60 gifts Mom will love – from a convertible handbag to a waterproof Kindle

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  • Show Mom your appreciation with any of these 60 thoughtful gifts.
  • From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there’s a gift for all tastes and budgets.
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Although mothers may be challenging to shop for – humbly resigning to the phrase “you don’t have to get me anything” – we can safely say she’ll love any of the gifts in this guide.

This list can help you find what you’re looking for or, at the very least, spark some inspiration. Whether she’s into the latest and greatest tech, loves to read, or wants to update her work-from-home wardrobe with comfortable loungewear, there’s a unique gift for Mom, below.

Here are 60 of the best gifts for Mom:

A box of fresh Georgia peaches

A big gift box of Georgia peaches from Goldbelly

Georgia Peaches Gift Box, $49, available at Goldbelly

For a gift that’s fresh and delicious, send Mom a box of Georgia peaches. She’ll be sure to love this farm-to-table gift that’s handpicked, packed, and shipped right to her doorstep through Goldbelly. The Pearson Family has been growing peaches in Georgia for over 130 years, so you can’t go wrong with this pick. 

Read our full review of Goldbelly here.

A jewelry cleaner for all of her precious pieces

An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner machine with on, off, and setting buttons

Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner, $39.99, available at Amazon

Your mom’s soft spot might be jewelry, but taking care of each piece is a must. This jewelry cleaner removes dirt and grime in minutes using water only. She’ll appreciate this little machine that will take great care of her jewelry. 

A chic purse that can turn into a backpack

The Senreve Alunna convertible handbag that goes from a purse to a backpack, in a chestnut color and with flowers to the side

Alunna, $645, available at Senreve 

A purse is an obvious gift for Mom if she has an eye for handbags. You can mix things up by giving her one that’s both a purse and a backpack. The Alunna by Senreve is versatile and stylish, and it can be worn on her back, hand, over the shoulder, or across her body. Plus, it can organize all of Mom’s essentials with its two interior pockets and exterior cardholder.

A cocktail maker that mixes drinks in seconds

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Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine, $349.85, available at Amazon

Summer’s here, which, for some moms, means it’s time to break out refreshing cocktails. This cocktail maker will make Mom’s life a whole lot easier, since all she has to do is pop in a cocktail capsule, choose her preferred strength, and press mix. She’ll be sipping a margarita, cosmopolitan, or gin martini in seconds.

Read our full review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine here.  

A daily planner for the busy mom

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Panda Planner Daily Planner 2021, $20.97, available at Amazon 

Even the most organized mom could use the help of a trusty planner. This one from Panda Planner has monthly, weekly, and daily sections for all of her needs. She’ll have her schedule, tasks, goals, and projects all in one place. We like the layout of this planner so much that we include it in our guide to the best planners.

A digital picture frame for remembering the good times

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame; gift for mom

Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at Aura

It’s hard to find a mom who isn’t obsessed with taking photos and displaying them all around the house. But instead of buying tons of picture frames, she can show off all her family photos using this digital picture frame. You can upload an unlimited amount of pictures to the Aura app, connect the frame to Wi-Fi, and she’s all set. 

Read our full review of Aura here.

A pair of cozy slippers

Ugg Coquette Slipper; gift for mom

Coquette Slipper, $120, available at Ugg

Slippers may seem like a pedestrian gift for Mom, but they don’t have to be if you shop the right pair. The Coquette features Ugg’s signature sheepskin interior and exterior, plus a lightweight outsole that can also travel outside. You can read more about why we love this slipper in our review of our favorite Ugg slippers

A passport cover and luggage tag

Leatherology Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set graduation gifts for her

Deluxe Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, starting at $85 + monogram from $20, available at Leatherology

Mom might be planning her next trip out of town, and what better travel accessory to have than a personalized passport cover and luggage tag? She’ll be less likely to lose her passport or suitcase thanks to these colorful accessories that also sport her initials. 

A hair dryer she’ll never want to put down

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer; gift for mom

Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399.99, available at Dyson

Don’t let the price of this hair dryer scare you away from gifting it to your mom. If she’s the type of mom who loves taking care of her hair, the Supersonic is extra speedy and quiet. She’ll appreciate that this gift makes her morning routine easy and enjoyable. We’ve also mentioned this Dyson favorite in our guide to the best hair dryers

A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity

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Personalized video message, starting at $1, available at Cameo

When trying to think of a unique gift for Mom, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous people she might want a personalized video message from, like her favorite actor from “The Office” or most-loved musician. Whether it’s for her birthday, Mother’s Day, or a different milestone, there’s something for everyone on Cameo, with all types of categories and price points to choose from.

Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo

A face mask set for at-home spa days

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Mini Loves Mini Masks Set, $56, available at fresh

Moms need time to themselves, too, and these face mask minis will have her and her skin feeling rejuvenated. She can kick back and relax with one of the black tea masks, the clay mask, the rose mask, or even the sugar exfoliator.

A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast

Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat gift for mom

ProLite Yoga Mat, $95, available at Manduka

For the mom who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It has even earned the title of best yoga mat overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.

A personalized photo calendar for her desk

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Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, $30, available at Artifact Uprising

A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her family makes for an even better gift for mom. She’ll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories with you.

A coffee table book for the mom who loves photography

Women: The National Geographic Image Collection gift for Mom

“Women: The National Geographic Image Collection”, $27.21, available at Amazon

You can’t go wrong with a coffee table book gift for Mom, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. Moms often serve as constant sources of inspiration, so why not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom.

A tablet that does it all

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Fire HD 10 tablet, starting at $124.95, available on Amazon

The Fire Tablet will be Mom’s new best friend. Choose from four different colors and 32 GB or 64 GB storage. She can spend up to 12 hours reading, browsing the web, watching videos, and listening to music before needing to recharge. It’s the perfect handheld size for switching between her emails, video calls, and shopping lists, too.

Popular leggings with a no-slip fit

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Daily Legging, $84, available at Vuori

Vuori is well-known for its super-soft fabrics and flattering cuts, and the Daily Leggings are just another example. This style looks like a pair of joggers but fits like a pair of leggings. The high waistband and drawstring allow for a snug feel while the brand’s smoothing technology gives an airbrushed appearance.

Read more about the Daily Legging here.

A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in style

GlassesUSA sunglasses for Mom

Check out GlassesUSA’s selection of sunglasses, starting at $29

Sunglasses are spring and summer essentials and a perfect gift for Mom. GlassesUSA carries a wide variety of popular brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Muse, Prada, and more. Through June 15, get 30% off your entire order for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping, if you enter code USA30 at checkout. Also through June 15, use code DEAL60 to save 60% off frames for sunglasses and eyeglasses with free Rx lenses and shipping. 

Read our full review of GlassesUSA here.

A voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needs

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Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $49.99, available at Amazon

She can access hundreds of streaming services, including HuluNetflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, and more, with this affordable entertainment hub. Plus, Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes with Amazon Prime Video. This model supports up to 4K Ultra HD. You can read more in our guide to the best streaming devices.

A hardcover photo book for any mother figure

Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book

Hardcover Photo Book, starting $69, available at Artifact Uprising

Honor any mother figure with a custom hardcover photo album that commemorates their best life moments. You can tie in her life story with a display-worthy dust jacket that puts her front and center. Choose from 11 fabric binding colors to complement her bookshelf or coffee table.

The weighted sleep mask that’s the ticket to instant sleep

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Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask, $27.20, available at Anthropologie

Move over, weighted blankets. These eye masks have gentle weights with just the right amount of pressure to lull her to sleep. The four equally weighted pods let her rest easy no matter her sleep position. 

A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things

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Annual Membership, $180/year, available at MasterClass

MasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It’s interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site’s classes for the year.

The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.

Read our full review of MasterClass here.

A cardigan that’s a crossover of style and comfort

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Everlane Texture Cotton Cardigan, $98, available at Everlane

You can never go wrong with a cardigan, especially one as comfy as this. If your mom is like mine, she has a go-to “restaurant” sweater or “movie theater” sweater. Gift her a new favorite with this minimalist ribbed design.

Read more about our favorite cardigans here.

Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goals

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Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, $29.99, available at Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty revolutionizes haircare by creating a custom line of shampoo and conditioner that’s based on her hair type and goals. She can choose the formula’s color and fragrance as well as add personalized details like her name on the bottle.

Read our full review of Function of Beauty here.

Soft, crisp sheets and bedding

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Brooklinen Queen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, from $198, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen Queen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, $240, available at Brooklinen

Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are the ones we always recommend to friends, family, and readers, for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and comfort.

The Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything she needs to completely makeover her bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. Each bundle includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. Brooklinen also sells comforterspillows, candles, and blankets

Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here.

A fancy candle set

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Otherland Candles The Threesome, $89, available at Otherland

Candles make any home smell great, and this fancy candle set from Otherland will look gorgeous in any room in her house. It includes three coconut and soy wax blend candles in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — that’s a lot of time that your mom can spend enjoying this gift.

Read our full review of Otherland candles here.

Barack Obama’s bestselling book

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“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama on Kindle, $17.99

If Mom likes to read, Barack Obama’s bestselling book ‘A Promised Land’ is probably on her reading list. Instead of risking having a hard copy arrive late, you can gift her the Kindle version. 

Alexa-enabled glasses

Echo Frames

Echo Frames Smart Glasses, $174.99

If your mom loves tech, she’ll think these smart glasses are from the future. Amazon’s Echo Frames allow for open-ear audio, hands-free calling, and access to thousands of Alexa’s skills.

A water bottle that solves all pain points

Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Watter Bottle (32 oz), $44.95, available at Hydro Flask

Hydo Flask’s products have a cult following for a number of reasons: The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours on end, many products come with a lifetime warranty, and the bright colors add a bit of fun to something that’s otherwise thought of as ordinary. You can hear more about why we love this water bottle, in our guide to the best travel mugs.

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A luxurious bathrobe

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Parachute Classic Bathrobe, $99, available at Parachute

A plush bathrobe will make every shower feel like a trip to the spa. Parachute’s soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four great colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This cozy gift for Mom will become her go-to pick. 

Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here.

The Amazon Echo

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Amazon Echo (4th Generation), $99.99, available at Amazon

There’s an ever-so-slight learning curve in figuring out what Amazon’s Alexa can and can’t do, but once that’s passed, the Echo can forecast the weather, read an audiobook, order a pizza, tell jokes, or any number of things moms should find charming. 

Read our full review of the Amazon Echo (4th Generation) here.

A fresh flower bouquet

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The Bouqs Co. bouquets, available at The Bouqs Co., $39 and up

UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $60 and up

We’ve ordered bouquets from The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems and both offer gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants, and even dried bouquets, and they’re delivered quickly, too. A bouquet of flowers is a classic gift for Mom that she’ll love on any given day. 

Read our full reviews of The Bouqs Co. and UrbanStems.

A cute potted plant instead of flowers

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Shop The Sill’s selection of plants from $20

The Sill is a relatively new startup that’s making the process of choosing and buying house plants much easier. This gift set is just one of many options you can choose from — you can even shop based on which plants are pet-safe. 

Read our full review of The Sill here.

The gift of comfortable loungewear

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Shop all women’s loungewear and sleepwear, available at Tommy John

Tommy John E-Gift Card, $25-$250, available at Tommy John

The Insider Reviews team is positively smitten with Tommy John’s loungewear and underwear — so much so, we named the latter one of the best women’s underwear brands in our buying guide, so you can be sure Mom will love it too.

Pearl hoop earrings

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Mejuri Pearl Hoops, $65, available at Mejuri

Get your mom a beautiful pair of earrings or a necklace with her zodiac sign that she can wear every day. Mejuri is a favorite jewelry startup of ours, so your Mom will likely enjoy this Canadian company’s delicate jewelry, too.

Read our full review of Mejuri here.

A delicious treat from Milk Bar

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Check out all the goodies in Milk Bar’s Gift Shop from $24

Milk Bar’s treats will definitely satisfy her sweet tooth. Choose from a limited-edition Strawberry Shortcake Cake, the bestselling B’Day Truffles, and plenty more. We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here.

A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside

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Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, $95, available at Murray’s Cheese

Cheese lovers will find a lot to like in this wooden gift crate (yes, crate) from Murray’s Cheese, which includes 2 pounds of English cheddar, brie, cave-aged Gruyere, and one-year-aged Manchego along with snacks to pair with each cheese: spiced cherry preserves, sea salt and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds. It’s a mouthwatering gift for Mom that’ll surely satisfy her cheese cravings. For more of the best from Murray’s Cheese, check out our guide to the best cheeses you can buy online.

A custom map poster

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Grafomap Custom Map Poster, from $49, available at Grafomap

Grafomap is a website that lets you design map posters of any place in the world. You can make one of your mom’s hometown, her college town, her favorite travel destination, or the place where she got engaged or married — you’re only limited by your imagination.

Read our full review of the Grafomap Custom Map Poster here.

Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blend

Margaux Slippers

Slippers, $158, available at Margaux

Made from a soft wool-cashmere blend and cushiony foam padding, Margaux slippers feel like stepping into a cloud. She’ll enjoy wearing any of the three styles — Slide, Ballet, or Cozy — around the house.

A heated massager to melt the day away

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InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager, $49.97, available at Amazon

After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While she can’t get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less.

Read our full review of the InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager here.

A ‘book of the month’ membership

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Book of the Month Monthly Membership, $49.99, available at Book of the Month

If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, a Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift. This gift membership gets Mom her pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give her (three, six, or 12 months). She can also request extra books if she reads more than one book a month. 

A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

On the other hand, if she’s tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift for Mom. The latest version is waterproof, too, which is a huge bonus.

Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here.

A weighted blanket to help her sleep better

Bearaby Weighted Blanket

Bearaby 15-pound Cotton Napper, $249, available at Bearaby

Made of soft organic cotton just like her favorite T-shirt, this weighted blanket can help her fall asleep faster and its buttery softness is perfect for wrapping up in. We ranked it as the best weighted throw blanket in our guide to the best weighted blankets

An indoor herb garden that requires zero effort

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Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, $99.95, available at Click & Grow

Every chef knows that cooking with fresh ingredients like basil can make a big difference. The Click & Grow Smart Garden is a self-watering system that allows even the most amateur gardeners to quickly and effortlessly grow herbs and vegetables. We tried it and were impressed with how well it worked, and the truly effortless process. 

Read our full review of the Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit here.

A Le Creuset Dutch oven

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Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, $160, available at Williams-Sonoma

At $160, this Le Creuset Dutch oven is the most expensive piece of cookware in my kitchen, but it is also my most used. It comes in tons of colors, so you can choose Mom’s favorite. We’ve even ranked it as the best overall in our guide to the best Dutch ovens

Read our full review of the Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven here.

A cookbook for ‘Girl Meets Farm’ fans

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“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, $19.54, available at Amazon

Not only does this cookbook contain more than 120 delicious recipes, you’ll also find tons of personal stories and beautiful photos of Food Network star and award-winning blogger Molly Yeh and her family.

