17 of the best places to buy affordable fine jewelry, from simple gold hoops to gemstone stacking rings

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  • Fine jewelry costs a bit more than costume, but you can still get quality pieces on a budget.
  • Brands and retailers like Catbird, Mejuri, and Vrai are changing the game.
  • We’ve rounded up our favorite pieces and retailers below. 

best affordable fine jewelry brands in 2021

With its inaccessible prices, technical terminology, and nebulous production practices, the world of fine jewelry is intimidating to step into and, for a generation that cares simultaneously about value, style, sustainability, and ethics, often a world that’s avoided altogether. 

Not too long ago, we wouldn’t even have considered buying nice jewelry online. But with direct-to-consumer jewelry companies taking center stage, no middlemen or mark-ups mean that you can pay a palatable price that’s closer to the true cost of making that beautiful gold necklace. Plus, high standards for sourcing and production quell any fears that your purchase sets other livelihoods or the environment back. 

These online jewelry companies will help you make the decision without overcharging you in the process. 

The best places to buy affordable fine jewelry in 2021:

Montserrat

woman wearing the Fresas necklace and earring set from Montserrat

For everyday pieces still that make a statement, Montserrat has a collection of playful designs that are easy to wear alone or layered with minimalist pieces.

A playful blend of pearls, charms, and 14-karat gold plated settings make up Montserrat’s jewelry line. With its enamel fruit designs, the latest collection transports you to a state of constant vacation. Though statement-making, the pieces are still dainty enough to layer with other pieces you own, and you can pick up a necklace and earring set without spending more than $200.

What to buy:

The Limón Huggie Earrings (small)The Frutti Di Mare Fresas Set (small)The Seta Set (small)Italic

Woman wearing Italic Diamond Solitaire Necklace

Just by skipping the brand name, Italic lets you buy jewelry made in the same workshops as designer artisans at a fraction of the price.

Italic is an online retailer where you can find clothing, handbags, home goods, and more that are made in the same factories as designers like Miu Miu and Prada — just without the label and for a fraction of the price. Recently, it added fine jewelry to the mix. You can now pick up timeless additions like diamond necklaces and solid gold huggie hoops for as little as $225 and $150, respectively. 

What to buy:

Diamond Solitaire Necklace (small)Gold Faceted Huggie Earrings (small)Diamond Pavé Bar Bracelet (small)Page Sargisson

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Look to Page Sargisson for handmade solid gold and sterling silver jewelry that’s perfect for gifting and starts as low as $32.

Brooklyn-based designer Page Sargisson makes custom pieces that run well into the thousands, but you’ll also find plenty of more affordable options as part of the 10kt & silver collection. Everything is made by hand out of solid gold or sterling silver and includes pieces like an opal-studded evil eye necklace ($350), tiny stud earrings ($32), and a calendar charm (from $835) that can be personalized to commemorate a special date.

What to buy:

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Known for its delicate rings and transparent sourcing, Catbird is the epitome of cool, affordable jewelry. 

Cool, Brooklyn boutique vibes meet the ease of online shopping at Catbird, where you can find delicate $44 rings alongside sparkly $14,100 engagement rings. It’s fully transparent about the source of its materials and donates 1% of all sales to non-profits including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. In addition to jewelry that’s crafted in-house, Catbird is home to other designers and beauty and home goods. 

What to buy:

Sleeping Beauty Opal Ring (small)Snake Moon Earring (Single) (small)Ballerina Bracelet (small)

Mejuri

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Mejuri provides dainty, minimal jewelry at an affordable price point. 

Toronto-based startup Mejuri, founded by a former art director and a former engineer and third-generation jeweler, drops new pieces every week of the year, and without fail, its largely female clientele return again and again to its 14-karat gold, gold vermeil, and sterling silver jewelry that’s made for everyday wear. Mejuri’s mission is to have women “embrace a daily dose of luxury.” With plenty of under-$100 options, it makes fulfilling this mission very achievable.  

What to buy:

Bold Sculpture Band (small)Curb Chain Bracelet (small)Lotus Studs (small)AUrate

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AUrate offers both minimal, everyday pieces as well as bold statement pieces, so you can create a well-rounded jewelry collection. 

AUrate offers both the solid foundation pieces and the unique statement pieces that you’ll need for a jewelry refresh. Everything is crafted in New York City, which also means that NYC dwellers can enjoy same-day delivery of 14- and 18-karat gold, AAA pearls, and ethically sourced diamonds (the rest of the country gets free shipping).

What to buy:

Love Me Knot Ring (small)Gold Huggies (small)Flower Earring Back Small (small)Birthstone Anklet (small)

Soko

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For handcrafted pieces that won’t break the bank, Soko is a go-to. 

At the helm of the movement towards “ethical fast fashion” is Soko, a jewelry startup with an innovative, efficient, and empowering model that uses technology to connect with independent artisans in Africa. Soko’s jewelry is guaranteed to attract attention, not only for its unique sourcing and manufacturing origins but also for its structural, powerful style. These hand-made pieces are produced from less conventional, but more affordable materials like brass. 

What to buy:

Nia Earrings (small)Ripple Band Ring (small)Capsule Link Bracelet (small)Auvere

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The pieces at Auvere are investment pieces, but they’ll appreciate in value over time. 

For top-line luxury, specifically 22- and 24-karat gold, at surprisingly affordable prices, Auvere is the place to go. There’s a range of feminine and more masculine designs, so there’s something to fit everyone’s style. There’s no denying that the architectural pieces are investments, but you get what you pay for — pure gold, wrapped into beautiful designs without the mark-up — and they’ll only appreciate in value over time. 

What to buy:

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Ariel Gordon designs cute, delicate jewelry that is meant to be worn over and over again. 

This Los Angeles-based brand is a celebrity favorite and it’s easy to see why. Launched out of her apartment while Gordon worked as a Hollywood publicist, the collection is made up of pieces designed to be worn over and over again, transitioning from occasion to occasion without losing quality and durability. Its charm pieces, which include animals and flowers, are truly sweet designs that’ll brighten your day. 

What to buy:

Roman Holiday Ring (small)Helium Huggies (small)Lido Strand Necklace (small)Frutta Studs (small)The Last Line

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For those who love bold, beautiful jewelry, The Last Line is a must-shop. 

Founded by a Parsons grad and industry veteran, The Last Line wants to be the one and only place you buy all your jewelry. That might not be as ambitious as it sounds considering the brand sells everything from show-stopping rainbow pieces to chunky rings to classic gold hoops. If you thought fine jewelry couldn’t be fun or colorful, The Last Line is here to prove you wrong. 

What to buy:

Pink Tourmaline Perfect Tennis Bracelet (small)Emerald Large Biggie Earring (small)Rainbow Eternity Band (small)Gorjana

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For jewelry that is effortlessly cool, look no further than Gorjana

If you love the “I-just-threw-this-on” jewelry look, you’re going to want to check out Gorjana. If you haven’t heard of it already, this Laguna Beach-based brand is well-loved for its range of affordable, gold-plated pieces that range from simple and dainty to funky and trendy, which pretty much all cost under $100. If you want something a little more luxe and have extra room in your budget, Gorjana recently introduced a line of fine jewelry that’s made up of solid 14-karat gold and diamonds.

What to buy:

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Stone and Strand

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Ethically sourced and conflict-free, Stone and Strand has its own capsule collection while also curating other like-minded brands on its site. 

Stone and Strand produces its own high-end jewelry and curates other like-minded brands on its site, creating an online space where shoppers aren’t intimidated to explore fine jewelry. Most pieces are made of 14-karat solid gold — though you can also find more affordable gold-plated options — and the diamonds and gemstones used are ethically sourced and conflict-free. Its first capsule, Good Girl Tools, sets the tone for the types of jewelry you can expect from the rest of the brand: bold, pretty, and wearable for every day. 

What to buy:

Babyheart Signet Ring (small)Branch Diamond Studs (small)Large Pave Diamond Initial Charm Necklace (small)

Verlas

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If you tend to be indecisive about purchasing jewelry, you’ll love Verlas‘ at-home try-on service. 

Investing in a nice piece of jewelry without trying it on first can feel risky. If you can’t make up your mind right away, Verlas makes it easy to make sure you’ll love your new piece. The brand offers a try-at-home program where you can try any three pieces from the site for 15 days. The test pieces are made of replica materials (like cubic zirconia and brass), but when you’re done, you can choose the ones you love best and then order the real deal made with diamonds and gold. If you want to pass on them all, that’s okay too. Of course, if you know what you want right off the bat, you can go straight to purchasing. 

What to buy:

Essential Round Necklace (small)Diamond Arc Hoops (small)Essential Tennis Bracelet (small)Round-Embellished Band (small)Vrai

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Skeptical about buying diamond rings online? Vrai helps to streamline the process. 

This downtown LA-based company only uses solid gold and Diamond Foundry diamonds, which are physically and chemically indistinguishable from mined diamonds, and created using solar energy. Vrai’s simple and timeless pieces will delight minimalists and anyone who hates to be plagued by pages and pages of choices. Couples should take advantage of its free home try-on program for wedding rings, which decreases the pressure of choosing the perfect ring. 

What to buy:

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Customized wedding rings are super affordable thanks to Holden

When wedding ring shopping gets so stressful that it detracts from the real experience of starting your life with someone, that’s a problem. Holden is making it easy to shop for and customize wedding rings that start at only $249. Simply request a free ring size kit, choose your ring profile, width, metal, karat, and finish, and add an optional engraving, and your rings will be made-to-order with 3D printing technology. 

What to buy:

Domed Profile Ring (small)Half Eternity Profile (small)Line Profile Ring (small)Faceted Profile Ring (small)Couple

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Couple gives couples the opportunity to purchase their engagement rings online. 

The idea for Couple began when one of its co-founders had difficulty finding an engagement ring for his now-wife and saw an opportunity to also lessen the environmental and ethical challenges of mined diamonds. Couple works with lab-grown diamonds that look identical to mined ones (and are actually of higher quality) so that marriages can start off on the right foot — with trust, transparency, and thoughtfulness. Many of the rings can also be engraved for a truly personal touch. 

What to buy:

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Gemist

If you love a ring stack, you’ll love Gemist‘s wide array of rings that you can layer. 

Love a finger full of stackable rings? You’ll love Gemist’s wide variety of affordable pieces. The brand offers a streamlined at-home try-on process, where you’re given three costume rings to play with for two weeks. Enjoy the pieces? Just let Gemist know, and they’ll send you the custom pieces after you send your testers back. Gemist also has a variety of earrings, wedding bands, and engagement rings, too.

What to buy:

Gloss Heroine Ring (small)Solid Gold Ring (small)Solid Gemist Huggie (small)The Round Solitaire (small)Quince

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For minimalist styles at a minimal cost, Quince has a collection of solid gold jewelry that starts as low as $50.

