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How To Find That Really Unique Gift This Year (Part 1)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And one of the most challenging.

At no other time of the year do we have to find so many gifts at one time for so many people. Family, friends, children, adults. What's a shopper to do?

All the usual gifts come to mind — perfume, ties, jewelry — and any is likely to please. But this year, why not also add something unexpected, a little something that's unique, that shows you've been thinking out of the box.

You may just start a whole new tradition as family and friends marvel at the thought and creativity you've devoted to your gift-purchasing pursuits. Remember it's the big thought that counts!

Take the tumbler as an example. It may seem like an ordinary piece of drink ware, but it can deliver years of simple pleasures. On cold mornings, the person you've gifted will think of you when sipping a cup of hot joe on the way to work. When summer comes, your unique gift will be keeping iced tea cold while other gifts are stashed away in a closet.

If a tumbler seems like a good choice, here's the big thing to remember: Don't skimp on quality. Invest in a tumbler that comes with a lifetime guarantee. For example, Tervis tumblers sold at Broadway at the Beach's Tervis store, are safe for the microwave and keep beverages colder and hotter longer with minimal condensation. A Tervis Tumbler can be customized to your specifications: decorate it with a sentimental photo, express a heartfelt sentiment, or add a whimsical saying that brings the extra gift of humor.

Do you have folks on your list who love the frivolous, appreciate the over-indulgent, and are not afraid of conspicuous consumption? Oversized tootsie rolls, giant boxes of dots, or enormous peanut butter cups may be the perfect gift for them. Such delights can be found at It'Sugar at Broadway at the Beach where just stepping in the door brings out the kid in you.

Know a little girl or little boy looking for that first cuddly companion? At Build-A-Bear Workshop at Broadway, they specialize in delivering happiness. How unexpected would a customized stuffed animal be under the Christmas tree? From teddy bears, to ninja turtles, to reindeer, you can dress them up and then all you need to do is follow your heart to create the perfect companion for that special someone in your life.

There's nothing like a gift that gets the recipient out of the house and into an exotic world of fun. This Christmas, you can deliver all that with an annual pass to someone's favorite venue.

For example, Ripley's Aquarium at Broadway at the Beach delivers a year full of fun to those who have an annual pass. This is a gift that literally keeps on giving new experiences for 12 full months. An annual pass holder can visit the sharks, and stingrays, and experience new exhibits as many times as desired. Additional pass benefits include discounts at other Ripley's attractions in Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg (Tenn.), as well as discounts in the aquarium's restaurant and the gift shop.

This year, add a little of the unexpected to the holiday season. Think outside the box and wrap up something unique.

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Things To Do In Myrtle Beach On Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the best times of the year to enjoy Myrtle Beach. With our warm sun and uncrowded beaches, you can stroll along the sand undisturbed or stake out your own special fishing spot.

It's especially easy to get in the holiday spirit at Broadway at the Beach. Take in a Christmas show at Legends In Concert or The Palace Theatre, or stop and see our 52- foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with 141,000 lights.

On Turkey Day, why slave over a hot stove? There are plenty of great places in Myrtle Beach to find a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day. For example, several Broadway at the Beach restaurants will be serving up everything from traditional Thanksgiving fare to great steaks, awesome burgers and scrumptious seafood. After you feast at restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe, Landry's Seafood or Good Time Charley's, there's no clean up. So, you'll have plenty of time to stroll among the shops, play at attractions, and even enjoy some nightlife.

When the sun comes up on Black Friday, you can just roll over and catch a few more hours sleep. Skip the craziness at the mall and enjoy holiday bargain shopping that's a breeze. After a leisurely mid-morning breakfast, head over to Broadway at the Beach and enjoy a stroll around the lake. There's sunshine, fresh air and unique gifts at bargain prices. Shops including Tervis, A Silver Shack and Fresh Produce are offering 25% off. Bijuju, MA Fashion and Sports Fanatics are among those offering 40 to 50% off. And a few shops — like Sunglass Hut and Rack Room Shoes — are taking off as much as 60%.

This Thanksgiving weekend you don't have to resign yourself to joining frenzied shoppers on an exhausting pilgrimage for holiday bargains. Come enjoy the beach, a show, and the Christmas lights.

If you know where to look you can find gifts that are unique, beautiful and unexpected at prices worth celebrating.

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How Scarves Can Help You Update Your Fall Wardrobe

Are you ready to change out your wardrobe for fall, but feeling a little strapped for cash? Consider investing in a few nice scarves or shawls. These simple accessories can update your fall line-up dramatically — and cost-efficiently.

