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2023 HOLIDAY "HOT" LIST

Who needs a reindeer when you have a thoroughbred!

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We've traveled around the state and have encountered several amazing finds.  We believe these treasures make excellent holiday gifts!

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50. Castle & Cocktails: $30

December 20,  2023

This experience spends time inside the extraordinary limestone castle Colonel E. H. Taylor Jr. built to showcase the distillation of his premium spirits. Your guided exploration will focus on how Castle & Key Distillery is reimagining Kentucky spirits, and will prepare you for the cocktails to come. It concludes with the unique opportunity to spend an extended period of time in their Speakeasy tasting room, where your dedicated cocktail specialist will guide you through a curated selection of cocktails crafted with spirits from the Castle & Key portfolio. Pick up your package today!

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49.  Red River Gorge UTV Tour: $Prices Vary

December 19,  2023

For the thrill seeker in your life, go on an adventure to the Red River Gorge with a guided tour in a fun and easy-to-drive UTV. Take in the stunning scenery while traveling up to 20 miles, making stops to see caves, forests, and fantastic mountain views. Click below for more information!

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48.  Swizzle Restaurant Gift Card: $Prices Vary

December 18,  2023

Swizzle Dinner & Drinks, is a retro-style supper club for the modern diner. Hearkening back to a time when patrons could enjoy an enticing supper, fine cocktails, and good company whenever they wanted, Swizzle serves up prime steaks, sustainable seafood, local produce, and head-spinning cocktails – all surrounded by the best river and city views in Louisville. Swizzle boasts twin revolving floors, an open concept kitchen, and an expansive bar. You will win the heart of anyone you gift this dining experience to.

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47.  I Love You as Big as Kentucky Book: $6.99

December 17,  2023

Declare a timeless message to your child about how much he or she means to you. Adorable illustrations and clever rhymes highlight the ways you love your little one and the places that you both love about your favorite state. Each book features landmarks and cultural symbols that make your state memorable along with all the snuggle-worthy sentiments that make reading stories at bedtime meaningful. 24 pages, board book. Ages 1 – 4.

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46. Ohio River: Sunset Sightseeing Cruise: $Prices Vary

December 16,  2023

Take in the skyline and watch the river on a sightseeing cruise along the Ohio River departing from Kentucky. Experience live entertainment as you go. The cruise departs from Newport Landing Dock, which is located at the foot of Columbia St. adjacent to Newport Aquarium. Public Parking is available on Riverboat Row and in the surface lot on Columbia St. Get your sunset cruise today!

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45. Pelo Signature Massage: $130

December 15,  2023

Welcome to the serene oasis at Pelo West located in the Galt House in Louisville, KY. Experience the power of self-care in a tranquil environment where expert therapists tailor each service to your unique needs. Embrace wellness with their range of transformative treatments. This one of a kind experience makes the best present for those looking for an escape to paradise!

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44. A Night's Stay at the Galt House: $Prices Vary

December 14,  2023

Everyone loves a staycation so how about a night's stay at the Legendary Galt House in Louisville, KY?  Located in the heart of downtown with a beautiful view of the waterfront, no other hotel grants guests access to the city like they can. Newly renovated and housed with the top restaurants in Louisville, The Galt Hotel is the perfect gift for anyone!

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43. Donation to Sunrise Children's Services: $Prices Vary

December 13,  2023

Every year, we suggest a great charitable organization to donate to and this year, it's Sunrise Children’s Services.  They provide care and hope for hurting families and children through Christ-centered ministries,  therapeutic foster careresidential therapeutic treatment, and community-based services statewide.  Gift the gift of hope this holiday season.  Click below for more information.  

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42. Under the Skies Book: $14.99

December 12,  2023

Written by Kentucky authors, Tricia Goyer and Elly Gilbert, Under the Blue Skies, is a heartwarming romance about a surprise family for the Amish Bachelor! This book is perfect for the Kentuckian who loves to read. Get your copy today!

