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10 Luxury Dog Gift Ideas

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10 Dumb Luxury Items For Your Beloved Dog

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Diamond Dog Collar

You know what dogs really need? A bowl of dog food that makes its own gravy. A tennis ball to slobber on. Some shots to keep the worms away. But most of all, the one thing dogs need is constant love.

You know what dogs don’t need? Everything on this list of dumb luxury items for your pooch.

Yes, all of these ridiculous bowwow baubles are real. And yes, all of these canine luxuries will be used as fodder to incite the coming revolution. Dogs are not fashion accessories, and if you’re decking Fido out in frivolous finery, then you are dumb. Also: you’re either rich or bellybutton-deep in credit card debt. But mostly dumb. Read more…

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You know what dogs really need? A bowl of dog food that makes its own gravy. A tennis ball to slobber on. Some shots to keep the worms away. But most of all, the one thing dogs need is constant love.You know what dogs don’t need? Everything on this list of dumb luxury items for your pooch.Yes, all of these ridiculous bowwow baubles are real. And yes, all of these canine luxuries will be used as fodder to incite the coming revolution. Dogs are not fashion accessories, and if you’re decking Fido out in frivolous finery, then you are dumb. Also: you’re either rich or bellybutton-deep in credit card debt. But mostly dumb.1.) La Jeune Tulipe Diamond Dog Collar

Diamonds are forever, which is why it is essential that your pet is outfitted in $150,000 worth of forever.  It’s perfect for showing off at the dog park… and later getting mugged at the very same park.

Price: $150,000

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2.) Neuticles

Just because your best friend lost his two best friends doesn’t mean he can’t strut through the dog park with pride… thanks to testicle implants.  That’s right. Testicle implants. For dogs.  Made from FDA-grade silicone, just like what the movie stars use! They’re available in sizes ranging from petite to X-Large (with the option to customize them to XXX-Large). And, to use their term it’s like nothing ever changed.

Price: Up to $599, though custom sizes are available!

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3.) Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier

A favorite with celebutants and other self-aware types, this Louis Vuitton carrier is perfect for toting around your most precious possession – your tiny, inbred teacup terrier.  LV, as those in the know like to call it, makes a special effort to point out that this pet carrier is both water and scratch-resistant… Because, like diamonds, urine stains are forever.

Price: $2490

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4.) Rainbow or Natural Feather Hair Extensions For Your Dog

Is this fad over yet?  No?  Well, now you can show off to the world that your dog has terrible taste in hair weaves too.

Price: $25

5.) The Earl Station Aspen Dog House

Jesus, just let the little guy inside.  It’s raining.  You can steam clean your Persian rugs later.

Price: $3092.95 (with optional climate control and canine cooler)

6.) Dog Mink Coat

Though most dogs have beautiful coats of their own, it is sometimes necessary to dress them up for especially cold days.  And thankfully someone has finally realized that some dogs deserve more than a fleece jacket.

Price: $45

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7.) Cabana Carousel Canopy Dog Bed

Is your little puppy a princess?  Is she?  I bet she is!  And where do little princesses sleep?  Why a canopied gold dog bed, of course.  Show off your little rat and your excellent taste in animal furniture with this needed addition to your home.

Price: $1999 (Available in gold and white fabric)

Bell Of The Ball Gold Formal Dog Dress

8.) Emma Rose Formal Dog Dress

I guess if you’re going to bring your dog to formal occasions, she really should have the proper attire – I mean what would people think?  Created by a bridal designer, this gown is perfect for weddings, afternoon brunches or lying around on a GOLD CANOPY BED.

Price: $189

9.) Dog Bridal Gown

If the gold gown was nice but not wedding-appropriate, may we suggest this monstrosity?  Just make sure that it’s your dog getting married, because it is rather déclassé to upstage the bride by wearing white on her big day.

Price: $125

10.) Puppy Leg Warmers

Let’s be honest… you don’t want your bitch to look fat in those gowns you’re buying her.  Nor do you want her legs to get cold when doing Jazzercize or jogging in the park.  This just a solid, sound investment in animal apparel.

Price: $25.00

Lizz Westman lives in Portland with her adopted beagle-lab mix, Oliver.  Oliver recently got a $19 carpet from IKEA so that he can rest comfortably while she writes content for TruTV. 

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OPULUXE Lifestyle Design™ Quick& Decadent Last- Minute Father’s Day Gifts

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Last-minute Father’s Day luxury gifts  via LibertyLuxuo, and Elite Traveler

Father’s Day is almost upon us, but there’s still time to make sure your Dad’s day is extra special. We’ve picked out the most luxurious of gifts that he’s sure to love, find something perfect for your pop now in our Father’s Day Shop. Or if he’s a true adventurer at heart, treat him with our ultimate travellers gifts…

1. Globe, £120

2. Airplane Desk Accessory by Troika, £27

3. Wicker iPhone Sleeve by Liberty London for Apple, £50

4. Places to Remember Notebook by Leathersmith of London, £30.50

5. Leather Weekend Bag by Calabrese, £515

6. Facial Fuel Moisturiser by Kiehl’s, £30.50

Spinning Blue Globe Facial Fuel by Kiehl's Silver Airplane Desk Accessory iPhone Cover Leather Doctor's Bag Places to Remember

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Father’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world June 19, meaning there’s less than a week to pick something to show you really care. Here a selection of some of our favorite guy-friendly items.

Kodak Playsport G2

Launched in January this year, the Playsport G2 is purpose-built for Dads who want to capture the action, no matter where they are.

Capture photos and HD videos using the compact unit, safe in the knowledge that it’s water-, dust- and shock-proof.

£149.99/$149.95/€179.99 – http://www.kodak.com

Otis Batterbee Luxury Travel Pillow

Sleep in comfort and style when on the go with these luxury travel pillow from Otis Batterbee.

Finished in three deluxe soft wool fabrics, patterns available include Prince of Wales Check, Grey Pinstripe and Mono Spot, with a burgundy velvet backing.

£75/€95/$125 – http://www.otisbatterbee.com

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BlackBerry Playbook

Available in the US since April, BlackBerry’s PlayBook makes its debut in Europe this month, launching in the UK June 16.

The 425 gram tablet is ideal for busy travelers and is available with a host of exclusive accessories, but make sure to preload it with the Blackberry Travel app.

From £399/$499 – http://www.blackberry.com

Bottega Veneta Nero Intecciato VN Credit Card Case

With six slots and an open compartment, this unisex luxury credit card case is perfect for traveling light and staying organized.

Available in black or brown – $240/£145 – http://www.bottegaveneta.com

Weber Q100

Enable Dad to take the BBQ anywhere with the Weber Q100 mobile grill.

With built-in carry-handles and thermometer, a fold-out table and push-button ignition, it’s perfect for chefs with a sense of adventure.

Rolling carry cases are available separately.

$159/€214 – http://www.weber.com

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Redfoot Men’s Shoes

Redfoot’s patented folding shoes have already proved a hit with women, but the brand’s split-sole Redfoot Man loafers are also ideal for the gent who likes to travel light.

The shoes are available in Seal Black and Chestnut Brown and come with a lightweight nylon wallet for easy storage.

£110/€165/$176 – http://www.redfootman.com

FitFolio iPad Case

Speck’s FitFolio adds rear-protection to the iPad2 while maintaining all of the smart cover functionality, making it perfect for toughening the ever-popular tablet.

Available in Black, Red and Grey.

£32.95/€39.95/$39.95 – http://www.speckproducts.com

Bear Grylls Ultimate Tool

Good enough for the king of adventures himself, the Ultimate Tool features 12 components and a texturized rubber handle for comfort.

The six inch ‘king of tools’ includes needle nose pliers, a fine edge knife, two screwdrivers, a bottle opener, a saw and a pair of wire cutters.

£49.99 – http://www.firebox.com / $57.99 – http://bear.gerbergear.com

Rosetta Stone Version 4 TOTALe

An unusual but surprisingly satisfying gift, Rosetta Stone’s language courses allow students to learn a new language quickly and easily.

The latest version of the award-winning software is available in over 20 languages from Arabic to Turkish and comes with a free iPad app for learning on the move.

From £139/$179 – http://www.rosettastone.com

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Want to really spoil your dad on Father’s Day? Ready to shell out at least a grand to do it? Elite Traveler has a list of extravagant gifts that should wow even the worldliest of dads. Why would an ice pick cost $200,000? Why if it’s made of white gold, diamonds and sapphires, of course! This Belvedere’s Jagger Dagger is available at Harrod’s of London. (Elite Traveler)
lamborghini
Dad doesn’t have to own a car to get a thrill from driving it. One sure-fire way to get his heart racing is to enroll him in World Class Driving. In the program, which is held across the country, students spend $1,495 for a day of learning how to rule the road in speed machines like this Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. (Elite Traveler)
corkscrew
If Dad likes to open wine bottles with style, consider a monogrammed, jewel-encrusted corkscrew from Gershon Ltd. Made with everything from warthog tusk to diamonds, these fancy wine openers start at about $2,000. (Elite Traveler)
poker
If your father likes card games, this present isn’t much of a gamble: This ebony Poke Box, by Ghiso, is lined with velvet calf leather and includes more than 200 chips made of various woods. But you might have to win big to afford this gift — it costs $4,250. (Elite Traveler)
tequila
Why take Dad out for drinks when you can stay in with some high-class tequila? Billed as the ultimate gift for tequila connoisseurs, The 1800 Coleccion Anejo comes from agaves aged at least 10 years and is served in a pewter decanter designed by Mexican artist Alejandro Colunga. It sells for $1,800. (Elite Traveler)
lighter
Even if Dad’s a macho guy, he might not mind a pink gift — especially if it’s this pink gold, palladium and brass lighter by S.T. Dupont. It sells for $870. (Elite Traveler)
flexjet
If Dad’s not a fan of commercial airliners and you’ve got more than $100,000 to burn, consider this Flexjet25 Card from Bombardier. It comes with 25, 30 or 35 hours of flight time onboard a fleet of Challengers and Learjets. Prices for the cards start at about $120,000. (Elite Traveler)
roadster
A father who wants to curb his carbon footprint while burning up the road might be fond of this battery-powered Tesla Roadster. The $100,000 luxury car goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds. (Elite Traveler)
iwc
A father and son with matching tastes might desire matching timepieces, like these IWC Pilot’s Watches. A set of two watches, one platinum and one steel, sells for $49,000. (Elite Traveler)
jeanrichard
A partnership between Swiss watchmaker Jean Richard and Italian racing motorcycle company MV Agusta has produced the MV 75 World Champion Collection timepieces. The watches, which are made in gold, titanium or steel, sell for between $8,000 and $21,500. (Elite Traveler)

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OpuluxeLtd.com™ Latest Daily Obsession: Noelani Designs Hawaiian Jewelry!!! [#NoelaniDesignShop, #hawaiianjewelry]

I am unapologetically obsessed with the daily feats of fabulosity by total strangers.  No exaggeration; it’s my fuel for life. It’s usually an either/ or type of encounter. The fabulosity wielding person either directly  possessses  the “It” factor or is in possession of something tangible that conveys the coveted “It” factor for them as if they’re on fabulosity autopilot; so to speak.  As some of you know; we’re opening up second office in Miami and I’ve been bi-coastal for almost 2 and a half months now. That’s why it’s taking me soooo long to post updates. Well in Miami everything besides their insane reckless driving moves very slow. If it weren’t for the slowest elevator I’ve ever waited on; I might have missed out on the ever elusive double dip of fabulosity!  I met an absolutely beautiful super cool chick wearing  the most beautiful pair of earrings ever!  Besides “wanting” to instantly know ALL of her beauty and fitness secrets;  I very much “needed” to know EXACTLY where she got those Holy Grail earrings. OMG the picture I’m including doesn’t even do them justice! They are literally multifaceted goddess-worthy creations. I will order my pair as soon as I get back from my next trip. I don’t want anyone, not even Mr. OpuluxeLtd.com™ to sign for the package. These are gonna be all mine. I can’t wait ’til I get them, They look so versatile. I imagine wearing them throughout the day and at night for dinner or an event.  Anywho , I gave Ms. Fabulosity my business card and told her that besides needing to add a pair of those gorgeous earrings to my jewelry stash; I’d also love to interview her friend Noelani for OpuluxeLtd.comt™ in the  near future.  I went to nearby Lincoln Road Mall to jewelry shop and to specifically find a similar pair of earrings. I found absolutely nothing that compared to them.  I impulse bought a small chandelier for our bathroom to temporarily appease my “bling” envy. I doubled back and returned  it since the earrings are waaayy cuter. When I got back in I was checking my inbox and as promised I had received the  contact information of the creator of the covet worthy jewelry. Her nane is Noelani and she’s based in Hawaii. She is the owner of Noelani Designs Shop. Each piece of her jewelry is a masterpiece. I mean really they are “Oprah’s Favorite Things”  fabulous. If Oprah ever gives them out a big smack-down would break out on her show, because no-one wants “just one”. Obsession is the only word I have to describe my emotions after seeing the Noelani Designs collection. You can purchase her jewelry directly here. See below  the beautiful Noelani’s Bio as well as a sneak peek into her lovely online store. Noelani also has a very nice blog on her website as well. It’s called Noelani Love’s Blog.  Here is the link to her blog, right here. And a very special thanks to Ms. Fabulosity aka my newest fabu “friend in the head”. It was a pleasure meeting you. You have an impeccable sense of style and a great personality. It was very refreshing to find someone that genuinely supports and promotes her friend’s interests like that. Kudos! She was sooo proud a Noelani, and I’m pretty sure that Noelani is proud of her as well. Because Ms.Fabulous, –Okay her name is really Sherrin Bernstein and she has a lot of awesome projects of her own. She is the founder of  Touch Fitness Informative Bodywork and Attract Essentials. Guess what she has another highly artistic friend. Unbelievable, is Sherrin some kinda real life muse or something.  So check out her other very talented friend Lauran Childs. Click on the link to her website here. Lauran’s paintings are stunning. Her art work is my second newest obsession and it’s probably gonna be yours too!

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OpuluxeLtd.com™ 2010 Luxury Holiday Gift Guide Extravaganza: Seasons Greetings to ALL of You!

