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    Cooking meals for huge groups of people, traveling far and wide to spend time with family, searching for gifts for everyone on your list — as fun as they are, the holidays can get pretty stressful, too. There's a lot to think about, and some of the decisions are pretty high pressure — like figuring out what to get for your in-laws. Whether you're staying with them for a large chunk of the holidays or just stopping by for dinner, for the sake of you and your partner, you need to make a good impression. 

    You don't need to go overboard, but there are plenty of thoughtful gifts that show your in-laws you care. To ease your mind, we gathered some great gifts that cover a wide range of prices. Whether they're small gifts like candy or bigger ones like kitchen appliances, what these all have in common is that your in-laws will love them.

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here

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    DON'T MISS: 55 creative and unexpected gifts for her that are all under $50

    A coffee subscription box for trying new beans

    Whole Bean Subscription, from $24/month, available at Blue Bottle Coffee

    If they love coffee, they’ll love getting the chance to try a bunch of new brews (twice) every month. Blue Bottle’s beans are high quality, packaged at peak flavor, and come in a range of unique blends.



    An indoor garden for urban dwellers and herb lovers

    Click & Grow Smart Garden, $99.95, available at Amazon

    Anyone who spends time in the kitchen or garden knows how much fresh herbs can upgrade a dish. While not all climates or spaces can sustain a full herb garden, this little indoor gardening kit can, so they can top every last dish with their favorite fresh herbs.



    A statement print for major baseball fans

    Baseball Stadium Blueprints, $185, available at Uncommon Goods

    A little bit of history, a little bit of architecture, and a whole lot of team spirit — whether you support their favorite team or not, they’ll appreciate this thoughtful print that’ll quickly find a home on one of their walls.



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    Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

    • Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady comprise one of the most successful power couples.
    • One is one of the most successful supermodels in the world and the other is the greatest quarterback ever.
    • Together, Gisele and Brady have a quiet, but lavish, lifestyle. 

    Gisele Bündchen is one of the most successful supermodels in the world. According to Forbes, she was the highest-earning model in the world for 10 consecutive years before retiring from the runway in 2015, but even today she is still one of the world's highest paid models.

    Her husband, Tom Brady, is the greatest quarterback of all time. Brady has five Super Bowl rings and three league MVP awards, and he's still leading the New England Patriots even though he is well into his 40s.

    Bündchen and Brady married in 2009 and together they lead an extremely fabulous life.

    At one point, the duo owned a $20 million castle complete with a moat and have since bought a lavish NYC apartment overlooking the water. They co-chaired the Met Gala in 2017 and have partnerships with a number of luxury brands.

    Take a peek into the couple's opulent lifestyle below:

    Tony Manfred contributed to this report.

    Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and superstar quarterback Tom Brady make up one of the most powerful celebrity couples on the planet.



    Brady is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time after earning five Super Bowl rings and three league MVP awards in his 19-year NFL career.

    Source: Spotrac



    Bundchen reigned over the modeling world for well over a decade and was the top-earning supermodel for 10 consecutive years. Even though she retired in 2015, Bündchen was still one of the top-5 highest paid models of 2018.



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    If you asked us why we love shopping at Nordstrom, we wouldn't even know where to begin.

    Maybe it's the curated selection of top brands across clothing, home, and beauty, or the unique limited-time collaborations with celebrities, influencers, and top designers. Perhaps we really enjoy the great customer service, on top of perks like free shipping all year round, in-store tailoring, and its free rewards program

    For these numerous reasons, we look to Nordstrom when it's time to shop for holiday gifts. It only carries the best brands, so it's hard to mess up while shopping here, but if we had to narrow down the selection to only 50, these are the gifts we would choose. 

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Shop all gifts at Nordstrom here.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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    A pair of Bluetooth earmuffs

    Ugg Genuine Shearling Bluetooth Earmuffs, $95, available at Nordstrom

    They don't have to sacrifice warmth or music thanks to these stylish, fuzzy Bluetooth earmuffs. They're made from leather and soft genuine shearling. 



    A stylish, modern record player

    Crosley Radio Cruiser Deluxe Turntable, $69.95, available at Nordstrom

    Though it has a classic look, the turntable is also Bluetooth-compatible, bridging the gap for the tech-savvy who also happen to love a solid vinyl record. 



    A leather folio phone case

    Ted Baker London Bhait Faux Leather iPhone X & Xs Folio Case, $50, available at Nordstrom

    They don't have to choose between protection and aesthetic in their phone case. The understated case has a convenient card pocket inside so they can travel light. 



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    • Condé Nast Traveler recently released its 2019 Gold List ranking of the best hotels in the world.
    • The editors selected the 78 best hotels around the world, which included the top 13 hotels in the US.
    • Only three American cities had more than one hotel on the list: New York City, LA, and Chicago

    From waterfront resorts in Miami and Hawaii to an oasis in the middle of the Utah desert, the best 13 hotels in America represent a wide range of luxury experiences.

    Condé Nast recently released its 2019 Gold List, in which the editors select the top hotels around the world. The list features 78 hotels, 13 of which are in the US.

    The hotels cover a wide range of prices, starting in the mid-$100s for a night at The Robey in Chicago and all the way past $1,000 for a night at Amangiri in Utah.

    Read more: 31 incredible hotels everyone should stay at in their lifetime, ranked by price

    Notably, several of these top-ranked hotels are repeatedly mentioned on lists of top hotels across the world; The Peninsula in Chicago and Four Seasons in Hualalai, for example, both also appeared on the US News & World Report's 2018 hotel ranking, as Business Insider previously reported.

    If you're more interested in personalized experiences at smaller hotels, consider taking a look at the top 14 boutique hotels in the world, from a romantic retreat in South Africa to a private villa in Thailand.

    Keep reading for a look at the best hotels in America. We also took a look at prices for rooms booked out one month in advance, and noted the starting rates.

    SEE ALSO: A 7-bedroom Swiss cabin has been named the world's best ski chalet for 2 years in a row — and an inside tour quickly proves why

    READ MORE: The 50 best restaurants in the world in 2018

    The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York

    Rates starting at: $299/night



    The St. Regis New York

    Rates starting at: $779/night



    The Carlyle, New York

    Rates starting at: $1,000/night



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    Michael Flynn

    • Lawyers representing Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, were forced to change their story surrounding Flynn's guilty plea when pressed on their previous statements during a sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
    • First, Flynn's lawyers implied that he was entrapped by the FBI into pleading guilty.
    • But during Tuesday's hearing, Flynn threw cold water on his own lawyers' claims, saying he was pleading guilty because he was, in fact, guilty.
    • Flynn's lawyer was also forced to walk back his claims of entrapment when asked how such statements were consistent with Flynn accepting full responsibility for his actions.
    • Eventually, after the judge overseeing the case expressed "disdain" and "disgust" at Flynn's crimes, his lawyers shifted course and asked for another delay in his sentencing, which was ultimately granted.

