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Free Thanksgiving cookbook from Marta Stewart and celebrity chefs


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Find cooking inspiration for the holidays with Martha Stewart and celeb chefs.

Download the Martha Stewart Thanksgiving cookbook packed with tips and recipes to make your holiday feast memorable.

The impressive 73-page "Thanksgiving Hotline Recipes 2012" is filled with more than 40 recipes by Martha Stewart and other acclaimed chefs like Mario Batali, Cat Cora, Sunny Anderson and Sara Moulton, among others. The chefs will answer questions on Stewart's SiriusXM radio show starting at 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. If you don't have a subscription to the service, you can get a free trial for 30 days at the link below.

The cookbook has some intriguing dishes, from soups and starters to turkey entrees, side dishes, desserts and cocktails. Colin Cowie offers tips on entertaining.

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Free download of The Holy Bible with bonus video: "The Digital Story of the Nativity"


Merry Christmas! Today, we have three gifts:

First, we hope you enjoyed the clever YouTube video "The Digital Story of the Nativity," above. It tells the story of Christmas through social networking on Facebook and Twitter.

Next is an offering for a free download of the Holy Bible English Standard Version from Amazon.com for Kindle. It usually costs $19.99. If you received a Kindle for Christmas, grab it! If you didn't get one, you can still enjoy it. Download Kindle reading apps for PC, Mac and mobile devices.

Third, Blockbuster stores are giving away two packs of AA or AAA batteries on Christmas Day. Stores will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Score additional battery packs for 99 cents.

From all of us at the Sun Sentinel, please accept our best wishes for a very merry Christmas.

-- Marcia, Justine and Doreen


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Track Santa Claus on his trek around the world


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It's a countdown to Christmas. But before visions of sugar plums dance in their heads, boys and girls can track Santa Claus' journey around the world using the North American Defense Command's NORAD Santa Tracker. Watch in amazement as cameras capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make that magical trip around the world.

There is some fun stuff to explore on the site. You can visit the North Pole and listen to the famous letter written in 1897 by a little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon asking a New York newspaper editor if Santa Claus was real. You can hear his famous response, too. Indeed, how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!

For more fun, Mom and Dad can download the plugin for 3D Google Earth and keep track of St. Nick's progress in real time, too. Also, don't forget to get hourly updates on the Jolly One's whereabouts from the Weather Channel.

Click here to see him for yourself. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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Send fun, free personalized calls from Santa Claus and leave him messages


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Have a little fun and send a call from Santa Claus to boys and girls, young and old, good and bad, compliments of Google Voice.

Fill out some personalized info and you're on your way to delighting someone special. For the big kids and your best pals, there are some fun and crazy things you can get Santa to say. You enter your phone number so it looks like the call coming in is from you!

The jolly guy only makes phone calls between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. When you're finished creating that the perfect Santa sound byte, send the call as an e-mail and share it on Facebook.

Also, Santa is really busy right now, but if you know anyone who needs to tell him something important, they can leave him a message at 855-34-SANTA. Call him! It's really cute!

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Free 94-page Pillsbury Holiday e-cookbook


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We're baking today and were searching for cookie recipes when we came across a free, downloadable copy of "Pillsbury's Holiday" cookbook from 2008.

The 94-page electronic cookbook contains Pillsbury's most requested recipes. It has appetizers, desserts, side dishes, entrees and also offers helpful tips on gift-giving and entertaining, too.

It's a little clunky to use at first, but it's searcheable, which is a big plus. The Santa Claus Cookies on Page 15 are adorable.

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Free Shipping Day from more than 2,500 stores on Friday


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Get free shipping on Friday, Dec. 16, from nearly 2,600 merchants participating in Free Shipping Day 2011 with guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery on purchases.

Some of the stores participating: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macys, Sears, Kmart, Nordstrom, Disney Store, Overstock.com, Sephora, Apple Store and so many others. Over 60 percent will offer free shipping on all orders.

