October 21, 2014

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Plastic is fantastic: More folks want gift cards for Christmas

By M.S. Enkoji McClatchy Newspapers “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” — 1944 novelty Christmas song These days, more than half of adults actually want gift cards, those colorful slivers of plastic that can buy everything from a Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s, to a shotgun at BassPro Shops to an Read More…

Make surprise last-minute gifts

By Sara Noel Frugal Village The first tip is a creative way to wrap and give a gift. You could easily replace crepe paper with yarn. These work well for Secret Santa gifts for co-workers or to have on hand for any emergency last-minute gifts. You can embellish the outside with a jingle bell, silk Read More…

Vandemark Jewelers… A convenient place to shop

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With all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping one of the things we all hate is overcrowded parking lots and overcrowded stores. Vandemark Jewelers is happy to be conveniently located at 244 East Broad Street in Elyria. With plenty of easy parking and a friendly staff, we are ready to serve your holiday shopping Read More…

A homemade cookbook: A gift from the hearth

By Marialisa Calta If your personal economy is still in recovery, you may be looking for ways to dial back the holiday budget. This do-more-with-less routine may be wearing a little thin these days, but it actually has some emotional resonance at holiday time. Well, before the most recent economic downtown/recession/depression, you may have entertained Read More…

Gifts that give experiences

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By Barbara Quinn The Monterey County Herald My daughter and I were talking Christmas present ideas. “I want to give you something different than just a sweater or something,” she said. (I could use a new pair of pajamas, I thought.) “Something that will be more of an experience,” she continued. (I’d like to experience Read More…

Put a sparkle in her eye with a gift from Village Jewelry

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GRAFTON – For local jeweler Scot Kuhns, there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of an engaged or married couple’s life. And that alone is one of the main reasons he opened Village Jewelry and Repair at 585 North Main Street, Grafton. Despite the current economic slump, couples will still get married and Read More…

Tasty holidays start at Jeanie’s Party Cakes & Supplies…

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Candy and cake making is fun, and easy, too…IF you have the quality ingredients and friendly assistance it takes to create your tasty treasures. Jeanie’s Party Cakes and Supplies is just such a place. The warm, friendly (and deliciously tantalizing) atmosphere makes the beginning candy/cake maker feel comfortable and confident. Experienced confectioners will appreciate the Read More…

Teacher appreciation can be tricky business

By Heidi Stevns Chicago Tribune Back away from that mug display, parents. Put down the porcelain figurine. And whatever you do, avoid anything with the dreaded apple on it. Your kids’ teachers have a new spokesman, and he’s here to stop the gifting madness that engulfs his fellow educators this time of year. Phillip Done, Read More…

City Wide collecting blankets for area needy

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This winter is sure to be a cold one with record low temperatures soon approaching. Meanwhile, needy families in and around Elyria will have to take extra steps to ensure their safety from catching a cold and surviving the nights’ chilling temperatures. The City Wide Food Drive is looking at fighting that issue this year Read More…

Gift ideas for every foodie on your list

by Jill Wendholt Silva McClatchy Newspapers Are you a Type A personality? Or a Type H? You know, someone who overachieves, racks her brain and tests her shopping stamina in an effort to get just the right holiday gift for every person on her list. Holiday shopping can be stressful. Or it can be playful. Read More…