2018 Black Friday | Gift Guide

2018 Black Friday | Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again, when promotional sales are at an all-time high, and eagle-eyed, deal watchers are able to snag the lowest prices on gifts for family and friends. Black Friday traditionally marks the kickoff of Christmas and holiday shopping in the U.S. Many savvy shoppers wait all year long just to take advantage of the deep discounts and unbelievable markdowns. To get you started, check out these Black Friday gift ideas you won’t want to miss.

1. Macy’s | Fried Favorites with Less Mess

This Macy’s-exclusive 2.6 Qt. Touchscreen Air Convection Fryer from Crux packs 1,500 watts of circular heat power that evenly cooks and crisps all of your fried favs without using gobs of grease. Bet you didn’t know you could make handheld Apple Pies with Bourbon Caramel Sauce in an air fryer? Besides churning out multiple batches of crispy French fries and wing-dings, the fryer also roasts, grills, cooks frozen food, and even bakes muffins, breads and custards for dessert. The basket holds 2.5L of food, making it a highly versatile gift for newlyweds, college kids, and small families. Reaching temperatures of up to 400°F for up to 60 minutes, other features include digital touchscreen controls, an auto-shutoff timer, and chic copper accents.

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2. NET-A-PORTER | Add a Touch of Empowerment to the Jewelry Box

When gift-shopping for the fashionista in your life, accessories are queen! CHLOÉ Femininities gold-tone earrings offer a series of signature rings that embodies the energy of female empowerment and features two of the brand’s most sought-after motifs. Prancing ponies and the statuesque ‘Femininities’ emblem (inspired by ancient fertility art) are the highlights of this mismatched pair of ear bling. With a 6.9cm drop, these Italian-made beauties may give off a larger-than-life presence, but actually have a surprisingly lightweight feel to them.

Net-a-porterNeed another NET-A-PORTER gift suggestion? How about the signature, hard-to-overlook, distinctive pattern we all know and love with a practical twist: Burberry’s checked canvas and leather cardholder. It’s a real show-stopper. Black leather and multicolored canvas are paired together to offer an eye-catching luxe gift idea for the accessories hound. Carry cash in the zipped pocket, while backup funds and I.D. fit into four card slots. Just the right size for any on-the-go adventure – the holder doesn’t take much space up inside a purse, and is compact enough to slip into a pocket.   

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3. Lowe’s | Put Your Old Fridge on Ice & Upgrade

The stainless steel Samsung 25.5-cu ft French Door Refrigerator represents one of the most popular styles in refrigeration. Not only does it provide a more convenient, eye-level view of foods, shelves and crisper drawers, but also looks pretty fabulous while doing it.

The CoolSelect Pantry full-width drawer comes with separate temperature controls; ready to store a holiday party platter or safely defrost tonight’s dinner. Store frozen foods in the EZ-Open handled, bottom drawer, which holds the ice maker with easy-access bulk ice storage. Another perk? ENERGY STAR certified products, like this fridge, help save money on utility bills with all of the style, convenience and high-performance you’d expect from a modern kitchen appliance.

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4. Sam’s Club | Get App-Happy with a Smart TV

Binge-watch the final season. Super-size game day touchdowns. Netflix and chill. Whatever their pleasure, a VIZIO D-Series 55″ Class Smart TV is a gift that keeps on giving all year round with 4K Ultra HD resolution – that’s four times the detail of 1080p Full HD! This model comes equipped with Smart TV features that are quicker and easier to navigate. They’ll gain instant access to the most popular apps and their can’t-live-without favorites. Built-in Chromecast means no need to buy an extra accessory to instantly stream movies, shows and music.

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5. One King’s Lane | Breathe Color into a Room

Gift-worthy for new homeowners, art enthusiasts, and baby nurseries, there’s something relaxing yet stimulating about botanical art, like the As Collective Leaf Set of art prints. This Mother Nature-inspired trio certainly breathes life into a room with rich strokes of blue and green –  accompanied by versatile yet uncomplicated, white molding that frames the prints. Each art print (“Milkweed I,” “Leaf I,” and “Milkweed II”) measures 16″ x 13″; is printed on fine art paper; and comes ready to hang in a bedroom, living room, den or office.

