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Holiday Gift Guide SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012


Trends take on personal cues T


By Dorothy Brotherton


rends for Christmas in stores and homes of Westside commu- nities show an em-


phasis on making it personal for 2012.


The season always seems DOROTHY BROTHERTON


Sharon Hilland at Home Hardware says candles make a trendy gift choice.


to bring a desire within us to give a lift to ourselves, our homes and our loved ones. In the category of giving ourselves a lift, most people will admit to buying a little gift or two for themselves, or tak- ing themselves out for a treat, or doing something that per- sonally spells Christmas. Maybe it’s drinking a cup of mulled cider while sitting be- side a fire reading poetry. Maybe it’s taking a walk or snow-shoe trek in a snow-cov- ered forest. Most women visit their hair- dresser before the actual get- togethers begin.They want perms, colours and cuts, so they can look their best for holiday pictures. Brianna Asham at


SmartStyle in the Westside Walmart confirmed that November and December are much busier for hairdressers than earlier in the fall. “Trends are very individ-


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many younger women want longer hair styles while older women go for shorter, but there’s a wide range of style within those categories. People are looking for what looks good on them, not so much for what’s trendy. The desire to give our loved ones a lift is behind the fun we have selecting gifts. Home decor is big this year in gift giving, as well as in sprucing up our own homes for the holi- days.


Sharon Hilland at Home Hardware in the Towne Centre Mall in Westbank Centre said their new line called Home Expressions is doing very well. For example, Yankee candles are a popular gift item. It seems nearly every- one loves a beautiful candle, especially scented, to set the atmosphere for Christmas. A favourite decor item, or


gift for the decor lover, is a word.Yes, a word. It has to be a word that’s significant or contains a message that reaches the heart of the recip- ient. At Byland’s Garden Centre, for example, you can find words such as “friends” as part of the tree decor, or “peace” spelled out to remind us of the heart of the season.


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