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Friday, December 24, 2010

The ordinary, extraordinary, and the best things in life

What makes your Christmas merry - a practical gift that is perhaps ordinary, or a unique treasure that's not so much a necessity as a pleasure?

It would seem that the majority of Americans have gone the way of ordinary this year. The top five gifts planned for 2010 include clothing, electronics, toys, gift cards, and - the gift 58% of people plan to give - cold-hard cash, said the Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll.

Seems it's a fairly useful combo of categories, with a little fun and entertainment mixed in.

If you are on the receiving end of a gift card, make sure you use it. Sounds like captain obvious talking, but more than a quarter of those surveyed who had received a gift card this year had not yet used their cards as of October either because they had forgotten or didn't make time to spend them. (Read Reasons why we hoard gift cards for tips on how to avoid letting your gift cards go to waste.)

Whatever you've received or will receive yet this holiday, we hope you've found joy in the season, and remember that "the best things in life aren't things" (Art Buchwald). But just for kicks, tell us what goodies you received or gave this holiday season at dupaco.blogspot.com.
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