One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners | The Italian also says he prefers players to have sex only with their wives, as extra marital relations need "extra action."

One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners

One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners

One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners

One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners

One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners

One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners
One of the best football managers in Europe wants his players to have sex for ‘short periods’ with ‘minimum effort’ and preferably under their partners
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  • Inter Milan football manager Antonio Conte says he advises his players how to have sex as part of his training regime.
  • “I advise my players to have sex for short periods and with the minimum of effort,” he told L’Equipe. “[And] use positions where they are under their partners.”
  • He also joked that he frowns upon extra martial relations because they need “extra action.”
  • The Italian’s strange method appears to be working however, with Inter sitting second in the Serie A table having lost just once so far this season.
  • Read more of our soccer coverage here.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte says he advises his players how to have sex as part of his training regime.

The Italian, who took over at the San Siro during the summer, has developed a reputation for his detailed methodologies.

Cesc Fabregas, who played for him at Chelsea, said he was “meticulous” according to the Evening Standard.

However, the 50-year-old’s admission that his management techniques extend into the bedrooms of his players is a new, and surprising, insight into the level of detail that he is willing to go to for marginal gains.

“During the season, I advise my players to have sex for short periods and with the minimum of effort,” he told L’Equipe.

“[And they] better use positions where they are under their partners. And preferably, with their wives, because if with others, well, that needs extra action.”

Conte’s intrusive method of man management appears to be working.

Since the former Juventus and Italy boss took over at Inter, the team has lost just three matches in all competitions, and won 10 of its 12 Serie A games. Inter sits just one point behind league leaders Juventus in the race for the Scudetto.

Many of the club’s players are thriving under Conte, most notably strike duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, who have scored 17 goals between them this season.

Lukaku, who has nine of those, moved to Milan in the summer and says he’s delighted to be working for the Italian following his difficult spell at former club Manchester United.

“My rapport with Conte is very strong, as he is a coach who really helps me,” he told DAZN. “At the age of 26, I want a coach like this, who helps me every day and gives me motivation.

“I am very happy to be here and to be working with him.”

Inter next play Torino in Serie A on Saturday, November 23.

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Trump openly admitted on live TV to doing the thing he’s accused of in the impeachment inquiry

Trump openly admitted on live TV to doing the thing he’s accused of in the impeachment inquiry

  • In a Friday interview on “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump openly admitted to holding up military aid to Ukraine to pressure the government to investigate a baseless conspiracy theory about Ukrainian election interference and Democratic collusion.
  • In other words, Trump acknowledged doing the very thing he has repeatedly denied and will likely be impeached for.
  • The president started off by referencing the broad outlines of the conspiracy, suggesting Ukraine is hiding a Democratic National Committee “server” that contains evidence of Ukrainian meddling.
  • Then, crucially, he tacked on: “We’re looking for corruption, there’s tremendous corruption, and why should we be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to countries where there’s this kind of corruption?”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

In a Friday morning interview on “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump admitted to holding up military aid to pressure Ukraine’s government to investigate a baseless conspiracy that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

In other words, he acknowledged doing the very thing he will likely be impeached for and has repeatedly denied.

“They have the server, right from the DNC,” Trump said, referring to the conspiracy theory, which suggests Ukraine is hiding a mysterious Democratic “server” that contains incriminating evidence of Ukrainian interference and Democratic collusion.

“The FBI went in and they told them, get out of there. They gave the server to CrowdStrike or whatever its called, which is a company owned by a very wealthy Ukrainian,” Trump said. “And I still want to see that server. The FBI’s never gotten that server, and it’s a big part of this whole thing, why did they give it to a Ukrainian company?”

Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy appeared to anticipate the path Trump was going down and asked incredulously, “Are you sure he did that?”

Trump replied, “Well, that’s what the word is.”

Then, critically, the president added, “We’re looking for corruption, there’s tremendous corruption, and why should we be giving hundreds of millions of dollars to countries where there’s this kind of corruption?”

There is no evidence supporting this conspiracy theory, and in fact, the former National Security Council official Fiona Hill testified this week that the conspiracy theory is part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

More importantly, in less than a minute, the president admitted to conditioning critical military aid to Ukraine on the country launching the politically motivated investigation he wanted.

What Trump is being investigated for

This acknowledgment gets to the crux of the impeachment inquiry, which is focused on whether Trump abused his power by using his public office for private gain.

