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Shopping trends in the new economy

The resurgence of layaway, neo-haggling and

bartering can help consumers afford the holidays.

by Tracy Evans

Special to Pioneer Press

This holiday season, a

tight budget doesn’t have to

mean your loved ones miss

out on the time-honored tradition

of giving and receiving.

Retailers are working

harder than ever to gain

shopper’s favor with creative

and budget-friendly tactics

that recall days of yore.

The Return of

Layaway

During the Great

Depression, long before the

advent of credit cards, layaway

was created out of a

need to pay for items with

cash that simply wasn’t available

in one chunk. When

many department stores and

chain retailers began to furnish

their own credit cards,

the process faded away.

Today, with wallets tightening

once again, layaway has

Did you know?

reemerged to help shoppers

budget for larger purchases

over a longer period of time.

The selected items, typically

electronics, computers and

other weighty purchases,

remain on hold until the

retailer receives full payment.

For many stores, such as

Toys R’ Us, which is testing

out layaway on big ticket

items for the first time this

year, the agreement also

eliminates overstock and

saves space in the store.

Items held on layaway are

shipped to a storage facility

where they are held until

fully paid.

Typically, layaway requires

Black Friday online spending increased

in 2008. Researchers are curious to see

what happens this year.

Despite an economy that had begun to falter, 2008 did bear

witness to an increase in Black Friday online spending compared

to the previous year. Known as Black Friday, the day

after Thanksgiving is a day many instantly associate with shopping,

particularly at the malls and large electronics retailers.

However, while it appears Americans are still doling out

dollars the day after Turkey Day, they appear to be doing so

online. According to comScore, Inc., a marketing research

company that provides data and service to Internet retailers,

Americans spent $534 million on e-commerce shopping on

Black Friday in 2008. That’s a one percent increase from 2007,

despite the widespread knowledge, or even panic, that the

economy was beginning a downturn. Many credit the positive

Black Friday performance of 2008 to aggressive promotions

and discounts many retailers offered as a means of countering

the fears associated with the sagging economy. 2009 figures

will offer an even better portrait of how efficacious such promotions

are, as much of the country has adopted lifestyle

changes wherein a greater emphasis has been placed on saving

money.

Perhaps no day, however, will prove more interesting for

online retailers than Cyber Monday, the Monday after

Thanksgiving, which is widely considered the first official day

of the online shopping season. Should the economy truly

affect online retailers, Cyber Monday 2009 will be a good

indicator as to whether the season will be good or bad for

online retailers.

courtesy of Metro Creative

some money up front to hold

the items. For many, a nominal

fee is required to enter

into an agreement. The

online business,

eLayaway.com, partners with

online retailers including

Best Buy and Apple, in a

modern online mall. The site

requires monthly payments

that can be set up automatically

through the site and a

transaction fee of 1.9 percent

of the total purchase. Others,

such as Toys R’ Us, require

20 percent upfront.

Sears, long known as a

pioneer in layaway services,

has reintroduced the program

as well as online layaway

During the Great Depression, long before the

advent of credit cards, layaway was created out

of a need to pay for items with cash that simply

wasn’t available in one chunk. When many

department stores and chain retailers began to

furnish their own credit cards, the process faded

away. Today, with wallets tightening once again,

layaway has reemerged to help shoppers budget.

available for the first time

this year. Targeting techsavvy

shoppers, the Web site

flags items eligible for the

installment method of payment

and simply requires a

$5 initiation fee. To ensure

shoppers stay on track, Sears

enforces a $10 cancellation

fee and a one-week grace

period after payment due

dates. When layaway installments

can be scheduled and

paid online over the course of

eight weeks, saving wisely

seems as easy as a click of a

mouse.

Open-Market

Philosophy

Purchase power has shifted

as more budget-conscious

consumers look selectively on

goods they need. Despite the

omnipresent sale signs, shoppers

have learned how to

manipulate a recession to

their benefit. Neo-haggling

— a new method of shopping

around, researching

competitors and asking for

discounts — is an art form

revitalized by vulnerable

retailers. Nothing is off-limits

to hagglers, who chip

away at price tags to receive

even a minimal discount. It’s

the mentality of the street

vendor when the importance

of moving goods outweighs

greed.

Bartering is another

ancient sales tactic used more

for services than goods today.

Perhaps the swap is Web

design services in exchange

for construction services.

Now more than ever, a nonmonetary

exchange of goods

or services goes far. The bartering

technique might

sound very quaint, but consider

when two new entrepreneurs

are involved and

both parties stand to profit

from an exchange of skills.

