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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    People of the world gathered in cities throughout the world united under one banner, one cause and one belief as the survivors of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to build momentum for change.

     
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    Cinemonde, a private international film screening series, recently presented Soirée Number 5 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan to screen "The Legend of Pale Male." 

     
  • Brett Johnson Holiday Collection Preview Event at NYC's SoHo House

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    Gotham PR and Jade Dressler are hosting a private holiday preview event, in New York City, for Brett Johnson, producer, designer, billionaire, to showcase his 2013 Holiday Collection of luxury leathers and shoes.

     
  • Celebrity and Society Guests Raise Funds For Restoration At Eighth Annual Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation Benefit Weekend

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    The pristine coast of San Simeon, California was the unparalleled setting for the eighth annual Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation Benefit Weekend hosted by William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter, Anne Hearst McInerney and her husband, novelist Jay McInerney.

     
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    President Obama's significant presidency is nearly one for the history books and as we inch closer to the election of a new leader the most glaring failure in Obama's many successes is Middle Eastern foreign policy.

     
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    Leftovers, from Uncork’d Entertainment, presents the story of the newest face of hunger, America’s Senior Citizens, those who served when duty called, the backbone of the great manufacturing era, those who escaped tyranny for a better life.

     
  • Decades in the Making, a Rotating Show, Highlights The New Hackett Mill Gallery

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    Hackett Mill presents Decades in the Making, a group show of seminal artists from the twentieth century. This special exhibition marks the opening of the gallery’s new location adjacent to SFMOMA in San Francisco’s thriving downtown district.

     
  • And the Oscar For Best Animated Short Film Goes To . .

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    With The Academy Awards quickly approaching the nominees for the Animated Short film category are bringing together a group of delightful and difficult choices to the screen. Watching each of them, it does becomes a battle between the faithful, "Get A Horse" from Walt Disney to the modern, "Mr. Hublot" with "Room on a Broom" flying in to mix up the pot.

     
  • Casa Velas Hotel Puerto Vallarta Review - Epicurean Exploits Abound

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    Nestled within an upscale residential neighborhood just a 5-minute drive from the Puerto Vallarta airport sits Casa Velas, a serene adults-only luxury boutique resort that's helping set new and noteworthy standards in the all-inclusive realm.

     
  • Wilson Review – Even Solid Acting Can’t Save the Lukewarm Dramady

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    Wilson, from Fox Searchlight Pictures, brings to the screen a haphazard tale of life as told from the marginalized and the twist, turns, bumps bruises that comes from contemporary living, anesthetizing choices and attempts to recapture the past.

     
  • Health, Wellness: 22 Popular and Unusual Gifts Ranked From Least To Most Dangerous

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    Toys, for all ages, bring excitement, pleasure and hours of fun! For the gift giver nailing that one perfect gift, can be worth the angst of hours of searching. That perfect gift makes all the misses, simply minuses.  

  • HSBC and HSBC Bank Admit To Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Violations, Forfeit $1.256 Billion

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    WASHINGTON – DEA and other federal officials announced today that HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC Group) – a United Kingdom corporation headquartered in London – and HSBC Bank USA N.A. (HSBC Bank USA) (together, HSBC) – a federally chartered banking corporation headquartered in McLean, Va. – have agreed to forfeit $1.256 billion and enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department for HSBC’s violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA).

     
  • DJANGO UNCHAINED: Revenge Tarantino Style

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    DJANGO UNCHAINED, from Columbia Pictures and The Weinstein Company, ignites the screen with Director Quentin Tarantino’s signature style of storytelling as he delves into the sadistic world of Slave Era America and the brutalities of slave life.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Mueller Report, Pence Tours Nat’l Disasters, Immigration, Assange, POW Day, SL Crisis, 2020

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    President Trump returned to Washington, after touring his Border Wall, launching an explosive campaign against democrats who backed the collusion investigation, calling it both an attempted coup and an attempted take-down of the President.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Nixes Nuke Deal; Iran Deal Redux; Netanyahu/Iran; NK Summit/Americans Released; McCain Mocked

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    President Trump nixed the Iran Nuclear Deal crafted under the Obama Administration after two years of negotiations by former Secretary of State John Kerry and in agreement in P5+1 United Nations Permanent Members calling it "defected at its core."

 

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