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Nothing ruins a camping trip more than poorly cooked food and hungry, except maybe animals getting into your camp. Having ... Read moreThe Best Camping Stoves in 2021 The post The Best Camping Stoves in 2021 appeared first on Daddy Lawn Games.
Nothing ruins a camping trip more than poorly cooked food and hungry, except maybe animals getting into your camp. Having a camp stove that adequately cooks your food is essential. However, the world of camp stoves can be quite overwhelming. When researching camp stoves, there are so many aspects to consider that you can easily get caught going into a rabbit hole and never returning, making a rash decision, and finding out that stove doesn’t work for you and your family. So we’ve done the research and come up with the best camping stoves.
We looked at the following features to help determine the best stoves for camping: freestanding or tabletop, number of burners and burner power, weight and packed size, fuel type, ignition, and how well it did in windy conditions. We also took into account companies we can trust that have been around for a while. Depending on what kind of camping you do, we know from our list, you will easily find a stove that you will love!
We start our list of camping stoves with a stove that is moderately priced. It is a solid stove at a reasonable price. The Triton+ is dependable, inexpensive, and ideal for small groups. It weighs 11 lbs. and has a packed size of 21×12.5×4.5 inches. It is not as powerful or as fancy as some of the other stoves on this list, but it gets the job done. It will boil a quart of water in five minutes if there is no wind and fifteen minutes if there are windy conditions. Run off of a 16 oz canister of propane, the burners are 11,000 BTU, and there are two of them. With the purchase of an adapter, the stove could run off a 20-gallon propane tank.
The Triton+ is compact and suitable for simple needs. It will fit two 10-inch pans next to each other. Although boiling water may take a while, the stove has excellent simmer control and an auto-ignite system. Be cautious when purchasing; many consumers get confused and buy the Triton instead of the Triton+. The Triton does not have auto-ignite. The Triton+ is easy to clean and comes with a 3-year limited warranty from Coleman.
Another stove from Coleman, this butane single burner stove stands alone as a tabletop stove. The InstaStart is sturdy and has auto-ignite but no windscreen. The reason we like this stove is that it is versatile. You can use it as a single burner or add it to another camp stove to have more burners. You can also have it stored in the garage for an emergency. Running off butane, the burner is 7,650 BTUs, which isn’t very powerful, but it simmers well and has easily adjustable controls. Having no wind guard means it struggles with the wind. On a still day, the stove can boil a quart of water in five minutes, but it will take over 20 minutes to boil a windy day.
This stove is ideal for one-pot meals such as soup, mac and cheese, and Ramen Noodles. It is suitable for a new or infrequent, single camper. The pack away size is 14.25 x 12 x 4.5 inches and weighs less than five pounds. It is big enough for a 10-12 inch skillet and comes with a carry case. Running on butane means you will use less fuel because it is more efficient than propane. You could have this stove on high for 1.25 hours using an 8.8 oz butane canister.
Coleman appears on our list three times for excellent reasons. It is a trustworthy company that has been around for years. This classic stove is also a purchase you can trust. It is simple, straightforward, and reliable. The two-burner stove has an adjustable windscreen that widens effortlessly to enlarge the cooking surface. A larger cooking surface will accommodate a larger pan. The fuel adaptor threads easily to a 16-ounce propane canister. If you were to leave the stove on high for one hour, you would use one 16-ounce canister of propane. The stove measures 21 x 13 x 3.5 inches when packed and weighs 9.8 lbs.
Each burner is 10,000 BTUs and can boil one quart of water in 4.75 minutes. On a windy day, a quart of water boils in 6.25 minutes. The stove has commendable wind resistance. The flame control is limited as the knobs are difficult to read but don’t affect the simmering. There can be hot spots, but overall The Classic stove performs steadily and predictably. We like this stove because it is easy to clean and comes with a 3-year limited warranty similar to the Coleman Triton+.
Our absolute favorite camp stove on the list is the Camp Chef Everest. It is our top choice and well worth the cost. The durability, wind resistance, and powerful, even cooking stands out above the rest. This tabletop stove has two 20,000 BTU burners and boils faster than any other stove on the list. With no wind, the Everest can boil a quart of water in 2.5 minutes. With wind, the Everest can boil a quart of water in 3 minutes. It will hold 12 inches in diameter pots on both burners simultaneously, which is suitable for family cooking.
Weighing 12.3 lbs, the Everest has a packed size of 23.5 x 13.5 x 4 inches. Armored with auto-ignite, this stove allows you to control the flame with precision. However, the low setting is still a little high and can cause burning, so checking on the food repeatedly is essential. A stainless steel drip pan makes cleanup a breeze, and the propane attachment fits inside the stove nicely for transportation. The biggest downfall with the Everest is the plastic latches. Camp Chef did upgrade these in the Camp Chef Everest 2X, but it isn’t worth the new price tag. You won’t be disappointed with this stove. It has a noticeable, quality design with an all-around solid performance.
No camp stove list would be complete without a freestanding stove on it. Powered with propane, the Explorer has two burners that are each 30,000 BTUs. It is relatively heavier than the other stoves coming in at 36 lbs. This extra weight comes from the powder-coated metal. To remove some of the weight, you could remove the removable legs and make it a tabletop stove. It is very versatile and great for large groups. You could also use it as a patio or backyard stove or have it in case of an emergency.
The Explorer is pretty bare-bones and bulky but suitable for Camp Chef’s add on cooking devices. If you are a solo, backpack camper or camp in a small group, this stove is not for you. If you car camp and camp in a large group, this stove is perfect for you. It has a large cooking space that is easily set-up and minimal maintenance. You can boil a quart of water in 3.75 minutes with no wind and 5 minutes. It has little wind resistance and no auto-ignite feature.
The big brother to the Camp Chef Explorer is the Camp Chef Tahoe. The Camp Chef Tahoe adds another burner for a total of three burners. These burners are 30,000 BTUs. It is a basic design with the capability of adding Camp Chef accessories such as a griddle. With a sturdy cast aluminum frame, the Tahoe is reliable, powerful, and wind-resistant. There is minimal chance of the flame blowing out in windy situations.
Armored with auto-ignite, the Tahoe has even heat distribution and quality components. The Tahoe measures 30 inches high and has a 608 sq inch cooking area. It weighs 48 lbs., so it is not ideal for backpacking or trail camping. A three-foot hose connects to a 20-gallon propane tank. Great for larger groups. It comes with a one year warranty.
The GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540 is similar to most of the stoves on this list. It is a middle of the road value and does what it is supposed to do. The stove is compact and gets the pans closer to burners. It functions well with an easy to grab handle. The powder-coated exterior makes the stove extra durable. Each burner puts out 10,000 BTUs using a 16 oz propane canister. On a windy day, this stove will boil a quart of water in 5.5 minutes. On a non-windy, the stove can boil a quart of water in 4 minutes. The packed weight of the Selkirk 540 is 9.8 lbs. and 21 x 12.9 x 3.8 inches.
Other features we like about the Selkirk are the micro control knobs, auto-ignite and that it is easy to set up and easy to clean. The compact design also makes this stove have decent wind resistance, which makes it efficient. A couple of things that don’t make this stove shine are that it cooks hot and has a temperamental ignitor and struggles when simmering. However, these three things are minor, and the Selkirk 540 is still a good stove.
We can’t finish off our list without a stove designed for backpacking and trail camping. The MSR Windburner meets this need. The MSR Windburner is a tabletop stove that is stable and windproof. The anti-topple technology ensures your pot won’t fall over as food is being cooked. You can boil a liter of water in 6.2 minutes. Efficiency and durability are significant characteristics for the Windburner.
Powered by a radiant burner, using an all-season fuel blend, instead of a flame, the Windburner cooks thoroughly and has a good simmer. Designed for 2-4 people, the system comes with ceramic cookware that is nonstick and self-centering. The packing size is 7.25 x 7.25 x 6 inches; the Windburner Stove System weighs 1 lb 4 oz. You can purchase additional accessories and cookware from MSR to make it fit all your backpacking and trail camping needs. It comes with a three-year limited warranty. It is not ideal for car camping as there are better and bigger camping stoves that will do a better job.
This list contains numerous camp stoves that any camper will be able to use as they enjoy nature. All of the stoves on this list are user-friendly, easy setup, and easy clean. Keep in mind that as you research camp stoves, you should consider the type of stove and fuel and the number of burners and burner power. Other things to consider include what kind of camping you will be doing, windy weather performance, auto-ignite, and weight/packed size. If auto-ignite is not essential to you, be sure to pack a lighter or matches. Whether you are backpacking, trail camping, or car camping, we are sure you will find a camp stove you love. So grab your bag, bedding, and stove and enjoy your time connecting with nature and feast on some well-cooked food.
