be no noticeable difference, but your phone will be cleaner than before. I also use the PhoneSoap to sanitize my wallet, keys, AirPods, and any other small items I touch multiple times in a day. If you live with roommates or family members, this product is easy and safe to share with others.

The bottom line

For better or for worse, our phones are sticking with us. And, unless you’re planning on washing your hands and face before and after each time you pick up your device, all that bacteria is sticking with you too. PhoneSoap is a simple solution to keep harmful bacteria from spreading – not only from your phone to you but from you to others as well. If you live with anyone who may have a compromised immune system – young children, elderly or ill individuals – PhoneSoap could be a particularly valuable investment.

At $80, it’s generally just an excellent investment for anyone. PhoneSoap is large enough to fit all phones on the market, even with a case. Additionally, you can throw in anything else that will fit – earphones, watches, even wallets.

And it’s more than just peace of mind. PhoneSoap gives real results that’ll help keep you and the people around you healthier. Germaphobe or not, if you’re going to treat your phone like your third hand, you should clean it like one, too.

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Inside America’s first private terminal for millionaires

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is home to America’s first private terminal.
  • The Private Suite is popular among the world’s celebrities and millionaires.
  • The terminal has 12 individual suites, its own TSA check, and a fleet of BMWs that drive guests to their planes.
  • Non-members can utilize the suite for $4,000 per international flight.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: Airports suck. Camping out in customs lines, sprinting a mile to your gate, it’s the worst and the furthest thing from luxury. But imagine you had some extra cash saved up, would you spend it to skip all of that airport madness? Well, that’s what the minds behind America’s very first private terminal are betting on. In 2017, The Private Suite opened up at LAX. And for $4,000 per international flight, guests get access to a luxurious, super secure, private terminal just two miles from the normal one.

Amina: At LAX, it takes about 2,200 steps to get from the check-in counter to your plane door. For us, it takes 70 steps.

Narrator: Each year, thousands of the world’s millionaires and celebrities relax between flights in the terminal’s 12 individual suites. The Private Suite coordinates with 70 airlines, has an onsite TSA check, and owns a fleet of BMWs that drives travelers right to their planes. So what’s it like inside the place claiming to make travel not only easy but enjoyable? We had our LA team go and check out The Private Suite themselves.

Caroline: Hello, so I just arrived to The Private Suite at LAX. And there is a lot of security, like when you pull in, they asked for my ID, and this guy in like a bulletproof vest. So it is very highly secured. I am going to pretend I am very affluent for an hour.

Narrator: When you first pull up, you enter through these ominous gates with armed guards and a sign warning no filming is allowed. Right away, you’re assigned a logistics team of eight people. They take care of everything during your stay from valeting and detailing your car to checking in your baggage. And don’t worry about missing your flight, the team’s watching the clock. When you enter the terminal, there’s no check-in. You’re escorted straight to your private suite.

Caroline: Wow. Oh, my gosh, it’s like your private hotel room.

Narrator: Each suite has a fully stocked kitchenette loaded with snacks. You can also order food off a curated menu ahead of time, so it’s ready when you arrive.

Caroline: Oh, my gosh, they have food. It’s not like the fast food options you get at the airport. You get, like, healthier options. This is exactly what I ordered. Narrator: There’s a minibar with spirits, Champagne, and white wine. You can get red wine upon request. There’s even a candy wall.

Caroline: This is perfect for kids, but it’s also, like, perfect for me as an adult. We got M&M’s, chocolate-covered, I’m assuming they’re raisins, jelly beans, Hershey’s, and Skittles.

Narrator: All of the suites come with an en suite bathroom stocked with toiletries. There’s no shower in these, but the members can utilize the spa shower just down the hall. They can also book complimentary massages, manicures, or haircuts right in their suites. And in case you forgot something, each suite has pillows, power adapters, and travel accessories on hand. One of the suites even has a backyard complete with a putting green and cornhole. When your flight time approaches, your team will let you know it’s time to pack up. You’ll breeze through TSA in under a few minutes, and you don’t have to worry about bags, The Private Suite’s taken care of checking those in. Once cleared, you’ll hop on a 7 Series BMW that drives you the seven minutes across the tarmac to your flight.

