60 Gifts to Give Every Type of Mom

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This Mother's Day, give your mom a gift she'll love. Here are a few of our suggestions for gifts for every type of mom, from coffee lovers to skincare enthusiasts to Doctor Who fanatics.

For Moms Who Love to Cook

1. Anatomy of a Cheese Plate Dish Towel; $18

A dish towel with an illustration of cheeses and a cutting board on it

Jodi Kostelnik, UncommonGoods

This dish towel is a must-have for cheese lovers and party hosts. It "highlights everything you need for a successful fromage experience, from 'something sweet' to 'share and enjoy.'"

Find it: UncommonGoods

2. Mason Jar Herb Garden; $20

Mason jars with herbs growing out of them on a windowsill

Sarah Burrows and Nick Behr, UncommonGoods

These mason jars are a cute way to grow herbs. Simply add water and find a nice sunny spot for the plants to grow—the jars have an interior hydroponic system that makes sure the plants get the right amount of moisture.

Find it: UncommonGoods

3. Chop Wizard; $25

A Chop Wizard with an onion in it near a tomato, a red bell pepper, a carrot, and a stalk of celery

Vidalia Chop Wizard, Amazon

If your mom is looking to save some time in the kitchen, this device will make quick work of dicing up onions, peppers, or any other vegetable in need of chopping.

Find it: Amazon

4. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat; $20

The cover of 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat'

Simon & Schuster, Amazon

If your mom was a big fan of Netflix's Salt Fat Acid Heat with chef Samin Nosrat, give her the cookbook that started it all. This innovative cookbook (which features 100 core recipes with endless spin-offs) teaches home chefs how to harness the four elements of cooking—salt, fat, acid, and heat—for more delicious meals. Illustrations and infographics bring the recipes to life.

Find it: Amazon

5. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit; $35

Hot sauce tastes even better when it's homemade. This kit comes with gloves, bottles, ingredients, and everything needed to make six 5-ounce bottles of hot sauce at home.

Find it: UncommonGoods

For Moms Who Love Coffee and Tea

6. Animal-Shaped Tea Infuser Set; $17

Tea infusers shaped like a platypus, a shark, a squirrel, a monkey, and an elephant with a cup of tea

Tilevo, Amazon

These charming animal-shaped silicone devices can be filled with loose tea leaves and hooked onto the side of a mug to steep. The five-piece set comes with a shark, a monkey, a platypus, an elephant, and a squirrel.

Find it: Amazon

7. Death Wish Coffee; $20

A bag of Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish Coffee Co., Amazon

If your mom is always asking for an extra shot of espresso, you should introduce her to this super strong coffee. Considered one of the most caffeinated coffees in the world, Death Wish packs a punch of 708 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce cup (a regular coffee will run 195 milligrams or so).

Find it: Amazon

8. Heat-Changing Constellation Mug; $16

Two mugs showing the before and after look of the heat-changing mug with constellations on it

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

This mug just shows a blank starry sky, but with a little hot liquid, constellations will appear.

Find it: Amazon

9. Blooming Tea Flowers and Teapot Set; $48


Flower Pot Tea Company, The Grommet

These tea-infused flowers blossom when they're placed in hot water, creating a beautiful (and delicious) teatime experience. Each flower is good for about three infusions, and you can choose two flavors from six options. The set comes with a glass teapot with a built-in wire filter.

Find it: The Grommet

10. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System; $180

The Ninja Hot & Cold Brewed System on a countertop

Ninja, Amazon

Whether your mom is a coffee snob, a tea connoisseur, or a latte lover, Ninja's all-purpose brew machine can do it all. The smart system can detect whether it's brewing tea or coffee and adjust water temperatures accordingly, can make specialty drinks with frothed milk, and can make cold brew in just a few minutes. It has a delay-brew function and can be adjusted to make everything from a single cup of coffee to a travel mug to half a carafe to a whole carafe. Though there's a cheaper glass-carafe version, both Mental Floss Editor in Chief Erin McCarthy and Associate Editor Shaunacy Ferro swear by the slightly pricier model with a thermal carafe, which can keep drinks hot or cold for hours.