Scarves have been adding color and panache to wardrobes since ancient times. But it took until the mid-20th century for scarves to become a fashion essential. Today's 21st century scarves are literally wonders of style, comfort and versatility.

For a crisp, finished look, a soft woven scarf in a lovely pattern can be draped loosely around the neck and anchored by large knots tied at its ends. Want to look casual but neat? Loop one end of a scarf through the other and smooth down each side. Tie a bow in a scarf and place it jauntily to one side for a bit of feminine mystique. When you're feeling a little chill in the air, casually drape a scarf over your shoulders and enjoy the added warmth.

The simple infinity scarf is a great example of easy versatility. A soft-knit continuous loop, it can be draped around the neck and then styled in any number of ways.

The multi-talented shawl is also a member of the scarf family, although it is more free-flowing and somewhat all-encompassing. On cool nights, a woman's best friend may be that ultimate cozy scarf, the poncho.

Just about any fabric or pattern can be turned into a scarf. From silk to wool to paisley and stripes, it all depends on your taste, desired texture, and planned use.

If you're curious about how you can make scarves a supporting player in your fall wardrobe, why not get some input from the experts? Bijuju at Broadway at the Beach is an accessory boutique whose staff is just waiting to brief you on the latest ways to wear scarves.

The right scarf can be that fashion essential that brings a look together, defines an outfit, contributes the right dash of color, or helps you to make a new fashion statement.

With the right scarf, you can be ready for anything.

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How To Make Your Little Girl’s Dreams Come True

How much would it mean to your little girl to be transformed into a princess, mermaid, or her favorite pop star? To receive a diva-style makeover complete with a glamorous hairstyle? To be clothed in a fabulous outfit complimented by her own personalized jewelry? To see her dreamy games of pretend taken to another level of delight and fun?

What would it mean to you to be able to give your daughter, grand-daughter or niece these kinds of unforgettable experiences right here in Myrtle Beach?

It's possible and affordable at Sparkles inside Broadway at the Beach. This shop is filled with just the sort of girlie stuff that makes dreams of being a princess or little mermaid come true. Imagination and reality merge here as beautiful boutique clothing, glitter and "Star Makeover Stations" are combined to change little girls into mirror images of their favorite superstars or heroines.

A Sparkles dream session starts with a makeover that includes a new hair style. There's a makeup session featuring eye shadow, lip gloss, sparkly nail painting, and even a souvenir makeup compact.

Special Sparkles drawstring backpacks are on hand to be filled with your little girl's choice of necklaces, bracelets, rings, or accessories like a crown, boa, sunglasses, or even a hair extension. And, if your diva fancies herself a future rock star, she can select a microphone, take to the Sparkles stage, and break into song!

For a special girl's day out, Sparkles has affordable party packages so that your little hostess can bring along her best friends. Birthday party packages even include something special for the girl of honor.

Discover a magical realm where girls rule. Sparkles is a special wonderland dedicated to making little girls' dreams come true.

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Under The Big Top: Discover Adidas Bargains On Tax-Free Weekend

Anytime a tent goes up around Broadway at the Beach, you can be certain that it contains something exciting.

This weekend, the "Big Top" behind the Carmike Cinema and MagiQuest (Parking Lots 19 & 20) holds fashion surprises and bargains in celebration of South Carolina's Tax-Free Weekend.

Just in time to suit up the kids for a new school year, big-name sports brand, Adidas, is in town offering the latest styles of its apparel, accessories and shoes at special prices.

It's the third year that Adidas has brought its tent sale to Broadway at the Beach for tax-free weekend. And, for the next three days, both parents and kids will be heading to the tent to find just the right clothes and shoes for both school and fun.

Whether you're a local or in town for vacation, this is one Big Top sale you won't want to miss. Open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the tent will have all kinds of shoes, including running, training, tennis, cleats, lifestyle and more.

After the whole family finds stylish shoes, there will be time to match them up with comfortable gym wear, shorts and pants, as well as short, long, sleeveless and graphic tees. Throw in a few accessories, and you'll be ready for the start of class or a run along the beach.

Like most tent sales, this one accepts cash. And, Adidas is also set up to accept debit or charge cards.

It was said in the Oscar-winning circus film The Greatest Show On Earth, that "Under the Big Top, only two days count — today and tomorrow."

At Broadway's Big Top, you'll have one more!

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