Archive for November, 2010

$15 for $30 Worth of Gifts from RedEnvelope

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
$15 for $30 Worth of Gifts from RedEnvelope

Without online stores, people would be forced to hunt and gather their gifts while risking injury from roving packs of holiday-shopping velociraptors. Shop behind the safety of a firewall with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a $30 worth of gifts from RedEnvelope, an online shopping emporium.

Boasting a head-spinning array of personal, thoughtful, and meaningful gifts, RedEnvelope provides memorable wares for the holidays and nearly every other occasion, including birthdays, baby showers, and anniversaries. Stash rings and blings in a leather jewelry box ($89.95) or treat the family to preserved memories with a hall gallery frame set ($79.95). Get outfitted for run-ins with ale-slinging cowpokes with a leather beer holster ($29.95) and pick up an extra to secure inconspicuously around the ankle for sticky situations. Create an archeological record of a child's first year with a baby keepsake kit ($59.95), complete with plaster kits for creating hand- and foot-print molds to flank the tike's photo in a solid-wood frame that comes with matting in your choice of four colors.

Find other artful gifts in categories like Jewelry, Baby & Kids, and Home Decor. RedEnvelope’s quality wares are covered by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and are shipped everywhere in the U.S.; orders can be expedited on the backs of a stampeding herd of wildebeests for snappier delivery (additional charge applies).

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$15 for $30 Worth of Gifts from RedEnvelope

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
$15 for $30 Worth of Gifts from RedEnvelope

Without online stores, people would be forced to hunt and gather their gifts while risking injury from roving packs of holiday-shopping velociraptors. Shop behind the safety of a firewall with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a $30 worth of gifts from RedEnvelope, an online shopping emporium.

Boasting a head-spinning array of personal, thoughtful, and meaningful gifts, RedEnvelope provides memorable wares for the holidays and nearly every other occasion, including birthdays, baby showers, and anniversaries. Stash rings and blings in a leather jewelry box ($89.95) or treat the family to preserved memories with a hall gallery frame set ($79.95). Get outfitted for run-ins with ale-slinging cowpokes with a leather beer holster ($29.95) and pick up an extra to secure inconspicuously around the ankle for sticky situations. Create an archeological record of a child's first year with a baby keepsake kit ($59.95), complete with plaster kits for creating hand- and foot-print molds to flank the tike's photo in a solid-wood frame that comes with matting in your choice of four colors.

Find other artful gifts in categories like Jewelry, Baby & Kids, and Home Decor. RedEnvelope’s quality wares are covered by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and are shipped everywhere in the U.S.; orders can be expedited on the backs of a stampeding herd of wildebeests for snappier delivery (additional charge applies).

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The Groupon Guide to: Medieval Weaponry

Guess which one of your friends has a sword? The answer may surprise you with a sword.

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One Ticket to the Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s Production of “The Nutcracker.” Choose from Two Seating Levels and Four Dates.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
One Ticket to the Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s Production of “The Nutcracker.” Choose from Two Seating Levels and Four Dates.

With the holiday season comes a bevy of cherished traditions such as dunking stockings in hot chocolate and bribing wassailers with candy canes before they eggnog your house. Partake in another treasured custom with today’s Groupon to the Peninsula Ballet Theatre's production of The Nutcracker at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, which boasts ample free parking. Choose from the following seating levels:

  • For $24, you get one ticket in section 3 (up to a $40 value).
  • For $18, you get one ticket in sections 2 or 4 (up to a $30 value).

Choose from the following performances:

  • Saturday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 18 at 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 19 at 2 p.m.

Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s choreographer Bruce Steivel brings Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday fantasia to glittering life with a full symphonic orchestra, sumptuous set pieces, and their talented pack of local and international dancers. Eschewing the gratuitous modern-day updates and excessive auto-tuning that mar so many Nutcracker adaptations, Steivel and company keep the cavalcade of mouse monarchs, toy soldiers, and sugar plum fairies traditional and timeless. By the time Clara and her prince are crowned rulers and shown their enormous beehive of riches, even the grinchiest audience member will want to dance through the stage’s shimmering wonderland—and can do so after the show, where they’ll get a chance to chat with their favorite performers and characters.

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The Groupon Guide to: Medieval Weaponry

Guess which one of your friends has a sword? The answer may surprise you with a sword.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Self-Cut Christmas Trees, Wreaths, and More at Patchen California in Los Gatos

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
$20 for $40 Worth of Self-Cut Christmas Trees, Wreaths, and More at Patchen California in Los Gatos

A Christmas tree provides more than shelter for gifts—it's a convenient hanger for light strings and a shady respite from its own harsh glow. Select a hardworking softwood with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of self-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, and more at the Patchen California Rancho location on Old Summit Road in Los Gatos.

Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this wooded retreat provides fresh holiday décor for families of festivity-seekers. Sip a mug of complimentary hot-mulled cider or thoughtfully gnaw on a candy cane as you wander the ranch and find your piney soulmate amongst groves of Douglass Fir ($55+), Sierra Redwood ($40+), and Monterey Pine (40+). Then, fell your coniferous fellow with the provided folding saw. Patchen's cheery staff will assist with any necessary tree wrangling, bundling, and car loading to safely transport your topiary, and even provide a water stand to nourish your arboreal adoptee. Patchen California’s Old Summit Road location also boasts a collection of wreaths, fresh holly, and mistletoe in its Christmas boutique. Unlike wilted pre-cut options or notoriously fickle hedges, forest-fresh trees will retain their needles, woodsy scent, and pine-powered good cheer throughout the holiday season.

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$15 for One Ticket to Shecky’s Girls Night Out on December 9 or 10 (Up to $30 Value)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
$15 for One Ticket to Shecky's Girls Night Out on December 9 or 10 (Up to $30 Value)

The first people to successfully paint the town red spent more time haphazardly assembling scaffolding and arguing over who got to be the "foreman" than enjoying the results. Take the planning out of carousing with today's side deal: for $15, you get one ticket to Shecky's Girls Night Out (up to a $30 value) at 5 p.m. on either December 9 or 10, in the Herbst Pavilion of the Fort Mason Center. This Groupon is valid for one day of admission.

Hailed as "the ultimate girlfriend experience" by Blast magazine, Shecky’s Girls Night Out is an opportunity for the fairer sex to bond over five hours of shopping and cocktails. Discover a variety of emerging designers and reacquaint yourself with beloved brands of clothing, accessories, and more. Sipping on sample drinks from Bacardi, Budweiser Select, X Rated Fusion Liqueur, and Midori takes the edge off of a long workday at the dream factory or kicks off a weekend of rock climbing and mock rhyming. At the end of the night, satisfied shoppers and bankrupt browsers are rewarded with goodie bags stuffed with products from The Body Shop, Softlips, Lindt chocolates, Aveeno, Jergens, and more (up to a $100 value inside). Spending quality time with girlfriends has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels through the therapeutic release of woos and OMGs. Enjoy male-free mayhem with Shecky’s Girls Night Out.

Must be 21 or older to attend event. Though Shecky's sometimes features a discounted ticket price of $20 online, this Groupon still offers the lowest ticket price available.

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$35 for $70 Worth of Ski and Snowboard Products, Rentals, and Services at Mountain West

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
$35 for $70 Worth of Ski and Snowboard Products, Rentals, and Services at Mountain West

Snow has two positive uses: it can be used to build snow-jurors when neighbors don't show up to serve in a non-binding apartment court, and you can ski on it. Pay homage to snow's more vital use with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $70 worth of ski and snowboard products, rentals, and services at Mountain West.

In addition to carrying an extensive catalogue of premier brands such as Völkl, Burton, Salomon, and K2, Mountain West distinguishes its shop with a knowledgeable staff and personalized customer service. Those looking to coddle their current ground-bound foot timber can take advantage of tuning services ($10 to $50, plus labor costs if applicable), while those with short-term snow commitment can rent an adult ski or snowboard package for $35 for one day, $55 for two, and $10 for each additional day after that. Because ill-fitting boots account for 90% of hillside fashion emergencies, boots are custom fit in the store, and snowshoes are available for those looking to one-up agile elk.

Unlike bathing or teaching at a university, skiing is more comfortable when clothed, which is why Mountain West supplies superbly insulated styles. The 2011 Analog Transpose fleece hoodie ($85) cuts a handsome blur as it races down a mountain, and the 2011 Burton Men’s Pipe Glove ($44.95) provides grip while keeping digits attached.

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The Groupon Guide to: Vacation Packing

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$12 for Reserved Sideline Ticket to Stanford University Women’s Basketball Game ($21 Value)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
$12 for Reserved Sideline Ticket to Stanford University Women's Basketball Game ($21 Value)

Scientists are still puzzled by the contents of the modern basketball and believe it to be filled either with helium or several baseballs. Contemplate this conundrum with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a reserved sideline ticket to a Stanford women's basketball game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Maples Pavilion on December 12, 2010, at 1 p.m.

Ranked second in the country to start this season, the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team finished 2010 with a record of 36–2—and the hardwood heroines are out to avenge their ousting from last season's national title game. Head coach Tara VanDerveer helms an experienced roster led by seniors Jeanette Pohlen and Kayla Pedersen. Their fast-paced attacks and cunning stratagems will cut through the Bulldog defense with the cold-blooded precision of scissors through a polyester net or sleeping supervisor's comb-over. From the upper-level sideline seating in sections 2–4 and 10–12, fans can watch the Cardinal dribble, pass, and toe-dunk amid the electrifying atmosphere of the renovated Maples Pavilion while snacking on an item from concessions or doing the wave every time the stadium fills with water.

