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Great last-minute gift ideas Tradition is a hallmark of the holiday season. Religious services, family gatherings and trips to see Santa Claus are just a few of the many traditions people adhere to during the holiday season.

Many holiday shoppers also adhere to the time-honored tradition of last-minute shopping. The perfect gift can sometimes prove elusive, especially as the sand in the holiday hour glass keeps dwindling. These last-minute gift ideas may be just what shoppers need to put smiles on the faces of their loved ones this holiday season. Books: Books are often overlooked, especially now that so many

readers use e-readers. But books can be an ideal gift and especially convenient for last-minute shoppers, who can even gift e-books. For example, Amazon, which has thousands of e-books in its online library, makes it easy for shoppers to gift e-books to Kindle users, who will simply receive an email on Christmas morning informing them that their books are ready to be downloaded to their devices. Experiences: A 2017 survey by the global research firm NPD Group found that roughly 40 percent of holiday shoppers planned to give experiences as gifts last year. Experience gifts open up a host of possibilities for last-minute shoppers stuck on what to give those loved ones who seemingly have it all. Food/beverage: Television channels such as The Food Network have changed the way many people look at food. When gifting the family foodie, last-minute shoppers may not need to look further

than the latest hotspot restaurant or specialty grocery store for the perfect gift. Take them out for a night on the town or give a gift card they can use at their convenience. The craft beer boom has created a host of devoted and knowledgeable beer drinkers, so a gift card or growler from a local craft brewery is sure to please people who love hoisting frosty pints.

Streaming service subscriptions: Many people are cutting the cord with their cable companies in favor of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Subscriptions to such services can make ideal and affordable holiday gifts. A six-month or yearlong subscription likely won’t break shoppers’ budgets and will provide months of entertainment to loved ones. Last-minute holiday shopping is easier than ever, especially for shoppers willing to think outside the box.

Holiday giving for reluctant recipients

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uite a number of people take pleasure from finding gifts under the tree and then having the opportunity to tear open the wrapping paper and see which treasures are inside. But there also is a category of people who claim they have all they could ever need and want and insist that gifts are not necessary. In such instances, what are gift-givers to do?

Some people prefer to eschew gifts because they simply do not have the funds to reciprocate the generosity. Seniors may be reticent to accept gifts because they’ve already obtained many things throughout their lives and could be at a point where they’re downsizing and simply do not need any more material things. Others could be overwhelmed with clutter and have decided that a minimalist approach is the way to go. A little investigation may be necessary to get to the root of the no-gift mindset and then gift-givers can decide whether they

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experiences over material items, and are spending more on travel, cultural events and dining out than objects. Even people who are reluctant to receive gifts may appreciate the gift of an experience that can broaden their horizons.

should buy a loved one a gift or find another way to show how much they car.

• Offer something handmade.

Gifts come in all shapes and forms, and handmade gifts — particularly the consumable kind — won’t take up space and can show just how much you care. Craft a personalized batch of wine, bake a cherished family recipe, develop a uniquely scented bath fizzy, or harness another creative talent you may have. If the gift is handmade, there is a bigger chance it will be received with grace, even from someone who is reluctant to receive gifts. • Give new life to a cherished item.

Think about an item that may be a loved one’s most prized possession. Perhaps it is a porcelain doll from childhood or a photograph that can use reframing?

• Explore useful gifts.

These types of gifts may include gift cards to a frequently used supermarket, membership to a fitness center or even enrollment in a roadside assistance club. A subscription to a streaming movie service also is a great and useful gift. Offer to have such an item repaired or restored if it’s starting to show its age. • Offer an experience as a gift.

Research from Harris says threequarters of millennials prefer

• Gift of company.

Sometimes the best present is the gift of one’s presence. If a recipient really wants nothing, perhaps an evening spent together in one another’s company will make a great gift.

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Gift ideas for fitness fans

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he fitness industry is booming and attracting new devotees every day. Research from the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association says 2017 was a strong year for the health and fitness industry, and several health clubs have built on that success in 2018. The growth of the fitness industry has included a surge in boutique fitness regimens. While major clubs offer classes, separate boutique clubs also are thriving. Clubs focusing on ballet barre, Cross-Fit® and Orangetheory® are just some examples of the booming boutique fitness industry.

Holiday shoppers with fitness fans on their list can look to their loved ones’ love of physical activity when seeking inspiration for holiday gifts. Purchasing gifts for someone with a specific hobby or interest can often be daunting because enthusiasts may have firm ideas of what they like and want to use. While the same can be said for athletes and people who live active lifestyles, there are plenty of gifts that will appeal

regimen. A personal blender makes enough for a single bottle at a time. Some are designed so the blender tube is actually the receptacle that can be carried on the go.

to those who embrace fitness as part of their lifestyle.

• Bluetooth headphones: Music can inspire and get fitness buffs motivated. Bluetooth headphones connect wirelessly to most devices, and such headphones won’t get tangled up while running or hitting the elliptical at the gym. Select a pair that are lightweight and comfortable and securely fit in the ears for ultimate convenience.

• Reversible yoga mat: Active yogis know just how much a stretch session can work up a sweat. Throw in an hour of hot yoga, and perspiration will certainly be flowing. Everyone recognizes Lululemon for

their comfortable workout attire, but the company also has a reversible yoga mat that wicks away moisture during yoga sessions. When gifting yoga mats, throw in a yoga mat carrier as well. • Fitness tracker: Active people often like to track their progress during a workout or to see just how much they’ve been moving during the day. Fitness trackers are ideal for this. Different brands come at various price points to make giving easier on the budget.

