19 fun outdoor games to enjoy this spring and summer

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As we approach the warmer months, there’s no better time to get outside. Whether it’s your own backyard and pool or a day trip to the beach, we’ve rounded up 19 of the best outdoor games – from volleyball and bocce to mini-golf and giant Jenga.

Here are the best outdoor games of 2021

Net games, like volleyball and badminton

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Grass volleyball at Golden Gate Park.

When you have a wide grass field or yards of sand for an outdoor game, put up a portable net for an impromptu game of volleyball. If you don’t like to bump and serve with your hands, badminton offers a similar experience with a lightweight racket and birdie.

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Bocce

Bocce

Bocce is one of the more engaging and team-focused outdoor games. It’s not as commonly played as some others in this guide, but once you get started, you’ll want to play all day.

Bocce Ball Set (small)
Cornhole

Cornhole

Cornhole is a classic outdoor game that only requires a board and bean bags to toss. Test your aim and try to get the bean bags on the board — it makes for a perfect activity to bring to the beach or to a tailgate.

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KanJam

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KanJam is a great game to bring to the beach and play on the sand. Simply gather a team outside and try to get the frisbee into the cans. You’ll soon have many people wanting to join in on the fun.

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Outdoor board games

Jenga Giant Family Edition

These large-sized versions of popular board games bring the fun from the coffee table to the backyard. Some also make great conversation pieces during outdoor parties.

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Flying disc

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Better known as a frisbee, it’s a great toy for playing catch with your dog or to toss around with others. If throwing a disc around seems tame, challenge some friends to a competitive game of Ultimate.

Prime Frisbee Set (set of 3) (small)
Jump rope

jump rope

I used to jump for hours on my driveway when I was young, and it’s a great way to double-dutch and hop along — all while getting exercise in. I love beaded ones because they are typically longer and the beads make you know when to jump as they hit the pavement, but braided wired ones work just as well. 

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Hopscotch

Hopscotch

Fun to play with kids, this hopscotch ring set lets you set up a game anywhere — no chalk needed.

Hopscotch Ring Set (small)
Spikeball

Spikeball

When you tire of volleyball, give spikeball a try, especially for beach trips. Instead of hitting a ball over a net, this game revolves around a miniature netted trampoline that you hit a ball into.

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Tossing games

Tossing games -- outdoor games and activities to enjoy this spring and summer

Tossing games seem basic, but they’re fun and usually small and travel-friendly to store in a reusable bag or backpack.

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Yard pong

Yard pong

Also known as bucket ball, the game comes with three balls of different weights for beginners and pros alike. It’s like beer pong, except more family appropriate. Plus: The buckets can also be used to build sandcastles.

Yard Pong Bucket Set (small)
Potato sacks

Potato sacks -- OUTDOOR GAMES TO ENJOY THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

Yes, you can order potato sacks for racing outdoors, just like back in summer camp. Expect endless laughs — and some stumbles — with this simple family activity.

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Bubbles

Hicober Automatic Bubble Machine for Kids

Bubbles are less of a game and more of something to do outside but, nevertheless, they are great for all ages.

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Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard -- 22 OUTDOOR GAMES TO ENJOY THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

This game immediately brings back memories of cruise ship days, except this one is played on a driveway. All you need are the two cue sticks, pucks, and sidewalk chalk. Think of it as outdoor hockey, but with a twist.

Driveway Shuffleboard Game Set (small)
Ladder ball

Ladder ball - Outdoor Activities to do this Spring and Summer

You don’t see much of ladder ball these days, but when it’s at a backyard party, it’s always the star of the show. It’s similar to the aim-and-toss cornhole method but is more difficult, as you’re throwing a weighted ball on a string. 

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Water guns

Water guns -- Outdoor games for spring and summer

On days where the sun is out and on full blast, water gun battles are a fun way to cool down. However, if there are kids around, be very mindful as some water guns can be strong enough to cause pain or injury.

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Capture the flag

Capture the flag - outdoor summer and spring games

Capture the flag is a game you probably haven’t played since middle school, but it’s a low-impact, football-like activity you can play with kids and adults.

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Bowling

Bowling -- OUTDOOR GAMES TO ENJOY THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

Strikes, spares, and turkeys aren’t limited to bowling alleys. Outdoor bowling sets are available for your next backyard get-together and are typically built from weather-resistant materials, too, so they’ll last for spring and summertime.

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Mini golf

Mini golf --OUTDOOR GAMES TO ENJOY THIS SPRING AND SUMMER

If you want the mini-golf experience in the comfort of your own home, PutterBall is the way to go. The felt-lined mat, along with two puters, two golf balls, and 12 turf hole covers, make it a game that’s also portable to bring to a friend’s backyard or a nearby park.

If you’d rather go to a driving range, check out our guides to the best golf clubs for all skill levels, golf balls, and golf gloves.

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23 last-minute gifts you can still get in time for Mother’s Day, including gift cards and subscriptions

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  • If you’re purchasing a Mother’s Day gift last minute, there’s still time to order something special.
  • We rounded up 23 options – from luxurious hair products to cookbooks – that will arrive by May 9.
  • If you’re not in a hurry, check out these 54 Mother’s Day gifts under $50.

Mother’s Day is around the corner and there are just a few days to get a gift for the moms in your life. For those living on the edge and have yet to pick up something, we have you covered with last-minute gift ideas that can be ordered, delivered, and presented, right in time for Mother’s Day. If you’re cutting it close, we also have recommendations for subscriptions and gift cards that can be purchased and gifted on the day of.

Here are 23 of the best last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that will arrive by May 9

The most stunning bouquet we ordered and reviewed

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Gift an UrbanStems bouquet, starting at $50

Let’s start with the Mother’s Day basic — a beautiful bouquet. UrbanStems offers a range of fresh, modern bouquets and other arrangements that are a step above the average flower mix. They were the best flower delivery service we tested, and the best part: they offer next-day delivery for 48 states and same-day delivery in New York City and Washington, DC.

A clothing subscription to switch up mom’s wardrobe

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A Stitch Fix subscription box, including tops, bottoms, outerwear and a pair of shoes

Gift a Stitch Fix subscription, $20

Amp up the traditional blouse you get mom with a Stitch Fix subscription, which will deliver a customized wardrobe based on a style quiz and the plan you choose. There’s a $20 styling fee, and then you can personalize your picks after.

A sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner set for salon-looking hair

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Gift Kristin Ess’ The One Signature Shampoo and Conditioner, $20 each

If healthy and shiny hair is important to mom, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners, like Kristin Ess’ The One Signature line, won’t dry out hair, so it’s perfect to gift — especially with summer coming up. When ordering online from Target it will arrive by the weekend, or you can pick it up at a local store.

A clothing subscription to switch up mom’s wardrobe

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Gift an Everlane gift card, from $25

For cozy, luxe basics, Everlane is one of our favorite retailers. Simply enter the gift card amount of your choice, print out a few options to stick in a Mother’s Day card, and you’ll be all set.

A pair of designer shades to sport this summer

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Ray Ban Clubmaster Square Sunglasses

Gift the Ray-Ban Clubmaster Square Sunglasses, $161

For a timely, practical gift for the warmer months, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray-Bans. They’re one of our favorite retailers for womens’ shades and are Amazon Prime-eligible too.

An oversized beach tote for all the necessities

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Gift the CGear Sand-Free Gray Stripe Tote, $49.99

For moms who can’t get enough purses, crossbody bags, and clutches, gift her another carrier — a spacious beach bag. The CGear Sand-Free tote has a gray- and turquoise-striped design and is Amazon Prime-eligible. You can even fill it with a reusable water bottle, high-end sunscreen, and wireless headphones for the beach.

A smart tea kettle for making tea or preparing baby formula

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Gift the Smarter Electric iKettle, $99

For frequent tea drinkers, the Amazon Prime-eligible Smarter Electric iKettle boasts Wi-Fi and voice activation with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant — you can control the temperature from the Smarter app on your phone. The iKettle is wonderful for new moms for hassle-free nighttime feeding.

A Walmart+ subscription for the savvy shopper

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Gift a Walmart+ subscription, $12.95 per month

Walmart is known to sell almost everything under the sun, and gifting mom a Walmart+ subscription adds the convenience of items shipped directly to your door. We tried it out and, whether shopping for groceries or video games, Walmart+ is a practical idea.

If mom is a big Amazon shopper and isn’t already an Amazon Prime member, here’s how to sign her up — a monthly subscription costs $12.99.

The comfiest pair of sneakers you’ll find

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Gift the Allbirds Women’s Wool Loungers, $95

From grocery store runs to walks in the park, moms are frequently on the go. The Allbirds Women’s Wool Loungers are some of the comfiest shoes we’ve reviewed, and the brand appeared not once, but three times in our best white sneakers for women guide. The shoes will arrive in two business days or can be expedited in one business day.

A nostalgic and sentimental coupon book

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - A mother writing on one of the Knock Knock Vouchers for Mom

Gift the Knock Knock Vouchers for Mom, $12

If you have an all-I-want-is-a-card type of mom, the Knock Knock Vouchers for Mom is a fantastic, sentimental idea. It’s Amazon Prime-eligible and contains 20 “coupons” that you fulfill, ranging from breakfast in bed to a day without complaints (two things that mom will adore).

A wine subscription for the so-called sommelier

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Gift a Winc subscription, $39 per month

If mom is a wine fanatic, Winc is a fitting gift. The most affordable subscription starts at $39, which includes three $13 bottles of wine. You can also purchase a gift card for choosing bottles. You can read about our experience in using the Winc wine subscription service

A deluxe skincare sampler to boost hydration and self-care

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Gift the Drunk Elephant The Littles 4.0 Set, $90

Skincare can be an expensive gift for Mother’s Day. Drunk Elephant, one of our favorite brands, offers the 4.0 Kit, a sampler of not one but eight great skincare products that include the Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer, the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, and the C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. And, these cruelty-free products are packed in a reusable case.

When ordering at Sephora, you can opt for one-day expedited shipping, or order and pick up at a local store.

A cookbook with 100 cookie recipes for the baker

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Gift the “100 Cookies” cookbook, $23.55

If the kitchen is your mom’s most-visited spot, gifting a cookbook is thoughtful and will offer inspiration for whipping up more sweet treats. The Amazon Prime-eligible “100 Cookies” cookbook highlights — you guessed it — 100 cookies, brownies, bars, and other yummy recipes to bake over the weekend. 

If you want to splurge, you can pair it with one of our favorite KitchenAid stand mixers.

An Audible subscription for the reader

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Gift an Audible subscription, starting at $7.95 a month

For a really last-minute gift idea, Audible is an instantaneous subscription after ordering. The platform serves as a digital audio library of popular books — play them as you would your favorite podcasts. You can pair the subscription with some bestselling audiobooks.

