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Deck the halls with boughs of dankies

Better than a fat bag of skunk, the Commonwealth's vote to legalize medical marijuana has come as the best gift any Mass stoner could ask for.
GIFT GUIDE 2012
By ARIEL SHEARER AND CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2012
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The Big Hurt's obligatory holiday gift guide

Is the anxiety of seasonal consumer obligation weighing heavy upon your soul?

By DAVID THORPE  |  December 07, 2012
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Deep tracks and minutiae for music lovers, rich and poor

Ah, box-set season, that time of year when you go to your nearest record store, looking for gifts for that special someone you know who would really appreciate a super-cool addition to their record collection.
Box-set match
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 09, 2011
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Give the gift of beer: A suds-soaked shopping list

We're working beer-related gifts in Bottles and Cans land. You like beer, yes? Chances are your friends like beer, yes? So give 'em some beer!
Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 09, 2011
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Holiday treasure hunt

Is it trash or treasure? The editorial team here at the Portland Phoenix compiled this year's incarnation of our annual local gift guide by searching for diamonds in the rough.
We search high and low for great gifts at thrift and secondhand shops
By DEIRDRE FULTON, NICHOLAS SCHROEDER, AND JEFF INGLIS  |  December 09, 2011
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Picking the season’s best books — for everyone from plutocrats to paupers

In recent months, Americans have become acutely aware of class divisions — thus it’s possible to choose books for your friends and family based on their income bracket.
Reading class
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 09, 2011


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Gifts for the 1%

They say the best things in life are free. But you know what makes those things even better ? Swag!
Deck the halls with wretched excess
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Portland Gift Guide 2010: Real gifts for real people

So, what do you get for the drug dealer who has everything? Flummoxed by the thought of trying to surprise the music snob on your list? We'll tell you what presents they want this year.
Stocking stuffers for the drunks, hippies, and geeks in your life
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 10, 2010

Providence Gift Guide 2010: Real Gifts for Real People

So, what do you get for the drug dealer who has everything? Flummoxed by the thought of trying to surprise the music snob on your list? We'll tell you what presents they want this year.
Stocking stuffers for the drunks, hippies, and geeks in your life
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 10, 2010
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Gift Guide 2010: DVD Box Sets

Some people will tell you that the economy is frozen in a recession that may never thaw. That makes Blu-ray/DVD box sets more valuable than gold.
Sureties and obscurities
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  December 10, 2010
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Gift Guide 2010: Real gifts for real people

A holiday manifesto
A holiday manifesto
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 10, 2010


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Gift Guide 2010: Ski and snowboard accessories

OUT ON THE SLOPES, WHEN IT'S YOU AGAINST MOTHER NATURE, THE LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Out on the slopes, when it's you against Mother Nature, the little things can make a big difference
By GEOFFREY KULA  |  December 10, 2010
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Gift Guide 2010: Graphic novels and comic anthologies

There's something about getting a book as a gift that makes you not want to read it.
Freebasing narrative
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  December 10, 2010
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Holiday Gifts for People We Hate

The North Pole has become the most depressing and perverted hole on Earth.
When a lump of coal just won't do
By SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS  |  December 10, 2010

Eat, buy, love: A mini Going Green gift guide.

As I write this, I'm slurping down a soup made of roasted broccoli, celery root, garlic, and broth. I'd never cooked with celery root before, but I had to learn fast — the ugly-but-tasty vegetable was included in the first box of winter farm-share produ
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 26, 2010
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Blu Christmas . . . without DVD

Ah, yes: the most wonderful time of the year, tinged with muddy snow and the creeping darkness of our most recent Depression.
Kick your films into hi-def this season with those other shiny silver discs
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 11, 2009


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Mad Men on Mass Ave

We have many long, painful, Mad Men– less months stretching ahead of us, as we wait for the show to return to AMC and shower us with more broken marriages, snappy quips, jaw-dropping revelations, and (hopefully) amputated limbs.
How to make your carpets match the Drapers
By SHAULA CLARK  |  December 11, 2009
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The Rolling Stones | Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert

This live 1969 Madison Square Garden set was released at the band's peak, following Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed , preceding Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street , and recorded a week before the disaster at Altamont.
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By JON GARELICK  |  December 11, 2009
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Tech Support

"Lo! Men have become the tools of their tools." So wrote Henry David Thoreau, a long time ago, in Walden .
Stereo equipment is so passé. This year's unnecessarily awesome gadgets will stir coffee and turn T-shirts into guitars.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 11, 2009
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Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009
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Same old song

Most music fans can probably be forgiven, at this point, for being doubting Thomases at the alleged demise of the major-label music industry.
Reissued and remastered CDs give classic releases a fresh face
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 11, 2009


A Gift Guide for the Geek in your Life

A Gift Guide for the Geek in your Life


Winter is coming, as the Starks would say, and you know what that means -- toys! We geeks love our toys, especially big-kid versions of...
By Maddy Myers  |  December 03, 2009