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Holiday budget: Cheap doesn't have to mean cheesy By Donna Rousseau Feature Writer

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ne of the best gifts I received last Christmas was a pair of scissors! Now some may say if you’re spending so little on a gift, don’t bother, but the truth is I loved that gift. I’m always searching for scissors and just before holiday wrapping, mine went MIA. My son and his girlfriend, college students strapped for cash, took notice and voila. I laughed when I opened their gift knowing they had been watching my crazed searching for my missing scissors. At the same time, I realized how grateful I was for the thoughtful gift. The point is a gift needn’t be expensive to make someone happy. If it’s useful, fun, or just makes everyday life easier, it can make a great gift. Finding inexpensive gifts can be tough in a world where everything seems to be going up in price. Though some stores arrange price point displays for harried shoppers – “Gifts for $20 or Less!” – with time and thought, you can discover Christmas finds sure to please your giftee and your budget. During the holidays, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Walmart, and K-Mart can almost offer one-stop shopping with something for everyone from tools to toys. For the best buys under $20, shop the sales, and check out clearance racks. Many stores have a specialty aisle and displays with simple gift ideas. Bed, Bath, and Beyond always has fun, funky, useful gifts often found at the front near the registers. Last year, my daughter wanted to buy gifts for all her junior high friends on a $30 budget. We went to a store and quickly discovered a box filled with a “hodge-podge” of items. The sign indicated each item in the box was $5 or less.

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Sparkle this season: Holiday beauty prep tips W

hile looking your best and feeling confident are important throughout the year, it’s especially crucial during the holiday season, as you gather with loved ones and pose for that annual family photo. Look your best this season using these beauty tips.

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While you may go for bright colors and sparkles in terms of your attire, make sure to keep your makeup fresh-faced. If you choose to wear a bright lip color, keep the rest of your makeup neutral. If you go for a neutral lip, feel free to play up the eyes or cheeks. But remember to highlight just one with a bold color – eyes, lips, or cheeks – rather than all three. Ensure your makeup stays in place all night by using a primer before applying your liquid or powder foundation and eye shadow.

When packing your evening clutch for a night of holiday celebrations, make sure to keep the following on hand:

Go for a classic ‘do. Sleek, shiny hair swept back or pulled to one side works well for holiday parties. Deep-condition your hair in advance of the holidays and be sure to schedule a haircut so your locks are easy to manage, no matter how you decide to wear your hair.

Keep ‘em fresh and clean. Following that warm mug of hot cocoa, make sure your breath stays fresh. Carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste might not be convenient, but you can stash a Colgate Wisp mini-brush in your purse or pocket. Available in four flavors – MaxFresh Peppermint, MaxFresh Spearmint, Optic White Coolmint, and Icy Bubble – this convenient single-use mini-brush is a better alternative than gum or mints, which only temporarily mask bad breath. The liquid-filled bead offers a burst of freshness, with no water or rinsing required, so just brush and go anytime, anywhere. Learn more at www.colgatewisp.com.

Add some sparkle. The holidays present the perfect occasion for pulling out your fun accessories. Play with color combinations and sparkling jewelry. Start with a bold dress – black will work as well – and play up the accessories by introducing complimentary colors and glittering jewelry. If you wear your hair up, opt for sparkling earrings and a bracelet. If you wear your hair down, pick a statement necklace with a dress and cardigan.

Get a manicure. While you may go for bright colors and sparkles in terms of your attire, make sure to keep your makeup fresh-faced.

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• Pressed powder – ’Tis the season for taking photos – make sure you’re camera-ready and shine-free with a compact of pressed powder for quick touch-ups. • Bandages – You likely don’t wear your dressy shoes every day. Make sure to pack some bandages in case you develop a blister from those fancy heels. • Mini toothbrush – Ensure your breath is fresh and clean by packing a mini, singleuse toothbrush, such as Colgate Wisp which are perfectly sized for clutch purses or pockets for quick use following dinner or drinks. • Mini comb – Give your locks a once-over to re-set your style part-way through the evening. • Concealer and lipstick – Your makeup shouldn’t require any further touchups than a quick concealer and some color to your lips. (Family Features)

