From local goodies and stocking stuffers to charitable ideas and more!
This is the time of year for giving, after all, so this holiday season brighten up someone’s life or bring a smile to their face with one of the gift suggestions below. We’ve listed an assortment of choice holiday gifts including local goodies (shop local!), stocking stuffers and more items to get busy with the Scotch tape and gift wrap this year. Also, don’t forget those still recovering from Sandy. We’re sure if you donate to one of the charities we’ve listed here in someone’s name, not only will they feel good, but you’ll really be giving something to someone who needs it.
‘Dark Knight Rises and Dark Knight Trilogy’ — The excellent final chapter in the three-film series from director Christopher Nolan that changed the face of the superhero genre forever. Buy the latest film or all three in a set. Dark Knight Rises, $14.99 (Best Buy); Dark Knight Trilogy, $29.96 (Walmart)
‘Le Havre’ — For your highbrow film fan. A sweet and tart film by Finnish superstar director Aki Kaurismaki, Le Havre is about a crusty old Frenchman who helps a young black illegal immigrant evade the police with the help of his friends and neighbors. In French with subtitles, $14.99 (Best Buy)
Swing Trust Oil — For the golfer who has everything. “Play with confidence” with this essential oil therapy for tee time. Just waft under your nose and you’ll play like Tiger Woods! Well, maybe not, $29.95 (swingtrustoil.com)
‘Preservation Hall Jazz Band: 50th Anniversary Collection’ — This four-disc set captures the music of New Orleans from the past to present with unreleased tracks and guest spots by Tom Waits, Andrew Bird, Richie Havens and others, $46 (Columbia/Legacy)
For the Chocoholic — Chocolate from Rauhauser’s (721 Asbury Ave., Ocean City). The white chocolate nonpareils are divine. (399-1465; rauhausers.com)
Whiskey Cubes — For the whiskey lovers out there, enjoy a refreshing cold drink without worrying about loss of flavor. Stainless-steel whiskey cubes are the reusable alternative to ice cubes, keeping your drink chilled without diluting taste. $39.95. (williams-sonoma.com/products/skybar-whiskey-chill-drops)
Growlers of Craft Beer — The Tun Tavern Restaurant and Brewery (near A.C. Convention Center, Sheraton) specializes in locally crafted beers. Take home a growler with your favorite seasonal brew, $20; refills $12.
‘Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats,’ by Karen L. Schnitzspahn. If you enjoy walking the Boardwalk for your pork roll and salt water taffy fix, or if you appreciate the history of the region’s former great restaurants like Hackney’s, Capt. Starn’s and Zaberer’s, this book will be an entertaining read. $13.59 from Amazon; Kindle and Nook versions, $9.99.
Salt Water Taffy - from Fralinger’s, Boardwalk at New York Ave., 344-1519 ext. 5518, fralingers.com; James, 1-800-441-1404, jamescandy.com; or Shriver’s, 9th and Boardwalk, Ocean City, 1-877-668-2339, shrivers.com
‘Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)’ — Special features include interviews and behind-the-scenes bonus material. With the third season of the hit HBO show over, why not re-watch season two? $59.99 (store.hbo.com)
Nucky’s Red at Time for Wine I & II — With stores at Caesars and the Quarter at Tropicana, A Time for Wine offers two custom-blend red wines in honor of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire: Nucky’s Boardwalk Red and Nucky’s Speak Easy Reserve, $29.95.
The House of Blues’ last $20.12 concert ticket sale of the year will take place on Dec. 12 (2012) and will include the following upcoming shows at the HOB’s Music Hall:
• Estelle w/ Melanie Fiona (Dec. 21)
• Mac Miller (Dec. 26) *first 100 tickets
• The Roots (Dec. 28)
• Rusko (Dec. 29)
• Jane’s Addiction (Dec. 31) *first 100 tickets
The sale will be from 10am-6pm on 12-12-12 (EST) (or while supplies last).
• New Jersey Hurricane Relief Fund (sandynjrelieffund.org)
• Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine (marinemammalstrandingcenter.org)
• Boys and Girls Club of AC (acbgc.org)
• Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter (redcross.org/nj/pleasantville)
• FoodBank of NJ (njfoodbank.org)
• Gilda’s Club of South Jersey (gildasclubsouthjersey.org)
• Alcove Center for Grieving Families in Northfield (thealcove.org)
• United Way of New Jersey (uwnj.org)
• Toys for Tots (toysfortots.org)
• Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or Fisher House Foundation (fisherhouse.org)
Spa Gift Cards — Give the gift of relaxation this holiday season with a gift card to one of the many top-notch spas in Atlantic City. (Visit local casino and spa Web sites).
