Le Creuset has a little-known ‘Specials’ section of its site where you can find discounts on Dutch ovens, nonstick pans, and bakeware – here are the best deals available

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  • Le Creuset, known for its beautiful cookware, has specials you can shop year-round featuring huge discounts.
  • Some of our favorites, including the Mini Cocottes Set, are included in the discounts; we’ve also listed more of our favorite deals below.

Le Creuset is known for its beautiful, well-crafted, and oftentimes, pricey cookware. While we’ve found that they’re worth the price, it definitely helps when you can find some versatile stoneware and more at a discount.

Outside of deal events like Presidents’ Day and Black Friday, you can find solid discounts on some of the Le Creuset lineup on its site, year round. The Specials section holds tons of excellent discounts pretty much all year – so you should never settle for paying retail price for Le Creuset cookware.

This time around, shoppers can also save up to 50% on select Le Creuset cookware and accessories as well, including ramekins, griddles, dinner plates, and more.

Shop the Le Creuset Specials now or keep scrolling for some of our favorite deals in the sale

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We ordered from Omaha Steaks, and it’s a definite step up in quality from what your supermarket sells

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Omaha Steaks Lifestyle

  • Online food company Omaha Steaks has been in business since 1917 and ships out 4 million orders annually.
  • It sells meat and other foods for as little as $39.99 per bundle, and offers bulk packages to help you stock up.
  • Every cut of meat ships in its own vacuum-sealed package and comes with precise, easy-to-follow cooking instructions.

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You’ve heard of Omaha Steaks. It’s the mail order meat company that sent your boss some filet mignon as a thank you from his boss. Or maybe your uncle has been talking about it ever since he got that one box of steaks back in 1998. Or it’s possible that you saw it advertised in some in-flight magazine.

If you’re like many folks out there, you probably think the company sells quality meats but at prices that put their foods outside of your comfort zone. If you only focus on Omaha Steaks’ packages, like the $299 Butcher’s Backyard Basics or the $159 Build Your Own Holiday Feast complete with pork loin roast, savory sides, and sweet desserts, then yeah, you’d be right. On the other hand, you can also order a box of food from Omaha Steaks for less than $40.

What you get from Omaha Steaks

Try a package of four 5-ounce top sirloin steaks (seasoning included). In other words, you get a fine meal for four people at $12.50 per person. And that, friends, is better pricing than you would find for dinner at most restaurants.

The fact is, until you get into the larger packages or the choicest cuts of meat (Filet mignon costs a lot of money, okay?), ordering food from Omaha Steaks isn’t all that much more expensive than getting it from the grocery store, and the selection and quality are better than what most supermarkets offer.

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And ordering your steaks, pork chops, burgers, lobster tails, and all sorts of other meats and sides from this hundred-year-old company is a whole lot cheaper than dining at a steakhouse. With all the variety Omaha Steaks offers, from entrees and sides to desserts and even wine, it can easily become a one-stop online shop for most of your dinner-making needs.

What the food from Omaha Steaks is like

Insider Reviews contributor Steven John tried out a combo called The Best of Omaha Steaks ($60, temporarily sold out), which came with two four-ounce filet mignons, two four-ounce top sirloins, four pork chops, four jumbo franks, four apple tarts, and a seasoning packet for the meats.

He says, “One night, when my brother and his wife and kids were visiting, I cooked up all the steaks and chops, serving three adults (my wife is a vegetarian) and three kids (four were present, but being five months old, my daughter isn’t really eating steak yet). So six people ate, and I still had the hot dogs and tarts for another time. Assuming those would create the centerpiece of another meal for four, we’re talking about 10 servings of food for $60, or $6 a person. Not bad at all.”

Other members of the Insider Reviews team have tried a variety of meat, sides, and desserts from the company. We loved the taste, not to mention the excuse to indulge in dishes like bacon-wrapped sirloin, crispy steakhouse hash browns, and red velvet cake.

Some of the best deals on the site currently are the Stock-Up Packages and Free Shipping Combos, which will help you get all the protein and sides you need to feed your house for a while – all delivered straight to your door.

Convenience and prep

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Beyond the value of ordering from Omaha Steaks, there’s plenty to be said for ease of prep.

Everything you get from Omaha Steaks comes carefully wrapped in vacuum-sealed plastic, making freezer storage simple and allowing you to choose the exact portions you want each time. On the back of each box, the company provides step-by-step preparation and cooking instructions, which helped Steven grill some of the best steaks he had cooked in months.

Standard shipping costs range from $17.99 to $21.99 depending on your cart total, and there are expedited shipping options available as well. Right now, you can expect your order to be delivered within eight to nine days with standard shipping.

The bottom line

If you don’t have access to a butcher shop, which will generally be the best place to get your meat locally, consider Omaha Steaks. And if you need a great gift idea for an uncle or your boss, a box of meat is always a fine option.

Shop all meat from Omaha Steaks here

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The 6 best electric and stovetop tea kettles in 2021

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  • The best tea kettles are easy to fill and pour and bring water to a boil quickly and consistently.
  • Our top electric pick has various water temperature settings, a durable design, and an accessible price.
  • While our top stovetop pick features drip-free pouring, large capacity, and other special features.

There’s nothing more comforting than a hot cup of tea, but boiling water and safely pouring it into a mug or teacup is a surprisingly difficult task without a proper kettle. If you want to quickly and easily make boiling water – so you can relax with your tea sooner – you should invest in an electric or stovetop kettle.

Each style has its own merits, and the type you choose comes down to personal preference. Electric kettles are faster and you can heat water to the exact temperature your tea requires. Stovetop kettles have a more classic look and they often whistle loudly to grab your attention.

We’ve included the best of both in our guide, and you can read more about them here.

Here are the best tea kettles

The best electric kettle overall

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The Krups Cool Touch Adjustable Temperature Kettle heats water to the perfect temperature for brewing a variety of teas. It looks sleek and it costs much less than similar kettles.

Pros: Affordable, adjustable temperature settings, easy to use, attractive metal design

Cons: Some users experienced leaking

If you’re serious about your tea and you like to drink all different kinds of tea, you need an adjustable temperature kettle. This 1.7-liter kettle has six preset temperature settings to ensure that you never burn your green tea leaves with scalding hot water ever again.

It’s remarkably easy to select the temperature setting you need with pre-sets for delicate, green, white, oolong, and herbal teas. If you just want black tea, hit “boil” and watch the water go up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit within five minutes or less.  

Believe it or not, using the right temperature is a big deal. Whenever I make green, white, or oolong tea with this kettle, I always set it to the right temperature instead of just hitting the button. The teas’ flavors come out in full force when brewed at the right temperature, and it’s so easy to select the right temperature on the Krups kettle. 

The kettle automatically stops boiling when it hits the temperature you selected or if it runs dry. The kettle will even keep your water warm for a time before automatically shutting off to protect the heating element. 

The kettle is made out of brushed stainless steel, and it looks gorgeous in my kitchen. The kettle jug is unattached, so you can pick it up and pour the water over your tea, oatmeal, or cooking pot without worrying about the length of the cord. The cord is concealed in the base and you can have it as short as you need it to be. 

There’s a big button on the top of the kettle, which pops the lid open when pressed. The handle is big, comfortable, and always stays cool for easy handling and pouring. There is a water window as well, so you can check how much is in there. Krups put the anti-scale filter in the spout of the kettle, and you can remove it if need be.

The best stovetop kettle overall

OXO kettle

If you’re looking for a classic kettle that heats quickly, fills easily, and is simple to pour, the OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle is an excellent choice.

Pros: Wide bottom for quick heating, easy to fill and pour, large capacity

Cons: Can rust if not properly cleaned

The OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle has a traditional shape with its wide-bottom body that narrows at the top and a spout that draws from near the bottom of the kettle. More importantly, it has a strong whistle that alerts you when the water is boiling. Once the water boils, you open the spout cover, and the spout offers precise, drip-free pouring.

This kettle is made of high-grade stainless steel that is supposed to be rust-resistant. OXO recommends wiping the kettle down regularly to keep cooking oils from wearing away at the steel. The handle and spout have silicone touch points that resist heat for burn-free use. The handle folds to the side for storage or easy filling. The kettle holds 1.7 quarts, which is a good amount for a big pot of tea.

OXO offers a satisfaction guarantee, so the company will refund or replace your kettle if you are not satisfied for any reason.

The kettle also has a handle that folds out of the way, there’s good interior visibility, and it’s easy to fill thanks to its broad opening.

The best electric kettle on a budget

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The fast-heating Original Secura Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric Water Kettle is about the same price as plastic models, but it’s completely BPA-free.