A beauty and grooming subscription box to switch things up

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Gift a Birchbox subscription, $15 per month

Birchbox packages makeup, hair, and skincare products, which is perfect for providing mom with new products to try. It’s a perfect IOU to include in a card, so you’ll have something ordered in time for May 9.

A gel manicure kit if you can’t get to a nail salon

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit

Gift the Red Carpet Manicure Gel Polish Pro Kit, $79.99

Give mom a salon-like manicure without the need for an in-person appointment. Red Carpet is the best at-home gel nail kit we tested, and it will arrive from Ulta in two to three business days with premium shipping, or available for in-store pickup after ordering.

The Dyson Airwrap mom will never purchase for herself

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Gift the Dyson Airwrap styler, $778.99

If you’re chipping in with your siblings or simply want to splurge on mom this year, the Dyson Airwrap styler is your best bet. We tested it alongside a celebrity hairstylist and found it to be a quality, versatile tool that produces gorgeous salon looks with its air-and-no-heat technology.

A sleek essential oil diffuser for a fresh-scented room

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - The URPower Essential Oil Diffuser in use on a carpeted bedroom floor

Gift the URPower Essential Oil Diffuser, $19.99

While we love our candles, a diffuser is a no-flame option that will make a room smell like eucalyptus, peppermint, or fresh linen — the latter perfect is for bathrooms. URPower is our favorite essential oil diffuser on a budget and when paired with an essential oil kit, it’s an all-in-one thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day — Amazon Prime-eligible.

An exercise bike and work desk duo that’s super practical

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Gift the FitDesk Bike Desk 3.0, $299.99

Does mom want to stay active while working from home? The FitDesk Bike Desk 3.0 is a laptop desk and exercise bike hybrid that will get her feet moving while in meetings. Even better: it’s Amazon Prime-eligible and something that will boost productivity.

For an add-on, pair the bike desk with a pair of our favorite spin shoes we tested.

A Nespresso machine for cafe-style brews at home

Last minute Mother's Day gifts - Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle

Gift the Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine Bundle, $160

If your gift recipient is always running to Dunkin’ or Starbucks, the Nespresso VertuoPlus will be much appreciated. It’s Amazon Prime-eligible, and it comes with a milk frother and a coffee pod sampler to get started. 

A waffle robe for getting ready after the shower

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Gift the Bohang Summer Waffle Bathrobe, $25.99

Fluffy robes are great for winter, but a waffle robe is perfect year-round — especially to throw on after a relaxing bath or shower. It’s Amazon Prime-eligible, comes in three colors, and feels like one you’d find at a hotel.

A meal delivery service to take some stress off cooking

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Gift a HelloFresh meal kit subscription, from $33.97

Meal delivery is all the rage these days — you get pre-selected meal options shipped to your door, with pre-portioned ingredients included. We tested HelloFresh and deemed it as one of our favorite meal delivery kit services.

For shipping, HelloFresh offers expedited delivery, depending on the plan selected.

A gold bangle that is dainty and will match any outfit

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Gift the Kate Spade New York Idiom Bangle, $26.60 

Designer for less than $30? The Kate Spade New York Idiom Bangle is a classic, gold-plated bracelet proven to match any outfit. It’s also Amazon Prime-eligible and makes for a simple and dainty jewelry piece.

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The 14 best swim trunks for every style and need

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  • There are swim trunks for every style and need, whether you’re surfing or just lounging poolside.
  • Many brands have introduced eco-friendly trunks that are even better than the traditional versions.
  • Swim trunks have gotten a little shorter so dare to show a little more leg this summer.

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The days are getting warmer, and summer is nearly here. You may think your swim trunks are merely a utilitarian beach item, but with the incredible range of styles, patterns, and fits, they can help define your personal style just like your street clothes.

While many brands have trunks with inseams that are shorter, thanks to the current trend of retro styles, we’ve included boardshorts in this review. This surf-style swimwear is longer – typically ending at or below the knee – and usually has a button or velcro fly. So whether you want to show a little leg or prefer more coverage, we’ve rounded up the best swim trunks for you to enjoy this summer.

Here are the best men’s swim trunks in 2021:

Bearbottom Recycled Stretch Swim Trunks

The best men’s swim trunks - Bearbottom Stretch Swim Trunks

Bearbottom Recycled Stretch swim trunks are handsome, super comfortable, and eco-friendly.

The heart of Bearbottom Clothing is a desire to do good. The company ethically sources its materials and has donated more than 100,000 shorts and 200,000 protective masks to people in Bangladesh and India. 

The Recycled Stretch swim trunks are made from a 90% recycled polyester with 10% spandex which provides four-way stretch that’s comfortable for extended wear. The material has a soft handfeel, is water resistant, and dries quickly. The interior mesh is light and even stretchier than the outer material. I wore these the entire day and forgot there was a lining at all. They have a 5.5-inch inseam and hit about mid-thigh on my six-foot frame. 

Stretch Swim Trunks 5.5″ (small)
Birdwell 310 Skipper Gold Board Shorts

The best men’s swim trunks - Birdwell 310 Skipper Board Shorts

The 310 Skipper Gold Board Shorts are an updated classic from Birdwell Beach Britches, a California heritage brand from Southern California.  

The Skipper Gold Board Shorts, part of Birdwell Beach Britches’ 60th Anniversary collection, have an early 1960s vibe with a gold colorway, multi-hued blue stripes across the bottom of the right leg, and a classic fit that hits around mid thigh. Made from Birdwell’s SurfNyl, a nylon material made by the same U.S. mill since the 1980s, the shorts are hand-cut and have double- and triple-stitched seams for durability. The shorts feature a button fly, triple lace closures, and a back pocket with drain holes and a key loop. 

310 Skipper Gold Board Shorts (small)
Outerknown Nomadic Volley

The best men’s swim trunks - Outerknown Nomadic Volley

Outerknown’s Nomadic Volley swim trunks combine classic looks with sustainable manufacturing for all the good vibes you could ask for. 

Pro-surfer Kelly Slater creates great clothing in tandem with designer John Moore through the brand Outerknown, which uses organic, recycled, or regenerated materials for 90% of its production.

The Outerknown Nomadic Volley is less about water sports and more about pool-side relaxing in style. They have a relaxed fit and a slightly shorter hem that hits just above the knee, but no mesh liner. The company produces them in a fair-trade factory from quick-drying recycled polyester, so there are good vibes all around with these volley shorts. 

Nomadic Volley (small)
Tommy Bahama Epic Ombre Board Shorts

The best men’s swim trunks - Tommy Bahama Epic Ombre Board Shorts

Tommy Bahama’s Epic Ombre Board Shorts refines the style with a slightly shorter, 9-inch inseam, in a recycled polyester with 30 UPF. 

While many board shorts can make guys with thin legs look like they’re swimming in the shorts instead of the water, the Epic Ombre Board Shorts have a slimmer look and shorter inseam that hits just above the knee. Made from recycled polyester, they dry quickly and have a mesh netting that’s supportive without being binding. The material also offers an SPF of 30, which is a bonus. These shorts also feature two slash front pockets and a third pocket in back. The throwback colorway has a decidedly 80s abstract sunset that goes from aqua to orange. 

Baja Epic Ombré 9-Inch Board Shorts (small)
2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - 2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short

Beach weather is coming and that means it’s time to show a little leg with the 2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short.

The 2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short shows a lot of leg with a 4-inch inseam that sits high on the thigh. But hey, it’s for the beach and showing a little leg is totally okay. This style continues to be 2(X)IST’s best seller, which proves they’ve been ahead of the curve. 

These are made from a poly micro twill that’s quick drying, has a soft handfeel, but is sturdy enough for beach-related fun. They feature an interior webbing with a built in pouch that’s very comfortable for all-day wear. The Ibiza Swim Short comes in four fun colorways. 

Ibiza Swim Short (small)
Saturdays NYC Timothy Tahiti Palms Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - Saturdays NYC Timothy Tahiti

For a vintage-style swim trunk, check out this pair from Saturday NYC with a cool palm tree pattern. 

The Saturdays NYC Timothy Tahiti Palm Swim Short has a vintage boardshort look in a cotton-nylon blend that’s both durable and comfortable. The flat felled seams (a way of stitching seams together most often seen in jeans) makes for a longer lasting garment. This swim short has a 6-inch inseam and standard fit, and a comfortable mesh lining. It has two side pockets and a back pocket with a velcro closure, a coated metal eyelet for drainage, and a small tab and bungee cord for keys. The pattern features a multi-colored pop-art inspired palm leaf design.

Timothy Tahiti Palms Swim Short (small)
Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

the best men’s swim trunks - Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks

The Bonobos Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks come in three different inseams and 15 patterns to suit every style.  

Bonobos is known for its tailoring and variety of fits, and the brand’s swim trunks are no exception. They’re made from 85% recycled polyester, so they’re eco-friendly. They feature a mesh lining, two slash pockets, and a back patch pocket with a hook-and-loop fastener. 

Riviera Recycled Swim Trunks (small)
Mack Weldon Board Shorts

The best men’s swimsuits - Mack Weldon Board Shorts

Mack Weldon’s Board Shorts offer a sleeker look without sacrificing comfort thanks to the four-way-stretch material. 

A slimmer cut and slightly shorter inseam give the Mack Weldon Board Short a streamlined look that’s still comfortable, thanks to the four-way stretch fabric. A lack of slash pockets also gives these shorts a sleeker look. They do have pockets, though — one zip pocket on the front left and another on the back right. These boardshorts have a velcro fly and an interior drawstring.

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Happy Socks Palm Beach Swim Shorts

The best men’s swimsuits - Happy Socks Palm Beach Swim Shorts

Happy Socks will do for your day at the beach what they did for your funky sock collection with the Palm Beach Swim Shorts

The Swedish company Happy Socks helped popularize funky and fun socks, and now they’re doing the same for swimwear. They make the trunks from a fast-drying recycled polyester. They have a mesh lining and two slash pockets. The hem hits about mid-thigh. The company also offers a longer version that ends at the bottom of the thigh. Either way, the brand’s swim trunks will add a dash of mirth to your day at the beach or poolside amusements. 

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Hurley Volley Board Short

The best swim men’s swim trunks - Hurley Volley Board Short

Hurley’s Volley Board Short is tough enough for any water sports and handsome enough for poolside meetups. 

The Hurley Volley Board Short is an unlined 17-inch short made from a water-wicking polyester that dries quickly. It has two slash pockets and a back pocket with a hook-and-loop flap closure and drain hole. These trunks are tough enough for whatever watersports you’re into, but look great just hanging out by the pool, if that’s your thing.

One And Only Solid Volley Short 17″ (small)
Dandy Del Mar Cassis Square-Cut Swim Brief

The best swim trunks - Dandy Del Mar Cassis Swim Brief

Tap into 1970s-era Hollywood glamour with the Dandy Del Mar Cassis Swim Brief, an updated take on the European brief. 

