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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    Hailed as “gripping, powerful, and epic ” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) Academy Award®-winning* director Robert Zemeckis’ (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) seductive thriller ALLIED makes its home entertainment debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 28, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  

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    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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    Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign announced the progressive leaders and activists who will serve as campaign co-chairs. The announcement comes ahead of Sen. Sanders' return to the Golden State for a Get Out the Early Vote rally in Richmond.

     
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    Marvel Comics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures recently hosted a special screening for the LA Media of the hugely anticipated high voltage The Amazing SpiderMan at the AMC Theaters in Century City, California.

     
  • US Ambassador: Trump Will Soon Approve Israeli West Bank Sovereignty Declaration

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    In an interview released by Israel Hayom Wednesday, June 24, 2020, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that the application of Israeli sovereignty is expected soon and will be approved by the Trump administration.

     
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    One of the newest restaurants "steaking" a claim on the Las Vegas strip is Old Homestead Steakhouse, which recently opened its first west coast location at Caesars Palace as a key part of the property's two-year renaissance.

     
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    Backcountry, from IFC Midnight and Fella Films, presents the perfect outdoor, man verses the nature, horror film a combination of terror, sheer fright, paralyzing fear and gritty determined display of survival instinct and will power.

     
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    Temptation: The Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,” the newest film, from Tyler Perry studios and LIONSGATE presents a story of the choices, seductions, decisions, redemption and hope.

     
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    President Obama has extended an invitation to French President François Hollande to meet in the Oval office, this week, to discuss the French strategy and United States involvement in dismantling ISIS in the wake of the horrific terror attacks.

     
  • Vox Lux Review - A Hypnotic, Gripping, Mesmerizing Film

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    Vox Lux, from Focus Features, brings to the screen a powerful statement, an politically charged indictment that symbolizes the seismic metamorphosis’ society continues to experience and those who are left to pick up the pieces.

     
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    "Pride" from CBS Films, BBC and Pathe, brings to the screen a triumphant feel good film highlighting the 1980's British Miner's Strike and the Gay lifeline that rescued them from the squeeze the government had planned.

     
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    Let It Fall, from John Ridley, ABC's Lincoln Square Production, and (ABC) the American Broadcasting Company, presents a chronological presentation of the events leading up to one of the most violent seasons in Los Angeles Police history, culminating with the Rodney King Beating and the injustice that followed.