Find the perfect present for everyone on your shopping list. Even the family pet. Now you just have to focus on keeping those hiding places a secret so the cool gifts aren't accidentally (on purpose) discovered before the big day.
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You can only give dad so many ties before he starts to notice. Stop getting stumped on what to buy him with unique gifts
that break the habit of stocking dad's closet. It will be hard to narrow down your list for dad when you start shopping for gifts based on his favorite things to do
. No more smiley face ties and homemade ash trays for the non-smoker!
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For Other Relatives
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Shopping for aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws can send you into a gift-giving tailspin. Buying for these special women and men doesn't have to be a challenge, though. Music and tickets to a game are gifts any guy can appreciate
. Great gifts for her
encourage her hobbies or spoil her with a relaxing day out. Your mother-in-law will be speechless.
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Everyone likes shopping for babies. Buying baby toys
and tiny clothes
is fun and your little gift recipient won't complain about your present or take it back. Shop for toys by age, such as 0-3 months
, 3-6 months
, 6-9 months
or 9-12 months
. Want to give them something that will last a lifetime? Commemorative gifts
are precious reminders parents will appreciate now and babies will adore as they grow into adults.
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For College Students
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Your collegiate kid is back under your roof and, oh, how they've changed. The days of buying toy trucks and dolls are gone so what do you get the college student? Stuff their stocking
with gifts they can use -- socks, underwear, thumb drives. Spend $30 or less
and they can still be the coolest kid on campus with university-branded gear, a coffee maker for those final exam cram sessions and complete DVD collections, CDs and books.
For Your Kids' Boyfriends or Girlfriends
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Seems like yesterday the kids were playing with invisible friends. Now they have boyfriends or girlfriends you have to include on your shopping list. For a college boyfriend or girlfriend
, cool gifts can be a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, concert tickets or a popular book. For a younger boyfriend or girlfriend, you have many budget-friendly choices
. Teens won't pass up a gas card, free movie tickets or the holy grail of gifts: money!
For Teachers, Coaches and Caregivers
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They spend a lot of time with our children, yet teachers, coaches and caregivers are often overlooked on our gift lists. Simple gifts
can show how much you appreciate what they do without breaking your gift-giving budget. Even inexpensive presents for these professionals
can send out a big thank you without having to finance your appreciation with your child's college fund.
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