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Celebrating the holidays in hard timesAs 2010 ends, most businesses find themselves still coping with diminished sales and shrinking budgets. We are all growing weary of explaining to our employees that their hours will remain cut, pay raises on hold, benefits cut back, and they have to take on more work to cover for positions which have been eliminated.

The holidays are traditionally a time for some fun, employee recognition, parties, and even bonuses. It’s hard to not feel like Scrooge, as we cut back on what makes our offices merry during this time of year. read more »

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It’s that time of year when once again we make our lists and check them twice, and pretty much ignore who is naughty or nice. (After all, naughty can be good, sometimes!)

Electronic Gadgets and Other Fun Stuff

Canon Rebel T2i SLR — For the quality, it is hard to beat the new Canon Rebel T2i SLR, with 18 Megapixels of rock solid high definition stills and an almost point and click simplicity. No tapes or hard drives to juggle, the camera records to SD card media, self cleans the CMOS video sensor, and is just an all around fun package. Expect to shell out about $850 for this camera with included 18-55 mm lens, and consider it money well spent. read more »


With the recent dedication of the newly completed New Mexico spaceway, which will serve to launch the first commercial flights into space, you may be tempted to run out and fork over the $20,000 space-flight deposit as your unique gift for someone very special in your life. (Pop diva Katy Perry did for her now-husband, comedian Russel Brand’s birthday, why not you?)

You don’t even have to go far to book — Tangerine Travel in Woodinville has one of the few accredited space flight agents on hand, ready to sign people up for the two-hour, $200,000 flights that will be offered sooner or later, thanks to the dreams and deep pockets of Sir Richard Branson. read more »

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Executive Gift GivingShopping for someone who has everything? Tired of giving more “stuff” that may or may not be appreciated? Want to give something that won’t contribute to the landfill? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, read on.

Instead of buying the latest trinket or gadget, give the people on your list something just as special as they are read more »

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Executive Gift GivingTreats and munchies are a sure-fire way to put a smile on someone’s face, and luckily for Kitsap Peninsula holiday shoppers, there’s lots of locally made goodness to help you get through your shopping list. And do think outside the (fruit) box. Fruit cakes and mass-produced summer sausage need not apply.

Most of the merchants will ship their treats read more »

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Executive Gift Giving: Shop LocalSome local retailers are reporting a brisk start to the shopping season, which could bring good news to those shops that count on holiday seasons to carry them through. If you haven’t started the tradition yet of shopping locally, this is a good year to start — and you’ll find everything you need, want and a lot more at the locally owned shops, from collectibles and clothing to jewelry and fishing gear.

“People have been doing Christmas shopping for a couple of months,” said Shawna Niems, co-owner of the family-owned Elandan Gallery in Uptown Gig Harbor. The shop is filled with an eclectic mix of home décor, jewelry, accessories and other items.

“People are really going for value, for something read more »

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Cedar Boughs“Green gifts” is the buzz phrase these days — and who can argue that it’s not a great way to fight back the holiday consumerism race? For a new twist on eco-friendly presents, consider instead, literally, the gift of green (plants, that is). But before you decide to “deck the halls with boughs of holly” and stock up on poinsettias, visit a local nursery for some creative ideas beyond the old standbys.

“Plants are such a lasting gift, especially if you get something that can be planted outside — it will be there year after year,” says Claudia Loy, owner with husband Dale of Sunnycrest Nursery in Key Center. read more »

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Shopping local for your holiday giftsIt may be more difficult this year to be feeling jolly in December, as consumers continue to keep their wallets close. One approach to holiday spending is to look at it as a way to make a contribution to the local economy by doing all your shopping on the Kitsap Peninsula — not only does this make you feel good by supporting local merchants, but the money is also invested in the community. Plus, the dozens and dozens of local businesses offer gift ideas to satisfy everyone from Aunt Edna to cousin Ed — and even those tough-to-shop for relatives who seem to have everything.

Festive is a word that describes many read more »

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Popcorn Chef Edible Gifts for Executive Gift GivingIt’s true that you can’t go wrong with edible gifts for the holidays, but it’s also true that fruit baskets and fruit cakes are as exciting for recipients are that new tie for the dad and blender for the wife. Fortunately, you don’t have to think hard or go far to find more creative edible gifts locally — you’ll find locally made luscious chocolate, gourmet cheeses and all sorts of edibles in between without leaving Kitsap County.

Chocolate and sweets, of course, are the tried-and-true gift for all ages and moods and you’ll find a chocolate store in every part of the peninsula, all ready with something special in December. On Bainbridge Island, Bon Bon Confections (www.bonboncandies.com) owner Lisa read more »

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