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8 Ways to Shop Online Smart and Safe

Introduction

The past couple of decades has seen brick-and-mortar become overshadowed by their online counterparts. And while some shops have been able to avoid this—the popularity of Microcenter among tech enthusiasts has kept it alive—many stores have either closed down or have shifted their focus onto online storefronts.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either! But learning the ins-and-outs of online shopping can take a while, and newer online shoppers are often tricked or scammed into spending more than they actually need to. Today, let’s go over a few tips and tricks for online shoppers that will work in 2021 and beyond.

8 Tips for Online Shoppers

1. Use a VPN for Regional Pricing

Not all currencies are equal in value. Therefore, products are priced differently from country to country. This is especially true for software such as video games and creativity programs, which regulate prices depending on where the software is being sold.

Unfortunately for some countries, these changes in price means spending more on a product thousands or millions of others spent less money on. There is one trick, however, that works a majority of the time: VPNs.

Virtual Private Networks allow you to change your server location, essentially tricking websites into thinking you’re located in a country of your choice. In other words, a VPN download allows you to get the best pricing available.

Be careful where you do this, however. Certain software storefronts like Steam ban accounts that are involved in doing this. And yes, you will most likely be detected.

2. Set Alerts For In-Demand Items

Certain products—products like new graphics cards or processors, for example—sell out quickly, and the recent COVID pandemic has hurt shipping times enough to ensure that many won’t be able to get their hands on certain products until the middle or end of this year.

To avoid playing the waiting game, set up alerts for products you want on multiple storefronts. Sites like Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy, and other online merchants allow you to receive emails or texts whenever a product you want becomes available.

3. Download Honey for Potential Savings

Online storefronts can’t and don’t tell you everything about a product, especially when it comes to pricing. If Amazon were to display the price history of its own products, that would hurt sales. Therefore, that data is off-limits to consumers. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t programs dedicated to doing that.

Honey, a shopping-dedicated app, displays the pricing history of products for most major online storefronts. Honey will tell you if you’re receiving the best price or if the product is at its “historical low”.

Along with a product’s price history, Honey will also automatically enter potential savings coupons, though these codes are iffy at best.

4. Wait for the Nearest Holiday

Sometimes you want a product then and now. However, certain products and equipment are best bought during certain holidays. For example, TV purchases are best done during Black Friday or major sporting events such as the Superbowl.

Take a look at what you’re hoping to purchase and when you think it may go on sale. If there’s a holiday near, it’s best to wait and see if it goes on sale. But there is one downside to this: the product you want may sell out on said holiday (such as a Black Friday deal). 

It’s certainly risky waiting for a sales holiday, but hey, if you want a deal, you have to take risks! And waiting for the holidays before making a purchase is a low-risk tactic.

5. Invest in Smart Rewards Programs

If you find yourself shopping on a certain website, think about joining their smart rewards program. A good example of such a program would be Best Buy’s membership program, which rewards you the more purchases you make, offering you discounts and coupons.

Other online storefronts may offer optional subscriptions—Amazon Prime, for instance—that reward subscribers with free access to services and offer early deals. The point is, if you use a website frequently, make sure you’re being rewarded for it.

6. Sign Up for Promotional Deals

Keeping up with all the deals websites release to the public on a daily basis is difficult, if not outright impossible. Fortunately, most shopping sites let users sign up for promotional deals and offers that they would receive either through email or text.

Some of these sites may even allow users to filter the type of promotional deals they receive. If not, however, that’s ok! You may be able to find deals you never even thought about looking for!

7. Look Out for Cashback Offers

Companies love offering cashback offers on their products. But why would a store like losing money? Well, they don’t! 

Despite some products being sold with cashback offers, many buyers never cash out due to the frustrating process of receiving said cashback. Usually, fulfilling a cashback offer requires the buyer to sign and mail a form to the company—a process many don’t want to put themselves through because it’s so dated and time-consuming

But if you happen to come across an item you want and it’s being sold with a cashback offer, then why not use it? Even if you never use it, it’s nice to have the option.

8. Be on the Lookout for Coupon Codes

Earlier, I mentioned Honey and one of its features that applies discount codes at checkout. I also mentioned that Honey’s discount codes are, at best, finicky, and at worst, useless. 

If you desire a more personal touch to discount codes, then check out the multitude of sites that are dedicated to logging coupons and discount codes for various sites. 

That said, not all of the codes found on these sites will work, but many of them are user-entered, meaning there’s a decent chance at least one of them works.

Conclusion

Online shopping is the same thing as regular shopping, except you can shop from the safety of your couch instead of going out. And just like in-person shopping, there are ways to find the best deals. With these tips, your online shopping experience will see a major improvement. 

NBTV Holiday Offering x December Programming

The Ultimate Spirits Lovers Holiday Gift

Blow the mind of the spirits lover in your life with Spirits Network’s Holiday Gift Pack for under $300.

This festive collection includes three exquisite, expertly curated 750 mL bottles delivered monthly, plus one free bonus bottle.

It also comes with unlimited access to the Spirits Network library of engaging spirits related programming – like a Netflix for spirits! –  and numerous other spirits related goodies.

It’s a great way to fill the bar and the hearts of people you love. Learn more about this offering and Spirits Network here.

Spirits of the Holidays Gift Pack

Spirits Network is a shoppable streaming entertainment channel dedicated to the world of premium spirits. Watch hours of entertainment, buy directly from any device with on-demand home delivery and experience monthly bottle memberships, hand-picked by Spirits Network curators.

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Spirits Network December Programming

Elevate your at-home bar this holiday season with these expert cocktail tips, recipes and stories from Spirits Network.

Spirits Network, the digital streaming platform where spirits enthusiasts can learn directly from industry experts while purchasing premium product, is launching four new programs this December. These episodes will give you the perfect shoppable guide to holiday spirits, must-haves for your intimate gatherings, informative instruction for your home cocktail creations, and stories – and spirits – from the masters to share with family and friends.

The month commences with a Special Edition of ‘#WhiskyWednesdays’ on December 9. Spirits Network’s Chief Curator Flavien Desoblin is back to lead a tasting of Diageo’s 2020 Special Releases Collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. Comprised of eight cask strength Single Malts from some of Scotland’s most beloved distilleries, these bottles are extremely rare, so be sure to stock up while you can. The tasting will feature Lagavulin 12 Year Old, Talisker 8 Year Old and The Singleton of Dufftown 17 Year Old.

Also launching on December 9 is the premiere episode of ‘Take Out’ hosted by culinary influencer Corey Marshall. Get your PJs and plates ready for this one, as Corey orders in some of the best takeout you can find and pairs it with a Cutwater Spirits canned cocktail for the easiest, most delicious night spent at home.

Spirits Networks’ newest series, ‘Cellar Sessions’, will premiere on December 18. This program answers the question, “What do the world’s spirits experts take out of their personal cellar when they get together with friends?” For the premiere episode, spirits industry veteran Elayne Duff cracks open three bottles from the Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia portfolio with acclaimed spirits writer Tony Sachs and author Kurt Maitland. Curious drinkers everywhere can enjoy being a fly on the wall during this discussion of agave, aging, and their experiences from careers in this alluring industry.

