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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    Lonnie Franklin, Jr., The Grim Sleeper Serial Killer, was convicted of ten counts of murder and one count of attempted murder after three decades since his killing spree began, and may face the death penalty when the sentencing phase concludes.

     
  • Helsinki Pocket Guide Travel Book Review – The Perfect Travel Companion

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    Helsinki Pocket Guide, from Insight Guides, provides travelers a compact handbook with stunning photos, a pullout map, and a perfect day itinerary to ensure the visit to Finland's capital city is filled with all that Helsinki offers.

     
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    LOVELY MOLLY, the newest film from Blair Witch Project Director Eduardo Sanchez brings to the screen a troubling, albeit realistic, portrayal of the deep devastations of childhood traumas surfacing in adult lives.

     
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    This is Not Just a Painting, an Inquiry into Art Domination, Magic and the Sacred from Bernard Lahire and Polity Books, investigates the rediscovery of a national treasure by examining societal truths behind artistic expression.

     
  • Deadly Tennessee Tornado's Packed Winds of 175MPH (ER Resources)

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    The deadly tornado's that struck Tennessee Monday evening leaving 25 dead, have been determined to be EF 4, the second deadliest on the Fujita scale, packing winds of 175mph, the ten-mile-wide storm leveled an enormous swath across two counties.

     
  • Kim Wall Murder: Peter Madsen - Mad Scientist or King of the Fetish

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    Denmark's most sensational murder trial has yet to begin and the world media is ramping up its coverage on Peter Madsen, the Danish inventor who is currently held in the horrific dismemberment and murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.

     
  • Beverly Hills Celebrates Chinese New Year

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    LLADRO, Love Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau, along with media sponsors Beverly Hills Courier, The San Marino Tribune and SING TAO Daily came together in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

     
  • Outlaw King Review - Gripping, Stunning, Captivating

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    Outlaw King, from Netflix, Sigma Films and Anonymous Content, presents the historical and epic odyssey of bravery, triumph, heartache and separation as the 14th century Scottish King hunted by the English Army used the land they desired to defeat them.

     
  • Weinstein Gallery Extends Raumlichtkunst Exhibition

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    In response to the deep interest and enthusiasm for Raumlichtkunst (c.1926/2012)by German-American artist Oskar Fischinger, Weinstein Gallery has extended the exhibition to February 10th, 2018 and hosts a lecture and exhibition tour with Oskar Fischinger curator and archivist.

     
  • Long Shot Review - Romantic Comedy with Heart

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    Long Shot, from Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment, present a playful romantic comedy as two completely opposite adults reconnect against all odds and barely avoid all the landmines those closest to them plant hoping to derail and manipulate.

     
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    Grand Velas Los Cabos, as an all-inclusive offers a variety of gastronomic opportunities from lite fare to the Italian eatery Lucca, the French Piaf, and Velas 10, a steak and seafood house, all highly authentic and with an elevated approach to cuisine.

     
  • Hooligan Sparrow, from Director Nanfu Wang, Wins Big on Chinese Child Rape/Sex Crimes Documentary

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    Hooligan Sparrow, from first time Director Nanfu Wang, tells the story of four girls raped by their principal and a sex trade worker who fights to exchange her trade so that no other children would be raped.

     
  • The Fall of the American Empire Review – Riveting, A Race Against Time Thriller

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    The Fall of the American Empire, from Sony Pictures Classics, brings to the screen a smart, riveting, pulsating film resonating with sarcasm and indictments on society, and presenting fate intersect the ultimate test of good and evil.

     
  • Burn Out Review - Gritty, Edgy, A High Octane Thrill Ride

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    Burn Out, from 24 25 films and WY Productions presents a powerful contemporary drama set inner city Paris, where the local dealers hold neighborhoods hostage, turf wars are common and dreamers still strive and fight to find a way out.

     
  • Men’s Gift Guide - Man Crates Redefines Awesome With Specialty Gifts

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    Man Crates, despite its gender specific reference, brings an innovated approach to gift giving and with ideas that range from the unusual to the wide eyed wow, the mail order company delivers crates of fun guaranteed to surprise.