Amina: When you’re driving, being driven through the airfield, you know, between the airplanes to your plane, that’s a really special kind of experience that frankly only we can deliver, and that’s something that, a memory that people take away with them all the time.

Narrator: So how does The Private Suite manage to cut down on travel times and still maintain privacy? With lots and lots of planning.

Amina: Most people don’t realize the operational complexity that happens in the background to even getting one member through here. For example, we have a control room. It looks like, you know, the NASA space center or something. We know exactly what container in the airplane your luggage is in before your airplane actually lands so that we can intercept your luggage and take it out for you before it hits the conveyor belt. That’s the kind of meticulous coordination that happens in the background every step of the way.

Narrator: Members of The Private Suite pay a yearly fee of $4,500 and an extra $3,000 per international flight, but you can utilize the suite even if you’re not a member. You won’t have a yearly fee, but you’ll pay between $500 and $1,000 more per flight.

Caroline: I can really see the benefits of being a member if you’re traveling a lot because I think that would decrease the price a little bit. But also, if you wanna splurge on a really fun trip that you’re taking with your friends, and you’re just like, “You know what, we saved up. We need to do this, like, the best way possible. Why don’t we just come in, come into the lounge, and just get on the flight with ease.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in March 2019.

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Amazon Outlet is a little-known section of the site where you can get discounts on overstocked or clearance items

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  • Amazon Outlet is home to thousands of overstocked and clearance items across all Amazon categories.
  • It’s an oft-ignored section, but one savvy shoppers need to be aware of.

Amazon Outlet, like Amazon Warehouse, is a little-known section full of savings to take advantage of.

While Amazon Warehouse offers big discounts on open-box and refurbished products, Amazon Outlet houses overstocked and clearance items on the site across all categories. That means you can get discounts on everyday items that were over-produced and under-sold, like holiday-themed Ziploc bags that are out of season but work just as well.

Amazon Outlet, to be clear, rarely features high-end, popular products from Apple, Sony, or Bose. But for certain products where utility trumps brand names, it’s definitely worth a look.

We plucked some of the most interesting ones for you to take a look at.

Here are some of the most interesting things from Amazon Outlet:

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27 unique Mother’s Day gifts you can find on Uncommon Goods

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Soaps that smell like her favorite wines will elevate her morning routine.

You can always count on Mom, whether it’s to be on the sidelines at your sports games, to make the best chicken noodle soup when life takes a turn for the worse, and to offer unconditional love and support through it all.

This Mother’s Day, give Mom a gift that’s as unique as she is (though it doesn’t hurt to toss in a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolate while you’re at it). Uncommon Goods is one of our favorite places to shop for quirky, creative, one-of-a-kind goods from independent makers around the world. Whether her passions lie in fitness, hospitality, reading, gardening, or kicking back with her feet in the sand, you can be sure Uncommon Goods has a gift she’ll love.

Keep reading for 27 unique Mother’s Day gifts you can find on Uncommon Goods

Commission a song just for her

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Made-to-Order Personalized Song, $100-$250

Commission a songwriter to compose a one-minute ($100) or three-minute ($250) just for her. You’ll receive an MP3 audio file and a PDF, so you can choose to print it and/or even perform it for her yourself.

An outdoor-ready cheese-chilling board that also keeps the flies away

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Chill and Serve Outdoor Cheeseboard, $85

This’ll keep the cheese cold and the flies at bay out on the patio during hors d’oeuvres. Why didn’t they think of this sooner?

Help her elevate her crudités and canapés

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Wine Bottle Topper Serving Set, $50

Whether it’s cheese or crudités, this board will make anything shine. Pro tip: Serve appetizers on this for Mother’s Day, and fill each bottle with freshly picked flowers.

