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Local Jeweler Offers Unique Antique Gifts

You’ve likely heard the saying “everything old is new again.” One local jeweler likes to think of her work as Modern with a vintage twist. All week the WCCO Morning Show will be featuring unique local gifts. Jamie Yuccas got to sit down with Susan Plunkett, the maker of L’donna Jewelry.

12/09/2013

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Spending Smart: Saving Money On Holiday Toys

Those of us who did not finish our holiday shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be in better shape when it comes to buying toys. This season’s reports say half of consumers plan to buy toys as gifts this holiday season. And they still have time to score deals.

12/05/2013

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Spending Smart With Holiday Gift Cards

We know you’re looking for the easiest and smartest ways to shop as we get closer to Christmas. This week, we are getting to the bottom of some of your holiday shopping questions. Gift cards are perfect for the tough people to shop for on your holiday list, but you should watch out for hidden fees.

12/04/2013

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Holiday Book Gifts For Her

Our friends at Simon & Schuster put together an excellent list of book gifts for the lady in your life: from the hipster, aspiring home chef, fashion focused, or book club leader, everyone on your list will be thrilled to open a box with one of these great reads.

12/02/2013

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Tips For Holiday Decorating, Buying Gifts For The Host

As the weather cools and Thanksgiving approaches, people are beginning to think about Holiday decorating. Renae Keller from Renae Keller Interior Design talked with Natalie Nyhus about the trends to hit home interiors this season.

11/26/2013

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Survey Predicts A Very Spendy Holiday Season

A late Thanksgiving means the shortest possible holiday shopping season, but a local survey shows Minnesotans will spend more. The University of St. Thomas just released a survey that says people will spend more than they have in the past 12 years.

11/21/2013

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The Hottest Places To Shop, Gifts To Buy This Holiday In MN

A highly regarded local shopping survey says we we will be spending more this holiday season than we have in the past 12 years. The University of St. Thomas survey says the average household will be spending $837 this Christmas season.

11/20/2013

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Your Holiday Hints Gifts For Young Children

If you are looking for some of the best holiday gift ideas to give for your kids, look no further than YourHolidayHints.com. You’ll find the top holiday gift ideas and plenty of ways to save with digital coupons from top retailers.

11/04/2013

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Curiocity: Xcel’s MN-Made Gift For Blake Shelton

If there’s one thing that every country star needs, it’s a good guitar strap. And if there’s one thing that Kimberlie Gilbertson knows, it’s how to make a solid, sturdy guitar strap that not only fulfills its intended purpose, but is specially designed for the musician lucky enough to wear it.

09/12/2013

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Holiday Hiring Already In August? You Bet

The State Fair is still a week away, but stores are already thinking ahead to winter. From the decorations to the seasonal hiring, the holidays are trending earlier and earlier each year. Michael Hagie, owner of the 50th and France boutique Gather, said inquiries for holiday gifts started months ago.

08/14/2013

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Curiocity: Xcel’s MN-Made Gifts For Bruno Mars

Besides his classic fedora, the one accessory you’re sure to find on pop singer Bruno Mars is a sweet pair of shades. Knowing this fun fact, the marketing department and PR wizards at the Xcel came up with the idea to give the soulful singer a pair of locally made shades when he visits this weekend.

07/11/2013

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WCCO Lifestyle: Make Father’s Day Memorable

In this week’s WCCO Lifestyle installment, it’s all about finding a man-tique gift for Father’s Day. From hand-crafted gifts to new, stylish products on the market — there are some smart options.

06/15/2013

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DeBlog: Locally-Made Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Buying a gift for dad on Father’s Day is always the hardest of any holidays for me. There’s something about dads that can be challenging: my dad always says that he has everything, and he never has any good ideas of things he wants.

06/13/2013

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Get Creative For Your Mother’s Day Gift

No matter your age, finding mom that perfect present can be tricky. Patina in Uptown has a little something for every mom. Manager Kim Cook says the top trends this year include orange and yellow purses, neon scarves and chunky jewelry. “Mother’s Day for the Patina stores is second in line to Christmas,” Cook said.

05/11/2013

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Lund’s Serves Up Some Mother’s Day Tips

If you haven’t bought your mom a card or gift yet, you better get going. Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and here are some tips on easy, inexpensive treats from Bonnie Bazella at Lund’s.

05/04/2013

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Best Places To Buy Mother’s Day Gifts In Minnesota

Check out this list of our top picks for places in Minnesota to find Mother’s Day gifts this year.

04/30/2013

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Avoiding Holiday Gift Return ‘Gotchas’

More than likely, you now have a gift or two that you’re not so sure about. If you’re hitting the mall or trekking to the post office to return a present, you may want to keep some common gift return pitfalls in mind.

12/27/2012

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Last-Minute Shopping? Join The Crowd

It’s Christmas Eve and many procrastinators still have some shopping to get done. Malls and shopping centers in the Twin Cities have been packed this holiday shopping season.

12/24/2012

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Neighbors Help Family After Xmas Presents Stolen

A St. Paul family’s home was burglarized and all the gifts underneath their Christmas tree were taken. Now, neighbors are coming to their aid.

12/23/2012

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Last Minute Tips For Your Gift Wrapping

Christmas is just a few days away now, and odds are pretty good you’re either finished or nearly done with your shopping. But once you have your presents, you still need to figure out how to wrap them.

12/21/2012

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How To Manage Childrens’ Holiday Gift Expectations

According to a study by the American Research Group, Americans will spend an average of $854 in holiday gifts.

12/11/2012

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Pick-A-Side: What’s The Hottest Tech Gift For The Holidays?

Everyone wants to see these gadgets under the tree this Christmas – but which is the hottest tech toy?

12/01/2012

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Gift Ideas For Your Holiday Party

When someone throws a holiday party and invites you to come, it’s best not to arrive empty-handed. Guests often give what are typically called hostess gifts, a little something to show your appreciation to the people who are inviting you into their home.

11/27/2012

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Survey: Twin Cities Families To Spend More This Holiday

Minnesotans more optimistic about their financial situation are expected to spend big this holiday shopping season.

11/14/2012

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Navigate Tricky Gift Return Policies After The Holidays

The holiday season has arrived and with it the efforts to find the perfect gifts for loved ones. As the hunt for gifts gets going, so does the dread of returning the thoughtful presents that are just not the right fit. Follow these tips to get through the season of returns.

11/13/2012

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