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Think outside the box..Way outside

Outside the box

Sometimes the gift bag just isn't big enough

Think outside the box...

The time has come to wrap those gifts that you put off to the last minute.  You know the ones, the hockey stick, curling broom or any gift that you just want to make someone wonder what is in there?

How do you wrap those ones?  Gift bags are always popular, but have you ever actually tried to fit  a curling broom into a gift bag?  As you can tell from the picture, it doesn't work that well.

I have realized very quickly over the last month that I miss the easy access to cardboard boxes of many shapes and sizes that my previous retail job gave me at this time of year.  

So I have had to be a little inventive this year in my wrapping strategy.  Thankfully, most of what I have to wrap is small, and I can find a small box for it.

And if all else fails, I guess I can just pick up a really large bow.

Would you rather? Holiday Shopping Edition

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Would you rather get a root canal, or go holiday shopping?

A recent study shows that as many as one in three people dislike holiday shopping so much that they would rather get a root canal done over going out to shop.

The lines, the madness, the absolute chaos. 

Atleast in a dentist's office the mood is quiet and soothing... except if you don't like holiday music... oh no, what if they're playing holiday music. 

I question the validity of the study as well.

Do these people NEED root canals, and would just choose to get the appointment done when they conveniently do not have to go shopping?

Holiday Gift Superstitions

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  • Dont give sharp objects like a knife, scissors, or letter opener. it sends harsh energy to the receiver and is said to sever the friendship

  • Don’t give watches and clocks. They’re popular gifts in North America but in Eastern culture they suggest a limited lifespan.

 

  • Don’t give empty wallets and purses. Always include a small amount of money.

 

  • Don’t give handkerchiefs. They suggest that you expect the recipient to be doing a lot of crying in the future or to be wiping away sweat from frustration.

 

  • Don’t give long-stemmed red roses with thorns because they are said to cause the relationship to suffer. Yellow, cream, or pink roses with no thorns would be a better choice.

  • Sweets are a great gift. They symbolize that you wish the person to have a sweet life, so they mean good fortune.
  • Never recycle gifts. When you re-gift, it symbolizes that you are giving away your friendship with the person who gave you the gift.

 

If you want nothing, you get nothing

What do you get someone who says they want "nothing"?

Introducing.... the Nothing Box!

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This delightful, yet small box has absolutely nothing in it, and features beautiful cherry finish.

The gift giver purchases the box, and delivers sheer joy to the gift receiver by giving them exactly what they wanted - nothing!

You Need Nothing was created by a gentleman in the Netherlands, and each box is handmade with a unique product number. Proceeds go to charity.

If all else fails, just find a plain ol' cardboard box such as the delightful one pictured below.

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Only 9 More Days

Are you one of those people that wake up on Christmas Eve morning to realize you haven't finished, or maybe you haven't even started your Christmas shopping?

Now you have to figure out which stores are open so you can go shopping! Yikes!

No worries, the Humboldt and District Chamber of Commerce has you in mind.

A list was put together by the Chamber to provide you with business hours during the holiday season.

No need to make phone calls or run around town in search of open businesses, to view the schedule click here.

It's the Chamber's Christmas gift to you.

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