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Producer Kato Shows Off the ‘Fit He Rocks in the Studio

Since the genre’s inception, hip-hop and fashion have been inextricably linked. Rappers and producers are trendsetters. Where would Adidas be without their iconic collaboration with RUN-DMC? Streetwear isn’t only dynamic, but increasingly global. You can’t possibly keep your finger on the pulse of contemporary streetwear by simply shopping at American retailers.

Luckily, JD Sports is finally available in the U.S., and—through their Global Access program—is offering exclusive gear you can’t find anywhere else. We partnered with legendary producer Kato to showcase how he rocks some of the freshest JD Sports clothing and shoes in the studio to demonstrate the full style possibilities available to the modern sneakerhead.

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From fly Nike T-shirts to Global Access exclusives like the Air Max 97, you can’t possibly make beats without getting a fresh ‘fit off. Air Maxes are also immensely comfortable for long studio sessions, making them a great pair of sneakers for artists and fans alike.

JD Sports

Shop Now at JD Sports
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=DH4092&colorId=001
$170
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Between the cozy Nike sweats and Air Max 97s, Kato shows off a timeless ‘fit that you can wear at home, in the studio or on the town. With JD Sports, the possibilities are endless.

https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/nike-sportswear-club-fleece-embroidered-hoodie/prod2767732?styleId=BV2654&colorId=063
JD Sports

Shop now at JD Sports
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/nike-sportswear-club-fleece-embroidered-hoodie/prod2767732?styleId=BV2654&colorId=063
$50
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Where Elite Sneakerheads Can Now Go to Stock Up on the Latest Gear

Try as you might, it’s difficult to maintain a grasp on international style if you only rely on American retailers. Luckily for us, UK-based retail giant JD Sports is finally opening stores in the US. The 40-year old British brand has got some of the best sneaker options on the market, from big names like Nike all the way to burgeoning brands like Danner, in addition to other gear you might need for the cold winter months—like Timberlands and Champion sweats. You could truly browse through the catalogue for hours and hours, so we did it for you. Feel free to browse anyway. Here are ONE37pm’s favorite items available now from JD Sports.

Sneakers
1. Nike Air Max 97
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=DH4092&colorId=001
JD Sports

The Air Max 97 is in the midst of a renaissance. It’s really one of the most versatile shoes ever released by Nike. Couple that with their immense comfort and the hype around chunky shoes, and you’ve got yourself a no-brainer. There are numerous colorways to choose from at JD Sports, so browse around and find the best pick for you. These are also a Global Access exclusive, so you can only get them at JD Sports.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $170
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=DH4092&colorId=001
2. Nike Air Force 1 Low
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-force-1-low-casual-shoes/prod795980?styleId=315122&colorId=111
JD Sports

No collection is complete without a pair of icy Air Force Ones. You can’t always wear colorful sneaks, so sometimes minimalism is the best option. Consider these for outfits featuring vivid pants or shirts. Let the outfit do the talking and use the kicks as the cherry on top.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $90
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-force-1-low-casual-shoes/prod795980?styleId=315122&colorId=111
3. Puma Future Rider Eat Ur Veggies
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-puma-future-rider-eat-ur-veggies-casual-shoes/prod2821608?styleId=37542301&colorId=060
JD Sports

The resurgence of retro styles over the past few years has opened up a world of possibilities for comfort and flash. This entry from Puma checks all the boxes. The thick suede and veggie colors scream nostalgia, and the overall shape of the shoe signifies a commitment to comfort. These are great for lounging around the house or putting together a vibrant outfit, depending on your mood. The Pumas are another Global Access exclusive; you won’t find them anywhere else.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $80
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-puma-future-rider-eat-ur-veggies-casual-shoes/prod2821608?styleId=37542301&colorId=060
4. Air Max 2015 Running Shoes
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-2015-running-shoes/prod2787953?styleId=DC2022&colorId=600
JD Sports

The Air Max line has put out hits even in more recent years. This model is intended for running, but the red iteration makes a great statement for some of your more muted outfits.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $180
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-2015-running-shoes/prod2787953?styleId=DC2022&colorId=600
5. Adidas NMD R1
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-adidas-originals-nmd-r1-casual-shoes/prod2763986?styleId=FV9153&colorId=001
JD Sports

The NMD was a massively popular silhouette upon its initial release. With that popularity came numerous releases of various colorways. JD Sports carries a wide array of NMDs, so if you’re a fan of the silhouette, take a look at all of their color options and find the right option. The blush green and cream white are especially fresh.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $140
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-adidas-originals-nmd-r1-casual-shoes/prod2763986?styleId=FV9153&colorId=001
6. Nike Air VaporMax Plus Running Shoes
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-vapormax-plus-running-shoes/prod2770771?styleId=924453&colorId=004
JD Sports

It’s been a huge year for VaporMax, with good reason. They’re unbelievably comfortable and the tech will keep you bouncy and ready to roll. It’s one of the more hyped sneakers in the game right now, so $200 is a great price for a sneaker that will probably go up in value. Cop the black if you’re trying to stay low-key or the red if you want to stand out.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $200
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-vapormax-plus-running-shoes/prod2770771?styleId=924453&colorId=004
Boots
7. Timberland 6 Inch Premium Waterproof Boots
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-timberland-6-inch-premium-waterproof-boots/prod1260119?styleId=10061&colorId=WHE
JD Sports

We know this list is for sneakerheads, but it’s wintertime. There’s really no boot more associated with sneaker culture than the Timberland. For when it’s too snowy out there to flash your freshest kicks, cop a pair of Tims so you can flex from the warmth of a comfy boot.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $198
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-timberland-6-inch-premium-waterproof-boots/prod1260119?styleId=10061&colorId=WHE
Sweats
8. Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Embroidered Hoodie
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/nike-sportswear-club-fleece-embroidered-hoodie/prod2767732?styleId=BV2654&colorId=063
JD Sports

It’s hoodie season. This entry from Nike is stylish, understated and—perhaps most importantly—warm. The embroidered logo gives it a more refined style than your traditional printed hoodie and the slim cut gives it a more chic fit than your everyday baggy sweatshirt. We’re partial to the heather gray.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $50
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/nike-sportswear-club-fleece-embroidered-hoodie/prod2767732?styleId=BV2654&colorId=063
9. Champion Reverse Weave Embroidered Hoodie
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-champion-reverse-weave-embroidered-logo-hoodie/prod2788983?styleId=GF685900&colorId=600
JD Sports

Not a Nike fanatic? Then maybe Champion’s got the right hoodie for you. The reverse weave construction is warm and comfortable, and JD Sports carries a color that pairs with almost any pair of sneakers. This is a great piece for layering or wearing on its own; the possibilities for outfits containing a Champion hoodie are truly endless.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $65
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-champion-reverse-weave-embroidered-logo-hoodie/prod2788983?styleId=GF685900&colorId=600
10. Sonneti London Jogger Pants
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-sonneti-london-jogger-pants/prod2824112?styleId=SNM12523&colorId=050
JD Sports

We had to include a pair of sweatpants on the list, as they pair nicely with a wide range of sneakers and keep you warm in the cold winter months. These slim joggers can be understated or eye-catching, depending on what sneakers you pair them with. They’re a great option for lounging around the house, or can be taken to the streets with the right outfit construction.

Buy Now at JD Sports, $30
https://www.jdsports.com/store/product/mens-sonneti-london-jogger-pants/prod2824112?styleId=SNM12523&colorId=050
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Style What To Buy

The 20 Best Beanies For Men That Are Perfect For Any Outfit

Beanie season is always on and with the impact of the winter months still ever-present you’re going to need something new to cover that noggin. From high-end options to budget-friendly picks there’s an endless list of toques, beanies, and winter hats to choose from. We did the hard part for you and identified the 20 best beanies for men right now. 

1. WTAPS Beanie 02
WTAPS

Like so many Japanese streetwear heavyweights WTAP (double taps) stands as one of the stronger brands out right now. Their beige beanie 02 features a simple patch logo on the front with a minimalist knitted style that replaces frills for super high-quality wool.

