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  1. recommended by experts
    The Best Halloween Decorations and Props, According to Haunted-House ProsAll the tricks to turn your home into a haunted one from haunted-house pros.
  2. something for everyone
    32 Desks, Vetted 32 WaysIncluding the desk used by a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a bunch of Strategist picks, and some of the best-rated desks on Wayfair and Amazon.
  3. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Gifts for New Moms, According to New MomsAs one new mom puts it, “Going forward, I’d be more inclined to get things for the mothers because you’ll get so much baby stuff.”
  4. father’s day 2021
    The Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Dads, According to Outdoorsy DadsFrom a classy pocketknife to a tent he can stand up in.
  5. recommended by experts
    The Best Sustainable Face Masks (That Are Actually Sustainable)Including disposable and cloth masks made with fair labor, environmentally responsible production, and waste reduction in mind.
  6. ask a cool person
    The Best Reusable Grocery Bags, According to Park Slope Food Co-op Members“I regularly carry 35 to 40 pounds of groceries in this bag and know it won’t rip, which is security you can’t buy.”
  7. mental health
    The Expanding Therapy-App LandscapeA guide to the newest players, both earnest and cynical.
  8. this thing’s incredible
    My Family Eats This Actually Flavorful Matzah – Yes, Matzah — Year RoundWhereas most matzah is akin to cardboard, my mother says this “creamy and salty” version “melts in my mouth.”
  9. ask a cool person
    The Best (Nice-Looking) Pill Cases, According to People Who Take PillsIncluding a “sleek” pill-case-slash-compact and objet d’art pill boxes from Jonathan Adler and Judith Leiber, all of which you’ll want to display.
  10. valentines day 2021
    The Best Food Gifts for Every Type of ValentineIncluding a hormone-free Kansas City strip steak from Nashville, and a five-pound bag of mixed candy from Economy Candy.
  11. painless shopping
    The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $25 for Every Type of ValentineIncluding an elegant honey dipper, a pair of vegan, paisley-printed slides, and the “fine wine” of notebooks.
  12. ask a cool person
    What Are the Best Wireless Bras and Bralettes?Including a bralette made from organic cotton and recycled water bottles, and a soft-cup bra that’s available in four different shades of “nude.”
  13. all the answers
    A New Yorker’s Guide to Cannabis Legalization in New JerseyWhen will you be able to smoke in New Jersey? Where, specifically? And what does this mean for legalization in New York?
  14. holiday gifts 2020
    The Best Gifts for Every Type of Person (From Black-Owned Businesses)From a checkered incense holder to a durable, merino-wool tug-and-chew dog toy.
  15. holiday gifts 2020
    The Best Holiday Gifts for Everyone (That Do Good, Too)From a best-selling cutting board that combats food insecurity to a sustainably sourced gold necklace that benefits the Loveland Foundation.
  16. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Secret Santa Gifts Under $25 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)From a glass olive oil serving bottle to banana-shaped cat toy.
  17. this thing’s incredible
    The Sleeping Bag That I’ve Been Wearing to Stay Warm Across New York CityIt’s a fully insulated bright-purple “wearable sleeping bag” that’s — dare I say — kind of stylish (in a gorpcore way).
  18. one stop shop
    All the Best Slippers (That We’ve Written About on the Strategist)Including a pair of gorpcore slip-ons, lots of actually nice-looking Uggs, and the slipper-slash-sandals Brie Larson can’t live without.
  19. gifts they’ll want in a pandemic
    My Refurbished KitchenAid Mixer Works Like New — For Two-Thirds of the PriceYou would never guess it had once been returned.
  20. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Gifts for Bird Lovers, According to BirdersFrom a pair of status binoculars to a T-shirt that benefits the American Bird Conservancy.
  21. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Gifts for Pregnant Women, According to Pregnant WomenIncluding all-natural body and cleaning products and a bunch of soft, stretchy, and actually nice-looking maternity-appropriate clothing.
  22. gifts they might actually want
    The Best Gifts for Hikers, According to HikersIncluding appliances that make camp food (almost) gourmet, and size-inclusive gear.
  23. this thing’s incredible
    This Portable Electric Blanket Keeps Me Warm on Cold Nights Without an OutletI biked it everywhere — from a friend’s fire escape in Bed-Stuy to another friend’s Upper East Side backyard.
  24. this thing’s incredible
    Once It Drops Below 60 Degrees, I Only Go Outside in These Men’s Hunting PantsCozy enough to wear while padding around the house, or while waiting in a two-plus-hour, cold and rainy line to vote.