Similar to Italic, Quince is able to offer solid gold and diamond jewelry at affordable prices by cutting out the middleman. If you’re looking for exceptionally dainty pieces, this is where you can pick up a pair of 14-karat gold hoops for less than $50 and a simple 14-karat gold stacker ring for less than $70. The minimalist designs and low prices make Quince an easy destination for rounding out the foundation of your jewelry collection.

What to buy:

Large Organic Freshwater Cultured Pearl Hoops (small)Diamond Beaded Ring (small)Classic Diamond Stud Earrings 0.12 carat (small)Idyl

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Idyl‘s modular jewelry lets you create multiple looks from a single necklace or pair of earrings, all of which are made with lab-grown diamonds and conflict-free gold.

What Idyl lacks in options, it makes up for in versatility. The jewelry brand currently only sells necklaces and earrings but what makes it unique is that everything is modular — all of the pieces are designed to be mixed and matched with various add-ons to create different looks. Once you own the basic round studs, for example, you can purchase 17 separate attachments to look like an entirely new pair of earrings. Idyl also aims to bring transparency and sustainability to its jewelry line by using lab-grown diamonds and traceable solid gold.

What to buy:

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Oprah’s 2021 Favorite Things list features everything from pillow-soft sandals to her bestselling self-help book

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Oprah released her 2021 list of her favorite things to buy on Amazon, especially for the upcoming holidays. Here are some of our picks.

  • Oprah, the queen of gifting, has once again released her list of favorite things in 2021.
  • We cherrypicked our favorite inclusions from the full list for you below, all available on Amazon.
  • Looking for more gift ideas? We compiled our favorite products into an All-Time Best list here.

Oprah’s Favorite Things list of 2021 is finally here, and in its mix of comfy, practical, and thoughtful gifts are standouts from small, women-owned, and Black-owned businesses – including gifts like All of Us Skin Tone Crayons and the children’s book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.”

You’ll find cozy pajamas, air purifiers, and Oprah’s bestselling nonfiction book “What Happened to You?” among them – and you can order every item through Amazon.

An early November release is fortunate for anyone planning to order gifts this year. As major shipping delays and supply shortages are expected, we recommend getting a head start now to help ensure your gifts arrive on time.

Below you’ll find our favorite inclusions on Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2021 list. You can find all 110 options on Amazon.

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Style

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Women’s Lightweight Recycled Poly-Fill Packable Vests (small)Black History Tribute Women’s T-Shirts (small)Washable Face Masks (small)18-Karat Gold Vermeil-Coin Necklaces (small)Prodigy Backpack (small)Utility Crossbody with Case (small)The Puffy Sandals (small)Marsh Gloves (small)Women’s Gertrude Long Teddy Coat (small)Reading Glasses (small)
Beauty, grooming, and personal care

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5-in-1 Curling Wand (small)Black Essential Travel Size Brush Set (small)Olive Oil Pedicure Collection (small)Mini Eyeshadow Palette (small)
Home

Flamingo Estate The Three Sisters Candles

The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles Puzzle (small)– Flamingo Estate (small)Snap Clean Hands (small)HealthProtect 7470i Smart Air Purifier (small)
Kitchen

MATERIAL Knife Trio + Stand

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Education and personal development

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Tech

Amazon Echo Show 10

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Cozy

Cozy Earth Plush Three-Pack Lounge Socks

Imagine Bubble Bath (small)Sel De Bain Botanical Mineral Salts (small)Lounge Socks (small)Lavender Fragrant Heatable Animals (small)CozyChic Ribbed Hooded Robes (small)Classic Luxe Pima Pajamas (small)
Food

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Best-Seller Pack (small)The Ultimate Chai Lovers Gift Set (small)The Counter Top Rack (small)
Pets

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Puppy Pack: Bottle, Sleeve, Bowl (small)Checkered Dog Bandanna, Leash, and Bag Set (small)
Kids

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51 unique and genuinely useful gifts that teens will actually love

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One of the best gifts for teens is a portable, waterproof speaker they can bring with them on trips with friends.

  • It’s never easy to shop for a teenager, especially if their tastes change frequently.
  • We rounded up 51 gifts to make it easier to find the perfect gadget, game, or accessory.
  • Browse all of Insider Reviews’ gift guides for more great gift ideas.

Being a teenager is tough, but trying to buy a gift for one is even harder: They can be picky and fickle when it comes to what products they want. Sometimes, the best way to show a teen that you care is just to listen, and sometimes it’s a thoughtful gift to show them you see them.

To make the gift search easier, we curated 53 gifts ranging from a card game to a smartwatch to a quick-drying hair towel at various price points to ensure as many options as possible.

If you are still unsure of what to get (and you can’t ask them directly) try consulting their friends. Either way, a smart general rule of thumb is to make sure your gift is returnable.

The 51 best gifts for teens:

Disposable cameras to help them stay in the moment

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, available at Amazon, $67.95

Funsaver One Time Use Film Camera (2-pack), available at Amazon, $47.95

Disposable cameras are popular right now, partly because of the nostalgic aesthetic of a polaroid and partly because of their simplicity. Spending so much time immersed in technology — and combatting the temptation to retake and edit photos in real-time — keep us from staying present.

Disposable film cameras or polaroids help preserve memories without adding to their screen time. Plus, they give them cute photos to decorate their room with!

Glossier’s fan-favorite products

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Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew Pack, available at Glossier, $42

No-makeup makeup is in right now and, if your teen is into beauty products, they may appreciate a gift from Glossier, which is the “natural and glowy” brand Olivia Rodrigo says she wears in her Vogue beauty diary.

We’d recommend a gift card or a pack like the Boy Brow + Balm Dotcom + Futuredew pack, which covers three of its fan-favorite products.

A great book

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“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.14

Books are an incredible gift if your teen is a reader. It can translate into hours of enjoyment at a minimum and, at its best, a favorite story that follows them well into adulthood.

Plus, if you’ve read the book, it can also mean great conversations about it or movie adaptations to watch together. It’s also a gift where money doesn’t really matter; you can find a great read for $20 and spending more won’t make much difference.

Some book suggestions:

The extremely popular Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo Switch, available at Best Buy, $299.99

The Nintendo Switch is likely to be one of those big-ticket gifts that’ll get you an extremely excited reaction upon opening. They can play it at home, on the go, and with friends from a huge library of games.

An eco-conscious tie-dye beanie

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Feel the Earth Breathe Tie Dye Beanie, available at Parks Project, from $40

These unisex tie-dye beanies come in cool colors and with a unique plant logo. (To date, the Parks Project has reportedly contributed over $2,000,000 to help fund vital projects in national parks around the US).

Ribbed beanies are big right now, à la the popular Carhartt beanie. If they’ve got that staple covered, the Parks Project also has tube socks

A splashproof, portable Bluetooth speaker perfect for outdoor trips

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Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2, available at Amazon, $94.99

This rugged, compact speaker can go with them anywhere. It’s waterproof, has an “outdoor boost” button specifically for listening outside, is “drop-proof,” and boasts a 13-hour battery life.

 

A plush toy that they can heat up

Smoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie

Smoko Mini Toasty Heatable Plushie, available at Urban Outfitters, $18

Whenever they need some cozy comfort, they can heat up this cute animal-shaped heating pad for a snuggle.

A bedside smartphone vase

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Bedside Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32

Since teenagers can’t be without their phones, this bedside smartphone gives their hands a rest. It’s easily accessible while the floral component helps brighten up their rooms. 

A portable phone charger

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Elecjet Powerpie Portable Charger, available at Amazon, $49.99

This handheld charger can charge up your teen’s smartphone or various devices like an iPad or small laptop so they can stay in touch, turn their paper in on time, or just never have to stress about 5% battery life.

Sheet masks to go with a Netflix marathon

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TONYMOLY I’m Real Sheet Masks, available at Amazon, $26

There are few things my 15-year-old sister loves more than oversized hoodies, Boba, and an endless supply of sheet masks. Grab a pack, throw them on, and make a night out of it with your teen’s favorite candy and TV show.

A pair of trendy, easy-to-use AirPods

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Apple AirPods Pro with Charging Case, available at Walmart, $197

If you’re after the title of their favorite relative of the year, here’s a good place to start. AirPods are both easy to use and functional as well as trendy. 

A Boba-shaped AirPods Pro case

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Smoko Boba Tea AirPods Pro Case, available at Urban Outfitters, $18

As I mentioned, part of my 15-year-old sister’s ideal trifecta is Boba. You can pick up a cute, fun case no matter what their interest is — Baby Yoda, gaming, Boba, or whatever else. 

A Bluetooth water bottle speaker

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Bluetooth Water Bottle Speakers, available at Grommet, $39.95

This Bluetooth water bottle speaker offers a boost of hydration and fun for everyone. The water-resistant speaker resides at the top, ensuring greater sound quality that lasts 6-10 hours. It’s the perfect accessory for them to bring to every hang-out session. 

A slim leather wallet

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Bellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Amazon and Bellroy, from $65

This thin wallet is a subtle nudge toward minimalism, something many teens appreciate. The Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet offers room for up to eight cards and a pocket to stash cash. It comes in a variety of colors and features environmentally certified leather.

An eco-friendly phone case

Best gifts for teens that are unique and useful like an eco-friendly phone case

Pela Phone Case, available at Amazon and Pela, from $19.95

Pela offers a wide variety of biodegradable cases for iPhone and Android, all made from plant-based polymers. Pela cases are rugged enough to offer drop protection, and if a phone has both a Pela case and screen protector but still cracks, Pela will cover the bill to get it fixed.

A comfortable and sustainable Patagonia pullover they’ll wear all the time

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Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Pullover, Men, available at Patagonia, $119

Patagonia Women’s Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece, available at Patagonia, from $58.99

A Patagonia sweater is a particularly good gift for teens who are interested in sustainability. The company has been turning plastic bottles into polyester for its clothing since 1993 and continues to do so today.

Its Snap-T pullover is the unofficial uniform of the cozy adventurer. It and the Better Sweater are long-held favorites, and both are comfortable classics that they’ll no doubt come to rely on heavily during colder weather.

Not sold on the Patagonia option? They may also appreciate the Acadia Recycled Polar Trail Fleece from the environmentally-conscious Parks Project.

A gift card for stylish new glasses

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Gift Card, available at Warby Parker, from $50

Teens are a notoriously picky bunch, so you can never go wrong with a gift card. If they’re in the market for new glasses or sunglasses, we recommend Warby Parker because of its versatility, size flexibility, and free at-home try-on program. 

An Amazon Echo Dot for hands-free calls, alarms, music, updates on the weather, and more

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Echo Dot (4th gen), available at Best Buy, $34.99

The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Amazon device for a reason — it’s compact and has all the capabilities of Alexa (weather updates, recipes, music, news) without any of the bulk. 

A smartphone-sized travel photo printer

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HP Sprocket 200 Photo Printer, available at Amazon and B&H Photo, from $76.78

This tiny, compact device prints photos with sticker backing on ZINK film with Zero Ink technology. It connects to devices via Bluetooth, and multiple devices can connect at once (personalized LED lights indicate who’s currently printing). 

