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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Men’s Gift Guide: For the Sophisticated Man

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we’ve put together a gift guide of men’s specialty ideas from the latest in electronic gadgets to ultra-luxurious grooming and styling products to traditional and lifestyle gifts guaranteed to pay homage to the special man.

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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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Haute Tease

  • Montague Gallery, a San Francisco Contemporary Fine Art House, Presents PRIMA VISTA by Lino Tagliapietra

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    Legendary Italian glassblower, widely considered the best in the world, Lino Tagliapietra's inaugural exhibition Prima Vista will be held in conjunction with the grand opening of Montague Gallery located at 445A Sutter Street in San Francisco.

     
  • Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Announces Plan to Rubber Stamp “Not To Be Used to Bribe Politicians” on over 2MM Dollar Bills

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    "The Supreme Court said, when it comes to elections, money is free speech, so we're going to make our money scream," says Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Head Stamper of StampStampede.org.

     
  • Jon Stewart Signs Exclusive Production Deal With HBO

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    Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart has landed an exclusive four-year production deal with Time Warner Inc.'s premium cable channel HBO. The cross-platform agreement will see Stewart create short-form digital content that will be featured on HBO Now, HBO Go and other platforms.

     
  • Newtown Massacre Remembered Four Years Later

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    Sandy Hook Elementary school, the scene of one of the nation’s worst mass shootings in history, paused today taking fifteen minutes beginning at 9:30am until 9:45am to reflect, on the tragedy that stuck this hamlet four years ago.

     
  • January Filled with Delicious Decadence from The Sea to the Interior as 2017 Winter dineL.A. Restaurant Week begins

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    Southern California cuisine has two distinct personalities: fish tacos and craft beer on one side, celebrity chefs and haute cuisine on the other. California Restaurant Month embraces both from farm and sea to table and exotic fusion Californians love.

     
  • Beltway Insider: World Unites Against ISIS/ISIL; United Nations Host World Leaders; Holder Resigns

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    President Obama presented his message of peace in the midst of ever growing global violence as he addressed the United Nations General Assembly calling on an end to extremism, the destruction ISIS/ISIL, and the choice of hope.

     
  • Father’s Day Gift Guide - Fail-Safe Ideas for Dad

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    With Father’s Day looming, many are still frenetically searching for that perfect item to please and appease the Dads in their life. Last year, U.S. consumers across key categories, reportedly spending .83 billion dollars on tools and appliances, alone.

     
  • Largest Rare Quahog Pearl Discovered By Bostonian Shucking Clams To Lead Bonhams Lapidary Auction

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    A rare and very large purple, non-nacreous Quahog pearl will be offered at the Lapidary Works of Art, Gemstones and Minerals auction to be held at Bonhams’ Los Angeles at 10 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

     
  • The English Teacher Review – It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times

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    The English Teacher,” the comedy/drama from Inferno Entertainment and Artina Films Production, brings to the screen a charming dark tale of love, romance, fleeting passions, and literature.

     
  • Kettner Exchange Restaurant San Diego Review – Expert Culinary Prowess

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    San Diego’s Little Italy section has morphed into a culinary craft hotspot, with exciting new restaurants pushing food and beverage boundaries like never before. Among the array of notable establishments that have cropped up is the hip hotspot Kettner Exchange.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Promises Broadband To All; Singapore Mourns; Germanwings Murder Suicide at 6K Feet

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    President Obama has announced he will host the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House in April as he attempts to build continued military and political support in the global fight against the ISIS and strategic alliances in the region.

     
  • OSCAR Nomination Reaction Statements from Michael Shannon, Ruth Negga, and The Directing Team of Kubo and The Two Strings

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    The 89th Academy Awards nominations are always met with varied reactions and in a year like 2016, when it seemed everyone moved the bar up to single out only five performances and less in some categories as excellent or stronger is simply excruciating.

 

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