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Table of Contents Calender of Events ................................................................................ 4 Pay It Forward for the Holidays ............................................................ 7 Think local, shop local .......................................................................... 8 Imagination-boosting toys................................................................... toys................................................................... 10 New holiday traditions .........................................................................12 ......................................................................... 12 Packed and ready to ship .................................................................... ....................................................................13 13 ’Tis the season for a safe holiday......................................................... .........................................................14 14 The right tree........................................................................................ tree........................................................................................15 15 Thumbs up for themed baskets ........................................................... ...........................................................16 16 Gifts for those on the go...................................................................... go......................................................................25 25 Practical gifts for seniors.....................................................................26 ..................................................................... 26 Share the spirit of giving .....................................................................27 ..................................................................... 27 Stay upbeat during the holidays .......................................................... ..........................................................28 28 Help your pet avoid holiday stress....................................................... .......................................................28 28 Giving green .........................................................................................29 ......................................................................................... 29 Let the games begin .............................................................................32 ............................................................................. 32 Beware of budget fatigue...................................................................... ......................................................................33 33 Plan to ship early .................................................................................34 ................................................................................. 34 Use photos to make personalized gifts................................................ gifts................................................35 35 Holiday treats in a jar ..........................................................................37 .......................................................................... 37 Gifts for men........................................................................................36 ........................................................................................ 36 Quick jewelry reference ....................................................................... .......................................................................38 38 P.O. Box 1750, Sequim, WA 98382 • 360-683-3311 e-mail: patc@sequimgazette.com

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Holiday Happenings in Sequim Friday, Nov. 25 5 p.m. — Community Christmas Tree Lighting at Bank of America Park. Sponsored by Sound Community Bank, Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and Garden Bistro & Bakery. Guess how many lights are on the Christmas tree! The closest count will receive a $100 gift certificate.

Saturday, Nov. 26 Santa’s Coming! • 11 a.m. — Sequim City Band Holiday Concert at Bank of America Park Listen to the band play a selection of Christmas music before Santa’s arrival.

• Noon — Santa and the Irrigation Festival Royalty elves arrive at Bank of America Park. Photos with Santa courtesy of Garden Bistro & Bakery. Royalty Toys for Girls and Boys and Sequim Food Bank donations accepted!

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3 Holiday Harmony open house hosted by Sequim’s Merry Merchants • Participating merchants will be hosting a holiday open house with extended hours for customers. Special refreshments, “make & take,” special entertainment. Fourth annual Merchants Gift Basket valued at $1,500. Enter at any participating store Dec. 2-3 — drawing on Dec. 5! No purchase necessary, need not be present to win.

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Calender of Events

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Nov. 25-26 • Holiday Gift Sale — 10 a.m.-5 p.m Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Jewelry, ceramics, fabric, glass, wood and metal work, paintings and photography by member artists for sale. Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St., Sequim. 681-6033. Gift shop is open through Jan. 2. • Sequim Lavender Growers Association Ninth Annual Lavender Holiday Bazaar. 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and 9 a.m.4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Carrie Blake Park, 202 Blake Ave., Sequim. Christmas tree, quilt and gift basket raffles. Catered refreshments. Preview of artwork entries for the 2012 Lavender Festival poster. Raffle proceeds go to Sequim Community Aid.

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Dec. 2 D 2-4 4 • Sequim Community Christmas Chorus — 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Sequim Bible Church, 847 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. Sponsored by the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $5 and available at Frick Medical Supply, Bauer Interior Design, the Chamber of Commerce and at the door. Call 683-6197. Ages 12 and under free. Supports Sequim Community Aid.

Dec. 3 • Handmade Christmas Fair — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim; 683-7021. • Santa downtown with music and entertainment, 11 a.m.3 p.m., Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, Sequim. • Olympic View Church Christmas Bazarr — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 503 N. Brown Road, Sequim. • Santa’s Breakfast. 8 a.m.-noon. Sequim High School Cafeteria.

Dec. 3-4 • Christmas Tea and Bake Sale — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim. Proceeds go to preserve the historical Dungeness Schoolhouse. 681-2257 or www.museumandartscenter.org. • Christmas Fair, Vern Burton Community Center 9 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Raffles, vendors. Pet photos with Santa from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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• Down Home Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sequim High School Cafeteria. Quality homemade gifts and crafts, sponsored by the SHS Band Boosters. • Festival of Trees Holiday Senior Breakfast—8 a.m. Vern Burton Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. $10. Tickets at Olympic Medical Foundation, 928 Caroline St., Port Angeles. 417-7144. • Santa’s Coming to Town — noon-2 p.m. at Bank of America Park, Sequim. Holiday music, Santa arrives at noon. Candy canes and pictures with Santa. 683-6197 or www. cityofsequim.com.

• Holiday Tour of Homes — 2-8 p.m. Features three of Port Townsend’s most beautiful private Victorian homes decked out for the holidays. Tickets $25. Purchase at www. victoriansociety-northwest.org.

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• Olympic Art Festival Show & Sale. — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Olympic Art Gallery, 40 Washington St., Quilcene. Sixteen Northwest artists attending. www.olympicartgallery.com, info@olympicartgallery.com, 360-765-0200.

• Festival of Trees Family Days — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27. Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles. View the brilliantly

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Dec. 11 • Port Angeles Symphony Holiday Concert — 10 a.m. dress rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. concert. Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles. 360-457-5579 or pasymphony@olypen.com.

Dec. 12 • The NorthWest Women’s Chorale annual Christmas concert. 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles. $10 at the door. Interpretation for the deaf available.

Dec.16-18 • “The Bishop’s Wife.” Free admission. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim.

Dec. 17 • Santa downtown with music and entertainment, 11 a.m.3 p.m., Sequim Avenue and Washington Street, Sequim.

Dec. 19 • Sequim-Dungeness Christmas Bird Count — All day to dusk. Tally and chili feed at 5 p.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road, Sequim. $5 fee. Call 681-4076 or e-mail rivercenter@olympus.net.

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Dec. 31 • Port Angeles Christmas Bird Count — All day. Tally begins at 5 p.m. Soho Asian Bistro, Port Angeles. $5 per person. Call 360-477-8028 for details.

