10 hotels in South Florida with gorgeous rooftop pools and lively bars

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  • South Florida’s warm, tropical climate makes it a top vacation destination.
  • From West Palm Beach to Miami, South Florida hotels have incredible rooftops to soak up the sun.
  • Some hotel rooftop bars, restaurants, and pools are open to the public in addition to guests.

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South Florida is known for its dazzling beaches but also its lively nightlife. And because the region stays warm when the sun goes down, many hotels have in-demand rooftops with outdoor restaurants, bars, and pools that draw visitors day and night.

Few things top an afternoon laying out by a pool perched in the sky, enjoying happy hour with views of the Atlantic Ocean in the background, or watching a sunset while savoring a delicious meal.

Living in South Florida has given me the opportunity to frequent some of the best hotels, and the following list of hotels all have incredible rooftops that make it easy to savor all the best parts of visiting the Sunshine State.

Browse all the best hotels with rooftop pools and restaurants below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best hotel rooftops with pools and restaurants in South Florida, sorted by price from low to high.

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown

Rooftop with pool at Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown
The Easton rooftop combines a pool, restaurant, bar, and nightclub.

Book Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown

The Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown recently opened in March 2021, nestled in the hip Fort Lauderdale Arts District, just a few miles from Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Boulevard, the main dining and entertainment strip. 

Rooms start under $200, which is well priced for a new hotel in such a great location. Most of the 137 guest rooms and suites have views of the Fort Lauderdale city skyline and are outfitted with modern wallpaper, soft carpeting, orange leather armchairs, and sofa beds in some rooms. 

The hotel is also home to The Easton, a ninth-story rooftop with a restaurant, bar, pool, and plush outdoor seating.  The Easton fills up quickly, especially during weekday Golden Happy Hour, and on the weekends, the rooftop transforms into a nightclub from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with visitors lining up for live music and bottle service. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown

The pool at Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown
Ban.ter Treehouse, the 13th-floor rooftop bar and restaurant has seating spread around a sparkling infinity pool.

Book Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach Downtown

Canopy by Hilton West Palm Beach opened in 2020 and is the only Hilton Canopy in Florida, a new boutique lifestyle concept from the brand. Canopy hotels pride themselves on creating a locally-driven by connecting guests to events, music, and restaurants in the surrounding area. 

The 150 room hotel is less than three miles from Palm Beach International Airport and about a mile from the beach. Rooms are brand new and have been outfitted with gray bedding, oversized artwork, and a dedicated workspace. Standard rooms are spacious at almost 400 square feet, and Deluxe Rooms have city and ocean views. 

Ban.ter, the lobby restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Ban.ter Treehouse, the 13th-floor rooftop bar and restaurant serves small plates and cocktails. The indoor/outdoor flow of the latter rooftop restaurant is lush with lots of plants and palm trees and seating is a mix of bartop and four-person tables spread around a sparkling infinity pool. On weekends, a poolside DJ plays high-energy music. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Kimpton Angler’s South Beach

The swimming pool rooftop deck at Kimpton Angler's Hotel in Miami
The hotel is just two blocks from the beach.

Book Kimpton Angler’s South Beach

Kimpton hotels are known for their well-designed boutique properties, the Kimpton Angler’s South Beach is no exception. Located on the south end of Miami Beach, it’s also minutes from the nightlife on Ocean Drive

There’s a cohesive nautical theme carried throughout, with sand-colored loveseats, wicker lamps, and navy patterned lounge chairs and curtains in the 132 guest rooms and suites. Standard rooms are 400 square feet with King or Queen sized beds, ample closet space, and oversized walk-in showers with separate tubs. Most rooms also have balconies that overlook either Washington Ave or the hotel’s courtyard Mermaid Pool. 

The sixth-floor rooftop pool and sun deck is a standout feature, with chic black and white lounge chairs framed by panoramic views of the Miami skyline. Large potted plants add privacy to lounge areas, and the pool deck is quiet enough for those who want to catch up on reading. After a dip, order drinks like the photogenic watermelon margarita from the Minnow Bar

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Conrad Miami

Rooftop pool at Conrad Miami hotel
The sleek pool terrace is one of multiple rooftop lounge areas at the Conrad Miami.

Book Conrad Miami

Conrad Miami is in the heart of Brickell, Miami’s business district near upscale, art, and dining. 

This hotel has multiple great outdoor spaces, but chief among them is Nativo Kitchen and Bar on the 25th floor with views of Virginia Key Beach, Key Biscayne, and Biscayne Bay.

There is also the 13th-floor rooftop pool with sleek cabanas and the adjacent Sky Pool Bar, serving a casual menu of burgers and chicken wings, local and imported beers, and frozen cocktails.  

When not sunning yourself on one of these terraces, retreat to guest rooms with a clean, minimalist style and light wood furniture, gold fixtures, and baby blue accent chairs. Standard rooms have a separate bathtub and shower, complimentary bathrobes, and 50-inch televisions, and all rooms come with wide windows that offer city or ocean views.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Dalmar, Tribute Portfolio

The rooftop pool and and bar at the Dalmar Hotel in Fort Lauderdale
A saltwater pool is flanked by a sleek bar.

Book The Dalmar, Tribute Portfolio

The Dalmar is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, only two miles from Fort Lauderdale beach. From framed art by the Lobby Bar restaurant to the living plant wall adorning Rose’s Coffee shop near the hotel’s entrance, fun design features prominently.

There are two great rooftop venues on the 6th floor of the hotel. Sparrow is an indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar, and after 9 p.m., the venue turns into a 21+ lounge. There’s a strict dress code (no athletic gear or beachwear) and a DJ that spins late into the night.

The other rooftop venue is the saltwater pool reserved for hotel guests, but the poolside bar and grill, Sip and Dip, is open to everyone from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Inside, guest rooms have midcentury flair with pastel furniture, pleated curtains, and brass lamps. The rooms also have premium Sferra sheets, spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers, and tablets for ordering in-room services. Most rooms have floor-to-ceiling views of either Fort Lauderdale or the Intracoastal and select rooms have balconies. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Ben, Autograph Collection

Spruzzo rooftop restaurant at The Ben hotel
Spruzzo serves coastal Italian cuisine on the rooftop.

Book The Ben, Autograph Collection

One of the newest additions to downtown West Palm Beach is the waterfront hotel, The Ben. The Marriott-owned luxury boutique hotel commands a great location within walking distance of Clematis Street, West Palm Beach’s lively district filled with restaurants and bars, and Rosemary Square, an upscale shopping and dining destination. 

Guest rooms are polished, with sleek wood floors, leather pleated headboards, and luxe Turkish linens. A standard Interior Double Queen is a comfortable 343 square feet, and many guest rooms have views of Palm Harbor Marina or Palm Beach Island. 

The hotel’s 7th-floor rooftop restaurant and bar, Spruzzo, is quite popular, especially on weekends, serving coastal Italian cuisine. It’s quickly become a local hangout for young professionals. 

During the day, hotel guests may reserve one of the cabanas next to the heated saltwater pool, and at night, enjoy watching the sunset over the Palm Beach Intracoastal from the fire pit with a cocktail in hand. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Moxy Miami South Beach

The Upside rooftop lounge at night
There are six different hotel restaurants including a swanky rooftop lounge.

Book Moxy Miami South Beach

Newly opened Moxy Miami South Beach is the first resort-style property for the Moxy brand.

Only two blocks from the bustling nightlife of South Beach, the hotel gets lively, especially on the weekends and caters to a young crowd. The purposeful design features lots of Instagrammable details like neon wall signs and fun pool floats.

Standard guestrooms are a cozy 224 square feet but maximize the space with retro details like rotary phones and custom artwork by local Miami artists. Walk-in rain showers and Egyptian cotton linens add a sumptuous touch.

There are six different hotel restaurants including a lobby bar, Bar Moxy, and Serena, an elevated Mexican restaurant in a lush garden setting adjacent to the hotel’s main 72-foot pool. The hotel’s 8th story rooftop, The Upside is reserved for hotel guests and has a shallow pool, lounge chairs, and plenty of daybeds. The Upside has great views of South Beach, and a DJ spins house and hip-hop tunes throughout the afternoon and evening. 

The hotel also offers complimentary bikes (helmets included) to explore the neighborhood. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Betsy South Beach

A terrace with views of the ocean at the Betsy South Beach hotel.
The oceanfront deck offers a front-row view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Book The Betsy South Beach

The Betsy Hotel is a landmark hotel on South Beach located on Miami’s main strip, Ocean Drive, but is tucked away from the noise of the nightclubs and late-night revelry. 

Arts programming features heavily here, drawing a sophisticated crowd of well-heeled creative types who book posh, albeit sometimes small, rooms with walnut floors, velvet armchairs, and cream-colored curtains that frame floor-to-ceiling windows. The 250-square-foot standard Classic King is cozy but comes with a marble bathroom, a large walk-in shower, luxe Sferra linens, and is pet-friendly, welcoming dogs under 40 pounds. 

There are two pools: a courtyard pool and a fourth-floor rooftop infinity pool with chaise lounges and 360-degree views of Miami. The bar serves poolside drinks, and food may be brought up from the hotel’s restaurant, LT Steak & Seafood. After a swim, catch a sunset from the rooftop’s Skyline Deck, a patio overlooking the ocean with unobstructed water views.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

East Miami

A huge pool deck at East Miami Hotel
An expansive rooftop pool deck has stellar views over the city and multiple areas to swim.

Book East Miami

East Miami is centrally located in downtown Brickell and Sugar, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar on the 40th floor has arguably the best view of the entire Miami skyline.

The restaurant is 21+ after 6 p.m. and there’s a strict dress code (nightlife attire is enforced after sunset). Equally impressive are the four pools (a lap pool, spa pool, plunge pool, and hot tub) on the hotel’s fifth-floor deck. So many offerings mean you won’t have to worry about waiting for a sun lounger.

Standard guest rooms start at 300 square feet, though there are also has large one, two, and three-bedroom residences. All 352 rooms come with a private balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, and contemporary decor that includes cream-colored furniture, teal wallpaper, and orange throw pillows. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

1 Hotel South Beach

1 hotel south beach
Four distinct pool decks offer incredible views.

Book 1 Hotel South Beach

Considered one of the best hotels on South Beach, 1 Hotel South Beach takes up an entire block and sits on 600 feet of Miami’s prime beachfront. The hotel is pricey but worth the splurge for its sophisticated boho beach vibes, impeccable service, outstanding food, and airy rooms.

The lobby makes a remarkable first impression with soaring ceilings and crisp seating around glass-topped wooden coffee tables, but it’s the multiple pool decks that really dazzle.