    Tuesday marked another dramatic cliffhanger in the ongoing criminal case surrounding Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump.

    Flynn pleaded guilty last December to one count of lying to the FBI about his conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US at the time, during a December 2016 phone call. He has been cooperating with federal investigators since.

    After five delays in his sentencing, Flynn and his lawyers appeared in court Tuesday along with prosecutors working for the special counsel Robert Mueller for what was initially believed to be his final sentencing hearing.

    But following a tense back-and-forth, during which US District Judge Emmet Sullivan told Flynn he "sold" his "country out" and speculated about whether Flynn could be charged with treason, Sullivan ultimately agreed to delay Flynn's sentencing until March after lawyers representing the government hinted that Flynn may cooperate further.

    Flynn's lawyers, meanwhile, were forced to walk back several of their claims when Sullivan pressed them and it became clear that their client could face significant jail time for his actions.

    Donald Trump Mike Flynn

    Flynn's lawyers initially suggested he was entrapped by the FBI

    Flynn's attorneys struck a defiant tone when they suggested in a sentencing memo last week that Flynn was trapped into pleading guilty to lying to the FBI last year.

    Flynn "recognizes that his actions were wrong and he accepts full responsibility for them," they wrote. "There are, at the same time, some additional facts regarding the circumstances of the FBI interview" that are relevant to his sentencing, they added.

    Flynn's lawyers went on to say that some aspects of Flynn's interview were handled by former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and former FBI special agent Peter Strzok. Both men were ousted from the bureau earlier this year amid withering attacks from Trump and his allies about their objectivity and alleged anti-Trump bias and corruption.

    Moreover, Flynn's lawyers wrote that according to internal FBI records of the interview, McCabe and other FBI officials decided they "would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving warning might adversely affect the rapport."

    They further noted that one FBI agent who participated in interviewing the former national security adviser noted he was "unguarded" and "clearly saw the FBI agents as allies."

    The remarks appeared to play into Trump's claim that Flynn was duped into lying to agents.

    Michael Flynn

    Flynn's lawyers were forced to walk back their own claims when pressed

    On Tuesday, Flynn debunked his attorneys' suggestions of entrapment when Sullivan pressed him about the facts surrounding his plea last year.

    During the sentencing hearing, Sullivan asked Flynn whether he wanted to challenge the circumstances under which he was interviewed by the FBI.

    "No, your honor," Flynn replied.

    Sullivan later gave Flynn another chance to withdraw his guilty plea if he felt he had been unfairly coaxed into it.

    "I would like to proceed," Flynn said.

    Asked whether he wished to proceed because he was guilty, Flynn said, "Yes, your honor."

    Flynn also acknowledged that he "was aware" lying to the FBI was a crime at the time of his interview.

    At one point, Sullivan asked one of Flynn's attorneys, Stephen Anthony, if the former national security adviser was "entrapped by the FBI."

    "No, your honor," Anthony replied.

    When Sullivan asked Flynn's lawyer how raising questions about the circumstances of Flynn's lies to the FBI squared with his acceptance of responsibility, Anthony walked back his earlier claims of entrapment, saying the decision to make those statements were his alone and not Flynn's.

    Donald Trump Michael Flynn

    Sensing that Flynn could face significant jail time, his lawyers requested another delay

    Sullivan did not mince words when expressing his "disdain" for Flynn's actions during his sentencing hearing.

    "This crime" that Flynn committed, lying to the FBI, "is very serious," he said.

    "In the White House. In the West Wing," Sullivan said, adding that Flynn "can't minimize" his "very serious offense."

    "Arguably," Sullivan added, "you sold your country out."

    Sullivan also asked the government whether Flynn could be charged under the Logan Act, and even whether he could face charges of treason. Prosecutors declined to broach that territory.

    "I'm not hiding my disgust, my disdain for this criminal offense," Sullivan said.

    After the court returned from its recess a little after noon on Tuesday, Sullivan amended some of his comments, saying he was merely asking about treason, not implying that Flynn committed it.

    Nonetheless, Flynn's lawyers requested another delay in his sentencing, which Sullivan granted.

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    Uncommon Goods, $40

    Shopping for coworkers can become a never-ending parade of mild pine-scented candles, Hallmark cards, and candy that is destined for retirement in a desk drawer for most of January. It's easier to buy thoughtful, impactful gifts for your closest loved ones, and it gets harder once you add in the subtleties and professionalism of the workplace.

    However, there are hordes of fantastic gifts out there for coworkers. And they don't have to be expensive — in fact, they probably shouldn't be. The ideal colleague present is thoughtful, unique, and lands somewhere in the casual middle ground between re-gifting paperclips from the supply closet and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Caribbean. 

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Below, you'll find 35 of the best coworker gifts for under $50. You'll also find 22 work-appropriate yet thoughtful gifts for your boss for under $50 here.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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    DON'T MISS: 22 work-appropriate yet thoughtful gifts for your boss — all under $50

    A three-month subscription of freshly roasted whole bean, single-origin coffees from a cool startup

    Driftaway Coffee Subscription, Three Months, available on Driftaway Coffee, from $39

    If they're practically tethered to the coffee pot, they'll probably love the fun and thoughtful gift of a three-month subscription to this cool Brooklyn startup's beans. Driftaway sends freshly roasted, whole bean, single-origin coffees from around the world to their doorstep.

    Note: Order by 12/20 for priority shipping and 12/21 for express shipping



    An Atlas Obscura calendar full of daily photos and tidbits about the world's strangest and coolest places or festivals

    Atlas Obscura Color Page-A-Day Desk 2019 Calendar, available on Amazon, $21.99

    Add some fun to their day-to-day routine with the Atlas Obscura calendar. There are hundreds of photos that celebrate the world's strangest and coolest places, festivals, and foods. Travelers and life-long learners are particularly good candidates for this one. 