The Cassis Swim Brief is an update on the classic Speedo that offers the same sleek look with more coverage (it more closely resembles a boxer brief and hits near the top of the thigh). Made from an 84% nylon/16% spandex blend, it offers a great range of motion while maintaining a snug fit. These swim briefs have a repeating floral pattern in white, burnt orange, and black, with white piping down the sides, and a drawstring waistband. 

The Cassis Square Cut Swim Brief (Gardenia) (small)
Fair Harbor Anchor Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - Fair Harbor Anchor Swim Shorts

Fair Harbor’s Anchor Swim Short is eco-friendly, super comfortable thanks to a smooth built-in liner, and comes in 13 different colorways. 

Fair Harbor uses recycled plastic bottles to produce their swim trunks that are both soft and durable. 

The Anchor Swim Short is naturally odor resistant, fast drying, has a scalloped hem for a wide range of motion, side pockets that drain, and a back pocket with a hidden zipper. These are comfortable for all-day wear thanks to the addition of 12% spandex in the fabric for lots of stretchiness. 

The Anchor Swim Short (small)
Tommy Bahama Naples Nassau Swim Short

The best men’s swim trunks - Tommy Bahama Naples Nassau Swim Short

Tommy Bahama’s Naples Nassau Swim Short is an upscale take on the classic floral swimsuit. 

The Naples Nassau Swim Shorts have a 6-inch inseam, an elasticized waistband with a drawstring, and three pockets. The 100% nylon material provides 30 UPF sun protection. The Naples Nassau Swim Short comes in an enormous range of sizes, and two patterns. The design is understated as far as tropical themes go, but still gives off an aura of summer fun.

Naples Nassau Swim Short (small)
J. Crew Seersucker Swim Trunk

The best men’s swim trunks - J. Crew Seersucker Swim Trunk

J.Crew’s Seersucker Swim Trunk are a classic option that always look great. 

Seersucker, that striped light cotton fabric, exudes summer so it makes total sense that J. Crew used this classic material for a modern slimmer fitting swim trunk that’s not too long or too short. 

The Seersucker Swim Trunk has a six-inch inseam that hits at the mid-thigh and is slim without being clingy. It has a mesh lining and a drawstring waist. The trunks have two slash pockets at the sides and a back pocket with button closure. It comes in the two classic seersucker colorways: turquoise with white and pink and white. These are handsome enough to wear when you’re nowhere close to a beach or pool. 

6″ Swim Trunk in Seersucker (small)

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16 charming Airbnbs in Savannah that put you in or near the city’s historic district

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  • Savannah is a well-preserved historic city with great weather, pretty parks, and delicious food.
  • Experts and the CDC say private Airbnbs are safe because they promote social distancing.
  • We found top-rated Airbnbs in Savannah with central locations, great decor, and affordable prices.

If you’re looking to steep yourself in a slice of well-preserved history, you’ll want to visit Savannah, Georgia. The architecture and abundance of museums will quickly pull you back in time, while beautiful outdoor parks beg to be strolled, and warm temperatures stay mild throughout winter. Plus, the thriving local dining scene is fit for any foodie.

The best way to discover this charming city is to book a vacation rental like those found on Airbnb and make your home base behind one of Savannah’s quintessential historic facades.

We’ve both spent significant time in Savannah – Paul as a travel writer with a specialty in Savannah and the deep south, and Sarah as someone who’s regularly traveled to the city – and have put our love and knowledge of the city together to find some of the best places to stay.

Browse all the best Savannah Airbnbs below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

These are the best Airbnbs in Savannah, sorted by price from low to high:

Fort tiny house

The Fort Tiny House

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Just 20 minutes from downtown Savannah by car, the suburb of Wilmington Island is a different world, and this tiny house is a really fun way to experience this part of the city. 

The most noticeable feature of this unusual property is the craftsmanship on display. Reclaimed wood has been used masterfully to create a rustic, cabin-like home that is immediately cozy and photogenic. Three people can stay here comfortably, and a clawfoot bath adds to the allure.

A kitchenette has you covered for cooking, and relaxing or dining outside is easy on the huge deck. There’s even a tree swing if you’re feeling whimsical. 

Townhouse neighboring Forsyth Park

Savannah  Townhouse neighboring Forsyth Park

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Nothing says charming and historical like exposed brick walls and fireplaces (even if those fireplaces are non-working!) and this home offers plenty of both. You can enjoy fresh air without ever leaving the property thanks to both the screened porch and courtyard, which is decked out with a fire pit to help keep warm even on chilly evenings.

The interior is just as accommodating, with a modern kitchen and bathroom, the former of which includes high-end appliances and an inviting island. The home has one bedroom with a Queen bed, but there are inflatable mattresses available for hosting two more guests. 

This townhouse is only two blocks from Forsyth Park so you can easily enjoy the park’s views and sculptures before replenishing yourself at one of the nearby eateries. If you love to geek out on history and art, the Georgia Historical Society, Mansion on Forsyth Park’s galleries, and Savannah School of Art and Design are a short walk away.

Downtown condo with balcony

Downtown condo with balcony

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There’s an intelligent blending of styles in this top-floor condo that comes with its own balcony. Located just off historic Oglethorpe Square (one of the original six town squares), guests can look out over the streets and enjoy a typically seductive Savannah moment sipping mint juleps while the horse-drawn carriages amble by. 

The interior mixes midcentury modern furnishings with both traditional and contemporary looks, alongside a pastel color scheme. Beautiful pine floors and details such as stained glass transoms are complemented by locally sourced artworks.

Modern getaway in 1891 Victorian house

Modern Getaway in 1891 Victorian House

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This house, built in 1891, is the kind of Victorian that Savannah does best, but this top-floor apartment couldn’t be more modern. Bright white interiors will appeal to minimalists and daylight really floods into the rooms. 

Abstract modernist coffee tables and furnishings pit a sense of futurism against original features such as the brick fireplaces and polished wooden floors. It all comes together beautifully, and features such as the regal patterned tiling in the bathroom are welcome luxe touches. The greenery of Forsyth Park is just a block away and you can be in the heart of downtown in a 10-minute walk.  

Bright, sophisticated house

Bright, sophisticated house

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It’s almost impossible not to be cheered up by the interior of this playfully renovated house. The location is a plum one: two blocks from the serenity of the 18th-century Colonial Park Cemetery and a 10-minute walk from the city’s downtown attractions.

The daring color palette lights up the space with bright aqua and coral tones competing for attention. A coordinated blend of contemporary furnishings reins in any chromatic excess, though, with royal blues and dark wooden furniture calming the aesthetic nicely.

Pop art prints cut a youthful swathe through the living spaces and abstract chandeliers belie an artists’ eye for design. A tastefully tiled walk-in shower and casual outdoor patio round out the best features. 

18th-century cottage used in a Robert Redford film

Savannah  An 18th century cottage used in a Robert Redford film

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Walking into this antique-strewn cottage feels like going back in time, especially due to the all-wood interiors and the horse-drawn carriages passing outside its windows. The cottage offers one Queen bed in the bedroom and two twin daybeds in the living room. If you happen to love places with a spooky past, this home is said to be haunted by a ghost named Laura, which is why it is appropriately dubbed “Laura’s cottage.”  

But it’s not all scary. There’s Hollywood history as well. The cottage was used as a film site for the Robert Redford film “The Conspirator.” The history doesn’t end when you step outside the cottage’s walls either since it’s located in Savannah’s Historic District. The City Market is a short walk away, as is the Historic River Street if you’re interested in a ferry ride or a riverboat cruise.

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Colorful and historic carriage house

Colorful, Historic Carriage House

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There are so many great details about this carriage house that artistically-inclined folk will love. The bold color scheme in the living room of teal and orange really pops, and the carefully curated mix of retro and contemporary furnishings delivers a striking, but not overwhelming, design. 

Everything from large potted plants to colorful abstract art on the walls, and a spiral staircase curling down into the living room contributes to a fun sense of whimsy. The kitchen has muted orange, blue, and green tones that define 50s and 60s glamour. Guests can watch life on Jones Street pass by from the porch and the master bedroom boasts an immersive print of the city’s famous Spanish Moss.   

Chic one-bedroom loft

Savannah Neat and chic one bedroom loft

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Decorated in relaxing earth tones complimenting the exposed brick walls, this small loft boasts an exceptionally orderly layout. The efficient home is nicely set up for those looking to both work and play during their stay. There’s a quiet and secluded workspace in the corner of the loft, and a deep white couch flanked by two leather armchairs and a flat screen TV for when you’re ready to recharge.

The bedroom is simple, but relaxing with a Queen bed and dark wood accents. Pops of color can be found in the kitchen, like the humorous and quirky art piece of a gecko wearing glasses hanging above the small dining table.

Adding to this apartment’s practicality, its location is also ideal. The City Market is a quick walk away, and so are educational stops like the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and American Prohibition Museum. If you find yourself hungry, you can walk to Jazz’d Tapas Bar, Joe’s At The Jepson, or Lulu’s Chocolate Bar in a jiffy. This place is incredibly close to River Street, so you can easily enjoy views of the water or hop on a ferry ride.

Renovated historic downtown house

Perfectly Renovated Historic Downtown House

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This beautiful 1860s house is equidistant from Troupe and Whitefield Squares, and a short walk from the neo-Gothic splendor of St John the Baptist Basilica, with the heart of downtown just a few minutes’ walk beyond that. 

For somewhere so central there’s a wonderfully rustic ambiance to the interior. Preserved, exposed ceiling beams and old brick fireplaces conjure up a cottage-like atmosphere, while the minimalist chandeliers, wooden dining table and floors maintain a bucolic tinge.

The kitchen island is a perfect spot for a communal breakfast before a day’s sightseeing or you could take your morning coffee out onto the sunny balcony. At the day’s end, a clawfoot bathtub awaits. 

Spacious industrial retreat

Savannah  A spacious industrial retreat

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This home excels at mixing antique and modern design and embraces a fun juxtaposition of original brick with updated features.

The rustic-chic kitchen is a stunning gathering spot with exposed beams and industrial lighting (hello Edison bulbs!). The home has two bedrooms and sleeps up to four guests. Standout features include the old-fashioned clawfoot tub and a balcony off the master bedroom ideal for enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning.

If you’re looking for a fresh and nutritious meal after spending a day exploring, you can take a quick walk through nearby Troup Square and find yourself at Fox & Fig with its veggie-packed menu. Mate Factor, an absolute gem of a coffee shop, is only a few blocks away, as well. 

Carriage house with a hip interior

Savannah  Carriage house with a hip interior

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This midcentury modern home fuses ’50s and ’60s design with a bold ’70s-esque color palette. Think geometric accents and oversaturated earth tones creating an undeniably energetic atmosphere.

