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Elizabeth Lauten was born and bred in eastern North Carolina, and is currently a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill as well as a media consultant at Audeamus Communications in Washington, D.C., developing communications plans for clients ranging from political campaigns to TV show pilots. When she’s not busy working her 9-5, Elizabeth can be found volunteering for the Junior League of Washington or shopping along the streets of Georgetown or working at the local Lilly Pulitzer store, Pink Palm.

Charitable And Stylish Holiday Entertainment Gifts 2012

The holidays are always such a hectic time and sometimes finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can feel more like a chore than fun. Which is why we’re here to help make you holiday shopping easier with some of the best gifts in movies, books and music in 2012. Here are a few new ideas for the season of giving that will hopefully help knock a few names of your list:


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Madagascar 3” One of the best animated films of the year that the kids are sure to love, and the adults are sure to laugh at as well. Be sure to get the DVD/Blu-ray Gift Pack, which comes with the free Rainbow Wig.

Price: $17.99, Target

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The “Dark Knight Trilogy” DVD Limited Edition Gift Set: A gift I wouldn’t mind seeing under my tree — all three Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman films, including “Dark Knight Rises.”

Price: $38.99

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Bond 50: the Complete 22 Film Collection” From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig and everyone in between, find all 22 Bond films together for the first time. Filled with more than 120 hours of special features.




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The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. Anyone on your list love TV and cooking? Then try the “Downton Abbey” cookbook filled with delicacies inspired by Emmy Award-winning series that will make you feel as sophisticated  and elegant as the characters of the show.

Price: $21.95

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How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You. If you’re not already a fan of The Oatmeal, then prepare yourself for a few sidetracked hours and lots of laughs. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is their latest compliation of their best cat comics, plus 15 new ones and a pull-out poster. After its October debut the book shot to #1 best selling title and is something that even your grandma would get a kick out of.

Price: $14.99

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Dear Life by Alice Munro. Speculated to be Munro’s finale work, Dear Life is evidence of Munro’s knack for storytelling. The publisher describes the book as being filled with tales of “tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both  imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.” Lovers of her work must hope this isnot her last, but if it is it’s truly spectacular.

Price: $26.95


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Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’, 25th Anniversary Edition. Forget all of the Jackson craziness, we’re talking about the music here folks and there are few better than Michael. Get ready for a truly amazing compilation of all the hits you’ve come to know and love.

Price: $37.99

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Some Nights by Fun. While the Janelle Monae-featured lead single ‘We Are Young’ had everyone talking early in the year, the real gem of the album is the title track. Truly one of the stand-out albums of the year, and my personal faves.

We hope all of our Ask Miss A Entertainment readers enjoyed this season’s Gift Guide and have a very Happy Holiday with your family and friends!

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