    A funny mug that acknowledges the bond forged by people who have to fix the same defunct printer every week together

    The This is Fine Mug, available on Etsy, from $9.99

    A "This is Fine" mug is the perfect gift for the only other people on earth who can truly relate to the particularities of your job: a defunct printer, last night's too-fun team happy hour, and the occasional avalanche of meetings and high-priority emails. Here's a $13 nod to the fond shared stressors. 



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    NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling

    If you know where to find it — hidden above, below, and behind other things you don't care about — there are plenty of cult-favorite and award-winning luxury skincare products on Amazon. You can often get them for a few bucks cheaper, and you can take advantage of fast and sometimes free shipping — things that make holiday gifting that much easier on you without lowering any standards. 

    For a gift that's sure to please mom, dad, your sister, your brother, and anyone else on your list, check out 27 great trusted skin care products you can gift from Amazon below. To go the extra step, pick up a card, some wine, and deliver the makings of an ideal treat-yourself night. 

    Most of these items are available with two-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    You can also find the 50 of the best skincare gifts from Sephora here.

    Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

    Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask, $48

    This bright blue blend of BHA, AHAs, aloe, and powerful anti-inflammatory blue tansy oil exfoliates and smooths to leave skin softer and clearer.



    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

    Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, $17

    Mario Badescu drying lotion is the original, award-winning solution that helps diminish pimples while you sleep. It’s one of the acne solutions we personally swear by.



    Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

    Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, $11.67

    This standard-bearing micellar water is often the number one recommendation for what to pick up from French pharmacies. It’s gentle, silky, and effective at drawing impurities out of the skin without harsh chemicals or rubbing, and for leaving skin feeling hydrated and smooth. It’s one of my own must-haves.



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    ErgoBaby carrier

    • First-time parents need all the help they can get, and much of that help comes from products that help them keep their baby safer and happier, and that save time in the process.
    • There are a plethora of baby products on the market that overpromise and underdeliver, but there are also many that truly can make parenting easier and more efficient, and can bring peace of mind.
    • Here are 15 great products that new parents might never have heard of, but that they won't want to live without.

    Granted, human beings have been raising babies for hundreds of thousands of years, and for most of those millennia, they did so without video baby monitors, digital thermometers, sleep-tracking apps, and all the other baby tech that seems indispensable today. But I'm willing to bet that if you offered a Neolithic mom or an Ancient Grecian dad a device that might afford them a better night's sleep during the infant phase, the answer would have been a resounding "Yes!" (Or they would have attacked you for sorcery, that's also possible.)

    If you have new or expecting parents on your gift-buying list, you can count on them already having the baby basics like a crib, a car seat, bibs, bath seats, a high chair, and all the other items that have been filling out baby registries for years. But there are a number of superlative baby products available today that are not on the radar of many moms and dads, but that will be hailed as indispensable once incorporated into the regular routine.

    You can't give new parents the gift of more sleep, a calm, happy baby, or immunity from diaper blowouts, but you can give them gifts that might make the nighttime more restful, babies easier to soothe, and diapering a minimally unpleasant affair. And take it from me, as my wife and I are in the midst of raising baby #2; those are seriously good gifts.

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Still shopping for more last-minute gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.


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    A smart sock that gives real-time and historical data on their baby's sleep patterns

    Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor, $299.95, from Amazon

    The Owlet Smart Sock (or the Smart Sock 2, actually, as the product is in its second generation) was one of the biggest game changers between our first and second kid. This tiny little biometric sensor gently straps onto your baby's foot each night and tracks her heart rate and oxygen level, giving you real time and historical data on the child's sleep patterns and sending you a warning if her heart rate ever drops or spikes to a disturbing level or if her oxygen level drops. In other words, the Owlet constantly answers the question "is my baby OK?" so you can actually relax a bit at night. And if she's ever not OK, you'll know about it fast.



    A baby booger buster

    FridaBaby NoseFrida Baby Nasal Aspirator, $15.99, from Amazon

    Parenting involves dealing with lots of bodily functions and substances. Like... lots. And one of said substances is mucus, also known as snot. Traditional bulb nasal aspirators can draw out some of the snot stuck in a baby's small nose, but they're imprecise tools that often fail to make a full seal and rarely clear a baby's nostril entirely. The Fridababy NoseFrida SnotSucker uses a parent's own oral suction to draw snot out of a baby's nose, allowing the parent to use as gentle or concerted a suction as needed and to see the results thanks to the system's clear tube. (And don't worry, there's a disposable filter between the snot and your mouth.)



    A non-contact thermometer

    iProvèn Baby Forehead and Ear Temperature Thermometer, $27.99, from Amazon

    New parents will lose a lot of sleep and gain a lot of heartache wondering whether or not a baby is sick. But sometimes, it's a tough call whether the right move is to unswaddle, undress, and almost assuredly awake a sleeping baby to take his temperature. With a non-contact thermometer, a parent can get an accurate assessment of a child's temperature without even touching the baby physically.

    The thermometer uses infrared heat detection to read body temperature radiating away from the forehead and displays results backed by a green light when the kid's temperature is normal and a red light when feverish. It also has an in-ear attachment for even more accurate results, though with the likelihood of waking the child. (For the record, a rectal reading is the most accurate for infants, so if you're really concerned and need to double-check to be sure, you need to get on in there.)



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    dainty cuff, $540

    Fine jewelry — pieces made with high-quality materials like solid 14-karat gold or precious stones (or both) and a high-level of craftsmanship — costs a lot of money, understandably so when you consider the process. The high price tag on these products makes them reserved for special occasions, like the holidays. So, if there's someone in your life who you want to splurge on this season — be it your wife, mother, sister, or friend — a piece of jewelry is a thoughtful gift she'll be sure to appreciate. 

    Whether you're looking to dazzle her with diamonds, go for more minimal metals, or pick a statement piece covered in stones, we've got you covered. There are plenty of fine jewelry pieces you can get for $1,000 or less this season, and she'll love to add any of them to her collection. 

    Most of these items are available with two-day or expedited shipping, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Keep scrolling for 23 pieces of fine jewelry you can get her for $1,000 or less. 

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    SEE ALSO: 25 beautiful and affordable fine jewelry gifts she'll love — all under $500

    DON'T MISS: 64 cool, unique gifts for her — for every budget

    A delicate circle bracelet

    Circle Bracelet, available at Vrai & Oro, $200

    A delicate circle bracelet has a timeless appeal. Whether worn on its own or layered with others on her wrist, this will become an everyday essential. 



