Holiday Gift Ideas and Tips

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Chanukah came so early this year that it was here before I had time to think of gifts for the people on my list. So I had to think fast, and some of the deliverables were such a massive hit that I offer them up here as possibilities that might help you get some friends and family “crossed off” your list. Others are good standbys to have in mind, items that might trigger thoughts about that perfect gift you’ve been struggling to find.

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Online Shopping for the Holidays

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“I need to touch things and see them myself,” says my friend Phyllis about the prospect of shopping online rather than dealing with the crowds, long lines and parking problems that come with pre-holiday mall shopping. I think she’s nuts.

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Thanks for the Cranberries

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The food is so good at Thanksgiving, that we often wonder why we don’t have a similar meal other times through the year. My family is both traditional and creative. My husband is inventive. One year he basted the bird with pomegranate juice and molasses. He sometimes puts Italian sweet sausage in the stuffing and whole garlics in the mashed potatoes.

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Potato Latkes – You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to Love ‘Em

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Mouth-watering any time of year, potato pancakes, or latkes as the traditional Chanukah treat is called, are generally topped with apple sauce, sour cream, your favorite jelly, salt and pepper or – in my family – sugar, all the way. It’s a ketchup- or mustard-on-hotdog kind of thing. You love what you were raised on and raise an eyebrow in question of taste of those who eat otherwise.

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