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GIFT GUIDE THE ULTIMATE

DECEMBER 2013

Take the stress out of gift giving this season INSIDE

• Fashion • Electronics • Toys • Beauty products • Unique gifts • ... something for everyone!


AN UNFORGETTABLE GIFT!

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AN ExTRAORDINARY JOURNEY...

magine a performance so profound, so inspiring, it touches your soul. Let Shen Yun take you on a journey through 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture. Legends, myths, and heroes spring to life through classical Chinese dance. Ethnic and folk dances fill the stage with color and energy. The leaps and flips of Shen Yun’s aerial masters, thunderous battle drums, and singers’ soaring voices are all set to animated backdrops that transport you to another world.

“An extraordinary experience! Exquisitely beautiful.” —Cate Blanchett, Academy Award-winning actress

JAN 10–19

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BUY TICKETS NOW: 800-818-2393 | ShenYun.com/NYC

Call: 800-818-2393 Visit: ShenYun.com/NYC tiCket priCes: $80, $100, $120, $150, $200, $300


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Treasures for the Woman You Treasure For the Man in His Element 12 Gift Ideas for Colleagues Relax & Beautify in Luxury Gift Ideas for the Cook Gift Ideas for Kids Online Shopping Tips, USPS Postal Deadlines Gift Ideas for the Foodie Inspired by Museum Collections Practical Tech Gifts for Every User Toys for the Home Gym The Gift of Experience

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Made-to-Measure & Alterations

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Treasures for the Woman You Treasure Tell her she’s special with unique jewelry, a luxurious scent, or accessories that she will appreciate for a lifetime.

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COURTESY OF RAY GRIFFITHS

This is the new BFF that will never let you down. Made of pebbled Italian leather, it has great side pockets and a magnetic snap closure. Your best friend will love it. $495. toryburch.com

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Wear them dressed down for the day or dressed up for night—these 18k yellow gold ball earrings encapsulate joy and celebration. Half round oxidized silver set with pavé diamonds (2.93cts, 226 stones) and half round crownwork detail. $15,829. raygriffiths.com

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M. MICALLEF JEWEL FOR HER EAU DE PARFUM

An elegant winter fragrance that combines spicy top notes and bergamot, smoothed by jasmine and rose with a warm base note of musk, patchouli, and vanilla. Bottle decorated with Swarovski crystals. 100ml/3.4oz. $245. osswaldnyc.com COURTESY OF OSSWALD PARFUMERIE

EXACLAIR QUO VADIS HABANA LINED JOURNAL 6 X 9

the a ntic a collection G R E E N O N Y X PA L A Z ZO E A R R I N G S $ 315

A humble scribble may be the start of something great. These journals feature acid-free paper with a smooth satin finish that’s great for fountain pen use and a soft cover with a leathery feel. $24. fahrneyspens.com 107 S u lli v a n S t reet • 2 1 2 . 2 2 6 . 2 2 2 4 • ev a s h awd es i gn s .c o m

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A.LINK 3-TONE STACKABLE DIAMOND BRACELETS

Dainty one by one but dramatic together, these covetable, gift-worthy bracelets come in 14k and 18k rose, yellow, and white gold. $2,000-$8,000. alinkandco.com

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Choose from hundreds of luxury furs, leather & cashmere products. Furs: Capes, Ponchos, Scarves, Vests, Jackets, Coats, Hat, fur accessories & more. Leather: Jackets, coats, Gloves, Caps, Leather w/ fur; shearling coats. Cashmere: Capes & Coats with fox trim; 100% Silk , Natural pearl & more

Mink Knitted Hat

ROBINSON MIRROR IN ROYAL FUCHSIA

Mirror, mirror... The perfect accessory for a modern fairy tale and cute to boot. The circular case is made of scratch-resistant Italian leather. A small gift with great flair and imagination. $65. toryburch.com

Mink Knitted Ruffle Cape

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SUSAN VAN DER LINDE NEW YORK NEWSBOY SWOOP VISOR CAP

A witty twist on an old classic, this newsboy cap with brown faux snakeskin visor and accent button is an elegant ice-breaker. Made to order on premise. $725. svdl.com

Mink Knitted Cape

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$1959 Leather Coat

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LONGINES PRIMALUNA WATCH

Filled with 44 diamonds in the case and 11 more in the white mother-of-pearl dial, this stainless steel and rose gold watch has the magic numbers. $4,975. shop.us.longines.com

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Fox Fur Leather Coat

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$1468 Mink Knitted

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For The Man in His Element The best men’s gifts are both practical and sumptuous. Our picks will make him feel like a king.