Find it: Amazon or Walmart

For Moms Who Are Into Wellness

11. Fitbit Inspire HR; $100

The Inspire line packs a lot of features in to a small band that doesn't take up too much wrist real estate. The sleek bracelet keeps track of heart rate, steps, and sleep patterns, among other health information. It can also guide the wearer through breathing exercises based on their heart rate, keeps track of pace and distance in real-time, and automatically recognizes different types of exercise. Oh, and it is waterproof, so it works in the swimming pool. If mom doesn't love the original band, Fitbit also makes plenty of alternative accessories that will allow her to personalize and dress up her tracker.

Find it: Fitbit

12. N.O.W. Mindfulness Tone Therapy System; $149

The N.O.W. meditation kit with speakers

Solu, The Grommet

Solu’s N.O.W. (New Origin Waveforms) meditation speakers are designed to help the user attain inner peace in a cacophonous world. The dual speakers generate calming tones that are designed to aid in focus. The relaxing tones, which never repeat, play for three minutes, then shut off automatically, giving mom the perfect moment of calm.

Find it: The Grommet

13. Running Belt; $21

A woman slides an iPhone into her running belt

Build & Fitness, Amazon

Running with a smartphone can be tricky, what with the lack of pockets. This subtle fanny pack offers a zippered belt to store items while jogging.

Find it: Amazon

14. 20-Ounce Infuser Water Bottle; $13

An infuser water bottle filled with strawberries

Young & More, Amazon

Fruits like strawberries and lemons can give water a nice little kick. This water bottle has a chamber for fruits and vegetables that give the water a refreshing taste.

Find it: Amazon

15. Doga; $4

The cover of 'Doga' shows a woman in a back bend with a dog perched on her stomach

Hamlyn, Amazon

Yoga is a lot more fun with a furry friend. This hardcover book comes with full color photographs and tutorials showing the reader how to incorporate their pets into their yoga routine.

Find it: Amazon

16. My Athlete Subscription Box; $20 to $51

If your mom loves to hit the gym, then get her a box filled with goodies that will make her workout even better. The My Athlete Box from Cratejoy is a monthly subscription service that sends out healthy snacks, apparel, and fitness and beauty products geared toward women. If your mom has a particular athletic passion, you can also choose a more tailored subscription box—Cratejoy offers subscriptions for hikers, yogis, jiu-jitsu enthusiasts, cyclists, tennis players, lifters, and more. (See the site’s full health and fitness options here.)

Find it: Cratejoy

17. Sunski Sunglassess; $58

These stylish, durable sunglasses are lightweight (they're made with polycarbonate), and, thanks to flexible arms, they stay put on your face—they won't slide down your mom's nose during a workout. They're not so expensive that mom will be kicking herself if she breaks them, but even if she does, it's not a big deal: They come with a lifetime warranty.

Find it: Sunski

18. Chacos Outcross Evo 1.5 Hiking Shoe; $115

A gray hiking shoe

Chaco, Amazon

These hiking sneakers slip on and off easily, breathe well (and dry quickly) thanks to a mesh upper, and have an antimicrobial treatment to keep them—and your mom’s feet!—from getting too stinky.

Find it: Amazon

For DIY Enthusiast Moms

19. Slice Ideal Cutting and Crafting Set; $55

A box cutter, safety cutter, precision cutter, and scissors on a craft table

Slice, The Grommet

Crafty moms will love the award-winning tools in this craft set by Slice. It includes a box cutter, a precision cutter, a safety cutter, and a pair of scissors. The unique ceramic blades never rust and stay sharper for longer than steel blades. The tools—created with the help of celebrity designers like Alfredo Muccino, Karim Rashid, Scot Herbst, Michael Graves, and Yves Behar—have built-in safety innovations that will prevent mom from slicing open her fingers while still allowing her the sharp precision she needs to cut through paper, cardboard, packing tape, and more.

Find it: The Grommet

20. Fix It Kit; $30

This vegan leather case pretty much has all the tools your mom might need to fix things around the house. The case, which comes in black or pink, contains a hammer, flashlight, long-nose pliers, tape measure, screwdriver, interchangeable handle, four sockets, 10 screwdriver bits, and a socket extension.

Find it: UncommonGoods

21. Geometric Terrarium; $20

A geometric glass terrarium with a cactus inside

NCYP, Amazon

Why give mom flowers when you can give her a DIY garden that will let her express her creative side? This 5.9-inch-tall glass geometric case can house all sorts of succulents, moss, or any other items your mom wants to pack inside.

