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What’s Hot in Southwest Florida (January/February 2021)

Jan 24, 2021 01:43PM ● By Gina Birch

FITNESS FILTER Enjoy safe, flavorful drinking water, no matter where you are with GoZero. The reusable water bottle uses activated carbon to eliminated chlorine, bacteria and more from both tap water and natural sources such as lakes and streams. No pumping or waiting, just a light squeeze to activate for clean drinking water. From $14.99,

DOUBLE DUTY Part shirt and part mask, this convertible mock-neck top is ideal for the active during a pandemic. From IBKÜL, this shirt features UPF 50+ protection along with patented cooling technology that helps regulate your body temperature, allowing you to breathe—in more ways than one. $88,  

SHADY LADY These hats are made for women by women who were tired of ill-fitting chapeaux designed for a man’s head. ShadyLady uses soft, comfortable materials in a range of colors and designs, along with matching kids’ hats. A portion of profits go toward cleaning up beaches. $29,

OUTDOOR GRIDDLE Cooking eggs, bacon, pancakes or even stir fry is no longer limited to the kitchen. Cuisinart’s new 360 XL Griddle has 706 square inches of cooking capacity with three burners for steaming, searing, smoking, baking, roasting, grilling and a griddle. Foldable side tables feature accessory hooks and a paper towel holder. $396,

BREATHABLE MASKS Comfortable, lightweight and effective for outdoor activities where social distancing is not possible, the disposable KN95 nonmedical face mask from Fenrici offers five layers of protection, an adjustable nose clip and a coned design to keep the mask away from your face. Five percent of the proceeds is donated to Global Genes, funding the research and education of childhood rare diseases. 5 units/bag: $14.99, 

PILLOW TALK Inspired by global travel, interior designer Lucy Penfield created these colorful pillows for Missio Home to brighten any space. Materials for the inserts are feather-down, down-alternative or polyester for outdoor use. Pillows may also be embellished with a Giving Charm tassel pom-pom made by artisans in Mexico. The $10 add-on benefits arts programs for at-risk youth in the U.S. $155,


TEALIGHT DELIGHT Bring a bit of the outdoors in with this designer candle holder from Ethan Allen. Hand carved from mango wood, it features natural rope tassels and space for eight tealights. Also durable for outside décor, the simple design is rustic, chic and romantic when the candles are lit. $80,

VEGGIE BAGS Get more life out of your produce with Ambrosia bags. These eco-friendly bags have unique preserving qualities that cut down on food waste. Designed for a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs, the bags are sustainably made from natural flax linen. Starting at $24,

GOAT SOAP Soap that moisturizes rather than dries out skin, Zum Bar is made from goat’s milk along with 100 percent food-grade olive, coconut palm and castor oils. With scents such as Anise-Lavender, Frankincense & Myrrh, Tangerine-orange and Rosemary-mint, these soaps not only clean, but also keep your skin’s oils in balance. $6.25 per bar,

SUSTAINABLE ACCESSORIES Sustainable, handcrafted jewelry from VUE by SEK highlights natural elements and stones. These freshwater pearl earrings hang from a 14k gold, eight-point star design that is versatile enough to go from day to night. Ethically handcrafted in the U.S., the pearls can also be found with different post designs. $67,

COFFEE BOXES Discover the world’s best coffee without leaving home. MistoBox is a personalized coffee-subscription service featuring more than 600 kinds of freshly roasted beans from 52 award-winning roasters around the country. Each box is tailored to your taste. Keep one and give one. From $10.95 + shipping,

GET A GRIP Lighten the load during outdoor activities with WalleyGrip, a detachable cell-phone sleeve capable of storing credit cards, business cards and driver’s license. The expandable, loop-style grip makes it easy to hold your phone while doubling as a kickstand. $19.99,

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