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Make the most of


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lack Friday is one the biggest shopping days of the year, and is often the perfect time to begin holiday shopping and save money on incredible deals. Thousands of eager shoppers will leave their homes in the early morning hours and wait in lines at stores in order to grab the best prices of the season, while retailers will be gearing up to lure the greatest number of shoppers. Surviving the day unscathed and arriving home with discounts galore involves having a game plan for success.

• Know the prices of the items you want to buy.

Scour advertisements in advance of Black Friday to gauge the regular retail prices for common items, including electronics. Comparison shop for the best prices and make notes to help you when Black Friday arrives.

ed quantities. In addition, determine if there is a special return policy for sale items purchased on Black Friday.

• Dress for comfort.

Wear sensible, comfortable shoes and clothing when shopping. Leave a large purse at home and opt for something compact that can be draped securely over your shoulder and body to navigate the crowds. Keep your coat in the car or make use of a coat check service if available. Dress in layers if you will be waiting outside for stores to open. This way you can shed clothing as the mercury rises or when you get inside.

• Arrive together but shop separately.

The “divide and conquer” method of shopping allows everyone in your shopping party to score good deals. Split up shop• Understand the fine print ping tasks and then head to different areas of the store. Share of “door busters.” and collect your purchases when Door buster sales are meant to you meet up after the rush. get shoppers into stores, where retailers hope shoppers will • Make a list and stick to it. Buyers’ remorse come Saturmake additional purchases while day morning is common for those taking advantage of advertised deals. If door buster items are who have over-extended their all you’re looking for, read the budgets and purchased items advertisements carefully, noting they did not need. Know ahead of the start and end time of the dis- time what you plan to purchase counts and if there will be limit- and do not veer off course.

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• Scout the stores ahead of will ship the merchandise or will hold it aside until you can take time. Visit the stores where you plan to shop a few days before Black Friday. Learn the layout of the store and where everything is located. Try on certain clothes or read over the labels of big-ticket items you plan to buy. Knowing where items are located and having all of your information in advance will cut down on the time it takes to find items on Black Friday.

• Don’t overlook nontraditional stores.

Many other stores, from pharmacies to supermarkets, stock items apart from food and toiletries. Consider taking advantage of their sales for some Black Friday deals.

• Park off campus.

Mall parking lots can get just as crowded as the stores themselves. Save yourself time and the stress of finding a spot by parking near the store but away from the crowd.

it home. Understand that some stores will not hold items and enlist a friend or spouse to help you pack purchases into the car.

• Promptly store receipts.

Designate a folder or envelope for all of your receipts to keep them organized and handy.

• Pack a small snack and drink.

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• Leave the kids at home.

Black Friday shopping can be stressful, and children can easily get lost or bumped around in the fray. It is safer to leave them home so you can focus your full attention on shopping.

• Clean out your car prior • Know when to call it quits. to shopping.

Establish a firm cut-off time for Make room in the trunk or cargo area for all of your purchases. For ending your shopping excursion. those who will be buying large, This way you can head home, rest heavy items, find out if the store and sort through your purchases.

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TECH GIFTS FOR KIDS: The hot, the trendy, the now frugal gift wrapping ideas

Gone are the days of simple gifts for kids – Popples, Pogo Balls, Rainbow Bright and Roller Racers. The youth of today know what they want, and it usually involves tech. Whether it’s because of a new trend or a product that their favourite celebrity is sporting at the moment, kids want the latest and greatest, and nothing seems to hit the spot as much as new technology. But how do parents know which tech items are best suited for their children, and should age be a factor in determining what to buy? With the holiday time crunch in mind, retailers have made it easy to choose the right tech for kids of all ages, helping parents purchase what’s cool and trendy. For the wee ones who have caught on to (your) touch screen devices, the Vtech InnoTab 3 Learning Tablet is perfect for 3-9 year olds. It comes loaded with apps and a camera all to their own. For older kids the Google Nexus 7 is very cool. It

has a 7 inch screen, 16GB and every core feature you need in a tablet. If your teen has a passion for music, then headphones are the way to go. Beats by Dr. Dre produce high-de�inition sound, turning listening to music into an experience. The iRig Mix is a mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and is great for teens who want to experiment with DJing. Many kids are into gaming and with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hitting the shelves just before the holiday season, parents should be prepared. These two consoles are hot items this year. A couple of key games for either console are Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag. And for those who just want to have fun, the go-to gift is the Fuji�ilm Instax Mini 8 Camera. They come in a variety of colours and instantly print out photos, capturing fond moments with loved ones.

