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Hygge is huge. Athleisure is doing better than ever. Comfort food is all the rage. And Christmas tree prices started to spike—in November.

Of all the things we have learned about ourselves during this year of disruption, one stands out: A pandemic is no time to be adventurous.

So, in honor of this most un-chill year—and the fact a return to normalcy is on the top of everyone's wish list—here's a holiday gift guide that highlights 88 of the most over-the-top ways to maximize their cozy zones.

For a spa day at home.

Photographs by Justin J. Wee for Bloomberg Businessweek

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There's a 'Thread for That

Winter is challenging enough in an ordinary year. In the year of Covid, it is the Northern Hemisphere's darkest season in more ways than one.

But don't despair; prepare.

Borrowing from Nordic philosophies, cold-weather aficionados and urban planners, our friends at Bloomberg CityLab present the ideas and information you need to make the most of your cold-weather circumstance. 

It's time to learn a new Norwegian word: friluftsliv—the art of embracing the outdoors, regardless of the weather. 

Photographer: gmast3r/iStockphoto

And if you like this Storythread—quick explainers of important stories in the news—there are plenty more to follow, from the ever-changing advice of how to ski during a pandemic to investing in art to the smartest ways to get cash quick. (Hint: it's probably not Bitcoin.)

Or maybe you want to see how human behavior has changed this past year and glimpse the future of travel and cruises.  If you've been entertaining at home but want to venture out, what's happening in the world of restaurants changes by the day. 

As for the reopening of New York? Tracking that is a full-time job.

Luckily for each of these 'threads, you can sign up to receive curated alerts directly to your inbox whenever there's a development.

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Recipes From the Pursuits Archive

As more people have been working from home, we've considered it our mission to keep them well-fed. Our weekly Lunch Break column highlights a notable recipe from a favorite cookbook and the hack that makes it genius. 

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