Advertisements


The Editor Of Snoop Dogg"s Hit Cookbook "From Crook To Cook" Just Just Released A Book On "The Art And Culture Of Joints, Blunts And Spliffs"

"Around the world and from coast to coast, 'How We Roll' stays smoking," says Snoop Dogg about Noah Rubin's new book, "How We Roll: The Art and Culture of Joints, Blunts, and Spliffs." read more.....»»

Category: blogSource: benzingaSep 22nd, 2022

32 of the best cookbooks for every type of cook — from gluten-free to seasonal recipes

A cookbook can be a thoughtful gift for the home cook in your life. We rounded up the 32 best cookbooks, old and new, to buy this year. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Amazon; Gilbert Espinoza/Insider A great cookbook makes a thoughtful and sentimental gift that evokes past travels, memories, and shared meals.  Here are some recent favorites, including "The Korean Vegan," "New World Sourdough," and "Xi'an Famous Foods." Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the all-time best products we've ever tested. To me, there's no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed all interests — from TV show cookbooks to comprehensive tomes on the science of cooking. Every year, hundreds of new cookbooks make their way onto bookstore shelves. Here are our favorite cookbooks, new and old, to gift this year.Here are 32 of the best cookbook gifts for every type of cookFor the artistAmazon"Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora" edited by Bryant Terry, available at Amazon, $24From the chef and author of "Vegetable Kingdom" comes an anthology of Black culinary traditions from around the world. Bryant Terry combines essays and recipes with vivid illustrations and photography to show how food is woven into the history of the African Diaspora, resulting in a cookbook so visually striking it could easily double as a coffee table book. Essays like "The Spiritual Ecology of Black Food" are the perfect appetizers for new and traditional recipes like Crispy Cassava Skillet Cakes and Pickled Persimmon Spears.For the gluten-free bakerAmazon"Cannelle et Vanille Bakes Simple: A New Way to Bake Gluten-Free" by Aran Goyoaga, available at Amazon, $31.50There are many ways to bake a cake, and Aran Goyoaga teaches you the gluten-free way in her new cookbook. Goyoaga has done the work of figuring out substitutions and alternatives so you can make gluten-free buttery shortbread and even brioche with ease. Everyone can enjoy the texture, flavor, and variety of baked goods thanks to this handy collection of 100 recipes.For the locavoreAmazon"New Native Kitchen" by Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli, available at Amazon, $17.89Before other cultures and their cuisines came to North America, indigenous people were cooking meals with accessible ingredients. In the "New Native Kitchen," to be released in November of 2021, Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli explore American Indian recipes from coast to coast, like Chocolate Bison Chili and Prickly Pear Sweet Pork Chops. Bitsoie was the executive chef of Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and is a member of the Navajo nation, and Chef James O. Fraioli is a James Beard Award winner.For the the veganAmazon"The Korean Vegan Cookbook" by Joanne Lee Molinaro, available at Amazon, $27.81Becoming vegan was a big change for Joanne Lee Molinaro, having grown up with meat-based Korean food. However, it didn't stop her from collecting recipes and recreating the dishes that were so connected to her family history. For Molinaro, the stories of her family's immigration from North Korea to the United States are just as important as the recipes. Molinaro recreates childhood memories, like Jjajangmyeon, Korean-Chinese black bean noodles, and writes new recipes, like the Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake, in honor of the foods that saved her mother's life. For the no-fuss foodieAmazon"Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave)" by David Chang and Priya Krishna, available at Amazon, $22.33You won't find frozen vegetables in Momfuko, but that doesn't mean David Chang has anything against them. In this new book, available on October 26, Chang and co-author, Priya Krishna, explain how they use fine dining principles to make fast, easy, and unpretentious meals at home. For the home cook, it seems like the professional chef can take any ingredients and produce a full, delicious meal. In "Cooking at Home," Chang and Krishna teach you how to do just that. For the traveler interested in culture and cuisineAmazon"Cook Real Hawai'i" by Sheldon Simeon, available at Amazon, $22.99A finalist in two different seasons of "Top Chef," Sheldon Simeon co-authored a cookbook with Garrett Snyder, transporting readers to the tropical islands of Hawaii. The book dives into stories of Simeon's family, as well as the state's history and cultural traditions. With 100 recipes throughout the book, this personalized guide to Hawaiian cooking has something for beginners and advanced cooks.For the friend who cooks with the seasonsAmazon"My Shanghai" by Betty Liu, available at Amazon, $23.19This debut cookbook from Betty Liu (who somehow found the time to author it amid her general surgery residency) is an homage to seasonal cooking and her family's roots in the Chinese regions of Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. I picked up this cookbook up in my local bookstore and couldn't put it down (and ended up bringing it home with me). The chapters are organized by season and explain the influence the weather, holidays, and traditions have on the recipes prepared throughout the year. I love the stories Liu relates about the inspirations behind her recipes, like climbing a mountain to eat Double-Mushroom Noodle Soup at a temple, foraging spring bamboo shoots for Oil-Braised Spring Bamboo, and the bowls of breakfast noodles her father would make her before test days. I've already made the Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes four or five times, and I can't wait to dive into more of the recipes as the seasons progress. For the cook who wants to master their grillAmazon"Rodney Scott's World of Barbecue" by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, available at Amazon, $17.77My best friend (and fellow cookbook collector) recently texted me raving about this cookbook and the genius of Rodney Scott's Loaded Pork Skin "Nachos," Pit-Smoked Turkey, and whole-hog approach to Carolina barbecue. Scott's positivity and passion shine throughout the book, and you'll learn lots about southern foodways and the history of Carolina barbecue along the way.  For the cook planning their next tripAmazon"Dishoom" by Shamil Thakrar, available at Amazon, $17.29Whether it's London or Bombay that is your giftee's next destination, "Dishoom" is required reading before they jet off. The popular Dishoom restaurants in London are inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay and serve "tipples," snacks, and mains like Mango Kulfi, Pav Bhaji, and Roomali Roti. In "Dishoom," you'll learn to cook the restaurant's entire menu, and be taken on a tour of Bombay's cafes (complete with a map) along the way. For the coworker who has *opinions* on babkaAmazon"Jew-ish" by Jake Cohen, available at Amazon, $18.80At Insider Reviews we have lots of opinions, especially about food, and a recent debate centered around the merits of cinnamon versus chocolate fillings for babka. I like Jake Cohen's philosophy in "Jew-ish," which is that babka is delicious no matter what you fill it with. "Jew-ish" is a thoughtful collection of recipes centered around Cohen's Ashkenazi heritage, his own self-discovery in the kitchen, and the Persian-Iraqi traditions of his husband. Cohen celebrates the origins of Jewish dishes, while also putting his own twist on the classics. You'll see this in action in his recipes for Cacio e Pepe Rugelach, Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies, and yes, You Can Go Your Own Way: Babka Edition.For the family member intimidated by their new Instant PotAmazon"The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook" by Jeffrey Eisner, available at Amazon, $10.78Insider Reviews reporter, James Brains, is currently testing Instant Pots and other multicookers for an update to our guide to the best electric pressure cookers. He's been using recipes from this cookbook and reports that they're easy to follow, have plenty of photos, and are delicious to boot. The book features more than 750 photos detailing step-by-step how to make the 100+ recipes, and makes a great gift for anyone who is curious about Instant Pots but hasn't taken the plunge yet.For the history buffAmazon"Jubilee" by Toni Tipton-Martin, available at Amazon, $20.07Toni Tipton-Martin's personal collection of African-American cookbooks spans more than 400 titles and her knowledge of American food history is on full display in "Jubilee." Through recipes and stories, she relates the history of Black folks who shaped American cuisine into what it is today, from those who cooked under the confines of brutal enslavement to the chefs who ran White House kitchens. "Jubilee" is a masterful work of American history, as told through food.For the person who loves pie but fears making itAmazon"Pie Academy" by Ken Haedrich, available at Amazon, $22.75A compendium of 255 pie recipes, "Pie Academy" is likely the last pie cookbook you'll ever need. It has nearly a dozen recipes for different types of pie crust, a troubleshooting section for when things don't go as expected, and chapters organized by seasonality and filling type. It's guaranteed to be a hit with the pie lover in your life, especially one who is interested in making pies but has always found them a bit daunting. For the home cook who also loves to readAmazon"Black, White, and The Grey" by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, available at Amazon, $21.84While not a cookbook, "Black, White, and The Grey," tells the story of one of the most celebrated restaurants in America: The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. Mashama Bailey, who is Black, and John O. Morisano, who is white, relate the story of how they turned a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into an award-winning restaurant. The dual memoir touches on race, community, and friendship, with some delicious food anecdotes along the way.For the friend who wants to master the essentialsAmazon"My Korea" by Hooni Kim, available at Amazon, $22.49Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim's debut cookbook is a crash course in the essentials of Korean cuisine. The book's tagline is "traditional flavors, modern recipes," and that is an accurate summation of what you can expect to find in this cookbook — from Dolsot Bibimbap to Budae Jjigae to Hanjan's Spicy Rice Cakes. When I first laid my hands on this cookbook, I wanted to make (and eat) every single recipe. If you're looking for some solid foundation recipes, "My Korea" delivers.For the friend who knows all the words to "Lady Marmalade"Simon and Schuster"LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About" by Patti LaBelle, available at Amazon, $19.89Patti LaBelle is not only the Godmother of Soul and a musical icon, but she is also a New York Times bestselling author for her cookbooks. Her newest cookbook, "Labelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About," has recipes centered around LaBelle's family's Southern roots. With comfort-food favorites like potato salad and peach cobbler, she showcases a variety of her recipes that are full of personal touches. For the person with quarantine cooking fatigueAmazon"Indian-ish" by Priya Krishna, available at Amazon, $16.84In her debut cookbook, Priya Krishna (contributor to Bon Appetit, New York Times, and others) offers up beloved favorite recipes from her Indian-American family, including Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Malaysian Ramen, and what her dad calls Indian Gatorade (Shikanji). The recipes are largely vegetarian, creative, fun, comforting, and guaranteed to inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut with their cooking in 2021. For the cook always on the goAmazon'The Full Plate" by Ayesha Curry, available at Amazon, $15Ayesha Curry and her husband, basketball star Stephen Curry, have three children and busy schedules. She created her newest cookbook with her energetic household in mind, and it features 100 recipes that take under an hour to make. "The Full Plate" is perfect for anyone who wants to spend less time cooking while still ending up with delicious meals.  For the person who can't get enough of DisneyAmazon"The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook" by Ashley Craft, available at Amazon, $11.99Technically unofficial, this cookbook will transport you directly into Disneyland. You can replicate a variety of food found in Disney theme parks. It features 100 recipes of iconic Disneyland treats and snacks, including the famous Dole whip, beignets, and more. For the person who spent 2020 mastering sourdoughAmazon"New World Sourdough" by Bryan Ford, available at Amazon, $14.79This was the year of the sourdough starter, and few people are as well-versed in fermented breads as Bryan Ford, blogger and baker. We're not just talking about your classic sourdough boule; Ford is well-known for demonstrating the breadth of what you can do with a sourdough starter: from Sourdough Pan de Coco to Sourdough Discard Battered Fried Chicken.For the cousin who's just learning to cookAmazon"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" by Samin Nosrat, available at Amazon, $16.65In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking, from when to salt your chicken to how to make the perfect focaccia. All the information is presented in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations you'll want to frame and hang in your kitchen.For your family member who loves "Emily in Paris"Amazon"La Buvette" by Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy, available at Amazon, $14.25"La Buvette" is part cookbook, part guide to French living. Interspersed with recipes from the cookbook's namesake cafe are beautiful pictures of Paris, tips about shopping in France's vintage markets, and instructions on how to dry flowers. The cookbook is a lovely escape into Parisian living, perfect for any Francophile dreaming of a visit to the City of Lights. For your friend who knows all the best restaurantsAmazon"Xi'an Famous Foods" by Jason Wang, available at Amazon, $22.99Xi'an Famous Foods started as a small family-owned market stall in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. Its hand-pulled cumin lamb noodles have become so loved that there are now 14 locations all around New York City. In this cookbook, the son of the family and CEO of the business Jason Wang divulges some of the recipes that made his family business famous, as well as other classic dishes from Xi'an in western China.For the fan of the 'Great British Baking Show'Amazon"Baking with Kim-Joy" by Kim-Joy, available at Amazon, $14.89Contestants of the Great British Baking Show have come out with several cookbooks, including series nine runner-up Kim-Joy. She is best known for her adorable and creative bakes, like her giant chocolate planet filled with "space turtles," or her "Silke the vegetarian mermaid" pie. Kim-Joy brings the same color and fun to her bakes in her debut cookbook, which includes Pigfiteroles in Mud, Tazhong Cat Buns, and a version of her Space Turtle Cake. For the friend who likes to Instagram all their foodAmazon"Ottolenghi Flavor" by Yotam Ottolenghi, available at Amazon, $23.39Yotam Ottolenghi is owner and chef of some of London's most beloved cafes and restaurants. His recipes are some of the most colorful and beautiful out there, and his latest cookbook is no exception. "Flavor" is filled with mostly vegetarian recipes that not only pack a punch visually but flavor-wise, too. Ottolenghi and his co-authors expound the building blocks of flavor in three sections: process, pairing, and produce. The result is more than 100 'gram-worthy recipes from Spicy Mushroom Lasagna to Iceberg Wedges with Smoky Eggplant Cream.For the hummus loverAmazon"Falastin" by Sami Tamimi, available at Amazon, $31.99Longtime Ottolenghi collaborator (and co-author of "Jerusalem," another of our cookbook picks), Sam Tamimi, crafted his latest cookbook as an homage to Palestinian food. The book is rich in recipes, from multiple variations of shakshuka and hummus, to verdant salads, and colorful dips. Along the way, Tamimi tells the culinary history of Palestinian food — from the home cooks feeding their neighbors in refugee camps to the restaurateurs cooking for tourists in Bethlehem.For the pint-sized cook in your lifeAmazon"The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs" by America's Test Kitchen, available at Amazon, $11.87I worked for America's Test Kitchen (ATK) for seven years and was privy to the care its team puts into each and every one of its cookbooks. ATK's series of cookbooks for kids is the epitome of that detail and care; every one of the recipes in this volume was tested by pro chefs and kid cooks. The recipes are specifically designed with kids in mind, outlining when to get an adult for help with handling hot ingredients or sharp tools. This is the book I wish was available to me when I was a child, and I've gifted it and the kid's baking book to every kid I know. I love getting reports from their parents about a new recipe they cooked or discovered.For the person always posting pictures of their cheese boardAmazon"Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion" by Shelley Westerhausen, available at Amazon, $15.38In her best-selling cookbook, author and food blogger Shelley Westerhausen shares 40 casual yet chic spreads (complete with meat and drink pairings) that anyone can make and enjoy. It's also a visual cornucopia that's just as satisfying to flip through as to use when hosting get-togethers when it's safe to do so. And if you're looking for a board of your own, we recommend any of these five options. For the self-described dessert personAmazon"Dessert Person" by Claire Saffitz, available at Amazon, $22.24Claire Saffitz may be known for her wildly popular Gourmet Makes series on YouTube, but she's a pastry chef at heart and her affinity for baked goods is out in full force with her new cookbook "Dessert Person." In this cookbook, you can find creative recipes for Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, and Malted Forever Brownies. It's sure to please the dessert lover in your life.For the person who had to cancel their vacation last yearAmazon"Pasta Grannies" by Vicky Bennison, available at Amazon, $18.99Each episode of the "Pasta Grannies" YouTube series is an escape to a different region of Italy, where local grannies (or nonne) teach the audience to prepare and cook a regional dish — from classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara to a pasta shape from Sardinia only three women know how to make. This cookbook takes some of the most popular videos from the series and turns them into tangible recipes you can cook at home. Between watching the video and cooking from the book, you can transport yourself to a little corner of Italy without leaving your home.For the person homesick for their grandma's cookingAmazon"In Bibi's Kitchen" by Hawa Hassan, available at Amazon, $18.69This cookbook centers around grandmothers (or bibis) from eight south and east African countries. Throughout the book, we get to know the women whose recipes are featured and learn about their personal history and the history of their country. Along the way, you'll find recipes for Eritrean Doro Wat, Tanzanian Date Bread, Kenyan Kachumbari, and more. It's the kind of cookbook that makes think about your grandmother.For the person who lives by a cookie-a-day philosophyAmazon"100 Cookies" by Sarah Keiffer, available at Amazon, $24.75A good ol' chocolate chip cookie never goes out of style, but if you have a cookie lover in your life, consider gifting them this homage to baked goods. You'll find recipes for the classics (including four different variations of chocolate chip cookies) as well cookies you've probably never had before, like Banana-Espresso-Cacao Nib cookies.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytApr 7th, 2022

The best cookbooks to gift or buy for yourself in 2021

A cookbook can be a thoughtful gift for the home cook in your life. We rounded up the 32 best cookbooks, old and new, to buy this year. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Amazon; Gilbert Espinoza/Insider A great cookbook makes a thoughtful and sentimental gift that evokes past travels, memories, and shared meals. Here are some of our favorite cookbooks this year, including "The Korean Vegan," "New World Sourdough," and "Xi'an Famous Foods." Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested. To me, there's no better gift to give or receive than a great cookbook. A cookbook with beautiful photos, thoughtful narratives, and foolproof recipes can feed the imagination, transport your giftee to another city or country, and inspire them to get creative in the kitchen. There are cookbooks out there to suit every type of cook, whether novice or expert, and feed all interests - from TV show cookbooks to comprehensive tomes on the science of cooking. Every year, hundreds of new cookbooks make their way onto bookstore shelves. Here are our favorite cookbooks, new and old, to gift this year.Here are 32 of the best cookbooks gifts for every type of cook: For the locavore Amazon "New Native Kitchen" by Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli, available for pre-order at Amazon, $40  Before other cultures and their cuisines came to North America, indigenous people were cooking meals with accessible ingredients. In the "New Native Kitchen," to be released in November of 2021, Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli explore American Indian recipes from coast to coast, like Chocolate Bison Chili and Prickly Pear Sweet Pork Chops. Bitsoie was the executive chef of Mitsitam Native Foods Café at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and is a member of the Navajo nation, and Chef James O. Fraioli is a James Beard Award winner. For the the vegan Amazon "The Korean Vegan Cookbook" by Joanne Lee Molinaro, available on Amazon, $24.77Becoming vegan was a big change for Joanne Lee Molinaro, having grown up with meat-based Korean food. However, it didn't stop her from collecting recipes and recreating the dishes that were so connected to her family history. For Molinaro, the stories of her family's immigration from North Korea to the United States are just as important as the recipes. Molinaro recreates childhood memories, like Jjajangmyeon, Korean-Chinese black bean noodles, and writes new recipes, like the Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake, in honor of the foods that saved her mother's life.   For the no-fuss foodie Amazon "Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave)" by David Chang and Priya Krishna, available for pre-order at Amazon, $25You won't find frozen vegetables in Momfuko, but that doesn't mean David Chang has anything against them. In this new book, available on October 26, Chang and co-author, Priya Krishna, explain how they use fine dining principles to make fast, easy, and unpretentious meals at home. For the home cook, it seems like the professional chef can take any ingredients and produce a full, delicious meal. In "Cooking at Home," Chang and Krishna teach you how to do just that.    For the traveler interested in culture and cuisine Amazon "Cook Real Hawai'i" by Sheldon Simeon, available at Amazon, $24.95A finalist in two different seasons of "Top Chef," Sheldon Simeon co-authored a cookbook with Garrett Snyder, transporting readers to the tropical islands of Hawaii. The book dives into stories of Simeon's family, as well as the state's history and cultural traditions. With 100 recipes throughout the book, this personalized guide to Hawaiian cooking has something for beginners and advanced cooks. For the friend who cooks with the seasons Amazon "My Shanghai" by Betty Liu, available on Amazon, $31.79This debut cookbook from Betty Liu (who somehow found the time to author it amid her general surgery residency) is an homage to seasonal cooking and her family's roots in the Chinese regions of Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. I picked up this cookbook up in my local bookstore and couldn't put it down (and ended up bringing it home with me). The chapters are organized by season and explain the influence the weather, holidays, and traditions have on the recipes prepared throughout the year. I love the stories Liu relates about the inspirations behind her recipes, like climbing a mountain to eat Double-Mushroom Noodle Soup at a temple, foraging spring bamboo shoots for Oil-Braised Spring Bamboo, and the bowls of breakfast noodles her father would make her before test days. I've already made the Shanghai Stir-Fried Rice Cakes four or five times, and I can't wait to dive into more of the recipes as the seasons progress.  For the cook who wants to master their grill Amazon "Rodney Scott's World of Barbecue" by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, available on Amazon, $17.77My best friend (and fellow cookbook collector) recently texted me raving about this cookbook and the genius of Rodney Scott's Loaded Pork Skin "Nachos," Pit-Smoked Turkey, and whole-hog approach to Carolina barbecue. Scott's positivity and passion shine throughout the book, and you'll learn lots about southern foodways and the history of Carolina barbecue along the way.   For the parent planning their next trip Amazon "Dishoom" by Shamil Thakrar, available on Amazon, $17.29Whether it's London or Bombay that is your giftee's next destination, "Dishoom" is required reading before they jet off. The popular Dishoom restaurants in London are inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay and serve "tipples," snacks, and mains like Mango Kulfi, Pav Bhaji, and Roomali Roti. In "Dishoom," you'll learn to cook the restaurant's entire menu, and be taken on a tour of Bombay's cafes (complete with a map) along the way.  For the coworker who has *opinions* on babka Amazon "Jew-ish" by Jake Cohen, available at Amazon, $15.79At Insider Reviews we have lots of opinions, especially about food, and a recent debate centered around the merits of cinnamon versus chocolate fillings for babka. I like Jake Cohen's philosophy in "Jew-ish," which is that babka is delicious no matter what you fill it with. "Jew-ish" is a thoughtful collection of recipes centered around Cohen's Ashkenazi heritage, his own self-discovery in the kitchen, and the Persian-Iraqi traditions of his husband. Cohen celebrates the origins of Jewish dishes, while also putting his own twist on the classics. You'll see this in action in his recipes for Cacio e Pepe Rugelach, Black and White Chocolate Chip Cookies, and yes, You Can Go Your Own Way: Babka Edition. For the family member intimidated by their new Instant Pot Amazon "The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook" by Jeffrey Eisner, available at Amazon, $10.78Insider Reviews reporter, James Brains, is currently testing Instant Pots and other multicookers for an update to our guide to the best electric pressure cookers. He's been using recipes from this cookbook and reports that they're easy to follow, have plenty of photos, and are delicious to boot. The book features more than 750 photos detailing step-by-step how to make the 100+ recipes, and makes a great gift for anyone who is curious about Instant Pots but hasn't taken the plunge yet. For the history buff Amazon "Jubilee" by Toni Tipton-Martin, available on Amazon, $20.07Toni Tipton-Martin's personal collection of African-American cookbooks spans more than 400 titles and her knowledge of American food history is on full display in "Jubilee." Through recipes and stories, she relates the history of Black folks who shaped American cuisine into what it is today, from those who cooked under the confines of brutal enslavement to the chefs who ran White House kitchens. "Jubilee" is a masterful work of American history, as told through food. For the person who loves pie but fears making it Amazon "Pie Academy" by Ken Haedrich, available on Amazon, $17.99A compendium of 255 pie recipes, "Pie Academy" is likely the last pie cookbook you'll ever need. It has nearly a dozen recipes for different types of pie crust, a troubleshooting section for when things don't go as expected, and chapters organized by seasonality and filling type. It's guaranteed to be a hit with the pie lover in your life, especially one who is interested in making pies but has always found them a bit daunting.  For the home cook that also loves to read Amazon "Black, White, and The Grey" by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, available on Amazon, $15.69While not a cookbook, "Black, White, and The Grey," tells the story of one of the most celebrated restaurants in America: The Grey in Savannah, Georgia. Mashama Bailey, who is Black, and John O. Morisano, who is white, relate the story of how they turned a dilapidated formerly segregated Greyhound bus station into an award-winning restaurant. The dual memoir touches on race, community, and friendship, with some delicious food anecdotes along the way. For the friend who wants to master the essentials Amazon "My Korea" by Hooni Kim, available on Amazon, $21.99Michelin-starred chef Hooni Kim's debut cookbook is a crash course in the essentials of Korean cuisine. The book's tagline is "traditional flavors, modern recipes," and that is an accurate summation of what you can expect to find in this cookbook — from Dolsot Bibimbap to Budae Jjigae to Hanjan's Spicy Rice Cakes. When I first laid my hands on this cookbook, I wanted to make (and eat) every single recipe. If you're looking for some solid foundation recipes, "My Korea" delivers. For the friend who knows all the words to "Lady Marmalade" Simon and Schuster "LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About" by Patti LaBelle, available at Amazon, $20.99Patti LaBelle is not only the Godmother of Soul and a musical icon, but she is also a New York Times bestselling author for her cookbooks. Her newest cookbook, "Labelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About," has recipes centered around LaBelle's family's Southern roots. With comfort-food favorites like potato salad and peach cobbler, she showcases a variety of her recipes that are full of personal touches.  For the person with quarantine cooking fatigue Amazon "Indian-ish" by Priya Krishna, available on Amazon, $18.29In her debut cookbook, Priya Krishna (contributor to Bon Appetit, New York Times, and others) offers up beloved favorite recipes from her Indian-American family, including Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Malaysian Ramen, and what her dad calls Indian Gatorade (Shikanji). The recipes are largely vegetarian, creative, fun, comforting, and guaranteed to inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut with their cooking in 2021.  For the cook always on the go Amazon 'The Full Plate" by Ayesha Curry, available on Amazon, $15Ayesha Curry and her husband, basketball star Stephen Curry, have three children and busy schedules. She created her newest cookbook with her energetic household in mind, and it features 100 recipes that take under an hour to make. "The Full Plate" is perfect for anyone who wants to spend less time cooking while still ending up with delicious meals.   For the person who can't get enough of Disney Amazon "The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook" by Ashley Craft, available on Amazon, $11.99Technically unofficial, this cookbook will transport you directly into Disneyland. You can replicate a variety of food found in Disney theme parks. It features 100 recipes of iconic Disneyland treats and snacks, including the famous Dole whip, beignets, and more.  For the person who spent 2020 mastering sourdough Amazon "New World Sourdough" by Bryan Ford, available on Amazon, $14.77This was the year of the sourdough starter, and few people are as well-versed in fermented breads as Bryan Ford, blogger and baker. We're not just talking about your classic sourdough boule; Ford is well-known for demonstrating the breadth of what you can do with a sourdough starter: from Sourdough Pan de Coco to Sourdough Discard Battered Fried Chicken. For the cousin who's just learning to cook Amazon "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" by Samin Nosrat, available on Amazon, $16.67In this beautifully illustrated cookbook, chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking, from when to salt your chicken to how to make the perfect focaccia. All the information is presented in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations you'll want to frame and hang in your kitchen. For your family member who loves "Emily in Paris" Amazon "La Buvette" by Camille Fourmont and Kate Leahy, available on Amazon, $14.25"La Buvette" is part cookbook, part guide to French living. Interspersed with recipes from the cookbook's namesake cafe are beautiful pictures of Paris, tips about shopping in France's vintage markets, and instructions on how to dry flowers. The cookbook is a lovely escape into Parisian living, perfect for any Francophile dreaming of a visit to the City of Lights.  For your friend who knows all the best restaurants Amazon "Xi'an Famous Foods" by Jason Wang, available on Amazon, $22.51Xi'an Famous Foods started as a small family-owned market stall in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. Its hand-pulled cumin lamb noodles have become so loved that there are now 14 locations all around New York City. In this cookbook, the son of the family and CEO of the business Jason Wang divulges some of the recipes that made his family business famous, as well as other classic dishes from Xi'an in western China. For the fan of the 'Great British Baking Show' Amazon "Baking with Kim-Joy" by Kim-Joy, available on Amazon, $14.89Contestants of the Great British Baking Show have come out with several cookbooks, including series nine runner-up Kim-Joy. She is best known for her adorable and creative bakes, like her giant chocolate planet filled with "space turtles," or her "Silke the vegetarian mermaid" pie. Kim-Joy brings the same color and fun to her bakes in her debut cookbook, which includes Pigfiteroles in Mud, Tazhong Cat Buns, and a version of her Space Turtle Cake.  For the person experimenting with a plant-based lifestyle this year Amazon "Vegetable Kingdom" by Bryant Terry, available on Amazon, $17.39James Beard Award-winning chef and food activist Bryant Terry offers 150 vegan recipes in his most recent cookbook. Instead of trying to imitate meaty dishes, Terry's book celebrates the vegetable and all its parts: skin, husk, flowers, roots, and all. You'll find recipes for Pea Shoot and Peanut Salad, Grilled Spring Onions with Lemon-Thyme Oil, Cornmeal-Fried Oyster Mushroom Po'Boys, and more. A special hallmark of Terry's books is that they often contain a playlist to listen to while you're cooking, and "Vegetable Kingdom" is no different, featuring recommended tracks by Duke Ellington, Santana, Björk, and more. For the friend who likes to Instagram all their food Amazon "Ottolenghi Flavor" by Yotam Ottolenghi, available on Amazon, $23.39Yotam Ottolenghi is owner and chef of some of London's most beloved cafes and restaurants. His recipes are some of the most colorful and beautiful out there, and his latest cookbook is no exception. "Flavor" is filled with mostly vegetarian recipes that not only pack a punch visually but flavor-wise, too. Ottolenghi and his co-authors expound the building blocks of flavor in three sections: process, pairing, and produce. The result is more than 100 'gram-worthy recipes from Spicy Mushroom Lasagna to Iceberg Wedges with Smoky Eggplant Cream. For the hummus lover Amazon "Falastin" by Sami Tamimi, available on Amazon, $31.50Longtime Ottolenghi collaborator (and co-author of "Jerusalem," another of our cookbook picks), Sam Tamimi, crafted his latest cookbook as an homage to Palestinian food. The book is rich in recipes, from multiple variations of shakshuka and hummus, to verdant salads, and colorful dips. Along the way, Tamimi tells the culinary history of Palestinian food — from the home cooks feeding their neighbors in refugee camps to the restaurateurs cooking for tourists in Bethlehem. For the person who recently moved Amazon "Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm" by Molly Yeh, available on Amazon, $24.25Molly Yeh is the star of Food Network's "Girl Meets Farm" and winner of the Judges' Choice IACP Cookbook Award. "Molly on the Range" explores home, family, her Jewish and Chinese heritage, and Yeh's Midwestern farm life. You'll find recipes for Sufganiyot, Chicken Potstickers, Challah Waffles, and more. For the pint-sized cook in your life Amazon "The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs" by America's Test Kitchen, available on Amazon, $11.49I worked for America's Test Kitchen (ATK) for seven years and was privy to the care its team puts into each and every one of its cookbooks. ATK's series of cookbooks for kids is the epitome of that detail and care; every one of the recipes in this volume was tested by pro chefs and kid cooks. The recipes are specifically designed with kids in mind, outlining when to get an adult for help with handling hot ingredients or sharp tools. This is the book I wish was available to me when I was a child, and I've gifted it and the kid's baking book to every kid I know. I love getting reports from their parents about a new recipe they cooked or discovered. For the person always posting pictures of their cheese board Amazon "Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion" by Shelley Westerhausen, available on Amazon, $15.38In her best-selling cookbook, author and food blogger Shelley Westerhausen shares 40 casual yet chic spreads (complete with meat and drink pairings) that anyone can make and enjoy. It's also a visual cornucopia that's just as satisfying to flip through as to use when hosting get-togethers when it's safe to do so. And if you're looking for a board of your own, we recommend any of these five options.  For the self-described dessert person Amazon "Dessert Person" by Claire Saffitz, available on Amazon, $22.24Claire Saffitz may be known for her wildly popular Gourmet Makes series on YouTube, but she's a pastry chef at heart and her affinity for baked goods is out in full force with her new cookbook "Dessert Person." In this cookbook, you can find creative recipes for Babkallah (a babka-Challah mashup), Apple and Concord Grape Crumble Pie, Strawberry-Cornmeal Layer Cake, and Malted Forever Brownies. It's sure to please the dessert lover in your life. For the person who had to cancel their vacation last year Amazon "Pasta Grannies" by Vicky Bennison, available on Amazon, $18.99Each episode of the "Pasta Grannies" YouTube series is an escape to a different region of Italy, where local grannies (or nonne) teach the audience to prepare and cook a regional dish — from classics like Spaghetti alla Carbonara to a pasta shape from Sardinia only three women know how to make. This cookbook takes some of the most popular videos from the series and turns them into tangible recipes you can cook at home. Between watching the video and cooking from the book, you can transport yourself to a little corner of Italy without leaving your home. For the person homesick for their grandma's cooking Amazon "In Bibi's Kitchen" by Hawa Hassan, available on Amazon, $18.69This cookbook centers around grandmothers (or bibis) from eight south and east African countries. Throughout the book, we get to know the women whose recipes are featured and learn about their personal history and the history of their country. Along the way, you'll find recipes for Eritrean Doro Wat, Tanzanian Date Bread, Kenyan Kachumbari, and more. It's the kind of cookbook that makes think about your grandmother. For the person who lives by a cookie-a-day philosophy Amazon "100 Cookies" by Sarah Keiffer, available on Amazon, $20.76A good ol' chocolate chip cookie never goes out of style, but if you have a cookie lover in your life, consider gifting them this homage to baked goods. You'll find recipes for the classics (including four different variations of chocolate chip cookies) as well cookies you've probably never had before, like Banana-Espresso-Cacao Nib cookies. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 14th, 2021

