The Coolest Tech Gadget Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner, and everyone has a techie in their life (maybe yourself) who has been eyeing the latest gadgets. In case you need some high-tech inspo, we’ve got the ultimate cool-gadget guide right here for you — and the best part is, we’ve got something for every price point. Happy holidays! You’re about to make a techie really, really happy.

1. BITGEM Webcam Privacy Screen ($5) + eli5e Webcam Cover “Konijntje” ($24): Nowadays, privacy is a bigger issue than ever — and you can stay safer with one of the 3D-printed webcam covers on Shapeways. Plus, they make the best stocking stuffers!

2. Great Useful Stuff TechAway Travel Roll ($25): In case you (or the tech-lover in your life) is always on the road or just needs help staying tidy, this TechAway Roll from Great Useful Stuff is a neat and chic way to keep all your cords organized.

3. ThermoPeanut Thermometer ($29): This itty bitty thermometer is the perfect way to keep tabs on the temperature in a dog kennel in transit, a baby’s bedroom or even in your bedroom at night. This little ThermoPeanut syncs up to a smartphone app too.

4. Philips Hue Motion Sensor ($40): If you want to save your shins while you’re walking to the bathroom at night, invest in a motion sensor that will turn on the lights as you move. If you don’t want the lights to come on full blast, you can even customize your lighting setting.

TECH GIFTS $50 TO $100

5. Amazon Echo Dot ($50): Connected homes are all the rage these days, and the Amazon Echo Dot is a budget-friendly way to smarten up your home. The Dot comes with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa and can link up to your music accounts, sync up to a Bluetooth speaker and even read you the news.

6. Microsoft Xbox Design Lab Controllers ($80): A totally customizable way to make a gamer really, really happy is with an Xbox Design Lab controller. You can pick out everything from the color of the thumbsticks to the shade of the ABXY buttons. You can even inscribe the controller with his/her gaming handle.

7. Revolar Safety Wearable ($99): While a safety wearable may not be the most fun of holiday gifts, it can be life-saving. This discrete little gizmo tracks your location and has a button on the face where one click sends a text to your loved ones to let them know you’re checking in, two clicks are a yellow alert and three clicks are a red alert.

8. Misfit Ray Wearable ($100): When it comes to wearables, the market is kinda saturated. The coolest thing about the Misfit Ray isn’t its step/sleep tracking capabilities, its sleek design or even how it buzzes to notify you about important calls and texts — rather, it’s that you don’t need to charge it. Ever. The Ray will last you six months straight before you need to replace the battery.

TECH GIFTS $100 TO $150

9. Stacked iPhone Case Bundle ($100): Everyone hates having a dead phone, which is why giving the gift of extra battery life is so awesome. The Stacked iPhone Case will actually allow you to charge your battery via induction with its special case and battery pack. The battery connects to your case magnetically and the case, which plugs into your iPhone, allows you to charge wirelessly.

10. Secur Ultimate Solar Charger ($125): As we said before, battery life is super precious. In case you also like to spend a lot of time out of doors, having a solar charger is super helpful for keeping everything charged up. The Secur Ultimate Solar Charger packs a 10,000 mAh lithium battery and two USB ports for plenty of power.

11. Google Home ($129): Google’s at-home assistant sets itself apart from the fray by harnessing the awesome power of the Google search engine and its trove of tools. In addition to being able to set your calendar and updating your to-do list, you’re also able to search things by voice and pull the weather for where you are.

12. Singlecue Gen 2 ($149): The Singlecue solves the issue of the missing remote, because it allows you to control your TV with just your finger. Channel surf, fast forward and turn on and off with simple gestures. This is the future, everybody.

13. Fitbit Charge 2 ($180): This lavender and rose gold Fitbit Charge 2 is a special edition way to help stay fit through the holidays. In addition to doing all the things a fitness wearable does, the Fitbit Charge 2 also has guided breathing sessions and tracks your cardio fitness level.

14. Moshi Aerio ($149): This herringbone patterned Moshi Aerio messenger bag allows you to transport your tech safely without sacrificing any style. It makes a fantastic work or travel bag too!

TECH GIFTS $150 TO $200

15. Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera ($199): One way to keep an eye on your home from the outside is the Nest Cam Outdoor. The camera is weatherproof and allows you to both listen in AND talk back. Wanna tell the UPS delivery person to just leave your package at your front door? You can.

16. Canary Flex Outdoor Camera ($199): While the Canary Flex also makes for a great outdoor camera, comes with a magnetic stand that allows you to spin the camera around 360 degrees and works wirelessly, it can also be mounted indoors as a nursery cam, or whatever you need it for.

17. Honeywell Lyric Round WiFi Thermostat ($199): Give the gift of the perfect home temp with the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat. It allows the user to control temperatures from anywhere and even set timers. It also works with your Amazon Alexa, so you can change it up with just your voice!

18. Nixplay Iris Digital Frame ($200): For families that are spread apart, the Nixplay Iris frame is a beautiful, high-tech way to stay connected. You can send images directly to any frame synced up to the app on your phone, which allows your loved ones to see where you are even from far away.

19. House of Marley Stir-It-Up Turntable ($200): For any audiophile, the House of Marley Turntable is a super attractive way to play your records. Plus, in the realm of record players, it’s pretty darn affordable. And yes, unlike the iPhone 7, this turntable comes with a 3.5MM headphone jack.

