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.
Want to kick your usual Christmas traditions to the curb? Use our ideas to get it done.
Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on 7x7.com. Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink…at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments!
This Christmas, you've finally let go of the silver tongs, the last minute Bon Appetit recipe break-downs, and any aspirations of making your own buche de Noel. You're going out. Now, where can a Yuletide-loving fool snag a holiday feast in this town? Here are five tried-and-tested hotel restaurants serving a variety of holiday appetites, from voracious children to adults seeking a private meal under the mistletoe.
Wine Country is known as a great place to celebrate, so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that wineries know how to get into the holiday spirit. Already impressive estates and vineyards are even more striking when dripping in twinkling lights and garlands. But not all of the holiday displays are electric; many are powered by molasses and sugar.