Gifts

17 Father’s Day Gifts, Because It’ll Be Here Soon

I tend to be an early shopper when it comes to gifts and I love searching for the perfect present whether it’s a beautiful coffee table books or something more utilitarian like a great T-shirt or tool. As someone who’s known to have all her Christmas shopping done in October, it’s no surprise that I’m pretty punctual with other holidays, too, especially when it comes to the biggies like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I realize that not everyone has the same chip I have in my brain that tells me I need to start shopping for my dad like, right now. But given shipping delays due to the pandemic, one month doesn’t feel like a long time at all. So whether it’s a busy schedule or you’re just overwhelmed with too many options, we’ve got the best last-minute gift ideas for your dad, grandad, or any father figure right here. Read More >> …

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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. 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. Read More >> …

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25 Thoughtful Gifts That Helped Us Get Through 2021

I remember starting 2021 with more optimism than I had all through 2020. And while this year has undoubtedly been better than the literal dumpster fire that came before it, it was still trying and exhausting. I won’t go down the laundry list of things that made us want to bury our heads into our pillows (literally), so I’ll just think of the good parts instead. Like baking Ted Lasso’s legendary cookies or finding out that Timothée Chalamet loves espresso martinis just as much as we do. Or these 25 sweet, thoughtful gifts that kept us going this year no matter how mentally or physically tired we all were. And we were. From coffee table books on travel and exploration to cozy throws and robes for lounging with said book, these were just some of the little joys that we gifted ourselves or were gifted by loved ones. And while we’d appreciate them any year, the…

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We Tested the 3 Most Popular Ribbon Types to Find the Very Best Bow

If you’ve ever taken a stroll through the gift wrapping section of Target, or even stepped into a Paper Source during the holiday season, you know that papers, bows, and tags can run you just as much as the gift that’s inside. Wrapping doesn’t need to be so involved, though, because, of course, there’s bows. A good bow can dress up any gift, even one wrapped with something neutral, like butcher’s paper, or something reused, like newsprint. But purchasing premade bows in bulk is going to set you back quite a bit. The good news? Making your own is simple, meditative, and all the better to show off to your friends and family. Read More >> …

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23 Ways To Give the Gift of Travel—Even if You’re Not Going Anywhere

Traveling is my thing. As a travel writer, I spend most of my day writing about previous trips (I’ve been to 65 countries and counting), researching places to take someday (I’m looking at you, Uzbekistan), or scheming up ways to spend more time doing what I love. However, like most people, I’ve spent a large portion of the last year and a half grounded and it’s made me a bit of a homebody. While I’m still excited about the prospect of traveling, for the first time ever, I’m content staying in one place for more than a few days at a time. Part of that comes from having curated a home that shows the memories from life on the road, inspires future travel, and helps make adventures—big and small—much easier. Read More >> …

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12 Experience Gifts for People Who Don’t Want ‘Things’

My husband and I have an understanding: Instead of getting each other physical gifts, we give experiences. I mean, I’ll still welcome a nice piece of jewelry any day but I’d rather take a weekend trip or tune into a crafting class. In fact, some of the best gifts I’ve given him are experiences, such as a personalized video from a basketball player on the New York Knicks via Cameo and a tie-dying class from Uncommon Goods. While there might not be a physical present to unwrap, experience-based gifts are the gifts that keep on giving. You’ll make new memories and laugh until your bellies hurt, and you’ll still wind up with physical momentos afterward such as photos from a trip, a finished arts and crafts project, or a delicious meal that you cooked together. Read More >> …

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10 Wine Subscription Boxes They’ll Crack Open Immediately

I’m a casual drinker and will be the first to admit that I know zilch about what’s in my glass most of the time. I have enough trouble picking out a bottle of wine to bring to a dinner party, let alone finding something that feels special enough for a gift. If you’ve also accepted that your knowledge about grapes and varietals is barely there, but are still set on gifting a bottle of vino to your fave oenophile or newbie, wine subscription boxes are the perfect solution. They’re thoughtful and show the giftee that you respect their palate enough to leave the actual wine selection to the experts. In fact, you can hear their sigh of relief right about now. Read More >> …

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Our Beloved Holiday Swap is Back—& Better Than Ever

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the Food52 Holiday Swap is back for 2021. And the best part? It’s back in full swing. If you haven’t been involved in the Swap before, here’s the backstory: Ten years ago, F52er Noëlle (aka, enbe) posted on the Hotline, suggesting a simple food-centered gift exchange between members of the community. Read More >> …

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I Never Buy Wrapping Paper—I Do This Instead

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re wrapping the last few items in your stack of holiday gifts when you reach the end of the wrapping paper roll. Dang. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably doing this late at night and aren’t in the mood to go to the store, so it’s time to get crafty. On the other hand, you may not have purchased any wrapping paper on purpose—a noble commitment to keeping things low-waste. There are lots of ways you can create a lovely wrapped gift using random items you have lying around the house, with zero need to rush back out to the store in the 11th hour. Here are 10 of our favorite new ways to do just that. Read More >> …

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15 Nifty Valentine’s Day Gifts for Those You Love (Yes, Including Yourself)

If you ask us, it’s never a bad time to shower your loved ones with all sorts of warm and fuzzy, heartfelt affirmations. Enveloping someone in a big ol’ hug, volunteering to take out the trash when a Polar Vertex is afoot, relinquishing the last of the Trader Joe’s roasted Gorgonzola-flavored crackers (true love right there)—there are all sorts of ways to show you care. This Valentine’s Day, say ‘I love you!’ in whatever way works for you. And let these neat gifts (all things that we’d happily—and lovingly—give ourselves!) be the icing on the cake. Read More >> …

