Overstock is holding a huge End of Summer Sale with great discounts on dorm essentials, outdoor furniture, decor and more

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Whether you’re looking to refresh your home for the changing seasons or want to furnish your new dorm room, Overstock has you covered. The retailer’s End of Summer Super Sale features up to 75% off a huge selection of indoor and outdoor furniture, decor, rugs, small kitchen appliances, mattresses, and much more.

The sale is available through August 23, giving you ample time to shop. Browse the deals for yourself here or find some of our favorites, below.

The best Overstock End of Summer sale deals

Wall-Mounted Display Cabinet (medium)Baxter Dining Set (medium)Modern Large Full-Length Wall Mirror (medium)Memory Foam Bean Bag (medium)Moroccan Ogee 2-inch Thick Runner (medium, Preferred: Overstock)Anson Outdoor Chairs (medium)14-inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) (medium)Ellipse Table Lamps (Set of 2) (medium)Expandable Trundle Daybed (medium)Zuna Mid-Back Office Chair (medium)Tambora Acacia Porch Swing (medium)Bryson Gas Outdoor Fire Pit Table (medium)Oversized Cabana Stripe Cotton Beach Towel (Set of 2) (medium)Camarillo Modern Beige Jute Pouf (medium)Wooden Plant Flower Display (medium)Weave Chairs (Set of 2) (medium)AlwaysCool Gel Memory Foam Pillow (medium)Bamboo Shower Seat Bench with Storage Shelf (medium)Cassey Cozy Plush Shag Area Rug (4’3″ x 5’7″) (medium)Blaney Solid Pine Wood Spindle Bed (Queen) (medium)Vilano Outdoor Cushioned Lounge Chair (Set of 2) (medium)Classical Swivel Office Accent Arm Chair (medium)

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This home startup lets you order custom curtains and shades – and right now it’s having its first sale ever

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  • If you want beautiful, high-quality curtains or shades, you’ve probably considered going custom – which is usually expensive.
  • Mesken is a home startup for custom curtains and shades at a fraction of traditional prices.
  • The easy-to-navigate site helps you make measurements and guides you through every step of the process.
  • As part of Insider Reviews’ Secret Sale, you can take 15% off your order – the brand’s first sale ever!

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Bedding, furniture, and kitchenware have all been the subjects of successful direct-to-consumer startup stories in recent years. Once considered overlooked categories in the home goods space, they’ve found mainstream success among shoppers looking to upgrade their homes for less.

So at this point, what home goods are truly overlooked? Chances are you haven’t thought positively, if at all, about your curtains in a while.

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Window treatments aren’t the first home product I want to shop for (even the term “window treatments” inspires little in the way of excitement) but like a beautiful area rug, they make a huge difference for how your space looks and feels. It’s too bad that current options fall into two buckets: ready-made curtains and shades that are a struggle to install and never seem to fit correctly, and made-to-measure ones that cost thousands of dollars.

Mesken is one of the first home startups we’re seeing to address this long-ignored problem. It’s founded by Alper Bahadir, a former McKinsey consultant who was born in Turkey and wanted to strengthen his connection to Home-with-a-capital-H and your relationship with your own home.

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At Mesken, you can shop custom curtains and shades at prices 50% to 70% less than traditional brands and have them delivered in seven to 10 days. While the company is based in New York City, its manufacturers are located in Istanbul, Turkey and have generations of experience crafting high-quality home textiles.

Selling exclusively online helps keeps the prices of a traditionally expensive product low. “There are certain industries where we’ve been conditioned to think you can access quality only if you pay a very high price because everything else around that product or experience is already very expensive,” Bahadir says. “The wedding and home industries are probably the two worst offenders. When you’ve already spent a fortune buying or remodeling a home, another $20,000 for drapes starts to look normal. I think this has led the industry to be complacent and opportunist. Why bother innovating to make things more affordable if you don’t have to?”

The innovation at Mesken is this: curtains start at just $105, with the most expensive options, made from linen, starting at $225. Shades start at $75, with the most expensive options starting at $115. You can customize nearly every aspect of these window treatments on Mesken’s well-designed site.

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How the customization and ordering process works for curtains

You can choose from a variety of solid or sheer fabrics, including 100% linen, linen blends, viscose blend, lightweight, and thick weave options. Each fabric is available in numerous colors. Some, like the textured, medium-weight Bowery (from $90) are available in more than 30 colors while others have fewer color options. If you want to see and feel the fabrics first, you can order up to five swatches for free.

Then, choose your hanging style: ring top, rod pocket, grommet, or pleated. The grommet and pleated styles have an additional cost per panel.

Enter your curtain measurements, or use the site’s helpful measurement guide. If you’ve never ordered your own curtains before or just want to double-check your own measurements, we recommend using the guide.

Finally, add optional privacy or blackout liners, and adjust the number of panels if necessary.

Here’s how the customization and ordering process works for shades

Mesken offers roller, blackout, solar, and zebra shades in a small selection of colors. Likewise, you can order free fabric swatches.

You’re in control of the hanging position, casing, and cord type, and the site will guide you with tips and measurement guides throughout the whole customization process.

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In 10 business days or less, your custom curtains or shades will arrive at your door with the necessary hardware and instructions to install them. They’re designed for easy installation, and since they’re perfectly cut to your window, you’ll never be stuck with curtains that are just an inch too short, long, or wide.

As a singular concept, finding the right curtains for your home and not overpaying for them seems manageable, but when stacked on top of every other home improvement and decorating task, it’s an aspirational feat for an aspirational product.

Mesken goes beyond the aspirational, to the realistic, accessible, and shopper-friendly.

Shop custom curtains and shades at Mesken here

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These cleverly designed rugs are machine washable so I never have to worry about spills – plus they’re incredibly affordable

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  • Rugs are a great piece of home decor, but they can be difficult to maintain.
  • Ruggable’s polyester chenille rugs ($59.30+) are affordable, attractive, and easy to clean.
  • I used and washed a Ruggable rug in my own apartment, and the process went seamlessly.

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Rugs are an essential part of home decor, providing the foundation upon which your furniture and other decor sit. However, they’re a huge pain to clean: you need to bring them outside and use a host of different tools and cleaners or possibly spend a lot of money letting a professional take care of them. You start to wonder whether their aesthetic appeal is worth the inconvenience of care and maintenance.

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Before you decide to put off cleaning your rug for yet another week, you might want to take a look at rugs Ruggable. It makes two-piece rug and non-slip pad systems that are easy to assemble and maintain, and most importantly, machine-washable. After trying a Ruggable rug in my own apartment, I found that enjoying a stylish rug in my home can actually be simple, not to mention affordable.

Design options

After I measured out the size of rug I wanted, I scrolled through a variety of patterns and colors on Ruggable’s site and decided on one that matched my apartment style. There are intricate designs and geometric prints as well as to modern ones, so finding one that matches your aesthetic shouldn’t be too hard. There’s also a good range of styles: 3’x 5′, 2.5’x 7′, 5’x 7′, and 8’x 10′.

A 5’x 7′ rug set averages $130, which is on par with other affordable rugs you might find on Wayfair, but the clear differences are the unique two-piece system and machine-washable quality.

