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Monthly clubs, such as pastry-ofthe-month or coffee-of-themonth, are wildly popular among foodies. Memberships are relatively inexpensive, and each month your loved one will receive a new item, whether it’s an old favorite or a new one they have never tried beCOOKING fore. This is a great way for CLASS foodies to try new things, Know a foodie who and it truly is the gift that is just beginning a love keeps on giving, as most affair with food? Or one memberships last a full year. who has recently discovered a particular type GADGETS of cuisine, such as Thai or Indian? Help cultivate this Not all foodies newfound love by treating love to cook, them to a cooking class but those who that helps them learn all about the cuisine and how do may love to unwrap

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some gadgets that can help around the kitchen. A digital kitchen scale makes measuring ingredients a snap, while an electric wine opener makes it easier than ever before to uncork a bottle of wine to serve with dinner. Whatever a foodie’s taste or personal preference, chances are there’s a corresponding gadget that can make a

meal that much easier to prepare. A NIGHT OUT Of course, some foodies love to eat but aren’t so enamored with cooking. For those who prefer the restaurant route, peruse the local Sunday CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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Organize your gift receipts A relatively recent component of holiday shopping -- or any shopping for that matter -- is the gift receipt. Keeping gift receipts organized can take a little effort on the part of the shopper to ensure each gift recipient is in possession of their respective receipts. Gift receipts are advantageous to people who are receiving presents. Should the item not fit or be a duplicate of something they already have, a gift receipt enables them to return the item effortlessly. It also clearly indicates where the gift was purchased so one is not driving around trying to find the store for a return. Plus, should the item have been recently reduced in price, a gift receipt will allow the full value of the gift to be received. Returning an item without a receipt could result in lost value and the sale price being rescinded. Although having a gift receipt will not entitle one to a cash refund, it will equate to a store credit in the amount of the original price purchased. Keeping gift receipts organized may take

a little trial and error. One idea is to keep two envelopes and a pen handy when shopping. Write the names of the gift recipients on the master receipt or put their initials beside

their purchased items. Place those receipts in one envelope where you’ll keep your copies of the receipts. On the gift receipts, write the names for whom the gifts are intended. Place those receipts in the other envelope that will hold all gift receipts. When it comes time to wrap gifts, refer to your gift receipt envelope and match up the receipts to the correct gift. Remember, the gift receipt will not display the price or sometimes even a product description. It will usually only have a bar code that will refer to a UPC, or product number. You may be able to match the receipt to the number on the product tag. But again, this is why writing the name of the person on the receipt at the time of purchase can make the process easier. Attach the receipt to the gift in some way and wrap

According to child development experts, role play can instill many skills in children that are important as kids get older. Those skills include thinking in abstract, language development and comfort in social settings. Encouraging children to role play becomes even easier when parents offer a holiday gift that inspires dress-up and imagination. The bonus? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. Chances are former Halloween costumes of years past are in the attic, basement, or tucked away in a box in a closet. Or maybe there’s old clothing that was intended to be donated to charity, but never quite made it there. Parents can use this treasure trove of dress-up parts to create a costume trunk, perfect for boys and girls. The first step is finding a container that can house the clothing and accessories. A toy chest with flip-up lid is ideal, but there are other options, too. A plastic storage container also can be used. Depending on the child’s interests, the container can be painted or decorated with the

youngster’s name and whimsical images that inspire imagination. Think about fairy castles or pirate treasures. If a boy loves toys and trucks, paint a road and vehicles on the chest. The next step is to load the container with the costumes and any other clothing that will make good dress-up wear. Additional items can be supplemented and often bought on discount after Halloween. Don’t overlook 99 cents stores and other discount outlets for more items, such as plastic crowns or firefighter hats. Ask friends and family if they have any previously used costumes that are no longer needed that can be added to the costume chest. Face paints and makeup can complete the assortment of dress-up components. Wrap up the costume container and offer it during the holidays. In addition to the wonder of opening such a large present, children can be entertained for hours with all of the items tucked inside. They can also rediscover the costumes of their trick-or-treating pasts. Encourage young ones to put on shows to further show off their dressing up.

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KID’S PLAY


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Making your sports fan happy Sports fans are a unique breed of people who range from avid devotees to casual observers. Come the holiday season, perhaps no gift is more appropriate for a sports fan than something that makes the big game that much better. This holiday season, shoppers searching for the right gift for their sports-crazed love ones might consider the following gift ideas.