HAPPY SOCKS

Socks with unique patterns designed in Sweden will add a touch of fun to any business wear. His feet will thank you. $12–$20/pair. happysocks.com

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CLIC CLAC TRAVEL CLOCK IN RED ALLIGATOR Action, adventure, and a touch of luxury in red alligator and stainless steel will wake him up every morning while he’s away. Rise, shine, and explore. $1,200. asprey.com

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COURTESY OF HERMES

HERMES HIPPOS THALASSIOS TIE Add some sophistication to your man’s wardrobe with a Hermes silk twill tie, hand-folded. $195. usa.hermes.com

ETRO BURGUNDY PONY HAIR SMOKING SLIPPERS These soft slippers are a holiday for your man’s feet. Sumptuous looking and irresistible, perfect to wear by the fire and admire. $1,020. etro.com

AMOUAGE FATE FOR MAN EAU DE PARFUM

Embrace the sweet scent of the inevitable—it’s spicy and woody with mesmerizing notes that include absinthe, everlasting flower, cedarwood, tonka bean, sandalwood, and more. $340 (100ml/3.4oz). osswaldnyc.com

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MONTBLANC LEONARDO DA VINCI FOUNTAIN PEN

This Limited Edition of 3,000 fountain pens honors Leonardo da Vinci’s flight studies. Cap and barrel are made of anodized aluminium; the fittings are platinum plated. The 18k gold nib is engraved with a bat, which Leonardo studied to construct the flying machine and the forepart shows the wing he sketched for a flying device. For more info and price, please visit fountainpenhospital.com

COURTESY OF FOUNTAIN PEN HOSPITAL COURTESY OF OSSWALD PARFUMERIE + LUXURY SKINCARE BOUTIQUE


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12 Gift Ideas for Colleagues COURTESY OF PAPERBLANKS

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hat do you give a colleague for the holidays? You may not know some coworkers well enough to find really personalized gifts, yet you want to give them a small token of appreciation, or maybe you are giving a gift as part of a Secret Santa event. Putting a little extra effort into the wrapping, or wrapping it yourself, can also make your colleague feel special.

9. Loose tea is a sure bet for tea

lovers. A nice container is a bonus; it can later be used for keeping paper clips and other office supplies.

10. A fragrance diffuser could

freshen the office, or if your office has a restriction against scent, it can be used at home. Essential oils provide soft, natural scent. A diffuser produces less waste than candles or incense and adds an elegant decorative touch.

Some of the common gifts, such as wine, can be over-gifted and thus devalued. Here are 12 suggestions to inspire you.

11. Travel mugs are easy to misplace, and it’s often handy to have extras in case one gets left at the office or elsewhere.

1. A planner or journal is always

handy. Even in the day of smartphone apps and reminders, a nicely leatherbound book for keeping appointments and notes is a classy and helpful touch for the office. Older colleagues especially are likely to use a paper planner. We recommend Paperblanks journals and planners. $6.95–$32.95. Check paperblanks.com for retailers.

have so many options for—or, better put, worries about—accessorizing. A decorative handkerchief adds color and style.

2. If you get to know your coworker’s

6. Everyone has use for a nice

hobbies, you can tailor the gift accordingly for a personal touch. For example, a coffee cup in the form of a camera lens is great for hobby photographers. Several brands offer them on amazon.com

Paperblanks planner and journal in the Lyon Florals and Old Leather designs. $6.95–$32.95

12. A picture frame is another simple, decorative gift that is also useful. Try to take note of colors your colleague likes to find a frame that suits his or her style.

COURTESY OF FOUNTAIN PEN HOSPITAL.

pen; it’s a safe gift for almost any colleague. Fountain Pen Hospital in Lower Manhattan has a wide selection at different price points. fountainpenhospital.com

Aldo Domani Deco Italia Fountain Pen & Ball Pen Set. Sale $39.95

adds a sophisticated touch 3. For the wine lover consider a set of 7.to Aanglobe office. If you really want to go the tools for opening and storing wine.

4. A nice card holder makes a good

first impression when meeting a client. Card holders can get a lot of wear and tear, so it’s often handy to have a new one. You can also get a leather card holder with engraved initials. Moo Classic Leather Business Card Holder. $19.99. us.moo.com

5. Compared to ladies, men don’t

extra step—and pay a little more— you can get a globe that even shows daylight and darkness in real time and shows seasonal features, or one that shows the constellations.

8. A fun bookend can decorate a

workspace while keeping a shelf wellorganized. This set of cork planter bookends from Canoe allows you to grow a small plant. $50 for set of two. canoeonline.net

Once upon a Highnie...

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The story began as a quest to create the perfect boxer short. We viewed it as locating the perfect home for the family jewels. It needed to be a custom home, handmade, including a spacious ballroom with full seating and a sturdy front entrance so that no one slips out unexpectedly. This home should be built with the finest 400 thread count Pima cotton with virtually no shrinkage (on our part).

Canoe Cork Planter Bookend Set. $50 for set of two.

So behold we present to you the “royal highnies” the only place that deserves to house the family jewels. These boxers have been personally tried and tested for over 10 years on family, friends, acquaintances and a few rock stars. Enjoy your first Royal Highnies experience.