51 Christmas gifts for mom that cost $50 or less

You don't need to blow your budget to get Mom something she'll truly appreciate. We did the research and found 51 Christmas gifts for mom under $50. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Book of the Month Instagram With all she does for you, Mom deserves to be treated to something nice. You don't have to spend a lot to make her feel special. We found plenty of Christmas gifts for mom that all come in under $50. Check out more great gift ideas for her here. She's your confidante, rock, mentor, and built-in best friend. She's been there through it all, and now she deserves something special. But coming up with gift ideas for Mom can be one of the hardest tasks. After all, what do you give someone who literally gave you life?The good news is that the perfect gift for mom is out there, and, best of all, it doesn't have to break the bank to be special. When it comes to Christmas gifts for mom, whether you want to go with something big or small, thoughtfulness is key. That's why we scoured the web and collected unique gifts that show your mom you care, all for under $50.Pick a gift that embraces nostalgia, mom's favorite hobbies, or some quality time with you - whatever you give, Mom will love it. Keep reading for 51 Christmas gifts for Mom under $50: A sweet floral tea set for one Anthropologie Annie Tea-For-One-Set, available at Anthropologie, $38A sip from this adorable floral print teapot is as enjoyable as it is soothing. The stackable teapot lets you savor each taste for longer with the teapot included with a teacup. A cozy robe to keep warm Target Stars Above Cozy Plush Robe, available at Target, $30There's no better sleepwear to relax in than this plush, velvet robe for the breezy evenings or mornings. This cozy polyester robe brings extreme comfort and warmth whether you're layering or covering up. A personalized video message from her favorite celebrity Cameo Personalized video message, starting at $1, available at CameoWhen 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. Whether it's for her birthday, Mother's Day, or a different milestone, there's something for everyone on Cameo, with prices as low as $1. You can get Jay Jackson from "Parks and Recreation" or James Cosmo from "Game of Thrones," each for $50 or less. Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo. A meal from mom's favorite restaurant Goldbelly Goldbelly Restaurant Meal Kits, available at Goldbelly, from $25Though dining out at restaurants is harder right now due to COVID-19, you can still treat mom to her favorite restaurant foods delivered right to her door. From lobster rolls to bagels, Goldbelly ships food gifts from famous eateries nationwide.  A dainty jewelry holder Catbird Catbird Swan Ring Holder, $32, available at CatbirdThis dainty piece of decor is as pretty as it is practical. It can hold rings, necklaces, and any other small trinkets.  A cool, minimalist puzzle Food52 Areaware Gradient Puzzle, $35, available at Food52This 1,000-piece puzzle has an aesthetically pleasing gradient pattern that's nice to look at, but hard to put together. If mom loves a challenge, she'll enjoy trying to get this one right.  A luxe body lotion Nécessaire Nécessaire The Body Lotion, $25, available at NordstromWe love this super hydrating, skin-smoothing body lotion. It's filled with nourishing, clean ingredients that will keep dry skin at bay. The sleek packaging and skin-soothing formula are sure to upgrade her post-shower routine.  A streaming stick to up mom's binge-watching experience Amazon Roku Streaming Stick +, available at Amazon, $39Upgrade mom's next Netflix marathon without needing to splurge on a new TV. The Roku Streaming Stick + features 4K, HD, and HDR streaming in a small but mighty package. A cute set of washcloths that'll hide stains Weezie Makeup Towels (Pair), $40, available at WeezieThese gentle and fluffy towels were made to help her wash off the day's makeup with ease, and the dark navy color hides stains. Choose from three different embroidery options, all of which are adorable. A box filled with Japanese treats Bokksu Bokksu Classic Gift Box, from $39.95, available at BokksuShe may not be able to travel the world, but a Bokksu Box can give Mom a fun cultural experience from the comfort of her own kitchen. The classic gift box is filled with a selection of 20-25 unique Japanese snacks, sourced directly from family-run businesses in Japan, so she can get a little more adventurous at snack time.  A high-end manicure mom can give herself Amazon The Starter Set, $28, available at Olive & JuneFor many of us, achieving a salon-quality manicure at home feels impossible. Olive & June is trying to change that. The Poppy is an innovative bottle handle that makes it easy to apply your polish smoothly and evenly. This set has everything Mom needs for an easy, at-home mani: The Poppy, a top coat, and a bottle of Olive & June polish in a sheer shade.  An organic facial steam Amazon Belier Handmade Organic Facial Steam, $12, available at EtsyWhen there's no time for a trip to the spa, this facial steam will upgrade her typical skincare routine. All she has to do is boil some water, steep the dried leaves, and hold her face over the steaming herbs — it'll enhance blood flow and open her pores, so her skin will easily absorb whatever product she puts on next.  A book subscription service for an exciting new read every month Book of the Month Instagram Book of the Month Membership, starting at $49.99 for 3 monthsIf she's always asking you for new book recommendations, she's going to love this service that curates great books and sends them to subscribers once a month. Each monthly delivery will be an exciting surprise as she discovers a new read she might not have found otherwise. Our editor tried the service herself and loved it. Refreshing and decadent bubble bath L'Occitane L'Occitane Lavender Foaming Bath, $39, available at SephoraA little luxury goes a long way. Aid your mom in getting some true relaxation with this rich bubble bath made with fresh, calming lavender.  A fancy bottle of olive oil Brightland Alive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37A bottle of high-quality olive oil is the perfect gift for any mom who enjoys cooking, or just eating great food. Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, and she'll appreciate the beautiful bottle.  A Disney+ subscription Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Subscribe to Disney+, $6.99/month or $69.99/year, available at Disney+Give Mom unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. She'll have more than enough great content for movie marathons at home. Learn everything there is to know about Disney+ over here. And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream. Flavor-infused cubes for mom's next brunch Uncommon Goods Minute Mimosa Sugar Cube Trio, $30, available at Uncommon GoodsMom will love these flavor-infused cubes that turn any glass of champagne into an elevated mimosa or bellini. To take it to the next level, add a bottle of bubbly to your gift. A practical and chic multipurpose pouch Nordstrom Rack Madewell Leather Pouch Clutch, $49.50, available at MadewellA bag that multitasks as well as she does makes for a great gift. This pouch will keep her little things organized in her purse during the day but can pull double-duty as a clutch come nighttime.  Tea with some extra love Uncommon Goods Heart-Shaped Tea Bags, $30, available at Uncommon GoodsThis gift for mom lets her enjoy a good cuppa while also showing her some extra love. Each set contains five English Breakfast, five Earl Grey, and five White Berry teabags.   A smart speaker mom will get a kick out of talking to Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen), $49.99, available at Best BuyWhether she's a smart home wizard or completely inept at tech, Mom will love this smart speaker that she can control with her own voice.  A T-shirt that shows off her values Everlane 100% Human Tees, $25, available at EverlaneGive mom a shirt she can feel good about wearing. When you buy a tee from this collection, Everlane will make a donation to the ACLU — an organization promoting equal rights for all. A heart-shaped succulent The Sill Hoya Heart Plant, $32, available at The SillBring some life to their space with this adorable heart-shaped succulent. With little attention needed, it's a great gift for amateur plant parents and experienced ones alike. A silk eye mask for when mom really needs some sleep Ahalife Silk Sleep Eye Mask, $50, available at SephoraMom seriously deserves some quality sleep. Make it a little easier for her to get it with this comfortable, silky smooth eye mask. A map that reminds mom of her favorite place Grafomap Custom Map, starting at $49, available at GrafomapSome things just breed nostalgia. Grafomap will make a custom map of a location of your choice — you can even add personalized labels. Choose the place she grew up, a place where you have fond memories together, or a family favorite vacation spot. It's a great piece of home decor that means something to her, too.  Textured planters that mom can fill with her favorite plants CB2 3-Piece White Loom Planter Set, $12.99, available at CB2After all those years taking care of you, caring for her plants is nothing. These planters, which can stay indoors or outdoors, are a pretty and practical way to hold some greenery.  A set of soaps that smell like a bouquet of fresh flowers Uncommon Goods Box of Flowers Soaps, $30, available at Uncommon GoodsThere's something so wonderful about the smell of fresh flowers. That mood-lifting smell, combined with all-natural, soothing ingredients, make these soaps a unique and welcomed addition to her bathroom.  A framed photo she’ll always cherish Framebridge The Aiden Frame, $39, available at FramebridgeNothing can compare to a gift that she can keep hung up forever as a reminder of the great memories you've shared together — that's what makes this framed photo so special. A candle that smells like mom's favorite place Amazon Homesick Candles, from $34, available at HomesickTake her back to her favorite place with these nostalgia-inducing candles. Whether it's the scents of spring in New York City like flowers, concrete, and fine department store fragrances, or the salty seaweed, morning coffee, and ocean air of the beach cottage she frequented as a child — these Homesick candles are sure to bring back fond memories. A cookbook from a home cook icon Amazon "Cook Like a Pro" by Ina Garten, $17.46, available at AmazonIna Garten, the icon of home cooks everywhere, just released a new cookbook — and you know your mom will want to add this one to her shelf. With new recipes and techniques, you might even get to benefit from what she learns with a delicious meal.   A set of wines she’s probably never tried before Wine.com Italian Wine Gift Set, $39.99, available at Wine.comIf she loves to try new wines, make it easy with this trio of three Italian varietals. It's no trip to Tuscany, but it still tastes pretty darn good.  A personalized T-shirt she’ll love to show off Known Supply Personalized Women's Fitted Crew, $32 + $10 for customization, available at Known SupplyMom, Mommy, Mama — whatever you call her, make it official with this personalized crew-neck T-shirt.  A vintage-looking indoor herb garden Uncommon Goods Mason Jar Indoor Herb Garden, $22, available at Uncommon GoodsThese mason jar make growing fresh herbs easy. All she has to do is plant the seeds, add water, place the jars in a sunny spot, and let the herbs grow. It takes little effort on her part, but having fresh herbs will make all the difference in adding flavor to her favorite dishes. A mortar and pestle to up mom's guac game Crate & Barrel Molcajete 8-Inch, $34.95, available at Crate & BarrelMom's guac game just got a lot stronger with this molcajete. The mortar and pestle are made of volcanic stone to grind out everything to the perfect texture — so she can claim the title of best dip on the table.  A pair of plush slippers she can wear in and out of the house Pottery Barn Minnetonka Chesney Scuff Slippers, $49.95, available at ZapposLet her treat her feet right with these slippers. They're cozy and cute, so she'll love lounging in them all day long. A spiralizer that’ll help her get inventive with cooking vegetables Amazon Mueller Multi-Blade Spiralizer, $19.97, available at AmazonChances are, she was the one telling you to eat your vegetables growing up — but that doesn't mean you can't share the same sentiment for her with this spiralizer, which can grate, slice, spiralize, and shred her favorite vegetables for all different kinds of uses.  Adorable animals to hold her rings Wayfair Umbra Origami 3-Pack Ring Holder, $20, available at UmbraWhether she wants to show her rings off or make sure she doesn't lose them, these little animals do the trick. They look super cute as a piece of decor, but are undoubtedly practical. You could even pair these with a cute ring to start. A bath caddy with room for everything she might need Amazon Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray, from $49.97, available at AmazonThe only thing that could make a bath more relaxing than some luxurious bubbles is this bathtub caddy. It can hold everything she needs — a device so she can watch her favorite show, a glass full of her favorite drink, and even a candle she can light for ambiance.  A fitting diffuser for the tastemaker of your house Snowe Tastemaker Diffuser, $40, available at SnoweWith scents of shiso leaf, wild mint, and meyer lemon, this diffuser will look and smell great anywhere in the house. A stylish water bottle that will become her go-to S'well S'well Stainless Steel Bottle, $35, available at AmazonWith a variety of shapes and sizes, S'well vacuum insulated water bottles do a great job of keeping all kinds of beverages hot (for 12 hours) or cold (for 24 hours). They come in a bunch of fun colors and patterns, which makes using a reusable water bottle a lot more fun.  A bouquet of fresh flowers to liven up her space The Bouqs Instagram Floral Bouquets, starting at $39, available at The BouqsThere's a reason flowers are a classic — bursting with color and lovely scents, they bring life to every space. The Bouqs is one of our favorite places to order flowers online for their wide variety of vibrant, fresh arrangements to choose from. A cozy throw she’ll love to cuddle up in Kohl's Madison Park Ruched Faux Fur Throw, $44.99, available at Kohl'sThis cozy throw is something she'll want to snuggle up with all winter long, and then some. It's not too heavy, so it's great for all times of year, but this super plush faux fur is just what she needs for your family movie marathons over the holidays. Bookends that also function as flower vases PortlandHomeGoods/Etsy Vase Bookends, $24.97, available at EtsyPretty and practical — what could be better? Mom will love keeping her favorite books sandwiched between these sturdy concrete vases which she can fill with her favorite flowers. A fun game that your whole family will crack up playing Amazon What Do You Meme?, $29.99, available at Target and WalmartShe might not even know what a meme is, but there's no doubt she'll be laughing for hours creating funny memes with this card game. It's perfect for a family game night, but if you family members who err on the much younger side, go for something a little more PG. A decorative way to repurpose her old wine corks Uncommon Goods Wine Cork States, $35, available at Uncommon GoodsShe insists on keeping the corks from some of her favorite wines, so give her somewhere to actually show them off. This state-shaped display board turns her keepsake wine corks into a piece of art worthy of being seen.  A dainty necklace with meaningful initials KESTJewelry/Etsy Custom Initial Necklace, starting at $27, available at EtsyWhether it's her own initials, you and your siblings' first names, or any other combinations of letters that matter to her — this necklace is a little but thoughtful way to keep those important to her close. A cool tote bag she'll use everyday Baggu Duck Bag, from $34, available at BagguFrom a grocery bag to a work bag, this canvas tote can do it all. It can fit a 15-inch laptop and has adjustable straps so she'll be comfortable carrying it around all day.  A subscription that lets her discover new beauty products Birchbox/Instagram Birchbox three month subscription gift, $45, available at BirchboxBirchbox is a subscription service that sends a box full of five makeup and skincare samples for her to use each month. It's easy to buy full-size versions on the site, in case she falls in love with any one product and wants more. Plus, it'll be exciting for her to receive the beauty surprises each month.  A convenient charging port for her most-used devices Amazon Elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, $26.99, available at AmazonShe has an iPad, Air Pods, and Apple Watch — it might seem like there's nothing else you could get your Apple-loving mom. This is a great gift for loyal Apple fans — it's a three-in-one charging hub that looks much nicer than an average extension cord, and it'll fit all of her devices perfectly.  A custom phone case made with a collage of family photos Casetify Custom Phone Case, starting at $45 (prices vary depending on your device), available at CasetifyThere's nothing she loves more than family, so let her show it off every day with a personalized phone case. Upload some of your favorite family photos to put on this super cute case — there are plenty of options for different layouts and cases for all kinds of smartphones. A customizable and challenging puzzle Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle, $49.95, available at Uncommon GoodsWork Mom's brain with this sentimental and interactive gift. Pick a special date (birthday, anniversary, etc.), and it'll be turned into a puzzle made of the actual front page of The New York Times from that day.  A chic mug to brighten up her morning routine Nordstrom Anthropologie Bistro Monogram Mug, $14, available at AnthropologieThis chic mug will instantly transport Mom to her favorite cafe, sipping on a cappuccino while trying to figure out how to rotate her camera as she's FaceTiming you. Choose the first letter of her name, or better yet, choose yours.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 5th, 2021

46 thoughtful and useful gifts for anyone who just moved into a new apartment

Help them make their new apartment feel like home with these fun, practical, and thoughtful housewarming gifts. Zola; Jada Wong/InsiderWhen you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Moving into a new apartment is an exciting time for anyone, but it can also be stressful. That's why finding a thoughtful or helpful housewarming gift can help them feel at home in their new apartment. We've found gifts that include everything from apartment essentials to gifts that are fun, creative, and decorative. In this guide, you can find practical housewarming items from a set of mixing bowls and a dinnerware set to a stylish catchall tray and a coffee table book made for dog lovers. We've included gift ideas for the bedroom, bathroom, living spaces, and kitchen, so no matter what they need (or want!), you can find a great housewarming gift in this list. Here are 46 practical and thoughtful gifts for their new apartment: A functional lap deskAmazonSofia + Sam Multi Tasking Laptop Bed Lap Tray, available at Amazon, $39.96Space is limited in an apartment, so this versatile lap desk will definitely come in handy. With its adjustable top and portable design, they can set up a workstation anywhere.An essential spice setSpice HouseBest of Spice House Collection, available at The Spice House, $195A spice set is a perfect present for someone who has just moved into a new place. This practical gift includes 24 popular spices that will help the recipient tackle any recipe.A stylish coffee table book for dog loversAmazon"Dogs" by Lewis Blackwell and Tim Flatch, available at Amazon, $39.49A coffee table book is lovely to look at and can also double as decor. This one has over 200 pages featuring all kinds of dogs and was created by an award-winning photographer.  A cookbook for the first few weeksAmazon"Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave)" by David Chang and Priya Krishna, available at Amazon, $17.48This is the perfect cookbook for the first few weeks when they're tired of takeout and still haven't unpacked all their pots and pans. In this new book, David Chang and coauthor Priya Krishna explain how to make fast, easy, and unpretentious meals at home. If they already love to cook, check out some of our other favorite cookbooks.A starter utensil setGoldilocksUtensil Set, available at Goldilocks, $80Whether they're a master chef or enjoy baking in their free time, Goldilocks's 12-piece utensil set includes everything they need from mixing bowls to a grater to a fish spatula. Your giftee will appreciate this quality utensil set in their new kitchen.A set of unique colored wine glassesZolaEstelle Colored Wine Stemware (Set of 2), available at Zola and Estelle Colored Glass, from $84.99Raise a glass to new beginnings in their new apartment with these colored wine glasses from Black-owned brand Estelle. The glasses come in pastel colors like blush pink, mint green, and coral peach, and are beloved by celebrities like Beyoncé. All of Estelle's colored glassware is handblown in Poland. An houseplant that's easy to care forThe SillZZ Plant, available at The Sill, $88If your giftee loves plants, but can't seem to keep them alive, the ZZ plant is a great option because it can thrive in low light and stores water, only needing to be watered every two to three weeks. A smart essential oil diffuserAmazonAsakuki Smart Wi-Fi Essential Oil Diffuser, available at Amazon, $33.99If they're into essential oils and have an Amazon Echo, the Asakuki Smart Wi-Fi Essential Oil Diffuser could be an excellent gift. It's compatible with Alexa, has seven lighting options, and has multiple mist settings. We picked this as the best essential oil diffuser for large rooms in our buying guide. A bath mat to match any type of decorMaliah West/InsiderSummer Fern/Simple Modern Watercolor Bath Mat, available at Society6, $16.80Bath mats are one of those necessities that no one likes to spend money on or think twice about. Shopping for one at Society6, you can support independent artists and choose a unique pattern that matches the new homeowner. We tested these mats and the non-slip backing keeps them in place even when soaked through.A set of tasty olive oils and vinegarsBrightlandThe Essential Capsule, available at Brightland, $112Brightland specializes in creating authentic olive oils and vinegars without filler ingredients. The Essential Capsule set includes everything they'll need to cook delicious meals in their new home.A space-saving set of mixing bowlsAmazon Brabantia Tasty+ Bowl, Colander, and Juicer Set, available at Amazon, $39.80Space is often tight in apartment kitchens. All the pieces in this mixing bowl set stack for easy and compact storage. The set contains two large mixing bowls, a small colander, and a small container with a juicer lid — all the essentials they need to food prep in their new space.A powerful steam mopTargetBissell PowerFresh Deluxe Steam Mop, available at Target, Amazon, and Bissell, $102.99Help them keep their floors clean with our top pick for the best steam mop. The mop sanitizes hardwood floors while scrubbing away stains and dirt.A streaming stick that turns their plain TV into a smart TVAmazonFire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, available at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy, $39.99If they're looking to cut cable out of their lives, a streaming stick is the way to go. It turns a regular TV into a smart TV by making all their favorite media apps like Netflix and Hulu available through a voice-controlled remote.A shower caddy that will follow them through multiple apartmentsBed Bath & BeyondSimple Human Tension Shower Caddy, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, and Amazon, from $149.99This shower caddy is one of the most useful things in my apartment. It uses an adjustable tension rod to hold itself into place and it can fit everything from a weirdly shaped bathtub ledge to a full floor-to-ceiling walk-in shower. It's a little pricey, but Simplehuman is known for making quality home products that rarely if ever need to be replaced. I've had mine for more than three years and it hasn't rusted at all (you can read my full review of it here). —Sally Kaplan, executive editorA surge protector with USB and USB-C portsAmazonPower Strip with USB C, 3 Outlets 4 USB Ports, available at Amazon, $17.99More likely than not, they'll have frustratingly limited outlets in their new space. Help them solve their outlet shortage with this handy power strip which has three regular outlets, four USB ports, and one USB-C port. This power strip was also designed to allow space for another plug to be used in the second outlet and has a length of five feet.A duster that can can extend up to three feetAmazonSwiffer Dusters Heavy Duty Extender Starter Kit, available at Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot, from $10.09Dusting is one of the less glamorous responsibilities that comes with moving into an apartment. This Swiffer Heavy Duty Extender Kit has everything they'll need to get the job done quickly and efficiently, including 12 duster refills. The handle can extends up to three feet, making it easier to reach into corners and crevices.A fun way for them to display their picturesAmazonUmbra Hangit Photo Display, available at Amazon and Walmart, $20If they've been in their apartment for several months and still have bare walls, this hanging wall mount display is the perfect fix. This display is easy to set up and is a fun way for them to incorporate their favorite memories into their space. It comes in several finishes including black, gold, and natural wood.An espresso machineChloé Seytre/Courtesy of Owen Burke/InsiderGaggia Classic Pro Espresso Machine, available at Amazon, $429.55Kitchen gifts are always appreciated, and there's nothing that accentuates a new kitchen quite like a powerful espresso machine. If you have the budget to treat a loved one, we recommend the top pick in our guide to the best espresso machines. Stemless wine glasses that won’t spill or break as easilyAmazonRiedel O Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4), available at Amazon, $52.50When my partner and I moved in together years ago, their mom bought us a nice set of tall, thin-stemmed wine glasses — likely because I had once served her Cabernet in a mason jar. Though I like using those to entertain occasionally, I prefer these stemless glasses that are much more casual and much less breakable (...kind of like a mason jar). —Sally Kaplan, executive editorA gift card to buy the best set of sheets they’ve ever slept onBrooklinenGift Card, available at Brooklinen, from $50Our executive editor calls Brooklinen's sheets one of the best purchases she's ever made, and many of us at Insider Reviews feel the same way. Your giftee will be able to choose from quite a few weaves and materials as well as a huge selection of fun prints and colors. A basic full set costs around $130.A personalized trinket tray for all their odds and endsMark and GrahamGreek Key Ceramic Catchall, available at Mark & Graham, from $19.99Catch-all trays are the kind of gift that may seem underwhelming until you realize how useful they are. That was certainly the case when I was gifted one after college. Now I have a few of them around my apartment — one for keys and sunglasses by the door, one for my rings and jewelry by the bed, and another in the living room for lip balm, candle matches, and other small items. This one is customizable with their initials as an extra sweet touch.A single-serve blender for smoothies and small batchesAmazonNutribullet Pro Blender, available at Amazon and Bed Bath & Beyond, from $89.99They're likely not going to need a full-sized blender for any reason other than making large batches of frozen margaritas. Gift them a personal-sized one for making healthy smoothies at home — and if they want to make a few frosty cocktails, they'll just have to put in a little extra work. A robot vacuum that makes quick work of choresAmazonEufy RoboVac 15C Max Robot Vacuum, available at Amazon and Walmart, from $249.99Vacuuming is one of the great time-sucks in life — literally. Give them back their Sunday afternoons with the gift of a robot vacuum that'll take the work out of cleaning the house. We love this vacuum as a budget option that performs well on carpet and hardwood. You can read a more thorough review this vacuum and our other favorites here.Wall hooks that work in any roomWest ElmLoop Wall Hooks (set of 3), available at West Elm, from $33If they're living the big city life in a small city apartment, they'll appreciate any extra storage they can get. These wall hooks can be hung up by the door to hold coats, keys, and bags, or they could go in the bedroom to store additional items that won't fit in the closet.A Dutch oven they’ll have for the rest of their lifeAmazonLe Creuset 5.5-Quart Dutch Oven, available at Williams-Sonoma, $420A Le Creuset Dutch oven is one of those coveted kitchen items that most people don't get until their weddings, if ever. It's a special gift I only recommend giving to someone who really loves to cook. If you want to get them something a little less expensive but equally as useful, go for an eight- or nine-inch cast-iron skillet. Le Creuset's Dutch ovens also made our list of the All-Time Best Products we've ever tested.A coffee maker for oneAmazonBlack+Decker Programmable Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $48.34They can brew tons of coffee in this classic coffee maker — a priceless gift, if you ask me. For under $50, this machine has helpful features like brew-pause and a digital display. A desk they can fold and put awayWayfair Jannike Folding Desk, available at Wayfair, $65.99This desk makes an excellent gift for the person who works from home or enjoys writing. It's easy to assemble, and if they want to optimize their space, the desk can be folded and stored away in a matter of seconds.A toaster that's as sleek as it is functionalWilliams-SonomaSmeg Two-Slice Toaster, available at Williams-Sonoma, from $199.95If they don't want to sacrifice design for functionality, Smeg's kitchen tools and appliances are the way to go. We've deemed Smeg's toaster the best for the design-obsessed for this exact reason.A friendly welcome matTheDoormatory/EtsyTheDoormatory Doormat, available at Etsy, from $35A welcome mat is another home basic they're going to need but aren't going to want to purchase. This simple one is fun enough without bordering on tacky. Candles that really make it feel like homeOtherland/Alyssa Powell/InsiderOtherland Candles, available at Otherland, $36 each or 3 for $89Otherland's candles have gorgeous packaging and intriguing scents (think: sandalwood and amber, or champagne and saffron). This is one gift you'll love giving as much as they'll love getting, and it will add a sweet touch to their space. This is another product that made our All-Time Best list.A jumbo pack of removable wall hooksAmazonCommand Hooks (9-pack), available at Amazon, $10.99You can never have enough Command Hooks, especially if you're a renter who can't nail anything into the wall. This multi-pack makes a great stocking stuffer.A place to put their boozeWest ElmDeco Handle Tray, available at West Elm, from $76Whether they have a proper bar cart or not, one simple way to add sophistication to space is to store liquor and/or barware on a pretty tray. This neutral option is great for anyone who entertains a lot — they can use it as a serving platter or hold their at-home minibar.A utensil holder for easy access to cooking toolsWest ElmTextured Utensil Holder, available at West Elm, $19.25Unless they absolutely love to cook, a utensil crock probably won't be the first thing on their mind when they move into a new space, so this is a smart and useful kitchen gift they'll appreciate.A cool canvas art print to personalize their spaceRedbubbleAlfred Hitchcock's Vertigo Canvas Print (Medium, 12"x17"), available at Redbubble, $89.50Redbubble helps more than 700,000 independent artists and designers share their work with the world through its online marketplace — all while committing to sustainable and socially responsible practices. We love Redbubble's original, quirky art printed on products ranging from canvas prints to cell phone cases to bath mats. This canvas print is a perfect piece of wall art for any Hitchcock film buff.A cozy throw to snuggle up withCrane & CanopyKnotted Throw, available at Crane & Canopy, $89This is the blanket we fight over in my house — it's cozy, warm, breathable, and supremely soft. You'll find it in a few different colors at Crane & Canopy.A simple coat rackWayfairLakwanzaa Rustic Freestanding Coat Rack, available at Wayfair, $42.99Coat racks can go overlooked, but they need a place to hang their hat (and coat) just like everyone else, especially now that they have a place to call their own. Rustic and modern at once, this one will work almost anywhere.A new down duvet that works for every seasonCasperThe Down Duvet (Full/Queen), available at Casper, $299Casper makes three equally excellent comforters, but this one is the more basic option. Its stitched compartments keep the ethically-sourced down from spreading through the blanket, and the organic cotton shell is gentle and cooling. A set of hand towels for the bathroomCrane & CanopyThe Classic Hand Towels, available at Crane & Canopy, $18Hand towels are a necessity made all the more fun when embroidered or monogrammed. Crane & Canopy offers a variety of colors and styles for a personalized touch.A beautiful set of coasters they’ll actually want to useWest ElmOnyx Marble Coaster (Set of 4), available at West Elm, $47.50Hopefully, it's a lesson they won't ever have to learn the hard way: always use a coaster. If you get them this beautiful set, they'll actually want to. A laundry basket that blends with any decorWest ElmRound Weave Laundry Baskets, available at West Elm, from $75A laundry basket is another much-appreciated gift they'll be thankful not to have to buy themselves. The lining of this one is removable, and if they already have a laundry basket, they can use it to store extra sets of sheets and towels. A beautiful set of dinnerwareYear & DayDinnerware, available at Year & Day, from $44Most people's first apartments (and the next few after that, if we're being honest) feature cabinets full of mismatched plates, glasses, and mugs they've collected over time. Get them a new set of dishes, glasses, or flatware from Year & Day, one of our favorite startups out there. If you're not ready to commit, you can read a full review of their dinnerware here. The Year & Day Big Bowls also made our list of the best things we've ever tested.A salt lamp to give their space a warm glowAmazonHimalayan Glow Salt Lamp, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99I swear by my salt lamp for creating a relaxing vibe at home. This one was gifted to me two years ago and I still use it every day. A signature scent for their new homeNordstromDiptyque Baies Room Spray, available at Nordstrom, $68A room spray is a fun twist on the classic gift of scented candles — and you can't go wrong with anything from Diptyque. During the cooler months, there's nothing more gorgeous than the iconic, floral Baies (roses and blackcurrant leaves) scent, which you'll find concentrated in this beautiful mist.A smart device that can answer almost any question and play musicAmazonEcho Dot 4th Generation, available at Amazon and Home Depot, from $49.99You can't go wrong when it comes to gifting the Echo Dot. It's a small speaker with major power, and Alexa can answer all their questions about the weather, traffic, and more. They'll also be able to play music, games, and control other smart devices around the house. This one also tops the list of the All-Time Best products we've tested.A cost-effective investment in their seltzer habitBest BuySodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Maker, available at Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Walmart, from $104.13If La Croix sparkling water is their main source of hydration, they'll love having a SodaStream around to make seltzer on demand. They can flavor it with drops meant to taste just like the real thing or create their own infusions — either way, they'll save a lot of money over time. A storage ottoman to save them spaceTargetCole Classics Square Storage Ottoman, available at Target, from $119.99Every extra ounce of storage space matters in a small apartment, which is why this storage ottoman makes a perfect (and decor-neutral) gift. The lid lifts to reveal enough space for throw blankets and a pair of slippers. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 28th, 2022