Closing out the year is liquid chef Rob Floyd, who is back with two new episodes of Home Bar Hero, Holiday Editions airing December 18 and December 23. From a Pinnacle Peppermint Hot Chocolate to a Maker’s Mark Gold Rush, Rob is mixing up some delicious cocktails from TheCocktailProject.com, an online recipe resource for easy at home bartending. You don’t have to be a mixologist to ensure your intimate gatherings this holiday season do not disappoint.

All the content airing this December will be available for Spirit Network members to watch on NBTV channels. Viewers can stream their favorite Spirit Network shows at any time, from any location, at home or on-the-go. Compatible devices include Apple TV, Apple iOS, and Android, as well as Smart TVs.

In case you are not already a Spirits Network member, here is how it works: The Explorer membership, consisting of hundreds of hours of curated premium content, is available free of charge. With Enthusiast and Connoisseur memberships, subscribers receive one bottle per month of spirits, hand selected by a team of specialized in-house curators, and based on a user-submitted custom profile. Other benefits include quarterly gifts, free shipping, and the ability to purchase individual bottles. All memberships are now available in Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

With a mission to watch, buy, and taste from virtually any location, the Spirits Network provides members with an exclusive look behind the bottle at the stories and craftsmanship of this unique spirits community.

For more information on Spirits Network, visit www.spiritsnetwork.com.

ABOUT SPIRITS NETWORK

Spirits Network is a community of engaging spirits experts and enthusiasts, creating meaningful connections through original, shoppable video programming. Through the platform, members can engage with and purchase from the top players defining the spirits business, as well as access exclusive products, gifts, and experiences. Launched in 2019, Spirits Network offers shoppable streaming video programming on any device. 

Spirits Network LLC is the newest venture from NBTV Channels. NBTV Channels builds unique content for brands and direct-to-consumer businesses, transforming marketing from a cost to a revenue center by offering in-platform ‘click to buy’ opportunities.

Holiday Gift Round-Up

The team at 360 MAGAZINE has curated a list of their favorite products and we’ve put them into a Holiday Round Up to show our readers even more excellent gifts. We know 2020 hasn’t been easy on anyone so this holiday season is the best time to show those one’s you love how much they mean to you with a personal gift. From everything from stocking stuffers or a big gift, for those near and far, these items are sure to be special for your friends and family.  

Check out our favorites below from bottles to snacks to everything in between. 

360 x INTEGRITY BOTTLES

To ring in the holiday season, 360 Magazine launched its very own collection of bottles, stemware, and glasses in collaboration with Integrity Bottles. The bottles are sand-carved by hand with the 360 logo, painted, and etched with our trademark in either deep etch (no color), silver, or gold. The collection features seven products. Use the code “360MAG20” for 20% of your first purchase of glassware from the 360 Magazine collection. Also, the code “GIVEBACK” will save you 5% on a separate order, not limited to the 360 Magazine collection.

Glasses, Decanters & More – Starting at $19.99

SKECHERS DR. SEUSS COLLECTION

All can agree that 2020 has been quite Grinch-y year, so just in time for the holidays, the whole family can dress the part with the new  Dr. Seuss Collection. Available in both women’s and kid’s sizes, even Cindy Lou will love these fun and festive sneakers featuring The Grinch. The Dr. Seuss Collection is available on Skechers.com for $42 – $85. And hey, once you buy, you can go back to your regular at-home schedule… “4:00, wallow in self-pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger, tell no one. 5:30, jazzercize; 6:30, dinner with me. I can’t cancel that again.” – The Grinch. Get your street beat sneakers in style for the holiday season!

Dr. Seuss Skechers – Starting at $42

SUGAR PLUM NUTS AND SWEETS

Mother & son duo Frann and Neil Edley have made it their mission to work together and bring a little more sweetness into the world with Sugar Plum Chocolates, offering premium chocolates and confections to worldwide customers for over 25 years. Using only the finest ingredients for their delectable treats, generations of customers have trusted Sugar Plum with all of their snacking and gift-giving needs and have been coming back for seconds, thirds, and more!  All of their delicious gourmet treats are lovingly hand crafted and made from their bakery and kitchen in Kingston, PA. Ideal for the small get togethers you might be hosting this season, or for sending to a loved one you can’t quite reach. Delicious for all!

Varying Sweet and Nut Boxes – Starting at $11

MUCK BOOT COMPANY

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The Original Muck Boot Company has been rolling out the sturdiest muck boots for all outdoor activities. From mud to snow, these boots ensure to keep your feet dry and warm no matter the conditions. The camouflage pattern ensures to blend in with all your hunting gear. They are 100% waterproof which makes them a great gift for any outdoor lover. The boots above are currently on sale for $130, marked down from their original price of $205. However, some styles start as low as $100, an amazing price for such a sturdy shoe. 

The Original Muck Boot – Starting at $100

RADO’S WHITE CHRISTMAS

Rado's White Christmas Selection

The Rado Winter Selection for 2020/2021 defines exquisite watches. The selection includes expertly chosen watches that open up infinite possibilities for the new year. The timepieces have been designed to be sturdy while still elegant, so they will last a lifetime. The watches have shimmering accents that will look beautiful no matter the occasion. The watches in this collection make the perfect gift for anyone who values style and wants a high-tech timepiece. Rado offers both men’s and women’s watches which makes these watches a perfect gift for a loved one. 

Rado’s Winter Selection – Prices vary based on selection

BLUE RIDGE CHAIR WORKS

The Caravan Chair Blue Ridge Chairs

Blue Ridge Chair Works makes the most versatile chairs for everyone that loves relaxation. The Caravan Chair is a smaller version of the classic model and is perfect to bring to the lake or beach. It’s also the perfect size to fit in a small room or apartment. Made from sustainable materials entirely in the United States, this is a gift to feel good about giving. There is a variety of styles available on the Blue Ridge Chair Works’ website and these chairs are a wonderful gift for anyone that wants a functional and easy to use seat.

The Caravan Chair – Starting at $148

Atzaró Group Launches New Cape Town Villa

Atzaró Group, the leading international luxury hospitality brand, based in Ibiza, is proud to announce the opening of the latest property in their portfolio, a 7-suite luxurious mid-century-style villa (pictured above) at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.

THE RESIDENCE BY ATZARÓ – CAPE TOWN 

This opens its doors on December 15, 2020. With an unparalleled location at the foot of Table Mountain and the national park, the villa boasts stunning panoramic 360 views of the national park, the mountain, Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and beyond.

With seven suites, one staff suite, 9 bathrooms and extensive living and outdoor areas, the property has numerous terraces from which to enjoy the breathtaking views. The Residence by Atzaró – Cape Town is the perfect villa to capitalise on the 2021 post-pandemic trend for multi-generational-family and friend-group holidays in private luxury villas, offering spacious luxurious accomodation and situated overlooking one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Designed sensitively by Atzaró Design to be in harmony with its stunning natural environment, the interior colour palette is muted and mirrors the views with pale teak and soft textiles. The Residence by Atzaró – Cape Town offers full hotel-style services, with the live-in house manager, staff and maintenance, multiple living and dining areas, kitchen, office spaces, barbeque, pool, wellness suite with yoga room and massage room, gym, sauna and nature walking on the doorstep.

