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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  • Awe-Inspiring Groom’s Gifts From the William Henry ‘Embrace’ Collection

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    When considering what to get a budding bride, the options are seemingly endless. However, buying a memorable and meaningful gift for the would-be groom—and also the wedding party of the male persuasion—can prove far more challenging.

     
  • Le Réseau du Plus Fort

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    Des Gilets Jaunes à Bilal Hassani, les réseaux sociaux ont démontré toute leur puissance en relayant sans délai et dans l'anonymat le plus complet le message d'internautes soucieux de donner corps à leur voix.

     
  • Arrests Made in Execution Style Ohio Murders

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    Arrests were made today in the April 2016 Pike County Ohio execution style murders of eight members of the Rhoden Family who were massacred in three separation locations, while they slept, Ohio Governor Elect Mike DeWine announced.

     
  • Massive Fire Destroys Brazilian National Museum

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    A massive inferno broke out in the evening hours of Sunday at Brazil's National Museum, engulfing the nations national treasure and in the process reducing 200 years of artifacts, research, and historical finds to rubble and ash.

     
  • "Religious Paintings Of The Expanded Galaxy" Exhibits In The U.S. For The First Time At Gallery 30 South

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    Gallery 30 South, Pasadena's popular gallery for emerging and internationally renowned artists, is hosting an extraordinary exhibition titled "Religious Paintings of the Expanded Galaxy."  The exclusive exhibition features a rare collection of 17th and 18th century paintings re-painted by Italian artist Riccardo Mayr.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Addresses Davos Attendees; The Perv and The Pedophile: Wynn Resigns; US Gymnast Doc Sentenced; Challenger

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    President Donald Trump, after a turbulent and shocking freshman year, will give his first State of the Union address this week expected to be a continuation of his themes of making America great again, promised and delivered.

     
  • The William Blake Gallery San Francisco Presents: William Blake in Color

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    The William Blake Gallery presents William Blake In Color, a selection of plates from the Illuminated Books of William Blake (1951 - 1987) by the Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust. Exhibition Dates: April 22 - July 28, 2017.

     
  • Fourth Hostage, Alan Henning, Beheaded by ISIS; Obama’s Impotent Foreign Policy Faulted

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    Alan Henning, a volunteer humanitarian worker and Muslim, the fourth hostage held by the terror group ISIS/ISIL has been executed by his captors according to global media agencies. He was kidnapped in Syria.

     
  • Casa Velas Hotel Puerto Vallarta Review - Epicurean Exploits Abound

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    Nestled within an upscale residential neighborhood just a 5-minute drive from the Puerto Vallarta airport sits Casa Velas, a serene adults-only luxury boutique resort that's helping set new and noteworthy standards in the all-inclusive realm.

     
  • Business/Finance: Miller Value Partners CIO and Chairman Bill Miller Speaks with CNBC’s Brian Sullivan

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    Squawk on the Street’s Brian Sullivan escaped the extreme cold and headed to Boco Raton, Florida, to speak with Miller Value Partners CIO and Chairman Bill Miller on Facebook growth, a healthy market and the next ten-bagger.

     
  • New York Arts: Masterpieces from The Collection of S.I. Newhouse

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    A group of 11 revolutionary works, led by the iconic Rabbit by Jeff Koons and Cezanne's Bouilloire et fruits, is expected to exceed $150 million when offered during 20th Century Week in New York in May.

     
  • De L’humilité En Politique

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    L’avis émis par le Conseil d’État sur la réforme des retraites interroge tant sur le contenu du texte proposé que sur la méthode employée par l’exécutif. Et le Président de la République de jouer avec le lien fragile qui l’unissait aux Français.

     
  • ALLIED, Robert Zemeckis’ Intense WWII Thriller Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, Comes to Home Media

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    Hailed as “gripping, powerful, and epic ” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) Academy Award®-winning* director Robert Zemeckis’ (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) seductive thriller ALLIED makes its home entertainment debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 28, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  

  • Hank Brennan, James “Whitey” Bulger Lawyer, Set to Argue Appeal

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    Hank Brennan, lawyer for James "Whitey" Bulger the mobster convicted of leading Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang, is preparing to argue why the court should reverse its original verdict and allow the aging mobster a second chance.  

     
  • Kim Wall Murder: Peter Madsen Changes Story Again; Admits To Dismemberment

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    Peter Madsen, the submarine inventor charged with  the murder and dismemberment of Journalist, has again changed his story admitting now, he dismembered the attractive redhead, but only after she had died from carbon monoxide poisoning.