Having clean drinking water is a crucial camping necessity. To that end, a good water filter for camping should be ... Read more2021’s Best Water Filters For Camping The post 2021’s Best Water Filters For Camping appeared first on Daddy Lawn...
Having clean drinking water is a crucial camping necessity. To that end, a good water filter for camping should be included in every camping checklist.
When looking for water filters designed specifically for camping, we wanted to compare the price, weight, ease of use, and type of filter to help you make the best, affordable decision.
There are several types of water filters for camping, including gravity filters, squeeze filters, and pump filters. Each type of filter will have a different flow rate.
Whether you are replacing an old water filter or buying your first water filter for camping, let’s jump in and look at the best water filters for camping.
We bought the camping filters and gave them to our writers to test over a period of time in the last year. Our writers were familiar with water filters for camping already, having been chosen for this article based on their camping experience level. We also looked at online forums, Amazon user reviews and third-party website reviews.
The Sawyer Squeeze is a squeeze water filter usable in a variety of ways. You can spray the water directly into your mouth or into a bottle. You can also fit the Sawyer Squeeze in most water bottles. It is lightweight and works in the palm of your hand, weighing only two ounces.
This water filter is great if you have to do big hike to get to your camping location as it is compact, versatile, and durable.
There is no strange taste as the water is not treated with chemicals.
The Sawyer Squeeze removes 100% microplastics and protozoa, cysts, sediment, and harmful bacteria like salmonella, cholera, and E.coli. It takes forty seconds to filter one liter of water, so it is speedy.
When you purchase the Sawyer Squeeze, it comes with three reusable, BPA free pouches, a cleaning plunger, cleaning coupling, gravity tubing, inline hydration pack adapters, and a mesh storage bag. You get one 16 oz pouch and two 32 oz pouches.
Unlike the Sawyer Squeeze, the Platypus GravityWorks is excellent for couples or groups. This is because they can filter four liters of water in two and a half minutes!
GravityWorks water filter is a gravity filter. To use, you fill-up the dirty pouch with water and hang it above the clean pocket with the filter in between, and gravity does all the work. There is no pumping or squeezing needed. It uses a hollow-fiber water filter system that meets EPA/NSF guidelines to remove bacteria and protozoa. The quick disconnect valves and hose clamps make setting up and cleaning up a breeze.
GravityWorks comes with a four-liter dirty pouch, four-liter clean pouch, hollow-fiber microfilter, hoses, shutoff clamp, and a storage sack. Each filter can be used for up to 1500 liters. The carrying weight for this filter is 11.5 ounces and is available in two-liter or four-liter sizes.
Great for personal use, the Katadyn BeFree is available for multiple sizes and weighs anywhere from 2.3 oz to 3.5 oz. This filter is usable as a gravity filter or a squeeze filter, depending on your purchase size. What we like best about BeFree is the affordable prices, ultralightweight, and the filtration rate. You can filter up to two liters per minute!
This filter is different from the Sawyer Squeeze and Platypus GravityWorks because it is a wide-mouth soft bottle for personal use instead of group use. It can be used in streams, rivers, lakes, and even from a faucet. Katadyn BeFree is perfect for hiking while camping as it is collapsible and will fold up concisely when not being used.
Another reason we like this filter is that it is easy to clean. Simply shake or swish water in the end to remove debris. It is not as durable as other water filters on the list, and it has a lower life expectancy of only 1000 liters.
LifeStraw is perfect for emergencies. You can get water from virtually any water sources such as puddles, rivers, streams, and lakes. This filter is a straw filter, so when sucking with your mouth, the water is filtered.
LifeStraw filters out particulates and pathogens like bacteria and protozoa; however, it does not filter out viruses. It can remove chemicals as well.
Similar to the Platypus GravityWorks, LifeStraw uses a hollow fiber cartridge. Working best in clear water, there is no pumping needed or chemical treatment required.
It is durable with few parts and a simple design filtering up to 1,000 gallons (4,000 liters).
Another reason we like LifeStraw is the carrying capability. It can be worn around the neck.
LifeStraw has several products available using the same technology, including a GoWater filter bottle, Flex Multi-Function water filter system, and Family 1.0 portable gravity-powered water purifier.
A couple of downfalls of the LifeStraw is that there are no storage capabilities, and you have to lay down to use it or fill a bottle with dirty water.
The Grayle Geopress is one of our favorite water systems on the list. It is a water purifier instead of a water filter. A purifier filters out viruses where a filter does not. Viruses are not the only things the Geopress removes from the water. It will remove bacteria, protozoa, microorganisms, heavy metals, and microplastics. We love this water purifier because it is excellent for international camping, traveling, and families.
It will purify 24 oz in 8 sec. It is the only cleaner on this list that allows you to know the purifiers limit’s status. You will know you need a new purifier filter when the press time reaches 25 seconds, or you have used the bottle for three years since the first use. Suitable for 350 cycles, the press action filter will get you through several camping trips, and replacement purifier filters can be purchased separately.
The Geopress meets EPA guidelines filters using electroabsorption/activated carbon. The system is armored with a dirty bottle and a clean bottle. You fill the dirty bottle with unclean water and press the clean bottle into the dirty bottle to filter it. There is no need to pump, squeeze, or wait for clean water.
The most important reason we love the Geopress is that it prevents cross-contamination with a screw top that covers the drinking spot.
Made of military-grade quality, the MSR Guardian is a pump filter that is actually a purifier. It eliminates viruses in addition to bacteria and protozoa. The Guardian has an attached pre-filter that has minimal maintenance. Ideal for terribly dreadful water sources both locally and internationally. The Guardian is also great for emergency preparedness.
We like the Guardian for many reasons, but our top reason is that it is self-cleaning. It back purges with every pump to help clean.
We also like it because it has a high flow-rate, 2.5 L per minute, with little pumping fatigue. Coming in at 17.3 oz, this water filter is ideal for individuals or small groups. It is reliable and is an excellent investment for long-term value. It can be frozen and has incredible water quality.
The filter has a lifetime of 10,000 filters, but replacement filters can be purchased separately. The Guardian is reliable and great when paired with a wide mouth bottle, like a Nalgene. There are not a lot of loose parts and includes a carrying case.
Similar to the Platypus GravityWorks, the Katadyn Gravity Camp is a gravity filter that is convenient and easy to use. Other positive aspects of the Katadyn Gravity Camp include a high volume filtration system that can filter 6 L of water in six minutes. It is usable in cold weather and is suitable for small parties and bigger groups.
To use the filter, simply dip, hang, and wait. Dip the pouch into the dirty water source and hang it up to allow gravity to filter it. Wait a short time to get your clean water. As the water gets filter, the activated-carbon removes the nasty water smell. When the filter gets dirty, you can clean the filter with some disassembly. The Gravity Camp has a robust construction and is easy to maintain.
It weighs 11.65 oz and can be folded or rolled. It comes with a zip-up case to prevent losing pieces.
Our final thought is that the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6 L is the best value gravity filter.
The Katadyn Hiker Pro is our favorite hand pump water filter for camping on the list. It is transparent, lightweight, and has a compact design. It is smaller than the MSR Guardian but is perfect for shallow water. The extra-long tube and smaller intake make it easy to reach almost any water source from small to large sources.
This classic design is reliable and ideal for personal use or small group use, and it is suitable for backcountry North America.
Our favorite aspect of the Hiker Pro is the many adapters included. These adapters will allow the filter to connect to bottles and hydration packs. It is very versatile.
The Hiker Pro has a little trouble when the water is not clear. It can clog with sediment despite the anticlog pleated cartridge. Regular cleaning is required to keep the 1100 L life expectancy.
To tie up our list, the MSR Trailshot is a compact, ultralight hand pump water filter. If you are going for a short weekend camping trip, the Trailshot is perfect. It is affordable and works well in shallow water, such as streams and puddles.
A pre-filter is attached, making it easy to drink straight from the Trailshot or to fill bottles. It is pocket-sized, which makes carrying easy, especially if you plan to go for hikes while camping.
Another convenience is that it is a one-hand operation, and you can filter water while doing something else. It has a fast flow rate with one liter in 60 seconds.
Like other filters on this list, it uses a hollow fiber technology to filter up to 2,000 L without using iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. MSR suggests you backflush to keep the filter clean.
The Trailshot is perfect for a solo camper or a couple but not recommended for a group or family.
