23 unique Mother’s Day gifts under $50 that are all Amazon Prime-eligible

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Succulents are a great gift for busy moms because they don’t require a lot of maintenance or water.

In many households, moms keep everything running. It’s easy to forget to buy a gift for the holiday if mom buys and wraps the gifts for everything else. But there’s still plenty of time to pick out a thoughtful and budget-friendly gift you’ll be excited to give your mom.

Amazon Prime comes in handy with free two-day shipping. We’ve rounded up 23 thoughtful gifts on Amazon that any mom would be over the moon to receive – all of which are under $50 and available with Prime shipping.

Here are 23 Amazon Prime-eligible Mother’s Day gifts under $50:

Versatile wine glasses

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Schott Zwiesel Tritan Crystal Stemware Pure Collection Cabernet, set of 4, available at Amazon, $49.63

Suitable for white or red wine, these glasses are ideal for any mom who likes to savor a glass at the end of the day. You can even send her some of her favorite wine to enjoy along with them.

A device to help them keep track of their belongings

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Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker, available at Amazon, $47.99

This small device connects to a smartphone and uses location services and a ring to help keep track of all the things mom tends to lose. Connect it to the TV remote, a purse, keys, or any other important item. The Tile can also work in reverse to find a lost phone.

Something to help them keep hold of their phone

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Popsocket, available at Amazon, from $9.99

Whether they have a toddler running around and never have a free hand or they’re scrolling photos of their grandbabies, a Popsocket will help them hold onto their phone. There’s a Popsocket for every mom, with countless designs and ones that even come with built-in lip balm.

A game for family bonding

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Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, available at Amazon, $9.97

This fast-paced game is fun and simple. It’s a unique new take on slap-jack, with the addition of silly moves. The game is recommended for people ages 8 and up, and there is no limit to the number of players.

A weighted blanket to help her de-stress after a long day

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AckBrands 15-Pound Weighted Blanket, available at Amazon, $39.99

Help her relax with this 15-pound weighted blanket made from 100% cotton. The soft blanket has double stitched, reinforced edges so the inner stuffing won’t break through the fabric. Additionally, it’s made with smaller pockets than most, so the weight is more evenly distributed across the entire blanket.

A plug that streamlines life’s most mundane tasks

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Wyze Smart Home Plug, 2-pack, available at Amazon, $19.97

Controllable by voice, app, and smart assistant, these smart plugs will make mom’s life easier. They can use the smart plugs to turn on the coffee maker and control lamps while they’re away.

A personal coffee maker for their favorite brew

CHULUX Single Serve Coffee Maker Brewer

Chulux Single Serve Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $33.99

This single-serving unit is perfect for a Sunday morning cup of coffee. They can either use their own ground coffee in a reuseable filter or a premade capsule to brew in about three minutes. Not only is the device compact, but its 12-ounce water tank and drip try can be easily removed for cleaning.

A mother-daughter necklace to stay connected

EFYTAL Mother Daughter Sterling Silver Necklace

Efy Tal Mother Daughter Sterling Silver Necklace, available at Amazon, $41

This sweet necklace will last a lifetime due to its 925 sterling silver material. It also comes gift wrapped and with a card, so you don’t have to worry about anything except presenting it to your mom. 

The chain measures 19 inches, but if it is too short or long, manufacturer Efy Tal Jewelry will adjust it for free; it’ll also replace the chain should it break within the first five years. 

An under-eye cream that is lightweight for delicate skin

Belei Triple Peptide Eye Cream

Belei Triple-Peptide Eye Cream, available at Amazon, $15.96

This lightweight eye cream helps improve firmness and smooth out line lines around the eye. It’s triple peptide blend is effective but not irritating for sensitive skin, so it’s great for all skin types. Plus, it’s free of parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, and phthalates so your mom can still stick to her clean beauty routine. 

An at-home spa-like treatment that works while they sleep

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Bliss That’s Incredi-Peel Glycolic Resurfacing Pads, available at Amazon, $15

Let mom enjoy spa-like treatments from the comfort of home and while they gets a good night’s sleep. These no-rinse peel pads will help skin look and feel rejuvenated with exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid, protected with vitamin E, and moisturized with licorice root and calendula flower extracts. 

A gift she and her fur baby can enjoy

Woof Ceramic Dog Treat Jar With Bone Handle

Woof Ceramic Dog Treat Jar With Bone Handle, available at Amazon, $27.98

For the mom who’s obsessed with their pooch, this ceramic treat holder will not only remind them of all their children — their babies and their fur babies — but it adds a decorative touch as well. The jar is 6 inches in diameter and 8.5 inches tall with a dog bone handle for added character.