20. ExoLens Wide Angle Kit ($200): As cameras on our smartphones keep getting better, our phones are rapidly replacing DSLR cameras. The iPhone-ographer in your life would totally appreciate the ExoLens kit, which features a super high-quality ZEISS wide-angle lens and takes photos from zero to 100 in a snap.

TECH GIFTS $200 TO $300

21. Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 ($200): These uber hi-fi headphones immerse the listener in perfect sound. With active noise canceling, smart sensors that stop and start the sound when you remove or put on the headphones and Bluetooth connection for wireless listening, they’re the ideal headphones for any occasion.

22. Simple Human Sensor Mirror Pro ($250): Any YouTube Beauty Guru will tell you just how important the mirror is when it comes to makeup (just don’t use an extra magnifying one for plucking your eyebrows!). With its magnifying magnetic attachment and a sensor that turns on the ring light when your face draws near, the Simple Human Sensor Mirror Pro is the crème de la crème of makeup mirrors.

23. Microsoft Xbox One S ($299): Every gamer has a fave console, and at the top of many a gamer’s list is the Xbox One S. This special edition deep blue console comes with the Gears of War 4 bundle — though you have to be 18 years or older to play the game. Sorry, kiddos.

24. Plume WiFi Pods ($234): The Plume WiFi pods are an extraordinarily pretty way to solve that spotty WiFi problem in your house. These pods utilize the cloud and adapts to your home to optimize your connection. Plug these all over your house (or, for many of us, apartment) and get super fast internet in every corner.


25. Alcatel Idol 4S ($430): The Alcatel Idol 4S comes with a 5.5-inch QHD 2K AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel camera and dual 3.6-watt JBL certified speakers — but the coolest part about this features-packed phone is not actually the phone itself. Rather, it’s the VR goggles that come packaged when you buy it! Plus, the phone is unlocked, so it works on almost every major service provider.

26. Eero WiFi System ($499): When you have a big home, you sometimes get spotty WiFi. You can remedy that by having multiple WiFi routers, but it can get unwieldy as you have to switch networks moving around the house. The Eero System uses their patented TrueMesh technology to blanket your home with WiFi, and unlike extenders, it doesn’t compromise speed. Nice!

27. Google Pixel ($649): The Google Pixel phone was released with much fanfare just earlier this year and has even been dubbed “The iPhone Killer.” If you happen to have an extra wad of cash lying around, this phone is the dream gift for any Android-lover.

28. ASUS Zenbook 3 ($899): It’s not every day you see a gorgeous and sleek navy blue laptop, and even rarer still to have one that comes with its own super chic leather envelope. The gold accents are a nice touch too. But the ASUS Zenbook 3 isn’t just pretty on the outside — it packs some serious heat under the hood as well, with a 12.5-inch Full HD screen, Windows 10 Pro operating system, lightning fast battery charging and so much more.

Want more holiday gift-spiration? Check out the Brit + Co Holiday Gift-Topia and follow us on Pinterest!

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Photo Styling: Kimberly Wang

We recently partnered with Bounty to support emerging artists and designers in a national design competition. The ask? Design a graphic for a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection themed A Clean Fresh Start, which launches this month. In this creator spotlight series, we are featuring the winners of that competition to learn more about their inspirations, their design process, and their winning Bounty design. Read on to meet…

Sherry Freyermuth | BoBerry Design Co. | @quiltingwithbobodesign | Southeastern Massachusetts

What are your design inspirations? I’ve always loved collage art from artists such as Charles Wilkin and Danielle Krysa. And I love hand-lettering from artists such as Jessica Hische and Gia Graham. I think it was seeing Lynn Giunta’s work — she’s a creative artist — that made me realize I could combine my two interests of collage and lettering.

I’ve focused a lot of my energy this past year on making designs for quilting and sewing products. That’s definitely inspired by my mom, Karen Saunders, and her love of quilting. I’ve been crafting and creating my whole life because of her, and now we collaborate on projects together. It’s been such a fun process to work with her to create products with my own art on them — 10-year-old me would be very happy!

Tell us about your design process. I create cheerful surface designs using a paper-cutting technique. I begin my designs by cutting shapes, letters, and icons out of paper. I love to use rudimentary tools, such as children's scissors and construction paper, to keep my designs loose and playful. This helps give the designs a naïve quality that works well for children’s products. I combine this with the technical process I’ve developed in my 15+ years as a graphic designer to complete the design digitally using Adobe Illustrator. I create these cheerful, modern designs for both kids and the young at heart!

How did you get into illustration? I’ve been a graphic designer for over 15 years and for the past 10 years I’ve been a design educator. I’m currently an assistant professor of studio art at Clark University in Worcester, MA. When I moved from Texas to Massachusetts to take this role in fall 2020, as you can imagine, it was a difficult time to feel creative. I didn’t have any local graphic design clients, but in January 2021, I decided to sign up for a drawing challenge on Instagram to spark my creativity again. This helped me develop a habit, and I was able to fit in a little work each day for a month. As I worked, I realized I wanted to shift from freelance graphic design to focusing on getting my illustration work onto products. Imagine my surprise when I won this contest to design for Bounty in June 2021. It was an absolute dream project!

What are three IG accounts you love? All three of these accounts are female-owned small businesses because that’s really what’s inspiring me these days.