Buy Now: $89
https://www.endclothing.com/us/wtaps-beanie-02-202madt-ht02-bg.html
2. Noah x Depeche Mode Rose Beanie
Noah

As part of the Depeche Mode “Violator” capsule collection, New York-based streetwear brand, Noah, delivered a simplistic, ribbed beanie with an embroidered rose graphic. Noah’s headwear is some of the most coveted in the game, this one comes sans Noah logo, for real fans of the brand and Depeche Mode.

Buy Now: $30
https://www.ssense.com/en-us/men/product/noah/black-depeche-mode-rose-beanie/4954901
3. Arc’teryx Diplomat Toque
Arc’teryx

Arc’teryx is a serious outdoors brand, you can tell by the way they use “toque” instead of “beanie.” They’re known for their jackets but this merino wool toque is a much cozier way to stay warm on the slopes.

Buy Now: $40
https://www.backcountry.com/arc-teryx-diplomat-toque?CMP_SKU=ARC00DI&MER=0406&skid=ARC00DI-BK-ONESIZ&avad=264037_b1fcfaa69&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_source=gearmoose.com&utm_campaign=Custom+Link&utm_term=content
4. Nike SB Fisherman Beanie
Nike

Nike SB’s fisherman beanie is a simple take on the ribbed silhouette that takes on a classic and timeless black and white color scheme as dependable and OG as their simple skate-inspired beanie.

Buy Now: $20
https://www.tactics.com/nike-sb/fisherman-beanie/black-white
5. The North Face Logo Box Cuffed Beanie
The North Face

TNF has some real fans out there and like most outdoor brands their jackets take center stage but don’t count out their logo box beanie, another simple approach to the rib-knit hat features a soft yarn construction for upgraded comfort, style, and stretch.

Buy Now: $30
https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/tnf-8482;-logo-box-cuffed-beanie-nf0a3fjx?from=subCat&variationId=L4U&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=freeshopping&utm_term=The+North+Face+TNF+Logo+Box+Cuffed+Beanie+Hat:+Navy&utm_content=ecomm
6. Awake NY Old English Logo Beanie
Awake NY

Awake’s another NY-based brand that should be on your “Streetwear brand to watch” list but if they’re not break out that list and add them. They’re slowly making their mark on the scene, mostly in part to their funky logo stylings, this Old English beanie is a classic Awake NY piece that features both acrylic and embroidery.

Buy Now: $42
https://awakenyclothing.com/products/old-english-logo-beanie?variant=31831743823945
7. Supreme Overdyed Beanie
Supreme

Supreme is supreme, simple as that. You love them, hate them, fill your closet with their clothes and try to turn a profit on Grailed when you grow out of it. They’re known for just about anything you can get attention for and their overdyed white beanie just POPS so hard with that small, red, bogo tag on the front. It’s from 2020 so it’s not really a collector’s item just quite yet but still one of their better offerings from that season.

Buy Now: $132
https://stockx.com/supreme-overdyed-beanie-ss20-white
8. Only NY Alpine Games Beanie
Only NY

Only NY is another heavyweight of NY’s streetwear scene holding down the “Skate Dad” aesthetic all the way from the Lower East Side’s Stanton St. (Real ones know). Their alpine games beanie is a classic gauge knit with an acrylic graphic right across the front.

Buy Now: $14
https://onlyny.com/collections/headwear/products/alpine-games-beanie?variant=32925833560148
9. Stone Island Patch Logo Beanie
Stone Island

Step your beanie game with heightened Italian craftsmanship and a dash of luxury. Its price point is on the higher end but this pure wool, ribbed beanie comes decked out with the brand’s compass patch logo decoration so you get it.

Buy Now: $145
https://www.endclothing.com/us/stone-island-patch-logo-beanie-hat-7315n10b5-v0011.html?173=one-size&utm_source=google_surfaces&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google_surface_us
10. Palace London Beanie
Palace London

Take the road less traveled with your streetwear beanie and go for the IYKYK Palace London beanie. The hyped brand is a streetwear icon with its inside jokes, direct marijuana references, and all-around “cool skate punk” aesthetic. This knit headpiece comes with a plastered acrylic knit logo on the top and embroidery on the brim, reminding onlookers of Palace’s origin.

Buy Now: $72
https://stockx.com/palace-london-beanie-black?country=US&currencyCode=USD
11. Carhartt A18 Watch Hat
Carhartt

We all know a guy with the orange Carhartt beanie, but don’t let some kid who just moved to Bushwick set the culture for Carhartt. Their blue-collar ethos sets the standard high for workwear and their A18 watch hat is another great example. This acrylic beanie fits snugly and features a tight-knit to keep your noggin warm whether you’re a fan of true craftsmanship or on call for the early morning construction crew.

Buy Now: $17
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/carhartt-a18-watch-hat-15cttmcrylcwtchcpapa/15cttmcrylcwtchcpapa?sku=17030266
12. Banana Republic Donegal Beanie
Banana Republic

The Donegal beanie takes on a humble Irish fishing village vibe with a ribbed knit and speckled green color scheme. It’s also got the low-key energy of  Banana Republic’s refusal to outwardly brand their items.

Buy Now: $37
https://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=655440022&vid=1#pdp-page-content
13. Uniqlo RIbbed Beanie
Uniqlo

If simplicity is your game then look no further than the Uniqlo Ribbed Beanie. This soft, ribbed knit hat is perfect for just about anyone, another great example of Uniqlo’s everyman aesthetic of providing staples for everyone at prices you just won’t see anywhere else for this quality.

Buy Now: $15
https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/ribbed-beanie-433774.html?dwvar_433774_color=COL03&cgid=#q=beanie&lang=default&start=1
14. Wolf & Badger Upcycled and Recycled Plastic Beanie
Wolf & Badger

Although this hat contains plastic you can’t even tell, I promise. The hat features recycled plastic bottles and upcycled wool making for a comfortable and cozy blend. It’s a hat you can spend a little more on but feel good while you’re wearing it. Talk about using your head to save the environment.

Buy Now: $71
https://www.wolfandbadger.com/us/upcycled-wool-beanie-beige/?result_index=10&query_id=b0b2bdf16f717eb9589edb9fddccc729
15. Patagonia Wool Pom Beanie
Patagonia

Patagonia’s the must-have outerwear brand you’ve already heard of but their headwear is seriously slept on. Their Wool Pom beanie is a great example with ‘gonias environmental ethos front and center – their products contain 68% recycled material. The Wool Pom brim flips down for a longer beanie look and cuffs nicely for a smaller silhouette.

16. Lacoste Ribbed Wool Beanie
Lacoste

Lacoste’s ribbed wool beanie is a cold-weather essential. Their chic and casual style comes across with their simple gray color scheme and embroidered crocodile logo that really pops in their signature green color. The hat is made from 100% wool.

Buy Now: $45
https://www.lacoste.com/us/lacoste/accessories/men/caps-hats/men-s-ribbed-wool-beanie/193869487270.html
17. Burton Gringo Beanie
Burton

Burton’s Gringo beanie is made from a snug acrylic yarn knit. Their aesthetic leans towards snowboarders but the leather logo patch on the front is a clean and stylish look for any outfit.

Buy Now: $27
https://www.burton.com/us/en/p/burton-gringo-beanie/W21-105101.html?cgid=mens-hats-beanies
18. Acne Studios Beanie
Acne Studios

Step your game up with this designer beanie from Swedish fashion house Acne Studios. Even though you might be more inclined to go for their denim, rock the brand on your dome too with their 100% wool beanie. The simple design is a great high-end accessory and their straight-faced emblem patch on the front brings the concept to the next level.

Buy Now: $150
https://www.24s.com/en-us/beanie-acne-studios_ACNHK4HP?defaultSku=ACNHK4HPBCKZZZZZ00&color=Black&lgw_code=4181-ACNHK4HPBCKZZZZZ00&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0-6ABhDMARIsAFVdQv9Qpe3PCkxC3QcqregedHwPvzrY_cFEpHXIBntEu1_51Ws1UqYTxSYaAm-7EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
19. Polo Ralph Lauren Holiday Bear Wool Beanie
Polo Ralph Lauren

The Polo Bear is an icon in its own right and if you don’t own one of their iconic sweaters there’s still hope! The holiday bear is front and center on this wool beanie, a perfect accessory for the Lo-life in your life.

