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BRIGHT’s 2018 Gift-Giving Guide And Black Friday Deals

BRIGHT is The Federalist’s daily newsletter by women and for women that gives readers a rundown on the important pop culture and political news. Here are its editors’ holiday gift suggestions.


BRIGHT is The Federalist’s daily newsletter by women and for women that gives readers a rundown on the important pop culture and political news. Here are its editors’ holiday gift suggestions. You can sign up for BRIGHT free here.

Lisa De Pasquale, Founder and Monday Editor

I love this Natalie Martin Fiori Maxi Dress. It’s a little pricey, but so comfortable. The dress (or nightgown, as worn by Busy Phillips) is meant to be roomy, so you don’t have to worry about not knowing someone’s exact size. I’m wearing mine in the photo. View other styles here.

This Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is a great way to use essential oils.

Support veteran-owned and small businesses with these great items, including bags, custom cheese boards, books, fitness gear, coffee, and more.

Unique Advent Calendars: 12 Days of Christmas Beauty CalendarCheese Advent CalendarJerky Advent Calendar, GoodBoy Pawsley Meaty Treats Advent Calendar for Dogs, and don’t forget the classic Chocolate Advent Calendar. (P.S. Trader Joe’s has a limited number of traditional advent calendars for 99 cents!)

White Elephant/Novelty Gifts: My political parody book, The Social Justice Warrior HandbookGolden Girls Chia PetCraft IPA Shampoo & Conditioner.

Finally, food gifts! Some of my favorite recipes that also ship well: Butterbeer FudgeSalted Caramel BarsPistachio and Cranberry White Chocolate BarkHomemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats.

Emily Jashinsky, Tuesday Editor

Reason Beanie

Mark and Graham Leather Tassel Key Chain

Provocations: Collected Essays on Art, Feminism, Politics, Sex, and Education by Camille Paglia

Madewell Roadtripper Jeans

Amazon Echo Show

Voluspa Candle

“It’s Not About the Pasta” Vanderpump Rules Ornament

Kelsey Harkness, Wednesday Editor

This adorable woven backpack bag.

An Anthropologie candle because they smell amazing AND last. (Maybe throw in this cute candle snuffer, too.)

Something monogramed from Mark & Graham, like this leather zip bag or a custom Christmas pillow.

garlic keeper ’cause if you’re like me, you use it every day.

Home decor from Terrain.

Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine— it works!

Lilly Pulitzer 2019 planner for those who are old-school. (The colors BRIGHTen your day!)

I said this last year, but it bears repeating: anything made of Athleta’s Beyond Soft material—it’s incredible!

Inez Stepman, Thursday Editor

Subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving. Rent the Runway now has different levels of unlimited optionsDrybar and Zeel help everyone feel primped and relaxed during the season.

We’re entering the cozy months, so loungewear that kicks it up a notch is always appreciated. Italian lingerie and sleepwear company Intimissimi just opened their first U.S. locations, featuring slinky silk sets and cozy PJs.

A year-long pass to every single National Park, for the adventurers on your list.

Make trips home as fun as the holidays themselves: TSA-compliant cocktail kits you can bring onto the plane to upgrade your ride.

Pupper stocking stuffer: these squeaky toys that squeak at a frequency only dogs can hear. So dogs AND humans are happy!

Ericka Andersen, Friday Editor

Ambre Blends Roll-On Gift Set

M. Gemi “The Felize” Flats

Deux Chains necklace from Kicheko

Subscription to Winc (Customized wine-of-the-month!)

Wunder Unders from Lululemon

Black Friday Deal Round-Up

  • The 10 Best Stores to Shop for Deals on Black Friday (Mental Floss)
  • The Best Retailers for Black Friday Deals in 2018 (Forbes)
  • All the Amazon Black Friday Deals (Amazon)
  • Black Friday Tech Deals (TechCrunch)
  • The Best Black Friday Beauty Deals (USA Today)
  • The Verge Guide to Black Friday (The Verge)