String lights with clips for photos

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Photo Clip LED String Lights, available at Target, $10

Perfect for creating the archetypal teen room that’s most often seen in Netflix movies and old Taylor Swift music videos, the photo clip string lights combine warm light and Polaroids (or other memorabilia). 

A trendy Champion sweatshirt

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 Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, available at Urban Outfitters, $54

Like Fila, Champion is a brand that’s had a resurgence as of late. If you want to get them something they’ll end up wearing all the time, this is a good candidate. 

Comfortable headphones with a long battery life and good sound

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Beats by Dre Wireless Solo3 Headphones, available at B&H Photo, from $179

They can use these at the gym, for studying, and for zoning out during family road trips. This pair has great sound, cushioned ear cups, and 40 hours of battery life so they have one less thing to think about. And if they do let the battery run out, a five-minute charge is the equivalent to three hours of listening time.

A new video game

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Sword

“The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD”, available at Amazon, from $49.94

If they’re really into video games, all other gifts may pale in comparison to a really good new one. Check out “Hades,” “NBA 2K22,” and “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD.”

A vinyl record membership

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Gift Membership, 3 months, available at Vinyl Me, Please, $119

There’s no greater joy than adding to a record collection or playing a new album for the first time. Your recipient gets to choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. They’ll also get one bonus record as part of the three-month gift membership. 

A gentle facial cleansing device that removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup

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Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Men, available at Foreo, $199

Luna 3 Facial Cleansing Device, Women, available at Foreo, $199

FOREO’s cult-favorite Luna 3 cleansing device gently and effectively cleans with thin, antimicrobial silicone touch-points, and it removes 98.5% of dirt and makeup residue without irritating the skin. Plus, it’s 100% waterproof and the battery life lasts for a few months per charge.

This newest generation also offers an array of massages to tighten the skin for a youthful look. Find a full review on the previous generation Luna 2 from a female reporter and a male reporter here.

Comfortable lounge pants that look put-together

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The Lounge Pant, Men, available at MeUndies, $68

The Lounge Pant, Women, available at MeUndies $68

MeUndies is a popular LA startup that makes some of the most comfortable underwear we’ve ever tried. Their lounge pants, however, are the real hidden gem — perfect for lounging around on weekend mornings or heading to the dining hall when they get to college (yep, they’ll last that long) while still looking sleek.

A subscription to a famous book club that sends them great hardcovers each month

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3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99

If your teen is a bookworm, Book of the Month is an especially cool gift. It’s a book club that has been around since 1926, and it’s credited with discovering some of the most beloved books of all time (like “Gone with the Wind” and “Catcher in the Rye” to name a couple).

If you gift them a subscription, they’ll receive a hardcover book delivered once a month. Books are selected by a team of experts and celebrity guest judges.

If they’re really more into audiobooks or e-reading now rather than hardcovers, check out a gift subscription to Scribd (full review here).

An Apple Watch that combines their smartphone with a fitness tracker

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Apple Watch SE GPS, 40mm, available at Best Buy, from $279

If you have a little extra to spend on your teen, consider getting them a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE is like a smartphone, fitness tracker, and music player all in one. Just like on their phone, they can customize the watch to show their favorite apps to pick, including social media.

A cute iPhone case

Coffee Reading iPhone Case Under $25

Coffee Reading iPhone Case, available at Society6, $35.99

This fun iPhone case is funny and unique, and most of their friends probably won’t have the exact same one. 

Reusable straws

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Hiware Reusable Silicone Straws (10-pack), available at Amazon, $6.99

Help teens do their part to keep single-use plastics out of trash bins, landfills, and the ocean by giving them this pack of reusable silicone drinking straws. They come in various colors and include a few cleaning brushes as well.

 

A set of velvet retro-inspired scrunchies

Gifts for teen scrunchies

Hair Scrunchie Variety Pack, available at Target, $6.99

Another trendy gift is as many scrunchies as you can carry. This pack comes with 12 options in enough colors to work with virtually any outfit or mood. 

A multicolor mini cinema light box

Multicolor Cinema Light Box Under $25

Multicolor Cinema Light Box, available at Uncommon Goods, from $20

These trendy lightboxes are inspired by cinema marquees, and they come with 100 letters and symbols for personal messages. This one also has color-changing LED lights for further customization.

Fun and useful PopSockets for the back of their phone

Gifts for Dad Baby Yoda Popsocket

PopGrips, available at PopSockets and Amazon, from $10

PopSockets have become their own cultural phenomenon in recent years, and they’re surprisingly useful. Get your teen one for their own phone or tablet, and depending on their age, you may find it’s the gift they’re most excited about. It doesn’t hurt that there’s free domestic shipping on orders over $20, or that you can actually design your own.

A waterproof e-reader with a no-glare screen

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All-New Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $79.99

Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is its thinnest, lightest version. It also has double the storage, a built-in light that adjusts to accommodate reading indoors or outdoors, and is waterproof for reading anywhere, including the beach or bath. Plus, a single battery charge lasts weeks rather than hours.

Cool backpacks from a popular startup with a charitable mission

state bags Under $25

State bags and accessories, from $16.80

State bags are increasingly popular thanks to their versatile, laid-back aesthetic and characteristically bright nylon colorways. They’re also known as #GiveBackPack(s), because for every State bag purchased, State hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success — to a local child in need. The Lorimer and Bedford are two of the company’s best sellers.

A three-month subscription of beauty products

BirchBox subscription

3-Month Subscription, available at BirchBox, $45

Teens are usually among the most interested in the latest and greatest beauty or grooming products — but may lack the funds to try all the full-sized versions. Birchbox sends samples of new and beloved products once a month, so they can test out new finds and discover products they may want to buy a full size of in the future. (It’s also just fun to get an ongoing gift.)

Personalized Nikes

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Customizable Nikes, available at Nike, from $120

Nike makes great stuff, but it’s nice to get the benefits of a great shoe without forsaking what makes something unique. You can customize a pair of Nikes for them, or give them a gift card so they can get creative making something one-of-a-kind on their own.

A great Alexa-enabled speaker they can control by voice

Sonos One

Sonos One Smart Speaker, available at Sonos, from $219

The new Sonos One smart speaker fills any room with clear, rich sound, and they can use Alexa to play and control their music without ever lifting a finger. Find a full review here.

A cult-favorite hair towel that reduces damage and cuts drying time by 50%

Gifts for teens Aquis

Aquis Rapid Dry Hair Towel, available at Amazon and Sephora, from $17.99

Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels can cut the amount of time it takes your hair to dry in half — a claim we’re happy to report holds up. The proprietary fabric also means there’s less damage to wet hair while it dries. If they’ve ever complained about frizzy hair, this and a silk pillowcase are thoughtful gifts they’ll actually use. 

A Disney+ subscription for access to classic movies and more

Disney Plus Streaming

Disney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/year

Disney Plus is the new Disney-centric streaming service. The platform includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can gift a whole year of access for $80, which is something their entire family can benefit from.

If you’d rather test Disney Plus out before buying, you can sign up for a free weeklong trial.

A suitcase with an ejectable battery that can charge their devices on the go

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The Carry-On, available at Away, from $225

Travel startup Away makes a great carry-on thanks to an ejectable battery that can charge devices seamlessly on the go, 360-degree wheels, and a lightweight build that travels easily. In other words, it takes a lot of the angst out of travel and may make family trips far more enjoyable and stress-free.

A color-changing alarm clock that also charges their phone

Gifts under $25 Alarm Clock

La Crosse Technology Color Mood Light Alarm Clock with Nature Sounds, available at Amazon and The Home Depot, $26.46

This color-changing alarm clock radio will charge their devices and play soothing nature sounds at the same time. They can also use the aux-in port to play music from their phone.

Durable sunglasses that look good, too

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Smith Optics Lowdown2, available at Backcountry, $129

Who better to make a pair of durable, performance-based sunglasses than the company known for innovating the ski goggle? The Lowdown2 features bio-based materials for the frame, ChromaPop lens technology which creates high contrast and vibrant colors, and an anti-reflective smudge-resistant coating.

Plus, the brand offers peace of mind with free shipping, 30-day returns, and a lifetime warranty.

Comfortable, high-quality sheets that come in lots of colors and patterns

Brooklinen

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

We think Brooklinen makes the best high-end sheets at the best price on the market, and most of the Insider Reviews team uses Brooklinen on their own beds. It’s perfect for lazy Saturday mornings or the rare occasion sleeping in is encouraged.

The Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle comes in 15 colors and patterns that range from classic to fun, and you can mix and match them to suit their preferences. Grab a gift card (delivered digitally) if you want to give them more freedom.

Fidget balls

speks magnetic balls moulded into flower and cylindrical shapes

Speks 2.5mm magnet balls, available at Speks, $29.95

Made from rare earth magnets, these tiny balls can be molded into an infinite number of shapes and designs. The size of Speks balls makes them ideal for teens to keep with them for those unpredictable moments of nervousness that fill those teenage years.

A pack of smart plugs so they can control devices from a distance

Gifts for teens TP Link

TP-Link KIT WiFi Smart Plug, 2-Pack, available at Best Buy, $9.99

Whether they’re wondering if they turned off their hot iron or just don’t want to get up to turn off the TV, a smart plug lets them control devices from a distance. You can connect to them using any smart device.

A Time-Turner clock that actually spins

time turner clock

Harry Potter Time-Turner Clock, available at Pottery Barn, $69

It may not be able to take them back in time or help them be in two places at once, but this Time-Turner clock will help them stay on top of their schedule. It even has a functional hourglass on the back so they can time their study breaks. 

A toothbrush with a timer

Oral B Pro 1000

Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Toothbrush, available at Amazon, $39.97

Rigorous dental hygiene isn’t usually on the top of the list of things teens care about, which is all the more reason a rechargeable toothbrush with a timer is a fantastic gift. This rechargeable brush breaks up 300% more plaque on the gum line than traditional brushing and lets them know when two minutes have passed.

Compact hand sanitizer spray

Touchland

Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9

It’s in the car, the house, and their pocket these days, but many hand sanitizers can smell a little like household cleaner. Touchland comes in scents like Vanilla Cinnamon and Forrest Berry, or keep it simple and choose unscented.

The compact sanitizer features 67% alcohol for killing germs but balances it with soothing aloe vera and essential oils to hydrate the skin. 

A lottery card that donates to charities

Gifts for Aunt LottoLove

LottoLove Card, available at LottoLove, from $5

When you gift this lottery card, you’re actually giving the gift of charity. When you “win big,” you’re winning a charitable prize that gets donated to nonprofits in one of four categories: Clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its partners have impacted lives in over 70 countries.

Gift cards for concert tickets, food, and clothes

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You can’t go wrong with money for their favorite things, especially for teens who are often relying upon part-time jobs to fund their frequent Chipotle meals and concert trips with friends. Check out more gift card ideas here.