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Holiday shoppers spend billions of dollars each year on gifts for friends, family and coworkers. But holiday shoppers also spend substantial amounts of money dressing up those gifts with bows and wrapping paper. Shoppers may not want to spend much more on wrapping paper, bags and other ways to dress-up their gifts, and by employing a few tricks of the gift wrapping trade, they may not have to. The following are some frugal, yet flashy, ways to wrap presents this holiday season. * Children’s artwork: Over the course of a school year parents can accumulate dozens of original pieces of art from their children’s time in the classroom. Instead of relegating those pictures to a memory box or temporary glory on the refrigerator, turn them into unique gift wrap. Pair these pieces of art with colored ribbon, and everyone who gets a unique masterpiece will feel special. * Newspaper: Recycle newsprint and comics into wrapping paper. Encourage everyone to wrap in newspaper for a cohesive look come Christmas morning. * Cloth: Leftover cloth from Halloween or cloth purchased to create homemade curtains can be turned into giftwrap for awkward-shaped gifts. Use decorative ribbon to seal the bundle shut.

* Brown paper: Brown paper tied with twine or ribbon is inexpensive and can easily be recycled after use. Use a marker to put the names of gift recipients on each package to save on gift tags as well. * Glass jars: Use mason jars when wrapping smaller gifts, including gift cards, to give them an arts-andcrafts feel. * Fabric gift bags: If you’re handy with a needle and thread, sew sacks out of leftover fabric to make gift bags of various sizes. * Cookie tins: Find unique cookie tins from yard sales or leftover tins from holidays past and use them as gift boxes. * Recipes: If you will be giving a cookbook or food-themed gifts, print recipes that can be used as gift wrap and then later used to make certain dishes. * Baby linens: From blankets to wash cloths, use baby linens to wrap infant-themed gifts for new parents. * Baskets: Wicker baskets are available in various shapes and sizes. They can be used to make a gift collection and then reused over and over again. There are many creative and inexpensive ways to wrap gifts this year instead of relying on preprinted and often expensive wrapping paper.


Do you have to �ind the perfect gift for less than $50 to please someone you love? Here are a few ideas.


A cozy blanket or throw for cocooning, a therapeutic massage, a gift certi�icate for a spa, a professional facial, a pair of elegant leather gloves, a little black dress, a jewellery stand, a bathrobe, a relaxing cushion for the bath, sunglasses, a foun-

tain pen, �ine chocolates, a mixer for making smoothies, champagne glasses, a famous chef’s recipe book, or a beautifully illustrated cookbook.


Earphones, speakers for an MP3 player, a digital tablet, a tablet stand, a DVD collection of a popular TV series, a wine aerator, a wine decanter, a good bottle of wine, a corkscrew, a cheese knife, cuf�links, beautiful slippers, sexy underwear, a free-standing hammock, or a BBQ recipe book.


A push scooter, snowshoes, a smart phone accessory (holder, case, earphones), a stylish bag or backpack, a jewellery box, a pretty watch, a change purse, or a slush machine.


Comfortable clothing, sturdy toys, unscented products for delicate skin, a cuddly blanket, a stuffed toy, a pair of slippers, an exerciser, or a digital scale. These will be sure to please baby, or Mom and Dad!

