11/22/2013 10:37 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Huffington Magazine This Week: Taking the Stress Out of Giving

In this week's issue, we present our annual stress-free gift guide, with creative suggestions for every person -- and personality -- in your life.

Technology writer Betsy Isaacson has curated a list that will satisfy even the most discerning gearhead. Smartphone and tablet devotees will appreciate the seasonally appropriate, touchscreen-friendly wool gloves, and even expert photographers will marvel at a digital point-and-shoot camera that fits in the palm of your hand.

Our food gifts, compiled by HuffPost Taste editor Kristen Aiken, will keep the foodies in your life satiated. "Have a friend who's kept every back issue of Gourmet and Bon Appetit, but is a little on the cutting edge?" Kristen writes. "They're probably dying for a subscription to Lucky Peach, the creation of the culinary world's current 'it boy,' David Chang."

Meanwhile, our culture and style suggestions for your fashionable friends range from a Man Ray chess set to a beautifully-designed Crosley turntable that can convert your favorite LPs to digital files.

Elsewhere in the issue, Mallika Rao explores the current trend in Somali pirate films, explaining that the violence of contemporary piracy makes for perfect Hollywood fodder. From the high-profile "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks, to the Danish import "A Hijacking" -- "aka 'the Somali pirate movie without Tom Hanks'" -- Mallika writes that "it's boom time for a brand new genre."

Mallika notes that, while older films tend to portray pirates as "charming, swashbuckling" characters, movies today show a greater awareness of the sad conditions that drive men to piracy. "Finally, not everyone thinks of Johnny Depp," says Cyrus Mody, assistant director of the International Maritime Bureau, which tracks and publicizes piracy statistics worldwide.

And as part of our continued focus on The Third Metric, Ann Brenoff talks to Tim Kring, a Hollywood producer who made traditional TV shows until his desire to bring people together led him to a new, more interactive kind of storytelling.


This story appears in our double holiday gift guide issue of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Nov. 22 in the iTunes App store.