Buy Now: $98
https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/product/polo-ralph-lauren-holiday-bear-wool-beanie-0400013078387.html?site_refer=CSE_GGLPLA:Mens_Clothing+Accessories:Polo+Ralph+Lauren&country=US&currency=USD&CSE_CID=G_Saks_PLA_US_Men%27s+Accessories:Hats&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0-6ABhDMARIsAFVdQv_5mpd-xMsnMfv8Gl4QEhldEblJWMaRx-UrADDkXuykypxAFP0HPpIaAp-WEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
20. Stussy Basic Cuff Beanie
Stussy

Stussy’s beanie is another great staple piece of headwear. Their acrylic cuffed beanie has a great fit and features the classic Stussy logo in white on the front.

Buy Now: $40
https://www.stussy.com/products/basic-cuff-beanie-2?glCountry=US&glCurrency=USD&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0-6ABhDMARIsAFVdQv8DCYuNYPlj4TfYuZf8V5kaxjFCD20R5QBuP9Vk3bF7PLJ5_jSK2DAaAkGqEALw_wcB
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What is Bitcoin and Is It Too Late to Get Started?

So your 17-year-old neighbor keeps bragging about that new PS5 scoop and you finally caved. What is Bitcoin and is it too late to get started?

There’s so much noise around the crypto space right now, and it can be hard to break through and get straight facts. It feels like every media head either has a special interest in Bitcoin’s success or hates Bitcoin and everything it stands for.

Let’s make it simple.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a new currency created in 2009 by the anonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin transactions are made on a public ledger — there’s no middle man involved.

In other words, two parties can transact goods and services without the need for a bank.

Over time, Bitcoin has become more practical for real-world transactions. You can now use Bitcoin to purchase just about anything — a vacation getaway, Xbox games, a pair of shoes, even pizza. And more companies are hopping on the crypto bandwagon every day.

A lot of the media hype also comes from the wealth opportunities that exist when trading it. Because Bitcoin is so volatile, price speculators can make (and lose) big bucks on coin exchanges.

More interest than ever

The rise of Bitcoin has spawned a new generation of Bitcoin millionaires and billionaires—some still in high school.
In the last few weeks, Bitcoin reached peak popularity on Google trends… right as it hit a price peak of ~$41k per coin. Coincidence? Nah.

Google Trends

Interestingly enough, the more popular Bitcoin becomes, the more potential value it has. More on that in a sec.

The nitty-gritty of Bitcoin tech

Every Bitcoin is essentially a unique set of digits.

A coin or fraction of a coin has its own ‘send’ address (private), and every digital wallet has a unique ‘receive’ address (public). If I want to send Bitcoin to…let’s say…your Aunt Sally, I have to know Aunt Sally’s receive address. She has to know my send address to confirm the transaction.

We use these addresses to buy and sell things on the Internet, or even in person. For an in-person transaction, all it takes is something as simple as a QR Code scanner, or a digital cash register like Square.

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So, you may be thinking… how is a collection of ‘unique’ numbers worth $40,000? Seems kinda sketchy.

Well, Bitcoin is both a medium of exchange and a ‘speculative’ asset. Its worth comes from usability and perceived value.

How does Bitcoin compare to traditional currencies?

When we talk about traditional currencies (post-Nixon-shock), we refer to fiat currency. Fiat currency is issued by governments and isn’t backed by any commodity (like gold). That means its value is based on the legitimacy of the government issuing the currency.

Examples of fiat currency include the US Dollar, Euro, Chinese yuan, Japanese yen, etc.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, is a currency that derives value from 1) its utility as a medium of exchange (technology) and 2) price speculation (as an asset). Unless Bitcoin is universally adopted, these factors are inevitably tied together.

If Bitcoin has no utility, it has no perceived value. If it has no perceived value, it has less utility.

The other main difference between fiat currency and Bitcoin is that Bitcoin is entirely digital. There is no paper version of it. However, just about every major government in the world has created its own digital currency tied to paper fiat. But that’s for another time.

How can I purchase Bitcoin?

If you want to purchase Bitcoin, you have some options. You can purchase on an exchange, you can have someone transfer it to you in exchange for fiat, or mine it yourself.

Buying on an Exchange

There are two types of exchanges you can use to purchase Bitcoin: 1) Centralized exchanges and 2) Decentralized exchanges (DEXs).

An example of a centralized exchange would be Coinbase. It has central authority over the exchange. DEXs are commonly open-source and allow users to be anonymous.

Centralized exchange

  • Less control over the platform
  • More security risks
  • More common for beginners
  • Higher fees
  • More features
  • ID checks, no anonymity
  • Fast transactions

Decentralized exchange

  • More user control
  • Minimal security risk
  • More common for intermediate, advanced users
  • Zero or small fees
  • Limited features
  • Slower transactions (you usually have to pay more “gas” fees for faster transactions
Making a transfer

If your buddy wants to send you Bitcoin, you need a mobile app or computer to receive it. That means you need to create a digital wallet.

By making an account on a popular app like Coinbase, you create a digital wallet. Alternatively, you can purchase a cold-chain (hardware) wallet like Trezor to receive your Bitcoin. This is more secure because no one can hack into hardware.

Downside to cold-chain wallets? They can be confusing to newbies. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can make a fatal mistake like sending your bitcoin away.

Apps like Coinbase are widely popular because they democratize the barrier to entry for everyday mailmen interested in Bitcoin. You don’t really need any technical knowledge to get started. Just expect to pay more fees for the convenience.

Mining Bitcoin

You can also mine Bitcoin. Mining bitcoin = solving complicated math puzzles (that is how they are rewarded). This article is for Bitcoin beginners, so I’m not even touching that.

Trading Bitcoin

Once you own Bitcoin, you can also exchange it on a trading platform to make a profit.

Price dip? Buy low. CNBC ran a positive headline about Bitcoin? Wait 24 hours and sell high.

Sounds easy enough, but you can lose a lot of money really quickly. Like in seconds. And there are so many get-rich-quick schemes out there that I’d do extensive research on a trading platform for days before making a single trade.

The same goes for executing a trading strategy. Don’t read two articles about crypto trading and throw a $10,000 long with 100X leverage. You should spend at least a month of consistent reading from bull-to-bear perspectives before trading any crypto.

Also, keep in mind that trading isn’t for everyone. This is the finance equivalent of sports gambling, only with crypto you aren’t from Wisconsin betting on the Packers. This is a New Yorker betting on Latvian soccer or some other fringe sport you probably know nothing about.

Know yourself, evaluate your risk tolerance, and make informed decisions.

Is it too late to buy Bitcoin?

Back in December 2020, Guggenheim’s CIO Scott Minerd famously said that Bitcoin should be worth $400K. For you non-finance folks, Guggenheim is a globally-renowned financial services firm.

If Guggenheim is saying it… we can rule out the idea that a $400,000 Bitcoin is reserved for Rogan stoner bros and libertarians.

Sure, Bitcoin has its flaws; it’s far from perfect. But if we’re answering a simple question… is it too late to buy Bitcoin? The answer is clear: No. We’re still in the early stages.

If you can get on board with the idea of taking on Central Banks and creating a financial system that’s owned and operated by people instead of institutions — you’re never too late to the party.

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Culture News

The 20 Best Lego Sets of All-Time

I’ve been building with LEGO for nearly my entire 25 years of life. In 2015, I began creating daily LEGO content online for my brand, MiniSuperHeroesToday, which has exploded into an enthusiastic community of over 165,000 fans and followers across Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. My content focuses on showing how to build custom LEGO figures using only existing LEGO pieces and set reviews, LEGO news, and more. Last year, I was accepted into the LEGO Ambassador Network. I now serve as a proud ambassador/influencer for the company that has inspired me daily since I opened my first LEGO box over 20 years ago. 
When ONE37pm reached out to me about writing a story on the greatest LEGO sets of all-time, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. There are so many amazing sets to choose from, but I narrowed it down to my 20 favorites, from the complicated to the coveted. Without further ado, these are what I consider to be the 20 Best LEGO Sets of All-Time! 

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20. The Tumbler – 76023

LEGO has released many versions of the Batmobile, but the 2014 Tumbler from The Dark Knight ranks among the best.

