23 Best Bar & Alcohol Gifts (Even if They Don’t Drink)

As I think about all the gifts I’ve given to family and friends over the years, I’ve realized that some of my favorite ones somehow always revolve around the bar. And that’s not to say I’ve been doling out bottles of wine like that aunt or that everyon…

As I think about all the gifts I’ve given to family and friends over the years, I’ve realized that some of my favorite ones somehow always revolve around the bar. And that’s not to say I’ve been doling out bottles of wine like that aunt or that everyone even has an at-home bar, but I consider bar gifts to be as versatile and gift-able as anything else.

Whether it’s a bottle of wine (okay, fine) or a non-alcoholic spirit, matching coupes or coasters, or even a box of punny, booze-inspired gummies, bar gifts are thoughtful and practical. Best of all, they’re usually what gets used (or sipped, or eaten) as soon as they’re unwrapped. Instant joy and gratification, amirite?

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7 Best Carving Knives You’ll Use Well After Thanksgiving

A carving knife will come in handy during the holidays when you need to maneuver around a giant bird without making a mess. But it can serve you elsewhere too—thwack up massive fruits and veggies à la Fruit Ninja, saw through layer cakes, and slice up …

A carving knife will come in handy during the holidays when you need to maneuver around a giant bird without making a mess. But it can serve you elsewhere too—thwack up massive fruits and veggies à la Fruit Ninja, saw through layer cakes, and slice up crusty boules of bread. A classic chef’s knife can do a lot, but it can’t do everything. Likewise, a carving knife can’t do everything, but it can do more than meats the eye.

Here are the seven best carving knives you can buy online, according to chefs and butchers who use them on and off the job. If you’re on the hunt for a practical pick or budget-friendly buy, we’ve got you covered. And if fancier options that scream “restaurant-quality” are more your style, we’ve got those, too.

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10 Cozy Throw Blankets That Have Us Dreaming of Cold Nights

There’s nothing sadder than a bare couch with zero throw blankets or pillows. It’s the equivalent of toast without butter. Or pasta without salt. Or—yea, you get it.

These little touches can make any couch infinitely more warm and inviting— not that w…

There’s nothing sadder than a bare couch with zero throw blankets or pillows. It’s the equivalent of toast without butter. Or pasta without salt. Or—yea, you get it.

These little touches can make any couch infinitely more warm and inviting— not that we needed an excuse to lounge around for another two hours, but hey, it doesn’t hurt. And as the days get shorter and the temps get cooler, there’s nothing we like to do more than work on our couch dent with a cup of warm apple cider and a good podcast. The only thing that’d make it better? A chunky throw blanket.

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This Nifty Organizer Is Also a WFH Miracle-Worker

Much has been written about the perfect adjustable standing desk, ergonomic chair, and noise-canceling headphones to make working from home more productive and enjoyable (bearable?). But my favorite WFH buddy is a humbler device, and less of a splurge,…

Much has been written about the perfect adjustable standing desk, ergonomic chair, and noise-canceling headphones to make working from home more productive and enjoyable (bearable?). But my favorite WFH buddy is a humbler device, and less of a splurge, too. It came into our lives in the tumultuous early days of lockdown last year—once my husband and I had resigned ourselves to not returning to the office in “a week or two” and assigned ourselves our work spaces in our decidedly not large apartment in Brooklyn.

However, with our gadgets and devices now covering every empty table and shelf we could find, it took no time at all for our home to start looking like a technological combat zone—our surfaces were a thicket of tangled cords, wires, and cables. And given we didn’t have the luxury (again, NYC apartment) of following the good advice from wellness experts about keeping the spaces where we sleep, relax, and work separate, it meant that no matter where we were, the sight of...unsightly cables was unavoidable.

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8 Powerhouse Pantry Staples Parents Need to Make Dinner Happen

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.

You live and breathe by list…

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.


You live and breathe by lists, Google Docs, or a cryptic collage of sticky notes on the fridge. We’re right there with you, parents. But no matter how organized you are, it can feel like a Sisyphean task to get dinner on the table for the whole crew seven nights a week. Even with the occasional pizza delivery in the mix, a well-stocked pantry is key.

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Our Fave Kids Lunch Boxes for Stress-Free, Spill-Free Meals

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.

For years, my parents sent m…

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.


