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Holiday Gift Guide SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012

Handy tree lighting tips

Lighting a Christmas tree may seem like child’s play, but time and again people struggle with the task. Untangling wires and wrapping them around boughs can be nerve wracking, but lighting a tree doesn’t have to be a chore when you follow some tips from the professionals.

First, keep in mind that wrapping lights around the tree horizontally is more work and often doesn’t produce a multi-dimen- sional effect. Rather, string the lights from the trunk up to the top, working vertically. This is actually how the tree decorators at Rockefeller Center in New York City do the famous tree year after year. This method

helps eliminate tangled wires and empty spots. Remember to plug in the strands of lights before you begin to check for burnt- out bulbs and to adjust the spacing of lights to prevent dark spots.

Think about varying light bulb sizes to add more dimension.

String an inner layer of small LED white lights to produce an inner glow on the tree before adding larger, colored lights on top to increase visual appeal. Just be sure to match the same wattage of the lights so you do not have power surges and can prolong the life of the bulbs.

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Over at London Drugs, which also has a big electronics department, smart TVs are also hot, as are the regular DSLRs and new pocket-size DSLRs with Nikon lead- ing the way.

“Everything 'i' continues to be popular ñ iPhone, iPod, iPad and iPad Mini,” says London Drugs manager Jim Larsen. “But it doesn't have to be Apple (the makers of everything 'i'), all brands of smart phones, MP3 players and tablets are selling well.”

Getting off electronics, London Drugs also sells single-serve coffee makers, which every kitchen needs.

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Then the knobs can be screwed back on to prevent the dowels from falling through the wooden frame.

Those who are a bit more handy may want to paint and attach a piece of plywood to the door on hinges that can be folded up and locked into place with a hook when not needed, but then put down to serve as a shelf on which the wrapping can be done. Be sure to have a shallow ledge that protrudes

Keurig is the most famous brand, but others have also jumped on the bandwag- on.

Ski and snowboard equipment and out- erwear is the name of the game at SportCheck at Orchard Park mall. “We're fully loaded in both categories for Christmas shoppers,” says store man- ager Aidan Lightfoot.

“The trends in skis are flat mount bind- ings and twin tips that you can wear ei- ther way.”

For outerwear, bright colours are back, a la the 1980s.

“Yes, we're talking almost 80s neon in hot pink, purple and bright blue,” points out Lightfoot.

“But more streamlined and updated for today.”

somewhat under the shelf to offer support when the shelf is in the open position. A separate dowel can be used to keep rolls of ribbon neat and within reach. A scissor hung on a hook or attached to a string will ensure that you’re never hunting for a scis- sor under rolls of wrapping paper. It also keeps the scissor safely out of reach of young children.

If desired, a tape dispenser can be mount- ed on the wall or door as well, enabling one- handed measuring and cutting of the tape. Get creative with your homemade wrap- ping station and then enjoy how efficiently you can wrap gifts.

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