• Personal blender: Diet plays a big role in fitness, and many fitness enthusiasts enjoy protein shakes and smoothies as part of their daily

• Suspension training kit: Many workouts are based on counterbalancing body weight to drive up resistance. Suspension training, like the workouts from TRX, utilize a network of straps so athletes can put their body weight to use in a variety of exercises. A portable kit can be set up wherever it’s needed.

• Dumbbell set: Weight training can boost metabolism and strengthen bones and muscles. When athletes can’t make it to the gym, a home set of dumbbells can ensure they still get their strength-training sessions in. • Workout bag: A durable duffel bag that can tote a change of clothes, towel, equipment, and more to and from workouts is a gift any fitness enthusiast can enjoy. Outfitting fitness enthusiasts with the tools of the trade is a surefire way to purchase a holiday-gift hit.

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Get to know favorite wines for giving

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world. Malbec is most popular in Argentina, while Carménère is grown in Chile.

glass of wine makes a nice accompaniment to a meal or something to enjoy and sip while conversing with friends in social situations. Many people have a favorite style of wine, and some even have a favorite vineyard. In addition, the popularity of wine makes it a versatile gift for the holidays or something to bring along to a holiday party as a hostess present.

Novice wine enthusiasts may be interested in learning more about wine so they can choose their wine selections for gifting and enjoyment more readily. According to the experts at Wine Enthusiast, learning to taste wine and differentiate between flavors is similar to appreciating art or music. Understanding the varietals can simplify the process of selecting wines.

• Cabernet Sauvignon: This is a full-bodied red grape heavily planted in the Bordeaux region of France. Cabernet generally has high levels of alcohol and tannins. • Merlot: The smoothness and

• Zinfandel: Although mostly associated with the rosé wine White Zinfandel, Zinfandel is actually a medium-bodied red wine that originated in Croatia.

mild flavor of this red wine make it a great option for those who need an introduction to red wine. This wine is lower in tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, and it tends to have a more fruity flavor profile as well.

• Cabernet Franc: This is a light- to middle-weight wine that features a high acid content and savory flavors. • Malbec and Carménère: Similar to Merlot, these grapes originated in France but then made their way to other regions of the

• Pinot Noir: Soft tannins and high acid give this light-bodied red wine its appeal. The grapes were first widely planted in France but can now be found elsewhere. • Chianti: Chianti is the most famous Italian red wine in North America. It’s a dry red that pairs very well with food. Chianti, which comes from the Chianti region in Tuscany, is made exclusively with Sangiovese grapes, or at least 80 percent of them and other blends. • Chardonnay: This is a medium-

Holiday gift ideas for avid gamers

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• Sauvignon Blanc: Citrus-driven and often light-bodied, Sauvignon Blanc is another dry white grape planted widely in France. It also is a parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon.

• Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio: Pinot Grigio is a zesty, dry white wine that is particularly associated with Italy even though it originated in France, where it is thought to be a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. Pinot Grigio skins are not green like other white grapes, but have a gray hue, hence the name. • Reisling: Those who prefer a sweet white wine can opt for Reisling, which can be traced to Germany. It can be a good match for those who appreciate other sweet white wines, such as Moscato or Gewürztraminer. There are many wines to tempt palates. When gifting, the selections mentioned above can tempt foodies and budding sommeliers alike.

Explore the options in gifts for avid gamers.

The Entertainment Software Association’s annual report says 65 percent of homes in the United States own a gaming device, while 48 percent own “a dedicated game console.” The report also indicates consumers spent $25.5 billion on gaming in 2015, with $16.5 billion on gaming content alone. Although video games originated as arcade entertainment and oneor two-player games that were enjoyed exclusively in one’s home, they’ve expanded to be technical wonders that can connect gamers with other fans from all around the globe. Today’s multiplayer online games feature participants from all walks of life who connect via their gaming consoles, computers, tablets, and smartphones.

to full-bodied dry white wine. The Chardonnay grape is a white grape from the Burgundy region of France.

keep these suggestions in mind.

• New console: Gamers have more console options than ever before. Shoppers can choose between the ultra-portable Nintendo Switch; the Xbox One X, which boasts 4K capability; and the PS4. For those who don’t know where to start, a console upgrade can be the way to go. • Controller charger: Video game controller chargers and docks

hardcore play.

can give renewed power to controllers. Thanks to a charger, controllers will always be powered up and at the ready when it’s time for

• Content gift card: Gift-givers can offer gift cards to favorite video game stores and online gaming content, including Steam. Steam is a digital distributor platform for PC gaming that also features social networking services.

• Gaming headsets: The right headset can immerse gamers more fully in the sounds and actions of their favorite games. An attached

microphone enables gamers to keep in contact with multiplayers.

• Classic game cartridge system: Retro game systems enable classic game enthusiasts to plug in their old cartridges and output them to the TV over HDMI. • Wireless controllers: If the console didn’t come with a wireless controller, it’s time to upgrade. Wireless versions enable players to move wherever they need to and not be restricted by the length of a cable. • Gaming keyboards: A gaming keyboard puts those who do the bulk of their gaming on PCs or streaming computer displays over TV in greater control.