How Ruggable rugs work

The rug covers are made up of three layers – 100% woven polyester chenille top surface, a 100% polyurethane internal waterproof barrier in the middle, and a 100% polyester knit bottom surface.

The 1/8-inch thick rug cover will come with a rug pad. This nonslip pad is also 1/8-inch thick and features Ruggable‘s patented “Cling Effect Technology,” which is what keeps the rug cover and rug pad stuck together.

Once you unroll the cover and pad, which arrive together in a box, line them up on top of each other and attach the pieces. The rug cover’s underside will stick to the rug pad’s top surface, which has a texture and stickiness similar to Velcro. After the two pieces are attached, they won’t fall apart if you shake it out, and you’ll have to manually pull the layers apart.

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Setup process

Carefully lining up the edges might take a little time the first time you do it, but overall it’s not too tricky. The complete process from taking the rug out of the box to fully assembling it took me all of 10 minutes.

The rugs are not extremely thick but provide enough cushion-y comfort without blocking door openings, and they’re easier to move and transport since you can fold up the rug cover.

Cleaning the rug

The real test came when it was time to wash it after a couple of weeks of regular foot traffic from my roommates and our cat. I removed the cover from the pad and threw the cover in the washing machine on the cold water setting, then dried it in the dryer on low heat (medium also works well, but don’t use high heat).

It was as easy and quick as washing a regular load of laundry, and the cover came out looking as good as new. Then, I just reattached it to the rug pad and the rug was ready to use again.

The rug pad is not machine-washable and should be spot treated. However, since the top of it rarely comes in contact with anything other than the rug cover, any time spent spot treating will likely be minimal.

The bottom line

Ruggable’s rugs are designed for people who lead understandably busy and messy lives. Most of us don’t live in the pristine settings captured by design magazines, but the convenience and style of a Ruggable rug got me one step closer to that dream.

Shop all Ruggable rugs

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Bed Bath & Beyond just reopened a truly massive 92,000-square-foot NYC store with a coffee shop – see inside

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The entrance of the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

  • Bed Bath & Beyond has reopened its renovated flagship store in New York City.
  • It’s cleaner, brighter, and more modern than the traditional Bed Bath & Beyond store.
  • The 92,000-square-foot space has a SodaStream bar, cafe, interactive spaces, and a mini Casper store.
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Gone are the days of chaotic college dorm and new home shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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The entrance of the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

As long as you’re in New York City, that is.

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Outside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Bed Bath & Beyond has reopened its renovated flagship store in the Chelsea neighborhood near the iconic Flatiron Building, and the store is cleaner and brighter than ever before.

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

“We’re proud to invest here and add to New York City’s ‘return to normal’ to serve residents and visitors alike,” Mark Tritton, president and CEO of Bed Bath & Beyond, said in a press release.

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A self checkout station in the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

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The two-floor store has been under renovation since December 2020, and its doors just reopened on July 22.

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

This new reopening is just one of 450 Bed Bath & Beyond stores the company plans to renovate over the next three years, a $250 million undertaking.

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SodaStream products.

Now let’s take a closer look at the refreshed space.

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Our Table products inside the Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The new store follows the company’s goal of becoming a “digital-first, omni-always retailer.”

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Source: Bed Bath & Beyond

The 92,000-square-foot shop has the typical Bed Bath & Beyond offerings, like kitchen tools, decor, bathroom necessities, and bedding …

A bed with Wild Sage products.
A bed with Wild Sage products.

… all with a new, organized flair.

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Products on display inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The Chelsea location features products from both household companies and Bed Bath & Beyond’s private-label brands, which include Wild Sage and Our Table.

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Wild Sage products.

But there are noticeably fewer travel-related products, which haven’t been selling well at this particular location, Lauren Thomas reported for CNBC.

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Source: CNBC

The space that would’ve carried travel goods is instead being used for more organization and bedding and bathroom products, which are primarily downstairs.

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The bath section of the store.

Besides more home goods options, the store’s shelves have also been lowered to avoid “shopping paralysis,” according to the company.

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The lowered shelves allow customers to see to the other end of the massive store, creating a less cluttered shopping experience.

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Products on display inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The aisles are also wider, while the product displays are noticeably neater.

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

Unlike most Bed Bath & Beyond stores, the interior is bright and clean with the help of large windows, contemporary lighting, and a cohesive design.

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A display of Wild Sage products.

“We know it’s hard to shop at our stores,” Joe Hartsig, chief merchandising officer at Bed Bath & Beyond, said, according to the CNBC report.

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Our Table products inside the Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

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“We’ve really tried to make it easier to navigate the aisles,” Hartsig continued. “The wider aisles are very clean. The presentation is very tight.”

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The cafe.

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The store is also compatible with the retailer’s app’s “in-store shopping mode,” creating a cross between an in-person and digital shopping experience.

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A card noting shopping through the app.

There’s even a “scan and buy” option that allows customers to skip the checkout lines.

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

The section near the entry of the store is currently being used to sell college dorm goods, but the products here will change depending on the time of year.

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Inside the renovated Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City’s college section.

Source: CNBC

Feeling parched? Head to the store’s SodaStream Bubble Bar, which has SodaStream demos and inspiration for drinks.

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The SodaStream bar.

But if you’d rather have some coffee, the updated Bed Bath and Beyond also has the Cafe 3B …

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The cafe.

… a coffee shop that serves snacks and La Colombe coffee.

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The cafe.

There’s also the “only interactive vacuum display in New York City,” according to Bed Bath & Beyond, as well as a well-lit health and beauty product section…

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The health and beauty section.

… which includes travel-friendly items.

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Mini essentials bins.

But if you’re looking for bedding instead of cleaning and beauty products, head downstairs to the mini Casper store.

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The downstairs Casper section.

This space serves as the bedding and mattress company’s “first shop-in-shop,” according to Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Casper products inside the Bed Bath & Beyond in New York City.

And it’s not just Casper: The store also has Dyson and Google nest displays.

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The dedicated Google Home space.

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Clare’s perfectly curated selection of trendy paint colors is a sight for sore eyes after staring at my bland beige walls for the last year

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  • Clare is a direct-to-consumer paint company founded by interior designer Nicole Gibbons.
  • She saw the opportunity to make shopping for paint less stressful and more creative, interesting, and accessible.
  • Clare sells safe and eco-conscious paints ($59/gallon) in a variety of curated colors.
  • Features like Color Genius, Paint Calculator, and peel-and-stick swatches make shopping as easy as possible.

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Painting the walls of your home sounds like an easy enough task.

However, after you’ve sifted through hundreds of paint chips that all look the same or paced the aisles of the hardware store attempting to decode the purpose of each type of paint, you’ll know that the actual process before your paintbrush even touches the wall is surprisingly and unnecessarily difficult.

Even seasoned interior designers aren’t spared from this frustration, but Nicole Gibbons, an interior designer whose work and expertise have been featured on HGTV, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and TLC, is the first to actually do something about it.

Gibbons is the founder of Clare, a direct-to-consumer paint company that’s simplifying the paint-buying process for homeowners and making it easier for them to appreciate how color transforms their space.

