11 Thoughtful Gifts for Her

We rounded up some of the most fun and useful items for every woman on your list, whether it's your bestie, sister-in-law, or Becky from accounting.

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1. Ginger Beer Making Kit

Few things are quite as refreshing as a Moscow Mule, and this kit allows you to make organic, gluten-free ginger beer to serve as a mixer (or enjoy all on its own). The kit includes everything you need to make the beer, including a 1-gallon fermentation mug and spices. The brewing process only takes a week—perfect for people just starting out with fermentation. You can order the kit with or without the handsome hammered copper mule mugs, but they make it just a little more special.

Find It at Uncommon Goods for $69 and up.

2. Kodak Mini Shot

Smartphones have made taking and sharing pictures easy, but it's not quite the same as having a printed keepsake. The KODAK Mini Shot Instant-Print camera allows you to both take and print photos wherever you are—and you can even print photos already stored on your phone. A companion app allows for expert cropping and filtering, while Bluetooth connectivity lets you send photos from the camera to your phone for editing or sharing. The camera is available in fashion colors, and small enough to fit in a purse. This one's sure to impress.

Find It at Amazon for $120.

3. Sodastream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker Bundle

The crisp burst of bubbles in soda is addictive, but it's far healthier—and cheaper in the long run—to make sparkling water yourself. This Sodastream bundle has everything you need to get started on your quest for the perfect homemade bubbly water, including extra CO2, carbonating bottles, and citrus flavoring.

Find It at Amazon for $125.

4. Rifle Paper & Co Art Prints

Bare walls are a menace. Treat your favorite female to the whimsical, colorful flora and fauna of Anna Bond's illustrations, and they'll never have to stare at bare plaster or paint again. Choose from abstract designs, inspirational sayings, or homages to your favorite places and people, all available in 8-by-10- or 16-by-12-inch sizes. You can even add custom frames.

Find It at Rifle Paper Co. for $24.

5. Cat Tea Infuser

What could make a comforting cuppa even better? A tea infuser shaped like a kitty perched on the edge of your mug. Available in gray or pink, these infusers are made of BPA-free, food-grade silicon and won't break down in the dishwasher.

Find It at Amazon for $15 and also at these other retailers:

6. Homesick Candle

Sometimes you just want to smell a favorite place again, whether it's the spring flowers of Central Park or the coffee and pine needles of Seattle. Homesick's all-natural soy wax candles are available in 14 scents tied to major American cities—a perfect gift for recent (or not-so-recent) transplants. Each comes hand-poured in a stylish glass tumbler.

Find It at Amazon for $30 and also at these other retailers:

7. Cyberoptix Pashmina

These aren't your mother's pashminas! (Well, unless you give her one.) Printed with scientific, geeky, history-inspired and botanical patterns—from the Dewy Decimal System to drum machines—they're a delightfully cheeky take on keeping warm. Whether your recipient is into coffee, old maps, insects, neurons, or dinosaur bones, these are sure to delight. Available in two weights, light or cozy, and screen-printed by hand in Detroit.

Find It at Cyberoptix for $44.

8. Cactus Enamel Pin

Have someone on your list who's crazy about plants, and just a little bit trendy? Surprise them with this high-quality pin featured a prickly cactus in a geometric copper terrarium. They'll grow to love it! But if pins aren't your giftee's thing, you could choose a lucky black cat, a llama, a hot air balloon, or everyone's favorite pre-teen with telekinetic powers.

Find It at Amazon for $10.

9. Vintage-Style Bird Tree Jewelry Holder


Amazon

Tame your bestie's bureau-top chaos with this handsome holder suitable for earrings, rings, and necklaces. The recipient will thank you for making their mornings just a little easier—and more fashionable.

Find It at Amazon for $16 and also at these other retailers:

10. Kaos Golden Soccer Ball

gold kaos soccer ball
Neiman Marcus

The fun doesn't have to stop once the World Cup is over. Your favorite soccer fanatic can let the good times roll all year-round with this stylish metallic-toned ball.