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Free new Brian Wilson, Mannheim Steamroller tunes from Amazon's '25 days of Free Holiday Music'


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Get in the spirit of the season with 25 days of free holiday music from Amazon.com. The site will offer a new song each day until Dec. 25.

Amazon kicked things off Thursday with Celtic Woman's "Ave Maria" from group's the forthcoming "Believe." Friday's offering was "Peace on Earth" by Brian Wilson and Monday's offering is "Greensleeves" by Mannheim Steamroller from "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony."

Daily songs will be available for download through Dec. 25.

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Coupons: Free items from Bath & Body Works


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Use a coupon at Bath & Body Works and enjoy a free item up to $13 with any $10 purchase. Print a couple. The manager let me use two!

Also, here's a coupon for a free 2-ounce body lotion in three new scents; Bali Mango, Hawaii Coconut or Fiji Passionfruit. It's a $3.50 value. It expires on Dec. 19. Nice little stocking stuffers!

Free item (up to $13) with $10 purchase; expires Dec. 24.

Enjoy!

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Ten to Spend: SpongeBob, SpiderMan Big Face Hoodies for kids


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"Ten to Spend" is a special holiday shopping feature designed to help you save time and money during the busy gift-giving season.

Walmart.com has adorable cartoon Big Face Hoodies for kids for $9 with .97 cent shipping!

They come in bright colors with four supercute cartoon characters: SpongeBob, Spiderman, Phineas and Ferb Agent P, and How to Train Your Dragon Night Fury.

SpongeBob would make a great gift for that neighborhood kid you still need to buy for!

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7-piece Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Serving Set for $39 at HousewaresDeals.com


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I've been meaning to share with you some of the amazing homegood bargains that you can buy from HousewaresDeals.com.

This deal-a-day site offers wonderful table and kitchenwares from name-brand makers like Kitchenaid and Mikasa for just a fraction of the retail price. I have purchased several things and I've been delighted with all of them. Also, the site let's you look ahead at coming bargins, which I love.

Today's offering is a for a seven-piece stoneware Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Serving Set for $39. On Thursday, Dec. 16, you can score the matching 16-piece Winterberry dinnerware set for $39. Put these on top of a red tablecloth and what a festive holiday table you'll set!

This exact set is on sale at Macy's right this very minute for $69.99. The platter (included in today's $39 deal) is selling alone for at $29.99.

Click here for the deal. Sign up for e-mail alerts so you don't missing out on something. Enjoy!

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Ivanka Trump gift to support Girl Up


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Ivanka Trump Jewelry, a high-end jewelry line by The Donald's daughter and a successful businesswoman in her own right, is offering a bracelet design for $35 to support Girl Up. It's a cute bracelet with two charms.

I bought it for a friend, and much to my surprise, received a $100 gift card as a bonus, to buy anything I might want. Of course, her jewelry is too pricey for me, but it was a generous gesture all the same.

Trump's $30 Girl Up Bracelet benefits the United Nation Foundation's Girl Up Campaign, which raises awareness and funds for several U.N. programs that help in-need adolescent girls, preparing them for the next generation of leadership.

Girl Up bracelet.

If you missed it, also see my story about the South Florida woman who spent $6 on all her Christmas presents; she's an avid reader and poster on Shop-o-matic:

Gift Card Shopper.

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"The best" hot chocolate, $19.99, at Williams-Sonoma


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Williams-Sonoma, which has all kind of holiday delicacies, is selling a 12-oz tub of hot chocolate for $19.99. Peppermint hot chocolate also is available. And you can pick up handcrafted (really?) marshmallows to go with it ($16.50)!

All fun aside, the description really does sound appealing: "Inspired by the famed Café Angélina in Paris, where steaming pots of velvety hot chocolate are served with bowls of whipped cream alongside, ours is intensely chocolatey, rich and smooth. Made from shavings of premium chocolate rather than cocoa powder to yield a well-rounded body, rich taste, smooth texture and exquisite aroma. We've chosen an artisanal bittersweet chocolate by Guittard, San Francisco chocolate makers since the 19th century."

