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    We're pretty confident when we say the things in the many, many gift guides we're publishing this year aren't just for women. We know plenty of people who'd get a kick out of a bonsai forest growing kit, a leather iPhone case — hell, even these light-up chopsticks — regardless of their gender. But for every bra set and tube of mascara we've put into a gift guide, the slideshow ahead should give you ideas for those on your shopping list who prefer things on the other end of the spectrum.

    And trust us when we say there’s something for everyone. We’ve got presents for your uncle, your brother, your father, and your half-cousin twice-removed — and, lest we not forget your S.O., your work bro, wingman, and best friend who has an uncanny ability to pick the best spot for dinner. What's more, we're also catering to those whose style is influenced by their respective coasts, meaning we didn't forget you surfers out there, too.

    Click through to see what we’ve got on our lists, from a shaving kit all the way to cashmere goodies they'll want to wear to sleep.

    At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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    A woman in North Carolina said that a Bladen County, NC, electioneer paid her between $75 and $100 to collect completed absentee ballots in the state's 9th District, according to The Hill.

    Ginger Eason said she never mailed the ballots, but gave them to McCrae Dowless, who serves as vice chair on the board of the Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation District and reportedly has a criminal record for felony fraud. She said Dowless never told her that what she was doing is illegal.

    Gathering of absentee ballots by a third party is illegal under North Carolina law. Dowless was reportedly working for an outside firm hired by the campaign of Republican Mark Harris, whose incredibly close win over Democrat Dan McCready has not been certified, as the North Carolina Board of Elections investigates "claims of irregularities and fraudulent activities related to absentee by-mail voting."

    According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "red flags were raised when Harris won Bladen County with 61% of the absentee by-mail ballots cast in that county — even though the ballots came from voters who were only 19% Republican."

    "This was fraud perpetrated by campaign operatives," Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida, told AJC. "Election fraud might be a better way to phrase it."

    The North Carolina Board of Elections is planning to hold a public hearing on the issue on December 21.

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    Photo: Via Anastasia Beverly Hills.

    Contouring can seem intimidating to any makeup newbie (sometimes even to a seasoned makeup lover), but enhancing your cheekbones or jawline doesn't have to be scary — or require the skill of a professional makeup artist. It's all about having the proper product arsenal to get a natural-looking sculpt.

    With the abundance of contour kits and palettes on the market, choosing the right product can be just as nerve-racking as adding contouring to your makeup routine. In order to help make sense of it all — because we've all wondered what the difference between bronzer and contour is — we decided to get some insight from our favorite makeup artists. We wanted to know what they love and use most, and here we've broken down the tools and products into easy-to-understand categories. This roundup also includes the best options for different skin tones and skill sets, so that even the aspiring Kardashian will find something to fall in love with.

    Ahead, the best of contouring products, tips, and tricks, whether you're new to the contour game or a chisel & bake pro.

    At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    For First-Timers

    “The easiest way to contour is by using two shades of foundation — one that’s matched for the center of the face, the neck, and the high bones, and a second that’s slightly darker to use on the outer perimeter and underneath the cheekbones,” says Pati Dubroff, a makeup artist who works with Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman.

    “Cream products are easier to manipulate and erase if you make mistakes,” adds Beau Nelson, whose clients include Kristen Stewart and Nicole Richie. “I’m a big fan of the Bobbi Brown Stick Foundations.”



    Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $46, available at NordstromPhoto: Via Bobbi Brown.

    Take the guessing game out of contouring. This trio comes with all that you need (concealer, contour, and highlighter), and the cream-to-powder formula is easy to blend.



    Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Match Stix Trio, $54, available at Sephora

    This is the perfect tool for those who have resisted the contouring trend until now. The single chubby wields cream contour and highlighter, is easily blended with fingers, and is an affordable way to see if contouring is right for you.



    Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick, $9.49, available at walgreens.com

    This contouring and highlighting duo has a handy face chart that details exactly where to dust each powder. Plus, the contouring shade is sheer and buildable, meaning it's nearly impossible to go overboard.



    L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro Contour Palette, $5.52, available at Walmart

    The easiest — and we mean easiest — take on contouring can be found in the two shades offered side-by-side in this chic, minimalist palette. On the left, you get a rich, creamy contour that blends beautifully into most complexions thanks to its neutral tone; on the right, a lush, shimmery, almost caramel-colored highlighter that brightens up all the high points of the face and adds definition without looking unnatural or obvious.



    Kosas Tropic Equinox, $34, available at Kosas

    Smashbox's contour kit is easy to follow for beginners, and comes in two versions: one for fair complexions (seen here) and another for darker ones. Dust the cooler shade under your jawline and cheekbones, then use the warmer shade along your hairline.



    Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit, $35, available at Macy's

    Many brands also provide contour sticks in sets of three to make the whole process that much easier. These normally contain a contour shade, a bronzer shade, and a highlight shade. Always use the dark contour shade first along your cheekbone, and add the bronzer hue right above it for dimension. Then, add the highlight to the bridge of your nose, top of the chin, and corners of the eyes — just remember to blend everything well!

    Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio, $45, available at Sephora.



    Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio, $45, available at Sephora

    For YouTube Dabblers

    If you already know the basic principles of contouring and want to take your game to the next level, investing in a palette is a wise choice. “This kit has great shades to both contour and highlight," says Mario Dedivanovic, makeup artist to stars like Kim Kardashian. "You can experiment with the lighter shades at first, and then build to the deeper shades once you’re comfortable.”



    Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, $40, available at Sephora

    Bloggers and vloggers love this stick, which comes in 30 shades ranging from Alabaster to Earth for contouring any skin tone.



    Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation, $25, available at Sephora

    This four-pan contouring palette contains three sculpting shades and a gorgeous highlighting powder. Plus, it comes with a super-soft angled brush and smells like chocolate. What's not to love?



    Too Faced Cocoa Contour, $42, available at Too Faced

    Since you’re already comfortable with the basics, try a palette that can really help bring out your cheekbones. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Creamy Glow Sculpting Powder helps to define the face by balancing dark powder with a creamy highlighter.



    Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo, $28, available at DermStore

    Sure, this palette may look like a simple shading and illuminating duo, but it packs a secret punch: the DHA-laced formula actually tans skin while you’re wearing it.



    James Read Tantour Sculpting Duo, $35, available at FeelUnique.com

    If you're trying to find your shade (and wanting to save a few bucks), test out one of these 10 tones.



    BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Shade & Define Contour Palette, $6, available at BH Cosmetics

    For Aspiring Makeup Artists

    There’s only one luxury contour product that the pros swear by, but it’s almost too intimidating for at-home use. “You can work this into a foundation application, or apply it underneath so it looks subtle," says beauty guru Nick Barose. "It takes more blending, but once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s totally worth it.”

    There are two different shade levels available for purchase, so this works on almost all skin tones. The “illuminate” portion is a pearly highlight that delivers camera-ready levels of glow. Do consider it for special events or photo opps — but have a backup option for daily use.



    Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate, $85, available at SephoraPhoto: Via Tom Ford Beauty.

    Makeup minimalists will love Make Up For Ever's sleek Artist Face Colors palette. Read: You pick the colors, then pop 'em into the palette to create one, easy-to-tote compact.



    Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color Highlight, Sculpt and Blush Powder, $23, available at Sephora

    For Fair Skin Tones

    "Surratt’s blush in Grisaille is a great contour that has no orange tones," says Dubroff. "If you’re fair, and you use something with any warmth at all, it’s like the kiss of contour death. This is perfect because it’s a nice, soft tone."



    Surratt Artistique Blush, $32, available at Bloomingdale's

    This contour stick blends easily and adds just a small hint of color for those with even the fairest of complexions.



    Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Cream-to-Powder Quickie Contour Stick, $28, available at Ulta Beauty

    For Medium Skin Tones

    “Apply Aucoin’s sculpting powder with a small, dome-shaped blush brush under the cheekbones and jawline, and on the temples and bridge of the nose,” says Nelson. This shade is the “just right” of dark-but-not-too-dark for those of us who fall in the middle of the skin spectrum. If you prefer creams, Dubroff recommends Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base.



    Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder, $44, available at DermStore

    "This bronzer has a finish that looks like skin, and it adds soft speckles of highlight that allows the skin to glisten," says celebrity makeup artist Camara Aunique. "The shades work well on women of color from your darkest to lightest shade of brown."



