Here at Scouted, we try to give you the best of internet shopping, while The Daily Beast gives you the best of the news. What happens when the powers combine? A whole gift guide for what our writers and editors are buying for the holidays, and some they’d like to receive.
It’s Garry Shandling’s Book
In 2018, Judd Apatow put out a four-hour documentary on HBO about his comedy mentor, called The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. As Apatow told me on a recent episode of The Last Laugh podcast, there was so much material that didn’t make it into the film, including long, meditative passages from Shandling’s journals and interviews with peers and disciples like Conan O’Brien and Sarah Silverman, that he decided to expand the project into a new, beautifully designed coffee table book titled It’s Garry Shandling’s Book. For the comedy fanatic in your life, there really is no better gift this year. — Matt Wilstein, Senior writer
The Cloud Queen Comforter
I gifted myself this comforter for my birthday this past year after succumbing to the ads all over my Instagram feed and I can say it has actually changed the way I sleep (read: by change, I mean I actually sometimes sleep now). I will say though, since getting this comforter it’s getting increasingly harder to get out of bed in the morning! Balance, I guess. — Pilar Melendez, Reporter
Homesick Scented Candle, Pumpkin Patch
There’s nothing like burning an amazingly scented candle during the holidays. When I received a pumpkin spice one from Homesick, I was in literal heaven. It’s the perfect gift because who doesn’t love things that smell like heaven? — Mandy Velez, incoming Assistant Managing Editor
Instant Pot Duo Nova 6-Quart 7-in-1
This is the single most useful item in my kitchen. It surpasses the forks. Forgot to defrost the chicken breast? No biggie, this thing can cook a frozen chicken breast to perfection in 10 minutes. Want to make chili but don’t have six hours to let it reduce? It’s a 35-minute job with this thing. I haven’t made yogurt with it yet, but I apparently can, which is inspiring! — Scott Bixby, National Reporter
Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings
Ask any Joni Mitchell fan why they love the Canadian singer-songwriter so much and you’ll most likely get some iteration of, “I feel like she knows me. She sounds like a friend.” Well, in 1971 Mitchell gifted a handwritten book to her actual friends, and it’s just been released for all of us to read. Lyrics to beloved songs like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Carey” accompany Mitchell’s self-portraits (and at least one painting of her cat). It’s ubiquitous enough of a gift to charm your boomer dad or Gen Z niece. — Alaina Demopoulos, Style Writer
Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket
I always travel light (I’m still in the never-checking-a-bag camp) and so while I love my heavy Canada Goose for those early morning/late night dog walks, it’s not the most travel-friendly. Instead, a year ago, on a friend’s recommendation I invested in a down puffer jacket, the type that can compress and roll up into the tiniest of balls to fit in your suitcase. Lots of brands have this model, but I went with Arc’teryx because it’s always great in terms of performance but also I loved the trim cut and color options. It has been a life and space saver. I used it snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies in the winter and just a few weeks ago for a sunset hike in the Grand Canyon. It kept me warm during a January trip in Europe and then fit into a little corner of my bag for the next leg in summertime South Africa. For nine months of the year, I’m hardly ever without it. — William O’Connor, Travel Editor
Dipaways Group Trips
This may sound unconventional, but this year my goal is to give experiences. I’ve traveled to a few places, but there is nothing like gifting a loved one (or yourself) with the opportunity to make lasting memories, build new friendships, and experience a new culture. That’s why this year I’m giving the gift of travel by booking a top-rated experience with Dipaways. Group travel can sound intimidating, but from my experience, it’s one of the best ways to travel. The trips are convenient and save me the hassle of having to plan out all the little details. As a travel junkie, I value spontaneity, so this year I’m switching it up and giving the gift of adventure. — Dominique Jackson, Social Media Editor
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