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Ideas for the challenges on your holiday gift list G Tools for the big jobs • Rockwell Sonicrafter X2 3-Amp with Hyperlink – Make a wide variety of cuts, sand corners and trim nearly everything – wood, metal, and tile – with this new Rockwell offering that accepts most major brands of multi-tool accessories, features tool-free blade changing without slippage, and provides one ton of clamping force. • KREG Toolboxx(TM) Master Collection – The Toolboxx Master Collection is a complete pocket-hole joinery solution for materials from 1/2" thick to 1-1/2" thick and larger, including four Kreg jigs, a host of accessories, and 1,000+ Kreg screws. Use with a saw and a drill to create beautiful furniture, build custom cabinets, or maximize your interior space with custom closets and built-ins. • PULY 12V Li-Ion Two-Speed 3/8" Drill Driver – Lightweight and ergonomically designed, this drill driver features two speeds (0-300 and 0-1,050 RPMs) and 203 inch-pounds of torque to handle just about every drilling/driving task at home or in the shop. • Earlex SprayStation Gemini HVLP Sprayer – This innovative HVLP Sprayer is capable of spraying fine finishes, stains (with 1.5mm needle available separately), and paints with the enclosed 2mm needle from the standard gun/cup configuration or latex

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Products that make work easier • Festool Syslite LED Worklamp – Six highefficiency LED bulbs provide 170 degrees of even light in this portable light source that is perfect for under a cabinet, in a crawl space or attic, or anywhere. • Beginner’s Marking and Measuring Kit – Before cutting, drilling or joining begins, these handy helpers will likely be in demand: standard/metric 12" measuring tape, 2", 4" and 6" all steel, precision engineer’s squares, and 6", 12", 24" and 40" stainless steel cabinetmaker’s rules. • Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener – This handheld, motorized tool sharpens any knife, as well as scissors, garden shears, and a host of other tools. • Shop Stool with Adjustable Height – This stool has a molded “tractor-style,” highdensity polymer seat and back, and chrome foot ring and base. Seat height adjusts from 22" to 32"; overall height is 41-3/4".

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Has gift wrapping become a lost art?

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ave we become a society that is too busy for gift wrap? When a birthday arrives or the holidays come around in full force, where do most people turn? To the ultraconvenient gift bag, that’s where. Gift bags have largely taken over the party aisles at most stores, where rows and rows of gift bags in all shapes and sizes are not uncommon. If you’re trying to find a roll of wrapping paper, good luck. For birthdays, anniversaries, and even baby showers, paper designs have essentially become obsolete. It’s true that wrapping paper seems to make a rebound come the holiday season, when stores begin to devote aisles of space to holiday supplies. But even when shiny foils and smiling Santas beckon customers from the tightly packed rolls, many people still choose gift bags.

Gift bags do have many advantages. They are easily portable, generally inexpensive and come in some very clever designs. They’re also touted as a “green” product because they can be reused. But there are plenty of people who feel that the elimination of intricately wrapped presents takes some of the magic out of the holidays. Carefully wrapped gifts show that a person put in time and effort to present a gift in a way that is sentimental and personal. Although it may take mere minutes to pry away the paper and find a treasure inside, there’s something to be said for paperwrapped gifts. It means the gift-giver sat down, pondered the paper design, and carefully chose the bow or ribbon with the recipient in mind.

Here are some reasons to save the gift bag for another time. • Wrapping can be green, too. Wrapping paper can be reused if it is carefully removed from a gift. You also can create your own wrapping paper by decorating brown postal paper with a rubber stamp or having children color their own special murals. Don’t overlook newsprint as wrapping as well. • Paper is more cost-effective. You are bound to get more bang for your wrapping buck by choosing wrapping paper. Although there are scores of discount stores that sell lowpriced gift bags, often the quality isn’t the same, and the handles could tear after one or two uses. Wrapping paper per inch is definitely more affordable than gift bags, particularly when purchased on sale. • Wrapping paper lets you be creative. Cover a box with a patchwork of different paper scraps, choose to stagger colors of paper with boxes towered one on top of another or tie on the biggest bow you can find. • Paper is traditional. Look back to the classic stories of yuletide and you are bound to find images of Santa Claus pulling wrapped boxes out of his enormous gift sack. Also think about how department stores used to (and some still do) offer complimentary gift wrapping.