Every room and space in the four-story villa is framed by the most stunning panoramic views (pictured below), providing the perfect private escape with nature as a backdrop.

Discover the rugged mountain-range, countryside white sandy beaches, coves, clear waters and rolling vineyards all on your doorstep. The guided activities available at The Residence by Atzaró – Cape Town include hiking, mountain biking and beach horse riding. For those with an adventurous side, the guides and instructors offer amazing cape experiences with paragliding, snorkelling with seals, shark cage diving and powerboat days on the sea. Inland excursions include guided wine tours and visits to the gently rolling vineyards of the Cape. The Residence by Atzaró – Cape Town, the ultimate private luxury hotel-experience villa on the cape.  Booking fees for the whole villa start from £2,600 for two nights (minimum two night stay).

ATZARÓ GROUP NEWS

Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel will be reopening on March 4, 2021. The pandemic saw the hotel fully booked throughout the 2020 summer season, its beautiful and extensive gardens offering the perfect spacious retreat.  The 13-hectare estate is one of Europe’s leading luxury destinations with sprawling manicured gardens, organic vegetable garden, farm, 24 bedrooms, 2 restaurants, 7 pools, terraces and spa all providing the perfect destination to let go, unwind and focus on wellness and relaxation.  The concept is ‘natural luxury’ and the look is chic, simple, harmonious and calm with a splash of Ibiza glamour.

The Atzaró Vegetable Garden, opened in the summer of 2019 for Atzaró’s celebrated 15th Anniversary, is a magnificent 3-hectare organic vegetable garden. The garden features tree and pergola lined walkways strewn with climbing and tumbling vegetables and flowers, out lounging areas, duck pond, large vegetable beds, a romantic seated restaurant, bar and picnic areas, an open-air cinema and expansive Atzaró valley and mountain views. Some very special visits are planned in 2021 from UK celebrity chefs for one-off curated dinners and a calendar of spectacular summer dining experiences with live jazz and opera are planned.

Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel, a magical estate with authentic style and glamour, is known as the heart of Ibiza and is the best Agroturismo hotel on the island. From the abundant nature-rich estate, to the charm of the authentically Ibizan history and design of the hotel, the ‘farm-to-fork’ food, the gloriously dreamy long daybed days under the sun to romantic starry nights under the palms.

Aubergine by Atzaró, Atzaró Group’s much-loved and heralded country-chic ‘farm-to-table’ restaurant in the Ibiza countryside near Santa Gertrudis will reopen for the 2021 season at the end of March 2021 and ready for Easter. The large romantic garden restaurant is found on the San Miguel road – a quaint century-old finca with traditional white thick plaster walls and stylish, authentic touches. The upscaled furniture, with its olive-green pastel hue, adds to the atmosphere to set the scene for dream-like dining. The spacious outside dining areas of terraces, gardens and pergolas are set amongst cascading planting with views over the Ibizan countryside. The food concept is ‘farm-to-table’, a Mediterranean style with a strong focus on health, vitality and flavour, with organic ingredients grown in the Atzaró Vegetable Garden and a sumptuous home-cooked style, which has made the restaurant an Ibiza must-do.

Atzaró Beach is the Atzaró Group’s beach club restaurant on the stunning beach of Cala Nova, on Ibiza’s northeast coast. Reopening late spring 2021, the boho-style beach club and restaurant is open for long sun-soaked daybed days, terrace lunches and moonlit dinners. A revised new menu sees healthy inclusions and sharing plates, with organic produce fresh from the Atzaró Vegetable Garden. Choose from one of the 30 double daybeds priced for the day per bed or visit for lunch or dinner. The beach club, which has become an Insta favourite, has with natural wood pergolas, hanging rattan lamps, peacock chairs, an abundance of lush green plants and cacti, rustic lounging and straw umbrellas.

Atzaró Chiringuito is Atzaró Group’s laid-back little sister on the beach and is reopening late Spring 2021. The beach bar and restaurant with an enviable location on Cala Nova, amongst the sand dunes – one of the best beaches on the Island, is a favourite for holiday makers and locals looking for the simple beach-life of Ibiza’s yesteryear. Cocktails, juices, salads and snacks are perfect on the terrace or lounging on the restaurant’s beach sunbeds, taking in the view.

ABOUT ATZARÓ AGROTURISMO HOTEL

Atzaró Agroturismo Hotel, situated on a vast 13-hectare estate, is a former working farm which opened in 2004 as a luxury rustic hotel. One of the first Agroturismo hotels on the island, the 300-year-old finca is rich in history and still maintains a working orange farm, it has been in the same family for generations. An A list and celebrity favourite hideaway, the likes of Kate Hudson, Chiara Ferragni, Rihanna, Luke Evans and many more have visited, firmly placing it on the map as the number one luxury Agroturismo hotel in Ibiza.

www.atzaro.com

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Pornhub Releases “XXXmas” Holiday Album

Album Features Contributions From Popular Artists A$AP Ferg, Young M.A, Sukihana, Rubi Rose, Mila J and KenTheMan with a Special Appearance by Pornhub’s Brand Ambassador Asa Akira

Pornhub, the premier online destination for adult entertainment, today announced the release of its “XXXmas” holiday album. The album features contributions from popular artists A$AP Ferg, Young M.A, Sukihana, Rubi Rose, Mila J and KenTheMan with a special appearance by famed adult actress and current Pornhub Brand Ambassador Asa Akira. It is available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms.

“We’re excited to bring some holiday cheer to our fans with our ‘XXXmas’ holiday album. It’s a star studded lineup featuring some of today’s most popular musicians,” said Corey Price, Vice President, Pornhub.

“XXXmas” kicks off with a skit featuring Young M.A, winner of Pornhub’s 2018 Visionary Award, and porn star Demi Sutra as Mrs. Claus in “Voicemail”. The holiday tracklist continues with “Ho” by rapper Sukihana, “Mistletoe” by anthem man Asap Ferg, “Naughty girl” by model turned rap star Rubi Rose, “Holiday Freak Shit” by R&B singer Mila J, “Vixen” by Houston rapper KenTheMan. The album concludes with “Stuff Our Stockings Santa” an outro skit featuring Young M.A as Santa and Pornhub ambassador Asa Akira.

“I made the craziest Christmas song for this album and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it,” said A$AP Ferg.

This is the second album Pornhub has released and the latest addition to the company’s official music label, Pornhub Records. Last year, Pornhub released a Valentine’s Day album. It featured songs from well-known musical artists including Blac Chyna, PnB Rock, Lil AK, Lil Xan, Asian Doll and 24hrs & MadeinTYO. Since its inception in 2014, Pornhub Records has featured the aforementioned musical talents, as well as work from Coolio, Waka Flocka Flame, and Flo Rida.

