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Get Your Sparkle On

'Tis the season for presents of mind

THE HOLIDAY gift-giving gestalt these past couple of years has been as shrill as 10 pipers piping: America, Open for Business! Purchasing is Patriotic! Don't bury that tax refund under your mattress--cash it in for CDs! Buy, dammit, buy!

Thankfully, the recent elf-sized economic upturn seems to have opened a pressure valve somewhere, and we need no longer feel like Osama is hiding in our wallets. This season, we can go back to giving gifts for the simple reason that we like someone, they live in our household or they spent one painful afternoon giving birth to us many years ago.

Speaking of giving birth, in this gift guide you will find perfect gift ideas for specific somebodies, including Mom, Dad, Sis, Bro, Grandma who's returning to college, Uncle who's a music snob, favorite pagan and even that special someone who doesn't like the holidays at all. Richard von Busack susses out the really cool DVDs--some so cool they aren't even available yet--and Christina Waters skis the convenient slopes of the Internet in search of the Mouse Potato's perfect gifts.

The holidays don't have to be stressful--remember, there's no "hell" in "holiday!"--so long as a sense of humor reigns. And if that fails, there's always Aunt Dotty's holiday eggnog.

Traci Vogel

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From the November 20-26, 2003 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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