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Holiday Hit List Sexy selections for the ladies

Erotic collection Cherry ring, Lydia Courteille (price on request). Alchemist, shopalchemist.com
True Religion for Women fragrance, True Religion Brand Jeans ($79). macys
Open-back knickers in Lipstick, Myla Rosalyn ($106). Journelle, journelle.com
Oscar Niemeyer earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds, H.Stern ($14,800). hstern.net
Snow leopard platform pump, Ann Taylor ($198). anntaylor.com
Statement necklace, Express ($60). express.com
iPod case in pink, Dolce & Gabbana ($525). dolcegabbana.com
Very Mix Swarovski peep-toe pump, Christian Louboutin ($3,695). christianlouboutin.com
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Treasured Tots 10 delightful playthings for kids
Emerson House, Brinca Dada ($299). FAO Schwarz, brincadada.com
Little flare table, Magis ($594). yliving.com
Eloise Suite designed by Betsey Johnson, The Plaza Hotel (starting at $995 per night). 877-418-3851
Vintage pedal plane, Restoration Hardware ($399). restorationhardware.com
Sprint baby shoes, Y-3 ($100). adidas.com
Cashmere cable-knit bear and elephant ($595 each), Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren Children’s Store, ralphlauren.com
Bambino Shadow Z wall art, Jennifer Mercede ($126). Three Tarts, 3tarts.com
Tee, Little Marc Jacobs ($57). marcjacobs.com
Designer LCD HDTV, Haier ($279). haier.com
Alphabet blocks, Girard ($120). MoMA Store, momastore.org
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Worldly Gentleman Sophisticated choices for any stylish man
Private jet, Avantair (price on request). avantair.com
Prince of Wales cashmere scarf, Tom Ford ($390). tomford.com
Humidor Havana, Assouline ($999). The Plaza Hotel, shopassouline.com
Sterling silver and onyx cuff links, Tous ($165). tous.com
Jules Audemars 18k white gold chronograph with sapphire caseback on handstitched brown crocodile strap, Audemars Piguet ($36,300). audemarspiguet.com
John Lennon Donation fountain pen, Montblanc ($920). montblanc.com
Whiskey Cave in monogram canvas, Louis Vuitton ($23,500). louisvuitton.com
Blue Label blended Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker ($220 for 750ml engraved bottle). Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, johnniewalker.com
Overstitched stain-finish crocodile pilot case, Zilli ($25,100). zilli.fr
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Objects of Desire Artful gifts for those with a singular flair
Virgin vase (left), Christian Ghion ($684). Luminaire, luminaire.com. Large Fast vase, Rosenthal ($184). gretelhome.com
Évasions Joaillières collection ring, Cartier ($32,600). cartier.com
Rainbow stool, FriendsWithYou ($3,500). friendswithyou.com
Rubber crocheted bowls, Neo ($48–$89). gretelhome.com
Lotus copper candlestands, Robert Kuo ($3,750 per pair). NIBA Home, nibahome.com
Rose-gold, bronze and steel cuff, Rebecca ($445). Montica Jewelry, montica.com
Ivy Long sterling silver earrings, Tous ($209). tous.com
My Brother’s Frame, Harry Allen Design ($190). The Wolfsonian-FIU, wolfsonian.org
Mao bank, World Buyers ($40). The Wolfsonian-FIU, wolfsonian.org
Angelo vase sculpture, Jean-Marie Massaud ($2,005). Luminaire, luminaire.com
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Society Swells Dapper details for men and women alike Travel bag in alligator, Tom Ford ($28,355) Fans & Umbrella necklace, Louis Vuitton ($32,300). louisvuitton.com Tanzanite and diamond chandelier earrings, Loren Jewels ($11,185). Oxygene, Bal Harbour Shops, oxygeneboutique.com Leather shoe in Tobacco, Etiqueta Negra ($450), etiquetanegra.us Mia blue velvet handbag, Fendi ($1,050). fendi.com Magic Alhambra pavé-diamond bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels ($40,100). vancleef- arpels.com Assorted silk ties, Façonnable ($97.50 each). faconnable.com So Pretty preserved-rose arrangement, Dried Flower Shop ($150). driedflowershop.com Silver glitter clutch with crystal bow, Jimmy Choo ($775). jimmychoo.com Garavani clutch, Valentino ($795) Red suede pump, Isabel Marant ($650). Oxygene, Bal Harbour Shops, oxygeneboutique.com MUDTRAP.COM Citizen of the World Sophisticated presents for jet-setters

Paris Shanghai necklace, Chanel ($8,300). Bal Harbour Shops, chanel.com
Dome rings, Pomellato ($7,350–$8,325). pomellato.it
The Chairman smartphone in red gold and black, Ulysse Nardin ($49,500). uncells.com
Fly in Black shoes, Original Penguin ($110). originalpenguin.com
Scorpio yellow-gold-plated watch, Seah ($2,995). Sowinski Jewelers, sowinskijewelers.com
Luggage tag, Montblanc ($100). montblanc.com
Holiday gift basket, Santa Maria Novella ($2,054). Bal Harbour Shops, lafcony.com/smn
Erine sunglasses, Chloé ($330). chloe.com
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Extra Presents… More goodies for everyone on your list!

Crocodile handbag, Tod’s ($18,500). tods.com

Elements 2 Libra bracelet, Seah ($1,995). seahwatches.com
Nightflight hold-all bag, Montblanc ($1,325). montblanc.com
Sterling round cuff links, Ralph Lauren ($495). ralphlauren.com
VSOP Hot Holiday Bottle, Rémy Martin ($50). remy.com
Crocodile iPad cover, Kelly Locke ($895). kellylocke.com
Ecuadorian wrapped cigars, La Palina ($220). lapalinacigars.com
Jingle Nail Rock Gift Set, Piggy Paint ($24.99). piggypaint.com
Suede boot, Ferragamo ($550). ferragamo.com
Co-op birthday notebook, Marc by Marc Jacobs ($29.95). barneys.com
Dita Von Teese cocktail coffret, Cointreau ($299). cointreau.com
Chocolate gift set, Max Brenner ($39). maxbrenner.com
Paper New York (Rizzoli/Universe, $19.95) by Kell Black. rizzoli.com
Wireless speakers, Zikmu ($1,600). zikmu.parrot.com
Tulle mini skirt, Ann Taylor ($98). anntaylor.com
Flaming Heart 2010, Compass Box Whisky Company ($100). compassboxwhisky.com
M9 Titanium camera, Leica ($26,500). leica.com
Eco boombox, Merkury Innovations ($19.99). merkuryinnovations.com
Hardcover People You’d Like To Know (Omnibus Press, $34.95), with photography of legendary musicians by noted photographer Herb Wise. amazon.com
Brut Fleur de Champagne with glass gift set, Perrier-Jouët ($130). perrier-jouet.com
The Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book (Universe Publishers, $45). barnesandnoble.com
Cowhide notebook, Cartier ($270). cartier.com
Sunglasses, Burberry ($200). burberry.com
Caiman alligator belt, Torino Elite ($495). lesrichards.com
Jeweled baby slipper, Libby Edelman ($19.90). hsn.com
Silver Limited Edition Bottle, Belvedere ($29.99). belvedere.com
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It’s a Gift Our favorite presents for an edgy ingénue

Marilyn Monroe portrait with ruby-red crystals on sparkling silver canvas, Bert Stern ($35,000). Keszler Gallery, keszlergallery.com
The Best of Helmut Newton: Selections from His Photographic Work by Zdenek Felix ($35). Strand, strandbooks.com
Black silk satin pointed-bra bodysuit with back-stitch detail, La Perla Jean Paul Gaultier Collection Createur ($980).
Black cadet boot, Burberry ($1,095). burberry.com
Hand-detailed medium square tray with 22k gold detail, Waylande Gregory ($295). Bergdorf Goodman, waylandegregory.com
Satin puffer jacket in Studio Gray, Ann Taylor ($198). anntaylor.com
Mis En Dior bracelet, Dior ($1,400). diorcouture.com
Malachite cuff, Jack Vartanian ($9,970). jackvartanian.com
Mink brass knuckles bag, Yves Saint Laurent ($995). ysl.com
La Marca Prosecco ($17). Chelsea Wine Country, 212-366-4904
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Cutie Beauty Gifts The season’s most elegant makeup, fragrances and beauty items
Dior Minaudiere in Pink Golds ($80). nordstrom.com

Annick Goutal 2010 Noël limited edition candle ($295). barneys.com
RéVive Limited Edition Artbox 8 ($575). reviveskincare.com
Clarisonic Sephora Holiday Set ($225). sephora.com
Dolce & Gabbana The Make Up Lip Jewels palette ($60). saksfifthavenue.com
Diptyque holiday candles in Oliban, Pine and Orange Spice ($68 each). diptyqueparis.com
Sisley Limited Edition Eau du Soir eau de parfum ($290). neimanmarcus.com
Estée Lauder Pleasures Playful Squirrel by Jay Strongwater ($275). saksfifthavenue.com
Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady ($280). barneys.com
La Prairie Limited Edition Precious Platinum Rare Collection ($950). saksfifthavenue.com
Kai Holiday Trio ($49). barneys.com
Kilian Limited Edition Silver Travel Set (from $155). saksfifthavenue.com
La Mer the Luxury Essentials ($395). lamer.com
Lafco Avenue Boulevard de Waterloo Chocolate Dahlia candle ($48). lafco.com
Honore des Pres Love Coco eau de parfum ($98). spacenk.com
Molton Brown A Clockwork Orange gift set ($55). moltonbrown.com
Saffron James Parfums Ipo eau de parfum ($85). saffronjames.com
Tocca Coffret Set ($42). sephora.com
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Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Fantasy Gifts 2010

by Deidre Woollard via [Luxist] It’s here! Neiman Marcus has unveiled the fantasy offerings in its always eagerly anticipated Christmas Book. This year’s offerings include a Tequila Avion private party by Colin Cowie, a Dale Chihuly pool installation, a gourd ukulele handmade by Danny Ferrington, and a limited edition Leica M9 camera. This year’s featured car is the 2011 Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible. The Christmas book began in 1926 as a 16-page booklet initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. The 2010 Christmas Book marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary His and Hers fantasy gifts. To celebrate Neiman Marcus is selling a one-of-a-kind precious jewelry charm bracelet as one of this year’s fantasy gifts. Each charm represents a memorable His and Hers gift from years past, including an airplane, a Chinese Junk, a hot air balloon, a camel, a sarcophagus, a Buffalo calf, a windmill, an ostrich, a Shar-Pei puppy, a robot, and a vintage motorcycle. Stanley Marcus debuted the His and Hers gift in 1960 with matching Beechcraft airplanes that cost $176,000. This years His and Hers gift is the MetroShip Houseboat costing $250,000. This year is the first time customers may access the Christmas Book on Apple’s iPad via the “NM Editions” app. When in Wi-Fi hot spots, customers can place orders directly from the iPad viewer. More details in the gallery below and in the video after the jump.

Check out previous years here: 2009–highlights included an ICON A5 sport aircraft with custom trailer and sport pilot license training for two for $150,000, an Algonquin Round Table Experience with Christopher Buckley, Roz Chast, Nora Ephron, Malcolm Gladwell, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Adam Gopnik, John Lithgow, Anna Deavere Smith and George Stephanopoulos for $200,000 and the HALL Artisan Wine and Art Experience for $20,000. 2008–highlights included the entire end zone for you and your friends at a Dallas Cowboy’s game, including tailgate party with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders for $500,000, his-and-hers life-sized Lego sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya for $60,000 each, your own stable of a dozen or so thoroughbreds, trained and managed by Three Chimneys Farm for $10 million and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in your backyard for $1 million. 2007–highlights included a dragon topiary for $35,000, his and hers portraits done in chocolate syrup by artist Vik Muniz for $110,000, a classical music concert by the Kirov Orchestra for you and 499 friends and a two-person Neiman Marcus edition Gem Triton submarine. 2006--highlights included tickets on a Virgin Galactic charter to space, a seven-foot tall pencil skyscraper for $40,000, your own $100,000 backyard waterpark and the house of Jacques Fath Couture Archives for $3.5 million. 2005–highlights included a Moller Skycar for $3.5 million, your own classic photobooth for $20,000, a steam-style 2-6-2 locomotive, a $1.2 million jewel collection and a performance by Elton John for $1.5 million.

LUXURY GIFTS FROM THE 2010 NEIMAN MARCUS HOLIDAY CATALOG!

Posted by — THE DOKTOR via [DeckThe Holidays]

Luxury retailer Nieman Marcus is out with its 2010 holiday gift guide. The catalog, which began as a Christmas card for shoppers in 1915, showcases the latest in fashion, shoes,jewelry and luxury items. Here is a listing of the featured luxury items that appear in this years catalog.

His and Hers Metroship Luxury Houseboat

On the 50th anniversary of His and Hers gifts, it is called the ultimate romantic retreat. With a 40 foot by 12 foot open floor plan and 7 foot high ceiling. Built as a luxury loft that floats. It has all the “bells and whistles” a loving couple could want in a little retreat from everyday life. Twin 60 hp Honda outboard engines. Price: $250,000.00 

Diamond and Gold His and Hers 50th Anniversary Charm Bracelet

Crafted from one of a kind 11 marquise-cut diamonds. Certified fancy-and extremely rare-naturally colored diamonds in the collection include richly hued pink, blue, and orange diamonds. The centerpiece diamonds have micropave settings and are surrounded by 18-kt white gold. Displayed from a classic link bracelet with a diamond lobster-claw clasp. The charms commemorate His and Hers gifts over the years. Only one will be created. Price: $248,000.00 

Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition Camera

Limited to a worldwide edition of 50, the Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition is the only camera that combines the classic Leica M shooting experience with the latest digital technology. It also is the world’s only digital rangefinder camera with interchangeable lenses and a full-frame 18 megapixel sensor to capture ultrahigh resolution images. The body of the camera is covered in ostrich leather trim with a matching strap. The 2.5 inch LCD screen is protected by sapphire cover glass. It also can be personally delivered by a Leica photography expert and include a private training and orientation session. Price: $17,500.00

2011 Neiman Marcus Editin Camaro Convertible

The Chevrolet Camaro gets a luxury convertible makeover just in time for the holidays. Regular production will not even begin until 2011. Neiman Marcus exclusive edition of just 100. It has 6.2 liter V8 engine with choice of 428 hp six-speed manual or 400 hp six-speed automatic. Brembo brakes all around with Pirelli P-Zero ultrahighperformance tires, Boston Acoustics premium 7 speaker sound system. The NM edition will come also with tri-coat exterior paint in Deep Bordeaux with ghosted strips. The Pirellis are mounted on exclusive 21 inch spoke wheels with Brilliant Red detailing. Leather interior with red accents on the center console, steering wheel, and shift knob. Price: $75,000.00 

Tory Burch Family Chariot Electric Tricycle

 Handbuilt tricycle for three by Worksman Cycle. The company invented the delivery tricycle in 1898 for ice cream vendors. Features styling by Tory Burch. It has plush bucket seats with swivel armrests, seat belts, a footboard, and a retractable canopy. When you get tired of pedaling flip a switch which activates a clean-energy electric drive system. It also has turn signals and flashing LED pedals. Price: $4,500.00 

Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan’s Candy Bar

 Handcrafted from 381 pounds of gingerbread and 517 pounds of royal icing. Stands 6.6 feet high by 5.25 feet wide by 4.1 feet long. It includes giant cookies, lollipops, gummies, mints, gumdrops, and a candy-encrusted roof. There is also a lollipop tree inside. Price: $15,000.00 

