Gifting As Only Queens Can

There’s a reason the “happiest time of the year” can induce some stress when you want to find something special, not perfunctory. The following are some ideas to help with gifting straight from the heart. Check out these uniquely Queens-inspired gifts and outings that are sure to cause awe and wonder – and are perfect for kids and adults alike. 

Top 5 Tech Gifts Under $100

Christmas is arriving fast. If you are still doing your Christmas shopping and can’t find a gift for a tech lover in your life, here is a list of the Top 5 tech gifts for the holidays, or even a birthday for the often overlooked December babies.  Nintendo NES Classic Edition ($59.99) 

A Gift That (Literally) Keeps On Giving

For some, gift-giving is a piece of cake. When you draw your best friend or the guy who loves Game of Thrones for your Secret Santa, picking up the perfect something to brighten their holiday should be a breeze. But sometimes, you end up having to buy for a coworker you don’t know well, or for your weird uncle who you never see. Suddenly, the pressure is on. 

Gifts And ‘Presence’

The annual challenge of holidays is here! Secret Santa. Presents. Family. Friends. Food.  

And Then There’s Giving Back

One thing about the holiday season is universally true: it’s better to give than to receive. While getting gifts from loved ones is always a wonderful thing, there are so many in our city that need love, attention, and holiday cheer, and they can’t afford the normal indulgences or extravagances of the season. 

Tunes & Taverns: Mama Juke Rocks The Strand

On Saturday night, December 3rd, I made my way down to “The Strand Smokehouse” in Astoria, located at 25-27 Broadway. This barbecue restaurant and bar are known for their smoked meats, whiskey and beer – as well as their live music. My husband and I came here tonight anticipating just that.


Celebrate life and all its joy at Telly’s Taverna, where even on a rainy evening, groups of families, friends, and couples on dates came out to convene and enjoy consistently delicious Greek cuisine, served with pride. 

Tu Casa

Make any night special at Tu Casa on Steinway Street or their other locations on Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens or Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. Either way “Tu Casa” es mi casa…for a lively, friendly atmosphere, hearty, flavorful, Peruvian and pan-Latino cuisine, fabulous cocktails and great service, seven days a week. 

Presents For Our Pet Pals

We always want to make Fido or Fluffy happy, so here are some special gifts for them for Christmas. After all, most would agree that our beloved pets become our best friends and a member of the family. So why shouldn’t they get a gift under the tree? We even like to get our relatives’ pets treats. 

Bel Aire Diner Brightens Your Day

Nothing cheers you up and warms your heart like a delicious meal and a hot cup of coffee from your local diner. That is why my husband and I decided to stop at Astoria’s own Bel Aire Diner (31- 91 21st Street) one grey day. 
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