Erin Schwartz

  1. magical thinking
    The Media Remembers Joan DidionHer New York memorial service focused on her body of work with the more personal bits out of frame.
  2. gifts they might actually want
    46 Gifts for Every Type of BossTop-notch gifts that won’t blow your salary.
  3. best in class
    The 13 Best Garden LightsIncluding a paper lantern made out of weatherproof Tyvek fabric and fence lights with a party mode.
  4. best in class
    The Very Best Window CurtainsFrom Italian-villa sheer to blackout curtains that block light and heat.
  5. vulture lists
    The Best Books of 2022 (So Far)A few novels, a transcendent memoir, and an old Greek tale to enjoy by the fire.
  6. best in class
    The 10 Very Best Outdoor Ceiling FansFrom ”sleek and modern” to statement fans with giant leaf-shaped blades.
  7. fall preview
    57 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This FallWith new releases from Ling Ma, Darryl Pinckney, Namwali Serpell, Cormac McCarthy, and more.
  8. best in class
    The 20 Very Best Dining ChairsIncluding a petproof velvet seat and the historic café chair that gets thrown around at improv theaters.
  9. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Gifts for Teachers, According to TeachersFrom a laminator to a fungus-growing kit — and lots of (actually useful) gift cards.
  10. best in class
    The Very Best Washable RugsFor households with toddlers, pets, gardeners, messy chefs, and more.
  11. ask a cool person
    The Best Housewarming Gifts, According to Cool Homeowners (and Renters)From Ottessa Moshfegh’s favorite incense to fancy salt and plush slippers.
  12. best in class
    The 12 Very Best Jewelry Cleaners“I’ve renewed pieces that have turned to dark gray back to shiny with these cloths.”
  13. best in class
    The Very Best Waterproofers for Shoes and BootsFrom the “the crème de la crème of shoe care” to the wax that will “weatherproof the hell out of those Blundstones.”
  14. gifts they might actually want
    43 Gifts Under $10 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)From blue-light-blocking glasses to our favorite chile-infused honey.
  15. best in class
    The Very Best Indoor Garden Kits“I was blown away by the variety of vegetables (and sheer volume of food) we could grow.”
  16. gifts they might actually want
    The Best (Strategist-Approved) Gifts for GardenersFrom the mosquito spray that smells good enough to be worn as cologne to an obsession-worthy propagation station.
  17. saw something said something
    We ID’d (Almost) All of the Design Chairs in WestworldRobots love postmodern design too.
  18. best in class
    The Very Best Compost BinsFrom an easy-to-clean countertop option to a system that can handle “the crazy Frankenstein stuff in the back of your fridge.”
  19. best in class
    The Very Best Products for Cleaning Sneakers“This solution works well on mostly all materials — leather, suede, nubuck — and gets the job done.”
  20. strategist hive mind
    71 Summer Shopping TipsAn accumulation of proclamations and well-sourced recommendations from the Strategist staff.
  21. best in class
    The 9 Very Best Garden Shears, Loppers, and Pruners“The cleaner the cut, the quicker a plant heals.”
  22. best in class
    The 10 Very Best Houseplant FertilizersFrom all-purpose organics to the seaweed-based fertilizer that carnivorous plants love.
  23. best in class
    6 of the Very Best Plant Misters“No one wants to get carpal tunnel from spraying plants.”
  24. this thing’s incredible
    This $47 Dan Flavin–esque Tube Lamp Saved My Generic Kitchen“You hide it under a console and all of a sudden have a pink wall.”
  25. best in class
    The 12 Very Best Bar Carts“If we can integrate the bar cart into the rest of our lives, that’s definitely the way to do it.”
  26. best in class
    The 8 Very Best Sewing MachinesFrom an “incredibly powerful” antique option to the machine the founder of Loeffler Randall used to sew 1,200 cloth face masks.
  27. best in class
    The 7 Very Best Ceiling FansFrom an inexpensive, fits-everyone option to “the Prius of ceiling fans.”
  28. best in class
    The 7 Very Best Compost TumblersIncluding a “surprisingly weather-resistant” affordable tumbler and “the Boeing 747 of compost bins.”
  29. best in class
    The 9 Very Best Clothes-Drying Racks“I’ve been photographed with this drying rack. I love this drying rack.”
  30. best in class
    The 8 Very Best Clothing Irons“Fortunately at this point in our civilization, most people who create irons understand that they really need to have a couple functions.”
  31. best in class
    The 13 Very Best Men’s Cashmere SweatersIncluding classic cable knits and far-out tie-dyes.
  32. best in class
    The 6 Very Best Clothes SteamersFrom a travel steamer the size of a Hydro Flask to the workhorse standing unit found in every costume shop and department store.
  33. best in class
    The 10 Very Best DoorknobsFor a home refresh that’s quicker and cheaper than painting.
  34. best in class
    13 of the Best Cashmere SweatersFrom wardrobe staples to bright color-blocked sweaters.
  35. best in class
    The 7 Very Best Curtain RodsFrom romantic crystal-globe finials to unobtrusive iron rods with “the smallest rings possible.”
  36. the internet
    The Best Moments in Twitter HistoryWhat makes Twitter great? Chaos, madness, hilarity.
  37. best in class
    The 5 Very Best Garden HosesHoses that won’t kink, leak, or crush delicate plants.
  38. i keep seeing this
    Sergercore: The DIY Sewing Trend That Margiela and Shein Have in CommonA serger is finicky, of limited use, and hard to thread. But it has become indispensable.
  39. this thing’s incredible
    This $10 Strategy Game Has Made Me Enemies on Both Sides of the AtlanticCompetitive enough for games nerds, simple and quick enough for non-games-nerds.
  40. butt week
    How to Buy Vintage Pants That Fit Your Butt“There’s definitely denim for absolutely anyone out there.”
  41. recommended by experts
    What Are the Best Workout Leggings for Women?Including the best for HIIT, yoga, weightlifting, and barre.
  42. ask the strategist
    Ask the Strategist: What’s a Good Dupe for Everlane’s Boxy Raglan Tee?We help a reader whose Goldilocks tee is out of stock.
  43. holiday gifts 2021
    The Best Gifts for D&D Players, According to D&D PlayersIncluding dice described as “most beautiful object I’ve ever seen in my life” and a fantasy mapmaking subscription.
  44. the group portrait
    A Secretish Society of Rick Owens ObsessivesMembers of Rick Owens Discord, or ROD, convene to discuss new collections and share eBay links.
  45. cyber monday 2021
    All the Best Cyber Monday Fashion DealsGreat prices on our favorite workout clothes, holiday sweaters, and a “hot mantis” pin.
  46. black friday 2021
    All the Best Black Friday Fashion DealsGreat prices on our favorite Levi’s, cashmere loungewear, and a gigantic party dress.
  47. saw something said something
    You Can Buy a Birkin (Plant) on AmazonThe status handbag of philodendrons is just $25.
  48. this thing’s incredible
    Heattech Has Nothing on My Favorite $19 Set of Boys’ ThermalsThin enough to fit under jeans, warm enough to wear all winter.