• Sound bar: Turn that action into impressive sound with a sound bar hooked up to the television. Built-in bass or a separate subwoofer can amplify the tone even further. There are many options for getting coveted gifts for gamers this holiday season.

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4 tips to simplify

cooking for a crowd this holiday season

Families big and small typically celebrate the holiday season together. For some, celebrating the holidays with family requires traveling, while others stay put and welcome family and friends into their homes.

At some point during the holiday season, celebrants who host family and friends will no doubt prepare a homecooked meal for their loved ones. Cooking for a crowd can seem like a daunting task, especially for first-time hosts. However, there are various ways for hosts to simplify cooking for a crowd this holiday season.

1. Prepare a familiar dish.

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dishes they’ve made in the past, regardless of their place in family history. Chances are the ingredients for hosts’ own specialties are already in the pantry, saving a potentially timeconsuming trip to the grocery store. And thanks to the familiarity factor, hosts’ own specialties likely won’t require as much time to prepare.

2. Share some cooking duties.

Another way to simplify cooking for a crowd is to invite guests to bring along a side dish or dessert. Guests who live nearby can make something in advance of the big meal, while hosts can hand over their kitchens to overnight guests who express a willingness to contribute their own homecooked dish to the party. Sharing the cooking duties gives hosts more time to connect with friends and family and serves as a great way to plan the menu in advance.

3. Only make what guests are likely to eat.

Hosts also should not feel pressured to cook more food than is necessary. Holiday meals have a tendency to be lavish, but hosts don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen preparing food that will likely end up as leftovers or trash. Get a final headcount in the days before everyone comes over and adjust your recipes accordingly.

4. Start early.

If the big is on Christmas Day, that does not mean hosts have to start cooking while everyone unwraps their presents. Hosts who are uncertain about what to cook can look for meals that can

be prepared in advance so come the big day all they need to do is turn on the oven and let meals cook while the family spends time together. Hosts can employ various strategies to simplify the process of cooking for a crowd this holiday season.

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How to build a holiday giving budget

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pending time with loved ones and reflecting on all of the blessings the previous year has bestowed is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. But giving, entertaining and traveling are part of the season as well, and that can leave many people wondering how to finance their holiday season.

holiday shopping budget is to make a list of all the people with whom you intend to exchange gifts. Jot down charitable gifts and entertaining/social expenses as well. With paper in hand, it can be easier to visualize just how many people are on the gift list, making it easier to allot a certain amount to each person. Friends and coworkers may receive less than family members.

spending even after the budget has been created. This way you can see if you are adhering to your budget. Record gifts as you would checks in a register. Take home receipts and tally your spending to see if it aligns. Make adjustments as necessary if you are on track to go over your budget.

more. If it wasn’t, you may have to cut back. True friends and close family members should understand that the value of the gift is not based on its price tag.

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Great gifts for holiday hosts other guests if a lot of people will be staying overnight.

Hosting family and friends during the holiday season is a big responsibility, especially for those men and women welcoming overnight guests into their homes. Hosts anticipate opening their homes to loved ones during the holiday season and would never ask for anything in return. But guests who want to show their appreciation to their gracious hosts can consider these gift ideas this holiday season.

• Holiday photo frame or album: Men and women like to host family during the holidays because it’s a great chance to make lasting memories and reconnect with loved ones. Help hosts commemorate those memories by giving them a photo frame in which they can place a picture of the whole family, or an album where they can place various photos of the family from this holiday season.

• Decorative vase: The holiday season is colorful, and many people deck their halls with poinsettias or other plants and flowers during this time of year. A decorative holiday vase is a thoughtful gift that can be part of hosts’ holiday decor for years to come. • Wine rack: Wine makes a perfect complement to holiday meals, and hosts might appreciate a place to store their collections. Guests unfamiliar with the layout of their hosts’ homes may want to choose a countertop wine rack, which won’t take up much space and can be a convenient place to store a bottle

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or two before dinner. Guests who want to go the extra mile can bring along a few bottles of wine so the wine rack is presented fully stocked. • A night out: While it might not be a gift in the traditional sense,

paying for a night out is a great way to show hosts you recognize and appreciate all of their hard work. Call your host in advance of your visit and insist on taking everyone out to dinner one night during your stay, even splitting the tab with

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Technological gifts for students connectivity to the internet. They’re a boon when setting up a functional student spot for hanging out.

Gifting students with tech is a surefire way to help them with their educations. In a 2013 Harris Interactive poll, 86 percent of teachers thought it was important or absolutely essential to use edtech in the classroom. In addition, 96 percent of teachers felt edtech increased student engagement in learning. Today’s students are more tech-savvy than ever before, so hot gadgets figure to be coveted items this holiday season. Here’s what to add to holiday shopping lists. • E-reader: Digital e-readers enable students to carry an entire library of books in one small device. Full backpacks or small dorm rooms bogged down by piles of books are a thing of the past. E-readers have highlighting and notetaking features that can facilitate learning. • Digital assistant: Digital assistants pack a lot of intelligence into their diminutive size. When paired with smart home devices, digital assistants can be used to turn on lights or small appliances, making them an asset in a bedroom or a dorm room.

• Earbuds: Students can never have enough quality earbuds for personal use or school study. Whether walking around campus listening to music, using a classroom chromebook or catching up on an audiobook, earbuds are a must-have for modern students.

