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Adopt 8 Pandemic Gift-Giving Rules for 2020 Holiday Joy

Adopt 9 Pandemic Gift-Giving Rules for 2020 Holiday Joy

It’s holiday gift-giving season, and this year is going to be unlike any other in modern memory. As challenging as 2020 has been so far, with coronavirus lockdowns, job losses, personal losses and protests against racial violence, really, seriously, who’s in the mood for holiday shopping? We feel you, dear reader. But do not despair. Our ace correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has done some research and she’s sharing 9 gift-giving rules (guidelines, really) about how to think about holiday 2020 shopping – and holiday joy – in the midst of a global pandemic. Adopt some or all of these pandemic gift-giving rules, and you may actually have a shot at generating some 2020 holiday joy.

luxury vintage sneakers contemporary art market

The New Luxury: Why Sneakers are Like Rare Works of Art

Low is the new high in the world of modern luxury, and much of the thanks (or derision) for this phenomenon goes to the humble sneaker. The sports and leisure shoe has morphed from a utilitarian and affordable item of footwear into a prized collectible worthy of the attention of a high-end auction house. Why are vintage sneakers now being treated like prized works in the contemporary art market? High auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s are holding vintage Air Jordan luxury sneaker sales this summer, as athletic shoes are quickly becoming the hot new collectible item. Luxury sneaker as collectible art? Watch your back, watches. They’re coming for you.

A glossary of the new words and phrases invented during the coronavirus pandemic era.

The Best New Words Invented in the COVID-19 Era

Every new era has its own unique slang – the new words and phrases that were invented to describe something that has never been experienced before. So, what are the best new words invented in the COVID-19 era? Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has a glossary of definitions for all of the new words, slang and phrases invented during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic era that are now fully integrated into our everyday vocabularies. When the 2020 time capsule is opened, they’ll need this definition of terms to interpret most of what they find.

What is the symbolic meaning of dandelions?

Why Every Year Should be the Year of the Dandelion

What is the true nature and symbolic meaning of dandelions? What do dandelions stand for, what do they represent? Given our name, we here at Dandelion Chandelier clearly have a vested interest in this matter. Our conclusion? With all due respect to the animals in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, we think every year should be the Year of the Dandelion.

what is the color that best captures the mood of April?

What is the Color that Perfectly Captures April?

Months tend to evoke certain colors and moods, at least in the parts of the world with four distinct seasons. Some are obvious, and some perhaps more subtle, or at least open to debate. What is the color of April? Dear reader, we think there are several ways to frame that question. Here are our thoughts on the color that best captures the mood of the month of April.