Tuesday, December 21, 2010
For those daring last-minute holiday shoppers, Patch suggests a few gifts that are easy to find and sure to please.
With Christmas just three days away, Patch has a feeling there are still a few last-minute holiday shoppers out there. For them, we offer five more gift ideas that are easy to find and sure to please. Happy holidays! 1. The "Daring" and "Dangerous" Books for Boys and Girls ($14.95–26.95) 2. Luxury Spa Services 3. Personalized Beverage Tumbler ($10.95) 4. Decorative Stockings ($7.95–30) 5. Daily Desk Calendars ($9.99–14.99)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Check out Patch's weekly "Lists of Gifts" column for ideas and inspiration to help you find the best presents from local stores.
Last week, Patch gave you a crash course in the five rules of successful and meaningful holiday shopping. But just in case you need some extra help, we've rounded up a few of the best gifts from local stores to spark your imagination a little more. Happy shopping! 1. "Holiday Pet Bell Collar" by Plush Puppies ($4.99) 2. "Drink Up" Brass Knuckle Mug ($10) 3. "Game Set Match" Bracelets by Patricia Locke ($136) 4. Lilly Pulitzer Cocktail Shaker in "Shaken Up" or "Juice Bar" ($39.95) 5. Health Club Membership to the BAAC (various)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Embrace the lost art of thoughtful gift-giving with tips on selecting the perfect present.
Many people subscribe to the belief that Christmas has become an over-commercialized, consumer-driven holiday. I agree. If you feel that from Black Friday to New Year's Day, malls are more reminiscent of zoos than centers of commerce, you're not alone. But whether it's out of sheer obligation, simple habit, or the materialistic hope for reciprocation, we will all continue to indulge in the buying frenzy that is the Holiday Shopping Season. This might mean purchasing a gift card: estimates from the National Retail Federation show that we will purchase approximately $24.8 billion worth of gift cards this year (up 34 percent from last year). Apparently, our society is becoming a bit thoughtless when it comes to the lost art of gifting. Don'…