  • Puzzles of Color is co-owned by sibling duo Ericka and William and together they make puzzles featuring art by artists of color. The puzzles are beautiful and celebratory. William was actually one of my graphic design students in 2013, and now I’m looking to him for business advice!
  • Elizabeth Silver is a wealth of knowledge in the surface design industry. She’s been working as a surface pattern designer for 20 years, and I basically learned all my first surface design business tips from the advice on her youtube channel and blog. She’s also a hilarious writer, and I do read every newsletter she sends my way!
  • Elizabeth Chappell is a quilt pattern designer and host of the “Craft to Career” podcast. This podcast has been my road map to figuring out how to develop a business in the craft industry…fun fact, I was featured on a business coaching call episode last August. It really helped me think about narrowing my focus because I tend to want my hands in all the creative things!

How do you know when a piece of art, including your winning Bounty design, is “finished”? This is a tough question because each project is different. Sometimes I work through several ideas before completing a design, and sometimes I work through one concept from start to finish, but I might keep changing it throughout the process.

Here’s one example: I recently designed a Halloween countdown calendar, and I knew from the beginning that I wanted a coffin shape and spooky elements like ghosts, skeletons, and spiders. As I developed it, I found that the concept didn’t change, but I came to a point where it wasn’t looking quite right. I ended up taking out several elements and then it finally felt complete. My designs are often very dense, but I had to rethink it in this case because it didn’t work for the type of product I was trying to create.

Overall, it’s hard to describe, but the “finished” quality of the work is part intuitively knowing that it’s done, and part knowing that done is better than perfect!

Be sure to look out for Sherry’s winning design wherever Bounty Paper Towels are sold!

The eight nights of Hanukkah, AKA the Festival of Lights, begins on December 18 this year, and we say bring on the feast! While potato latkes are seemingly everyone's go-to among Hanukkah recipes, there's more than one way to skin a potato, so to speak. Whether you want to substitute sweet potatoes, carrots, or Brussels sprouts, or just get super creative with the sauces (Sriracha, kimchi, or anchovy aioli anyone?), we have a recipe for you. And that's only the beginning. Are you a noodle or a tater kugel gal? Brisket or short ribs? Vegetarian? Gluten-free? Whatever your answer, we've got a dish that will please your palate. Here are 20 creative takes on everyone's favorite Hanukkah foods.

1. Sweet Potato Kale Latkes With Lemon Green Onion Parsley Sauce: This sweet potato-kale version of everyone's favorite fried potato cake is spiced with smoked paprika, making the taste out-of-this-world delicious. The dipping sauce provides the needed creaminess that always complements latkes so well. (via Further Food)

2. Manischewitz Braised Short Ribs With Horseradish Gremolata: Sweet boozy, grapey Manischewitz is balanced by salty beef broth, tomato paste, and herbs and transformed into the tastiest sauce a beef bone ever saw. Make sure you grab a latke (or two) to soak up every last drop of this delicious juice. (via What Jew Wanna Eat)

3. Challah: This recipe should come with a warning. Soft and chewy, salty and slightly sweet, it's so delicious that once you taste it, there will be no going back to store-bought ever again. Prepared for a lifetime of holiday baking? Go ahead, then, and take a bite! (viaDelicious Shots)

4. Sweet Potato and Carrot Latke-Linis With Whipped Goat Cheese and Smoked Salmon: Carrots in your latkes? Topped with smoked salmon and chives, these babies are clearly not the usual fare. Everyone will be SO impressed with this rustic and creative interpretation of their traditional holiday fave. (via A Clean Bake)

5. Chocolate Chili Rugelach: What's not to love about a rich cream cheese dough that's filled with goodness and rolled up like a little croissant? Traditionally, rugelach are filled with nuts and jam, but this recipe calls for chocolate with just a pinch of cayenne that takes them to next-level amazing. (via What Jew Wanna Eat)

6. Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganiyot): If deep-fried yeasty dough is essential to your holiday lighting ritual, you're going to love this recipe. While these are filled the customary way, with jam, you can sub any filling you like, including Nutella, butterscotch, caramel, pastry cream, lemon curd, and so on. (via Pretty Simple Sweet)

7. Potato and Beet Latkes With Kimchi and Sriracha Aioli: The kimchi in these latkes packs such a hit of pungent flavor — sweet, spicy, and salty — that you won't need to do much more to season them. But it's that final dollop of Sriracha aioli that's simply irresistible; don't even think of leaving it out. (via Little Kitchen, Big World)

8. How to Make a Savory Kugel Without a Recipe: If you grew up loving your bubbe's kugel but didn't inherit the recipe, this holiday-friendly casserole is easy peasy and oh-so-good. While some kugels are made with potatoes, this one's dense and rich with egg noodles. One bite and you'll be in cheesy-noodle heaven. (via Food52)

9. Homemade Hanukkah Gelt: These gold-dipped chocolate coins are super simple to make, and look (almost) too pretty to eat. The secret is edible gold luster dust that you brush right on top of the cooled chocolate. (via Oh Nuts)

10. Taro Latkes With Sriracha Lime Cream Sauce: Starchy taro makes latkes that are even crisper than the potato originals. The Sriracha and lime cream sauce is so tangy and delicious, you'd better make a double batch, because everyone will want to nosh. (viaBuilicious)

