Gifts for Kitchen Buffs
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Consumers who are passionate about their cooking no longer have to pay exorbitant prices for high-quality Italian vinegars. Several years ago, LUCINI Italia partnered with first-tier estates in Tuscany to produce the highest quality extra virgin olive oil available in the United States at a price half the cost of comparable oils. The same company has now introduced LUCINI Artisan Vineagars. LUCINI Balsamico is a high-quality 10-year-old vinegar made exclusively from hand-harvested Trebbiano grapes. The vinegar is aged for a decade in heirloom wood casks made of oak, juniper, cherry, mulberry, and chestnut. This ensures balanced, fully rounded flavor and aroma with layers of complexity. LUCINI Pinot Grigio White Wine Vinegar is aged in small oak casks to create added depth and smoothness. This special condiment/cooking ingredient adds sparkle and an intriguing accent to recipes ranging from salads, to chicken and fish dishes, to fruit desserts.

For most people, breakfast is the most neglected meal of the day. Now there is an easy alternative to the poor nutrition choices Americans often make in the morning. Frontier Soups has added a breakfast collection to its line of easy to prepare, delicious, healthful foods. Frontier’s Colorado Breakfast Collection provide good energy boosting nutrition. Made from wholesome, primarily natural ingredients, these breakfast options taste homemade and are quick and simple to make.

Most people's first introduction to miso is the warm, comforting soup found in Japanese restaurants. But the use of miso extends well beyond soup. Miso is a low sodium, high protein, savory soy food. The Book of Miso contains over 400 recipes as well as easy-to follow instructions on how to make miso.

While not as well known as tofu or miso, tempeh is unique in its ability to serve as a delicious main course in place of meat. Tempeh has the same amount of protein as meat but is low in saturated fats and contains absolutely no cholesterol. The Book of Tempeh contains more than 130 tempting Western-style and traditional Indonesian recipes.

Gifts for Armchair Travelers and Adventurers
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If you’ve got the financial resources and are in reasonable health, why not treat yourself (and someone else?) to a memorable holiday. The following books are a good way to decide where to go and what to do during your trip and they make a great gift for anyone with a spirit of adventure.

Hidden Florida Keys & Everglades  provides complete travel information for an area of Florida better known for its wildlife than its presidential election results. In addition to the usual lodging and dining details, this book provides information on a diverse variety of subjects such as houseboats, sport-fishing, kayaking, shopping, and annual events.

Hidden Walt Disney World Orlando and Beyond  is an invaluable resource for planning a unique trip you could make with a grandchild. A particularly nice feature is its rating of rides and shows so you and your guest will be spared standing in line for a ride where the line is more fun than the ride itself. In addition to theme parks, the book also covers beaches, parks, museums, and side trips from Orlando... something for everyone!

The title says it all in Traveling With Your Grandkids, a book of tips from an experienced grandparent traveler. The book is packed with ideas for vacations throughout the United States, based in part on the interests and ages of grandchildren. Learn how to make “grandtravel” easier, more convenient and more fun for family members of all ages.

Rock Art and Ruins for Beginners and Old Guys is a book for anyone who travels and loves the outdoors. This eclectic, tongue-in-cheek guide covers more than 40 major prehistoric rock art sites as well as 50 other ruins and attractions. The book is filled with historical information as well as practical tips on equipment, where to stay, how to photograph rock art and how to cook on the road. 

There is no better way to soak up a country’s soul than to live like the locals do. Adapter Kit France and Adapter Kit Belize are unique travel books where the authors describe the rewards of their own long-term stays in their favorite countries and explain how you can do it too. Vivid descriptions highlight the most desirable regions to live in each destination. The books offer insight into history, culture, and all the essentials. These are great books for both short-term and long-term travelers.

A Tibetan Journal is a book of stunning color photographs by Pulitzer-nominated photojournalist Fiona McDougall. The book offers rare glimpses of Tibetan daily life and provides a cultural mosaic that exudes the light and peace of the Tibetan people.

Accidental Adventurer: Memoir of the First Woman to Climb Mount McKinley portrays an era when exploring was a vocation and many of our nation’s mountains were yet uncharted. Barbara Washburn’s accomplishments, amazing by today’s standards, were virtually unheard of in the 1940s and 1950s. Her story captures the joy of a life lived to the fullest.

Given the delays associated with air travel, Stuck at the Airport is a useful book for any traveler. This guidebook contains suggestions for eating well, taking care of business, relaxing and having fun while you wait. Services and attractions of 54 airports worldwide are provided in cleverly written profiles.