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‘Pay It Forward for the Holidays’ The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Sequim Merchants Group have launched “Pay It Forward for the Holidays” to encourage shopping in downtown Sequim with incentive discounts. This is how it works: Customer Kris Kringle purchases something at one of the participating merchants. He then takes his receipt to a second participating merchant, buys something and receives 10 percent off that purchase. That second merchant stamps the first receipt and gives him the receipt from her store, which Kringle can take it to another participating merchant for a 10-percent discount, starting the process all over again. Pay It Forward will run Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Participating merchants are: A-1 Auto A Dropped Stitch BeeDazzled Boutique Bauer Interior Designs The Buzz The Daily Grind Doodlebugs Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese Full Moon Candle Co. Garden Bistro & Bakery The Good Book Heather Creek Imagine Gifts Lipperts’ Mad Maggie Boutique Museum & Arts Center Over the Fence Pacific Mist Books Pondichieri Purple Haze Downtown Gift Store Rainshadow Roasting Co. The Red Rooster Grocery Sequim Beauty Salon Solar City’s Tesa Boutique and Tanning Retreat Sequim Tax Service Sunshine Cafe Suzon’s

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Theresa Rubens and Shelli RobbKahler are two of the greatest boosters in Sequim — not of bands, choirs nor youth clubs — but Sequim’s businesses, especially those in the downtown corridor. Rubens has had her business, Solar City’s Tesa Boutique & Tanning Retreat, downtown for 10 years. RobbKahler is executive director of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and both are involved with the Sequim Merchants Group. With one month left for Christmas and holiday shopping, their message is: “Think Local. Shop Local!” RUBENS “Local businesses build communities,” Robb-Kahler said. “When you frequent a local business, you contribute to creating local jobs, businesses

and infrastructures — supporting our overall economy. Research indicates that for every $100 spent locally, approximately $70 stays in our communities helping to build Sequim’s tax base and support our schools, fire and police departments, providing improved ser- ROBB-KAHLER vices for our area.” Robb-Kahler said she recently counted 50 businesses in a three-square-block area downtown and was amazed at the variety of goods and services available. “We have an abundance of things here and that makes local shopping easy and convenient,” Robb-Kahler said. “The reason I’m passionate about the importance of shopping at local businesses is because their owners are vibrant

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members of our community who make service and charitable contributions.” Rubens said she and many other store owners allow fliers promoting benefits, contribute money and/or time and donate goods to support groups and activities in Sequim, such as the Boys & Girls Club and the Irrigation Festival. “I try to spread the wealth around, too,” Rubens said. “I shop local so I can turn around and have other owners shop at my store. In Sequim, we want to fulfill the 3/50 Project (see graphic). “If more residents were shopping local, we’d need more people to hire who’d spend their income in town. We’re so blessed — everything is 7-10 minutes away — and we’re spoiled because we’ve got more than 400 parking spaces downtown so it’s very convenient for shoppers.” There are other advantages to customers who spend their dollars here, the pair said. “Local shoppers can give input to the store owner to stock or order what’s of special interest to the customer,” RobbKahler said. “One-on-one opportunities to speak to local owners is important

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to them. Owners understand they have to provide excellent customer service to get you back.” Robb-Kahler noted many of Sequim’s businesses are one-ofa-kind shops which give the town its own distinctive character, to which Rubens added, “There are businesses that are unique in town — you just have to get out and find them!” The women emphatically agreed that local patronage is essential and it does make an impact, contributing to Sequim’s economic vitality. “Word of mouth is a huge advertising tool. When an owner offers quality products, good service and moderate prices in a comfortable environment, it’s very appreciated by customers,” Rubens said. “They tell their friends and you have

new and repeat customers.” “We need to remember that our local businesses’ survival depends on local patronage,” Robb-Kahler said. “I recommend that you be a tourist in your own town and see all the wonderful products and services that are available right here

in Sequim.” This holiday season in downtown Sequim, Rubens urged, “Have a fun time and enjoy your community because the merchants are trying to make a very festive atmosphere for local shoppers.” BY PATRICIA MORRISON COATE

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Every year, lists fly around the Internet and airwaves, parents line up in stores and everyone talks about what the season’s hottest toys will be. All the chatter can make it seem like everyone’s forgotten the single most enduring “toy” at the disposal of every child — im imagination. Plenty of high-tech toys encourage creativity, but to really fire up a child’s im imagination it’s hard to beat the power of timeless, classic toys that rely on a child’s interaction rather th than on electronics. This type of n nostalgic toy can become a child’s best friend and parents will be ha happy their children have somethin something that doesn’t require batteries and doesn’t stop working just because iit’s dropped a few times. Here are a five timeless, nostallow-tech toys that every child gic, low-te have: should ha

1. A cla classic doll Countl Countless generations of little girls hav have fallen in love with a special d doll. This is one toy that ca can serve many functions, from best friend and confifr da dante to teacher and even role r model. If some of today’s t brash, in-your-face styles of dolls leave you shaking your head, never fear: you can still find dolls that offer contemporary appeal combined with mo more homespun values.

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en. Turn itt themselves, employing it to transport toys or other children. over and it’s a makeshift fort or castle.

3. A building set Whether it’s plastic, wood or metal, a building set can firee the imagination of budding engineers. Building materials that link k together have a leg up on old-fashioned fashioned blocks, allowing boys and girls to create increasingly complex structures. With so many different construction toys available, it’s possible to find a build-ing set for virtually any ny age or skill level.

4. Dress-up items Pretend play is an importantt way children explore their own potential. Dressing up as a doctor, nurse, firefighter or police officer helps children learn arn about career choices and adult dult roles and facilitates creativity y through role playing. Creatingg a dressup chest is simple and d low-cost. Parents can fill a plasticc bin with hand-me-downs, old Halloween n costumes and even a few storeebought items.

5. An easel and drawing pad

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Holidays are a great time to celebrate traditions with family and friends and every family has unique activities they love to observe year after year. You can incorporate new traditions into the holidays to bring more memorable fun to your gatherings. Here are some simple tips for creating meaningful new traditions that can bring joy to your holidays every year.

