West Elm is hosting free holiday-themed events tonight and next Thursday at its Boston and Burlington stores. Stylists at tonight's event will share ideas for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa presents, and gift toppers (for those who want to go all out). Next week's event focuses on entertaining, with tips for dinnerware, barware, and decor. Each event happens from 6-8 p.m. and includes free gift-wrapping and in-home delivery, should you choose to shop at the same time. Call to RSVP. West Elm is at 160 Brookline Ave., Boston, 617-450-9500 and 6 Wayside Rd., Burlington, 781-221-5626.
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contributorsAmi Albernaz began freelancing for the Globe in 2004. She started bargain-hunting at an early age, accompanying her mother to second-hand stores and yard sales near Westport, MA, where she grew up. When she's not perusing stores, Ami can often be found scouting out budget eateries in and around the city, particularly near her current abode in East Boston.
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Deal of the Week
Femme Fatale Airbrush Tanning is offering a free skin exfoliant or hydrating tan extender (each worth $48) with a custom tanning session through Dec. 18th. The salon's Infinity Sun System spray tanning is used by celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Giuliana Rancic, and others. Book two tanning sessions and get both the exfoliant and tan extender, a $96 value. The deal is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Femme Fatale is at 464 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Book an appointment at 857-265-3990 or email@example.com.
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