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Holiday Gift Guide: Be Santa to everyone on your gift list this year

Kathy Hornick of New London laughs as she listens to the Jolly in the John Snowman at the Hallmark store in Willmar's Kandi Mall. The snowman is sure to bring a little cheer to anyone on your Christmas list. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Christmas is known as the season of giving. When it comes to giving gifts, however, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect one for every person on your checklist.  

If you’re struggling with what to find that certain someone — from the outdoorsman to the tech expert to the person who already has everything — this holiday gift guide is for you.

But hurry: There are only 17 more days until Christmas.


Popcorn maker: Children can relive their favorite movie-theater-magic moments with their own popcorn maker. The Nostalgia Kettle Popcorn Maker from Walmart makes up to 10 cups of popcorn per batch and comes in an early 1900, vendor-style popcorn cart. A tilted door for easy serving means everyone in the family can help themselves as they please. – $34.88; with free store pickup

Furby: They’re baaaaaaack! The Furby, which first came into popularity in the late 1990s and has since dropped from the toy scene, is now back with updates and an all-new look. Children can feed, speak and play with their Furby, which responds to voice and touch. A Furby can also interact and speak “Furbish” with other Furbies when in the same room. Be warned, though: This toy doesn’t come with an off button. – $54; Walmart and Target

Outdoors lover

Infrared Flash Trail Camera: This two-megapixel Infrared Flash Trail Camera makes the perfect gift for the hunter in your life. Helping to capture images of all wildlife, from deer to coyotes, this trail camera has an LCD display, adjustable mounting strap and 40-foot infrared flash. – $39.99; Menards

Scent Factor Performance Layer Jacket: This wilderness-pattern jacket makes a quality camouflage jacket for the outdoorsman on your list, with special technology to keep them dry while they’re trolling the woods. The jacket also has scent control, making the person wearing it almost untraceable to wildlife. – $19.97; Walmart

Special someone

Daisy by Marc Jacobs Perfume: The clean, fresh scent of Daisy by Marc Jacobs perfume is perfect for the special woman in your life. Deceptively simple, this perfume will make your girlfriend or wife feel youthful and happy, without being overpowering. As a bonus, the perfume bottle is topped with a daisy, making it pretty enough to display on a dresser. – $65 to $82; Herberger’s

Oscar de la Renta for Target + Neiman Marcus tote: In recent years, Target has amped up collaborations with high-end designers to provide stylish pieces at a fraction of their normal cost. This year’s Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection is filled with gems, such as this gorgeous tote designed by fashion powerhouse Oscar de la Renta. The woman in your life will feel like a million bucks carrying this bag to work or around town — and at just $60, you can’t beat that. – $59.99; Target

Tech guru

Kindle Paperwhite 3G: Drag the tech lover in your life away from their smartphone and reintroduce them to the simple love of reading with the Kindle Paperwhite 3G. The newest Kindle offers Paperwhite display for sharper text and images and eliminates glare. The Kindle Paperwhite holds up to 1,100 books, and with built-in 3G, users can download any of Amazon’s 1 million Kindle books with the touch of a button. Techies will be so impressed with the electronic device that they’ll dive right into “Generation Xbox” by Jamie Russell. – $179; or Best Buy

iPad mini: Bigger than an iPhone but smaller than an iPad, the iPad mini is one of the most-hyped gifts this holiday season. With a 7.9-inch screen, this mini tablet can easily fit in the palm of your hand. It offers everything the regular iPad does, with Web surfing, an HD camera, FaceTime and more than 275,000 applications. Available in black or white. – $329 to $659; Target, Walmart or Best Buy


Threshold Wooden Tray with Antler Handles: Every good host or hostess needs a few practical yet decorative serving trays, whether to display the cheese spread or carry drinks to guests. With its dark walnut finish and antler-shaped handles, this tray adds a little bit of pizazz to any party, all on its own. – $29.99; Target

Igloo 6-Bottle Wine Cooler: It’s not a good party – or really any party – without some wine. Give the vino-loving entertainer on your list the gift of chilled wine with this stylish cooler. With its black exterior and chrome racks, it’s both fashionable and functional, keeping wine the exact right temperature while adding to a room’s décor. And the six-bottle capacity ensures the party won’t get too out of control. – $49; with free store pickup


Footie pajamas: Yes, adult footie pajamas have apparently become a thing this year. Available in solids, patterns and even animal print, footie pajamas are the new Snuggie, made especially for that person who doesn’t even want to think about leaving the couch, much less the house. Just try not to laugh (or judge) when you see the look of excitement on your homebody’s face as they unwrap this gift. – $12 to $25; Walmart or Target

The person who has everything

Jolly in the John Snowman: This singing snowman could make anyone smile – even the Grinch-iest person on your gift list. Turn the snowman on, and when someone walks into the bathroom, he quips, “Are you okay? You look a bit flushed. Get it? Flushed!” or “Whatcha doin? On second thought, never mind!” Even the classiest of people should appreciate a little humor at Christmas time. – $24.95; Hallmark

Concert tickets: For the person who truly doesn’t need anything for Christmas, give them the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing their favorite band or artist in person. Choose local events, or both the Target Center in Minneapolis and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul have a full list of must-see concerts on their calendars this year. Lady Gaga, George Strait, One Direction, Maroon 5, Pink and Bon Jovi are just a few of the A-list artists coming to these venues in the next six months. These tickets sell out fast, though, so hurry and buy them before they’re gone. – Ticket prices vary; and

Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.

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