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Relax and Beautify in Luxury

COURTESY OF WELEDA

Gift the feeling of well-being this holiday season with these all-natural beauty and relaxation aids. From biodynamic ingredients that deeply nourish all skin types to home accessories, there's something to help anyone unwind. COURTESY OF STADLER FORM USA

JASMINE ULTRASONIC HUMIDIFIER

Fill your home with scents you love. Just add your favorite essential oil and the Jasmine Ultrasonic Humidifier will give your room a burst of scented mist every 20 minutes. Perfect for aromatherapy lovers. $59.99. stadlerformUSA.com

WELEDA INDULGENT BODY LOTION KIT

Citrus, wild rose, sea buckthorn, and pomegranate offer a stimulating sensory treat that inspires body, mind, and soul. Holistically made, this lotion kit is perfect for travelers and mothers. Made in Europe. Lotion kit $13.50. Available at most natural foods stores or usa.weleda.com

LE PALAIS DES THES TEA SAMPLER GIFT BOX

Choose from among 10 different gift boxes, each with an assortment of exotic 12 teas. We recommend the Rooibos and Low-Caffeine set and the Evening set. Perfect hostess gifts. $49-$65. us.palaisdesthes.com

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BROOKSTONE FOOT SPA

This roomy, oversized tub keeps the water right where it belongs. Meanwhile the hot water control heats the water and maintains the temperature while invigorating water jets create the ultimate massage. $99.99. brookstone.com

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BEAUTIFYING OILS FROM THE BODY SHOP

Éminence is the first skin care line to offer a complete collection made with biodynamic ingredients. This trial set of nine skinnourishing products for the face and body comes in custom-made wooden gift box. Made in Hungary. $118. Available through select spas and online retailers. eminenceorganics.com

COURTESY OF DR. HAUSCHKA

A gift for those in need of a break from city chaos. Surround yourself with utter peace in a sound- and lightproof tank. An Epsom salt-and-water solution detoxifies the body, relieving aches and pains. Floating stimulates endorphins, allowing peace to replace mental chatter. $80 per hour with package sessions available. Located in Chelsea. bluelightfloatation.com

DR. HAUSCHKA BATH ESSENCES

A gift that relaxes the body, and opens the mind to new possibilities. With essentials oils of almond, lemongrass, lavender, and more, bath essences are a perfect gift for anyone young or old. Made in Germany. $29.95 for 3.4 oz. Available at natural food stores or drhauschka.com

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BLUE LIGHT FLOATATION

These dry oils are a combo of three nut oils and are surprisingly light, leaving your skin soft and moisturized without a greasy feeling. Contains fair trade ingredients and nothing synthetic. Good for hair, face, and body. Comes in 11 scents. Great stocking stuffers. $14. thebodyshop.com

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Gift Ideas for the Cook It can be overwhelming to shop for a cook, in a universe of single-use gadgets, expensive appliances, and everything in between. We recommend buying enduring, high quality tools wherever you can. Here are a few of our picks.

WOOD FRUIT BOWL

This beautiful 12" wooden fruit bowl is crafted from a single, salvaged piece of hardwood. The holes allow for air circulation. Made in the USA. Available in cherry or walnut, $119.95, Broadway Panhandler.

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SILIT COOKWARE

Silit, a market leader in Germany, features a solid steel core and a cooking surface made from an ultra-hard, high-gloss, nickel-free ceramic. It has thoughtful touches, from lids that allow for easy steam venting and draining, to heat-resistant handles. Ovensafe; suitable for electric, gas, glass, halogen, and induction stovetops. Made in Germany. 1.5-quart $109.95; 2.5-quart $149.95, Broadway Panhandler.

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CUISINART SMART STICK IMMERSION BLENDER It takes up a tiny amount of space, but can whip up a whole lot in no time: dips, soups, smoothies, pesto, vinaigrettes, salsas. Invaluable for a New York kitchen. Made in China. $34.95, Broadway Panhandler.

DANSK KOBENSTYLE CASSEROLE DISHES

We love the stylish Danish design that moves effortlessly from stove to table. Details include the inventive lids that double as trivets, to the threepoint welded handles. Originally designed in 1956. Finished with three coats of enamel on steel. Made in Thailand. 2-quart $69.98, 4-quart $84.98, 6-quart $109.98, Broadway Panhandler.

'POK POK' BY ANDY RICKER AND JJ GOODE SAMIRA BOUAOU/EPOCH TIMES

"Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand" is a must-have for anyone who wants to cook Thai food. Beautifully photographed, with detailed instructions, the cookbook is the result of years of work by chef Andy Ricker (Ten Speed Press, 2013). $22.14. amazon.com


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A KNIFE UPGRADE

northern Thai Cuisine

It's hopelessly easy for a cook to amass gadgets. For some, nothing gets more use than the trusty chef knife. A wonderful present is a knife upgrade, but beware: the cook really needs to try out and feel a knife in person. A gift certificate may be appropriate here. But we like the durable Shun Classic Chef's Knife, which is lighter and less tiring to use than comparable European knives. Made in Japan. $119.95 for 8-inch, Broadway Panhandler.

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Another standout chef knife is from the Ken Onion Rain series, with its unusually comfortable ergonomic handle and visually stunning design. Made in the USA. $159.98 for 8-inch; $179.98 for 10-inch, in-store sale prices, Broadway Panhandler.