• Organize a visit from Santa. Encourage your family or friends to come over for a potluck breakfast or lunch. As the festivities get into full swing, invite Santa to join in the fun. Organize goodie bags for children to take home from Santa. Don’t forget to have a camera on hand to capture the children’s special moments. • Build a gingerbread house with your family. Roll up your sleeves, start your oven and put your architecture skills to the test. Decorate the house with each family member’s favorite candies in all colors. Adorn the lawn with gingerbread men, which can be decorated easily with icing and candy buttons. • Draw names and trade inexpensive gifts. You can turn this into a secret Santa exchange, or for a little more fun and hilarity, turn the exchange into a white el-

ephant party, where participants are allowed to “steal” inexpensive gifts from one another. Your party doesn’t have to involve only your local friends and family. Invite your friends from all over the country to participate in a gift exchange via Skype or e-mail — it’s a great way to have something fun pop up in your mailbox over the holiday season. • Bring out best-loved Christmas books or buy new ones and set a regular time to read all kinds of Christmas stories with your children. • Cookies are a part of many holiday traditions. In fact, a recent holiday survey • Create a video or online photo album. found that cookies are a part of more than 80 percent of respondents’ traditions This tradition is especially poignant for each year. Incorporate cookies into new families with loved ones who are away traditions by hosting a cookie exchange for the season and unable to attend the with your co-workers, neighbors, family family celebrations, for example, families with someone in the military. Set up a members or friends. video camera and • Give back to your have ever everyone share community. Sing holia messa message for the day carols in nursing stmas gifts absent lloved one. homes and senior cen5 Best Chilyripu zzles Fam Take lots of photos ters. Organize a food s best-sellers during y your holiNorthwest author drive for your local ber games Portable word/num day celebrations cele food bank. Have young ds • Booken Photo calendars and create crea a photo children go through album online that on their toys and pick one can be accessed by acc or two to donate to a local shelter. This will help children ldren partici- those who are not present. Traditions help provide connection co pate in the joy of giving. Contribute ntribute new predict bili which people — estoys to Toys for Tots and similar milar groups and predictability, or take a card off an “angel tree” and buy pecially children — crave. And they’re a a small gift for a needy child. There are a lot of fun. Just remember that whatever lot of ways you and your family can help you decide to do, be sure to add your own others. You might decide to do the same flair and creativity to make the tradition thing each year or come up with new ways truly one to remember. COURTESY OF ARA CONTENT to give back. Vickie Maples with books to start a new Christmas tradition

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Packed and Another Christmas, another long list of gifts to buy, wrap, pack and ship. Unlike your friends, you live thousands of miles from your hometown and can’t afford to make the trip to see your family this year. Instead, you’re going to buy some gifts and send them to your family. To make certain your packages arrive on time with everything intact, here are some tips: First, collect the right supplies. Use new cardboard boxes, not used ones, which may be structurally unsound. Use plastic foam peanuts or bubble wrap for packing material instead of newspaper, which can draw moisture and pests. Use two-inchwide packing tape rather than duct tape or masking tape, which will not adhere well to cardboard, or string, which can catch on a shipping conveyor belt. Use peel-andstick labels, rather than just writing on the box with a marker, which could smear. With all supplies in hand, you can start packing. Get all of the gifts you plan to put into the box and make a list of them for the recipient. That way, they will know exactly what they should find in the box and won’t throw anything out by mistake. Then prepare the gifts for packing. Remove batteries from any gifts that have them and pack them separately in another box. Combine tiny gifts together in a larger box to prevent them from getting lost. Wrap any fragile gifts with two inches of bubble wrap, place into a box and then wrap with two more inches of bubble wrap and place into a larger box. Finally, seal all baked goods in plastic wrap and place them into tins filled with bubble wrap.

ready to ship Once all of the gifts are ready, grab the box you plan to pack them in, place the gifts inside and add two inches of packing material on all sides. Then prepare two labels, one for the interior of the box and one for the exterior. In the event that the exterior label gets lost, wet or falls off, the Post Office will open the box. If you have a second label tucked inside, they will be able to use it to forward your box. When preparing the labels, use a permanent marker to prevent smearing and write legibly. To make processing faster, include the ZIP code plus four area numbers of the recipient’s residence. Insert the second label, along with the list of the gifts included that you prepared earlier for the recipient, and close the box. Attach one strip of packing tape across the center of the box, allowing two inches to hang over each edge, and then add the label. Follow this procedure for each package you plan to send, and to ensure they arrive on time, take them to the shipping center of your choice early. Call the shipping center ahead of time and find out what its holiday schedule is. Usually Dec. 19 is the busiest day of the season, so try to send out all of your packages before then. To beat the rush, go early in the morning to the shipping center. With some diligence, you can buy, wrap, pack and ship your gifts in record time and get them where they need to be. Happy Holidays! BY TRESA ERICKSON

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The holiday season is filled with endless celebrating, shopping and decorating. But during all the hustle and bustle, people often overlook simple safety precautions. Whether decorating a home inside and out with colorful lights, setting up holiday items in your office or stringing decorations in a dorm room, it is important to remember some important holiday safety tips. CSA International, a global certification and testing organization, recommends that you follow these indoor and outdoor decorating and smart shopping tips to help ensure everyone has a safe holiday season:

Have yourself a very merry home: Indoor safety tips • Inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders or loose connections. • Never tack or staple lighting strings or extension cords to any surface. • Never run electrical cords through doorways or under carpets and rugs. • Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed. • Do not use open flames or candles on or near

flammable materials such as wreaths, trees or paper decorations. • Avoid hanging decorations on or near objects such as fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, exit corridors or exit signs which can hinder one’s vision or safety.

Let your home glisten at night: Outdoor lighting tips • Before working with outdoor wiring, turn off the electricity to the supply outlet and unplug the connection. • Ensure that light strings, cords, spotlights and floodlights are certified and marked for outdoor use. • When hanging lights outdoors, keep electrical connectors above ground, out of puddles or snow and away from metal gutters. • Use insulated fasteners such as tape or plastic clips rather than nails or tacks to hold lights in place. • Remove lights promptly after the holidays to avoid damage caused by extended exposure to harsh weather conditions. • Use a certified timer to switch lights on and off.

toys, household appliances, power tools, consumer electronics or other gifts with a price that seems too good to be true. Counterfeit electrical products have not been tested to the applicable standards and may present an electrical, fire or toxic danger. When purchasing products this holiday season, avoid products with poor packaging graphics, misspellings, missing contact information or flimsy construction. Always look for electrical products that have a certification mark on the package and the product itself and only buy from a trusted retailer.

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You grew up with real Christmas trees. Every year, your parents would take you and your brother to a local tree farm, where you would traipse all over looking for just the right tree and haul it home on top of the car. Oh, how you loved the smell of that tree. The mess, on the other hand, you could have done without, which may explain why you’re making the leap this year to an artificial tree. While freshly cut Christmas trees are lovely, they require diligent care to keep them looking good, more than you have time for. You’re going to make things easier on yourself this year by purchasing an artificial Christmas tree. Here are the features you should focus on.

Color Artificial Christmas trees come in all colors from the traditional green to hot pink and silver to retro white. Holiday ornaments look nice on green trees, but will really pop on white or some other cool color. The color of the tree you select should suit your overall style, as you will be

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Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to an artificial Christmas tree. You cannot shape an artificial tree by cutting it, so you must purchase one that will fit the space you intend for it. Measure the space, adding six inches on the top for a tree topper, and bring the dimensions and a tape measure with you on every shopping trip. Appearances can be deceiving. What looks small in a large store with high ceilings might not be so small at home.