    A unique black diamond ring

    Maleficent Ring, available at Catbird, $364

    Available in 14k yellow and rose gold

    A direct contrast to Catbird's brighter Sleeping Beauty Ring, this ring has a darker, more mysterious look, but the black diamond set between two white ones is particularly striking. 

    Note: May not arrive by Christmas



    Earrings with a unique shape and stones

    WWAKE Opal Circle Stud Earrings, available at Nordstrom, $358

    The sleek design of these 14k gold earrings is accentuated by the opal stones, which cast a beautiful glimmer in the light. 



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    feminist shirts wildfang

    All too often, products that say they're feminist are actually just mass produced goods that don't represent the principles and values that feminists hold dear.

    We've done the research to find feminist gifts that give back to women and children around the world, so you can feel good about the gifts you give. Some of the brands we've included donate a portion of the proceeds for every item purchased from their stores, while others have special collections of products that give back.

    No matter which gifts you choose from our guide, the feminist in your life will probably love the story behind them just as much as the gifts themselves.

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here. Keep scrolling to check out the best feminist gifts that give back to women and children.

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    Clothing and accessories that give 100% of the price to charity

    J.Crew Garments for Good Collection

    In honor of Giving Tuesday, J.Crew has partnered with Girls Inc., HRC, and charity: water to create special collections of products that give back. From November 27-29, J.Crew will donate 100% of each item's retail price to the corresponding charity.

    You can choose from 18 different styles, including sweatshirts, tote bags, T-shirts, and accessories for each charity. We love the Girls Inc. Sweatshirt, which says "girls" in several different languages.

    Girls Inc. is a nonprofit that was founded in 1864 to empower girls and young women from age 6 to 18. The charity provides "safe spaces, mentorship and programming to help them build lasting skills to succeed and create systemic change." 

    HRC and charity: water are also wonderful organizations to support. HRC works to ensure equal rights for LGBTQ people and charity: water provides fresh drinking water to those who don't have access to it.



    Gifts that are handmade by women artisans

    Shop all artisan handmade goods at Globe In 

    Globe In sells Fair Trade, handmade products that are produced in ethical working conditions by workers who are compensated fairly for their labor. Many of the workers are women who would otherwise have no employment or means of supporting themselves or their families. Each product description says where it was made and who made it. You can also read about the positive impact Globe In's special gift boxes have had on local communities.



    Feminist clothing that fights back with every purchase

    Shop all Wildfang clothing and accessories

    Wild Feminist Pride Edition T-Shirt, $30

    Wildfang was founded by a woman and continues to be run by women. The brand's offerings include cool basics, suiting, gender neutral apparel, as well as feminist clothing and accessories. We really love the Wild Feminist line, which includes T-shirts, beanies, button-up shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories. Wildfang makes a donation to select charities with every single purchase.

    "We walk the walk, giving back $400,000 and counting this year," Wildfang's website says, "In 2017, we helped raise over $75,000 for charities including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Joyful Heart, and the Tegan and Sara Foundation ... Additionally, a percentage of all full price goods across our entire site go directly to a rotating monthly charity." You can see all the charities Wildfang has supported here.

     

     

     



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    • Tariffs are costing US firms $6 billion a month, a sudden surge because of President Donald Trump's trade war.
    • According to data from Bespoke Investment Group, tariff costs as a percentage of the US GDP have doubled in the past few months.
    • Tariffs as a percentage of total imports have also soared to historic levels.
    • While the costs are still small, the sudden jump is another issue for US companies to handle.

    President Donald Trump's trade war is nearing its nine-month mark, and according to new data, US companies are starting to pay the price.

    The US Treasury confirmed in recent data that American importers paid about $6 billion in custom duties during the month of October, double the amount during the same month a year ago. The sudden increase in tariff payments is largely a function of the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods, steel, and aluminum.

    One chart from Bespoke Investment Group laid out the significance of this sudden increase in tariffs in the context of the broader US economy and historical norms.

    Read more:US companies forked over a record amount in tariffs in October — $6.2 billion! — because of Trump's trade war

    • "On a 3-month average basis, September to November saw customs duties collected at a pace of 30 basis points (o.3%) of GDP," Bespoke said.
    • "Historically (since this data series begins in 1998) that number typically runs between 15 and 20 basis points (0.15% to 0.2%) of GDP, so relative to the size of the economy import tariffs are nearly twice their historic range."

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    In addition to tariff costs growing compared to the US economy, the value of tariffs as a percentage of total imports is also on the rise:

    • According to Bespoke, tariff costs were equal to 2.3% of the total value of goods imported into the US from September to November.
    • That compares with a historical average of 1.5% over the past 20 years.

    But while the numbers have risen dramatically in the past few months, it's still a relatively small problem in context for companies at this point.

    "In other words, the tax rate on imports has risen very sharply, but it’s still very small relative to, for example, sales taxes in most states," Bespoke said.

    Read more:Trump's trade war could cost every middle-class American family $453 and could eliminate 292,000 US jobs

    But in a time when cost pressures from rising wages and slowly rising interest rates are already putting a squeeze on US businesses, the added cost of tariffs represents another problem for these firms to manage.

    That could get worse if the US and China fail to reach an agreement on a longer-term trade deal by a March 1 deadline. At that point, tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would increase to 25%, and Trump could start the process to impose tariffs on the rest of Chinese goods not caught up in the trade war.

    A possible tariff on imported cars and trucks, another longtime threat of Trump's, also remains in the mix.

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    Sneakers make for great gifts all year long, but the holiday season is the absolute best time to lace someone special with a new pair. Whether you're shopping for a true sneaker collector or are simply running out of gift ideas, you really can't go wrong with these picks.

    Instead of entering raffles, battling bots online, or standing in chaotic lines at retail stores in an attempt to buy the best sneakers, take a look through this list and shop hassle-free.

    From classics that never go out of style andmodern runners to minimal designs and all wool sneakers, there are plenty of amazing sneakers that are readily available online. These are the 32 best pairs to gift — and a rundown on why each is so cool.

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    Adidas NMD

    Shop all NMDs at Adidas here, starting at $130

    When the Adidas NMD first launched in 2015, it became extremely popular for its comfort, style, and a wide selection of available colorways. Designed for the urban nomad, the sneakers are made for on-the-go lifestyles. A full-length Boost midsole provides cloud-like comfort and the one-piece Primeknit upper makes them easy to pack in a bag and travel with.