Perhaps there is a lesson to

learn by revisiting the spending

techniques of yesterday

— a lesson built on savvy

shopping, responsible budgeting

and thoughtful, more

meaningful purchases. • PP

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winter wellness

Maintain good health

during the cold season

As the temperature continues to drop

and daylight hours get shorter, it’s hard

not to notice our body’s reaction.

Fatigue, aches and nagging sniffles are

all part of the seasonal transition to

winter. Before penciling in your sick

days, consider these simple tips for staying

healthy during the dark months

ahead.

Stop germs where they spread

These days, we’re confronted with

reminders about public places, such as

work and school, airlines and shopping

malls, where germs are easily spread.

The CDC has published a list of easyto-follow

recommendations, starting

with the seemingly obvious: wash your

hands. In the absence of soap and

water, alcohol-based hand wipes and

gels help sanitize your most vulnerable

body part.

“Germs love hands, and anything you

can do to keep your hands clean will be

most effective in prevention,” says Dr.

Jonathan Maks of North Shore

Physicians Group, who recommends

reciting the happy-birthday song twice,

which is the equivalent of about 20 seconds,

to wash effectively.

In addition to hands, our noses are a

major filter for germs and allergens in

the air. Mucus in the nose helps to flush

out impurities. In winter months when

cold air and heating systems threaten to

dry out nasal passages, dry noses can

cause mucus to thicken and viruses or

bacteria to multiply at this entry point.

While outdoors, use mufflers to protect

the mouth and nose from direct exposure

to the cold. Indoors, provide

instant moisture with saline solution

nasal sprays, which also help to instantly

flush out dust and allergens.

Your diet makes a difference

Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant,

supports cells by protecting them from

harmful infection-causing free radicals.

Another herbal remedy that helps to

boost circulation, an important antidote

to congestion, comes from ginger and

cayenne. The body reacts to their

warming properties, which improves

blood flow. Ginger also acts as both a

stomach soother and an anti-inflammatory

agent.

Most health-food followers are no

strangers to the immune boosting properties

of Echinacea. However, few are

familiar with the Chinese herbal rela-

tive known as Astragalus. This herb is

celebrated for its anti-viral properties

and support for white blood cells.

Above all, consume plenty of water.

Staying hydrating will keep your cells

and immune system working properly

to flush out viruses and allergens.

Sweat it out

At the onset of cold or flu symptoms,

many doctors consider the body’s natural

response to illness a clue to achieving

a speedy recovery. By simulating a

fever, the immune system kicks into

overdrive and helps kill viruses before

they multiply.

ChicagoHealers.com practitioner Dr.

Martha Howard recommends a hot

water bath. Wrap your body in a blanket

or sweatshirt, and immerse your feet

and legs in the hottest bath that your

skin can tolerate. The body will be

forced to sweat.

“A hot environment increases your

circulation and kills viruses,” Howard

says. “Fevers are part of the body’s

defense against microbes.”

Howard recommends a heat therapy

session of at least 30 minutes to drastically

reduce the duration of a cold.

Another home remedy based on a

similar concept is the wet sock method.

Pull on a pair of cotton socks soaked in

ice water. Then, put on a dry pair of

thick wool socks. According to

ChicagoHealers.com practitioner Dr.

Teatime

Drinking tea can provide much

needed relaxation during the hustle

and bustle of the holiday season.

Moreover, tea contains polyphenols

and antioxidants that help provide protection

against the cold and flu viruses.

Celestial Seasonings’ all-natural holiday

teas are inspired by classic holiday

favorites. These teas comes in five flavors:

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, Sugar

Plum Spice, Candy Cane Lane,

Nutcracker Sweet and Gingerbread

Spice.

Holiday teas are zero-calorie treats

to enjoy guilt-free during a season of

decadent dishes and desserts. Brew a

cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride

herbal tea as you bake and frost your

favorite cookies.

Melody Hart, ND, the method causes

the body to feel under attack, which

initiates a fever-like response. This

stimulates the immune system and

increases circulation. Increased circulation

raises white blood cell count, and it

can also treat congestion, sore throat or

respiratory infection. Hart says this preventative

tactic can be used regularly.

Know when to say when

Sometimes, even the best home

remedies can’t beat a winter bug. Maks

advises his patients to reassess symptoms

after five to seven days. If the

conditions don’t change, make an

appointment. Other red flags to look

for are persistent fever (100.5 degrees or

higher), shortness of breath or chest

pain, loss of appetite or, for the elderly

and small children, behavioral signs

such as confusion.