Pros: Made of durable 100% stainless steel, keeps water warm, shuts off automatically, two-year warranty, easy to clean

Cons: No water gauge to see how much is inside, no variable temperature settings

Sometimes you just want a no-frills appliance that works and comes at an affordable price point. The Original Secura Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric Water Kettle fits the bill as a budget-friendly stainless steel electric kettle that boils water quickly.

It may not have fancy features like variable temperature settings or a water gauge, but it does offer a full stainless steel unibody design and 1500 watts of heating power. The kettle turns off automatically so you don’t boil a dry pot and damage the heating element.

Secura’s kettle is about the same price as cheap plastic ones, but it’s completely BPA-free and no plastic ever touches your water. The stainless steel inner wall is easy to clean after each use, so you can avoid mineral buildup over time. It has a double-wall construction, so the outer layer of plastic stays cool to the touch even as the water boils inside.

As long as you don’t need variable temperatures for tea or want to see the water level inside, the Secura kettle is a real winner — especially at this price point.

The best stovetop kettle on a budget

Cuisinart Kettle

Not only is the Cuisinart Aura Steel Stovetop Tea Kettle inexpensive, it also has a large two-quart capacity that is useful for much more than tea making.

Pros: Limited lifetime warranty, inexpensive, large capacity

Cons: Very loud whistle, can rust without proper cleaning

The Cuisinart Aura is a basic stovetop tea kettle, and sometimes that’s all you need. It gets the job done at a great price point, and if it breaks or rusts, it won’t break your heart.

The Cuisinart Aura features a two-quart-capacity solid stainless steel body — enough for eight cups of tea. The large capacity is also handy for boiling water for oatmeal, instant noodles, or anything else you need to quickly boil water for. This kettle notifies you that your water is boiling and ready with a whistle that increases in intensity. Sometimes it’s a bit too intense and you’ll find yourself running over to the stove to make it stop.

To pour the water, there’s a lever on the handle that you push to open the spout cap, ensuring you’ll never have to put your fingers near hot steam or boiling water to remove a cap. The handle is stationary and made of plastic, and the wide lid allows for easy refilling of the kettle.

To top it off, the entire setup is backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

The best high-end electric kettle

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The Smeg ’50s Retro-Style Electric Kettle adds style to any kitchen with its fun old school look, and it’ll heat your water quickly, too.

Pros: Fun 1950s-inspired design, stainless steel, automatic shut off, removable stainless steel filter, water level indicator, lots of color options

Cons: You’re paying for form more than function

Smeg’s ’50s Retro-Style Electric Kettle adds much-needed flair to the traditional kettle with its ’50s color palette and fun design aesthetic. You can get it in multiple color options, including cream, blue, green, red, black, chrome, and pink.

The kettle is made of stainless steel that’s powder-coated for added durability and protection from mineral buildup. If anything goes wrong, Smeg offers a one-year warranty.

Inside, there’s a removable, stainless steel limescale filter that you’ll need to clean every now and then to prevent too much of a deposit from building up. If you have hard water, you’ll have to clean the filter more often. It also has a water level window so you can check how much water is inside.

You are paying a premium for the design, but anyone who loves well-designed appliances or has a retro-inspired kitchen will love this kettle.

The best high-end stovetop kettle

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If you are looking for a stylish tea kettle that heats quickly and stores easily, you will be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel Zen Teakettle.

Pros: Heat-proof handle folds down, loud whistle, can be used with any stove type, including induction

Cons: Expensive, may dribble

The enamel-on-steel body of the Le Creuset Zen Teakettle makes it more resistant to rusting and thus more durable than its counterparts. The kettle holds 1-5/8 quarts of water and has an inverted bowl shape, which helps it heat quickly. The arched handle folds down for storage and filling, and the lid is wide for easy cleaning and filling.

Though the enamel of the kettle is “chip-resistant,” Le Creuset warns that repeated banging may damage the exterior enamel. The Zen Teakettle comes in ten colors, including Marseille, cherry, dune, and palm. Plus, each style comes with a limited five-year warranty.

Additional nice features are its heat-proof handle, loud whistle, and the fact that it can be used on any type of stovetop. However, the price is a bit steep for a kettle.

FAQs

Electric kettles vs. stovetop kettles — which should you buy?

Electric kettles: For real tea fanatics, it can be difficult to get just the right temperature water for your brew, and nuking H2O in the microwave is simply out of the question. That’s where electric kettles come in. They boil water faster than a watched pot on your stove, and the best ones even offer adjustable temperature settings to ensure that the water is just right for your delicate tea leaves.

You can also use electric kettles to boil water quickly for any cause. No matter your needs, it’s good to have a dedicated appliance in your kitchen that boils water quickly.

Stovetop kettles: The hardest part of making tea is remembering that you’re making tea. An electric kettle won’t notify you when the water is ready. Conversely, the whistle of the stovetop kettle demands attention more intensely — you can’t forget you’re making tea with something that whistles

What are kettles made of? 

Most kettles are made of stainless steel, plastic, enamel-on-steel, or some combination of these materials. There are a few glass kettles available, but they receive low marks for performance from both buyers and experts.

Due to research linking bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalates to cancer, many people are a little squeamish around kettles made out of plastic, especially since heating plastics can cause chemicals to leach into liquids or foods. However, the plastics that have been shown to cause cancer are used to make clear, hard containers or soft, flexible products. Tea kettles don’t fit into either of these categories.

But, if you are concerned about drinking hot water that has come into contact with plastic, make sure you choose a tea kettle that avoids this problem. Each of the kettles in our guide uses plastic sparingly, but never in the main part of the kettle.

What’s the best way to prevent rust or mineral buildup in your kettle?

Though the name may suggest otherwise, stainless steel tea kettles are susceptible to rusting. The best way to combat this is to regularly wash your kettle and dry it completely. If you do notice rust, fill your kettle with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water, boil it for a few minutes, empty it, and then wash your kettle per the manufacturer’s specifications. Rusting is less common with enamel-on-steel kettles.

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The 5 best dish drying racks of 2021

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  • A quality dish drying rack effectively separates dishes, is designed for easy water run-off and drying, and is easy to clean.
  • PremiumRacks is our top pick because it’s customizable and can hold more than just dishes.
  • Check out our best dish mats guide, too.

Even if you have a dishwasher, there are some kitchen items that aren’t dishwasher safe. For instance, you should always wash your knives by hand. And, you will extend the life of your cookware by cleaning it with old-fashioned elbow grease.

Aside from bamboo knife blocks and silicone mats, the most popular dish rack materials are stainless steel and hard plastic, though both have their pluses and minuses. Some cheaper brands use stainless steel that may rust, while plastic dish racks are more likely to break. For the most part, you’re unlikely to experience these problems with the dish racks we recommend below.

We rounded up dish racks that are foldable, roll-up, and are ideal for different counter spaces so you can simply wash and dry.

Here are the best dish drying racks of 2021

The best dish drying rack overall

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The PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack can hold twice as many dishes as other racks and can be configured in various ways.

Pros: Holds a lot of dishes, several different configuration options, rust-resistant, one-year warranty if ordered on company’s website

Cons: Difficult to assemble

What sets the PremiumRacks Professional Dish Rack apart from other racks is its customizability. You can choose where to place the cutting board and three cup holder attachments, microfiber mat, knife and wide utensil holders, and the two drainboards. Also, the top shelf is removable and can be positioned either front to back or side to side. However, the customization can also make it tricky to assemble at first.

Because of the rack’s material, it typically resists rust and other oxidative elements, a plus if you live in a coastal area. Though it can hold many dishes and does a solid job of keeping water off the counter, it may not be fit for smaller kitchens. 

In addition, PremiumRacks offers a one-year warranty on all of its dish racks if you order from the company site.

The best roll-up dish drying rack

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If you’re working with limited counter space, consider using the Surpahs Over the Sink Roll-Up Dish Rack to turn your sink into a drainer.

Pros: Can be stored away when not in use, ideal for small spaces, heat-resistant, non-slip silicone design, lifetime warranty

Cons: Small capacity, may not be able to use the sink while dishes are drying

Let’s face it — dish racks are essential for washing and drying dishes, but most take up more counter space than you’d like. The Surpahs Over the Sink Roll-Up Dish Rack combats this with its flexible design that rolls up for storage.

Surpahs‘ silicone construction keeps the unit slip-free and heat-resistant up to 400 degrees. It’s also easy to clean and stays in place, though you may not be able to use the sink when it’s set up atop your sink. 

For extra protection, Surpahs backs its roll-up dish drying rack with a lifetime warranty when shopping on Amazon or from the company site.

The best foldable dish drying rack

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The OXO Good Grips Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack is durable and well-designed to organize dishes, glasses, and flatware. 

