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Clean Out Your Closet and Give Back, Part II

With the New Year, we all get a fresh start. Why not give your closet one, too? The benefits of an end-of-year closet clean-out extend far beyond better-organized shelves and shoe racks by helping worthy local charitable organizations fund their programs and provide clothing to families and individuals in need. So grab a giveaway bag and get started. When you’re done, any one of these local non-profits will be happy to give your pre-loved goods a second life.

Clean out Your Closet and Give Back

Before you ring in the New Year later this week, consider these style-conscious charitable organizations for year-end, tax-deductible donations.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Year-End Sales

Post-holiday sales, year-end sales, New Year’s sales. They come with many different names, but have one thing in common: great deals. Here are a few of our favorites starting up in the city today:

Clean Shaves: Another Victim of the Economic Crisis

Beards and their slightly-less hirsute brethren, the manly moustache and chin-hugging goatee, are making a comeback, according to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal. But don’t give all the credit to Brad Pitt and George Clooney, both of whom have been spotted donning facial fur in recent weeks. No, as with so many other things these days, the real blame lies with the nation’s flagging economy.

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for 11th Hour Shoppers

‘Twas two days before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.... That’s because they were out, racing through the streets in frenzied madness, trying desperately to hunt down last-minute gifts. Grr. Let us help you in your endeavors with 7 spots where you can easily snag something for anyone on your last-minute list:

Gift Idea: Vintage Fashion Illustrations from Lost Art Salon

Counterintuitive as it may seem, meaningful gifts for the fashion fanatics in your world don’t have to be wearable. After all, the most devoted style hounds consider fashion an art. So why not gift them with art that’s all about fashion?

You can find that very sort of gift at Lost Art Salon, which houses owners Rob Delamater and Gaetan Caron’s library of some 3,000 art works from 1900 to the 1960’s. Among them are numerous fashion and costume illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor and ink that were created for print publications and advertisements during the mid-20th century.

Recession-proof Spa Deals

With Christmas only a week away, we decided it was high time to find a present for ourselves—and, of course, you! We realize with all the shopping, wrapping and packing for far-flung travels, we’re all about as relaxed as shrimp on a treadmill (Google the YouTube video, and you’ll see what we mean.) That’s why we’ve gathered our top seven picks for recession-proof spa deals around town. Wallets may be shrinking, but the holiday spirit prevails!

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Where to Shop this Weekend

If there’s one thing that always remains in fashion, it’s the weekend. As plenty head out of town on holiday adventures, others will be launching last-minute shopping missions and hunting down enviable outfits for upcoming soirees.

For either endeavor, you can start the weekend off feeling warm and fuzzy when you take a can of food to the Maneater Threads Holiday Sample Sale and save an additional 35 percent on already discounted apparel from such designers as Nu Collective, Burning Torch, Rami Kashou and Mike & Chris.

Santa's Little Helper: Ooma Shopping Night for Guys

If there’s anything more difficult than finding the perfect gifts, it’s figuring out how to keep prying nosey-noses away from them until the big reveal. Need a genius excuse to get your guy out of the house so you can finally wrap and ready his gifts without scuttling around under the cover of night or enduring a 3 a.m. session with the scissors and scotch tape? Send him to ooma’s Guys Shopping Night, taking place tonight at the North Beach boutique from 7 to 10 p.m.

Standout-Sparkle: Melissa Joy Manning One-of-a-Kind Diamond Rings

Diamonds. Girls. BFFs. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Got it. But that shouldn’t mean befriending just any ‘ole dazzler. For sparkle that stands out, look to Melissa Joy Manning. The Oakland-based designer recently added a handful of one-of-a-kind diamond rings to her web site that feature colored stones and 18K gold bands. Ranging from .4 to 3.6 carats, the bezel set stones are strikingly unique, and most feature the designer’s signature hammered texturing on the bands.

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