At a whopping 1,869 pieces, it’s such a cool project that results in a display of one of the most iconic superhero vehicles of all time. This one actually came out a while after the hype of The Dark Knight, so rather than being a play vehicle for kids, this was aimed more at adults and those with the expendable income to take on such a massive build. It also comes with the Heath Ledger Joker, a super sought-after figure for enthusiasts.

Buy Now at eBay
https://ebay.to/3bWMJF6
19. Harry Potter Diagon Alley – 75978
LEGO

Full disclosure, I’m not a diehard Harry Potter fan, but this is too cool of a set not to include! These sets connect with the LEGO Creator modular buildings (as I talked about with other sets on this list)  and come with four connectable buildings to create your own LEGO-scale Diagon Alley. This comes with so many figures and is so incredibly detailed; if you’re a Harry Potter fan, this is a must-have set.

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18. Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced Starfighter – 10175
LEGO

This 2006 set is a bit dated aesthetically, but that’s part of what makes it so cool. LEGO hasn’t remade this ship since this iteration, so it’s a bit of a collector’s item (hence the hefty price tag on the secondhand market these days). It’s obviously not as detailed or sleek as some of the more recent Star Wars sets, but its understated style and rarity make it among my favorites of all-time.

17. Sandcrawler – 75059
LEGO

LEGO has done a couple of versions of the Sandcrawler, but this Ultimate Collectors series edition reigns supreme. After the explosion in popularity of The Mandalorian, the Jawas’ Sandcrawler, one of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars franchise, saw an increase in sales.

This set is also super detailed on the interior, making it a difficult but extremely rewarding build. It’s absolutely gigantic (22.9 x 18.9 x 6.7 in), so make sure you’ve got space before building this set, which comes with a whopping 14 minifigs —from Luke and the R5 unit with a bad motivator to those pesky Jawas.

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16. Red Five X-Wing Starfighter – 10240
LEGO

Aside from the Millenium Falcon, you’d be hard-pressed to name a more recognizable Star Wars ship than Luke Skywalker’s Red Five X-Wing. This set is from the Ultimate Collector series, so it’s super detailed and definitely requires some time and prowess to build. “Red five, standing by.”

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15. R2-D2 – 10225
LEGO

This R2-D2 model, at the time, came out of nowhere. LEGO hadn’t put out anything like this bust/model since the late 90s when they’d released a buildable Darth Maul bust and a Yoda, which both debuted before LEGO Star Wars’ prime. This R2-D2 model, which dropped in 2012, has since become a major collector’s item because of how beautifully it displays (it comes with a stickered-on plaque and an additional R2-D2 Minifigure) and has, understandably, become super valuable.

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14. Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier 76042

There’s so much to say about this 2015 set. First of all, it’s absolutely massive, coming in at nearly two feet long. On top of that, it can be upgraded with numerous “powered up” functions, including lights and rotating turbines. You can also rotate the turbines manually with a gear located on the back, so no matter how you choose to build, you’re in for a display piece that will wow just about anyone. This set also comes with exclusive “micro figures” which make the scale of the helicarrier much more realistic. In addition to those micro figures, this set comes with Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, as well as Nick Fury and Maria Hill minifigures that are exclusive to this set.

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13. Assembly Square – 10255
LEGO

This is another one from the LEGO Creator modular series. This set was actually released as a celebratory set for the 10th anniversary of the modular series. It’s bigger than the standard modular series sets and is built to include a flower shop, bakery, and numerous apartment buildings over the storefronts. This is such a great culmination of the modular series and a really great addition for anyone building out a LEGO city. Combine it with your other modules and you’ve got yourself an ever-growing city block!

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12. Castle Medieval Market Village – 10193
LEGO

This is a super rare set, mostly because there are very few medieval sets floating around to begin with. Most modern medieval/castle-themed sets are fantasy-based, as opposed to this set’s more historically-accurate take on the medieval age. This is, at the time of writing this, my favorite of the medieval LEGO sets. Simply looking at it feels like taking a trip to the renaissance fair!

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11. Ultimate Collectors Series Slave 1 – 75060
LEGO

This is another entry from the Ultimate Collectors Series and is an absolute must-have for Star Wars fanatics. Like with all of the sets in this UCS line, this model is aimed at adults—hence the high price point and elevated build complexity. After the re-emergence of Boba Fett and the Slave 1, this set is one that is bound to go up in value over time. 

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10. Nintendo Entertainment System – 71374
LEGO

This could have easily placed higher on the list, mostly because of the ingenious array of functioning gadgets included in the set. It’s almost a scale model of the Nintendo Entertainment System and comes with a Super Mario cartridge in addition to a buildable controller. You also get to build a vintage 80s cassette TV with a crank, which moves your Mario “piece” across the screen, simulating a real play session on the nostalgic entertainment system. This one is too cool not to include in the “top ten.”

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9. Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon – 75192
LEGO

This list couldn’t be complete without a shoutout to the Millennium Falcon. They’ve done two Ultimate Collectors series editions of the Falcon, one back in 2007 and this one in 2017. This was the largest LEGO set of all time until 2018’s Hogwarts Castle set bumped it from its spot. Now it rests firmly in the third-place position thanks to 2020’s Colosseum taking the #1 spot with over 9,000 pieces. This set allows you to recreate scenes from the original trilogy and the recent films; it includes numerous minifigs, including Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Rey, and Finn. You can also change out the satellite dish to the corresponding film trilogy. Like with many of the UCS builds, this one has a complex interior, so you can open the ship and tinker around with the Falcon’s iconic interior. It even comes with a little Mynock figurine (the critter that attacks the Falcon when they stop momentarily during their chase in The Empire Strikes Back) for full cohesion with the film.

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8. Pirates of Barracuda Bay 21322

This is the first entry on the list to come out of the LEGO Ideas series, allowing LEGO builders to propose ideas for new sets. If 10,000 people support the idea, a LEGO design team will look into putting it out as an actual set! The Pirates of Barracuda Bay set is a callback to a similar model from the 80s, the quintessential LEGO pirate ship. The ship is shipwrecked in this version, but the set offers an alternate build option that puts the ship back together, just like it would’ve looked in 1989.

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7. Palace Cinema – 10232
LEGO

This is another modular set, so you can add it to your growing LEGO city—and the growing list of modulars in this countdown! The Palace Cinema is meant to be a corner building and perfectly encapsulates the vintage Hollywood fee it seeks to represent. The first floor has concessions and the second floor has the movie theater seating area. The theming on this set is just so perfect; this makes for a great set that has earned its place in the top ten portion of this list.

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6. Back to the Future – DeLorean Time Machine – 21103

Who doesn’t love Back to the Future? This was an early LEGO idea set, then called “Cuusoo” (the name change to “LEGO ideas” shortly after was a good one!). The set comes with extra pieces that allow the builder to recreate any of the three DeLorean versions, from the classic first movie iteration to the Wild West version in Part III. It also comes with Marty and Doc minifigs, which are among my favorites ever. This set was only $35 when it first came out, but good luck finding it at that price point these days!

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5. Disney Castle – 71040
LEGO

This set is absolutely insane. It’s modeled after the Magic Kingdom castle from Florida’s Walt Disney World and comes replete with a wide range of Disney movie-themed rooms. There’s a callback to Aladdin (with his signature rug hanging on the wall) and even a chest with Rapunzel’s hairbrush, to name just a few. It also comes with several iconic Disney minifigs, including an exclusive Mickey, Minnie, and Tinker Bell, as well as Donald Duck and Daisy Duck.

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4. 1989 Batmobile – 76139

Many Batman fans will argue that the 1989 Batmobile is the coolest Batmobile of all-time. Adam West may have ridden in my personal favorite Batmobile, but the 1989 Michael Keaton Batman is the coolest; with the pop-up machine guns, the sliding cockpit, and those flame turbines in the back, every kid on the planet went nuts when this showed up on the big screen. The LEGO model offers all the same excitement: the cockpit opens forward, and the machine guns can be raised manually with a crank on the back. It also comes with a Michael Keaton Batman figure, Jack Nicholson Joker and Vicky Vale. It might not be as militaristic as the Tumbler, but it has an iconic superhero style that remains unmatched to this day.

