You Can Get Emily’s Vintage Camera Phone Case From ‘Emily In Paris’ For Just $7

We’re guessing you binged all streaming episodes of Emily in Paris on Netflix and are now wondering where Emily got that freakin’ awesome vintage camera phone case. Whether Emily in Paris was a hate-binge or you just genuinely loved the show, one thing is clear: Girl had good taste. The social media guru (played by Lily Collins) has expensive tastes in clothing and accessories, but weirdly enough, her iconic — and ironic — phone case (a vintage camera) is actually pretty budget-friendly. And you can buy the same one. It’s the phone case she uses everywhere she goes in Paris on her journey to becoming a social media guru and influencer.

Emily's phone in Emily in Paris

The phone is 3D and, if you watched the show (which we’re assuming you did if you’re here, hi!) is meant to mimic a real, vintage camera, making it look like you’re taking selfies with an old school cam. And hey, it works for Emily, as she makes her way through Paris and racks up (a maybe unrealistic) amount of followers in a short period of time (any social media manager might tell you it’s not so easy, but ah well, you gotta love and forgive escapist TV).

You can buy your own camera for yourself — or your teen if you want! It makes an awesome gift, especially if they’re pop-culture minded and have watched Emily in Paris. Or just love old-timey things with functionality. The Emily in Paris-inspired phone case is available on Amazon, and is made of silicone, making it truly effective for protection purposes. The real-deal phone is currently out of stock (due to its popularity thanks to the show), but luckily, there are plenty of retailers selling one that looks almost exactly like Emily’s.

We especially like this one, which has great reviews and offers ample protection.

We also love this one from Casetify which is pricier, but arguably higher quality, as it’s an Ultra Compact Case (and we can totally vouch for Casetify’s products, they’ve saved our phones from all kinds of disasters).

Here’s another more budget friendly option, but it may only work with smaller phones.

And here’s a Emily in Paris-inspired phone case that’s designed for longer phones and comes at a wallet-friendly price.

How le fun!

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Pacifiers So Awesome, They’ll Calm Down The Fussiest Of Babies

Pacifiers come in all different shapes, sizes, colors — you name it. But the one thing they all have in common is that they (usually) get your baby to stop crying without you having to whip your boob out (again) or do insane amounts of squats so you can score three solid hours of uninterrupted sleep. When it comes to shopping for a pacifier, it’s no surprise if you feel a tad overwhelmed. Like most baby gear departments, the pacifier aisle (so to speak) is overflowing with brands offering all sorts of different types.

The most common two types are cylindrical, which is shaped like a pinky finger, and “orthodontic,” which is marketed to be better for oral development, explains Melanie Potock, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, Feeding Specialist and author of Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater. “Orthodontic pacifiers are molded to hook behind the front gums and rest up on the hard palate or rounded at the tip for the same purpose,” she says. A third shape, which goes by the term “flattened,” looks like a flat oval.

What should parents look for when buying a pacifier?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends purchasing pacifiers that are constructed of one single piece of material (silicone) for both the nipple and mouth shield. This, Potock explains, helps prevent facial injuries that occur when an infant falls onto a plastic pacifier mouth shield, bottle or hard sippy cup. “Two separate pieces also increases the risk of a piece breaking off and causing choking,” she adds. She also recommends that pacifiers have ventilation to cut down on moisture and be both latex- and BPA-free.

Whether you’re expecting or well into the infant phase, these pacifiers get the mom stamp of approval.

Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier

You’ll likely find these pacifiers being used by medical professionals in hospital settings, which is a true testament to their effectiveness. These are orthodontic pacifiers that can help promote proper development of baby’s teeth and gums. The material is free of BPA and latex and can be safely sterilized and tossed in the dishwasher for your convenience. 


Evenflo Feeding Balance Infant Pacifier

Free of all of the nasty ingredients that shouldn’t be in your baby’s products to begin with (BPA, polycarbonates, PVC, phthalates, etc.), this silicone-made pacifier has that cylindrical shape that’s designed to mimic the shape of your nipple and areola when your baby is breastfeeding. It has an easy grip design so that it pops right into your baby’s mouth.


Dr. Brown’s HappyPaci

You may already have some Dr. Brown’s products lying around (they make excellent infant bottles!), so you may need no introduction to this mom-trusted brand. If you’ve never heard of them—they do things right—and their pacifier is just one of their many ingenious products. This one is 100 percent silicone, lightweight and soft to the touch. It has a contoured butterfly-shaped shield that curves nicely around your baby’s nose and cheeks. It’s also dishwasher safe and free of BPA. 


Nanobebe Pacifiers

Got a fussy one on your hands? This paci promises to calm those ear-piercing cries and help your little one relax—and maybe even fall asleep! It is designed to stay in your baby’s mouth and cut down on nipple confusion. It’s free of all the bad chemicals like BPA and phthalates and is one single piece so it doesn’t pose as a choking hazard. Oh, and the brand lets you send it back if you’re not satisfied!


NUK Orthodontic Pacifiers

These orthodontic pacifiers are asymmetrical, with a scooped bottom that allows for more room for the natural sucking motion that babies make on the breast while preventing nipple confusion. It’s also designed to help foster proper oral development and is heart-shaped so it fits right under your baby’s nose for easier breathing. 