Find it: Amazon

Note: This model is currently in low supply on Amazon. Should it sell out, we also recommend these geometric terrariums from Cost Plus World Market, which run from $20 to $40.

22. The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures; $18

The cover of 'The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures'

Princeton Architectural Press, Amazon

This how-to book from Alexandra Redgrave and Jessica Hundley is designed to teach the reader how to be an expert at all of life’s tasks, from the simple (brewing the perfect cup of coffee) to the utilitarian (reading the night sky). In each of the five sections—kitchen, outdoors, home, gardening, and grooming—your mom can find numerous projects that will allow her to “experience the singular satisfaction of doing it yourself.”

Find it: Amazon

23. Beer Making Kit; $40

A beer making kit in a box next to a grain mixture that says 'Everyday IPA'

Brooklyn Brew Shop, Amazon

Beer tastes so much better when someone you know brewed it. This kit provides everything needed to create an IPA right at home. With replacement ingredients, the whole kit is reusable.

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Are Skincare Obsessives

24. Conair Double-Sighted Lighted Makeup Mirror; $35

A round makeup mirror with a lighted edge

Conair, Amazon

Light-up mirrors are so helpful, your mother is going to wonder why you didn't buy her one sooner. The ring around the mirror gives off a natural hue with LED lights—with low, medium, and bright settings operated by touch control—and offers magnification that helps her see tiny details for precise makeup application. Oh, and it's great for selfie lighting, too.

Find it: Amazon

25. Nature Republic Sheet Mask Variety Pack; $9

A selection of Korean face masks in individual packages

Nature Republic, Amazon

Face masks are one of the easiest ways to relax and take care of your skin. Mom will love these luxurious pre-moistened sheet masks from Korean beauty staple Nature Republic. This variety pack comes with 10 masks in great smells like aloe, cucumber, green tea, and avocado. (If you know your mom really loves face masks, we also recommend this massive 100-pack of Korean masks for just $40.)

Find it: Amazon

26. Bath Bomb Gift Set; $27

A set of bath bombs in a gift box

LifeAround2Angels, Amazon

Bath bombs can be a pricey luxury, but this set offers 12 for just $27. The scents included are angel, black raspberry vanilla, shower, beach, kiwi strawberry, lavender, lemongrass green tea, love, mango papaya, melon ball, shea and coconut, and Victorian rose.

Find it: Amazon

27. PEACE OUT Microneedling Dark Spot Brightening Dots; $28

Not everyone can afford laser treatments to minimize dark spots caused by aging, sun, or acne. If getting a laser session for mom is out of the question, PEACE OUT’s budget-friendly alternative will make a great gift. The patch’s microneedles deliver a type of Vitamin B called nacinamide, skin-brightening licorice extract, and tranexamic acid directly into the skin; all mom has to do is press the patch, microneedle side down, onto clean skin for 10 seconds, then leave on overnight. Doing so twice over two weeks, for four treatments total, will visibly lighten dark spots.

Find it: Sephora

28. Dermalinfusion Facial; Prices Vary by Location

The freckled face of a woman who is sitting back with her eyes closed
iStock.com/PeopleImages

This skin-resurfacing treatment is so relaxing, your mom might drift off to sleep. The facial combines exfoliation and extraction while injecting serums that target conditions like aging, hyperpigmentation, congestion, and dry skin. Aestheticians run a tool equipped with an exfoliating, recessed diamond tip and pneumatic suction across the face. The tips come in various levels of abrasion and can be swapped out based on your skin type. (They can even be used under the eyes and on the lips!) Mom’s skin will be plumper—and glowing—after treatment, and she’ll get to see all the stuff that came out of her skin, which ends up in a jar she can scope out afterwards.

Find out where you can book one at EnvyMedical.

For Moms Who Love to Travel

29. Shrimp Travel Pillow; $10

A shrimp-shaped pillow

SPIRITUP, Amazon

Have a humor-loving mother who loves to fly but hates neck trouble? This neck pillow will help mid-flight naps be more comfortable—and best of all, it looks like a gigantic shrimp. For Francophiles, there's also a croissant version. (If your mom wouldn't be caught dead with plush seafood around her neck, the compact, unobtrusive Trtle travel pillow is an excellent low-key choice.)

