20 Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone – The Only List You Need
Moving past the acquaintance stage to knowing someone on a deeper level requires digging a bit deeper into their lives using questions.
But not just any type of question.
Questions that require a simple “yes” or “no” will not cut the deal. You need to ask open-ended questions that let the other person open up and elaborate.
Keep in mind that you don’t want the other person to feel they are under some kind of inquisition. Although you want to ask questions about topics that reveal the other person’s dreams, goals, and general thoughts, your questions shouldn’t be like formal interviews.
Fun should be your watchword.
Here are 20 fun questions to get to know someone.
Questions About Likes
A good place to start is to find out about the other person’s preferences. It is usually better if you ask follow-up questions that will make your conversations flow naturally. For example, if you discover that they like birds, you should go one step further to ask what species of birds they like the most or what specifically about birds hold their interest the most.
With a little patience (because you don’t want to come across as pushy), you will increasingly become better acquainted with the other person and even grow closer to them in a short time. The key is to keep things light-hearted and exciting so that the conversations are not forced. You want to flow naturally into sharing personal stories with each other.
Some fun questions about likes or preferences that you could ask to know someone better include:
1. How did you get into your hobbies?
Hobbies are generally things that people enjoy doing, which makes it an easy topic for them to talk about.
When you ask this question, you are effectively doing two things:
- You set the tone for a pleasant conversation
- You let the person share their story instead of just what their hobbies are
Asking “what’s your favorite hobby” is good, too, but may need several follow-up questions to get the other person to reveal things about themselves to you.
But when you ask how they got into what they enjoy doing, you open the floodgates of something they are passionate about, which can make them go on and on about different aspects of their lives that you didn’t directly ask about.
2. What is that one book you won’t get tired of reading?
The books we read can significantly influence our views, ideals, and values. If you know what someone enjoys reading, you will be able to make sense of their value system.
A good follow-up question to this one would be something in the lines of, “So, is there any particular reason you prefer X type of books to Y?”
If you only stop at asking about their favorite book, that answer alone may not give you a clear idea of the genre of books they enjoy reading. To get to know someone better, you will need to probe a bit further to know what collection of books shapes their general perceptions.
If you handle this well, you will not only enjoy a rich conversation about favorite books, but about authors, ideologies, and most of all, you would have known them a little more than before.
3. If you were to binge-watch a TV show, what would it be?
This question will also help you to know someone a bit better in much the same way their favorite books would, especially if you dig a bit deeper to know what characters in the TV show intrigue them the most.
Most people like fictional characters that reflect a trait they cherish and hate or dislike fictional characters that exemplify a trait they don’t like.
Do you now see how digging in a bit deeper could reveal what the other person likes and dislikes? If you only asked a question without seizing an opening that presents itself in their answers to make further inquiries, you may not get a clear picture of what they prefer.
4. What holidays do you look forward to, and why?
This is a good way to know someone on a personal level as the question allows them to disclose to you their idea of fun.
Whether it is New Year’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, or any other holiday, the level of excitement that goes into preparing for it can tell you a lot about a person’s value system.
Don’t forget to add the “why” part of the question, as that is the secret ingredient that will make the other person share a little more of their personal life with you.
If you ask, “What’s your favorite holiday?” it is more like a close-ended question. The response is usually straightforward and ends a conversation before it even gets started. But framing it as stated above makes it an open-ended question that allows the person to go into lots of details.
Pro tip: It is best to discontinue (at least for the meantime) once you notice the other person losing interest in answering your questions, or continuing the conversation. Pressuring them into answering questions can make them hide things from you and may even lead to resenting you.
Fun Questions to Get to Know a Girl
Pay attention here, guys!
There are lots of questions to ask a girl ranging from flirty to interesting and even deep questions. But if you simply want to get to know a girl with no strings attached (at first), it is best to ask her fun and casual questions.
But make no mistakes; her answers can provide deep insights into who she is, what she likes, and what she expects in a partner. So pay close attention to her responses.
However, keep things light. You don’t want her to think she’s under scrutiny. There are many things a girl can find attractive in a man; interviewing her is definitely not one of them (unless, of course, she’s looking for a job).
Remember that these are supposed to be fun questions to get to know someone, so ask them in the most amusing way as possible.
Here are some fun questions that most girls won’t hesitate to answer, which can help you know them better.
5. What do you still enjoy doing even though you’ve outgrown it?
Expect cute and funny answers here.
But the goal is not just to make her laugh. Instead, it is to get her to talk about nostalgic activities that she enjoys, even if she is too old to do them.
If you are struggling with conversation starters or finding the right questions to ask a girl, perhaps this one might just be what you need.
6. What spontaneous thing have you done recently?
This is a good question that lets you take a quick peek into a girl’s lifestyle?
Is she adventurous or prefers everything planned out with little room for surprises? Is she someone who can easily go with the flow of the moment, or someone that thinks ten steps ahead?
While it may be difficult to accurately form an opinion of her from just one response, you can ask follow-up questions depending on her answer and even take things further into a deeper conversation.
7. If you had the power to choose a decade to be born in, what decade would that be and why?
The answer to this will likely tell you a lot about her fashion sense, type of music, and her general ideology about glitz and glamour.
That “why” part of the question serves as a great way to start a conversation because it will allow her to say more than just a time in history she prefers but the reasons she prefers it.
And her reasons will tell you what type of person she is trend-wise.
8. If you have to marry one fictional male character, who would it be?
She may chuckle at first.
And then probably tilt her head to think for a while before she responds.
Whatever her response, you will be able to discover what she looks for in a partner. A lot of girls fantasize about their ideal man being like a fictional male character they have come to adore.
In many cases, it may be difficult to pin her choice to just one fictional male character. That’s probably because she admires several other traits in different characters and hopes her dream man will combine most, if not all, of them.
Well, if you are hoping to build a relationship with her, at least her response will give you a clue to what she expects from you, and you’ve gone a step further in getting to know her better.
