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The best and most practical graduation gifts that they’ll really use

Joshua Mcknight via PexelsLooking to help ease the transition into post-grad life? These practical graduation gifts can simultaneously streamline and enhance your favorite graduate’s everyday routine. Whether you’re looking for college graduation gifts, high school, or anything else, we’ve got the best ideas here. From a smart notebook that translates all their notes into the digital realm, to an alarm clock that eases them in and out of slumber, this gift guide is here to help you find something smart,…

Best birthday gifts for teen boys: What to buy so you won’t hear a deep sigh

Kat Wilcox via PexelsThey won’t like it. And even if they do, it won’t fit, or won’t fit for long. It’s just not dope or lit or drippy or snatched or whatever the current word for cool is … The list of fears for anyone buying birthday gifts for teen boys goes on and on and on. It’s a tricky age, one known for quick pivots, but we’ve done the research for you, so read on for the best birthday…

The best birthday gift ideas for men: From unique to practical, these cool picks will wow

Karolina Grabowska via PexelsSearching for birthday gift ideas for men? Shopping for a man in your life—whether it’s your husband, father, son, brother, or even yourself—can sometimes feel impossible. Finding unique gift ideas that stand out and pique a man’s interest can take creativity, resourcefulness, and maybe just a little guile. And it starts with a reassessment of what appeals to men.  There was a time when certain things were considered the “best gifts for men,” standbys that fit gender…

Best wood chipper: Keep your yard in tip-top (or chip-chop) shape

Jack Redgate via PexelsA well-kept yard can make your home come alive, and serene outdoor areas not only bring joy, but add plenty of value to your home. To keep your outdoor spaces tidy, it’s important to have the right equipment to tackle your yard work, and to stay on top of seasonal and weekly jobs. While lawn mowing and garden equipment are part of the essentials, another useful piece of equipment for homeowners could be a wood chipper. The…

Best leaf mulcher to clean up your lawn this fall

Melanie Kreutz via UnsplashFall is a gorgeous time of year, but it’s also a grueling period for yard work. As that stunning foliage falls from the trees, homeowners are faced with the Sisyphean task of clearing their yard of endlessly dropping debris. This step of lawn maintenance, important in preventing disease from hijacking your grass under the cover of wet leaves during the winter months, will be much easier if you have appropriate outdoor power equipment for the job. We’re…

Best snowboard boots: Snowboard equipment for every level

Visit Almaty via PexelsWhether you’re a pro on the powder or just starting out, a successful snowboarding run starts with appropriate snowboard gear, especially when it comes to your feet. Are your boots comfortable? Secure? Not too tight but also not too loose? Unlike ski boots, which are rigid and unforgiving, snowboard boots are flexible and, in general, much more comfortable—a blessing for anyone with wide feet or any podiatric issues, like bunions, corns, or hammertoes. (Think about how distracting…

The best tablet for gaming, drawing, editing and more: Our picks for all ages and activities

Daniel Romero via UnsplashTablets have come a long way in the last decade. While portable touchscreen devices have been prototyped and produced since the 1970s, and they even enjoyed the spotlight when Type-A personalities made the PalmPilot the handheld PC du jour in the late ’90s, the tablet computer really caught on in 2010 with the introduction of the iPad. Sure, Android was there first, but Apple defined the category, and in the years since these devices have transitioned from…

Best leaf blowers to tame your wild yard

Kadri Vosumae via PexelsA great leaf blower makes you want to wake up on a fall day and get to work. It makes you wish your yard was a few acres bigger so you can put your favorite power tool to more use. The wrong leaf blower can make you want to pick up a rake just to move the few leaves that fell on your front lawn. Effectiveness isn’t the only measure of a leaf blower. If you want…

Best snow blower: Clear your driveway fast

Fabian Mardi via UnsplashThere’s nothing more beautiful than the calm after a blizzard—until you remember that you’re responsible for cleaning it up. Thankfully, it’s easy to turn an impenetrable winter wonderland into something you can actually navigate with the best snow blower. While it can be very gratifying to get out there and shovel it yourself (as long as you do it safely), in some places you’ll have no choice but to bust out the big guns. With the right…

The best carpet cleaner machines to keep your home spotless

Josh Sorenson via Pexels Let’s be honest, unless your carpets are dark grey and constructed for what manufacturers call “heavy traffic,” i.e. a lot of wear and tear, you’re probably going to need a carpet cleaner. Whether it’s a glass of red wine, a mishap with some makeup, or a pet accident, carpet stains and messes are going to happen, and that’s where a carpet cleaner comes in. But, if you’re reading this and thinking “not my problem, no carpets…

$1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill Passes | Who’s Eligible for Payments and How You Can Check Your Status

What Happens Next? Now that the bill has passed both the Senate and the House, it will be sent to President Joe Biden to sign the measure. The legislation is expected to be on Biden’s desk by Friday, March 12th. $1,400 Stimulus Checks One key provision of the package is $1,400 stimulus checks for Americans whose income is below the qualifying threshold. Those receiving the full $1,400 benefit include individuals earning less than $75,000 (adjusted gross income), heads of households…

New Battery Tech Helps Solve Lithium-Ion’s Biggest Problem: Degradation

But, thanks to a team of researchers from Japan, that seemingly quick loss of capacity may be a thing of the past. According to EurekaAlert via PCMag, a team of scientists from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) have discovered a new material that helps a battery hold its capacity for five years and possibly longer, claims head researcher Professor Noriyoshi Matsumi. The material, bis-imino-acenaphthenequinone-paraphenylene (BP) copolymer, is a binder used on a lithium-ion battery’s negative terminal. Current…