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12 Ways To Be A Smart Home Maker In 2017

There was a time homemakers, especially women would spend hours and hours in the kitchen grinding, chopping, kneading and generally managing the household. Like in every other sphere, technology has simplified managing a home and kitchen. There are simple innovations and hacks that help one save time, effort and many times even money. We at Laava continuously strive to bring products that do just that. Here's 12 of our best home-making and organization products.

1. Wall mounted spice / tools rack

Save limited space in kitchen and free up counter tops, with this nifty wall mounted rack! Store spices, ladles, jars and cups and never have a cluttered kitchen or bathroom again.

 

2. Pineapple Slicer/ Swirler

 

'Tis the season of the tropics and pineapples! Make the arduous task of slicing a pineapple easy as slicing a cake with this easy pineapple slicer that will create beautiful swirls!

 

3. 12 piece Slicer Dicer Set

This amazing 12-piece Slicer-dicer set will make chopping, grating, slicing so easy peasy! Save yourself time, effort and come up looking like a domestic goddess!

4. Suction Towel /Washcloth Holding Clips

Always have your wash cloth or a towel at hand where it's most needed so there's no rummaging for one or wiping hands on your clothes! These suction clips will keep your towels in place at kitchen backsplashes, under the sink, and at the basin!

 

5. Watermelon Slicer

water melon slicer

 

'Tis the season of the juicy watermelon! Make the messy task of slicing a watermelon easy as slicing a cake with this easy watermelon slicer that will create perfect slices in a jiffy. It will also double up as an easy serving spoon for the watermelon for your next party!

6. Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

 

Channel your inner retro mom with these adorable 'Angry Mama' microwave cleaners. Just fill 'em up with vinegar and water, and watch your microwave shine like never before!

 

7.  Digital Measuring Spoon

Because "a little soda" isn't the same as "0.5 ounces of soda". Get recipe measurements down pat with these detachable digital spoon with an LCD reading! 

 

8.  Silicone Suction Lids

 

Keep leftovers and other food securely shut and fresh with this pack of 4 differently sized Silicone Suction lids. Can be used in the microwave.

 

9.  Salt Pepper Grinder Mill Set

Grind salt/pepper and herbs like a Masterchef with this black and white mill set.  It will also add a touch of class to your kitchen or dining table.

 

10. Elephant Cutlery Holder And Drainer

An adorable elephant shaped cutlery or toothbrush holder that drains all the water through its trunk. Doubles up as a succulent planter.

 

11.  Cutting Board With Waste Collection Drawer

cutting board with drawer

Take your chopping game to the next level with this silicon cutting board with a container slot for chopped veggies or scraps. Detach the container, fold and pour directly into pan or into the bin from the board!

 

12.  Silicone Steam Lid

Cover all your pots, pans and containers with this Silicone lid while they cook, bake or chill to seal in the heat while letting out enough steam to avoid boiling over.

5 Essential Gadgets You Must Have In Your Bag In 2017

You must have read hundreds of articles on how to never leave home without essentials like a bottle of water, sunscreen, and an extra credit card. But it’s 2017, and technology has taken over our lives like never before. Needless to say, we need to welcome it, adapt to it, and allow for it to give us its best. Our phones need to stay charged, storage friendly, and do everything they’re meant to.

So here’s a list of must carry phone and other gadgets to keep in your bag in 2017.

1.  Phone Power Bank

Unfortunately, phones don’t come with an infinite battery life and charging points aren’t always handy. But fortunately power banks are as common as carrying gum now, and they come in every possible shape, size, capacity and budget. This tube shaped power bank costs just about $6 and charges a phone for upto 2 hours. And since it’s 2017, and being eco-friendly is important, why not a solar phone charger that does the job, without any electricity at all. Check out this portable solar charger that can be strapped on to a bag making it perfectly for short trips and backpacking.