“As the place that you come home to each and every day, your space can truly enhance your well-being and provide comfort when needed most,” she tells Insider Reviews. “And if it doesn’t provide that sanctuary, it’s easy to not love where you live. Color can be transformative – not only to your space, but to your mood, and paint is the easiest and least expensive way to make a truly meaningful change.”

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About Clare Paint

Clare puts you on the path to making that meaningful change without wanting to tear your hair out in the process.

Instead of stressing over how much paint to buy or how the final color turned out to be three shades darker than the swatch, you can pick and order your paint online, get all the necessary supplies ordered to your door, and give your room the color upgrade it needs in no time.

The grass will always seem greener (or do I mean more Money Moves, Two Scoops, or Avocado Toast?) on the other side when you have to choose from thousands of colors, which is why Clare only offers a curated collection of 56 paint colors for walls and trim, and only one ceiling paint color and one primer.

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The water-based formulas have minimal odor and are GREENGUARD Gold-certified, which means “a product has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air.”

It’s paint you’ll feel safe using, and it’s also durable enough to resist dirt, grime, and mildew.

Special features

To help you pick a color, Clare offers Clare Color Genius, a short quiz that asks about your current space and lighting situation, the type of vibe you want, and your decor style, then gives you three options you might like.

Once you know what colors you want, hop over to the Paint Calculator, which tells you how many gallons of paint, primer, and ceiling paint you’ll need for your space.

Pricing and samples

Clare sells its wall and trim paint for $59 a gallon, and its primer and ceiling paint for $42 a gallon, but you don’t have to commit right away. Its 8″x 8″ paint swatches are peel-and-stick, making it easy to instantly sample your top choices for just $2.

Aside from the actual paint, Clare sells the necessary supplies, including roller frames, painter’s tape, and paint trays. The 5-Piece Paint Kit gets you a 2″ Paint Brush, 9″ Roller Frame, 9″ Roller Cover, 9″ Metal Tray, and a 9″ Tray Liner for only $28. This section turns Clare into a one-stop-shop for all your painting needs.

The bottom line

If you want to paint your home, you have many brands and color options to choose from – too many. Clare’s unique approach restores focus, control, transparency, and accessibility to the process so you’re not overwhelmed by what should be a simple and enjoyable home improvement project.

Shop paint and supplies at Clare here

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I tried Spoak, a platform for interior-design enthusiasts – here’s why I think it’s a must try if you’re moving into a new apartment

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A living room rendering created using Spoak.
  • Spoak is an online interior-design community that offers user-friendly interior design tools.
  • Members can use Spoak to create mock-ups, color palettes, and mood boards.
  • I tried Spoak for a few months, and it’s a great tool for those looking to decorate their space.

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If you’ve struggled to find helpful tools for mapping out your new apartment, you’re not alone. Spoak, an online interior-design platform, provides its members with powerful design tools; informative design classes; and a way to interact with other design enthusiasts in a safe, private space.

Founder and CEO Hilah Stahl created Spoak after being unable to find the proper tools to help her decorate and furnish her first New York City apartment with her now husband. At the time, Stahl was working in product management and used her background in tech and product development to build Spoak. “I wanted to basically combine both of these problems, the fact that there was no great tooling and also that there was basically no area to explore design as a creative pursuit or passion without taking an enormous financial and time leap,” said Stahl.

Spoak currently offers three membership tiers that range in price from $14.99 to $24.99. Each tier caters to people at varying levels of design interest, from beginners to those ready to start a career in the industry.

In addition to testing Spoak for several weeks, we also spoke with Stahl to learn more about Spoak’s creation and its best features.

Pricing and tiers

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Spoak has three membership tiers, DIY, Growth, and Designer. Each is suited for members with different levels of design experience, with included features to match. All membership tiers offer unlimited project designs, mockups, floor plans, and mood boards, as well as access to a private Slack community, design club events, and the Thingology social-media-style feed.

The DIY tier is $14.99 a month and “is really for someone who is primarily interested in designing their own space,” said Stahl. It’s very functional and will work best for those who aren’t looking to explore interior design outside of decorating their own home. While this tier includes design tools and access to Spoak’s private Slack community, it doesn’t give you access to Spoak’s library of classes or many of the tools needed to earn money from designs.

The Growth tier is $19.99 a month and is an excellent fit for those passionate about design and who may have already helped friends or family design their spaces. “I think they would aspirationally want to make money off of interior design but not yet as their full-time job,” said Stahl. This tier includes full access to all BeSpoak School classes, which cover various interior design topics. While this tier was created to help facilitate building a career in interior design, it does not include access to Spoak’s earn features, which allow members to profit off of their designs. I tested the Growth tier for this review, as it is the most recommended membership option.

The Designer tier is $24.99 a month. “The Designer tier is for someone who’s really taking the leap,” said Stahl. “They’re either really trying to make this a side hustle that makes them a decent amount of money, or they are starting a design firm or a design practice or trying to become full-time.” The Designer tier offers members full access to all features, including a job board, inbound messaging, custom project branding, and more. The tools and resources available at this tier are built to help members get clients, build a portfolio, and launch or grow their design businesses.

Getting started

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My view when signing into my Spoak account.

After selecting your membership tier and creating your account, you’ll learn the platform’s basics. Spoak offers helpful instructions on how to use more advanced features such as Viz, the floor-plan tool. If you’ve opted for the Growth or Designer tiers, you’ll also get access to the entire BeSpoak class library. While maneuvering through the site for the first time, you’ll receive several onboarding tasks, such as starting your first design project and creating a color palette. Another fun onboarding task is the site’s Spoak Sign quiz, to determine your design style based on your personality and decor preferences.

You’ll also be able to join Spoak’s growing Slack community, where members communicate about all things design and can get in touch with the support team with any issues or questions.

Stand out features

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A peek into Spoak’s BeSpoak school course offering.

One of Spoak’s main goals is to demystify the complicated and often gate-kept interior-design industry. “It’s not intended for people who have spent 20 years in the industry; it’s a consumer product,” said Stahl, who designed Spoak to combine the joy of the design process with easy-to-use tools and resources.

While testing Spoak, four main features immediately stood out to me: The BeSpoak School, Thingology feed, Viz mockup tool, and the community.

BeSpoak School: Stahl developed the BeSpoak School courses with the help of interior designer Lisa Galano, who has since joined Spoak as a formal advisor and mentor. Classes are assigned by goal, which you choose when you first set up your account. I found the courses approachable and easy to digest. I could revisit the courses after completing them and go through them at my preferred pace. Each course has an accompanying practice exercise that will help you apply the new skills you’ve just learned. Some classes that are currently available for members include Intro to Design Styles, Furniture Planning, Art Styling, Lighting, and more. The course library offers a great value, especially when compared to the costs of taking professional courses elsewhere.

Thingology feed: The Thingology feed serves as an in-house social media feed that allows you to see what other members are creating. I especially enjoyed scrolling through the feed when looking for inspiration and new design ideas.

Viz: Arguably the most essential Spoak feature, the Viz tool lets members create Vizi’s, or realistic floor-plan renderings. As someone who doesn’t have much experience using Photoshop, CAD, or other professional rendering tools, I found Viz very intuitive to use. While it does have a slight learning curve, I appreciated having immediate access to an easy-to-navigate tutorial library where I could find quick explainers.