TAKE TAILGATING TO NEW HEIGHTS Though the games themselves are important, sports fans will admit the camaraderie they feel with their fellow fans is a big part of their love of sports. And nowhere makes a better place to build those bonds with fellow fans than the pregame tailgate. This holiday season, make that tailgate even more enjoyable for your fa-

vorite sports fan with a new grill or deep fryer. Deep fryers come in many shapes and sizes, be it ones best suited to side dishes and smaller meals, or larger fryers that enable tailgaters to

cook up some fried chicken or even a popular staple like deep fried turkey the whole parking lot can enjoy. For those who tailgate and have all the tools and gadgets they need, don’t

overlook food for your favorite tailgater. A box of gourmet steaks can go a long way on a cold afternoon before the big game, and any veteran tailgater knows there’s no such thing

as too much food.

TICKETS TO THE BIG GAME For those sports nuts routinely relegated to the couch during their favorite team’s games, perhaps no gift is more appropriate than tickets to a sports arena. Even if money is tight and tickets seem costly, shoppers can take advantage of a host of ways to purchase tickets at below-market costs. For example, many professional teams now allow their season ticket holders to sell their tickets to games right through the team’s Web site. Tickets might be discounted as ticket holders attempt to recoup some of their money for games they simply can’t attend. Another option when looking for affordable tickets is to peruse the Internet for Web sites like www.

Protecting yourself when shopping online There is no denying that shopping online is the quickest and easiest way to zip through a holiday shopping list. With a few clicks and keystrokes, it’s possible to have all of your Christmas shopping done in no time. But as many people have found out -- the hard way -- purchasing via the Internet can be risky business, especially during the holiday season when shoppers are pressed for time and make hasty decisions. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, a San Diegobased nonprofit, there are several important steps that consumers should take to ensure that their online transactions are conducted both safely and securely.

First and foremost, the ITRC recommends that consumers shop only on sites that use technology that encrypts -- or encodes -both your personal and financial information before sending it for payment processing. Encrypting sensitive information makes it inaccessible to anyone outside the system, and all of the Web’s major retailers secure customer data in this manner. Any page on a site that asks for personal or financial information will have a URL or Web address beginning with https:// as opposed to the usual http://. Shopping only on the sites of merchants you know and trust is another critical means of ensuring your online safety. However,

if you decide to order from a Web site you have never patronized before, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes investigating the site. For starters, reliable Internet retailers always include a business address and contact telephone number on their sites, as well as information about site security, their return and refund policies, shipping practices and privacy policy. This information should be easily located on the Web site, often along the bottom of the company’s home page. If you can’t find this information or suspect that the business might not be legitimate, contact the Better Business Bureau or your state’s Attorney General’s office to determine if there are out-

standing complaints against the company. Another critical step in securing your personal and financial data is to provide only the information necessary to complete the transaction -- and no more. Finally, whenever you shop online, it’s best to pay with credit cards, which are protected by the federal Fair Credit Billing Act -- a law that entitles cardholders

to dispute charges made to their accounts. Unfortunately, there is no other form of payment that provides this type or level of protection. The good news? Once you are assured that a site is secure and the retailer is reputable, shop away. Chances are good that you’ll not only save time, but money and energy as well.

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Although some people are giftwrap gurus, there are many others who feel that their wrapping skills are lacking. Regardless, anyone can create delightful wrapped gifts with a little knowhow. PREPARE The first step to wrapping is to have all of the supplies in one place. There are some people who have actually dedicated small rooms as gift-wrap stations. While you don’t have to go this far, find a large table and keep your tape, tags, paper, ribbon, scissor, pen, and other accessories nearby. Also, sort out the gifts according to recipient and have any gift receipts handy to wrap up with the gift.