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41. Luxe Lounge Gift Card: $Prices Vary

December 11,  2023

Everyone wants to feel beautiful and we know jus the place.  Luxe Lounge Medspa prides themselves in aesthetic artistry that will work with you to ensure your treatment plan and results exceed your expectations. They specialize in various treatments and procedures, including anti-aging laser treatments, micro-needling, our PDO thread lift, and various skin care procedures, including laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, fillers, injectables, and more. Purchase a gift card today and make that special person in your life feel extra special!

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40. Lake Stay Air BnB: $Prices Vary

December 10,  2023

The ULTIMATE Lake Living at its finest. Relax with the whole family in this LUXURY lake home located at Lake Cumberland Marina. Property sits at the top of the hill from the marina and your stay is included with access to a boat slip for your convenience. It's the perfect getaway!  We love this place and so will your loved one!

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39. Glassblowing Experience: $Prices Vary

December 9,  2023

Trifecta Glass is Lexington's newest hotspot!  They offer classes that are an excellent way to learn the basics of glass making and have an unforgettable experience. Their qualified instructors draw from years of experience and practice to provide you with the best guidance possible as you discover this unique art form. Purchase a gift card today and gift the gift of experience!

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38. The Woodsman Box: $42.50

December 8,  2023

US Soap is a Kentucky Made product that promotes every woman, man, and child in the community. They do this by donating to and promoting organizations that help those in need. Why not give in two ways.  The Woodsmans gift box is for the bearded fellow: a trio of Woods Beard Oil, Beard Balm and Soap. Get your package today!

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37. Chocomania Treats: $Prices Vary

December 7,  2023

Chocomania treats are the perfect gift for the sweets lover in your friend or family network.  Located off of Main Street in Georgetown, KY they serve everything from their most popular dessert,  baklava cheesecake to Christmas sugar cookies to these adorable Rudolf cake pops! Pick up yours today!

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36. Central Puurk Cafe Cat Adoption: $Prices Vary

December 6,  2023

We love our animals and there is no other gift better than a pet. If you love cats, then Central Puurk Cafe is the place to adopt your next family member.  You can visit, grab a cup of coffee and a snack and spend time quality time getting to know the feline fur baby that is right for you.  Located in Georgetown, Ky, the Cat Lounge houses 10 adoptable cats for you to love on.  Just click on the link below for more details!

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35. Never Say Die Bourbon: $Prices Vary

December 5,  2023

Calling all bourbon lovers... Never Say Die is the first Bourbon to be distilled in Kentucky, shipped via Atlantic Ocean vessel and then matured in England. Never Say Die is the English take on the American Dream.  The back story is amazing and the bourbon even better.  Voted Forbes 2023 World's Best Bourbon, this is the perfect gift.  For more info, visit the link below.  

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34. Abraham Lincoln Kentucky Quote T-Shirt: $35

December 4,  2023

The words in this design are taken directly from Abraham Lincoln’s original notes for a speech intended for Kentuckians. Even though the speech was never given, the words remind us of his lifelong connection to the state of his birth. In addition to Lincoln’s words, this design incorporates his original signature from a historical document. This is the perfect gift for the historian in your life!

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33. A Getaway to Hotel Covington: $Prices Vary

December 3,  2023

Located near the Cincinnati Riverfront, the award-winning Hotel Covington shines with historic charm and modern character. There is so much to do in Covington, from the delactable breakfast diners to the amazing night life.  Check out our blog for details why Hotel Covington is the perfect holiday present!

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32. Bites of the Bluegrass Food Tour: $Prices Vary

December 2,  2023

Bites of the Bluegrass walking food and history tours (cocktail tours, too!) offer an entertaining and unique way to see the city through a fabulous afternoon dinner party! You’ll meet new friends, listen to fascinating stories, be drenched in southern hospitality, and leave stuffed full of delicious food and fond memories with this local five-star tour family! Tam and I highly recommend this experience!  Purchase a tour today!

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31. Custom Kentucky State Blanket: $39.99

December 1,  2023

Nothing can be sweeter than seeing your loved wrapping herself with your love. With The Kentucky Blanket, you can tell your mom, grandma, grandpa, wife, husband or any special people in your life what they mean to you and they will put your words into a beautiful, writing and forever-preserved blanket made just for them.

