Holiday Gift Guide Buy This, Not That: Alternatives for 15 Trendy Products

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Big brands love the holidays — a festive season of inflated budgets, snap decisions and impulse buying. In the summer, a smart consumer might take two weeks to research a purchase decision. But who has the time in December, with family get-togethers, winter travel and a manifest of gift recipients twice as long as the weekly grocery list?

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Gift Guide: Great Gifts and Gets for Foodies

If you’re looking for gift ideas for a food and drink-centric friend, co-worker or loved one, you’re in luck as I’ve cooked up a tasty assortment of items that’ll make your holiday shopping a snap. This season offers a veritable cornucopia of clever, inventive and downright delectable products like these sure to satisfy the gift giver and receiver, alike.

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Trendy Gear For Tots Review - Gifts To Keep Your Child Organized, Comfortable, Creative and Safe

From fun in the sun to getting organized for school, today's tots need stuff…lots and lots of stuff. Here's a list of cool tools that'll ensure your kid is covered on multiple fronts. Staying organized, stylish, fed and fit is child's play with this assortment perfect for the little ones in your life.

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9 Pretty Pick-Me-Ups – Home Gift Guide

Spring is that perennial time of renewal. Whether you desire to breathe new life into your personal care regime, beautify your home or add some trendy new styles to your wardrobe, here are some spring pick-me-ups that'll have you sitting pretty all season long.

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Valentine’s Day Delights - Sweet Gear for Sports and Fitness ‘Lovers’

Valentine’s Day is nearing and love is in the air. This enviable emotion isn’t shared just between the living, as untold millions adore their sports and fitness endeavors just the same. For many in this crowd, perspiration is as alluring as an Eau de Parfum. And, the only thing they love more than a good sweat are gadgets and gear that keep them at the top of their game.

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Haute Gastro Gifts for Wine and Food Fanatics

For a foodie, eating isn't just about filling the proverbial tank it's about stirring the senses and satiating the soul. It's about sourcing the best ingredients and the perfect way to prepare and present them. For a passionate epicurean, there's nothing like having the right kitchen tool for the job at hand. For this sect, killer kitchenware is more than a luxury—it's fundamental. With this in mind, enjoy this tasty buffet of gastronome gadgets and gear sure to satisfy.

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Haute Handy Holiday Travel Helpers

Holiday travel is tough enough in the best of circumstances and is all-too-often fraught with challenges, including crowded freeways, overbooked flights, Wi-Fi downtime and generally not having necessary items at hand. While on-the-go, trying to look stylish, feel good, remain safe, and comfortably tote important belongings around is often harder than it needs to be. Relief and assists are readily available as exemplified by the following collection of handy travel helpers—all of which will help keep the happy in your holidays.

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Gifts Guaranteed to Please a Trend-Loving Teen

Let’s be honest, today’s trend-focused teens can be hard to please. Sure, well-intended gifters can play it safe and go the gift card route but, in addition to these cards being decidedly boring to receive, they’re also easily lost and often forgotten.

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Men’s Gift Guides: 13 Man Cave Favorites

This holiday season help the special guy in your life trick out his man cave, making him the envy of his buddies.  Whether he uses his space to watch sports, enjoy home audio and video entertainment, play games, enjoy quality libations, or generally bask in secluded R&R, here's an array of gift ideas that'll help make the man cave a space he craves:

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    The Trip to Spain, from IFC Films and Revolution Films, presents the third road film, that have our companions headed to parts unknown to write reviews from the premiere, off the beaten path, restaurants for marketing and film promotion.

     
  • The Sweetest Coffee Drinks for the Holidays

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    With Thanksgiving in the past, and the rest of the holiday season upon us, many belts have been loosened to make room for the extra holiday weight. While the holidays are a well-known time for increased sugar intake, many coffee companies are taking it to the next level.  

