Weekend Sip’s 12 bottles of Christmas has gift suggestions for everyone on your holiday list

Let’s put aside all the problems of 2020 and turn our attention to the holidays. That means it’s time to joyfully head off shopping for friends and family, for colleagues and neighbors and maybe even for ourselves.

And that means it’s time for a Weekend Sip tradition: the 12 Bottles of Christmas.

Once again, we’ve compiled a list of a dozen bottles, covering the categories of wine, beer and spirits. (And ice cream, too!) We’ve selected items at varying price points, so you can gift anything from a simple stocking stuffer to the sip of a lifetime. Needless to say, the list doesn’t strictly apply to Christmas — the picks will generally work for any holiday or occasion.

Need more suggestions? You can always refer back to our picks from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Oh, and one more thing: Happy holidays!

The ugly sweater bottle (er, can)

We’ve never quite understood the ugly Christmas sweater thing. Such apparel may represent a gleeful way to subvert the season, but it’s still, well, ugly. But we can embrace the ugly sweater when it comes in liquid form. And that is the idea behind Almanac Beer Co.’s Ugly Sweater LOVE Hazy IPA ($16.99 for a four-pack). The Northern California craft brewer, which specializes in what it calls “farm-to-barrel” beer, describes this super-tasty IPA as a “jolly” sip with notes of mango and cantaloupe. But it’s the image on the can of an ugly sweater that may be the real selling point for some. Almanac also puts together other festive holiday items, including a 12-can Christmas sampler and an eight-can Hanukkah one.

The red bottle

You’ll need to have deep pockets for a bottle of Beringer’s Eighth Maker Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon — it’s a whopping $400, which is pricey even by California trophy-bottle standards. But this sip, from the producer that calls itself California’s longest continuously operating winery, may just be worth it for its hearty taste (think blackberries and black cherries, says the Beringer team) and yet surprisingly delicate texture (the tannins are “fine grained,” the producer notes). The packaging is as superlative as the bottle, with the glossy wooden case almost worthy of being used to store prized jewels. The bottle’s name refers to Mark Beringer’s role as Beringer’s eighth winemaker — the company was founded in part by his great-great-grandfather Jacob.

Mijenta ($50) is a clean-tasting tequila with a variety of flavor notes, from honey to pineapple.


The green bottle

In this case, we mean “green” not in the color-minded sense, but in the save-the-planet one. And Mijenta, a small-batch tequila producer, says it takes the environment seriously. The company’s sustainable practices include ensuring all of its packaging — the label and box — utilizes the waste from agave, the plant that goes into making tequila. It’s a laudable mission, but the tequila itself — in its “blanco” (meaning un-aged) iteration ($50) — deserves praise as well. The sip is clean-tasting with a variety

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The Best Gift Baskets For Everyone On Your Holiday List

It’s fair to say that gift baskets have a bad rap. Typically, they contain too many snacks and nicknacks that no one wants because they’re mediocre at best, all wrapped up in an absurd amount of cellphone. But while that may be the case for most, there are some actually good gift baskets out there that deliver joy.

Several worthwhile options exist, from large companies that sell gourmet products—Stonewall Kitchen and Williams Sonoma come to mind—ands boutique brands that make curation and presentation a priority, to local purveyors who hand-package their artisanal products.

There are also sites such as Mouth that allow gift-givers to create personalized boxes for recipients. And the platform Goldbelly, which brings food from local restaurants all over the country right to peoples’ doorsteps—something that’s particularly useful to those small businesses right now.

Here’s a rundown of some of best gift baskets you can give this holiday. With treats and goodies anyone would enjoy, there’s bound to be something here for everyone on your list.

Best Gift Baskets For a Taste of Everything

Balducci’s Hostess With the Mostest Basket

This gift basket is filled with superb savory items—and a few sweets thrown into the mix. Perfect for the person who loves to sample products with different flavor profiles, it has everything from Kalamata fig spread with almonds to Sable and Rosenfeld olive bruschetta, plus caramelized walnuts and Balducci’s delicious sea salt caramels.

Harry & David Season’s Best Gift Basket

Harry & David is famous for their bountiful holiday gift baskets, and they’re popular for a reason. All the sweet and savory treats are solid quality and the fruit is especially flavorful—and great to have around midwinter when the selection at the supermarket is less than stellar. This basket includes pears, gouda and hickory-smoked summer sausage, plus everyone’s movie night favorite: Moose Munch.

