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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  • HYDROS Bottle - One World; One Bottle; One Purpose

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    For many world citizens clean, refreshing dirnking water is an impossibility. Hydros Bottle, an inventive fast acting, reusable water bottle, wants to change that fact one bottle at a time and in the process assist in elminiating the impact of 1.5 billons tons of plastic waste.

     
  • POP VEGAS, Showcasing Pop-Up Exhibitions, Opens Winter 2019

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    Pop Vegas, the brand-new, trailblazing exhibition space will open at The LINQ Promenade, the open-air entertainment, dining and retail district located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Opening date and first exhibition to be announced shortly.

     
  • Maestro Victor Vener And His California Philharmonic Return To Walt Disney Concert Hall For An Awe-Inspiring 11th Season

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    Los Angeles  - This is the time of year when the heart of downtown Los Angeles beats a little faster with anticipation of another unforgettable summer season with Maestro Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama visits the Middle East; Assad Assassinated; Senate Tosses Assault Ban; Sequester Impacts

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    President Obama spent the week touring the Middle East and speaking with heads of states from Israel, Jordan and the Palestine urging leaders on to move forward with a peace initiative.

     
  • The International Art Festival Category Winners' Exhibition to Hold Opening Reception

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    The opening reception for the 2013 International Art Festival Winner’s Exhibition will be held on Wednesday, August 14, beginning at 6:00pm at the Museum of Russian Art.                                 

     
  • Seven Ways to Thrill Your Teen in Scottsdale - Attention Holding, Engaging, Family Fun

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    So you’re planning an outing and want to keep your kids engaged with the family long enough to log a lasting memory? No sweat! OK, well maybe a little sweat… it is Scottsdale after all.

     
  • Op/Ed: The Children, the Caravan, and Health

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    Recent border clashes produced shocking images that triggered condemnation from many who failed to realized there are three aspects to the caravan: what is shown by the media; what is there to be seen; and what is unseen.

     
  • Priceless Review - Indie Film Packs A Powerful Faith Based Message

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    Priceless, from Roadside Attractions and Radiate Film Production, presents a contemporary issue and modern drama on the cost of human trafficking, the illusion of greener pastures and the once in a lifetime miracle of escape.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Navy Base Terror, Impeachment, Shootings, Pearl Harbor, 2020: Student Loan Crisis

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    The deadly shooting this week at the Pensacola Naval Base, one of six separate shootings across the nation, is under investigation as a terror attack as the recently radicalized Saudi national has been identified as the sole shooter.

     
  • Devon B. Katzev Rides Family’s Mane Secret to Global Success

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    Devon B. Katzev, the President of Straight Arrow, is a no nonsense kind of guy; he’s honest about his product, its origins and seems as astonished as anyone that the shampoo his parents made to groom their Arabian horses back in the 1970’s has become a global phenomenon.

     
  • Victor Frankenstein Review – Flawless Performances as McAvoy and Radcliffe Capture the Mind-Bending Macabre

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    Victor Frankenstein, from 20th Century Fox and Davis Entertainment, brings to the screen a ghoulish and morbid tale with the history of the mad scientific study behind the folklore piecemeal creation of the first monster behind the mythology of Frankenstein.

     
  • Breaking In Review - Gabrielle Union is One Bad Mother

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    Breaking In, from Universal Pictures and Will Packer Productions, the story of one women who, to save her children, sets up strategic strikes, overtaking armed psychotics, fighting sure death in a race against time.

     
  • Seal Pup Slaughter Begins

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    As the Seal pup slaughter is set to begin, The International Humane Society and the Humane Society United States (HSUS) have initiated an on-going effort to stop the barbaric massacre on the Canadian Ice Floes.

     
  • Two Major Earthquakes Rattle Alaska; Strongest Since 1964's 9.2

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    Two major earthquakes struck Anchorage, Alaska Friday morning, hitting just as businesses, schools and stores were opening for the day, sending frightened residents, into the streets, diving for cover and knocking local televisions stations off the air.

     
  • Firebirds Wood Fired Grill Hits $1 Million Donation Milestone For Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

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    Polished-casual restaurant Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, an Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) partner since fall 2012, surpassed $1 million in donations to the national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for childhood cancers.