Find it: Amazon

30. Scratch-Off World Map; $23

A scratch-off map of the world

Landmass Goods, Amazon

Travelers can mark their progress on this world map by using a coin to scratch off areas of the map after they've visited. After enough trips, the maps will turn from gold to Technicolor.

Find it: Amazon

31. Pack This! List; $7

A notepad that reads "Pack This!" at the top with checklists underneath

Knock Knock, Amazon

When packing, it's good to have a mother around to ask "did you remember to bring … ?" But who helps mothers pack? This helpful pad lists out all the usual things that someone might want to bring on a trip.

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Love Books

32. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy; $40

Reading in the bath is a lot easier with a place to put the book. This bamboo stand balances over the lip of the tub and even has a place for a glass of wine.

Find it: Paper Source

33. SCRATCH-OFF BOOK POSTER; $35

Like the scratch-off map, this poster lets the owner show off. The chart has 100 "essential novels" with gold covers. As your mom works her way through the books, she can scratch off the foil and reveal a new cover underneath.

Find it: Pop Chart Lab

34. Bicycle Book Ends; $65

Two bicycle-shaped book ends with four hardcover books between them

Eric Gross, UncommonGoods

These carbon steel bookends look like a bicycle, suggesting that each book is a journey.

Find it: UncommonGoods

35. Tequila Mockingbird; $12

The cover of 'Tequila Mockingbird' shows an illustrated bird perched on a martini glass

Running Press Adult, Amazon

Fans of literature and puns will be tickled by this clever book, which features cocktail recipes with names inspired by classic books. There are 65 recipes in total along with blurbs about the books' history, recipes for bar snacks, and charming illustrations.

Find it: Amazon

36. STORIARTS Book-Themed Infinity Scarf; $48

An infinity scarf with text all over it

STORIARTS, The Grommet

Whether your mom is a fan of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Roald Dahl, or Louisa May Alcott, STORIARTS has the scarf for her. The literary-themed jersey cotton infinity scarves come in a variety of colors and fonts designed to match the text it celebrates, from “The Raven” to “A Tale of Two Cities, to The Little Prince.

Find it: The Grommet

For High-Tech Moms

37. Tile Bluetooth Tracking Tags; $40 for Four

Tile trackers sitting in a tray inside a wallet and attached to a keychain.

Tile, Amazon

Save your mom the trouble of searching for missing belongings with tracking devices for her keychain and wallet. Tile trackers connect to the an app via Bluetooth so that the user can easily locate them. The combo pack comes with two Tile Mate keychain trackers and two Tile Slim trackers designed to be slipped into a wallet or bag or stuck to a laptop.

Find it: Amazon or Tile

38. Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera; $69

A Fujifilm instant camera on a table with several printed photos

Fujifilm, Amazon

This fun, brightly colored camera takes instant pictures that are perfect for sticking in a cubicle or on the fridge. The four-piece starter bundle comes with enough film for 10 prints, a carrying case, a strap, and batteries.

Find it: Amazon

39. ECHO DOT; $50

The Echo Dot is the perfect virtual assistant for all your smart home needs. Moms just need to say "Alexa," and they can turn smart devices off and on, order pizza, or call a cab.

Find it: Amazon

40. Oculus Go VR Headset; $200

A light gray Oculus Go headset

Oculus, Amazon

Proof that we're living in the future: Virtual reality is now a thing, and it's relatively affordable. This lightweight headgear can virtually transport the wearer to any environment, playing 360 degree games, videos, and images. It has social features that allow users to watch movies together, play a game, or meet up in virtual reality—get one for yourself, too, so you and mom can get some face-to-face time when you're far from home.

Find it: Amazon or Best Buy

For Audiophile Moms

41. DOSS Portable Bluetooth Speaker; $27

A portable speaker on a table with people eating pizza and drinking beer in the background

DOSS, Amazon

Give mom the gift of some sweet tunes with this Bluetooth speaker. Though runs for less than $30 on Amazon, it punches above its weight in terms of sound quality. It offers impressive stereo sound and enhanced bass on the move. With 12 hours of battery time and a weight of just over 1 pound, it's perfect for the park, the camp ground, or a backyard barbeque.

