Lacazette and Arsenal give returning fans a show as Gunners warm up for Spurs in style

The Arsenal fans are back – and Alexandre Lacazette could be as well.

The France striker has started the last two Premier League games on the bench for the Gunners, but he must now be at the forefront of Mikel Arteta’s mind for Sunday’s crucial north London derby at Tottenham following this excellent showing against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League.

Lacazette scored one and had a hand in another as Arsenal guaranteed qualification to the knockout stages as group winners with a 4-1 win in front of 2,000 fans at Emirates Stadium.

It was the first time since March that Arsenal had played in front of supporters on their own ground and they responded with a performance as good as we’ve seen for a long time.

The Spaniard made 11 changes from the team that lost to Wolves at the weekend, with Lacazette one again starting in a deeper No.10 role behind Eddie Nketiah, just as he had done in the win at Molde last week.

And the forward was the star of the show as Arsenal proved far too good for Vienna during an excellent opening 45 minutes in north London.

He opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, crashing a swerving shot past Richard Strebinger from 30 yards to end a run of eight games without a goal.

And then, soon after the returning Pablo Mari had made it 2-0 with a glancing header from Reiss Nelson’s corner as he hit the post with a smart snapshot from the edge of the box.

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Lacazette has scored in three of his last four games against Tottenham and this felt like a performance aimed at ensuring he would be in the side on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was linking the play superbly and it was his perfect through ball that sent Nicolas Pepe clear in the build-up for Arsenal’s third, which was eventually finished off by Nketiah.

He was withdrawn on 63 minutes by Arteta, which was perhaps a sign that Arsenal’s manager was looking ahead to Sunday’s trip against north London.

Arteta has seen his side score just two goals in their last six games in the Premier League, with one of those coming from the penalty spot.

Joe Willock has started the last two games – against Leeds and Wolves – operating behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the No.10 role, but has struggled to make an impact.

And whilst using Lacazette in the playmaker role is a new experiment, his performance against Vienna showed he can provide and still be a goal threat.

He has certainly given Arteta a decision to make ahead of Sunday’s game at the league leaders, as has Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was equally impressive playing in his natural central midfield role alongside Mohamed Elneny.

After Kohya Kitagawa had pulled one back for Vienna, Maitland-Niles linked up well with the lively Pepe before driving into the box and setting up Emile Smith Rowe to score.

It’s unlikely that

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This year, give a holiday gift that evokes your favorite city or state

In July of 2018, I walked through downtown Juneau, Alaska, with Midgi Moore, who founded and runs Juneau Food Tours. She took me and a handful of other tourists to a smattering of small restaurants, trendy breweries and outdoor waterside vendors selling everything from freshly shucked oysters to provisions like locally pickled kelp. I bought a few items to bring home, which I stockpiled for gifts. All joyfully received in subsequent months, I’m happy to say, by giftees who reported a newfound interest in visiting the 49th state.

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The Nashville Hot Chicken Gift Batch.

This past April, with the pandemic in its nascent stage and Americans blissfully unaware of the devastation ahead, I received an email from Midgi notifying me that she launched a new enterprise: Taste Alaska! The subscription box service operated on the philosophy, “If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.” The boxes, also available as one-offs, contain a changing inventory of Alaskan food items, like reindeer sausage and smoked salmon. In every mix are visitor guides from different parts of the state and a Native Alaskan Ulu knife.


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Taste Alaska! is one of the newer examples of a growing number of companies that act simultaneously as curators, agents and advocates for small artisanal businesses, affording everyone the opportunity to shop like a local, even when they aren’t. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on small businesses. In New York, a report by the Partnership for New York City projected a third of the 230,000 small businesses could close. If ever there was a time to shop independent, this is it.

And beyond the opportunity to help, there is the payoff. Buying from small makers — be it in your own city or another — is sure to yield more original, memorable items than something off the shelf in the nearest big-box store. Moreover, in addition to providing a sense of discovering something new, the way travel would, gifts from far-off places offer the giftee a pleasant reminder of traveling. When the pandemic started, I wrote a story for these pages about the joys of collecting souvenirs. I spoke to Sam Gosling, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You.” He explained that joy we get from travel — or any special occasion — comes on both sides of the actual experience, both in anticipation and memory. Part of the joy of these offerings is the thought of traveling again.