Here’s a disclaimer, though. This is not an exact science. Nevertheless, that’s a chance that her response will give you a glimpse into what she hopes (on some level) to find her type of man.
Bonus Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone – A Girl to be Precise.
- Suppose your house was on fire, what would you grab?
- If you’re feeling down, what’s one thing that can make you feel better in an instant?
- What is your number one guilty pleasure?
Pro tip: Avoid questions that can make the other person feel as if you’re violating their privacy, especially early on in the relationship (whether they are your colleague, friend, or potential intimate partner).
Fun Questions to Get to Know a Guy
Getting a guy to answer your questions is relatively easy because a lot of guys find it enjoyable to talk about themselves. Ironically, men are generally not as talkative as women.
There’s actually a study that shows that women have more of Foxp2, the language protein, which makes them more talkative right from an early age. It is claimed that women can speak up to 13,000 words more than men every single day!
That’s just by the way, though. Let’s get back to fun questions you can ask a guy if you really want him to open up to you.
As long as you don’t ask close-ended questions, you are likely to get to know a guy pretty quickly.
Another thing to keep in mind is that men generally are good at compartmentalizing their lives. Meaning, they tend to focus on one thing at a time.
Why is this important to know? If a guy is focused on one thing, you’ll hardly get him to talk about something else. So, make sure your fun questions are aligned with what he is doing at the moment.
This also explains why men are less talkative – one topic doesn’t automatically sprawl in every possible tangent, as it is common with most women. Guys are likely to answer a question directly without going into other areas.
Check out these fun questions to ask any guy you will like to know better.
9. What secret skills do you have?
One of the fastest ways to get a guy to freely share personal information with you is to stroke his ego! And I mean that in a good way.
People usually have a few things they can do but which many people know nothing about. This is why most guys will be very pleased with this question (some will actually be excited) because it gives them the chance to impress you with their secret skills.
This question gives you an insight into what this person can do exceptionally well, even though he is not letting many people in his life to know about it. Perhaps others don’t appreciate him for his skills or some other reasons.
Asking him what his secret skills are, allows him to open up on a whole new level that many people don’t know.
10. What’s your most hilarious kitchen fail?
Okay, now this is something that almost always gets a guy to tell you a lot about his flaws without feeling awkward. Instead, he is most likely to laugh his heart out while sharing his seemingly embarrassing kitchen moment with you.
Regardless of how good a cook he is, most men have experienced times when they failed miserably trying to cook a dish or two. So, go ahead and ask even if he’s a chef!
You can use this question to ask other follow-up questions such as:
- What is the best dish you’ve ever made?
- Have you ever considered being a chef or opening your own restaurant? (If he doesn’t have one yet)
- If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that be? (Lot more fun than asking “what’s your favorite food?”)
Just remember not to shoot all of these questions at the same time. Let them flow naturally during the course of your conversation, and make sure to ask them in a laidback manner.
11. What are the three things you can never spend money on?
This is a good way to find out what a guy values and what he considers as a total waste. Of course, you don’t know someone well enough until you know their values.
12. What is one thing most people don’t believe about you?
An honest answer to this question will definitely dig up something you never knew about the person.
You can vary it by asking, “Is there something about you that I wouldn’t believe if I didn’t hear it directly from you?”
The goal is to get the other person to dig deep and reveal one or more things about them that are less known.
Pro tip: It is best to steer clear of potentially controversial topics, such as political views and faith-based questions, especially when you are just getting to know a guy. Wait until you know someone very well before you ask, “Are you a Republican or Democrat?” “Are you religious or spiritual?” or “What spiritual beliefs do you subscribe to?” A lot of men can be very passionate about their political views. If you say something against their affiliations at the start of a friendship, you might jeopardize your chances of getting along with them.
Random Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone
Random questions are a great way to get to know someone better, whether they are colleagues at work or someone in school you want to know better.
These questions are usually out of the blue, so it gets the other person to pause and think before responding. It’s a good way to get past the “yes” or “no” boring answers.
What’s the perfect time to use random questions? Use them when you notice a lull in your conversation.
For example, if you are with new a girl that you’ll like to know better, and there’s an uncomfortably long silence threatening to kill your conversation, ask something out of the blues – completely unrelated to something you’ve been talking about or remotely related to the situation at hand.
Doing this will make your random questions to have more impact on her as she’ll likely be taken aback and wonder what’s going on in your mind. As she thinks of an answer to your question, she’ll also be intrigued by your personality and want to know you even better!
Here are some random fun questions to get to know someone better. They will help when you are looking for a good conversation starter.
13. What do most people get wrong about you?
This random question digs into the common misconceptions about the person you’re asking. Most people never get the chance to explain themselves, which is why they’re most likely to use the answer to this question to clear the air. This random question can get you to discover some really deep things about the other person.
14. What are some of the cheesiest pick-up lines you’ve ever heard or used?
If you’re talking to a guy, ask them the lines they’ve used. If you’re getting to know a girl, ask them one they’ve heard and couldn’t help but think, “lame!”
This random question will likely bring up some very entertaining responses that will get you both laughing hard!
Here’s the thing, when someone gets comfortable enough to laugh their hearts out when they spend time with you, they’ll want to experience that pleasurable feeling again and again. This is a surefire way to get them to build a stronger bond with you and share other things about tier lives with you.
Besides offering amusing answers, this is a great way to know what turns a girl off, and some insight into a guy’s dating habits.
15. What is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?
As random as this may seem, it is a great and light-hearted way to start a conversation.
A joke, especially one that the other person really enjoys and even tells it by themselves, is a good way to take off the pressure and awkwardness that usually accompanies serious conversations.
16. What skill would you like to master even if it takes forever?
Pose this question when you want to know about someone’s interests, especially if you think they are stuck doing something they don’t really enjoy.