    COVERGIRL COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue Mineral Bronzer, $6.64, available at Walmart

    For Deep Skin Tones

    “I love this particular product for darker skins because it comes with a highlight shade, as well,” says celebrity makeup artist Kirin Bhatty. She also recommends following up with a great liquid luminizer in golden or copper shades, like NARS Hot Sand, to really finish the skin.



    NARS Contour Blush in Gienah, $42, available at NARSPhoto: Via NARS.

    The Deeper Than Deep shade of this stick goes on super dark — and is the perfect addition to vibrant lipstick and a hit of highlighter.



    Tyra Beauty SCULPT IN A STICK, $25, available at Tyra Beauty

    “If you’re quite dark, like Lupita Nyong’o, for example, you don’t need to contour. It can look a little too harsh,” says Barose. “Instead, add this bronzey highlight to bring out your features more.”



    Giorgio Armani Beauty Fluid Sheer Skin Illuminator, $38, available at SelfridgesPhoto: Via Giorgio Armani Beauty.

    For Applying

    If you want to go after that sharper (yet still fine) edge that Dubroff suggests, try Tarte’s Sculpt & Slim Contour Brush, which is made just for that. You can use the fluffy fan brush to contour, highlight, and sculpt cheekbones, and the double-ended brush helps when you’re contouring areas like your nose or browbone.



    Tarte tarteist limited-edition sculpt slim contour brush, $32, available at Tarte

    “A clean foundation brush, like this one, is helpful for blending without depositing too much product,” says Dubroff.



    Make Up For Ever 108 Large Foundation Brush, $36, available at SephoraPhoto: Via Make Up For Ever.

    “If I’m using powders, I prefer to use a fan brush because it creates light layers," says Dubroff. "Plus, since it’s not thick, you can get a sharper (but still very fine) edge under the bones.”



    Japonesque Kumadori Fan Brush, $17, available at Amazon

    For Blending

    “Especially if you’re using cream contours, I recommend blending with a damp BeautyBlender sponge to diffuse any lines into the skin,” says Dedivanovic. This can also help you soften the intensity of products by buffing them out for a more clean, even finish.



    Beautyblender Pro Black, $17, available at Cult Beauty

    This uniquely shaped brush hugs the contours of your face so that you can blend smoothly. Make sure to tap off excess product before applying to the skin so that you spend less time blending.



    Laura Mercier Glow Powder Brush, $38, available at Laura Mercier

    Sure, you can use a regular rounded, dense brush to sweep your contour shade through the hallows of your cheeks. But if you're a total beginner and need some guidance, this double-wedged kabuki brush makes every step foolproof.



    Sigma Beauty 3DHD Kabuki Brush, $24, available at Sigma Beauty

    For Balancing

    It’s not just enough to carve out bone structure using taupes and bronzes. “A pop of color on the apples of the cheeks is important for making the contour look happy, and not just angular,” says Dubroff. This product has the slightest sheen and a sheer color payoff that actually makes blush look believable.



    Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in Ecstasy, $40, available at Charlotte TilburyPhoto: Via Charlotte Tilbury.

    Consider this your blush, bronzer, and highlighter all in one. You can sweep through all three powders for the ultimate all-over warmth and glow on your cheeks, or use the powders individually to contour as you please.



    It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow, $32, available at Ulta Beauty

    For Universal Highlighting

    After you’ve contoured and added your color, it’s time to play with highlights. “Apply a liquid highlighter to the high points of the face, and then blend them out with a damp sponge,” Bhatty says. She loves the varied options from Benefit “depending on your skin tone,” but High Beam is a universal best bet.



    Benefit Benefit High Beam Highlighter, $22, available at BootsPhoto: Via Benefit Cosmetics.

    For Correcting

    We all make mistakes, particularly ones that involve getting a little heavy-handed with the contour. Spritzing the face — or your blending sponge — with a hydrating facial spray is one of Dubroff’s go-to tricks for sheering out an overzealous application. The added moisture from the mist makes it easier to soften harsh lines when you go back in.



    Too Cool for School Coconut Milky Mist, $14, available at Nordstrom

    For Traveling Light

    The creamy consistency of Nyx's double-ended bullets means you can draw directly onto your makeup brush before applying, or right onto your skin if you're more advanced. Then, simply blend and buff to get a seamless finish. There are four hues to choose from, making this a great travel-friendly option for any skin tone and skill level.



    NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Stick, $11.5, available at Boots

    This double-sided stick from BlackUp makes it easy to contour and highlight on the run. The formula is creamy, long-lasting, and easy to blend with your fingers or a brush.



    Black Up Contouring Stick, $26.35, available at Debenhams

    If packing the essentials when on the go means everything but the kitchen sink for you, simply reach for this set of mini contouring sticks instead. Each are the size of a lipstick bullet and cover your shade, highlight, and blush needs.



    Trestique trèbebe Contour Kit, $24, available at Trestique

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    First daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump knows the power of her brand. It's ingrained in everything she does, from how she has portrayed her real estate dealings and defunct fashion line, to her "strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes" called Women Who Work, to how she's always played the ideal modern working woman who will have it all — family and a career, beauty and success — through sheer determination.

    Branding is what she learned from her father, President Donald Trump, who got a cool $60.7 million loan from his own dad (about $140 million in today's dollars) but spent his entire life building a false "self-made man" narrative. Following her father's playbook has been successful and a recent example is how the Ivanka Trump brand, not her actions, landed the first daughter a spot in Forbes' The World's 100 Most Powerful Women list for the second year in a row. Why do the work when you can just pretend to do the work?

    Ivanka's carefully crafted evolution from heiress and entrepreneur to public official began as soon as she began acting as a surrogate to her father in the 2016 presidential election. Who can forget the eldest Trump daughter, dressed sensibly in millennial pink and channeling the traditional image of femininity, at the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC)? In her speech, Ivanka softened her father's image with phrases such as, "He taught us that there’s nothing that we cannot accomplish, if we marry vision and passion with an enduring work ethic" and calling him "color blind and gender neutral." She also began positioning herself as a moderate alternative to her father when she brought up the topic of paid family leave at the conservative gathering — something no one had dared to do before at that level.

    Once she officially joined the Trump White House in the spring of 2017, Ivanka has worked hard to give off the appearance of making some progress in the issues included in her portfolio while simultaneously accomplishing very little. Though she originally tried to paint herself as a champion to women and children, playing the role of a de facto first lady, the move quickly backfired. In the almost two years Ivanka has been in the administration, she stood behind rolling back an Obama era equal pay measure, stayed silent on her father's attempt to ban transgender troops from serving, supported the nomination of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh despite the sexual assault allegations against him, campaigned for the governor who signed the nation's most restrictive abortion ban, went fundraising at the height of the family separation crisis at the border, and much more.

    The victories she has obtained have been far in between: she helped Republicans introduce paid family leave legislation, though it didn't advance in Congress; spearheaded public-private partnerships to push for more STEM education in schools, but it's unclear how many students will really benefit; championed the White House's "Hire American" initiative as her own brand's products were made overseas; and tried to fight against human trafficking, even though her father's policies are actually making the situation worse for victims.

    It's not a shocker then that Forbes explicitly included in its ranking "while it's unclear how impactful her role is" when describing Ivanka's accomplishments that landed her in the list. The extent of the first daughter's power is immeasurable because it's pretty much nonexistent and she has just made everyone believe she is powerful through smoke and mirrors. Her saving grace, as always, has been the weight her name carries and how it has mutated to mean more since her father assumed office. Is it a scam? Yes. Does it matter to people concerned with power? Not really.

    For the 2018 itineration, the former real estate executive dropped five spots from #19 to #24, but still ranked near women such as Queen Elizabeth II, Lauren Powell Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey. (One of these things is not like the other.) If that's any indication, we can expect that long after her father leaves office the Ivanka Trump myth will endure (if she avoids her legal troubles). There's nothing society loves more than an attractive and smart white woman who "made it," even if her perceived accomplishments and power are the result of an artificially constructed brand.

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    In the fairy tale romance of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, designer Ralph Lauren is very much a central character. In 2017, Lauren invited Chopra and Jones to the Met Gala without prior knowledge of them dating, the story goes, and because Lauren was at the beginning of their love story, it made sense for the Bollywood star to wear his designs down the aisle.

