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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Haute Tease

  • Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto and Ontaro-Based Levenswater Gin Make A Perfect Pairing For A Spring Botanical Afternoon Tea

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    Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto welcomes spring with a Botanical Afternoon Tea in partnership with award-winning Niagara Region artisanal gin producer Levenswater and their carefully-crafted Spring 34 gin. Gin-inspired menu offers aromatic delights to afternoon tea-goers and gin connoisseurs alike.  

  • Money News: Dow Caught in Bear Trap; European Markets Down; Asian Up

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    The DOW Jones Industrial Average, along European markets, fell to the bear over the past week even after July job numbers showed the economy still growing, albeit, slowly and unemployment remaining steady.

     
  • Dalida Review – French Bio-Pic Captivates

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    Dalida, from Pathe and TF1 Films Productions, presents a beautiful and heartbreaking story of the 1950’s French idol, who over thirty years sold nearly 170 million records worldwide and enchanted adorning fans and charming audiences all over the globe.

     
  • The Sound of Change: Sennheiser and DJ Luciano release a limited edition MOMENTUM On-Ear bundle for charity

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    Old Lyme, Conn., December 15, 2014 – Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching a special limited-edition MOMENTUM On-Ear bundle in support of DJ Luciano's One Coin For Life charity, which is featured in a Sennheiser film as part of the 'What's Your MOMENTUM?' project. In addition to a pair of MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones in red, the bundle includes ten tracks by Luciano, with a contribution from every pair sold going to the DJ's charitable foundation.

     
  • Geode Wins First Place Mobile Application Award at CTIA E-Tech Expo

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    iCache Inc, the premier global technology leader in the mobile payments industry, is thrilled to announce Geode, the secure digital wallet for iPhone, won first place in two categories at the CTIA E-Tech Awards

     
  • The Hollars Review - Heartwarming, A Touching, Winning, Ensemble Performance

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    The Hollars, from Sony Picture Classics, presents the story of a middle class American family, with all the rites of passage that brings them to one moment that tests the family's strength, love and the lessons nurtured.

     
  • Hilton Anaheim ‘Center of SoCal’ Review – Summertime Fun in Sunny Southern California

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    While some vacations are about getting away from it all, Hilton Anaheim's “Center of SoCal” package is about being right at the heart of it all—in this case, having both close proximity and specialized access to the very best entertainment venues Southern California has to offer.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Democrats Advert Second Shutdown, NY Says No To Bezos, Indian Terror Attack, 2020 News

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    President Trump signed the bi-partisan bill adverting a second government shutdown and immediately indicated he would issue a national emergency declaration bypassing congress, negating their judicial authority, and essentially rendering them impotent in any further Border Wall negotiations.

     
  • Teen Spirit Review - Charming Cinderella Story Inspires

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    Teen Spirit, from Bleecker Street Films and Interscope, brings to the screen the Cinderella story of every singing contestant hopeful who believe that one audition will lead to that golden ticket and a chance at destiny.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/State of the Union, US/Iran, ISIS Strikes; Election 2016, Penn/El Chapo

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    President Barack Obama presented the annual State of the Union Speech highlighting both domestic and international issues that have elevated themselves, through success or catastrophe, to become part of a global conversation, agenda and challenge.

     
  • HL London: Official Commemorative Album For The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration At Windsor Castle Goes On Sale To Public

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    The official publisher for The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration, St James's House, has announced that a limited-edition, commemorative album has been released to mark The Queen's birthday celebration in Windsor this year.

     
  • Trudeau Lumina Copper Fondue Set Review - Retro Favorite Modernized For Elegance

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    Dust off those Fondue Pots, the 1970’s party must have is seeing a resurgence thanks to prop placement in film and television, a retro favorite Fondue Parties have been modernized for elegance with sleek, stylish sets.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Kavanaugh Hearings; G7 Conflict; Cybersecurity; Indonesia Disaster; ISIS; Elon Musk; Bill Cosby

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    President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly this week invoking laughter from world leaders as he explained, "in the last two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country."

     
  • Four Dead, Including Two Special Education Students, in San Bernardino Elementary School Shooting

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    Two special education first grade students, their teacher and her estranged husband died in the murder-suicide shooting at North Park Elementary school, in San Bernardino California, stemming from what authorities are calling an escalating domestic violence separation.

     
  • HL Arts: Noah Buchanan and the Classical Definition of the Divine

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    Noah Buchanan uses his extensive knowledge of anatomy to create figurative paintings that celebrate the fundamentals of the classical painting style. No muscle or bone is so small that it shouldn't be seen. His artistic view is to bring an artistic element to an "anatomical event."