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home : life : gift ideas December 17, 2014

Which books to gift this season
(BPT) - There are few things more pleasurable than curling up with a good book on a cold winter day, and if you have a reader on your holiday gift list, you’ll likely want to create that experience for them. With so many great books out there, how do you find the right book for the right pers... More >>

Prime preschoolers for the classroom with developmental games
(BPT) - While school prep is normally focused around kindergarten and elementary school students, increasingly preparations are occurring at much younger ages. Enhancing learning-based skills in preschoolers can be invaluable to their development and play is an essential role in early classroom exp... More >>

Top technology gifts for a special holiday season
(BPT) - Tech gifts are hot this holiday season, and with all the latest gadgets and upgraded electronic devices, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many wish lists include the best in smart devices.As you get your holiday shopping started, check out these great tech gift ideas that will have you... More >>

Looking for holiday gifts they'll still love next year? Go traditional, not tech
(BPT) - Popular wisdom would have you believe that the best holiday gift must have a battery, a touch screen and wireless capability. Technology gifts, however, rarely stand the test of time. Give your loved one a smartphone or tablet in December and it may already be obsolete by spring. What&rsquo... More >>

The key to a great hostess gift: personalize!
(BPT) - It’s going to be the party of the season. You know what to wear, but you haven’t a clue what to give as a hostess gift. As your calendar fills with holiday parties, finding the perfect gift for hosts and hostesses can be a challenge. Fortunately, it’s easy and affordable t... More >>

Three simple ways to kick the stress out of holiday shopping
(BPT) - Traveling, cooking large meals, planning and surviving holiday office parties, and managing relatives – the holidays are stressful. Add in the time and money demands of holiday shopping, and you may be tempted to keep a therapist on speed dial.While you may not be able to avoid diffic... More >>

Holiday shopping game plan: How to save big and win the day
(BPT) - Have you made your list and checked it twice? Nearly all Americans have some kind of “game plan” in place when shopping for gifts during the holidays, according to a recent survey by 1010 Data. But for many, that plan might not come together until the last minute. If you’r... More >>

Tips for finding the best tech gifts this holiday season
(BPT) - When it comes to giving technology gifts, it’s hard to stay “in-the-know” about what’s the latest and greatest. Yet, technology gifts are always some of the most popular gifts to receive.This holiday season, Staples Holiday Council member and tech expert, Chris Piril... More >>

Not home for the holidays? 10 great gifts to give from afar
  (BPT) - The holidays are meant to be shared with friends and family both near and far. If you have loved ones spread across the country, you can still send well wishes and hopes for a festive holiday with a few great gifts that can be delivered right to their doorstep. Your thoughtfulne... More >>

How to simplify holiday shopping this year
(BPT) - Does the prospect of holiday shopping make you dance with joy, or tremble with dread? Americans seem pretty evenly split into both categories, a CBS News poll found last year. Love it or hate it, holiday shopping has to happen – the National Retail Federation says more than 90 pe... More >>

Jingle bling: Give the look of diamonds for less than $100 this holiday season
(BPT) - Every year, some items make the list of “hot” holiday gifts, only to turn tepid next year when something trendier comes along (think banana hair clips and leg warmers). Yet one gift category has proven its enduring appeal for thousands of years. Diamond jewelry remains one of th... More >>

8 reasons why everyone can use a pocket knife
(BPT) - Long gone are the days when pocket knives were strictly for the avid outdoorsman or only useful on camping trips. Nowadays, these easy-to-use, multi-functional tools are the perfect size to tackle a variety of situations you may encounter on a daily basis.Unlike traditional tools that are o... More >>

Gifts for the trend-setter, go-getter and romantic-at-heart
(BPT) - Gift-giving doesn’t come naturally to everyone. If you’re struggling to find the perfect present, or if you just need some inspiration, Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist Lawrence VonRompf has tips to help you please all the women on your holiday shopping list.What makes a grea... More >>

Saving money on your holiday shopping list
(BPT) - The holidays can get expensive, especially if you have a large list of family and friends to shop for, or if you are planning to host a party or two. There are some ways, however, that you can save money this year and potentially make your planning for the season a bit easier as well.Be sur... More >>