2. Flash Drives for phones

Just like limited battery life, our phones also come with limited internal storage. (Not looking at you Google Pixel!) Which means there’s only so many apps you can download, and so many photos or videos you can store in the best of phones. But luckily, there’s an easy solution to that problem also in the form of Flash drives. These tiny iPhone or Android of wireless storage flash drives work just like normal USB flash drives and plug into your phones. So you can transfer and store tons of data in them, and just plug them in when you want to access that data, be it music, photos, or movies. Also helpful, when you don’t trust the cloud too much or accessing the cloud content costs a pretty penny in data charges.

 

3. Bluetooth Smart Watch

Mechanical watches are classic yes, but there’s only so much they can do for the amount of space they command on your wrists. It’s 2017, and technology has invaded to become a part of things you wear. So just being able to see the time on your watch won’t do. Smart Watches like this one help you keep track of your fitness in terms of measuring steps taken, calories burned, heartbeats, and also display alerts or photos from your phone via Bluetooth. All this apart from showing the time of course.

 

4. Bluetooth Beanie with headphones

bluetooth beanie with headphones

This little wearable gadget is less a must have, but more a good to have. When nights take a turn for the worse and get chilly, just slip on this warm beanie hat, which also doubles up as a headphone with its built in bluetooth speakers and mic. You never have to take out your hands again from the pocket for a call or make space to jam on  a pair another headphones. Perfect for the winters and even a good to have during the nippy season.

 

5. A non boring maverick charging and data transfer cable

braided thread charging cable

The days of common accidents like these should be long gone. It’s time to make sure that you’re never left with a dead phone because a charging cable got frayed or torn apart! As phones are getting geekier and sleeker with better technology, so are the accessories. We now have multi-functional cables, 2 in 1 cable for Android & iPhone, thread braided cables, retractable games, LED light cables, the works. There’s no need to be stuck with a vanilla black cable. Because like your phone, your charging cable will say a lot about your personality. Ok maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get the point.

15 Thoughtful And Fun Under $25 Secret Santa Gifts For Your Colleagues

While Office Secret Santa for some people is a fun activity that adds some temporary joy to your mundane office lives, for some it can be a time of distress. Especially if the thought of buying a gift for someone stresses you, or you’re not sure what an appropriate gift for a not-so-familiar colleague would be. Don’t even think of buying something too personal for a colleague you know nothing about! Definitely stay away from clothes, perfumes, or personal accessories. Also, no 'naughty' stuff ;) The safest option is of course gadgets and accessories, and the best part about these is that your colleague will most likely use them at work!

So, we decided to put down a list of our best products that are perfect for a Secret Santa gift. All the gifts are under the $25 mark so you don’t have to bust the bank trying to be a good Secret Santa. What's more, we're giving 20% off everything featured here! Look for the coupon code at the end of the post.

1. A Phone case

iphone case

Find out what phone your assigned giftee uses. If they use an iPhone, a nice leather wallet case would make for a thoughtful and useful gift. If they use any other phone, get a phone cover accordingly.

Check out our iPhone covers and Samsung cases here.

iphone cases

2. Fun data and charging cable

charging cables

Never is a charging cable more useful than at a desk when people spend most of their waking hours and keep their devices on charge mode. Since work desks are usually visible areas, people try to put in an effort to make them look good, including charging cables. A colourful braided charging cable for iPhone or a Zipper 2-in-1 cable for both Android and an iPhone.

 

3. Yoga towel 

yoga towel

Know a budding Yoga freak? Make the transition easier for them by gifting them this thoughtful Yoga towel. Plus, if they’re inspired enough to start doing Yoga as a new year resolution, you’re to credit.

 

4. USB coffee-warmer coaster

usb cup warmer

If your colleague keeps making rounds of the office kitchen to reheat coffee over and over, this adorable Oreo-cookie shaped USB cup warmer is a perfect gift for them.

 

5. Bluetooth Beanie with headphones

bluetooth beanie with headphones

Your colleagues will love this beanie with inbuilt headphones so much and you’ll see it when you see them wearing it at work everyday!

