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Mother’s Day 2019 gift guide

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Once again, it’s time to pay homage to our mothers — though honestly, they deserve the recognition every day of the year.  As a shoutout to the beautiful women in our lives, I’ve compiled a quick list of things that might make for great gifts for your mums.

Dyson Lightcycle

The perfect present for the woman who serves as the guiding light in your life. The Dyson Lightcycle is not your ordinary lamp. It’s a top-of-the-line appliance that adjusts to the user, mimics daylight, and even learns your daily routine.

PhoneSoap

The PhoneSoap Go cleans your smartphone or any tiny thing with UV-C light. A perfect gift for the mom who always cleans up after your messes.

LV Tambour Horizon

Spoil your mother with this new Louis Vuitton smartwatch. The Tambour Horizon is a beautiful timepiece refreshed with smart capabilities. It’s a gentle reminder of the timeless love you have for her.

Lenovo Smart Clock

Give your mom the gift of great mornings with Lenovo’s Smart Clock. This smart little thing makes for a smart bedroom hub that won’t clash with the room’s interiors.

Foreo Luna fofo

Make every day a pamper day for your mom with the Foreo Luna fofo. This  will cleanse and exfoliate her face with every wash. The best part? It will scan her face and tailor a cleansing routine based on her skin type. She gets a personalized experience that will give her that youthful glow.

Mighty Purse

Literally more power to your mom! This stylish purse has a built-in 4000mAh battery. She’ll never run out of juice when she needs it.

Rakuni case

Carry everything you need on your phone with these great-looking leather cases. Designed for stylish protection, this compact case will allow her to carry important cards and bills with her phone.

Travelon Bag

Always have her stuff protected with these #OOTD worthy anti-theft bags. Slashproof. RFID-blocking. Locking zippers. Travelon bags will be her best travel or everyday carry companion.

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Animal Crossing is launching a ColourPop makeup collection

Featuring your favorite characters

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Despite a full slate of exciting games last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was one of the most influential games of 2020. The island life simulator allowed everyone stuck at home to connect with another despite the pandemic. However, even with the gameplay, the game is just so darn cute. If you wholeheartedly agree (and why wouldn’t you?), Nintendo is collaborating with ColourPop for an Animal Crossing-themed makeup collection.

In its announcement post on Twitter, Nintendo unveiled four color palettes in the collection. The forefront of the collection features Isabelle’s yellow complexion and her cute-as-a-button pink top. If you’re looking for something more inspired, Blathers and Celeste have their own color palette featuring combination of their colors. For the stylish, the Able Sisters shine in purple and lilac. If, however, you’re looking for capitalist chic, Tom Nook has his own palette featuring his cash-money green.

The Animal Crossing x ColourPop collection will launch on January 28. Though only four palettes were showcased, the collection might include further characters. Besides the main characters around your island, the game also has a wide variety of cute potential villagers.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo made five-fold profit thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Prepare your meals through your phone, fridge using Samsung SmartThings

The kitchen, simplified

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With everything going on in the world, it’s no surprise that people are spending more time in the kitchen and looking out for new recipes.

The good news? Samsung has just the thing to get it sorted quickly and easily. They’re bringing in Family Hub features into mobile users through the SmartThings app.

Samsung’s SmartThings Cooking service helps bring all of your Samsung kitchen appliances together. How? It lets you search, plan, purchase, and meal prep seamlessly through your phone or fridge through the SmartThings app.

On top of that, it recommends customized recipes based on your taste and preferences while considering ingredients available to you. You can scroll through recipe collections when you’re undecided or quickly zero-in on meals that suit your cravings.

SmartThings Cooking, powered by Whisk, is accessible through Samsung’s SmartThings. If you’ve got the Family Hub in your smart kitchen arsenal, there’s no need to fret.

The fridge keeps tabs of what you have and don’t, adding missing ingredients directly to your online grocery cart for at-home deliveries. Not to mention, you can shop through Walmart, Kroger, Instacart, and Amazon Fresh, using the Whisk network.

With SmartThings added to the Family Hub smart fridge, you get to enjoy all the cool features and more! You get to access your other smart kitchen gadgets through widgets on the screen, prioritize most used apps, and feature family photos, notes, and recipes.

And, if cooking is what you’re worried about, Samsung has you covered for even that. SmartThings guides you through easy cooking steps and lets you control cooking modes, temperatures, and time settings with one touch. Leaving you with little room for error.

So, with all that in mind, was it really a surprise to see Samsung’s Family Hub win its sixth consecutive CES Innovation Award this year? For us, not quite.

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CES 2021

ColdSnap is a machine that makes you ice cream at home

It’s a mood

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Last year and this upcoming one has been a downer. So, when the daunting reality of our world taking its time keeping us all in misery hits you, a treat to numb the pain helps. I mean, we could also curl up into a ball and cry but ice cream while curled up into a ball while crying is the way to go.

Meet ColdSnap: an ice-cream-making gadget by Sigma Phase at CES 2021. It works like coffee pod machines but instead of coffee, it serves ice cream and other frozen treats from recyclable aluminium pods.

From frozen cocktails, fruit smoothies, and classic ice cream, this gadget has all the chill in its arsenal to keep you happy or the very least, sane. The pods look like slim cans that have built-in QR codes to make the liquid mix freeze to the perfect consistency in about 60 to 90 seconds. And, if you’re lactose intolerant, there’s no need to have your gut on the line. ColdSnap offers non-dairy options like oat milk ice cream.

ColdSnap is still in the prototype stage and won’t be available until 2022. When it hits retail, it’s expected to cost somewhere between US$ 500 and US$ 1,000 with the pods costing somewhere between US$ 2.50 to US$ 3.

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