Pros: Folds up for easy storage, holders for several different kitchen items, rust-resistant; replacement or refund options with OXO Better Guarantee 

Cons: The side drain spout makes it difficult to expel all water

The feature that sets the OXO Good Grips Convertible Foldaway Dish Rack apart from competitors is that the spout, legs, and side walls fold up for compact storage either vertically or horizontally. The rack has two utensil holders that are divided into three compartments each, which keeps flatware separated for easy organization. There are six slots for standing plates and cutting boards. Finally, there is also an array of tines for cups and glassware. Water drains directly into your sink thanks to its side drainage spout, though its location may make it difficult for all of the water to be expelled.

For people with limited kitchen space, this is a great, versatile option. Additionally, its various compartments fit most items in your kitchen and make it easier to put them away once they are dry.

OXO’s Better Guarantee offers replacement or refund options if you’re not happy with your purchase, too.

The best dish drying rack for small countertops

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With its unique angled design and compact footprint, the Chef’n DishGarden Dish Rack is ideal for smaller kitchens.

Pros: Angled design for easy draining, compact enough to fit in a sink

Cons: Water tends to drip on the counter, limited capacity

The Chef’n DishGarden Dish Rack has a  circular design and angled layout that’s ideal for almost any nook and cranny in your kitchen. There are five legs: two front legs that are an inch high, two middle legs that are 1.5 inches, and a back leg that is two inches. This allows water to drain out of the spout, though the dish rack tends to leave water on your counter space.

The prongs are shorter in the back and longer in the front to give the illusion that the whole unit is flat. As a bonus, the rack is small enough to use in-sink, or you can opt to use it with a drying mat.

The best two-tier dish rack

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The iSPECLE Stainless Steel Two-Tier Dish Rack is a foolproof organizer for holding more dishes without taking up extra space. 

Pros: Space-saving design, rust-resistant, can hold up to 110 pounds, adjustable feet, comes with three water trays

Cons: May be too tall to fit under kitchen cabinets, no warranty

If you’re looking to save space and maximize the amount of kitchenware you can dry at a time, the iSPECLE Stainless Steel Two-Tier Dish Rack is one of our most unique picks. It’s able to hold 17 plates and pots on top and 18 bowls at the bottom.

The drying rack comes with three water trays (one underneath the top tray, one at the very bottom, and one underneath the utensil holder on the side) to ensure no water spills onto your countertops. The easy-to-assemble adjustable feet make it ideal for uneven surfaces, too.

Though it’s a great space saver, it may not fit spaces where overhead cabinets hang lower than usual because of its height. And, though there’s no warranty, it’s durable and built to last.

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The 5 best women’s hiking pants and leggings, perfect for day hikes and backpacking trips

  • Wearing hiking pants instead of jeans offers protection against the elements and moisture management.
  • The best hiking pants are stretchy, have a gusseted crotch for movement, and handle dirt and sweat.
  • Our top pick, the Columbia Saturday Trail Pant, is durable and versatile with zip-off legs.

If you’re headed out for an easy day hike, throw on a pair of hiking boots and whatever shorts or leggings you have lying around and just get out there. But if you’re off on a technical hike with the sun blasting down on your and rock scrambles, or on an overnight backpacking trip, you’ll be a lot happier if you wear hiking-specific pants.

Read more: 10 hiking essentials for spring

Women’s hiking pants are made for movement and comfort, with many featuring stretchy fabric and a gusseted crotch so you can stretch, reach, and twist without restriction. What’s more, most pairs have features that protect against the elements, like UPF to offer sun protection for your skin, DWR finishes to repel water, and abrasion-resistant patches so you won’t tear the fabric as you scoot over big rocks.

Hiking-specific pants are also designed to be worn with a backpack, meaning you won’t typically find excess fabric or unnecessary belt loops on the waistband capable of causing pressure points or becoming uncomfortable. The best hiking pants aren’t just for hiking, either, but perform well enough for you to wear while traveling or running errands around town.

You’ll also want to find a pair that’s sun-, dirt-, and water-resistant, even if you hike in an area that doesn’t always encounter intense elements or weather changes. And finally, fit is a vital consideration, and not just how it feels around your waist. Some pants come in a variety of lengths and its always better to have excess coverage and roll up your pant legs as opposed to not fully protecting your lower legs.

To help you sift through the growing market of hiking pants, we rounded up a few pairs of our favorites from brands like The North Face, Columbia Sportswear, and Eddie Bauer. At the end of this guide, we go into more detail on how we tested the picks.

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Here are the best women’s hiking pants:

Best hiking pants overall

Columbia Saturday Trail Convertible Pant

Tough, abrasion-resistant stretch nylon fabric makes the Columbia Sportswear Saturday Trail Convertible Pant a great option for women looking for one garment that does it all.

Pros: Zip-off legs, gusseted crotch, made of stretch fabric that repels water

Cons: They run small so it’s smart to size up

Size range: 2-16 in short, regular, and long

Hikers will love that the legs on these zip off, adding an extra layer of versatility, allowing you to switch to shorts if need be. When worn as pants, a subtle flap covers the zipper to avoid snagging on anything as you hike.

A gusseted crotch allows for full freedom of movement and the pant’s articulated knees won’t pull up or feel binding when you’re stepping up or down. Side-zip security pockets safely hold an ID or credit card while leg hem cinches keep out bugs and debris. The fabric is rated for UPF 50, meaning you’re able to wear these in the sun without having to worry about getting burned, too.

The comfortable stretch fabric repels water and resists stains while breathing and wicking moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable. These pants feature a mid-rise design, come in three different lengths, and have enough give in the fabric to fit a variety of body shapes and sizes. Consider sizing up, though; they run small. 

Best wear-anywhere

PrAna Briann Pant

The Prana Briann Pant pant is able to do it all, from trekking through the backcountry to remaining comfortable around the house for daily use.

Pros: Stretch fabric is perfect for a variety of use cases, features SPF 50+ protection, repels water, available in three length choices

Cons: The fitted, skinny leg style may not be suitable for everyone

Size range: 00-14 in short and regular

These stretchy, slim fit pants don’t scream technical trail attire and are perfect as a travel pant, allowing you to wear them at a city tour, a hike, or while out to dinner with friends.

Stretchy and water repellent, the Briann stays comfortable no matter if you’ve been in them for hours or days, and they won’t look saggy or worn down. Made from durable, abrasion-resistant stretch nylon, the pants quick-dry moisture, offer SPF 50+ protecting, and repel water. They’re designed as a mid-rise pant with belt loops and a button closure. Prana offers the Briann in three length choices and seven different colorways.

Best capri-style

The North Face Aphrodite 2.0 Capri

The Aphrodite 2.0 Capri from The North Face features oversized leg openings, making them cool in hot weather without leaving you as exposed as a pair of shorts.

Pros: Capri style keeps you cool in hot weather without completely exposing your legs, adjustable drawcord allows for a custom fit

Cons: Fit runs big

Size range: XS-3X

The waistband is two inches wide, so it won’t dig or chafe, even when you’re huffing up a steep incline or hauling a heavy backpack. An adjustable drawcord at the waist lets you easily cinch the pants for a customized fit.

The North Face manufactured the Aphrodite from durable, breathable fabric that quickly wicks and dries, allowing them to stay comfortable whether you’re hiking in the rain or breaking a sweat. A concealed zippered compartment inside the hand pocket secures valuables like car keys and its triple-stitched seams can endure miles of hard use. The shirring on the legs adds flair, so you could throw these on over your yoga tights en route to class if you don’t feel like walking around in Lycra.

Best for mountaineering

Eddie Bauer Women's Guide Pro Pants

Made for professional mountain guides, the Eddie Bauer Women’s Guide Pro Pants are lightweight, packable, and constructed from a stretchy fabric that lasts for years of hard use.

Pros: Features UPF 50+ protection, highly durable, zippered pockets able to hold plenty of loose gear like phones, wallets, etc.

Cons: Sizing can be a little tricky

Size range: 0-16

These pants are rugged and durable enough to survive anything the outdoors throws at you, and feature a treated water-repelling finish and UPF 50+ protection.

The Guide Pro Pants offer a style reminiscent of a pair of stretch jeans and feature two hand pockets, a button waist, and belt loops. Zippered pockets on the thighs are big enough to hold a phone, wallet, or ID, too. They’re styled as a mid-rise pant and come in seven different colors.

Eddie Bauer designed these for women with a somewhat curvy figure, so check the sizing guide before choosing which pair to buy.

Best leggings

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The Fjällräven Abisko Women’s Trekking Tights are very comfortable with stretch fabric, a very flattering fit, and reinforced at the knees and butt for durability and protection if you fall, slide, or need to scoot.

Pros: Stretchy, reinforced in key areas, wide waistband, gusseted, flatlock seams reduce chafing, interior drawcord for better fit, gear loops, phone pocket

Cons: Expensive, limited sizing, too long for short folks, can get hot during sunny summer hikes

Size range: XS-XL

Like most millennials, I prefer to wear leggings over pants in pretty much every situation, especially during exercise. The Fjällräven Abisko Women’s Trekking Tights are ideal if you want a close-to-body feel and flattering fit on a more technical hike. 

