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Have a Lovely Weekend.

Bread photo by Yossy Arefi

What are you up to this weekend? We’re going to see the documentary 63 Up tonight (Have you seen the Up series? It’s so good), and tomorrow we’re dressing up for a holiday party. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few fun links from around the web…

My gift picks at Catbird. (Love all they do!)

Reader’s block.

Every time we travel, I think about this article, haha.

We played this game last weekend and really loved it.

A beautiful way to use apples.

The top 10 shows of 2019. (New Yorker)

This year, for the first time, New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker has a black Marie. (NYTimes)

Also, this dancer getting instructions from her coach. (Don’t suffer with your eyebrows!)

Frozen II is really about climate change. Also, Olaf is a gem.

A loving question to ask your partner.

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Flannery on a weekly relationship ritual: “Some of the best advice I ever got was from the mom of a family I used to babysit. As she rolled her eyes after her husband put the kids’ lunch boxes away in the wrong spot for the millionth time, she said to me, ‘There are roommate issues and there are relationship issues and you should never mix up which is which.’ I think about this ALL THE TIME.”

Says Katie on one thing I always do at family gatherings: “Growing up, I always got invited to go to the bank with my grammy when we were visiting my grandparents. She would chat with everyone and let me press buttons on the ATM and pick up deposit slips so I could play ‘bank’ once we got home. I treasure the memories of this little errand over the years. Just getting to do something ordinary with a family member you don’t see all the time can feel really exciting as a kid.”

Side note: For my fellow grammar nerds, apologies that the quotation marks are messed up on mobile right now! We’re working on it!

(Photo by Yossy Arefi. Frozen article via Erin.)

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Gift Guide #7: Your Best Friend Who Reads Her Horoscope Every Day and Gives the Best Pep Talks.

10 Great Gifts for Women

Bagel best friend necklace. (Or this sweet one.)

10 Great Gifts for Women

Nothing to See Here, a hilarious novel that’s getting rave reviews. Says Taffy Brodesser-Akner in the New York Times Book Review: “I can’t believe how good this book is… It’s wholly original. It’s also perfect.”

10 Great Gifts for Women

A fig-scented candle from amazing candlemakers (or even a monthly candle subscription).

10 Great Gifts for Women

A peanut butter, caramel and pretzel candy bar, which combines all the delicious things, or sea salt caramels, which always hit the spot.

10 Great Gifts for Women

Downton Abbey Clue. Because a valuable object has been stolen, and Carson needs our help!

10 Great Gifts for Women

A plant for her bedside table.

10 Great Gifts for Women

Dior lipstick is a splurgy special treat, and it really is THAT GOOD. A makeup artist kindly gave it to me this year, and it brightens your whole face. The lip plumper is moisturizing and lasts forever, and my favorite color is a soft rose called “Dior Pretty.”

10 Great Gifts for Women

Book tote for making new friends.

10 Great Gifts for Women

Tarot card set, for beginners or experts, to play together.

10 Great Gifts for Women

An experience gift, like a Chelsea art tour with my friend Gisela (they’re incredibly entertaining, and you learn so much!), or going to dinner or taking a long walk or baking brownies together, just the two of you.

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P.S. Last year’s gift guide for friends, and the 2019 holiday gift guide so far.

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Gift Guide #6: Your Awesome Dad Who Can Drive on Icy Roads (and Other James-Bond-Like Things).

10 Great Gifts for Dads

A cashmere sweater (or hat!) because he deserves the best.

10 Great Gifts for Dads

Incredible incense (and I don’t even LIKE incense) to make his home smell like the woodsiest woods.

10 Great Gifts for Dads

One of the top books of the year — Exhalation — which Barack Obama called “a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. The best kind of science fiction.”

10 Great Gifts for Dads

A black truffle to shave over buttery pasta or his legendary scrambled eggs.

10 Great Gifts for Dads

Codenames, an amazing game that involves spies, an assassin and word play. My favorite game I’ve played this year.

10 Great Gifts for Dads

Food ornaments to make him smile. (Love the pancakes!)

10 Great Gifts for Dads

A pizza puzzle to work on together.

10 Great Gifts for Dads

How cool is this: If you donate to an environmental cause this season, Patagonia will match it. You can find organizations on the Patagonia site here. (They’re matching people’s donations up to $10 million!)

10 Great Gifts for Dads

A framed heirloom or a framed photo of the two of you.

A subscription to The Atlantic. Because journalism!

10 Great Gifts for Dads

Plane tickets to visit each other, since that’s all he really wants anyway.

P.S. Last year’s dad’s gift guide, and the 2019 gift guide so far.

Note: If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. We recommend only products we genuinely like. Thank you so much.

(Patagonia matching via Lewis.)