Find it: Amazon

42. Record Player Briefcase; $37


Moms can take tunes on the go with this record player hidden in a briefcase. The baby blue device comes a with a 3-speed vinyl record player and mp3 player that takes USB and auxiliary inputs.

Find it: Amazon

43. Music Transposition Ring; $17

This ring comes with a music transposition chart that can be kept on hand at all times. The lovely homage to music theory is both fashionable and practical.

Find it: UncommonGoods

44. JBL Noise-Cancelling Headphones; $200

A pair of black wireless headphones

JBL, Amazon

As much as your mom loves you and your family, she probably needs some peace and quiet occasionally. Give her the ability to tune out the chaos of the world with sound-cancelling wireless headphones. These wireless JBL headphones boast Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility and 30 hours of battery life, and were one of CNET's best noise-cancelling headphones for 2019.

Find it: Amazon

For Geeky Moms

45. Doctor Who Cookbook; $12

The cover of the 'Doctor Who' cookbook

Harper Design, Amazon

Have a Whovian for a mother? Now she can make all kinds of meals and treats loosely based on the popular franchise. The cookbook comes with 40 time-bending recipes to try.

Find it: Amazon

46. Beaker Salt and Pepper Shakers; $30

Two salt and pepper shakers shaped like glass beakers with cork stoppers

MOD, Amazon

These beaker-shaped salt and peppers shakers make cooking feel like the science it is.

Find it: Amazon

47. Solar Orbit Necklace; $10-$24

Deck your mom out in jewels that represent the planets of the solar system. The 18-inch sterling silver or brass chain comes with the sun, Mercury, Venus, the moon, Earth, Mars, the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and of course Pluto.

Find it: ThinkGeek

48. Mother of Dragons Stemless Wine Glass; $15

A tapered stemless glass with the Targaryen Sigil on it

HBO

If you and your siblings ever acted up, your mom might have felt like a mother of dragons. Get her this set of stemless wine glasses with the Targaryen sigil as a nod to her patience.

Find it: HBO

For Moms Who Love Animals

49. Custom Pet Portrait; $169

Three pet portraits

My Pooch Face, The Grommet

Your mom may already have at least one studio portrait of you hanging at home. Now, give her the chance to celebrate your pet sibling(s) in the same way. Send in a photo of your mom's dog or cat (or any other pet species) to My Pooch Face and an artist will render them in loving color, either in natural hues or with a pop of extra rainbow flair. The portraits are printed with archival-quality ink and paper and mounted on a 1-inch display that begs to be given prime placement around the house. If your mom has multiple beloved pets, you can upgrade to a portrait of two animals for $279. As one reviewer notes, "Don’t give it a second thought. Order your Pooch face product and be amazed!"

Find it: The Grommet

50. Boston Terrier Umbrella; $26

A clear umbrella with a black-and-white design of two French bulldogs on it

SMATI, Amazon

This umbrella has a bubble shape that allows your mom to protect her face from oncoming rain. It's clear so she can still see while walking, but is adorned with two fun illustrations of Boston terriers. (There is also a cat version.)

Find it: Amazon

51. Pet DNA Test; $95

A cat stands next to the DNA test
Basepaws

If your mom is a proud cat lady, she'll love getting the opportunity to learn even more about her furry friend. Basepaws, which calls itself the world's first cat DNA test, helps users learn about their cat's breed origins and other genetic information. Mom just needs to send in a little bit of her cat's hair, mail it in, and wait for the result. (If your mom is a dog person, there is a test for that, too.)

Find it: Basepaws (Save 15 percent with the code MEOWRCH-I5W3RH)

For Moms Who Are Art Connoisseurs

52. Frida Kahlo Doll; $19

A doll modeled after Frida Kahlo

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, Amazon

This 11-inch-tall plus doll of painter Frida Kahlo is clad in a traditional Mexican dress and has a little monkey on her shoulder. The Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Little Thinkers series also features plush versions of other artists, like Andy Warhol, as well as historic luminaries in fields like science, politics, psychology, and more.

Find it: Amazon

53. Vigvog Art Socks; $17

Eight pairs of socks decorated with images of the Mona Lisa, the Statue of Liberty, and more

VIGVOG, Amazon

This set comes with eight pairs of socks, all dedicated to different pieces of artwork. Your mom's feet will love paying homage to the classics.