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Gifting magnetic cooking power T here a re ma ny cha nges t hat ca n ta ke place i n a kitchen, but none that impact functionality of the space as well as upgrading appliances. Ma nu fact u rers i nclude new feat u res on k itchen appliances every year, and those upgrades are aimed at making food preparation and storage easier. An induction stove is a relatively new innovation that uses magnetic energy to induce a current and eventually heat food. It works by way of a copper wire that is underneath where you’d place the cooking pot. An alternative electric current then goes t hroug h t he copper w ire,

creating a magnetic f ield. This creates an electric current in a ferromagnetic metal pot (one that a magnet would stick to). The current flowing through the pot generates the heat in the pot and the pot alone. The food cooks, but the actual heating element of the stove remains cool to the touch. Ma ny home cook s prefer cook ing w it h gas instead of electricity. However, the safety, speed, and cooking provided by induction cooking methods may make induction stoves more popular.

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Games: How much do you know? By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer The holidays make excellent material for TV writers to draw from. Many a series episode over the years has been set during the holiday season. Here is a quiz on a sliver of them. How many questions can you answer correctly?

1) How many Santas appear on Christmas morning in the "Christmas Show" episode of I Love Lucy? A) 2 B) 3 C) 4 D) 5

2) What do the Cartwrights sing at the Christmas party in "A Christmas Story" on Bonanza? A) “Joy to the World’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ B) ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ C) ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Silent Night’ D) ‘Jingle Bells’

3)Who is all set to sing at church on Christmas morning, but loses his/her voice a few days earlier in "The Voice of Christmas" on The Brady Bunch? A) Alice B) Greg C) Carol D) Cindy

6) Where does Fonzie claim he'll be spending the holidays in "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" on Happy Days? A) Chicago B) Baltimore C) San Francisco D) Waukesha

7) What does Mel do on Christmas Eve that results in a visit from his old partner in "Mel's Christmas Carol" on Alice? A) Fires his waitresses B) Yells at his mother C) Serves bad food to his customers D) Cuts the Christmas bonuses

8) Where does Blair believe the charity auction she is planning will take place in "Christmas in the Big House" on The Facts of Life? A) Orphanage B) Homeless shelter C) Mall D) Church

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By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer The holidays are a time to gather with those near and dear to your heart and treat them to some tantalizing food. Whether you are planning to serve a big meal or just a few appetizers, here are some recipes you might want to try.

Eggnog Hot Chocolate 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips 2-1/2 c. milk 4 c. eggnog 1 t. vanilla Whipped cream 8 cinnamon sticks, garnish Melt chocolate in milk over low heat. Remove and let stand for 2 minutes. Whisk until chocolate is smooth. Add eggnog and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into mugs and serve with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

Cranberry Salad 1 12-oz. pkg. frozen cranberries, chopped 1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple 2 c. sugar 1/2 pt. heavy whipping cream 1 c. walnuts, chopped 2 c. mini marshmallows Combine cranberries, pineapple and sugar. Let stand for 1 hour for sugar to dissolve. Strain, cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, whip cream until soft peaks form and fold into cranberry mixture with walnuts and marshmallows.

16 asparagus spears 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 2 T. chives, minced 16 slices bread, flattened with crusts removed 1/4 c. butter, melted 3 T. Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 400º F. Heat asparagus in a small amount of water until crisp and tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and set aside. Combine cream cheese, bacon and chives. Spread 1 T. on each slice of bread. Top with an asparagus spear. Roll up tightly and place seam-side down on a greased baking sheet. Brush with butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cut rollups in half and bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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Creamed Spinach 1 lb. frozen chopped spinach, thawed 2 c. water 4 t. chicken bouillon granules 1/2 c. onion, chopped 1/4 t. garlic powder 1/4 c. butter 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 3 c. half-and-half Salt and pepper to taste Bring spinach, water, bouillon, onion and garlic powder to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until spinach is tender. Melt butter in a small saucepan, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in half-and-half, beating until smooth. Add to spinach and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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rom Snickerdoodles to classic chocolate chip, cookies are the go-to dessert for all occasions. Following are simple tips and tricks to make the perfect batch of cookies every time! Build a great foundation of basics. That means using highquality butter, large eggs, and pure extracts. This will help make runny or lumpy batter a thing of the past. As for bake ware essentials, rimless light-colored baking sheets produce golden cookie bottoms and cookie scoops make picture perfect batches. Go nutty. To add extra crunch to nuts, try toasting them first to bring out their natural flavor and aroma. Stir small amounts over medium heat until fragrant, or for larger quantities place the nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Cool, chop, enjoy! Gift and share the love. Send travel-ready bar cookies, tea cakes, and biscotti to loved ones who live afar. Wrap cookies with plastic wrap or wax paper before placing in resealable baggies to secure contents during shipping. Use a sturdy box packed with cushion filler and wait for that excited “thank you” phone call!