“I’m excited to be a part of this album. Love the song I was able to record for it and we have an amazing music video coming too,” said Mila J.

Said Sukihana, “you know when Pornhub came calling, I answered. So excited for you to hear this album.”

Fans can stream the the album HERE.

About Pornhub:

Founded in 2007, Pornhub is the leading free, ad-supported adult video streaming website, offering viewers the opportunity to upload and share their own videos. With over 13 million videos and over 140 million visitors a day, Pornhub truly is the best adult site in the world. Pornhub has built the largest dedicated membership base in the adult community, averaging over 76 million monthly active members, offering viewers a fun and sophisticated social experience directly insite, complete with messaging, photos, achievement badges.

Holiday Gift Guide and round-up article illustration by Gabrielle Archuleta for 360 MAGAZINE

Holiday Gift Guide

The team at 360 MAGAZINE has curated a list of their favorite products and we’ve put them into a Holiday Gift Guide made just for you. We know 2020 hasn’t been easy on anyone so this holiday season is the best time to show those one’s you love how much they mean to you with a personal gift. Perfect as a stocking stuffer or the big gift, these items are sure to be special for your friends and family.  

Check out our favorites below from watches to clothing to everything in between. 

LIDS x TREVOR BAUER

All-star Cincinnati Reds pitcher and 2020 Cy Young Award finalist Trevor Bauer has partnered with Lids, the leading sports retailer.

In the 25-year history of Lids, Bauer is the first MLB player to partner with the company. Lids will become the exclusive headwear retailer for Bauer.

Bauer caught attention for his personal merchandise and custom cleats during the 2020 baseball season, and he will unveil several limited-edition custom hats, shirts and customizations throughout the year, all of which will be available nationwide.

Bauer is Lids first ever MLB Brand Ambassador.

Trevor Bauer Favorite Lids Duke Blue Devils Hat $24.99

PUMA CLYDE ALL-PRO

PUMA announced the newest addition to the Clyde Franchise Monday with its brand new Clyde All-Pro, a basketball silhouette taking style and performance to the next level.

The Clyde Franchise is inspired by shoes worn by Walt “Clyde” Frazier on the basketball court in the 1970s but with a twist: they have all of the technology and performance of today.

The shoe is perfect for on-court training and has ProFoam+ for stability and cushioning. It also uses Matryx material, which is lightweight and durable, for support.

PUMA Clyde All-Pro$130

G-SHOCK GM110NE-1A

The GM110NE-1A is a celebration of New Era’s 100th anniversary and includes the classic headwear brand’s flag logo at the 3 o’clock position on the watch’s face.The gold accents work in conjunction with an engraved gold IP case back that features inscriptions reading “100 1920-2020,” a tribute to New Era’s long and storied history.

While carrying the design of the G-SHOCK GM110, the GM110NE-1A has a dark gray metal-forged and polished IP bezel. The GM110NE-1A also comes with two bands.

One is a black cloth band lined with green, similar to New Era’s famous 59FIFTY hat. It also has a gold buckle and band keepers on the underside, a nod to the sought after 59FIFTY cap, gold buckle, band keepers, an embroidered New Era logo and a gold-speckled back. The other is a gold-speckled black urethane band with a stainless-steel keeper.

G-SHOCK GM110NE-1A – $340

BREITLING PREMIER SPECIAL EDITION AB01186A1G1P1 EXCLUSIVE

The Breitling Premier Special Edition combines purpose with style, delivering quality, performance, and timeless design in a distinct new color combination, with the Watches of Switzerland Group logo, inscribed onto the transparent case back. This new Special Edition is a chronograph with a commitment to everyday elegance, worthy of the legacies of both companies.

The partnership is one of a series of unique collaborations the company has rolled out in 2020 aimed at continuing to provide compelling activations for both Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS customers.

The watch features a sleek blue band made of alligator leather, that meets at a striking silver dial. The subdials compliment the band shining in blue: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small-second sub-dial at 9 o’clock.

Each watch purchased comes accompanied by an exclusive certificate signed by Georges Kern, Breitling CEO and Brian Duffy, the Watches of Switzerland Group CEO.

Premier Special Edition AB01186A1G1P1 Exclusive$8,400

NOBIS X SERGE IBAKA

Premium Canadian outerwear brand Nobis launched its first capsule collection designed in collaboration with Toronto Raptors centre and NBA champion Serge Ibaka. Known for his #BigScarfEnergy, Ibaka teamed up with Nobis to help create a genderless collection that features nine limited-edition pieces, including a parka, anorak, bomber jacket, vests, hats and, of course, scarves.

The collection ranges in price from $50 to $850 and each piece is home launderable. Nobis fans can expect the same premium quality, style elements and technical components: The genderless hooded anorak features a modern high-low cut and front pouch, while both the anorak and bomber jacket have a water-repellent nylon shell and breathable Primaloft insulation for fast-drying warmth.

The collection’s parka is crafted from Nobis’ patented membrane lamination, seam-sealed construction and insulated with Canadian origin white duck down. The lightweight tactical vest, with multiple exterior pockets, is windproof and breathable – ideal for transitional weather and mild winter days. Reflective trims and iridescent logos on most pieces provide an accent to the neutral palette, in addition to visibility after dark. Accessories have been given the same attention to detail, with options such as a solid nylon ripstop bucket hat that’s reversible to Nobis’ signature printed polyester crosshatch, featuring a tonal “S” logo on the front and an iridescent limited-edition collection label on the back. It reverses to reveal a camouflage print and Serge’s signature “Mafuzzy” catchphrase on the rim.

Nobis x Serge Ibaka Collection$50-$850

OAKLEY SUTRO LITE

Building off the success of Oakley’s Sutro frame, this new piece of performance eyewear features a semi-rimless design and is now a pared-down version for the cyclist that prefers a more sleek design.

Inspired by the daily life of urban cyclists, Sutro Lite is a semi-rimless version of the Sutro frame shape, featuring a high-wrap shield. The lightweight design results in a bold, versatile look that protects from the elements and enhances vision with Prizm Lens Technology. An Unobtainium temple featuring ridged texture provides improved retention so the frame never loses grip, even during the most intense rides.

Oakley Sutro Lite$123.20

CELLIANT PERFORMANCE SHEETS FROM SLEEPLETICS

There’s nothing better than waking up refreshed and ready for a vigorous workout. Celliant Performance Sheets from Sleepletics are designed to help you get a restful sleep and prime you for high performance. They’re a combination of premium long-staple cotton and Celliantmineral-infused yarns. Celliant minerals convert your body heat into infrared light, returning it back to your body’s muscle and tissue in a safe and natural way.

This improves local circulation, making more oxygen available to your cells. This increase in local circulation and oxygen means you sleep better, recover faster and perform better during the day. They’re an FDA-determined General Wellness Product. 

Celliant Performance Sheetsstarting at $114

KIDROBOT X JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT FACES DUNNY ART FIGURE SERIES 2

Kidrobot x Jean-Michel Basquiat  Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2

Continuing our celebration of inspirational artists of the 20th century, Kidrobot brings art to life with the second collectible 3-inch tall Dunny art figure series featuring the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. In collaboration with the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kidrobot presents the Jean-Michel Basquiat Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2 focusing primarily on the “faces” in Basquiat’s works.