Everything: Visa Gift Card / Amazon Gift Card

Coffee and food: Starbucks Gift Card / Chipotle Gift Card

Entertainment and live events: Netflix Gift Card / Xbox Gift Card / Hulu Gift Card / StubHub gift card

Music: Spotify Gift Card

Sheets: Brooklinen Gift Card

Groceries and food: Whole Foods Gift Card / Chipotle Gift Card

Clothes: Nordstrom Gift Card / Everlane Gift Card

Tech: Best Buy Gift Card

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Where to buy engagement rings online in 2021

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Hand wearing VRAI engagement ring in front of woman's face

  • Buying an engagement ring online may seem tricky, but there are major benefits to shopping this way.
  • It’s typically cheaper to buy your ring online, and at-home try-on kits make the process seamless.
  • Ahead, we round up the best engagement rings you can purchase online.

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My engagement ring quest wrapped up just days before the pandemic locked everything down: in early March 2020, my now-fiancé picked up the ring that first began to take shape in October 2019. We were able to do the entire process in person pre-COVID. I also extensively researched online, but at-home trials were limited. Less than two years later, that’s not the case: the engagement ring market and shopping experience is ever-evolving and more virtual than ever, and I was curious to learn more.

It turns out that buying an engagement ring online is an amazing alternative to shopping in-store. You can save an average of 30-50% on rings from a direct-to-consumer site. And there are other benefits, too – I chat all about them in our FAQ section, below.

With my own IRL-focused engagement ring process still fresh in my mind, I explored 15 jewelry brands and multi-brand retailers with extensive online shopping options, 10 of which I got on my hands (literally) for this guide.

These are the best engagement rings online in 2021:

Verlas

Woman with hand in hair wearing Verlas engagement ring

Verlas excels at variety, from design to sizing to pricing. The 15-day try-on program allows you to wear replicas of the brand’s rings in your size for just a $99 refundable deposit.

The keep-forever rings have only natural, earth-mined VS or SI clarity diamonds, set in 14k gold, 18k gold, or Platinum. Items can be returned within 30 days for a full refund or within 60 days — including engraved pieces — for store credit. The brand’s five-year warranty program, Verlas Care, covers upgrades, buy-backs, and repairs including common wear like polishing and fixing metal scratches (but, annoyingly, shipping isn’t covered). 

What to buy:

5-Stone Graduated Cherished Vows Ring (small)Ellipse Vows Ring (small)Blooming Round Ring (small)Ethereal Band (small)
With Clarity

Hands wearing With Clarity engagement rings on white background

With Clarity’s Home Preview uniquely consists of replica rings made-to-order in 12 days or less, using simulated diamond stones between .75 and 2 carats. I didn’t love that I could only test the rings in white gold, since the actual rings also come in yellow and white gold, too.  Most of With Clarity’s replicas sport round stones. Options for more unique shapes are limited, though the range of modern east-west settings of elongated stone shapes impressed me. 

That said, you can’t choose your replica ring size, and the 3-day trial period is short, though you can contact customer service for a longer window, and three try-ons (two rings each trial) are allowed per customer for trying other styles. With Clarity rings include a lifetime warranty, 30-day return period, and free resizing. Stone selection is vast, with over 200,000 rocks available, and a topnotch search function with 30x to 50x zoom for inspecting each stone for inclusions easily.

What to buy:

Bezel Solitaire (Oval Shape) (small)Duet Pave Engagement Ring (Cushion Shape) (small)Lily Engagement Ring (small)Star Halo Engagement Ring (Round Shape) (small)
Vow by RC

Woman in polka dot dress holding hands together wearing Vow by RC engagement rings

You might recognize Ring Concierge‘s neck stacks from Instagram, and its Vow by RC engagement rings share the brand’s minimalist, contemporary look. This swanky home try-on kit is tightly edited and includes a nude Essie polish. (Yours to keep, whether you purchase a ring or not.) If you do buy a ring, the $100 home trial deposit goes towards your purchase. 

The kit also packs useful intel and tools in, like tips for how and when to measure your ring size along with sturdier-than-most ring sizers, though those must be returned post-trial. Overall, it’s a stylish and social media-minded experience. From the rings themselves to to the included DIY mani treat, it’s all practically begging to be posted.

What to buy:

The Mercer Engagement Ring (Radiant Shape) (small)The Mercer Engagement Ring (Antique Round Shape) (small)Uptown Engagement Ring (Yellow Gold) (small)Tribeca Engagement Ring (Platinum) (small)
Ceremony

Two people holding hands with Ceremony engagement rings on

The considerable heft and clean lines of Ceremony‘s pieces stand out among online jewelry brands. Designer and founder Jess Hannah (of Insta-famous jewelry brand J.Hannah) uses certified recycled 18K gold from repurposed jewelry or scrap metals and natural, recycled diamonds for each piece. Each ring is made to order in four to five weeks in downtown L.A. I adore chunky, flush- and bezel-set baubles so these replicas, (made of real 18K gold and CZ stones), were definitely my favorite to test. 

Ceremony doesn’t yet offer at-home trials, its Concierge service‘s virtual appointments show the rings on a hand, and allows customers to preview the exact stone in their preferred setting before it is produced.

What to buy:

Sienna Emerald Cut Engagement Ring (small)Anise Engagement Ring (small)Ren I Engagement Ring (small)Brier Engagement Ring (small)
VRAI

Person wearing VRAI engagement ring

If you’re looking for a more ethical ring, VRAI only offers The Diamond Foundry conflict-free lab-grown diamonds created using solar energy — and they look, feel, and shine the same as natural stones, and can be cheaper. The brand’s cool, modern designs include classic solitaire and halo styles, bezeled options, and a “hover” style that looks like the stone is floating to one side. The brand’s at-home try-on program has been discontinued, though you can do virtual appointments, with a $100 credit for subsequent purchases.

Despite a 30-day return policy and a lifetime warranty on the stone itself, there’s only a one-year guarantee against defects on the ring overall. Also, you can’t buy the diamond and setting separately, only non-engraved rings can be returned, restocking fees are up to $200, and you can only return an engagement ring once — the second is final sale. 

What to buy:

The Hover Engagement Ring (small)Signature Bezel Engagement Ring (small)The Trio Engagement Ring (small)Signature V Engagement Ring (small)
MiaDonna

Hand wearing MiaDonna engagement ring

MiaDonna has a pretty overwhelming range of styles so it took longer to choose my try-at-home samples, though the variety could be useful if you’re completely unsure what you’re looking for. At least you’ll choose four rings, instead of just two or three, for a lengthy seven days. Replica rings are made of alloy metal with cubic zirconia stones, and designs are totally as-is. You can’t choose the ring size, metal type, stone carat weight, or setting for at-home trials, but they may help solidify preferences about things like stone shape, weight, and settings. 

Try-ons are free with a refundable $100 security fee, and are shipped in 1-3 business days. Only one try-on is allowed per customer or address, but you can order additional home try-on rounds for a non-refundable $50 fee if the first four you slip on don’t wow you.

What to buy:

Bizet Solitaire Engagement Ring (small)Camilla Engagement Ring (small)Paris Stackable Engagement Ring (small)Marvel Engagement Ring (small)
Gemist

Hands holding box of colorful engagement rings from Gemist

Gemist‘s rings are made-to-order in L.A. with ethically-sourced diamonds, emeralds, and four hues of sapphires. The sleek try-on set, kitted out with some useful reading material and plastic ring sizers, includes three gold-filled or sterling silver rings with replica stones for a $45 deposit. And while only available in a size 6, you have two whole weeks to try them on, and each kit comes with a 10% off coupon on a future purchase.

Gemist’s real-deal rings, are available in 14k rose, yellow, or white gold and two stone sizes per shape. They take 3 to 4 weeks to make, and the brand has a 30-day return policy. Diamonds are International Gemological Institute (IGI)-certified. Sizes are more limited than other brands I tested, ranging from 4 to 9.5, including half sizes. Resizing is $75 through Gemist, and if you resize elsewhere (like a local jeweler), the brand’s warranty is voided. 

What to buy:

The Round Solitaire (small)Stay Magical Ring (small)Oval Halo Pave Ring (small)Crazy Beautiful Ring (small)
Mejuri

Woman wearing Mejuri rings

For a modern, unique ring that doesn’t look like an engagement ring at all yet still feels special, check out Mejuri. There are no traditional settings like solitaires or halos, nor are diamonds used as center stones. Instead, cluster settings feature a large center stone like a peach-colored morganite or blue sapphire encircled by smaller stones like diamonds or white sapphires, and the metals, either 14K yellow or white gold, are less expensive than platinum or 18K gold. 

Shopping for an engagement ring at Mejuri feels more casual than other brands: There’s no zoom feature, 360-degree viewing, or lifetime warranty. (Though there is a two-year warranty, which might not ruffle chill couples.) At-home trials are no longer available, but virtual appointments are, and in Toronto, NYC, or LA, you can try before you buy at Mejuri’s physical boutiques. Plus, Mejuri offers a 60-day return and exchange policy if you don’t wind up loving what you buy.

What to buy:

Italic Cluster Ring (small)Oval Cut Ring (small)Diamonds Cluter Ring (small)Toronto Dôme Ring (small)
FAQ

How do I determine the correct size for my engagement ring?

Most online retailers will have a printable size chart, or will send you a free ring sizer on request. You can also measure the diameter of a ring you own that fits you well, but make sure you consider the width. The wider a ring, the more snug it will feel, so you may want to size up.

Is it cheaper to buy engagement rings online?

For the most part, yes — you can save between 30-50% on your engagement ring if you shop online. Most online retailers are direct-to-consumer, and they have less overhead than brick-and-mortar stores, so they can charge less for the same quality of diamond.

Can I return an engagement ring I bought online? 

Most online retailers will accept returns of engagement rings online, but there are some caveats. If you order a custom ring, you may not be able to return it. It’s a good idea to check the retailer’s return policy before purchasing.

How far in advance should you purchase an engagement ring online?

You definitely want to give yourself plenty of time to purchase your engagement ring online. Most brands recommend looking no later than two to three months before you plan to propose — potentially longer if you can. You’re relying on shipping, sometimes from overseas, which can be tricky, so it’s always best to give yourself a buffer. 

What should I look for when shopping for an engagement ring online?

There are a few key factors to closely consider when choosing stones, explains Debbie Azar, executive vice president of Gemological Science International. “Everyone has different preferences for shape, cutting style, and what they would like to prioritize in terms of the 4 Cs,  cut, color, clarity, and carat weight,” which determine diamond pricing and value, Azar says. There’s also what Azar calls ‘the fifth ‘C,'” — certification, via a grading report from a reputable gemological laboratory.” 

What’s the difference between a real diamond and lab-grown diamond? 

Truthfully, not much. Lab-grown diamonds are created using technology that mimics the natural growth process of a diamond, so there is no inherent difference in what they’re made of. Some consider them more ethical. Most jewelry brands nowadays are committed to the Kimberly Process, which combats the sale of blood and conflict diamonds, but there still isn’t enough transparency in how they are mined. Lab-grown diamonds are conflict-free.