“Hopefully we can remind ourselves

that the key to successful aging and

health is taking a proactive approach to

wellness,” Makes says. • PP

Try the minty, calming Candy Cane

Lane green tea as you review your

shopping list or go over your packed

holiday calendar.

Holiday teas can turn the hard-tobuy-for

person on your list into the

one checked off first. For your babysitter,

your neighbor or a teacher, they are

the perfect token of holiday cheer. The

festive teas are also appropriate host

gifts.

Teas are eco-friendly. Celestial

Seasonings has worked with many of

the same farmers for more than 30

years, and it has established sustainable

harvests as well as supports ethical

trade practices. Celestial Seasonings’

use of minimal packaging saves more

than 3.5 million pounds of waste from

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Gift Guide 2009

Finding the perfect gift can be a true

challenge. Consider these hot new options.

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For the Techie:

A recent survey issued by the Consumer

Electronics Association found that four out

of five adults planned to buy electronics this

holiday season. E-Readers are one gift edging

out portable music this year. Several

brands such as iRex and Sony join the original

Kindle. Readers can download everything

from the hottest bestsellers to today’s

paper in one compact instrument that is

ideal for the busy commuter.

For the home-movie fanatic, check out

reduced pricing on blu-ray players, known

for a superior highdefinition

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For the Foodie:

Add Le Creuset Stoneware to your favorite chef ’s

collection. The open-bowl serving dish is ideal for

stove-to-table cooking. The cook will thank you

when he or she realizes that it’s also dishwasher safe.

For the kitchen library, Williams Sonoma’s Tools

and Techniques is a reference bible with 500 chef tips

and a forward by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller.

Perhaps you have friends that would rather curl up

and watch the Food Network than slave over a hot

stove. Give them a pair of tickets to take in a traveling

road show with their favorite celebrity chef. Both

Guy Fieri and Anthony Bourdain have recently

booked gigs in the Chicago area.

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For the

Little Elves:

Video games are popular for teens

and even the young at heart. Look

for the third edition of Guitar Hero

that now offers a variety of performance

venues as well as guitar battle

mode.

Take on the turntables with the

first ever DJ Hero, available at stores

such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

For the youngest on your gift list,

the nostalgic-brand Radio Flyer

recently announced a new EZ-Rider

scooter. The extra-wide wheels and

low deck allow for optimum balance

and steering. The model also features

an adjustable three-height handle

bar perfect for ages ranging from

three to eight. Most local Target

stores carry the brand as well as local

toy stores such as Foster Toys in

Hinsdale.

The office grab bag is a tricky assignment.

Whether your office pals listen

to your coffee break confessions

or just take your coffee order, a

small token of recognition is a must

during the giving season. Check out

F.U.N Cards & Gifts in Glenview for

the perfect variety of gift ideas, with many

under $20.

“We’re value-driven,” says the owner,

Rob Oswald. “Everyone can find something

magnificent within their price point.”

Look for universally popular gifts such as

Lolita hand-painted martini or pint glasses, holiday-inspired

scented votive candles or the everpopular

photo album to capture holiday memories.

Oswald says the store’s monogram services,

often available on a same-day or next-day basis,

give stationary and other desktop musts that

special touch.

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Consider shopping for gifts at a fair trade retailer such as Ten

Thousand Villages that has locations nearby in towns such as Evanston

and Oak Park. Its goods support the livelihood of artists in countries as

far reaching as the Middle East, Asia and South America. Fifty percent

of an order is sent upfront to struggling artists to help cover difficult

costs such as labor and materials. The goods range in cultural influence

and style, and they are ideal to include in stocking stuffers or grab bags.

The store stocks unique jewelry, candles and soaps, as well as exotic fabric

purses and desk adornments, sure to make a statement both in

appearance and meaning.

For the

Fashionista:

“This season its all about glitz!” says Lena

Lurie, owner of ENAZ boutiques in

Highland Park and Northfield. “Adding a

little sparkle to your wardrobe is a great way

to dress up any outfit.”

She suggests sharing gifts your loved ones

can use to update their winter wardrobes or

holiday party attire. Avora’s rhinestone cuffs

and glittery bangles are some of her top

picks. She says metallic cosmetic bags and

clutches can update an outfit with bold style.

For a stylish yet practical gift, clothing

designers have turned to the great outdoors

for inspiration. Lurie recommends T-shirt

scarves with touches of gold or fringe from

designers such as Michael Stars.