67 gifts under $50 perfect for any occasion or holiday

We found great gift ideas under $50 that prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get just the right gift for any occasion. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.We found great gift ideas under $50 that prove you don't have to spend a fortune to get just the right gift for any occasion.Amazon; TargetLife happens fast — and shopping for last-minute gifts happens faster. Birthdays, anniversaries, and celebrations can seemingly appear out of the blue (yes, they might happen every year but hey, there's a lot going on!). Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank to show your love and appreciation for that special someone.These affordable gifts are great as a standalone item or as a complement to a larger gift. Have a friend who loves ramen? A coworker who's a pen collector? These gifts under $50 are personable and unique, fit for any celebratory occasion. The 67 best gifts under $50 in 2022:A Bluetooth karaoke microphone to make events more funAmazonBonaok Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, available at Amazon, $30.99Best for: The songbirdThis Bluetooth karaoke microphone is the perfect accessory to gift the one who's the life of the party. They can sing along to their favorite songs with this gift that offers premium sound and noise reduction. The fanny pack they'll forget they're wearingPatagoniaPatagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack, available at REI, $35Best for: The one who's always on the goMade from 100% recycled ripstop nylon and treated with a silicone face coating for weather resistance, this mini pack is durable and practical. Our pick for the best small fanny pack, the Patagonia Ultralight Blackhole is so light that they'll forget it's on. From the trails to the streets, they'll be secured and ready to go, always.Authentic ramen from JapanICHIRAN USAICHIRAN Take-Home Ramen Kit, available at Amazon and ICHIRAN USA, from $29Best for: The ramen loverICHIRAN Ramen has been delighting ramen aficionados since 1960. Known for its original Tonkatsu (pork bone) soup, its ramen combines the rich umami flavors of the broth with Hakata-style noodles that are slender, chewy, and perfect. Enjoy a little bit of heat? The kit also comes with ICHIRAN's original spicy seasoning, using togarashi pepper spice to amp up the flavors even more.A set of spa-worthy shower bombsAmazonEuka Wellness Shower Bombs 6-Pack, available at Amazon, $10Best for: The person who doesn't have a bathtub but wants the same funNo bathtub? No problem. With these shower bombs, anyone can transform their bathroom into a makeshift spa, and they don't even need a bathtub to do it. These come in a variety of options including Calm, Detox, Breathe, and Happy (and come 6 in a pack). A personalized video message from their favorite celebrityCameoCameo video, available on Cameo, from $1Best for: The pop culture fanaticWhether they have a favorite musician, reality TV star, comedian, or actor, there's a good chance their favorite celebrity is on Cameo. You can even choose from pre-recorded video messages with a personal shoutout, or opt to give them a super special one-on-one video call. Of course, the price will greatly vary depending on who the star is.A cozy knit beanieAsosStormlock Rip Knit Cap, available at Jack Wolfskin, $20.99Best for: The one who lives up northCold-weather accessories make a great gift for anyone braving the cold this winter and the Jack Wolfskin's Stormlock Rip Knit Cap is exactly what they need. Built of a blend of wool and acrylic, this beanie also features Stormlock fleece which just about guarantees a warm noggin. It's even available in two different colors to match a variety of outfits.  A sampler box of wineVineboxBe Mine... Wine, available at Vinebox, $45Best for: The wine loverWho doesn't love a sample pack of wine? With the Be Mine... Wine box from Vinebox, you can gift the special person in your life a selection of wine that'll tickle their tastebuds. The box includes three different tubes of wine, two reds and one white, each from a vineyard in Europe. A tracker for lost itemsAppleAirTag, available at Apple, from $29Best for: Anyone always losing their keysWhether you lose track of your keys or a bag, Apple's AirTag is a sure way to find any lost item. This water-resistant tracker plays a sound or uses its precise distance findings to lead you straight to the item regardless of the distance on the Find My app.An affordable fountain pen setGoulet Pen CompanyThe Explorer Starter Set, available at Goulet Pen Company, $32Best for: The writerAh, fountain pens. The most intimidating of the pen species, fountain pens have a mystique to their use that makes them daunting to approach. But no longer: this set includes all they'll need to begin their fountain pen journey. Featuring the Explorer, Pilot's newest fountain pen, this set includes a Pilot ink cartridge, a converter cartridge for use with bottled ink, and an A5-sized lined Rhodia staple-bound notebook.An at-home tie dye kitNordstromRit x Thompson Street Studio Dye at Home Upcycling Kit, available at Nordstrom, $11.4oBest for: The DIYerInstead of buying something new, this dye kit can refurbish old clothes from your wardrobe with playful prints. The at-home kit includes power dyes rubber bands gloves, and an instruction booklet to begin making your closet more sustainable.A pair of stylish wearable weightsBandierBala Bangles, available at Amazon, from $49Best for: The committed athleteIncorporate fitness into your daily life with these wearable weights that fit on your wrist or ankles. At one to two pounds, these stylish weights intensify any movement and build strength whether it's a workout or running errands.A hatch decanter to sophisticatedly store alcoholCrate & BarrelHatch Decanter, available at Crate & Barrel, $35.96Best for: The scotch drinkerIf their barware collection bares a sophisticated flair, they'll appreciate this elegant hatch decanter. This 32oz decanter is a more affordable price than others thanks to its beautiful molded diamond pattern that resembles cut crystal.A spice and herb kit packed with international flavorsUncommon GoodsGourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $42Best for: The seasoning aficionado Whether it's a dash of Italian oregano or za'atar from the Middle East, any cook will appreciate this international spice kit that lets them cook with various tastes of the world. A skincare set for combination and oily skin typesSephoraClinique Great Skin, Great Deal Set, available at Sephora, $32.50Best for: Anyone who wants to switch up their skin-care routineThis Clinique set for combination and oily skin types is a great addition to any skincare routine. This three-step regimen includes a facial soap, an exfoliating lotion, and a moisturizing gel that make this three-step routine an easy and quick way for a fresh face.A DIY recipe bookAmazonMy Recipes Cookbook, available at Amazon, $8.99Best for: The chefWhether they're a huge foodie or want to preserve a favorite family meal, this DIY cookbook offers 120 blank pages to fill with their favorite recipes. The notebook's table of contents and additional note space at the end will help keep them extra organized. Taking the time to add in your own savory vodka sauce pasta dish or having their loved ones fill in grandma's homemade recipes will make this gift feel extra special.Snacks for movie nightKnackPopcorn Snack Medley, available at Knack, $44Best for: The movie buffHelp them take their next Netflix marathon to the next level with this popcorn mix set. The mix includes two microwavable Pop on The Cob popcorn cobs, toffee pretzels, dark chocolate-covered cherries, and Virginia peanuts. If they have a particular favorite treat, each snack can also be added in extra quantities at an additional cost.Farm-to-skin lip balmsEtsyBeekman 1802 Ten Piece Lip Balm Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $48Best for: The sustainable beauty fanThis farm-to-skin lip balm set is just right for the green beauty obsessive. All 10 lip balms are made from natural goat's milk and essential oils. Beautifully packaged and scented, the fragrances include Ylang Ylang and Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Fig Leaf, Sweet Grass, Grapefruit, Oak Moss, Apricot and Honey, Vanilla, and an unscented balm.A monogrammed clutchMark & GrahamPalm Leaf Rounded Clutch, available at Mark and Graham, from $49Best for: The beach vacationerYou can get your giftee's initials embroidered on this cute roll-up clutch for a personal touch. The bag is woven from natural palm leaves for a beachy vibe, and the blue and white striped interior adds to the fun coastal feel.A sand-free, quick-dry towelSand CloudSand Cloud towel, available at Sand Cloud, from $44Best for: The avid beachgoer Not only are these thin towels easy to roll up and throw in your beach bag or picnic basket, but they also easily shake off sand and dry three times faster than classic beach and pool towels. Choose from a wide array of vibrant patterns and colors, from a navy blue whale shark print to tie-dye options.An easy way to make their own bubble teaUncommon GoodsBubble Tea Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Best for: The boba loverFor the bubble tea drinker in your life, this kit comes with two flavors of loose-leaf tea, tapioca pearls, and two reusable stainless steel straws. All they'll have to do is add a little milk (if they like!) and sip on this delicious brew.Notepads chock full of affirmationsKnackKnock Knock Notepads, available at Amazon, from $5.25Best for: Anyone in need of a motivational talkWhether you want to give them a quick pep talk or celebrate them just because, these notepads from Knock Knock provide a creative and encouraging way of doing so. Each set comes with 50 sheets, so they'll make plenty of use of these witty notes.A small but mighty smart assistantGoogleGoogle Nest Mini (2nd Generation), available at Best Buy, $29.99Best for: The multitaskerGive the gift of a virtual helper. Currently on sale for under $30, the Google Nest Mini offers a compact, affordable smart speaker with Google Assistant built-in. Friends and family members will love being able to dim lights, control the volume on their TV, check the weather, and more, all with just the sound of their voice.Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here.A 51-piece art kitAmazon51-Piece Watercolor Art Set, available at Amazon, $17.59Best for: The artistEncourage them to pick up a new hobby (or take advantage of an existing one) with this watercolor set that's built for both beginners and experts. The set includes various cakes and paints, watercolor pencils, paintbrushes, a paint palette, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener — all within a pre-packaged case that can save you the pain of gift wrapping. A streaming stick that turns any TV into a smart oneAmazonRoku Streaming Stick +, available at Amazon, $44.94Best for: The TV fanaticUpgrade their Netflix marathons without actually buying them a whole new TV. The Roku Streaming Stick + offers 4K, HD, and HDR streaming in a portable package and at an affordable price. A meal kit from their favorite restaurantGoldbelly/FacebookGoldbelly Restaurant Meal Kits, available at Goldbelly, from $39.95Best for: The foodieBring a bit of their favorite restaurant right to their door. From bagels to barbeque, Goldbelly ships food gifts nationwide from iconic eateries in major cities. A Disney+ subscriptionAlyssa Powell/Business InsiderOne-year gift subscription to Disney Plus, $79.99Best for: The lifelong Disney loverIt gives them unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, "Star Wars," National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.A set of loose-leaf teas that even Oprah lovesAmazonVadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $29.99Best for: The tea drinker who wants to spice it upThis classy set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah's Favorite Things back in 2018. It's filled with three variations of chai tea that any tea lover will appreciate. An at-home spa kitUncommon GoodsEucalyptus Spa Gift Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $40Best for: The one in need of a breakGive them the gift of soothing relaxation with this at-home kit that includes pampering botanical bath salts and natural jute body scrubber. The recipient will also be able to grow their own eucalyptus in the bamboo pot so they can continue to breathe deep and say ahh.A smooth olive oil that'll instantly elevate any dishBrightlandAlive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37Best for: The EVOO drizzlerIf they spend a lot of time in the kitchen, they probably already know the merits of high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the beautiful bottle will look great on display in their kitchen. A cult-favorite candleOtherlandOtherland Candles, available at Otherland, $36Best for: The fancy candle collectorWe love Otherland's candles, whether seasonally inspired or from the classic collection. Notable scent combinations such as champagne, saffron, and leather, gorgeous packaging, and a 55 hour burn time have deemed Otherland's candles as a foolproof gift among the Insider Reviews team.An affordable electric toothbrush subscriptionQuipToothbrush Starter Set, available at Quip, from $20Best for: The one who takes their dental care seriouslyHelp them upgrade their oral care routine with a Quip toothbrush. Not only is it a great electric toothbrush at a reasonable price, but Quip will send them a refill every three months with a new brush head and toothbrush. Delicious mini cupcakesBaked by Melissa FacebookCupcake Gift Boxes, available at Baked by Melissa, from $37Best for: Anyone with a sweet toothWho doesn't love getting a sweet surprise? With delicious flavors ranging from Cookie Dough to Pink Frosted Donut, these bite-size treats are sure to please. You can also add a special gift box to complete the gift. A head-to-toe mini care kitSephoraDrunk Elephant The Littles Head to Toe, available at Sephora, $49Best for: The hair-care aficionado Give this mini set for head-to-toe care they can take on the road or just to test out some new products. The set is packed with Drunk Elephant minis, including a glossing shampoo, cream conditioner, scalp scrub, detangler, body cleanser, lotion, deodorant, and a comb. It also comes neatly packaged in a fun, neon bag.A set of magnets that are fun to play with and can boost concentrationSpeksSpeks Magnet Balls, available at Speks, $34.95Best for: The fidgeter Almost everyone on the Insider Reviews team has a set of Speks at their desk. The little magnetic balls can be mashed, molded, and built into fun shapes and are a fun fidget toy that even adults will love. A personalized pillow of their favorite fur babyaurespaces/EtsyCustom Pet Pillow, available at Etsy, from $25.49Best for: The proud pet parentIf there's nothing they love more than their cat or dog, this pillow — featuring a blown-up picture of their pet — is sure to make them smile. A cute kitchen gadget that makes breakfast in a flashAmazonDash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Target, $12.49Best for: The brunch champion This compact waffle maker makes a great addition to any college dorm or small kitchen. All they have to do is plug it in and they can make their favorite breakfast treat in a flash.A sugary and fun snackNeiman MarcusSugarfina Champagne Bears, available at Neiman Marcus, $22Best for: The one in need of a toastElevate their next sugar fix with these fun champagne gummy bears. Don't worry if they're under 21, despite the name and flavor, these gummies are non-alcoholic. There are rosé options, too.    A simple necklace that reminds them of their intentionsBandoGood Intentions Necklace, available at Amazon, $20Best for: The person who exudes posi vibesA sweet necklace with an even sweeter mission. Choose from a selection of positive intentions like "optimism," "strength," or "gratitude," which they can carry with them throughout the day. For every necklace sold, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Girls Inc.A taste of Japan by way of snacksBokksuBokksu 3-Month Gift Box, available at Bokksu, $45.99Best for: Anyone bored of their current snack rotationAdventurous foodies will love the chance to taste-test a curated box of gourmet Japanese snacks. In this Bokksu box, they can expect to find between 10-14 snacks, a tea pairing, and an in-depth guide that details every product included.A bestselling face mask for clearer skinAztec SecretAztec Secret Indian Healing Mask, available at Target, $9.99Best for: The one in search of the best skincare productsAnyone in on the latest skincare trends will know about this mask. Many claim it has helped clear their skin, and it has over 12,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. The best part is that this powerful facial is just $10.A soft pair of socks made from sustainable fabricUnited by BlueSoftHemp Socks 2 Pack, available at United by Blue, $30Best for: Anyone with cold feetWith cold weather approaching, there's nothing better than slipping on cozy socks. Made from soft, sustainable hemp fabric, these are sure to do the trick (and why not get them two pairs?).A luxurious exfoliator to keep skin smoothNecessaireNecessaire The Body Exfoliator, available at Sephora, $30Best for: The one dreading winter skinNecessaire's clean beauty products come in beautiful, minimalist packaging that looks as good in their bathroom as it feels on their skin. This gentle exfoliator will help them slough off dry winter skin for good.A beautiful way to store olive oilUncommon GoodsHandblown Glass Olive Oil Pourer, available at Uncommon Goods, $46Best for: The kitchen curatorThese stunning handmade jars can hold up to 12 ounces of olive oil or vinegar. Plus, they look beautiful sitting out on the kitchen counter.Cruelty-free nail polish in a range of fun colorsSmith & CultNail Polish, available at Smith & Cult, $18Best for: The at-home nail painterSmith & Cult's polish is vegan, cruelty-free, and chip-resistant. With 46 fun colors to choose from, you're sure to find one (or two, or three) they'll love. Useful cable clipsNecessaireShintop Cable Clips (6-pack), available at Amazon, $5.88Best for: The desktop organizerWhether their phone charger is always falling under their desk or they simply have too many cables to keep track of, these affordable and efficient clips will allow them to simplify their workspace. Plus, the pink, orange, and green shades contribute a fun pop of color.A sheet mask that'll hydrate dry, stressed skinSephoraDr. Jart+ Soothing Hydra Solution, available at Sephora, $7Best for: The face mask fanFall and winter skin tends to be dry and dull. While you can't change the weather, you can throw on a hydrating face mask to stay moisturized. This one will add lots of soothing hydration to their skin to keep it feeling fresh.A set of playing cards inspired by music's greatsAmazonMusic Genius Playing Cards, available at Uncommon Goods, $10Best for: The music loverWhether they love game night, music, or are equal fans of both, they'll surely get a kick out of these playing cards. The pack features illustrations of all the big names in pop, rock, country, and R&B.Makeup towels that make washing their face less of a choreWeezieMakeup Towels, available at Weezie, $40Best for: The one who struggles to remove their mascaraIf they've never thought of washcloths as anything special, Weezie towels will change their minds. The adorable towels are embroidered with either hearts, winky eyelids, or the words "stain me." Plus, the dark navy blue color will conceal makeup stains.A spray that protects their shoesAmazonJason Markk Repel, available at Amazon, $17Best for: The sneakerheadIf they love shoes, they should have the right products to take care of their favorite footwear. This spray protects shoes from stains caused by water and oil, and there are multiple people on our team who swear by it for every new pair of shoes they get.A lip gloss that has all the benefits of a balmSephoraTower28 Beauty Jelly Lip Gloss, available at Sephora, $15Best for: Anyone complaining about dry lipsThis clean-beauty favorite delivers the glossy sheen they'd expect from a lip gloss, but it's loaded with nourishing oils to keep lips hydrated, too. A unique case that protects their phoneCasetifyCasetify Phone Case, available at Casetify, from $42Best for: The one with a falling-apart phone caseOur phones are our lifelines these days and if you know someone who's always glued to theirs, consider giving them a unique case that's as protective as it is pretty thanks to being drop-tested and shock-absorbent. They have options ranging from watercolor forest scenes to cute sayings to cuddly animals. You can even do a customized option and put their initials on it.  A silky-smooth sleep mask to block lightNordstromSlip Pink Marble Sleep Mask, available at Nordstrom, $50Best for: The beauty sleeperIf there's nothing they appreciate more than a good night's sleep, they'll love Slip's silk sleep mask. It's made from 100% pure Mulberry silk for a luxe, light feel on their skin. A set of colorful silicone straws that reduce plastic wasteFood52Five Two Silicone Straw, available at Food52, $11Best for: The environmentalist Bendable, sustainable, and portable (thanks to the set of carrying cases), these fun straws are the accessory any eco-conscious person should have.A bold lip color that'll last all day longSephoraLancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick, available at Sephora, $32Best for: The one who sticks to one lipstick at a timeWhether it's a pale peach or a deep-red look they crave, they'll love this long-lasting lipstick with its saturated colors and hydrating formula.A book subscriptionBook of the Month3-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $49.99Best for: The obsessive readerA subscription box that sends them an exciting new read catered to their tastes each month is the perfect gift for a bookworm. A coffee mug that keeps their drinks hot or cold for hoursAmazonHydro Flask Travel Coffee Mug, available at Hydro Flask, $27.95Best for: The hot coffee loverHydro Flask's Travel Coffee Mug is a team favorite. It combines the classic shape of a mug with Hydro Flask's TempShield insulation to keep beverages hot, or cold, for hours— a great gift for the coffee or tea lover who's always on the move. Cozy house slippersSally Kaplan/Insider;Sally Kaplan/InsiderEQUICK Cloud Slides, available at Amazon, from $13.99Best for: The loungerClean space enthusiasts who enjoy a no outdoor shoe policy in their homes will appreciate these pillow slipper slides. The platform bottom and cushioned sole make for a cute and cozy fit. A cute reusable tote that can fit tons of stuffBAGGUStandard Baggu, available at Baggu, $12Best for: The tote wearerIt's no wonder these bags are bestsellers — they can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff and come in a range of fun colors and patterns. Plus, at just $12, they're a great deal. A portable straw that makes water drinkableAmazonLifeStraw Personal Water Filter, available at Amazon, $14.99Best for: The outdoor adventurerThis portable, personal water filter is consistently one of the bestselling products on Prime Day. It filters water from creeks and rivers, making it perfect for hiking, camping, and travel.A classy carrying case to stash chargersMark & GrahamLeather Charger Roll-Up, available at Mark & Graham, from $39Best for: The expert packerAfter they fill the three pockets with cables and chargers, all they have do is roll everything up and they're good to go. The soft, supple leather comes in a variety of fun colors and patterns. A cult-favorite cast-iron skilletAmazonLodge 12-inch Cast-Iron Skillet and Handle Holder, available at Amazon, $29.90Best for: The frequent home cookEvery cook needs a cast-iron skillet in their kitchen. Lodge makes some of the best out there, but at prices that won't break the bank. A fitting vehicle for their post-run brewsUncommon GoodsEtched Marathon Pint Glass, available at Uncommon Goods, $20Best for: The runner If they like to celebrate a long run with a big pint, they'll appreciate these pint glasses etched with famous marathon routes. A candle that reminds them of their favorite placeAmazonHomesick Scented Candle, available at Amazon, from $26.99Best for: The one with state pride This is a great gift that's sure to make anyone sentimental. Whether it's their hometown, college town, or favorite spot to vacation, a Homesick candle, with scents inspired by all sorts of locations, will bring them back to that favorite place. An apron loaded with plenty of clever featuresFood52Five Two Ultimate Apron, available at Food52, from $15Best for: The kitchen splatter-averseAnyone who spends a good amount of time in the kitchen will appreciate this durable apron with its sturdy fabric, clever pockets made to hold the essentials, and pot-holders built right in. A cold brew coffee maker to keep up with their iced coffee habitAmazonTakeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $27.99Best for: The at-home coffee brewerIf their morning ritual includes a cup of cold brew, they'll appreciate this convenient cold brew maker. All they have to do is fill it with their favorite coffee grinds, add water, let it sit, and they've got a glass of delicious cold brew on the way. A rocks glass etched with a city mapUncommon GoodsUrban Map Glass, available at Uncommon Goods, $18Best for: The one who really loves their city (and whiskey)Whether you want to bring back fond memories of a place you visited together or just want a gift that highlights their favorite stomping grounds, you can cheers to these rocks glasses intricately etched with a city map and interspersed street names. Over 30 major US cities are available to choose from.To really up the ante, consider pairing the glass with a nice bottle of bourbon. A simple and elegant photo calendarArtifact UprisingWalnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $35Best for: The fan of the old-school paper calendarAll of Artifact Uprising's customized photo gifts are simple, beautiful, and made from eco-friendly materials. This simple calendar is an easy choice for anyone on your list. Just pick 12 photos (one for each month) of the people and places they love most to add a special sentiment to their desk setup.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytSep 2nd, 2022

79 thoughtful gift ideas under $100

From a personalized photo book to a sunrise alarm clock, here are 79 gift ideas under $100 for every type of person on your gift list. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.MoMA Store/Artifact UprisingThere's no greater feeling than knowing you gave someone a gift they truly love. If you're the kind of person who counts gift-giving as their love language, you know that it's pretty easy to go over your budget in your quest to find the perfect gift. With a $100 budget, you can find great gifts that cater to their interests, fulfill a need, or offer them something new to try. No matter the occasion, we're confident that these gifts are sure to impress. From the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets to luxury beauty products, we've rounded up over 79 gift ideas you can snag for $100 or less. We also have guides for gifts under $25 and gifts under $50. If you're not shopping by budget, we also have gift guides that cover many price points and interests. Shop the 79 best under-$100 gift ideas below:A succulent to spruce up their spaceLula's GardenBliss Garden, available at Lula's Garden, $30Best for: The plant parentA small succulent is a perfect way to brighten up their desk, bookshelf, or windowsill. We love this one from Lula's Garden because it's wrapped in a ready-to-gift box. Plus, when you buy one, you support water.org, an organization that helps people all over the world get access to safe, clean water. A mini fireplaceFood52Personal Concrete Fireplace, available at Food52, $98Best for: The fireplace fanKeep them warm and entertained this summer with this small personal fireplace, which is safe for use indoors and for cooking fun treats like s'mores. A sunrise alarm clockAmazonPhilips SmartSleep Sunrise Alarm Clock, available at Amazon, $79.95Best for: The aspirational early birdSunrise alarm clocks can help turn typically groggy wake-ups into a softer, more calm way to get out of bed, and the SmartSleep from Philips is one of our favorites. Aside from its calming alarms and beautiful sunrise effect, it also doesn't require the use of an app. A creative Keith Haring-inspired chess setMoMa Design StoreKeith Haring Colorful Chess Set, available at MoMA Design Store, $55Best for: The artsy gamerThe Keith Haring Colorful Chess Set doubles as a fun leisure activity and stunning display piece. The chess pieces are inspired by Haring's favorite artworks, from the barking dog to his trademark figures.A glamorous nail kitOlive and JuneThe Mani System Box, available at Olive and June, $85Best for: The DIY nail artistFrom shimmery to matte polish options, gift them this game-changing nail kit. It includes six different shades you can pick yourself, a topcoat, nail polish remover, nail tools, and even a latte mug.An e-book reader that stores thousands of booksAmazonKindle, available at Amazon, $89.99Best for: The traveling bookwormA Kindle brings them an easier reading experience, especially when traveling. The Kindle has 8 GB of storage, weeks of battery life, and a vast selection of books to enjoy leisurely wherever, whenever. An artistic watchMoMA Design StoreSwatch x MoMa watch, available at Moma Design Store, from $80Best for: The art enthusiastWhat better way to show off their love of art than a watch inspired by famous paintings? Swatch collaborated with New York's Museum of Modern Art to create these unique watches that resemble artworks from MoMa's collection.A travel photo albumArtifacts UprisingHardcover Travel Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $72Best for: The vacation photographerThis customizable photo book takes them back to every travel adventure so they'll never forget it. Whether it's a week trip or an extended stay, the travel photo album captures every excursion with charming designs on up to 210 pages.A fresh flower bouquetUrbanStemsFlower bouquets, available at UrbanStems, from $32Best for: Any fan of flowersIf you don't know what to gift, flowers are always appreciated. A beautiful bouquet delivered right to them is the kindest way to say congrats and show you're thinking of them.The perfect pillow for side sleepersCasperOriginal Casper Pillow, available at Casper, $65Best for: The restless side sleeperThe Original Casper Pillow will help your favorite side sleeper align their neck with their spine while sleeping. We named this pillow the best for side sleepers in our guide to the best pillows. You can customize the pillow even more by choosing its size and height.A gift card from BookshopCrystal Cox/InsiderGift card, available at Bookshop, from $10Best for: The bookstore browserBookshop allows readers to support small bookstores online. The retailer sells gift cards that your recipient will be able to use to shop online from their favorite indie bookstore. The gift cards never expire and can be bought in increments from $10 to $1000.An at-home pottery kitSculpdPottery Kit, available at Sculpd, $65Best for: The crafterThis pottery kit offers a unique activity to do with your loved ones. Each kit comes with enough supplies for two people, with add-on supplies also available for purchase so that more can participate. It also includes a step-by-step instructional booklet.A set of cocktail mixers that taste like summerWilliams SonomaCasamigos Cocktail Gift Set, available at Williams Sonoma, $56.95Best for: The cocktail connoisseurCo-founded by actor George Clooney, Casamigos is a favorite brand of many tequila lovers. The company's newest addition is a cocktail gift set of uniquely flavored mixers and rimmers. The mixers are exclusively available at Williams Sonoma and include blackberry basil and citrus flavors.A gift card from Hello FreshHello FreshGift card, available at Hello Fresh, from $75Best for: The exhausted home cookThe best gifts are for items or services your recipient wouldn't think to purchase for themselves. A gift card from Hello Fresh checks all of these boxes, as it offers a welcome reprieve from grocery shopping and meal planning. Choose from four amounts based on your recipient's household size and needs. We also wrote a full guide to Hello Fresh that includes a breakdown of its special features, how to get started with an account, and more.A bag made for hosting mini picnicsAmazonPicnic at Ascot Insulated Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag, available at Amazon, $49Best for: The picnicker Our pick for the best picnic basket for carrying bottles, this insulated bag is a great gift for those who want to have a small picnic complete with their favorite drinks and small snacks.A set of sustainable coastersJoanna BuchananRuffle Edge Straw Coasters, available at Joanna Buchanan, $48Best for: The meticulous table setterAdd a pop of color to their indoor and outdoor eating spaces with these colorful straw coasters. The coasters come in a set of four, are handwoven in the Philippines, and are made of sustainable materials.A savory seasoning starter packMomofukuPantry Starter Pack, available at Momofuku, $60Best for: The spice rack re-stockerSpice up their pantry with this flavorful seasoning set. The starter pack includes spicy seasoned salts, restaurant-grade soy and tamari sauces, and chili crunch. Momofuku's site also includes several recipes to make using the ingredients from the set.A pair of cozy slippersZapposUGG Scuffette II Slippers, available at Zappos, $94.95Best for: The comfort appreciator Help them keep their feet warm while working from home with these fuzzy slippers. These high-quality slippers are made of suede and have a sheepskin collar, making them a very useful gift that your recipient may not think to purchase for themselves.A wine gift setAmazonIvation Wine Lovers Set with Opener and Preserver, available at Amazon, $49.98Best for: The wine appreciator Help elevate your recipient's wine experience by gifting this wine lover's set. The included wine preserver is a great gift for those that live alone or like to take their time with their wines. The sleek charging base and modern design make this a gift your recipient will be proud to display on their kitchen counter.A device that turns plain water into a sparkling beverageAmazonSodaStream Sparkling Water Maker, available at Amazon, $89.99Best for: The fizzy water fanA SodaStream is an amazing gift for anyone who's a fan of fizzy beverages. With this gadget, they can make sparkling water in seconds and add flavors if they want to spice things up.A sturdy walletAmazonBellroy Slim Sleeve Leather Wallet, available at Bellroy, $79Best for: The fan of practical giftsReplace their tired and tattered wallet with this slim leather billfold from Insider Reviews' favorite wallet brand Bellroy. It's made with ethically sourced leather that will age wonderfully and last many years.A sleek fitness tracker that includes heart rate monitoringFitbitFitbit Inspire 2, available at Best Buy, $69.95Best for: The avid athleteFitbit's affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to keep them informed about their physical activity. The heart rate monitor lets them be more strategic about their workouts by tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones.A hair towel that cuts drying time in halfAmazonAquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, available at Amazon, $20.49Best for: The one who takes hair care seriouslyAquis' cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers. The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that's composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state. A memorable date night optionEatwith/InstagramGift card, available at Eatwith, from $30Best for: The adventurous dinerEatwith offers cool dining experiences that bring together delicious menus, professional chefs, and interesting guests. Typically held in person, in major cities like New York, Paris, and London, Eatwith is now offering online classes you can take from anywhere that bring unique cooking experiences right into your kitchen. In addition to experiences led by professional chefs from around the world, Eatwith has recently added classes taught by MasterChef contestants.A pair of comfortable wool shoesAllbirdsWool Runners, available at Allbirds, $110Best for: The constant walkerWhile Allbirds has hinted that it's on track to become more than just a shoe brand, we'll always be partial to its original sneakers made from merino wool. We've been wearing and loving the comfortable style for more than two years, and you can't go wrong gifting a pair of these shoes. Coffee from a different country, delivered every monthAtlas Coffee Club/Instagram3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $55Best for: The coffee loverIt's a worldwide coffee tour without the expense of airplane tickets. Atlas Coffee Club delivers single-origin coffee and always includes a postcard from the country, brewing tips, and flavor notes with each month's shipment. A small skincare tool that removes 99.5% of dirt, oil, and makeup residueAmazonForeo Luna Facial Cleansing Brush, available at Amazon, $66.52Best for: The skincare enthusiastOur team swears by these gentle yet effective cleaning brushes. They have hygienic silicone bristles and come in five different models for different skin types. The Luna is small enough to bring on the go, so your recipient can maintain their skincare routine no matter where they are.A digital photo frameAmazonNIX 8-Inch USB Digital Photo Frame, available at Amazon, $69.99Best for: The modern nostalgistPro-tip: Include a USB stick of your favorite photo memories together with this gift. The high-tech photo frame will shuffle through and display crisp photos and videos, and it can also be mounted on a wall. If you can stretch your budget, the more popular WiFi version is the same idea but more convenient to use because it works right from your phone's gallery. An easy-to-use trimmerPhilips NorelcoPhilips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body Trimmer, available at Amazon, $47.75Best for: The person who prefers a close shaveWhat separates the Philips Norelco OneBlade from other trimmers and shavers is the unique blade. It uses a fast-moving OneBlade cutter with a protection system on both sides of the blade to prevent knicks. The base of the blade will contour to his face, allowing for a comfortable shave or trim without irritation — and it works for wet or dry shaving.A convenient wireless charging padAmazonAnker PowerWave Wireless Charging Pad, available on Amazon, $13.99Best for: The one who's always low on phone batteryA wireless charger is a great gift for anyone with a glass-backed smartphone that supports the feature. Our reviewer called this one "the perfect wireless charging pad." It charges quickly, looks nice, and can even accommodate thick phone cases.Membership to a popular nationwide book clubBook of the Month6-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $99.99Best for: The avid readerIf they prefer the incomparable feel of a hardcover book, set them up with a Book of the Month membership. It offers five curated titles, mainly from up-and-coming authors, to choose from every month. A solution to their back painBest BuyUpright Go 2 Posture Trainer, available at Best Buy, $79.99Best for: The person working on their postureThis gift is for anyone who is always complaining about their back pain or poor posture. Upright Go is an innovative and discreet device that sticks to the top of their back and helps them improve their posture, day by day. A fan-favorite cookbook with original illustrationsAmazon"Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" by Samin Nosrat, available at Amazon, $16.65Best for: The experimental cookThis is the perfect cookbook for those just getting into cooking. Chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking and presents it in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations. Their favorite specialty meals, no matter where they areGoldbellyMeal kits, available at Goldbelly, from $25Best for: The foodieGoldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration.A stylish accessory with a hidden chargerMark & GrahamPower Up Lightning to USB Tassel Keychain, available at Mark & Graham, from $49Best for: The sleek utilitarian The leather keychain is as functional as it is attractive: it has an iPhone lightning input and USB stick so they can charge their phone in their bag. Some colors include free monogramming while others have a $10 monogram fee. A cold brew coffee makerAmazonTakeya Cold Brew Maker, available at Amazon, $27.99Best for: The daily cold brew consumerHelp your favorite coffee-lover stay caffeinated with this easy-to-use cold brew coffee maker. All they need to do is fill the filter with coffee, add water to the carafe, give it all a shake, and pop it in the fridge. In 12 hours, they will have a delicious cold brew that will have them reconsidering their daily trips to their favorite coffee shop.A reusable bag featuring a fun printBagguStandard Baggu, available at Baggu, $14Best for: The sustainable shopperThere are plenty of reusable nylon shopping bag options out there, but where Baggu really stands out from the crowd is its variety of quirky and colorful prints. These useful bags are the perfect gift for everyone in your life.A fun and educational online cooking classCozymeal/InstagramGift card, available at Cozymeal, from $50Best for: The aspirational chefGifting experiences is on the rise. With a Cozymeal class, they'll learn how to make anything from fresh pasta to beautiful charcuterie boards. In addition to cooking classes, Cozymeal offers online mixology classes and virtual wine tastings.A set of trackers for the absent-mindedAmazonTile Pro (2-Pack), available at Amazon, $47.99Best for: The person always losing their keysWhen they can't find their phone, all they have to do is click their Tile button to make their phone ring, even if it's on silent. An electric toothbrush they won't want to hide awayGobyMoonstone Electric Toothbrush, available at Goby, $95Best for: The dental-care obsessedIn addition to its sleek design, the Goby Toothbrush stands out for its soft brush head, normal and sensitive brushing speeds, and convenient USB charging shell. Ready-to-prepare meals that save them timeDaily HarvestThe 9-Item Gift Card, available at Daily Harvest, $75Best for: The healthy eaterYour recipient will be able to fill a box with smoothies (including protein smoothies for gym rats), harvest bowls, soup, and more meals that are ready to take on the go. Daily Harvest's healthy offerings are perfect for the busy, wellness-minded people in your life. A case that sanitizes dirty phonesPhone SoapPhoneSoap 3 Smartphone Sanitizer, available at PhoneSoap, $79.95Best for: The neat freakMost of us carry our phones with us everywhere — and we mean, everywhere. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that lead to E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, the flu, and the common cold. Especially with the pandemic, your recipient will love knowing that their phone is squeaky clean. A pretty leather wrap for taking chargers and cables on the goMark & GrahamLeather Charger Roll Up, available on Mark & Graham, from $24.99Best for: The efficient packerMark & Graham's Leather Charger Roll Up is made from soft, supple leather and has three separate pockets to stash cables and chargers on the go. Get it monogrammed for free.A delicious and unique hot sauceTruff/InstagramTruff White Truffle Hot Sauce, available at Amazon, $26.99Best for: The hot sauce collectorThis hot sauce is infused with white truffle, packing a sweet heat you'll want to add to burritos, pizza, wings, or any other dish you want to make a little more interesting. Extremely comfortable, flattering lounge pantsMeUndiesLounge Pants, available at MeUndies, $68Best for: The serious loungerThese are some of the best lounge pants we've ever tried. If they're spending more time in casual wear, they'll spend an inordinate amount of time in these. We also appreciate that the silky MicroModal and sleek cut make them perfectly acceptable for wearing in public to grab the mail.A bike horn that can honk as loud as a carPriority BicyclesPriority High Power Horn, available at Priority Bicycles, $29.99Best for: The bike commuterBorn out of a research project between Priority Bicycles and Toyota, this bike horn can get as loud as the one in a car. This is an excellent safety accessory for bikers.A silky hand creamLa Mer/InstagramLa Mer Hand Treatment, available at Nordstrom, $90Best for: The fan of smooth handsOf all La Mer's premium skincare products, the Hand Treatment is a brand favorite. This creamy formula is the perfect texture to help heal dry hands.The internet's favorite olive oilBrightland/InstagramAwake Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37Best for: The quality EVOO enthusiastBrightland's olive oils make great gifts for cooks and anyone who loves to entertain. The white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage and look nice displayed on a countertop. Premium distilled whiskeyUncle Nearest WhiskeyUncle Nearest Whiskey, available at ReserveBar, from $56Best for: The old-fashioned fanFounded in Tennessee, Uncle Nearest is an award-winning, Black-owned whiskey brand that was inspired by the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan "Nearest" Green. If you're shopping for someone who enjoys a quality glass of whiskey or a whiskey-based cocktail every now and then, a bottle of Uncle Nearest won't disappoint.A sleek knife blockMaterial KitchenThe Stand, available at Material Kitchen, $90Best for: The practical chefWe're big fans of Material Kitchen's minimalist approach to kitchen essentials — like this magnetic, angled knife block made from heavy-duty wood. A simple but luxurious body washNecessaireNecessaire The Body Wash, available at Sephora, $25Best for: The person who appreciates a good showerNew startup Necessaire formulates its body care products with vitamins A, B3, C, E, and omega-6 and omega-9. The subtly scented Body Wash will leave their skin feeling clean, soft, and nourished. A high-quality leather band for an Apple WatchAmazonBullstrap Full-Grain Italian Leather Watch Band, available at Amazon, $95Best for: The stylish watch wearerBullstrap's Italian Leather Watch Bands are the perfect way to add some elegance to an Apple Watch. They come in several colors of leather and are compatible with all generations of the Apple Watch.A pair of sparkly hoopsMejuriSapphire Hoops, available at Mejuri, $58Best for: The lover of subtle jewelryTraditional hoops get an embellishment of white sapphire in this affordable piece from Mejuri. Premium underwear that's worth every pennyTommy JohnMen's Second Skin Boxer Brief 3-Pack, available at Tommy John, $97Best for: The person who'd appreciate good underwearIt's not an exaggeration to say Tommy John could be the most comfortable boxers your recipient has ever worn. The Second Skin, in particular, is a standout — smooth, soft, stretchy, and breathable. A cool drink accessory worth celebratingBrumate12oz Insulated Champagne Flute, available at BrüMate, from $24.99Best for: The beachside celebratorBrumate's insulated flute prevents the disappointment of bubbly that has gone warm and flat. It holds almost half a bottle of champagne and comes in 30 pretty colors.  A whimsical candle from a new brandOtherland/Instagram3-Candle Set, available at Otherland, $89Best for: The fancy candle fanAs our candle-loving editor points out, "Does the world really need another fancy candle brand?" Otherland's candles are so creative and interesting that you won't be able to resist gifting at least a few. A gold bracelet that displays their zodiac signAurateZodiac Bracelet, available at Aurate, $90Best for: The chic astrology enthusiastThe delicate gold vermeil bracelet is a piece they'll want to wear every day. Aurate's beautiful gold jewelry is not only more affordable than traditional fine jewelry, but it's also ethically sourced, representing a new wave of jewelry brands to know about. A mini duffel crossbody with a distinctive lookDagne DoverExtra Small Landon Carryall, available at Dagne Dover, $110Best for: The one who's always on the goDagne Dover excels at making functional and versatile bags like work totes and this extra small version of its popular neoprene duffel. Inside, they'll find a compartment just large enough for the day's essentials, pockets to keep them organized, and a detachable key leash. A streaming stick that gives them access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodesAmazonRoku Streaming Stick +, available at Amazon, $48.25Best for: The TV fanaticRoku's Streaming Stick+ is exceptional for its 4K, HDR, and HD streaming, and long-range wireless receiver. Installing it is an easy process and starts by plugging the stick into the TV. Sweet treats they won't be able to stop eatingMilk BarThe Chocolatey Classic, available at Milk Bar, $89Best for: The chocolate loverInstead of the usual box of chocolates, gift some of the best-known and most delicious treats from Milk Bar. The set contains 12 soft and chewy cake truffles and an adorable mini birthday cake. A box that lets them explore the exciting world of sakeTippsySake Gift Box, available at Tippsy, $59Best for: The sake drinkerWhile online wine clubs abound, Tippsy is quietly cultivating a community of sake lovers. It offers an abundance of knowledge and premium sake options to anyone who's interested in exploring this underrated alcohol further.  A compact and lightweight hand mixerAmazonKitchenaid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, available at Target, $54.99Best for: The bakerNot all baking tasks require a full stand mixer. KitchenAid's hand mixer doesn't take up a lot of space but gets a variety of jobs done by offering five-speed options. You'll also have fun picking out a unique color for your recipient. A game that tests their penchant for punsAmazonPun Intended Game, available at Amazon, $24.99Best for: The game night hostIt's a battle of who can devise the most clever puns in this family-friendly card game that requires a quick mind and even quicker writing skills. Game on. A custom map of a special locationGrafomapCustom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, from $19Best for: The one who always mentions their favorite city Grafomap is the site where you can commemorate important places, be it their hometown, college town, or the city where you two met. The custom design function is easy to use and you can choose to get the final map poster framed or printed on canvas. A waterproof outdoor speakerAmazonUltimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, available at Amazon, from $93.97Best for: The outdoor entertainerThe surprisingly powerful speaker fits in the palm of their hand and can go swimming with them in the pool or ocean. It's also dustproof and therefore suitable for hikes and other outdoor adventures. A sleep mask made with high-quality mulberry silkNordstromSlip Pure Silk Sleep Mask, available at Nordstrom, $50Best for: The person who takes sleep seriouslyFew things are more luxurious than sleeping with a silk mask. Thanks to its all silk construction, your recipient's face will feel cool all night long. A plush bathrobeParachuteClassic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $109Best for: The fan of pure comfortIt's all too tempting to stay wrapped up in this Turkish cotton bathrobe long after they've stepped out of the shower. The thick robe is our pick for the best bathrobe you can buy. A chai samplerAmazonVadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $29.99Best for: The tea drinkerThis set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah's Favorite Things back in 2018. It's filled with three variations of chai that any tea lover will appreciate. A cult-favorite fragranceLe Labo/InstagramLe Labo AnOther 13 Eau de Parfum, available at Nordstrom, from $215Best for: The daily perfume userLe Labo is famous for its distinctive packaging and subtle yet inviting scents. The AnOther is musky and woodsy, but it's balanced out with ingredients like jasmine petals. The outdoor game you see everyone playing at the parkAmazonSpikeball Game Set, available at Dick's Sporting Goods, $69.99Best for: The bored beach-goerIt's a gorgeous day out and you can't help but notice a few groups having fun while playing some kind of new ball game. Chances are it's Spikeball, the volleyball-esque game that your recipient can set up in any large outdoor space. It takes just 10 minutes to learn the rules. A pair of blue light-blocking glasses that look good enough to wear outside of the houseMVMTIngram Crystal Everscroll Glasses, available at MVMT, $78Best for: The one who works in front of a screen all dayHelp them protect their eyes from harsh screens with a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses. Their eyes won't feel as strained, and they might be able to drift off to sleep more quickly. A set of monogrammed hand towelsWeeziePiped Edge Washcloths (Set of 2), available at Weezie, $36Best for: The monogram loverThe extra time and thought put into a personalized gift are worth it. You can add custom embroidery (+$15 per towel) to Weezie's fluffy and absorbent towels. A flavorful seasoning collectionArtifact UprisingThe Grill & Roast Collection, available at Spicewalla, $19.99Best for: The backyard grillerA set of tasty seasonings is key to making delicious foods, especially during BBQ season. They can use the spices in this collection to add flavor to meats, seafood, vegetables, and even rice.The coziest moccasins we've ever wornL.L.BeanWomen's Wicked Good Moccasins, available at L.L.Bean, $89Best for: The winter cabin weekenderCan you practically feel the soft fluffiness of these slippers through your screen? L.L.Bean supposedly sells a pair of these cushioned sheepskin shoes every seven seconds during December, proving that they are worth the purchase.An everyday stainless steel frying pan that professional cooks loveMade InFrying Pan, available at Made In, $79Best for: The one who is constantly cookingPros like Tom Colicchio trust Made In's cookware to perform in some of the country's top kitchens, so rest assured it's good enough for your recipient. The quickly growing startup is behind a couple of our favorite pieces of cookware. A gorgeous coffee table book that helps cure their travel bugAmazon"1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You've Never Seen It Before" by Patricia Schultz, available at Barnes & Noble, $50.99Best for: The aspirational travelerPatricia Schultz's original "1,000 Places" captured imaginations with its compelling curation of experiences all over the world. The newly released deluxe edition features a beautiful gold-embellished cover and more than 1,000 new photographs. A fun, cult-favorite board gameAmazonSettlers of Catan Board Game, available at Walmart, $47.49Best for: The committed gamerThe Settlers of Catan relies upon strategy and sometimes luck to build civilizations — and it can last for hours. A beautiful piece of handmade drinkwareJFR GlassAntique Silver Glass, available at JFR Glass, $45Best for: The fan of truly unique giftsEach hand-blown glass from JFR Glass is unique. The glasses aren't just pretty — they're also functional and sturdy. They're also dishwasher-safe and UV-resistant, so your recipient can enjoy the pieces forever. An interactive state park mapUncommonGoodsState Parks Explorer Map, available at UncommonGoods, $28Best for: The hikerThis state park map is sure to come in handy whenever they venture into the outdoors. Choose from 10 maps that each list over 30 parks in states such as New York, California, and Connecticut. The map includes a sheet of gold stickers so they can mark their progress after each park visit.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderAug 23rd, 2022