The First Years Gumdrop Newborn Pacifiers

These aptly named pacifiers that look like gummy candies are made from latex-free silicone. They have a unique contour shape that fits Baby’s face without covering his nose and are meant for infants ages 0-3 months. As one reviewer notes, they’re great for breastfed babies. “If you have a breastfed baby that won’t take a pacifier, and you’re at your wits end. Try this one! It is the only pacifier my baby girl will take and after wanting to be latched for 2-3 hours at a time these things are basically a godsend!”


MAM Animal Collection Pacifiers

How cute are these pacifiers? They come in all different prints featuring adorable animals that your baby is too young to acknowledge. But if you have an older kid, she’s sure to get a kick out of them. The silicone nipple is BPA-free and made from a SkinSoft material and a symmetrical shape that’s conducive for healthy jaw and teeth development. 


Tommee Tippee Day & Night Pacifiers

These pacifiers are meant for older infants (6-18 months and 18-36 months) and come in handy during the night thanks to their glow-in-the-dark design. They have a symmetrical orthodontic shape that helps foster oral development and are both BPA- and phthalate-free. 


Now that your pacifier supply is next level, stock up on these other baby gear essentials.

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42 Best Friend Gifts That Say ‘You’re The Ann to My Leslie’

When it comes to best friend gift ideas, it can be tricky. You may know your BFF like the back of your hand, but that still doesn’t mean that buying the perfect present isn’t stressful. You want something that’s quintessentially “them,” but is also an ode to your friendship without being cheesy. You finally find THE perfect gift and then you realize…”wait, I already bought that for them two years ago!” Then it’s back to the drawing board.

Luckily, we’ve pulled together the ultimate list—from holiday Christmas gifts to sentimental gifts to kitschy, cute best friend gifts. We have something for every taste (and budget) out there. Whether your bestie is a beauty-lover, a foodie, a fitness buff, a mixologist or anything in between, you’ll find the perfect present from our list. Because what’s better than getting a package in the mail from your closest girlfriend?

Below: See our picks for the very best, best friend gifts.

Benefit BYOB: Bring Your Own Beauty Set

Remember nights in with your bestie? Watching rom-coms, giving each other makeovers, etc. Gift her this BYOB (“Bring Your Own Beauty”) kit from Benefit that includes mascara, brow gel, bronzer (all full-sized) and a mini-sized face primer.


Piecework Puzzles Power Lunch Jigsaw Puzzle

Give this “power lunch” puzzle to your bestie who crushes it from 9-5. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds goes to the National Women’s Law Center.


Jonathan Adler Secrets Jar

A best friend holds your closest secrets, so give her this gorgeous porcelain vase from Jonathan Adler.


Parachute Waffle Robe

The brand Parachute is known for its bedding, but also for its wildly popular, luxury hotel-level robes. This is the type of robe that will make you wonder why you ever bought clothes to begin with.


Bad Girls Throughout History Book

If your BFF always has a cool coffee table book on display, she’ll love this one that features 100 badass women throughout history.

$16.21 AT AMAZON

DEMDACO Made With Love Pie Dish

For your BFF who always brings the best pies to Friendsgiving.


Ullo Wine Purifier

This wine purifier (aka, miracle worker!) removes sulfates so that you and your bestie can avoid that dreaded wine hangover the next morning. Because let’s be real, sometimes “happy hour” extends into the late-late evening.

$54.97 AT AMAZON

Sugarfina Candy Care Package

This “candy care” package comes with personalized message from you and 8 mini drawers of Sugarfina’s top candies.


Hickory Farms Wine & Snack Gift Set

Because sometimes we just need some wine and a snack. This charcuterie gift basket comes with two types of cheeses, salami, rosemary crackers and Cabernet Sauvignon.


Lush Best Friend Gift Set

For your friend who would spend the entire day in the bathtub if they could.

$34.95 AT LUSH

Play the Patriarchy Card Game

This card game is kind of like “Apples to Apples” but the feminist version. Play it with your most clever friends.


Ciate London x SmileyWorld Wink On Eyeshadow Palette

This luxe eyeshadow set comes in a smiley face compact that will remind your bestie of her Limited Too days.


Bring A Folding Chair Mug

Shirley Chisholm was the first Black major-party candidate to run for the President of the United States in 1972, and she famously said: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”


Slip Silk Scrunchies, Set of 3

These are not your average, mall-brand ‘90s scrunchies. These silk hair scrunchies are not only pretty, but they reduce frizz and keep your hair looking gorgeous.


Hanky Panky “Cheers” Underwear

Everyone could always use a new pair of Hanky Panky undies, and this thong low-rise comes in a cute “Cheers” gift box.


Golden Girls Bingo

The recipe for a perfect night: Pizza, wine and “Golden Girls” bingo with your best friend.

$21.99 AT AMAZON

Ellis Brooklyn “Rrose” Eau de Parfum

Perfume is personal and can be difficult to buy as a gift. But if your BFF is a scent-lover, she will undoubtedly love this crowd-pleasing, floral fragrance from Ellis Brooklyn.