11. Slow Cooked Beef Brisket: Brisket is one of those seriously underrated cuts of beef that's cheap enough to feed a crowd and perfect for slow cooking in the oven or crock pot. This recipe is served on a bed of mashed potatoes and kale, but feel free to serve it up with latkes. (via My Fussy Eater)

12. Strawberry Challah Bread Pudding: Soft, buttery challah smothered in vanilla custard and strawberry sauce is the ultimate sweet finish to your Hanukkah dinner. Better put on some stretchy pants, because the leftovers the next day are twice as good. (via Mitzy at Home)

13. Savory Sufganiyot With Swiss Chard and Raisins: Stuffed with freshly sautéed veggies, sharp feta cheese, and herbs, this savory doughnut recipe is so delicious, you'll be starting a new tradition. (via The Little Ferraro Kitchen)

14. Gluten-Free Vegan Noodle Kugel Dessert: If you thought a good noodle kugel is basically gluten, eggs, sugar, and dairy in a serving dish, you're in for a sweet surprise. This modern take on the traditional dish is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and refined sugar-free — so it's something everyone at your table can enjoy. (via Unconventional Baker)

15. Hanukkah Baked Veggie Tots: These little bites of goodness are just like the tater tots you loved as a kid, but dressed up with Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs. It's a great way to use up any leftover veggies you have on hand. (via Brit + Co)

16. Challah Bread Pudding + Vanilla Creme Anglaise: You're already making the challah, so bread pudding is the natural progression. Just add walnuts, pecans, and raisins (or better yet, bourbon-soaked raisins) and it's ALL good. (via Hey Modest Marce)

17. Grandma's Noodle Kugel Makeover: Cheese, noodles, graham crackers, and cinnamon — does that sound like your bubbe's kugel? This version swaps out full-fat cheeses for low-fat, nonfat Greek yogurt for sour cream, and coconut oil for the stick of butter, but it tastes so cinnamon-y good that no one will ever know the difference. (via Healthy Recipe Ecstasy)

18. Zengoula (Iraqi Funnel Cakes): These squiggles of deep fried dough known in the Middle East as zengoula (or jalabi), celebrate the oil-light miracle of Hanukkah. The out-of-the-ordinary shape makes a fun change from traditional jelly doughnuts, and the tart lemon syrup is out of this world. (via Food52)

19. Gluten-Free Brussels Sprout Latkes With Anchovy Aioli: Move over, potatoes; these gluten-free latkes feature a new vegetable star: grated Brussels sprouts! Brussels are a much dryer vegetable, and as any yenta knows, the less moisture in the batter, the crispier the latkes. (via Feed Me Phoebe)

20. Potato Kugel Cups: These kugels in a cup just make so much sense. Now every piece is a crusty corner, and no one has to compete to get a *crunchy* slice. (viaJoy of Kosher)

If you just love a clever take on a traditional Hanukkah dish, follow us on Pinterest for more!

This article has been updated from a previous post.

There's something about winter party hairstyles that feel extra sophisticated. Classic holiday details like velvet, glitter, rhinestones, and satin come together to create an aesthetic that we absolutely love (just consider it royalty chic). We rounded up some unique, beautiful, and embellished hair ideas so that you can stun all winter long. Keep reading for our favorite bows, clips, and even some hair tinsel — Christmas trees wish they looked this good!

Barrettes + Clips

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Try a bunch of different clips — multicolored, pearls, gems, enamel — to create a totally unique look.

Rhinestone barrettes add texture and color to any look. We'd recommend pairing these Jakeni Elegant Hair Clips ($14) with something silky or velvet for maximum impact.

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Baubles are an unexpected hair clip choice, and the best part is that you'll look like you have tiny ornaments in your hair!

Resin hair clips like these sandcastleshop Clay and Resin Hair Clips($12) get a festive upgrade with a little bit of shimmer. Pair hard-edge rectangles with ovals for a mix-and-match look that no one will be able to get enough of.

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Whether stars are your favorite part of holiday decor, or you're waiting for the clock to strike midnight on New Year's Eve, you can't go wrong with swapping your usual clips for some moons and stars.

Glitter + Tinsel

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Add some festive flair to your 'do by putting tinsel extensions in your hair. You can add it right on top or leave it under some layers for a sparkly surprise.

You can never go wrong with glitter, and that includes for your hair. The liquid/gel consistency in the IGK House Party Hair Glitter ($18) makes it easier than ever got add glitter exactly where it needs to be, instead of getting it all over the room.

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To add loose glitter to your hair, try a spritz of hairspray or apply dots of hair gel before dusting the glitter over your head.

Take matters into your own hands with this DIY 16 Colors Hair Tinsel Kit ($9) that includes all our favorite colors, as well as iridescent pastel, silver, and gold, which makes this a holiday must-have.

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If you have dyed hair, complement the shade with matching tinsel, like this green-on-green look.

Bows + Scarves

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Swap your normal satin bow for a pearl-encrusted one to make a seriously chic impression.

These tiny Burgundy Organza Bows ($7+) make great Christmas card accessories, but they're also a cute way to dress up your hair. Add a bunch to your braid or fancy updo with bobby pins.

A velvet + crystal combo? The ultimate holiday hair accessory.

This Organza Bow Ponytail Hook ($10) is super easy to use, but it adds a ton of romantic flair. Just hook it into your ponytail holder to dress up any hairstyle.