There are four different pools: the beachfront South pool, the third floor Cabana Pool, the enormous 30,000 square foot Center Pool, and the gorgeous 18th-story rooftop pool, Watr at the 1 Hotel Rooftop, which is Miami’s largest rooftop pool and lounge. 

Inside, the 426 guest rooms are a celebration of nature and sustainability, sourcing most items from reclaimed materials. A coastal-inspired color palette and large windows make them feel airy and light alongside beachy accents featuring driftwood, tree stumps, and custom wood plank headboards. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

FAQ: South Florida hotels

When is the best time to visit South Florida?

While South Florida experiences nearly year-round sunshine, the best time to visit is from February to May. During those months, temperatures are cooler, and crowds tend to taper off, although there is a spike of visitors during spring break.

During the summer months, the temperature and humidity soar, and daily afternoon thunderstorms are common. Florida’s hurricane season starts June 1 and lasts until the end of November with August and September being the most active hurricane months.

Weather-wise, November through January is also a good time to visit. The temperatures hover around 75 degrees, although it’s not uncommon to experience a few sub 50 degree days when a cold front comes through. But keep in mind that hotel prices tend to peak during the November to January holiday months. 

Do I have to book a room to visit a hotel rooftop?

Many of the hotels included in this list have rooftop bars and restaurants open to the public that do not require an overnight hotel reservation, but most of the rooftop pools are reserved for hotel guests. Some hotels offer daytime cabana rentals or a day pass through Resort Pass that includes access to the hotel’s pool, spa, or other amenities. Availability changes often, so always call ahead and ask. 

How do I get around South Florida?

South Florida is a large area that encompasses three counties: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe, though most locals consider southern cities in Palm Beach County like West Palm Beach as part of South Florida.

Touring South Florida requires a car and some planning as traffic can get congested, especially during morning and evening rush hours. While the public transportation system is mostly reliable in downtown areas, renting a car is the best way to explore all of South Florida. If you’re flying into Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach and staying close to your hotel, you can use taxis or rideshare apps to get around. 

How do I find a hotel with a rooftop?

Most hotels with a rooftop will list it on their hotel website, and third-party booking sites like Booking.com and Hotels.com will usually include a  rooftop in the hotel description or on the list of hotel amenities. Also, the third-party booking site Kayak has a search filter to only pull up properties with rooftops. 

Do hotel guests receive priority on rooftops?

It depends on the property. Most of the hotels restrict the pool areas to hotel guests or guests with day passes. Rooftops with a combined pool and restaurant area do take outside reservations, so it’s advised to make restaurant reservations when checking in.

How we selected the best South Florida hotels with rooftops

  1. I’m a South Florida-based travel writer and have personally visited almost every hotel on this list. All of the hotel rooftops have an excellent bar or restaurant, a picturesque pool, and sensational city or ocean views.
  2. Every hotel is located in a popular neighborhood in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami. Some of the hotels have downtown locations close to shopping, museums, and restaurants. Others are beachfront or within walking distance to the beach.
  3. Besides the great rooftops, many of the properties include perks like a nightly hosted wine hour, complimentary bicycles, and pet-friendly guest rooms.
  4. All of the properties have excellent recent reviews on third-party travel sites like Tripadvisor or Booking.com.
  5. Because of the location and amenities of the properties, most of the hotels are in the luxury category, but booking during low season can lock in reasonable rates.
  6. We’ve indicated which hotels are ideal for couples, friends, families, or solo travelers, and have included a mix of all kinds of properties.
  7. Each hotel promotes COVID safe practices and has updated its COVID practices to include enhanced cleaning procedures.

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25 anniversary gifts for him that are practical but thoughtful

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We’ve put together a list of anniversary gifts for him that he’ll not only use every day but enjoy as well. Whether your partner likes DIY projects, kitchen gadgets, or items to pamper themselves with, we found gifts for everyone.

Although we included a variety of practical gifts, we also threw in some sentimental options, activities to do as a couple, and food items to share – or not.

Here are 25 anniversary gifts for him:

A beginner’s kit to making kombucha at home

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The Kombucha Shop Kombucha Starter Kit, available at Amazon, $44.99

An activity to do together, the Kombucha Starter Kit is an at-home beginner’s guide to brewing the tea-based drink. 

A monthly subscription for coffee lovers

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Monthly Coffee Subscription, available at Trade, $12.50 per bag

For the partner who is an avid coffee drinker, a monthly subscription service to Trade is a great way to change up their coffee routine for the better. Check out our guides to the best coffee and the best subscription boxes for more ideas.  

An eco-friendly sneaker

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Veja Espalar Sneaker, available at Nordstrom, $120

White sneakers are a timeless trend, and the French sneaker company’s organic cotton-lined sneakers make a stylish gift from Veja. 

A flavorful box of chocolates

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Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection, available at Vosges, $49

Explore international flavors in this set of 16 chocolates from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. The brand tops our list of the best chocolates for gifting. 

A set of string lights to brighten your campsite

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Revel Gear Trail Hound Camping Light, available at REI, $24.95

For the partner who enjoys the great outdoors, give them these attractive string lights to light up their campsite.

A make-your-own dessert kit

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DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $34

Make your own anniversary dessert with the DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit from Uncommon Goods. 

A Kindle to read as much as possible

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Kindle Paperwhite, available on Amazon, $129.99

One of our favorite e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite is a solid gift for the partner that reads often.

A gourmet bouquet of meat

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Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet, available at Food52, $50

While a bouquet of flowers is nice to look at, this arrangement of delicious salami is creative and edible. 

A kit for some needed self-care

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Self Care Kit, available at Public Goods, $73.20

Everyone needs a little self-care from time to time. This kit from Public Goods includes body and hair care products for a simple self-care routine. 

A beautiful leather overnight bag

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Logan Overnight Bag, available at Frye, $598

A splurge-worthy overnight bag from Frye, the leather Logan bag is a practical gift that your significant other will use whenever they travel. 

A board game to practice your trivia skills

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Hasbro Gaming Trivial Pursuit Game: Classic Edition, available at Amazon, $17.76

Test one another’s knowledge of random facts with the classic board game Trivial Pursuit. 

A pair of stylish sweatpants

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City Sweat Jogger, available at Lululemon, $118

The City Sweat Joggers provide the gift of comfort and style while lounging around the house or running errands. 

A set of vintage-styled goblets

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IVV Italian Duotone Retro Goblet, available at Food52, $88

These orange ombré glasses are perfect for whatever your partner prefers to drink.

A weighted blanket that will still keep you cool

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Blanquil Chill Cooling Weighted Blanket, available at Amazon, $89

Our favorite weighted blanket to keep you cool at night, the Blanquil is ideal for those who sleep hot. Check out our guide to the best weighted blankets if your partner prefers something cozier. 

An easy-to-use massage gun

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Theragun Mini, available at Therabody, $199

The Theragun Mini is a massage gun for an active person in need of some pre- or post-exercise massaging. Read our full review of the Theragun Mini here.

A whisk that automatically stirs so you don’t have to

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Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer, available at Uncommon Goods, $25

The Automatic Pan Stirrer is a gift that is both innovative and makes cooking dishes like risotto a little easier. 

A unique picture of your wedding day

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Personalized Wedding Family Portrait, available at Uncommon Goods, $125

Turn your favorite wedding photo into a custom illustration for a sweet and sentimental memory of your special day. 

A smart indoor herb garden

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AeroGarden Harvest Elite, available at Amazon, $129.97

Ideal for an apartment or small space, the indoor herb garden from Aerogarden is a sweet gift for the significant other that likes to cook with fresh herbs.

A scratch-off poster of new activities to try

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100 Things To Do Scratch-Off Poster, available at Uncommon Goods, $15

If your partner enjoys trying new things, the 100 Things To Do Scratch-Off Poster will always give you creative activities to try together. 

A useful nail-care kit

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Royce New York Manicure Grooming Kit, available at Macy’s, $64.99

The Royce New York manicure kit is compact yet full of all the essentials. Its leather case is sleek and perfect for traveling. 

A smooth ballpoint pen

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Squire Rollerball Pen, available at Baronfig, $59

A practical yet elegant gift, the Squire Rollerball Pen makes taking notes on paper feel luxurious.

A 22-karat gold pendant necklace

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Initial Pendant Small, available at Auvere, $275

Auvere makes gorgeous gold jewelry pieces that will surely put a smile on your partner’s face. 

A candle made with a recycled wine bottle

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Rewined Green Glass Filled Candles, available at West Elm, $30

You don’t have to be a vino lover to enjoy these recycled-wine-bottle candles. 

A smooth leather passport cover

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Passport Book, available at Ashya, $133

To keep their passport protected, a buttery leather cover from Ashya will do the trick. 

A hydrating face lotion

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Basil Face Lotion, available at Le Labo, $43

Crafted with shea butter, chamomile, and apple extract, Le Labo’s face lotion is no exception to its vast array of incredible-smelling products.

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Shopping for gifts, especially for anniversaries, can be difficult. Whether you want to give something sentimental or practical, we put together a list of anniversary gifts for her (or any partner) to make the thoughtful gesture a little easier.

We found gifts that you can do together, including a fun card game and a bubble tea kit you can make at home. If you want to give the gift of alone time, we recommend a New York Times best-selling mystery book or a nail-care kit.

For more inspiration, check out our guide to the best anniversary gifts and gifts for him.

Here are 25 anniversary gifts for her to celebrate your special day:

A wine subscription delivered to your door monthly

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Monthly Wine Subscription, available at Winc, $59.95

Give the gift of personalized wine delivered to your doorstep once a month. It’s our top choice for wine subscription services, but we also have picks for beer lovers, cheese fans, and candy fanciers in our guide to the best subscription boxes

Read our full review of Winc here.

A nail kit for an at-home manicure

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Ultimate Nail Care Set & Pouch, available at Uncommon Goods, $50

The Ultimate Nail Care set is a thoughtful gift for the partner who likes doing their nails, especially in the comfort of their home.

A table for serving wine on the patio

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Outdoor Wine Table, available at Uncommon Goods, $58

For wine lovers who like to picnic, this outdoor wine table sticks in the grass and holds a bottle of wine and two glasses.

A pair of shorts for hiking

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Mountain Hardwear Dynama Shorts, available at Backcountry, $59.99

For the partner who loves to spend time outdoors, these versatile and comfortable shorts from Backcountry are ideal for hiking, biking, running, or kayaking. 

An Apple Watch with the latest technology

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Apple Watch Series 6, available at Amazon, $349

Our top choice for the best Apple Watch, the Series 6, has new health and wellness capabilities, including blood oxygen saturation and fall detection.

A compost bin that will look good in your kitchen

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Bamboo Compost bin, available at Food52, $50

For the environmentally conscious couple, this bamboo compost bin will look sleek and add a pop of color to your kitchen space.  