Find It at these retailers:

11. Posie Turner Socks

Your loved one will feel warm—on both the inside and the outside—with the help of these motivational Peruvian Pima Cotton socks, each featuring feel-good phrases like "I Am Brave," "Good Vibes Only," and "Dance It Out." The daily positivity of the socks's mantras is matched only by their vibrant colors and playful patterns (and, of course, their luxury feel).

Find It at Posie Turner for $17.

10 Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix Without Coffee

iStock.com. Photo illustration: Rebecca O'Connell
iStock.com. Photo illustration: Rebecca O'Connell

Looking to get an extra buzz without drinking another cup of coffee? Luckily, sleepy people everywhere have created a huge market for all things caffeine-related. Here are some more unusual products that will give you a buzz.

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1. Perk Energy Bracelet

A woman wearing a Perk bracelet
Perk, Amazon

These bracelets administer caffeine right through your skin. They're lined with energy patches that provide the same amount of caffeine as a medium cup of coffee, according to Perk, but over the course of four hours to prevent jitters or crashing. Because the caffeine isn't going through your digestive system, the effects are also stronger and hit faster. Each bracelet comes with 30 caffeine patches to get you started.

Buy it on Amazon for $40.

2. Viter Energy Mints

Six light blue tins of energy mints
Viter Energy, Amazon

Worried about getting coffee breath? Viter Energy mints will make your mouth minty fresh while putting a pep in your step. Each mint has 40 milligrams of caffeine, so eating two mints is about the same as an 8-ounce cup of coffee. (The caffeine content of coffee varies from brand to brand, but according to the Mayo Clinic, an 8-ounce brewed coffee might contain anywhere from 95 to 165 milligrams of caffeine, while an espresso will around 47 to 64 milligrams. A tall dark-roast brewed coffee at Starbucks contains 193 milligrams.) These mints have a "strong and intense wintergreen flavor and menthol kick” as the makers describe it, but they also come in spearmint, cinnamon, chocolate mint, and peppermint flavors.

Buy them on Amazon for $20 for six tins.

3. Shower Shock Caffeinated Soap

Showers are about to get a lot more energizing—no freezing cold water needed. This vegetable-based glycerine soap from ThinkGeek is made with caffeine to give your morning a jump start even before your first cup of coffee. Each Shower Shock bar packs about 200 milligrams of caffeine per use. (Each bar is about 12 servings.) It also has a refreshing peppermint smell—but no, it's not edible.

Buy it from ThinkGeek for $8 or from Amazon for $16.

4. pureLYFT Energy Stir Sticks

Boxes of pureLYFT stir sticks near citrus fruit
pureLYFT, Amazon

Now you can add caffeine to any beverage you like with a stick that you can swirl into your drink. The plastic sticks are filled with crystals that dissolve after just 10 seconds of stirring. Each packs 125 milligrams of caffeine. You can opt for the plain version or try flavors like orange, mixed berry, and lemon-lime.

Buy them on Amazon for $13 per pack of six or at these other retailers:

5. OGX Fight Fallout Shampoo

A brown bottle of OGX shampoo
OGX, Walmart

Energize your scalp with caffeine-infused shampoo. While this shower addition might not actually wake you up, some studies have suggested that caffeine may (slightly) help with hair loss. OGX claims their shampoo helps thicken hair and keep it on your head. The company also makes a conditioner and a "root stimulator" spray with the same ingredients.

Buy it from Walmart for $12 or at these other retailers:

6. Power Toothpaste

Say goodbye to groggily brushing your teeth. Power Toothpaste is infused with caffeine that quickly kicks in as soon as you're done with your oral hygiene routine. Each tube has enough mint-flavored paste for 90 brushes with roughly 80 milligrams of caffeine per serving.

Buy it from Power Toothpaste for $15 or from Amazon for $20 (with Prime shipping).

7. HeroEC Energy Water

A 12-pack of water bottles
Hero Water, Amazon

Swap out your coffee for something a little more refreshing. This hydrating water from Hero Water comes with electrolytes and 60 milligrams of caffeine, without the bitter aftertaste of coffee.