Best Gift Baskets For Brunching

Zabar’s Quintessential Zabar’s Basket

If you know someone nostalgic for New York comfort food, this gift basket is the perfect gift. Zabar’s is an institution that’s been around since 1934, and this package includes nearly everything it’s famous for. There’s classic LBC (that’s lox, bagels and cream cheese), plus ingredients for a hearty pastrami on rye with deli mustard. There’s also a ceramic Zabar’s coffee mug thrown in as a keepsake to remember the extravagant feast.

Stonewall Kitchen Taste of New England Gift Basket

It’s tough to go wrong with anything from Stonewall Kitchen, as their dry mixes, jams, condiments and other products are all excellent and reasonably priced. The lucky person who receives this gift basket will get cozy New England winter vibes delivered straight to their home. Inside is pancake and waffle mix and Maine maple syrup, along with orange cranberry scone mix and assorted jams for spreading.

Fortnum & Mason Deluxe Tea Bag Assortment

Send someone the gift of proper English tea with this lovely set from the London’s Fortnum & Mason, filled with 120 sachets of their fine teas. All the familiar standards are included,

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Your Ultimate Xmas Wish List

It’s said that giving is better than receiving, but the maxim has a flaw: it assumes that the giver and the receiver are never one and the same. We all know that generosity feels good, and there’s sound scientific basis for it: research shows that the act of giving activates the neural networks associated with pleasure – the same ones triggered by food or drugs – in a phenomenon known as the “helper’s high”.But that doesn’t mean you can’t help yourself. After all, receiving gifts feels pretty good, too, and no one is more familiar with your taste, habits and predilections than, well, you. Besides, you’ve had a tough few months and, as any good psychologist will attest, work is not its own reward. Self-care doesn’t come naturally to us all, however. So, if you can’t quite find it in you to love yourself, we’d advise cutting out the following pages and giving them to a relative with the relevant items clearly marked. You’ve been a very good boy this year, after all.


Fitbit Sense Smartwatch



This new smartwatch from Fitbit doesn’t just clock the movements you make but how your body responds to them. Along with the usual tick list (including 20-plus exercise modes), the Sense evaluates your electrodermal activity and heart rhythm to assess your stress levels. Its six-day battery life is handy, too.


Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds with Personalised Sound



Scientists believe that the shape of your ears is as unique as your fingerprints, and the way they process sound is personal, too. NuraLoop’s gym-friendly, sweat-resistant in-ear buds address this by fine-tuning their output to provide a truly personalised sound. They also offer 16 hours

of battery life and highly effective noise cancellation


Nike Metcon 6 Training Shoe



If you’re serious about raising your bar in 2021 – while reducing the stress on your back – you need kicks that are fit for the task. Nike’s peerless training shoe is designed for workouts of any intensity, from heavy barbell work to pacy plyometrics and even (short) runs. They’re breathable and light, and the closest thing you’ll get to stealing kit straight out of an athlete’s locker.


Pixel 4A Android Mobile Phone



The Pixel 4a packs the best of Google’s smartphones into one box of tricks. The 12.2-megapixel rear camera takes top-notch HDR+ photos and videos, with free unlimited storage on Google Photos. Its battery learns which apps you use the most, reducing the power used by the others.


BOOM 3 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears


From back-garden WODs to sprints in the park, outdoor training has been the default for many of us this year. But don’t let winter’s somewhat less clement weather throw you off your game. This wireless portable speaker has 15 hours of battery life and a fully weatherproof casing. The myBOOM Studio even allows you to customise the fabric pattern, so you can match it 

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The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part II

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. For this week, we’ve turned it into the second installment of our holiday gift guide, with recommendations from T staffers on what we are coveting for ourselves this season, as well as the gifts we’re thinking of giving our friends and loved ones. Read the first edition here, and sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at [email protected].

The Beverly Hills chocolatier andSons was launched last year by the brothers Marc and Phil Covitz, who grew up watching their mother, Aviva, run the local outpost of the Swiss chocolate brand Teuscher. Hoping to create American chocolates as luxurious as those they ate as children, the pair — along with the esteemed pastry chef Kriss Harvey — debuted their own hand-painted bonbons (some filled with fruit-forward ganaches, others with rich house-made pralines and popping candies), which come in beautiful foil-stamped boxes that open from their center. No less covetable are the brand’s holiday specials, including its Eggnog Snowmen, with white chocolate shells and creamy centers that strike the perfect balance between sugar and spice.