Out of Print Eleanor Oliphant Tote Bag

For your fiction-loving friend who prefers a good book over a reality TV binge.


Barefoot Dreams CozyChic In The Wild Throw

Barefoot Dreams is known for its luxurious blankets that basically feel like sleeping on a cloud. So give your friend the gift of cozy with this leopard throw.

$220 AT AMAZON Serious Business Woman Tee

Give this T-shirt to your best friend who means business, seriously.


Big Ass Jumbo D’oh!nut (serves 4)

Sometimes we just need to eat our feelings, and what’s better than a strawberry sprinkle donut? A “big ass” strawberry sprinkle donut.


HALLUCI Soft Plush Fleece Slippers

Who doesn’t love a new pair of fuzzy slippers? These ones have nearly a 5-star rating and 13,000 reviews on Amazon.

$23.99 AT AMAZON

SAOI Crystal Water Bottle

Give the gift of hydration and the healing power of rose quartz with this crystal water bottle.

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Hot Sauce Camper Gift Set

Because “some like it hot.”

$24.99 AT AMAZON

Tone It Up Yoga Mat

We can’t go to the gym these days, so it’s a perfect time to invest in a yoga mat for some virtual, at-home workouts.

$39.99 AT TONE IT UP

Feminist Enamel Pins

If your BFF never leaves home without some flair, she’ll love these feminist enamel pins.

$13.99 AT AMAZON

Kate Spade Strawberry Lunch Tote Cooler

If your friend isn’t working from home these days and instead travels into work, give her a cute lunch cooler like this strawberry one from Kate Spade.

$29.95 AT AMAZON

JOON Saffron Rose Shampoo

For your hair care-loving friend who always gets blowouts and misses the salon experience.


PAVOI Gold Plated Earring Cuffs

If your BFF is an accessories-lover, she’ll be obsessed with these sparkly cuff earrings that have nearly 14K reviews on Amazon.

$13.95 AT AMAZON

Spritz Cocktail Book

If your bestie wants to dip her toe into the art of mixology, get her started with this cocktail recipe book.

$13.29 AT AMAZON

Personalized Best Friend Gifts

Parks and Recreation “You Perfect Sunflower” Fill-In Book

Give this book to the Ann to your Leslie, and let her know all the ways that she is a beautiful, perfect sunflower.


Custom BFF Sticker

Send through a picture of you and your BFF and have a custom-made sticker of the two of you.

$9.00 ETSY

Personalized Best Friend Necklace

Nothing is more classic than a friendship necklace, and you can personalize this one based on your bestie’s birthstone.

$29.99 AT AMAZON

Hand Embroidered Astrology Pillow

These personalized zodiac pillows are perfect for your friend who’s an astrology buff.


Christmas Gift Ideas For Friends

Beekman 1802 Twinkle Twinkle Advent Calendar Set

Count down to Christmas and stay beautified with this luxurious “Twinkle Twinkle” advent calendar from Beekman 1802, that comes with 24 body and skin care goodies.

$94 AT BEEKMAN 1802

ORLY Winter Wonderland Mini Nail Kit

This wintery-themed nail kit of four mini polishes is the perfect present for your BFF who never has chipped nails.


Women’s Holiday Mickey Mouse Pajamas

These Disney pajamas come in a matching set for every size in the family, so you can get one for just your bestie or her entire crew.


QUEENFUR Slouchy Knit Beanie

This cute beanie hat with a faux fur pompom is the perfect gift for your friend who lives in colder temps.

$11.99 AT AMAZON

Sentimental Gifts

Rachel & Monica Mug

Watching “Friends” and drinking wine are two of the best activities a person can do, and this gift is an ode to both.

$9.95 AT ETSY

HOME SMILE Friendship Trinket Dish

Because “a true friendship is a journey without an end.”

$16.99 AT AMAZON

“I Miss You” Friendship Gift Box

Give this “I Miss You Box” to your long-distance bestie.  It comes with a succulent plant, candle and decorative matchbook.

$22.90 AT ETSY

Friendship Ornament 2020

In a year when it was difficult to see loved ones, this sentiment is so important to remember: “Friends are like stars; you may not always see them, but they’re always there.”

$23.99 AT AMAZON

Check out the rest of our gift guides!

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This Pre-Lit Cactus-Shaped Christmas Tree Is Bringing Us So Much Joy Right Now

If you’re thinking about decorating for the holidays already, you’re not the only one. If it sparks some much-needed joy in your life, then why not? 2020 has been a dumpster fire, and there are officially no rules. Decorate for Halloween in August? Sure! Put up your tree in October? Do. It. At the very least, you can be planning for November, and November 1 is fair game for getting festive, whether that means buying ornamental turkeys for the mantle, or creating paper snowflakes for the windows. When I saw this pre-lit artificial cactus-shaped Christmas tree on Amazon, I knew that it was the perfect edition to my living room. It’s quirky, it’s fun, and it matches my little Spanish-style house in Los Angeles. And it’s something different than the standard tree (which is also wonderful and magical, don’t get me wrong), and I could use a little pizazz in my life.