That said, one con of lab-grown diamonds is that there’s no inherent value. Visually, natural and lab-grown stones with the same specs look the same, but natural stones have resell value due to limited resources. The upside is they also tend to cost less — you can save up to 50% by choosing a lab-grown diamond.

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24 creative gifts for your sister this holiday season – especially if she’s hard to shop for

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The holiday shopping season starts earlier every year, and with expected shipping delays across the board, it’s a good idea to get a head start on gifting. We’re prepared with plenty of gift guides that cover everyone on your list – from coffee lovers to your in-laws. Shopping for gifts doesn’t have to be stressful pursuit.

Here, we’re talking about sisters – those that have been your built-in-best-friends since birth and the ones you’ve found and chosen for yourself. No matter what, they’ve seen you through your highest of highs and lowest of lows, and they still love you – that deserves something special.

Here are 24 creative gifts your sister will love:

A hand-painted dish for her jewelry or change

Abstract cat trinket dish from Anthropologie

Marcello Velho Folksong Trinket Dish, $16, available at Anthropologie

If your sister loves animals and abstract design, she’ll also love one of these handcrafted Marcello Velho stoneware plates. The 6-inch dish is a perfect size for rings, stud earrings, or loose change, but the abstract bird or cat designs are so beautiful she may not want to cover them up.

A pair of tech-friendly gloves to keep her hands warm

Isotoner Fleece Gloves

Isotoner’s Stretch Fleece Gloves, $18.46, available at Amazon

There’s no need to get frostbite just to send a text — protect your sister’s fingers with these tech-friendly fleece gloves. The gloves come in four muted colors, and we found them to be surprisingly elegant and warm. 

A keychain to declare her Hogwarts house allegiance

Gryffindor Crest Key Chain with gift tag under $10

Gryffindor Crest Key Chain, $7.75, available at Amazon

This diecast metal and enamel key chain is a great way for your sister to claim her Gryffindor pride or Hufflepuff roots. All four houses are available and officially authorized by Warner Brothers, so make sure the sorting hat agrees with your choice. 

A textured tote bag so she stays trendy on the go

BDG Patchwork Corduroy Tote Bag from Urban Outfitters

BDG Patchwork Corduroy Tote Bag, $49, available at Urban Outfitters

Your fashion-forward sister will love using this patchwork tote to add neutral accent tones and texture to any outfit. The bag has a magnetic snap closure, an inner and outer pocket, and a lined interior. 

A brightly colored planner

The Happy Planner Live Life in Full Color water color cover

2022 12-Month Planner, $18.95, available at The Happy Planner

The Happy Planner is one of our favorite sites for calendars, stickers, and desk organizers. The 2022 Classic Planner has 12 dividers and both weekly and monthly views. There are plenty of designs for you to choose from, matching your sister’s vibe to the cover. 

A fun way for her to spice things up

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Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, $42, available at Uncommon Goods

If she loves her food extra spicy, there’s no better way to get her perfect flavor than trying to create it herself. This DIY hot sauce kit comes with lots of spices and dried peppers, as well as bottles, labels, and other tools to help her concoct her very own blend. The process is pretty straightforward and makes for a fun activity. 

A book to fuel her wanderlust

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The Bucket List, $35, available at Anthropologie

This book has almost 500 pages of straight-up travel inspiration. With beautiful pictures and lists of scenic beaches, culinary destinations, and more, you can be sure this book will give her the travel bug. 

A ravioli mold and roller

ravioli, $26.95

Ravioli Mold with Roller, $26.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Ravioli everyday — that sounds pretty good to me. Making pasta is a lot easier than you might think, and this ravioli mold and roller makes it even simpler to get her favorite shape just right. 

A fun set of coasters for the hostess

bar games, $12

Bar Game Coasters, $25.98, available at Cost Plus World Market

If she loves to host, help her keep her counters clean and her guests having fun with these coasters. Each of the 30 coasters has a drinking game, puzzle, or quiz for a surefire good time.

A super-plush robe that rivals the one she’d find at a spa

snowe, $98

Classic Bathrobe, $100, available at Snowe

If she loves lounging, she’ll love to wrap up in this plush bathrobe. It’s pricey, but it’s super absorbent, soft, and one of our reporters swears by it.

A pair of leggings from a sustainable startup

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Compressive High Rise Legging, $78, available at Girlfriend Collective

Whether she wears them while running miles or running errands, every girl needs a good pair of leggings. The high-rise from Girlfriend Collective are one of our favorite choices. They’re flattering, come in a sea of colors, are relatively affordable, and they’re made from recycled water bottles

An easy-to-tend-to herb garden to spruce up her space

Gifts for sister mason jar herb garden

Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, $22, available at Uncommon Goods

If she’s a foodie, she knows the power of fresh herbs. If she doesn’t have space, time, or particular interest in growing a real herb garden, these adorable mason jars will do the trick. They’ll look great in her kitchen and, by using a passive hydroponic system, are a foolproof way to grow herbs.

Super soft slippers for lounging around

chesney

Chesney Slipper, $49.95, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

Whether you live in a wintry climate or not, everyone could use a cozy pair of slippers. With a sole that’s thick enough to brave the outdoors and a furry lining inside, these will be her go-to for lounging around. 

A toiletry kit that can hold everything she needs

dagne dover

Hunter Toiletry Bag, $40 – $75, available at Dagne Dover

You probably know how many toiletries she takes with her whenever she travels. Consolidate everything in all of her little travel bags to this big one. It’s made out of waterproof neoprene, has plenty of pockets, and even has a removable pouch that she can use on its own.

A set of soaps and bath products for some true relaxation

etsy, $30

Little Flower Soap Co Relaxation Set, $35, available at Etsy

She loves her me time, so help her make the most of it with this set of super relaxing products. She’ll find soap, lip balm, bath salts, skin and muscle rescue balm for those days when she needs a little extra R&R.

A really nice face mask she’s been waiting to splurge on

fresh, $92

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfect Mask, $92, available at Sephora

If she’s a skincare fanatic, she’s probably thought about trying this mask, known for leaving skin smooth and dewy. The $92 price tag may be holding her back, but if you want to splurge on a gift for her, this will make a great one. 

A mini instant camera to capture little moments

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $70, available at Target

She doesn’t have to be a photographer to love this little instant camera. She’ll have fun snapping away and watching her pictures develop — it’s always a fun surprise to see what they turn out like. 

A chance to try coffee from all over the world

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Atlas Coffee Club Subscription, from $50, available at Atlas Coffee Club

If she loves coffee and culture, a subscription to Atlas Coffee Club can give her a little of both. Each month she’ll get a bag of beans (ground or whole) from somewhere new, along with postcards from the country, and some information on how to best brew the coffee.

A pair of shoes from a cult-favorite startup

allbirds

Women’s Wool Runners, $98, available at Allbirds

While wool socks are pretty common, you probably never thought about wearing wool sneakers —  that’s until Allbirds came out of course. These shoes are so comfortable and soft, she’ll want to wear them everyday. Plus, they’re machine washable, so she actually can. 

A candle that reminds her of your favorite shared memories

homesick candles

Homesick Candles, from $29, available at Amazon

If she just moved away from home or is a sucker for nostalgia, she’ll love receiving a Homesick candle. These candles are made to smell like cities, states, or experiences — like watching Friday night football or going to summer camp. The reviews team described the New York candle as smelling like Macy’s in Herald Square. 

A nod to her obsession with memes

what do you meme, $29.97

What Do You Meme?, $29.99, available at Amazon

She tags you in memes everyday, and you’ve got to admit, her humor is pretty on point. This game will keep her laughing for hours — and hopefully you’ll get to play, too. 

A speaker that’ll introduce her to smart home devices

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Echo Dot (4th generation), $34.99, available at Amazon

If she’s new to the world of smart home technology, ease her in with the Echo Dot. It’s affordable, easy to use, and small enough to fit just about anywhere. If you think a different version would suit her better, check out our guide to finding the best Amazon Echo for all people and budgets.

An adorable set of makeup towels

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Weezie Makeup Towels (Pair), $40, available at Weezie

These might just be the cutest towels she’s ever seen. Not only are they an adorable addition to the bathroom, but they’re dark navy so they conceal makeup grime. 

A gift card to try out some new fitness classes

classpass, $50

ClassPass gift card, choose your amount, available at ClassPass

Boutique workout classes are all the rage (whether by social distance or at home), but there are so many to choose from. Give her the ability to try them all with a ClassPass gift card. You can choose how much you want to give and each amount will correlate with a certain number of credits she can put towards trying new classes.

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10 stylish and highly functional wallets for women – from Leatherology, Bellroy, and more

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  • We tried out some of the best wallets on the market, including bifold, zippered, and travel styles.
  • Form, function, and storage were all considered in determining which wallets are worth purchasing.
  • Some wallets include special features such as RFID-blocking technology and water-resistant fabrics.

If you’re the kind of person who’s stored every credit card you have in your smartphone and can’t remember the last time you counted exact change at a bodega counter, perhaps your need for a highly functional wallet is quite low. For everyone else, keep reading.

While it may be tempting to purchase a new wallet based on aesthetics alone, those who rely on the functionality of the accessory know the best styles offer a decent amount of storage space, make its contents easily accessible, and fit well into most styles of handbags. The specifications change still when it comes to travel wallets where a sleek design should ideally house a passport (or two) as well as travel documents, so that you never have to fumble around at TSA.

Therefore, in deciding which wallets made the cut, we based our judgment on aesthetics, fit, and the convenience of its use. We inspected, primarily in person, the feel and look of the materials, while also filling up the interior and exterior storage space to determine how functional the items would be with extended use. We also took into account which wallets have the most thoughtful organization, how the product looked and felt in person, the overall value, as well as other features such as radio-frequency identification (RFID) blocking, water-resistant finishes, and sustainably sourced materials. With all this in mind, the below 10 options offer superior design and function across bifold, zipper, and travel styles. It doesn’t hurt that they’re nice to look at too.

Here are the best wallets for women in 2021:

Style & Beauty Banner Best bifold wallets

Mansur Gavriel Trifold Wallet

Mansur Gavriel Trifold Wallet

Trifold Wallet (small)

Pros: Soft, high-quality leather and a minimalist design

Cons: Limited interior storage space for those who tend to use their wallet as a workhorse

Mansur Gavriel is a fashion brand that’s known for its minimalist, chic designs and the viral success of its leather pieces. This trifold wallet is a small, simplified design that keeps you covered on the essentials: three credit card slots, interior coin pocket, and a place to keep a few dollar bills secured. It’s for those who want to keep the contents of their bag as pared back as their style.

The wallet really nails the first impression with its soft-to-the-touch leather. It feels luxe (and admittedly, the price reflects this) but is also durable and can be coaxed into holding a few extra items if need be. Also worth calling out is the cheerful pink palate (currently marked down from $325) as well as sweet personalization options such as hand-painted monogramming.