Feeling generous? Give your stylish

friends or siblings a fabulous sweater coat or

even a pair of colorful rain boots with toasty

liner socks from Hunter. Even bad weather

won’t stand in the way of a night on the

town now! • PP

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Charitable

giving

Statistically speaking, Americans are

extremely generous. Consider the fact

that in 2008, charitable giving in the

United States exceeded $300 billion for

the second year in a row despite the

economic strains.

One of the reasons that charitable

giving has remained strong is many

donations are tax deductible. Here are

some of the most common and convenient

ways to give.

• Write a check. Traditionally, this has

been the most common way to donate.

Many organizations hold annual

fundraising campaigns through the mail

or the media, and writing a check once

or more each year is still convenient for

many people. Make sure the organization

you’re supporting is legitimate.

Never send money to an organization

that you’re not familiar with or whose

solicitation materials are suspect.

• The gift of goods. Many people

donate their used or unwanted items to

charities, thrift shops, schools or shelters.

These donations are typically taxdeductible;

be sure to ask for a receipt.

Donate old musical instruments to a

local school. Mr. Holland’s Opus

Foundation (www.mhopus.org) will

refurbish instruments and donate them

to underfunded school music programs.

• Shop for a cause. An increasing number

of purchases can support charitable

causes from name-brand products

linked to charitable organizations (such

as the Product(Red) items from Apple,

the Gap, Starbucks and other major

retailers that trigger donations to fight

AIDS in Africa) to brand-specific programs

(such as the commitment by

TOMS Shoes to give away a pair of

shoes to a child for every pair it sells).

• Make a microloan. A number of

organizations have been established in

recent years that specialize in

microlending: the making of small loans

to individuals or small groups in impov-

erished areas to encourage entrepreneurship.

Kiva (www.kiva.org) is among the

best known and most successful

microlending organizations worldwide.

• One-stop giving. Network for Good

heps you make charitable donations

online. The organization’s Web site

(www.networkforgood.org) allows you

to research and give to any of 1.5 million

charities. The site also stores your

donation history for tax purposes and

keeps a list of your favorite charities.

• Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Many people designate gifts to charity

in their wills. These bequests can be in

the form of a specific amount of money,

a portion of an estate, a particular asset,

a trust or the naming of an organization

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(West of Waukegan Road in Glenview)

Annual Glenview Parade and Holiday in the park

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 TH 12N-2:00PM

Special In-Store Savings • Hayrides • Refreshments and more!

BUYING GOLDin

Chicagoland since 1984

NEED $ FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

Gold is at an all-time High!

Turn your Gold & Silver into CASH!

$10 EXTRA

MINIMUM $100

1909 GLENVIEW ROAD

GLENVIEW

729-9199

OPEN HOUSE

SATURDAY, NOV. 28, 10-5

Ripsticks

Footwear

Longboards

Jewelry Designs

CLEARANCE

SALE!

SNOWBOARDS - BOOTS - BINDINGS

50% OFF!

Reg. Retail Price

Offer Good thru Dec 6 • With This Ad

Waxing & Tuning

Annual Tune Pass -

$99!

20% OFF

Any One Item

HOLIDAY SALE

Nov. 27 thru DEC. 2

15%-20% OFF

ALL GOLD, SILVER

& FINE

HANDCRAFTED

JEWELRY

Snowboards

Skateboards

Rollerblades

COUPON

10% OFF

Inline Skates

Reg. Priced Items Only

Offer Good thru Dec. 6 • With This Ad

1820 Glenview Road, Glenview • 847-998-9405

www.grindgear.net • (2 Blocks West of Waukegan Road)

AFFORDABLE

AND

UNIQUE GIFTS

Bring In This Coupon With Your Coins & Jewelry

And Receive $10 Extra When You Sell Them To Us.

One coupon per visit. Expires 1-23-10

$5 OFF

On A Purchase Of $25.00 Or More.

One coupon per visit. Expires 1-23-10 Holiday Gifts That Make A Difference

Glenview Coin & Collectibles, Inc.

Celebrating

25

Years!

OPEN TUESDAY – SATURDAY

847-724-1075

1713 GLENVIEW RD. GLENVIEW (West of Waukegan Rd.)

www.glenviewcoin.biz

1804 Glenview Road, Glenview

(847)724-8380

Providers for Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance

You may

qualify

for

a power

wheelchair

at

no cost

to

you

through

your M edicare

or

Medicaid

insurance.

