Christmas is on the way, and if you’re anything like me… finding what to give the people you love can be a challenge. What do they like? What will they enjoy? What won’t end up in the pile of things they’ll give to Goodwill when they do a big clean to start the new year.
Well, I’ve come up with a solution to that issue — or at least, a strategy. Rather than trying to figure out exactly what someone else might like or enjoy, I’m giving things this year that I have field-tested, approved, and can’t live without.
That candle that I buy in bulk? That lotion that never leaves my side? That blanket I curl up under every night? These are the things that I know someone else can love because I love them so very much. The following isn’t my wish list—I literally have (at least one) of everything on this list. It’s my must-haves. My favorite things. And if you’re in my family, you might see one of these items under the Christmas tree. Check ’em out, and see below for why this item has become a part of my survival guide.
1. John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Perhaps the very best novel in American history, East of Eden is the antidote to all political angst. It’s a reminder that the very worst evil in the world isn’t found in Trump or Clinton, but in Cathy Trask—and that no matter what your lineage or heritage, you always have the power of choosing your own future. Timshel. (Click the link to see a first-edition signed copy. Want.)
So there you have it. My favorite things. Do you have any must-haves in your life? What are they? I’d love to know!