A yoga block set to help them stay balanced

Gaiam Yoga Block + Yoga Strap Combo Set

Gaiam Yoga Block + Yoga Strap Combo Set, available at Amazon, $14.98

For the yogi, this is a great starter kit or as a replacement for their worn-out equipment. The yoga block and strap can help with stability and balance to strengthen their core and improve spine alignment. In addition, the blocks and straps can help deepen their morning stretches and increase their range of motion.

A candle to remind them of home

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Homesick Scented Candle, available at Amazon, from $34 (prices vary by state)

These handmade candles encompass famous scents from each state — great for someone who’s moved away from their home state. Homesick Candles are made with soy wax for a clean burn that lasts for 60 to 80 hours.  

A mug that warms her heart (and her drink) each morning

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One Awesome Mom Coffee Mug, available at Amazon, $16.97

Remind your mom that they’re the best there is with this coffee mug. This mug is made from white ceramic that is able to withstand both hold and cold drinks and has a wide grip handle. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe.

A delicate watch that can be dressed up or down

Timex Women's Crystal Bloom Swarovski Accent Watch

Nine West Floral Rose Goldtone Watch, available at Amazon,  $29.93

This 38-millimeter Japanese-quartz watch is both equal parts fashionable and functional. The watch face has rose gold-toned hands and markers in an analog clock style on top of a 3D-printed floral pattern and finished with the leather-esque blush pink straps. This watch is not water-resistant, but we bet your mom won’t want to get such a pretty gift wet anyway.

A pair of comfy slippers that can be worn inside or outside

ULTRAIDEAS Women's Cozy Memory Foam Moccasin Suede Slippers

Ultraideas Memory Foam Moccasin Slippers, available at Amazon, from $19.99

Treat your mom’s feet with these plush memory foam slippers. Available in three different colors, these slippers have a supportive insole and anti-slip and waterproof outsole for quick trips outside.

A smart speaker to help with daily tasks

Echo Dot

Echo Dot (3rd Gen), available at Amazon, $39.99

Mom can use this mini smart speaker equipped with voice-activated Alexa to play music, take a hands-free phone call, look up recipes, check the weather, and more. This Alexa speaker has over 50,000 other skills that can help make their life so much easier. If your budget allows, consider splurging on the Echo Dot (4th gen) for $59.99.

A basket of goodies you can enjoy together

Wine Country The Connoisseur Gift Basket

Wine Country The Connoisseur Gift Basket, available at Amazon, $49.95

You can never go wrong with snacks. Filled to the brim with cookies, crackers, hummus, and more, this Wine Country basket is filled with goodies you can enjoy together. Bring it to the park for a picnic, create an d’oeuvres platter before wine night, or use this to refill mom’s secret stash of treats.  

A succulent set that can be used to create a terrarium

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Shop Succulents Unique Succulent (Collection of 4), available at Amazon, $22.96

Give mom unique succulent varieties to place around the house or spend the day creating a custom terrarium together. Each succulent comes in a 2-inch pot with fully rooted soil and plant care instructions.

A pair of casual shoes

UJoowalk Womens Canvas Slip on Fashion Sneaker Skate Shoe

UJoowalk Women’s Canvas Slip on Fashion Sneaker, available at Amazon, $21.05 to $22.99

These canvas slip-ons come in black or white and are perfect for everyday wear. The platform is less than an inch tall, so walking around in these is comfortable for moms of all ages.

A tea kettle that boils water in minutes

Willow & Everett Surgical Whistling Teapot with Tea Infuser

Willow & Everett Surgical Whistling Teapot with Tea Infuser, available at Amazon, $39.99

Mom can enjoy a lovely cup of tea with this 3-liter stainless steel teapot. It has a nonslip silicone handle that won’t burn hands and a five-layer design to boil water quickly and efficiently. Also included is a loose leaf tea infuser that’s perfect for making a single cup of their favorite tea in minutes.

 

A seed spreader to make yard work less of a pain

Scotts Wizz Hand Held Spreader

Scotts Wizz Hand-Held Seed Spreader, available at Amazon, $19.99

For the outdoor mom, help alleviate back strain and increase productivity with this battery-powered seed spreader. The Scotts spreader has a 5-foot spreading radius and can cover up to 2,500 square feet per fill and charge. It also has over 20 settings so she can target both big and small areas with little effort.

A decorative wooden calendar so she never forgets an important date

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Amosfun Birthday Calendar Wooden Wall Plaque, available at Amazon, $12.89

Unlike traditional calendars that show every single day, this is meant for just the special ones that your mom cares about like birthdays (as in, yours), anniversaries, and holidays. The set comes with 50 wooden heart pieces and hangers that they can write on and place under each month.

