The Best Coffee Products to Buy for International Coffee Day

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Ninja/Amazon

There’s no such thing as too much coffee. Ahead of International Coffee Day on September 29, here are the java products we’re stocking up on.

Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System; $230

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It’s no secret that we love this coffee maker: It makes both hot and cold brewed coffee and tea, and it’s equipped with a frother, so you can make lattes and cappuccinos. It’s basically like having a barista in your kitchen.

Buy it: Amazon

Coffee Lip Balm; $15.50

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This lip balm is perfect for those times when you want the taste of coffee without the caffeine. This set of three also has chai spice and green tea flavors.

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Vietnamese Coffee Portable Pour-Overs; $15

Uncommon Goods

Vietnamese coffee and sweetened condensed milk combine to create pure deliciousness—and now, you can make it easily with this kit created by Debbie Wei Mullin. Simply put the paper pouch in your mug and pour hot water over it three to five times; next, add condensed milk … and enjoy. If Vietnamese coffee isn’t your thing, try a lavender latte kit instead.

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Espresso Candle; $30

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These wood-wicked soy candles throw off a subtle espresso scent for up to 60 hours.

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Coffee Maple Syrup; $14

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Coffee and maple syrup are delicious separately—and even more delicious combined. Take your brunch to the next level with this sweet treat, which is handmade in Brooklyn.

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Reusable K-Cups; $11

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K-cups are clogging up landfills, and they’re pretty pricey. Once you’ve reused all your disposal K-cups, consider purchasing these reusable ones. The environment (and your wallet) will thank you.

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Reusable Coffee Cup Covers; $12

Uncommon Goods

While you’re cutting down on your coffee-related waste, forgo the plastic coffee lid and buy one of these silicone tops, which come in pink, teal, and charcoal.

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Cold Brew Coffee Maker; $80

Uncommon Goods

If cold brew is the only kind of coffee for you—it’s less acidic and bitter than coffee made with hot water—this slow-drip brewer might be the only coffee device you need: It can make up to 20 ounces in four hours and the coffee will last up to two weeks.

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Purlisse Coconut Oil + Coffee Sugar Body Scrub; $15

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Get that perfect spa experience and a coffee fix in your very own bathroom with this coffee scrub, which is made with real coffee beans and coconut butter to gently exfoliate and moisturize. Consider pairing the scrub with the body butter for that one-two coffee punch.

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Coffee Beans for a Better World; $20

Uncommon Goods

Get your coffee fix while supporting a good cause. Buying these 100 percent Kenyan coffee beans—which, according to the description, have “rich burgundy undertones and citrus notes”—support female artisans and schoolkids in Kisii. Plus, each 1-pound bag comes with a handmade piece of art on dried banana tree bark.

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Scratch and Sniff Coffee Bean Stickers; $6

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Get that freshly brewed cup of joe smell anytime, anywhere with these cute coffee-scented stickers.

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Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Container; $26

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The special valves on these canisters keep coffee beans fresh by releasing the CO2 generated by the beans while simultaneously locking out oxygen. The large-size can hold 1.1 pounds of whole beans and a pound of grounds. On the lid is a calendar wheel so you can set the purchase or expiration date—the better to reduce waste—and it comes with a measuring spoon.

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OXO Coffee Grinder; $100

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The conical burrs on this grinder ensure a uniform grind—plus, it has 15 settings so you can get the grind that suits your preferences. One ex-barista reviewer says that it creates a “high quality, consistent grind” and that “the ability to clean the grinder is taken into account in the construction. No need to delicately deconstruct the whole thing and keep track of a bunch of itty bitty screws and springs. The top part of the grinder and the top burr simply turn-and-lift out, and then turn-and-lock back into place. So nice.”

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Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker; $20

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It’s not a Chemex, but this 6-cup pour-over coffee maker from Target’s Made by Design is highly rated—and it’s roughly half the price. Its hourglass shape and grip make it easy to hold, and it comes with a metal mesh filter, paper filters, and a scoop. As one reviewer notes, “The instructions make a fairly strong coffee so be forewarned. It does require more time, patience, and care. Hand washing, etc. Sometimes, it's worth it.”

Buy it: Target

Cold Brew Face Mask; $3-$12

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Give your skin a little caffeine boost with this sheet mask, which is infused with coffee extract. A single mask will run $3, but you can get a pack of four, and get one free, for $12.