Dolly Parton’s songbook

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Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, $40

An original American idol if there ever were one, this book contains lyrics to 175 songs from the Queen of Country’s catalog, spanning 60 years, and almost every bit as timeless as Mom herself.

An ode to a relic of a (soon-to-be) bygone era

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Embroidered Thank You Tote, $38

One day, those old plastic shopping bags might find their way onto museum walls. Help her get a jumpstart.

A custom map serving tray of their favorite place

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Custom Map Serving Tray, $65-$85

Her favorite town, her hometown, or a faraway place she’s still longing to visit — you decide. This one comes in different finishes and with or without a stand.

A set of wine-chilling coasters and glasses

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Wine-Chilling Coasters with Glasses — Set of 2, $42

Tell dad’s whiskey stones to roll on over. This two-piece granite coaster and wine glass set will keep her glass chilled far better.

A roll-and-go canvas beach chair

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Neo-Lounger Portable Beach Chair, $70

Sure, Mom probably has a beach chair lying around, but the smart money has it that it’s either bordering on impossible to carry, or facing its last seasons in this goodly frame. 

A sweet mug for your mama bear’s morning coffee

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Mother’s Love Mugs, $40

The only thing that’ll make her morning coffee better is this adorable mug that reminds her of her cubs. 

A serving board to amp up her cheese plate presentation

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Bamboo Lotus Serving Board, $48

Whether she’s big on entertaining or just loves to treat herself to a Friday night cheese plate, this bamboo serving board has all the space she needs to make the perfect platter.

A set of moisturizing soaps that smell like her favorite wine

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Wine Soaps, Set of 4, $30

She may like them best in a bottle, but these soaps have all the notes of her favorite red and white blends in a moisturizing bar she can use every day. 

A yoga mat that’ll guide her through her own freestyle flow

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Instructional Cork Yoga Mat, $65

This anti-slip yoga mat has more than 100 stretches and yoga poses printed on it, so she can create her own flow with just a little guidance.

A set of handmade products for an at-home spa day

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Farm Fresh Spa Experience Tin, $32

You don’t have to spend a fortune to gift mom a spa day. This set of handcrafted body products, including a cocoa butter bath truffle and a shea butter cream, is a simple way to give her a soothing spa experience from the comfort of her own home. 

A custom print that celebrates your unique family

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Personalized Family Print, $75 – $150

Art is always a nice gift and this print, which can be personalized to represent all of the members of your family, is something she’ll want to hang up right away.

 

A survival kit of soothing products to help her relax

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Mom’s Survival Pack, $25

She’s always putting everyone else first, so this Mother’s Day she really deserves some “me time.” Give her this gift set of calming products to help her get some true rest and relaxation.

An indoor garden she’ll love tending to year round

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Smart Garden Grow Kit, $100

The only thing that could make Mom’s home-cooked meals any better are fresh, hand-picked ingredients. This Smart Garden will help her grow fresh herbs all year round, with little maintenance, all from the convenience of her kitchen counter. 

A fragrant candle inspired by her zodiac sign

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Astrological Candle, $28

Whether or not she’s a big believer in the all things astrology, she’ll love the light scents of these candles which were all specifically chosen to appeal to their respective zodiac signs.

A touch lamp that’ll let her know you’re thinking of her, even if you’re far away

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Long Distance Friendship Lamp, $85 each

No matter the distance between you and her, you can both stay connected with these cute lamps. When you tap your own lamp, hers will light up too, and vice versa, so you can let her know you’re thinking of her, even if you’re miles away.

A cool gadget that’ll help her get some well-deserved sleep

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Moon Beam Sleep Aid, $60

It can be hard to get a great night’s rest, but we know Mom deserves it. Help her out with this device, which uses gentle pulsing lights to lull her to sleep.