WRAP IT UP

Make every present beautiful

Wrap at a time when there are no distractions and you can devote your attention to the task at hand, like after children have gone to bed or during the day when no one is home. PAPER OR BAGS? When purchasing wrapping paper, it may be tempting to skimp on the quality of the paper to save money. However, a thicker, higher quality paper will make wrapping go more smoothly. That’s because it will be less likely to tear on boxes or when you’re rolling out and cutting it. Thicker paper means you’ll

also be able to achieve more intricate folds and better creasing around boxes. It also may be more forgivable around oddly shaped items. Gift bags are the go-to wrapping medium when you’re short on time or have items that are not easily wrapped with paper. Because they come in a variety of sizes -- and even giant plastic bags to contain large gifts -they are often more convenient. OTHER TIPS There are different tips that can help with wrapping. • Buy neutral-patterned wrapping paper that coordinates with other papers. This way if you run out of one type of paper you can stagger other pieces and make a collage of papers so there’s no waste. • Use ribbon to dress up a gift and direct the eye away from any imperfections. • Keep a stack of paper scraps and use it instead of tissue paper to fill in gift bags. • Keep scissors sharp for clean cuts. * Pack smaller items or oddly shaped things into a different container that is easier to wrap. * Roll up clothing and place into a paper towel tube to turn the wrapping into a candy cane shaped gift. Practice often makes perfect when it comes to wrapping gifts. Having the right paper, a few decorative supplies and some patience can ensure that gifts look festive this year.

GET PERSONAL Sports apparel has never been more popular, and no true fan can do without some gear that professes his or her love for a favorite team. This holiday season go the extra mile by personalizing a jersey for the sports fan in your life. His or

tact a loved one’s favorite team to see if there’s any way to make the connection even more personal. For example, some teams sell bricks on walkways outside their home stadium and fans can engrave a personal message on the bricks, forever connecting them with their favorite teams.

her first or last name embroidered across the back of a favorite team’s jersey is the ultimate way for sports fans to show just how connected they are to their favorite team. For those who want to go even further, con-

BRING IT HOME Nowadays, many sports fans find themselves living far away from their favorite teams. New York natives living in California might have no way to watch their favorite Big Apple teams do battle and might be relegated to reading about their favorite players’ exploits in the morning newspaper. For shoppers who truly want to please their favorite sports fans this holiday season, consider purchasing them a subscription package that enables them to see their favorite team play regardless of where they live. MLB Extra Innings(R) and NFL Sunday TicketTM are just two of the more popular options that allow sports fans to see every game their favorite sport has to offer. This holiday season, make your favorite sports fan that much more enthusiastic with a gift that further strengthens his or her bond with a favorite team.

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The holidays are here and that means shoppers have started to stockpile gifts for those they love. Once the shopping rush is over, the time to wrap all of those great finds and treasures has come.

Hub.com, where ticket seekers can often find discounted tickets to some of their favorite sporting events. In addition, peruse the local newspaper classifieds to see if anyone in your area is selling tickets. It’s often not as difficult as it might seem to find discounted tickets to even the most popular sporting events.


COOKING CLASS

Know a foodie who is just beginning a love affair with food? Or one who has recently discovered a particular type of cuisine, such as Thai or Indian? Help cultivate this newfound love by treating them to a cooking class that helps them learn all about the cuisine and how to make certain dishes for themselves. Such classes are not too difficult to find, and you might even be treated to a delicious, homecooked meal once your loved one has completed the class.

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Cooking is a rewarding hobby and meals, when shared with friends and family, are a great opportunity to sit down and stay abreast of all the goings-on in the lives of your loved ones. For some, however, food is more than just a hobby, it’s a passion. Those especially passionate about their food are affectionately known as “foodies.” Foodies can be meat lovers, vegetarians or even vegans. All it really takes is a love of food. This holiday season, gift the foodie in your life with any of the following food-oriented gift ideas.


COOKING CLASS

Know a foodie who is just beginning a love affair with food? Or one who has recently discovered a particular type of cuisine, such as Thai or Indian? Help cultivate this newfound love by treating them to a cooking class that helps them learn all about the cuisine and how to make certain dishes for themselves. Such classes are not too difficult to find, and you might even be treated to a delicious, homecooked meal once your loved one has completed the class.

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Cooking is a rewarding hobby and meals, when shared with friends and family, are a great opportunity to sit down and stay abreast of all the goings-on in the lives of your loved ones. For some, however, food is more than just a hobby, it’s a passion. Those especially passionate about their food are affectionately known as “foodies.” Foodies can be meat lovers, vegetarians or even vegans. All it really takes is a love of food. This holiday season, gift the foodie in your life with any of the following food-oriented gift ideas.