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30. Uncle Mo (KY): $72

November 30,  2023

Elevate your comfort and style with our embossed crewneck sweatshirt, a perfect blend of quality and aesthetics from Bluegrass Brothers, a Kentucky bred clothing company.

Crafted from a comfortable 60/40 cotton-polyester French Terry fabric, this sweatshirt offers a cozy feel that's perfect for all seasons. The embossed logo on the chest adds a unique and eye-catching touch, setting you apart from the crowd.

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29. Salt Cave Therapy: $Prices Vary

November 29,  2023

BREATHE & RECEIVE...Lexington Salt Cave's pink Himalayan salt cave offers you a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated. With antimicrobial and healing properties, salt supports the respiratory, skin and nervous systems is a great way to escape to a one-of-a-kind Zen den.  Purchase a gift card today!

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28. 10K "UK" Logo Ring with leaf detail: $350

November 28,  2023

This exquisite piece of jewelry by Castle Jewelry is meticulously crafted in radiant 10k Yellow Gold, which exudes an irresistible charm and luster that you simply cannot ignore. The emblematic "UK" logo at the heart of the ring serves as a proud testament to your association and love for the Big Blue Nation.  This is the perfect gift for the Cats fan in your life!

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27. Lord Honey: Traditional Southern Recipes with a Country Bling Twist: $27

November 27,  2023

"Honey, if cookin' is a chore, then you ain't been doin' it right."--author and Lord Honey chef Jason Smith From Kentucky 'Nanners Foster Waffles to 'Lasses-Glazed Carrots to Sweet Tea and Bourbon Fried Chicken, celebrate the art of "Country Bling" cooking with recipes that will have you digging out the cast-iron skillet and running to the store for some butter. Complete with colorful descriptions, accessible ingredients, simple directions, and helpful tips, this book will teach you everything you need to know about cooking with love. Get yours today!

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26. Cerulean Rose Hoodie: $68

November 26,  2023

Wylie Caudill is one of Kentucky's most famous artists, known for his murals and beautiful blue roses adorning everything from bourbon bottles to Horse Mania. Now you can own or gift this comfy unisex hoodie by Wylie Caudill Art. The hoodie has a relaxed fit, and it's perfect for wrapping oneself into on a chilly evening.

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25. Spa at Griffin Gate: $Prices Vary

November 25,  2023

Experience Lexington’s premier day spa, offering an urban oasis perfectly combining relaxation, solitude, and pure indulgence. The Spa at Griffin Gate is open to the public and makes the perfect Christmas present.  Indulge your loved one with a massage, facial, body scrub or other spa treatment at Marriott Griffin Gate's blissful spa.

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24. Courage Bracelet: $25

November 24,  2023

Sage and Strand out of Lexington, KY, makes the COURAGE intention bracelet out of hand-knotted natural flower amazonite gemstone beads. The beads are said to be named after the tribe of women warriors in the amazon and strong, powerful women tend to be drawn to it. This stone can help to balance and harmonize their powerful energy. This is the perfect gift for that bold woman in your life!

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23. Horse and Holly Pillow: $25

November 23,  2023

'Tis the season for beautiful holiday decor and what could be better than this Kentucky inspired pillow designed by artist Tracey Sanchez of Thistle and Brush Studio.  Whether you pick up this gift for yourself or someone who loves the holidays, this present is sure to please.

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22. Lexington Monopoly Game: $39.99

November 22,  2023

This Lexington edition of MONOPOLY will charm and amaze everyone with the best the Bluegrass State has to offer. Perfect for game night or family functions, pick up this gift today at Kentucky Branded.

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21. Kentucky Themed Kids Wear: $Prices Vary

November 21,  2023

Simply Blessed Children's Boutique is a family-owned and operated business originating in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. They sell so many cute, Kentucky themed gift for children of all ages.  Just click on the link and search for the word Kentucky to see what we mean!

