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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