27 of the best cookbooks according to Goodreads members, from French classics to new vegan recipes

Goodreads readers consider cookbooks like "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," "Plenty," and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" as the best of all time. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Goodreads readers consider cookbooks like "Joy of Cooking," "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," "Plenty," and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" as the best ones to read in 2022.Amazon; Rachel Mendelson/Insider Cookbooks offer recipes and techniques to help people discover new dishes. Readers often love the stories found in their favorite cookbooks. We used Goodreads to rank the best and most popular cookbooks of all time. Though the internet is laden with recipe videos for everything from ramen to roulades, reading cookbooks is a classic way to discover new recipes and learn how to cook. From themed recipe books to story-filled cookbooks, collections of recipes help us share meals and memories with the authors and each other. To rank the best cookbooks, we turned to Goodreads reviewers. Goodreads is the world's largest platform where anyone — including home cooks and professional chefs — can rate and review their favorite books. From classic cookbooks written by famous chefs to go-to guides for making the perfect bread, here are the most popular cookbooks, according to Goodreads reviewers. The 27 best cookbooks to read in 2022, according to Goodreads:27. "Momofuku" by David Chang and Petter MeehanAmazon Available on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.99"Momofuku" is a cookbook filled with both the stories and recipes that revolutionized the culinary world with Chef David Chang's restaurants, techniques, and rise to fame. With beautiful food photography, unique ingredients, and a memorable foreward, readers love Chang's recipes but also often read this cookbook cover to cover. 26. "Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook" by Yotam OttolenghiAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $21.49In "Ottolenghi Simple," Yotam Ottolenghi offers 130 of his simplest and easiest-to-make recipes. Each one can be made in less than 30 minutes, with 10 ingredients or less, in one pot, using what you have in your pantry, or made ahead of time — perfect for weeknight dinners and amateur home cooks.25. "Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics" by Ina GartenAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.58Food Network star Ina Garten's fifth cookbook, "Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics," was not designed to be a collection of easy recipes, but to help home cooks prepare simple dishes that highlight the best flavors of their ingredients. With this cookbook, readers learn Garten's best techniques and tips to create simple but delicious dishes with fresh and accessible ingredients. 24. "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier" by Ree DrummondBookshopAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $13.32Ree Drummond is best known for her Food Network show "The Pioneer Woman," where viewers get a glimpse of her ranch life and the incredible meals she makes to feed her family. This cookbook is a collection of her best, most mouthwatering recipes with step-by-step photographs and personal anecdotes.  23. "The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs" by Karen PageAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $20.49"The Flavor Bible" won the 2009 James Beard Book Award for Best Reference and Scholarship Book and has been a kitchen staple of professional and learning cooks ever since. Though there are few traditionally recognized recipes in this book, readers love that it teaches how to pair flavors and spices to draw out the best qualities of our favorite ingredients and dishes. 22. "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking" by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë FrançoisAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.25This cookbook is an oven-side staple for any new or budding baker looking to make the perfect loaf of bread. "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" not only offers readers incredible recipes to make their own bread but lessons and explanations for different preparations as home cooks learn the art of baking.21. "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" by Ina GartenAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.99This 1999 cookbook has delighted readers for more than 20 years as they learn how to make incredible recipes and host delightful gatherings from Ina Garten, the host of "Barefoot Contessa" on Food Network. This cookbook will help home cooks discover new recipes, twists on old favorites, and tips for preparing food for a table full of guests. 20. "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food" by Mark BittmanBookshopAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.99"How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" is the meatless version of Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" bestseller, with over 2,000 creative recipes for vegetarians or those looking for delicious plant-based alternatives. With easy-to-follow recipes, meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less, and fully vegan dishes, this cookbook is an accessible guide for any veggie-loving cook.19. "Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes" by Giada De LaurentiisAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.72Providing fresh and fabulous recipes from her Food Network show "Everyday Italian," Giada De Laurentiis continues to bring readers simple but exquisite Italian dishes to make for any occasion. Collecting over 100 recipes that use simple ingredients, this Italian cookbook is great for any budding or experienced home cook.  18. "The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution" by Alice WatersAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.11Alice Waters is the chef and food activist behind Chez Panisse, a California restaurant that played a major role in the farm-to-table culinary movement. This cookbook contains her best recipes for highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients and her culinary philosophies that change the way we treat and approach simple ingredients.17. "How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking" by Nigella LawsonAmazonAvailable at Amazon, $59.76This baking cookbook is not only about learning how to make a perfect cupcake from scratch, but how to fall in love with the process of baking and the joy that can come from being in the kitchen. Funny and delightful, Nigella Lawson's bright narration guides readers as they learn to bake the perfect banana bread.16. "Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again" by Ina GartenAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99Ina Garten is well-known for her Food Network show "Barefoot Contessa," and this cookbook brings all her coziest recipes to delight your friends and family at any gathering. With easy recipes and tips on hosting guests, it's a go-to guide for anyone learning how to entertain in their own home. 15. "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" by Marcella HazanAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $25.49"Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" is a bible for any cook wishing to learn how to create amazing, mouth-watering Italian dishes at home. This classic 1992 cookbook offers recipes from risotto and polenta to pasta sauces and gnocchi.14. "The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science" by J. Kenji López-AltAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $27.86"The Food Lab" is a fascinating cookbook that focuses on the science behind American dishes, from the juiciest chicken to the perfect Hollandaise. With hundreds of recipes and over 1,000 photos, this cookbook is a delicious culinary science lesson.  13. "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl" by Ree DrummondAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.97This #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook traces Ree Drummond's life through her personal stories and incredible recipes. Made famous by her Food Network show "The Pioneer Woman," this cookbook will delight Ree Drummond fans or anyone looking to make delicious meals with accessible ingredients. 12. "Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook" by Isa Chandra MoskowitzAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.99This vibrant cookbook contains over 250 vegan recipes that vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters will love. With clear instructions and helpful features like icons to tell you if a recipe will take under 45 minutes or is gluten-free, this cookbook can guide you through delicious vegan recipes for any culinary occasion. 11. "Bad Manners: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck" by Thug KitchenAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $11.99This straightforward and curse-filled vegan cookbook is loved by readers for its hilariously aggressive approach to plant-based eating. It contains over 100 recipes to help cooks of all skill levels approach a plant-based lifestyle without ruining their budget, disliking their food, or facing the inaccessibility sometimes found in vegan lifestyle cookbooks.10. "Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat" by Chrissy TeigenAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $21.40The winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Cookbook, "Cravings" is Chrissy Teigen's first cookbook which collects her favorite recipes from around the world. As Chrissy Teigen boasts that food and love go hand-in-hand in her life, this cookbook will teach you how to make her favorite dishes for every occasion, from family dinners to weekend breakfasts.9. "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book" by Better Homes and GardensAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.99With over 1,200 recipes for absolutely any occasion, this all-inclusive cookbook can teach any home cook how to make great recipes for meal prepping, weeknight dinners, or hosting a fun party. This closely cherished cookbook also contains instructional cooking guides, advice on food safety, and a carefully organized list of all the recipes. 8. "The Moosewood Cookbook: Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York" by Mollie KatzenAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.46First published in 1974 as a spiral-bound book, this classic vegetarian cookbook was written by artist Mollie Katzen while working at Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York. Filled with beautiful illustrations and hand lettering, this iconic cookbook is a fun throwback to the 1970s before vegetarian recipes evolved into the dishes we commonly see today. 7. "Jerusalem: A Cookbook" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami TamimiAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.39Both of the authors of this cookbook were born in Jerusalem in the same year, though on opposite sides of the city, and together they collected recipes to represent the vibrant culinary culture of their city. This cookbook brings 120 recipes to life that demonstrate the cross-cultural cuisine these chefs experienced when they returned to Jerusalem as adults. 6. "Plenty" by Yotam OttolenghiAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99Collected from his "Guardian" column called "The New Vegetarian," these vegetarian recipes are inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi's Mediterranean background and love of fresh ingredients. Though Yotam isn't a vegetarian himself, his novel approach to vegetarian cuisine is a fusion of his life experiences and the amazing food he's had along the way. 5. "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb PerelmanAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.14Deb Perelman is the author behind the award-winning food blog Smitten Kitchen, dedicated to hunting down and perfecting all the recipes everyone should have handy. With no previous culinary experience (but a great love of food and cooking to guide her), Deb assembled "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" to help home cooks find the joy in cooking great food. 4. "How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food" by Mark BittmanAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.99Written by a "New York Times" food writer in the 1990s, "How to Cook Everything" is a nearly 1,000-page reference guide on how to cook any dish for any occasion. This cookbook covers countless recipes as well as crucial cooking techniques and the ins and outs of basic kitchen equipment.You can read our review of "How to Cook Everything" here.3. "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia ChildAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $27.39Julia Child's classic 1961 cookbook is a definitive resource for American chefs learning the basics and the intricacies of French cooking. Made even more famous by Julia Child's cooking show "The French Chef" and the modern movie "Julie & Julia," which tells her life story, this cherished cookbook is a necessity for home and professional chefs alike. 2. "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking" by Samin NosratAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.65Samin Nosrat is a chef, writer, and culinary instructor who teaches pupils of all ages and skill levels that mastering the four elements of cooking — salt, fat, acid, and heat — will make you a great chef. This cookbook follows Samin's journey with food alongside 100 recipes to help readers practice the culinary elements and become master chefs in their own kitchens. 1. "Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. RombauerAmazonAvailable at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.49With over 20 million copies in print and nearly 200,000 ratings on Goodreads, "Joy of Cooking" is the most popular cookbook amongst Goodreads members. Published in 1931, this classic is full of tried-and-true favorites and has since been updated by the author's great-grandson with new cooking techniques, additional dishes, and a fresh chapter about streamlined cooking. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderAug 22nd, 2022

A prison where the prisoners were in charge

The General Penitentiary of Venezuela was a place where inmates mostly roamed freely. But there was also a rigid, if convoluted, code of conduct. Inmates are seen praying early in the morning. At the time, inmates here have run afoul of La Routina and were awaiting punishment would stay here.Oscar B. Castillo Oscar B. Castillo, a documentary photographer, had extraordinary access to Venezuela's PGV prison during an extended period when it was controlled by inmates. This photo essay was adapted from Castillo's book about the Free Convict hip-hop collective. The book, "Esos Que Saben," was published this month.  One of Venezuela's hottest venues for musicians and sports stars was, for part of the last decade, a maximum-security prison run by its own inmates. "Party at the PGV tonight," local DJs would announce over the radio. Visitors would come from the nearby towns, or all the way from the capital, Caracas, 100 miles away. The PGV, or the General Penitentiary of Venezuela, was a place where inmates mostly roamed freely. The cell blocks had been torn out and there was no "behind bars." But there was also a rigid, if convoluted, code of conduct that was maintained by gangs and an arsenal of heavy weapons. Infractions were met with brutal punishments.Visitors were considered sacred, and off-limits. The PGV was at its best on Visitors' Days — which could run for weeks since there wasn't a formal limit.  Christmas, Mother's Day, or the birthdays of gang leaders who ran the place were always a good excuse to put on concerts, or bring in bouncy castles, clowns, and hot dog carts for visiting kids. As night fell, DJs would be brought in to perform in the penitentiary's central square with electronic music, laser shows, and fireworks. A prisoner dances with a woman during a Visitors' Day event at the PGV.Oscar B. CastilloKids play and jump in one of the several bouncy castles that prisoners set up on Visitor days.Oscar B. CastilloAs a group of Mariachis played songs about maternal love during a Mother's Day celebration at the prison, the mother of an inmate walked onto the stage and joined the performance.Oscar B. CastilloOutside/Inside From the outside, there were vestiges of ordinary prison infrastructure: High fences heavily crowned with barbed wire, control towers, and checkpoints manned by military officers armed with rifles and machine guns. Long lines of relatives, mostly women and kids, carrying large bags of goods and tired expressions on their faces, lined up under the scorching heat to submit to searches — or be made to pay bribes — before being allowed through. But look closer, and you would have seen a thin fence. On one side were guards, employed by the state and confined to the prison's perimeter. On the other side, manning the PGV's entrance, a select group of prisoners held far more powerful guns, and many more of them. Once inside, most inmates — everyone here was an inmate — walked around freely through the maze of corridors, pavilions, and wards. In some areas, shacks and other private dwellings had been erected.  From the alleyways and through the prison's windows, the rugged mountain landscape, which lent the town of San Juan de Los Morros its name, could be seen in the distance — beautiful, but also painful, for how it reminded prisoners of their lost freedom. The PGV first opened in 1948, billed as a model South American prison where prisoners could work the soil, care for animals, and live in the relative open. But starting around 2007, as the institutional structure of Venezuela crumbled and mafia activity and corruption spiraled out of control, prison gangs amassed weapons and drugs and, with it, leverage. After years of continuous abandonment and failed policies, police and soldiers were often interchangable with criminals, and human rights groups documented their abuses.Around 2009, the criminal group called "El Carro" (The Car), under the command of El Principal, had taken over the daily workings of the PGV.  By 2010, many of Venezuela's biggest male prisons were under the effective control of inmates.  The General Penitentiary of Venezuela, known as the PGV.Oscar B. CastilloChristian evangelist prisoners during a prayer visit from Caracas. These prisoners had their own zone at the PGV and were responsible for jobs like cleaning and carrying water. They could not roam around the prison after 7pm.Oscar B. CastilloHéctor, right, playfully points a gun at another inmate.Oscar B. CastilloDrugs laid out on a table for sale.Oscar B. CastilloLa RutinaAt the PGV's entrance was a makeshift market. There, entrepreneurial prisoners filled tables with basic items, like bread and DVDs, or marijuana joints that were artfully arranged to look like a bouquet of flowers. More stands lined the prison's narrow corridors, which reverberated with the rhythms of Salsa and Reggaeton. You might find barbeque meat, or rum or vodka-based cocktails spun in blenders and served with a lime twist. Even in those times when extreme shortages plagued Venezuela, here at the PGV, people could find practically anything they wished to buy. On visitor days, you might see free Venezuelans shopping for toilet paper, flour or cooking oil — basic products that had completely disappeared from supermarkets shelves.All of this happened under the attentive eyes of Los Luceros. Select members of the gangs that ran the PGV, they answered to orders from the Principal. Armed with revolvers, rifles, and even hand grenades, Los Luceros made sure that everything ran smoothly. They also enforced the payment of an obligatory weekly tax, called "La Causa," which officially paid for prison maintenance and security (more weapons), as well as parties and other activities. For inmates, life at the PGV was like walking a tightrope over a pool of sharks. Abiding by an unwritten code known as La Rutina was obligatory, and prisoners lived under the constant threat of ruthless punishment if they stepped outside of it. A minor offense, or the wrong look, might make you into a pariah, or lead to a punishment that could be the last thing seen in this world. Stealing a cigarette could result in a bullet through your hand. On Mondays, in an improvised arena called the Coliseum, dozens of inmates were compelled to settle their debts or other disputes over knife fights. Ordinary words like egg, milk or water — that in Venezuelan slang might carry a vague sexual connotation — were banned because of their potential to offend other inmates. Saying them could get you banished to dirty and trash-filled corners of the prison, far from the markets and the fun.Free Convict For three years, from the beginning of 2014 until Venezuelan authorities finally shut the place down in 2016, I had extraordinary access to the PGV as a Venezuelan documentary photographer. At that point, the PGV had a population of around 5,000 people — more than six times its intended capacity. Most of the inmates were still in legal limbo; many hadn't yet been tried for their alleged offense, or given an exact sentence. It was also extraordinarily violent: In 2014, there were at least 309 homicides in Venezuelan prisons, where some 60,000 prisoners were held, according to the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory. The recording studio that Free Convict group built inside the prison.Oscar B. CastilloAn inmate rides a motorcycle in one of PGV's sports fields. Motorcycles of all sizes from 80cc to 650cc were common inside the jail.Oscar B. CastilloFree Convict's recording studio at the PGV.Oscar B. CastilloI was at the PGV with Free Convict, a Hip Hop collective formed by 12 inmates and to try to understand their lives in all of their  complexities. These men had survived gang life, street violence, drugs, and now this bizarre penitentiary existence. They were now looking to chart a new path for themselves, making rhymes around the themes of non-violence, self-improvement, and redemption. In the early days, Free Convict would gather in a Freestyle circle in the prison's central square. The meetings became bigger and more frequent, and eventually even the PGV's toughest bosses began to show them respect. (It helped that their leader, Ray Martinez, was part of the "El Carro" gang that controlled the prison.) Through the same cracks by which drugs and weapons flowed into the PGV, Free Convict managed to smuggle in  a recording studio, where they recorded a full album and produce music videos. In time, they got to be good enough, and famous enough, to attract collaborators both from inside the prison and beyond its walls. Only in total chaos, as Venezuela was of those years, would a place like the PGV be possible. Out of that anarchic landscape, Free Convict offered the possibility of a different way of life, a fresh start, and an oasis in the midst of madness. HéctorOne of the inmates behind Free Convict was a man named Héctor. Like a few of the others, he had arrived at the PGV as something of a stereotype of the hardened criminal. By the time I met him, he was much more interested in self-reflection and finding redemption. Born in 1992, Héctor came up in the Pinto Salinas neighborhood of Caracas. As a kid, he was a promising basketball player. But his future in the sport was cut short in 2010. His gang was fighting for control of the area, a notorious staging ground for drug distribution, and he got caught in a hail of bullets that nearly killed him and tore up one of his arms at the elbow. Héctor.Oscar B. CastilloBy 2012, the year Héctor was sent to the PGV for being an accomplice to a homicide, his two brothers had been killed. Humberto, the oldest, was gunned down near their home in Pinto Salinas in 2008. Junior, the youngest, died a similar death in 2011. Now, another son seemed to be heading down the same inexorable path.Like most prisoners at the PGV, Héctor depended on his family, outside, to bring him things to sell at the market. In good times, he might make enough to pay La Causa, take care of his needs, and even send some profits home. The best bet for making money was to set up a table selling crack, cocaine, base paste, marijuana and blunts. But even in this environment, where drugs could be sold and consumed out in the open, this line of work could be unpredictable and dangerous. Héctor liked the money; the money was useful to him. But selling drugs brought problems. So Héctor mostly avoided it. At one point, he sold nails, screws, wires, and pieces of wood to inmates — coveted objects that inmates used to build improvised shacks. If he got his hands on some flour, he might set up a stand selling banana cake or Venezuelan arepas.Héctor lies with his mother, whom he calls "La Pucha," during a Visitors day at the PGV. Venezuela's violence has taken a heavy toll on La Pucha, who lost two sons and whose third, Héctor, was locked up for six years.Oscar B. CastilloWhenever possible, he'd hoped to make enough money so his mother, Rosalia Rivero, who worked as a janitor and whom he playfully called "La Pucha," could travel from Caracas for a Visitors Day. On these visits, she would head straight to her son's room, willfully ignoring the strangeness she passed along the way. She was used to seeing drugs and weapons, and she associated both with losing two of her sons, and almost losing a third. At the PGV, she found Héctor a changed man. Héctor was never an angel; nobody in Free Convict was. But now he was searching for something different. Together with the rest of Free Convict, Héctor had resolved to take control of his life, and break the cycle that had put him on the frontlines of the street wars that were tearing apart Venezuela and that nobody had asked for. To do that, Héctor had to sharpen his talent, and believe in himself.Héctor, center, and two other members of Free Convict are seen seated at the highest point of the PGV as they use a drone to record a music video. Once the church bell tower, it became a command post for prison gangs to watch the perimeter of the PGV. Bullet holes testify to the many battles between prisoners and authorities.Oscar B. CastilloBoom!By 2016, the situation in Venezuela had become catastrophic. Inflation was out of control and finding basic items had become nearly impossible. At the PGV, families were barely able to send help. Inmates went from drinking good rum at parties to making their own alcohol, from fermenting banana skin, in plastic Gatorade bottles. Instead of manning tables piled high with drugs, inmates like Héctor scraped together money selling single cigarettes or hot chocolate. La Causa had to be paid first. There was barely any money for food. The beginning of the end of the PGV came in September of 2016. Musicians and sports players had been brought in, along with the usual flood of friends and family from the outside, to celebrate the birthday of the PGV's big boss, Franklin "Viru Viru." Trophies from sports events and portraits of gang bosses, some allegedly killed by police after their release, are displayed in a central area of the PGV.Oscar B. CastilloInmates at the overcrowded PGV sleep on the floor and makeshift hammocks. The prison housed more than 6 times its expected capacity.Oscar B. CastilloThen, suddenly, BOOM, a hand grenade explosion caused the prison's foundation to tremble. Smoke was everywhere. Some people screamed in agony, others ran in all directions. In the confusion, Los Luceros pointed their guns at each other, looking for signs of treason.When the black cloud had cleared, there was a hellish scene of wounded people and dead bodies. Visitors and prisoners alike were among the almost 20 victims. Afterwards, tension and fear were everywhere, and the prison divided into warring factions. Punishment, including murder, was more common, and even more random. Seeing an opening, forces from the state finally stormed the prison. For two weeks, there was fighting, leading to an estimated 80 deaths. There was no water or electricity. Starving inmates killed their pets for food, or consumed whatever drugs they could find to fight off hunger. Tuberculosis was plaguing the prison and infected prisoners were dying daily. When it was finally over, government soldiers emptied the PGV and inmates were sent to other detention centers around the country. Free Convict scrambled to stay in touch, but finding out who had ended up where was almost impossible.Free Convict, which by then was better and more popular than ever, seemed to be dying. Héctor ended up at Tocuyito, another prisoner-controlled prison, where he stayed for another two years.CaracasOne day in 2020 — six years after I began documenting Free Convict at the PGV — I went to a recording studio in Caracas to meet up with the collective. Nearly all of them had been released, and they were trying to keep Free Convict's work alive from the outside. Free in Caracas, there was still so much to navigate. The immediate problem was Héctor. His family hadn't heard from him in three days. At first, the police said they had no record of him being arrested. Now, thanks to pressure from his family, they were saying he had been arrested, and would be released soon. We predicted he'd come to the studio directly, and were waiting for him there. When he finally arrived, fear, rage, and frustration filled his eyes. He told us that he had been in his neighborhood with his cousin, known as "The Cat," when police arrived and shot his cousin dead. They'd then arrested Héctor, who now told us he'd been spared only thanks to a divine intervention.Héctor, in Caracas, is seen with local kids he helps mentor.Oscar B. CastilloMembers of Free Convict and Otro Enfoque, a local NGO, are seen late at night visiting a group of kids living under a bridge in Caracas. The river below receives water from the city's sewers. Free Convict uses their history with crime and incarceration to collaborate on initiatives that inspire crime-prevention, non-violence, and change.Oscar B. CastilloWe couldn't confirm Héctor's story, but there were plenty of others like it. Later that year, the United Nations would call on President Nicolas Maduro to disband various police units that had been behind extrajudicial killings and "crimes against humanity."It was possible that Héctor had actually been spared because, since his release, he'd become relatively well-known both for his work with Free Convict and for his anti-violence and community-building work in prisons, schools, and other areas affected by violence and exclusion. Having overcome so much in an upside-down Venezuela where police forces could turn their guns on civilians and prisoners controlled the prisons, Héctor is a survivor.  After so many close calls with death and so much adversity, he had done so much to rebuild his life and forge a new path. His mistakes were part of who he was, but the actions he had taken in his life because of those mistakes, and his skill in communicating the things he'd learned, made him a valued mentor to so many Caracus youths who were in a desperate search for new paths to walk away from violence.But for all the progress Héctor had made in his life, he was still at the mercy of the arbitrary violence of Venezuela. Together, we all wondered where Héctor was safest: In Caracas, trying to contribute to his community while at the mercy of the arbitrary violence of Venezuela, and possibly at the hands of Venezuelan police, or back under La Rutina. Héctor stands for a portrait while he and other members of Free Convict take a day job cleaning and painting a disco club. Steady jobs that pay well are scarce in Venezuela.Oscar B. CastilloOscar B. Castillo is a documentary photographer and multimedia artist. His book about the PGV, "Esos Que Saben" was published this year and is available for purchase here.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytAug 19th, 2022