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Bake your own chocolate chip cookies. America’s favorite – Nestlé Toll House – comes in all shapes and textures. For soft and cakey cookies, use 3/4 cup butter and reduce brown sugar to 1/2 cup. For thinner, crispy cookies, increase butter to 1-1/4 cups and sugar to 1-1/4 cups. For a richer taste, try substituting Nestlé Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels made with 53 percent Cacao real dark chocolate for the traditional semi-sweet morsels. And for extra-chocolatey cookies, add the following recipe to your collection.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate. Gradually beat in f lour mixture. Stir in remaining 2 cups morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. BAKE for 8 to 9 minutes or until cookies are puffed. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. (Family Features)

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Preheat oven to 325º F. Place ham in a roasting pan. Combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and set glaze aside. Bake ham for 2 hours, remove from oven and brush with glaze. Bake an additional 30 to 45 minutes, brushing with glaze every 10 minutes.

Orange Crunch Cake 1 c. butter 1-1/2 c. sugar 2 eggs 1 c. sour cream 1 t. vanilla 2 c. all-purpose flour 1 t. baking soda 1 c. raisins 1/2 c. walnuts 2 T. orange zest 1/4 c. orange juice Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan. Cream butter and 1 c. sugar. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda and add to creamed mixture, blending just until moist. Stir in raisins, walnuts and orange zest. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Dissolve 1/2 c. sugar in orange juice and pour over hot cake.

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hen it comes to decking the halls in advance of a holiday party, there’s nothing quite as festive as creating homemade decorations with the family. From handmade ornaments to shimmering trees, your party guests will catch that holiday spirit when they see the special décor created just for the event. To help get you started, the inspiration experts at the Jo-Ann Stores have shared the following holiday craft ideas. These simple step-by-step projects are great for crafters at every level, and the best part is you can get the whole family involved.

Read all directions before starting and use the photo as a guide. Note: Make sure to read the directions on the spray paint can before using. Use spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Supplies and Tools: 2 cans champagne metallic spray paint 1 4-foot white Christmas tree 1 drop cloth 1 sturdy cardboard box Working outside, place cardboard box on drop cloth.

Décor ideas Small touches can make a big impact on your guests. Use these ideas to add small details to your party decorations: Create a winter wonderland. Teach the kids how to create paper snowflakes, then string them up throughout the house using fishing wire. From the dining room chandelier, to the windows, fireplace, and staircase, you can create a flurry of snowflakes around the house in minutes. Design a sparkling centerpiece. To get started, gather pinecones on a walk around the neighborhood. In a wellventilated a rea, use glitter or meta llic spray pa int to completely coat the pine cones in silver and gold. Then simply stack in a glass bowl and place at the center of the table surrounded by sprigs of fresh greenery and holly branches. Take your holiday décor above and beyond with these holiday craft project instructions for a Champagne Shimmer Tree and Glitter Glass Ball ornaments. Your guests will love walking into the winter wonderland you create just for the occasion. For more holiday décor inspiration and craft projects, visit www.JoAnn.com.

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Open up tree and fluff branches to give it a natural look. Place tree on box to give it some height. Spray around every branch, so paint coats all of the tree’s needles. Allow to dry for a few minutes and spray a second coat. Allow to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area before decorating.

Glitter Glass Ball Ornaments Skill Level 1: No experience necessary Approximate Crafting Time: 1 to 2 hours Supplies and Tools: Glitter Double-sided tape Ready-to-finish glass ball ornaments Wide plastic cups Tacky glue and paintbrush (optional) Wrap a piece of double-sided tape evenly around glass ornament. Place glitter in plastic cup or other container. Remove the tape backing, and dip the glass ball into glitter, making sure to cover tape completely in glitter. Hang on tree. Optional: Use the paintbrush and tacky glue to paint designs on the ornaments, then sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry before hanging on tree. (Family Features)

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Traditions: Kiss me mistletoe By Tresa Erickson Feature Writer When preparing for the holiday season, people observe various traditions from decorating a Christmas tree to hanging stockings from the mantel to tying a sprig of mistletoe in a doorway. Anyone familiar with the mistletoe tradition knows that meeting under it often ends in a kiss, as the song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” alludes to. But what is the history behind the mistletoe tradition? Although parasitic by nature, mistletoe has long been considered a mystical, magical plant. Many ancient cultures believed the plant to heal sick ness, protect life, and enhance love and fertility. Europeans often hung it over the entrances to their homes, barns, and stables to ward off bad spirits.