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20. Derby Men's/Women’s Leather Large Capacity Chest Bag/Shoulder Bag with USB Port: $45

November 20,  2023

Located in Kentucky, Derby represents strength, determination, and the innate ability to overcome obstacles. Inspired by the Thoroughbreds of Churchill Downs, and the Bluegrass of Lexington, Derby Handbags and Carriers are stamped with the Derby Horse and priced to fit every budget. Functional and beautiful, these make perfect gifts.

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19. Luggage Tags by Kentucky Artist Kim Perry: $30

November 19,  2023

Beautiful luggage tags that are perfect when heading out on vacay so why not gift one to the traveler in your life? These gorgeous tags are sturdy, weatherproof and perfect for any bag, especially when you want your bag to stand out from the crowd.

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18. Christmas Lover Sweatshirt: $35

November 18,  2023

Many of us can relate to this "Torn Between Lookin' Like a Snack and Eatin' One" Crewneck Sweatshirt.  It's fun, light-hearted and supports the mission of Kentucky-based company, Caffeinated Charm, who brings awareness to mental health with trendy t-shirts and accessories. They hope to motivate women who are running on caffeine and dreams and we are all about it!  Pick up yours today!

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17. Tinderbox: $28

November 17,  2023

The best campfire on the market today is from Modern Tinder! Take this sleek and modern bonfire with you to the lake, on a hike, or for a romantic date night on the back porch! This mini campfire makes the perfect gift for anyone who loves the outdoors.  Made in Eastern Kentucky, this modern tinder is veteran owned and operated. Get yours today!

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16. Albert Couture Executive Wallet: $195

November 16,  2023

Elevate your man's style with Albert Couture fashion.  Albert Couture is Kentucky's First Fashion House founded by an African Immigrant Albert Lukonga in 2018. Since then, the fashion label has been establishing itself as one of the leading luxury fashion houses in the world for both men and women. This beautifully made soft genuine leather wallet has 16 interior pockets and comes in black and olive green.  This gift is a winner for any man if your life.
 

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15. Polly Singer Tea of the Month Subscription: $148

November 15,  2023

What a treat for your favorite tea lover! Each month, for 6 consecutive months, a delicious new blend of Polly Singer Artisan tea will arrive at your loved ones doorstep. They can create thier own monthly tea group with friends or introduce a regular tea ritual as a part of their own self-care regimen. It's simply an enchanting gift! With the 6 month tea subscription you will enjoy a discount of over 15% per tin.
Each Polly Singer signature pink tin contains tea that was hand blended in Kentucky with love.

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14. The Mary Luck Tales Witch's Curse: $15

November 14,  2023

Written by Kentucky Author, Katherine Hale Stringfield, The Mary Luck Tales is a great Christmas present for the avid reader.  It’s 1984 and Ruby Lee Collins, a 13-year-old girl from the mountains of Appalachian Kentucky, has awakened a 100-year-old curse placed on her town of Mary Luck by the witch Baby Annie. Through a seance with her best friends she accidentally opens a door to the other side that allows the witch to once again wreak havoc on the town. With the help of five storytellers, who the townsfolk call The Yarn Spinners, her friends and Mary Luck’s founding families Ruby Lee will face down the witch and balance the scales between good and evil. Gift this book today!

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13. Men in Kilts House Wash: $Prices Vary

November 13,  2023

Are you a practical gift giver?  Then this idea has your name written all over it.  House washing, gutter and window cleaning and water pressuring are all tasks we hate to do so turn it over to the professionals.  Whether it's a gift for dad, a single mom or your elderly loved ones, this is a gift everyone needs and appreciates.  Us Buds know first hand, how great this team is.  And bonus, the friendly workers of MIK provide quality services in kilts! 

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12. Arthur Murray Dance Lessons: $Prices Vary

November 12,  2023

Arthur Murray Dance Studio is the leading dance studio in Lexington, KY offering an array of dance lessons, from beginner to advanced. Their highly trained dance instructors are dedicated to providing fun and informative dance classes to students of all ages, including ballroom, Latin, and salsa dance lessons, including more. We have taken several classes at Arthur Murray and it's one of favorite things to do.  Get lessons for that special person in your life and HAVE FUN!