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    “They’re so much a part of our love story for obvious reasons,” Chopra tells People magazine of working with the team at Ralph Lauren. “For the Western wedding, we had been talking to a bunch of incredible designers, but ultimately when Ralph Lauren approached us, I learned that Ralph has only designed three wedding dresses in 50 years — one for his daughter, his daughter-in-law, and his niece."

    Lauren presented his sketches to Chopra and she knew as soon as she saw them that she'd made the right decision. “When we went in for the sketch presentation, they created exactly what I envisioned for myself on my wedding day… and I said, ‘Yes’ to the dress,” she tells People.

    Chopra wed Jonas wearing a hand-beaded and hand-embroidered long-sleeve dress with floral motifs, scalloped sleeves, and a high neck that took 1,826 hours to complete. Underneath the gown, Chopra wore a strapless dress made of 2,380,000 pearls. Finally, she topped her nuptial look with a 75-foot long tulle veil and the custom Jimmy Choo shoes she picked up in Paris during her bachelorette weekend.

    The sweetest touch, however, was the eight words hand-stitched into her gown: her new husband's entire name (Nicholas Jerry Jonas), their wedding date, as well as the names of her parents. And for her 'something old,' Chopra incorporated her new mother-in-law by having a piece of lace from Jonas' mother's own wedding dress sewn into hers.

    No wonder Jonas cried, right?

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    This Friday, December 7, the moon will lose all illumination and become "new" again at 2:20 a.m. EST. This time around, this quiet lunar phase will occur in Sagittarius — and we already know what you're thinking. The fiery, rambunctious sign of Sagittarius isn't the first (or second or third) sign that comes to mind when we think of the introspective, meditative energy of the new moon, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't bother observing it. In fact, experiencing the new moon in a sign as bold and optimistic as Sagittarius could do us a world of good right now.

    Last month, the new moon in Scorpio asked us to plumb the depths of our feelings, which likely led us down some pretty profound paths of reflection, but kept our focus trained squarely on our inner development. Now, we'll be well-served to adopt Sagittarius' more outward- and forward-facing perspective instead.

    When the new moon is in this expansive sign, the future doesn't just look bright — it might as well be blinding. The sign of the Archer is famously optimistic. Even the most practical signs ( cough, Capricorn) may glance at the bright side this Friday. And, when you direct your newly hopeful gaze toward the future, as many are wont to do during the new moon, you could feel a sudden jolt of inspiration.

    Maybe you've been mulling over a major decision or considering something that requires taking a major risk. If you give yourself enough time to reflect on Friday, you could come upon the solution you've been seeking. That said, the trick with Sagittarian energy is that it's as passionate as it is impulsive — any ideas or plans that come to mind will be from your gut and not your logical side. Of course, sometimes we're better off when we refer to what our instincts are telling us.

    And, let's not forget that the sun and Jupiter are currently hanging out in Sagittarius, too, and they'll still be there this Friday. We're positively swimming in this sign's adventurous energy at the moment, so don't be afraid to see where your inner explorer wishes to go. By the full moon on the 22nd, you could be feeling a lot more energized — and even fulfilled.

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    It's that time of the year again when we get bombarded with gift guides of all kinds (pretty meta, considering I've written quite a few this week already). And even though we always appreciate a bit of help when it comes to brainstorming gift ideas — especially when it comes down to our respective budgets  and last minute time frames — navigating all of them can become quite overwhelming. Plus, sometimes we just want a gift that feels a bit more personalized.

    So, if you were struggling to find a gift that screams your mom's, BFF's, or work wife's name (quite literally) say hello to the world of personalized gifts for her. From classic zodiac necklaces, initial bracelets, monogrammed pajamas to more out-of-box items like monogrammed suitcases, and a truly personal pillow, there's something on the internet that can be customized. Check out our edit of extra specialized gifts for that singular sensation in your life.

    If you're friend is always raving about the app Co-Star and how compatible you two are, this zodiac necklace (on sale!) is a no-brainer.



    Anthropologie Zodiac Coin Necklace, $30.4, available at Anthropologie

    Their luggage will never get mistaken for somebody else's ever again, because AWAY will hand paint any initials on your suitcase of choice.



    Away Add a monogram, $295, available at Away

    If you missed the monogram cut-off time before Christmas, or don't want to spend that much, there's also an Away luggage sticker shop with new options of letters, dogs, and adorable icons to place on their luggage that are soooooo them starting at $15.



    Away Personalization Stickers, $15, available at Away

    This best-selling customizable cushion makes for a good laugh, a great photo prop, and a cozy nap. Make sure you order it before December 7 to get it in time for Christmas.



    Firebox Mushions, $21.99, available at Firebox

    Move aside, scrunchies. This initial-embroidered ribbon is IT.



    Lelet NY Embroidered gingham canvas hair tie, $70, available at Net-A-Porter

    A statement initial necklace that looks so more expensive than it is.



    Focal Look 18k Gold Plated Alphabet Jewelry Initial Necklace, $14.99, available at Amazon

    Yves Saint Laurent Beauty offers gorgeous custom lipstick caps, lipstick engraving, and fragrance engravin g for a truly luxury touch. Forget top shelfie, these glossy personalized vessels deserve a prized spot on their own vanity. Shop all YSL engravable products, here.

    Gift the simple thoughtful gift of a personal journal. This one's a great pick for the whole gang.



    Moglea Adagio Notebooks, $16, available at Minted

    Subtle and chic.



    BaubleBar Modern Acrylic Initial Bracelet, $38, available at BaubleBar

    For an extra $10, J.Crew will monogram any sleepwear and get it to you by Christmas if you order it before December 15.



    Abraham Moon for J.Crew Black Watch flannel pajama set, $49, available at J.Crew

    A personalized amp would be cool but pricey. Here's another idea for the music lover in your life.



    Uncommon Goods Personalized Amp Doormat, $35, available at Uncommon Goods

    Missoma 's engraver is back on duty. You can have your own design sketched on over 40 jewelry designs.

    Whether you choose Pop & Suki's cursive, shadow, gothic, or script font, this customized heart tag is perfect for your friend's bag, carry-on luggage, or set of keys.



    Pop & Suki Customizable Small Heart Tag, $30, available at Pop & Suki

    This necklace won't cure homesickness but it's the thought that counts.



    Moon and Lola Personalized State Pendant Necklace, $188, available at Neiman Marcus

    A personalized mug is just what the doctor ordered...



    Zazzle Personalized Prescription Coffee Mug, $16.95, available at Zazzle

    A more wholesome approach to the personalized mug is this set from artist Shelly Klein. You can choose from over 30 characters, colors, and add the recipients name to match their character.



    Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Mugs, $30, available at Uncommon Goods

    Birthstone designer rings meant for mixing and stacking.



    Bony Levy Personalized Birthstone Stacking Ring, $167.4, available at Nordstrom

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    What makes Secret Santa fun — the challenge of finding the perfect present within a certain price bracket, the joy of buying something for someone who may not usually be on your list, the element of surprise upon revealing yourself as the gift-giver — is also what makes it anxiety-inducing. After all, once you draw that name out of the Santa hat, there's no turning back, and you could end up with anyone: your uncle who barely speaks except to yell at sports on the TV, a distant friend of a friend, your mom's new boyfriend who you and your siblings suspect may have moved to Florida to escape a warrant out for his arrest...

    This holiday season, avoid the missteps and go for a skin-care gift instead of what you think they might like but aren't quite sure. Whether it's an estranged family member, an acquaintance, or a possible man on the run, everybody needs to wash their face before they go to bed at night (and if they aren't doing it already, well, you might just be giving them the gift of a complete lifestyle change). Ahead, five gift sets you can count on to take the stress out of Secret Santa, without exceeding $30.

    At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    The ideal gift for anyone who's ever washed their face — or even just considered it — is this two-piece ornament, which contains both a travel-sized version of the iconic Eve Lom balm cleanser and a 100% cotton muslin cloth to gently exfoliate and sweep away all traces of dirt, debris, and waterproof makeup. It's pure luxury without the price, so you'll look way more generous than you actually are.



    Eve Lom Iconic Cleanser Ornament, $24, available at Sephora

    The vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free person in your life is hard to shop for — whether it's your high-maintenance friend who's always asking for special modifications when you go out to eat or your second cousin who you know very little about except that she went to UC Berkeley and now wants to be called Tree Witch. This clean discovery set, which contains a Brightening Cleanser, CoQ-10 Toner, and olive-derived Squalane Facial Oil, is excellent for everyone, including (and perhaps especially) those who opt for plant-based lifestyles.