At the center of the inquiry is a July 25 phone call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump repeatedly pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over the latter’s involvement in the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings. Trump also asked Zelensky to look into the conspiracy theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

Since details of the call first emerged in a whistleblower complaint, over a dozen witnesses have testified in the impeachment inquiry, and their revelations show the call was just one data point in a months-long campaign by Trump and his allies to strongarm Ukraine into publicly committing to launching the investigations Trump wanted in exchange for vital military aid and a White House meeting.

The campaign was spearheaded by Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who has made public statements in the mainstream media about his efforts for months.

Several career national security and foreign service officers have testified that this “irregular” channel of Ukraine policy also consisted of others, including:

  • Gordon Sondland, the US’s ambassador to the EU.
  • Kurt Volker, the US’s former Special Representative to Ukraine.
  • Rick Perry, the outgoing energy secretary.
  • Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff.

Sondland, who testified in an open hearing on Wednesday, said “everyone,” including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former national security adviser John Bolton, and the president himself, were “in on it.” Sondland added that he worked with Giuliani on the matter “at the express direction” of Trump.

Gordon Sondland testifies before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on November 20.

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Gordon Sondland testifies before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on November 20.
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A cascade of witnesses destroyed Trump’s defenses one by one

Trump’s allies, meanwhile, have trotted out a slew of defenses in the wake of the snowballing inquiry, but they’ve grown weaker in the face of overwhelming testimony from non-partisan officials, many of whom spoke out in defiance of the White House’s direct orders.

The president has relied primarily on two defenses to shield himself:

  • His interest in launching the investigations was legitimate because he wants to eradicate corruption.
    • A transcript of his first phone call with Zelensky, which occurred in April shortly after Zelensky won the election, undercuts this point because the president made no mention of corruption.
    • Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert, testified this week that he was concerned because the president raised none of the foreign policy talking points that had been prepared for him in either the April or July calls.
    • And Sondland testified that Trump just wanted Zelensky to announce the investigations: “He didn’t actually have to do them, as I understood it.”
  • Ukraine didn’t know about the freeze in security assistance at the time of the July 25 call, so there was no way Zelensky could have felt pressured by Trump.
    • Trump’s allies have leaned hard on this talking point, saying that the hold in aid was first publicly reported by Politico in late August, more than a month after the phone call.
    • But Laura Cooper, a deputy secretary at the Pentagon, blew up that defense this week when she testified that there were three separate inquiries – two from Ukrainian officials and one from Congress – about the hold-up on the day of the July 25 call itself.
Kristen Bell says she felt ‘no sparks whatsoever’ when she first met Dax Shepard. Now, they’re married with kids.

Kristen Bell says she felt ‘no sparks whatsoever’ when she first met Dax Shepard. Now, they’re married with kids.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been married for years.
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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been married for years.
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There are few celebrity relationships that stand the test of time in the public eye, but married couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have been together since 2007.

Just recently, Bell shared than when she and Shepard first met, she didn’t actually feel any sparks – but it seems her feelings have changed since.

Here is a comprehensive look at the couple’s relationship timeline.


2007: Bell and Shepard met at a dinner party, but didn’t have an immediate connection.

In 2019, Bell told “Today” that she actually felt “no sparks whatsoever” when she met now-husband Shepard in 2007.

The two first spoke at an intimate dinner party and they’d both recently gotten out of long-term relationships

“The one thing I remember is that he talked so much,” she said, adding that she didn’t even know who he was at the time.

She explained that two weeks later they both met at a Detroit Red Wings hockey game and started flirting.

“When I met her and her friends, I was suspicious of their unbridled happiness,” Shepard told Good Housekeeping magazine in 2015. “I thought, ‘Something stinks here; they’re in a cult.’ But slowly I began to see her positive way of looking at the world. She gives people the benefit of the doubt.”


2007: The pair started dating but were fighting often, according to Bell.

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The two worked hard to make their relationship stronger.
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In an interview with Harry Connick Jr., Bell revealed that when they met, their relationship was somewhat “toxic.”

“When we first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more,” she said. “We’d get in a fight because we’d fight a lot, and I’d yell something and then slam the bedroom door, then I’d slam the front door, then I’d get in my car and then I’d skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realized how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out.”

She went on to say that “Three months into our relationship he was like: ‘You can’t leave anymore during fights. I’m not going to do that.'”

Bell said this made her realize Shepard was right and she has since changed her fighting methods.


~2007: Bell revealed the couple broke up before getting engaged.

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Bell and Shepard took a break before getting engaged.
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In 2017, Bell told Popsugar that she and Shepard actually broke up after dating for about three months.