A kit for making bubble tea at home

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Bubble Tea Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $38

Concoct a refreshing beverage at home using this bubble tea kit, which comes with two tea flavors and tapioca pearls. 

A pair of cozy slippers

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Women’s Coquette Slipper, available at Ugg, $120

You can’t go wrong with the gift of these luxuriously soft Ugg slippers to wear around the house. Read our reviews of the Coquette and more Ugg slippers here

A solid marble rolling pin

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Hawkins New York Marble Rolling Pin, available at Food52, $65

A marble rolling pin is visually appealing and helpful for rolling out pizza or cookie dough.

A travel bag for weekend trips

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Montrouge duffel bag, available at Desley, $119.99

One of our favorite luggage brands, Delsey, makes the Montrouge duffel bag, which can be used for short getaways or as an extra carry-on bag for longer trips.

A set of skincare samplers

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The Skincare Edit, available at Glossier, $50

Glossier is one of the most popular makeup and skincare brands. This gift set comes with several sample-sized skincare products, including a moisturizer, cleanser, serum, and more.

A hilarious card game to play together

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Exploding Kittens, available at Amazon, $19.82

For the couple that loves card or board games, Exploding Kittens is a hilarious animal-themed game.

A New York Times best-selling mystery book

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The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel, available at Amazon, $12.92

For the partner who is also a book worm, “The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel” by Laura Dave is a thrilling mystery novel that appeared on Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club list. We have lots of other great recommendations for gifts to give as books, too.

A floral embroidered throw blanket

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Rifle Paper Co. Luxembourg Embroidered Throw, available at Rifle Paper Co., $170

Rifle Paper Co. is known for its florals, and this embroidered throw blanket is no exception with its delicate pattern of flowers.

A smart meat thermometer

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Meater Plus With Bluetooth Repeater, available at Meater, $99

Give the gift of a gadget that makes it easier to cook meat. The Meater Plus is a wireless meat thermometer that will give you accurate temperatures for your favorite meat dishes.  

A timeless gold bangle

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14K Gold Thin Bangle, available at Valerie Madison, $335

Understated yet elegant, this bangle from Valerie Madison is a gorgeous piece of jewelry to give as a gift.

An elegant jewelry box

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Grand Lacquer Jewelry Box, available at West Elm, $250

If you gave your partner a necklace or bracelet for your last anniversary, a timeless jewelry box is the perfect follow-up gift. Plus, you can personalize the box with a monogram.

A stunning silver-and-turquoise ring

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Blue Ridge Turquoise & Sterling Silver Ring, available at Ahlazua, $120

Simple yet beautiful, the Blue Ridge turquoise and sterling silver ring is from Ahlazua, an Indigenous- and woman-owned jewelry company. 

A sleek electric kettle

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Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle, available at Crate & Barrel, $149.95

For the partner who is an avid tea or pour-over coffee drinker, the Fellow Stagg electric kettle is functional and visually appealing on any countertop.

Body oil for anyone

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Agender Oil, available at Noto, $44

Noto has a variety of products for everyday use for everyone. Its Agender Oil works for both hair and body.

A box of succulents

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The Original Botany Box, available at Botany Box, $58

The Original Botany Box comes with four easy-to-care-for succulents and instructions for your new plants.

A custom set of colorful wine glasses

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Colored Wine Stemware set of 6, available at Estelle, $190

Create a custom set of six colorful wine glasses from Estelle. They come in 17 different colors, including lavender, black, and royal blue. 

A set of luxurious towels

Multicolored earth tones Hydrocotton Organic Quick-Dry Towels from Pottery Barn

Hydrocotton Organic Quick-Dry Towels, available at Pottery Barn, $29.50

In our roundup of the best bath towels, the Hydrocotton Organic towels from Pottery Barn are our favorite quick-dry bath towels and are particularly fluffy and soft.

A custom puzzle of a favorite photo

A custom circle puzzle depicting a child on regular and heart shaped pieces

Shutterfly Photo Gallery Keepsake Puzzle, available at Shutterfly, $29.99

If you’re looking for a personalized gift, a puzzle of your favorite photo together is both thoughtful and sentimental. 

A recipe book to up your cocktail-making game

Batch Cocktails front cover with an image of several cups filled with and orange liquid

Batch Cocktails: Make-Ahead Pitcher Drinks for Every Occasion, available at ECOVIBE, $19.99

Celebrate at home together using the recipe book “Batch Cocktails.”

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Every selection on Oprah’s Book Club list so far

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Diagonal Pattern of books chosen for Oprah’s book club; including “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride and “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Since her book club’s start in 1996, Oprah has recommended over 90 books, from classics to obscure titles that became famous from being included on the list.

  • Oprah Winfrey has recommended more than 90 books through Oprah’s Book Club.
  • The list includes both classics from Faulkner and obscure titles catapulted into the mainstream.
  • Find the complete list of Oprah’s Book Club books below.

Since the mid-’90s, Oprah Winfrey has been recommending books to the public.

Oprah’s Book Club has helped catapult obscure titles to the mainstream, and highlighted classics by Charles Dickens and William Faulkner, now serving as a time capsule of the buzziest contemporary books, love stories, and Pulitzer Prize-winning page-turners.

Over the years, Oprah’s Book Club has also experienced controversy. In 2005, James Frey’s memoir “A Million Little Pieces” was selected for the club and later denounced by Winfrey as almost entirely fabricated on live television in a popular Oprah show episode. And In 2020, Oprah’s inclusion of “American Dirt” came under fire and sparked a conversation on appropriation and the white gaze in literature.

The book club’s massive popularity has dramatically altered the publishing industry. At one point, Winfrey reportedly got stores to order 500,000 copies of a book without knowing its title, only that it was her next selection. And Toni Morrison, who was featured in the club four times, reportedly earned a greater sales boost from Oprah’s book club than the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Below, you’ll find the complete list of all 90+ books selected for Oprah’s Book Club since its inception in 1996.

Descriptions are provided from Amazon and Bookshop and are edited lightly for clarity and length.

All of Oprah’s Book Club selections so far:

“The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

"The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $21.38

The great scholar W. E. B. Du Bois once wrote about the problem of race in America, and what he called “Double Consciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. 

To come to terms with her own identity, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors — Indigenous, Black, and white — in the deep South. In doing so, Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story — and the song — of America itself.

“The Sweetness of Water” by Nathan Harris

"The Sweetness of Water"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $14

In the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landry — freed by the Emancipation Proclamation — seek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle. The Walkers, wracked by the loss of their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping through an unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Prentiss and Landry, meanwhile, plan to save money for the journey north and a chance to reunite with their mother, who was sold away when they were boys.

Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder, unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community. In the aftermath of so much turmoil, it is Isabelle who emerges as an unlikely leader, proffering a healing vision for the land and for the newly free citizens of Old Ox.

“Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson


Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.49

In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He “preached men into the Civil War,” then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father — an ardent pacifist — and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend’s wayward son.

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson


Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $12.49

In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.

Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people — including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others — she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day, and how it impacts us all. 

“Deacon King Kong” by James McBride

This cover image released by Riverhead Books shows "Deacon King Kong," a novel by James McBride.  Oprah Winfrey has chosen McBride’s “Deacon King Kong” for her book club. McBride’s novel is set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969. It pays tribute to community and to McBride's own childhood in a Brooklyn project. (Riverhead Books via AP)

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $12.59

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and, in front of everybody, shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range.

The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of “Deacon King Kong.” James McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: The victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.

As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters — caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York — overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion.

“Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family” by Robert Kolker

"Hidden Valley Road"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $14.99

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don’s work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their 12 children perfectly spanned the baby boom: The oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins — aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony — and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: Psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the 10 Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?

What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.

“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins

American Dirt

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $14.99

Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco and runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. 

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy ― two of them her favorites. Unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. As they join the thousands of people trying to reach American dirt, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

  • Note: “American Dirt” has been a lightning rod for discussions around appropriation and the white gaze in literature. For more context on the book’s controversy, read this breakdown.

“Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout

"Olive, Again"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $12.54

The iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire us — in Strout’s words — “to bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can.”

“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $12.31 

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her — but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: To escape from the only home he’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama


Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.48

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her — from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it — in her own words and on her own terms.

“The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton

"The Sun Does Shine"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $12.39

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor Black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence ― full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. 

But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive but to find a way to live on Death Row. For the next 27 years, he was a beacon ― transforming not only his own spirit but those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of “Just Mercy,” Bryan Stevenson, Hinton

“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones

"An American Marriage"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $12.95

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. 

Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

“Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue

"Behold the Dreamers"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.32

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty — and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job — even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.

“Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle

The cover of Love Warrior

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.33 

Just when Glennon Doyle Melton was beginning to feel she had it all figured out ― three happy children, a doting spouse, and a writing career so successful that her first book catapulted to the top of the New York Times bestseller list ― her husband revealed his infidelity and she was forced to realize that nothing was as it seemed. A recovering alcoholic and bulimic, Glennon found that rock bottom was a familiar place. In the midst of crisis, she knew to hold on to what she discovered in recovery: That her deepest pain has always held within it an invitation to a richer life.

“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $13.12

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood — where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him.

In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, “The Underground Railroad” is no mere metaphor: Engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop.

“Ruby” by Cynthia Bond


Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $11.02 

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby Bell, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city — the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village — all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother.

When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, 30-year-old Ruby finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

“The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd

"The Invention of Wings"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.07

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early 19th century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s 11th birthday, when she is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement, and the uneasy ways of love.

“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis

"The Twelve Tribes"

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.44

In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd, swept up by the tides of the Great Migration, flees Georgia and heads north. Full of hope, she settles in Philadelphia to build a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins are lost to an illness that a few pennies could have prevented. 

Hattie gives birth to nine more children, whom she raises with grit, mettle, and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them to meet a world that will not be kind. Their lives, captured here in 12 luminous threads, tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage — and a nation’s tumultuous journey.

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

 “Wild  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $9.22

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered, and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone. 

Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, “Wild” powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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The cutest fall decor at Target – budget-friendly indoor and outdoor picks

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Image of table decorated with fall-themed napkins, plates, and glasses for target’s best fall decor 2021
  • Fall has arrived, and with it comes cute and stylish home decor from Target.
  • You can score some of Target’s sweetest-smelling fall candles for just $5.
  • From mugs to throw pillows, Target has everything you need to make your home extra cozy this fall.

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Target’s home section is full of autumn-themed decor to get you in the spirit of the season. Everything you need, from pumpkin-shaped mugs to rustic welcome signs, can be found at Target for reasonable prices, making decor shopping easy and affordable.