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You can never go wrong with a giant red bow — like a modern, grown-up version of Eloise at the Plaza.

Gems + Pearls

This Free People Glitter Rodeo Clip In ($28) adds just the right amount of detail to your holiday party look. Pick multicolored for some fun rainbow detail or the black and white for contrast with a saturated outfit.

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We love a side part pulled back look, but swap your barrette for a collection of pearls for a romantic edge.

Whether you're wearing a half-up look, a bun, or a braid, accessorize with these Jennifer Behr Gemma Bobby Pins ($82) for some royal detail.

Biolage on Instagram: "Want to elevate your ponytail this holiday season? Add some braids and hair accessories to instantly transform hair into a party-ready look 🎉 Drop a 💚 if you would recreate this! STYLIST: @monaeartistry HAIR ASSISTANT: @stylingmydaysaway MODEL: @stfujustbehappy _____ #curlyhair #curlyhairstyles #hairstyling #longhairstyles #holidayhair #holidayhairstyle #hairinspiration #hairinspo #coilyhair #hairaccessories #hairstylesforwomen #braidedhairstyles #braidedponytail #ponytailbraids #braidstyle #braidinspo #hairartistry"

Pearls look amazing with slick ponytails, braids, or in this case, both.

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Align your barrettes to create a look that is all its own. We're loving this romantic and royal look.

Fun Extras

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Hair chains are an easy way to add fun charms to your hair. Just do a few braids and you're done!

We can speak from experience when we say the avigailadam Twig Branch Hair Prongs ($55) are romantic and super classic. You can check out a variety of tutorials on their YouTube channel.

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A string of pearls, gems, or a fancy brooch make unique hair accessories. Use the strings as makeshift headband, and hot glue some bobby pins to the brooch to turn it into a hair clip.

Twisted Aloe on Instagram: "Holiday Hair inspiration. To achieve this style * braiding hair * Aloe vera gel * Aloe gel moisturizer * Hair jewelry #taggher#holidaystyle#holidyinspo#holidayhair#naturalhair#naturalhairstyles"

Necklaces and earrings aren't the only jewelry that can elevate your look. Hair jewelry is a wonderful way to dress up a braid, especially when paired with a neutral sweater.

What's a better party hair accessory than this GlamourGhoulFinds Tiara ($36)? Walk into any party as the queen that you are.

Let us know your favorite party hairstyle on Twitter and follow us on Pinterest for more beauty + holiday content!

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It’s easy to get caught up in the bustle of the holidays, so we’re here to remind you that in the midst of hunting down the perfect head-scratching white elephant gift or baking batch after batch of chai-spiced cookies, you definitely need to pen in some “me” time. And we can’t think of a more relaxing way to spend it than soaking in a warm, scented bath.

Don’t think you need to head to an exclusive spa for top notch aromatherapy treatment — it’s way easy to DIY your way into the chill zone with a batch of fragrant bath bombs + salts. All it takes is a handful of Epsom salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to nail it. So sit back, breathe deep, and relax with these 15 soothing bath bombs + salts you can DIY. They make great gifts too! And remember — if you’re pregnant or have health concerns, be sure to talk to your doctor before using essential oils in any amount.

Homemade Lavender Bath Salts

Lavender oil adds a soothing, sweet aroma to this batch of bath salts. Add a few drops of purple food coloring to the mix—it creates a beautiful ombre effect when it settles at the bottom of the jar. Just remember to stir before you use! (via A Splash of Vanilla)

Energizing Shower Tablets! 🍋⚡️ ⋆ Link in Bio ⋆ #aromatherapy #bathbombs #diybathbomb #creativityforgood #lifeisgood #goodpoint

Peppermint and eucalyptus oil make this bath tablets super energizing.


Eucalyptus and Vanilla Bath Salts

We love the relaxing mix of warm vanilla and zippy eucalyptus ‘round this time of year. But these bath salts do more for you than satisfy your sense of smell—eucalyptus essential oil acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and deodorant, while vanilla jojoba oil will help moisturize your skin as you soak. (via SheKnows)

Rosemary Bath Salts

Add an energizing element to your bath salts with rosemary essential oil, which is especially known for reinvigorating mental alertness. Add a drop or two of green food coloring for festive flair. (via So…Let’s Hang Out)

Rainbow Bath Salts

Did the rainbow colors suck you in? Yeah, us too. And luckily, it’s way easy to turn clear Epsom salt into colorful crystals—just add a scoop of salt and a few drops of food coloring to a plastic bag like shake it a Polaroid picture. Try infusing each color with a different essential oil to create a lush, layered scent. (via The Cheese Thief)

Try this easy glow in the dark bath bomb recipe 😍 #fyp #fypシ #foryou #bathbomb #viral #diy #littlepassports

Glow in the dark bath bombs are so fun for kids and adults!

Honey Almond Oil Bath Salts

If you’re looking for a soft skin boost, then moisturizing honey and almond oil should be your go-to bath salt add-ins. Plus, how adorable is the stamped take out packaging? (via Shrimp Salad Circus)

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Here's an easy way to make your own.

Orange Dream Bath Salts

Here’s another two-toned bath salt that will surely wow as a gift or favor. Once again, reach into your cooking cabinets for the ingredients, which include orange and vanilla extract, as well as food coloring. (via Miss Wish)

Bramble Berry on Instagram: "Not sure where to start when it comes to making bath bombs? We’ve got you covered! Read our newest article, 7 Bath Bomb Essentials for Beginners, to learn what you need to get started. Link in bio! And don’t forget, bath bombs supplies are 20% off, all month long! #BrambleOn"

Get the lowdown on ingredients you can use at BrambleBerry.

