The school year is coming to a close and it’s time to start thinking about grad gifts. From high school students beginning their college careers to undergrads making their way into the real world, every graduate deserves a congratulatory present. In the spirit of giving, we put together a solid list of graduation appropriate gifts for guys and girls from some of our favorite brands. Check them out in the galleries below:
FOR THE GUYS
Shinola Canfield Chrono Watch, Herschel Travel Kit, Jacob Bromwell Money Clip
Classic Sport Tokyobike, Marshall Stockwell Speakers, Athletic Flash Happy Socks
J.W. Hulme Co. Brief Case, Areaware Pocket Knife & Bottle Opener, Onyx | Stone Collection S’well Bottle
FOR THE GIRLS
Mansur Gavriel Backpack, Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch, Areaware Flask Bracelet
Gentle Monster Vanilla Road Sunglasses, Case-Mate Karat Rose Gold Phone Case, Tumi Carry-On Suitcase
Ban.do 17-Month Agenda, Indulgems Cadence Necklace, Tahoe Dusk | Satin Collection S’well Bottle
Congrats to all the grads out there! Cheers to a S’well future. For more grad gift ideas, check out our Pinterest page.
Oscar weekend is upon us and we are rolling out all the movie hacks and watch-party essentials that you’ll need to be prepared for this year’s red carpet. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the 2016 awards season (see inappropriate swag bags and lack of diversity on the ballot), but it’s still scheduled to be a blow out and everyone’s dying to know, will Leo finally walk away with a win?
There are plenty of great movies nominated for Best Picture this year, including The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, and Spotlight. With only a couple of days left to fill in our Oscar movie gaps, we’ll be spending the weekend at our local theater catching up. Here’s a list of movie theater hacks that are sure to provide for the best movie watching experience:
- Avoid peak times – Go to screenings during off times to avoid noisy and crowded theaters. Foot traffic is typically the slowest in the mornings or anytime on Mondays through Wednesdays. The busiest times fall on the weekend, usually from 2 until 11 PM.
- Find the best prices – Seek out smaller theaters (i.e. not AMC) for cheaper ticket prices. Here in New York, some of our favorite spots include Nitehawk Cinema, Landmark Sunshine Cinema, and Angelika Film Center. Most theaters also run special promotions or discounts on social media so make sure to check online before making any purchases.
- Get the best seat – Seating is key. For the best sound in the theater, sit two-thirds of the way back. Center seats are obviously ideal, but they put you at risk of losing the seat in front of you as a foot rest. Opt for seats on the side to ensure more of a buffer zone for your lounging pleasures.
- Cozy up – Bring a blanket to keep warm in the chilly theater air.
- Bring snacks – If you’re like us, then snacks are essential when watching movies. Movie theaters may provide tasty and tempting options but bringing your own s’weets can be a cheaper and and more rewarding alternative. They don’t offer freshly baked cookies at the theater!
- Bring a S’well full of wine – If there’s only one thing that you take away from this blog, it needs to be this: our 25oz S’well Bottle holds an entire bottle of wine, which means you can sneak your favorite Pinot in to practically anywhere. Bring your S’well to share and enjoy wine throughout an entire feature film.
Once you’re caught up on all of the Oscar buzz, it’s time to start prepping for the actual award show. The Oscars are set to air Sunday, February 28th at 8:30 PM EST. Call up all of your film buff and celebrity-obsessed friends to gather around for Hollywood’s hottest night. In an attempt to really embrace the star-studded experience, we compiled a list of tips for hosting or attending an Oscars watch party.
- Tune into the red carpet – The red carpet opens at 7PM EST. Tune in early to scope out your favorite actors and to see what they’re wearing. E! Live from the Red Carpet is great for gauging best and worst dressed.
- Prepare snacks ahead of time – Like we said earlier, snacks are essential so it’s important to plan ahead. Stop by the grocery store to grab necessities like cookie dough, popcorn, and M&Ms. Check out our Pinterest page for appetizer and finger food ideas. If you’re feeling less than motivated, order-in. Award shows go great with a side of Thai food.
- Skip the commercials – If you don’t suffer from fear-of-missing-out, record the show and wait 30-45 minutes until after the official air time before starting. You can skip through the majority of the commercials until it’s finally time for the good stuff (e.g. Award for Best Picture).
- Get social – One of the best parts of awards shows is seeing what everyone else has to say about it online. Twitter and Snapchat are typically the best platforms to get live feedback of what’s going on in real time. We’ll be up and running on both – follow us @swellbottle.
