Memorial Day is just a few days away. If you’ve already prepped for the festivities by planning your own party or organizing your squad’s itinerary for where to eat and drink this weekend, treat yourself to some online shopping from our favorite retailers, from Sur La Table and Nordstrom to ABC Home and Hedley & Bennett.
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Sur La Table
As Shelley Worrell so kindly pointed out, you need a Staub Dutch oven in your home. Start stewing and braising with one of these options, all of which are heavily on sale.
Get a nice cast-iron grill to fit on your stove, and you can start making your burgers, chicken, and immaculately charred ricotta toast for anyone who chooses (wisely) to enter your home this summer. This is, perhaps, the most attractive grill we’ve seen.
Fry, sauté, braise - you can do anything in this pan. Also, it’s from All-Clad, which means you’ll envy yourself for owning it.
At this point, Nespresso is a genre of coffee unto itself. And it’s an incredibly convenient and crowd-pleasing genre. Get yourself a top-of-the-line machine, while it’s on sale.
A good chef’s knife will, invariably, be the most important tool in your kitchen. And few things feel better than slicing a steak or even an onion with a high-quality Japanese one.
Non-stick pans are magical and shouldn’t exist. And All-Clad is just about as good as it gets. Do the math, and start making your morning egg routine laughably easy.
If you weren’t aware, we love ceramics. And, for some reason, a ceramic colander feels like an especially large flex, even if this one is currently under $20. It’ll give you an excuse to go pick some berries.
Overall, we’re a fan of Lateral Objects, and we also highly suggest you pick up some of their coasters, lest you wind up like Hilary Duff.
Listen, you can gradually assemble your own professional-quality cookware set - over the course of, say, seven years - or you can just pick up this 10-piece set right now, while it’s on sale. The choice is yours.
Presentation matters. And, in the context of home entertaining, you could argue it matters more than anything else. So go ahead and purchase an iridescent serving tray that’ll make any guests assume you’re operating on a whole different plane.
You could use the Great Jones Dutch oven (formally called “The Dutchess”) purely as a centerpiece for your dinner table, and we’d only barely judge you for that. But this thing not only looks good, it works well too. And now’s the time to buy one.
A quality non-stick skillet will make your life roughly 40-75% easier, depending on how often you cook. And if you pick up this one from Great Jones, there’s a decent chance you’ll use it every day (and display it proudly).
The theme of this summer will be “drinking outdoors” (even if all you’re drinking is a fine iced coffee). Plan accordingly with this 20oz Hydroflask.
A favorite of Staff Writer Anne Cruz, this Hyroflask Cooler Cup will keep a can of beer cold while you fish or do a crossword or something. Also, it doubles as a drinking vessel.
Introducing the flask, an essential part of any summer 2021 starter pack. This stainless one is classy enough to actually use around other people.
Your potato salad isn’t going to bring itself to the picnic, and it definitely won’t keep itself cold. Grab an insulated tote for all your outdoor dining needs.
Show up to the park with this thing, and you become the de facto ruler of that park. That’s just what happens when your chair has a built-in side table.
ABC Carpet & Home
As we’ve mentioned before, these Ann Demeulemeester-designed plates are the ceramics of choice for the discerning fashion goth. Pick up a set to match your all-black wardrobe.
Presentation is important, and your salads deserve a nice handmade, off-white serving bowl that looks like it should cost twice as much as it actually does.
These wine glasses make us want to move to the country, buy several peacocks, and spend most of our time drinking vintage champagne on a porch.
This rustic-looking cheese board is one of our favorites for homemade charcuterie spreads.
Piecework’s puzzles are not your grandma’s 1000-piece puzzle. This deli and bagel-inspired spread makes a great gift for food enthusiasts.
This mid-century mirrored bar cabinet is absolutely stunning (and almost $300 off).
If you’re looking to incorporate more sustainable products into your kitchen, these food hugger lids replace single-use plastic wrap and are a good place to start.
Hedley & Bennett
The Carryall Apron from Hedley & Bennett is chef Patricia Suarez’s top pick for her favorite apron. We love this bright egg-yolk yellow color and the cream accent colors.
For those who prefer the smock-style apron, this one crosses in the back for a flowy, but still secure fit.
This simple apron is great for grilling, and would also make a great Father’s Day gift.
If you need some help getting over the $100 threshold, these socks are a fun accessory and only cost $16.
This pink geode printed bottle is one of our faves to use as an outdoor flask.
A 6-pack of drink chillers will ensure none of your friends have to suffer through a lukewarm beer during your summer picnics or cookouts.
If you’re looking for a new water bottle, the new Chanterelle one from S’Well’s ceramics collection is stunning to look at and use.
W&P’s glass bowl feels nicer and more sturdy than a plastic one, but has a protective bumper of silicone to make it durable enough for on-the-go use.
Get ready to host your friends with a gorgeous marble board perfect for charcuterie spreads.
Snag Peugeot’s iconic seasoning mill in a bright fire truck red for grinding salt, pepper, or whatever else moves you.
This barware set from Hawkins New York is a great sustainable drinking starter pack with coasters, reusable napkins, and glass straws.