In my fantasy kitchen there would be not much more than one big pot, a single perfect knife and a heat source, and all other unnecessary equipment would be banned. (No more apple corers or egg slicers.) But I would make an exception for this bread cloche, which is impressively effective: Made from mica-rich clay in England by the ceramist Isatu Hyde, it creates a steamy enclosure for your dough as it bakes in the oven, producing bread with a uniquely light texture and well-developed crust. It is also pretty enough to sit on your counter and double as a vessel in which to store your loaf.

There are few thrills greater than receiving an Hermès orange box, especially around the holidays. This year, I have my sights set on these painted wood bracelets, which can be worn individually,

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Every NFL Team’s Shopping List for 2021 Offseason | Bleacher Report

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    It’s that time of year again, folks. With Black Friday in the rearview, the mad dash to complete holiday shopping is upon us. While NFL teams aren’t quite in the same boat—free agency is still several months away—you can bet front offices around the league are busy putting their 2021 lists together.

    Not every team can afford to get itself that perfect gift, of course, but every roster has holes that need to be filled through free agency and the draft.

    Here, you’ll find a look at each team’s biggest offseason needs, based on factors such as past production, team health and the presence of aging players or those with expiring contracts. While salary-cap figures for the 2021 offseason aren’t available, we’ll also take a look at each team’s projected cap situation, according to Spotrac.

    We’ll be looking specifically at roster needs, so while teams such as the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars will require new coaches and front-office personnel, those won’t be addressed here.

    With roughly a quarter left in the 2020 season, here’s an early look at each team’s shopping list for 2021.

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    Kyler Murray

    Kyler MurrayElise Amendola/Associated Press

    Projected Cap Space: $24.9 Million

  • Tight End
  • Running Back
  • Edge-Rusher

The Arizona Cardinals may or may not be a playoff team this season, but they’re at least close to contention. Since the franchise won just eight games in 2018-19, their 6-5 record should provide plenty of hope for the future.

That future will be built around second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. The former Oklahoma star and No. 1 overall pick isn’t playing at an MVP level just yet, but he’s already one of the more dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in football.

To help get Murray to the next level, the Cardinals need to invest in a pass-catching tight end. A quality tight end can make a young quarterback’s job much easier, and Arizona simply doesn’t have one on its roster. Dan Arnold, who has 225 receiving yards, is serviceable but isn’t going to keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

It wouldn’t hurt to bolster the backfield either. Kenyan Drake is playing on the transition tag, and while he has been good at times, he hasn’t been elite. If he is seeking a sizable payday in free agency, the Cardinals would be better off turning to the draft for Chase Edmonds’ new running mate.

On defense, Arizona needs to address its pass rush. Chandler Jones played just five games before he landed on injured reserve because of a torn biceps, and he’ll be in the final year of his deal in 2021. Haason Reddick leads the team with five sacks but is already in the final year of his contract.

Compared to many teams we’ll examine, the Cardinals should be in relatively good shape with the cap this offseason, so while they’re solid now, they could be even better in 2021.

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    A.J. Terrell

    A.J. TerrellBruce Kluckhohn/Associated Press

    Projected Cap Space: Minus-$25.0

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N.J.’s huge list of COVID-19 holiday safety guidelines include Santa, singing, shopping. Here are the details.

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to mount, the New Jersey Department of Health issued guidelines for the winter holiday and celebrations designed to keep residents safe this December.

State health officials offered some guidance early Monday, but later released a full list of recommendations for responsible holiday gatherings and activities.

“With increases cases, we must continue to maintain our vigilance against COVID-19 and celebrate safely and responsibly to ensure healthy holidays,” said Dr. Ed Lifshitz, medical director of the state Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Service, said Monday at the state’s coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

The New Jersey Department of Health offered the following recommendations:


— If possible, limit indoor gatherings to individuals that reside within the immediate household for all seasonal holiday celebrations, including (but not limited to) Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Saint Nicholas Day, Las Posadas, Winter Solstice, Pancha Ganapati, and New Year’s Eve. People should also consider live streaming celebrations/events so they may be viewed safely by others.

— People who are quarantining or isolating should not attend any outdoor or indoor gathering and should complete the recommended period of time for the quarantine/isolation to protect others. This includes people who are awaiting test results.

— Do not host or attend gatherings with anyone who has COVID-19 or anyone who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

— If hosting a small holiday gathering, it should be small and limited to immediate household members. Current indoor gathering limits are no more than 10 persons, with limited exceptions.

— Utilize single-use serving ware, including cups, plates and utensils and or limit the number of people who touch common items such as serving utensils and barware.

— Make sure everyone washes their hands before preparing, serving, and/or eating food and make hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) available for all to use.