Made from 82% nylon and 18% elastane, these tights are the perfect balance of stretchy and durable. They’re breathable and sweat-wicking, though they’re a little too thick for hot summer hikes. The best part about these tights are the reinforced knees and butt areas, which offer abrasion-resistance on the areas you’re most likely to scrape against the ground slipping, sliding, or scooting.

They also have a convenient phone pocket for quick pics on your hike, and an interior drawcord for a tighter fit around the waist if you need.

The downside is they’re quite pricey. But if you hike a lot or are heading out for a big trip where you need reliable, durable bottoms, the splurge may be worth it. –Rachael Schultz

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Each of the hiking pants featured in this guide went through a series of on-trail tests to see how well they compared based on these four categories: Fit, function, versatility, and value. Here’s how each category factored into which hiking pants I ultimately included:

  • Fit: A hiking pant’s fit is perhaps the single most important category when assessing whether it’s worth spending money on or not. When testing, I looked for everything from how it felt to wear casually, how it held up on both casual and technical hikes, and whether it remained comfortable enough to wear post-trail. 
  • Function: There is plenty of women-designed outdoor apparel that skimps when it comes to including functional pockets (or any kind of storage), so this was a key consideration. Even if you tend to hike with a pack, there’s still a need for being able to store a smartphone or your keys in a pant pocket, instead of fishing them out of your bag all day. 
  • Versatility: Being able to wear a pair of hiking pants outside of its singular intended purpose is important for a couple of reasons: You don’t always have the time or space to change right after a hike and if you’re investing in quality pants, you should be able to put them to use in other scenarios.
  • Value: Value is less the final sticker price as much as it’s the combination of the three categories above as well as how much it costs. I often subscribe to the idea that it’s better to spend more on something that’s built to last than to spend less, more often on an inferior product. 
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The spurtle is the simple wooden kitchen tool you never knew you needed. Here are the 5 best options in 2021.

  • A spurtle is a wooden stirring tool originally used in Scotland for making porridge.
  • Modernized spurtles are now used for everything from folding batter to mashing avocados.
  • We found traditional spurtles, silicone and bamboo options, and more.
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There’s a good chance you’re wondering just what a spurtle even is. Spurtles are wooden stirring tools that date back to the 15th century in Scotland and were used to make silky, lump-free porridge. While the more traditional version of this item still proves useful, a modern take on the gadget that resembles something between a spoon and a spatula has also become extremely popular. In fact, if you’re a fan of late-night infomercials, you may have even seen the spurtle touted on QVC.

So what can you use a spurtle for? As it turns out, the options are seemingly endless. Not only does the wooden item work as a non-damaging tool for using to stir and reach the edges in pots, pans, or even Instant Pots, but it can also be used for mashing avocados to make guacamole, gently folding batter while baking, spreading sauce or jam, scooping out jars, acting as a sieve, and more. With so many handy uses, the spurtle is a great addition to any kitchen. We found options for traditional spurtles, silicone options, bamboo sets, and more.

Here are the best spurtles

The best overall

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These are made of 100% beech wood.

The four-piece Moliy Wooden Spurtles Kitchen Tools Set offers a wide range of spurtle sizes and shapes so you always have the best tool for the job.

What we like: Versatile set, durable, lightweight

This wooden set features four modern spurtles in varying lengths and widths so you can choose the best one depending on your cooking needs. The smallest option is particularly good for jobs like reaching into small jam jars and spreading jelly on toast, while a large option with slats can be used as a makeshift sieve for draining or even to easily separate egg yolks and whites. Meanwhile, the mid-size option is ideal for whisking, flipping, and more. This set is also available as a three-piece set or a five-piece set that also includes a traditional wooden spoon.  

The best traditional

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This type of spurtle also works well for stirring doughs and mixing batter.

The Swift Porridge Spurtle has a classic design that works well for oats, soups, and stews.

What we like: Simple, traditional design, won’t break up oats too much

This solid wood spurtle uses the classic Scottish design and is a great choice for traditionalists. If you like to make oatmeal on the stovetop, this tool is specifically designed so it doesn’t break up the oats for a creamy and classic texture. This can be used beyond just porridge and oats for stirring soups, stews, sauces, or even eggs. At just over 11 inches long, it works for deeper saucepans too. Though it’s easy to clean, it’s not dishwasher safe.

The best silicone

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Unlike wooden options, this one can go right in the dishwasher.

The Mad Hungry Silicone Two-Piece Set gives you the same functionality as its wooden counterparts with the added convenience of being dishwasher-safe.

What we like: Slotted and non-slotted set, dishwasher safe, heat resistant

Including one standard spurtle and one slotted option, this set can help you easily stir, flip, mash, sift, and serve. Like wooden spurtles, they also won’t damage your cookware like metal or plastic might. However, the silicone design of these sets them apart and means they are more heat resistant than other options and can go right in the dishwasher once you’re done. Choose from six vibrant colors ranging from Harvest Green to Pastel Pink.  

The best bamboo

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These are also available in two- and three-piece sets.

The Crate Collective Bamboo Spurtle Set is lightweight, sturdy, and eco-friendly.

What we like: Eco-friendly, slotted and unslotted set, lightweight, durable

Including a 13-inch spurtle, a slotted 11-inch spurtle, a wide spurtle, and a short, narrow spurtle, this set is made entirely from premium bamboo. The range of options gives you versatility in the kitchen, while the material means that each spurtle is super lightweight but durable. Eco-conscious cooks will also like that bamboo is a more environmentally friendly option than traditional wood. When you’re done, wash with warm water and soap and leave out to dry.  

The best colorful

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This is sold individually or as part of a matching kitchen utensil set.

Instantly add some pizzazz to any kitchen with the vibrant Baltique Marrakesh Collection 13″ Wooden Spurtle.

What we like: Colorful rainbow design, come by itself or as a set, crafted from birch wood

This slotted spurtle can be proudly displayed on your countertop in a utensil holder rather than shoved to the back of a drawer when it’s not in use. The gorgeous tie-dye pattern instantly adds a pop of color to any kitchen space. This utensil is crafted from layers of colored birch wood to create a rainbow-hued look. You can buy it by itself or as part of a seven-piece kitchen utensil set if you want traditional serving spoons and spatulas that will match. However, be aware you’ll need to handwash this spurtle and you shouldn’t let it soak in water too long. 

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40 thoughtful baby shower gifts that new parents will thank you for – all under $50

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  • Baby showers celebrate the arrival of a new life and help parents collect useful, clever gifts that make life easier.
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The world of baby products – especially for non-parents – can be daunting and confusing. What’s needed? What works? What do new parents want or love?

If you’re attending a baby shower, this makes selecting the perfect gift a bit difficult. You want to make the lives of soon-to-be exhausted parents easier and brighter.

Plenty of new parents put together a baby registry, but if most of the gifts are already gone or you want to go rogue and pick up something they’ve never heard of but will absolutely love, you’ll find 40 options below – none of which will cost more than $50.

Below are 40 thoughtful baby shower gifts under $50:

A portable changing station for on-the-go parents

Skip Hop Pronto Signature Changing Station

Skip Hop Pronto Signature Changing Station, available at Amazon, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and BuyBuyBaby, from $27.99

This padded changing station includes multiple pockets for diapers and wipes, and it can be folded up into a clutch after baby has been changed. Parents can toss it in the diaper bag, clip it to the stroller, or leave it in the car for convenient changes.

A white noise machine so parents can get some sleep

Hatch Rest Mini Machine

Hatch Rest Mini Machine, available at Hatch, $39.99

A white noise machine will relax and calm both parent and baby, letting each of them get some much-needed rest. The machine goes all night long — blocking out the random noises of the neighborhood. They can control the Rest Mini from their phone, so they don’t even need to get out of bed.

A gift card for organic baby clothes that gives back

Hanna Andersson Baby Clothes

Hanna Andersson Gift Card, available at Hanna Andersson, $50

Perhaps known best for its matching family pajamas, Hanna Andersson also makes virtually every piece of baby clothing imaginable. Some of their prints feature rainbows, dachshunds, and Winnie the Pooh. Plus, the brand partners with Baby2Baby, providing children living in poverty with diapers, clothing, and basic necessities.

A diaper cake

Hello Bello Diaper Cake

Hello Bello Diaper Cake, available at Walmart, $34.97

Diaper cakes are a classic baby shower gift, but not everybody has the DIY skills to create one. This diaper cake includes wipes, shampoo, and bubble bath in addition to 35 newborn diapers.