We rounded up cute and chic fall decor available at Target now. If you’re looking for other spots to score autumn home goods, check out our guide to the best places to buy fall decor.

Here’s a list of the best fall decor at Target:

Best pillows and throw blankets

Image of a chair with a pumpkin throw pillow and orange throw blanket on it from Target, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

Target has throw pillows and blankets in all the fall colors and shades to complement your home. There are lumbar and square pillows, as well as plush and knit throw blankets.

Embroidered Pumpkins Square Throw Pillow (small)Solid Plush Throw Blanket with Sherpa Reverse (small)Solid Chenille Knit Throw Blanket (small)
Best wall decor

Image of a wooden sign with “fall” written on it, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

From a key hook rack to posters with pumpkins on them, Target has cute and subtle decorations to hang on your walls.

Pumpkin Patch Linen Paper Wall Art (small)Brown and White Pumpkin “Fall” Wooden and Metal Hook Wall Decor (small)Autumn Leaves Welcome Friends Wooden Hanging Wall Sign (small)
Best table decor

Image of a fireplace mantle with candle holders, candles, pumpkin sculptures, and books, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

The decorative objects and fall figurine section of Target is huge. There are many decor options to choose from, including elegant candle holders, burnt orange table runners, and sleek sets of ceramic pumpkins.

Fabric Pumpkin Figurine Cream (small)Multi Ceramic Pumpkins White (small)Aluminum Pillar Candle Holder Gold (small)Banana Woven Rectangular Tray Brown (small)Cotton Solid Table Runner Orange (small)
Best candles

Image of an acorn-shaped candle on a table with coffee and vanilla bean strings, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

Love the smell of a pumpkin spice, vanilla latte, or crisp apple candle? Target’s section features all the autumn scents you can think of. A huge variety of fall candles are only $5.

Maple Glazed Donut Candle (small)Crisp Candied Apple Candle (small)Acorn Glass Jar with Wooden Wick Vanilla Pumpkin Candle (small)Mini Pumpkin Caramel Latte Honey Orange Candle (small)Pillar Ashwood and Palo Santo Candle Tan (small)
Best kitchenware

Image of a “welcome fall” serving tray on a table runner and pumpkins in the background, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

You can spice up your kitchen and dining room with fall-inspired cookware and serving dishes. There are adorable mugs shaped like pumpkins for only $5.

Set of 2 Tiered Tray Spooky Tree (small)Stoneware Pumpkin Mug (small)Welcome to Fall Serving Tray (small)
Best fall foliage

Image of a dresser with purple fake flowers in a vase, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

The changing colors of trees is one of the best parts of the fall season. With all the options for artificial flower decor from Target, you can bring the beautiful orange, red, and yellow colors of autumn into your home.

Faux Rusted Eucalyptus Plant Wreath (small)Goldenrod Artificial Plant Arrangement Yellow (small)Artificial Purple Sedum Plant Arrangement (small)Artificial Hops Stem (small)
Best outdoor decor

Image of a front door with a “hello fall” sign with pumpkins on it, cutest fall decor at Target 2021

Target doesn’t have a large selection of outdoor decorations, but they do feature a solid amount of fall-inspired welcome mats to put on your porch. There are yard signs and front door decor available as well.

Hello Fall Doormat (small)Welcome Pumpkin Coir Mat (small)Pumpkin Patch Front Door Decor (small)

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28 fun gift ideas that will keep toddlers entertained

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The Melissa and Doug Fold and Go Dollhouse includes furniture and dolls.

  • Finding gifts that toddlers will love more than the boxes they come in can be a challenge.
  • I’ve already gone through that process with my toddler and have rounded up 28 of the best gifts for toddlers.
  • You can check out all of Insider Reviews gift guides to shop for everyone on your list.

Toddlers can be picky little humans. You know this if you’ve ever seen how long they’re entertained by a cardboard box or bubbles, only to leave a pricey toy sitting by the wayside day after day.

I would know – my 3-year-old has a big personality. But I’ve become a pro at buying gifts that she plays with longer than the packages they come in. Buying gifts for toddlers becomes even more complicated when you account for their rapid development. A 1-year-old might be enthralled by a toy that a 3-year-old finds boring.

That’s why I’ve rounded up 28 gifts that will be a hit with any toddler. Many of the gifts on this list have also been tried, tested, and well-loved by my own child.

Here are 28 of the best gifts for toddlers:

A developmentally appropriate puzzle

toddler playing with spike hedgehog puzzle

Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog Puzzle Playmate, available on Fat Brain Toys, $16.95

This is a toy that can really span the toddler age ranges. Younger toddlers will delight in the challenge of matching shapes, while older toddlers can work on numbers and counting with the spikes. I’ve seen this toy meet my daughter at various stages of development since we started testing it over four months ago. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A working vacuum

a toy vacuum with ryan’s world decals

Ryan’s World Children’s Toy Vacuum Cleaner, available at Walmart, $24.56

Toddlers love to imitate their favorite grown-ups. They also love their favorite characters, like Ryan from Ryan’s World. If Ryan’s World is a hit for your toddler, everyone will be happy with this vacuum that actually picks up dirt

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

A themed sensory bin

a bin full of sand and sea-themed toys

Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin, available on Amazon, from $15

Sensory bins allow toddlers to create their own little worlds, and this one requires very minimal setup from grown-ups. Choose from six different themes: construction zone, dinosaur dig, garden and critters, ice cream shop, ocean and sand, and outer space. My daughter got the ocean & sand bin for her 3rd birthday, and it has been a huge hit. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Holiday-themed magnetic blocks

child assembling grinch maga-tiles

Dr. Seuss The Grinch Magna-Tiles Structure Set, available on Amazon, $44.95

Magnetic tiles are very much a tried-and-tested favorite in our house. When I tested this set, I wasn’t sure that the Grinch theme would be enough to make these any better than plain-colored tiles. But I was pleasantly surprised. This 19-piece set lets kids build the Grinch himself, a Whoville home, or a cozy holiday scene.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Their first toolbox

child playing with hape wooden toolbox

Hape Fix It Kid’s Wooden Tool Box and Accessory Play Set, available at Amazon, $21.99

Toddlers can fix things up around the house with this 17-piece toolbox. The small set is just the right size for toddler hands and includes a hammer, nails, screwdriver, screws, and more.  

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Educational place mats

little tikes educational placemats

Little Likes Kids Educational Two-Sided Place Mat Variety Pack, available at Amazon, $15.99

Even as they refine their eating skills, toddlers still often make a mess. Keep your table clean and your toddlers entertained with these three double-sided place mats.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Books to build their library

baby goes to market

“Baby Goes to Market,” available at Amazon, $14.56

“The Rainbow Fish,” available at Amazon, $9.95

“The Snowy Day,” available at Amazon, $6.11

“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” available at Amazon, $4.59

“I Like It When . . . /Me gusta cuando . . .” available at Amazon, $6.08

There’s nothing quite like cuddling up with a good book at bedtime. From simple board books to narratives that encourage kindness, toddlers will ask to read these books again and again.

Animal-themed bingo

banana panda bingo

Banana Panda Let’s Play Animal Bingo, available at Amazon, $16.15

Toddlers can get in on the action with this simplified version of bingo. Each bingo card features animals in a different habitat, and the boards and tokens are made of thick cardboard that will hold up to rough play.

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

A World of Eric Carle puzzle

mudpuppy eric carle puzzles for toddlers

Mudpuppy World of Eric Carle Brown Bear 4-in-A-Box Puzzles, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $14.99

Four-piece puzzles are a step up from peg puzzles, another toddler favorite. This set of four puzzles is inspired by the popular book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” As a former English teacher, I can’t resist a toy that encourages reading. Even if you don’t have the book at home, these puzzles will still be engaging and challenging while simultaneously exposing toddlers to color matching.  

Recommended ages: 2 years and up

The ultimate racetrack

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower, available at Walmart and Target, from $29.82

This quickly became our family’s favorite Go! Go! Smart Wheels track after the company sent us a review sample a few months ago. It can be configured into one tall spiral or two smaller spirals for racing. You’ll get one race car, and the track includes a switch track, hazards, and a trap door. Five different locations along the track prompt the car to play various sounds, songs, and phrases. If you already have other Go! Go! Smart Wheels tracks, you can connect them to the tower.

Recommended ages: 1 to 5 years

An interactive thinking chair

blues clues chair

Blues Clues and You! Play and Learn Thinking Chair, available at Walmart, $49.44

If you have a Blues Clues fan, this real-life thinking chair will be a big hit. It comes with a mailbox, letters, and an interactive handy dandy notebook. The chair can detect when kids sit down or get up, and there is even a storage space under the seat. We’ve been testing it for a few months, and my daughter hasn’t let it leave our living room since. 

Recommended ages: 2 to 5 years

A color-changing bath book

Color Me: Who's in the Water? (Wee Gallery Bath Books)

“Color Me: Who’s in the Water?” available at Amazon, $11.99

Toddlers will think this book is magic when it changes color in their bathwater. The illustrations are the central focus with just a few words on each page. This creates an ideal environment for reluctant readers to pick up a book. Use it for some water painting fun out of the bath, too. 

Recommended ages: 1 to 3 years

A dump truck made of recycled plastic

Green Toys Dump Truck

Green Toys Dump Truck, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $19.14

Whether you have a sandbox, a dirt pile in the backyard, or a bunch of toys that need to be moved around the house, toddlers will enjoy loading this truck and dumping things out. The brightly colored toy is made of 100% recycled plastic. An added bonus: After this truck spends a long day hauling materials for your child, you can throw it in the dishwasher. 

Recommended ages: 12 months and up

Reusable mess-free coloring pads

Water Wow! 3 Pack - Dinosaurs, Adventure and Space

Melissa & Doug Water Wow! 3-Pack, available at Amazon and Kohl’s, from $16.99

If you have a toddler living in your house and you haven’t yet discovered the magic that is Water Wow, you’re missing out. Each pad comes with four reusable boards that change color when they make contact with the water pen. They make absolutely no mess and are some of our favorite travel toys for toddlers. We keep one in the car and always bring them along to places like the doctor’s office and restaurants. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A picnic play set and shape sorter all in one

LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket, available at Walmart and Buy Buy Baby, from $19.99

 This picnic play set is one of our favorite toys for 1-year-olds. It teaches toddlers concepts like shapes, colors, manners, and sharing. The basket includes a shape sorter, two cups, two forks, two plates, six food items, and a picnic blanket. 

Recommended ages: 6 months to 3 years

A doll to love and care for

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Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella, available at Buy Buy Baby, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Amazon, from $19.99

This doll can grow with children as they move through different developmental stages. Toddlers can practice caring skills and strengthen their fine motor skills by removing and replacing the doll’s binky as well as changing its clothes. At 12 inches tall, Wee Baby Stella is also a great size for toddlers. 