Find it: Amazon

54. Starry Night Puzzle; $20

A puzzle box with a reproduction of 'Starry Night' on the cover

EuroGraphics, Amazon

Van Gogh's Starry Night makes for a surprisingly good puzzle. This 1000-piece jigsaw promises a great family night trying to reconstruct the classic painting.

Find it: Amazon

55. Garden of Earthly Delights Figurine; $49

A figurine of the Devil On Night Chair from Hieronymus Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights'

Parastone, Amazon

Action figures aren't just for kids—moms will love them too, especially when they're modeled after classic paintings. Amazon has a whole collection of nefarious characters from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Find it: Amazon

56. The Scream Bandages; $6

A tin of bandages designed to look like 'The Scream'

Archie McPhee, Amazon

Most moms of younger kids have a few bandages hiding up their sleeves in case one of their children gets hurt. Arm your mom with special bandages featuring The Scream. There are 15 large strips in each tin (plus a free prize).

Find it: Amazon

For Moms Who Love the Classics

57. Flowers

Purple flowers against a white wood background
iStock.com/Chiociolla

If you want to keep it traditional, you can't go wrong with a bouquet of flowers. The Bouqs is a wonderful flower company that gets its supplies from eco-friendly farms. You can order ahead or use their same-day delivery option.

Find it: The Bouqs

58. ScentBird Perfume Subscription; $15 and up per month

Mail your mom a fresh bottle of her signature scent with the ScentBird subscription service. There are over 450 different fragrances to choose from, all of which come in .27 ounce bottles.

Find it: ScentBird

59. Harry and David Gift Baskets

A Mother's Day gift basket filled with cheese, cookies, and more
Harry and David's Mother's Day gift basket

Harry and David has long been a favorite destination for family gifts. After all, who can resist their chocolate covered fruits or their sea salt caramels? And if your mom doesn't have a sweet tooth, the company offers gift baskets with things like coffee, wine, and other food items. The company's Mother's Day gift basket starts at $89.

Find it: Harry and David

60. Handy Home Cleaning Services

Sometimes, the simplest gifts can be the best. Give your mom the peace of mind of coming home to a spotless house by hiring a cleaning service. (Perhaps one that can arrive while you're taking her out for Mother's Day brunch?) Just tell Handy the size of her space, any extra tasks you'd like the cleaner to perform—we suggest upgrading to an oven cleaning and a fridge scrubbing—and preferred time, and the service will send over a cleaning professional. If you truly want to win Mother's Day, you can set mom up with a recurring appointment. (Or at lesat get her an autonomous robot vacuum.)

Find it: Handy

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A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

Make Taking Out the Trash Your Easiest Chore With This Self-Sealing Trash Can

townew
townew

“What died in here?” is a question most homeowners (and renters) have asked themselves at some point after discovering that their kitchen trash can is no match for the festering odor of raw chicken trimmings, rotting cantaloupe rinds, balsamic vinaigrette runoff, and everything else that they've discarded that week.

The folks at Knectek Labs have invented a trash can that’ll ensure you never have to ask yourself, or anyone else, that question again. The multi-talented gadget, called townew, not only seals in odors, it also seals and changes the trash bag for you. All you have to do is press a button, wait a few seconds for townew to seal the bag, then toss it in the dumpster while townew replaces the bag for you.

Townew is also smart enough to detect when the trash can is overflowing (which is always your roommate’s fault and never yours, of course) and will lift the entire top compartment in order to seal the bag without any spillage.

To open the lid, simply wave your hand over the top of townew; it’ll stay open for several seconds and close automatically. Need it to stay open for longer? Tap the button on the front of the machine and townew will keep its lid open until you tap the button again. When the bin is full and it’s time to take out the trash, hold the button for three seconds, and townew will seal the bag for you.

Townew is manufactured with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, an engineering-grade plastic built to withstand humidity and temperature changes as well as chemical and physical impacts, so it won’t let a mid-summer heat wave stink up your kitchen and it won’t get demolished by your mischievous dog. It’s the same plastic that LEGO uses for many of its bricks—and if you’ve ever stepped on one of those, you know just how durable it is.