Tequila Avion Private Party by Collin Cowie

 You can introduce 75 guest to the ultimate tequila-at the ultimate event, hosted in your home. A magical, memorable evening will be created just for you by celebrity planner, Colin Cowie. It also includes a gourmet culinary experience from celebrity chef Todd English. Savor signature Tequila Avion cocktails from mixologist Yusef Austin, and enjoy music from celebrity DJ Donnie d’Cruz. You also get a personal keepsake of a one-of-a-kind bottle of Tequila Avion commemorating its launch, signed by the dream team (and your guests, if you wish). Price: $125,000.00 

Dale Chihuly Pool Sculpture Installation

 Internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly creates breathtaking designs in glass. A glass art installation measuring up to 22 feet by 12 feet-at the bottom of your swimming pool. You will work with the artist’s studio for a rare inside look at Chihuly’s creative process. Price does not include any costs related to pool design and preparation, lighting, shipping or installation. Price: $1,500,000.00

Danny Ferrington Handmade Gourd Ukulele

Since 1975, he’s been quietly handcrafting custom string instruments for legends such as George Harrison, Johnny Depp, Keith Richard’s, and Chrissie Hynde. The son of a Louisiana cabinetmaker, the music worlds premier creator of custom guitar’s and string instruments. He will create classic four-string concert ukuleles, using split gourds as the bodies. He will build each one from scratch, with hand -selected woods for acoustics and balance and rich mother-of-pearl inlays. Price: $6,000.00 

Customized Marfa, TX, Experience

 What exactly is going on in Marfa? It’s a thriving international hub for art, culture, architecture, and nature. Enjoy private tours of The Judd and Chinati foundation’s. Both were created by visionary artist Donald Judd. Explore the beauty of the high dessert mountains from a glider. Explore Big Bend National Park, also includes limited-edition boxed print series by Arber and Sons. Includes gourmet meals and luxury accommodation’s in a private home designed and decorated by Houston designer Barbara Hill. Price: starting at $9,500.00 per couple (price does not include transportation)

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From our friends at Food52.com, whose weekly recipe contests we’ve been featuring on HuffPost Food, comes this clever collection of recipes that can be whipped up in the waning days of Holiday gift-giving.

Salted Pumpkin Caramels

By cheese1227

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

Cheese1227’s caramels really evoke the essence of fall, and her approach is elegant not heavy-handed. The earthiness of pumpkin, softened with cream, permeates each chewy bite, followed by a whisper of spice, and the delicate crunch of fleur de sel is a clever detail, offsetting the sweetness of the candy. The toasted pepitas are addictive even on their own (make sure to save some for the bottom of the baking dish!); they give each of the finished caramels a beautifully lacquered, dusty green cap. – A&M

I recently made the fetching brown butter pumpkin layer cake featured on the cover of the latest issue of Fine Cooking. That batter just cried out to be sampled. It tasted as I imagined pumpkin caramels would. Seeing as serving raw cake batter is frowned upon these days, I had to come up with a safer alternative to this wonderful taste profile. – cheese1227

Makes 64, 1-inch caramels
  • 2/3 cup unsalted pepitos
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup good maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in chunks
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon fleur de sel
  1. Dry toast the pepitos in a skillet until they start to pop.
  2. Line the bottom and the sides of an 8-in square glass pan with parchment. Butter the parchment on the sides of the pan. Evenly spread out the toasted pepitos on the bottom of the pan, on top of the parchment.
  3. In a saucepan, combine heavy cream, pumpkin puree and spices. Get this mixture quite warm, but not boiling. Set aside.
  4. In a second heavy bottomed pan, with sides at least 4 inches high, combine the sugar, both syrups and water. Stir until the sugars are melted, Then let it boil until it reaches 244 degrees (the soft ball point on a candy thermometer). Then very carefully add the cream and pumpkin mixture, and slowly bring this mixture to 240 degrees as registered on a on a candy thermometer. This can take awhile — like 30 minutes — but don’t leave the kitchen, watch it carefully and stir it more frequently once it hits 230 degrees to keep it from burning at the bottom of the pan.
  5. As soon as it reaches the 240, pull it off the heat and stir in the butter and lemon juice. Stir vigorously so that butter is fully incorporated.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Let cool 30 minutes and sprinkle the salt over the top. Let the caramels fully set (at least 2 hours) before using a hot knife to cut them into 1-inch squares and wrapping them individually in waxed paper.

Secret Cookies

By Veronica, posted about 1 year ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

This recipe has truly been kept a “Secret” for 30 years but now is the time to release it. It was given to me by an elderly lady who had been given it by an even more elderly Swedish lady. The proviso: “After I’m ‘gone’, you may give out the recipe.” The same proviso was given to me…so, here it is. Be sure to use salted butter!

Makes About 80 cookies
  • 3/4 pounds salted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • Red, green or multi-colored sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Add the yolks and vanilla, mixing well. Add the flour and combine thoroughly.
  2. Use mounded teaspoonfuls and make balls of dough with your hands. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, then flatten the dough with the bottom of a patterned glass dipped in colored sugar (don’t mix the red and green!).
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes (watch carefully as they burn easily), until the cookies are lightly golden just around the edges. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheets for a minute or two and then gently transfer to baking racks to cool — they’re fragile.

Cocoa Pear Crisps

By Rivka

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

These pear crisps aren’t the most obvious “Open House Dish,” until you taste them, and then all becomes clear: you don’t want to be eating big baked dishes at an open house. You want somewhat light, intensely flavored food that can be eaten out of hand. The flavor of these delicous pears, which are seasoned with cocoa and spices, concentrates as they bake, and you end up with a chip that’s warped and brown, like a fossilized pear. Don’t bake them too long — you want crisp edges and slightly chewy centers. Then pile them into a bowl, and make sure you tell your guests they’re edible! They’ll love you forever. – A&M

I developed these pear chips for an iron chef competition a couple years back. The secret ingredient was cocoa, my fridge was near-empty save for a couple of pears, and I had an hour. I used galangal, which is a bit spicy like ginger, but also delightfully fruity. The result was unexpectedly delicious, the perfect thing to have out on a table during an open house. – Rivka

Makes about 60 crisps
  • 3 very firm pears
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons powdered galangal, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (if not using galangal, increase this to 1 teaspoon)
  • 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  1. Preheat oven to 275°F. Halve each pear and use a melon baller to scoop out the core (including the stem).
  2. Set a mandoline to the 1/8-inch setting, and slice each pear half into about 10 very thin slices. Occasionally, the 1/8-inch setting will cause the pears to mush or crumble. In this case, the 1/4-inch setting will work, though the crisps will need an extra 15 minutes or so in the oven.
  3. Mix sugar and spices in small bowl. Place pear slices on rack set over baking sheet. Alternatively, place slices on silpat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with spiced sugar. Bake until almost dry, about 1 hour, turning the slices over and the sheets around half way through to ensure even baking. Cool on rack or sheet. Store airtight up to 2 days.

Gin Fruit

By amanda

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Most years, in early December, my mother starts making a jar of gin fruit for the holidays. Her recipe is mindlessly simple — layer your favorite dried fruits with some spices, cover with booze. Then all there is to do is wait a week. I think it’s ok to sneak a few tastes before then, don’t you? My mother pointed out that you may need to replenish the gin after a day or two, as the fruit soaks up the alcohol. And the fruit is best consumed within a few weeks, before the fruit’s sugars begin turning the booze to syrup. I’d suggest passing it alongside a cheese course, spooning it over ice cream or cake (with some of the macerating liquid!), or adding it toward the end of cooking roast pork.

Serves about 1 quart
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1 cup plump prunes
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 8 cloves
  • 8 long strips clementine peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • About 375 ml gin
  1. In a large bowl, combine the dried fruit.
  2. To a lidded 1-quart glass jar, add 1/4 of the fruit. Add 1/4 of the sugar, cloves and clementine peel. Repeat 3 more times. Push the cinnamon stick into the center of the fruit. Pour over enough gin to just cover the fruit. Seal the jar with a lid. Let sit for a week before eating, replenishing the gin as needed.

Chocolate Swirl Cinnamon Marshmallows

By notlazy.rustic.

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

If you’ve never made marshmallows you should try these — we had a ball with this recipe! You pour hot sugar syrup into gelatin and then let the mixer work its magic, whipping up the marshmallow until it fluffs and gets bouncy. Once the marshmallow is shaped and set, you snip it into whatever size or shape marshmallows you want. For a child’s treat, notlazy.rustic.’s marshmallows have an adult touch — they’re scented with chocolate and cinnamon, and not too much of either. You’ll probably eat all of them plain, but you might also try dropping a few into hot chocolate. – A&M

I fell in love with making homemade marshmallows a couple years ago. It took only one batch to realize how easy they are to make and that most people are very surprised to learn marshmallows can be made at home (one of many reasons I like giving them as gifts). After finding a no-fail recipe in Gourmet, I’ve felt much more comfortable tweaking elements to create my own. These are perfect for the winter – a vanilla-infused marshmallow that’s been swirled with chocolate and sealed in a cinnamon-cocoa powder coat. For the chocolate, I like to go dark (here, I used a bar with 75% cacao to offset the sweetness of the rest of the square). – notlazy.rustic.

Serves 1 9×9 square

chocolate swirl marshmallow:

  • 2.5 ounces dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 3 packets (.25 ounces each) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 large pinch kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

cocoa powder-cinnamon coating:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Lightly grease a 9×9-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray or oil; set aside.
  2. In mini food processor, chop chocolate 45 seconds, or until the chocolate is the size of tiny pebbles; you could also use a knife or spice grinder for this. Set aside.
  3. Place 1/2 cup water in bowl of electric mixer; sprinkle gelatin over water, distributing well. Let stand while you prepare the syrup.
  4. In medium saucepot, combine remaining water, sugar, corn syrup and salt; cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium; bring to a boil without stirring. Add candy thermometer; cook, without stirring, but brushing down sides with a pastry brush dipped in cold water, until the mixture registers 240˚F (soft-ball stage). Let sit 1 minute.
  5. Turn electric mixer on, on low speed. Carefully pour hot sugar mixture in a stream into mixer bowl; once the mixture is incorporated, gradually increase speed to high. Beat 12-14 minutes, or until mixture is opaque and very thick. Turn mixer off. Add vanilla extract; beat 30 seconds. Add chopped chocolate and beat 15-20 seconds more, or until just melted and swirled through, but not completely combined.
  6. Immediately transfer marshmallow to the greased pan (use a greased spatula to transfer any that sticks to the bowl). Lightly wet your hands and smooth top of marshmallow. Set aside, uncovered, until firm (about 2 hours).
  7. Meanwhile, in bowl, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, cocoa powder and ground cinnamon.
  8. Using scissors dipped in confectioners’ sugar mixture, cut marshmallow into squares, tossing in powder and dusting off excess as you go. (They will be incredibly sticky, but as soon as you toss them in the sugar-cocoa powder mixture, they will be easy to package.) Package in an airtight box or plastic gift bag that is tied very well.

Oaxacan Cinnamon Chocolate Macaroons

By robinbeth, posted 9 months ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

If Laduree had a location in Mexico, this would be their signature treat. Perfectly crisp and airy, with just the right amount of lift, robinbeth’s macaroons are gently spiced with cinnamon and tinted the lightest shade of brown with just a touch of cocoa powder. The rich, sweet ganache, made of melted Mexican chocolate, butter and a dash of cream, echoes the spice of the cookies and the sugar crystals crunch pleasantly between your teeth. Intimidated by French-style macarons? This is the perfect recipe for your first attempt. – A&M

In the Mexican city of Oaxaca, almonds are ground into a rough paste with cacao, cinnamon, and sugar and hardened into thin fingers of chocolate. The distinctive mixture is used in the city’s famous mole sauces and melted into rich hot chocolate which the Oaxacans drink more regularly than coffee. The warm, spicy smell of toasted cacao, cinnamon and almonds fills the city, as crowded storefront grinders are endlessly turning and the mercado stalls are crowded with vendors selling secret family recipes. The Oaxacan trio of cinnamon, chocolate, and almonds is so lovely, that I was inspired to make macaroons with the same flavors. Put on a Lila Downs album, and enjoy these delicious cookies with a cup of Oaxacan hot chocolate or a glass of Mezcal, the region’s smoky alcohol made from roasted agave hearts.

Serves 40 1.5 inch cookies or 20 sandwiches

Macaroon Ingredients:

  • 100 grams egg whites (about 3 eggs, left at room temperature for 24 hours)
  • 50 grams granulated sugar
  • 125 grams almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill, made from ground blanched almonds)
  • 175 grams confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder or raw cacao
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cream of tartar

Ganache Ingredients:

  • 150 grams Mexican chocolate (can be found in most supermarkets, gourmet shops, or ordered online)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Measure egg whites and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours in a covered bowl. Aging the whites helps them thin and will create a better textured macaroon.
  2. Line two cookie pans with parchment paper and trace 1.5 inch circles on the paper, keeping the circles about one inch apart. Preheat your oven to 300 F.
  3. Pulse the almond flour, confectioners sugar, cinnamon and cocoa in a food processor until it is a finely mixed powder. Sift into a large bowl.
  4. Put egg whites in stainless steel bowl and beat on low with a hand mixer until frothy. Add salt and cream of tartar, and slowly mix in the granulated sugar. Once the sugar is all incorporated, increase mixer speed to medium and beat until meringue forms stiff peaks. The meringue should look glossy and remain in place when the bowl is tipped on its side.
  5. Using a silicone spatula, fold the almond and sugar mixture into the egg whites one-third at a time. You do not have to be gentle, instead use brisk strokes to fold the mixture together completely, this will help reduce the air in the meringue and keep the macaroons from being too puffy.
  6. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag or a ziplock. If using a ziplock, cut off a 1/4 inch tip from the corner. Pipe the mixture in a spiral to fill each 1.5 inch circle on the parchment paper. Allow the unbaked cookies to sit out for 30 minutes, until the cookies have a matte texture and are no longer sticky.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool and then peel very gently off the parchment paper.
  8. Make ganache while the cookies cool. Melt chocolate in double boiler. Whisk in heavy cream and butter and stir mixture over gently boiling water until it is smooth and shiny.
  9. When the cookies and filling are cool, spread or pipe the ganache on the flat side of one macaroon and create a sandwich with a second one.
  10. Eat.