There are many factors to consider when shopping for the best water filter for camping. Price, type of filter, type of water you will be filtering, and the number of people using the water filter. Location is something else to consider. Will you be traveling internationally to camp or staying local? You should also think about how you will be getting to your camping location. If you plan to hike in, you want something lightweight. There are many filters/purifiers on this list that will get the job done. We hope you’ve found a favorite, just like we have!
No matter where you’re biking, it’s essential to make your presence known to those around you. The city lights can ... Read moreThe 5 Best Affordable Bike Lights In 2021 The post The 5 Best Affordable Bike Lights In 2021 appeared first on Daddy Lawn...
No matter where you’re biking, it’s essential to make your presence known to those around you. The city lights can flush you out at night, and the dark back roads emit no light whatsoever. At night, drivers cannot see you. You need safety gear like reflectors, reflective clothing and a bike light.
Whether for a commute or simply because the breeze of the night feels nice, many bikers find themselves biking at night. Without a proper bike light, however, this becomes a dangerous task that puts your safety in the hands of drivers and anyone else out on the road at night. Bike lights enable you to be seen on the road before it’s too late. With a bike light, that driver speeding along the back road will have much more time to hit on the brakes.
With such a vital difference, it’s crucial to have only the best tools working with you. To help alleviate the stress of finding the perfect bike light for you, we’ve researched, tested, and picked our five favorite bike lights of 2021. These are the cream of the crop in the “affordable” price range, and each product will provide you with light that will protect you while biking in the night.
Although bike lights have made many advancements over the past decade, not all bike lights are equal, and there is a wide range of quality and price for bike lights. Some bike lights cost as much as $300. However, this article will summarize all the best affordable bike lights for around $20 – $30. There are still good bike lights in this price category, as we discuss below.
Brightness is the most important factor when judging bike lights. Brightness is measured in lumens, so the more lumens, the better. How many lumens do you need for a bike light?
Daytime running lights to be seen in daylight = 100+ Lumens
Urban commuting lights to be seen in town = 50 to 200 Lumens
Rural riding lights to see where you are going = 400 to 600 Lumens
Trail riding lights to see everything = 600+ LumensCycles UK
The next most important diagnostic to look at for bike lights is beam pattern, which is how wide and far the light reaches.
In addition, a good bike light should be sturdy and attach/detach easily to the bike. Thus, material quality and build quality is another leading indicator for comparing bike lights.
Lastly, when comparing bike lights, it’s important to review the specs of the “bells and whistles” offered by the various bike light brands, like battery power time, whether there are battery indicator lights/sounds and water-resistance rating.
We researched the market on Amazon for bike lights in and around the $10 – $40 dollar range, ordering and then testing the products at night, reviewing user reviews (all of these bike lights have at least one thousand reviews), reading online forums and using our experience with bike lights over the years.
Protect yourself and stand out against the dark background of the night with any of the five best affordable bike lights of 2021.
Most of these inexpensive lights have around the same level of lumens, and around the same battery life, so the ranking is based on whose specs are slightly better relative to the price, which ones were easier to mount on all bikes, and which ones looked better.
All of these bike lights can be affixed to a bike without any tools, which is another great thing about the more affordable range of bike lights.
Each of the products on our list has been tested among many others and have proven to be the best that 2021 has to offer. They include advanced features as well as customization options to keep you safe and bright, even on the darkest back roads in the night. If you’re looking for a great way to keep yourself lit on the back roads or to stand out in the bright city, our list of five bike lights have you covered.
The Vont ‘Pyro’ Bike Light Set takes your safety as well as the safety of others into consideration with their ‘Pyro’ bike light set and wraps it up in a very affordable price. It comes with a front light and a backlight so that not only can you see where you’re going in the night, but other drivers will be able to see you well before it’s too late. This affordable bike light has all of the features of the industry’s most expensive products but will not break the bank. Anyone looking for a cheap, yet effective way to light up the night needs to look no further.
This device was designed for the city. At 80 lumens, it is enough to power to stand out in urban commuting (it feels a lot brighter than 80 lumens). It employs super-bright LEDs in both lights with four modes each. The lamps are small and compact, but their spread will cover everything in front of you and can easily be switched to accommodate your surroundings with the click of a button. With biking, the elements come into play as well – luckily these little lights are waterproof and built to handle any light collisions.
We were shocked at the strength of these bike lights. For their size, they have an incredible spread and completely cover the entire road when needed. If you’re in a smaller area where less light is needed, simply press a button, and the lights will change to another setting.
The rechargeable batteries lasted well over 10 hours and kept us biking much longer than any other lamps. The lights are waterproof and can handle a beating (though we didn’t test them against a truck which the company claims they can withstand.)
Similar to the Vont light, the Ascher Ultra Bright USB Rechargeable Bike Light is a front and backlight set that keeps you safe from drivers behind you as well as drivers in front of you. Ascher makes reliable and durable products that are designed to keep bikers safe and to create enough light as not to blind the others on the road. These rechargeable bike lights employ 300 lumens in the front, and around 100 lumens in the back all powered by an industry-leading 1800mAh lithium battery in the front and a 330mAh lithium battery in the back, so you won’t have to worry about dimming or burning out.
On top of their strong batteries, the Ascher lights include four different brightness and blinking settings to help you adapt to your surroundings. If you’re on a dark back road with no cars around, turn it up and see far enough ahead of you. The taillight uses five bright red LED chips to alert other drivers to your presence faster. The easy installation of these lights enables you to detach and use the device for another bike or simply for hiking purposes.
This is a very similar product to the ‘Pyro’ listed above with a few minor differences. It handles the USB charging aspect much better than their competitor as they’re able to keep battery life up longer, even on the brightest setting. The light isn’t as bright as the ‘Pyro’, but it does offer a sturdy and lasting life. We loved the look and feel of this light and would highly recommend it to anyone taking the city roads or paths deep into the night.
The Wastou Super Bright Bike Light is specially designed for low-light biking where encounters with others are more likely. Their bike light is designed to make you visible without blinding others which will increase your safety as well. Wastou has made a strong product at an affordable price that can withstand any extreme types of weather that might come your way. Wastou’s affordable front light is ready to keep you cycling throughout the neighborhood deep into the night.
This bike light is mainly focused on the front beam with the taillight being much smaller and less powerful than other products on our list. With that being said, Wastou has focused on this front beam to make it one of the best options available and the taillight continues to host enough brightness to make you visible as you ride through the night. This device is waterproof and durable, with six different brightness settings to adjust to your surroundings.
If you’re looking for a fantastic bike light set that’s specifically designed for neighborhoods and low-light areas, then this is the perfect light for you. However, if you’re looking for a versatile light that also works on mountain paths and back roads, then this might not be a great option. It’s designed to avoid blinding others by lowering the angle at which the beam radiates while still providing ample coverage for the space around you. We loved this device, but the taillight seems to be lacking in power.
While the BrightRoad Rechargeable 800 Lumens Bike Light might be the most expensive product on our list, the quality and versatility are well worth the price its listed at. Few other products are designed for both city biking and country biking, but BrightRoad implements the perfect mix of brightness spread and low-angle beams to make you stand out in both environments. This 800-lumen bike light is a fantastic way to continue biking throughout the city as well as the back roads between.
This bike light offers one of the furthest warning distances any taillight can offer in a set deal. Cars will be able to see your taillight up to 650 feet away and will know to slow down. Your front light has the same beam distance of 650 feet in front of you and is angled as to warn oncoming traffic, not blind them. There are five different brightness and blinking settings for further customization options. You’re also receiving a waterproof product to keep you safe in all-weather situations. This bike light’s body is made from aluminium, not plastic.
For a transitional situation, this bike light is unmatched at this price point. It can work wonders on back roads and yet makes you stand out in some of the brightest backdrops in city life. When testing this light out, we were shocked to find how effective the backlight was, even in low-visibility areas. We will say that the taillight tends to blend in with similar reds in large cities, but that shouldn’t be a problem as most drivers will know to stop or slow down. The front light is a quality product, but the taillight is what sells this device.
While it’s not as bright as the BrightRoad or the Wastou, the NP Night Provision BX-300 Bike Light will easily get the job done and make you visible to cars at night. The NP Night Provision Bike Light is a 300 Lumen device that offers great illumination for almost all situations. This lamp is transferable for city biking, low-light neighborhood biking, and even some back-road biking at night.
With this affordable bike light, you’re getting ample coverage in both the front and back with quality light spread that isn’t too much for oncoming traffic. This lightweight lamp is easy to affix to your bike and can be switched out and moved from bike to bike as needed with little hassle. The long-lasting battery will be able to host a bike ride up to six hours on the highest setting.