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6. Tempur-pedic | The Ultimate “Sweet Dreams” Maker

For some, achieving an intensely-relaxing night’s sleep is a gift sent from heaven; exactly what the TEMPUR-ProAdapt™ aims to deliver. Say ‘hello’ to one of the newest mattresses in the Tempur-pedic lineup. Constructed to provide multiple layers of luxurious comfort, support and advanced pressure-relief, the ProAdapt promotes the kind of rejuvenating sleep many rarely achieve. Personalize the comfort level with Soft, Medium, Medium Hybrid and Firm options – available in a variety of mattress sizes, from Twin to Split CA King. And then, snuggle deeply without a care; there’s a 10-year limited warranty on this mattress, which Tempur-pedic will repair or replace it for free, if needed.

7. Home Depot | Wine in Style

This classically rustic wine cart from the Home Depot is the perfect excuse to fill your home with friends this weekend: not only is it show-off worthy, it holds up to 14 bottles of your favorite wines (plus, all those wine glasses) so you can keep your friends topped off and happy all night long. Bonus: it’s extra-portable, too. Smooth-rolling castors make it easy to keep things moving when it’s time to relocate, update a room, or just bring the party a little closer, while easy-locking wheels keep things safe and secure.

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8. Walmart | Play Time!

Research proves that outdoor play is not only important for kids’ physical health, but can improve their performance in school, and support their emotional wellbeing to boot. Thankfully, the Backyard Discovery Tucson Cedar Wooden Swing Set can help bring health and happiness to both the kids in your life, and to your bank account. A sturdy seating area takes outdoor snacks and crafts where the action is, while an 8′ slide, trapeze bar, and rock wall (all safety tested and certified) serve as an exciting outlet for those pent-up wiggles. Even better: this playset boasts a quick a seamless setup. In as little as a day, this is a holiday gift that could transform any backyard into a lifetime of happy, childhood memories!

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9. Buffalo David Bitton | Take a Walk on the Dark Side

A pair of Evan X Basic Buffalo Jeans, David Bitton-style is just what the man in your life needs to bring in the holidays right. Offering a seductively slim fit in their ‘Dark and Authentic’ wash, these men’s jeans are 98% cotton with a lil’ bit of elastane thrown in for good measure. In addition to bearing the signature Buffalo patch, these jeans offer a fashion-forward combination of features, such as button fly and single button fastening. Striking stitching catches the eye throughout, including on the belt loops and pockets.

Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to find bargains on jewelry, appliances, electronics, and home goods. To make sure discounts on the perfect gift don’t pass you by, stay on top of the latest deals by downloading our Giving Assistant Button.

 

The Empower Bra Making a Difference for Breast Cancer Survivors

The Empower Bra Making a Difference for Breast Cancer Survivors

In the quest to create and support a healthy, active community that welcomes and benefits women and girls, Athleta is constantly improving their clothing line to meet the distinct needs of their customers.

Stressing the significance of movement, the company believes an active body has a healing effect on the mind and soul that’s empowering, which is why it was important for the brand to answer the call for a sports bra that satisfies the specific concerns of active, breast cancer warriors. By investing in the kind of technology that results in performance products truly in tune with the female body, Athleta’s post-mastectomy line and their latest Empower Bra demonstrates their unending commitment to uplifting all women.

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The design and merchandise teams at Athleta worked for over a year to develop a more accommodating option for breast cancer fighters that not only fit comfortably, but also exuded confidence and looked just as fabulous. Launched in October 2017, the first Empower Bra was revealed, a specially designed sports bra for women who have had a mastectomy.

With fully adjustable straps and removable cups that help create a custom fit, the bra blends comfort with fashionable functionality. Its overall construction and special features address unique concerns, such as changing breast size due to post-surgery swelling and the protection of healing incisions.

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Response to the first Empower Bra was overwhelmingly positive and prompted a lot of constructive, crowd-sourced feedback, which encouraged Athleta to expand the possibilities of their mastectomy-friendly bra line. The new, 2.0 version of the Empower Bra exchanges a racerback style with a two-strap, yoga-inspired design that aims to specifically ease the discomfort generally felt by women recovering from lymph node transfer surgery.

To remedy the heft and agitation often associated with medical prosthetics (especially during physical activity), Athleta also offers a more lightweight alternative with their Empower Pads – specially designed inserts that provide support and accommodate the Lotus Pose, treadmill-induced sweat, kickboxing class, triathlons, and even everyday wear. Available in a range of sizes, the $10 inserts wick away sweat and are washable.