Joy Behar Won’t Shut Up

People have many issues with Joy Behar, but here is one that has gotten scandalously slight attention. Joy Behar is a bad driver. A person sitting in the back of her SUV to, say, drive a short distance on flat roads, will get nauseated, which will significantly impede that person’s ability to carry out such… People have many issues with Joy Behar, but here is one that has gotten scandalously slight attention. Joy Behar is a bad driver. A person sitting in the back of her SUV to, say, drive a short distance on flat roads, will get nauseated, which will significantly impede that person’s ability to carry out such journalistic duties as noticing whether Behar stops and starts so much because in two months she’ll be 80 and her reaction time has slowed, or because she doesn’t care how she makes people feel. The View co-host has agreed to go yard-sale shopping near her home in the wealth-soaked Hamptons area of Long Island. Behar, the publicist says, loves yard-sale shopping. But she doesn’t seem that thrilled. We are among the first to arrive at a modest spread in Sag Harbor, and the homeowners appear a little confused that the pile of castoffs in their garage has somehow attracted a celebrity. Behar keeps her sunglasses on and does not linger. “Do I know you?” someone asks. “I don’t know,” says Behar in that voice. “Was it that night in Paris?” It’s a perfect answer; everyone laughs, and yet it’s abundantly clear the conversation is over. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Thus loosened up, Behar leans over a stroller. “Is this doll for sale?” she asks, before doing a pretend double take. “Oh. It’s a baby.” There is an appreciative titter from the parents, and one gets the sense that this is a line that will be repeated at birthday parties for years to come. Unless of course the parents are fans of former President Donald Trump, in which case there will be headlines on Fox News: Joy Behar Disses Infant! Peter Fisher for TIMEJoy Behar in the studio for The View on May 20, 2022. Finding a compelling and amusing thing to say on demand and without offending anybody is a high-wire act, and Behar has been walking that tightrope on camera now for 25 years, more or less successfully—although often less. Just days after our yard-sale trip, she told Lindsey Granger, a Black gun-rights supporter and guest host on The View, that U.S. gun laws would change “once Black people get guns.” As if a drawbridge had been lowered, the critics swarmed in. “I think Joy Behar is just ridiculous,” Byron Donalds, a Representative from Florida’s 19th District, said to Fox News Digital on June 10. “What she said is a lie,” former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity. Other conservative pundits call her racist or at least ignorant, observing that 25% of African Americans own guns and the number is rising, which led progressive media to point out that white people outpace any other race in gun ownership. Another day, another spat sparked by a grandmother from Brooklyn. Behar claims her comments are never designed to provoke. “I just say what I say,” she says over takeout Caesar salad in her comfortable but not very lavish Manhattan apartment. “And then they’re upset with me. I’m their favorite target over at Breitbart and Fox.” Read More: Welcome to TV’s Era of Peak Redundancy Just saying what she says gives her attackers plenty to work with. She suggested former Vice President Mike Pence might be mentally ill because he said Jesus spoke to him. She accused Republicans of being “against babies” over the formula shortage. She called GOP Representative Lauren Boebert’s Christmas photo (which featured children with guns) “obscene.” But she also frequently says things that could rile her allies. She made a lewd joke when Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. She made fun of a nurse for wearing a stethoscope. She even has her own blackface incident. In her youth Behar went to a Halloween party as what she calls “a beautiful African woman.” “For me, it was like, ‘Look at how pretty I can look as a woman dressed like this,’” she says. “It wasn’t anything close to blackface. It was bronzer, which I used with my natural curly hair. And the Black community had my back because they understand what blackface is.” She adds that a Black producer was the first to put the photo on the air 20 years ago. “And then all of a sudden, that picture became verboten.” After the interview, The View’s publicist, who earns every dollar just looking out for Behar (let alone co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, and Sara Haines), sent me a follow-up comment from Behar. “I would never do that now. I understand it’s offensive.” In all, there is more than enough material from both sides of the political fence to mount a campaign to banish Behar to the Hamptons for good. And yet she occupies the same catbird seat she has for almost 2½ decades. In May, she renewed her contract with The View, which leads the ratings for daytime talk shows, for another three years, for a reported $3 million a year. Goldberg had to sit out hosting The View for a couple of weeks for saying the Holocaust “was not about race,” but Behar has mostly remained immune to any punishment beyond offering regular apologies, some of which, she has openly admitted, she doesn’t mean. Read More: Comedians’ Obsession With Their Haters Is Ruining Comedy Meghan McCain, the most recent conservative host, has cited Behar’s cutting remarks as one reason she left the show. (Following a long search, former Trump Administration spokesperson Alyssa Farah Griffin has reportedly been chosen as the new occupant of the rightmost chair, though a View spokesperson would not confirm this.) In an era when most women on TV still find their opportunities drying up after 45, Behar is She Who Cannot Be Canceled. “The View needs her more than she needs to do it,” says Ramin Setoodeh, co–editor in chief of Variety and author of a book about the show, Ladies Who Punch, “because she’s such an established brand. She has been a fixture on daytime television almost as long as Regis Philbin or Oprah Winfrey.” To some conservatives, that Behar has not been canceled yet is evidence of hypocrisy. But it may actually be evidence of something else: that Behar plays a useful role in the current media ecosystem. Her age, willingness to offend, and impenetrable hide make her a sturdy dartboard in the rowdy dive bar political discourse has become. Conservatives throw sharp objects her way to whip up outrage (and traffic) among their audience, and progressives, including Behar, decline to award any points. One of the reasons the darts don’t score is that Behar, unlike, for instance, Ronan Farrow or Anderson Cooper, took the hard way up. Born Josephine Occhiuto in Brooklyn, she grew up in a walk-up tenement building. In the summer, she would put her pillow in the fridge to cool it down. “And then in the winter,” she says, “you were freezing because the heat never made it up to the fifth floor.” Her mother operated a sewing machine in a local shop and her father drove a truck for Coca-Cola. What the family lacked in resources, it made up for in affection—and eccentricity. “My mother used to say, ‘Make sure you sweep the house thoroughly or you’ll marry a bald man,’” says Behar. Her father was a gambler—a habit he couldn’t afford. (His daughter can and does, mostly playing blackjack and craps in Atlantic City, N.J.) Her grandmother and two unmarried aunts lived two floors down, and she was the adored only child of the clan, regularly called upon to entertain the adults. “I cannot say that I had a dysfunctional family,” she says. “I’m more like Mel Brooks, who basically said of his family that they were crazy about me, and I just wanted to get more of that.” Everett CollectionJoy Behar in the 1991 comedy documentary Wisecracks. She was the first in her family to go to college; before long she was married with a daughter, and teaching high school English. What she enjoyed most was working with students who’d had an entanglement with law enforcement. “Kids would get out of prison after setting their parents on fire,” she would later joke, “and they would be sent to me to learn the difference between who and whom.” A brush with mortality from an ectopic pregnancy brought her the realization that she had only one life to get what she wanted, and what she wanted was an audience. Newly divorced from Joseph Behar, she began to do stand-up in the early ’80s, when no venue would book more than one female comic per night. “Stand-up comedy, especially for a woman in those days, was a particularly suicidal occupation,” says Behar. “I did some garbage-y gigs for, you know, a hundred bucks, where I had to drive to the bowels of New Jersey. I’d get lost on the Jersey Turnpike.” She had inconsistent success, but it taught her a lot, including how to handle people who don’t like you and how to keep going when jokes don’t land. And it offered a reward she did not expect. “You have a power when you have that microphone,” she says. “People don’t like it. They don’t like it that I’m a powerful person on The View, saying things that they don’t like, but I’m sorry, that is where I’m at. I’m a powerful person on The View; I was a powerful person as a comedian holding a microphone. Too bad.” One of the less garbage-y gigs Behar scored was Milton Berle’s 89th birthday. She did a bit about how hard it was to attract men. Salman Rushdie was under a fatwa and had married three times, but women still couldn’t get guys. (Actually, Behar was dating middle-school math teacher Steve Janowitz, whom she eventually married, and who is, as her mother predicted, a little bit bald.) Barbara Walters, then plotting a new TV show made by and for intelligent women, was among the guests. She decided to give Behar, then 54, a shot. Behar was hired to be the comic relief—she did Monica Lewinsky jokes—but during the Bush Administration, she started to develop a more articulated political position. “Her persona in our culture has evolved as politics have evolved,” says Setoodeh. “She didn’t start out as a polarizing figure or even a political figure. She was the comedian.” Read More: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2022 So Far One of the keys to Behar’s longevity is that she takes nothing personally. She has had two of her own shows canceled and was even let go from The View in 2013. “I was glad to be fired,” she says. “I basically was sick of the show at that point for some reason, I don’t even remember why.” According to Setoodeh, while the also-fired Elisabeth Hasselbeck wept, Behar was blasé, and offered to leave that day. “She doesn’t hold a grudge,” says Hostin, adding, “I think because she doesn’t remember what happened the day before.” Her co-hosts often remind her of a recent insult leveled against her and she just shrugs it off. “That’s how she’s been able to deal with this show. She just leaves it at the table and then moves on for another day.” Getty ImagesBetty White and Joy Behar on set for Current TV at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif., on January 2, 2013. By 2015, The View’s ratings were slipping, Trump was running for President, and a new slate of producers were handed the reins. They asked Behar to come back. “I just knew that we needed to get back into the cultural conversation,” says Hilary Estey McLoughlin, the executive producer who championed her return. “And I knew she was going to be the person who could actually do that. She’s always been the person who says what the audience is thinking but is afraid to say.” Thus began the feud between Trump and Behar, who had been on good enough terms that in 2003, in one of his 18 pre-presidential appearances on The View, he let her pull his hair. (It was also the outlet on which he made his notorious quip about dating Ivanka.) Behar had been to Trump’s second wedding; she’d had Melania on her HLN show to tout her line of jewelry (and echo her husband’s false claims about Barack Obama’s birth certificate). Goldberg too has said he was her friend. But Trump the candidate was not a man Goldberg and Behar recognized; they pulled out all the stops in their coverage. The ratings rose. So did the negative attention on Behar. Goldberg took heat as well, but the attacks on her were perhaps softened by the fact she was an established celebrity. Despite her many years on the air, Behar seemed to come out of nowhere, yet had the nerve to deliver opinions as if they were worth something. As Behar’s mockery of Trump gathered steam, so did her detractors. There are now a dozen anti-Behar pages on Facebook (most of them tiny). She is a constant presence in stories on Fox News’ digital outlet, and they sit atop a viper’s nest of comments. Kid Rock released a video in which he makes an obscene gesture at her face. Former White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany compared the President to her in May. “Biden sounds a lot like Joy Behar,” she said on the Fox News show Outnumbered. “It’s never a good thing to sound like Joyless Behar.” Behar professes to be indifferent to the invective: “I don’t go looking to see what they say about what I say.” Mostly, she claims, she’s trying to land a joke. But humor can cut both ways. “Because she’s funny, she’s more threatening,” says Susie Essman, who came up on the New York City comedy circuit with Behar. “Not only can she give her opinion, but she can zing, and when you can zing, it’s more powerful.” Funny, moreover, is in the eye of the beholder: “If you don’t hear any laughter,” said right-leaning comedian Greg Gutfeld recently during a show with no studio audience, “just pretend you’re watching Joy Behar do stand-up.” Read More: What Mindy Kaling Has Learned About Making Great TV It probably doesn’t help her image among her male detractors that Behar fits the mold of other reputed scolds—mothers-in-law, ex-wives, librarians, grandmothers, grammar-correcting English teachers, female surgeons general. Her voice has been referred to as “a fine Italian whine,” but also “a decent paint remover.” But ultimately, say Behar and her co-hosts, she’s untouchable, because she means well. “This whole idea of canceling people for what they say, I’d say the answer to that is, What was your intention?” says Behar. “Everything that I got into trouble for was not intentional.” On the nurses: “I didn’t understand what I was saying, to tell you the truth, right? That’s the thing about the show, it could be an accident in the moment, you’re looking at something, you say something, and then it’s taken completely out of context.” Everybody, she contends, knows she’s pro-nurses. On Pence: “I had no intention of denigrating anyone’s religion. I was talking about—that was almost a joke.” After sponsors began to pull out of the show, she apologized to him, ex-Catholic to ex-Catholic. “He understood what I was doing,” she says. It’s demonstrably true that Behar is unguarded. In the course of a post-show interview, she is happy to talk about having Botox and fillers, the fact that she’s started drooling, a weeklong diet that did nothing, that she has been in therapy since high school, and her hopes that her husband still “gropes me a little bit.” She’ll even talk money. Somebody stopped her on the street recently and accused her of being a socialist and hating the rich. “So, I’m not a socialist,” she says. “I own a couple of houses.” One of the Facebook pages, Joy Behar the Worst Show on TV (with 85 followers), is run by Joshua Maroney, a 43-year-old oil-refinery worker from Smackover, Ark. Maroney, who has never voted for anyone, including Trump, is probably not The View’s key demographic, but he often works night shifts, so he’s home during the day and catches the show. Maroney doesn’t post much, but he says he gets “thousands” of messages from like-minded folks. Behar first irked Maroney—and this may sound familiar—by running her mouth. “She straight said I was ignorant because of where I lived,” he says. “And she didn’t say it like once for a 30-second blip. She said it for months. I live [in the South] so I must not be educated.” But as he talks, it becomes clear his beef is not really with Behar. He estimates he’s lost 26 friends to suicide. He takes 16 or 17 pills a day after “getting rolled up twice in Afghanistan.” His memory is jumbled after three concussions. His right hand doesn’t work well, and he thinks “it would be nice if I can go less than 200 miles from my house to a psychiatrist, which I’ve asked for numerous times.” Heidi Gutman—Disney General Entertainment Content/Getty ImagesJoy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain on season 21 of The View in 2018. Behar is the repository for Maroney’s frustration, because of the different returns their labor and skills have generated, not just in income—though there is that—but in their ability to get heard, to get people to care about the issues each considers important. He acknowledges that this is not Behar’s fault, but thinks she should care more. “It’s the out-of-touch part that bothers me.” Being the scapegoat for America’s most pernicious difficulties is quite a lot for a comedian to carry. Being able to opine authoritatively on subjects as wide-ranging as how to fix America (abolish the Electoral College), who makes the best TV (the Brits), and how to appear on a talk show (don’t hog the ball) is quite a lot to expect of a woman on the cusp of her ninth decade. And being funny on live TV in an era when it’s possible to get slapped in the face for a misplaced joke is not for the faint-hearted. But Behar doesn’t seem to mind. “I’m sort of on extra time now. I don’t have to work. I don’t have to be on television. I don’t have to have the microphone. They want to give it to me, I’ll take it.” She’s heard all the insults. She doesn’t care what you say about her looks or her jokes or her opinions. Behar is legitimately a bad driver—even her husband thinks so. It’s not that she doesn’t care about how people feel; she just doesn’t care about how they feel about her. As we leave the yard sale, I ask if she will miss the fame when inevitably she can’t be on The View anymore. “Not really,” she shrugs. “You know what they say—the show must go off.” —With reporting by Julia Zorthian.....»»

Category: topSource: timeJul 27th, 2022

The 15 best original shows on HBO Max, from "Peacemaker" to "Our Flag Means Death"

Since the service's launch in 2020, HBO Max has amassed an impressive slate of exclusive series, including "The Flight Attendant" and "Hacks." When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Phil Caruso/HBO Max HBO Max has a large streaming library that includes critically acclaimed original shows. Some of the service's best-reviewed series include "Our Flag Means Death" and "Hacks." HBO Max costs $10/month for ad-supported streaming or $15/month for ad-free playback. HBO Max has a huge streaming catalog filled with movies and shows from Warner Media's various properties. In addition to offering everything already available on the HBO cable channel, the service includes a growing selection of original shows developed exclusively for subscribers.  Since the service launched in May 2020, HBO Max has released over 50 new originals. Though not every title has been a hit, several series have garnered critical acclaim, including shows like "Hacks," "Peacemaker," and "Our Flag Means Death." Below, we rounded up all of the best-reviewed HBO Max original series you can stream now. All of our picks have at least one "Certified Fresh" season on review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, in addition to a total show average of 60% or above based on critic reviews.If you're an HBO Max subscriber looking for something new to watch, these series are all worthwhile. And if you're on the fence about signing up, these shows could help you decide if a subscription is worth it.Here are the 15 best shows on HBO Max:'Doom Patrol'"Doom Patrol"DC UniverseHBO Max has become the streaming home for all things DC Comics, including the original series "Doom Patrol." The show follows the superhero team of the same name, and it's known for its offbeat and irreverent sense of humor. The team includes Jane, a woman with multiple superpowered identities; Rita Farr, a former actress who has the ability to shapeshift; Vic Stone, who has cybernetic enhancements; Larry Trainor, who has a negative energy entity living inside him; Cliff Steele, a former NASCAR driver who is now a cyborg; and Chief, who oversees and looks after the Doom Patrol. Three seasons of "Doom Patrol" are available to watch on HBO Max, and the service has renewed it for a fourth. The show has an average "97% fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.'Hacks'Jean Smart on "Hacks."HBOOn "Hacks," Jean Smart plays Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedian who is trying to stay relevant with audiences. She hires a young writer, Ava (Hannah Einbinder), to help her freshen up her material, and along the way the pair learn to respect each other's differences. "Hacks" is critically acclaimed, and has a rare "100% Fresh" average on Rotten Tomatoes. Smart received an Emmy for best actress in a comedy for her work in the first season. Two seasons have aired, and a third is on the way.'Julia'Seacia Pavao/HBO MaxBritish actress Sarah Lancashire stars as the legendary chef Julia Child in this biographical series. "Julia" begins in 1962, when Child first pitched her idea for a cooking TV show after the publication of her now-iconic cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Season one of "Julia" is critically acclaimed with a "93% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the service renewed the show for a second season.'Legendary'HBO Max"Legendary" was part of the initial lineup of original series that launched with HBO Max in 2020. The competition show explores the world of LGBT ball culture. Each season, eight houses compete in nine balls with a focus on dancing, voguing, and walking events, plus some legendary looks. At the end of each season, the house left standing wins $100,000. Three seasons of "Legendary" have aired on HBO Max, and season one earned a "91% Certified Fresh" rating.'Minx'Katrina Marcinowski/HBO MaxSet in the 1970s, "Minx" follows Joyce Prigger (Ophelia Lovibond), a feminist who sets out to create the first erotic magazine for women. To make this a reality, she teams up with low-rent publisher Doug Renetti (Jake Johnson), and in the process the two learn about life and form an unlikely friendship. The first season of "Minx" received critical praise and a "97% Certified Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes. HBO Max renewed it for a second season.'Our Flag Means Death'Taika Waititi in "Our Flag Means Death."HBO Max"Our Flag Means Death" has become a breakout hit for HBO Max. Starring frequent collaborators Taika Waititi and Rhys Darby, the romantic comedy reimagines the golden age of piracy.Stede Bonnet (Darcy) and Blackbeard (Waititi) begin sailing together, and as plans to assassinate Bonnet fall apart, Blackbeard finds that he's much happier being himself around Bonnet than he is just being Blackbeard. After a massively popular first season that garnered a "92% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, HBO Max renewed "Our Flag Means Death" for a second season in June 2022.'Peacemaker'John Cena in "Peacemaker."HBO MaxJohn Cena returns to play Christopher Smith/Peacemaker in this irreverent spin-off of director James Gunn's 2021 movie "The Suicide Squad." Following the events of the film, Peacemaker is forced to join a black-ops task force to save the world from an alien threat.The show dives deep into Peacemaker's troubled relationship with his supervillain father (Robert Patrick), and sees the title character develop a budding friendship with Leota Adebayo (Danielle Brooks), another member of the task force who has different political views.The first season, which has a "94% Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is available to stream now. A second season has been commissioned with James Gunn set to return as the writer and director of all eight new episodes.'South Side'Jean Whiteside/HBO MaxSeason one of "South Side" aired on Comedy Central before it was rebranded as a Max Original. The comedy stars Sultan Salahuddin and Kareme Young as two recent community college graduates on the South Side of Chicago working at a rent-to-own shop while scheming their way toward upward mobility. The show, which currently has two seasons on HBO Max, was renewed for a third season in February 2022. The series' Rotten Tomatoes average is "100% Fresh."'Starstruck'Mark Johnson/HBO Max"Starstruck" follows a 20-something woman who has a one-night stand with a celebrity. After the encounter, the unlikely pair try to develop a real relationship.Rose Matafeo created, writes, and stars in the series, which is all about navigating a complicated romance during an equally complicated period of life. It's relatable, laugh-out-loud funny, and a quick watch. HBO Max has two "Certified Fresh" seasons of "Starstruck" available to watch, and in June 2022, the series was renewed for a third season.'The Flight Attendant'Kaley Cuoco in HBO Max's "The Flight Attendant" season two.Jennifer Rose Clasen/HBO MaxKaley Cuoco stars in this Max original series as an alcoholic flight attendant who finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery after she wakes up next to a dead body in Bangkok. The show is based on the book by Chris Bohjalian, and blends dark comedy with suspense. "The Flight Attendant" recently returned for a second season, but there's no word yet on whether or not HBO Max will move forward with a third. The first two seasons hold an average "91% Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Other Two'Comedy Central"The Other Two" originally premiered on Comedy Central, but HBO Max picked up the show for its second and upcoming third season. When their 13-year-old brother becomes famous overnight, Cary (Drew Tarver) and Brooke (Heléne Yorke) reflect on their own stalled careers as an aspiring actor and dancer, respectively. "The Other Two" has a "95% Fresh" average on Rotten Tomatoes, with both seasons "Certified Fresh." Following the release of season two, "The Other Two" was renewed for a third season. 'The Sex Lives of College Girls'Reneé Rapp, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Pauline Chalamet, and Amrit Kaur on the season one finale of "The Sex Lives of College Girls."Courtesy of HBO MaxFrom executive producer Mindy Kaling, "The Sex Lives of College Girls" follows four girls from different walks of life who are assigned to be roommates on their first day of college.Leighton (Reneé Rapp), Bela (Amrit Kaur), Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), and Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott) navigate classwork and extracurriculars while slowly becoming friends. Like the title implies, the girls come into their sexuality in different ways; the show covers a range of experiences and also has great LGBT representation.Season one aired in the winter of 2021, and a second season is currently in production. The first season is "Certified Fresh" with a 97% rating.'Tokyo Vice'HBO Max"Tokyo Vice" is a show inspired by true events. Adapted from journalist Jake Adelstein's memoir, the show follows the dark criminal underworld of Tokyo in the late 1990s. Adelstein covered the crime beat for a Japanese newspaper, and soon found himself tangled up with Japanese authorities and yakuza. Ansel Elgort stars as Adelstein, alongside Japanese actors Ken Wantanabe and Rinko Kikuchi."Tokyo Vice" has one season currently available to stream; the series was renewed for a second season following critical acclaim. It sits at an "86% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Staircase'HBO MaxBased on the 2004 true-crime documentary of the same name, "The Staircase" follows the investigation into Michael Peterson after his wife Kathleen is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. Colin Firth and Toni Collette star as the Petersons; Michael Stuhlbarg, Dane DeHaan, and Sophie Turner are all part of the supporting cast.While critics agreed that it didn't really add any new information for people already familiar with the story, the dramatization features great performances. It is "93% Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.'The Tourist'Two Brothers PicturesJamie Dornan stars in "The Tourist," a new thriller series. He plays a Northern Irish man who wakes up in an Australian hospital after a car accident with amnesia. With very few clues to go on, he tries to figure out who he is before dangerous enemies track him down. You can watch the first season of "The Tourist," which has a "97% Certified Fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, now. The show was renewed for a second season in March 2022.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJul 27th, 2022

The best new fiction of 2022 so far, from fantasy sequels to highly anticipated thrillers

The best new novels released in 2022 span genres from rom-coms and family dramas to sci-fi dystopias and gripping romantic thrillers. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.The best new novels released in 2022 span genres from rom-coms and family dramas to sci-fi dystopias and gripping romantic thrillers.Amazon; Alex Ford/InsiderWhen you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. We gathered the top-rated and best-selling fiction books of 2022 so far. These picks include new historical fiction, romance, fantasy, and sci-fi books. For more great books, check out the best books of 2022 so far, according to Goodreads. Every year brings new and amazing books to shelves everywhere, but it can be overwhelming to sort through hundreds of titles to find a book that truly stands out from the rest. Fortunately, with reviews from readers, bookshops, and editors, the most memorable new titles still rise to the top. To create this list of recommendations, we pulled readers' favorite new fiction books from a variety of sources including top-ranking titles on Goodreads, bestseller lists on Audible and Libro.fm, and books readers can't stop talking about on social media. From fantasy sequels to heart-pounding historical fiction, here is some of the best new fiction of 2022 so far.The best fiction books of 2022 so far:"Black Cake" by Charmaine WilkersonAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.81Insightful, memorable, and masterfully written, "Black Cake" is a transportive and expansive novel that begins as Byron and Benny inherit a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording in the wake of their mother's passing. In this story of heritage, memories, and history, the siblings must unravel their mother's story to create a new and deeper understanding of her, their family, and themselves."All My Rage" by Sabaa TahirAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.99Salahudin and Noor were more than best friends until a terrible fight destroyed their bond, leaving each of them to face their familial and personal challenges alone. As Sal tries to hold his family and their business together after his mother's passing and Noor attempts to avoid her uncle's wrath as she applies to college against his wishes, the two must decide the value of their friendship and what they need to move forward."Book Lovers" by Emily HenryAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $12.82Emily Henry's latest beach-read romance follows Nora Stephens, an NYC literary agent whose own love life is far from perfect. When her sister, Libby, suggests a trip for just the two of them to a storybook-like town in North Carolina, Nora agrees in the hopes of becoming the heroine of her own story but almost immediately runs into Charlie Lastra, a brooding book editor — and her greatest rival. "Violeta" by Isabel AllendeBookshopAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $22.84"Violeta" is an epic new historical fiction novel about Violeta del Valle, born in 1920 in South America to a family of sons. Told in the form of a letter, Violeta's life spans a century of extraordinary events, from personal heartbreak and great triumphs to the fight for women's rights and two terrible pandemics."True Biz" by Sara NovićAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.91At the River Valley School for the Deaf, Charlie is a new transfer student, Austin is the school's "golden boy," and February is their headmistress, fighting to keep the school open while juggling personal challenges of her own. "True Biz" follows the students and the school as they are rocked by personal, political, and familial unrest over a tumultuous year that will change their lives forever."House of Sky and Breath" by Sarah J. MaasAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.74"House of Sky and Breath" is the highly anticipated sequel to Sarah J. Maas' "House of Earth and Blood," both of which are loved by readers for the spellbinding magic systems, their deep care for the characters, and the exhilarating, suspenseful plot that keeps them invested for 800 pages. In this sequel, Bryce and Hunt have saved Cresent City and are looking for a moment of peace but as the rebels slowly chip away at the Asteri's power, the two know they cannot stay silent while others are oppressed."Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie GarmusAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.48In this story set in 1960s California, Elizabeth Zott is a chemist whose male coworkers see her as little more than a woman in the way. When her career takes a sharp turn and she finds herself the star of a beloved American cooking show, people still aren't happy, as she not only takes a unique approach to cooking, but in many ways is teaching women to defy the status quo in this funny and feminist historical fiction read. "How High We Go in the Dark" by Sequoia NagamatsuAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99As humanity is challenged with rebuilding after a climate plague reshapes life on Earth, this science fiction novel bends to follow linked narratives of those affected in a vast variety of ways, from a scientist searching for a cure to a painter and her granddaughter looking for a new home planet. Loved for its intricate and imitate connections between characters, themes, and stories, "How High We Go in the Dark" is a tale of compassion, resiliency, and hope."Daughter of the Moon Goddess" by Sue Lynn TanAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.49Inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang'e, "Daughter of the Moon Goddess" is about Xingyin, who grew up on the moon, unaware that she is being hidden from the Celestial Emperor until her magic reveals her existence and she's forced to flee her home and leave her mother behind. To save her mother, Xingyin disguises her identity, learns mastery and magic alongside the emperor's son, and sets off on a dangerous quest of magic, honor, and betrayal."Young Mungo" by Douglas StuartAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.99Born into different religions, Mungo and James should be sworn enemies yet find safety in each other as their close friendship blooms into love. When Mungo is sent on a fishing trip with two of his mother's friends from AA, darker intentions arise in this story of masculinity, queerness, division, and violence. "This Time Tomorrow" by Emma StraubAmazonAvailable for pre-order on Amazon and Bookshop, from $21.99When Alice wakes up on the morning of her 40th birthday, she seems to have been transported back in time to 1996 to relive her 16th birthday. Though her father is ailing in the present day, she's reunited with her younger, full-of-life dad and, armed with decades of experience, relives the day with a new perspective, bringing new meaning to memories and leaving Alice wondering if she could — or should — change anything about that day."Reminders of Him" by Colleen HooverBookshopAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $9.57"Reminders of Him" is a Colleen Hoover story of redemption as Kenna Rowan returns to her town after a five-year prison sentence, hoping to reunite with her young daughter, though all those who knew her determinedly shut her out. Turning to the local bar owner, Ledger Ward, Kenna finds a remaining link to her daughter, but when the two form a deeper connection, romance brings greater risk and Kenna must find a way to fix the past in order to solidify a better future."Memphis" by Tara M. StringfellowBookshopAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.28During the summer of 1995, 10-year-old Joan moves with her mother and younger sister into their mother's family home in Memphis, fleeing their father's violence, though the home is marked by a history of violence all its own. In her grief, Joan begins to create portraits of the women in North Memphis and unravels a past, present, and future of matrilineal tradition, healing, and curses from the stories of those she encounters."Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St. John MandelAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.25Part time travel epic and part pandemic literature, "Sea of Tranquility" is a science fiction novel that spans centuries from an airship terminal in the Canadian wilderness in 1912 to a moon colony 300 years in the future to tell a story of humanity and the many ways we are impacted by a pandemic world. Unique, profound, and memorable, this new novel combines speculative and literary elements to take readers on a fast-paced journey."Four Treasures of the Sky" by Jenny Tinghui ZhangAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.69Though Daiyu never wanted to be like the tragic heroine for which she was named, everything changes when she's kidnapped and smuggled from China to America. "Four Treasures of the Sky" is a story of self-discovery, Chinese history and folklore, and the ways in which Daiyu had to continuously change herself to survive."The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea" by Axie OhBookshopAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.99In Mina's homeland, the people believe the Sea God curses their land with terrible storms and war so they sacrifice a beautiful maiden in the hopes their choice will one day be his "true bride" and end their suffering. When Shim Cheong, Mina's brother's beloved, is chosen as the sacrifice, Mina throws herself into the water in her place and is swept away to the Spirit Realm. There, she sets out to wake the Sea God and end her home's suffering once and for all."Brown Girls" by Daphne Palasi AndreadesAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.31In Queens, New York, young girls and women of color are growing up in the center of vibrant culture, learning to balance their immigrant heritage with the American world around them. "Brown Girls" reads like a literary poem dedicated to the young women who experience this unique crossroads as they make their own place in the world, a story that continues to resonate with many readers."Peach Blossom Spring" by Melissa FuAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.99Lily desperately wants to understand her family's heritage, but her father refuses to speak about his childhood and his story of fleeing his family home with his mother in 1938 as the Japanese army encroached on their land. "Peach Blossom Spring" is a powerful story of war, migration, and heritage that jumps across continents and centuries to convey the importance of telling our stories."Don't Cry for Me" by Daniel BlackAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $22.48As Jacob lays on his deathbed, he knows there are many truths he must share with his son, Isaac, though the two have not spoken in many years. Through letters, Jacob reveals ancestral stories, long-buried secrets, and hopeful explanations for his reaction to Isaac's being gay. "Don't Cry for Me" is an emotional historical fiction novel about reckoning, reconciliation, and healing."Take My Hand" by Dolen Perkins-ValdezBookshopAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $18.90"Take My Hand" is a new historical fiction novel inspired by true events that begin with Civil Townsend in 1973 as she takes a job fresh out of nursing school at the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic in Alabama. In her first week, she encounters 11- and 13-year-old sisters whose situation raises alarms for Civil. Decades later, Civil is ready to retire when history returns in this story of bravery, institutional racism and classism, and the ways Black communities have been targeted and attacked throughout history."The Diamond Eye" by Kate QuinnAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.87Though Mila Pavlichenko's life in 1937 Ukraine revolves around her library job and her son, everything changes when Hilter invades and she's sent into war with a rifle, quickly becoming one of the deadliest snipers known to the Nazi regime. When her 300th kill makes national news, she's pulled from the war for a goodwill tour in America until an old enemy and new foe pull Mila into a battle deadlier than the war."Kaikeyi" by Vaishnavi PatelAmazonAvailable on Amazon and Bookshop, from $21.99"Kaikeyi" is a beautiful new retelling of "The Ramayana," an ancient Indian epic. In this retelling, Kaikeyi is raised in her father's kingdom, taught to revere and respect the gods yet never receives the help she needs. When Kaikeyi discovers the magic inside her, she transforms into a warrior and queen with the power to change the world for women until her past, destiny, and present collide and force her to weigh the consequences of resistance.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderMay 19th, 2022

28 unique engagement gift ideas, from someone who recently got married

Choosing an engagement gift can be difficult without the help of a registry. Here are some fun and creative engagement gift ideas they'll enjoy. Prices are accurate at the time of publication.When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.Getty Images Shopping for engagement gifts without a registry to go by can be a little tough.  When I got engaged, we got a lot of bottles of wine, which stopped feeling special after a while.  If you're looking for something with a little more flair, look no further than the following gifts. Shortly after my partner proposed to me a few years ago, we began planning our engagement parties — yes, parties plural. We wanted to celebrate with my family in Florida, their family in New Jersey, and our friends in Brooklyn. Needless to say, it was a lot of work. We decided not to register for our engagement parties because we didn't love the idea of people feeling obligated to buy us fancy gifts twice. For the wedding, sure — we registered for a Vitamix if anyone's wondering. But for the engagement parties, we just wanted to be with our friends and family, celebrating this exciting next step we chose to take together. I'll be honest — money is always a great gift for a newly engaged couple. The cost of a wedding these days could make your head explode, and it's likely that your gift will go toward helping them build a budget. But if you want to get them a physical gift, it's best to go with something relatively inexpensive they can enjoy together.Save the big gifts for the wedding once they've registered for the things they really want and need.Here are the best gifts for any newly engaged couple: A playful puzzle to fill your free timeLe PuzzLe Puzz Puzzle, available at Le Puzz, from $28Test out your teamwork with a whimsical puzzle. Le Puzz puzzles are a fun bonding activity that also makes for a decorative home piece after it's fully put together.A leather jewelry case to use for travelLeatherologyLarge Jewelry Case, available at Leatherology, $105A chic jewelry case is a classy way to protect any of your glamorous valuables. Crafted in Italian leather, this jewelry case is travel-friendly and can fit a week's worth of jewelry.An insulated, stemless flute to enjoy champagneWilliams SonomaCorkcicle Stemless Champagne Flute Set of 2, available at Williams Sonoma, $39.95Enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne with this insulated, stemless flute. Intended for champagne or prosecco, the flutes keep beverages cold for up to nine hours and hot for three hours.A custom-made tic-tac-toe board for game nightsUncommon GoodsPersonalized Tic Tac Toe, available at Uncommon Goods, $50The competitive partner will always be game for this unique tic-tac-toe to play on family game night. This fun engagement gift comes custom-made with their initials, making each win feel more personal.A keepsake box to store memories of their special dayUncommon GoodsPersonalized Wedding Keepsake Library, available at Uncommon Goods, $140This keepsake box stores each precious memory of the couple's love story from their engagement party to their happily ever after. The personalized organizer features drawers, files, fabric bags, and envelopes to preserve your items forever.An elongated cheese board for hostingAnthropologieMarbled Acacia Cheese Board, available at Anthropologie, $58For the couple that loves to host, this elongated cutting board lets their charcuterie spread appear even more aesthetically pleasing and irresistible than before.An instant camera for capturing life's sweetest momentsWalmartFujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera (with 10-pack film), available at Walmart, $59The fanciest DSLR can't beat the novelty and instant gratification of this Instax camera, which produces mini prints to slip in wallets and hang on the wall. Personally, we plan to pick a couple of these up for our wedding day so guests can take photos of each other and bring them home!A cake stand for sweet celebrations to comeMosser GlassGlass Cake Stand, available at Food52, from $44It's becoming more and more common to have the top tier of a wedding cake preserved for the couple to eat on their one year anniversary. Give them something beautiful to serve it on at their engagement party, or to use for all their dinner parties and family gatherings in between. A decanter for the whiskey-loving coupleUncommonGoodsYours, Mine, and Ours Engraved Decanter Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $75Whiskey is a way of life for some couples. You know the type that likes to enjoy a night cap at the end of a long day. A nice decanter set with gender-neutral glasses as an engagement party gift will make this couple very happy indeed. A literal wedding planner for the organized coupleErin CondrenWedding Planner, available at Erin Condren, from $35If I've learned anything from wedding planning over the past year, it's that checklists are your best friend. This planner from the queen of planners, Erin Condren, includes handy lists and built-in timelines to take the guesswork out of wedding planning. It's not for everyone, but if you happen to know that one partner or the other is highly organized and loves making lists (*raises hand quietly*), they'll be grateful for this thoughtful engagement party gift. A custom map of where they got engagedGrafomapCustom Maps and Posters, available at Grafomap, starting at $49As a Christmas gift one year, I got my partner a Grafomap of the exact spot where they proposed to me. It totally blew them away! The maps can be customized with different colors, zoomed in or out as far as you want, and you can even include a special date on your map. A calendar with photos of the happy coupleArtifact UprisingBrass Easel & Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $59Assuming they live together, they'll both be able to take advantage of this little desktop calendar to keep track of their days — but more importantly, they'll be able to reflect on all the sweet memories you chose for them to see again. Photos can easily be pulled from Facebook and Instagram to fill the calendar out. An engagement photoshoot for the happy coupleWendy/FlytographerFlytographer Gift Card, from $285If they haven't had an engagement photoshoot yet, consider a Flytographer gift card that will help them find and hire an amazing local photographer. The most popular gift card costs $500 and includes a 90-minute photography session and 45 photos. The most affordable gift card costs $250; you get a 30-minute shooting session and 15 photos to treasure for years to come.A place to put all the wine they're going to getCrate and Barrel11-Bottle Graphite Wine Rack, available at Crate & Barrel, $49.95They'll be getting enough bottles to fill up a whole rack, so this compact storage unit sure will come in handy. A beautiful bouquet of flowersUrbanStemsPersonalized Bouquet, available on UrbanStems, from $45If they've been living together for a while and you just can't think of anything to gift at an engagement party, a beautiful bouquet of flowers is always a safe bet. If you're looking for more options, check out the Insider Reviews buying guide to the best flowers you can buy online.A cake-serving set for the wedding dayAmazonKate Spade The Cake Knife and Server, available at Amazon, $59.57The engraving on the cake server says "how sweet it is" — perfectly apropos for a loving couple as an engagement party gift. A cookbook they'll want to use together for date nights inAnthropologieDate Night in Cookbook, available at Amazon, $24.49Date night doesn't always have to mean going out for a fancy dinner; sometimes it's just about spending a night in with a pile of takeout or taking the time to cook a nice meal together. Get them a cookbook that portions out ingredients for two so they know just what to make and how much to buy at the grocery store. A Champagne-scented candle that's just as good as the real thingHomesickLet's Toast Candle, available at Homesick, $34Shake things up a bit with a Champagne candle instead of a basic bottle (they'll be getting enough of those — I can tell you from experience!).A set of tea for the chillest coupleVadham TeaVahdam Assorted Tea Gift Set, available at Amazon, $37.99If wine isn't quite their thing, a gift set of loose-leaf tea might be the perfect alternative as an engagement gift. It feels special and celebratory, but you can still operate a vehicle safely after having a few cups.A gift card to pick out a luxurious set of sheets that matches their decorBrooklinenBrooklinen Gift Card Box, available on Brooklinen, from $50Give the newly engaged couple new sheets — and the freedom to personalize prints, sets, and sizes — with a gift card box to the internet's favorite bedding startup, Brooklinen. Our editor in Chief, Ellen Hoffman, calls them one of the best purchases she's ever made.A custom stamp for all their invitations and thank-you notesPaper SourceCustom Stamp Gift Set, available on Paper Source, $39.95Planning a wedding includes quite a bit of snail mail — invitations and thank-you notes, for starters — and a custom stamp can make the process go by much faster. Each gift set includes a self-inking stamper, one black ink cartridge, and one gift certificate that allows them to customize a stamp plate online.A framed picture from their engagement shootFramebridgeFramed digital photos, available at Framebridge, from $25There's a chance they had an engagement photoshoot shortly after the proposal, but even if they didn't or weren't able to, it's not too hard to find a sweet photo of them together on social media to be framed. With Framebridge, all you have to do is upload the digital photo to the website, pick a frame and frame size, and they'll do the actual printing, framing, and shipping for you. A monogrammed passport and luggage tag set for frequent travelersLeatherologyLeatherology Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, $65 [monogram from $20]For their honeymoon and all their future travels, they'll definitely make use of this set. Either split the engagement gift between them, or purchase one for each person — either way, you can't go wrong with a simple and useful gift like this.An unexpected and clever sweet treatNordstromChampagne Bears Set of 4 Candy Cubes, available at Nordstrom, $36Pop the Champagne ... bears, that is! They're probably going to be drinking a lot of Champagne in the upcoming months as they celebrate their engagement, so gift them these sparkling Champagne candies for a sweet, edible change. A candle that brings a romantic ambiance to any roomOtherlandSingle Flame Gift Box, available at Otherland, $36Candles might be a common gift, but Otherland's are among the best ones to give. That's because the scents are unique, the packaging is gorgeous, and everything down to the matchbox message — the engagement-themed one says "The Perfect Match" — is thoughtfully designed.A cute set of mugsShelley KleinPersonalized Family Mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, from $30When my partner and I got engaged, someone sent us a set of these mugs with our avatars printed on the front and the year we met on the back. I'm not one for kitschy gifts, but honestly these were too cute. The idea itself was so thoughtful and sweet, and the mugs themselves are actually really great quality. A book with ideas to add spontaneity to date nightsThe Adventure ChallengeThe Adventure Challenge Couples Edition, $44.99This book can help couples of any relationship stage liven up their date nights with fun experiences and adventures, like cooking a delicious apple pie blindfolded and recreating your grandparents' first date. It comes with 50 ideas that range from $0-$50, but they can all be modified to fit within their budget. The pages also leave room for them to add photos and journal about each experience.A smart speaker to add more comfort to their homeAmazonEcho Dot (4th Generation), available at Amazon, $99.99Their entry to the perfect smart-home setup starts with this Echo Dot, which will let them use their Alexa enabled devices with a simple voice command.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytMar 30th, 2022