You may not be able to give them what they truly want to do, but letting them talk about it is an excellent way to allow them to dive deep into their true passion and interests.
But since you want this to be a random question, it is best not to bring it up when they are feeling incompetent or less effective in their current endeavor as that will likely make them feel unfulfilled.
When is the best time to ask this question? Just about any time during a casual conversation is good. But for a dramatic effect, consider bringing it up when the other person is ready to talk about what he or she is good at.
This is a great question that can turn small talks into real talks.
Bonus Random Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone
- When was the last time you cried? (Don’t ask a man this, unless you are a woman!)
- If you had a million dollars right this minute, how would you spend it?
- What one question would you ask someone you like if you are sure you’ll get an honest answer?
Pro tip: Getting to know someone is a two-way street. You need to be warm and inviting if you want the other person to feel comfortable enough to share their personal information with you.
“Would You Rather” Questions
What’s makes a question fun if you have to think too deeply to answer it?
Here’s the thing, a question can be fun with a quick and snappy answer, yet it will tell you a great deal about the other person.
That’s where the “would you rather” questions can come in handy.
What’s the best time to use this type of fun questions to get to know someone?
Because this set of questions takes more of a quiz format, they are great when the atmosphere is playful. For example, you can use them when you want to play a little question and answer game or something similar.
Here are 4 “would you rather” fun questions to get to know someone better.
17. Would you rather make less money doing a job you love or more doing one you hate?
Want to know a person’s ideology about money? Ask this fun question.
It is more fun and polite than directly asking if the person likes money more than their passion (which can be disrespectful and insulting).
The answer to this question will tell you if they will follow their passion or simply opt to make ends meet as long as the pay is right.
Keep in mind that you’re not trying to judge them. Instead, you are trying to know them better.
18. Would you rather order in or cook?
This question does not necessarily seek to know whether a person has culinary skills or not (although, it is a good way to find out whether someone enjoys cooking, too).
Instead, you can use this question to know:
- If they have a busy schedule that leaves little to no time for preparing their own meals
- If they have all the time in the world to cook their food
- The person’s favorite restaurant (if they prefer to order food)
- Their favorite dish (if they prefer to cook)
- Their eating habits (whether they eat junk or healthily)
Of course, you need to ask follow-up questions to discover these details.
19. Would you rather lose your sight or your ability to love?
Okay, I know I mentioned earlier that these questions are usually quick to answer, but this particular one can make the other person pause and think for a while before answering.
The answer to this question will make you know if the person is more practically inclined or tends to lean more on their emotions.
But like every other question on this list, there’s no way to reach a concrete conclusion about a person’s personality trait just by asking one question. Again, this is not an exact science, but it can offer you helpful insights.
20. Would you rather be left alone when you are upset, or you like someone to comfort you?
This question will usually meet a ready answer, making it come across like a close-ended question. For this reason, it is best to have some follow-up questions handy.
Guess what the easiest follow-up question is?
That’s it. A simple “why” can keep the conversation going.
Kids use this question a lot.
Whatever answers someone you want to know gives, following up with a simple “why” can make them dig deeper and reveal more of themselves to you.
So, if they said they prefer to be left alone, ask why. And if they say they like someone to comfort them, again, ask why. But don’t use it the way kids do. They can get on adults’ nerves just by asking “why” unendingly!
Pro tip: In most cases, answering a question yourself can encourage the other person to provide the answer you are looking for. For example, you could say, “I love going to the nearby water park on my free days. Playing in the water makes me feel alive and puts me in touch with my inner child! What about you, what’s your favorite way to spend your day off?”
Tips to Choose the Most Appropriate Fun Question
Don’t worry if you find it a bit confusing or overwhelming to pick an appropriate question for your situation. Here are some tips to help you choose the right fun questions to get to know someone in any situation.
Who Are You Trying to Know More About?
This is the first and most important consideration when thinking of fun questions to get to know someone.
Who exactly do you really want to know? Are you trying to know more about a girl you like and hope to date, or one you think will be a great friend with no strings attached?
Your questions will depend on who the person is and the direction you hope to steer the relationship toward – good friends, dependable colleague, bestie, or lover.
What’s the Situation?
If you are with other friends in a casual setting (like a party, for example), it is best to choose a question that is relaxed and will not likely embarrass the other person even if a third party gets to hear their answer.
For example, you could ask them any “would you rather” questions.
But you definitely shouldn’t be asking a girl what her guilty pleasure is when there are other people around. That’s not how to treat a woman in public.
It is best to reserve such questions and other deep personal questions for when you are alone with the other person.
Talk About Things You Like
Choose a topic that you really enjoy talking about, and ask questions around that. Thing is, the other person will probably ask you the same question or something similar, too. You’ll be quick to give an answer if it’s something you like to talk about because you are interested in the topic.
Besides, you’ll be more comfortable asking follow-up questions if you talk about things that you like.
Remember that getting to know someone goes both ways. You can’t be asking to know someone when you are secretive or not showing interest in answering their questions.
So, if there’s someone you’ll like to know better, choose a few from this list and ask them during one of your casual conversations.
Where To Buy Art Online: 16 Awesome Stores
A home should represent a person’s personality. One of the very best ways to show off your personality is to have a home with some fantastic art. Even when you have the best furniture, lighting, and decor, no room is wholly complete without artwork. Before you can decide what artwork you want to buy, you need to identify your style.
Think carefully about what type of artwork you gravitate towards, as this will be an excellent indicator of your style preferences. Do you find yourself drawn to seaside watercolors, vintage caricatures, contemporary pieces, or abstract pieces? If you know what you like, you’ll have a better idea of what online art platform you should scope out.
The online art sites on our list are some of the best places you can buy art. We’ve rounded up 16 sites you should consider. At each of these sites, you’ll find unique pieces representing a broad range of artistic styles. Even those who have a smaller budget will likely find the perfect piece for their blank wall.