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Holiday shoppers with a person who enjoys the outdoors on their shopping list can turn this holiday season into a truly joyous occasion with the following gifts tailor-made for tackling the great outdoors. * Folding kayak: Kayaking is a great way to take in the great outdoors, but not everyone has the room at home to store kayaks when they aren’t being used to traverse nearby waterways. Those who live in apartments, condominiums or smaller homes with limited storage may appreciate a folding kayak, which can be stored in a closet or beneath a bed and put together in a matter of minutes. * Waterproof backpack: A good outdoor person knows never to leave home without a waterproof parka, but what about his or her backpack? A waterproof backpack protects valuables, including cell phones, cameras and tools, from the elements. Look for backpacks with waterproof zipper systems to ensure your loved one’s valuables are fully protected on rainy treks through the forest. * Compass: Many of us have grown to rely on our smartphone apps to get us from point A to point B. While such apps may do the job when we are near cell

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phone towers, phone signals are often less reliable in more remote locations, such as forests and national parks. A reliable compass is all one may need to make his or her way through the wilderness. * Hot dog roasters: No trip to the great outdoors is complete without roasting some hot dogs over an open flame. But far too many hot dogs have been lost to the fire thanks to traditional campfire forks that don’t provide adequate hold as hot dogs cook over an open flame. Curly hot dog roasters wrap around the hot dogs, snuggly holding them in place as the franks cook.

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(NC) — Choice is abundant this holiday season, especially so when it comes to technology. Topping many holiday wish lists this year are tablets, PCs and 2 in 1s. While there are options for everyone, the selection of choices often results in confusion. What gift is the right gift? “It’s essential to k n o w how the person you are buying for wants to use their new device,” says Joe Ellis, Market Development Manager of Intel Canada. “Then you can really start to dive deeper into whether a tablet, computer or 2 in 1 is the perfect �it for that special someone.” Ellis goes on to suggest that once you have a sense of how the device will be used, you need to match it with the best device for their needs. In general, tablets, computers and 2 in 1s are used in the following ways: • Tablet: Activities such as online browsing, watching movies and playing games • Computer: An all-encom-

passing device that can help keep of just about evtrack erything from household budgets, to school reports to streaming movies. • 2 in 1: Offers the fun of a tablet with the productivity of a traditional PC in a single device. Once you have honed-in on how the device will be used and which is the right �it, it’s time to start shopping. These �inal tips will help you on your way: • Research: Before you enter the store �ind out what your options are • Prioritize: Decide which features matter most based on how the tablet, PC or 2 in 1 will be used. Often battery life, performance and portability top the list of must-have features • Test Drive: In the store make sure you not only ask questions based on your research but take the time to play with the product yourself. Stores often have great demo areas and experts on-hand to show you how experience differs from product to product

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How to go The color green is synonymous with the holiday season. But as holiday revelers deck their halls with green this season, they also can go green when shopping for loved ones. Many shoppers are concerned by their carbon footprints. In an effort to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle, such shoppers may look for ways to continue their holiday traditions, but do so in a way that’s more considerate of the environment. Though the holiday season is often associated with excess, holiday shoppers can still find eco-friendly ways to put smiles on their loved ones’ faces this year. * Purchase energy efficient products.

The holiday season is a great time of year to find deals on major appliances, which may be on sale to make room for next year’s models. When shopping for appliances this holiday season, shoppers should look for energy efficient products that consume less energy without sacrificing performance.


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to more time spent in traffic, where veThe holiday season can be hectic, and hicle emissions can contribute to air as a result many holiday shoppers find pollution. Instead of getting your shopthemselves getting their holiday shop- ping done on several quick trips, plan a holiday shopping trip in advance, setping done as time allows. But breaking ting aside enough time to get as much up holiday shopping into several trips shopping done as possible in a single can increase fuel consumption and lead trip. This can cut back on some of the stress of holiday shopping and benefit the environment at the same time. * Plan shopping trips in advance.

* Set up a holiday shopping carpool. Many people carpool to and

from work, and such a system can be employed when holiday shopping as well. Plan a shopping trip to the mall with neighbors or friends to cut back on your fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. Sedan or coupe owners may want to limit their carpools to two people so there’s enough room in the car for gifts on the way home, while minivan or SUV owners should still have ample room for multiple passengers and their presents. Remove unnecessary cargo from the trunk or other storage areas before beginning your trip.

