Amanda Waas

Amanda Waas is the creator of You’re Welcome, a gift guide site for all of life’s awkward occasions.
The Best Small Refrigerators You Can Buy Right Now for $1,000 or Less
Need something small and slim for a city kitchen? We've got you covered.
Feb 16, 2024
Yes, You Probably Need a Turkey Baster
If you're making your turkey the classic way, we really suggest picking up this one handy helper.
Oct 21, 2021
10 Coffee Gifts That Give Back
As important as coffee is to people's morning routines, there are ways to make it even more important.
Aug 27, 2020
Get Your Espresso on with This Nespresso by Breville Maker (on Sale Now)
When it comes to coffee makers, the Breville and Nespresso names are among some of the best in the game. So machines made in collaboration are sure to be extra strong. Take the Inissia, which is on sale on Amazon right now for 20 percent off, for example. It’s got more than 1,400 reviews and almost 4.5 stars. Nespresso by Breville Inissia, $120 Compact and cute, the Inissia is made specifically to work with the Nespresso Capsule System.
Jul 17, 2020
10 Edible Treats That Give Back to Charities
Each of the treats on this list help to give back in some way.
Jul 30, 2019
The 7 Best Refrigerator Snacks from Aldi
We've rounded up our favorite Aldi snacks, which you should keep in your fridge and gorge on whenever hunger strikes.
Jun 12, 2019
Check Out Sur La Table’s “Lime Day” Sales — Today Only
Amazon isn’t the only site having a killer sale this week. A lot of online retailers will be offering up steep discounts to compete for your dollars tomorrow (during Amazon’s Prime Day), but there’s one happening right now (today only!) that you should know about: Sur la Table’s “Lime Day” sale, which features 300 items with discounts up to 75 percent off. Plus, you’ll get free shipping on orders over $59 with the promo code.
Jun 4, 2019
10 Wedding Gifts for Couples Who Love to Travel
What to get that couple who seems to spend more time abroad or on the road than at home? (You know who we’re talking about: the couple with seemingly unlimited vacation days and frequent flyer miles, and the world’s most interesting Instagram account.) You want to get them something they’ll love, something they’ll use, and something they might not have already picked up on their travels.
Jun 4, 2019
10 Great Steak Knives for Any Budget
Do you love steak? I mean really, really love steak? If yes, you know that a good steak knife is just as important as the cut, the perfect sear, and that extra pat of butter on top. You want your steak knife to glide through your meat, you want your steak knife to look good on the table, and you don’t want your steak knife to cost too much money. Check out these sharp finds that are a cut above the rest, ordered from least expensive to a little splurge-y.
Jun 4, 2019
Here’s How You Safely Let Fido in on Thanksgiving Dinner
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner and you have a dog, you will probably spend all day in the kitchen with a little canine shadow. Even the most well-behaved pups stake out a space in the kitchen, hoping you’ll drop something mid-prep. He only shifts positions when the action moves from the kitchen to the dining room for the main event. Want to keep your dog distracted (and happy), and maybe a little less under-foot while you’re peeling potatoes and the like?
May 30, 2019
Our Editors’ Favorite Travel Mug Is on Sale For Just A Few Hours
There are a million travel coffee mugs on the market (some good, some not-so-good), but rather than sort through the dizzying number of options, just buy this one.
May 24, 2019
These Copper Party Cups Are a Step Up from the Red Solo Cup
We’ve never met anything with copper that we didn’t love, and these Party Cups are no exception. Plus, they’re currently on sale, which makes them a great gift for your friends, coworkers, or even yourself. (What? The party host should get a special cup!) Copper Party Cup, $14 Modeled after the classic Solo cup silhouette, the cup is 16 ounces (meaning it can accommodate a full pint of beer or an extra-large cocktail).
May 24, 2019
10 Practical Vessels That Are Better than Gravy Boats
Back in the day, owning a formal set of china was a requirement. You’d haul it out once a year for Thanksgiving and then banish it back into the basement to be forgotten about until November rolled around again. To this, we say: nope! Not anymore. Let your grandmother gasp in astonishment about your life choices — you don’t have the room or the need for stuff that you use only once a year. Chief among those sorts of objects? Gravy boats.
May 1, 2019
10 To-Go Containers You Won’t Mind Giving Away
You probably already own a few nice storage containers, but it’s not like you’re gonna start giving them away, along with all your Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s bad enough you have to share the rest of your beloved stuffing with the flock of people who’ve made their way to your house. That’s why you need some of these to-go containers that you wouldn’t mind parting with. Here are 10 of our favorites.