Some of my favorite Viz features include being able to remove the background of any image; the ability to lock furniture in place while moving other elements of the rendering around; and the option to add furniture directly from store sites, Google, and Pinterest.

Community: Community is another central element of the Spoak membership. In the private Slack community, members connect about their current interior design interests, share new furniture finds, and plan in-person meet-ups. Outside of Slack, Spoak also hosts monthly Q&As, Wine and Designs, and member spotlights on its Instagram account.

“There’s an unbelievable joy in bonding with people over a shared passion,” said Stahl.

Final thoughts

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A simple rendering I made of my bedroom using Spoak’s Viz tool.

Overall, I had a very positive experience using Spoak and highly recommend it to anyone moving into a new space or looking to revamp their current home. With a combination of rendering tools, educational resources, and access to a community of design lovers, Spoak’s membership is well worth the monthly cost. You can also cancel your membership any time, which is great for those who just want to design a few home projects.

Pros: Great value, Membership offers multiple benefits

Cons: Learning curve, monthly membership cost can add up over time

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49 truly unique gift ideas available on Amazon, from lightsaber chopsticks to agate stone bookends

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  • Amazon stocks just about any product you can think of, including plenty of fun and unique gifts.
  • From handmade goods to funny finds, we found the best unique gift ideas on Amazon.

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When looking for unique gift ideas with that extra personal feel, Amazon may not be the first place that pops into your head to look. But it turns out you can find great options if you’re willing to dig. Amazon handmade offers artisan products from small businesses around the country and Amazon has even curated gift lists and ideas catered to different hobbies, styles, and more. You can also shop Amazon’s portal to specifically support Black-owned businesses.

We’ve done the tough work for you and scoured Amazon to find truly singular and cool gift ideas.

Here are 49 cool and unique gifts ideas, all available on Amazon.

A calming bonsai growing kit

Bonsai Starter Kit

Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit, $29.99

An ideal gift for those with a nurturing spirit, the Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit is a great introduction to gardening and is a calming addition to their desk, nightstand, or entryway table. The kit comes with a learning guide, seeds stored in vials for germination, four biodegradable growing pots, one expanding-soil disc, four bamboo plant markers, and one bonsai clipper.

Lightsaber chopsticks for Star Wars fans

Chop Sabers Light Up LightSaber Chopsticks

Chop Sabers Light Up Lightsaber Chopsticks, $9.97

May the force be with them at every meal with these lightsaber chopsticks. A fun addition to any dining table, these LED chopsticks come in various neon colors to suit their mood.

A warmer to keep their coffee hot

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Dimux Coffee Mug Warmer, $26.99

The Dimux coffee mug warmer is a necessary addition to any tea- or coffee-lover’s workstation and keeps beverages at a constant temperature of 131 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also work with their favorite candle to gently release the scent without the need to actually light it.

A wireless Bluetooth karaoke microphone for entertaining

BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Bonaok Karaoke Microphone, $30.99

Bring musical fun to their lives with this Bonaok karaoke microphone. A great accessory for any event or just to liven up a dull day, this Bluetooth microphone works as a speaker, plus records and plays music for up to ten hours.

A heated eye mask with music

RENPHO Eye Massager

Renpho Eye Massager, $48.95 

Help them unwind from a long day and mentally turn on their “do not disturb mood” with the Renpho eye massager. The built-in heating pads relieve eye strain and stimulate blood circulation via acupuncture points. It even features a Bluetooth music option so they can put on soothing music to further destress.

An original Tamagotchi

Unique amazon gifts - An original Tamagotchi in a purple box

Original Tamagotchi, $17.27

For those nostalgic for the ’90s, there’s nothing like playing an OG Tamagotchi. They’ll love getting to feed and play with their digital pet.

A snow cone machine

Woman using a shaved ice machine with snow cone cups and colorful straws on the kitchen counter

Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine, $39.99

There’s nothing like cooling off with a delicious snow cone treat. Now it’s easy to make them right at home with this handy and easy-to-use machine. Don’t forget to pair it with shaved ice syrups.

A soothing desk fountain

Unique Amazon gifts - a three-tiered tabletop fountain with candles

Alpine Corporation Tiered Tabletop Fountain with Candles, $29.95

Give the gift of zen with this soothing 11-inch tall tabletop fountain. Water trickles from each tier to mimic the sounds of a small waterfall and they can light the candles for an extra calming touch.

A Lego-style coffee mug

unique amazon gifts - a black Lego coffee mug with attachable Lego brick pieces

BOMENNE Build-on Brick Mug, $17.95

Brighten the start of any day with this fun coffee mug. It’s compatible with LEGO and most building bricks so they customize it and it’s available in six color options.

Beautiful bookends that double as decor

unique amazon gifts geode bookends

JIC Gem Agate Bookends, $28.99

These gorgeous geode bookends add a magical touch to home decor and come in a range of colors from teal to amethyst. You can also choose from various weights and they come with rubber bumpers to ensure bookcases and shelves don’t get scratched.

A drool-worthy cozy blanket

Under $25 CASOFU Burritos Blanket

Casofu Burritos Throw Blanket, $19.99

This whimsical tortilla blanket is both funny and functional. Many from a cozy flannel fabric, it comes in four sizes from 47 to 80 inches. And just in case they have a food obsession beyond burritos, you can also opt for pizza, waffle, or pie blanket options.

A fanny pack for hands-free organization on the go

Under $25 EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Pack Fanny Pack

EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Fanny Pack, $16.99

For hikers and day-trippers, this handy fanny pack has plenty of zippered pockets to keep essentials like their phone, keys, and credit cards organized while on the go. Made from a durable and water-resistant nylon, it even features a spot to keep their water bottle and the waist strap tightens to ensure a good fit.

A rainbow-hued vase

unique amazon gifts crystal vase

Magicpro Crystal Flower Vase, $34.99

With its eye-catching design and rainbow hues, this crystal vase makes for an elegant centerpiece or mantle addition with or without flowers.

A fun inflatable lounger

unique gifts amazon inflatable lounger

Wekapo Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa, $38.98

From a backyard hangout to a beach picnic, this inflatable lounger will come in handy as a comfy seating option. No pump is required, it comes in a handy carrying case, and it’s available in 16 different colors and patterns.

Decorative tealights to add some greenery

Unique Amazon gifts tea light candles

SanSeng Succulent Tealight Candles, $9.99

If even simple succulents seem like too much work to care of, these cute candle tealights are handmade in the shape of cacti and succulents are a fun touch of green decor for any space.

A cool planet lamp

Unique Amazon gifts Planet Lamp

UooEA Saturn Lamp, $23.99

You may be seeing trendy moon lamps popping up, but you can make your gift even more unique by opting for this Saturn lamp. The dimmable LED lamp has seven different settings and you can even set it to change colors to a bright hue. Easy to move from room to room, it lasts for up to eight hours after each charge.

A trio of flavorful honey

bees knees honey

Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Honey Sampler Gift Set, $49.99

If they can’t bear the thought of a meal without something sweet, upgrade their condiments with this set of funky flavored honey from Bushwick Kitchen. 

