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7 gift ideas for pets and paw-rents on your list

Happy pets, happy paw-rents

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Know someone whose life has been completely run over by their fur-baby? With the holidays just around the corner, it may actually be a good idea to get a joint gift for pets and their paw-rents. That’s hitting two birds with one, perfectly-wrapped stone and making sure you’re always welcome when you visit.

If you’re a pet owner yourself, why not use these gifts to give your best buddy a treat this holiday season? We all know they deserve it. Here are some gift ideas that will make both your friend and their little bundle of fur happy:

1. Petcube Bites

As someone who has always been a fur-mama, I tend to wonder what my pets are up to while I’m away. Are they behaving at home? More importantly, is everything okay? With the Petcube Bites, there’s no need to be such a worrywart. You’ll get notifications when there’s been excessive movement at home or even when your pet is making noise. The camera also records these and sends the footage to a cloud, making sure you don’t miss anything. Watching my dog Juancho on the app gives me so much comfort when I’m away.

The Petcube Bites also allows you to throw treats at your pets and talk to them. Just be careful you don’t scare them with your new-found omnipresence. For our full review (and more of @JuanchoTheCorgi), click here.

2. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Give your stylish paw-rent friend and their pet the best of both worlds with the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. When Juancho was still pretty small, he would get scared of any normal hairdryer because of the noise. That’s something you won’t have to worry about with this powerful hairdryer.

It cuts drying time in half and makes sure the fur mom and the pet are frizz-free. It’s also gentle on the hair and regulates the temperature. This makes sure the paw-rent’s hair and their fur-baby’s fur aren’t damaged and that they maintain their natural shine. Apparently, we can have our cake and eat it too!

Available at the official Dyson online store, with prices starting at EUR 359. A little steep? Don’t worry. Monthly payments start at EUR 14,95 per month at zero interest.

3. Litter-Robot Connect 3

Cats are pretty much low maintenance. Cleaning the litter box, however, is still a chore most cat-owners would prefer to get easier. That’s where the Litter-Robot Connect 3 comes in. This litter box from the future does the scooping for you every time your cat needs to go potty. You only need to take out the drawer and do one massive throw every time it gets full.

It also connects to an app which will remind you to empty the waste drawer or if it needs a refill. Less time spent scooping means more time with your fur baby and we’re so on board this idea.

Check out the Litter-Robot Connect 3 here.

4. Alfawise V8S Pro E30B

For most cats and dogs, shedding can be quite the nightmare they give to their fur-parents. As someone who’s a corgi mama, I can definitely attest to this. Hair accumulating in corners of your rooms even after brushing and the often-repeated chore of vacuuming throughout the week.

Give the gift of a less-painful back and more time spent playing with their pet through the new Alfawise V8S Pro E30B. This robot vacuum even has a mop attachment which will be helpful to new paw-rents who are still training their dog on doing their business outside.

You can find the full review in this link.

5. Embark Dog DNA Test

Ever wanted to look in your dog’s ancestry as well as their biological family’s health history? Yes, that’s a bit too specific. However, wouldn’t you really want to know? If you’re one of the good souls who adopted a rescue, knowing what diseases your dog might get in the future could actually be helpful in your quest to prevent them.

All you have to do is use the swabs that come in the package sent to you after ordering. Then, you send it back to the Embark offices. After comparing your pooch’s DNA with about 250 other breeds and almost two hundred disease patterns, you’ll shortly get the results that will help you understand your dog better.

Prices for kits range from US$ 129 to US$ 199. You can order them here.

6. Whistle Go Explore

You love tracking the progress of your fitness goals using your own fitness tracker or smartwatch. Why not track your pet’s as well? The Whistle Go Explore is attached to a collar and monitors their health. This makes it easy to share their reports with your vet and that you’ll surely stay on top of your pet’s well being. It also records their daily activity, allowing you to set goals and gives you gentle nudges to ensure you’re walking your pet enough.

Love exploring the great outdoors with your fur-baby? You can also track their location through the app. This also comes in useful if your pet loves escaping from your backyard.

