Along with picking out the perfect holiday gift for your pet, select something really special for those you know who love the furry rascals. And these gifts are all handmade from celebrated Etsy artisans, making them even more unique. Celebrate the gift-giving season by giving one of these animal-themed trinkets that are sure to be cherished for years to come.
Know any proud cat ladies or are you one yourself? Forget the negative stereotype; being a woman and having a cat isn't anything to be ashamed of. In fact, with so many celebrity cats these days — Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, and Maru, to name a few — cat companions are as popular as ever. So whether you have a cat fanatic best friend or you're the one with an affinity for felines, we've got the ultimate cat lady gift guide. Meow!
Facebook launched its 2013 Year in Review data this week which revealed that, despite all differences, cybercitizens around the world are using social media to discuss sports, weather, and politics. As this list goes to show, Facebook-ers didn't just compose status updates about themselves this year. In the US, the Super Bowl (of which Beyoncé was the clear winner) and the government shutdown, which left Congress paralyzed for over two weeks, were the most shared topics of 2013.
Take a trip around the world with this international retrospective of the most buzzed about people, events, and movements of the year, then see your personal journey at facebook.com/yearinreview.
In March, Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church. He is the first pope from Latin America, and his tenure has already made an impact on followers with a message of tolerance to the gay community and his frequent social media outreach to a younger generation.
- Pope Francis
- Royal Baby
- Harlem Shake
- Miley Cyrus
- Boston Marathon
- Tour de France
- Nelson Mandela
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil set the stage for massive protests in Rio de Janeiro. The antigovernment demonstrators called for better public services, the resignation of Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral, and many other issues. Social media was clearly a major player during the protests, as "manifestação," which means "demonstration" in Portuguese, was the most discussed topic this year.
- Rock in Rio
- Papa Francisco
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray finally took the top prize in his home country, winning Wimbledon 2013 after an intense match with world No. 2 Novak Djokovic. Andy wasn't the only one making headlines after his historic win — girlfriend Kim Sears also made headlines after her tennis pro beau ran into the stands and give her a kiss after securing the championship.
- Andy Murray
- Margaret Thatcher
- UEFA Champions League Final
- Prince George
- Sir Alex Ferguson
Munich-based soccer club FC Bayern won its fifth European Cup title, which was the icing the cake for a record-breaking year for the team. New coach Pep Guardiola took the reins in July and oversaw the acquisition of soccer star Mesut Özil, who cost the club 50 million euros.
- FC Bayern
- Borussia Dortmund (BVB)
- Champions League Finale
Hong Kong was spared from Typhoon Usagi, which nearly struck the region's northern border. Floods, strong winds, and damaged homes disfigured many cities in Southern China.
- Cy Leung
- Paul Chan
- Triumph in the Skies
- Raymond Chan
The chief minister of Gujarat, a state in western India, will be a candidate for prime minister during the 2014 general elections. Narendra Modi, or "NaMo NaMo" as he is called colloquially, took a page from Barack Obama's campaign by engaging young voters on social media.
- Narendra Modi
- Sachin Tendulkar
- iPhone 5S
- Raghuram Rajan
If you're shopping for the design hound who seems to have everything, you've come to the right place. We've found the perfect presents to please the most style-savvy — at every budget! From chic techies to earthy bohemians and every design personality in between, we've got you covered. The biggest challenge? Fighting the urge to keep these gifts for yourself!
Bright lights and Wicked signs line the platform in a scene shot by Instagram user thomsponlxs_, who submitted the photo with the #CoolCapture hashtag.
Have you been testing out your photography skills and snapped a shot you want to share? Submit your pics to our Cool Capture group or to Instagram with the #CoolCapture hashtag, and your pic might be featured on the POPSUGAR Tech homepage! And don't forget to follow @POPSUGARTech on Instagram!
While we love layers in our wardrobe, we're a huge fan of them in our home too. An easy way to create warmth and add a personal touch, layers will prevent your home from feeling one-dimensional. To master the art, start with the three essentials below; they work well in any room and on any budget!
1. A Throw Blanket
Throw blankets are an accent every room needs — no matter the season! While they are functional, they are also a great way to bring texture and warmth to a space. In your living room, use throws to liven a tired sofa or soften a wooden chair. If you're looking to break up solid bedding, a throw is your best bet — here are some of our favorites!
2. Patterned Pillows
A good pillow not only complements your furniture, it adds pattern and color, too. Browse our guide of the best pillows under $50 to help you find something for your style and budget. While the number of pillows you should decorate with is debatable, choosing pillows in a coordinating color palette will lend a polished look.
3. Statement Rugs
If you're looking to make a statement with layers, do it with rugs. Although one rug will suffice, doubling up is a unique way to set a room's foundation. Try using rugs made from different materials, such as a thin cowhide placed over a thick, woven rug. Overlapping two smaller rugs is also a good way to avoid having to splurge on a large area rug.
We humans do all we can to stay snug when the temperature falls, layering on wool, fleece, faux fur, and flannel. So why wouldn't we do the same for our precious phones and tablets? Keep those darling devices warm and toasty with these cases made to weather the elements!
Despite being years away for many, saving for retirement is important now. Business Insider shares three ways you can kick-start your savings so you'll be prepared once retirement rolls around.
More than half of Americans are not on track in their retirement savings, according to a new assessment survey by Fidelity Investments.
A whopping 55% of those surveyed will likely not have enough money to cover their essential living expenses in retirement, including housing, health care, and food, the survey found. What's more, the research indicates that the average working American is on track to cover just 74% of their estimated expenses in retirement.
Fidelity recommends several actions that Americans can take regardless of income levels to accelerate their retirement savings. While some are more obvious — save more, retire later, and make sure your asset allocation is appropriate for your age — a few strategies are not as well known. Here are three surprising ways to boost your retirement readiness:
After spending hours trimming your tree, the last thing you want is a dried-out, needle-dropping mess that barely makes it through the holidays. This year, make your masterpiece last (ahem, until the New Year's, that is) with simple tips any novice can follow!
Before You Decorate
- Before you place your tree in a stand, cut about an inch off the bottom of the trunk. This helps to remove any hardened sap that may have formed on the bottom and will allow your tree to soak up more water.
- Once you get your tree home, place it in water as soon as possible.
Choosing a Stand
- If your tree isn't quite ready for its stand, then you can stick the trunk in a bucket of water and stash it for several days in a cool location.
- Go for a stand that actually fits your tree — shaving the sides of the tree will remove the outer layers, which soak up most of the water.
Watering Your Tree
- To figure out how much water your tree stand will need to hold, calculate a quart of water per inch of stem diameter.
- Check daily to make sure that the water level is always above the base of the tree.
- Keep your tree away from major sources of heat like fireplaces, heaters, and direct sunlight to keep it as fresh as possible. Something as simple as buying smaller lights that don't emit a ton of heat will help!
- While it's tempting, try to avoid overloading the electrical circuits connected to your tree.
- Turn off the tree lights when you leave the house or go to bed.
The Fun Part!
- Lights should be the first decorative element you put on your tree. Start by arranging them on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave the lights along inner branches first, and then move to the outer edges of the branches.
- After the lights, add your garland, and finish with ornaments. Instead of hanging all your ornaments on the tips of the branches, place some closer to the trunk to add depth.
Getting Rid of It Responsibly
- Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can easily be recycled into mulch or used for other purposes. Find out how you can recycle your tree responsibly this year!