A gadget that’ll zap away the germs on her smartphone

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PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, $80 – $100

Our cell phones hold 18 times more bacteria than a public restroom — eek. If Mom’s a germaphobe, she’ll seriously appreciate this little gadget that’ll zap all of those germs away. 

A delicate necklace she’ll want to wear everyday

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Rough Diamond Necklace, $150

Unprocessed diamonds line a delicate gold chain for a look that’s as stylish and unique as she is. 

A unique sampling of coffee beans sourced from all over the world

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World Explorer’s Coffee Sampler, $32

If she considers herself a coffee connoisseur, she’ll love trying this sampler of single-origin beans from all over the world. While each sampler is different, she can expect four bags, each with one of the following flavor profiles: balanced, bold, classic, and fruity.

A set of cute and convenient travel bags for her next vacation

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Women’s Organizing Travel 4-pack, $48

If she’s a big traveler or has a trip coming up, these cute bags make a really thoughtful gift, and will help her stay organized. 

A comfy and calming pillow that can be heated in the microwave

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Calming Lavender Heat Pillow, $35

This calming weighted pillow is filled with barley and lavender. She can pop it in the microwave for two minutes, then cuddle up with the warm, lavender-scented pillow for some end-of-day relaxation. 

A set of small-batch honey creams in delectable flavors

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Honey Spread Gift Set, $50

A set of small-batch honey spreads will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Flavors like molten lava chocolate and sticky buns make unique toppings for everything from pancakes to ice cream sundaes.

 

An old-fashioned reel viewer filled with her best takes

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Create Your Own Reel Viewer, $29.95

Fill the reel with some of your favorite pictures of you and your mom. It’s a fun gift that’s sure to bring about lots of nostalgia.

A small sculpture that’ll add some love to her desk, dresser, or table

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Hand Heart Desktop Sculpture, $49

A nice piece of decor to liven up any room, this little sculpture is a daily reminder that she’s loved. 

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27 personalized gifts that feel unique and thoughtful

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Ideally, every gift you give should feel as though it were selected just for your recipient. If you’re looking to go the extra mile, gifting a personalized gift can make your selection feel even more special. These customized gifts can reference their interests, allow them to try something new, and even serve as a reminder of a past event or memory.

Below are 27 personalized gifts that include a monogrammed card holder, personalized wine and tea subscriptions, and even a made-to-measure suit. Each of these gifts offers giftees a unique item that they surely haven’t received before.

Due to the custom nature of these gifts, it’s likely that they will take a while to arrive. If your gift is expected to arrive late, you can order them a gift card instead, so your recipient can personalize the gift exactly to their liking. If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides here.

Here are 27 personalized gifts that feel special and unique:

A stylish monogrammed notebook

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Colourblock Notebook, available at Papier, $26.99

If they’re a writer, list maker, or note-taker they’re sure to appreciate this personalized notebook from Papier. Choose from eight different color block patterns and lined, plain or dotted paper to make this gift feel even more personal.

A custom star map

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Custom Night Sky Star Map, available at Etsy, from $46

Celebrate a special event or time by gifting them a snapshot of that night’s sky. Each map can be customized by color, text and font styles, and map shape. The seller will work with you to create a vibrant map that perfectly captures any moment.

A curated wine subscription that’s based on their tastes and preferences

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Winc Gift Card, available at Winc, from $60

If they’re new to the world of wine, gifting them a Winc subscription will help them choose their favorite flavors by testing several wines each month. Winc is one of our favorite wine delivery options due to its extensive selection and interactive wine quiz that each subscriber takes before receiving wines to try.

A handcrafted recipe board

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Personalized Family Recipe Board, available at UncommonGoods, $100

Help them save precious family recipes with this wood recipe board that’s available in maple or cherry wood finishes. Simply send over a scan of their favorite recipe and it will be transferred onto the board in the original writer’s handwriting.