While this device isn’t as powerful as others on our list, it certainly is a dependable little light. It will last long enough to get you a long nighttime bike ride in and will protect you from any oncoming traffic. It works well in low-light areas as well as the flushed-out environment of a busy city. With this little lamp, you can go biking at night in almost any situation.
Before you settle on your bike light choice, it’s important to take into consideration some personal factors that could affect your choice. Things like the type of cycling you do, speed you’re typically going, and placement intent of the bike light will make a drastic change in which light is best for you.
In terms of what type of cycling you do, it’s essential to make a note of where you’re going to be doing your biking. If you’re out on a busy city street with plenty of other lights and cars, you won’t want to buy the brightest bike light you can find as it will simply be drowned out by the splash of all other city lights. If you’re on a wooded back road or a country path, you might want a brighter light that doesn’t necessarily blind other drivers.
The five lights on our list are diverse with some suiting city use more while others focus on the back roads.
In this blog post, I will tell you step-by-step everything you need to know to start a lifestyle blog from ... Read moreHow To Start An Amazing Lifestyle Blog in 21 Steps The post How To Start An Amazing Lifestyle Blog in 21 Steps appeared first on Daddy Lawn...
In this blog post, I will tell you step-by-step everything you need to know to start a lifestyle blog from start to finish. Whether it be starting a mommy blog, a family blog, a baby blog or a travel blog, I will teach you everything you need to know (in simple steps) to start a lifestyle blog.
What are my credentials? I started blogging when I opened my own law firm. I built a website for my firm from a WordPress theme template, all on my own, and quickly grew it to over 150,000 users per month (with a little help from its blog traffic). A little while later, having taught myself all about blogging for a law firm, I decided to branch out to see if I could replicate my success in something a little less serious: lifestyle blogging. Daddy Lawn Games (the site you are on right now) is that experiment, and it’s already a big success, averaging month over month growth of 1000%.
Before you get started, its important to not you will need a small cash investment to start a blog. You have to pay:
Extra Funds? It is not needed, but it’s nice to have Ahrefs ($99 per month) right from the beginning. Sitekit Premium comes next once you have 1000 subscribers ($29 per month). Lastly, once you have about 50 posts, you will also want Securi ($199 per year) to protect your investment.
Pick a niche. You eventually want to appear like an “authority” on some topic. If you blog about two niches: video games and baby sleep, you might not be trusted for both. But if you regularly blog about just one niche, baby sleep, you will become an “authority” for baby sleep. Authority is important because it is a ranking factor on Google.
But don’t niche down too narrow. I made a mistake niching down too hard on this website. At the beginning of Daddy Lawn games, I mostly posted about “lawn games” as intended, but that was a little too boring and I ran out of topics. I decided I wanted to start blogging about all things family related. So now I’m in the family niche, not the “lawn games” niche, and I think Google doesn’t care one way or the other.
My Advice: In picking a niche, follow the Dot Dash method (they have different domains for very broad niches. Each niche is a wide topic like “homes” or “money”). For instance, The Spruce (a home blog) blogs about everything from restoring dining rooms chairs to reviewing vacuums while Lifewire (a tech blog) blogs about new movies on Netflix and how to save PDFs. This is a better strategy than having a blog that just blogs about dining room chairs or PDFs.
So pick a broad niche like homes, family, careers, money or beauty, etc. Don’t pick a narrow niche like teen parenting, or NYC condo living or credit cards or eye makeup. You will come to regret a narrow niche, trust me.
Pick a “brand name” but make sure you can get the domain name with “.com”. I regret my law firm website’s TLD, “.ca” because now I lack trust signals when I try and attract US readers (which is the biggest market in the world). I wish I has chosen a “.com” or something modern and international like “.io” or “.law”.
Why would you pick a TLD like “.uk.co” for your domain when it sort of limits yourself to a British audience instead of a worldwide audience?
Pick a name you won’t regret later. I regret naming this blog Daddy Lawn Games. I wish I picked something a little less niche. I started out with the idea that I was just going to review lawn games sets on Amazon (i.e. posts like this: Best Ladder Ball Sets), but then I decided to switch to everything related to “outdoors and the family”, and then later I decided to niche up again to “everything about families”. I now wish my name was more generic. But a fresh domain will hurt my SEO, so I can’t switch.
It is a myth that you have to niche down super narrow to succeed on Google. However, it is true that Google prefers that you stick to a broad niche. I’ve ranked blog posts way outside my niche my lawn games mini niche a bunch of times. When I decided to branch out from “lawn games” blogs to blogs about all things family, the very first thing I did was rank a post about baptism gifts way better than any of my posts about lawns games on a website which was supposed to be about “lawn games”! This was a pleasant surprise and nice lesson for me.
Any name will do for your lifestyle blog. Your domain name won’t affect your posts’ SEO. You could even use a made-up name like, “Thekaxam.com” or a quirky name like “sunnygreenapple.com.” Why not, right? Dot Dash made a million-dollar blog for homes called, “Thespruce.com”.
Don’t use your last name. It will be hard to sell one day and it may be difficult to scale up.
Buy your blog’s domain name from Bluehost, not Godaddy because it will be easier for when you host your domain name (as I discuss below). If you buy a domain name from somewhere other than your host, you will have to transfer it, which is a hassle and a challenge for a new blogger. Don’t fret if you have to spend literally 2 extra dollars because your host choice sells domain names for $10 while Godaddy sells them for $8.
Pick a host for your domain name. Do not pick Godaddy as a host. It’s slow, the admin area is challenging, and it’s too expensive. Famed blogger Pay Flynn recommends (and I agree) to go with Bluehost. Bluehost is simply the best host for starting a blog. It’s cheap (the starter plan is $2.95 per month) and you get a free SSL certificate (which is a ranking factor for Google). You can scale up to a better plan at Bluehost as your traffic increases. Pay Flynn says this about Bluehost:
Bluehost is a proven powerhouse in the website hosting industry. They offer exceptional customer service.
You can get your domain, host and email all from Bluehost, so there is no worry about technical stuff and transferring data between service providers.
Through your host’s admin dashboard, set up WordPress on your site. It’s easy to install WordPress on Bluehost. Just follow this guide.
WordPress is the software you will be using to power your blog. 99% of bloggers recommend WordPress over something else like Squarespace or Wix.
WordPress is the best CMS for bloggers, period. A CMS is the bones and code of your website. WordPress is the most popular CMS in the world. With WordPress, and only with WordPress, there are thousands of plugins and themes that make designing and building your blog easy. Need an opt-in box? There’s a plugin for that. Need a map? There’s a plugin for that. Need a pop-up? There’s a plugin for that. Need an e-commerce platform? There’s a plugin for that. You don’t need to code. WordPress sort of builds your site for you (and the posts and pages for you too).
Once your WordPress is up and running on your host, it is super easy to post new blog posts. It’s as easy as making a new post on Facebook or Twitter.
Important Tip: By default, WordPress makes your “permalinks” of new posts the post ID number (i.e. website.com/post01). Change this. You want your permalinks to be the title of your post (website.com/greatseo), not some random number. To change the permalink structure on your WordPress website, go to the dashboard, find the left side menu, and click “Settings” and choose “Permalinks.” Then click the button to change your permalinks to “Post name”. Do this now because it’s very hard to change the permalink structure of your website after you have a lot of posts.
Find a bloging-style theme on ThemeForest to copy the design and code for your WordPress blog site. You can use a theme template to basically copy demo sites created by the theme you chose. You don’t have to know any programming. All you have to do is follow the theme’s instructions on uploading its demo theme. Then, once the theme is installed, you can go into the theme editor in the WordPress dashboard to edit or change the text or pictures.
In short, a theme is basically a pre-built website, and it includes all the tools you need to edit and add new features.
I recommend Generate Press for your theme. That’s the theme I am using on this website. You can see their demo content you can use on your website here. I used X Pro theme on my law firm website. I recommend that one too. I am making other websites with Aveda and Newspaper theme, and so far those ones have been good too. There are lots of choices, so browse them all for a demo site you want to copy.
Make sure to choose a blog demo, not a business website demo. Your website is going to be a lifestyle blog, not a law firm, so just have a simple home page showing your latest posts and that’s it. This way it will be easier to edit the theme once you have uploaded it to WordPress. Generate Press has various blog-specific demos you can use.
Edit your home page in your theme’s editor in WordPress in any way you like. Don’t spend days editing it though. You can do that later once your site really takes off. Just use the demo content and make a few text changes.