Just once a month, you’ll have to do two small tasks: replace townew’s recyclable refill ring, which contains 25 trash bags, and charge its 2000 mAh battery for 10 hours.

A townew trash can in an office
townew

The 15.8-inch-tall trash can comes in teal or white, and its sleek, tech-chic design will blend seamlessly with the decor of any room. Indiegogo’s early bird special includes the trash can and four refill rings for $70—shipping is free, and estimated delivery is scheduled for this September. Check out other buying options here.

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7 Useful Products With a Lifetime Guarantee

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iStock.com/billnoll

It’s worth it to splurge on a new pair of shoes or a set of good knives if you know they'll last forever—or if they don't, that their maker will repair or replace them for free. Here’s a round-up of seven useful everyday items that come with a manufacturer's lifetime guarantee.

1. Le Creuset Cookware

A Le Creuset cookware set
Le Creuset's five-piece cookware set in cherry
Le Creuset, Amazon

We know that $350 seems like a steep price to pay for a 5.5-quart Dutch oven. However, plenty of cooking enthusiasts are willing to shell out top dollar for iconic French cookware manufacturer Le Creuset’s enamel cast-iron pots, casserole dishes, and skillets.

The colorful kitchen tools are attractive and durable, plus they distribute heat evenly. An added bonus? Each item comes with a lifetime limited warranty. "Defective cookware will be replaced free of charge, or replaced by a similar product or one of equivalent value if the product is no longer in production," Le Creuset’s website states.

Of course, you can’t just swap your grandmother’s ancient Le Creuset casserole dish (or the one you bought on eBay) for a new model if it chips or breaks. You have to be the item’s original owner. The warranty also "does not cover damage from abuse, commercial use or other non-consumer use, neglect, abnormal wear or tear, overheating, or any use not in accordance with the cookware instructions provided with the utensil." In other words, it needs to be obvious that the cookware has worn down with consistent use (and that you didn't accidentally scorch it in a kitchen fire).

Get one of the brand's signature Dutch ovens (or a five-piece set) on Amazon, Sur La Table (which regularly runs sales on its pricier cookware) the Le Creuset website, or at these other retailers:

2. Zippo Lighters

A black Zippo matte pocket lighter
Zippo, Amazon

We’re not endorsing smoking, but portable butane lighters can be useful if you’re camping and need a quick and easy fire source. Plus, many people find flicking a lighter’s tiny switch to be less intimidating than lighting a match.

If you do plan on purchasing a lighter for household or outdoor use, make it a Zippo. Founded in 1932, the iconic company’s trademarked slogan is “It works or we fix it free." No matter how old or damaged your pocket lighter, you can ship it to Zippo. They’ll promptly repair or replace it—but keep in mind that this warranty only extends to real Zippos, and not toward counterfeit lighters. (Factories in China reportedly make around 12 million fake Zippos a year.) Wondering if you own the real thing? The Wall Street Journal produced a handy video back in 2011 that teaches you how to distinguish a genuine Zippo from a fake.

Get one of Zippo's genuine Windproof Lighters on Amazon for $10 and up.

3. JanSport Backpacks

A black JanSport backpack
JanSport's SuperBreak backpack
JanSport, Amazon

If the trusty JanSport backpack you purchased in high school is starting to look a little threadbare, you can send it—or for that matter, any one of the brand’s packs, bags, or luggage items—back to its warranty center in Alameda, California. Depending on the damage, JanSport will repair it, replace it, or refund it.

Repairs will take anywhere from four to six weeks, depending on the season, and while you pay the initial shipping charges, JanSport absorbs the bag’s return costs. However, JanSport doesn’t claim responsibility for “direct, incidental or consequential damages." Your pack's wear and tear should stem from good old-fashioned use—not because, say, it got shredded by a luggage carousel.

Get one for yourself from JanSport's website or on Amazon, where the classic SuperBreak model is currently $33. It's also available at Backcountry.com ($36) and Walmart $32 and up).

4. Craftsman Tools

A 193-piece tool set
Craftsman 193-piece mechanic’s tool set
Craftsman, Amazon

While Craftsman also makes work clothing and lawn and garden equipment, the brand is most famous for its hand tools. Most of them are advertised as having an unlimited lifetime warranty, meaning they'll be repaired or replaced free of charge if they're no longer in tip-top shape. (For a full list of which tools qualify, visit Craftsman’s website.)

