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Shopping smarter this holiday season (ARA) - If you’re like most Americans, you’ll be approaching this year’s biggest gift-buying season a bit more cautiously. With ongoing economic uncertainties, shoppers are expected to take a different approach to holiday shopping this year, preferring gifts that provide long-term real value versus those that provide an immediate, but short-lived “wow� effect. So what types of gifts deliver the most bang for the buck? Homemade gifts, whether they are baked goods, crafts, artwork or are knitted or embroidered, rank high on the list of favorites. They deliver a strong message that you care enough to give of your time and not just your money. Personalized gifts also send a strong message, even though they don’t require a lot of money. Simple gifts can easily be made to appear extra special with just a few added touches. For example, why not give a picture frame with a favorite picture inside? Or consider including a DVD of the person’s favorite actor, or a big box of candy or even a special book with an added gift of a bookmark. Another highly economical gifting approach is the purchase of a single larger item that can be shared and enjoyed by multiple family members, such as a gaming system, electronics or a ride-on vehicle. Smaller, less-expensive items that can be enjoyed by the whole family include board games, candles and flowers. Educational gifts, especially when purchased for children, also provide a real long-term value. With the high cost of books and school supplies, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with just the basics for school-aged kids, so the holidays provide an ideal time to purchase those tools that give students an added edge in school. A mark-my-time digital book light is just one example of an educational gift that provides immediate appeal and continues to benefit the student throughout the school year and even through summer reading programs. A bookmark, timer and book light in one, it helps kids track their required reading time - day or night - and, in the process, encourages them to build strong reading habits. Available at retail stores or through in a number of eyecatching colors, including blue, pink and green camouflage, it actually makes reading fun. It’s an affordable stocking stuffer idea that will be appreciated and used long after the holidays are over. Other affordable, but equally attractive educational gifts designed for short- and long-term appeal include books, puzzles and word games. Even traditional school supplies can be jazzed up to create attractive gift ideas when they’re purchased in today’s hot colors, gel textures and stylish designs. And, since the holidays hit right before the start of the second school semester, it might be an ideal time to replenish supplies in an attractive and fun way. Of course the ultimate in gift frugality is the recycled gift. Re-gifting, as it has become known, once frowned upon is now viewed as acceptable by many, and there are even websites devoted to discussing proper re-gifting etiquette. An eBay survey found that 83 percent of adults have received an unwanted gift. Of those, 46 percent say they have resold or re-gifted items. Beyond the selection of value-oriented gifts, the makers of the mark-my-time digital book light offer the following tips to help keep holiday shopping budgets manageable. t4FUBCVEHFUJOBEWBODF#FSFBMJTUJDCVU make a commitment to stick with it. Some financial experts recommend a budget of 1 to 2 percent of your annual income to cover all holiday-related expenses, including gifts, entertainment and travel expenses. t.BLFBTIPQQJOHMJTUCFGPSFMFBWJOHUIF house. Wandering aimlessly through the stores can lead to overspending. t $PNQBSF QSJDFT CFGPSF NBLJOH impromptu purchasing decisions. Be certain to include all related expenses, including shipping and installation expenses, if appropriate. t #FXBSF PG EJTDPVOUT CBTFE PO JOGMBUFE prices. Don’t be fooled by sales that promote double-digit discounts on extravagantly priced items. It’s the bottom-line price that counts. t $POTJEFS QBUSPOJ[JOH MPDBM NFSDIBOUT instead of buying online this year. Not only

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Natural ways to spread holiday cheer, gifts that grow (ARA) - The holidays are a time for celebrating, reflecting on the past year and exchanging gifts with friends and family. However, unique and meaningful ideas can be a daunting task. Gifts that keep giving and growing are a perfect solution. Plants are not just beautiful, but also cheer up any space and even improve air quality in a home or office space.

Give with care

Always include care instructions for the plant gift. Even the most experienced indoor plant grower appreciates a little help. Most live goods come with suggested light feeding and watering recommendations. If the plant selected does not have these care instructions, ask before leaving the nursery so the recipient can keep this lovely gift green.

Customize the plant to the person


Flowers, succulents, cacti, tropicals and even bulbs can make great presents. The varieties and combinations are as endless as the personalities on your gift list. It is important to match the plant to the recipient. For instance, a plant needing daily watering would not make a good gift for a constant traveler. Instead, give them an interesting cactus or succulent, which needs less frequent care. For an artistic friend, try a terrarium that can be customized to their tastes. The more sophisticated giftee may appreciate a colorful and delicate orchid. For those with asthma or allergies, plants like palms, peace lilies and ferns do an excellent job of improving air quality and filtering out toxins.

Containers make a difference

Those boring, plastic pots that house most plants are not very attractive or personal. Pop your plants into colorful ceramic, glass, wood or even metal containers for a more interesting and personal touch. Inexpensive terra cotta pots can be painted in bright or metallic-colored paint, large coffee cups as containers can add a quirky element or baskets can be lined with plastic and used to hold small pots. When repotting plants yourself, make sure to use a high-quality potting mix such as

Miracle-Gro Potting Mix or MiracleGro Organic Choice Potting Mix. Also, keep in mind that specialty plants like cacti, African violets and orchids may perform better in special potting mixes. When in doubt, ask the nursery for recommendations. For presentation, wrap foil, paper or cellophane around the outside of the container and use fabric bows or raffia to add a finishing touch.

