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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

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

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

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

Good things come in little packages

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


Gift for college students

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

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.

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