The home offers guests a patio with outdoor seating, a porch with a fun swing chair, and one bedroom with a King bed. The bathroom is particularly eye-catching with bright wallpaper, gold accents, and a Japanese soaking tub.

Besides pulling design inspiration from different time periods, this home is also based in Savannah’s Historic District and only a short distance from the City Market and the Victorian District. Essentially, it’s an ideal place to stay for a multi-decade experience. Nearby cultural highlights include the Sorrel Weed House and SCAD Museum of Art, while Alligator Soul and Savannah Coffee Roasters are great eateries a quick hop away.

Award-winning historic home

Savannah Sunny three bedroom home

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Bright and airy, this home features a surplus of large, beautiful windows that flood the space in natural light. History buffs will also enjoy that this is a renovated historic home dates back to 1899. The hosts even won a preservation award for the meticulous renovation. 

However, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a thoroughly modern and comfortable stay. An elegant parlor and gourmet kitchen welcome guests on the first floor, while a floating staircase leads to three spacious bedrooms, including bunk beds in one room that add a sprinkle of whimsy to any family stay. The considerable porch space, spacious floor plan, and plethora of comfy seating mean this home is a great hangout spot.

Renovated historic home with a pool

Savannah  A 2 bedroom oasis built in 1828

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This home feels like a personal spa thanks to a calming color palette of blues and creams. The decor strikes a balance of creating a soothing space, while also including subtle pops of color and plenty of abstract arty. The petite pool in the backyard adds to the resort-like vibes.

The home originally dates back to 1828 but was completely updated. The kitchen features brand new appliances, a large marble island, and two dining areas. A (non-working) brick fireplace in the living area adds cozy charm. And in addition to the pool, the backyard has a grill and a large seating area with a spunky red cantilever umbrella.

The Davenport House Museum and the Book Lady Bookstore are a short walk away if you’re looking for a history lesson or a bookworm shopping experience, respectively. For food, Jazz’d Tapas Bar and Leopold’s are top-notch nearby stops.

Eclectic three-bedroom home

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With its bright yellow paneling, sea-blue door, pink flowers, and shaded by a canopy of Savannah oaks, this home’s exterior is like a blast of serotonin. Take a step inside, and you’ll find the interiors of this classic revival home are just as playful with an array of artwork and seating that’s eclectic and expertly styled.

First built in 1895, original details like 14-foot ceilings, heart pine floors, brass hardware, glass doorknobs, and pocket doors remain. Truly a quirky gem, this home has plenty of fun details, including a monkey-themed bathroom with monkey wallpaper and a monkey statue on the wall holding two lamps. 

It’s no surprise an entertaining home like this is meant to accommodate, so it offers space for up to 10 guests in three bedrooms. You and your traveling housemates will conveniently be just a short walk away from Forsyth Park.

Vibrant carriage house with a pool

Savannah  An upbeat carriage house with 2 bedrooms

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The abundance of vibrant blue hues, light wood flooring, and intricate accents charge this carriage house with subtle elegance. Design highlights include a winding metal staircase, marble showers, exposed ceiling beams, and a dining nook with a long wooden table and bright pillows.  

A true standout feature is a pool out back with an attached waterfall, which makes for a beautiful view from the home’s windows even when you’re not using it. Natural sunlight saturates the rooms through tall windows and skylights, helping make this home feel open and airy.

Both bedrooms are well-decorated with plants, chic lighting, and colorful accent pillows, so you can sleep well knowing you’re surrounded by the impeccable ambiance. 

Forsyth Park and the Savannah School of Art and Design are right nearby, and a delicious meal at Cotton & Rye is within walking distance. 

Deluxe Washington Square getaway

Deluxe Washington Square Getaway

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Although this property is at the upper end of our price scale, its 10-person capacity, location, and luxury approach to design mean that it still delivers great value. This is the kind of place that we imagine when we think of historic Savannah homes. 

The plush period furniture and paisley, brocade, and damask patterns complement gilt-framed mirrors and polished wooden floors. It’s an aesthetic that walks the line between period and timeless, and guests can live out their upper-class gentry fantasies while enjoying modern luxuries like fast Wi-Fi.

The property is a minute or two from the river by foot, and you can almost smell the live oaks of historic Washington Square from both of the lovely patios. 

FAQ: Savannah, GA

Where is Savannah?

This tourist-friendly city is around four hours southeast of Atlanta by car, close to the Atlantic coast. It’s not a seaside city, but it is close to Hilton Head and Tybee Island.

Two hours’ drive up the coast will land you in Charleston, South Carolina, and two hours’ south brings you to Jacksonville, Florida. 

Where should I stay in Savannah?

Where you stay in Savannah depends a lot on your budget and personal tastes. Savannah’s Historic Downtown is by far the most popular spot and staying here means you can likely walk to most of the sights you’ll want to see. It’s a mix of commercial and residential, with the city built around squares that are lined with historic homes.

Ardsley Park and Chatham Crescent/Midtown are cheaper options but further away from the action, though they are mostly tranquil residential neighborhoods.

Southside is even further out but does have commercial activity, restaurants, and shopping, such as the Savannah Mall.

There are also some lovely, tranquil islands on the edges of the city such as Wilmington Island that are serene, idyllic options. 

How much does a vacation rental in Savannah cost?

If you want to book a private vacation rental in Savannah, the cost will depend on factors such as house size, proximity to downtown, its historic status, plus the time of year, and the day of the week you plan to visit. The average rental cost is $226 according to market analysts AirDNA, but there are variations. 

For example, a simple studio apartment downtown might start at around $100 per night off season, but surge to over $400 per night for a busy weekend. A large, lavish townhouse could be closer to a thousand dollars or more per night at any time.

For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit in shoulder seasons like spring or fall when the weather is still quite pleasant and there are fewer crowds and less competition for properties. If you’re set on a summer trip to Savannah, plan to increase your budget or consider only staying midweek for lower rates.

Be sure to also budget extra fees for cleaning, service fees, and other additional costs imposed by vacation rentals such as Airbnb.

What is there to do in Savannah?

The city’s historic downtown has fascinating architecture and homes that have been converted into museums, such as the Davenport House.

Just walking around the beautiful squares is romantic, with their live oaks and Spanish moss. Join a walking tour: history, the culinary scene, and the cemeteries are all popular subjects.

There’s also a strong literary culture, the most famous book associated with the city being Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and carriage tours point out the most beloved spots. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a huge part of the city’s cultural landscape, and their Museum of Art is well worth a visit.

Although it has some similarities, Savannah is a different city to Charleston. It’s slightly more bohemian, and more in line with Key West or New Orleans.

Is it safe to travel and stay in an Airbnb?

The CDC says it is safe for fully vaccinated individuals to travel. Additionally, experts told Insider that private Airbnbs are safe, even more so than hotels, because private homes on Airbnb remove interactions with other guests and staff outside of your traveling party. Airbnb hosts are also required to follow enhanced cleaning protocols.

More popular Airbnbs on the East Coast

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5 short online courses that can help you write a standout cover letter and get hired faster

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  • Cover letters are crucial to getting noticed as a job applicant, but can be intimidating to write.
  • Below are 5 classes to help you craft a cover letter that stands out to employers.
  • They also cover using keywords and formatting to help you get through screening software.

As the job application process has become even more virtual, the application pool grows more competitive, noisy, and faceless.

While your resume markets your skills, qualities, and experiences like a tailored menu, the cover letter follows a less distinct code of production. It leaves space for you to make a memorable mark, infuse your personality, and forge some kind of personal connection while rounding out your applicable experiences – but it also offers a lot of ways to mess it all up. In other words, the cover letter can make or break your application.

On top of that, while you can usually submit the same resume you spent hours tweaking to similar jobs, the same can’t be said for cover letters. Each new job posting will likely require the patient – and potentially heart-wrenching – labor of crafting a new letter.

If you want expert advice and guidance on how to create the kind of cover letter that gets pulled to the top of the pile, you might want to invest a little time into a quick online course. Some options below are taught by HR veterans and professors who can tailor your application to perform well with screening software by showing you tips and tricks involving keywords and formatting.

While a course can seem like a bit of a time commitment, it’s faster than spending hours Googling cover letter templates or editing a letter that never makes it into a hiring manager’s hands. Moreover, it’ll help you feel confident that your approach to applying for jobs is the right one.

5 online courses that teach you how to write a cover letter:

If your goal is to get past screening software:

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Coursera: Writing Winning Resumes and Cover Letters

This course aims to bring your resume to the top of the pile by zeroing in on what hiring managers want to see and adapting applications to resume screening software. It helps you present yourself to prospective employers using the language already spoken within the organization. You learn how to employ marketing strategies to make your cover letter work for you, as well as how to employ similar ones in writing follow-up letters after interviews. 

The class is free to audit. For a certificate, the class is free with a 7-day Coursera trial, then $49/month to keep learning.

If you’re looking for a quick breakdown of a cover letter’s structure:

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LinkedIn Learning: Writing a Cover Letter

In under 30 minutes, career strategist Jenny Foss zooms through the basic structure of a strong cover letter, from an eye-catching intro to concise paragraphs that clearly align your skills with the job you’re applying to. As a bonus, she’ll close with some tips on how to increase the chances of your cover letter being seen by the people actually hiring for the role. 

The class is free with a 1-month LinkedIn Learning trial, then $29.99/month or $19.99/month annually to keep learning. You can also buy the course for $24.99.

If you want a detailed workshop on how to stand out as an applicant:

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Udemy: 2021 Career Hacking: Resume, LinkedIn, Interviewing +More

This bestselling Udemy course focuses on teaching you how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter based on keywords. One standout feature is the focus on creating one mass-customizable cover letter template, so you don’t have to start from scratch for every job (but can still submit a letter that feels properly tailored to the specific position).

The class is currently on sale for $20.99 (originally $129.99).

If you want an overview of best job-hunting practices, including cover letter tips:

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Skillshare: How to Get a Job: A Step-by-Step Guide | Learn with Glassdoor

In just over an hour, Glassdoor Community Expert Scott Dobrowski walks you through every step of the job-hunting process — including writing the cover letter (a section that’ll only take 8 minutes of your time). He guides you through the process and answers some common writing FAQs, making this a perfect quick hit to double-check that you’re on the right track.

The class is free with a 7-day Skillshare trial, then $19/month or $8.25/month annually to keep learning.

If you mostly feel confident and just want some quick pointers:

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LinkedIn Learning: Cover Letter Tips

If your cover letters do get bites but you want some extra pointers, this video class is under 15 minutes and just answers some common questions, like addressing a career gap, explaining missing skills, and, most of all, actually getting the cover letter seen by the hiring manager.

