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Welcome to our comprehensive gift guide for the 2020 holiday season.

I had a pretty good track record of rejecting norms and traditions. That included marriage. Yet I suddenly found myself articulating all the reasons people marry — and believing what I was saying.

In the 2020 spirit of spotlighting Black creative people, our roundup focuses on designers and Black-owned brands.

With much of life canceled because of COVID-19, so too are large holiday gatherings, which for many of us involved traveling, cooking and jostling with friends, family and relatives at the buffet table. So why my relief? Because, frankly, it was exhausting.

Here are places that need volunteers specifically on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but get your reservations in quick, and remember, these places need help the other 363 days of the year as well.

Guide to the holidays

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Graphic designer Nemuel DePaula’s flower truck, Lenita by Grita, has become his lifeline during COVID-19. His motto: ‘Stop and smell the flores.’

“Full Bloom” is a new competition with a format similar to “The Great British Baking Show,” except these contestants are making eye candy with flowers.

Here are things plant lovers can do this month and next, from holiday shopping to classes in fall planting, in and around L.A.

Delight the gardening fans in your life with our plants gift guide featuring clogs, gloves, planters, and other helpful resources.

Unemployment led her to a dream gig: Floral design that’s not afraid to get political. Alex Floro’s design studio encourages consumers to weaponize their spending power, ensuring that they’re giving their money to businesses that aim to make a difference.

Mr. Che, as he is called, has invested years in his penjing, mini potted landscapes that premiere Friday at the Huntington’s Chinese Garden expansion.

Through a series of interviews, Andrew Gelwicks learns life lessons from well-known LGBTQ+ celebrities, producers, writers, politicians, sports stars and leaders.

Hanging around outside in Southern California for Thanksgiving or other holidays? Your stay-warm strategy shouldn’t be ski jackets and layering. Focus on your ears, feet and tush.

The focus for Ralph Lauren’s nephew is on building a full-fledged — and racially equitable — lifestyle brand.

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Oscars 2020: Best and worst dressed

The best and worst looks from the Oscars 2020 red carpet

Luxury SUVs gallery

A look inside and out of the 2020 Lamborghini Urus and the 2020 Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge ultra-luxury SUVs.

2020 Grammys: fashion hits and misses

Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and more fashion looks on the Grammy Awards red carpet.

SAG Awards 2020: Fashion hits and misses

The standout looks from the SAG Awards

Golden Globes 2020 red carpet hits and misses

The standout looks from the Golden Globes

Photos: Standout style at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala

Some of the eye-catching style (Gucci and otherwise) from the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles.

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