Babes of Borgata Calendar — The beautiful Borgata Babes make each month sexy with this new 2013 calendar, $13.95 (shopborgata.com)
Ripley’s Believe it or Not — Ripley’s Odditorium specializes in all things unbelievably unique, a fun experience for the whole family. $9.99-$15.99, children 4 and younger free admission. Tickets available at the door.
2013 Restaurant Week — Gift certificates are available for this seven-day culinary celebration during which participating restaurants will offer multi-course meals sampling their unique cuisines. $15.13 lunch, $33.13 dinner. (acrestaurantweek.com)
Absecon Lighthouse Tour — Standing for 150 years, the Absecon Lighthouse is a beloved landmark in the Atlantic City region. Special group tours of New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse are available. $3-$7. (abseconlighthouse.org)
Ocean Life Center — Housing many exciting sea creature exhibits, including a 900-gallon interactive petting tank, the Atlantic City Acquarium offers an exciting and educational experience for everyone, $5-$8. (oceanlifecenter.com)
Lucy the Elephant in Margate — Tours of Margate’s famous Elephant run every half hour. $4-$7. (lucytheelephant.org)
Renault Winery Tour — Forty-minute tours include a look behind the scenes of wine making and a wine tasting. $3. Gift cards available. (renaultwinery.com)
First Night in Ocean City — An Ocean City tradition, First Night consists of fun and entertainment (TFIA) leading up to the New Year, with fireworks at midnight to ring in 2013, $15 (firstnightocnj.com)
Cruisin’ One Boat Tour Out of Gardner’s Basin — Sail around the Atlantic City shore taking in breathtaking views on the 150-passenger ship. Private parties available, $8.50-$34 (atlanticcitycruises.com)
Bader Field will host a 2013 New Year’s Eve event that will paint the town red, green, blue, and yellow.
Great things can happen when the City, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and others work together, and the 2012 Winter Wonderland last Saturday (Dec. 15) at the Atlantic City Convention Center was evidence of this.
If you’ve got an inveterate food fanatic on your holiday shopping list, someone who truly appreciates all things gastronomic, this column is for you.
I had no reason to go to the movies last weekend. Instead, here’s a list of my 10 favorite movies to watch during the holidays in alphabetical order.
With the holidays swiftly approaching, there’s shopping to be done, whether it be selecting gifts for the family, purchasing new trimmings for the tree, or picking up the fixings for your holiday meal. Luckily, if you live in Atlantic or Cape May County, you don’t have to go far to cash in on some deals. There are great shopping venues from Smithville to Cape May where you can find everything you need to make your holiday special, and you can do it without breaking your budget. Finding the perfect gift for that special someone on your list can be a hassle, but don’t let holiday gift giving stress you out. Use our store suggestions to find one-of-a kind treasures for your loved ones. Shops at Historic Smithville — If you are looking for something unique for that hard–to-please person, the shops at Historic Smithville is the place to go. With 71 shops on site, there is much to choose from. A few of our favorites: The Christmas Shoppe is the perfect place if you need an ornament for the annual ornament exchange. With thousands...
In a perfect world, if the casinos had their way, the year would always end on a Friday or Saturday. It would never end on a Monday, as it does this year.
“What we’re seeing right now [in A.C.] is Revel and Borgata going head-to-head with these big-name house DJs. They have become celebrities who get anywhere from $20,000 upwards of $200,000 per night for a couple of hours, and most of the time they’ll sell out these arenas or nightclubs. ... They’re the new celebrities.”
In general, Native American spirituality and numerous rituals involve giving thanks throughout the year and not only on one day. Aren’t people as thankful during the rest of the year? Aren’t people still hungry during the rest of the year? Why isn’t anybody giving away turkeys all year long?
When one looks back over the year and designates a “best 10” list, it isn’t really a “best” ten. In all honesty it is my 10 favorite films of the year, since one’s personal tastes are such a big part of remembering which films gave you the most pleasure or had the biggest emotional impact, or just made you laugh your ass off.