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If your giftee likes to drink Venice’s most famous cocktail, the Bellini, then you know they already like Prosecco, the sparkling Italian white wine used to make the popular peach drink. The wine is made from mainly Glera (also known as Prosecco) grapes and is produced in the northern Veneto and Friuli regions of Italy. Look for a bottle of Mionetto il Prosecco ($10). It has D.O.C. (denomination of controlled and guaranteed origins) status, ensuring that it is made in the specific Prosecco wine-producing region of Italy. For something even more impressive, the magnum of Mionetto Prosecco Brut serves up to 12 glasses of bubbles ($24; widely available at liquor retailers)

Cheers: Trip to liquor store ideal for quick shopping

A sparkling bottle of wine, an interesting brew or a lovely little aperitif makes for a good gift — last minute or anytime. Read more ›

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It may be winter, but the Zoku Duo Quick Pop Maker makes popsicles fun any time of the year. The best part? They take only about seven minutes to set right on your counter. The kids will love combining flavors and making fun designs and characters. They can be made of fresh fruit and lots of other fun ingredients. Adults can even get in on the fun with recipes like the Berry Mojito Pops. $36.95; additional character kit is $14.95. Available at Williams-Sonoma and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

It’s a find for family fun

Instead of running around trying to get something for each person in a family or trying to find a different toy for each child, consider … Read more ›

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If you know someone who likes to read the newspaper with their coffee or still prefers to hold actual magazines and catalogs in their hands, this gift is good news. The Recycled Newspaper Magazine Basket is made with recycled newspapers. This eco-friendly basket is woven over a metal frame with wood handles. $24; available at Pier 1 Imports.

Green up the gift giving

Whether your recipient is dedicated to green products or you prefer to give environmentally conscious gifts, they are becoming easier to find. From soy candles … Read more ›

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Have a chocolate lover on your list? Most people don’t buy themselves the best of the best. Why not give them a decadent treat? The new Godiva Parfait Chocolates combines the flavors of popular desserts in the perfect bite size. Choose from Strawberry Cream Trifle, Chocolate Spice, Éclair, Mocha Almond, Pear Almond Tarte and Death by Chocolate. Godiva’s Parfait Chocolates are available in an eight-piece gift box, $20, and an 18-piece gift box, $45. Available at Godiva Boutique Stores or www.godiva.com.

Good things come in little packages

There’s always that person you would like to get a little something for. It can be hard to find just the right thing without it … Read more ›

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The North Face Apex Bionic Jacket Anyone who has visited a college campus located in a northern state knows how popular The North Face brand is when it comes to student outerwear. The Apex Bionic Jacket is a good choice because it can be worn in several seasons, is windproof, stretchy, and ideal for multiple activities. It can be combined with fleece liners of various lofts to create a warmer garment. It’s made for mid-level aerobic activity, such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, or hiking across campus. The women’s version comes in seven colors, and so does the men’s. Retails for $129 at REI and The North Face store.

Gifts for college students

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Nook e-readers Put the printed world at their fingertips with one of these e-readers, which are linked to the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain. There are two versions of the Nook, the Nook Color and the original Nook with a black-and-white screen. The Nook Color has a 7 inch screen and displays millions of vivid colors. The black-and-white Nook is newly redesigned. It has a 6-inch screen with resizable fonts, a clear, crisp display, and a two-month battery life. Both Nooks allow you to access more than a million books. In fact, there are 1 million free books ready for instant download, and users can sample all books free before they buy. Most titles are $9.99 or less and are ready to read in just seconds. Public library books are also downloadable to Nooks. The Nook Newsstand offers access to more than 200 magazines and newspapers, as well. Both Nooks have onscreen keyboards and Wi-Fi to download content. The Nook Color also allows users to surf the web, e-mail and download apps, just like a tablet computer. The Nook Color retails for $249 and the Nook for $139 at Barnes & Noble, office supply stores and electronics stores.

Senior tech gifts

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For a day look, try these MARC by Marc Jacobs laptop sleeves. They are made of cushy neoprene, and have a two-way continental zip top, and faux fur interior. They come in 13 inch ($48) and 15 inch ($52) sizes, in black or peony (hot pink.)

High-tech gifts

Accessories add style, sensibility to high tech gear. Read more ›

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Interested in trying a snow disc? The Airhead Dual Action Disk offers both steering and braking action. A pull on the left handle veers the disk left; try the right handle to get you to the right. Need to stop? Pull up on both handles to slow down or stop. Ideal for just one rider this disk is made to withstand cold temperatures. $21.99, available at sporting good and outdoor gear stores.

Best Sleds

Glide through winter with fun and adventure With winter in Chicago it is almost inevitable that some flakes will fall. So why not bundle up … Read more ›

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The “Toy Story” movie series breathed new life into Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head and the couple is more fun than ever. Active Adventures Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head features new legs with pants and 10 accessories for slimmer, trimmer taters. The pieces can be interchanged with existing Mr. Potato Head figures. $7.99, widely available at toy stores.

Updated toy classics

Freshen up a favorite: Classic toys updated Think back to your favorite toys as a child. Some of them may be hard to find, but … Read more ›

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Who doesn’t use scrap paper? From grocery and to do lists to notes to the family it’s pretty universal. Why not get your recipient the Boogie Board LCD Tablet or the Boogie Board Large? They are ½ inch thick with a pressure sensitive board and telescoping writing stylus. You can write notes just like on paper – it even offers lines. Hit the erase lock to preserve the writing or erase with just the touch of a button. Built on an acrylic case with a recessed screen it measures 8.8 inches by 5.6 inches or the Large is 7 inches by 10.5 inches and the internal battery is good for tens of thousands of erases. Think of all the paper they’ll save. $39.95 or $49.95 for the Large. Available at Brookstone.

Luxury gifts

Give everyday items an upgrade with a special touch Everybody has one. That person on their list they most want to find just the right … Read more ›