You can get one that’s 5 feet, 6 feet, and 7 feet. It comes pre-lit with LED lights, red and golden ornaments, and a golden bow to top things off. The tree itself is made with eco-friendly PVC material, and all you really need to go with it is a tree skirt, and presents, obviously.


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Walmart Is Selling A Mickey Mouse Instant Pot, And It’s Making Our Kitchen The Happiest Place On Earth

Disney lovers, it’s been a bad year for us. It’s been a bad year for almost everyone, but if you’re someone who visits the Disney parks often, or makes a special, yearly trek with your family, then you’re probably feeling that loss of magic in your life. Sure, Disney World in Florida is technically open, but you may not feel safe to go with your family right now, and that’s honestly a good call. There will be no Dole Whips, no Mickey-shaped pretzels, no Space Mountain footage to post on Instagram. Your kids might feel sad they won’t get to pose with Star Wars characters or Disney princesses. But this purchase might make you feel better: Walmart is selling a Mickey Mouse-themed Instant Pot and it comes in three colors: white, red, and black (with miniature Mickeys).

Since you can’t go to Disney, invite Disney into your own kitchen. The 6-Qt Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 is a pressure cooker, sauté pan, rice cooker, slow cooker, food warmer, and yogurt maker — and it’s also a sous chef of sorts, because it monitors your meal to make sure your food doesn’t overheat. That makes it totally possible to throw your ingredients in the Instant Pot and walk away for a bit if you need to.

It’s available for $80 and is the perfect gift for yourself, or anyone else in your life who could use some cheering up (as well as dinner hacking help).

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32 Creative Birthday Gifts For The Guy In Your Life Who’s About To Turn 40

It’s always hard finding a creative birthday gift for the men in your life — especially when they’re turning a milestone age, like 40. Right now, I’m closer to 40 than I am 30. Even though, thanks to the pandemic, I feel as if I’ve aged a decade within the past few months. Celebrating a birthday in 2020 is kind of a bummer, especially if your go-to plans were dinner and a movie. While you can still celebrate the occasion with someone you love, you might want to focus more on the gift than the destination.

So, what does a 40-year-old man want? Good question. By the time you hit 40, you should be more or less settled. The 40-year-old in your life may have kids, or might be thinking about it. But usually, by 40, you’re settled in a town and living situation you feel comfortable with. You probably don’t have roommates anymore — but if you do, they’re friends and not strangers off the internet. A 40-year-old still has hobbies, but doesn’t mind a practical gift over a zany gift.

That said, every 40-year-old guy is a little different. But in general, they’d all be ecstatic over the fact that you loved them enough to buy a present. If you’re stuck trying to think about the best present to get, here are 25 great ideas.

40th birthday gifts for the men who have everything

Native Union Night Cable For iPhone/iPad - 10ft

Who doesn’t need a long cable? This particular kind has a knot on it that you can hide behind the bed, to avoid anyone tripping. “The knot is the best thing since sliced bread!” writes Amazon reviewer Brandyn Roberson.

$46.96 AT AMAZON

Jerky Snob Jerky Subscription Box

For $15/month, he’ll get sent a variety of jerky, which he most likely would have never thought of getting for himself. Which is why this gift is so fun (and delicious). And this isn’t just a pile of Slim Jims. Jerky Snob sends a curated selection of super high-quality jerky (no nitrates, nitrites, or high fructose corn syrup) he’ll never get bored with.


HALO Bolt 58830 Power Bank

If you don’t have a power bank, you should get one — especially if storms have knocked out your electricity, and you have toddlers who really want to play with their undercharged iPads. Every guy wouldn’t mind having one of these close by, especially a man who loves being prepared for anything.

$88.42 AT AMAZON

AquaSonic Black Series PRO Ultra Whitening Toothbrush

Under normal circumstances, a toothbrush may seem like an odd gift. But when you’re gifting to a 40-year-old, they’ll actually dig the sleek design and innovative charging method of this brush. Amazon Reviewer Manuel Cruz was especially taken aback by this brush, stating “I received my AquaSonic Pro yesterday. From just using it regularly, I see a huge improvement in the shade of whitening of my teeth! My teeth feel amazing as well!”

$56.95 AT AMAZON

Bluetooth Sleep Headphones

Like to stay up and watch TV while he sleeps better when listening to some tunes? Then this gift will be a wonderful treat for the both of you. This band is comfortable and perfect for side-sleepers.

$19.86 AT AMAZON

Shiatsu Back Shoulder and Neck Massager

If the 40-year-old in your life does a job that includes a lot of labor, look no further. This gift will help him relax and unwind after a tough day. That said, even a guy who just holds a standard office job would still be quite fond of a gift like this. Who doesn’t like a massage?

$49.99 AT AMAZON

The Book of Unusual Knowledge

Does the 40-year-old in your life like facts and trivia? Then this might be a fun gift to get him. It contains 704 pages of wisdom, and it’s a great book he’ll pick up whenever he has a few minutes to spare.

$11.68 AT AMAZON

Plush Eyeglass Holders

If the 40-year-old in your life wears glasses, these plush holders will look fantastic on his nightstand. “I love these,” writes Amazon Reviewer Steve Adler. “It’s so much more convenient to put my glasses in this stand than having to put them in their case every time I take them off. Knowing that they’re protected by the fuzzy part is way better than risking them getting scratched when setting my glasses on a table unprotected.”

