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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    Final Portrait, from Sony Picture Classics, presents the story of the creative process of Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti and art lover James Lord and how the two were brought together in the Paris Art Renaissance.

     
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    Enhancing the backyard to enjoy those precious few months of warm summer nights, or all year round, is a must for any property owner and making the perfect improvements to any backyard space shouldn’t be nerve-wracking.

     
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    An additional 12 locations, bringing the total to 17 additional cities after New York City, have joined the growing movement lead by African-American business leaders to raise funds for students across the country to see the Academy Award®-nominated film "SELMA," expanding the first-of-its-kind campaign to 25 locations nationwide. 

     
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    A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps, from First Run Features, presents the history of the Peace Corps, founded through Executive Order by President John F. Kennedy, and led in the early days by brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver.

     
  • Juno Enters Jupiter's Atmosphere – No, It’s Not MARS

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    Just when MARS was the acceptable next frontier, NASA announces the Juno Mission, a successful five-year space odyssey that essentially began anew July 4, as the unmanned spacecraft entered Jupiter’s atmosphere to initiate planetary study.

     
  • UPDATED:Three Dead, Nine Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting

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    Three are dead and at least nine injured, including the shooter, as a lone white man opened fire in a crowded Lafayette, Louisiana, Theater about twenty minutes into the screening of the Amy Schumer comedy TrainWreck.

     
  • Don’t Read This On a Plane Review – An Entertaining, Risqué Comedic Drama

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    Don't Read This on a Plane, from Gravitas Ventures, presents a mix of global, carefree, travel visiting seven exotic European destinations, as a very liberal author who writes a risqué tell-all begins a publicity book tour.

     
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    The DOW Jones Industrial Average,in response to the poor showing from January’s Bureau of Labor Statistic’s  jobs report, as well as eight of the top ten world markets, unable to rally, sustained heavy losses as investor confidence globally continued to fall.

     
  • Election 2020: New Steyer Ad Challenges Biden and Buttigieg by Highlighting Need to Beat Trump on the Economy

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    Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer launched a new ad showcasing why Democrats must nominate an unconventional outsider who can beat Trump on the economy and he believes choosing an establishment Democrat again won't cut it.  

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    Bridgend presents a shocking true story of the suicide epidemic in South Wales that overwhelmed a village as one by one their youth decided that dying was a better alternative, the soul stirring accounts are gripping in their portrayals.

     
  • Danny Kaye Sandwich To Join Carnegie Deli Menu

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    Iconic entertainer and humanitarian Danny Kaye will be honored, Monday, April 29, as his namesake sandwich joins the menu of the famed NYC staple in his Centennial year. Media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

     
  • 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.

     
  • World News: Algeria At The Time Of Its History

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    Has Algeria finally entered its Arab Spring? As protesters' demonstration, refusing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's candidacy for presidential elections, increase, Algeria is entering a decisive turning point in its history: the age of emancipation.

     
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    WineLA, a wine club that embraces the wine culture of Los Angeles, recently held an afternoon Wine Tasting featuring the Dry Creek Valley wines at Culver City Smashbox studios benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation.

     
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    President Obama and former ostracized Russian President Vladimir Putin have apparently put their differences behind them as the two have teamed together in the common purpose of riding Syria of Islamic State Fighters and Syria's political transition.