The plant was also considered a symbol of peace in many cu lt u res. The Dr u ids, for example, believed it to be so powerful that warring clans wou ld cea se bat t le upon the first sight of the plant. In Scandinavia, individuals meeting under it in conf lict could declare a truce or kiss and make up. In the Norse myth of the death of the god Balder, the mistletoe has potent but promising properties. Balder dreams he is going to die and tells his mother Frigga. Alarmed, Frigga secures promises from everything and everyone not to harm Balder, except for the mistletoe. Aware of this, the mischievous god Loki tricks t he blind god Hoder into shooting Balder with an arrow made of mistletoe. Balder dies, much to Frigga's horror. As Frigga sheds tears on the mistletoe plant, its berries turn white. Eventually Frigga brings Balder back to life, and

in celebration, kisses everyone she meets under the mistletoe. From that day forward, the mistletoe brings only kisses of joy to those who come into contact with it. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe was the basis of kissing balls held in England during the 18th century. Any girl caught beneath the mistletoe could not refuse a kiss of friendship or love and would be married within a year. Today, in some parts of England, the mistletoe must be burned on the 12th night so that all of the young men and women who have kissed beneath it may marry. Mistletoe remains a holiday t rad it ion associated w it h kissing in many countries today. People often hang up a sprig of mistletoe in a doorway or room and exchange a kiss whenever they meet beneath it. Legend has it that couples in love who kiss beneath the mistletoe will one day marry and have a long, happy life together.

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Holiday entertainment for the family By Dan Marois Feature Writer

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Theater at Monmouth presents This Wonderful Life Nov. 29 – Dec. 9 Theater at Monmouth’s 43rd season concludes with playwright Steve Murray’s hilariously touching adaptation of Frank Capra’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Brimming with hope and humor, “This Wonderful Life” reminds us of the power of perspective, friendship, and family just in time for the holiday season.

“The Christmas Song,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” “Ava Maria” in both English and French, and “Silent Night,” to name a few. The Just Us entertainers aren’t professional vocalists, but that doesn’t diminish the enjoyment and top-quality performance this fine community group produces. The Just Us Entertainers Christmas Show takes place at the Franco American Heritage Center on Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. For tickets, contact 689-2000 or go to the online ticketing at http://www.francocenter.org/calendar Advance tickets for students and adults are $5 and $10 and day of show $7 and $12.

Christmas Concert with Joëlle Morris at the Franco Center – December 7 Celebrate the holidays with Augusta-based mezzo-soprano, Joëlle Morris, and pianist, Bridget Convey, as they set the mood for Christmas by featuring carols from France and Quebec. Morris will perform such beautiful lyrical melodies such as “Cantique de Noel,” (O Holy Night) to lively tunes such as “Il est né le divin enfant” and “Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle.” This duo will inspire the best musical moments of the holiday season. Morris is a singer, actor, choir conductor, and voice teacher. She is a classically trained vocalist whose credits range from opera to musical theater. Performance is Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 Adults / $14 Students and Seniors if purchased in advance and $18 Adults / $16 Students and Seniors on the night of the concert. For tickets, contact 689-2000 or go to the online ticketing at www.francocenter.org/calendar.

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Theater at Monmouth favorite, Mike Anthony, unleashes his comedic talents for this 90-minute adventure as he recreates more than two-dozen iconic characters from the beloved film.

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The show is directed by TAM Producing Artistic Director Dawn McAndrews with set and lights by Jim Alexander and sound design by Rew Tippen.

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ift giving is not always easy. If it’s the holiday season and you’re stumped about what to give, you can always take a few cues from your favorite TV show.

On “The O.C.,” Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) creates Chrismukkah, a super-holiday combining the best elements of Christmas and Hanukkah. With one Christian parent and one Jewish parent, it is a compromise the whole family can enjoy: “Eight days of presents, followed by one day of a lot of presents!”