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3. Star Wars Death Star – 75159
LEGO

This is the ultimate LEGO playset. This 2016 iteration of the Death Star includes everything you could ask for. You can spin it around and see all of the Death Star’s iconic scenes, like Palpatine’s throne room (where you can drop him down the reactor shaft just like the movie!), the garbage compactor, and Leia’s detention block. There’s even a slide from the detention block area in the garbage compactor and a button to make the walls start closing in. It’s a super expensive set due to all of its amazing features and the high piece count, but it’s worth it if you want a faithful LEGO Death Star model in your home—and really, who doesn’t?

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2. Indiana Jones Temple Escape – 7623

I understand that this set may be a bit of a curveball, but if you see it in person, you’ll know exactly why it snagged the number two spot. Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most recognizable movies of all time, and this set invokes the film’s most iconic scene with less than 600 pieces. LEGO created an exclusive piece for this set, the golden idol, which will make parts of the set fall over when removed from its display. Every character from the scene has a corresponding Minifigure, and it makes for the ultimate display piece for Indiana Jones and film fans alike. I made my first stop motion movie on my flip phone with this set in 2008, so it really holds a special place for me and will always be among my favorites. It unlocked numerous ideas for me as a creator, and my love for creating LEGO content can be traced back to the day I built this set.

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1. Ghostbusters Firehouse – 75827
LEGO

You might be surprised that the number one spot isn’t a Star Wars set, but this Ghostbusters model really has it all. You can open the sides to reveal three distinct floors of the firehouse from the film, chock full of Easter Eggs and references to the pair of classic films. There are bedrooms, the haunted toaster, the team’s firepole, and more. If you were lucky enough to cop the Ecto I set from LEGO Ideas in 2014, the car could even be backed into the garage of this set for safekeeping. This set comes with minifigs of every character you could want, including numerous ghosts and the entire Ghostbusters team, complete with exclusive arm printing. It’s so faithful to the movie and such a fun playset; this is without a doubt my number one set of all-time.

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Culture News

Adam iLL’s Top 10 Munchies to Satisfy Those Smoke Sesh Cravings

What’s one thing all Cannabis consumers have in common? Munchies, of course!

I don’t know what it is about Cannabis, but food always tastes better after a nice sesh, and the stomach seems to become a bottomless pit to whatever you’re currently chowing down on. I’ve found myself eating food combinations that I’d never thought would work together, and that turned out to be delicious. Now, not everything we eat has to be creative or weird, but it does have to taste good. Whether it’s sweet, savory, sour, spicy, tart, or whatever your palette is craving, don’t hold back— and if you need a little “munch-spiration,” read on for the list below, where I’ve compiled my top 10 favorite snacks to eat while faded.

10. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich
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There’s nothing quite like a PB&J—except a PB&J with chocolate. I like to use a chocolate spread (though you can also use Nutella if that’s more your style), and if you’re like me, you can take it that extra mile to flavor town by adding some bananas or honey.

9. Bowl of Mixed Cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch/Cocoa Puffs)
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One kind of cereal with milk is boring, so I like to mix and match my cereals and milks to keep my palate on its toes. Have you ever tried a bowl of Cinnamon Toast-Puffs? Give it a try, and thank me later. I also love to fill a bowl with chocolatey cereal and strawberry milk; milk flavor variation is key. Oat, hemp, almond, the options are limitless. Have fun.

8. Fruit
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Fruit is a tried and true stoner snack. Bite into a crisp apple after a session and feel your dry mouth dissipate in an explosion of flavor, or maybe savor a juicy slice of mango, which is also known to enhance the high. Pick up some fresh fruit and give your body those natural sugars. 

7. Cookies and Chocolate Milk (eaten cereal-style)
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I said it once already, but I’ll repeat it: Cereal is boring. Instead of putting some bland cheerios into a bowl, throw a handful of Oreos in (maybe even some minis) and douse them in a healthy serving of milk. The line between cereal and cookies is arbitrary anyway—I’m looking at you, Cookie Crisp.

6. Butter Burritos
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Sometimes simplicity is the name of the game. Go ahead and take a tortilla, throw it on the stove. Toss a pat of butter on there, let it melt, and then roll that baby up. Feel free to add honey, jam, or any other sweet accouterments to really spruce it up. 

5. MunchPak
https://munchpak.com/
MunchPak

MunchPak is a subscription service that is truly a stoner’s best friend. You can customize your snacks’ quantity and frequency, and then the company sends you a curated box of snacks from around the world. If you’re looking for Pocky sticks, unattainable flavors of Kit Kats, or Hi-Chews, then you should definitely subscribe.

4. Cheese plate (Humboldt Fog, Italian Truffle)
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This is one of the options on the list that requires a little bit of prep. Before you smoke, go ahead and grab your most beautiful cutting board. Lay out some fine cheeses, perhaps a jam, maybe a baguette, and some apple slices. Once you’re good and frosty, the combination of creations you can come up with is only limited by your imagination.

3. Chocolate (Especially Dark)
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No explanation is necessary on this. Chocolate is delicious. Dark chocolate is delicious and, honestly, nutritious. Also, chocolate kicks off your anandamide. 

2. Beef Jerky and Cheez-Its (Stoner Cheeseburger)
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Sometimes you’re craving a cheeseburger and don’t have all of the ingredients. But if you just need a hit of beef and cheese, look no further than the stoner’s cheesesteak: a delicate sandwich concocted of beef jerky sandwiched between two cheez-its. The perfect crunchy texture accompanied by the chewy jerky will leave you salivating for more. 

1. Kit-Kies (Kit-Kat inside a Twinkie)
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This is the pièce de résistance. Maybe a Twinkie doesn’t have the crunch you’re looking for. Maybe a Kit Kat just doesn’t quite scratch your pastry itch. When I’m looking for a sweet, fluffy cakey, crunchy, chocolate treat I look to my creation, the Kit-Kie. Just slide your Kit Kat into the Twinkie (maybe use your specialty Kit Kats from the MunchPak), admire your work, and dine. Frozen Kit Kat’s make the penetration a lot easier.

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Entrepreneurs Grind

Siegelman Stable: From Horse Training to Future’s Wardrobe

Max Siegelman’s father founded Siegelman Stable in 1982. Growing up, having a horse trainer as a father seemed like the norm. Not only was his dad a horse trainer, but he made an effort to instill in Max the importance of giving back to the community and allowing everyone the opportunity to indulge in the joys of horsemanship.  

Max Siegelman

Fast forward to April 2020. Max works for OUTFRONT media as a Social Director, in addition to working privately as a consultant for music artists, athletes, and other celebrities. He was the only person with signature Siegelman Stable gear, featuring a logo scrawled on a napkin by his mother in 1985. People started asking him, “Where can I cop?” And thus, the Siegelman Stable line was born.

Since Max started designing and releasing gear, the brand has dropped its signature pieces, including hats and sweatshirts. They’ve shown up on some of the biggest names in basketball and hip hop. From Future to Tim Hardaway Jr., there’s no shortage of celebrities rocking the minimalist gear. Siegelman Stable has made appearances in numerous NBA tunnel fits this season.

Siegelman Stable
Mason Plumlee rocking a Siegelman Stable sweatshirt.
Siegelman Stable
Tim Hardaway Jr. in the signature hat.

You can even find images of major rappers in the studio rocking the laid back sweats, which invoke a nostalgic sort of sportswear emphasizing comfort and classic cool. I mean, Future obviously has immaculate taste.

And of course, Max’s father Robert’s emphasis on giving back to the community remains a crucial part of the brand’s identity. A portion of proceeds go to equine therapy programs for veterans, nurses, and doctors, so supporting Siegelman Stable is good for more than just your wardrobe. 

So what’s next for the fledgling designer? There’s a collab with a creative streetwear brand on the horizon, but you’ll have to scroll through the Stable’s Instagram to try and figure out who it is. All we know for sure is that 2021 will be a bigger year than 2020, and 2020 was already pretty massive. Make sure to check out the brand’s Instagram for the newest pictures and keep your eyes on the website to try and get your hands on one of the restocks; they sell out fast.

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Grind Productivity

The 35 Best Gifts for Photographers and Video Editors

The list of gear required for a photographer is truly endless. Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why I compiled a list of the best gifts for photographers and video editors, so you don’t have to. From technical gear like lenses and microphones to more fun gifts like LED lights, this is my list of some of the best pieces on the market to buy for the photographer or video editor in your orbit. 

