17 Summer Candles With Major Vacation Vibes

If you’re a candle fan, you know they’re not just for the colder months of the year. In fact, trying new scents each season is one of the best things about candles. When the weather turns warm, I can’t wait to ditch the beloved pine tree and firewood c…

If you’re a candle fan, you know they're not just for the colder months of the year. In fact, trying new scents each season is one of the best things about candles. When the weather turns warm, I can't wait to ditch the beloved pine tree and firewood candles for brighter, summery options.

The right summer candle can add ambiance and sophistication to any room without cloaking it in heavy, heady scents. Not to mention that they also make for lovely hostess gifts if you're visiting friends and family again—throw in some hand-turned wooden candle sticks and a ceramic match striker for a set anyone would love.

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4 Adult Easter Baskets to Treat a Loved One (Or Yourself) This Year

You’re probably wondering, are adult easter baskets even a thing? I’m here to tell you that they absolutely are—or can be—because it’s 2021 and the sky’s the limit. If you’re in the mood to send some gifts, why not throw together a nice little basket o…

You’re probably wondering, are adult easter baskets even a thing? I’m here to tell you that they absolutely are—or can be—because it’s 2021 and the sky’s the limit. If you’re in the mood to send some gifts, why not throw together a nice little basket of treats for your friend, sibling, or significant other who has fond memories of Easter egg hunts? This can do double-duty in overriding their less-than-fond memories of some terrifying person in a bunny costume, too.

As with all gift baskets, the best adult Easter basket ideas revolve loosely around some kind of theme. Fancy candy (I mean, it is Easter, after all), lots of nostalgia, delicate home accessories, and a coterie of condiments are all decidedly adult, but no less exciting to open than the baskets you received as a child.

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7 Care Packages to Send (with Love) for Mother’s Day

Honestly, a thoughtfully assembled care package is the perfect gift—especially when you can’t see your loved ones in person. Select some items related to one of your mom’s interests, pack them up nicely with a heartfelt card, and have your mom open the…

Honestly, a thoughtfully assembled care package is the perfect gift—especially when you can’t see your loved ones in person. Select some items related to one of your mom’s interests, pack them up nicely with a heartfelt card, and have your mom open the gift over FaceTime or Zoom so you can enjoy at least a little part of the day together. Here are some places to start:


For the mom who really, really loves her dog:

If the household pet is now actually your mom’s favorite child...what can I say, you’re not alone. If she’s reached the level of making home-cooked meals for the dog, the Nordic Ware dog treat pan is a logical next step. You can also elevate her pup’s home dining experience with a chic elevated slow feeder, with a customized pet bowl mat underneath to catch any drips. Don’t forget a treat jar for the countertops—and a little treat ball just for fun.

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How to Clean—Like, Really Clean—Any Type of Floor

A sad fact of life: No matter how tidy you are, your floors, carpets, and rugs will get dirty. Between whatever you track in on your shoes, crumbs accidentally dropped from the kitchen table, the natural accumulation of dust, and so on, the floors in y…

A sad fact of life: No matter how tidy you are, your floors, carpets, and rugs will get dirty. Between whatever you track in on your shoes, crumbs accidentally dropped from the kitchen table, the natural accumulation of dust, and so on, the floors in your home can get quite grimy. But a little maintenance goes a long way—especially if you attack that grime in the most efficient manner for every type of floor.

First up, a quick primer on different types of rugs and carpets. There are two main components to carpet: the fabric or fiber, and what’s called the “pile”—that’s how the fabric is looped or cut. The length of the loops or cut fibers are what determines whether a carpet is low-pile (short fibers) or high pile (long fibers). You can also get flatweave rugs, which have no pile because the fabric is tightly woven with no fibers sticking up.

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The 25 Coziest Gifts for Your Favorite Tea Lover

If you have a tea aficionado on your holiday list this year, we’ve got you covered. Gift options range from those extravagant things someone would likely never buy for themselves, to incredibly useful, everyday items that will make their daily cup (or …

If you have a tea aficionado on your holiday list this year, we’ve got you covered. Gift options range from those extravagant things someone would likely never buy for themselves, to incredibly useful, everyday items that will make their daily cup (or cups?) even more enjoyable.

Pair any of these items with a box of your giftee’s all-time favorite tea leaves or bags for a thoughtful gift they’ll appreciate—and use.

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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 Mother’s Day Gifts for Mom Who Say They Don’t Want Anything

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…

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 30 options all ringing under $35.

1. Great Jones Holy Sheet, $35

This half-size sheet pan has a special nonstick coating for all manner of oven successes.

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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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