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Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Carafe; $40

Uncommon Goods

This device doesn’t just make your cold brew—it’s also a carafe that keeps your coffee cold for a solid day. Once the coffee is brewed—which requires 12 to 14 hours—you simply press the button, which fills the carafe; add milk or sugar if you’d like, then pop on the leak-proof lid and hit the road.

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Literary Mugs; $16

Uncommon Goods

You’ve got all this delicious coffee—now, you need something to drink it from. These literary mugs—featuring the likenesses of the Brontë sisters, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, and Lewis Carroll—are microwave- and dishwasher-safe and cute to boot.

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10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

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Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

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2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

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Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

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3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

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Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

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4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

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The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

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5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

Amazon

Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

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6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

Amazon

This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

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7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

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Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

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8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

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What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

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9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

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10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

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Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

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11 Lively Gifts for Plant Parents

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Blue Q/Amazon/Picnic Time/World Market

Many folks have been showing off their green thumbs this year thanks to the pandemic, so why not encourage their hobbies? There's a special gift for every kind of plant parent out there—think starter grow kits to gardening tools to cute cartoon socks. If the Christmas tree in the living room isn't enough greenery for your gift recipient's taste this festive season, we have some great gift options below.

1. Back To The Roots Garden In A Can Herb Growing Kit; $25

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Herb gardens are compact, useful, and easy to maintain. If your giftee lives in an apartment and doesn't have outdoor space for a large garden, Back To The Roots's Garden In A Can Herb Growing Kit—a three-pack of basil, cilantro, and mint—is a great place for them to start their indoor horticultural journey.

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2. Plants Rock Cactus Growing Kit; $13

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Another option for small spaces is cacti, which do not require much water or attention. This kit makes it easy to start growing cacti in your gift recient's home. The tools are all included, so all your giftee has to do is plant the seeds and set the ceramic pot in a sunny spot.

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3. Picnic Time Folding Garden Stool With Tools; $69

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For more experienced gardeners, tools are essential for helping plants thrive. This stool with tools might solve the problem of sore knees and backs from kneeling in dirt. Not only is the seat portable and lightweight, but it also includes a storage tote and five pockets for tools like the included trowels and garden forks.

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4. Green and Pink Ribbed-Glass Plant Misters; $26

World Market

Indoor plants need as much care and attention as their outdoor cousins, but lugging around a watering can may cause a mess in your giftee's home. Using this set of two plant misters is an easy way to keep moisture-loving plants like orchids and Boston ferns nice and dewy.

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5. Cotton Macramé Plant Hanger; $18

World Market

Macramé plant hangers were all the rage back in the '70s. They've made a comeback this year as people have become craftier at home. This plant hanger is great for showing off plants that grow long, curtain-like tendrils and helpful when your giftee lives in a small space. With the roof as the limit, they can pack in as many plants as they want.

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6. Can't Kill Me 2021 Calendar; $8

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If your gift recipient loves plants but can't keep real ones alive, give them this mini wall calendar. It features, well, plant arrangements they can't kill, like succulents, bonsai trees, and snake plants. This calendar will surely add a dose of green to their home office.

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7. The New Plant Parent: Develop Your Green Thumb and Care for Your House-Plant Family; $17

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All gardeners want one simple thing: to know more about keeping their plants alive and thriving. This book has all the essentials for cultivating houseplants. It's full of tips and tricks for repotting a plant, taking care of certain types of plants, and adjusting light for your plant baby's survival.

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8. Homenote Bamboo Plant Labels; $14

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Plant labels are a great way for your giftee to remember where they planted their rosemary versus their parsley before they sprout. This 60 label set comes with a pen, so the labeling process is a breeze.

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9. Blue Q Proud Plant Mom Socks; $13

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Proud plant moms want to show off their love for their greenery any way they can. That's why these crew socks will be a hit with any of your green-thumbed friends. Blue Q also donates 1 percent of its sales revenue to Doctors Without Borders.

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10. EuroGraphics 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle; $20

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This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle will occupy your gift recipients from the fall harvest to the spring planting season. The challenging design of multiple succulents features each plant's common and scientific name.

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11. AeroGarden Indoor Hydroponic Garden; $124

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If seasons don't matter to your giftee and they want to start their herb garden right now, then the AeroGarden is going to be their best friend. They'll be able to grow herbs like dill, thyme, and mint indoors in the middle of winter. Thanks to the LED grow lights, there is no need to worry about plants getting enough sunlight. They can grow up to six plants at a time, all year round.

Buy it: Amazon

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