Generally, you can use a page builder app called Elementor to edit your theme’s homepage (and everything else). Elementor is the most popular WordPress page builder and it is included in most themes or you can just download it as a plugin for free. Elementor comes packed with tons of free page templates you can just copy or you can buy premium Elementor templates from third parties to copy.
All the big themes like the ones I mentioned above have tons of documentation on you can edit your site/pages.
With WordPress, “Pages” are different than “Posts”: “Pages” are landing pages like your home page and “Contact Us”. “Posts” on the other hand are the blog articles you will be making every week. You will probably never make another Page for a while after you finish setting up your About Us and Contact Us pages. But you will be making a lot of Posts!
For Posts, you don’t need to use a page builder like Elementor. You just use the native WordPress post editor called “Gutenberg”. That’s I how built this article you are reading right now.
Set up a few things inside your website through your host to make it more powerful.
Make a Google Search Console Account and a Google Analytics account. Google Search Console shows you how your posts are doing on Google and Google Analytics shows you how much traffic your website is getting.
Next, download a few WordPress plugins from inside the WordPress dashboard. I recommend you download these plugins to start (the basic plans are free):
Don’t download too many Plugins. They can slow down or break your site (even the good ones). And don’t download any abandoned or disreputable plugins as they are extremely vulnerable to malware hacks.
Start your newsletter campaign today. Every blogger I have spoken to wishes they started their newsletter on day 1. You want to start collecting email addresses as soon as you can so you grow your newsletter list quickly.
You will need an email marketing platform and I recommend ConvertKit. It is probably the most popular one for WordPress bloggers. Sign up for ConvertKit on their website and then download their WordPress plugin to get started. Then add a few ConvertKit signup widgets on your website so it shows up on each Post and on your Contact Us page. Don’t worry about sending a newsletter just yet. Wait till you get a hundred subscribers (which will take a year or so). Then you can email-blast your subscribers with all your latest posts with a cool pre-formatted email template to drive traffic.
Make a Facebook and a Pinterest account for your blog. Don’t worry about Instagram and Twitter. You don’t have enough time to post on all four big social networks, so only focus on Facebook and Pinterest. Facebook shows authority once you get a few hundreds likes and Pinterest drives social traffic.
Every time you make a new post, make a graphic on Canva (it’s a cheap, amazing graphic designer that is so easy to use) and then post it on Pinterest. So if your post is about “tips for a cross country drive“), make a cool Canva graphic about that and add the text, “tips for a cross country drive” and a link to your post and then post it to Pinterest and you will start getting Pinterest users directed to your posts. Don’t underestimate Pinterest for lifestyle blogging. if you follow these steps, the majority of your traffic will come from Pinterest at the beginning.
Don’t try and start a YouTube channel and a new blog at the same time. You only have enough time to make one of these things big. As I discuss below, Youtube will come a few years later once you start scaling up.
A lot of people make mistakes by following the “shiny new thing mindset“. They start a blog, and then they see something cool some other blogger (who has been doing this a lot longer) is doing like a course or an e-book or a YouTube channel, and then they want to emulate that. Trust me, you cannot start a blog and any other side-hustle at the same time. Your blog needs a lot of attention. Also, it must be said that if this is your first blog, focus on just this one, don’t try and start three different niche sites at once. You. Will. Run. Out. Of. Time. And. Burn. Out.
Just focus on pumping out blog posts (for now).
Major Key Alert: Conduct keyword research.
At the beginning, and for two years even, you simply won’t have the juice to make it to the front page of Google for big keywords. The chance of you hitting the front page for words like “best diapers” or “best hotel in Chicago” is zero. This is true even if you have the best post of all time. Google does not value you yet.
However, you can make it to Google’s front page if you write about “longtail” keywords where there is little competition. For example, you could write a blog post on “Amazing Indian food in south LA” and you could have a chance to rank with that.
To see if you have a chance to rank a post on google, you must use Ahrefs. They find the “low-hanging fruit” among your keyword ideas. So if you type in “best toys” they will spit back a bunch of longtail keywords you should write about instead where you have a real chance to rank.
Also, don’t write about keywords that don’t get googled. To get traffic, you need to write about something people are actually googling. Ahrefs has a keyword estimator so show how many times a keyword or phrase is googled per month.
If this is your personal blog, and you want to write about whatever makes you happy, then do that. But if you want traffic, you have to write for Google.
One more thing: Don’t write affiliate-link style posts just yet (i.e. best-of lists). Write information articles first. You won’t be getting much traffic to your posts for a minute, so there is no point in making best-of lists yet. Write “how-to” articles instead. These are easier, look less spammy, and drive backlinks better.
Lastly, as a new blogger, try and write about evergreen content. If you write about “the best stocking stuffers for kids”, you will only get traffic one month a year. Instead about “the comfiest socks for hiking”.
Ahrefs has a whole suite of other SEO tools included in the price, and it’s a must-have (I will talk about his further down below). If you are serious about blogging, Ahrefs is the single most important tool. I wholeheartedly recommend it. I am not trying to make an affiliate, I am trying to convince you that you must get it!
Write the very best post on the internet on your keyword.
To get started, just press the “New Post” button in WordPress to get started. You will be taken to WordPress’s post editor, which is sort of like Microsoft Word.
I recommend all posts should be 1000 words or more (but less than 2500 so you don’t burn out). Google prefers longer posts than shorter ones.
Use SEO hacks to format your posts:
Near the end of the post, use the Yoest plugin in the WordPress editor (its located at the bottom) to see if you draft post passes the SEO test. Yoest will check SEO things like whether or not you added the keyword phrase to your post enough times, among others.
Next, run your draft post through Grammarly to make sure that it has no errors and is easy to read. Google hates bad spelling and grammar.
Save your draft and come back to your post the next day to finalize it. Fresh eyes really help catch the last few mistakes.
Focus on offsite SEO. The Google algorithm cares about the content of your post, but they also care about the website as a whole too. This is why webpages like Forbes can post about anything including “best diapers” and still rank very highly just the same as some finance keyword. They have Google juice.
You don’t have any Google juice yet so you can’t compete. But you could one day if your website builds enough authority.
The first thing you need to do for offsite SEO is to build “backlinks”. Backlinks are when other websites link to yours. The more backlinks you have, the more Google juice you have. Get backlinks from friends, blog directories, or by offering to guest blog on other blogs. Monitor your backlinks with Ahrefs. You want to get a 100 backlinks by the first year and 2500 by the fifth year. Eventually, you will collect backlinks organically because somebody writing a post will inevitably link to one of yours. For example, I am going to link to this page about backlinks because I think it’s so great.
The next thing you need to do is ensure your website is up to speed. Google devalues slow websites. Use Google Insights to check your page speed and try and fix what they recommend you fix. You can do this yourself or hire a developer on Upwork.
Noted SEO blogger Neil Patel discusses offsite SEO in this handy blogpost.
Blog consistently. Content is king. As I mentioned above, don’t waste your time editing your homepage. Spend all your time making new posts.
A lot of people ask, “how long does it take to get 1000 visitors per month?” But, the answer always depends on the speed of new posts creation. If a blogger posts one post per month, the blog could perhaps never hit 1000 visitors per month, but if a blogger makes ten new posts in the first month, it could only take two weeks to get 1000 visitors per month!
If you want to hit 50,000 visitors so you can approved for Mediavine ads, you better have about 100 posts with high quality content and good keyword research (i.e. picking the right keywords to blog about).
I got to 150,000 visitors per month with about 140 posts in a very small niche.
Thus, if you keep posting, you will keep growing. My advice, which I do on all my websites, is to post one new post per week. You will have growth every month that way. Before you know it, you will have 75 or so posts and you may be getting 5,000 visitors per day!
Hot Tip: Don’t burn yourself out by posting everyday.
Take a step back. Blogging is NOT a get rich scheme. It is going to take at least a year or two until you start seeing consistent traffic.
Don’t get bummed out that your posts aren’t getting any attention at first. Don’t expect to sell any affiliate products or make money with ads for a while. Don’t even put up affiliate links or ads until your website takes off. For one, you will be booted off these programs because you’re not making any sales, and second, you will scare away your traffic.
Google is going to place you in the sandbox for the first year, testing you. But one day, in a year (or two) in my experience, you will wake up in the morning and see your traffic increased by 1000%. It’s sort of magic. You can speed this process up, slightly, with a good backlink strategy.
If you blog consistently on easy-to-rank, high+ search volume keywords, and slowly build backlinks, and ensure your website is friendly, the traffic will come. I promise.