Get the Whistle Go Explore for US$ 129.95 here.

7. Cloud7 Dog Bed

Good sleep means healthier fur-babies so why not a gorgeous bed that will also fit with the paw-rent’s aesthetic? The Sleepy Deluxe from German brand Cloud7 has four single, circumferential chambers. These are filled with low-noise and dimensionally stable granule beads for a more quiet environment even when your pet loves to twist and turn in the night.

The separately inserted quilted mattress is sag resistant. The mix of undyed, untreated new wool and polyester in the cover ensures that it’s easy to clean and machine washable. You can view other colours and designs here.  For the ones who love to travel with their pets, there’s a portable version that will ensure your pet gets the same level of comfort he gets at home even when you’re in an AirBnB.

Our pets give us so much love and bring a lot of happiness into our lives. So, spoiling them a little this season is truly justified and will surely put a smile on their paw-rents’ face.

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Stay Cozy: 5 best places to visit during winter

Channel your inner Queen Elsa or Jack Frost!

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Photo by Jason Briscoe

Winter is here. From December to March, the Northern Hemisphere faces the coldest time of the year. For some people, winter is hellish. It’s brutally cold, bulky outfits make it hard to move; landscapes feel robbed of colors, and the sun barely shows itself.

However, some people enjoy the freezing season — especially those who live in tropical countries wanting to experience snow at least once in their lifetime. It’s also a time where people get closer and warmer. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy winter, here are the top places to go.

Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is Finland’s capital. Many people visit the country to embark on a Nordic tour and see the northern lights. Little do they know, there’s a chance to see the famed northern lights in the country’s capital, especially in February and March from 9 PM until 1 AM.

Aside from spending long nights outdoors, Helsinki is a beautiful place to go sightseeing during winter. Make sure to visit Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki Museum, Helsinki Central Library and walk around Sibelius Park and Esplanade Park. If you’re in for some coffee, visit Fazer Café and Café Regatta.

Don’t forget to visit a sauna — one of the top things to do in the city — to get a real feel of Helsinki. Drop by the Allas Sea Pool.

Where to stay: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Radisson Blu Plaza is a historical hotel near Helsinki Central Station with a Finnish-designed interior making you feel like you’re in a set from an early 1900’s movie! Book here.


Quebec, Canada

People flock to Quebec to visit Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Who wouldn’t want to? Old Quebec is a remnant of history; a piece of life from centuries ago, immortalized through design and architecture. However, Quebec has its charms that make people explore more of its secrets and wonders.

When in town, make sure to walk along Terrasse Dufferin and bask in a spectacular view of Saint-Lawrence river. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also visit Plaines d’Abraham and do some skiing and skating. Don’t forget to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate from La Maison Smith.

Lastly, Quebec has events you shouldn’t miss if you’re in town for winter. There’s a German Christmas Market in December and Carnaval de Québec in February.

Where to stay: L’appartement GLOBETROTTER

L’appartement is a spacious and bright BnB with a private roof terrace, located in Saint-Roch district. Stay here.


Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo is popular as it is one of the snowiest cities in the world. It’s also a vibrant city — even in winter — as it presents a lot of activities for every tourist. Go ahead and embrace your inner child: play in the snow, adme ice sculptures, and ride snowmobiles, especially during the Sapporo Snow Festival.

If you love beer, you probably know Sapporo as a beer brand — another reason to visit the city. Sapporo has been brewing beers since the late 1800s and people come to the Sapporo Beer Museum for beer tasting. Beer fan or not, Sapporo in winter is a beautiful place to visit in groups. Who’s in for long nights drinking beer with your friends and/or with fellow travelers?

Don’t forget to book an onsen for a warm and relaxed trip!

Where to stay: Sapporo Station BnB

Sapporo Station BnB is a charming, tatami-styled, budget-friendly BnB located next to a subway station. Stay here.


Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is a wonderful destination during winter. There are a lot of things to do both indoors and outdoors that it’s impossible not to love this city even in cold.