1. Tmango Camera Lens Coffee Mug
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083XHPNQH?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

I love filmmaking and storytelling; this is such a fun gift for creatives of all ages to fuel those long days behind a computer screen. Just don’t mix up the lens and the mug when you’re throwing your dishes into the kitchen sink!

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083XHPNQH?tag=davidrock-20
2. Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B43WPVK?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

I’ve used the Sony a7s ii for years, literally. Sony checks all the boxes for a do-it-all camera. The interchangeable lens capability means you can customize it how you want, while the built-in SteadyShot capability stabilizes all of your shots (which is great for that classic run and gun style us documentary filmmakers tend to shoot). I’ve been thoroughly pleased with Sony’s mirrorless cameras and I’m excited for all the things to come.

Buy Now at Amazon, $1,698
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B43WPVK?tag=davidrock-20
3. Canon EF Lens to Sony E Mount T Smart Adapter
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0716RHXRB?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Say you’ve already invested money into your Sony A7III but you just saw an amazing Canon lens that you absolutely need to use. That’s where this adapter comes in; this handy adapter allows you to use Canon lenses on your Sony setup. Plus, I prefer Canon glass so I just use this metabones adapter—only downside is auto focus doesn’t work with the adapter, it’s all manual.

Buy Now at Amazon, $399
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0716RHXRB?tag=davidrock-20
4. Sennheiser Pro Audio Sennheiser AVX Digital
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EYIH1U?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

You can’t underestimate the importance of good audio for creating strong video content. These are the most reliable wireless lav mics to date. You can plug them right into your camera, there’s no syncing needed. The audio is so good that you could use these for your podcasts as well!

Buy Now at Amazon, $699
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010EYIH1U?tag=davidrock-20
5. Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQDORA4?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

For those moments when we need good audio quickly—and there’s multiple people in the scene—this is a great run and gun mic. While the Sennheiser requires you to mic up your talent, this model connects to your camera, increasing the audio quality from a remote recording location.

Buy Now at Amazon, $95.29
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQDORA4?tag=davidrock-20
6. Blue Yeti Microphone (Blackout) with Knox Gear Pop Filter
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SZ932T9?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

For voiceover or other standalone audio, Yeti is still one of the best in its class. It’s so simple to use, plug it in and go! Coupled with the pop filter (you don’t want those Ts to be too cutting), the Blue Yeti is a great option.

Buy Now at Amazon, $160
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SZ932T9?tag=davidrock-20
7. SanDisk 32GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YFG7T8F?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The worst feeling in the world: you’ve captured what you needed to capture, emotions are high and then the files are corrupt or, even worse, the card breaks. SanDisk memory cards have been the most reliable to date. This model is great for less extensive shoots, but if you need a lot of space, consider the next option on the list.

Buy Now at Amazon, $7.95
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YFG7T8F?tag=davidrock-20
8. SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9DVLBB?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This disk is double the size of the above, which makes it a good option for longer shoots that require more storage.

Buy Now at Amazon, $34.80
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H9DVLBB?tag=davidrock-20
9. JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084DHG8WD?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

As far as “all-in-one” style kits go, you can’t really get better than Joby’s mobile vlogging kit. It comes with all the materials you need to create a semi professional vlogging setup with nothing more than your iPhone camera. This is an awesome gift choice for someone looking into starting to make video content. It can hold your microphones and you could even get phone extensions as well.

Buy Now at Amazon, $378
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084DHG8WD?tag=davidrock-20
10. Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L
https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Design-Everyday-Backpack-Midnight/dp/B07ZTLV477/ref=sr_1_1?cs_asins=B07ZTLV477%2CB07ZTQQGLP%2CB07ZTP5CBQ&cs_colors=4C516D%2C555555%2C555555&dchild=1&i_fs=0&qid=1608065379&ref_override=sr_1_1&refinements=p_4%3APeak+Design&rrid=2
Amazon

Photography requires a lot of gear, so a vessel for your equipment might be just as important as the equipment itself. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is a great minimalist option for transporting your gear, all wrapped up in a sleek package. 

Buy at Amazon, $289.95
https://www.amazon.com/Peak-Design-Everyday-Backpack-Midnight/dp/B07ZTLV477/ref=sr_1_1?cs_asins=B07ZTLV477%2CB07ZTQQGLP%2CB07ZTP5CBQ&cs_colors=4C516D%2C555555%2C555555&dchild=1&i_fs=0&qid=1608065379&ref_override=sr_1_1&refinements=p_4%3APeak+Design&rrid=2
11. Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074WC9YKL?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Joby makes a great tripod. This compact edition is amazing because of its convenience, but it’s also just an all-around great, steady tripod. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $47.76
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074WC9YKL?tag=davidrock-20
12. Adobe Creative Cloud
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q5VDGSF?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The Adobe Creative Cloud is an often overlooked gift for the burgeoning creative. It’s fairly expensive, but it’s truly one of the best ways to help jumpstart someone’s video/photo editing career, giving them access to a wide array of tools, tutorials and more to help them start their journey.

Buy Now at Amazon, $52.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q5VDGSF?tag=davidrock-20
13. Apple iPhone 12
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZPKZSSC?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This is the most powerful tool on this list. Both the iPhone’s camera and internal editing software available should not be underestimated. In 2020, you don’t need an insanely expensive camera in order to take amazing pictures or videos. It’s wildly underrated. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $700.50
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZPKZSSC?tag=davidrock-20
14. Lume Cube Panel GO + DSLR Mount
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KL6NQ2X?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The Lume Cube Panel is a pocket-sized mounted LED light for shoots that require a little extra customization. You can adjust from 1-100% brightness and transition between warm and cool lighting, giving you a wide array of lighting options to get the right shot. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $119.95
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KL6NQ2X?tag=davidrock-20
15. UBeesize 10″ Selfie Ring Light
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFV72LK?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This Selfie Ring is an integral part of a strong vlogging setup. The ring light can improve the lighting of your selfie shot from weak to near-professional, giving you a bright light that will improve the contrast and detail in your shots.

Buy Now at Amazon, $47.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QFV72LK?tag=davidrock-20
16. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076BNK30?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This is the all-in-one lens that I use the most. I love its versatility, it can be used at a great distance and provides superb depth of field. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $1,899
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0076BNK30?tag=davidrock-20
17. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras – Fixed
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00007GQLU?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

If you know anything about lenses then there’s not much explanation needed; the overall quality is insane! This lens is great for headshots and landscape shots alike.

Buy Now at Amazon, $419
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00007GQLU?tag=davidrock-20
18. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens – 9518B002
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8942SO?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

If you’re trying to add some fun wide shots into your shoots, this lens is unparalleled. Wide lenses are so much fun to shoot with. The shots come out crispy clear! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $1,099
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8942SO?tag=davidrock-20
19. Bose Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones 700
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q9MJKBV?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Proper video editing requires a good pair of headphones. Especially with the escalation of remote work in 2020, you might be needing a pair of cans that will cancel out the sound around you. Look no further than the Bose Noise Cancelling headphones, which feature great quality and can help eliminate the pesky disturbances of a work from home setup. These are my FAVORITE headphones so far, because of how lightweight and compact they are. The battery life is insane! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $339
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q9MJKBV?tag=davidrock-20
20. Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Wired)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PXGQC1Q?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Airpods are controversial; some say there are better quality options on the market at the same price point. That may be true, but there are few options around that are more convenient to use on the go. That’s why they make our list; if you need something convenient for listening to music, a podcast or audio from a shoot, then AirPods are the best option for listening on the go.

Buy Now at Amazon, $124.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PXGQC1Q?tag=davidrock-20
21. Kiorafoto Professional Water-Resistant Anti-Shock Holder Storage
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B4GT4A0?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This is the best way to not lose your memory cards. Memory cards are fragile, so a good protector for your cards should not be overlooked. This water-resistant option from Kiorafoto can hold up to 12 cards and is easily connected to a carabiner. This is an affordable but priceless purchase. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $8.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01B4GT4A0?tag=davidrock-20
22. Manfrotto Travel Befree Live Aluminium Tripod Twist
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077J11CCW?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

While some of the JOBY tripods on this list are convenient, mobile options for your iPhone, you’ll also need a true tripod for your more serious shoots. This is one of the best options on the market.