Although some people are giftwrap gurus, there are many others who feel that their wrapping skills are lacking. Regardless, anyone can create delightful wrapped gifts with a little knowhow. PREPARE The first step to wrapping is to have all of the supplies in one place. There are some people who have actually dedicated small rooms as gift-wrap stations. While you don’t have to go this far, find a large table and keep your tape, tags, paper, ribbon, scissor, pen, and other accessories nearby. Also, sort out the gifts according to recipient and have any gift receipts handy to wrap up with the gift.

WRAP IT UP

Make every present beautiful

Wrap at a time when there are no distractions and you can devote your attention to the task at hand, like after children have gone to bed or during the day when no one is home. PAPER OR BAGS? When purchasing wrapping paper, it may be tempting to skimp on the quality of the paper to save money. However, a thicker, higher quality paper will make wrapping go more smoothly. That’s because it will be less likely to tear on boxes or when you’re rolling out and cutting it. Thicker paper means you’ll

also be able to achieve more intricate folds and better creasing around boxes. It also may be more forgivable around oddly shaped items. Gift bags are the go-to wrapping medium when you’re short on time or have items that are not easily wrapped with paper. Because they come in a variety of sizes -- and even giant plastic bags to contain large gifts -they are often more convenient. OTHER TIPS There are different tips that can help with wrapping. • Buy neutral-patterned wrapping paper that coordinates with other papers. This way if you run out of one type of paper you can stagger other pieces and make a collage of papers so there’s no waste. • Use ribbon to dress up a gift and direct the eye away from any imperfections. • Keep a stack of paper scraps and use it instead of tissue paper to fill in gift bags. • Keep scissors sharp for clean cuts. * Pack smaller items or oddly shaped things into a different container that is easier to wrap. * Roll up clothing and place into a paper towel tube to turn the wrapping into a candy cane shaped gift. Practice often makes perfect when it comes to wrapping gifts. Having the right paper, a few decorative supplies and some patience can ensure that gifts look festive this year.

GET PERSONAL Sports apparel has never been more popular, and no true fan can do without some gear that professes his or her love for a favorite team. This holiday season go the extra mile by personalizing a jersey for the sports fan in your life. His or

tact a loved one’s favorite team to see if there’s any way to make the connection even more personal. For example, some teams sell bricks on walkways outside their home stadium and fans can engrave a personal message on the bricks, forever connecting them with their favorite teams.

her first or last name embroidered across the back of a favorite team’s jersey is the ultimate way for sports fans to show just how connected they are to their favorite team. For those who want to go even further, con-

BRING IT HOME Nowadays, many sports fans find themselves living far away from their favorite teams. New York natives living in California might have no way to watch their favorite Big Apple teams do battle and might be relegated to reading about their favorite players’ exploits in the morning newspaper. For shoppers who truly want to please their favorite sports fans this holiday season, consider purchasing them a subscription package that enables them to see their favorite team play regardless of where they live. MLB Extra Innings(R) and NFL Sunday TicketTM are just two of the more popular options that allow sports fans to see every game their favorite sport has to offer. This holiday season, make your favorite sports fan that much more enthusiastic with a gift that further strengthens his or her bond with a favorite team.

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The holidays are here and that means shoppers have started to stockpile gifts for those they love. Once the shopping rush is over, the time to wrap all of those great finds and treasures has come.

Hub.com, where ticket seekers can often find discounted tickets to some of their favorite sporting events. In addition, peruse the local newspaper classifieds to see if anyone in your area is selling tickets. It’s often not as difficult as it might seem to find discounted tickets to even the most popular sporting events.


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Making your sports fan happy Sports fans are a unique breed of people who range from avid devotees to casual observers. Come the holiday season, perhaps no gift is more appropriate for a sports fan than something that makes the big game that much better. This holiday season, shoppers searching for the right gift for their sports-crazed love ones might consider the following gift ideas.