* Create your own gifts.

Worried about purchasing products with excessive packaging? Then try your hand at creating gifts instead of giving overpackaged store-bought items. Homemade gifts may be more well-received than another necktie or pair of slippers, and such gifts don’t have to be packaged at all. * Buy local. When shopping for the holiday, look for locally-produced products, whether it’s arts and crafts produced at a nearby store or organic foods purchased from a local farmer’s market. Locally produced products don’t need to be shipped to make it onto the shelves at local stores, making such products far more eco-friendly than mass-produced products shipped from factories far away. The holidays may not seem like an eco-friendly time of year, but shoppers can take steps to reduce their carbon footprints when shopping this holiday season.

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The power of local spending during the holiday season (NC) Preparing for the holiday season is often associated with gift lists, bargain hunting and potentially crowded or stressful shopping experiences searching for the perfect gift. This year, try exploring your local businesses for unique items and make local purchases to help support neighbourhood businesses during a season that sees a lot of consumer dollars crossing the border or disappearing online with retailers around the world. “Shopping off-the-beaten path in one of your neighbourhood stores can be a much calmer experience during the holiday shopping season,” said François Ramsay, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs for Yellow Pages Group, a digital media and marketing solutions company. “Addition-

of local shopping are: • Job Creation: Small businesses are the largest group of employers in the country • Local Impact: Dollars spent within the neighbourhood directly bene�it the local economy and tend to be re-invested within the community. • Neighbourhood Prosperity: The presence and success of small businesses play key roles in giving communities their identities and also in�luence neighbourhood desirability and growth. • Customer Service: Independent retailers often personalized service, making shopping a less stressful and more meaningful experience. There are a number of events

ally, every purchase you make at a local business has a direct impact on the surrounding neighbourhood and the local economy, strengthening it and helping create sustainability and growth in our communities.” Among the positive impacts


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across Canada that encourage local shopping, including Shop The Neighbourhood. This initiative of Yellow Pages Group takes place on November 30, 2013, strategically sandwiched between the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping holidays with the goal of raising awareness and encouraging people to make local purchases in support of their neighbourhood businesses. Holiday sales typically make up a considerable amount of retailers’ annual sales. So help support your favourite local store or service this holiday season by supplementing or completing your holiday gift list purchases locally.









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Auto lovers tend to consider their cars their most prized possessions. While it may not be possible to buy the auto lover on your holiday shopping list a new car, there are many gifts that are sure to please those people who can’t get enough time behind the wheel or in the garage. ◗ Global positioning system: Often referred to as a GPS, a global positioning system is a satellite-based navigation system providing location information no matter where drivers �ind themselves on their next road trips. If a GPS is within range of a GPS satellite, drivers will never again �ind themselves pulling over on the sides of roadways in an effort to �ind out just where they are. Though many new vehicles come with GPS, vehicle manufacturers tend to offer them as accessories and not standard features. So if your favorite driver is driving an older vehicle or did not splurge on a GPS when purchasing his latest ride, this gift is sure to please. ◗ Car wash kit: Auto lovers not only love to get behind the wheel, but they also love to get behind the wheel of a good-looking automobile. A car wash kit, complete with a wash and wax that repels water and protects a good polish, is an ideal gift for auto enthusiasts

who like their vehicles to look as good as they drive. ◗ Customized floor mats: Many auto enthusiasts consider their cars an extension of themselves, and a customized accessory, like a new set of �loor mats, can add a personal touch to drivers’ rides. If your loved one has a special nickname for his or her vehicle, consider inscribing that nickname on a set of customized �loor mats. Auto enthusiasts who have an equal passion for a certain sport may appreciate �loor mats with the logo of their favorite team. ◗ Hands-free headset: Car lovers spend lots of time in their cars. Though such time might once have afforded auto enthusiasts an escape from the daily grind, nowadays the prevalence of smartphones has made it easier than ever for the outside world to �ind its way into vehicles. As a result, auto enthusiasts may appreciate a hands-free headset that allows them to take calls while driving without compromising their concentration on the road. Some hands-free devices even allow drivers to stream music from their smartphones directly to their car stereos, allowing drivers to hit the open road while enjoying their favorite tunes.