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DISH TOWELS WITH SASS

Cleaning up isn't fun, but it can get a little funnier with these dish towels that have plenty of personality. Silk screened in the USA; towel made in China. $10.95, Broadway Panhandler.

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CHEMEX CLASSIC COFFEE MAKER

Invented in 1941, the Chemex coffee maker is an enduring classic for the purist who wants to be in control of the grind, water temperature, and brew time. Made of glass with a wood collar and leather tie, it doesn't impart any unwanted taste to the coffee, creating a clean, rich brew. Made in the USA. Various sizes, 3-cup to 10-cup, $38.95–$47.95. Filters, about $9 per box of 100, Broadway Panhandler.

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Gift Ideas for Kids Once the baby years begin to fade and we embark on the vast voyage that is the “big kid” years, those unique personalities begin to show themselves. When seeking out the perfect gift for the kids in our lives, the focus becomes one of not only age-appropriateness, but of interest compatibility.

WHEELERS BLUTRACK

A customizable speedway complete with dips and loop-to-loops for your fastest diecast vehicles. Basic 25 ft track with ramps available directly from the manufacturer. Made in the USA. Age 4–15 years. $52.50. blutrack.com

BRUDER MACK GRANITE TIP UP TRUCK

The realistic design of this Mack dump truck is a marvel of attention to detail. Kids will love checking out the engine under the hood, opening the doors to the cab, and, of course, filling and dumping. Made in Germany. Age 3+ years. $49.99. amazon.com

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A comprehensive kit with all the tools needed for a child to write and illustrate their own hardcover book. Kit includes ready-to-use book pages, markers, and instructions. Made in the USA. Age 6+ years. From $29.99. creationsbyyou.com

A vanilla-scented, blinky-eyed, perfectly sized baby doll for little children to care for. Made in France. Age 3+ years. $84.95. amazon.com

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LE TOY VAN MAYBERRY MANOR

Three-story beautifully painted dollhouse. Le Toy Van’s furniture sets and characters are also beautifully made and fit perfectly inside. Made in Indonesia. Age 36-months–15 years. $199.99. Available at amazon.com and specialty toy retailers.

COURTEY OF P'KOLINO

Well-designed and non-toxic, these colorful tools will serve a budding artist well throughout any creative pursuit. Includes 12 pmarkers, 12 crayons, and 16 pencils. Made in Europe. Age 3+ years. $16.99. pkolino.com

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A three-level house with movable partitions and simple design. Plan Toys is known for its sustainable manufacturing practices. Made in Thailand. Age 8+ years. $169.99. amazon.com

PLAYMOBIL LARGE FURNISHED HOTEL

Kids can relive their favorite parts of vacation with this expansive hotel, complete with a lobby and check-in counter, a functioning elevator, a cafe, and more. Made in Germany. Age 4+ years. $164.99. playmobil.us

BUILDERS ROYTOY CLASSIC LOG CABIN An endearing classic, these log style structures are limited only by the imagination. 140 pieces, building directions included. Made in the USA. Age 3+ years. $29.95. roytoy.com

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MAPLE LANDMARK TRAIN SETS

Compatible with your child’s favorite trains, Maple Landmark’s vast array of wooden tracks are high quality and sure to engage your child for hours. For best results, give little ones lots of floor space. Made in the USA. Age 3+ years. $39.90–$215.90. www.maplelandmark.com COURTESY OF MAPLE LANDMARK


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THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE FOR THE CULINARY OBSESSIVE

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THERMADOR PRO GRAND® STEAM RANGE This is no mere range, no mere oven. This is a full culinary quiver for true cooking enthusiasts. It’s a playground for flavors, textures and recipe innovation. It’s where a real cook’s passion for food meets the Thermador passion for innovation. This is the only range to offer seven cooking options, including, for the first time, a full-function combination Steam & Convection Oven. Plus, a cooktop outfitted with the Thermador patented Star ® Burner with ExtraLow ® simmering technology and powerful 22,000 BTU burners. And an extra-large oven with a capacity of 5.1 cubic feet. It’s easy to see why the kitchen will never be the same. The Pro Grand Steam Range — this is the Ultimate Culinary Center™.

HANDCRAFTED WITH PRIDE IN THE U.S.A. For over 16 years our factory in Tennesse has employed highly skilled engineers, designers, welders and craftspeople. They work together to build ranges that define cooking performance — and they do it with an old-fashioned work ethic and unmatched attention to detail.

Available at a Thermador dealer near you. Visit thermador.com. ®Swiss Army is a registered trademark of Victorinox AG and its affiliates.

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THE WALL OVEN THAT PERFECTS WHAT WE STARTED MASTERPIECE® SERIES BUILT-IN WALL OVENS Thermador invented the wall oven, so there’s no one more qualified to perfect it. This oven provides 14 cooking modes, easy-to-use graphical display and incomparable Thermador quality and design. Its six cooking levels and true convection make it easy to cook several dishes simultaneously without any flavor transfer. Plus, the fastest preheat on the market means this oven is ready when you’re ready to cook. It’s the wall oven that’s redefining the category Thermador invented.

