2012 HOLIDAYS

Tablet computer shopping tips

Tablets are the must-have portable computing device of the moment, making them a top holiday gift. In just a few short years, the number of people with tablets has increased dramatically. Within a year of the iPad's introduction into the technological lexicon, 11 percent of Americans alrea...

Last-minute gift ideas

If you find yourself needing a gift with no time to spare, don’t panic. There are some simple last-minute gift options that can get you through the holiday season. The classic standby is the gift card. Instead of shoving cash in a card, show someone you know them well by getting them...

Traditions: Dear Santa letters

Each year as Christmas approaches, children all over the world sit down to pen a letter to Santa. Some tell Santa how good they have been and how much they are looking forward to his visit. Others wish Santa well and remind him what they want for Christmas. When finished, the children slip their ...

Gift ideas for your gamer this holiday season

If you aren't a gamer yourself, buying for one can sometimes be a bit overwhelming considering the rapidly evolving technology and the choices in video games. With a few bits of good advice, you can easily find a gift that will delight anyone who enjoys gaming. Keep in mind that gamers are...

Celebrating the holidays with your pet

The holidays can be a fun time for the whole family – and that includes family pets. If your pet deserves some special holiday love, here are some “pawfect” ideas to help you celebrate the holidays together. Stocking Stuffers – Hang a stocking on the mantle for your...

Volunteering and good will toward humankind

The holiday season draws us together like no other. Our togetherness brings to mind our blessings and that mindfulness often sparks a desire to help those less fortunate. Many agencies rely on that generosity to continue their good work for others all year long. The Salvation Army’s ...

6 gift ideas for her this holiday season

Shopping for the special girls or women in your life can be tougher than it seems. If choosing the right size, color, or scent has got you on a wild Christmas chase, here are a few ready ideas sure to please. Whether your girl is a “dare to wear” or is a little more understated...

Holidays long ago in downtown Lewiston-Auburn

"The head of the street” was the place to be at Christmas time in the Twin Cities for many years. It meant the intersection of Main and Lisbon streets where the enchanting decorations on Peck’s department store facade and in its windows were the focal point for crowds of shoppers. Sho...

Holiday shopping strategies: Save time, save money

The festive spirit of the holidays comes in all forms. From parties and traditional holiday outings, to elaborate family gatherings, there is a lot to celebrate. But, in truth, it takes a lot of work to make an unforgettable holiday. One of the biggest tasks on everyone's to-do list is shopping f...

Things to consider before buying big-ticket items

The holiday season is a popular time for consumers to purchase big-ticket items such as televisions and home appliances. Year-end sales and holiday discounts have made November and December a buyer's market. But just because a consumer can find great deals during the holiday season does no...