Get one for $14.99 here.

6. 3-in-1 flash drive for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

iphone android flash drive

If your colleague keeps running out storage on their phones, a flash drive is the gift for them. Also, useful for exchanging all those work files.

7. Smartwatch and phone charging cum pen stand

phone charging stand and stationery holder

Help your colleague organize their desk and keep their devices charged with this bamboo Apple Watch and phone charging stand and stationary holder.

 

8. Macbook case

macbook case
If your colleague has an iPad or a Macbook, and not a case for either, this Macbook folio case is a perfect gift for them.

 

9. Power bank

cheap power bank

One of the best gifts you can give someone in 2017 is a power bank! The prices for a good power bank range from $7 for a basic power bank to a $30 one for a heavy duty power bank.

10. Mini Bluetooth speakers

bluetooth speakers

The best part about gifting these mini Bluetooth speakers is that while your giftee gets to keep them, you can have a mini jam right at their desk after work one of those late nights. Hell, maybe they’ll even invite you over for a party at theirs, thinking about the speakers you gifted them which will sort their music.

11. Elephant dial braided watch

Elephant dial braided watch

If your colleague happens to be a colours living hippie, this beautiful braided bracelet watch with an elephant dial is just a perfect gift!

Buy for $11 here.

12. Super hero flash drive cum collectible

star wars flash drive

Whether they're a Star Wars buff or fond of the Minions, you can always find a flash drive in the theme. The colleague gets to store their important files and/or use it as a collectible and flaunt on their desks!

Check out the collection here.

13. VR headset

cheap VR headset

2017 is going to be huge on Virtual reality! From watching movies to playing games to virtual house hunting, VR is going to play a huge role in our lives going forward. The best thing you can gift to a tech lover is a VR headset to get them started. Get ours for just $19.99

14. Mini Wifi Range Extender

Wifi range extender

A perfect gift for that colleague who often complains about his Wifi issues at home! Get one for $24.99 here.

15. Cat eared headphones

cat eared headphones

This one's for the funky cat of the office!

Get a pair for just $21 here.

 

You can of course combine other gifts like chocolates, cards, and add some of these and make hampers. The idea is to delight your giftee, and do something thoughtful for them even if it's for one day in the year. Apart from gifts, you can consider getting them a coffee, and even decorating their desks with some string lights. 

Use coupon code #LAAVASS20 to get 20% off everything on the site!

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10 Best Black Friday Deals Under $10

And the D-date is coming closer! The massive Black Friday sales are here! Since shopping on Black Friday can be so overwhelming, I put together a list of the best under $20 deals you can get on Laava. Without further ado, here they are.

 

1. Lightning Charging Cable

braided lightning cable

These lightning cables are actually $4.99 which makes them a great under $5 deal. But since you probably need two (Just because they're so adorable!) we're calling it an under $10 deal.

Buy one here for $4.99

 

2. Starry night ceiling pattern lamp

Starry ceiling lamp

This little lamp will turn your boring room into the night sky! Just switch on and enjoy calming patterns all over your room. The kids will love it!

Buy one here for $9.99

 

3.  Santa Cutlery holder set

christmas cutlery set

This 6 piece Santa cutlery holder is the perfect and a must have on every Christmas dinner table. 

Buy a set here for $9.99

4. Body fat scale 

body fat scale

The portable scale is perfect to measure and keep those holiday binge calories in check! What a digital marketing gimmick!

Buy one here for $9.99

 

5.  iPhone PU leather case with card slots

iphone pu leather case

 

The best iPhone case under $10, hands down. Comes in 10 pretty colours.

Buy one here for $8.99

6. Thermal Insulated Lunch Box

thermal insulated lunch box

 

This $8 thermal insulated lunch box will help carry your lunch to office, school and outings and keep it hot!

