24 unique gifts from Uncommon Goods they haven’t seen before

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  • We highly recommend shopping Uncommon Goods for any gifting occasion.
  • Its unique products are made by independent makers from around the world, saving you from generic gifts.
  • Uncommon Goods is one of the few places we know we’ll always find something cool for our loved ones.

Shopping is time-consuming and stressful, so it’s no wonder many of us often default to buying generic, unmemorable gifts just to get the whole process over with. We’ve all been guilty of it, and part of the reason is the lack of unique options that live in one, easily shoppable place.

Uncommon Goods, an online shop inspired by the founder’s experiences roaming craft fairs and trade shows, highlights the best of independent makers from around the world. Selling thousands of unique products, it’s one of the few places we know we’ll always find something cool for our loved ones, whether they’re hungry home cooks, die-hard sports fans, or classic old souls.

If you see a lot of gifts from the site that you like, or you think you’ll shop Uncommon Goods for other gifting occasions, sign up for its Uncommon Perks shipping program. Shipping prices ordinarily start at $4.95 and depend on your order value and desired shipping speed, but this $19.90 annual membership will get you free standard shipping on all US orders, regardless of order value. You’ll also get two $5 credits every year and first access to new products and sales.

If your desired gift is backordered or might not make it to your recipient on time, you can send a “Thinking of you” card, email, or text to let them know it’s on its way.

Before you dive into the treasure trove that is Uncommon Goods, check out our 24 top gift ideas from the site:

A family-friendly backyard game

Uncommon Goods Tabletop Cornhole

Tabletop Cornhole, $50

Entertain your family for hours at a time with this easy to follow tabletop game. The game includes everything you’ll need to play, including detailed instructions and eight mini bean bags.

A candle inspired by their birth month

Uncommon Goods Birth Month Gemstone & Flower Candle

Birth Month Gemstone & Flower Candle, $30

If you’re looking to gift them something special, this candle features the flowers and gemstones of their birth month. Each candle is hand-poured and uniquely scented with different flowers, herbs, and essential oils.

A useful tool for achieving perfectly grilled kabobs

Uncommon Goods Kabob Grilling Baskets

Kabob Grilling Baskets, $17

Step up their grilling skills with this set of kebab grilling baskets that eliminate the need for wood skewers. The baskets are made with steel wire and a hardwood handle and are sturdy enough to last through several grill seasons.

A cocktail grow kit

Uncommon Goods cocktail grow kit

Cocktail Grow Kit, $12

If they enjoy making cocktails, this grow kit will allow them to grow ingredients for their cocktails from scratch. This kit comes with everything they’ll need for growing, including starter soil, growing instructions, and of course seeds. With fun ingredients like thyme, lavender, and Thai basil, they’ll be able to whip up innovative and fun cocktails.

A tea sampler for the tea lover in your life

Uncommon Goods tea set

Tea from Around the World Set, $55

Perfect for any tea enthusiast, this set comes with ten tubes of tea leaves from around the world. Accompanying the set is a guide book that shares information about each tea and gives tips on how to best brew each one. 

A flannel to keep their beverages cold

Uncommon Goods can flannel

Chill Beer Flannel, $14

Help them keep their beverages cold with these adorable can flannels. Each flannel contains two layers of waterproof insulation, ensuring that they’ll be able to enjoy cold beverages for hours to come.

A pair of kissing mugs

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The Kissing Mugs, $65

These mugs fit together effortlessly and provide a sweet start to the morning.

A pair of lamps made for long-distance relationships

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Long Distance Friendship Lamp, $85-$170

Everyone is busy these days, and it’s not as easy to keep up with loved ones as much as we all wish. With the ongoing pandemic, meeting them in person may also be impossible.

A set of paired lamps, one of which lights up when the other is touched, lets them know you’re still thinking of them even when you don’t have time to talk or can’t physically visit them. One of our editors uses them to keep in touch with her parents.

A beautiful and unconventional puzzle

geode puzzle

Geode Puzzle, $65

If regular puzzles just aren’t challenging enough for them, these nature-inspired ones exercise their brain in new and exciting ways. 

A cheeseboard shaped like their home state

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USA and State Serving Board, $48

State pride and an excellent cheese and charcuterie spread go hand in hand with these beautiful bamboo boards.

A portable microphone that lets them sing their heart out wherever they are

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Karaoke Microphone Speaker, $50

For better or for worse, everyone in the vicinity is going to hear your recipient’s voice, thanks to this fun and easy-to-use microphone.

Soap that looks like gemstones

gem soap

Birthstone Mineral Soaps, $20

They almost won’t want to use these pretty soaps that look like birthstones. The handcrafted soaps are made with safe vegetable-based dyes and vitamin E oil. 

A personalized print to commemorate a couple’s first dance

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Wedding Waltz Personalized Art, $300-$500

Aside from playing the song over and over, another way to remember their first dance is with a sophisticated, classic print that incorporates personal details like location and dates.

A poster fit for movie buffs

Uncommon Goods 100 Movies

100 Movies Scratch Off Poster, $15

Cinephiles will rejoice at the opportunity to document their knowledge with this creative poster. A hundred classics like “Casablanca” and “Jaws” have made the cut.