A cutting board in the shape of the state she calls home

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Totally Bamboo State Cutting & Serving Board, $29.99, available at Amazon

Available for all 50 states as well British Columbia, Puerto Rico, Long Island, and Ontario, this uniquely shaped cutting and serving board doubles as kitchen decor. It’s a great gift for the mom who loves spending time in the kitchen. 

A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat

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Anova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, starting at $99, available at Amazon and Target

The Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Mom’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, but it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. You can hear more about why we love this product in our guide to the best sous vide machines

A roomy work bag with tons of pockets

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Dagne Dover Legend Tote, $149, available at Dagne Dover

Dagne Dover’s Legend Tote is a sophisticated and spacious work bag with a padded laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and other thoughtful interior pockets that will keep her organized and always ready to go. 

An Italian leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials

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Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet, $175, available at Cuyana (+ $15 for monogram)

A sophisticated leather wallet instantly elevates a busy woman’s everyday style and keeps her organized when she’s constantly moving from place to place. You can get this Italian leather wallet from Cuyana in seven colors. We really love the Stone leather version that has a surprise red lining on the inside for a pop of color. 

A jewelry holder

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Catbird Swan Ring Holder, $32, available at Catbird

This ornate swan is a subtle jewelry holder that’ll dress up any bathroom countertop or nightstand.

A foam pillow from a popular mattress startup

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Leesa Pillow, $79, available at Leesa

Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from one of our favorite mattress startups, Leesa. 

A room diffuser

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Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Room Diffuser, $83.30, available at Nordstrom

A more modern alternative to potpourri, a diffuser is a grown-up way to add a subtle fragrance to her home.

A personalized T-shirt

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Known Supply Personalized Women’s Fitted Crew, $32, available at Known Supply

You can personalize this comfortable Pima cotton tee with “mom” or “mama” — or any other name that’s under nine characters — in cute, loopy cursive. 

A gift subscription to a popular coffee club

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Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $50, available at Atlas Coffee Club

If her veins run dark roast, a coffee gift won’t go unused. We recommend a gift subscription to the Atlas Coffee Club, which curates a global selection of single-origin coffee that gets freshly roasted and shipped to your house from $9 per bag. 

Read our full review of the Atlas Coffee Club Subscription here.

A pair of sunglasses that will stay on

Gifts for Mom Maho

Tulum No. 2 Sunglasses, $150, available at Maho Shades

If Mom loves to spend time outside but doesn’t want to sacrifice style for functionality, these shades have an extra sturdy grip that’s meant to keep them snug through more intensive activity. 

A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogram

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Leatherology Meadow Mini Camera Bag, from $150, available at Leatherology (+ $40 for hand-painted monogram)

This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $40, you can customize it with hand-painted monogram. 

A retro-inspired electric kettle

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SMEG 50’s Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, $159.95, available at Williams-Sonoma

With this retro-inspired electric kettle in her kitchen, she’ll spend much less time making tea and more time enjoying a cup. It comes in 10 fun colors, like pastel green, pastel blue, and bright red. You can learn more about this kettle in our guide to the best electric and stovetop tea kettles

A DNA test kit

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23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, $149, available at 23andMe

This genetic test kit from 23andMe is a unique and cool gift idea for any mom who’s interested in learning more about her family history.

An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gently

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Philips Light Alarm Clock, $79.95, available at Amazon

Moms work hard and they often have to wake up early. Just because she has to wake up before the sun rises that doesn’t mean she has to awaken to the blaring of an obnoxious alarm clock.

Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake her up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so she can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. You can find out why we recommend this alarm clock in our guide to the best sunrise alarm clocks

A pendant necklace

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Set & Stones

Set & Stones Cheyenne Mama Necklace, $198, available at Nordstrom

Your mom will want to keep this pendant necklace very close to her heart. It’ll sit lightly around her neck and be a subtle reminder of her special bond with you. 

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I taste-tested over 20 vegan ice cream brands to find the best ones – these 6 topped my list

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  • Ice cream is the perfect summer treat, and vegan options are more abundant than ever.
  • Sure, you may have heard of Oatly and So Delicious, but the world of artisan vegan ice cream is vast.
  • Here are 6 vegan ice cream brands you probably haven’t heard of but need to try this summer.
  • My picks include an olive oil ice cream, macadamia nut milk ice cream, and coconut meat ice cream.

I am a full-time food journalist and eat more ice cream than anyone I know. Over the years, I’ve published stories about the best ice cream parlors in the United States, gourmet soft serve, ice cream sandwiches and artisan ice cream makers that began shipping their ice cream nationally during the pandemic. I’ve even been invited to judge gelato festivals and weighed in on new flavors by cult favorite ice cream makers at company headquarters. Last summer, I received 60 pints of ice cream from nearly a dozen different brands delivered on the same day and all the liquid nitrogen fog permeated my entire house.

Recently, I’ve discovered more and more great plant-based ice creams popping up. I’ve tasted through flavors from more than 20 different vegan ice cream brands and have learned that vegan ice cream can be just as delightful and delicious as dairy ice cream. Even if you’re not vegan, trying plant-based ice creams offer unique flavor combinations you won’t find in dairy ice cream.

Sure, I’ve tried the usual vegan ice cream suspects you find in grocery stores, but I’ve been truly delighted by the small-batch artisanal brands, many of which are charting new territory in the world of plant-based ice cream. Below you’ll find six bespoke vegan ice cream brands that I love; many you probably haven’t heard of before.

Here are 6 vegan ice cream brands worth trying this summer:

The first and only macadamia milk ice cream

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Mauna Loa Macadamia Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, $9.99 per pint, available on Instacart and Mauna Loa

Most vegan ice creams are made with coconut, cashew, soy or almond milk bases, but Hawaii’s most famous producer of macadamia nuts, Mauna Loa, has upped the ante, debuting the first and only macadamia milk-based frozen dessert this summer. 

Higher in monounsaturated fat and lower in carbs than other popular nuts, macadamia makes for an ultra creamy base that’s also keto-diet friendly. Flavors like Kona coffee, vanilla orchid and mango liliko’i showcase more of Hawaii’s natural bounty and there’s even the cheeky Rocky Road to Hana, named for the famous winding drive on Maui. This is the most decadent flavor of all — a fudgy chocolate base studded with soft marshmallows and crunchy macadamias instead of almonds. 

While you can purchase pints online, they’re also available at Sprouts in 23 states and Albertsons and Safeway locations in California, Texas, New Mexico, Hawaii and Seattle.

A small batch oat milk ice cream with inventive mix-ins

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Whipped Urban Dessert Lab Ice Crème, $16.50 per half pint, available on Goldbelly

Oat milk is the plant-based milk alternative of choice among baristas for its thick, creamy texture in lattes and cappuccinos, so it’s no surprise that it also makes a rich ice cream base. Sisters Courtney Blagrove and Zan B.R. make their own oat milk for their new line of oat milk “ice crème” at Whipped Urban Dessert Lab. This stuff is better than Oatly and chock full of mix-ins like strawberry shortcake crumbles, chocolate cookie chunks, and cinnamon apple crisp.

This is the first ice cream brand that I’ve seen where the pint packaging is labeled upside down too. Apparently, storing ice cream (or ice crème!) upside down in the freezer helps prevent freezer burn because any partially melted bits will collect on the lid, which keeps ice crystals from forming. 

Next time I’m in New York, my first stop will be Whipped Urban Dessert Lab’s Lower East Side storefront to try a swirl of sweet creme and chocolate twist at the world’s first oat milk soft serve shop.

A modern Mediterranean plant-based gelato

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Wildgood Plant-Based Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, $9 per pint, available on Instacart and Wildgood

Olive oil has been a cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet for millennia, but could it also be the secret to rich, creamy vegan ice cream that’s low in saturated fat? Rather than using nut milk, Wildgood relies on a blend of extra virgin olive oil, pea protein and chicory root fiber, sweetened with fructose, to achieve a soft and creamy consistency straight out of the freezer. All of the olive oil comes from Greek ice cream maker Sotiris Tsichlopoulos’ family’s ancient groves in Corfu.

For an ice cream so low in saturated fat and calories, Wildgood is surprisingly rich and you can really taste the olive oil in each flavor, adding a sophisticated savory undertone. Chocolate hazelnut is a favorite, reminiscent of the best gianduja chocolate spread I’ve ever tried in Piedmont. 

With such a short ingredient list, the quality of each ingredient is paramount. Simple flavors without many mix-ins allow ingredients like Alphonso mango, California pistachios and Oregon hazelnuts to shine. 

Wildgood is available in eight flavors so far, and you can find it on Instacart or order online to ship anywhere in the continental United States.

A boozy vegan ice cream

A pint of smores vegan ice cream from Scoops on Tap sits in front of a fireplace

Scoops On Tap, $22.25 per pint, available on Goldbelly

Scoops on Tap was created by two friends who love craft beer and ice cream and wanted to blend them together for a line of beer- and spirit-infused ice creams. Up until recently, their product was only available at farmers market and specialty retailers in Southern California, but now they’re shipping pints nationally with Goldbelly.

After Hours vanilla bourbon is a year-round favorite that I most enjoy with a shot of espresso poured over top and sprinkled liberally with toasted cacao nibs. The sumptuously smooth texture is a combination of a coconut cream and oat milk and don’t worry — it’s less than 5% ABV. 

Seasonally, many more plant-based boozy ice creams are available, like Cocosaurus Rex, a toasted coconut ice cream with a fair trade dark chocolate fudge swirl infused with a coconut stout, and Madeline, a lemon and grape sorbet steeped on toasted oak chips infused with a grape sour ale. The latter is perfect as a refreshing float with prosecco if you wish to add more booze to the equation.

A plant-based option with superfood boosts

Containers of Sacred Serve vegan ice cream against a light blue background

Sacred Serve Plant-Based Gelato, $10 per carton, available Sacred Serve

Hand harvested certified organic and fair-trade young coconut meat, plus coconut sugar and raw coconut oil forms the holy coconut trinity that is the base of all Sacred Serve gelato flavors. Superfoods like matcha green tea, Afghan saffron, chaga mushrooms and raw cacao are blended in for an ingredient list that’s so nutritious you’re almost suspicious that these could possibly taste good — until you take the first bite. This gelato is subtly sweet with a super creamy texture. 

Sacred Serve’s newest flavor is a reinvention of childhood favorite cookies and cream with tigernut cookies instead of typical Oreos. The cookie crumble is darkened with activated charcoal and made with prebiotic-rich tigernut flour and adaptogenic mucuna. 

The gelato is rock hard when you first pull it from the freezer, so you need to let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes or so to melt to a creamy consistency. You can find Sacred Serve in more than 150 stores across the country including Whole Foods, Foxtrot, Plum Market and Erewhon.

Really good vegan ice cream sandwiches

Vegan ice cream sandwiches from Green Girl Bakeshop

Green Girl Bakeshop Dairy Free Gluten Free Cookie Sandwiches, $96 for a pack of 12 ice cream sandwiches, available at Green Girl Bakeshop

Lisa Stoy’s plant-based gelatos all have four ingredients or less, starting with a coconut milk base sweetened with maple syrup, plus fresh mint, vanilla beans, cardamom, turmeric or cacao depending on the flavor. The ice cream sandwiches at Green Girl Bakeshop have just the right ratio of cookie to ice cream, keeping the focus squarely on the ice cream with the cookies playing a supporting role.

Depending on the flavor, the ice cream is sandwiched between gluten-free chocolate chip, dark chocolate, or ginger cookies, made with cassava flour and applesauce. It almost sounds too healthy to be a cookie, but they freeze nicely, remaining soft enough to bite into without the ice cream squishing out the sides. The golden turmeric ice cream with ginger cookies and the classic vanilla bean ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies are the best of the bunch.

Our testing methodology

I’m a food journalist with a predilection for ice cream and I’ve been known to regularly finish a pint in one sitting. Recently, I have been eating a predominantly plant-based diet and made it my mission to find the best plant-based ice creams that are just as satisfying as the dairy ice cream I’ve known and loved.

Flavor: Favorite flavors vary widely among ice cream lovers, so I included ice creams that recreated classic flavors impeccably as well as innovating new flavors. Most of all, I should be able to easily discern the flavor in a blind taste test and the ice cream shouldn’t taste muddied or cloyingly sweet. You should be able to eat a full scoop without feeling like you’ve developed a cavity.  

Texture: A great plant-based ice cream should mimic the decadently smooth and satisfying mouthfeel of premium dairy ice cream. I chose ice creams that didn’t taste watery or gummy and didn’t develop too many ice crystals.

Ingredients: The best plant-based ice creams use high-quality ingredients, and I looked for shorter ingredient lists made with real foods rather than ice creams filled with emulsifiers and sweetened with corn syrup or glucose syrup. For example, Oatly’s frozen dessert, which includes dextrose, dried glucose syrup and rapeseed oil, did not make the cut.

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12 of the best affordable Airbnbs in Atlanta, all starting under $160 per night

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Best Airbnbs in Atlanta

  • Lively outdoor dining, entertainment, and activities make Atlanta an attractive place to visit.
  • Nature enthusiasts will also find rivers, trails, and parks to explore in the “City in a Forest.”
  • We’ve chosen well-located Airbnbs in the city and just beyond, ranging from $75 to $157 a night.

As travel picks up, the historically busiest airport in all of America, as well as Atlanta’s famous nightlife, are getting back into full swing. There’s no mistaking that the vibrant capital of Georgia is still hot, and heating up even further alongside the weather.

As a longtime Atlanta resident, I know first-hand just how much the city has to offer. The Big A’s gorgeous climate means mild, short winters and lots of sunshine, which gives it a longer season for outdoor dining and activities.

Miles of green space, like city parks, playgrounds, raw and paved trails like the BeltLine and Silver Comet, and the wide, chill- or thrilled-filled (depending on your chosen activity) Chattahoochee River ensure you don’t forget that this bustling destination is also known as “The City in the Forest.” Not to mention the architectural gems that take visitors on a time-traveling tour of design and innovation, despite the city’s infamous torching amidst the Civil War.

So if you’re ready to see why so many Fortune 500 companies, studios, and startups are being drawn to the dazzle of the “Hollywood of the South” and want to explore why it’s become the fourth fastest-growing region in America, we have you covered on where to stay.

Here are the best Airbnbs in Atlanta, sorted by price from low to high.

Private guesthouse near historic Marietta Square

Private guesthouse near historic Marietta Square

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Like a stay at grandma’s house, this guesthouse feels homey, comfortable, and familiar, with simple but fun accents from the yellow bed quilt and floral ottoman to the antique pinball machine in the living area. The home also has a private patio that overlooks the main house, which was built during WWII for the nearby Lockheed airplane factory — a great example of working-class housing during that time. 

Be aware that this guesthouse is located on the same property as the host’s main home, but it is entirely separate and has its own private entrance. The grassy lawn provides a nice area to play or enjoy a picnic, and an extra Twin rollaway bed makes this a nice option for small families.