Each premium quality vinyl Dunny art figure in this series depicts a face or imagery from one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s most iconic paintings throughout his short but prolific art career. Each figure is packaged in a sealed security foil bag and a blind box to preserve the rarity and collectability of the collection. This blind box series features 13 individual art figures to hunt down.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Faces Dunny Art Figure Series 2 – starting at $11.99

SAN DIABLO ARTISAN CHURRO SIGNATURE CHURO MAKER

SAN DIABLO ARTISAN CHURROS RELEASES SIGNATURE CHURRO MAKER

San Diablo Artisan Churros (San Diablo), the only nationwide purveyor of gourmet fresh filled churros that delivers deep-fried happiness on demand, announces the San Diablo Churro Maker. Also known as an extruder, the Churro Maker is the all-in-one tool for churro lovers to make and customize their perfect churro. The product comes with nine differently-shaped nozzles, including the San Diablo Signature Hollow Churro nozzle to make churros that can be filled with decadent sauces, creams and jams.

The Churro Maker is a hard plastic kitchen gadget that functions much like a baker’s piping bag: load churro dough into the maker and then push the dough through the nozzle. The kit offers links to delicious, easy-to-follow recipes for “heaven sent, wicked good” dough and fillings.

San Diablo Churro Maker– $23.99

DYU SMART BIKE

DYU SMART BIKE

DYU smart e-bike weighs only 18kg (39lbs), even lighter than many electric scooters, the folding shape takes only 1-meter space (39 inches). This size makes it easy to put it in the car boot and send it as a gift. Besides, it’s also very friendly and safe for old and kid.

The e-bike frame material is made of aluminum alloy which is durable and lightweight. Meanwhile, a high-end UL certificated safe battery is inside the e-bike. Front and rear double disc brakes ensure your riding safety. Ride frequently for at least 1 year without any problem.

DYU Smart E-Bike inquire for price

CORNET BARCELONA’S STEMLESS WINE GLASSES

The perfect gift for the sommelier aspirant in your life are Cornet Barcelona’s handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Sagrada stemless wine glasses. Each piece is mouth-blown and masterfully shaped by seasoned artists of the craft using Roman techniques. After being crafted to the ideal shape, each glass is  hand-painted with unparalleled attention to detail. The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of rich color inspired by the stained-glass windows of the Sagrada Familia Basilica (in Barcelona, Spain). Perfect for small get togethers and celebrations this holiday season!

Stemless Glasses$26 each, available in sets

360 x INTEGRITY BOTTLES

To ring in the holiday season, 360 Magazine launched its very own collection of bottles, stemware, and glasses in collaboration with Integrity Bottles. The bottles are sand-carved by hand with the 360 logo, painted, and etched with our trademark in either deep etch (no color), silver, or gold. The collection features seven products. Use the code “360MAG20” for 20% of your first purchase of glassware from the 360 Magazine collection. Also, the code “GIVEBACK” will save you 5% on a separate order, not limited to the 360 Magazine collection.

Decanters, Glasses & More – Varying prices starting at $19.99

Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones

Adidas x Kwasi Kessie Headphones

The Adidas x Kwasi Kessie limited edition headphones were recently released as a collaboration between Adidas and Kwasi Kessie. Only 50 pairs have been made and must be won by downloading the Adidas running app and running Kwasi Nessie’s favorite route. Users should share their run on this New York route to social media through December 22nd. These exclusive headphones reimagine the popular RPT-01 sport headphones and are the first limited edition headphones released by Adidas. All 50 pairs have been customized by hand and feature black and blue leather snakeskin along the headband. If you aren’t lucky enough to snag one of the 50 limited-edition pairs, the wireless, Bluetooth RPT-01 model is still a great gift option for this season. They are available in coral, black and grey and are the perfect gift for any athlete, runner or music lover.

RPT-01 Sport on Ear – On sale for $99 

Sperry Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot

Sperry Duck Boots for 360 Magazine

These Sperry Duck boots encompass both fashion and functionality. Although Sperry is known for their summer boat shoes, these boots are a staple for anyone that wants to brace the cold this holiday season. Many of the Sperry boots are on sale now on the Sperry website. With styles made for men, women and kids, these boots are a perfect gift for the whole family. The Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot is made with premium wool to keep your feet warm. Sperry Duck boots are of course waterproof to protect against rain and snow. These are perfect gift for anyone that loves the outdoors, or that want to protect their feet from the elements. 

Sperry Men’s Avenue Wool Duck boot – On sale for $81.99 

Cotton Style House – Holiday Edition

Warm weather is just about out, and cold weather is on its way in, so stir up some hot chocolate and grab a warm blanket and your favorite movie because Cotton Incorporated is here to help.

Cotton Incorporated announced the launch of its limited-time holiday shop Monday. It is called Cotton Style House – Holiday Edition and is available exclusively on Amazon.

From now until the end of the calendar year, a variety of cotton apparel, gifting and home items are available, all curated by world-renowned celebrity stylist Irma Martínez.

Using virtual programming and a goal to connect all communities and cultures, the collection aims to bring people together at a time during which togetherness has come in short supply.

You can see actress Debby Ryan and influencer Daniela Ramirez and her husband in their favorite styles by clicking right here. You can also see the entire collection and find the right pieces for your taste.

Marissa Barlin, director of brand partnerships for Cotton Incorporated, said The Cotton Style House is celebrating the holiday season with chic, cotton-rich styles to provide both comfort and joy.

“The collections speak to how consumers anticipate celebrating the season with a focus on personal panache or creating a cozy home,” Barlin said.

With brands like Mara Hoffman, Levi’s, Calvin Klein and STAUD, the collection shows the versatility and comfort of cotton.

Ryan Clark, Gregory Dava, Coco Bassey and Jill Wallace also joined to show off their favorite cotton styles and trendy designs that they’ll be sporting this holiday season.

Each creator worked alongside Cotton Incorporated and Irma Martínez to create unique looks that represent their styles and personalities, and now they’re offering everybody a chance to join in the fun.

To shop the whole collection, you can click right here.

You can also follow Debby Ryan, Jill Wallace, Ryan Clark, Patrick Van Negri, Daniela Ramirez and Gregory Dava on Instagram.

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Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress and Staying Mindful While Traveling

The holiday season is typically the busiest time of the year for traveling. People enjoy going to see family members or exploring new locations as they have time off from their jobs and schoolwork. This year, traveling may come with a bit more stress and anxiety due to the pandemic that people are facing around the world. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help reduce holiday stress, as well as stay safer while traveling.

“There may be fewer people traveling this holiday season, but there will still be a lot who do, and they need to know how to make it more enjoyable,” explains Katie Sandler, personal development and career coach. “Mindful travel is the key to reducing stress, staying safer, and making the most of your time traveling. This year will be a great exercise in mindfulness, which is something to be excited about.”