In your first six months, you will probably only get 50 visitors per month.
In month 7 you will get 100 visitors per month.
In month 8 you will get 200 visitors per month.
In month 9 you will get 400 visitors per month.
In month 10 you will get 500 visitors per month.
But by the end of two years, you will get 50,000 visitors per month. The next year you will get 150,000 per month.
This is exactly what happened with me.
Don’t quit when you feel dejected. And you will feel dejected for a year at least. Just remember that it takes new blogs a long time to rank well on Google. This happens to everyone. There is nothing broken about your website. This is standard. Keep pumping out content.
Try and focus on Pinterest in the short term. They will send you traffic even if your website is brand new.
Focus on categories and sales funnels. You want to eventually have enough posts whereby you can make submenu items for certain categories. For instance, if you review all the best “blogging tools”, you would make a subheading leading to a portfolio page of all “the best blogging tools”. Note, however, you cant make this cool thing yet until you get enough posts to fill it out.
Try and choose 5 categories for your blog like my blog does: (Mine is Family, Indoors, Just For Fun, Outdoors, Travel). I do not recommend you make too many categories as Google doesn’t like that too much. If you become a bigger authority in a few years, you can make more categories.
Make your homepage look nice. After you have about 100 posts, its time to focus on the looks of your site. By now you will have some experience with your theme editor or Elementor, so it should be easy to do it yourself. Or you could commit a few thousand dollars to a developer on Upwork to do it for you.
After your site is getting about 20,000 users per month, you should consider joining an affiliate partnership. Amazon is great because it converts so well. But you can make more money with other programs on Awin and CJ Affiliates, for instance.
After 50,000 users per month, join Mediavine, which will serve ads on your websites for you. Mediavine pays way more than Google Adsense. Mediavine is the most recommended ad manager in the blogosphere.
Outsource. Now that your blog is a success, its time to scale up. You can’t carry this on alone. My recommendation is to find good bloggers for hire to write for you (good articles are about $100-250 USD). Experiment with “pay per article” writers on Upwork until you find a good fit. Yes, there will be some bad writers, but with a little time, you will find a good one.
With more writers in your arsenal, it’s time to start posting twice daily. In no time will you have 1000 articles, which by any reasonable estimate will mean 1,000,000 visitors per month!
In addition, at this point, it’s time to make an e-book and a course and to broaden your affiliate network. Start that YouTube channel too. You will have a staff of editors, graphic designers and writers doing all the heavy lifting.
With any luck, you could make a million dollars a month from your blog.
If you want to learn more, Income School has a whole course that really expands on this post, showing how to earn a living from blogging, step by step, in 24 months. The Income School YouTube channel is amazing if you don’t want to join a course though.
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Wondering what the best board games for girls are to keep them entertained throughout the year, or thinking of a perfect gift for a loved one? With so many options for board games for girls out there, we have organized our favorite board games for girls of all ages below.
Any game that teaches strategy and decision making is excellent for girls. Games benefit girls’ brains, upgrades their social development and teaches them life lessons like overcoming challenges (source). But, girls just want to have fun too. So, this top board games for girls list will be a mix of games that teach us things as well as games that don’t teach us anything but are good-old wholesome family fun.
I will admit that once girls get a little older (8+), the options become a lot wider (girls 8+ can play almost any board game except adult party games, but note there is a kids version of Cards Against Humanity). But there are still is a bit of choice for board games for girls age around 4-8 as I will discuss below. In that regard, I will be listing the best board games for girls age 3+, then 4+, 5+, 6+, 7+, 8+ and teens.
I have girls, and my wife was a girl not so long ago, so we are a pretty good authority on this kind of stuff! You can trust us.
Although there are really no games just for girls (even the boys can play princess theme games), and girls can play any games that boys can, in our experience with our daughters, these below games are the most replayed in our household:
This is one of our family’s favourites! Played by every generation, but ideally suited for ages 3+, Candy Land is a perfect beginner board game in which players race to the castle. It is a perfect board game for the little ones as there no reading required; you just play using the wonderfully colourful graphics that girls love!
Zingo is a bingo-like matching game that teaches pre-readers to match pictures and words to their challenge cards, which helps in encouraging and teaching young girls to read.
Count Your Chicken is a fun cooperative counting game. It’s easy to play: players work together to help Mother Hen collect her chicks. Girls learn counting and social development skills. There is no reading required, so perfect for little ones. Not to mention, it’s a cooperative game. If all the chicks are brought back to the coup, everyone wins! This game is made by Peaceable Kingdom, which makes a lot of stealth learning games for kids.
A great first board game for girls, The Ladybug Game helps develop counting. You daughter will have to lead their ladybug home to the Rose Garden while avoiding the Praying Mantis. Girls tend to love the cute pictures in this board game.
In this board game players work to gobble up as many marbles as quickly as possible with their hippos. An excellent board game for girls ages 4+ and for groups because its best played with four players. There’s not much social skills or learning developed with this game, but it sure is fun, and my girls love it.
This is a great game for girls because it teaches strategic thinking and motor skills. It’s not so simple that it gets boring. To play this game, you spin the spinner, get an option to strategically “pick an acorn,” “steal an acorn,” or “lose an acorn,” and then squeeze the matching colored acorn with your Squirrel Squeezers to place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns, and you win!
In this board game, girls get to work together and make decisions to help the owls fly back to their nest. Your girls will learn problem-solving and strategic thinking. Unlike basic roll a dice and move your character games (i.e. Chutes and Ladders), your daughter gets to make strategic decisions like which owl to move and which colour to move to. When my daughter was 4, this was the first real board game she played for real. She said she liked the strategy, which, to the best of my belief, was the first time she ever understood that concept in a board game.
It’s a cupcake party with all the Disney Princesses! To play this board game, collect the ingredients on the recipe cards, and make as many before the clock runs out. Over 2000 reviewers gave this game five stars!
This simple and fun strategy game is a perfect board game for girls (and for the whole family! – adults like it too). In Blokus players take turns building out their territories by placing pieces on the board. Designed for ages 5+ and 2-4 players.
In this game, players take turns to roll a dice or pick the cards, then remove a block of the corresponding color and put it on the top of the tower. If the tower falls over, you lose. This is the perfect all-season game as it can be enjoyed indoors and outdoors. Girls will love the pretty colors. My daughter says it is more exciting and harder than Jenga.
The Floor is Lava! is a game where players use imagination to visualize that the floor is lava while spinning the color wheel to jump to the right foam pieces to reach safety. Little ballerinas will love that you get to jumping and leap instead of playing at a table like a typical board game.
My daughter wants to play this game all the time. It’s fun to take turns removing sticks while trying to prevent the marbles from dropping through the tube. This is another one of those old-school games parents will remembering playing as a kid too.
A board game targeted at girls; in Pretty Princess, players spin the spinner to advance all the while collecting jewellery. The game ends when one player has a complete set of jewellery in their color. It’s a super simple game, but the jewellery is cute, and your girls will love it.
Girls love mermaids, and this is a game about mermaids that teaches teamwork, so it’s a win-win. Our whole family was rooting for each other! It’s a good game too because it’s so simple to learn. Players work together to escape to Mermaid Island before the witch gets there, using different “wands” on the way there, which teaches decision-making skills.
In this classic game, players try to guess each other’s mystery character. The game is designed for two players, ages 6+, but turns can easily be swapped out so that the whole family or groups of friends can enjoy. This particular game provides hours of fun which is why it is at the top of the list for board games for girls! For whatever reason, my girls seem to love this one more than the boys.
Operation is the same fantastic game you remember from your childhood! Players play the role of doctor and help to make Cavity Sam, the patient, feel better by strategically removing pieces. It’s pretty easy to play and win, so this is a perfect board game for younger girls just looking for a few minutes of fun.
Designed for ages 6+, Connect 4 is a crowd-pleaser for children of all ages, it is designed for two players but can easily be played as a team or with various players taking turns. Loads of fun for the whole family, which is why it is at the top of the list for best board games for boys!
This classic family board game challenges players to move their mouse across the board without getting trapped. My girls love all the cool items and objects on the board.
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A classically famous board game for girls, and their parents, Labyrinth challenges players to find the shortest distance through the labyrinth to win! Designed for ages 7+, this game teaches cause and effect and is sure to bring lots of laughs and hours of fun! My wife says this was her favourite game as a girl for many years.
Gravity Maze is great because it gets girls into STEM as it’s an engineering and building game. Over 60 challenges are included from beginner to expert. Select a challenge, and build the tower to match the challenge grid, then test your tower with a marble. If the marble clears the goal, you win.