[The Washington Post 2020 Holiday Gift Guide]

In early 2013, Michigan native Cory Wright moved back to his hometown, outside Detroit, after several years managing a restaurant in Manhattan. He had gotten used to geeking out, he says, with the chefs about local farms. But back in Michigan, the locavore movement hadn’t quite caught on yet. So he launched Mitten Crate to spotlight the region’s native agriculture and creative producers.

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Style Invitational Week 1413: We’re finna give you some new words

In a year that’s transformed our lives so greatly that you can’t watch a Christmas romcom without shuddering at the lack of social distancing in the tinkling sleigh, it’s not surprising that our language has changed as well. And of course our pals at Merriam-Webster are on the case. Below is a list of some of the words and phrases (including new usages for existing ones) added this year to the dictionary at, along with a link to each full definition. This week: Write a poem of eight lines or fewer featuring one or more of these terms, as in the two-part example above by Julia Griffin, queen of Light magazine’s topical Poems of the Week at

The terms must be used as they’re defined in the new listing; e.g., “novel” needs to mean “not previously identified,” not only “new and fresh” or “what I will definitely write one of these days.” You may use a closely related form of the word, like a plural or adverb.

Submit up to 25 entries at (no capitals in the Web address). Deadline is Monday, Dec. 14; results appear Jan. 3 in print, Dec. 31 online.

Winner gets the Clowning Achievement, the new Style Invitational trophy that we introduce today. The sorry-faced bozo replaces the Lose Cannon, which got its name from a Trumply spelled Trump tweet about Hillary Clinton; like its inspiration, it’s been with us since 2017 and we’d think it’s high time to put it behind us. There will be only 100 Clowning Achievements, since that’s how many “retired” little clown heads the Empress was able to score from some craft shop’s online clearance sale. Based on an idea by Loser Kevin Dopart.

Second place wins a box of Clamdy Canes — yup, clam-flavored candy canes. They’re a holly jolly yucky ucky greige and white. Donated by Loser Edward Gordon.

The Style Conversational: The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. See this week’s at

New “You’re Invited” podcast episode: An interview with Hall of Fame Loser Jeff Contompasis, who tells how he changed his Invite approach after getting no ink for eight years. See


In Week 1409 the Empress asked the Losers to drop one or more letters from the middle of a song title. Half a dozen people offered EVERY BreATH YOU TAKE — “I’ll be washing you”; numerous others suggested YESterDAY“every day in the Trump White House.”

4th place:

DON’T LET ME dOWN: John Lennon’s little-known first song to contain the lyric “Imagine no possessions . . .” (Stephen Litterst, Newark, Del.)

3rd place:

SleIGH RIDE: A song about the long drive home after Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. (Steve Smith, Potomac, Md.)

2nd place

and the game What’s That Smell?:
I’M SO EXcITED: “I’m about to lose control, and I don’t

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16 Vintage Fashion Gifts To Give This Holiday Season

One of the easiest (and most enjoyable) ways to shop sustainably for the holidays is to filter your search to items that already exist (read: secondhand or vintage gifts). Therefore, there’s no new production taking place. Not to mention, your gift will be entirely unique. 

If you’re not sold on the idea, thinking that your fashion gifts will look outdated, remember how cyclical trends are. Fashion from the ‘80s and ‘90s are just as popular now as they were 40 years ago. Think tiny shoulder bags, leather blazers, high-waisted jeans, and square-toe boots. Rather than buying remakes of these retro items, with vintage, you can buy the real thing — probably for a quarter of the price — and keep your contribution to climate change to a minimum this holiday season. 

Ahead, shop through our guide to vintage and secondhand gifts, all of which will have your loved ones on high during the holidays.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

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Give the ultimate holiday gift this year: a hopeful future

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Give the ultimate holiday gift this year: a hopeful future

Holidays are about spending time with the people most precious to us. Unfortunately, in the middle of a pandemic, one of the most important ways to show that we care is by staying apart.

Perhaps nobody is feeling this loss more acutely than older Americans.

Seniors – especially seniors of color – are at highest risk of severe illness or death due to COVID-19. About 8 out of 10 deaths in the United States have been people over age 65.

Long-term care facilities have been hit especially hard. Out of nearly 270,000 deaths in the United States, around 100,000 of those lost have been long-term care residents or staff members.

