Unwrapped: 20 Gifts For The Sleep Lover In Your Life

The Holiday Issue

Insomniacs and the sleep-obsessed, this one is for you

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.

Did you just wake up from Thursday's food- and Friday's shopping-induced slumber relishing the fact that you still have a whole weekend of sleeping in ahead of you? If so, you will appreciate the dreamy picks we've assembled for you and your fellow nesters, homebodies, and sleep-obsessed just in time for peak sleep holiday season.

From cozy bed accessories that promise to give you the best sleep of your life to chic loungewear that you won't want to take off when leaving the bed, and sleep-enhancing beauty and wellness products, here are the 20 gifts that every snooze-loving person on your list will want come December. Bonus: Some of them are on sale this weekend.

Bearaby, The Napper, $259, available December 5 at Bearaby.

Said to reduce stress, contribute to better sleep, and reduce anxiety, weighted blankets are all the rage right now. The Napper, launching next month, is a beautifully woven blanket made from sustainable all-natural fibers and featuring evenly distributed weight that brings about deeper sleep.

Soda Says x Dodow, Metronome Light, $59, available at Nordstrom.

Having just launched in the U.S., Soda Says (short for School of the Digital Age) is responsible for tech gadgets that we don't know how we previously lived without. This one, made in collaboration with France's Dodow, produces a light on the ceiling which can help slow breathing to six breaths per minute, the optimal number for a restful sleep.

Higher Dose, Infrared Sauna Blanket, $499, available at Higher Dose.

I've never slept better than after sweating in a heated bed in an "urban sweat lodge." For those who want to take it up a notch from gifting a gift card, there is this infrared sauna blanket that can get you sweating at home or on the go.

Enso, $99, available at Enso.

This "gadget" measures your heartbeat and plays it back to you as a way to encourage meditation, calm, and slower breathing. Made from sustainably harvested maple wood, carved to mimic a river stone, it allows you to also record, share, receive, and play back heartbeats from your loved ones should you need some extra comfort when trying to fall asleep.

Tank Garage Winery, Too Much To Dream Last Night red wine, $45, available at Tank Garage Winery.

This Napa Valley winery and tasting room puts out some of most creative wine labels we've ever seen. While the sleep lovers in your life will likely first appreciate the bottle, they will be just as enamored by its delicious blend with its spicy-warm notes of chocolate, berries, and licorice upon tasting.

Leesa, Hybrid Pillow, from $125, available at Leesa.

While this brand is known for its innovative multilayer foam mattresses, we're fond of this reversible pillow that has cool-to-the-touch fabric on one side for more restorative sleep and a down-like quilted pocket on the other side for support.

Naadam, Kisaya Cotton Cashmere Pillow Sham, $75, available at Naadam.

To go with that pillow, may we recommend this ridiculously soft pillow sham composed of 100 percent Mongolian cashmere and extra-long staple cotton, made using clean energy-powered production facilities and sustainable practices?

Byredo, Rose Hand Care Gift Set, $135, available at Byredo.

While lavender may seem like the more obvious choice for a nighttime bath ritual, we're fans of this rose-scented hand wash and lotion that smells so good you'll want to fall asleep with your nose tucked into your hands.

Moon Juice, Cosmic Cocoa, $30, available at Moon Juice.

Is there anything more soothing than a hot beverage before bed? This hot chocolate, made from heirloom cacao and stress-reducing adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Reishi, is said to calm the mind and help support a healthy immune system.

Everlane, Cashmere Sweatpant, $140, available at Everlane.

So that you can live your best couch/bed life, our favorite direct-to-consumer brand is here to offer the most luxe sweatpants.

Brooklinen, Hammam Towel, $65, available at Brooklinen.

While we've long been obsessed with Brookline's luxurious bed sheets, we've just recently gotten to know their towel offerings, which includes this ultra-absorbent and soft take on a Turkish towel.

Walden x Shantell Martin, Meditation Cushion, $145, available at Walden.

If the gift recipient in your life lives in meditation studios, gift them this mediation cushion made in collaboration with British artist Shantell Martin.

UGG, Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper, $99.95, available at Amazon.

These shoes make a strong case for wearing slippers outside the house.

Evewear, The Tomboy, $150, available at Eyewear.

With ruched shoulder caps and heart-shaped buttons, this might be the cutest sleepwear set we've ever seen. Added bonus: It's made with deadstock fabrics (to avoid adding to the waste fashion produces) by artisans in L.A.

Vitruvi x The Setting, Ceramic Mixing Bowl, $35, available at Vitruvi.

Responsible for some of the most beautiful diffusers currently on the market (Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan), vitruvi has now expanded into skin care with a line of carrier and essential oils. Mix them in the above bowl, made in collaboration with The Setting, to create custom face oils.

The Citizenry, Stonewashed Linen Sheet Set, $250, available at The Citizenry.

We can easily lose an hour browsing through The Citizenry's selection of home goods. We are, though, partial to these soft, stonewashed, sustainably made French linen sheets.

Gelato Pique, Powder Stripe Waist Warmer, $22.30, available at Gelato Pique.

Anything from this Japanese brand (just recently made available in the U.S.) could easily fit on this list. Our pick though? This waist warmer that not only promises to keep your stomach warm on the days that you need it most but that's also super-soft and cute.

The Nue Co., Sleep Kit, $70, available at The Nue Co.

Made up of Magnesium Ease and Sleep Drops, this kit promises to calm your mind and help you fall asleep (and stay asleep!) without any residual drowsiness the next morning.

Cuyana, Baby Alpaca Travel Set, $195, available at Guyana.

Gift a jet-setting sleep lover this pack, made up of eye mask and blanket made in Peru, so they can make a bed anywhere they are.

Ivy Park, Contrast Rib Crop Lounge Sweatshirt, $65, available at Nordstrom.

While Beyoncé's brand Ivy Park is more known for its activewear, we love its more lounge-leaning offerings, including this sweatshirt set.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


Photo by Darren Craig

It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.