Play the New Era of Jobs With These 4 Gig Economy Stocks

The work culture has changed since the COVID-19 outbreak, with gig economy gaining popularity. The concept is here to stay which is likely to help stocks like Airbnb (ABNB), Crexendo (CXDO), Dropbox (DBX) and TrueCare (TRUE). The global work culture has been changing for some time now, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further transformed it. While many still dream of a high-paying job and climbing the career ladder, the pandemic has drastically changed the mindset of millions.With work-from-home culture becoming a new norm, a growing number of people want to take more control of their time. People today want more flexible timing for work. This has seen more workers join the gig economy, making related stocks like Airbnb ABNB, Crexendo CXDO, Dropbox DBX and TrueCare TRUE more appealing.Gig Work Gaining PopularityThe gig economy concept has existed for a while now, but its popularity has grown only lately. The word gig was coined by Tina Brown, the editor of The New Yorker, in 2009 to describe a bunch of free-floating projects, freelance work, part-time projects and consultancy services while they transacted in a digital space.Before that, since 1940, there was the traditional workplace culture that revolved around 9-5 work based on a single job. Although gig jobs, side hustles or part-time jobs were available prior to 2020, people preferred work stability over flexibility.However, since the pandemic broke out, the traditional workplace has undergone a striking change. People are craving more for a relaxed work culture where there is flexibility in time and the way of work, making gig economy hugely appealing.New Work Culture Driving Gig Economy StocksThe gig economy was popular even before the pandemic. A CNBC report published in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 outbreak, stated that according to an ADP Research report, the gig economy had swelled by 6 million heads since 2010. The pandemic only further ballooned the number.Millions lost their jobs or got furloughed following lockdowns. This compelled many to take up part-time jobs to run their household. At the same time, it also made them realize the time flexibility that such jobs offered.Besides, the pandemic has made Americans less social. They are working and learning from home, shopping online, and ordering groceries and food through apps. So, they literally don’t need to step out of home unless required.Ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies (UBER) and Lyft (LYFT), and other home rentals were hit badly but as the economy reopened, they started to bounce back. That’s why these gig economy stocks are likely to play an important role in the coming days.Our ChoicesWe have selected four gig stocks that are likely to benefit in the near term as flexible work hours take precedence over stability.  Airbnb, together with its subsidiaries, operates a platform for stays and experiences to guests worldwide. ABNB provides a marketplace model that connects hosts and guests online or through mobile devices to book spaces and experiences. Airbnb primarily offers private rooms and luxury villas.Airbnb’s expected earnings growth rate is 95.9% for the current year and more than 100% for next year. Shares of ABNB have gained 13.8% in the past six months. Airbnb sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.Dropbox, headquartered in San Francisco, is a service company. DBX offers a platform that enables users to store and share files, photos, videos, songs and spreadsheets. Dropbox’s expected earnings growth rate for the current year and next year are 60.2% and 6%, respectively. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved 3.5% over the past 60 days. Shares of DBX have gained 12% year to date. Dropbox has a Zacks Rank #2.TrueCar engages in developing and publishing an online automotive information and communications platform. TRUE operates its company-branded platform on TrueCar.com. TrueCar enables users to obtain market-based pricing data on new and used cars, as well as to connect with its network of TrueCar certified dealers. TrueCar’s expected earnings growth rate for next year is 100%. Shares of TRUE have gained 6.4% in the past seven days. TrueCar currently has a Zacks Rank #2.Crexendo operates as an ecommerce application service provider, enabling companies to extend their business online. CXDO involves in the sale of StoresOnline software licenses; and provision of search engine optimization, search engine management, conversion rate optimization, website design and development, and web-hosting services. Crexendo sells and markets its products and services in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Crexendo’s expected earnings growth rate for next year is 50%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings has improved more than 100% in the past 60 days. CXDO has a Zacks Rank #2. Zacks Top 10 Stocks for 2022 In addition to the investment ideas discussed above, would you like to know about our 10 top picks for the entirety of 2022? From inception in 2012 through November, the Zacks Top 10 Stocks gained an impressive +962.5% versus the S&P 500’s +329.4%. Now our Director of Research is combing through 4,000 companies covered by the Zacks Rank to handpick the best 10 tickers to buy and hold. Don’t miss your chance to get in on these stocks when they’re released on January 3.Be First to New Top 10 Stocks >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report TrueCar, Inc. (TRUE): Free Stock Analysis Report Crexendo Inc. (CXDO): Free Stock Analysis Report Dropbox, Inc. (DBX): Free Stock Analysis Report Airbnb, Inc. (ABNB): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksDec 24th, 2021

Ferguson: Omicron Sounds The Death Knell For Globalization 2.0

Ferguson: Omicron Sounds The Death Knell For Globalization 2.0 Authored by Niall Ferguson, op-ed via Bloomberg.com, On top of an intensifying cold war between the U.S. and China and other seismic changes, the rapid spread of Covid-19’s newest variant could finish off our most recent phase of global integration. “Somewhere out there,” I wrote here two weeks ago, “may lurk what I grimly call the ‘omega variant’ of SARS-CoV-2: vaccine-evading, even more contagious than delta, equally or more deadly. According to the medical scientists I read and talk to … the probability of this nightmare scenario is very low, but it is not zero.” Indeed. Little did I know, but even as I wrote those words something that appears to fit this description was spreading rapidly in South Africa’s Gauteng province: not the omega variant, but the omicron variant. As I write today, major uncertainties remain, but what we know so far is not good. People are emotionally predisposed to look on the bright side — we are all sick of this pandemic and want it to be over — so it pains me to write this. Nevertheless, I’ll stick to my policy of applying history to the best available data, even if it means telling you what you really don’t want to hear. First the data: South African cases were up 39% on Friday, to 16,055. The test positivity rate rose from 22.4% to 24.3%, suggesting that the true case number is rising even faster. A Lancet paper suggests that Omicron is likely by far the most transmissible variant yet. There are three possible explanations for this: A higher intrinsic reproduction number (R0), An advantage in “immune escape” to reinfect recovered people or evade vaccines, or Both of the above. An important preprint published on Dec. 2 pointed to immune escape. South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases has individualized data on all its 2.7 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the pandemic. From these, it identified 35,670 suspected reinfections. (Reinfection is defined as an individual testing positive for Covid-19 twice, at least 90 days apart.) Since mid-November, the daily number of reinfections in South Africa has jumped far faster than in any previous wave. In November, the hazard ratio was 2.39 for reinfection versus primary infection, meaning that recovered individuals were getting Covid at more than twice the rate of people who had never had Covid before. And this was when omicron made up less than a quarter of confirmed cases. By contrast, the same study found no statistically significant evidence that the beta and delta variants were capable of reinfection. And, crucially, at least some of these new infections are leading to serious illness. On Thursday, the number of Gauteng patients in intensive care for Covid almost doubled from 63 to 106. Data from a private hospital network in South Africa that has over 240 patients hospitalized with Covid indicate that 32% of the hospitalized patients were fully vaccinated. Note that around three-quarters of the vaccinated in South Africa received the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine. The rest got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Yet these are not the data that worried me the most last week. Those had to do with children. Between Nov. 14 and 28, 455 people were admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in Tshwane metro area, one of the largest hospital systems in Gauteng. Seventy (15%) of those hospitalized were under the age of five; 117 (25%) were under 20. And this is not just a story of precautionary hospitalizations. Twenty of the 70 hospitalized toddlers progressed to “severe” Covid. Up until Oct. 23, before experts estimate omicron began circulating, under-fives represented only 1.8% of cumulative Covid hospital admissions in South Africa. As of Nov. 29, 10% of those now hospitalized in Tshwane were under the age of two. If this trend holds as omicron spreads to advanced economies — and it is spreading very fast, confirming omicron’s high transmissibility — the market impact could be much bigger than is currently priced in. Unlike with the delta wave, many schools would return to hybrid instruction, parents would withdraw from the labor force to provide childcare and consumption patterns would again shift away from retail, hospitality and face-to-face services. Hospital systems would also face shortages of pediatric intensive care beds, which have not been much needed in prior Covid waves. South Africa’s top medical advisor Waasila Jassat noted on Dec. 3 that hospitalizations on average are less severe than in previous waves and hospital stays are shorter. But she also noted a “sharp” increase in hospital admissions of under-fives. Children under 10 represent 11% of all hospital admissions reported since Dec. 1. Here’s what we don’t know yet. We do not know how far prior infection and vaccination will protect against severe disease and death in northern hemisphere countries, where adult vaccination rates are much higher than in South Africa (just 24%). And we do not know if omicron will prove as aggressive toward children in those countries, especially the very young children we have not previously contemplated vaccinating. (Because South Africa has limited testing capacity, we do not know the total number of under-fives infected with omicron in Gauteng, so we do not know what percentage of children are falling sick.) We may not know these things for another week, possibly longer. So panic is not yet warranted. Nor, however, is wishful thinking. It may prove a huge wave of mild illness, signaling the final phase of the transition from pandemic to endemic. But we don’t know that yet. Now the history. First, it makes all the difference in the world whether or not children fall gravely ill in a pandemic. Covid has so far spared the very young to an extent rarely seen in the recorded history of respiratory disease pandemics. (The exception seems to be the 1889-90 “Russian flu,” which modern researchers suspect was in fact a coronavirus pandemic.) The great influenza pandemics of 1918-19 and 1957-58 killed the very young as well as the very old. The former also carried off young adults in the prime of life. The latter caused significant excess mortality among teenagers. Up until this point, Covid was the social Darwinist disease: It disproportionately killed the old, the sick and the gullible (the vulnerable people who allowed themselves to be persuaded that the vaccine was more dangerous than the virus). A hundred years ago, many experts would have hailed such a disease for the same reasons they promoted eugenics. We think differently now. However, emotionally and rationally, we still dread the deaths of children much more than the old, the sick and the foolish. The moment children become seriously ill — as has already happened in Gauteng — the nature of the pandemic fundamentally alters. Risk aversion will be far higher in the Ferguson family, for example, if its youngest members are vulnerable for the first time. The second historical point is that this may be how our age of globalization ends — in a very different way from its first incarnation just over a century ago. The first age of globalization, from the 1860s until 1914, ended with a bang, not a whimper, with the outbreak of World War I. Within a remarkably short space of time, that conflict halted trade, capital flows and migration between the combatant empires. Moreover, the war and its economic aftershocks strengthened and ultimately empowered new political movements, notably Bolshevism and fascism, that fundamentally repudiated free trade and free capital movements in favor of state control of the economy and autarky. By 1933, the outlook for liberal economic policies seemed so utterly hopeless that, in a lecture he gave in Dublin, even John Maynard Keynes threw in the towel and embraced economic self-sufficiency. Now, there is an argument (made by my Bloomberg colleague and occasional editor James Gibney) that the pandemic will not kill globalization. I am not so sure. Defined too broadly, to include any kind cross-border interaction, the word loses its usefulness. Yes, there were all kinds of “transnational networks in science, health, entertainment,” as well as increasingly ambitious international agencies between the wars. But the fact that (for example) the Pan European movement was founded by Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi in the 1920s does not mean that the subsequent decades were a triumph of European integration. There was a great deal of international cooperation and cross-border activity between 1939 and 1945, too. That does not mean that the 1940s were a time of globalization. For the word to be meaningful, globalization must refer to relatively higher volumes of trade, capital flows, migration flows and perhaps also cultural integration on a global scale.   On that basis, globalization peaked — or maybe “maxed out” would be more accurate — in around 2007. Calculate it how you like: Whether the ratio of global exports to GDP, the ratio of gross foreign assets to GDP, global or national migrant flows in relation to total population, they all tell the same story of a sustained rise of globalization hitting a peak around 14 years ago. The economic historian Alan M. Taylor has long argued that we should measure globalization by looking at current account imbalances, which tell us when a lot of trade and lending are happening. On that basis, too, globalization peaked in 2007. Even Before Covid, Trade and Lending Were Trending Down Source: Our World in Data from Maurice Obstfeld and Alan M. Taylor, "Global Capital Markets: Integration, Crisis, and Growth," Japan–US Center UFJ Bank Monographs on International Financial Markets; and International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database. Note: The data shown is the average absolute current account balance (as a percentage of GDP) for 15 countries in five-year blocks. The countries in the sample are Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, U.K., U.S.. Since the financial crisis of 2008-9, however, the volume of world trade has flatlined relative to the volume of industrial production. The U.S. current account deficit peaked in the third quarter of 2006 at -6.3% of GDP. The latest read? -3.3%. The same story emerges when one turns to migration. The foreign-born share of the U.S. population rose rapidly from its nadir in 1970 (4.7%) to a peak of 13.7% in 2019. But the rate of growth clearly slowed after 2012. It remains below its historic peak of 14.7%, back in 1890. Data for net migration similarly point to peaks prior to the financial crisis. Net emigration from South Asia peaked in 2007, for example. So did net immigration to the United Kingdom. Not-So-Open Borders Source: United Nations Population Division What about cultural globalization? My guess is that peaked in 2012, which was the last year that imported films earned more at the Chinese box office than domestic productions. The highest-grossing movie in the history of the People’s Republic is this year’s “Battle of Lake Changjin,” a Korean War drama in which heroic Chinese troops take on the might of the U.S. Army—and win. (Watch the trailer. Then tell me globalization is going to be fine.) What has caused globalization to recede? Let me offer a six-part answer. First, global economic convergence. This may come as a surprise. An influential story over the past two decades was Branco Milanovic’s thesis that globalization had increased inequality. In particular, Milanovic argued in 2016 that “large real income gains [had] been made by people around the median of the global income distribution and by those in the global top 1%. However, there [had] been an absence of real income growth for people around the 80-85th percentiles of the global distribution.” He illustrated this argument with a famous “elephant chart” of cumulative income growth between 1988 and 2008 at each percentile of the global income distribution. On closer inspection, the elephant was a statistical artifact. Strip out the data for Japan, the former Soviet Union and China, and the elephant vanishes. The story Milanovic’s chart told was of the decline of ex-Soviet and Japanese middle-class incomes following the collapse of the USSR and the bursting of Tokyo’s bubble in 1989-90, and the surge of Chinese middle-class incomes, especially after China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001. The real story of globalization turns out to be a sustained reduction in global inequality as Chinese incomes caught up rapidly with those in the rest of the world, combined with big increases in national inequality as the “one percent” in some (not all) countries got a whole lot richer. At the heart of globalization was what Moritz Schularick and I called “Chimerica”—the symbiosis between the Chinese and American economies that allowed American capital to take advantage of low-cost Chinese labor (offshoring or outsourcing), American borrowers to take advantage of abundant Chinese savings, and American consumers to take advantage of cheap Chinese manufactures. It could not last. In 2003 Chinese unit labor costs were around a third of those in the U.S. By 2018 the two were essentially on a par. In that sense, the glory days of globalization were bound to be numbered. For as Chinese incomes rose, the rationale for relocating production to China was bound to become weaker. Secondly, and at the same time, new technologies — robotics, three-dimensional printing, artificial intelligence — were rapidly reducing the importance of human labor in manufacturing. With the surge of online commerce and digital services, globalization entered a new phase in which data rather than goods and people crossed borders, even if the Great Firewall of China partly cordoned off China’s internet from the rest of the world’s. Chimerica, as Schularick and I argued back in 2007, was in many ways a chimera — a monstrous creature with the potential to precipitate a crisis, not least by artificially depressing U.S. interest rates and inflating a real estate bubble. When that crisis struck in 2008-9, it was the third blow to globalization. For those who suffered the heaviest losses in the United States and elsewhere, it was not illogical to blame free trade and immigration. A 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute showed clearly that people in the U.S., U.K. and France who saw themselves as “not advancing and not hopeful about the future” were much more likely than more optimistic groups to blame “legal immigrants,” “the influx of foreign goods and services,” and “cheaper foreign labor” for, respectively, “ruining the culture and cohesiveness in our society,” “leading to domestic job losses” and “creating unfair competition to domestic businesses.” The only surprising thing was that these feelings took as long as seven years to manifest themselves as an organized political backlash against globalization, in the form of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union and America’s vote for Donald Trump. Dani Rodrik’s famous trilemma — which postulated that you could have any two of globalization, democracy and sovereignty — was emphatically answered in 2016: Voters chose democracy and sovereignty over globalization. This was the fourth strike against “the globalists,” a term invented by the populists to give globalization a more easily hateable human face. The financial crisis and the populist backlash didn’t sound the death knell for globalization. They merely dialed it back — hence the plateau in trade relative to manufacturing and the modest decline (not collapse) of international capital flows and migration. The fifth blow was the outbreak of Cold War II, which should probably be dated from Vice President Mike Pence’s October 2018 Hudson Institute speech, the first time the Trump administration had taken its anti-Chinese policy beyond the confines of the president’s quixotic trade war (which only modestly reduced the bilateral U.S.-Chinese trade deficit). Not everyone has come to terms with this new cold war. Joseph Nye (and the administration of President Joe Biden) would still like to believe that the U.S. and China are frenemies engaged in “coopetition.” But Hal Brands and John Lewis Gaddis, John Mearsheimer and Matt Turpin have all come round to my view that this is a cold war — not identical to the last one, but as similar to it as World War II was to World War I. The only question worth debating is whether or not, as in 1950, cold war turns hot. There is no Thucydidean law that says this is inevitable, as Graham Allison has shown. But I agree with Mearsheimer: The risk of a hot war in Cold War II may actually be higher than in Cold War I. Nothing would kill globalization faster than the outbreak of a superpower war over Taiwan. (And “The Battle of Lake Changjin” is blatantly psyching Chinese cinemagoers up for such a conflict.) The decoupling of the U.S. and Chinese economies would almost certainly have continued even if the sixth blow — the Covid pandemic — had not struck. It has been astounding how little the Biden administration has changed of its predecessor’s China strategy. However, the pandemic has delivered the coup de grace — “a brutal end to the second age of globalization,” as Nicholas Eberstadt put it last year. True, the volume of merchandise trade has recovered even more rapidly in 2021 than the World Trade Organization anticipated back in March. But the emergence of a new, contagious and lethal coronavirus has caused a collapse of international travel and tourism. The number of passengers carried by the global airline industry plunged by 60% in 2020. It will be not much better than 50% of its pre-pandemic level this year. International tourist arrivals are down by even more this year than last year — close to 80% below their 2019 level. In Asia, international tourism has all but ceased to exist this year. Meanwhile, both the U.S. and the Chinese governments keep devising new ways to discourage their nationals from investing in the rival superpower. Didi Global Inc., the Chinese Uber, just announced it is delisting its shares from the New York Stock Exchange. And the pressure mounts on Wall Street financiers — as Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio discovered last week — to wind up their “long China” trade and stop turning a blind eye to genocide in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses. Next up: the campaign to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Strikingly, a growing number of Western sports stars and organizations such as the Women’s Tennis Association are already willing to defy Beijing — in the case of the WTA by suspending tournaments in China in response to the disappearance of the tennis star Peng Shuai, who accused a senior Communist Party official of sexually assaulting her. China’s leaders should be even more worried by a recent Chicago Council of World Affairs poll, which showed that just over half of Americans (52%) favor using U.S. troops to defend Taiwan if China invades the island — the highest share ever recorded in surveys dating back to 1982. Last month I asked a leading American lawmaker how he explained the marked growth in public hostility toward the Chinese government. His answer was simple: “People blame China for Covid.” And not without reason, as Matt Ridley’s new book “Viral” makes clear. For the avoidance of doubt, I do not foresee as complete a collapse of globalization as happened after 1914. Globalization 2.0 seems to be going out with a whimper — or perhaps a persistent cough — rather than with a bang. Income convergence and technological change were bound to reduce its utility. Having overshot by 2007, globalization settled at a lower level after the financial crisis and was less damaged by populist policies like tariffs than might have been anticipated. But the advent of Cold War II and Covid-19 struck two severe blows. How far globalization is rolled back depends on how far the two phenomena persist or worsen. Maybe — let us pray — the alarming data from Gauteng will not imply a major new wave of illness and death in the wider world. Maybe the omicron variant will not, after all, be that nightmare variant I have feared: more infectious, more lethal, vaccine-evading, not ageist. But omicron is only the 15th letter in the Greek alphabet. In all of Africa only 7.3% of the population are fully vaccinated and there are countless immunocompromised individuals with HIV. Even if omicron turns out to be, like delta, a variant we can live with, there is still some non-zero chance that at some point we get my “omega variant.” In that scenario, the pandemic does not oblige us, weary as we are of it, by ending, but recurs in a succession of waves extending for years. One begins to wonder if China will ever lift its stringent restrictions on foreign visitors. Under such circumstances, I see little chance of Cold War II reaching the détente phase earlier than Cold War I.   In addition to applying history, I have come to believe that we should also apply science fiction, on the principle that its authors are professionally incentivized to envision plausibly the impact of social, technological and other changes on the future. (Fact: an Italian sci-film called “Omicron,” in which an alien takes over a human body, was released in 1963.) No living author is better at this kind of thing than Neal Stephenson, whose “Snow Crash” coined the word “metaverse,” and whom I got to know — appropriately via Zoom — through my friends at the Santa Fe Institute. When Stephenson and I met for a late-night Scotch at a bar in Seattle a few weeks back, we swiftly found common ground. Never have I seen a longer list of wines and spirits: We could have scrolled down on the iPad the server handed us for an hour and still not reached the end. Eventually, we found the malt whisky. And immediately we agreed: Laphroaig — the standard 10-year-old version. Stephenson’s latest novel is “Termination Shock.” Buy it. You will be catapulted into a future Texas of intolerable heat, man-eating hogs, and other nightmares, the effect of which will be to make your present circumstances seem quite tolerable. Part of Stephenson’s genius is his use of the throwaway detail. “RVs,” he writes, were “already at a premium because of Covid-19, Covid-23 and Covid-27.” It’s not really part of the plot, but it stopped my eyeballs in their tracks. And remember: He predicted the metaverse. In 1992. Tyler Durden Mon, 12/06/2021 - 05:00.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytDec 6th, 2021

18 of the best cookbooks according to Goodreads members, from French classics to new vegan guides

Goodreads readers consider cookbooks like "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," "Plenty," and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" as the best of all time. Goodreads readers consider cookbooks like "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," "Plenty," and "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" as the best of all time. Amazon; Rachel Mendelson/Insider When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Cookbooks guide new and experienced chefs through delicious recipes. We used Goodreads to find the best cookbooks, from "Joy of Cooking" to "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat." Want more books? Check out the best baking cookbooks and best holiday cookbooks. Cookbooks are known primarily as kitchen guides to help readers navigate every recipe from basic side dishes to elaborate feasts. Some cookbooks serve as reference guides for new and experienced chefs, while others offer unique and inventive recipes to try. To make this list, we turned to the reviews of Goodreads members. Goodreads is the world's largest book reviewing platform where over 125 million readers can rate and review their favorite cookbooks, whether they're novice home cooks or professional chefs. So if you're looking for the ultimate recipe reference guide or just want to cook something unique, here are the 18 of the most popular cookbooks, according to Goodreads members. 18 of the best cookbooks, according to Goodreads reviewers: "Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer Amazon "Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.49With over 20 million copies in print and nearly 200,000 ratings on Goodreads, "Joy of Cooking" is the most popular cookbook amongst Goodreads members. Published in 1931, this classic is full of tried-and-true favorites and has since been updated by the author's great-grandson with new cooking techniques, additional dishes, and a fresh chapter about streamlined cooking.  "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking" by Samin Nosrat Amazon "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking" by Samin Nosrat, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.67Samin Nosrat is a chef, writer, and culinary instructor who teaches pupils of all ages and skill levels that mastering the four elements of cooking — salt, fat, acid, and heat — will make you a great chef. This cookbook follows Samin's journey with food alongside 100 recipes to help readers practice the culinary elements and become master chefs in their own kitchens.  "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child Amazon "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $23.99Julia Child's classic 1961 cookbook is a definitive resource for American chefs learning the basics and the intricacies of French cooking. Made even more famous by Julia Child's cooking show "The French Chef" and the modern movie "Julie & Julia," which tells her life story, this cherished cookbook is a necessity for home and professional chefs alike.  "How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food" by Mark Bittman Amazon "How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food" by Mark Bittman, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $22.09Written by a "New York Times" food writer in the 1990s, "How to Cook Everything" is a nearly 1,000-page reference guide on how to cook any dish for any occasion. This cookbook covers countless recipes as well as crucial cooking techniques and the ins and outs of basic kitchen equipment. You can read our review of "How to Cook Everything" here. "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman Amazon "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.14Deb Perelman is the author behind the award-winning food blog Smitten Kitchen, dedicated to hunting down and perfecting all the recipes everyone should have handy. With no previous culinary experience (but a great love of food and cooking to guide her), Deb assembled "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" to help home cooks find the joy in cooking great food.  "Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi Amazon "Plenty" by Yotam Ottolenghi, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99Collected from his "Guardian" column called "The New Vegetarian," these vegetarian recipes are inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi's Mediterranean background and love of fresh ingredients. Though Yotam isn't a vegetarian himself, his novel approach to vegetarian cuisine is a fusion of his life experiences and the amazing food he's had along the way.  "Jerusalem: A Cookbook" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi Amazon "Jerusalem: A Cookbook" by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.39Both of the authors of this cookbook were born in Jerusalem in the same year, though on opposite sides of the city, and together they collected recipes to represent the vibrant culinary culture of their city. This cookbook brings 120 recipes to life that demonstrate the cross-cultural cuisine these chefs experienced when they returned to Jerusalem as adults.  "The Moosewood Cookbook: Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York" by Mollie Katzen Amazon "The Moosewood Cookbook: Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, New York" by Mollie Katzen, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $16.46First published in 1974 as a spiral-bound book, this classic vegetarian cookbook was written by artist Mollie Katzen while working at Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York. Filled with beautiful illustrations and hand lettering, this iconic cookbook is a fun throwback to the 1970s before vegetarian recipes evolved to the dishes we commonly see today.  "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book" by Better Homes and Gardens Amazon "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book" by Better Homes and Gardens, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.96With over 1,200 recipes for absolutely any occasion, this all-inclusive cookbook can teach any home cook how to make great recipes for meal prepping, weeknight dinners, or hosting a fun party. This closely cherished cookbook also contains instructional cooking guides, advice on food safety, and a carefully organized list of all the recipes.  "Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck" by Thug Kitchen Amazon "Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck" by Thug Kitchen, available at Amazon, $17.99"Thug Kitchen" is a hilarious and curse word-filled vegan cookbook born from a popular food blog of the same name. The recipes in this cookbook are unique and inventive, offering readers to try their hand at everything from pumpkin chili to a grapefruit hot toddy. "Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat" by Chrissy Teigen Amazon "Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat" by Chrissy Teigen, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $25.52The winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Cookbook, "Cravings" is Chrissy Teigen's first cookbook which collects her favorite recipes from around the world. As Chrissy Teigen boasts that food and love go hand-in-hand in her life, this cookbook will teach you how to make her favorite dishes for every occasion, from family dinners to weekend breakfasts. "Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz Amazon "Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $19.99This vibrant cookbook contains over 250 vegan recipes that vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters will love. With clear instructions and helpful features like icons to tell you if a recipe will take under 45 minutes or is gluten-free, this cookbook can guide you through delicious vegan recipes for any culinary occasion.  "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl" by Ree Drummond Amazon "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl" by Ree Drummond, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $14.97This #1 New York Times bestselling cookbook traces Ree Drummond's life through her personal stories and incredible recipes. Made famous by her Food Network show "The Pioneer Woman," this cookbook will delight Ree Drummond fans or anyone looking to make delicious meals with accessible ingredients.  "Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again" by Ina Garten Amazon "Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again" by Ina Garten, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $17.99Ina Garten is well-known for her Food Network show "Barefoot Contessa," and this cookbook brings all her coziest recipes to delight your friends and family at any gathering. With easy recipes and tips on hosting guests, it's a go-to guide for anyone learning how to entertain in their own home.  "The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science" by J. Kenji López-Alt Amazon "The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science" by J. Kenji López-Alt, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $30.23"The Food Lab" is a fascinating cookbook that focuses on the science behind American dishes, from the juiciest chicken to the perfect Hollandaise. With hundreds of recipes and over 1,000 photos, this cookbook is a delicious culinary science lesson.   "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" by Marcella Hazan Amazon "Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" by Marcella Hazan, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $26.99"Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking" is a bible for any cook wishing to learn how to create amazing, mouth-watering Italian dishes at home. This classic 1992 cookbook offers recipes from risotto and polenta to pasta sauces and gnocchi. "Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes" by Giada De Laurentiis Amazon "Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes" by Giada De Laurentiis, available at Amazon and Bookshop, from $15.97Providing fresh and fabulous recipes from her Food Network show "Everyday Italian," Giada De Laurentiis continues to bring readers simple but exquisite Italian dishes to make for any occasion. Collecting over 100 recipes that use simple ingredients, this Italian cookbook is great for any budding or experienced home cook.   "How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking" by Nigella Lawson Amazon "How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking" by Nigella Lawson, available at Amazon, $29.59This baking cookbook is not only about learning how to make a perfect cupcake from scratch, but how to fall in love with the process of baking and the joy that can come from being in the kitchen. Funny and delightful, Nigella Lawson's bright narration guides readers as they learn to bake the perfect banana bread. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 10th, 2021

