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Published: Thursday, 11/28/2013

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

BLADE STAFF

From Thanksgiving through Dec. 24, The Blade will give you ideas for everyone on your holiday gift list.

 

WHAT TO BUY FOR ...

THE TECHNOPHILES: Nov. 22

The number of gifts available to the techno-junkie on your list overflows with new products, updates, and gadgetry galore. CLICK TO VIEW

THE COOKS: Nov.23

Everybody eats, right? And some people even cook. This holiday season, think about giving a gift that gives all the year long. Think about a gift that makes cooking easy and convenient. CLICK TO VIEW

THE MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS: Nov. 24

Music lovers make Christmas shopping for them pretty easy. There are CDs, vinyl albums, iTunes gift cards, concert tickets, books, memberships, listening devices and even clothes, for that matter. CLICK TO VIEW.

THE YOUNGSTERS: Nov. 25

Before braving the crowds or surfing the Web for the most popular, make sure you're armed with the knowledge of this season's "in" toys and gadgets. CLICK TO VIEW.

THE PET LOVERS: Nov. 26

For the four-legged friends on your gift list, or as a special gift for their loving owners, we have some great ideas for presents that are both practical and pampering. CLICK TO VIEW.

PRESCHOOLERS: Nov. 27

They aren’t in elementary school yet, but they love to learn, play, and pretend. Our guide offers both practical and fun ideas for that preschooler in your life. CLICK TO VIEW

SPORTS FANATICS: Nov. 28

From the couch potato to the weekend warrior, there's something for everyone in the wide world of sports. CLICK TO VIEW.

THE HARD TO BUY FOR: Nov. 29

Whether they have everything or "really don't want anything," here's some unique gifts that will suit either. CLICK TO VIEW.

TICKETS FOR CHRISTMAS: Nov. 30

We may have just the ticket to complete your holiday shopping list — a ticket to see a special event live in person. Whether the recipient of your present is a sports nut, a thrill seeker, a concert goer, musical and theater lover, or comedy fan, a ticket to their favorite event may be the perfect gift. A stocking stuffed with tickets is sure to put a smile of anticipation on those young and old. CLICK TO VIEW.

LONG-DISTANCE FAMILY, FRIENDS: Dec. 1

Sometimes out-of-town recipients deserve something especially thoughtful since you can’t see them as often as you might like. CLICK TO VIEW.

WHEN MONEY IS NO OBJECT: Dec. 2

 So, you have money to burn. Why not spread the wealth around a little? It’s holiday time, so be generous. Actually, with these gifts, you can be really generous. CLICK TO VIEW.

THE OUTDOORSMAN: Dec. 3

One terrific thing about living in this area is the bounty of hunting and fishing opportunities. And there are great gift ideas if you have an outdoorsman on your list. CLICK TO VIEW.

THOSE WHO LIKE TO GIVE: Dec. 4

Some people are just givers. They are happy with what they have, and insist they don't want anything more. They say "give it to someone who needs it more." So take the suggestion and give them what they want. CLICK TO VIEW

INFANTS: Dec. 5

Shopping can be fun, especially when looking for gifts for infants. So, go ahead. Try not to smile as you check these gifts out. CLICK TO VIEW.

GAMES OF CHANCE LOVERS: Dec. 6

Gift giving can be a gamble but here's some good suggestions on what to buy those who enjoy the games of chance. CLICK TO VIEW.

BOOK LOVERS: Dec. 7

Thousands of book titles in hardcover, paperback, digital, and audio versions. Here's how to start the newest chapter in gift-giving. CLICK TO VIEW

GRANDPARENTS: Dec. 8

If you’re creative and consider their needs, there are plenty of ideas for gifts for grandparents who already seem to have everything. CLICK TO VIEW

JEWELRY LOVERS: Dec. 9

With a variety of jewelry in every price range, we're sure one of these ideas will make you as brilliant as the diamond watch on their list. CLICK TO VIEW

VIDEO GAME ENTHUSIASTS: Dec. 10

Are you perplexed about what to give the gamer in your life? Does he or she already own every game ever made? We offer ideas that are sure to bring a winning smile to gamers of all ages. CLICK TO VIEW

CAR ENTHUSIASTS:Dec. 11

If you have someone on your list who loves his or her car, test-drive our gift suggestions CLICK TO VIEW

TEENAGERS: Dec. 12

Teenagers can be hard to read. But if you pay attention and actually listen to them talk about things they enjoy, you'll have a head start on shopping. Here are a few things we overheard from a few teens. CLICK TO VIEW

GIFTS MADE LOCALLY: Dec. 13

Check out these locally produced gifts that are sure to please someone on your list and local merchants. CLICK TO VIEW.

PRETEENS: Dec. 14

We asked a group of “tweens” what they had on their wish lists, and we’re sharing those suggestions with you. They should know, right? CLICK TO VIEW

FOOD LOVERS: Dec. 15

Ever since chestnuts have been roasting on open fires, people have been celebrating Christmas with gifts of food. Here are some our suggestions to delight even the most loyal foodie. CLICK TO VIEW

GARDENERS: Dec. 16

Gardeners are easy to please without spending a fortune. From soft to hard, spiky to sharp, here are ideas that they’ll really dig. CLICK TO VIEW

ARTS & CRAFTS: Dec. 17

If you are skilled enough, you can make your own gifts for the holidays. Or you can count on area artists to make your gift-hunting easier. With a little sparkle, a little glitz, and a little patience, our ideas offer something for everyone. CLICK TO VIEW.

YOUNG ADULTS: Dec. 18

If you have an 18-24 year-old on your gift list, you have a lot of options. From the practical to the frivolous, it's up to you which direction to take. Or maybe try a little of both. CLICK TO VIEW.

INEXPENSIVE GIFTS: Dec. 19

You are running out of time and mony. If you're on a strict budget and need to keep a lid on what you're spending, try these great ideas, all for $25 or less. CLICK TO VIEW

HEARTH & HOME: Dec. 20

A gift for home might make a wonderful surprise for your spouse, friends, and family. And don't you want to sneak in some me-gifting, too? You have our permission. CLICK TO VIEW

EARTH-FRIENDLY GIFTS: Dec. 21

Check out one of these thoughtfully selected items that is kind to the environment, the worker, and the recipient, you can blast some good karma into your gift-buying regime. CLICK TO VIEW

SPIRITUAL THEME: Dec. 22

Whether Christianity or other world religions, here are a couple of ideas for expressing sacred sentiments for your religious friends and family members. CLICK TO VIEW

IN DOWNTOWN TOLEDO: Dec. 23

This year, instead of turning to the suburbs, drive through the heart of downtown, and you’ll find gifts with a bit of edge. CLICK TO VIEW

LAST MINUTE GIFTS: Dec. 24

So you are affectionately known by family and friends as "The Procrastinator." No problem. Santa waits until the last minute too. Many stores are open until 5 p.m. or later, and you can still snag some great gifts just in time for Christmas morning. CLICK TO VIEW



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