March 15, 2003
Oscar presenters have much to look forward to: the coveted Oscar goodie bag. Originally created as a small token of appreciation to about 40 presenters, it has grown to a Hefty bag-size basket. According to Hollywood buzz, the gift basket, which was valued at $8,000 back in 1999, is now worth nearly $30,000. So, what's in the bag for 2003? Below is a partial list with manufacturers' estimated retail value: Estee Lauder Oscar Spa package (a custom-made Goyard travel case stuffed with Manolo Blahnik sandals, Hermes beach towel, La Grande Dame Veuve Clicquot champagne, gift certificate for spa services, Estee Lauder cosmetics)
January 31, 2012
When it comes to customer service, Amtrak is easily derailed. My nephew gave me an Amtrak gift certificate for Christmas. I tried to use it on Sunday when making reservations for travel to New York. First, I went online. Nothing relevant could I see on the computer screen. I called the Amtrak 800 number. The friendly man said I had to go to the train station to use the gift certificate. On Monday, I went to Penn Station. The man at the counter made the reservations, then said he thought he'd better check with his manager to be sure the certificate could be used at his terminal.
November 3, 1992
North Carroll SGA begins teacher awardsThe North Carroll High School Student Government Association is sponsoring a teacher of the month and year program.Nominees will be judged on the following criteria: teaching techniques, positive interaction with students, good character traits and involvement in extracurricular activities in and out of school.A committee composed of SGA members will select a monthly winner, who will be eligible to be named teacher of the year in June.Each monthly winner will be awarded an engraved plaque and a gift certificate for dinner at a local restaurant.
October 23, 2005
It's easy to run out of ideas for what to give to all those friends, relatives and co-workers when the holidays roll around. Gift cards can ease your burden. These days, you can buy them in various denominations and can find them for all types of stores and services. But if you don't choose carefully, you could end up giving a gift that gets slowly eaten away by fees. Few people are aware of the hidden fees in gift cards, according to a July 2004 study by Synergistics Research, a market-research company.
January 19, 2012
Winter Restaurant Week starts Friday. Every day during the 10-day "Lunch is on Us" sweepstakes, a lucky citizen will win a $25 gift certificate. The "Lunch is on Us" is the organizers' way of reminding folks that about the newly revamped lunch option. Lunch, which had always been a three-course $20 deal is now a two-course $15 deal. That makes sense. More than 40 restaurants are offering a lunch menu in this year's Winter Restaurant Week. To enter, got to the Baltimore Restaurant Week Facebook page, starting Friday, and fill out an entry form.
December 20, 1992
Counting today, only five shopping days remain until Christmas, so here is some help for those of you looking for the perfect gift for your favorite horse person.First of all, I hope no one is going to buy a horse or pony on impulse. A horse or pony is a full-time, if not a lifetime, commitment. And you absolutely can't pick one out for another person. This has to be an even better match than a spouse.The next-biggest investment in any rider's life is a saddle. This is another thing that you can't pick out for someone else.