Recommended ages: 1 year and up

A starter dollhouse

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The Melissa and Doug Fold and Go Dollhouse includes furniture and dolls.

Melissa & Doug Fold and Go Wooden Dollhouse, available at Amazon, $59

Dollhouses can keep toddlers entertained for hours as they imagine new scenarios and practice everyday skills. The set comes with 11 pieces of wooden furniture and two dolls, which is a big plus as many dollhouses don’t come with dolls. 

Recommended ages: 3 to 6 years

Toddler-size crayons and coloring books

My First Toddler Coloring Book

My First Toddler Coloring Book, available at Amazon, $3.99

Crayola Jumbo Crayons, available at Walmart, $2.97

Crayola Multicultural Large Crayons, available at Staples, $3.79

This is a simple yet exciting gift for young toddlers who are just learning how to color and develop their fine motor skills. The large pictures, numbers, letters, and shapes have thick lines, and the pages are durable. These are all characteristics that make coloring easier for toddlers. Thicker jumbo and large crayons are designed for toddlers to have success coloring. This book was one of the first coloring books I bought my toddler over a year ago, and it’s still going strong. 

Recommended ages: 1 to 3 years (coloring book); 3 years and up (crayons)

A push car with all the bells and whistles

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Step2 Whisper Ride II Ride-On Push Car, available at Buy Buy Baby and Amazon, $74.99

My neighbors can’t help but smile when they see my toddler roll by in this push car. Step2 sent a review sample that we’ve been testing since the beginning of the summer. It’s still in great shape and handles hills and bumpy roads well. Some standout features include a storage trunk, a working horn, cup holders (for you and your toddler!), and a seat belt. 

Recommended ages: 18 months to 4 years

A cuddly version of everyone’s favorite Star Wars character

Star Wars Mandalorian The Child

Star Wars The Mandalorian The Child aka Baby Yoda Plush, available at Target and Kohl’s, from $19.89

Toddlers can cuddle up with quite possibly the cutest Star Wars character ever. Toys based on characters like this one give kids just enough inspiration for imaginative play scenarios without doing all the work for them. Even if you haven’t seen “The Mandalorian,” it’s hard to resist this endearing little creature.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A cleaning set so they can ‘help’ around the house

Melissa & Doug Let's Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop Set

Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep & Mop Set, available at Buy Buy Baby, Kohl’s, and Amazon, from $23.98

My daughter loves to “help” me clean around the house and this set is the perfect size for her. It comes with a pint-sized broom, mop, duster, brush, dustpan, and even a storage rack. My toddler has consistently used it for more than a year, and it’s still in excellent shape. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

A doctor’s play set

B. Dr. Doctor Toy

B. Toys Toy Doctor Kit, available at Target and Amazon, from $19.99

Doctor visits can be scary, but role-playing with a play doctor kit makes them more approachable and even fun. This 10-piece kit comes with a stethoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff, syringe, scissors, thermometer, mirror, a pair of tweezers, a beeper, and a carry case to keep it all organized. The pager beeps and lights up, and the stethoscope makes a heartbeat sound. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A Lego set for learning the alphabet

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Lego Duplo My First Alphabet Truck, available at Amazon, from $19.99

This Lego Duplo set encourages hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as toddlers stack blocks and move the truck around. It comes with 36 Duplo pieces, including 26 letter bricks, a truck, and 10 other bricks and figures. 

Recommended ages: 18 months and up

A customized tricycle

Radio Flyer Trike

Radio Flyer Custom Build-A-Trike, available at Radio Flyer, from $70

There’s nothing quite like a classic red tricycle. Radio Flyer sent this tricycle for me to test, and I’m impressed by its quality. Depending on how you customize it, this tricycle can grow with your child from 9 months to 5 years old. Available customization options include a classic bell, a canopy, and a footrest. What I appreciate most about it is the push handle — I use it to help my daughter learn to steer and make sure she is safe while learning to ride. 

Recommended ages: 9 months to 5 years

A set of musical instruments

B. Toys Drumroll Please Instrument Set

B. Toys Drumroll Please Instrument Set, available at Target, $22.99

This musical set inspires imagination and creativity. It includes a drum, two drumsticks, castanets, a whistle, a tambourine, and a shaker egg. All of the instruments fit neatly inside the drum so toddlers can take it anywhere.

Recommended ages: 18 to 36 months

A cash register with play food and money

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register

LeapFrog Count Along Cash Register, available at Target, $19.99

My daughter and I have played many hours of “grocery store” with this set. It comes with a working cash register, eight pieces of play food, 10 coins, and a credit card. Prompts encourage kids to count coins, and buttons on the display correspond with the play food.  

Recommended ages: 2 to 4 years

A stylish play mixer for the budding chef

KidKraft Wooden Baking Set

KidKraft Wooden Baking Set, available at Kohl’s, $19.99

This stylish mixer can be an addition to an existing play kitchen, but it’s also ideal if you have limited space. The set comes with a mixer, a bowl, eggs, flour, sugar, milk, a baking sheet, cookies, and a working rolling pin. Toddlers can’t help but imitate daily life, and this set let my daughter “make” cookies without making a mess. 

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Everything they need to complete rescue missions

Paw Patrol Rescue Rev Up Vehicle with Mystery Dinosaur Figure

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Rev Up Vehicle with Mystery Dinosaur Figure, available at Amazon, $11.90

For less than $15, this toy comes with a figurine, a vehicle, and a surprise dinosaur egg. Choose from six different Paw Patrol characters: Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Skye, and Zuma. Each vehicle has a rev-up motor and a working tool.

Recommended ages: 3 years and up

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The $500 iPhone 11 is the new king of budget iPhones

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The purple iPhone 11’s glass back

  • Apple reduced the price of the iPhone 11 to $500 after announcing the iPhone 13.
  • The iPhone 11’s lower price and superior design, camera, and battery life makes it a better deal than the $400 iPhone SE.
  • The iPhone SE is still the obvious choice for people who specifically prefer smaller screens.

In a smart move to draw in anyone who likes a good deal, Apple kept the iPhone 11 on its roster and reduced its price from $600 to $500 after announcing the iPhone 13.

Back when the iPhone XR was still around as the “big budget iPhone” option, it was easily argued that the iPhone SE 2020 posed better value. Mainly, the iPhone SE had a newer and more powerful A13 Bionic processor compared to the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR. The iPhone XR also didn’t sweeten the deal with extra camera performance, and it had a single-lens camera, like the iPhone SE 2020.

Indeed, the $500 iPhone XR was an awkward phone to recommend when the iPhone SE 2020 was $100 less and had a better processor. Apart from a larger screen, longer battery life, and a newer design, the iPhone XR didn’t really have that much going for it last year.

The iPhone 11, originally released two years ago in September 2019, has dethroned both the iPhone XR and SE as budget iPhone king. It has the same A13 Bionic processor as the iPhone SE, and comes with suitable reasons for costing $100 more, which isn’t a terrible amount to even save up for.

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Here’s why the iPhone 11, not the iPhone SE, is the new king of budget iPhones for most people:

The iPhone SE 2020 is for people who like smaller screens, whereas the iPhone 11 is for ‘most people’

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The purple iPhone 11, shown held in hand, is arguably the perfect size that can please those who prefer smaller screens, as well as those who prefer larger screens.

The iPhone SE 2020 and its 4.7-inch screen is a dream come true for iPhone fans who like the smaller form factor. Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 and its 6.1-inch screen suits a wider range of users. 

It’s the “Goldilocks” screen size that fans of both smaller and larger screens can feel comfortable with. That’s why we say the iPhone 12, not the iPhone 12 Mini, is the best iPhone “for most people.”

The iPhone 11 has better battery life

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The glass back of the yellow iPhone 11.

The smaller the phone, the shorter its battery life. Reviewers and users alike have noticed that the iPhone SE’s battery life often has them wanting more. 

We found that the iPhone SE would last about a work day with above-average usage, but we’d need to charge it so it would last until the end of the day more comfortably. The iPhone 11, on the other hand, lasted us a day and a half before we felt the need to plug it in.

The iPhone 11 has better cameras than the iPhone SE

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Taking a photo of a purple flower via the iPhone 11’s camera app on-screen viewfinder

The biggest difference between the two phones’ cameras is that the iPhone SE has a single camera, while the iPhone 11 has a dual-lens camera that includes a standard wide lens and an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view. 

That ultra-wide lens gives the iPhone 11 more versatility for taking beautiful photos, but the iPhone 11 also takes better photos in general. We found that the iPhone SE’s camera is similar in quality to the 2018 iPhone XR. That’s to say that the iPhone SE’s camera is still pretty good, but not as good as the iPhone 11’s. 

There’s no comparing the selfie camera between the two phones, either. The iPhone 11’s 12-megapixel selfie camera with Smart HDR takes decidedly superior selfies than the iPhone SE’s 8-megapixel selfie camera without Smart HDR.

The iPhone SE’s design really is getting old

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The iPhone 12 Mini on the left and iPhone SE 2020 on the right shows how the iPhone SE’s design is dated.

You could easily mistake the iPhone SE 2020 for the iPhone 6 that came out in 2014. The big borders above and below the screen give the iPhone SE a dated look that doesn’t really belong in 2021. Some people won’t care, but the reality is that more people do. 

Meanwhile, the iPhone 11 looks like a modern iPhone with its edge-to-edge screen.

The iPhone SE is still a great budget phone that shouldn’t be dismissed

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The iPhone SE’s Touch ID sensor.

The iPhone SE has a time and a place for those of you who “just want a new iPhone” for as little as possible, and don’t mind so much about fancy ultra-wide cameras or edge-to-edge displays. 

Plus, there’s a small but vocal minority who do not like Face ID on the newer iPhones and swear by the old-fashioned and reliable Touch ID. Chances are there won’t be another iPhone released with Touch ID.

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All the young adult books recommended by Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club so far

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Reese Witherspoon's YA book pics, including Furia, You Have a Match, and The Fire Keeper's Daughter 4x3
The young adult books on Reese’s Book Club list include “Furia,” “You Have a Match,” and “You Should See Me in a Crown.”

Disappearing into a great young adult book feels like magic. We’re swept away into different lives and worlds for hours at a time, finding stories that can help strengthen our values, cultivate our imagination, and learn how to approach a spectrum of emotions and experiences -all from the comfort of a book.

If you’re looking for your next YA book (or a great gift for a teen), you might want to consider these nine from Reese’s Book Club. Each title, like all 58 Reese Witherspoon book picks, focuses on female protagonists, whether they’re moonlighting as an advice columnist or reluctantly campaigning for Prom Queen to win the college scholarship of their dreams.