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    What is there to say about this set of travel-sized masks other than that literally everyone can enjoy it? With six different formulas to hydrate, purify, resurface, and more, it's especially good for anyone in your larger friend group that you don't know very well but see multi-masking on Instagram Stories all the time.



    Peter Thomas Roth Mask Mashup, $25, available at Birchbox

    There comes a time in every budding skin-care enthusiast's initiation process where they're ready to dip a toe in the good stuff — the pricey, the buzzed-about, the cult-favorites. Save them the trouble of begging for samples at Sephora with this travel-friendly kit of four bestsellers from Sunday Riley. With deluxe sample sizes of the Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser, Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, and Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment, it's a whole new try-before-you-buy routine in a handy zip-top bag.



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    The inherent ridiculousness of pointedly gendered skin care notwithstanding, lots of men are hesitant to use grooming products unless they match the socially conventional standard of Things For Men. This trio — which contains the Deep Dive Glycolic Facial Cleanser that can double as a pore-purging mask, the lightweight matte-finish Clean Break Oil-Free Moisturizer, and dual-purpose Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair & Body — aesthetically fits the bill, but it's also just a solid skin-care routine that anyone, male or female, would be tempted to steal from their S.O.'s shower.



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    You can take everything in our makeup bags away but don’t you dare touch our brow products. Our angled brush, various pencils, brow gel (both clear and colored), and concealer are among the most treasured makeup items we own because fresh brows can totally transform your face.

    That's why we jumped at the chance to hit the buy button when we heard Benefit Cosmetics released a limited-edition, all-inclusive brow kit with beauty influencer and YouTube star Desi Perkin s. Benefit is responsible for some of our favorite brow products, like the cult-favorite Gimme Brow Gel, and the 5-piece set is stocked with everything Perkins uses to achieve “bomb ass brows” — all wrapped in gorgeous, rose gold packaging. When the Bomb Ass Brows set launched exclusively in Benefit stores and on Benefit's website last week, it sold out in less than 24 hours. But if you missed it the first time around, there is good news: You can still get your hands on the collection online at various retailers like Sephora, Macy's, and Birchbox starting today. You'll also be able to get it in person on December 7.

    We got our hands on the $59 set that comes with six essential items that value over $126 — brow powder, clear setting gel, brow pomade, a brow pencil, highlighter, and a double-ended spoolie — with five different shade options.

    When we took the medium-neutral kit for a spin, we ended up with feathery, defined brows thanks to a combination of the Precisely My Brow pencil, Ka-Brow pomade, and 24-hour Brow Setter. Considering the three products alone ring in at over 50 bucks, the entire kit is a deal too good to pass up. Don't miss this opportunity — get one (or two) for you and your friends before its gone for good.

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    Hold up: Did you somehow get the impression that you have to have a gym membership or fancy fitness equipment to get a sick workout? The truth is, all you really need is your body itself in order to exercise — but if you happen to have a chair (and I'm pretty sure you do, somewhere), you can dial up the volume and really challenge yourself at home.

    Awesome things about chairs — other than the fact that sitting feels really great sometimes, if we're being honest — include:

    1. You can use them as substitute barres for ballet-inspired workouts.
    2. They can function as workout benches for many moves.
    3. The elevated platform (a.k.a. the seat) can make some moves more accessible, and make others harder. It's all about gravity!

    That's why we're bringing you this 30-day full-body fitness challenge that only requires a chair. You'll combine barre- and Pilates -inspired moves with a core engager (yep, you can do core work while sitting!), plus a good old-fashioned push-up for good measure. By the end of the month, you'll feel stronger — and you'll never look at a chair the same way again.

    Little safety note before we get going: It's important to make sure the chair you're using is sturdy and balanced, and that it's sitting on a stable surface. You might want to push it up against a wall for extra support. (As much as I love the idea of squeezing in a workout at the office, if you sit on a rolling desk chair, I can't really endorse it.)

    Read on for the 30-day calendar and the moves.

    Here's how to use the calendar:

    Bridges = Chair Bridges
    Lifts = Knee Lifts
    Lunges = Lunge Pulses — if a side (L or R) is listed, do that side and then move on to the next move. If there isn't a side listed in parentheses, do the prescribed number of lunge pulses on each side before moving on.
    Push-ups = Incline Push-ups

    When you see x2 or x3 or x4 at the end of the list of moves, that refers to the number of sets. So do each move for the prescribed number of reps without taking a break, and then rest for one minute between sets.

    Illustrated by: Abbie Winters

    Chair Bridges
    Lie down in front of the chair with your butt close to the chair's front legs and your heels resting on the seat. Engage your core and butt to lift your hips high, so that your knees, hips, and chest are in a straight line, diagonal to the floor. Lower back down.

    (FYI, this is significantly harder than a regular bridge, so if you need to work your way up to it, simply start with your feet on the floor, heels just barely brushing your fingertips if you reach towards them. Once you feel stronger, give it a shot with the chair.)

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    Knee Lifts
    Sit up straight on the chair with your toes lightly resting on the floor in front of you and your hands grasping the back of the chair for support. Engage your core to lift your knees as high as possible; then, lower them toward the right side, tapping your toes on the floor to the right of the chair. Lift the knees back to the center; then, lower and tap on the left side. One circuit of lift-down-lift-right-lift-left counts as one rep.

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    Incline Push-ups
    Stand facing the seat of the chair, and place your hands on the outside edges of the seat. Walk your feet back so you're in a straight-arm plank with your hands on the chair. Bend your elbows and lower your body in a straight line towards the chair, and then push back up.

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    Lunge Pulses
    Stand next to the chair, with the back of the chair facing your left side. Spread your legs wide — left foot forward and right foot back — with both toes pointing forward; then, bend both knees and lower down into a lunge, with both knees at about 90-degree angles. (Aim your left knee toward your middle toes to keep it from collapsing inward.) Lift up about three inches; then, lower again.

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    After the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein blockbuster sparked a reckoning about sexual harassment and power across the country, members of Congress faced their own set of allegations, leading to the resignations of male lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Before the dust began to settle, women representatives began to work on legislation that would address Congress' archaic system for dealing with sexual harassment complaints.

    In the midst of the #MeToo movement and the midterm elections, the bipartisan legislation should have been the easiest to pass this year. But ten months after the House unanimously passed its bill and seven months after the Senate voted on its own version, both chambers have been unable to agree on a final piece of legislation to vote on. The impasse comes down to how the House bill includes tougher sanctions for the alleged abusers and demands more transparency, while the Senate takes a weaker approach that puts lawmakers' well-being ahead of staffers who allege sexual harassment.

    The current complaint system sets the scenario for the accusers to be extremely vulnerable. Those who bring accusations against lawmakers are required to spend months in mediation and counseling before they are able to file an official complaint. The parties involved are also required to sign a confidentiality agreement, which makes it nearly impossible for constituents to know about the allegations against their elected officials. If the accuser still goes ahead with a complaint, they would have to file it in court or ask for an administrative hearing. Lawmakers are also allowed to use taxpayer money to settle these cases, which former representatives such as Republican Blake Farenthold  and Democrat John Conyers took advantage of.

    According to HuffPo, there are three areas where both chambers can't come to an agreement. The House bill holds lawmakers financially responsible for settlements, requires legal representation is provided to those who come forward, and calls for an investigation into the allegations at the beginning of the complaint process, instead of putting accusers through months of mediation. Meanwhile, the Senate bill would allow lawmakers to continue using taxpayer money to settle cases and cuts both the legal representation and investigation requirements.

    If both chambers are unable to come to an agreement soon, the legislation will have to be re-introduced and voted on again when the next Congress starts. Or it will just fade away from memory, leaving staffers as vulnerable to sexual harassment as ever. Passing this type of legislation should have been a slam dunk for everyone involved, and yet, once again D.C. shows the reason why progress often stalls in the U.S. is because our elected officials refuse to take a stand. Society is changing the way it views sexual harassment. It's time Congress does too.

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    Vanderpump Rules season 7 kicked off with a bang last night in the form of Jax Taylor's "Decent Proposal " to now-fiancé Brittany Cartwright at a seafood shack in Malibu, and if the season trailer is any indication, there's a lot more excitement where that came from.

    The highlights: many Lala Kent tears, alcohol-fueled spats involving one DJ James Kennedy, and an irritated LVP lamenting the fact that Tom Tom has no water, electricity, or gas! Will the Toms figure out the much-anticipated cocktail list for their titular restaurant? Will Jax stay faithful to his soon-to-be betrothed? What storm will hit West Hollywood's first family this season?

