5 Top gifts for the baker in your life

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Even if your baker has all the right ingredients, they would be nothing without a place to store them! Storage for flour, sugar and spices doesn’t have to be boring either. Look for customizable containers, like ones with chalkboard or corkboard, so your baker can easily identify what he/she needs,  while still looking personalized.

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Serving trays and platters

Presentation is everything. A cake is more delicious on a beautiful serving tray, and cupcakes tastier when they’re arranged on the perfect platter, so make sure your baker has both! Whatever the baked goods, a classic serving tray will suit any occasion and will be a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Look for time-tested colors, designs and materials so your baker can use these wares for many years to come.

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Any experienced baker or cook knows that keeping track of time while making three different things …

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5 Savvy gifts for his groomsmen

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for his boys

Cheap thrills only go so far so when it comes to dishing out some awesome gifts for even the wackiest of groomsmen. So we have you covered! Here are some of our favorite picks for unique gifts for your dapper groomsmen before your big day.


Ork Posters

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You don’t have to be a graphic designer to love the typography-infused geographical art works for different cities. Give these bold prints of each groomsman’s home city or current city, or a reminder of an awesome time spent in another city. With more than a dozen US cities and several European cities to choose from, it’s an epic display of your gratitude.

(Ork Posters, $22)


Carry-On Kit by the Art of Shaving

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Every man does it, so why not enjoy the process? We’re talking about shaving. Huge kudos to the masterminds behind the Art of Shaving, for we …

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Great ovenware sets

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Stoneware set

You can never go wrong with a classic, quality stoneware set. The best ones include pieces like a square baking dish, oval au gratin, rectangular casserole dish and mini cocottes. A set with an enamel glaze that’s chip-, scratch- and stain-resistant glaze can be used in the oven, broiler, microwave and freezer.

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Bakeware set

From muffins to pies, breads to cookies, there’s nothing a complete bakeware set can’t handle. With a round cake pan, a cookie sheet, muffin pan, loaf pan and roasting pan, the baking possibilities are endless. Many sets on the market are made of FDA-approved nonstick carbon steel and can weather up to 450 degrees F in the oven.

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Cookie bakeware set

For the cookie connoisseur, look for a cookie bakeware set complete with nonstick carbon steel cookie sheets, a cooling rack and a silicone baking mat. Commercial-grade pans come in handy for baking perfect …

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Hey, big spender: Most luxurious hotels for Valentine’s Day

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Photo credit: Auberge du Soleil

This Valentine’s Day, shack up at one of the world’s most romantic hotels. We’ve searched high and low for unique amenities that enhance romance. You’ll never want to check out of these four romantic hotels for Valentine’s Day.

For the elaborate pair


Auberge du Soleil

Wine country inspires romance. At Auberge du Soleil, even the exterior of the hotel looks romantic and warm. Covered in lush greenery and landscaped like a magical garden, this Napa Valley hotel invites romantic liaisons and total relaxation. Enjoy local wines as you explore the grounds and visit the spa for some dual pampering. Don’t miss the soaking tub, the private patio and the big fireplace by the king-sized bed.


Hotel Kakslauttanen

Don’t let the mouthful of a name fool you. This is one of the most romantic, magical places to spend the night with your loved one. …

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Fun, educational puzzles for kids of all ages

Toddler: 1–3 years

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Chunky wooden puzzles

These simple, wooden puzzles come in themes ranging from farm animals to cars and trucks to basic shapes. The thick pieces are perfect for small hands and fit into matching spaces on fun, colorful boards. The pieces often are designed to stand upright for additional play. These fun games are perfect starter puzzles for toddlers.

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Progressive collage puzzles

Progressive puzzle sets include multiple puzzles with three, four, five and six pieces. When assembled, the puzzles form familiar objects such as fruits or veggies. As your toddler masters the three-piece puzzle she can move on to the more challenging four-piece and five-piece puzzles. The individual pieces are durable and large enough to be easily manipulated. Look for sets made with kid-safe materials such as vegetable-based inks or paints.