The 9 YA books selected for Reese’s Book Club so far:

Descriptions are from Amazon and edited for length and clarity.

“The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee (Summer 2021)

The Downstairs Girl book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $8.79

By day, 17-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.”

When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. 

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. 

“Tokyo Ever After” by Emiko Jean (Summer 2021)

Tokyo Ever After book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $15.99

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in — it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi — or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way” — and her mom against the world. But then Izumi discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izumi travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. Izumi soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself — back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley (Spring 2021)

Firekeeper's Daughter book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.23

18-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but when family tragedy strikes, Daunis puts her future on hold to look after her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team.

Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.

Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But the search for truth is more complicated than Daunis imagined, exposing secrets and old scars.

“You Have a Match” by Emma Lord (Winter 2021)

You Have a Match book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.11

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister. 

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents. The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents put Savvy up for adoption.

“The Light in Hidden Places” by Sharon Cameron (December 2020)

The Light in Hidden Places book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $10.99

It is 1943, and for four years, 16-year-old Stefania has been working for the Diamant family in their grocery store in Przemysl, Poland. She has even made a promise to one of their sons, Izio — a betrothal they must keep secret since she is Catholic and the Diamants are Jewish.

But everything changes when the German army invades Przemysl. The Diamants are forced into the ghetto, and Stefania makes the extraordinary decision to hide Max Diamant, and eventually 12 more Jews. Then they must wait, every day, for a knock at the door. When the knock finally comes, it is two Nazi officers, requisitioning Stefania’s house for the German army.

With two Nazis below, 13 hidden Jews above, and a little sister by her side, Stefania has one more excruciating choice to make.

“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey (November 2020)

A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $11.49

For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) Take over her abuela’s role as head baker at their panadería, 2) Move in with her best friend after graduation, and 3) Live happily ever after with her boyfriend. But then the Trifecta happened, and everything — including Lila herself — fell apart.

Worried about Lila’s mental health, her parents make a new plan for her: Spend three months with family friends in Winchester, England, to relax and reset. But with the lack of sun, a grumpy inn cook, and a small town lacking Miami flavor (both in food and otherwise), what would be a dream trip for some feels more like a nightmare to Lila…until she meets Orion Maxwell.

“Fable” by Adrienne Young (October 2020)

Fable book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $14.69

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home 17-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day, her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive, she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. 

The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so, Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

“Furia” by Yamile Saied Mendez (September 2020)

Furia book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $11.49

A powerful contemporary young adult for fans of “The Poet X” and “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line — even her blooming love story — to follow her dreams.

In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life. 

At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father. 

On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.

Filled with authentic details and the textures of day-to-day life in Argentina, heart-soaring romance, and breathless action on the pitch, “Furia” is the story of a girl’s journey to make her life her own.

“You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson (August 2020)

You Should See Me In a Crown book cover with Reese's Book Club sticker

Available on Amazon and Bookshop from $9.99

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too Black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: Attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor. But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down… until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. 

There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington. The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams… or make them come true?

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We tested Le Creuset’s classic Dutch oven and 6 other pieces – the cast iron cookware is pricey, but here’s why it’s worth the investment

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  • Le Creuset is known for its beautiful, well-crafted, and versatile enamel Dutch ovens.
  • Its cookware is expensive, but Le Creuset’s products last for years (if not generations).
  • We tested seven pieces, including its Dutch oven, oven-ready stoneware, and non-stick cookware.

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Though startups like Made In are making headway against traditional kitchen brands, there are some decades-old names that home cooks may never let go of.

Topping registry and gift lists everywhere, these legacy brands have been wished for, raved about, and passed down from generation to generation. For good reason – their products help to make your grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies as well as your newfangled (her words, not yours) quinoa cacao bites.

French cookware company Le Creuset is one such name, representing the height of craftsmanship and style, and accordingly, price. Its enamel cast iron Dutch ovens are widely considered the best in the industry, which is why many people are willing to commit to the $200+ investment and few ever regret it.

You can’t miss them in a kitchen. They’re the smooth and glossy, weighty and substantial, brightly colored centerpiece of a shelf, stove, or countertop, and after cooking with them, you’re unlikely to ever forget them.

Basically, Le Creuset is the rare brand that’s really as good as everyone says it is. The experience is kind of like going to your first SoulCycle class – you enter a cynic, but you emerge (hopefully less sweaty) a zealous convert.

A brief history of Le Creuset – then and now

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Le Creuset was created in 1925 by two Belgian industrialists, one who specialized in casting and the other in enameling. After meeting at the Brussels Fair, they created a foundry in Fresnoy-le-Grand, an area in northern France located along a major trade route.

The cast iron cocotte, also known as a French oven or an enameled Dutch oven, was their first product. Its Flame color, a Le Creuset signature, is said to have been modeled after the vibrant orange hue of molten cast iron inside a crucible (“le creuset” in French).

The cocotte was a groundbreaking product at the time because it made the kitchen staple of cast iron cookware both more functional and beautiful. It was something that home cooks could rely on every time to perform at high levels, but also an aesthetically pleasing piece that looked good on stovetops and dining tables alike. Based on Le Creuset’s enduring success, it looks like our tastes haven’t changed much.

After World War II, as competitors flocked to steel and aluminum to make their cookware, Le Creuset doubled down on its enameled cast iron efforts, expanding into a range of other pieces and experimenting with exciting new colors. Today, you can shop its iconic Dutch oven alongside specialty cookware like woks and Moroccan tagines, bakeware like casserole dishes, and dinnerware.

How to shop Le Creuset cookware and what to buy

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Enameled cast iron was and will remain Le Creuset’s specialty. Its slow heat distribution and strong heat retention make it great for medium and low-heat cooking, from slow-cooking meats to roasting vegetables to baking rich desserts. The smooth interior encourages beautiful, delicious caramelization, plus it prevents sticking and is easy to clean. This material is safe to use on all heat sources, including electric, gas, induction, outdoor grill, and oven. Whether you’re a first-time Le Creuset buyer or expanding a decades-old collection, this versatile, high-performing cookware is the main one to shop. All cast iron pieces are made in the original French foundry and each is hand-inspected by 15 people. They come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Stoneware is best for baking tasks. It heats uniformly to create that coveted golden-brown crust while making sure that everything inside is cooked evenly, and it releases food easily. All stoneware pieces come with a limited 10-year warranty.

Nonstick is a newer venture for Le Creuset and a nicer-quality upgrade from the nonstick stuff you’ve used before. Compared to cast iron, these aluminum-core products heat up quickly. All nonstick pieces come with a limited lifetime warranty.

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Where to shop Le Creuset

Le Creuset’s full lineup of products is available on its website, where you can get free shipping on all orders, find recipes and events, and start a gift registry (through MyRegistry.com). It’s easiest to shop all of Le Creuset’s gorgeous colors and special limited-stock or limited-edition collections on the company’s website.

However, you can also find sales and exclusive colors at specialty retailers like Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table (the “Artichoke” shade looks as delicious as the real thing), and Crate & Barrel, and department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s. It’s available at Amazon as well, but it might be more convenient to buy Le Creuset at those places if you shop there frequently.

Review of Le Creuset cookware

Three of us tested the cookware types I mentioned above – enameled cast iron, stoneware, and nonstick – and put the nearly 100-year-old company to the work. While this was my first experience cooking with Le Creuset, some of my colleagues have been using their pieces for years and can attest to the durability and wear of their cookware.

Below, learn more about what it’s like to cook with Le Creuset, from the classic Dutch Oven to the lesser-known Grill Pan.

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Round Dutch Oven

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Ellen’s beef stroganoff

Round Dutch Oven (5.5-Quart), around $370, available at: Le Creuset | Williams-Sonoma 

We used it to cook: beef stroganoff, broccoli and sausage orzo skillet, chicken pot hotdish, and so much more. 

Why we love it: The 5.5-quart version of the popular Le Creuset Dutch oven isn’t cheap at $350, but it’s the cornerstone of my kitchen; it offers a lot of versatility, a durable design, and crucially, even heat distribution. I use it to cook easy, one-pot meals on most weeknights — everything from beef stroganoff to spring peas and asparagus risotto to a broccoli and sausage orzo skillet. —Ellen Hoffman, Executive Editor

I use a 4.5-quart version of this Dutch Oven, the same one that had previously belonged to my former boss’ wife. She and I would swap recipes through her husband, delivering muffins and breakfast bars and favorite recipes to each other via his briefcase. At a holiday party at their home a few years ago, she gifted me one of her Le Creuset pots along with her matching frying pan. She gave it to me because she was growing partial to her Staub Dutch oven and didn’t need so many in the house, but it was still one of the kindest gifts I’ve ever received. I love cooking in it and especially using it to serve stews, sauces, and orzo during dinner parties. —Sally Kaplan, Senior Editor

Signature Lite Grill Pan

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Sally’s grilled zucchini

Signature Lite Grill Pan, $180: currently unavailable

We used it to cook: grilled summer squash phyllo pie, Beyond Meat sausages

Why we love it: When I’m too lazy to fire up the grill on our rooftop (so, most of the time), I opt for this stovetop grill pan. It gives my veggies and meat substitutes the perfect grill marks, and it’s easy to move around on the burner if there’s a hot or cool spot (which happens with square-shaped pans). When I grill things like summer squash on it, and there’s something so satisfying about turning it over to see those little charred and caramelized bits. The surface is relatively non-stick, so food comes up cleanly as you’re flipping it, and the pan wipes down easily.  —Sally Kaplan 

Mini Cocottes

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Connie’s mini mac and cheese and veggies

Mini Cocottes, $100, available at: Le Creuset 

We used it to cook: single-serving/app-sized mac and cheese, veggies, baked eggs, apple pie

Why we love it: These are hands down the most adorable pieces of cookware I own. The mini versions of the brand’s classic cocotte are perfect for serving personal desserts, side dishes, and snacks like nuts or candy. They’re made from stoneware, so they’re best used in the oven on a baking tray and uncovered. The set I got came with a cookbook filled with recipes optimized for tiny portions, but if you’re comfortable with experimentation, I can see the potential to get really creative (and cute) with these mini cocottes. —Connie Chen, Senior Reporter

Square Dish

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Sally’s fudgy vegan brownies

Square Dish, $50, available at: Le Creuset |Bed Bath & Beyond (currently sold out)

We used it to cook: fudgy vegan brownies, roasted apricots with coconut sugar, cornbread, and a million other things

Why we love it: I’ve had this square dish for about three years now, and it’s one of the most-used dishes in my kitchen. I bake quick-breads and brownies in it, use it to roast veggies at high temperatures, and even make pot pies with fluffy, crispy drop biscuit crust. The coating on the stoneware is so glossy and smooth that it’s always easy to clean — mine has been through hell and back, and still looks as new as it did the very first day I got it. —Sally Kaplan