A diaper bag backpack that holds everything they need

HaloVa Diaper Bag

HaloVa Diaper Bag, available at Amazon, $32.99

This functional diaper bag has a spot for everything. Parents can stash all their essentials with two bottle pockets, a wet clothes pocket, a wipe pouch, and multiple main-compartment pockets. Best of all: It’s machine washable.

A top knot hat to keep baby’s head warm

Copper Pearl Top Knot Hat

Copper Pearl Top Knot Hat, available at Amazon, $12.50

This tiny top knot hat keeps baby’s head warm and cozy. Pair it with a matching knotted gown for the most adorable newborn photoshoot.

A new nursing bra

Third Love nursing bra

ThirdLove gift card, available at ThirdLove, starting at $15

Bra size can change rapidly and drastically throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Give a Third Love gift card so they can take the brand’s quiz and find the right size. Third Love’s 24/7 Classic Nursing Bra is available in sizes A-I.

An activity gym that stimulates the senses

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Baby Einstein 4-in-1 Kickin’ Tunes Music & Language Discovery Gym, available at Target and BuyBuyBaby, $49.99

This music-themed activity gym encourages babies to kick, which is an important gross-motor skill. The set includes a piano, sensory toys, a mirror, and a prop pillow.

Baby bottles that reduce colic

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options Anti Colic Glass Baby Bottles

Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Options Anti-Colic Glass Baby Bottles, 2 pack, available at Amazon, $15.98

These affordable glass baby bottles have a removable vent that is designed to reduce colic. You can also purchase additional accessories like different nipples or silicone sleeves.

A simple sensory board book

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That’s Not My Monkey by Fiona Watt, available at Barnes & Noble, $9.99

Babies will be fascinated by this book that only has a few pages. Each page is illustrated in bright colors and features a different texture for baby to feel.

A healthcare kit with all the essentials

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Safety 1st Deluxe 25-Piece Baby Healthcare and Grooming Kit, available at Amazon, 19.99

Make the postpartum period a little less stressful by gifting some healthcare essentials. This kit includes nail clippers, a thermometer, combs, and a nasal aspirator. It even comes with a carrying case that has convenient see-through compartments.

Clever, unique bibs that actually make baby messes cute

Hudson Baby Drooler Bibs

Hudson Baby Food-Themed Drooler Bibs, available at Amazon and BuyBuyBaby, from $18.80

The only thing that makes spit up and pureed avocado stains funny is one of these food-themed pun bibs.

A stuffed animal that plays peek-a-boo

Flappy the Elephant

Flappy the Elephant, available at Amazon, from $29.99

This plush elephant plays peek-a-boo and sings “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” For added effect, the elephant’s ears flop back and forth, actually covering its eyes during the game.

Fun animal-inspired plates and bowls

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Silicone Elephant Shaped Plate & Bowl, available at Pottery Barn Kids, from $5.99

If you’re looking for an inexpensive add-on gift, these adorable animal-inspired bowls and plates are a sweet option. 

Five natural, gentle essentials

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Mustela Newborn Arrival Gift Set, available at Nordstrom, $34.99

Mustela is another well-loved brand for babies, and this set of newborn arrival essentials has five products designed for delicate newborn skin. Parents can trust all the products to work together gently and effectively. 

Wrist rattles

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Infantino Gaga Wrist Rattle, available at Target, $6.99

Wrist rattles are the distraction that baby won’t accidentally shake off as easily as other toys. They also have teethable, textured silicone borders that are BPA-free. 

A book that fosters cultural learning

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Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, from $15.36

“Fry Bread” is a story centered around food and culture. The book is chock-full of metaphors and even includes an educational note from the author and a delicious fry bread recipe.

Nursery skin care essentials

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Honest Baby Arrival Gift Set, available on The Honest Company, $49.95

Honest is well-loved by parents because all of its products are meant to be safe, gentle, and as minimally processed as possible. This set includes face and body lotion, shampoo and body wash, healing balm, and other essentials that are hypoallergenic and free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, and other risky additives. 

Cult-favorite cream moms swear by after breastfeeding

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Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Minis, 3-Count, available at Target, $8.25

Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream, available on Amazon, $8.25

You don’t have to hunt far online for the most beloved new mom products for mention of Lansinoh’s Lanolin nipple cream. It soothes, protects, and is really effective. It’s also 100% natural and preservative-free. 

Tethers that keep things like spoons and sippy cups from falling

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Lil’ Sidekick Multi-Functional Tether, available at Lil’ Sidekick, $9.99

These multifunctional tethers may not be on the registry, but they should be. They’ll keep things like spoons and forks from falling to the floor while baby eats. 

Amazon Prime for easy, cheap, and fast refills of essentials

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Amazon Prime Three Month Subscription, available at Amazon, $39

The best thing you can give — if they don’t already have it — is probably an Amazon Prime membership. Parents can order essentials without leaving the house, pay less, and get it within two days with free shipping. It’ll also give them access to tons of other benefits. Plus, if they do have Prime already, your gift will convert into a gift card for them to use on any supplies they need.

A clever baby briefcase to store all of baby’s important documents

A baby briefcase to keep all their important documents in one place

Document Organizer, available at Nordstrom, $29.95

This clever baby briefcase is a cute (and helpful) way to organize all the important papers parents will need to keep track of — from birth certificates to passport photos. 

A fun, nourishing mask for her belly

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Hatch Belly Mask, available at Hatch, $12

Hatch’s Belly Mask is a fun way for them to relax and spend time caring for themselves. The mask is full of nourishing ingredients like aloe vera and propolis to minimize stretch marks during pregnancy and soften skin postpartum. 

Tiny booties that look like fortune cookies

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Baby Fortune Cookie Booties, available at Uncommon Goods, $29

Cute, unique, and sure to give baby’s parents a laugh. Don’t gift these if you aren’t ready for all the pictures grateful parents will send you. 

A soothing anti-swelling cream for legs and feet

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Hatch Down, Girl Soothing Leg + Foot Relief, available at Hatch, $42

Hatch is a popular brand for maternity wear — so popular, in fact, that a good portion of the startup’s customers wear the clothes long after pregnancy because they love the aesthetic. 

Down, Girl is a cooling, anti-inflammatory gel-based cream that Hatch designed to soothe  and reduce swelling in legs and feet during pregnancy. 

A beloved teething toy

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Baby Banana Infant Training Toothbrush and Teether, available at Amazon, $6.79

This infant training toothbrush and teether looks like a banana and helps kids get through the terrible teething phase with minimal tears. 

A contoured bath sponge that makes it easier to bathe newborns

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Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge, available at Target, $7.99

This infant bath sponge is a slip-resistant cushion with a contoured shape that makes it easier to bathe newborns. There’s a slight incline to support baby’s head, neck, and back, and the foam is quick-drying for fast cleanup.

Lots and lots of diapers

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Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers, available at Target, $8.29

It’s not as fun as buying baby moccasins in a gemstone color, but diapers are one of the most practical and thoughtful gifts you can give a new parent. They’ll need as many as they can stockpile, and it’s a relief to already have them at home. Consider purchasing larger sizes — many babies grow out of newborn diapers long before their stash runs out. 

A hooded baby towel for cozy bath time

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Parachute Hooded Baby Towel, available at Parachute, $29

Parachute’s line of baby sheets and towels is extremely cute, and the brand has earned its reputation for quality linens. This hooded towel is perfect for a cozy bath time and a quick dry. 

Crib sheets in cute prints from a beloved startup

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Brooklittles Crib Sheets, available at Brooklinen, from $28.80

The internet’s favorite adult bedding startup also offers a line of sheets for little ones. Brooklinen’s Brooklittles line comes in tons of fun, vibrant patterns and prints.

A cult-favorite, comfortable baby wrap

A cult-favorite, comfortable baby wrap

Baby K’tan Original Baby Carrier, available at Amazon, $49.95

This sling is comfortable, doesn’t have any complicated straps and buckles, and can be used with kids from babies to toddlers to help parents get more time with two free hands.  When we polled Business Insider parents for their favorite registry items, one told us this is the only thing she gives as a baby gift because of how good it is. 

Classic swaddling cloths

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Aden + Anais Set of 4 Classic Swaddling Cloths, available at Nordstrom, $49.95

Aden + Anais are known for making quality baby products, and this set of classic swaddling cloths is no different. They come in cheerful patterns and are made from breathable, lightweight muslin that can be used for virtually anything. 

A portable gadget for fussy sleepers

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Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle Soother, available at Target, $34.99

No matter where baby is — in the car, at home, or in public — this little white noise machine helps fussy babies fall asleep. 

A pacifier that won’t keep falling to the ground in a never-ending loop

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WubbaNub Monkey Pacifier, available at Nordstrom, $14.95

This WubbaNub pacifier is beloved among parents for good reason — a pacifier attached to a stuffed animal is less likely to fall to the ground a thousand times a day. They will thank you for this cute and clever gift. 

