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For everyone on your list

(Family Features) Make holiday shopping a little easier this year with a few hints from the big man himself. Whether they love music, technology, fashion or fun, these gifts will put a smile on everyone's face - and turn you into a holiday hero.

For the music lover

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The HTC One V phone - available at Cricket Wireless - combines the vibrant authenticity of Beats Audio with the no-contract carrier's unlimited Muve Music service, for the best possible sound quality on songs downloaded directly to the phone. Cricket's all-inclusive Android rate plans include unlimited talk, text and data plus unlimited music, starting at $50 per month.

For the young at heart

LEGO Bricks More Basic Bricks Deluxe Set - $29.99
LEGO Basic Bricks #6177

A perfect gift for a family that loves to spend quality time being creative and building together. This open-ended LEGO construction set comes with 650 colorful LEGO bricks and photo inspiration to provide endless play possibilities at a great value. Take the fun beyond the box at the Build Together website, where you'll find more building inspiration as well as monthly (seasonal and holiday) building instructions.

For the fashionista

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style - $50.00
Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style

Containing everything you need to know about changing fashion and style, this beautiful book catalogs 3,000 years of fashion evolution. With stunning visual clarity, attention to detail, and information on icons from Marie Antoinette to Alexander McQueen, "Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style" offers an invaluable overview of the history of fashion and costume.

For the audiophile

AUVIO Bluetooth Portable Speaker - $79.99

Get rich, full and dynamic sound with no cord to tie you down. This sleek, compact speaker is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled tablets, laptops, MP3 players, and smartphones running iOS or Android platforms. The built-in speakerphone makes picking up calls easy when paired with your mobile phone. Already a great value compared to similar products, save even more with $10 back for every $50 you spend at RadioShack starting November 4, 2012. Exclusively at RadioShack.

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Life & Beauty Weekly: Life & Love
Gift Giving Is Getting Personal

By Robin Immerman Gruen for Life & Beauty Weekly

Finding new and interesting birthday gifts year after year is the ultimate challenge. Walking through stores, you often end up thinking, “Been there, bought that.”

So instead of shopping for the perfect present, why not tap into your own creativity and create a personalized gift that is sure to make your special someone feel extra special? A handmade treasure shows how much you really care -- plus it gives you a chance to express your creative side. 

So, whether you’re a skilled crafter or not, try these clever and easy personalized presents for the VIPs in your life.

For Your Best Friend
Store-bought bath-and-body products are a nice gift and look beautiful in the bathroom, but they’ve become predictable. What hasn’t: Handcrafted bath scrubs in a customized container, says Brooke Palmer, a self-proclaimed crafting addict and co-owner of My Little Pumpkin Kids, a line of hand-embellished and -embroidered children’s clothes.

To start, use decorative paper to line the outside of an antique mason-type jar or a clean jelly or salsa jar (with the label removed). Choose a pattern or color you know your friend will love.

In a mixing bowl, combine the following:

  • 1/2 cup dark honey
  • 1/4 cup white cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup grape seed or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 20 drops essential oil (a scent you know she likes, like lavender or mint)

Spoon the mixture into the jar, secure the lid and tie on a tag with ribbon that tells her what’s inside (e.g., “Sally’s Lavender-mint Body Scrub”) or what to do with it (e.g., “Pamper, polish and perfume!”). 

For Your Child
This idea works for your own child, or a friend of your child’s who might be having a birthday party or other special event. On this one, you will need to get hands-on help from a company called Me and My Peeps Books (meandmypeepsbooks online). Start by uploading a few snapshots of the child to the Web site, then work with the Me and My Peeps team via email or phone to come up with an idea for a storybook featuring the boy or girl. You pick themes like families, numbers and friends, and the company creates the 5-by-5-inch hardcover book.

“Every kid loves looking at pictures of himself, so he’ll read it again and again,” says co-owner Keri Nathan Stern. “And the small size easily pops into a bag or stroller.” Bonus: At less than $30, this pint-size, personalized present won’t break the bank.

For Your Co-worker
Baked goods are a tasty and comforting gift, but unless the recipient lives with a hungry crew, your tin of two dozen may go stale before she finishes it. Instead, gift her frozen cookie dough balls so she can bake them depending on her own time frame or temptation scale (e.g., two here, 10 there).

Spend one afternoon mixing up a few of your favorite cookie recipes -- peanut butter, chocolate chunk or simple sugar cookies. Use a small ice-cream or melon scooper to make lots of mini-balls, then store them separately in freezer bags, says Jennifer Lewis Benerofe, a personal chef in New York. “Whenever you need a gift, wrap two dozen in parchment and put the package in a takeaway plastic container,” she says. Tie a ribbon around the container and create a personalized label that includes baking instructions.

To give her another surprise sweet treat when the cookies run out, place a few recipe cards for your other favorite desserts on the bottom of the container.

Whether a gift is for your girlfriend, a co-worker or someone else in your social circle, it can be easily customized to make the recipient feel special. And isn’t that what gift giving is all about?

Robin Immerman Gruen has been a beauty editor at Parents, Seventeen and Shape. Now a freelance writer and editor, she has written for American Way, Parents, Chicago Parent and Real Simple, plus the Web sites Beauty Blitz, Total Beauty, StyleChicago, and Glossed and Found. Sh e has previously contributed to  Life & Beauty Weekly.

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Essential oils may well be the ultimate gift from nature.

Made from the aromatic essences of plants, they have a remarkable ability to affect a person's well-being and improve the environment around them.

Explore the many essential oils offered by Kis Natural that can help you achieve physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.
Product is perfect for a gift or for your own use
Aromatherapy Top 6 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Sampler Essential Oil Gift Set- 6/10 Ml (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint)

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