This is a super silly game to play with the girls. Put on the vision-altering googley eyeglasses and draw while your team tries to guess what you’re drawing. My daughter loved it, continually laughing at the ridiculous drawings.
Hedbanz is an easy family game that parents find fun too. Ask “yes” or “no” questions before time runs out to figure out if the cartoon card on your headband is an animal, food or object. It’s an excellent game for girls because they will develop their logic with this game’s question and answer skill-testing method. There is a Disney version too.
Best suited for children 8+, Ticket to Ride, is an ideal board game for girls in teaching business, STEM and geography as players collect and build a variety of railway routes to connect various North American cities! Designed for 2- 5 players, this game is perfect for the whole family!
Scrabble, a family favorite for over 50 years, is a perfect board game as it teaches spelling and strategy! In this classic game, players take turns to build words across the matrix and can include up to 6 players!
This Monopoly bundle is a perfect gift for any girls because it teaches business concepts. This package is an excellent value as it includes the original Monopoly, Monopoly Deal and Yahtzee! It is sure to provide hours of entertainment and is best suited for ages 8+.
The classic game from your childhood is back! The Game of Life includes a variety of cards offering exciting options as players move through the ups and downs of life. A perfect board game for girls ages 8+ and 2-4 players.
This phenomenal strategy game is one of the best sellers of all times. It is a great board game for girls for ages 8+ and is timeless with over 2000 different ways the game can be played.
This award-winning game has players working to build and grow their civilization. It requires 3-4 players over the age of 10, but for older children out there it is one of the best games of its kid.
One of the oldest games on record, this classic Backgammon Set is a perfect board game for boys. Backgammon is played by two players and is best suited for players ages 10+! This particular backgammon set it quite nice-looking too.
Who committed the crime? Eliminate the suspects to discover who did it! This classic mystery game is perfect for ages 8+ and provides hours of fun for the whole family.
Girls tend to like cats a lot, and this game is all about cats. It is a cat-themed logic game that comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty. You have to use the logic cards, to deduct which cat committed the crimes.
What better game in this time than Pandemic, where it’s up to the team of specialists in various fields to find cures for the disease before it’s too late. Players work together, so it teaches teamwork. Plus, it’s kind of neat, the main characters are all girls. This supports an interest in STEM.
An excellent game for teen girls, Codenames is a social game where teams compete to see who can make contact with their secret-agents first. Players give out one-word clues to try to determine the identities of 8-9 agents in the field of 25. The hard part is using only one word for the clues. It also makes it pretty funny.
This board game for teens is one of Kickstarter’s top 50 most backed projects of all time! Using cute cards, build a unicorn Army, upgrade your army and use the magic combos at your disposable to wipe out the other players. The quality of the cards are high-end, and the card illustrations are just excellent. It is a complicate game, but that’s what makes it so fun for teen girls to challenge themselves.
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Looking for the best gift for college students? Buying a gift for a college student is not hard. Most college students want the latest tech or just something cool to put in their room.
A thoughtful gift for a college student will make their life easier or a little more fun. College is stressful, and it’s hard being alone for the first time. With the right gift for a college kid, you can make their life new a little brighter.
I had my college-bound cousins (Freshman and Junior) write this article, telling them to pick the best of the best regardless of price.
How did we pick all these gifts for college students? The editor went to college recently, and the writers currently attend college, and we have personally owned or used all of these items. We also checked top review sites like Wired and Engadget.
At long last, here’s what they said are the best gifts for college students, in no particular order (Hint: This what they wish they had going back to school in September). Note: I won’t list prices because they change all the time.
1. Airpods Pro is easily the most popular tech right now for college students. These (rather expensive) Apple wireless earbuds are super comfortable, and you can use them to talk with family and friends or chat on Zoom classes, and of course, listen to music and podcasts.
2. An Apple Watch is a reasonably priced high tech fashion item that syncs with your phone to text, and monitors health, and runs hundreds of other apps. It’s also safe for college students – it lets you make emergency calls for free and without a phone nearby.
3. The Yeti Rambler is a trendy, band name tumbler that keeps drinks as cold or as hot as needed better than no one else on the market. It comes in various cool colors too.
4. Beats Solo Pro are the coolest looking on-ear headphones any college student would love. You can get these Bluetooth bad boys in matte black or on a dozen or so other colors like on-trend rose gold. The top of the line noise cancelling tech makes it so you can go to bed when your roommate is still up.
5. The New iPad Pro is so powerful that if you connect the iPad smart keyboard, you can use it to take notes in class and bang out essays in the dorm. You don’t even need a laptop anymore. Also, when you buy the New iPad Pro, Apple with throw in AirPods ($250 value) for FREE!
6. The Keurig K-Mini coffee maker is the smallest single-serve coffee maker available anywhere. It’s the perfect size for a dorm room and looks very cool stored on top of a mini-fridge.
7. The Logitech G Pro Wireless Mouse is easily acknowledged as one of the best new gaming mice you can get, but it works way better as a mouse for school work than any other out-of-the-box mouse too. This is a lightweight, wireless mouse with best in class battery power that you can bring to class or the big LAN party. The RGB colors are pretty neat too. What a cool idea as a gift for a college student.
8. The Sonos Play: 1 (2nd Generation) is so compact it would fit a dorm room perfectly. Sonos is known for its insane sound quality, and this is the original Sonos speaker but with voice activation, so you can be sure it’s going sound great for ambient studying and for loud parties. If you are looking for something better than a Bluetooth speaker (wifi powers the Sonos Play: 1), this is the one.
9. Decorate your doom room with Govee Smart wifi LED Strip Lights. Works with Alexa and Google Assistant to turn these RGB colors lights on and off, set the colors and make them brighter, etc. Also, these particular light strips work with music! There is a built-in microphone that will sync with any music and the lights will dance along with beats of music. It is only 16.4ft long, so you should buy two.
10. Bose SoundLink Micro is the best mini Bluetooth speaker in the World. Crisp, balanced sound and unmatched bass for a Bluetooth speaker its size, this little bad boy plays loud and clear indoors and outdoors, making it one of the best gifts for college students.
11. The Nintendo Switch is the best game console for college. It’s portable to play before class or to bring to friend’s house, and it has some of the most fun, best-reviewed multiplayer games for college-aged gamers like Mario Kart, which is a staple in college towns since the 90s.
12. The Echo Dot is a great inexpensive gift for college students. It’s a smart speaker with a handsome fabric design sure to go well in any dorm room. It voice controls streaming music like Apple Music, Sirius XM and Spotify. Plus, its excellent for busy college students because it answers questions, tells the time, checks the weather and sets alarms. Also, the white noise feature is fantastic for catching some z’s while your roommate is making some noise. This is one of the top-selling gifts for college students.
13. The Fire Stick turns any old tv into a smart TV so that it streams shows on Netflix, Amazon Price, Disney Plus, Hayu, YouTube, ESPN and more.
14. The Philips Sonicare is the top of line rechargeable toothbrush. There is simply no better toothbrush. And you can easily buy new brush heads at any drug store or online.
15. The KFiAQ forehead thermometer is something I never dreamed I would have to recommend for college students in a best-of-list. But here we are. It is essential nowadays. Anyway, this is the best priced, best-reviewed, higher-end American forehead thermometer you can get.
16. College is stressful. The Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager eases stress like a real masseuse’s hand. This particular destresser has hundreds of five-star reviews, and I tested it out myself. My review: 5-stars all the way baby.
17. The Herschel Settlement with gold zippers is the classic American college backpack. It’s easily the trendiest bag you can get, especially for such a great price. It’s also a tough bookbag backed up by a lifetime warranty.
18. Banaok is a brand name mini wireless microphone karaoke machine that is perfect for doing duets in the dorms (buy two). All you need to do to get the party is connect these pretty mics to any Bluetooth speaker and then use a karaoke app on a mobile phone for your sound/lyrics.
19. The Bluetec RGB colour changing party LED bulb turns any dorm room into a nightclub (great for these times when the bars are closed). Use the strobe light setting for dancing or auto mode to just set some mood lighting. Fantastic little gift for college students.
20. Crocs are perfect the in dorms because you can wear them in the communal shower without worrying about some get bacteria on your feet. Choose from dozens of colors. Don’t settle for an imitator.
21. The Levoit Air Purifier makes the air in the frat house healthier to breathe. It captures 99% of all allergens, smoke, mold, odor and dust particles. The Levoit brand is for small spaces like dorm rooms because of its ultra-silent operation.
