To be a Strategist editor we have to be obsessive, exacting, and a little bit crazy when it comes to finding things to buy on the Internet — so you, the reader, don’t have to be. Which is why we thought that letting you in on gifts we’ll be giving (and the gifts we will be wanting) might be useful. Mom, dad, niece, roommate — please don’t read this.
The Gifts I’ll Be Gifting
Monogram tumblers for my aunt who’s always saying, “Is this my scotch?”
I’m not giving Elena Ferrante’s terrifying new picture book to a child — it’s about a little girl’s doll who gets lost on the beach and is taunted by a man with a rake who tells her to “drink up the pee” — but my friend who loves Ferrante will appreciate it.
The Gifts I Want to Get
I thought of body wash as something only my dad uses, but I discovered this one by accident. I thought they were body lotion, because the texture is so silky and creamy, and because the labels are all written in French, which I don’t speak. Then I tried it and it made my skin so soft that I didn’t even need to put on moisturizer after my shower. And the best part is the sweet, gentle aroma it leaves — like you’re a newborn baby in a garden of the Loire Valley. I want one in every scent.
I want everything warm from Uniqlo: First and foremost, these fleece-lined hoodies — the inside is so velvety-soft, I would believe you if you told me it was mink. And also their latest “Extra Warm” Heattech under layers, which are supposedly 1.5 times even warmer than their regular Heattech.
People (and by people I mean Jennifer Aniston) swear by micro-current facials. The idea is you try to relax while someone runs an electrical stimulation device all over your face to supposedly boost circulation and collagen production and plump the skin back to where it was ten years ago. But they’re the type of facials you’re supposed to do all the time in order to see the best results, which can get insanely expensive. Now that there’s this well-reviewed at-home version (which over time is a lot more affordable than going to a spa), I would like to get in on the experience.
Mainly because I want to know what Hockney has to say about the seawater in Disney’s Pinocchio.