The class is free with a 1-month LinkedIn Learning trial, then $29.99/month or $19.99/month annually to keep learning. You can also buy the course for $24.99.

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These 6 jobs make over $90k a year and are expected to grow the fastest by 2029. Here are the online master’s degrees and certificates that can help you land one of them.

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  • By 2029, jobs in nursing, data science, and cybersecurity are expected to grow faster than average.
  • Below are online master’s degrees that can help you land roles that earn over $90k on average.
  • Also included are programs from edX and Coursera, which provide certificates and college credits.

According to the Bureau of Labor, some of the fastest-growing – and best-paying – jobs from 2019-2029 are in the medical and technological fields, ranging from nurse practitioners to data scientists.

Some of these careers require master’s degrees, while others usually only require a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience. Thanks to online learning, there are many options for flexible (and comparatively more affordable) alternatives to on-campus learning, such as part-time online master’s programs or graduate-level certificates from e-learning platforms like edX and Coursera.

Below, we rounded up the fastest growing professions that earn over $90,000 on average – with the highest at $112,160- along with flexible online master’s degrees, edX MicroMasters, and Coursera MasterTracks to help you work your way towards transitioning into one of these careers.

The 6 fastest-growing jobs and the online degrees to get them:

Nurse practitioners

George Washington University Nursing Masters

Growth rate through 2029: 52%

Average annual salary: $109,820

Due to a large aging population, the demand for nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives is expected to rapidly increase within the next decade. To become a nurse practitioner, you must have an MSN (Master’s of Science in Nursing) and may need a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing to be admitted to a graduate program.

Here are some of the top online master’s options, based on Best Colleges and US News:

  Cost per credit: Need a BS in Nursing to apply?:

George Washington University

$1,395 Yes

Saint Xavier University

$750 Yes

University of South Carolina

$1,438

Yes, except for the Master’s Entry to Practice Nursing

(MEPN) for non-nurse baccalaureate. 

Statisticians

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Growth rate through 2029: 35%

Average annual salary: $91,160

Statisticians and mathematicians analyze data to solve problems in a wide range of fields and industries, from tech startups to private research companies to the federal government. You typically need a master’s (though it’s not technically required), and you can usually apply for a statistics master’s with an unrelated bachelor’s degree so long as you’ve fulfilled some math requirements like calculus.

Here are some of the top online master’s options, based on Affordable Colleges Online and US News:

  Cost: Need a BS in Mathematics to apply?

MIT edX MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science

$1,350 (total) No*

Colorado State University Master’s in Applied Statistics 

$811 (per credit)

No, but a bachelor’s degree is required along with some math credits

Texas A&M University MS in Statistics

Varies for in-state and out-of-state students

No, but a bachelor’s degree is required along with some math credits

*This is only part of a master’s program. You will receive a certificate of completion and college credits you can put towards a master’s degree. Check here to see which schools and programs accept the credits.

Medical and health service managers

Medical and health service managers

Growth rate through 2029: 32%

Average annual salary: $100,980

Medical and health service managers are in charge of planning and organizing the business side of healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical practices, and nursing homes. They usually require a bachelor’s in a related field, but not necessarily a master’s. It’s also typically helpful for them to gain some administrative work experience in a healthcare facility.

Here are some of the top online master’s options, based on Best Colleges and US News:

  Cost: Need a BS to apply?

Doane University edX MicroMasters in Healthcare Administration

$1,253.70 (total) No*

George Washington University Healthcare MBA

$1,765 (per credit) Yes

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Executive MHA

$927 per credit (in-state); $1,759 per credit (out-of-state) Yes, and work experience in the field

*This is only part of a master’s program. You will receive a certificate of completion and college credits you can put towards a master’s degree. Check here to see which schools and programs accept the credits.

Physician assistants

University of Maryland Physician Assistant Program

Growth rate through 2029: 31%

Average annual salary: $112,160

Physician assistants work with physicians, doctors, and surgeons — and the profession is expected to grow as the general population size does. To become a physician assistant, you usually need a master’s degree and require a medical license to practice.

Here are some of the top online master’s options, based on Best Colleges and EduMed:

  Cost: Need a BS to apply?:

Yale University Physician Assistant Online Program

 $108,612 (total) Yes, as well as 500 hours of work experience and course prerequisites, which you can find here.

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Physician Assistant Studies Bridge Program

$5,100.56 for in-state; $11,644.56 for out-of-state (total) Yes, and you need to have a physician assistant license

University of Maryland Physician Assistant Program

$710.70 for in-state; $970.70  for out-of-state (per credit)

Yes, as well as prerequisite coursework

 

Information security analysts

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Growth rate through 2029: 31%

Average annual salary: $99,730

As technology advances, there will be a growing need for information security analysts who can help keep crucial company information safe from hackers. A career in cybersecurity usually requires just a bachelor’s degree in the field and ideally some related work experience.

Here are some edX MicroMasters and Coursera MasterTrack options, which can be used as standalone certificates or college credits towards a full bachelor or master’s degree:

  Total Cost:

New York University edX MicroBachelors in Cybersecurity Fundamentals

$1,344.60

Rochester Institute of Technology edX MicroMasters in Cybersecurity

$1,436.40

 

University of Arizona Coursera MasterTrack in Cybersecurity
$4,500

Data scientists and mathematical occupations

Data scientists and mathematical professional

Growth rate through 2029: 31%

Average annual salary: $94,280

Data scientists analyze data to help companies and organizations make better decisions and products — they also rank #2 in the best US professions, according to Glassdoor. Data scientists typically need a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field.

Here are some edX MicroMasters and Coursera MasterTrack options, which can be used as standalone certificates or college credits towards a full master’s degree:

  Total cost:

MIT edX MicroMasters in Statistics and Data Science

$1,350
UC San Diego edX MicroMasters in Data Science $1,260
University of Arizona Coursera MasterTrack in Big Data $4,500
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12 best places to buy artificial plants that don’t look fake, plus expert tips on how to style them

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It’s possible to have green decor flair without an ounce of high maintenance care. If you, like me, frequently buy plants to liven up your space with the best of intentions, only to have them die a few months later, perhaps it’s time to embrace the faux plant trend.

I’m now the proud owner of a silk pothos plant and a perfectly styled fake bird of paradise. Thanks to advice from Carlos Franqui, the mind behind Floratorium, which creates stunning large-scale installations often with fake blooms for hotels, restaurants, and boutiques, I looked for silk, real-touch plants and styled them with natural elements.

Now, I frequently get compliments on my verdant dupes and guests tend to be shocked until they’re right up close when I divulge that my plants are fake. For more information on what to look for when buying fake plants and flowers and how to style them, jump to the bottom of this guide.

And if artificial plants conjure up shiny plastic leaves in your mind, think again. The best fake plants from retailers like Target, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, The Sill, and more boutique spots sell a wide variety of realistic-looking artificial plants and flowers.

Here are the best places to buy fake plants

Amazon

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Amazon has a hefty range of choices for just about anything you’re looking for, and that includes fake plants and flowers. As an added bonus you can easily sort by material, size, where you want to put the plants, and more categories.

However, with so many options available from different brands, it can be easy to get plastic-y looking plants that won’t fool anyone into thinking they are real. Just be sure to read reviews carefully and go with thoroughly vetted options because let’s face it, when fake plants are bad they are bad.

Price: Starts at $0.01

Worth a look:

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The Sill

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If you’re a live plant enthusiast, the Sill is likely already on your radar for their wide selection of living greenery that can be shipped right to your door. However, they’re also an option for faux plants.

While The Sill doesn’t have the biggest selection, and is a pricier option, their fakes draw praise for looking especially natural and for the lovely pots that come with the plants in a range of neutral color choices.

Price: Starts at $55

Worth a look:

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Wayfair

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Best known as an online retailer for reasonably priced furniture, Wayfair also dabbles in home decor needs. The brand has a large collection of artificial plants, flowers, trees, and even wreaths and hedges. 

While some are noticeably plastic-looking pieces best used for crafts, there are several options that serve as solid dupes for indoor greenery.   

Price: Starts at $14.99

Worth a look:

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West Elm

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Much like Pottery Barn, West Elm (which happens to be owned by the same parent company) sells pricey, but high-quality artificial plants and flowers.  Their collection of botanical decor allows you to bring a touch of nature into your space without any need for trying to find the right soil or fertilizer. 

Many of the plants come with beautifully designed pots and planters that give these decorative plants a truly upscale feel. 

Price: Starts at $10

Worth a look:

Faux Potted Snake Plant (small)Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree & Tall Mid-Century Turned Wood Leg Planter Set (small)Faux Potted Donkey Tail Plant (small)
Home Depot

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Sure, Home Depot may be the place you turn to help you grow a real garden for its tools, fertilizer, or even materials to build your own planters. But it can also be the place you go to get a lush indoor oasis without any of that work. 

Home Depot’s artificial plants and flowers include options ranging from fake hedges and single flowers to potted trees and decorative hanging baskets. 

Price: Starts at $7.49

Worth a look:

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Target

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Target pairs the lush vibes of fake palm fronds and tropical plants with tasteful, neutral planters for a classic look. They feature plenty of options from potted artificial hyacinth and individual wisteria stems to large-scale banana plants and bamboo trees that are both realistic and long-lasting. 

Get creative with your stem arrangement and mix varieties, or pick out your own vases and planters to match your tastes.

Price: Starts at $5

Worth a look:

Artificial Eucalyptus Plant Arrangement in Pot White (small)Artificial Croton Plant (small)Artificial Potted Fern Palm with Real Touch Leaves (small)
Pottery Barn

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Furniture and home good store Pottery Barn is another excellent place to shop for faux foliage. While the plants and flowers aren’t as cheap as some other options, these handcrafted beauties are some of the most real looking imposters available, and many include planters or vases that would look at home at a special event, like a wedding. Just be prepared to spend some money, particularly if you’re opting for larger-size plants and trees. 

Pottery Barn also carries less standard artificial options, like cacti, foxglove, and even potted citrus trees. 

Price: Starts at $14.50

Worth a look:

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Terrain

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True to its name, Terrain has a variety of greenery, stems, and bouquets so you can deck out your space with all the faux you want. There are even floral arrangements broken down into specific items so you can purchase them all together and recreate them at home, and wire wreath bases do you can create centerpieces for special occasions. 

Price: Starts at $8

Worth a look:

Faux Potted Succulent (small)Faux Leafy Hanging Plant (small)Faux Split Leaf Philodendron Plant (small)
Nearly Natural

Best places to buy fake plants - Nearly Natural

As the name implies, Nearly Natural specializes in fake plants that look as natural as possible. Some Nearly Natural branded products can be found at other retailers like Home Depot and Amazon. But for a much larger selection of their plants, flowers, trees, and arrangements, you can buy directly from them. Their artificial faux-liage is crafted from silk for a realistic final product.  

