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Francesco Lagnese

On the Cover

In This Issue

Thoughts, p. 6
 The Simple List, p. 10
 Contributors, p. 24
 Editor’s Note, p. 29
 Everyday Celebrations
Cookie-decorating party, p. 33
 Your Words
What is the most unusual holiday gift you’ve ever received?, p. 43
 Holiday Gift Guide 

  • For mothers, sisters, best friends, p. 55
  • For fathers, brothers, husbands, p. 67
  • For the kids in your life, p. 79
  • For just about anyone, p. 91
  • Splurges for a whole family, p. 105
  • Stocking stuffers, p. 115
  • Gifts that give back, p. 120

Life Lessons
One writer explains why he’s holiday-shopping challenged, p. 127
 The Motivator
Life coach Gail Blanke helps you take the competition out of the holidays, p. 295
 Credits, p. 388
 Real Life
Meet reader Lisa Dayton, p. 396
 Real Simple to Go, p. 398

The Guide




  • A complete watch-buying guide, p. 189
  • Embrace your animal instinct―in your wardrobe, that is, p. 203



The Organizer 

  • Real Simple tackles one family’s cluttered kitchen cabinets, p. 261


Road Tests