Buy one here for $7.99

7.  USB cable 3 in 1 Car or Computer Universal Charger

3 in one usb micro usb lightning cable

This is the mother of all charging cables. Keep one in your car or handy at your workplace or home and never worry about carrying other chargers on you.

Buy here for $9.99

8. Tube-shaped 2400 mAh Power bank

power bank tube

 

These tiny and handy power banks can charge devices on the go and fit easily in your sling bags, wallets and bags. 

Buy here for $6.99

9.  Thumb-shaped 64GB Pen drive

thumb shaped pen drive

This realistic Thumb-shaped pendrive is part freaky, part genius. And at 64GB it stores more data than thousands of human hands put together.

Buy here for $9.99

10. USB LED lights

USB led light

 

Plug this bendy USB light into your laptop, power bank or any other USB port and give yourself just enough focus light to use your laptop or read in the dark.

Buy a pair for $8.99

 

Happy Shopping to you!

 

Interconnecting Phones, Laptops & TVs Is Easy With These Unglamourous But Powerful Cables & Adaptors

So you wanna play movies on your TV from your phone? Project your powerpoint presentations on a TV screen at work? Convert old tapes into today's modern technology. The good news is that connecting devices is easier than we think. All we need is a simple cable to possibly connect any two or multiple devices across phones, TVs, laptops and other cables. More often that not people don't get the best out of their electronics because they can't tell a useful cable from a piece of tangled mess. So, we tell you what these unsightly but super useful cables do.

1. 3-in-1 Mini Displayport to DP DVI HDMI Cable

If you have a Macbook or Macbook air you likely don't have an HDMI port on your device to connect laptop with TV. This is where a displayport to HDMi cable comes in. Watch this video to know how to use the display port to HDMi cable adaptor connector to connect your Mac and TV. 

Buy here.

 

2.  MHL Micro USB to HDMI Adapter

Want to project your phone's screen on the TV or simply play a video clip from your phone on the big screen? You need a micro-USB to HDMI adapter. Since this is just a adapter, and you can't connect it directly with the TV, after turning your phone into an HDMI-port with this adapter, you need any HDMI-HDMI cable to connect the HDMi adapter to the TV. Watch this video to know how to use a micro-USB to HDMI adapter to connect it with your TV.

 Buy here

 

3. 4K-Compatible HDMI to HDMI Cable

You can connect your laptop or your phone with your TV to display photos, videos and play movies or project presentations on your HD TV with an HDMI to HDMI cable. 

Works with: Laptops with HDMI ports/HDMI adapters connected to phones and TVs with HDMI port. (All modern TVs have HDMI ports.)

Watch this video to know how an HDMI cable works.

 Buy here.

 

4. 3-Way HDMI Splitter

An HDMI Splitter is used to take a single source (such as a BlueRay Player, Cable Box, or Satellite box) and distribute that HDMI signal to multiple TVs. Most splitters if needed can also be cascaded to further expand such splitting capability.  

Buy here.

5. HDMI to RCA cable

The HDMI to RCA cable allows you to connect your older electronics like DVD players, camera, to a flat screen TV designed to meet all HDMI standards. 

 

6. VHS To USB Converter

Recover your family memories and convert your VHS tapes to DVD or USB with a simple cable. 

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Buy here.

7. USB 3.0 Mobile Hard drive Data cable 

USB 3.0 Cable To Connect Mobile Hard Drive

Ideal for connecting USB 3.0 enabled PC peripherals such as hard drives, printers, network hubs and more with USB ports.  It's compatible with Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and portable USB 3.0 external hard drives including Toshiba Canvio, Seagate FreeAgent, and Western Digital (WD) My Passport and Elements hard drives

Buy here.

8. Multi- USB port Hub Cable

Multiple USB port HUB Cable

When you have just USB port on your laptop but multiple USB devices like a pen drive, a charging cable and another USB cable that needs to be connected simultaneously, this handy Multi-USB port "squid" comes in handy.