'It stretches the limits of performance': the race to make the world's fastest running shoeWith its supercharged sole, the Nike Vaporfly bounced on to the winner’s platform at nearly every major marathon last year, smashing world records. Can its rivals keep up?
'It’s as easy as from a big-box retailer': ethical and local options for Christmas shoppingThis Christmas, you can shop online and still do your bit for local stores, charities – and the planet
Tim Dowling: something very weird is going on with my neighbour’s catA post from the neighbourhood forum says: Whoever put a collar on my cat, please don’t
Where will you be doing your UK Christmas shopping this year?We’d like to hear from people around the UK about where they’re shopping. Are you planning on going online - or using local or independent stores?
When it comes to housework, ‘clean enough’ is fine for meMy friend tries to make housework sexier by doing it in stilettos, but I still find it a chore
One in four Britons don’t shower every day. And the rest aren’t doing it rightDo you know the difference between a shower with a small S, a Shower with a capital S, a Sur-er and a man shower? Let me share my decades of accumulated wisdom
From wearable blankets to fruit gin: Guardian readers’ DIY Christmas gifts. Want to give your presents a personal touch by making them yourself? Here are 11 ideas for homemade festive offerings
Sinks full of ice and snogging in the spare room – oh how I miss house parties. Lockdown may have put paid to them for now, but they’ll be back, and I can’t wait
UK's 2.6m Covid bereaved suffer heightened grief, finds study. Not being able to say goodbye and less support contribute to longer and unresolved pain
Tell us how you will be celebrating Christmas in the UK this year. Whether you plan on wearing masks or self-isolating before mixing households, we would like to hear from you
Black Business Friday: 'It’s more than just shopping for your family and friends'Black entrepreneurs are bringing new meaning to the busiest shopping day of the year
‘Let’s bring joy into the house as early as possible’ – why Britain is already celebrating Christmas. At the end of a truly difficult year, Christmas lights, trees and decorations are springing up, and even the shuttered shops haven’t slowed the present buying. What’s behind this race to begin the festive season?
Covid Christmas bubbles and the safety of solitude. Joe Cocker suggests postponing Christmas, Brian Keegan points out travel difficulties raised by the devolved UK governments’ plan, and Sam White wants to be alone. Plus letters from Gary Bennett, Mike Schilling and Maggie D’Araujo
'I have too much junk and it's all been given to me. Is there a polite way to refuse gifts?'We all know what it’s like to have things we don’t want, writes advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith. You can’t be polite about this, so be firm
Go floret: 17 delicious ways with cauliflowerRoasted, fried or raw, this versatile vegetable is great for salads, curries, steaks and tapas. And don’t forget the always comforting cauliflower cheese
The Duchess of Sussex's 'honesty and openness send a powerful message to anyone who loses a baby: this may feel incredibly lonely, but you are not alone.'
'We're still good': Guardian readers on their Covid Thanksgiving plans. Americans are taking an imaginative – and philosophical – approach to celebrating the holiday in the midst of a pandemic
'The most practical thing I've ever had': Ronni Kahn on her three most useful objectsLately, the founder of OzHarvest has been focused on keeping her plants alive, and setting aside her preconceptions for the sake of pure fashion pragmatism
Trump pardons turkey after agreeing to presidential transitionPresident and Melania Trump pardon Corn, one of two birds, at the traditional Thanksgiving ceremony