    Allbirds Wool Runners

    Allbirds Wool Runners, $95, available in 13 colorways

    If sustainability is important to the person you're shopping for, then the Allbirds Wool Runners are the perfect sneakers for them. Created by New Zealand native Tim Brown and San Francisco-based engineer and renewables expert Joey Zwillinger, the Wool Runners are made of super soft merino wool. The wool actually has many natural properties that make for amazing sneakers. They're lightweight and breathable, cool in the heat, warm in the cold, and for those who like to go sockless, they're machine-washable and odor-resistant, too. And if you're shopping for little ones, the brand also sells kids' size shoes ingeniously named Smallbirds.

     



    Nike Air Vapormax

    Shop all Air VaporMaxes at Nike here, starting at $190

    The Nike Air VaporMax launched on March 26, 2017 — exactly 30 years after the original Air Max 1 released. As a testament to the brand's strides in innovation, the Air VaporMax features the most Air in any Nike sneaker ever. The unique design strips away unnecessary elements of a shoe (like a midsole) by sitting the Flyknit upper directly on top of large sectioned Air units.



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    It's the most wonderful time of the year for anyone who enjoys exchanging gifts with their friends and family. And as someone who gets a special satisfaction from picking out the perfect gifts for everyone in her life, whether they're her coworkers, her in-laws, her dad, or her boyfriend, I'm very lucky it's essentially my job to help other people do just that.

    If you need some inspiration for what to get for him this holiday season (whether he's your brother, father, husband, son, or otherwise), the Insider Picks team has you covered with some truly excellent gift ideas. Though you can never go wrong with a new leather wallet or festive, holiday-themed socks, we've also included some more unique gifts, like a custom Xbox controller and a cookbook focusing on late-night munchies. 

    Check out all 68 gifts for him, and happy shopping! 

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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    A classic leather wallet

    Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet, available at Bellroy and Amazon, $79 (7 colors)

    A wallet doesn't have to be a boring gift when it's from Bellroy. The gorgeous Slim Sleeve fits everything he needs in a slim, efficient profile. We love it so much we named it the best men's wallet in our buying guide.



    A flask that'll keep his coffee hot

    Hydro Flask 20 oz. Coffee Flask, available at Hydro Flask and REI, $28 (11 colors)

    This insulated coffee flask keeps hot drinks hot (and we mean hot) for up to 12 hours, and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. 



    A stylish and comfortable pair of sneakers

    Allbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds and Nordstrom, $95 (4 classic colors, 10 limited-edition colors)

    Popular shoe startup Allbirds came out with a new high-top sneaker this month, dubbed the Tree Toppers, but for the uninitiated (and honestly really anyone), the classic Wool Runners make an excellent gift. 



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    No matter the holiday, everyone loves to know that they're appreciated. As our days become full of the realities of work, family, and all other aspects of our lives, it can be easy to forget to show our appreciation for the ones we love.

    Of course, the best ways to show your appreciation for your loved ones can't be bought. Nothing can top showing your gratitude with patience, support, and love. When it comes to the tangible, though, gifts can enhance the gratitude we show through our actions.

    So, if you feel that your wife needs to be shown some extra appreciation — on her birthday or your anniversary, or during the holidays this season — here are some thoughtful gifts you can give to show her you care.

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

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    An exciting new read

    Book of the Month Membership, $44.99 for 3 months, $79.99 for 6 months, $149.99 for 12 months, available at Book of the Month

    For the wife that loves to read, give her the joy of getting lost in a book. Book of the Month curates some of the best new reads and has your pick delivered to your door as a hardcover each month. It's a great way to discover great new books and authors, plus if you sign up now you can get a free book.

     



    A super soft cashmere sweater

    Everlane Cashmere Waffle Square Turtleneck, available at Everlane, $155

    Showing your appreciation for your wife will make her feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and with this cashmere sweater, she'll feel the same way on the outside too. It's a cozy, luxurious upgrade from a regular turtleneck that anyone is bound to love.



    Something small but sweet

    Bees Knees Spicy Honey, $14, available at Uncommon Goods

    This sweet and spicy honey will be a welcome addition to your kitchen. It's a thoughtful gift for an adventurous foodie who'll appreciate this hand-infused, locally made update to the classic sweetener.



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    • Eating red meat and processed meat has been linked to higher cancer rates.
    • But research is increasingly finding that processed meats are much worse for you than other kinds.
    • The average carnivore may be consuming more processed meat than is healthy.
    • Here's what to know when you're shopping.

    If you look closely, the potential for cancer lurks in almost everything we touch and eat, from the plastics we store food in to the receipt paper we touch in the checkout line. That can all make avoiding unhealthy foods feel like a hopeless endeavor.

    But increasingly, scientists are pointing out a few simple items you should avoid if you're worried about cancer risk. 

    A growing body of research shows that regular consumption of processed, cured, or smoked meats like ham, hot dogs, bacon, and sausage can up your odds of developing some deadly cancers. That's largely because processed meats are treated with nitrates — chemical additions that help keep the color of the meat pink and the flavor tasty and salty. 

    "If no one ate processed or red meat in Britain, there would be 8,800 fewer cases of cancer," The Guardian reported earlier this year. 

    Nibbling a piece of bacon at brunch or chowing down on the occasional hot dog at a ballgame isn't going to kill you, of course. But here's why you shouldn't consume meat that's been salted, cured, or treated with preservatives on an everyday basis. 

    Processed food in general has been linked to some deadly cancers

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    A recent French study of more than 100,000 people found that eating more processed food of any kind — including processed meat, sugary drinks, packaged snacks, and prepared frozen dinners — was more closely linked with cancer risk than family history, body-mass index, or even smoking and drinking habits. The researchers couldn't conclude for sure that processed food causes cancer, but it was the most likely culprit. 

    "A 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with significant increases of 12% in the risk of overall cancer, and 11% in the risk of breast cancer," the researchers said. 

    When it comes to red meat, unprocessed stuff like a fresh steak or slice off a pig's belly hasn't conclusively been linked to cancer. Processed meat, however, has.

    According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the average red meat-eater consumes about 500-100 grams of meat each day. If all that meat is processed, meat eaters see their cancer risk rise by 18%.

    This is not a new finding. Dr. Philip Hartman, a cancer expert and biology professor at Johns Hopkins University, told the New York Times back in 1981: "I personally feel cured meat is 9 or 10% of the problem of gastric cancer, and that is not insignificant."