• Smart bulbs or alarm clocks: The importance of lighting on mood and function has been well-documented. Innovative LED bulbs and technology can simulate various times of day and even be used for mood lighting. Instead of waking up to a blaring alarm buzzer, students afraid of sleeping in can set special lighted clocks to

Hot toy list for 2018 Did you grab your L.O.L. Surprise dolls last year? What about Hatchimals the year before? Each year, a new crop of must-have toys surfaces. Smart shoppers who do their research and prepare in advance of the holidays can grab these coveted gifts.

Each year, industry experts weigh in on which toys are sure to be hits with children and adults. This data can help shoppers become more informed consumers and may help prevent the last-minute rush when coveted gifts are already sold out and new stock is nowhere in sight. The following are some gifts children may want to see wrapped and waiting under the tree this year.

• Pomsies by Skyrocket: These are fashionable plush pets for children to nurture. They’re adorable and designed to travel with children in a backpack or wrapped around kids’ wrists. The kitties can be played with in a one-on-one setting and also have a mode for social play. • Luvabella: This is a life-like baby

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gradually brighten, simulating the rising of the sun.

• Streaming media players: Devices like Roku, Amazon Fire stick and Apple TV can broaden media horizons. These players are paired with viewing apps (some free; others requiring subscriptions) that can do everything from stream TV, movies and music, and offer

• Digital tracking devices: Students can keep tabs on prized possessions by using Bluetoothenabled tracking devices, like TrackR. These plastic gadgets can be placed on or in items and paired with Android and iOS apps on smartphones. The user then locates the item through a locate network.

• Computer workstation: Even though handheld digital devices are functional and in demand, a student can always use a quality laptop or desktop computer for writing papers or doing research. Students can benefit from a world of tech this holiday season. It’s time to start shopping to secure the hottest items.

doll that features many of the same surprises that come with a real live infant. Realistic facial expressions and responses, as well as interactive accessories, can make this a true-to-life experience for young girls or boys.

• Blind bag toys: Children seemingly can’t get enough of collectible playthings that focus on the act of unboxing. The Toy Association says sales for collectible playthings grew by 14 percent globally in 2017. The act of removing a surprise from packaging is just as exciting as the toy itself. Expect to find many more of these types of collectibles this year. • Mecard: This is a battle-action game from Mattel based on the Korean animated series Turning Mecard. Mecards are cars that transform into hero or villain action figures when they drive over a power-charged card.

• Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar: This toy from Fisher-Price gives youngsters an early introduction to STEM. They learn basic coding, planning and sequencing

skills by connecting segments of a cute caterpillar. • SelfieMic Selfie Stick Microphone: Children who are into social media karaoke apps can transform themselves into pop stars. They can sing along to their favorite tunes as a solo artist or with friends in a group. This device works in conjunction with the StarMaker singing app available for iOs and Android.

• Slimy squishy toys: These types of toys were a big hit in 2017 and stand to remain big sellers this

year. Make-your-own and premade versions of slime and squishy products are sure to be filling up the shelves of neighborhood stores. WeCool’s Squishy Like Slime is one option to keep an eye on.

• K’NEX building sets: These sets from K’NEX marry tangible building with interactive play. Once kids build the sets, which can include roller coasters and more, they can take them on a virtual reality ride. These are just some of the hot toys and gifts that are primed as big sellers for this holiday season.

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Workplace gifting etiquette: Get giving right Gift giving in the workplace can be challenging territory to navigate. And as anyone who has received an inappropriate gift or something that really wasn’t useful can attest, he or she probably doesn’t want to face a situation in which a gift leads to office gossip.

group gift from which many can benefit. This can include coffee and pastries from a nearby bakery, or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up the office environment. Keep prices modest. Office giving is not about illustrating who can afford the most expensive gift. Remember, some people will not be able to reciprocate, and they shouldn’t feel uncomfortable for being on the receiving end of a lavish gift.

According to a poll conducted by Harris, around half of workers plan to gift at least one business associate around the holidays but are confused about what to give. Too often it’s up to workers to navigate these etiquette minefields on their own, but the following tips can help the process go smoothly.

Keep it impersonal. Impersonal doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to grab anything off the shelf. But the gift should not be something that would offend tastes or sentiments. Avoid clothing, perfume, jewelry, or accessories. Lotions and other scented items are also ill-advised. Skip your boss. Etiquette

Follow the rules. Gift exchanges should be cleared with supervisors or human resources professionals. It pays to check if there are rules in place for gifting others.

experts say that gifts should flow downward not upward in the realm of employment ranking. That means it’s best to stick with gifting colleagues who are on the same level as you. Buying a gift for the

boss may look like you’re simply trying to score brownie points instead of offering a meaningful gift. Give group gifts. Rather than gifting individuals, it can be safer to give a

Avoid cash gifts. Giving cash or checks is not a good idea. Money should only come by way of bonuses from higher-ups. If you’re stuck on what to give, a gift card to a store that a coworker visits is acceptable.

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How to buy clothes as holiday gifts

Holiday shopping lists are being made, and there is a strong chance that clothing has made many of those lists. Year after year, apparel, along with technology and books, dominate the top giving categories, according to Nielsen Global Holiday Spending Expectations. However, before rushing out to buy that new sweater or pair of slacks, shoppers are urged to follow a few tips that can make clothing shopping easier.