Lemon Rosemary Bath Salts

Lemon is one of those natural cure-alls that we can guarantee you’re not taking advantage of enough. Besides promoting blemish-free skin, its scent is cleansing, uplifting, and a perfect balance to more medicinal scents like eucalyptus or rosemary. So what are you waiting for? These bath salts are an easy way in. (via Tidy Mom)

Bath Bombs you can make at home! ✨🍩 #nifty #diyproject #bathbomb

Donut style are delightful!

Back Pain Bath Salts

After an active day on your feet, rest easy in a tub steaming with pain-relieving essential oils like peppermint and cinnamon. Use this concoction after a yoga practice for maximum relief. (via Om Nom Ally)

The Coconut Mama on Instagram: "Love making bath bombs? This simple bath bomb recipe comes together quickly with natural ingredients that you can find at the health food store! INGREDIENTS: 2 cups baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) 1 cup non-gmo verified citric acid 1 tablespoon coconut milk powder, milk powder, or white cosmetic clay 2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted (other oils like almond oil or olive oil are a great alternative to coconut oil) 20 drops essential oils (I used lavender) 1 oz. organic witch hazel extract (in a small spray bottle) INSTRUCTIONS: Stir the baking soda, citric acid, and coconut milk powder together in a large mixing bowl. Use your fingers to squeeze out any clumps out of the dry mixture. In a separate small bowl, mix the coconut oil with the essential oil. Drizzle the liquid mixture into the combined dry ingredients while stirring with a whisk. Break up any remaining clumps with your hands and make sure the mixture is completely incorporated. The mixture will have a similar consistency of wet sand. Squeeze a portion of the mixture into a ball shape with your hands. If it crumbles, spray 3-5 spritzes of witch hazel into the mixture while stirring, then check again. When the mixture holds together easily without crumbling, it’s ready. Fill your silicone molds with the mixture, pressing firmly as you pack it in. Turn out the bath bomb from the measuring cup or molds onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper. If the bath bombs fall apart, pack them back into the mold and leave them in the mold for 3-5 minutes to set. Then turn them out onto the parchment paper. Allow the bath bombs to air-dry for several hours, then wrap in airtight packaging. You can use plastic wrap or store them in an airtight container."

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When we think about taking care of our skin, we usually start with the usual ideas: healthy recipes, fighting dehydration, and creating a skincare routine that will promote healthy skin. Makeup and skincare is definitely an area to take note of since the products touch your skin at all times — it's important to know what you're putting on your face! We rounded up 21 of our favorite clean beauty products from some of our favorite brands, whether you're looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, or to gift yourself something special.

Our Favorite Clean Beauty Products

Taylor of Brooklyn One Night Stand Mini Sample Box ($40)

This box features three products that will give you a unique clean. The Mug Scrub exfoliating cleanser (which starts off as a powder and foams up after you add water) is followed by the Thirst Trap Face Oil and Vers All Over Oil. Our favorite part of these picks might just be the names.

MILK Makeup The Starter Pack: Natural Makeup Look Set ($28)

This is a great gift idea for anyone wanting to dip their toe in the beauty world. With the contour stick, primer, mascara, and setting spray, it has everything you need for a natural makeup look with products that feature clean ingredients.

SUPEREGG Biome Barrier ($85, was $100)

This duo will strengthen your skin barrier, which will keep your microbiome (the mix of bacteria, fungi, and viruses on your skin) healthy. Not only do they help with moisture, but they also help with elasticity, discoloration, and sensitivity for a comprehensive and multifunctional addition to your skincare routine.

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented® Blush ($40)

Get a totally natural look with this clean beauty product — it's made from finely pressed rice powder and fruit pigments that will give your cheeks a healthy flush while also adding some antioxidants right into your skin.

Tower28 ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly ($15)

This jelly has everything we love about lipgloss, but is made with plant-based ingredients like apricot oil and raspberry seed oil. Glossy, moisturizing, and the perfect amount of Y2K glam.

caliray SO Blown Blurring Collagen Peptide Primer ($36)

Nix oil and blur pores with this matte primer that also features skin-loving ingredients like collagen peptides and niacinamide. Add before foundation or wear it on its own.

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We're already obsessed with this clean beauty brand that's also cruelty-free and vegan. Not only are these lipstick shades beautiful, but the packaging is a one-of-a-kind design we love.

Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum ($49)

If you have a friend that's in the market for a new tinted moisturizer (or you're looking for one yourself) try out this tinted serum. It's got skincare benefits in addition to a radiant, sheer finish that's perfect for low-key makeup days.

More Clean Beauty Products We Can't Get Enough Of

OSEA Undaria Algae Body Oil ($48)

Body oil is a great alternative to body lotion during the winter, and this formula in particular is infused with seaweed so that it firms skin as it hydrates. It's rich but not greasy, and features scents of lime, grapefruit, and a cypress undertone.

Beautycounter Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask ($43, was $54)

This mask features kaolin clay that's full of nutrients, activated charcoal, and salicylic acid for a purified and smooth complexion every time you use it.