- Supply the S’well – If you’re attending an Oscars watch party, don’t come empty handed. Bring a S’well full of wine to ensure that your beverage stays at just the right temperature all night long. If you’re hosting, it’s safe to say that you should do the same.
- Play a drinking game – Create your own fun and make up an Oscars drinking game. Try taking a sip every time someone’s acceptance speech is awkwardly interrupted by the transition music. Then, add in your own rules.
Don’t forget to follow us on Snapchat (@swellbottle) for coverage of our very own Oscars watch party.
As we settle into 2016, it’s important for us to continue to develop new and positive habits. Our fearless leader, S’well CEO and founder Sarah Kauss, attributes much of her ability to successfully run a thriving company to one daily habit: journaling. For those of you who have yet to give it a try, journaling can be a great deal more rewarding than the ordinary “dear diary” scenario. In fact, according to recent reports, journaling can provide you with countless benefits, including stretching your IQ, evoking mindfulness, helping to identify and achieve goals, improving communication skills, strengthening self-discipline and sparking creativity. According to Sarah, journaling allows her to reflect on company progress or capture positive momentum in a more proactive way. Check out what she has to say on the subject below.
“Journaling allows the opportunity to step away from an environment bombarded with emails, phone calls, and messages. With journaling you actually have that space to be proactive and say ‘this is what I’m going to capture from this experience.’ This practice has not only been vital to running my business, but critical to upholding all of the qualities I want my team to embrace. By taking time for careful reflection, leaders can assess their reactions to situations, the dynamics amongst the team, and the overall level of engagement as it relates to employee interactions and company morale. More than that, it has given me the focus to identify my strengths and the activities that bring me the greatest joy. Surprisingly, the least glamorous tasks of my professional career to date have been some of my career highlights. I have gleaned many lessons about where I can be most engaged and therefore most successful in the workplace. Journaling has also given me patience and sharpened my ability to plan. Although it can seem that I’m making only baby steps of progress — and, yes, sometimes going sideways or even backwards before moving forward — my journal is an independent arbiter (and a silent cheerleader). There will always be more progress to make, but for me it is important to know that I am moving closer to my goals. I am always encouraged to look back and know how far I have come in a year’s time, and how major obstacles seem to become minor speed bumps in hindsight. This record gives me great patience and perspective when new challenges come my way. Even now as a very busy entrepreneur, I can’t imagine not taking a few moments at the end of each day to record in my journal the progress made and my hopes and plans for the next phases of success.”
Speak no more, SK. You have us convinced. For more information on journaling in the workplace check out Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. For more New Year, New You lifestyle tips, visit our Pinterest page.
The sun dresses and shorts have finally been put away. It’s officially s’weater weather! We’re ready to welcome in and celebrate the colder temperatures. As we patiently wait for all of the holiday festivities that are soon to come, here are a few suggestions of things you can do in the meantime:
1. Rock a tacky holiday sweater or Drake-inspired turtleneck like this one from Acne Studios.
2. Whether it’s on your local pond that’s frozen over or at the Winter Village in Bryant Park, get outside and go ice skating.
3. Get in the kitchen and cook up a holiday treat! If you need some inspiration, check out some of our favorite recipes on our pinterest page.
4. Curl up with hot tea and that book you’ve been meaning to read. We recommend The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
5. Netflix and chill warm up with takeout from our friends at Postmates.
6. Send your seasons greetings or a thank you note with these cards from Gramr – the holidays are the perfect time to show you care.
7. Grab a seasonal brew from our friends over at Starbucks – now selling limited edition S’well bottles in stores across the US.
Let us know what your favorite s’weater weather activities are by tagging @swellbottle or #swellbottle on social media.
When it comes to our summer drink of choice, we’ve got 3 simple words for you; Rosé. All. Day. With that in mind, we made the best summer accessory for you, the “#OnlyRosé” S’well bottle! Pour a full chilled bottle right into this 25oz bottle and bring it anywhere from a beach getaway to a rooftop party. And don’t worry about condensation getting on the inside of your bag. The double-walled lining will keep your bottle sweat free!
In honor of “Wine Wednesday” or wine any day, follow our Winesday Pinterest board, highlighting all things we love about wine.
Shop our Limited Edition #OnlyRosé S’well bottle here and be sure to check out our other Breakfast Club Collection bottles, available while supplies last.