— Avoid buffets and self-serve drink stations and use no-touch trash cans if possible.

— Seating arrangements should encourage social distancing by maintaining 6 feet between individuals who are not in the same household and may include sitting at multiple tables spread throughout the home.

— Guests should wear masks when not eating and drinking and commonly touched surfaces and areas should be cleaned often. Hosts should also have disinfecting wipes in the bathroom for guests to wipe down toilet handles, faucet knobs/handles and doorknobs.

— Make sure each bathroom has soap and consider single-use hand towels instead of cloth towels in the bathroom.

Holiday celebrations and parades

— Tree lightings, menorah lightings, and other holiday gatherings should be held outdoors.

— Holiday parades are discouraged, but if one is organized, officials should consider limiting in-person attendance and instead having the parade live-streamed so the public can view it virtually. Parades must also abide by the current limits on outdoor gatherings and observe social distancing and all participants should wear masks.

— Organizers should designate areas for spectators to view the parade with markings on the ground to facilitate social distancing

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List: Cyber Monday 2020 gift card freebies

DALLAS (NEXSTAR) — During the holiday season, restaurant chains often offer up “bonus” cards for purchasers who buy gift cards for Christmas gifts. That means if you’re willing to buy a $25 gift card for mom, the business may throw $5 your way.

A number of restaurants are boosting those specials for Cyber Monday.

Here are some of the standout options originally tracked down by the folks at Brand Eating:

Applebee’s: Get two $10 bonus cards with the purchase of a $50 gift card through Jan. 3. Bonus cards can be redeemed for both dine-in and online orders via Applebees.com or the Applebee’s mobile app and expire on Feb. 28.

BJ’s Brewhouse: Get a $15 bonus card with a $50 gift card purchase. Bonus card and VIP card valid Jan. 1 through Feb. 13.

Blaze Pizza: Buy $25 in gift cards and you’ll get a free 11-inch pizza through Dece. 31. Free pizza reward valid Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card through Dec. 31. Bonus card valid Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

Cheesecake Factory: Through Cyber Monday, get two slices of cheesecake for every $25 in gift cards purchased. Cards for cheesecake slices valid Jan. 1 through March 31.

Chili’s: Get two $10 bonus cards when you buy $50 in gift cards on Cyber Monday. Bonus cards valid Jan. 1 through Feb. 11.

Denny’s: Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card. Offer continues through Christmas Day.

Outback Steakhouse: Get $20 in bonus cards when you buy $50 in gift cards through Dec. 31. Coupon valid Jan. 1 through Feb. 7.

Panera Bread: Get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards. Deal good through Dec. 21. Bonus card valid during the month of January.

Pei Wei: Get a $5 bonus card when you purchase $25 in gift cards through Dec. 31. Bonus card will expire at the end of January.

Red Lobster:  Get two $10 coupons when you buy $50 in gift cards. Coupons valid Jan. 1 to Feb. 28.

Red Robin: Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchased through Dec. 31. Bonus cards valid from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

Texas Roadhouse: Get a $5 bonus card when you buy $30 in online gift cards.

TGI Fridays: Get a $15 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards through Dec. 4. Bonus card valid Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

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Drew Barrymore’s gift-giving list promotes Wichita artist Armando Minjarez’s ceramics

Armando Minjarez is best known around Wichita for his public art projects, such as Horizontes, a large-scale community art project with 20 murals, including the centerpiece grain elevator mural.

But actress Drew Barrymore could help Minjarez become even better known for his ceramics work.

Her “Drew Barrymore Show” is promoting small businesses nationally through Drew’s Little Book of Small Businesses Gift Guide and is seeking nominations through social media.

A couple of Minjarez’s friends replied to Barrymore’s request via social media. They mentioned his Del Norte ceramics business, which he started in 2015 from his Wichita home. He sells his functional pieces, such as plates, vases and mugs, through online sales, which Minjarez said are slowly growing.

He said he appreciated his friends’ comments but then noticed “there were like 40,000 comments or something on her post.”

“I kind of forgot about it. I figured there was no way it was going to happen.”

A New York City-based producer for Barrymore’s show called him, but Minjarez didn’t answer because he didn’t recognize the number. He quickly called her back, and the producer explained she simply wanted his permission to feature him. She didn’t need anything else.

“I was like wait, what?” Minjarez said. “It was just wild. I did not expect that to happen at all.”

He was part of a group of the first five business owners to be featured the day before Thanksgiving. Since then, his website has had a lot of attention.

“It’s been overwhelming but all welcomed.”

Minjarez gets notifications every time someone visits his website.