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YouTube has demonetized James Charles temporarily amid allegations that he sexted minors

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  • James Charles has been demonetized, YouTube confirmed.
  • YouTube told Insider that Charles has been “temporarily removed” from the Partner Program.
  • The move follows more than 15 sexual misconduct accusations from men and boys.
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YouTube has temporarily removed one of its most popular creators from its Partner Program, restricting makeup YouTuber James Charles’ ability to make money from the platform. In a statement to Insider, YouTube said it has applied its “creator responsibility policy” to Charles’ channel with more than 25.5 million subscribers. The platform did not say how long Charles will be demonetized for.

The creator responsibility policy states that “If we see that a creator’s on- and/or off-platform behavior harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may take action to protect the community.” It goes on to say that YouTube may take action against creators who intend to cause “malicious harm to others” or who cause “real world harm” via abuse or violence, cruelty, or participating in fraudulent or deceptive behavior.

Got a tip? Email Kat Tenbarge at ktenbarge@insider.com.

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James Charles poses with fans at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Charles was ranked number ten in YouTube’s 2020 list of the platforms top creators.

YouTube’s action against Charles follows a major sexting scandal he’s involved in. More than 15 men and boys have accused Charles of sexual misconduct since 2019, ranging from anonymous underage sexting accusations on TikTok to men who say Charles attempted to manipulate them into romantic and sexual reciprocation.

In an April 1 video on his YouTube channel called “holding myself accountable,” Charles addressed two sexting accusations he said were made by 16-year-olds, saying that the interactions with the boys “should have never happened.” He also claimed that the accusers lied about their ages.

One 16-year-old who accused Charles of sending him nudes photos and soliciting nude photos from him told Insider that Charles “lied” in his statement. The same 16-year-old provided Insider with screenshots that showed his age could be seen on Instagram his Instagram profile, where Charles and him exchanged direct messages.

Most recently, following more than a dozen allegations made on TikTok, Charles’ primary beauty sponsor Morphe announced it would cut ties with him. The cosmetics company previously faced a boycott from angry consumers.

In a statement responding to Morphe, Charles wrote “Since posting that video, many other people have come forward with a series of misleading stories and false allegations which have been reported on by many people, creators, and news outlets.”

YouTube’s creator responsibility policy has previously been applied to Shane Dawson in 2020 and David Dobrik in 2021 following critical mainstream media attention in both cases. Dawson was criticized by Jada Pinkett Smith and Jaden Smith after a video resurfaced of him pretending to masturbate to a poster of then-11-year-old Willow Smith. Dobrik was demonetized for one month following Insider’s investigation into rape allegations against a former member of his Vlog Squad group.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has grown over $40 billion in the last year alone. Here’s how the 36-year-old Facebook CEO makes and spends his $114 billion fortune.

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Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg.

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune passed $100 billion last year, making him one of eight centi-billionaires.
  • Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splurge on real estate.
  • Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also invest in childhood education and medical research.
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It’s been a challenging year for Mark Zuckerberg.

He’s testified before lawmakers on multiple occasions, attempted to quash coronavirus misinformation on Facebook, and suspended President Donald Trump from the platform. And earlier this month, 533 million Facebook users’ personal data and phone numbers were leaked online.

At the same time, Zuckerberg is richer than he’s ever been. Last summer, after Facebook launched an Instagram feature to compete with TikTok in the US, Zuckerberg’s personal net worth reached over $100 million for the first time.

These days, his fortune has reached $114 billion.

Keep reading to learn more about how the Facebook cofounder makes and spends his centibillion-dollar fortune.

Taylor Nicole Rogers contributed to an earlier version of this story.

In May 2012, eight years after its founding, Facebook debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. At the time, it was the biggest technology IPO in history.

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Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seen on a screen televised from their headquarters in Menlo Park moments after their IPO launch in New York May 18, 2012.

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Most of Zuckerberg’s fortune is derived from his 13% stake in Facebook. While Facebook spent more than $25 million on him in 2020 alone, his take-home pay is just $1.

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Source: Bloomberg, Business Insider

Despite his status as one of the richest tech moguls, the 36-year-old Harvard dropout leads a low-key lifestyle with his wife, Priscilla Chan, and their two young daughters.

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Like many other Silicon Valley stalwarts, Zuckerberg doesn’t dress in flashy suits – he keeps things simple in jeans, t-shirts, and sweaters. But they’re reportedly much more expensive than they look, retailing for hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars.

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Zuckerberg is known for driving relatively inexpensive cars. He’s been seen in an Acura TSX and a Honda Fit, both of which are valued at or under $30,000.

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He’s also been spotted driving a black Volkswagen Golf GTI, a car that he bought well after making his fortune. That car would cost about $30,000 new.

