Brittany Natale

26 Great Gifts for the Dad Who Wants Nothing for Father’s Day

26 Great Gifts for the Dad Who Wants Nothing for Father’s Day

If you have a father who already seems to own everything, then you’ve come to the right place for gift ideas. Finding the best gifts for the dad who wants nothing for Father’s Day can be tricky, especially if he says the only gift he needs is you (right, Dad). Thankfully, there are many unique gifts out there that your dad definitely will not be able to say “no” to.From hot sauce kits on Amazon to personalized backyard bottle openers to comfy house slippers, below are some of the best Father’s Day gifts to get a dad or father figure who claims he doesn’t need anything (or already has too much stuff, which is probably true). Whether your dad is a history buff, a self-proclaimed foodie, a tech lover, or a craft coffee aficionado, you’ll be sure to find a thoughtful gift that will blow him away from big-name retailers such as Amazon, Uncommon Goods, and Nordstrom.Father’s Day is June 19 this year, so get your shopping done early before time runs out. And remember, although this gift guide is a lifesaver for Father’s Day, feel free to reference it for your dad’s birthday gifts and Christmas gifts, too.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

16 of the Best Pet Subscriptions for Your Furry Friend

16 of the Best Pet Subscriptions for Your Furry Friend

If you’re a proud pet parent who loves to pamper your fur baby then the best pet subscription boxes are worth checking out. Pet subscriptions can work on a schedule that best suits you, you can choose from a whole variety of treats, toys, and more, and have it regularly delivered to you without ever leaving your home. Talk about convenience! Pet subscription boxes are so much more than just fun chew toys and tasty treats, though. Today there is a wide range of pet subscriptions available that cover many bases, from offering healthy, high-protein pet meal plans to giving back to charity. Many options now let you easily customize boxes based on your pet’s preferences—for instance, there’s a monthly box made specifically for heavy chewers. Some subscriptions even include goodies for us pet owners, which makes it a win-win.  If you’re looking for the perfect subscription for your pet (or a great subscription gift idea) then read ahead. From monthly boxes that are packed with all-natural treats and durable toys to others that feature adorable themes, below we’ve rounded up some of the best pet subscriptions that are currently available.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

20 of the Best Air Fryers, According to Food Experts

20 of the Best Air Fryers, According to Food Experts

If you find yourself low on time and energy, then may we suggest picking up one of the best air fryers recommended by experts? This handy kitchen appliance, which can easily be stored in a kitchen cabinet or on your countertop, can help make cooking a breeze. You can cut your meal prepping time by not having to heat up the stove or oven whenever you want to cook—instead with just a touch of a few buttons (sometimes with your smartphone), you can have a meal made in record time. We tapped a few experts to help guide us along the way and suggest their top air fryer picks, as well as what we should be on the lookout for when choosing one.Benefits of Air FryersWhat makes air fryers so great is that they come with a whole list of benefits. For starters, they help reduce cooking times—delicious foods, such as potatoes, chicken wings, and burgers can be made in under ten minutes. You can prepare air fryer recipes that are healthy and just as crispy and delicious but with less oil. Note that when we mention healthy food at SELF we refer to foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying because we know “healthy” is a loaded word that can mean different things to different people. “Air fryers can be an efficient tool for creating delicious and healthy meals in less time without compromising your health,” says Laura Gilstrap RD, LD/N, Owner of LG Nutrition LLC. “Compared to deep-frying, air fryers can still achieve the beloved ‘fried’ texture and taste but without the excess oil, resulting in less saturated fat and calories.”How Does an Air Fryer Work?Most air fryers work like your regular kitchen oven. “Air-fryers simulate deep frying by circulating hot air at a high speed,” Danielle McAvoy, MSPH, RD, and Registered Dietitian with Strong Home Gym. “The hot air creates a crispy crust and a perfectly cooked inside, which are the same qualities you get from frying in oil.”Because of this, a whole array of foods can be made quickly, compared to deep frying. “An air fryer can add an easy-to-achieve crispy texture that can add some excitement to your vegetable consumption,” adds Serena Poon, Celebrity Chef, Certified Nutritionist, and founder of Just Add Water and Culinary Alchemy. “Air fried veggies are also a great substitution for potato chips or french fries. As long as you’re using a health-supportive oil, such as avocado oil, they supply the same great crunch and crisp, along with some of the vitamins and nutrients found in fresh veggies.” Poon does point out, however, that some vegetables that are high in water-soluble vitamins do lose some nutritional value no matter how they are cooked. In the end, it’ll come down to how you prepare the meal and not the appliance itself but there are definitely a lot of fun, easy recipes to try—just take a look at our roundup of beef dinner recipes and chicken breast recipes to start. From smart technology options that come with a wide array of accessories to others with dishwasher-safe components, here are 20 of the best air fryers recommended by experts, found at Amazon, Target, Williams Sonoma, and more.