“He sat me down and said, ‘I can’t have this right now. I think you’re wonderful, but I am still dating other people,'” she said. “And then I, like, liquefied and fell to the ground, but I felt incredibly respected that he had the balls to tell me we weren’t in the same place.”

She continued to say that Shepard quickly realized he made a mistake and came back a few days later.


2009: Shepard proposed to Bell.

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The couple got engaged in Italy.
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In 2009, Shepard and Bell starred in the romantic comedy “When in Rome.” After filming the movie on location in Italy, the couple got engaged.

Shepard told People magazine that it was his “Couples Retreat” co-star Jason Bateman who pushed him towards proposing.

“Jason was first to go, ‘Stop f—ing around and marry Kristen,” said Shepard, adding that Bateman was “dead right.”


2012: Shepard marked his 12th year of sobriety with a message to his family.

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Shepard has opened up about his sobriety on multiple occasions.
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In 2012, Shepard took to Twitter and addressed his 12th year of sobriety. The message said, “12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life-threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem #gratitude #promises.

The same year, Shepard told Playboy that his addiction was a source of conflict for him and Bell.

“All the things I’d done were terrifying to her, and she had a hard time believing I would ever be able to stay married and monogamous and a father and all those things. For the first year and a half we were together that was what we battled over almost weekly,” he said.


March 2013: Shepard and Bell had their first child.

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Kristen Bell attended the Golden Globe Awards while pregnant.
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In March 2013, Bell and Shepard had their first daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard.


June 2013: Bell re-proposed to Shepard.

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They married when California’s Prop 8 passed.
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As advocates for equality, Shepard and Bell didn’t want to officially get married until same-sex marriage was legalized in California.

When California’s Prop 8 was overturned in June 2013, Bell posted a short, sweet message to Shepard on Twitter: “@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove.”


October 2013: They tied the knot.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell married in 2013.
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In fall of 2013, Shepard confirmed his marriage to Bell to Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Shepard explained that in lieu of lavish festivities they had held a small, private wedding ceremony that included just him and his new wife.

“We went to the Beverly Hills Courthouse,” said Shepard. “And all in, with fuel to get there, $142 out the door.”


2013: Shepard got a tattoo of Bell’s name on his finger.

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He wears the tattoo in place of jewelry.
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On “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” Shepard explained that he traded a wedding ring for a tattoo in Bell’s name with a small, inked bell on his ring finger.

“I don’t like wearing jewelry, but I felt obliged to warn all the men that I’m taken,” Shepard joked to Degeneres.


December 2014: Bell and Shepard welcomed their second child.

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Their second child is named Delta Bell Shepard.
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In December 2014, Bell and Shepard had their second child, Delta Bell Shepard.

In an interview with Babble, Bell gave advice on raising two children and handling temper tantrums as they come.

“She’s going to act the way a child acts,” said Bell. “I’m not going to let that reflect on me or bring me down. That shouldn’t make me feel ashamed or embarrassed in any way. Only you can make you feel a certain way.”


2017: Bell starred as Shepard’s wife in his film “CHIPS.”

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Bell starred in “CHIPS.”
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When Shepard started directing “CHIPS,” a film based on the 1970s cop drama, he turned down Bell for the role of his awful ex-wife.

He explained to USA Today that she was too “damn likable” to play a character who tortured others.

“I’m glad he likes me,” said Bell. “But I threw down a not-so-thinly-veiled threat: ‘I can be very unlikable. Welcome to the next week of your life.'”

Bell quickly proved that she had what it took to handle the role and Shepard cast her.

“It was one of my riskier moves, but she crushed it,” said Shepard. “She is just so unlikable here, which is crazy because she really is so likable.”


January 2018: Shepard guest-starred on Bell’s show “The Good Place.”

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On the NBC comedy “The Good Place,” Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman trying to be a better person after waking up in the afterlife.

On season two of the show, Shepard made a cameo appearance as a demon that hit on Bell’s character Eleanor.

“Damn, you got that good stank,” Shepard flirted.

“Right back at you, bud,” said Bell.


February 2018: Shepard interviewed Bell on his podcast “Armchair Expert.”

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The couple opened up about their relationship during the podcast.
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In the inaugural episode of his podcast “Armchair Expert,” Shepard invited Bell on as his first guest. Over the course of an hour, they talked about their upbringings, their moral philosophies, and their relationship.

When discussing how different they are as people, Bell explained that she grew up as a strict rule follower and saw the world in black and white before she met Shepard.

“You’re taught that there is good and evil and I just don’t believe that anymore,” said Bell. “When there is happiness, I don’t run from it.”


