Strategist circular: 11 things we wrote about last week of 2021 | The strategist
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We write about hundreds of products each week. Here, in our version of the Sunday newsletter, we’ve picked out some of our favorites – recommended by experts Essentials, life changing stuff Little did they know you needed restarted gizmos and those very good deals we discovered last week while trolling through the vast world of online shopping, including a “wonder toy” for affectionate dogs, astrologer Susan Miller’s favorite gift and a perfume to try before you buy.
At the start of the quarantine, young strategist Arielle Avila found that one of the few benefits of being stuck at home was spending more time with her dog, Maggie. But as the pandemic dragged on, Maggie’s barking became disruptive during Zoom meetings. When a treat, a puzzle ball, and a sniffing mat couldn’t calm her pup, Avila bought the Lickimat: a deceptively simple, grooved rubber square that she says was a “miracle toy”. After coating the mat with peanut butter, “Maggie licks it for 15 minutes straight and doesn’t even look up to bark at squirrels scurrying past our window,” she writes. “For me, the mat means that I have to stress myself less during work, and Maggie is also a little calmer.”
âSwiss army knives are indispensable,â says the beloved astrologer and author, who told us that she cannot live (or leave home) without a knife. âI think it’s the best gift too – but if you give someone a knife, they have to pay at least a cent for it, otherwise it’s bad luck. That’s what they said. “
After racking his brains trying to find the perfect gift for his brother-in-law with a baby on the go, Strategist Senior Editor Anthony Rotunno turned to an instant camera. However, after examining the options, he found that “the only flaw with older technology getting new again is that smarter and leaner iterations lack the soul”. Ready to give up the idea, he went through the options at Polaroid – the brand that invented the instant camera – and found exactly what he was looking for among the company’s newer models. âThe 600, which debuted in 1981, is currently one of two vintage models Polaroid is selling after the overhaul,â he says. “This camera produces the square images that later inspired the square layout of a particular photo-sharing app that (probably) inspired the overhaul of that camera line.” After seeing it in action, Rotunno writes, “It definitely looks looks just as good and works as a new one. And another nice thing, especially for the planet, is that a refurbished camera is inherently more sustainable. “
If you’ve invested in a printer to create your WFH office furniture, you may have been (uncomfortably) surprised that the cost of ink and toner can quickly add up to the price of the device itself. To see if there are cheaper alternatives to branded options, Strategist Senior Writer Karen Iorio Adelson spoke to printing experts about possible hacks they would recommend. Those who don’t print museum-quality images, according to the pros, can probably get by with third-party inks or toners – like these ink cartridges that work with the HP OfficeJet 200 (which happens to be our first choice for a portable printer). Adelson notes that the Valuetoner cartridges “have over 1,200 five-star ratings on Amazon” and that “if you chose the HP brand, you’d pay about $ 64 for the set.”
With vaccination rates soaring, many people plan to travel to see loved ones for the first time in over a year. But, as our senior writer and resident mask expert Liza Corsillo points out, anyone who needs to travel by air âmust still wear a mask on the plane and at the airportâ. Since mask guidelines change frequently with the introduction of vaccinations, she spoke to experts about the face masks they would recommend when flying. Dr. Purvi Parikh, an immunologist at NYU Langone Health, told Corsillo that she “knows personally who has gotten sick while traveling, even after being fully vaccinated.” That is why she recommends that everyone who gets on an airplane wear a medical mask such as a KN95, N95 or this KF94 mask from LG Health.
Contributor Maggie Slepian, a backpacker who “divides her time between gentle canyon hikes in Death Valley National Park and 2,000 mile hikes on the Appalachian Trail,” says she has hiked “thousands of miles with backpacks in every category, from sizeable, ultra-padded ones to super-light styles with no structure or support. âThis one from Gossamer Gear, as she describes it, is a bit like a goldilocks. The brand, she says, is “popular with experienced hikers and backpackers, but manages to stay away from more commercial outdoor retailers”. And the G4-20, she writes, is “a reboot of its original G4 package, loved by an older generation of backpackers.” The 42 liter bag has “smaller capacity, a padded back” and a hip belt system that allows it to “carry around 35 pounds of gear and barely notice it”. After wearing it “hundreds of kilometers”, Slepian says that her “G4-20 backpack shows hardly any signs of use and has proven to be so functional and comfortable that I have to strap something else on for a few hikes, if at all.”
Finding a signature fragrance is never easy. While it’s still hard to go out and sniff perfumes with devotion, it remains to be even more difficult. For this reason, our author Dominique Pariso – who has been talking to scent addicts about the best perfumes for a while – wanted to take a closer look at Snif, a direct-to-consumer brand built around a test phase that allows customers to customize their fragrances to test before walking. After trying the three current fragrances, she fell in love with earthy sweet ash, which has notes of juniper, bergamot, balsam fir, tonka, vanilla pod, white moss and patchouli. Pariso describes it as follows: âSweet Ash is subtle enough that it doesn’t fill a room when you enter, but fragrant enough that people can smell it up close (some, like my mother, then asked to ‘borrow’ it )). âAs for the free trial version, if you don’t want to buy the perfume right away, you can order a set with a full bottle and a sample bottle; As long as you return the full bottle within seven days of receipt, the company won’t charge you a penny.
After graduating in the middle of a global pandemic, the 2021 year deserves to be celebrated. If you’re looking for college graduation ideas of your life, a Syracuse University senior told strategist writer Chloe Anello that she was asking about this embroidered pillow to decorate her home with after graduation. If your graduate isn’t an Orange (male or female), Anello points out that “pillows are available for dozens of other schools so you will likely find the one your graduate attended.”
“Mechanical keyboards have seen a surge in popularity over the past decade,” explains strategist-writer Jordan Bowman. âPeople love the clicks and clacks that so many modern keyboards have given up, but what makes mechanical keyboards so special is the ability to customize them.â If you want to try one out without spending a fortune, TikToker DoseofTech tells DoseofTech that this is it affordable model – which is bluetooth compatible, dust resistant, waterproof, and LED RGB backlit – is “one of the best” mechanical keyboards he has ever used.
As our author Lauren Ro explains, âKorean supermarkets (like H Mart) are veritable department stores selling everything from gochujang to small appliances to skin care products.â Her favorite category: âAll the convenient (and affordable) kitchen and housewares that See them in most Korean households. âOne such thing is this container that allows you to ferment your own kimchee at home, which Ro saysâ has an internal vacuum lid to prevent air from entering â.
For Brooklinen’s birthday sale, almost everything on its website will be cut 20 percent through May 5th. Before it gets too hot, we recommend stocking up on the airy linen sheets that made a former strategist-writer fall in love with linen sheets. These, she writes, are “so cuddly, so soft that you can rather find small traces of rogue in your hair or beard than you can feel coarse strands at night.”
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