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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    Sam Fox, the creative visionary behind Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) and owner of Scottsdale's successful Olive & Ivy and The Henry (which are both reviewed), continues making strides in the national marketplace while creating a niche all his own.

     
  • Haute Gastro Gifts for Wine and Food Fanatics

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    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.

     
  • Chris Wedge, Director of Fox Animation’s Epic, Is The Blue Sky Man

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    Chris Wedge, Director of the Fox Animation Studios release "Epic," has been in this place before, with an amazing, eye popping, brilliant full length animated feature still gathering raves, long after its box office run has ended, from fans and film critics alike.

     
  • Paris Fashion Week Coverage: Ewa Minge Fall/Winter 2017/18 Couture Collection – Fairy Tales

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    Inspired by the ancient gypsy fables that transport all into an enchanted, joyful, dancing world, Ewa Minge, Poland’s most celebrated and well known designer, recently showed her Fall/Winter 2017/18 collection during the Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, France.

     
  • Beltway Insider: ISIS Levels Village, Obama Downgrades; Espionage Arrests; Putin/Kerry Meet; Gay Rights Vote

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    President Obama announced this week Secretary of State John Kerry engaged in candid conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his recent meeting and the two nations remain divided over central issues that contribute to furthering sanctions against the nation.

     
  • Three Defendants Plead Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Participating in $57.3 Million Fraud on Victims of Nazi Persecution

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    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that GENRIKH KOLONTYRSKIY, MOYSEY KUCHER, and DORA KUCHER pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to defraud programs administered by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. (the Claims Conference), established to aid the survivors of Nazi persecution, out of more than $57 million.

     
  • Tennessee Boy Found Guilty in Murder Of Neighbor Girl

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    In a story that has gained international attention, Benjamin Nicolas Tiller, 11, has been found guilty of first degree murder in the shotgun death of his neighbor, MaKayla Dyer, 8, stemming from a dispute that escalated over puppies.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Challenged on Recess Appointments; January Job Numbers; Kerry Sworn In; White Nominated

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    President Obama received a stunning upset recently when the federal appeals court ruled that National Labor Relations Board appointments he made over a year ago during the recess were deemed unconstitutional.

     
  • 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.  

  • Beltway Insider: Trump Springs Stone, Coronavirus Totals, Schools, Epstein/Maxwell, Election

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    President Trump again slapped the judicial system in the face as he commuted the prison sentence of his former political operative, Roger Stone who had been denied an appeal to delay the start of his prison term.

     
  • Echo Launches Global IronWire Indiegogo Campaign

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    The innovative London based portable technology brand, Echo is bringing an end to poor, overpriced phone charging cables with the IronWire MFi certified lightening cable via a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

     
  • Home, Décor: Hand-Scraped Distressed Hardwood Flooring – A Solid Investment for any Home

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    Distressed flooring, the style of hardwood flooring with scrapes and the look of aged wood, may seem a little odd, but there is a reason why the hand-scraped look is a solid investment for any home.  

  • Michelle Pfeiffer Interview: People Like Us Review - A Drama of Life, Death, Secrets and Lies

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    PEOPLE LIKE US, a true story from DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment, brings to the screen an inspiring drama of life, death, family lies, secrets, choices and hope.

     
  • John Carter - A Space Odyssey Adventure from Disney Pictures

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    JOHN CARTER, the Sci-Fi action adventure, from Walt Disney Studio Pictures, and Academy Award winning Director Andrew Stanton brings to the screen the ultimate intergalactic battle for planetary dominance

     
  • OSCAR Nominees React: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Viola Davis, Jeff Bridges, Mahershala Ali

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    La La Land, the romantic story of two dedicated and determined talents, played by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, living in Los Angeles set to music, garnered 14 nominations to become only the third film in history to earn across the board accolades in nearly every category available.