• Mimic the recipient’s sense of style. Take your shopping cues from the types of clothing your loved one typically wears. Now is not the time to try to impart your own fashion sense on someone else. Enlist help if you’re not exactly sure of your loved one’s sense of style; retail associates are there to help. Stick with classics. Instead of mimicking his or her style, you can always select from classic apparel or general categories if they seem like they might be the right fit. Certain pieces, such as classic black pants or a skirt or a camisole and cardigan, always work seamlessly in a wardrobe. A gentleman might appreciate a new dinner jacket or blazer for those special occasions like a night out on the town. Opt for muted colors unless the recipient to make a statement.

Find out the right size. This can take some investigatory work, but enlist other friends or family members to determine which size clothing

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your loved one wears. Otherwise, do some subtle sleuthing. Indirectly inquire as to size in general conversation. Or you can be forthcoming and say, “I’d like to get you clothing as a gift, what sizes do you wear?” Discover his or her favorite stores. Through your relationship, you may have learned about your loved one’s favorite clothing stores. Such knowledge can give you a better sense of where to shop. Get gift receipts and learn the exchange policy. Even items purchased with the best intentions might not be right or fit correctly. Give the gift recipient an easy out by including a gift receipt with the present. This way he or she can exchange the gift for something else at full purchase price. Avoid retailers with especially stringent exchange policies.

Enroll in a clothing subscription service. You don’t need to buy clothes to gift clothing. Another way to gift clothing is to enroll your loved one in a trial for a clothing service. Clothing services ask members a few questions, and then fashion specialists will choose select pieces to ship each month. The clothing can be kept or returned for new items. Clothing gifts are very popular. Gift-givers can help ensure they’re well received by selecting items with care.

How to make the holiday season more eco-friendly

With so much to do, it can be easy for people celebrating the holiday season to forget about the environment. But no matter how hectic the holiday season can be, there are always some simple opportunities to make it more ecofriendly.

Create an eco-friendly party theme. Many holiday parties have themes. For example, “ugly sweater parties” have become so popular that many clothing manufacturers now intentionally produce colorful sweaters that might otherwise draw the ire of fashionistas. Hosts planning to throw an ugly sweater party can easily transform such festivities into something more ecofriendly by encouraging guests to purchase their sweaters from thrift stores. A Christmas tree planting party is another eco-friendly party theme that can benefit the planet and revitalize local forests at a time of year when they might be depleted due to the demand for natural Christmas trees. Serve locally sourced foods. Food is often front and center during the holiday season. Whether hosting family and friends at home, dining out or catering an office party, patronize businesses that sell only locally sourced foods. Locally sourced foods are much more eco-friendly than foods that must

be shipped from afar before they land on your dinner table, and such foods tend to taste fresh as well. If serving at home, use reusable dishware and cutlery instead of paper plates and plastic utensils.

Reuse decorations year after year. Decorations need not be discarded once the holiday season ends. Come the new year, inspect holiday decorations and store those that made it through the season unscathed. Doing so benefits the planet and will save you the trouble of shopping for new decorations next holiday season. Get rid of your old holiday lights. Still using the same Christmas lights you used in 1995? Such lights are likely incandescent bulbs that are considerably less efficient than today’s LED Christmas lights. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy notes that LED lights consume 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. In addition, the OEERE says that LED holiday lights are easier to install and that as many as 25 strings of lights can be connected end-toend without overloading a wall socket. An eco-friendly holiday season is easier to realize than many holiday celebrants may know.

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Gift-wrapping tips and tricks Much of the focus of each holiday season is on gift-giving, but all those gifts will eventually need to be wrapped. Stacks of presents just waiting to be covered with paper and ribbon can overwhelm gift givers, prompting them to put off wrapping gifts until the last minute. Hesitant wrappers with a pile of gifts to wrap can use these tricks to make the process go smoothly. Find inspiration

Instead of looking at wrapping as yet another chore, try to envision how the recipient will feel peeling open the paper and finding the gift inside. Wrapping can be the prelude to the gift itself, and intensify the anticipation. The wrapping paper or style also may draw on aspects of the gift itself. For example, a knit scarf can be placed in a crocheted stocking. Handle oddly-shaped items

Wrapping rectangular boxes can be a snap, but what about something

that’s round or full of angles? Think about placing oddly-shaped items inside another item to make the shape more uniform. Shoe boxes, coffee cans and even paper towel rolls can hold items. Then place the wrapping on these containers. Cover prices

To enable easy exchanges or returns, do not cut off the price tags of gifts. Instead, place a festive sticker over the dollar amount, but leave the scan bar visible. This way the gift recipient can return the gift with ease if necessary. Keep supplies at the ready

Devote a bin or bins to wrapping supplies and tools. Having scissors, paper, tape, ribbon, and more in a designated spot will cut down on having to hunt and peck when it comes time to wrap. Martha Stewart suggests getting a rotary cutter to cut long straight or decorative edges on wrapping paper. Rotary cutters may be easier

to use than scissors, especially when paired with a ruler. Wrap on a firm surface

Devote a table or counter to wrapping gifts. This will keep the paper taut and neat and make it easier to cut and position. You risk tearing the paper or puncturing it when working on carpeting or bedding. Color- or pattern-code gifts

It’s easy to visualize who gets what gift when each recipient has his or her own special wrapping paper. This is also a handy idea when wrapping gifts from Santa, as it will differentiate the Santa gifts from the ones being given by Mom and Dad. With a few helpful pointers, wrapping gifts can be easy. And for those who prefer to skip the wrapping themselves, many malls and retailers offer complimentary wrapping for a small donation to charity.