As an expert at using mindfulness, Sandler helps people not only reduce their stress, but also reach new goals. The key to traveling safely during the pandemic, as she points out, is in using the technique throughout the experience. By remaining mindful, travelers will go about their experience in a way that is conscientious and intentional. Just as with many things in life, this is an issue that comes down to learning to be more focused and plan ahead.

Sandler has created a recipe for mindful safe travel in the era of COVID, which includes the following tips:

  • Forget being spontaneous. This is not the time to be spontaneous. In order to help reduce risks and stress. Figure everything out ahead of time. Know about everything before you go do it. This goes for restaurants, excursions, and even visiting others. Call ahead so you can plan out as much as possible.
  • Know the rules and regulations. The rules today differ by city and state, so it’s important to know what they are for where you are heading. Get the information you need so that you are prepared. Whether it means all meals will be takeout, you will have to wear a mask, or you need to limit the number in your party, avoiding surprises will help keep things stress-free.
  • Get tested before you go. Getting a COVID test before you travel is a good way to help reduce stress and the spread of the virus. This way you will know that you are not unknowingly spreading it around wherever you may go.
  • Create a checklist to use. A checklist is a great way to ease the hassle of ensuring you have everything covered. Make a list of what needs to be packed, calls that need to be made, things that must be done before heading out, etc. This will prove much easier than trying to simply remember everything.
  • Make reservations wherever possible. This is a great time to make reservations for everything possible. Whether it’s at a restaurant, a tour company, or something else, this is a great way to help them limit the number of guests allowed in any one place at the same time.
  • Be kind and patient. People you come across while you are traveling are doing things differently, too, and it may cause them to be stressed out and provide slower service. Take that time to remind yourself to be in the here and now, and focus on being kind and patient.

“The holidays are a special time, and most of us still want to travel,” added Sandler. “While we shouldn’t live in constant fear of the virus, we should strive to keep being keenly aware of the situation and our surroundings. When we do that, we will reduce the stress and anxiety, help to keep everyone healthier, and still be able to enjoy life, even more than when we travel without being so focused.”

Through her personal development and career coaching services, Sandler has helped people in many different ways. From helping them to identify things holding themselves back to being able to achieve personal goals, she brings a crucial, helpful outsider’s perspective. In addition to personal achievements, she helps many people with their career goals, as well as working with companies to provide their team with impact training. Through her efforts, companies have been able to reduce absenteeism rates, motivate their team, reduce stress levels, engage their employees, and create a better workplace.

Sandler offers impact retreats, corporate impact events, and one-on-one coaching services. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in mental health counseling, has a strong foundation in mindfulness-based stress reduction, and has worked in hospitals and private practices. She has also spent time as a research assistant at Johns Hopkins. Upcoming retreats include Reignite in Tulum, Mindfulness in Mykonos, Rewire and Renew in The French Alps, and Mindfulness & Mindset in The Hamptons. To learn more about Katie Sandler and her services, or to see the retreat schedule, visit the site: https://katiesandler.com/.

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Winter Happenings in Tennessee

Although traveling may look different this year, Tennessee has great activities to offer for the upcoming winter. This list is new, trendy and sure to please everyone.

Nolensville – Artist Kim Radford painted the “This Girl Can” mural on the side of Mama Java’s Café as part of the statewide Walls for Women project to celebrate Tennessee’s role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Clarksville – Start a new holiday tradition with a mini-glass blowing workshop like designing your own ornament at Erin’s Farm. Afterward, stop by the gift gallery for goods, crafts and artworks produced by local artisans.

LafayetteThe Barn on Church Street is a magical place for a wedding or event. Steeped in history, the 100-year-old barn has been lovingly renovated to maintain the charm of a barn while providing modern conveniences.

Knoxville –Stroll the Downtown Peppermint Trail among more than 100,000 lights and garlands which create a winter wonderland and restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, bars and boutiques feature peppermint specials.

Chattanooga – Delight in a million sparkling lights, decorate a gingerbread cookie, experience the icy borealis lights, visit Santa in his North Pole Workshop and indulge in holiday treats during Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights.

Southeast Tennessee – The new Tennessee Gravel website showcases ways to enjoy beautiful backroads around the Blue Ridge Mountains and Cherokee National Forest, including day trips, overnight backpacking adventures, bike races and events.

Johnson City – The Windsor Speakeasy is known for its unique craft cocktails, seasonal cocktail menus, inconspicuous exterior, low lighting, leather and velvet pieces. The speakeasy is in downtown Johnson City, but you may have to hunt to find it.

Dover – Learn a new hobby and handwork skills with the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm Old Time Skills Workshops, including traditional Christmas decorations. Safety protocols will be observed. Masks and social distancing will be required.

New Restaurant, Attraction & Shop Openings

Nashville49 new restaurants, bars and cafés have opened this year, including Yolan (directed by James Beard Award winner and Michelin-starred chef, Tony Mantuano), and three new concepts by James Beard Award-winning chef, Sean Brock: The Continental at the Grand Hyatt, Joyland and Audrey.

Nashville – The National Museum of African American Music will showcase the roles African Americans have played in shaping and creating all genres of music. The museum will integrate history and interactive technology to share the story of more than 50 music genres and subgenres. Stay tuned here for information on the grand opening.

Pelham – Explore an underground room three football fields long. Hear about geology, lore and Grundy County’s unique history. Take a daily tour behind-the-scenes of The Caverns’ world-famous music venue and end with a photo op on the iconic stage.

Knoxville Live from the Bijou is a reduced capacity, in-venue experience and live streaming series of concerts every Friday night. Safety measures are in place inside the venue. Proceeds support the artist and sustain the venue.

Pigeon Forge – The new REI Co-op store offers top-quality outdoor gear, rentals, expertise and experiences in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Johnson City – The Women’s Suffrage Mural by Artist Ellen Elmes is depicted in three stages. The design honors the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement with a focus on Tennessee stories, including a historic 1916 march in Johnson City.

New Breweries and Distilleries 

Clarksville – The locally-owned Strawberry Alley Ale Works in historic downtown combines chef-inspired food and expertly made craft beer.

Franklin – Curio Brewing Company on the Franklin’s Masters & Makers Trail brews coffee and beer. The kid-friendly atmosphere offers the family a spot to gather safely while still enjoying experimental brews. 

Johnson City Watauga Brewing Company is a three-story brewery, rooftop bar and restaurant featuring upscale New American cuisine with Appalachian southern roots. Little Animals Brewery on Main Street offers barrel-aged sours, Saison beers, IPAS, lagers and vintage British beers.

Kingsport – Gypsy Circus Cider, Tennessee’s first cidery, takes pride in using locally-sourced, fresh-pressed apples. With a newly renovated outdoor cider-garden, there’s room to socially distance while enjoying a drink. 

New & Reimagined Hotels

Memphis Canopy by Hilton pays homage to the soulful spirit of downtown while infusing a hip, modern feel. Chef Fabio Viviani showcases American cuisine with Spanish and Italian fare at the hotel’s restaurant, Curfew.