    What we do know is that, since the show's inaugural season in 2013, the SURvers' stars have been on the rise — and so too have their bank accounts. So who is the richest? Ahead, we break down how much money each Vanderpump Rules star is worth.

    Lisa Vanderpump

    It should come as no surprise that the VPR matriarch reigns supreme when it comes to money in the bank. In addition to co-producing and starring in Vanderpump Rules, LVP has served as one of the mainstays of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since 2010 (and is reportedly the richest of that lot, too). She and her husband, Ken Todd, own several Los Angeles bars and restaurants including SUR, Villa Blanca, Pump, and now, Tom Tom. She also owns Vanderpump Pets, a pet accessories company, and a rosé line. In essence, what can't she do?

    She reportedly earns half a million dollars for every season of Vanderpump Rules, and her total net worth is estimated at $75 million.

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Jax Taylor

    This bachelor-no-more reportedly earns $25,000 per episode of Vanderpump Rules for being The Bad Boy at the center of the SUR orbit's drama. And he is now adding premade drink mix entrepreneur to his résumé, with Just Add X coming in 2019.

    He has an estimated net worth of $400,000, most of which comes from his Bravo paycheck, with help from his paid appearances and sponsored social media posts. In 2016, he told Complex, "If I’m smart about it, and if I live reasonably, I’ll be good for the rest of my life."

    Let's hope he follows his own advice!

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Stassi Schroeder

    Things are pretty peachy for Stassi these days.

    In addition to serving as a cast member on VPR since its early days, Shroeder is the host of podcast Straight Up With Stassi, and has appeared in Summer House, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Amazing Race, and Hollywood Medium. Ever the renaissance woman, she also created a national holiday. And she has a sweet new (and seemingly normal!) dude named Beau Clark. (Goodbye and good riddance, Patrick Meagher.) On November 27, the announced that she is penning a book. Next Level Basic is about, in Schroeder's words, "what [she] knows best — being basic," and will hit shelves in April 2019. She is also a tried-and-true #influencer and frequently posts sponsored content.

    According to Riot Housewives, Shroeder rakes in about $15,000 per episode of VPR. All in all, her net worth is estimated at $300,000.

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Lala Kent

    Despite her relative newbie status — Kent didn't become a full cast member until season 6 — she is quickly catching up to her costars when it comes to net worth. In addition to starring on VPR, she recently hit the big screen in this year's The Row, and also has her own beauty brand, the aptly-named Give Them Lala Beauty.

    Kent's net worth is more disputed than that of her costars — some report it as $50,000, where others say it's close to $2 million.

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Scheana Marie

    Before Vanderpump Rules, Scheana Marie made her Bravo debut on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, when it was revealed that the SUR server had an affair with Housewife Brandi Glanville's ex-husband Eddie Cibrian during their marriage.

    Now a full-fledged Bravo star in her own right, Scheana Marie made $63,000 for season 3 of VPR according to Betches, and is making even more now. She also made out with a nice chunk a change following her divorce from Mike Shay in 2017 — the likes of $50,000. Her reality TV stints, plus a few acting gigs (did anyone see Femme Fatales?), a Vegas show called "Sex Tips," and a pop single called "What I Like," have all contributed to her wealth, which reportedly adds up to a total of $150,000.

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Brittany Cartwight

    Once Cartwright and Jax Taylor met in Vegas in 2015 and he convinced her to move to L.A., the rest was history, and she soon became a crucial member of the SUR orbit. In addition to being a cast member on VPR, she and her now-fiancé had a spin-off show last year, Vanderpump Rules: Jax And Brittany Take Kentucky, and recently teased a possible wedding spin-off, too. Cartwright is valued at $50,000.

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Tom Schwartz

    Apparently, Tom Schwartz is worth the least out of the VPR gang, and his net worth rings in at $25,000. He wasn't an original cast member and never worked at SUR, which might be why. (Well actually, he did a shift...sort of...) But he is one half of Tom Tom, so this number will very likely go up.

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Katie-Maloney Schwartz

    Her net worth ranks in at $30,000, just a hair more than that of her husband. She also launched a lipstick line earlier this year called Pucker & Pout, with hopes of expanding it into an extensive beauty line. Buh-bye, Tequila Katie!

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

    Tom Sandoval

    The other Tom in Tom Tom, Sandoval is worth $400,000. This comes largely from his VPR paycheck — he reportedly makes $15,000 per episode — as well as his past modeling career. Up next for Sandoval? His role as best man in Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright's wedding!

    Photo: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

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    We've arrived at that month when holiday parties just about take over our lives. The onslaught of invitations can be overwhelming — and that's before you even have a chance to consider what to wear. Sure, stores are stuffed with sequin this and velvet that – but when you have parties four nights a week, recycling the same two stereotypical holiday dresses gets tiresome and tedious. Thankfully, there's one dress style that never gets old.

    The little black dress, or LBD, is the no-fail holiday party option you've been sleeping on. Not only does black look good on everyone, it creates a simple backdrop that allows you to reinvent your look every night with choice accessories – perfect right now, given the onslaught of accessory trends on the come up right now. So whether you want to dress yours up with a few well-placed bedazzled hair clips or a dozen gold necklaces, there's an LBD in the mix ahead that'll make the perfect blank slate for your next holiday soiree.

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    Fashion girl Alyssa Coscarelli is no stranger to travel. One day, she's nesting in her cozy East Village apartment, and the next she's in Iceland. Or Costa Rica. Or, you know, France.

    Basically, the Instagram star and beloved Refinery29 alum is constantly traveling – and her jet-setting itinerary has taught her a thing or two about packing. With that in mind, we recently caught up with her before the holidays to see what she was bringing to Florida (her family's home base) this Thanksgiving.

    Watch above — in VR — as Coscarelli walks us through her travel must-haves. From a cozy scarf-blanket to the comfiest loungewear, the girl's basically got hygge down pat. And if you just want some fashion inspiration, watch to find out Coscarelli's three basic essentials that always look good together. Chances are, you already have one of those items in your closet.

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    We're all aware that Amazon is a treasure trove of products. There are very few places you can purchase a 24-pack of toilet paper, a limited edition ADA-approved water flosser, and a housewarming succulent all in one go. But beyond Amazon's endless digital shelves of Instant Pots and practical fare are some truly unique items that make for great holiday gifts — if you can find them.

    We dove in deep looking for those giftable treasures creative enough to earn you brownie points with the toughest of giftees but can still be considered crowd pleasers, at least for anyone with a decent sense of humor. Get your wrapping paper at the ready and sift through our favorite holiday finds ahead. If it's the effort that counts, no one needs to know you found your diamond in the rough present from this sneaky lil' gift guide.

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    Not every millennial is prepared to take on the commitment of raising a plant, even a succulent that requires minimal effort. They are, however, more likely to be prepared to spruce up their space with these cute cactus tea lights.



    Luvu Mini Tealight Cactus Candles, $15.99, available at Amazon

    If you want to go the extra mile, add in some extra packs of film for them so they can keep up the hobby.



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    Homesick's candles come in a range of state-specific scents. Grab one for every one of your transplant friends' homes.



    Homesick Candles Homesick Scented Candle, Hawaii, $29.95, available at Amazon

    Why we ever abandoned the idea of lunch boxes after grade school we'll never know. Help your giftee make up for lost time with a compartmentalized lunch box (also referred to as a bento box in the adult world) that boasts temperature control.



    OmieBox Leak-Proof 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box, $39.5, available at Amazon

    These lightsaber chopsticks come in a set of two. You never have to tell them you kept one pair for yourself.



    ChopSabers Light Up Lightsaber Chopsticks LED Set, $17.17, available at Amazon

    Stop yourself from buying another one of those ho-hum "adult coloring books" for something a little more fun.



    Powerhouse Books Advanced Style The Coloring Book, $9.38, available at Amazon

    There's something about a product being made "portable" that makes it so much cuter. This hand held humidifier can even fit in their car's cup holder.



    Oulin Mini Portable Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier, $18.98, available at Amazon

    If your giftee constantly works long hours, gift them something that'll make them giggle during their commute to and from home.



    AAF Titanic Kittens Car Air Freshener, $6.49, available at Amazon

    Champagne should never go to waste, but this set comes with a proper bottle stopper in the off chance the bottle isn't fully finished.



    Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut With Bottle Stopper, Champagne, 750 Ml, $51.23, available at Amazon

    Perfect for camping trips, apartments with small balconies, and super cool dads.



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    This portable traditional Chinese tea set includes a double wall teapot with an infuser and two double wall tea glasses to ensure your cup is cool to the touch.



    Zens Mobile Moon Portable Tea Set, $49.99, available at Amazon

    Get your D.I.Y. frenzied friend onto a skincare kick with a beginners oil blending kit.



    Herbivore Botanicals Herbivore Botanicals - Mini Facial Oil Trio, $33, available at Amazon

    Hydroponic plants make great desk buddies.



    Ivolador Glass Planter Bulb Vase with Retro Solid Wooden Stand, $24.99, available at Amazon

    This bubble wrap wall calendar is oh so satisfying. Friends who enjoy Youtubing ASMR videos will equally love this.



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    Write a sweet note to your giftee before handing them this locket.



    Dearest Mine Gold-tone Secret Message Ball Locket Necklace, $20, available at Amazon

    Name one person who wouldn't want a packet of Sriracha hot sauce in their bag. We'll wait.



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    Pre-purchasing a set of yoga classes has become a hefty expense. Keep them similarly grounded with a simple set of mindfulness cards they can display in their home, car, or office.



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    Why gift them one instant pot when you can gift them a whole instant pot party?



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    While our grandparents lit mother Mary candles, we're lighting Frida Kahlo candles.



    The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Frida Kahlo Secular Saint Candle, $13.95, available at Amazon

    Loaning a book is serious business. We've all fallen prey to the friends who have continuously "forgotten" to return our favorite paperbacks. Help your friend hold their loanees responsible with a personal library kit.



    Knock Knock Personal Library Kit, $15.19, available at Amazon

    Have a wanderlust obsessed friend? Skip the cliché gift of giving them a map and some push pins. Instead, this globe allows you to doodle on it so they can personalize their destinations a little more.



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    A wand is cool. Wand makeup brushes are awesome.



    La Sante Wizard Wand Potter Makeup Brushes, $10.99, available at Amazon

    Some friends are more homebodies than others. Let them know you respect their love for staying home with a piece of furniture that'll really up their space's hygge level.



    Sonyabecca Macrame Hammock Chair, $59.99, available at Amazon

    We all have that one friend, acquaintance, cousin, etc. who loves to host a regular game night. But if we have to play Settlers of Catan according to their rules one more time, we'll lose it. Gift them a game that sounds fun for everyone and bars any potential cheating.



    The Voting Game The Voting Game, $24.99, available at Amazon

    We laughed, you'll laugh, they'll laugh. Trust us.



    What On Earth Brontosaurus Paper Towel Holder - 17" High, $22.94, available at Amazon

    For your fanciest of friends.



    Cajoy Pre-Tied Ribbon Pin & Clip, $5.99, available at Amazon

    Clunky steamer racks are obsolete. Just use this handy piggy lid over a microwavable bowl or a pot to get the same desired effect.



    Marna Marna Pink Piggy Steamer, 6-9/10", $13.48, available at Amazon

    For green thumbs that are ready to kick it up a notch.



    Planters' Choice Bonsai Starter Kit, $24.99, available at Amazon

    When your giftee has pretty much everything, opting for a fancy locally-made condiment is never a bad route to go.



    Mike's Hot Honey Mike's Hot Honey 12 oz., $8.48, available at Amazon

    The gift of reusable makeup removing pads is actually one of the most ingenious gifts ever. It'll save them from wasting money on tons of cotton pads for the rest of their lives.



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    A truly unique whiskey decanter. And yes, that is an antique sunken ship you see sitting in the middle.



    Kemstood Whiskey Globe Decanter Set, $45.95, available at Amazon

    Have a long distance beau or a mom who loves to FaceTime you to catch you up to speed on her friend drama? Facebook's neat new Portal helps to make both users feel like they're physically closer, despite the distance.



    Facebook Portal from Facebook, $199.99, available at Amazon

    You could gift them a boring 'ol ottoman...or you could gift them this. Great for friends with kids...or not.



    Christopher Knight Home Living Brebis White Velvet Sheep Ottoman, $60, available at Amazon

    There's no shame in living off packs of ramen once you realize you've blown half your bank account on Cyber Monday deals. Make the struggle feel a little less painful with a cute noodle bowl set.



    Sun Art Cat Japanese Rice and Soup Bowl, $17.98, available at Amazon

    2018's version of the sketchbook. Albeit somewhat pricier, this gift is perfect for kickstarting your friends doodle habit into something more.



    Iskn The Slate 2+ Pencil & Paper Graphic Tablet, $179, available at Amazon

    And when you really don't know what to get them, a holiday pegged gift that's useful year 'round is a pretty good failsafe.



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    If you ask us, the absolute best gifts are edible. Who could turn down a personal platter stacked full of warm and fresh-baked cookies or, better yet, a dozen cupcakes that are sized and frosted to perfection?

    Unless you have a bunch of Scrooges who are utterly opposed to sweets on your holiday list, this idea is foolproof. With seasonal festivities at their peak, however, baking everything yourself could be a tad tedious. Instead, put down your oven mitts and enlist some outside help from the pros by ordering online. Not only will you free up precious time, time which can be spent creating memories away from the kitchen, but your loved ones will find whatever treat you choose hard to resist.

    From Shari's Berries and Milk Bar to Little Pie Company and Levain Bakery, we've rounded up a list of 16 popular bake shops that ship nationwide worth considering. After all, the clock is ticking down with not a moment to spare.

    Magnolia Bakery

    Ask almost any New Yorker, and we bet they will say that Magnolia Bakery sells some of the world's best-tasting banana pudding — like, ever. It is available in a variety of flavors including seasonal picks like chocolate peppermint, making it a great snack to keep stashed away whenever you need a sugary pick-me-up.



    Magnolia Bakery Chocolate & Classic Banana Pudding Combo Pack, $62, available at Magnolia Bakery

    M Dough W

    Margo Wolfe’s Miami-based M Dough W features brownies, Oreos, caramel, rainbow cookies — you name it and they've stuffed it inside a gooey, fully-cooked and ready to eat dough. A special holiday pack is now available to ship via luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.



    Doughees by M Dough W Assorted Filled Cookies, $29.99, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Harry & David

    As stated in the brand's Insta profile, the folks over at Harry & David take gift-giving and entertaining pretty seriously. So much so that they offer what seems like hundreds of pre-wrapped items at a moments notice, which comes in handy for some especially during the busy holiday season.



    Harry & David Deluxe Holiday David's Gift Tower, $54.99, available at Harry & David

    Russ & Daughters

    Located in New York's historic Lower East Side for over 100 years, Russ & Daughters is an institution beloved for its appetizing bagel spread, a good schmear, and babka. The sweet yeasted cake is perfect for breakfast — or anytime.



    Russ & Daughters Chocolate Babka, $14, available at Russ & Daughters

    Cheryl's Cookies

    These are decorated and frosted with a delicious buttercream icing. (Pssst, there's even an assortment of gluten-free options for our friends with food allergies.)



    Cheryl's Cookies Buttercream Frosted Holiday Cookies and Pretzels, $24.99, available at Cheryl's Cookies

    Baked By Melissa

    Baked By Melissa creates the most innovative cupcake flavors. From holiday flavors, like Cookies & Milk and Hot Cocoa, to the shop's "original greats, " like Red Velvet and Mint Cookie, your taste buds won't know what hit them.



    Baked By Melissa Winter Wonderful, $35, available at Baked by Melissa

    Warm Belly Bakery

    From Chicago to the world, this local West Loop cookie-centric bakery puts out some of the most whimsical cookies like nutella-stuffed brown butter chocolate chip with pretzel salt, and this peanut butter stuffed chocolate cookie.



    Warm Belly Bakery Half-Dozen Cookies, $18, available at Warm Belly Bakery

    Milk Bar

    While you won't necessarily get to snap your very own Instagram pic outside one of Milk Bar's infamous neon pink signs, you can still enjoy its many desserts by shopping online. Fresh-baked cakes, cake ball truffles, pie, and cookie tins are all on the menu.



    Milk Bar The Party Pack, $110, available at Momofuku Milk Bar

    Shari's Berries

    Who said chocolates and fruit were only a Valentine's Day thing? Available year round, we recommend giving the chocolate-covered, cheesecake bites and dipped strawberries at Shari's Berries a whirl.