Additionally, you won’t have to leave your house as online art platforms make purchasing art more accessible than ever. Whether you’re interested in graphic paintings, pieces from up-and-coming artists, fan art, or vintage oil paintings, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re seeking authentic hand-crafted art pieces from little-known artists, you might want to have a look at the Artfinder online art website. Artfinder was founded in 2013 by a Swedish art enthusiast who had spent some time working in the prestigious New York art world.
Essentially this website is an online marketplace that advertises original and unique pieces of art from more than 10,000 international artists worldwide. The site conveniently sorts the more than 200,000 art pieces into categories of style and medium, making it easy to identify what you’re looking for.
Artfinder features abstract paintings, sculptures, photographic pieces, fine art prints, digital art, and collages. Additionally, art on this platform is quite affordable as pieces start at $25, but can go up to $65,000. Moreover, unlike other online art companies, Artfinder offers dedicated services for interior designers.
2. Fine Art America
The title for the world’s largest art marketplace and print-on-demand technology belongs to Fine Art America. This company was founded in 2006 in California and ever since has been providing an artistic avenue for illustrators, graphic designers, artists, and photographers.
Fine Art America specializes in print-on-demand art. They have 16 facilities capable of printing the artwork of more than 500,000 independent artists. When selecting artwork, potential clients can choose between wood prints, canvas prints, metal prints, framed prints, and many more.
One of the standout points for Fine Art America is that they also offer artwork that can be printed on pillows, tote bags, clothing, and tapestries. Additionally, unlike a few other online art marketplaces, Fine Art America allows artists to set their own prices for print-on-demand products.
One of the easiest websites to buy art online at is Art.com. When you’re looking for prints of famous works, or if you’re looking to discover new art styles, this website might be the perfect starting point. Art.com was founded in 1998 in California and is one of the longest-running art platforms.
On the Art.com website, you can search for a particular artist or browse by subject, and you can filter the art pieces by price. If you fancy yourself an artist, you can have your own artwork sent to Art.com, where they can print and frame the photos for you.
Handcrafted framed artwork starts at $79, while large canvas prints start at $129. Additionally, Art.com offers free returns with their zero risk gifting policy, and they offer free design advice seven days a week with one of their art specialists.
4. One Kings Lane
If you’re looking for a one-stop online shop where you can purchase antiques, furniture, decor, and art, you should consider One Kings Lane. Founded in 2009, this company is a home decor business that deals in luxury outfittings. On their online platform, you’ll find a range of up-market styles that include designer and vintage pieces.
One Kings Lane has many quick ship art pieces available and mixed media, vintage reproductions, drawings, paintings, posters, and photographic pieces. These categories comprise more than 5,000 art pieces, and prices range from $45 to $30,000.
5. Saatchi Art
Saatchi Art is not just an online art retailer. They’re also an online art gallery that lets you explore artistic pieces by price point. If you’re looking for more high-end or fine art options that include original paintings, you might want to look at Saatchi Art. However, this company does offer a large selection of affordable prints for those who have a smaller budget.
Interestingly, the Saatchi Art site runs a complimentary art advisory service. This service provides potential clients with a team of curators that can build an art collection based on specific tastes or interior and exterior spaces.
There are more than one million available art pieces from more than 90,000 artists advertised on the platform that include photographic works, canvas prints, oil paintings, sculptures, and collages. Cheaper prints start at $50, and limited edition prints at $95, while some pieces such as sculptures can have a price of $50,000.
One of the most popular places to buy awesome art online is Etsy. Etsy is a platform that offers not only incredible handmade and vintage art pieces but also thousands of home decor items. This site offers something for everyone, and art lovers can even commission pieces for their homes.
There are many framed and unframed print options, and they even have an instant download option with some art pieces depending on the vendor. The instant download option lets you print the art piece you are interested in as soon as you have purchased it.
Etsy has numerous style pieces that include black and white photographic images and bespoke oil paintings. There are thousands of independent artists and small businesses advertising their art wares at various price points, so it’s likely you’ll find an incredible piece for your home within your budget.
If you need to fill up large gallery walls or require numerous art pieces to give your home or office space character, you’ll want to look at the Society6 website. This online art platform offers an extensive range of affordable, quirky, colorful, and unique art pieces. Additionally, Society6 has a range of giant wall murals that are incredibly eye-catching and show-stopping.
The website features various art pieces from more than 300,000 independent artists and designers in more than 160 countries. At Society6, you can have prints supplanted on anything from clocks to pillows. The site has many categories, and you can find everything from minimalistic line drawings, cheeky sayings, abstracts, nature scenes, watercolor florals, prints, and tapestries.
Society6’s user interface is incredible. Customers can easily search by color, keyword, style, and artist. Additionally, most designs can be purchased unframed or framed. Prices start from as little as $20 for canvas prints, with the more expensive prints costing roughly $300.
One of the most popular go-to online consignment marketplaces for design enthusiasts eager to buy and sell antique art is Sotheby’s. Those with a mid-range budget will likely find a piece at this online store easily.
There’s a broad range of original art, sculptures, paintings, photographs, and vintage-related items such as posters and prints at Sotheby’s. The vintage-related items might not be one of a kind, but they’re definitely not easy to find elsewhere.
On the website, customers can easily find what they are looking for by filtering their search based on style, period of movement, and even condition. Starting prices for art at Sotheby’s are $150, but many pieces are upwards of $2,000.
It’s often hard to come across affordable museum-quality art that is limited edition. Not everyone wants mass-produced art that can be found in thousands of people’s homes. Fortunately, there’s an online art company that offers limited edition art pieces that cannot be found anywhere else.
20×200 has an extensive range of modern photography pieces that are incredibly affordable. With more than 1,000 editions, you’re bound to find a photograph that catches your eye. Prices for the art on 20×200 start at $24 but can go as high as $10,000.