How to keep gifts secret and hidden Surprising loved ones and friends with gifts is part of the excitement of the holiday season. It can be just as exhilarating for gift-givers to witness the gifts being opened as for the recipients who are tearing into the paper to reveal their gifts. But in order for presents to be the ultimate surprises, it is essential for items purchased to remain a secret. Whether shopping online or instore, gift buyers can do their best to hide gifts from others. Online shopping

The popularity of online shopping has now made it possible for just about anything to be purchased from the comfort of home or while on-the-go. This same convenience has created a new obstacle pertaining to keeping gifts a secret, especially from a spouse or children living in the same house. Gift-givers have to essentially be package ninjas, intercepting parcels from delivery people and burying the digital trail leading back to the purchase. Here are some tips for success.

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• Clear your web search history and computer cache frequently on shared devices. This way you avoid loved ones stumbling across past searches for gifts as well as seeing all of those advertisements that seemingly pop up magically in accordance with your search history.

• Use your work email for receipts and purchase correspondence. This helps when spouses share one email account. • Investigate if online retailers have private shopping modes, which may mask purchases from others.

• Create a family account to mask orders. Retailers like Amazon enable you to set up family sharing. This way each family member can have a unique log in, which will then separate order history logs among relatives. This helps relieve the stress of wondering if the kids saw your long history list of past purchases.

• Turn off push notifications of purchases or when the items will ship. This is key for those who share digital devices and accounts. You’ll

avoid the message of “Name item has just shipped” from being shared with others. • Opt to have items shipped to the store for in-store pickup, or arrange for an alternate delivery address. In-store purchases

Shoppers who do the bulk of their shopping at brick-and-mortar shops may have an easier job of keeping purchases a secret. • Invest in a nondescript, opaque shopping tote that will not draw attention to where you have shopped. Retailers love to emblazon their shopping bags with names and logos, and that can cue savvy kids and adults as to where you shopped.

• Pay in cash as much as possible. Reduce the paper trail of purchases by purchasing the more secretive gifts with cash. • Tuck receipts into a well-hidden place that others will not think to look.

• Consider shopping on lunch hour at work and hiding gifts in the office until they can be brought to the house when others are not home. Regardless of how gifts are purchased, make sure to promptly wrap and hide presents so they are not discovered before the big day.

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Great gifts for beloved seniors By the time they reach senior status, many adults have amassed a ton of stuff along with their irreplaceable knowledge. Come their golden years, grandparents and other aging loved ones probably don’t need much in the way of material possessions, which can make it challenging to find them holiday gifts. Finding great gifts for seniors may take a little more effort, but with these ideas at the ready, it’s likely gift-givers can make this holiday merry for everyone on their shopping lists. Family photo memories

Many seniors love to talk about their life histories. What better way to be the catalyst for conversation than to create a photo album that chronicles their lives? Photos can be included alongside historical documents, such as old school projects, military discharge papers, awards, and even genealogical information. Photo puzzles, photo calendars and any home decor with a photo printed on it are variations on this theme.

Assistance gifts

Seniors want to remain as independent as possible. By giving items that help them do just that, you can bring smiles to their faces. One idea is motion-sensing light switches and fixtures. If and when nature calls in the middle of the night, hallways or bathrooms can be illuminated effortlessly.

Shower and bathroom grab bars are another idea. These provide extra security and stability when getting in and out of the shower or when using the toilet. For seniors who just need a little extra reach, a grab tool can easily snag packages from a top shelf or pick up items that may have dropped to the floor, eliminating bending or straining. Practical technology

Seniors may not be as immersed in technology as young people, but they purchase their share of gadgets and increasingly rely on tech to get through the day. To free up more time for rest and relaxation, invest in an iRobot Roomba Robot

Vacuum. This simple device will clean floors easily, moving from room to room without the need for a bulky canister or upright vacuum.

Gifts for seniors do not have to be a challenge to find. Many services and items will be ideal.

Consider an easy-to-use tablet, pre-loaded with handy applications. Grandparents can use video chatting to keep in touch with grandchildren living across the country. Easily refill prescription medication with a pharmacy app just a click away. Stream favorite movies or channels through video streaming sites, like Netflix or Amazon Prime. Tablets tend to be lightweight, portable and userfriendly. Personal care

Even independent seniors may benefit from a little extra companionship and assistance

when family members are not able to make frequent visits. Hiring a visiting care worker, who can do everything from organizing pills to making dinner to tackling some laundry, can provide the help seniors need with their daily errands.

Seniors are a thriving and growing demographic. It may seem challenging to purchase gifts for older loved ones, but with a little know-how, it’s easy to find the right present.

Stay safe this holiday season

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he holiday season is an exciting time of year, and it is easy to get swept up in the decorations, crowds and social engagements. Despite the joviality and revelry of the holiday season, there is also the potential to become a target of theft. Allstate Insurance says break-ins, package theft, online hacking, and pick-pocketing incidences increase around this time of year. As a result, it’s imperative that celebrants exercise caution come the holiday season.

