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_(-P~lc/e 16) This year make g1fts to add a personal gift-giving touch You've bought your share of ties for variety of decorative ink stamps and dad and know that mom really does not colored pencils to create a festive pat- need another pair of frilly bath slip- tern. Purchase matching envelopes and pers. Grandma and grandpa's likes are wrap up the cards in a fancy ribbon. a complete mystery, and what do you • Chocolate-dipped spoons: Buy a get the in-laws? package of plastic spoons in bright col- Face it, holiday shopping can be a ors or silver and gold. Melt chocolate challenge and with a host of relatives pieces or chips in a double boiler and and friends to shop for, it can also be dip the spoons into the melted choco- downright expensive. The solution? late. Place them on wax paper and Create homemade gifts that are sure to sprinkle with crushed peppermint make the holidays even more special, candy. After they dry, wrap them in col- You don't have to be the next Martha ored cellophane and tie off with a rib- Stewart in the craft department or bon. Place a few spoons in a mug along Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen to whip with some hot cocoa or coffee packets up creative gifts. You just need to do a and you'll have a sweet gift to share. little planning and scour craft stores, • Overflowing tea cups: Check out discount shops and magazines for a garage sales or closeout centers for few clever ideas. Here's a head-start on decorative tea cups. Place any number fun and easy-to-make gifts that you can of items in the cups: i.e. small cactus do yourself, plants, votive candles, potpourri, or • Homemade greeting cards: Pick up melt your own candle wax to create a a pack of white c.ardstock at an office- special homemade candle. Add a little supply store or paper shop and use a tag to the handle and you have a one-of- Unique Gifts & Collectibles Stocking Stuffers • Fragrances Scented Candles • Russell Stover Candies Pharmacy 157 Commercial St. • Portola • 832-4218 Leaving For The Why not let your Pooch or Kitty enjoy the holidays too! We have roomy and comfortable accommodations. Boarding Rates: Cats: $6.50/day Dogs by weight Call for reservations DMF Boardin 48228 Hwy 70 • uincy (530) 283-2833 Trims • Wash • Dry • Manicures Also Available! a-kind gift. .- all-natural items, • Bountiful baskets: Baskets are an tained in products like easy way to create unique gifts for massage/relaxation loved ones. Just choose items that per- and rejuvenate. tain to your recipient's interests. Is he • Fruit basket: Pass on a cook? Fill the basket with spices, and offer fresh fruit. measuring cups, cookbooks, etc. Does • Scented bath salts: There's] she love golf? Gather colored golf to spend tons of money on balls, monogrammed towels and the beauty products, you can like and wrap with colored cellophane, at home. Here's how to • Picture it: Buy inexpensive picture inspired bath salts: frames at a dollar store or closeout cen- ter and decorate the frame with ribbon, Candy Cane Bath $aR$ paint and trinkets. Place your favorite 2-cups epsom salts photo-of the recipient inside and pre- 1/2-cup sea salt sent as a cherished memento. 4-6 drops peppermint oil There are many other gift ideas avail- 2-3 drops red food coloring able that are a sweet idea. Here is a Place one cup of epsom salt listing of several treats your gift recipi- cup sea salt in a bowl or ent may love. plastic bag. Add 2-3 drops • Scented candles: many home-deco- oil. rating stores or bath shops carry an Place the remaining assortment of candles with scents second bowl. Mix all inl ranging from cookie batter to fruits to Layer the red and white • floral favorites, bottle or jar. Half litre • Flowers: When nothing else captures " bottles work well because theY the right "scentiments" try a beautiful stripes. Tie with a floral arrangement. The fragrance can small candy canes. This makes 8 last throughout the holidays, scented gift for friends. • Essential oils; For those who prefer Choose a thoughtful gift for An apple for the teacher still holds cla the charm of yesteryear, but around A few years of the holidays, many parents want to into boxes of send their children to school with a lectibles. special gift. Granted, While parents may be tempted to who remember each and lump teachers in with the cookie gift long after retirement, but if crowd, your gift will be far more appre- gift is going to be homemade, ciated if you add just a bit of fore- be practical or reusable. , thought. If your child wants to make As always, the rule, "it's the thought made gift, don't that counts," applies. Teachers are that a teacher may treasure grateful to know that parents appreci- ornament. Perhaps ate their efforts, no matter what the use a class picture or something season or circumstances. But when duced in class that would thinking about what to give a teacher, ing to the teacher, as well. consider these common circumstances: • Homemade cards • Teachers probably receive nearly as for one that will be treasured f0r many cookies, boxes of candy and get the whole class involved. other edibles as do priests and other Parents working clergy during the holidays.While a holiday greeting yours may be the best rum balls in the by the whole class, sure to state, there are only so many edible ished for years to come. gifts that one can consume, or share • Find out the teacher's interestS with others, they play bridge, enjoy tennis or q • Realize that sweets and food gifts are lect salt shakers? the most popular, and have pity on In this case, a little knowledgel those teachers who would like to end long way. When you know the holidays at the same weight as hobbies or pastimes, when they began, or who may not have gift becomes more like buying a people to share these gifts with. an old friend. So what do you get a teacher? The You can choose a general gift i following are some suggestions that field of interest and be right teachers are sure to appreciate: of the time. • Homemade gifts by students are • Gift certificates heartwarming and make i'me memen- present. Bookstores rank high tos for family members--but consider teacher's lists, as do restaurantS a teacher who has 20 to 30 students in electronics stores.