Editor Holly Mullen
One pound of English toffee $21.95
Melts like buttah, baby. Utah chocolatier V pours on the chocolate thick and then dusts my favorite confection with a choice of four nut varieties: almond; pecan; cashew; and macadamia.
V Chocolates, 440 W. Lawndale Drive, 269-8444, VChocolates.com
Bicycle Service Plan “B” $59.95
I’m a fairly serious road cyclist who knows enough basics to take care of my ride. Still, I wouldn’t turn down a professional tune-up next spring with attention to gears, brakes and all necessary adjustments.
Biker’s Edge, 232 N. Main St., Kaysville, 801-544-5300, bebikes.com
Anarchist AvaLung $269.95
I already have an older version of Salt Lake City-based BD’s life-saving breathing apparatus. Knock wood, I’ve never been in an avalanche and haven’t needed it. This deluxe version features a lightweight daypack, with integrated AvaLung. Don’t go off-piste without it.
Black Diamond Store, 2092 E. 3900 South, 278-0233, BDEL.com
Orbea Diva road bicycle $3,895 to $6,200 depending on components
Dumb chick-marketing name, amazing bicycle. Spain’s Orbea is one of the world’s premier manufacturers, and the Diva features a carbon layup engineered specifically for female anatomy (including for petites). Weighs 15 pounds, comes in a dreamy blue or deep orchid color. I lust for it.
Contender Bicycles, 875 E. 900 South, 364-0344, ContenderBicycles.com
Associate editor Bill Frost
“Ogden is Awesome” T-shirt $17.95
Of the 635 T-shirts I own, none are brown and proclaim the awesome-ness of Ogden. Therefore ...
Bikini Cuts Total Experience $40
Shampoo, style, scalp treatment and manicure massage. Since I only get a haircut once a year, might as well be from a hot girl in a bikini.
Bikini Cuts, 60 W. 400 South, 533-2887, BikiniCuts.com (also in West Jordan).
Nintendo Wii & Activision Guitar Hero III $340 total
Now that it includes tunes by Queens of the Stone Age, Slayer, Tenacious D and Blue ?yster Cult (“Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll”!), I need it.
Graywhale Entertainment, multiple locations, FatFin.com
Orange Rockerverb 50 Guitar Amplifier $2,000 plus tax
Tube-driven dual-channel 50-watt amp with real spring reverb and Celestion Vintage speakers. Sure, it sounds good, but I just like the color—orange.
Guitar Czar, 2953 E. 3300 South, 466-8666, GuitarCzar.com
A&E editor Scott Renshaw
Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot game $25
Because I love games, and because Monty Python and the Holy Grail proved that homicidal rabbits are always entertaining.
Game Night Games, 2030 S. 900 East, Ste. E, 467-2400, GameNightGames.com
Cuisinart SmartStick immersion blender $39.99
Because the key to enjoying soup-making is no longer having to ladle it into a blender a batch at a time.
Spoons ‘n’ Spice, 788 E. 9400 South, Suite 32, 553-1988, SpoonsAndSpice.com
The Complete Home Brewing System $184.95
Because too much of my beer-drinking dollar goes to the knuckleheads at the DABC.
The Beer Nut, 1200 S. State, 531-8182, BeerNut.com
Laptop computer $600-$1,000
Because it’s time to turn in that desktop dinosaur and pretend that I’m in the 21st century.
Bohn Computers, 3332 S. Stanton Dr., West Valley, 558-3346