Could make a nice gift for a chocolate lover. Maybe Williams-Sonoma will let you try some in one of its stores before buying. On a cold day, like this one.

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Create a holiday pet ornament and get a free Greenie, too


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Make an adorable pet ornament for your Chrismtas tree, compliments of PetSmart, and get a coupon for a free pet treat, too.

Visit PetAdornaments.com, upload a picture of your cat or dog, choose a coat and color, enter a name and save. Your "Adorament" is ready to print, fold and hang on the tree. You also can share your creation on Facebook.com. This would be a fun craft for kids, too.

When you're done click here for a coupon for a free Greenie Dental Chew for pets.

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Buy one get two free Zhu Zhu pets at CVS with ExtraCare card and coupon


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Here's a great deal: Buy one, get two free Zhu Zhu pets with an ExtraCare card and a coupon at CVS. That's nearly $30 worth of toys for under $10!

Here's how to score the three-for-one deal:

Use your CVS ExtraCare card to get BOGO Zhu Zhu Pets through Dec. 11; add the coupon (buy two get one free) to score three for the price of one!

Click here for the deal. The coupon expires on Dec. 31, but the three-for-one deal is only good through Dec. 11.

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Make your own holiday greeting cards


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Create your own customized holiday greeting cards with Canon's Creative Park website.

The site walks you through the process, offering helpful printer settings, and giving several template options for half-fold and quarter folds as well as 4X6 options.

You can make simple or elaborate greetings cards and envelopes for all seasons, from birthdays to baby showers. Just pick, print, fold and you're ready to address and mail them off.

The site also offers templates and instructions for making gift boxes, stationery, calendars and other 3D paper crafts.

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Click here to see all the craft options.

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Sparkle and shine with holiday makeup for eyes, lips and body


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Naughty or nice? Hmmm …That seems to be the big question this holiday season and we have you covered on both fronts now that it’s time to get your sparkly shine on. These lovely numbers will take you right through New Year’s Eve, so glisten up!

Also, check out this How-to video on getting that holiday look from Gina Simone at Bond Street Salon in Delray Beach.

EYES: A girl needs options and the Stila Color Wheel Eye Shadow Palette ($38) offers 37 of them along with a 16-page “Lookbook” with photos and tips. We loved how the shadows blended. High-tech fashionistas can download Stila’s “Get the Look” iPhone app to help get the glam on.

EYES: Rebel this season with the limited edition Rock For Ever: Holiday 2010 collection at Sephora.com. This collection winks, sparkles and shines. Your eyes will light up when you see the Rock For Ever Eye Shadow Palette ($45). This Fab Four has two diamond shadows in beige and black and white and silver iridescent highlighers. It comes with handy instructions for a sweek or smokey look. The palette pairs perfectly with the Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes ($36). This tricked out travel tin is filled with five mini waterproof pencils in matte black, grey, copper, gold and silver. These eye products glide on like silk. Our testers rated both a 10. mufe2.jpg
Bonus: Get a free clutch filled with 12 samples with code ONTHEGO at Sephora.com

FACE: The Bare Minerals Shimmer & Shine Collection ($54) at Sephora is simply brilliant. The kit has everything you need to apply two complete looks for eyes, cheeks and lips. Testers loved the High-Shine Gold Medal eye color and found the Sprinkles lip gloss to be a perfect topping to any lip color.
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NAILS: We hear well-dressed martinis adore festive fingers. The Deborah Lippmann Nail Color called “Happy Birthday” ($18) at Amazon.com will help you get the party started with multi-colored glitz.