Nashville – New hotels dot Nashville’s skyline including the 262-room Virgin Hotel, 591-room Grand Hyatt, 297-room The Joseph Luxury Collection, and the 346-room W Hotel.

Knoxville – The new Graduate Knoxville is just steps Neyland Stadium with Rocky Top lore and bursting with Big Orange pride, including Saloon 16, a high-end watering hole opening in partnership with Peyton Manning. The new Cumberland House Knoxville, Tapestry Hotel by Hilton is ideal for families, leisure and business travelers alike. 

Sevierville – The new boutique Historic Central Hotel downtown features two-and-three bedroom suites, located in an old, renovated bank building.

Winter In-Person & Virtual Events Across Tennessee

Memphis – (Nov. 19-Dec. 12) Nearly 50 artists offer online booths for holiday shopping at the Pink Palace Virtual Crafts Fair.

Obion Co. – (Nov. 19-Dec. 18) Collect stamps with the Happy & Healthy Holiday Passport for a chance to win a Northwest Tennessee getaway. Visit stops like Discovery Park of America, Blue Bank Resort and Higher Ground Coffee Company.

Nashville – (Nov. 19-Dec. 23) Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Store and Hatch Show Print online this holiday season to find clothing, accessories, home décor and historic prints from one of America’s oldest letterpress print shops.

Union City – (Nov. 19-Dec. 30) Put on your cheeriest holiday pajamas and explore one million twinkling lights without ever leaving your car during Discovery Park of America’s Let It Go Light Show. The cost is $10 per car. Be sure to ask about the North Pole Milk, Cookie Kit and 3D glasses.

Nashville – (Nov. 19-Jan. 3) Twinkling lights, Christmas trees, shimmering ornaments, holiday movies, selfie spots, letters to Santa, gingerbread decorating, carolers, carriage rides and more abound during Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas.

Pigeon Forge – (Nov. 19-Jan. 3) Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas features 5-million glistening lights, award-winning shows, culinary delights, seasonal shopping and holiday do-it-yourself kits to take home, including gingerbread houses.

Sevierville – (Nov. 19-Jan. 3) Immerse yourself in custom-built light displays synchronized with festive music, Santa’s Beach Party display and Santa’s Village during Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Tickets start at $25.

Memphis – (Nov. 19-Jan 8) Christmas at Graceland kicks off the holiday season with a virtual holiday lighting, special Christmas tours, an overnight package at The Guest House at Graceland, Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and other fun activities.

Sevierville – (Nov. 19-Jan. 10) Glide across the rink with outdoor ice skating at Wilderness of the Smokies. Skates are available to rent at the rink. Guest admission is $10 for the entire stay and public admission is $17.99.

Gatlinburg – (Nov. 19-Jan. 31) Gatlinburg SkyLift Park transforms North America’s longest pedestrian bridge into a dazzling winter wonderland with a tunnel of 40,000 synchronized lights and dancing trees during “Lights Over Gatlinburg.”

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville – (Nov. 19-Feb. 15) Many of the region’s entertainment and tourist attractions transform for the holidays with light displays, unique shopping and award-winning shows during Smoky Mountain Winterfest.

Nashville – (Nov. 20-22) Nashville Ballet will open its 2020-21 performance season with a virtual production of Community. Community celebrates the spirit of the city with works by three artists whose careers blossomed at Nashville Ballet.

Clarksville – (Nov. 20-Dec. 18) Enjoy vintage and modern holiday classics at Roxy Regional Theatre in the heart of downtown. Admission is $5, refreshments are available in sealed packaging and the theatre limits seating for social distancing.

Chattanooga – (Nov. 20-Dec. 31) Holiday under the Peaks at Tennessee Aquarium features festive decorations, holiday music, a seasonally-themed scavenger hunt and a trip on The Polar Express in the aquarium’s IMAX 3D Theater.

Nashville – (Nov. 20-Jan. 10) Over a million lights adorn the gardens during Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights. Enjoy seasonal favorites like real reindeer, a Poinsettia tree, trains lit up for the holidays and a unique story of the Nutcracker exhibit. 

Gallatin – (Nov. 21) Bledsoe Creek State Park celebrates Native American Heritage Month with a lunch and learn. Bring a picnic and learn about Native Americans who lived and hunted in the area 11 a.m. at the Visitor’s Center back porch.

Columbia – (Nov. 21) A Very Maury Christmas features over 30 vendors and boutiques 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Memorial Building downtown. A $5 entry fee will be accepted at the door benefiting aMuse’um Children’s Museum.

Gatlinburg – (Nov. 23-Jan. 3) Twinkling lights, visits from Santa, special events, fire pits and a whimsical stroll through the Treetop Skywalk make for an Enchanted Winter at Anakeesta.

Clarksville – (Nov. 24-Jan.1) Stroll and be captivated by light displays with over two million lights and a popular light tunnel during the half-mile Cumberland Riverwalk during Christmas on the Cumberland open nightly, weather permitting.

Clarksville – (Nov. 26-Jan. 2) Stay in the safety of your car to experience the Clarksville Speedway’s Drive-Thru Christmas Lights. Load up the car and cruise the one-mile track to take in the glow and sounds of the season. The cost is $25 per car.

Livingston – (Nov. 27, Dec. 4 & 11) Christmas in the Country 5-8 p.m. on the historic downtown square includes local merchants, carriage rides, performances by local dance students, a live nativity scene and pictures with Santa.

Castalian Springs – (Nov. 28) Journey through Christmas through the Ages: A Victorian Holiday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Historic Wynnewood. Learn about Christmas traditions, tour the home and enjoy hot cider.

Collierville – (Nov. 28-Dec. 19) Take horse-drawn carriage rides around the Town Square, snap pictures along the Holiday Photo Stroll and experience a quarter of a million holiday lights during Christmas in Colliervilleevery Saturday.

Townsend – (Nov. 28, Dec. 4, 12 & 19) The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center’s Christmas in the Village features a pioneer celebration, living history interpreters and an Appalachian Village full of handcrafting demonstrations, lights and décor.

Franklin – (Nov. 28-Dec. 26) Holiday Magic on Main downtown features downtown merchants along Main Street offering special discounts and promotions, pop-up appearances by Dickens characters, period dancers, live music and holiday décor.

Cookeville – (Nov. 30-Dec. 24) Take a night drive to see Cookeville’s decorated homes during the Christmas Tour of Lights. A free map is available at Cookeville City Hall. Find and print it here. New this year with the map is a Christmas scavenger hunt.

Savannah –(Dec. 1-31) Downtown businesses deck out in starry lights during December for Christmas on Main. The Savannah Christmas Parade 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 is unique with a “reverse” parade with floats stationary and viewers drive through to view. 

Hornbeak – (Dec. 1-31) Soak in the season with more than 400,000 Christmas lights, enjoy s’mores by the fire, visit with Santa, listen to Christmas music and enjoy the enchanted Winter Wonderland at Blue Bank Resort. The resort also teams up with Discovery Park of America each year to offer a “getaway package” through the holidays.

Kingsport – (Dec. 3) Grab Christmas gifts & support small businesses while shopping safely during Jingle & Mingle 5-8 p.m. downtown.