Most businesses will have samples of the artificial Christmas trees they sell on display. Take the time to check these out and how they are constructed. While some trees come in all one piece and collapse, others have individual branches that must be slipped into place one by one. Either way, you will have to fluff up the needles on the branches. Needles may be made of PE, PVC or a combination of the two. PE needles resemble real tree needles in shape and texture, while PVC needles are flatter and softer and often used on combination trees to fill in space on the inner branches. The best trees have a solid base and trunk and full branches with high-quality needles. They are also fireproof.

Lighting Some artificial trees come with lighting. While convenient, this can be problematic should a light bulb burn out. The rest of the lights on the tree may not work until the bulb is replaced. Should you want a tree with lighting, you will find ones with white lights or colored lights in various types from LED to fiber optic.

Storage As you consider size, consider where you are going to store the tree, in your large basement or in a tiny hall closet. The bigger the tree, the more storage space you will need for it. Depending upon the space you have available, you may be able to leave the tree intact and store it upright with a cover over it. This could save you substantial time in setting it up each year and may reduce some of the wear and tear on branches. There are hundreds of artificial trees available to suit a variety of budgets. Buy the best you can afford and it should last for 10 years or more. BY TRESA ERICKSON

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Gift baskets are a simple, creative way to personalize your gift-giving. After selecting an applicable theme, you can search for a variety of items within your price range to fill an appropriate container. By starting your selection early in the year, you can usually find bargains at seasonal close-out sales stores. The whole process of personally selecting items, positioning them and wrapping the gift clearly says, “I care about you.” There is a great variety of themes from which to choose. Movie lovers would appreciate movie passes or movie rental coupons, packets of microwave popcorn, two-liter bottles of their favorite soda and concession-sized boxes of candy. Those who love to read would enjoy a book or a gift card to a bookstore along with a book light, bookmarks and perhaps a mug with a couple packets of hot chocolate. Coffee drinkers would appreciate a coffee grinder along with a pound of whole bean coffee, an appropriately themed mug, packets of flavored creamer and biscotti or specialty cookies. Along with themed items, your choice of a complementary container will add a special touch to your gift. Baskets are always appropriate, but you could use a terra cotta pot for a gardener,

filling it with gardening gloves, seeds, gardening tools and an ornamental plant stake. A cooler 5 Best would make a great family Christmas gifts gift when filled with beach Chocolate wine towels, tote bags, beach toys, Scones/muffin mixes beach mats and sunscreen. Fruit wines A mixing bowl filled with Specialty sauces/dips brightly colored measuring Graysmarsh jams cups and spoons, hot pads, small pans and a brownie mix could brighten someone’s kitchen. Use a tackle box for the fisherman and update his hobby with a fishing hat, lures and a net. Your options are endless. When putting your items into the basket, box, bag or bowl, first place filler in the bottom to elevate the gifts and help position them. Filler can be tissue paper, newspaper, straw, fabric or shreds (Easter basket grass, cellophane, tissue paper, heavy paper, even wood and crinkle cut). If using newspaper, lay another fabric or paper on top to prevent the ink from bleeding onto the gifts. Fabric filler could be a towel, blanket or themed cloth cut from a bolt. When your items are well positioned (glue dots may come in handy), wrap the gift in cellophane, shrink wrap or tulle (the sheer, fine netting seen most often in veils). You can purchase cellophane as bags or in sheets and rolls; it comes in clear, colors or prints. Shrink wrap is a transparent film that shrinks as it is heated; available in sheets or rolls, it also comes in a variety of tints. Tulle can be purchased in craft or fabric stores. Add a bow (cloth, paper, straw, ribbon, etc.) and a personalized gift card, and you have a one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to touch someone’s heart. With thoughtful selection, you will present a gift that will be professional looking at a fraction of the cost-and undoubtedly remembered for years to come. BY RONDA ADDY

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• Baby basket filled with bottles, burp cloths, pacifiers, rattles, diapers, wipes and bath soap. • Beach basket filled with suntan lotion, sunglasses, beach towels, flip-flops, a T-shirt or coverup. • Car care basket filled with car soap, sponges, motor oil, a tire gauge, windshield scrapers or emergency supplies. • Coffee basket filled with gourmet coffee, cappuccino mix, a coffee bean grinder, travel mugs and biscotti. • Gardening basket filled with seed packets, gardening gloves, small trowels, a watering can, knee pads, etc. • Mexican fiesta basket filed with margarita mix, homemade salsa, tortilla chips, seasoning packets, black beans and a small cactus. • Pet lover’s basket filled with collars, grooming brushes, food, treats, toys, pet calendars, photo frames, breed-specific wearables and calendars. • Spa basket filled with fluffy towels, hand and foot lotions, bubble bath, handmade soaps, scented candles, body and facial scrubs, etc. • Sweets basket filled with boxed chocolates, peppermint candy, homemade cookies, chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate wine. • Wine basket filled with corkscrews, bottle stoppers, beverage napkins, gourmet cheese and crackers, wine and a wine thermometer.

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Gifts for those on the go You’re not much of a traveler these days, but the rest of your family sure is. Seems like someone always is going somewhere, mewhere, whether on a road trip to an antique shop in the town over, a business trip rip out of state or a cruise in the Caribbean. This holiday season, why not satisfy your family’s thirst for adventure with some travel gifts. Here are some ideas.

The standards • Digital cameras • Guidebooks • Luggage • Maps • Stationery and stamps • Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen • Travel safety kit

For the guys • Adapter plugs for equipment • Coffee mugs • Music players • Noise-cancelling headphones • Portable GPS systems • Watches

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For the gals • Clothes and shoes • Passport covers • Pedometers • Journals • Raincoats and umbrellas • Robes and spa goodies • Travel bags

For the children • Activity kits • Toys • Books • Coloring books and crayons • Handheld games • Music players • Portable DVD players and movies

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There are many more gifts available for the travelers in your life. If nothing you come across seems right, don’t despair. You always can create a snack basket for road travelers or slip some cash into travelers’ stockings. Whether cash for food and fuel or a gift card for an attraction or activity, monetary gifts always are appreciated. You can’t go wrong with them. The ultimate gift for any traveler, of course, is an all-expense paid trip to the destination of their choice. If you’re feeling rather generous this year, you could spring for one of those and include yourself in the action. What family wouldn’t enjoy a week together on the slopes or the beach? BY TRESA ERICKSON