For years, my parents sent me to school with the same lunch every day: a tuna sandwich on whole wheat, with an apple that invariably squashed the bread, all stuffed into a brown paper bag with my name written on the top.

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10 Trader Joe’s Products That Save My Neck & Feed My Kid

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.

Once upon a time, I scoffed …

Welcome to Kids & the Kitchen, our new landing pad for parents who love to cook. Head this way for kid-friendly recipes, helpful tips, and heartwarming stories galore—all from real-life parents and their little ones.


Once upon a time, I scoffed at Sandra Lee and her “semi-homemade” juggernaut. I made my ratatouille from scratch, thank you very much. I rejoiced that a mole poblano would take me all day to cook. Then I had a kid, and—well—you’ve heard this song before.

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The Best Non-Alcoholic Whiskeys for Every Cocktail

Whiskey (or whisky, depending on the style) is a staple for cold weather cocktails. But until recently, booze-free options were either lackluster—the warm lemonade of a whiskey-less toddy—or literally impossible, like a non-alcoholic Manhattan. Luckily…

Whiskey (or whisky, depending on the style) is a staple for cold weather cocktails. But until recently, booze-free options were either lackluster—the warm lemonade of a whiskey-less toddy—or literally impossible, like a non-alcoholic Manhattan. Luckily, zero-proof whiskey options have exploded over the last few years, but it’s rare to find the non-alcoholic alternative that is one-size fits all. Armed with a cocktail shaker, an array of mixers, and a lot of ice, I set out to test seven whiskey alternatives to find out how they could best replace bourbon, rye, and other whiskeys. Below you’ll find the best non-alcoholic whiskey alternatives for every cocktail. There are some that are “uncanny imitations" that taste just like the real thing; three options that simulate the warmth whiskey gives you when drinking it that will satisfy those looking for heat over all else; and two “impressionists” that don’t taste like whiskey at all, but will satisfyingly scratch the same itch.


The Uncanny Imitations

Spiritless’s Kentucky 74

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Spiritless’s Kentucky 74 is the closest to the real deal you can get. An undeniable blast of charred oak stays with you from first sniff to last swallow, the body and slip are perfect, and rather than using the industry standard capsaicin to imitate the burn of alcohol (more on that later), it has a subtle tongue numbing effect, like sichuan peppercorns. Sweet corn and buttery caramel flavors are present but not cloying, and a sharp kerosene note contributes to its verisimilitude (though becomes unpleasant in cocktails with bitter ingredients like a Manhattan). Kentucky 74 pairs perfectly with mixers and makes I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-bourbon old-fashioneds and mint juleps. This is the one to sip straight or on the rocks for the most accurate bourbon alternative.

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Your Essential Tools For Any Kind of Thanksgiving Feast

Growing up in an Asian-American household, Thanksgiving wasn’t a major holiday for my family. We didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner until I was 10 and my parents made peking duck, pork belly, and longevity noodles instead of turkey, stuffing, and mashed p…

Growing up in an Asian-American household, Thanksgiving wasn’t a major holiday for my family. We didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner until I was 10 and my parents made peking duck, pork belly, and longevity noodles instead of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. I didn’t have a “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner until I was a teen when my siblings and I took over the cooking.

While everyone’s Thanksgiving dinner is going to look (and taste) different, there are essential cookware and bakeware that will always come in handy no matter what you’re cooking. Even if you’re skipping out on turkey, you’ll find plenty of uses for a sturdy roasting tray. The same goes for a versatile air fryer that you’ll use long after the leftovers are finished (there will always be leftovers).

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The 5 Best Bath Towels We’ve Ever Used

Bath towels are an extremely personal thing, as I recently found out after buying several sets only to return most of them. Some were so rough and scratchy that they felt like sandpaper, others too thin to feel cozy after a hot shower. And don’t even g…

Bath towels are an extremely personal thing, as I recently found out after buying several sets only to return most of them. Some were so rough and scratchy that they felt like sandpaper, others too thin to feel cozy after a hot shower. And don’t even get me started on the price—some were so expensive that I could only afford to buy one for myself, leaving my poor husband to deal with his old rag. For something so simple, the search for the perfect bath towel is shockingly difficult.

Well, there was no way I was the only one with bath towel woes, so I went straight to our team to find their faves—if they even had any. To my surprise (or rather, no one’s surprise), we all had the same issues and we’d all spent too many hours researching and testing every towel we’d come across before finding these five tried-and-true favorites.

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