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11. Ky Grilling Gift Basket: $64.99

November 11,  2023

We've got just the gift from that griller in your life.  BBF Smoked Chefs Blend, BBF Worcestershire Sauce, BBF Kentuckyaki 375ml, Red State BBW KY Small Batch, KY Bourbon Barrel Smoking Chips, wrapped in a decorative Rectangle Wood Tray. What's not to love?  Get yours today at Liquor Barn which carries tons of unique KY Proud gift baskets!

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10. A Night's Stay at The Manchester Hotel: $Prices Vary

November 10,  2023

A spirited place in Lexington's Historic Distillery District, the Manchester Hotel is the perfect romantic getaway!  Kentucky poet Wendell Berry once said of his home soil, “What I stand for is what I stand on.” The Manchester follows suit — a handsome monument built to Kentucky’s unbridled enthusiasm, warm Southern light, and full-galloped feeling.

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9. Savor Box: $45

November 9,  2023

Looking for a gift for that person who has everything.  Look no further!  Dalhaus Fudge is sure to please!  This Kentucky Proud 25-piece small batch, artisanal fudge box set is the best gift for anyone in your life!  It also makes the perfect hostess gift.  Order yours today!

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8. Fly Fishing Adventure: $Prices Vary

November 8,  2023

This is the perfect gift for the outdoorsy person in your life.  Kentucky Wild Outdoor trips include transportation from a prearranged pickup, lunch (full day only), loaner rods and tackle, and casting instructions for beginners.  Expeditions involve wading small streams and fishing for trout, smallmouth bass, white bass, panfish, freshwater drum, gar, and carp, all dependent on season, water flow, and hatches. Us Buds have been fishing with Bill and we love it!  We highly recommend this gift idea!

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7. CYL Sauna: $Prices Vary

November 7,  2023

Have you heard all of the buzz?  Infrared sauna is the natural way to detoxify the body, relieve pain and stress, lose weight, and achieve better sleep. So pick up a gift card today or purchase a membership for your loved one from Lexington's FIRST premier infrared sauna studio.  It's such a unique gift and one that will be remembered!

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6. Bluegrass & Buttercream Soy Candle: $16

November 6,  2023

On nostalgic Main Street in Danville, Kentucky, there is a bakery, Bluegrass & Buttercream, well known to have the scent of strawberry cake wafting down the street. With notes of sweet strawberries, sugar, whipped cream, and vanilla, this candle is sure to become a favorite home scent. Get yours today!

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5. Kentucky State Art: $299

November 5,  2023

This one of kind artwork makes a statement in any Kentucky home.  Sold at Queen Bee's Gift Store in The Palomar complex in Lexington, KY, it appeals to anyone who has pride in the Bluegrass.  There are a few pieces left, so visit them before they sell out!

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4. Honeyshine Pies: $Prices Vary

November 4,  2023

Do we have the gift for that foodie in your life!  Honeyshine Pies by Stephanie Duckworth are so boojie yet simply delicious!  From pecan pies, to chocolate and the classic apple pie, Honeyshine Pies takes the basic and turns it into extraordinary.  This is the gift that will wow everyone!

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3. Bourbon Barrel Retreat: $Prices Vary

November 3,  2023

Give the gift of experience and purchase a stay in a barrel in the middle of bourbon county. Bourbon Barrel Retreats are elevating the bourbon trail experience. These accommodations were designed and inspired to make a bourbon trip "over the top". With two different lodging options available, this will be the gift to be remembered!

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2. Custom Wooden Pet Ornaments: $45

November 2, 2023

Ornaments or small hangings by Connor Query Art make the thoughtful seasonal gift! Hand-painted and sealed. These can hang on your tree at Christmas time, hang on your wall in your office, or display perfectly in your home all year round! This item is a natural wood - sizes and availability will vary. No two ornaments are alike. Available in 2-6 weeks, so order fast!

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1. Kentucky Necklace: $30

November 1,  2023

The Kentucky Necklace by Anna Shae Jewelry is perfect for anyone who loves supporting their home state of Kentucky! This necklace comes in both 14/20K gold filled or sterling silver and is offered in 16, 18, or 20 inches.  Look stylish at any UK sporting event!  Treat that special person in your life!

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