Gifts Galore

Every year after Thanksgiving, the rush is on to buy holiday presents, especially on Black Friday—the largest day of sales in the year. If you don’t feel like waking up early in the morning or braving the cold weather to get the best deals, you’re not alone. In December 2009, Americans spent $30 billion in online purchases. That same month, they spent more than $27 billion at department stores. For those who celebrate Christmas, a tree is a common part of the holiday season. In 2010, Americans purchased about 27 million real trees and 8 million synthetic trees. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, gift giving (and getting) is a wonderful part of the holiday season. In addition to the anticipation of getting presents, it’s exciting to wrap up something you know your friend or loved one will adore. However, looking through the crowded aisles of a store for the perfect gift can be a daunting task.

Quick Holiday Gift:

Sometimes it’s easier and more meaningful to make something yourself. Hand-knit scarves or mittens warm the body and the heart. If you’re not an avid knitter, cookies in a jar is a simple gift that can be made with ingredients from your kitchen. In a one quart jar, layer all the dry ingredients necessary for a mouthwatering cookie recipe. Add some colorful sweets like holiday M&M’s, peppermint baking chips, or Hershey’s Holiday Candy Coated Bits. Screw on the lid, tie on a silky ribbon, and add a gift tag to complete this delicious present.

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