  • Business News: Goldman Sachs CEO Diagnosed With Lymphoma

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    Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein announced via a post on the firm's website today that he has been diagnosed with a curable form of Lymphoma. The formidable Blankfein will receive chemotherapy over the next few months.  

  • Theater Shooter Arraigned; Gag Order Issued

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    Accused theater Shooter, James Holmes, was arraigned this week in Aurora, Colorado for the killing rampage that began during the opening screening of the Warner Bros film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

     
  • Gift Guide: Dakota Watches - Perfect Alone or Pair Up For A Trendy Urban Look

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    Minimalism is a trend that we have seen grow in popularity. Clean simplistic designs and accents add a crisp finish to any outfit. Dakota Watches offers trendy time piece accessories which are high style and perfect for gift giving.  

  • World News: Israel Election Cliffhanger Has Bibi and Benny Deadlocked

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    The results of the September 17 elections in Israel are a statistical tie. Both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz are tied within the margin of error constituting a tie. Each leader is now looking to make a deal with minority vote-getting Avigdor Liberman to form a coalition government with the needed 61-Knesset seat minimum.

     
  • STK LA Review - A Must Do-or-Dine Destination

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    When it comes to steakhouses, Los Angeles is a carnivore's cornucopia and one, STK in the W Los Angeles in West Beverly Hills, thanks to an well-conceived, expertly executed menu, chic atmosphere, and attentive staff, becomes a dining event.

     
  • OCEANA Hosts Celebrity Studded Benefit

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    OCEANA, the international oceanic conservation organization, recently launched the opening of its New York office with a celebrity packed benefit on posh Manhattan's Upper East Side.

     
  • Sal Review – Sorry Sal, This Will Make You Roll Over In Your Grave

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    Sal,” from RabbitBandini Productions in association with Made in Film-Land, chronicles the last day in the life of murdered Academy Award nominee and former teen matinee idol Sal Mineo, who died a victim of random violence.

     
  • Celebrity Interview Archive: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen, Beau Garrett and Joseph Kozinski Talk Tron Legacy

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    From the portfolio of  Janet Walker: The Walt Disney Studios behind-the-scenes look at the making of TRON LEGACY including interviews with Jeff Bridges, Michael Sheen, Garret Hedlund, Director Joseph Kosinski, writers Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, and the VFX team.

     
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Speaks with Telemundo’s Julio Vaqueiro (Transcripts)

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    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke with Noticias Telemundo anchor Julio Vaqueiro in an exclusive Spanish-language television interview discussing President Trump and his handling of the coronavirus crisis, plus the issues of immigration and police reform.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Pardons; ISIS/Syria; Paris Terrorist Extradited; MH370; Election 2016; Jobs; Patty Duke

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    President Obama hosted his final Nuclear Security Summit, boycotted by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the international summit focused on proliferation treaties, keeping nuclear materials off the black market and the denuclearization of North Korea.

     
  • The Tonight Show Transition: Ageism versus Popularity

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    Well, its official, after no less than the second major late night shake-up in almost as many years, Jimmy Fallon will in fact be taking over NBC’s The Tonight Show from Jay Leno as of 2014. Of course, to call its departing host of more than twenty years anything less than polarizing would be inaccurate, but still, this just feels a bit wrong.

     
  • Our Kind Of Traitor Review – A Gripping, Thrilling, Return to Cold War Espionage

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    Our Kind Of Traitor from Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions presents a cat and mouse thriller, with an engaging plot and solid storyline taken from the modern cold war espionage playbook with Russian defectors, MI5, corrupt politicians and the unknown.

     
  • Ciao, Italy! Nikki Beach Versilia To “Celebrate Life” At The Most Anticipated Grand Opening White Party Of The Summer; Andrea Bocelli to Perform

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    The eagerly awaited Global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand Nikki Beach will host its official Grand Opening White Party on August 5th, on the white sands of Marina di Pietrasanta, Tuscany on the beautiful coast of Italy. Guests will experience an unforgettable evening of grandiose celebration offering a taste of the lavish parties to come.