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Local businesses help make holiday gatherings festive

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that comprise a social season. Catering a party is an easy way to offer guests delicious food with minimal work. Local caterers can provide everything from sit-down dinners to buffet spreads. Some restaurants that do not normally cater events may offer special packages this time of year. Different customers are vying for the services of caterers within a small window of time. Contract with a preMuch of the splendor of the holiday ferred caterer early on to guarantee season comes directly from the intri- you can benefit from their services. cately decorated houses and storefronts. Twinkling lights and garlands of fresh pine boughs can instantly transform any building. Decorating a home can take an entire day or more, but delegating the work to a decorating service will provide you with professional-looking results as well as free time to tackle other obligations. Decorators can work outdoors stringing lights and creating a winter wonderland in the fraction of the time it takes homeowners to decorate their homes. Time is in short supply during the holiday season. Between the shopping, cooking, baking and wrapping, there seems to be precious few hours to tackle anything else. Those who desire an old-fashioned, homemade holiday can still experience all of the seasonal magic by deferring some of the work to local businesses.



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What would the holiday season be without the sweet treats and inviting smells of freshly baked goods? The cooler weather is an ideal time to turn on the oven and whip up a batch of cookies or cakes with the aroma of pungent cinnamon and nutmeg. Others would prefer desserts that provide homemade flair without the effort. Local bakeries experience an upswing in business this time of year as shoppers flock to choose among the pastries, cookies and pies in display cases. Whether a dessert comes directly from your kitchen or that of a local confectionary shop, chances are guests will enjoy each delectable bite. If you have a custom-order dessert in mind, consult with the bakery well in advance to ensure your dessert will be available when hosting friends and family.


Roasts and lavish tables are part of the holiday season, but so are the corporate parties and cocktail events


Social calendars fill up come November and December. When hosting a gathering of coworkers, family or friends, choose local venues for social events so travel to and from the party is easier on guests. Parties can take place anywhere, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, wine stores, and indoor floral nurseries.


Shopping at local vendors often means more personalized service and a less stressful experience. Develop a rapport with a favorite shop owner so that he or she can alert you to private sales or put coveted items on the side. A specialty store may have that unique gift not easily found elsewhere, and shop owners may be able to special-order bulk gifts. Smaller retailers may also offer specialized services, such as gift-wrapping or personal shopping. Shopping locally can help holiday shoppers save time and support their communities.

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The economic downturn that began in late 2008 forced many holiday shoppers to curb their spending on gifts for friends and family. But even though the economy has since recovered, savvy holiday shoppers are still taking a conservative approach to their shopping, and saving lots of money along the way. Shoppers often struggle with how much to spend on gifts for their loved ones come the holiday season. The quest for the perfect gift leads many to overspend, but there are ways holiday shoppers can give great gifts without breaking the bank. ❅❄ Leave credit cards at home. Stretching a budget when holiday shopping can be tempting, especially when shoppers come across “can’t miss” gifts they know their loved ones will treasure. Succumbing to such temptation typically �inds holiday shoppers using their credit cards to make purchases they otherwise cannot afford, and that only lands shoppers in post-holiday debt that can be dif�icult to pay off. Leaving credit cards at home when shopping for the holidays signi�icantly reduces the likelihood that shoppers will overspend, and it guarantees they won’t be mired in debt come January. ❅❄ Whittle down your shopping list. Many holiday shoppers �ind themselves in �inancial hot water come the end of the holiday season thanks in large part to seemingly endless holiday shopping lists. Lists may include coworkers, distant cousins, neighbors, and a host of other acquaintances. Whittling down holiday shopping lists can save shoppers money. Contact loose acquaintances and distant relatives to suggest you stop exchanging gifts come the holidays, saving both parties time and money.