“It’s been nonstop since she posted it,” he said. “She’s got millions of followers on her social media accounts, so it can really make a difference.”

As of Monday morning, he had 50 new orders, “which is about 40 more than usual.”

Now, Minjarez wants to return the favor by sending Barrymore a note along with a mug or vase “for her to hopefully enjoy personally if it ever gets to her.”


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Tech Gift Ideas to Help Tackle Your Holiday Shopping List | Tech Buzz

Today is Cyber Monday, which doesn’t mean as much this year because the related sales have been going on for much of November as retailers try to milk every available dollar they can. However, like you, I’m doing a lot of shopping, both for others (yes, I’m going to cheat and mostly give Amazon gift cards but some gifts) and myself.

Since this entire column is about products, I’ll skip the product of the week and focus on what I think are some of the best deals or products that stand out as game changers in their segment — and aren’t too expensive.

I was tempted to have a car section focused on electrics. Still, after watching this Audi E-Tron review, I’m reminded that all but the Tesla are Generation 1 cars, and the Tesla’s fit and finish are so bad I suggest waiting until the Gen-2 cars come out, and then we’ll revisit this.

Let’s get to it.


OLED TVs are the near-term future, since 8K TVs aren’t where they need to be yet in price and content. The best combination of technology and price in an OLED right now is the Vizio 65″ OLED TV at just under $1.5K at Best Buy while I’m writing this. It’s usually priced at $2K.

The reason for OLED over LCD is that each pixel has its light source, which gives you the darkest blacks in the market and colors that truly pop. After 65″ the price goes up a lot. So, this year, the sweet spot for price appears to be 65″ — and Vizio, which is known for using top-level components while having a very aggressive price, appears to have the best deal.

I’ll likely buy one of these myself this week, depending on the sales. Oh, and they’ve dropped their 55″ OLED to under $900 at Best Buy if you want something smaller.


Many of you likely have laptops you hate at the moment. This is largely because the pandemic brought on the sudden remote work-and- learn from home crisis that caused folks to purchase new equipment without putting a lot of thought into the product — or they were forced to grab what was available when inventories were scarce.

Given that I’m going to point you to what I think is the best product for the money that each vendor has, these won’t be the cheapest. But if you plan to keep the laptop for a few years, these are the ones I think you’ll be proud of on their last year of use, as well as their first.

HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible Laptop
For some time, I’ve advocated for PC vendors to build laptops that they, themselves, would use. While Steve Jobs was alive, Apple built products for Steve and he then sold them to us. The only vendor that has stepped up to that concept is HP with their Elite Dragonfly, built to Andy Rhodes specifications.

HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop

Elite Dragonfly

It has a unique blue finish,

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Shop safely and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with this handy guide | Sponsored: Academy Sports + Outdoors

Editor’s Note

This article is brought to you by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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We’ve put together a handy list of gift ideas for anyone in your life. Take a look at some of our favorite selections below and click on the links for more details and ordering options. For our full gift guide, visit www.academy.com/gift-guide.

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Gifts for the Grill Master

Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Make your backyard a cookout destination with this grill that reaches up to 700 degrees and provides 10 to 15 hours of cooking time. A 560-square-inch cooking area provides plenty of space for all of your grilling needs.


Outdoor Freestyle Rocker

This versatile chair is great for outdoor napping, reading, camping or just enjoying the yard. It folds flat and has a carry handle, so you can easily move it around for a change of scenery.


BBQ Cooking Wood Logs

Kick your grilling up a notch with these flavored logs that add a distinct, smoky taste to anything on the barbecue. These logs are kiln dried, 100% natural and safe for the environment.


Gifts for Kids

Stiga Force Table Tennis Table

Keep the kids active indoors with this table that comes with a net, a post and corner pads for protection. Everyone from teens to younger kids can get in on the fun – maybe they’ll let the adults join, too!


AGame Trampoline with Enclosure

This trampoline is a great backyard addition and is suitable for anyone age 6 and up. It’s designed with safety in mind, including a synthetic mesh net and a steel frame covered with plus polyethylene and foam to keep jumpers safe.


AGame West Fork Wooden Swing Set

This set has everything kids need to make up their own games, including a flying saucer, wavy slide and two sling swings. The rock wall features textured grips and handles. Chain guards for the swing help prevent pinched fingers. The entire set can accommodate up to six children at once.


Gifts for the Fitness Fan

GoFit ProGym Extreme Workout Kit

Elevate your home workout routine with this full kit. It comes with four power tubes that can be adjusted for up to 75 pounds

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