White Chocolate Snowflakes

By merrill, posted 11 months ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

When I was young, my mother made lots of different kinds of cookies in the weeks leading up to Christmas. These “snowflakes” (which technically aren’t really cookies, but no matter) were among my favorites because they were simple enough that my sister and I could actually help my mother make them. We often filled tins with these to take to our teachers before school let out for Christmas vacation. I’ve never been a huge fan of the bland sweetness of white chocolate, but when it’s combined with something salty — like pretzels, or the salted peanuts in these snowflakes — I can be swayed. Really, these snowflakes are just Rice Krispies treats for grownups. Of course, if you don’t like white chocolate, or Rice Krispies, you can experiment with milk or dark chocolate or use different types of cereal (I think Cheerios would be pretty good). Best of all, the snowflakes take all of 15 minutes to make, leaving you with plenty of time to write cards or wrap presents or do whatever else you don’t have enough time to do.

Makes about 40 snowflakes
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup salted roasted peanuts
  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Stir in the Rice Krispies and the peanuts, coating the dry ingredients evenly in the chocolate.
  2. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the mixture in little mounds onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment (no need to space them apart too much as you won’t be baking them, so they won’t spread). Refrigerate uncovered until the chocolate hardens, at least 30 minutes, before eating. Once they’ve hardened, store the snowflakes in the refrigerator in a sealed container so the chocolate doesn’t melt.

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Chewy Sugar Cookies #2

By mrslarkin, posted 8 months ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

Mrslarkin’s classic sugar cookie makes use of three sugars: granulated, light brown and turbinado. The granulated gives the cookie a foundation of sweetness, the light brown adds caramel notes and the turbinado’s in there for a little snap. They’re crisp and buttery on the edges and chewy through the center. Perfect for dunking and ice cream sandwiches, we think! Note, if baking them on a dark, non-stick baking sheet, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees (this is a good general rule for all baking). – A&M

One of the things I like best about this sugar cookie is that it’s not tooth-achingly sweet. It’s got a nice proportion of crunch-to-chew. And it’s so sparkly from the turbinado sugar! The inspiration behind this cookie came from the New York Times’ chocolate chip cookie recipe, printed March 1, 2000, one of the best chewy cookies I’ve ever tasted. – mrslarkin

Serves about 2 dozen
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose unbleached flour (I use King Arthur)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup turbinado, or course sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugars for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl. Continue beating for another minute. Scrape bowl again.
  3. Add vanilla. Beat for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl.
  4. Add egg. Beat for 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl.
  5. Add flour, salt and baking soda. Beat 1 minute. Scrape sides of bowl and beat for another minute.
  6. Place course sugar in small, shallow bowl. Using a small cookie/ice cream scoop (mine is 1 ½“ in diameter), scoop balls of dough and drop a few at a time in the course sugar and gently roll around. Place balls of dough on parchment, leaving about 1 ½“ space around each. My pans fit 12 cookies very comfortably.
  7. Do not press the balls down. This will ensure a chewy middle.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, turning and reversing pans midway through baking. Resist the urge to bake your cookies longer, or they won’t be chewy. The tops don’t get much color, but the bottoms will be nicely golden.
  9. Place pans on cooling racks. When cool, store cookies in air-tight containers.

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Figgy Pudding Butter Cookies

By Helenthenanny, posted about 1 year ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

Like mince pies in cookie form, these delicate biscuits melt in your mouth, leaving a hit of sweet figs and a whisper of brandy on your tongue. Helenthenanny’s rich, sophisticated cookies are not only delicious to eat but also lovely to look at, drizzled as they are with a spiced brandy glaze. Make sure to squeeze as much liquid as possible from the softened figs, and do not be alarmed if the dough seems wet before you chill it — it will firm up in the fridge. – A&M

My little invention smells and tastes just like the holidays! I got this idea from the traditional ingredients in figgy pudding. These little butter cookies are studded with chunks of soft fig, orange zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg, AND they get a generous drizzle of brandy-sugar glaze. The aroma from making these delicious cookies fills your house with holiday cheer, and the buttery goodness will fill your belly too!

Serves 3 dozen small cookies

For the Cookies:

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (from one orange)
  • 8-10 large dried Turkish or Caliymirna Figs (the light brown ones)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups (or 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups Confectioners sugar
  • 1 large egg

For the Brandy-Sugar Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cup Confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  1. Sift together flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Dice figs into small chunks and put them in a saucepan with the milk. Heat on low, stirring occasionally for about 15.
  3. Put 1 1/2 sicks of softened butter in the bowl of the electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on med-high until the butter is fluffy, about two minutes.
  4. Sift 3/4 cup of confectioners sugar into the fluffy butter and mix until smooth.
  5. Add in one egg and reduce speed to low.
  6. Add in flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  7. Strain the figs from the milk. Add them, along with the orange zest, to the dough. Fold in until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  8. After the dough has cooled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough until it is 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 inch round cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, spaced one inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  9. While the cookies are baking, combine all the ingredients for the Brandy-Sugar Glaze in a saucepan on med-low heat, and stir often, until the sauce comes together. After the cookies have cooled, use a fork to drizzle the warm glaze on them.
  10. Please enjoy and have the happiest of holidays!

Mom’s Flapjacks

By Londonfoodieny

Photo: Melanie.Einzig

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

Probably not the sort of flapjacks you have in mind, these are what all granola bars aspire to be. Chewy, crispy and rich with butter, these oatmeal squares (or wedges, like ours) are made with golden syrup (the British answer to maple syrup, only milder), rolled oats, and a variety of seeds (pumpkin, sesame and sunflower). Londonfoodieny’s flapjacks couldn’t be easier to throw together (melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup, stir in the dry ingredients, spread in a pan and bake), but the rewards are great. Because of all the butter and sugar, the edges of the flapjacks crisp to a lovely golden brown, and if you cook them properly, the centers remain slightly chewy. We used a non-stick pan — otherwise, make sure to use parchment, or you’ll be scraping out the hardened sugar for days. – A&M

Serves 9-20 depending on greediness
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • heaped 1/3 cups golden syrup
  • 4 1/4 cups 1 minute oats
  • 1 heaping tablespoon flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 handfuls pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • scant 1/4 cups sesame seeds
  1. Heat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4. If you have a fan or convection oven reduce the temperature and cooking time but ideally turn the fan off. Line a 20 x 30 cm baking tin with greaseproof paper (parchment paper)
  2. In a large pan, heat together the butter, sugar and golden syrup over a gentle heat, stirring until the butter has melted. Tip in the flour, oats, salt and seeds and stir to combine.
  3. Tip your pan and spread evenly without pressing down too hard. Bake in the oven for roughly 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden (they will be slightly darker at the edges). Cut them, whilst still in the pan, straight from the oven and then leave to cool and set in the pan.

Ruggelach

By deensiebat, posted about 1 year ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

If you’ve ever made pizza, you can make rugelach, because all rugelach is, really, is dough rolled into a circle and spread with toppings. Pizza gets baked at this point whereas rugelach gets sliced and rolled into croissant-like shaped before going into the oven. Deensiebat’s rugelach is a cinch because you can make the soft, pliant dough in a food processor, then it’s just a matter of rolling it out, spreading it with apricot jam, walnuts and cinnamon sugar, and forming slices into crescents. The rugelach comes out tender and not too sweet, and while baking, some of the apricot juices seep out and caramelize on the parchment paper, giving the finished rugelach a candied edge. – A&M

Came from my New-York-born-but-Yiddish-inflected grandma, which I adapted.

Serves 64 small cookies

Dough:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 pound cold butter, cut in Tbsp-sized cubes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Filling:

  • 1 1/3 cup apricot jam
  • 1 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon-sugar (1/4 cup sugar + 2 tsp cinnamon)
  1. In a bowl or a food processor, mix together the flour, salt and sugar until combined. Add the butter, and pulse in the food processor or cut with a pastry cutter (or two knives) until it is reduced to bits that are about half the size of a pea. If using a food processor, dump the contents into a bowl at this point. Stir the vanilla into the sour cream. Using a spoon, and then your hands when needed, knead the sour cream and vanilla into the flour mixture until it is well incorporated, and the dough holds together when you squeeze it. Stop as soon as this is possible — do not over-mix. Shape the dough into four chubby disks, cover with plastic and allow to relax in the refrigerator for at least one hour (overnight is fine too).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Take a disk of dough out of the refrigerator, and place on a floured countertop or pastry mat. Roll out to a 12″ circle, trimming off the ends if needed. This dough is much softer than a traditional pastry crust, so you shouldn’t need to let it warm up before rolling. Spread 1/3 cup apricot jam over the round of dough, and sprinkle with 1/3 cup nuts and 1 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar. Taking a chef’s knife or pizza cutter, divide the dough evenly into 16 wedges. Starting from the wide base of each wedge, roll towards the center to form a crescent. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silicone liner, making sure that the tip of the crescent is pinned underneath to prevent the cookie from unrolling. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the crust is just beginning to color, about 30 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool, being careful of the hot jam. Best enjoyed the day they are made (any leftovers are best kept in the freezer).

Tipsy Maple Corn

By thirschfeld

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

We were initially seduced by “tipsy” in the title, but once we tried thirschfeld’s recipe, we fell in love with much more than the Jack-Daniels-infused syrup. There are the peanuts (we used dry roasted) and the tiny dots of pancetta — neither of which stoops to merely accessorizing the corn. The nuts give the treat heft, the pancetta salt and richness. The most important step is the oven-crisping. Be careful not to burn the edges and don’t worry if the popcorn isn’t totally crisp when you take it out of the oven — it will continue to firm up as it cools. We loved this as a Halloween treat, but it would be just as delicious paired with a good movie. – A&M

Cracker Jacks were invented to be served at the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago. Since then there have been about as many variations as boxes sold. Not one to let that stop me I jumped right in and came up with my own version. The pancetta is key for the right salty sweet combo so make sure you add all of it. And do you see what we have to deal with around here during our photo shoots. The drive by grab and go while I am looking through the view finder. – thirschfeld

Makes 2 quarts
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons bacon grease, or non flavored vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/3 cup Jack Daniels
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 3 pieces pancetta, baked until crispy and minced
  1. Place the bacon grease in a 3 quart dutch oven with a lid. Add the kernels and place the covered pot over high heat. Once the popping begins, gently shake the pot to keep the kernels from burning. Once it is done remove the lid and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In another small pot add the Jack Daniels and heat it to burn off the alcohol and reduce it by half. Add the syrup and butter and heat until the butter is melted. Season with fresh ground pepper to taste.
  3. Place the popcorn, peanuts and the pancetta into a large mixing bowl. You want to sprinkle a little of the syrup over the corn a little at a time. You want to stir as you do this. Take your time otherwise the corn will saturate with syrup and collapse and just be gooey.
  4. Once it is coated put it on a sheet tray and spread it out. Then place it in the oven and back in for 20 to 40 minutes. Sometimes it takes longer to crisp that others so just check it and stir it around about every ten minutes.

Candied Ginger Sables

By food52

Photo: food52

This recipe was a finalist in one of our test rounds. The category was for “Favorite Holiday Cookie” and the recipe was created by our friend Teresa Parker. These rich little biscuits make for a festive twist on the classic French rendition of shortbread (sablé means “sandy” in French and refers to the crumbly texture). Brown sugar lends a mellow caramel quality, and we love the chewy morsels of candied ginger that creep up on you with a fiesty little kick towards the end of each bite. Teresa thought to simplify — and modernize — the original recipe for cut-out cookies, which came from Gourmet (June, 1992), by shaping the dough into a log and slicing it into neat discs. It may seem like a minor alteration, but it dramatically decreases the time from mixer to mouth!

Makes about 60 cookies
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups finely chopped candied ginger
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, brown sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the ground ginger and salt. Add these to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until the ingredients are just combined. Add the candied ginger and beat for a few more seconds to incorporate.
  2. Divide the dough in half and gently roll into two slim cylinders of about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the cylinders tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F. At this point, if the cylinders have slumped or flattened at all, re-roll them a bit to make them perfectly round. Cut the dough into 1/4-inch slices and arrange them an inch apart on baking sheets (use parchment paper if your baking sheets are dark). Bake the cookies until they are light golden around the edges, about 15 minutes. Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets and then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely. Dust lightly with confectioners’ sugar.

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Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries

By TheRunawaySpoon, posted 23 days ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

These delicate, crumbly little thumbprints are the perfect combination of sweet and savory, as their names suggests — they’re like a great cheese plate all wrapped into one crunchy little morsel. TheRunawaySpoon’s simple food processor dough yields tender, buttery coins flecked with blue cheese and black pepper. A good quality fig jam is crucial here; if you can’t find it, quince or pear jam would also work well. – A&M

If you are like me, you always offer to bring something when invited to someone’s house. I mean the offer, I always love an opportunity to cook for people, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with a quick idea on the fly. And when it’s one of those roaming parties – not a seated affair – choosing a dish that doesn’t have to be kept hot or cold or require and special equipment adds to the challenge. I tend to fall back on the same recipes, but I recently wanted to add one to my repertoire – after all, it gets to be the same people at parties, right? These little Fig and Blue Cheese bites are easy but very elegant, and the surprising tart and tangy with sweet combination is a real treat. – TheRunawaySpoon

Makes about 3 dozen
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • Ground black pepper
  • Fig preserves, about 3 Tablespoons
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the flour, butter, blue cheese and a few grinds of black pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the dough just comes together and starts to form a ball.
  3. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to pull the dough together. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick with a floured rolling pin. Cut rounds out of the dough with a floured 1-inch cutter and transfer the rounds to the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Using the back or a round half-teaspoon measure or your knuckle, make an indention in the top of each dough round. Spoon about ¼ teaspoon of fig preserves into each indention, using your finger to push the preserves as best as possible into the indentions.
  5. Bake the savories for 10 – 14 minutes, until the preserves are bubbling and the pastry is light golden on the bottom.
  6. Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes, the remove to a wire rack to cool.
  7. You’ll find fig preserves at the grocery – it may be shelved with the “fancy” jams and jellies. You can make these a day ahead and keep them in two layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container.

Gingered Cranberry Fig Chutney

By Oui, Chef

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

This chutney is perfect for those looking for something zippy and less sweet than a typical cranberry sauce. It combines the elements of a great chutney (mustard seeds, spices, vinegar, sugar) with other carefully selected ingredients (among them cranberries, dried figs, fresh ginger, red pepper flakes, fresh thyme and toasted hazelnuts); the result is a sophisticated, jewel-toned “cranberry sauce” with just the right ratio of sour to sweet that’s just as well-suited to roast pork or beef as it is to Thanksgiving turkey. Be careful not to cook the chutney for too long — you want it luscious and thick, not sticky. – A&M

I’ve never been much of a fan of straight-up cranberry sauce, in fact, the jellied kind makes me want to gag. I much prefer a condiment like this, that is more than just cranberries and a lot of sugar. This chutney gets it’s sweetness not just from sugar, but from raisins, some OJ and dried black mission figs. The cider vinegar and lemon juice lend a sparkling acid note, and the ginger and red pepper flakes bring heat. I finished it with some chopped, toasted hazelnuts to add an earthy crunch, and some freshly minced thyme for a hint of herbal complexity. I love the way it turned out, I’ll definitely reserve a spot for it on my Thanksgiving table.