    Processed meat is prepared so that when you're ready to eat it — whether that be a few minutes, hours, days, or weeks after you buy a product — the food will be unspoiled, salted, and ready for consumption. But that convenience can have consequences. 

    "Meat processing such as curing and smoking can result in formation of carcinogenic chemicals including N-nitroso compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons," the IARC says. 

    These compounds include nitrates, which occur naturally in water and some foods but are used artificially as preservatives. Nitrates widen our arteries, and some (like those found naturally in beets) may even boost athletic performance. But too much nitrate in the body can lead to a condition called methemoglobinemia, in which a person's blood not as effective at moving needed oxygen into tissues. It can make one's skin turn bluish and lead to headaches, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

    "Studies have shown increased risks of colon, kidney, and stomach cancer among people with higher ingestion of water nitrate and higher meat intake" the National Institutes of Health says on its website. "Other studies have shown modest evidence that higher nitrate intake can increase the risk of thyroid cancer and ovarian cancer among women."

    A 2018 roundup of studies performed on more than 1.2 million women around the world found those who ate processed meat regularly had a 9% higher risk of developing breast cancer, a small but noticeable increase. 

    If you're trying to avoid nitrates when shopping, it's important to remember that even processed meats labeled as nitrate-free can still have natural nitrates in them from added cane sugar, celery juice, or beetroot juice, as the Times recently reported. 

    When processed meats are grilled, fried, or blackened, cancer risk goes up

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    Adding fire to the mix makes processed meats even more dangerous. For example, the nitrates that help preserve bacon easily turn to nitrosamine, a known cancer-causer, when it's fried. (Even if bacon isn't fried, nitrates can also turn to nitrosamine in our acidic stomach juices.)

    According to the National Cancer Institute, this isn't just a problem for processed meat. When beef, poultry, or fish is cooked over an open flame or pan-fried at high temperatures, the fat and juices those meats release can spark flames that contain dangerous chemicals, which then cook into the meat we eat. Pan-frying, grilling, and barbecuing are some of the most carcinogenic ways to prepare meat, according to the IARC

    Research into the risks of eating processed meat is part of a larger scientific effort to pinpoint our most harmful eating habits.

    Colon and rectal cancer rates are soaring in young people between the ages of 20 and 49. Researchers aren't sure why this group is developing bowel cancer at double the rate seen just three decades ago, but diet could be part of the problem. Packaging could also be an issue: plastic wrapping for food can include bisphenol S, or BPS, which can disrupt normal functioning of the endocrine system in animals

    The one piece of advice most nutritionists agree on is that increasing the amount of fresh produce you eat is a good choice. A 2012 analysis published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology estimated that about 20,000 cancer cases could be prevented every year if Americans just ate additional servings of fruits and vegetables each day. 

    SEE ALSO: 11 potentially cancer-causing things you might use every day

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    • Former first lady Michelle Obama appeared on Tuesday night's episode of the "Tonight Show".
    • During the appearance, they aired a clip of Obama and host Jimmy Fallon surprising 30 Rockefeller Plaza visitors.
    • The tour groups would stop on the wrong floor, where Fallon and Obama would be waiting.
    • Many yelled out in shock upon seeing the former first lady in the flesh.
    • Watch the full clip below:

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    • President Donald Trump is demanding that Democrats agree to include $5 billion in a spending bill to fund construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
    • Otherwise, he said, he would be "proud" to shut down the government.
    • At the same time, Trump continues to insist that Mexico will pay for the border wall.
    • Trump says money coming in from a new trade agreement means Mexico will effectively be paying for the wall.
    • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed out the logical flaws in this argument during a speech.

    President Donald Trump's newest argument about who exactly is paying for the wall along the US-Mexico border doesn't make a lot of sense.

    The latest iteration of Trump's argument is that money coming in from the new USMCA trade deal — the revised North American Free Trade Agreement — will fund the wall.

    "Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA!" Trump tweeted Wednesday. "Far more money coming to the US."

    Trump first made the claims during a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi on December 12 and reiterated it in a tweet last week.

    "I often stated, 'One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall,'" Trump tweeted. "This has never changed. Our new deal with Mexico (and Canada), the USMCA, is so much better than the old, very costly & anti-USA NAFTA deal, that just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!"

    But this argument is in direct conflict with Trump's demands in the latest government-shutdown fight, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Schumer lambasted Trump's arguments, pointing out that they don't logically make sense.

    Trump has said the US must allocate billions of dollars for a wall along the US-Mexico border. But as Schumer pointed out, that comes into direct conflict with the president's insistence that Mexico will pay for the wall.

    But Schumer asked a simple question during a floor speech last week: If Mexico, as Trump insists, is paying for the wall, why does the US have to spend $5 billion on it in a new bill?

    "Well, Mr. President, if you say Mexico is going to pay for the wall through NAFTA, which it certainly won't, I guess we don't have to," he said. "Let's fund the government."

    Trump seems to be arguing that the USMCA will boost US gross domestic product, thus increasing the amount American businesses and families earn. That increased income for Americans would then boost tax revenue, since higher incomes means more money for taxes.

    But even in that scenario, the funds are still coming from tax revenue — which are paid by Americans, not Mexico.

    "If the president really believes what he tweeted this morning that his new NAFTA would pay for the wall, he wouldn't be threatening to shut down the government unless American taxpayers pay for the wall," Schumer said. "He can't have it both ways."

    The only way to have Mexico directly pay for the wall through the USMCA, without taking money collected from American taxpayers, would be to include a clause in the trade deal. No such clause exists.

    The USMCA is identical to NAFTA in many major ways, and economists don't expect a large boost to US GDP from the deal.

    SEE ALSO: Trump inexplicably told Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that Mexico would pay for the border wall as part of the landmark new trade deal

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    best mini fridge

    • Mini fridges come in all shapes, styles, and sizes … kind of like college dorm rooms and roommates.
    • If you’re looking for the perfect mini fridge and you have enough space, the Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge offers advanced features and enough space to hold all the perishables you could want for an affordable price.

    Back to school is one of the most popular times to purchase a mini fridge, because many students want a refrigerator in their dorm rooms. But these small refrigerators also work well for offices, rec rooms, garages, and garages that have been turned into man caves.