Interestingly, one of the most unique aspects of 20×200 is that they offer customers documentation on each piece that is bought. This documentation includes details about the artwork. Additionally, the website announces each launch with an informative description of the artist and project being exhibited.
10. 1st Dibs
The 1st Dibs online platform serves as a middleman and curator for artists and their amazing artwork. This platform is constantly seeking out and acquiring new art. Presently the site is a must-see and go-to destination for anyone looking for originals and copies.
1st Dibs is well known in the art world for hosting a large inventory of art from numerous reputable and established galleries. You’ll find art from contemporary specialists and old master dealers on this site. Most of the artwork displayed is available for purchase immediately, with prices varying between $50 and $2 million.
Additionally, 1st Dibs curated sales on their website is a great place to learn how different art forms can be mixed. It’s also a place where you can search for art by artists you may know.
11. Central & Grand
Should you want to fill your home or place of work with unique photographic pieces, you may want to consider buying artwork from Central & Grand. Each season the website adds new photographic art from 52 photographers. Currently, this website has print artwork from five seasons available for purchase framed or unframed.
Curiously, the photographic prints that are available come in two sizes. Customers can purchase 30 x 30 or 60 x 80 museum-quality prints. The photographers specifically mention that every image purchased is printed directly from the photographer’s master file. Additionally, each photograph is printed exclusively on Hahnemuhle 100% cotton photo rag Baryta paper. The pricing for the photo prints varies, but on average, a 30 x 30 image costs upwards of $2,000 depending on the canvassing and other design print options.
12. Poster Child Prints
Poster Child Prints is arguably one of the best places online to find limited edition and eccentric screen prints that are affordable. The company has a range of accessible artworks that are perfect for novice or seasoned collectors. Every piece the company sells is authenticated to guarantee its uniquely limited edition status.
Poster Child Prints doesn’t only offer limited edition prints. They also have photographic works, minimalistic line drawings, posters, tapestries, original artwork, and art pieces under $100. Unlike many other online art websites, Poster Child Prints have numerous interesting graffiti-style art pieces. Although most pieces featured are incredibly affordable, there are a few that are over $2,000.
Although Minted is well known for their photo gifts and holiday cards, they actually have a broad range of original artwork by many different artists. Much of the artwork featured on their website can be bought in many different sizing and framing options. Minted also offers a limited edition collection that only sells each artwork a few hundred times.
Minted offers customers a variety of different drawings, modern photographic pieces, and abstract watercolor prints. On the website, artists have their own landing pages with links and bios to all their art. Additionally, one of the best benefits for emerging artists on this site is that they can participate in a crowdsourcing system that will allow them to find a platform.
On this site, you can easily navigate it to find what you’re looking for. You can narrow your search by filtering by size, color, medium, style, and artist. Moreover, most pieces on offer are affordable, with the starting price for a print being $24, while most art is around the $100 mark.
14. Tappan Collective
Arguably the best online website where you can buy art from emerging artists is the Tappan Collective. The Tappan Collective was founded in 2012 by Jordan Klein and Chelsea Neman. This artistic platform aims to support and nurture emerging artists by connecting them with seasoned collectors.
The Tappan Collective features numerous different art forms such as ceramics, mixed media, sculptures, and large-scale paintings. Additionally, the Tappan Collective is not only an internet-based platform to sell artistic works. They are also curators that have curated many exhibitions in assorted spaces by different artists throughout Los Angeles.
The pricing for the artwork featured in the Tappan Collective varies greatly depending on the type you select. For example, some ceramic pieces are only $100, while large-scale prints can cost upwards of $10,000.
If you’re seeking one-of-a-kind or rare graffiti and streetwear vibe art, you should consider 1xRun. This website is one of the premier online art dealers for this type of art, yet they don’t only sell this style, as customers can find some lovely traditional art and modern photographic prints.
1xRun was founded in 2010 and has since expanded to become a global platform that ships internationally. Many aspiring and seasoned artists have their work featured on this Detroit Michigan based company’s website. Most of the artwork sold by 1xRun is affordable, with prices starting at $100.
16. Buy Some Damn Art
Finding affordable, quirky abstract art can be immensely challenging. Fortunately, the online art gallery Buy Some Damn Art provides funky original artwork that will suit anyone with eccentric or creative tastes.
Buy Some Damn Art was founded by Kate Singleton in 2010. She started the website with the aim for it to be an affordable art platform where emerging artists could showcase their works. Presently most of the creative works on the platform fall into the modern and fine art categories.
Additionally, the artworks on the website are sourced primarily from independent artists from the US and UK. However, a smaller minority of the artists are from further abroad.
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The 12 Best Survival Food Kits For The Outdoor Man
Are you ready to roll when things go sideways? Maybe you want your family to be prepared in case of an earthquake, hurricane, or blizzard. Maybe you don’t want to be caught with your pants down next time there’s a global pandemic or a zombie outbreak.
In any case, you need to be prepared. A survival food kit is a great way to ready yourself for any disaster – natural or otherwise – that may befall you. You’ll be able to focus on other important tasks knowing that nutrition is covered.
All that being said, survival food kits really do come in handy in a lot of real-world scenarios. You can take them hiking or camping, or stock your hunting cabin so you don’t have to worry about food when you get out there this fall. Throw one in your truck in case you break down and have to spend a night somewhere.
There is, of course, a pretty wide range of quality when it comes to survival food. Some could almost pass for a home-cooked meal, while others taste more like warmed-over cardboard. And ultimately you might favor sacrificing taste in the name of convenience. Survival food, after all, is about survival, not savoring every bite.
You’ll find a host of options on this list, from the basic to the luxurious. Here’s to eating well in the end times!
1. ReadyWise Emergency Food Supply
This one will keep you going for a while! Containing 60 servings of meat with a 15-year shelf life, the ReadyWise Emergency Food Supply will have you well-stocked well into whatever apocalyptic scenario may come around.