Located just six blocks from Marietta Square, which you might recognize from “Dumb and Dumber To” and the upcoming Aretha Franklin documentary, “Genius: Aretha,” this area less than half an hour from Midtown Atlanta is rife with charm. Its picturesque square is surrounded by trendy and traditional eateries, shops, and even breweries, and offers events both big and small, such as Taste of Marietta and Tuesday night bluegrass.

On the other side of the square, by the Marietta Museum of History, is the Marietta Square Market, an urban-style food hall with some of the best affordable, casual dining in Atlanta. Its parking lot turns into a bustling farmer’s market on weekends that’s ideal for grabbing some snacks before or after a self-led tour of the many uniquely designed historic homes that line nearby Cherokee, Whitlock, and Church Streets.

Vinings loft with air hockey table near Truist Park

Vinings loft with air hockey table

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Just across the ‘Hootch from the Paces division in upscale Buckhead, this unique neighborhood is among the city’s most desired. It’s here that the walkable Vinings Jubilee shopping center is located, with specialty stores and restaurants inlaid in a village-like design. This area is home to the historic Old Vinings Inn and the iconic Canoe restaurant, as well as residential neighborhoods with homes set to stun. Closer still is Truist Park, where the Braves and local residents play, and Cumberland Mall, the first four-anchor mall built in Georgia. 

Vinings also puts you right at the foot of some great trails along the river, but staying at this loft, you needn’t go too far to get your workout in. Located within a development, there’s a walking trail right on property, along with shared tennis courts, and a resort-style pool. Not to mention the fitness center and on-site studio great for yoga, spin, pilates, or barre workouts. 

This listing boasts steel cable-strung stairs that lead to a roomy loft bedroom, with sunlight streaming in from a row of windows at the base of the dramatically high ceilings. Below, you’ll find a blue velvet couch, a four-person dining table, and a full kitchen with granite countertops. There’s even an air hockey table for those who want a little friendly competition.

For the best outdoor views, head to the patio around the lake in the complex. There, bistro tables give guests a spot to take a deep breath and enjoy some sunshine. 

Urban chic condo in Atlantic Station

Modern Atlantic Station Apartment

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The trendy Atlantic Station neighborhood is perhaps one of the best examples of what it means to live/work/play, all in one luxurious and well-appointed bubble. On the west side of the city, this strategically developed area was built to house 50 shops, a Central Park with live outdoor shows, BODIES The Exhibition, and a movie theatre in a streetscape-like setting. And when the temperatures drop, there’s outdoor ice skating during the short winter season, which ends around mid-February.

Close to Atlantic Station’s big-brand stores, sidewalk cafes, and boutique hotel is this lovely apartment with a modern-eclectic energy thanks to a dynamic mix of patterns and materials, from a green velvet couch to a zebra rug. The balcony offers views of a resort-style saltwater pool that’s enchantingly lit up at night in soothing aqua blues. By day, this pool area is a prime spot to luxuriate under a warm Georgian sun, giving the rooftop with its city views some stiff competition for vacation-luxury vibes. 

This bird’s eye view puts into context just how close this location is to some of Atlanta’s biggest attractions, like the High Art Museum and Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre. It’s due north of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium — home of the Falcons — and State Farm Arena, and due south of Buckhead, just on the other side of the highway from buzzy Midtown.

Luxurious all-glass apartment in Midtown

Highrise Luxury Midtown All Glass Huge Balcony HM

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This stunning space in Midtown is everything city-lovers imagine in an upscale urban high-rise, including its prime location. Eye-level with the skyline, you can plan your day just by looking down and out and pointing where next to explore. Floor-to-ceiling windows make up the walls of the bedroom, spacious living room, and even the marble kitchen — a massive benefit of a corner unit. 

Another perk is the large wraparound balcony that boasts it is “large enough for a morning workout.” But if you need more space than that, there’s an all-glass-view gym in the building too, complete with a workout studio, plus a heated outdoor pool and working spaces, just in case you play too hard and feel like you ought to make up for it.

After all, in this location, it’s not difficult to have too much fun. Midtown, the “heart of the arts,” is where all the city’s action really is. Public transportation via the MARTA is more accessible here than almost anywhere else in the city, but if you’re driving in and taking advantage of the included secure parking of this home, everywhere you might want to visit is only minutes away.

Over 150 restaurants, clubs, and bars are scattered throughout this neighborhood, and Piedmont Park and the BeltLine are only steps away from this high-rise. Follow that paved trail to find tiny doors and the Ponce City Market, the city’s largest adaptive reuse project with shops and an incredible food hall of chef-led innovation.

Posh apartment in Buckhead

Illustrious Buckhead Apt w King Bed 5Min frm Lenox

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Buckhead is a posh address shared by the Governor, and this one-bedroom apartment puts you right in the center of it. It’s only a few walkable blocks to Lenox Square, a premium shopping mall with 250 stores spread across nearly 1.6 million square feet. As if that weren’t enough, Phipps Plaza is also only steps away, impressive with its mahogany walls, marble floors, chandeliers, and grand staircase.

But Buckhead isn’t just primed for commerce — it’s good for art and action, too. Around Miami Circle and Bennet Street are clusters of independent art galleries, and the young, affluent professionals that live in this neighborhood frequent the bars, clubs, and chic restaurants along Peachtree and Roswell Roads.

You can prep for a glamorous night out in this light, bright, and spacious apartment, channeling the elegant decor of the apartment. In the bedroom, an upholstered bed is furnished with a memory foam mattress under a trey ceiling, and a minibar stocked with small bottles of liquor and wine offers a pre-gaming amenity. The spacious living area is decked out in a soothing cream and blue color palette, and the modern kitchen includes all-white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and grey tiling.

During the day, take advantage of the on-site gym and the rooftop pool. The latter overlooks the city skyline, magical any time. Garage parking for one means you can linger as you like. 

Backyard treehouse-style cabin

Treehouse at Pine Meadows

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For anybody who ever wanted a tree house as a child and now wants style and character as an adult, this novel rental is just the ticket. Half an hour out from Midtown Atlanta in the suburb of Kennesaw, near the mountain, battlefield, and university of that same name, is this charmer with its own private driveway. Once parked, follow the outdoor string lights to find a handcrafted staircase the leads to a vintage front door. 

The exterior is all rough, raw wood, but the inside is a quintessential example of the rustic-chic farmhouse aestehtic. Tall ceilings soar up to a high peak over a stained glass window, while additional floor-to-ceiling windows lend light and airiness to the space. Hardwood flooring, stunningly distressed, contrasts with clean-whitewashed wood plank walls, and a country chandelier hanging over the bed. Antique-style accents like a reading chair, handmade bench, and 100-year-old cabinet are offset by modern amenities like an electric fireplace, heating, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. 

Outside are two rocking chairs, set on a porch that overlooks a backyard meadow. Steps from there is a surprisingly nice outhouse with a composting toilet and a sink powered by a manual water dispenser. Guests staying for two or more nights get use of a basement shower just 30 steps away.

Creekside studio with an indoor spa

Private Marsh Creek escape indoor spa

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The Chattahoochee Plantation neighborhood is unique not just for its architecturally diverse mega-mansions and its many entrances to the nature preserves along the banks of the Chattahoochee River, but also for its stubborn history. For years, this tiny, ten-foot by seven-mile city was the only thing standing between the city of Atlanta creeping into the boundaries of Cobb County just north of Sandy Springs.

This studio is on the Atlanta side of the river to its obstinate neighbors on gawp-able Paper Mill Road, Columns Drive, and Atlanta Country Club Drive, but gives you plenty to go ga-ga over right on the grounds. Attached to a huge contemporary home overlooking a scenic wooded creek, it has its own private entrance. Just inside, you’ll find an absolutely spectacular indoor pool and hot tub. 

Under soaring ceilings held up with exposed beams are walls of windows and a posh seating area with cabana curtains for privacy, creating an experience not unlike an oversized hydrotherapy room in an upscale resort spa. From there, a back deck and outdoor grill are at guest disposal to better enjoy Marsh Creek views. 

Modern tiny home in Old Fourth Ward

Modern Nordic Tiny Home w Queen in Heart of ATL

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The Old Fourth Ward, affectionately abbreviated to O4W, is one of central Atlanta’s most happening neighborhoods. Just east of Downtown and south of Midtown, it’s now an intriguing combination of new, trendy developments and design right alongside historic sites like Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home. Atlantans love this neighborhood for its miles-long, paved, and elevated BeltLine Trail and the myriad of attractions sprung up around it, like the amazing Ponce City Market.

A block away is where you’ll find this upscale Nordic-style tiny home, whose minimalistic style and plush fur-trimmed accent decor create a sense of Scandinavian simplicity and peace. Every precious inch of this space is used well and Instagram-ready, from the Brazilian hardwood shower that recalls a spa sauna to a lofted bed with skylight window to the small desk that overlooks a rock creek right outside. Also outside is a 125-year-old American sycamore tree in the private yard, and a fenced space that offers a smokeless fire pit and two lounge chairs facing the tiny home’s little patio. 

You’ll be walking distance to trails, shops, and restaurants, but should you want to stay in, there’s a UHD Smart TV that’s Netflix-ready, and a kitchenette that comes complete with an induction cooktop, microwave, and a retro-style fridge.

Loft in Virginia Highlands

Brand New Guest House   VaHi Midtown   1 BDRM+Loft

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Just east of Midtown, Virginia Highlands has been recognized by “Southern Living” as the fourth best neighborhood in all the South — and it’s no wonder. Its tree-lined streets shade beautiful homes and over 75 restaurants, shops, and bars, including Atlanta’s oldest continually licensed tavern, Atkins Park. It’s host to Summerfest in the (you guessed it!) summer and Tour of Homes for looky-loos in the winter; and puts you within steps of the BeltLine, Piedmont Park, and Atlanta’s Botanical Garden.

Homes here are traditionally the beautiful bungalow-style of the ’20s and ’30s, with high ceilings in the pre-war build. This brand-new loft guesthouse is right off the main strip.

Arrive to a gorgeous Craftsman-style entrance with a rose-strewn portico at the entrance, just off the parking area that’s overhung by the loft’s balcony. Once inside, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide which of the two bedrooms you’d rather have: the ground level one with French doors, plantation shutters, and an outside entrance, or the novelty of the loft suspended over the living space and bounded by steel cables. A soothing palette of blues, creams, and natural woods dominates the aesthetic, creating a cool contrast to the rich brick and brown of the exterior. 

High-rise, hotel-style living near Edgewood

Stunning City Getaway   In The Heart Of Atlanta

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Right on the border of quirky, accessible Edgewood and just south of Inman Park and bohemian Little Five Points, this hotel-style resort apartment is at the crossroads of artsy and independent city culture. 

The creative vibe of its location makes it into the decor of a gorgeous common area lounge. It’s stylish and posh, and sexy besides, with splashes of deep reds, rich purples, and bright oranges. The expansive common area also has an oversized shared worktable space with pop-up plugs to keep your gear fully juiced, and a wet bar, dining tables, and TVs to channel more of that city-life workspace feeling. A spiffy gym, also decked out in bold colors, is yours to enjoy during your stay. The apartment has a full modern kitchen, but this close to the Krog Street Market, a world-class and famous food hall, you likely won’t make much use of it. 

Outdoors, though, is where visitors find their R&R. The building’s resort-style pool has private cabanas and tanning areas around it, as well as firepits to gather your group of up to four around.

Carriage house in Chastain Park

Luxury Atlanta Guesthouse in Buckhead

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This carriage house may be less than a mile away from Chastain Park, but it almost feels like your own private preserve. Its long meandering driveway takes you to the wooded property before dropping you off at your new doorstep. Once inside, you’ll find a modern, cool aesthetic that includes a new kitchen with granite counters and gray cabinets, and a spacious, bright marble-pattern bathroom. All around are windows with views of the trees beyond and your closest neighbors will be a barred owl and whatever birds happen to visit the feeder.

As nice as these digs are, outside is actually where the greatest attractions for this property lie. The carriage house opens up to its own deck, which then leads to a charming brick path on a sloped hillside. Head toward the hammock to get to the lovely in-ground pool, which even has fountains spouting into it. Between dips, grill up a meal and enjoy it on various premium loungers, the bar table, or the seats around the fire pit. But if you want a fire pit closer to nature, make your way to the treehouse and the large swing beside it. There’s a more rustic fire pit with tree stump seating there.

Three-story tree house on the mountain

Treasure Hunt Tree House in Metro Atlanta

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Granted, you’re half an hour or so away from the heart of the action in Atlanta’s Midtown out here in suburban Kennesaw, but that seems like a small price to pay to stay in such a fantastical setting. This true tree house, built into the canopy and in one part, around an actual tree is a self-contained adventure. It even has an escape room-type treasure hunt challenge built into your stay. 

Comprised of three floors total across two independent structures connected by a rope bridge lit by fairy lights, the first building features vaulted ceilings with pine beams and a tin roof for rain to gently pitter-patter down. Its walls are made of knotty bamboo walls whose patterns are broken up by a stained glass window and French doors that open wide. Through those doors, access a wraparound porch that leads to the other building, which has a screened-in area with tables and chairs for dining or relaxation, and a ladder fastened against the central tree’s trunk that leads up to a crow’s nest observatory.

Like the rest of the home, the bamboo it’s made of comes from only a few miles away, making it not only a sustainable material, but local to boot. Other local and personal touches include handmade lamps, a cypress and blue resin water pitcher table made with love by the owner, a cedar plank writing desk, and a bucket and pulley system in the crow’s nest. A manmade stream runs beneath, complete with mini waterfalls, a bridge, and hammocks ripe for taking naps to the tune of the gentle gurgle.

A stay here also provides plenty of creature comforts, including a full bathroom with a marble shower and handmade soap just yards from the front steps. 

FAQs

Where should I stay in Atlanta on vacation?

Midtown is one of the best areas to be close to much of the action. It’s close to the business district, as well as iconic hotels like the W Atlanta. Plus, it has a vibrant arts scene, along with bars, comedy clubs, boutiques, and some of the best restaurants in the city. 

Virginia Highlands is a great option for those seeking a classic bungalow feel. As Atlanta native and prominent realtor Ariel Baverman of Keller Williams First Atlanta puts it, “Virginia Highlands is just cool. The bungalow homes are really nice and super upgraded, typically, built in the 1920s and ’30s, and tend to have high ceilings if pre-war.”

Edgewood is another great place to look for rentals. According to Baverman, it’s “a neighborhood that’s been on the rise over the course of the last 15 or 20 years,” with “lots of new construction” to add more architectural diversity to the traditional Craftsman bungalow blocks. 

When is the best time to visit Atlanta?

From March to May is an especially ideal time to visit Atlanta. The weather is warm enough to take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities, but it won’t be hot and muggy yet.

Summers in Atlanta are known for being extremely hot and humid, and prices often soar during the peak summer season. On the flip side, if you visit in the winter, be prepared for lows in the 30s and possible ice storms. 

Are Airbnbs safe?

According to the CDC, travel in the US is safe for anyone fully vaccinated. Additionally, experts have said private rentals like Airbnbs are one of the safest lodging options since you won’t encounter other guests or have any interactions with staff. 

