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n the following pages – and for the next four weeks – you will find the Journal’s annual Gift Guide catalog full of clever and innovative offerings from local retailers. You know the drill: Shopping at local indie stores increases the economic impact by recycling dollars, strengthens communities (meet your neighbors, solve problems), creates jobs (local businesses hire local accountants), and enhances choices. Independent retailers are also famously more generous in supporting nonprofits, events, sports teams and other good causes. (PS: Kudos to Journal graphic designer Lynn Jones for a beautiful redesign of this year’s Gift Guide.) While you are getting your wallet ready for your holiday spending spree, we’d like to remind you to be as generous as you can to your own neighbors who are way less fortunate. I’ll tell you how in a minute, but first — why. We muddled through the Great Recession of 2007-2009. So why does the use of food stamps (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP) continue to grow — from 26 million Americans in 2007 to 48 million today? How come that many more people need help this year than last and the year before? Well, that recovery has been weak and profoundly lopsided. “Adjusted for inflation, the income of the top 1 percent rose 31 percent from 2009 to 2012, but the real income of the bottom 40 percent actually fell 6 percent,” according to a recent column by Paul Krugman in the New York Times. “Two-thirds of the SNAP beneficiaries are children, the elderly or the disabled, and most the rest are adults with children.” On Dec. 5 the Journal will publish a report from Food for People on hunger in our community. Please take the time to read about the plight of your neighbors. And then look for the envelope that will be inserted into the newspaper that week to mail in donations directly to FFP. The last two years, Journal readers have been very generous. As the wealth in this country continues to accumulate to the top 1 percent, we need to dig even deeper to help the bottom 40 percent. Please help again this year. — Judy Hodgson

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Simply Macintosh. iPad Air, starting at $499.99. 837 H Street. 825-7100 shop.simplymacintosh.com GC

Humboldt Trade & Pawn Diamond stud earrings. 1435 Fifth St., Eureka. 442-7777

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Illume Naughty or Nice Candles, $16.50 each. 808 G St., Arcata. 822-2250.

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WildPetals Holiday Centerpieces. 747 13th St., Arcata. 822-0095. WildberriesMarketplace.com

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2 0 13 Almquist Lumber Veto Pro Pac Model OT-XXL Contractor Series Tool Bag. 5301 Boyd Rd., Arcata. www.almquistlumber.com GC

Antiques & More Upcycled, locally made hearts. Most $6. 580 Main St., Ferndale.

Ear Emporium Handmade geometric wooden pins, $10 each. 1073 H St., Arcata. 822-PLUG. ear-emporium.com GL

Eureka Natural Foods

Old Town Art Gallery Abraxas Shoes and Leather

Green Toys Seaplane. 1450 Broadway, Eureka. 442-6325. www.eurekanaturalfoods.com

Miniature Tea Set by Janita McClay, $225. 233 F Street, Eureka. 445-2315.

Frye Carmen Harness Tall Boots, $360. 430 Main St., Ferndale. 786-4277. GC

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Ferndale Abraxas Jewelry

Pacifica Waikiki Pikake Perfume, $17.19. 811 I Street Arcata and 25 4th St., Eureka. www.northcoastco-op.com.

Amber pendant, $215. 505 Main St., Ferndale. 786-4288. GC

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Humboldt Clothing Co. Black and pink pullover hoodie, $55 each. 987 H St., Arcata. Bayshore Mall, Eureka. humboldtclothing.com

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Sequoia Park Zoo Crab magnets, hand-painted in Haiti, $5 each. 3414 W St., Eureka. www.sequoiaparkzoo.com

Western Digital 1-Terabyte USB 3.0 Portable Hard-Drive. $69.95 limit 1 per customer. 1033 G St. Arcata 822-7591 rencomputing.com/ special/

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The Blacksmith Shop Redwood Tree key fobs, $15 ea. Main Street, Ferndale. 786-4216. www.ferndaleblacksmith.com. GC

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Ten Window Williams Jewelers

Men’s and women’s ExOfficio Travel Underwear, all styles 25% off. 328 2nd St., Eureka. 443-4145. www.GoingPlacesWorld.com

Sterling Silver and Diamond Earrings, $425 3rd & E St., Eureka. 442-2938. GC

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Go Pro Hero 3, starting at $299. 125 West 5th St., Eureka, 445-1711 and 650 10th St., Arcata, 822-4673. www.adventuresedge.com

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Sobremesa Wine Decanter with teakwood stopper. Large, $62. 905 H St., Arcata. 822-2156.

Fenix PD35 850 Lumens. 6th & D and 6th & E, Eureka. 442-9201 GC

Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival. 4 halls of gifts, music & dance. Dec. 6, 7 & 8. Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. HM

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