Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.
So it's the holidays: the season when we express our love for our nearest and dearest by buying them stuff they don't need and may not even want. Americans say they're spending an average of $704 each on holiday gifts this year — more than the citizens of any other nation, except Luxembourg.
I understand retail spending is important, that consumption feeds economic recovery, that advertising helps create the conditions that support my work as a writer, and that consumerism is not in and of itself the force for evil I imagined it to be when I was 16 and 17 and spending a lot of my time at anti-globalization protests. Yes, I write about fashion for a living — perhaps the ultimate consumer industry — and yes, I've written my share of gift guides and shopping round-ups. I am not against people spending money on things they love, for themselves or people they love. And this website happily provides honest, uncompensated product reviews for when those shopping opportunities arise.