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18 of the best Hilton Hotels in the US to earn or use points at, from family suites to luxury beach resorts

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  • Hilton Hotel brands range from boutique properties to spacious suites to beach resorts.
  • We found the best US Hilton hotels based on amenities, location, and value for point redemptions.
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Hilton Hotels currently offers 16 distinct brands for every type of traveler, with two new brands in development so keep an eye on newcomers Tempo by Hilton debuting in Louisville and Signia by Hilton in development for Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Orlando.

As a Hilton Honors elite member, I’ve stayed at countless Hilton properties across the country. Some of the hotels on this list are among my standout favorites, while others are included thanks to their incredible point redemption value and desirable location.

Hilton Honors members earn points with each stay and budget-minded travelers will often find great value in redeeming points at brands like Embassy Suites, Tru, and Hilton Garden Inn, but luxury resorts and boutique hotels are equally within reach if you save up an appropriate amount of points.

Even if not redeeming points, these top-rated properties are excellent options for earning points and working toward elite status. Travelers will find this list encompasses amusement park destinations and island retreats alike, while historic properties and luxury city escapes found their place, too.

These are the best Hilton Hotels in the US, sorted by point redemptions from low to high.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Scottsdale

Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Scottsdale

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Not only is this Embassy Suites one of the lowest point redemptions across the brand, but it’s also a remarkable deal for staying at a golf resort. Tee time here is even more appealing as personal instruction from PGA pros is available, and there’s a short game practice area, too. 

Even if you’re not a golfer, this hotel offers incredible points value with its cooked-to-order complimentary breakfast and evening cocktail reception, backed by mountain views and a resort pool sure to please the whole family. True to the brand, every guestroom here is a suite complete with separate sleeping and social areas with a refrigerator and microwave. Balconies offer views of the mountains or golf green, and some rooms sleep up to six guests.  

Guestroom decor is traditional and functional, in line with the brand, and it’s only the presidential suite that has distinctive accents like a jetted tub and walk-in European shower. Yet most of your time here will undoubtedly be spent outdoors with the lush greenery, poolside cocktails, and hikes at Camelback Mountain just a few miles down the road.  

Tru by Hilton Sandusky

Tru by Hilton Sandusky

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Like many Tru properties, this Sandusky property has a youthful vibe thanks to vibrant colors throughout common spaces and funky features like swinging lounge chairs. Colorful wall murals welcome guests inside, while the hotel offers an outdoor verandah with fire pits for cozy evening socials. 

With free parking, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast, a points redemption is already a great value here, but the location adds even more oomph for leisure travelers booking a stay. The Kalahari waterpark is only a mile away, while Cedar Point amusement park attractions are about a 15-minute drive. 

Guestrooms are minimalistic in a cool contemporary way, with functional furnishings like a rolling workstation and ample storage, along with cozy bedding featuring a Serta mattress. Rooms have lots of natural light with oversized windows, a mini fridge, and glass shower doors. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is available 24/7 in the lobby. 

Hilton Garden Inn New York/Times Square Central

Hilton Garden Inn New York/Times Square Central

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For those who wish to stay in the heart of Times Square, Hilton Garden Inn New York offers an incredible location in the city that never sleeps. But sleep you will, with ergonomic design and Serta Suite Dreams bedding alongside upscale bath amenities and black-out curtains. Guestrooms also feature Herman Miller chairs and mini-fridges to store your NYC leftovers. 

Some rooms have views of the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, which will equate to a higher point redemption, of course. Otherwise, this Times Square offers redemptions starting from as little as 28,000 points a night, which is a steal to be within walking distance of Broadway shows. 

The hotel offers complimentary coffee and tea each morning while the lobby bar is ideal for evening cocktails overlooking Times Square. On-site restaurant Paul’s on Times Square offers a breakfast buffet alongside a lunch and dinner menu backed by floor-to-ceiling views of the city. 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Orlando Near Universal

Home2 Suites by Hilton Orlando Near Universal

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Depending on season, this stellar property near popular Orlando attractions can be quite budget-minded or lean toward a mid-range point redemption. Yet the location is incredible with Universal Orlando within a mile and Disney a little over nine miles away. Plus, the hotel provides a free shuttle to Universal Orlando Resort, increasing value for families. 

Spacious guestrooms have a chic contemporary vibe with pops of color throughout, like vibrant orange sofas, teal ottomans, and bursts of lime green accents on wall shelving. A flex space offers a combinable workstation and food prep area with a fridge, microwave, and dishwasher all at hand. Portable induction cooktops are also available upon request. 

Some studios sleep up to six guests with two queen beds and a sleeper sofa. Connecting rooms are also available for larger families traveling together. While the pool isn’t huge, it gets plenty of sun and is complimented by outdoor grills and shaded dining areas.  

Motto by Hilton Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Motto By Hilton Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

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Motto by Hilton is Hilton’s newest brand offering with a micro-hotel urban vibe for youthful travelers. This less traditional lodging option is more like gathering friends for a shared home rental, without the home price tag. At this time, only one Motto is available to book, and it’s in a fantastic Philadelphia neighborhood for city exploration. 

This downtown getaway is ideal for Amtrak arrivals, while cultural go-tos like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Love Park are within walking distance. Modern dwellings range from spacious king rooms to bunk bed suites for friends traveling together. Guestrooms feature hardwood floors, a soothing color palette of white and sea blue, and black and white bathrooms.  

While the property doesn’t offer complimentary breakfast, temptation is available on-site with El Cafe’s breakfast tacos and Stumptown coffee. For light lunches or evening bites, El Techo is a taqueria spanning the 11th floor and offering wonderful skyline views thanks to its retractable glass roof. Then for a stunning on-site meal with friends, Condesa offers up Mexican fare with mezcal and tequila-based cocktails.  

The Peery Salt Lake City Downtown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

The Peery Salt Lake City Downtown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

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As a Tapestry Collection hotel, guests will immediately note the boutique charms of The Peery Salt Lake City from its historic Prairie and Classical Revival architecture to tasteful antique furnishings. Built in 1920, the hotel has only 73 guestrooms and retains its elegance with high-canopy beds, decorative molding, and classic wood furnishings, yet also offers modern bathrooms and Tempur-Pedic bedding. 

A refined, neutral color palette with pops of color is consistent from guestrooms through to common areas and, while morning coffee is available in the lobby, breakfast service remains reduced at this time. The hotel also has secluded wine and tasting rooms available alongside two restaurant options. 

The hotel is located in a prime location for exploring downtown pubs, breweries, dining high and low, and there’s even a murder mystery dinner theater across the street. Salt Palace Convention Center and Temple Square are just up the block, while the Natural History Museum of Utah is within five miles and Big Cottonwood Canyon is just a 15-mile distance for outdoors enthusiasts. 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville-Downtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville-Downtown

Book the Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville-Downtown

This downtown Nashville hotel generally runs a few hundred dollars a night, so the redemption value here is excellent – unless you plan to book during a major music festival when rates will go up no matter how you pay. After all, this property is in a prime location for taking in Nashville’s live music scene and the Country Music Hall of Fame is just a half-mile away. 

Not only is this hotel in Nashville’s historic district, but the property itself was built in the early 1900s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel’s exterior retains Renaissance Revival architectural details, while inside reveals a modern venue with music-themed art adorning walls in public spaces and guestrooms alike. 

Spacious guestrooms include a refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher while Serta Suite Dreams bedding ensures a sound sleep. Family travelers will find suites that sleep up to six guests.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Book the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened in March 2021 and its slightly off-Strip location is perfect for those who want easy access to nightlife and attractions while embracing a little extra privacy. Unlike many Vegas properties, guests will never pay a resort fee at this Curio Collection property, making the moderate points redemption even more valuable.  

Sunseekers will love the expansive resort pool surrounded by palm trees, lounge chairs, and private cabana rentals. For even more poolside fun, this summer will debut the Élia Beach Club with an all-day party vibe. Casa Calavera serves up traditional Mexican fare and cocktails on an outdoor patio overlooking the resort pool, while poolside coastal Italian cuisine is available from Kassi Beach House.

Additional on-site dining abounds with NOBU Las Vegas, Thai street food at Night & Market, steakhouses, and even a 24/7 option at The Kitchen at Commons Club, known for their carafe cocktails and beer flights.  

On the lower end of points redemption, guests will find modern, spacious suites with colorful decor and plenty of cozy seating alongside organically sourced bath amenities. Strip-view and Grand Chambers will require thousands more points, so luxury-seeking high-rollers may prefer to book these extravagant multi-room suites with a credit card. 

Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District

Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District

Book the Canopy by Hilton Portland Pearl District

This Canopy property truly embraces an artsy Portland vibe with an unbeatable location in the nightlife-packed Pearl District. Complimentary bicycles are available for exploring the waterfront trail and downtown attractions like the Japanese Garden, while on-site amenities include a 24-hour rooftop fitness center that overlooks the neighborhood. 

Eatery Vaux welcomes guests with exposed brick walls contrasted with vibrant local art, while the menu highlights sustainable practices and seasonal local products. The gallery-like property includes casual mezzanine seating, while cornhole games on the rooftop provide amazing cityscape views. There are plenty of little extras, like a water bottle filling station and private workstation cubbies in the common areas. 

Guestrooms have nice touches like in-room Nespresso machines, a mini-fridge, chaise lounges, and sliding barn doors. Portland art and design influences functional, contemporary furnishings, and gel memory foam beds feature Serta Cool Balance technology for a super cozy sleep. 

Highline Vail – A DoubleTree by Hilton

Highline Vail - a DoubleTree by Hilton

Book the Highline Vail – A DoubleTree by Hilton

Points redemption can really fluctuate at this Vail hotel, thanks to its prime location for the winter ski season. Spring through fall offer the lowest redemption points, yet year-round this DoubleTree is a desirable property for its laidback resort vibe surrounded by Colorado mountains. 

The resort has a ski chalet vibe with vaulted ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, and huge windows offer amazing views of the nearby slopes. On-site dining ranges from craft cocktails and shareable plates to American comfort food and Mexican classics. 

That chalet vibe continues with fireplaces in some guestrooms, while some suites have loft bedrooms. Plus there is a heated outdoor pool surrounded by snowcapped mountains and a cozy outdoor fire pit, and a games room to keep the kids occupied at all hours. 

Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front

Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front

Book the Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach/Gulf Front

One of the most appealing amenities at this beachfront hotel is the year-round outdoor heated pool, which means families are in for fun in the sun no matter the temperature outside. Plus, with direct private beach access, there’s a host of water activities to occupy your day, but the poolside tiki bar may also have a special spot reserved for you. 

Don’t miss the amazing sunsets at this beach getaway which, by the way, is one of the overall best redemption values along the Gulf of Mexico and points are definitely the way to go in peak season when cash room rates tend to get quite high. With hot breakfast included, free parking, and proximity to both Gulf State Park and the Adventure Island amusement park, families will find exceptional value here. Note that not all rooms have a balcony or water view, so be sure to book according to your preferences. 

Guestrooms are road trip and family-friendly with in-room mini-fridges and microwaves, and plenty of social seating areas. Rooms have a casual, spacious design with a beach-inspired color palette reflecting water and nature. Guestrooms with balconies will find these furnished with functional outdoor seating.

Hilton Americas-Houston

Hilton Americas-Houston

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An obvious choice for business travelers, Hilton Americas-Houston connects to the George R. Brown Convention center via skywalk, yet this downtown flagship property is also a great choice for city explorers on the go. Discovery Green Park is right next door and home to live outdoor music and public art, playgrounds, and a calm pond for sightseeing by kayak. Visitors can easily take in a Houston Rockets game at the adjacent Toyota Center or wander to nearby eateries, museums, and the theater district. 

One of the best features of this Hilton property is the infinity-edge indoor pool with amazing city skyline views from the 23rd floor. The spa offers soothing full-body scrubs, alongside manis and pedis to glam up for a night on the town.

Modern guestrooms have a chic vibe thanks to wall murals designed by a local artist and some rooms have full views of Discovery Green Park, while others have expansive skyline views. Business travelers should note the high-end appeal of executive suites towering over the city, complete with Executive Lounge access inclusive of continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres. 

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Book the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

This family-friendly resort has a 27-acre footprint along the south end of Ocean Boulevard and offers direct access to Springmaid Pier with popular museums and attractions within a mile radius. Families will find a true resort experience with plenty of on-site activities ranging from lazy rivers and pools to a sprawling lawn for games, shaded patio seating, immediate beach access, and an option to book golf packages. 

Regular guestrooms are vacation-oriented with a mini-fridge and microwave, small dining table, and a private balcony. Larger suites are ideal for families with a full-size fridge, family dining table, and the ability to sleep up to five guests. All rooms have a minimal interior design with crisp, cool colors with the focal point on ocean views from balconies. 

All-day dining options include a buffet breakfast at Ocean Blue, beachside bites at Southern Tide Bar & Grille, and tasty cocktails at The Pool Bar. Guests may also book private cabanas stocked with water bottles and fresh fruit bowls, along with dedicated food and beverage service. 

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Book The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

While there are plenty of exceptional hotels in New Orleans, finding a great hotel deal, particularly in the French Quarter neighborhood, can be a challenge – which makes redeeming points at The Roosevelt all the more impressive. Even during peak times, the redemption value at this Waldorf Astoria is one of the best Hilton Honors deals available. 

Situated along the edge of the French Quarter with easy streetcar access on Canal Street, The Roosevelt New Orleans has been operating as a hotel since 1893. The property blends historic architecture and finishing touches like extravagant chandeliers and ornate mirrors with modern accents like a rooftop pool and jazz-themed local art. A swanky lounge serves up small plates alongside classic cocktails, while fine dining is served at Italian eatery Domenica. 

Guestrooms combine period furnishings with contemporary amenities like multi-nozzle walk-in showers, large flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, and minibars. Common areas highlight historic New Orleans memorabilia and dramatic walnut-paneled walls, while the lobby is one of the best to visit during the holidays thanks to their elaborate annual decor traditions. 

Read our full hotel review of The Roosevelt  New Orleans

Hilton Aventura Miami

Hilton Aventura Miami

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Hilton Aventura Miami is a completely new property and the latest luxury hotel to join the downtown Aventura skyline. Opened in May 2021, this culinary-focused destination is super close to Aventura Mall and North Miami attractions like Gulfstream Park and Hallandale Beach. 

Guestrooms feature bedding from the Hilton Serenity Collection alongside custom decorative throws. White contemporary furnishings are sleek and streamlined, standing out against luxurious patterned flooring. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer amazing views of blue skies and famous Florida sunshine. 

The signature restaurant, Gala, offers indoor and outdoor seating with a focus on South American cuisine. Muse offers craft cocktails and tapas. The Reserve transitions from a daytime coffee bar to a wine lounge in the evenings. Throughout, the hotel hosts saxophone nights, poolside DJs, and weekend brunches. 

Conrad Washington DC

Conrad Washington DC

Book the Conrad Washington DC

Conrad Hotels & Resorts is all about smart luxury, pairing pleasure with business, and while the brand typically costs several hundreds of dollars per night, this DC property has great value for points redemption. 