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Procrastinator-Friendly Gifts That’ll Arrive by Christmas That Don’t ~Look~ Last-Minute

And no, they’re not from Amazon. …

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Calling All Procrastinators: These Luxe Gifts From Nordstrom Will Arrive by Christmas

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These Chic Coffee Table Books Make the Perfect Last-Minute Holiday Gift

They totally double as home decor. …

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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 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. Read More >> …

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15 Edible Gifts From Costco That We Want to Eat Right Now

If you’re like me, you spend half of December grocery shopping, half of it present shopping and half of it cooking. Yes, I’m aware that my math is flawed, but that’s pretty much how it feels. And while shopping online has pretty much become standard, sometimes you need something now, or just need a stash of gifts ready to be pulled out at a moment’s notice (like when your neighbor shows up with a Bundt cake, and you don’t want to look like a schlub). There’s one thing we know to be true: pretty much everyone loves a thoughtful food gift—you simple can’t go wrong with giving something edible. Homemade is a great way to go, but there’s nothing wrong with a store-bought treat. And guess which of our favorite stores has a robust selection of food gifts? You guessed it: Costco. The beauty of it is that you can go grocery shopping and present shopping…

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11 Eco-Friendly Gifts You’ll Be Tempted to Keep

We’ve partnered with Lifestraw to share eco-friendly gift ideas—from the Lifestraw Home water filter pitcher to reusable food wrap, aka your leftovers’ new best friend—for everyone on your list this holiday season. As a self-proclaimed tree hugger, the holiday season has sometimes presented a challenge. It’s a time that can be heavy on consumption and waste (not to mention, the usual air travel to visit my far-flung relatives). Read More >> …

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30 Perfect Gifts for the Vegan In Your Life

The other day, my vegan friend Bree told a story. She used to date a guy whose mother would always introduce her by saying: “This is Bree. She’s VEY-GON.” “It was like I was from the planet Vega, in the faraway galaxy of kohlrabi,” she says. She may as well have been—in the early days of her lifestyle change she felt “very misunderstood.” Read More >> …

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Delicious Food Gifts That’ll Impress ~Literally~ Anyone Who Likes to Eat

A.k.a. just about everyone. …

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41 Gifts $20 and Under That’ll Make You This Holiday’s Hero

Is it impossible to find a gift that’s useful, design-worthy, and inexpensive—but not a cheap tchotchke that will get tossed in next month’s decluttering? It seems so, especially when the holidays creep up on you—somehow, no matter how much you plan ahead, time is never on your side. Thankfully, beautiful, practical, wallet-friendly gifts do exist, and we’ve done the digging to find them for you. Each of these 41 gift ideas ring at $20 or under—somewhere between the cost of a greeting card and a bottle of good wine, but last much longer—and often come with free, fast shipping. Keep this list handy for knockout gifts on a budget, whatever the occasion. You’re welcome. Read More >> …

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Get a list of EVERYTHING in my pantry, fridge and freezer! (All Food Babe approved of course)

My dreams are coming true and I’m not just talking about my family expanding – if you didn’t hear the news, I am pregnant 😀  The dream of creating a cookbook of all my favorite recipes and everything I make for Mr. Food Babe and my daughter Harley is also coming true.  My first cookbook, Food … Read More
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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 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. Read More >> …

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Scented lotions, makeup, and perfume to stop gifting immediately.

This time of year the malls are filled with holiday scented lotions, perfumes, foamy body washes, and glittery holiday makeup. Back in the day, I’d pick up some of these fun items as gifts for my friends – but not anymore. I’ve since learned about all the toxins in these products… Beauty products from The … Read More
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Dyson Is Having a Major Black Friday Sale—Here Are Our Top 5 Picks

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of owning a Dyson. Maybe it has something to do with inventor James Dyson’s clipped, all-knowing British accent. Maybe it’s the seemingly impossible technology (I’ve always wondered how a vacuum so slim actually sucks up anything effectively, yet it does). Read More >> …

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19 Killer Food Subscriptions to Give This Holiday—Because You’ve Still Got Time!

Tick-tock! I blinked and somehow found myself within spitting distance of Christmas. I’m realizing I may have missed the shipping cut-off dates for many sites, but my list of unshopped-for loved ones still looms large. If you find yourself similarly pressed for time, know that there are still plenty of thoughtful options out there. I’ve said before that the best presents to give are the ones you’d love to receive yourself. Luckily, there are a whole host of subscription gifts that fit this bill—and the best part is, the lucky giftee can benefit from your generosity long after the holiday season is over. Read More >> …

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4 Clever Gifts I Love So Much, I Give Them to Everyone I Know

Welcome to Nifty, Gifty Holidays, our guide for all the little, magical ways we make the season sparkle. Today, we’re highlighting our Senior Editor Eric Kim’s top five picks for holiday gifts and why he thinks they’re so smart. Ask anyone in my family: I used to be notorious for my terrible holiday gifts. Christmas would roll around (and I’d roll out of bed, two hours before my flight home), and I’d have to scramble to find last-minute presents lying around my apartment to stuff into my luggage before hailing a cab to LaGuardia Airport: an old, itchy sweater from the back of my closet for my brother; another old, itchy sweater from the back of my closet for my father; maybe a free cookbook I had gotten from work for my mother (who doesn’t even cook from cookbooks). Read More >> …

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