Stop the “porch pirates”

Shoppers are not the only ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of packages come the holiday season. Thieves are ready and waiting to snatch up items once they are delivered. Dubbed “porch pirates,” these criminals take packages off of porches when the delivery services leave them behind. According to a study by Blink, a video security company, residents of rural areas have a higher chance of being victimized by these crimes, which can occur anywhere. A 2016 survey from InsuranceQuotes.com found that roughly one in 10 adults has had a package stolen from his or her home before they were able to open it.

people close to you. Consider keeping credit cards and cash in an inside pocket rather than a back pocket or in a purse, which is more easily snatched. Exercise caution at ATM machines, guarding PIN codes and retrieving and storing withdrawn funds quickly. When checking out at the store, ensure that your card never leaves your hand. Many retailers now have chip-imbedded card readers that enable customers to complete transactions without handing over their cards.

Check receipts and statements

Because digital theft and identity theft spike this time of year, be sure to cross-reference purchases made against banking and credit card statements frequently. Alert banking institutions to any fraudulent purchases immediately so you will not be responsible. Then have new cards issued and prior accounts closed. Shop from secured sites, and only use secure WiFi connections.

Keep gifts and purchases out of sight

To avoid such crimes, consider having packages sent to a business location where there are more people around to receive them or to a neighbor who is home all day. Other suggestions include requiring a signature through the shipping service upon deliver or requesting the package be dropped off in a concealed area.

Do not leave bags in the back seat of a car in plain sight of thieves. Hide purchases in the trunk or under a cargo cover in an SUV or truck. Also, do not advertise what you’ve bought or received to thieves by leaving the empty boxes outside. That big-screen TV box is a big giveaway that you now have expensive electronics in the house.

While shopping in busy malls and other stores, keep track of the

Shoppers must be vigilant during the holiday season to avoid being victimized by thieves.

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2018 FARMINGDALE HOLIDAYHOLIDAY CATALOGCATALOG 2015 DEER PARK & NORTH BABYLON

SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 33 YEARS!!! EST. SINCE 1985

HOT & COLD CATERING

STUFF-A-BAGEL

For Your Holiday Party Stop by or check our website for complete menu www.stuffabagel.com

Anniversary Celebration Specials

12 BAGELS

BUY ANY BREAKFAST SANDWICH OR PLATTER GET A FREE COFFEE ANY SIZE

9

$ 99

Excludes Holidays. Limit 1. Cannot Combine w/Any Other Coupon or Offer. Expires 12/14/18

7

$

99 LB.

MUST PURCHASE 1/2 EACH

BUY ANY 1/2 LB. FLAVORED CREAM CHEESE GET 1/2 LB. PLAIN CREAM CHEESE

Excludes Holidays. Limit 1. Cannot Combine w/Any Other Coupon or Offer. Expires 12/14/18

FREE

Excludes Holidays. Limit 1. Cannot Combine w/Any Other Coupon or Offer. Expires 12/14/18

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1/2 LB. BOAR’S HEAD MEAT 1/2 LB. ANY CHEESE

Excludes Holidays. Limit 1. Cannot Combine w/Any Other Coupon or Offer. Expires 12/14/18

234 MAIN ST., FARMINGDALE • (516) 420-4287 • FAX: (516) 420-9262

3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Monday, Dec. 3rd 6:30pm Northside School Chorus Boy Scouts Selling Wreaths Live Music & Much More

10% OFF

DONATE AN UNWRAPPED TOY BETWEEN NOW & DECEMBER 14TH, 2018 AND RECEIVE A FREE KID’S HOT CHOCOLATE 1 PER DONATED TOY

Any Food &/or Drink Purchase

EVERY FRIDAY IN DECEMBER

Storytime For Kids

Valid only at Farmingdale Train Station Starbucks. Limit 1 per customer. With coupon only. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Expires 12/14/18

121 SECATOGUE AVE., FARMINGDALE IN JEFFERSON PLAZA AT THE FARMINGDALE TRAIN STATION

For More Information, Call: 631.226.2636

AT 7PM. RECEIVE FREE CAKEPOP WITH ANY HOLIDAY BEVERAGE PURCHASE

SBX-001-INV-00023 ©2016 Starbucks Coffee Company All Rights Reserved NSP 14-29673

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SAVE $300

599.99

Exciting Contemporary Styled Sofa & Loveseat

$

SAVE $500

2-Pc. Contemporary Sectional w/Chaise Lounge Available In Red or Black and Reverse Configuration

799.99

$

WHILE THEY LAST!!

SAVE $250

“Tulin” Double Reclining Sofa or Double Reclining Love Seat Also Available In Chocolate or Mocha

499.99

$

SAVE $300

ALL WOOD

8-Pc. Queen All Wood Bedroom Set 4-Pc. Queen Sleight Bed, Dresser, Mirror, Chest & Nightstand

699.99

$

WHILE THEY LAST!!

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE

ALL WOOD

4-Pc. Wood Bed, Head Board, Foot Board, Rails YOUR CHOICE OF: Twin, Full or Queen Bed

SAVE $100

SAVE $230

199.99

$

Solid Wood Bunk Bed

249.99

$

Available In Oak, Cherry or White

SAVE $200

5 Pc. Counter Height Dinette

$

399.99

Counter Height Table & 4 Bar Stools

We Have The Largest Electric Fireplace Selection On Long Island

WOW!