25 unique engagement gifts, from someone who recently got married

While wedding gifts are easy to figure out thanks to their registry, the engagement phase can be harder. Here are some engagement gift ideas. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Getty Images Shopping for engagement gifts without a registry to go by can be a little tough. When I got engaged, we got a lot of bottles of wine - a gift that never goes unused, but stops feeling special after a while. If you're looking for something with a little more flair, look no further than the following 25 gifts any couple will make good use of. Shortly after my partner proposed to me over a year ago, we began planning our engagement parties - yes, parties plural. We wanted to celebrate with my family in Florida, their family in New Jersey, and our friends in Brooklyn. Needless to say, it was a lot of work. We decided not to register for our engagement parties because we didn't love the idea of people feeling obligated to buy us fancy gifts twice. For the wedding, sure - we registered for a Vitamix if anyone's wondering. But for the engagement parties, we just wanted to be with our friends and family, celebrating this exciting next step we chose to take together. I'll be honest - money is always a great gift for a newly engaged couple. The cost of a wedding these days could make your head explode, and it's likely that your gift will go toward helping them build a budget. But if you want to get them a physical gift, it's best to go with something relatively inexpensive that they can enjoy together.Save the big gifts for the wedding once they've registered for the things they really want and need.Here are the best gifts for any newly engaged couple: A custom-made tic-tac-toe board for game nights Uncommon Goods Personalized Tic Tac Toe, available at Uncommon Goods, $50The competitive partner will always be game for this unique tic-tac-toe to play on family game night. This fun engagement gift comes custom-made with their initials, making each win feel more personal. A keepsake box to store memories of their special day Uncommon Goods Personalized Wedding Keepsake Library, available at Uncommon Goods, $140This keepsake box stores each precious memory of the couple's love story from their engagement party to their happily ever after. The personalized organizer features drawers, files, fabric bags, and envelopes to preserve your items forever. An elongated cheese board for hosting Anthropologie Long Marble Cheese Board, available at Anthropologie, $38For the couple that loves to host, this elongated cutting board lets their charcuterie spread appear even more aesthetically pleasing and irresistible than before. An instant camera for capturing life's sweetest moments Walmart Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera (with 10-pack film), available at Walmart, $78The fanciest DSLR can't beat the novelty and instant gratification of this Instax camera, which produces mini prints to slip in wallets and hang on the wall. Personally, we plan to pick a couple of these up for our wedding day so guests can take photos of each other and bring them home! A cake stand for sweet celebrations to come Mosser Glass Glass Cake Stand, available at Food52, from $44 (prices vary by color and size)It's becoming more and more common to have the top tier of a wedding cake preserved for the couple to eat on their one year anniversary. Give them something beautiful to serve it on at their engagement party, or to use for all their dinner parties and family gatherings in between.  A decanter for the whiskey-loving couple UncommonGoods Your, Mine, and Ours Engraved Decanter Set, available at Uncommon Goods, $75Whiskey is a way of life for some couples. You know the type that likes to enjoy a night cap at the end of a long day. A nice decanter set with gender-neutral glasses as an engagement party gift will make this couple very happy indeed.  A literal wedding planner for the organized couple Erin Condren Wedding Planner, available at Erin Condren, from $35If I've learned anything from wedding planning over the past year, it's that checklists are your best friend. This planner from the queen of planners, Erin Condren, includes handy lists and built-in timelines to take the guesswork out of wedding planning. It's not for everyone, but if you happen to know that one partner or the other is highly organized and loves making lists (*raises hand quietly*), they'll be grateful for this thoughtful engagement party gift.  A custom map of where they got engaged Grafomap Custom Maps and Posters, available at Grafomap, starting at $49As a Christmas gift this year, I got my partner a Grafomap of the exact spot where she proposed to me. It totally blew her away! The maps can be customized with different colors, zoomed in or out as far as you want, and you can even include a special date on your map.  A calendar with photos of the happy couple Artifact Uprising Brass Easel & Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $49Assuming they live together, they'll both be able to take advantage of this little desktop calendar to keep track of their days — but more importantly, they'll be able to reflect on all the sweet memories you chose for them to see again. Photos can easily be pulled from Facebook and Instagram to fill the calendar out.  An engagement photoshoot for the happy couple Wendy/Flytographer Flytographer Gift Card, from $285If they haven't had an engagement photoshoot yet, consider a Flytographer gift card that will help them find and hire an amazing local photographer. The most popular gift card costs $500 and includes a 90-minute photography session and 45 photos. The most affordable gift card costs $250; you get a 30-minute shooting session and 15 photos to treasure for years to come. A place to put all the wine they're going to get Crate and Barrel 11-Bottle Graphite Wine Rack, available at Crate & Barrel, $49.95They'll be getting enough bottles to fill up a whole rack, so this compact storage unit sure will come in handy.  A beautiful bouquet of flowers UrbanStems Personalized Bouquet, available on UrbanStems, from $45If they've been living together for a while and you just can't think of anything to gift at an engagement party, a beautiful bouquet of flowers is always a safe bet. If you're looking for more options, check out the Insider Reviews buying guide to the best flowers you can buy online. A cake-serving set for the wedding day Amazon Kate Spade The Cake Knife and Server, available at Amazon, $69.63The engraving on the cake server says "how sweet it is" — perfectly apropos for a loving couple as an engagement party gift.  A cookbook they'll want to use together for date nights in Anthropologie Date Night in Cookbook, available at Target, $15.99Date night doesn't always have to mean going out for a fancy dinner. Sometimes it's just about spending a night in with a pile of takeout, or taking the time to cook a nice meal together. Get them a cookbook that portions out ingredients for two so they know just what to make and how much to buy at the grocery store.  A Champagne-scented candle that's just as good as the real thing Homesick Let's Toast Candle, available at Homesick, $30.60Shake things up a bit with a Champagne candle instead of a basic bottle (they'll be getting enough of those — I can tell you from experience!). A set of tea for the chillest couple Vadham Tea Vahdam Assorted Tea Gift Set, available at Amazon, $34.99If wine isn't quite their thing, a gift set of loose-leaf tea might be the perfect alternative as an engagement gift. It feels special and celebratory, but you can still operate a vehicle safely after having a few cups. A gift card to pick out a luxurious set of sheets that matches their decor Brooklinen Brooklinen Gift Card Box, available on Brooklinen, from $50Give the newly engaged couple new sheets — and the freedom to personalize prints, sets, and sizes — with a gift card box to the internet's favorite bedding startup, Brooklinen. Our editor in Chief, Ellen Hoffman, calls them one of the best purchases she's ever made. A custom stamp for all their invitations and thank-you notes Paper Source Custom Stamp Gift Set, available on Paper Source, $39.95Planning a wedding includes quite a bit of snail mail — invitations and thank-you notes, for starters — and a custom stamp can make the process go by much faster. Each gift set includes a self-inking stamper, one black ink cartridge, and one gift certificate that allows them to customize a stamp plate online.  A framed picture from their engagement shoot Framebridge Framed digital photos, available at Framebridge, from $69There's a chance they had an engagement photoshoot shortly after the proposal, but even if they didn't or weren't able to, it's not too hard to find a sweet photo of them together on social media to be framed. With Framebridge, all you have to do is upload the digital photo to the website, pick a frame and frame size, and they'll do the actual printing, framing, and shipping for you.  A monogrammed passport and luggage tag set for frequent travelers Leatherology Leatherology Passport Cover + Luggage Tag Set, $65 [monogram from $20]For their honeymoon and all their future travels, they'll definitely make use of this set. Either split the engagement gift between them, or purchase one for each person — either way, you can't go wrong with a simple and useful gift like this. An unexpected and clever sweet treat Sugarfina Sweet & Sparkling 8-Piece Candy Bento Box, available at Sugarfina, $55Pop the Champagne ... bears, that is! They're probably going to be drinking a lot of Champagne in the upcoming months as they celebrate their engagement, so gift them these sparkling Champagne candies for a sweet, edible change.  A candle that brings a romantic ambiance to any room Otherland Single Flame Gift Box, available at Otherland, $36Candles might be a common gift, but Otherland's are among the best ones to give. That's because the scents are unique, the packaging is gorgeous, and everything down to the matchbox message — the engagement-themed one says "The Perfect Match" — is thoughtfully designed. A cute set of mugs Shelley Klein Personalized Family Mugs, available at Uncommon Goods, from $30When my partner and I got engaged, someone sent us a set of these mugs with our avatars printed on and the year we met on the back. I'm not one for kitschy gifts, but honestly these were too cute. The idea itself was so thoughtful and sweet, and the mugs themselves are actually really great quality.  A book with ideas to add spontaneity to date nights The Adventure Challenge The Adventure Challenge Couples Edition, for $39.99This book can help couples of any relationship stage liven up their date nights with fun experiences and adventures, like cooking a delicious apple pie blindfolded and recreating your grandparents' first date. It comes with 50 ideas that range from $0-$50, but they can all be modified to fit within their budget. The pages also leave room for them to add photos and journal about each experience. A smart lighting kit to add a little flair to their home Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation), available at Amazon, $39.99Their entry to the perfect smart-home setup starts with this Echo Dot, which will let them use their Alexa enabled devices with a simple voice command. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 10th, 2021

37 beautiful coffee table books to give as gifts in 2021

Featuring everything from fashion to nature photography to museum highlights, these coffee table books make the best gifts. Here are 35 great coffee table book gifts, from poignant works by photojournalists to iconic never-before-published photos of living icons. Amazon; Alyssa Powell/Insider A good coffee table book is a decor piece that's filled with stunning images and entertains guests. We compiled a list of 37 coffee table books that will make great gifts for everyone in your life. Want more book-related gift ideas? Check out the best gifts for book lovers. Unlike the dog-eared, beaten-down tomes often inhabiting the bookshelves of a home, coffee table books are a more refined species.They get prime tabletop real estate and are typically used as both an accent piece, a personal thesis statement, and entertainment for guests patiently waiting for their host to emerge from some other room.Coffee table books have the visibility, exclusivity, and freedom to mostly consist of beautiful, mesmerizing photos. Below are 35 of the very best ones that work as host or hostess gifts, holiday gifts, or even just treat-yourself gifts to yourself.The 37 best coffee table books to gift in 2021: "Art = Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History from The Metropolitan Museum of Art" by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Amazon Discovering Infinite Connections in Art History" (button)This book combines 800 artworks from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection and arranges them by thematic keywords (rather than dates or geography) for a deeper and more analytical presentation of art. There's also a detachable timeline and more than 100 essays for wider contexts of the works. "The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion" by Antwaun Sargent Amazon Photography Between Art and Fashion" (button)Curator and critic Antwaun Sargent discusses "The New Black Vanguard" and increasingly inclusive artistic communities in this book. Alongside Sargent's essay are 15 artist portfolios from rising stars (Tyler Mitchell, Campbell Addy, Nadine Ijewere, and more) and intergenerational conversations that log the history of inclusion and exclusion in commercialized Black images and discuss the potential of a reimagined future.   "Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style" by Architectural Digest Pottery Barn A Century of Style" (button)AD editors dug into years of archives to present a century of iconic style. Flitting from past to present, the book showcases the personal spaces of dozens of celebrities, iconic work from top designers and architects, and beautiful images from some of history's most notable photographers. Inside, you'll find the aesthetic fingerprint of Barack and Michelle Obama alongside Truman Capote, Frank Lloyd Wright, India Mahdavi, Bill Cunningham, and more. "Chinatown Pretty: Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown's Most Stylish Seniors" by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu Amazon Fashion and Wisdom from Chinatown's Most Stylish Seniors" (button)"Chinatown Pretty" documents the portraits and stories of fashionable seniors across six Chinatowns. It's an extension of the popular eponymous blog and Instagram, and a celebration of Chinese-American culture, active old age, and expressive style.  "I Can Make You Feel Good" by Tyler Mitchell Amazon Tyler Mitchell" (button)In his first book, one of fashion's most promising photographers reimagines the Black experience by portraying what a Black utopia could look like — full of ease and optimism and natural light.As Mitchell wrote on Instagram in August 2020, "I often think about what white fun looks like and this notion that Black people can't have the same... I feel an urgency to create a body of images where Black people are visualized as free, expressive, effortless, and sensitive."  "Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave" by Joanna Gaines Amazon A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave" (button)"Homebody," by New York Times bestselling author and HGTV star Joanna Gaines is the perfect gift for the interior design aficionado in your life. Throughout the book, Joanna uses her 15+ years of experience as a designer to guide readers through creating a space they love with examples from images of her previously designed spaces. Accompanying the book is a removable design template so your giftee can apply the advice from the book into their space. "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work" by Mason Currey Amazon How Artists Work" (button)If your gift recipient has dreams of being a full-time creative, "Daily Rituals" will guide them through the routines and rituals of celebrated writers, philosophers, sculptors, and filmmakers throughout history. They'll be delighted at how fascinating (and strange) the creative processes of artists they admire are. Features of note include Andy Warhol, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Pablo Picasso. "Moonlight Screenplay Book" by Barry Jenkins A24 Screenplay Book" (button)No film lover's coffee table book collection is complete without a screenplay from their favorite film. The "Moonlight Screenplay Book" from A24, the film company behind many favorite films, includes beautiful stills from the movie, a foreword written by famed singer Frank Ocean, and a collection of the Moonlight actors Academy Award acceptance speeches. "Art of Feminism: Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality, 1857-2017" by Helena Reckitt Amazon Images that Shaped the Fight for Equality, 1857-2017" (button)A volume of key feminist artwork and text that helped define and propel the fight for equality spanning more than a century and a half of United States history, "Art of Feminism" covers everyone from Judy Chicago and Carrie Mae Weems to Sethembile Msezane and Andrea Bowers. "The Book of Citrus Fruits" by J.C. Volkamer Taschen Citrus Fruits" (button)Featuring 170 varieties of citrus fruits, this is a delightful series of hand-colored copperplates sure to bring a touch of charm to any room. "West: The American Cowboy" by Anouk Masson Krantz Amazon The American Cowboy" (button)A portrait of the American west by award-winning photographer Anouk Masson Krantz, "West" takes us from wide-open pastoral landscapes to tailgating at the rodeo and everywhere in between. "Ai Weiwei" by Hans Werner Holzwarth Taschen Weiwei" (button)Exploring each period of Ai Weiwei's work leading up to his release from custody, this is the almost definitive catalog of his works. "Among Others: Blackness at MoMA" by Darby English Amazon Blackness at MoMA" (button)The Museum of Modern Art is among the first to admit its uneven relationship with Black artists, and "Among Others" is a reflection, and an investigation, confronting that truth through essays and some of the best artwork ever produced. "Great Women Artists" by Phaidon CB2 Artists" (button)"Great Women Artists" offers a definitive collection of more than 400 compelling works spanning half a millennium of art by some of history's most overlooked titans of all mediums of art, from the canvas to the lens. Another book for any and every coffee table or bookshelf. "The Wes Anderson Collection" by Matt Zoller Seitz Amazon Anderson Collection" (button)A fun, whimsical book to brighten up any day or collection — and something the cinemaphile on your list probably shouldn't go another year without. "Contact High, A Visual History of Hop-Hop" by Vikki Tobak Amazon A Visual History of Hop-Hop" (button)Shining a spotlight not only on the greats of the genre of hip-hop but those who photographed them, "Contact High" is a chronological feature of nearly 40 years of hip hop history told through contact sheets and is an imperative presence on the coffee table or bookshelf of every pop-music fanatic. "1000 Record Covers" by Michael Ochs Amazon Record Covers" (button)Record covers are a unique time capsule of our life and times, and this coffee table book curates 1,000 that address such topics as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion — serving as a symbol for particular times in our own lives, as well as in our collective history. "Zaha Hadid: Complete Works 1979-Today" by Philip Jodidio Amazon Complete Works 1979-Today" (button)They said her visions and designs were impossible to build, but they were wrong. Later in her life, Hadid's works came to life. From the Port House in Antwerp to an airport terminal in Beijing, here's an immortal collection to prove her critics wrong. "Photography: The Definitive Visual History" by Tom Ang Amazon The Definitive Visual History" (button)This coffee table book contains 200 years of photographs and the photographers behind them, written by broadcaster, photographer, and writer Tom Ang, one of history's most prolific photographers in his own right. "Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016" by Annie Leibovitz Amazon Portraits 2005-2016" (button)Annie Leibovitz is one of the most influential photographers of our time and has covered some of the most recognizable and distinguished figures of the contemporary age. Here, we are treated to a compilation of Leibovitz's portraits from 2005 - 2016 (a follow-up to "Annie Leibovitz: Photographs, 1970-1990") that carry her characteristic wit, style, and ability to humanize her subjects. "Poolside with Slim Aarons" by Slim Aarons Amazon Slim Aarons" (button)Slim Aarons is the ultimate photographer when it comes to documenting the lives of glitterati, and where better to snoop on this walk of life than the pool? From brunches to cocktail parties, "Poolside with Slim Aarons" features the who's who of the celebrity world, sure, but front and center throughout are some of the most gloriously sculpted and positioned pools on the face of the earth. "Humans" by Brandon Stanton Amazon by Brandon Stanton (button)In "Humans," your giftee will find a sprawling tableau of humanity, as captured and curated by Brandon Stanton, the influential storyteller behind "Humans of New York." What originated as a "photographic census of life in New York City" evolved into a documentation of life on Earth in over 40 countries. The places and faces change, but the stories that arise from our shared experience are strikingly similar.  "Panda Love: The Secret Lives of Pandas" by Ami Vitale Amazon Love" (button)Ami Vitale is an American photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. Her first book, "Panda Love," is an intimate portrait of China's giant pandas: Tumbling out of baskets, playing hide and seek with caregivers, and exploring forests and preserves. The images are a sweet, tangible side of conservation, and a unique gift thanks to Vitale's unprecedented access. "Living in the Desert" by Phaidon Amazon Stunning Desert Homes and Houses" (button)This book is deeply satisfying for anyone interested in architecture, the desert, or contemporary homes. It showcases unique residences across the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond, illustrating the ways in which they interact with the sensitive, arid desert land. Picture blue water, long-fingered shadows of Yucca leaves at midday, and low homes disappearing into the red dirt. "The Missoni Family Cookbook" by Francesco Maccapani Missoni Amazon Family Cookbook" (button)The Missoni family is best known for its bright knitwear, but it's also known for entertaining, including hosting well-coveted Fashion Week dinner parties. This aptly colorful cookbook is curated by Francesco Maccapani Missoni, son of Angela Missoni, and details the family's favorite delicious recipes. It's the perfect mix of fashion and food. "What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" by Randall Munroe Amazon Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions" (button)From the creator of a hugely popular webcomic dealing with science, technology, language, and love, comes a book of hilarious and informative answers to questions you probably never thought to ask, like: "How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live?" or "If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?" "Born to Ice" by Paul Nicklen Amazon Ice" (button)Paul Nicklen is an acclaimed Canadian photographer, filmmaker, marine biologist, and conservationist known especially for his work in and deep understanding of the Polar Regions. He's a frequent contributor to National Geographic and has won the BBC Wildlife Photographer award of the year as well as the prestigious World Press Photo award for photojournalism.Nicklen's photos reflect a reverence for creatures — human and animal — in isolated or endangered environments, and "Born to Ice" combines Nicklen's favorite photos of a decades-long career into one powerful, remarkable book. "Havana: Split Seconds" by Abe Kogan Amazon Havana (button)In 2015, before American travel bans loosened dramatically, Abe Kogan immortalized an isolated island on the brink of change. In place of postcard pictures of tropical beaches, Kogan depicts the real Havana, Cuba through black-and-white photos of Habaneros' everyday life — neighbors gossiping over balconies and leaning in the doorways of once-glorious buildings that have fallen into ruin. Kogan's "Split Seconds" manages to create a sense of permanence and portension. "Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany" by Jane Mount Amazon An Illustrated Miscellany (button)Jane Mount is an illustrator best known for the colorful book spines of notable works. "Bibliophile" is Mount's love letter to all things bookish, including tours of the world's best bookstores, quizzes to test book knowledge, and samplings of famous fictional meals — all illustrated in Mount's characteristically fun, bright style.  "Tom Ford" by Tom Ford Amazon Ford" (button)Tom Ford is one of fashion's greatest living icons. He's the man whose designs ushered in Gucci's stunning revitalization, increasing its sales tenfold. "Tom Ford" is a complete catalog of Ford's design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004, detailing his dance with sensuality and style. "Writers and Their Cats" by Alison Nastasi Amazon and Their Cats" (button)Gloria Steinem called cats "a writer's most logical and agreeable companion" — and as a consequence, the six-toed descendants of Ernest Hemingway's cat still prowl his past home and museum in Florida. This book celebrates the 45 great authors who have loved cats, including Mark Twain, Alice Walker, and Haruki Murakami. "Stanley Kubrick Photographs: Through a Different Lens" by Luc Sante Amazon Through a Different Lens" (button)Before using his unique perspective to create film classics like "The Shining," Stanley Kubrick was working as a photographer for Look magazine. "Through a Different Lens" is curated by noted photography critic Luc Sante, and encapsulates Kubrick's burgeoning creative genius through a "different lens" before meeting its famous catalyst in cinema. "National Geographic Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs" by National Geographic Amazon Rare and Astonishing Photographs" (button)National Geographic's collection of rare photos depicts the earth's natural wonders and hard-to-reach spots, covering the aurora borealis and wildebeest migrations to the world's largest library. "The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait" by Frida Kahlo Amazon An Intimate Self-Portrait" (button)"The Diary of Friday Kahlo" is a copy of the artist's journal, which she kept during the last 10 years of her life. Along with 70 watercolor illustrations are Kahlo's poems, personal thoughts, and dreams. It's an especially thoughtful gift for feminists and art aficionados. "The New York Times Explorer: Beaches, Islands, & Coasts" by Barbara Ireland Amazon Beaches, Islands, & Coasts" (button)"The New York Times" "Explorer" books are based on the publication's distinguished travel journalism, proving new insight, unique tips, and practical knowledge to make beach, island, and coastal trips more memorable. "Houseplants and Hot Sauce: A Seek-and-Find Book for Grown-Ups" by Sally Nixon.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 9th, 2021

29 Hanukkah gifts for everyone on your list, including latke-scented candles and cozy cashmere sweaters

Festival of Lights, eight crazy nights - however you put it, Hanukkah is on the horizon. We picked the best gifts that work for everyone on your list. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. They'll love these funny shirts inspired by classic Jewish foods. Etsy Hanukkah begins on November 28 and ends on December 6.We rounded up the best Hanukkah gifts anyone on your list will love, from techy gadgets to party games. Check out all of our gift ideas for nearly any recipient or occasion here.Still looking for a gift? Check out our list of the All-Time Best products we've ever tested.While the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah isn't rooted in gifting, it's become commonplace to give gifts over the course of the holiday. Some may choose to give and receive gifts on all eight nights while others may choose to do just one; some may have traditions of giving lots of small, stocking stuffer-like trinkets, while others may gift big-ticket items.There's no right or wrong way to go about Hanukkah gifting, but with the holiday right around the corner, now is a good time to think about what you're going to give those in your life who celebrate. To make it easy, we rounded 29 Hanukkah gifts that work for everyone on your list. From high-end olive oil they can cook with to fun games that'll add excitement to their holiday parties, we've got you covered with plenty of gift ideas.Here are 29 of the best Hanukkah gifts anyone will be happy to receive: A travel set of luxe scents Sephora Atelier Cologne Mini Perfume Wardrobe Sampler Set, available at Sephora, $55Sample sets are great for Hanukkah gifts, either given all in one night or dolled out over the course of the holiday. Atelier Cologne is a luxury perfume brand and this sampler is a great way to experience its scents, from bright florals to winter musks. A budget-friendly wireless speaker Amazon Anker Soundcore Flare Mini, available at Amazon, $42.99Pump up the Hanukkah jams with this quality speaker for under $50. It has a solid battery life and is water-resistant, so it's perfect for an eight-night-long party. There are even LED lights in the bottom of the speaker. If you're looking for the top of the line when it comes to speakers, check out our guide to the best Bluetooth speakers. A great cookbook Amazon "Jew-ish: Recipes Reinvented from a Modern Mensch" by Jake Cohen, available at Amazon, $15.79Food is a big part of many celebrations, and Jewish events are no different. This cookbook honors and elevates traditional Jewish cooking with recipes like pumpkin spice babka and classic roasted tomato brisket.If you know an avid home chef looking to explore other cuisines, there are plenty of other cookbooks we recommend.  A candle inspired by holiday delicacies Homesick Candles Homesick Latke and Lights Candle, available at Homesick, $34Layered with notes of butter, apple, and potato, this candle will take them back to Hanukkah parties spent celebrating with loved ones, with fresh potato latkes and jelly doughnuts frying. The base notes of this candle are vanilla, sugar, and musk, so the room will smell as sweet as sufganiyot taste. Hanukkah's take on the advent calendar Food52 Sugarfina Eight Nights of Delight Candy Tasting Collection, available at Food52, $24If they've always wanted to partake in the advent calendar holiday tradition, their time has come. Sugarfina has loaded this gift box with eight surprise treats — one for each night of Hanukkah (but if they're not one for surprises or have dietary restrictions, you can find what's included in the product description).  A camera that makes instant memories Target Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, $70, available at TargetSmartphones may have taken away the need for cameras for the most part, but there's still something fun about getting to snap pictures on a camera and watch them develop. With this small Fujifilm instant camera, they can snap away and get their physical prints on the spot.  A fun menorah Etsy Dinosaur Menorah, available at Etsy, $49You can't go wrong with some Judaica, especially when it's as fun as this menorah shaped like a dinosaur. In the off-season, it makes for a cute piece of decor.  A plush blanket for cold nights Nordstrom Nordstrom at Home Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw, available at Nordstrom, $39.50Nothing says holidays like cuddling up by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate and some cozy accessories to keep them warm. This plush throw is the perfect addition to their cold-weather rituals.  A set of high-quality olive oils Brightland The Duo, available at Brightland, $74The fresh flavors of Brightland's quality olive oils are perfect for frying up some latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and all of the other dishes they enjoy year-round.  A cocktail recipe book filled with holiday-inspired beverages Uncommon Goods Gather Around Holiday Cocktail Recipes, available at W&P, $20Filled with all sorts of unique recipes inspired by a range of holidays, this recipe book will spur their cocktail creativity. A "Liquid Latke" drink and a menorah filled with shots of rum are just a few of the beverages perfect for their Hanukkah party.  Latkes from the best of the best Goldbelly Russ & Daughters Latkes, 12-pack, available at Goldbelly, $34When it comes to Jewish delis, a handful of names have garnered celebrity status — Russ & Daughters is certainly one of them. If they're feeling bold, they can try the recipe themselves and see how the homemade latkes stack up. A mini waffle maker Amazon Dash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, $12.99Revive leftover latkes with this compact waffle maker. They can just put them in for a few minutes for a crispy, crunchy, potato waffle. And, they can use it for real waffles too.  A hilarious game for holiday parties Amazon What Do You Meme?, available at Amazon, $29.99The holidays mean lots of time spent with family and friends. Give them a fun card game that's sure to provide ample laughs — they'll be the holiday party hero.  Sustainable and affordable cashmere Naadam Essential Cashmere Sweater, available at Naadam, $75At just $75, Naadam's Essential Cashmere Sweater is a luxury that won't break the bank. Naadam calls the sweater "heavenly soft" and Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton agrees, making this a cozy piece anyone will love to receive.  A comfortable travel pillow Amazon Trtl Pillow, available at Amazon, $29.99Are they planning on (safely) traveling for the holidays? If so, they'll appreciate this smart travel pillow. Small and compact, the Trtl Pillow wraps around their neck like a scarf but provides serious support, so they can actually get some sleep on the go.  A small smart speaker Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation), available at Best Buy, $24.99Whether they're tech experts or novices, they'll love the small but mighty Echo Dot. It's a great speaker for its size, and they can use it to create a smart home system or add to their pre-existing setup. A newer version of the Echo Dot was recently released, but the 3rd generation is more affordable and comparable in quality. Shirts inspired by their favorite Jewish foods They'll love these funny shirts inspired by classic Jewish foods. Etsy Boots Tees Hanukkah Shirts, available at Etsy, from $22.95Ugly Christmas sweaters get most of the spotlight around the holidays, but these funny tees are a great Hanukkah-appropriate alternative. The shirts are inspired by beloved Jewish dishes, like brisket, challah, and matzo balls, and are sure to give them a laugh.  A stylish and practical desk accessory Uncommon Goods Smartphone Vase, available at Uncommon Goods, $32This ceramic phone dock is an elegant way to keep their important tech within arm's reach while they work. The vase can be used to add some greenery to their desk, or to store pens, pencils, and other small office goods.  A Disney+ subscription Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Subscribe for $6.99/month or $69.99/yearIt gives you unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream. A really nice water bottle Hydro Flask Hydro Flask 32-ounce Wide Mouth Bottle, available at L.L. Bean, $44.95Hydro Flask's signature double-wall vacuum insulation will keep their hot beverages hot and their cold ones cold for hours. With 18-, 32-, 40-, and 64-ounce options, there's a right size of this trending water bottle for everyone.  Nice socks that give back Bombas Bombas Socks, available at Bombas, from $15Socks are an underrated, but seriously important part of any wardrobe. Bombas has mastered the art of the sock with its thoughtful details and design. While pricier than most socks, for every pair of Bombas sold, the brand donates a pair to a homeless shelter — something you can feel good about, especially over the holiday season.  A convenient port that takes away the pain points of charging electronics Amazon Elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, available at Amazon, $24.99Three devices, but just one outlet? That's no longer an issue with this charging hub, which has enough room for all of their most-used electronics.  A custom reel viewer filled with their favorite memories Uncommon Goods Create Your Own Reel Viewer, available at Uncommon Goods, from $14.95The ultimate in nostalgia, this grown-up version of the classic reel viewer makes a sweet, personal gift. Fill the reel with snapshots of their favorite memories that they'll love to flip through for years to come.  A unique cooking kit Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $42Give them the chance to create their own condiments with this hot-sauce-making kit. It's filled with bottles, labels, and all the special ingredients they need to make the spicy sauces.  A small gadget that cooks eggs quickly Amazon Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, available at Amazon, $16.99Whether they like their eggs poached, boiled, scrambled, or in omelet form, egg lovers can make their favorite preparations with this small gadget. All they have to do is choose their preparation, set the timer, and their breakfast will be ready in a flash.  A mug inspired by their favorite franchise Williams Sonoma The Child Mug, available at Williams Sonoma, $14.95The highly anticipated second season of the Mandalorian has arrived, marking a year since Baby Yoda (or The Child) took the world by an adorable storm. This mug pays homage to the little legend, but if they're partial to the dark side, Williams Sonoma also has you covered with a Darth Vader option.  Relaxing and detoxifying bath salts Amazon Herbivore Botanicals Natural Soaking Bath Salts, available at Nordstrom, $18Who doesn't love to relax? These calming bath salts make a great gift for anyone on your list. Inside there's vanilla, ylang ylang essential oil, and Himalayan pink salt crystals, which will soothe the body and flood the room with a calming scent.  A journal they'll use for years to come Amazon One Line a Day Journal, available at Amazon, $15.26This little journal will eventually hold five year's worth of memories. Each date in the diary has five blank spaces (one for each year) that they can fill with random musings, ideas, and memories. Even after five years pass, this will be a fun keepsake they can look back at.  An armband that keeps their important belongings safe while they run Amazon Tribe Water Resistant Armband Case, available at Amazon, $14.98Runners and fitness enthusiasts will appreciate this practical gift. The armband keeps their important things like a phone and set of house keys nearby and secure. Plus, it can fit just about any phone.  Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytOct 28th, 2021

We rounded up 50+ of our best 2021 holiday gift guides to help you shop for friends and family - see our top picks for the coolest, newest, and most wow-worthy gift ideas

