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Reader: Backless, strapless sticky bras?
Remi: Finding a great strapless, backless bra can be hard. But, once you do, it’s game-changing. Luckily, we have an amazing option: Gatherall. The Gatherall Bra ($68) is strapless, backless, and wireless. It’s made from medical-grade silicone, so you can be sure it’ll really stick on. It’s reusable (just wash with soap and water between wears) up to 30+ times, so you’ll get to use it for plenty of events.
Commercial grade Christmas lights?
Remi: I’ve never hung up Christmas lights in my life, but like just about any product, if you’re looking for speedy online delivery it’s worth checking out Amazon’s selection. I think any hardware store would be a great place to start. Whether you have a local one in person or want to shop online, The Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Lowe’s are probably all solid bets.
Digital gifts? Looking to avoiding shipping fees, travel, and reducing carbon footprint this holiday.
Remi: It’s awesome that you’re looking to get innovative with gifting and try something a little more environmentally-friendly. I think MasterClass (from $180) is a great idea. A yearly MasterClass subscription will give them access to over 100 classes taught by experts in 11 categories like business, writing, food, and science. I’ve taken MasterClass myself and have loved it. It’s a really fun way to learn new things from celebrities, athletes, and in general, experts in their fields. Another fun idea is Flytographer (from $285). You can book them a photoshoot with a professional photographer in their area. Everyone loves having professional photos, but it’s not the type of thing most people indulge in on their own. So, this is a nice way to help them make some memories. The last idea is to get them a gift card for an experience. We’re going into detail on some of our favorite experience gifts below, so keep scrolling.
Remi: I love gifting and getting experiences. They’re so fun, memorable, and make for such creative gifts. Now that the world is a bit more open and concerts and plays are coming back, tickets make a great gift. If there’s something they’ve been wanting to see, get them a ticket on SeatGeek or Ticketmaster. You can even get one for yourself to join them if it’s something you’ve been wanting to do together! An Airbnb Experience (from $15) is another cool idea. Like Airbnb’s rental platform, Airbnb experiences lets locals list unique services and events onsite. You can find them an experience locally or abroad. There are cooking classes, food tours, horseback riding classes, photography sessions, and even things like goat yoga classes.
You can also go the other route of getting them all the supplies they need for an at-home experience. Viledge is a really cool way to do this. Viledge partners with Black-owned businesses to curate everything you need for fun at-home experiences like Game Night ($85) and Wine Tastings ($129).
Warm gloves or tights?
Remi: For cold-weather essentials that’ll actually keep you warm (like, really warm) for a great price, Uniqlo Heattech is a must. I went to school in upstate New York and one of my fellow TQE editors went to school in New Hampshire, two places where the winters are really long and really cold. Both of us loved Uniqlo Heattech products. You can find gloves ($20), tights ($15), and t-shirts ($25)all made with the super warm Heattech fabric. On top of being super warm, the products are really affordable and will last you multiple seasons. Definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t already.
What do I get my ex boyfriend for the holidays?
Remi: Collectively, we’re all on team “you don’t need to give your ex a holiday gift.” We’re not sure if you’re looking for a snarky gift or if this was someone who meant a lot to you and you want to give them something special. We don’t really have the context, but I think a general blanket middle ground is a Potato Parcel ($22). It’s literally just a potato with a message written on it. You can send something facetious or serious, but either way it’ll probably make them laugh. This feels like a good way to give a gift that still feels like it’s for an ex. If you want something more serious, we have plenty of awesome gift guides you can look through too.
That’s a wrap on this month’s edition of Matchmaker. Come back in November for even more product recommendations and fun gift ideas.