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Watch for the Post-Gazette's Shop Holiday collection of ideas for everyone on your gift list. The index of features will be updated online daily from Nov. 23 through Dec. 24.

Nov. 23: Young professionals

So much technology, so few outlets! Help keep gadgets going with the Pivot Power by Quirky flexible surge protector. Accommodate up to six chargers for laptops, smartphones, tablets and other techy must-haves. The power strip bends and twists to make room for adapters of different sizes ($33.00;, 1-800-345-1515).
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Nov. 24: See it live

In a season packed with Tony-nominated plays at Pittsburgh Public Theater, the big winner is: "Clybourne Park." The best play of last year makes a quick jaunt from Broadway to the O'Reilly Theater April 18-May 19 ($29-$60 at the O'Reilly box office, 412-316-1600 or See more »

Nov. 25: For kids ages 5-10

The best gifts for kids stimulate discovery and creativity. This year, why not give your young explorer a set of Toysmith Translucent Binoculars (3x40mm)? These colorful and appealing lenses, found at Learning Express stores, are a wonderful way for kids to investigate nature and can add intrigue to hide-and-seek. More powerful but still lightweight and compact, Bushnell or Outside Edge 10x25mm binoculars are sold by Dick's Sporting Goods ($19.99) and Dunham's Sports ($16.99). See more »

Nov. 26: Cool creations

These fashion-forward gloves, developed by Echo Design, are available for $39.50 online at and locally at Talbots stores. Sites include Shadyside, Mt. Lebanon, Ross Township, Greensburg, Cranberry and Sewickley. See more »

Nov. 27: For video gamers

At $179.99, the 24-inch Sony 3D Display is the best monitor for its price. The package comes with "Motor Storm Apocalypse" for the PS3 and 3D glasses. It has two HDMI ports plus a component input, making it perfect for computer gaming or as an extra screen to a game room.

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Nov. 28: TV on DVD

Plenty of shows are now available via assorted streaming services but for fans, boxed sets still provide a tangible connection. When "All in the Family" debuted in 1971, prime-time programming started to become more realistic. And you can't get much more realistic for that era than a working-class bigot like Archie Bunker. "All in the Family": The Complete Series" ($199.99, Shout! Factory) includes a new interview with series creator Norman Lear, the original pilot and much more. See more »

Nov. 29: For outdoors

Every kindergartner can identify a bear, and older kids might know the name for a baby bear. But do you know what to call a group of bears? The board game Camp by Education Outdoors Inc. presents challenges for every member of a multigenerational family, from age 4 and older. $24.99 at Playthings Etc., Butler. See more »

Nov. 30: For seniors, Part I

Swiss inventor George de Mestral came up with the idea for Velcro after a walk with his dog left them both covered with burrs that held fast to the soft fabric of his pants and the dog's fur. Thanks to the magic of de Mestral's genius and Velcro fasteners, putting on shoes no longer means struggling with arthritic fingers or a creaky back (Walmart, JCPenney; $20-$75). See more »

Dec. 1: For hunters and anglers

Brookline author and steelhead guide John Nagy's new release, "Steelheader's Journal" (Great Lakes Publishing) is a book intended to be written by its reader. Leather-bound with antiqued paper and printed in sepia ink, the journal includes 171 blank categorized entry forms for logging what has worked (and what hasn't). $39.95 at Foley's End Campground fly shop near Girard, or at and Great Lakes Publishing, 606 Crysler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15226. See more »

Dec. 2: For runners

The only way to improve your time is to monitor your pace. Garmin's Forerunner 10 GPS watch (; $129.99) tells you how far and how fast you've gone on one screen, and tracks calories burned. It also offers training features as well as a run/walk break setting for beginning runners. And it's cute: it comes in bright pink, lime green or black with red accents. See more »

Dec. 3: For pets

Keep your best friend safe -- and stylish, too -- with the Glowdoggie LED collar. Whether they're walking on a leash at night on dark city streets, or running loose at home, they'll be more visible with these colorful glowing LED collars.

Made in Germany and sold by Toronto-based Glowdoggie, the collars are waterproof, Search & Rescue Dog approved and designed to last. They come in several sizes, with prices ranging from $49.99 to $64.99 at
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Dec. 4: For kids younger than 5

Get your kids to put down your smartphone camera and pick up one of their very own. The Fisher-Price Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera allows kids to take pictures and videos, and the lens swivels so that they can also see themselves. Downloadable software also allows them to enhance their pictures with special effects. $55 at Walmart. See more »

Dec. 5: For TV lovers, Part II

Gifts for TV fans aren't limited to DVD boxed sets. Books inspired by programs have also become a popular way for fans to enjoy their favorites: PBS' drama import "Call the Midwife" is based on a book by Jennifer Worth about British midwives in the 1950s. Now an official companion for the first two seasons, "Life and Times of Call the Midwife" ($29.99, Harper Design) by series writer Heidi Thomas, has been released. Warning: Beware of season 2 spoilers! See more »

Dec. 6: For the Beaute

Cosmetics companies love the holidays almost as much as women who want to look their best during them. Here are some of the newest fragances and holiday color collections. Lip balms are great for cold weather -- part treatment, part color. Clinique's popular Chubby Stick moisturizing lip colour balm is available in a limited edition gift set with five mini-sized sticks in the most popular colors. The Whole Lotta Colour set is $34.50 at Sephora, Nordstrom and See more »

Dec. 7: For wine lovers

People who treasure fruit of the vine always enjoy unwinding with a superior vintage. What could be more festive than filling your friends' and family members' glasses with fine wine or excellent champagne, such as Perrier-Jouet Brut Cuvee Belle Epoque Champagne, vintage 2004, $139.99 per bottle. Rated at 94 points by The Wine Enthusiast, it features flavors of crisp green pears, jasmine and apples. Product code is 6494. Order online ( from the state store system and have it shipped to the recipient. See more »