THE MAN BEHIND THE BRAND AND INDUSTRY Founded by William E. Cranston, Thermador began as a manufacturer of electric items, most notably portable and built-in heaters. By 1932, Thermador established itself as a high-quality appliance manufacturer. In 1947, Cranston and engineer Fred Pence invented the first built-in wall oven and cooktop and introduced stainless steel to home appliances. Cranston was inducted into the National Kitchen & Bath Association Hall of Fame in 1989, and he is credited with launching the kitchen design industry.

Available at a Thermador dealer near you. Visit thermador.com.

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INNOVATION THAT TAKES THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP

FREEDOM® COLLECTION BOTTOM FREEZER REFRIGERATOR The Freedom Collection Bottom Freezer Refrigerator creates a more organized food storage area and accommodates even large items such as a ham or turkey. This refrigerator features the proprietary Thermador Freedom Hinge, which allows the doors to open to 115º, enabling it to be fully flushmounted without sacrificing accessibility. And true to its Freedom name, the hinge is able to support virtually any custom wood panel you choose. This is the bottom freezer taken to a higher level.

WITH FREEDOM, SEPARATE HAS NO EQUAL Thermador Freedom Collection Refrigeration lets you design your refrigeration around your kitchen, not vice versa. Freedom Refrigeration is the leader in true flush, tall-door designs that blend seamlessly into your kitchen’s aesthetics, which lets cooks build their own unique combination of refrigeration, wine and freezer columns. And true to Thermador’s heritage, our new line has been re-imagined with state-of-the-art LED lighting and the largest portfolio of true flush design in the industry.

Available at a Thermador dealer near you. Visit thermador.com.

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TIPS FOR ONLINE SHOPPERS The Internet makes holiday shopping so easy—no jostling at jam-packed stores, no waiting in endless lines to get to the register. But even if you consider yourself a pro, shopping online isn't without risks. These tips from USA.gov can help you protect yourself and your finances as you hunt for that perfect gift:

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Use a credit card rather than a debit card. Credit card payments can be withheld if there's a dispute with a store, and if the card is stolen, you won't have to pay more than $50 of fraudulent charges. But with a debit card, you can't withhold payments—the store is paid directly from your bank account. And if your card is stolen, you could be liable for up to $500, depending on when you report it.

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If you are shopping using public WiFi hotspot at a coffee shop or bookstore, check if it is secure. If it's not, your payment information could be compromised over the network.

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It's risky not to read the terms of service agreement before you buy online. You could inadvertently sign up for subscriptions or get hit with additional fees or restrictions. Terms of service are often in small print or presented right when you are anxious to purchase.

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Be careful if you're buying event tickets online as gifts. Some venues may practice restricted ticketing, requiring the same credit card used in the online purchase to be shown to get into the event.

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Use caution buying digital assets like books and music—they can't be given away as gifts if they've been downloaded to your account. You should either purchase a gift card for the book or music site, or check with the company. Some services have ways to "gift an item" but it varies depending on the provider. For more advice on safe online shopping and being a savvy consumer this holiday season and all year long, check out the Consumer Action Handbook–the free government guide to protecting your money. PHOTOS.COM

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Gift Ideas for the Foodie If you’re anything like us, delicious gifts that warm the belly also warm the heart. From coffee to chocolate to olive oil, there’s no shortage of gifts for the foodie in your life.

BROOKLYN BREW SHOP

Introduce friends to a new hobby (and maybe get them to invite you to taste the results). Brewing beer used to be done at home for years until Prohibition hit. Brooklyn Brew Shop offers a convenient kit that includes everything needed to turn out a gallon of home-brewed beer. Popular choices include: Warrior Double IPA, Oatmeal Stout, and Everyday IPA. 1-gallon kit, $40. brooklynbrewshop.com

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FAIRWAY PRIME MEAT AND FISH GIFT SETS For the steak lover, these gift sets offer the juiciest, finest USDA prime beef—butcherperfect porterhouses, strips, cowboys steaks, and more. Fish lovers aren’t left out with Chilean seabass, ahi tuna, and Scottish salmon. Delivered to your door. Prices vary, $99–$399. fairwaymarket.com COURTESY OF FAIRWAY

EATALY’S OLIVE OIL LOVER GIFT BOX PACARI CHOCOLATE

One of best chocolates we’ve come across this year, Pacari was the run-away winner at the International Chocolate Awards in London. Choose the single-origin collection to experience Ecuador’s varied terroir; Andean flavors like lemongrass or merkén chili; or tropical fruits like goldenberries. $19.99 for a collection of four bars. pacarichocolate.com

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Olive oil is so good, and so good for you. Yet the quality of what you find on supermarket shelves is a pale (and probably stale) shadow of what real olive oil should be. Eataly knows olive oil, right down to the Italian families who have been making this liquid gold, often going back many generations. Includes extra virgin olive oils from Liguria, Umbria, Puglia, and Sicily. $99.80. eataly.com

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STUMPTOWN COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION

Give some coffee love to family and friends—delivered right to their doorstep. Stumptown offers two coffee subscriptions: Roaster’s Pick, which rotates every month, or a coffee of your choosing (including Hair Bender, Ethiopia Duromina, among others). You can choose the quantity, frequency, and duration of the subscription. $14–20 for each 12 oz. bag plus shipping. stumptowncoffee.com


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CHOCOLATE MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

You can count on Dominique Ansel to create sweets that will generate a buzz. For a stocking stuffer, this bottle blends three types of Valrhona dark chocolate with chocolate seashells. A floating ship holds the instructions: add steamed milk, and slowly shake to make a decadent and frothy hot chocolate. $9.75. 14 oz bottle. dominiqueansel.com

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S’MORES TREE

Revelers young and old won’t be able to resist the promise of golden, melt-inyour-mouth marshmallows, and chocolate squished between graham cracker triangles. Makes about 30 s’mores. 16 inches tall, $75; dominiqueansel.com

We have been doing prosciutto for 60 years. Would you believe us if we said we know what we are doing? Enjoy true Italian food in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron district. Come and try for yourself or just mingle among friends at our inviting Osteria with a glass of wine and a bit of homemade pasta. At Osteria del Principe you can savor the best Italian prosciutto in the city made by us, and appreciate our authentic dishes prepared with genuine ingredients in full respect of the original Italian recipes.

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Inspired by Museum Collections Give the art lover in your life a thoughtful gift inspired by New York City’s most prominent art collections. There’s something for everyone, from aspiring little artists to the most sophisticated critic.

CHINOISERIE SILK SCARF

Inspired by details from a chinoiserie ceiling on the second floor of the Frick mansion. The mural was painted by Alden Twachtman and installed in 1914. 100 percent silk, 34”x34”. Made in Lyon, France. $125. frickcollection.org FRICK COLLECTION

RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

CAMEL HAIR POTTERY BY SUE ADLER

A few strands of hair from a camel’s tail, from Mongolia, were used to design this pot. The artist donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Wild Camel Protection Foundation, committed to save wild camels from extinction in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. Intended for decorative use only. 3” high. $50. rmanyc.org

FESTIVAL HORSE TOY

Made of sheep’s wool and inspired by the images from Tibetan paintings, carpets and sculptures, these toys are carefully handmade by Tibetan women in Lhasa and in the mountainous areas of Yunnan Province, China. $108. rmanyc.org EPOCH TIMES

ASSYRIAN PALACE GUARD BOOKENDS

The great Assyrian king Ashurnasirpal II (ruled 883–859 B.C.) built a magnificent walled capital at Nimrud with monumental sculptures supporting and “guarding” palace doorways. Among these, a human-headed winged bull and lion are in the Museum’s collection. Set of 2, $125. metmuseum.org

METKIDS ART BOX

Future painters will delight in this innovative collection. Includes 32 markers, 28 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 20 crayons, 2 drawing pencils, a drawing board, and more, all in a wooden box. Not for children under 3 years. $74.95. metmuseum.org

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Caviar

The Perfect Christmas Gift ROSENA SAMMI BANGLES

Rosena Sammi is a New York Citybased lawyer-turned-jewelrydesigner of Sri Lankan heritage. Her colorful jewelry is available at the Dahesh Museum of Art, which has an extensive collection of 19th and early 20th century academic art. Made in India. Turquoise Sea Bangles $77. daheshmuseum.org

AMERICAN ALBUM QUILT COLLECTION

A 19th-century album quilt in the Museum’s collection inspired this set. Cotton. Imported. Machine wash. Quilted throw comes with rod pocket for hanging. 60” square. $175. Pillow covers. 20” square. $30 each. metmuseum.org

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NORDIC LIGHT CANDLEHOLDER

Designed by Jonas Grundell for the Swedish design firm, Design House Stockholm, the Nordic Light candleholder has become a classic design icon around the world. 80 for the 4-arm model, $110 for the 7-arm model. scandinaviahouse.org

Why Not Spend Your Holiday at County... County restaurant brings local, seasonal and market fresh fare and products to New York City all day, every day in a warm and familiar setting, surrounded by reposted barn siding lit by festive carnival lights. County Restaurant, located in Flatiron New York City is where you can enjoy coffee and custom

blended teas, mixologist designed signature cocktails, market fresh small plates, main dishes and sweets paired with our international wine selections. Our friendly family of staff welcomes you into casual luxury, a treat everyone deserves every day.

Mon - Wed from 11am to 10pm • Thurs & Friday from 11am to 11pm Saturday from 11:30am to 11pm • Sunday from 11:30am to 9pm • Brunch Sat & Sun from 11:30-4pm

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Practical Tech Gifts for Every User Tech gifts present a challenge because everyone has different levels of expertise, and different things they like to do. This guide gives some of the best tech items out there for the full range of people.