Coach Wyn Small Wallet

Coach Wyn Small Wallet

Wyn Small Wallet (small)

Pros: Scratch-resistant leather, convenient single-card slot under the envelope snap

Cons: None to speak of

Iconic leather goods brand Coach makes this list with its small envelope-style wallet. The leather is not quite as buttery to the touch as other brands, instead, it’s made of cross grain leather that’s a bit stiffer but also scratch-resistant — good news for when your wallet and keys are jingling around in the same handbag. The interior pocket space fits a bunch of essentials: six credit cards and eight bills, with quite a bit of space to comfortably add more of each. There’s an exterior coin pouch, as well as a single card slot right under the envelope flap. Consider this the perfect place for storing your go-to credit card or ID card that you can conveniently grab in a rush without rummaging through the rest of your things.

Maison de Sabré The Slim Bifold

Maison De Sabré The Slim Bifold

The Slim Bifold (small)

Pros: A slim design that has an inconspicuous, NFC-compatible card slot on the back

Cons: No coin pouch and the folded shape may not be the right fit for those who prefer a snap or zipper to keep the wallet closed

If you’re into a folded design that doesn’t have a closure, Maison de Sabré’s bifold is an excellent choice that’s compact enough to fit into the vast majority of  handbags, as well as some evening clutches. There’s no compartment for coins, but the interior comfortably fits six cards and seemingly quite a lot of bills. The style also houses one very inconspicuous, NFC-compatible card slot on the back that makes the wallet especially convenient for any on-the-go purchases.

Maison de Sabré’s design also comes in a soft, pebbled leather that will wear well over time. For a personalized touch, add a message or initials in silver or gold detailing.

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Leatherology Windsor Flat Zip Wallet

Leatherology Windsor Flat Zip Wallet

Windsor Flat Zip Wallet (small)

Pros: Ample storage space for cards, bills, and more. It has soft leather and can be converted into a wristlet bag

Cons: No coin pouch

Leatherology is a Dallas-based, vertically integrated brand that creates highly impressive leather goods, especially given its affordable price points. The wallet — tested in a truly optimistic shade of turmeric — has a super supple leather exterior and ample amount of organization for anyone who finds their wallet to be consistently packed. The inside holds six credit cards, two bill slots, and two other open pockets to fill as you see fit. There isn’t a designated coin purse, which could be a deterrent for some.

The zip-around wallet also might be too large for those who wear a smaller everyday bag. However, since it can carry quite a decent amount — it zipped right up with passport, keys, or phone — Leatherology sells wristlet straps if you prefer to use this piece as a bag itself.

Lo & Sons The Leather Wallet

Lo & Sons The Leather Wallet

The Leather Wallet (small)

Pros: Tons of storage space, including a spacious interior coin pouch. There are both horizontal and vertical credit card slots

Cons: The wallet may be too large for some smaller everyday handbags

There are pockets galore inside this wallet by direct-to-consumer line Lo & Sons, yet its exterior does nothing to suggest there’s a world of organizational possibilities within. An especially nice touch is the inclusion of horizontal and vertical card pockets — something no other wallet tested included — which made for easier insertion and removal. 

The style we tested was a stiffer Saffiano leather, although Nappa is also available. With the Saffiano, the leather has been treated to resist scratches and water damage. The options also include a range of leather-and-metal-zipper combinations. Overall, this is a larger wallet well suited for those who prefer a maximalist approach to packing a bag. It’s sturdy, practical, and luxe-looking sans any major branding details.

Royce New York Continental RFID Leather Zip Wallet

Royce New York Continental RFID Leather Zip Wallet

Continental RFID Leather Zip Wallet (small)

Pros: RFID-blocking fabric, 12 credit card slots, and an extra exterior pocket on the outside of the wallet

Cons: The wallet may be too large for some smaller everyday handbags

Made by long-standing family business Royce New York, this zip-around wallet is one we haven’t tried in person yet. This wallet, however, is known for its high-quality leather and RFID-blocking finish that is great for everyday protection. It also comes with 12 credit card pockets and two bill slots. In spite of its brag-worthy storage, it has a minimalist look. Complimentary monogramming is available too.

Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet

Cuyana Classic Zip Around Wallet

Classic Zip Around Wallet (small)

Pros: Ample storage space. The leather has been audited by Leather Working Group, an organization that works with brands, tanneries, suppliers, and more to create a responsible global supply chain

Cons: The wallet may be too large for some smaller everyday handbags

Cuyana is a direct-to-consumer brand committed to ethically produced products. Quality over quantity is a priority of the company, suggesting this practical, clean-lined wallet will serve the buyer well for years. The company, including the community of makers it supports and the quality of materials it uses, is on track to be 100% sustainable by 2022. While we weren’t able to test the wallet, the style is an instant classic piece with a rich, textured leather finish, simplistic gold hardware, and ample interior space.

Style & Beauty Banner Best travel wallets

Kate Spade Spencer Passport Wallet

Kate Spade Spencer Passport Wallet

Spencer Passport Wallet (small)

Pros: Has vertical credit card holder slots which are a bit easier to insert and remove cards from than horizontal ones. Can quickly and easily remove passport from the convenient flap

Cons: Fastens with a very small snap that could be challenging to keep closed if you fill the wallet to the brim

This black-and-pink wallet, classic Kate Spade, is pretty, timeless, and able to carry all the essentials for travel. The exterior has a subtle glossy finish and a stiff leather texture. The interior storage features about the same capacity as a zipper wallet — including five credit card spaces arranged in vertical slots, easier than horizontal slots for card retrieval — in addition to a leather flap, ideal for tucking a passport. 

Should you need additional space, there’s a coin pouch — just look for the inconspicuous zipper along the top of the wallet.  That said, we caution against over-stuffing this piece out of concern over securing the petite snap closure.

Bellroy Travel Folio

Bellroy Travel Portfolio

Travel Portfolio (small)

Pros: Can fit multiple passports, has hidden pockets for secure storage, features RFID-blocking technology, and comes with a mini travel pen

Cons: Has three credit card slots, which is fewer than other styles. Also, it doesn’t have a zippered coin pouch

The exterior of Bellroy’s Travel Folio is smooth and sleek, with a zip-around closure, and RFID-blocking technology. Meanwhile, the inside houses a ton, including at least two passports. The design only includes a couple of card slots and doesn’t have a coin purse, but it makes up for these potential inadequacies with its many organization pockets. Some of these slots are even hidden, making them great for safety and ensuring your belongings never spill out in your carry-on bag. Plus, a super slim pen is included in the center crease, ensuring you always have one on hand to fill out a customs form. Combined, these considerate touches will speak right to the heart of the most organized travelers you know.

Dagne Dover Accordion Travel Wallet

Dagne Dover Accordion Travel Wallet Lead Image

Accordion Card Case (small)

Pros: This is a slimmer design that holds bills, cards, and a passport and can still comfortably fit in almost any everyday handbag

Cons: It doesn’t have a coin pouch

This Dagne Dover design lies somewhere between a passport holder and wallet, offering just a small bit of additional storage for frequent flyers. The direct-to-consumer, waste-conscious line is no stranger to organization and pieces for on-the-go, but the wallet stands out for its looks and function. While it’s a much slimmer travel wallet than the others we tested, it still includes six slots for credit cards and one for bills. The magnet closure is also a thoughtful choice as it eliminates fumbling often caused by zippers. 

Unlike bulkier travel designs, this wallet is also a good size for slipping into everyday handbags, not just larger travel carryalls. Plus, the leather is soft and comes in lovely shades of cream, gray, and blue. 

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

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  • Show Mom your appreciation with any of these 57 thoughtful gifts.
  • From loungewear to jewelry to tech gadgets, there’s a gift for all tastes and budgets.
  • For more inspiration, check out all of the Insider Reviews gift guides.

Although mothers may be challenging to shop for – humbly resigning to the phrase “you don’t have to get me anything” – we can safely say she’ll love any of the gifts in this guide.

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

Here are 60 of the best gifts for Mom:

A box of fresh Georgia peaches

A big gift box of Georgia peaches from Goldbelly

Georgia Peaches Gift Box, $49, available at Goldbelly

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

Read our full review of Goldbelly here.

A jewelry cleaner for all of her precious pieces

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

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

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

A chic purse that can turn into a backpack

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

Alunna, $645, available at Senreve 

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

A cocktail maker that mixes drinks in seconds

A small, shiny cocktail maker and various colorful cocktails around the machine

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

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

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

A daily planner for the busy mom

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Panda Planner Daily Planner 2021, $19.97, available at Amazon 

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

A digital picture frame for remembering the good times

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame; gift for mom

Carver Digital Picture Frame, $169, available at Aura

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

Read our full review of Aura here.

A pair of cozy slippers

Ugg Coquette Slipper; gift for mom

Coquette Slipper, $120, available at Ugg

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

A passport cover and luggage tag

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

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

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

A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity

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

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

Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo

A face mask set for at-home spa days

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

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

A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast

Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat gift for mom

ProLite Yoga Mat, $95, available at Manduka

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

A personalized photo calendar for her desk

Artifact Uprising Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar gift for mom

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

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

A coffee table book for the mom who loves photography

Women: The National Geographic Image Collection gift for Mom

“Women: The National Geographic Image Collection”, $27.05, available at Amazon

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

Popular leggings with a no-slip fit

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Daily Legging, $84, available at Vuori

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

Read more about the Daily Legging here.

A pair of sunglasses to block the sun in style

GlassesUSA sunglasses for Mom

Check out GlassesUSA’s selection of sunglasses, starting at $39

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

Read our full review of GlassesUSA here.

A voice-assisted remote for all her streaming needs

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Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $39.99, available at Amazon

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

A hardcover photo book for any mother figure

Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book

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

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

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

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Nodpod Weighted Eye Mask, $25.50, available at Anthropologie

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

A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things

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Annual Membership, $180/year, available at MasterClass

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

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

Read our full review of MasterClass here.

Custom haircare products that cater to her hair goals

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

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

Read our full review of Function of Beauty here.

Soft, crisp sheets and bedding

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

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

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

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

Read our full review of Brooklinen sheets here.

A fancy candle set

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Otherland Candles The Threesome, $89, available at Otherland

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

Read our full review of Otherland candles here.

Barack Obama’s bestselling book

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

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

Alexa-enabled glasses

Echo Frames

Echo Frames Smart Glasses, $249.99

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

A water bottle that solves all pain points

Hydro Flask

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

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

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A luxurious bathrobe

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Parachute Classic Bathrobe, $99, available at Parachute

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

Read our full review of the Parachute Classic Bathrobe here.

The Amazon Echo

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

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

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

A fresh flower bouquet

UrbanStems

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

UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, $65 and up

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

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

A cute potted plant instead of flowers

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Shop The Sill’s selection of plants from $20

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

Read our full review of The Sill here.

The gift of comfortable loungewear

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

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

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

Pearl hoop earrings

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Mejuri Pearl Hoops, $65, available at Mejuri

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

Read our full review of Mejuri here.