An embroidered mask made by local artists

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Embroidered Hummingbird Face Mask, $20

These days, there are fewer gifts more practical than PPE. These cotton masks are also beautifully embroidered with colorful hummingbirds and flowers. 

A jar that looks deceivingly similar to a plastic bag

glass zipper bag

Unzipped Glass Zipper Bag, $17

Only upon closer inspection do they realize that this ordinary bag is in fact made from glass, not plastic.

A chess set for anyone who loves New York

nyc chess

NYC Skyline Chess, $120

All the NYC buildings they love, from the instantly recognizable ones like One World Trade and the Empire State Building to the brownstones they walk by every day, make up this novelty chess set.

A case that sanitizes dirty phones

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PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, from $80

Most of us carry our phones with us everywhere — and we mean, everywhere. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that can lead to e. coli, salmonella, staph, flu, and the common cold.  

A Pantone chip ottoman for artists and designers

pantone storage stool

Pantone Storage Stool, $80

This storage stool lets them appreciate the iconic Pantone system and adds a pop of color to their living room or bedroom.

Soothing eye stones made from Finnish bedrock

eye stones

Orbits Eye Stones, $20

Help them bring the spa day experience to their home with these cooling stones. When they’re feeling stressed or suffering from puffy eyes, they can use this gift to decompress and relax. 

A build-it-yourself light sculpture

light blocks

Sound-Activated Light Blocks, from $30

There are no guides to this set of light-up, sound-activated play blocks. Be prepared for the room to light up with creativity. 

A DIY root beer kit

Uncommon Goods gifts Root Beer Kit

Root Beer Science Kit, $16

If they’re a fan of the classic root beer, gift them a fun science experiment that will end with their favorite drink. If they’d prefer a cocktail, another soft drink, or a snack, Uncommon Goods has quite a few DIY food and drink kits to choose from.

A watch that runs on regular tap water

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Revolutionary H2O Powered Watches, $40

Fill the backs of these watches with water and they become fully functioning time tellers. 

Delicious lollipops that can then be grown into herbs or flowers

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Blooming Lollipops, $20

After consuming one of these eight delicious lollipops (flavors include lavender-lemongrass, strawberry-basil, and peach-marigold), you can plant the stick to grow the lollipop’s ingredients.

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Homesick candles might not smell exactly like home, but we think they make great gifts anyway – here’s why

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Scent is very closely tied to memory. That’s why when you smell cookies baking in the oven, you might feel like you’re back in your kitchen helping your grandma decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles.

But what about the scents of more abstract things like “home” and even geographic locations like New York?

Homesick candles range from the hilarious to the sentimental, with unique scents that may not smell exactly like home, but perhaps an idealized version of it.

What are Homesick candles?

Candle company Homesick polled people around the U.S. to find out what home smelled like to them to develop customized scents for each city and state, as well as experiences. The results range from the celebratory – like Let’s Toast, which includes citrus and Champagne grapes – to the more sentimental – like Love Letters, which includes notes of rose, jasmine, sandalwood, peony, red plum, and lemon.

Each candle is made from all-natural soy wax, which is then hand-poured into a glass container. The simple black and white labels are minimal, and let you know what candle you’re smelling. The candles come in cute, colorful packaging, making them ready to gift to anyone who wants a whiff of nostalgia in their home away from home.

Homesick’s candles are reasonably priced starting at $34, and orders over $59 will get free shipping.

What Homesick candles actually smell like

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We tested a few of its candles and found that some of the scents transported us “home,” while others smelled lovely, but not quite like the places we imagined. Here are our team’s thoughts on each candle we tried.

New York City candle

As denizens of New York City, the Insider Reviews team typically remembers the malodorous smells we catch a whiff on the street rather than the candle’s idealistic “scents of spring days in Central Park, fine department stores, and concrete.”

Senior reporter Mara Leighton said it best when she described the candle as “what New York smells like in your dreams before you actually move here.” The candle smells a lot like Macy’s in Herald Square, and is infinitely preferable to the iffy smell of the city streets and the subway.

When I burned the NYC candle in my apartment, it smelled amazing. The gentle scent made my entire apartment smell great, and it burned evenly.

United Kingdom candle

Senior home & kitchen editor Lauren Savoie purchased the United Kingdom candle after a bout of nostalgia for her time living across the pond. The candle is advertised as smelling like bergamot, grass, rain, Earl Grey tea, apple crumb, toffee, vanilla, and sugar. While the candle smelled pleasant, Savoie said it didn’t exactly smell like how she imagined. “This one was much more sweet than it was hoppy or grassy like I imagine the U.K. to be. While it was lovely to burn, I can’t say it transported me back to my days stomping down London’s streets,” she said.

Ski Trip candle

Health & fitness editor Rachel Shultz owns the Ski Trip candle with notes of frosted air, cocoa, and warm amber. “As someone who lives in a ski town, it didn’t smell distinctly themed to me (but what does snow and fun smell like?), but it does smell delicious regardless,” she said.