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A neighbor down the street or a relative recently moved into a nursing home. You would like to surprise them with a Christmas gift, but you’re not sure what to get them. Here are some tips. • Forgo the big and valuable. Nursing home rooms often are short on space, especially if housing more than one resident. They also lack safe storage for valuables, and with the number of people going in and out of nursing rooms, the possibility of a gift of value getting misplaced, lost or stolen is high. Respect that fact and look for something nice but inexpensive that won’t take up a lot of space or can be discarded after use. Flowers, for example, make a great gift. They bring cheer to the space and can be thrown away after they die. • Think utility. There is no point Kim Hughes of Frick’s Home Health displays in getting your neighbor or relative a practical gifts for seniors: a wheeled bunch of knickknacks that will just sit shopping basket, “bling” cane, neck pillow and wooden walking stick. on a shelf and collect dust. They may not even have the space for them, and — Frick’s Home & Health — beyond admiring them from time to time, they won’t have much use for them. Try lent gift. Nursing home residents often games, books, CDs or something else long for company. You can help fill the they actually can use. Nursing home void by arranging a long visit. If they residents often have long days to fill and don’t have family in town, you might you can help them fill their days with even want to “adopt” them and visit them the right gift. regularly. • Keep limitations in mind. Many For residents who are able, a short residents are on restricted diets, so do trip out of the nursing home to see the your best to avoid sugary, salty treats. Christmas lights or have a light lunch When, in doubt, ask a nurse. Many can be the gift of all gifts and do wonders residents also are afflicted with for their spirits. Do take note, however. physical maladies, like poor You may have to get permission hearing or vision or stiff from the resident’s family first joints. Be aware of these 5 Best before taking them out, so and find gifts that will do your homework before Christmas gifts accommodate for any mentioning your plans to Reacher/grabber limitation. Get largethe resident. Bed wedge print puzzle books for Nursing home resiCanvas walker the vision impaired dents deserve to be treatbasket/organizer and wide-grip tools for ed at Christmas but all too Walker TV tray arthritis sufferers. often, they are forgotten. Foot pillows Do a little shopping and Don’t let that happen to your if you still can’t find the perloved one or neighbor. Start the fect gift, don’t despair. Visits always search for the perfect gift today! are welcome and would make an excelBY TRESA ERICKSON

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Share the spirit of giving In the true spirit of the season, share what you can and feel the warmth altruism brings. Any of these organizations will appreciate your donations. Carlsborg American Red Cross, PO Box 188, 457-7933

Forks Concerned Citizens for Special Children, PO Box 1787, 360-374-9340/452-2396 Forks Abuse Program, PO Box 1775, 360-374-6411 Forks Food Bank, PO Box 35, 360-374-6411

Sequim Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, PO Box 4167, 683-8095/417-2831 Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, PO Box 3434, 582-0218 Peninsula Friends of Animals, PO Box 404, 452-0414 Sequim Community Aid, PO Box 1591, 681-3731 Sequim Community Help Center, 157 W. Cedar St., 681-8735 Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder St., 683-1205 Welfare for Animals Guild, PO Box 3966, 460-6258

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Stay upbeat and energized during the holidays As Christmas carols hit the airwaves and the snow begins to fall, the joy of the holidays brings out the best in everyone — right? With a seemingly endless to-do list of shopping, cooking, entertaining and decorating, the holiday season quickly can become a recipe for anxiety. A recent study by the American Psychological Association shows that one-third of Americans are living with extreme stress. The true meaning of the holiday season can be overshadowed by the demands of preparations, but

it shouldn’t be. By planning ahead, taking care of yourself and making sure to spend quality time connecting with loved ones, you can stay upbeat and energized during the holidays. Try these tips to make sure your mood is as bright as the lights on the Christmas tree. • Plan ahead. Instead of subjecting yourself to the last-minute trips to the mall, shop locally and start earlier. Develop a list beforehand so you can quickly check off what you need. Establish a schedule for December and plan several days in advance for holiday meals and parties. Also, create a budget early in the season and stick to it. Studies show that finances are often a major trigger of stress during the holidays. • Make meaningful connections the entire season long. Making time to connect with close family and friends — whether through a phone call, e-mail or Skype — will help you remember the true meaning of the holiday season. • Take time for yourself. Escape the hustle and bustle by going to a movie with a friend or curling up by the fire with a bestseller. Taking a moment to breathe and focus on something unrelated to the holidays will give you a chance to regroup and more effectively tackle the next cookie recipe or holiday party on your schedule. Try spending a few quiet moments of alone time

each morning to recharge for the day ahead. And, if you feel like splurging, enjoy a few hours at the spa while you’re picking up gift certificates for others on your list. • Avoid over-committing. With holiday parties to attend and host, cookies to bake and deliver, and tackling an ever-increasing Christmas card list, the holidays easily can swirl out of control. Decline the office cookie exchange this year and cut down your gift list. You’ll be better able to savor the most important things of the holiday season when you’re not frantically running from one commitment to another. • Exercise and eat right. In a season where schedules get busier as the holidays get closer, make one thing a standard in your daily routine. A trip to the gym or an exercise class helps you relax and unwind. If you can’t make it to the gym, incorporate more walking into your daily routine. Park a little farther from the store entrance or take a walk to see the neighborhood Christmas displays. Try to focus on your nutrition and avoid overeating, a major cause of holiday and post-holiday anxiety. Make sure to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet, and avoid that extra cookie when you can. Usually, one is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Help your pet avoid holiday stress The holidays have started, and although you may be coping just fine, your pet may not be. Hiding under the bed, licking itself constantly, whining and pacing, or clinging to you are all signs of a stressed-out pet. Although they don’t have to deal with the hassles of holiday crowds, pets still can be affected by the stress of the holiday season. There are certain steps that you can take, however, to make this time of the year easier on your pet. • Stick to your pet’s regular schedule. Even if you have to cut back on its playtime and walks in order to get things done at this hectic time of year, make sure you feed, play and walk your pet at the normal times. Create a place where your pet can get away from all of the confusion and make sure it has access to favorite toys. 28 • Wednesday, November 23, 2011