CHEEKS: Dancing cheek to cheek? Be sure to sweep on the festively flattering Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45). A shimmery swipe on bare shoulders invites kisses from Santa, too. Get it at Bloomingdale stores and Chanel.com

BODY: You will glow and we guarantee it will be from Urban Decay’s Sparkling Lickable Body Powder ($29). 824173_fpx.tif.jpegThe flavors — including Honey (gold), Cocoa (bronze) and Marshmallow (white) — are seductively yummy in the tummy. Get them at Ulta.com with free shipping with code 512213. Also available at UrbanDecay.com.

LIPS: Pretty pouts are a cinch with the Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color Lip Palette in Extravagant ($42) at EsteeLauder.com. This limited-edition golden compact contains the perfect ingredients for mixing and matching: two shimmering glosses in gold and nude, two lipsticks in crimson/coral and ruby/bronze, and a perfect red. Also available at EL counters at Macy's.

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Fun and pampering at Wednesday's Shop-O-Matic Jingle Mingle


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A special thank you to everyone who came out to Wednesday night's Shop-O-Matic Jingle Mingle at Origins at Boca Town Center.

Shop-O-Matic readers received free relaxing chair massages, facials and makeovers from the lovely and talented Origins staff while enjoying sweet treats, green tea and drinks. Everyone left with a swag bag filled with fantastic Origins samples and Sun Sentinel gifts. Two beautiful Origins gift baskets were raffled too!

Click here to see photos from the event and to check out before and after makeovers!

The Shop-O-Matic team wishes you and your family all the joys of the season.

Happy holidays!

Pictured: A Shop-O-Matic reader gets a facial.

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Free $60 robe with any $30 fragrance purchase at Ulta.com


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Get a free robe valued at $60 with any $30 fragrance purchase at Ulta.com.

If you're planning on making a holiday fragrance purchase, now's as good a time as any to score the free super-soft robe in white, pink or polka dots.

One fragrance set I can highly recommend is the Benefit Crescent Row Limited Edition Set for $36. Plus, in addition to the free robe, you get Crescent Row Teaser deluxe sample as a bonus gift.

Click here for the deal. Get free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 512213.

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Join us at Shop-O-Matic's Jingle Mingle on Dec.1 at Origins in Boca Raton


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As you make your holiday shopping list and check it twice, take a break to join Sun Sentinel shopping bloggers for the Shop-O-Matic Jingle Mingle at Origins Town Center at Boca Raton from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1!

Get pampered and refreshed while sharing your favorite holiday shopping tips and stories with Sun Sentinel bloggers and fellow South Florida deal-hunters.

Origins will offer complimentary mini-facials and makeup applications to help you sparkle. Plus, you’ll receive free deluxe samples to keep you looking your best through the holidays. You’ll also get a free Sunday paper stuffed with savings to help you finish last-minute gift-giving.

Register today as spots are limited! We look forward to seeing you at Origins Boca Town Center on Dec. 1. Until then, visit Origins.com for great gift packages, like the Grapefuit Greats set, right, and keep up with the latest holiday and Black Friday bargains at SunSentinel.com/deals.

Click here to reserve your ticket! We can't wait to meet you! We'll be the ones with bells on!

The Origins store is in Town Center mall located at 6000 Glades Road ,#1136A, Boca Raton, 561-417-3404.

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Cyber Monday: Rebate websites offer cash back for online purchases


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Since Cyber Monday is the biggest online purchasing day of the year, consider using a cash-back websites such as EBates.com, ShopAtHome.com or FatWallet.com to get percentages of your purchases back.

These free online services offers rebates at thousands of stores, collect your savings into an account and then send you a check. Many of the sites immediately deposit $5 into your account when you sign up (get a $10 Home Depot gift card from EBates now) and also offer other cash incentives when you refer friends.

Typical rebates offered by EBates.com are six percent back on purchases at JC Penney and Kohls, five percent back from Macy's, two percent for Walmart and three percent back from Groupon.com.