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Athleta has also expanded the insert pocket in many of their sports bras, which increases the number of styles and features a woman wearing prosthetics, may consider. Empower Pad-friendly options include Athleta’s Run Free Bra line with asymmetrical straps that draw attention to the back; and the floral and botanical prints of the Hyper Focused Bra.

Not only does Athleta empower others through their post-mastectomy line, but the brand is also part of a unique community of business leaders holding the B Corp designation. Certified B Corporations run their operations for the good of the people and planet. They establish business practices and make decisions that thoughtfully take into consideration the global impact their company will have on the environment, suppliers, workers and their customers.

In addition to embracing water-saving techniques, 40% of fabrics used by Athleta to craft their clothing are made with sustainable fibers. The company also diverts 70% of their store packaging waste from landfills. Additionally, more than 2,500 workers have been empowered through fair trade and Athleta’s P.A.C.E. program, which provides women employed in their factories with the chance to develop their life skills; gain access to advanced education; and improve their financial security.  

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Shoppers can also make a difference with their Athleta purchases. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month, those who buy an Athleta Empower Bra can earn up to 8% cash back, which can then go towards a 1% to 100% cash back donation to a breast cancer nonprofit of their choice. A few to consider include the youth-focused Keep a Breast movement; Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer; and the New York City-based Breast Treatment Task Force. You can earn cash back, support a B Corp business, and donate to a good cause all at the same time – it’s a win-win-win for everyone.

Earn Cash Back Easier with The Giving Assistant Button

Earn Cash Back Easier with The Giving Assistant Button

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Meet the New Jet: City-Living Made Easy

Meet the New Jet: City-Living Made Easy

Not all shoppers are created equal. Some have to deal with the daily grind of traffic-clogged commutes, crowded sidewalks, and making the most of their time within a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. All of these considerations have played a role in the recent brand relaunch and reimagined website of e-commerce game changer Jet. This Walmart-owned company is now placing more emphasis on addressing the distinct needs, style, and décor trends of consumers that live in major metro cities.

Jet’s rebrand aims to make online shopping an enjoyable, convenient experience that also provides offline services shaped by the unique characteristics of city-dwelling consumers.

Shop City Essentials and Curated Brands, All in One Place

Jet.com‘s overall site will transform into a hub of localized goods and services that include Home, Fashion, and Beauty favorites catering specifically to select metropolitan cities. Jet’s rebrand introduces a more personalized website experience, local grocery delivery, and partnerships that expand the grocery and fashion horizons of their customers.

And, it all starts with New York City, which kicks off the first of many city-specific sites soon to roll out over time. The customized site experience will feature iconic NYC details and an inventory filled with curated brands and Big Apple essentials that locals crave.

Shoppers will also have access to various smart, tech-driven features, such as Jet app voice activation and intuitive product recommendations that are based on a customer’s preferences and re-order needs. You can also use the app to keep track of Jet sale prices.

Groceries You Need, Delivered When You Want

City Grocery is another component of Jet’s new personalized shopping experience, which allows urban dwellers to tackle their entire shopping list in one shot.

For a small fee, a fulfillment center in the Bronx and the tech-enabled company, Parcel, will deliver groceries, everyday essentials and select goods to New York City residents within three-hour and next-day time frames.

Consumers will also be able to order some of their favorite local foods and beverages (like ice-cold craft beer). City Grocery has formed partnerships with neighborhood businesses, which means an unfulfilled Big Gay Ice Cream, Just Bagels, or Bedford Cheese Shop craving will no longer be an issue for residents.

Another perk with this service is being able to customize delivery options. So, if you need the doorman to keep your groceries safe for a few hours, Jet has you covered.

Fall Fashion Trends Have Arrived

Just in time for the new season, Jet has formed several select partnerships to keep their inventory well-stocked with an exclusive mix of local and top brands. Shop by trend, and you just might find your next pair of Doc Martens, grunge-inspired layers, or graphic T-shirts that really have something to say.

It also doesn’t hurt that Jet has joined forces with Nike to outfit your closet with footwear, apparel and accessories that amplifies a ‘just do it’ attitude. And, the products aren’t coming from any ol’ third-parties; Jet will offer a selection of specially curated goods straight from Nike that includes Converse gear as well. There will be plenty of running apparel, cross-trainers and sportswear for men, women and children that’ll have you winning this season in style.