22. The Everbeam H6 Pro LED Headlamp is great for reading in bed without disturbing your roommate.
23. The Bowflex SelectTech adjustable dumbbells are small enough to stow away in the corner. These are great for home workouts because you can adjust the weight from 5 – 52.5 pounds. Did you know that you can do many full workouts with just dumbbells?
25. Everyone knows the Brother Monochrome Laser Printer is the best printer in the world. It is cheap, well made, super small, lightning-fast and the laser ink doesn’t cost a lot to replace. I’ve had one for 10 years and it still works great. This is easily one of the top gifts for college students.
26. The Oculus Rift S VR headset is the hottest gaming tech right now. Oculus has the best VR gaming library with so much more to come shortly.
27. The Victrola Vintage Bluetooth Speaker and Record Player plays records and streams music from your smartphone, and it looks pretty darn cool too. Yes, there are good sounding speakers right in the trunk.
28. Are you buying a gift for a budding streaming star? If so, they need the Elgato Stream Deck. Easily tap a button to switch scenes and play cool effects on stream so you don’t have to focus away from the action with your mouse.
29. Every review website rates the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset as the best gaming headset money for the money. Its no wonder it’s the #1 best-selling PC gaming headset in the US.
30. The Razer Huntsman keyboard is the best typing keyboard in the World. Yes, its designed for gamers, but it also way better than a mac keyboard or a standard PC keyboard for long bouts of typing. I wrote this article on this keyboard, and I seriously recommend anyone try it out. It comes in black or white.
32. The WD 2TB WD Elements Portable is big enough to store every document saved in all four years of college, and it looks pretty neat too, making it one of the best gifts for college students.
33. The Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat keeps your loved one warm on those cold days in the quad. Choose from dozens of colors. This is the classic university toque, making it one of the best gifts for college students.
34. Everyone had this Honeywell Fan in their doom room. It is small yet powerful. Great for white noise too.
35. Atomic Habits is a famous self-help book for improving oneself every day. In this text are the tools for learning how to achieve any goal.
36. The Logitech C920 is the best webcam in the word and very much worth the upgrade from the webcam included in a laptop. In these times, especially, a good webcam is a must-have.
37. The Samsung 28-Inch 4K Monitor is the best bang-for-the-buck monitor today. It includes FreeSync for gaming but is perfect for working in Microsoft Office and streaming shows too. The UHD tech behind this scene-stealer will be relevant for at least the next four years.
38. The Creative Pebbles are inexpensive computer speakers that look great and sound even better, making them a cheap and cheerful gift for college students.
39. The WWWW Yoga Mat is a trendy, high-end yoga perfect for squeezing in a quick workout before class. Plus, its made from premium, eco-friendly materials.
40. The SIHOO mesh office chair is ergonomically curved for long periods of sitting. This dorm room staple is high quality, inexpensive and very good-looking chair. It is comfortable enough for working streaming and gaming all year long, and, again, making this little guy one of the best gifts for college students.
41. The Coop is the premium pillow your college student is looking for. It is not cheap, but the luxury memory foam does provide a cooler and better sleep experience.
42. This framed Office TV show poster, Threat Level Midnight, is sure to be a hit in every dorm room. Did you know that the Office is the most streamed TV show on US college campuses?
43. The Ninja Pro Compact blender is a 900-watt Personal Blender that packs enough power to break down whole fruits and tough ingredients like leafy greens, nuts, and seeds to create super smoothies and shakes. This is brain food folks, and college students need this stuff more than almost anyone.
44. Panasonic Lumix G7 is a well-priced compact system camera, ideal for 4k video filming. If your college student is keen on content creation, this is the best option one step above a webcam or mobile phone camera.
45. The Anker Nebula Capsule Max is the best mini-projector for cinema-quality streaming projection in your college apartment. Watch HD college football games every Saturday on your living room wall or outside in the yard! It even comes with speakers built-in. It is super easy to use to as it comes built-in with all Android smart TV apps.
47. A Home Sick city or state candle is a unique scent for various cities/states in the USA, and they help bring us back home when we feel, well, homesick. This is the perfect gift for a college student who trekked across the country on her own for the first time away from home for an extended period.
48. A SnackNation subscription delivers eight healthy and delicious snacks to door room every month. After the school year is over, you can cancel your subscription anytime through your Amazon account.
49. An Amazon Gift Card lets you choose between $5 and $1000 to send to you college student, allowing them to order whatever the heck they want. It comes in a fancy box and you can personalize it or choose a special greeting to make them feel even more loved.
50. An Anker power bank lets your college student charge their phone and other devices on the go even when there is no power outlet available. These are great for long road trips or even just long days in the library.
51. A sturdy and upright laundry hamper from Simplehouseware looks a lot better than the alternative, and it’s nice to have a lid. This is an especially great gift for college students.
52. Super on-trend brand Champion Logo Crew Socks, in black, are the luxury socks your college kid needs in his or her life.
53. The BUZIO weighted blanket is made from ultra-soft fleece. This blanket is designed to simulate the sensation of being hugged. The Buzio actually weighs 12 – 25 pounds (you can pick a size and color).
54. The original red Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is equipped to handle anything colleges throws at your loved-one. Most importantly, there is a 2.45″ blade, Phillips screwdriver, bottle opener with screwdriver, pliers and a corkscrew for wine nights, among all 17 features. A great gift for college students for sure.
56. This backrest saved my life in college. In a dorm, you don’t have a couch, but you can make your couch style seating with this Brentwood Corduroy Bedrest, Amazon’s Choice for bedrests.
57. A TaoTronics Humidifier is a space-saving min humidifier that looks great on a window. It humidifies the air at a such a low noise level you won’t even know its there.
58. Who doesn’t need a spa day? Enter Evian Facial Spray, which we all know is almost as good as a real facial. It is not cheap, but sure does feel nice. What a special treat this gift would make.
59. Not inexpensive, but made to last, the Tumi V4 is the best carry on luggage money can buy. Instead of buying a bunch of crappy carry in bags over the years, invest in this one for life. If there are any problems, you can get it fixed for free at most airports in the World!
60. One of the top gifts for college students, the Kaweco Classic Sport fountain pen is reasonably priced, well made and very handsome fancy fountain pen. This is a great way to add some charm to note-taking.
61. Fellow’s Stagg kettle is a great little electric gooseneck that heats up on its own (without a burner). This gift will be perfect for making ramen noodles in a pinch.
62. Please read the reviews or ask your Grandfather, the Wera all in one screwdriver is simply the best product in its class. Like a lot of the items on this list, it’s not cheap, but its made to last. I want to share with you items I think will be great gifts that will be cherished, not cheap plastic junk. The best gifts for college students are the ones that are made to last and be owned forever.
63. MacBook Air. I recommend a MacBook Air over a PC laptop or a MacBook Pro because the keyboard on the new Mac Air flat out rocks. I’ve had several MacBook’s Pros, and Dell XPS’s, but I switched to the MacBook Air this generation and haven’t looked back. The new MacBook Air has come a really long way, and it’s at a point now where the specs and the design are much, much better than the competition (premium entry-level laptops).
64. The Black and Decker Mini Fridge is the best-looking mini-fridge you can get for a dorm. It is super quiet and has a freezer for ice. It comes in three colors: black, grey and white.
65. The Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser atomizes essential oils. The funky shape and RGB light strips make this a winner. What’s more, it comes with ten different essential oils (or you can buy your own anywhere else).
67. Fred the Copper Dixie Cup is a really fancy party cup. Whether you are serving a Moscow mule or straight-up beer or wine, Fred’s Copper Dixie Cup will add some class to the party.
68. The OK Boomer Button plays the voice “OK BOOMER” super loud whenever your college kid needs to vent and instantly shut down any baby boomer.
69. This Michael Scott Portrait from The Office would like really nice next to that Plasma tv.
70. The Austere VII Series Power Outlet is the top of the line power outlet, with eight fast-charging power outlets, and two fast-charging USB and three fast-charging USB-C outlets. It comes packed with best-in-class fire & power spike safety, and if it is responsible for any damage to a plugged-in device, Austere will replace that device.
71. The Dyson V7 Cordless Vac has 30 minute’s of run time and you can take the tube off to use it as a dust-buster. But Dyson’s best features, as we all know, are the powerful motor and the bin emptying: No need to touch the dirt. This is the cheapest Dyson you can get, so its a perfect gift for a college student.
72. Amazon Prime membership. Your loved-one gets free two-day shipping on Amazon (even low-cost snack and grocery items) plus access to Amazon Prime streaming TV shows and movies. This is the college student gift that keeps on giving.
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