$10.99 AT AMAZON

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

JBL speakers offer incredible sound quality. If the guy in your life is a fan of music, or just loves listening to podcasts, this wireless speaker will make his birthday so much better.

$119.95 AT AMAZON

Foot Spa/Bath Massager with Heat, Bubbles, and Vibration, Digital Temperature Control

If you happen to live with the 40-year-old birthday boy, then this may be a good gift idea for you, too. Guys might not openly seek out foot care products to help them feel better. And, that’s where you come in. This foot bath is quiet and effective, and will help any foot aches and pains he has.

$57.99 AT AMAZON

Adjustable Tablet Stand

If your guy has a tablet that he uses a ton, especially at his desk, then consider your work done. This adjustable tablet stand will make his day easier. “The construction of the stand is sturdy metal and the design is consistent with Apple-type products, so it has a very nice look,” writes Amazon Reviewer ginseng.

$23.99 AT AMAZON

UGG Men's Ascot Slipper

Newsflash: Men like slippers. Surprise him with this cozy pair, and he may never take them off. These are made with 100% Leather, so they’ll last quite a long time.

$109.95 AT AMAZON

Wild Peak Water Filter Emergency Straw with Activated Carbon

If your guy is into camping and hiking, this is a fun gift to give. All of the outdoorsy men I know love being overprepared for what a hike may bring. This kit will help him purify water while out in the woods.

$16.99 AT AMAZON

Le'raze Set of 16 Durable Drinking Heavy Base Cups

Even if he only drinks soda, he still deserves to drink it in some nice glassware. This set is heavy duty, and includes a lot of pieces for fancier drinks. “Love these glasses,” writes Amazon Reviewer Garr Godfrey. “Very durable. I have dropped many times without breakage. They chill and feel nice to hold.”

$42.99 AT AMAZON

Pizza Stone

If he’s becoming interested in cooking, a pizza stone would be a fantastic gift that’d make his Sunday night hangouts better than anyone else’s. You can use this stone in an oven or on a grill.

$39.95 AT AMAZON

EWA A106 Pro Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Good things often come in small packages. This mini speaker may be little, but it still packs a ton of great sound. He can use it in the kitchen, in the shower, or even in his office.

$13.99 AT AMAZON

40th birthday gifts for your husband

Slow 'N Sear Deluxe for 22" Charcoal Grill

Does the man in your life like to grill? This accessory will allow him to turn a standard Weber grill into something that’ll offer high temperature searing and smoking. “It’s superbly well made & the water container is total genius,” writes Anil, who reviewed the product for Amazon. “Ribs, belly port, searing etc are all easily made. Long slow cooks are now a total breeze.

$99.99 AT AMAZON

Accelerator Pro Indoor Putting Green

Does your husband love golf? While it’s possible to practice social distancing with outdoor sports (is golf really a sport? The world may never know), both of you may be playing it safe and doing all your exercise and practicing your hobbies at home. With this portable putting green, he can play golf wherever he wants — even when it’s really cold out. Yup, pretty thoughtful.

$49.99 AT AMAZON

There is No One Else I Would Rather Have Snoring Funny Coffee Mug

We somehow still love our husbands even though they sound like ogres at night. Maybe we deserve the coffee.


Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

If the guy in your life enjoys the finer things in life, a unisex cologne might be the perfect gift for him. Le Labo creates unique, swoon-worthy scents. This one “captures a defining image of the spirit of the American West and personal freedom.”


All-Clad D3 Stainless Fry Pan

By the age of 40, your guy should have the capability of making a few go-to meals that aren’t meant to be microwaved. Why not make sure he has the best tools at hand? This All-Clad Fry Pan is nonstick, and a great addition to his kitchen.

$129.95 AT AMAZON

YETI Rambler 14 oz Mug

When you have a YETI, you know you’re good to go. This mug is a best-seller, and every 40-year-old would have a great use for it. Whether it’s to store coffee, beer, or water. The wideness of the handle also makes it perfect to enjoy drinks outside with gloved hands. It also comes in a bunch of fun colors, so you might want to get more than one.

$24.98 AT AMAZON

Mens Wool Socks

Remember back when you were a kid, and socks were a lame gift? When you’re 40, suddenly you’re psyched to get new socks — especially wool socks, which really keep you comfortable all winter long. This 6-pack is colorful, bold, and of course, very warm.


Scottish Spring Waters

Is the 40-year-old in your life a whiskey lover? Then this gift will totally surprise them, in the best of ways. Whiskey experts believe that the best drinks come from mixing a dash of spring water from the same water source that your whiskey came from. It seems impossible for drinkers in the United States, so thank heavens that Amazon stepped in and made this product available.

$30.00 AT AMAZON

Pizza Socks Box

Okay, so this list may include a lot of socks. But these are guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. For the pizza lover in your life, this gift is wonderful. The only problem? He may be hesitant to take them out of the box, thus ruining the display. (In that case, might as well buy two.)