Discover the Best in Beauty

Achieve the glowing skin, shiny locks, and traffic-stopping blended looks you desire with Jet’s lineup of top beauty brands and classic favorites. Brands, like Foreo, Art of Shaving, NYX, Aveeno, Neutrogena and Dr. Brandt, all share the spotlight with emerging indie standouts in skin care, cosmetics, grooming, bath and body care. Stock up on never-fail, go-to products. Explore premium brands you never knew existed. And, always keep an eye out for a Jet coupon code to snag the latest beauty must-haves for less.

Make Every Room Your Favorite

No more jumping through hoops and falling down the rabbit hole of room décor.

It’s now officially easier to bring style home with Jet, and make every space your favorite whether you’re shopping for a townhouse, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or studio apartment. Jet.com asks all the right questions to connect visitors with curated product recommendations that help personalize any space size.

To navigate the new-and-improved Home layout, you can:

Shop by room, when you know exactly which personal space you’d like to breathe life into, whether it’s a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, home office or outdoor patio.

Shop by category, and zero in on specific items, like furniture, bedding, wall art, rugs, and appliances from the likes of Keurig, Cuisinart, Ninja, and KitchenAid.

Shop by style, to achieve an even more concentrated search with filters for mid-century, Boho, industrial and classic, transitional décor.

Jet not only makes online shopping more convenient with fast, local delivery options, but also offers free, two-day shipping on orders over $35. To keep up with current deals and discounts, downloading our Giving Assistant Button is a must. It’ll also give you a heads up on the latest Jet promo code that you can use to make city living even more affordably convenient.

Get Fit, Feel Great, and Give Back in Lululemon Activewear

Get Fit, Feel Great, and Give Back in Lululemon Activewear

Before lululemon athletica became a standalone company with more than 300 locations worldwide to date, it operated as a single studio in Vancouver, Canada that split its identity between design and yoga. Founded by Chip Wilson in 1998, yoga continues to play a central role in the mission and philosophy of the company that’s brought us feather prints, sweat-wicking Energy Bras, ABC joggers for men, and global ambassadors that push us to reach our fullest potential. Like yoga, lululemon wishes to rejuvenate bodies, minds and lifestyles through the gear they sell, activities they encourage, and communities they help build.

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lululemon loves to engage with customers. One of the company’s most endearing qualities is their commitment to establish connections that go beyond consumer-business transactions. With an investment of over $5.4 million (and growing), one way lululemon assists locals is by supporting 300 plus grassroots, non-profit partnerships that belong to their Here to Be social impact program. This community-based agenda works to increase the number of people who are able to enjoy free and/or affordable yoga and meditation.

Over time, more than 8,000 yoga mats have been donated through the Here to Be program. Organizations, such as Exhale to Inhale, I Grow Chicago, Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) and LoveYourBrain, benefited from grants ranging from $2,500 to $100,000 which have helped the sick and disabled; at-risk youth; survivors of violence and trauma; and others who face various obstacles in their lives.

lululemon is also a company that passionately goes beyond the positive social energy they radiate into the world. They’re also mindful of reducing their environmental impact; it’s just as important to them as helping people stay fit, informed and uplifted. With an eco-conscious mindset, the company’s energy use, carbon footprint and waste impact is monitored in an effort to create business policies that are healthier for everyone.

Another way lululemon reaches people is through their global ambassadors.

From group fitness sessions in San Francisco to dancing in Australia, lululemon supports an assortment of global ambassador programs led by elite athletes, sporting enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs. They come from all walks of life, and include the likes of personal trainers, runners, snowboarders, artists and musicians. Helping to spread the word and introduce people to lululemon’s core values, ambassadors encourage their communities to live their best life. Classes and events set up shop locally to provide healthy outlets for people exploring new ways to stay active, as well as to level up their strength training, dance moves, cycling endurance, Pilates, meditation, whitewater kayaking skills, and of course, yoga sessions.

lululemon’s original selection of goods solely focused on yoga wear for women. Nowadays, you can shop clothing and accessories for both men and women that accommodate all sorts of active pursuits. They’ve become masters of innovative athletic wear, churning out must-have performance shirts, shorts, pants, lifestyle apparel, footwear, and yoga essentials.