❅❄ Make a list of gifts. Blindly shopping for holiday gifts can prove disastrous to your �inances. Before heading out on a holiday shopping trip, make a list of gifts you intend to buy for each person on your list. This can help you focus your search and reduce the likelihood that you will make potentially costly impulse purchases as you wander around the mall for hours on end. ❅❄ Avoid last-minute shopping. Last-minute shopping may unearth some great deals, but it’s far more likely to back shoppers into corners as they race against time to complete their holiday shopping. When shopping is put off until the last minute, shoppers don’t have time to comparison shop and �ind better deals, and that can quickly turn a holiday budget upside down. Begin your holiday shopping as early as possible, and take advantage of holiday sales. ❅❄ Spread out your shopping. Holiday shoppers with especially long shopping lists can spread out their shopping over several months to reduce the likelihood that they will accumulate credit card debt or run out of cash during the holiday season. Begin shopping in late summer or early fall, periodically buying gifts for loved ones when you have the cash to do so. This has the added bene�it of freeing up time during the often hectic holiday season, and it greatly reduces the risk of compiling post-holiday debt. Many people stretch their budgets during the holiday season. But savvy holiday shoppers can employ several strategies to keep themselves out of debt this holiday season.

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Great gifts for music fans

GADGETS for the holiday season

Music remains an art form that evokes strong emotions and holds a special place in many a listener’s heart. The nearly universal appeal of music makes it a great gift come the holiday season, when shoppers may not always know what to buy a loved one. The following are a few gift ideas that are sure to have your favorite music fan singing your praises this holiday season. * Concert tickets: Perhaps no gift makes music fans’ hearts race more than tickets to see their favorite musicians perform. Your loved one probably has a favorite artist or someone he or she has long desired to see live. Look into that performer’s tour dates to see if they are playing your area anytime soon. If they’re playing just before the holiday season, don’t hesitate to give this gift a little early. The same approach should be taken if an artist will be in town within a day or two of Christmas or Chanukah. Giving the tickets early enables your loved one the chance to clear his or her schedule. * Musical instrument: It’s never too early or too late to learn how to play a new instrument. Shoppers whose loved ones love a good rock-and-roll riff might �ind guitars make a great holiday gift, while those who can’t stop playing air drums should enjoy �inding a real drum set come the holidays. When buying guitars, shoppers should learn which hand their loved ones favor. * Music lessons: Lessons are the next logical step once a music fan has the instruments to work with.

But even those without an instrument of their own can bene�it from music lessons. For example, music lovers who want to learn piano can make use of lessons even if they don’t have their own pianos at home. Lessons can be a great way for music lovers to gauge their skill levels before buying an expensive instrument. In addition, lessons can turn music lovers on to new instruments or new types of music they may never have considered previously. * Sound system: Advancements in technology have proven to be music to music lovers’ ears. Music fans can now take advantage of crisp sound systems that make music that much more enjoyable. Sound systems come in many shapes and sizes, and they can vary signi�icantly in regard to price. When purchasing a sound system as a holiday gift, look for one that’s compatible with your loved one’s existing components, such as a television or music player. • Streaming service membership: Unlike the days when music fans had to wait for local deejays to play their favorite songs on the radio, today’s music fans can essentially create their own radio stations on their computers and even on their phones. Shoppers can buy their favorite music fans subscriptions to streaming services, such as Pandora or Spotify, and listeners can then tailor their own stations to include their favorite genres, artists or individual songs.

(NC) Giving the latest gadgets will be a crowd pleaser, but shopping for them is a little tricky. If you’re confused about which ones would make great gifts, here are some popular options:

S4, the colourful Apple iPhone 5c, the customizable Motorola Moto X, and the waterproof Sony Z1.