A candle to express your gratitude

Homesick Thanks Candle

Thanks Candle, available at Homesick, from $34 [add a handwritten card note and printed candle note for $20]

This candle is a great way to thank the people you care about in a more personal way. Scented with lemon, cucumber, and patchouli, this candle adds a refreshing scent into any space. For an additional cost, you can add a personal message to the candle’s packaging or on the candle itself. Homesick also offers a Thank You, Mom Candle that makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

A portrait of their furry (or scaly) best friend

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Pet Portrait, available at CanvasPop, from $79

Buy a digital gift card instead

A desktop photo calendar

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Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $30

Buy a digital gift card instead

This walnut photo calendar makes a beautiful desktop display. The personalized selection of photos makes an ordinary calendar feel more special, but choosing only 12 of your favorite photos could prove to be difficult.

A puzzle customized with their favorite picture

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Customizable Photo Puzzle, available at Etsy, $34.99

Provide them with entertainment and sentimentality with this customizable gift. Choose their favorite picture of a vacation, an event, or even of themselves. This puzzle also comes with a customizable box.

A set of coasters with their favorite memories

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Custom Travel Photo Coasters, available at Uncommon Goods, from $65

With cross country travel being a distant memory, gift them these coasters so they can relive their favorite travel stories every time they use them. Add location captions to each coaster for an additional cost.  

A monogrammed leather cardholder

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Zip Cardholder, available at Cuyana, $75 [add monogram for $15]

This stylish wallet will give your recipient a luxury experience at a relatively affordable price. The sleek wallet offers a surprising amount of storage and can comfortably fit five cards, cash and coins. It comes in seven shades and can be monogrammed for $15 to add personalization.

An apron loved by professional chefs

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The Essential Apron, available at Hedley & Bennett, from $85 [add embroidery for $15]

Buy a digital gift card instead

The sturdy, comfortable, and stylish apron becomes even more stylish and personal with the addition of embroidery on the apron chest or waist strap. You can choose from script or block font and a variety of colors. While we love the classic styles, now might also be a good time to take advantage of their limited edition aprons. 

A made-to-measure suit

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Gift Card, available at Indochino, from $50

Nothing feels quite as bespoke as a custom-made suit. The startup Indochino just makes that gift a bit more achievable, and a lot less expensive. 

A thoughtful map of their favorite place on earth

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Customized Poster, available at Grafomap, from $49

Grafomap is a website that lets you design posters with maps of any place in the world. You can make one of their hometown, college town, or favorite travel destination — you’re only limited by your imagination.

A gold letter charm from an ethical jewelry startup

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Mini Gold Letter Charm Pendant, available at AUrate, $250

Buy a digital gift card instead

AUrate makes beautiful, personalized letter charms that are meant to represent a no-compromise mix of quality, price, and ethical practices. They use luxury materials like 14-karat gold, original designs, transparent pricing, and sustainable production. In partnership with Mastery Charter, the startup has also given thousands of books to NYC students and schools. 

A leather toiletry case they can take with them on the go for years to come

Leatherology, $85

Double Zip Toiletry Bag, available at Leatherology, $120 [add monogram for $10 and up]

Buy a digital gift card instead

This luxe Double Zip bag is one accessory I never travel without. The dual compartments keep all essentials close, and the leather ages into something soft and personal over time. If you’re looking for wallets, travel gift sets, or duffels instead, you can find pretty much any leather good at a good price and superior quality here — most available for monogramming.

Membership for new vinyl records based on their music tastes each month

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Three-Month VNYL Gift Membership Subscription, available at VNYL, $69.99 (originally $120)

VNYL’s team of curators studies your music profile — assembled via a quiz and connected Spotify, Soundcloud, Instagram, etc. — to hand-pick new albums that they think you’ll love. Then, they send you a vinyl of their tailored pick to your door. If your giftee is a music-lover and has a record player, this is a cool subscription that will help them discover even more music to love. 