A delicious treat from Milk Bar

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Check out all the goodies in Milk Bar’s Gift Shop from $26

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

A wooden gift crate with 2 pounds of cheese inside

Murray's Cheese

Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits Gift Box, $76, available at Murray’s Cheese

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

A custom map poster

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

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

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

Luxe slippers with a cozy cashmere blend

Margaux Slippers

Slippers, $158, available at Margaux

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

A heated massager to melt the day away

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

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

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

A ‘book of the month’ membership

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

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

A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $129.99, available at Amazon

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

Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here.

A weighted blanket to help her sleep better

Bearaby Weighted Blanket

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

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

An indoor herb garden that requires zero effort

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Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Indoor Gardening Kit, $84.96, available at Click & Grow

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

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

A Le Creuset Dutch oven

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

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

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

A cookbook for ‘Girl Meets Farm’ fans

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

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

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

Totally Bamboo

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

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

A sous vide for making tender, perfectly cooked meat

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Anova Nano Sous Vide Bluetooth Precision Cooker, starting at $114.99, available at Amazon and Target

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

A roomy work bag with tons of pockets

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

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

An Italian leather wallet that can be monogrammed with her initials

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

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

A jewelry holder

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Catbird Swan Ring Holder, $32, available at Catbird

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

A foam pillow from a popular mattress startup

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Leesa Pillow, $79, available at Leesa

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

A room diffuser

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Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Room Diffuser, $100, available at Nordstrom

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

A personalized T-shirt

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

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

A gift subscription to a popular coffee club

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

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

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

A pair of sunglasses that will stay on

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

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

A crossbody bag with a hand-painted monogram

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Claire V. Midi Sac, from $335, avaliable at Claire V. (+ $50 for hand-painted monogram)

This leather crossbody bag comes in tons of colors and is great for travel and daytime outings — for an extra $50, you can customize it with a gold foil or hand-painted monogram. 

A retro-inspired electric kettle

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SMEG 50’s Retro Style 7-Cup Electric Kettle, $169.95, available at Williams-Sonoma

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

A DNA test kit

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23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test, $199, available at 23andMe

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

An alarm clock that uses light to wake her up gently

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Philips Light Alarm Clock, $99.99, available at Amazon

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

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

A pendant necklace

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

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

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The 13 backpacks our team swears by for long commutes and weekend trips

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  • Backpacks are perfect for anyone who commutes or carries a lot of gear when out and about.
  • Whether you’re looking for style or utility, there’s a backpack out there to meet your needs.
  • We asked our team for their favorites and incorporated picks from our other guides, too.

Backpacks became my go-to item when I started working in an office. Simply put, I found it to be the best way to carry all my daily essentials – laptop, book for the commute, and lunch when I remembered to pack it – without destroying my already tension-prone shoulders.

Although the word “backpack” still reminds me of middle school, modern-day styles are anything but childish. It’s possible to find a backpack that’s equal parts cool and functional, too.

A good everyday backpack should fit what you need, come with built-in organization, and shouldn’t strain your shoulders and back.

Here are the 13 best backpacks we love:

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Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack

Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack

A favorite backpack among members of the Insider Reviews team is the Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack. It’s a wonderful carrier because of its eight color and three-size options. The backpack’s quick-dry neoprene material is water-resistant, hand-washable, and perfect for gym trips, work commutes, and day hikes alike. 

There’s an interior pocket to store your laptop and even a pouch to hold an extra pair of shoes. This work-life balance bag, as Dagne Dover describes it, is also insulated and evenly distributes weight to add comfort to its sophisticated design.

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Tortuga Outbreaker

Tortuga Outbreaker

The weather-resistant Tortuga Outbreaker was tested by Jen Gushue, guides editor, along with eight other top travel backpacks on the market, and it was a top-performer for its convenient storage options — enough to house four-to-five days of travel necessities. Aside from the zipper-bordered main compartment, there are two large mesh compartments on the opposite side, as well as impressive organization pouches throughout. 

The adjustable harness system features a wide hip belt that makes traveling customizable and comfortable. It’s a splurge for sure, but worth the price tag.

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Timbuk2 Impulse Travel Backpack Duffel Bag

Timbuk2 Impulse Travel Backpack Duffel Bag

If you’re looking for a shoulder bag that can store as much as an airport carry-on, but want to spend a little less than the Tortuga pack, the Timbuk2 Impulse Travel Backpack Duffel Bag is a comparable all-in-one option. It will store anything you need in its sack-like structure and comes with small side pockets and a water-resistant pocket for shoes or laundry.

Even when fully packed, Jen Gushue noticed it felt lighter than some of the smaller-capacity bags they tested, and it also landed a spot as one of the top picks in the best travel backpacks guide.

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The North Face Jester Backpack

The North Face Jester Backpack

For a backpack apt for carrying books, your laptop, and other study essentials, look no further than The North Face Jester Backpack. Buying Guides Fellow Victoria Giardina selected this as the top carrier for college in our best backpacks for students guide, notably for its large laptop compartment — the tried and true school staple.

Whether you’re commuting to class or en route to the library, the backpack’s durably-padded design features a large main compartment, two mesh water bottle pockets, and even a reflective bike light loop for evening campus walking.

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JanSport Big Student Backpack

JanSport Big Student Backpack

Similar to The North Face, the JanSport Big Student Backpack is clad with organized storage compartments to carry textbooks, a pencil pouch, and study materials. It also comes in different fun colors and patterns.

Style and Beauty Reviews Fellow Katie Decker-Jacoby swears by this backpack for its durability, size, and storage — the trio that made her repurchase it when she was a student. She loves the flexibility of the polyester material and its ability to endure all weight and wear. It’s also the top overall pick in our best backpacks for students guide.

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Dakine Split Adventure 38L Backpack

Dakine Split Adventure 38L Backpack

For an easy-to-carry backpack for weekend trips, the Dakine Split Adventure 38L Backpack is especially fit for those who don’t want to roll luggage with them on a flight. Home and Kitchen Reporter Owen Burke said he hasn’t found another bag broken down so simply and thoughtfully, from its convenient laptop sleeve and two outer compartments to its suitcase-like inner straps and interior storage pockets.

Out of these features, Burke is most impressed by the laptop sleeve. It doesn’t run all the way to the bottom of the bag but instead sits an inch or so up, so that when you place (or drop) your backpack, you’re not running the risk of damaging your laptop — a flaw he has found in some other designs.

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Yeti Panga 28 Backpack

Yeti Panga 28 Backpack

The Yeti Panga 28 Backpack is also one of Owen Burke‘s favorites, particularly for its ability to withstand any weather conditions. As a part-time captain, he noticed other “waterproof” backpacks not living up to their claim.

This carrier comes with a heavy-duty airtight zipper and is crafted with high-intensity tear-proof nylon and TPU. Burke’s Yeti even managed to find its way into the smoldering cinders of a bonfire and still came out shining. For easy access, he finds the addition of the velcro-attachable, waterproof Sidekick convenient.

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Fjallraven Raven 28L Pack

Fjallraven Raven 28L Pack

Deals Reporter Sarah Saril was initially drawn to the Fjallraven Raven 28L Pack because it comes in nine colors and was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be an excellent carrier for travel and daily use. It compactly collapses yet has enough capacity to store her 13-inch MacBook, Nintendo Switch, chargers, a change of clothes, and travel necessities. 

Aside from its versatility, the Fjällräven has a ton of internal sorting pockets. It’s made from durable G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco in recycled polyester and organic cotton, making the back panel and shoulder straps especially comfortable.

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Haerfest Large Nylon Travel Backpack

Haerfest Large Nylon Travel Backpack

The Haerfest Large Travel Backpack‘s durable nylon materials, adjustable shoulder straps, and excess pockets aren’t the only features Style and Beauty Editor Ashley Phillips adores. The ability to store two laptops is a sleek and rare feature that makes it a standout.

Though Phillips says the large size is slightly overpowering for her five-foot-two frame, she finds it perfect for travel because of the front hidden slip pocket that easily stores boarding passes and other documents. Its generous size and reliable functionality make it a great option that also conveniently fits on top of checked luggage.

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Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack

Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack

The long-form, buckled Mountaintop 40L Hiking Backpack is a multi-use carrier that’s exclusive to hiking. Though Personal Finance Reporter Liz Knueven has taken it on trails before, she finds it best for traveling and said she was never questioned by airline companies if it will fit in a bin or under the seat.

The polyester pack has many built-in compartments that are easy to store small items. Kneuven said it has held up, it’s affordable at less than $50, and comes in a variety of colors.

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The Daily Edited Pebbled Leather Backpack

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Nylon backpacks may be durable, but they’re not always the most aesthetically pleasing option to pair with formal workwear. When style and beauty editor Ashley Phillips needed something more spacious than a tote bag but that wouldn’t look out of place with a nice dress or silk blouse, she turned to this leather option from The Daily Edited

The pebbled leather hides scratches more easily and the simple silhouette works as an alternative to a briefcase. The one drawback is that there’s no dedicated computer sleeve, but she found that there’s enough room to store a 13-inch laptop. You can also adjust the padded shoulder straps and add a monogram to make the bag feel more customized to you.

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Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack

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Dagne Dover’s Dakota backpack may be more well known, but the brand’s Indi diaper backpack is also worth checking out. Former style and beauty fellow Jacqueline Saguin swears by this bag for travel, even though she doesn’t have any kids. 

The bag is overflowing with organizational pockets that keep everything in its place, so you don’t have to go digging for toiletries or your ID as you pass through airport security. You’d never know the Indi is a diaper bag because of its clean design, and as another travel hack, Saguin uses the fold-up changing mat as a portable work-from-home station. Currently, only the small size is available, but it’s typically offered in medium and large sizes too.

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Fjallraven Kanken Backpack

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The Kanken backpack is another Fjallraven favorite, and it’s also the brand’s signature style. It’s offered in more than 50 colors and multiple sizes to best fit your storage and laptop needs. Along with its cool Scandinavian design, what makes this backpack special is a built-in sitting pad you can pull out at a moment’s notice. Senior story producer Emily Hein counts this bag as her go-to and says that “The included sitting pad is especially useful in the summer — a saving grace at parks and beaches.”

Hein also says there’s a good reason you’ll spot these so often on the streets of New York City. “It’s spacious enough to fit all my necessities for the day (including my 13″ laptop, albeit tightly), but not bulky or noticeably heavy.”

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The 17 best places to buy affordable fine jewelry you’ll have forever

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  • Fine jewelry costs a bit more than costume, but you can still get quality pieces on a budget.
  • Brands and retailers like Catbird, Mejuri, and Vrai are changing the game.
  • We’ve rounded up our favorite pieces and retailers below.

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With its inaccessible prices, technical terminology, and nebulous production practices, the world of fine jewelry is intimidating to step into and, for a generation that cares simultaneously about value, style, sustainability, and ethics, often a world that’s avoided altogether.

Not too long ago, we wouldn’t even have considered buying nice jewelry online. But with direct-to-consumer jewelry companies taking center stage, no middlemen or mark-ups mean that you can pay a palatable price that’s closer to the true cost of making that beautiful gold necklace. Plus, high standards for sourcing and production quell any fears that your purchase sets other livelihoods or the environment back.

