22 Pawsome Gift Ideas for the Dog Lover in Your Life

When it comes to picking a gift for someone who loves dogs, your options are truly endless—and that rings true for dog owners and admirers alike. I should know: I was obsessed with dogs for the first 28 years of my life before I (finally) got my own pu…

When it comes to picking a gift for someone who loves dogs, your options are truly endless—and that rings true for dog owners and admirers alike. I should know: I was obsessed with dogs for the first 28 years of my life before I (finally) got my own pup, and have been the happy recipient of many canine-related presents on various birthdays.

Now, I’m one of those dog owners who has a lot of stuff (I blame it on Joey—my rescue mutt has a penchant for eating his toys), and I in turn love gifting my favorite doggie essentials and accessories to other puppy parents. While it’s safe to assume that your dog-owner friends already have their own “life’s better with a bichon frise” magnet, there are plenty of other things you can gift that they may not have already bought for themselves.

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The One Thing You Should Do Before Redecorating Any Space

We’ve partnered with Miele to share smart, savvy tips for spiffing up your home—whether you’ve got an entire weekend or under an hour. Here, we’re highlighting the one step you shouldn’t skip before giving any room a refresh.

Every few months or so,…

We've partnered with Miele to share smart, savvy tips for spiffing up your home—whether you've got an entire weekend or under an hour. Here, we're highlighting the one step you shouldn't skip before giving any room a refresh.


Every few months or so, I get the idea into my head that some space in our apartment needs to be redecorated. Because we rent, true renovation isn’t a possibility—we make do with easy, superficial tweaks, like swapping out artwork, adding new accessories, and very occasionally replacing a piece of furniture.

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27 Affordable Gifts for Mothers Who Say They Don’t Want Anything

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Moms are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. It’s objectively true that the vast majority of moms “don’t want anything” for Mother’s Day, maybe just “spending time together” if possible, along with some kind of heartfelt card—or if things have been particularly dire, just a quick phone call. But given all the work they did to keep us alive into adulthood, they definitely deserve a lot more than that. Since you know mom doesn’t want you to spend too much, here are 27 options all ringing under $30.

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23 Food Gift Baskets for Everyone You Know

You may erroneously believe that food gift baskets are the sort of thing companies send to other companies, and people take all the “good stuff” before the rest can get to it. In reality, there are a ton of food gift sets and baskets that are useful, d…

You may erroneously believe that food gift baskets are the sort of thing companies send to other companies, and people take all the “good stuff” before the rest can get to it. In reality, there are a ton of food gift sets and baskets that are useful, delicious, cute, sustainable—you name it. The right type of food gift basket can serve as a hostess gift, a birthday treat, a stylish form of sustenance for new parents, a welcome-home present, and much more. Here are 23 pretty chic options.

1. BBQ Sauce Kit, $70

For grilling fans and pulled pork aficionados alike.

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21 Clever Gifts for the Beer Lovers in Your Life

There’s one gift that everyone loves giving a beer-loving friend, and that’s a make-your-own beer kit. But you can do better than that. Because while that’s an exciting choice for beer novices, it’s less appealing for people who are really into it—a fu…

There’s one gift that everyone loves giving a beer-loving friend, and that’s a make-your-own beer kit. But you can do better than that. Because while that’s an exciting choice for beer novices, it’s less appealing for people who are really into it—a full-blown beer geek will likely have their own preferred equipment and methods. Not to mention, not everyone wants to be a home brewer, and most would much rather drink beer brewed by a professional.

There are plenty of other options. So we combed through a universe of fun, funny, cool, and creative objects to find you 21 perfect gifts for the beer lovers in your life—besides a six-pack from their favorite craft brewery, of course.

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The 20 Best Storage Containers for Every Kind of Food (& Leaky Sauce)

I feel hungry roughly every fifteen minutes two hours, which means that I invariably have a small meal or a variety of snacks stashed on my person at all times. So it’s not surprising that I’ve tried out every kind of reusable container and food storag…

I feel hungry roughly every fifteen minutes two hours, which means that I invariably have a small meal or a variety of snacks stashed on my person at all times. So it’s not surprising that I’ve tried out every kind of reusable container and food storage option known to man—for loading all my meal prepped recipes into the fridge, for packing up freezer-friendly dinners to save for later, and for stocking my cabinets with staples that could easily go stale in the wrong container.

After much trial and error (and ruined bags and snacks alike), I’ve figured out the best ways to keep my fridge and pantry organized, and to my keep precious lunches intact on the go—no crushed pita chips or leaky salad dressing in sight.

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10 Cool Things My Dog Is Obsessed With (& He’s *So* Hard to Please)

I spend more time with my 15-pound rescue mutt, Joey, than I do with any other being. I work from home, where Joey sits on my lap “helping” when he can between his elaborate stretching routines. We travel around the city together for our work as a volu…

I spend more time with my 15-pound rescue mutt, Joey, than I do with any other being. I work from home, where Joey sits on my lap “helping” when he can between his elaborate stretching routines. We travel around the city together for our work as a volunteer therapy dog team, bringing canine kisses to hospitals, schools, and summer camps. And naturally, my husband and I take Joey along on outdoor dinners, short hikes, and beach trips.

Since adopting Joey almost a year ago, we have spent a lot of time figuring out what our dog likes. Turns out, he’s very picky about his food; he will not allow us to brush his fur or teeth; and he has chewed his way out of two harnesses. Naturally, we’ve tried a variety of different products, from travel solutions to treats, to work around his preferences. And we keep coming back to these—10 products that are attractive, exciting, and Joey-approved.

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The 10 Trader Joe’s Cleaning Products We Swear By (Is There Anything They Can’t Do?)

Just so you know, I live 55 blocks from the closest Trader Joe’s. Gone are the days when I could just waltz through on a whim to pick up my favorite snacks or a quick microwave-and-eat dinner—my Trader Joe’s runs now involve very precise planning, and …

Just so you know, I live 55 blocks from the closest Trader Joe’s. Gone are the days when I could just waltz through on a whim to pick up my favorite snacks or a quick microwave-and-eat dinner—my Trader Joe’s runs now involve very precise planning, and hauling as many groceries as I can possibly carry onto the 6 train.

We all know Trader Joe’s is the land of magical snacks, affordable wines, and super giftable flowers. But did you know they also have a smaller but excellent selection of cleaning products—all of which are cruelty-free? Plus, several are substantially more eco-friendly than most brands from our local supermarkets.

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