Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Keep Your Cool in the Last-Minute Christmas Rush

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Keep Your Cool in the Last-Minute Christmas Rush

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Byline: Liz Wells

CATCH A MOVIE: Josh Melano, assistant manager of Toowoomba BCC, says vouchers from Event Cinemas make ideal last-minute gifts for people of all ages and can be used for standard viewing, 3D movies, marathons or special events.

ONLY three big sleeps until Christmas.

For some of us, that's exciting.

For others of us, that's terrifying, and that's probably because you haven't finished your Christmas shopping.

If so, the time for wandering about the shops wondering what to buy is over.

You need to get cracking.

Make two lists.

Firstly, gifts.

Write the names of who you need to buy for, your budget for each gift and a[pounds sterling] if you can't think of anything better a[pounds sterling] choose something from this list.

Books or DVDs;

Food or drink a[pounds sterling] chocolates, fudge, nuts, gourmet coffee or tea or a nice bottle of something to drink;

Accessories: think wallets for kids, teenagers or men, and summer-weight scarves or costume jewellery for women;

Movie vouchers: Event Cinemas offer gift cards valued from $20. With Warhorse, Happy Feet 2, The Iron Lady, The Adventures of Tintin and Tower Heist all to be released on Boxing Day, there'll be a movie or two to suit everyone. These vouchers also make ideal presents for families.

Gardening and outdoor a[pounds sterling] pots, potted plants or hanging baskets, hand tools or herbs.

Reed diffusers: These bring a lovely fragrance to your home or deck and don't create smoke or wax. Ashley McEwan of Springs Garden World said they've been hot sellers in the lead-up to Christmas and are available at the Spring St centre from around $25 to $60.

Something scented a[pounds sterling] hand cream, cologne, fragrance or soap.

Practical a[pounds sterling] socks. …

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