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Hunting for the Holidays: Part 1 of 3

Crossing off that holiday shopping list, one by one

December 11, 2012
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Soooo, Thanksgiving is over, as is the enivitable Black Friday and Cyber Monday thrill days. But, if you think you've missed out on all of the great holiday deals, don't worry, because you haven't. Thousands of businesses are offering holiday deals throughout the month of December, both online and in person, to help even the last-minute, last-second shoppers get that perfect gift for someone special.

Having trouble finding that perfect present for your list of friends and family, or looking for some unique gift ideas this holiday season?

Don't worry. We are here to help ease your frustration and get your brain into "think" mode. Over the next few issues, we'll help you come up with some great gift ideas for those that are hard to shop for or just really don't know what they like.

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Stay tuned for future issues, as well, as we'll continue to attack those hard-to-shop-for friends and family members that's enough to frustrate even the highest of saints.

For the Young-at-Heart

A gift certificate to a savory local ice cream shop is always a great way to stroll down Memory Lane. Enjoy a few licks of your waffle cone while enjoying a few great stories of another time.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a story is worth a million times more, right? Get them the latest book, a subscription to a magazine of their liking, or a gift certificate to their favorite book shop or one they may not yet know about. The holidays are often times we learn of new shops and boutiques we never knew existed before.

Just as we get better with age, so does alcohol for the most part! A great, aged bottle of scotch, wine or whiskey can make the greatest addition to any young-at-heart's stocking (and liquor cabinet).

For the In-Laws

You may be experiencing some difficulty trying to decide what to get your in-laws. This is a couple of people that can be particularly harder to shop for especially if they're new to your family. Have no fear, let's jot down some ideas.

For the mother-in-law and/or sister-in-law, if you don't really know much about them, stick with bath and beauty, or sweets. A nice gift basket of fragranced lotions and bath gels always makes a kind gift, as does a collection of candles and relaxation products.

And, every lady loves to be pampered from time to time. Treat her to a trip or two to a fabulous spa or salon (or both), so she'll feel fresh and vibrant, from head to toe.

For the sweet tooth (make sure they're not diabetic. If so, go sugar-free), a box of chocolates is a safe bet. For a little more "zing," sign her up for a chocolate-of-the-month club. What a fun thing to wait for by the mailbox!

For the father-in-law or brother-in-law, stick with gadgets. If they're electronically-inclined, get them some accessories for their new MP3 player, smartphone or tablet. If golf is their thing, a day out on the green of their favorite golf and country club is in order. For those that are into hobbies, a cool and operable model car, model boat or model plane kit is a fun way to go.

When buying for a pair of in-laws, a night on the town or tickets to a local play or concert are always welcomed gifts, as well as some great restaurants or lounges. If trying to make your gift-purchasing a bit simpler, tickets to a dinner theater offer a complete, one-stop package.

For the Gamer

This may require some detective skills, since real gamers tend to go out and get brand new games the day they're released or pre-order them way in advance!

Now, a heads up, the most recent World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria, was released in late September, and would be a cool addition if your WoWer hasn't already added it to their account . If he/she doesn't have an account yet, talk it over with them first, and then surprise them with a new account certificate. Word of warning: This game is extremely addictive. By getting them into this game for the first time, they may get sucked in and lose all track of time for a good couple of weeks or months!

Since XBOX released its Kinect program a couple years ago, Playstation followed behind with its Move system, and Wii just released the Wii "U." Tons of games are available for all of these systems, allowing the players to use their full bodies to enjoy gaming fun. Try dancing games like This IS It:?The Michael Jackson Experience, The Black Eyed Peas Experience, Just Dance 3, Dance Central 2, Grease Dance and more! This is a fun and active gaming device for all ages, and a great way to stay active and get some exercise.

Borderlands 2, Resident Evil 6, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Assasin's Creed 3 have all recently hit the gaming shelves and all worth a glance. Some great-looking games hitting the shelves in early 2013, look forward to Gears of War: Judgement, The Last of Us, Crysis 3, DUST 514, God of War: Ascension, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Grand Theft Auto V, Dead Space 3, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Deadpool, DmC (Devil May Cry) BioShock: Infinite and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist. So, perhaps a loaded gift card for the latest game is in order. Game on!

Stay tuned to future issues of the Beach Bulletin for additional suggestions for the tough-to-shop-for on your holiday lists. Happy shopping!



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