These online jewelry companies will help you make the decision without overcharging you in the process.

The best places to buy affordable fine jewelry in 2021:

Montserrat

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For everyday pieces that make more of a statement, Montserrat has a collection of playful designs that are easy to wear alone or layered with minimalist pieces.

A playful blend of pearls, charms, and 14-karat gold plated settings make up Montserrat’s jewelry line. With its enamel fruit designs, the latest collection transports you to a state of constant vacation. Though statement-making, the pieces are still dainty enough to layer with other pieces you own and an entire set won’t set you back more than $200.

What to buy:

The Limón Huggie Earrings (small)The Frutti Di Mare Fresas Set (small)The Seta Set (small)
Italic

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Just by skipping the brand name, Italic lets you buy jewelry made in the same workshops as designer artisans at a fraction of the price.

Italic is a membership-based online retailer where you can find clothing, handbags, home goods, and more that are made in the same factories as designers like Miu Miu and Prada — just without the label and for a fraction of the price. Recently, it added fine jewelry to the mix. You can now pick up timeless additions like diamond necklaces and solid gold huggie hoops for as little as $225 and $150, respectively. 

What to buy:

Gold Huggie Earrings (small)Diamond Eternity Band Ring (small)Diamond Solitaire Necklace (small)Baguette Diamond Pinky Ring (small)Solitaire Diamond Bracelet White Gold (small)

 

Paige Sargisson

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Look to Paige Sargisson for handmade solid gold and sterling silver jewelry that’s perfect for gifting and starts as low as $32.

Brooklyn-based designer Paige Sargisson makes custom pieces that run well into the thousands, but you’ll also find plenty of more affordable options as part of the 10kt & silver collection. Everything is made by hand out of solid gold or sterling silver and includes pieces like an opal-studded evil eye necklace ($350), tiny stud earrings ($32), and a calendar charm (from $735) that can be personalized to commemorate a special date.

What to buy:

Teeny Tiny Double Post Earrings (small)Evil Eye Small Ring (small)Zodiac Constellation Charms – Silver (small)Small Calendar Charm (small)
Catbird

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Known for its delicate rings and transparent sourcing, Catbird is the epitome of cool, affordable jewelry. 

Cool, Brooklyn boutique vibes meet the ease of online shopping at Catbird, where you can find delicate $44 rings alongside sparkly $12,700 engagement rings. It’s fully transparent about the source of its materials, and donates 1% of all sales to non-profits including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. In addition to jewelry that’s crafted in-house, Catbird is home to other designers and beauty and home goods. 

What to buy: 

Mejuri

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Mejuri provides dainty, minimal jewelry at an affordable price point. 

Toronto-based startup Mejuri, founded by a former art director and a former engineer and third-generation jeweler, drops new pieces every week of the year, and without fail, its largely female clientele return again and again to its 14-karat gold, gold vermeil, and sterling silver jewelry that’s made for everyday wear. Mejuri’s mission is to have women “embrace a daily dose of luxury.” With plenty of under-$100 options, it makes fulfilling this mission very achievable.  

What to buy:  

AUrate

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AUrate offers both minimal, everyday pieces as well as bold statement pieces, so you can create a well-rounded jewelry collection. 

AUrate offers both the solid foundation pieces and the unique statement pieces that you’ll need for a jewelry refresh. Everything is crafted in New York City, which also means that NYC dwellers can enjoy same-day delivery of 14- and 18-karat gold, AAA pearls, and ethically sourced diamonds (the rest of the country gets free shipping).

What to buy: 

Soko

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For handcrafted pieces that won’t break the bank, Soko is a go-to. 

At the helm of the movement towards “ethical fast fashion” is Soko, a jewelry startup with an innovative, efficient, and empowering model that uses technology to connect with independent artisans in Africa. Soko’s jewelry is guaranteed to attract attention, not only for its unique sourcing and manufacturing origins but also for its structural, powerful style. These hand-made pieces are produced from less conventional, but more affordable materials like brass. 

What to buy: 

Auvere

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The pieces at Auvere are investment pieces, but they’ll appreciate in value over time. 

For top-line luxury, specifically 22- and 24-karat gold, at surprisingly affordable prices, Auvere is the place to go. There’s a range of feminine and more masculine designs, so there’s something to fit everyone’s style. There’s no denying that the architectural pieces are investments, but you get what you pay for — pure gold, wrapped into beautiful designs without the mark-up — and they’ll only appreciate in value over time. 

What to buy: 

Ariel Gordon

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Ariel Gordon designs cute, delicate jewelry that is meant to be worn over and over again. 

This Los Angeles-based brand is a celebrity favorite and it’s easy to see why. Launched out of her apartment while Gordon worked as a Hollywood publicist, the collection is made up of pieces designed to be worn over and over again, transitioning from occasion to occasion without losing quality and durability. Its charm pieces, which include animals and flowers, are truly sweet designs that’ll brighten your day. 

What to buy: 

The Last Line

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For those who love bold, beautiful jewelry, The Last Line is a must-shop. 

Founded by a Parsons grad and industry veteran, The Last Line wants to be the one and only place you buy all your jewelry. That might not be as ambitious as it sounds considering the brand sells everything from show-stopping rainbow pieces to chunky rings to classic gold hoops. If you thought fine jewelry couldn’t be fun or colorful, The Last Line is here to prove you wrong. 

What to buy:

Pink Tourmaline Perfect Tennis Bracelet (small)Emerald Large Biggie Earring (small)
Gorjana

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For jewelry that is effortlessly cool, look no further than Gorjana

If you love the “I-just-threw-this-on” jewelry look, you’re going to want to check out Gorjana. If you haven’t heard of it already, this Laguna Beach-based brand is well-loved for its range of affordable, gold-plated pieces that range from simple and dainty to funky and trendy, that pretty much all cost under $100. 

What to buy: 

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Stone and Strand

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Ethically sourced and conflict-free, Stone and Strand has its own capsule collection while also curating other like-minded brands on its site. 

Stone and Strand produces its own high-end jewelry and curates other like-minded brands on its site, creating an online space where shoppers aren’t intimidated to explore fine jewelry. Most pieces are made of 14-karat solid gold — though you can also find more affordable gold-plated options — and the diamonds and gemstones used are ethically sourced and conflict-free. Its first capsule, Good Girl Tools, sets the tone for the types of jewelry you can expect from the rest of the brand: bold, pretty, and wearable for every day. 

What to buy: 

Verlas

Verlas

If you tend to be indecisive about purchasing jewelry, you’ll love Verlas‘ at-home try-on service. 

Investing in a nice piece of jewelry without trying it on first can feel risky. If you can’t make up your mind right away, Verlas makes it easy to make sure you’ll love your new piece. The brand offers a try-at-home program where you can try any three pieces from the site for 15 days. The test pieces are made of replica materials (like cubic zirconia and brass), but when you’re done, you can choose the ones you love best and then order the real deal made with diamonds and gold. If you want to pass on them all, that’s okay too. Of course, if you know what you want right off the bat, you can go straight to purchasing it too. 

What to buy: 

Vrai

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Skeptical about buying diamond rings online? Vrai helps to streamline the process. 

This downtown LA-based company only uses solid gold and Diamond Foundry diamonds, which are physically and chemically indistinguishable from mined diamonds, and created using solar energy. Vrai’s simple and timeless pieces will delight minimalists and anyone who hates to be plagued by pages and pages of choices. Couples should take advantage of its free home try-on program for wedding rings, which decreases the pressure of choosing the perfect ring. 

What to buy:

Holden

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Customized wedding rings are super affordable thanks to Holden

When wedding ring shopping gets so stressful that it detracts from the real experience of starting your life with someone, that’s a problem. Holden is making it easy to shop for and customize wedding rings that start at only $249. Simply request a free ring size kit, choose your ring profile, width, metal, karat, and finish, and add an optional engraving, and your rings will be made-to-order with 3D printing technology. 

What to buy:

Couple

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Couple gives couples the opportunity to purchase their engagement rings online. 

The idea for Couple began when one of its co-founders had difficulty finding an engagement ring for his now-wife and saw an opportunity to also lessen the environmental and ethical challenges of mined diamonds. Couple works with lab-grown diamonds that look identical to mined ones (and are actually of higher quality) so that marriages can start off on the right foot — with trust, transparency, and thoughtfulness. Many of the rings can also be engraved for a truly personal touch. 

What to buy:

Knife Edge Ring (small)Classic Thin Ring (small)The Halo Ring (small)The Pavé Signature (small)
Gemist

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If you love a ring stack, you’ll love Gemist‘s wide array of rings that you can layer. 

Love a finger full of stackable rings? You’ll love Gemist’s wide variety of affordable pieces. The brand offers a streamlined at-home try-on process, where you’re given three costume rings to play with for two weeks. Enjoy the pieces? Just let Gemist know, and they’ll send you the custom pieces after you send your testers back. Gemist also has a variety of earrings, wedding bands, and engagement rings, too.

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Everlane is having a huge summer sale right now, and we hand-picked the best deals

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  • Starting today, Everlane is hosting a huge sale with hundreds of items for up to 60% off.
  • You’ll find underwear for as low as $6 and T-shirts as low as $9.
  • The sale continues as long as inventory lasts, though we predict most styles will go very quickly.

Everlane is the name behind many of our favorite wardrobe staples. It’s where we’ve found our go-to slip-on sneakers, comfortable loungewear sets for working from home, and dozens of other basics that have made their way into our everyday rotation.

And while the transparent pricing model already makes Everlane fairly accessible, it just got even easier to fill up your closet thanks to the retailer’s huge Summer Sale. Starting today, July 19, you can find nearly 1,000 styles for men and women at up to 60% off.

Everlane doesn’t often host sales, so this is one event we recommend checking out. Most of the styles included are summer pieces, like crewneck tees for $12 and a pair of strappy sandals for $19, but you can also get ahead of the fall season with classic cashmere sweaters discounted to just $40.

The sale will continue while inventory lasts, but with prices like this, we don’t expect that to be very long. Just keep in mind while making your selections that many, though not all, of the items are final sale.

You can see some of the best items included in Everlane’s Summer Sale below, or head straight to the site to start shopping here.

The best women’s style deals from the Everlane Summer Sale

The Weekend Tiered Dress (medium)The ReNew Sport Sandal (medium)The Forever Slip-On Sneaker (medium)The Perform Legging (medium)The Square-Neck Bikini Top (medium)The Luxe Cotton Tie-Front Tee Dress (medium)The Canvas Overalls (medium)The Clog (medium)The Paperbag Dress (medium)The ReCotton Tee (medium)

The best men’s style deals from the Everlane Summer Sale

The Cotton Crew (medium)Modern Snap Backpack (medium)The Slim Fit Japanese Oxford Uniform (medium)The Slim Fit Jean (medium)The Cargo Jogger (medium)The Denim Chore Jacket (medium)The ReNew Short Parka (medium)The Italian Wool Trouser (medium)The Casual Blazer (medium)The Seersucker Short-Sleeve Shirt (medium)The Trainer (medium)

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