Columbia – (Dec. 4-5) Tour homes festively dressed for the season while benefiting the Athenaeum Rectoryduring the Maury Christmas Historic Home Tour. For ticket information contact The Athenaeum at 931-797-3316.

Bell Buckle – (Dec. 4, 5, 12, 19) The Bell Buckle Night Market 4-8 p.m. Dec. 4 kicks off Bell Buckle’s Olde Fashioned Christmas with local artisans, a fire pit, outdoor games and a scavenger hunt. The fun continues each Saturday with sleigh rides.

Jonesborough – (Dec. 4-26) Gingerbread houses, replicas of historic buildings and more will be on display in store windows during Main Street Jonesborough’s new walkable holiday contest and display, Jonesborough’s Gingerbread Village

Kingsport – (Dec. 5) Kick off the holiday season at 6 p.m. with Kingsport’s Virtual Tree Lighting. Due to COVID-19, the annual Christmas parade has been canceled.

Columbia – (Dec. 5) Get ready for the Christmas in Columbia “Night of Light” Christmas tree lighting and Columbia Main Street Christmas Parade in the Historic Downtown Square. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m.

Columbia – (Dec. 5-6, 12-13) Enjoy a fun-filled day of holiday vendors, food trucks, pancakes with yummy toppings, Christmas cookies, crafts, letters to Santa and more during A Blue Barn Christmas Market and Winter Festival.

Johnson City – (Dec. 6) Scott Miller and special guests perform at a drive-in concert at 4 p.m. at The Mall at Johnson City. Tennessee Hills Distillery craft cocktails will be available for purchase. The suggested donation is $100 per vehicle.

Cookeville – (Dec. 6-Jan. 3) Christmas in the Park kicks off with a live-streamed tree-lighting at 6 p.m. at Dogwood Park. The Christmas Tree Lightshow synchronized to holiday music begins at the top of every hour every night 5-9 p.m. 

Winchester – (Dec. 11-12) Step into a Hallmark movie during Santa Claus is Coming to Town downtown with carriage rides, pancake breakfast, live music, special guests and all merchants will be open late for holiday shopping.

Knoxville – (Dec. 11-Jan. 3) Holidays on Ice moves to the Civic Coliseum for the season on the same ice where the Ice Bears play hockey. Enjoy skating on a 180-foot rink while listening to music. There may even be a “Peppermint Panda” sighting. 

Gallatin – (Dec. 12) Join Grammy Award-winning country star John Berry for his 24th annual Christmas Songs & Stories at 8 p.m. at the Palace Theatre. The show will practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines for safety.

Shiloh – (Dec. 27) Shiloh National Military Park celebrates its 126th anniversary with a birthday party at 2 p.m. at the visitor’s center with cookies and a time of fellowship. Learn stories with a tour of the battlefield which covers 4,200 acres.

Columbia – (Dec. 31) The Mule Drop benefitting Center of Hope held on Historic Public Square will ring in the New Year. Rubik’s Groove will keep the party going until the Mule Drops. Fireworks and confetti cannons will ring in 2021.

Birchwood (Jan. 11) The 2021 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival is canceled due to COVID-19, but online events start Jan. 11. The viewing area at the Hiwassee Refuge is still open to guests. Please follow all CDC recommendations.

Knoxville – (Jan. 30) Indulge in amazing treats from area chocolatiers, restaurants & bakeries 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during Chocolatefest at World’s Fair Park. Tasting tickets are $25 and benefit Knoxville’s Ronald McDonald House.

Gallatin – (Jan. 24) Meet incredible vendors who make any wedding day a dream day, taste yummy samples of sweets and savories from area caterers and make planning a breeze at the Sumner County Bridal Show.

For a complete list of what’s happening in Tennessee, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.  

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Turkey Recipes From Melissa Cookston

No one likes a dry turkey, and Melissa Cookston, celebrity chef and judge on Netflix’s new food show “American Barbecue Showdown,” is here to help avoid ruined Thanksgivings.

Cookston offers up three different recipes for all to enjoy while also touching on the differences between brining and injecting.

Brining vs. Injecting

“The first thing people will say is, ‘You should brine your turkey.’ Yes, brining has many adherents, but I’m not usually one of them. I have always preferred injecting to deliver added moisture and flavor for a few reasons. First, brining a turkey requires a good bit of refrigerated space, generally for a couple of days. Space in the fridge is generally in short supply around the holidays. Secondly, brining has its drawbacks in terms of how it affects (for me at least) the skin and texture of the turkey. Maybe I’ve just not been doing it right, but I’ve just never been a huge fan. I have published brined turkey recipes that were quite good, I thought, but overall, I just prefer injecting a turkey.”

Injecting a Turkey

“When you are going to inject, you can do it right before cooking. You can also put in a different flavor profile than you can when you brine. Also, I’ve had some brined turkeys that were just too salty, and you won’t run the risk of that by injecting.

“You’re going to need an injector obviously. If this is a once-a-year thing for you, then grab an injector from the grocery store for a couple of dollars. They will suffice to get through one turkey a year. If you cook and BBQ more often through the year, you’ll want to invest in a better injector. I have a heavy-duty injector that will make short work of turkeys, pork butts, whole hogs, etc.

“When you inject the turkey, try not to go through the skin too often. I usually work around the skin of the breast as much as possible. If I do go through the skin, I will use it multiple times by injecting through that spot multiple times (at different angles.)”

Turkey Injection Recipes

“I’m attaching some recipes below to help you get started. As you see, you’ll only be limited by your imagination when you inject, so if you want to add some different flavors, knock yourself out. The only caution is making sure you don’t have too large of particles in your injection recipe, or you might clog your needle. These recipes also work great with any poultry, so don’t just save them for Thanksgiving!”

Recipe No. 1

Ingredients

-1 cup chicken stock

-1/2 cup maple syrup

-1 tsp kosher salt

-1/2 tsp white pepper

-1 tsp granulated garlic

-1 tsp soy sauce

-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder

-1 tsp hot sauce

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring it to almost a boil while whisking. Allow to cool before use.

Recipe No. 2

Ingredients

-1/2 cup butter

-1 cup chicken stock

-juice from 1/2 lemon

-1 tsp dried sage

-1/2 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp kosher salt

-1/4 tsp white pepper

Instructions

In a saucepan, heat all ingredients until butter is melted and spices are incorporated. All to cool down. Before it thickens too much, inject poultry in thighs, legs, breasts, and along the breastbone. Allow to sit for 1 hour before cooking.

Recipe No. 3

Ingredients

-1/2 cup lemon juice

-1/2 cup liquid crab boil

-1/2 cup butter

-1 cup chicken stock

-1 tsp hot sauce

-1 tsp cayenne pepper

-1/2 cup olive oil

-1 tsp garlic powder

-1 TBS Cajun seasoning

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat until butter is melted and spices are incorporated. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature (it should still be liquid.) Then, inject turkey and place in a pan in fridge for 1 hour before cooking. This will allow injection to spread through the meat.

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