This Coffee Subscription Saves Me Both Time and Money

This Coffee Subscription Saves Me Both Time and Money

When the opportunity to write an Atlas Coffee Club review came up I knew I had to jump on it—to say that coffee and I go way back would be an understatement. I first discovered coffee when I was in middle school and a classmate brought a Frappuccino into the cafeteria—I was hooked. I would beg my mom to pick up the creamy, caffeinated drink from the local grocery store each week when she went food shopping. Yes, I was a 12-year-old who loved a cup of joe. In high school, I graduated to Dunkaccinos, Coffee Coolattas (RIP), and White Chocolate Mochas, which I drank at all times of the day. Even when I would take breaks from coffee, for instance, there was a time when I replaced it with ginger shots, I would always find my way right back to it.Although coffee and I have had a relationship that’s lasted for the better half of my life, I’m a coffee lover who, surprisingly, doesn’t have a go-to coffee brand or drink preference. In fact, my approach to coffee is one that I consider pretty unique. For instance, I often ping-pong between picking up mobile to-go orders from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, cycling through iced lattes, iced coffees, or whatever trendy drink my best friend is raving about at the moment. Right now, I’m going through an iced decaf latte with French vanilla phase. I’m not someone who feels like they need coffee to function in the morning, so I often enjoy a cup sometime between late morning and late afternoon. When I’m not ordering coffee out, I like to make it at home with my pour-over coffee set.Coffee, for me, is more about the taste and experience, which is why I wanted to give an Atlas Coffee Club subscription a try. I’ve come across this service, which was also named one of our best coffee subscriptions, a few times and it has always piqued my interest. Exciting, fresh coffee delivered straight to your door? Sign me up! Not to mention it is more cost-effective—ordering coffee out all the time can get pretty expensive. This Atlas Coffee Club review breaks down everything you need to know about the subscription service.What is Atlas Coffee Club? Atlas Coffee Club is a curated monthly coffee subscription that sources international coffee from all over the world. Some of its past selections have included chocolatey brews from Costa Rica, beans from Colombia that have hints of toasted marshmallow, and coffee from Ethiopia with notes of raspberry and blueberry. After signing up, you can expect to receive an exciting coffee right at your doorstep monthly, or on the schedule that best works for you. How Does Atlas Coffee Club’s Subscription Service Work? Atlas Coffee Club offers personalized coffee subscriptions where you can opt to get a half bag, full bag, or two bags, either every two weeks or every month. After you set up your account, you can also schedule deliveries on a more tailored basis, either weekly or up to every ten weeks. Standard shipping timelines are three to six business days if you’re located in the US, and 5 to 12 business days if you’re in Canada.What Types of Coffee Does Atlas Provide? Be prepared to try delicious coffee from all different parts of the world with an Atlas Coffee Club subscription. The Austin, Texas company sources premium single-origin coffee from places such as India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and more. Atlas pays well above the market price for these beans, which in turn helps local farmers and their communities along the way. All of its coffee beans are fair-trade, and sustainability is kept at the forefront——the company works with farmers to help develop and support sustainable practices.Order and Delivery ProcessI found the ordering process through Atlas Coffee to be pretty seamless. To order, all I had to do was click “Get Started”, which brought me to a screen asking me whether I was interested in the “Coffee of the Month Club” or if I would like to browse past coffee selections. After clicking on the monthly subscription option, I was brought to a page that listed a series of simple coffee-related questions. Here I could choose things such as how many bags I’d like, how often I’d like them, my roast preference, and whether I want whole beans or ground. There was also a decaf option for those who prefer less of a buzz. I decided on 2 bags of ground coffee in all roast types to be delivered every month. Once that was all in, I then proceeded to “Checkout”, and “voila”! My coffee journey began.A few days later a small, white branded box arrived in my building’s package room. Inside were two bags of carefully curated medium roast coffee from Tanzania, a postcard from the country of origin, tasting notes, and brewing tips. On my account, I saw a note that the coffee had traveled over 9,000 miles, which was fascinating to me. I found the included background info to be a nice personal touch that definitely added to the buying, and tasting, experience. Ease of Use I’m someone who freezes up when faced with having to make a decision, no matter how small that decision may be, so having the coffee ordering process streamlined made me feel a lot less overwhelmed. I was also impressed by how easy it is to skip a month or deactivate the subscription if need be. I don’t know about you, but auto-renewal subscriptions that are tricky to cancel or pause make me a little nervous (this is coming from the girl who still gets charged monthly by Planet Fitness even though she hasn’t walked into one in years). Thankfully, Atlas Coffee Club makes both cancellation and skipping shipments very easy. To cancel, all you have to do is log in to your account, click “Coffee Membership Settings” and tap “Stop Subscription.” If you’d like to skip a delivery, just go to your account portal and choose “Skip Your Next Coffee Shipment.”Quality of CoffeeFor this review, the pre-selected coffee that was sent to me was from Mbozi, which is a sub-region in Tanzania that has been cultivating coffee since the 1600s. From the moment I opened the coffee bag I was impressed—it smelled so good! In fact, I even interrupted my boyfriend from a work call to make him stick his nose in the bag and get a whiff, too. It was so aromatic and enticing that I whipped out my pour-over coffee maker at 6 pm and started making a cup. What I noticed also was that there was no aftertaste—just a nice, smooth flavor with notes of rich black tea and tart cherry. Each batch of coffee is roasted to order just hours, or even minutes, before it gets shipped out, so it’s really no surprise as to why it tasted so good!AffordabilityI’m not too proud to admit that I often spend (drumroll, please) up to $7 on just one cup of coffee per day. This doesn’t include all the random stuff I also end up throwing into my cart before hitting checking out. Atlas Coffee Club, on the other much more affordable hand, offers three different price tiers that definitely won’t break the bank: A half bag (6 oz.) subscription comes to $9 per shipment, a full bag (12 oz.) will run you $14, and two bags costs $28. They were also running a discount on the site when I ordered, so each price was discounted at 50% off. Shipping costs are separate, so you have to make sure to also budget for that.

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