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Photo: Evie S. (Unsplash), Graphic: Gabe Carey Whether you’re celebrating with your loved ones in person or from a distance, The Inventory staff is dedicated to spreading holiday cheer with the top gifts to ring in the season—and maybe a few good deals to snatch up for yourself. It’s okay, your secret’s safe with us. For better or for worse, in many ways, 2020 was defined by capitalism, a system unprepared to provide as many hospital beds as there are sick people during a pandemic. Or PPE gear to health care workers exposed to those sick people. Or even face masks to those ordinary people just trying to shop for groceries who are most susceptible to contracting a highly contagious, sometimes deadly virus. Despite its shortcomings, in these tough times, capitalism was somehow still capable of bringing us the products we spent our hard-earned, paltry stimulus checks on. Of course, due to fulfillment issues affecting most, if not all retailers in the e-commerce space, even those arrived much later than usual. By now, it’s trite to say 2020 wasn’t a usual year. It’s a year that’s impossible to parody, no matter how hard the Black Mirror creators tried , because it was mostly a melancholy year for self-reflection, for those of us fortunate enough to have our health. And there’s nothing funny about that. Apart from spending most of our time at home, whether we were typing deals articles from our couches or coming home from work every night […]