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Smartwool Socks from Steppin’ Birkenstock

In the last few years there has been a renewal in the use and interest of wool in the Clothing industry. In part this has been due to the overwhelming success of Colorado hosiery manufacturer, Smartwool. Wool is by far the best natural fiber to keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Smartwool also has these great features and benefits naturally, with any of their products: Bacteria and fungus resistant; Machine washable; Shrink resistant; Environmentally friendly; Fire resistant; Absorbs, wicks and evaporates moisture at a vapor level to never allow for a clammy sensation. Smartwool products are also guaranteed!

Smartwool socks come in a variety of styles, colors and patterns and are available in both men’s and women’s sizes. For a great stocking-stuffer idea this season, try a pair of Smartwool socks. Their feet won’t thank you enough!

Steppin’ Birkenstock, 12 Chambers Street, Princeton, 609-921-8411. See display ad, page tk.

Aravon: A Trusted New Balance Brand

On the quest for comfort, look no further than the Helena! With a one inch heel and ABZORB® cushioning in the forefoot, this buckle loafer is a great choice for the office or out on the town. Available in wide widths. Find the Helena and other great Aravon styles at New Balance Princeton located in the Nassau Park shopping center near Sam’s Club and Borders Books. New Balance of Princeton, 439 Nassau Park Boulevard, Princeton, 609-720-0103.

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Shop Historic Downtown Bordentown

This holiday season, take a break from the mall and shop Historic Bordentown City. The business district is home to more than 20 shops, where you’ll be sure to find unique gifts for the special people on your holiday list.

You’ll find:

· Antiques

· Vintage and rare books

· Art

· Women’s clothing and accessories

· Records and CDs

· Home décor items

Finished shopping and worked up an appetite? Enjoy a fabulous meal at one of 10 fine dining establishments.

Historic Bordentown City is accessible via public transportation. Or drive into town and enjoy free parking.

Please visit www.downtownbordentown.com for directions and more information. See ad, page tk.

The American Artisan Collection at Landau’s

Since 1914 Landau has offered some of the finest, hardest-to-find product available anywhere. Handknit sweaters of the world’s warmest Icelandic Wool. Gorgeous handwoven cotton jackets from Finland. Traditional Fishermen knits from Ireland. Real Toggle Coats from England. Exceptional Tricot St. James Cardigans from France. And authentic Loden Coats from Austria.

But not until this year has Landau gathered a collection of American made products, perfect for holiday gift giving. In response to customer requests, Landau has come upw ith quite a menu of USA made gifts.

From South Strafford, VT, colorful mismatched cotton socks fro children and adults. From Leland, MI. One of a kind handcrafted woven mittens, hats and scarves for women. From Framingham, MA, embellished, washable fleece hats and glove sets. Made in Abingdern, VA, unique colored individually handwoven chenille scarves. And terrific stocking stuffers, luxurious cashmere blend socks, from Camden, NJ, for men and women.

All of these items are produced with American ingenuity, creativity and craftsmanship. All make superb quality gifts, and Landau offers all of them at sale prices from $8 to $99. Landau gifts are something special. Come visit the America Artisan Collection at Landau, across from the University, on Nassau St. in Princeton.

Landau, 102 Nassau Street, across from the University in Princeton. 609-924-3494. See ad, page tk.

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Stunning Studs From Princeton North Diamond

Check out just one pair of solitare diamond stud earrings set in 14K white gold, above. These solitare diamond studs are EGL certified and are 1.58 carats each for a total carat weight of 3.16 carats. We have many other EGL and GIA certified diamond studs in various sizes in stock. We are offering this set of beautiful diamond stud earrings for the low price of $13,500.

Princeton North Diamond, 1225 Route 206, Princeton, 609-924-9400. See display ad, page 20.

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Image Arts Etc. Turns Magic Moments to lasting memories

It was a beautiful wedding, or a fun-filled vacation, or a memorable retirement party. You have great photographs, but they are stuck away in a drawer or hidden on your computer’s hard drive. If you want to turn those photos into a gift that will make those memories last forever, a photo collage from Image Arts Etc. can do just that.