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But he has dropped serious cash on at least one sports car: an Italian Pagani Huayra that sells for about $1.3 million.

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Mark Zuckerberg and a Pagani Huayra. Not Zuckerberg’s actual car.

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There’s one thing Zuckerberg doesn’t seem to mind splurging on: real estate. In May 2011, he bought a 5,000-square-foot home in Palo Alto for $7 million. He’s since tricked it out with a “custom-made artificially intelligent assistant.”

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The next year, Zuckerberg began buying the properties surrounding his home, spending more than $30 million to acquire four homes, with plans to level them and rebuild.

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He also owns a townhouse in the Mission District of San Francisco. He bought the 5,500-square-foot home in 2013 and proceeded to make over $1 million in renovations, including adding a greenhouse and remodeling the kitchen.

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People are seen at Dolores Park in the Mission District in San Francisco in May 2020.

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In 2014, the billionaire’s real-estate portfolio jumped the Pacific when he spent $100 million on two properties on the island of Kauai: the Kahu’aina Plantation, a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation, and Pila’a Beach, a 393-acre property with a white-sand beach.

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A beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

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But the couple’s presence in Hawaii has drawn backlash over the years: In 2016, Zuckerberg angered neighbors by constructing a 6-foot wall around his property, and in 2017, Zuckerberg filed suit against Hawaiian families who had legal-ownership claims on parcels of land within his property. Though he dropped the suit, residents accused him of “neocolonialism.”

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A rainbow at Shipwreck’s Beach in Kauai.

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Zuckerberg has also shelled out for two lakefront properties on Lake Tahoe, which cost a combined $59 million. One of the houses, called the Brushwood Estate, spans 5,233 square feet on six acres of land. The property features a guest house and a private dock.

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Between his two Lake Tahoe properties, Zuckerberg owns about 600 feet of private shoreline on Lake Tahoe’s west shore.

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When Zuckerberg buys properties, he tends to buy the other homes surrounding it for privacy reasons, just as he did in Palo Alto.

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Zuckerberg doesn’t appear to travel much for pleasure. But when he traverses the globe for work, Facebook foots the bill: Security for Zuckerberg and his family cost the company $23 million in 2020, according to the company’s most recent proxy statement.

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But Zuckerberg’s travel mostly ground to a halt in 2020. He appeared to spend a lot of his time in Hawaii, riding a $12,000 electric surfboard and kayaking with his family.

 

Source: Business Insider, Daily Mail

But ultimately, opulence and luxury are just a blip on Zuckerberg’s radar. In fact, his main priority seems to be giving his money away, rather than spending it.

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Zuckerberg has signed onto the Giving Pledge, joining Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and over 200 other millionaires and billionaires who have vowed to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. He plans to sell 99% of his Facebook shares during his lifetime.

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Zuckerberg said in September 2017 that he planned to sell 35 to 75 million shares over the following 18 months to fund the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, totaling between $6 billion and $12 billion.

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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a philanthropic organization Zuckerberg founded with his wife in 2015 focused on “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people, and building strong communities.” CZI has awarded roughly $2 billion in grants over the years.

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Source: Business Insider, CZI

CZI is invested in tackling both local and global issues. In 2020, for example, the organization poured $4.2 million into a jobs program for residents of Kauai and committed $1 million to help the region battle the coronavirus. CZI has also contributed millions in the last year to causes like criminal justice reform and affordable housing.

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Source: Business Insider, CZI

Zuckerberg and Chan have also poured billions into research focused on curing the world’s diseases by the end of the century. In order to accomplish this lofty goal, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launched a nonprofit called Biohub to start looking into the cure for disease, including research on genomics, infectious diseases, and implantable devices.

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Zuckerberg believes that Biohub will help speed up research to cure disease, telling The New Yorker in 2018 that “we’ll basically have been able to manage or cure all of the major things that people suffer from and die from today. Based on the data that we already see, it seems like there’s a reasonable shot.”

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Last August, the launch of a new Instagram feature designed to compete with TikTok sent both the company’s share price and Zuckerberg’s net worth to new heights. The move caused Zuckerberg’s net worth to exceed $100 million for the first time, making him one of only a few centi-billionaires on Earth. These days, he’s worth $114 billion.

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Zuckerberg.

Source: Bloomberg

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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. 

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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.

James Charles

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:

Banneton Proofing Basket for Sourdough (small)Soy Wax Candle (small)Whetstone Knife Sharpening Stone Set (small)EPI236 Air Purifier (small)Ceramic Planters Pots (small)Laptop Table (small)Ceramic Spice Jars (small)USB C Hub (small)Mini Tabletop Camera Tripod (small)Burrito Wrap Novelty Blanket (small)

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