May 1, 2019
10 Christmas Ornaments for Food-Lovers
These food-themed ornaments will look so much better on your tree than a bunch of boring metallic balls and frozen-in-time ice-skating figurines.
May 1, 2019
10 Cute Candles for Any Birthday Cake
Everyone knows the main event at a birthday party is the cake, so why not jazz it up with some cute and quirky candles? Check out some of our favorites. Happy Birthday Candle, $7 at Waiting on Martha: This candle makes a statement. And it has double wicks, which means double the fun! Numerical Balloon Candle, $2.50 at Shindigz: Whether your friend is turning 1 or 100, these candles will look adorable on the cake while simultaneously blowing up her spot on her real age.
May 1, 2019
10 Paper Plates Worthy of Birthday Cake
Let them eat cake. It’s not just an overused semi-historical saying — it’s the one thing you should definitely do when throwing any kind of birthday-related shindig. Make the after-cake cleanup a breeze by using paper plates, but don’t just settle for the plain ones you find at the grocery store. Instead, spring for any of these adorable paper plates — guaranteed to jazz up any birthday party.
May 1, 2019
10 Grocery Store Finds for Grab-and-Go Breakfasts
Do you need the absolute easiest solution for the morning rush? The lack of something totally easy is why so many of us end up drinking a coffee and calling it breakfast (probably not ideal) or eating the free donuts in the office kitchen (hey, no judgment). But you can do better than that! We’ve rounded up 10 grab-and-go breakfasts from the grocery store that will make your mornings great — or at least make you less hangry during your 10 a.m. meeting.
May 1, 2019
10 Dish Soaps That Smell Clean and Happy
The primary task for dish soap is — and always will be — to cut grease and get your dishes clean as quickly as possible. That said, it wouldn’t hurt for said soap to also smell good, right? Right. That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 dish soaps that will be tough on grease while making your kitchen — and hands — smell wonderful in the process. Pick up one of these and you might not mind spending time doing the dishes after all.
May 1, 2019
10 Out-of-This-World Astrology Items for Your Kitchen
There are people who casually consume their daily horoscope and there are people who take astrology very seriously. For the people in the second camp, “What’s your sign?” isn’t an annoying first-date question — it’s a window into who a person really is. By hearing that someone is a Gemini or an Aquarius, the astrology buff immediately gets a sense of what that person is all about.
May 1, 2019
11 Classy Flasks for Drinking Anywhere
Truth: There are plenty of situations you’ll encounter in your (civilized) adult life when a good flask would come in handy. Whether it’s a tailgate party with dubious drink choices, a floor picnic in your living room, or anything in between, it’s always good to literally have a flask in your back pocket. Check out our picks for awesome, grown-up flasks that’ll turn every occasion into a party.
May 1, 2019
10 Food-Themed Pillows So Cute You Could Eat Them
Sure, your kitchen is decked out in all of the cutest culinary decor, but what about the rest of your home? Food-themed pillows are a good place to start. A taco in bed? Probably not the best idea. A taco pillow in bed? Well, that’s a different story! Pizza Never Lies Pillow, $20 at Society6: Has a pillow ever said anything more true? Pizza never lies. Pizza never lets you down.
May 1, 2019
10 Stylish Aprons You’ll Actually Remember to Tie On
You like the idea of an apron, but you’re always halfway through cooking dinner before you remember you wanted to put one on. And you really do want to put one on: Aprons protect your clothes, have pockets to keep utensils handy, and make you look adorable! That’s why we’ve rounded up 10 aprons that are so awesome, you’ll never forget to put them on again. Your clothes will thank you. Work Chef Aprons, $65 at Tilit: You already cook like a pro, so why not look like one?
May 1, 2019
Beyond Smeg: 10 Colorful Appliances to Brighten Up Your Kitchen
We’ve all become obsessed with stainless steel appliances, but now that they’re standard in any new(ish) kitchen, they feel a little tired, don’t they? A little too cold and sterile, right? Add some color to your kitchen with any of these brightly colored appliances. And while some of them are expensive, they’re also top of the line, meaning that your wallet will suffer only once over the next few decades.