• Use non-toxic products when decorating and anchor the tree so that your pet can’t knock it over. Your cat may see your Christmas tree as a new climbing toy. Place fragile ornaments and edible decorations like gingerbread men at the top of the tree. Be wary of using tinsel, which can cause intestinal blockage in pets when eaten, and make sure your pet doesn’t eat the needles of the tree, which also can cause intestinal blockage. Keep all cords and holiday plants out of the reach of your pet and place lit candles on high shelves. • Gifts require extra precautions. Pets have been known to get into packages that contain food. Think wrapped boxes of chocolate-covered cherries, turtles or truffles. Chocolates are very tempting to your pet, so don’t leave anything containing chocolate remotely within a

pet’s reach. Small amounts can cause vomiting and diarrhea, while large amounts can cause abnormal heart rhythms, nervous system malfunctions, and in some cases, death. When wrapping gifts, keep the wrapping supplies away from your pet and put everything away as soon as you are finished. Once all of the gifts have been opened, pick up the paper immediately and ask children to put away their toys. Choking and intestinal blockage are commonly caused by pets swallowing small plastic toys or rubber balls. • Be careful about dressing up your pet at the holidays. Some costumes can limit pets’ movement, while others can easily get caught on things and cause injury. • Put your pet in another room so it

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can’t bolt out of the front door whenever company comes over. Make sure your pet is wearing an I.D. tag just in case it manages to escape. Don’t feed your pet from the dinner table and don’t let guests do so either. Keep all alcoholic beverages away from your pet as well. All it takes is just one ounce of alcohol to put a small dog into a coma. Should you ever feel that your pet has eaten something it shouldn’t have, don’t hesitate to call your vet right away. Face it. The holiday season can be a stressful time, even for your pet. Don’t spend this season coaxing a whimpering pet out from under the bed. Take precautions now and ensure the holidays are a happy time for everyone living in your home. BY RONDA ADDY

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Giving green:

Natural ways to spread holiday cheer

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. When gifting plants:

Give 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: The holidays are a time for celebrating, reflecting on the past year and exchanging gifts with friends and family. However, unique and meaningful ideas

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 his or her taste. 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 come in 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. 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 planted with herbs and or potted seasonal bulbs 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. COURTESY ARA CONTENT

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Along with the push to get families back around the dinner table is a need for families and friends to gather and play games. Manufacturers of traditional games have seen that need and updated designs or produced new games that bring shared fun back into families’ recreational time. Give a game as a family gift this year and encourage “together time” once again. Turn off the computer and TV and let the games begin. With approximately 100 different Monopoly games on the market, there is a version for nearly any interest. The Beatles Collector’s Edition features every album the Beatles released as the properties. Boardwalk is Apple Studios and Park Place is Abbey Road Studios. The railroads are concert tickets, Community Chest is Beatlemania and the tokens are the walrus, sun, raccoon, hammer and octopus-all images from their songs.

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Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition takes players to cities in six continents before even passing Go. Players are given their own digital banking device and a Monopoly credit card. Each game has six randomly selected game pieces that are based on items related to the continents. Skyscrapers (in North America) or pyramids (in Africa) are

used instead of hotels. Chance and Community cards include facts about the world plus the game comes with a deal button for added excitement. The redesigned Clue has updated the familiar characters: Miss Scarlet is now Kasandra Scarlet, a tabloid actress; Mr. Green is Jacob Green, an African American with all the “ins”; Colonel Mustard is Jack Mustard, a former football player; and Professor Plum is Victor Plum, a billionaire video game designer. The other two characters are Eleanor Peacock and Diane White. Intrigue and Rumor cards add clues and eliminate players. The nine weapons (instead of six) are the candlestick, rope, knife, trophy, poison, pistol, ax, baseball bat and dumbbell. The mansion’s rooms now include a guesthouse, spa and theater. In another Clue version, the Harry Potter Edition takes players to Hogwarts where a student has vanished and it’s up to the players to solve the case. Posing as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Neville or Ginny, players attempt to discover who did it, where they did it and what item or spell was used. The board comes with wheels that move to reveal secret passages, hidden staircases and the dark mark. The Godfather Trivia Game contains 900 questions about all three films. The Legends of Wrestling Uno features 112 custom cards featuring WWE wrestlers such as the Junkyard Dog, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and “Rowd” Roddy Piper. In the Beat the Parents Family Trivia game, questions are tailored toward each other’s generation. The Super Scrabble Deluxe Edition has nearly twice as many spaces, points and tiles for twice the challenge and fun. The Mickey Mouse Tic-Tac-Toe and Checkers Combo Tin contains black and white Mickey-shaped checkers in a collector’s tin with Mickey-shaped handle holds. With the Man Bites Dog card game, players are dealt cards (106 headline cards plus three exclusive cards) with words on them, each with a point value. Each player constructs a sentence using words that have the most point value. The winner is the first to reach 500 points. Games, games, games. There are so many options on the shelves and so many family and friend memories waiting to be made. Maybe this is the year to renew fun around your family’s table. BY RONDA ADDY

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Holiday shoppers: beware of ‘budget fatigue’ The past few years have been hard on the American pocketbook — and psyche. Just when we think we see the light at the end of the recessionary tunnel, something happens to make us pull our belts a little tighter and dampen our spirits. Many of us have had to curtail spending for quite some time, and with the holiday season (read, shopping season) coming up fast, we’re itching just to let go and spend like it’s 1999. But be wary shoppers, warns June Walbert, a certified financial planner with USAA. Don’t let what she calls “budget fatigue” seduce you into spending beyond your means. “I think people are tired and frustrated because they haven’t been able to spend money in the ways that they have in the past,” Walbert said. “They want to kick up their heels and have a better holiday than they did last year.” More people do say they plan to open up their wallets this season. USAA’s annual survey of holiday spending found 96 percent of those asked plan on gift shopping. Last year that number was 90 percent.

Shopper, know thy budget No matter how much you budget for holiday shopping, you need to be realistic. Walbert said the

way to mi minimize inimize huge January bills is to make a list and st stick tick to it once you get to a store or online shoppingg site. “If folks lks needed to be on a strict budget last year, they probably need to stay on one this year,” Walbert said. Good advice. But how many will follow it? Not as many as in previous years, according to the USAA poll. Results show the slice of shoppers who plan on budgeting has dropped from 64 percent in 2009 to 57 percent this year, and only 43 percent actually plan to actually stick to their budget.

