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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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A box of chocolates that features bold, global flavors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.