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Pelham - Windham News 8 - December 23, 2010

Simple Tips to Quickly Finish Your Last-Minute Shopping As you cross the days off your 2010 calendar, have

you noticed that you haven’t yet crossed many names off your holiday shopping list? It’s been a busy holiday season, and you can be forgiven for putting your gift shopping at the bottom of your to-do list. Finding an eleventh-hour gift doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. Here are some tips to make your last-minute holiday shopping simple so you can get your list checked off quickly: Beautiful scents all year long No matter what season it is, fresh flowers are always a great gift. You can give special roses to your signifi- cant other, or a bouquet of favorite flowers to your mom or grandma. Consider signing your loved one up to receive a bouquet every month, so she can keep celebrating your holiday gift throughout the entire year. Online flower companies have seasonal specials, and you can find flower coupons for discounts or free deliv- ery at Fun and educational opportunities If you have a friend or relative with a special interest

– a love of machines or a passion for cooking recipes, for example – thousands of magazine subscriptions are available to help them glean more knowledge in their field of interest. From topics like woodworking to knit- ting, and travel to world politics, you can personalize your gift perfectly for the recipient. Buy the subscrip-

tion online, and you may even find a magazine coupon to sweeten the deal, along with a printable announce- ment.

Let the recipient find a specific gift You know your sister loves to play golf, but you aren’t certain what equipment she already has in her golf bag. You can give her a gift certificate to a golf store so she can easily pick out what she wants. Printable gift certificates are becoming more popular, allowing you to give your loved one a great gift with no worries that she’ll exchange it. If you would rather purchase a physical gift card, check your local supermarket or drugstore. Many chain stores have a display where you can choose a gift card from a variety of popular stores. Browse for ideas online You don’t need to dig through the leftovers on the store shelves in a last-ditch effort to find the perfect gift. Online stores clearly outline the last date an item can be shipped to have it arrive on time, and you may be able to find a coupon code through CouponHeaven. com for free or reduced rates on expedited shipping. The days are passing quickly, so don’t delay too long

in your holiday shopping. Take a deep breath, set aside a little time, and put some of these tips to use. Before you know it, you’ll have checked the last name off your list.

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Craft Brews Are a Festive Way to Toast the Season

Twenty-five years ago, “craft beer” exploded onto the scene and literally redefined how people think about American brewers and their offerings. Today’s beer lovers are trading up to “better” beers for their own consumption and as gifts. A 12-pack of a world-class American craft beer is about the price of an undistinguished bottle of Cham- pagne or wine. Beer has become the beverage of celebration. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research for Samuel Adams, 60 percent of men would rather toast with beer than Champagne.

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Whether a beer connoisseur or not, there are a number of ways to incorporate beer into this year’s seasonal celebrations. Here are four festive ways to celebrate with beer: * Holiday Cheers with Beers. This is probably the best time in history to be a beer lover. Craft brewers are experimenting with styles that chal- lenge people’s perception of what beer can be. For example, Samuel Adams is offering Infinium, a Champagne-like brew that is the result of a collaboration with the Weihenstephan Brewery in Bavaria, Germany. Infinium is a completely new style of beer; it is brewed with Champagne yeast, and offers beer lovers a unique drinking experi- ence. Infinium retails for around $20, making it a great option for holiday gifting and toasting. * Celebrate the season. A growing trend in the

craft beer movement is the burgeoning availability of seasonal options. Whether at a fireside winter gathering, or getting ready to welcome spring, beer lovers are now seeking brews designed to suit the season.

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* Cheese pairing 101. Clever hosts can change it up a bit by putting a new spin on the classic wine and cheese party and hosting a craft beer and cheese party. Each guest brings a cheese to pair with a favorite beer (e.g. aged cheddar paired with an American lager, blue cheese paired with spicy, wintery brews, or aged goat cheese paired with fruit beers). Since beer is so versatile, guests won’t feel pressure to come up with precise matches, and everyone will be pleasantly sur- prised by the flavor combinations.

* Build your own mix-pack. It’s hard work, but the best way to learn about craft beer is through sampling. One popular idea is to ask each guest to bring a six- or 12-pack of their favorite brew. At the beginning of the party, set all of the beer out on a table and let the guests take turns picking different beers to sample, allowing everyone to try something new. For those who want a “guided tour” of craft beer, many brewers offer pre-mixed twelve-packs, like the Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety 12-Pack that features six different holiday favorites. For more information on Infinium and addi- tional ideas for food and beer parings, visit www.

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