TAKE TAILGATING TO NEW HEIGHTS Though the games themselves are important, sports fans will admit the camaraderie they feel with their fellow fans is a big part of their love of sports. And nowhere makes a better place to build those bonds with fellow fans than the pregame tailgate. This holiday season, make that tailgate even more enjoyable for your fa-

vorite sports fan with a new grill or deep fryer. Deep fryers come in many shapes and sizes, be it ones best suited to side dishes and smaller meals, or larger fryers that enable tailgaters to

cook up some fried chicken or even a popular staple like deep fried turkey the whole parking lot can enjoy. For those who tailgate and have all the tools and gadgets they need, don’t

overlook food for your favorite tailgater. A box of gourmet steaks can go a long way on a cold afternoon before the big game, and any veteran tailgater knows there’s no such thing

as too much food.

TICKETS TO THE BIG GAME For those sports nuts routinely relegated to the couch during their favorite team’s games, perhaps no gift is more appropriate than tickets to a sports arena. Even if money is tight and tickets seem costly, shoppers can take advantage of a host of ways to purchase tickets at below-market costs. For example, many professional teams now allow their season ticket holders to sell their tickets to games right through the team’s Web site. Tickets might be discounted as ticket holders attempt to recoup some of their money for games they simply can’t attend. Another option when looking for affordable tickets is to peruse the Internet for Web sites like www.

Protecting yourself when shopping online There is no denying that shopping online is the quickest and easiest way to zip through a holiday shopping list. With a few clicks and keystrokes, it’s possible to have all of your Christmas shopping done in no time. But as many people have found out -- the hard way -- purchasing via the Internet can be risky business, especially during the holiday season when shoppers are pressed for time and make hasty decisions. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, a San Diegobased nonprofit, there are several important steps that consumers should take to ensure that their online transactions are conducted both safely and securely.

First and foremost, the ITRC recommends that consumers shop only on sites that use technology that encrypts -- or encodes -both your personal and financial information before sending it for payment processing. Encrypting sensitive information makes it inaccessible to anyone outside the system, and all of the Web’s major retailers secure customer data in this manner. Any page on a site that asks for personal or financial information will have a URL or Web address beginning with https:// as opposed to the usual http://. Shopping only on the sites of merchants you know and trust is another critical means of ensuring your online safety. However,

if you decide to order from a Web site you have never patronized before, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes investigating the site. For starters, reliable Internet retailers always include a business address and contact telephone number on their sites, as well as information about site security, their return and refund policies, shipping practices and privacy policy. This information should be easily located on the Web site, often along the bottom of the company’s home page. If you can’t find this information or suspect that the business might not be legitimate, contact the Better Business Bureau or your state’s Attorney General’s office to determine if there are out-

standing complaints against the company. Another critical step in securing your personal and financial data is to provide only the information necessary to complete the transaction -- and no more. Finally, whenever you shop online, it’s best to pay with credit cards, which are protected by the federal Fair Credit Billing Act -- a law that entitles cardholders

to dispute charges made to their accounts. Unfortunately, there is no other form of payment that provides this type or level of protection. The good news? Once you are assured that a site is secure and the retailer is reputable, shop away. Chances are good that you’ll not only save time, but money and energy as well.

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SPORTS NUTS

SECURE IDENTITY


CHRISTMAS BILLS

Low-Cost Gift Idea for your Children

Organize your gift receipts A relatively recent component of holiday shopping -- or any shopping for that matter -- is the gift receipt. Keeping gift receipts organized can take a little effort on the part of the shopper to ensure each gift recipient is in possession of their respective receipts. Gift receipts are advantageous to people who are receiving presents. Should the item not fit or be a duplicate of something they already have, a gift receipt enables them to return the item effortlessly. It also clearly indicates where the gift was purchased so one is not driving around trying to find the store for a return. Plus, should the item have been recently reduced in price, a gift receipt will allow the full value of the gift to be received. Returning an item without a receipt could result in lost value and the sale price being rescinded. Although having a gift receipt will not entitle one to a cash refund, it will equate to a store credit in the amount of the original price purchased. Keeping gift receipts organized may take

a little trial and error. One idea is to keep two envelopes and a pen handy when shopping. Write the names of the gift recipients on the master receipt or put their initials beside

their purchased items. Place those receipts in one envelope where you’ll keep your copies of the receipts. On the gift receipts, write the names for whom the gifts are intended. Place those receipts in the other envelope that will hold all gift receipts. When it comes time to wrap gifts, refer to your gift receipt envelope and match up the receipts to the correct gift. Remember, the gift receipt will not display the price or sometimes even a product description. It will usually only have a bar code that will refer to a UPC, or product number. You may be able to match the receipt to the number on the product tag. But again, this is why writing the name of the person on the receipt at the time of purchase can make the process easier. Attach the receipt to the gift in some way and wrap