Serves 6-8
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, skinless, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 8 dried black mission figs, cut into eighths
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, finely minced
  1. Add all the ingredients, with the exception of the chopped hazelnuts and fresh thyme, to a heavy bottomed pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to bring the mix to a simmer, and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occassionally, until the chutney thickens some. Remove from the heat, stir in the nuts and fresh thyme and let cool slightly before serving.

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Salted Almonds

By lauren, posted about 1 year ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

This is more a concept than a prototypical recipe — which is one of the reasons we like it so much. By adding a mere suspicion of sugar to her recipe for roasted salted almonds, Lauren has come up with an unusual variation on a traditional technique. Similar recipes usually call for no sugar at all, or for a larger amount of brown sugar, but this strikes a balance. The amount of sugar is just enough to soften the saltiness without actually making the nuts taste sweet. We couldn’t stop eating them, and we’re pretty sure you won’t be able to either. Try the same technique with peanuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts — whatever you have on hand. – A&M

Perfect at cocktail hour, along with a stiff drink

Serves 6 to 8
  • 1 pound whole almonds, shelled
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the almonds in the olive oil, salt, and sugar until well coated. Bake for ten minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark

By wanderash, posted about 1 year ago

Photo: Sarah Shatz

Amanda & Merrill’s Notes:

Neither of us had ever made chocolate bark before we tried this recipe, and wanderash’s version happens to be a great introduction. Waves of smooth dark chocolate are spiced with smoky ancho, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper, and studded with dried cherries, cashews and pistachios. The finished product looks lovely, packs easily and takes a total of about 20 minutes to put together. We think it makes a great holiday gift. – A&M

This is a tasty treat to spice up your fiesta or light up a lucky recipients tired holiday palate. I often make this easy dessert when I have friends coming for dinner who love wine. I know that we will sit at the table well after the meal is over and continue talking and drinking for hours. I serve this on one plate and put it in the middle of the table. It is a casual dessert, so easy to make and great with a good cabernet. I first wrapped this up a few years ago while thinking of an edible present that would not be tossed aside amongst the mountains of Christmas sugar. With so many sweets out there this subtle spicy and salty chocolate makes a great gift. Use good chocolate when making this; it will make all of the difference. And of course feel free to substitute your favorite nuts and fruits.

Serves about 3 gifts
  • 1 large ancho chili
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 3 cloves
  • 2″ cinnamon stick
  • 2/3 cups pistachio
  • 2/3 cups cashews, very lightly crushed
  • 12 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • kosher salt, or sea salt
  1. To make the spice mix, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place first 5 ingredients on a baking sheet and place in oven. Toast until fragrant or about 10 min.
  2. Remove steams and majority of seeds from the anchos. Place all spices in a spice grinder or coffee grinder and pulverize. You may need to grind spices in batches.
  3. Toast the nuts by placing them on the baking sheet and put in the oven. Check after 10 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let cool.
  4. Place ¾ of the chocolate in a bowl and slowly melt the chocolate, either in the microwave checking and stirring it every 25 seconds or over a double broiler on the stovetop.
  5. When all of the chocolate is melted, take it off of the heat and add in the remaining chocolate, stir until it is completely melted.
  6. Add one to two teaspoons of the spice mix. Add one at a time and taste; add more if you want it to be spicier. I like a subtle spice flavor, it keeps those eating it wondering what the secret spice could be.
  7. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Spread out the nuts and cherries, reserving a few of the nuts to decorate the top.
  8. Sprinkle salt over the nuts and cherries.
  9. Pour the chocolate onto the pan, covering the nuts and cherries in an even layer. Add remaining nuts to the top of chocolate and press them into the chocolate.
  10. Put in fridge and allow to cool for 45 min. Break into pieces and keep in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Father’s Day Entertainment Gifts – Guide for
2010

 

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Bamboo Shoots Photography

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Techno Storm Party Lights

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Price: $425.00

Young At Heart Art

Monkey up a Coconut Tree

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Description:
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Akadema Patriot
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Patriot Series

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The Fancy Color Diamond Book

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Moroccan Backgammon/Chess Box

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“Seven Deadly Sins”
(Photomontage Print)

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Santa Fe Flyer
Bachmann Train

Santa Fe Flyer

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Description:
For many of today’s fathers, model trains are a hobby that
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of the American landscape. Powered by a mighty Sante Fe FT Diesel
locomotive with its distinctive “war bonnet” pain scheme, this sleek
and powerful train deftly handles the every-changing terrain of the
Southwest U.S. The Sante Fe Flyer ready-to-run train set includes
diesel locomotive with operating headlight, open quad hopper, gondola,
off-center caboose, body mounted E-Z Mate couples, snap-fit EZ Track
including 11 pieces of curved track and one curved plug-in terminal
retailer, power pack and speed controller, and illustrated instruction
manual.
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Price: $97.00

Livespeakr-
Perfecting Portable Sound

Livespeakr

Livespeakr

Description:
Livespeakr™ is a unique, ultra-portable, multi-functional
speaker system that allows customers to enjoy ultimate sound quality
(15-watt speakers) on-the-go from a gadget small enough to fit in your
back pocket. The Livespeakr™ sports a distinctive “super cradle” that
locks in and protects a variety of devices, including the iPhone,
iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, iPod Touch 2G and iPod Classic. The cradle then
rotates to work in both portrait and landscape modes. It comes with a
carrying pouch to store it for travel. Committed to the environment
and user convenience, Livespeakr has a rechargeable Lithium battery for
up to 16 hours of non-stop music.
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Price: $79.99

Custom Handcrafted
Belt Buckles For Men And Women

Custom Company Logo Buckle

Custom Company Logo Buckle

Description:
Beautifully Handcrafted by our Team of In House Artisans, our
Custom Swarovski Crystal Belt Buckles make the perfect one of a kind
gift! Our buckles have adorned Professional Athletes, Models, Champion
Cheer Teams, Stylists and fashionistas all over the US. Our
Collections include Team Spirit, Breast Cancer Awareness, Personalized,
Mens Golf, and more. We also specialize in Custom Company, Team or
Organization Logos.
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Price: $49.00 to $149.00

Downtown Chic

Downtown Chic available in stores and online

Downtown Chic available in stores and online

Description:
Cortney and Robert Novogratz are a hip, young, artsy couple
with seven children, and a global reputation for their ability to
develop and design many unique properties in Manhattan and beyond.
Rebuilding entire city blocks from the ground up, they have perfected
the art of turning funky into fabulous.  Using a creative mix of high
and low for their signature look, every detail is considered and
executed with taste, luxury, confidence, always with the unexpected
twist! Their first book, DOWNTOWN CHIC, from Rizzoli delves into the
decade-long history of SIXX DESIGN, from their original projects in
Chelsea, two homes on the outer-edges of Soho, and their most recent
masterpiece at 5 Centre Market Place ,changing the entire block from a
gun shop and condemned properties to a showplace of modern, urban
elegance. Finally, the book goes outside of Manhattan to the SIXX
DESIGN country house in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, which proves
that Robert and Cortney’s special talents work in every kind of
setting!
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Website

Price: $45.00

Light, Shadow &
Skin Tone: The Complete Guide To Shooting Black & White Glamour
Photography Both Digitally And On Film

Discover why the body is beautiful in this book from  Atlantic <br/>Publishing Group

Discover why the body is beautiful in this book from
Atlantic Publishing Group

Description:
The body is a beautiful thing — and Bill Lemon can show you.
In this fifth book, Lemon uncovers the secrets of shooting black and
white photography, taking the reader to exotic locations while detailing
the similarities and differences between digital and traditional film.
Featuring both studio and outdoor settings, Light, Shadow, and Skin
Tone explains how each photo was created — image by image — and focuses
on how to manipulate light on different sets that will accent the
body’s beauty. In addition to Lemon’s style of “show by example,” he
explains the post-production process for digital photography and how
each photo was created.Complete with dozens of examples and hints on
posing and working with models, Light, Shadow, and Skin Tone is for
intermediate to advanced glamour photographers eager in refining their
skills. Lemon discusses the equipment used, the type of light, fill
flash, exposures, as well as the time of day that produces the best
image and how to use the light to your advantage.
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Price: $39.95

Learning In Motion:
101 + Sensory Activities For The Classroom

Author(s): Patricia Angermeier, Joan Krzyzanowski, and  Kristina <br/>Keller Moir

Author(s): Patricia Angermeier, Joan Krzyzanowski,
and Kristina Keller Moir

Description:
Age-appropriate activities for every week of the school year!
Ideal for preschool, kindergarten, and primary classes, each activity
has been developed to attract and keep children’s interest by using a
multi-sensory approach, in order to improve children’s learning and
behavior. Learning in Motion is perfect for preschool teachers,
kindergarten teachers, primary school teachers, special educators,
support personnel, staff-development specialists, early-childhood
specialists, and more!
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Price: $39.95

Massage Envy Gift
Cards

Massage Envy gift cards are perfect for Father's Day

Massage Envy gift cards are perfect for Father’s Day

Description:
Massage Envy gift cards are the perfect present for Father’s
Day. More men are taking advantage of regular massage as a part of
their fitness and wellness routines. Starting as low as $39, Massage
Envy gift cards can be purchased online and e-mailed directly to the
recipient. Give the dad in your life the gift of relaxation for
Father’s Day this year!
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Price: $39.00 to $59.00

Framed Art Prints
From Tim Aldridge

Yellow Flowers in Pond

Yellow Flowers in Pond

Description:
This holiday season, buy your special someone a framed art
print from Imagekind.com. Tim Aldridge, a San Francisco-based fine
artist, has many stunning prints available that are perfect to spruce
up your home or as a gift for women, men and kids. Framed art prints
are popular gifts because they’re personal, and they last – unlike
flowers or candy, a framed piece of art says you put some thought into
their gift!
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Price: $30.00 to $300.00

Scene It? The
Simpsons

Scene It? The Simpsons

Scene It? The Simpsons

Description:
Scene It? The Simpsons is loaded with clips, on-screen puzzles
and trivia from the first 20 seasons of the show! Show what you know
about Homer, Bart, and the rest of the citizens of Springfield, in an
engaging social game experience made for sharing with family and
friends. So, make a mad dash to the living room couch, pop the disc
into your DVD player and get ready to play the Best. Game. Ever.
Price: $29.99

Dad’s Bible: The
Father’s Plan

Dad's Bible available in hardcover and Leathersoft

Dad’s Bible available in hardcover and Leathersoft

Description:
Dad’s Bible: The Father’s Plan is the perfect gift for fathers,
fathers-to-be, and father figures of any age. The Dad’s Bible is
filled with challenging and helpful information designed to encourage
and uplift fathers whose lives will be a priceless legacy for
generations to come. Whether as a personal purchase, a Father’s Day
gift, or “just because,” Dad’s Bible is sure to draw the reader into
quality personal time with our Heavenly Father. Features include: •
Walking in Authority – 100 articles on how dads should walk in the
authority God has entrusted to them • Godly Character – 100 articles
designed to teach and challenge • Passing it on – 50 articles about
igniting the faith of the next generation • Dads in the Bible (30) – a
look at the lessons taught by biblical fathers • Building your
Children – 7 articles about nurturing and developing the potential in
your children • Insights – 250 articles giving practical, biblical
answers to life situations • Question and answer section – how to
answer the hard questions • Topical Index The Dad’s Bible is edited by
Robert Wolgemuth, a popular lay Bible teacher, speaker and best-selling
author.
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Price: $29.99 to $49.99

Party Time

Yamodo Party Time game

Yamodo Party Time game

Description:
Yamodo Party Time! is the definitive game of made-up words with
collaborative answers and drawings that are as silly or serious as the
group who is playing. Played in quick rounds, Yamodo! Party Time has
all players compete at the same time to win the current judge’s favor
by creating the “best” definition to a given made-up word and tagline.
All players have to stay on their toes though, because midway into the
round, the Judge spins the Spindoodler and the consequences add to the
fun! Write it, doodle it, and feel free to lobby the judge on why your
definition is the best. Every round has a new judge, word, and
tagline – so you never know what your mind will draw out!
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Price: $29.95

Tara Game

TARA, the royal game from Ireland

TARA, the royal game from Ireland

Description:
A new game steeped in the ancient legends of Ireland’s Celtic
heritage and royal past is the premier product from Tailten Games. TARA
is the abstract, strategy game named after the Hill of Tara in
Ireland, where legend tells that the High Kings contemplated the
conjoined ringforts of Forradh and Teach Chormac. The overhead view of
the ringforts eventually inspired the popular artistic Celtic knotwork
pattern making, now found all over the world.
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Price: $29.95

Keep It Real Rx
Game

Keep It Real board game

Keep It Real board game

Description:
Keep it real and get ready for some real personal revelations
if you are in a group that is handed the (sometimes) controversial,
conversation-sparring new board game, KEEP IT REAL Rx from
Trance4mation Games LLC. KEEP IT REAL Rx has the potential for cohesive
or explosive personality chemistry with each and every group that
experiments with it. Imagine posing questions with old friends or new
acquaintances that approach the topics of: • Sex on a first date? • If
you had the choice, what race would you want to be? • How do you think
rich and poor people feel about each other? • Do you truly believe in
“eye for an eye” or “turn the other cheek?” • What keeps love alive?
Creator of the game and CEO of Trance4mation, Leslie Robinson, explains,
“Keep It Real is a communication board game which triggers
playfulness, spontaneity, relaxation, dialogue, a full range of
communication, and mutual enjoyment. The game is non-confrontational
and gently allows each player to join in at their own pace, and in
their own time. Playing Keep It Real provides a fun and safe space for
people to share personal beliefs, convictions, feelings, fantasies,
memories, reflections, imaginations, and secret desires aloud.
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Price: $28.95

Custom Spectacular
Cakes

The possibilities are endless!

The possibilities are endless!