Thrive Causemetics Triple Threat™ Color Stick ($38)

The coolest thing about this color stick is that you can use it on your face, lips, and body, making it an all-in-one option for anyone who doesn't want to carry around multiple products all the time.

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 ($48)

This skin tint is packed with skincare ingredients and it comes in 30 different shades. Plus it's got Non-Nano Zinc Oxide for necessary sun, blue light, and pollution protection.

Kulfi Underlined Kajal Clean Waterproof Long-Wear Eyeliner ($20)

This longwearing, waterproof eyeliner will add fun color to all your beauty looks. Add just a bit to your waterline or go all out with a full cat eye. Plus, you can't go wrong with some shimmer.

Kosas Plump + Juicy Vegan Collagen Spray-On Serum ($48)

Collagen is a great addition to any skincare routine since it help with cell turnover (meaning skin looks fresh). The vegan collagen firms while peptides plump, and amino acids strengthen. Our favorite part, aside from the killer ingredients, might just be that this pick is a spray, meaning it has a hands-free application.

Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser ($9+, was $12+)

Consider this cleanser a green juice for your skin. It works for any skin type, and packs a powerful punch of antioxidants from kale, spinach, and green tea even though it's gentle.

ĀTHR Beauty Moonlight Crystal Palette ($29, was $58)

Keeping your eyes healthy is just as important as the rest of your face, which is why this colorful, jewel-tone palette is a great addition to your vanity drawer. It's got oils and shea butter for moisture, but also uses sapphires for maximum radiance.

Herbivore Lapis Blue Tansy Face Oil ($72)

It's normal for anyone with oily and acne-prone skin to feel hesitant about using face oils, but the Blue Tansy oil this formula features Azulene, which soothes and balances skin. AKA, this is made for anyone whose skin needs some extra hydration!

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($20+)

This is one of our favorite beauty products, and for good reason. It's clear, weightless, and is chock full of antioxidants for sun protection that is so much more than just sun protection.

Saie Glowy Super Gel Lightweight Dewy Highlighter ($28)

This vegan product is made without silicones (and is 75 percent water!) so that you can get a radiant, glowy finish without any of the harsh chemicals that you might find in other products.

HAUS LABS BY LADY GAGA PhD Hybrid Lip Oil ($24)

Lady Gaga's beauty brand has been making the rounds on social media for their smudge-proof lipstick, but we can't forget about these lip oils! Hydrating, shiny, and with just the right amount of color. We're in love.

SALTYFACE Freckle Paint ($22)

Get a summer sunkissed look with this easy-to-apply freckle paint. Just dot across your nose and pat with your fingers to blur each speck and make them look more natural.

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By this point in November, your Thanksgiving menu is planned, your cute + colorful outfit is picked out, and you might have already shifted gears to gift giving for all your friends and family. It's no secret that Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are some of the best ways to grab presents (or to treat yourself) and this year, we found some of the best from Ikea sales to Apple Watch deals.

Whether you're getting a head start on your December shopping or you're just looking to snag that holiday dress at a discounted price, these Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals will let you deck out your closet, your beauty cabinet, and your home while also helping you save money.

Our Place is offering up to 30 percent off sitewide, which means you can finally snag an Always Pan for less.

Youthforia is offering 20 percent off their products, like this Hydrating And Nourishing Dewy Korean Lip Gloss on Amazon from 11/24-11/27.

AVALINE is running a sale for 20 percent off sitewide + free shipping on $150+ from 11/25-11/28. It's the perfect opportunity to grab their bestselling White wine.

Grab a variety of deals with ModCloth's Black Friday sale, including $6 off this Lovable Baby Octopus Crop Tee.

Solawave is offering a buy one, get one free sale on everything (including their Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy & Serum Kit) with the code "GetOne" until 11/29.

Club L London will be giving up to 60 percent off sitewide, like on this Satin Strapless Corset Fishtail Dress, from 11/25-11/28.

The Knot is offering 60 percent off save the dates with code MARRY60, 30 percent off all other invites and paper with code MARRY30, and free shipping on all orders from 11/18-11/29. Grab these "Names" Save The Dates!

Cozy Earth Silk Collection will be running a sale for 30-35 percent off sitewide discount (the new silk collection not included), and 30 percent off the new silk collection with code "NEWSILK" from 11/15-12/15. Spruce up your bedroom with a Cozy Earth Comforter.

Get $20 off Evvy's Vaginal Microbiome Test Kit or an Evvy Membership from 11/24-11/28. Not only that, they're also offering deals on Giving Tuesday, where you can get $10 off and Evvy will give $10 to a reproductive health charity of their choice on 11/29!

Apple is offering an Apple Gift Card that you can use on a later purchase when you buy an eligible iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, or AirPods (to name a few) from 11/25-11/28.

Glossier (excluding gift cards) will be giving 20 percent off everything on the site (except gift cards) andwith 30 percent off all orders over $100 from 11/24-11/28. We've been looking for an excuse to buy every shade of Lidstar.

Ordinary Habit is offering 20 percent off sitewide from 11/21-11/28, which is the perfect opportunity to grab a new Christmas Pink House puzzle for the fam to put together.

IKEA's sales include 25 percent off HEMMABAK baking products until 11/28, 20 percent off select rugs from 11/24-11/28, and 20 percent off Holiday Lighting from 11/24-12/4. Grab a STRÅLA LED garland to get a head start on your decorating.

More Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals

  • Rifle Paper Co.: 30 percent off sitewide with the code "MERRY30" from 11/23-11/29 and an extra 40 percent sale items with the code "SALE40" from 11/30-12/6
  • Parachute: 20 percent off (including furniture) from 11/21-11/28
  • Pleasing: Buy One, Get One on nail and beauty on 11/25
  • Havenly: 50 percent off interior design packages, 55 percent off Full Design Packages from $90 to $199, and 50 percent off in-Person Packages from $350 to $699 with the code "CYBER22" from 11/21-11/28.
  • The Inside: 20 percent off orders under $1,000 with code BF20, 25 percent off orders $1,000-$1,999 with code BF25, and 30 percent off orders $2,000+ with code BF30 from 11/23-11/28.
  • Risa: Up to 30 percent off the Eva Longoria collection until 11/26.
  • TKEES: Up to 75 percent off across their site through 11/28.
  • Etsy: Up to 60 percent off from 11/19-11/30.
  • MAÄT:15 percent off sitewide from 11/25-11/28.
  • Madewell: 40 percent off your purchase now with the code OHJOY.
  • StriVectin: 30 percent off sitewide from 11/27-11/29.
  • KjaerWeis: 25 percent off sitewide from 11/24-11/28.
  • Tangle Teezer: 20 percent off sitewide from 11/21-11/28.
  • Wander & Roam: $20 off all purchases over $99 with the codes BLACKFRIDAY20 or CYBERMONDAY20.
  • Jessicurl: 20 percent off sitewide on 11/28.
  • DL Eyewear: 25 percent off sitewide from 11/25-11/28.
  • AS by DF: 25 percent off sitewide with the code "BF25" from 11/24-11/28.
  • Make Beauty: 20 percent off with the code "THANKS20" from 11/21-11/28.
  • Phlur: 15 percent 50ml bottles with the code "THANKS15" from 11/24-11/28.
  • Naturium: 25 percent off sitewide with the code "CYBER25" from 11/21-11/28.
  • GEE Beauty: 15 percent off everything from 11/25-11/28.
  • White Fox: 30 percent off sitewide (including sale items) with the code "BLKFRI" from 11/21-11/27.
  • Heiress Beverly Hills: 30 percent off everything with the code "NOVEMBER30" from 11/23-11/29.
  • YG Collection: 40 percent off sitewide from 11/25-11/27 and 45 percent off sitewide on 11/28.
  • A | LOUD: 30 percent off sitewide with the code "BLACK30" from 11/21-11/27.
  • Slate Swim: 20 percent off everything (excluding new Resort '23 Collection) with the code "BFCM20," a free gift with purchase for any order of Resort '23 styles (no code necessary) from 11/21-11/30.
  • Luli Fama: Up to 60 percent off from 11/16-11/23 and separates starting at $25 from 11/25-11/27.
  • Waikiki the Label: 50 percent off sitewide.
  • Nua Swim: 20 percent off selected items from 11/20-11/27 and 20 percent OFF sitewide on 11/28.
  • House of CB: 20 percent off sitewide on 11/25 and 10 percent off sitewide from 11/26-11/27.
  • Arhaus: 40 percent off selected items from 11/22-11/28.
  • Castlery: 40 percent off select products from 11/7-12/4.
  • CULTIVER: 20 percent off White & Natural Linen, 40 percent off Blush Linen Bedding & Freya Linen Throws, and 60 percent off Fawn, Dusk, Cinnamon & Olive Linen, Apparel, Cara Table Linen and Denim Towel Collections from 11/23-11/28.
  • Kathy Kuo Home: Up to 35 percent sitewide from 11/22-11/29.
  • Big Chill: 10 percent off sitewide and 0 percent financing on orders $10,000 and up for a limited time.
  • That's So Fetch: 30 percent off sitewide from 11/24-11/27.
  • Our Body The Label: Every item at $15 now.
  • Pelle Moda: 20 percent off sitewide with the code "Thankful" from 11/21-11/27, 30 percent off sitewide with the code "BlackFriday" on 11/25, and 30 percent off sitewide with the code "Letscyber" on 11/28.
  • Sea Star Beachwear: 25 Percent off all full-priced items (excluding sale swim and hair accessories) with the code "STAR25" until 11/29.
  • MAKEUP BY MARIO: 25 percent off sitewide on 11/25 and 11/28.
  • OLAY: A free limited-edition OLAY x Stanley Adventure Quencher 40 oz. when you spend $100 and up to 25 percent off select products sitewide starting 11/28.
  • hai: Get the hai Smart Showerhead for $149 instead of $249 through 11/29.
  • Hairstory: 25 percent off their Starter Kits.
  • Timekettle: Up to 30 percent off across the site.
  • Free People: 50 percent off select regular priced items on 11/25 and 40 percent off sale items on 11/28.
  • Cleobella: 25 percent off sitewide until 11/26 and 70 percent off curated sale from 11/27-12/7.
  • Good Juju: 25 percent off sitewide (excluding subscriptions and bundles) from 11/24-11/28.
  • TAI Jewelry:20 percent off sitewide and free shipping on orders $100+ from 11/25-11/28.
  • Half Magic: 20 percent off purchases up to $50, 25 percent off purchases from $50-125, 30 percent off purchases more than than $125 until 11/25.

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