SALES and RENTAL OF ALL YOUR HOME HEALTH CARE NEEDS

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OUR

NEW LARGER

SHOWROOM!

• Rollabouts Scooters

• Power PoweWheelchairs

r Wheelchairs

• Electric ElectriScooters

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• Stairlifts Hospital

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• Bath StaiSafety

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OUR

HOLIDAY

SPECIALS!

Check us on the web @ cncmedicalequipment.com

Decorative art, jewelry, purses, furs and more...

Tuesday 10-7

Wednesday-Saturday 10-5

Closed Sunday and Monday

942 Harlem Ave. Glenview, IL

(Harlem Ave. & Glenview Rd.)

847.901.5322

www.fullcircleresaleboutique.org

Sarah’s Circle, Helping Women Rebuild Their Lives


gift guide ★ 10

Bring In This Coupon To Receive

10% off

Any One Purchase During The Holidays.


Free Gift Wrapping

Offer valid until 12/31/09

Avenue Fashions

3370 W. Devon

Lincolnwood, IL 60712

(847) 676-3368

UNIQUE

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Serving Chicagoland for over 20 Years

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COUPON

$20 OFF


on any purchase

of $100 or more

With This Ad • Expires12-06-09

Two Locations to Serve Yo u...

GLENVIEW

2709 Pfingsten Rd • (at Willow)

Plaza Del Prado • 847-291-0820

LIBERTYVILLE

1439 Peterson Rd. • (at Butterfield Rd.

Butterfield Square • 847-573-1380)

HOLIDAY HOURS:

DAILY 10-8, SAT 10-5, SUN 12-4

(BEGINS MON., DEC. 7)


B

for Kids 8-16

(Daily & Seasonal

Rentals Available)

SNOWBIRD SKI CLU

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PIONEER PRESS NEWSPAPERS - 11.25.09

Dos and Don’ts

of online shopping

Shopping online, especially during the

height of the holiday season, can save

time, money and headaches. The fact

that you can purchase gifts for everyone

on your list at any time of the day or

night in the comfort of your own home is

enough of an incentive for many

DO

Verify that you’re dealing

with a reputable retailer.

To ensure that you’re dealing with a trustworthy merchant,

always confirm a physical address and phone number

you can use to contact the seller in the event that you

have problems or questions.

Make sure that the

Web site is secure.

Always scan online shopping sites for evidence that they

are secure. Some sites feature a lock icon in the browser’s

status bar while others might have a Web site address

that begins with “https:” (the “s” at the end stands for

“secure”).

Get all of the facts

about your transaction.

Make sure you know what you are buying and the total

cost of the item, including shipping and handling fees.

Verify that the item can be returned for a full refund if

you are not satisfied and who is responsible for the return

shipping cost. Next, determine if the seller charges a

restocking fee for returns and when you can expect to

receive your purchase.

Pay with a credit card

or online payment service.

When you make online purchases using a credit or charge

card, the transaction is protected by the Fair Credit

Billing Act, which gives consumers the right to challenge

and dispute unauthorized charges. Some online retailers

also guarantee that cardholders will not be responsible for

unauthorized charges made on the Internet.

Print and save your order

confirmation and receipts.

For returns or to dispute charges, it always pays to have a

paper trail.

Compare online prices.

In most cases, multiple online retailers sell the same item,

so be sure to check around for the lowest price. An easy

way to comparison shop is by visiting one of several reputable

online price-comparison sites.

Look for free shipping deals.

If you’re making multiple purchases, look for Web sites

that offer free shipping for larger orders.

Internet-savvy shoppers to stay far away

from the mall from Thanksgiving

through New Year’s.

For shoppers going green this holiday

season, a 2009 study by the Carnegie

Mellon Green Design Institute showed

that shopping via the Internet is not only

more energy efficient, but also its carbon

footprint is one-third smaller than that

of bricks-and-mortar retail establishments.

Whether you’re shopping online to

save time or save the planet, it pays to

take note of a few simple guidelines.

DON’T

Submit any financial

information other than

your credit card number.

If a message asking for financial information such as your

Social Security number or bank account information pops

up while you are shopping or checking out, cancel the

transaction immediately and leave the site. Reputable

online retailers will never request that kind of information.

Pay with a debit card,

cash or wire transfer.

These types of transactions can be difficult, even impossible,

to refute or reverse. When shopping online, stick to

credit or charge cards.

Buy from spammers or scammers.

