Best merch of 2014: What a music critic wants

The Boston Globe

Globe music critic James Reed rounds up the 10 most offbeat items he found for sale at concerts this year.

Party Lines

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The recent holiday gala A Company Christmas at Pops celebrated the partnership between the corporate community and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Bargain Bin

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/DogonaHogA.jpg Whimsy from American artists

Ami Albernaz’s weekly roundup of bargains.

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December is when the festival of Hanukkah collides with Christmas.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/LongHill3.jpg Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly not as poisonous as once feared

Despite longstanding concerns, new medical evidence suggests that fears are exaggerated.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Unknown-3771.jpeg ArtLifting exhibit highlight of Designers’ Night Out

ArtLifting promotes and sells artwork by homeless and disabled individuals.

fashion

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Given the mainstreaming of the ugly holiday sweater as seasonal wardrobe staple, poses the question: What’s a Jew to wear?

My Instagram: Alice Saunders

The Jamaica Plain resident designs and crafts leather and canvas totes, pouches, and accessories under the label Forestbound.

the one thing

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/12-14-12%20Tiffany%20rings.jpg Something sparkly for the holidays?

This emerald-cut, red spinel gem at the new Tiffany & Co. is an opulent option for a holiday splurge.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/BookTreeFinal-3788.jpg Books for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Here is a guide to books for everyone on your list.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/09/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/flamenco_boston_hires.jpg 10 adventures to consider for holiday gifts

Experiences are the one thing that won’t be re-gifted. So in the spirit of memory-making, here are 10 adventures to consider.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/31/BostonGlobe.com/Boston/Images/4e3903976088445580d5ebb4d30f8667-4e3903976088445580d5ebb4d30f8667-0-204.jpg ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Day’ celebrates self-conscious kitsch

As the holiday season wears on, the number of holiday-themed sweaters seen in the wild, or at office gatherings, grows.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/08/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/WestElmsmegtoasterHIRESA.jpg Ultra cool gifts this holiday season

Can’t bear to buy another tie? Give something chic, modern, and memorable instead.

Holiday style

Holiday Style

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From fancy to casual, these looks are fresh, simple, and chic.

Gift guide

special section

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A complete guide on where to find the best music gifts, DVDs, books, and more.

Style magazine

special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/26/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/webxref.jpg The low-down on fall fashion trends

Hot red and checks from the runway, sassy slogan sweats, and more.

Weddings

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A storybook celebration in the Berkshires, find your wedding style, and a view from the front lines of same-sex marriage.