Chic choices


[1] If someone you know has always had that unfulfilled wish to explore his or her creativity, there’s a solution at the ready. Look into a gift certificate from the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, where classes are offered in subjects ranging from painting to sculpting to jewelry making – and more. Classes, offered year-round and at all levels, range from one-day workshops to 10-week sessions. Youngsters can even join in during the school year or at Silvermine’s summer camps and courses. Prices range from $50 to $400.

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[2] Those who delight in heading to the great outdoors in search of a soaring eagle or nesting sparrow will certainly fi nd The World’s Longest Zoom Binoculars ($399.95) more than useful. With 160X magnification, they have a telescope’s long-distance power, allowing you to observe planets or an insect perched on a leaf half a mile away. Complete with a lifetime guarantee, these binoculars include a large sliding lever, allowing for quick shifts from the 30X magnification to the maximum 160X zoom, and a sensitive focusing knob that sharpens the image with one finger. A diopter eyepiece adjuster accounts for a user’s eyesight. The eye cups accommodate viewing with glasses and a rubberized exterior provides a firm grip and shock protection. The set includes a neck strap, case, dust caps and tripod adapter.

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[3] A handsome leather monogrammed locker bag makes the ideal companion for a day on the links. The Golfer’s Personalized Leather Clubhouse Bag, in black or cocoa, is fashioned out of Napa leather and offers both sleek design and ample function. The main compartment, complete with vent, is designed to fit a pair of golf shoes plus also features two additional interior compartments and two exterior pockets to fit additional balls, tees and gloves. The clubhouse bag ($269.95), a complement to your golf bag, can be monogrammed with up to three letters.

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[4] All-Clad’s new Gourmet Slow Cooker with All-in-One Browning ($249.95) will get any chef dreaming of meals to whip up for a chilly winter’s day. More than just a traditional slow cooker, this all-in-one machine also steams food, browns and sautés – and cooks rice to tender perfection. Prepare meals to suit your own schedule, thanks to a programmable 22-hour timer and keep-warm feature. The removable 7-quart nonstick aluminum insert goes right from slow cooker to table. So start imagining those stews, soups and one-pot rice dishes…

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[5] The Bomber Jacket Briefcase is a courier-style bag that can serve as a rugged-looking briefcase or carry-on bag for the man on the go. This bag ($299.95) is made with leather that shares the same top-grain character as a bomber jacket from World War II and is made with meticulous care from select lambskin by Scully, the venerable company that provided leather flying helmets, jackets and gloves to aviators during both world wars. With this heirloom-quality craftsmanship and contemporary features such as a generously sized, double-gusseted main section that has a removable 15-1/2 inch padded laptop pouch, the bag is destined for long-term use.

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