Tablets are everywhere these days – they’re convenient and great for entertainment on the go Smart(er) Watches: There’s a whole new market for or on the couch. The Apple iPad high tech watches out there. Digi- continues to be great choice, and tal �itness trackers from the likes the Google Nexus 7 is also popular of Nike, Garmin, Samsung, Fitbit, with great hardware and a great and more, are enhancing the ways price point. people keep �it. Watches that oper- Video Games: ate as an extension of your smartA new generation of video game phone are also expected to be the systems has arrived. The Microsoft next big thing. Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 are going to be hot ticket items this Smartphones: The latest and greatest smart- year. For more kid-friendly fun, the phones are bound to show up on a Nintendo Wii U is a good choice lot of wish lists this year. Popular with a smaller price tag. choices include the Samsung Galaxy



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Gift ideas for the

athlete in your life

their hands from developing potentially painful and unsightly calluses that often result from weightlifting. A new gym bag is another potential gift for the family weightlifter. Such bags make it more convenient for athletes to carry their accessories, such as belts, gloves, athletic or shoes.

fastest growing sports in the world. Belts, mats and striking pads can help athletes hone their skills both in the gym and at home, while instructional DVDs can help novice martial arts enthusiasts practice before finding martial arts facilities in their neighborhoods.

Softball bats can be quite expensive, but the right bat can make a big difThe Weightlifter Weightlifting belts can help pre- ference in the batters’ box. Additional vent injury by supporting lifters’ equipment shoppers can consider is a backs as they workout. Such belts al- new mitt, a sleek pair of sunglasses to low men and women to add weight make watching for flyballs that much to their body when performing exer- easier or batting gloves to lessen the cises like dips, pull-ups and chin-ups. bit of chilly air. Workout gloves also make great gifts The Martial Artist Mixed martial arts is one of the for weightlifters, helping to protect

While yoga does not require much in the way of supplies, yoga enthusiasts do need yoga mats and clothing that allows them to perform the various poses a typical yoga session demands. Holiday shoppers may even want to buy the athletes on their lists a few sessions at their nearby yoga studios in an effort to supplement their existing workouts.

Every person is unique, and the things that drive one person may be foreign to another. But nearly every family or group of friends has an athlete in their midst, and gifting the family athlete can be both fun and easy. The following are a few gift ideas, broken down by sport, for shoppers looking to please their favorite athletes this holiday season.

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THE SMARTPHONE TOPS THE holiday wish list

(NC) There’s no doubt smartphones rank at the top of many Canadian’s Christmas wish lists, but choosing the right device can often prove time-consuming and sometimes challenging when faced with so much choice and new technology.

Stephanie Lancaster, a Rogers data girl and tech expert, appreciates that no one device fits all and recommends focusing on key features of a smartphone when choosing the best device for that special someone. “Canadians are absolutely passion-


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ate about their smartphones, but with so many devices out there it can be hard to choose which one is best for you or your family,” says Salim Jaichi, Rogers data guy and tech expert. “Whether you’re looking to play music, update social networks or take photos, each smartphone has key strengths that are bound to impress your loved one this holiday season” From the long list of this year’s hottest smartphones, Lancaster provides her top gift picks for your family of tech lovers:

For the photo lover:

Perfect for the parent who loves to snap family pictures or the budding photographer who wants to capture professional-quality photos. With a 41 mega-pixel camera, optimal image stabilization and full-resolution zoom, the Nokia Lumia 1020 can make everyone seem like a skilled photographer.

For the entertainment junkie:

If they can’t get enough of New Girl, the latest blockbuster hit or live streaming hockey games, look for wireless internet devices capable of blazing fast network speeds. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2 and Sony Xperia Z1 can reach speeds up to 150 Mbps on the

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Rogers LTE network, so your loved one can watch, listen and stream without any annoying buffering delays.

For the rugged outdoorsy type:

The CAT B15 smartphone is specially designed for use in harsh environments. Its large four-inch touch screen works even with wet fingers. This tough device can survive a fall from 1.8 meters, be submerged under one meter of water for up to thirty minutes and is dust resistant.

For the music aficionado:

The HTC One Mini is a small device with massive sound. Its front speakers have built-in amplifiers and Beats Audio Music integration to provide a sharper, richer sound. If your son or daughter is always listening to music, this is the perfect smartphone for them.

For the multi-tasker:

If your loved one is always on the go juggling multiple to-do lists, the Moto X is the ideal companion. Equipped with Google Now, it responds to voice commands. Check the weather, set appointments, send emails and set alarms – all hands free, with the sound of your voice.

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