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Unwrapped: What To Get The Hard-To-Please People You Know

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'Tis officially the season for gift-giving. For us, that's a full month in which we'll be providing gift ideas for everyone on your list with our Unwrapped holiday gift guides. So make your holiday shopping a breeze this season, and let us help you find gifts for all the people in your life.

Hmm, there's really not a lot of time left to buy Christmas presents, so it's interesting that you're waiting until now to shop for ~the hardest-to-please person~ on your list. But, you know, we get it. Shopping for this person can feel masochistic! You have to work so hard to get a genuine smile from them. Ugh. But since getting that smile is worth the trouble, we've decided to make things a little easier for you by making some suggestions that are bound to please anyone. And if you don't see anything on the following list that makes sense? Buy them a book! Here's a customized list of the best books for everyone in your life.

One of the most powerful performance experiences we've ever seen was seeing the Alvin Ailey dance company perform at New York's Lincoln Center earlier this year. We're still haunted by "In/Side," a viscerally moving solo dance performed to Nina Simone's "Wild Is the Wind." Move someone you love by getting them tickets to Ailey this year.

Alvin Ailey, tickets start at $29, available at Alvin Ailey.

Honestly, everyone should be wearing more caftans in 2019, and this is the kind of clothing item that pleases literally everyone who receives it, because it's exactly what we all want to be wearing all the time: something flowy, comfortable, and effortlessly cool-looking.

9Seed, Tangier Caftan in Pacific, $221, available at Mille.

Perhaps this person is hard to please because they don't have enough sweet things in their life? Remedy that with what are hands-down the best treats in New York City: Ovenly's sweet and salty peanut butter cookies. This box comes with a half-dozen of those, as well as another half-dozen of its Hot Chocolate cookies, all guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who tries them. Plus, they're gluten-free, should your giftee have dietary restrictions.

Ovenly, Gluten-Free Cookies, $34, available at Ovenly.

So, while Ovenly is a bakery that's based in New York, but ships all over the country, Permanent Bake Sale is run out of New York City, and is pretty site-specific. Here's how it works: Dayna Evans bakes gorgeous loaves of bread every week and sells them for $10, with all the profits going to incredible charities like Survived and Punished, which helps people who've been incarcerated due to gender violence. Evans has raised thousands of dollars this year for a variety of worthy causes, and you can help raise more money by giving the gift of delicious bread to someone you love! (Note: Evans is done selling bread this year, but make a little bread IOU for your hard-to-please friend! What a fun thing for them to look forward to in January!)

Permanent Bake Sale, bread loaf, $10, available at Permanent Bake Sale.

In keeping with the altruistic gift-giving philosophy, do consider figuring out a charity that means something to your friend or family member, and set up a recurring donation in their name. Some suggestions are: The Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, the NAACP, and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Or, make a donation to Donors Choose on a project that they'd be happy to have helped fund.

Donations, prices vary but be generous (!)

You know what makes us pleased? Besides knowing that our money is going to worthy causes? Well-moisturized skin. Seriously, this winter is only just beginning, and our skin has been wrecked. Or, it was, until we tried these two miracle-working creams that, when used in tandem, in just one (1) day, transformed our faces from snake-y and peeling to smooth and plump. We love it! And we think anyone will. So get them for someone!

Alpyn, PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer, $60, available at Credo and Dermalogica, Intensive Moisture Balance, $69, available at DermStore.

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Waterpik's Hair Wand is designed to make sure that every single bit of product is rinsed out of your hair before you step out of the shower. This multitasker also gives a wonderful scalp massage to relieve muscle tension while it works, and, let's be honest, that's something we could all use right about now. Your regular shower head could never.

Waterpik, Hair Wand, $69.99, available at Waterpik.

Give the gift of life in the form of a plant! Who doesn't love life? Or plants? And this particular plant, the Snake Plant, is very hardy, so even if your hard-to-please person doesn't have a green thumb, they should be fine. Just make sure to give it along with one of the beautiful, handmade, coiled rope buckets, which can hold a plant! (Also, bonus, if the plant should meet an untimely end, this rope bucket is gorgeous and can be repurposed into just about anything.)

Mokun, Desert Flower Bucket, from $54, available at Moriah Okun and American Plant Exchange, Snake Plant, $19.99, available at Amazon.

Tech gifts always feel a little bit like you've given up, and are just trying to get something universally appreciated instead of personally desired. But, you know, whatever works when it comes to pleasing that hard-to-please person! And the Google Home Hub can be used to do all sorts of things, but our favorite is its utility as a photo album since we love seeing all our selfies reflected back at us.

Google, Google Home Hub, $129, available at Google.

Or perhaps you want to go a little more analog? We get it. How about this handsome Moleskine Weekly planner, which will make keeping 2019 a pleasure to organize? Throw in some of our favorite pencils, and this is the perfect git for someone who never fully got into bullet-journaling, but still likes writing things down, long-hand.

Moleskine, 2019 12-Month Weekly Planner, $24.95, available at Amazon and Palomino Blackwing Pencils, $24.95, available at Amazon.

Whether or not you—or the person you're buying this gift for—are fully on-board the whole detox train, one area of the body that undeniably suffers from build-up and needs to be thoroughly cleansed is your scalp (particularly if you're over-reliant on dry shampoo). So this salt scrub shampoo is a perfect, sure-to-please gift, since it ably cleans hair and scalp, and leaves users with a lovely, lingering scent of rosemary, geranium, orange, and peppermint. Lovely!

Goop, G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo, $42, available at goop.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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