With Christmas just days away, we're down to the wire as malls, department stores, and boutique shops are full to the brim yet again with last-minute shoppers. If you're like us, you may still be lacking a gift or two for people on your list. For those travelers on your holiday shopping list, we've put together this round up of a few last-minute gift ideas.
Before this column takes a break for a few weeks, we bring you a quick peek at ten of the big movies around the Bay this holiday season and share an inkling of who you might want to bring along (if you really, really have to). See you in the New Year!
For many people, this time of year is for spending time with family, opening presents, and eating more sugar cookies then your stomach can hold. However, for others, it's a time to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays to take a vacation. For those looking for the best of both worlds, we've put together this round-up of area hotels that are mixing the holidays with vacation.
As I key in these words, so many gift cards are being exchanged across the US that–if you listen closely–you can almost hear them swishing by, rather like reindeer pulling an invisible sleigh.
It’s estimated to be roughly a $110 billion/year market and the average American now gives about five gift cards per year–the vast majority of them right now, during the holiday shopping season.
It could be the way the letters of 'SANTA' conveniently rearrange to spell 'SATAN' at the hands of distracted preschoolers, or it could just be the tendency of the stressful season to pressurize folks (until they POP), but there's something uncanny about Christmas that inspires filmmakers to maim and murder en masse on the big screen.
This holiday season, there is, of course, a vast array of flashy tech gadgets, including many product upgrades, available for you to buy for those on your list.
Beyond all the tablets, e-readers, and HD-TVs, however, are other gifting options, including some that you may not have considered yet.
Although we celebrate holidays throughout the year, we reserve the term "holiday season" for that belt-busting period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when we channel the time and energy normally given to work into the rewarding pursuits of eating and drinking with family and friends. And with Hanukkah just ending, the next milestone on this year’s calendar is Christmas Eve. For beer lovers, this is a prime opportunity to enjoy the dark and hearty ales that traditionally mark this occasion.
The three ski villages in Lake Tahoe are now decked out for the holidays: Squaw Valley, Northstar and Heavenly will be having a full two weeks of celebrations for the holiday season and scheduled events will include skiing with celebrities, fireworks, parties, and of course, Santa and Shaun White on the slopes.
This holiday, shop local for life's little luxuries. Bay-based beauty brands continue to do their part creating both effective and innovative skincare products. And, most of these products are organic and use natural ingredients wherever possible. Here are four luxurious gift ideas from some of the Bay's best beauty brands.