$25.99 AT AMAZON

40th birthday gifts for your brother

VR Headset Compatible with iPhone & Android Phone

A VR headset doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can still give your bro an awesome gift he’s been wanting (but would never actually purchase for himself). Compatible with nearly all phones, this set offers offers FD and OD adjustments and is extremely comfortable to wear (which is good, since he probably won’t ever want to take it off).

$37.95 AT AMAZON

My Favorite Sister Bought Me This Shirt T-Shirt

Nothing better (and easier) than a funny tee that says it all. This comes in four other colors, and is lightweight and comfortable.

$16.99 AT AMAZON

10-inch WiFi Digital Picture Frame

If you and your brother are sentimental, getting him a deluxe digital picture frame is a gift that’ll remind him of his family (and loved ones) on a daily basis. Upload some photos of the two of you so he already has something to work with. This digital frame is incredibly easy to use — just email photos directly to the frame.


Echo Dot (3rd Gen) with Clock with Mandalorian The Child stand

Who doesn’t love The Child? The Mandalorian was one of the biggest hits of the season. Since you always need more Alexa products, why not get your brother (or anyone, let’s be real) one with this cute stand?

$79.94 AT AMAZON

Sushi Go! - The Pick and Pass Card Game

Did you know there was a card game that’s focused entirely on sushi? This game is easy to pick up and great for families. “In our family we play this 2-3 times a week,” writes Amazon reviewer prisrob. On vacations it’s a fun game for everyone.


Hyp Star Wars Characters Argyle Crew Socks

Want a simple way for your bro to express his interests while remaining professional? Let’s be honest, 2020 killed the office dress code. No matter what the future looks like, he’ll definitely be able to pull off wearing these socks wherever he’s working from.

$18.95 AT AMAZON

Hot Sauce Making Kit

Does your brother really, REALLY like hot sauce? Kits like this are a lot of fun. If the 40-year-old in question has been staying indoors for most of the year, this is a great way to give him an experience he can safely enjoy. “It was fun, thoughtful, exciting, creative, and interesting all wrapped inside of one box!” writes Amazon Reviewer Sean McDermott.

$54.95 AT AMAZON

And if you need a little more inspiration, be sure to check out all the other gift guides on Spotted.

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This Touch-Control Lamp Dims And Brightens Based On Your Mood, And It’s Only $30

I recently replaced my bedside table lamp (it was old and it had a black scorch mark from a candle). It was something I’d been wanting to do for the last year, but I kept putting it off because that would mean I’d need to research, and who has time to research? (Responsible, good adults, I guess.) I couldn’t stare at the candle burn anymore, so I went on Amazon and spent a couple hours looking into the different types of lamps (did I want something modern? Quirky? Classic?) that would be perfect for me and my nightstand. And I finally found one that checked off all the boxes.

I’m a book and magazine stacker/hoarder, so the lamp couldn’t take up too much space. I’m also someone who reads in bed for (ideally) at least an hour a night on week nights and more during the weekend, so I needed a bright light. But I also wanted a lamp that would give me a more subtle glow if I felt like watching a show on my laptop with a sheet mask on. Aka, as spa-like as possible. Since regular lamps don’t normally have the capability to give you both practicality and custom ambiance, I found a touch-controlled lamp that would dim, brighten, and even change colors — all I have to do is tap it until I get the lighting I want.

The Aukey table lamp is the perfect size. It’s small and doesn’t take much room, but it gets really bright when you want it to. I don’t need to turn the main light switch on if I’m reading or cleaning and need full vision. It comes in white, rose, gold, and silver (got silver, and it looks cute with my navy blue accent wall and white and gray sheets). I like that it’s so minimalist, because that way I can spruce up my table with a bright and fun candle (don’t worry, I’m much more careful about fire now) or plant. Which I didn’t will not put anywhere near the lit candle. It’s perfect for kids, too, since it’s so durable and they’d get a kick out of the ability to make their room glow blue, purple, red, orange, or green.

And it was only $30 (if you’re a Prime member, you may be eligible to save $5 with a coupon). I love my cozy, special little space now (and many others — over 8,800 people who gave the Aukey lamp a 5-star review)

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23 Japanese-Inspired Gifts For Your Inner Shinnichi (Because We Can’t Travel Internationally)

You may think that in order to find the best Japanese gifts you have to book a flight to Tokyo, but we’ve found a much less expensive way to shop for the coolest presents that will delight your inner “shinnichi” (that’s Japanese for Japanophile). And since we can’t travel internationally these days (due to you know, the whole global pandemic situation), products that remind us of our favorite destinations are all the more comforting.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Japan many times because my brother lives in Osaka, Japan with his wife and their newborn son. And while the country has so much to offer (some of the best food on the planet, the gorgeous cherry blossom season, etc.), one of my favorite parts of visiting Japan is the incredible shopping. I’ve dropped a lot of yen on shopping sprees there and scored some of the coolest, most unique finds.

Japan has a very big gifting culture, and so I called up my brother, Alexander, and his wife, Chiyo (who is Japanese and grew up in Kyoto), for some direct insight. “Presentation is very important in Japan,” they explained. “It’s not necessarily just about the things inside the box. It’s considered polite to open a present slowly and carefully because of all the care that went into wrapping it.”