Let’s Toast candle

Senior story producer Francesca Rea owns the Let’s Toast candle, which is packed with citrusy Champagne notes. “I actually really liked the scent but I did think it was pretty strong,” she said. Though Rea didn’t mind the prominent scent, others might find it a bit overpowering. We think this candle would make a great gift for anyone celebrating a special milestone like an engagement or promotion.

New Mexico candle

Travel editor Hannah Freedman is a New Mexico native, and while she enjoyed the smell of this candle, it didn’t quite hit all the marks of home. (“Where is the juniper or pinon??”)

South Dakota candle

This one was the biggest miss of the candles our team tried, with Freedman reporting it smells “like soap,” and not in a good way.

Flameless options

Reed Diffuser (small)

If you don’t like candles because of the fire risk, you may prefer Homesick’s reed diffuser. The glass bottle has four ounces of essential oils that saturate reeds for a lovely scent, and you can choose from several different Homesick oils that smell the same as the brand’s candles.

Should you buy Homesick candles?

While not all of us felt a sent of nostalgia associated with the Homesick candles we tried, we still think they make excellent gifts. Scent is deeply personal, and what smells like home to one person may not to another.

What we particularly like about Homesick candles is the sentiment they convey. Selecting a scent specifically for your giftee that acknowledges their current circumstances feels much more personal than choosing a generic candle. Senior story producer Francesca Rea gifted a Connecticut candle to a friend stationed in Germany when he missed his first Christmas at home and reports he was really moved by the sentiment. Even if the candle’s scent doesn’t transport your giftee home, the simple act of receiving such a curated gift will make them feel a connection to the place they’re missing.

What are your alternatives?

We’ve put together a full guide to the best places to buy candles. If you’re looking for transporting scents in particular, we recommend checking out Otherland candles.

The bottom line

At $34, Homesick candles are reasonably priced so you can gift them for every occasion. College students and new-ish grown-ups who are just getting started in a new city or state will love the nostalgia factor, and anyone who likes candles will appreciate how well made they are.

Shop all Homesick candles and diffusers

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10 leather chairs you can buy from Amazon

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Belleze Faux Leather Barrel Chair

  • Something about a leather chair feels so classic.
  • Today’s leather chairs have a fresh feel that is still timeless, but so much cooler than what you remember seeing in your grandparents living room.
  • We rounded up 10 great leather chairs on Amazon. Keep reading to see the ones we love.

A leather chair is undoubtedly timeless. Over the years, this classic piece has gotten a serious facelift. Gone are the days of stiff, hyde-covered armchairs that smell of whiskey, cigars, and mahogany wood. Today’s leather chairs boast fresh silhouettes, modern details, and unique textures. But, leather is still durable as ever, making a leather chair a great piece of furniture to invest in. You know you’ll have it for a lifetime, and it will only get better with wear.

From plush recliners to chic dining chairs, keep reading to see our 10 picks for the best leather chairs on Amazon.

A leather desk chair

Steelcase Leap Leather Office Chair

Steelcase Leap Leather Office Chair, $1,506

Work in style and comfort with this ergonomic leather desk chair. We love the neutral, two-toned colorway; it’ll look great in any home office.

Check out our guide to the best office chairs.

An elegant accent chair

Belleze Faux Leather Barrel Chair

Belleze Faux Leather Barrel Chair, $150

Sink into this cozy, wide club chair. It may be faux leather, but lined with studs it looks just as chic as the real deal.  

A red leather recliner

BenchMasters Faux Leather Recliner and Ottoman

BenchMasters Faux Leather Recliner and Ottoman, $600

There’s nothing like leaning back and stretching your legs after a long day on your feet. This leather recliner, with a coordinating ottoman, is the perfect spot to zen out for movie nights and Netflix binge sessions.

A timeless club chair

Great Deal Furniture Wingback Chair

Great Deal Furniture Wingback Chair, from $320

With its tufted leather and studded edges, this stately club chair has a timeless appeal.

A comfortable massage chair

Esright Massage Chair

Esright Massage Chair, $340

Let your troubles and tensions melt away as you recline in this massage chair, laden with vibrating, heating, and rocking features.

An understated set of dining chairs

Rivet Contemporary Welt Trimmed Dining Chair

Rivet Contemporary Welt-Trimmed Dining Chair, set of 2, $323

Clean lines and a perfectly-weathered cognac leather make for a minimalist, modern piece that will blend well in any room.

Check out our guide to the best dining chairs.

A set of retro dining chairs

Volans Retro Armless Leather Chairs

Volans Retro Armless Leather Chairs, set of 2, $145

These metal and faux leather chairs make for a sleek addition to your dining setup. The brown, beige, and gray shades all have a retro feel.

A cozy living room chair

Rivet Andrews Top Grain Leather Chair

Rivet Andrews Top-Grain Leather Chair, $1,101

This sleek, mid-century modern chair has a sturdy wood frame and is covered in sumptuous, top-grain leather. We could take a seat on that.

Check out our review of Amazon’s private-label furniture brands, Rivet and Stone & Beam.

A very padded recliner

Bonzy Home Air Leather Recliner

Bonzy Home Air Leather Recliner, $350

With lots of plush seating space, this overstuffed recliner is the perfect place to cuddle up.