The go-to set for baby’s bath time

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Aveeno Baby Daily Bathtime Solutions Gift Set, available at Amazon, $17.92

Make bath time easier with a set of gentle essentials parents can feel good about using — and that they’ll love having on hand for messy days ahead, without a trip to the store. 

All the baby basics in one convenient kit

All the baby basics in one convenient kit

Fridababy Baby Basics Kit, available at Amazon, $34.98

If you’re a parent, don’t you kind of wish the mythical stork dropped off an entire bag of essentials at the same time? This Baby Basics Kit attempts to do something similar: grouping favorite products from trusted brand Fridababy for everything from “claws” (nails) to “flakes” (dry skin). 

A silicone roll-up bib that will save them time and time again

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OXO Tot Waterproof Silicone Roll Up Bib (2-pack), available at Amazon, $19.99

What’s conveniently mobile, well-designed, extremely useful, and far better than the status quo it replaces? A roll-up, silicone bib with a shelf to catch the rainstorm of food that babies drop while eating. Plus, the Velcro means it’s easily removed. Even if it’s not on the registry already, parents will thank you for it. 

Adorable, bright baby moccasins

Adorable, bright baby moccasins

Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins, available at Freshly Picked, from $45

It’s not anywhere near as practical as gifting diapers, but these tiny moccasins are adorable — and they come in a huge selection of fun prints and vibrant colors. 

Funny pacifiers that parents will get a kick out of

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Mustachifier, available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon, $9.99

Few things diffuse tears and panic for babies like pacifiers. For adults, the same thing can be achieved with a little much-needed chuckle at their child.

A personalized bedtime book

A personalized bedtime book

Personalized Goodnight Little Me Book, available at Uncommon Goods, $40

Create a personalized goodnight book for a gift they’ll always remember. To make it even more sentimental, write a heartfelt inscription inside for when baby grows up. 

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The best deals and sales happening on Amazon right now⁠⁠ – save on Echo Show 5, Apple MagSafe charger, and Roku Premiere

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Amazon’s dynamic pricing strategy can make shopping tricky for the average consumer, but if you know where to look⁠ – and when to act fast⁠ – Prime members can save a ton of money.

We’ve gathered all the best discounts currently available on the retail giant. Below you’ll find one-day sales via Amazon’s Gold Box promotion, exclusive coupon codes, and, of course, dynamically-priced goods ranging from tech, fashion, gaming, and home goods.

Due to the unpredictable nature of online shopping, prices may change without warning.

For more ways to save, check out the best mattress sales, the best furniture discounts at Wayfair, and the best sales on household appliances.

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Best deals on Amazon brand products

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Best Amazon tech deals

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The best places to shop for kids’ clothes in 2021

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  • When shopping for kids’ clothing, consider upcoming growth spurts, holidays, seasons, sales, and your child’s taste.
  • Well-made kids’ clothing won’t wear out as quickly and can be handed down later.
  • We did the research and testing to find the best kids’ clothing stores and brands for kids of all ages and needs.

Both new and seasoned parents know the struggle of buying kids’ clothing. Whether it’s for a baby’s first birthday or a teen’s school dance, it’s difficult to avoid spending too much on clothes that almost immediately get stained, torn, or outgrown.

Even though I love and work in fashion, my daughter spent most of her first year in hand-me-down onesies. Now that she is approaching her second birthday, I’m itching to dress her in cuter clothes. But it can be daunting to sort through the variety of kids’ clothing online.

Quality and prices vary widely, and finding the time to navigate a retailer’s website is no easy feat. Add to that kids’ often-changing preferences and the struggle of finding functional yet on-trend clothing. To help guide you, we’ve looked at many retailers. For each one, we considered the range of styles, sizing inclusivity, quality of materials, and prices.

Here are the best places to shop for kids’ clothes

The best baby clothes

Janie and Jack baby clothes

Janie and Jack baby clothes make every day a special occasion with their fun prints and high-quality fabrics.

Janie and Jack’s clothing run true to size, which makes online ordering easy and fast. The brand offers a large selection for infants and a variety of pieces, including bodysuits, sweaters, dresses, and swimsuits, as well as accessories like shoes, hats, socks, and bows.

The colors and fabric look new even after repeated washing, though we do recommend line-drying the garments because cotton can shrink in machine dryers. My daughter lived in her Janie and Jack swimsuits this past summer, and the material did not droop or fade in the sun. 

What we like:

Whale Heart Footed (small)Baby Cable Knit Cardigan (small)Baby Floral Romper (small)Baby Button Jogger (small)
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Carter's Baby Clothes

Carter’s offers a large selection of affordable baby clothes that hold up well after repeated washes.

For everyday staples, Carter’s is a reliable brand with value packs and simple styles that are great for babies who may cycle through several outfits in a day. There are cute bodysuits and sleep sets, as well as hoodies, jackets, shoes, and other accessories. Carter’s runs frequent sales, but even pieces that are full priced are budget friendly. 

I have a variety of Carter’s pieces that have been handed down from at least two other parents, and the garments are still in good shape. The cotton does shrink a bit after a while and some pieces run big, but there have been no noticeable tears or holes. 

What we like:

Animals Original Bodysuits (4 pack) (small)Floral Zip-Up French Terry Hoodie (small)Cotton Pant (4 pack) (small)Heart Chambray Romper (small)
The best toddler clothes

Tea Collection

Tea Collection offers everyday and special occasion toddler clothing in unique prints and patterns on soft fabrics.

Tea Collection pieces are some of my favorites for their distinctive prints and patterns. The quality of the fabrics, buttons, and seams on the garments is on par with adult clothing, and the designs are practical, modern, and inspired by global styles. With the exceptional quality comes a higher price tag, however. 

Though items are machine washable, using a delicate cycle and skipping the dryer will help them retain their shape and color. The brand also donates 10% of their profits to charitable organizations like the Global Fund for Children and the Homeless Prenatal Program in their home city of San Francisco, California.

What we like:

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The best toddler clothes on budget

old navy toddler clothes

Old Navy is a budget-friendly one-stop shop to outfit your toddler and the whole family.

The quality of Old Navy clothing exceeds expectations when considering the brand’s ultra-low prices. The patterns are fun and cheery, and the versatile pieces have great value. For example, toddler pajamas come in fun prints for just $10. Its vast inventory includes basic sweats and tees, jackets, blouses, button-downs, dresses, jeans, pants, shorts, and swimwear as well as accessories like socks and shoes.

I’ve found that their sleepwear runs small, but other pieces are true to size. While the clothing won’t hold up as well as our top pick for toddlers, Old Navy runs frequent sales, so stocking up for the entire family is budget friendly.

What we like:

Fit & Flare Printed Button-Front Dress (small)Vintage Dolman-Sleeve Sweatshirt (small)French Terry Button-Front Cardigan (small)U-Shaped Jogger Pants (small)
The best kids’ clothes

Best kids' clothing stores in 2021 - where to buy children's clothes

Maison Me is Maisonette’s in-house label with classic everyday designs that hold up to wear and tear.

Maison Me garments are made to last with pieces constructed from thick and sturdy fabrics that won’t wear out. The classic designs include traditional polos, plaid dresses, lots of striped pieces, and adorable florals. One of my favorite pieces that I tested with my toddler was a pink two-piece track suit that was ideal for play. I also found the leggings and drawstring pants were comfy and well-made.

The brand recommends machine-washing its clothing on cold and tumble-drying on low for optimal care. In my experience, this preserves both the quality and size of the garment.

What we like:

Pearl Lace Collar Dress (small)Clay Zip Hoodie (small)Reese Ribbed Legging (small)Gunnar Drawstring Pant (small)
The best kids’ clothes on a budget

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H&M has a diverse selection of organic clothes, all at bargain prices. 

H&M‘s environmental consciousness, budget-friendly prices, and diverse selection make it a great option for rapidly growing kids. The colorful prints, fun details, and prices are hard to resist. I started shopping there when my daughter was a baby, and as she grew, I continued to buy their affordable eco-friendly clothes. 

H&M offers kids’ clothes up to age 10 and a more sophisticated line for ages 8 to 14. They also sell accessories like tights, hats, shoes, and hair clips. If your child is Frozen-obsessed like mine, you’ll also love H&M’s partnerships with Disney, among others. The offerings are well-made, true to size, and wash easily.

What we like:

Cotton Chinos (small)Ruffle Trimmed Jersey Dress (small)Denim Leggings (3 pack) (small)Denim Shirt (small)
The best adaptive kids’ clothes

appaman adaptive kids clothing

Appaman’s Adaptive line caters to kids who have challenges with dressing, thanks to thoughtful and unique design features.

Appaman’s Adaptive line features accessible versions of its most popular clothing to empower kids to dress themselves. An ideal line not only considers accessibility but also style choices that are on par with non-adaptive lines, according to Debbie Stone, founder and executive director at Pop.Earth, a nonprofit committed to providing wellness options for people with autism and developmental disorders.