Below, we’ve pulled together some of the best Japanese gift ideas that will make a perfect present for anyone on your list.

Cool Japanese Gifts

Kanesho Pottery Snoopy Plate Set

Snoopy is super popular in Japan, essentially as iconic as Mickey Mouse is in the United States. I’ve been to the Snoopy Café in Kyoto, which is a restaurant dedicated to the classic Peanuts character. I bought this exact bowl set at the gift shop, and I love it because at first glance it looks like classic china—but only at very close examination do you realize it’s Snoopy-themed.

$44.99 AT AMAZON

Shun Classic Chef’s Knife

Japan is known for its quality chefs’ knives, and if you’re looking for a higher-end gift to give to a foodie, then this 8-inch blade handcrafted in Japan is the perfect present.

$149.95 AT AMAZON

Keki Modern Cakes Bouncy Japanese Cheesecake

Goldbelly is a website where you can buy famous regional foods and have them shipped to your door. If you’ve ever been to Japan, you know that their baked goods are out of this world. The lines round the corner at Keki’s Chinatown, New York bakery with people waiting for this jiggly cheesecake influenced by traditional Japanese desserts. It’s hard to describe its deliciousness in words—you just have to taste it for yourself.


Tuttle Publishing Japanese Gift Wrapping Paper

When it comes to gifting in Japan, presentation is everything. Invest in some specialty wrapping paper with this set of 12 x 18 inch sheets.

$10.79 AT AMAZON

Hello Kitty Water Dispenser

Hello Kitty is arguably the most famous character to come out of Japan, and she’s beloved by children and adults alike. You can find a lot of Sanrio (the Japanese company products that created Hello Kitty) products that aren’t necessarily toys targeted at kids, like this Hello Kitty water cooler.


Artificial Sushi For Decoration, 20 Piece Set

“Miniatures” are very popular in Japan, particularly tiny replicas of food. They’re not meant to have any function other than decoration. The last time I visited Tokyo, I bought a tiny replica of an ice cream sundae and have it displayed in my living room.

$28.88 AT AMAZON

Suntory Toki Japanese Whiskey

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Lost In Translation,” you’ve heard of Suntory Japanese whiskey. It’s an iconic brand, but you don’t have to fly to Japan to buy it; just order it online.

$39.99 AT WINE.COM

Cup Noodles Baby Onesie

Ever been to college? Then you appreciate ramen. Cup Noodles originated in Japan, and there’s actually an entire museum devoted to the snack in Osaka.


Tiger Corporation Rice Cooker

Apartments in Japan are typically small, and so you need to reduce the amount of bulky appliances you have to just the essentials. That said, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any Japanese home that doesn’t have a rice make; it’s the number one kitchen staple.

$112.69 AT AMAZON

Aesthetic Milk Cute T-Shirt

Kawaii culture is a phenomenon in Japan, and the term “kawaii” essentially translates to “cute.” So this T-shirt from the brand “Aesthetic Milk Cute Gift T-Shirts” is quintessentially Japanese.

$19.69 AT AMAZON

Sake Flavored Kit Kats

Japan is known for its unique flavored Kit Kats, and this pack of sake Kit Kat bars is the perfect gift for your sake-loving friend with a sweet tooth.

$19.99 AT AMAZON

Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise

If you’ve ever been to Japan, you know the glory that is Kewpie mayonnaise. If you haven’t been, trust me—it’s your new favorite condiment.

$18.35 AT AMAZON

SushiQuik Sushi Making Kit

When it comes to Japanese food, most people immediately think sushi, but it’s not actually as commonly consumed as you would think. It is however, still popular (and delicious), and this sushi-making kit comes with everything you need to master the art.

$26.99 AT AMAZON

Williams Sonoma Stainless Steel Chopsticks, Set of 5

These stainless steel chopsticks are a modern take on the classic Asian utensil.


Uniqlo Fluffy Yarn Fleece Slippers

Slippers are important in Japan because people don’t wear shoes in their homes. Uniqlo is a Japanese brand, so these cozy Uniqlo slippers are the perfect gift for your Japanophile friend.

$14.90 AT UNIQLO

Shiba Inu Plush Dog Pillow

Shiba Inu is a super popular Japanese breed of dog, and this plush puppy pillow is just too cute (aka “kawaii”) to resist.

$12.99 AT AMAZON

Kracie Popin DIY Japanese Candy Kit

This DIY Japanese candy-making kit is perfect for the tween or teen on your gift list.


I’d Rather Be In Japan Mug

These days, wouldn’t we all rather be in Japan? This mug makes a great gift for your favorite globe-trotting friend.

$14.99 AT ETSY

Japanese Gifts for Her

These are by no means, exclusively for women, but since some of you may be searching, we’ve compiled a list of Japanese-themed gifts perfect for your female partner, friend, or family member (or, honestly, just anyone).

RE:ERTH Multi-Targeted Elixir

When it comes to Japanese beauty products, niche, luxury brands are hugely popular. This multi-purpose elixir serum from RE:ERTH is ideal for achieving “mochi skin,” a Japanese term that means supple and dewy. Give this fancy serum to your favorite beauty -obsessed friend.