A modern lounge chair and ottoman

1inch Mid Century Modern Chair and Ottoman

1inch Mid-Century Modern Chair and Ottoman, $660

With black leather, rich wood, and clean lines, this lounge chair brings an elevated feel to an office, living room, or reading nook.

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10 pieces of yellow accent furniture that will make your home pop – all available on Amazon

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Lilola Home Mia Yellow Sectional

  • Attention-grabbing yellow just makes you feel happy.
  • Whether it’s a warm golden hue or a bright lemon shade, yellow furniture is a great way to add some colorful pops to your space or create a warm, inviting feel.
  • We rounded up 10 pieces of yellow accent furniture you can find on Amazon to brighten up your space ASAP.

Most commonly associated with the sun, it only makes sense that we associate yellow with warmth and radiance. Yellow can make us feel joyful, energetic, and optimistic; because of this, it’s frequently used in interior design.

Studies have shown that yellow even helps us improve memory performance. I wonder if that’s why so many highlighters are yellow? Whether you’re looking for a sunny accent table to brighten up a dull room or a big comfy cream couch (yep, cream is the pastel shade of yellow) to tone down a colorful space, we’ve got you covered. We rounded up 10 pieces of yellow furniture for all different design styles, budgets, and rooms. Plus, they’re all available with fast and free shipping on Amazon. Keep reading to see our picks.

A basic desk chair

Steelcase Leap Office Chair

Steelcase Leap Office Chair, $1,036

An comfortable desk chair is a must for long days spent working at home. This ergonomic option comes in 25 colors, including a muted yellow.

Check out our guide to the best office chairs.

A sleek computer desk

Aminigram Computer Desk

Aminigram Computer Desk, $69

Yellow is said to stimulate the mind and promote memorization, so it’s a great color to add to your workspace. This desk is affordable, easy to assemble, and has a waterproof, scratch-resistant design making it versatile enough to use for anything.

Check out our guide to the best office desks.

A modern dining chair

Lansen Modern Accent Chair

Lansen Modern Accent Chair, $100

This warm yellow hue and geometric silhouette are super modern. Use it as a dining chair, living room chair, or even as a desk chair.

A vibrant tray table

HollyHome Folding Tray Table

HollyHome Folding Tray Table, $37

This vibrant tray table is the perfect place to put plants, candles, or random trinkets next to your bed or couch. It’s easy to assemble, and disassemble if you ever want to put it away in storage.

A mid-century modern lamp

360 Lighting Mini Droplet Lamps

360 Lighting Mini Droplet Lamps, set of 2, $60

This duo of canary yellow lamps is sure to brighten up any space. The sleek, mini droplets bring a cute, contemporary look to a side table or bookshelf.

A vertical dresser

MDesign Vertical Storage Tower

MDesign Vertical Storage Tower, $55

This yellow and white dresser is a simple and stylish way to keep clothing, accessories, and other belongings organized. The fabric drawers are sturdy, but make for a more lightweight piece of furniture than a traditional wood dresser.

Check out our guide to the best closet and drawer organizers.

A versatile daybed frame

Novogratz Bright Pop Twin Daybed

Novogratz Bright Pop Twin Daybed, $379

Is it a bed? Is it a couch? This twin daybed with a trundle can be either or both, if you so choose.

A bold platform bed

Allewie Wingback Platform Bed

Allewie Wingback Platform Bed, $190

This statement-making bed frame makes even plain white sheets stand out. Throw some colorful accent pillows on for a more eclectic look or stick with dark neutral accents for a modern style. 

Check out our guide to the best bed frames.

A tech-savvy sofa

Lilola Home Mia Yellow Sectional

Lilola Home Mia Yellow Sectional, $495

Equipped with two USB charging ports, this couch is truly ready for anything. Plus, it has lots of room for lounging.

Check out our guide to the best places to shop for sofas and couches.

A funky set of chairs

Mod Made Stencil Chairs

Mod Made Stencil Chairs, set of 2, $140

Finding unique pieces is a great way to make your space feel totally yours. These chairs, with their abstract stencil design, are definitely standouts.

Check out our guide to the best dining chairs.

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8 pieces of purple accent furniture for your home

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WANSE Velvet love seat
  • The color purple denotes royalty and is thus associated with luxury and creativity.
  • Purple furniture is the fun way to create a space that inspires you every day.
  • We rounded up 8 pieces of purple furniture you can find on Amazon, with a range of shades and price points included.
  • If you’re looking for more color options, check out these orange, green, or neutral pieces of furniture all available on Amazon.

The way you decorate your home has a big impact on how you feel as you go about your day-to-day life. If you’re looking to stay creative, think about incorporating purple in your space. Purple exudes elegance, sophistication, and drama. Dark purples often give off a regal feel, while brighter shades like violet brings a more creative, modern feel.

Like any color, it can be polarizing; some people find the color to be gloomy. Done right, purple can really make your space look luxe, even when on a budget. If you love a purple moment, you’re in the right place. We rounded up 8 unique pieces of purple furniture in all different shades of the color. Whether your style is modern, farmhouse chic, or minimalist, we have something for you. Keep reading to find our picks.