Description:
For seven generations Hansen’s Cakes has been making our
client’s vision a reality. From simple birthday cakes, to elaborate
sculptures, to the latest in wedding cake trends, our cakes are known
for their scrumptious flavor and excellence in design. Three locations
to serve you…we offer complimentary design consultations and cake
tastings, with no appointments necessary. Kosher, Dairy, with
gluten-free options available.
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Website

Price: $26.00
to $20,000.00

THE GIRL IN ALFRED
HITCHCOCK’S SHOWER

(Berkley Hardcover; February 2, 2009; $25.95)

(Berkley Hardcover; February 2, 2009; $25.95)

Description:
From New York Times bestselling author Robert Graysmith comes
the riveting story of what really happened to Janet Leigh’s body double
in Psycho. THE GIRL IN ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S SHOWER (Berkley Hardcover;
February 2, 2009) gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the
most iconic scenes in American film, while exploring the psychology of a
cold-blooded killer. Robert Graysmith, the author who identified the
prime suspect in the Zodiac case, now reveals a murder that could only
have happened in the shadows of Hollywood.
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Price: $25.95

Eugene Stovall,
Leading Author

Buy Now at www.eugenestovall.com

Buy Now at http://www.eugenestovall.com

Description:
FRANK YERBY is on his deathbed … and he knows it. But death
frightens Yerby not at all. Death infuriates him. Death means that none
of his literary accomplishments will be appreciated. And he will be
denied the acclaim that he deserves. But even as Yerby’s mind rages
against this unkind fate, characters from his books … his own creations
… rage against him. They accuse him of being the author of his own
failure and, in turn, casting them into oblivion. So Yerby’s characters
determine that he must unravel the mystery of the ‘victim’s guilt’. In
part one, SUMAYLA summons Frank Yerby back to 9th century Spain using
the powers Jewish mysticism. Sumayla is allied with the grand vizier
who plots to overthrow the Emir of Cordoba. In the second part, the
leader of a Voodoo cult conjures up a spell to bring Frank Yerby to
Cuba. The Voodoo priest wants Yerby to assist and protect his nephew,
PEDRO, who plans to lead an insurrection of Negro slaves and Cuban
haciendados against Cuba’s rulers.In the third part, ELLEN causes the
rape and murder of her sister and must flee only to become embroiled in
the bloody Kansas border war. When she is sold into slavery, Frank
Yerby must come to her rescue. Winner of Bronze Award in 2007 by the
Indepedent Book Publishers Association Honored by the NAACP of Hayward
South Alameda County in 2006
Price:
$25.95

Charles Phoenix’s
Retro Holiday Slide Show

Experience all the holidays like you never have before!

Experience all the holidays like you never have
before!

Description:
King of Retro Charles Phoenix returns to spread holiday cheer
with a slyly entertaining, live comedy performance that celebrates
mid-century holiday life and style. With his unstoppable enthusiasm and
wry, eagle eye for the very best and most bizarre of his massive
collection of found-Kodachrome slides, Phoenix supercharges the classic
living room slide show into a hysterical/historical celebration of
American holiday culture. It’s a 1950s and 60s New Years, Easter, 4th
of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Jubilee that’s sure to
get you in the mood for the all the holidays like you never have
before! IN COLOR! Dec. 5, 12, 20.
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Price: $25.00

Career Gear
Celebrity Tie Auction

Tie signed by Zac Efron

Tie signed by Zac Efron

Description:
This Father’s Day, give dad a unique gift while helping a good
cause. Career Gear, a nonprofit that assists disadvantaged men find and
retain employment, has received ties from such famous necks as Zac
Efron, Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis to auction off this June to
raise much-needed funds. In this time of economic uncertainty, these
men have all recognized the pressing need to help those who are
unemployed but ready to turn their lives around. The ten-day auction
will begin on June 7, 2010. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to
Career Gear. To visit the auction website once it goes live, please
visit Careergear.org. Bidding begins at $25.00
Price: $25.00

Paradise Lost Book

Paradise Lost author Richard Trainor

Paradise Lost author Richard Trainor

Description:
Author Richard Trainor’s new book details a legislative scheme
that has seemingly been used repeatedly to line the pockets of
California politicians and their cronies. Trainor found himself
threatened when he tried to shine light on what he found. Documentary
evidence provided to the FBI, the SEC, the IRS, and other government
watchdog agencies has been repeatedly ignored. Part political expose´
and part personal memoir, the book is a chronicle of California’s
descent into a state of dysfunction.
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Price: $24.95

Hipster Cocktail
Party Gift Set

Global Sophisticate 'Loungescape' Kit

Global Sophisticate ‘Loungescape’ Kit

Description:
The Global Sophisticate ‘Loungescape’ Kit is a cocktail party
gift set that includes 1 chillout CD, “Global Cocktail Chilled”, a 4
pack of boomerang coasters, 1 custom box of martini picks, a 20 pack of
‘Martini Girl’ napkins,and 3 cocktail recipes. Just slip the CD into a
stereo player, and enjoy the retro-modern glow of jet-set. after dark
music and swanky space age art…with a group of friends, that special
someone, or just relaxing at the end of a long day.
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the Website

Price: $24.95

Home After Dark:
One Man’s Memories

Home After Dark

Home After Dark

Description:
Home After Dark, an emotionally raw story of a man who –
despite “escaping” home at 16 – achieves the American Dream. By 40,
he’s comfortably wealthy and retires from a prestigious career.
Robidoux’s journey will inspire hopefuls to rise above circumstances to
achieve unimaginable success. A cautionary tale, it graciously allows
readers to learn from his mistakes. Robidoux’s success had a price tag:
losing the woman he describes as “the blood of my veins, the beat of
my heart.” By sharing intimate details from his unconventional life,
Robidoux hopes others will reach their dreams without succumbing to
societal and corporate pitfalls.
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Price: $24.95 to $25.95

Living Life After
Divorce & Widowhood: Financial Planning, Skills, And Strategies For
When The Unthinkable Happens

Learn how to cope with this title from Atlantic  Publishing Group

Learn how to cope with this title from Atlantic
Publishing Group

Description:
Losing your spouse, whether to divorce or death, is an
emotional time when finances only add to your grief and troubles. You
may feel overwhelmed that must face the your future without the help of
your spouse, or realize that you do not have the knowledge to manage
your money. Are you currently going through a divorce, or making final
arrangements for a terminally ill partner? Have you unexpectedly found
yourself a widow or widower? At Atlantic Publishing, we have a book
for that. Living Life After Divorce & Widowhood will
understandingly guide you through the steps you must take to gain
control of your finances and continue on with your life. In this book
you will learn what documents and situations you can prepare in advance
— before the loss of your spouse — so you have less to worry about
during that stressful time. If your loss was sudden, you will find this
book offers organized and easy-to-follow information on how your
finances are going change, including retirement funds, inherited monies
and life insurance, health care policies, and taxes. If you have any
children, their finances are also explained, included details on paying
for college, and dealing with custody issues. You will learn what
paperwork to complete and where you can go for additional financial,
legal and emotional help. With this book, you can rebuild your life and
take control of your financial future with the help of loved ones and
the guidance of this book.
Price: $24.95

101 Recipes For
Making Wild Wines At Home A Step-by-Step Guide To Using Herbs, Fruits,
And Flowers

Wild about wine? Find delicious recipes with this title  from <br/>Atlantic Publishing Group

Wild about wine? Find delicious recipes with this
title from Atlantic Publishing Group

Description:
Wild about wine? Who isn’t? With Thanksgiving right around the
corner and Christmas close behind, ‘tis the cooking season, and there’s
no better way toast with family and friends with glasses of homemade
wine. Do you want to learn to make wine that will wow your family and
friends for the season’s celebrations? At Atlantic Publishing, we have a
book for that. 101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines At Home has wild
wine recipes that will entice your taste buds. These recipes use the
best herbs, fruits, and flowers to create some of the most beloved
drinks. The basics of wild wine recipes are laid out here in great
detail, providing everything you need to know to understand and start
making your own wine in no time. Without the right instruction and
resources, winemaking can result in just another pile of sour grapes —
this book will walk you through every process necessary in creating
wine with your personal touch. This book doesn’t stop at step-by-step
instructions — you’ll get the history of wine and dozens of tips and
tricks from home winemakers. So grab a glass and fill it with your
creation.
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Price: $24.95

I’m Going To Be A
Dad Now What? Everything You Need To Know About First-Time Fatherhood

I'm Going To Be A Dad, Now What? Everything You Need To  Know <br/>About First-Time Fatherhood

I’m Going To Be A Dad, Now What? Everything You Need
To Know About First-Time Fatherhood

Description:
This book was written for every father who ever wanted to
understand the essential basics of starting for the first time in child
rearing. You will learn everything starting with your newborn child,
including what they will look like, how to handle the baby, take
photographs, what to expect from your spouse after she gives birth, how
the baby will be fed, burping, changing diapers, and the many
different ways in which your household will change with a newborn in
it. You will learn how to clean a young child, handle crying and
late-night feedings, get sleep, put your child to sleep, get back to
work for the first time, dress your child, and take them out of the
house.
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Price: $24.95

Remember How I Love
You

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Description:
Jerry Orbach was widely known for his brilliant portrayal of
Detective Lenny Briscoe for 12-years on the hit TV show Law &
Order, as well as for being an award-winning theater legend (having
starred in the Fantastiks, Promises Promises, 42nd Street, Chicago and
so much more). But what most of his fans did not know was that Jerry
Orbach was a true romantic. Every day in the predawn hours prior to
going to the set of Law & Order, Jerry Orbach would scribble his
wife, Elaine, a short love poem while she was asleep. REMEMBER HOW I
LOVE YOU: Love Letters from an Extraordinary Marriage with a foreword
by Sam Waterston is a collection of these poems documenting their
relationship from the mundane to the extravagant. These missives and
the accompanying photographs chronicle their 25-year love story and
provide Jerry’s fans with an inside look at this remarkable man and his
spectacular marriage.
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Price: $23.00

30 Days At 100
Percent Book – Take Your Power Back 30 Days At A Time

30 Days At 100 Percent: Changing Your Life 30 Days At A  Time

30 Days At 100 Percent: Changing Your Life 30 Days At
A Time

Description:
30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT challenges readers to complete the
sentence, “I am 100 percent when…” in eight different areas of their
lives. It further suggests that by focusing on changing only one thing
every 30 days, you can start to take your power back in month one, gain
momentum in month two, and begin to achieve again in month three by
eliminating the excuses that keep us enslaved to a life half lived.
While we can’t change what has already happened, Crystal knows from
experience that by taking responsibility for our choices, changing our
actions, attitudes and habits, we can rise above our immediate
circumstances, change course, excel and thrive––30 days at a time. Her
theory? That by changing only one thing every 30 days, expecting God’s
power and favor in your life, and refusing to take no for an answer
from anyone, including yourself, you can reclaim your power, reinvent
yourself, and step into the life of your choosing. Furthermore,
incorporating 30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT into the lives of your children,
gives the entire family a goal worthy of achieving.
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Price: $22.95 to $45.90

The Big Ass Book Of
Home Decor

The Big Ass Book of Home Decor

The Big Ass Book of Home Decor

Description:
Designer, author and television personality, Mark Montano, is
launching the next book in his effusive Big Ass Book series, The Big
Ass Book of Home Décor. Full of 103 design projects, the Big Ass Book
of Home Decór is chalk full of ideas with easy to follow instructions,
images and tips (quintessential for today’s economy). Highlights
include the “Chinese Mat-Covered Table” (reinvent your table and change
the ambience of the entire room at minimal cost); the “Incredible Ikea
Ideas” chapter (easy ways to transform your Ikea furniture into chic
one-of-a-kinds) “Must-Have Matting” (an accessible option for wall art
with endless possibilities); and the “Red-and-Gold Lace Mirror” (turn
an old mirror into a work of art).
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Price: $22.00 to $22.50

Speed Decorating

Speed Decorating sold in stores and online

Speed Decorating sold in stores and online

Description:
She does it all!  Decorate your house at top speed, using
Jill’s practical, stylish tips that will transform any abode
instantly.  For every room in the house, hot design ideas from the
definitive insider.  How to make a home (large or small) absolutely
beautiful.     Fast and easy with a checklist of suggestions –from
making the entryway welcoming, to the ultimate cook’s kitchen (without
spending a bundle) and asking the all-important question, is it a bath
or a spa? Even the excellent concept of speed cleaning.    And the
best part, anybody (even the design-challenged)   can do SPEED
DECORATING.  And turn your house from frumpy to fantastic, IN A WEEK OR
LESS! An award-winning,  professional “stager” and sought-after
interior decorator, Jill Vegas has worked with stars, socials,
heads-of-state.  She has created gorgeous homes and used her
quick-thinking flair and seven principles of decorating to sell houses
for more than asking price, even ones that have been languishing on the
market.  The book is all about embracing your inner-decorator, using
real estate “trade secrets”,  fundamentals for defining  your personal
style, and going for it.  From the “magic wand makeover” to the
boot-camp approach, JILL guides the reader through easy solutions to
create the house you’ve always wanted without taking forever.
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Price: $21.95

The Professional
Bartender’s Handbook: A Recipe For Every Drink Known — Including Tricks
And Games To Impress Your Guests

Impress your guests with some powerful potions with this  book <br/>from Atlantic Publishing Group

Impress your guests with some powerful potions with
this book from Atlantic Publishing Group

Description:
It’s a new year, and for many that means learning a new skill.
In a time of hope, mixed with stress brought on by a tough economy,
2010 has people across the country looking for a way to take the edge
off. With the help of Valerie Mellema, it’s time to sit back, relax,
and enjoy your new skill — the art of bartending. Charm your friends,
family, or even yourself, with your knowledge of fixing and mixing
drinks from The Professional Bartender’s Handbook: A Recipe for Every
Drink Known — Including Tricks and Games to Impress Your Guests. This
bartending guide is a steady pour of information for professional and
home bartenders alike, including terminology, service standards,
measurements and techniques, insight into the many aspects of owning and
operating a bar, as well as the incorporation of nearly 1,500 drink
recipes. Beneficial bartender insights tells you everything you need to
know about stocking a bar and breaking down each category of liquor,
from scotch and brandy to cordials like Amaretto and Southern Comfort.
Learn about the various types of bars that exist, from neighborhood
sports bars to nightclubs, and the differences between each, as well as
how to create an appropriate ambiance for any setting.
Price: $21.95

The Entertainment
Book

Each Entertainment book is loaded with thousands of dollars worth <br/> of valuable

Each Entertainment book is loaded with thousands of
dollars worth of valuable “2-for-1” and up-to-50 percent-off discounts
at local and national restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, car
washes, retail shopping and events.

Description:
Each Entertainment book is loaded with thousands of dollars
worth of valuable “2-for-1” and up-to-50 percent-off discounts at local
and national restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, car washes,
retail shopping, professional and college sporting events, attractions
and more. The book also includes a comprehensive and unique travel
section that offers guaranteed best rates at more than 35,000 worldwide
hotels and resorts, as well as significant savings at car rental
agencies and airlines.
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Price: $20.00 to $40.00

Passing Through, A
Novel

Passing Through

Passing Through

Description:
Passing Through by Ron Smith A disarming, deceptively rich
book, Passing Through takes you to a nerve-wracking experience as it
fantastically recounts the journey of a “soul in transition.” Follow
the passage of Dr. Palmer T. Bramlett who, in his spiritual existence,
returns to his home, makes deep friendship, touches the life of a
family, and finally understands the reasons of his spiritual
wandering—realizing his meaningful mission through the life of a blind
little girl. With a blend of humor and suspense, Smith adds enough
passion and deep feelings to make this a convincing and captivating
tale. Be enthralled with this pulsating and daunting piece of
entertainment!
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Price: $19.99 to $29.99

Fishing For Success
And Lessons From Father

In Anthony Zolezzi’s new book, “Uncharted Waters, Boat to  <br/>Boardroom; Lessons I’ve Learned” (ASM Books, 2010), the secrets of a  <br/>successful entrepreneur are very similar to the secrets of a good  <br/>fisherman.

In Anthony Zolezzi’s new book, “Uncharted Waters,
Boat to Boardroom; Lessons I’ve Learned” (ASM Books, 2010), the secrets
of a successful entrepreneur are very similar to the secrets of a good
fisherman.

Description:
Choppy times for business mean opportunity to entrepreneurs
like Anthony Zolezzi, whose new book, “Uncharted Waters, Boat to
Boardroom; Lessons I’ve Learned” (ASM Books, 2010) gives tried-and-true
“fisherman philosophies” that he says work wonders in any workplace
environment. Zolezzi’s lineage comes from a long line of San Diego tuna
fisherman, dating back to the 1800s. As a child he went out on the
boats catching fish with his father; an experience that cast his future
in the business world. Over his 30-year career Zolezzi has launched
more than 25 different companies and products all with a common theme:
eco-friendly and sustainable and writes about these stories along with
valuable lessons learned that he turns into modern business axioms that
can be applied to today’s turbulent career climate. “Uncharted
Waters, Boat to Boardroom; Lessons I’ve Learned” is available on
Amazon.com or for a preview of the book and more information visit
http://www.anthonyzolezzi.com.
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Price: $19.95

In Search Of A
Family: A Story Of An International Adoption

Learn how to adopt internationally from a couple who  experienced <br/>it first hand.

Learn how to adopt internationally from a couple who
experienced it first hand.

Description:
Their story has been more than 10 years in the making. Set in
the ex-Soviet bloc country of Ukraine, Kevin and Ginger Carlisle travel
through this young, independent republic to finally carry out their
dreams of completing their family. Though they encounter numerous
obstacles, their hopes aren’t derailed. Braving Ukrainian election
tensions and protestors, heartbreaking events, financial concerns, and
changing adoption policies, they navigate the emotional and
psychological maze of the bureaucracy and physical logistics of an
international adoption. An eleventh hour attempt by the children’s
family member jeopardizes the Carlisles’ attempt in searching for a
family. They endure the hardships of the language barrier and
infrastructure but are able to uncover the little-known beauty of
Ukraine and its people, all while placing their life in the United
States on hold. Complete with color photos from the Carlisles’
Ukranian excursion, In Search of a Family: The Story of An
International Adoption takes the reader inside a personal journey
through the unknowns of an international adoption. As their destiny
patiently waits, they keep reciting the mantra of all those who had
come before them: Keep your focus on the goal of bringing home your
children.
Price: $19.95

Move About Activity
Cards: Quick And Easy Sensory Activities To Help Children Refocus,
Calm Down…

Winner of an iParenting Media Award

Winner of an iParenting Media Award

Description:
Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this colorful 64-card deck
provides fun-filled activities that will help children develop their
sensory-motor skills in a game-like format. These cards offer
delightful activities for children of all ages and abilities. Many
activities require no special equipment, while others make use of
standard, classroom equipment to develop children’s sensory-motor
skills and improve their learning and behavior. A great tool for
parents, teachers, or therapists to use at home, at school, or in the
clinic! Includes 64 cards on a convenient snap-ring holder, “How to Use”
pamphlet, and sturdy storage box.
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Price: $19.95

Homeboy’s Soul:
Pride, Terror, And Street Justice In America

Richard Reyes, Gang Prevention Activist: “Required  reading for <br/>students, parents, school administrators, police officers  and community<br/> leaders.” Elizabeth Rhone, Mount Sinai Church of God in  Christ: “You <br/>won’t want to put this book down!

Richard Reyes, Gang Prevention Activist: “Required
reading for students, parents, school administrators, police officers
and community leaders.” Elizabeth Rhone, Mount Sinai Church of God in
Christ: “You won’t want to put this book down!”

Description:
Hollywood actor Danny De La Paz (Boulevard Nights, American Me)
states, “Homeboy’s Soul deserves to take its place among the best
literature available today on the complex and fascinating subject of
what draws a promising young life to such self-destruction.” Homeboy’s
Soul tells the true story of Don Armijo’s rise to power within Calle
Doce Los Sharkies, one of Los Angeles County’s most violent street
gangs, and delves into what life in the world of gangbangers is really
all about. Cruise the barrio with a true vato loco. Face the deadly
consequences of a movida on a rival gang. Share the private thoughts
and fears of a real-life Chicano child-turned-killer. Experience the
love and mistrust, the terror and boredom and, ultimately, the sense of
hopelessness that there will be no bright tomorrow at the end of all
the violence. Homeboy’s Soul neither blames nor defends barrio youth
for their decisions, but rather provides a basis for understanding the
culture and influences that lead them to the choices they make. Armijo
has made peace with his past and has dedicated himself to helping
others find their path to a brighter future. ISBN: 978-1-4489-7969-1
(Publish America, 318 pages)
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Price: $19.95

Spice Up Your Love
Life Book For Couples

Hot Romantic Escapades for Lovers, 69 Fun and Daring Ways  to Keep<br/> the Thrill Alive

Hot Romantic Escapades for Lovers, 69 Fun and Daring
Ways to Keep the Thrill Alive

Description:
For busy couples that miss the delicious exhilaration of a new
love affair, Christine Dupree has written a paperback book of 69
playful, romantic, kinky, delicious, daring and intoxicating scenarios
for lust and love. As a result of her amazing life as a Penthouse
Centerfold, stripper, actress, athlete, Christine describes with vivid
detail just what men and women really want to get them going. She
delivers a pleasure chest of sneaky seductions, playful perversions and
enticing encounters to satiate your burning desire for agonizing
ecstasy and naughty indulgences. Hot Romantic Escapades provides erotic
poetry, sensuous black and white photography and sets up scenes – like
Christmas Rampage, Slave Days, Show Me Teacher and Pleasure Hunt, to
get you past your inhibitions and into the most fantastic intimate
liaisons you’ve ever had. Be a better lover by using the book to
stimulate your erotic imagination then let your passions lead you on to
the irresistible thrill of exquisite love you had when you first got
together!
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Price: $18.00

UNITY BRACELET

ONE WORLD, ONE LOVE, UNITY

ONE WORLD, ONE LOVE, UNITY

Description:
The search is over! How can you look fashionable and support a
cause? Wearing the new Negris Le Brum Bracelet Unity Bracelet. The
craftsmanship of this piece is simply amazing. This Bracelets purpose
is simply Unity. The braid of metal chain and fabric was designed to
symbolize the union between People , Views, Ideas, and Religious
Beliefs. A cause that seems to need more consciousness. Now you can
be able to get these bracelets to support Unity. You have to get yours
ASAP, and share it with your friends.
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Price: $18.00

Book: Act From The
Inside Out

Act From the Inside Out

Act From the Inside Out

Description:
Act From the Inside Out. Powerful Acting Tools to Transform
Your Real Life. By: Shelene Atanacio. Tools and wisdom from the art of
acting that encourages communities to live life to the fullest with
faith and freedom. Proceeds from the book will go towards a scholarship
fund to help students from the Filipino community attain a higher
education. Paperback, 220 pages Published by Bush Street Press.
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Price: $16.95

Book

book cover

book cover

Description:
An expose’ on what truly goes on the moment you walk onto a
dealer’s lot. You’ll discover how professional salesmen first determine
what type of buyer you are. Then decipher what type of personality you
are so they can custom tailor their pitch to push your hot buttons.
And they do this by asking key questions within the first 5 minutes of
talking to you. But that’s just the start. This book goes through every
detail on what happens to you and why it does. And how you can protect
yourself from getting “put together”. The author was a new car sales
manager for 35 years.
Price: $15.95

Need A Unique Gift
For That Special Someone?

Find unique books at www.jexbo.com !

Find unique books at http://www.jexbo.com !

Description:
Discover the perfect gift at jexbo, http://www.jexbo.com, the site for
self-published authors. At jexbo, you’ll find unique, self-published
books in numerous categories. There are romances, mysteries, travel
books, children’s stories, and much more! Plus, you can buy directly
from the self-published author online and save time and money. Visit
http://www.jexbo.com, and discover the perfect and unique gift for that
special someone in minutes!
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Price: $15.00 to $25.00

The Map

The Map by David Murrow

The Map by David Murrow

Description:
The Map begins as a fictional tale of murder, deception, and
greed as three men fight to uncover the most important discovery since
the Dead Sea Scrolls—a map, hidden in the gospel of Matthew that is the
key to awakening the sleeping giant in the church. Men. The apostle
Matthew embedded this map into his gospel. History’s greatest men,
including Christ himself, followed this map. Using the tale as a
parable, Murrow shows men what the map looks like, where it is found in
the Bible, and how to walk its three ancient pathways today:
submission, strength, and sacrifice.
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Price: $14.99

Why Men Hate Going
To Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

Why Men Hate Going to Church

Description:
It’s Sunday morning. Where are all the men? Golfing? Playing
softball? Watching the tube? Sleeping? One place you won’t find them is
in church. Less than 40 percent of adults in most churches are men,
and 20 to 25 percent of married churchgoing women attend without their
husbands. Why are the men who do go to church so bored? With
eye-opening research and a persuasive grasp on the facts, Murrow
explains the problem and offers hope and encouragement to women,
pastors, and men. Why Men Hate Going to Church calls the church back to
men.
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Price: $14.99

Living Life In The
Zone

Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

Description:
Living in the zone—that state of mind when everything seems to
be working for you—is every man’s desire. But how does a man live in
the zone as a Christian? This 40-day spiritual journey is a
sports-filled prescription designed to remove stress and give men
confidence to embrace their daily adventures. The book is divided into
four sections—Marriage, Children, Work, and Faith. Designed to
strengthen both churched and unchurched men, Living Life in the Zone is
brief enough for men to enjoy and filled with issues that are real but
often not discussed in church.
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Price: $14.99

The Steam By Steve
Alper

The Steam by Steve Alper

The Steam by Steve Alper

Description:
A novel, The Steam tells the story of Tom Freedman, a desperate
sports gambler, who is lured into a partnership with a corrupt game
fixing basketball referee. With keen insight into the worlds of sports
gambling, addiction and crime, The Steam could have been a blueprint
for the true-life scandal that ensued: NBA commissioner David Stern
covered up rogue ref Tim Donaghy’s fixing of games he officiated.
Donaghy was only convicted for betting on games he refereed and
providing information to gamblers, but not the crime that everyone
suspects he committed – fixing the games he bet on. According to FBI
tapes, another NBA referee, Scott Foster, was called 134 times by
Donaghy usually after calling his bookies. Due to insufficient
evidence, Foster was not charged and Stern announced that “Foster was
not involved.” Foster is still refereeing NBA games.
Price: $14.95

How To Get Fired!:
The New Employee’s Guide To Perpetual Unemployment By Jeff Havens

How to Get Fired!: The New Employee’s Guide to Perpetual  <br/>Unemployment

How to Get Fired!: The New Employee’s Guide to
Perpetual Unemployment

Description:
The first of its kind, How to Get Fired! aims to help young
people transition successfully into the professional world by first
telling them everything not to do. Hilarious and extensively
researched, How to Get Fired! is essential reading for anyone about to
take that first plunge into the job market – not to mention any
employees who wish to remind themselves of some of their
less-than-ideal former colleagues.
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Price: $14.95

Ten Things Every
Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

Ellen Notbohm

Ellen Notbohm

Description:
Winner of an iParenting Media Award and Honorable Mention in
the 2005 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards! Every parent, teacher,
social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and
informative book in their back pocket. Framed with both humor and
compassion, the book defines the top ten characteristics that
illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen
Notbohm’s personal experiences as a parent, and autism columnist, and a
contributor to numerous parenting magazines coalesce to create a guide
for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum.
Don’t buy just one of this book – buy one for everyone who interacts
with your child! Give the gift of understanding.
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Price: $14.95

Sensitive Sam

Winner of a 2009 Book of the Year Award by Creative Child  <br/>Magazine

Winner of a 2009 Book of the Year Award by Creative
Child Magazine

Description:
Appropriate for children, families, and professionals, this
wonderful book brings to life the story of Sam, whose over-sensitivity
creates chaos and frustration in his life. Sam’s various sensory
sensitivities adversely affect Sam’s experiences, both at home and in
the classroom. He walks readers through his typical day of sensory
blunders (which many kids and families may find all too familiar!).
Finally, at the suggestion of Sam’s teacher, his parents take Sam to
see and Occupational Therapist. Sam describes the process in a
non-threatening, child’s perspective that is sure to sooth young
readers who may be facing the same challenges. With occupational
therapy, a new “sensory diet,” and the love and support of his family,
Sam concludes: “Treating sensory challenges takes some patience, and
love, too. And now I LIKE doing lots of things I used to hate to do!” 

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Price: $14.95

Squirmy Wormy

Author: Lynda Farrington Wilson

Author: Lynda Farrington Wilson

Description:
Many kids have some form of Sensory Processing Disorder, but
who can help them overcome their daily struggles? Wait! They can help
themselves! Lynda Farrington Wilson, along with Tyler and some
delightful illustrations, help kids help themselves through daily life
like no one has before with some great everyday tips and techniques.
Squirmy Wormy is a wonderful little children’s book about a boy named
Tyler, who has autism and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Together
with Tyler, the reader learns about SPD, and what everyday easy
therapies he can do by himself to feel better. For instance: “I feel
like running really fast, run run run! Maybe I just need a
s-q-u-e-e-z-e between the couch cushions like a hot dog. Whew! I feel
better.” Endorsed by Dr. Temple Grandin, this book is sure to help
many children, who perhaps previously did not even know they had SPD,
lead calmer, richer lives. Squirmy Wormy is a cute and funny picture
book that will help elementary school children understand sensory
problems. Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Author of The Way I See It and
Thinking in Pictures
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Price: $14.95

New Edition The
Goodenoughs Get In Sync

The Goodenoughs Get in Sync - New Edition

The Goodenoughs Get in Sync – New Edition

Description:
This delightfully illustrated “chapter book,” geared for 8 – 12
year olds, tells the charming tale of five family members and their
naughty dog (each with a different sensory processing challenge), and
how they get in sync after a tough day. The book is designed with the
action of the story in larger print for younger readers to read or
hear. Explanations of sensory processing issues are woven throughout
the story in regular type for proficient readers to linger over at
leisure. Everyone with sensory issues will find a character with whom
to identify. Darwin, 11, is over-responsive to sensory stimulation.
Edward, 5, is under-responsive. Teen-aged Carrie has difficulties with
dyspraxia. The father, Andy, has sensory discrimination issues. The
mother, Betsy, and the dog, Filibuster, are definitely sensory seekers.
The Goodenoughs explain what they need to do to function
successfully, and at the end of the day, they all get back in sync.
Readers will appreciate descriptions and illustrations of activities
that they can replicate in their own homes or classrooms. The
Goodenoughs Get in Sync, first edition, was the winner of an
i-Parenting Media Award and was a Finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s 2005
Book of the Year for juvenile non-fiction. This new edition has a new
preface and revised introductory chapter to help people understand SPD
even more clearly.
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Price: $14.95

Picky, Picky Pete

“My OH my. Why are you so picky?”