Price: Starts at $36.99

Worth a look:

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Artiplanto

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While you won’t find any flowers here, Artiplanto has gorgeous options for artificial potted plants and hanging plants. Even interior designers have been known to turn to them thanks to the chic look of these green decor options. Their elegant woven basket planters are an especially nice touch to liven up the aesthetic of any room, and baskets and planters are sold separately from the plants themselves. 

Price: Starts at $18

Worth a look:

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Afloral

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At Afloral, you’ll find everything from silk plants to outdoor plants and fig trees, as well as wedding garlands and succulents. They also sell silk flowers, artificial leaves, and live plants, too. Buy just the plants, or opt for plants and flowers that come with decorative planters — these would especially make for lovely arrangements for weddings or special occasions. 

Price: Starts at $4

Worth a look:

Natural Touch Pothos Hanging House Plant (small)Real Touch Phalaenopsis Orchids in Cream Green (small)Beige Blush Artificial Pampas Grass (small)
IKEA

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The DIY Swedish furniture giant sells more than just tables and dressers in pieces. Add a touch of nature to your home with the retailer’s lifelike artificial flowers and plants. Ikea offers some of the most affordable options out there, with many that include pots and planters still coming in under $10.

Price: Starts at $1.99

Worth a look:

Fejka Indoor/Outdoor Succulent 3 Pack (small)Smycka Ranunculus Artificial Flower (small)Fejka Hanging Eucalyptus Plant (small)
What to consider when buying fake plants and flowers

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Let’s face it — when fake plants are bad, they’re really bad. Carlos Franqui, founder of Floratorium, is a pro when it comes to creating life-like works with faux flowers and plants. He’s created jaw-dropping installations for hotels, restaurants, and boutiques, including Marea‘s iconic outdoor seating flower tunnel, the wisteria-draped rooftop of the Beekman Hotel, vibrant window displays for Veronica Beard, plus numerous home decor projects for individual clients.  

Here’s what Franqui says to keep in mind when considering fake plants and flowers:

Use: If your main goal is a beautiful one-day event such as a party or wedding, Franqui recommends going with real blooms since making them last won’t be an issue. However, if you want the long-term look of real flowers without the upkeep, then you may want to turn to fake options. For more permanent patio decor, a floral centerpiece you don’t want to keep replacing, or a hard-to-reach corner of your home or office that doesn’t get much sunlight, fake plants and flowers can be a life-saver.   

Color: “It’s always important to look at the color of fake flowers to make sure they are as close as possible to mother nature’s colors,” says Franqui. Look for plants that have color variations as opposed to being all one color for a more realistic look. You may even want to compare photos of real plants with fake options side-by-side to ensure they’re a close match.

Material: Franqui recommends silk as a good option for a realistic look. He also says you should look for “real touch” plants and flowers. Real touch flowers and plants are made from a special liquid polymer blend that allows them to more easily take on a life-like shape, color, and feel. Some real touch flowers are made just using the polymer, but some silk flowers can also be coated in it after. Franqui recommends silk real touch plants as the overall best choice.  

How to style fake plants and flowers

“My trick to make fake plants and flowers look realistic is to incorporate real elements in the design,” says Franqui. For example, fill a clear vase with fake flowers with real water or use real soil or moss in a planter with a fake tree or plant for a more natural feel.

Franqui also likes to mix real and fake plants together for the best results. If possible, add a few real twigs or blooms to a faux floral arrangement and use fake plants to enhance indoor or outdoor greenery rather than only using fake options throughout. 

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27 free UPenn courses you can take online, including Wharton business classes

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Achieving Personal and Professional Success Specialization

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Length: 4 months

This specialization helps students build tools for personal and professional success through four of Wharton’s popular courses. Students complete exercises, take self-diagnostic surveys, and read case studies to determine what they want and the best way to achieve their goals. Instead of mainly focusing on organizational practices you’ll find in many business courses, this one focuses on successful personal habits.

Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole. 

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Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization

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Length: 5 months

This five-course specialization, taught in part by Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology,” covers key theories and research in the field of positive psychology and offers opportunities to apply them. Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole.

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Software Development Fundamentals

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Learn Java for software development in this intermediate computer science course — starting with writing a large program in Java using Java keywords, syntax, and libraries and moving to the environments, tools, and frameworks for modern Java software development. It’s also part of the more intensive Computer Science Essentials for Software Development Professional Certificate program.

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Intellectual Property Law and Policy: Part 1

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Length: 6 weeks

This is a broad introduction to the increasingly important field of intellectual property (IP) law and influential legal cases — how patent law works, policy implications of IP, and more. Part 2 delves into copyright, trademark law, alternatives to IP, and the future of a still-developing area of law.

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Hollywood: History, Industry, Art

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Length: 4 weeks

In order to understand how Hollywood became the powerhouse that it is today, students analyze its rise from the 1920s to now — ranging from how it responded to new technologies to its relationship with independent film and American politics. Students also learn how to critique a film and form an opinion on the future of the industry.

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Programming for the Web with JavaScript

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Length: 4 weeks

Get an introduction to modern web development using JavaScript with this intermediate computer science course. Beyond learning the basics of web page creation with HTML and CSS, you become more comfortable with advanced language features, jQuery, and more. 

This course is also included in the Computer Science Essentials for Software Development Professional Certificate program.

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Business Analytics Specialization

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Length: 6 months

Topic experts from the renowned Wharton School give students an introduction to big data analytics in this five-course specialization. More specifically, the courses show how data analysts talk about and impact business decisions in four areas (marketing, human resources, finance, and operations) to prepare students in thinking analytically and strategically about data. 

Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole.

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Business Foundations Specialization

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Length: 7 months

This six-course specialization brings together some of Wharton’s top professors to help students build foundational business skills in marketing, finance, accounting, and operations. There’s no prior experience required, and the skills in strategy, decision-making, and other versatile skills can be applied to your career, a burgeoning small business, or business school. 

Students can enroll in each of the courses individually or in the program as a whole.

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Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”)

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Length: 10 weeks

Welcome to ModPo — a lively, fast-paced course that gives students the rundown on modern and contemporary US poetry. The course focuses on experimental verse and ranges from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to the Harlem Renaissance and the present. By the end, students will be able to identify major themes and understand “difficult” poems.

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Urban Transit for Livable Cities

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Length: 8 weeks

“Urban Transit” teaches students about transit systems and their impact on cities and their quality of life, from the technical and operational characteristics of transit systems to the policies that can create better balance in the system. This course is designed for transportation engineers, city planners, and “general city planning enthusiasts” — so students who’ve completed engineering, city planning, business, and economics courses may get the most out of it. 

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Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases

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Length: 4 weeks 

For those who want a deeper understanding of the American legal system, law professor Kermit Roosevelt, III teaches a beginner-level course on the US Constitution and some seminal Supreme Court cases. Students learn about the Constitution’s origins, how it’s been amended, and the methods of interpreting it. 

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What’s the difference between edX and Coursera, and when would you need to pay for a course?

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When do you need to pay for a course?

The vast majority of courses edX and Coursera are free to enroll in. If you want to upgrade to a version of the course that has features such as graded homework or a certificate of completion, you’ll usually have to pay a fee ($29-$300). It’s also worth noting that both Coursera and edX websites have financial aid, though edX’s process is more convenient.

What’s a Coursera Specialization?

Coursera Specializations are programs that include multiple related classes in order to provide a broader understanding of a subject or skillset.

If a course is part of a Specialization, you can try it for free for seven days and, once the trial is up, will have to pay $39-$79 per month until you cancel. But, you don’t have to use a trial; Look for the small print underneath when you click the “Enroll” button and find “Audit this course” — this way, you’ll be able to access course materials for free (but won’t receive certification).

What’s a certificate?

If you choose to upgrade to a paid version of an edX or Coursera course, you’ll receive a certificate when you successfully complete the class (unless the class is archived). You can show this to employers and schools, and add it to your CV, LinkedIn profile, and resume.

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61 gifts for Dad he’ll actually love and use, from an electric wine opener to backpack that doubles as a cooler

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  • It can be difficult finding a gift for dad, especially if he doesn’t offer hints to help you out.
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Dads are notoriously tough to shop for, especially since many rarely dole out hints about what they may need or want.

If you aren’t sure what to get Dad this year, whether for his birthday, for Father’s Day, or just because, you’ve found the right gift guide. We’ve put together a list of gift ideas for dad he’s sure to love, from sleek leather goods and high-tech cooking gadgets to an on-demand massage service and a cookbook that’ll let him recreate the famous Shake Shack burger at home.

Here are 61 thoughtful gifts for dad:

An insulated travel mug

Zojirushi SM SE Travel Mug

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug, $23.99, available at Amazon

Even when he’s on-the-go dad’s favorite beverage can stay hot or cold for hours. The Zojirushi SM-SE Travel Mug keeps both hot and cold drinks at enjoyable temperatures for hours longer than the competition, and its lockable lid ensures it’s truly leak-proof. We even named it the best travel mug.

A leather iPhone wallet case

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Leather Wallet Case, from $28.40, available on Etsy

Get dad a protective and stylish case for his iPhone that can also double as a handy wallet for storing cards. You can even get personalized with dad’s initials for an extra special touch. The case is available for iPhones ranging from the 6S to the 12 Pro Max. 

A heated massager to melt the day away

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Snailax Shiatsu Neck and Shoulder Massager, $59.96, available at Amazon

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

A mask fit for athletes

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UA Sportsmask, $30, available at Under Armour

If Dad loves his fitness routine but is often frustrated by working out with a mask on, the Sportsmask is a useful solution. This mask from Under Armour was specifically designed for high activity, and its water resistance, breathability, and UPF 50+ sun protection all lend well to making his workout routine more comfortable.

*Sponsored by Under Armour

A personalized video from his favorite star

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Cameo, from $10

You can choose from thousands of actors, athletes, and musicians and get dad a personalized video message from his favorite star. For a gift that also gives back, search for celebrities donating some of the proceeds to charity. Or, opt for a funny and festive option like a Buddy the Elf impersonator. You can read our full breakdown of Cameo here.

A game he can enjoy with the whole family

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Rollors Backyard Game, $49.94, available on Amazon

A fun combo of horseshoes, bocce ball, and bowling, this lawn game will give dad the gift of quality family bonding time when you all play together. Plus, the carrying case means he can bring it with him to backyard BBQs, beach outings, camping trips, or tailgating parties.

 

A handy duffel bag

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The Weekender, $136, available at Away 

If your dad is a frequent traveler or gym-goer, he’ll love this versatile duffel bag from Away. It’s available in canvas or nylon, has a separate compartment for shoes, and a handy sleeve that slips over a carry-on handle.