Many facilities have closed their doors to visitors and ended group activities to prevent coronavirus from spreading. These lockdowns help protect people’s physical health, but they can take a mental toll. One in four older adults has reported that they’ve suffered from anxiety or depression during the pandemic.

My own mom is 94, and she lives in a senior living community in Michigan. During last spring’s lockdown, she asked me if this was what the rest of her life would look like. I didn’t know how to respond.

As we’re heading into a new year and new Congress, it’s important to keep the specific needs of older Americans in mind.

The most important thing we can do for seniors – and everyone else – is to finally get this pandemic under control. The incoming Biden administration is bringing together a team of public health experts to do just that. It will ramp up testing and contact tracing, use the Defense Production Act to ensure that health care providers and frontline workers have enough personal protective equipment, provide clear and consistent guidance to families and communities, and ensure that vaccines are safe, effective and equitably distributed as soon as possible.

In the meantime, far too many Americans have lost their jobs – and with it their employer-provided health care. This includes many people over age 50, who often struggle to find affordable health insurance options that meet their needs.

We can help make sure this population has health coverage by passing my Medicare at 50 Act. It would give people the option to buy into Medicare early. This would lower their costs, fortify the existing Medicare program and strengthen the health insurance marketplace by including a younger and healthier population.

As ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I’m also laser-focused on food security. Our neighbors are going hungry – we’ve all seen the photos of cars lining up for hours at food banks, which are struggling to meet demand.

One of the most important steps we can take right now is to boost food assistance. Increasing SNAP benefits by at least 15% would provide an additional $25 per month per person as our country faces a true hunger crisis.

In addition to feeding hungry seniors and

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With Grafomap, give the gift of place this holiday season with a custom, personalized map

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Places matter. They get into our bones, weave themselves into the story of our lives, call us back to the times and places and people that define us. We all have them. The cities and neighborhoods, the country roads and hidden vistas, the places we cherish forever. First kisses. The block where you came into your own. The trip when you finally knew, yes, they’re really the one. Our places are a part of us.

But unlike photographs of friends and family, a place can be harder to capture, and its importance to us can be difficult to put into words. Bring the gift of travel to a loved one’s home, even if it’s a bit harder to travel right now. Passport stamps may be temporary, but memories last forever.

Enter Grafomap, an astonishingly simple, easy-to-use service that distills the places that are meaningful to us into a gorgeous map and statement art piece. With Grafomap, the world is yours, literally. Using the highly customizable editor, you can create an attractive, beautifully designed custom map or poster in the time it takes you to finish a cup of coffee. No joke.

And right now, you can get 20% off sitewide at Grafomap using the code “20OFF.” If you’re looking to buy more than one map, you’ll get one free map with your purchase of any two with the code “DEAL” at checkout. This offer applies to any paper finished maps, so you can stock up on the perfect, sentimental gift for less. With Grafomap’s low prices, you can snatch a sentimental poster for $49 or a canvas for $99.

And with the holiday season around the corner — when the places that shaped us are on all of our minds — these meticulously crafted memories in map form make for powerful gifts. Not only do they look amazing, they’re meaningful, too.

On the editor page, just type in an address. From there, it’s extraordinarily intuitive: Drag, pan, zoom in, zoom out and otherwise customize the scope of what you want to capture, from continent to street corner.

Then, choose your map theme. Each one utilizes a different design language, font, color scheme and style to create a unique aesthetic, from the clean blacks and whites of bestseller “minimal” to the bold reds and greens of “wheatpaste” to the rich blacks of “carbon” and beyond. Toggling through the themes gives you a digital mock-up of your final piece, which is extraordinarily handy when you’re trying to decide between “blue” and “blueprint.”

You can add text, too. The labels default to location names and coordinates, but edit away to personalize your text. The title, subtitle and tagline are all up to you. After all,

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Travel Gifts That Give Back

There’s nothing more rewarding than giving a gift, especially one that doubles its impact by donating to a good cause. Not only do you make your recipient happy but you actually make a difference in the world.

All of these travel gifts give back so you can shop with a conscience and easily rationalize buying for yourself as well as your loved ones.