Buy it on Amazon for $20 for a pack of 12.

8. Jolt Energy Gum

A box of Jolt Energy Gum
Jolt, Amazon

Based on the popular soda, Jolt Energy Gum comes packed with guarana, ginseng, and 40 milligrams of caffeine per serving. The spearmint and "icy mint" flavors are designed to deliver a minty kick that's sure to keep you up for a while.

Buy it on Amazon for $20 per pack of 12 (120 pieces total).

9. First Aid Beauty Matcha Wake Up Wipes

A pack of facial wipes
First Aid Beauty, Amazon

Start the morning right with a clean and refreshed face. These caffeine matcha wipes remove dirt, soothe with aloe, and wake you up. The caffeine reduces puffiness and redness, too. Each pack comes with 25 wipes designed for all skin types.

Buy it on Amazon for $7 and at these other retailers:

10. Eagle Energy Caffeine Infused Inhaler

A three-pack of caffeine inhalers
Eagle Energy, Amazon

Made with guarana extract, ginseng, and vitamin B12, Eagle Energy’s caffeine inhaler is a sugar-free, calorie-free way to get your energy boost. According to the company, “Eagle uses a customized heating system that creates a vapor and is engineered to maximize caffeine bioavailability and prevent the creation of any unintended by-products.” Because the caffeine is inhaled, it only takes three to five minutes to kick in.

Buy it on Amazon for $26 per pack of three.

The 3 Best Mattresses You Can Order Online Right Now

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iStock.com/diego_cervo

President’s Day is quickly creeping up, and you know what that means: Everyone and their mother will be shopping for new mattresses (which traditionally go on sale over the holiday weekend). However, if you don’t feel like fighting off the crowds at your local mattress outlet, there are plenty of great online deals you can take advantage of—and you don't have to sift through a thousand reviews to find a great one. Check out our buying guide to the three comfiest mattresses on the market right now from Leesa, Allswell, and Linenspa.

1. Leesa’s Universal Adaptive Feel Memory Foam Cooling Mattress

Leesa's universal adaptive feel memory foam cooling mattress
Leesa, Amazon

Do you kick off the covers in the middle of the night because you get too hot? Try Leesa’s 10-inch-tall cooling mattress. It has three unique foam layers: The first layer is designed to keep you cool, while the second offers body-contouring comfort, and the third helps relieve pressure and provide core support. The “adaptive feel” label refers to the fact that it adapts to your body no matter what your preferred sleeping position may be. The mattress comes in twin through California king sizes, with prices starting at $375.

Buy it on Amazon or from Leesa's website, where you can get 15 percent off plus two free pillows this weekend.

2. Allswell’s Luxe Hybrid Mattress

This extra-thick mattress is so popular that it frequently sells out from Allswell and at other retailers. It packs 12 inches of high-end material into one mattress, including quilted memory foam and an outer layer designed keep you cool in hot weather. Similar mattresses tend to go for thousands of dollars, but the Luxe Hybrid retails for far less. Prices start at $345 for a twin, $485 for a full, $585 for a queen, or $745 for a king. (Not sure about the difference in mattress sizes? We've got you covered.)

Buy it from Allswell's website, where you can save 15 percent through February 20 using the offer code 15FORALL. It's also available at these retailers:

3. Linenspa’s memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress

The Linenspa memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress
Linenspa, Amazon

Amazon customers swear by Linenspa’s hybrid mattress, which comes in sizes twin ($96) through California king ($198). Ideal for people who like medium-firm mattresses, it combines the benefits of memory foam with the support one gets from a traditional innerspring mattress. The standard version is 8 inches thick, but Linenspa also offers a 10-inch version in all sizes. (We also love the company's incredibly affordable down-alternative duvet, which is $50 off right now on Amazon.)

Buy it on Amazon, where the 8-inch queen mattress is currently 18 percent off ($156).

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