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I use EBates.com all the time when I shop online. Every once in a while I get a "Big Fat Check" in the mail. It's convenient and easy and once you get a check in the mail, you're hooked. I have received rebate checks for hundreds of dollars for buying things I was going to buy anyway.

Here's how EBates.com works: Register with an e-mail address, click through retailers listed on the site (Macy's, Walmart, iTunes, Sears, Barnes & Noble, Target, etc.). When you make a purchase, a percentage of the sale is posted into your EBates account after you checkout. After the money collects, you request a check (up to four times a year) or the money can be transferred into a Pay Pal account. The site has paid out over $50 million in cash to members, according to its website.

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The site also offers deals of the day and coupons and sometimes can be combined with the rebate offered. If you refer friends, Ebates.com gives you and your friends $5. There also are “Featured Coupons.”

The sites fund the rebates by offering you a portion of the affiliate commissions, or revenues, generated from referring you to online merchants.

Fatwallet.com offers coupons, deals and rebates from more than 1,000 stores, typically offering from one to 40 percent back on purchases. Rebates have totaled $29 million, according to its website.

ShopAtHome.com offers rebates as well as coupons for groceries and restaurants, free samples and even has a free shipping section. The site has 50,000 affiliate stores and offers 1,200 coupons. According to its website, its members have earned more than $50 million in cash back.

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Cute holiday door mat for $4.72 (was $19.99) + free shipping


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Get this DC Mills Holiday Tag door mat at HomeDepot.com for $4.72. It was $19.99. Plus, shipping is free.

The cute foot wipe is 18-by-36 inches and is made of 60 percent coir and 40 percent vinyl. It has a non-slip vinyl backing.

Home Depot is also offering half off monogrammed door mats, starting at $14.

Click here for the deal.

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Free Mr. Food 'Thanksgiving Feast' cookbook with 40 recipes


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If Martha Stewart's free e-cookbook didn't float your gravy boat, then maybe Mr. Food's will.

Get the free "Mr. Food E-cookbook: Thanksgiving Feast" filled with 40 recipes, from starter to leftovers. It even has a section on Game-Watching Favorites. Sweet Potato Biscuits and Creamy Pumpkin Mousse sound mighty tasty!

Click here for the deal.

Ooh It's So FREE!

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Contemporary menorahs will light up your holidays


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Hanukkah is careening toward us, coming early this year on Dec. 2. If you are in the market for a hip looking, modern menorah, we have a few suggestion that will light up your room for the Festival of Lights. These are definitely not your mother's menorahs.

The lovely Skyline Menorah by Jonathan Adler, top right, is made of polished nickel and is 10.5 X 8.75 inches wide. Get it for $125.

The hand-painted ceramic Muzeum Menorah from Target.com is $49.99 and echos Picasso. It's 12 x 6 inches with brass inserts to hold candles.

These nine glass cubes, below right, are cool as ice and offer a refreshing twist on the traditional Hanukkah lamp. They come with 45 colorful candles. Get them from Shop.TheJewishMuseum.org for $24.

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This menorah grows each night as you arrange the individual leaves of the Sabra Haukkah Menorah from CanaanOnlie.com. Made of aluminum, the "leaves" are fashioned after the Sabra, or Israeli Prickly Pear, which is tough on the outside and sweet on the inside. It's $99.95.


Get Rite Lite's Premium Hand-Dipped Chanukah Candles at BedBathandBeyond.com for $9.99.
The high-quality candles with lead-free wicks burn for more than one hour. There are 45 candles per box. Don't forget your 20 percent off coupon!

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Ten to Spend: XBox Ring of Death T-shirt for $7.98 shipped


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"Ten to Spend" is a special holiday shopping feature designed to help you save time and money during the busy gift-giving season.

Get this XBox Ring of Death T-shirt from Tanga.com for $5.99. It originally retailed for $22.95. The geeky gamer in your life will love it.

I bought one for my teen son (hoping he doesn't see this post) for Christmas. This happened to his XBox and I confess I was secretly happy about it. Unfortunately, Microsoft fixed the problem for free and the XBox Live nightmare continues in our house.