A cute reusable bag

Amazon gifts under $50 Baggu

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, from $12

Whether it’s used to carry their groceries or random knickknacks, everyone needs a good reusable bag. We love the original Baggu. It can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff, but can also be folded down to fit in your pocket. It also comes in tons of fun colors and patterns.

A calendar for the dog lover

Amazon gifts under $50 We Rate Dogs

WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $15.99

If you ask us, there is truly nothing better than 365 days of dogs. The calendar comes from the same brains behind WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.

A starry sky light projecto

unique gifts amazon star projector

IYUT 3-in-1 LED Ceiling Galaxy Light Projector, $32.99 

This fun light projector brings the night sky inside and features 10 lighting colors, three brightness levels, and three speed settings. It also includes built-in speakers and works with smartphones via Bluetooth or USB to play music as the lights twinkle around you. 

A diffuser disguised as a houseplant

cactus diffuser

Round A’round Cactus Room Scents, $32

A cactus is a fun way to add some color to your desk or countertop, but if you’re not ready to be a plant parent, go for this instead. It’s actually a diffuser — it’ll fill your room with a nice floral scent — but it looks like a cute potted plant. 

A keychain for hot sauce lovers

Unique Amazon gifts Tabasco

Tabasco Hot Sauce Keychain, $11.88

They’ll never have to endure a flavorless meal again. This mini bottle of Tabasco sauce comes with a keychain for spice that goes wherever they do. 

An easy attachment to make homemade pasta

unique amazon gifts kitchenaid pasta attachment

KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press Attachment, $179.99

If your giftee already has a Kitchenaid stand mixer, get them this attachment that lets them easily make their own fresh noodles. Six different interchangeable discs mean they can switch between noodle types, including spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, and large or small macaroni.

A solar power bank for on-the-go charging

unique gifts amazon solar charger

Solar Power Bank, $28.99

For outdoor and camping enthusiasts, this 10,000mAh wireless power bank works as a standard charger, but can also run via solar power as a backup option when outlets aren’t available. Its compact size makes it easy to pack and it also comes with dual flashlights and a compass kit.

A retro rice cooker

dash, $35

Dash Mini Rice Cooker, $19.99

This little gadget not only cooks rice but can make stew, oatmeal, soup, pasta, veggies and more. The style and colorful enamel coating add a retro look to their kitchen.

A bracelet with a hidden message

amazon unique gifts morse code bracelet

IEFWELL Morse Code Bracelets, $12.99

These beaded sterling silver bracelets aren’t just stylish — they also spell out fun messages in Morse code. Choose classic options like “BFF” or “I Love You” or fun phrases like “Tribe” or “She Did.”

A cute and practical phone holder

Unique Amazon gifts phone holder

Dinosaur Silicone Phone Holder, $9.99

This endearing little dino isn’t just a piece of decor, it can actually can hold their phone. It comes in over ten colors, so you can find one in their favorite color.

A hydrating face cream that the French swear by

embryolisse, $25

Embryolisse Lait Cream Fluide, $35

French pharmacies are known for their readily-available, high-quality skincare products. Gifting your buddy a ticket to Paris may be out of the budget, but you can still snag them some of these cult-favorite products, like this seriously hydrating face cream.

A little fan to deal with their unpredictable office temperatures

Unique Amazon gifts fan

Fred & Friends Little Big USB Fan, $18.99

Office dwellers know how unpredictable temperatures can get. To save them when their office (or home office) transitions from an icebox to a desert, gift them this little portable fan. It’s small, mobile, and plugs into any USB for a quick, cold breeze. 

A bunny-shaped speaker with good sound

Unique Amazon gifts Bunny Speaker

AEO Bunny Bluetooth Speaker, from $19.99

This compact Bluetooth speaker may not be the best around, but it’s surely the cutest. Shaped like a little bunny with floppy ears, you get your music and a fun piece of decor too. 

A punny apron that reminds them of their favorite show

got apron, $38

GOT “Dinner is Coming” Apron, $25

If you’re looking for the right gift for that special person who loves “Game of Thrones,” is always cooking, and has a great sense of humor — we think we’ve found it. 

A bright and colorful hamper

hamper, $71

Pehr Designs Pom Pom Hamper, $45.99

No one wants to see a giant pile of dirty laundry on the floor. Help them conceal their mess with this hamper, which is actually nice to look at and adds a pop of color to their room. 

Relaxing bath salts

Unique gifts Amazon Herbivore

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Bath Soak, $22

Everyone deserves some relaxation, which is why this calming bath soak makes such a great gift. Inside there’s dehydrated coconut milk, vanilla, and Himalayan coconut CO2 extract, which together help soothe the skin and calm the mind.

A candle that smells just like home

homesick, $30

Homesick Scented Candle, $29.79

One of our editors asserted that “candles are the most classic gift of all time.” We have to agree, and while there are many to choose from, we love the sentimentality and customization Homesick candles offers. They have candles made to smell like each of the 50 states, many cities, and even experiences like watching Friday night football or taking a road trip. No matter where they call home, one of these candles is sure to bring them a rush of nostalgia.  

An insulated pint glass that keeps your brew cool

Unique Amazon gifts BruMate

BruMate HOPSULATOR, $24.99

If they like their beverages ice-cold, they’ll appreciate this thoughtful bottle holder. It can hold 12 oz. cans, 16-ounce cans, or be used as a pint glass holding 16 fluid ounces, so it’s really a three-in-one gadget. When they need a break from beer, this is perfect for keeping their water bottles chilled too. 

A creative journal that’ll help them get some sleep

Unique Amazon gifts Nocturnal Journal

“The Nocturnal Journal” by Lee Crutchley, $16

A great night’s sleep is essential to our well-being, but getting those eight hours each night can be easier said than done. If you know any night owls who need to catch up on their sleep, this journal will make a great gift. It’s full of prompts, illustrations, and questions to put their minds at ease when they’re up in the wee hours of the night.

A cute purse for the wine lover

unique amazon gifts wine purse

Insulate Wine Clutch Bag, $24.95

For the wine lover in your life, this bag does double duty as a cute outfit accessory and an insulated bag to easily bring along a bottle of wine to that house party, backyard barbeque, or picnic at the park. It comes in numerous pattern and color options, including nautical stripes, black tweed, beaded patterns, and more.

A pack of sticky notes to keep them on track

Unique Amazon gifts Knock Knock

Knock Knock “To Accomplish” Sticky Notes, from $12.55

For the friend who likes to keep it really organized, help them stay on track with this thoughtful set of sticky notes. With categories like “To Ponder,” “To Remember,” and “To Buy,” they can keep track of everything they need to accomplish in the near future. 

The cutest hot chocolate mugs

marsh mugs, $38

Ceramic Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Mugs, $20.70

Imagine the warm and fuzzy feeling that you get sipping on a mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows. These mugs embody that and all other kinds of cozy feels. 

A breakfast station with everything they need to make the most important meal of the day

Unique Amazon gifts Nostalgia

Nostalgia Breakfast Station, $99.99

If a classic American breakfast sounds like their perfect morning, give them this clever kitchen gadget that can do it all — crunchy toast, crispy fried eggs, and a hot cup of coffee. 