A traditional storage bench

Iconic Home Marcus bench

Iconic Home Marcus Tufted Storage Bench, $297

This traditional tufted style gets a fresh twist with plum velvet upholstery. It’s elegant, comfortable, and has plenty of secret storage space.

A set of dining chairs

Vecelo dining chairs

Vecelo Dining Chairs, set of 4, $173

These mid-century style chairs bring a streamlined, modern feel to your dining room. While small, they’re super sturdy.

Check out our guide to the best dining chairs.

A cozy accent chair

Jennifer Taylor accent chair

Jennifer Taylor Katherine Tufted Accent Chair, $435

This beautiful lavender color gives off French country vibes, especially when paired with muted colors, light-washed woods, and gold accessories.

A fabric office chair

Steelcase Leap Office Chair

Steelcase Leap Office Chair, $1,036

Treat your back to an ergonomic office chair that’ll make working long hours a lot more comfortable. This rich eggplant color almost feels like a neutral, so it’ll go with all sorts of decor.

Check out our guide to the best office chairs.

A bright purple loveseat

WANSE Velvet love seat

Wanse Velvet Loveseat, $340

Make a statement in your living room with this bright eggplant loveseat. It can seat three people comfortably.

Check out our guide to the best places to shop for sofas and couches.

A big sectional

Iconic Home Sectional

Iconic Home Da Vinci Velvet Sectional, $1,507

Deep purple velvet, silver nailhead trim, and tufted upholstery make for an elegant seating area.

A retro chair

Comfort Chair purple chair

Comfort Chair Fabric Accent Chair, $245

This funky-shaped chair feels fit for a retro 70’s living room, and we’re here for it.

A versatile storage ottoman

Sorbus ottoman

Sorbus Storage Ottoman, $36

This faux suede ottoman is more than just that; it also functions as a coffee table, storage unit, bench, or really whatever you want it to be.

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10 pieces of green accent furniture for your home

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Aoxun ottoman
  • The color green is easy on the eyes, generally evoking a sense of harmony and freshness.
  • Green furniture is a great way to create a space that feels calm and secure.
  • We rounded up 10 pieces of green furniture you can find on Amazon, with a range of shades and price points included.
  • If you want something that’s more neutral, check out our roundup of neutral furniture all available on Amazon.

The prevalence of the color green in the natural world explains why we associate it with feelings of tranquility, purity, and safety. There are so many different shades of green, each one evoking a feeling of its own. These associations make green furniture a great fit for any room in your home.

Green accents can make a neutral, beige room look earthy, while when paired with grey and white it can make a space feel fresh and modern. Mixing and matching different green tones can create a unique feel. We rounded up 10 pieces of green furniture in all different shades, and for all different budgets. Whether your style is mid-century modern, contemporary, or minimalist, we have something for you. Keep reading to find our picks.

A hunter green loveseat

Aiden loveseat

Aiden Mid-Century Modern Loveseat, $845

This hunter green velvet loveseat with bolster pillows just exudes luxury with its sleek, simple silhouette. We think it would look great surrounded by some gold accents. 

Check out our guide to the best places to shop for sofas and couches.

A neon green end table

Sunpan end table

Sunpan Modern Unity End Table, $106

This geometric end table adds a contemporary pop to any room. The glossy, bright green finish feels super modern and retro at the same time. 

Check out our guide to the best C tables.

A chic velvet bed frame

Amolife bed frame

Amolife Velvet Bed Frame, $290

Make a statement with this plush velvet bed frames. It instantly upgrades any simple, neutral bedding. 

Check out our guide to the best bed frames.

A versatile daybed

CosmoLiving daybed

CosmoLiving Nolita Daybed, $820

Maximize your space with a versatile daybed. It functions as a couch, a bed, and even has a pull-out twin size trundle underneath for more sleeping room.

A modern accent chair

Altrobene Accent Chair

Altrobene Modern Accent Chair, $137

This velvet accent chair comes in a bright grassy green or a rich hunter green. Use it as a vanity chair, dining chair, desk chair, or anywhere you need seating.

A fabric office chair

Steelcase Leap Office Chair

Steelcase Leap Office Chair, $1,036

This ergonomic office chair will make working long hours a lot more comfortable. We love the retro celery green color.

Check out our guide to the best office chairs.

An ottoman with secret storage

Aoxun ottoman

Aoxun Velvet Storage Ottoman, $53

A comfortable seat and extra storage space? Yep, this one’s a winner.

A mint green dresser

Dream on Me drawers

Dream On Me 3-Drawer Chest, $260

This dresser is perfect for a kids’ bedroom with its bright mint finish and spacious drawers.

Check out our guide to the best closet and drawer organizers.

A classic tufted headboard

DG Casa bed frame

DG Casa Wingback Bed Frame, $250

There’s something timeless about a tufted headboard, even in this rich green faux velvet lined with studs.

A set of side tables

Vecelo Metal End Table

Vecelo Metal Tray Tables, set of 2, $50

These anti-rust tables can be used indoors or outdoors. They’re perfect for small spaces, as they can be folded down to store when not being used.