Preschooler: 4–6 years

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Cube puzzles

These fun and challenging puzzles are completed by arranging blocks to create …

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Beach bag essentials under $100


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Sunscreen by JASON offers long-lasting protection and prevents premature aging due to prolonged sun exposure. (JASON, $10)


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Laundry bag

After hitting the showers, toss your sandy bikini in this super-chic beachwear bag. (3floz, $30)


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Floating cover

Splash Dash protects your favorite electronic device from water and it even floats! Comes with waterproof earphone jacks. (Amazon, $25 )


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These fun and fancy fashion scarves are designed to be worn around your neck, shoulders and hair. A versatile accessory for those windy beach days. (AprilMarin, $26)


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Beach towel

This Mosaic beach towel offers softness with the flavor of Marrakech to create a must-have summer essential. (UGG, $55)


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Adjustablethong sandals by Aetrex feature anti-microbial technology embedded in the footbed to protect against fungi, bacteria and algae. (Aetrex, $100)


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Seashell shades by Chloe come in brown with a gold-tone logo and offer UVA …

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Hot gifts for the coffee addict on your list

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Keep it hot

For those who nurse a cup of coffee all morning, keeping it perfectly warm is key. This classic Primula 1-liter carafe (Amazon, $20) will keep his pot of joe warm and ready for refills. This carafe pours easily with one hand and has a spill-proof top to keep messes to a minimum. Check your nearest Home Goods store for great coffee accessories.

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So tweet

Why not add a smile to her morning with a happy little coffee cup? The Threshold Early Bird mug (Target, $14/set of two) comes with a spoon that conveniently stores in the handle. Who says the early bird gets the worm? We say coffee is better. T.J.Maxx carries a wide selection of coffee mugs — from cute to classic — for everyone on your list.

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So impressive

Serious coffee fans swear there is no better way to make a cup of coffee than with a …

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5 festive outfits to wear to a Thanksgiving dinner

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Dinner in the city

‘Tis the season of oxblood, and Thanksgiving is the perfect day to wear it in this H&M blazer ($50). Put it over your favorite basic tee and add a statement necklace like this one from Forever21 ($20). Black stretch skinny pants go with just about anything. If you wear them to a dinner party, you’ll be able to breathe, even when you’re stuffed! Try these from Forever 21 ($23). Gallop over to your dinner party in a pair of knee-high boots. These mixed media wedge boots from Charlotte Russe are made of leather and suede ($43).

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Trendy holiday dinner party

A sweater dress is an effortless way to look holiday-ready. This dress from the Kardashian Kollection at Sears will hug all of your curves and accentuate your waist with a thin belt ($35). Fight the cold temperatures with chic leather gloves. H&M has an inexpensive pair …

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Valentine’s Day gift deals

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Traditional flowers

Flowers are the staple gift for any Valentine’s Day celebration. They work for a first date or a 50th Valentine’s Day together. During the month of February, long-stemmed roses spike in price, but with LivingSocial.com you don’t have to worry about that. They teamed up with ProFlowers.com to offer a deal where you spend $15 and get $30 worth of flowers, sweets or anything else on their website. If traditional is your style, this deal is for you.

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Pearl pendant

Jewelry is another traditional gift that will dazzle your darling. The downside is it can get pretty pricey. LivingSocial makes it easy to give the gift of jewelry with their awesome deal on freshwater pear pendant necklaces from Sacred Jewels. This deal offers a beautiful freshwater pearl necklace, valued at $140, for just $23. It’s a Valentine’s Day steal!

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Something chocolate

The easiest way to make sure your …

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Shop songs: Ultimate New Year’s Eve songs from iTunes

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Ring in 2013 right

Songs and music often become a soundtrack to our lives. It’s important to choose occasion songs appropriately, because studies show they’ll be associated with the memories you create for the rest of your life. Here is SheKnows’ ultimate New Year’s Eve playlist that will have you dancing and laughing until midnight and well into the new year.


Taylor Swift

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This year wouldn’t even be right if we didn’t include Taylor Swift. The pop-country star has delivered some of the hottest tunes ever — not to mention completely inspirational for us girls. We pick her hit single “Red,” which is all about losing in love without regrets — an attitude we should all take with us into the new year.


“What Makes You Beautiful”
One Direction

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We all like to feel beautiful ringing in the new year, and the British heartthrobs of One Direction …

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