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The Bellesouth 2010 Holiday Gift Guide – Something for everyone in the family!

Who has started shopping yet? I still haven’t completed all my shopping duties, but I’ve been looking around and seen some pretty dang cool things I thought I’d point out to you. They’re all budget-friendly and are suitable for the whole family!

If you’ve known me for a while, you know that I’m a HUGE fan of Urban Decay products – particularly their Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It’s a must-have for any gal who wears makeup. It’s like double-stick tape for your eyelids; you apply a little bit on the lids, wait a few minutes and then apply your eyeshadow. Your eyeshadow will stay on ALL DAY LONG with no creases or fading. Currently, Sephora has an exclusive Little Sins Eyeshadow Primer Potion Set that includes four shades of their fabulous primer potions in mini-bottles for only $29. NOW – if you are a Sephora Insider, you should have received your annual $15 off $15 gift card in the mail or in your email recently, so if you buy the set with your card, you end up paying 14 bucks for someone to basically have a year’s supply of eyeshadow primer potion. Great stuff!!!

Next up: Chances are, there is someone in your family who keeps better track of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays better than anyone you know, and always sends a card for just the right occasion. For the Family Greeting Sender, HSN has this All-Occasion 45-piece Handmade Greeting Card Set in a Bread Box for $34.95. Since it comes in a bread box, it can be re-used to keep bread fresh and soft when all the greetings have gone away!

I bought my grandmother an all-occasion greeting card set from HSN last year and she absolutely loved it, because she doesn’t have the time to go out and get greeting cards anymore. Colorful, beautiful and highly recommended!!

Now, I have not forgotten about the dudes.

There’s also (as always) plenty of Star Wars stuff to get this year, including this awesome set of Sandwich Cutters With Vintage-Style Tin available at Williams-Sonoma for the low, low price of $19.

Imagine hubby or brother or dad packing his lunch and he gets to cut his sandwiches in the shape of a Tie Fighter or the Millennium Falcon. Pack it all in the old-school lunchbox and he’ll be the envy of all his coworkers.

There are lots more Star Wars items to check out at Williams-Sonoma, and they are all at VERY friendly prices.

If you’re on the hunt for Stocking Stuffers, you MUST check out the Archie McPhee catalog, where you’ll find lots of cheap novelty gifts like this Eggnog Soap for $5.95. Who says you have to keep eggnog in a bottle or a carton? With this eggnog soap, your loved ones can smell like the loving, sweet, nutmeggy, pound-adding spirit of the season all year. Mmmm MMMMMMM!!! McPhee has PLENTY of other cool gifts to browse through, like Ranch Toothpicks and Inflatable Meatloaf. If Pee-Wee Herman were a real person he’d be McPhee’s top customer.

And now the kids. You would be AMAZED how many kids love playing board games. Put a board game in front of ’em; they’ll play it. This year, Hasbro is celebrating one of America’s favorite board games with The Game of Life 50th Anniversary Edition, available for as low as $11.99 from Amazon.

Remember playing this game when you were a kid? Remember when making $6,000 a year was a great salary? What am I saying – in today’s economy, it is! A budget-friendly way to keep the family entertained and to start turning off the TV for family game nights in the home.

Last but not least – we must answer the question, “What do you get the guy/gal who has everything?”

I have the perfect answer: A Flock of Chicks from the Heifer International Gift Catalog for $20. This flock won’t be sent to you or to the recipient, but will be sent to a family in need through Heifer International. A Flock of Chicks can help a family gain an income, eat and farm. Recipients of Heifer gifts must later “pass on” the gift to another family in the future, so there’s no telling how many families you’ll be helping with these little chickadees!

Heifer International is aimed at ending poverty and hunger and empowering families in America and all over the world – one gift at a time. You can print out a gift card noting your donation and send it to the recipient. Of course, your donation is tax-deductible. You can also buy honeybees, tree saplings, llamas or other types of animals by making a gift donation to Heifer International today.

I am happy to say I am not being compensated in any way, shape or form for presenting you this gift guide. These are just cool things I’ve seen while surfing around and collecting catalogs. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

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