For those willing to brave the cold, stroll around Gyeongbokgung Palace, ice skate at Seoul Plaza and Yeoui Ice Park, eat winter street food like tteokbokki (rice cakes with spicy red chili paste), hotteok (Korean pancakes with nuts and honey), and gyeran bbang (steamed bread with egg), and of course, experience snow everywhere!

For indoor dwellers, visit quirky and themed cafés or warm up with some hot cup of tea from teahouses in Insadong.

Where to stay: Hanok Guesthouse Mon Oncle a Seoul

A Hanok is a traditional Korean house popular among tourists. Hanok Guesthouse Mon Oncle a Seoul is well-loved by travelers due to its great location and remarkable sunset views. Book here.


New York City, United States of America

Popular all-year-round, New York unravels a different personality and charm during winter. It’s a winter wonderland for most people, hosting larger-than-life celebrations and making everything big and loud.

When you’re in the city for Christmas, make sure to rock on some coats and scarves while ice-skating with a date or someone special in Rockefeller Center or at Wollman Rink. Take a stroll along Hudson’s Warren Street and through Central Park.

Other than that, New York hosts a lot of tradition and events during winter like the New Year’s Eve ball drop, Lunar New Year parade, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, New York Fashion Week, and NYC Broadway Week.

Where to stay: Walker Hotels Tribeca

Walker Hotels Tribeca is an artistic and aesthetically-pleasing hotel situated at a great location that will help you get anywhere around New York. Book here.


Stay Cozy is a series on GadgetMatch.com where we feature travel destinations with guides on things to do, sights to see and a highlight on the places we can book in advance to show that technology makes planning your trips easier.

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Huawei Y6s: Easy on the eyes, easy on the pocket

A good balance of good hardware and efficient software

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Us women love a good bargain. Spending on a pair of classic pumps, a much-awaited trip, or the groceries feels more satisfying when we get more than what we paid for.

The same holds true even for gadgets — just because we want to stick to our budget, it doesn’t mean we have to make compromises. That’s where the Huawei Y6s comes in.

Optimized performance

A good smartphone is one that can handle tasks with ease, enabled by a good mix of hardware and software. With the combination of a new octa-core processor and intelligent EMUI 9.1 system, the Huawei Y6s is optimized to perform smoothly.

The phone intelligently clears system cache in the background so you don’t have to. This keeps the phone at the top of its game. You can run multiple apps and switch between them without hiccups.

When you’re running out of space, it will remind you to delete unnecessary files, like those selfie outtakes you’re never planning on sharing.

A 3020 mAh battery makes sure you have enough juice to last through your day. Things under the hood make the phone power efficient so it lasts even longer.

Security at your fingertip

Keeping your information private is easy. Choose to unlock your phone with the fast fingerprint scanner at the back, or face unlock up front — or set up both. Face unlock intelligently increases the brightness in low-light scenarios so it can recognize your face faster.

Nature-inspired design

Any woman would agree looking good throughout the day is a tall order. The secret to staying fresh is constant touchups from head to toe.

Thankfully, the Huawei Y6s stays pristine no matter what, relieving you of one more thing to worry about. The matte finish on the Orchid Blue variant doesn’t pick up gross grime and fingerprint smudges. It also matches the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year — making it both classic and trendy.

The Starry Black option shimmers like the beautiful night sky full of stars. Its hidden reflective particles shine when hit by light — a nice surprise touch.

Superb multimedia experience

This phone is your personal portable speaker while listening to music or watching movies at home. It’s even loud enough for hanging out with your friends at the beach.

When you crank it up to full volume, audio quality isn’t compromised. A unique audio system design delivers rich bass, and a full sound. It also has a built-in FM antenna so you can listen to the radio to discover new music when you get tired of the playlist you put together.

Paired with its 6.09-inch display, your Netflix and chill experience would be unmatched. Its tiny bezels make viewing more immersive that you’ll want to keep watching until your eyes get tired.

Fortunately, the Y6s features Eye Comfort mode and is TÜV Rheinland certified. It effectively filters out harmful blue light, and intelligently adjusts the color temperature and brightness to reduce eye fatigue.