Here is every single holiday gift guide you need to find last-minute gifts for everyone on your list. Shop by budget, interest, hobby, and more. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. To make holiday shopping easier, we broke down our gift guides by budget, interests, and the person you're gifting. Hollis Johnson/Crystal Cox/Samantha Lee/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Despite all the festive cheer and time away from work that usually comes with the holiday season, it can also be a stressful time if you plan on buying gifts for everyone in your life.Every year, Insider Reviews creates dozens of gift guides to help you find the best Christmas, Hanukkah, and general holiday gifts out there - for any budget, hobby, interest, and person. You can find all our holiday gift guides on this page, but to make it even easier on you, we've also rounded up and categorized them below. Although we still have plenty of time until the holiday season, general shipping delays and supply chain issues have encouraged us all to be proactive about holiday shopping. Consider this your ultimate cheat sheet to knock out your last-minute gift shopping for the year. Click on a link below to jump directly to all the gift guides in that category.If you're still stuck on what to buy, you can check out our all-time best products here.Gifts under $25Gifts under $50Gifts under $100Stocking stuffersGifts for herGifts for himTech giftsUnique giftsHome and kitchen giftsFood and drink giftsGifts for hobbies and interestsGifts from your favorite stores Gifts under $25 Find all the gifts pictured here, including Jason Markk sneaker spray, avocado huggers, and reusable straw sets, by clicking the image. Hollis Johnson/Crystal Cox/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Thoughtful and fun gifts under $25 that won't get regifted The elements of a good present — thoughtfulness, usefulness, and uniqueness — shouldn't be restricted to a big budget.Affordable tech gifts anyone will be happy to receive — all under $25It's tough to be a tech enthusiast when the market is full of expensive gadgets. Some of the best tech gifts, however, won't cost more than $25. Fun stocking stuffers you can still order on Amazon in time for the holidays — all under $20Stocking stuffers have a reputation for being cute but useless. These small gifts challenge that perception.Fun and practical stocking stuffers they'll actually use — all under $10Surprise your friendly neighborhood mail carrier or the cousin you only ever see at the big family holiday gathering with a thoughtful stocking stuffer. Inexpensive beauty gifts under $25 — from hydrating masks to matte lipstick sets Grab these beauty stocking stuffers from brands that are kind to their skin — and your budget. Gifts under $50 Find all the gifts pictured here, including Brightland olive oil, a Briogeo hair mask, and an Amazon speaker, by clicking the image. Hollis Johnson/Crystal Cox/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Gift cards you can deliver right to their email inbox for last-minute gifts that still feel personalLooking for a last-minute gift card to send a loved one? Here are some of our favorites to help get you started.Fun and unique gift ideas for everyone on your list — all under $50 Whether you're searching for practical, nostalgic, quirky, or sentimental, there's an under-$50 gift from brands big and small in this guide. Clever gifts from Amazon — all under $50, and many arriving before ChristmasFrom a pocket movie projector to a digital camera that instantly prints your photos, these are some of the coolest gifts on Amazon.Thoughtful and useful gifts for Mom — all under $50When it comes to gifting your own mother, the saying "it's the thought that counts" has never been more appropriate. Last-minute kitchen gifts under $50 that any home cook or baker will loveEven a simple and practical accessory like a ramekin or avocado slicer can make the foodie in your family happy.Work-appropriate gifts for your boss — all under $50A good manager isn't easy to come by. Show your appreciation with a useful, thoughtful, and work-appropriate gift.Smart and humorous gifts that your coworkers will actually be happy to receiveGift the coworker who you Slack incessantly and stick to like glue at office happy hours. Hilarious White Elephant gift ideas under $50 that are guaranteed to get a good laughGift swaps reward the niche, novel, and irreverent, with bonus points going to those who can check the boxes of funny and useful.Creative and affordable gifts for her that are all under $50Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your sister, mom, partner, or otherwise, we've put together a list of over 50 great gifts under $50. Practical and unique gifts for Dad — all under $50The unique selection of gifts includes picks for every sort of dad, from the hapless car-key-losing fool to the history buff and the masterful (and not-so-masterful) home chef.  Gifts under $100 Find all the gifts pictured here, including LL.Bean slippers, Atlas coffee, Allbirds sneakers, and an Instax camera, by clicking the image. Hollis Johnson/Crystal Cox/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Gift cards you can deliver right to their email inbox for last-minute gifts that still feel personalLooking for a last-minute gift card to send a loved one? Here are some of our favorites to help get you started.Gift ideas for everyone on your list — all under $100With a $100 budget, you can buy anything from a smart speaker to an educational cooking class. Thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100 Most people automatically think cool tech has to be expensive. Wireless earbuds, fitness trackers, and smart lights prove the assumption wrong. Gift ideas for him on Amazon for less than $100Here's a double whammy: Fast Prime shipping and an under-$100 price tag. Meaningful gifts that teachers will appreciateIf you're not already one of their favorite students, you surely will be after they receive something from this list.  Stocking stuffers Getty Images Hilarious White Elephant gift ideas under $50 that are guaranteed to get a good laughGift swaps reward the niche, novel, and irreverent, with bonus points going to those who can check the boxes of funny and useful.Fun stocking stuffers you can still order on Amazon in time for the holidays — all under $20Stocking stuffers have a reputation for being cute but useless. These small gifts challenge that perception.Fun and practical stocking stuffers they'll actually use — all under $10Surprise your friendly neighborhood mail carrier or the cousin you only ever see at the big family holiday gathering with a thoughtful stocking stuffer.  Gifts for her Getty Last-minute Christmas gifts that will arrive by Christmas day and still feel thoughtfulThere's still plenty of time to find great gifts for everyone on your list. Here are last-minute Christmas gifts that can still be delivered on time.Thoughtful and useful gifts for Mom — all under $50When it comes to gifting your own mother, the saying "it's the thought that counts" has never been more appropriate.Gift ideas for women — from cult-favorite candles to a monthly book subscriptionFrom classic cashmere sweaters to monthly wine subscriptions, you'll be able to find something no matter your budget.Creative and affordable gifts for her that are all under $50Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your sister, mom, partner, or otherwise, we've put together a list of over 50 great gifts under $50. Best tech gifts for women that she'll love this holiday seasonThese gifts are both stylish and powerful. Thoughtful and sweet gifts to give your grandma Grandma is another important person in your life who you know always has your back. Show your love with these gifts. Gifts your girlfriend will love — from a cozy robe to a cold brew coffee makerWe give you more than three dozen gift ideas that make gifting your partner infinitely easier this year. Thoughtful gifts to give your wifeYou don't need to spend a crazy amount of money or plan an extravagant gesture to show your wife your appreciation and love.The best gifts for teen girls — for every interest and budgetThis guide's author has a teen sister herself and has many fun ideas as a result. Useful tech gifts moms will enjoyAny mom, whether they're tech-savvy or not, can appreciate a good gadget that makes life easier. Gifts for him Getty Images Last-minute Christmas gifts that will arrive by Christmas day and still feel thoughtfulThere's still plenty of time to find great gifts for everyone on your list. Here are last-minute Christmas gifts that can still be delivered on time.Clever and thoughtful gifts for him — at every budgetFind the perfect gift for the man in your life, no matter what their interests or what your budget looks like.Thoughtful gifts for him that you can buy on AmazonPractically every gift you can think of, from a fidget toy to luxury sheets, can be found on Amazon. Gifts for Dad at every budgetDads always say they never want anything, but we came up with plenty of gift ideas for you anyway. Thoughtful gifts your husband will appreciateSome of these gifts for your husband might even benefit the entire family, so it's a cost-efficient, win-win situation. Tech gifts that men will love to get this holiday seasonCars, audio, fitness, games — the tech gift options are limitless, but we narrowed down the lot to the best 37. Practical and unique gifts for Dad — all under $50If you have a specific budget you're working with, you'll find affordable yet useful gifts in this guide. Gift ideas for him on Amazon for less than $100Here's a double whammy: Fast Prime shipping and an under-$100 price tag. Useful gifts for dads who travel that can be used now or on future tripsMake their travels more enjoyable, restful, and convenient with gifts like comfortable shoes and a streaming service subscription.Gifts every Disney fan will love — from a Disney+ subscription to a LEGO set from 'Steamboat Willie'The unapologetic Disney dad in your life might love a Disney Plus subscription, retro Magic Kingdom sweatshirt, or Mickey Mouse watch.  Tech gifts The purple iPhone 11’s glass back Antonio Villas-Boas/Insider Thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100 Most people automatically think cool tech has to be expensive. Wireless earbuds, fitness trackers, and smart lights prove the assumption wrong. Best tech gifts for women that she'll love this holiday seasonThese gifts are both stylish and powerful. Tech gifts that men will love to get this holiday seasonCars, audio, fitness, games — the tech gift options are limitless, but we narrowed down the lot to the best. iPhone accessory gifts for Apple loversWhether they have the newest iPhone or are still hanging on to their iPhone 6, they'll love these small upgrades to their phone. High-tech smart home gifts for anyone looking to upgrade their lifeYou can gift something basic to introduce them to the concept of the smart home, or something more advanced to help them take their home automation to the next level. Alexa-enabled smart home and car gifts that are perfect for people who love tech"Alexa..." Listen to music, call a friend, and change the room's temperatures with these smart home products. Affordable tech gifts anyone will be happy to receive — all under $25It's tough to be a tech enthusiast when the market is full of expensive gadgets. Some of the best tech gifts, however, won't cost more than $25. Useful Android accessories and gadgets that make great giftsIn an iPhone-driven world, it's actually not as difficult as you think to gift an Android owner. Useful tech gifts moms will enjoyAny mom, tech-savvy or not, can appreciate a good gadget that makes life easier.Tech gifts for teens that that won't end up in a desk drawerIt can be hard to figure out which tech gifts teens are actually excited about. We're here to help. Unique gifts Amazon Unique subscription boxes and services that keep on givingThe best subscription services help your recipient discover something new or make their everyday life a little easier. Unique Etsy gifts that come with free shippingEtsy is a treasure trove for handmade goods. Even better, these ship for free. Hidden gems on Amazon that make thoughtful and personal gifts for anyone on your listUsing the Amazon Gift Finder tool, we found some cool gifts that make shopping on the site feel less impersonal. Last-minute gifts from Uncommon Goods they haven't seen beforeAs its name suggests, UncommonGoods is filled with non-generic and memorable gifts. You're guaranteed to find something truly unique here. Last-minute gift ideas from 'Shark Tank' that you can get from AmazonThe TV show "Shark Tank" never ceases to entertain and inspire us with its innovative products and hardworking entrepreneurs. Unique and interesting gifts you didn't know you could find on AmazonIn the place known as "the everything store," we found the most interesting gift ideas. Unique last-minute holiday gifts that still feel personalized and thoughtfulA gift isn't truly unique until it has a personalized mark on it — like a monogram, their favorite song, or their specific flavor preferences. Hanukkah gifts for everyone on your listWhile the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah isn't rooted in gifting, it's become commonplace to give gifts over the course of the holiday.Unique housewarming gifts from Amazon HandmadeThis underrated section of Amazon combines the unique product selection of sites like Etsy and UncommonGoods with the convenience of the Amazon shopping experience. Amazon gag gifts to give as pranks for the holiday seasonBeyond the usual fart jokes and political gags, there are gifts that are actually funny and memorable. The best toys and gift ideas for toddlersThe guide includes helpful labels for which age group each gift is appropriate.  Home and kitchen gifts Williams Sonoma/Insider Gifts for Mom Last-minute cookbook gifts for every type of home cookThey'll always have a meal, dessert, or drink ready on the table with one of these cookbooks in hand.Last-minute kitchen gifts under $50 that any home cook or baker will loveEven a simple and practical accessory like a ramekin or avocado slicer will make the foodie in your family happy. Last-minute cooking gifts for avid home cooks, as recommended by professional chefsThe pros tell us what to give someone who loves being in the kitchen.  They personally use these tools and appliances in their professional or home kitchens. Homesick candles smell like home and make great gifts for any occasionIn order to create its candles, Homesick Candles polled people from different states and cities to find out what home smells like to them. Gifts anyone who just moved into a new apartment will appreciateThey may still be scrambling for appliances or putting on the finishing touches to their decor. Either way, we've got you covered.Creative and thoughtful host and hostess gifts that are even better than a bottle of wineNothing says "thank you for hosting" quite like a unique gift that won't be regifted at the next housewarming party.  Food and drink gifts Goldbelly Milk Bar's delicious desserts are the perfect food gift — here's how to shopIf they have a sweet tooth, they won't be disappointed by the delectable cookies, truffles, and cake from the New York City-based Milk Bar.Goldbelly lets you send food gifts from iconic restaurants around the country — here's how it worksGoldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific cravings wherever they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Last-minute gifts for tea lovers — from new brews to fun teapots and moreThere's no such thing as too much tea or teapots, at least according to this guide written by our editor (and self-professed tea lady). Last-minute gift baskets for all sorts of tastes and interestsThese gift basket ideas include the usual (chocolate, cheese, and wine) and the unusual (Japanese snacks and tea "drops"). Unique chocolate gifts that go beyond the traditional box of sweetsIt's nearly impossible to go wrong when you're gifting chocolate, but if you want to give them the best of the best, your search ends here.  Hobbies and interests Target Cool last-minute gift ideas for the music lover in your lifeFuel their passion for songs, bands, instruments, and genres of all types.Magical 'Harry Potter' gifts even the most devoted Potterheads will loveArm them with the gear that they can wear to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or decor that shows off their Gryffindor pride. The best 'Star Wars'-themed gifts for fans of all agesThis guide is filled with hands-on gift options, including a lightsaber, a huge Lego set, and a slime kit.Fun Disney gifts for kids of all agesThe top toys from ShopDisney and the Disney Store make great gifts for every kid on your list. Fun gifts that grown-up Disney and Mickey Mouse fans will loveMickey Mouse is a timeless crowd-pleaser, and we have lots of gifts that pay homage to this iconic Disney mascot. Gifts every Disney fan will love — from a Disney+ subscription to a LEGO set from 'Steamboat Willie'The unapologetic Disney dad in your life might love a Disney Plus subscription, retro Magic Kingdom sweatshirt, or Mickey Mouse watch. Great coffee table books for Disney fansThese hefty books reveal all about Disney's animation history, secrets of the theme parks, and more. Fun gifts for devoted Marvel fansWhile Marvel primarily exists in comic book and movie form, there is a thriving market of Marvel-inspired goods and merchandise.Useful gifts for dads who travel that can be used now or on future tripsMake travels more enjoyable, restful, and convenient with gifts like comfortable shoes and a streaming service subscription.Fitness gifts that'll make them look forward to breaking a sweatJumpstart their fitness goals for the new year with the appropriate gear or memberships. Baby Yoda gifts they'll absolutely love even if they haven't watched 'The Mandalorian'If they keep sharing Baby Yoda memes with you, chances are they'll get a kick out of one of these gifts.Unique and fun gifts that both dogs and their humans will loveIt's a no-brainer to give a dog owner something that has to do with dogs, but it's more difficult to give something that they (or their dog) don't already have.  Gifts from your favorite stores Urban Outfitters Hidden gems on Amazon that make thoughtful and personal gifts for anyone on your listUsing the Amazon Gift Finder tool, we found some cool gifts that make shopping on the site feel less impersonal. Clever gifts from Amazon — all under $50, and many arriving before ChristmasFrom a pocket movie projector to a digital camera that instantly prints your photos, these are some of the coolest gifts on Amazon.Unique and interesting gifts you didn't know you could find on AmazonIn the place known as "the everything store," we found the most interesting gift ideas. Cool and unique gifts that teenagers will actually appreciate — all from AmazonTeenagers are notoriously difficult to find gifts for, so skip the headache and read this guide. The best gifts for teen girls — for every interest and budgetThis guide's author has a teen sister herself and has many fun ideas as a result. Thoughtful gifts for him that you can buy on AmazonEvery gift he could ever want, from a fidget toy to luxury sheets, can be found on Amazon. Our favorite Amazon gag gifts to give as pranks for the holiday seasonBeyond the usual fart jokes and political gags, there are gifts that are actually funny and memorable. Gift ideas for him on Amazon for less than $100Here's a double whammy: Fast Prime shipping and an under-$100 price tag. Unique Etsy gifts that come with free shippingEtsy is a treasure trove for handmade goods. Even better, these ship for free.Last-minute gifts from Uncommon Goods they haven't seen beforeAs its name suggests, Uncommon Goods is filled with non-generic and memorable gifts. You're guaranteed to find something truly unique here. Last-minute gift ideas from 'Shark Tank' that you can get from AmazonThe TV show "Shark Tank" never ceases to entertain and inspire us with its innovative products and hardworking entrepreneurs. Quirky, unexpected gifts from Urban Outfitters for everyone on your listUrban Outfitters is known for its slightly kitschy but interesting accessories, home products, and tech gadgets.   Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 28th, 2021

85 gifts under $100 for everyone in your life - thoughtful and affordable gift ideas

From a personalized photo book to an educational cooking class, here are 85 gift ideas under $100 for every type of giftee. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Hollis Johnson/Crystal Cox/Alyssa Powell/Business Insider With a $100 budget, you can buy anything from a smart speaker to a fun cooking class. These 80+ gift ideas cover a wide range of interests and needs and are also unique. If your budget changes or you don't have a budget at all, we have guides that hit all price points. Table of Contents: Masthead StickyAlthough gift-giving is a fun way to show the people you care about love and appreciation, it can easily become expensive. Fortunately, with a budget of $100 you can purchase the latest tech accessories; useful kitchen tools; luxury beauty and skincare products; and quirky, just-for-fun goodies. These 80+ gift ideas cover everything your giftee will need and also includes thoughtful, unique finds. We've tested, purchased, and gifted many of these items ourselves, which means they're sure to impress no matter the occasion.We also have guides for gifts under $25 and gifts under $50. If you're not shopping by budget we have gift guides that cover many price points and interests. Shop the 85 best under-$100 gift ideas below:This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Casper. It meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.* An artistic swatch collab with MoMA MoMA Design Store Swatch x MoMa watch, available at Moma Design Store, from $80What better way to show off their love for art than a watch inspired by famous paintings. Swatch collaborates with New York's Museum of Modern Art to create these unique watches that resemble artworks from MoMa's collection. A travel photo album Artifacts Uprising Hardcover Travel Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $72This customizable photo book takes you back to every travel adventure so you'll never forget it. Whether it's a week trip or an extended stay, the travel photo album captures every excursion with charming designs on up to 210 pages. A fresh flower bouquet Urban Stems Urban Stems bouquets, available at Urban Stems from $45If you don't know what to gift, flowers are always appreciated. A beautiful bouquet delivered right to them is the kindest way to say congrats and show you're thinking of them. A set of multipurpose starter seasonings Omsom The Best Seller Set, available at Omsom, $45Spice up their summer with this fun set of four seasoning starters that can be used on everything from barbecue to savory tofu and chicken. The perfect pillow for side sleepers Casper Original Casper Pillow, available at Casper, $65The Original Casper Pillow will help your favorite side sleeper align their neck with their spine while sleeping. We named this pillow the best for side sleepers in our guide to the best pillows. You can customize the pillow even more by choosing its size and height.*Sponsored by Casper A grow it yourself garden kit Uncommon Goods Vegetable Grow Kit & Garden Cookbook, available at Uncommon Goods, $35With this vegetable grow kit, they'll be able to grow their meals right in their backyard. The kit includes a cookbook, step-by-step gardening instructions, and the seeds to grow 11 different vegetables. A mini fireplace Food52 Personal Concrete Fireplace, available at Food52, $99Keep them warm and entertained this summer with this small personal fireplace, which is safe for use indoors and for cooking fun treats like s'mores.  A gift card from Bookshop Bookshop Bookshop gift card, available at Bookshop, from $10Bookshop allows readers to support small bookstores online. The retailer sells gift cards that your recipient will be able to use to shop online from their favorite indie bookstore. The gift cards never expire and can be bought in increments from $10 to $1000. An interactive pottery kit Sculpd Sculpd Pottery Kit, available at Sculpd, $65This pottery kit offers a unique activity to do with your loved ones. Each kit comes with enough supplies for two people, with add-on supplies also available for purchase so that more can participate. The kit also includes a step-by-step instructional booklet. A set of cocktail mixers that taste like summer Williams Sonoma Casamigos Cocktail Gift Set, available at Williams Sonoma, $49.95Co-founded by actor George Clooney, Casamigos is a favorite brand of many tequila lovers. The company's newest addition is a cocktail gift set of uniquely flavored mixers and rimmers. The mixers are exclusively available at Williams Sonoma and include blackberry basil and citrus flavors. A gift card from Hello Fresh Hello Fresh Gift Card, available at Hello Fresh, from $70The best gifts are for items or services your recipient wouldn't think to purchase for themselves. A gift card from Hello Fresh checks all of these boxes, as it offers a welcome reprieve from grocery shopping and meal planning. Choose from four amounts based on your recipient's household size and needs. We also wrote a full guide to Hello Fresh that includes a breakdown of its special features, how to get started with an account, and more. A bag made for hosting mini picnics Amazon Picnic at Ascot Insulated Wine and Cheese Cooler Bag, available at Amazon, $58Our pick for best picnic basket for carrying bottles, this insulated bag is a great gift for those who want to have a small picnic complete with their favorite drinks and small snacks. A set of sustainable coasters Joanna Buchanan Ruffle Edge Straw Coasters, available at Joanna Buchanan, $48Add a pop of color to their indoor and outdoor eating spaces with these colorful straw coasters. The coasters come in a set of four, are handwoven in the Philippines, and are made of sustainable materials. A savory seasoning starter pack Momofuku Pantry Starter Pack, available at Momofuku, $55Spice up their pantry with this flavorful seasoning set. The starter pack includes spicy seasoned salts, restaurant-grade soy and tamari sauces, and chili crunch. Momofuku's site also includes several recipes to make using the ingredients from the set. A mini travel kit Away The Travel Wellness Kit, available at Away, $55Keep them well stocked with travel essentials by gifting them Away's Travel Wellness Kit. The set comes inside of The Mini which is a smaller version of their popular suitcase and is available in multiple colors. Accompanying The Mini is a hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial hand wipes, dissolvable soap leaves, and a mask with five replacement filters. A pair of cozy slippers Zappos Scuffette II Slippers, available at Zappos, $89.95Help them keep their feet warm while working from home with these fuzzy slippers. These high quality slippers are made of suede and have a sheepskin collar, and are a very useful gift that your recipient may not think to purchase for themselves. A wine gift set Amazon Wine Lovers Set with Opener and Preserver, available at Amazon, $49.99Help elevate your recipient's wine experience by gifting this wine lover's set. The included wine preserver is a great gift for those that live alone or like to take their time with their wines. The sleek charging base and modern design make this a gift your recipient will be proud to display on their kitchen counter. A sturdy wallet Amazon Bellroy Low Slim Leather Wallet, available at Amazon, $75Replace their tired and tattered wallet with this slim leather billfold from Insider Reviews' favorite wallet brand Bellroy. It's made with ethically sourced leather that will age wonderfully and last many years. A Disney+ subscription Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Subscription, available at Disney+, $7.99/month or $79.99/yearIt gives you unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream. A sleek fitness tracker that includes heart rate monitoring Fitbit Fitbit Inspire 2, available at Best Buy, $99.95Fitbit's affordable Inspire 2 tracker has no shortage of useful features to keep them informed about their physical activity. The heart rate monitor lets them be more strategic about their workouts by tracking calorie burn, resting heart rate, and heart rate zones. A hair towel that cuts drying time in half Amazon Aquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, available at Amazon, $20.49Aquis' cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that's composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction the hair experiences while in its weakest state.  A memorable date night option Eatwith/Instagram Gift Card, available at Eatwith, from $30Eatwith offers cool dining experiences that bring together delicious menus, professional chefs, and interesting guests. Typically held in person, in major cities like New York, Paris, and London, Eatwith is now offering online classes you can take from anywhere that bring unique cooking experiences right into your kitchen. In addition to experiences led by professional chefs from around the world, Eatwith has recently added classes taught by MasterChef contestants. A pair of comfortable wool shoes Allbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $98While Allbirds has hinted that it's on track to become more than just a shoe brand, we'll always be partial to its original sneakers made from merino wool. We've been wearing and loving the comfortable style for more than two years, and you can't go wrong gifting a pair of these shoes.  Coffee from a different country, delivered every month Atlas Coffee Club/Instagram 3-Month Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60It's a worldwide coffee tour without the expense of airplane tickets. Atlas Coffee Club delivers single origin coffee and always includes a postcard from the country, brewing tips, and flavor notes with each month's shipment.  A small skincare tool that removes 99.5% of dirt, oil, and makeup residue Amazon Foreo Luna Facial Cleansing Brush, available at Amazon, $99Our team swears by these gentle yet effective cleaning brushes. They have hygienic silicone bristles and come in five different models for different skin types. The Luna is small enough to bring on the go, so your recipient can maintain their skincare routine no matter where they are. A digital photo frame Amazon NIX 8-Inch USB Digital Photo Frame, available at Amazon, $69.99Include a USB stick of your favorite photo memories together with this gift. The high-tech photo frame will shuffle through and display crisp photos and videos, and it can also be mounted on a wall. If you can stretch your budget, the more popular WiFi version is the same idea but more convenient to use because it works right from your phone's gallery.  An easy-to-use trimmer Philips Norelco Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body Trimmer, available on Amazon, $39.95What separates the Philips Norelco OneBlade from other trimmers and shavers is the unique blade. It uses a fast-moving OneBlade cutter with a protection system on both sides of the blade to prevent knicks. The base of the blade will contour to his face, allowing for a comfortable shave or trim without irritation — and it works for wet or dry shaving. A convenient wireless charging pad Amazon Anker PowerWave Wireless Charging Pad, available on Amazon, $13.99A wireless charger is a great gift for anyone with a glass-backed smartphone that supports the feature. Our reviewer called this one "the perfect wireless charging pad." It charges quickly, looks nice, and can even accommodate thick phone cases. Membership to a popular nationwide book club Book of the Month 6-Month Subscription, available at Book of the Month, $89.99If they prefer the incomparable feel of a hardcover book, set them up with a Book of the Month membership. It offers five curated titles, mainly from up-and-coming authors, to choose from every month.  A solution to their back pain Amazon Upright Go Posture Trainer, available at Best Buy, $79.99This gift is for anyone who is always complaining about their back pain or poor posture. Upright Go is an innovative and discreet device that sticks to the top of their back and helps them improve their posture, day by day.  A fan-favorite cookbook with original illustrations Amazon "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" by Samin Nosrat, available at Amazon, $16.67This is the perfect cookbook for those just getting into cooking. Chef and New York Times columnist Samin Nosrat outlines the foundations of cooking and presents it in a fun, engaging way alongside original illustrations.  Their favorite specialty meals, no matter where they are Goldbelly Meals, available at Goldbelly, from $25Goldbelly makes it possible to satisfy their most specific and nostalgic cravings no matter where they live in the US — a cheesecake from Junior's, deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati, and more. Browse the iconic gifts section for inspiration. Smart bulbs to deck out their home with the best ambiance Amazon Philips Hue White Smart Light Bulb Starter Kit, available at Amazon, $99.99Gift this to a friend who wants to equip a full room or apartment with smart lights. This kit includes four white bulbs, which you can control with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, and a Philips Hue Bridge that connects them to your router. You can automate the bulbs with timers and schedules, and create gorgeous lighting effects. With the Philips Hue Sync feature, they can even sync up with the audio of your music, movies, or games. A book about their favorite burger spot Amazon Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories, available at Amazon, $22.03While this book doesn't contain the actual recipes for the burger or the famous sauce, it will get your burger-loving recipient pretty close to the real deal. They can make delicious burgers, fries, and shakes at home, then conduct the classic Shake Shack vs. In-n-Out comparison.  A stylish accessory with a hidden charger Mark & Graham Power Up Lightning to USB Tassel Keychain, available at Mark & Graham, from $44.99The leather keychain is as functional as it is attractive: it has an iPhone lightning input and USB stick so they can charge their phone in their bag. Some colors include free monogramming while others have a $10 monogram fee.  A reusable bag featuring a fun print Baggu Standard Baggu, available on Baggu, $16There are plenty of reusable nylon shopping bag options out there, but where Baggu really stands out from the crowd is its variety of quirky and colorful prints. These useful bags are the perfect gift for everyone in your life. A fun and educational online cooking class Cozymeal/Instagram Gift Card, available at Cozymeal, from $50Gifting experiences is on the rise. With a Cozymeal class, they'll learn how to make anything from fresh pasta to beautiful charcuterie boards. In addition to cooking classes, Cozymeal offers online mixology classes and virtual wine tastings. A set of trackers for the absent-minded Amazon Tile Pro (2-Pack), available at Amazon, $59.99When they can't find their phone, all they have to do is click their Tile button to make their phone ring, even if it's on silent.  An electric toothbrush that you won't want to hide away Goby Moonstone Electric Toothbrush, available at Goby, $85In addition to its sleek design, the Goby Toothbrush stands out for its soft brush head, normal and sensitive brushing speeds, and convenient USB charging shell.  Ready-to-prepare meals that save them time Daily Harvest The 9-Item Gift Card, available at Daily Harvest, $75Your recipient will be able to fill a box with smoothies (including protein smoothies for gym rats), harvest bowls, soup, and more meals that are ready to take on the go. Daily Harvest's healthy offerings are perfect for the busy, wellness-minded people in your life.  A case that sanitizes dirty phones Phone Soap PhoneSoap Smartphone Sanitizer, available at PhoneSoap, $79.95Most of us carry our phones with us everywhere — and we mean, everywhere. PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of common household germs, including bacteria that lead to E.Coli, Salmonella, Staph, the flu, and the common cold. Especially with the pandemic, your recipient will love knowing that their phone is squeaky clean.  A pretty leather wrap for taking chargers and cables on the go Mark & Graham Leather Charger Roll Up, available on Mark & Graham, from $22.99Mark & Graham's Leather Charger Roll Up is made from soft, supple leather and has three separate pockets to stash cables and chargers on the go. Get it monogrammed for free. A delicious and unique hot sauce Truff/Instagram Truff White Truffle Hot Sauce, available at Amazon, $31.49The limited-edition hot sauce is infused with white truffle, packing a sweet heat you'll want to add to burritos, pizza, wings, or any other dish you want to make a little more interesting.  Membership to a huge outdoor co-op Connie Chen/Business Insider REI Membership, available at REI, $20An REI membership offers a lifetime of benefits for a one-time purchase. That includes 10%-back dividends, special offers, access to in-store REI Garage sales, and special pricing on REI classes and events. Find out more here. Extremely comfortable, flattering lounge pants MeUndies MeUndies, Lounge Pants, available at MeUndies, $68These are some of the best lounge pants we've ever tried. If they're spending more time in casual wear, they'll spend an inordinate amount of time in these. We also appreciate that the silky MicroModal and sleek cut make them perfectly acceptable for wearing in public to grab the mail. A bike horn that can go as loud as a car Priority Bicycles Priority High Power Horn, available at Priority Bicycles, $29.99Born out of a research project between Priority Bicycles and Toyota, this bike horn can get as loud as the one in a car. This is an excellent safety accessory for bikers. A silky hand cream La Mer/Instagram La Mer Hand Treatment, available at Nordstrom, $90Of all La Mer's premium skincare products, the Hand Treatment is a brand favorite. This creamy formula is the perfect texture to help heal dry hands. The internet's favorite olive oil Brightland/Instagram Awake Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37Brightland's olive oils make great gifts for cooks and anyone who loves to entertain. The white bottles protect the EVOO from light damage and look nice displayed on a countertop.  A cool and smooth pajama shirt Ettitude/Instagram Bamboo Lyocell Sleep Shirt, available at Ettitude, from $64.40Luxury sheets will break your budget, but the next best thing to get them a good night's sleep is this comfortable and attractive PJ shirt. It's made from organic bamboo lyocell, which is breathable and moisture-wicking, not to mention more sustainable to produce than traditional cotton.  Premium distilled whiskey Uncle Nearest Whiskey Uncle Nearest Whiskey, available at ReserveBar, starting at $49Founded in Tennessee, Uncle Nearest is an award-winning, Black-owned whiskey brand that was inspired by the first known African-American master distiller, Nathan "Nearest" Green. If you're shopping for someone who enjoys a quality glass of whiskey or a whiskey-based cocktail every now and then, a bottle of Uncle Nearest won't disappoint. A sleek knife block Material Kitchen The Stand, available at Material Kitchen, $90We're big fans of Material Kitchen's minimalist approach to kitchen essentials — like this magnetic, angled knife block made from heavy-duty wood.  Soft and environmentally friendly socks made from hemp United by Blue SoftHemp Sock, available at United by Blue, $16The cozy socks are also sustainably made and made from a hemp yarn that's four times more durable than cotton, a win-win all around.  A simple but luxurious body wash Necessaire Necessaire The Body Wash, available at Sephora, $25New startup Necessaire formulates its body care products with vitamins A, B3, C, E, and omega-6 and omega-9. The subtly scented Body Wash will leave their skin feeling clean, soft, and nourished.  An indoor plant The Nice Plant Blooming Energy Box, available at The Nice Plant, $45.99Indoor plants are much more than an extra responsibility. They help purify the air, have been proven to reduce stress, and look good aesthetically. The Nice Plant's Blooming Energy Box includes a small plant and a few other useful things, like a sage smudge stick, palo santo bundle, and room spray, to make their home more peaceful and relaxing.  A high-quality leather band for an Apple Watch Amazon Bullstrap Full-Grain Italian Leather Watch Band, available at Amazon, $89Bullstrap's Italian Leather Watch Bands are the perfect way to add some elegance to an Apple Watch. They come in several colors of leather and are compatible with all generations of the Apple Watch. A pair of sparkly hoops Mejuri Sapphire Hoops, available at Mejuri, $60Traditional hoops get an embellishment of white sapphire in this affordable piece from Mejuri.  Premium underwear that's worth every penny Tommy John Tommy John Men's Second Skin Boxer Brief 3-Pack, available at Tommy John, $97It's not an exaggeration to say Tommy John could be the most comfortable boxers your recipient has ever worn. The Second Skin, in particular, is a standout — smooth, soft, stretchy, and breathable.  A cool drink accessory worth celebrating Brumate BrüMate 12oz Insulated Champagne Flute, available at BrüMate, from $22.99Brumate's insulated flute prevents the disappointment of bubbly that has gone warm and flat. It holds almost half a bottle of champagne and comes in 30 pretty colors.   A whimsical candle from a new brand Otherland/Instagram 3-Candle Set, available at Otherland, $89As our candle-loving editor points out, "Does the world really need another fancy candle brand?" Otherland's candles are so creative and interesting that you won't be able to resist gifting at least a few.  A travel-friendly vanity case Paravel Mini See All Vanity Case, available at Paravel, $65They can stop using unsightly and wasteful Ziploc bags once they have this stylish and structured case in their possession. The exterior material is resistant to water and stains, and the clear window lets them easily identify the case's contents.  A gold bracelet that displays their zodiac sign Aurate Zodiac Bracelet, available at Aurate, $90The delicate gold vermeil bracelet is a piece they'll want to wear every day. Aurate's beautiful gold jewelry is not only more affordable than traditional fine jewelry, but it's also ethically sourced, representing a new wave of jewelry brands to know about.  A mini duffel crossbody with a distinctive look Dagne Dover Extra Small Landon Carryall, available at Dagne Dover, $110Dagne Dover excels at making functional and versatile bags like work totes and this extra small version of its popular neoprene duffel. Inside, they'll find a compartment just large enough for the day's essentials, pockets to keep them organized, and a detachable key leash.  A streaming stick that gives them access to more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes Amazon Roku Streaming Stick +, available at Amazon, $44.99Roku's Streaming Stick+ is exceptional for its 4K, HDR, and HD streaming, and long-range wireless receiver. Installing it is an easy process and starts by plugging the stick into the TV.  Sweet treats they won't be able to stop eating Milk Bar The Chocolatey Classic, available at Milk Bar, $75Instead of the usual box of chocolates, gift some of the best-known and most delicious treats from NYC institution Milk Bar. The set contains 12 soft and chewy cake truffles, six assorted and an adorable mini birthday cake.  A box that lets them explore the exciting world of sake Tippsy Sake Gift Box, available at Tippsy, $59While online wine clubs abound, Tippsy is quietly cultivating a community of sake lovers. It offers an abundance of knowledge and premium sake options to anyone who's interested in exploring this underrated alcohol further.   A compact and lightweight hand mixer Amazon Kitchenaid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer, available at Target, $49.99Not all baking tasks require a full stand mixer. KitchenAid's hand mixer doesn't take up a lot of space but gets a variety of jobs done by offering five-speed options. You'll also have fun picking out a unique color for your recipient.  A game that tests their penchant for puns Amazon Pun Intended Game, available at Amazon, $24.99It's a battle of who can devise the most clever puns in this family-friendly card game that requires a quick mind and even faster writing skills. Game on.  A custom map of a special location Grafomap Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, $49Grafomap is the site where you can commemorate important places, be it their hometown, college town, or the city where you two met. The custom design function is easy to use and you can choose to get the final map poster framed or printed on canvas.  A waterproof outdoor speaker Amazon Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, available at Amazon, from $99.99The surprisingly powerful speaker fits in the palm of their hand and can go swimming with them in the pool or ocean. It's also dustproof and therefore suitable for hikes and other outdoor adventures.  A sleep mask made with high-quality mulberry silk Nordstrom Slip Slipsilk Sleep Mask, available at Nordstrom, $50Few things are more luxurious than sleeping with a silk mask. Thanks to its all silk construction, your recipient's face will feel cool all night long.  A plush bathrobe Parachute Classic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $99It's all too tempting to stay wrapped up in this Turkish cotton bathrobe long after they've stepped out of the shower. The thick robe is our pick for the best bathrobe you can buy.  A chai sampler Amazon Vadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $29.99This set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah's Favorite Things back in 2018. It's filled with three variations of chai that any tea lover will appreciate.  A cult-favorite fragrance Le Labo/Instagram Le Labo AnOther 13 Eau de Parfum, available at Nordstrom, from $86Le Labo is famous for its distinctive packaging and subtle yet inviting scents. The AnOther is musky and woodsy, but it's balanced out with ingredients like jasmine petals.  The outdoor game you see everyone playing at the park Amazon Spikeball Game Set, available at Dick's Sporting Goods, $69.99It's a gorgeous day out and you can't help but notice a few groups having fun while playing some kind of new ball game. Chances are it's Spikeball, the volleyball-esque game that your recipient can set up in any large outdoor space. It takes just 10 minutes to learn the rules.  A pair of blue light-blocking glasses that look good enough to wear outside of the house MVMT Ingram Crystal Everscroll Glasses, available at MVMT, $62.40Help them protect their eyes from harsh screens with a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses. Their eyes won't feel as strained, and they might be able to drift off to sleep more quickly.  A set of monogrammed hand towels Weezie Stitched Edge Hand Towels, available at Weezie, $30The extra time and thought put into a personalized gift are worth it. You can add custom embroidery (+$15 per towel) to Weezie's fluffy and absorbent towels.  Smart plugs that let them control their appliances with their phone Amazon Kasa Smart WiFi Plug, available at Amazon, $17.68Through the corresponding app, they can schedule when their lights turn on and off, or use voice commands with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana. It's a suitable entry-level smart plug for someone looking to get into home automation.  A personalized photo book Artifact Uprising Color Series Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $22Photo books are a great gift for anyone in your life and can be used to commemorate vacations, weddings, special events, or even just everyday life. With three book sizes, multiple color and theme options, and the opportunity to choose a cover image, this gift is sure to make your recipient feel special. A flavorful seasoning collection Spicewalla The Grill & Roast Collection, available at Spicewalla, $18.99With grill and BBQ season slowly approaching, a set of tasty seasonings is key to making delicious foods. They can use the spices in this collection to add flavor to meats, seafood, vegetables, and even rice. The coziest moccasins we've ever worn L.L.Bean Women's Wicked Good Moccasins, available at L.L.Bean, $79Can you practically feel the soft fluffiness of these slippers through your screen? L.L.Bean supposedly sells a pair of these cushioned sheepskin shoes every seven seconds during December, proving that they are worth the purchase. An everyday stainless steel frying pan that professional cooks love Made In Frying Pan, available at Made In, $65Pros like Tom Colicchio trust Made In's cookware to perform in some of the country's top kitchens, so rest assured it's good enough for your recipient. The quickly growing startup is behind a couple of our favorite pieces of cookware.  A gorgeous coffee table book that helps cure their travel bug Amazon 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You've Never Seen It Before, available at Barnes & Noble, $50.99Patricia Schultz's original "1,000 Places" captured imaginations with its compelling curation of experiences all over the world. The newly released deluxe edition features a beautiful gold-embellished cover and more than 1,000 new photographs.  A fun, cult-favorite board game Amazon Settlers of Catan Board Game, available at Walmart, $35.20The Settlers of Catan relies upon strategy and sometimes luck to build civilizations — and it can last for hours.  A beautiful piece of handmade drinkware JFR Glass Antique Silver Glass, available at JFR Glass, $45Each hand blown glass from JFR Glass is unique. The glasses aren't just pretty — they're also functional and sturdy. They're dishwasher-safe and UV-resistant, so your recipient can enjoy the pieces forever.  An interactive state park map UncommonGoods State Parks Explorer Map, available at UncommonGoods, $28This state park map is sure to come in handy this spring and summer as many of us will be venturing into the outdoors. Choose from ten maps that each list over 30 parks in states such as New York, California, and Connecticut. The map includes a sheet of gold stickers so you can mark your progress after each park visit. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderOct 25th, 2021