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- December 9, 2011

Go-to gifts

Basic yet thoughtful presents to have on hand

by Casey Moore

With the arrival of the holiday season comes the flurry of planning and purchasing presents for everyone on your list. But when the unexpected happens — an office Secret Santa, new acquaintance, distant cousin or surprise holiday guest suddenly turns up — even the most creative gift-givers might need some backup.

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Posted by Joanne, a resident of another community
on Dec 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Washington-made boxes going on my Wish List. Great article!

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thank you for this article w/these great suggestions. I love Shady Lane & have shopping there since I was a kid. Kepler's, The Art Annex & Therapy are also great places to get gifts.

I'd like to mention Opalz in Midtown Palo Alto, on the opposite side of the small shopping center where Starbucks is. It offers skin care products such as wonderful soaps as well as classes in soap, bath product & perfume making. You can get adult & girl kid gifts there at reasonable prices. I recently purchased a hostess gift there that they happily wrapped at no additional cost.

I've hung onto quirky, well-made gifts through the years - wine stoppers, cheese knives, bookmarks, pillboxes - that came from stores like these.

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