Description:
Written by Michele Griffin, an occupational therapist, this
picture book is a must-have for the extra-sensitive child or those with
sensory processing disorder. Pete finds his clothes uncomfortable and
can’t stand “paint, soap, and things with lumps.” He explains this to
his mother and the reader in this fun children’s book, as he and mom
navigate a difficult, but typical, morning in the life of a young boy
with sensory issues.
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Price: $14.95

Financial And
Retirement Secrets

Marv Doniger

Marv Doniger

Description:
Globalization. Outsourcing. Downsizing. Reduced Pensions. Debt.
There’s no doubt the worlds of employment and finance are changing
dramatically. More than ever, it is up to you to plan and manage your
financial security. This straight-talking guide reviews life’s stages,
from infancy to retirement, and how your attitudes toward saving,
working, and investing are formed. If you have positioned yourself from
young adulthood for an envisioned future, you can likely handle any
curveball life may throw at you. Unfortunately, statistics show many
people are poorly positioned for retirement. Begin now to reverse or
prevent this trend. Using the concept of maintaining a margin of
safety, you can protect yourself from the unexpected. By applying this
concept to your career and finances, you can develop a set of relevant
skills and diversify your investments. A Common Sense Road Map to
Uncommon Wealth will help you anticipate and respond to trends and
changes. It’s perfect to bring generations together-if you’re nearing
retirement, share this with your children. If you’re just launching
your career, learn these lessons carefully as you move forward in life. 

Price: $14.95

Elemental Love
Styles By Dr. Craig Martin

The cover of Elemental Love Styles

The cover of Elemental Love Styles

Description:
Millions of people dream of finding — and keeping — the
romantic partner of their dreams. In Elemental Love Styles, author and
counselor Dr. Craig Martin gives you the tools to identify and work
with your own unique relationship style and desires — helping you to
overcome frustrating obstacles and patterns and to see your
relationships in a whole new light. Using the Elemental Style Quiz and
playful examples, you’ll easily identify your own style of loving:
creative Fire, who desires excitement and recognition; intellectual
Air, who flourishes with freedom; emotional, intuitive Water, who
thrives with reassurance; and practical Earth, who’s dependable and
strong. Dr. Craig shows how enduring relationships are ones that
include open hearts, accurate communication, and a way to honor
individuality. Elemental Love Styles will open up the possibilities for
compatibility and happiness through self-knowledge and cooperative
skills, not just tools and tricks for temporary fixes. Regardless of
who we are or what kind of relationship we desire, Elemental Love
Styles affirms that we can achieve true relationship happiness through
the understanding of our underlying needs.
Price: $14.00

2010 Indy Racing
League® Calendar

The 2010 Indy Racing League® official wall calendar, “Up  Close <br/>& Personal.

The 2010 Indy Racing League® official wall calendar,
“Up Close & Personal.”

Description:
The 2010 Indy Racing League® official wall calendar, “Up Close
& Personal,” is sure to excite Indy Racing League® fans every day
of the year by giving a glimpse into their favorite drivers’ lives with
images of intense racetrack moments and drivers enjoying their
favorite pastime hobbies. The calendar, which will also include the
2010 IndyCar Series® schedule, features some of the league’s hottest
racing stars and is available online at http://www.samschmidt.org for $13.99.
Proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit the Sam Schmidt
Paralysis Foundation. The foundation, which helps fund research and
quality of life programs for those with spinal cord injuries, was
founded by former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt. Schmidt raced
his way through a successful Indy Racing League career before a
practice-run crash on the Walt Disney World Speedway left him paralyzed
from the chest down.
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Price: $13.99

101 Secrets A Good
Dad Knows

101 Secrets a Good Dad Knows

101 Secrets a Good Dad Knows

Description:
Dads have a special way of relating to children. It is usually a
father who teaches a child how to shoot a free throw, catch a frog, or
fix a broken bicycle chain. Each of the 101 secrets in this wonderful
gift book is explained and accompanied by a drawing. Knowing these
secrets will enable any dad to look like a hero.
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Website

Price: $13.99

What I Would Tell
Her: 28 Devoted Dads On Bringing Up, Holding On To And Letting Go Of
Their Daughters Edited By Andrea N. Richesin

What I Would Tell Her

What I Would Tell Her

Description:
In this surprisingly vulnerable collection, twenty-eight
talented fathers explore the complex, enigmatic bond they have with
their daughters. These endearing, often funny and sometimes
heartbreaking stories have in common an overpowering sense of
responsibility and a depth of affection that is unflinchingly tender.
Through their shared experiences, they examine relationships fraught
with challenges and struggles, but always filled with love. The gentle
strength they bring to this important role in their daughters’ lives
will speak to families for generations to come.
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Price: $13.95

Fresh, Inspiring,
Wickedly Funny Parenting Book

You Cannot Be Serious: and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a  (Mostly)<br/> Balanced Mom by Elizabeth Lyons

You Cannot Be Serious: and 32 Other Rules that
Sustain a (Mostly) Balanced Mom by Elizabeth Lyons

Description:
In You Cannot Be Serious: and 32 Other Rules that Sustain a
(Mostly) Balanced Mom, Elizabeth Lyons (a mother of 5–including
twins–and inspirational entrepreneur) provides hilarious rules for
modern-day parenting and remaining sane while “doing it all.” Described
as a modern-day Erma Bombeck, Elizabeth explains her rules, which
include Fly Your Freak Flag High, Have a Treat of the Moment, There’s
Nothing Wrong with a Little Bribery, and The Sun Always Shines on TV
and inspires other moms to untie their own “nots” and be able to
proclaim with conviction, “I love my life.”
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Price: $13.95

Book: The Side-Yard
Superhero

Dr. Rick D. Niece

Dr. Rick D. Niece

Description:
He couldn’t fly, and he didn’t have X-ray vision. He didn’t
shoot spider webs or climb building walls. He never rescued an entire
city from the grasps of a villain. In fact, this ‘superhero’ couldn’t
even walk. Bernie Jones was born with severe cerebral
palsy. Confined to his side yard, he experienced the outside world from
the seat of his wheelchair. He never vacationed in another country or
experienced other cultures; he rarely made it out of his hometown.
Bernie Jones did, however, grant his childhood friend with lessons in
acceptance and tolerance that even someone who traveled the world
couldn’t teach. In The Side-Yard Superhero, Niece shares
the adventures he experienced with Jones and recounts the important
lessons he learned. Jones revealed to Niece the value of the
educational experience—as he could not go to school. He reminded Niece
never to underestimate even the smallest accomplishments, like dressing
yourself in the morning. Most importantly, Jones taught Niece never to
complain, judge, or stereotype another person.
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Price: $13.00 to $17.95

Dr. Hackenbush Gets
A Job… One Of The Best Indie Published Book Titles Of The Year!

Filled with wit and humor

Filled with wit and humor

Description:
Finally, the book for anyone who’s ever worked in an office
when they’d rather be making art. The book for anyone who’s ever
worked with an artist making ends meet between gigs. Set in 1988,
Mabel Hackenbush is between gigs, her baritone ukulele smashed, and her
car in the shop, she is bravely temp secretarying her way to a kinder,
gentler, not to mention, solvent life until she can get back to her
real work as a jazz standards singer. • Absolutely WITTY &
HILARIOUS! • Get the book that Warner Books calls “appealing” and
“lively”! • Avalon Publishing group describes it as “touching and quite
funny”!
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Price: $12.00

StatKey Is The
Worlds First Branded Designer Key

StatKey Company

StatKey Company

Description:
StatKey is the worlds first branded designer key…First and
foremost, great design comes in simplicity, and if that simplicity can
get baked down to ridding itself of everything it doesn’t need, and is
left with only what is necessary, you have an iconic design. If we
design for reason in combination with functionality, and design with
the intent to solve problems and be stylish, Keys and what inspires us
in the designs: Simplicity, Functionality, and Style all wrapped into
one. For the keys, each shape has been made to target an audience.
Because everyone has keys, Stat Key’s target audience is everyone, but
not with EVERY key. These designs have been set up to hit a broad yet
personalized audience. Hopefully when people see the designs, they see
at least one that they fall in love with. The House key our best
seller, has been simplified to be clearly a house, yet still Iconic.
Solving and age old problem, all Stat Keys are easily distinguishable
on your key chain to help differentiate one from the other, as well as
be functional. StatKey has a key for the mom, the business owner, the
athlete, the valet, the babysitter, the pet lover, the romantic, the
real estate agent and the list goes on…. if you don’t find a key you
love on our website we’ll customize it for you as well as laser print
your company logo or info on the keys.
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Price: $11.00 to $15.00

The Most Important
Letter You Will Ever Write

The Precious Gift of a Handwritten Letter

The Precious Gift of a Handwritten Letter

Description:
Wondering what to give this holiday season? Give the precious
gift of a handwritten letter. Author and writing expert, Lilia
Fallgatter, makes it easy with her book “The Most Important Letter You
Will Ever Write, How to Tell Loved Ones How You Feel Before It’s Too
Late.” Give loved ones a gift sure to touch their hearts and become a
treasured keepsake.
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Price: $10.75

A Darker Secret

Embark on a wild journey with this title from Atlantic  Publishing<br/> Group

Embark on a wild journey with this title from
Atlantic Publishing Group

Description:
Upon the death of her father in 1967, fourteen-year-old Jordan
follows a series of clues and learns that she is from a blood line of
protectors, and perhaps the only hope of saving the world of Lighte
from Dark creatures that threaten its very existence. Author: Tyler M.
Stentiford Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company 1405 SW 6th Ave
Ocala, FL 34471 ISBN 10: 1-60138-315-0 ISBN 13: 978-1-60138-315-0
CIP: 2008041131 Pub date: March 5, 2009 Binding: Soft Cover, Perfect
Bound, Recycled, Acid Free, Alkaline Free Paper CD-ROM: No Pages: 288 

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Price: $9.99

The Father’s Plan: A
Bible Study For Dads

The Father's Plan: A Bible Study for Dads (paperback)

The Father’s Plan: A Bible Study for Dads (paperback)

Description:
Experience the Father’s love and become a better dad. Married
and single fathers will benefit from this study that explores the many
issues facing dads from a biblical perspective. The Father’s Plan: A
Bible Study for Dads encourages men at every age and stage of life to
strengthen their relationship with God, building a legacy of faith to
leave for future generations. This seven-week study helps fathers
explore fatherhood in the light of the Bible’s teachings. The personal
reflection questions will draw fathers into quality personal time with
their Heavenly Father, and the group discussion questions will lead
dads to reflect on their legacy and to grow in their God-given role.
The perfect companion to Dad’s Bible: The Father’s Plan.
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Price: $9.99

Does Race Still
Matter

David Goldberg

David Goldberg

Description:
How To Deal With White People by author David Goldberg is
intended to serve as a reference guide to assist non-whites in their
relations with Caucasians. Goldberg insists that people of color have
the right to express their grievances with whites and that there are
still some rough patches along the course to smoothing out race
relations. Originally indifferent, Goldberg reconsidered his opinion as
modern racism continued to rear its head in the form of noose displays
and death threats against the president. “There’s no better time
than now for people of color to discuss how they really feel about
bigotry,” Goldberg says. “Everyday something racist is exposed. It’s
time that non-whites openly discuss this to bring about real change.”
The book blends a straightforward, clear and easy-to-read approach with
humor and various scenarios paired with solutions. How To Deal With
White People is released through Walking Bulls Printing Press and is
available at http://www.dealwithwhites.com,
Price: $9.95

Downloadable Music

Great live music streamed free, now available for  download

Great live music streamed free, now available for
download

Description:
Wolfgang’s Vault offers free streaming while you shop great
rock t-shirts and clothing, vintage concert posters, rock photography.
For the Jazz lover in your life, purchase Newport Jazz concerts from
1959 by Count Basie, Thelonious Monk and more. For the rock lover:
U2, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Springsteen, Stones and Who. For the country music
lover: Waylon Jennings. For punk rock lovers: The Ramones, The
Clash, The Sex Pistols’ historic shows. R&B lovers, Soul, – much
for you, too. While you shop for gifts, enjoy the great music you
can stream free – and suggest shows to your friends.
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the Website

Price: $7.98
to $12.98

Custom Gift Boxes,
Gable Boxes & More.

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Description:
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Jay Blake

Jay Blake, professional speaker

Jay Blake, professional speaker

Description:
Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team ran within a few
hundredths of a second of low e.t. at the SummitRacing.com Nationals in
Las Vegas only to fall to a run just one-hundredth from low e.t. In
the first round of eliminations, driver Todd Veney made his best run of
the weekend, 5.72 seconds, but NAPA Auto Parts driver John Lombardo
Jr. nipped him with a 5.67. Both crossed the finish line at 254 mph
(top speed for the entire event was 255), and the margin of victory at
the finish line was just four-hundredths of a second.
Price: $0.00

College Football
Performance Awards

Brad Smith Executive Director

Brad Smith Executive Director

Description: The goal of
the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most
scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are
selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the
extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of
their teams. As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines
note, CFPA eliminates the politics that vitiate balloting-based awards.
Furthermore, CFPA is the only awards organization to receive praise
from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting
objectivity and fairness in college football.
Price: $0.00

Hollywood’s Hottest Dads Gift Guide

Jack Spade Bag

$225; call 212-625-1820.

Ray Ban Sunglasses

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The Art of Shaving Cream

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Gap T-shirt

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Paul Smith Soccer Ball

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Masterbuilt Grill

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Ceiva Digital Photo Frame

Starting at $112; buy online now at ceiva.com
and use promo code 9INSTL30 from May 28th until June
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Garmin Nuvi GPS

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Flip Video Camcorder

$150; buy online now at theflip.com.

LALA LU: the cutest organic baby fashions on the planet. via [Va$htie]

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shop: LALA LU – Organic Baby T-Shirt Company

The infant apparel line is owned by LUZ. She was ALWAYS a beast in
art school; and has started an organic baby t-shirt company. it is
inspired by and modeled by her daughter AMAYA…check it and maybe cop
some cute gear for a baby in your life ;)

LALA LU brings the bay area a locally owned organic
baby tshirt company. Not only CA and Bay Area inspired designs but with
long awaited culturally inclusive motifs for the culturally rich
lifestyles and families that our bay area babies represent! Coming
soon…NYC series! Stay tuned!!”

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