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Gifting trends for the holidays

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Updated: 1/25/2013 10:39 am

(BPT) - Whether you began your holiday shopping in July or will wait until the last minute, whether you enjoy the festive fun of shopping in a crowded store or the solitude of shopping online, this year's gifting trends aren't about spending a lot of money. Instead, it's a matter of being clever and creative with some practical pizazz.

* Accessorize: There's no doubt about it, technology is always evolving. Your list is filled with people who already have all the latest in gadgetry. Tech accessories are great gifts and easy on the budget. Compliment her smartphone with novelty earbuds, a waterproof cover or an armband case for exercising. Give him a wireless keyboard, a portable speaker or a stand for his tablet.

* Serve it up: Instead of exchanging gifts, treat close friends and family to a merry night of food and drink on the house - yours that is. The memories of this joyous evening will last much longer than the gift cards you gave out last year.

* Something for everyone: Holiday shoppers are looking to find high quality gifts that can be given to many recipients such as the school principal, the contractor or the hair stylist. Why not give Hickory Farms diverse gift baskets? Gift baskets are the perfect gift for the women and the men on your shopping list this year. Satisfy the outdoor enthusiast on your list with the Pack and Go Picnic Tote, which is insulated and includes savory and classic goodies. The Family Favorites collection has a little something for everyone from summer sausage to gourmet cheeses, crackers and mints. Surprise the wine connoisseur of the family with a Hickory Holiday Reserve basket with all the trimmings. Wine gifts are available for purchase online or via phone at 800-222-GIFT only. Visit hickoryfarms.com or visit kiosks and store fronts nationwide.

* Multi-purpose gifts: Who doesn't want to give a gift that is appreciated twice? Gifts that have multiple purposes are a big trend this year. The Hickory Farms Tastes of the Trade Tool Bag will make any handyman's day, stuffed full of tasty treats in lieu of tools. After the edibles are gone, maybe Dad will be inspired to use the tool bag and finish that project he started in the spring. Personalize a serving platter for Mom at your local pottery store and she can use it for special occasions throughout the year.

Take advantage of this year's gifting trends and you'll end up with thoughtful and practical gifts ... unlike that partridge in a pear tree.

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