Gifts

After Black Friday, holiday shopping can begin

Ah, Black Friday, the day consumers had better not shop ’til they drop, because they’re liable to be trampled...

Homemade for the holidays

Blame the Internet. Access to the World Wide Web full of ideas and a community of customers has sparked new legions of do-it-yourselfers, and made it possible for more people to make a living, or at least a side income, on jewelry, clothes, accessories and other ...

Holiday bump

The long lines and packed parking lots and overplayed Christmas carols of the holiday season might be a pain for shoppers, but they’re music to the ears — and bottom lines — of retailers. Big-box electronic stores and gargantuan mega-marts are not the only retailers ...

Local services make great gifts

Most people have stuff, and many have far too much of it. What a lot of people don’t have, though, and may not buy for themselves in a down economy are things like a meal at a downtown restaurant, a massage at an independently owned spa, or that much needed tune-up ...

Give the gift of an experience

Instead of buying...

Last minute gifts that last a lifetime … or longer

So many gifts exchanged during the...

Hopped with love

What do you get for the beer lover in your life that has everything? Or more appropriately, has tried every Kolsch, Baltic porter and barleywine money can buy...

Kick-butt kitchen gear

This holiday season, you don’t need to be an expert to find a gift for your kitchen-dwelling friend. Here are a few ideas that will get your thoughts cooking and will give your friend’s kitchen skills a boost. Some of these items also have some unexpected benefits ...

2011 Gift Guide II

´Tis the season for getting a little frantic. Your schedule is crammed, your to-do lists are long and your to-buy-for list is much longer than your list of what-to-buy ideas. We get it. So before you get all strung out on eggnog lattes and start swarming the mall ...

Holi-dealing

If you’re shopping for gifts on a budget, you should know it differs from shopping for yourself: Ramen is generally not a much-appreciated present, and a card that says “Just wear the same clothes another year” in lieu of a gift doesn’t fly...

Hot 2011 outdoors gifts

On the eighth day, Santa said “Let there be gear!” And behold there was a plethora of Gore-tex laid before the masses and fleece grew from the trees and carbon-fiber precision welded bike frames sprang from the earth. Mankind did rejoice at 800-fill down ...

Gear of the Year: Five items you won’t want to live...

Christmas is coming, but the ski and snowboard season has already started. Regardless of whether you’re celebrating the start of winter, adding a few “special” items to that gift list, stoking out a friend with an early December birthday or rewarding yourself...
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