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Christmas Guide 2003
Gifts for Comfort
by Lorry Patton
Our world is so stressful these days, this year, I am suggesting gifts that
offer comfort and security. Parking won't be a problem, either, since most
of these gifts can be purchased on the internet or via the telephone.
Besides long accepting the belief that laughter releases
endorphins, our body's natural pain killers, today's doctors are agreeing
that laughter boosts creativity and reliefs stress. Well, nothing makes me
laugh more than a funny movie. Some of my favorites, seen more than once,
are "Some Like it Hot", the "Blues Brothers" and "The Gods Must be Crazy".
To purchase movies online visit these websites:
Choose magazines that will take your mind off current world events, such as science, history and collector
Collectors simply amaze me. They save everything from matchbooks to cars
to swizzle sticks. I am not a collector, however, I enjoy perusing
collector magazines on antique dolls and old jalopies.
(800.929.2691) and www.magazinetime.com (800.787.1414) offer many titles
and big savings off newsstand prices.
Watching TV is one way many of us unwind. However, nothing
is more frustrating than a remote control that doesn't work. Surprise the
man of the house (you mean he is not in charge of the remote at your place?)
with a new remote control. Search for the manufacturer online (use Google
search engine) or call 800.555.1212 and ask for the toll-free number to the
manufacturer. Or go to www.replacementremotes.com for a replacement.
Walmart or Target sell remote controls that will run all your electronic
equipment. Be aware, however, a universal remote may not allow all the
features to operate on a satellite receiver. A remote control costs
anywhere from $20 to $70.
Jigsaw Puzzles are very calming. Include a 20x 20 sheet of
Arborite from Home Depot (800.430.3376) or Lowe's (800.445.6937, so it can
always be on display.
There are many puzzle themes to choose from at www.jigsawjungle.com
(877.758.6453 ), such as New York scenes, the I Love Lucy series and a
whimsical look at Ford's early automobiles. The Jigsaw Jungle shop also
sells travel games that your children or your visiting grandchildren will
adore, like "Are we there yet?" or the perilous plank puzzle "River
Fictions are great distractions. Like magic, fictions introduce
us to lovable and eccentric characters and whisk us off into mysterious
locales. Mysteries are my favorites, especially ones where I know the
heroine or hero wins in the end, such as classics by Agatha Christie or the
more current Aunt Dimity Detective series. Visit www.bn.com (800.843.2665)
for savings and many choices.
Detectors are reassuring gifts, as they can literally
save your life. Camping World carries a portable versatile model that detects LP, butane,
methane and natural gas for only $29.69. (www.campingworld.com
800.568.7980) They also have a carbon monoxide detector for $ 43.16.
Forgetting your speed is easy when your cruising down
the road enjoying the scenery or busy discussing your last stop. Rest
assured. Detectors will warn you if there is radar ahead or emergency
vehicles on the highway. QVC has a wide variety of radar detectors, ranging
from $87.12 to $329.60. Both www.QVC.com (888.345.5788) and www.HSN.com
(800.933.2887) offer quality merchandise at competitive prices.
Road Service Plans:
Give a year's emergency road service with the
following clubs for a year of stress-free road travel. Without emergency
road service, what can be more stressful than a dead battery or worse, a
breakdown and having to pay a towing bill to the nearest service station?
CB's are useful gadgets. I have seen couples using the 2-way
hand models to direct the driver as he or she backs a long trailer into a
parking spot. Some 2-way hand models, like the Audiovox GMRS 1535 for sale
at Target stores (www.target.com ) for $39.99, work within a five- mile
radius, so you can take it with you when you are out walking the dog. The
Uniden Mobile/Base Scanner BC350 ($99.87) is available at Walmart
(www.walmart.com) This model comes with a police scanner and 20 private
channels. Listening to the truckers' chatter can really help, when traffic
jams are ahead or an accident takes place.
This gift is better left unopened, however, how
appreciating the recipient if there ever comes a need.
Pack a large cooler or a garbage can with bottled water (as many bottles as space permits -
one gallon per person per day is what the government recommends), water
filters, air filters, energy bars, nuts, a space-age thermal blanket,
plastic bags, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, an
emergency cell phone, booster cables, matches, scissors, a multi-purpose
Swiss knife, duct tape, paper towels, paper and pencil, antiseptic hand
wipes, latex gloves, bandages, gauze, petroleum jelly, a multivitamin, and a
zippered plastic bag with aspirin, de-congestion pills, Imodium, Tums,
antihistamine, antiseptic lotion, eye-wash solution, and a thermometer.
Leave a note with instructions to replace outdated pills, food, water and
batteries as stated on the expiration dates.
Contents cost under $200, much
less without the emergency cell phone.
For RV'ers on your list:
RV'ers can always use phone cards to call friends and family. Just
remember, for the biggest telephone savings, buy them at discount super
markets and department stores and ask about the connections charge. Some
companies charge more than $3 just to make the call!
With the price of gas today, who among us would not appreciate fuel certificates.Speaking of certificates: Give KOA gift certificates. They come in $25
denominations and can be purchased online at www.koa.com/gift/gift.htm.
Since there is a KOA close to major highways in practically every state,
every RV'er will find them useful.
Have a safe
and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!