Buy Now at Amazon, $239.88
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077J11CCW?tag=davidrock-20
23. Manfrotto Xpro Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Video Head
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDR8K49?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

If you’re seeking a bit more agility and freedom on your shoots instead of the stable tripod above, you might want to consider a monopod—this is great for some of your more “run-and-gun” shots! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $299
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDR8K49?tag=davidrock-20
24. Apple Macbook Pro
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081FV1Y57?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Another Apple product to make this list, the MacBook Pro is a great option for photographers and video editors to revise their content. Couple this with the Adobe suite and you’ll be making professional quality edits in no time. I mean, come on, it’s Apple! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $2,499
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081FV1Y57?tag=davidrock-20
25. LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01789QMUW?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

While the SD cards on this list will hold your images locally on your camera, you’ll need a larger hard drive to house all of your projects. The LaCie hard drive is best in its class; the 4 TB version is a great option to store tons of projects, and the drive’s durability makes it easier to carry around than some of the more fragile options on the market. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $129.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01789QMUW?tag=davidrock-20
26. SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO Portable SSD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GV9M64L?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Although this drive isn’t as large as the above LaCie (1 TB vs. 4 TB), it’s extremely portable, making it a great option for a drive you take with you everywhere. If you travel a lot and you’re tired of all those clunky drives you’ll love these hard drives! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $229.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GV9M64L?tag=davidrock-20
27. DJI Mavic Air 2 – Drone Quadcopter UAV
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086X7QKHD?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

In 2020, a videographer’s setup isn’t complete without a drone. If you want to get those jaw-dropping aerial shots, you’ll need a good drone cam. The Mavic Air 2 is an amazing option; from its tracking capabilities to its ability to capture high-definition shots, this drone is a great choice for anyone needing to get some images from a bird’s eye view. Safe flying! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $799
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086X7QKHD?tag=davidrock-20
28. Neewer 2.6M x 3M/8.5ft x 10ft Background Support System
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GTCNXC?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

This kit from Neewer includes pretty much everything you need to set up a studio. Between the backdrops, lighting options and all the necessary stands, with one purchase you’ll have everything you need to complete amazing product shoots or interview-style content in front of a green screen. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $169.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019GTCNXC?tag=davidrock-20
29. Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHDFW5V?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The job of a photographer and video editor doesn’t end with the click of a shutter, you’ll also spend copious amounts of time on your computer poring over your images. For those days, a good mouse is paramount. This entry from Logitech is comfortable, responsive and easy to set up. THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE MOUSE! And it’s not even close! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $69.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DHDFW5V?tag=davidrock-20
30. SmallHD Focus HDMI 5″ Touch Screen Camera Monitor Kit
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0752VP3N6?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Depending on the camera you’re using, you may need a supplemental monitor during your shoots to get the best real-time picture of your subject. Look no further than the SmallHD Focus, a 5” LCD monitor that provides great picture, even in harsh daylight.

Buy Now at Amazon, $299
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0752VP3N6?tag=davidrock-20
31. Led Lights Smart Led Strip Lights
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089D3WDNS?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

Although these aren’t intended specifically for photography, the potential uses for LED smart lights are endless. You can use them to create interesting color palettes in a shoot, or just hang on to them to spruce up the lighting in your home. Who doesn’t like a moody vibe when editing? 

Buy Now at Amazon, $42.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089D3WDNS?tag=davidrock-20
32. Autonomous Ergo Chair 2 – Premium Ergonomic Office Chair
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087L48G41?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

For those long days of editing, you’ll want a great office chair to keep you comfortable. The Autonomous Ergo Chair fits the bill; sit in it once and you’ll never want to go back to your old hunched-over lifestyle. I didn’t invest until this year and I wish I did it years ago. This chair is a life saver. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $300+
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087L48G41?tag=davidrock-20
33. Fully Remi Standing Desk
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FWH3V9P?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

I’m a big fan of standing desks, but why not enjoy the benefits of standing and sitting? Being cooped up behind your monitor can take a toll on your back, so wouldn’t it be great to get to stand up and work for a bit? That’s where the Fully Remi Standing Desk comes in. You can sit behind it for as long as you want and then adjust the height to standing-level when you need to get on your feet. 

Buy Now at Amazon, $499
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08FWH3V9P?tag=davidrock-20
34. Apple New Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0862HNWGK?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The iPad is a great tool for drawing, sketching and ideating on your productions as well as creating graphic assets. Why not have something you can use to watch Netflix on while simultaneously editing graphics? It’s basically a second monitor and an easy way to remain mobile and take breaks from working at the desktop all the time! Change up your scenery! 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0862HNWGK?tag=davidrock-20
35. Apple New Apple Watch Series 6
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J5R3K3Q?tag=davidrock-20
Amazon

The Apple Watch has numerous capabilities that allow for more freedom on your shoots. It’ll keep you off your phone, so that you can focus on your gear and the shoot ahead. I use it to timestamp a lot of my shoots. If I want to remember something at a specific time, I’ll capture the time but also be able to monitor my calendar for those high paced days. Hustle mode on! 

Buy Now at Amazon, $449.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J5R3K3Q?tag=davidrock-20
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Sneakers Style

Nikes Are Dancing Shoes, Just Ask Kida the Great

Nikes are basketball shoes. Nikes are skate shoes. Nikes are running shoes. And of course, Nikes are dancing shoes, just ask Kida the Great.

Part of Nike’s massive success is owed to the brand’s incredible versatility in their sneaker design. They’ve had immensely successful shoes in almost every sport, from tennis to skateboarding. The Nike Air Tech Challenge? Unstoppable. The Nike Air Jordan 1? Unbeatable. The Nike Blazer? Too skateable.

Michela M. Smith
Michela M. Smith

We got So You Think You Can Dance champion Kida the Great to show off the Nike Air Max 97, which is now firmly cemented as a dancing shoe. Although the kicks are billed as “casual sneakers,” their commitment to comfort makes them a great fit for walking around town or—in Kida’s case—getting a fit off while you dance in the street.

Michela M. Smith
Michela M. Smith

Between the bold Nike long sleeve tee, taped joggers and reflective Air Maxes (not to mention Kida’s jewelry), the Instagram sensation is absolutely drowning in checks. It’s an immaculate fit, one so precise you could tune your watch to it. Nike is still best in its class, and thanks to Kida, its class just keeps on expanding.

Cop the Kicks at Finish Line, $170
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=921826&colorId=015

Cop the Sweats at Finish Line, $110
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-tech-fleece-taped-jogger-pants/prod2800512?styleId=CU4495&colorId=010

Cop the Tee at Finish Line, $35
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-sportswear-flex-appeal-long-sleeve-t-shirt/prod2822091?styleId=DD8985&colorId=100
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Style What To Buy

The 12 Best Gifts to Buy Your Significant Other This Holiday Season

It’s time to start thinking about potential gifts to get your significant other. The holiday season is right around the corner, and a lot of stores are offering various different deals and discounts, so you definitely won’t want to wait until the last minute to go shopping this year. To get you started, here is a list of the best gifts to buy your significant other this holiday season.

1. Dainty Custom Name Ring
https://www.etsy.com/listing/566718663/dainty-custom-name-ring-personalized?utm_custom1=goodhousekeeping.com&awc=6220_1605464972_4930b5a347f2ce188b4b23aa8078f809&source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm
Etsy / GracePersonalized

Most of us tend to like jewelry in some form, so a customized name ring might make a good holiday gift this season. While it is a ‘name ring,’ you don’t actually have to use a name, you can have the ring designed for any word that best represents your significant other (such as brave or strong for example). You can also have the name/word customized in lowercase or uppercase letters if you wish.