In all seriousness, this is a great choice for anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency/survival scenario. The whole Emergency Food Supply weighs just over 5 pounds and comes in a sealed plastic bucket; the individual portions within are more easily portable, should the need arise.
This particular product is ReadyWise’s somewhat comically named (but accurately named, it must be said) Meat Bucket. They also make a Vegetable Bucket and a Fruit Bucket, and it’s a good idea to get all three for a balanced diet.
The Meat Bucket contains 60 total servings of four different entrees: savory roast beef, Teriyaki chicken, Southwest style chicken, and cheesy beef. Twenty bonus servings of long-grain instant white rice are also included.
2. NuManna Emergency Survival Kit
For anyone in need of long-term emergency foodstuffs in larger quantities, the NuManna Emergency Survival Kit is a great option. While it isn’t cheap, it’s head-and-shoulders above many of its competitors when it comes to quality.
Inside this kit, you get a total of 20 pounds of freeze-dried rations. It includes several different dishes to cover every meal of the day, divided into 18 multi-serving individual packs.
The most surprising thing about it is that these meals are actually pretty tasty. Dishes include sweet habanero chili with pineapple, cheesy potato soup, rice pilaf, oatmeal with brown sugar, and others. The shelf life is at least 25 years.
The NuManna Emergency Survival Kit is something you can tuck away and rest assured that it will be there when you need it. NuManna also offers various other kits with different meal options.
3. Mountain House 3 Day Emergency Food Supply Kit
The Mountain House 3-Day Emergency Food Supply Kit is just as it sounds. Inside you’ll find enough freeze-dried meals to keep one person well-fed for three days. They’re pretty good meals too!
The package contains three breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners, with some surprisingly appetizing options (sausage gravy and biscuits, chicken fried rice, beef stroganoff with noodles). To make each one, all you do is add hot water and wait 10 minutes.
This is a great thing to tuck away in your cabin or RV. You can also pick and choose individual meals to take with you on hiking and backpacking trips. Net weight is just over 2 lb, 7 oz.
One small strike against the Mountain House 3-Day Emergency Food Supply is its packaging. Each meal is in its own foil/plastic pouch, but they arrive loose in a cardboard box. Storing them that way does leave them vulnerable to pests or accidental puncture.
4. Xmre Blue Line Meals
Containing 12 complete meals, the XMRE Blue Line Meals case is made to feed you in any emergency. These are essentially military-style rations, each one already cooked and ready to eat right out of the package.
Each one of the XMRE Blue Line Meals provides 800 to 1,200 calories of balanced nutrition, including an entrée, two to three side items, and a beverage. No heating or refrigeration is needed; shelf life is three years with proper storage.
Spoons, napkins, a condiment kit, and an optional flameless ration heater (FRH) are also included. The whole kit and caboodle comes packed in a high-density water and tamper-proof outer bag, embossed with the pack date.
5. LaunchPro Emergency Survival Kit
If bare-bones survival is your style, the LaunchPro Emergency Survival Kit might be for you. It’s designed to provide your essential needs (hydration, nutrition, warmth) and nothing more. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s what you’re looking for.
The Emergency Survival Kit from LaunchPro contains three days’ worth of food and water for one person, plus a thermal blanket that makes it a well-rounded survival kit. One can imagine it being useful in a shipwreck-type scenario.
The food rations are essentially lemon-flavored energy bars, each delivering 400 calories. You get nine of them. The water is packaged in six pre-measured 4 oz airtight, sterilized packets. Shelf life: five years.
6. The Survival Tabs Emergency Food Supply
These are chocolate-flavored tablets packed with vitamins, and the Survival Tabs company has been making this Emergency Food Supply product since the 70s. You get five pouches, each containing 24 tablets with 20 calories each.
The big advantage here is portability. You can easily store packages of Survival Tabs wherever you want so they’re ready when you need them. They’re relatively lightweight, and ideal when you need to stay mobile.
It’s worth noting that these are not really meant to be your sole source of nutrition in the long term. Eating them for a day or two in an emergency will keep you going, but Survival Tabs are really best used to supplement another food source.
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7. NorthWest Fork Gluten-Free 30 Day Emergency Food
So, right off the bat, the NorthWest Fork 30 Day Emergency Food Supply is both gluten-free and entirely vegan. Some of you will love that. Others will have already moved on to the next item on our list. That’s totally fine.
This kit gives you 30 days’ worth of freeze-dried meals, all of which contain complete nutrition including plant-based protein. The 30 Day Emergency Food Supply includes 90 total meals, including strawberry oatmeal, green pea soup, and black bean chipotle stew.
The individual meal packets are great for backpacking. They stand on their own, making it easy to add hot water and eat straight out of the pouch. They’re also really nutritious and flavorful and have a 10-year shelf life.
8. AlpineAire Foods Ready Meal Kit
AlpineAire products tend to be marketed more toward campers and hikers than to the prepper and survivalist crowd. Even so, they’re really perfect for anyone who wants lightweight, easily portable freeze-dried meals with a long shelf life.
First and foremost, these are some of the best-tasting freeze-dried meals you can get. With the AlpineAire Foods Ready Meal Kit, you get options like three-cheese lasagna and chicken gumbo that are genuinely tasty.
The AlpineAire Foods Ready Meal Kit contains “28 servings” which could be a little misleading. It includes 14 meal packages, each of which is made up of two servings. Realistically, a person with a reasonable appetite is not going to want to make two meals out of each package.
9. S.O.S. Food Labs Ration Kit
The S.O.S. Food Labs Ration Kit is a well-rounded option that includes 12 portions of purified water, eight S.O.S Food Ration Bars, eight Millennium Energy Food Bars, and a book of survival tips. Each ration is bagged in a polymer-foil sachet with a five-year shelf life.
These tend to get put into a lot of people’s disaster-preparedness kits, and they’re great to have in the event of an earthquake or hurricane. That being said, if you’re looking for nutritious rations for camping or hiking, these fit the bill pretty well.