Plants at the party

Little gifts from nature go a long way in spreading the holiday cheer to friends, family and neighbors. When hosting a party, offer little mementos for your guests to take home. Try a small terra cotta pot painted gold and planted with rosemary or thyme and tied with a lovely ribbon Or, maybe small, colorful pots filled with soil and a bulb to add a pop of spring to the winter months. Add a photo of the flower your guest can expect and directions on forcing the bulb to the gift tag. Whether paying a call on friends or attending a party, host or hostess gifts are another fun way to spread holiday cheer. Poinsettia, amaryllis and Christmas cactus are seasonal favorites. Plants make excellent gifts and will be a reminder of the good times you shared friends and love ones.

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Use your photos to make holiday gifts that last a lifetime (ARA) - Finding that perfect holiday gift for friends and family is always challenging. Clothes are difficult unless you know the perfect size and style. You can miss the mark on books and music if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not intimately familiar with the genres that interest the recipient. One type of gift that will never go out of style is the personal, handmade present. While that may sound cliche, the fact is, something heartfelt - created from memories new and old - will almost always be more valuable to someone than something store-

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bought and mass-produced. The hard part is narrowing down the list of things you can make. A good start is to recall all your favorite memories by looking through the pictures youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken throughout the year. After all, clothes may go out of style, but photos never will - so you will want pictures that will last for years to come. How many photos do you and your family take each year? Hundreds? Thousands? Unfortunately, many of those photos end up staying stored indefinitely on your camera or smartphone, your hard drive or in email attachments. Creating great gifts with those photos - right from home - is a snap, and the key is to start with great-looking photos. Printing a high-quality image in the convenience of your home has never been easier. With Kodak printers you are guaranteed exceptional lab-quality photos that will last a lifetime. Kodak has always been trusted with capturing and preserving lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memories. And with photos that dry instantly and are smudge and fade resistant, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready for any project right off the printer! Learn more at Kodak. com/go/aio. t .BLF GSBNFT 0OF PG UIF FBTJFTU XBZT UP get your kids involved in the gift making is frames. Start with Popsicle sticks - either colored sticks or the plain wood ones that they can color or paint on their own, and decide what size frame you want to make. You can also buy a frame with a large solid-colored mat around it so your children can decorate it, and you can simply put their photo in the middle - either are great gift ideas for parents and grandparents. t .BLF GVO DPMMBHFT 8JUI TP NBOZ HSFBU family memories from the year, picking just one picture to highlight can be a challenge. One great way to put more of those memories in the spotlight is by making a collage. It can serve as a wrap-up of your year and a perfect complement to your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday card. Pick several really fun photos to cut out and lay the parts you want to use on a sheet of QBQFS.BLFTVSFZPVHJWFUIFQMBDFNFOUPGUIF photos careful consideration before gluing it down to the paper or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to start over. t4IBSFUIFIPMJEBZTXJUIGSJFOETBOEGBNJMZ

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from afar. We all have friends and relatives who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t close by. Take photos of your holiday dinner, your family opening gifts or decorating your home, and send them to your out of town loved ones so they can still be a part of your holiday festivities. After all, a picture is

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Between cash and gift cards, the perfect gift for teens (ARA) - Shopping for the perfect gift for kids and teenagers can be tough. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to know what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to like, especially without a â&#x20AC;&#x153;wish listâ&#x20AC;? in hand as you head out to the stores. Get ahead of the crowds and make sure you come home with a gift they are sure to love this holiday season using these simple tips. t %POU NBLF BTTVNQUJPOT &WFSZPOF PO your list is unique, and just because your kids like something, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean your niece or nephew will. Talk with parents, look at their hobbies and listen for special interests. You can get a better idea of what they like by simply paying attention. t-FUUIFNDIPPTF5FFOTXJMMUFMMZPVDBTI is the best gift. But if you want to be a little more personal in your gift, consider turning that cash into a gift card to a favorite store, to purchase music online, or for a hobby shop. If the teen has their driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license, consider gifting a gas card. With a gift card, teens can select their own gifts and you can still claim ownership of the present. An added step would be to schedule a shopping date with the teen so the two of you can spend some time together, and they can pick out that perfect gift.

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Creative packaging delivers the holiday spirit (ARA) - â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tis the season for wrapping, sending and giving holiday gifts to family and friends. This year, make your wrapping and packaging as memorable as the gift itself. With these simple, easy tips, you can add extra-special touches to your presents and have fun doing it. Add charisma to plain packaging by decorating with printed packaging tapes and unique package fillers. In a variety of new designs, EZ Start Printed Packaging Tapes from Duck brand ( can transform the ordinary exterior of a brown or white box into an extraordinary, one-ofa-kind present. Match the style of the boxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior with creative fillers on the interior. The fillers will hold the gift in place and add an element of surprise. Use your imagination to pick packaging fillers that will help build the anticipation of opening the gift. Fillers can range from housewares to edibles. Not sure how to combine these ideas to create the most appealing package? Try the following suggestions to make your own unique holiday gift wrapping: t.BUDIBQSJOUFEQBDLBHJOHUBQFUPUIF theme of your present. Wrap a box holding a stuffed animal with EZ Startâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pink Zebra print or send a nostalgic present decorated with the Tie Dye print ... the options are endless. t 4FOEJOH B IPMJEBZ DBSF QBDLBHF UP B loved one in the military or a long distance

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