Goodbye Single-Use Plastic, Hello Eco-Friendly Packaging

You might be wondering what kinds of eco-friendly packaging materials there are out there—whether you’re shipping gifts, own a small business, or just brushing up on how your favorite brands are doing in the carbon footprint game—we’re here to help.

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You might be wondering what kinds of eco-friendly packaging materials there are out there—whether you’re shipping gifts, own a small business, or just brushing up on how your favorite brands are doing in the carbon footprint game—we’re here to help.

As you may know, “eco-friendly” is not a scientific term, but merely a catch-all for brands, products, and practices that are generally more sustainable in nature than their traditional counterparts. For example, reusing glass storage containers is more “eco-friendly” than single-use plastic baggies, but glass requires energy to manufacture, and is difficult to recycle. This is to say: these products have manifold pros and cons, and by no means is this an exhaustive list of eco-friendly packaging products, just some of our go-tos.

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How to Turn $10 Trader Joe’s Flowers Into a Fancy-Schmancy Bouquet

Last weekend, I wandered into a flower shop to buy blooms for a friend’s birthday. Everything was beautiful and lush and wild, and I was happily putting together a lovely bouquet—until I realized that peonies cost $14. Per stem.

I love the simple, eve…

Last weekend, I wandered into a flower shop to buy blooms for a friend’s birthday. Everything was beautiful and lush and wild, and I was happily putting together a lovely bouquet—until I realized that peonies cost $14. Per stem.

I love the simple, everyday pleasure of flowers. I treat my apartment, each week, to a bunch of feverfew or ranunculus, or whatever’s in season, and I think a bouquet makes an old-fashioned, charming gift. But I’m quite honestly tired of shelling out over $50 for the delivery of a standard-issue bouquet that I don’t even really love. (I don’t know about you, but it takes ages to sift through some pretty garishly assembled options just to even get to the handful that don’t make my eyes bleed—those rainbow bouquets destroy me.)

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How to (Politely) Say No to Gifting

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


I love the holidays, I really do, but as someone who lives in a small and, ahem, full apartment, gift-giving and -receiving can be fraught. Well-meant gifts can quickly clutter up a small home, but forgoing gift-giving altogether feels unnatural: I’ll confess that when a family member says “No gifts, please,” I find it hard to oblige—even if they, too, are pressed for space.

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Katie Kimmel’s Food Art Is Forever Fun

Two hours north of Los Angeles, nestled in the Mojave desert, artist Katie Kimmel makes her magic—most of which involves food. Kimmel has generated something of a cult a following for her charmingly quirky anthropomorphic ceramic snacks and mortadella …

Two hours north of Los Angeles, nestled in the Mojave desert, artist Katie Kimmel makes her magic—most of which involves food. Kimmel has generated something of a cult a following for her charmingly quirky anthropomorphic ceramic snacks and mortadella pool float, and of course, her brightly-colored t-shirts emblazoned with bangers like “Lentil Soup,” “Mozzarella Sticks,” and “I Ate Everything and It Was Good.”

Kimmel’s latest drop of food-themed clothing, which comes out December 8—perfect timing for any December holiday gift-procrastinators—is part of her recycled collection, where Kimmel places her iconic food phrases on thrifted pieces. We caught up with Kimmel to chat about food, art, and food art.

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19 Decor Gifts for That Someone Who Just Can’t Stop Redecorating

You know that friend or relative who’s constantly talking about needing to redecorate? Maybe they’re pinning ideas with reckless abandon while giving you the play-by-play, or constantly discussing color palettes, fabric swatches, and throw pillows, but…

You know that friend or relative who’s constantly talking about needing to redecorate? Maybe they’re pinning ideas with reckless abandon while giving you the play-by-play, or constantly discussing color palettes, fabric swatches, and throw pillows, but haven’t yet acted on any of it. Well, this gift guide is for them.

Each of these pieces—from a handwoven, fiber-art wall hanging to a backgammon set that doubles as a cool coffee table accent—will elevate a room instantly and might even kickstart their revamp. Just wait—you’ll be kicking back in their newly decorated space soon enough.