Paper or plastic? Even with a budget and the discipline to follow it, the payment method you use can affect the actual price you pay in the long run. No matter how you pay — credit card, debit card or even cold hard cash — there can be an extra price to pay. The hardest hit can come from buy-now-pay-later rationalizing. Almost half — 48 percent — of those polled said they would pay with a credit card. More than one out of four of those credit card users plan to let their balances revolve for at least several months. High interest rates and late fees could allow their debts to balloon out of control, turning a $30 gift into a much higher priced item. But not all plastic has that kind of potential. “I love debit cards,” Walbert said, “because if you don’t

have money in the bank, your transaction is not approved.” But even if it is approved, that doesn’t mean you can afford a particular purchase. Even if shoppers plan on paying with cash — as 83 percent of those polled do — out-of-network ATM fees can add up quickly. The average surcharge is $2.40 per transaction. The solution: Avoid ATM fees by staying in-network, or better yet, go with a bank that reimburses for out-of-network ATM fees. For those who already know what they want to buy, Walbert said layaway shopping is a good option. “It allows you to start your shopping early, lessen the financial demands that the holidays bring and you still can get the gift you want,” she said. There may be a small layaway fee charged by the retailer, Walbert added, but it’s better than paying the interest on a credit card purchase.

Are we there yet? The bottom line for many holiday shoppers is that it may not yet be time for a blowout celebration, so don’t let budget fatigue push common sense to the side. “I would encourage people to just hang in there and don’t overspend for the holidays,” Walbert said. “Have a good holiday, but don’t go overboard and that will make for a more pleasant January.” COURTESY ARA CONTENT

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Plan to ship early

FUN FACTS: • The average holiday package weighs 7 to 12 pounds, according to UPS. • There are 30 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, but 10 of them are weekend days, which leaves only 20 shipping days. • UPS expects the busiest shipping days to be Monday, Dec. 20, and Tuesday, Dec. 21. • The latest you can ship a package via UPS is Dec. 23 for delivery the next day. • Monday is always the busiest weekday for shipping. • Shop online to avoid busy malls. The retailer will handle the shipping for you, along with the liability.

UPS FACTS: • On peak shipping day, Dec. 22, about 5 million packages will be delivered. • More than 7,000 trucks, cars and vans will be added to the 88,000 delivery vehicles used by UPS during the holiday season. • Nearly two dozen large jets will be added to the fleet of 574 aircraft that normally serves UPS customers and nearly 300 flights will be added to the 1,200 offseason daily flights.

UPS DEADLINES: • To send the most economical way, UPS Ground, ship by Dec. 13. • To get your package there in 3 days, ship by Dec. 20. • If it’s Dec. 22, choose 2nd Day Air to

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UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE Closest Offices: Sequim and Carlsborg. Hours: Sequim: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 240 S. Sunnyside Ave., 683-5501; Carlsborg: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday 9-11 a.m., 20 Business Park Loop, 683-6616 Web site: www.usps.com The U.S. Postal Service reminds customers that Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. The last day to send First Class packages is Dec. 20 and the last day for Priority Mail, a two- to three-day nonguaranteed service, mail packages by Dec 21. For Express Mail, a non-guaranteed overnight service, it’s Dec 22. Friday, Dec. 24 will be a normal delivery day for the Post Office. The Post Office also recommends putting your mail on temporary hold if you plan to be out of town. Forms requesting that service are available at your local Post Office.

MILITARY SHIPPING Getting your packages to the men and women in the armed services who are serving overseas requires extra time. The Postal Service recommends addressing your letter or package with the service member’s full name, with or without rank or rating, their military organization or unit, and an APO/FPO address. Do not include the country name in any part of the address, and you no longer can send a package to “any service member.” For First Class Cards, Letters and Priority Mail: Your cards and letters sent to most of military addresses that begin with APO or FPO should be in the mail by Dec. 3. If you are sending to any military addresses with ZIP codes that begin with 093, your letter or card must be in the mail by Dec. 10. Space Available Mail must be shipped by Nov. 26. These packages are first transported domestically by surface, and then to overseas destinations by air when space is available. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined.

The Postal Service recommends writing the name of the foreign country in capital letters on the last line of the address. Put foreign postal codes in front of the city or town name and on the same line. Just after the street address, write the province or state name on the next line. For all international destinations except Canada, your package can be guaranteed to get there in time for Christmas when you ship it as late as Dec. 19. If you’re shipping to Canada, you get an extra day, until Dec. 20, but if you wait that long, expect to pay a substantially higher price. • For Global Express Mail, the deadline is Dec. 10 for Africa, Central and South America, and Europe. You’ll have until Dec. 15 for Asia, the Pacific Rim, Australia, New Zealand the Caribbean, Mexico and the Middle East. If you’re shipping Global Express to Canada, you have until Dec. 16. • Global Airmail Letters and Cards must be sent to Africa and Central and South America by Dec. 2. All other international destinations have a deadline of Dec. 9. • Global Parcel Post Airmail must be sent by Dec. 2 to Africa, and Central and South America. You’ll have until Dec. 9 to use Parcel Post Airmail when sending packages to Europe. And all other destinations have a deadline of Dec. 11.

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photos in the middle — a great gift idea for parents and grandparents. • Make collages or scrapboks. With so many great 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 or putting together a scrapbook. It can serve as a wrap-up of your year and a perfect complement to your family’s annual holiday card. Make

sure you give the placement of the photos careful consideration before gluing it down to the paper. • Share the holidays with friends and family from afar. 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 still can be a part of your holiday festivities. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. COURTESY OF ARA CONTENT

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Holiday gift ideas for the men in your life Looking for that perfect gift for the man in your life? Whether it’s your husband, boyfriend, dad or brother, finding a gift that speaks to his individual taste and style can be difficult. Knowing your man’s interests, pas-

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• The Professional. For the man who wears a jacket and tie and talks business, go with gifts that speak to his busy lifestyle. For example, men’s valets allow him to store his wallet, keys and cell phone in one place, making sure he gets out the door in time and nothing is forgotten. Some versions also have charging stations for phones and portable music players. • The Guy’s Guy. When it comes to tools, a man always can find a use for another one. Don’t be shy — ask him what tools in several prices ranges he’d find handy — he prefers the direct approach. Then head down to your local hardware store where other tool guys will help you decipher his list.

• The Entertainer. For the man who loves to entertain family and friends, a set of grilling tools will always be appreciated — even this time of year! The more sophisticated types might appreciate a set of martini glasses or a professional poker set. • The Gadget Lover. Have a friend who’s an early adopter of almost any technology? You probably don’t want to get him another gadget, fearing he already has it. But you can get him a gift that speaks to his passion, like an online subscription to his favorite tech magazine or an online service like www. Lynda.com, which has a host of software

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just about anyone — teachers, friends, family or neighbors. What are treats in a jar? It is a combination of dry ingredients layered in a decorated canning or Mason jar. The recipient then adds the wet ingredients (eggs, milk, butter, etc.) before baking. It is such a simple concept that anyone, including children, can make one.