A sleek leather wallet

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Bellroy Leather Note Sleeve Wallet, $89, available at Amazon

This slim leather wallet from Bellroy is perfect for dads who prefer minimalist accessories. It comes in a bunch of colors, so you’ll be able to find the perfect match. Bellroy also sells phone cases, work bags and backpacks, and key covers

A cookbook from his favorite burger joint

Gifts for Dad Shake Shack

“Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories,” $16.38 available at Amazon

If your dad is a fan of Shake Shack, he’ll love this cookbook that will teach him how to make his very own ShackBurger.

A keepsake he can use for years to come

Gifts for Dad Ticket Stub Diary

Ticket Stub Diary, $14, available at Uncommon Goods

Concerts, museums, sporting events, or movies — regardless of what Dad’s passionate about, this handy journal makes for efficient storage of sentimental memories that could otherwise get stained or ruined. With 118 ticket sleeves, there’s plenty of room for upcoming memories as well.

Breathable and machine-washable sneakers

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Allbirds Wool Runners, $95, available at Allbirds 

These merino wool sneakers from Allbirds, Silicon Valley’s favorite shoe brand, are the perfect mix of sporty and stylish. They come in tons of colors and are even machine washable.

An electric wine opener

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Zupora Electric Wine Opener, $20.38, available at Amazon

This electric cork screw will help dad open any bottle of wine without the hassle. Throw in his favorite bottle along with the wine opener for the ultimate gift any wine aficionado would love.

A set of quality merino wool socks

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Men’s Merino Wool Calf Sock 8-pack, $136.80, available at Bombas

They may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Dad will love these Bombas socks made from soft and warm merino wool. 

A health and ancestry genetic test kit

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23andMe Health and Ancestry Genetic Test Kit, $199, available at 23andMe

This genetic test kit from 23andMe is great for the dad who’s interested in learning more about his family history.

A Disney Plus subscription

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Disney Plus gift subscription, 1-year subscription for $69.99

It gives Dad unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. Read everything there is to know about Disney Plus over here.

And if he needs some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

A Baby Yoda PopSocket

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Baby Yoda Popsocket, $16.99, available at Amazon 

If he can’t get enough of Baby Yoda, he’ll love this adorable PopSocket. He can use it to position his phone for the optimal streaming of “The Mandalorian.” This would be a great gift alongside a Disney Plus subscription since he’ll have a present to unwrap.

A beer growler for sipping at home

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Personalized Craft Beer Growler, $45, available at Houzz

Now dad can take his favorite ales home with him to enjoy. This 64 oz growler comes personalized with his initials on it and includes four mini pilsner glasses.

Soft, crisp sheets and bedding

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

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

Brooklinen’s luxe sheets are among our favorites for their affordable price, sophisticated look, and unbelievable comfort. The company’s Hardcore Sheet Bundles have everything your dad needs to completely makeover his bed — and stay nice and cozy all year long. They include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, a duvet cover, and four pillowcases.

Brooklinen also sells comforterspillows, candles, and blankets

A custom whiskey glass

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Personalized Whiskey Glass, $18.90, available at Etsy

Great for new dads, this custom, hand-etched whiskey glass can boast his proudest title alongside the year he became a father. Photos from reviewers go to show that this glass isn’t just for whiskey, recipients have gotten creative by storing candy and other small gifts in their glasses.

A subscription for steaks

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Sirloin of the Month Club, from $103.95 per month, available at AmazingClubs

Meat lovers will enjoy sinking their teeth into a premium cut of sirloin. Each month dad will receive a mouth-watering selection of premium steaks curated by experts and shipped fresh right to his door. Choose from subscription options of one month, six months, 12 months, or every three months.

A SodaStream

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SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Machine, $86, available at Walmart

The SodaStream Fizzi lets you turn plain water into sparkling water in just a few seconds. Dad can adjust the fizziness and flavor level to his personal taste.

A classic stovetop espresso maker

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Bialetti 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, $49.95, available at Crate & Barrel

This classic kitchen accessory is perfect for the coffee-loving dad who wants to bring cafe-quality coffee home. The Bialetti stovetop espresso maker not only makes great coffee, but it looks great on the counter.

The Amazon Echo Show

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Amazon Echo Show 5, $69.99, available at Amazon

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

A distinctive leather watch

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Filippo Loreti Venice Moonphase Gold Black Watch, $149, available at Filippo Loreti 

You can’t go wrong with giving a watch as a gift. This Italian leather and gold watch from Filippo Loreti is a timeless option that any dad will love.

A device that improves golfing skills

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Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors, $179.99, available at Amazon

If your dad is a big golfer, this performance-tracking system is a fun addition to his golf bag.

A durable backpack and cooler combo

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Carhartt Medium Pack + 3 Can Insulated Cooler, $99.99, available at Carhartt

Made from a durable 500 denier Cordura ripstop material, this Carhartt backpack is perfect for outdoorsy dads. The included 3-can cooler is a great addition that’ll let him carry a few cold brews on his fishing or camping trips.

A custom map poster

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

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

A gift card for the sports fan

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Fanatics gift card, from $10, available at Fanatics

If Dad’s nostalgic for his college days or loves gearing up for his favorite sports season, give him the gift of variety with a Fanatics gift card. Fanatics is home to apparel, accessories, and memorabilia for just about every major sports team you can think of. 

A luxurious shave kit

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Harry’s Winston Shave Set, $25, available at Harry’s (+ $15 for monogram)

This shave set from Harry’s is as sleek as it gets at this price. To go the extra mile, you can get his initials engraved into the razor. 

A freshly scented beard wash and conditioner set

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The Art of Shaving Beard Wash and Conditioner Set, $30, available at The Art of Shaving

Soap and water can leave his facial hair dry and scratchy. Bearded dads need this soothing beard wash and conditioner set from The Art of Shaving in their lives. 

A sous-vide device for ambitious home cooks

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Anova Nano Sous Vide, $125.92, available at Amazon

For under $100, the Anova sous vide is a reasonably priced investment that just might change Dad’s life for the better. Not only will it boil and poach eggs with ease, it’ll also produce tender, perfectly cooked meat every time. 

A cozy and supportive pillow

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Leesa Pillow, $79, available at Leesa

Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this luxurious and supportive pillow from mattress startup Leesa. 

A 10-pack of soft and stylish underwear

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MeUndies Men’s Boxer Brief 10-Pack, $170, available at MeUndies

Made from MicroModal and elastane, MeUndies claims its underwear is three times softer than cotton. We think its boxers are so comfortable they’ll blow Dad’s mind. 

Comfortable and stylish jeans

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Mott & Bow Wooster Dynamic Stretch Jeans, $118, available at Mott & Bow

Give the gift of good style with jeans from Mott & Bow.

Amazon’s new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

If your dad is tired of lugging around heavy hardcovers, the Kindle Paperwhite is an extremely thoughtful and practical gift. The latest version is now waterproof too. 

A hot sauce sampler pack

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The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler Pack, $34.99, available at Amazon

If you’re not quite sure what kind of hot sauce your dad likes, or if he isn’t committed to this or that variety of the spicy stuff, then The Good Hurt Fuego Hot Sauces Sampler is a great gift idea. It features sauces made with peppers that come from India, Mexico, and beyond, and it has flavors ranging from Chipotle Pepper to Garlic Herb to Whiskey Habanero.

A gift subscription to a popular coffee club

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Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Gift Subscription, $60, available at Atlas Coffee Club

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

A personalized sports jersey

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MLB Shop Custom Men’s Jersey, from $107.99, available at the official MLB Shop

NFL Shop Custom Men’s Jersey, from $42.99, available at the official NFL Shop

The sports-loving dad won’t want to take this jersey off. At the MLB Shop and NFL Shop, you can order a personalized jersey with your dad’s name on the back.

An all-encompassing online subscription

Amazon Prime Boxes

Amazon 1-Year Prime Membership, $119, available at Amazon

Everyone loves Amazon Prime and the plethora of perks that come with a membership, so why not gift a subscription for an entire year?

An at-home workout system

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TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit, $169.95, available at Amazon 

For the active dad, you can bring the gym home with this TRX trainer.

A durable, temperature-maintaining water bottle

Hydroflask

Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth, $44.95, available at Hydro Flask

Hydro Flasks are great for any situation, from camping to commuting. This durable, insulated water bottle does a masterful job of making sure drinks keep their temperatures.

A modern turntable

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U-Turn Audio Orbit Special Turntable, $459, available at U-Turn

This turntable is the sleek home accessory your dad didn’t know he needed. He can bring his old records out of storage and enjoy them with this modern record player. 

A subscription service for new vinyl every month

Vinyl Me

Vinyl Me, Please 3-Month Gift Membership, $119, available at Vinyl Me, Please

Every person’s vinyl collection is deeply personal, so instead of trying to guess his taste, let him choose the record himself. Each month, he’ll choose and receive one LP, pressed exclusively for Vinyl Me, Please, from a collection of Essentials, Classics, and Rap & Hip Hop.

The three-month gift membership includes one bonus record, while the six- and 12-month ones include two bonus records.

A streaming TV player

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Roku Ultra, $99.99, available at Target

A media streaming device can transform your dad’s so-called dumb TV into a smart one that plays shows and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Prime Video, and other streaming services. The best of the bunch is the Roku Ultra with its easy-to-use interface and 4K video streaming.

A custom puzzle

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New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle, $49.95, available from Uncommon Goods

Remind dad of a special day or event with a custom puzzle of a specific “New York Times” front page. Plus, this gift doubles as spending quality time with dad if you do the puzzle together. 

A nice tie

Gifts for Dad The Tie Bar

The Tie Bar Neckties, starting at $18

Neckties might be a cliché gift for dads, but The Tie Bar makes some handsome ties that he’ll actually wear on a regular basis. You’ll find plenty of colors, patterns, and styles — and the best part is they’re all affordably priced.

A handy multi-functional tool

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Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool, $89.95, available at B&H Photo

This multi-functional tool does it all, plus it has a 25-year guarantee.

A fast wireless charger and accessory tray

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Catch:3 Charger Trau, $175, available at Staycourant.com

Give your dad the gift of organization with this accessory tray and wireless charger combo. The pebbled leather is a much-needed upgrade from all the plastic tech accessories he has lying around, and the catchall tray is useful and thoughtful. It also means he’ll stop asking you where his keys are three times before leaving the house. 

Stylish computer glasses

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Felix Gray Blue Light Computer Glasses, from $95, available at Felix Gray

If he sits in front of a computer every day, he needs these blue light glasses that increase magnification, reduce glare, and filter out blue light in order to reduce eyestrain. They’re also available with prescription lenses — we tried them and loved them.

A weighted blanket with cooling technology

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BlanQuil Chill 20-Pound Cooling Weighted Blanket, $99, available at Amazon

Does Dad always need a blanket to fall asleep, but struggles not to overheat under heavy blankets? This weighted blanket’s soothing feel is appropriate for the winter, but the cooling technology will prevent him from overheating. 