September 2018: Bell revealed that she smokes weed around Shepard.

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Bell told Marc Maron that she smokes weed.
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In an episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, the “Frozen” star revealed she likes to smoke weed every so often.

“I like my vape pen quite a bit. I smoke around my husband and it doesn’t seem to bother him,” Bell said. “Weed rules. Weed is my drug of choice, for sure.”

During the interview, Bell stressed that although her husband is sober he doesn’t seem to mind that Bell drinks or smokes weed around him.

“He likes drugs and alcohol,” Bell explained. “He’s just aware that he lost his privilege with them because he can’t handle it. His brain does not have the chemistry to handle it.”

Despite Bell stating her husband doesn’t mind, people were quick to have opinions on her choice.


September 2018: Kristen posted a heartfelt message to Instagram celebrating Shepard’s sobriety.

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Bell congratulated Shepard on Instagram.
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In September 2018, Bell posted an Instagram congratulating Shepard on 14 years of sobriety.

“To the man [who] mocked me when in our wedding photos because [sic] I cried too many tears of joy, who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, who held our dear little shakey man pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it,” Bell wrote.


February 2019: The couple launched a line of plant-based baby products together.

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The two have gone into business together.
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In February, Shepard and Bell launched Hello Bello, a collection of plant-based baby products like diapers and sunscreen.

25 tactful gifts for your in-laws that will make a great impression

25 tactful gifts for your in-laws that will make a great impression

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mark & graham, $139

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  • Finding the perfect gifts for your in-laws can be tricky, no matter many holidays you’ve spent with them or how long you and your partner have been together.
  • We rounded up a list of 25 great gifts your in-laws will love, from small gifts that say thank you to big ones made for birthdays and holidays.
  • For more gift ideas, check out our ultimate gift guide for 2019.
  • To potentially save more on gifts this holiday season, visit Business Insider Coupons.

Depending on your relationship, their tastes, and a host of other factors, getting a present for your in-laws can get to be pretty high pressure. Whether you’re staying with them for a vacation or just stopping by for dinner, for the sake of you and your partner, you need to make a good impression.

You don’t have 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 a salt block or bigger ones like kitchen appliances, what these all have in common is that your in-laws will love them.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of our gift guides for 2019.


A coffee subscription box for trying new beans

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Blue Bottle Coffee

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

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Amazon

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

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Uncommon Goods

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.


An Airbnb gift card for in-laws who love to travel

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Airbnb Instagram

Airbnb Gift Card, $100 – $500, available at Zola

A tangible gift is great, but so is the gift of an unforgettable experience. For the jet-setting duo, bring them one step closer to their next vacation with an Airbnb gift card so they can explore someplace new together.


A painting of the only thing they love as much as their children

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Uncommon Goods

Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, from $180, available at Uncommon Goods

The only thing they might love as much as your partner is their pet. Show them you, too, appreciate their furry friend with a custom portrait of it.


A personal photo book of their favorite memories

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Artifact Uprising

Everyday Photo Book, from $59, available at Artifact Uprising

If you’ve shared many memories with your in-laws, commemorate them with a personalized photo book. Sure, it takes a little more time than just picking up a bouquet of flowers, but the extra effort will not go unnoticed with this thoughtful gift.


A cocktail bitters set mixologists will love

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Uncommon Goods

Cocktail Bitters Set, $35, available at Uncommon Goods

Turn their living room into a cocktail bar with this set of bitters. With flavors like smoked chili and ginger lemon, they can get creative with some new drinks or spice up the classics.


A pizza maker for home cooks and pizza aficionados

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Williams Sonoma

Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, $149.95, available at Williams Sonoma

Some might call this one life-changing. If they love cooking together, gift them a countertop pizza maker so they can enjoy homemade pies with the toppings of their choice in less than 10 minutes.


A cheese and crackers serving board for entertainers

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Uncommon Goods

Cheese & Crackers Serving Board, $48, available at Uncommon Goods

Embrace the shape of the ampersand for a higher purpose – a cheese platter. Turns out this shape is perfect for holding wheels of cheese and bunches of crackers, making it the perfect gift for those who love to entertain, or just appreciate a good cheese plate.


A touch lamp for in-laws who live far away

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Uncommon Goods

Long Distance Touch Lamp, from $85, available at Uncommon Goods

If your in-laws live far away, they’ll really appreciate this touch lamp. Keep one in your home and one in theirs, and whenever you tap it, their lamp will light up too. It’s a cute way to communicate and let them know you’re thinking of them every now and then.