The design experts at Image Arts Etc., conveniently located at the Princeton Shopping Center on North Harrison Street, can create photo collages up to three feet wide by any length. Imagine a poster or a canvas print that captures the great images from memorable events such as a wedding, corporate affair, birthday, family reunion, vacation, kids’ sports team, concert, drama, graduation, or open house.

Or you could please all the relatives with a poster of your family tree, using heirloom family photos.

If you’re a busy professional, the last thing you want to do at this time of year is take on arts and crafts project. That’s where Image Arts Etc. comes in. Says owner Jim Lee: “Our creative staff will work with you to arrange your children’s sports photos or vacation photos or whatever you have and create a custom collage that can be printed, framed, and enjoyed by the family for years.”

And one visit to Image Arts can take care of most of your other photographic needs as well. Image Arts also offers the Portrait Studio, where professional photographers are now taking appointments for holiday photographs; full service custom framing; and photo restoration, using modern-take digital techniques to bring back to life photos that are faded or physically worn by age.

Image Arts Etc., Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton. 609-924-8544. Visit www.imageartsweb.com. See display ad, page tk.

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Princeton Airport: The Gift of Adventure

When you are looking for a gift that will always be remembered, try giving an Introductory Flying Lesson from Princeton Airport. Whether the person has expressed an interest in learning to fly or you just wish to give a gift of adventure, an Introductory Lesson is fun for people of all ages.

The airport is open every day from 8 until dark year round when the certificate can be redeemed by appointment. An FAA-certified flight instructor will demonstrate the pre-flight inspection of the airplane to insure air worthiness. Then the person will be seated in the left seat of the airplane with the instructor in the right seat. Both will have their hands and feet on the controls. The instructor will talk the student through the take-off.

For $69 the person will be in the air about 20 minutes and for $19 for one hour. The time in the airplane will count toward a license if the person decides they wish to pursue a pilot’s license. Either way, your gift will always be remembered. There are many other suggestions for those who are licensed pilots or for those who wish to become one. Check the website.

To order a gift certificate, you can call Princeton Airport at 609-921-3100; visit the airport between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.; or order from the website: www.princetonairport.com under “SCHOOL.” See ad page tk.

New York Golf Center: Your Last Stop For Golf This Holiday Season

The New York Golf Center is located on Rt. 1, connected to the Mercer Mall, and directly across the highway from Quakerbridge Mall. New York Golf has everything you need this holiday season, so drop by and let the friendly staff help you find the perfect holiday gift.

Callaway FT-iQ Driver. Using the coolest, latest technology found in Stealth Bombers and Formula 1 race cars, Callaway Golf has created a driver with one result in mind: long bombs down the middle.

· Hyperbolic Face Technology – Hyperbolic shaping is the cutting edge of driver face design. Mathematics and engineering combine to create Callaway’s highest ever ball speeds across the entire face.

· Fusion Technology – Proprietary technology creates maximum perimeter weighting by combining a carbon composite body with the titanium face cup. This allows for precise positioning of the CG to increase stability on off-center hits and generate the straightest drives possible.

· Visible External Weighting – Weighting in the rear corners allow standard lofts to have Draw weighting to help golfers minimize fades and slices. Tour lofts will have Neutral weighting for golfers that want a lower, more penetrating trajectory.

· Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki Shaft – This ultra premium shaft was designed for tour-level high launch, low spin performance.

So stop by and see our huge holiday selection. The New York Golf Center has it all, including the most knowledgeable and friendly staff around. Whether it is shoes, balls, clubs, clothes or bags, you will find what you are looking for this holiday season at the New York Golf Center.

New York Golf Center, 3313 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville. 609-799-4499. See ad, page tk.

[U.S. 1 Note: The Best Bets Holiday Gift Guide is supported by U.S.1 advertisers who understand the needs of working men and women during the holiday season. To participate call Diana Joseph-Riley or Martha Moore at 609-452-7000.]

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