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$12 for Reserved Sideline Ticket to Stanford University Women’s Basketball Game ($21 Value)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
$12 for Reserved Sideline Ticket to Stanford University Women's Basketball Game ($21 Value)

Scientists are still puzzled by the contents of the modern basketball and believe it to be filled either with helium or several baseballs. Contemplate this conundrum with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a reserved sideline ticket to a Stanford women's basketball game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Maples Pavilion on December 12, 2010, at 1 p.m.

Ranked second in the country to start this season, the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team finished 2010 with a record of 36–2—and the hardwood heroines are out to avenge their ousting from last season's national title game. Head coach Tara VanDerveer helms an experienced roster led by seniors Jeanette Pohlen and Kayla Pedersen. Their fast-paced attacks and cunning stratagems will cut through the Bulldog defense with the cold-blooded precision of scissors through a polyester net or sleeping supervisor's comb-over. From the upper-level sideline seating in sections 2–4 and 10–12, fans can watch the Cardinal dribble, pass, and toe-dunk amid the electrifying atmosphere of the renovated Maples Pavilion while snacking on an item from concessions or doing the wave every time the stadium fills with water.

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The Groupon Guide to: Winning an Oscar

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Metalworking Classes at The Crucible in Oakland. Choose Between Two Options

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
Metalworking Classes at The Crucible in Oakland. Choose Between Two Options

The mastering of metalwork is the only thing that separates man from ape, now that chimpanzees drink lattes, own Blackberries, and regret the 80's. Learn the riddles of civilization with today's Groupon to Resolve to Create metalworking classes at The Crucible, located in Oakland. Choose between two options:

  • $210 for Exploring Blacksmithing Tools or Exploring MIG Welding Tools ($450 value)
  • $59 for Expanded Shop Skills ($125 value)

The Crucible's Resolve to Create classes inspire alloy experts and beginner blacksmiths alike to channel the shiny, metallic creativity resting in every heart. With the blacksmithing or MIG welding class, students will learn the hot, hot techniques of metalworking, with five hours of introduction class, fundamental safety and skills, tool and equipment use, and five weeks of access to the studio and equipment. Create your own artwork, tools, or lumps of red-hot imagination, or simply learn a new skill and hoard techniques in your mind's barrow-trove. To polish off a piece from an earlier class, clean other metal objects, or equip your mind with metal finishing knowledge for future encounters with hideous weld seams, take an Expanded Shop Skills course. Students will learn the proper use of grinders, band saws, chop saws, and several other metalworking tools and techniques.

Crucible's decade of fine artmongering began when sculptor Michael Sturtz opened the nonprofit educational organization in 1999. Since then, generous supporters and students have helped the Crucible grow, providing more classes and employing a faculty of sculptors, performers, metalcasters, and other misunderstood artists.

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The Groupon Guide to: Western Philosophy

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$55 for a Wilderness Skills and Survival Clinic, Created by Survival Expert Cliff Hodges, at Adventure Out ($95 Value)

Monday, November 29th, 2010
$55 for a Wilderness Skills and Survival Clinic, Created by Survival Expert Cliff Hodges, at Adventure Out ($95 Value)

According to a recent study, the average American would not survive long in the wilderness or on the island of an eccentric billionaire hunting "the most dangerous game." Improve your odds in time for zombie flu season with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a five-hour wilderness skills and survival clinic created by wilderness expert and Adventure Out founder Cliff Hodges (a $95 value). This Groupon is good at Adventure Out locations in Marin and Santa Cruz.

MIT-educated Cliff Hodges left the tech world to good-naturedly teach survival skills for bad-natured situations, and his exploits (which include killing a wild black bear with a stone-tipped weapon he made himself) have been featured in Popular Mechanics magazine, and he will be on an upcoming episode of MTV's Made. Hodges continues to teach most of the survival clinics himself, and he personally trained Adventure Out's other instructors. Over the course of five hours, they'll show you how to use friction to make fire, how to use fire to boil water clean, and how to build an animal trap that can ensnare any edible forest animal, from rascally rabbit to bald, slow-witted hunter. Students will also hone the skills necessary to distinguish edible flora from poisonous plants and learn how to build a shelter complete with breakfast nook and foyer.

Classes currently run two or three times per month, but the schedule is set to expand to nearly once each week after December. All gear is supplied, though you'll want to bring lunch, snacks, water, and a notebook and pen. Though classes are geared toward teens, adults, and debonair yetis, kids under 13 are welcome with an accompanying adult.

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