Never make purchases in response to e-mails with tempting

offers that seem too good to be true. Most likely, they

are.

Buy from a Web site that

doesn’t feel legitimate.

Go with your gut. If the site doesn’t feel right, don’t go

through with the transaction.

For more information on online shopping safety, visit the

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Web site at

www.ftc.gov.

courtesy of Metro Creative


PIONEER PRESS NEWSPAPERS - 11.25.09 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 11 ★ gift guide

Systematic

organization

thwarts a

nightmare

before Christmas

Keeping yourself and your family organized during the

hectic holiday season can be the ultimate testament to your

ability to multi-task. Perhaps no time of year presents a bigger

challenge than the holiday season. The list of obligations

increase but the amount of time in the day, unfortunately,

remains the same.

Staying organized can be a great way to save time and

some of your sanity this holiday season. To do just that,

consider the following tips.

1. Create a holiday calendar. This calendar will be solely

devoted to the holidays. Fill it with all your parties,

shopping lists and anything else pertaining to the holidays.

That way, you’ll have it all in one place.

2. Create a meal plan. Map out what meals and

goodies you’ll be making this season. Write a list of

ingredients you’ll need to have ready in the pantry and

bring the list with you to the market.

3. Write a list of chores. Organize your home by

creating a list of what needs to be decorated, what

rooms need cleaning, etc.

4. Rely on gift lists. Don’t risk having to visit

the toy store more than necessary just because you

forgot one or two items. Make gift lists for every

person on your list. On each list, write down what

the recipient wants, gift ideas, clothing

sizes, favorite colors, hobbies or anything

else related to that person.

5. Make a holiday binder.

Don’t just stuff all those mile-long

gift lists and other organizational

items into a drawer. File them

away in a holiday binder. Pack

the binder away with the holiday

decorations each year

so it’s ready for the next

season.

courtesy of Metro Creative

many embroidered items • home décor • jewelry

• stationery • invitations • personalized gifts • favors

Personalized Jewelry & Gifts!

Always available by appointment!

$5 OFF

Total merchandise purchase of $25 or more.

Must present coupon at time of order.

Not valid with any other discounts or

on sale items. Exp. 12/24/09

$10 OFF

Total merchandise purchase of $50 or more.

Must present coupon at time of order.

Not valid with any other discounts or

on sale items. Exp. 12/24/09

1852A Johns Drive, Glenview

847-729-9195

(corner of Chestnut & Johns Dr.,

just east of the railroad tracks)

markmywordsck@comcast.net

Tues-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-4

$20 OFF

Total merchandise purchase of $100 or more.

Must present coupon at time of order.

Not valid with any other discounts or

on sale items. Exp. 12/24/09

Holiday Cards & Invitations ALWAYS FREE

20% off

GIFT WRAP

• baby gifts • toys & gifts for everyone • engraved jewelry & gifts

Coming to Glenview Rd…

15th Annual

Glenview

Parade and

Holiday

in the park

ome Celebrate the Holiday Season

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH

Starting at 12:00 Noon

SNOWFLAKE PARADE

12:00 Noon - ON GLENVIEW ROAD

Floats, Bands and more!

HOLIDAY TREE DECORATING

Bring an Ornament

Bring a new and

unwrapped toy for

Toys-for-Tots!

HOLIDAY

SPECIAL

1159 Waukegan Rd., Glenview

www.esteticahair.com

To Introduce You To Our Salon…

A Holiday Gift Certifi cate

$ 10.00

Redeemable towards these services:

Pedicure, Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Foils, Perms

Offer expires 12-24-09

Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion

For an appointment call

847-729-0780

Servicing the North Shore since 1984

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK

FOLLOWING PARADE

JACKMAN PARK

Refreshments, Hayrides & Santa

SUPPORTED BY:

For Further Information call (847)724-0900

• bar/bat mitzvah • wedding• birth announcements


gift guide ★ 12

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION PIONEER PRESS NEWSPAPERS - 11.25.09

Celebrates This Holiday Season

3-DAY Thanksgiving Sale!

FRI.-NOV. 27 SAT.-NOV. 28 SUN. – NOV. 29

40% off

ALL JEWELRY

*N O EXCEPTIONS *

View our hottest new fashions of the season.

NEED $ FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

SELL YOUR GOLD AT THE HIGHEST PRICES!

PLAZA DEL PRADO 2719 PFINGSTEN RD. GLENVIEW (847) 564-8828

Visit us at cyfredrics.com

*Does not apply to previous sales and special orders.

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