The S.O.S. Rations also taste surprisingly good, although the flavors get tiresome after a while. These are essentially 16 energy bars, and they’re quite sweet. It’s hard to imagine wanting to eat them for long periods of time.
10. Augason Farms 30 Day 1 Person Emergency Food Supply
A great option for long-term emergency sustenance, the Augason Farms 30 Day 1 Person Emergency Food Supply delivers on its promise to keep one person fed for a month. The meals are nutritious, and pretty tasty too.
This Emergency Food Supply includes freeze-dried entrees like macaroni and cheese and creamy potato soup, along with a powdered milk alternative beverage and banana chips for snacking. It all comes in a handy, watertight 8.5-gallon pail.
It’s Quality Survival Standards (QSS) certified and contains 307 Servings that provide an average of 1,854 calories per day. And with a shelf life of 25 years, the Augason Farms Emergency Food Supply can be safely stored until needed.
11. Patagonia Provisions Kit
Designed to feed two people for two days in the backcountry, the Patagonia Provisions Kit is made with weekend backpackers in mind. But this kit can come in handy in an emergency too.
One of the great advantages of the Patagonia Provisions Kit is that by only including enough food for a relatively short time, they’re able to put more into the quality. These are some genuinely delicious meals, with a healthy assortment of snacks thrown in.
Each meal can be made in 10 minutes or less by adding just hot water, and a cookbook is included with instructions on combining ingredients to create dishes like banana pancakes, or seafood paella. You will need a stove of some sort.
12. Sustain Supply Co. Premium Emergency Survival Bag
The Premium Emergency Survival Bag from Sustain Supply Co. is a handy kit containing a wide range of survival essentials in one convenient backpack. Just stow it somewhere safe, grab it when you need it, and you’re ready to roll.
This kit is meant to sustain two people for 72 hours following a disaster. To that end, it has potable water and food (in the form of freeze-dried meals) and a fully functioning backpacker’s stove with fuel for cooking.
What really makes this kit from Sustain Supply Co. stand out is that it also includes first aid supplies, a survival knife, lantern, fire starters, emergency blankets, signal whistles, sanitary wipes, and a water purification system. You’re basically all set.
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Survival Food Kit FAQs
A survival food kit contains non-perishable, easy to prepare food to be eaten in case of an emergency. They are usually (but not always) packaged in an easily portable container, and individual portions may also be packaged separately.
The intended use of most survival food kits is emergency preparedness. You might get one to include in your go-bag in the event of a tornado, earthquake, or similar disaster, or you may carry emergency rations while traveling in case you get lost or have an accident. Some outdoorsmen may also take survival foods with them while camping or backpacking.
The actual contents of survival food kits vary widely. Freeze-dried meals are common, requiring only the addition of hot water to prepare. Some kits contain more complex meals, while some contain ready-to-eat military rations that need no cooking at all. Others may simply be nutrition-packed energy bars.
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The 12 Best Pairs of Dress Pants for Men in 2021
While you may think all dress pants are one and the same, we’re here to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth – especially nowadays, as there’s a wide variety of styles, fits, cuts, and more when it comes to dress pants. From cotton-blend chinos and linen pants to cropped wool trousers and slim-fit khakis, there’s truly something for everyone in today’s day and age.
So whether you’re looking for a pair of dress pants that can take you from the office to happy hour, or a pair of trousers that will make you look like you stepped out of a business meeting straight onto the runway at fashion week, we’ve got you covered with the 12 best pair of dress pants for men.
1. Oliver Spencer Linen-Blend Canvas Trouser
There’s truly nothing better than a linen-blend trouser, and the Oliver Spencer Linen-Blend Canvas Trouser is the perfect lightweight pair of dress pants for warmer weather. These dress pants boast mismatched pockets for a unique, eye-catching detail from the back, have an elasticized mid-rise waist for all-day wear, and a relaxed fit for ultimate comfort.
Pair them with a white button down – short or long sleeve, depending on the occasion – and throw on a pair of loafers or Oxfords for a casual yet dressy look that’s perfect for attending a beach wedding, going to the office (if your dress code in on the casual side), or any event that requires smart casual attire.
2. Thom Browne Four-Bar Cotton Chino
The best thing about chinos is that they’re dress pants that are incredibly versatile, can be dressed up or down, and come in a variety of colors and styles. If you’re looking for an interesting spin on a classic pair of chinos, the Thom Browne Four-Bar Cotton Chinos should most definitely be on your radar.
Featuring four white bars across the left leg of the pants just above the knee, a design that “derives from the graphic patterns used on the sports uniforms of America’s Ivy League institutions,” these dress pants are sure to set you apart from the rest. Just be sure to check the dress code for whatever occasion you plan on wearing these bad boys too, as they err on the casual side.
3. UNIQLO Smart Ankle Pants
You can always count on UNIQLO for stylish clothes that don’t cost a fortune, and the UNIQLO Smart Ankle Pants are the perfect pair of dress pants that won’t break the bank, all while looking like you spent a pretty penny on your formal wear or business casual look.
These dress pants boast a hidden elastic waist for easy wear, hit right at the ankles as the name suggests, and come in three different colors – navy, black, and grey – so you can stock up on these dressy essentials for half the cost of some of the other dress pants on the market.
4. Bonobos Tailored Fit Stretch Washed Cotton Chinos
Slim fit dress pants are perfect for smart casual settings, so if you’re looking for a pair of dress pants that fit like a glove, the Bonobos Tailored Fit Stretch Washed Cotton Chinos will be a great addition to your wardrobe. These babies are fitted through the hip and thigh and slightly taper to the ankle, feature slant pockets and back welt pockets, and are made of 98% cotton and 2% spandex for ultra-comfortable, all-day wear that’ll take you from the office to happy hour in style.
Toss on a printed short sleeve button down for a laidback look. Roll these pants up at the ankle and pair them with suede Oxfords or boat shoes to polish off the entire outfit.
