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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    From secluded islands in the tropics to idyllic mountain settings and some of the world’s most exciting cities, no stone has been left un-turned in seeking out the most extraordinary places to stay in the world.

     
  • Curves California Review – Embodiment of Cool, Soulful, California Driving

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    Curves, the German driving magazine has been on a road trip, sending Stefan Bogner, photographer and auto enthusiast, to the US to travel Highway 1, what they describe "without a doubt one of the most beautiful roads in the world."

     
  • Celebrity Interview & Review: Joseph Nasser Talks the Challenges and Rewards of Making Amber Alert

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    "Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway" the second Amber Alert film from producer Joseph Nasser, presents a harrowing, compelling drama that includes the back story of the child alert system used to locate kidnapped or stolen children.

     
  • Business/Finance: MACY’s CEO Jeffrey Gennette Speaks With CNBC’S “Squawk On The Street” Today (Exclusive)

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    CNBC’s "Squawk on the Street" team met up with MACY’s CEO Jeffrey Gennette, today, Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday Season on what is widely considered a make or break shopping season for many retailers.

     
  • UPDATED: Terrorist Shot Dead in France Supermarket Attack

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    Authorities stormed the Super U grocery store in Trebes, France, a small town in the South, where an Islamic State loyalist had been holed up demanding release of one of the collaboraters of the October 2015 attacks, killing him.  

     
  • Gallery 16 Celebrates 25th Anniversary Announces 2018 Programming and New Documentary

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    Since its founding by Griff Williams in 1993, Gallery 16 has remained dedicated to the belief that the brick and mortar gallery is vital to the advocacy and nurturing of working artists, the local community and its creative culture.

     
  • Clive Christian The Private Collection Men’s Perfume Review - Seductive For Life’s Memorable Moments

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    A striking collection of perfumes that celebrate the extraordinary moments of a life’s work brought to vivid, fragrant life. Drawing on the inspirations and encounters that have permeated Clive Christian’s world – from infancy to royal recognition.

     
  • BYSTS, Los Angeles Based Post-Apocalypticwave Rockers, Drop New EP Mid-January

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    Greetings from Manchester, we hope everyone had a great Christmas, now that Boxing Day is over we enter that time when no one knows what day or date it is or when we are due back at work.  

  • Massive Winter Storm Helena Marches Across Country; Nine Inches of Snow Expected in Raleigh-Durham; NFL Wildcard Forecast

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    A substantial winter blast is moving across much of the nation packing impressive snow totals, socking the eastern seaboard with a deep freeze, blanketing the South with sheets of ice and sending The Carolina's into a State of Emergency.

     
  • Murder on the Orient Express Review – Masterful Storytelling; Star-Studded Cast; Thrilling

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    Murder on the Orient Express, from Twentieth Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, presents the timeless classic from master mystery writer Agatha Christie, a whodunit, taking audiences on a journey through the mind of the greatest detective in the world.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Bijou French Bistro La Jolla Review - Epicure Tour De Force

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    "Bijou" is French for "jewel," which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistrois relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou's roots extend much deeper into San Diego's renowned culinary culture.

     
  • Money News: DOW Closes Down; World Markets Follow; Asian Markets Split

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    The Dow Jones Industrial fell in dramatic fashion over the past week after soaring to new heights and record closes and triggered similar tumbles in the three other major U.S. Markets furthering a wider spread fall with all European markets closing down and Asian Markets split.

     
  • THE INBETWEENERS Fan Appreciation Day Stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

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    Beginning with a fan appreciation day the cast of the hilarious UK hit THE INBETWEENERS, headed across the pond for an exclusive US engagement, are set to bring the party hard tour to Hollywood.

     
  • Seven Natural Ways to Stop Excessive Sweating

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    Now that summer is here, most of us are delighted to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. However, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, afflicts more people than you might think and can stem from a large number of underlying triggers.