With a location convenient to the White House, National Monument, and Smithsonian attractions, this luxe hotel is equally suited to leisure and business travel. Guests may take in those stunning skyline views atop the hotel’s rooftop bar, while the on-site restaurant features James Beard award-winners offering a seasonal tasting menu. 

Guestrooms are true to Conrad styling with floor-to-ceiling windows, clean design lines with neutral color palettes, and spa-quality bathrooms with walk-in marble showers and soaker tubs. Some of the higher-end suites include fireplaces and separate dining, entertaining, and sleeping spaces. 

Read our full hotel review of the Conrad Washington DC

Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Book the Oceana Santa Monica, LXR Hotels & Resorts

Oceana Santa Monica overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and this high-end property delivers 5-star service to its discerning guests. Year-round points redemption starts at a consistent 95,000 but those seeking an indulgent penthouse experience may want to consider paying instead of forking over 446,000 points. 

No matter which way you book, expect to unwind with amenities like complimentary morning beach yoga, Peloton treadmills in the fitness center, and a spa-like heated outdoor pool. Extremely spacious standard suites feature luxurious cashmere throws, Frette linens, and modern wall art while larger suites offer options like well-equipped kitchens, private terraces, walk-in closets, and spacious entertaining areas. 

The boutique-style property has a great location along Ocean Avenue with popular downtown bars and restaurants nearby, while Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park are less than a mile away. 

Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations

Best hilton hotels - aerial view of Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations in Hawaii

Book the Ocean Tower by Hilton Grand Vacations

Redeeming points at a Hilton Grand Vacations property will always run on the high end as these are typically visited by vacation ownership guests, but this Waikoloa resort on the Big Island of Hawaii offers exceptional value. Located on the Kohala Coast, the resort tower is perched along the edge of Wailua Bay – ideal for boogie boarding, paddleboarding, and kayaking excursions. 

Contemporary guestrooms boast ocean-inspired and island accents like local art and coastal colors, while dining venues and common areas are decorated with surfboards and sleek wood furnishings. Classic rooms include private balconies with waterfront views, while suites also include fully equipped kitchens with separate dining and living areas. 

On-site food and drink range from fresh island cuisine to taproom favorites, along with the Legends of Hawaii Luau dinner and show, a Kona coffee bar, and homemade ice cream.

FAQ: Hilton Honors

What are the Hilton Honors membership levels? 

There are only four tier levels to Hilton Honors, and it’s free to sign up for an account:

What are the best ways to earn and maximize Hilton points

Every paid night earns members Hilton points, with Tru and Home2 Suites earning 5 base points per dollar spent, while all other Hilton properties earn 10 base points per dollar spent. There are also occasional member-only offers available on the hotel website for increased points earnings which maximize point collection. Being an Elite Hilton member (Silver, Gold, or Diamond status) comes with the perk of getting a fifth night free on award stays in standard rooms, which is a great way to stretch your points for a longer stay.

Guests can also earn even more points with one of the Hilton Hotel branded credit cards. Additionally, if you don’t have a lot of paid Hilton stays already racked up, opening one of Amex’s Hilton cards comes with the bonus of complimentary elite status.

How do I find hotels with the best value for point redemptions? 

While Hilton doesn’t publish a standard award redemption chart, they do have an incredibly useful Points Explorer site that allows guests to find properties based on location and desired redemption ranges. Guests may set their preferred redemption level and search properties from low to high or vice versa. Or, guests can search specific locations to find the lowest redemptions in a specific area. 

How else can I use my Hilton Honors points? 

Points may be pooled with up to 10 friends or family members to splurge on a luxurious resort getaway. Points may also be used to pay for Lyft rides, redeemed for car rentals, or transferred to partner airline miles through their online membership account.

When should I use points and when should I pay for a hotel? 

Hilton Honors points are worth, on average, 0.5 cents each according to Insider’s points and miles valuations. Always pay attention to the math to determine whether the stated points redemption is better than paying for a night. For example, if a hotel is listed at $122 per night while the points redemption would require 32,000 points for the same room, it’s a better option to pay as 32,000 points at 0.5 cents each equates to a $160 value. 

Plus, sometimes it may be worth it to pay for a night if you are participating in a special members-only points-earning promotion. Hilton often offers special promotions like “earn 3x points on every stay,” where it makes sense to earn the bonus points within a limited timeframe. 

Is it safe to stay in a hotel right now? 

The CDC says fully vaccinated people can now safely travel domestically and experts agree hotels are safe with a little extra precaution. CDC guidelines recommend wearing a mask in public spaces, routinely washing hands, and socially distancing from those not traveling with you. 

The Hilton CleanStay program details what guests can expect from check-in through to check-out, including enhanced cleaning procedures and contactless service options. 

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10 of the best hotels in Tulum whether you seek beachfront luxury or an affordable stay in the center of town

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The best hotels in Tulum
  • Tulum is a design and gastronomy mecca on a turquoise beach overseen by ancient Mayan ruins.
  • Hotels in Tulum push the limits of beauty and design but some come with astonishingly high prices.
  • We compiled a list of highly-rated Tulum hotels ranging from $128 to $669 per night to start.

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Two hours south of Cancun, Tulum is one of the hottest destinations on Mexico’s stunning Riviera Maya. This jungle-embedded city offers gorgeous and gentle Caribbean waters, lush jungles, ancient ruins, standout design, and plentiful hotels that showcase it all.

Spiritual centers, apartments, hostels, luxury, and boutique hotels all have a home here and proudly boast the Tulum aesthetic of natural wood, leafy palms, and just a touch of concrete or brass for an industrial edge.

I spent three months living in Tulum and the best hotel comes down to personal style and whether you plan to soak up the sun, admire the ruins of Coba, or go cenote-hopping in the beautiful swimming holes scattered within the jungle. Tulum hotels are also among the best wellness resorts in the Caribbean.

Tulum hotels push the boundaries of design, and their prices can often reach astronomical levels, but we found beautiful and accessible Tulum hotels that don’t skimp on comfort, beauty, or amenities.

Browse all the best Tulum hotels below or jump to a specific area here:

These are the best hotels in Tulum, sorted by price from low to high.

Aloft Tulum

Aloft Tulum pool
Aloft delivers a trusted brand and hotel experience under the Marriott Bonvoy umbrella.

Book Aloft Tulum

The Aloft Tulum is one of the newest and largest hotels in Tulum that offers the signature style of the hip and colorful Aloft brand and also many comforts that are hard to come by in Tulum, like industrial-strength air-conditioning and pristine and contemporary hotel rooms (that won’t cost a fortune). The hotel is located halfway between the city center and the beach zone, which means it’s a slightly shorter ride to the beach than from other hotels in town, but you can get there by bicycle or cab.

The Aloft has a bar space designed for live music, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a restaurant, and two pools. There’s a family-friendly pool on the ground level, but the adults-only rooftop infinity pool is the highlight of any stay with stunning views over the jungle canopy. It’s a great place to spend the day sipping cocktails, especially if you need to send out a few e-mails.

All rooms are modern and spacious with bright colors, natural textures, and amenities like Smart TVs and Marshall speakers. The polished style may not suit all types of Tulum-bound travelers, but for anyone dreading bugs and humidity, it’s a very comfortable and affordable place to stay.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Copal Tulum

Copal Tulum
Balconies at this hotel overlook the lush jungle canopy.

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In a quiet section of Aldea Zama, tucked between the beach and city center, Copal has apartment-style accommodations that are great for families and large groups.

The hotel has a polished jungle-inspired design with plenty of bamboo and natural wood finishes. Rooms feel brand new and modern with stainless steel appliances and Smart TVs and the most basic room is similar to a standard hotel room with a kitchenette. Larger rooms like the Studio Jungle Terrace have living spaces and kitchens, and there are also multi-bedroom suites with their own private rooftop and ground-floor pools. 

Behind the hotel and through the restaurant, you’ll find a pathway to a small public cenote. It’s not as large as others in the area, and can sometimes get crowded, but it’s nice to visit for a quick and easy dip.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Orchid House Tulum

Orchid House Hotel in Tulum
The rooftop pool bar is designed so that you can sip on a juice or cocktail without ever getting out of the pool.

Book Orchid House Tulum

In Tulum’s super-polished Aldea Zama neighborhood, Orchid House is a quiet hotel with a serene nature-inspired design. As you enter the lobby, you’ll first notice the interior garden with tropical plants and a small footbridge perfect for a photo opportunity. Upstairs, the pool bar is the hotel’s main attraction, with a classy take on the in-pool seating so you can sip on a juice or cocktail without ever getting out of the pool.

Throughout the hotel, a light and airy color scheme reflects that natural environment, while intricate details and antique furniture add a necessary touch of luxury to this bohemian chic 10-room hotel.

Each room features a stunning wood-carved door, a plush King-sized bed, and a private terrace with a small plunge pool for two. For a little more space, Jungle Suites have terraces large enough for a hammock, and the Master Suites, which also have two additional twin-sized beds, have plunge pools that directly overlook the jungle.

Make sure to have at least one meal in the signature nest, a dining booth on top of the hotel, where you can enjoy an interrupted view across the treetops all the way out into the horizon.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Nativus Glamping Tulum

Nativus
Glamping at Nativus comes with a healthy dose of luxury.

Book Nativus Glamping Tulum

There are a lot of glamping options in Tulum, but Nativus offers premium accommodations with access to a natural crystalline cenote. From the main area of the hotel, you’ll find the tents and a small restaurant, and a winding jungle path will take you all the way to the huge El Cenote Encantada, an open cenote where you can swim, kayak, and paddleboard. The cenote is not private, but it’s hard to reach and find if you’re not accessing it through a local business, so it doesn’t get very crowded. Every tent has a plush bed and its own outdoor bathroom, which is beautifully decorated with natural materials and has a very private outdoor rainfall shower.

This hotel is located at the end of the beach road, right before the entrance to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve National Reserve, so you can indulge in more adventurous jungle experiences without compromising on proximity to the beach.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Ikal Tulum Boutique Hotel

Ikal Hotel In Tulum
Located on the north end of Tulum’s beach road, Ikal is close to the ruins and offers a robust slate of community events.

Book Ikal Tulum Boutique Hotel

Located on the north end of Tulum’s beach road, which is closest to the entrance of the ruins, Ikal is a lively and hip spot that offers community events like Brazilian capoeira lessons, yoga, spiritual lectures, and eclectic live music. It is also extremely kid-friendly hotel with weekly events designed especially for kids relating to yoga, music, and art. 

Although restaurant visitors are welcome to use the day beds on the beach, the pool is for guests only. There are a large variety of accommodation types from spacious and air-conditioned glamping tents with shared bathrooms to beautiful jungle suites with private plunge pools, outdoor showers, thatched walls, and eye-catching furniture pieces that look like they were magically summoned from the depths of the jungle. All rooms are unique but Cabaña 8 stands out with its huge macrame entryway that really tells you everything you need to know about Ikal’s dedication to a bohemian aesthetic.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel

La Zebra Boutique Hotel in Tulum
The oceanfront location and views at La Zebra are stunning.

Book La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel

La Zebra has a top-rated reputation for a fun ambiance, great service, chic rooms, and great beach access. The hotel has six different categories of rooms from basic Garden Rooms to beachfront suites with balconies and plunge pools. Rooms offer a harmony of natural beach tones and textures with a traditional design style that skips the flashy or industrial touches of other Tulum hotels. However, all rooms are still very sophisticated and luxurious and families will appreciate the suites, which come with one King-sized bed and two single beds.

The beach area offers plenty of space for guests to spread out on shaded daybeds. There is also a small spa and a beautiful restaurant with unique tabletops that pay homage to famous works of Mexican art. For epicurean guests, the hotel restaurant also offers an eight-course Chef’s Table experience that pairs artisanal cocktails, beers, and wine with Mexican gastronomy, hosted in a special dining room decorated with Mexican antiques.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Hotel Bardo

Hotel Bardo
This adults-only hotel has loft-style villas with living rooms and private plunge pools.

Book Hotel Bardo

Hidden in the less busy part of the Tulum city center, this adults-only hotel has loft-style villas with living rooms and private plunge pools. The lofts are beautiful, filled with natural textures and a dark color scheme, all tucked away in your own private corner of the jungle.

The shared hotel space is also sophisticated and calming, with nature and Mexican culture woven into every element of the hotel’s design. Special features include an agave garden and an ofrenda, or altar, decorated with black and white photographs and skulls.

The location is very far from the beach, but parking is free if you decide to rent a car. The common areas are lively, thanks to the inviting restaurant and bar with billiards and an inviting stone fire pit. The main pool has a fantastic design, fringed with lounge areas that have been sectioned off so you can enjoy a bit of privacy with your toes just inches from the water.

Hotel Bardo also offers many experiences for guests, like sunset intention-setting rituals, temezcal ceremonies, sound healing, and yoga. It may be a long journey to the ocean, but you’ll enjoy a rejuvenating and aesthetically pleasing experience in this hotel that encompasses all the reasons why people come to Tulum.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Nômade Tulum

Nomade Hotel in Tulum
Treehouses and villas offer magical lodging facing a gorgeous beach.

Book Nômade Tulum

Located on the south end of the beach, Nômade is a beautiful resort where meandering pathways lead you through a jungle filled with thatched roof villas, treehouses, a yoga shala, a gathering nest, and a meditation tent. Each week the hotel offers a variety of programming from spiritual seminars, live music, tea and cacao ceremonies, and yoga. On the beach, there is a restaurant with seating areas, daybeds, and scattered hammocks shaded by swaying palm trees.

Accommodation choices range from boho-chic suites to deluxe glamping tents and whimsical treehouses. Perched up in the jungle canopy, these treehouses are artistic and intimate with working bathrooms and air-conditioning. As you walk up the winding staircase, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into your own private oasis, far away from any disturbances. 

Though from the city center, there are plenty of posh places to eat and shop nearby while avoiding the more boisterous bars and party hotspots, and the beachfront location can’t be beaten.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Be Tulum Hotel

Be Tulum Hotel in Tulum
Many rooms come with private pools and boho decor, tucked amid lush jungle pathways.

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At Be Tulum, a lush entry includes tall leafy palms and meandering paths that lead to a stunning oceanfront, for a feel as if you’re ensconced within a remote island oasis.

Rooms are modern but still embrace natural textures and colors and include a variety of jungle suites and oceanfront villas with multiple bedrooms, rooftop terraces, and private pools. Rooms at Be Tulum are full of stand-out design pieces you’ll want to take home with you, such as a cubical tree log nightstand and embroidered pillows.

The hotel’s spa, the Yaän Healing Sanctuary, is one of the main reasons to stay here. It offers a variety of indigenous-inspired treatments from healing rituals to more traditional body treatments like massages, facials, and herbal baths. You can also arrange to join a temezcal ceremony and there is daily yoga in the treetop studio. Not every room has a private pool, but all guests can enjoy the beach club which has two great restaurants, one is dedicated to seafood and the other serves elevated Mexican cuisine using ingredients from a sustainable garden.