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10 pieces of neutral furniture for your home

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Poly and Bark bench
  • A neutral color scheme is timeless.
  • We rounded up 10 pieces of neutral furniture for your home, making it easy to create a blank canvas for interior design adventures to come.
  • From dressers to bed frames, find all of our picks below.
  • If you want furniture that’s a bit brighter, check out these 10 pieces of orange accent furniture we found on Amazon.

Neutral, technically speaking, means a hue that appears without color. Black, white, brown, and gray are some of the most common neutrals. While simple, neutrals are far from boring. Think of a neutral room as a blank canvas. You can experiment with bold accessories and colorful textiles. You can easily swap out throw pillows, blankets, and artwork for something fresh when you need a change.

Whether you’re looking to create an open, airy space filled with light neutrals or a more homey, cozy vibe with darker neutral pieces, we’ve got you covered. We scoured through Amazon’s furniture selection to find 10 pieces of neutral furniture for all design styles, budgets, and rooms.

A simple wood table

Livinia Kitchen table

Livinia Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Table, $160

This mid-century modern dining table is elegant, minimalist, and has a sleek finish. It comes in a light natural wood and a rich walnut brown.

Check out our guide to the best dining tables.

A fabric desk chair

Steelcase Leap chair

Steelcase Leap Camel Fabric Chair, $978

As far as office chairs go, this one is pretty sleek. It has a comfortable ergonomic design and comes in a range of neutral colors, from ivory to black.

Check out our review of the Steelcase Leap V2.

A linen accent chair

Huimo chair

Huimo Accent Chair, $196

This beige accent chair is a great accent for a breezy, bright room. Go for the gray option if you’re looking for a darker, warmer vibe.

A mixed medium bed frame

Zinus Suzanne Bed Frame

Zinus Suzanne Platform Bed Frame, $280

This platform bed frame from Zinus is sophisticated and looks a lot more fancy than it is. It’s durable, under $300, and easy to assemble quickly.

Check out our guide to the best bed frames.

A simple sectional

Rivet couch

Rivet Revolve Modern Sectional, $970

A sectional that everyone can lounge on is a centerpiece every living room needs. Jazz this one up with some throw pillows and it’s perfectly fit for your space.

Check out our review of Amazon’s private-label furniture brands, Rivet and Stone & Beam.

A reclaimed wood dresser

Walker Edison drawer

Walker Edison Mila 6-Drawer Dresser, $252

This reclaimed wood dresser has a vintage appeal. It also comes in a dark walnut and gray-washed wood.

Check out our guide to the best closet and drawer organizers.

A chic leather bench

Poly and Bark bench

Poly and Bark Luca Leather Bench, $449

This leather bench with tufted detailing is a stylish and practical piece. Put it at the foot of your bed, in the mud room, or living room for some extra seating.

An upholstered platform bed

Zinus Kodi bed frame

Zinus Kodi Upholstered Platform Bed, $353

This arched, upholstered bed frame feels very of-the-moment, but still classic. The taupe color will go with just about any wall color and decor.

Check out our review of the furniture brand Zinus.

A casual circle coffee table

Stone & Beam coffee table

Stone & Beam Casual Coffee Table, $365

Whitewashed wood and a geometric design make for a unique coffee table that brings an earthy feel.

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A classic leather chair

Rivet Leather chair

Rivet Jamie Leather Accent Chair, $520

A leather chair is just timeless. This one is compact enough for small spaces, but still offers spacious seating.

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10 pieces of orange accent furniture for your home

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  • The color orange is bright and denotes playfulness and comfort.
  • Orange furniture is the perfect way to add some colorful pops to your space and create a warm, inviting feel.
  • We rounded up 10 pieces of orange furniture you can find on Amazon, with a range of shades and price points included.

If you’ve landed on this article, chances are you’re already looking for orange furniture. Orange accents can be an amazing addition to any room in your home. The color is inviting, cheerful, and generally brings a happy vibe. It can be polarizing though; some people find the color to be just too bright. If you love the color, you’re in the right place.

Orange is not just orange. From vibrant tangerine to mellow rust, there are so many unique shades, all which give off vibes of their own. We rounded up 10 unique pieces of orange furniture in all different shades of the color. Whether your style is mid-century modern, contemporary, or minimalist, we have something for you. Keep reading to find our picks.

A burnt orange loveseat

Christopher Knight love seat

Christopher Knight Modern Loveseat, $295

This warm, burnt orange loveseat makes for a cozy, inviting centerpiece in any living room.

Check out our guide to the best places to shop for sofas and couches.

A bright, shiny end table

Sunpan Modern Urban End Table

Sunpan Modern Unity End Table, $98

This geometric end table adds a contemporary pop to any room. The glossy, bright orange finish feels super modern and kind of retro at the same time.

Check out our guide to the best C tables.

A chic velvet chair

Tinas Home Velvet chair

Tina’s Home Velvet Side Chair, $164

Sumptuous velvet and sleek gold make for an instantly chic addition to any space. Not to mention, the rusty orange color gives off a retro feel.