Stores take Craftsman's warranty pretty seriously. In 2009, Consumer Reports’s website, the Consumerist, wrote that a California man was refused a full warranty when he visited Sears and tried to trade in some of his grandfather’s old Craftsman tools. (At the time, Craftsman was controlled by Sears Holdings, though it has since been acquired by Stanley Black & Decker.) The man was reportedly denied replacements because some of the tools had rusty sockets.

He sent an angry letter to Sears, and one of the corporation’s vice presidents, David Figler, replied by issuing a statement to the Consumerist: "Craftsman tools have a heritage of performance and trust,” Figler wrote. “I want to assure you and your readers we stand behind the warranty—complete satisfaction—period.” He assured the website that he had communicated with Sears's sale associates to rectify the error.

Check out Craftsman's products at Amazon, Lowes, or Sears. You can get a 230-piece Craftsman mechanic's tool set on sale for $99 at Sears right now.

5. HARDENCO Jeans

A pair of denim jeans
HARDENCO's 010 Jean

Founded in 2010, HARDENCO (also known as Hartford Denim Co.) is a small, old-school clothing manufacturer in Connecticut that produces raw denim jeans. Made by hand on antique sewing machines, they're designed to last forever. However, since all jeans rip and fray, the company's clothing also comes with a lifetime of free repairs. (On their website, the company. explains that it gets the chance to “improve our work and get to know our customers a little better" by mending your pants gratis.) And if you own a pair of worn jeans that weren't made by HARDENCO, they'll still fix them up for you for a charge.

The company's classic jeans are $285.

6. Eagle Creek Bags

An Eagle Creek cargo backpack
Eagle Creek's 60-liter Cargo Hauler

All products sold by the California-based outfitter Eagle Creek—which happens to be one of our favorite eco-friendly brands—comes with what it calls a "no matter what" warranty. "Eagle Creek is synonymous with quality," the company's warranty page assures customers. "Every buckle, zipper, and fabric choice is meticulously selected and then analyzed after rigorous lab testing. After it’s built, we take it to the road to make sure it can handle real-world travel abuse. And it does." If anything does go wrong with your bag, you can send it back to Eagle Creek, which will repair or replace it for you. (However, the guarantee doesn't apply to accidents that fall outside the scope of "normal use" of your duffel bag or pack: " For instance, Eagle Creek wheels can withstand cobblestone streets, but are not built to be run-over by a train," the company warns.)

If you're not sure where to start with Eagle Creek, our favorite product is the Cargo Hauler duffel bag, a water-resistant duffel with removable backpack straps, an inner divider to keep your stuff organized, and lockable zippers. When it's not in use, it can be folded up to fit in its own front pocket, making it easy to throw in a larger suitcase if you're planning on returning with more stuff than you're taking. (It also makes it a cinch to store once you get home.) It comes in 40-liter, 60-liter, 90-liter, and wheeled 110-liter options.

Eagle Creek also makes a ton of other travel essentials, from packing cubes to airplane pillows to laptop bags. You can check out all its offerings here.

7. L.L. Bean Boots

If you own a pair of L.L. Bean boots, chances are they’ve outlasted every other pair of footwear in your closet. The durable rubber-and-leather shoes are hand-stitched in the company’s Brunswick, Maine factory. They’re designed to survive every single camping trip, rainy day, or hiking excursion—but if they don’t, L.L. Bean will let you trade them in for a new pair, no questions asked, for up to a year. In fact, this policy extends to every single store purchase.

"We stand behind all our products and are confident that they will perform as designed," the company writes on its website.

Up until early 2018, L.L. Bean's famously generous return policy—which didn't even require a receipt—was good for the entire lifetime of the company's products. Apparently, enough unscrupulous customers abused the program (buying items from garage sales and then returning them for full credit, for instance) that it cost the company as much as $250 million in one five-year period. As a result, the no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee now only applies to products purchased before 2018.

However, when it comes to product defects, L.L. Bean is still true to its original policy. If you bring a product in that has a defect or has broken down due to poor craftsmanship, the company will still consider it for a return regardless of the purchase date.

Shop the company's beloved boots for men, women, and children here.

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