    Shari's Berries 9 Cheesecake Bites & Half Dozen Strawberries, $49.98, available at Shari's Berries

    Little Pie Company

    You haven't tasted pie until you've had a nice, thick slice from none other than Little Pie Company. With 11 flavors to choose from (think banana coconut cream, Southern pecan, Mississippi mud, key lime and sour cream apple walnut), it's all but guaranteed that you'll fall madly in love after just one bite.



    Little Pie Company Winter Sampler, $65, available at Little Pie Company

    David's

    Give the people what they want — an entire tin of chocolate chunk cookies. No nuts, no teeny tiny chocolate chips, just the good stuff from this reliable, top-selling cookie lover's brand.



    David's Fresh Baked Chocolate Chunk Cookies, $27.95, available at David's

    Wicked Good Cupcakes

    As seen on Shark Tank, the family-owned team at Wicked Good Cupcakes offers up a fun to serve and eat, cupcake-in-a-jar. They even have your gluten-free bases covered with a giftable GF package for two, four, and six.



    Wicked Good Cupcakes Gluten Free Custom 2 Pack, $20.95, available at Wicked Good Cupcakes

    Georgetown Cupcake

    Gourmet cupcakes made with premium ingredients? Count us in! Ingredients such as high-quality cocoa, Belgian chocolate, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, sweet cream butter, and fresh fruit are combined to create an assortment of baked masterpieces worth the wait.



    Georgetown Cupcake Christmas Collection, $36, available at Georgetown Cupcake

    Stroopies

    The Stroopwafel is a Dutch treat that this Lancaster, PA-based bakery dubs as "stroopies." They're shipped via delectable gourmet site, Mouth that has oodles of local treats on offer. But back to those Stroopies — unwrap, pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds, and enjoy the heavenly gooey caramel goodness.



    Stroopies Stroopwafels, $12, available at Mouth

    Nothing Bundt Cakes

    Founded in 1997 by two dedicated bakers, this shop has since then become an authority on all things bundt cake. Sold in various sizes including a traditional 8-inch version as well as bite-sized "bundtinis," there's something to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.

    Levain Bakery

    Chocolate chip cookie lovers, meet your newest addiction. These mounds of gooey goodness draw massive lines outside each of Levain Bakery's four locations daily. Don't believe us? Check out the bake shop's line cam for proof! Lucky for you, the cookies can also be shipped to your doorstep in a gift box.



    Levain Assortment - Gift Box of 8 Cookies, $49, available at Levain Bakery

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    It might come as a shock to some people that the first nail polish to ever hit the mass market wasn't a bright shade of cherry-red — it was pink. It wasn't until the early 30s, when deep red lacquers popped up on the fingers of European socialites, that Revlon responded to the trend with a collection of crimson polishes. By the 40s, when leading ladies could show off their manicures in technicolor, red nail polish had cemented itself as an iconic part of American culture.

    But it's been a long time since Rita Hayworth showed off her fiery fingernails in 1941's Blood and Sand. These days, you can walk into a salon and spot hundreds of reds — varying in undertone and finish — proving that picking just one is far harder than it was nearly eight decades ago.

    So, how do you know which red is the right red? Ahead, nail pros share the nine polishes that work for everyone.

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    The pro: Betina R. Goldstein, editorial nail artist

    The polish: Essie Berry Naughty

    Call us cliché, but we love nothing more than a wine-red mani when the temperatures drop. Goldstein says this burgundy-red is flattering 365 days of the year — and especially in the spring.



    Essie Nail Polish, $7.69, available at Target

    The polish: Oribe Bloodstone

    When you're in the salon and faced with a wall of reds, Goldstein says to keep your eyes peeled for this one in particular. "It's a cool-girl color, but still edgy and luxurious," Goldstein says. "The deep, blood-red tones and high-gloss finish make it unlike any other burgundy."



    Oribe High Shine Nail Polish, $32, available at Nordstrom

    The polish: Chanel Rouge Essentiel

    "This is my go-to red," says Goldstein. "It’s classic, chic, and elegant, but balanced enough to wear all year long."



    Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, $22, available at Chanel

    The pro:Gina Edwards, celebrity manicurist

    The polish: Essie Fifth Avenue

    Edwards is a fan of vibrant, electric reds — especially this classic from Essie. She says the shade dresses up any outfit and brightens all skin tones.

    Editor's Note: Fifth Avenue is no longer available, but Essie's Russian Roulette is almost an exact dupe.



    Essie Nail Polish, $9, available at Essie

    The polish: NCLA Rush Hour

    We don't know who was first inspired by blood when creating a nail color, but we're oddly thankful they were. Thanks to the blue undertone, this polish is the quintessential blood-red. According to Edwards, it's just as intense on your nails as it is in the bottle.



    NCLA Nail Polish Rush Hour, $16, available at The Detox Market

    The pro:Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of Olive & June

    The polish: OPI Black to Reality

    What's mysterious, dark, and perfect for date night? According to Tuttle, it's this heady red.



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    The polish: Deborah Lippmann Bettina's Song

    Glitter nail polish is practically a requirement in December, and this metallic burgundy fits the bill. Tuttle's advice? Never say no to a wash of micro-shimmer.



    Deborah Lippmann Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish, $24, available at Barneys New York

    The polish: Essie Rock the Runway

    Tuttle's true red pick is festive, bold, and available in a formula that will last you from Christmas to New Year's, and then some.



    Essie Nail Polish, $11.5, available at Essie

    The polish: Chanel Rouge Puissant

    Leave it to Chanel to put a chic spin on a timeless classic. Tuttle describes this favorite as a little deeper than your traditional red, but still sexy and elegant.



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    Gift giving starts with a sweet thought — a little something for the friend who graciously volunteered to host this year's holiday get-together or a Secret Santa gift for your long-distance college friend — but it can quickly spiral into a huge headache when you realize you have no idea what to get. When poinsettias seem a little ho-hum and candy-striped dish towels feel too tacky, a glossy gift set packed with beauty goodies is an easy way to bring a smile to her face.

    If you're still caught going back and forth over a three-pack of Kiehl's face masks or a trendy jade roller, let the stars split the tie. Ahead, we asked astrologer and Love by Luna founder, Katie Huang, to break down the sweetest, under-$50 beauty gifts to give a friend — all based on her zodiac sign. Whether you have an impulsive Aries or a fun-loving Capricorn on your hands, scroll to find the present she's destined to love.

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    Aries

    For your fire-sign friend who's always blazing forward and has little-to-no time to shop for skin care, this First Aid Beauty essentials kit makes a great gift, Huang says. With five parts — a gentle cleanser, a lightweight moisturizer, exfoliating peel pads, the Ultra Repair Cream for super parched skin, and a lip balm — it's a streamlined set for your girl on the go, and it makes our editors' wish list, too.



    First Aid Beauty FAB Holiday Cheer Kit, $48, available at Ulta Beauty

    Taurus

    Taurus is known for her love of luxury, meaning she's probably big into weekend masking sessions. "This high-end face mask sampler is the perfect pick for someone who likes pampering herself, painting her toenails, and lounging in sweats on a lazy Sunday," Huang says.



    Kiehl's Merry Masking, $39, available at Kiehl's

    Gemini

    Geminis are big into doubles — it's the zodiac sign of the twins, after all. So, Huang recommends gifting her a beauty two-pack. If you've got a makeup lover on your hands, she'll love this Charlotte Tilbury mini liquid lipstick duo, which comes with a rose shade and a sexy deep berry color.



    Charlotte Tilbury Mini Hollywood Liquid Lipstick Charms, $22, available at Charlotte Tilbury

    Cancer

    For your friend who likes the finer things (like velour tracksuits) and appreciates a '90s throwback trend resurfacing (like scrunchies), this plush velvet bow will be a huge hit. "This scrunchie has Cancer written all over it," says Huang. "It will add the perfect polished touch to her holiday party outfit."



    Chloe + Isabel Velvet Bow Scrunchie, $30, available at Chloe + Isabel

    Leo

    It's likely that the Leo in your life has been complaining about her mane lately, because it takes so much to get hair soft and shiny this time of year when the sandpaper-y office air is making everyone's ends dry and static-prone. Huang recommends gifting this thoughtful three-piece set — a shampoo, conditioner, and styling primer — that'll bounce her hair back to glossy before New Year's Eve.



    Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Happy Hairdays, $33, available at Birchbox

    Virgo

    Your friend Virgo has a fierce work ethic. This year, Huang recommends gifting her this set — the luxe Fresh Soy Face Cleanser plus a best-selling Sugar Lip Treatment — to remind her to spend time on her self-care.



    Fresh Frequent Flyer, $19.5, available at Sephora

    Libra

    This de-puffing jade face roller is a no-brainer for a Libra looking to make her skin-care regimen more ritualistic in the new year. "Ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty, Libra is in the know when it comes to natural beauty trends," says Huang. "She'll definitely appreciate this gift that's both calming and effective for sculpting her cheekbones."



    Mount Lai De-Puffing Jade Facial Roller, $34, available at Sephora

    Scorpio

    Scorpio loves a good party and gets easily bored replaying the same night-out look. This year, Huang recommends gifting her this eyeliner gift set, which is filled with a rainbow of creamy glitter pencils plus a black liquid pen, to spice up her Friday night glam.



    Smashbox Smashbox Cosmetics Holidaze Always On Eyeliner Set, $39, available at Birchbox

    Sagittarius

    Your buddy Sagittarius loves both variety and convenience, which makes this mini Kevyn Aucoin lip gloss set a great gift. "For a freedom-loving sign that likes options, this five-piece box of glosses surely offers that," says Huang.



    Kevyn Aucoin NUDEPOP The Molten Lip Color Mini Collection, $32, available at Sephora

    Capricorn

    If anyone can appreciate a makeup kit with some staying power, it's a work hard, play harder Capricorn. Huang recommends this Laura Mercier set that can fit in her clutch. It comes with two creamy, crease-resistant shadow sticks and a teeny tube of mascara.



    Laura Mercier Eye Lights Three-Piece Deluxe Mini Eye Collection Set, $35, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Aquarius

    You really can't go wrong with gifting the créme de la créme of glitter eyeshadows, but an unconventional Aquarius will especially appreciate the vibe. Huang loves this pearlescent three-piece set for her, because it plays into her desire to stand out from the crowd.



    Stila 3D Dazzle Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, $25, available at Nordstrom

    Pisces

    Every Pisces appreciates a focused bedtime routine, the kind that signals the brain that it's time to wind down. Huang recommends you play into her love of sleep with a gift set filled with de-puffing eye gels and a silk eye mask. The combination will help her relax and drown out all the distractions.



    BeautyBio Bright Eyes Set, $25, available at Nordstrom

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    For Pirelli's latest calendar, the Italian tire company enlisted photographer Albert Watson to work his magic. The iconic calendar, in which nearly every major photographer has taken part, has evolved over the years. It's gone from racy, to fantastical, to radically inclusive, and now, cinematic. Watson's interpretation may be 2-D, but it's so complex — like a film, he'd say — that it really will take a year to get through.

    Dubbed "Dreaming," the Scottish photographer's exploration of the changing nature of ambition and success is told through female and male protagonists like models Gigi Hadid and Laetitia Casta, ballet dancers Misty Copeland and Sergei Poullunin, designer Alexander Wang, actress Julia Garner, and more. The calendar, which took ten days to shoot and tells not one but four tales, sees Watson's obsession with details and a focus on goals — those achieved and unachieved. There's a dancer, a botanical photographer, a painter, and an heiress, all as imagined by Watson himself.

    "To make a dream come true, you have to work hard," Watson explains via press release. "I’ve always taken it step by step, reaching one goal at a time, without wanting to get immediately to the top of the ladder. Even though I sometimes think this ladder could go on up forever, with the top rung ever-further away, I think it’s always worth giving yourself increasingly ambitious goals and dreams."

    It's a broad concept, but it allowed Watson to experiment, just as past Pirelli photographers did. But unlike the calendars before it, he sought to break the 12-month cycle. Instead of taking one photo of each month, he took 40. And he shot them in 16:9, a widescreen format, so they appeared more as stills from a movie and less of a fashion shoot: "The basic idea behind the whole project is that of telling a story in four ‘little movies’. What I wanted to convey were the protagonists’ hopes and their way of thinking about the future, in a way that would bring with it the aspect of dreaming." The cinematic approach makes perfect sense: Though he's one of the world's most renowned photographers today, Watson actually graduated from the Royal College of Art Film School as a director.

    For more than 50 years, the Pirelli calendar has served as a milestone for both a photographer and a model's careers. Last year's calendar featured an all-Black cast shot by Tim Walker, and a few years before that, photographer Annie Leibovitz featured little to no nudity of its subjects at all. During one of fashion's most politically charged eras, Albert Watson's cinematic approach provides a break from the noise and a stoic look inside the lives of others. Click through the slideshow ahead to see some of the shots.

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    We all have those days (or weeks or months) where just one measly horoscope just won't cut it — we need more insight into what lies ahead. So, we may follow a few more astrologers on Twitter. We might download an astrology podcast or two. Or, better still, we may go to YouTube and see what the tarot-reading luminaries therein have to say about our future.

    For every straightforward astrologer sharing their wisdom on YouTube, there's one who's using tarot cards to speak to the signs. And, depending on your preferences, these "tarotscopes" could very well come to replace your regular horoscope.

    When it comes to choosing between different forms of divination, tarot readings tend to appeal to visual learners, those who like to see the source material of the reader's conclusions. And, depending on the type of spread the reader creates, tarot readings can offer a highly detailed look at what awaits you.

    Of course, the most insightful readings depend on who's performing them and who's receiving them. You may have to follow a few different tarot YouTube channels before landing on one that speaks to you, but when you find one that really understands your sign as you embody it, you won't have to think twice about hitting "subscribe."

    Here, we've selected some of our favorite channels posting regular tarotscopes. Read on to discover your new go-to.

    House Of Oshun

    Host Lulu Eye Love performs in-depth readings for every Zodiac sign on a monthly basis. And, in addition to her probing insights into our personal lives, she recommends a crystal that each sign should keep with them for that month. So, not only does she help you start off every month feeling a little clearer and informed, but with a new stone in your crystal collection, too.

    CancerMoons Tarot

    Everything you need to know about the nature of these readings is laid out at the top of just about every video: Not every single reading for your sign will resonate with you — and that's okay. Whether performing a reading in a prepared video or doing one live (in which users can comment and respond in real time), host Ant makes it crystal clear that you should adopt a critical ear when listening to the predictions. That way, youll know when they might not apply to you and when they are completely spot-on.

    The Tarot Empress

    Got love on the brain? Tarot Empress Isabelle is here to lend some clarity to your love life via frequent and in-depth readings based on your sign. As much as we love settling in to watch a 20-minute-long reading that gives an overview of our lives, there's something to be said for the to-the-point length (less than 10 minutes) and specific focus (romance) of Tarot Empress' videos.

    Nicholas Ashbaugh

    The pointed accuracy Ashbaugh's readings have made this writer gasp at her screen more than a few. And that's more than likely thanks to his frequent use of real life examples to ground the abstract nature of tarot readings. Most videos clock in around a half hour, so expect to receive an overview of every aspect of your life — in detail.

    Soulful Revolution

    In addition to monthly readings, highly experienced reader Mary Jo posts weekly and daily readings as well, for those who want as much input from the cards as possible. Pro tip: If you want to shake up the way you consume your tarot content, wait until the end of the day to watch your sign's reading. You might be able to make more connections between the reading and your life in retrospect.

    Spiritual OG

    There are plenty of reasons to subscribe to Spiritual OG (her use of a huge variety of decks and her willingness to deal in hard truths spring to mind), but our favorite thing about this channel is the posting schedule. Not only are readings for every sign posted at the beginning of the month, but an additional reading goes up midway through the month, too, as a sort of checkpoint to see if you're staying on track from where you were at the month's start.

    WaterBaby Tarot

    We'll be honest: This channel had us hooked at "weekly love readings." But we hit "subscribe" for the attention to detail that goes into each of these videos. Even though they only touch on a week, every reading lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, making WaterBaby one of the most thorough channels we've come across. Whether you're happily single, actively dating, newly partnered, or in a long-term relationship, you'll likely see yourself in these readings.

    Final Fulfillment Tarot

    As thorough and clear as the substance of his readings are, it's actually host, Jackson's delivery that keeps us coming back to his channel. Cool, calm, and collected, his presentation style is downright serene, even when he's giving you a major reality check. We don't know about you, but we could absolutely use a little more serenity at the start of every month.

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