Gifts for the Young at Heart
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Grand Cru is a sizzling novel that focuses on the intrigue and desire that can be found in the sexy milieu of world-class winemakers. A compelling and tasty read.

What if Mr. Right turns out to have four legs and a tail? Bark if You Love Me is a wonderful woman-meets-dog story. Warmly written and charming to the end, this is a remarkable tale of companionship in its most unconditional form.

The Ladies’ Room Reader is the ultimate women’s trivia book. Every little fact you ever wanted to know about women can be found in this fanciful compendium of data and lore. From fun facts to wise words, this book is filled with food for thought.

Kick Butt and Other Advice on Aging is a collection of humorous age-related cartoons, juxtaposed with sound advice.  

On Being 100 is a beautiful collection of photographs and essays, a touching journey through the memories and insights of 31 extraordinary centenarians. These delightful stories help put our own lives into perspective.

Gifts for History Buffs
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In Her Footsteps: 101 Remarkable Black Women portrays the vitality, creativity and resilience of women of African descent from around the world. These true-life stories offer undeniable proof of the indomitable and passionate force Black women have been in their families, in their communities and in the world throughout history.

Personal Foul: Coach Joe Moore vs. The University of Notre Dame is the story of Coach Moore’s age discrimination law suit against Notre Dame. This is an uplifting story of one man’s courageous struggle to hold on to his pride and his dreams when faced with age discrimination. The book is also a backstage glimpse into the dark corners of college athletics.

Vantage Points is a historical fiction about a woman pilot in World War II. This novel should appeal to anyone who enjoys World War II history, vintage aircraft, women’s history or just good love stories.

Gifts for Creative Critters
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With the Internet’s e-mails, message boards, and chat rooms, more than ever we are judged by how well we communicate. Word Court is an engaging grammar and usage guide to common and uncommon word problems.

Verbatim is a compilation of fascinating, funny and strange essays on English language usage. This book is sure to delight both word nerds and grammar mavens.

Gifts for Organized Souls
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Lifemaps is a book which provides a step-by-step method for simplifying 101 of life's most overwhelming projects. Projects covered include how to prepare your home for sale, how to get the lowest rate at a hotel and how to get a parent onto Medicaid.

The Family Organizer is a calendar designed specifically to coordinate family appointments and activities. Grocery lists, school events, doctor appointments, and menus should all be easier to keep track of with this planner. There are also sections for recording special family accomplishments throughout the year.

Gifts for Someone Caring for a Family Member with Dementia
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Stolen Memories: One Family’s Experience with Alzheimer’s Disease deals with real issues that confront many of us. The author grapples with the profound questions of identity, memoir and autonomy that dementia raises. This book is a moving description of the author’s efforts to be a responsible and loving caregiver as her mother battles with progressive dementia.

Gifts for Parents
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The Guilt-Free Guide to Your New Life as a Mom provides guidance on many of the things no one talks about. This easy-to-read book is designed to help new mothers maintain their perspective on life and parenthood.

 Ready Start School! offers practical tips and resources on how parents can instill a lifelong love of learning in their children by creating an enjoyable atmosphere of discovery at home, using common household materials, games and activities that require little to no preparation whatsoever.

 Capitate Your Kids teaches parents how to teach their teenage children financial responsibility. Written with humor and based on real-life experience this book will help parents save money and escape years of monetary-based arguments.

Gifts for Eclectic Spirits
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Christmas Soul: African American Holiday Stories is a collection of poignant and witty childhood Christmas memories recounted by African American celebrities. Evocative oil paintings add to the beautiful tapestry of this book. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the United Negro College Fund.

Anyone who has ever tried their hand at fly fishing should appreciate reading A Fly Fisherman’s Blue Ridge. The essays in this book take the reader through a year of fly fishing backcountry mountain streams from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

Skeptics and believers alike will be entranced by Old Souls: Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives. This book provides a riveting firsthand account of one man’s mission to investigate and document some of the most astonishing untold phenomena of our time.  

A Simple Monk, Writings on His Holiness the Dalai Lama contains provocative writings by a number of well-know celebrities. There is even an essay by the Dalai Lama's mother. The essays and vibrant color photographs will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to New York's Tibet House.

OPRAH Magazine refers to The Power of Now as a book that can "transform your thinking" and create "[m]ore joy, right now!" The complete book is now available on an 8.5 hour audio compact disk set.

Brand new this year, Martha Stewart Everyday Fleece Blankets are soft, warm and non-pilling. Available in vanilla, clover, taupe, and navy colors.