Click here for the deal. Shipping adds $1.99.

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Hot Walmart pre-Black Friday deals on sale now through Nov. 29


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Walmart.com continues to WOW with pre-Black Friday deals. Also, the world's largest retailer is offering free shipping on more than 60,000 items.

Right now, you can score some amazing bargains, from $100 gift card with the purchase of qualifying cell phones and contracts to hot toys, TVs and home goods.

Here's a roundup:

Through Nov. 25: Buy one of 40 smart phones from Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T or Verizon and get a $100 Walmart Gift Card with a two-year contract. Phones start at $28.88 for a BlackBerry Cuuve 3G and run up to $148.88 for a Verizon Motorola Droid X.

Nintendo Wii video games two for $30 with free shipping.

Kung Zhu Hamsters three-pack bundle for $20 with free shipping

Harry Potter paperback book set #1-7 for $48 and ships free.

Element 32-inch LCD 1080p HDTV for $339 or Element 42-inch LCD 1080p HDTV for $449. Both ship for free.

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Choice of Green Tramontina 3.5-Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven or 3-Quart Cast Iron Covered Braiser for $25 each (normally $49.97). Ships to store for free.

Kodak EasyShare C143 12MP Digital Camera in choice of blue or green Choice Blue or Green with I (2) rechargeable batteries, wall charger and case for $69 and free shipping

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The perfect Thanksgiving dish: Canned Unicorn Meat


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If you're wondering what to bring to that Thanksgiving feast, look no further than a can of Unicorn Meat from Radiant Farms.

This tasty treat is 14-ounces of sparkly meat with magic in every bite. It's imported from a small cannery in County Meath, Ireland where the Sisters of Radiant Farms massage the unicorns' coats with Guinness each day and fatten them up on diet of candy corn. As a result, the meat
tasts like chicken with a hint of marshmallow.

In the interest of full disclosure, it's actually a dismembered stuffed unicorn in a can and isn't tasty at all. But it is deliciously fun.

Get it at ThinkGeek.com for $11.99.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.


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Ten to Spend: 2011 wall calendars for $7.99 with free shipping


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Calendars.com is offering bargains on 2011 wall calendars. There are loads to choose from for $7.99 with free shipping.

From dogs, to cats to pigs to beaches, Calendars.com has something for everyone on your list. It's nice to give a gift they'll use 365 times!

Also, if you're willing to spend more, there are some pretty cool options in the Weird & Interesting section (Bacon Love) and also some fun desk calendars like Cartoons from the New Yorker and Laugh Till the Mascara Runs for $13.99.

Click here for the deal. Bag free shipping with code SHIPFREE.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Get 30 percent discount on one full-priced item at Gap


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Score a 30 percent discount on one full-priced item at Gap when you say "Viral30" at any store. The deal is part of Gap's holiday advertising campaign called "Want." The offer's good through Dec. 31.

"Like" the Gap "Want" video on Facebook and the company will donate $1 to one of 10 charities mentioned in the ad (you get to pick the charity). At the end of the video (at 1:09 minutes), the Viral30 offer is mentioned.

You can watch the ad on YouTube, too.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Ten to Spend: Hot Topic music T-shirts and more starting at $3.49 (were $20)


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"Ten to Spend" is a special holiday shopping feature designed to help you save time and money during the busy gift-giving season.

Hot Topic is having a great 50 percent off sale, offering music T-shirts starting at $3.49, novelty tees and shoes for $4.99 and denim starting at $6.99. There also are accessories and jewelry on sale, too.

Teens and Twentysomethings on your list will appreciate these hip fashions. Check out this Cobra Starship Brains tee for $4.99. It was $20.

Click here for the deal. Shipping adds $4.95.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Coupon: 50 percent off at PictureMe Portrait Studio at Walmart


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If you're intending to get holiday portraits, here' a great way to save with a 50 percent off coupon good at PictureMe Portrait Studios inside Walmart stores.

