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Executive Gift Giving

High-tech gifts are hot items on many wish lists this holiday season. From kids to grandparents, and everyone in between, the latest cell phones, digital cameras and MP3 players are among the favorites to give and receive. But once you have the latest new tech toys, what happens to the old gear?

Many retailers and manufacturers now have programs for recycling old electronics, from televisions and printers to digital cameras and cell phones. And, starting Jan. 1, a new law kicks in that will allow Washington residents to dispose of some of their old electronics for free. read more »

 

Most businesses host a company party sometime between the months of November and January. This is a time to throw caution to the wind and party hard with your coworkers, right? Not exactly.

While it may seem the office party is a great chance to let loose with your employer footing the bill, your behavior can have a direct impact on your career. According to Etiquette International, a firm specializing in business etiquette, no matter how festive the occasion, it’s still about business. Think of the office party as an extension of your business day wrapped in a social context. read more »

 

Party planners recommend the following strategies:

Step 1: Determine a budget.

Create a budget that takes into account decorations, invitations, food and drink. If your budget gets too bloated, Foxman suggests asking friends or guests to bring some food or having beer and wine, which is less expensive than a full bar.

Step 2: Decide the number of guests. read more »

 

The Eagle’s Nest recently announced its plans to offer authentic handmade Cowichan knit hats, scarves and mittens again this year. Cowichan knitted garments are made from the raw wool of sheep. The wool contains much of its original lanolin, which makes it rain resistant and longer wearing. The wool is not dyed but is the natural wool of the white, gray and black sheep.  read more »

 

It is that time of year again when thoughts turn to gifts for loved ones, and other family and friends. . Ingenuity is the byword of the day. To aid you through this annual task we offer up some items from practical to fun. It is up to you to take it from there.

Electronic Gadgets and Other Fun Stuff

If you watched “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets” you may remember a scene with Riley flying a radio controlled helicopter with camera, viewing the replica Statue of Liberty in Paris. If you thought that was a fun thing to do, well now you can! Check out the RC helicopter with camera. read more »

 

Chris Barnett, owner of Apollona Boutique in Belfair, describes what many local small retailers are currently going through: For the last few months, she has noticed a big slowdown in traffic and she’s had to cut back on new inventory. Even though the store is filled with bargains — Barnett sells new and consigned clothing and accessories along with jewelry and art by local artists — the customers are being more conservative in their spending, she says.

“During the storm I was closed for a couple of days and I still did well,” she says. This season has been worse, however, though she is hopeful the pace picks up for Christmas so her business can survive.

Apollona Boutique’s story is not unlike ones being told all across the country. According to the National Retail Federation, October retail sales were down by half a percent. read more »

 

Green giving is a buzz word these days, but what does it really mean? Green, or “good for the planet,” gifts are not just those made from environmentally friendly or recycled materials. Green living can mean many things — buying locally, using fair trade and organic products, recycling — anything that minimizes the carbon footprint. So if you’re thinking of green giving this holiday season, you can get really creative. read more »

 

The holidays are supposed to bring smiles to our faces. After all we’re visiting with relative and friends, and bestowing gifts on the ones we love. So how come so many people are generally stressed and sad come the holidays?

According to the American Institute of Stress, more than 110 million Americans take medication for stress related causes each week. Those who are predisposed to stress and the various side effects, including depression, panic attacks, physical pain, fatigue, and nervousness, can find themselves even worse off during the holidays. read more »

 

Nadine Porter of Olalla said she and her husband don’t get into the gift-giving frenzy during the holidays, but they still want a way to celebrate the holidays. So instead of buying trinkets for their grandchildren last year, the couple donated on their behalf to Smiling Trees, an organization that pays for cleft palate surgeries for children in third-world countries.

The Porters researched the organization to make sure the money is spent well, and then donated $250 on behalf of the four grandkids, ages 6 to 11. read more »

 
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