Magazine article USA TODAY

Innovative Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Magazine article USA TODAY

Innovative Ideas for Everyone on Your List

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T.C. Timber, Skaneateles, N.Y., a manufacturer of wooden toys and games, offers these gift suggestions to help keep the "humbug" out of shopping and put a smile on everyone's face this holiday season:

* Treat Mom to an hour of pampering and relaxation by giving her a gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure at the local beauty salon. She'll cherish the time alone and look glamorous for the neighborhood eggnog party.

* A roll of quarters for laundry and a prepaid phone card for kids away at college make perfect presents. At least you'll know that (hopefully) their clothes will be clean and they will call home once a week.

* Knowing how much Grandma looks forward to afternoon tea, you could make her holidays special by filling a decorated wicker basket with a hand-painted mug, flavorful teas, jams, and biscuits. Drop in a little note that promises her afternoon visits from you for a "spot of tea."

* Present Dad with a gift certificate for a golf lesson or an extra-large bucket of golf balls to practice his swing at the driving range. …

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