Online Shopping

You really want to avoid the crowds and keep a low profile? Head to the Web. Eventually, the terrorists will hit here, too, but until they do, strap on your gas mask, put on your rubber gloves, and point your browser to:

Homebrew Headquarters (www.homebrewhq.com). Want to make your own Christmas spiced ale? Homebrew HQ can you hook you up with the wort chillers and mashing equipment to brew your own. While you're visiting, sign the guest book. Follow some great zymurgy links. Pick up a recipe if you're already into the craft.

Carving Artists (www.carvingartists.com). This is the place to go for custom ironwork. Need a special screen for that oversized fireplace? A freestanding wine holder shaped like a tree? The Carving Artists can make it. They strive to offer the best, personalized service you'll find, and their artistic creations will have your guests talking.

Lamps Plus (www.lampsplus.com). The delightful Lamps Plus is America's Largest Lighting Superstore. Its Web site features a very helpful section on just gift ideas. I found this funky Volcano Lamp there, but you'll find much more. Everything from lighting solutions for the home to articles about current lighting trends.

Jean Connection (www.jeanconnection.com). The Jean Connection carries the largest selection of jeans in the Metroplex. You'll find more than 25 brands, plus sassy tops, jewelry, and much more. If you have a hard time buying jeans -- and who doesn't? -- their site will walk you through questions about your body type and recommend the perfect jean style for you. For their new brick-and-mortar location, point your car to 5926 W. Northwest Hwy.

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Amanda Whitgarden