A fruity hand cream that’ll look great on their counter

Unique Amazon gifts peach cream

TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream, $9

This rich hand cream is made with shea butter and peach extract to moisturize seriously dry skin. We love the refreshing, light peach scent and the adorable container, which looks just like a peach. 

The perfect socks for pizza lovers

pizza socks, $26

Pizza Socks Box (4 pairs), $25.99

From pizza ovens to pizza apparel, there’s no shortage of gifts catered to pizza lovers out there. We’re partial to these socks for their packaging, which is made to look like an actual pizza in an actual pizza box. 

Simple illustrated prints to hang around the house

Unique Amazon gifts Dream Big Printables

Dream Big Printables Botanical Prints (set of 4), $19.97

Finding unique home decor that’s also affordable can be a tough feat, but these artistic prints check off all the boxes. The illustrations of plants make a great addition to their kitchen, or even their bedroom if they want to show off their green thumb.

Reusable lunch bags that they’ll actually want to use

Unique Amazon gifts Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags

Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags, $11.99

Plastic bags are an unnecessary expense when you could just have reusable ones. Their environmentally-conscious and frugal sides will thank you for these sandwich and snack bags, which are dishwasher safe and BPA free. They’ll save a ton of money and plastic waste by using these, plus the colorful patterns are much more fun than clear plastic. 

A travel pillow that actually works

trtl, $30

Trtl Travel Pillow, $39.99

We’ve sung the praises of the Trtl Pillow before — it’s an essential for any traveler. The cozy and supportive neck pillow is a great gift for any frequent travelers or anyone who’s about to head out on a trip. 

A cutting board of their favorite place

bamboo board

Totally Bamboo State Cutting Board, $29.99

Entertainers and those with state pride will love this cutting board. You can find a board shaped like any of the 50 states or Puerto Rico, each laser engraved with important landmarks, cities, and sights. It’s a fun, personal gift that they’re sure to love. 

A portable printer that lets them print instantly

hp

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, $98.33

Nowadays, most of our photos live on our smartphones and social media apps, but many of us still love getting to look through or hang up printed pictures. This portable printer lets them do that super easily and with no wires so they can print pictures in a snap.

A charging stand for all of their devices

elago

elago Charging Hub, $26.99

This gift is a no-brainer for loyal Apple users. Instead of dealing with a tangle of chords from charging all of their products, they can streamline with this singular hub, which has a designated spot for their iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch. 

A gift set made for an at-home spa day

unique amazon gifts bath salts

Live by Being Bath Salt Gift Set, $56

Your giftee will be saying “aah” when they use this set of three calming bath salts during their next deep soak. All three blends are made with Dead Sea salt and enhanced with essential oils to hydrate skin, relieve stress, and relax the muscles. 

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Brooklinen is having a 15% off sitewide sale right now as more retailers jump on the Prime Day bandwagon

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orange and white sheets from Brooklinen cover two pillows and a mattress

Brooklinen, an Insider Reviews-favorite place to buy bedding, towels, and loungewear online, is currently holding a surprise sales event to compete with Amazon Prime Day.

While Prime Day features two days of deals, Brooklinen’s sale runs for four days from June 20 through June 23. Right now, you can save 15% across the entire site (except for the Spaces collection).

Amazon offers tons of deals on various bed and bath products, but none are so highly vetted and loved by our team as Brooklinen’s.

We love its smooth Luxe sateen sheets, which are the brand’s original claim to fame and one of the best sheet sets we tested.

But many of Brooklinen’s other offerings are worth the buy, especially now that they’re 15% off. Brooklinen takes the top spots in several of our bed and bath guides, including the best down pillow, best weighted blanket, best comforter, and best bath mat. We also enjoy its fluffy bath towels and cozy loungewear and robes.

In short, you can’t really go wrong with any of the highly durable and comfortable products. If you’re having trouble deciding what to get, here are our recs:

The best Brooklinen deals to buy from the competing sale

Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle (Queen) (medium)Down Pillow (medium)Weighted Comforter (15 lb) (medium)All-Season Down Comforter (Queen) (medium)Bath Mat (medium)Ultralight Bath Towel (2-Pack) (medium)Bleecker Short (medium)

Shop all bed and bath deals at Brooklinen through June 23

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35 tactful gifts for your in-laws, whether you’re meeting them for the first time or have known them for years

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  • Gifts for in-laws can be tricky, whether it’s your first meeting or you’ve known them for years.
  • We rounded up 35 of the best gift ideas for your in-laws, from small thank yous to grander gestures.
  • For more gift ideas, check out all of our gift guides here.

best gifts for in-laws

Depending on your relationship, their tastes, and a host of other factors, getting a thoughtful gift for in-laws can be pretty high pressure. Whether you’re meeting them for the first time or have known them for years and just want to show some appreciation, the right gift can go a long way.

You don’t have to go overboard, and there are plenty of unique gift ideas for in-laws that show you care about them. To ease your mind, we curated some great gifts that are sure to please any mother-in-law and father-in-law. We picked gifts that cover a wide range of prices, tastes and functions. Whether it’s a small gift like a bottle of bath salts or a bigger one like a tech gadget, what these all have in common is that your in-laws will love them.

Here are 35 of the best gifts for in-laws:

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Gravity Blankets. It also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

A box of chocolates that features bold, global flavors

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection; gift for in-laws; chocolate gift

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Dark Chocolate Truffle Collection, $49, available at Goldbelly

If you’re unsure of where to start, you can always count on chocolate. But these truffles are special in that the unique flavors take inspiration from places all around the world. They’re in for a seriously sweet adventure with this exciting box of chocolates. 

Read our full review of Goldbelly here

A digital picture frame for all their favorite memories

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame; gift for mom; gift for in-laws

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at Aura

In-laws can be sentinmental people, so there’s no better personal gift than a digital photo frame. They can view loads of family memories from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your in-laws can enjoy the photos you’ve carefully curated, all day long. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.

A last-minute bouquet of flowers

FTD Hello Sunshine Bouquet; gift for in-laws; flower gift; last-minute gift

FTD Hello Sunshine Bouquet, from $58, available at FTD

Sometimes, you might only have a day to put together a gift. FTD can help make your life easier since it offers same-day delivery for most of its arrangements. Your in-laws will appreciate a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers to display in their home. For more on our experience using FTD, check out our guide to the best online flower delivery services

An e-reader for their love of books

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

E-readers make flipping pages easier than ever. If your in-laws inhabit the library and bookstore pretty much all the time, get them this Kindle. It’s water-resistant, can be read in the sunlight, and has a long battery life. 

Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here

A coffee subscription box for trying new beans

Coffee Under $25 (6)

Whole Bean Subscription, from $22/month, available at Blue Bottle Coffee

If they love coffee, they’ll love getting the chance to try a bunch of new brews every month. Blue Bottle’s beans are high quality, packaged at peak flavor, and come in a range of unique blends.

An elevated serving board for your in-laws next dinner party

gifts for in laws serving tray

Bamboo Lotus Serving Board, $48, available at Uncommon Goods

If your in-laws like to do a lot of hosting, this lotus-shaped serving tray will elevate their next dinner party. It has built-in spots for dips, crackers, cheese, veggies, and more.