Garments have Velcro closures, magnetic zippers, and internal pant loops for dressing one-handed. Velcro ankle cuffs allow for prosthetics, orthotics, and other medical devices. The selection is somewhat lacking, with 42 pieces at time of publication, but the garments wash and wear exceptionally well. Though on the pricier side, the quality is unparalleled.

What we like:

Kathleen Dress (small)Rainbow Jean Short (small)Glen Hooded Shirt (small)Skinny Twill Pant (small)
The best adaptive kids’ clothes on a budget

cat & jack target adaptive kids clothing

Target’s Cat & Jack line includes clothing with abdominal access, snap closures for easy dressing, no tags, flat seams, and thumb holes to keep sleeves in place.

A major retailer like Target can broaden the range and accessibility of adaptive clothes. “At Pop.Earth, a charity for autism and special needs, I hear from numerous parents how important it is that clothing lines pivot to include these people,” said Stone. Cat & Jack is a favorite of the parents I polled, and while its adaptive offerings are somewhat limited, the prices are unbeatable. 

Cat & Jack makes leggings, pants, polos, tees, dresses, swimwear, jackets, and more. Like Carter’s, the clothing wear and wash well despite their lower price point. Garments also come with a one-year return policy with receipt if you’re not satisfied.

What we like:

Adaptive Hooded Adjustable Kids’ Bodysuit (small)Moxie Peach Abdominal Access Dress (small)Adaptive Graphic Kids’ T-Shirt (small)Doubleknit Thermal Jogger Pants (small)
The best tween clothes

nordstrom tween clothing

Nordstrom has a wide variety of tween clothing from popular brands and one of the best return policies.

Nordstrom is one of my favorite places to shop as an adult, and the options for tweens are just as impressive. There are well-known brands like Ugg, Hannah Banana, and Steve Madden, and a variety of other lesser-known brands that are equally cool among the tween set. Prices run the gamut, and offerings include everything from Nike and Adidas sweatshirts to sparkly, formal dresses. If you’re looking for a deal, there are great sales around the holidays as well as during its annual July sale.

Quality depends on the brand you buy, but I’ve found that pretty much everything I’ve purchased at Nordstrom withstands wear and tear. The product pages include recommended care instructions if you want to know before you buy. Nordstrom also offers free shipping and returns as well as local curbside pickup.

What we like:

Utility Jumpsuit (small)Kids’ Tricolor Stripe Hoodie (small)Arawak Gingham Whale Performance Button-Down Shirt (small)The Jane Distressed Cuffed Hem Jeans (small)
The best tween clothes on a budget

kohls tween clothing

Kohl’s has tons of affordable brand-name clothing, and Kohl’s cash can get you even more savings.

Kohl’s is a go-to for tweens, thanks to its reasonable prices on brand-name items, including clothing from Levi’s and Under Armour. You can shop by price on the website, with thousands of offerings from $6 to $20. You can also sort by age range, occasion, and size, including extended size options.

Many pieces have printed designs or phrases, but there are basics as well. Some of the lower-cost clothing may be a bit thin and flimsy. Though they won’t last multiple seasons, they are great for messy art classes or sports practice. 

What we like:

Jogger Pants (small)Tie Dye Jumpsuit (small)Polo (small)Allover Logo Hoodie (small)
The best teen clothes

american eagle outfitters clothing for teens

American Eagle Outfitters has an excellent selection and range of size options, and its rewards program is budget-friendly.

American Eagle’s basics and on-trend styles make it our top pick for teen clothing. It also beats out the competition in terms of affordability, thanks to its rewards program and sales that often include savings of 25%. Between AEO and Aerie labels, the selection is vast. Denim styles include the brand’s bestselling high-waisted jeggings and straight fit jeans. You’ll also find tees, sweatshirts, blouses, dresses, joggers, comfy loungewear, swimwear, and accessories like socks and shoes.

American Eagle has a rewards program, which offers cash rewards, members-only sales, a birthday coupon, free shipping, and returns. Garment construction can sometimes be irregular — crooked seams or an uneven hem on a dress, for example. However, the jeans last for years and get more comfortable after multiple washes.

What we like:

Ribbed Long Sleeve Twist Front Dress (small)Ne(x)t Level Curvy Highest Waist Jegging (small)Plaid Poplin Button-Up Shirt (small)Active 24/7 Jogger (small)
What else we like

gap teen clothing

While the following stores and brands didn’t quite make the cut, if you haven’t found what you’re looking for among our top picks, consider the following.

Gap Teen: Through its new eco-friendly initiative, NXT Gen Gap, Gap offers quality basics with an ethical backstory. However, its inventory and deals fall short of our teen pick, American Eagle Outfitters.

Mori: Mori makes excellent sleepwear for babies and toddlers, but it doesn’t have much of a selection for everyday clothing.

All The Babies: This organic, vegan line is mostly limited to cozy sweatshirts and cotton bodysuits. It runs a program that donates used garments to families in need.

T.J. Maxx: We love T.J. Maxx for great deals on name-brand clothing, but it doesn’t offer a large variety of sizes online. Shopping in-store also takes time and is hit or miss. 

J.Crew: J.Crew has high-quality, well tailored pieces for the whole family. While its children’s clothing lasts a long time, the garments are quite expensive.

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The 10 best Airbnbs in Key West including a yacht, a cottage with a hot tub, and an oceanfront condo

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Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo steps from Duval, $250

  • Key West is one of the most popular US destinations thanks to its laid-back, tropical vibe.
  • Its stunning beaches are family-friendly, but it’s equally great for couples and solo travelers.
  • We rounded up some of the best Airbnbs in Key West, ranging in price from $147 to $447 per night.

As a long-term Florida resident, my family and I love to take the three-hour road trip down from Miami to Key West. It’s one of those places that we find ourselves returning to year after year thanks to its beautiful beaches, historic attractions, and fantastic food.

Some of our favorite beaches are Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, which is a National Historic Landmark and home to a Civil War fort.

Key West is only about four miles long and two miles wide, and most of the shopping, dining, and nightlight is situated on Duval street, the main road that runs down the middle of the island, from the Gulf to Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you want to be at the heart of the action or opt for a more tranquil beach getaway will largely dictate the best location for your stay.

Regardless of where you’re based, you won’t want to miss dining at Blue Heaven and Santiago’s Bodega in the Bahama Village, and no trip is complete without stopping in for a slice at the Southernmost Key Lime Pie Shop on Duval. Get a dose of culture at The Key West lighthouse and The Key West Museum of Art and History, or do as we do and take your kids to Mallory Square to watch the various street performers and the sunset celebration that takes place every night.

While Key West offers a tropical paradise with no passport necessary, it’s important to remember that there’s still risk involved with traveling during the pandemic. It’s always important to follow guidelines from the CDC, wash your hands, wear a mask, and social distance. Also consider if you’re traveling to or from a hot spot area and take extra precautions if so.

With that in mind, if you do decide to soak up some sun in Key West, Airbnbs can be a safer option for travelers right now because of the added space and limited interactions with others.

We rounded up the best Airbnbs in Key West based on the following criteria:

  1. All listings are for the entire home, per current expert safety recommendations.
  2. All listings have at least a 4.7 rating and excellent recent guest reviews.
  3. We’ve chosen properties that range from $147 to $447 per night, but beware that through the end of March is considered peak season for this area, when prices tend to be at their highest.
  4. While all of the properties listed have some availability as of the time of publishing, keep in mind that because of its popularity, properties in Key West are often booked months in advance, so be sure to plan as far in advance as you can to snag the best spots.
  5. These properties are located close to the beach or within walking distance to popular Key West attractions on Duval Street.

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

Central-based studio one block from Duval, $147

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Central based studio one block from Duval, $147

Book this central studio starting from $147 per night

Located just one block from Duval Street, this studio apartment is an ideal base for a quick getaway. There’s also a private parking spot, which is a serious perk when visiting Key West as parking comes at a premium. 

This first-floor studio is small but well laid, with a Queen-size bed and a separate kitchen and dining area, complete with granite countertops. A large wooden wardrobe easily allows travelers to unpack and settle in. The unit is part of a historic building and though simple in decor, it has all the necessities and even boasts a deck with a small sitting area. Past guests rave about the property’s cleanliness and its proximity to many of Key West’s major attractions. 

Visit the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar, opened in 1933, or the nearby Key West Butterfly Nature Conservatory. You’ll also find plenty of shopping and restaurants right nearby. 

This spot is popular, but has a few scattered dates open over the next few months.

Oceanfront studio on a private beach, $199

best airbnbs key west oceanfront studio

Book this oceanfront studio starting from $199 per night 

This second floor, oceanfront studio is a rare property in Key West at this price point, which means that bookings fill up quickly. The condo has a King-sized bed and a large balcony that overlooks the Atlantic ocean. As an added bonus, the home also includes access to the pool and hot tub on the property grounds, though these are shared amenities. 