    Mini fridges aren’t as energy efficient as standard-sized refrigerators, and some don’t hold a consistent enough temperature to preserve food safely for long periods. However, for keeping beverages and quickly consumed items cold, it works just fine. Your student will greatly appreciate having the ability to keep sodas and snacks (and nothing else) cold for late night studying with a dorm room fridge.

    The key is finding the right size and features that’ll make the unit perfect for your student’s dorm room while fitting in your budget. As a general rule, a larger mini fridge will cost more than a smaller mini fridge and stainless steel or glass-doored mini fridges tend to be pricier.

    A mini fridge’s capacity is listed in cubic feet. This gives you an idea of the size and number of items you can place inside, although shelves and freezer space take up some of this capacity. Some companies also list capacity for a mini fridge as the number of 12-ounce cans the unit can hold. 

    Most dorm room fridges contain at least a small freezer compartment. However, it’s not accessible through a separate door like it is with a full-size refrigerator. This causes the freezer to not be as efficient as what you’ll find in a standard refrigerator. Many freezers in mini fridges are too small to even hold a large frozen pizza, for example.

    Here are our picks for the best mini fridges you can buy:

    Updated on 12/19/2018 by Malarie Gokey: Updated prices and formatting. Added the Danby can fridge.

    Read more about our picks in the slides below.

    SEE ALSO: The best college supplies and dorm room essentials

    The best mini fridge overall

    Why you'll love it: The Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge is large enough to meet the needs of three or four students and it has excellent features for a nice price point, too.

    You’ll appreciate the flexibility of the Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge. This versatile mini fridge is at the larger end of what you’ll want in a dorm room refrigerator, but it has plenty of interior space at 4.4 cubic feet and several nice features. If you’re looking for more than a simple beverage refrigerator for the dorm room, this is a nice choice.

    The Danby mini fridge measures 20.7 inches wide and 20.9 inches deep. At 32.7 inches in height, this unit may not fit well in a small dorm room. It does offer a tiny freezer unit of 0.5 cubic feet, which actually is an above average size freezer in a dorm fridge. We really like the fact that you can reverse the direction of the door, which allows you to place the refrigerator in any location in the room. It has a beverage dispensing rack, too.

    The Consumer Search review says the Darby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge offers a good price point with decent energy consumption ratings. The Wirecutter liked how Danby’s designers made the best use of the space inside the refrigerator with adjustable shelving.

    One reviewer on the Danby site liked the way the company backs up its products with customer service and a good warranty. A reviewer at Best Buy said the Danby unit runs extremely quietly, which is great for a dorm room where studying is occurring (which should be all of them, of course). A couple of Best Buy customer reviewers said they experienced problems with the freezer maintaining a cold enough temperature, though.

    Pros: Large capacity for a three- or four-person dorm room, good price point, plenty of advanced features for a dorm fridge, beverage dispensing racks built-in, good shelving system that’s adjustable, quiet operation

    Cons: Freezer system may struggle to hold a consistent temperature, might be too large for some dorm rooms

    Buy the Danby 4.4 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge on Amazon for $193.99 (originally $249.00)



    The best 2.6 cubic foot mini fridge

    Why you'll love it: If size is at a premium in your dorm room, you’ll love the tiny Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge

    If your college student is going to be cooking for himself or herself, buying a dorm refrigerator that’s too small is just going to encourage more pizza orders. The students won’t have enough storage for the ingredients they need to cook. But if your student is on a cafeteria meal plan, a small fridge in the dorm room for some beverages and midnight snacks is a perfect option. They may still order a lot of pizza, but at least they won’t be able to blame it on the fridge.

    For a small refrigerator that’ll fit well in a tiny dorm room, our favorite is the Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge. It’s a short, almost cube-shaped model that offers measurements of just 27.6 inches in height, 19.1 inches in width, and 17.7 inches in depth, allowing you to put it in almost any area of your room.

    It offers a can storage rack and adjustable shelving, which are features often not found in such a small refrigerator. It also has a thermostat control, which is a nice feature in such a low priced dorm room fridge. And the door hinges are reversible, allowing you to adjust the door to make it fit in exactly the spot you want, which is a key feature in a small dorm room.

    A reviewer at the Insignia site liked the fact that this mini refrigerator included a tiny freezer area, something that’s not always found in such a small unit. Some buyers at Best Buy said the Insignia unit ran noisy, which is disappointing for a unit aimed at students in a dorm room. Another Best Buy reviewer loved the size of this refrigerator for holding beverages, and several Best Buy reviewers appreciated the bargain price they received for this Insignia unit.

    Pros: Small refrigerator fits great in a small dorm room, just the right size for storing snacks and beverages, reversible door hinges, thermostat control ensures stable temperature, small freezer included

    Cons: May be too noisy for some students’ liking, too small for storing food for students who cook for themselves

    Buy the Insignia 2.6 Cubic Foot Mini Fridge at Best Buy for $99.99



    The best 1.6 cubic foot mini fridge

    Why you'll love it: The Midea 1.6 Cubic Foot Compact Refrigerator will keep a small amount of food and drinks cold.

    If you want to have milk, drinks, and other perishables in your dorm room, you'll need a mini fridge. If our first two picks are still too big for your dorm, the Midea Compact Refrigerator will be just the right size, measuring 17.7 x 18.6 x 19.4 inches. 

    The Midea fridge is smaller than the others in our guide, but if you really don't expect to have too much food in your dorm and saving space is key, this fridge will do the trick. It has one shelf that divides the fridge in two and more storage in the door that can hold a 1 Liter soda bottle and then some. It also has a tiny freezer for ice cubes or other small frozen items.

    Midea is known for its great mini fridges, and reviews on Amazon are highly positive. Wirecutter also chose it as its top small mini fridge pick.

    It's also very affordable at around $100 on Amazon. The fridge also has a one-year warranty.

    Pros: Good size, keeps cold, reliable

    Cons: Pricey

    Buy the Midea WHS-65LB1 Compact Single Reversible Door Refrigerator, 1.6 Cubic Feet on Amazon for $94.00



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    • Our healthcare system divides conditions into physical health concerns, which are "medical" problems, and mental health issues.
    • My son has a rare illness that falls between the cracks of physical illness and psychological manifestations.
    • Not only does this mean that very few people have any idea how to treat my son, but that treatment falls between the cracks of what insurance will pay for.

    My son, who I won't name to give him some privacy, has a rare disorder that crosses the arbitrary boundaries between psychological and physical illness. It's been a costly struggle to find treatment, and our experience shows the shortcomings of the way we approach medical treatment.