COVID-19 procedures are available here

Encantada Tulum

Encantada Hotel in Tulum
This small luxury hotel offers a calm atmosphere, beautiful beachfront, and just 8 rooms for an intimate experience.

Book Encantada Tulum

On what’s normally considered a busy strip, this small luxury boutique hotel offers a calm peaceful atmosphere with just eight rooms and one restaurant dedicated to its guests. Although it does not offer the wide range of amenities or “scene” you’ll find on other beachside hotels, it has plenty of space on the beach with inviting chairs and umbrellas, and great service from the front desk and restaurant staff. Ordering a drink or plate of guacamole to your beach chair is as easy as sending a text.

Each room has air-conditioning, luscious beds, and a spacious bathroom with an open shower. When you’re not lounging on the beach, relax on the front porch with a hammock and two chairs, and rinse off sandy feet in the seashell water basin. Not all rooms have ocean views, but they’re located steps from the beach no matter which room you get.

Encantada’s design scheme is nowhere near as flashy as other Tulum hotels, but it is still rich in beautiful details like the large macrame wall-hanging in the entrance or the blue stained glass windows in the hallway between the bedroom and bathroom.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: Tulum hotels

How do you get to Tulum from Cancun?

Tulum is about 80 miles from the Cancun airport and it takes about two hours to drive there along the main highway. If you don’t rent your own car, you can either take a cab or car service to Tulum, or you can take the ADO bus for a more affordable option.

What is the best way to get around Tulum?

There are many taxis in Tulum, but prices can be quite high especially on a busy night. Alternatively, bicycles are very popular and there is a safe bike path that connects the city center to the hotel zone.

How far is the city center from the beach?

Because much of Tulum is still protected land, there is a lot of jungle between the hotel zone on the beach and the city center. The road from the center to the beach is 2.5 miles long. Without traffic, it takes about eight minutes to drive and 15 to 20 minutes to bike. If you’re considering walking, that will take you at least 45 minutes.

Which is the best side of the beach to visit?

When you reach the beach, you’ll notice that you can go left or right. It is easy to visit both sides in one trip, but you’ll find that it will be difficult to access the beach on the south side without paying an entry fee to one of the pricey beach clubs or having a meal at one of the hotel restaurants. Meanwhile, the north side of the beach has public access and is also closer to the Mayan ruins.

Where should I stay when visiting Tulum?

If you want to make the most of your time in the water, you should select a hotel on the main beach road but be aware that this will also come with a hefty price tag unless you choose glamping accommodations. There are many places to stay in the main town, but you will need to take a cab or rent a bike to get to the beach.

What are the best hotels in Tulum?

Our list is a 50/50 split between the best Tulum hotels near the beach and non-beach options since the beach hotels can be very expensive and there are other attractions that lure visitors beyond just the sand.

We picked the best hotels that represent a variety of lodging styles, budgets, and experiences. Additionally, we looked for strict COVID policies to protect the health and safety of guests, and not every well-regarded hotel in Tulum takes these measures seriously. We also considered amenities such as yoga shalas, beach clubs, spas, and special access to well-hidden cenotes, which are natural swimming holes that are a defining characteristic of the Yucatan region of Mexico.

Tulum also has many hotels that are famous around the world that we did not include, such as Casa Malca, which was also the former home of Pablo Escobar, and Azulik, which is known for its beautiful rooms that are more like works of art, and is the most expensive hotel in Tulum. However, we opted to not include these hotels in our list of the best hotels in Tulum because they are prohibitively expensive for most people.

To see the famous “Come to the Light” sculpture that depicts a towering female figure ripping open her chest, which is filled with lush green plants, you can visit Ahau Tulum. The Papaya Playa Project is another popular hotel that is well-known for its restaurant and community events, and one we considered.

Are hotels in Tulum expensive?

Tulum is one of the most expensive destinations in Mexico and travelers will pay premium prices for hotels right on the beach since that is the best location to be in Tulum. In the city center, there are more budget-friendly options, as well as Airbnb vacation rentals, and hostels, but you will be far from the beach.

During the low season, between late spring and fall, you can expect to pay at least $130 per night on a hotel in the city center or at least $200 for a hotel on the beach (unless you’re glamping). During the high season, which starts in November and lasts until March, hotels in town will likely raise their rates above $200 per night, and hotels on the beach can charge as much as $1,000 per night. The most expensive time of year is around Christmas and New Year’s.

What is a temezcal ceremony?

Many hotels may offer a temezcal ceremony on-site. This traditional Mexican ceremony is a cleansing ritual purported to have many health benefits. It requires sitting in a small domelike structure in which rocks are heated to raise the temperature and cause you to sweat. It is usually combined with some kind of meditation and is followed by a cold shower. Because it takes some time to prepare, the ceremony is usually only offered a few times per week.

Is Tulum beach swimmable?

The water in Tulum beach is very clear and the waves are extremely gentle. It’s very swimmable, however, the beach occasionally suffers from sargasso seaweed invasions. Most hotels employ teams to clean up the seaweed in the morning, but you still might encounter it as you swim. It can be very unpleasant, but the problem is an issue all along the Riviera Maya and throughout the Caribbean.

What are the different neighborhoods in Tulum?

Aside from the beach zone, which is split into the north and south side, there are many neighborhoods in Tulum.

The city center is where most locals live and where you’ll find lively restaurants and a shopping scene. Aldea Zama is a highly-polished gated community, which is more like a small suburb within Tulum. La Veleta is another community slightly further from the beach than Aldea Zama, where there are luxury apartments but there is still a lot of construction. Villas is a very small local neighborhood that is quiet and although there are no hotels here, you might be able to find a vacation rental.

Is it better to stay in Tulum Town or the beach?

It depends on your budget and what you plan to do. The beach is beautiful, but on top of the high nightly hotel rates, you will spend a lot of money at pricey bars and restaurants. However, if you want to spend every day at the beach, you’re better off staying in the beach zone since high taxi prices from the center of town will end up being just as expensive.

If you’re more set on visiting ruins, exploring cenotes, and taking day trips, you’ll save money on lodging and dining by staying in town, away from the beach.

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Affirm lets you pay off large online purchases over time – here are 60+ stores across home, fashion, and travel that accept it

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  • It’s now easier and more convenient to buy the things you need, when you need them, with microloan providers like Affirm.
  • Affirm lets you pay for online purchases over a period of time (usually three, six, or 12 months).
  • Annual percentage rates (APR) range from 0-30% and Affirm does not charge any additional fees.
  • It’s available at 60+ of our favorite online retailers, including mattress, home and kitchen, and clothing brands.

You’re working with a tight budget, but you need to buy an important essential, you want to take advantage of an online sales event, and you have gifts to buy for everyone in your life – what do you do? Short of having an awkward conversation with a friend or family member to borrow some money, there’s now an easier, more convenient way to manage how you pay for online purchases, on your own terms.

Affirm is a payment option you’ll see when you check out your cart at many online shopping sites. It’s especially useful for large purchases such as furniture and mattresses because it lets you pay them off over a period of time (usually three, six, or 12 months). Annual percentage rates (APR) range from 0 to 30% and you’ll always be shown upfront the total amount of interest you’ll pay. Affirm does not charge any additional fees.

You can apply for a loan as you’re shopping at one of many Affirm’s partner stores, which include women’s and men’s fashion, furniture, sports and fitness, electronics, jewelry, and watch brands.

When it comes time to pay, you’ll see something like the below:

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From there, you can create an account, get approved for a loan, and pay off your purchase at a pace you’re comfortable with.

You can see which online retailers accept Affirm below.

They’re divided by category and we’ve also designated which ones offer loans starting at 0% APR with an asterisk.

While there are some more established companies, many are up-and-coming startups that are changing the way you shop for things like shoes, glasses, and home goods. Partnering with Affirm is just another way they’re helping to modernize and simplify the online shopping experience.

Here are 60+ stores that accept Affirm:

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From Houston to Upstate New York, here are 7 US destinations to visit to learn about Black history

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  • One of the first steps to combating racial injustice is learning and understanding Black history.
  • We’re highlighting great US destinations to learn about the contributions of Black Americans.
  • From museums and cultural sites to Black-owned hotels, here’s what to see and where to stay.

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President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring all persons held as slaves are henceforth free.

But it wasn’t until a full two and half years after this that all slaves in the United States were considered free in the eyes of the federal government, as this proclamation depended on the advancement of the Union troops.

The holiday Juneteenth, short for June 19, is a celebration of that freedom marking June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read a Proclamation to the people of Galveston, Texas, announcing their freedom. Commemorative celebrations date back to 1866 and, as of 2019, 47 states and DC have recognized Juneteenth.

This Juneteenth is a great opportunity to kick off your summer travels and learn about Black Americans’ contributions to the United States while celebrating a fun holiday.

We’re rounding out our recommendations for places to visit to learn about Black history with Black-owned hotels, shops, and eateries not to miss.

Here are some of the best destinations in the US to learn about Black history

Houston, Texas

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Begin your summer tour at Houston’s Emancipation Park for Juneteenth. The park was established in 1872 when former slaves formed the Colored People’s Festival and Emancipation Park Association for 10 acres in Houston.

Houston, Texas is one of the country’s most diverse cities and has included a large Black population of freemen and majority slaves since its founding in the 1830s. Post slavery, African Americans from other Southern cities migrated to Houston for job opportunities. Houston also attracted Buffalo Soldiers (Black cavalry during the Indian Wars and American Civil War). They protected mail, escorted stagecoaches, and even guarded the Mexican-American border. Learn more about them and Black cowboys at Houston’s Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Taylor-Stevenson Ranch.

While spending time in Third Ward, the Black heart of Houston, know that you’re in the home of some of Houston’s most important hometown heroes, including Beyonce, Solange, Phylicia Rashad, and Debbie Allen. Though currently still closed due to COVID-19, during non-pandemic times a visit to Project Row Houses is well worth it. The shotgun houses of newly freed slaves have been converted into art installations primarily designed by African American artists.

Nicknamed Space City, check out the recent movie “Hidden Figures” before visiting the Houston Space Center for historical context on Black contributions to the US space program. After, sink your teeth into some of that famed Texas barbecue at Black-owned Ray’s BBQ. Co-owner and official pitmaster Ray Busch is a native Houstonian who started his own barbecue food truck in 1985 before eventually joining forces with his longtime friend Maxine Davis and opening Ray’s BBQ Shack, the brick and mortar location specializing in hickory-smoked meats and plenty of soul food with Cajun influences.

Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

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If you’re planning a visit to Massachusetts’ beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard, be sure to explore the well-known summer destination’s deep African American roots. Photos of the Obamas vacationing there may have announced Martha’s Vineyard as a playground for the country’s Black elite to those who weren’t already in the know. But long before that, Martin Luther King Jr. vacationed in Oak Bluffs, as did Joe Louis, Harry Belafonte, and Dorothy West. Maya Angelou also once described Oak Bluffs as “a safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Located on the north shore of the island, the town of Oak Bluffs and its eye-catching gingerbread houses have been attracting tourists for generations. Since the 1920s, it’s been a safe haven for Black Americans in search of sea, sun, and respite from beaches that were historically deemed “Whites Only.”

The first Black Americans on Martha’s Vineyard came before that though. They were freemen whalers, indentured slaves, and runaways that sought a livelihood in Martha’s Vineyard whale oil economy. By the 1950s, Oak Bluffs was attracting Black doctors, lawyers, and executives, along with storied figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Places like Shearer Cottage, founded by Charles and Henrietta Shearer in 1912 as a summer inn, were one of the first of these establishments that catered specifically to African Americans.

Visit beautiful and lively Inkwell Beach, the Oak Bluffs town beach. Origin stories of the name differ on if it was a pejorative by nearby segregated white beachgoers in reference to the Black population or — the story I like to go with — it was a reference to the Harlem Renaissance writers and poets that found inspiration and camaraderie in the Oak Bluffs community. Washington DC’s National Museum of African American History includes Oak Bluffs in their permanent exhibition, “Power of Place,” such is its place of importance to the Black American community. Enjoy film festivals, book clubs, historical Black churches, and The African-American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard for more in-depth history during your visit.

Baltimore, Maryland

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The port city of Baltimore is in the middle of a rebirth. And with colorful row houses, murals depicting legends, and historical sites like the Royal Theatre, Baltimore’s nickname of Charm City is quite fitting.

With a population that is 60% Black, Baltimore’s African American history runs deep. Famed sons and daughters of Baltimore include Jazz great Billie Holiday, the first Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and US Congressman and Civil Rights activist Elijah E. Cummings.

The city was also once home to abolitionist and adviser to President Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, who spent his youth an enslaved young man in the shipyards of Baltimore. Later, he returned to Baltimore, now as a free man and the highest-ranking Black man in the US, and built five homes on Strawberry Alley (now known as Dallas Street).

You can learn more about his legacy at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, and there are several sites throughout the city of Baltimore that pay homage to Douglass’ journey. Stop by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, a Smithsonian affiliate, to see an autographed photograph of Frederick Douglass and a first edition of his autobiography. 

It would not be a trip to Baltimore without trying crabs or crab cakes, and checking out Baltimore’s Black culinary scene is a must. Head to Ida B’s Table for a culinary trip through Black history. Ida B. Wells was an activist and journalist in the south covering Southern issues of race and politics in the reconstruction period. As forward-thinking and boundary-pushing as its namesake, Ida B’s Table serves modern, farm-to-table soul food. Chef Thomas even sources from one of the few African American farms remaining in the country: Gaithers Gardens, which dates back 138 years and is family run.

Richmond, Virginia

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If you’ve already been on the classic historical family trip to Williamsburg, Virginia, consider a visit to the state’s capital. Richmond is a destination deeply important to Black American history as it was once the center of the domestic slave trade in North America. One of America’s oldest cities, this spot on the James River has a history that is at times painful. However, that only cements the vital importance of a visit here.

The Richmond Slave Trail is a walking trail that chronicles the history of the trade of enslaved Africans from Africa to Virginia until 1775, and away from Virginia to other locations in the Americas until 1865. The route begins at the Manchester Docks and goes through sites like the slave market of Richmond and the First African Baptist Church, a center of African American life in pre-Civil War Richmond.

Richmond also served as the home of Jefferson Davis’ Confederacy and Richmond’s American Civil War Museum & The Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia explores the Black Virginian experience from the Emancipation to the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s.

In more recent times, you may have seen Richmond and the captivating photos of the Black Lives Matter Movement in the city, as well as the reclaiming of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Activists have transformed the base of the sculpture, covering it with names of victims of police violence, calls for peace, as well as light projections, murals, and other artworks, transforming it into an influential work of art. Additionally, many public spaces, including the Marcus-David Peters Circle, are dedicated to art that highlights Black history and culture in Richmond.

Don’t miss the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia in Richmond’s historic African American Jackson Ward. While you’re there, have a taste of diverse Richmond at the Black-owned Soul Taco, a restaurant blending traditional Latin American flavors with soul food.

Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston, South Carolina is another old American city that is rich with Black history. African heritage helped shape the low country culture. In 2018, the city of Charleston finally passed a resolution acknowledging that the city profited greatly from slave labor and extended an apology.

Start your day with a delicious Lowcountry breakfast from Hannibal’s Kitchen, which has been serving Charleston unique dishes like shark and grits for over 40 years. The Africans brought to the Carolina Colony used the similarities between the agricultural environments of the Lowcountry and Africa’s West Coast, and you will see this same tasty tradition in Gullah cuisine.

The Gullah/Geechees have been said to have preserved their history more than any African American community in the United States. They are descendants of Central and West Africans and were enslaved together on the isolated islands which stretch along the US coastline from North Carolina down to St. Johns, Florida. To learn more about this history, book a tour of the Black history of Charleston with native Gullah Charlestonian Alphonso Brown of Gullah Tours.

A visit to the McLeod Plantation Historic site is also in order. The plantation is a 37-acre Gullah-Geechee heritage site that pays tribute to the enslaved Africans who lived and worked on the sea-island cotton plantation from the 1800s. Guests can learn about daily plantation life and tour the preserved dwellings of both the owners and enslaved families. The grounds include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping oak allée, and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old.

An equally important place to spend an afternoon is the Slave Mart Museum. At one point, 40% of the slaves in the United States came through the port of Charleston and this museum stands on the site of one of the last existing slave “showrooms” in the city in Charleston’s French Quarter. Many of the museum’s docents can trace their family history to slaves from the area.

Opera fan? Head over to Cabbage Row on Charleston’s Church Street where you’ll find Revolutionary War-era houses once home to the families of freed slaves. Black residents would sell cabbages from their window at one point, giving the area its name. Charleston native Dubose Heyward used Cabbage Row as his setting for his 1925 novel “Porgy” which was the basis of George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy & Bess.”

Round out the day with a stop at the Mother Emanuel AME Church, the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in the South, founded in 1816. This is the church’s third incarnation. The first was burned by local whites in 1822 and the second was destroyed in an earthquake. The church has hosted notable Civil Rights figures like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Booker T. Washington. Pay your respects and acknowledge recent turbulent history at the Emanuel 9 Memorial, which was constructed following the devastating murders of Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Reverand Celementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Reverand Daniel Simmons, Reverand Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson on June 17, 2015.

Coastal Mississippi

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To many, Mississippi conjures up ideas of the deep South at its worst and most racist (see the recent debacle over Martin Luther King Day just a few years ago in Biloxi, Mississippi). But it would be wrong to ignore the great influence and continued presence of Black Americans in the state.

Explore the Biloxi Visitors Center to learn about the African American cultural influence in the state, but more importantly, venture across the street to the beach. A commemorative plaque will tell you that this was the site of the Biloxi wade-ins, which were conducted by local African Americans from 1959 to 1963 to desegregate the beaches of coastal Mississippi. Following what The New York Times described as the worst racial riot in Mississippi history and protests following the assassination of the NAACP field secretary of Mississippi Medgar Evers, the 26-mile long beachfront was finally opened to all races.

For blues fans, a visit to The 100 Men Hall is a must. A longtime center of African American social life and entertainment since it was built in 1922, it has brought in countless blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz acts. Local residents have been treated to performances by Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Guitar Slim, Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, Ernie K-Doe, Deacon John, Earl King, and numerous others here.

Upstate New York

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With a renewed interest in the wine scene and thriving arts community, the Hudson River Valley and upstate New York have attracted major tourism in the last few years. During vineyard crawls and fall foliage getaways, take some time to learn about the Black history of the region. New York state played an important role in the Underground Railroad, which helped tens of thousands of freedom seekers escape enslavement.

Opened in 2018, the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center tells the stories of freedom seekers who risked their lives to escape slavery and oppression by journeying north to Niagara Falls as one of their final stops and border crossing to Canada. Virtual Freedom Conversation Tours are also available twice a week. John Brown, known for his raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859, maintained a home near Lake Placid that was a key stop on the Underground Railroad, which is now also a site you can visit. You can also stop at the home of Harriet Tubman in the Finger Lakes region of Auburn, New York.

Honor the role Black soldiers played in the Revolutionary war with a visit to Saratoga National Historical Park. At the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, 400 Black soldiers fought along white soldiers in a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary war that resulted in the British Army’s first surrender.

The history of Black people in this area can be traced pre-Revolutionary War though. The two biggest slave markets in the country before the American Revolution were in New York City and Albany. Fans of Hamilton can visit the St. Agnes Cemetery, an African burial site discovered on the grounds of Schuyler Mansion, where they’ll learn that yes, Eliiiiiiiiiza’s father was a slaveholder.

In Buffalo, grab a drink and listen to live music at The Colored Musicians Club. Formed in 1917 due to discrimination from an all-white club, the Colored Musicians Club was the only operating African American jazz club in the United States and was a place where Black musicians were welcomed to socialize, play music, and rehearse. Famous musicians who have performed here include Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Duke Ellington. The first floor of the building serves as a multimedia museum where guests can interact and listen to jazz and enjoy historic memorabilia.  

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FutureLearn is an online learning platform with over 1,000 courses from top schools and organizations – here are 14 popular free classes

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Online education, especially massive open online courses (MOOCs), is a great way to try out classes before pursuing a degree, affordably advance your career, or just relax in a way that’s more engaging than a passive Netflix binge.

Like e-learning platforms edX and Coursera, FutureLearn, a UK-based e-learning platform, offers over 1,000 online courses from schools like Cambridge, UCL, and The University of Kent – making it a particularly good option for e-learning content from global universities.

Below, we rounded up some of the most popular ones, in topics from fiction writing and career development to forensic science and nutrition.

The 14 most popular free courses from FutureLearn:

Start Writing Fiction

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Offered by: The Open University

Length: 8 weeks

In this course, established writers share their best tips for writing, from keeping journals to developing plotlines through research. Students also learn how to read as writers and offer good peer feedback.

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Introduction to Cyber Security

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Offered by: The Open University

Length: 8 weeks

Whether you’re interested in a cybersecurity career or just want to keep yourself safe, this course covers the basics, including how to recognize online threats and how to protect yourself. 

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IELTS Speaking Test Preparation

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Offered by: British Council

Length: 3 weeks

This short course walks students through the steps towards preparing for the three parts of the IELTS exam, covering the four criteria used to assess their English.

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Teaching English Online

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Offered by: Cambridge Assessment English

Length: 4 weeks

Designed for English teachers, this course shows how to transfer their skills to online teaching, from managing online classrooms to joining online teaching communities.

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Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

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Offered by: British Council

Length: 4 weeks

No matter which language you want to teach, this course covers techniques that can apply to all language learning, including the benefits of using technology in the classroom.

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An Introduction to Screenwriting

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Offered by: The University of East Anglia

Length: 2 weeks

This short course teaches beginner screenwriting students some basic screenwriting theory and formatting along with techniques for character and plot development. 

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Food as Medicine

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Offered by: Monash University

Length: 3 weeks

For anyone interested in nutrition, this course talks about the benefits of macronutrients and antioxidants, and how certain foods can improve gut health, reduce IBS symptoms, and ward off preventable chronic diseases.

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Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager

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Offered by: The Open University

Length: 4 weeks

Learn how to lead with this course on management styles and techniques, which can help you do everything from making tough decisions to interacting with stakeholders.

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Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT

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Offered by: The University of Reading

Length: 5 weeks

This course provides in-depth looks at both anxiety and depression and then offers a potential aid: CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, which can help curb unhelpful thoughts and behaviors.

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Developing Your Research Project

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Offered by: The University of Southampton

Length: 8 weeks

If you’re planning on pursuing a scholarly project (such as a research essay), this course breaks down the fundamentals of academic writing and research so you can feel prepared rather than overwhelmed.

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Learn Forensic Science

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Offered by: The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Length: 6 weeks

For anyone interested in a forensic science career, this course covers the main methods of investigating a crime scene, before having you investigate a theoretical murder and present your case yourself.

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Spanish for Beginners 1

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Offered by: The Open University

Length: 4 weeks

Learn the very basics of Spanish, from introducing yourself to talking about where you live and what you do, and even ask for clarification if you don’t understand something.

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Researching Your Family Tree

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Offered by: The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Length: 6 weeks

Diving into the science behind DNA research, this course helps you build out your own family tree using your genealogy data, family history, and even photographs.

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Understanding Autism

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Offered by: The University of Kent

Length: 4 weeks

This CPD-certified course provides an overview of what autism and the autism spectrum are, how autism is diagnosed, and what life with autism is like. 

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20 perfect gifts for people who love learning new things, from Anthony Bourdain’s travel book to a 3-month MasterClass subscription

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  • For some, experiential gifts that satisfy curiosity are more exciting than material items.
  • We rounded up some of the best gifts for the voracious readers and learners in your life.
  • They include books, online classes, and subscriptions such as MasterClass and Audible Plus.

Shopping for gifts is easy when you know someone has a penchant for puns or desperately needs a new suitcase. It’s a little more challenging when the recipient is generally less into material goods and seems more thrilled by educational gifts like books or experiential presents like classes.

Luckily, there are plenty of unique presents for the voracious learners and readers out there. From engaging history books to online drawing classes to subscriptions like MasterClass, there are plenty of gifts for people who are always looking to learn something new.

20 perfect gifts for people who love learning new things

Subscriptions

MasterClass

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For $15 a month (or $180 a year), MasterClass users can get unlimited access to over 100 celeb and expert-led courses, from writing with Margaret Atwood to cooking with Gordon Ramsay. Classes come with high-quality video lessons, PDF workbooks, and community forums. New courses are added each month.

Subscriptions are available for one month, three months, or a full year. There is also currently a 2-for-1 Father’s Day sale.

You can read a review of MasterClass here.

Book of the Month

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For anyone who gets excited by new releases (but has trouble deciding which book to commit to), a Book of the Month subscription helps narrow it down by letting them pick one out of five selections each month to be delivered to their door.

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Offering subscriptions from 1-month ($15) to a full year ($150), Audible Plus gives listeners one credit a month to buy any audiobook they want, plus access to a library of thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, and more.

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An annual membership to One Day University gives subscribers access to multiple daily, live lectures on a broad range of topics, from the history of Stonewall from Harvard to a Yale course on how famous movie scenes were shot.

You can read a review of One Day University here.

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With a Babbel subscription, gift recipients can use a code to choose one of 14 languages to learn, from Spanish to Norwegian, and learn real-life phrases and conversation topics in this bestselling language app.

Books

‘World Travel: An Irreverent Guide’ by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

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Published in April, this travel guide of beloved chef Anthony Bourdain’s favorite places comes with his personal suggestions on what to eat, where to go, and what to avoid, all told with the wit and warmth his fans have always loved. The book also comes with essays from Bourdain’s friends and family offering their own reflections of the locations and their relationship with Bourdain.

‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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An Indigenous scientist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer believes that plants are our oldest teachers. This beautiful book explores the interconnection between human joy and ecological consciousness, making it a perfect gift for anyone who strives to understand the environment better.

‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ by Bill Bryson

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This funny, enlightening book is Bill Bryson’s attempt to better understand the world as he interviews archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians about everything from the Big Bang to the rise of human civilization.

‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking’ by Samin Nosrat

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Turned into a Netflix show of the same name, this hit cookbook goes beyond other selections in the genre by breaking down the four major components of a great dish: salt, fat, acid, heat. With detailed explanations and drawings throughout, it’s a must-have for beginner and expert chefs alike.

‘Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen’ by Christopher McDougall

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In this fascinating and inspiring book, award-winning journalist and runner Christopher McDougall travels to Mexico’s Copper Canyons to research the Tarahumara Indians, who can run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. The book eventually has the tribe race America’s top ultra-runners, the recounting of the events as exhilarating as the race itself.

‘Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know’ by Malcolm Gladwell

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Interviewing scientists, criminologists, and military psychologists — and looking at the famous cases of people like Amanda Knox, Bernie Madoff, and Sandra Bland — Malcolm Gladwell seeks answers to how we can better understand people we don’t know.

‘Meditations’ by Marcus Aurelius

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For fans of both history and philosophy, this classic book offers life lessons from Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor and important figure of the Stoicism movement. His commentary on human virtue, rationality, and leadership feels shockingly relevant today.

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The only thing better than a physical book is a Kindle so they can buy and download all their favorite books whenever they want. This version works well both indoors and outdoors and can connect with Audible for audiobooks and podcasts. 

Online classes

The Ultimate Drawing Course: Beginner to Advanced Class

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One of Udemy’s most popular classes, this course walks aspiring artists through the basics of composition all the way through drawing human faces and figures.

Note: Udemy has frequent huge sales, so it’s worth checking back to see if the price has gone down.

Fundamentals of Photography with John Greengo

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Taught by an award-winning photographer, this course shows students how to find the right gear and understand how shutter speed, lighting, aperture, and more can drastically change a photo.

iPhone Photography – Take Professional Photos On Your iPhone

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For that person in your life who loves taking photos on their phone, this course can help them find the right light and compositions for their pics, as well as edit them in Lightroom, a free Adobe app. 

Note: Udemy has frequent huge sales, so it’s worth checking back to see if the price has gone down.

Sangria and Secrets with Drag Taste

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Great for groups, this live virtual course from Lisbon features drag queens sharing the recipe for Portuguese sangria — peppered with fun performances throughout. 

Wired for Story: How to Become a Story Genius

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Led by an experienced writing coach, this course teaches students how to tap into their natural creativity, cut down first drafts, and write more confidently. This can be a perfect gift for the National Novel Writing Month fan in your life.

Piano & Keyboard for Beginners: The Pianoforall Online Class

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Meant for full beginners, this bestselling course comprehensively teaches students how to play piano both by ear and via sheet music, so they can get to playing real songs as quickly as possible.

Note: Udemy has frequent huge sales, so it’s worth checking back to see if the price has gone down.

The Essential Crash Course for Guitar Beginners

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Newbie guitar players rapidly learn scales, chords, strumming techniques, basic music theory, and more in this popular course.

Note: Udemy has frequent huge sales, so it’s worth checking back to see if the price has gone down.

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47 gift ideas to make new dads feel appreciated this Father’s Day

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  • Father’s Day is the perfect time to show a new dad you care with a unique and useful gift.
  • These gifts ideas for new dads will give them time to unwind and more time with their new baby.
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Being a dad is tough, but for a new dad, it can be even harder. It’s like the first day of a job that they know nothing about. From midnight feedings to car-seat installation, new dads can feel overwhelmed and forget to come up for air, so this Father’s Day couldn’t be a better time to send in some support.

We rounded up thoughtful 47 gift ideas for new dads, ranging from a mug that keeps coffee warm long enough for him to finish it to a duffel bag that will get lots of use on upcoming family road trips.

Here are 47 of the best gifts for new dads:

A portable speaker

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JBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker, available at Amazon and Walmart, $49.95

The JBL Clip 3 is the ultimate bluetooth speaker for new dads because it comes in a variety of colors, has an integrated carabiner to clip onto a stroller, car seat, or backpack, and most importantly, it is totally waterproof. Just pair the speaker with a smartphone and let dad relax with no worries of their phone getting lost while blasting “Baby Shark” for the hundredth time.