Visitors will get the best of both worlds with the beach and nightlife right at their fingertips, as this condo is just a five-minute walk to Duval street. There’s also a free garage parking spot that comes with a unit. The studio sits on its own stretch of private beach, so guests can go for a swim or lay out on lounge chairs that are provided by the property. 

Inside there’s a collection of wood and wicker furniture and a plush armchair in soft, pastel tones. The bedroom has four plantation shutters that look out to views of the ocean and ample closet space to unpack. There’s also a small fridge and microwave at your disposal, though there isn’t a full kitchen. 

This listing books up well in advance. While there are a few scattered dates open over the next several months, you may want to consider booking a winter trip now. 

Sailing yacht, $224

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Three bedroom sailing yacht, $224

Book this sailing yacht starting from $224 per night 

One of most unique properties in Key West, this spacious yacht is ideal for adventurous travelers. Nicknamed “The Someday Soon”, the yacht features three sleeping areas with a setup that’s especially ideal for families, including a Queen size bed in the aft cabin, a Full-size bed in the midship, and two Twin beds in the forward cabin. 

The yacht is a vintage Mason boat with a mid-century modern interior that includes turquoise accents, carved wood trim, and polished wood floors. The eating area has a comfy breakfast nook and large windows that open up to let in the light. If you want to eat your meals on board, there’s a four-burner gas stove, an oven, and a refrigerator and freezer in addition to a grill on the deck. 

The full-size bathroom has a shower and lots of storage space under the sink. While the vessel is roomy inside, there’s also lots of seating outdoors. The cockpit is furnished with taupe and turquoise cushions and pillows, making it an ideal reading retreat.  

As an added option, the booking comes with a day sail, and the marina can provide a captain at an extra charge. Guests are also welcome to use the marina amenities like the heated pool and the gym. 

This boat has a few open dates in May and June, with more dates opening up starting in July.

Modern townhome right on Duval, $225

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Two bedroom townhome in the heart of Key West, $225

Book this modern townhome starting from $225 per night 

This large townhome puts guests at the heart of the action, thanks to its location right on Duval. Large spaces at this price point are hard to come by in Key West, so this property is a gem for families or larger groups. The inside has been recently renovated with calming neutral tones and standout features include two comfy couches with pops of colorful pillows and a round wooden dining table that seats five.  

There’s a parking spot included, although you probably won’t need your car during your stay since many of the most famous Key West restaurants, like DJ’s Clam Shack, are only feet away. 

The lower level of the townhomes includes an open floor plan with a kitchen, dining room, and full bathroom. Upstairs, the pitched roof makes the bedrooms extra cozy and there’s also a sitting nook. 

This home has some availability in May and June, but fully opens up starting in July.

Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Cozy cottage with a hot tub, $243

Book this cozy cottage with a hot tub starting from $243 per night 

A great property for families, this large cottage is loaded with rustic charm, from the wood paneling throughout the kitchen to the retro bathroom fixtures. Each bedroom is outfitted with a plus, King-sized bed, and the living room boasts a comfy sofa and side chair along with a dedicated workspace.

The home has a fenced backyard with a beautiful garden area. The outdoor oasis includes a private hot tub, a bamboo enclosed outdoor shower, and a patio dining set that seats four. 

It’s tough to beat the location, just one block from Duval street, and there’s a parking spot included. The cottage is also walking distance to Mallory Square, which is home to the best street entertainers and sunsets in Key West. If you’re a pet owner, you can bring your pooch to this dog-friendly property. 

This popular listing has limited availability over the next few months, but availability is subject to change.

Colorful condo steps from Duval, $250

Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo steps from Duval, $250

Book this colorful condo starting from $250 per night 

The huge deck and central location make this condo in downtown Key West a prime choice. Aptly named Bella Vita, or “good life,” the property has a wrap-around porch with white Adirondack chairs for relaxing or some good old-fashioned people watching during downtime.  

The interiors are decorated in bright, cheery colors, including orange and turquoise walls, a red leather sofa, and blue accent pillows. The large master bedroom has a King-sized bed, a desk/vanity space, matching bedside tables, and a sound machine to enjoy a peaceful sleep. and the bathroom has an indulgent frameless glass walk-in shower. The galley-style kitchen includes bar seating at the kitchen counter. 

The ground-floor condo is also close to nearby bike and scooter rentals, so you can cruise around the island in style. 

This home has availability starting in July. It typically books well in advance, so it’s worth planning ahead and booking a late summer or even a fall or winter trip now.

Cheerful condo near Mallory Square, $280

Best Airbnbs in Key West - One bedroom condo near Mallory Square, $280

Book this cheerful condo starting from $280 per night 

With a large, shaded balcony overlooking the nearby cluster of Victorian-style homes and located within a quiet gated community in the Truman Annex, it’s no surprise that this listing gets a near-perfect rating. 

The inside of the condo is painted in bright yellows and blues, creating a sunny vibe that matches its location. The living area is found upstairs and includes plenty of seating options for lounging around, including a contemporary sofa lined with oversized pillows and a velvet armchair.   

The dining area seats up to five, and the kitchen was recently updated with white shaker cabinets and gray stone countertops. There’s a porthole above the kitchen sink that gives it a slight maritime theme, which continues with seascape art and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with model ships and starfish. 

The historic Hemingway house, Maritime Museum, and Truman White House are all close by. The condo is also a short walk to Zachary Taylor Park, one of the top public beaches in Key West. Bike rentals are only a block away, and the condo includes bike storage for guests.

Currently, the owners require a 28-day rental commitment, though that may change in the coming months.  

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

Tropical Old Town bungalow close to the beach, $304

Book this tropical bungalow starting from $304 per night

Step inside this breezy bungalow located in between Key West’s Art Gallery District and the Historic District, two pedestrian-friendly areas of Key West. 

The interior of the unit is bright and airy, decorated in complementary shades of coral, lime green, and blue. The main living area has an open floor plan and the kitchen has a two-tier island that overlooks the living room. Relax on the cream-colored couch that’s adorned with palm leaf printed pillows under a palm leaf fan to really get into beach mode. 

A matching palm leaf fan is found in the bedroom, which also boasts an elevated deck with a hot tub and high-top dining setup. Back inside, the bathroom has a spacious walk-in shower, and there’s a full-size washer/dryer in the hallway. 

There’s a shared courtyard space with a pool and a grill, and the property is also less than a mile from the beach, so after you settle in, you can make a beeline for the warm waters.

This home still has a few dates open in May and June, with more dates opening up in July and August.

Secluded hideaway with a private hot tub, $311

best Airbnbs in Key West - Secluded "mango" hideaway with a private deck, $311

Book this secluded hideaway starting from $311 per night

Tucked away in historic Old Town, this quaint cottage is great for those who want want to be close to the action on Duval Street (only half a block away), and who also value their privacy. 

The space is decorated in a tropical theme with green and turquoise linens and dark wood furniture. The kitchen features new cabinets, granite countertops, and full-sized stainless steel appliances. There’s also a deep brown leather sofa bed in the living room that’s within eyesight of the open-plan bedroom. Both the bedroom and the living room have large French doors that lead out to the deck, creating a relaxing indoor/outdoor setup when fully open. 

The spacious deck is the real selling point of this property, with a four-person jetted hot tub,  rattan patio seating, and a grill for making meals al fresco. The property even includes a large mango tree that has been lovingly preserved by being integrated into the design of the deck. 

There’s also a shared pool about a block away, and the cottage is within walking distance to the famed Cuban Coffee Queen and the free Duval shuttle bus. 

This home still has a few dates open in May and June, with more dates opening up in July and August.

Historic Key West suite in Old Town, $447

Best Airbnbs in Key West - Historic Key West suite in Old Town, $447

Book this historic Key West suite in Old Town starting from $447 per night 

Guests staying at this property get to experience a piece of Florida history. This suite is part of a property in Old Town that was built in 1889, and it’s only three blocks from Duval Street. 

Though technically a guesthouse suite, the first-floor accommodation has its own entrance and is entirely private. The kitchen has modern appliances, warm recessed lighting, and a dining area with an expandable table. In the sitting area, there’s a loveseat that can fold out into a bed and a folding screen that can be used to create a private sleeping space.

Outside, there’s an expansive deck and a wicker patio set with a coffee table and an ottoman, ideal for sipping coffee in the morning or cocktails in the afternoon. The grounds of the yellow guesthouse feel like a secret garden, with a brick path winding around the tropical landscaping to a pond. Guests can also access a pool that’s shared with other units. Past guests have described this listing as a “tropical paradise.”

This home still has a few dates open in April and May, with more availability in June and July.

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