5. Lululemon ABC Pant Classic 34” Warpstreme
If you’re looking for a pair of dress pants that are comfortable and move with you, then the Lululemon ABC Pants Classic 34” Warpstreme is a wonderful option. Some of the highlights of these dress pants include four-way stretch and shape retention, and you won’t ever have to worry about creasing if you’re sitting in an office chair all day since they’re wrinkle-resistant.
These pants are also breathable and quick-drying, making them perfect for warmer temperatures. The best part? They come in a whopping 14 colors and are available in sizes 26-44, so you’re guaranteed to find your perfect pair of pants.
6. Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-Fit Stretch Cotton Trousers
There’s nothing more classic than a pair of khaki trousers, and the Polo Ralph Lauren Slim-Fit Stretch Cotton Trousers are an essential pair of dress pants that should already be hanging in your closet, so if you don’t have a pair, now’s the time to grab one!
Made from a mid-cotton blend with a hint of stretch to hold the shape and to optimize all-day comfort, these neutral trousers are a building block for any smart casual wardrobe. Dress them up with a classic, crisp white button down, a navy blazer or sport coat, and leather brogues, or wear ‘em with a plain white t-shirt and some loafers for a more casual vibe.
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7. A.P.C. Massimo Cotton Twill Chino Trousers
If you’re on the hunt for a pair of dress pants that will make you stand out from the crowd in a subtle, cool way, then the A.P.C. Massimo Cotton Twill Chino Trousers, which come in a slate grey color, should be right up your alley.
Featuring a straight leg for a more relaxed fit, these trousers are perfect for those days when you want to be stylish and look put together, but also want to be as comfortable as you possibly can be. Wear them with a black button down shirt and black sneakers for a mysterious, edgy, and casual look.
8. Stone Island Logo-Patch Cotton Blend Cargo Trousers
When you think of cargo pants or shorts, the first thing that comes to mind is probably 20-something-year-old frat boys chugging beer bongs on Spring Break. However, if styled correctly, you can totally get away with wearing cargo pants in casual or smart casual settings.
The Stone Island Logo-Patch Cotton Blend Cargo Trousers are cargo pants that don’t necessarily scream “check out my extra pockets” thanks to the monotone dark grey color. Made from a stretch cotton blend, these trousers are perfect for all-day wear and look best when paired with similar dark grey colors for a totally minimalist and streamlined look.
9. Orlebar Brown Brewer Drawstring-Waist Cotton Trousers
If you’re on the hunt for a pair of dress pants that are perfect for a day on the boat or at brunch, then you’re gonna flip when you see the Orlebar Brown Brewer Drawstring-Waist Cotton Trousers, which come in a crisp white and give off maximum sun and summertime vibes.
These resort-style cotton trousers feature a drawstring waist for maximum comfort and have a straight-leg relaxed fit, and will look amazing with a funky printed Hawaiian shirt, boat shoes, and a Mai Tai.
10. Rag & Bone Flynt Nylon-Blend Trousers
While some dress pants may have a reputation for being stuffy and uncomfortable, you don’t have to worry about that with the Rag & Bone Flynt Nylon-Based Trousers, thanks to their cotton and nylon blend, which makes them ultra-breathable, as well as water-resistant.
These trousers are also some of the most comfortable around, as they boast an elasticized waistband for maximum comfort, along with relaxed legs that taper toward adjustable cuffs – perfect for warmer temperatures and smart casual, outdoor settings. Throw on a plain tee and some leather or suede desert boots for a cool and casual vibe, and top with a bomber jacket if the temperatures dip.
11. Acne Studios Cropped Wool-Blend Trousers
If you’re in the market for a pair of trousers that are more on the dressy side, the Acne Studio Cropped Wool-Blend Trousers should be in your online shopping cart, like, now. Featuring a high waist and cropped leg that hits above the ankle, these trousers are the perfect way to give your formalwear a bit of an edge.
Wear with leather boots and a cashmere sweater with a button down underneath for a fashionable twist on formalwear, and make sure you don’t throw these pants in the wash – get them dry cleaned (you’ll thank us later).
12. Sunspel Neut Tapered-Leg Trousers
You can never have too many pairs of khaki dress pants to choose from in your closet, and the Sunspel Neut Tapered-Leg Trousers are the perfect staple to add to your wardrobe. Made from lightweight, comfortable stretch cotton, these dress pants have dart detailing at the waist, two side pockets and back welt pockets, and are tapered at the leg for a fitted, yet comfortable and relaxed feel. Wear a printed button down in a fun pattern to liven up the khaki color, or stay neutral and go with a crisp white button down.
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Dress Pants FAQs
Dress pants come in a wide variety of styles, but essentially, dress pants are pants that can be worn in semi-formal, smart casual, business casual, or formal occasions, depending on the cut, fabric, and style of the pants.
Dress pants can be made from a plethora of materials, including cotton, wool, linen, twill, and more. Typically, dress pants that are considered on the formal side are made from wool or a wool blend, while more casual dress pants, like chinos, are typically made from cotton, linen, or a cotton blend.
What you should look for in dress pants depends on the style you’re going for, the occasion you’re dressing for, and more. If you’re looking for a pair of dress pants that you can wear to casual events or occasions, then stick to light, breathable materials with a little bit of stretch. You can also play around with color and fit in more casual settings, so you have a bit more freedom when it comes to choosing the right pair of dress pants for a casual occasion.
If you’re on the hunt for a pair of dress pants that are suited for more formal occasions, you want to make sure they’re fitted properly (i.e. not too tight) and are made from wool, linen, or some type of wool blend.
While dress pants can be worn for a variety of smart casual, semi-formal, and formal occasions, there’s really no need to wear dress pants to places like the gym, around the house, running errands, etc. – save your casual wear, like jeans, joggers, athletic shorts, and cotton shorts for those tasks.