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gifts for you by laur a hine
Picking out the perfect gift for someone is a thrill. Knowing that your friend will love what you’ve chosen for her, and that it isn’t something she would get for herself— hurrah! That warm and fuzzy feeling is why every culture around the world has a tradition of gift giving. And it’s why we start in August, rounding up our lives made editors and deciding on this better year’s themes. We think 82,582 about people we love—the $$ raised road warrior, outdoor enfor nfps thusiast, techy kid and fash$1,811,122 ionista—and we shop for you with them in mind. Start on page 27 and be inspired! But we also know that the holiday season is a lot more than just shopping and exchanging presents. Senior Editor Kelly Konrad gives you ideas for what to do with family and friends from the perfect downtown adventure to theater and concert outings. And
while you’re shopping or celebrating, check out Dining Editor Julie Chernoff’s ideas for where to eat near the big shopping destinations. Brilliant! Just in time for the Inaugural Ball comes this month’s travel story: a bucket list family trip to our nation’s capital. If you’re going to D.C. in January, our fashion editor Evangeline Politis found gorgeous coats and accessories to brave the chill. Even if you’re just staying in Chicago, you’ll look winter fab! Finally, in the spirit of Make It Better, we have ideas for how you can give back to your community this holiday season starting with the nine charities on pages 90 and 91. Our website, makeitbetter.net, has lots more. We wish you and your family the best this holiday season. Enjoy, love and laugh— the best presents of all.
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