For our annual gift guide, asked contributors and assorted luminaries to tell us what's high on their holiday wish list -- and what charity they'd like their friends to support.

What's on their wish lists?

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton, former director of policy planning for the State Department and dean of the Woodrow Wilson School
On her list: A massage chair

Procrastinating at the beginning of every flight, promising myself that I will get down to real work once we're in the air, I leaf through Skymall (itself a stroke of advertising genius for captive consumers wealthy enough to fly). I pause every time and dream about owning the Sogno Dream Wave, advertised as the world's best massage chair. I dream about sinking into it and feeling the permanent knots in my shoulders disappear--the knots a massage therapist once called my "muscles of responsibility." Any working mother will relate, as will millions of others in our overstressed and under-supported American world.

But I am enormously privileged compared to most of my fellow citizens: to begin with, I have a house that I could put my dream Christmas gift in. Thus my charity is The Bridge Fund of Massachusetts, an organization that does the vital work of providing loans to people on the edge of losing their houses.

Share this gift idea:

Slaughter's holiday charity: The Bridge Fund of Massachusetts

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus