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Time flies when you’re reading great stories. Vote for your favorite cover stories of the year, then find the most-recommended holiday gifts hand-picked from all 145 Next Issue magazines.

This week, we also present the coolest trends to watch in 2015, holiday baking ideas for the weekend, and the best athlete stories from sports writer John Zielonka.

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Next Issue Picks

The Busy Vortex

Self

Busy is the new status quo. But have we exceeded our do-it-all capacity? Our drive to do more may harm our success, relationships, and even our health. It’s time to find time for what counts.

Afghanistan: The Making of a Narco State

Rolling Stone

In pursuit of the War on Terror, we lost the War on Drugs by allying with the people who turned Afghanistan into the world’s biggest heroin source. How did this happen?

Cosmo Investigates: Assaulted Overseas

Cosmopolitan

When an American is accused of rape overseas, the U.S. government leaps to help. But when an American is sexually assaulted? That’s another story. Erin Helfert spent five years (and thousands of dollars) to bring down her Moroccan rapist.

Your Grandmother's Guide to Pot

New York Magazine

For novices and those too stoned to ever wonder what it was doing to them, here’s a crash course in marijuana physiology—and the new, almost-sort-of-legal landscape. Includes a breakdown of the current varietals and upgraded accessories.

Athletes' & Coaches' Stories

From Hot Tubs to Cat Food: Spending Diaries of Six Athletes

ESPN The Magazine

I often write about the pros—the ones with the multi-million-dollar contracts—but not all athletes live so large. ESPN’s “Big Money Issue” profiles the spending habits of six athletes, from an NBA player making $14 million to a college swimmer on a stipend.

Real Runners, Amazing Stories

Runner's World

It’s amazing how athletics can be used to cope with and overcome life’s greatest challenges. Here, ten passionate runners shared their stories as finalists in the 2014 Runner’s World Cover Contest, complete with video interviews.

Words with Jerry Kill

Sports Illustrated

Now for a story on leadership and dedication. Minnesota Gophers head coach Jerry Kill is working some turnaround magic with the team, all while battling epilepsy.

The Man in the Pinstripe Suit

Maxim

Some athletes lay it all out there (on Twitter as well as on the field). But Yankees’ Derek Jeter has remained remarkably silent, even after three months of retirement. Outside of his baseball stats, Jeter’s opinions and views are widely unknown.

Yummy Holiday Treats

25 Holiday Sweets

Woman's Day

What’s a celebration without a dessert…or two dozen? Here: fun, festive, and fuss-free treats—one for every day until the day!

Bake It Forward

Cooking Light

This holiday, join the movement and bake a second batch for friends, family, or charity. Includes recipes for Lemon Cheesecake Bars, Linzer Muffins, and more.

Classics: Fashion Plate

Allrecipes

One dough, 10 clever cookies. Using a simple sugar-cookie dough and cookie cutters you probably already have (plus a couple of mix-ins), you’ve got different and doable creations that range from playful to sophisticated.

Portland's Cookie Collective

Food & Wine

The cousins who created Salt & Straw ice cream in Portland, Oregon, are masters of collaboration. That’s the spirit behind their holiday party with cookies by the city’s best food artisans and carols by Pink Martini and the von Trapps. Recipes included.

Have a Hobby

Hike Through Rhododendrons

Backpacker

The ultimate hiking life begins with a decision: Commit to the quest. Then start with these 33 ideas that will feed your passion, reward your effort, and inspire you to explore.

10 Tips for Better Winter Photography

Shutterbug

Sure it’s cold outside, but winter is a great time to capture truly unique images of wildlife and nature. This article will arm you with 10 tips to make your winter shooting excursions more productive.

Guide Time: Secrets of the Pros

Field & Stream

After a long season of guiding clients, it’s finally their turn to hunt. Here, eight of the country’s top outfitters reveal their personal go-to tactics for tagging the year’s toughest bucks.

Modern (Ski) Family

SKI

Raising skiers takes sacrifice, fortitude, patience, and a great big love of the sport. These five families are making it work.

2015, the Year Ahead

Coastal Living Design Awards 2015

Coastal Living

From a bamboo home in Bali to colorful, retro-cool fridges, Coastal Living is sharing their picks for the best in seaside design.

Year of Good Things 2015

Popular Mechanics

As we look ahead to 2015, the world of technology gives us many reasons to be optimistic. Maybe even downright joyous. #15 (of 44): Charging pads to be embedded in tables at Starbucks.

The News: 15 for 2015 Hot List

Harper's BAZAAR

The haute-est things to see, do, and wear in the year ahead. Includes must-see exhibits, shoes of the season, and brands to watch.

Trends 2015

Entrepreneur

As always, the new year will bring new directions in business. Entrepreneur envisions some of the changes that will dramatically affect business in the next 12 months. What impact will they have on your company?

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