TABLETS

FOR THE MEDIA JUNKIE: KINDLE FIRE HDX

FOR PRODUCTIVITY: MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 2

If you need a tablet that you can get some work done on, the Surface Pro 2 is probably your safest bet. It has a detachable keyboard, and runs the full version of Windows 8, so you can use all your productivity apps like Word and Excel. But like the Kindle, it doesn’t have the kind of app variety you’ll find on an iPad. Starting at $899. microsoft.com

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FOR APP JUNKIES: IPAD MINI WITH RETINA DISPLAY

For the tablet that will do fun, the iPad wins because of the bounty of offerings in the App store. Many tablets now have great displays, and though the iPad does probably win for aesthetics, the real strength is in all the cool and entertaining things you can do on it. Of course, you can also use it for reading and movies. Starting at $399. apple.com

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LAPTOPS

For the person who just wants to consume media like books, movies, and TV shows, as well as do some web browsing, the Kindle Fire will deliver. With a brilliant screen, lightweight design, and integrated customer service, this is a great tablet, but the downside is the lack of apps and games on the Amazon platform. Starting at $229. amazon.com

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BEST FOR GRAPHICS: ASUS N550 JV

For the one who wants to play the latest games with incredible graphics or watch high-definition videos, the ASUS N550 JV is a solid, relatively affordable option. It has a great hi-definition display, a quad-speaker sound system developed with Bang & Olufsen, and a powerful processor. This one can pretty much do it all. Starting at $939.93. xoticpc.com COURTESY OF ASUS

BEST HYBRID: HP ENVY 15

If you need to get a laptop for a student or someone who will use it for work, the HP ENVY will provide all you need. It’s a hybrid—meaning its screen is a touchscreen, like a tablet— so you have the best of both worlds. Now that Microsoft has worked out the kinks of Windows 8, this is a viable, exciting new direction for laptops. Starting at $899. shopping.hp.com

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BEST BASIC: ACER C720 CHROMEBOOK

For the person who just needs the basics, such as email, web browsing, and maybe video chatting (think grandma), a Chromebook is a perfect choice. Because it uses Google’s web-based Chrome OS, it’s immune to viruses, so you don’t have to worry about maintenance. There are several manufacturers making Chromebooks, but the Acer is a strong choice. Starting at $249.99. amazon.com


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Holiday Light Bulbs

CAMERAS PROFESSIONAL: NIKON D4

For truly professional quality, the Nikon D4 can work wonders. Shooting both pictures and videos with incredible quality, it takes shots with exceptional speed, and even works great in dark conditions. It also has a 51-point autofocus to guarantee great pictures in a flash. $5999.95. nikonusa.com

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The Largest Selection at Unbeatable Prices Give the Gift of the Holiday Spirit

Oftentimes, the greatest gift is simply the joy of the holiday spirit. Set the mood for those you care about with a huge variety of holiday lights perfect for any home or office.

POINT-AND-SHOOT: PANASONIC LUMIX LX7K COURTESY OF LUMIX

BEST ENTRY-LEVEL: NIKON D7000

For those who just want to take great pictures, but don’t want to do too much fiddling around, the Panasonic Lumix is your go-to camera. It’s basically a point-and-shoot, so you don’t have to worry about buying and changing different lenses, but it has plenty of options to enhance your pictures if you’d like to go there. $288. amazon.com

For the entry-level professional, the Nikon D7000 produces great shots at a fraction of the price of the D4. One reviewer even called it Nikon’s best digital SLR ever, even better than the D4. It has great image quality, but also handles very well, and it’s fast. $999. nikonusa.com

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Toys for the Home Gym Fitness and wellness pro Tysan Lerner recommends these gifts for athletes, yogini, and health-conscious parents who want to get the most out of at-home workouts and meet their 2014 fitness goals. COURTESY OF POWER SYSTEMS

MEDICINE BALLS

PHYSIO BALL

The physio ball is good for strength training and brings in an element of instability and fun. Helps strengthen the core muscles, and improve balance. Be sure to buy a ball that is burst-resistant. $17–$70 depending on size and quality. gymnic.com

Great for building power and working your core. Medicine balls come in all different sizes, textures, and weights. Choose the one that is most appropriate for your goals. $10-$50. Power-Systems.com

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RESISTANCE BANDS

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Resistance bands are long, rubber tubes with attached handles. They are great for creating resistance to build strength and stability. Light and easy to pack, you can use resistance bands to maintain fitness while traveling. $13 and up. LifeLineUSA.com

DUMBBELLS

A home gym is never quite complete without a set of dumbbells. It is nice to have at least two sets— one light and one heavy. This will give a variety of strength training options. $14–$100 per pair. Power-Systems.com PHOTOS.COM

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KETTLEBELL

Want to be lean and strong? Kettlebell training will help get you there. Quality matters with kettlebells so get one with a smooth handle, no seam, and good proportions so you don’t hit your inner thighs. $20–$100. RogueFitness.com or DragonDoor.com

A few sessions with a personal trainer can mean your loved one gets the personalized attention they need to meet their 2014 fitness goals. $50–$150 per session. Find local trainers at ThumbTack.com/wellness PHOTOS.COM


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NYC's largest selection of adult & kids scooters Lowest in-store prices guaranteed