Cameras that capture memories during the day and at night

Low quality pictures should be a thing of the past as we usher in a new decade. The new memories we make deserve to be captured by a camera capable even those that happen after sunset. The fast f/1.8 aperture on the Huawei Y6s ensures its main camera can let in as much light as possible. Photos are clear and in focus, with less noise even those taken in low light scenarios.

Selfies, too, turn out great, even when you need oil blotting in real life. With the 8MP front camera and its smart beautification algorithm, you look your best no matter the time of the day.

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When it comes to finding a smartphone that suits your lifestyle and your budget, it’s important to find one that ticks basic features and more. At PhP 6,990, the Huawei Y6s gives you more than what you’re paying for. With a good balance of good hardware and efficient software, it stands out in a sea of smartphones in its price point.

To avail of Huawei’s Christmas promos visit consumer.huawei.com/ph/campaign/together-2020/


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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10 gift ideas for the bookworm on your list

Gifts that are not books

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If you have friends or family who love to read, chances are other people will already give them books this holiday season. It’s that or they already bought the book they want to read next. If you want to give something different that they will appreciate, here are some other ideas to help you out:

Kindle

For the friend who has too many books but not enough shelves, get her the new Kindle. It’s also perfect for that friend who brings a book or two when traveling. She always managse to finish reading on the flight leaving herself book-less for the rest of the trip.

The new Kindle retails for US$ 89.99 and comes in black and white.

Kindle case

If she already has a Kindle, how about a case inspired by classic book covers? Not only will it protect her gadget from scratches, it also gives her the feeling of holding a book while reading. Smell of an actual book not included.

The case starts at GBP 25, and comes in varying sizes and covers.

Audible credits

Some people will always prefer reading over listening to audiobooks. For those who are open to the latter, Audible credits are a practical, yet thoughtful gift you can give. If you know of a specific title they want to listen to, there’s also an option to get that book as a gift either through your own Audible credits or using a credit card.

One credit starts at US$ 15, and you can choose to give up to 12 months worth of Audible credits.

Noise-cancelling earphones

A pair of noise cancelling earphones is one of the best gifts you can give this year not just to bookworms, but to almost anyone on your list. Bookworms will especially love being able to block any noise and concentrate on reading (or listening to) their book.

Plenty of great options came out this year, including the Sony WF-1000XM3, which retails for SG$ 349.

Bookends

Help decorate one’s home with cute bookends. For someone who lives in a smaller space, a multi-purpose bookend is your best bet — maybe one that doubles as a flower vase for the living room or a kitchen utensil holder. You can also get an upcycled one using old records. For a more personal touch, you can even do it yourself and you got yourself a crafty project this holiday season.

Lumio LED book lamp

Any bookworm will appreciate receiving a lamp to help them read when the sun starts to dip. What if you give them something in the shape of a book? They sure will love you more than they already do!

The Lumio LED book lamp comes in different finishes, and starts at US$ 150.

Laptop sleeve

Another gift idea for that special someone is a book-inspired sleeve to protect her laptop. Make it more personal by making her favorite cover made. You can even add the first and last pages of the book to make it feel more like one. There’s also an option to add a smaller but similar case for the charger and other accessories.

The laptop sleeve starts at $199 on Etsy, but is on sale at $59.70.

NYPL Library Card Pouch

The New York Public Library store has a ton of useful knickknacks you can buy as gifts. There’s a pouch inspired by the original library cards from the 1940’s that any bookworm will appreciate even if you bought it at the last minute!

The NYPL Library Card Pouch retails for US$ 15 for non-members.

 NYPL Library Card Socks

Another option is this cute pair of socks that will surely make any bookworm’s heart and feet warm this chilly season. It comes in small and large and is priced at US$12 for non-members.

Black NYPL Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tote Bag

Know someone inspired by the Notorious RBG? This tote could not be any more perfect. It can carry not just that heavy hardbound book, but her groceries or gym clothes as well!

The black tote bag retails for US$ 15 for non-members.

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