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    The Best Down Pillows, According to ExpertsWhether you sleep on your side, stomach, back, or all three, the right down pillow can bring a touch of hotel-style luxury to your bed.
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    The Best (Strategist-Approved) Gifts for GardenersWhether they’re the proud cultivator of an English-style cottage garden or a humble apartment gardener hoping to hone their green thumb.
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    The Best Supplies for Making Your Own Baby Food, According to ExpertsOne way to cut down on heavy metals found in processed baby food? Start making it yourself.
  4. the toy matrix
    The Only Toy Gift Guide for a 1-Year-Old You’ll Ever NeedSourced with the help of child psychologists, grandparents, and the occasional celebrity.
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    27 Living-Room Décor Accents From Black-Owned BusinessesFrom accent pillows to handmade baskets for organizing your keepsakes.
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    The Best Bedsheets, According to Interior DesignersIncluding cotton percale, linen, sateen, silk, and jersey options, plus a handful made of alternative fabrics like bamboo.
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    The Best Duvet Covers, According to Interior DesignersFrom luxurious hotel-style duvet covers to relaxed linen options and more.
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    What Taraji P. Henson Can’t Live Without“If you burn something in these pots, you really don’t know what the hell you’re doing.”
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    Gee’s Bend Black-Made (Museum-Quality) Quilts Are Now Sold on EtsyIt’s the first time ever that quilts from the rural Alabama community of Black women artists are available to buy online.
  10. ask a cool person
    What Are the Best Cloth Napkins?A simple way to elevate your at-home dining experience.
  11. testing testing
    Can the Best (Closed-Loop) Baby Monitor Get Any Better?An Infant Optics owner puts the parent-approved-brand’s newest model to the test.
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    The Best Maternity Workout Clothes, According to ExpertsPilates and yoga instructors, doulas, and some fit, stylish moms share their favorites.
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    The Best (Nice-Looking) Play Mats for Babies and Kids, According to ExpertsAll look just as good in the nursery as they do in the living room.
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    What Are the Best Silk Pajamas for Women?Lingerie experts, boutique owners, and all-around stylish women dish on their favorite silken sleepwear.
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    The Best (Ergonomic) Desk Chairs for Kids, According to ExpertsNot all kids’ desk chairs are created equal.
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    The Best (and Warmest) Women’s Long Underwear, According to ExpertsThe best base layers for all your cold-weather activities, from outdoor dining to hitting the slopes.
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    The Best Bed Frames, According to Interior DesignersIncluding platform beds, canopy frames, and upholstered wingback styles — lots of which are less than $1,000.
  18. something for everyone
    23 Floor Lamps, Vetted 23 WaysIncluding an elegant vertical LED light and a circular lamp that looks like the many Charli XCX has.
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    The Best Virtual Gifts for Everyone on Your ListFrom guitar lessons to a virtual cooking class.
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    35 (Under $30) Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for Kids and BabiesFrom books to the season’s hottest toys, all are tiny enough to fit inside a stocking.
  21. the toy matrix
    The Only Toy Gift Guide for a 3-Year-Old You’ll Ever NeedSourced with the help of child therapists, child-yoga teachers, and tech-columnist dads.
  22. this thing’s incredible
    My Toddler Won’t Stop Playing With These Friction-Powered CarsTheir novel design propels them farther than any other toy cars he’s used and makes the toys much better at navigating bumps and uneven surfaces.
  23. ask the strategist
    Ask the Strategist: What Are Some Shearling-Lined Boots That Aren’t Uggs?Here are 22 alternatives that are just as cozy, cute, and easy to slip on.
  24. office swag
    This New York x Neighborhood Spot Merch Is Another Reason to Love New YorkDo-good streetwear brand Neighborhood Spot created a collection of totes and prints based on the latest “Reasons to Love New York” issue cover.
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    The Best Gifts for Chess Players, According to Chess PlayersWe asked chess players, coaches, grandmasters, and world champions about their favorite things to give to folks like themselves.
  26. celebrity shopping
    What Kyle MacLachlan Can’t Live Without“I am made for the Strategist, because these little details are important and really make a difference in terms of finding something that works well.”