Nonstick Saute Pan

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Sally’s vegetarian “meat” sauce

Nonstick Saute Pan, $145, available at: Crate & Barrel | Le Creuset

We used it to cook: vegetarian “meat” sauce, garlicky zucchini noodles

Why we love it: I have a lot of nonstick pans, but I threw two of them out after I cooked with this one for the first time. The nonstick coating is above and beyond what I’ve experienced before. It took about three seconds to wash the pot I cooked this sauce in because there was absolutely nothing sticking to it. Not only that, but it provided fast, even heat throughout, and the walls of the pan are just high enough that you can use it as a saucepan and saute pan interchangeably. It’s an excellent value for $145 — I use it all the time. —Sally Kaplan


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Ellen’s “sophisticated hamburger helper”

Braiser, $200, available at: Le Creuset 

We used it to cook: lemon thyme chicken thighs, rigatoni and chicken with vodka sauce (family recipe), and lots of other bigger, saucy pasta dishes

Why we love it: This pan is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes I make all the time. It’s super wide and deep enough that I don’t have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It’s also great for cooking meats and veggies since, like I said, there’s plenty of surface area so everything has room to get nice and crispy.—Ellen Hoffman

Rectangular Casserole

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Rectangular Casserole, $115, available at: Amazon | Le Creuset

We used it to cook: Enchiladas, lasagna, pasta casseroles

Why we love it: The depth of this 3.5-quart casserole dish is ideal for recipes that call for layering, and the stoneware construction ensures every layer, whether sweet or savory, heats evenly and comes out of the oven piping hot. Though you might think the enamel would be too delicate to touch with a knife, rest assured you can slice into your casserole worry-free. I do wish the handles were slotted so I’d feel safer carrying it out of the oven, so just be extra careful about not dropping your hard work on the ground. —Connie Chen

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51 gifts dog lovers and their canine companions will love

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  • We rounded up the most unique and thoughtful gifts for dog lovers and their dogs.
  • Show them you care with a monthly subscription box, canine home decor, and all sorts of dog books.
  • Here are 51 useful, entertaining, and adorable gifts dogs and their humans will love.

As one of the most magical and amusing creatures on earth, dogs are more than deserving of a gift every now and again. And their human guardians? Yeah, they deserve a little something too.

In this list, we’ve curated 52 of our favorite gifts for dogs and the people who love them, including a stylish dog crate, a monthly subscription box filled with toys and treats, and custom pet stickers. Whether you want to add a little doggy decor to your home or give your favorite pet something new to play with, these gifts evoke pure joy of the canine kind.

Here are 51 of the best gifts for dogs lovers and their dogs:

Dog stickers that are (almost) as cute as the real thing

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My Sticker Face Sampler Sticker Face Sheet, available on Amazon, $15.99

Give the gift of sticky immortality with these customizable pet stickers. Just upload a photo of their dog and My Sticker Face will create a spot-on version made from vinyl that they can affix to anything that needs a puppy pick-me-up.

A monthly box of canine surprises

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Bark Box Monthly Subscription, available on Bark Box, from $23

Don’t bother trying to figure out exactly what the dog or dog lover in your life wants. Bark Box has done the work for you. Its monthly subscription boxes contain curated collections of toys, treats, and chews based on fun themes like summer camp, magic, and spa days. Send Bark Box as a gift or, better yet, get your own.

A pack of dogs to protect their smartphone

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Pet Friendly Dog Pattern Phone Case, available on Society6 for both iPhone and Android, from $20.99

No more scrolling their social media feeds to find cute dogs. With this smartphone case, there will already be dozens of pups at their fingertips. The pack, which includes corgis, shiba inus, and poodles, can be customized as a slim or tough case for almost any iPhone or Android model.

Flannel pants for cold-weather canine snuggling

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L.L. Bean Flannel Pants, Dog Print, available on L.L. Bean, $49.95

These extra soft flannel pants will keep them warm and cozy on crisp nights. They’ve been designed for maximum comfort with a drawstring waist and pockets. Choose from three dog-tastic colors and prints and 13 sizes.

A stress-relieving coloring book full of dogs

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Dog Lover: Adult Coloring Book, by Gina Trowler, available on Amazon, $6.99

This charming adult coloring book is packed with 64 pages of intricately drawn black-and-white canines. Go ahead, make your great dane blue and your chihuahua pink. The book’s pages are nice and thick so the colors won’t bleed through.

A mind-blowing book about a dog who ‘talks’

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“How Stella Learned to Talk by Christina Hunger,” available at Amazon and Target, $13.99

In this fascinating book, speech-language pathologist Christina Hunger chronicles her journey teaching her dog Stella to communicate using programmable buttons. This book not only details Stella’s education but breaks down Hunger’s techniques so that you, too, can teach your dog to “talk.”

A pack of doggy chip clips

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Kikkerland Doggie Bag Clips, available at World Market and Amazon, from $4.99

Reseal your goodie bags with an assortment of canine faces. This posse of chip clips includes a corgi, Boston terrier, bulldog, collie, dalmatian, and shiba inu, each of whom are very good dogs. The clips are made from extra-strong plastic with steel springs.

A handsome dog crate to dress up your decor

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Diggs Revol Dog Crate, available at Diggs and Amazon, $245

Down with ugly dog crates that mess up your decor! Diggs Revol isn’t just stylishly designed, it folds flat in seconds and has wheels for rolling out of sight. The crate is available in three colors and comes with a puppy divider and removable, easy-to-clean floor.

Fresh pet food to fill their dog’s belly

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Just Food for Dogs, available at Just Food for Dogs, from $5.95

Just Food for Dogs uses fresh, human-grade meats and veggies to produce nutritious canine meals across six different recipes. The food is flash frozen and delivered right to their door. Read more about the best fresh dog food in our buying guide.

A food puzzle to work the canine brain

Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Puzzle under $25

Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Dog Twister Dog Puzzle, available at Chewy and Amazon, from $12.50

For smarty pants dogs that need a job to do, these food puzzles are a great way to both entertain and work the brain. Pop treats or kibble into the compartments and tap into their dog’s under-utilized scavenging instincts. 

A book to decode your dog’s star sign

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“Dog Astrology” by Stella Andromeda, available at Amazon and Urban Outfitters, $14.99

The astrological sun sign under which your dog was born matters, according to this playful book by Stella Andromeda. Find out what an Aries or Leo looks like among the canine set, your dog’s luckiest days ,and whether you and your pup are a match written in the stars.

Puppy throw pillows to dress up their decor

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Dog Face Pillow, available at Uncommon Goods, $25

Accent their home with the friendly faces of adorable dogs. Hook-sewn by hand in the form of three different breeds — golden retriever, pug and Boston terrier — these 8-by-12-inch wool pillows will never shed, drool, or leave muddy paw prints on their sofa.

A pack of dogs to keep them dry in rainy weather

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Reed Evins Art Umbrella, available at AKC.org and Reed Evins Art, $29.99

Artist Reed Evins hand-cuts paper to create spot on collage portraits of his canine clients. He’s selected a couple dozen of his favorites — droopy eared basset hounds, friendly schnauzers, and half-smiling fluffs among them — for his wind-resistant 42-inch umbrella. The water-blocking parasol has a black rubber handle with an automatic opener and comes with a dog-patterned sleeve for storage.

A pair of icy bulldogs to keep their highball cool

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Novelty Bulldog Ice Molds, available at Williams Sonoma, $21.95

Bring a little canine class to their next cocktail with Williams Sonoma’s bulldog-shaped ice cubes. Made from flexible silicone, just fill the two molds with water, freeze, then run under warm water to release the hounds. The long-lasting cubes will keep their shape sip after sip.

A pet camera that lets them interact with their pup

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Furbo Treat-Tossing Dog Camera, available at Chewy and Furbo, $161.99

For those who can’t stand to be away from their dog, it’s the Furbo dog camera to the rescue. With the free Furbo app, they can monitor their pet from afar with a 160-degree wide-angle view, speak to them through voice chat, and toss them a treat anytime they want. 

Rubber boots to wear when it’s raining cats and dogs

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Joules Raining Cats and Dogs Rain Boot, available at Zappos and Joules, from $29.95

Puddles are no match for these rubber wellies by Joules. Covered in hand-drawn pups, umbrellas, and a couple water-loving cats, the mid-calf rain boots have an adjustable side buckle, a dog bone-patterned interior, and thick grippy soles for traversing slippery sidewalks.

A pair of Bernie’s viral mittens to squeak and tug

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Bernie’s Paw Warmers, available at Bark Shop, $10

Bernie Sanders’ mittens, one of the standout stars of the 2021 presidential inauguration, are now available in doggy form. Even if they have no upcoming political events to attend, playtime with these wooly squeakers on a rope will warm up your pup with practical, no-nonsense Vermont style. All proceeds go to the state’s PAWsitive Pantry, which provides families in need with food for their beloved pets.

A way to finally remember if the dog actually got fed

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The Original “Did You Feed The Dog?” available at Amazon, $9.95

Did you feed the dog? Can’t quite remember, can you? But this simple little device, it knows. Just move the button at feeding time and they’ll never get taken by their pup’s second-dinner-desiring hungry eyes again.

Sweet long johns for a winter full of pajama parties

Toy Story dog pajamas

Toy Story “To Infinity and Beyond” Dog & Cat Jersey PJs, available at Chewy, from $13.35

Dress up their pup for the world’s cutest pajama party in these “Toy Story” themed PJ’s from Chewy’s Disney collection. The outfit comes in six sizes so that even the big boys can let their snuggle flag fly.

A homemade dog treat maker

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Dash Express Dog Treat Maker, available at Amazon and Target, $29.49

Treat your favorite chef to a pup-approved kitchen addition. Fill the waffle iron-like Dash with one of the recipes from the included cookbook (think: peanut butter pumpkin or cheddar bacon) for fresh bone-shaped treats hot out of the oven. 

A squeezable dog water bottle for instant hydration

Dog Bowl Water Bottle under $25

Dog Bowl Water Bottle, available at Chewy, $14.99

Offer the dog a drink single-handedly with this unique dog water bottle. Just squeeze the leak-proof canister to fill the attached dish with water. When they’ve had their fill, the leftover liquid drains back into the bottle for the next time they’re thirsty.

A hoodie with a kangaroo pouch to keep their pup close

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Roodie Pet Pouch Hoodie, available at Amazon, $99

Cuddly pups and the humans who love them never have to be apart with this soft cotton-polyester hoodie. The zip-up 14-inch by 9-inch by 4-inch pocket supports pets up to 15 pounds and comes in six colors.

