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Holiday Gift Guide SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012


You are invited to Bounty Cellars Winery for some Christmas cheer.

Time: 12:00pm to 6:00pm daily Where: 7 - 364 Lougheed Road Kelowna, BC

Appies and wine will be served.

All Wines will be 15% off and if you bring a friend you and your friend will receive a FREE gift!

p: 250.765.9200

OPEN HOUSE December 17 - 21, 2012


GARY NYLANDER/The Okanagan Sunday SportChek Kelowna’s Aidan Lightfoot says how about a new pair of skis for the kids for Christmas?

Gifts for kids Continued from page 9

Big ticket items like a smart TV and ski season passes can be con- sidered whole family presents. To go with that ski pass ski wear, accessories and the actual skis or snowboard are in order. “The store is stuffed with outer-

wear, ski and snowboard equip- ment and accessories for Christmas shopping,” said Aidan Lightfoot, the manager of SportChek at Kelowna’s Orchard Park mall.

“They are what people buy year after year.”

Buying kids clothes can be tricky.

The older they get the fussier

and more trend and brand con- scious they get.

So again, take your cue from what they are telling you they want.

Kids aren’t shy, just ask what they’re after and they can proba- bly quote you the item, colour, cost, size and what store to get it at.

Happy shopping. Here are some sales traps to avoid

The holiday season is rife with deals on items that range from the very small to the very large. But as enticing as holiday deals can be, not all of them will benefit the consumer in the long run. When shop- ping this holiday season, consumers should be mind- ful of the following holiday shopping traps. • Extended warranties. On the surface, service plans are in a consumer’s best interest. However, many service plans cover repairs that are already of- fered by a product’s standard warranty. Retailers tend to push extended warranties because they’re very retailer-friendly, often set up so retailers keep as much as or even more than 50 per cent of the war- ranty cost. What’s more, data from Consumer Reports indicates that products rarely break within the extended-warranty coverage, meaning con- sumers who purchase extended warranties truly are paying for nothing in many cases.

• Restocking fees. Gifts are often returned during the holidays, and many retailers insist items can be returned and fully reimbursed if done within a spe- cific window of time after purchase. However, re- stocking fees can challenge that claim. Electronics, for example, are often subject to re- stocking fees, which means consumers will have to pay a fee if they return an item that is not in its fac- tory-sealed box. These fees can be substantial, as some retailers’ stocking fees are as much as 25 per cent.

• Varying return policies. Some retailers change their return policies depending on where the item was purchased. For instance, in-store purchases might be subject to different return policies than items purchased on the retailer’s Web site. This is especially difficult during the holidays, when people are buying for others.

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