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Gifts for doomsayers

You still haven't started your holiday shopping? Don't bother.
Apocalypse, Now!
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  December 07, 2012

Work of Artistry: Indie holiday gift ideas

Holiday shopping doesn't have to mean braving the horrors of the mall. Indier options abound.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  November 16, 2012

Cocktail cartography

We've gotten lost more than once while under the influence. Boston designer Brian Johnson's new glassware creations probably won't help with that, since we'll be sipping from them at home — but we still dig his snazzy rocks glasses ($25 for two) and car

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  November 09, 2012

More Father's Day Gifts

Need ideas?
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  June 15, 2012

Great gear to spice up any ski trip, whether in your back yard — or the Middle East

You can’t turn around these days and not hear of someone from the one percent telling a 99-percenter to go take a shower and get a job. And as much as we take sides on the matter, today we’re putting aside our differences (more or less) to present both f
Snow finds
By DANIEL MCCARTHY  |  December 09, 2011

We asked Occupy Boston protesters: What Is Your #OccupyXmas Wish?

Since the beginning of the Occupy movement, protesters have broadcast the #NeedsOfTheOccupiers through tweets, Google docs, and camp posters. But besides the bare necessities — food, blankets, first-aid supplies — what do the protesters really want?
This is what the holidays look like
By LIZ PELLY AND ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 09, 2011


Arrive with these locally sourced hostess gifts

'Tis the season of not wanting to show up to holiday parties emptyhanded.
Make Emily Post proud
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 09, 2011

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

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

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

You know you need it

There are a lot of things that the 99 percent need.
If you’re reading this, you’re the 99 percent. Here’s what people should get you — and what you should get all your friends.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 09, 2011


Portland’s Occupiers express their holiday wishes

Many people in the mainstream media are still running around asking “What does Occupy want?” And they’re dragging their zoned-out, tuned-out audiences along with them. It’s very simple: Occupy wants what Occupy wants.

By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 09, 2011

Gadgets for both sides of the Occupy divide

Is Santa a one-percenter? Sometimes it seems that way.
Gearing up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 09, 2011

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

Gifts for the 99%

Plaid Friday has come and gone, but no time like the present to stick it to capitalism this holiday season.
Plaid tidings we bring to you and your kin

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
By  |  December 05, 2011

Shopping, simplified

With the holidays, and their attendant sturm und drang , upon us again, I was thinking about sports news in the context of Thanksgiving.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 02, 2011

Curfews, Christmas, and the company's dime

I am a bit stumped by this matter and perhaps you can help me. My son has recently turned 18, he is a senior in high school. We have been discussing a change in his curfew time ...
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  December 17, 2010


Beer is the world's most popular alcoholic drink. Living during this current renaissance of craft beer has allowed a wide spectrum of styles and flavors to become available, making the beverage even more accessible than ever.
We wish you a beery Christmas
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 17, 2010

Stocking stuffers

So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
A grab-bag of local music for every taste
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2010

Updike does death, R. Crumb does God, Vanity Fair does Proust

Trying to reach as broad a range of tastes and pocketbooks as possible, we this year scavenged everything from the front pages of the Onion to R. Crumb's genesis, to valedictory Updike. Stuff to read, stuff to look at, glossy pages and matte. Remember
Gift books to savor
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 11, 2009

The Iceman, MRTPQ, WTF and The Finisher!

The Iceman, MRTPQ, WTF and The Finisher!

Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell of the UFC calls in, a Comcast Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query about stupid weddings, we check your messages on the...
By Charlie  |  September 04, 2008