A ball launcher for supercharged games of fetch

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Chuckit! Launcher, available at Chewy and Amazon, $4.71

It’s almost impossible to tire out a fetch-loving high-energy dog before tiring out your throwing arm, that is, unless you have the Chuckit! With just a flick of the wrist, this simple plastic launcher sends the ball farther than puny human muscles alone and is guaranteed not to quit halfway through the game.

A matching bandana and face mask for twinning with their dog

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Goodboy x Sock Fancy Bandana & Mask, available at Goodboy, $24

Social distance in style with this dog bandana and face mask duo. The pair comes in four machine-washable custom cotton prints and the triple-layer mask has adjustable ear loops and a 3D chin design.

A pair of fur-sonalized silver cufflinks

Custom Pet Portrait Cufflinks

Custom Pet Portrait Cufflinks, available at Uncommon Goods, $260

They’ll wear their heart on their sleeve with these pet portrait cufflinks by designer Erin Harris. The engraved sterling silver accessories arrive with a bonus gift, too: a rubber stamp of their dog to use on anything that needs a bit of puppy love.

A collar for tracking their dog’s location and activity

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Fi Series 2 GPS Tracker Smart Dog Collar, available at Chewy, $149

Like a FitBit for the canine set, this smart collar will not only help them keep tabs on their dog’s daily activity (and compare it to other pups in the neighborhood) but on their location, too. Using GPS tracking technology, this little device sends alerts anytime a door-dashing escape artist is on the move.

Their dog in sock form

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Tribe Socks Personalized Pet Face Socks, available at Tribe Socks, $24

Wrap their barking dogs in puppy love with a pair of customizable socks. Chewy will pattern a pair with the face of their furry friend using just a photo. Choose from four styles: holiday, tie-dye, mosaic, and dog paw.

The one toy every dog needs

Kong Classic under $25

Kong Classic, available at Chewy, from $7.99

Whether they’ve got a puppy who’s learning the ropes, an adult dog who loves a good game, or a slow-moving senior, the Kong Classic is a must for busting boredom and tapping into a dog’s scavenging instincts. Just pack the heavy-duty rubber cone with treats, kibble, or peanut butter (among other things) and that big, slobbery tongue will do the rest.

An elevated bed to keep their dog cool in the heat


K&H Products Elevated Dog Bed, available at Chewy, from $40.99

Make the dog days of summer a little more bearable for their pooch with this elevated cot. Made from waterproof nylon with a mesh center, the raised design promotes airflow that helps keep dogs from overheating when the mercury rises.

A sleepy puppy hamper to snuggle their dirty clothes

Fankang Dog Hamper under $25

Fankang Dog Hamper, available at Amazon, $10.99

Add a dose of cute to laundry day with this dog hamper. The folding, pop-up basket made of waterproof-coated cotton fabric with handles for ears also makes a great storage bin for toys, whether they belong to a dog or to a dog-loving kid.

A bucket list activity journal for dog lovers and their canine compatriots

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“Chew This Journal” by Sassafras Lowrey, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $13.99

Drawing from 20 years of experience, certified trick dog trainer and doggy writer extraordinaire Sassafras Lowrey’s “Chew This Journal” is jam-packed with fun activities for both dog and human. From urban agility and tips on setting training goals to dog-friendly crafts like DIY treat puzzles and tug-toy-making, this book will encourage them to never stop seeking out new adventures.

A bag of delicious treats with a minimal carbon paw print

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Jiminy’s Chewy Cricket Treats, available at Chewy and Amazon, from $9.95

Maybe dog treats can’t save the world, but Jiminy’s cricket treats are doing their part to help our pups live more sustainably. These tasty morsels are hypoallergenic, probiotic, and produce 740% fewer greenhouse gasses than those made with beef. Choose from two chewy flavors, sweet potato and peas or pumpkin and carrot, or crunchy peanut butter and blueberry cookies.

A people-approved mattress made just for dogs

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Dog Mattress, available at Casper, from $129

Mattress company Casper takes dog bed comfort next level with a memory foam model that rivals those they make for humans. The result of 110 prototypes and 460 hours of lab testing, with this dog bed they’ll rest assured their best friend will be getting a good night’s sleep

A dog-splattered dish towel that really sees them

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Dogs Tea Towel, available at Blue Q, $12.99

Anyone who’s ever loved a dog knows the best people are the fluffy, four-legged kind. And this canine-covered tea towel, it’s not afraid to speak the truth. Short-haired, curly-haired, little-legged, and big, they’ll be ready to go anytime a dish needs drying. 

A custom cookie cutter for making edible puppy portraits

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Custom Pet Portrait Cookie Cutter, available at Etsy, from $30

If they think their dog couldn’t get any sweeter, Bakers Street Cutters begs to differ. Send in a photo and they’ll 3D print a custom cookie cutter that makes a perfect impression of their pup every time.

A blueprint of their favorite breed’s best qualities

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Dog Blueprints, available at Etsy, $29.99

These vintage-inspired blueprints by canine architects Wet Nose Wiggly Butts break down the characteristics that make different dog breeds unique. Each 16-by-20-inch print features picture-perfect representations of 54 of the most popular pups, from chihuahuas to Newfoundlands. Choose to add their dog’s name to the drawing for a personalized touch.

A yoga mat covered in stretching Frenchies

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Huebucket Frenchie Yoga Mat, available at Society6, $33

Flexible Frenchies show off their yoga skills on this adorable yoga mat. Their favorite pose? Downward-facing dog, of course.

An honest mug that works as hard as they do

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“I work hard so my dog can have a better life” mug, available at Etsy, from $14.45

For anyone with lingering doubts about where a dog parent’s disposable income goes, this fully customizable mug spells it out in plain English. No one needs to know that dogs work hard to keep us happy, too. Sloppy kisses and dog hair may not pay the bills but they’re worth their weight in gold.

A lickable mat for anxiety-reducing enrichment

Gifts for dog lovers Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mat

Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mat 2-pack, available at Chewy and Amazon, $14.95

Licking a flavor-filled surface doesn’t just release calming endorphins in a dog’s brain, it gives them something to focus on when their stress levels become elevated. Spread these dishwasher-safe rubber mats with a soft-and-creamy favorite like yogurt, pumpkin, or peanut butter for a snack that will last and last. Read our full review of the Hyper Pet IQ Treat Mats.

A flirt pole for tough tugging thrills

Outward Hound's Tail Teaser Dog Flirt Pole under $25

Outward Hound Tail Teaser, available at Chewy and Amazon, $16.99

Release the hounds — or their energy, at least — with a doggy flirt pole. Like a beefed-up cat wand, this canine version features a squeaking, rattling faux-fur tail strung with durable nylon cord to a long, flexible pole that can be swung around for a high-speed game of chase, jump, and tug. 

A collar from a company that supports and empowers Kenyan artisans

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Triangle Dog Collar in lavender, pink, or cobalt blue, available at Ubuntu Life, $59

Yes, this fashion-forward collar produced by Maasai women in Kenya’s Ngong Hills looks good, but it does good, too. Ubuntu Life is a public benefit corporation that provides sustainable employment, education, and healthcare to its workers and artisans, as well as pediatric health and special needs education throughout the region. The carefully crafted, highly resilient collar is made from leather and glass beads and comes in three sizes and four colors.

A playful seat cover to brighten up the car

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Molly Mutt Multi-Use Seat Cover, available at Chewy and Amazon, $59

Protect their car from doggy dirt and slobber with a fun toile-like dog patterned seat cover. The versatile cotton canvas can be draped over the back seat (the design features seatbelt slots, nonskid backing and adjustable headrest straps), converted into a car hammock or layered over the cargo hold.

A 2-in-1 tool to make bath time less stressful

Gifts for dog lovers Aquapaw

Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool, available at Chewy and Amazon, $24.95

Speed up bath time with this flexible water sprayer and massaging scrubber. The tool slips over the palm, leaving their fingers free to reassure their pup or toggle the built-in on-and-off switch.

A smiling bouncy ball that doubles as a puzzle toy

Gifts for dog lovers Rogz Grinz Treat Ball

Rogz Grinz Treat Ball, available at Amazon, from $10.95

This durable ball will put a maniacal grin on their pup’s face. Bounce it on the ground, float it in the water, or fill it with treats or kibble for extended play. It comes in four bright, impossible to lose colors and three sizes.

A vet play set to inspire young animal lovers

Gifts for dog lovers Melissa & Doug Vet Play Set

Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set, available at Amazon, $24.43

Encourage the little animal lover in your life with a play set that lets them practice pet care and the empathy and compassion that comes along with it. This kit comes packed with all they’ll need to make a house call, including a stethoscope, syringe, bandages, and a cone of shame, as well as two plush pets to practice on.

A gallery-worthy portrait of their beloved pet

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Custom Pet Portrait, available at West & Willow, from $65

Immortalize their fur baby with a custom portrait they’ll cherish for years to come. Choose from a handful of backgrounds and hardwood frames. Each gallery-quality image can include up to three pets.

A cashmere turtleneck for cold weather walks

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Fido Turtleneck, available at The Barkers, $89

The beatnik vibes are on point with this cable-knit turtleneck from The Barkers. Made from 100% cashmere, this luxurious dog sweater will have them wishing for a human-sized version all their own.

A pack of dogs who love a relaxing bath

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Dog Shower Curtain, available at Society 6, $45.49

Add a touch of canine couture to their bathroom with a dog print shower curtain patterned in artistically arranged pups. The polyester 71-by-74-inch curtain comes with 12 buttonholes for easy hanging.

A combination backpack and airline approved carrier for versatile adventures

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Sherpa 2-in-1 Travel Backpack, available at Petco, $52.99

Up in the air or on the trail, their dog can go anywhere they do with Sherpa’s 2-in-1 travel backpack. The cozy, well-ventilated go bag has removable straps that convert it from a backpack to a traditional airline approved pet carrier that fits under the seat in the cabin.

A boho bed cover to rest their weary head

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Amani Sea Dog Bed, available at The Foggy Dog, from $65

Upgrade their naps with a mud-cloth inspired, upholstery-grade cotton bed cover. The durable, zip-up doggy duvet can be fitted over an old bed, pillow, or pile of blankets, or you can purchase a new memory foam or “Sustainafill” insert for maximum comfort. It’s machine washable and sold in three colors.

A book for youngsters about a dog’s most valuable superpower

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“What the Dog Knows Young Readers Edition” by Cat Warren, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, $7.99

In the young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller “What the Dog Knows,” Cat Warren uncovers the science behind the amazing canine nose. If you know a kiddo with a love of dogs, this book full of photos and illustrations is sure to intrigue, surprise, and delight.

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