A modern vase that will look great in their space

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West Elm

Honeycomb Studio Bud Vases, $16-$40, available at West Elm

Flowers are always a great gift, but if they don’t have the right vase to put them in, what’s the point? Give them a nice, simple bud vase large enough to hold a few flowers that will look good anywhere in their home – and if you want to go that extra mile, you could put some florals in it too.


A decanter and matching glasses with a personal touch

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Mark & Graham

Etched Windowpane Decanter and Glasses, $109.99, available at Mark and Graham

Show them you mean business with this sophisticated decanter and set of four double old fashioned glasses. You can even add a monogram if you’re looking for a more personal touch.


A fun way to show off their cork collection

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Nordstrom

Beercaptrap State Map Wine Cork Trap, $50, available at Nordstrom

For the bunch with a bunch of state pride, give them a fun way to use their leftover wine corks and show off their favorite place. This birch-wood display makes a nice piece of wall art that’s sure to start a conversation.


A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country

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Mouth

Best of Mouth Subscription, starting at $54/month, available at Mouth

Foodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they’ll receive each month.


A set of passport holders for globetrotters

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Etsy

Personalized Passport Cover, $34.99 (for two), available at Etsy

Frequent travelers should have a durable passport cover. This one also has extra pockets for money, ID cards, and credit cards. The matching styles, names, and cute quote are an added bonus. If you don’t like the style of this one, there are plenty more to choose from.


A wool throw they’ll want to wrap up in on chilly days

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L.L. Bean

Washable Wool Throw, $139, available at L.L. Bean

Winter days spent with family call for cozy blankets made for snuggling. This one is just right and easily washable – just in case there are any unexpected eggnog spills.


An undeniably classy marble salt cellar

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Amazon

RSVP Marble Swivel Salt Cellar, from $29.95, available at Amazon

If you want to make a statement with something small, go for this elegant salt cellar. It makes seasoning dishes easier, and the dual compartments provide a place for both fine and coarsely ground salt. Our editor swears by this one for her own kitchen.


A set of products to help them get some much-needed rest

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Uncommon Goods

Bath Oil and Salts Gift Sets, $50, available at Uncommon Goods

Parents always deserve some R&R. Bring them one step closer with this set of bath oil and salt infused with botanicals and essential oils.


A bento box of unique candies for their sweet tooth

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Bloomingdale’s

Sugarfina Holiday Bento Box, $28, available at Bloomingdale’s

A box of chocolates is well and good, but these candy bento boxes are much more unique. Anyone with a sweet tooth will love these fun holiday-themed flavors.


A salt block that’ll up their grilling game

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Williams Sonoma

Himalayan Salt Plate, $9.99, available at Williams Sonoma

This is more than just a pretty pink plate, it’s actually a block of Himalayan salt. Not only can it be used to serve food, but it can actually be used to cook food too. Cooking and serving with a salt slab will up the ante on plenty of their family-favorite meals.


A trio of unique condiments to spice up their meals

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Bloomingdale’s

Bushwick Kitchen Threes Knees Trio, $45, available at Bloomingdale’s

Adventurous eaters and hot sauce lovers will definitely enjoy using this trio of spicy condiments. A spicy honey, spicy maple, and gochujang sriracha give them all sorts of new ways to spice up their favorite foods.


A smart speaker to help them get started on a smart home

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Amazon

Echo Dot, $29.99, available at Amazon

If your in-laws are not really the techie types, start them out with this small smart speaker. The Echo Dot is a subtle introduction to smart technology – plus they’ll get a kick out of communicating with Alexa.


A charging hub so they don’t have to fight for the open outlet

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Amazon

elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, $19.98, available at Amazon

If they’re always fighting for the last free outlet to charge their Apple products, or if they’re both big Apple fans, this hub will charge all their devices at once.


A new cookbook to add to their repertoire

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Amazon

“Cook Like a Pro” by Ina Garten, $18.40, available at Amazon

Ina Garten’s latest release is a great addition to any home chef’s cookbook collection. They’ll learn plenty of new recipes and cooking techniques – and you might even get to taste the fruits of their labor one day.


A nice candle with a reusable vessel

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Lafco

Lafco Library Candle, $65, available at Amazon

A nice candle is always a welcomed gift. These ones are made to embody the scents of common places, including rooms in the house. The best part of these candles, though, is that they’ll be able to reuse the hand-blown glass vessel once the candle has burned down. All they have to do is put it in the freezer when the wax runs down, pop it out with a knife, and run it through the dishwasher. Our editor uses hers for everything from cotton swabs to serving snacks.


Looking for more gift ideas? We’ve got you covered.

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