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Aree you looking o for an inexpensive yet et creative and original gift idea this holiday Well, fit lid season?? W ll ttreats t iin a jjar fit the bill. Not only are they easy to prepare and delicious to eat, but they are about as generic a gift as you can create. In other words, it’s a gift you can give to

Mason jar with lid One favorite recipe (cookies and brownies are favorites) Paper (for creating a label and recipe) Glue Ribbon or raffia

Choosing a recipe: Almost any baked good recipe will work. Layer the ingredients in the order given in a one-quart wide-mouth Mason jar. Firmly pack each ingredient in place. It will be a tight fit.

Filling the jar: Filling the jar is just a little trickier than it sounds because the dry ingredi-

ents need to be packed into the jar firmly. Read the recipe and carefully measure each ingredient. Plan to layer ingredients to get the most interesting visual effect, such as white sugar, brown sugar, coconut, chocolate chips, etc. After pouring the ingredient into the jar, tap the jar gently on the countertop to compact it. Do this with each ingredient. You may need to jiggle the jar a little when adding ingredients like chocolate chips since they take up a lot of space. Be sure to pack brown sugar as well as possible using a spoon for the best compaction. One of the nicest things about treats in a jar is that you as the gift creator have complete control over the project. If the last half-cup of ingredients doesn’t fit into the jar, don’t sweat it. Just make sure you list that last half-cup of ingredients on the recipe. If you want to skip the chips, you can. Again, just list them as products the recipient will add to the mix.

Recipe and label: When the jar is filled, it’s time to create a label and recipe card. A label can be as simple or as elaborate as you want.

You can hand-write one or create one on the computer but it should contain certain information, such as who the gift is from and what it is called. Make up your own name if you want, such as Mike’s Mighty Muffins or Cranky Carrot Cookies. Be creative and humorous. Attach the label to one side of the jar with glue. Put the recipe on the other side. Be sure to make a distinction between which ingredients are enclosed in the jar and which ones the recipient needs to furnish. Then just give some basic directions for baking the item.

Decorating the jar: Again this is flexible. You’re in control. A simple ribbon around the neck of the jar is fine or you can spend hours handpainting the jar or decorating it with fabrics, sequins or seashells. It’s up to you. This holiday season, instead of agonizing over what to give some of the hardto-buy-for people on your list, try a treat in a jar. They are relatively inexpensive but nice enough to look like you spent hours on them. BY DORIS A. BLACK

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Are you looking for a nice piece of jewelry this holiday season? How about a pearl necklace, a ruby pendant or a platinum bracelet? Do you know which is the most expensive of these three? Whether you are considering gemstones, gold or platinum, it’s wise to be familiar with jewelry terms before setting foot in a jewelry store. As the old adage goes: buyer beware.

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metal, platinum often is combined with other metals, such as rhodium, palladium, iridium or osmium. The amount of platinum used is indicated by markings such as 900 Plat. or Pt. In this example, 900 means 900 out of 1,000 parts pure platinum, or in other words, the item is 90 percent platinum and 10 percent other metals. If a marking reads without numbers and just contains the word “platinum,” then the piece contains 950 parts or above pure platinum. Any amount over 900 may be indicated with just the word “platinum.” However, it is not uncommon to see pieces indicating not only the platinum amount but also the amount of other metals such as 700 platinum/700 Irid. Naturally, the more platinum, the higher the price. Silver often is marked in a similar

manner. For example, a sterling si silver piece marked 925 means that 925 parts p out of 1,000 are pure silver. The tterm silverplate refers to a layer of silver o over another less valuable base metal, while w vermeil describes a layer of gold o over sterling silver. Gold jewelry dictates a different differ numbering system for marking the pure content of the metal. The term “gold” is generally understood to mean 24 karat gold or pure gold. Other markings refer to gold mixed with different metals to add strength. Commonly seen are 22K, 18K, 14K and 10K. Most men’s jewelry is made of 10K because of its higher strength and durability. When a layer of gold is added to a base metal, it is called gold plate, gold overlay or rolled gold plate and is indicated in the marking (22K Gold Overlay

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or 14K RGP). When the gold karat content in the layer is minimal, it is marked accordingly, such as 1/40 22K Gold Overlay. Gold plating eventually will wear off just as silver plating does, revealing a rather dull finish similar to nickel.

A rainbow of gemstones Gemstones come in every color imaginable and can be obtained no matter what your budget, but know what you’re buying. Natural gemstones are mined stones of Mother Nature’s creation. In contrast, synthetic or imitation stones are not. Synthetic stones are laboratory created or “grown” with the same physical characteristics as natural stones. Imitation stones are either made of glass or plastic. Gemstones commonly are treated to enhance their color or durability. Color enhancers include heat treatments, irradiation, diffusion, dyeing or bleaching. Treatments that affect clarity or surface appearance include impregnating or fracture filling. Not all treatments are permanent. Some treatments increase the value of the stone and others may require that the stone be handled with

special care. Reputable jewelers will inform you if a gemstone you are considering has any of these traits due to enhancements. Size, weight and rarity price gemstones. Size is expressed in millimeters. A stone measuring 5 x 7 millimeters will cost more than one 2 x 3 millimeters. Weight is measured by carats. There are 100 units to a carat so a one-half carat stone would be written as .50 carats. As a general rule of thumb, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and some of the more exotic stones are high end. Garnet, topaz and amethyst are among the more common, less expensive stones. Diamonds are perennial favorites but it takes a practiced eye to detect clarity, color, cut and carat — the four criteria for valuing a diamond. That’s why experts use a 10-power magnification to determine diamond grade. A “flawless” diamond must have no surface or internal imperfections. Diamonds are measured in carats. Small diamonds may be stated as decimals. For example .20 carats represents a diamond with a weight range between.195-.202.

As with other stones, diamonds may be treated to enhance appearance. Cubic Zirconia is a lab-created imitation diamond commonly used in less expensive jewelry.

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Pearls Mother Nature creates pearls in a variety of colors such as purple, blue, bronze, gold, orange, black and white. Because they are made by oysters and other mollusks, unassisted by man, they are very rare and expensive. Cultured pearls are made by mollusks as well, but with human intervention. Pricing for natural pearls and cultured pearls are based on size, measured in millimeters, and the quality of their luster. Imitation pearls are made from synthetic materials such as plastic. Keep your wits about you when buying jewelry this holiday season. Determine how much money you want to spend and tell the salesperson so he or she has a good idea of what pieces to show you. It’s easy to get swept away by the “spirit of giving” at this time of year, so keep in mind that it’s the thought that counts.

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