A Website to Help You Find Products That Will Last Forever

Before the post-World War II economic boom brought affordable consumer goods to the American masses, people did a lot less shopping. There weren’t easily disposable plastic goods or $15 dresses from H&M—in the 1920s, a simple dress might have cost as much as $130 in today’s money—and so when people did shop, they were looking for products that would last them for years. Now, it’s hard to find something that isn’t made to fall apart after just a few months.

A website called Buy Me Once aims to help consumers avoid cheaply made, flimsy goods in favor of quality products that are built to last. It features only products that can demonstrate longevity—meaning lifetime guarantees and high-quality materials that ideally can be repaired when they do break.

While the prices of such goods are much higher than you might be used to seeing, ultimately, opting for them is a money-saving move. Yes, you could buy a new $10 umbrella every time it rains, or you could buy a $110 one that will last for as long as you keep it (a smart strategy so long as you're not the kind of person to forget yours at every restaurant you go to). And things like luggage, furniture, and toys shouldn’t need to be replaced after just a year or two. If they’re made right, they should last long enough for you to pass them along to your kids.

Spending more money up front is more cost-efficient in the long-run (which is one of the many reasons it’s incredibly expensive to be poor in America). It’s better for the planet, too. Since it’s so rare to find clothing, shoes, and toys that aren’t designed to send you back into the store almost immediately, Buy Me Once has a curated collection ready for perusal.

[h/t Co.Exist]

All images via Buy Me Once

The AeroGarden Sprout Lets You Grow Herbs and Vegetables Indoors Without Sunlight or Soil

Aerogarden / Amazon
Aerogarden / Amazon

The packaged greens and pre-planted herbs from the grocery store never seem to last more than a few days, making it hard to keep fresh greens in the house. But if you’re someone that always loves to have herbs around, there’s Sprout by AeroGarden, an indoor garden that lets you grow up to three different vegetables or herbs without sun or soil, no matter how skilled of a gardener you may be.

You can find Sprout in black at Walmart for $50 or on Amazon for $70. Along with the garden, you’ll receive the LED lighting system; a three-pod seed kit, which includes basil, dill, and parsley; and a power adapter.

Setting up is easy. Simply drop in the seed pods, fill the bowl with water and plant food, and plug in the adjustable light fixture, which allows the Sprout to accommodate plants that grow up to 10 inches high. There are 60 LED lights, giving your plants the full spectrum of sunlight, which AeroGarden says allows them to grow faster than normal. The light bulbs are also designed to be efficient, so this indoor garden won’t hike up your electric bill.

The lighting system itself is on an automated timer, so all you'll need to worry about is refilling the food and water, which the control panel will even remind you to do.

Indoor Aerogarden
Aerogarden

And at just five inches wide and 11 inches long, the Sprout is compact enough to fit in just about any living space. Once your herbs are ready to enjoy, make sure to check out our guide to what they pair best with.

You can also check out Tasty, another indoor garden that is currently on sale for $50 and can grow up to three different plants, available exclusively on AeroGarden's website. If three plants just aren't enough, the company also offers an indoor garden that can hold up to nine plants at 24 inches tall for $200 and one that holds 24 plants for $508. But no matter the size planter you go with, make sure you have plenty of seeds to choose from and food to keep them healthy with the Seed Pod Kit for $60.

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Harry & David Just Released a Cats-Inspired Gourmet Gift Collection

Harry & David
Harry & David

Year after year, Harry & David proves itself to be the undefeated champion of helping people gain the favor of tough-to-please recipients on their holiday gift lists. From baskets of cheese to buckets of popcorn, there’s a gourmet food—or collection of foods—for pretty much everyone.

This Christmas, the company has partnered with Universal Pictures to release a line of deluxe gifts that all evoke the enchanting, sophisticated style of the upcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical Cats.

The products don’t come with cat ears, furry bodysuits, or pint-sized action figures of Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and the rest of the star-studded cast. Instead, in true Harry & David fashion, the gifts are decorated with tasteful Cats ribbons and subtle touches of black and gold.

The simplest option for anyone with a sweet tooth is the $30 Classic Sweets Box, which includes dark chocolate-covered pretzels, raspberry galettes, dark chocolate truffles, and Harry & David’s signature Moose Munch popcorn. For healthy eaters or fans of fruit in general, there’s a box of Royal Riviera pears, hand-wrapped in gold foil, which you can purchase with (for $70) or without (for $50) a bottle of Pinot Gris. There are also a few larger dessert baskets with a broad assortment of truffles, caramels, popcorn, chocolate-covered cherries, and more mouthwatering confectioneries.

Though you’d be ill-advised to share most of those desserts with your actual cat, they might be able to enjoy the savory meats from the other boxes and baskets—after all, cats can have a little salami. Items include sausage, salami, smoked salmon, pepper jack cheese, sharp white cheddar cheese, garlic-stuffed olives, water crackers, and roasted almonds, among other things.

In summary, the Cats collection is ideal for these demographics: people who like Cats the musical, people who like Cats the movie, people who like gift baskets, people who like gifts, and people who eat food.

You can shop all the options here, and find out everything you need to know about Cats the movie here.

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