The coupon gets you half off wall portraits, enhanced sheets, unframed specialty products, collages and composites.

Click here for the coupon. It expires on Dec. 28.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Ten to Spend: Vera Bradley handbags for under $6


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"Ten to Spend" is a special holiday shopping feature designed to help you save time and money during the busy gift-giving season.

Vera Bradley is having a fantastic sale and offering an additional 30 percent off. Some of the adorable handbags are only $5.60!

Bet your BFF would love to have a Frill Tippy Tie bag, right, originally $24.99, on sale for $7.99 and with 30 percent off, the price drops to $5.60 when you add to cart. It comes in seven cute colors.

Or how about the Frill Charmed Pouch, also on sale for $5.60.

Click here to see all the sale items. A 30 percent discount is applied at checkout; shipping is free for orders over $100, otherwise, it's $8. The sale ends on Nov. 15.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Ten to Spend: App magnets attract geeks


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"Ten to Spend" is a special holiday shopping feature designed to help you save time and money during the busy gift-giving season.

ThinkGeek.com offers these adorable App magnets, which promise to attract the pocket-protector crowd. They're normally $12.99.

If your best bud has an iPhone, this 18 magnet set is a most appropriate gift that doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection or any updates.

Click here for the deal.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Ten to Spend: Personalized photo gifts for the holidays


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Create treasured keepsakes as a holiday gifts from Walmart for only $10. There are seven designs to choose from.

Choose from Season's Greetings Ornament ornament (red, white, gold, silver), a desk calendar, a cute mini canvas with easel (a 4X6 photo is printed on canvas), a Christmas photo stocking (choose from 15 designs), a hardbound journal or an 11-ounce coffee mug (add up to 15 images).

The great part is, you can do it all online and never leave the house!

Click here for the deal. Shipping is 97 cents.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Ten to Spend: Percy's Day at the Farm at ToysRUs.com


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"Ten to Spend" is a special holiday shopping feature designed to help you save time and money during the busy gift-giving season.

Your little tyke will love the very useful Percy's Day at the Farm Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Playset from Fisher-Price for only $10 at ToysRUs.com. It was priced $22.99. (This set is listed at Amazon and Walmart for $19.99.)

Kids ages 3-6 will love watching the the battery-powered Percy and his cargo car chug around the track. The platform lifts up, too.

Plus, you get a free Thomas Rolling Backpack when yo spend $50 or more on select Fisher-Price toys.

Click here for the deal.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Ten to Spend: Glass bead organza necklace


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"Ten to Spend" is a special holiday shopping feature designed to help you save time and money during the busy gift-giving season.

This lovely glass bead organza necklace from TenThousandsVillages.com would make a lovely gift for a teacher or friend and it's 50-percent off its regular $20 price. Plus, it has the added benefit of supporting a program that helps artisans earn fair compensation for their handicrafts.

The 15-inch pink organza ribbons are strung with blue and pink beads and is made by an artisan in Delhi, India.

Click here for the deal.

Three ways to keep up with the latest deals: "Like" our Sentinel Deals page on Facebook; follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter@PrettyGoodIdeas and get mobile alerts: Text DEALS to 23539.

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Find a holiday shoe and then find a deal


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This "Swoon" Glitter pump from Stuart Weitzman is new the holidays and gorgeous. If you can afford, $335 for the designer shoe at Bloomingdale's, go for it.

But if you're on a budget like me, pick a shoe you like for the holidays and then shop around at more affordable venues.

This sparkly pump by N.Y.L.A. Karlie is on clearance for $39.94 at DSW, for example. DWS%20sparkly%20pump.jpg

Remember that a little glitter goes a long way so if you choose a sparkly pump, you should wear a black dress with accent jewelry. A sequin dress with glitter pumps should be reserved for Lady Gaga.

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About the authors
Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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