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In the aforementioned “Big Bang Theory” episode, Penny gives Leonard a napkin she had signed by Leonard Nimoy. He is overjoyed, proving that it’s the thought that counts when giving a gift. Autographed items are great gift ideas, too, and can easily be found on eBay – just make sure you’re buying an authentic item and not a reprint. The best, most heartfelt gifts are the ones that show the gift recipients how well you know them. “Parks and Recreation” protagonist, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), is great at this. In the show’s fourth-season holiday episode, Knope gives her angsty intern April (Aubrey Plaza) a commissioned portrait of April destroying her least-favorite musical group, the uber-popular Black Eyed Peas. For struggling musician Andy (Chris Pratt), a homemade gold record for his fledgling band Mouse Rat. And, for grumpy boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), Knope rigs his office doors to close – and shut out all the people who annoy him – at the touch of a button. This brings a tear to stoic Swanson’s eye. The recipients of your creative and thoughtful gifts will likely do the same. The key is to personalize each gift to the recipient. By zeroing in on something they love, you will show them how well you know them and how much you care.

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ew things make holiday shoppers happier than giving a gift that instantly lights up a loved one’s eyes. All the work that goes into finding and securing the perfect gift becomes worth it and then some when the recipient’s smile stretches from ear to ear.

for memorabilia, be wary of auctions, where “shill bidding” can drive up the price of coveted items. Shill bidding occurs when owners bid on their own items at auction in an attempt to drive up the sale price. And authentication can be an issue with regard to sports memorabilia.

A great holiday gift often involves someone’s favorite hobby. When gifting the family sports fan, the options are endless. Sports fans tend to wear their hearts on their sleeves, and they’re liable to be just as vocal with appreciation if any of these gifts are waiting under the tree for them this holiday season.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been cracking down on fraudulent memorabilia. Shoppers without knowledge of the memorabilia industry might want to focus on less expensive items that will be a hit under the tree but won’t be a hit to their bank accounts.

Magazine subscription: Many sports fans feel they can never get enough information on their favorite teams and sports. A magazine subscription to Sports Illustrated or another periodical focusing on a particular sport can provide insider access for a year or longer. Magazine subscriptions are typically inexpensive, but they provide lots of bang for your gifting buck, especially weekly publications. In addition, many magazines now give print subscribers access to exclusive content online, playing to your favorite sports fan’s ever-growing desire for more knowledge. Sports apparel: According to IBISWorld, a California-based market research firm, online sporting apparel sales were expected to approach $5 billion in 2012. Driving those sales are sports fans who can’t wait to don the gear of their favorite teams. Apparel makes a great holiday gift, whether it’s an authentic player jersey, a team logo hoodie or a personalized T-shirt that directly connects fans to their teams.

Video games: Many sports fans indulge in their love of a favorite sport by playing video games. Like most technology, video games are consistently reinvented, so last year’s game might already be outdated, making video games an ideal holiday gift. Those who want to go the extra mile can include a new gaming console along with the latest video game. Tickets: Of course, sports fans might like nothing more than tickets to see their favorite teams play. Buying directly from a sports team is a safe bet, but it can also be expensive. Savvy shoppers can explore the legal secondary market, which includes online retailers like StubHub.com or even leagueaffiliated programs like NFLTicket Exchange, where they might find more affordable tickets. When gifting tickets, do so far enough in advance of the game so fans have time to plan their trip and, if need be, take a day off from work. (Metro)

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Memorabilia: Sports memorabilia can be costly, but shoppers can still find great deals on everything from autographed items to relics of a franchise’s fledgling days. When shopping

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Keep kids engaged during holiday shopping trips Holiday shopping with kids can be fun. Kids enjoy giving gifts, and bringing them a long on shopping excursions to offer their input can make the season that much more special for youngsters. But bringing the little ones along on a holiday shopping trip also can be tricky, as kids can easily grow tired or bored at the mall. The following are a few tips to ensure kids and adults enjoy t heir holiday shopping trips together. Bring backup. Kids might find shopping enjoyable at the outset, but visiting store after store can drain them of that enthusiasm. To quell the in-

evitable boredom, bring along some backup, such as a handheld video game or a tablet or e-reader on which kids can watch a favorite film or television show. Choose your shopping destination wisely. All malls and retailers are certainly not equal, especially when kids will be accompanying you for a day of shopping. Some malls offer attractions for kids, such as a merry-go-round or a live performance with a holiday theme. Such attractions provide some balance to a shopping trip, giving kids something to look forward to between store visits. (Metro)

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