A chic succulent

best gifts for in laws succulent

The Winona, $55, available at Urban Stems

Add some greenery to your in-laws’ home with this elegant succulent that’s easy to care for and comes in a chic, gold-beaded vase. If you plan to see your in-laws in person you can send it to yourself and bring it along with you, or you can have it sent directly to your in-laws’ address for a sweet gift from afar. 

A bento box of floral candies for their sweet tooth

best gifts for in laws sugarfina floral bento box

Sugarfina Floral Bento Box, $28, available at Bloomingdale’s

A box of chocolates is well and good, but this candy bento box is much more unique. Anyone with a sweet tooth will love these fun flavors, which include gummies infused with rosé, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, and peach bellini gummies. The presentation will win you points too thanks to the beautiful blooms on the box.

A modern vase to brighten up any space

best gifts for in laws west elm vase

Barro Vases, $35-$45, available at West Elm

These cute vases look great in any space and come in subtle but fun yellows and blues to add a pop of color.  If you want to go that extra mile, you could put some florals or dried plants in it too.

A cozy weighted blanket

Gravity Blanket

Gravity Blanket, from $195, available at Gravity Blankets

Weighted blankets have been widely praised for their calming effects, and after this year, we could all use some extra tranquility. This cozy blanket is great for curling up with at night in bed or by the fire. We’ve even mentioned this product in our guide to the best weighted blankets.

*Sponsored by Gravity Blankets

A photo book of fond memories with your in-laws

Timeless gifts Artifact Uprising

Large Format Prints, available at Artifact Uprising, from $15

If you’ve spent holidays or vacations in the past with your in-laws, a sweet photo book to bring back good memories can be a great gift and way to show you appreciate family time with them. Artifact Uprising makes it easy with custom options at affordable prices. Or you can customize thoughtful cards for as little as $1 per card. You can also create a set of prints for $9.

An indoor garden for urban dwellers and herb lovers

click and grow

Click & Grow Smart Garden, $98, available at Amazon

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen or garden knows how much fresh herbs can upgrade a dish. While not all climates or spaces can sustain a full herb garden, this little indoor gardening kit can, so they can top every last dish with their favorite fresh herbs.

Playing cards with pups

Under $25 dog cards

Megan Carn Dog Playing Cards, $21, available at Megan Carn

Everything is better arguably with a dog, and such is the case with these playing cards. They’re not only a fun conversation starter, but they encourage getting to know each other through a game night. 

A gift for the father-in-law who’s a major baseball fan

baseball blueprint, $185

Baseball Stadium Blueprints, $185, available at Uncommon Goods

A little bit of history, a little bit of architecture, and a whole lot of team spirit — whether you support their favorite team or not, they’ll appreciate this thoughtful print that’ll quickly find a home on one of their walls.

A painting of the only thing your in-laws love as much as their children

pet portrait, $180+

Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, from $250, available at Uncommon Goods

The only thing they might love as much as your partner is their pet. Show them you, too, appreciate their furry friend with a custom portrait of it. 

A cozy gift for your mother-in-law to keep her feet warm

gifts for mother in law slippers

Ballerina Herbal Warming Slippers, $48, available at Uncommon Goods

Pamper your mother-in-law with these fuzzy slippers featuring removable insoles filled with aromatic lavender buds and thermally conductive flax seeds. In the winter she can heat them up in the microwave for extra warmth, and in the summer she can throw them in the fridge for a refreshing cool down.

A cocktail bitters set mixologists will love

bitters, $34.99

Cocktail Bitters Set, $35, available at Uncommon Goods

Turn their living room into a cocktail bar with this set of bitters. With flavors like smoked chili and ginger lemon, they can get creative with some new drinks or spice up the classics.

A pizza maker for home cooks and pizza aficionados

breville, $149.95

Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, $149.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Some might call this one life-changing. If they love cooking together, gift them a countertop pizza maker so they can enjoy homemade pies with the toppings of their choice in less than 10 minutes. 

A cozy and chic blanket

gifts for in-laws overland throw

Striped Alpaca Wool-Blend Throw Blanket, $159, available at Overland

Not only does is this blanket a lovely piece of home decor since it looks elegant draped over a couch or at the foot of the bed, but it’s also soft and warm. Your in-laws will surely appreciate you when they snuggle up in this wide throw during their next at-home movie night.

A touch lamp for in-laws who live far away

friendship lamp, $170

Long Distance Touch Lamp, from $85, available at Uncommon Goods

If your in-laws live far away, they’ll really appreciate this touch lamp. Keep one in your home and one in theirs, and whenever you tap it, their lamp will light up too. It’s a cute way to communicate and let them know you’re thinking of them every now and then.

Read our full review of the Long Distance Touch Lamp here

A decanter and matching glasses with a personal touch

etched windowpane decanter and dof set set of 4 o

Etched Windowpane Decanter and Glasses, $139, available at Mark and Graham

Show them you mean business with this sophisticated decanter and set of four double old fashioned glasses. You can even add a monogram if you’re looking for a more personal touch.

A fun way to show off their cork collection

Gifts for in laws wine cork map

State Map Wine Cork Trap, $35, available at Uncommon Goods

For the bunch with a bunch of state pride, give them a fun way to use their leftover wine corks and show off their favorite place. This birch-wood display makes a nice piece of wall art that’s sure to start a conversation. 

A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country

mouth, $54+

Best of Mouth Subscription, starting at $54/month, available at Mouth

Foodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they’ll receive each month.

A wool throw they’ll want to wrap up in on chilly days

L.L. Bean, $109

Washable Wool Throw, from $209, available at L.L. Bean

Winter days spent with family call for cozy blankets made for snuggling. This one is just right and easily washable — just in case there are any unexpected eggnog spills.

An undeniably classy marble salt cellar

RSVP Marble Swivel Salt Cellar, $29.95, available at Amazon

RSVP Marble Swivel Salt Cellar, from $33.25, available at Amazon

If you want to make a statement with something small, go for this elegant salt cellar. It makes seasoning dishes easier, and the dual compartments provide a place for both fine and coarsely ground salt. Our editor swears by this one for her own kitchen.

A set of products to help them get some much-needed rest

gifts for in laws calm bath salts

Calm Bath Salts, $18, available at Herbivore Botanicals

Parents always deserve some R&R. Bring them one step closer with this set of bath salts infused with ylang-ylang and vanilla.

A salt block that’ll up their grilling game

Gifts for in laws Himalayan Salt Plate

Himalayan Salt Plate, $7.24, available at Wayfair

This is more than just a pretty pink plate, it’s actually a block of Himalayan salt. Not only can it be used to serve food, but it can actually be used to cook food too. Cooking and serving with a salt slab will up the ante on plenty of their family-favorite meals.

A trio of unique condiments to spice up their meals

Bushwick Kitchen

Bushwick Kitchen Threes Knees Trio, $34.99, available at Bushwick Kitchen

Adventurous eaters and hot sauce lovers will definitely enjoy using this trio of spicy condiments. A spicy honey, spicy maple, and gochujang sriracha give them all sorts of new ways to spice up their favorite foods. 

A smart speaker to help them get started on a smart home

Nest Mini

Google Nest Mini, $34.99, available at Best Buy

If your in-laws are not really the techie types, start them out with this small smart speaker. Nest Mini is a subtle introduction to smart technology — plus they’ll get a kick out of communicating with Google Assistant. 

Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here.

A charging hub so they don’t have to fight for the open outlet

elago

elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, from $25.99, available at Amazon

If they’re always fighting for the last free outlet to charge their Apple products, or if they’re both big Apple fans, this hub will charge all their devices at once.

A new cookbook to add to their repertoire

ina garten, $20.99

“Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten, $17.20, available at Amazon

Ina Garten’s latest release is a great addition to any home chef’s cookbook collection. They’ll learn plenty of new recipes and cooking techniques — and you might even get to taste the fruits of their labor one day. 

A nice candle with a reusable vessel

Lafco, $65

Lafco Library Candle, $65, available at Bluemercury

A nice candle is always a welcomed gift. These ones are made to embody the scents of common places, including rooms in the house. The best part of these candles, though, is that they’ll be able to reuse the hand-blown glass vessel once the candle has burned down. All they have to do is put it in the freezer when the wax runs down, pop it out with a knife, and run it through the dishwasher. Our editor uses hers for everything from cotton swabs to serving snacks.

An Airbnb gift card for in-laws who love to travel

airbnb, $100+

Airbnb Gift Card, $100 – $500, available at Zola

A tangible gift is great, but so is the gift of an unforgettable experience. For the jet-setting duo, bring them one step closer to their next vacation (as soon as vacations are safe again) with an Airbnb gift card so they can explore someplace new together. You can find more hotel and Airbnb gift card options here.

A leather catchall for their keys

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Rustic Leather Catchall Tray, from $34.99, available at Mark & Graham

Your in-laws will love this chic catchall tray for staying organized. Place on a desk, nightstand, or entryway table to hold keys, wallets, headphones, and more. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. Choose from small, medium, large, or opt for a set of all three.

A coffee table book for book lovers

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“Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany,” available at Amazon, $15.99

If your in-laws love to read, they’ll enjoy this book from illustrator Jane Mount, who is known for the colorful book spines of notable works. Inside, they’ll find tours of the world’s best bookstores, quizzes to test book knowledge, and samplings of famous fictional meals — all illustrated in Mount’s fun and whimsical style. You can find more coffee table books for gifting here.

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12 pieces of furniture and decor that are perfect for a small balcony or porch

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  • Having a balcony is amazing, but it’s also not unheard of for it to be small and cramped.
  • Here are 12 furniture and decor ideas designed to help maximize your balcony or small outdoor space.

Having your own private balcony is a huge plus. You begin to dream of all the coffee and little croissants (in your robe, of course) or the intimate dinners you can enjoy, but having a small outdoor space means being super intentional with every square inch. It’s likely you won’t have room for both an outdoor sectional and an outdoor dining table.

Many balconies have exceptionally little wiggle room, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz it up tiny-house style with furniture designed for small areas and even decor that can hang from the walls or railings so it’s not taking up precious floor space.

Keep day dreaming because your little coffee and croissant date is about to come true.

Here are 12 pieces of furniture and decor for your small balcony:

A personal table that can attach to a railing

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This foldable railing-table can be used as an outdoor coffee table or desk.

Cropsey Wicker/Rattan Balcony Table, currently available on Wayfair for $102.99

This foldable wicker table attaches directly the railing of a balcony, porch, or deck to be used as a personal desk or coffee table. It can be folded down when it’s not in use, and is weather-resistant and waterproof so you won’t have to worry leaving it outside either.

A set of tiny wall planters

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Gigee 3-Piece Ceramic Wall Planter Set, currently available on Wayfair for $43.99

This adorable wall planter set can fit three plants however you want both horizontally and vertically. These small planters are perfect for potting herbs or flowers.

A compact table and chair set

A small white bistro set with two chairs and an end table from Wayfair

Long Bistro Set with Cushions, currently available on Wayfair for $185.99

This compact bistro set can easily fit on the smallest of balconies. All three pieces are weather- and rust-resistant.

An electric grill

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This grill can be used with or without its stand, and be placed on a table or counter.

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, currently available on Amazon for $149.95

This indoor/outdoor grill is perfect for small spaces since it’s electric powered, meaning no need to worry about charcoal, propane, or fire. Its stand is removable so you can grill on the balcony floor, small table, or even countertop. 

Install a privacy screen

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Create the privacy you want and need with a privacy screen.

6.5 foot high by 3.5 foot wide Privacy Screen, currently available on Wayfair for $299.99

Chances are, if you have a balcony, there is another one directly next to you. A privacy wall or screen can help you get the most out of your tiny balcony. Each panel is scratch proof and weather resistant, so your space will stay beautiful overtime. 

A patch of grass for your dog

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Create a place for your dog to use the bathroom.

Fresh Patch Disposable Dog Potty with Real Grass, currently available on Amazon for $29

If your balcony is several stories up, chances are you’re far away from grass for your dog to easily relieve himself or herself. The Fresh Patch can fit in the corner of your balcony so your dog can use the bathroom whenever he or she needs. The entire product is disposable, so it can be thrown out after a few weeks and a new patch laid down after.

A railing planter

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Hang your flowers directly off the railing with this planter.

C-Hopetree Hanging Balcony Planter, currently available on Amazon for $59.99

If you don’t have any wall space to hang a vertical garden, try attaching this planter to your railing to liven up your small balcony. The metal frame and wicker basket is weather-resistant and is the perfect size to house small perennial flowers.

A balcony bar

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Enjoy drinks or dinner on this balcony railing bar.

Winston Porter Acacia Wood Balcony Bar Table, currently available on Wayfair for $134.99

Attach this mini balcony bar to your railing and maximize the small and narrow space you have. Enjoy drinks on the table top and store your supplies on the small bottom shelf until you’re ready for more.

Decorate with outdoor lights

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Add some delicate lighting around the railings of your balcony.

LED Fairy Lights Battery Operated with Remote Control Timer, currently available on Amazon for $19.99

These outdoor LED lights can be controlled via remote and are also waterproof. You can wrap them around the railing of your balcony to create a more cozy feeling without worrying about large glaring lights in your face.

An outdoor bean bag chair

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Morph a bean bag chair to fit your small space.

Outdoor Striped Bean Bag Lounger, currently available from Wayfair for $164.99

Not only are bean bag chairs comfortable, but they can be smushed and morphed to fit the space you have more easily than a metal chair. Each chair is filled with EPS beads and the cover is fade-, mold-, UV-, and weather-resistant. 

A railing cup holder

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Now you’ll have a place to put your drinks with these cup holders.

YOY Drink Cup Holder Clip, currently available on Amazon for $10.97

These cup holders can attach to any table or railing to maximize space without compromising function. Each can hold up to 30 ounces and cups or cans that are 3-inches in diameter, or any other object as a matter of fact.

Add wooden flooring

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Create a solid floor on top of a metal-grated balcony with these Teak wood tiles.

Bare Decor EZ-Floor Interlocking Flooring Tiles, currently available on Amazon for $77.99

These Teak wood interlocking tiles are perfect to give your small space some character. Because they connect to each other, you can control how large or small you want your flooring to be. Whether you want to create a solid floor for your metal grate balcony or create a separate section, these are a great solution.

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