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21 Useful Gifts That Won’t Add Clutter, Courtesy the Afrominimalist

Having spent the past five years on a journey to live with less, I’ve become more mindful of what I gift to my family and friends. I always like to challenge myself to be creative, innovative, sustainable, and thoughtful, and it’s no different during t…

Having spent the past five years on a journey to live with less, I've become more mindful of what I gift to my family and friends. I always like to challenge myself to be creative, innovative, sustainable, and thoughtful, and it's no different during the holidays.

One of my favorite ways to tick all the boxes when it comes to gifting is to ask loved ones how they want to be celebrated instead of buying something that I think they'll enjoy. Even if you’re big on the element of surprise, consider asking for a curated list of gifts or experiences that you can use as a guide. Not only will they be curious and anxious about what you chose, but they'll be touched by the thoughtfulness and intention behind it.

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14 No-Fail Gifts That Work Every Time, According to Resident Hana Asbrink

If there’s one thing I’m good at that isn’t kitchen-related, it’s buying gifts. There’s nothing more gratifying than giving someone the most thoughtful gift, which from my experience, marries style, utility, and a touch of “wow-I-didn’t-realize-I-neede…

If there's one thing I'm good at that isn't kitchen-related, it's buying gifts. There's nothing more gratifying than giving someone the most thoughtful gift, which from my experience, marries style, utility, and a touch of "wow-I-didn't-realize-I-needed-that" whimsy.

The following gift ideas are a trusted assortment of beloved items that I own and are so good that I’ve already gifted them to my loved ones (or in the case of some, let people borrow and never saw them again).

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9 Gift Ideas for the Meal-Prepping Pro in Your Life

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron’s top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and bey…

We've teamed up with Blue Apron to share smart tips, cooking inspiration, and gift ideas to get you through the holidays. A delicious idea: Give the gift of Blue Apron's top-rated meal kits so your friends and family can get cooking this winter and beyond.


I've always wanted to be the type of person who meal preps on a regular basis—batch-cooking grains and vegetables to mix and match throughout the week, freezing soups and casseroles for a heat-and-eat dinner, you get the picture. Though I may not have achieved meal prep superstar status yet, there are people on my holiday shopping list this year who definitely have, and maybe you know some, too.

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9 Gifts for Kids Who Love To Cook, According to a Kid Who Loves To Cook

I live with my 4-year-old son Arthur (or Artie) in a relatively small apartment in Brooklyn, New York where we have only one real closet and almost every square inch is maxed out. For me, that means that every toy I buy for him has to cross off more th…

I live with my 4-year-old son Arthur (or Artie) in a relatively small apartment in Brooklyn, New York where we have only one real closet and almost every square inch is maxed out. For me, that means that every toy I buy for him has to cross off more than one box to make the cut. In a perfect world, all of his toys are fun, educational to some degree, and easy on the eyes (and ears).

With the guidelines I’ve set for Artie, I’ve put together a list of gifts perfect for kids who love food and cooking. These beautiful and functional toys and accessories may just inspire a life-long interest in the culinary arts, which I already see in Artie. Now, if only I could figure out how to get him interested in cleaning up...

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9 Clever Kitchen Gifts for the Home Cook Who Has (Almost) Everything

We teamed up with LifeStraw to set you up for holiday success with a few of our favorite gift ideas for the kitchen. On the list: the LifeStraw Home, a sleek reusable water filter pitcher that also gives back—for every product purchased, a child in nee…

We teamed up with LifeStraw to set you up for holiday success with a few of our favorite gift ideas for the kitchen. On the list: the LifeStraw Home, a sleek reusable water filter pitcher that also gives back—for every product purchased, a child in need receives safe water for a year.


The holidays are a stressful season in many ways, but one that tops my list every winter is figuring out what to buy all the people on my list. I tend to go with gifts for the kitchen—most of my friends and family are seasoned home cooks—but over the years I've exhausted my go-tos, like a classic set of kitchen knives or my favorite pair of nonstick skillets.

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