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Holiday Gift Guide SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012


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• Go the food-and-beverage route. One of the worst things about last minute holiday shopping is dealing with fellow procrastinators at the local mall. Last minute shoppers tend to be as short on patience as they are on time. To avoid the malls, last minute shoppers can give the gift of food or drink for those friends or family members you will be seeing during the holiday season. A nice bottle of wine or a collection of gourmet cheeses make thoughtful gifts, and last minute shoppers don’t need to visit the mall to get them. • Consider a monthly gift. As a nice bottle of wine or a package of gourmet cheeses proves, not all great gifts need to be picked up at the mall. A monthly gift like a magazine subscription or a membership to a monthly club (i.e., "Pastry of the Month") are gifts that keep on giving all-year. Late-season shoppers will find these options espe- cially appealing as they can almost al-


ways be ordered in just a few minutes, whether it’s over the phone or via the Internet. • Don’t abandon the mall entirely. Though procrastinators are in no dan- ger of becoming extinct, most people do get their holiday shopping done well in advance of Christmas Day. As a result, truly last minute shoppers might find the mall isn’t so crowded on Christmas Eve. While the pickings might be slim for shoppers who wait until Dec. 24, the lines may not be as long and the park- ing lot probably won’t be as packed. But keep in mind it will be impossible for a gift purchased on Christmas Eve to find its way under a tree unless you person- ally bring it to a loved one. If you can’t give the gift in person on Christmas, don’t wait until Christmas Eve to buy it. • Donate in a loved one’s name. If a specific charity is near and dear to a loved one’s heart, make a donation in their name. Charities are among the many organizations that are struggling to survive in the current economy, and your donation might go a long way to helping a cause your loved one truly supports.


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True last-minute shoppers might find the mall isn’t so crowded on Christmas Eve


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