According to child development experts, role play can instill many skills in children that are important as kids get older. Those skills include thinking in abstract, language development and comfort in social settings. Encouraging children to role play becomes even easier when parents offer a holiday gift that inspires dress-up and imagination. The bonus? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. Chances are former Halloween costumes of years past are in the attic, basement, or tucked away in a box in a closet. Or maybe there’s old clothing that was intended to be donated to charity, but never quite made it there. Parents can use this treasure trove of dress-up parts to create a costume trunk, perfect for boys and girls. The first step is finding a container that can house the clothing and accessories. A toy chest with flip-up lid is ideal, but there are other options, too. A plastic storage container also can be used. Depending on the child’s interests, the container can be painted or decorated with the

youngster’s name and whimsical images that inspire imagination. Think about fairy castles or pirate treasures. If a boy loves toys and trucks, paint a road and vehicles on the chest. The next step is to load the container with the costumes and any other clothing that will make good dress-up wear. Additional items can be supplemented and often bought on discount after Halloween. Don’t overlook 99 cents stores and other discount outlets for more items, such as plastic crowns or firefighter hats. Ask friends and family if they have any previously used costumes that are no longer needed that can be added to the costume chest. Face paints and makeup can complete the assortment of dress-up components. Wrap up the costume container and offer it during the holidays. In addition to the wonder of opening such a large present, children can be entertained for hours with all of the items tucked inside. They can also rediscover the costumes of their trick-or-treating pasts. Encourage young ones to put on shows to further show off their dressing up.

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KID’S PLAY


YUMMY!

The Frame Shop “Our Reputation Hangs on Your Wall”

Don’t know what to give for Christmas? give a frame shoP gift CarD

Cooking is a rewarding hobby and meals, when shared with friends and family, are a great opportunity to sit down and stay abreast of all the goings-on in the lives of your loved ones. For some, however, food is more than just a hobby, it’s a passion. Those especially passionate about their food are affectionately known as “foodies.” Foodies can be meat lovers, vegetarians or even vegans. All it really takes is a love of food. This holiday season, gift the foodie in your life with any of the following foodoriented gift ideas.

404 Becker Drive • Roanoke Rapids 252-533-0600

to make certain dishes for themselves. Such classes are not too difficult to find, and you might even be treated to a delicious, homecooked meal once your loved one has completed the class.

Radio Controlled Hobbies make GREAT Christmas Presents...

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Build your own or buy one ready to go!

50% - 75% OFF

• Helicopters • Cars • Airplanes •Trucks • Parts & Accessories Many other building supplies available.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

Monthly clubs, such as pastry-ofthe-month or coffee-of-themonth, are wildly popular among foodies. Memberships are relatively inexpensive, and each month your loved one will receive a new item, whether it’s an old favorite or a new one they have never tried beCOOKING fore. This is a great way for CLASS foodies to try new things, Know a foodie who and it truly is the gift that is just beginning a love keeps on giving, as most affair with food? Or one memberships last a full year. who has recently discovered a particular type GADGETS of cuisine, such as Thai or Indian? Help cultivate this Not all foodies newfound love by treating love to cook, them to a cooking class but those who that helps them learn all about the cuisine and how do may love to unwrap

Select Group of

Roanoke Valley Motorsports & Hobby Shop

Let us customize your Christmas Wreaths, Table Centerpieces and Gourmet Gift Baskets. (Come see our display.)

550 Julian Alsbrook Hwy • Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 • 252-537-5985

some gadgets that can help around the kitchen. A digital kitchen scale makes measuring ingredients a snap, while an electric wine opener makes it easier than ever before to uncork a bottle of wine to serve with dinner. Whatever a foodie’s taste or personal preference, chances are there’s a corresponding gadget that can make a

meal that much easier to prepare. A NIGHT OUT Of course, some foodies love to eat but aren’t so enamored with cooking. For those who prefer the restaurant route, peruse the local Sunday CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

It’s All About You

1021 Roanoke Ave. • Roanoke Rapids • (252) 533-2993

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Foodies will love thes gifts

Bring all of your future memories to us to be preserved for generations!


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