  25. this thing’s incredible
    My Uncle’s Heated Outdoor Furniture Effectively Warms My Tush on Freezing NightsAll you have to do is plug in the kidney-bean-shaped chair.
  26. celebrity shopping
    What Podcaster Roman Mars Can’t Live Without“My brain is always on guard — What if there’s a fight? What if I have to run some place? — and these boots help me be alert.”
  27. this thing’s incredible
    I’ve Moved All My Furniture Across Brooklyn With This Folding Hand TruckIncluding a desk and side table that I transported almost two miles.
  28. celebrity shopping
    What Erin Brockovich Can’t Live Without“If I get on a run I can find myself out of my mind at noon, and then I realize I’ve had five cups of coffee.”
  29. don’t dillydally
    13 Things That’ll Almost Definitely Sell Out: From Dame to The Met 150 MerchIncluding a G-spot vibrator that’s sold out five times and Metropolitan Museum of Art–themed merch from Baggu, Allbirds, and more.
  30. something for everyone
    10 Portable Washing Machines, Vetted 10 Different WaysIncluding the portable washing machine a New Yorker (without laundry in-unit) used during the pandemic, and a van lifer’s favorite clothing wand.
  31. recommended by experts
    The Best Face Masks for Every SituationFrom a trip to the grocery store to a four-hour flight.
  32. recommended by experts
    Everything You Need to Bring to College During COVID-19, According to StudentsIncluding noise-canceling headphones and instant oatmeal.
  33. recommended by experts
    Everything You Need to Get Into Macramé, According to Artists“If you can tie it into a knot, you can tie it into your macramé piece.”
  34. celebrity shopping
    What the Creators of Black-Owned Brooklyn Can’t Live Without“We order them by the dozen — I would not order fewer than that because you’ll be disappointed when you eat them really quickly.”
  35. recommended by experts
    Everything You Need to Get Into Weaving, According to ArtistsIncluding fluffy fibers and easy-to-use looms.
  36. recommended by experts
    Everything You Need to Picnic, According to Picnic ProfessionalsIncluding a gingham-toned granny cart and set of trash bags.
  37. recommended by experts
    An Absolute Beginners’ Guide to Hiking, According to Hiking ExpertsFrom the best app for choosing a trail, down to the most supportive shoes.
  38. the urbanist
    The Urbanist’s Guide to the Beaches of New JerseyHow to best navigate everything from parking to beach tags.
  39. giving back
    39 Items That Give (Mostly All) Proceeds to Organizations Fighting RacismFrom a natural clay mask to a print of queer, Black model Enam Asiama, (mostly) all proceeds from these items go to organizations fighting racism.
  40. recommended by experts
    How to Protest Safely During a PandemicIf you plan to join a protest for the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, here’s everything you need to know.
  41. explainers
    How to Throw a Zoom Bat MitzvahTips for pulling off this important rite of passage remotely, from implementing virtual l’dor v’dors to tracking down Torahs from shuttered shtiebels.
  42. mother’s day 2020
    Mother’s Day Gifts for Two-Mom Families (According to Moms Themselves)Gifts that celebrate their partnership and family structure this Mother’s — or Mothers’ — Day.
  43. recommended by experts
    Everything You Need to Feel Okay Right Now, According to Therapists“I like to let people know that it is completely normal right now to feel a full range of emotions in a single day.”
  44. recommended by experts
    How to Learn a New Language at Home, According to Language ExpertsIncluding conversational programs, grammar review videos, and worthwhile textbooks, recommended by language professors and polyglots alike.
  45. trust me i should know
    Everything I Used to Work From Home While Living With 4 RoommatesThe white noise machine, calendar, and headphones that help us stay accountable as co-workers and roommates.
  46. strategist investigates
    The Park Slope Food Co-op Freezer Coat Has Been Spotted Outside the Co-opSo far at the Greenmarket, a Lower East Side gallery, and a Bushwick bar called Birdy’s.
  47. the drugstore project
    Everything I Used to Treat Lice While Living With 27 Other PeopleSpoiler alert: No one else got it.
  48. the drugstore project
    109 Famous People on Their 149 Favorite Drugstore ProductsIncluding Kourtney Kardashian’s go-to cold remedy, the candy Steph Curry eats by the handful, and a hand sanitizer used by no fewer than five celebs.
  49. gifts they might actually want
    8 People From the Rachel Comey Sample Sale on What They Want for the HolidaysSophie Buhai scrunchies and Le Creuset Dutch ovens, apparently.
  50. cyber monday 2019
    If You Buy One Thing Today, Make It Our Favorite Australian Work BootsThe Strategist hive mind agrees that Blundstones are a go-to boot.
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