  27. the toy matrix
    The Only Toy Gift Guide for a 2-Year-Old You’ll Ever NeedAccording to child psychologists, discerning parents, and toy historians.
  28. painless shopping
    30 Strategist-Approved Gifts for Your Whole List (That You Can Buy at Macy’s)A bunch of our favorite gifts to give, all conveniently available at the department store that brings you the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  29. gifts they’ll want in a pandemic
    This $70 Necklace Makes Me Feel Like a Fancy Lady Who Lunches (at Home)It elevates even the most humdrum of work-from-home outfits.
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    In-Stock Weight-Lifting Equipment, From Unlikely SourcesDumbbells, kettlebells, and other lifting equipment you can order right now.
  31. black friday 2020
    The Tiny Do-It-All Oven That Makes Me Feel Like Julia Child Is 30 Percent OffThe last time it was this cheap was Prime Day — and it sold out.
  32. strategist investigates
    How Effective Are Aqueous Ozone Cleaners (Like O3Waterworks)?Two experts tell us about the science behind these products that claim to sanitize simply by filling them with water.
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    The Best Gifts for Beer Lovers, According to Brewers and Beer LoversBecause you can do better than a novelty beer helmet.
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    13 Pairs of (Actually Wearable) Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for KidsIn a range of prices and styles, including some parent-approved pairs.
  35. ask a cool person
    The Best Drinking Glasses, According to Restaurant and Interior Design ExpertsNineteen interior designers and service-industry professionals weigh in on their favorite glasses for water, juice, iced tea, or something stronger.
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    Have You Bought a Space Heater Yet?Temperatures may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm outside.
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    The Best Gifts for 6-Month-Olds, According to ExpertsBooks, toys, and other gifts that encourage sensory exploration, motor skills, and cause and effect in 6-month-olds.
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    The Best Baby-Shower Gifts, According to ExpertsFrom clothes to gear to teethers to décor to treats for mom, these 71 gifts will ensure you do not show up empty-handed.
  39. strategist investigates
    Four Hacks for Safely Distributing Candy on HalloweenFrom simple tools like trash grabbers to DIY candy chutes.
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    The Best Gifts for 12-Year-Olds, According to ExpertsWe spoke to a librarian, two psychotherapists, three toy experts, and several seventh-graders to find the best gifts for 12-year-olds.
  41. ask a cool person
    The Best Bras for Small Breasts, According to Stylish WomenFrom triangle cuts and racerbacks to breathable mesh and French-girl lace style bras for the small-busted among us.
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    The Best Gifts for 11-Year-Olds, According to ExpertsAn adolescent psychotherapist, a librarian, toy experts, and actual sixth graders share their picks.
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    The Best Shoe Organizers, According to Professional OrganizersProfessional organizers share their tips on how to store all your shoes.
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    The Best Car Seats and Booster Seats for Kids, According to ExpertsFrom infant car seats to convertibles to all-in-ones.
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    The Best Baby Monitors, According to Parents and Sleep ConsultantsFrom traditional video monitors, to “smart” devices that can track how your baby is sleeping, to a simple, affordable audio monitor.
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    The Best (Most Flattering) Lighting for Video Calls, According to ExpertsIf you can’t sit in front of a window, directors, filmmakers, and television producers share the next best options for looking good on a screen.
  47. ask the strategist
    Ask the Strategist: What Are Some Nice-Looking Baskets for Storing Bedding?A dozen options for stowing a couple of pillows with an artfully arranged blanket (or two) on top.
  48. ask a cool person
    What Are the Best Chelsea Boots for Women?“If they’re too high or too bulky, you look like a tween who just hit up Steve Madden at the suburban mall.”
  49. ask a cool person
    The Best Bedroom Benches, According to Interior DesignersA bedroom bench is one of those pieces that can tie a whole space together while also being functional — just don’t pile your dirty clothes on it.
  50. this thing’s incredible
    This Generous Soaking Tub Cuts My Dishwashing Time by a ThirdIt has plenty of room to soak our family of three’s jumble of plates, coffee mugs, glasses, sippy cups, plates, bowls, utensils, and cutting boards.
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