Buy Now at Etsy, $28.70+
https://www.etsy.com/listing/566718663/dainty-custom-name-ring-personalized?utm_custom1=goodhousekeeping.com&awc=6220_1605464972_4930b5a347f2ce188b4b23aa8078f809&source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&utm
2. Nike Tech Fleece Taped Jogger Pants
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-tech-fleece-taped-jogger-pants/prod2800512?styleId=CU4495&colorId=010
Finish Line

In the era of working from home, comfortable clothing is more necessary than ever. But you can’t always just lounge around in your PJs, so it’s great to stock your wardrobe with items you can wear out of the house but still feel great in at home. These sweats from Nike fit the bill. They’re somehow both lightweight and supremely warm, making them an amazing lounge-around pair of pants. Simultaneously, they’re super fly and come in a wide range of colors. These would make a great gift for anyone who likes versatile clothing options, giving you the freedom to keep your wardrobe small.

Buy Now at Finish Line, $110
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-tech-fleece-taped-jogger-pants/prod2800512?styleId=CU4495&colorId=010
3. Minute Egg Maker
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/minute-egg-maker?clickid=UyCVGZ2FZxyLTIxwUx0Mo3YgUkEzH2zOIzMzQk0&irgwc=1&utm_source=Skimbit%20Ltd.&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=8444&utm_term=Online%20Tracking%20Link&trafficSource=Impact&sharedid=esquire.com
Uncommon Goods

Let’s face it. Eggs can be a tricky thing to make sometimes, and just because you get them perfect one day doesn’t mean they will be perfect the next. The Minute Egg Maker solves that problem for those that like scrambled eggs. All you have to do is put your eggs in the ceramic croc (which is specifically made for cooking eggs), put in the microwave, and you’re done. The croc also comes with a vented lid that helps decrease messes.

Buy Now at Uncommon Goods, $30
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/minute-egg-maker?clickid=UyCVGZ2FZxyLTIxwUx0Mo3YgUkEzH2zOIzMzQk0&irgwc=1&utm_source=Skimbit%20Ltd.&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=8444&utm_term=Online%20Tracking%20Link&trafficSource=Impact&sharedid=esquire.com
4. Ourcan Massage Gun
https://www.amazon.com/Ourcan-Powerful-Cordless-Handheld-Brushless/dp/B07X6HVNFY
Amazon

With so many of us working from home nowadays, a massage gun would be a perfect gift for your partner to relax after a long day. The massage gun is designed to loosen your muscles, and can also be used both before and after workouts.

Buy Now at Amazon, $99.90
https://www.amazon.com/Ourcan-Powerful-Cordless-Handheld-Brushless/dp/B07X6HVNFY
5. SpaFinder Gift Card
https://www.spafinder.com/buy-gift-cards
Spa Finder

Let’s face it, after 2020 we are all going to need a Spa Day. A great gift for your significant other would be a spa appointment and/or a spa Gift card. While the specific appointment would depend on the location, SpaFinder offers the ability to purchase a gift card that can be used at thousands of different spa locations. This gift card will definitely make a great gift once the pandemic improves.

Buy Now at Spa Finder
https://www.spafinder.com/buy-gift-cards
6. Personalized Wine Chiller
https://www.personalizationmall.com/Ice-Buckets-Chillers-c248.lp?fitemid=35841&did=313785&wordid=35841&utm_source=GooglePLA&utm_medium=cpc&&gcampaignID=11246624536&pmkid=pla-469161657324-107109102381&gclid=Cj0KCQiAwMP9BRCzARIsAPWTJ_ELC0FipsgPCr7lhtXMv14Pa
Personalization Mall

It’s always nice to look forward to a glass of wine. While many reds are served room temp, it definitely doesn’t hurt to have a wine chiller for the bottles you want to keep cool. The Personalized Wine Chiller can be customized to have any name/monogram on it, and keeps the wine cooled at a consistent temperature. 

Buy Now at Personalization Mall, $67.49
https://www.personalizationmall.com/Ice-Buckets-Chillers-c248.lp?fitemid=35841&did=313785&wordid=35841&utm_source=GooglePLA&utm_medium=cpc&&gcampaignID=11246624536&pmkid=pla-469161657324-107109102381&gclid=Cj0KCQiAwMP9BRCzARIsAPWTJ_ELC0FipsgPCr7lhtXMv14Pa
7. Astrological Candles
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/astrological-candles?clickid=UyCVGZ2FZxyLTIxwUx0Mo3YgUkEzCK3mIzMzQk0&irgwc=1&utm_source=Skimbit%20Ltd.&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=8444&utm_term=Online%20Tracking%20Link&trafficSource=Impact&sharedid=oprahmag.c
Uncommon Goods

There is nothing quite like a home that smells good. So a great gift this holiday season would definitely be the Astrological Candles. With a candle for each zodiac sign and a designated scent for every one, the candle/candles will be a nice addition to your significant other’s collection (and you could even get one for yourself to match).

Buy Now at Uncommon Goods, $28
https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/astrological-candles?clickid=UyCVGZ2FZxyLTIxwUx0Mo3YgUkEzCK3mIzMzQk0&irgwc=1&utm_source=Skimbit%20Ltd.&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_campaign=8444&utm_term=Online%20Tracking%20Link&trafficSource=Impact&sharedid=oprahmag.c
8. Nike Air Max 97 Casual Shoes
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=921826&colorId=015
Finish Line

Regardless of whether or not your partner is a sneaker-head, this entry from Nike makes a great gift choice. Although the signature check and the bells and whistles will make these shoes stand out for the sneaker aficionados, it’s also just a supremely comfortable pair of sneakers, perfect for lounging around the house or taking to the pavement.

Buy Now at Finish Line, $170
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-air-max-97-casual-shoes/prod2770629?styleId=921826&colorId=015
9. Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream
https://www.aesop.com/us/p/skin/hydrate/mandarin-facial-hydrating-cream/?variant=B60SK03&gclid=Cj0KCQiA48j9BRC-ARIsAMQu3WQWJzaAYFVWVocKpB9SWhT34bk_eNYlSjqrTHYXYytkGk00_QLunvMaAsLlEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Aesop

Listen, we know the price tag is daunting. But when it comes to face moisturizers, there’s all the other brands, and then there’s Aesop. The Australian skin, hair and body care brand is truly one of the best around. Especially as the cold weather starts to encourage dry skin, consider buying your significant other a little something to soothe the season’s maladies.

Buy Now at Aesop, $50
https://www.aesop.com/us/p/skin/hydrate/mandarin-facial-hydrating-cream/?variant=B60SK03&gclid=Cj0KCQiA48j9BRC-ARIsAMQu3WQWJzaAYFVWVocKpB9SWhT34bk_eNYlSjqrTHYXYytkGk00_QLunvMaAsLlEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
10. Men’s Nike Sportswear Flex Appeal Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-sportswear-flex-appeal-long-sleeve-t-shirt/prod2822091?styleId=DD8985&colorId=100
Finish Line

When the cold weather hits, there’s nothing quite like a good long sleeve tee. Perfect for layering, this model from Nike strikes a balance between flash and minimalism; you can let the logo stand out or use the shirt as a base for a wide range of layering opportunities. A versatile tee like this makes a great gift for anyone, but we think it can really be an extra special gift for the extra special someone in your life.

Buy Now at Finish Line, $35
https://www.finishline.com/store/product/mens-nike-sportswear-flex-appeal-long-sleeve-t-shirt/prod2822091?styleId=DD8985&colorId=100
11. Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PS4
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/marvels-spider-man-miles-morales/
PlayStation

If your significant other is a gamer, odds are you’ve heard plenty about the long-awaited PS5 release earlier this month. Spider-Man: Miles Morales was arguably the most hyped game that released alongside the console. Whether or not you were able to get your hands on a PS5 (most of us were unfortunately left empty-handed), you can still buy the game for your previous generation console. Fans of the first 2018 entry to the game series, Spider-Man, and comic book-aficionados alike will be clamoring for this game, so add it to the list of things to buy for the gamer in your life.

Buy Now at PlayStation, $49.99
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/marvels-spider-man-miles-morales/
12. Money Tree Plant
https://www.thesill.com/products/money-tree
The Sill

People can be easily overwhelmed by the responsibility of house plants, but the Money Plant is unbelievably easy to maintain and beautiful to boot. The tiny tree is believed to bring good luck, and it certainly adds a flair of natural beauty to any living space. In this day and age, you don’t even have to go to the store; you can get a gorgeous plant delivered safely right to your door.

Buy Now at The Sill, $48
https://www.thesill.com/products/money-tree