    My son's disease is calledPANDAS, or pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections. It causes children to have tics, obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety, fears and other symptoms following a strep infection.

    Because this disease is caused by a physical mechanism — the immune system mistakenly attacking the brain when the body is exposed to infection — but shows up primarily in psychological symptoms, most medical doctors and psychiatrists are stumped by it.

    My son's journey started four years ago with sudden onset throat-clearing tics at age six. The doctor we went to didn't believe in PANDAS.

    The tics went away on their own. A year and a half later, as his fears escalated, he started to experience OCD. Then, a sore throat and a cough preceded a sudden plunge into madness.

    A variety of expensive treatments

    My husband, son, baby daughter, and I happened to be living in Scotland for work at the time, and the UK medical system responded by refusing to test my son for strep and throwing up their hands.

    We ended up paying hundreds of dollars to an out-of-network PANDAS specialist in the US, who kindly helped us get antibiotics sent to the UK, and a couple of thousand pounds consulting a nutritionist. My son barely improved. After eight months of homebound misery in the UK, we came back to the US, leaving jobs in the UK behind.

    julia tell son healthcareIn the US, we decided to get a second opinion, so we went to a prominent children's hospital. Doctors there performed many tests: MRI, lumbar puncture, blood tests.

    Thousands of dollars later, paid for by our insurance, we ruled out many scary possibilities. These tests did not rule out PANDAS, but the neurologist said she couldn't believe that a disease could exist unless she could see it in her tests. She sent us off to a psychiatrist.

    The psychiatrist recommended an OCD intensive at a children's psychiatric hospital.

    Read more:A 24-year old got a mysterious disease where her body attacked her brain — and scientists are learning it's more common than they thought

    After two and a half months of hard work at the hospital, he barely made any progress. He tried various drugs that didn't work. The hospital stay cost over a thousand dollars a day, which our insurance covered. But our whole family stayed in hotels near the hospital in Rhode Island for two and a half months, which we had to pay for, now with our finances running on fumes.

    Back home in New Jersey, we decided to try the medical route again. He had his tonsils removed, which insurance covered. But our insurance denied a doctor recommended, but "experimental," treatment for PANDAS —intravenous immunoglobulin treatment (IViG).  It would have cost $10,000 that we didn't have, so we weren't able to pursue it.

    More drastic and difficult measures

    This past June, after a year and much suffering, our insurance did approve a more drastic and difficult procedure — plasmapheresis, or the process of filtering the blood to remove antibodies — and we decided to risk it.

    On the last day of the treatment, an allergic reaction landed my son in an ambulance and admitted to the hospital through the emergency room.

    Our insurance has told us it won't pay for the ambulance ride and the hospital costs. It should all be covered by our health insurance plan, but I will be sorting this out for months to come.

    My son is almost 11 and getting better. He is able to go to school about 60% of the time, and his thinking is clearer again. The OCD still has him in a vise grip, but other fears are loosening.

    The plasmapheresis seems to be working, though he will likely need another, which, thankfully, is already approved by insurance.

    He also needs psychological therapy to help combat his OCD, but guess what? The only people who treat this aren't covered by our insurance, and our son would need to be seen twice a week, at a cost of $200 a visit.

    So far, we are going without. We will keep looking, but few mental health professionals accept insurance these days.

    One of the hardest parts about my son's illness falling between the cracks of physical and mental health coverage is that none of the specialists who treat PANDAS take insurance.

    They can't. They've told me that insurance gives them a hard time about paying their claims and sets ridiculously low limits for charges. Treating this disease requires long visits to get all the history and symptoms straight.

    Even the tests to help determine the shape of the illness are not covered. We keep delaying or skipping treatments and tests that aren't covered because we can't afford them.

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    But we are some of the lucky few. We have insurance, we have discovered what this mysterious disease is, and we are getting some treatment to get my son better.

    I work from home as much as I can, but it is hard, because my son often can't go to school. When he's at his most sick, I can't work at all.

    Still, we won't be able to afford all the treatment that my son needs. I want my son to get better. I want the health system to catch us before we fall completely through the cracks — health-wise for my son, and financially for my whole family.

    Want to tell us your healthcare story? Email Zach Tracer at ztracer@businessinsider.com.

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    Porsche Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid Sport Turismo

    • The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is all-new for 2018. It's a hybrid version of Porsche's first ever production wagon
    • Turbo S E-Hybrid is powered by a 550 horsepower, 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 along with a 136 horsepower hybrid drive unit to produce 680 horsepower. 
    • The hybrid drive system is inspired by the million-dollar 918 hybrid hypercar. 
    • According to Porsche, the hybrid V8 wagon can go from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 192 mph. 
    • Once again, we were impressed by the Panamera's power, luxury, technology, and versatility. However, it wasn't as fast as we had expected and it's very pricey. 
    • The base Porsche Panamera sedan starts at $86,3000 while our Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo wagon starts at $188,400. Options and fees pushed the as-tested price up to $210,940.

    The Porsche Panamera is one of our favorites here at Business Insider. In fact, the Panamera sedan won our 2017 Business Insider Car of the Year award

    But Porsche is not one to rest on its laurels. This company is known to offer its cars in a multitude of flavors. Right now, you can select from more than two dozen variations of the 911 sports car.

    So it's not all that surprising when I tell you that there are 18 versions of the Panamera on sale in the US. 

    They range from the $86,300 base Panamera sedan to the Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive sedan with a starting price of $196,600. There is also a multitude of Sport Turismo wagon variants in the mix as well. 

    Read more: The Porsche Panamera is Business Insider's 2017 Car of the Year.

    And power output ranges from a stout 330 horsepower in the base Panamera to a supercar-shaming 680 ponies in the Turbo S E-Hybrid. 

    Recently, we got a chance to experience "peak Panamera" for ourselves when Porsche dropped off a 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo wagon at Business Insider's suburban New Jersey road test center. 

    We ended up spending a week with the Sapphire Blue Metallic Panamera. 

    Our 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo test car starts at $188,400. Options and fees pushed the as-tested price up to $210,940. 

    Here's a closer look at the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. 

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    The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a new addition to Porsche lineup for 2018.



    It's a higher performance hybrid variant of the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon we tester earlier this year.

    Click here to read our review of the Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.



    The Sport Turismo wagon is based on the second generation Panamera sedan that we first checked out in late 2016.



    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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