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?

Ayelet Waldman, Novelist and essayist
On her list: A Fermob chair

I saw my first Fermob armchairs when I giving my prospective college student a tour of Harvard. There were a few dozen of these brightly colored, low, metal, patio chairs scattered around Harvard Yard. They were so simple and so lovely, and so unbelievably comfortable! I assumed that since the university had so many, and had just tossed them hither and thither, where any greedy undergrad could snatch one up and take it back to his dorm, that the chairs must be inexpensive. Not so much. I guess if you're Harvard University and your endowment is 32 billion dollars, you can afford to buy dozens of $669 dollar metal chairs to just strew about campus. I, alas, could put this chair on every one of my holiday lists from now to Kingdom Come and never hope to find one beneath the twinkling lights of the Hanukkah menorah. But a girl can dream.

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Waldman's holiday charity: 826 National.

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