YOUR CHOICE:

TWIN $199.99 “Ideal-O-Pedic” 8” Memory Foam, Gel Infused Mattress

FULL $249.99

QUEEN $299.99

Classic Flame 54” La Salle Media Fireplace In Espresso Finish SAVE $399.99

NOW

$

499.99

75 Broadhollow Road, (Route 110) Farmingdale, NY 11735

631-393-2777 BANK

www.idealfurnituredirect.com

EXIT 32 NORTH From the Southern State Parkway

SE HABLA ESPANOL MON TO SAT 10-8 SUN 11-6

Sale prices do not apply to previous purchases. Advertised items at cash price plus tax. Limited stock. Furniture photographs for illustration purposes only. EXCLUDES CLEARANCE ITEMS, ADVERTISED ITEMS, SUPER BUYS, PACKAGE DEALS & CASH PRICES. “Bonded leather is 17% leather. †All financing offers with no interest and/or no down payments require credit approval, a minimum purchase and a down payment. See store for details. Sale offer not in conjunctino with any previous offers or sales. Although every precaution is taken, an error in prices and/or specifications may occur in print. We reserve the right to correct any such errors. 351399AN1128

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2018 FARMINGDALE HOLIDAYHOLIDAY CATALOGCATALOG 2015 DEER PARK & NORTH BABYLON

ENTERTAIN FOR THE

s y a d i l o H SALE

SE HABLA ESPANOL 75 Broadhollow Road, (Route 110) Farmingdale, NY 11735

631-393-2777

www.idealfurnituredirect.com

NO INTEREST, NO DEPOSIT AND NO FINANCE CHARGES FOR

GUARANTEED

HOLIDAY 12 MONTHS DELIVERY

8 Piece “Rachael Ray” Dining Room Set

Server w/Stone Top, Table w/2 Extensions, 4 Side & 2-Arm Chairs. SAVE $1,800

“Sahara” 3 Pc Sectional w/Chaise Lounge (Available In Grey Or Camel)

SAVE $560

NOW

899.99

“Aria” 2 Pc Genuine Leather Power Reclining Sofa & Reclining Love Seat

$

For More Information, Call: 631.226.2636

SAVE $760

NOW

$

1,699.99

NOW

$

1,999.99

7 Piece “Porter” Solid Wood Bedroom Set w/Cedar Lined & Hidden Drawers, Includes: 4-Pc Queen Storage Bed, Dresser, Mirror & One Night Stand SAVE $575

NOW

1,499.99

$

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2018 FARMINGDALE HOLIDAYHOLIDAY CATALOGCATALOG 2015 DEER PARK & NORTH BABYLON

Happy Holidays!

WE ACCEPT ALL COMPETITORS’ COUPONS

POLAND SPRING WATER

KIRKLAND WATER

LONG ISLAND 2 5 WHOLESALE BEVERAGE 40 PACK

$

40 PACK

99

$

+Tax & Dep

99 +Tax & Dep

ASK ABOUT OUR CRAFT BEER SELECTION

394 Long Island Ave. • Wyandanch • 631-643-9617 BUD & BUD LIGHT, COORS & PRESIDENTE & JOOSE COORS LIGHT & MILLER LITE 24 OZ. CANS • 14% ALCOHOL MILLER LITE SHOCK TOP 36 PACK CANS

2199

$

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

20 PACK BOTTLES

13

$

99

12 PACK BOTTLES

$

11

99 +Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

$

+Tax & Dep With Coupon Only.

MICHELOB YUENGLING REGULAR OR LIGHT

$

24 PACK CANS OR BOTTLES

4 $ 1199

12 PACK BOTTLES

4 CANS FOR

11

99

With Coupon Only.

12 PACK BOTTLES

7

17

1199

$ 99

+Tax & Dep With Coupon Only.

+Tax & Dep

BECKS

WOW

12 PACK BOTTLES

99

+Tax & Dep

12 PACK

+Tax & Dep With Coupon Only.

MILLER HIGH LIFE

$ 99

$

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

LEINENKUGEL’S BLUE MOON GUINNESS LANDSHARK HARVEST PATCH SHANDY

4 $ 1799

6 PACK

$ 99

+Tax & Dep

24 PACK

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

1299

$

1499

$

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

With Coupon Only.

SODA

YOUR CHOICE 2 LITER

99

¢

With Coupon Only.

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

PERONI, SAMUEL ADAMS 12 PACK BOTTLES OR CANS OR

GROLSCH

12 PACK BOTTLES

13

$

99 +Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

1199

$

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

PERRIER TWISTED TEA SPARKLING WATER

4 $ 1699

6 PACK

12 PACK

1499

$

12 PACK BOTTLES

2999

$

+Tax & Dep

CORONA FAMILY, STELLA, ANGRY MODELO & PACIFICO ORCHARD & LAGUNITAS 12 PACK BOTTLES

24 PACK

12 PACK BOTTLES

16 OZ. BOTTLES

$ 99

12 PACK CANS OR BOTTLES

1499

$

+Tax & Dep

24 PACK

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

SODA YOUR CHOICE

12 PACK CANS

1 FOR 2 FOR 3 FOR

499 899 1299

$ $ $

With Coupon Only.

+Tax & Dep

With Coupon Only.

1

$

TAKE

50

OFF

ANY 12 PACK OF BEER YOUR CHOICE NO COMBO

3

$

OR TAKE

00

OFF

ANY 24 PACK OF BEER YOUR CHOICE NO COMBO

With Coupon Only.

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2018 Farmingdale Holiday Catalog  
2018 Farmingdale Holiday Catalog