25 Gift Ideas For New Bakers That Are Ridiculously Useful

Unless everyone you know somehow made it to December without stress-baking their way through the year, you’ve probably got a few beginner bakers to shop for this holiday season. If it’s gift ideas for new bakers you seek, welcome. Prepare to be bombarded with baking tools and kitchen doo-dads you never knew you needed.

Back in March — which is what, like, 17 months ago? — you couldn’t scroll through Instagram without seeing freshly baked banana bread, the progress on a sourdough starter, or a failed cake experiment. Per Better Homes & Gardens, we were all googling baking recipes at the beginning of the pandemic. We made cakes from scratch! We made cakes in mugs! We quite literally made everything cake to cope with our days spent safely indoors. We’ve all had to adjust to an ever-shifting new normal and there is no better way to do that than

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Christmas Decor Ideas We Discovered on TikTok, From Epsom Salt to a “Self Growing” Artificial Tree

TikTok is a great source for all things cool (like gifts teens actually want), and it also happens to be an amazing place to get ideas for Christmas decorations! TikTok users love to get creatively festive — this year, the biggest trend is epsom salt “snow” — and they’re not shy about showing off their holiday home decor.

To help you elevate your holiday decor game this year, we’ve plucked the top decoration ideas seen on the app you can shop right now, from glamorous West Elm candle lanterns to a remote-controlled Christmas tree to a wintery flocked wreath. These decor ideas are sure to bring more warmth and merry vibes to your home this year; just make sure you place your order soon for a timely delivery.

Plus, be sure to check out extended Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and other discounts from our go-to retailers — as

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The best home decor and decorating holiday gift ideas for 2020

Home is where the heart is. Also, where your friends and family are. All the time.

Sending a gift to brighten their WFH space or add comfort to their bedroom oasis is both practical and thoughtful this year. We collected 10 never-fail holiday presents for the home, practically guaranteed to score you a dinner party invite…sometime in 2021.

[Photo: courtesy Goodee]

Baba Tree Banasco Basket
These vibrant, adorably bulbous baskets from Baba Tree will capture both clutter and their hearts this holiday. Pick from three bold designs handmade by renown hat master Apaliyum “D-4” Akologo in the Ghanaian town of Bolgatanga. They’re sold through the ethical housewares platform Goodee, which is full of gorgeous finds from under-the-radar brands from around the globe. Be sure to take a look around.

[Photo: courtesy Society 6]

Society6 Serving Trays 
We’re fans of indie art purveyor Society6 and its ability to quickly spruce up

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Christmas Activities for Families – Holiday Season Ideas

A Full Plate is a column about family life and the home by contributing writer Laura Fenton, who explores the intersection of sustainable living and home design through a mother’s eyes.

I have a confession: In years past, my family’s holiday celebrations often started with Christmas Eve and ended with Christmas Day. In the rush of juggling work, parenting, and housekeeping, I never had the time to make the holiday spirit last all week, leave alone all month (even present-wrapping was left for the eleventh hour, after everyone had gone to bed). There was a lot more room for joy on my holiday agenda.

This year, with so much time at home, I’ve decided to stretch the season out and sneak a little bit of magic into every single day. This feels especially important because we missed Thanksgiving with family this year. So, I’ve got my joy-making scheme turned towards

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Bright Ideas: A Guide to Smart Solar Panels

If recent events have made you consider how you could be more self-reliant, solar panels are a great way to power your home (and its many devices) without depending on a large energy conglomerate—and smart technology has made setting up and using solar energy at home even easier.

Below, a few of the top choices should you decide to make the switch to sun power.



Tesla, makers of all things futuristic, have long been in the solar energy game, bringing their signature style and smarts to sun-fueled residential power. Available in the traditional solar panel option or as an entire roof composed of solar tiles, Tesla provides a low-profile, seamless design with no visible grid and concealed edges for a look that won’t overshadow your home’s aesthetic.

But they’re more than just pretty panels. Tesla’s expertly crafted sun-catching technology will enable owners to power their properties in a

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Christmas decoration ideas – How interiors experts decorate for Christmas

We all know that Christmas may look a little different this year, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be looking forward to celebrating and decorating your home. Putting up the tree, hanging your baubles, and turning on the Christmas lights, for many, brings joy and cheer, marking the beginning of the festive season.

As it’s likely that many of us will be spending more time at home than ever before this Christmas, why not take this as an opportunity to mix things up a little? You could try a new festive theme or deck out new areas of your house.

Many people around the UK have already started putting their decorations up, but if you’ve yet to start transforming your home into a festive grotto, then prepare to be inspired…

Here, Good Housekeeping chats to nine of the UK’s leading interior designers, home

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7 Stylish Holiday Decor Ideas You Can Leave Up All Winter Long

Holiday decorating rules don’t apply this year. Start hanging mistletoe and blasting holiday music whenever you want—whatever sparks joy for you, we’re not here to judge. But we’ve picked out some sophisticated accessories that feel less holiday-specific and more seasonal, meaning you can put them up early and leave them out well into the new year.

a table topped with plates of food on a plate: Elegant Christmas Decor Eucalyptus Garland

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Elegant Christmas Decor Eucalyptus Garland

RELATED: 15 Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas That Take Five Minutes or Less

Holly Dish Towel

Holiday kitchen items must check two boxes: useful and festive. This cotton dish towel does both. Covered in bright red and green holly sprigs, it will make hand washing those extra holiday dishes more colorful—and since it’s machine washable, you won’t mind using it to wipe up drips and spills. 

$20, anthropologie.com

a close up of a flag: Elegant Christmas Decor, Holly Dish Towel

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Elegant Christmas Decor, Holly Dish Towel

Ceramic House Figurine

Consider these ceramic

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Home decorating ideas to design the house of your dreams

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andrea branzi on his origins, ideas and influential career in 3-part video interview for friedman benda’s ‘design in dialogue’

on april 1, 2020, new york gallery friedman benda initiated a series of online interviews aimed at connecting individuals across the world with leading voices in the creative field. design in dialogue is a conversational program hosted alternately by curator and historian glenn adamson and designer stephen burks that engages with designers, makers, critics, and curators as they reflect on their careers and creative processes. against the backdrop of COVID-19 and global lockdowns, the conversations are held virtually on zoom for 1 hour for anyone in the world to tune in to, and include a participatory Q&A with the audience in attendance. friedman benda has since presented more than 40 episodes, and will continue with a lineup of future guests, each offering unparalleled insight into the sensibilities, musings, and memories of today’s creative protagonists. see our recent feature of thaddeus mosley on sculpting with the spontaneity of jazz, and paul

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35 bathroom ideas that will make you want to upgrade your space

There’s no feeling like a hot bath while your phone balances anxiously at the other side playing your favourite Netflix show. And when done right, your bathroom actually can become one of your favourite rooms to hang out.

We spend more time in our bathrooms than we think. Whether it’s washing ourselves, getting glammed up for a night out (remember those?), or nursing a hangover – we’re in there multiple times a day. So why shouldn’t we give it the same love as the rest of our home? It’s amazing how something as simple as investing in a nice mirror or adding a plant can brighten up the space you have, and treating your bathroom with the same care as the rest of your interiors will really pay off. Even when you’re renting, little tweaks can make a space feel more like home.

Despite changing seasons and trends, there’s always

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