It's been another weird week in retail. Goop released its seasonal gift guide, Klarna unveiled a product to help ease the headaches of New York City's pet owners and Taco Bell wants a seat at the Thanksgiving table.
This, and more, in this week's retail therapy.
Goop takes over the holidays
Black Friday is just one week away, so to help consumers navigate their way through the endless products online and in stores, several content websites are releasing holiday gift guides, including Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop. And in true Goop fashion, it includes the most unusual and unnecessary gifts imaginable.
The website organized the various lists in categories, such as "The Kid's Gift Guide," "The Wellness Junkie's Gift Guide," "Gifts for the One Who Has Everything" and "The Ridiculous but Awesome Gift Guide."
And let's just say Gwyneth is out here doing the Lord's work. How else would we know where to find the $250 brass fire extinguisher our best friend has been begging us for??
Or perhaps, an automatic joint roller ($130) or dehydrated bar of caviar ($99-$149.99) is more your style? The lists include a variety of product categories to be sure consumers can find the perfect gift for their brothers-in-law, sisters, co-workers, even feline friends.
But maybe some people you're shopping for really got into the Marie Kondo craze and refuse anything that doesn't spark joy. Don't fret. Marie Kondo, herself, is here to save the day.
The organizing consultant-turned TV celebrity this week launched an e-commerce site in a bid to out-Goop Goop.
Products on the website, appropriately named KonMari, range from a crystal and tuning fork set to a tissue box cover, to a bag of charcoal (though, we can't confirm the recipient will be thrilled to receive a bag of coal for the holidays). She's even selling a stick on her website, you know, if that's the sort of thing that sparks joy for you.
Nothing makes more sense for a person whose mantra is eliminating unnecessary items from your home than trying to turn a profit on said items.
Klarna challenges New York MTA with a product that goes straight to the dogs
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2016 amended its rules of conduct to restrict animals from riding the subways "unless enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers."
Well, some people took that to heart and explored creative solutions to ensure their pups could ride along with them.
But now Klarna, the Swedish payments solutions provider, created a product to help people — and their pooches — travel a bit chicer.
"The Klarna Doggy Bag was inspired by the innovative takes on the MTA rules, where New Yorkers started carrying their dogs around in anything that just barely resembled 'an enclosed container,'" Klarna's Chief Marketing Officer David Sandstrom said in a statement.
The product, which the company said is "vet-approved," is part of Klarna's "Who's A Good Shopper" campaign that aims to entice "the dog owning and dog loving community" to try out its installment payments app. The bags will be available for purchase online at Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, and all proceeds will go toward helping abandoned dogs find new homes, the company said.
While the bag itself isn't very easy on the eyes, if it means more dogs are a part of our daily commute, who are we to complain?
Taco Bell aims to make prepping Thanksgiving dinner easier
There's no denying that the meal is the true star of the Thanksgiving holiday. For some, it's an exciting time to test out new recipes and wow guests with their culinary skills. But for others, the thought of cooking — even just a measly side dish — can evoke feelings of stress and anxiety. Thankfully, Taco Bell is here to help.
For the seventh year in a row, the fast-food chain released its annual Friendsgiving menu and this year it includes Nacho Fries Au Gratin, Mexican Rice Arancini and Sauce Packet Flavored Compound Butter. But perhaps the most eyebrow-raising dish is the Rolled Chicken Taco Bisque. That's right, kids. Taco Bell wants you to blend up a bunch of tacos and serve it to your loved ones this holiday. How delightful.
The bisque is said to make two entree-sized servings or four appetizer-sized servings, which is a real bummer because we foresee everyone fighting over this dish.
The holidays are about to get a little bit more 'Tipsy'
It just doesn't quite feel like the most wonderful time of the year until Tipsy Elves releases a new collection of ridiculous holiday sweaters. And because champagne is such a hot product this time of year (even companies that don't sell the beverage are trying to get in on the trend), what better pairing is there than an André-Tipsy Elves collaboration?
To coincide with the release of André's new 375mL cans of Brut and Brut Rosé, the two companies joined forces to sell champagne-inspired products, which include everything from onesies to a holiday sweater with a stocking on the front big enough to hold a full-sized bottle of André bubbles.
However, if touting the logo of an alcohol brand across your chest or sporting a champagne fanny pack (which, of course, has a compartment for the new André Brut cans) isn't your jam, don't worry. The companies are also selling accessories for the star of the show, like this festive holiday sweater that slips right over a bottle and comes complete with a bottle-top-sized knit hat.