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7 COMMON CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT NOBODY EVER WANTS


7 COMMON CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT NOBODY EVER WANTS

 

 

1. Snow Globes--Snow globes are dust collectors that serve no useful function. They're a decoration, but how many do you really need? Too many snow globes scattered throughout your home can look like clutter and there are better alternatives.

 

A better option: A fresh take on a snow globe would be mercury glass votives or ornaments. Mercury glass is trendy right now and gives a festive glow."

 

2. Fruitcake--Made of candied or dried fruit, nuts and spices and sometimes soaked in spirits, fruitcake is one of the most re-gifted presents each Christmas. There are still some die-hard fruitcake fans, but the younger generations tend to see this as unappetizing and dated.

 

A better option: A tasty alternative to fruitcake is babkas, a popular Eastern European yeast-leavened cake made of soft brioche-like dough.

 

3. Christmas Ties--Sure, a man might wear a suit to work each day, but that doesn't mean he enjoys getting holiday ties adorned with reindeer, snowmen and candy canes. Not only are these ties corny, but they can only be enjoyed for a few weeks each year.

 

A better option: You can still buy the man in your life ties that are unique and playful without being cheesy.

 

4. Cheap Gift Cards to Expensive Stores--Gift cards can make great gifts, but if you give someone a cheap gift card to a pricey store, it can be more of a hassle than an enjoyable shopping experience.

 

A better option: If you're going to give someone a gift card, make sure it is for enough money so the recipient can actually buy something useful.

 

5. Cutesy Pajamas--Many would agree that past the age of seven, cutesy pajamas are just not cool.

 

A better option: Instead of buying pajamas with cutesy prints, you might want to stick to those with pinstripes, plaid or checkered patterns. Solid-colored pajamas are also a safe bet.

 

6. Candy Canes--Candy canes may be one of the symbols of Christmas, but does anyone really crave them? These sticky peppermint treats get old quickly and boxes of them pile up in the trash at the end of the holiday season.

 

A better option: Consider giving your friends and family peppermint bark, a delicious treat that combines regular and white chocolate with peppermint candy bits.

 

7. Wall Calendars—Wall calendars have been a popular Christmas gift throughout the years. These days, hanging a calendar on the wall seems a bit passé, especially with computerized calendars and scheduling apps for smartphones.

 

A better option: Get him or her a timepiece. Some interesting ideas include a personalized pocket watch, a personalized photo frame wall clock and a colored iPhone alarm dock that cradles your iPhone and conceals USB wires to transform it into a mid-century modern timepiece.

 

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Because Of The Times

January 20th - 22nd

Over 3,000 people will arrive in Alexandria from across America and the World for three days of spiritual inspiration, restoration, teaching and direction.

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Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concert

January 25th

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
2:30PM

Tango del Cielo
A program of music and dance with harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and tango and flamenco dancers.

Admission: 
$25 admission
Phone: 
(318) 442-9709

Cenla Fly Fishing Festival

January 24th

Kees Park Civic Center
2450 Hwy 28 East
Pineville, LA
9:00AM - 3:30PM

Come join fly fishers, kayak fishers, and other anglers in a free celebration of our favorite sport at the first-ever Cenla Fly Fishing Festival. Held at Kees Park Civic Center in Pineville, this family-oriented event features seminars, fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics, vendors, raffles, and more. Whether you're a veteran flyfisher or kayak angler, or wanting to learn about either, there's something for everyone.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318)793-5855

“Our Lady of Prompt Succor School will host an Open House on Sunday, January 25th at 11:30am in the Divine Providence Center located at 420 21st St., Alexandria.  The Open House will highlight the excellent education and exciting programs offered at OLPS School for Preschool-6th grade students of all religious denominations.

For More Info Call (318) 449-9073 ext. 209


Abendmusik Alexandria Music Series

February 5th

Hearn Stage at the Kress Theater
1102 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
6:00PM

Trio de Llano in Concert: A wind trio composed of NSU music faculty Dennette McDermott, Malena McLaren, and Douglas Bakenhus, Trio de Llano presents music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Piston, Shreveport-based composer Todd Gabriel, and others. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Admission: 
$10, cash bar, $5 appetizer plate
Phone: 
(318) 445-7705

Pineville Mardi Gras Parade

February 6th

Pineville, LA
5:30PM

Route: College Drive & Donahue Ferry-Main Street-Across the Jackson St. Bridge-Third Street

Phone: 
Madonna LeBlanc (318)449-5660

Taste of Mardi Gras

February 6th

Alexandria Riverfront Center
707 Second Street
Alexandria, LA
7:30PM

VIP seating at 6:30 pm general admission

at 7:30 pm

Tickets can be purchased in advance at $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 years and younger.

They can be purchased at the following locations in Alexandria: - Atwoods Bakery - Critics Choice (both locations) - Alexandria Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reserved VIP Tables are also available in advance for $400, which includes reserved seating for eight, a complimentary bottle of champagne and early admittance at 6:30 p.m. and can be purchased at the Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB (318)442-9546, inquire@apacvb.org

Admission: 
$20 Adults, $10 Children ages 10 and younger, VIP tables $400 for table of 8
Phone: 
APACVB (318)442-9546 Nick Carrozza (318)729-6045

La. Political Museum Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Banquet

February 7th

Winnfield, LA
4:00PM
Admission: 
Reception Free; Banquet $75 per person
Phone: 
318-628-5928

St. James Concert Series

February 14th
St. James Episcopal Church
1620 Murray Street
Alexandria,
7:00PM

"That's Amore: Love in 17th Century Italy"
Italian for "heavenly harmony", Armonia Celeste brings the music of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras vividly to life using plucked-string period instruments.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318) 445-9845

Alexandria Mardi Gras Assoc.  22nd Annual Krewes Parade

February 15th

Alexandria, LA
2:00PM

 

 

 

 

 



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