7 great Thanksgiving gifts for the hostess with the mostest
(BPT) - Let’s face it: Whoever hosts Thanksgiving has a lot of work to do, no matter how big of a party it is. Whether you’re attending a Thanksgiving celebration in person or celebrating in spirit with friends and family who are far away, show your thanks by sending a hostess gift. Her... More >>

Last-minute fitness gifts can keep giving all year long
(BPT) - A good gift keeps on giving long after you’ve recycled the wrapping paper and put away the decorations. A great gift keeps giving in ways that change people’s lives for the better. This holiday season, give the people you love something that will contribute to their lives day af... More >>

Helpful tips when shopping for tech gifts for the holidays
(BPT) - Today’s holiday wish lists certainly have a lot more digital items than they used to. Whether it’s for school, work or personal use, everyone wants the latest technology. If you’ve started your shopping search already, you know the market is full of different types of devi... More >>

Parents: 3 holiday tech gifts that can help your kids in the classroom
(BPT) - Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country... More >>

The last-minute holiday shopper's guide to great gifts for $100 or less
(BPT) - The holidays will be here in the blink of an eye – have you finished shopping for gifts? If your answer is no, you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can save time, money and cut down on stress thanks to a handy gift-guide guaranteed to inspire perfect presents for everyone on your ... More >>

Beyond the bow: Experiential and motivational gifting trends in 2014
(BPT) - Do you want to give more than a present that gets a smile and then ends-up stored in a closet? This year, people have a new mindset for holiday giving and it embraces the idea that gifts can help motivate people to do the things they have always wanted to do. From tools that help someone co... More >>

Save time and energy with a family gift this holiday season
(BPT) - One of the best ways to celebrate the holidays is with a family gift – one that brings a couple or a family even closer.Since everyone is in on the gift, all members will need to come to an agreement on what it should be. It could be a family vacation, equipment for an already-planned... More >>

Finding big-ticket bargains during the holiday season
(BPT) - Bargain hunting is practically a sport, especially during the holiday shopping season. Deloitte‘s 2014 annual holiday survey predicts the average American will drop nearly $1,300 this holiday season. With that level of spending in mind, planning to save real money elsewhere is crucial... More >>

Four ways to spark creativity in your children
(BPT) - As colder months roll in, your children will spend more time indoors so you'll need to be equipped with indoor activities that will capture their imagination and foster their creativity. Here are a few activities you can do with your kids and keep them active:Get cooking.Bring out... More >>

Artful technology: How televisions have become a staple in modern home design
(BPT) - Not long ago, TVs were big, boxy and unattractive. No wonder they were always relegated to the corner of a room, positioned discreetly or masked within large, wooden, entertainment centers to make them fit in an aesthetically pleasing way.Those days are long gone. With the advent of newer t... More >>

Fact or fiction? What you need to know about today's TVs
(BPT) - By this time every year, TV manufacturers have released their new lineups - complete with the newfangled technologies and new looks. After months of seeing prototypes and concepts, now is the time when TV lovers can get their hands on these models and show them off in their living rooms.The... More >>

Top 5 gift-giving trends this holiday season
(BPT) - Finding the right gifts for your loved ones each year can be a challenge. This year’s top trends, however, will make it easy for you to pick out perfect gifts that everyone will love!Staples Holiday Council Member and lifestyle blogger Michael Wurm of Inspired By Charm says to keep it... More >>

Last-minute shopping tips to check everyone off your holiday list
(BPT) - The days are flying quickly past, and the holiday season will be over before you know it. If you haven’t completed – or even started – your holiday gift shopping yet, don’t worry; there’s still plenty of time to get everything accomplished.First, be sure to fin... More >>

5 clever time-saving gift ideas for busy people
(BPT) - Time isn’t just a commodity during the busy holiday season – it’s precious all year long. While you can’t give actual time to your friends and family, you can give gifts that help them save time and streamline their busy days. Here are five gift ideas that will help ... More >>

5 ways to make any purchase a smart purchase
(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere ... More >>

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