May 1, 2019
8 Piggy Banks to Help You Save Up for Your Favorite Foods
If you’re a lover of food, you probably spend most of your money on meals — whether it’s your fondness for the taco truck, your penchant for fancy cocktails, or your desire to eat at the newest, hottest restaurants. Why not save up by using one of these appropriately food-themed piggy banks? Giant Ice Cream Cone Bank, $45 at Ban.Do: If you’ve got a big savings goal (hello, fancy espresso machine!
May 1, 2019
10 Adorable Chicken-Shaped Kitchen Finds
Chicken — it’s versatile, healthy, and likely a staple in the kitchen of any carnivore. Install a few tributes to our favorite feathered friends in your kitchen with some of these adorable (and useful!) items. Multi-Colored Roosters Dish Towel, $6 at Crate & Barrel: Colorful and playful, this tea towel is a mix of old-school farmhouse chic and modern style, all at once.
May 1, 2019
Treat Yourself to One of These 10 Pretty Things for Spring
It’s spring! At least it finally felt like it for a second last week. At the first sign of winter beginning to thaw, we all get a little too excited and pack away our warm clothes in the hope that six months of warm weather is imminent. Then a cold front comes in and you’re thrown back into the winter doldrums. Never fear — we’ve rounded up a bunch of products to make you believe that spring has sprung (in your kitchen, at least).
May 1, 2019
10 Beautiful Bowls to Brighten Your Morning
Have you heard? Bowls are the new plates. It’s true. Everything from smoothies to grain-filled dinners are being served in bowls these days. While you’ve always eaten your soup and cereal out of bowls (you’re not an animal!), you may find yourself reaching for them far more often — especially if you’ve been eating more yogurt lately. If that’s the case, using the same old dish over and over (and over) again can get old. Like, really old.
May 1, 2019
Drink Like a Grown-Up with These Classy Cocktail Glasses Under $50
If you’ve been honing your at-home mixology skills, it’s only natural that you’d want to show them off to your friends. But don’t put in a ton of effort making a classy cocktail only to serve it in a chipped glass or an old plastic cup you stole from the dining hall back in college. Serve it in a proper cocktail glass — one worthy of your creation. It’s possible to stock up on new glasses without breaking the bank — promise!
May 1, 2019
6 Budget-Friendly Folding Chairs Your Guests Won’t Mind Sitting On
That roast chicken? You’ve got that totally under control. You’re more worried about where all your dinner party guests are going to sit. You don’t exactly want to drag patio furniture into the house or roll your computer chair up to the table. We’ve got you covered! Here are a handful folding chairs that will look great at the table and then easily get packed away when your company goes home.
May 1, 2019
10 Graduation Gifts That Are Better than Cash
Any of these gifts are practical and long-lasting, which means grads will get tons of use out of them as they make their way through the school of life.
May 1, 2019
10 Bridal Shower Favors Guests Will Actually Want to Keep
When it comes to throwing a bridal shower, whether it’s for your sister or your BFF, picking the favors for guests can be one of the hardest decisions. You want the favors to be cute, not cheesy, and something guests will actually use (read: you don’t want to give everyone another cheap-o wooden cheeseboard emblazoned with the couple’s monogram). Keep calm: We’ve rounded up 10 bridal shower favor ideas that definitely won’t be left behind. Carry on.
May 1, 2019
10 Lemon-Scented Cleaning Products We Love
A lot of cleaning products boast exotic, overpowering scents, but we’re partial to the clean, classic smell of lemons. Why? Lemon-scented products are fresh without being too over-the-top. And let’s be honest — even the strongest-smelling countertop spray isn’t going to trick you into thinking you’re in a field or near a mountain lake.
May 1, 2019
10 Small-Space Café Tables — Starting at Just $45
Here's how to make that little amount of outdoor space a lot more comfortable.
May 1, 2019
The Most Festive Red, White, and Blue Foods You Can Buy for the 4th of July
If you’re planning on hosting a patriotic party this 4th of July and want to make sure whatever’s on the menu is super festive, you have two options: You can make a flag cake from scratch, or you can seek out some holiday-appropriate ready-to-eat snacks. Or you can do both! Either way, we’ve got you covered.
May 1, 2019
The World’s Cutest Garden Markers You Can Buy
You spend a lot of time cultivating your backyard garden, so why not spruce it up with adorable garden markers that will add a touch of cuteness and make it easy to find what’s what? Set up some of these markers and you’ll never again have to wonder if you’re you’re looking at the parsley or the cilantro.
May 1, 2019