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Make Your Own Festive Floral Arrangements

Gift Guides/Decorating

Dec 23 2009
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind centrepiece to spruce up your holiday table? A lovely arrangement to dress your mantlepiece; or beautifully showcase your Christmas spirit and creativity? Then these three do-it-yourself floral arrangements, from the imaginarium of Trish O'Sullivan are for you.

Gift Ideas For Your Favourite Foodie Who Has It All

Photos & Galleries/Gift Guides/Entertaining

Dec 17 2009
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Stymied by what to get the fussy foodie in your life?

Take this bit of advice - we all have more than enough aprons (kitschy, frilly, manly, profane and otherwise) that we don't wear; bottles of decorative vinegars consume valuable kitchen real estate and are so '90s; and with only two hands we can use only so many pot holders.

If you want to please a picky cook, look for gifts that solve problems and make work easier, or at least make it easier to love the work. Here are some suggestions that may make this year's holiday gift hunt a little less stressed.

Make Gifts Extra Special: Craft Your Own Bags

Gift Guides/Holiday Survival/Decorating

Dec 16 2009
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Put down the tape dispenser and the wrapping paper. Instead, make your own gift bags this holiday season. They can be done in a snap, and in their homemade splendor, they become part of the gift.

There's a gift bag for every sewing level; if you have sharp scissors and holiday-themed fabric, you're basically ready to go.

Non-sewers can turn to "furoshiki," a Japanese term for a simple square of fabric into which nearly anything can be tied. Crafters who can sew a straight line may want to try a cinched gift bag, while more advanced sewers can tackle something like the "eco-wrap pouch" created by craft blogger Jessica Okui.

2009's Best Video Games for Adults

Photos & Galleries/Gift Guides/Fun & Entertainment

Dec 11 2009
By Joshua Ostroff

Point-scoring politicians may still pretend video games are just for kids, but it's been many years now that the biggest and best games have been mostly Rated M for Mature. In fact, the most recent study claims the average gamer age is 35 (which I tell my wife repeatedly). So here's a look at the finest adult-friendly games of 2009.

Perfumes By Personality: Scents for Everyone on Your List

Gift Guides

Dec 9 2009
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

A bottle of fragrance is an almost irresistible gift to give: It's a luxury item that might not break the bank; it's personal and long-lasting; the packaging is beautiful - and those right angles on the boxes make it a breeze to wrap.

Fragrance, though, is also a very personal present, leaving it with the potential to be a hit or miss. There are the pleasant smells that remind one of a happy childhood memory or a favorite vacation, and the not-so-pleasant reminders of grandma's stuffy attic or flowers given by a love lost.

10 Can't-Miss Gifts for Him (All Under $20)

Photos & Galleries/Gift Guides

Dec 9 2009
By Mark Moyes

As more and more people scale back on their spending this year, they realize that it can be a challenge to find great gifts for less. Especially if you're buying for men, who traditionally tend towards bigger purchases -- electronics, power tools, yachts -- than women. Never fear. We've scoured the shops for unique, inexpensive ideas that'll please any guy on your list.

10 Sure-Fire Gifts for Her (All Under $20)

Photos & Galleries/Gift Guides

Dec 7 2009
By Mark Moyes

Still haven't finished your shopping? If you're still looking for something for a woman on your list, we've got you covered. Here are 10 things she's sure to love -- and as an added bonus, they're all under $20. If you're working with an imposed spending limit, these will work just fine; if you're spending more, buy her a couple.

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