We rounded up 10 black office chairs you can find on Amazon to upgrade your work-from-home setup.

A burnt orange bed frame

Allewie bed frame

Allewie Wingback Bed Frame, $220

This burnt orange bed frame adds a pop of color to a neutral bedroom while still keeping a simple, warm palette. The cozy, wingback design really makes your bed feel like a haven.

Check out our guide to the best bed frames.

A bright metal bed frame

Lexicon bed frame

Lexicon Urbana Metal Bed Frame, $197

This rustic style metal bed frame feels totally fresh with its bright orange finish. It’s an easy way to spice up an all-white bedding situation.

A fabric office chair

Steelcase Leap office chair

Steelcase Leap Office Chair, $1,036

Treat your back to an ergonomic office chair that’ll make working long hours a lot more comfortable.

Check out our guide to the best office chairs.

An indoor-outdoor table

Flash Furniture table

Flash Furniture Metal Table, $209

Whether you’re looking to set up a little workspace in a small apartment or want to create a quiet outdoor eating area on a patio, this glossy orange metal café table will do the trick. 

Check out our guide to the best patio and outdoor furniture.

A set of barstools

Vogue Furniture Bar Stools

Vogue Furniture Direct High Barstools, set of 4, $143

These bright orange stools are the perfect accents for a modern, open kitchen. Buy them in sets of two and four, or just as singular chairs.

Check out our guide to the best bar stools.

Dining chairs

2xhome chairs

2xhome Orange Shell Chairs, set of 2, $176

Whether you need seating for a dining room, home office, or vanity, these chairs fit the bill. They have a sleek, ergonomic design with a comfortable curve.

Check out our guide to the best dining chairs.

A unique end table

Joveco end table

Joveco End Table, set of two, $108

This drum table is sturdy, but lightweight; it can even be used as seating. The wire design and bright orange finish go well with any eclectic decor.

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This customized drawer unit from the Container Store is one of the most practical purchases I’ve made for my small apartment

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  • When looking for a nightstand for my small city bedroom, I found the Elfa Mesh Closet Drawer System at The Container Store.
  • While it’s not technically a nightstand, I customized the unit so it wound up being the perfect size.
  • It’s a multipurpose unit I know I can make good use of for years to come.


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Being in my twenties in New York City, I know that the apartment I’m in now won’t be mine forever. That’s why, when I first moved in, I decided to prioritize buying pieces that are functional rather than ones that just look good. That fact – plus a small room and closet situation – prompted me to search for a nightstand that could serve double duty and provide some extra storage.

My search led me to the epicenter of all things storage: The Container Store. There, I designed my own Elfa Mesh Closet Drawer System and it’s probably one of the smartest purchases I’ve made for my apartment.

The Elfa Mesh Closet Drawer System comes pre-made or you can customize it based on your needs

Elfa is exclusive to The Container Store, known for its best-selling closet solutions that maximize space and make organizing easy. The Mesh Closet Drawer System is a free-standing storage unit with a durable, epoxy-bonded steel frame and finely-woven mesh drawers that can hold all sorts of products.

You can choose to purchase a pre-made unit or customize your own with specific dimensions for what you’re looking for; both options come in with all-white or silver mesh.

I chose to make my own unit to be sure it would fit in my room. Elfa has a custom drawer planner online, which guides you through the customization process and helps you see what the unit will look like in real time.

Here’s how you can customize the Elfa unit

1. Pick a color: The options are easy – white or platinum. The platinum definitely has a more industrial look, so I went for white.

2. Pick a height: Options range from 17.5 to 81 inches tall. The taller you go, the more storage you can get. I chose a 29-inch unit, which works perfectly as a bedside table next to my 1- inch bed frame and 10-inch mattress.

3. Pick a width: Sizes start at 10 inches (extra narrow) and go up to 22 inches (extra wide). I went for medium at 18 inches.

4. Top it off: You can cover the unit with a surface of either white melamine, driftwood melamine, a butcher block, or leave the top open. I went with the white for a monochromatic look.

5. Pick feet, labels, and stops: Choose frame feet for a unit you want to stay in place, or casters (which are like wheels) if you want more mobility. Add stops if you want to ensure your drawers never fall out. I didn’t buy stops, but my unit is pushed against a wall, and I haven’t had any issues with drawers coming out of the frame. I didn’t add label holders, but if you’re trying to get really organized, these could be a good addition.

6. Choose your drawers: Instead of S, M, L, drawers are sized as 1, 2, or 3 – indicating how many runners each drawer needs to fit in the unit. One is the shallowest drawer and 3 is the deepest. How tall you make your unit will determine how many drawers you can fit.

My 29-inch unit has seven runners, so I filled it with one 3-runner, one 2-runner, and two 1-runners. The 3-runner is on the bottom, holding bulky items like backup toiletries and cleaning supplies. The 2-runner is in the middle, holding similar products, though it fits a tad less. The top two drawers are 1-runners, which hold paper goods and other small supplies. Ultimately, my unit cost just over $150.

The bottom line

These drawers are not cheap, but their value lies in their functionality. With ability to customize height, width, and drawer sizes, you can easily build a system that’s perfect for your storage needs. If you have the space and aren’t too particular, you can make it even easier and just buy one of the pre-made systems.