Customizable Nikes

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Customizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $115

Buy a digital gift card instead

Nike makes great products, and they’re popular for that reason. But it’s nice to get the benefits of the big budget, years of product development, and design team without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nike’s for them, or gift them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own. 

A personal styling service that helps them build their closet

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Gift Card, available at Stitch Fix, from $20

Shopping can be difficult and time-consuming, which is where the stylists at Stitch Fix come in. A great gift for busy people, the service delivers the newest trends and styles to fit any occasion and price point. 

Tumblers personalized for family members’ hobbies

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Personalized Hobby Tumblers, available at Uncommon Goods, from $32

Buy a digital gift card instead

These fun tumblers celebrate each family member’s unique passions — letting them feel seen and appreciated by you as well as enjoy seeing themselves in fun illustrations. 

An engraved shave set

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Winston Set, available at Harry’s, from $25 [add engraving for $15]

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If they take pride in having nice tools or taking the necessary grooming routine as time for themselves, they’ll appreciate Harry’s luxe gift set. It can be engraved for $15, and the special Winston handle is weighty, die-cast zinc with a polished chrome finish. The German-engineered blades come with a travel cover so they don’t dull during travel, and the Foaming Shave Gel works up to a rich lather. 

A coffee subscription that caters to their taste preferences

Driftaway, $40

Three-Month Subscription, available at Driftaway, from $44

Driftaway is a gourmet coffee subscription that gets smarter the longer you use it — remembering your preferences and steering you towards increasingly accurate brews for your palette. The first shipment is a tasting kit with four coffee profiles, which users rate online or in the app for the site to use as a flavor baseline. If they love coffee, this is a great way to ensure they’ll discover new favorites and enjoy each morning cup.

A subscription that lets them try tea from all over the world

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Personalized Tea Gift Card (3-month Subscription), available at Sips by, $45

If they’re more of a tea person, there’s a personalized service for them, too. Sips by takes their tastes and matches them to four tea brands (chosen from more than 150 tea brands around the world) each month. There’s enough tea to make more than 45 cups of tea (if they re-steep) — the perfect amount to keep them warm and cozy through the winter. 

Bath towels embroidered with a monogram or full word

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Piped Edge Starter Pack, available at Weezie, $230 [add embroidery for $15 per towel]

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Weezie’s soft and fluffy organic cotton towels are already gift-worthy on their own. To make them even more covetable, add embroidery. You can go with the classic monogram in a variety of eye-catching styles, or spell out an entire name in a cursive script. There are a few embroidery colors that are more unique, like bright pink and mint. 

A print of their favorite lyric, poem, or quote

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Custom Quotes, available at Minted, from $38

Buy a digital gift card instead

Get their favorite lyric, poem, or quote printed for them so they can be reminded often of something that inspires or brings them joy. It’s especially special that you remembered what it was. Minted is a cool company that curates what it carries based on design competitions, with the Minted community voting on what is eventually sold — but, if you’d like more options, Etsy also has great ones 

A zodiac necklace that mixes luxury with personalization

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Capricorn Necklace, available at Mejuri, $90

Buy a digital gift card instead

Mejuri‘s popular zodiac necklaces are a great way to gift jewelry that manages to feel both luxurious and intimate — something that can be lacking in refined gifts. The Canadian startup as a whole is a unique mix of approachability and elegance, which may be why they’re known for waitlists that top out at 40,000 people. 

An embroidered T-shirt

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Women’s Fitted Crew, available at Known Supply, $32 [add monogram for $10] 

Buy a digital gift card instead

Known Supply’s ultra-soft tees are the perfect addition to their basics drawer. They’re made from Pima cotton, which only gets more comfortable with each wash.  

Shampoo and conditioner designed for their specific hair needs

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Gift Card, available at Function of Beauty, from $50

To get their personalized hair care, they’ll start with a quiz that asks them about their hair concerns and needs. The final formulation they receive addresses those needs and is also free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and GMOs. Plus, the bottle labels will feature their name. 