Apple AirPods

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Apple AirPods with Wired Charging Case, $128.98, available at Amazon

Some of the best gifts are items that can be used every day — and AirPods fall into that category. Whether your dad likes listening to music and podcasts or prefers to talk on the phone hands-free, AirPods will quickly become an essential item for him.

A ceramic pizza stone

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Emile Henry Pizza Stone, $49.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Homemade pizza is delicious, but it can be tricky to perfect. This ceramic pizza stone will make sure his pizza comes out perfectly cooked every time.

An iPad

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Apple iPad (Latest Model with Wi-Fi, 32GB), $329.99, available at Best Buy

Tech-obsessed dads will love to get their hands on the latest iPad.

A leather iPad case

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Leatherology iPad Portfolio, from $120, available at Leatherology

This leather iPad portfolio comes in 17 colors, so there’s sure to be one that your dad will like. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. 

A durable and waterproof speaker

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Urbanears Rålis Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $199.99, available at Urbanears

The Rålis is Urbanears’ first portable Bluetooth speaker and it sounds as good as it looks. It’s a little pricey, but the sound quality is impressive enough to warrant the cost.

An alarm clock that uses light to wake him up gently

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Philips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at Amazon

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

Philips makes a lovely alarm clock that gradually lights up to mimic the sunrise and wake him up naturally. The light alarm clock also displays the time and has customizable sounds so he can wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. This clock is also one of the top picks in our buying guide, so you can be sure he’ll love it.

A record organization system

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TunePhonik Vertical Laser Cut Wooden Record Dividers (set of 6), $44.99, available at Amazon

Your dad can organize his records in style with this alphabetical wooden divider set.

Modern over-ear headphones

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Status Audio CB-1 Studio Monitor Headphones, $63, available at Amazon

The perfect pair of over-ear headphones should be highly comfortable and sound great. This pair from Status Audio is among the best you’ll find for less than $100.

A portable microphone

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JLab Audio Talk Go USB Microphone, $49, available on Amazon

Dad can try his hand at playing radio or podcast host with this simple and portable USB microphone. It’s also a nice option for clearer audio while he takes any at-home business calls. 

A relaxing massage he can book to his home

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Soothe E-Gift Card or Physical Gift Card, select your amount, available at Soothe

Soothe is a relatively new service that can help Dad book a massage to his home in as little as an hour. The company will match his massage request with a vetted, certified massage therapist available in his area at the specified time. They offer Swedish, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, and couples massages.

Soothe is currently available to book in 66 cities in the US and Canada. If you’re not sure what amount to choose for a gift card, Soothe says the average cost for a one-time, 60-minute massage is $115, but price varies by location, with cities like New York charging up to $182 for that treatment. Soothe also offers subscriptions if you really want to pamper him this year. 

*Due to the novel coronavirus, gift cards are unable to be used for massages, although they can be applied to Soothe’s apparel and equipment. 

An easy way to eat chips and dip

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Ooma Bowl, $28, available at Uncommon Goods

Take dad’s snacking game up a level with this two-in-one bowl that’s perfect for holding both chips or crackers and his favorite salsa, guac, or dip. 

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The 5 best meditation apps to help lower stress and manage anxiety

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  • Meditation is a very effective way to lower stress and anxiety and boost memory and attention span.
  • Learning to meditate is actually quite easy – you just need 10 minutes, quiet, and maybe an app.
  • We tested top meditation apps to find the best for different needs, including newbies and skeptics.

We’ve all been hearing for the better part of a decade that regular meditation can help us better control anxiety, handle stress, and generally support our brain health. But 2020 gave us more of a reason to pick up the habit than ever before: Around 30-35% of Americans have been experiencing anxiety and depression symptoms consistently since June 2020, and roughly 21% of adults were still reporting “high levels of psychological distress” in early 2021.

Meditation can sound daunting, but it’s truly one of the most accessible ways to calm your mind and your body. All you need is 10 minutes and a quiet space. If you’ve never tried to meditate before, or you haven’t had success trying to teach yourself before, meditation apps are incredibly helpful.

Generally, the apps involve a voice guiding you through the session or, at the very least, calm music to focus on. There are plenty of smartphone apps dedicated to various techniques. To find the best, we tried dozens of the most popular meditation apps.

Not only did we choose those that delivered feelings of relief but the apps below worked so well, we didn’t want to stop meditating (and they still currently occupy real estate on our smartphones). Give it a shot yourself and see if they’re able to help you feel a little less stressed, anxious, or panicked during this very uncertain time.

Here are the best meditation apps:

The best meditation app overall

Headspace

Headspace’s narrator talks to you through each meditation and uses helpful animations and guidance to make the practice super accessible.

Pros: Free 7-day trial for initial judgement, lists the time of each meditation, uses a helpful narrator, free Weather the Storm meditations designed specifically for troubling times

Cons:Must complete basic meditations to have access to more advanced sessions, pricier than other meditation apps

Headspace is one of the most recognized names in meditation apps and our top pick for a lot of reasons: For starters, you have to start with a 10-day basic meditation course. This introduces you to both the app as well as to the world of meditation. You’ll get explicit, simplified instructions on how to meditate, often alongside quick video messages which leverage adorable graphics. These help you better understand the concept of not latching onto thoughts and how to find your calm amongst the chaos. As a newbie, I found it incredibly digestible and accessible.

These sessions and videos are all narrated by Andy Puddicombe, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk and the co-founder of Headspace who happens to have one of the most soothing and enjoyable British accents which, seriously, make the guided meditations more enjoyable.

Completing the intro course and subscribing unlocks a ton of different meditation sessions, including a Recommended for You section, ranging from a focus on appreciation, breathe, happiness, and sleep. The latter includes audio experiences, wind-down guided exercises, sleep sounds, and a moonlight library all aimed to help you get better shut-eye.

Although Headspace does offer a free meditation hub called Weathering the Storm, these are a limited number of short sessions to help you in the moment. To really learn how to meditate, you’ll need to pay the monthly fee, which is a bummer and roadblock for many.

Price: $12.99/month, $95/year

The best for sleep

Calm

Calm tailors its suggested content and meditations to your specific goals and needs, which it asks about upfront.

Pros: A beautifully designed, aesthetically appealing layout, easy to navigate, masterclasses offered by world-renowned experts, specializes in sleep meditation

Cons: Pricier than other meditation apps

Calm starts off by having you answer one simple question: “What brings you to Calm?” The answers include anything from reducing stress and improving performance to reducing anxiety or improving sleep. You’re even able to zero in on a desire to develop gratitude or build self-esteem.

The app then recommends content based on your goals and needs. This lets you practice guided meditations, breathing exercises, or enjoy relaxing music and soundscapes. They even offer walking meditations if you’re on-the-go. There are over 100 guided meditations for anxiety, stress, and sleep, and a robust library of sleep stories (perhaps its best feature) — including a sleep story narrated by the wonderfully soothing voice of Matthew McConaughey.

Calm’s Masterclasses series offers classes taught by world-renown meditation experts, as well as doctors. I enjoyed listening to these, as they provided background on the expert and it allowed for a bigger sense of trust in what they were discussing or teaching. 

The app layout is extremely intuitive, too, so finding the content you’re looking for isn’t an issue. 

Price: $12.99/month, $69.99/year, $299.99/lifetime

The best for free

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The Insight Timer app offers one of the deepest wells of content, giving your meditations some variety — and it’s completely free.

Pros: Free version offers over 35,000 meditations

Cons: Anyone can add content so finding the good sessions can take some digging

This app has over 12 million users, thanks largely to its extremely diverse library of content — it has over 35,000 free guided meditations. Keeping track is easy, too, as you’re able to bookmark your favorites, allowing you to easily find and revisit them later. 

Though the meditations come from over 6,000 teachers, anyone is able to publish content on the app, so keep that in mind as you search. We recommend thoroughly reading the descriptions of each or quickly trying them out before settling on one. You can also follow your favorite teachers and be alerted when they add something new — making the hunt for content much easier. 

There is a premium version of the app available for $60 a year, featuring new courses published daily and the ability to fast-forward or rewind audio. But the free library is quite extensive and personally, I didn’t see a need to upgrade as I felt like the free meditations provided the options I was looking for. 

Price: Free, $60/year for premium content

The best for skeptics

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With Ten Percent Happier, even those skeptical of the benefits of meditation can ease into the practice and find what works for them.

Pros: Plenty of short meditations, sessions are divided into easy-to-understand courses, works well for beginners

Cons: The talk series is only available via a paid subscription

Ten Percent Happier knows meditation might not be everyone’s cup of tea. After having you answer a few initial questions about your meditation experience and goals, the app creates a program it says will help you make mediation a habit. 

As a beginner to meditation, I like that the app asked about how much mediation I’d done in the past so that it didn’t show me advanced content I’d be unfamiliar with. For anyone who’s unsure of meditation or skeptical of its impact, diving into something advanced could turn them away. 

The app is divided into various courses, each offering multiple meditation sessions to complete. Singles have just one meditation depending on what you’re looking for that day, Sleep is geared towards helping you get a few good zzz’s, and Talks are like short on-the-go podcasts (but are only available via a paid subscription). 

Emmy-winning journalist and ABC News correspondent Dan Harris is one of the faces in the app, which offers live YouTube discussions with him and experts about the current climate. 

Price: Free, $99/year for premium content

The best for beginners

Simple Habit

Simple Habit offers quick and easy five-minute meditation sessions that anyone can fit into their daily schedule. 

Pros: Short, five-minute meditations (longer also available); meditations for a variety of topics including intimacy and pain relief

Cons: Not a large offering of longer meditations

Simple Habit‘s opening questionnaire asks specific things such as if you’re going through a breakup, whether you want beginner meditation, if you’re looking to feel less tired, or need help after an argument. You’re then provided with your first five-minute course.

Perhaps surprisingly, the majority of the meditations on the app are only five minutes, which is one of its best pros. I’m still new to meditation, so it’s hard for me to complete long sessions. These five-minute meditations feel very doable and digestible. However, there are longer sessions available for veteran meditators.

Simple Habit also has meditations for relief from pain, which is different but something I enjoyed using. I experienced a bit of lower back pain recently and the meditation gave me a better understanding of the anatomy of the back and helped me bring awareness to my aches. 

The app even has a section for kids, as well as meditations to help spark intimacy. Simple Habit updated its content with relevant meditations centered around the current pandemic and global health crisis, too. 

You can access many sessions for free, but for a monthly or yearly fee, you’ll gain access to over 1,000+ sessions, as well as be able to listen offline and on any device.

Price: Free; $11.99/month for premium

Read our full review of Simple Habit.

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