Hawthorne Slip On Words Matter from SeaVees

SeaVees’ Hawthorne slip on is a wardrobe essential in itself so it’s the perfect canvas for an essential message. “Words Matter” is etched all along the foxing, and the classic sneaker has been printed with original redacted government document-inspired artwork by DJ Javier. Available in both men and women’s sizes, each shoe is unique, and the print on the left is slightly different from the print on the right, making it even more of a conversation piece. Because comfort matters, too, the Hawthorne features a contoured, cushy foam footbed with extra heel-strike cushion. Price: $95, with 5% of all proceeds going to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that promotes freedom of the press worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

Essential Cases from Someone Somewhere

These multi-tasking bags would be highly desirable for their looks alone but the fact that they’re helping to lift artisans out of poverty in Latin American countries should raise them to the top of your gift list. The Essentials Bag comes with a detachable strap so it can be worn in six different ways, and it’s made with a traditional weaving technique passed down through generations. What makes it really special, though, is the interior label signed by the Someone who crafted it and indicating the Somewhere they call home. Price: $35, with sales increasing the monthly income of artisans in poor Latin American communities by more than 300%.

Jabots for Justice

These beautiful replicas of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconic collars are ethically handcrafted by female artisans in Guatemala, through La Casa Cotzal, a partner of Nest, a nonprofit that works with artisans and makers to build a world of greater gender equity and economic inclusion. The stunning beadwork makes for a fitting tribute to the Notorious RBG, and the jabot comes in its own little pouch so you can travel with it and find yourself in fascinating conversations with people around the world. Price: $40, which is a tax-deductible donation to Nest.

Portococo Spray and Refill Bundle

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The GQ Cologne Gift Guide: The Best Fragrances to Give as a Gift

Every Christmas, I get to watch my brothers participate in a familiar ritual. Among the gifts they unwrap there will always be a men’s fragrance, selected for them by my mother or my sister, and usually purchased “as a set” at a department store. The set means they not only have their new fragrance as an eau de toilette, but also as a body lotion and an after-shave. And nearly every year, my brothers open the gift, sniff the cap, and mumble their gratitude.

I am positive that men all over the country are bound to participate in a similar ritual this holiday season. After all, fragrance is easily one of the biggest gift categories there is—right up there with candles and ties. But the bigger question is: Do any of you actually like what you’re unwrapping?

There has to be a better way. For more, I talked to Frédéric Malle, the founder of Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, and a master of modern perfumery. His brand, now celebrating 20 years with a new book by Rizzoli, is famous for diverging from the industry’s norms around the holiday season. In two decades, Malle has never released a “special holiday scent,” nor has he created gift boxes complete with limited edition lotions or after-shaves for “added value.” Instead, he’s maintained that the scents in his collection speak for themselves. So I figured he was appropriately skeptical—exactly the right person to talk through this dilemma.  

First, know that giving a fragrance is risky business. You can still choose a less-fraught gift—it’s not too late! “A perfume says a lot about who you are, and it’s important to affirm your personality,” Malle says. The men who merely use what they are handed, he adds, are giving something up by not asserting their tastes in this department. “It’s like saying, ‘My wife dresses me.’”

If you’re dead-set, when thinking about buying a fragrance for someone else, he recommends thinking about scents as like adding to someone’s watch collection. “Sometimes you buy a sports watch, like a Rolex,” he says. “And you can wear it with a tuxedo, too. It’s not conventional, but it would show an aspect of your personality. There are certain perfumes just like that.”

To extend Malle’s analogy, let’s say you want to give the Rolex of fragrances. A Rolex is a luxury purchase, so you’re thinking of a guy who wants the finer things—but you don’t like your shit to be too precious. Maybe you want to stay old school and swing for a super classic OG scent, like Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior or Sisley’s Eau de Campagne. 

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Sisley Paris Eau de Campagne

Alternatively, you could go for a newer luxury scent, like Malle’s own Bigarade Concentrée, a gentlemanly mix of bitter orange and cedar. Either way, you’re probably staying in the fresh, aromatic woods and citrus category—meaning you can wear this to work or on date night, and it’s equally appropriate and sexy.

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Frédéric Malle Bigarade Concentrée

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Give a gift that gives back this holiday season

Buying presents during the holidays can be even more rewarding when a purchase helps a local organization.

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Gifts purchased from The Little Exchange in Oakwood benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital. 2009 File Photo

There is no shortage of worthy causes in the Dayton area, and this year, many of those worthy causes could use a little extra love.