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Today’s lululemon inventory is a reflection of their drive to transform solid research, forward-thinking creativity, and cutting-edge technology into ground-breaking products fueled by fashionably-functional designs and trailblazing fabrics. Rebound quicker from an intense studio class with fast-drying Everlux-made products. Don’t be afraid to sweat harder with Luxtreme, the four-way stretch fabric that’s cool to the touch and “fits like a second skin.” Lightweight Swift, water-repellent jackets provide just the right kind of cover for those who don’t let a few raindrops get in the way of their progress.

A few lululemon bestsellers for the ladies include Fast & Free crop pants and Play Off the Pleats skirts with fashionable side-slits. Men have been stocking up on updated 5 Year Basic Tees, Metal Vent Tech Polos, and City Sweat Pullover Hoodies.

When you shop a lululemon sale, you’ll save money on a wide range of activewear clothing and accessories that accommodate all types of weather and seasonal sports adventures, such as beach-ready yoga mats, earwarmers, Cross Chill Run Gloves, and the perforated Coastline Paddle Suit for swimming and snorkeling in eye-catching style. Another advantage you gain with every purchase – free shipping and free returns!

When shopping and using a lululemon coupon code from Giving Assistant, you’ll not only receive 5% cash back, but in turn, support a business that cares about the fitness, wellbeing and prosperity of consumers and their local communities.

And, if you haven’t already, don’t forget to download our Giving Assistant Button so you can keep an eye out for the latest lululemon discount.

 

Reboot Your Mind, Body and Soul by #MovingTogether with Free People + Girls Inc.

Reboot Your Mind, Body and Soul by #MovingTogether with Free People + Girls Inc.

Strength in numbers will most likely serve as one of the most significant inspirational takeaways from Free People‘s upcoming, second annual #MovingTogether fitness festival. The lifestyle brand known for empowering women with fashion that helps amplify unique expressions of style continues its campaign to build and reinforce community ties using the energy of more than 150 of the brand’s pals. This year, the movement and its ticket holders will meet in New York City at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday, September 30th, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by activist, poet and influential speaker Cleo Wade, this #MovingTogether gathering is a charitable fitness event you won’t want to miss – all in the name of showing support for Free People’s nonprofit partnership with Girls, Inc. It’s a celebration of what can happen when you join forces with friends to get active and motivate one another. In the meantime, you’ll give back to the community and support a worthy organization – all while supporting the values and mission of the Free People brand.

Ticket sale proceeds and product purchases from the onsite pop up will add to the brand’s annual donation to Girls, Inc. A handful of girls from the local New York chapter have been invited to attend, and will represent at the event. The festivities are set to kick off with a warm up run led by Jessica Movold from Mile High Run Club in Brooklyn Bridge Park. DOGPOUND’S Dara Hart is sure to get hearts pumping with an invigorating HIIT class. Brush up on your hip-hop dance steps with a Queen Moves lesson. Relax and tune into Inscape’s guided meditation session. And all through the day, Cleo Wade aims to inspire the crowd with life lessons.

There will be a lot going on during the event, including opportunities to refuel with healthy, light bites and juices. The latest products from Free People Movement and Beauty and Wellness will also be on hand, which you can shop and give a new home. You’ll also have a chance to win a Free People beauty giveaway.

Check out Free People’s #MovingTogether 2017 with Girls, Inc.

What’s at the Heart of Free People?

Answering the call to provide an outlet for women who use fashion, music and art to ‘live free’ and truly express themselves, Free People is a specialty clothing brand that supplies females with the latest trends and exclusive vintage styles. Customers are able to complement their personality with high-quality activewear, intimates, outerwear, accessories and beauty finds that put femininity and creativity on full display. While chic boutiques, some of your favorite department stores, and standalone retail locations carry the Free People brand in the United States and Canada, shoppers can also browse a Free People sale online. Distribution of the brand reaches the United Kingdom, China, and many other parts of the world – delivering clothes and accessories that give off all the free-spirited bohemian vibes a woman needs.

How Can You Support Free People?

If you’re not in the New York City area, you can still show support for the Free People movement. 27 Free People store locations throughout the U.S. will celebrate #MovingTogether by hosting free workout classes on September 29th and 30th. Find a class near you!

Would rather support online? Online shoppers can use a Free People coupon code from Giving Assistant to shop something a little special like an oversized trucker denim jacket or pair of red vegan Cavalier boots. Your purchase also goes towards racking up to 6% cash back bonuses, and you can donate part of it or all to a charitable organization of your choice. There’s also a super convenient way to get a heads up on the newest Free People discounts, the Giving Assistant Button. Download it now if you haven’t already!