The drawers make everything I put inside easily accessible, and the finely-woven mesh construction provides the perfect balance of visibility and privacy, so I can find my objects easily without putting everything on display. The neutral colors and minimal style make this unit a timeless piece that can fit in just about any room or apartment I’ll move into in the future and be used for storing just about anything, making it well worth the up-front expense.

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Today is the final day of Wayfair’s massive ‘Way Day’ sale – here are the best deals you can still get

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  • Wayfair’s biggest sale event of the year, Way Day‘ ends today.
  • During this limited time event, you can save big on pieces for every room in your house.
  • We’ve highlighted the best deals you can shop below.

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Wayfair’s massive Way Day sale is ending today. Luckily, there’s still time to take advantage of the huge discounts offered on furniture and decor for every room of the house.

This year, ‘Way Day’ kicked off April 28 and will end tonight at midnight. During the event, you can save up to 65% off mattresses, lighting, and outdoor furniture, along with up to 80% off wall art and area rugs.

Sales from Wayfair aren’t uncommon. In fact, the products it offers see changes in price nearly every week, and everything it sells is marked down at least once during the year. This can make shopping from the site tricky for even the most experienced online shoppers.

From our research, Wayfair does, in fact, offer its best prices during its shopping holiday with a few exceptions. Below, we’ve compiled the best deals you can shop right now, plus answers to frequently asked questions.

Best Wayfair ‘Way Day’ 2021 deals

Hiroko Upholstered Flip Top Storage Bench (medium)Medium Memory Foam Cooling Pillow (King) (medium)Grimes Pouf (medium)Black Babin Height Adjustable Standing Desk (medium)Plush 12-Inch Memory Foam Mattress (Queen) (medium)Anouk Litter Box Enclosure (medium)Down Alternative Pillow (Set of 4) (medium, Preferred: Wayfair)5-Inch Square Sandbox (medium)Erikson Glider and Ottoman (medium)12-Inch Medium Pillow Top Hybrid Mattress (California King) (medium)Milo Solid Wood Tufted Upholstered Standard Bed (medium)Lamantia Computer Desk (medium)Hoboken 38-Inch Wide Tufted Polyester Armchair (medium)Zainab Beveled Accent Mirror (medium)Standard Shredded Memory Foam Cooling Pillow (medium)Landreneau Round Cat Bed (medium, Preferred: Wayfair)Washlet C100 Bidet Seat (medium, Preferred: Wayfair)Low Profile Platform Bed (medium, Preferred: Wayfair)Coffee Table (medium)Abou Wood Glam Beveled Accent Mirror (medium)Adamine Coffee Table (medium)Rupelmonde Tufted Armchair (medium)Reposa Reversible Sofa and Chaise with Ottoman (medium)Product Card (medium)

What is ‘Way Day’?

A few years ago, Wayfair started its own namesake retail holiday, Way Day. While Wayfair has pretty great deals all year, Way Day promises to be the retailer’s biggest sale event of the year.

When is ‘Way Day’?

Way Day kicked off on April 28. Thousands of products are currently marked down, and Wayfair is offering flash deals throughout the duration of the sale.

Last year, Way Day was pushed to September due to the Coronavirus outbreak but has since been returned to its original yearly position in April.

How long is ‘Way Day’?

Way Day will last 48 hours, from April 28 to 29. Today is the final day of the sale.

What is on sale?

Historically, Way Day is the best time of the year to buy from Wayfair and this year is no different.

This wide-ranging sale offers big discounts on everything from mattresses, rugs, kitchenware, furniture, and more. Expect deals from companies like Samsung, AllModern, Joss & Main, and so much more. Plus, everything ships free.

You can check out all the Way Day deals on Wayfair’s home page.

How do you get the best ‘Way Day’ deals?

Though we’ll be highlighting some of the best deals on popular Wayfair items, there will be plenty of other great discounts from the retailer during Way Day. Here’s our advice to help you shop.

As with all good deals, you’ll need to be prepared to act fast in order to secure your order before stock runs out. Way Day Flash Deals are also excellent deals, but they often won’t span the entirety of the event. To ready yourself ahead of time, you can opt in to be notified as soon as the deals go live – you’ll just need to sign into your Wayfair account.

Also, if you find a piece of furniture you like, be sure to check how much the other colors cost. Oftentimes, select colorways will see deeper discounts. The same goes for products that come with different patterns or in varied shapes.

Are the Way Day deals worth it?

In short, yes.

During the lead-up to Way Day, we tracked the prices on some of Wayfair’s most popular products. We found that for the most part, Wayfair’s prices do see slight increases in the weeks prior – though usually only within a 10% price change. There are exceptions to this observation, of course: some products saw huge price hikes while others saw no change altogether.

Despite these price fluctuations, almost all products we tracked dropped to their lowest prices during the sale. Some of the savings are very modest – just a few dollars under the average price we saw over the weeks we tracked – while other prices dropped dramatically by several hundred dollars. We’ve outlined the best deals we’ve found in this guide.

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