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RED CORD

The red cord is a revolutionary suspension training system that is considered the best by many fitness industry leaders. Great for getting a total body workout without the need for weights at all. Starts at $169. Redcord.com

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NUTRITION SCALE

If you need to weigh your food for a diet or to create more accurate recipes, then a nutrition scale is a great tool. The Escali SmartConnect kitchen scale sends real time information to your mobile device. $69.95 at Broadway Panhandler. $99.95 at Escali.com EPOCH TIMES

FOAM ROLLER

Rolling out your muscles with balls and foam rollers is all the rage. It helps warm the body up, create more mobility, and relieve pain. Perfect for the regular gym goers, athletes, and dancers. $5.97–over $200 Amazon.com COURTESY OF TRIGGER POINT PERFORMANCE THERAPY

Xootr “Mg”

Small enough to sling over your shoulder and capable of carrying you literally from doorstep to doorstep, kick scooters are a great personal transportation tool for the city. Gliding along the sidewalk almost effortlessly, you can cover five times the ground you could by walking. Urban Motion carries the city’s largest selection of kick scooters, from adult scooters for commuting, to kids’ scooters for fun and mobility. We even have European-style footbikes, both purely kick-powered, as well as electric hybrid. Stop in and try before you buy. With our guaranteed lowest instore prices and same-day pickup and delivery, there’s no reason to take your chances online.

Zumaround” ElectricHybrid Footbike

Sidewalker “Micro”

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The Gift of Experience Research has shown that experiences, rather than material possessions, make some people happier. For recipients who firmly believe that the most meaningful gifts are not material objects but experiences, here are 12 ideas: PH OT

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The Institute of Culinary Education offers the nation’s largest selection of hands-on cooking, baking, and wine courses. Classes are offered day and night 355 days of a year. Your gift recipient can choose from knife skills to pasta 101 to more unusual cuisine classes from The Great New York Steakhouse to Cuban Surf and Turf. ice.edu.

POTTERY LESSONS

La Mano Pottery in Chelsea offers hand-building and wheel classes—$300 for 8 weeks or a 2.5 hour intro workshop for $75. In small, intimate classes, adults can learn to make cups, vases, pots, and more. lamanopottery.com

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World-renowned dance company Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Lincoln Center Jan. 10–19. Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese history with classical Chinese dance, an East-meets-West orchestra, and colorful costumes. Tickets $80–$300. shenyunperformingarts.org

GENTLEMEN’S GROOMING

Truman’s Gentlemen’s Grooming offers “The Professional,” a $75 package that includes a consultation, haircut and style, manicure, and shoe shine. For the man who needs some serious year-round pampering, go for the $1,050 Gold Passport that gives him unlimited access for a year. trumans-nyc.com

TAKE AIM: ARCHERY

Queens Archery, New York’s largest indoor archery range, offers lessons and equipment for target shooting and hunting. Coaching is free with first equipment rental ($20) or with bow purchase. Ideal for Hunger Games fans. bigapplearchery.com

ADRENALINE RUSH

For the thrill seeker, consider a reservation to any of a variety of exhilarating activities all across New York state. FunFix lists providers of sky diving, helicopter rides, scuba diving, race car driving, and hang gliding—a small sample of fun things to do. funfix.com

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GIVING A GIFT THAT GIVES

For the altruistic person who is so generous he or she is impossible to shop for, consider making a donation to a charity in his or her name. Heifer International, for example, allows you to buy livestock or crop seeds for families in developing countries so they can achieve self-reliance. A harvest gift basket is $72; a goat $120. heifer.org

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HOLE IN ONE

Every golfer can improve his or her skills. Golf & Body NYC (golfbodynyc.com) offers instruction, golf simulators, golf-specific fitness training, and even acupuncture in their facilities near Penn Station. Also consider Golf Manhattan (golfmanhattan.com) and Chelsea Piers (chelseapiers.com/gc)

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DANCE LESSONS

Gift a lifetime of suave. With classes suitable for the absolute beginner, teens, as well as the seasoned dancer, Broadway Dance Center offers ballet, jazz, theater, tap, hip-hop and more. Class packages range from $80 for 2 weeks to $160 for 8 weeks. Gift cards are available. broadwaydancecenter.com

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Know someone who frequents their favorite cultural institution so much that they should become a member? You can buy them a gift membership, which will give them access to different perks and events depending on the level. The Met Museum, for example, has different levels of membership costing from $70 to $20,000 per year. Gift memberships to be delivered by Dec. 25 must be ordered by Dec. 10. Also consider Carnegie Hall, the Met Opera, or any of the botanic gardens in the city.

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There are great weekend ski packages available in Vermont and Utah. For locations closer to home, consider Hunter Mountain (huntermtn.com) or Windham Mountain Resort (windhammountain.com), both in New York state.

PAINTBALL

The ultimate catharsis/workout/strategy exercise. Indoor Extreme Sports in Long Island City is New York City’s only indoor center for paintball, ReBall, laser tag. Good for parties. A 3-hour session runs $36–$42 per player. indoorextremesports.com

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