Dec. 8: For geeks

We define "geek" as a person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest. For geeks who play golf, the Yoda Hybrid Headcover ($25.95) by Hornungs Golf Products features a soft padded lining and fits all hybrids and some blade putters. At Dick's Sporting Goods stores. See more »

Dec. 9: For gardeners

In any hobby or sport, fundamentals matter. Pros at The Urban Gardener on the North Side do their duties while protected by the West County work glove. They're for work, of course, but a soft palm padding and terrycloth sweat-catching patches also emphasize comfort. An adjustable cuff keeps hands protected from the elements. $24.99 at The Urban Gardener. See more »

Dec. 10: For music lovers

From pop to country, there are plenty of great gifts out there for the music lover on your list. The wind-milling guitarist for The Who was in town last month to demonstrate that he can still pull it off at 67, with battered ears. How Pete Townshend went from young gawky Londoner to rock genius is documented in "Who I Am" ($32.50 at Barnes and Noble), one of the more thoughtful rock memoirs you'll read. See more »

Dec. 11: Books for adults

It's not available until April, but longtime North Side resident Dan Rooney and Carol Peterson, historian and preservationist, have written "Allegeny City," a history of the North Side and Allegheny City, the third largest metropolis in Pennsylvania when it was annexed - amid much controversy - by the City of Pittsburgh in 1907 ($24.95; order at the University of Pittsburgh Press website, See more »

Dec. 12: For cooks

They make life delicious all year round. So why not show your appreciation with an equally tasty gift? Here are some ideas for the cooks on your list. Sauces and soups often require a quick, powerful whisk. Krups' GPA Immersion Blender ($86 on or major department stores) comes with a soft-grip ergonomic handle, six variable speeds and super-easy cleanup. See more »

Dec. 13: Auto lovers

What to get for the person in your life who lives by the motto "love me, love my car"? One gift idea to take for a spin is a tool set - especially if you're buying for someone not afraid to get some grease under the fingernails. Craftsman has a 154-piece set with both metric and standard sizes that should give most DIYers everything needed to get the job done (Sears, $149.99). See more »

Dec. 14: For TV and radio buffs

WQED's two "Pittsburgh From the Air" DVDs deliver awe-inspiring high-def aerial views of the city and Southwestern Pennsylvania. They're a great gift for expatriates or for someone who is thinking about moving here. Available in single volumes for $19.95 each; Blu-Ray and combo versions are also available. The WQED site offers many other Pittsburgh-related TV programming, including Rick Sebak's latest: "25 Things I Like About Pittsburgh" ( See more »

Dec. 15: For techies

If a wireless speaker is your style, Tivoli offers the PAL BT line. Small and stylish, it plays AM and FM radio as well as streaming by Bluetooth. The PAL comes in several vibrant colors, all featuring Tivoli's minimalist design, and has a rechargeable battery ($299.99, See more »

Dec. 16: For movie fans

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" calendar will keep you company for 16 months and features a downloadable electronic calendar widget and wallpaper for your computer ($9.88 at Walmart). See more »

Dec. 17: For sports fans

Championships are a point of pride in Pittsburgh, so what better way to remember those Steelers titles than with an "America's Game" DVD set that details each of the Steelers' NFL-best six Super Bowl championships? (at Steelers Sideline Store, Heinz Field, $34.95.) See more »

Dec. 18: Gifts of jewelry

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but there's so much more to choose from when you're looking for unique or stylish jewelry. For an example of off-the-cuff glamour, try a two-toned stretch bracelet of gold and gunmetal, $62 at Serendipity, PPG Place, Downtown. See more »

Dec. 19: Organic, fair-trade or eco-friendly gifts

Fair-trade soccer balls are a collaboration between Canadian youth groups and Pakistani factories, who were inspired to combat child labor and raise money for peace projects. The eco-friendly, hand-stitched ball is FIFA-approved and can be purchased online through the ethically minded, Pittsburgh-based Equita ($75 at See more »

Dec. 20: For travelers

The REI Wheely Beast duffel bag has it all - lots of room, ergonomic touches and rugged wheels. A foam-padded carry handle is supplemented by grabhandles at each end to make it easy to grab and go, and compression straps keep everything tight for transport through luggage handlers or in the outback ($179 at REI stores). See more »

Dec. 21: For seniors, Part II.

"It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business." That famous line from "The Godfather" pretty much sums up the philosophy of the Corleone family and their way of doing things. The 1972 epic gangster film by Francis Ford Coppola is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever made. It is available at Barnes & Noble for $34.99. See more »

Dec. 22: Secret Santa gifts.

ICE Cubes Stainless Steel Drink Chillers is a cool gift for the slow drinker. Hailed as the "new ice" by Brookstone, the stainless steel, liquid-filled cubes won't dilute a drink like ice cubes. Set of 6 for $24.99 at Brookstone stores. See more »

Dec. 23: Religious gifts

For many people, this holiday season is an opportunity to give gifts of religious significance. This cross is handpainted and handmade from reclaimed wood and tin, and it may be hung on a wall ($32, HotHauteHot, 2124 Penn Ave.; a larger tabletop version is available for $72). See more »

Dec. 24: For holiday workers

Serve up something warm and cozy with Williams-Sonoma Hot Chocolate ($19.95 for 12 ounces), made from "shavings of premium chocolate rather than cocoa powder." The company said it uses "couverture bittersweet chocolate from Guittard." There are also peppermint and salted caramel versions. See more »



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