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James Charles’ underage sexting scandal lands makeup brand Morphe in hot water

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Influencer James Charles recently addressed allegations that he was having inappropriate conversations with minors on Snapchat.

  • James Charles recently addressed accusations that he had flirtatious conversations with minors on Snapchat.
  • He apologized for being ‘reckless’ and said he was unaware that they were underage when the interactions began.
  • Makeup brand Morphe is being criticized for not speaking out against Charles and continuing to promote his products.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Makeup brand Morphe is being called out by consumers and influencers for staying silent following a video from YouTube beauty guru James Charles, in which he addressed accusations that he’s had sexual interactions with underage fans over Snapchat.

On Thursday April 1, Charles – who is one of the biggest beauty influencers in the world, with more than 25 million YouTube subscribers and 36 million TikTok followers – posted a video acknowledging that he had sexually charged conversations with two 16-year-old boys who he added on Snapchat. He said that at the time he believed them to be 18 and that he blocked them once he became aware of their age.

A number of similar accusations against Charles have been made in recent weeks, primarily in the form of viral TikTok videos posted by the boys who say they had flirtatious or sexual conversations with Charles. In his apology video, Charles said he had been “reckless” and that he needed to “take accountability for my actions and most importantly apologize to the people that were affected by them.”

Now, pressure is mounting on brands that have previously aligned themselves with Charles to speak out and distance themselves from him. Followers are singling out Morphe, a makeup company that has been closely associated with Charles since it released a hugely successful eyeshadow palette in collaboration with him in November 2018. Morphe has since launched a mini version of the palette, as well as two brush sets in collaboration with Charles. One of the brush collections, which is priced at $149, is currently sold out in the US; the rest of the products are still available to purchase on Morphe’s website.

On Sunday, internet reporter Def Noodles, who has close to 100,000 Twitter followers and has amplified the accusers’ stories since they began to emerge, tagged Morphe in a tweet which laid out the accusations against Charles.

It has now been retweeted and quote-tweeted more than 300 times. People asked why Charles still has a platform and encouraged others to stop supporting him. A number of users also tagged Morphe, as well as Nickelodeon, which produces the Kids Choice Awards, which recognized Charles this year. Some added that they will no longer support Morphe as a result of its silence, and drama YouTuber Truth Sleuth, who has more than 50,000 subscribers, is among those who have made videos calling the brand out.

It follows similar criticism from Def Noodles over a post on Morphe’s Instagram on Saturday 3 April which promoted the James Charles palette. Fellow influencer Trisha Paytas, who has used her platform of 1.4 million YouTube subscribers and 5.6 million TikTok followers to frequently criticize Charles, also tweeted to denounce Morphe, calling its continued association with Charles “embarrassing.”

Morphe has yet to address the allegations against Charles or his statements in his apology video. On the brand’s website, a page entitled Morphe x James Charles says: “Step into the crazy-colorful world of our Morphe Babe, James Charles. It’s so, so good!”

“Morphe Babe” is the term used by the brand for loyal customers and influencers it works with. Morphe is known for being one of the first beauty brands to heavily work with online content creators, both in the form of product collaborations and also affiliate programs, which allow influencers to make a small percentage of the revenue of each sale which comes via their unique code. This form of monetization has been criticized for potentially encouraging influencers to promote brands they are affiliated with over other products.

This is not the first time Morphe has found itself facing criticism for its links to controversial influencers. Just last year the brand cut ties with YouTuber Jeffree Star, whose makeup brand was sold in Morphe’s stores, amid controversy following the release of his makeup collaboration with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson. Dawson and Star – two of the biggest names on the platform with a combined YouTube following of more than 35 million people – became the focus of intense scrutiny last year, much of which focussed on Dawson’s past behavior in YouTube videos, which ranged from using blackface to making jokes about pedophilia.

Insider has reached out to Morphe for comment on its ties to James Charles and has yet to hear back.

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