A convenient sling bag

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Moment Fanny Sling, available at Moment and B&H Photo, from $53.99

Moment is known for making smartphone-oriented products, but within the past few years, the brand has moved into mobile lifestyle, and if anyone is living that, it’s the new dad. This sling can hold a wallet, keys, phone, camera, snack bar, and other necessities.  It’s perfect for running errands or a day traipsing around a theme park. It is made of Kodra nylon with a waterproof coating, which means it’s easy to clean.

A smart coffee warmer

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Ember Mug², available at Target, Best Buy, Overstock, and Bloomingdale’s, from $99.95

Hot sauce

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Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Spicy Honey, available at Amazon, $14.99

New dads don’t have time to be in the kitchen preparing gourmet meals with made-from-scratch sauces. Bushwick Kitchen brings to the table some sweet and spicy options like a wildflower honey mixed with habanero peppers or sweet options like Meyer lemon honey. Dad will be taking breakfast to the next level in no time at all.

A duffel bag

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Eagle Creek Migrate Duffel 40L, available at Amazon and Eagle Creek, from $51.94

A duffel bag is a versatile gift because it can hold whatever dad wants. It could be a diaper bag, workout bag, or carry-on, and this duffel has packable backpack straps for hands-free carrying. It’s water-repellent, thanks to sustainable use of old windshield plastics from landfills, and it compresses down nearly flat for easy storage.

A waterproof tote bag

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 Gift the Veer Tote, available at Adventureon, $89

New dad life can be chaotic and frustrating, which is why the Veer Tote makes a great gift. Not only does it have padded handles and an interior water-resistant zip compartment, but the entire bag is made of coated waterproof fabric. That means dads can get it as dirty as they want and simply hose it down to make it good as new.

Comfortable running socks

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Gift the Darn Tough Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Light Running Sock, available at Amazon and Darn Tough, $18.95

For many new dads, some form of exercise is crucial to maintaining mental health, but they can’t afford to get sore feet, or worse, blisters. This Stride running sock is made from merino wool for quick moisture wicking, provides arch support to reduce fatigue, and has seamless stitching to to prevent blisters and chaffing. Another plus is Darn Tough’s no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee. If dad starts having problems with the socks, just send them back and they’ll send a new pair.

Polarized sunglasses

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Gift the Sunski Puerto polarized sunglasses, available at REI and Sunski, $48

Some dads worry when they welcome a child into the world, their style will cease. Thankfully, a new pair of shades is a quick way to shake up the routine. These sunglasses come in navy slate or black forest, are made from lightweight recycled material, and feature polarized lenses that eliminate glare and are easier on their eyes. Bonus, Sunski offers a warranty that if the glasses break under normal conditions, they will replace them or fix them.

Comfortable slide sandals

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Gift the Hunter Original Lightweight Moulded Slides, available at Hunter Boot and Nordstrom,  $45.00

Summertime is sandal time. Hunter’s EVA slides fit the bill for easy, lightweight, and durable footwear. The perforated uppers and contoured footbed keep dad’s feet cool and comfortable and you can’t beat the ease of simply sliding them on and off for the pool, errands, or even around the house. Unlike dad’s new shirt that just got some baby spit-up on it, these sandals simply wipe clean and good to go. 

A compact flashlight

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Gift the HX-4 LED Flashlight, available at Amazon and Coast, from $14.99

Fumbling for diapers in the middle of the night, remembering to take the trash out at 2 a.m., or looking for that tiny clip from baby’s teething toy that fell between the seats in the car — these are all reasons to have a great flashlight. This one is small, has a clip and a magnet to attach the light nearly anywhere, features a powerful LED in either white or red light, and can be rotated 180 degrees to make sure it’s exactly where dad needs it.

A travel mug for coffee time

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Gift the Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug, available at Stanley and Bed Bath & Beyond, from $15

New dads rarely have both hands free, so eliminating the need to twist, pop, flip, or open their coffee container makes life so much easier. They can simply add their coffee, screw on the top, and pull the trigger to open up the world of caffeine goodness.

Comfortable shoes that slip on

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Vasque Satoru Moc, available at Backcountry and Vasque, $99.99 

As any parent will tell you, getting out the door is rough. And getting your shoes on can be downright annoying when you’re holding the baby, diaper bag, keys, and much, much more. Thankfully, footwear brand Vasque has a new dad’s back…or their feet. The sock-like upper and memory foam footbed means they’ll probably just wear them all day, but the easy on and off makes them infinitely versatile.

A portable white noise machine

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Marpac Portable White Noise Machine, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $28.54

The compact Marpac produces impressive volume, has a variety of white noise options, and offers a small nightlight. It also comes with a clip for connecting to the stroller for a walk (remember the outside?), in the car for an errand, or on the carrier as they bounce baby to sleep.

Instant pourover coffee

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Kahawa 1893 Coffee Box, available at Kahawa 1893, from a 12-pack for $18

Restless nights and uncertain mornings may have dad missing their morning pourover coffee ritual. Turns out they can still have that rich flavor thanks to third-generation Kenyan coffee farmer Margaret Kemunto Nyamumbo. Kahawa has created a single serve coffee that looks more like a tea bag, is ready in five minutes, and 100% compostable. Bonus: You can send a tip directly to the women who picked the coffee.

A fitness app with extras

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Centr Fitness App Subscription, available at Centr, from $20/month or $120/year

Built by Thor and his legion of trainers, Centr is a one-stop-shop for workouts ranging from yoga to full gym routines as well as guided meditation and delicious meal recipes. The app includes short, effective workouts that are perfect for that new dad schedule and the guided mediation will slow dad’s anxiety.

A wireless charging station

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Nomad Base Station, available Nomad, $99.95

If the secret to success as a new parent is organization, the Nomad’s beautiful wireless charger fits the bill. It’s slim, sleek, and able to power two devices simultaneously while also allowing for a USB-C and USB-A cord to be plugged in for a total of four devices at once. Mom and dad’s phones, AirPods, and the portable white noise machine will all be full and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

A device to keep track of everything

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Tile Essentials 4-Pack, available at Amazon, $65.70

This grab bag of Tile options lets new parents rely on technology instead of their overtaxed brains. New dads can attach tiles to their keys, diaper bag, and wallet in order to make sure those items never stay lost for too long. And if they have their keys but not their phone, they can double tap the tile to make it ring. 

One tool for almost every job

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Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool, available at REI, $59.95

There’s something about being a dad that really brings out their inner handyman. The Leatherman Wingman is loaded with 14 tools, including a knife, screwdrivers, bottle openers, and even a 1-inch ruler, so they can fix just about anything and pop open a cold one when they’re done.

Comfortable underwear

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Saxx Quest Boxer Briefs, available at Amazon, from $39.99

The right underwear makes everything go so much smoother. The lightweight material is soft and breathable, and the patented BallPark Pouch keeps everything in place, whether they’re getting up for an early morning feeding or pushing a stroller around the park on a hot summer day.

A hammock

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Newdora Garden Hammock, available at Amazon, $16.99

Stealing away for a midafternoon nap in a hammock is an incredible way for a new dad to take a break from diaper changes. The Newdora Garden Hammock is easy to set up, adjustable, and packs down small enough to take anywhere.

A diaper backpack

Bag Nation Diaper Bag Backpack

Bag Nation Backpack Diaper Bag, available at Amazon, $54.95

Made with the same look of a commuter bag, this 14-pocket backpack is durable and carries all the essentials, from diapers to bottles and everything in between. There’s even a foldout changing pad.

A new set of sheets for parents and baby

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Gift the Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, from $109

Brooklittles Crib Sheet Set, available at Brooklinen, from $32

Sleep, when it does happen for both dad and baby, is so much better on a set of soft sheets that make them feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud. These are great for delicate skin and hot sleepers, too, and they come in a variety of colors and prints.

A comfortable pillow

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 Coop Home Goods Original Pillow, available at Amazon, $59.99

A comfy pillow might be the most important ingredient for a restful night. The adjustable fill on the Coop pillow means it works for every kind of sleeper, and a 100-night trial means they’re not stuck with it if they don’t like it.

Stroller phone mount

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Skip Hop Stroll and Connect Universal Phone Holder, available at Buy Buy Baby, $14.99

Made with tough plastic and rubber grips, the Stroll and Connect mounts easily to a stroller or shopping cart and won’t fall off in crowded aisles or on bumpy terrain. It lets a parent keep their hands free in case they need to use the phone on the go.

A quick hang

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Metolius Project Board, available at Backcountry, $64.95

With a variety of holds, from jugs to crimps to pockets, the Metolius Project Board is great for releasing tension with a quick upper body workout. It can go just about anywhere inside or outside, and the fine texture is easy on the skin.

A funny book about fatherhood

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Man vs. Baby: The Chaos and Comedy of Real-Life Parenting, available at Amazon, $16.49

Nothing will fully prepare him for the chaos and confusion of being a new dad. However, Matt Coyne’s sleep-deprived take on parenting will give him a hilarious and honest reassurance that he’s doing alright, no matter how stressful it seems.

A shaving kit

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 Harry’s Truman Shave Set, available at Harry’s, $15

This essential shave set includes a razor with a comfortable handle and textured rubber grip, three German-engineered blade cartridges, foaming shave gel for a rich lather, and a travel cover to protect the blades.

A cold brew maker

Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, One Quart, Black

Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $21.84

Dad will love a cup of cold brew coffee, with less acidity and a smoother taste, when they need a pick-me-up after sneaking in an afternoon nap. The Takeya Deluxe makes up to 1 quart of concentrate. Plus, it’s easy to use and an incredible value. 

An Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo 6qt 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker, $99.99

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 (6-Ot.), available at Amazon, $89

The Instant Pot makes cooking dinner for the whole family a breeze. It makes soups, meats, yogurt, and pretty much everything else, even baby food. Easy cleanup means more time to spend with the little one too.

A meat or seafood box

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Crowd Cow Gift Box, available at Crowd Cow, from $39

Give a new dad something delicious to cook with a gift box of meat or seafood that’s sourced from independent producers that practice sustainable farming and ethical treatment of animals.

Single-origin coffee beans

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Colectivo Coffee—Sumatra, available at Colectivo, from $14.25

If they’re a coffee fanatic, they’ll love a bag of single-origin beans. Grown in the volcanic soil in the rugged mountains of the Indonesian island Sumatra, this rich, complex blend has notes of molasses and pineapple. And for those mornings where there’s no time to hassle with a French press, don’t overlook instant coffees, which have caught up in quality to the whole bean version.

Super soft lounge pants

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Tommy John Second Skin Lounge Pants, available at Tommy John, $68

New dads will love a pair of comfortable pants for sleeping or lounging around the house that won’t embarrass them when the in-laws show up announced. These soft, light micromodal pants from Tommy John are perfect, and they hold up nicely wash after wash.

A play kit of curated toys

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Play Kit Subscription, available at Lovevery, from $36/month

Make those long hours playing on the floor count with a subscription to Lovevery curated age-appropriate toy kits. Delivered every two months, each one includes guides that show how each toy helps with a child’s development. They’re also a lot of fun.

A pair of chinos

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Bonobos Chinos, available Bonobos, from $99

Unfortunately, a new dad can’t wear lounge pants all the time. But just because they’re leaving the house for a bit, doesn’t mean they’ve got to sacrifice comfort. Bonobos chinos come in multiple fits and sizes, and the signature curved waistband give them an unobtrusive fit that makes them great for the office, a trip to the store, or a playdate in the park. 

An interactive photo journal

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“The Story of You” Baby Book, available at Artifact Uprising, $99

A phone full of pictures and videos is great, but they’ll want something to capture and hold onto the most special moments. This photo book, featuring a fabric cover and foil stamped title, lets him write down his memories and the details of each milestone.

A lightweight button-up for a put-together look

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Tie Bar Short-Sleeve Shirt, available at Tie Bar, from $27.95

It’s nice for dad to feel put-together sometimes. The light, 100% cotton button-ups from Tie Bar are perfect for a rare night out or day at the office.

A shaving set

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Dollar Shave Club Complete Shave Gift Set, available at Dollar Shave Club, $35

This set comes with a razor handle and four four-blade cartridges that make for a great shave for when dad needs to clean up a little. It also includes a gentle prep scrub, shave butter, and hydrating post-shave cream.

A durable water bottle

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Hydro Flask Wide Mount Water Bottle, available at Hydro Flask, $37.95

When life gets as hectic as it does for new fathers, it’s easy to forget to drink water. This durable insulated metal bottle keeps water cold and within arm’s reach.

A basketball jersey for baby

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NBA Baby Jersey, available at NBA Store, from $29.99

It’s going to be a while before baby gets into it, but it’s still a lot of fun for a new dad to watch the game with his progeny decked out in their very own jersey.

An adjustable baby carrier

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Ergobaby Omni 360 All-in-One Carrier, available at Buy Buy Baby and Ergobaby, $179

Whether you’re running errands or spending a day in the park, a good baby carrier makes it so much easier. Made with 100% premium cotton, the Ergobaby Omni 360 is super soft and easily adjustable to fit waists and shoulders of all sizes. It works in multiple positions, too, front or back, face-in or face-out. 

A foam roller

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TriggerPoint GRID foam roller, available at Amazon, $39.95

Knots and tight muscles go hand in hand with parenting. He’ll appreciate the textured surface pattern of this foam roller to roll away the aches and pains of being a new parent.

A tool kit

CARTMAN Orange 39 Piece Tool Set

Cartman General Household 39-piece toolkit, available at Amazon, $19.99

There’s just something about being a dad that turns everyone into an overnight handy man. This tool kit includes all the basics he’ll need for assembling or repairing all that new gear in the nursery and beyond.

A soft cooler

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CleverMade SnapBasket Soft-Sided Cooler Tote, available at Amazon, $34.78

Dad is going to need a good cooler for bringing food home from the store or packing up milk and baby food for a road trip to see the grandparents. This one has a 50-can capacity, but it still folds up small enough to stash under the seat when they don’t need it.

A delicious baby blanket

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Tortilla Baby Blanket, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

This blanket is made of breathable cotton/polyester blend fabric that will keep baby comfortable and cool. And the flour tortilla print that makes them look like a bundle of burrito joy is impossibly adorable.

A custom print of baby’s footprints

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Baby Footprint Art Print, available at Etsy, from $18

It’s always hard to believe how little they used to be. This is an attractive, thoughtful piece that fits nicely anywhere in the home.

A smart speaker for baby’s room

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Echo Dot, available at Amazon, $44.99

A smart speaker is a nice addition to baby’s room. It can play lullabies or classical music at bedtime, or dad can use it to listen to the game while they’re playing with toys. 

An REI membership

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REI Co-op Membership, available at REI, $20

Getting active and outdoors is great for kids, and something a new dad can do right from the start. With an REI membership, they’ll get annual dividends, exclusive offers, and more to get the gear they and their family will want. 

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