“Like many organizations, SICSA has had to get even more creative this year with our fundraising,” said Nora Vondrell, president and CEO of SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Washington Twp.

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The animal welfare organization has a creative line of gifts that benefit homeless and stray animals in the community.

“The holiday bundles are a new way to help people who want to support a charity with their holiday giving and do so in a way that benefits so many.”

Here’s a look at six Miami Valley organizations that have found ways to offer holiday gifts that will keep on giving.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, shoppers should check organization websites for the most up-to-date information and hours.

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SICSA is offering holiday bundles making shopping easy. The “Comfy At Home” bundle features SICSA blend Boston Stoker coffee, a mugh, hot chocolate and a plush blanket for $25. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


SICSA Pet Adoption and Wellness Center has a variety of holiday gift bundles that directly support animals in the facilities care.

The “Comfy at Home” bundle includes a soft blanket and a bag of Boston Stoker SICSA Blend Coffee with a mug. The “Coffee Lover” bundle is also packed with the SICSA blend and mug and a token for a free beverage at any Boston Stoker location.

Consider sending a holiday card to notify a friend or family member that you have sponsored a pet in their honor.

Our furry friends can receive a present too. There are pet bundles that include pet treats and chews from Pet Wants Dayton.

Gift options can be found on the SICSA online store at Option for delivery are available.

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Pink Ribbon Girls invites you to shop well do good with the launch of our Holiday Line. With every purchase 100% of the proceeds goes to providing a healthy meal, a round trip ride to treatment, or peer support to someone battling breast or gynecological cancer. Give a gift this holiday season that pays it forward in your purchase. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Pink Ribbon Girls

Pink Ribbon Girls provides free healthy meals, house cleaning, rides to treatment and support to individuals with breast and gynecological cancer.

Its motto is “Shop well, do good,” and a purchase from the Ignite the Fight Collective found in the organization’s online store helps fund those services.

Shoppers can find PRG slogan t-shirts as well as a new holiday collection that includes pink pom beanies, pajama bottoms, hoodies, face masks, travel mugs, socks, caps and more.

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Why You Should Give The Gift Of College This Holiday Season

My kids have the glorious problem of too much stuff. They have half-finished Lego projects in every room but the kitchen. They have laptops, tablets, cell phones, board games, marble mazes, cameras- anything they could want they have (even if they might disagree). So what do you give them?

There is tremendous pressure to give stuff; for children to have something to open on the big day. But how much of that is the kids, and how much of it is us putting our expectations on them?

But I Have To Give Them Something

In 2015, UpTV in collaboration with the Metro Atlanta Boys & Girls Club gave kids 6 – 11 a choice: They could keep their dream gift or a present for their parent(s). Both gifts were placed on the table in front of them. Every single child picked the present for their parents.

This is consistent with larger trends and studies that have found younger generations value experiences over material possessions. Kids don’t need fancy gifts, they need something that means something and adds real value to their lives. Now more than ever families need help with saving for college because the education landscape is likely to change in the wake of COVID, and it’s impossible to say what higher education will look like in the future.

Finances are tight for most Americans right now, but for those that are able to give you could change someone’s life for the better.

529 Plans

To many Americans the 529 plan has become the default vehicle for higher education investing. The plans off potential tax, estate, control, financial aid, and addition benefits depending on your state of residence. They are also one of the best options for gifting money for purposes of a higher education. You can gift via 529 plans in one of three ways:

  1. Open an account for them – Opening your own 529 account gives you total control of the assets for the beneficiary, whether it’s your child, grandchild, or just someone important to you. You control the investments, if and when withdrawals are made, and the flexibility to make changes if needed.
  2. Contribute to an existing account – If you want to contribute to, say, your niece’s 529 account rather than having to open one yourself, you can gift to the existing account. Anyone can contribute to a 529 plan: Relatives, friends, colleagues- anyone. Plus, every 529 savings plan and most prepaid plans offer an electronic gifting solution. This usually means a code attached to an account: Visit the landing page, input the code, make a gift via credit card or EFT. If you have a 529 account or know someone who does the account owner can visit the site of or contact the plan provider for gifting options.
  3. Buy a gift card – If you or a loved one do not already have a 529 plan and you don’t want to open one yourself, you can encourage a
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