Gudetama Women’s Socks, 5 Set

Gutatama is a popular Sanrio character that roughly translates to “lazy egg.” Removing your shoes before entering a home is an important practice in Japan, so these Gudetama socks make a perfect present.

$10.99 AT AMAZON

“Ikebana Unbound: A Modern Approach to the Ancient Japanese Art of Flower Arranging”

If your friend is toying with the idea of getting into a new hobby, buy them this book about the art of Japanese flower arranging.

$18.99 AT AMAZON

Tatcha Blotting Papers

“Blotting papers” are sheets of paper that you swipe over your face to absorb oil. The concept originated in Japan, and Tatcha has some of the best.


Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Candle

Cherry blossom (aka “sakura”) season is one of the most beautiful experiences on earth each spring. While you may not be able to travel to Japan when the cherry blossoms are in bloom (April-May), this candle will transport you.


Check out more of our gift guides as you do your holiday shopping this year!

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Vote Masks You Can Still Buy Online To Urge People To Do Their Part

Election Day is a mere 18 days away, and if you’re mailing your ballot, it needs to be postmarked by October 19 — that’s on Monday, y’all! While all elections are super important, this one is REALLY, super important. We’ve been vocal about where we stand on politics pretty clearly here at Scary Mommy, but if you weren’t sure, you can check out the homepage. Look: At the end of the day, we support human rights, a woman’s right to choose what she wants to do with her own body, and we are incredibly vocal about the racial injustices that we continue to witness, the disproportionate incarceration of minorities, and our broken justice system.

We’re fighting against voter suppression and the demonization of immigrants in this country by, yes, our current president. We believe climate change is real and that major steps must be taken to combat global warming (starting with a president who seriously acknowledges it). And we’ve made it pretty clear that the current Trump administration did not do enough to protect Americans from COVID-19.

So, if you have friends or family who are “unsure” about voting, or reluctant because “both sides suck,” we get that there’s validity to that opinion. But if you care about the well-being of people who live in this country, you’ll know who to vote for this election season. And to remind others to do their part, we’ve rounded up some “vote” masks that you can get ASAP and wear loud and proud to send the message.

Vote Outdoor Mask With Protective 5-Layer Activated Carbon Filters

This soft and breathable vintage-looking mask is washable, and comes with two 5-layer activated carbon filters.

$15.99 AT AMAZON

Cotton Vote Face Mask

Made from 100% cotton, this offers three layers of protection. One size fits all.


Your Vote Matters Mask

This cotton mask is light and breathable, and has an adjustable nose bridge and elastic earloop.


"Comment" Vote Mask

Keep it simple and little bit fun with this social media comment-style vote mask.


RBG Vote Mask Ruth Bader Ginsburg Face Mask

You’ll need to order this RBG mask ASAP, since it takes a little bit longer to ship. Totally worth it though.


"Vote" Sign Face Mask

This mask shows hands holding up a V, O, T, E, and we love how collaborative it looks. Because we really are all in this together.

$15.99 AT AMAZON

American Flag RBG Mask

Okay, one more RBG mask for good measure. This one also comes quicker.

$13.99 AT AMAZON

Tequfe Plan Your Vote Face Mask

We love how pretty (and powerful) this mask is. It’s also effective, coming with a 5-layer activated carbon filter you can insert into the pocket of the mask.


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I Found My Next Pair of Glasses Without Actually Trying Them On

These days, just running simple errands like groceries can feel overwhelming. The last thing any of us want to do is leave the house. So when it comes to shopping for necessities, like new clothes, office supplies, kitchen gear, we just do it online. But what about when it comes to getting a new pair of glasses? Normally, that would require going to the mall and trying on dozens of different pairs of frames, and that just isn’t our vibe anymore. Luckily, you can still order glasses online, and you can try them on beforehand — on the internet.

Warby Parker is all about an easy, fun, and seamless eyewear shopping experience, both online and in-person (you can easily make an appointment for safe, social-distance-friendly shopping if you’d like). With eyeglasses starting at $95 (including prescription lenses!), sunglasses, contacts, and eyewear accessories, Warby Parker is a one-stop shop for all your vision needs. Wherever and however you prefer to browse, they’ve scrapped the guesswork that so often goes into searching for frames. 

Warby Parker

Take a quiz to get style recommendations and then try them on with their free Home Try-On program. (The gist: They’ll mail you five frames to take for a spin for the next five days. You just put the frames back in the mail when you’re done! Again it’s totally free, including shipping and returns.) You can also use their wildly realistic Virtual Try-On tool in the Warby Parker iOS app to try on glasses and sunglasses, wherever, whenever, seeing the realistic color, texture, and size of each style, with an iPhone X and above. (That’s also free, woohoo!)

To order glasses, all you need to do is provide is your glasses prescription (Warby Parker does offer eye exams at certain locations, but that you’d have to do in person) and frame of choice. It’s seriously that easy.

If you’re staring at screens more these days (who isn’t?), Warby Parker’s blue-light-filtering lenses could help you out. They filter more blue light than their standard polycarbonate and high-index options, and you can add them to any pair (with or without a prescription) for $50.

We’re pretty psyched about Warby Parker’s glasses “hack,” since getting glasses for ourselves and our families just became waay less stressful.

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